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New Releases, Bowerbirds, Shearwater, Now Now, Dog vs Police Car   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS' latest video is for "My Ma."

NEW RELEASES from School of Seven Bells, Memoryhouse, Little Barrie, Wooden Sky, Beth Jeans Houghton, New Multitudes, Plants & Animals, Tiny Victories and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

BOWERBIRDS are advance streaming The Clearing.

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

NOW, NOW also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

REAL ESTATE drops "In My Car" for Record Store Day flexi-disc.

REGINA SPEKTOR drops "All The Rowboats" ahead of What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to the Scotsman about Voyageur, perhaps her most personal album.

ANDREW BIRD talks to Drowned In Sound about the shift towards a communicativeness and vulnerability in his songwriting.

THE SEX PISTOLS have made arrangements with Universal Music Catalogue UK to issue a special 35th anniversary edition of Never Mind The Bollocks. Do you feel cheated?

THE WORST SONGS of the NINETIES, according to NME.

THE RAZZIE AWARDS nominations went to these folks. Congrats?

SEAN YOUNG was placed under citizen's arrest for battery at the official Oscars afterparty.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's mother Cissy is seeking closure by revisiting the late singer's final hotel room.

NATALIE PORTMAN: Secretly married?

JENNIFER ANISTON headed toward the altar?

UMA THURMAN: Pregnant again?

STAR TREK: Set pics from the sequel, possibly spoilery.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters whipped five people in Jaar for drinking alcohol. President Saleh reportedly will go in exile in Ethiopia. The youth activists who spearheaded the uprising that ended Saleh's 33-year rule are now grappling with internal divisions, as politics and competing visions weaken one of the Arab world's most dynamic revolts of the past year.

SYRIA: A 718-page digital document obtained by Mother Jones contains names, phone numbers, neighborhoods, and alleged activities of thousands of dissidents apparently targeted by the Syrian government. Syrian government forces began a massive assault on the city of Homs.

EGYPT: In the final tally, Islamists won 80 percent of the seats in the country's upper house of parliament, and 65 percent of the seats in the lower house.

IRAN: How Israel might attack Iran's nuclear program... and why it might not.  Also, Iran is still relying on old technology to expand its nuclear program, in what may be a sign it is having difficulties developing modern machines that could speed up production of potential bomb material.

DOG vs POLICE CAR: Who you got?


A DRUNKEN ELK hides a family's swing set in the woods.

MONKEYS taught about money quickly invent monkey prostitution.

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Andrew Bird, Magnetic Fields, White Rabbits, Death, Grasshopper Mouse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT drops a retro video for "Vagabond."

ANDREW BIRD is advance streaming Break It Yourself.

MAGNETIC FIELDS are advance streaming Love at the Bottom of the Sea.

WHITE RABBITS are advance streaming Milk Famous.

THE CRANBERRIES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DEATH drops "Relief," their first new song since 1976.

MASON WILLIAMS starts your week with "Classical Gas."

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark explains her stage name to the New Zealand Herald and her musical inspirations to The Guardian. (Thx, LHB.)

SLEIGH BELLS are also profiled by The Guardian.

AMERICANA MAY BE COUNTRY... but country is rarely Americana.

JEFF MANGUM makes his fans delirious.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Act of Valor tops the box office with 24.7 million, a bit of a surprise to critics and pundits who continually seem surprised when a movie brings more conservatives to the cineplex.  The production budget was only 12 million, but the distribution and marketing pushes the total cost here to roghly 40 million, so the Navy SEALs will need another good weekend to ensure a profit.  Tyler Perry's Good Deeds places with 16 million, which follows the basic Perry pattern: those with Medea open above 20 million, those without open in the mid-teens.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island shows with 13.5 million, a leggy performance as the family flick nears breaking even with its production budget domestically.  Safe House, alst week's topper, tumbles to fourth with 11.4 million, but has a 98.1 million total against an 85 million budget (Denzel's best showing since American Gangster, iirc).  The Vow rounds out the Top 5 with 10 million, dropping more than expected, but becoming Screen Gems' first 100 million movie in the process.  Below the fold, Wanderlust debuts at No. 8 with 6.6 million against a 32 million budget, which can't be good for Paul Rudd or Jennifer Ansiton, while Gone fared even worse in ninth with a 5 million debut against a 28 million budget.

WANDERLUST, directed by David Wain, is no Wet Hot American Summer, and not the Albert Brooks classic Lost In America, which mined similar themes.  But the script has plenty of funny moments, well executed by Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and particularly Paul Rudd, making it the equal of Wain's Role Models.  Not essential, but I did not feel cheated, either.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Congrats, although really... Meryl Streep? Again?

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks.  A big night for The Artist, another win for Christopher Lambert and a deserved screenplay award for 50/50's Will Reiser.

GERARD BULTLER left the Betty Ford clinic early Friday, after three weeks of treatment.

KATHY IRELAND is the world's richest supermodel.

STEPHEN HAWKING is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club, according to RadarOnline.

