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St. Pat's Day, Real Estate, Alejandro Escovedo, Cutout Bin, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my fave Pogues song, "Sally MacLennane," and a Shamrock Shake.

REAL ESTATE return to KEXP to play songs from their new LP Atlas on The Midday Show. 

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

LUCIUS played the UBS Forum for The Current.

LES CLAYPOOL'S DUO DE TWANG performs "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver" and more in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS is profiled by Magnet.

THIRTEEN BANDS that could reunite...but won't.

SLOWDIVE spoke to Black Penny Music about the band's reformation and comeback. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

SONGS WES ANDERSON put back in your head

CUTOUT BIN: -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wider releases are Need For Speed, which is currently scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms' Club, which -per usual- was not screened for critics.  Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel expands beyond NYC and LA at 90 percent; Veronica Mars debuts on 300 screens at 69 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN's taping of 2 Broke Girls was a train wreck. Shocka!

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ have been living apart... but he's still sporting his ring.

ELISABETH OLSEN is engaged to actor Boyd Holbrook.

SETH ROGEN: Not a Belieber.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 will take on Superman vs Batman head on.

MALAYSIA: US investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky. "There is probably a significant likelihood" that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a senior US official told CNN's Barbara Starr Thursday.

VENEZUELA's  state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.

UKRAINE: Moments after blasting what he called Russia's illegal "military aggression" of his nation, Ukraine's interim leader insisted Thursday that a peaceful resolution that ends with Kiev and Moscow becoming "real partners" is still possible. Yatsenyuk's remarks come as thousands of Russian troops staged military exercises not far from his nation's border.

EGYPT: Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and injured three others in an attack on a bus transporting security personnel in Cairo. The army spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack.

FIRST SNIFF: Dogs parody the viral First Kiss video.

A 500-LB HOG bagged in North Carolina.

PIGEONS re being dyed like parrots in NYC.

SUMATRAN TIGER CUBS were born at the London Zoo.

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Stephen Malkmus, Benmont Tench, Laura Cantrell, Deaf Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Stevie Wonder's “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” in Motown, wearing the face of disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BENMONT TENCH: The Heartbreaker stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

LAURA CANTRELL performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

DAVID BOWIE: With a new Wes Anderson movie expanding Friday, how about some vintage "Queen B^tch" from the OGWT?

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Rolling Stone about his cover-rich Aussie tour and his Record Store Day EP.

BASIA BULAT ansers 5 Questions for BrooklynVegan.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Stereogum digs deep into the band and the making of Lost In The Dream.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, is writing a children's book.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly listed 36 celebrity hookups.

TAYLOR SWIFT cuts off Selena Gomez for reuniting with Justin Bieber.

LADY GAGA's Born this Way Foundation spends more on lawyers, publicity and consultants than charity.

CHRIS PINE was busted for DUI in New Zealand.

ROBIN THICKE took some time offf rom wooing back Paula Patton to go birthday clubbing with Leo DiCaprio.

SHAILENE WOODLEY, star of the upcoming Divergent, is not a fan of Twilight.

BIG BANG THEORY gets a three-season renewal from CBS.

UKRAINE: A push by US Senate Democrats to tie a controversial funding provision to a Ukraine-aid bill could thwart the popular resolution's chances of becoming law.

A DEAF PUG sings when his owner returns.

A SHAGGY DOG STORY: A passer-by mistook him for a pile of trash. Look at him now.

A CHIMP significantly outperformed 12 children and 4 adults on a complex maze in a virtual-reality computer game.

AN ELEPHANT trashed an indian village, then saved a baby from the rubble.

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Arcade Fire, Coathangers, Steve Earle, Phantogram, Boxer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RANDY NEWMAN blasts hrough "I Love L.A." with the Roots...in NYC.

ARCADE FIRE, Live at the Target Center, Mpls, March 8, 2014.

THE COATHANGERS advance stream Suck My Shirt.

STEVE EARLE plays the title track from The Low Highway, plus a couple older favorites, in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

PHANTOGRAM: Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel stopped by WFUV's Studio A along with their touring band to perform some of their new songs and to talk about the making of the new album. 

