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Matt & Kim, Beth Orton, Paul Westerberg, Puppy vs Lemon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SEX PISTOLS: "Holiday In the Sun" footage unseen for 35 years.

MATT & KIM are advance streaming Lightning.

BETH ORTON is advance streaming the Sugaring Season.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART play a stripped down set live on KEXP.

EMANUEL & THE FEAR are streaming The Janus Mirror via Bandcamp.

PAUL WESTERBERG drops "My Road Now," his first solo track since 2009. BONUS: The Replacements, ranked by Stereogum.

AC NEWMAN is joined by Neko Case on "Encyclopedia Of Classic Takedowns."

FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

THE TOP 100 SONGS EVER. according Consequence of Sound (Part 1, Part 2).

LOU BARLOW talks to Consequence of Sound about Sebadoh, Dinosaur Jr, Folk Implosion and more.

CALEXICO gets a feature and tracks from Weekend Edition.

THE PIXIES' 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: End of Watch and House and the End of the Street tie the top of the chart with 13 million apiece, though End of Watch will likely squeak ahead when all the tickets are actually counted.  HATES, made before Jennifer Lawrence became a big star, but held for financial reasons, will make Relativity Media quite happy for a film with terrible reviews. Both are low-budget and thus profitable instantly. Trouble With the Curve places by a nose, with 12.7 million, drawing an older crowd that should give this one some legs.  The 3-D release of Finding Nemo shows with 9.4 million of mostly free money for Disney.  Last weekend's champ, Resident Evil: Retribution, tumbles 68 percent to round out the Top 5 with 6.7 million.  Below the fold, Dredd opened in sixth with 6.3 million, which is terrible for a 40 million 3-D flick that got surprisingly good reviews.

THE MASTER: The latest from auteur Paul Thomas Anderson caught some advance buzz for supposedly featuring a thinly veiled version of the Church of Scientology.  It does do that, and I suspect some of the less enthusiastic reviews (e.g., Roger Ebert) are based in disappoitment that it is not an Elmer Gantry-esque, searing indictment.  But Anderson seems to have been interested in a more philosophical look at faith, and on a more basic level, what causes some to want to lead movements, follow them, or resist them.  It is deceptively simple, but the deception is often engrossing, despite the very deliberate sort of pacing Anderson brought to There Will Be Blood.  Joaquin Phoenix plays a restless and troubled seeker, while Philip Seymour Hoffman portrays the L. Ron Hubbard-esque title character; both will likely get Oscar nods (and possibly wins) for their intense performances; you will likely never see a more gripping scene featuring nothing but two men speaking into a microphone.  They are so riveting that Amy Adams -- who gives a very good performance as the Mster's wife -- could almost be overlooked.

THE EMMYS went to these folks.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE had a globetrotting bachelor party marathon in Sin City and Cabo.

AMANDA BYNES: Friends are fuming mad with her family ... wondering why they aren't doing more to help the troubled actress before something really bad happens to her.

CHARLIZE THERON is said to have fallen for Eric Stonestreet, who plays gay Cameron Tucker in the hit US comedy series Modern Family.  But he denies it.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER says his estranged wife Maria Shriver confronted him about his secret love child during a couple's therapy session and that she'd suspected for years.

SIERRA BLANCA: A trap for unwary pot-smoking celebs.

YEMEN: The Political Security Office has again refused to prosecute al Qaeda suspects.

SYRIA: More than 180 people were killed during heavy fighting in Aleppo and across the country. Fighting spilled across Syria's borders into Lebanon and Turkey.

EGYPT: Pres Morsi said that a strong relationship with Iran was important for Egypt. The leader of Egypt's Salafist party called on the UN to criminalize contempt of Islam.

IRAN: A senior member of Iran's parliament's accused the IAEA of passing nuclear secrets to Israel. A senior commander the Revolutionary Guards Iran could launch a pre-emptive strike on Israel. Iran would also target US bases in the region.


GIRAFFE ON THE LAM: Circus escapee gives police the runaround as he chases people along streets for three hours.

A GYMNASTIC GOAT and a Shetland pony form an unlikely act.

A BUMBLEBEE is nursed from death's door by a man with honey.

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Go-Go's, The Heavy, Best Coast, Menomena, Cutout Bin, Dog + Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

THE HEAVY played a live set in Studio 1a at KUT and stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BEST COAST stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a performance of songs from the new record and to talk about its newfound success, covering Fleetwood Mac, and, of course, Snacks the cat.

MENOMENA stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Tilly & the Wall, Atoms for Peace, and Woods highlight the latest installment of the long-running NPR series.

OF MONTREAL backed actor Paul Rudd and actor-director David Wain on Boston's classic "More Than A Feeling." 

BOB MOULD talks to the Chicago Tribune and GQ about the latest leg of his leggy career. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SING-ALONGS: Pitchfork's Ryan Schrieber interviews Dr. Alisun Pawley about her research into irresistible songs (and compiles his own list) at NYC Soundcheck.

NICK CAVE talks to The A.V. Club about the new film Lawless, for which he wrote the screenplay and music.