ISLAMISM in the USA: A Pennsylvania judge sided with the assailant and dismissed the harassment case of a parade marcher dressed as a "zombie Muhammad" who had been attacked by an irate Muslim.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a suicide attack that killed 26 people, including 20 soldiers, at the presidential compound in Mukalla.

SYRIA: At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in fighting over Syria's future that coincided with a vote on a new constitution that could keep President Bashar al-Assad in power until 2028.

EGYPT: The steady stream of delegations driving up the hill to the Muslim Brotherhood's new headquarters on a plateau overlooking central Cairo testifies to the fact that Western states, foreign businesses and international institutions are already courting the group as a government-in-waiting.

IRAN failed to co-operate with UN nuclear officials during two sets of talks in Tehran over the past month, the UN's watchdog has said in a report. The agency also said Iran had stepped up uranium enrichment in recent months.

THE GRASSHOPPER MOUSE: Howls like a wolf, bites like a tiger.

PUDDING the CAT saved his diabetic owner just hours after being adopted.

ARIZONA MAN arrested after rescuing and adopting drowning raccoon.

MAINE'S BIGGEST LOBSTER EVER, a 27-pounder with claws tough enough to snap a man's arm, was released back into the ocean on Thursday.

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Talking Heads, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Jessie Baylin, Del Fuegos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- in Rome, circa 1980.  Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," and "Born Under Punches."

DEER TICK is streaming their Tim EP (not to be confused with The Replacements' Tim LP) via Rdio.

SHARON VAN ETTEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MARK LANEGAN plays for KEXP from the Cutting Room studios in NYC.

JESSIE BAYLIN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE DEL FUEGOS: Warren Zanes talks to MOKB about the band, beer commercials and close encounters with The Replacements' Bob Stinson. The band is doing a short reunion tour and has an E, from which you can get "Friday Night" as a freebie.  But check out some vintage tracks at DelFuegoSpace.

PAUL STANLEY: "People, let me get this off my chest..."

FLEET FOXES frontman Robin Pecknold posted a demo of a new solo-acoustic song called "Olivia, In A Separate Bed."

BILLY STRANGE, veteran songwriter, singer, arranger and guitarist -- perhaps best known for playing on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds LP (notably "Sloop John B") and Nancy Sinatra hits including "These Boots are Made for Walking" and "Bang Bang" --  died in Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday.  He was 81. Here he is talking about "A Little Less Conversation," which he co-wrote with Mac Davis.

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS: Jimmy Lee and Suzanne Aztoria talk to The Quietus about the curse of lo-fi, their love of ABBA and why Paul MacCartney loves their name.

THE BIG PINK: Milo Cordell talks to MAGNET about how he and ex-Alec Empire guitarist Robbie Furze went about creating a fearless, genre-bending opus.

IGGY POP talks to Vice about fashion.

FEETWOOD MAC, discussed by Malcolm Gladwell.

CUTOUT BIN: From Gene Wilder to Barry White, from The Replacements to Sugarloaf, from The Clash to the Rolling Stones, plus the Young Fresh Fellows, Alabama Shakes, David Bowie, Feelies 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: Act of Valor, which is currently scoring 22 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Wanderlust, scoring 63 percent. Gone and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds were not screened for critics. Shocka.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN are dangerously close to getting back together, but the singers' friends are desperately trying to keep them apart ... for their own good.  BTW, Brown is facing a robbery accusation on Miami Beach.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter Bobbi Kristina is feared to be going off the deep end.

JENNIFER ANISTON talks to THR about moving on from Friends and what it would take for her to return to TV.

ANGELINA JOLIE has written the foreword to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton's new memoir.

SACHA BARON COHEN is not banned from the Oscars, but the Academy is making it clear that he is not welcome to use the red carpet as a platform for a promotional stunt for his upcoming movie The Dictator.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO & STEVEN SPIELBERG helped the Academy Foundation acquire a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.


SYRIAN forces continued their artillery barrage in Homs, killing more that 80 people, including a US journalist and a French photographer.

IRAN: After two days of talks, the IAEA failed to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said his country's nuclear policies would not change. Russia warned that a strike against Iran could have "catastrophic" consequences.

IRAQ: More than 60 Iraqis were killed and scores more were wounded in a wave of bombings and shootings across the country that targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians, primarily Shia.


PIGEON-NAPPING RING busted in Taiwan.

A BABY SQUIRREL MONKEY is now receiving visitors at the Virginia Zoo.

THE CAT BOUNTY HUNTER: Jordana Serebrenik may be New York City's only professional cat catcher.

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Blur, Damien Jurado, My Brightest Diamond, Wooden Sky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLUR played a set at the 2012 Brit Awards, including "Girls & Boys", "Song 2″, "Parklife", "Tender", and "This Is A Low".

DAMIEN JURADO stopped by KEXP with some adventurous psych-folk.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE WOODEN SKY is advance streaming Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun.

PLANTS & ANIMALS are advance streaming The End Of That.

CHAIRLIFT stopped by World Cafe for a session.

THE ELWINS are joined by Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage for a cover of Chilliwack's "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" on Exclaim!

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to Drowned In Sound about an assortment of subjects from pop music to love in the Facebook generation.

