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First Aid Kit, Jose James, Mary Gauthier, Wye Oak, Otters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RYAN ADAMS covers the Pointer Sisters' "Neutron Dance" at a tech conference.

FIRST AID KIT is advance streaming Stay Gold.

JOSE JAMES is advance streaming While You Were Sleeping.

MARY GAUTHIER is advance streaming Trouble & Love.

WYE OAK performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

PETULA CLARK goes "Downtown" on the Dean Martin Show (originally from TOTP). The lights are much brighter there.

JACK WHITE gets a meaty profile at The Guardian, touching on matters personal and musical.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is interviewed by Fred Armisen about her new LP.

OWEN PALLETT shares his favorite albums with The Quietus.

RUSH: The Guardian's  ten picks are largely non-obvious.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Maleficent tops the chart with 70 million, an overperformance that suggests it may be profitable on its 180 million budget, particularly as audiences appear to be more forgiving than the critics, handing out an "A" ConemaScore.  X-Men: Days of Future Past places with 32 million; that 64 percent drop is steep, but the mutants already haveover 500 million in worldwide sales.  The debut of A Million Ways to Die in the West shows with 17 million, which may not be bad against a 40 million budget....but the heavy marketing campaign is not included in that figure.  Godzilla grabs the fourth slot with 12.2 million on a 60 percent drop; the big lizard has roughly 375 million total worldwide so far, with China and Japan yet to come.  Blended rounds out the Top 5 with 8.4 million on a 41 percent drop; this one may not see profits until well into the home market.

ANN B. DAVIS, veteran comic actress best known for playing Alice on The Brady Bunch, has died after a fall at home. She was 88.

JUSTIN BIEBER told a racist joke to friends while his own photographer was rolling.

V. STIVIANO: Donald Sterling's gal pal is also on tape making racist comments.


GINNIFER GOODWIN and Josh Dallas welcomed a baby boy.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE  and partner Linda Wallem married on Saturday night.

RAY J was busted by Beverly Hills cops Friday night after a disturbance at a swanky hotel allegedly turned into a violent confrontation with officers.

JOSH BROLIN is playing Thanos in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama decided to trade five top Taliban commanders held at Guantanamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress because officials believed the soldier's life was in danger, according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

SUDAN's foreign ministry on Sunday repudiated a pledge the government would order the release of Meriam Ibrahim, the mother sentenced to death for apostasy.

EGYPT: An alleged Muslim Brotherhood member was killed in Cairo when a bomb he was carrying to attack police exploded as he was riding a motorbike.

IRAQ: Nearly 800 people--mostly civilians--were killed in violence across Iraq in May, the United Nations said on Sunday, making it the deadliest month so far this year.

OTTERS playing an organ at the National Zoo.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Police rescued a woman from a militant squirrel who invaded her handbag.

A BLACK BEAR chilled out in a Daytona Beach hammock.

CATCALLS: What do meows mean?

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Power Pop (Redux), Primavera, The Both, Old 97s, Cutout Bin, Burro+Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like the Raspberries' "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You", Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion and "Baby Blue"), and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me") and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL is streaming two channels of live music, including the Pixies, The National, !!!, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. John and The Nite Trippers, Sharon Van Etten, and more. Check the link for times.

THE BOTH: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo play a set at the Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV.

THE OLD 97s stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GABRIEL KAHANE is advance streaming The Ambassador.

PRIESTS advance stream Bodies and Control and Money and Power.

THE DECEMBERISTS debut two new songs live.

THE POSIES do a little bit of "Black Night" before covering Chris Bell's "I Am the Cosmos."

OWEN PALLETT talks to PopMatters about how he created some of the most affecting songs in In Conflict, discussed the “affectation” he uses to be a more efficient producer and talked about why the Oscars should take note from the spirit of Canadian award shows.

ANNA CALVI talks to The Guardian about learning from touring with Nick Cave and more...

TUNE-YARDS: Merrill Garbus talks to Reverb about inspirations and more. (Thx, LHB.)


THE CUTOUT BIN: From Led Zeppelin to Chris isaak, from the Bangles to Steely Dan, from Bill Joel to Billy Idol, plus Love, Guided by Voices, Smashing Pumpkins, CreamMaleficient, which is currently scoring  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: Maleficient, which is currently scoring 44 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and A Million Ways to Die in the West, currently scoring 34 percent.

BRAD PITT was allegedly struck by a Ukrainian prankster on the Maleficent red carpet.

THE KIMYE WEDDING featured a Golden Toilet Tower, last-minute marble statuary, a 45-minute toast from the groom, and more...

CHRIS EVANS & SANDRA BULLOCK "are in the early getting-to-know-each-other phase."

GWYNETH PALTROW declares getting insulted on the internet is like going to war, gets insulted on the internet.

SELENA GOMEZ has lupus?


UKRAINE: At least 14 people, including a general, were killed Thursday when a Ukrainian military helicopter was shot down by "terrorists" near Slovyansk, acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told Parliament.

