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Black Lips, Tycho, SXSW, Marissa Nadler, Ice Cream Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BELLE & SEBASTIAN play "I Want the World to Stop" at the NME Awards.

THE BLACK LIPS are advance streaming Underneath The Rainbow.

TYCHO is advance streaming Awake.

THE AUSTIN 100: NPR's picks for SXSW 2014.

MARISSA NADLER returns to the KEXP studio for a mini-set

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

THE HOLD STEADY: Always dreaming about a unified scene.

THE MC5: John Sinclair talks to The Guardian about the band and its legacy.

THE SMITHS: An interactive history.

PUPPET SHOW: Indie bands reveal their Spinal Tap moments.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is reportedly five months pregnant by fiancé Romain Dauriac.

THE 2014 OSCARS: Bad reviews, big ratings (the biggest non-sports audience since NBC’s 2004 Friends finale).

CHARLIZE THERON & SEAN PENN sucked face at Maddona's Oscars after-party. Sean's so classy to his ex-wife.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE didn't take home another Oscar, but she was the most-tweeted about.

12 YEARS A SLAVE: Director Steve McQueen and screenwriter John Ridley have been embroiled in a bitter feud regarding credit for the film's Oscar-winning screenplay; neither thanked the other during the Oscars telecast.

JUSTIN BIEBER still lusts after Selena Gomez.

AMANDA BYNES returns to Twitter.

UKRAINE: Ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych asked Russia to send troops across the border to protect civilians, Moscow's UN envoy has claimed. The media surveys what the US can do economically, and for European security going forward. And looking at its island disputes with Japan, China stands with Russia.  And when you read articles giving reasons why Putin is already losing, keep in mind Putin undoubtedly considered them and decided he cared more about seizing a warm-water port and scaring his neighbors.

VENEZUELA: Jailed Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez urged sympathizers on Monday to maintain street protests against President Nicolas Maduro as the country's foreign minister prepared to meet the United Nations Secretary General.  The opposition also criticized the foreign minister's speech.

LIBYA: As many as 500 protesters denouncing lack of security in Benghazi, Derna, and Sirte torched cars and called for the GNC to resign.

IRAN is reducing its most proliferation-prone nuclear stockpile as required by its landmark deal with world powers but much work remains to be done to resolve all concerns about Tehran's activities, the U.N. atomic watchdog chief said on Monday.

TWO DOGS, One Ice Cream.


A TORTOISE gets wheels after being attacked by rats.

YORKSHIRE TERRIERS are zoo material...in North Korea.

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Pixies, Brass Bed, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BECK played "Blue Moon" and "Wave" as the only entertaining part of the last SNL.

THE PIXIES play World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

BRASS BED played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

LUCIUS returns to the KEXP airwaves with a special live performance from the Triple Door. 

COURTNEY BARNETT performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

SAUN & STARR, a/k/a/ The Dapettes, drop "Hot Shot."

FATBOY SLIM: "Weapon of Choice."

ELBOW's Guy Garvey talks to The Guardian about aging, rejecting normality, and why music will always be his true love.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS talk to Paste about English Oceans.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to The Observer about becoming a father, being at boarding school and what he owes Elton John.

OWEN PALLETT talksed to SPIN about scoring Her.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Non-Stop tops the box with 30 million, relly the top end of a Liam Neeson action debut, though this is unlikely to be as leggy as Taken was. Son Of God places with 26.5 million, which overperforms estimates, esp. in light of the reviews and the fact that it had basically aired on the History Channel; after two millenia, Christ still has a fanbase that will turn out at the cinema.  The Lego Movie finally drops out of the top slot to show with 21 million on a 33 percent drop.The toy story breaks the 200 million mark domestically and closes in on 300 million worldwide.  The Monuments Men climbs back to the fourth slot with 5 million, but still drops 37 percent. 3 Days to Kill drops a steep 60 percent to round out the Top 5 with 4.9 million.

THE OSCARS went to these folks.

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks, a number of whom also took home Oscars this year.

JULIE DELPY, a Best Screenplay nominee, said the Oscars are meaningless because 90 percent of the voters are old white men who want gifts. Also 90 percent of movies are crap.

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE welcomed a baby boy, their third son, on Friday.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN was killed by a toxic mix of heroin, cocaine and pills.

MARY-KATE OLSEN is engaged to marry her boyfriend of nearly two years, French banker Olivier Sarkozy.

GEORGE LOPEZ was busted for public intoxication in a casino.

UKRAINE: Putin goes to war in Crimea, which "experts" claim they didn't expect, despite how predictable Putin is.  The West's options at this point are limited. Srsly, Crimea's Sevastopol is Russia's sole warm-water port, leased from Ukraine; anyone who thought Russia would do nothing as Ukraine turned West was kidding themselves.

VENEZUELANS dressed in white, blowing on whistles and blasting horns in the tens of thousands, protested in Caracas Sunday against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, the latest in escalating demonstrations that have left 18 people dead.

