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Calexico, Menomena, Lost in the Trees, Painting Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL BANKS (Interpol) got "Young Again" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

CALEXICO plays and talks tacos at WNYC Soundcheck.

MENOMENA play a few for WNYC Souncheck and discuss the changes to their lineup, the family histories that inspired this latest release, and why drummer Danny Seim will always love Amy Grant.

LOST IN THE TREES plays a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

BETH ORTON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PSYCHEDELIC FURS perform an unpluggedy "Love My Way."

DEPECHE MODE: Dave Gahan tries to avoid spoilers about the new LP in an interview with Consequence of Sound.

LOU REED: Tablet explores his relationship to the work of Delmore Schwartz.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall has money and health issues.

PETRA HADEN will be working her (mostly) a cappella magic when she "Goes to the Movies."

DISNEYLUCAS: Vader celebrates his assimilation by the Mouse. I have a bad feeling about this.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad hired a gay male escort, according to RadarOnline. He also is reported to have lavished gifts on a boy toy.

CEE-LO GREEN is the target of an LAPD sexual battery investigation, but the singer adamantly denies the allegation.

GENE HACKMAN pimp-slapped a homeless man who physically threatened the actor and his wife outside a New Mexico restaurant.


STEVEN TYLER and his longtime fiancée, Erin Brady, are on the rocks.

KATE MOSS talks Johnny Depp and raising Hell with Vanity Fair.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER firms up its cast, including Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders and Anthony Mackie.

GERMANY: Police arrested Fouad Charouali, a French national wanted for his role in the 2003 Casablanca bombings, at an airport in Munich as he was traveling with his family from Paris to Dubai.

YEMEN: A pipeline transporting liquefied natural gas to the Balhaf terminal was bombed. Yemen's former ambassador to Syria said that country was used as a conduit for Iran to foment unrest in Yemen.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq assassinated a tribal leader who opposed the group in Haditha. Security forces killed an al Qaeda leader in Mosul. The Ministry of Defense said it is creating a counterterrorism studies center in Anbar.

JUSTIN, the painting horse.

A BABY COCKATOO is born to two birds illegally smuggled into Britain. No word on citizenship.

RACCOONS introduced by the Nazis have officially occupied Germany after experts admitted they are there to stay.

A FOX steals a handbag... then returns it.

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Halloween Mix, Jon Spencer, Low, Brian Eno, Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD tears through the chock-full-o-references "Keep Believing" for Conan.

A HALLOWEEN MIX, streaming courtesy of Folk Alley.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOW played a short set on the Mountain Stage.

BRIAN ENO is advance streaming LUX, a return to his ambient thing.

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to The Guardian about the nature of art, beards - and what happens when you grow up and move to Brooklyn.

NOEL GALLAGHER spoke with The A.V. Club about abandoning projects, feeding his cat, working with hippies, and looking like Keith Richards.

SAINT ETIENNE: Sarah Cracknell talks to the WaPo about the band's seven-year nonhiatus.


DISNEY BUYS LUCASFILM for 4.05 billion in cash and stock; Star Wars Episode VII targeted for 2015 release.  What say you, Lord Vader?  One would like to think that the Mouse could do better with this franchise, but George already has story treatments.  That said, this is a relative steal for Disney, which paid more for Pixar.  Disney gets not only the residuals and merch rights, but also Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, which work on most every Hollywood blockbuster  -- including those from Marvel Studios, which Disney also bought not too long ago.  The Avengers 2 just got cheaper to make through the magic of creative accounting, wherein Disney pays itself for work it once paid Lucas.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad's affair with an aspiring male model unraveled after his wife Tina made a mad dash to New York City to confront her husband about the alleged trysts, according to RadarOnline.

RUSSELL BRAND just got sued by a pedestrian who claims the actor drove into him earlier this year in Los Angeles.

TONI BRAXTON fraudulently transferred 53,490 to her estranged husband in order to avoid paying back creditors in her bankruptcy case - so says the trustee of Toni's bankruptcy estate.

OCTOMOM checks into rehab; the litter is with nannies.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR tops the latest Forbes list of Top-Earning Dead Celebs.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD - There's no love lost between Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron on the set.

SYRIA: Warplanes bombed rebel targets with renewed intensity on Tuesday after the end of a widely ignored four-day truce.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban's attack on education goes well byond the attack on Malala Yousufzai.

IRAN aims to defy sanctions through domestic production.

A GIRL cuddles a CAMEL...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Halloween edition.

DOGOWEEN: They will turn against us, someday.

CATOWEEN: Oh yes, they will turn against us.


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New Releases, The Shins, Grizzly Bear, Rank & File, Puppy Escape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SEA & CAKE drop a video for "Harps," about 3 mos after releasing the single.

NEW RELEASES from Andrew Bird, Chad Valley, Lulu Gainsbourg and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE SHINS & DR. DOG played Austin City Limits and the whole shebang is streaming now.

GRIZZLY BEAR performs tracks from its new album and chats with David Dye at World Cafe.

ANDY STOTT is advance streaming Luxury Problems.

RANK AND FILE: The seminal country-punk band formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman -- and including Alejandro Escovedo -- checks in with "Amanda Ruth" and their title song for Twofer Tuesday.

BOB MOULD talks to MOJO about returning to guitar rock, and the fate of the Hüsker Dü catalog.

PAUL BANKS (Interpol) gives Drowned In Sound a track-by-track tour of his solo LP.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Tobin Sprout talks to Rolling Stone about the reunited band's new LP.


MILA KUNIS sparks pregnancy rumors. Or possibly had a large lunch.

LINDSAY LOHAN doesn't think Hurricane sandy is a big deal.

TOM CRUISE is not leaving Scientology.


