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The dB's, Titus Andronicus, Matt & Kim, Patti Smith, Kittys & Duckies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE dB's!  Although the influential, but oh-so-unlucky modern pop combo will likely stress new material when I see them tonight, we have vintage video of "Happenstance," "Bad Reputation" and "Living A Lie" from Sweden circa 1982.  From the studio, we have the clip for "Neverland." Chris Stamey left the band (temporarily) after which we got the infamous, banned-from-MTV clip for "Amplifier," plus live takes of "She Got Soul" and "Not Cool" from the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ circa 1986.  From the same time period, you can see the band help close down Folk City in NYC with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street."

TITUS ANDRONICUS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MATT & KIM dropped live tunes on the KEXP audience.

PATTI SMITH plays at Apogee's Berkeley St. Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

IAN HUNTER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEKO CASE, with a 2007 live take on "Deep Red Bells," probably still my fave Case tune.

GRIZZLY BEAR is essayed at Filter, with some Ed Droste quotes sprinkled in.

AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli talks about the reunion and the future at SF Weekly. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

10 UNDERRATED 90s ALBUMS, according to Spinner.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Records to Bill Withers, from Blondie to the Beatles, from Mission of Burma to the Ohio Express, plus the Lyres, David Bowie, Jens Lekman, the Feelies and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which is currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (as if it mattered); and the expansion of Lincoln, which is scoring 91 percent.  Don't look for Abe to be a vampire killer.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 is selling out showings en route to a 130-50 million opening.

ROBERT DE NIRO & JAY-Z got into a tense beef at Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday bash.

JUSTIN BIEBER is constantly texting SELENA GOMEZ; she's busy blocking him from her devices.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a previously unknown half-sister.

BEN AFFLECK is GQ's Filmmaker of the Year. They may be right.

JON BON JOVI's daughter will not face criminal prosecution after allegedly overdosing on heroin in a college dorm yesterday - because the D.A. has dropped all charges.

THE PEOPLE CHOICE AWARDS nominations are out.

SOMALIA: Shabaab called on Muslims to support the Palestinians against Israel after airstrikes killed Hamas's military commander.

SYRIA: About 200 fighters from the "Eagles of the Golan," an al Qaeda-linked Salafist group, took over territory in the demilitarized area of the Golan Heights. France and the Gulf Cooperation Council recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

LIBYA: AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham said that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is thought to have been linked to the Sept. 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi.

PAKISTAN is handing over several mid and low-level Taliban operatives to the Afghan peace council.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of bombings in Kirkuk, Mosul, Bayji, Baghdad, Hillah, and Al Kut.

KITTENS and BABY DUCKLINGS, snuggling together...Mass hysteria!

A PET RABBIT was attacked by a man with a sword. Should've tried the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

AN ANGRY GOAT treed a Utah paperboy for over an hour.  Maybe he'll get it on the porch this time.

ANIMALS posing like humans.

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Jens Lekman, John Cale, Silversun Pickups, Cat-in-the-box   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUNDGARDEN has "Been Away Too Long" from the Ed Sullivan Theater.

JENS LEKMAN plays a session at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

JOHN CALE visited the Sound Opinions studio for an interview and performances. 

SILVERSUN PICKUPS play some of their new stuff for WNYC Soundcheck.

CRYSTAL CASTLES are advance streaming III.

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD of the UNDEAD, discusses the recording of "Street Fighting Man" on All Things Considered.

PETE TOWNSHEND talks to Talk of the Nation about the life experiences that shaped his art.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is profiled at the Village Voice.


JESSICA CHASTAIN talks about her not-quite-overnight stardom at Marie Claire.

CHANNING TATUM is (as forecast here) named People's Sexiest Man Alive.

BRADLEY COOPER talks to Esquire about The Silver Linings Playbook, deodorant, college, his dad and motorcycles. And then David O. Russell stops by.

SHANNON DOHERTY worked with police from across the country to make sure a possibly suicidal fan didn't harm herself.

NICOLE KIDMAN's relationship with Tom Cruise and the sting of their breakup remain major milestones in her life.

