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Divine Fits, Phosphorescent, Jessie Ware, Woodchuck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AKRON/FAMILY drops a video for "Until The Morning."

DIVINE FITS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including a Nick Cave cover. 

PHOSPHORESCENT, a/k/a Matthew Houck, stops in at the Cutting Room Studios for a live session with a full band.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJ Wayne Coyne spins the Beatles, Tom Jones, Beach House... and the Flaming Lips.

SHE & HIM drop "I Could've Been Your Girl" ahead of Vol. 3.

BLITZEN TRAPPER drop "On A Tuesday," an unrealeased track from their debut (Which turns 10 this year. Get Off My Lawn).

THE WASHINGTON SQUARES cover Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows."

THE BESNARD LAKES frontman Jace Lasek talks to The Quietus about city snow panics, the new LP and more. (Thx, Chromewaves.) 

MUDHONEY looks back at a quarter-century of grunge. Get Off My Lawn.

RUSH: An argument for the Hall Of Fame at PopMatters.

VINYL sales hit their highest point since 1997, but overall physical sales fell.

KATE UPTON & P. DIDDY deny canoodling at club LIV in Miami Beach.

LINDSAY LOHAN will do rehab 15 minutes from the hottest summer club scene in the country.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON looked fully reconciled at her 23rd birthday party.

TOM CRUISE: 50 and loving it.

RYAN SECREST is your latest SWATting victim.

MIRANDA KERR: An angel loses her wings at Victoria's Secret.

LEBANON: A bizarre series of leaks and hacks is threatening to reignite still-simmering anger over the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri.

SYRIA: Many are bracing for what they fear will be another war, between the relatively moderate fighters who first took up arms against the government and the Islamist extremists who emerged more recently with the muscle and firepower to drive the rebel advance.

EGYPT: Leaked documents revealed that Egypt's armed forces tortured and killed people during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. A leading cleric known for his role in the uprising against Hosni Mubarak was suspended due to comments critical of President Morsi.

IRAQ: The UN said that 229 civilians and 227 security personnel were killed in acts of terrorism in March.


A WOODCHUCK eats an ice cream cone.

SCAREDY CATS: Kitties that know the true meaning of terror.

A 370 MILLION-YEAR OLD FISH sported a weird pair of fins just below its anus, new research shows.

THE MONGOLIAN DEATH WORM is a legendary animal with an unconfirmed existence that has preoccupied the imagination of the inhabitants and travelers in the region.

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Thermals, Thee Oh Sees, Mark Lanegan, Hawaiian Monk Seal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEETWOOD MAC rolls out the new "Sad Angel" on tour ahead of an imminent EP.

THE THERMALS advance stream Desperate Ground.

THEE OH SEES advance stream Floating Coffin.

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

MARK LANEGAN gets a profile from Ann Powers at The Record which features a variety of his solo output.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE returrns with "Deathcock."

THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody", courtesy of the Beeb.

NICK CAVE talks to The A.V. Club about the creation of his latest album, the apocalyptic nature of text-speak, and why writing novels is easier than writing songs.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE: Frontwoman Ritzy Bryan is a rottweiler onstage, according to bassist Rhydian Dafydd. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DURAN DURAN vs JAPAN: The Substance of Style

16 SONGS with weird whispers.

TOM CRUISE didn't expect his divorce.

KIM KARDASHIAN may be lying about her due date.

CHARLIZE THERON get snapped having a "business dinner," but the body language here is hilarious.

MADONNA was stripped of the VIP status afforded to her on arrival as she flew out of Malawi on Saturday after a public spat with the country's president about her charitable work there.

ANNE HATHAWAY is near a deal to star with Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, the next film that Christopher Nolan will direct.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: EW has a first photo from The Winter Soldier, plus spoilers.

LIBYA: Weapons are spreading from Libya at an "alarming rate," fueling conflicts in Mali, Syria and elsewhere and boosting the arsenals of extremists and criminals in the region, according to a UN report published on Tuesday.

EGYPT: Violence has revived anxieties about how religious minorities and Egyptians who do not share the religious and political beliefs of the Muslim Brotherhood will fare under a government headed by a president from within their ranks.

IRAN: The US Navy is going to the Persian Gulf with a laser attack weapon that has been shown in tests to disable patrol boats and blind or destroy surveillance drones.

IRAQ: Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the emir of al Qaeda in Iraq, announced the formation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.

A HAWAIIAN MONK SEAL spins... let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to 9500 in Newport News and Hampton, VA.