THE TOP 10 INDIE ROCK DOCUMENTARIES, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Bobby Darin, from Black Francis & Joey Santiago to KC & the Sunshine Band, from Roy Orbison to Uriah Heep, plus the Dave Clark 5, Gordon Lightfoot, Rick Springfield 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: Trouble With the Curve, currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; End of Watch, which is currently scoring 83 percent;the unscreened House At the End of the Street, and Dredd, standing at 85 percent. Also, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master expands to 600 screens at 86 percent.

AMANDA BYNES tells friends she's doing just fine.  BTW, she was kicked out of a workout class on Tuesday for strange behavior.

BLAKE LIVELY & RYAN REYNOLDS may have kept their surprise wedding under wraps, but the newlyweds aren't trying to conceal a pregnancy, the Gossip Girl actress' rep tells Gossip Cop.

HEIDI KLUM is really upset over brand new topless photos that have been published in a French magazine ... claiming her privacy was violated a la Kate Middleton ... and now she's seriously considering filing a lawsuit.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is under fire for comments she made about gay men.

MONICA LEWINSKY is promising to reveal secret love letters to Bill Clinton and his penchant for kinky sex in a new tell-all about her days as his favorite intern.

YEMEN: The chief of security for Al Mahfad district in Abyan said that more than 400 Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, including Saudis and Pakistanis, have regrouped there.

SYRIA: Increasingly, foreign fighters and those adhering to an extremist Islamist ideology are turning up on the front lines.

IRAQ: The government denied US claims that it is allowing Iranian weapons and personnel to pass through Iraqi territory to support the Syrian regime. Prime Minister Maliki accused unnamed governments of inciting sectarian strife.

PAKISTAN: A shopkeeper was charged with blasphemy after refusing to join in protesting against an anti-Islam movie.

DOG & HORSE, French kissing...Mass hysteria!

DENNIS THE CAT BURGLAR was caught on surveillance video.

KIARA the LILIGER is the offspring of a lion and a liger.

SNAILS on a PLANE: Airport officials at Glasgow Airport were confronted by a group of 36 giant African land snails when a man arrived from Amsterdam earlier this month.

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Animal Collective, Ringo Deathstarr, Frightened Rabbit, Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO drops an animated video for "Sunloathe."

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE perform a stripped down set featuring tracks from their brand-new full length "Centipede Hz" on KEXP from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC.

RINGO DEATHSTARR is advance streaming Mauve.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is advance streaming the State Hospital EP.

AMANDA PALMER & GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. Also after a lot of guff, she's paying her volunteer musicians on tour.

JASON MOLINA (Magnolia Electric Co.) drops "Heart My Heart," his first new track since 2009.

SPLIT ENZ: "I Got You." Because.

NEIL YOUNG gets a lengthy profile from David Carr for the New York Times magazine. But wait... there's more!

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to Stereogum about The Haunted Man, writer's block, and more.

CORIN TUCKER talks to PopMatters about Pus$y Riot, Joey Ramone and much more...

CYNDI LAUPER talks to TIME about her memoirs, music, and seders with Springsteen.

LINDSAY LOHAN, days after criticizing Amanda Bynes, was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident after striking a pedestrian. There is surveillance video.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON "had a dramatic makeup" in Los Angeles.

AMANDA BYNES' parents abruptly uprooted from their Texas home and moved to California to take care of their troubled daughter.


SHAKIRA is knocked up.

MELISSA JOAN HART and husband Mark Wilkerson welcomed son Tucker at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18.

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY gets a new, longer trailer online.

THE US STATE DEPT is shipping armored vehicles and other equipment to Somalia and Tunisia to bolster security at its missions there.

LIBYA: The Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi was in fact "a terrorist attack" and the US government has indications that members of al Qaeda were directly involved, a top Obama administration official said Wednesday morning. You. Don't. Say.

FRANCE: A French weekly magazine published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, drawing criticism and threats from across the Muslim world. The government, which had urged the magazine not to publish the cartoons, planned to close embassies in 20 countries on Friday as a precaution.

SYRIA: Rebels seized a third border crossing into Turkey. Heavy fighting in Damascus left 117 dead. Government aircraft fired missiles at rebels in Lebanese territory.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai reshuffled some governors and sacked a number of others after consultations with his close aides.

A BULLDOG adopts BABY BOARS...Mass hysteria!

BOUNCE the TERRIER was saved from a gator's jaws by a 66-year-old grandpa near Orlando.

A PYGMY GOAT was stolen, raped and killed by a man high on "bath salts."

SNAKES in a TRAILER: When deputies went to serve a search warrant Thursday at the home of a LaPlace, LA, man accused of pulling out an assault rifle at a food stamp site Tuesday, they were met with a trailer full of snakes, some 7 to 8 feet long, says St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre.

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Grizzly Bear, Clare & the Reasons, Sera Cahoone, Frenchie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAT POWER goes dystopian post-apocalyptic in "Cheokee."

GRIZZLY BEAR visited WNYC Soundcheck to play songs from Shields, including the rollicking "Sleeping Ute" and the keyboard-rich pop of "A Simple Answer."

CLARE & THE REASONS play songs from KR-51 for NYC Soundcheck.

