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Shadow Morton RIP, Chelsea Light Morning, Petula Clark, Knocking Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHADOW MORTON, the songwriter and producer behind such 1960s pop classics as "Remember (Walking in the Sand)" and "Leader of the Pack" -- both recorded by the Shangri-Las -- died Thursday in Laguna Beach from cancer. He was 71.  He also produced records by Janis Ian, Vanilla Fudge, Iron Butterfly (including "In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida"), and the New York Dolls.  As a rarity, here's his demo for the Shangri-Las' "Dressed In Black."

CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING: Thurston Moore's new band advance streams its self-titled debut.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS are advance streaming Optica.

PETULA CLARK is streaming Lost In You, a mere 57 years after her debut. Includes covers of Elvis Presley, John Lennon and Gnarls Barkley. And a new version of "Downtown."

YO LA TENGO did a Valentine's Day session at WNYC Soundcheck.

JIM JAMES drops "A New Life," the lead single from his new LP. Everything goes better with backup dancers.

LOCAL NATIVES get a meaty Pitchfork profile.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN bassist Victor Krummenacher talks to PopMatters about La Costa Perdida.

KEN STRINGFELLOW talks to NOW about lessons learned from REM,Alex Chilton and Neil Young. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

COVER VIDEOS on the Tube could start generating some more revenue for the music industry.

TONY SHERIDAN, the singer and guitarist who collaborated with the Beatles during the band's early days in Hamburg, died on Saturday at the age of 72.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: A Good Day To Die Hard tops a close chart race with 25 million, and a 33 million total over the whole St. Valentine's frame. That's below tracking estimates of 45-50 million over the Thurs-Sun period.  John McClane will need overseas grosses to save him this time.  Identity Thief placed with 23.4 million, on a leggy 32 percent drop; it didn't get good reviews but has already made twice its 35 million production budget. Safe Haven, the seemingly obligatory Nicolas Sparks adaptation, earned 30 million over the Valentine's frame, 21.4 million of that over the weekend, which is pretty solid.  Escape From Planet Earth takes the fourth slot with 16 million, which is bad for animation, but good for a Weinstein animated flick; the profit here will be in the home market.  Warm Bodies rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million this weekend and a 50 million total against a 30 million budget.  Below the fold, the much-hyped Beautiful Creatures debuts in the sixth slot with 10 million from Thurs-Sun against a 60 million budget; not Twilight here.

HUGH GRANT is a dad for the second time.

MINDY McCREADY reportedly killed herself.

KIM KARDASHIAN has a due date for her baby and now a trial date for her divorce from NBA player Kris Humphries.

FORREST WHITTAKER is furious with a NYC deli that he claims wrongly accused him of shoplifting.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN: Already off again?

THANDIE NEWTON claims she was sexually abused by a casting director as a teen.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Mooching off Ashton Kutcher?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE will rejoin Silver Linings Playbook's Bradley Cooper ad direcor David O. Russell in a movie about Abscam.

HARRISON FORD will return in Star Wars, Episode VII: Han Solo and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

NORTH KOREA uses cash couriers and fake names to outwit international sanctions.

YEMEN: The UN warned Yemen's former president and vice president that they would face sanctions if they interfered in the political process.


EGYPTIAN  authorities seized a weapons cache in El Arish. In another incident, one ton of explosives were found in a car headed from Cairo towards the Sinai.

IRAQ: Terrorists killed at least 37 Iraqis and wounded more than 130 people in a series of bombings in Shiite-dominated neighborhoods in Baghdad. A suicide bomber killed the head of Iraq's intelligence academy and two of his bodyguards in an attack outside of his home in Tal Afar.



KNOCK, KNOCK: Who's there? The cat of hard knocks.

MEET ZELDA, the border collie who can balance even hot dinners on her head.

BUNNIES are causing hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars in damage to cars at Denver International Airport.


