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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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Afghan Whigs, Frankie Cosmos, Jason Isbell, Harold Ramis RIP, Panther Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE AFGHAN WHIGS drop "Algiers" ahead of their reunion LP, Do The Beast.

FRANKIE COSMOS advance streams Zentropy.

LUSHES advance stream What Am I Doing.

EAGULLS advance stream their self-titled LP.

JASON ISBELL and Amanda Shires perform songs from Southeastern in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

KEVIN DREW has a "Mexican Aftershow Party" ahead of Darkings. He'll be touring with fmr BSS-bandmate (and more) Leslie Feist.

THE HORRORS drop "I See You" ahead of Luminous.

POURS drops "Carry the Oar" and "Unveiled" ahead of their debut LP.

SOUNDGARDEN shares a rehearsal version of "The Day I Tried To Live" ahead of the Superunknown 20th-anniversary reissue.

JASON and the SCORCHERS cover "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and play "Harvest Moon" for Twofer Tuesday.

BOB MOULD talks to The Quietus of the reissue of his excellent solo debut, Workbook.

DONOVAN talks to The Guardian about polio, the media, the internet, and more...

KISS won't play during their Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction, because they cannot agree on a lineup.

THE SMITHS, ranked by NME

HAROLD RAMIS, a member of Second City, SCTV, and one of Hollywood’s most successful comedy filmmakers (National Lampoon's Animal House, Caddyshack, Stripes, Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day and Analyze This, to name a few), died Monday from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves swelling of the blood vessels. He was 69.  In 2004, Tad Friend made the case that Ramis is the father of the modern comedy. He also may have motivated John Hughes (who, like Ramis, ultimately returned to Chicagoland) to become a director. This blog annually pays tribute to Groundhog Day; here's video of Ramis discussing the reaction to the film.

MARIA VON TRAPP, last surviving member of the family that inspired The Sound of Music, died on Saturday. She was 99 years old.

ALEC BALDWIN is threatening to leave New York, much as he once threatened to leave the US generally.

SAM WORTHINGTON was arrested after punching a photographer in the face.

PAULA PATTON is separating from Robin Thicke.

JOSH BROLIN was caught canoodling his assistant.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is going to play the female lead in Ted 2.

AMERICAN IDOL will lose money this year.

ERIN ANDREWS replaces Brooke Burke-Charvet on Dancing With the Stars.

THE NAACP IMAGE AWARDS went to these folks.

UKRAINE's acting government issued an arrest warrant against President Viktor Yanukovich on charges of mass murder and warned the international community that the country needs 35 billion in aid to avert default. Russia said the turmoil in Ukraine represented a threat to its own citizens.

VENEZUELA: Protests continued Monday across the country amid growing reports of police repression and scarcities of basic goods, which provoked rare public criticism of President Nicolas Maduro by a political ally. A meeting billed as a national dialogue for local and state officials convened Monday without the country's most prominent opposition leader.

CHINA is training for war with Japan.

EGYPT: Prime Minister Beblawi announced that the current Egyptian cabinet had resigned. A court upheld the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

SAUDI ARABIA is reportedly seeking Pakistan's help in the provision of antiaircraft and antitank weapons for Syrian rebels.

IRAN has signed a deal to sell Iraq arms and ammunition worth 195 million, according to documents seen by Reuters - a move that would break a U.N. embargo on weapons sales by Tehran.

A RARE PANTHER CUB is nursed back from hypothermia.

A BABY MOOSE attacked a man during a wildlife study in Maine.

GARY THE GOAT tours Australia.

CAN MACAQUE MONKEYS predict the next banking crisis?

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Linda Perhacs, Diane Cluck, Nothing, Future Islands, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUM DUM GIRLS  drop a video for "Too True To Be Good."

LINDA PERHACS advance streams The Soul of All Natural Things.

DIANE CLUCK advance streams Boneset.

NOTHING advance streams Guilty of Everything.

FUTURE ISLANDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK HOLLIES with the grainy, garagey "Tell Me What You Want".

THE HOLD STEADY guitarist Tad Kubler spoke to BrooklynVegan about the band's new record, the pros and cons of playing Brooklyn, and the band's PledgeMusic Campaign.

SLOWDIVE is profiled by Noisey.

TOM WILSON: The Greatest Producer (Most of) You Have Never Heard Of.

THE 25 BEST-LOVED ONE-HIT WONDERS, according to Spotify and BuzzFeed.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Lego Movie threepeats atop the chart with 31.5 million -- and to give you an idea haw big that is, consider that's a million better than Gravity did in its third weekend, and 9 million better than Frozen's third frame.  There will be more big releases next weekens, but Mr Peabody doesn't arrive for another two weekends.  3 Days to Kill places with a 12.3 million debut; Kevin Coster opened The Guardian with 18 million in 2006, but at least this one had a mere 28 million budget.  Pompeii shows with a 10 million debut against a 100 million budget; Ouch.  The Robocop remake takes fourth with 9.4 million and a 43 million domestic total against 100 million; in this case, the sting is lessened by 100 million in overseas grosses.  The Monuments Men rounds out the Top 5 with 8.1 million and 58 million total (85 million worldwide) against a 70 million budget.  Below the fold, it looks like Frozen will end up as the 18th biggest all-time grosser.

JUSTIN BIEBER has rejected a plea bargain which included random drug testing.

LAMAR ODOM is still holding out hope that things will work out between him and his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian.

LIAM NEESON says the sudden death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, still doesn't seem real, even five years after she died in a skiing accident.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY is not the romantic he seems on screen.

RHIANNNA was the subject of a homophobia hoax. Beyond ceebrities, these hoaxes seem to be on the rise.

LUDACRIS is fighting for custody of his child.

SNOOKI is secretly planning to give birth again.

THE WARRIORS: Writer-director Walter Hill comes out to play with Esquire 35 years after the controverial film's release.

UKRAINE: Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov, handed presidential powers as lawmakers prepare to form a coalition government, warned that the economy was in a “pre-default situation.” The political crisis polarized sentiment in largely between its western and central regions bordering the EU and those in the south and east that are home to more Russian speakers and ethnic Russians.

VENEZUELA: Embattled President Nicolas Maduro called Sunday for a national peace conference this week to end three weeks of rioting that have claimed at least 11 lives in the South American country. Despite his call for national reconciliation, Maduro repeatedly called his opponents fascists and right-wing extremists. Tens of thousands of white-clad demonstrators flooded the streets of eastern Caracas Saturday in the largest show of strength so far against President Nicholás Maduro’s rule.

EGYPT: Prosecutors Sunday accused deposed president Mohamed Morsi of leaking state secrets to Iran's Revolutionary Guards as part of a plot to destabilise Egypt, at the second hearing of his trial for espionage.

SYRIA: Abu Khalid al Suri, al Qaeda's chief representative in Syria, was killed in Aleppo; the Islamic Front announced his death. An activist group said Suri was killed when at least one Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham suicide bomber detonated in an Aleppo office, killing six Ahrar al Sham fighters and injuring one of its emirs.

ELEPHANTS reunite after 37 years.

MERCURY THE KITTEN adapts to life on two legs.

ROO THE CHIHUAHUA, also two-legged, befriends a chicken.

MJ THE ANTEATER is born at the Staten Island Zoo.

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