BRITNEY SPEARS' ex-nanny -- who called BS on Sam Lutfi's accusation the singer had crystal meth in her house -- is a liar and a fraud ... according to Lutfi.

HULK HOGAN has settled his lawsuit against his ex-BFF, Bubba the Love Sponge, over the sex tape scandal -- but presses on with others.

SPEED RACER: Unsung Masterpiece. Easier to follow than Cloud Atlas, anyway.

YEMEN: US drones killed four al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula operatives in an airstrike in Saada in the north. Two Saudi financiers are said to have been killed in the strike.

SYRIA: A UN-sponsored truce ended as fighting resumed across the country. Fighting spread to Kurdish sections of Aleppo. Sunni and Shia fighters from Iraq have entered Syria, bolstering forces on both sides of the conflict.

WHY IRAN Wants to Attack the United States.

A PUPPY escapes, with a little help from his friend.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent was caught trying to inflitrate the sewer system in Munich, Germany.

CANE TOADS learn to survive on cow pats. Another reason not to lick them.

OFT-ESCAPING PIG confiscated in Brockton, MA.

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Calexico, Sea Wolf, Dinosaur Jr, Baby Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE XX play "Chained" for Fallon.

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

SEA WOLF stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DINOSAUR JR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DEEP SEA DIVER played a set for Oregon Public Broadcasting at Music Fest.

PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY of the dB's perform Gene Clark's "Here Without You" at Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri.

DIVINE FITS: Britt Daniel talks to the Chicago Tribune about what it's like to maintain two bands, to share the spotlight with another songwriter and to write in different cities.

THE WHO: Robert Christgau reviews Pete Townshend's memoir in a New York Times podcast.

PAUL McCARTNEY clears Yoko Ono in the case of the Beatles' breakup.

GARY GLITTER is the first person to be arrested in connection with the Met's Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Argo ascends to the top of the chart with 12.4 million. Despite a 25 percent drop, Argo has taken in 60.7 million domestic aginst a 44.5 million budget.  Hotel Transylvania shows with 9.5 million on family traffic during the week preceeding Halloween.  Cloud Atlas shows with a 9.4 million debut, which is almost certain disaster given a budget reportedly north of 100 million.  It also suffered from perhaps the worst release timing since Girl With the Dragon Tattoo or High School Musical 3, and might have done better with a later platform release.  Paranormal Activity 4 takes the fourth slot with 8.7 million, plummeting 70 percent from its debut -- but it still takes 42 million domestic against a 5 million budget.  Silent Hill: Revelation 3D rounds out the Top 5 with a 8 million debut against a 20 million budget.  Below the fold, Fun Size had a 10th place, 4 million debut, while Chasing Mavericks opened in 13th place with 2.2 million.  Overall box office was down about 20 percent from last weekend.

CLOUD ATLAS, written and directed by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, is every bit as philosophical a fim as the original Matrix, albeit with much less martial arts action.  It is a film about the human condition, primarily our struggles for love, liberty, truth and beauty in the face of our myriad vices.  As such, it is perhaps unsurpsising that the film is an interesting mess.  Its screenplay (which is reportedly even more convoluted in structure than the novel from which it is adapted) and editing gather power and coherence over the films nearly 3-hour length, risking that less patient viewers will mentally check out earlier.  Points played for comedy in one storyline emerge as horror in another.  The eleborate makeup on a cast playing multiple roles over multiple centuries occasionally succeeds brilliantly, but occasionally fails distractingly, which is a shame, because the marketing focus on Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent may tend to overshadow wonderful performances from Ben Winshaw (The Hour) and Hugh Grant in supporting roles.  Should you decide to ss Cloud Atlas, the best approach may be to simply let it wash over you in first viewing, and save the analysis for later.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE apologized for a "wedding video" that ostensibly mocked the homeless.

LINDSAY LOHAN's publicist quits after Li-Lo's most recent public spat with her father.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART still have trust issues. Well, yeah.

SOFIA VERGARA: “Personal” photos of the stunning actress have been put up for sale after being allegedly stolen from her fiancé Nick Loeb's BlackBerry.

SEAN PENN: Still hot for Madonna?

COURTNEY LOVE is allegedly planning a musical based on her relationship with Kurt Cobain, according to Britney Spears' ex-manager, Sam Lufti.

SAUDI ARABIA: King Abdullah urged the UN to draft a law which makes it illegal for any country or group to insult divine religions and prophets.

ISRAEL: The new tone coming out of Egypt - punctuated by President Mohammed Morsi mouthing "Amen" to an Imam's call for the destruction of Israel - is rattling residents of the Jewish state.

SYRIA: Despite a truce agreement, heavy bombardment and gun battles were reported in several major cities. A rebel commander called the truce a failure.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban killed two members of a pro-government peace committee in separate attacks in Swat.

A BABY GOAT, adopted by dogs...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Meet the sabre-toothed squirrel.

SNAKE ON A PLANE arrives in Glasgow from Mexico.

AN ENGLISH BULLDOG PUPPY nabbed at gunpoint, dog-napped to a different state and held in a zipped-up suitcase during a three-hour standoff with police, was reunited with his new owners in Oregon.

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It's just a jump to the left, then a step to the right   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary" and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

TRICK OR TREAT BIN: From Quincy Jones to Johnny Thunder, from the Drifters to the Dead Kennedys, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to the Sugarcubes, plus the B-52s, the Doors, Dolly Parton, the Pixies and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Fun Size, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, which is unscreened for critics; Cloud Atlas, which is scoring 58 percent; and Chasing Mavericks, scoring 38 percent.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown. Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.


15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS: Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

PIGS. And pumpkins.


A LEMUR masks up for the holiday.

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