IRAN is moving ahead with a nuclear program that U.S. officials said would be frozen, and it is now clear the USA and other world powers are willing to accept an Iranian enrichment program that Iran refuses to abandon, say analysts.

A DOG sums up this winter, without defecating.

WILD BEAVERS are seen in England for hte first time in centuries

A PARROT aids police in solving an Indian murder mystery.

GOAT AROUSAL EXPERTS have news for you.

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Paisley Underground, Los Campesinos!, Lake Street Dive, Cutout Bin, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Other bands associated with the scene not featured include Green On Red -- sometimes likened to The Doors for songs like "Two Lovers" and "Change" -- and The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World." DOUBLE BONUS:  The Guardian Music Blog ran a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands in 2008.

LOS CAMPESINOS! stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share songs from their fifth full-length album, No Blues.

LAKE STREET DIVE played Rockwood Music Hall, including a sultry cover of George Michael's "Faith." 

QUILT stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and a mini-set of psych-pop.

THE PACK A.D. cranks out the garage rock on KEXP

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop “Simple And Sure” before Days Of Abandon.

THE HANDSOME FAMILY provides the music of True Detective.

PRINCE popped up for a heavy take on "Let's Go Crazy" in Manchester.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley talks to The Arts Desk about inter-band dynamics, songwriting inspiration and just what it is about Americana us damn Brits find so appealing. (Thx, LHB.)

THE DREAM SYNDICATE is profiled at PopMatters.

THE NATIONAL's Bryce Dessner talks to Drowned in Sound about his new classical work.

THE TOP 10 WHITE STRIPES SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From Hugo Montenegro to the Velvet Underground, from the Ramones to the Flying Burrito Brothers, from the Bangles to Pink Floyd, plus REM, the Beach Boys, Yuck, Rhett Miller 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: Son Of God, which is currently scoring 18 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Non-Stop, currently scoring 55 percent; and the R-rated extended cut of Anchorman 2. Plus, a number of theaters are bringing back Oscar nominees for you crammers.


ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON: Is Thicke's infamous  MTV VMAs duet with Miley Cyrus to blame for their split?

JUSTIN BIEBER is going harder than ever on sizzurp and weed since living in Atlanta, multiple friends involved in his life tell TMZ.

LEAH REMINI talks to BuzzFeed about a hard year post-Scientology, which she says she left for her daughter.  The CoS reponds.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS and his hat are profiled by GQ.

DARREN SHARPER now faces rape charges in two states.

SETH ROGEN testified before Congress regarding funding for Alzheimer's research, then tweeted about how only two Senators showed up. Video at the link.

UKRAINE's fugitive president turned up in Russia on Thursday and masked gunmen seized government buildings in the Crimean region as tension built over the direction of the country's revolution.

VENEZUELAN authorities issued an arrest warrant for a second opposition figure, ramping up the pressure on protesters who have staged nationwide rallies this month in the biggest threat to President Nicolas Maduro since he came to power. Maduro's government is hoping Carnival will take the heat out of the nation's worst unrest in a decade.

SYRIA: State media claimed that regime and Hezbollah forces killed over 170 fighters, including Saudis, Qataris, and Chechens, from the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in an ambush outside Damascus. In the Damascus region, Islamist fighting groups, including the Islamic Front and the Suqour al Sham, are rejecting local truces. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham told Christians in Raqqah it would protect them so long as they observe a long list of conditions, including prohibitions against public worship and owning weapons.

IRAN: The U.N. nuclear watchdog planned a major report on Iran that might have revealed more of its suspected atomic bomb research, but held off as Tehran's relations with the outside world thawed, sources familiar with the matter said. Secretary of State Kerry said yesterday that the US has an obligation to pursue diplomatic and other options to force Iran to give up its nuclear weapons program.

A MONKEY steals a pricey GoPro camera, takes a selfie.

TWO DOGS take a joyride, crash into a river.

TEGU LIZARDS are beginning to overrun parts of Florida.

A TIGER walks into a bar... in Lockport, IL.


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Drive-By Truckers, School of Language, Laibach, Posse, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS drops a video for "Name Written In Water" that features... pig butchery.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS advance stream English Oceans.

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE advance streams More Fears.

LAIBACH advance streams Spectre.

AVA LUNA advance streams Electric Balloon.

POSSE advance streams Soft Opening.

THE MARY ONETTES drop "Naive Dream" ahead of Portico.

THE WHO: "I'm A Boy."

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to the Wall Street Journal about his past day jobs.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark is profiled by The Line Of Best Fit.

UNCLE TUPELO founder/drummer Mike Heidorn talks to the St Louis Post-Dispatch about the No Depression reissue.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: "Birdhouse in Your Soul" and the revolution it signified.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER have called it quits...for the third time.

JUSTIN BIEBER: I don't know whether the jail video is a smoking gun, but it's fun to see him in jail.

ROBIN THICKE hasn't given up on Paula Patton, for whom the feeling seems less than mutual.