JON BON JOVI's 19-year-old daughter is hospitalized after overdosing on heroin in a dorm at her upstate New York college.

DOCTOR WHO: Matt Smith and executive producer Caroline Skinner do a Q&A at London Comic Con 2012.

RUSSIA: Police arrested six members of the banned Islamic Revival Party, accusing them of recruiting at mosques in Moscow, distributing extremist literature, and encouraging illegal activity. Nine hand grenades, weapons, and extremist literature were seized in raids on the militants' lodgings.

ISRAEL was hit by rockets attacks from Gaza. Israeli forces responded with airstrikes. Israel said it might resume targeted killings of militant leaders. Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they were ready for a truce.

AFGHANISTAN: The European Union cuts 25 million in aid and says all future assistance will depend on government sticking to reforms.

A CAT really wants into a box

600 SMUGGLED COBRAS were discovered in the back of a truck seized by police in Thailand.

FROSTED FLAKES, now with bat.

A LONE WOLF runs afoul of a 56-year-old Russian women with an axe.

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Divine Fits, Dan Deacon, Dianne La Havas, Giant Sand, Cat Jumps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHNNY MARR sends "The Messenger" from his first solo LP.

DIVINE FITS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DAN DEACON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LIANNE LA HAVAS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GIANT SAND visited KUT's Sudio 1A for a session.

FOCUS: The rawking and absurdly amusing live version of  "Hocus Pocus."

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to Pitchfork about the rewards (and sacrifices) of DIY loyalism, why he's still living with his parents, and his band's new album, Local Business.

STARS: Torquil Campbell talks to Billboard about the combo's biggest chart success.

CODY CHESNUTT gets a feature plus tracks from Weekend Edition.

MAJOR HARRIS, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," has died in Richmond. He was 65.

DON'T SUE ME ELMO: The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, of an underage sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

LINDSAY LOHAN ticked off Barbara Walters by ditching her for softballs from Jay Leno.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about why she's not necessarily friends with her frequent director Joe Wright, how "Anna Karenina" found new meaning for her as an adult, and why she wouldn't make a good producer.  Or would you rather read her comments on posing topless?

CHRIS HEMSWORTH: GQ Australia's Man of the Year (and god of thunder) tells how success began to smile on him once he stopped trying to force it.

JANEANE GARAFLO was married for 20 years and didn't even know it, in case the glasses fooled you.

ANNE HATHAWAY joins Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse.

SYRIA: Government aircraft bombed a rebel-held town very near the Turkish frontier.

IRAN launched a large air defense exercise. The exercise spanned Iran's northeastern, eastern, and southeastern regions.

PAKISTAN: The UN Security Council's November 5 decision to blacklist the Haqqani network probably won't deprive the Taliban-allied terror group a safe haven.

JUMPING CAT in super slo-mo.

TRUFFLES the GUINEA PIG re-sets a world record long jump.

GAY KING PENGUINS adopt a chick in Denmark.

A SOLDIER is reunited with the dog who saved his life.

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New Releases, JD McPherson, Afghan Whigs, Mini-Pig + Great Dane   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALABAMA SHAKES drop "Always Alright" from the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

NEW RELEASES from Deftones, School of Seven Bells, El Perro Del Mar, Bush Tetras and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

JD McPHERSON rocked the rockabilly for a full set at World Cafe Live.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FREELANCE WHALES get indie-baroque in the KEXP studios.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday.

BRIAN ENO tells The Independent why it pays to be precise, and why that long-awaited Roxy Music reunion tour is never going to happen.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT talks to the Boston Globe about her family and its new members.

YOKO ONO talks to The Observer about te Meltdown Festival, activism, Paul McCartney and more.

THE BEST BOND MOVIE SONGS, psedoscientifically charted by Grantland.

DON'T TOUCH ME ELMO: Kevin Clash — the man known as the voice of Elmo — has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, allegations Clash adamantly denies.


ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART: She seemed uncomfy with his PDA.

HALLE BERRY and daughter Nahla will not be moving to France anytime soon after a judge ruled against the actress' request Friday.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY sheds 30 lbs for a role.

