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New Releases, Yeasayer, Ariel Pink, Divine Fits, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



RAY DAVIES played "Waterloo Sunset" at the Closing Ceremonies, even if the peacock didn't show you.

NEW RELEASES from Antony & the Johnsons, Van She, Los Straitjackets and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

YEASAYER is advance streaming Fragrant World.

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI is advance streaming Mature Themes.

DIVINE FITS is advance streaming A Thing Called Divine Fits.

TEENGIRL FANTASY is advance streaming Tracer.

AMANDA PALMER & Grand Theft Orchestra drop "The Killing Type" from the upcoming Theatre Is Evil.

BLUR: Stereogum compiles video from what may be the band's final show. It's more than Twofer Tuesday.

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone talked about their reunion and Odessey and Oracle on Weekend Edition Sunday; the web version embeds video of their Tiny Desk Concert.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks to SPIN about Lonerism and Supertramp.

BILL DOSS gets local love in remembrances at Flagpole. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug talks to The Quietus about alter-egos, freedom, Finland, and collaborating with Siinai for the new album, Heartbreaking Bravery.


LINDSAY LOHAN has gone from almost broke to raking in almost two million this year.

KATY PERRY has reportedly instructed her lawyers to gag funnyman Russell Brand from making any more comments about their time together.

MILEY CYRUS has landed a recurring gig on Two And a Half Men.

IS ANDERSON COOPER'S BOYFRIEND canoodling with another man?

MOLLY RINGWALD talks to The Observer and the L.A. Times about her new novel-in-stories.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has freed a Swiss teacher who was kidnapped in Hodieda four months ago.

SYRIA: The deputy police commander in Homs defected to the rebels. Government troops attacked rebel-held areas across the country. The leader of Syria's main opposition group called for a no-fly zone.

EGYPT's newly elected president suspended a constitutional decree that had given the military authority to govern.

IRAQ has surpassed Iran to become the second largest OPEC oil producer.

SIX ADORABLE KITTENS, rescued form a backpack.

A RACE HORSE was ejected from a swimming pool Down Under.

THE SWARM: For the second time in two days, bees sent a man to the hospital near Austin.

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Beachwood Sparks, The Vaccines, Let It Be, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



BEACHWOOD SPARKS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE VACCINES offer a free EP covering ABBA, Wire and Jonathan Richman.

DIGNAN PORCH is advance streaming Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen.

LET IT BE: A full MP3 LP via Cover Me.

THE BEASTIE BOYS: According to his will, filed in court this week, the late Adam Yauch's image, music and art are never to be licensed for advertising.

DEERHOOF talks to Stereogum about the making of Breakup Song.

THE LUMINEERS talk to the Boston Globe about Boston, songwriting and social media.

AC/DC Wines.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Bourne Legacy dethrones The Dark Knight Rises, topping your chart with 40.3 million.  That's a bit below projections and suggests this one will need those overseas receipts to make money.  The Campaign places with 27.4 million.  Batman shows with 19.5 million.  Hope Springs Debuts in the fourth slot with 15.6 million.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days rounds out the Top 5 with 8.2 million.  Below the fold, Total Recall is flopping bigtime.

THE BOURNE LEGACY is a decent action film, but easily the least of the Bourne franchise. While I apparently was a lot more comfortable than many with Jeremy Renner taking the reins from Matt Damon, the script enabling it requires so much exposition that the big action gets backloaded, making for an uneven pace.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Getting over his anger phase and contemplating a reconciliation with Kristen Stewart?

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES: Suri Holmes is reportedly happy and well adjusted since their shocking split.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad got busted for DUI.

DARREN ARANOFSKY is tweeting a storm about Noah and the flood.

HEATHER GRAHAM is set to return for The Hangover, Part III.

THE 10 BEST SHARKS in Pop Culture.

YEMEN: As happened in Iraq, tribal militias have joined the campaign against the local franchise of al-Qaeda.

SYRIA: The US and Turkey discussed Syria, including a potential no-fly zone and the possibility of a Syrian chemical attack. The US said it would collaborate with Turkey to set up a "working group" to address the Syrian conflict. The Obama administration charged Friday that Lebanon-based Hezbollah is directly assisting Syria’s brutal domestic military crackdown and announced new sanctions against the group and the government of Pres. Assad.

