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Wilson Pickett, Robyn Hitchcock, Cave Singers, Cutout Bin, Man Of Steel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK returns to the KEXP studio for a set featuring songs from his latest album, "Love From London."

THE CAVE SINGERS play a set live on KEXP from the Triple Door.

MIKAL CRONIN brings a mini-set of power pop fron Frisco to KEXP.

MAVIS STAPLES shares songs from her new LP at WFUV's Studio A.

CALIFONE drops the title track to "Stitches."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS drop the topical “Call Connected by the NSA”.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA covers "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

MAXWELL'S: Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Soundcheck's Irene Trudel share memories of the beloved New Jersey venue.

BLACK SABBATH: 10 little-known facts about the metal legends.

THE DOORS: Johns Densmore discusses his new book about suing his bandmates.

THE 10 BEST MAGNETIC FIELDS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to The Beatles, from REM to Nena, from Marvin Gaye to Foreigner, plus the Soft Boys, The Band, General Public, Soul Asylum and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Man Of Steel, currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and This Is The End, which opened Wednesday at 83 percent.

MAN OF STEEL: As you might have guessed, the Snyder-Goyer-Nolan "more realistic" approach is a more natural fit for the Dark Knight than the Man Of Steel. Notably, there is no reference for a more gritty, realistic Krypton, and there is a consequent overborrowing from other sources, particularly The Matrix (as incongruous as that sounds). On the other hand, Earth is better served.  In particular, the screenplay does perhaps the best I have seen with Lois Lane (the never-not-good Amy Adams), getting rid of the traditionally schizophrenic "I'm a top reporter who somehow is fooled by Clark Kent's glasses" approach of the original source material.  Lois may still be a damsel in distress from time to time, but not the simplistic plot device of prior efforts.  General Zod (the never-not-good Michael Shannon) and his crew also benefit from the less comic treatment here.  And if the more serious approach means it is a bit less fun than, say, The Avengers, its third act rivals the Marvel marvel for action on an epic scale.

LINDSAY LOHAN checked out of the Betty Ford Center and into the Cliffside rehab center in Malibu...with prosecutorial approval.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to meet Teen Mom, who just got another enlargement.

MELISSA McCARTHY is profiled by the New York Times, and responds to Rex Reed's unclassy movie review.

JUSTIN BIEBER was not driving his Ferrari the day Keyshawn Johnson confronted him for reckless driving, and there's video proof.

BILLY RAY CYRUS & RUPERT MURDOCH are getting divorced, but not from each other.

STEVEN SPIELBERG & GEORGE LUCAS predict the implosion of the film industry, presumably by releasing another Indiana Jones movie. Oh, I keed.

THE UNTED STATES promised to step up military aid to Syrian rebels after confirming that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including sarin gas, in small-scale attacks.

SYRIA: The UN reported that over 5000 people have been killed in Syria every month since July 2012, and that the death toll has risen to at least 93,000; over 80 percent of those killed are men. More than 1700 children under the age of 10 have died; some have been tortured. Both regime forces and rebels are accused of using children as suicide bombers and human shields.

IRAN: In a field of six more or less unremarkable presidential candidates standing in Friday's poll, the shadow of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will loom larger than all of them.

A BABY SEA LION jumps onboard a boat.

MORRIS THE CAT (not the 9 Lives spokescat) runs for Mayor of Xalapa, Mexico.

VAMPIRE MOSQUITOS are no big deal, say experts.

COCKROACHES that can be controlled by mobile phone are to go on show at a technology conference in Edinburgh.

A DOG who lost a chunk of her face while saving the lives of two girls is getting a hero's welcome back home in her native Philippines after being treated by top US vets.

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Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal The Man, The Olms, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DALE EARNHARDT JR JR plays "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" and"War Zone" for Conan.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PORTUGAL, THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE OLMS: Pete Yorn and his collaborator J.D. King do a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE BOXER REBELLION played a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SMITH WESTERNS drop "Idol" ahead of Soft Will.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to SF Weekly about Dagger Beach.

JASON ISBELL talsk to PopMatters about Southwestern, the burgeoning independent scene in Nashville, Bob Dylan, and Twitter.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger recently spoke to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, as well as being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt" (and made about their tour together), and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.

BON JOVI: Richie Sambora is suggesting that the band should go ahead and replace him.With U2's The Edge.

ETHAN HAWKE is looking for a big payday from The Purge.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN: A curvy Canadian model claims she bedded the hip-hopper while he was dating Kim Kardashian — including when the reality star was pregnant.  West denies it -- and gets profiled by the New York Times.



HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are expecting a son.

TEEN MOM and adult film star Farrah Abraham revealed she gets turned on by watching her own sex tape.