SERA CAHOONE is advance streaming Deer Creek Canyon.

EFTERKLANG is advance streaming Piramida, full of strange and mysterious accumulated sounds.

TITUS ANDRONICUS drops "In a Big City" ahead of Local Business.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "Rat Trap," live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1978.

JAPANDROIDS give the CBC their top five bands/artists in response to a diferent request. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner tells Paste that while Observator is brand new, he's already working on an unexpected twist for the band's next LP.

LOS LOBOS talks to the L.A. Times about the recording and impact of Kiko, 20 years later.

THE SOUNDTRACK TO OUR LIVES are calling it a day after 16 years of active service; Ebbot Lundberg and Mattias Bärjed talk to The Quietus about their decision to cease operations.

AMANDA BYNES insists she's not having a Britney Spears-type meltdown. Also, she locked herself in a store dressing room for nearly 2 hours.

KATE MIDDLETON :A French court just put the kibosh on publication of the Kate Middleton topless pics, in blissful ignorance of ye olde internet.

SHAUN WHITE was arrested for public intoxication and trashing his hotel room. Will tarnish his peaceful stoner image.

USHER & SHAKIRA will replace Cee-Lo Green and Christina Aguilera on The Voice.

DENZEL WASHINGTON talks to GQ about his first jobs, how his father influenced him, and why he won't question his mojo.

ANNIE LENNOX married a 57-year-old gynecologist. Sweet dreams are made of this.

TORI SPELLING is currently in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery this weekend to fix a dangerous complication from her recent childbirth.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: He's fishing for a career revival with a juicy autobiography, but it may be too late to salvage his name.

IRAN: The EU's foreign policy chief will meet with Iran's chief nuclear negotiator. Britain said Western nations would step up sanctions against Iran if negotiations failed. Iran deployed a Russian-made submarine in the Persian Gulf.

LIBYA: A Salafi group said it would turn Libya into "an inferno for US troops" if the US military intervened in Libya.

EGYPTIAN prosecutors ordered seven Egyptian Coptic Christians in the US arrested and tried for their role in an anti-Islamic film. A court sentenced a Coptic Christian to six years for posting on Facebook drawings that insulted Muhammad.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO's decision to restrict operations with small Afghan forces to mitigate the threat of insider attacks means fewer boots on patrols and a shift in how the US-led coalition will fight the war.

FRENCHIE rides a skateboard. Wait for it...

A PYTHON was rescued after its owner's home was all but destroyed in a house fire.

WOLVES petrify the German Army.

ARE DOGS taking over the world? Two men, on opposite sides of the world, have been shot by their alleged best friends.

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New Releases, Dirty Projectors, the XX, Melody's Echo Chamber, Gym Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE enlists the Fraggles, Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry, and Chris Hardwick for "Do It Anyway."

NEW RELEASES from Ben Folds Five, Band of Horses, Paul Simon, James Iha, Natural Child and a ukelele Replacements tribute LP are streaming this week via Spinner.

DIRTY PROJECTORS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE XX perform a set of songs from their brand new second full-length "Coexist" live in the KEXP studio.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER is advance streaming the self-titled debut album.

JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

PATTERSON HOOD is profiled by The Phoenix.

TENDER TRAP, drawing more heavily from girl groups and Jonatan Richman than ever, are profiled by The Guardian.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN: Raggi Þórhallsson talks to DIY about the band's sudden success and their debut album's awaited UK release.

AIMEE MANN tells Salon we've become a nation of spoiled voyeurs -- and lost track of the value of the arts.

AMANDA BYNES' suspended license finally caught up with her today - TMZ has learned she was pulled over by police and had her car impounded.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants to know why Amanda Bynes isn't behind bars.  Over to you, Damon Lindelhof.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are reunited, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

SARAH FERGUSON,  who was photographed topless while sunbathing at a remote villa in the South of France 20 years ago, has expressed ‘total sympathy' for the Duchess of Cambridge.

NICKY MINAJ & MARIAH CAREY are already clashing on the American Idol set.

MILEY CYRUS did not commit a criminal battery at Beacher's Madhouse theater in Hollywood last weekend ... and the surveillance video proves it.

THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS unveil a new social network.

IRAN said saboteurs used explosives to cut electrical power to its uranium enrichment plant. The head of Iran's atomic energy organization said "terrorists and saboteurs" may have infiltrated the IAEA. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Iran's nuclear program a threat to the entire world.

LEBANON: General Mohammed Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that his force had high-level advisers in Lebanon. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman demanded that Iran to explain its statement.

HEZBOLLAH leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for sustaining protests against an anti-Islam film. Nasrallah also urged governments to censor websites carrying a trailer from the film and asked Muslims to boycott those websites.

DENMARK: About 500 Islamist protesters organized by the Scandinavian arm of the Hizb ut-Tahrir gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Sept. 16, condemning the US presence in the Middle East and carrying protest banners. One said: "Freedom of expression, a means of oppression."

A CAT performs a balance beam routine.

A ST BERNARD is reunited with a marine back from a year in Iraq.

A TINY SUMATRAN TIGER CUB: Awww...some pics.

BABY MEERKATS debut at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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