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Belle & Sebastian, Robbie Fulks, Dent May, Interspecies Transfusion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUPERCHUNK drops a video for "Me and You and Jackie Mittoo."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN advance streams their rarities collection, Third Eye Centre.

ROBBIE FULKS is advance streaming Gone Away Backward.

DENT MAY advance streams Warm Blanket.

PORCHES advance streams Slow Dance In The Cosmos.

AU REVOIR SIMONE goes "Crazy" ahead of Move In Spectrums.

I'M FROM BARCELONA: "We're From Barcelona." Wouldn't you like to Barcelona, too?

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to The Quietus about The Roots, his back catalog, Margaret Thather and more.

NEIL YOUNG, in music and film.

THE VACCINES talk about the learning curve of pop songwriting.

1983's underappreciated albums.

DAVID CASSIDY was busted for DUI in upstate New York.  C'mon, get tipsy.

BRAD PITT & BONO were targeted for recruitment by the Church of Scientology, claims the niece of the Church's controversial leader.

CAMERON DIAZ & JASON SIEGEL looked cozy together in East Hampton, NY.

N*SYNC will not be playing the MTV VMAs', contra prior rumors.

ONE DIRECTION heartthrob Zayn Malik is engaged to girlfriend Perrie Edwards.

WENTWORTH MILLER rejected an invitation to attend the St. Petersburg International Film Festival, citing Russia's anti-LGBT laws.

MACBETH: Marion Cotillard replaces Natalie Portman.

SYRIA: US intelligence officials and outside experts are looking into claims of a new and massive chemical weapons attack that left hundreds dead.

LIBYA: Benghazi security forces arrested an armed group that had 14 bags of TNT explosives at a farm in the area.

EGYPT: A court ordered the release of former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak. The prosecution in the case against Mubarak said it had no plans to appeal. An amended version of the Egyptian constitution was given to the presidency for review.

A DOG saves A CAT with a blood transfusion... mass hysteria!

THE FIRST PRZEWALKI'S HORSE to be born via artificial insemination.

AS MANY AS 50K STRAY DOGS roam the streets of post-apocalyptic Detroit, often in packs.

14 ELEPHANTS busted with fake IDs in Thailand.

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Telekinesis, Lissie, Daughn Gibson, No Age, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAMERA OBSCURA drops a video for "Break It To You Gently."

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

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

DAUGHN GIBSON stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NO AGE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TEARS FOR FEARS covers Arcade Fire's "Ready To Start."

HUES CORP: "Rock The Boat". And rock on with your bad self.

FATHER JOHN MISTY gets a meaty profile from Magnet. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

KATHLEEN HANNA talks to Stereogum about The Julie Ruin, riot grrl, and the illness that derailed her life.

TY SEGALL talks to All Songs Considered about the weighty themes that inspired and appear on Sleeper.

READY, STEADY GO! The making of the pioneering 1960s TV pop show.

LINDSAY LOHAN drew under 1 million viewers to the premiere telecast of “Oprah's Next Chapter”. Ouch.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and his former *NSYNC band members are set to reunite for a special performance on the VMAs Sunday night at the Barclays Center, sources tell Page Six.

SIMON COWELL breaks his silence on his impeding fatherhood.

KANYE WEST turned down American Idol.

LILY TOMLIN may marry Jane Wagner, who have been together for 42 years.

ELMORE LEONARD, the prolific crime novelist whose louche characters, deadpan dialogue and immaculate prose style in novels like "Get Shorty," “Fifty-Two Pickup,” "Freaky Deaky" and "Glitz" established him as a modern master of American genre writing, died on Tuesday at his home in Bloomfield Township, Mich. He was 87.  He would undoubtedly have found the NYT obit overwritten.

FRENCH Interior Minister Valls played down reports of a recent al Qaeda threat to European railways, saying French intelligence has found no evidence to support the alleged threat, but added that France is vigilant. Even though intelligence indicated no specific threat to France, but perhaps a general threat in northern Europe, France stepped up policing on its rail lines in the wake of the threat.

TURKEY: Citing evidence found on YouTube, Turkey’s Islamist prime minister claimed that Israel was behind the military takeover in Egypt last month.

SYRIA: Regime forces launched an assault in Deir al-Zor, trying to regain territory seized by a coalition headed by the Al Nusrah Front and the Qatar-backed Ahfad al-Rasul Brigade.

EGYPT: A wave of attacks on the Christian minority washes over the country, as Islamists set upon homes and churches, shops and schools, youth clubs and at least one orphanage, killing at least three people, according to an Egyptian human rights group. The authorities stood by and watched.  Now, the Egyptian defense minister has ordered the repair and reconstruction of all churches that suffered damage in the country’s violent demonstrations.Security forces arrested the General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, overnight. Following Badie's arrest, the MB appointed Mahmoud Ezzat as the group's temporary leader.

