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Fiona Apple, Glen Hansard, The United States, Beagle homecoming   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOAN JETT & AGAINST ME cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Against Me!'s lead singer announced her decision to live as a woman last month.

FIONA APPLE is advance streaming The Idler Wheel.

GLEN HANSARD is advance streaming Rhythm and Repose.

THESE UNITED STATES are streaming their self-titled fifth album.

THE dB's are now streaming Falling Off the Sky via Rolling Stone.

SMITH plays "Baby, It's You" live in 1969.  The introducer seems familar.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks to Pitchfork about Ram, shearing sheep, and growing a beard.

METRIC: Emily Haines talks to Spinner about meeting Lou Reed, who appears on the band's new Synthetica LP.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The last of the protest singers?

BARRY GIBB eulogized his brother.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Madagascar 3 tops the chart with 60.4 million, in a near repeat of the success of the franchise's sequel. Given the last one was released in November, where there is plenty of competition for family dollars, this one may reach a higher total.  Prometheus places with 50 million, just about as expected, though one wonders about its legs.  Not that it will matter much, as the film has already recouped its 125 million production budget worldwide, leaving marketing and distribution costs an easy pcikup.  Snow White and the Huntsman shows with 23 million on a steep 59 percent drop from its debut.  Here again, the film sits just shy of 100 million domestic and has just about recouped its 170 million production budget globally.  Men in Black 3 takes in another 13.5 million on a 52 percent drop; it's likely to be the least successful of the series, yet still has half a bilion banked.  The Avengers rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.8 million; it now seems likely to break 600 million domestic and already has raked in almost 1.4 billion worldwide.

LINDSAY LOHAN  was taken to the hospital Friday after her Porsche was totaled in a collision with a semi-trailer truck on the Pacific Coast Highway. Lohan is now telling friends the brakes on her rented Porsche failed.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY wed longtime galpal Calmina Alves over the weekend. Alrightalrightalright.

DON RICKLES nearly hijacked the American Film Institute's tribute to Shirley MacLaine, unleashing a trademark barrage of insults that took aim at President Obama, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and the honoree herself.

SNOOKI: Who would have predicted nude pics would leak on the internet?

LADY GAGA suffered a concussion after being struck with a pole in concert. So many punchlines.

EGYPT: A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment Friday. After months of deadlock, Islamist and secular political parties reached an agreement on the their roles in writing a new Egyptian constitution. In a victory for the secular parties, the delegate votes would be split 50-50.

SYRIA: For the first time, intense fighting erupted in the capital of Damascus.

IRAN: The UN's nuclear inspection agency failed to reach an agreement with Iran over access to sites suspected of being used for testing nuclear weapon components.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the suicide attack that killed 25 people at the Shiite Endowment in Baghdad.

DAISY the BEAGLE welcomes home a U.S. Airman.

SEXUALLY DEVIANT PENGUINS proved too much for an Antarctic explorer.


A LOST DOG separated from his owner at a rest stop in Missouri waited two days until his owner returned to fetch him.

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The Who, Maximo Park, Lumineers, The Cure, Cutout Bin, Prometheus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE WHO! Live at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London, May 18, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Substitute," "I'm A Boy," "Tattoo," "Young Man Blues," "Baba O' Riley," "Behind Blue Eyes," "See Me, Feel Me,"  "Magic Bus," "My Generation,"  "Naked Eye," "Let's See Action" and "My Generation Blues."

MAXIMO PARK is advance streaming The National Health

THE LUMINEERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE CURE's first US concert has turned up online, via a fmr Melody Maker reporter.

TRAVELING WILBURYS: The Secret Tapes of Lucky Boo.

BISON, a folk-rock outfit from Chesapeake, VA, is offering Quill to stream and download.

PAUL HEATON (Housemartins, Beautiful South) surveys his career with The Guardian, while cycling from pub to pub.  It's "Happy Hour" again.

DESTROYER's Dan Bejar talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about Orson Welles, desert island records and more...

NEIL YOUNG & PATTI SMITH converse with each other and the public at BooxExpo America.

BEACH HOUSE is considering legal action against Volkswagen over a soundalike ad.

BOB WELCH, RIP: The influential guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac in the band's early days took his life Thursday at his Nashville-area home. He was 65.

TRAMPS LIKE US: The 12 Greatest Albums About Youth In Motion.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Ramones to the Youngbloods, from the Clash to Kukumbas, from the Beach Boys to Husker Du, plus REM, Japandroids, Billy Bragg, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 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 - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Prometheus, which is scoring 73 percent.

