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The Hold Steady, Dylan 80s Comp, Temples, Wolf   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOWLER covers Prince's "I Would Die 4 U" unpluggedy.

THE HOLD STEADY is advance streaming Teeth Dreams via iTunes.

BOB DYLAN IN THE 80s: VOL. 1: The indie-star comp streaming via the CBC.

TEMPLES play a glam-meriffic live set from the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

PHANTOGRAM plays old and new material from the Public Radio Rocks showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

THE SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE plays "Dress Up" ahead of Old Fears.

THE MEMBERS: "Working Girl," from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

IGGY POP remembers the late Scott Asheton and casts doubt on his own future as a performer.

JOHN GRANT talks to Drowned In Sound about  his entry in the deluxe reissue of Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, as well as his own new music.

AN INDUSTRY OF COOL: Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting.

STEPHEN MALKMUS, ranked by Stereogum.

CHARLIE SHEEN is cutting off Denise Richards' child support and kicking her out of her house.

JUSTIN BIEBER will be charged with a crime for allegedly egging his neighbor's house, but will likely cut a second plea deal.

TOM BRADY & GISELLE BUNDCHEN spent 4 years and 40 million building a mansion they're selling after one year.

KATE WINSLET did her own Divergent stunts, while knocked up.

JOHNNY WEIR has filed for divorce from husband Victor Weir-Voronov.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3: The death of Harold Ramis has caused Ivan Reitman to drop out as director.

UKRAINE is drawing up plans to withdraw its soldiers and their families from Crimea, Kiev's security chief says.

IRAN: Russia may revise its stance in the Iranian nuclear talks amid tensions with the West over Ukraine, a senior diplomat warned Wednesday. Shocka.

EGYPT: At least one person was killed during clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

THE VENEZUELAN CONGRESS wants prosecutors to open a criminal investigation into Maria Corina Machado, a 46-year-old congresswoman and opposition leader who has become one of the most prominent faces behind the protests that have been sweeping the country for six weeks. National Guardsmen firing plastic shotgun pellets and tear gas wounded at least 16 people in a western Venezuelan city, while a city worker was killed in Caracas.

A WOLF enjoys a belly rub.

THE 22-LB HOUSECAT that trapped its owners in their bedroom after attacking their baby has now been placed in an animal shelter.


A TIBETIAN MASTIFF PUPPY has been sold in China for almost 2 million, a report said Wednesday, in what could be the most expensive dog sale ever.

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Tokyo Police Club, Tony Molina, Lavender Country, Cat's Guide   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK LIPS drop a video for “Justice After All.”

TOKYO POLICE CLUB is advance streaming Forcefield

TONY MOLINA is streaming the reissue of Dissed and Dismissed.

LAVENDER COUNTRY is streaming the reissue of the hard-to-find 1973 self-titled LP, a cult classic that's widely cited as the first album by an openly gay country musician.

WASHER is streaming their Bighead EP.

TUNE-YARDS drops "Water Fountain" ahead of Nicki Nack. Might be my fave of hers to date.

EFFED UP drops "Paper The House" ahead of Glass Boys.

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

KEVIN DREW talks to PopMatters about Darlings.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: After fighting writer’s block for four years, singer/guitarist Mike Cooley is now back to work.

BOB DYLAN in the 80s: Rolling Stone defends a decade.

25 GREAT SOPHOMORE LPs, according to Flavorwire. And I agree with everyone of them I've heard.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON gets a lengthy profile from The New Yorker.

L'WREN SCOTT's death forces the cancellation of the Rolling Stones' tour of Australasia. Mick Jagger posted a statement on Facebook.

KANYE WEST cops a plea in a paparazzi battery case, agreeing to 2 years of "informal probation," 250 hours of community service, and 24 anger management sessions.

CHRIS BROWN will be only allowed one shower every two days in jail.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII begins filming in May.

THE INCREDIBLES is finally getting a sequel.