JENNIFER CARPENTER: Dating the married Seth Avett (of the Avett Bros)?

CAREY MULLIGAN passes on playing Hillary Clinton.

EGYPT: Authorities seized iron that was being smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Four smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were also destroyed. Egyptian Islamists are planning a demonstration on June 30 to counter those of the opposition.

LIBYA: An expert on Libyan security alleged that Islamist militants, including Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group, have taken refuge in southern Libya; a Tuareg member of parliament from the region denied knowledge of any terrorists there. In addition to al Qaeda-affiliated militants, Shiite proselytzers affiliated with Hezbollah have begun setting up shop in the region.

IRAQ: A military intelligence unit captured two al Qaeda in Iraq leaders during a raid in Al Riyadh south of Kirkuk. Security forces also broke up a plot to bomb three oil wells in northern Kirkuk.

A BUNNY dunks a basketball.

THE BIRDS: Thousands of terns nesting on the Farne Islands are swooping down and attacking holidaymakers, forcing them to dive for cover.


MAYBE THE TERMITES ate your life savings.

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Sigur Ros, Mantles, Hospital Ships, Fitz & the Tantrums, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

SHE & HIM played "I've Got Your Number, Son" for Leno.

SIGUR ROS advance streams Kveikur.

THE MANTLES advance stream Long Enough To Leave. Garagey goodness.

HOSPITAL SHIPS advance stream Destruction In Yr Soul.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEKO CASE drops "Man" well ahead of The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

"YOU REALLY GOT ME": At The Guardian, Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies and producer Shel Talmy recall slashed speakers, kicked amplifiers and two band members being at each others' throats.

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos talks to Drowned In Sound about the key to longevity, his band's future plans and also talk about his new musical, 'The Islanders'.

JASON ISBELL talks to All Things Considered about drawing on his personal relationships and experiences with sobriety.

TEGAN & SARA: The latter talks to the Birmingham Mail about the new LP and the back catalog. (Thx LHB.)

MUMFORD & SONS have postponed three US gigs after bassist Ted Dwane was taken to hospital with a blood clot on his brain.

MAN OF STEEL: The sequel is already in the works

HEIDI KLUM got into an alcohol-fueled argument with her bodyguard boyfriend at a New York restaurant before he stormed out, leaving her behind.

LAUREN CONRAD has nimbly parlayed small-screen fame into a mini empire of fashion, books, and now crafts that give back.

JAY CUTLER (Jerkface) & KRISTIN CAVALLARI wedding pics.


KATE UPTON: New boyfriend?

DUMB & DUMBER: The sequel is too dumb for the WB.

MALI: A senior mediator at talks in Burkina Faso between the Malian government and the separatist Tuareg MNLA said both sides have agreed "in principle" to allow presidential elections to take place in July and the army to return to Kidal. A 26-page manual found in Timbuktu earlier this year confirms that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was training fighters to use man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, and suggests that the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile.

SYRIA: Two suicide bombers detonated at a police station in Damascus, killing at least 14 people. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham's "Shari'a Committee" murdered a teenage boy for alleged blasphemy in Aleppo. The Free Syrian Army claimed to have killed over 40 Syrian army troops and Hezbollah fighters in an ambush in Aleppo.

EGYPT: A Coptic teacher was fined 14000 dollars for insulting Islam. Hundreds of Coptic Christians protested after at least seven Christians, including a child, were beaten and robbed by unknown assailants outside a monastery in Assuit last week.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed more than 70 Iraqis in a series of attacks, which included suicide bombings, in Iraq. Among those killed was Sheikh Abdul Rahman Rashid al Issawi, the leader of the Awakening in Fallujah.

A RESCUE DOG pushes his disabled owner through flood waters.

CRAZY ANTS that feast on electronics and are resistant to insecticide invade Texas and Florida.

FREYA the CAT: Accused of being a spy.

PET HOARDING: 14 rare albino lions are just the beginning of the story.

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The National, Eleanor Friedberger, Yellowbirds, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ROLLING STONES bring WIM BUTLER of Arcade Fire out for "The Last Time."

THE NATIONAL played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER and her band perform songs from her second solo album, Personal Record, live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

YELLOWBIRDS brought their psych-pop to WNYC Soundcheck.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN is streaming Ice On The Dune.

THE JULIE RUIN, which reunites Bikini Kill's Katleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, drops "Oh, Come On."

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS sync through "Too Much Talk" and "Him Or Me" for Jack Benny (and in honor of the Mark Lindsay reference on Sunday's Mad Men).

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to Consequence of Sound about Desire Lines, working with producer Tucker Martine, and what was behind changing their routine.