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The Beatles, The XX, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Kangaroos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEATLES!  Here's the Fab Four's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, just past the anniversary, remastered by, er, George Martin. Your set list includes "All My Loving," "'Til There Was You," "She Loves You," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "I Want To Hold Your Hand."  Anyone who has seen That Thing You Do knows Tom Hanks total copped the introductions from this bit of history.

THE XX played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

YO LA TENGO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE plays acoustic at WNYC Soundcheck

TORO Y MOI stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON has an interview plus tracks with Weekend Edition

FRIGHTENED RABBIT played "The Woodpile" and "Late March, Death March" live at The Lamb for DIY.

JOHNNY MARR tells NME the story behind the Smiths’ classic, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” playing the song for the first time in 25 years, with the guitar on which it was written (a gift from Seymour Stein).

TEGAN & SARA talk producers and songwriting with PopMatters.

THE 10 GOLDEN RULES of being in a DIY indie band.

THE REPLACEMENTS' Songs For Slim auction went almost shockingly well, raising over 106K for guitarist Slim Dunlap and his family.

THE WHO, ranked by Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: We're 80s/90s heavy-- with Big Audio Dynamite, Television, The Jam, REM, The Buggles, and Devo, plus some newer tracks that blend right in -- his Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

KATE UPTON brushes off body criticism, because let's face it - those people are craaazy. 

NOW SHOWING ran yesterday, icymi.

BRADGELINA are putting their name to the wine previously known as Pink Floyd.

OSCAR PISTORIUS, the Olympian without legs who who became famous in the 2012, has been arrested for the murder of his girlfriend.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS: Trouble in paradise? Only if you believe what Kutcher's last fling is speculating about in the ever-reliable Star.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The pop tart's rep is calling BS on Eve's insinuation that Britney didn't sing on her new release, "Scream & Shout."

AMANDA BYNES: The odd behavior continues.

SYRIA: Rebels shot down two military jets over Idlib province.

MALI: A document found in bombed Islamist headquarters in Timbuktu shows a plan by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb to muscle in on efforts of other Islamist groups in Mali.

TUNISIA: Prime Minister Jebali said he will resign if a new cabinet he proposes on Feb. 16 is rejected. Factions from the Islamist Ennahda party vowed to protest changes in the cabinet.

IRAN: A general in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards was assassinated while traveling in Syria. Iran attempted to acquire 100K specialized magnets used in uranium enrichment machines, indicating it planned to accelerate its nuclear program. Iran denied having supplied arms to Islamist militants in Somalia.

EGYPT: A four-person Israeli security delegation arrived in Cairo for talks with Egyptian officials.

KANGAROOS invade a golf tournament.

A PIT BULL TERRIER  is being hailed a hero after she saved a family from their burning home.

FISH may become greedy, risk-taking loners,due to traces of anti-depressants in the water supply.

A NEW OWL SPECIES believed to exist nowhere else in the world has been identified by accident on an Indonesian island when researchers in search of another bird noticed its distinct song.

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Bryan Ferry, Beach Fossils, Mark Kozelek, Sallie Ford, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL WESTERBERG: "Valentine," solo circa 1996

BRYAN FERRY is your Valentine's Day DJ on All Things Considered

BEACH FOSSILS are advance streaming Clash The Truth.

MARK KOZELEK (Red House Painters) is streaming the wildly eclectic covers collection, Like Rats. How eclectic? From Maxine Nightingale to the Descendents to Yes.

SALLIE FORD & THE OUTSIDE SOUND are advance streaming Untamed Beast.

JAMIE LIDELL is advance streaming his self-titled album, but you have to sign up for New MySpace. Sigh.

THE STROKES drop "All The Time" ahead of the Comedown Machine.

COCOROSIE drops "Gravedigress" ahead of Tales of a Grass Widow.

ERIC CARMEN: "All By Myself," in the interest of equal time.

14 MUSICIANS (incl. members of Camper Van Beethoven) discuss love songs.

THE 10 WORST LOVE SONGS, according to Spinner.

