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New Releases, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, Capt. Beefheart, Husky + Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO played a set at Austin City Limits, with Nick Lowe turning up at 46:30 to assist on his "Cruel to be Kind."

NEW RELEASES from Paul McCartney, Sharon Van Etten, Band of Skulls, Ben Kweller, Dr. Dog, Chuck Prophet and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

ALABAMA SHAKES stopped by KEXP for a session.

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

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART: John Peel Top Gear sessions from 1968.

THE SHINS drop "September," the B-side to a single coming out today.

HERE WE GO MAGIC drops "Make Up Your Mind" ahead of A Different Ship.

ART BRUT: Forgot to mention yesterday that "Bang Bang Rock & Roll" soundtracked a Chevy Super Bowl ad.

THE MINDBENDERS bring Twofer Tuesday: "Game of Love" and "Groovy Kind of Love."

CRAIG FINN talks to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press about recording and touring his solo debut.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Drowned In Sound about the inspirations and influences behind Paralytic Stalks' new sound and darker mood, including, Sufjan Stevens, William Burroughs, modern classical music and the endurance (or lack thereof) of his Catholic upbringing.

THE BEST OF JANUARY, according to Drowned In Sound and Pretty Much Amazing.

AXL ROSE got a Twitter greeting from AARP.

GISELE BUNDCHEN was reportedly cussing as hubby Tom Brady was losing the Super Bowl. I would further goof on the spectacle of the gazillionaire lingerie model defending her gazillionaire QB hunk, but it's getting to the point where she's taking flack for consoling him after the game. Can't we all just get along?

ADAM LAMBERT, contra prior reports, will not be joining Queen.

OLIVIA WILDE is a good kisser, according to Twilight's Ashley Greene.

HARRISON FORD in the next Blade Runner?

RANDY TRAVIS was arrested Monday morning in Sanger on a charge of suspicion of public intoxication.

THE AVENGERS had plenty of new footage in the extended Super Bowl trailer.

NICOL WILLIAMSON, whose death of esophageal cancer at the age of 73 has been announced, was arguably the most electrifying actor of his generation, but one whose career flickered and faded like a faulty light fitting.

TERROR in the UK: The Special Immigration Appeals Commission ruled that radical Islamist preacher Abu Qatada must be freed on bail, after the UK's attempt to deport him to Jordan was barred by the European Court of Human Rights. The government considers him a high security risk.

SYRIA: Russia may be seeking a "controlled demolition" of Assad's rule to save its sole major foothold in the Arab world against Western rivals when its foreign minister and spy chief hold rare talks in Damascus this week.

IRAQ: Security forces captured al Qaeda in Iraq's finance minister in Mosul. A court sentenced two Islamic Army in Iraq members to death for the kidnapping and murder of two French journalists and an Iranian diplomat.

HUSKY adopts SIAMESE KITTEN...Mass hysteria!

LEMURS show off their mad kung fu skillz.

SALLY the ORANGUTAN: Saved by complex, perhaps unprecedented surgery.

THE 25 MOST AWKWARD Cat Sleeping Positions.

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Shearwater, Field Music, Kills, Jeff the Brotherhood, Receipt Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAGNETIC FIELDS dropped a NSFW video for "Andrew In Drag."

SHEARWATER is advance steaming Animal Joy.

FIELD MUSIC is advance streaming Plumb.

THE KILLS played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD opened for the Kills and you can stream their set as well.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT covers "Hey Jude" at Sundance.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to the Washington Post and All Things Considered about recording Tramp, which drops tomorrow.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to the L.A. Times about the band's upcoming sophomore LP, inspiring 17-year-old girls, and more...

LIZ PHAIR writes about Lana Del Rey and feminism at the Wall Street Journal.

FIRST AID KIT talks influences and more at Dose. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Chronicle tops the chart with 22 million, beating expectations and besting The Woman In Black, whose 21 million was in line with tracking predictions.  Chronicle's budget was a mere 12 million.  The Grey shows with 9.5 million.  Big Miracle debuted in fourth with 8.5 million against a 40 million budget. Underworld: Awakening rounds out the Top 5 with 5.6 million on a 55 percent drop.

CHRONICLE: According to Marvel comics, "With great power comes great responsibility."  But what if it doesn't?  This movie, with screenplay from Max Landis (son of John Landis) directed by Josh Trank (his first feature) succeeds by capturing how actual teenagers might react if suddenly granted a superpower, without great responsibility and with great acting out.  The found footage gimmick, which theoretically should enhance the realism of the inherently fantastical situation, may ultimately detract from it if the viewer stops to think about how it was compiled.  But by the time the film reaches the point where the question would become nagging, the action keeps attention focused on the story. 

SUPER BOWL ADS are here, incmi. Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cult and Yello provided a pretty Gen X soundtrack. Get off my lawn.

DEMI MOORE has checked into the ultra-posh Cirque Lodge addiction treatment center in Sundance, Utah.

