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Winter Dance Party, Neko Case, Temples, French Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's 55 winters later, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party, plus rare footage of Holly playing "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!" in 1958.  There's little video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, and Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

NEKO CASE played on Prairie Home Companion last Saturday. 

TEMPLES advance streams Sun Structures.

ERIC CHURCH advance streams The Outsiders.

THUMPERS advance stream Galore.

U2 dropped "Invisible" ahead of their next LP, icymtsb.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS drop "Made Up English Oceans" ahead of English Oceans. (Thx LHB.)

NEIL YOUNG: "The Needle and the Damage Done." RIP, PSH.

THE BLACK LIPS talked to SPIN about their forthcoming album, Underneath the Rainbow

BEATLEMANIA: The Fab Four's arrival in America, 50 years ago, surveyed by the New York Times.

GREEN DAY: Dookie turns 20. Srsly, get off my lawn.

ANNA GORDY GAYE, the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy and former wife of the late Marvin Gaye, with whom she co-wrote songs for his "What's Going On" album, died at her home in Los Angeles early Friday morning. She was 92.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ride Along threepeats atop the chart with 12.3 million, reflecting H'wood's conservatism on Super Bowl weekend. Frozen moved backup into the second slot with 9.3 million after releasing a sing-along version. That Awkward Momentopened with 8 million -- not bad against an 8 million budget (indeed, the pickup cost was really 1.5 plus marketing), and better than Zac Efrons last few films...but it will likely die when better movies arrive next Friday. At No. 4, The Nut Job is stillmanagging to business in a Frozen world, taking in another 7.6 million. Lone Survivor rounds out the Top 5 with 7.1 million as it crosses the 100 million mark.  Below the fold, Jack Ryan ekes out sixth place, but crosses the 100 million mark worldwide. Labor Day debuted in seventh place with 5.3 million, so good thing the budget was only 18 million.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater’s most burdensome roles on Broadway, died of an apparent heroin overdose Sunday at an apartment in Greenwich Village. He was 46. Mediaite collects clips from his remarkable body of work (missing Doubt, too).

MAXIMILLIAN SCHELL, the ruggedly handsome Austrian-born actor who won an Academy Award for his role in Judgment at Nuremberg, died early Saturday in Innsbruck, Austria. He was 83. He was alsoan Oscar-nominated director, not to mention the villain in The Black Hole.

DYLAN FARROW described being allegedly molested at age 7 by Woody Allen.Asked about it after a Knicks game, Allen pretended to fumble with his phone. Allen's rep says he found it untrue.  Variety reminds us court appointed independent experts found no credible evidence of molestation; People reminds us the prosecutor thought he had probable cause to charge Allen, but did not due to the child's fragility.

JUSTIN BIEBER and a pal double-teamed a stripper during a party at an L.A. recording studio. NSFW pic.

KANYE WEST will not be prosecuted for assaulting an 18-year-old who allegedly hurled a racial slur at West's wife, Kim Kardashia.  West's monetary settlement with the man almost guaranteed this.

OWEN WILSON welcomed a second son, with personal trainer, Caroline Lindqvist.

JESSE EINSENBERG has been cast as Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman. Yes, really. And Jeremy Irons as Alfred.

THE UNITED STATES: t the Munich Security Conference, Secretary of State Kerry and Secretary of Defense Hagel called on European allies to step up their participation with the US in facing joint political and security challenges. Kerry rejected charges that the US is disengaging from a leadership role.

LIBYA: Authorities said 55 inmates escaped from Tripoli's Bawabat Al-Jibs prison after overpowering the five guards on duty. The jailbreak reflects the instability plaguing the country; in July over 1,000 prisoners escaped from al-Kweifiya prison near Benghazi.

EGYPT: A jihadist group behind a wave of spectacular attacks poses a serious threat to Egypt's stability as political turmoil triggered by the Islamist president's ouster rocks the country, analysts say.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Hamid Karzai admits that he has not spoken to Barack Obama in seven months as he reveals the complete breakdown of trust between his country and the United States.

ALICE the FRENCH BULLDOG reacts to her own Tube video. So meta.

MEATBALL is a 36-lb cat in a Phoenix shelter.

A SNOWY OWL was taken to the National Zoo for treatment after reportedly being hit by a bus in DC.


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Rise and Shine, Campers!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 31, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the weekend:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Friday.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

WARPAINT plays a mini-set for KEXP from the Cutting Room Studio in NYC.

RICHARD BUCKNER plays unplugged at the KEXP studio.

ANGEL OLSEN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

YUCK drops "Athena" ahead of the Southern Skies EP. (No, it's not The Who tune.)

THE BIRD & THE BEE, with an assist from The National's Matt Berringer, drop “All Our Endless Love,” from the Endless Love soundtrack.

NENA: "99 Luftbalons." Because I found myself watching Watchmen the other night.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to the Village Voice about the 25th anniversary expanded edition of her self-titled LP.

FUTURE ISLANDS talk to Pitchfork about their ambitious new album Singles and why being a careerist in the world of music isn't such a terrible thing.

