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Johnny Marr, the VU, Real Estate, the Baseball Project, Dog in Hot Tar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LUCINDA WILLIAMS played "Protection" with The Roots on the Tonight Show.

JOHNNY MARR is advance streaming Playland via Spotify.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND is releasing a "lost album" as part of the super-deluxe reissue of the third LP. Meanwhile, there's always The Matrix Sampler.

REAL ESTATE's set at the Pitchfork Music Festival is online.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT:  Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Peter Buck and Linda Pitmon drop by KEXP.

BENJAMIN BOOKER covers Otis Redding and Furry Lewis at Aquarium Drunkard.

STEVIE NICKS drops “Mabel Normand” and “Watch Chain” ahead of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault.

SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

THE REPLACEMENTS' seminal Let It Be turns 30 today. Get Off My Lawn and read a classic 1986 inteview from Creem.

SPANDAU BALLET is reuniting. Gary Kemp talks aboutwhat the band meant to him with The Guardian.

LINDA THOMPSON writes about Leonard Cohen's Popular Problems. (Thx, LHB.)

GREIL MARCUS talks to Pitchfork about his new book, The History of Rock ‘n’ Roll in Ten Songs.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER are the parents of a baby girl.

BRAD PITT says his family makes him the richest man alive. Much like George Bailey, if George Bailey also had millions upon millions of dollars.

ISLA FISHER & SACHA BARON COHEN are expecting their third child.

AMANDA BYNES was kicked out of fashion school.

TRACY MORGAN has relied upon a wheelchair and walker since his accident in June — and his career could be in jeopardy.

JUSTIN BIEBER mixed it up Tuesday with the paparazzi in Paris and appeared to throw a punch during the fracas.

TAYLOR SWIFT is the cover of November's British Vogue.

ETHAN HAWKE is reportedly now the lead candidate to play Marvel's Doctor Strange.

HONG KONG: As China marked its National Day Wednesday, a defiant gathering of thousands of people demanding deeper electoral reforms for the port city cast a shadow over Beijing’s celebration. How defiant? This defiant.

TURKEY: Prime Minister Erdogan said Turkey will fight the Islamic State "and all other terrorist organizations in the region." Turkey is planning to establish safe havens inside northern Syria to protect areas controlled by the Free Syrian Army and the Islamic Front. The government is also asking Parliamentary approval for deployment of Turkish troops abroad and allowing foreign troop deployments on Turkish territory.

IRAN plans to offer equipment to the Lebanese army to bolster its battle against jihadists, a senior Iranian official said on a visit to Beirut Tuesday.  

IRAQ: Politics are heating up amid the threat from the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the IS is selling ancient Iraqi artifacts in the black market to finance its military operations in the region, Iraqi and Western officials said. The terror group also now controls a large chunk of Iraq’s wheat supplies.

A DOG is rescued from a pool of hot tar.

A COYOTE is recovering after it got stuck in a bumper in north suburban Waukegan, IL.

A HERD OF DEER photobomb a wedding.

EINSTEIN the DOG is running for Mayor of Oakland.

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Weezer, 'Allo Darlin, Iceage, Vashti Bunyan, Puppy vs Balloon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLOUD NOTHINGS drop a video for "Now Hear In."

WEEZER is advance streaming Everything Will Be Alright in the End via iTunes.

'ALLO DARLIN is advance streaming We Come From The Same Place.

ICEAGE is advance streaming Plowing Into the Field of Love.

VASHTI BUNYAN is advance streaming Heartleap.

STARS drop the title track to "No One Is Lost."

INXS: "Don't Change," live at the US Festival.

3RDEYEGIRL talks to The Current about working with Prince.

ZOLA JESUS talks to Stereogum about going pop and getting away from civilization.

ROGER McGUINN shares songs and stories from a remarkable career, plus lesser-known gems.

AC/DC's Malcolm Young is reportedly in full-time care in a Sydney nursing home.

AMANDA BYNES was under the influence of Adderall when she was arrested for DUI ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ. Her parents are in the dark about their daughter's arrest and have no idea where she is or what she's been doing since her conservatorship ended.

MICHAEL PHELPS was arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin have wedding pics at People; I'm sure no money was involved.

MOLLY SIMS and her husband, producer Scott Stuber, are expecting another baby together.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG & ROSIE O'DONNELL got into a heated spat in front of The View's studio audience.

JEREMEY RENNER talks to the Daily Beast about Kill the Messenger, The Avengers, and a Bourne crossover with Matt Damon.

CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON SEQUEL: Headed to IMAX and Netflix simultaneously.

INHERENT VICE:  The Paul Thomas Anderson-directed adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel has a trailer online, narrated by Joanna Newsom.

HONG KONG’s leader on Tuesday called for the pro-democracy demonstrators who have blocked major roads in the city to return home immediately, but protest leaders responded with defiance, threatening to expand the demonstrations and to occupy government buildings.

