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Mazzy Star, Chvrches, Au Revoir Simone, Maru + Hana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEONARD COHEN debuts a new song, "I've Got A Secret."

MAZZY STAR advance streams Seasons of Your Day.

CHVRCHES advance streams The Bones of What You Believe.

AU REVOIR SIMONE advance streams Move In Spectrums.

TYPHOON stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session. 

FREE ENERGY covers Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby."

JANELLE MONAE covers the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back."

SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze." Because it's almost not.

MGMT gets the fancy cover story treament at Pitchfork.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Kevin Shields talks to The Guardian about being "banned" from the Mercury Prize  for being truly indie.

FLEETWOOD MAC: Looks like Christine McVie will cameo some shows on the tour.

RAY DOLBY, the legendary pioneer of high fidelity sound, has died after struggling with Alzheimer's disease and leukemia. He was 80.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Insidious 2 tops the chart with a popping 41 million dollars. Poor reviews and the front-loading of a Fiday the 13th opening may make this short-lived, but against a 5 million budget, it's golden. The Family placed with a 14.5 million debut, which is lackluster, but probably enough to break even when it's done.  Riddick shows with 7 million, but that's a steep 63 percent drop from its opening.  31 million against a 38 million budget doesn't sound bad until you see it has taken in only 10 million overseas.  The Butler finishes fourth with 5.6 million and crosses the 100 million mark on its way to Oscarville.  We're The Millers hangs onto the bottom of the Top 5 with another 5.4 million and 131.6 million against a 37 million budget.

MILEY CYRUS put on some clothes.

JOHN LEGEND & CHRISSY TEIGEN tied the knot in Italy on Saturday.

LEBRON JAMES tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson in San Diego on Saturday.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mother was busted for an off-the-charts DWI.

LAMAR ODOM was charged with 1 count of DUI.

KANYE WEST has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft for allegedly attacking a paparazzo at LAX on July 19.

SYRIA: The United States and Russia agreed Saturday on an outline for the identification and seizure of Syrian chemical weapons and said Syria must turn over an accounting of its arsenal within a week.The agreement will be backed by a UN Security Council resolution that could allow for sanctions or "other consequences" if Syria fails to comply.  Some rebels reject the deal.  As negotiations to avert a U. strike against Syria ramped up last week, so, too, did the action on the ground. A secretive Syrian military unit at the center of the Assad regime's chemical weapons program has been moving stocks of poison gases and munitions to as many as 50 sites to make them harder for the US to track, according to American and Middle Eastern officials.  BTW, have you seen the cover of TIME?

IRAN: A new report suggests that Iran ceased its production of nuclear warheads in 2004.

IRAQ: A suicide bomber killed 21 people during a funeral in a village north of Mosul.

MARU the BOX CAT now has Hana the Kitten to play with.

THE IKEA MONKEY has been taken from its owner.

LIVE CRABS in Chinese vending machines. On purpose.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Secretly defeated by a conspiracy at Yale?

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Replacements, Sky Larkin, Franz Ferdinand, NMH, Cutout Bin, Kissing Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with THE REPLACEMENTS! Paul and Tommy are a-comin' to Chicago this Sunday, but here's the original quartet opening for X in Mpls in October '83.  Your setlist includes: "I'm In Trouble," "Kids Don't Follow," a lounge version of "F*** School," "Color Me Impressed," and "Sixteen Blue."  BONUS: The A.V. Club's primer to Paul Westerberg and the Replacements.

SKY LARKIN is advance streaming Motto.

ARP is advance streaming More.

FRANZ FERDINAND stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL, Live in N'awlins, April 3, 1998

LUSCIOUS JACKSON reunites and drops "Show Us What You Got," because they got a cowbell.

OF MONTREAL drops "Belle Glade Missionaries" ahead of lousy with sylvianbriar.

ELVIS COSTELLO & JIMMY CLIFF bring you a "Seven Day Weekend."

BOOKER T JONES talks to The Guardian about Otis Redding, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, touring the segregated South, returning to Stax and more...

MAZZY STAR: Hope Sandoval and Bruce Roback talk to Stereogum about their first LP in 17 years.

RIOT GRRL: The Awl tours the archives.

CHARTING THE BEATLES' instruments and authorship. (Thx, LHB.)