VERONICA FALLS singer and guitarist Roxanne Clifford talks to ClashMusic about the band's sophomore LP, Waiting For Something To Happen.(Thx, Chromewaves.)

LES SAVY FAV, ranked by Stereogum.

NOW SHOWING: The St. Valentine's Day weekend's wide releases include: A Good Day to Die Hard, which is currently scoring 06 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Safe Haven, which is currently scoring 13 percent; and Beautiful Creatures, scoring 46 percent, all on early reviews so click the links for updates.  On Friday, Escape From Planet Earth opens wide, but there's no score for it yet.

STEVE MARTIN became a first-time Dad at 67.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST are at the center of a TSA investigation following a major security violation at JFK yesterday, butthe couple is not the target of the probe.

LINDSAY LOHAN: One of her lawwers is admitting she can't get in touch with her, can't make her sit down for a deposition in a pending lawsuit.

CONNIE BRITTON is profiled by the New York Times.

HUGH JACKMAN talks to THR about his surprising H'wood pals and his mother's abandonment.

JAMES FRANCO gets a lengthy profile in Details, in which Oz discusses an unusual talent.

SYRIA: In a major engagement, government forces bombarded rebels in southeastern Damascus in an attempt to drive them out of the capital. The death toll has reached 70,000 in the two-year conflict.

EGYPT: A bipartisan group of US senators called for the restructuring of US aid to Egypt to focus more heavily on counterterrorism efforts, particularly in the Sinai.

IRAN: The head of Iran's atomic agency said Iran began installing a new generation of uranium enrichment machines last month. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that Iran was nearing the red line he had drawn at the UN. A delegation from the International Atomic Energy Agency is seeking a deal that will enable it to visit the Parchin military site.

IRAQ: "Gunmen" killed the head of Diyala province's reconciliation council in an attack in Baqubah. Police captured three "terrorists" in Baghdad; the three men were dressed as women and were attempting to get through a checkpoint when captured.


MARU: The box cat returns to the genre that made him viral.

A SEA SLUG that is able to detach, re-grow and then re-use its penis has surprised scientists.

A PUZZLED BEAR on a fishing trip.

10 LOVED-UP ANIMAL PICS for Valentine's Day.

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Richard Thompson, Edward Sharpe, Blood Red Shoes, Chameleon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOCAL NATIVES: The video for "Heavy Feet" features blind model airplane pilots.

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by WNYC Soundcheck to play and talk bird-watching and hockey.


PSYCHIC ILLS are advance streaming One Track Mind.

BLOOD RED SHOES are advance streaming their Water EP.

BARBARA EDEN covers "Spinning Wheel." You're welcome. (Thx, Steve Craven)

ADAM GREEN &  BINKI SHAPIRO talk to The Guardian about film-making on ketamine, van songs and "romantic dysfunction."

FOALS guitarist Jimmy Smith talks to Consequence of Sound about what makes the band bigger than the sum of its parts. Singer/guitarist Yannis Philippakistalks talks to Filter about the recording of Holy Fire.

THE INDIEPOCALYPSE: Do the chart-topping Macklemore and Ryan Lewis mark "a global shift in how culture is made," or are they Lisa Loeb redux?

SLEATER-KINNEY, ranked by Stereogum

LINDSAY LOHAN: Opening a Mexican restaurant in Tribeca?

VIVIENNE JOLIE-PITT got paid 3K for her debut film role in Maleficent. I smell nepotism.

CHRIS BROWN: The police chief who signed off on the singer's alleged community service has resigned.

JAMIE-LYNN SIEGLER and Cutter Dykstra just got engaged, and here's the pregnancy announcement.

JENNIFER LOPEZ slapped down a Grammys crasher who tried to interrupt Adele's winning moment.

BRUCE WILLIS is profiled by GQ while shoooting his seventy-third movie.

THE UNITED STATES' National Intelligence Estimate stated that the US is being targeted by sustained cyber-espionage efforts that are undermining US economic competitiveness.

