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Devo, Vampire Weekend, Fitz & the Tantrums, Cutout Bin, Sneezing Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with DEVO!  It's Friday, so here they are on Fridays (ABC's ill-fated attempt to ape SNL) in 1980, playing "Girl U Want" and "Gates of Steel," along with "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge" -- each with costume changes.  The band returned in 1981, where they played "Theme From Adventures of The Smart Patrol" and "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth," followed by "I Saw Jesus" and "Through Being Cool," then their cover of "Working in a Coal Mine."  BONUS: Vintage Devo, covering "Satisfaction" on French TV.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

VILLAGERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BUDDY MILLER & JIM LAUDERDALE played a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

TWEENS: Stereogum rounds up three tracks from the fuzzy garage poppers.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "Atlantic Cod" from his new project, Teenage Guitar.

LAURA MARLING drops "Once" ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.


ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS don't want to go to "Chelsea."

BREEDERS: The Last Splash gets an oral history at SPIN.

AUSTRA: Katie Stelmanis talks to Stereogum about avoiding the sophomore slump.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne covers Bowie's "Heroes" in the the (near) nude and plays Pictionary  with Julie Bowen and Demi Lovato.

POGUES guitarist Phillip Chevron has been diagnosed with terminal head and neck cancer. Chevron fought the same disease in 2007.

CUTOUT BIN: From Joan Jett to Clem Snide, from the Clash to Wilson Phillips, from REM to the Shirelles, plus Devendra Banhart, Earth Wind & Fire, Naked Eyes, Jackson Browne and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. My blurb ran yesterday, icymi.

EMMA WATSON is profiled by W magazine and talks about her role in The Bling Ring.

ZOE SALDANA has been spotted out and about with Italian artist Marco Perego.

BROOKE MUELLER was shot down in court again in her latest attempt to have Denise Richards stripped of temporary custody of the boys.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: The divorce seems tooth and nail right now, but reportedly the case could settle as early as next month.

BRAD BIRD gives THR a few tantalizing nuggets about why he didn’t enlist for Star Wars: Episode VII duty and whether we’ll ever see an Incredibles 2.

NO. No no no no no.

THE UNITED STATES: Fazliddin Kurbanov, an Uzbek, was arrested in Boise, Idaho and charged with helping the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan to build a weapon of mass destruction for a terrorist act overseas. Authorities have found that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a message claiming responsibility for the attack and saying it was "collateral damage" and retribution for US military action in Afghanistan and Iraq.

SYRIA: Russia has not abandoned efforts to broker a diplomatic solution to the conflict... and shipped advanced antiship cruise missiles to Assad. A possible use of chemical weapons by government troops last month was reported.

EGYPT: Islamist gunmen kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai and demanded the release of imprisoned Islamists.

SNEEZING ANIMALS: Let's go to the video.

TWO BALD EAGLES crash land at the Duluth International Airport.

THE HORNET NEST SEX STORY was too good to be true.

A DEER was desperate to board that bus. But there was no bomb wired to the speedometer.

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The National, Japanther, Lonely Wild, Goat and Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND played "Ya Hey" and Everlasting Arms" on Fallon.

THE NATIONAL plays a set that features songs from the record "Trouble Will Find Me" live on KEXP from The Cutting Room Studios in New York City. 

JAPANTHER advance streams Eat Like Lisa Act Like Bart.

LONELY WILD stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sam Phillips, Daughter, Front Bottoms and more highlight the latest edition.

MAYER HAWTHORNE & JESSE WARE team up on "Her Favorite Song."

SONNY & THE SUNSETS drop "Palmreader" ahead of Antenna To The Afterworld.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

BREEDERS bassist Josephine Wiggs talks to PopMatters about recording Last Splash.

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talks to the Village Voice about working with Jim Eno of Spoon.

