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Mogwai, Bob Mould, Andrew Bird, Au Revoir Simone, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEW ORDER covered "San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)" in the city by the bay. I'll toss in the late Scott McKenzie for Twofer Tuesday.

MOGWAI is streaming bonus material from their seminal second album, Come On Die Young.

BOB MOULD stopped by WFUV's Studio A to play a mini-set and talk about his songwriting process and his methods of maintaining longevity in the music business.

ANDREW BIRD plays a mini-set at KUTX.

AU REVOIR SIMONE performed live on WNYC Soundcheck.

FIELD REPORT spreads their "Wings" ahead of Marigolden.

WILLIS EARL BEAL drops "Until We Die" ahead of Experiments In Time.

TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."

THE SMITHS: Alt-rockers discuss their favorite songs from the quartet.

CONOR OBERST: Joanie Faircloth issued a public apology for making false rape accusations against the Bright Eyes singer.

OWEN PALLETT explains Mariah Carey and "Call Me Maybe" at The Guardian.

METALLICA: This is SportsCenter.

JESSICA SIMPSON monetizes her wedding video.

ERIN ANDREWS displaces Pam Oliver as Fox's top NFL sideline reporter.

CHERYL COLE secretly wed her French boyfriend after just three months.

ZOE SALDANA has blunt relationship advice.

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN will play Captain Hook in NBC's live staging of Peter Pan.

SAM & CAT: Nickelodeon has canceled the popular show after offscreen drama.

UKRAINE's top defense official said Monday that Russia may have shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, an action that would represent a dramatic new step in the months-long conflict that has engulfed eastern Ukraine.

ISRAEL: Both the Israeli government and leaders of Hamas, the militant group that controls Gaza, said late Monday that they would consider a plan for a cease-fire put forward by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

LIBYA: At least seven people have been killed and 36 wounded, and homes were damaged by rockets, in clashes between rival militias in Tripoli; the airport has been closed. The only airport still operating is Labraq in Beida.

IRAQ: Five weeks after Islamist fighters stormed across northern and western Iraq in a surprise offensive that nearly reached the outskirts of the Iraqi capital, virtually every captured location remains firmly in rebel hands, while the central government’s meager efforts at a counteroffensive have met with failure on virtually every front. A supposedly secret but locally well-known CIA station on the outskirts of Irbil’s airport is undergoing rapid expansion as the United States considers whether to engage in a war against Islamist militants who’ve seized control of half of Iraq in the past month.

MARU: The box cat is back.

AN ENORMOUS BOA CONSTRICTOR is on the loose around Lake Hopatcong, NJ.

SELFIE WITH THE BULLS:  A runner in Pamplona's famed event faces a 4100 fine.

JUMPING THE SHARK: A Quincy, MA, man is facing trespassing and disorderly conduct charges after jumping into a tank containing a shark at the New England Aquarium.


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Tommy Ramone RIP, PJ Harvey, White Fence, Alvvays, Joyce manor, Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

TOMMY RAMONE, a/k/a Tommy Tom Erdelyi, the founding drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones, the New York City band whose dizzying, short blasts of melody codified the sound of punk rock, died on Friday at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65. The cause was cancer of the bile duct. After Tommy left the band, he produced the Replacements’ Tim in 1985 and Redd Kross’ Neurotica in 1987. It is hard to overestimate the impact of the Ramones on modern rock, and Tommy's unique beat, as well as his understanding of the Ramones' vision were key to their lasting influence.  Here are the original Ramones, playing the equally legendary CBGBs in October 1977, two weeks before the release of Rocket to Russia, Tommy's final LP with the band. Your setlist includes:  “Blitzkrieg Bop”; “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”; “Beat on the Brat”; “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”; “Rockaway Beach”; “Cretin Hop”; “Oh,Oh, I Love Her So”; and “Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World.”

P.J. HARVEY, Live at London's Royal Albert Hall, circa October 2011.

WHITE FENCE is advance streaming For the Recently Found Innocent.

ALVVAYS is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

JOYCE MANOR is streaming Never Hungover Again.

THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", courtesy of the Beeb.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS: The former Girls frontman talks to Pitchfork about quitting drugs, finding love, and moving forward.

