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John Hughes, Fruit Bats, 120 Mins, Best Coast, Jens Lekman, Barking Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lamppon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died at the age of 59, two years ago Saturday.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

THE FRUIT BATS stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND has an interview plus live tracks at World Cafe.

120 MINUTES returned to MTV. Watch the first show online.  Host Matt Pinfield spoke to Talk of the Nation about MTV, the show and its reboot.

BOB DYLAN & THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Unreleased Live Album.


BEST COAST drops "How They Want Me to Be," which  Bethany Cosentino calls "a small taste of what's to come."

JENS LEKMAN has "An Argument With Myself," the ttile track of his upcoming EP. 

JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" on Friday.

ARCHERS OF LOAF (and Crooked Fingers) frontman Eric Bachmann is interviewed by Band of Horses frontman Ben Bidwell and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn at the Village Voice

CULTS talks to Tuscon Weekly about sudden success.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Chicago Daily Herald about recording All Eternals Deck.

JANE'S ADDICTION: At The Quietus, Perry Farrell discusses his wilderness years spent making jewellery, impersonating David Bowie and domestic spats with his girlfriend while living in a car.

ADELE will be spending time in America's Deep South to learn more about country music and bluegrass for her next album.

SHE & HIM are releasing a Holiday album this year. Rejoice!

THE TOMMY STINSON Panty Caper.Not the name of his band.

CUTOUT BIN: From Tones on Tail to Richard & Linda Thompson, from Alien Ant Farm to Booker T & the MGs, from the Marvelettes to Led Zeppelin, plus the Black Keys, Beach Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, REM and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is currently scoring 85 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Change-Up, scoring 24 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN's wedding may be a four-hour TV special, climaxing with the opening of the seventh seal.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Back to falling down outside the Chateau Marmont.

JENNIEFR LOPEZ is ready to let go - but Marc Anthony isn't.

VAL KILMER's ex-wife claims the actor has stiffed her on child support payments.

DEMI LOVATO talks about her meltdown at Elle.

FAYE DUNAWAY tells her side of the housing court story.

SUPERMAN: Your first pic of Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel.

ANNETTE CHARLES, who played Cha Cha in the 1978 movie Grease, died in her L.A. home, due to complications from cancer.  She was 63.  Tell me more.

SYRIA: Security forces killed another 45 anti-regime protesters and other civilians during operations in Hama.

LIBYA: Gaddafi's son said his family would ally with Islamist terror groups, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

EGYPT's widest-circulation newspaper editorial maintains anti-Israel line, says Sharia is about 'equality,' and fears of Islamic state are overblown.

IRAQ: All of Iraq's major parties, minus the Sadrists bloc, want US forces to stay beyond the December 2011 deadline.

BARKING CAT starts meowing once caught.

MUTTON BUSTING: The rodeo where sheep are scared.

UKRAINIAN BEARS to be liberated from forced vodka drinking.

DOGS in mid-shake.

CHEETAH CUB & PUPPY, wrestling playfully...

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MMJ, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Jane's Addiction, Bangles, Chimp & Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MY MORNING JACKET is  "Holdin' On To Black Metal."

BON IVER played DC's 9:30 Club last night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BEAT L.A.: Local bands covering vintage Los Angeles songs for charity.

RADIOHEAD is streaming Kings of Limbs remixes.

JOANNA NEWSOM: Live at the Green Man Festival, Aug. 21, 2005.

JANE'S ADDICTION aired "Irresitible Force," the first single from the upcoming Great Escape artist.

THE BANGLES drop "I Will Never Be Through With You," an original ballad in advance of Sweetheart of the Sun.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.


STARS: Torquil Campbell ad Amy Millan talk to HuffPo about the band's 10th anniversary.

HANDSOME FURS talk to Straight about Burma, the Philippines, the new Sound Kapital LP, and more...

KINGS OF LEON: Bandmates are urging Caleb Followill to go to rehab.

MILA KUNIS rips a Russian reporter -- in Russian -- for asking the forbidden question about Friends With Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake.

GEORGE CLOONEY and... Stacy Keibler?

AMY WINEHOUSE was secretly engaged to boyfriend Reg Traviss?

SAMANTHA RONSON: Friends are not surprised by her DUI arrest.

LINDA EVANGELISTA wants 46K in monthly child support from Selma Hayek's husband.

DENISE RICHARDS: "I've never been a hooker." Glad she cleared that up.

HUGH HEFNER tries planking, looks dead until his bevy of Playmates joins in.

LEA MICHELE: The Gleek is profiled at Harper's Bazaar.

FAYE DUNAWAY is a defendant in housing court, fighting eviction from rent-contolled housing.

GREEN LANTERN is likely to get an edgier sequel. The Flash is not arriving quickly.

BUBBA SMITH, former NFL star and "Police Academy" movie actor, was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.

