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Robert Plant, DFA1979, Felice Bros, benjamin Booker, Angry Ram   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUFFS drop a video for "Weird Boy Next Door."

ROBERT PLANT advance streams lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 is advance streaming The Physical World via iTunes.

THE FELICE BROTHERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to play some new songs, and James Felice also sat down to talk about the new record.

BENAJMIN BOOKER stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Fresh tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex and more feature in the latest episode.

STARS drops "Turn It Up" ahead of  No One Is Lost.

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: "Summerlove Sensation."

THE RENTALS: Matt Sharp talks to PopMatters about the making of the new album.

THE PSYCHO SISTERS list some of their guiltless pleasures.

IMOGEN HEAP talks to Drowned In Sound about the origins of her experimental inclinations, the influence of technology and collaboration on Sparks, and her plans for the future.

GENESIS: Ten of Their Best.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE's fight to get her hacked nude photos removed from the Internet might have hit a legal snag: She's not the photographer.

ANGELINA JOLIE stocked up on bridal mags months before wedding Brad Pitt.  Awww...she's just like us, except for the looks, fame and wealth.

JOAN RIVERS has been moved out of intensive care.

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON lifted FXX to the top ranks of the 105 cable networks measured by the Nielsen Company.

ROBERT PATTINSON is dating English singer FKA Twigs.

KATE HUDSON denies eating disorder rumors.

ROSIE PEREZ  and political commentator Nicolle Wallace are expected to take the vacant seats on The View. Insert vacant seats punchline here.

NIKKI FINKE, a pioneer in internet Hollywood reporting and founder of Deadline, is getting about 3.5 million in settlement for a 10-year non-compete with her last employer.

UKRAINE: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

FRANCE: President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State.

DENMARK: Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's complex logistics.

IRAQ: How Shiite Turkmens in Amerli held the line, waging a desperate campaign against the Islamic State.

AN ANGRY RAM takes out a drone.

A BEAR with a bucket on its head is rescued outside the Hundred Acre Wood. 

BEDBUGS have infested the NYC Subway system.

A COW ON THE LAM gores a jogger, heads for Oktoberfest.

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Robyn Hitchcock, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jens Lekman, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

COURTNEY BARNETT plays The Breeders' "Cannonball" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK advance streams The Man Upstairs.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams Lateness Of Dancers.

THE UKIAH DRAG advance streams In The Reaper's Quarters.

JENS LEKMAN drops three new tracks in his "WWJD" mixtape.

NUDE BEACH drops "See My Way" ahead of 77.

THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES: Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett & Co. add music to Bob Dylan's lyrics on "Married to My Hack."

COLIN BLUNSTONE & ROD ARGENT play "Time Of The Season" on Belgian TV.

PERFUME GENIUS talks to Stereogum about the new LP and video.

GREIL MARCUS talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The History of Rock N Roll in Ten Songs.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT frontman Scott Hutchison talks to the A.V. Club about the songwriting of Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and more.

JIMI JAMESON, the post-“Eye Of The Tiger" Survivor vocalist, has died of a heart attack at 63.

CELEBRITY PHONE HACKING: Apple states it was a targeted attack amd " None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone."

EMMY ROSSUM thinks texting dudes is too dangerous. Yep.

JUSTIN BIEBER got arrested in Canada after crashing his ATV into a minivan driven by paparazzi.

CHRIS BROWN pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is expecting her first child with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher.

CEE-LO GREEN's reality show got cancelled after tweets over the weekend about the nature of rape.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII picks up another Game Of Thrones alumnus.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Home Secretary Theresa May told members of Parliament "institutionalised political correctness" had contributed to the authorities turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of at least 1,400 in Rotherham between 1997 to 2013. Of course, The Guardian's report on the subject isn't at all specific about the nature of that political correctness (although they mention it in passing here), suggesting the UK is not quite done with political correctness just yet.

FRANCE: Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon.

RUSSIA is to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.

NIGERIA: Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.

SOMALIA: Al-Shabab’s top leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike.

SAUDI ARABIA: Authorities arrested 88 members of a large al Qaeda cell that was reportedly planning assassinations in Saudi Arabia as well as other attacks both inside and outside the country; the suspects, all Saudis except for three Yemenis, had contacts with terror groups abroad, and 59 of the suspects had served previous jail terms for similar offenses.  Can't imagine how that happened.


THE ISLAMIC STATE released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven J. Sotloff, a journalist kidnapped in Syria. Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq. Iraq is learning to loathe the IS as much as Syrians do. One of the Islamic State terror group's key financiers was director of a Muslim faith school in Birmingham, UK.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent disrupts a NASCAR race.