JIM JAMES talks to the Dallas News about Regions of Light and Sound of God. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

WILL OLDHAM, ranked by Stereogum.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS is dedicated to our post-9/11 veterans, and it's fairly easy to see why.  As the title suggests, JJ Abrams' second outing with the Enterprise touches on our darker post-9/11 impulses and our efforts to overcome them (that said, it's not a particularly political film; it's more spice for the stew).  Like another ST sequel -- The Wrath of Khan -- this one is also about how much to follow protocols, taking personal responsibility, the danger of hubris to hero and villain alike, and sacrifice.  That list, btw, is not all-inclusive, if you know what I mean and I think that you do.  Aside from the returning cast, Bendedict Cumberbatch (BBC's Sherlock) is sufficiently badass as the terrrorist "John Harrison" wink wink and Alice Eve is fetching, even with an accent ill-suited to her character.  Near the end, there is a moment -- a very short line of dilaogue -- as wrong as it is inevitable, and I wish the screenwriters had figured out how to do it better.  Otherwise, a fine piece of popcorn fare sure to be enjoyed by those who liked the ST reboot, and perhaps even by some who were less than charmed by the last one.

ANGELINA JOLIE is also planning to undergo surgery to remove her ovaries.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to expose what he believes is a crass ploy by ex-wife Brooke Mueller to make her brother the guardian of their kids so she can still get her hands on Charlie's gigantic child support checks.

CHRIS PINE & JAKE GYLLENHAAL in a Sondheim musical?

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE's contentious divorce has now spiraled into a 10 million dollar battle over his venture capital fund with Madonna's manager Guy Oseary and billionaire Ron Burkle.

KATIE HOLMES has been asked out seven times on the set of the Spike Lee-produced “Mania Days.”

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD engaged? Take it with a truckload of salt.

THE UNITED STATES: Seven people were caught trespassing after midnight on Tuesday at the Quabbin reservoir in Belchertown, Mass., which supplies water to Boston and 40 other communities.

SYRIA: Rebels detonated two car bombs simultaneously outside the central prison in Aleppo, attempting to free inmates, including al Qaeda members.

EGYPT: The Egyptian prosecutor's office says evidence shows three suspects linked to al Qaeda targeted the US and French embassies in Cairo, as well as an Egyptian army facility in the Sinai Peninsula, according to state news.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 35 Iraqis in a string of bombings, including a suicide attack, in Baghdad, Mosul, and Kirkuk. Al Qaeda fighters killed two Awakening members near Abu Ghraib. Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader in Fallujah.


A GOAT ON A HORSE: Let's go to the video.

LION CUBS surprised zookeepers at the Hang Zoo, in lower Austria.

A CHIMP's fuzzy photos are set to sell for big bucks.

A GATOR attacked a man fleeing a traffic stop. Civic minded reptile.

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Yo La Tengo, Magical Cloudz, Cloud Cult, Elephant Charged   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DALE EARNHARDT JR JR gets a little animated for "Dark Water."

YO LA TENGO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

MAGICAL CLOUDZ advance streams Impersonator.

CLOUD CULT stops by KEXP for a live set that features songs from the album “Love.”

METZ rips through a mini-set of songs off their debut self-titled album at KEXP.

MAVIS STAPLES is joined by Jeff Tweedy and son on the funky "“I Like The Things About Me.” Nasty guitar from Jeff.

ERIC BURDON & JENNY LEWIS revisit "Don't Let me Be Misunderstood" for True Blood.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER drops and talks about "She's A Mirror" ahead of Personal Record.

DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

THE NATIONAL: The Dressner Bros. talk to The Guardian about making the much-anticipated Trouble Will Find Me.

SAVAGES: The Guardian profiles a verrry serious band (who might secretly dig Elton John).


SHANE MacGOWAN: The Pogues frontman is looking for a dentist.

ANGELINA JOLIE is hailed as "heroic" by Brad Pitt for undergoing a double mastectomy. Her mom is also proud.

BEYONCE cancels a concert amid pregnancy rumors.

BILL HADER is leaving SNL.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Not ready for children.

GWYNETH PALTROW knows she is a ‘lightning rod’ — and doesn't care.

