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Stephen Malkmus, Benmont Tench, Laura Cantrell, Deaf Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Stevie Wonder's “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” in Motown, wearing the face of disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BENMONT TENCH: The Heartbreaker stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KINS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA CANTRELL performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

DAVID BOWIE: With a new Wes Anderson movie expanding Friday, how about some vintage "Queen B^tch" from the OGWT?

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Rolling Stone about his cover-rich Aussie tour and his Record Store Day EP.

BASIA BULAT ansers 5 Questions for BrooklynVegan.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Stereogum digs deep into the band and the making of Lost In The Dream.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, is writing a children's book.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly listed 36 celebrity hookups.

TAYLOR SWIFT cuts off Selena Gomez for reuniting with Justin Bieber.

LADY GAGA's Born this Way Foundation spends more on lawyers, publicity and consultants than charity.

CHRIS PINE was busted for DUI in New Zealand.

ROBIN THICKE took some time offf rom wooing back Paula Patton to go birthday clubbing with Leo DiCaprio.

SHAILENE WOODLEY, star of the upcoming Divergent, is not a fan of Twilight.

BIG BANG THEORY gets a three-season renewal from CBS.

UKRAINE: A push by US Senate Democrats to tie a controversial funding provision to a Ukraine-aid bill could thwart the popular resolution's chances of becoming law.

A DEAF PUG sings when his owner returns.

A SHAGGY DOG STORY: A passer-by mistook him for a pile of trash. Look at him now.

A CHIMP significantly outperformed 12 children and 4 adults on a complex maze in a virtual-reality computer game.

AN ELEPHANT trashed an indian village, then saved a baby from the rubble.

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Arcade Fire, Coathangers, Steve Earle, Phantogram, Boxer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RANDY NEWMAN blasts hrough "I Love L.A." with the Roots...in NYC.

ARCADE FIRE, Live at the Target Center, Mpls, March 8, 2014.

THE COATHANGERS advance stream Suck My Shirt.

STEVE EARLE plays the title track from The Low Highway, plus a couple older favorites, in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

PHANTOGRAM: Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel stopped by WFUV's Studio A along with their touring band to perform some of their new songs and to talk about the making of the new album. 

ANDY KIM is opening Kevin Drew's record release show. Brooklyn Vegan has "Rock Me Gently" and "Sugar, Sugar" for Twofer Tuesday on Wednesday.

YO LA TENGO: More like a comedy troupe than a regular band?

THE DREAM SYNDICATE: Steve Wynn talks to Magnet about the Day Before Wine And Roses show, the future famous person and bandmate in attendance and a couple of Eric Clapton songs. And here's a bonus bit about Lou Reed.

SXSW: Why Your Band Won't Break Out in Austin.

THE TOP 10 HOLD STEADY SONGS, according to Stereogum.

GAME OF THRONES covers Vanity Fair; the show's creators brag they know what happens at the nd of the book series.

TILDA SWINTON talks to the Daily Beast about Vladmir Putin, David Bowie, and vampires.

KIM KARDASHIAN got into a car crash near the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

LINDSAY LOHAN's TV show gets off to a so-so start.

JASON SUDEKIS has nabbed the iconic role of Fletch in Warner Bros.' Fletch Won.

THE BACHELOR: I don't watch it, probably because the dudes are like this.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS inteviewed Pres. Obama on Between Two Ferns, presumably because youth enrollment under the ACA is lagging.

CIA DIRECTOR John Brennan said al Qaeda has "metastasized over the years" and is found throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. He also said that concerns over the growing presence of al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria have been the focus of many of his efforts with his foreign counterparts over the past year.

UKRAINE's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.  Pro-Russian groups used whips to attack pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Sevastopol, the port city of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, according to the BBC. The authorities in Ukraine's breakaway region of Crimea  ruled out negotiations with the central government, which they say is illegitimate.

VENEZUELA: Fears of a bloody face-off spread.

EL SALVADOR: Police blocked hundreds of supporters of the conservative candidate in El Salvador’s presidential election from reaching a hotel where electoral authorities were doing a final count Monday for the razor-thin runoff contest.

FERN the BOXER was not pleased to be left in the car.

A 22-LB HOUSE CAT forced a family (including the dog) into their bedroom in Portland, Oregon. The 911 call transcript is priceless.

A DOG in Northamptonshire has become the 13th to die in the UK from "Alabama Rot" since December.

THE BRAZILIAN WANDERING SPIDER: 10 things to know about the world's deadliest arachanid.

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Nicole Atkins, Jeremy Messersmith, Drowners, Black Tiger   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FUTURE ISLANDS: Is this performance of "Seasons (Waiting On You)" like Pere Ubu’s David Thomas fronting New Order?