SANDRA BULLOCK is set to clear at least 70 million from Gravity.

SAM WORTHINGTON got slapped with a restraining order.

ALLISON WILLIAMS (HBO's Girls) is set to wed her boyfriend of three years, Ricky Van Veen.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 will likely survive Harold Ramis's death.

ADAM DRIVER is likely to play the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII.

UKRAINE: The United States warned Russia on Wednesday against military intervention in Ukraine and said any incursion could lead to a broad international backlash.  The European Union and the West are not willing or capable of bailing out Ukraine’s economy, especially if Moscow retaliates with new punitive tariffs, higher prices for natural gas and a cutoff of significant ties to Ukrainian factories and businesses.  The lawmakers temporarily controlling Ukraine announced an interim government on Wednesday night, to a mixed reaction.  Protesters in Crimea have become the last major bastion of resistance to Ukraine's new rulers.

VENEZUELA's opposition ruled out attending a “peace conference” called by President Nicolas Maduro in Caracas following two weeks of protests that have killed 14 people.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Two British Muslim converts who hacked British soldier Lee Rigby to death on a busy street in Woolwich last year were sentenced to prison; Michael Adebolajo was handed a life term and Michael Adebowale will be incarcerated for at least 45 years. The judge said the pair, who were removed from the courtroom during sentencing for shouting and scuffling with guards, had shown no remorse and that the "barbaric murder" had a "terrorist connection."

SYRIA: The leader of the Al Nusrah Front told the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham that it had five days to stop attacking rebel and jihadist groups in Syria or they would jointly destroy ISIS in both Syria and Iraq.

EGYPT: A court sentenced 26 people to death for forming a terror group that sought to launch attacks against the Suez Canal. Egypt's army chief Abdel Fattah el Sisi is expected to stay on as defense minister in the country's new cabinet. State TV said Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim will keep the same position in the forthcoming cabinet. In March, a court will announce whether Hamas is a terror organization in Egypt.

IRAN: The Stuxnet worm that attacked Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz came to light nearly four years ago, but how it got there remains a mystery. A possible new explanation cites the supply chain as the key.

DEER rescued by hovercraft from a frozen lake.

A GIANT LEOPARD rampages through an Indian village.

TOADS prompt a road closure in Lincolnshire.


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Real Estate, The Men, Johnny Greenwood & Bryce Dessner, Meerkat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL drops a video for "I Need My Girl."

REAL ESTATE is advance streaming Atlas via iTunes.

THE MEN advance stream Tomorrow's Hits.

BART DAVENPORT advance streams Physical World.

JOHHNY GREENWOOD (Radiohead) & BRYCE DESSNER stream an orchestral split LP.

OFF! drops "Hypnotized" ahead of Wasted Years.

CLOUD NOTHINGS have "Psychic Trauma" ahead of Here and Nowhere Else.

THE GO-GOs are joined by The Bangles' Vicki Petersen for "We Got the Beat" on French TV in 1995.

BECK talks to The Guardian about the dark mood of Morning Phase.

THE "NEW RADIOHEAD": Pitchfork essays the bands who weren't.

SO YOU WANNA BE A ROCK N' ROLL STAR? Fill out this government application.

SHOULD YOU FEEL BAD about dumping your ex-favorite band?

HAROLD RAMIS, remembered by veteran character actor Stephen Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day's Ned Ryerson).

ROBIN THICKE canceled his Atlanta concert and flew to Canada to plead with Paula Patton to save their marriage.

JUSTIN BIEBER is headed to trial in his DUI case.

AMANDA BYNES got probation in her DUI plea deal.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: Playwright David Bar Katz sued the National Enquirer over gay and drug rumors and settled with the creation of the American Playwriting Foundation, which will give out an annual prize of 45K for an unproduced play.

LINDSAY LOHAN has one less lawsuit to deal with.

JENNA FISCHER  is pregnant and expecting her second child with husband Lee Kirk this summer.

PAUL RUDD & JIMMY FALLON faced off for the first Tonight Show lip-sync battle.

UKRAINE: Can its revolutionaries become democrats? Dozens of pro-Russian protesters rallied Tuesday in the Crimean Peninsula city of Sevastopol, bitterly denouncing politicians in Kiev who are trying to form a new government, with some even calling for secession from Ukraine.

VENEZUELA: The United States has ordered three Venezuelan diplomats out of the country in reaction to similar action taken by Caracas, the State Department said Tuesday. President Nicolas Maduro claimed the government was gaining support ahead of a “peace conference” he called for tomorrow following two weeks of protests that have killed 14 people.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama, apparently resigned to President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States before he leaves office, told him in a phone call on Tuesday that he had instructed the Pentagon to begin planning for a complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year.

A MEERKAT LAUGHS: Let's go to the video.

URBAN HYENAS attack rough sleepers in Addis Ababa.

SURFIN' CROC: Everybody knows about the croc.

CAN YOUR CAT predict the weather?


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