GECKOS sent to get it on aboard the the Foton M-4 satellite didn't make it.

RADIOACTIVE WILD BOARS roam German forests.

A PERSIAN CAT sends its owner to the hospital.

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Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Sean Rowe, Death Blues, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays "The War" and "Hey Mr Grey" for Kimmel in plenty of time for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS advance streams a self-titled LP.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE advance streams Single Mothers.

SEAN ROWE advance streams Madman.

DEATH BLUES advance streams Ensemble.

PRINCE drops "U KNOW" and "WHITECAPS" ahead of Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum.

EARTH, WIND and FIRE: Because it's "September."

NICK CAVE: A new book, a new film, and cameos in The Guardian from Shane MacGowan and Mark E. Smith.

ROBERT PLANT talks to The Telegraph about the demise of great frontmen, what still drives him, and the chance of his old band ever reuniting.

THE 50 GREATEST GARAGE SONGS, compiled by Paste, spans the decades.

THE 100 BEST ALT-ROCK SONGS From 1994, according to SPIN.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy tops the Labor Day chart with 22.2 million, becoming the biggest domestic earner of the year so far (280.5 million) on one of the traditionally slowest weekends of the year at the cinema.Releasing at the beginning of August, with less competition from other big movies, turned out just about perfect for Marvel. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows again with 15.7 million; it still has a ways to go to profit, but next weekend is likely to feature these two films topping the chart again.  If I Stay shows with 11.6 million and nears profitability against an 11 million budget. Let's Be Cops stays in the fourth slot with 10.6 million and is probably edging into profit. The debut of So Above/So Below rounds out the Top 5with 10.3 million, though The November Man could take that spot when the receipts are finally counted.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, KATE UPTON and other celebs had nude photos surface online in an apparently massive hack of Apple's iCloud service.

JOAN RIVERS was brought out of a medically induced coma as her family has their "fingers crossed" regarding her recovery.

BRADGELINA sold their wedding album to People and other media outlets.

JENNY McCARTHY & DONNIE WAHLBERG got married on Sunday.

ASHLEE SIMPSON also tied the knot with fiance Evan Ross on Sunday.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED dropped about a grand at a Toronto sex shop.

ROGER MOORE in The Guardian on the women in his life, his humanitarian work - and Daniel Craig's trunks.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A researcher who raised the alarm over the sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago was sent on a 'ethnicity and diversity course' by child protection bosses who refused to act on her evidence.

UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists.

SOMALIA: U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.

LIBYA: Islamist forces including Ansar al Sharia and the February 17 Brigade renewed attacks in Benghazi. Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

IRAQI troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.

A BABY ELEPHANT discovers fun with a ribbon.

A PERMANENTLY SAD DOG finds a forever home.

A FERAL CAT forces an elementary school to close.

A DOG cooks a laptop in Asbury Park.

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Cheap Trick, Twin Peaks, the LAPD, Parquet Courts, Cutout Bin, Maru & Hana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.

TWIN PEAKS is streaming Wild Onion.

THE LOS ANGELES POLICE DEPARTMENT advance streams its self-titled LP.

PARQUET COURTS delivered a live performance in the KEXP Studio.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER delivered a special concert for KEXP's VIP donors at The Triple Door in Seattle.

VASHTI BUNYAN drops "Holy Smoke" ahead of Heartleap.

FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" may fall into that category of summer song Oliver Wang once described "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy."  It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND: The Strangest (and Funniest) Moments on the Basement Tapes.

THE RAMONES' estates have reconciled and are making big palns.

THE POP POWER SHIFT: How online armies replaced fan clubs.

TWELVE ESSENTIAL 80s ALBUMS, according to PopMatters.

ALBUM SALES hit another all-time low.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beach Boys to Billy Bragg, from Thin Lizzy to Temper Trap, from the Modern Lovers to the Jackson 5, plus the Replacements, David Bowie, Shonen Knife, CSN and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The November Man opened wide Wednesday, scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; As Above/So Below opens with 33 percent. And Ghostbusters returns to 784 lucky big screens at 97 percent.

JOAN RIVERS was in critical condition following complications from throat surgery. Rivers was placed in a medically induced coma Thursday as her daughter flew cross-country to her mother’s side. She's now reportedly resting comfortably.

BRYAN SINGER: The Special Victims Squad of the New York Police Department is investigating the embattled Hollywood director for a forcible sexual assault that was allegedly committed last year against a man in his twenties.

SHAKIRA is pregnant with her second child.

