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Deer Tick, Imaginary Cities, Byrne + Eno, Superchunk, Spider-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GASLIGHT ANTHEM dropped "45" ahead of their next LP. Stone Pony FTW.

DEER TICK stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set including a cover of The Replacements "Kiss Me On The Bus."

IMAGINARY CITIES also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO's My Life In the Bush of Ghosts demos surface.

CAN is advance streaming selections from The Lost Tapes collection.

SUPERCHUNK drops "This Summer" as a single. The flip side will be a cover of Bananarama's "Cruel Summer."

THURSTON MOORE covers Michael Chapman's "It Didn't Work Out."

SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze." Because it's that time of year in this hemisphere.

JENS LEKMAN talks to Pitchfork about his forthcoming album (and how he failed making it, sort of).

RICHARD & LINDA THOMPSON are essayed at Oxford American, with embedded audio and video; if you're on teh Facebook, you'll be able to stream their classic Shoot Out The Lights. (via Friend of Pate Sylvia Hauser.)

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his latest album, Big Station, which again finds him working with Chuck Prophet and Tony Visconti.

THE 10 BEST MIKE WATT SONGS, according to PopMatters.

LINDSAY LOHAN was driving with an open container of alcohol when she crashed into a truck Friday on the Pacific Coast Highway... but according to cops she had no alcohol in her system.

CHARLIZE THERON has shaved her head for her role as Furiosa in Mad Max 4: Fury Road.

ALYSON HANNIGAN and husband Alexis Denisof welcomed their second daughter.

COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE are officially headed for divorce.

KOBE & VANESSA BRYANT are working on a full reconciliation.

ZHYANG ZIYI: The "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" star has filed suit against two media outlets for defamation over stories alleging she received millions of yuan to have sex with suspended Politburo member Bo Xilai and other Chinese leaders.

ANN RUTHERFORD, who achieved immortality as Scarlett O'Hara's sister Carreen in Gone with the Wind, has died at 94.

HENRY HILL, the former mobster whose life story became the basis for the movie "Goodfellas," died Tuesday at the age of 69.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate has posted several messages on jihadist forums in a recruitment campaign directed at supporters already living in the West.

SYRIAN troops are using children as young as nine-years-old as human shields, forcing them to ride on top of government tanks to deter opposition attacks, a UN report has stated.

IRAN: European Union officials said on Monday that Iran has agreed to discuss a proposal from six world powers to curb its production of high-grade uranium at a meeting in Moscow next week in an apparent deescalation of tensions ahead of the talks. Uh-huh.

SPIDER-CAT walks down a fridge.

A WEIRD DOG is mistaken for an escaped genetically modified pig or a strangely colored mini-horse.

A TREED BEAR closes a Winter Park, FL museum.

TEN BIZARRE BATS, courtesy of the Pets Lady.

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New Releases, Blood Orange, Willie Nelson, Kathleen Edwards, Rescue Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE VACCINES have "No Hope" ahead of their sophomore LP. Pretty peppy for hopeless.

NEW RELEASES from Metric, Hot Chip, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Skinny Puppy, Black Box Revelation and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BLOOD ORANGE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILLIE NELSON played World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS stopped by World Cafe Live for a mini-set.


JAPANDROIDS played "Fire's Highway" and "The House That Heaven Built" for Fallon in time for Twofer Tuesday.

NEIL YOUNG talked to the BBC about Americana and original materialrecorded with Crazy Horse.He talks to the L.A. Times about his latest concert movie with Jonathan Demme.

THE dB's: Peter Holsapple talks to Spinner about embracing cult band status.

LEE RANALDO talks to Drowned in Sound about the making of his solo record, the draw of the creative process, the Occupy movement and what the future holds for Sonic Youth.

CRAIG FINN talks to Creatve Loafing about beer.

LINDSAY LOHAN lied to cops Friday by telling them she was not driving the Porsche that slammed into a truck on the Pacific Coast Highway; as a result, she could be prosecuted and her probation could be revoked.

ROBIN ROBERTS been diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome and will undergo chemotherapy in advance of a bone marrow transplant later this year.

TOMMY CHONG is fighting prostate cancer.

MARIA MEMUNOUS told Howard Stern she was sexually abused not once, but twice, by two separate doctors.

ZAC EFRON and Lily Collins' spring fling is over.

FRANK CADY, a character actor who played Hooterville general-store proprietor Sam Drucker on the TV sitcoms "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction," died Friday at 96.

BLUE VELVET: Nearly an hour of of deleted footage from David Lynch's 1986 cult classic has been rediscovered in a Seattle warehouse.

THE TOP 50 SCI-FI MOVIES, according to Film.com.

SYRIA: The opposition finds a leader in... Sweden.