NICOLE ATKINS stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DROWNERS: The Brooklyn based post punk band performs live on the Morning Show from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC on KEXP.

LA DISPUTE advance streams Rooms Of The House.

TODD RUNDGREN': His first band Nazz hit with "Open My Eyes"; his classic "Hello, It's Me" completes Twofer Tuesday. BONUS: "We Gotta Get You A Woman" is just audio... but what audio!

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to the Village Voice about the Belgian recording sessions for his new album, Wig Out at Jagbags, how his approach to his lyrics has evolved, the Pavement reunion tour, and life on the range.

TANYA DONNELLY talks to the Boston Globe about going solo.

HAROLD BUDD cannot explain how he ended up the godfather of ambient.

26 ARTISTS whose best-known songs are covers.

JUSTIN BIEBER gave a deposition in a lawsuit; TMZ has the lowlights.

ROBIN THICKE has made significant headway in his campaign to win his wife, Paula Patton, back.

SHAILENE WOODLEY (Divergent) has willingly and decidedly become a Luddite.

DAN HARMON: Community's rebellious showrunner talks to Rolling Stone about the future of his metasitcom, why he's just like Denzel Washington and his new project with Arrested Development's Mitch Hurwitz.

LENA DUNHAM is the latest celeb apologizing for a tweet.

THE RICH LIST: Music's Top 40 Money Makers of 2014, according to Billboard.

MALAYSIA: A BBC Persian report says that the two Iranians on the vanished Malaysia Airlines plane had bought fake passports in order to migrate to Germany and Denmark.

UKRAINE: The bloodless incursion by masked, apparently pro-Russian forces onto the Ukrainian base in the city of Bakhchisaray -- amid disputed accounts over whether the base commander had switched sides -- was one of the latest encounters between pro-Moscow troops who are consolidating their hold on the Black Sea peninsula and Ukrainian forces who still are there.

VENEZUELA: A Chilean woman was shot dead in Caracas while clearing a barricade put up by anti-government protesters, the first foreign fatality during a month of civil unrest in Venezuela, authorities said on Monday. In San Cristóbal - where an estimated 40% of the town's food is smuggled to Colombia for resale - activists are rebuilding barricades dismantled by the national guard.

EGYPT: More than 100 Muslim Brotherhood supporters were released upon orders from Egypt's prosecutor general. Four members of an alleged al Qaeda-linked terror cell were charged for offenses that included planning attacks against the American and French embassies in Egypt.

"BLACK TIGER" looks after an injured puppy.

ELEPHANTS can distinguish between human languages.

A SHARK is dissected by Miss Nebraska.

SNAPPING TURTLES: Don't kiss them.

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Bob Mould, Kevin Drew, The War On Drugs, Poisoned Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD played "See A Little Light" at the Ed Sullivan Theater to promote Workbook 25.

KEVIN DREW (Broken Social Scene) advance streams Darlings.

THE WAR ON DRUGS advance streams Lost in the Dream.

PERFECTPUSSY advance streams Say Yes to Love.

SISYPHUS: Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, and Serengeti are streaming their debut LP

ARCADE FIRE covers Prince's "Controversy."

DAVE MASON: "We Just Disagree."

THURSTON MOORE does not like bad press.

ELBOW: Guy Garvey and bassist Pete Turner talk to Weekend Edition about the making of he Take Off and Landing of Everything.

DE LA SOUL's long, strange copyright tangle.

LYDIA LOVELESS is profiled by PopMatters.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 300: Rise of an Empire tops the chart with 45 million. The good news is that this was slightly better than studio projections.  The bad news is that 45 million is against a 110 million budget, while the original had a 70.9 million debut against a 60 million budget.  A sequel to a hit should open bigger, not dramatically smaller.  This one likely has to gross 300 million worldwide to profit; and will likely make just about that amount. Mr Peabody and Sherman placed with 32.5 million against a 140 million budget; even with another 40 million in overseas grosses already, this looks like a risk which may not pay off.  Family movies can be leggy, but Mr Peabody faces the Muppets two weekends hence. Non-Stop shows with 15.4 million on an okay 47 percent drop; Neeson's latest has grossed 72 million world wide so far against a 50 million budget.  The Lego Movie drops to the fourth slot under pressure from Mr Peabody, but takes in another 11 million for a worldwide total of 360.4 million against a 60 million budget.  Son Of God rounds out the Top 5 with 10 million on a 61 percent drop; given that most of it was taken from a mini-series and had its 22 million budget, that 41.4 million total likely looks pretty good.

STACY KEIBLER married tech entrepreneur Jared Pobre in an intimate sunset ceremony on a beach in Mexico on Saturday.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ, after swearing each other off, may be a couple again, or at least dance partners.