HARVEY DANGER's Sean Nelson talks to PopMatters about revisiting Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?

CHARLIE HADEN, the pioneering jazz bassist who played with the likes of Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett before enjoying a decades-long solo career, died Friday at age 76 of a prolonged illness.

LAURIE ANDERSON was trapped in a hyperbaric chamber last week.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes dominates the box office with 73 million, not only well over its predecessor's 54.8 million opening, but also accounting for over half of the weekend's ticket sales.The simians took in another 30 million overseas, though it avoided countries where the World Cup final would be in conflict.  Transformers: Age of Extinction places a distant second with 16 million, and continues to lag its predecessors, but crosses the 200 million mark domestically, which is roughly what the Apes will likley make in their entire run. The 'bots have also racked up 543 million overseas, 262 of that in China alone. Welcome to the global economy.  Tammy shows with 12.9 million; the film which no one seems to have liked nevertheless is closing in on the 60 million it likely needs to profit.  22 Jump Street takes the fourth slot with 6.7 million and is well in the black with about 172 million domestic against a 50 million production budget.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 5.9 million; this equel has no recouped its production budget domestically, but 350 million worldwide is still short of 435 million it likely needs to profit.

TRACY MORGAN is suing Walmart over the New Jersey Turnpike accident that left one person dead and several people, including him, hospitalized.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ now appear to be in a rebound dating duel.

KATE UPTON hasn't ruled out posing for Playboy.

COLIN FARRELL & TAYLOR KITSCH are leading candidates for the second season of HBO's True Detective.

PARIS HILTON hosted a bloody brawl at her 65K rental pad.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is attacked in social media for killing a Triceratops. Hoo boy.

LIBYA: Islamist militias surrounded and attacked Tripoli's airport, trying to take control from the Zintani militias that have been defending it.

IRAQ: In a possible portent of growing factional conflict, a leading Kurdish minister was removed from Iraq's government, and the Kurdish semi-autonomous government took over two oilfields in the north, officials said Friday. Fighters from the newly established Islamic State ambushed and destroyed an Iraqi armored column in the western province of Anbar. Islamic State fighters also captured several American-made armored personnel carriers.

SYRIA: While the world focuses on the military advances the Islamis State has made in western Iraq, U.S. officials and terrorism experts point across the border to Syria, where the radical Islamist militia has consolidated recent gains and maybe forming a "safe haven" from which terror attacks against Western targets could be launched.

A TINY HEDGEHOG has a tiny birthday.

INVASIVE TEGU LIZARDS steal crocodile eggs in Florida.

A PREGNANT TARANTULA has escaped from her South Slope home.

A FOX AND HOUND, living together, mass hysteria!

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Three Dog Night, Richard Thompson, Eels, Jolie Holland, Cutout Bin, Apes, Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

RICHARD THOMPSON played a full set at the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival.

EELS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

JOLIE HOLLAND plays a mini-set in the KEXP studio.

WUSSY plays a live set in the KEXP studio.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

MADE IN MINNESOTA: Bob Mould, Tommy Stinson, Craig Finn, and Lori Barbero tour their Twin Cities for you.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young is in the hospital.

RYUICHI SAKIMOTO was diagnosed with throat cancer.

THE 25 BEST LPs of 2014 (So Far), according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Jesus & Mary Chain to Run-DMC, from Shoes to Sam and Dave, from Roxy Music to Titus Andronicus, plus the Three Degrees, Los Lobos, Bob Dylan, Elton John and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Begin Again, which expands to 939 screens scoring 79 percent.

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES picks up a decade after the successful reboot of htis franchise in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The simian flu--a side effect of the experimental treatment that boosted the apes' intelligence--has swept Earth, but at least one pocket of humanity is trying to make a comeback. The movie plays out as the humans and the apes both have factions that are trying to avoid or encourage a war.  Comparing this sequel with the reboot is surprisingly like apples and oranges.  The humans are less compelling than those in Rise, though that's because the humans were more of the focus of that story and a large part of that film's success.  Here, the focus is more on the apes; fortunately, the decade of elapsed time has made them a rich and compelling culture, led by the performance of Andy Serkis as Caesar and Tony Kebbell as Koba.  Even with today's computer graphics, this is an audacious move, but it pays off handsomely--even moreso in the dramatic scenes than in the action set pieces. Rise was a surprising and clever take on ideas that could not have been done in full before the CGI era; Dawn is even more serious and humanistic  sci-fi that's just broad enough fort the audience to never feel nerdy about it.

