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Typhoon, Juliana Barwick, Valerie June, Seal Birth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS have a new LP coming. "Do I Wanna Know?" Yes.

TYPHOON is advance streaming White Lighter.

JULIANA BARWICK is advance streaming Nepenthe.

VALERIE JUNE is advance streaming Pushin' Against a Stone. Digging it.

RHYE plays a mini-set at World Cafe

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

JACK WHITE's ex, Karen Elson, filed for a restraining order, alleging he wanted her to contact their kids’ private school in an effort to get their kids out of a class in which another entertainer’s child was present (apparently Dan Auerbach's).  White also allegedly berated Elson when she attended the wedding of a rival musician.  In both cases, White allegedly was upset at other musicians "ripping off" his style.  White filed a countermotion disputing the allegations.


STEPHIN MERRITT talks to The Airship about sci-fi, hackneyed metaphors and how the Future Bible Heroes music-making process involves two “different species of beaver.” (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 100 LPs OF 1985, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers. I'd argue the order, mostly.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 2 Guns tops the chart with 27 million, with the typical Denzel Washington number slightly boosetd by Mark Wahlberg.  This flick cost 61 million, which is like money in the bank with a Denzel pic, especially after overseas numbers come in.Speaking of global markets, The Wolverine skids 59 percent to place with 21.7 million, but its 95 million total to date pales against 159 overseas.  Smurfs 2 shows with an 18.2 million debut, mildly restoring my faith in humanity, as this could have been No. 1 against a Denzel opening.  The Conjuring drops 39 percent to No. 4 with 13.6 million, but it's pretty leggy, breaking the 100 million mark against a 20 million budget and is now launching overseas.  Despicable Me 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.3 million, which is probably this week's real story.  DM2 is now Universal's third-highest grosser, trailing only E.T. and Jurassic Park.

THE CONJURING: I'm a bit behind on seeing this one, because horror isn't really my genre.  But this old school exorcism pic, minus the torture pr0n so common these days, was pretty darn good, led by a quartet of good actors: Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Lili Taylor (High Fidelity); Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Ron Livingston (TV's Sex and the City).  It's so old school as to be set in the 70s, when exorcism first made a splash in film.  And it's "based on a true story," though when Farmiga's character identifies herself jokingly as a "kook," one suspects that's the real true story.  Nevertheless, for what it is, it's interesting even between the scares and confident to be restrained in its creepiness.

ELLE MacPHERSON wed billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji.

CHARLIE SHEEN has a new "goddess" -- Capri Anderson, who accused him of assault and battery after a booze and cocaine fueled wild night in New York City and then allegedly tried to extort a million dollars from him.

LINDSAY LOHAN never wants to see alcohol again. Plus, she might be good as a talk show hostess. Maybe a steady job would be good for her.

LEAH REMINI plans to write a tell-all memoir about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS was involved in a serious car accident in Venice, Calif.; she escaped with minor injuries and pal Jodie Foster came to the scene.

BOURNE again. Oh dear.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST drops an ad for Trask Industries.

THE UNITED STATES State Department issued a global travel alert for US citizens, based on indications recently received of an al Qaeda threat. The alert warned that the terrorist group or its allies may attack public or private American interests, and may target tourist spots or public transportation systems.

THE UNITED KINGDOM plans to close its embassy in Yemen on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, and has issued a travel advisory to British nationals in Yemen. British embassies in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq will remain open, but the Foreign Office advised staff to "exercise extra vigilance."

FRANCE: President Holland said France has been "informed directly and indirectly of threats concerning our installations overseas and even our nationals, threats coming from al-Qaida."

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator for Iran, officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Two days before his inauguration, Rouhani reportedly said that Israel "is a wound ... on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed"; state media later claimed he was misquoted.

SYRIA: Several rebel groups, including the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front, seized a weapons depot near Damascus. The Syrian National Coalition urged warring Kurds and jihadists in Hasakah province to "exercise restraint."

A SEAL gave birth on a dock in Seattle.

BABOON BURGLARS: Kleptomaniac monkeys terrorize an estate in South Africa.

TWO POSSIBLY RABID RACCOONS attacked a woman in Central Park.

HEY, BOO-BOO: A bear pushed away an entire dumpster from the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs.

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MTV, Colin Meloy, Milk Carton Kids, Cutout Bin, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 30 yesterday. The first 20 minutes, included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more. A couple of years back, Gawker did 30 years in 3 minutes.

COLIN MELOY played a solo set at the Newport Folk Festival, though The Decemberists make an appearance.

BLACK PRAIRIE, featuring members of The Decemberists, played a set at the Newport Folk Festival, including a cover of "The Song Remains The Same."

MILK CARTON KIDS  played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: tracks from Yuck, the Lone Bellow, Jackson Scott and more highlight the latest edition. 

FRANKIE ROSE expresses "Sorrow" ahead of Herein Wild.

