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Franz Ferdinand, Savages, Mayer Hawthorne, Skunk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRANZ FERDINAND performed a set for Live On Letterman.

SAVAGES played in-studio at The Current and Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MAYER HAWTHORNE brought his revamped, less retro sound to The Current.

MAC DEMARCO is streaming a live set including a 10-minute medley of covers.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sebadoh, Archers of Loaf, The Civil Wars and more...

PAPER LACE: "The Night Chicago Died." Live.

TALKING HEADS: The Quietus reevaluates Speaking In Tongues after 30 years. I received the Robert Rauschenberg–designed limited edition as a gift. Get Off My Lawn.

HARRY NILSSON: Writer and radio host Alyn Shipton talks to WNYC Soundcheck about his new biography, Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter.

CHEAP TRICK: Bun E. Carlos is suing his bandmates... or are they?

A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS wuz robbed of over 70K in equipment. Presumably, the culprit ran so far away.

AMANDA BYNES was hospitalized Monday night on an involuntary psychiatric hold after she was seen near a gas can and a small fire (possibly a makeshift bomb) on a household driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

THE ROYAL BABY was shown to the public.

BEYONCE hits the fan.

CHRIS BROWN pled not guilty to the charge of hit-and-run, stemming from that minor car accident — which led to his probation getting revoked.

LADY GAGA once again ranks as the top-earning celebrity under the age of 30, according to Forbes.

PENELOPE CRUZ & JAVIER BARDEM welcomed their second child on Monday. She's a girl.

JIMMY FALLON  and wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon welcomed a baby girl on Tuesday.

TURKEY: The army vowed to retaliate "in multiples" against any fire from Syria; tensions are rising along the border since Kurdish forces seized the town of Ras al-Ayn from the Al Nusrah Front last week. Turkey said it will not tolerate Kurdish autonomy in Syria.

EGYPT: At least six people were killed in clashes near Cairo University between supporters and opponents of former president Morsi. A new poll revealed that 44 percent of Egyptians do not know the name of their president.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the suicide assaults on two prisons that freed more than 500 terrorist commanders and fighters. Parliament's foreign relations committee asked Iran to halt the flow of al Qaeda and "Iranian-backed militants" into Iraq.

A SKUNK grooms a DOG... mass hysteria!

300 PIGS were rescued from a Chinese flood by speedboat.

THE FOX & THE HOUND, a real-life version... mass hysteria!

A KITTEN almost died on a vegan diet.

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Grant Hart, Lissie, Matthew Sweet, Faye Hunter RIP, Jiff   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS attack Devo's "Gates Of Steel." Even stranger than the original.

GRANT HART performs songs from The Argument at The Current

LISSIE played a set at SXSW, but only recently posted by WFUV.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS play the Mountain Stage.

MATTHEW SWEET's Superdeformed Demos.

THE CIVIL WARS premiere "Dust to Dust" from their second andpossibly final LP.

DR. DOG brings the Philly sound to "The Truth," ahead of B-Room.

FAYE HUNTER, the founding bassist of the Mitch Easter-led jangle-pop outfit Let’s Active who played on the band’s 1983 debut EP Afoot and follow-up full-length Cypress in 1984, died Saturday night in Advance, N.C., of an apparent suicide. She was 59. Celebrate "Every Word Means No" and "Waters Part" for Twofer Tuesday.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson talk to Under The Radar about the band's upcoming rarities collection. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JUNIP: Jose Gonzalez talks to The Independent about  the reunited band following his solo success.

PETER GABRIEL, ranked by Stereogum.

THE TOP 100 LPS OF THE 80s, according to FACT, which also has downloadable mixes. (Thx, LHB.)

ROYAL BABY: ICYMI or just want to wallow.

DENNIS FARINA, a onetime Chicago cop who as a popular actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died after suffering a blood clot in his lung.  He was 69.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mother has been banned from participating in her rehab treatment after a drunken phone call a few weeks ago.

MILEY CYRUS admits she's singing about Ecstacy n her new single.

BILLY RAY & TISH CYRUS, meanwhile, call off their divorce.

SACHA BARON COHEN left the Freddie Mercury biopic over creative differences with Queen.

SPIKE LEE is crowdfunding his next movie.

EGYPT: Clashes between supporters and opponents of former president Morsi wounded 112 people in Suez, and left at least four people dead near Cairo. A health ministry official said 21 people have been killed in attacks in the Sinai since Morsi's ouster. Authorities arrested 18 terrorists who were reportedly planning attacks on foreign embassies, and extended the detention of seven people accused of forming a terrorist group. The family of former president Morsi said they plan to take legal action against the army, which they accuse of abducting Morsi. The EU said the Egyptian army should step aside and not play a role in politics. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official called on Egyptians to besiege the US Embassy for its alleged role in Morsi's ouster.