T-BONE BURNETT talks to Drowned in Sound about scoring the Coen Bros' Inside Llewyn Davis.

THE BUZZCOCKS' A Different Kind Of Tension -- essayed by The A.V. Club.

CUTOUT BIN: From Oscar Issac & Marcus Mumford to David Bowie & Joy Division, from Jeff Buckley to X-Ray Spex, from Al Green to Of Montreal, plus the Lovin' Spponful, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Cure, Wrens 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 That Awkward Moment, which is currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Labor Day, which is scoring 35 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER was “excited, talkative, insulting, cocky” and profane when he was arrested in Miami Beach last week. He was also on weed and pills, accoring to the toxicology report.

JERRY SEINFELD and George Costanza, together again.

SHARKNADO: Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return for the New York-set sequel.

MILEY CYRUS & MADONNA grind on a MTV Unplugged medley. Shocka.

LINDSAY LOHAN claims half of her 75K coat went missing at a New York nightclub.

THE UNITED STATES: Federal prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty for suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

SYRIA: The US blamed Syria for delays in the removal of its chemical weapons arsenal.

LIBYA: The son of the Libyan army's special forces commander was kidnapped in Benghazi.

IRAQ: An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide assault team killed 17 Iraqis in an attack on the Transportation Ministry in Baghdad; the six suicide bombers were also killed.

HAMSTERS Playing Dead.

A DOG was charged with biting a bank worker’s penis in Lagos.

DOG-SLED TAXIS now available at Kirkenes Airport in Norway.

COLONEL MEOW, internet predecessor to Grumpy Cat, has passed away.

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Aztec Camera, Fratellis, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Popcorn Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

OF MONTREAL drops an appropriately trippy clip for "She Ain't Speaking Now."

AZTEC CAMERA is streaming the 30th anniversary reissue of High Land, Hard Rain.

THE FRATELLIS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of the new songs and talk abouttheir latest LP.

DALE EARNHART JR JR stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share songs from their latest album, The Speed of Things.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Wye Oak, John Lurie, Cheetahs, and more feature on the latest edition.

EELS drops "Agatha Chang" ahead of The Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett.

ABRACADABRALIFORNIA: Not the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

MASON WILLIAMS pumps some "Classical Gas."

BOB DYLAN: After 35 albums, frequent tours and countless interviews... why do we know so little about him?

BROKEN BELLS: James Mercer and Danger Mouse talks to Stereogum about the making and meaning of After The Disco.

ART BRUT: Fmr guitarist Jasper Fulcher discusses life after leaving the band.


JUSTIN BIEBER will fight charges that he resisted arrest, was driving under the influence and driving with an expired license. He is unlikely to be deported based on the charges, despite a White House petition urging his removal. The Biebs was also charged with criminal assault in Toronto.  Bieber's new galpal is miffed about reports claiming she has a string of arrests in her past.

KANYE WEST reportedly paid his battery victim 250K to settle a civil claim.

HUGH GRANT is now the father of three love children.

ALEC BALDWIN: Another day, another misdirected Twitter tantrum.

PRINCE dropped a 22 million dollar bootlegging suit.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY celebrates her 60th birthday with a People swimsuit cover.

THE OLYMPICS: There has been an uptick in reports of security threats against next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but the key concern for an attack centers on locations outside the main event areas, a top US intelligence official said Wednesday.

ALGERIA has adopted legislation to try to retake control of the thousands of extremist mosques in the country.

SYRIA: The US National Intelligence Director James Clapper warned in the agency's 2014 threat assessment that "Syria has become a significant location for independent or al Qaeda-aligned groups to recruit, train, and equip a growing number of extremists, some of whom might conduct external attacks," and said elements of Syria's biological warfare program might be capable of production though not yet weaponized.

LEBANON: A military prosecutor charged al Qaeda-linked 13 suspects with planning terror attacks.

LIBYA: Gunmen in Tripoli attacked the armored car of Deputy Prime Minister and acting Interior Minister Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman, but he escaped the attempted assassination.

A CAT warms himself with popcorn.

SEXUAL CANNIBAL SPIDERS may have poor impulse control. Most sexual cannibals do, Clarice.

SNAKES in a bag on a Brooklyn sidewalk, but not in a Pennsylvania casino.

BIZARRE EEL INCIDENTS worry a train driver.

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Broken Bells, Willis Earl Beal, The Family Rain, Lioness   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOSPITALITY's video for "Going Out" stars Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips.

BROKEN BELLS is advance streaming After The Disco via iTunes.

WILLIS EARL BEAL is advance streaming A Place That Doesn’t Exist.

THE FAMILY RAIN is advance streaming Under The Volcano.

FOUR TET is streaming early releases via Bandcamp

TEGAN & SARA drop “Don’t Find Another Love" from the Endless Love soundtrack.

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR covers Randy Newman's “I Think It’s Gonna Rain Today”.

THE TREMELOES: "Here Comes My Baby," live circa 1967. Written by Cat Stevens.

