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New Releases, Bloc Party, Fr John Misty, Loyal Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST gets a little desolate in her "Graveyard."

NEW RELEASES from Aerosmith, Mike Doughty, Ash, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BLOC PARTY shifts gears for a pared-down acoustic performance live on KEXP.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

AC NEWMAN talks to DIY about paternity leave, Gerry Rafferty and more...

EFFED UP: Damian Abraham talks to Stereogum about fatherhood, touring and more...

SPIRITUALIZED: Jason Pierce talks to Drowned In Sound about America, festivals as the death of art, and more.

DAPHINI: Caribou's Dan Snaith has completed a transformation from electronic pop auteur to full-blown dancefloor fiend. He speaks to The Quietus about real world textures, mathematics and music.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to Movieline about her work in the adaptation of On The Road, in a rare non-sparkly vampire-centric interview.

KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPARD are expecting their first child.

AMANDA BYNES was not parading around nude in a tanning salon, according to the owner.

SHARON OSBOURNE reveals she had a double mastectomy after discovering she carries a faulty gene.

MILEY CYRUS: Going X-rated?

CASABLANCA SEQUEL? This could be the beginning of a terrible movie.

THE UNITED STATES added Qari Zakir to the list of global terrorists. He serves as head of the Haqqani Network's suicide operations in Afghanistan and the operational commander in Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz, and Baghlan provinces, and runs the network's training program.

SYRIA: Twenty rebels were killed when government jets bombarded the northern town of Haram. Fighting raged in Damascus and Aleppo.

IRAQ: Security forces detained a senior al Qaeda leader and two of his aides in Ramadi, and 35 more al Qaeda members in Anbar province.

AFGHANISTAN is considering expelling the staff of an influential global conflict-resolution think tank over a recent critical report, fueling concerns about Kabul's tolerance of dissent.

LOYAL CAT salutes owner.

TURTLE vs ANACONDA: Who you got?

A HEDGEHOG was rescued from a snack bag; it only took six people 3/12 hours.

CHIHUAHUA saved from COYOTE by a woman wielding a newspaper.

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Snow Patrol, Lord Huron, Passion Pit, Pere Ubu, Coati + Fox   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND, doing an appropos Hallowwen Kimmel hit, debuted "Unbelievers."

SNOW PATROL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LORD HURON plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

CALEXICO stops by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

PASSION PIT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

PERE UBU is back with a new song, "Free White," from a new album, Lady From Shanghai, due in January.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: Can't trust that day.

TITUS ANDRONICUS and Punk Patriotism.

LOU REED: PopMatters catalogs his 10 spookiest songs. MTV Hive picks top covers of The Velvet Underground & Nico LP. (Thx, LHB.)

BOB MOULD, HUSKER DU & SUGAR: Ranked by Stereogum.

20 HITS written for other artists.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wreck-It Ralph has this weekend's high score with 49.1 million, despite Hurricane Sandy, raising the prospect it will make money on its 165 million budget domestically and clean up worldwide. Flight places with 25 million, well above tracking estimates, but right about on target for a Denzel Washington movie. Look for this to clean up on a 31 million budget, and do well in awards season.  Argo shows with 10.2 million --  not bad in light of competition from Flight; Affleck & Co have grossed 75.9 million domestic against a 44.5 million budget.  The Man With the Iron Fists debuts in fourth with 8.2 million against a 15 million budget; pretty good for a flick that could go on to some cult following.  Taken 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 6 million on a 125 million run.  Below the fold, Cloud Atlas and Hotel Transylvania take it in the chops.

AMANDA BYNES threatens suit against InTouch magazine: "I'm not 'troubled.' I don't get naked in public. I'm 26, a multi-millionaire, retired. Please respect my privacy."

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART laughed and joked their way through first TV interview together since the affair scandal.

CEE LO GREEN: The woman who filed a police report accusing the singer of sexual battery secretly recorded a a reportedly damaging conversation with him.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad denies stories he's gay. NTTAWWT.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit by Sam Lufti, the one-time confidante of the pop tart, ruling there was insufficient evidence to go forward with the trial on allegations of defamation, assault and breach of contract.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and supermodel Erin Heatherton are dunzo.