THE DEATH RATTLE: Why The '60s Really Ended In 1973.  A slightly different take on an idea expressed in Almost Famous, which means we must hear "Tiny Dancer."

ARCADE FIRE's Richard Reed Parry has started a folk band.

HARRY NILSSON: Alyn Shipton, author of a new Nilsson biography, offers 5 quirky facts about the singer-songwriter. (Thx, LHB.)

LOLLAPALOOZA's best and worst lineups, according to SPIN.

SOUL ASYLUM: An oral history of their big hit, "Runaway Train."

CUTOUT BIN: From RJD2 to Nancy Sinatra, from James Brown to lou Reed, from Them to Bananarama, plus the Who, Stealer's Wheel, King Khan, the Beatles, the Bangles and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM. BTW, I'm advised this here blog is one of the top 100 all-time users of the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Smurfs 2, which opened Wednesday with 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and 2 Guns, which is currently scoring 58 percent. Also select theaters will be running Sharknado at Friday midnight shows.

SIMON COWELL, having impregnated an ex-friend's wife, finds himself named in the inevitably nasty divorce.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is close to returning to American Idol.

AMANDA BYNES is doing better on a cocktail of psych meds, but was shut down in her bid to leave the psychiatric hospital.

ROBERT PATTINSON is "hanging out and hooking up" with Riley Keough, Elvis Presley's granddaughter.

JENNIFER ANSITON: Not a fan of Katie Couric.

AMBER HEARD is profiled in Flare magazine.

THE UNITED STATES said it would close an unspecified number of embassies around the world on Sunday over security concerns. The White House said said it is "extremely disappointed" that Russia has given temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. A sweeping House of Representatives vote yesterday approved tough new sanctions on Iran; Senate approval is expected soon.

SYRIA: President Assad made his first known public trip outside Damascus since March 2012, visiting the former rebel stronghold of Daraya.

AFGHANISTAN decided not to impose fines on outgoing Coalition cargo after the US Senate passed a measure that would have cut aid to Afghanistan 5 bucks for every dollar of fines.

IRAQ is once again, a full-blown sectarian war zone, with armed factions that hold territory and kill civilians at will.

A CORGI's first pool.

A MASS CHIMPANZEE ESCAPE was diffused by zoo officials with ice cream and fizzy drinks.

BAMBI seized from a no-kill shelter by armed agents who killed her.

A FEROCIOUS WATER BUG stalks and devours a fish.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO & BECK play "California Stars" and "Loser" on the Americanarama tour. Sean Lennon joins them for "Yer Blues."

THE AVETT BROTHERS played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

DANA FALCONBERRY played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MAJICAL CLOUDZ got loopy on Morning Becomes Eclectic .

RAY DAVIES and DAVID BOWIE duet on "Waterloo Sunset," live at the Tibet House Benefit, Carnegie Hall, New York in Feb. 2003.

MAVIS STAPLES talks to ToneDeaf about her childhood, civil rights, Jeff Tweedy and more. (Thx, LHB.)

LOU BARLOW spins turnes and talks to Stereogum about going back in the studio with Sebadoh, what appeals to him musically, and his secret cinnamon roll recipe.

SUP POP co-founder Jonathan Poneman talks to Pitchfork about the music of his life.

THE BEST MAZZY STAR SONGS, according to Paste.

LINDSAY LOHAN is out of rehab, but the clinic says she needs more therapy to avoid almost certain failure.

SIMON COWELL is expecting his first child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman.

JUSTIN BIEBER won't be charged in a case in which a paparazzo accused him of hit-and-run.

KRISTEN STEWART unloads on a paparazzo.

NIGELLA LAWSON filed her divorce papers against Charles saatchi.

MONICA LEWINSKY audio tape surfaces.

ROB LOWE & RASHIDA JONES are leaving Parks & Recreation.

SHARKNADO: The ratings went up again on the third showing.

EGYPT: The cabinet told the police to clear two protest areas occupied by supporters of former president Morsi; the Muslim Brotherhood responded that protests and sit-ins will continue.

SYRIA: The leader of the Syrian National Coalition said the SNC will not engage in peace talks until "the Free Army and revolutionary forces" regain ground lost over the past eight months. Two al Qaeda affiliates, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are fighting along with allied groups simultaneously in the northern provinces of Raqqah; Hasakah; and Aleppo, where they have kidnapped over 200 civilians from two towns.

LIBYA: The commander of the military's protection force in Benghazi was killed, and his son was injured, yesterday by a car bomb attached to his vehicle.

AMAZING MICK overcomes a debilitating birth defect.

A RACCOON stole wallets from people releasing a sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico.

SOCIAL AMOEBAE travel with a posse, lead complicated lives.

ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOS found in Pittsburgh, raising the risk of West Nile virus.

