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Smith Westerns. Laura Marling, Front Bottoms, Blind Dog Fetch   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DR. DOG drops a carny-themed video for a new song, "Broken Heart." 

THE SMITH WESTERNS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA MARLING plays an intimate set at the UBS Forum.

MOTHER FALCON: A 17-member chamber-rock collective plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE FRONT BOTTOMS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

ICONA POP & ZEBRA KATZ reimagine Leslie Gore's "It's My Party."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Radiation Vibe" and "Stacy's Mom." Twofer Thursday.

NEIL YOUNG: Tonight's The Night at 40.

NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Reznor's Upward Spiral.

THE RUNAWAYS: Lita Ford and Cherie Currie are doing a Christmas single. Yes, really.



LAMAR ODOM has finally returned to Khloe Kardashian, but remains undecided about seeking treatment for drug addiction.

JESSICA SIMPSON shows off the first pictures of her baby son, Ace Knute Johnson, in the new issue of Us Weekly. Gratis, I'm sure.

VALERIE HARPER, whom doctors gave three months to live back in March due to her terminal brain cancer, has signed on to “Dancing with the Stars.”

MATT. DAMON. will not play Robin to Affleck's Batman, but you knew that. He's got other plans, perhaps for another turn at Bourne.

THE UNITED STATES: Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was sentenced to death for killing 13 people and injuring 32 others in a mass shooting at Fort Hood in 2009. Mother Jones (of all outlets) details how badly the FBI bungled its Hasan investigation and suggests that the Army psychiatrist's deadly rampage could have been prevented.

SYRIA: A draft resolution at the UN authorizing the use of force against Syria stalled; the US blamed Russia.

IRAN has prepared more than 1000 advanced uranium enriching machines to be started up, according to the UN's nuke watchdogs.

IRAQ: The government has downplayed the number of deaths from attacks in its official statements, even as violence in Iraq has reached levels not seen since 2008.

A BLIND DOG plays fetch.

A GANG OF ANGRY, DRUNKEN ELK barred a man from entering his home in suburban Stockholm.

A MINNESOTA TEEN awakened to find a wolf gnawing on his skull.

A CHIMP IN A CHIMNEY, and other strange animal rescues by the London Fire Brigade.

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Best Coast, Nine Inch Nails, Dean Wareham, Tiger Cub Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL is "Graceless" in their new video.

BEST COAST hists the KEXP studios for a mini-set, including two songs released exclusively for Record Store Day.

NINE INCH NAILS is advance streaming Hesitation Marks.

GINKGO is advance streaming Manopause.

BETH ORTON played a mini-set at WNYC Soundcheck.

TV on the RADIO drops "Million Miles" as a single.

DEAN WAREHAM finds "Love Is Colder Than Death."

BANANARAMA: "Cruel Summer" and their cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" makes for a timely Twofer Tuesday. A friend suggested that the former is lifted from Clan of Xymox's "Phoenix of My Heart." I think the bass sound is similar, but it's likely not outright plagarism.  Xymox, however, directly quotes The Troggs.

ELVIS COSTELLO: The Quietus tours his many collaborations.

BLACK JOE LEWIS discussed the new record, Electric Slave, on Weekend Edition.

HOW "HEY JUDE" marked a change for The Beatles, music and America.

NEKO CASE teaches you to make borsht.

MILEY CYRUS: The VMA twerking was condemned by Cyndi Lauper and defended by Adam Lambert, while Justin Timberlake was indifferent.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN hid her marital woes from her family. Lamar Odom reportedly was deep into drugs while he was playing for the Dallas Mavericks and there is evidence he was doing the exact same thing while playing for the Lakers. He's not looking too good these days.

ALEC BALDWIN tangles with a paparazzo. Again.

MICHAEL BUBLE and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, welcomed their first child, a baby boy.

PIPPI LONGSTOCKING has a sex tape; she's trying to stop its release.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER & RIDLEY SCOTT are reteaming for Exodus.

EGYPT: Prime Minister el Beblawi said the Muslim Brotherhood must come to terms with the current reality in the country.

LIBYA: Security forces arrested three men suspected of involvement in a string of car bomb assassinations in Benghazi.

SYRIA: Western powers have told the Syrian opposition to expect a strike against President Bashar al-Assad's forces within days.  President Obama is considering military action against Syria that is intended to “deter and degrade” President Bashar al-Assad’s government’s ability to launch chemical weapons, but is not aimed at ousting Mr. Assad from power or forcing him to the negotiating table, administration officials said Tuesday.

SUMATRAN TIGER CUB CAM: Let's go to the (live) video.


THAT FOX is not your girlfriend.

ROUGHLY 5000 BADGERS are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

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Green Day, Replacements, Rogue Wave, Rogue Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GREEN DAY performs Dookie live at Brixton Academy. It's almost 20 years old. Get Off My Lawn.