IRAN's state finances have come under unprecedented pressure and the resilience of ordinary people is being tested by soaring inflation as oil income plummets due to tightening Western sanctions and sharply falling oil prices.

PAKISTAN: The US is withdrawing its team of negotiators without securing a long-sought agreement to allow trucks to supply NATO forces in neighboring Afghanistan again.

RESCUE KITTENS not thrilled with their bath.

THE SWARM: Fifty thousand bees have set up shop in an Orlando neighborhood.

TWO GIANT TURTLES, together for 115 years, refuse to share a cage anymore.

A DINGO caused the death of a baby more than 30 years ago, a coroner ruled Tuesday. Obligatory.

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Fiona Apple, Glen Hansard, The United States, Beagle homecoming   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOAN JETT & AGAINST ME cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Against Me!'s lead singer announced her decision to live as a woman last month.

FIONA APPLE is advance streaming The Idler Wheel.

GLEN HANSARD is advance streaming Rhythm and Repose.

THESE UNITED STATES are streaming their self-titled fifth album.

THE dB's are now streaming Falling Off the Sky via Rolling Stone.

SMITH plays "Baby, It's You" live in 1969.  The introducer seems familar.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks to Pitchfork about Ram, shearing sheep, and growing a beard.

METRIC: Emily Haines talks to Spinner about meeting Lou Reed, who appears on the band's new Synthetica LP.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The last of the protest singers?

BARRY GIBB eulogized his brother.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Madagascar 3 tops the chart with 60.4 million, in a near repeat of the success of the franchise's sequel. Given the last one was released in November, where there is plenty of competition for family dollars, this one may reach a higher total.  Prometheus places with 50 million, just about as expected, though one wonders about its legs.  Not that it will matter much, as the film has already recouped its 125 million production budget worldwide, leaving marketing and distribution costs an easy pcikup.  Snow White and the Huntsman shows with 23 million on a steep 59 percent drop from its debut.  Here again, the film sits just shy of 100 million domestic and has just about recouped its 170 million production budget globally.  Men in Black 3 takes in another 13.5 million on a 52 percent drop; it's likely to be the least successful of the series, yet still has half a bilion banked.  The Avengers rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.8 million; it now seems likely to break 600 million domestic and already has raked in almost 1.4 billion worldwide.

LINDSAY LOHAN  was taken to the hospital Friday after her Porsche was totaled in a collision with a semi-trailer truck on the Pacific Coast Highway. Lohan is now telling friends the brakes on her rented Porsche failed.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY wed longtime galpal Calmina Alves over the weekend. Alrightalrightalright.

DON RICKLES nearly hijacked the American Film Institute's tribute to Shirley MacLaine, unleashing a trademark barrage of insults that took aim at President Obama, Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and the honoree herself.

SNOOKI: Who would have predicted nude pics would leak on the internet?

LADY GAGA suffered a concussion after being struck with a pole in concert. So many punchlines.

EGYPT: A mob of hundreds of men assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment Friday. After months of deadlock, Islamist and secular political parties reached an agreement on the their roles in writing a new Egyptian constitution. In a victory for the secular parties, the delegate votes would be split 50-50.

SYRIA: For the first time, intense fighting erupted in the capital of Damascus.

IRAN: The UN's nuclear inspection agency failed to reach an agreement with Iran over access to sites suspected of being used for testing nuclear weapon components.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the suicide attack that killed 25 people at the Shiite Endowment in Baghdad.

DAISY the BEAGLE welcomes home a U.S. Airman.

SEXUALLY DEVIANT PENGUINS proved too much for an Antarctic explorer.


A LOST DOG separated from his owner at a rest stop in Missouri waited two days until his owner returned to fetch him.

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The Who, Maximo Park, Lumineers, The Cure, Cutout Bin, Prometheus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE WHO! Live at the Charlton Athletic Football Ground in London, May 18, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Substitute," "I'm A Boy," "Tattoo," "Young Man Blues," "Baba O' Riley," "Behind Blue Eyes," "See Me, Feel Me,"  "Magic Bus," "My Generation,"  "Naked Eye," "Let's See Action" and "My Generation Blues."

MAXIMO PARK is advance streaming The National Health

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

THE CURE's first US concert has turned up online, via a fmr Melody Maker reporter.

TRAVELING WILBURYS: The Secret Tapes of Lucky Boo.

BISON, a folk-rock outfit from Chesapeake, VA, is offering Quill to stream and download.

PAUL HEATON (Housemartins, Beautiful South) surveys his career with The Guardian, while cycling from pub to pub.  It's "Happy Hour" again.

DESTROYER's Dan Bejar talks to the San Francisco Bay Guardian about Orson Welles, desert island records and more...

NEIL YOUNG & PATTI SMITH converse with each other and the public at BooxExpo America.

