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Medicine, Meat Puppets, JD McPherson, Cheap Trick, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KING KHAN & THE SHRINES take it down a notch for the animated "Darkness" clip.

MEDICINE is advance streaming their reunion LP, To the Happy Few.

MEAT PUPPETS played a mini-set at Daytrotter, including "Up On The Sky," an 11-minute psychedelic jam on their "Up On The Sun."

JD McPHERSON played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

TIME FOR THREE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE drop "Hold Yourself Up" ahead of Yes It's True.

CHEAP TRICK turns 40 this week, and while Bun E Carlos (currently suing the meaining trio) might be subtly passive agressive about it, why not have a more-than Twofer Tuesday withtheir 1977 appearance on the Night Gallery (not that one). Your setlist includes : "Oh, Candy," "Hot Love," "He's a Whore," "ELO KIddies," and "The Ballad of TV Violence."

TEGAN & SARA tell the story behind the writing of 'Closer', the inspiration of Ace Of Base and how they make music work living on opposite sides of Canada. Sara talks to Chicago Pride

MICK JAGGER: Why not keep dancing?

VAN DYKE PARKS is profiled on Weekend Edition.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ranked by Stereogum.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be guest-hosting Chelsea Lately next week as she takes over for regular host Chelsea Handler. She also plan to drop many of her so-called friends.

LEAH REMINI isn't going to stop talking about Scientology.


ANGELINA JOLIE tops the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actresses.

JENNIFER ANISTON's fiancé Justin Theroux broke her toe.

REAL HOUSEWIVES stars Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe have just been slapped with a laundry list of criminal charges — ranging from bank fraud to tax evasion — and face more than 50 years in prison if convicted.

SHARON OSBOURNE dishes on everything from Anthony Weiner to Justin Bieber at the Daily Beast.

LIBYA's Minister of Social Affairs resigned in protest against the assassinations in Benghazi and the government's lack of response to them.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 40 civilians in a series of bombings in predominantly Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 80 British military advisers assisted the Afghan military in an operation to keep the Taliban from retaking control of the Sangin district in Helmand.

A RACCOON dances to Aretha Franklin. Sort of.

A RIVER OTTER attacked two teenage cousins as they played on a rope swing in a US river, in scenes described by their grandmother as 'like something out of Jaws'.

SHARK WEEK PREVIEW: Even the BBC goes all Capt. Quint.

ASHLEY LAWRENCE, Gator Wrassler.

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JJ Cale RIP, New Order, Richard Hell, Sam Phillips, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JJ CALE, whose songs became hits for a wide range of other artists including Eric Clapton and Lynyrd Skynyrd, died on Friday at the age of 74. His best known are the hits-for-Clapton "Cocaine" and "After Midnight."

NEW ORDER is streaming Live at Bestival 2012.

SAM PHILLIPS is advance streaming Push Any Button. Oh, yeah.

POND is advance streaming Hobo Rocket.

RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS, live at CBGB, Nov. 19, 1976.

THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

FOXYGEN is having, er, creative differences.

20 ESSENTIAL MOUNTAIN GOATS SONGS, accoridng to PopMatters.

SEAN NELSON (Harvey Danger) talks about songwriting at PopMatters.

THE EAGLES: 14 non-hits that show they are better than you think.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The Wolverine tops the chart with 55 million, but that's about 10-20 million less than tracking estimates (at this point, it might be asked whether it's the movies or the estimators at fault). Overseas, Logan claws outanother 86 million, so there will be money made here.  Yet 55 million is about what X-Men: First Class made in its debut, raising the prospect this franchise is topped out in North America (or that X-Men Origins: Wolverine depressed demand for this one) . The Conjuring places with 22.1 million and an 83 million total so far against a 20 million budget.  Despicable Me 2 shows with 16 million, but the sequel quickly breaks the 300 million mark in a fairly leggy performance.  Turbo drops to the fourth spot with 13.3 million and 56 million total against a 135 million budget.  Grown Ups 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 11.5 million as it starts to lag the original.  The real - and bad - news is below the fold, where Red 2 drops to sixth with 9.4 million and 35 million total against an 84 million budget. Pacific Rim skids another 53 percent with 7.5 million and a 84 million total against a 190 million budget; but here -- as with The Wolverine -- overseas markets matter, as the robots rack up another 140 million worldwide.That cannot be said of R.I.P.D., a true bomb in ninth place with 5.9 million and no real prospect of recouping its 130 million budget worldwide.