LIBYA: A bomb attached to a police car exploded in front of a Benghazi police station, injuring three policemen and damaging the building. Police have arrested several suspects.

SYRIA: A bomb attached to a police car exploded in front of a Benghazi police station, injuring three policemen and damaging the building. Police have arrested several suspects.

EGYPT: Salafists demonstrated in Cairo for greater use of sharia law in Egypt's constitution. Salafists clashed with Liberal protesters who chanted slogans against President Mursi. Police arrested 12 suspects linked to al Qaeda; weapons and explosives were also seized.

COATI nibbles FENNEC FOX...Mass hysteria!

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE: The new livestock?

DON'T BRING A DEER GUN to a bear fight.

HUNDREDS OF YETIS live in Siberia, according to a "controversial" Russian scientist.

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Talking Heads, Ariel Pink, Twin Shadow, Sugar, Sleepy Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with TALKING HEADS! To maintain a low profile, I won't mention the title of this set, which should be known to some of you. I saw this tour and it remains one of the more impressive shows I have seen. This selection includes "Psycho Killer," "Heaven," "Thank You For Sending Me An Angel," "Found A Job," "Slippery People," "Burning Down The House," "Life During Wartime," "Making Flippy Floppy," "Swamp," "What A Day That Was," "This Must be the Place (Naïve Melody)," "Once In A Lifetime," "Genius Of Love" (as Tom Tom Club), "Girlfriend Is Better," Pate staple "Take Me To The River" and "Cross-eyed and Painless." 

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TWIN SHADOW stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MATTHEW DEAR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SUGAR: Live at Cat's Cradle, Nov. 19, 1994.

COUSTEAU: "The Last Good Day of the Year." Or close to it.

PETE TOWNSHEND talks to The Guardian and reads an excerpt from his autobiography.

BETH ORTON talks to All Things Considered about how songwriting is like maple syrup, and more.

THE TOP 5 BANDS That Should Be Way Bigger Than They Are is up for discussion at All Songs Considered.

BILL DEES, songwriter whose notable hits included Roy Orbison's "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over," died in Arkansas last week at age 73.

CUTOUT BIN: From Patterson Hood to Toto, from Jimi Hendix to the Jesus & Mary Chain, from Led Zeppelin to This Mortal Coil, plus the Only Ones, Specials, Knack, Urge Overkill, Faces 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: Wreck-It Ralph, which is currently scoring 83 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Man with the Iron Fists, which is scoring 75 percent in early reviews; and Flight, scoring 82 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN is back to his old ways, snorting cocaine and smoking crack on a daily basis, according to RadarOnline.

GENE HACKMAN had given clothes, money and rides to a homeless man whom Hackman slapped this week after the man became aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife.

CHRIS BROWN decided to be a Taliban fighter for Halloween. Classy.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE have taken no steps to end their marriage... legally.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (Sherlock) will star in a Brian Epstein biopic.

SYRIA: Secretary of State Clinton called for reorganization of the Syrian opposition to better reflect those fighting in the conflict, dismissing the Syrian National Council as remote and warning that extremist groups were trying to hijack the revolution.

IRAN: The Syrian revolution has significantly affected Iran's image in the Arab world and clearly had a negative impact on Arab perception of Iranian policies in the region.

EGYPT: Minorities Fear End of Secularism.

SLEEPY KITTY: The supporting cast makes this clip. (Thx, Zoey.)

500 CATS rescued from death in Chinese restaurants.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Halloween edition.

THOUSANDS OF NYC RATS may have drowned in superstorm Sandy.

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Calexico, Menomena, Lost in the Trees, Painting Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL BANKS (Interpol) got "Young Again" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

CALEXICO plays and talks tacos at WNYC Soundcheck.

MENOMENA play a few for WNYC Souncheck and discuss the changes to their lineup, the family histories that inspired this latest release, and why drummer Danny Seim will always love Amy Grant.

LOST IN THE TREES plays a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

BETH ORTON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS perform an unpluggedy "Love My Way."