THE CUTOUT BIN:From Marvin Gaye to the Pixies, from World Party to the Walker Bros, from Billy Bragg to The Shaggs, plus Dexy's Midnight Runners, Best Coast, Buddy Holly, Glenn Tilbrook and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:This weekend's wide releases are The Family,wich is currently scoring 35 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Insidious: Chapter 2, which is scoring 40 percent.

MUMFORD & SONS were booted from an Atlanta strip club. But not for touching.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is profiled by the NYT's T Magazine.

KATE MIDDLETON: The Duchess of Cambridge attended her first red carpet event since becoming a mother.

NICOLE KIDMAN is pressing charges against aphotog who knocked her over.

LADY GAGA talked to Andy Cohen about ‘dipping in the lady pond,’ explaining that she prefers the ‘energy’ of lesbians.

LIAM HEMSWORTH's rep denies he sexted January Jones.

DEMI MOORE has been dating restaurant mogul Peter Morton for a few months now.

UNITED STATES officials say that as many as 100 Americans are under active surveillance in the US as suspected terrorists, and that just as many have left the US to fight with al Qaeda-linked groups overseas, including about a dozen fighting with the Al Nusrah Front in Syria and some 50 who have gone to Somalia to fight with Shabaab.

EGYPT: Has an insurgency already begun?

SYRIA submitted its application to the UN to join the global Chemical Weapons Convention. Opposition websites claimed that a new chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Jobar has resulted in casualties.  Assad indicated that Syria would not surrender its chemical weapons unless the US stops making military threats and arming the rebels. The rebel Supreme Military Council rejected the Russian proposal for the surrender of Syria's chemical weapons, saying the regime should be punished.

A LION kisses his rescuer.

AMAZONIAN BUTTERFLIES drink turtle tears.

A HUGE POPULATION OF MONKEYS is sweeping across Florida after being introduced during the filming of Tarzan.

A SMALL TROUT devoured nearly 20 shrews.

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Sebadoh, Ty Segall, Gogol Bordello, Retrievers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JULIA HOLTER is on a mission in "This Is A True Heart."

SEBADOH drop by the KEXP studio to play songs off their 2013 release Defend Yourself.  

TY SEGALL plays an acoustic mini-set at WNYC Soundcheck.

GOGOL BORDELLO brings their gypsy punk to WNYC Soundcheck.

PILLARS AND TONGUES advance stream End-dance.

CREAM whipped up "Strange Brew" for Beat Club in 1967.

THE MERCURY PRIZE shortlist is announced.

KATHLEEN HANNA: Five Things You Didn't Know. With a Joan Jett cameo.

LAURA VEIRS talks to Drowned In Sound about motherhood and her latest LP.

NEIL YOUNG's one-of-a-kind, million-dollar hybrid electric vehicle broke down on Interstate 80 on the way to a green festival in Canada.

EMILY BLUNT & JOHN KRASINSKI are expecting their first child in just a few months.

LAMAR ODOM scooped up a household cleaning product that doubles as a vital part of homemade crack pipes.

ZOE SALDANA and beau Marco Perego secretly tied the knot in London in June.

HOLLY MADISON married Pasquale Rotella at the Disneyland on Tuesday.

MADONNA: Engaged?

LINDSAY LOHAN has a "sober companion" who costs 2500 daily.

TOM HANKS: His jury duty came to a swift end after a member of the City Attorney's Office made inappropriate contact with him during a break. The case then ended with a plea bargain.

TIGER WOODS: Getting a taste of his own bitter medicine from Lindsey Vonn?

KATHERINE HEIGL is slinking back to TV, as she's no longer so big a box-office draw for movie types to put up with her BS.

NORTH KOREA appears to be in the process of restarting a nuclear reactor used to produce weapons-grade plutonium, five years after shutting the facility down as part of international disarmament efforts.

ONE RETRIEVER is better at snack-catching.

HERO DOGS OF 9/11, including one who found a woman trapped in the WTC rubble for 27 hours.

WHEN BEARS ATTACK: The father of a Rhode Island man who was mauled by a grizzly bear in Alaska said Wednesday it's a miracle that his son is alive after suffering bites to his head and leg.

A BABY ELEPHANT cried for five hours after his mother tried to stomp him to death. Not quite "Dumbo," is it?

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Smith Westerns, JC Brooks, The Suburbs, Skateboarding Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TV ON THE RADIO drops an animated lcip for "Mercy."

SMITH WESTERNS drop by KEXP to play songs off their third studio release Soft Will

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND play a soulful mini-set at KEXP.