KIM KARDASHIAN and... Jets QB Mark Sanchez?

ADAM LAMBERT is reportedly the new singer for Queen. Can they carry on with a gay frontman? Heh.

COURTNEY LOVE says she'll sue over leaked "confidential" deposition papers filed by her daughter, Francis Bean Cobain, which allege drug use and claims her reckless behavior caused the death of the family cat and dog.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE  admitted he was drunk while filming some scenes for the "Harry Potter" movies during a period in his life where he was drinking "nightly," the young star said in an interview.

BEN GAZZARA, an intense actor whose long career included playing Brick in the original "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" on Broadway, roles in influential films by John Cassavetes and work with several generations of top Hollywood directors, died on Friday in Manhattan of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as a "travesty" Russia and China's veto of a UN resolution condemning Syria's crackdown against anti-government protesters.

EGYPT: Eith the country now at a critical stage in its transition toward democracy, US aid is in peril as lawmakers threaten to block assistance in response to Egypt's crackdown on pro-democracy groups, several of them well-connected nongovernmental organizations based in Washington.

IRAN: American and European officials said Friday that a mission by international nuclear inspectors to Tehran this week had failed to address their key concerns, indicating that Iran's leaders believe they can resist pressure to open up the nation's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States' plan to wind down its combat role relies on shifting responsibility to Special Operations forces that hunt insurgent leaders and train local troops, according to senior Pentagon officials and military officers. These forces could remain in the country well after the NATO mission ends in late 2014.

MAYBE THE DOG has your receipt.

ZOO MONKEYS booze up to ward off the cold in Kazakhstan.

SNAKE in a Swedish trouser press. That kind of thing is not my bag, baby.

MASS IGUANA KILLINGS planned in Puerto Rico.

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Nuggets, Mark Lanegan, Trailer Trash Tracys, Lana Del Rey, Sheep Cyclone   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! Recent sad news about the illness of Troggs singer Reg Presley and death of Music Machine singer Sean Bonniwell put me in the mood for a dozen Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND is advance streaming Blues Funeral.

THE TRAILER TRASH TRACYS are advance streaming Ester, along with an interview.

LANA DEL REY is streaming Born To Die.

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

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR played "Simple Girl" for Conan, backed by a string quartet.

LEONARD COHEN is profiled at Tablet.  His discography is surveyed by The A.V. Club.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 90s musician edition.

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: 53 years ago today.

RECORD LABELS: What do they do these days?

THE WORST SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOWS, according to Spinner. ALSO: NFL bosses have banned Gary Glitter songs from being playing at this Sunday's Super Bowl. The pedophile pop star created a stir when fans believed he stood to rake in thousands of dollars if his 1972 anthem 'Rock and Roll Part 2' was blasted at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Diana Ross to the Gun Club, from Sandie Shaw to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, from the Beach Boys to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, plus the Guess Who, Plimsouls, R. Dean Taylor, Rush 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: Chronicle, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Woman In Black, currently scoring 64 percent; and Big Miracle, scoring 69 percent. All pretty good scores for February, let alone SuperBowl weekend.

GISELE BUNDCHEN implored friends and family by email to pray hard for Tom Brady in the SuperBowl.

DEMI MOORE, now recovering at home, is getting special visits from the men in her life ... ex Bruce Willis and soon-to-be-ex Ashton Kutcher.

LINDSAY LOHAN is threatening to sue media outlets claiming she was drinking at a SAG awards afterparty.

LESLIE CARTER, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and had been taking medication for depression, according to a police report released Thursday.

COURTNEY LOVE killed the family pets with her bizarre behavior, according to daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

SHOOKI denied preganancy rumors to a grateful nation.

SOMALIA:Kenyan troops seized Hosungow near the Kenyan border and took over the key southern town of Badhadhe, potentially cutting off Shabaab's supply line from its coastal stronghold of Kismayo.

EGYPT: Thousands demonstrated after 74 people were killed in rioting at a soccer match in the worst violence since Mubarak's overthrow. A famous Egyptian comedian was jailed for offending Islam.

AFGHANISTAN:The US and NATO want to end combat operations in Afghanistan next year.

IRAQ:Security forces detained al Qaeda's minister of information in Mosul and 16 members of Vice President Hashemi's bodyguard.

THE SHEEP CYCLONE: Let's go to the video.

A MAMMOTH PYTHON was caught by rangers in Florida before it could lay eggs containing the 59 super-predators inside her and unleash them on the Everglades.

MONKEY OWNERS hiding out in TX.

A SUPERGIANT crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand.

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Don Cornelius RIP, Los Campesinos, Suicide Commandos, M Ward, Rally Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher.

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off a new day:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Thursday.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog famous for making midwinter weather forecasts, had his moment in the spotlight early Thursday and declared that winter is far from over. But the competition begs to differ.