EMMYS nominations went to these folks.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES: A forensic artist predicts what their baby may look like. (I'm guessing likke a baby.)

SELENA GOMEZ had some work done?

ROBIN THICKE: How bad are sales of his Paula LP? Really, really, really bad.

JIMMY KIMMEL and wife Molly McNearney welcome a daughter.

MARGOT ROBBIE (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time) is profiled by Vanity Fair.

UKRAINIAN forces regained more ground but sustained further casualties on Thursday in clashes with separatists, while two Western allies urged Russia's Vladimir Putin to exert more pressure on the rebels to find a negotiated end to the conflict.

ISRAEL  claimed to have hit over 750 targets in Gaza so far on the third day of its offensive, including 320 Hamas targets such as underground tunnel networks and rocket launching sites. Of the 250 missiles and mortars launched from Gaza towards Israel in recent days, the Iron Dome interceptor has shot down 70 missiles, a near-90 percent success rate. As a result of the incoming fire, nine Israelis have been slightly injured and 59 treated for shock. Israeli officials, concerned about the long-range missiles being employed by Hamas, said they are not seeking a ceasefire but rather to dismantle Hamas' rocket infrastructure. A military official for the southern command said preparations are underway for expanding the operation; Israel's UN envoy stated that a ground offensive would be prevented if Hamas stopped firing rockets into Israel. Palestinian officials said Israeli strikes in Gaza that began on July 8 have killed at least 77 Palestinians so far. Militants in Gaza continued to launch missiles into Israel; both Islamic Jihad and Hamas' Al Qassem Brigades have claimed attacks. President Abbas has denounced the Israeli attacks, and has not criticized Hamas for launching missiles at Israel.

SYRIA: The American-supported Free Syrian Army was forced to withdraw from a key city on the Iraq-Syria border last week after its pleas for help went unanswered by the United States.

IRAQ: Kurdish members of parliament as well as cabinet ministers said that they would boycott the government. The military claimed it killed 35 Islamic State fighters in Fallujah and Ramadi, 30 more in Rabiah, and an additional 25 Islamic State fighters in Babil. The Islamic State killed four policemen near Tikrit.

A HORSE in a wading pool.

EASTERN HELLBENDERS, a/k/a/ snot otters, are big ol' salamanders who may be headed for the federal endangered species list.

IMPOTENT CHICKENS pump up poultry prices.

A 4-FT LONG VENOMOUS SNAKE in a toilet in Hueytown, AL.

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Lucinda Williams, Dean Wareham, Rocky Votolato, Anchovies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHRISTOPHER OWENS drops the catchy, countrified "Nothing More Than Everything To Me" ahead of A New Testament.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS played a headlining set at the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival Festival.

DEAN WAREHAM plays a mini-set at the KEXP studios.

ROCKY VOTOLATO performed live in the KEXP Studio.

BAND OF SKULLS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

HALF JAPANESE drops "In Its Pull" ahead of Overjoyed, their first album in 13 years.

ROSES, the new project of former Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez, drops the new-wavey "It's Over" ahead of the Dreamlover EP.

THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."


CULT MUSIC HEROES: Artists on their unsung idols.

FRANK BLACK, a/k/a Black Francis, talks to The Observer about the soundtrack of his life.

PHOX talks to All Songs Considered about their confident debut.

EVAN MENDES & RYAN GOSLING are expecting a child in two short months.

JUSTIN BIEBER copped a plea bargain in his egg vandalism case.It requires anger management.

GEORGE CLOONEY denies a report that his mother-in-law is unhappy with the upcoming nuptuals.

ANGELINA JOLIE's drug dealer has some video for you.

JUSTIN THEROUX is profiled by Details.

COURTNEY LOVE joins the Sons Of Anarchy.

RUSSIA: Four months after Vladimir Putin’s government annexed Crimea, the U.S. and European Union have failed to deliver on threats to cripple Russia’s economy, penalizing fewer than 100 people and companies.