MY HOVERCRAFT IS FULL: Maine's Marine Patrol has cited a New Hampshire man for having tens of thousands of dollars' worth of baby eels without a license in what's being called the biggest case of illegal eel possession in the history of the fishery.

NYPD OFFICER'S CAT, missing for two years, is returned by the “Times Square Zombie.”

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New Releases, Jim James, Boat, Jamie Lidell, Cat + Duckling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BESNARD LAKES drop a trippy, creepy video for "People Of The Sticks."

NEW RELEASES from Todd Rundgren, Pyyramids, Young Man and more are streaming via Spinner.

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

BOAT play a quick set from their 5th studio record "Pretend to be Brave", live at KEXP

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE NATIONAL drops "Demons" ahead of Trouble Will Find Me.

THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEARE: The psychedelic front group for XTC play "The Mole From the Ministry" and "You're A Good Man, Albert Brown" for Twofer Tuesday.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB: Robert Levon Been talks to Drowned in Sound, where the conversation turned from the difficulty of choosing setlists to making a guest appearance with his late father's old band The Call in three weeks time.

THE ROLLING STONES: Mick Jagger talks to the Chicago Tribune about arena shows, Mick Taylor, setlists and more.

PHOENIX talks to SPIN about Bankrupt!, brainstorms, and staying humble on the road.

ANDY JOHNS, the veteran producer and engineer who worked on classic albums by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen and many others, has died at the age of 61.

HALLE BERRY calls her second pregnancy the biggest surprise of her life

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN: Finally dunzo?

AMANDA BYNES as asked to leave a gymnastics class after further episodes of bizarre behavior, according to Page Six.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Could Coachella be fatal?

JENNA JAMESON could be charged with battery.


ANNETTE FUNICELLO, best known as a child performer on the original “Mickey Mouse Club” and for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, died from complications of multiple sclerosis on Monday.  She was 70.

MARGARET THATCHER, one of the most influential political figures of the 20th Century, died following a stroke. Morrissey and Billy Bragg were not fans of The Iron Lady; Andrew Sullivan was.

MALI: A force of 1000 French troops has begun sweeping a valley north of Gao to rid the area of remaining Islamist militants. On the first day of the operation, no militants were found but 340 artillery shells and high-caliber rockets were discovered and neutralized.

TURKEY: Police clashed with thousands of demonstrators in Istanbul who protested the proceedings against 275 military officials, politicians, and academics accused of plotting a coup against the Erdogan goverment.

SYRIA: Syrian rebels and the Kurdish YPG militia are said to be fighting together against the regime in Aleppo. A UN team is waiting for the go-ahead to examine allegations of chemical weapons use.

EGYPT: Clashes broke out in Cairo at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral after assailants attacked the funeral of four Copts killed in earlier sectarian violence. One person has been killed and at least 80 wounded in the latest violence.

A DUCKLING imprints on a cat.

AN 18 LB. AFRICAN LEOPARD TORTOISE who went missing from an Iowa museum has been found alive in an elevator in the building.

BATS are into oral.

POODLES are not ferrets on steroids.

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Jon Pratt, Flaming Lips, Iron & Wine, Shouting Matches, Ferrets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

PATE frontman Jon Pratt, preparing for the reunion, gives "She's So Special" a bit of an Americana/Rockabilly vibe.

THE FLAMING LIPS advance stream The Terror.

IRON & WINE advance streams Ghost On Ghost.

THE SHOUTING MATCHES (ft Justin Vernon) advance streams Grownass Man.

SHUGGIE OTIS streams Inspiration Inspiration and Wings Of Love.

THE WHO: "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere," live in '65.

THE ANDANTES finally get their due. The trio, almost always anonymously, sang on more songs than any other group at Motown. They were the female and vocal equivalent to the Funk Brothers, the label's house band that itself was largely anonymous in its time but gained acclaim through the 2002 documentary film, "Standing in the Shadows of Motown."

THE ROLLING STONES: Charlie Watts talks Glastonbury, Hyde Park, Altamont, Lady Gaga and more at The Guardian.

THE 10 BEST LOU REED SONGS, according to Stereogum.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Smart PR from Bruce Campbell helped the rebooted Evil Dead top the chart with 26 million --perhaps a bit less that ne reboots of Nightmare on Elm Street or Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but darn good for a franchise without an iconic villain.  The 17 million buget dwarfs the original's 400K, but this still ought toprovide a fine ROI for Campell, Raimi and Co.  The Croods and G.I. Joe: Retaliation are in an estimated tie for second at 21.1 million apiece, with the former crossing the 100 million mark in just 13 days, suggesting a finish near 200 million domestic (an amount it has aleady raked in overseas).  G.I. Joe continues the lag the original, but not by all that much.  Jurassic Park 3D takes the fourth slot with 18 million -- but that's pretty good for what is essentially a rerelease intended to boost interest in a fourth installment next year.  Olympus Has Fallen to round out the Top 5 with 10 million; its 70 million domestic total just about covers its budget now.  Below the fold, the latest Tyler Perry plummeted in its second weeken, per usual, while Oz the Great and Powerful gave a leggy showing and has racked up about a quarter-billion world wide.