DEPECHE MODE: Dave Gahan tries to avoid spoilers about the new LP in an interview with Consequence of Sound.

LOU REED: Tablet explores his relationship to the work of Delmore Schwartz.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall has money and health issues.

PETRA HADEN will be working her (mostly) a cappella magic when she "Goes to the Movies."

DISNEYLUCAS: Vader celebrates his assimilation by the Mouse. I have a bad feeling about this.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad hired a gay male escort, according to RadarOnline. He also is reported to have lavished gifts on a boy toy.

CEE-LO GREEN is the target of an LAPD sexual battery investigation, but the singer adamantly denies the allegation.

GENE HACKMAN pimp-slapped a homeless man who physically threatened the actor and his wife outside a New Mexico restaurant.


STEVEN TYLER and his longtime fiancée, Erin Brady, are on the rocks.

KATE MOSS talks Johnny Depp and raising Hell with Vanity Fair.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER firms up its cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders and Anthony Mackie.

GERMANY: Police arrested Fouad Charouali, a French national wanted for his role in the 2003 Casablanca bombings, at an airport in Munich as he was traveling with his family from Paris to Dubai.

YEMEN: A pipeline transporting liquefied natural gas to the Balhaf terminal was bombed. Yemen's former ambassador to Syria said that country was used as a conduit for Iran to foment unrest in Yemen.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq assassinated a tribal leader who opposed the group in Haditha. Security forces killed an al Qaeda leader in Mosul. The Ministry of Defense said it is creating a counterterrorism studies center in Anbar.

JUSTIN, the painting horse.

A BABY COCKATOO is born to two birds illegally smuggled into Britain. No word on citizenship.

RACCOONS introduced by the Nazis have officially occupied Germany after experts admitted they are there to stay.

A FOX steals a handbag... then returns it.

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Halloween Mix, Jon Spencer, Low, Brian Eno, Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD tears through the chock-full-o-references "Keep Believing" for Conan.

A HALLOWEEN MIX, streaming courtesy of Folk Alley.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOW played a short set on the Mountain Stage.

BRIAN ENO is advance streaming LUX, a return to his ambient thing.

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to The Guardian about the nature of art, beards - and what happens when you grow up and move to Brooklyn.

NOEL GALLAGHER spoke with The A.V. Club about abandoning projects, feeding his cat, working with hippies, and looking like Keith Richards.

SAINT ETIENNE: Sarah Cracknell talks to the WaPo about the band's seven-year nonhiatus.


DISNEY BUYS LUCASFILM for 4.05 billion in cash and stock; Star Wars Episode VII targeted for 2015 release.  What say you, Lord Vader?  One would like to think that the Mouse could do better with this franchise, but George already has story treatments.  That said, this is a relative steal for Disney, which paid more for Pixar.  Disney gets not only the residuals and merch rights, but also Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, which work on most every Hollywood blockbuster  -- including those from Marvel Studios, which Disney also bought not too long ago.  The Avengers 2 just got cheaper to make through the magic of creative accounting, wherein Disney pays itself for work it once paid Lucas.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad's affair with an aspiring male model unraveled after his wife Tina made a mad dash to New York City to confront her husband about the alleged trysts, according to RadarOnline.

RUSSELL BRAND just got sued by a pedestrian who claims the actor drove into him earlier this year in Los Angeles.

TONI BRAXTON fraudulently transferred 53,490 to her estranged husband in order to avoid paying back creditors in her bankruptcy case - so says the trustee of Toni's bankruptcy estate.

OCTOMOM checks into rehab; the litter is with nannies.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR tops the latest Forbes list of Top-Earning Dead Celebs.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - There's no love lost between Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron on the set.

SYRIA: Warplanes bombed rebel targets with renewed intensity on Tuesday after the end of a widely ignored four-day truce.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban's attack on education goes well byond the attack on Malala Yousufzai.

IRAN aims to defy sanctions through domestic production.

A GIRL cuddles a CAMEL...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Halloween edition.

DOGOWEEN: They will turn against us, someday.

CATOWEEN: Oh yes, they will turn against us.


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