ZOE SALDANA: Lt. Uhura says she may end up with a woman.

MORENA BACCARIN (Firefly, V, Homeland) is expecting her first child.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER reveals the mother.

THE UNITED KINGDOM:  Prime Minister Cameron said Britain intends to double its nonlethal aid to the Syrian opposition over the next year.

IRAN is presiding over the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. You can't make this stuff up.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban forced 40 schools in Zabul to shut down. More than 150 schoolgirls and five teachers were poisoned in Herat.

AFRICAN ELEPHANT charged by a drunken tourist.

SEX WITH A HORNETS' NEST can be fatal. In case you were wondering.

KITTEN RESCUE strands police officer in tree. You're doing it wrong.

A GORGEOUSLY UGLY FISH seeks a mate at the London Zoo.

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The National, Daft Punk, John Grant, Savages, Puppy Hiccups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM "Never Wanted Your Love," Dave.

THE NATIONAL advance streams Trouble Will Find Me via iTunes.

DAFT PUNK advance streams Random Access Memories, via iTunes.

JOHN GRANT streams Pale Green Ghosts.

SAVAGES, Live from Ministry of Sound.

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

PRIMAL SCREAM: Bobby Gillespie talks pop and politics with DIY.

VAN DYKE PARKS now claims he was victimized by Brian Wilson's buffoonery? Ouch.

JIMI HENDRICKS, MILES DAVIS & PAUL McCARTNEY would have been an awesome supergroup.

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN:  Two youths were arrested after toppling a statue of Phil Lynott in Dublin.


LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors won't let her bail on Betty Ford.

ANGELINA JOLIE had a preventative double mastectomy.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z expecting a second child?  Multiple sources say that's "silly."

JESSICA SIMPSON is furious at her ex-husband Nick Lachey after he made a shocking gay joke about her creepy dad, Joe.

JAMES FRANCO: Linked to “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke and “Spring Breakers” co-star Ashley Benson.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS talks to Vulture about playing Liberace, his son's imprisonment, and beating stage IV cancer.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND has closed a deal for a new installment of 24 on Fox.

DR. JOYCE BROTHERS, a former academic psychologist who, long before Drs. Ruth, Phil and Laura, was counseling millions over the airwaves, died on Monday at her home in Fort Lee, N.J. She was 85.

THE UNITED STATES Justice Department secretly obtained two months of Associated Press phone records in an investigation likely tied to the disclosure of a foiled al Qaeda plot in May 2012.

EGYPT: Gamaa Islamiyya called on the US to delist it as a terror organization. The group also called for the release of Omar Abdel Rahma, the blind Sheikh.

LIBYA: Two RPG missiles hit the offices of the Port Authority in Tripoli. An explosives-rigged car blew up near a hospital in Benghazi, killing nine people. A small bomb exploded outside a Benghazi police station.

SYRIA: The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the two-year conflict has killed at least 82000 people so far and 12500 are missing.

A PUPPY hiccups. Aw.

A HERD OF GOATS will be brought in to clear vegetation at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

LOUDLY FORNICATING FROGS disturb neighbors in Baraboo, WI.

A "MONSTER" CARCASS washed ashore in New Zealand last week.

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SLGTM, Sam Amidon, Local Natives, Eagles   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND hit 30 Rock to play "Diane Young" and "Unbelievers" from their imminent LP.

SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME advance streams One Kiss Ends It All.

SAM AMIDON advance streams Bright Sunny South.

THE HANDSOME FAMILY advance streams Wilderness.

LOCAL NATIVES plays a lively set of songs from their latest album "Hummingbird" live on KEXP at the Triple Door.

EVERY MOTHER'S SON: "Come On Down to My Boat," baby.

GALAXIE 500: CBS News covers a new oral history of the band.

THE XX frontwoman Romy talks to The Guardian about dark nights, darker attire and the pressures of hosting your own festival.

PALMA VIOLETS are profiled by Interview.

