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Rogue Wave, Surfer Blood, Gold Panda, Giraffe Love   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 03, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAYUCAS breaks out the summer whites on "East Coast Girl."

ROGUE WAVE is advance streaming Nightingale Floors.

SURFER BLOOD advance streams Pythons.

GOLD PANDA advance streams Half Of Where You Live.

BOY stopped by World Cafe Live for a mini-set.

THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE: Johnny Maestro belts out Jimmy Webb's stunted yet brill "The Worst That Could Happen."

LOU REED is recuperating after a liver transplant that saved his life, said the New York rocker's wife, Laurie Anderson.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger talks to Stereogum about Trouble Will Find Me, that six-hour MoMA performance, and going back on the road.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan roots through her record collection to pick out her 13 top LPs for The Quietus.

GLENN DANZIG talks to The Quietus about his upcoming UK tour, a new covers album and Dolly Parton.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast And Furious 6 repeats at the checkered flag with 34.5 million, off an expected but still steep 65 percent from its massive debut.  FF's domestic total is now 170 million, which recoups its 160 production budget in just 10 days, with its reportedly large marketing budget still to recoup.  The real story this weekend, however, is Now You See Me placing with 28 million to beat out After Earth, which opened with just 27 million -- at least 10 million short of the low estimates.  This is a Battleship levelflop for the Smiths and M. Night Shamalamadingdong. Ouch.  Adding insult to injuty, Now You See Me had a 75 million budget (with roughly two-thirds recouped by Lionsgate in foreign sales), while After Earth had a 130 million production budget.  Star Trek: Into Darkness and Epic are essentially tied for the fourth and fifth slots this weekend at an estimated 16.4 million.

JUSTIN BIEBER's  security people have told cops they have video showing that Tyler, the Creator was behind the wheel at the time the car was allegedly reckless driving.

AMANDA BYNES: Her neighbor's claim it's like living with Linda Blair in The Exorcist.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH are reportedly still living together but have no wedding plans.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: Did his Mum fuel their breakup?

MICHAEL FASSBENDER is romancing British Olympian Louise Hazel.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS thinks he knows how he got cancer. Is he right?

JUSTINE BATEMAN has gone to college to become a computer programmer. She's on Tumblr.

JEAN STAPLETON, known to millions of viewers as the lovable Edith Bunker on the classic CBS sitcom All in the Family, died Saturday of natural causes at her home in New York, her family announced. She was 90.

THE UNITED STATES State Department published its Country Reports on Terrorism 2012; the report notes Iran's resurgent role in worldwide terrorism.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: The second main suspect in the Woolwich murder case, Michael Adebolajo, was charged with the murder of a British soldier, attempted murder of two police officers, and a weapons violation.

IRAQ: The Defense Ministry said that it arrested five members of a cell that was manufacturing sarin, mustard gas, and nerve gases. Iraqi troops arrested al Qaeda's leader for Fallujah.

GIRAFFE LOVE does not always run true.

SLOTHIFIED: At least that’s what MOnique Pool calls the sudden arrival of nearly 200 sloths at her home in Paramaribo, Suriname.

PETAL the KITTEN has no bones in her forepaws, walks and sits on her hind legs.

IS THERE A RAT ON MARS? David Bowie unavailable for comment.

LOLA THE PERFORMING DONKEY must move her act off a hotel balcony in Brussels.

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The Knack, Ben Folds 5, Telekinesis, Cutout Bin, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 31, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE KNACK!  That's alright, I won't tell anyone they're a guilty pleasure of yours. Live at Carnegie Hall in 1979, your setlist includes: "The Hard Way," "She's So Selfish," "Rave Up," "Oh Tara," "Your Number Or Your Name," "Not Fade Away," "My Sharona," "Let me Out," "It's You," "Hold On Tight," "Heartbeat," "A Hard Day's Night," "Good Girls Don't," "Frustrated," "End Of The Game," and "C'Mon Everybody."