BEADY EYE talks to The Quietus about their new album BE, designing gnomes for the Chelsea Flower Show and why the Gallaghers' mum prefers lemon meringue to the Noel/Liam kerfuffle.

JULIA HOLTER talks to Pitchfork about her sweeping third album, Loud City Song, as well as the trappings of celebrity culture and the alluring invisibility of Los Angeles.

10 PROG ROCK EPICS you may have missed.

ELLEN PAGE & ALEXANDER SKARSGARD: Dating for the past year, or just friends?

JANE LYNCH and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, are getting a divorce.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS denied dropping an N-bomb at the Tonys.

JUSTIN BIEBER is being sued by a photog who claims Bieber directed his bodyguards to attack him and steal his memory card.

PARIS JACKSON: Will Debbie Rowe be her new guardian?

ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY went to see Bjork together... but left separately.

GERMANY: The annual report of Germany's domestic intelligence agency noted that the number of Islamists surged last year.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A judge sentenced six Islamists from Birmingham to jail terms of nearly 20 years each for plotting a terrorist attack on an English Defence League meeting.

YEMEN: Security forces captured Omar Ashour, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's commander in the in Ghail Bawazir district, and his son Abdullah, in the Shahir district in Hadramout province. The two were captured at a checkpoint and are thought to have been preparing to leave the country.

LIBYA: Following clashes in Benghazi over the weekend between militias and government forces in which 31 people were killed and over 100 wounded, the head of the Libyan army, General Yussef al-Mangoush, resigned. Congress is demanding a plan for the integration of all militias into the armed forces.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban beheads children in Kandahar province.

A BABY OSTRICH falls asleep.

THE MOONWALKING SHETLAND PONY is embroiled in a paternity battle.

MEGA MOSQUITOES have been spotted in Seminole County, FL.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK closes Nauset Beach on Cape Cod. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Primal Scream, Austra, Sebadoh, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE (w/ FEIST) played "Almost Crimes" and "7/4 Shoreline" for Fallon.

PRIMAL SCREAM is advance streaming More Light.

AUSTRA is advance streaming Olympia.

SEBADOH is streaming The Secret EP.

ROBERT CRAY stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ADRIAN BELEW will not be playing with Nine Inch Nails.So make due with his cover of "I'm Down."

BROKEN SOCAL SCENE talks to Rolling Stone about their one-off reunion.

JOSH RITTER is profiled by PopMatters

BLACK SABBATH talks to The Guardian about drugs, the occult and God.

MAXWELL'S: The legendary Hoboken club is closing, and the New York Times is on it, complete with a quote from Glenn Morrow.

ARTURO VEGA, friend of the Ramones and designer of their logo, passed away on Saturday at age 65.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Purge tops the chart with 36.4 million, well above expectations against a 3 million production budget (and maybe 20 million in marketing).  Fast and Furious 6 placed with 19.8 million that crosses the 200 million mark domestically (and almost double that worldwide).  Now You See Me shows with a strong 19.5 million and 61.4 million domestic against a 75 million budget.  The Internship debuts at No. 4 with 18.1 million a disappointing reunion of the Wedding Crashers -- roughly half of that movie's opening (and half of The Purge's take this weekend against amuch higher budget).  Epic rounds out the Top 5 with 12.1 million and 84.2 million total against a 100 million budget. Below the fold After Earth plummets to the seventh slot and 46.6 million total against a 130 million budget.

JOHN MALKOVICH saved a man's life in Toronto.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER were spotted out Friday night - along with their approximately 15-person-strong entourage - at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.

PARIS JACKSON and her borthers were nearly unsupervised, according to child welfare investigators.

JAY CUTLER & KRISTIN CAVALLARI got hitched before their official nuptuals.

ELIN NORDEGREN hates Lindsey Vonn and is angry at ex Tiger Woods.

AMY POEHLER & NICK KROLL go public as a couple.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO bags another victoria's Secret model.

THE UNITED STATES: The State Department said it is concerned about Iran's longstanding support for the Taliban, and again called Iran the number one state sponsor of terrorism.

LIBYA: Armed protesters attacked the headquarters of the "Shield of Libya" militia coalition in Benghazi in an attempt to dislodge the group from its barracks.

EGYPT: The United States recently agreed to continue providing Egypt with 1.3 billion in military aid despite concerns of rights issues. President Morsi said calls for new elections by the opposition "absurd."

A CORGI really thinks you should take that call.

A CALF got a toilet bowl stuck on on his head.

WHY DID THE CHICKEN lose its penis? No joke.

A HEROIC DOG saved the life of a newborn girl who had been slung into a rubbish dump.

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