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Michael Jackson, Afghan Whigs, Jenny Lewis, Cutout Bin, Coco-Chan   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 27, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MICHAEL JACKSON! I'm not making a habit of this, but he did die 5 years ago this week, making it an apt moment to revisit his hits with the Jackson 5, like  "I Want You Back," "ABC," "The Love You Save" and "Never Can Say Goodbye," and solo hits like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and "Billie Jean," which not only broke the color barrier at MTV, but also ushered in an era of big-budget videos that may have peaked with the John Landis-directed "Thriller," the title track of the mega-seller that also spawned smashes like "Beat It."

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SAINT PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

JENNY LEWIS performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

MIKE KOZELEK is advance streaming Live at Biko.

IAN McLAGAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.  

WOODS drops the garage-psychedelic "Tomorrow's Only Yesterday" as a B-side.

FIELD MOUSE drops "Everyone But You" ahead of Hold Still Life.

WILD CHERRY: "Play That Funky Music." It's what they do.

DAVID CROSBY, GRAHAM NASH, photographer Joel Bernstein, and recording engineer Elliot Mazer talk to the Wall Street Journal about the 1974 CSNY tour.

G-L-O-R-I-A! Dave Barry explains why it's the Best Song Ever.

FIELD REPORT: Chris Porterfield talks to Stereogum about the substance abuse, spirituality, and similes behind their sophomore LP, Marigolden.

EXTENDED PLAY: NME lists 50 must-have EPs.It's missing The Replacements' Stink.

CUTOUT BIN: From Vince Guaraldi to Led Zeppelin, from Prince to Husker Du, from the Go-Gos to Nick Drake, plus Billy Bragg, the Beach Boys, the Cookies and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  Transformers: Age of Extinction is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

ROB KARDASHIAN'S  family wants Rob to get help for what they say is a very bad drug problem ... sources directly connected with the family tell TMZ.

LINDSAY LOHAN is confirmed to star in Speed The Plow. All the notoriously tardy leading lady has to do now is turn up on time for eight shows a week.

SHIA LaBEOUF was escorted out of Roundabout's production of Cabaret at Studio 54 during the show's intermission in handcuffs. At least he's not in the new Transformers pic.

SHAILENE WOODLEY: Vanity Fair has outtakes from her interview with the mag.

ZOE SALDANA: Pregnancy rumors.

UKRAINE is entering into a trade agreement with the European Union today that has already sparked a rebellion, toppled a president and ignited an armed conflict with pro-Russia separatists. As a shaky cease-fire in the east entered its final hours Thursday, thousands of Ukrainians in cars stuffed with belongings lined up at the border to cross into Russia, some vowing never to return.

VENEZUELA: Already grappling with street protests led by the right, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is facing a new threat from an unlikely place: old-school leftists who accuse him of betraying the socialist legacy that carried him to power.

IRAQ has bought used fighter jets from Russia and Belarus to battle Islamist militants after long delays in the delivery of F-16 planes from the U.S. left troops without air support. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Thursday that Syrian warplanes targeted militants earlier this week on the Syrian side of the Iraqi-Syrian border. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham took control of the town of Mansouriyat al-Jabal and a nearby oil field. A suicide bomber killed 19 people in Baghdad. The military claimed it killed 32 ISIS fighters in airstrikes in Tikrit and in Anbar Is an ISIS caliphate no more than a pipe dream?

COCO-CHAN eats corn and watermelon. And plays with her food.

A BLACK BEAR crashes a kid's birthday party. Literally.

EARTHWORMS invade Alberta.

UM, YEAH: A zoo in Switzerland is the latest to be embroiled in controversy, after it not only killed a healthy bear cub but will now stuff and display it to teach children that "nature can be cruel."

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Broken Bells, Bob Mould, Owen Pallett, Centro-Matic, Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILD BEASTS take some sort of trip to "Mecca."

BROKEN BELLS play a full set Live On Letterman.

BOB MOULD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

OWEN PALLETT performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CENTRO-MATIC plays a mini-set at KUTX

GASLIGHT ANTHEM goes "Rollin' and Tumblin'" ahead of Get Hurt.

CONNECTIONS "Beat The Sky" ahead of Into Sixes.

THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

PRINCE: Purple Rain turns 30 this week; Stereogum ranks his albums.

RICHARD REED PARRY of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre talks to Drowned In Sound about  Music for Heart and Breath, the irritations of playing wearing a stethoscope, and why nobody should care about Metallica playing Glastonbury.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS announces a postumous album.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2014 (So Far), according to Pretty Much Amazing.

GARY OLDMAN 's apology was not accepted by the Anti-Defamation League.

GEORGE CLOONEY wants to be Governor or Senator or something.

ADAM LEVINE insists he never had sex with Lindsay Lohan.

CHRIS BROWN rejected a plea bargain in his Washington assault case.

MADONNA was wearing Islamic garb on Instagram.