ANDY KIM is opening Kevin Drew's record release show. Brooklyn Vegan has "Rock Me Gently" and "Sugar, Sugar" for Twofer Tuesday on Wednesday.

YO LA TENGO: More like a comedy troupe than a regular band?

THE DREAM SYNDICATE: Steve Wynn talks to Magnet about the Day Before Wine And Roses show, the future famous person and bandmate in attendance and a couple of Eric Clapton songs. And here's a bonus bit about Lou Reed.

SXSW: Why Your Band Won't Break Out in Austin.

THE TOP 10 HOLD STEADY SONGS, according to Stereogum.

GAME OF THRONES covers Vanity Fair; the show's creators brag they know what happens at the nd of the book series.

TILDA SWINTON talks to the Daily Beast about Vladmir Putin, David Bowie, and vampires.

KIM KARDASHIAN got into a car crash near the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

LINDSAY LOHAN's TV show gets off to a so-so start.

JASON SUDEKIS has nabbed the iconic role of Fletch in Warner Bros.' Fletch Won.

THE BACHELOR: I don't watch it, probably because the dudes are like this.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS inteviewed Pres. Obama on Between Two Ferns, presumably because youth enrollment under the ACA is lagging.

CIA DIRECTOR John Brennan said al Qaeda has "metastasized over the years" and is found throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. He also said that concerns over the growing presence of al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria have been the focus of many of his efforts with his foreign counterparts over the past year.

UKRAINE's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.  Pro-Russian groups used whips to attack pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Sevastopol, the port city of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, according to the BBC. The authorities in Ukraine's breakaway region of Crimea  ruled out negotiations with the central government, which they say is illegitimate.

VENEZUELA: Fears of a bloody face-off spread.

EL SALVADOR: Police blocked hundreds of supporters of the conservative candidate in El Salvador’s presidential election from reaching a hotel where electoral authorities were doing a final count Monday for the razor-thin runoff contest.

FERN the BOXER was not pleased to be left in the car.

A 22-LB HOUSE CAT forced a family (including the dog) into their bedroom in Portland, Oregon. The 911 call transcript is priceless.

A DOG in Northamptonshire has become the 13th to die in the UK from "Alabama Rot" since December.

THE BRAZILIAN WANDERING SPIDER: 10 things to know about the world's deadliest arachanid.

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Nicole Atkins, Jeremy Messersmith, Drowners, Black Tiger   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FUTURE ISLANDS: Is this performance of "Seasons (Waiting On You)" like Pere Ubu’s David Thomas fronting New Order?

NICOLE ATKINS stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DROWNERS: The Brooklyn based post punk band performs live on the Morning Show from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC on KEXP.

LA DISPUTE advance streams Rooms Of The House.

TODD RUNDGREN': His first band Nazz hit with "Open My Eyes"; his classic "Hello, It's Me" completes Twofer Tuesday. BONUS: "We Gotta Get You A Woman" is just audio... but what audio!

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to the Village Voice about the Belgian recording sessions for his new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, how his approach to his lyrics has evolved, the Pavement reunion tour, and life on the range.

TANYA DONNELLY talks to the Boston Globe about going solo.

HAROLD BUDD cannot explain how he ended up the godfather of ambient.

26 ARTISTS whose best-known songs are covers.

JUSTIN BIEBER gave a deposition in a lawsuit; TMZ has the lowlights.

ROBIN THICKE has made significant headway in his campaign to win his wife, Paula Patton, back.

SHAILENE WOODLEY (Divergent) has willingly and decidedly become a Luddite.

DAN HARMON: Community's rebellious showrunner talks to Rolling Stone about the future of his metasitcom, why he's just like Denzel Washington and his new project with Arrested Development's Mitch Hurwitz.

LENA DUNHAM is the latest celeb apologizing for a tweet.

THE RICH LIST: Music's Top 40 Money Makers of 2014, according to Billboard.

MALAYSIA: A BBC Persian report says that the two Iranians on the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane had bought fake passports in order to migrate to Germany and Denmark.

