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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Rufus Wainwright, Daughter, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE THERMALS roar into "The Sunset."

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT plays the Fitzgerald Theate, courtesy of The Current.

DAUGHTER visit KEXP with a set of songs from their latest LP. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Jagwar Ma, Laura Mvula and Firehorse highlight the latest edition.

THE BEATLES: "Rain." Shine. The weather's fine.

JOHN LYDON: Johnny Rotten talks to Drowned In Sound as only John Lydon can.

JOHN DOE & EXENE CERVENKA of X remember Ray Manzarek.

THE BREEDERS: Kelley Deal talks to Bust about the band's reunion and the Last Splash resissue.

20 ESSENTIAL MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES, compiled by Pitchfork.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO's latest model target is Britain's Cara Delevingne — but for once he doesn't seem to be having much luck.

AMANDA BYNES: The crazy is coming from inside the house.

BRAD PITT did everything he could to keep Angelina Jolie's surgery secret

AMERICN IDOL to be judged by American Idols?

JOSE CANSECO is under investigation in Las Vegas after a woman filed a report accusing the former MLB star of sexual assault ... but Jose says it's all BS.

JOE FRANCIS: The Girls Gone Wild mogul found guilty of falsely imprisoning three women in his Bel Air home, called his jury "retarded" and said they should be "shot dead."

THE UNITED KINDGOM: A man reported to be a serving soldier has been hacked to death in Woolwich, south east London, in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. As the victim lay motionless in the middle of the road, witnesses say they heard the attackers chanting "Allahu akbar" - and inviting passers-by to take photographs of them.

THE UNITED STATES: The government acknowledged that US drone strikes had killed four US citizens in Pakistan and Yemen, including Anwar al Awlaki, who planned a jetliner bombing over Detroit in 2009 and had a key role in a 2010 plan to bomb US-bound cargo planes. Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando, Fla. after lunging with a knife at the agent during questioning.

SWEDEN: For the third night in a row, rioters burned cars in suburbs around Stockholm. The unrest started three days in the suburb of Husby, where a week ago police fatally shot a man who was menacing a woman and the police with a machete.

LIBYA: Police responding to reports of a clash at a tourist chalet outside Benghazi found gunmen and about 200 gelatina bombs as well as bomb-making materials.

EGYPT: Authorities secured the release of seven security personnel who were kidnapped last week by Islamist gunmen in the Sinai. Following their release, authorities reopened the Rafah crossing with Gaza. Hamas congratulated Egypt on securing the release of the security personnel. Jihadists attacked an Egyptian army outpost in the Sinai for approximately 15 minutes.

CHEWBACCA THE SLOTH prefers carrots.

A GOAT ON THE LAM snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey.

TY THE TIGER had surgery to remove a giant hairball. They're grrrreee*hackhackhack*

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lobster that looks like Darth Maul.

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Pastels, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Foals, Tornado Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM drop a video for "I Could've Been Your Girl."

THE PASTELS advance stream Slow Summits.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION fill up the KEXP studio for a hollering, celebratory set of foot-stompers.

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

CASS McCOMBS rolls out "Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log" as half of a split single with Michael hurley.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

RAY MANZAREK deconstructs the jazzy roots of "Light My Fire," including Coltrane.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to the Denver Post about the downside of acclaim and not recognizing his songs on the radio.

A MOD MUSICAL based around the story and music of the Small Faces is set to open in 2014.

TREVOR BOLDER, the bass player for Uriah Heep and David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, has died aged 62 after suffering from cancer.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: He moved out. She visited Taylor Swift. And what about Katy Perry?

BRAD PITT won't remember you, and claims it's a medical condition other than narcissism..

LINDSAY LOHAN is sued for 5 million by a clothing manufacturer that claims she destroyed their reputation.

JESSE JAMES cut off his pinky.


OLIVIA MUNN is profiled by Esquire.

EGYPT: Authorities increased the number of roadblocks in the Sinai as an operation to free seven kidnapped security personnel could be launched at any moment.

IRAQ: More than 20 Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings and attacks across the country.

A DOGGEH survives the Moore, OK tornado, emerges from the rubble during an interview.

THE SWARM: High school seniors were banned from graduation after releasing 10000 crickets into its halls as a prank.