LIBYA: At least five people were killed in clashes between the Islamist Libya Dawn movement and the Libyan national army in Tripoli.

IRAQ: Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists. At least 35 people were killed in a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks in mainly Shi'ite Muslim districts of Baghdad on Tuesday, Iraqi police and medical sources said.

AFGHANISTAN: Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

PUPPY vs BALLOON: Who You Got?

A POMERANIAN's drug habits were so bad it prompted SPCA officers to pay a visit to its owner's Yaletown apartment.

A BABY ELEPHANT who got stuck in a watering hole was lifted out by park rangers in a heart-rending rescue attempt.


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Prince, Zola Jesus, Caribou, Tennis, Aretha, Dogs vs Peanut Butter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWEEDY'S video for "Low Key," directed Nick Offerman, includes cameos from Michael Shannon, John Hodgman, Conan O’Brien and Andy Richter, Chance The Rapper, Mavis Staples, and Steve Albini. It's bananas.

PRINCE is streaming both Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum via Spotify.

ZOLA JESUS advance streams Taiga.

CARIBOU advance streams Our Love via iTunes.

TENNIS plays The Cutting Room in NYC for KEXP.

ARETHA FRANLIN drops her cover of Adele's "Rolling In The Deep."

LED ZEPPELIN dops an alt-mix of "The Rain Song" ahead of the Houses Of The Holy reissue.

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Aquarium Drunkard about learning to expand her songwriting palate, using other songs to craft her own, starting the new record label and how you should get out and play in front of an audience all ready.

THE REPLACEMENTS...or the Fauxplacements? Plus some backtracking, and a story about Bob.

DELTA SPIRIT gets a brief profile at Magnet.

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP will soon allow advertisers to superimpose their logos into old music videos.

AMANDA BYNES was arrested in Los Angeles Sunday after cops determined she was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin made their union official under Italian law.

BRAD PITT: GQ UK teases tidbits from their cover interview.

REESE WITHERSPOON, meanwhile, covers Vogue.

ROBERT PATTINSON's new girlfriend FKA Twigs has been the target of a barrage of online racist abuse since her relationship with the former Twilight star become public.

TRACY MORGAN has only himself to blame for the horrific injuries he suffered in the accident with a Walmart truck, according to Walmart.

YEMEN: An al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula suicide bomber killed one person after driving his car into a Houthi field hospital north of Sana'a. AQAP claimed credit for launching a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Sana'a.

SYRIA: Coalition airstrikes hit the large Koniko gas plant in Deir Izzour, which also houses an Islamic State prison; granaries in the IS-held city of Manbej in Aleppo; three local oil refineries and a plastics factory in Raqqah; and in Markadah in Hasakah. About 1,500 Kurdish fighters have joined the YPG in recent days to battle IS in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Fronth's emir threatened coalition countries with retaliation for the airstrikes in Syria and warned Syrian rebel groups not to cooperate with the coalition.

IRAQ: Officials claimed that the US killed 18 Islamic State fighters in airstrike in Mosul. The military said it killed 25 Islamic State fighters in Dhuliyah, and a "judge" and six fighters in Fallujah. The Islamic State killed six policemen in Sharqat and four men in Mosul.

DOGS vs PEANUT BUTTER, In Slow Motion.

SNAKE IN A DASHBOARD:  A man on his way from New Hampshire to Florida got quite a scare driving down Interstate 95 in Virginia on Friday morning...

A FAMILY OF PET HAMSTERS were given oxygen by firefighters from the Lacey Fire Department in Washington state. Four of five lived.

SPINELESS NORMAN: A hedgehog without any spikesDinsdale!




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Boomtown Rats, Foxygen, Ex Hex, Steve Gunn, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOOMTOWN RATS play "I Don't Like Mondays" at their first U.S. show in over 20 years.

FOXYGEN advance streams Foxygen... And Star Power.

EX HEX advance streams Rips.

STEVE GUNN advance streams Way Out Weather.

BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN advance stream a self-titled LP.


R.E.M.'s Monster turned 20. Get Off My Lawn. And “What’s The Frequency, Kenneth?”

EDWYN COLLINS talks to The Observer about his recovery from two strokes, with riveting details.

ICEAGE singer Bender Rønnenfelt talks to Pitchfork about mixing beauty and destruction.

PHIL SPECTOR has reportedly not spoken in nine months as he battles illness in prison, where he is serving a 19 year sentence for murder. 