THE WOLVERINE: Pretty good, but not gripping.  Fox, which has mishandled Marvel properties more often than not, seems to have learned from the experience.  Here, the script is largely an adapation from an actual comics storyline and is the better for it.  Logan, wandering and grieving the death of Jean Grey in X3, is drawn into intrigue in Japan, which not only invites martial arts action, but also makes the film more marketable around the globe. Hugh Jackman knows the character well and always holds the screen, which is a necessity here with a largely Japanese cast not known to North American audiences.  It is also a nice changeup that no cities were leveled in the making of the final.  That being said, if you go, stay for the credits which sets up X-Men:Days of Future Past, an epic story inspired by one of my favorite X-Men stories, so they better not screw it up like they did X3.

SHARKNADO: Ian Ziering may be the sole survivor for a sequel.

AMANDA BYNES left a trail of destruction at the Ritz-Carlton in NYC days before she was taken in on a psych hold. Bynes canceled a hearing on getting sprung, as she wants the meds to take effect before making her case. Her parents think she's paranoid, delusional and draining her bank account.

LINDSAY LOHAN has booked a one-way ticket to Europe to depart as soon as she finishes rehab.

JENNIFER ANISTON says she alreay feels married to Justin Theroux.

TONI BRAXTON lost most of her hits in bankruptcy.

MALI voted to elect a new president in the first elections since a military coup in March 2012 triggered an Islamist takeover of much of the northern part of the country. French, Malian, and UN troops are providing security for the election process.

SYRIA: Rebels clashed with regime and Hezbollah forces near the Khalid bin al-Walid mosque in Homs, but were pushed out, leaving most of Khaldiyeh in regime control.

LIBYA: Unidentified attackers set off bombs a few minutes apart outside a Benghazi courthouse and near the Benghazi Justice Ministry, injuring 10 people. Officials claim to have recaptured about 100 of the 1,117 inmates who escaped from Benghazi's Kuafiya prison.

EGYPT: US Secretary of State Kerry urged Egyptian leaders to "step back from the brink" as unrest worsened in Egypt. At least 65 people were killed in clashes throughout the country between supporters of former president Morsi and the army. The Muslim Brotherhood vowed to continue holding protests against the army.

IRAQ: Prime Minister Maliki ordered the arrest of several senior police, prison, and intelligence officials after the al Qaeda prison breakout at Abu Ghraib. 

A BEAR WALKS INTO A BAR... unnoticed.

ZOO ALLOWS KIDS TO PET TIGERS: What could go wrong?

A KESTREL is cleared of spying charges in Turkey.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Health authorities have closed three campgrounds in a forest near Los Angeles after the discovery of a squirrel infected with the plague. (Thx, Dda.)

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Turtles, Tegan & Sara, Gary Louris, Smith Westerns, Cutout Bin, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TURTLES!  First cracking the Top Ten in 1965 with their cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe."  they made the Top 30 later that year with the similar-sounding "Let Me Be," written by P.F. Sloan.  Their early 1966 hit, "You Baby," was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri; you may recognize the voice introducing the sync of the band performing on the streets of L.A.  An album cut from the You Baby album, "Outside Chance," was co--written by Warren Zevon.  "Happy Together," rejected by countless performers, became both their biggest hit and their signature song, knocking the Beatles' "Penny Lane" from the No. 1 slot in the Spring of 1967.  "She'd Rather Be With Me" was of the same vintage.  "Elenore," with its unique use of the term et cetera, was a jab at their label for demanding more hits like "Happy Together," but went on to hit the Top Ten anyway.  Near the end, the band appeared on the Mike Douglas show to play "House on the Hill."  For many years after the band dissolved, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman went by the name Flo & Edde, because their contract barred from using the Turtles name or their own names.  The duo continued to record their own material, but were heard by most adding their trademark harmonies to hits like T. Rex's "Bang A Gong" and Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart."

TEGAN & SARA stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set.

GARY LOURIS (Jayhawks) stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

SMITH WESTERNS played a mini-set at WFUV.

ISOLATED VOCALS are compiled at Reddit

EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

MAXWELL'S: The New Yorker has a video-laden history of the historic club; Vulture has an oral history. (Thx, LHB.)

SAM PHILLIPS & THE SUN RECORDS LEGACY, essayed by the Oxford American. (Thx, LHB.) 

