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Dr Dog, Hospitality, Yellow Ostrich. Friend Roulette, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPRINGSTEEN covers INXS's "Don't Change" in Sydney.

DR DOG stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

HOSPITALITY plays a mini-set in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

YELLOW OSTRICH is streaming their Carl Sagan-inspired album, Cosmos.

FRIEND ROULETTE streams their forthcoming Grow Younger EP.

YUCK drops "Another One" from the upcoming Southern Skies EP.

THE MOODY BLUES hit the charts with "Go Now" before going psychedelic.

CONOR OBERST filed a defamation suit against the woman who accused him of rape.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Pitchfork about where her art ends and her life begins.

CLOUD NOTHINGS frontman Dylan Baldi talks to Drowned in Sound about Here and Nowhere Else.

PHANTOGRAM: Josh Carter talks to PopMatters about the band's style, signing to a major label, and more...

MILEY CYRUS & JARED LETO are hooking up, reports Us Weekly.

GWYNETH PALTROW's representatives have denied a report that she has been having an affair with entertainment lawyer Kevin Yorn, a story originating on a secret-sharing app.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's dying wish was to keep his children far, far away from Hollywood.

LINDSAY LOHAN threatened to sue Fox News over a story claiming she snorted lines of cocaine with her mother Dina.

RAY RICE: The Baltimore Ravens RB was recorded dragging his apparently unconscious fiancee out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property.

EMMA STONE denied a naked selfie on the internet is of her.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY talks to Variety about this hot stretch in his career.

UKRAINE: Expressing alarm at the lethal escalation of political violence, the European Union and the United States scrambled for a quick response Wednesday, threatening punitive sanctions against senior figures in the Ukrainian government. The US is looking to the EU to take the lead in formulating a tough response after the standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych and anti-government protesters exploded into violence.

RUSSIA Members of the PussyRiot punk group say they were whipped by Cossacks who are helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympic Games.

VENEZUELA: Protesters were still in the streets after opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez's arrest Tuesday, demanding better security, an end to scarcities and protected freedom of speech.

LEBANON: Two cars packed with explosives blew up in Hezbollah's stronghold in Beirut, killing at least six people, in the latest attack on the pro-Iran militant group that's fighting on President Bashar al-Assad's side in Syria.

SYRIA: Salim Idriss, the recently sacked head of the Free Syrian Army, rejected the dismissal; several top FSA commanders expressed support for him as their leader.

GOATS ON A STEEL RIBBON: Let's go to the video. (h/t Zoey.)

RABBITS stampede through the streets of Okunoshima.

DISCOVERED: The 'very hairy' marsupial which dies from 'frantic' mating.

ASIAN ELEPHANTS console each other like humans.

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Bob Casale RIP, St Vincent, Bleeding Rainbow, Olympicat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BOB CASALE, who played guitar with Devo alongside his brother Gerald from the original incarnation of the groundbreaking Akron new wave band in 1973 all the way through their recent tours, died suddenly on February 17th of heart failure. He was 61.  Here's Devo on Fridays in 1980, playing "Girl U Want" and "Gates of Steel," along with "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge" -- each with costume changes.  The band returned in 1981, where they played "Theme From Adventures of The Smart Patrol" and "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth," followed by "I Saw Jesus" and "Through Being Cool," then their cover of "Working in a Coal Mine."  BONUS: Vintage Devo, covering "Satisfaction" on French TV.

ST VINCENT advance streams her self-titled third album.

BLEEDING RAINBOW advance streams Interrupt.

MOZES & THE FIRSTBORN advance stream their self-titled album.

IDA MARIA streams her Accidental Happiness EP.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

KEVIN DREW talks to Stereogum about his new album, Darlings

EXENE CERVENKA, the frontwoman for the seminal L.A. punk band X, is moving to Texas, declaring California "a liberal oppressive police state and regulations and taxes and fees."

ABBA admits they wore glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels for the tax deduction.

THE TOP 100 RICHEST MUSICIANS, according to The Richest

LEIGHTON MEESTER & ADAM BRODY married in a super-secret wedding.

JIMMY FALLON's Tonight Show debut had the show's second biggest audience, behind Leno’s final episodes. The debut featured a number of cameos, including one from Joan Rivers, who had been exiled from the show for nearly 30 years.


CHARLIE SHEEN is game to have more kids with his new fiancee.

ROBERT PATTINSON doesn't want to be famous anymore. But no mention of returning the money.

LAMAR ODOM is headed to Spain to play for the team Laboral Kutxa.

JASON BIGGS and his wife Jenny Mollen have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Sid.

UKRAINE: Downtown Kiev was aglow in fire early Wednesday, as demonstrators undeterred by a bloody day on the streets staked their claim to the heart of the Ukrainian capital and, they hope, the heart of the country itself.