BEACH HOUSE is considering legal action against Volkswagen over a soundalike ad.

BOB WELCH, RIP: The influential guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac in the band's early days took his life Thursday at his Nashville-area home. He was 65.

TRAMPS LIKE US: The 12 Greatest Albums About Youth In Motion.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Ramones to the Youngbloods, from the Clash to Kukumbas, from the Beach Boys to Husker Du, plus REM, Japandroids, Billy Bragg, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are - Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Prometheus, which is scoring 73 percent.

PROMETHEUS: Ridley Scott's revisitation of the Alien universe generally fails to sustain suspense like the original or match the action intensity of James Cameron's well-regarded sequel.  It is occasionally interesting, although the ostensibly deep questions it poses serve mostly as plot devices.  Scott brings his usual excellence to the task of creating the environment of the story.  The sequences involving extraterrestrials are generally compelling to watch.  Michael Fassbender gets another opportunity to stand out in a talented ensemble.  However, the overall result is a disappointment, even if one drops the expectations of a Ridley Scott Alien picture and judges it solely by the caliber and ambition of everyone involved.

CHARLIE SHEEN went insane at the Staples Center Wednesday night, after a security guard told him he couldn't re-enter the stadium after taking a smoke break - and it's all caught on video.

JOHN MAYER & TAYLOR SWIFT unexpectedly and uncomfortably came face-to-face at West Hollywood's starry Tower Bar.

LINDSAY LOHAN is out of the John Gotti biopic starring John Travolta.

RYAN GOSLING took EVA MENDES to his mother's graduation ceremony. Aw.

THE DIRECTOR'S CUT: The A.V. Club lists 14-plus movies improved and 13-plus movies weakened by alternate versions.

SAUDI ARABIA: The head of the religious police criticized agents for clamping down on a woman who was wearing nail polish, after the video went viral, attracting more than a million hits on YouTube.

YEMEN: Twenty al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and five tribesmen were killed during fighting outside of Jaar.

PAKISTAN: Washington is running out of patience with Pakistan over alleged safe havens for Taliban militants, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned.

IRAQ executed Abed Hamoud, Saddam Hussein's private secretary, for ordering assassinations and detentions of political rivals.

A RESCUE CAT snuggles a DOG... Mass hysteria!

DONKEYS with DREADLOCKS have had their hair cut for the first time in 17 years to help them keep cool in the hot weather.

SENIOR PRANK: Police in Connecticut said they do not know the origins of four goats placed atop a high school roof.

BABY BONGOS born in Louisville.

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Edward Sharpe, Art Brut, Paul McCartney, Marshmallow Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CALEXICO dropped a video for "Para," an advance track from Algiers.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS play Morning Becomes Eclectic in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios.

ART BRUT visited WNYC Soundcheck to play live and talk about putting the fun back in rock'n'roll in this "best of" segment.

MICACHU and the SHAPES preview new material at WNYC Soundcheck.

LANA DEL REY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FOUR TET drops "128 Harps" as a single.

PAUL McCARTNEY played "Magical Mystery Tour," "All My Loving," "Let It Be," "Live And Let Die" and "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"  for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. Rattle your jewelry!

R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the final installment of its epic survey of the band's career.

FEIST talks to CityPages about a Bon Iver softball rivalry, honoring Jim Henson, and Feistodon. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ELVIS PRESLEY will be getting the hologram treatment.

THE TOP 10 OVERPLAYED SONGS You Hate by Artists You Love.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and his pilot were lovers in the 1980s, according to Travolta's former secretary and the pilot's ex boyfriend.


AMANDA BYNES has officially been charged with DUI after her arrest back in April - when she sideswiped a cop car and allegedly attempted to flee the scene.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants Denise Richards again.


JOHN MAYER feels humiliated by Taylor Swift.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting "The Avengers" last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to write "Justice League," based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.

THE BLACK PANTHER: The next Marvel movie?

RAY BRADBURY, a master of science fiction whose imaginative and lyrical evocations of the future reflected both the optimism and the anxieties of his own postwar America, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.

DRONE STRIKES: Just two days after a drone strike killed al-Qaida's second-in-command, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta made it clear Wednesday that such attacks will continue as long as the US needs to defend itself against terrorists that threaten America.

YEMEN: The military said 26 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during fighting in Zinjibar and Jaar. The military defeated an AQAP attempt to take the city of Attaq, the capital of Shabwa province.

MARSHMALLOW: A pug puppy. Let's go to the video.

A HUNGRY HEDGEHOG has been put on a diet after becoming so fat he was unable to roll into a ball.

MILLION-DOLLAR CROCODILE: The film tells the story of an eight-meter-long crocodile on the rampage in Beijing.

SCORPION STINGS are on the rise by a large margin in Tuscon, AZ.

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