JURASSIC PARK, btw, probably didn't need a 3-D conversion; it didn't benefit all that much from the tech.  But it was still nice to see it again on the big screen.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are expecting a baby.


JUSTIN BIEBER concerts cause Norwegian schools to reschedule exams.

DREW BARRYMORE thinks women can't have it all.

JURASSIC PARK A 20th Anniversary Oral History.

LEBANON: A senior Lebanese security official said the Al Nusrah Front has spread its influence in north Lebanon in recent months.

SYRIA: A Syrian airstrike killed at least 15 people near an opposition checkpoint in Aleppo.

EGYPT: Salafists attempted to storm the home of the Iranian charge d'affaires in Cairo.

IRAN: Not really serious about nuke negotiations. Shocka.


CTHULHU & CTHYLLA live in the bellies of termites.

DOGS: The next beneficiaries of medical marijuana?

DOGS WEARING PANTYHOSE: What's the matter with China?

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Neil Diamond, Zombies, Django Django, Cutout Bin, Ducklings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with NEIL DIAMOND! There are two types of people, you know.  But here's Neil on the Beeb in 1971.  Your set list: "Sweet Caroline," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," some chatter, "Done Too Soon," "A Modern Day Version Of Love," "He Aint' Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Holly Holy," "I Am I Said," and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."

THE ZOMBIES play an exhilarating set of their old favorites as well as a couple new songs from their newest album "Breathe Out, Breathe In" live on KEXP from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in Austin, TX, during SXSW 2013.

DJANGO DJANGO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

YEAH YEAH YEAHS advance stream Mosquito.

M83 is streaming their soundtrack to the next Tom Cruise flick, Oblivion.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED:Tracks from Charles Bradley, Olauf Arnalds, Junip and more.

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

BELINDA CARLISLE talks about her career in the Go-Gos and beyond at Spinner

THE MARY ONETTES talk to Magnet about exploring their cheesy 80s side. (Thx, Chromewaves)

18 LPs (AND ONE SINGLE) that doomed bands.

27 SOLO LPs that sent musicians scurrying back to their main bands.

CUTOUT BIN: From Prince to the Melvins, from Van Halen to Chris Issak, from the Mountain Goats to The Specials, plus Eddie & the Hot Rods, the Minutemen, Only Ones, Meat Puppets 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: the reboot of Evil Dead, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; andthe 3-D conversion of Jurassic Park, scoring 90 percent.

ROGER EBERT: The balcony closes at 70.

LENA HEADLEY (Queen Cersei from “Game of Thrones”) claims she's got less than five bucks in her bank account.

HEIDI KLUM talks about saving her 7-year-old son and two nannies from the strong undertow of the Pacific Ocean on her Hawaiian vacation.

CHRISTOPHER ABBOTT  — who plays Allison Williams' boyfriend Charlie on Lena Dunham's HBO series “Girls” — has abruptly left the show.

NATALIE WOOD may have walked in on Robert Wagner and Christopher Walken shortly before her drowning death, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

THE 21 BEST HEIST MOVIES, according to Paste, not me.

THE NETHERLANDS: Some 150 Dutch young people of Moroccan origin are said to have gone to Syria to fight. The government has raised the terrorist threat level to 'substantial' due to concerns about jihadists returning from conflict zones, and estimated that nearly 100 people had recently left the Netherlands for jihad.

ALGERIA: The army has launched its biggest offensive so far this year against al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, arresting a senior commander and several fighters who were planning to execute suicide attacks in Ghardaia.

LIBYA: On a visit to Libya, US Senator John McCain dismissed rumors that the US plans to put troops on the ground to help with security, but said the US would help with training and equipment if so requested by the Libyan government.

SYRIA is sending members of its irregular militias for guerrilla combat training at a secret base in Iran, in a move to bolster its armed forces drained by two years of fighting and defections, fighters and activists said.

DUCKLINGS leave the nest... in slo-mo.


GUINEA PIGS: They're what's for dinner.

A GOAT ON THE LAM hits a bar in Montana.

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