PROMETHEUS: Ridley Scott's revisitation of the Alien universe generally fails to sustain suspense like the original or match the action intensity of James Cameron's well-regarded sequel.  It is occasionally interesting, although the ostensibly deep questions it poses serve mostly as plot devices.  Scott brings his usual excellence to the task of creating the environment of the story.  The sequences involving extraterrestrials are generally compelling to watch.  Michael Fassbender gets another opportunity to stand out in a talented ensemble.  However, the overall result is a disappointment, even if one drops the expectations of a Ridley Scott Alien picture and judges it solely by the caliber and ambition of everyone involved.

CHARLIE SHEEN went insane at the Staples Center Wednesday night, after a security guard told him he couldn't re-enter the stadium after taking a smoke break - and it's all caught on video.

JOHN MAYER & TAYLOR SWIFT unexpectedly and uncomfortably came face-to-face at West Hollywood's starry Tower Bar.

LINDSAY LOHAN is out of the John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta.

RYAN GOSLING took EVA MENDES to his mother's graduation ceremony. Aw.

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: The A.V. Club lists 14-plus movies improved and 13-plus movies weakened by alternate versions.

SAUDI ARABIA: The head of the religious police criticized agents for clamping down on a woman who was wearing nail polish, after the video went viral, attracting more than a million hits on YouTube.

YEMEN: Twenty al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five tribesmen were killed during fighting outside of Jaar.

PAKISTAN: Washington is running out of patience with Pakistan over alleged safe havens for Taliban militants, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned.

IRAQ executed Abed Hamoud, Saddam Hussein's private secretary, for ordering assassinations and detentions of political rivals.

A RESCUE CAT snuggles a DOG... Mass hysteria!

DONKEYS with DREADLOCKS have had their hair cut for the first time in 17 years to help them keep cool in the hot weather.

SENIOR PRANK: Police in Connecticut said they do not know the origins of four goats placed atop a high school roof.

BABY BONGOS born in Louisville.

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Edward Sharpe, Art Brut, Paul McCartney, Marshmallow Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CALEXICO dropped a video for "Para," an advance track from Algiers.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS play Morning Becomes Eclectic in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios.

ART BRUT visited WNYC Soundcheck to play live and talk about putting the fun back in rock'n'roll in this "best of" segment.

MICACHU and the SHAPES preview new material at WNYC Soundcheck.

LANA DEL REY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FOUR TET drops "128 Harps" as a single.

PAUL McCARTNEY played "Magical Mystery Tour," "All My Loving," "Let It Be," "Live And Let Die" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"  for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. Rattle your jewelry!

R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the final installment of its epic survey of the band's career.

FEIST talks to CityPages about a Bon Iver softball rivalry, honoring Jim Henson, and Feistodon. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ELVIS PRESLEY will be getting the hologram treatment.

THE TOP 10 OVERPLAYED SONGS You Hate by Artists You Love.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and his pilot were lovers in the 1980s, according to Travolta's former secretary and the pilot's ex boyfriend.


AMANDA BYNES has officially been charged with DUI after her arrest back in April - when she sideswiped a cop car and allegedly attempted to flee the scene.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants Denise Richards again.


JOHN MAYER feels humiliated by Taylor Swift.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting "The Avengers" last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to write "Justice League," based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.

THE BLACK PANTHER: The next Marvel movie?

RAY BRADBURY, a master of science fiction whose imaginative and lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

DRONE STRIKES: Just two days after a drone strike killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the US needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.

YEMEN: The military said 26 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during fighting in Zinjibar and Jaar. The military defeated an AQAP attempt to take the city of Attaq, the capital of Shabwa province.

MARSHMALLOW: A pug puppy. Let's go to the video.

A HUNGRY HEDGEHOG has been put on a diet after becoming so fat he was unable to roll into a ball.

MILLION-DOLLAR CROCODILE: The film tells the story of an eight-meter-long crocodile on the rampage in Beijing.

SCORPION STINGS are on the rise by a large margin in Tuscon, AZ.

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Metric, The dB's, Joachim Cooder, Blue Shark vs Giant Squid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EUGENE McGUINNESS covers Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans."

METRIC is advance streaming Synthetica.

THE dB's are advance streaming Falling Off the Sky. Woo Hoo! (Thx, Ken King!)

JOACHIM COODER: Ry's son also stopped by World Cafe to chat and play.

GILLIAN WELCH has started her own live archive.