THE BEST ARCADE FIRE SONGS, according to Paste.

SPOTIFY: The cultural equivalent of a McDonald’s burger?

CUTOUT BIN: From Marvin Gaye to Wang Chung, from The Beatles to Harold Faltermeyer, from the Three O' Clock to Outkast, plus Lloyd Price, Queen and David Bowie, the Go-Gos, Roxy Music and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The Wolverine is the weekend's sole wide debut,which is scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. However, Fruitvale Station expands wide at 92 percent; and The Way Way Back goes near-wide at 83 percent.

AMANDA BYNES' parents have just filed court documents asking a California judge to impose a conservatorship on their daughter due to her apparent mental illness. She's completely lucid for long stretches, and then goes off the handle crazy.

KANYE WEST is unlikely to be charged in last week's attack on a photog.

MICHAEL JACKSON's surrogate Debbie Rowe will reportedly testify in the Michael Jackson wrongful death case that MJ was a secret, hardcore drug addict for decades.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX are still getting married.

MELISSA McCARTHY may play a secret agent, and not in a spoof.

STAR WARS VII: Ryan Gosling's rep denies a part in the Disney resumption.

LEBANON: Hezbollah's official in charge of international relations warned that the EU's decision to blacklist the group's military wing "will have repercussions."

SYRIA: The UN said the Syrian conflict has now claimed over 100K lives, and US Secretary of State Kerry said there is no military solution to the conflict. Rebels disillusioned by infighting with Islamist fighters are said to have begun accepting reconciliation offers from the Assad regime.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda fighters executed 14 Shia truck drivers at a fake checkpoint near Sulaiman Pak.

A BUNNY attacks a cat.

IS THAT A BABY GATOR IN YOUR SHIRT, or are you ... oh.

A BABY CROCODILE is a baby gift to Prince George from Australia's tropical Northern Territory.

A BABY ZONKEY was born at an animal reserve in Florence, Italy.

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CYHSY, Father John Misty, Guards, Rabbit Island   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LOVE LANGUAGE drops a video for "Calm Down."

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH streams the Little Moments EP.

FATHER JOHN MISTY played a mini-set in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum.

GUARDS brought their vintage pop stylings to a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

CHEYENNE MIZE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: "Stone Free," live in Frankfurt. Dig this, baby.

WIRE: Colin Newman talked to The Daily Swarm about Change Becomes Us, Pitchfest, and his upcoming solo project.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to PopMatters about self-releasing and house tours.

VAN DYKE PARKS offers amusingly cantankerous observations to the New York Times.

THE BEST OF 2013 (So Far), according to The A.V. Club.

AMANDA BYNES is exhibiting signs of schizophrenia; medical professionals and others will seek a 2 week extension on her 5150 psychiatric hold so doctors can properly diagnose her.  Bynes accidentally drenched her pet Pomeranian with gasoline while building a fire in a residential neighborhood ... then raced to a nearby liquor store to clean the pooc; there's video.

THE ROYAL BABY is named George Alexander Louis. Are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge fans of Seinfeld?

TYLER HOECHLIN: The next Batman

ROMAN POLANSKI: After nearly 35 years of silence, the 13-year-old girl the director raped in 1977 is finally telling her full story in The Girl: A Life in the Shadow of Roman Polanski.

AUBREY PLAZA is profiled by GQ.

ROCKY is spinning off Creed, about he grandson of Apollo Creed.

THE UNITED STATES: President Obama decided to suspend the delivery of four fighter jets to Egypt. The Pentagon will proceed with planned joint military exercises in Egypt, however. The US is asking Russia for clarification on the status of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who is said to be likely to soon receive temporary asylum in Russia.

EGYPT: Army chief el Sisi called on Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to give the army a mandate to "confront violence and potential terrorism." A senior Muslim Brotherhood official responded by saying that protests against the army would continue.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 14 people in attacks throughout Iraq; nine policemen were killed in an assault on a police headquarters outside of Mosul. Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader in Kirkuk and five fighters in Salahuddin.

RABBIT ISLAND at feeding time.

A BEAR IMPRISONED IN OHIO enjoys doughnuts, dog food and Gatorade.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: An endangered lizard that shoots blood out of its eyes.

THE BIRDS: A greedy seagull swooped down and stole a pensioner's false teeth after she took them out to eat a biscuit.

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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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