THE GEORGE LUCAS MUSEUM will be built in Chicago. Yay?

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD gives a first look to Entertainment Weekly.

NORTH KOREA has threatened a "resolute and merciless" response against the US unless it bans a film about an attempt to assassinate the country's leader, Kim Jong-un.

UKRAINE: Russia's upper house of parliament voted Wednesday to revoke the right of President Vladimir Putin to use troops in Ukraine as efforts continue to calm a separatist uprising in Ukraine's east.

VENEZUELA: University students and government opponents protested in Caracas on Tuesday, demanding the release of people who have been arrested in street demonstrations in recent months.

IRAQ: Sunni militants in Iraq took control of several small oil fields and targeted one of the country’s largest air bases Wednesday, while a suicide bomb blast rocked an outdoor market just south of the capital of Baghdad.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK was spotted off of Cape Cod, right at the height of tourist season.

REGINA THE OCTOPUS predicts US-Germany tie, meaning Americans will advance to 2nd round of World Cup. That's just science.

A PUPPY got his head stuck in a car wheel.

A CAT supervises a polices earch of its home.

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The National, Beverly, Turn To Crime, Brian Eno, Cat vs Chipmunk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VERUCA SALT drops a video for "It's Holy," the B-side to their return single.

THE NATIONAL ran through a nearly two hour set at Celebrate Brooklyn.

BEVERLY advance streams Careers.

TURN TO CRIME streams Can't Love.

BRIAN ENO & KARL HYDE advance stream High Life.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS drop their swan song, a cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)."

RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Vintage video of "Blank Generation," with a little "Love Comes in Spurts."

THE ANTLERS: Peter Silberman and Darby Cicci talk to PopMatters, separately.

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Dave Wakeling, the sole remaining original member, is crowdfunding a new LP under that moniker.

IGGY POP gets an apology from Amnesty International.

SONG OF THE SUMMER? Musicians gave their picks to Flavorwire.

GARY OLDMAN: The quasi-apology for his Playboy interview is coming soon.

JUSTIN BIEBER was in a car accident in Bev Hills after a paparazzi chase.

HOPE SOLO: The 911 Tape.

LANA DEL REY and her fiance, Barrie-James O'Neill, have split.

ELIZA DUSHKU split with longtime boyfriend Rick Fox and moved back to Boston to, eventually, go to school.

DEAL OR NO DEAL model's husband kills himself amid marital woes, after pics of her with Leonardo Dicaprio and Adrian grenier turned up online.

PREDATOR getting a reboot from Shane Black? That might be interesting.


ELI WALLACH, who was one of his generation’s most prominent and prolific character actors in film, onstage and on television for more than 60 years, died on Tuesday. He was 98.

UKRAINE: A cease-fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists appeared to be in danger Tuesday as President Petro Poroshenko said he may end the weeklong agreement early.The announcement came after rebels shot down a Ukrainian military helicopter Tuesday near the city of Sloviansk.

PAKISTAN: Gunmen fired on a Pakistan International Airlines plane as it was landing in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday night, killing a woman on board and injuring three crew members in the third incident at a Pakistani airport this month.

LIBYA teeters near chaos ahead of national elections.

IRAQ: Sunni militants are consolidating their hold on a swath of Iraq and now threaten the integrity of the Iraqi state, U.S. military and intelligence officials said. Iraqi sources denied that Tarbil and Al-Waleed have been seized by ISIS militants.

CAT vs CHIPMUNK: Who you got?

A MONKEY using an iPhone. Nature photographer Marsel van Oosten shares the full story behind his amazing shot and technique.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK was captured about a mile off Rockaway Beach.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents, have attacked one guy's phone and internet services at least 30 times.

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First Aid Kit, Summer Songs, Robert Plant, The Shins, Beagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOTH: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo say "No Sir” to Conan.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER, 1962-2014, streaming via NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Tom Petty, Lana Del Rey, Sean Rowe, Phox and more highlight the current edition.

PATTI SMITH: Pitchfork scoured the net for pre-Horses material. 

ROBERT PLANT and the Sensational Space Shifters drop "Rainbow" ahead of lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.

THE SHINS drop "So Now What" from the Wish I Was Here soundtrack.

MANFRED MANN covers Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" and "Just Like a Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

ST VINCENT talks to Rolling Stone while visiting he Museu Blau, a natural-history museum overlooking a stretch of the Mediterranean.

PHISH talks songwriting on All Things Considered.

HAPPY MONDAYS: Paul Ryder and Rowetta ell The Guardian about making "Kinky Afro."

MERRY CLAYTON – the stark and striking female voice on the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," and one of the stars of the Oscar-winning documentary Twenty Feet from Stardom – has been seriously injured in a car crash.

KRISTEN STEWART threatened to sue Joan Rivers for saying her way to stardom was the casting couch.

KRISTEN BELL is pregnant with her second child with husband Dax Shepard.