VENEZUELAN opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez turned himself in to authorities Tuesday to face what he calls trumped-up homicide charges, after urging supporters to stay in the streets and protest peacefully against the government. Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas chief of <span class="taxInlineTagLink">Human Rights Watch</span>, was critical over the lack of proof of a crime and said the "international community should demand Lopez's "immediate release.... The arrest is an egregious violation of one of the basic principles of due process, that you can't jail someone without evidence."

EGYPT: A Cairo court postponed making a decision on whether Hamas is a terrorist organization.

IRAN: Talks aimed at reaching a long-term agreement on Iran's nuclear program kicked off Tuesday, but even in the nascent stages, both US and Iranian officials are working to strangle expectations.

A CAT crashed through the roof of an Olympic venue, sticks the landing.

A MONKEY can use his thoughts to control the movements of a second, sleeping monkey.

FLORIDA is the worldwide leader in shark attacks.

THE RATTLESNAKE that took a deadly bite out of Snake Salvation pastor Jamie Coots will not be killed ... in fact, the family will deploy the snake during next Saturday's service.


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Arctic Monkeys, Tony Joe White, Lucius, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & EDDIE VEDDER take the "Highway to Hell" in Melbourne.

ARCTIC MONKEYS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TONY JOE WHITE stopped by World Cafe for a chat, mini-set, and pork salad.

LUCIUS plays a mini-set at KUTX.

LA LUZ plays a mini-set on KEXP's Midday Show.

ETERNAL SUMMERS drop "A Burial" as a single, and it's not funereal.

DAMON ALBARN plays his "Lonely Press Play" and Terry Jacks's "Seasons in the Sun" on the BBC for Twofer Tuesday.

THE WHO cover "Barbara Ann" and blast through "My Generation," live on French TV, circa 1966, for Twofer Tuesday.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark writes about Twitter and self-promotion for The Guardian

WILLIS EARL BEAL knows he can be a difficult character.

XTC: The Quietus reassesses Oranges & Lemons 25 years later.

TEN 21st CENTURY 10/10s, as chosen by Clash Music.

TAYLOR SWIFT was heartbroken after she gave her virginity to Jake Gyllenhaal and he bailed on her 21st birthday party, leaving the singer locked in a bathroom crying the entire night, RadarOnline is exclusively reporting. Too good to check.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER are not engaged, contra V-Day rumors.

EMILY BLUNT & JOHN KRASINSKI welcome a daughter named Hazel.

SELENA GOMEZ is hitting the bottle hard after bailing from rehab just weeks ago, according to TMZ.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO spend V-Day with model-galpal Toni Garrn and her mother.

VENEZUELA ordered three American Embassy officials to leave the country, saying they had been recruiting students to take part in violent antigovernment protests, in the latest in a series of expulsions that have marked a low point in relations between the two countries.

SYRIA: The Supreme Military Council replaced head Salim Idriss with Brigadier Abdullah al-Bashir, citing "the difficulties faced by the Syrian revolution." An activist group said about 6,000 people have died in Syria since the Geneva II talks started, the highest daily toll in the conflict so far. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham battled regime forces in Reef Dimashq.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 11 civilians in Baghdad and two more in Qayyarah, three soldiers in Kirkuk, two soldiers in Miqdadiyah, two Awakening fighters in Taza, a policeman in Baghdad, and a policeman near Mosul. An ISIS suicide bomber killed three policemen in Ramadi. Security forces killed 10 ISIS fighters in Anbar.

LEBANON: A military judge ordered the arrest of four Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham militants for membership in the al Qaeda-linked group and planning attacks in Lebanon.


A RACCOON pops bubblewrap.

PACKS OF CHIHUAHUAS are wreaking havoc in a Phoenix neighborhood.

AN AGGRESSIVE CAMEL was captured by sheriff's deputies and animal control in Southern California. Almost waited until tomorrow for this one.

A WHITE TIGER took up a disturbed man's offer for lunch.

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Beck, Death Vessel, John Butler, Birdy, Surfing Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MISSION OF BURMA covering "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" at the Bell House.

BECK advance streams Morning Phase.

DEATH VESSEL advance streams Island Intervals. May not sound like you think. 

THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BIRDY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE AMERICAN BREED does some wonderfully bad lip-syncing in this wonderfully cheap clip for "Bend Me, Shape Me."

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to American Songwriter about his collaboration with The Roots. 

KIM GORDON talks to The Observer about life after Sonic Youth.

MOGWAI: Barry Burns talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the band's longevity, soundtracks, and more.