UKRAINE: The bloodless incursion by masked, apparently pro-Russian forces onto the Ukrainian base in the city of Bakhchisaray -- amid disputed accounts over whether the base commander had switched sides -- was one of the latest encounters between pro-Moscow troops who are consolidating their hold on the Black Sea peninsula and Ukrainian forces who still are there.

VENEZUELA: A Chilean woman was shot dead in Caracas while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday. In San Cristóbal - where an estimated 40% of the town's food is smuggled to Colombia for resale - activists are rebuilding barricades dismantled by the national guard.

EGYPT: More than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were released upon orders from Egypt's prosecutor general. Four members of an alleged al Qaeda-linked terror cell were charged for offenses that included planning attacks against the American and French embassies in Egypt.

"BLACK TIGER" looks after an injured puppy.

ELEPHANTS can distinguish between human languages.

A SHARK is dissected by Miss Nebraska.

SNAPPING TURTLES: Don't kiss them.

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Bob Mould, Kevin Drew, The War On Drugs, Poisoned Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD played "See A Little Light" at the Ed Sullivan Theater to promote Workbook 25.

KEVIN DREW (Broken Social Scene) advance streams Darlings.

THE WAR ON DRUGS advance streams Lost in the Dream.

PERFECTPUSSY advance streams Say Yes to Love.

SISYPHUS: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti are streaming their debut LP

ARCADE FIRE covers Prince's "Controversy."

DAVE MASON: "We Just Disagree."

THURSTON MOORE does not like bad press.

ELBOW: Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner talk to Weekend Edition about the making of he Take Off and Landing of Everything.

DE LA SOUL's long, strange copyright tangle.

LYDIA LOVELESS is profiled by PopMatters.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 300: Rise of an Empire tops the chart with 45 million. The good news is that this was slightly better than studio projections.  The bad news is that 45 million is against a 110 million budget, while the original had a 70.9 million debut against a 60 million budget.  A sequel to a hit should open bigger, not dramatically smaller.  This one likely has to gross 300 million worldwide to profit; and will likely make just about that amount. Mr Peabody and Sherman placed with 32.5 million against a 140 million budget; even with another 40 million in overseas grosses already, this looks like a risk which may not pay off.  Family movies can be leggy, but Mr Peabody faces the Muppets two weekends hence. Non-Stop shows with 15.4 million on an okay 47 percent drop; Neeson's latest has grossed 72 million world wide so far against a 50 million budget.  The Lego Movie drops to the fourth slot under pressure from Mr Peabody, but takes in another 11 million for a worldwide total of 360.4 million against a 60 million budget.  Son Of God rounds out the Top 5 with 10 million on a 61 percent drop; given that most of it was taken from a mini-series and had its 22 million budget, that 41.4 million total likely looks pretty good.

STACY KEIBLER married tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre in an intimate sunset ceremony on a beach in Mexico on Saturday.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ, after swearing each other off, may be a couple again, or at least dance partners.

CHARLIE SHEEN's no-shows are delaying Anger Management production. Was only a matter of time, yes?

CHRISTIAN BALE and wife Sandra “Sibi” Bale are expecting their second child.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON's preganancy was reportedly a welcome surprise.

KESHA has dropped the $ from her name, post-rehab.

JOHNNY CARSON reportedly has a sex tape.

UKRAINE: Oligarchs complain the new bosses may be the same as the old ones. They'll likely be an improvement, but how much of one remains an open question.

SAUDI ARABIA declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization on Friday, piling more misery on the organization as it staggers from a vicious crackdown in Egypt.

LEBANON: The Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon claimed that Shiite members of the Lebanese Army are fighting in Syria alongside regime forces.

EGYPT: An official said that an Iranian arms shipment recently intercepted by Israel in the Red Sea was destined for militants in the Sinai or Gaza.

IRAQ: An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber killed 47 people and wounded 125 more in an attack at a checkpoint in Hillah.

POISONED PUPPY saved by miracle vodka.

GRUMPIEST CAT finds an adopted home.

OVER 1700 EXOTIC PETS have been placed in new homes by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A BULLDOG adopts a littler of kittens... mass hysteria!




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