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

BALANCE AND COMPOSURE advance streams The Things We Think We're Missing.

BLITZEN TRAPPER drops "Shine On" ahead of VII.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN drops "Daddy Was A Real Good Dancer" ahead of Uncanny Valley.

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." And you and you and you and you.

NIRVANA: Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic share memories and unreleased songs from In Utero at All Songs Considered.

HARRY NILSSON, remembered by Van Dyke Parks.

THE WRENS: Stereogum marks the 10th anniversary of The Meadowlands with an oral history. 

TOM WAITS, ranked by Stereogum.

KRISTEN STEWART was briefly sold to an Arabian prince for Hurrican Sany relief. Also, Jimmy Page turned down Presidents Obama and Clinton.

LAMAR ODOM denies he has a crack problem and is confident he'll play in the NBA next season.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA has admitted himself to a treatment facility.

TOM HANKS pulled jury duty in a domestic violence case.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE ran into each other at the airport, but seemed cordial.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ is profiled in W magazine.

"THE SITUATION" blames his pill addiction on Dancing With The Stars.

VANITY FAIR isn't sucking up enough to celebrities, think celebrtities.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember.

SYRIA:  Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Syria’s chemical arms handover will only work if the US and its allies renounce the use of force against Damascus. And if Putin ever tires of jerking the US around, note there's almost no chance Russia's "plan" will work. An authorization of strikes had not yet reached 50 Senators, even privately, meaning its passage is in doubt, even in the Senate. A spokesman for the rebels' Supreme Military Council said the US has begun supplying lethal as well as nonlethal aid to the rebels.

EGYPT: Clashes between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces in the northern Sinai left at least one dead. Authorities claimed to have killed nine Islamist militants during ongoing operations in the Sinai. As part of the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, authorities announced plans to forbid 55000 unlicensed clerics from preaching in mosques.


ANIMALS like to get drunk too

WHEN POLAR BEARS ATTACK: Distract with your cellphone.

WHEN COUGARS ATTACK: Use your spear.

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Arcade Fire, Tommy Keene, Miniboone, Kinks, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE drops a video for the title track to "Reflektor." With a Bowie cameo, sounds different. YMMV.

TOMMY KEENE is advance streaming Excitement At Your Feet.

MINIBOONE is advance streaming a self-titled LP.

GROUPLOVE is advance streaming Spreading Rumours

STEVE GUNN lays out some guitar jams in a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

DUCKTAILS drops "Honey Tiger Eyes" from the limited edition Wish Hotel EP.

THE KINKS supply "Days" and "The Village Green Preservation Society" for Twofer Tuesday.

NINE INCH NAILS: Trent Reznor talks to All Things Considered about reacting to criticism, working with Lindsey Buckingham and the reasons he thinks opening for Guns N' Roses  in Germany was a big mistake.

JASON ISBELL talks to the L.A. Times about sobering up.

THE ORWELLS tell The Guardian why only angry teenagers can do garage rock.

THE TOP 100 LPs OF 1986, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs. I played most of these on the radio.

MILEY CYRUS: Not getting any better.

TINA FEY will be the guest host for the SNL premiere on Sept. 28.

LAMAR ODOM's "roommate" saw him do crack.

ROBIN QUIVERS: Howard Stern's right hand woman announced she's been battling cancer for the past year, but says she's now cancer free.

GWYNETH PALTROW cut off a school bus. On a Vespa. With her child on the back. On video.

BRITNEY SPEARS is getting into shape for her Vegas residency.

PATRICK STEWART married singer-songwriter Sunny Ozell; Ian McKellen officiated.

SYRIA: After US Secretary of State Kerry said rhetorically that the US would not strike Syria if it handed over all of its chemical weapons in a week, Foreign Minister Lavrov appeared to back the request in principle. Then Syria did. And by the end of the day, so did Pres. Obama. (Last week, Kerry was complaining about Russian obstructionism.)  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev) delayed a procedural vote on military strikes as opposition builds among senators in both parties.

LIBYA has rebuffed the Obama administration’s efforts to arrest the suspects in the attacks in Benghazi that killed the United States ambassador to Libya and three other Americans.

A CAT gets a neck massage.

A CAT was rescued by Batman and Captain America.

RELEASING 1000 FOREIGN CRICKETS earns a scientist a citation.

A FERAL PIG steals six-packs, wreaks havoc.

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