GRIZZLY BEAR drops "Sleeping Ute" ahead of their unnamed fourth LP.

SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

GARBAGE: Butch Vig and Shirley Manson talk to Rolling Stone about the band's career and new LP.

CHARLATANS' Tim Burgess does the classic Q & A with The Guardian.

60 YEARS OF NO. 1 SINGLES are being compiled by The Guardian.

HERB REED, the last surviving original member of the 1950s vocal group the Platters, has died. The group's hits like "Only You" propelled them to stardom.

KRISTEN STEWART continues to thumb her nose at critics in the latest Vanity Fair.

SHERYL CROW has a benign brain tumor, the singer revealed in a new interview. 

DEBRA MESSING has filed for divorce from her husband Daniel Zelman.

LINDSAY LOHAN suffered a wardrobe malfunction on the set of the Liz Taylor biopic.

SCOUT WILLIS: Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's 20-year-old daughter was arrested in NYC for allegedly drinking a beer in public - and then flashing a fake ID to cops.

NATASHA GREGSON WAGNER and her longtime boyfriend, actor Barry Watson, welcomed a daughter on Wednesday, May 30.

TEEN MOM star Amber Portwood has been sentenced to five long years in the big house.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES for 2 hours, 45 minutes.

TERROR in the USA: Sabirhan Hasanoff, an accountant and former Brooklyn resident, pled guilty to charges of conspiring to provide material support to al Qaeda.

SYRIA: Rebels said they would no longer respect the terms of the UN peace plan. China and Russia agreed to oppose regime change or foreign intervention in Syria.

PAKISTAN: The US should apologize for an air raid that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers if it wants Pakistan to reopen key supply routes into Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said.

BLUE SHARK Devours Giant Squid.

KITTEN sucked into a car exhaust system, survives.

CHARLIE the COUGAR eats a dog; "Gator Ron" blames the dog.

A BEAR which sneaked into a family's backyard to take a relaxing dip in theiir pool stars in a viral video.

A BLACK BEAR that ate the remains of a convicted murderer gets the death penalty.

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New Releases, Patrick Wilson, Brandi Carlile, Catcopter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHNNY DEPP joined THE BLACK KEYS for "Gold On The Ceiling" at the MTV Movie Awards.

NEW RELEASES from The Hives, Walkmen, Temper Trap, Beach Boys, Rhett Miller, Langhorne Slim, Alejandro Escovedo, Joe Walsh and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

PATRICK WILSON played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BRANDI CARLILE has an interview + tracks at All Things Considered.

KATHY ACKER has posted a number of free LPs, including one with The Mekons, P*ssy, King of the Pirates.

THE REPLACEMENTS on network TV in 1986 for Twofer Tuesday. I remember it well.

JAPANDROIDS: Brian King talks to the Vancouver Sun about what fuels him. (Thx, LHB.)

REGINA SPEKTOR: Paste compiles a list of ten awesome things about the Moscow-born, Bronx-bred musician.


YEARBOOK PHOTOS of 50 Metal and Hard Rockers.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A first look at Li-Lo as Liz Taylor.

DREW BARRYMORE tied the knot Saturday with her fiancé of five months, art dealer Will Kopelman, at her Montecito, Calif., home. Third time's a charm?

GWYNETH PALTROW ignited a firestorm of criticism after blasting the N-word to her one million Twitter followers this weekend while describing a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert in Paris.

HALLE BERRY gets a favorable child custody evaluation.

THE WIRE: An oral history.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: New footage aired on the MTV Movie Awards.

IRON MAN 3: The first official set photo.

DENMARK: Four men have been found guilty by a Danish court of planning a terrorist attack on the offices of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen. The court heard the men wanted to kill a large number of people in revenge for the paper's publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad in 2005.

SWEDEN: The Swedish military raised its assessed terrorist threat level from "low" to "elevated."

IRAN: Satellite images indicate that buildings are being demolished and soil removed at Parchin, an Iranian military site the UN nuclear watchdog wants to visit, its chief said on Monday.

PAKISTAN: US drones killed fifteen "militants" in a strike in Mir Ali. Abu Yahya al Libi, al Qaeda's second in command, is rumored to have been killed in the strike, but the report is unconfirmed.

ORVILLE the CAT becomes an Orvillecopter after death.

RAISED BY GOATS: The malnourished wild child, dubbed Sasha T, had been kept alongside the animals by his mother.

A BABY GIRAFFE was born at an Illinois zoo over the weekend. Awww...some pic.

A COW helped a man to propose marriage in Wiltshire, England.

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