SYRIA: The 1000-strong Dawud Brigade defected to the Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern Syria.

IRAQ:  Insurgents have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the country's north; a U.S. government source familiar with the matter said the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium and therefore would be difficult to use to manufacture into a weapon.

AFGHANISTAN: Fighting is spreading into populated areas and taking a record toll on civilians, the UN warned Wednesday, as presidential candidates urged supporters not to raise tensions after the disputed election result.

MILLIONS OF ANCHOVIES spotted off the California coast.

HOW TO SURVIVE THE BULLS IN PAMPLONA author not as expert as he thought.

A TORTOISE attacked a policeman in Uganda.

A RAGING COW tossed a police officer into the air and tap-danced on a patrol car in Mt. Vernon, WA.

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CSN & F, Honeyblood, Landlady, Death From Above 1979, King Tuff, Goat-Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CROSBY, STILLS & NASH played “Teach Your Children" aplus Stills' “So Begins The Task,”and were joined by Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young fora cover of Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX’s "Fancy."

HONEYBLOOD is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

LANDLADY is advance streaming Upright Behavior.

MELTED TOYS is streaming their self-titled LP.

LEWIS: The mysterious oddity L’Amour is reissued and streaming online.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 drops "Trainwreck 1979" ahead of The Physical World, their firstLP  in 10 years and only the second one they ever made. Oh yeah.

KING TUFF drops “Eyes Of The Muse” ahead of Black Moon Spell. Oh yeah.

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat  Oh yeah? Oh yeah.

TAYLOR SWIFT explains the future of the music industry.In the Wall Street Journal, no less. Behold, a pale horse.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS  talk to Music Radar about Futurology, songwriting and Simple Minds. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

PINK FLOYD is releasing a "new" album, without Roger Waters, comprised of worked-up versions of songs first started during sessions for their last album, 1994’s The Division Bell.

THE BEST SONGS of 2014 (So far), according to SPIN.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL talks geneder stereotypes, her insanely busy schedule and more at InStyle.

ROSIE O'DONNELL is returning to The View. Behold, a pale horse.

PAMELA ANDERSON  is pulling the plug on her marriage to Rick Salomon. Again. By which I mean it's her second divorce from this dude.

JOHN CLEESE is starring in a Baywatch-inspired movie that can't refer to Baywatch. David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson are expected to appear.

KATIE HOLMES talks to Glamour about life post-Cruise.

MADONNA was called for jury duty, but was excused after two hours.

JAWS is ridiculous, say...Ben and Emily Dreyfuss.

ISRAEL: Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip unleashed their most far-reaching rocket attack ever on major Israeli population centers, as Israel said it was launching a protracted assault on the territory's Islamist rulers.

BAHRAIN: declared US Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski "unwelcome" for allegedly interfering in Bahraini affairs, after he met with senior members of the country's main opposition group, the Shiite organization Al-Wefaq. Various NGOs in Bahrain condemned the move. Malinowski had also met with leaders of other groups.

SYRIA: Regime forces are beginning to close in on Aleppo, and the Islamic State is moving into the countryside north of Aleppo.

IRAQ: The Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad, where remnants of 2,500 degraded chemical rockets filled decades ago with the deadly nerve agent sarin are stored along with other chemical warfare agents, Iraq said in a letter circulated Tuesday at the United Nations. The U.S. government played down the threat from the takeover, saying there are no intact chemical weapons and it would be very difficult, if not impossible, to use the material for military purposes. The Islamic State is only one small part of a larger Sunni revolt in Iraq that sectarian groups have been preparing for years, according to Iraq’s exiled Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi. Iraq’s parliament has announced that it will convene on Sunday, amid mounting pressure to form a new government that can deal with a litany of challenges that threaten to tear this country apart.

AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. risks being blamed for taking sides in Afghanistan’s election as Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Kabul this week in an effort to mediate the dispute between the country’s rival presidential candidates.

GoatPRO: Let's go to the Goast-Cam.

COPPERHEADS overrun property near Houston.

POLICE DOGS sniff out kiddie pron.

IDA: The Fluffiest Bunny Evah.

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