PAKISTAN's ex-military ruler General Pervez Musharraf was formally indicted by a court Tuesday for his alleged role in the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto.


A CENSORED KANGAROO sparks Facebook rage Down Under.

TWO WOLVES kill 176 sheep in Idaho Falls.

BAZINGA: It's a new breed of jellyfish.

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Franz Ferdinand, Dodos, Eleanor Friedberger, NIN, Squirrels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROGUE WAVE plays Duran Duran's "Rio" while sailing Lake Michigan for the A.V. Club Undercover.

FRANZ FERDINAND advance streams Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

THE DODOS advance stream Carrier, a tribute to their fmr bandmate, Chris Reimer.

DRUMGASM, ft. Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney), Zach Hill (Death Grips), Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), is streaming at SPIN.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER performs an acoustic medley from her Personal Record on PitchforkTV.

NINE INCH NAILS: Is "Everything" Trent Reznor's poppiest track evah?

GUNS N' ROSES: "Going Down" actually features Tommy Stinson.

OF MONTREAL drops "she ain't speaking now."

FUN BOY THREE play "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "Summertime" for Twofer Tuesday. I suppose I should remind the young'uns that singer Terry Hall co-wrote "Lips."

SUPERCHUNK's Mac McCaughan talks to The A.V. Club about I Hate Music and other notables in the back catalog.

GOGOL BORDELLO's Eugene Hütz picks out his fave LPs at The Quietus.

THE BEST & WORST COVER ALBUMS, according to The Independent.

LET IT BE: The classic Replacements LP cover, reenacted by the house's painters

LINDSAY LOHAN tells Oprah she did coke, but only to booze more.

DEMI LOVATO appears to be the latest victim of a nude photo leak.

LEE THOMPSON YOUNG, former star of Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson, is dead of an apparent suicide at 29.

DICK VAN DYKE narrowly averted disaster when his Jaguar burst into flames.

DAVID ARQUETTE cops to being off the wagon.

A WORLD FAMOUS ACTRESS has had a secret video recording of her suffering a terrifying drug and booze overdose presented in a court as part of her bitter child custody case?

J.J. ABRAMS drops a teaser trailer for... er, something.

A GERMAN media report said intelligence sources claimed that the recently intercepted communications between al Qaeda leaders included discussion of attacking European railways. German authorities are said to have taken discreet measures in response, including the deployment of plain-clothed police in stations and on trains.

SAUDI ARABIA's Foreign Minister said Egypt is fighting terrorism, and criticized Western condemnation of the Egyptian military government's crackdown on Islamists.

ISRAELI authorities recently thwarted a stabbing attack aimed at derailing the restart of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

EGYPT: Judiciary sources suggested that former Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could be freed from prison this week.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Hollywood catches on. Finally.

A SNAIL hatched in the knee of a four-year-old boy.

50 LOST DUCKS got a police escort down the A3 in Surrey.


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Neko Case, Bob Dylan, Volcano Choir, Sly & the Family Stone, Sheep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWIN SHADOW plays 10cc's "I'm Not In Love" under the cvrs.

NEKO CASE is advance streaming The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

VOLCANO CHOIR: One of Justin Vernon's side projects is advance streaming Repave.

BOB DYLAN is advance streaming highlights from the latest in his ongoing Bootleg Series, titled Another Self Portrait (1969-1971).

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE is advance streaming highlights from a four-disc box set titled Higher!

"SURFIN U.S.A." was voted the Greatest Summer Song of All Time in a Yahoo mega-poll.

JULIA HOLTER talks to the L.A. Times about Loud City Song, which is inspired by the musical Gigi.

IN UTERO: The always opinionated Steve Albini talks about the label's initial negative reaction to Nirvana's post-breakthrough LP. 

ZOLA JESUS talks to Stereogum about recording Versions, JG Thirlwell and Schopenhauer, self-criticism, and how her constant struggle with humanity is explored in her forthcoming album.

THE 15 MOST HATED BANDS of the last 30 years.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Lee Daniels' The Butler tops the chart with 25 million, riding a wave of buzz and churchgoers past estimates in the high teens. With an "A" Cinemascore, this one may be leggy, too. We're The Millers places with 17.8 million, though that may be more of a tribute to the lackluster performance of the action flicks -- Elysium shows with an underwhelming 13.6 13.6 and Kick-Ass 2 settles for a fourth-place debut statistically tying Elysium.  KA2 fared badly with critics, but got a "B+" Cinemascore, so 13.6 million against a 28 million budget is likely not a disaster.  Rounding out the Top 5 is Planes with a mere 13.1 million, as people reject the bait-and-switch from Disney (not Pixar).