IRAQ: Terrorists are resurgent, benefitting from the unrest in neighboring Syria.


A MAMA DOG rescues her 10 pups from a burning building.

A COW corralled on the fifth floor of a Russian apartment building was apparently ditching an amorous bull in its pasture.

DEER HUNTS MAN, but ends predictably.

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Ramones, Real Estate, Brendan Benson, Cutout Bin, Jack Russell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE RAMONES! Live at a festival in San Bernadino circa 1982.  Your setlist includes "Do You Remember Rock 'n' Roll Radio?", "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment," "Rock 'n' Roll High School", "I Wanna Be Sedated," "Beat on the Brat," "The KKK Took My Baby Away" and "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow,." "Chinese Rocks" and "Teenage Lobotomy."

REAL ESTATE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LA SERA: Vivian Girls' Katy Goodman leads her bandmates through a set of fuzzed-out pop songs from La Sera's second album, See the Light, live for KEXP.

BRENDAN BENSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of new material.

THE LUMINEERS play a set from Barboza as part of the KEXP VIP Concert Series.

LAVENDER DIAMOND drops "Everybody's Heart's Breaking Now" ahead of Incorruptible Heart.

THE MONKEES: Michael Nesmith returns to the fold for a tour honoring the late Davy Jones, so I'm rolling out the TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

YEASAYER talks to Metro about The Strokes, why they will never stick to a musical genre and being inspired by Bowie.

BILL DOSS of Olivia Tremor Control, remembered by PopMatters.

M WARD: The hardest working man in indie rock. (Thx, LHB.)

COUNTING CROWS" Adam Duritz talks to Consequence of Sound about the Soft Boys and more.

CUTOUT BIN: From Frankie Valli to Bob Mould, from Queen to The Clash, from Roy Orbison to the Bay City Rollers, plus Three Dog Night, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Otis Redding, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 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 Bourne Legacy, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Campaign, which is scoring 66 percent; and Hope Springs, scoring 77 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART drops out of the London On The Road premiere and her role in Cali in the wake of her cheating incident. Meanwhile, the wife of director Rupert Sanders who cheated on her with Kristen Stewart has already seen a divorce lawyer... but her goal is reconciliation.

JOAN RIVERS handcuffed herself to a shopping cart during a one-woman protest against Costco, likening the store to Nazi Germany.

GILLIAN ANDERSON & DAVID DUCHOVNY Shacking Up? The truth is out there...

KATE BOSWORTH appears to have leaked the news that she's engaged.

BEN AFFLECK may direct the Justice League movie.

ALF is headed to the big screen in the live-action/CGI mode of The Smurfs.

THE BRADY BUNCH: Where Are They Now?

THE 10 MOST INVENTIVE SHOTS in Movie History., according to WhatCulture.

LIBYA: The Transitional National Council formally relinquished power to Libya's first elected assembly.

EGYPT: The military conducted air raids in the al Arish area of the Sinai peninsula against Islamic militants. Pres Mursi sacked several top security officials, including Egypt's intelligence chief, the governor of North Sinai province, and the head of the presidential guard.

IRAN's nuclear moves are becoming harder for Israeli and US intelligence to assess, making Teheran's suspected atomic weapons drive an even more urgent matter, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday.

JESSE the JACK RUSSELL TERRIER does more useful tricks.

BOXING KANGAROO draws crowds and critics.

A MAMMOTH DONKEY arrives at a Lincolnshire animal sanctuary.

A CHEEKY FOX rides the London Underground.

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Craig Finn, Spiritualized, Keane, Kangaroo + Lemur   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CRAIG FINN covered "Scarlet Begonias" with members of The Dead. More indie+ Dead here.

SPIRITUALIZED played 1st Ave; you can stream the gig on demand.

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

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played World Cafe Live in Philly.

REBECCA GATES & THE CONSORTIUM stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

DR. HOOK & THE MEDICINE SHOW: "Cover of the Rolling Stone." A fairly deranged live version.

JENS LEKMAN tells The Line of Best Fit (among other things), "You don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully".