THE FUTUREHEADS talks to NME about recording an a capella album.

ROSIE THOMAS talks to eMusic about Bette Midler, the bipolar-ness of New York, and getting married on a farm in Kansas. (Thx, LHB.)

HOW CAPITOL RECORDS (allegedly) screwed Kenny Rogers. A handbook for musicians.

LINDSAY LOHAN got yet another rave review from Judge Stephanie Sautner during her probation progress report hearing  Wednesday.

BRITNEY SPEARS wants to join the judges' panel on X Factor.

BRADGELINA: Jolie hints she may finally be ready to marry Brad Pitt.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Bobby Brown reportedly wants to sell a tell-all book, although he signed a confidentiality agreement when they got divorced.

KARDASHIANS: Kourtney is expecting a baby girl.

CHARLIE SHEEN's  ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, has been released from the renowned Cirque Lodge in Sundance, UT, according to RadarOnline.

L.A. NOIR: former Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia is set to star in Frank Darabont's TNT pilot for a fast-paced crime drama set in Los Angeles during the 1940s and '50s.

TERROR in NORWAY: During his trial for death threats against Norwegian leaders, Islamic extremist Mullah Krekar condoned the use of suicide bombers in Afghanistan.

SYRIA: Even before government forces began an artillery onslaught on Homs' Sunni Muslim areas nearly three weeks ago to try to crush the opposition, the city had been splintering along sectarian lines. Some fear this could foreshadow civil war.

EGYPT & TUNISIA: After months of reassuring secularist critics, Islamist politicians in Tunisia and Egypt have begun to lay down markers about how Muslim their states should be -- and first signs show they want more religion than previously admitted. Shocka.

AFGHANISTAN: The US and the Afghan governments are considering pushing through a long-delayed partnership agreement by moving the contentious issues of night raids and control over detainees to separate negotiations, officials from both countries said.


WILDTHING was Best Bison at a wedding in Quinlan, Texas.

COWS stare unamazed as they are monitored by texting collars.

CRISPY BACON -- a pot-bellied pig -- recovers from a drug overdose.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TENNIS releases a clip for "Origins."

THE NEW MULTITUDES: Jay Farrar (Son Volt, Gob Iron, Uncle Tupelo), Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel), Anders Parker (Varnaline, Gob Iron) and Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket, Monsters of Folk) are advance streaming this album, which puts music to Woody Guthrie's previously unrecorded lyrics.

DR. DOG stopped by The Current and KEXP for live performances; you get an inteview at the former, but an extra song at the latter.

GARY CLARK, JR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Mount Carmel, Now Now, and M Ward highlight the latest edition of the series.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT drops "Montauk" ahead of Out Of The Game.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "Obvious #1" from hiss forthcoming new solo record, Mouseman Cloud.

THE TREMELOES: "Here Comes My Baby," live circa 1967. Written by Cat Stevens.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas talks to Drowned In Sound and The Line Of Best Fit about second-album-writing and more...

THE REPLACEMENTS: Bob "Slim" Dunlap is in the hospital this week recovering from a serious stroke, which he suffered on Monday morning.

THE BEACH BOYS: Brian Wilson and Mike Love talk to the New York Times about their upcoming album.

THE TOP 10 music television shows, according to TIME.

CHARLIE SHEEN says he feels bad for saying Ashton Kutcher "sucks" as the new lead on "Two and a Half Men" ... and now he's issuing an official apology to the actor.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Contra a prior report, Netflix lost streaming rights to her movies before her death.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN have collaborated on 2 brand new songs. Sigh.

DREW BARRYMORE was clutching what appears to be sonogram results as she left a doctors office in Beverly Hills with her fiance late last week.

JEREMY LONDON denies he's homeless.

THE UNSEEN: 24 TV shows produced but never properly aired.

TERROR in the PHILIPPINES: Police on Basilan island captured Ismael, a.k.a. Patah Hamjak, an Abu Sayyaf operative linked to beheadings, bombings, and a 2009 jailbreak.

KYRGYZSTAN: Pres Atambaev told a US State Department delegation that "no foreign troops" would be allowed to remain at Manas airport after 2014. The US currently pays Kyrgyzstan for the use of Manas as a transit point for American operations in Afghanistan.

YEMEN's election meant the formal end of Pres Seleh's 30-year rule and the chance to move past a violent, yearlong political crisis.

IRAN warned it would take pre-emptive action against perceived foes if it felt its national interests were threatened, and laid down new conditions for oil sales. The warnings came as Tehran also appeared to place limits on a visit by a team of United Nations nuclear officials, saying the investigators would not go to nuclear facilities, despite earlier reports that its members had sought permission to inspect a military complex outside Tehran.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai on Tuesday invited Taliban leaders to enter direct negotiations with his administration.

LYZE: The Happiest Owlet. (Thx, Zoey.)

TWO GORILLAS escaped their exhibit at the Kansas City (MO) Zoo.

FIVE REINDEER were caught joyriding in Norway. None of the animals were wearing seatbelts.

THE UK'S MOST DANGEROUS SPIDER took down a father in a toy store.

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