AFGHANISTAN's parliament has voted to dismiss the country's interior minister in a very public reprimand for the way his 157000-strong police force has failed to deliver security. 

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq launched suicide assaults on prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji; more than 500 al Qaeda leaders and fighters escaped Abu Ghraib, while the attack on Taji was defeated.

JIFF THE POMERANIAN knows his tricks.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Next time, let the horse use the drive-thru service.

THE BIRDS: Experts investigating a rise in seagull attacks around Bristol claim the birds are lashing out because they are getting drunk on record numbers of flying ants.

HOLY SHIH-TZU: A rare infection resulting from a dog bite cost an Ottawa woman her left arm and both legs, according to a Canadian newspaper.

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Blitzen Trapper, Cayucas, Poor Moon, Geese Police   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEARL JAM debuts "Lightning Bolt" and "Future Days" at Wrigley Field, suffered a rain delay.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

CAYUCAS stopped by KUTX for a weekend mini-set.

POOR MOON, ft. Christian Wargo (Fleet Foxes), plays a set of new material for the first timeat KEXP.

SAVOIR ADORE stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a few tunes.

ELVIS COSTELLO: "The Other Side of Summer." Gotta fee-vah.

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK were profiled by Weekend Edition, before the band cancelled the remainder of their tour for the year after their drummer became ill during a show in Toronto.

MACARTHUR PARK: Suzy Horton Ronstadt, the inspiration for the Jimmy Webb classic (and "The Worst That Could Happen") talks to the L.A. Times.

MUSIC LOVERS: Should you ditch Spotify?

34 THINGS You Miss About Mixtapes.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The Conjuring tops the chart with 41.5 million, more than twice its production budget. It also opened bigger than The Purge, and is more likely to have legs.Despicable Me 2 places with another 25 million bucks; its 276 million total eclipses the end total of the original. Turbo shows with 21.5 million (and 31.2 since opening Wednesday); against a 135 million production budget (and significant marketoing costs) this is a disappointment (Consider the Croods opened well over 40 million). Grown Ups 2 drops to No.4 with 20 million; this has almost recouped its 80 million budget. Red 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 18.5 million against an 84 million budget; that's less than the original's 2010 debut.  But the real OUCH this week is the seventh-place debut of R.I.P.D., at 12.8 million against a 130 million budget (that's really likely closer to 155 million). And Ryan Reynolds thought Green Lantern bombed? He's in this one and the voice of Turbo. But R.I.P.D. is such a bomb that folks will likley overlook Pacific Rim's disappointing 57 percent slide in only its second weekend.

CORY MONTEITH will get a tribute on Glee, of course.

KANYE WEST viciously attacked a photog at LAX Friday afternoon and it was bad enough to require paramedics. West is now a felony suspect.

EMMA ROBERTS: Some friends worry she's becoming the next Lindsay Lohan.

SHARKNADO did 38 percent better in last Thursday's rerun. The power of Twitter.

SPINAL TAP may return next year.

MAN OF STEEL: The sequel will include... Batman.

THE AVENGERS 2 will be titled Age of Ultron. Not even Captain America and the Black Widow knew. Presumably, Ultron will be reworked a bit to fit within Marvel's movie universe.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: A Norwegian woman sentenced to 16 months in jail in Dubai for having sex outside marriage after she reported an alleged rape said she decided to speak out in hopes of drawing attention to the risks of outsiders misunderstanding the Islamic-influenced legal codes in this cosmopolitan city.

SYRIA: The deputy director of the US Defense Intelligence Agency predicted that the Syrian conflict could continue for years. He warned that al Qaeda in Iraq will emerge stronger as a result of the conflict, and said sooner or later the West will have to confront the growing radical Islamist elements in Syria.

EGYPT: President Mansour ordered work to resume on amending Egypt's constitution. Defense Minister el Sisi said he has no plans to run for the presidency.

A SWEDISH VALLHUND teaches a puppy to walk.

THE GEESE POLICE: They come to me in Xinjang.

SHOREBIRDS prefer a good body to brains, much like everyone else.

A SHIH-TZU adopts a KITTEN... mass hysteria!

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English Beat, Dawes, Wire, Cutout Bin, Bumblebee   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE ENGLISH BEAT!  Why? Mostly because they cranked out great ska-pop.  My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You."

DAWES stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

WIRE stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set.

IVAN & ALYOSHA stopped by Studio A at WFUV.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Beck, Okkervil River, and Sarah Neufeld highlight the latest edition.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Hear the previously-unreleased "You and Me and a High Balcony."

ARCTIC MONKEYS drop "2013", which won't be on their upcoming LP.

7 SECONDS: "My Aim Is You" is the hardcore legends' first track in eight years.

SMASHING PUMPKINS drop an acoustic take of "1979" ahead of their  reissue campaign.

GENERAL PUBLIC: "Tenderness." Obligatory companion to the English Beat.