VENEZUELA: Russia opposes any foreign interference in the affairs of Venezuela, including the imposition of sanctions.

NIGERIA: President Jonathan said Nigerian forces will engage in a "full-scale" operation against Boko Haram. He also offered dialogue and reconciliation to those Nigerians who "joined hands with Al Qaeda and international terrorists" but wish to renounce violence and embrace peace. Boko Haram fighters attacked three villages in Borno state, killing at least 51 people and torching houses with petrol bombs.

LIBYA  is edging closer to chaos as two prime ministers are now competing for legitimacy.

EGYPT:  Former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won a landslide victory in a presidential election on Thursday but a low turnout threatened to deprive him of the strong mandate he needs to fix the economy and face down an Islamist insurgency.

A GOAT AND A BURRO, living together.... mass hysteria!

THE PYTHON snuck into the woman's bed...twice.

A BEAR napped atop a power pole in Saskatchewan.

BARK BUDDY: A hook-up app for Dogs.

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Camper Van Beethoven, The Orwells, Museum Mouth, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CONOR OBERST,  “Zigzagging Toward The Light."

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN is advance streaming El Camino Real.

THE ORWELLS are advance streaming Disgraceland,via Spotify.

MUSEUM MOUTHis advance streaming Alex I Am Nothing.

DEVON WILLIAMS is advance streaming Gliding the Lily.

WOODS drop the oh-so-Byrdsy “Tambourine Light” as a single.

OLD HUNDRED drops “I’ll Be There (When You Die)" ahead of the I Don’t Want To Die EP.

BAKED drops  “Mick Jagger,” the lead single from debut full-length Debt.


OWEN PALLETT takes SPIN on a track-by-track tour of In Conflict.

EELS: Mark Oliver Everett talked to Stereogum about how Steve Perry turned up onstage.

CHRISSIE HYNDE: The Guardian revisist a classic 1979 Melody Maker interview in which she recalls her frustrating years trying to get a band together.

FAITH NO MORE's Mike Patton actually has the biggest vocal range in rock. (Thx, Nathan.)

EVAN RACHEL WOOD & JAMIE BELL have ended their marriage, a rep for the couple confirms.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE is pregnant and expecting her first child with fiance Wladimir Klitschko.

JUSTIN BIEBER and...Adrianna Lima?

LANA DEL REY sang at the Kimye wedding for free.

ROBERT PATTINSON talks to THR about life and acting after Twilight.

MAYA ANGELOU: the award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist has died.  She was 86.

UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on Russia to control its border to stop "terrorists" from crossing into his territory.  Chechnya's leader says the country hasn't sent fighters to join rebels in eastern Ukraine, denying a charge that gained substance after Chechens were reportedly found in the aftermath of recent fighting in Donetsk.

VENEZUELA alleged on Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to Colombia has plotted to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's rule, adding to tensions between the two countries as the U.S. House approved a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the South American nation over human rights abuses.

LIBYA: <font id="Zoom">The United States suggested on Tuesday that its citizens leave Libya "immediately" due to "unpredictable and unstable" security situation in the North African nation.

SYRIA: The Obama administration is considering authorizing a US military mission to train allegedly moderate Syrian rebels.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. plans to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, starting with reducing the troop presence in the country to just 9,800 and an end to the U.S. combat mission at the close of 2014.

A GOAT riding a guy riding a bike.

A GOAT also prompts an emergency police call.

LITTLE MAMA gives birth to 23 puppies. Cruella de Ville unavailable for comment. 

THE HAWAIIAN BOBTAIL SQUID can, in the fashion of a Klingon cloaking device, deceive barracuda and other fish that would happily make a meal of the small creature.

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Black Keys, Bob Mould, F----ed Up, Gold-Bears, Sad Cat Diaries   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE BLACK KEYS play a full set at Alabama's Hangout Fest.

BOB MOULD is advance streaming Beauty and Ruin.

F---ED UP advance streams Glass Boys.

GOLD-BEARS advance stream Dalliance.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Bishop Allen, Stand of Oaks, The Apache Relay and more highlight the latest edition of the series.


LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant talk to The Guardian about the making of Led Zeppelin III.

PAUL WELLER's promo video talking about his some of his favorite songs, covers and such is pretty cool.

IN DEFENSE OF SCHLOCK MUSIC: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think.

JOHNNY CASH: It took brain implants, but this Dutch man's a fan!

BILL MURRAY crashes a bachelor party, dispenses advice.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST: The inevitable wedding photos.

GEORGE CLOONEY is getting married at Downton Abbey

AMBER HEARD: The future Mrs. Johnny Depp is profiled by W magazine.

DAVID SCHWIMMER helped cops investigate a fight involving a suspected hooker. Better than any Friends episode.

KATHARINE McPHEE, however, claims she was on a break.

ANT-MAN: Edgar Wright leaves over creative differences, plans to direct Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

UKRAINE: A battle between pro-Russia separatists and government forces at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has claimed 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what is the deadliest outbreak of violence yet in the flashpoint city.