TERROR in the UK: Security has been heightened at Belmarsh prison in southeast London due to warnings that the Muslim Boys gang, an al Qaeda offshoot, is planning "a major attack" in revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden. In a recent standoff, inmates nearly overran the prison.

IRAN could have nearly 5 billion dollars trapped in South Korea by the end of the year as sanctions stop it repatriating money from oil sales.

CHIMP bottle-feeds BABY TIGERS...Mass hysteria! Video at the link.

KITLER finds a home. Sieg Awww...

STONED WALLABIES make crop circles. But who -- or what -- got them stoned?

FEMALE MOOSE may be able to manipulate amorous males - inciting fights between male competitors by moaning. Much like humans.

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Bob Mould, Portugal The Man, James Vincent McMorrow, Thriller Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays, er, Sugar's "If I Can't Change Your Mind" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK SWANS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

DOM is advance streaming the Family of Love EP.


BEST COAST drops a video for "Our Deal," directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Chloe Moretz, Donald Glover, plus more. There's also a "making of" clip at the link.

GILLIAN WELCH spoke with The A.V. Club about writing sub-par songs, getting encouragement, and how to stain the album's letterpress cover for that perfect old-timey look.

MATES OF STATE share a few of their favorite things with SPIN.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE frontman Ben Gibbard talks to the Boston Herald about being upbeat and happily married to Zooey Deschanel.

CRAWDADDY founder Paul Williams reminisces about the first issue.

JENNIFER LOPEZ gives Vanity Fair her first post-divorce interview.

CHARLIE SHEEN and ex-wife Brooke Mueller posed for an unlikely family photo.

SAMANTHA RONSON was busted for DUI yesterday outside Baker, California.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Tom Hardy talks to TotalFilm about playing Bane.

SUPERMAN: Laurence Fishburne will play Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is being made into a movie. Again.


HARRISON FORD settles a feud.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh, who is being treated in Riyadh for injuries from a June attack, would not transfer power for the condition of incapacity set by the Yemeni Constitution, a government spokesman said Monday.

EGYPT: Mobs of ordinary Egyptians joined with soldiers to drive pro-democracy protesters from their encampment in Tahrir Square, showing how far the uprising's early heroes have fallen in the eyes of the public.

IRAN: One atomic researcher after the other has died in a series of recent murders in Iran. Is Israel's Mossad trying to sabotage the construction of a nuclear bomb with the attacks?

PAKISTAN's quick response to charges by China that militants involved in attacks in Xinjiang had trained on its soil shows the importance of its ties with Beijing, but it could be a mistake for Islamabad if it relies too much on China.

THRILLER CAT: The original clip, I think.

SAVE A WOODPECKER, pay a fine.

THE WORLD'S TINIEST FROGS: So small they can only be seen clearly through a magnifying glass.


WHEN SWANS ATTACK: Conservation biology student Thomas Burns was on hand with his camera, snapping pictures of ducks and other birdlife, when he spotted the mugging.

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New Releases, MTV, Horrors, Husker Du, Day of the Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 30 yesterday. The first 10 minutes, including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," are your Twofer Tuesday. The Village Voice has an essay and the whole first hour.  Gawker does 30 years in 3 minutes.

NEW RELEASES from Fountains of Wayne, Guster, Fruit Bats, Moonface, The Ettes, Don Fleming and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

THE HORRORS are advance streaming Skying.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session, and is profiled by PopMatters.

HUSKER DU: Studio Outtakes.

A.A. BONDY drops "The Heart is Willing" ahead of Believers.

THE FLAMING LIPS & WEEZER join together on "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song" for a double Twofer Tuesday.

KINGS OF LEON  are pulling the plug on the rest of their US tour - due to health issues affecting lead singer Caleb Followill.

KRISTIN HERSH muses with the Daily Herald about life and taming bipolar disorder.

ANNA CALVI talks about her methods at the National Post.

RETROMANIA author Simon Reynolds talks to Pitchfork about how the very nature of musical creativity and the listening experience are changing in fundamental ways.

LINDSAY LOHAN partied with the French Hotel until 4 a.m. Saturday night.

AMY WINEHOUSE adoption story denied.

CHARLIE SHEEN reportedly is paying for ex-wife Brooke Mueller's rehab.  Plus, intel on the premiere of the Sheen-less reboot of Two And a Half Men.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver accompanied Schwarzenegger to lunch to celebrate his 64th birthday.

KELSEY GRAMMER may run for Mayor of NYC.

SPEIDI: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag discover that being famous for nothing can't last forever.


IRAN: Why is Argentina appeasing the Islamic theocracy?

PAKISTAN: If Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive, he may be imprisoned or hidden by Pakistan's intelligence to avoid him facing Osama Bin Laden's fate.