SOFIA COPPOLA is negotiating to direct The Little Mermaid, a live-action version of the classic Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH videobombs U2 on a red carpet.

MALAYSIA: New information from the Thai government bolsters the belief that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 took a sharp westward turn after communication was lost.And it looks like that turn was no accident.

UKRAINE: President Barack Obama and European allies had warned Russia's annexation of Crimea would bring tougher sanctions and diplomatic isolation, but there was little immediate response Tuesday to Putin's bold pronouncement in the Russian parliament. Nevertheless, concern about retribution is growing among U.S. corporations with investments in Russia.

IRAN and six world powers sought on Tuesday to make headway toward resolving their decade-old nuclear dispute, with Western officials expressing hope the talks would not be further complicated by the Ukraine crisis.

VENEZUELA: Air Canada has suspended flights to and from Venezuela as month-long protests against the government continue in the South American country. Opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, jailed for a month, urged supporters Tuesday to maintain their fight against socialist President Nicolas Maduro's protest-hit government.

A CAT's GUIDE to Caring For Your Human.

A HOTEL's BELOVED CAT was stolen during the St. Patrick’s Day parade celebrations in Old Town Fort Collins, CO.

PHOEBE, a world-famous skunk, has passed away in Lincolnshire.

HOLY MACKEREL: The Aussie shark attack that wasn't. Gonna need a smaller boat.

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Hold Steady, Damon Albarn, Kins, Typhoon, Marshmallow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS played “Sh^it Shots Count” for Conan.

THE HOLD STEADY plays a set drawing heavily on their long-awaited new album, Teeth Dreams, at the Public Radio Rocks showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

DAMON ALBARN treated the crowd to some new songs at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

KINS played a five-song set for KUTX at SXSW.

TYPHOON played a four-song set for KUTX at SXSW.

WYE OAK drops "Glory" as a single

THE HORRORS drop "So Now You Know" ahead of Luminous.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

R.E.M. is dropping a 4-LP set of MTV Unplugged performances, including 11 songs that never aired.

LED ZEPPELIN is reissuing their first three albums with unreleased material. Also, Jimmy Page will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE and the charisma deficit of modern rock. 

ALBUM ART CLICHES, compiled by Paste.

L'WREN SCOTT, celebrated fashion designer and longtime galpal of Mick Jagger, was discovered hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob in her apartment on 11th Avenue. She was 47.

CHRIS BROWN,booted from rehab for getting too close to the women (and refusing a drug test), was ordered to remain in jail until a hearing in late April.

ANGUS T. JONES talks about his controversial departure from Two and a Half Men.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is profiled by W magazine ahead of A Million Ways to Die in the West.

SHAILENE WOODLEY is profiled by Marie Claire ahead of Divergent.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE is married and knocked up.

MALAYSIA: The chief executive of Malaysia Airlines acknowledged some uncertainty about when a critical communications system was disabled on missing Flight 370, underscoring confusion at the helm of the investigation.

VENEZUELA: Security forces took control of a Caracas plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month.

UKRAINIAN leaders refused to cede any part of the Crimean peninsula, calling on their troops to prepare for war.  The US and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state. Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him on Twitter.

IRAN: The specter of Crimea hangs over Iran’s nuclear talks, as world powers locked in a confrontation over Russia’s move to annex the region find themselves on the same side during negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

MARSHMALLOW cracks her escape route.

TURKEY CURLING: Exactly what it sounds like.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is now living in a young girl's ponytail.

A LIVE LEECH was discovered in a Chinese girl's windpipe.

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Liars, Future Islands, Lucius, Scott Asheton RIP, Dog+Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHNNY CASH now has a posthumous video for "She Used to Love Me a Lot."

LIARS are advance streaming Mess.

FUTURE ISLANDS are advance steaming Singles.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH plays a set for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

LUCIUS plays a set from the Public Radio Rocks stage for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

PRINCE & ZOOEY DESCHANEL drop "FALLINLOVE2NIGHT,"a portion of which played on The New Girl.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

SCOTT ASHETON, drummer and founding member of The Stooges, has died at the age of 64.