AN 18' 8" BURMESE PYTHON has been captured in South Florida.

PENGUINS CAN'T FLY: Evolution explains why.

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Ray Manzarek RIP, Thermals, Phosphrescent, Grizzly Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAY MANZAREK, the founding member of the Doors whose piercing electric organ (and bass) sound defined their career-establishing hit “Light My Fire,” "Break On Through," "People Are Strange," "Love Me Two Times" and most of their other cornerstone songs, died Monday in Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. In the 1980s, Manzarek had a strong hand in the emergence of another quintessential Los Angeles band when he produced albums for the punk quartet X.

ROOMRUNNER advance streams Ideal Cities.

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

PHOSPHORESCENT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY & DAWN McCARTHY perform their own versions of classic Everly Brothers songs on World Cafe.

PURE BATHING CULTURE drops "Pendulum," the lead single from the upcoming Moon Tides.

JOHN FOGERTY & FOO FIGHTERS reboot "Fortunate Son" for Fogerty's upcoming Wrote a Song for Everyone.

THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger talks to Canadian indie rocker Hayden at The Grid To. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE SMITHS: Best or Worst Band of the last 30 years?

MIKE OLDFELD & RICHARD BRANSON revisit... Tubular Bells.

ROLLING STONE DOT COM: Now run by Jann Wenner's 22-year-old kid.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON fought bitterly for several days over her affair and moodiness before breaking up again.

DENISE RICHARDS & CHARLIE SHEEN get along fine, according to Richards.

JUSTIN BIEBER was booed at the Billboard Music Awards.


SETH MacFARLANE won't return to the stage to host next year's Oscars show. Shocka.

KATRINA BOWDEN (30 Rock) married musician Ben Jorgensen.

CHAD JOHNSON was arrested in Florida — after a Broward County judge determined the ex-NFL star violated his probation stemming from his 2012 domestic violence bust.

SYRIA: Some 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed in clashes yesterday with rebels in Qusair, less than 10 miles from the Lebanese border, increasing fears the conflict will spill over outside Syria. Opposition sources said the clashes in Qusair yesterday killed 100 people.

EGYPT: President Morsi said authorities have no plans to negotiate with the Islamists who kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai last week. In response to the kidnapping, the army sent reinforcements into the Sinai.

IRAQ: Eighty-seven Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad, Balad, Basrah, and Samara; 48 of those were killed in a series of blasts at markets in Baghdad.

WHEN A GRIZZLY ATTACKS: It looks like this.

POT-FED PIGS: The pigs get high, you get some tasty bacon.

BABY GOATS were rounded up by Milwaukie police.

TWO ADORABLE PUPPIES, saved by a King Cobra... mass hysteria!

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Laura Marling, Sean Nelson, Cayucas, Clever Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


!!! (pronounced Chk Chk Chk) get a bit psychedelic on the less psychedelic "One Girl / One Boy."

LAURA MARLING is advance streaming Once I Was an Eagle.

SEAN NELSON (Harvey Danger) is advance streaming Make Good Choices.

CAYUCAS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TAME IMPALA stopped by Sound Opinions for a mini-set.

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS: "Indian Reservation (Cherokee People)."

STEVE EARLE talks to Men's Journal about hard times in America, his second chance at fatherhood, and why he needs a flatscreen in every room.

GINGER BAKER: How an onstage Q&A with the great drummer turned into a professional horror show.

SEBADOH, ranked by Stereogum.

BILLY BUTCHER presents the Post-Punk and New Wave Super-Friends.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:Star Trek Into Darkness tops the chart with 70.6 million over the weekend and 84 million since Wednesday. This is actually at the low end of projections, which may reflect the continued strength of the competition (particularly Iron Man 3) and the tendency of the pre-Memorial Day weekend to be relatively weak (making one second-guess Paramount's choice of release date).  STID may yet have the legs of its predecessor, but one would typically expect a sequel to a successful franchise reboot to open bigger and this one didn't, especially accounting for Wednesday opening and the 3-D and IMAX ticket premium. STID also took in 31.7 overseas and those numbers may end up more important this time (the 2009 reboot was not proportionately big overseas).  Iron Man 3 places with 35.2 million and becomes te fourth fastest film to break the 300 million mark domestically.  The Great Gatsby shows with 23.4 million on a 53 percent drop that likely causes sighs of relief at the WB.  Gatsby now has 90.2 million domestic against a 105 million budget (after Aussie subsidies).Pain And Gain hangs in at No.4 with 3.1 million.  The Croods again rounds out the Top 5 with 2.8 million.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON have called it quits - again - after more than three years of dating.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z are expecting their second child.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were spotted partying at Los Angeles hot spot Supperclub Tuesday night. And were seated together for the Billboard Awards over the weekend.