THE BEN FOLDS FIVE advance streams Live.

THESE NEW PURITANS advance stream Field of Reeds.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB stopped by KEXP for a set featuring tracks from their 6th full-length "Specter At The Feast."

TELEKINESIS stopped by Studio 1a to play live on KUTX.

AUSTRA drops "Painful Like" ahead of Olympia.

MARVIN GAYE: "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)."

JOHN FOGERTY talks to The Guardian about Creedence, his new fashion line, crawling out of a ditch of pain and despair... the usual.

SUEDE: Brett Anderson explains to Drowned In Sound why more bands should split up.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith talks to Reverb about indie success, opening gigs and the coolest thing that’s ever happened to him. (Thx. LHB.)

THE 40 BEST SONGS of 2013 (So Far), according to SPIN

CUTOUT BIN: From Bob Dylan to Kajagoogoo, from Novelle Vague to Otis Redding, from the Clash to Night Ranger, plus Tom Waits, the Supremes, Stiff Little Fingers, the Creation and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This week's wide releases are After Earth, which is currently scoring 13 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Now You See Me, which is scoring 35 percent.

AMANDA BYNES is just fine, according to her lawyer. Just don't ask why she's in Buffalo.

GRUMPY CAT lands a movie deal.

JESSICA SIMPSON plans to marry after her second child.

DINA & MICHAEL LOHAN buried the hatchet Wednesday night over burgers ... for the sake of their daughter.

MARK HAMILL searches through an ashtray for used cigarette butts.

PATRICK STEWART discusses his pizza history.

SYRIA: The Assad regime claimed to have received a first shipment of S-300 Russian missiles. Russia's Foreign Ministry said officials from Russia, the US, and the UN would meet on June 5 to try to pave the way for a Syrian peace conference.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 33 Iraqis in a series of attacks in Baghdad, Mosul and Tal Afar. Three attacks were executed by suicide bombers; the governor of Anbar escaped one of those attacks. The tribes in Anbar said al Qaeda is "a malicious attempt to undermine national unity between Sunni and Shia Iraqis.

OSTRICH ON THE LAM in China is hit by multiple cars, keeps going.

GIANT FLUORESCENT PINK SLUGS, high in the mists that shroud Mount Kaputar.

THAT GIANT TIGER HAIRBALL will soon be on display at a Ripley's Believe It or Not attraction.

TWIN GIRAFFES are born in a refuge in Texas.

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UMO, Shout Out Louds, Lissie, Clarence Burke Jr RIP,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA drops "From The Sun" as a clip from II. Has a bit of a White Album vibe.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LISSIE swung through The Current studio to play a few songs and chat with host Mary Lucia.

OBLIVIANS are advance streaming Desperation.

FUTURE BIBLE HEROES are advance streaming Partygoing.

SURFER BLOOD drops "Gravity" ahead of Pythons.

CLARENCE BURKE, JR,  the lead singer of the Five Stairsteps, a sibling R&B group once regarded as “the first family of soul,” died Sunday, a day after he turned 64. Their hits included “World of Fantasy,” “Don't Change Your Love,” “From Us to You” and their biggest – “O-o-h Child,” released in 1970.

LAURA MARLING talks to Consequence of Sound about her latest album, working with longtime collaborator Ethan Johns, and the need to simplify.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to Seattle Weekly about his parents, the intent behind Mala, and what he envisions for future releases. (Thx, LHB.)

WHY POP STARS RULE THE WORLD, according to New York magazine.

ALT-J  debuted a pioneering new piece of gig technology that aims to stop people recording shows on their phones. 

AMANDA BYNES: Is her drug case falling apart? Is she schizo?



ADAM LEVINE said he hates America over a hot mic, but clarified his remark to say that he loves America.

KATE UPTON is furious with Victoria's Secret.

GEORGE MICHAEL has left the hospital after being treated for injuries following a bizarre incident on the M1.