THE REPLACEMENTS, Live at RiotFest Toronto, now streaming.

ROGUE WAVE brings the psych-pop to the KEXP studio.

PORTUGAL, THE MAN plays a set of anthemic pop live on KEXP from the Triple Door.

SERA CAHOONE performs an acoustic mini-set from on top of the Space Needle as part of Sub Pop's 25th anniversary celebration.

THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

NEKO CASE talks to The Guardian about depression and her new album.

FRANZ FERDINAND: Alex Kapranos and Bob Hardy talk to Stereogum about the making of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

SOUNDGARDEN's Top Ten, according to Stereogum.

11 SONGS that sound suspiciously sound like others.

MILEY CYRUS & ROBIN THICKE: People close to both have some regrets about their VMA spectacle.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM are separated, but neither has taken any step toward divorce.

MADONNA's last album flopped, but she still tops the Forbes list of highest-paid celebs.

PRINCE HARRY is planning on proposing to his girlfriend Cressida Bonas by the end of the year, royal insiders have predicted.

COURTNEY LOVE talks to Vanity Fair about her upcoming singles, her new memoir for Harper-Collins, and the acting comeback she’s now planning.

12 MONKEYS is headed to the small screen.

SYRIA: The US said it is "very clear" that chemical weapons were used in Damascus on Aug. 21 and that there is "very little doubt" that the regime used them. Russia said it would not intervene militarily in Syria, and warned the US not to do so. British naval vessels are being readied to take part alongside US forces in possible cruise missile strikes on Syria. The Syrian National Coalition said peace talks are off the table because of the Aug. 21 attack.

TURKEY: Foreign Minister Davutoğlu said Turkey would join a possible coalition against the Assad regime even if the UN abstains from taking action against it.

EGYPT: The trial of 64 leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Gama'a al-Islamiya wanted in connection with inciting violence and attacks on churches began in Suez.

A THOUSAND DEER overrun Nara, Japan.

A MILLION COCKROACHES escape a Chinese farm.

A GIANT TARANTULA is loose in Torquay.

HORSEPOCALYPSE: A new paper argues that the wild horse population is growing so fast in the Western US that the government could soon be unable to manage the herds.

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Replacements, Okkervil River, Julie Ruin, Radiation City, Kookaburra   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS ask: “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

OKKERVIL RIVER advance streams The Silver Gymnasium.

THE JULIE RUIN -- Kathleen Hanna's latest band -- advance streams Run Fast.

NICKI BLUM & THE GRAMBLERS played a set at the Newport Folk Festival, including a Linda Ronstadt tune.

RADIATION CITY fills the KEXP studio with a mini-set of psychedelic folk-pop.


THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul & Tommy reunited 32 years from the day they released "Sorry, Ma..." UPDATE 2: Slicing Up Eyeballs collects video of "Takin' A Ride", "Favorite Thing", "Color Me Impressed", "Alex Chilton," and "Bastards Of Young." UPDATE: More sound (check comments at the link). ALSO: The story behind to cover of Tim

FRANZ FERDINAND's Alex Kapranos recently spoke with All Things Considered about writing in cafés, the cryptic note that inspired the new album's title, and why he's leery of going into the studio underprepared.

LINDA RONSTADT says she suffers from Parkinson's disease, which has robbed her ability to sing.

NEIL YOUNG, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Butler repeats atop the chart with 17 million on a decent 31 percent drop. The timing and marketing is roughly the same as The Help, which already had a fanbase from the book and bigger stars. We're The Millers threpeats at second with another 13.5 million and closes in on the 100 million mark on a 37 million budget.  The Mortal Instruments shows with a disappointing 9.3 million of the disappinting 14 million it has grossed since last Wednesday. Lesson: Only Twilight is Twilight.  The World's End opens at No. 4 with 8.9 million against a 20 million budget (but another 16 million abroad).  Planes clings to the bottom of the Top 5 with 8.6 million and 56 million domestic against a 50 million budget.  Belowthe fold, the long-shelved You're Next opened in seventh place with 7 million, despite mostly positive reviews.

THE WORLD'S END is the finale of the so-called Cornetto trilogy drom director Edgar Wright, who previously starred Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.  This one skews closer to Shaun as a bit of a takeoff on Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  Indeed, while the original Invasion was widely seen as an anti-Communist sort of film, The World's End might make a bolder and harder case for freedom.  After all, the original Invasion and the 1978 remake both tended to posit love as the polar opposite of totalitarianism.  The World's End has much to say about friendship in that role -- and a bit more about friendship and maturity in general -- but ultimately makes a case for freedom absent from ealrier iterations in this subgenre.  I would stress, however, that I doubt this crew set out to make a polemic (esp given the final scene with Frost), and The World's End works just fine as a jaunty British comedy in the mold of the prior two, with plenty of action to boot. Recommended.

