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Cloud Nothings, Saintseneca, Wolfmother, Mac DeMarco, Giraffe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILLY JOEL, with Brian Johnson on AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long," and Jimmy Fallon on 'The Lion Sleeps Tonight." Call it Twofer Monday.

CLOUD NOTHINGS advance stream Here and Nowhere Else.

SAINTSENECA advance streams Dark Arc.

WOLFMOTHER streams their surprise new LP, New Crown.

MAC DeMARCO advance streams Salad Days.

A.C. NEWMAN covers Bill Fay's "Be Not So Fearful" for The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack, Vol. 2.

SWANS drop “A Little God In My Hands,” ahead of To Be Kind.

THE FOUR TOPS: Levi Stubbs works up a sweat on live French TV, belting out "I'll Be There."

THE HOLD STEADY and its devoted fans are essayed at The Talkhouse.

JOHNNY CASH's posthumous "lost" album gives voice to a man in recovery.

ELBOW's Guy Garvey tells Under The Radar about four of his fave cities and the songs which accompany them. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ALEX CHILTON: SPIN excerpts a new biography of the indie icon, A Man Called Destruction.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Divergent tops the chart with a 56 million debut. That doesn't seem bad against an 80 million budget, but it's less than most estimates and well short of the 69 million Twilight opened with in 2008. The competition heats up in April, which means Divergent will have to earn about as much overseas as it does domestically to profit. That's doable, but disappointing.  Even so, it's not as disappointing as Muppets Most Wanted, which placed with a mere 16.5 million. Again, not bad against a 50 million budget, but certainly not the 29.3 million opening of The Muppets reboot. Mr Peabody and Sherman shows with an underwhelming 11.7 million and an 81 million domestic total against a 150 million budget. 300: Rise of an Empire skids 55 percent into the fourth slot with 8.7 million; nevertheless, the sequel approaches 94 million domestic against a 110 million budget, suggesting robust overseas receipts will put this one in the black. God's Not Dead rounds out the Top 5 with a surpsrisingly strong 8.6 million; one wonders what -if anything- that potends for next weekend's Noah.  Below the fold the platform release of The Grand Budapest Hotel continues, bringing in another 6.8 million on about 300 screens. Meanwhile, the crowdfunded Veronica Mars crashed 75 percent to make only 490K in its second weekend.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER are reportedly expecting a child together.

L'WREN SCOTT: Her suicide reveals the tragic side of NYC's glitzy scene.

KEVIN BACON, icymi, made a big, footloose entrance on The Tonight Show.

ALYSSA MILANO and her husband David Bugliari are expecting their second child later this year.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST hit the cover of Vogue.

KHLOE KARDAHIAN & LAMAR ODOM may be getting divorced, but they're reportedly chatty.

AMANDA BYNES looks normal, which is news.

LADY GAGA has defended her recent SXSW festival performance, which involved vomiting performance artist Millie Brown.

JOHNNY WEIR allegedly bit a chunk out of his husband's arm during a domestic dispute.

OLIVER STONE says Jewish control of the media is preventing an open discussion of the Holocaust.

JAMES REBHORN, one of those classic "That Guy" character actors, has passed away at 65, reportedly from melanoma.

MALAYSIA: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said authorities had a number of credible leads on the missing Flight 370.

UKRAINE: One of the founders of independent Ukraine’s military expects a Russian invasion. A top air force commander was being held after his base in Crimea was stormed by pro-Russian forces, Ukraine's acting president said as he called for his release.

VENEZUELA: Three Venezuelans have died from gunshot wounds during protests against socialist President Nicolás Maduro, pushing the death toll to 34 from almost two months of demonstrations that have been answered with deadly force from both security forces and armed pro-government gangs.

SYRIA: The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front's Ahrar al Sham battled regime forces for control of the Kasab crossing along the Turkish border. The leaders of the western and central rebel fronts announced a battle to liberate the coast in Latakia.