PETE SEEGER, the singer, folk-song collector and songwriter who spearheaded an American folk revival and spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 94. The New York Times obituary, however, is pretty lame when it comes to discussing Seeger's Communist past (as the NYT knows, Seeger didn't denounce Stalin until the 1990s).  The New Republic does a better job, and refers to ex-communist Ron Radosh's writings on Seeger. Whatever one's opinion of Seeger's politics, his music, Stalinism, or the blacklist, the supposed Paper of Record could have done much better at reporting that aspect on Seeger's momentous life and career.

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to the Memphis Flyer about the band's upcoming album and tour. (Thx, LHB.)

U2 manager Paul McGuinness talks about the road from pubs to stadiums.

JONATHAN RICHMAN: Ten of his best.

JUSTIN BIEBER has decided to move out of Calabasas; the egging incident and the Sheriff's raid on Bieber's home were the final straw. Will he retire from music and open a tattoo parlor? It's too good to check.

MILEY CYRUS &  MADONNA: Unplugged together. Obligatory, really.

VIN DIESEL dances with himself... to the strains of Beyonce and Katy Perry.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is designing for Tommy Hilfiger.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 is already being discussed, even before the sequel opens this Spring.

CLASSIC COEN BROTHERS FILMS, reinterpreted as gig posters.

UKRAINE: Anti-government protesters on Tuesday said they would not leave the streets despite a vote by Ukraine's parliament repealing anti-protest laws that have sparked demonstrations and takeovers of government buildings. The vote came hours after Prime Minister Mykola Azarov submitted his resignation in a bid to end the protests that have gripped the country since November.

THE UNITED NATIONS Security Council urged countries to stop the payment of kidnap ransoms to extremist groups like al Qaeda, which have earned hundreds of millions of dollars from such crimes.

EGYPT: Former president Mohammed Morsi went to court for his trial related to a January 2011 jail break. An Egyptian general in the Interior Ministry was shot dead outside his home in Cairo.

IRAQ: The US will sell 24 Apache attack helicopters to the Iraqi military.

A LIONESS sneaks up on a reporter.

GEM the PUPPY is looking good after surviving a trip through a recycling center.

ZOMBIE BEES are spreading across the United States

MAN STABS SHARK, stitches up his own leg, goes to the pub for a beer.

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Sweetheart, Plus/Minus, Golden Smog, Chickens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CULTS played "“Keep Your Head Up” at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

SWEETHEART 2014: Fab love songs covered by fab artists, streaming at NPR.

PLUS/MINUS advance streams Jumping The Tracks.

MARK McGUIRE advance streams Along The Way.

GOLDEN SMOG, Live at the Great American Music Hall,June 26, 1996.

CHVRCHES covers the Bauhaus classic "Bela Legosi's Dead" for the Vampire Academy soundtrack.

CLOUD NOTHINGS drop "I'm Not Part of Me" ahead of  Here And Nowhere Else. Nice!

THE MINDBENDERS bring Twofer Tuesday: "Game of Love" and "Groovy Kind of Love."

SAVAGES talk to PopMatters about Throbbing Gristle, Alan Moore, Surrealist Manifestos, and more...

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN plans to sell recordings of his shows at exorbinant prices. I blame the bankers.

MAXWELL's: The inconic Hoboken music club is reopening as an artisanal pizza parlor.

THE 10 BEST GRATEFUL DEAD SONGS, according to Stereogum.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Preview her Super Bowl commercial.

HEIDI KLUM and her bodyguard boyfriend Martin Kirsten split after dating for a year and a half.

ELIZABETH BANKS will make her feature directorial debut with Pitch Perfect 2.

QUENTIN TARANTINO has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly disseminating copies of his script, The Hateful Eight.

ADAM SCOTT & PAUL RUDD gave Bosom Buddies the shot-for-shot parody treatment.

BETTER CAUL SAUL: Jonathan Banks has joined Bob Odenkirk for the Breaking Bad prequel.

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian president and opposition leaders have agreed to scrap anti-protest laws that had fueled anger at the government, the presidency says. Viktor Yanukovych also offered an amnesty to protesters, but only if they cleared barricades and stopped attacking government buildings.

SYRIA: The US is providing light arms, including antitank rockets, to "moderate" rebels in southern Syria. The US has also resumed the shipment of nonlethal aid, including vehicles and communications equipment, to Syrian rebels in the north, a month after shipments were suspended following the seizure of Free Syrian Army warehouses by Islamist rebels. A recent effort to unify jihadist ranks split by infighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham has temporarily stalled.

EGYPT: Army chief Abdel Fatah el Sisi is expected to soon announce plans to run in presidential elections, a move supported by the military.

HUNDREDS OF CHICKENS made a brave bid for freedom when a truck transporting them overturned on a motorway in China.

FLATULENT COWS set fire to a German dairy farm.

CATS were lifted off their feet by the blast of gale-force wind that ripped across counties from Kent to the Midlands on Saturday afternoon, accompanied by lightning, hailstones and torrential rain.

SNATCHED BY A CROCODILE: A 12-year-old boy is missing in a remote part of the Australian Outback.



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