AFGHANISTAN: Families with children studying at Islamic schools or madrassas across the border in Pakistan are starting to bring them home for fear that they will be recruited as suicide bombers.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki signaled continuing military cooperation with the US on Saturday, including plans to double a planned purchase of US fighter jets to help the fledgling Air Force defend the country.

DAY OF THE DOLPHIN: In a little-known part of the counter-terrorism world, one of the most effective detection systems is a 600-pound animal that works for about 20 pounds of fish a day. Let's go to the video.

OTTO: The Biggest Loser of catdom.

...AND THERE WERE LOBSTERS all over the highway.

RHESUS MACAQUE MONKEYS have figured out how to use the automatic doors of an Indian hospital and have invaded several wards and recovery rooms.

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Fountains of Wayne, Newport, TMBG, Arcade Fire, Humpback Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE take  "A Dip In The Ocean" at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Chris Collingwood talks to the Boston Globe about getting back into balance.

NEWPORT FOLK FEST: Streaming sets from The Decemberists, Delta Spirit, Felice Bros, Tegan & Sara, Gillian Welch, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cave Singers, Justin Townes Earle, Wanda Jackson and more via NPR.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play a Tiny Desk Concert and talk to All Things Considered about rocking in their 50s. 

THE ETTES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT streams two new songs from its current EP, one featuring Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell.

ARCADE FIRE: The Daily Beast is streaming the deluxe edition of The Suburbs.

ELVIS COSTELLO joins THE POLICE on Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love."

BOB MOULD talks to eMusic about looking like a jerk in his own book, breaching his wall of privacy and crafting the final word on the Hüsker reunion.

OMD: Andy McCluskey talks about the reunion with Contactmusic.

ARCHERS OF LOAF: Eric Bachmann talks to Exclaim about  the reunion, the trend of '90s bands coming back for a victory lap, specific plans to tour each of the band's reissues, what lies ahead for the band and why Archers fans are like Republicans.

FANFARLO frontman Simon Balthazar talks to Paste about the band's sophomore LP, due in early 2012.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: It's Cowboys and Aliens and Smurfs in a photo finish at 36.2 million, as the former fell short of expectations and the latter exceeded them.  The Smurfs did best of Friday, so the actuals may put C & A ahead at the end.  Captain America skids 62 percent and makes 24.9 million; the good reviews suggest the steady stream of new product (here, Cowboys and Aliens) is cannibalizing the audience.  Even so, Cap should end up well in the black by the end of his run worldwide. Harry Potter drops another 54 percent (with 21.9 million), much the same as Deathly Hallows Pt 1 did; the big finale is already closing in on a billion worldwide. Crazy, Stupid Love rounds out the Top Five with 19.3 million agaist a reported 40 million budget.

AMY WINEHOUSE's dad handed out her clothes to her fans. Another semi-sad sidebar: Winehouse was in the middle of adopting a poor St Lucian girl before she died.

ANGELINA JOLIE talked to the Financial Times about how becoming a mom of six has changed her relationship with work.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON declines an invite to the USMC Ball, but sends a bottle of Moet & Chandon.

HUGH HEFNER gets an apology from ex-fiancee Crystal Harris for making derogatory remarks about him during her appearance on The Howard Stern show.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS is caught smoking again after surviving throat cancer.

THE SADDEST MOVIE scene in the world, plus IndieWire's list of sad movies.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed two Army colonels and five soldiers in attacks in Zinjibar; seven AQAP fighters were also killed during the fighting.

SYRIAN tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama on Sunday, killing 80 civilians, rights activists said, in one of the bloodiest days in a popular revolt against Assad.

EGYPT: Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists poured into Tahrir Square on Friday calling for a state bound by strict religious law and delivering a persuasive show of force in a turbulent country showing deep divisions and growing signs of polarization.  Meanwhile, women are again being pushed aside in the nation's politics.

TURKEY's entire top brass quit on Friday night, leaving one America's strongest military's allies leaderless as the country's Islamic government confronts senior officers for conspiring against the prime minister.

PAKISTAN: Taliban militants broke into shops in eastern Pakistan and set fire to fabric for women's clothing that they said was un-Islamic because it did not properly cover the body. Pres Obama's top adviser on Pakistan said Friday that the United States had six months to deliver "a knockout blow" to Al Qaeda's senior leadership while the group was still in turmoil after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

IRAQ: The security situation in Iraq is more dangerous than it was a year ago, according to a government watchdog report issued Saturday that cites more attacks on US troops, a continuing wave of assassinations targeting Iraqi officials and a growing number of indirect rocket strikes on Baghdad's Green Zone.

A HUMPBACK WHALE says Thank You.

KITLER is overlooked for adoption because she bears an uncanny resemblance to the Nazi leader. Aw.

ANDRE, a 171-pound sea turtle, is fitted with a set of braces... for his shell.

ROSE: The World's Most Beautiful Cow.

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