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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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Prince, Neil Young, Bobby Womack, the XX, Fox   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE hit Kimmel to play "Rock N Roll Love Affair," followed by a 12-minute mini-set that included versions of his own "Take Me With U," "Cream" and Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop ‘Til You Get Enough."

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE are advance streaming Psychedelic Pill.

BOBBY WOMACK stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

NIKI & THE DOVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MEN WITHOUT HATS: Because the local sports radio always wants to roll out "The Safety Dance" when talking about the NFL.

AC NEWMAN and Interview discuss Twitter, Newman's not-so-country life, the merits of the flute, and what would happen if every artist decided to circumvent the music label structure.

FOURTET: Kieran Hebden talks to The Quietus about the industry, technology and why he won't be looking to the Royal Variety Performance for any AV tips.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's 10 Best Songs, according to Stereogum.

LEONARD COHEN's 10 Best Songs, according to Stereogum.

JESSICA SIMPSON's parents Tina and Joe Simpson have filed for divorce. There are, um, "rumors" about Joe.

TOM CRUISE filed a 50 million lawsuit against Life & Style and In Touch magazines, claiming the mags defamed him in claiming he "abandoned" daughter Suri.

NICOLE KIDMAN writes for THR about working on Stanley Kubrick's final film, Eyes Wide Shut.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A new report claims the troubled actress stole 15,000 worth of clothing from the set of Scary Movie 5.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Ex-manager Sam Lutfi's bombshell accusations about the pop tart's darkest days continue in court testimony.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER are getting it on too loud for the neighbors, according to the ever-relaible Star magazine.

ANGELINA JOLIE is still naughty, according to Brad Pitt.

ISRAEL: Militants launched 60 rockets from Gaza into Israel, hitting several houses and wounding three civilians. Israel responded with airstrikes against the rocket-launching squads, killing four militants, three of whom were members of Hamas.

IRAN: Two years after the Stuxnet computer worm attacked its nuclear program, Iran is increasingly turning to cyber warfare itself in a growing, stealthy confrontation with its enemies.

SYRIA: UN envoy Lakhdar Brahimi announced an agreement for a four-day ceasefire during the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Assad regime has agreed to the ceasefire, while rebels groups said they would cease fire provided the government forces stop shooting first.

LIBYA: After a week of fighting, government forces took control of the last pro-Qaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid.

A FOX, eating marshmallows.

A SHARK returns to Capistrano. Yes, really... falls out of the sky on a golf course.

NOC the WHALE spent decades mimicing human speech.

AN OWL was attacked by aspiring thieves with Silly String.

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PiL, John Cale, Luyas, GbV, Pattycake Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES "Curse The Night" in their newest video.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD stopped by The Current for a Jonny Rotten rant and mini-set.

JOHN CALE performs live for WNYC Soundcheck.

THE LUYAS take a break from CMJ to play the Greene Space for WNYC Soundcheck.

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

CMJ 2012: NPR's Bob Boilen picks his favorite discoveries at the showcase.

DIRTY PROJECTORS drop "While You're Here" ahead of the About To Die EP.

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "She Lives In An Airport" ahead of Bears For Lunch.

RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Vintage video of "Blank Generation," with a little "Love Comes in Spurts."

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the HuffPo about depression and collaboration.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrich Stickles talks to Consequence of Sound about the new album, the band's many changes, finding inspiration in Nirvana's In Utero, and more.

SEVENTEEN SONGS about awkward sexual encounters.

ROBIN GIBB leaves a staggering fortune which may take years and years to sort out.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE serenaded JESSICA BIEL at their wedding. Biel reportedly is eager to start a family.

LINDSAY LOHAN will not be prosecuted in her NYC hit-and-run incident.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is offered millions to promote a plus-size dating site.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE talks about surviving breast cancer, and suggests she may be unable to have more kids.

TAYLOR SWIFT talks to the Daily Beast about her music, her muses-and whether she ever breaks hearts.

HALLE BERRY vomited on boyfriend Olivier Martinez's shoes when they worked together for the first time.

IRON MAN 3 has a trailer online.

LEBANON: The Lebanese army launched security operations to open roads and clear gunmen from the streets.

SYRIA: By stoking conflict in Lebanon and elsewhere Assad is raising the price neighboring countries must pay for his overthrow.

IRAN said on Tuesday it would stop oil exports if pressure from Western sanctions got any tighter and that it had a "Plan B" contingency strategy to survive without oil revenues.

CATS play patty-cake.

THE BIRDS: How do you end up with more than 200 birds in your townhouse?

ANIMALS enjoy Autumn in pictures.

COSTUMED CATS: Only thing missing is Victoria Corningstone.

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