THE SPECTACULAR NOW: A teen movie from the screenwriters of (500) Days of Summer? I'm there. This one is stripped of the plotting gimmick, leaving the naturalistic characterizations to carry the film.  Indeed, while some compare this to the John Hughes canon, I think The Perks Of Being A Wallflower occupies that space. The Spectacular Now is closer to the Cameron Crowe of Say Anything or the original book of Fast Times At Ridgemont High -- less stylized and romanticized than Hughes (or the latter-day Crowe, for that matter).  Plus, Miles Teller has a certain John Cusack meets Jonah Hill quality about him, neatly anchored here by the more reserved performance of Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). A fine film worthy of many more screens than the 50 or so it's on now.

ROBERT PATTINSON shoved a security guard he misttok for a paparazzo.

CHRIS BROWN was sentenced to 1000 hours of community service to resolve issues involving potential violations of his felony probation and the number of hours he completed.

JENNIFER LOPEZ will be returning to American Idol for Season 13.

KANYE WEST won't face any felony charges over his altercation with a photographer at Los Angeles International Airport.

KATIE COURIC didn't mean to offend Kim Kardashian when she questioned why the reality-TV star was famous. Why not?

LIBYA: A bomb detonated outside the Egyptian consulate in Benghazi yesterday, injuring a guard.

EGYPT: After torching a Franciscan school, Islamists paraded three nuns on the streets like "prisoners of war" before a Muslim woman offered them refuge. In the four days since security forces cleared two sit-in camps by supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Islamists have attacked dozens of Coptic churches along with homes and businesses owned by the Christian minority.

SHEEP PROTEST: Let's go to the video.

40 DISTRESSED PYTHONS rescued from a Canadian motel.

THE TESTICLE-MUNCHING FISH, contra the internet, is not really menacing Scandanavia.

FRANTICALLY MATING GUINEA PIGS are disturbing the neighbors.

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Elvis, The National, Valerie June, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Chimps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 36 years ago last night, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

ELVIS WEEK 2013: The KIng Lives On In Memphis.

THE NATIONAL perfoms a six-song set at the UBS Forum.

THE GOLDBERG SISTERS: Adam Goldberg (more known as an actor) is advance streaming Stranger's Morning.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

THE FRESH & ONLYS drop "Soothsayer" -- the title track of their upcoming EP.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

KATHLEEN HANNA talks to SPIN about her new band, new album, and new outlook.

THE 10 BEST PULP SONGS, according to Stereogum.

DAVID LYNCH discusses his new album at Salon.

THE MOST EIGHTIES 80 VIDEOS, categorized by Rolling Stone.

ALLEN LANIER, founding member of classic American hard-rock act Blue Öyster Cult -- and adder of the umlaut -- passed away from complications related to the lung disease COPD. He was 67. The band's statement makes the obligatory reference. 

CUTOUT BIN: From Bad Brains to the Beatles, from Seu Jorge to Rick Astley, from Jimi Hendrix to the Jesus & Mary Chain, plus Sly & the Family Stone, The Smiths, Republica, T. Rex and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Kick-Ass 2, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Lee Daniels' The Butler, currently scoring 73 percent; Paranoia, coming in at 04 percent; and Jobs, the biopic scoring 23 percent.

LISA ROBIN KELLY -- who played Eric Forman's older sister on “That '70s Show” --  passed away in her sleep Wednesday night at a rehab facility in California.

CHRIS BROWN's hit-and-run case was dismissed, even though prosecutors argued Chris deserved to be punished and punished severely for his alleged vehicular misdeed.

AMANDA SEYFRIED's new beau is... Justin Long.

LINDSAY LOHAN is guesting on Eastbound And Down.

KIM KARDSHIAN finally showed her face in public after birthing baby North West.

KATE BOSWORTH is getting married to director Michael Polish in a "country- style wedding" at the end of the month.

LEBANON: A car bomb struck a complex used by Hezbollah in a Beirut suburb, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 200 more. Shortly after the blast, a video was released by a previously unknown Syrian Sunni group, the Aisha Umm-al Mouemeneen, claiming the attack and warning Hezbollah.

EGYPT: With their leaders jailed or silent, Islamists reeled in shock at the worst mass killing in Egypt’s modern history. By Thursday night, health officials had counted 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, but the final toll was expected to rise further. President Obama called on the military government in Egypt to stop "the cycle of violence and escalation" and said the US was canceling planned joint military exercises with Egypt; aid to Egypt has not been suspended, due to concerns about destabilizing the region.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 34 people in a series of nine bombings throughout the capital of Baghdad. One bombing took place near the Foreign Ministry. Secretary of State Kerry met with his Iraqi counterpart and warned of the threat posed by the al Qaeda network in Iraq and beyond.

LAB CHIMPS breathe fresh air after 30 years.

THE OLINGUITO: Papa's got a brand new mammal. It's a member of the raccoon family.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER is expected to recover after eating 13 rocks.

ZOO FRAUD: A Chinese zoo's attempt to pass off fluffy dogs as "African lions" and rats as "snakes" has infuriated the zoo's visitors.

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