ANNE HATHAWAY talks to Vogue about Les Miserables

QUENTIN TARANTINO does not want more Star Wars.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada won an appeal against his deportation to Jordan; he could be released today.

SYRIAN rebel groups meeting in Qatar formed a national coalition to fight against the Assad regime. Government forces bombarded a town near the Turkish border recently captured by rebels.

IRAQ claims it no longer has a legal basis to hold a Lebanese Hezbollah operative who has been accused of helping to kill American troops in Iraq, and United States officials are concerned that he may soon be released.

MINI-PIG vs GREAT DANE: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Penn State's squirrel whisperer will be among the first when the rodents make their move.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT? How much faith should you put in Fido?

THE BIRDS: Owls shut down Seattle area parks.

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The Evens, Ben Gibbard, Matt & Kim, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAT POWER may have halted her Eurotour, but she played "Cherokee" for Conan.

THE EVENS: Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina are advance streaming The Odds.

BEN GIBBARD stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MATT & KIM recorded a few tracks live exclusively for The Current.

JULIE DOIRON is advance streaming So Many Days.

DAVID BOWIE & CHER duet on a bizarre 1975 medley of "Young Americans," "Song Sung Blue," "One," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Wedding Bell Blues," "Maybe Baby" and "Day Tripper," to name but a few.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to Glide about how a book became a song, his admiration for Jim Dickinson and how political leaders could learn from the misjudgments of those in power before them.

TIFT MERRITT is profiled by PopMatters.

CRYSTAL CASTLES: Alice Glass and Ethan Kath talk to Pitchfork about their new album's themes of oppression, and why their beyond-dire outlook is based on much more than a goth-tinted hallucination.

MICHAEL NESMITH talks "Daydream Believer" and Monkeeing around on social media with the L.A. Times.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Skyfall tops the chart with 87.8 million, a well-above-record opening for 007; the Christmas season comes early for the cineplex. Fun fact: about 44.5 million of the 200 million budget was paid for by Heineken, which Bond drinks in the film; I would love to know how much the computer, the car, and clothiers paid.  Bond has already raked in over 518 million worldwide.  Wreck-It Ralph is a distant second with 33 million, but that's still a leggy performance on a mere 33 percent drop.  Flight shows with 15.1 million on a 39 percent drop that's maybe not so bad with Bond dominating adults.  Argo takes the fourth slot with 6.7 million on another leggy 33 percent drop.  The same could be said of Taken 2, which rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN has officially pulled out of her “20/20” interview with Barbara Walters because her new PR team didn't want questions about the ongoing investigation in her car crash.

ARIEL WINTER: Authorities have serious doubts about allegations made by the mother of 14-year-old "Modern Family" actress Ariel Winter; they think the mother is making up stories of an illicit sexual relationship to save face after she was stripped of custody.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ broke up. A nation grieves.

JONAH HILL is a rude, arrogant a-hole who treated CNN anchor Don Lemon like “the help” when he tried to shake the actor's hand during a recent run-in at a hotel, according to Don.

STORAGE WARS: Is the show faked?

MARK WAHLBERG has agreed to join Transformers 4.

STAR WARS VII may be in the hands of screenwriter Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Hunger Games, Little Miss Sunshine).

WORLD WAR Z has a trailer online, full of fast zombies.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.

THE UNITED STATES Air Force stationed a detachment of 10 troops at a base in central Poland to support US fighter plane squadrons that come to Poland to train Polish pilots on F-16s. Poland has long requested a US military presence, and this is the first permanent posting of US soldiers on Polish soil.

SYRIA: The leader of the Free Syrian Army has called on the outside world to back the rebels before they all "turn into terrorists."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed the head of the Awakening forces in Abu Ghraib, as well as his wife and son. Security forces recaptured nine al Qaeda fighters who had escaped from prison and captured two fighters near a weapons depot in Abu Ghraib.

A BABY ELEPHANT plays in water for the first time.

A 26-FT ANACONDA is this diver's companion.

A CARNIVOROUS SPONGE has been spotted in deep ocean waters off California's Monterey Bay.

TENTACLED SNAKES were born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

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