SUFJAN STEVENS wants to be rapper Mac Millan.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Lego Movie repeats atop the chart with a leggy 48 million on a mere 29 percent drop from its debut; that's dang good, even accounting for a longish Valentines/President's Day weekend. In context, 48 million would be the 5th biggest opening weekend in any February. Still performing like a Pixar pic (100 million in 8 days), with no competition until Mr Peabody shows up in March. The About Last Night remake places with 27 million against a 15 million budget.  The Robocop remake shows with 21 million, but only 26 million since opening last Wednesday against a 100 million budget; it will need hefty overseas grosses to wind up in the black, once marketing and such is factored in.  The Monuments Men takes the fourth slot with 15 million on  adecent 32 percent drop,  This one should recoup its 70 million production budget here, and make up the rest worldwide.  The Endless Love remake rounds out the Top 5 with 13.4 million against a reported 20 million budget.  Below the fold, Winter's Tale opened in seventh with 7.8 millionagainst a reported 45 million budget. Ouch.

ELLEN PAGE came out as a lesbian at the Time to Thrive conference Friday, though I can't imagine many are surprised.

CHARLIE SHEEN got engaged to former adult star Brett Rossi.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA got engaged to film producer Matthew Rutler.

SIMON COWELL and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Eric.

CHRIS BROWN was sued over an alleged gang beating on a baketball court; he denies the gang affiliation.

JUSTIN BIEBER: Moving to Atlanta?

DARREN SHARPER allegedly drugged multiple women and raped them in his hotel room.

THE BAFTA AWARDS went to these folks.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon

VENEZUELA: In the midst of runaway violence, inflation, and shortages of basic goods, Venezuela's youth have taken to the streets-to take on its Orwellian government.

EGYPT: The army announced the arrest of 19 Muslim Brotherhood members in Ismailia.

SYRIA: Saudi Arabia will soon supply MANPADS and antiaircraft missiles to the Free Syrian Army from warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.

IRAQI forces fought Friday to retake part of a northern town and nearby areas seized by gunmen, killing over a dozen militants and at least temporarily regaining territory.

KAMA: The Surfing Pig. Everybody's heard about the pig.

CRAZY ANTS cover themselves with acid to attack fire ants.

BIRDS get scorched over solar farms.

A BULLDOG protects his adopted kittens... mass hysteria!

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Valentine's Day, Sarah Neufeld, White Denim, Neil Finn, Cutout Bin, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

OVER 23 MILLION SERVED! Thanks for visiting regularly.


...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SARAH NEUFELD of Arcade Fire shares her Black Ground EP.

WHITE DENIM, Austin based psychedelic alt-country rockers, perform songs from their new album Corsicana Lemonade on KEXP

NEIL FINN stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of his new songs.

HEAVY ROTATION: 10 Love Songs NPR Can't Stop Playing.

JOHHNY CASH: Hear "I'm Movin' On," ft Waylon Jennings, from his posthumous LP.

BENMONT TENCH of The Heartbreakers drops "Veronica Said," ahead of You Should Be So Lucky.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

ALTERNATIVE LOVE SONGS, compiled by The Guardian -- including the Bee Gees' "Nights On Broadway," which Pate also recorded.

THE 10 CHEESIEST LOVE SONGS, according to Yahoo! Music.


CUTOUT BIN: From Gary Wright to Wilson Pickett, from The Pursuit of Happiness to Joy Division, from Van Halen to Weezer, plus ELO, Ike & Tina Turner, INXS, Tegan & Sara and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include the remake of RoboCop, which opened Wednesaday with 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Winter's Tale, which is currently scoring 13 percent; the remake of Endless Love, scoring 17 percent; and the remake of About Last Night, scoring 76 percent.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It's a think piece.

BRUCE JENNER denied reports he was quitting Keeping Up With The Kardashians -- though TMZ stands by its report, as well as the claim the family has inked a lucrative deal for future seasons.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN welcomed their second child together, a boy.

LIL KIM is knocked up.

JENNIFER ANISTON celebrated her birthday with Courtney Cox. Rembrandts reference here.

DAKOTA JOHNSON, the daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson—and granddaughter of Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren— is profiled by Vanity Fair as she shoots 50 Shades of Grey.

SHARKNADO 2: Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, and Judd Hirsch join the cast.

THE 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE COVER, revealed in time for Gratuitous Friday.

RALPH WAITE, known to millions as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons – and, more recently, as the Mark Harmon character's father, Jackson "Jack" Gibbs, on the CBS hit NCIS – died at his Palm Desert home at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the Desert Sun. He was 85.

EGYPT: Security forces reportedly thwarted an assassination attempt on a top security official in Giza. The army spokesman said 112 Islamist militants have been killed or wounded in operations in North Sinai in the past week.

IRAN: The real, unspoken reason America won't get involved in Syria.

SYRIA: The UN mediator said the Geneva II talks are failing.

A PIT BULL, DOBERMAN, and a CHIHUAHUA: Let's see who's boss.

ANOTHER GIRAFFE NAMED MARIUS may be put down by the Jyllands Park Zoo.

AN OWL attacks a rabbit hunter. Solidarity.

MONKEY STUD Moved After Making 50 Babies.

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