BRITNEY SPEARS dumped her boyfriend of 18 months ... after finding out there's a video of him cheating on her that's being shopped around Hollywood.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII has resumed production after Harrison Ford's on-set injury stalled filming for a couple weeks.

THE ACME CORPORATION may be headed to the big screen.

BRADGELINA were married Saturday in the French hamlet of Correns, a spokesman for the couple says. Even Jon Voight was surprised.

UKRAINE: Supported by NATO satellite imagery showing Russian forces on the move in eastern Ukraine, its president accused Russia on Thursday of an invasion to aid the separatists, and his national security council ordered mandatory conscription to help counter what he called an “extremely difficult” threat.

NEW YORK: An Egyptian lawyer charged in the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa is trying to distance himself from other acts of terrorism even as British investigators reportedly look at his son in the killing of an American journalist.

EGYPT said it would carry out military strikes in Libya if so requested by the Libyan parliament.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: President Obama on Thursday said his administration has not yet developed a comprehensive strategy to counter Islamist militants operating inside Syria. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest subsequently insisted that Obama specifically articulated a "comprehensive strategy" for dealing with the Islamic State during the briefing. In the Syrian city of Raqqah on the banks of the Euphrates River, Islamic State militants are busy building a capital fit for their followers. No one is falling over themselves to respond to Barack Obama's quest for a new "coalition of the willing" to attack the jihadis of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria - least of all, it seems, the Arab governments that are most immediately threatened by its brutal, border-demolishing agenda.

MARU & HANA get a head start on the weekend.

YOYO the BASSET HOUND is a "very large cat" to Cambridge University.

FISH Raised to Breathe Air, Walk on Land.

AN ORPHANED HIPPO nursed back to health by his canine chums has been successfully released back into the wild.


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The Rosebuds, The Silos, Benjamin Booker, The Districts, Prairie Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


J MASCIS and Fred Armisen join a cult in "Every Morning" from Tied To A Star.

THE ROSEBUDS perform on WNYC Soundcheck.

THE SILOS played a mini-set in KUTX's Studio 1A.

BENJAMIN BOOKER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE DISTRICTS play a mini-set at World Cafe Live.

CASS McCOMBS & MEAT PUPPETS dropped a split single ahead of a co-headlining tour.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS dropped "Never Wanna See That Look Again" ahead of A New Testament.

SAM AMIDON fropped "Walkin' Boss" ahead of Lily-O.

ALICE COOPER topped the UK singles chart on this date in 1972 with "School's Out."

INTERPOL: Daniel Kessler talks to BrooklynVegan about the new album, Arctic Monkeys, The Jam, social media and more.

BOB MOULD talks to Marc Maron about becoming a writer for pro-wrestling, composing The Daily Show theme song and coming to terms with his true identity.

THE 50 BEST ALT ALBUMS of the 90s, according to Metro Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

AC/DC, ranked by Stereogum.

IS TONY SOPRANO DEAD? Vox reported that The Sopranos creator David Chase said, No." Chase's rep claims the comment was misconstrued. And while Chases says the search fro an answer is fruitless, I always bought the analysis at Masters of Sopranos.

JENNIFER ANISTON says her womanhood should not be defined by motherhood. Fair enough.

KRISTEN STEWART covers Vanity Fair France and explains her acting method and her two-year break from the biz.

BRADGELINA share some “crazy sex scenes” in their upcoming movie, written and directed by Jolie.


JESSICA CHASTAIN wants a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? Who doesn't?

SHERLOCK: Season 4 is devastating, according to creator Steven Moffat.

ENGLAND: in Rotherham, approximately 1400 cases of child rape, exploitation and violencewere dismissed for years by local leaders who feared they would be branded as racist for pursuing the perpetrators — the majority of whom were men of Pakistani origin.

UKRAINE said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting separatist attacks. The word they're looking for is "war."

LIBYA: In recent days, armed battles, inflamed by airstrikes and fueled by deep divisions among Libyan political factions have been “unprecedented in their gravity and very alarming,” the outgoing United Nations envoy to that country told the Security Council today.

THE UNITED STATES has begun to mobilize a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria and is moving toward expanded airstrikes in northern Iraq, administration officials said on Tuesday. Don't call it a coalition of the willing, y'all.

A CHUBBY PRAIRIE DOG is freed from his hole.

A GIANT PANDA faked pregnancy to get better teatment.

SPIDERS force a recall of 19000 Suzukis.

A MOOSE ON THE LOOSE in the eastern German city of Dresden evaded capture before getting stuck inside an office building, tantalizingly close to the canteen.

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