GEORGE CLOONEY entertained his fiancée's mother, Baria Alamuddin, at his villa on Lake Como, Italy, over the weekend.

GARY OLDMAN goes politically incorrect in a Playboy Interview.

ROBIN THICKE is laying it on thick in his campaign to win back estranged wife Paula Patton. Perhaps too thick.

UKRAINE: Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed Monday to respect a cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president.

SYRIA on Monday handed over the remaining 100 tonnes of toxic material it had declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, but the country cannot be declared free of the weapons of mass destruction, the organisation's chief said.

IRAQI premier Nuri al-Maliki's security spokesman said Monday that "hundreds" of Iraqi soldiers have been killed by Sunni Arab militants in a major offensive that has overrun vast tracts of the country. Sunnis are reportedly expelling Shiites from Kirkuk and nearby towns.  In the two weeks since it was seized by Sunni militants, some residents of the northern Iraq city of Mosul feel the clock has been turned back hundreds of years. US President Obama is lining up ISIS targets in Iraq and may launch an attack on the militant Islamic militia that is threatening Baghdad even if he does not get an agreement with the Iraqi regime, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.

BEAGLE vs TOASTER OVEN: Bet on the Beagle.

ALLIGATORS should not be moved by amateurs.

A BULL SHARK was spotted in a freshwater pond at a beachside park.

PEANUT wins the World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair.

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Foo Fighters, Old Crow Medicine Show, OOIOO, Wolf Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOO FIGHTERS cover The Rolling Stones, Queen, Van Halen, and Alice Cooper at the Firefly fest.

OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW advance streams Remedy.

OOIOO advance streams Gamel.

JIM LAUDERDALE advance streams I'm a Song.

CORB LUND advance streams Counterfeit Blues, recorded at Sun Studios in Memphis.

MICK JAGGER & DAVID BOWIE, "Dancing In The Street," without music.

HOW TO DRESS WELL: Tom Krell gets a meaty profile as the new Pitchfork cover story.

LANA DEL REY: A paradox explored on The Record.

JESSIE WARE gets a non-serious interview from Nosiey.

GUIDED BY VOICES:The genius Bee Thousand turns 20, and gets its own lager, Beer Thousand. Get off my lawn.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Think Like a Man Too tops the chart with 30 million; that number is good against a 24 million budget, but about what the original did, not sequel type numbers. 22 Jump Street showed with 29 million, on a steep 49 percent drop.  Then again, 21 Jump Street dropped 45 percent in its second weekend and turned out leggy, so who knows.As it stands the sequal is at 111 million domestic against a 50 million budget, and hasn't opened in a lot of other territories.  How To Train Your Dragon 2 shows with 25.3 million, on another sequelly drop of 49 percent. This will have to do Kung-Fu Panda 2-style biz overseas to make the 400 million it likely needs to profit. Jersey Boys debuted in the fourth slot with a soft 13 million, but with a 40 million budget and no real competition for the older demo, Clint could recoup his production budget. Maleficent rounds out the Top 5 with 13 million; Jolie is showing some legs, and she'll need them to make the approximately 80 million more worldwide it needs to profit.She'll likely find it in China.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ, caught canoodling in studio.

KATIE COURIC married financier John Molner in East Hampton, New York on Saturday.

JENNIFER LOPEZ  and Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy met up for a “very flirty” night on the town, weeks after they shot down dating rumors.

HOPE SOLO was arrested overnight for allegedly striking her sister and her nephew at the Kirkland home she shares with her husband, former NFL player Jerramy Stevens, according to police.

STAR WARS: Rian Johnson will write scripts for Episodes VIII and IX, but only direct VIII.

ROSARIO DAWSON is joining the Daredevil series on Netflix.

UKRAINE: The new cease-fire implemented in embattled eastern Ukraine by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Friday was clearly under threat by Saturday, if not sooner.

EGYPT: A court upheld death sentences against Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and some 182 followers. Many of those sentenced were tried in absentia, and their sentences are invalidated if they surrender to authorities or are arrested, in which case retrial is ordered.

SYRIA: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham executed three Free Syrian Army officers (the vice-leader of the military council in Deir Ezzor province and two commanders in the Al Haq group) in Deir Izzour. ISIS yesterday took over Mo Hasan and other strategic towns in eastern Deir Izzour, including the headquarters of the rebel battalions' military council.

IRAQ: Militant fighters tightened their grip Sunday on western Iraq as security forces withdrew from a handful of towns in Anbar province, moving closer to Baghdad. President Obama said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham poses a "medium and longterm threat" to the US, but that other terrorist groups may present more immediate threats, and said "ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on," mentioning al Qaeda in Yemen and Boko Haram.

A WOLF PUP hiccups.

THE ASSASSIN BUG impales its prey and sucks it dry, then attaches the entire corpse to its back.

A RACCOON takes a Winne-the-Pooh enactment to a whole new level.

A BABY RHINO was born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on Saturday.

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