TUNISIA: The leader of the Islamist party Ennahda, Rached Ghannouchi, rejected Prime Minister Jebali's proposal for a cabinet of technocrats and said the new coalition government must include politicians as well. Ghannouchi said he expected that Jebali, also an Ennahda party leader, would remain prime minister of the new coalition.

IRAN and HEZBOLLAH, its Lebanese proxy, are building a network of militias inside Syria to preserve and protect their interests in the event that Assad’s government falls or is forced to retreat from Damascus, according to US and Middle Eastern officials.

EGYPT: The United States expressed concern on Tuesday about growing political polarization in its major ally Egypt and a "climate of impunity" over abuses by police and security forces in the most populous Arab nation.


A CHAMELEON and a toddler.

DOGS helping CHEETAHS calm down and get it on... Mass hysteria!

CATS nab a Peeping Tom, allegedly.

A SEA TURTLE hat lost her front legs to a shark attack donned the latest in artificial flipper technology in Japan.

BEST IN SHOW: That would be Banana Joe, the affenpinscher who won at the Westminster Kennel Club.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS have a NSFW video for "Jubilee Street."

NEW RELEASES from Foals, Lisa Germano, P^ssed Jeans, Cuff The Duke, the Stone Foxes and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ICEAGE is advance streaming You're Nothing.

MATMOS is advance streaming The Marriage of True Minds.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Southern Rock Opera, Live.

THE POSTAL SERVICE unwinds “A Tattered Line Of String."

YOUTH LAGOON goes "Mute" ahead of Wondrous Bughouse.

THE THERMALS are "Born To Kill" ahead of Desperate Ground.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.

WHAT LEONARD COHEN means to Millenials.

SLIPPED DISCS of 2012, according to PopMatters, Part One and Part Two. At least four were on my Faves List, but I somehow neglected the Young Fresh Fellows.

FAVE LIVE ALBUMS from The Quietus staff.

18 SONGS about one-night stands.

LINDSAY LOHAN's latest fling is Brooklyn-born DJ Julian Cavin.

JUSTIN BIEBER got a post-Grammy diss from Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN were spotted sparking up after the Grammys, which is no surprise to anyone who saw them at the Grammys.

KIM HARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have their sights set on buying three more multi-million dollar mansions across the globe.

MARK WAHLBERG challenged MICHAEL FASSBENDER to a measurement of manhood on television.  alcohol hmay have been involved.

JENNIFER ANISTON: "Wasn't It Just My Birthday?"

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 204th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

NORTH KOREA appeared to have conducted its third underground nuclear bomb test Tuesday, as the US Geological Survey reported a seismic disturbance centered near the site of the secretive regime's two previous nuclear tests.  Are they also testiting for Iran?

ISRAEL: Defense Minister Barak left for the United States in a "surprise visit."

SYRIA: Islamist rebels captured the country's largest hydroelectric dam. The government moved tanks to reenforce hard-pressed units in the eastern Jobar district of Damascus. The government said it was ready to meet with the leader of the opposition Syrian National Coalition.

EGYPT: Angry protests broke out on the second anniversary of former President Mubarak's ouster. Clerics from Egypt's leading religious institution chose the country's Grand Mufti, a position previously appointed by the president.

IRAQ: Twelve Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack and shooting in Mosul, and three more were killed in an IED attack in Anbar. Counterterrorism forces captured two insurgent commanders and three fighters in Diyala.

DOG IN BOOTS: But he doesn't seem keen on them.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: Reports as of Friday were that 50 Burmese pythons had been captured in the Everglades during the month-long chase that ended at midnight Sunday, but scientists and outdoors experts say the data collected will be invaluable.

SIR DAVID ATTENBOROUGH has been blasted for ignoring gay animals.

ADOPTED SIBERIAN TIGER CUBS have to leave the house for a new enclosure at Howletts Wild Animal Park.

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