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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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Jim James, King Krule, Deer Tick, Chihuahua Yoga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATMOS plays Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" for the A.V. Club Undercover. (Or is it The Strangeloves?) Their topical rewrite is called "I Want Snowden."

JIM JAMES plays a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KING KRULE advance streams 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.

DEER TICK stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a chat and mini-set. 

YUCK drops "Middle Sea" as a single ahead of Glow & Behold.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS cover "Six Days on the Road."

MARTIN HANNETT'S LOST TAPES of Joy Division, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Magazine, the Durutti Column, and more were rescued from the trash... but none of the bands seem interested.

THE BREEDERS' Last Splash, Reconsidered 20 Years Later. Get Off My Lawn.

PATTI SMITH plans to perform the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson.

INDIE SONGS about pop stars.


SIMON COWELL's baby mama quickly settles her nasty divorce.

BACHELOR star Gia Allemand hanged herself. She was 29.

DAVID ARQUETTE has been dumped from his latest film project, after months of hard partying and booze benders.

50 SHARDES OF GREY's author, E.L. James, tops the Forbes top-earning authors of 2013 list.

WERNER HERZOG: Making the world better one film at a time.

SWEDEN: Due to the historic murders of Prime Minister Olof Palme and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Sweden has been labelled as a "high risk" country by a US security team in the lead-up to President Obama's official visit in September.

EGYPTIAN security officers stormed two encampments packed with supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday in a scorched-earth assault that killed hundreds, set off a violent backlash across Egypt and underscored the new government’s determination to crush the Islamists who dominated two years of free elections. The Muslim Brotherhood vowed to continue sit-ins as the presidency announced a one-month national state of emergency. Morsi supporters reportedly torched three churches. Egyptian VP Mohamed ElBaradei resigned in response to the crackdown on Morsi supporters.

LIBYA: A Benghazi Special Forces colonel was injured by a car bomb attack on his vehicle, and a female journalist in Benghazi was shot at and threatened.

DOWNWARD FACING DOG: A Chihuahua does Yoga.

MONKEY LUST and the science of human desire.

A FARMER in western Sweden is under pressure to find female companionship for his lone male pig, with authorities threatening to take the hog away if he fails to comply.

A COPPERHEAD bites itself after decapitation.

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Mac McCaughan, Crocodiles, Pure Bathing Culture, Baby Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAC McCAUGHAN & KELLY HOGAN play Nick Gilder's "Hot Child In The City" and Jonathan Richman's "That Summer Feeling" for the A.V. Club Undercover, atop a double-decker bus in Chi-town.

CROCODILES advance stream Crimes of Passion.

PURE BATHING CULTURE advance streams Moon Tides.

DRENGE is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

BRAIDS advance streams Flourish.

CULTS drops "I Can Hardly Make You Mine" ahead of Static. 

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." Did you not check the top video today?

CHARLATANS drummer Jon Brookes died from bain cancer. He was 44.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Kevin Shields talks to Pitchfork about the long and laborious process of recording the follow-up to Loveless.

YO LA TENGO: James McNew talks to the Daily Swarm about what keeps driving the veteran indie band.

ELVIS COSTELLO, ranked by Stereogum.

FAMKE JANSSEN claims she's been targeted in a crime so creepy, it will make your skin crawl.

LINDSAY LOHAN had a secret meeting in rehabwith Ben Affleck, who advised her on staying sober and making a comeback.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST are secretly planning a big wedding.

JIMMY FALLON and his wife struggled with fertility for five years before welcoming daughter Winnie via a surrogate on July 23.

BRITNEY SPEARS spent 7 million last year, but remains a bargain shopper.


AN AMERICAN DRONE STRIKE has killed four suspected al Qaeda militants associated with the latest threat that prompted the closing of US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a senior US official.

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Syrian conflict has become a regional one "that stretches from Beirut to Damascus to Baghdad" and will not be resolved quickly or easily.

EGYPT: Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi called for protests to condemn Morsi's ouster as well as Zionism. Supports and opponents of Morsi reportedly clashed in the streets of Cairo.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 26 people in bombings and attacks in Balad, Baqubah, and Fallujah.

A BABY PANDA meets her mother.

A GOLDENDOODLE protects a schoolgirl from a potentially fatal nut allergy.

AN ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE is hunted by a German town after attacking a young boy.

A MISSING BORDER COLLIE was found in a tree in Davenport, IA.

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