GEORGE MICHAEL was airlifted to a hospital with a head injury following a crash on the M1. Wham.

EMMA WATSON does not consider herself a "pro" pole dancer.

SYRIA: Assad said he will not step down before elections.

EGYPT: President Morsi called for a military operation in the Sinai to secure the release of seven hostages recently abducted by Islamist gunmen. A leading Salafist condemned the Muslim Brotherhood for not implementing Sharia law and for working with Shia Muslims.

IRAQ: Forty-three Iraqis were killed after two bombs were detonated outside of a Sunni mosque in Baqubah.


A CAT OPENS FIVE DOORS to go outside.

A BABY ANTEATER has a mystery father.

KANGAROO 1, Aussie politician 0.

A KITTEN amazingly survived a full 30-minute cycle in a washing machine.

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Devo, Vampire Weekend, Fitz & the Tantrums, Cutout Bin, Sneezing Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with DEVO!  It's Friday, so here they are on Fridays (ABC's ill-fated attempt to ape SNL) in 1980, playing "Girl U Want" and "Gates of Steel," along with "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge" -- each with costume changes.  The band returned in 1981, where they played "Theme From Adventures of The Smart Patrol" and "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth," followed by "I Saw Jesus" and "Through Being Cool," then their cover of "Working in a Coal Mine."  BONUS: Vintage Devo, covering "Satisfaction" on French TV.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

VILLAGERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BUDDY MILLER & JIM LAUDERDALE played a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

TWEENS: Stereogum rounds up three tracks from the fuzzy garage poppers.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "Atlantic Cod" from his new project, Teenage Guitar.

LAURA MARLING drops "Once" ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.


ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS don't want to go to "Chelsea."

BREEDERS: The Last Splash gets an oral history at SPIN.

AUSTRA: Katie Stelmanis talks to Stereogum about avoiding the sophomore slump.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne covers Bowie's "Heroes" in the the (near) nude and plays Pictionary  with Julie Bowen and Demi Lovato.

POGUES guitarist Phillip Chevron has been diagnosed with terminal head and neck cancer. Chevron fought the same disease in 2007.

CUTOUT BIN: From Joan Jett to Clem Snide, from the Clash to Wilson Phillips, from REM to the Shirelles, plus Devendra Banhart, Earth Wind & Fire, Naked Eyes, Jackson Browne and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. My blurb ran yesterday, icymi.

EMMA WATSON is profiled by W magazine and talks about her role in The Bling Ring.

ZOE SALDANA has been spotted out and about with Italian artist Marco Perego.

BROOKE MUELLER was shot down in court again in her latest attempt to have Denise Richards stripped of temporary custody of the boys.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: The divorce seems tooth and nail right now, but reportedly the case could settle as early as next month.

BRAD BIRD gives THR a few tantalizing nuggets about why he didn’t enlist for Star Wars: Episode VII duty and whether we’ll ever see an Incredibles 2.

NO. No no no no no.

THE UNITED STATES: Fazliddin Kurbanov, an Uzbek, was arrested in Boise, Idaho and charged with helping the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to build a weapon of mass destruction for a terrorist act overseas. Authorities have found that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a message claiming responsibility for the attack and saying it was "collateral damage" and retribution for US military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.

SYRIA: Russia has not abandoned efforts to broker a diplomatic solution to the conflict... and shipped advanced antiship cruise missiles to Assad. A possible use of chemical weapons by government troops last month was reported.

EGYPT: Islamist gunmen kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai and demanded the release of imprisoned Islamists.

SNEEZING ANIMALS: Let's go to the video.

TWO BALD EAGLES crash land at the Duluth International Airport.

THE HORNET NEST SEX STORY was too good to be true.

A DEER was desperate to board that bus. But there was no bomb wired to the speedometer.

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