THE FEELIES talk to The Paris Review about their final show at Hoboken's legendary Maxwell's. (Thx, LHB.)

DAUGHN GIBSON talked to Aquarium Drunkard about the altered states, the mysterious, the alien, and Me Moan.

20 SONGS Directly Addressing Dead Bandmates.

36 THINGS Vinyl Collectors Love.

CUTOUT BIN: From Arthur Alexander to Silver Jews, from Robert Palmer to the Ronettes, from Liz Phair to'Til Tuesday, plus the Clash, Byrds, Sam & Dave, Raspberries 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 Turbo, which opened Wednesday with 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Red 2, which is currently scoring 38 percent; R.I.P.D, which wasn't widely screened for reviews; and The Conjuring, scoring 84 percent.How bad does a Jeff Bridges movie have to be to avoid the critics?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & NICHOLAS HOULT have rebooted their romance.

GEORGE CLOONEY unsuccessfully tried to woo Eva Longoria while he was still dating Stacy Keibler?

EMMYS nominations went to these folks. Congrats!

MICHAEL MOORE has filed for divorce from his wife of 21 years.

JAY-Z wants to be called "Jay Z." No hyphen.

JENNY McCARTHY's Dangerous Views.

SHAILENE WOODLEY, interviewed by Emma Stone.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Teaser footage of Jamie Foxx as Electro.

SYRIA: The head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said President Obama has asked him to determine whether the US "could" stage a military intervention in Syria. The outgoing head of the British army warned that the imposition of a no-fly zone would lead to war. The UN reported that about 6,000 Syrians are fleeing the country every day, a rate not seen since the Rwandan massacres of 1994.

EGYPT: A military source claimed that Egyptian forces had killed 10 jihadists in the Sinai in the past 48 hours. Another source said that a major operation against jihadists in the Sinai will begin on Friday. Former president Morsi and a number of his aides reportedly had their diplomatic passports taken away. The public prosecutor is investigating former president Morsi's decision to pardon a number of Islamist prisoners during his rule.


THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY: A bass weiging roughly 126 pounds. Someone tell Robyn Hitchcock.

A TIGER beats the heat with a bloodsicle.

A PARACHUTING DOG joins an elite Colombian anti-terror squad.

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Fitz & the Tantrums, Love Language, Van Dyke Parks, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN, JEFF TWEEDY & JIM JAMES cover the gospel song "Twelve Gates to the City" and Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" on the Americanarama tour.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by KUTX for a weekend mini-set. 

THE LOVE LANGUAGE is advance streaming Ruby Red. Liking it.

VAN DYKE PARKS is streaming Songs Cycled.Liking it, may not be your bag, baby.

HUNX AND HIS PUNX are streaming Street Punk. Snotty as it should be. (Thx, LHB.)

JASON ISBELL covers Neil Young in a Fresh Air interview.

KINGS OF LEON pull out a "Supersoaker" before their Mechanical Bull.

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

VAMPIRE WEEKEND gives advice to teen girls.

TUUNG takes Drowned By Sound on a track-by-track tour of Turbines.

25 ESSENTIAL SUB POP LPs, according to PopMatters.

THE ENDURING POWER OF DISCO, essayed by The Big Roundtable.

LEA MICHELE is trying to come to terms with the death of love Cory Monteith — and revelations from coroners on Tuesday that the Glee actor had accidentally overdosed on heroin and alcohol.

TINA TURNER finally married her decades-long beau, Erwin Bach.

CHARLIE SHEEN is a grandpa. Yes, really.

STACY KIEBLER has every intention of remaining friends with her ex-boyfriend George Clooney, whom she recently split with following a two-year courtship.

MARY LOUISE PARKER says she's almost done acting. She blames the internet.

SHARKNADO is getting the inevitable sequel.

BANGLADESH: The country's war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami politician Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to death. Mujahid led a militia responsible for the deaths of intellectuals and other leaders who supported the country's independence from Pakistan; as many as 3 million people are said to have died during the nine-month war of secession.

LIBYA:  Prime Minister Zeidan threatened to "use force" to restore law and order, and said he plans to raise wages for soldiers and policemen. The commander of the Air Force's Search and Rescue Division was assassinated in the Islamist stronghold of Derna on July 15. Four military police vehicles in Tripoli were damaged yesterday in a coordinated attack using bombs attached to the vehicles' rear wheels.

IRAQ: Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader near Mosul. A court sentenced an al Qaeda leader who brutally murdered Iraqis in Baghdad to hang.

IRAN: Three prominent Iranian economists have called for Iranian civil-society activists, intellectuals, academics, artists, and others to reach out to the world and speak out against international sanctions, which they describe as "illogical" and "unfair."


MOSQUITOES love beer drinkers. They're not dumb.

A DOG was rescued from a roof with hot dog bits. Video at the link.

A TRANQUILIZED BEAR was saved from drowning by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Adam Warwick.

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