MARNIE STERN: THE "lady who shreds" talks to the Washington Examiner about her new album and how she unwound her previously dense song structure for these tracks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Iron Man 3 repeats atop the chart, as expected, with 72.5 million. That's a 58 percent drop from its monster debut, but Stark & Co. will cross the billion-dollar mark worldwide this week. The Great Gatsby places with a strong 51.1 million debut, about 10-15 millionabove studio and tracking estimates.  Aussie subsidies push Baz Luhrmann's budget down from 190 million to about 105 million, so Gatsby will likely be rolling in it.However, its "B" Cinemascore suggests it may not have legs to face the summer onslaught of big releases (like Star Trek: Into Darkness this week).  Even so, it's Luhrmann's biggest debut and Leonardo DiCaprio's second-biggest (after Inception, not Titanic, surprisingly).  Pain And Gain shows with, er, 5 million (a bit of a drop from Gatsby); Peeples debuts 4.9 million -- proving Tyler Perry needs to show up in drag to make big money -- but the budget was a mere 15 million.  42 rounds out the Top Five with another 4.7 million and an 84.7 million total against a 40 million budget.Oblivion sinks below the fold, but will turn out alright on overseas grosses.

THE GREAT GATSBY: Baz Luhrmann's take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald masterwork is not as bad as I had hoped. Outside the fabled Gatsby galas, Baz is generally less over-the-top than the insane Moulin Rouge. Indeed, this film even feints in the direction of trying to boost the chemistry between Jay and Daisy, which is the central weekness of the novel.  And yet, by making Daisy more sympathetic (a choice emphasized by casting Carey Mulligan), the sociopolitical aspect of the story is subverted, making the ham-fisted delivery of same by Tobey Maguire's Nick at the finale ring almost as hollow as his shouting in Gatsby's manse.  What remains is spectacle and melodrama.  The film largely succeeds on those levels -- and given the number of times Hollywood has failed to capture the esssense of the book, perhaps that's as good as can be hoped for. But it's a lesser film for trying to have it all, which is perhaps a tad ironic.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Docs at The Betty Ford Center have cut off her precious supply of Adderall — and now, she's hell-bent on making her escape.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM were SWATted -- and this one was dramatic, with cops racing to the scene with guns drawn.

BROOKE MUELLER  is making a full-court press to move her twins from Denise Richards' home to Brooke's brother's home.

KATE UPTON: Vogue profiles America's Favorite Bombshell.

MILEY CYRUS leads Maxim's Top 100 Women of 2013. Yes, really.

LIBYA: In Benghazi, two police stations were attacked and a bomb exploded next to a military police camp. Gunmen killed an intelligence officer in Derna. BP followed the US, France, and the UK in pulling some staff out of Libya due to security concerns. Anti-militia protesters in Tripoli blamed Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood for supporting anti-government militias. The Justice Minister said an agreement had been reached with militiamen so they would relax their siege of the Foreign Ministry; in other reports he denied any such deal.

EGYPT: The Interior Minister announced the arrest of three members of an al Qaeda-linked cell that was said to be planning a suicide attack on a Western embassy in Egypt. At least one member of the cell had traveled to Iran and Pakistan for military training. Privately Egyptian officials said the target was the US embassy.

SYRIA: A Russian official backtracked on the recently announced US-Russian plan to convene a meeting between the Assad regime and the opposition to resolve the conflict; he said holding such a meeting by the end of May is "impossible." Forces loyal to Assad are beginning to turn the tide of the country’s war, bolstered by a new strategy, the support of Iran and Russia and the assistance of fighters with Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement.

THE BIRDS: A flock of eagles descended on the Unalaska Safeway parking lot last week, prompting police intervention.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Their Top Five Crimes.

EMILY & RISHI:She's a six year old girl; he's an oranguntan. He wanna be like you.

REAL-LIKE MOWGLI Tippi Degre spent her whole childhood playing with wild animals including lion cubs, a mongoose, a snake, a cheetah, baby zebra, giraffes and crocodiles.

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