DON CORNELIUS, creator of Soul Train, was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was 75.  The Chicago Reader did a meaty feature on Cornelius and Soul Train in 1979.  The list of guests who appeared on the show remains impressive.  Some of the notables are featured in this video, while Whitney Matheson provides clips of the Jackson 5, Beastie Boys, James Brown, Mary Wilson and the Fresh Prince. Idolator has the 10 best Soul Train line dances.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS are advance streaming Onwards To The Wall.

LOS CAMPESINOS! stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

TAPES 'N TAPES played a seventh birthday twofer at The Current.

CURSIVE drops "Wowowow" ahead of I Am Gemini.

M WARD drops a video for the new track "The First Time I Ran Away."

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to The Line of Best Fit about putting her new band together and more...

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to The Stool Pigeon about tripping out - at reviewers and on record - and why he's not Frosted Flakes. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

NADA SURF: Life After The One-Hit Wonder.

JOE HENRY talks to Dolly Varden's Steve Dawson about songwriting, producing, Mose Allison and Ornette Coleman and more...

DEMI MOORE is embarrassed by the public nature of her breakdown. After her split from Ashton Kutcher, it's was young people, pills and Red Bulls.  She was a woman in need of reassurance.

LINDSAY LOHAN appeared to be under the influence when she was at the Chateau Marmont on Sunday night, according to RadarOnline.  Also, her creepy run-in with an alleged trespasser and constantly having looky-loos on her property are enough for her to finally pack up and leave Venice Beach.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is dating an New York City-based advertising exec named Nate Naylor, a pal of the pair confirms.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is the most desirable woman in the UK, according to an oh-so-scientific online poll.

NICK & AARON CARTER's sister Leslie died at 25, without details on the cause of death.

SIMON COWELL says he's still close with Paula Abdul - even though he just fired her - and plans to work with her again in the very near future.

TERROR in the UK: Four UK nationals of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origins admitted to involvement in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb UK targets around Christmastime in 2010.

LIBYA: Freed from Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship, Sufi Muslims find themselves under renewed pressure from violent Islamists who have been attacking them and their beliefs as heretical.

EGYPT: Concerned over its deteriorating public image, Egypt's military sacked the general in charge of media affairs.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban denied planning direct talks with the Afghan government to end the 10-year-old war, while a leaked NATO report suggested the insurgents are confident they will regain power after international troops leave.

IRAQ: Discounted Iranian rials and Syrian pounds are pouring into money-changing shops as Western economic sanctions against those two countries make it harder for them to conduct trade with much of the rest of the world, arrange international bank transactions and obtain hard currency.


CARDINALS' RALLY SQUIRREL turns up on a baseball card. (Thanks, Dad.)

ZOO LIONS eat an owl in front of shocked visitors.

A BABY ELEPHANT was pulled out of a deep moat surrounding a palm oil plantation on Borneo island.

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Arctic Monkeys, Dr Dog, Effed Up, The Who, Jabba the Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS: the video for "You And I" features a crunchy riff and the fab Richard Hawley.

DR. DOG is advance streaming Be The Void.

EFFED UP is streaming their Chinese New Year singles.

GIRL IN A COMA plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Andrew Bird, Juliana Barwick and Hospitality highlight the latest edition of the series.

THE WHO: "I'm A Boy."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., JR. talks to the Daily Trojan about the genesis of the band and its name. (Thx, LHB.)

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to the L.A. Times about love, liberation and the vicious game that is the music industry.

THE NATIONAL: Bryce Dressner talks to Drowned In Sound about the band, his role in The Long Count, songriting and arranging.

CHAIRLIFT: Patrick Wimberly talked to the WaPo about the band's major label deal, their long wait between albums, and their weird musical tastes.

VANITY FAIR unveils the cover of its annual Hollywood issue.

THE X FACTOR: Simon Cowell is cashiering judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY talks about A Dangerous Method and perceptions of her work on both sides of the Atlantic for a GQ cover story that finds her wearing less than usual.

RYAN REYNOLDS gave Denzel Washington his first black eye. Oops.

DAVE LETTERMAN's 30th anniversary in late-night is tonight. Can I do the old man thing where I mention how much funnier he was back in the day?

JERRY SEINFELD & JAY LENO joined forces for Acura's Super Bowl XLVI spot.

SYRIA: The army attacked opponents in a suburb of Damascus. After heavy fighting, Free Syrian Army rebels withdrew from the area. Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council urged Syria to accept the Arab League peace plan. The Arab League sought support from China and Russia.

IRAN is keeping the option open to develop a nuclear weapon but US intelligence agencies do not know whether it will eventually decided to build one, the US intelligence chief said on Tuesday.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government on Tuesday rejected reports that it was going to launch separate peace talks with Taliban fighters in Saudi Arabia.

JABBA THE SQUIRREL: Let's go to the video.

AN ELEPHANT at a Dutch zoo has become the first in Europe to be fitted with a contact lens.

MORE LEMMINGS bring more snowy owls to Michigan's LP.

FIRE SALE on LLAMAS in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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