MAXIMO PARK: Paul Smith takes The Line of Best Fit on a track-by-track tour of The National Health.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Charleston City Paper about his upcoming solo LP with the Downtown Rumblers. (Thx, LHB.)

DINOSAUR JR, ranked by Stereogum.

RANDY TRAVIS: Drving While Naked. Alcohol may be involved. Also, Travis threatened to shoot and kill the troopers who arrested him.

LINDSAY LOHAN will star in an upcoming Lady Gaga music video.

RUPERT SANDERS, the philandering director who cheated on his wife with Kristen Stewart, finally came face-to-face with the woman he betrayed.

GILLIAN ANDERSON adds Mark Griffiths to her ex files after six years together.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER welcome a baby boy named Camden Jack.

STANLEY TUCCI secretly wed Emily Blunt's sister.

ON THE ROAD, with a cast including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garret Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams, has a second trailer online.

LINCOLN: Daniel Day-Lewis looks the part in the Spielberg biopic.

YEMEN: The US killed an al Qaeda bomb maker and nine fighters in a pair of drone strikes in Baydah and Hadramout provinces.

IRAN sent diplomats to Turkey seeking help in freeing 48 Iranians seized by Syrian rebels. Iran said it would hold the US responsible for the fate of the prisoners.

PAKISTAN denied reports that it would be launching a joint operation with the US against militants in North Waziristan.

AFGHANISTAN: In the midst of a rash of assassinations and attacks on supply trucks across Afghanistan, it seems insurgents are employing a new weapon some American war veterans will recognize: sticky bombs.


A KANGAROO and LEMUR play tag.

CATCAMS reveal a secret world of slaughter.

A SEAGULL accompanies a Washington State Patrol trooper on a call.

A BABY SIAMING GIBBON debuts at an Israeli zoo.

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Dirty Projectors, Alabama Shakes, Capt. Beefheart, Dog + Kid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM WAITS drops "Hell Broke Luce" as a video from Bad As Me. Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead, plays on this one, iirc.

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

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

BLIND PILOT, now a sextet, energized their catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop at Newport 2012.


J GEILS is suing the band for plotting to perform without him. A reminder that "Love Stinks."

LIARS talk to Drowned in Sound about using computer software for the first time, the need to keep on challenging themselves as artists, and what prompted them to let some guy wrap them head-to-toe in cellophane and bundled them into a transit van.

MY MORNING JACKET: Jim James talks to Westword about plating the tweets, deep vintage cuts and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BAND OF HORSES: Ben Bridwell talks to SPIN about recording Mirage Rock with Glyn Johns.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN gets dissed for being too political at... The New Republic? I did not see that coming.

ROBERT PATTINSON will give a live TV interview on GMA on August 15th. Think he'll be asked about Kristen Stewart cheating? Rupert Sanders is desperately trying to save his marriage, but wife Liberty Ross surfaced without her wedding ring in L.A. on Monday.

NATALIE PORTMAN Wedding Pictures.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is negotiating a 10 million dollar payday for the Huinger Games sequel.

JOHNNY DEPP: Single and ready to mingle... at Pink Taco.

THE GREAT GATSBY moves from Christmas 2012 to Summer 2013. Ruh-roh. This was supposed to be Oscars-bait.

THE AVENGERS 2: Joss Whedon returns as director... and will be involved in a live-action TV show set in the Marvel Universe.


MARVIN HAMLISCH, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and the Broadway smash "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 68.

THE UNITED STATES: The New York State Department of Financial Services charged that the British bank Standard Chartered laundered 0 billion for the Iranian government between 2001 and 2010, using its New York branch as a front for the prohibited transactions.

SPAIN: Questions are being raised about whether two Russians held on terror charges in Spain were planning to launch airborne attacks on paragliders.

IRAN: New intelligence information obtained by Israel and four Western countries indicates that Iran has made greater progress on developing components for its nuclear weapons program than the West had previously realized, according to Western diplomats and Israeli officials who are closely involved in efforts to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

DOG & KID scratch each other's backs...Mass hysteria!

A KITTEN is lucky to be alive after struggling for 20 days before being saved from the brink of death by a Greensburg woman.

BELLA MAE the BULLDOG: Attacked by a rogue porcupine. Dinsdale!

A DROWNING TORTOISE received the kiss of life.

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