VENEZUELA's cash-strapped government has agreed to pay part of 4 billion dollars owed to foreign airlines and may soon allow them to aggressively raise airfares as it works to head off more carriers from leaving the country.

LIBYA: Mohamed Zahawi, the head of Ansar al Sharia's Benghazi brigade, warned the US against intervening in Libya on the side of Haftar Khalifa's forces. The EU's Libyan envoy said terrorist groups in the east, particularly Ansar al Sharia, pose a threat that extends beyond Libya's borders. Haftar's forces said they destroyed Islamist weapons stockpiles in Sidi Faraj in Benghazi but that Ansar al Sharia has regrouped in the city.

BOKO HARAM: Does the rapidly growing number of al Qaeda splinter groups pose as much of a threat as al Qaeda itself?

SAD CAT DIARIES: Let's go to the video.

A LOST DOG was found...for sale on Craigslist.

A DALMATION puts out a fire...fighter.

FRUIT FLIES think before they act, unlike people on reality shows.


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Parquet Courts, CYHSY, Joe Henry, Meshell Ndegocello, Lion and Tiger and Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PHIL COLLINS sings  “In The Air Tonight” and Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” (for the first time in 9 years) with a middle school band for Twofer Tuesday. Not the greatest performances, but a very nice gesture.

PARQUET COURTS advance streams Sunbathing Animal.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY advance streams Only Run.

JOE HENRY advance streams Invisible Hour.

MESHELL NDEGOCELLO advance streams Comet, Come to Me.

STEVE PERRY joined EELS at the Fitzgerald Theater, singing “Open Arms” and “Lovin’ Touchin’, Squeezin’” to complete a retro twofer for Twofer Tuesday.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to The Guardian about where the band's Unplugged sessions fit into their career.

BOB MOULD talks to Stereogum about the feelings and experiences behind Beauty & Ruin, his undeniable chemistry with bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster, the recent reissue of his landmark solo debut Workbook, and much more.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to The Guardian about her first rock show, going solo after 35 years in The Pretenders, and more.

THE 20 BEST ELVIS COSTELLO SONGS, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: X-Men: Days of Future Past dominates the chart with 111 million over the holiday weekend, 94.1 million over the regular weekend. The number of 90+ million debuts this yearhas to have studios smiling (and bodes well for the next Transformers flick).  There was a bit of frontloading, but the mutants' worldwide haul will likely make up for any money lost on X-Men: First Class, even with a 200 million budget to recoup. Getting Lennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender (likely on the cheap, before they became huge stars) in on the ground floor of the reboot is paying dividends now.  Godzilla places with 39.4 million, taking a 58 percent hit from Marvel's heroes. The big lizard still has 323 million worldwide...and does not open in China and Japan until June and July.  The debut of Blended shows with 18.2 million against a 40 million budget, a measure of how much Adam Sandler has damaged his brand these past few years; even Drew Barrymore was no help here.  Neighbors was close behind with 17.2 million and a 117 million domestic total against an 18 million budget.The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 10 million, taking a big hit from the X-Men and the perception that it isn't up to snuff.  Yet overseas, Spidey has alreadygrossked 489 million, whereas the (better) Captain America sequel has 453 million.

IAN McKELLEN, a/k/a Magneto, Gandalf, etc., just turned 75; Digital Spy lists eight of his great performances.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST wed over the weekend. The New York Post rose to the challenge.

EMMA WATSON graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Lit.

CHRISTINA RICCI is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband James Heerdegen.

FLOYD MERRIWEATHER & T.I. got into a fight at Fatburger.

DAREDEVIL gets a new showrunner, as the original choice heads off to helm The Sinister Six.

UKRAINIAN anti-terrorist forces, backed by fighter jets and helicopters, attacked armed militants who took over Donetsk International Airport on Monday, destroying an anti-aircraft gun mounted by insurgents. The assault came even as president-elect -- and chocolate magnate -- Petro Poroshenko pledged to travel to eastern regions to seek peace with insurgents.

VENEZUELA: The wives of two Venezuelan opposition mayors ousted during anti-government protests have won landslide victories in special elections to choose their husbands' replacements.

LIBYA: Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, called newly-elected Prime Minister Meitig "illegitimate" and said parliamentary elections should be postponed for at least three months while LNA forces rid the country of terrorists. Haftar's forces are conducting reconnaissance over Derna, looking for Islamist militants, including Ansar al Sharia.

SYRIA: A May 3 message from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri was posted on jihadist forums, calling for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to leave Syria and fight in Iraq, and urging clashing jihadists in Syria to submit to an independent sharia court.

LION & TIGER & BEAR: Oh, my!

DOGS' PLAY: Beneath this apparently frivolous fun lies a hidden language of honesty and deceit, empathy and perhaps even a humanlike morality.

HERRING also have an interesting way of communicating.

BEST IN SHOW, courtesy of... the British Tarantula Society.

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