TYLER THE CREATOR was busted at SXSW on charges of inciting a riot.

NEIL YOUNG is writing a science fiction novel.

GARY BURGER, frontman of garage pioneers the Monks, has died from pancreatic cancer, Minnesota Public Radio reports. He was 72.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mr Peabody and Sherman climbs to the top of the chart with 21.2 million, but with a 145 million production budget, this one would need legs like The Croods to end up in the black before home video. 300: Rise of an Empire places with 19.1 million on a steep 58 percent drop; this one may make a little money if itslarger overseas grosses stay up.  Need For Speed shows with a 17.8 million debut against a 66 million budget; that's far less than the projected 25 million, though one wonders why anyone still finances movies based on videogames, given their track record.  Non-Stop slides to fourth with 10.6 million on a leggier 33 percent drop and is shaping up as Neeson's best outing without "Taken" in the title. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club rounds out the Top 5 with 8.3 million, the worst Perry debut evah.  Below the fold, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed into the eighth spot on a mere 66 screens; its 4.8 million total augurs well for a budget that has not been reported but likely was somewhere around 20 million before subsidies from the German government. Also, Veronica Mars rounded out the Top 10 with a 2 million debut against a 6 million budget, which might be enough to fuel the crowdfunding of feature films.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL:  It's a Wes Anderson film, so if you've seen Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, etc.,you should already know if this is your bag.  This one is inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, if not informed by them, and remains unmistakably Wes in its fairytale tone, vintage camera work, and attention to twee detail, albeit of interwar Europe in this case.  What's different?  This is perhaps the most broadly comic, action-oriented, and bloody of Anderson's films, although this is relative to Anderson's canon, not Hollywood in general. The film boasts a large ensemble, heavy with cameos from Anderson vets like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton and Bob Balaban, with a spriking of newcomers, notably F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel and Ralph Fiennes as the protagonist, concierge Gustave H.  The downside of the large cast and action sequences is that Gustave and his lobby boy Zero get much in the way of character development.  It's a confection as delicious as Mendl's chocolates, but before too long you'll be hungry for Rushmore.

CHRIS BROWN will probably spend the next month behind bars, and possibly a lot longer.

RHIANNA & DRAKE are an item.

CHRIS PINE pleaded guilty to DUI in New Zealand.

WAYNE KNIGHT, best known as Newman from Seinfeld, is very much alive, despite an internet hoax.

NIKKI SIXX finally tied the knot with model Courtney Bingham Saturday.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS wed businessman Jamie Watson on Friday in New Orleans.

LAMAR ODOM officially quit the Spanish basketball team Baskonia.

LUPITA NYONG'O is meeting for the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.

DAVID BRENNER, considered the father of observational comedy, died at his home in New York City on Saturday. He is said to hold the record for appearances - 158 - on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He was 78.

MALAYSIA:  A signaling system was disabled on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before a pilot spoke to Malaysian air traffic control without hinting at any trouble, a senior Malaysian official said Sunday.

UKRAINE: While the residents of Crimea were voting Sunday under the barrel of Russian guns to be absorbed into Putin's Russia, Ukrainians had plenty of anger left for the Western powers that he said had courted Ukraine only to dither and demure when the going got tough.

NORTH KOREA fired 25 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Sunday, South Korean officials said, in an apparent continuation of protests against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

VENEZUELA: President Nicolas Maduro warned protesters in Caracas on Saturday to clear a square they have made their stronghold, or face eviction by security forces.

SYRIA: The army seized full control of the rebel bastion of Yarbud.

EGYPT: Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said the government is pursuing a comprehensive plan to deal with terrorists in the country.

IRAQ: The US has delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, as well as assault rifles and ammunition, to Iraq this month to support its fight against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; the US is promising to send more weapons in the coming weeks.

WHEN THE OWNER'S AWAY, the dog will play.

DOGS in a photo booth.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Squirrelmageddon in Oklahoma.


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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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