WHEN WAS POP MUSIC At Its Lowest Point?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Equalizer tops the chart with 35 million;  excepting The Great Deabaters, which barely opened wide, this is Denzel Washington's 11th opening over 20 million. He's Mr. Reliable. Could it be a franchise? Washington has never done a sequel to anything.  The Maze Runner places (for now) with an estimated 17.5 million on a 46 percent drop, probably ensuring a sequel, given 90 million in overseas markets on top of the 58 million domestic.  The debut of The Boxtrolls shows (for now) with an estimated 17.3 million, an even bigger than the studio's Coraline...but it will need to be as leggy to profit on a reported 60 million budget. This Is Where I Leave You takes the fourth slot with 7 million.  Dolphin Tale 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 4.8 million...on track to recoup its 36 million production budget, but will need overseas receipts to profit.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are husband and wife. Clooney had an elaborate security plan.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have worn out their welcome with so many at Paris fashion week, they've been branded by industry insiders tired of their antics as “fashion flu.”


ADRAIN PETERSON was the target of a criminal sexual assault investigation, but authorities ultimately cleared him.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Hundreds turned out for a memorial to celebrate the actor's life.

WILLIAM SHATNER confirms he may be in Star Trek 3.

KEVIN BACON is featured at Bloomberg News regarding celebrity speakers making big fees on college campuses.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula retaliated by firing an M72 LAW rocket at the US Embassy in Sana'a and wounding several Yemeni guards. Houthi rebels agreed to withdraw their forces from the capital.

SYRIA: The Islamic State advanced in Hasakah after clashes with Kurdish YPG forces. Coalition airstrikes targeted the Islamic State in Aleppo, Deir Izzour, and Homs; coalition airstrikes were carried out also in Deraa, Hama, Hasakah, and Idlib. The pace of the air campaign in Syria is said to be now similar to that in Iraq, with "near continuous" sorties; but only 8 of the 48 coalition airstrikes so far in Syria have targeted al Qaeda.

IRAQ: The Iraqi army and an alliance of Shiite militia groups on Saturday retook a dam northeast of Baghdad after days of fighting believed to have killed dozens, security sources said. Britain, Belgium, and Denmark agreed to join the US in targeting the Islamic State inside Iraq, but not in Syria.

CATS TEXTING CATS in the #SMWCreative contest.

A GOAT was “promptly apprehended” and “charged with disorderly intoxication" in Florida.

IS THAT 51 TURTLES IN YOUR PANTS, or are you...oh.

A LARGE BEAR roaming Port Coquitlam seems to be harmless and staying away from people. The problem is that people can't seem to stay away from him.

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The Go-Gos, Tweedy, Ryan Adams, Zeus, ELO, Cutout Bin, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

TWEEDY plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

RYAN ADAMS performs on WNYC Soundcheck.

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

THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA: I featured 'em here a couple of Fridays back, but Jeff Lynne fronted a version for the first time in 28 years at Hyde Park, in a set including their big hits and other well-known tracks (as well as the Travelling Wilburys' "Handle With Care")..

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

THE ALLAH-LAs talk to Drowned In Sound about touring, the internet, and more...

LINDA THOMPSON & JON BODEN talk to The Guardian about the revival of Island's folk label.

RICHARD RUSSELL, the head of the pioneering independent XL label, talks to Pitchfork aout the soundtrack of his life.

THE KINKS, ranked by Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, it's another special back-to-school special streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include The Boxtrolls, which is currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Equalizer, currently scoring 58 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN was tackled and almost knocked to the ground in an alarming assault during a Paris Fashion Week event.

LINDSAY LOHAN was a disaster in her first performance of David Mamet's legendary play Speed-the-Plow in London. Who could have predicted it?

RACHEL McADAMS is said to be locking down the lead role in season 2 of HBO's True Detective.

SAM WORTHINGTON and his girlfriend Lara Bingle are expecting their first child together.

JUPITER ASCENDING: The Wachowskis' latest, moved from July to February (uh-oh), now has a new trailer.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is spreading into Pakistan.

THE KHORASAN GROUP attacked by the US in Syria, as it turns out, are not a particularly new threat at all.

LIBYA has asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons to draw up plans to ship a stockpile of 850 tons of chemicals overseas due to deteriorating security. It's worth noting the disarmament of Libya was not unrelated to US policy after 9/11, including the invasion of Iraq.

IRAQ: The Islamic State overran an Iraqi military base in Saqlawiya in Anbar province. The extent of Iraqi casualties is unclear; upwards of 800 soldiers are said to have been killed or captured during the opening suicide attack, the storming of the base, and while retreating. An estimated 200 soldiers are said to have escaped.

IRAN's president says a nuclear deal is possible before a November deadline if the West is flexible.  The US said it will refuse any effort by Iran to gain its co-operation on fighting Islamic State forces by being more flexible about Tehran's nuclear program.

MARU demonstrates the many ways he can sit in a box.

FAMED GROUNDHOG STATEN ISLAND CHUCK died after being dropped by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio; the zoo then covered it up.

POLITICIANS & POSSUMS: It's complicated.

TWO AMOROUS DONKEYS who were separated because of an outcry over their lovemaking have been reunited at a zoo in Poland.

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