CHARLIE SHEEN's no-shows are delaying Anger Management production. Was only a matter of time, yes?

CHRISTIAN BALE and wife Sandra “Sibi” Bale are expecting their second child.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON's preganancy was reportedly a welcome surprise.

KESHA has dropped the $ from her name, post-rehab.

JOHNNY CARSON reportedly has a sex tape.

UKRAINE: Oligarchs complain the new bosses may be the same as the old ones. They'll likely be an improvement, but how much of one remains an open question.

SAUDI ARABIA declared the Muslim Brotherhood to be a terrorist organization on Friday, piling more misery on the organization as it staggers from a vicious crackdown in Egypt.

LEBANON: The Al Nusrah Front in Lebanon claimed that Shiite members of the Lebanese Army are fighting in Syria alongside regime forces.

EGYPT: An official said that an Iranian arms shipment recently intercepted by Israel in the Red Sea was destined for militants in the Sinai or Gaza.

IRAQ: An Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber killed 47 people and wounded 125 more in an attack at a checkpoint in Hillah.

POISONED PUPPY saved by miracle vodka.

GRUMPIEST CAT finds an adopted home.

OVER 1700 EXOTIC PETS have been placed in new homes by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A BULLDOG adopts a littler of kittens... mass hysteria!




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Blondie, Drive-By Truckers, Nick Waterhouse, Cutout Bin, Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with BLONDIE! "One Way or Another," they're gonna getcha.  Maybe with the new wavey material like that song or their cover of the Nerves' "Hanging On the Telephone."  Maybe with the Eurodisco sound of "Heart of Glass," "Call Me" or "Rapture."  But for me, it's the pop anthems like "Union City Blue" and "Dreaming," both propelled by the frenetic drumming of Clem Burke, who is clearly a fan of Keith Moon, right down to the pantomiming in that last TOTP clip.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley go unpluggedy at City Winery for WFUV.

HOSPITALITY stopped by WFUV for a mini-set.

NICK WATERHOUSE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

NINA PERSSON of The Cardigans plays live for WNYC Soundcheck.

EELS drops “Mistakes Of My Youth” ahead of The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett.

ST VINCENT drops a B-side named "Del Rio."

DR. JOHN explains "Iko Iko" to David Sanborn on the ol' Night Music program.  Hiram Bullock and Jeff Healy join in.  A little post Mardi Gras, but better late than never.

DEAN WAREHAM talks to TIME about his new solo album.

NEW RAGE: A new crop of bands like Eagulls, Girl Band, Evil Blizzard and Sleaford Mods bring the noise.

MOUNTAIN GOATS songs that work as short stories.

TOM WAITS: A map of all the places he's mentioned in song.

CUTOUT BIN: From Prof Longhair to Warren Zevon, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to the Police, from the Animals to the Woodentops, plus the Replacements, Fats Domino, Van Morrison, Weezer and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: This weekend's wide releases include Mr Peabody and Sherman, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and 300: Rise of an Empire, which is scoring 46 percent.

ANDREW GARFIELD and “Batkid” Miles Scott were both “equally upset” about the 86th Academy Awards scrapping their onstage segment Sunday night.

LUPITA NYONG'O was spotted cuddling with Somali rapper K'naan after the Oscars.

JIMMY FALLON--or his network--is muscling guests to appear exclusively on the Tonight Show.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN sold her house to Kaley Cuoco, bought Justin Bieber's somewhat infamous house in Calabasas, Cali.

MARY-KATE OLSEN turned down her fiancee's first proposal.

THE KID IS HIS SON: There's a 99.9% chance a 31-year-old man is Michael Jackson's illegitimate son.

SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR has a trailer online.

THE UNITED STATES: The State Department issued an order restricting the movements of Syria's UN representative, Bashar Ja'afari, to a 25-mile radius of New York City; similar restrictions are in place for Iranian and North Korean envoys.

SYRIA: The Syrian National Coalition has retained Gen. Abdel-Ilah Bashir as head of the Free Syrian Army but given former head Salem Idriss the post of military adviser to SNC chief Ahmad Jarba.

LEBANON: Hezbollah has reportedly set up a small military airport in Baalbek in the Bekaa valley, from which it is operating Iranian-made Mirsad-1 and Mirsad-2 drones.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 42 people in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad, Jisr Diyala, Hillah, Iskandariyah, and Mishada.

A KITTEN tries on a slipper.

OTTER vs GATOR: Who you got?

THE DOLPHIN probably looked like he could use a dip in the community swimming pool.

A BIRD carrying a lit cigarette to its nest has been blamed for starting a fire in a building in south London.



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