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Polyphonic Spree, Civil Wars, Robyn Hitchcock, Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SEBADOH drops a DIY video for "All Kinds" ahead of Defend Yourself.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE advance streams Yes, it's True.

THE CIVIL WARS streams their self-titled (and perhaps final) LP via iTunes.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK, Live in Scranton, Nov. 11, 2004. (Thx, LHB)

TV ON THE RADIO drops "Mercy," their first new track since 2011.

DEER TICK drops "The Dream's In The Ditch" from their upcoming album Negativity. That's a pick to click.

BLITZEN TRAPPER drops "Ever Loved Once" ahead of Seven. Like this one, too. 

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

MAXWELL'S: The closing of the beloved Hoboken club makes All Things Considered

NILE RODGERS is cancer free.

MIKE PETERS, the singer of Big Country and the Alarm, is in chemotherapy on tour. and working to save other cancer patients.

GARY GLITTER may earn £1 million from Oasis royalties.

LINDSAY LOHAN is officially free to leave rehab Wednesday ... but she's decided on her own to stay longer.

REAL HOUSEWIVES' Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice were released from jail on 500K bonds.

JENNIFER ANISTON, interviewed by Jason Sudeikis. She also went on a stripper diet for her upcoming movie.

KATY PERRY texted Kristen Stewart about being seen with Robert Pattinson.

EILEEN BRENNAN, the veteran actress of The Last Picture Show, The Sting, Private Benjaminand more, has died of bladder cancer at 80.

LIBYA: A powerful car bomb outside the Radisson hotel in Tripoli was defused last night after a telephone tipoff. Three separate car bomb attacks in Benghazi killed a special forces officer and injured a Navy colonel, a senior security officer, and a civilian.

IRAQ: The military claimed it recaptured 349 of the 559 prisoners who escaped from Abu Ghraib during a complex al Qaeda in Iraq-led jailbreak; the military also said another 105 were killed during clashes.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban assaulted a prison in Dera Ismail Khan and freed more than 200 prisoners and killed six security personnel.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Dunford, head of US forces in Afghanistan, said some US troops should stay in Afghanistan after combat forces leave at the end of 2014. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction accused the US military of failing to act on his agency's recommendations to ensure that US aid money did not fall into the hands of insurgents, including al Qaeda, the Taliban, and the Haqqani Network.

WHAT BEARS DO when you're not there.

WOLVES help BEARS get berries at Yellowstone. No pic-a-nic baskets.

A DOG ate a paralyzed man's testicle.

FIREFIGHTERS helped rescue a local man from a tree after he got stuck trying to rescue his cat.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KING KHAN & THE SHRINES take it down a notch for the animated "Darkness" clip.

MEDICINE is advance streaming their reunion LP, To the Happy Few.

MEAT PUPPETS played a mini-set at Daytrotter, including "Up On The Sky," an 11-minute psychedelic jam on their "Up On The Sun."

JD McPHERSON played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

TIME FOR THREE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE drop "Hold Yourself Up" ahead of Yes It's True.

CHEAP TRICK turns 40 this week, and while Bun E Carlos (currently suing the meaining trio) might be subtly passive agressive about it, why not have a more-than Twofer Tuesday withtheir 1977 appearance on the Night Gallery (not that one). Your setlist includes : "Oh, Candy," "Hot Love," "He's a Whore," "ELO KIddies," and "The Ballad of TV Violence."

TEGAN & SARA tell the story behind the writing of 'Closer', the inspiration of Ace Of Base and how they make music work living on opposite sides of Canada. Sara talks to Chicago Pride

MICK JAGGER: Why not keep dancing?

VAN DYKE PARKS is profiled on Weekend Edition.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ranked by Stereogum.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be guest-hosting Chelsea Lately next week as she takes over for regular host Chelsea Handler. She also plan to drop many of her so-called friends.

LEAH REMINI isn't going to stop talking about Scientology.


ANGELINA JOLIE tops the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses.

JENNIFER ANISTON's fiancé Justin Theroux broke her toe.

REAL HOUSEWIVES stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have just been slapped with a laundry list of criminal charges — ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion — and face more than 50 years in prison if convicted.

SHARON OSBOURNE dishes on everything from Anthony Weiner to Justin Bieber at the Daily Beast.

LIBYA's Minister of Social Affairs resigned in protest against the assassinations in Benghazi and the government's lack of response to them.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 40 civilians in a series of bombings in predominantly Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 80 British military advisers assisted the Afghan military in an operation to keep the Taliban from retaking control of the Sangin district in Helmand.

A RACCOON dances to Aretha Franklin. Sort of.

A RIVER OTTER attacked two teenage cousins as they played on a rope swing in a US river, in scenes described by their grandmother as 'like something out of Jaws'.

SHARK WEEK PREVIEW: Even the BBC goes all Capt. Quint.

ASHLEY LAWRENCE, Gator Wrassler.

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