TWO AND A HALF MEN: Charlie had a daughter?

FRANCE: French police arrested a 22-year-old follower of "radical Islam" for the recent attempted murder of a French soldier in Paris. The suspect, identified as "Alexandre D.," was filmed praying a Muslim prayer before stabbing the soldier several times in the throat.

PAKISTAN: A US drone killed the Taliban's second-in-command.

SYRIA: The rebel Syrian Military Council warned Hezbollah yesterday to remove its fighters from Syria within 24 hours or face "all measures."

LIBYA: French Foreign Minister Fabius said Tunisia, Algeria, Chad, Mali, and Egypt must work together to help Libya address the growing Islamist threat in the southern part of the country; al Qaeda uses the area for arms trafficking.

IRAN could become even more isolated from the West than ever after its presidential "election".

A RARE BABY WHITE RHINO takes his first steps.

BLACK RAT SNAKES are falling out of trees in DC, headed for the Capitol.

A 200-LB BEAR was euthanized after attempting to chase a dog into a Connecticut home.

THE SWARM: Thousands of Formosan termites took over New Orleans. With video.

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QotSA, David Byrne + St Vincent, Fitz & the Tantrums, Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SONNY & THE SUNSETS drop a video for "Palmreader" that turns a little grisly.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are advance streaming …Like Clockwork via iTunes.

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT are giving away a free EP, Brass Tactics.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

COTTON MATHER stopped by Studio 1A with their friend Michael Fracasso and played a live set on KUTX.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Boards Of Canada, Shearwater with Sharon Van Etten (covering Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks), Laura Veirs and more highlight the latest edition.

DAVID BOWIE: "Modern Love." from the Summer of 1983.

MICK JONES & PAUL SIMONON recall the glory days of The Clash.

JOHN FOGERTY talks about writing and recording "Proud Mary" in the Wall Street Journal.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO: Jof Owens spun tunes with Stereogum and chatted about the new album, making music on their own schedule and, of course, Kylie Minogue.

THE FACES: Ranked by Stereogum.

AMANDA BYNES: NYPD's Internal Affairs investigators have found no evidence cops groped her during her arrest last week.  TMZ thinks they may have found the smoking bong, as it were. Suffice it to say, seek help when Courtney Love is telling you to pull it together.

JUSTIN BIEBER is under police investigation for another reckless driving incident. Suffice it to say, chill out when Keshawn Johnson is calling you out.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER were flirting again at her Memorial Day party. Apocalypse watch back on.

WILL & JADEN SMITH talk to Vulture about After Earth, which seems like it might not be bad until you learn it's directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

LIBERACE did big numbers for HBO.

COMMUNITY: Is creator Dan Harmon returning to Greendale?

JAMES LIPTON: The host of Inside the Actors Studio talks to Parade about his fave interview and pimping in Paris.

SYRIA: Rebels kidnapped hundreds of Syrian Kurd civilians in north Reef Aleppo. France is analyzing samples of suspected chemical weapons allegedly used against Syrian rebels.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban killed a police chief and and four policemen in an IED attack in Shangla, the son of a peace committee in a bombing in Swat, and a female anti-polio aid worker in a shooting in Peshawar.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed more than 50 Iraqis yesterday and 22 more today, including four Iraqi soldiers, in attacks throughout Iraq.

A WEINER DOG cleans a lion's teeth... mass hysteria!

MAN vs COUGAR: One uses a skateboard.

A KOALA BEAR is not a fan of the Spice Girls.

DOLPHIN-ASSISTED BIRTH: Apparently, it's a thing.

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Camera Obscura, Eleanor Friedberger, Charles Bradley, Brave Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAVEMAN drops a video for "In The City" featuring Julia Stiles  and Fran Kranz.

CAMERA OBSCURA is advance streaming Desire Lines.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER is advance streaming her Personal Record.

CHARLES BRADLEY recently stopped by Studio 1a to play live on KUTX. Listen to their amazing set (which included a theremin).