THE MTV VMAS went to these folks. But what you really want recapped is the Miley Cyrus, er, performance. You'll likely have the same reaction as Will Smith's kids.

ALEC BALDWIN and his wife Hilaria welcome a daughter.


KHLOE HKARDAHIAN and LAMAR ODOM's marriage crisis is triggered by hardcore drug abuse?

BRYAN CRANSTON is rumored to be cast as Lex Luthor in the Superman/Batfleck picture.

GILBERT TAYLOR, cinematographer for some films you may recognize -- including A Hard Day’s Night, Dr. Strangelove, Frenzy, The Omen, and Star Wars -- died at age 99.

SYRIAN state media says the government has reached an agreement to allow a UN team of experts to visit the site of last week's alleged chemical weapons attack. A senior US official said that there was "very little doubt" a chemical weapon had been used by the Syrian regime, but added that any decision to open the site to UN inspectors was "too late to be credible".

IRAN warned that the US would face "harsh consequences" if it intervened in Syria, in the wake of allegations that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in a recent attack.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 31 people in bombings and attacks in Baghdad, Balad, and Baqubah.

CRIKEY: The call of the kookaburra.

GLUE-SPITTING VELVET WORMS are discovered in Vietnam.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: We're not saying it's squirrels, just that squirrels have taken down the Nasdaq before.

MYSTERY CAT prowls northeast Detroit. Looks like a lynx to me.

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Led Zeppelin, Camera Obscura, Gogol Bordello, Cutout Bin, Trampoline Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LED ZEPPELIN! Live at the Royal Albert Hall in 1970.  Your setlist includes: "We're Gonna Groove" (James A. Bethea, Ben E. King); "I Can't Quit You Baby" (Willie Dixon); "Dazed and Confused"; "White Summer"; "What Is and What Should Never Be"; "How Many More Times"; "Moby Dick": "Whole Lotta Love"; "Communication Breakdown"; "C'mon Everybody" (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran); "Somethin' Else" (Bob Cochran, Sharon Sheeley); and "Bring It On Home".

CAMERA OBSCURA stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MIKAL CRONIN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GOGOL BORDELLO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NUDE BEACH is offtering their self-titled debut to stream or download as they head out to tour their sophomore LP.

MARK KNOPFLER drops "Privateering", the title track of his upcoming LP.

CASS McCOMBS drops "There Can Be Only One" ahead of Big Wheel And Others.

CALIFONE drops "Frosted Tips" ahead of Stitches.

MAN MAN drop "End Boss" ahead of On On Pond.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks heavy metal for all occasions at Pitchfork.

SUPERCHUNK: Mac McCaughan talks to Rolling Stone about what having created a life in music really means.

HOSPITAL SHIPS: Jordon Gieger walks listeners through the creation of "Desolation Waltz" at All Songs Considered.

THE WRENS: Charlie Bissell talks to Grantland about the band's long-gestating, as-yet-untitled fourth album.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beatles to Billy Idol, from the Crystals to Cracker, from Alex Chilton to the Knack, plus Nena, John Hiatt, Velvet Crush, Divine Fits more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are: The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which opened Wednesday with 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; You're Next, which opens scoring a surprising (to me) 86 percent; and The World's End, scoring an unsurprising (to me) 94 percent. But Oprah will likely repeat atop the chart.

LINDSAY LOHAN is fiercely defending her decision to hang with a friend who has an even more checkered past with drugs than her.

JENNIFER LOPEZ had a stalker break into pool house for six days without the superstar's security guards finding out.

BEN AFFLECK is set to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the untitled "Man of Steel" sequel that will be directed by Zack Snyder. Yes, really. Insert your "Matt Damon as Robin" joke here. But you may not beat this.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & NICHOLAS HOULT appear to have rekindled their romance.

ROBERT PATTINSON is really done with Twilight.

SNL: Twenty-two Saturday Night Live cast members - and one who came close - share tales of the audition that can make or break a career.

BRADLEY COOPER is in talks to voice Rocket raccoon in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

FRENCH Foreign Minister Fabius said that if allegations are true that regime forces in Syria used chemical weapons in a recent attack in Damascus, the international community would have to react "with force" in Syria, but also said there was "no question of sending troops on the ground." He added that there were "possibilities for responding."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed the leader of the Awakening in Madeen in a bombing at his home.

EGYPT: Former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was placed under house arrest after being released from prison. Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi called for protests against the army on Friday.


ZOMBIE PIGEONS invade Moscow, signal apocalypse.

A DRAGON CORPSE washed ashore on the beaches of Andalusia in Spain.

TWO BULL SHARKS were caught in the Potomac River, refused to say for whom they were lobbying.


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