EGYPT: Security forces thwarted an attempt to detonate an explosive device on the road leading to the el Arish airport. Some security sources said the intended target of the bomb was Sedki Sobhi, a top Egyptian general.

A GIRAFFE kisses a terminally ill zoo worker goodbye.

ELEPHANTS ON THE LAM after escaping from a circus near St Louis.

GIANT BURMESE PYTHONS have map and compass senses which help them travel "home" over vast distances, scientists have been surprised to discover.

A MACAQUE MONKEY, massaging a cat... mass hysteria!

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Lou Reed, Dandy Warhols, Johnny Cash, Cutout Bin, Basset Hounds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with LOU REED! I surveyed this legend's entire carrer when he ppassed away last year, but this documentary (after recapping his Velvet Underground days) focuses on what is (or was given the growing influence of the VU), his best-known LP, Transformer, which boasted tracks like "Walk On The Wild Side," "Vicious," "Satellite of Love," and "Perfect Day." So join Lou, David Bowie and many more in examining Reed's seminal artistic statement. A quote from Lou: "Just because I wrote it doesn't mean I know what it's about."

THE DANDY WARHOLS are advance streaming 13 Tales From Urban Bohemia, Live at the Wonder.

JOHNNY CASH's posthumous Out Among the Stars is advance streaming at Amazon.

WYE OAK played a six-song set for KUTX at SXSW. 

EAGULLS played a full set at NPR's SXSW showcase.

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

DEAN WAREHAM talks to The Vinyl District about the new album, the odds against a Galaxie 500 reunion, his thoughts on releasing his new album on 8-track, and speed-metal superstar Glen Campbell.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to Drowned In Sound about growing up in a musical family, "Hallelujah," and more...

VERUCA SALT have reunited their original lineup for two new studio tracks, available on April 19th for this year's Record Store Day event.


CUTOUT BIN: From America to the Replacements, from Devo to Van Morrisson, from the Rolling Stones to Tegan & Sara, plus Richard Thompson, Soul Asylum, The Clash, The Wonders 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 Divergent, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Muppets Most Wanted, currently scoring 81 percent.  God's Not Dead opens near-wide without being screened for critics.

CHRISTIAN BALE is David Fincher's choice to play Steve Jobs in the untitled movie that Aaron Sorkin has written for Sony...but will he take the role?

PAUL WALKER's mother has filed a petition asking to be named legal guardian of the star's 15-year-old daughter.

CHRIS BROWN is hoping to buy his way out of jail...and he just may succeed.

LINDSAY LOHAN fired her sober coach.


JENNIFER LAWRENCE dances, vaccuums, and lip-syncs Santana in a deleted scene from "American Hustle."

PATTON OSWALD enlists in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

MALAYSIA: The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 resumed Friday in the southern Indian Ocean with long-range reconnaissance aircraft looking for possible debris from the jetliner in one of the most remote locations on Earth.

VENEZUELA: President Nicolas Maduro has used the military, legislative and judicial power consolidated during 15 years of socialist rule in a sudden series of blows against opponents who have spent more than a month protesting in the streets, knocking down their barricades and throwing dissident leaders in jail.

UKRAINE: Responding to Russia’s latest moves to formalize its annexation of Crimea, President Obama on Thursday announced new sanctions against Moscow and authorized possible future penalties against “key sectors of the Russian economy.”

TURKEY: The Turkish Prime Minister blocks Twitter and threatens to do the same for Facebook and YouTube. Social media has been a key tool for protestors in Turkey.

AFGHANISTAN: Weeks before an election, four men with pistols opened fire inside the luxurious Serena Hotel complex in central Kabul, wounding two people before being gunned down and sowing panic in an exclusive enclave frequented by foreign officials, prominent Afghans and an array of development workers, officials and witnesses said.

BASSET HOUNDS make like a clown car.

A RARE FEMALE CROCODILE died while mating at a dutch Zoo.

DOGS prefer quality food over quantity -- a behavior otherwise known only in humans and monkeys.

A STRAY DOG was rescued from a gang of thugs in Central Park...by Liam Neeson. He has a very particular set of skills.

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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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