LAURA MARLING stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

PAUL WESTERBERG writes about songwriting for the New York Times.

PATTI SMITH: The Guardian spends a gothic afternoon at home with the punk legend.

PHOENIX: Thomas Mars shares the soundtrack of his life with The Guardian.

THE BEST & WORST REPLACEMENT SINGERS, according to Consequence of Sound

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast and Furious 6 opens with a fast and furious 120 million over the Memorial Day weekend (which is historically uneven).Vin Diesel & Co. are a long way to recouping the 160 million budget right off the line.  The Hangover, Part III places with 51 million, despite bad reviews... but it will likely end up well short of the prior sequel. (Would this have done better over July 4th opposite the Lone Ranger than the F & F franchise?) Star Trek: Into Darkness shows with 47  million; it now has 155.8 million domestic andd another 100 million so worldwide... but Will Smith is coming with After Earth this Friday.  Epic debuted in the fourth slot with 42.6 million against a 100 million budget; that's okay, but the studio will hope for proportionately larger overseas grosses.  Iron Man 3 rounds out the Top Five with another 24.4 million and will likely land among the top 20 alltime grossers by next weekend.

AMANDA BYNES claims she's allergic to drugs and alcohol and is suing everyone over her mistaken arrest. And that Chris Brown beat Rhianna because she's ugly.  Meanwhile, Internal Affairs are looking into her allegations of sexual assault.  The hitch is that she's not certifiably crazy. Yet.

CHRIS BROWN says he did nothing wrong when he was involved in a minor fender bender last week ... and claims the other driver has been ducking his attempts to discuss the matter. TMZ has learned the LAPD is investigating the singer, and it could trigger a probation violation that could land him in prison.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A model rehabber at Betty Ford?

ANGELINA JOLIE's aunt has lost her battle with breast cancer.

MARIAH CAREY had a wardrobe malfunction and cursed on GMA.

MORGAN FREEMAN fell asleep during a press junket for Now You See Me.

TOM CRUISE ditches The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

TIM CURRY: The Rocky Horror Show actor is recovering after suffering a major stroke at his home in Los Angeles.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI arrested Wissam Allouche in San Antonio on May 24 on charges he lied about his affiliation with Hezbollah in order to get a sensitive position in the US Defense Deptartment.

SWEDEN: A nearly week-long spate of rioting spread outside Stockholm on Friday but authorities said police reinforcements sent to the Swedish capital had reduced the violence there, even though dozens of "youths" set cars and a recycling station ablaze.

TURKEY: Some 20 knife-wielding Islamists attacked 200 people staging a "kissing protest" in Ankara; at least protester was injured. The protest arose after authorities in Ankara, which is administered by the Islamist Freedom and Justice Party, admonished a couple for kissing in the street, and announced that subway passengers must obey moral codes. Although the police tried to prohibit the protest, they failed.

LIBYA: Prime Minister Zeidan denied allegations that the jihadists who attacked a military base and a uranium mine in Niger on May 23 came from Libya. Both Algeria and Niger have made the allegations, which if true suggest that Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who has claimed the attacks along with MUJAO, has established a base in southern Libya.

SYRIA: No one knows precisely how many Iraqi volunteers are crossing the border to fight in Syria, but it is clear there are enough to keep a steady stream of corpses returning home for burial.

IRAN: State media claimed that Iran has fielded a "massive" quantity of missile launchers that will allow the Iranian military to "crush the enemy" with simultaneous fire from long-range surface-to-surface missiles. The claim could not be independently verified.

A CHIHUAHUA defends kittens from a larger dog.

A LARGE BADGER is causing "hysteria" at a girls' school after charging at pupils during playtime. Up next: a mushroom and a snake.

A NEW MONKEY with a blue backside and human-like eyes is one of the top ten newly identified species of 2012.

BEE RUSTLING: There may be some poetic justice.

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