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Edward Sharpe, Weekend, Junip, Pickwick, Freaky Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE drops "Sky High," a softer selection fromThe Sound Of The Life Of The Mind.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS advance stream a self-titled album.

WEEKEND advance streams Jinx.

JUNIP stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

PICKWICK stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

KING CRIMSON: PopMatters makes the case for the quintessential prog rockers.

THE BEST OF 2013 (So Far), according to Stereogum, State, The Guardian, Crave, Flavorwire and Soundblab

ALICE COOPER: Not a fan of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despicable Me 2 tops the chart with 44.8 million, an unexpectedly strong showing upsetting Grown-Ups 2 at 42.5 million and Pacific Rim at 38.3 million. DM2, which cost less than either of this weekend's big debuts, has already crossed the 200 million mark, so this may be a case of pent-up demand. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's first sequel fares much better than his recent efforts (Jack And Jill, That's My Boy).  Pacific Rim is described in disappointing terms by some,given a 190 million budget, but will likely do 100 million domestic and fare much better overseas than, say, The Lone Ranger, which dropped to No. 5 this weekend with 11.1 million and 71 million against a 250 million budget. The Heat took the fourth slot with another 14 million in the bank.

PACIFIC RIM was alright, but not the great film it could have been. After all, the giant robots (or here, exoskeletons) fight griant beasts was already a well-established niche when I was a kid with Shogun Warriors, and Japanese anime had been doing it since the Fifties.  But the human cliches brought out here (chiefly the psychologically fragile pilot common from Zero Hour to Top Gun) are never fully paid off -- and this film has at least two of them. Over-the-top turns from Idris Elba as the hard-bitten commander and Ron Perelman as a black-marketeer in monster parts helps save Pacific Rim from ever truly sinking into the depths, bt Guillermo del Toro could -- and has -- done so much better.

CORY MONTEITH, who famously played Finn Hudson on the TV show “Glee”, died Sunday in a Vancouver hotel room. The cause of death is not yet known (he completed a stint in rehab in April) but police ruled out foul play.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ married in a small wedding in France on Saturday.

JIMMY KIMMEL married longtime girlfriend Molly McNearney on Saturday.


CHARLIE SHEEN is hunting the Loch Ness monster. Yes, really.

LINDSAY LOHAN will do an exclusive sit-down with Oprah post-rehab.

JANE LYNCH officially files for divorce from her wife.

FERGIE wants to change both names. About time.

JAMES BOND 24 will again be directed by Same Mendes and written by John Logan.

MALI: The French military signed a deal to protect the new UN peacekeeping force in Mali against terrorist attacks.

IRAQ's foreign minister said that his country is unable to effectively halt Iranian arms transfers to Syria. The provincial government in Anbar rejected Iranian companies' bids to build roads and schools.

EGYPT:  Supporters of Mohammed Morsi said they plan to carry out more protests to condemn his removal as president. The public prosecutor's office announced it was reviewing a number of criminal complaints against former president Morsi. The Pentagon denied rumors that US ships near Egypt were preparing to partake in an invasion of the country.


A COW plummeted through a Brazilian man's roof. The man died while awaiting medical treatment.

THE BIRDS: A pigeon kills a biker in Mumbai.


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The High Numbers, BRMC, Dean Nelson, Cutout Bin, French Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE HIGH NUMBERS! The future Who, live at the Railway Hotel, circa 1964.  The video is just "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying", but contemporary hour-long audio is also available.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB perform a stripped-down session, recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee for World Cafe

SEAN NELSON (Harvey Danger) performed songs from his debut solo album "Make Good Choices" at KEXP.

WHALERS stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The '90s Are Back, Or Whatever...

PEARL JAM drops “Mind Your Manners," from Lightning Bolt, coming in October.

THE SMITH WESTERNS drop "Case and Point," the B-side to"Varsity."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is the 32nd anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion whereby admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

BIG STAR: An oral history, at Consequence of Sound.

TINA WEYMOUTH & CHRIS FRANZ talk to Rolling Stone about living together, touring and making music as Tom Tom Club releases their first record in 12 years.

MONDEGREENS (Thx, Mike Kelly): Spotify's Most Misheard Lyrics.

WHAT'S IN PRINCE'S FRIDGE? Inquiring minds want to know.

CUTOUT BIN: From Cap'n Jazz to Nirvana, from the Who to A-ha, from the Beatles to Dead or Alive, from Pat Benatar to the Buzzcocks, plus Billy Bragg, the Hold Steady, Stevie Wonder, Paul Westerberg 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 Grown Ups 2, which is currently scoring 5 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Pacific Rim, which is scoring 72 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Together agin, but with a catch. Also, Biebs apologized to Bill Clinton.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are planning to get married this weekend.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN exiled LAMAR ODOM to a separate bedroom before booting him from the house.

PAULA DEEN fires her legal team. Yeah, that's her problem.

LEAH REMINI is making a dramatic break from the Church of Scientology.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is profiled by Elle.

JOHN MALKOVICH did a Reddit AMA to promote Red 2.

EGYPT is reportedly looking to suspend its peace accord with Israel in order to wage a massive campaign against jihadists in the Sinai. A leader in the Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya said his group was ready to "fight" for Mohammed Morsi's reinstatement as president of Egypt. Hamas' Mousa Abu Marzouk, who had been based in Cairo, has reportedly fled the country following Morsi's ouster.

LIBYA & SYRIA: As the United States prepares to send weapons to the Syrian opposition, former Libyan rebels are now going public with the news that they have been doing exactly that for the last year.

IRAN: An exiled opposition group said on Thursday it had obtained information about a secret underground nuclear site under construction in Iran, without specifying what kind of atomic activity it believed would be carried out there.

A FRENCH BULLDOG tackles the stairs.

SEVEN WHITE LION CUBS were born June 6 in Japan. Awww...some pics.

A TURTLE causes a three-car pileup in New Jersey.

A GOLDFISH learns to play soccer.

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Yo La Tengo, Dandy Warhols, Of Montreal, Scaredy Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO gets animated for the "Ohm" video.

THE DANDY WARHOLS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set. 

LAURA MARLING stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

UNCOVERED QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: QotSA covers by women, streaming via the Wall Street Journal.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the Pixies, John Grant and Volcano Choir (a Justin Vernon side project) highlight the latest edition.

OF MONTREAL drops "fugitive air" ahead of lousy with sylvianbriar. Oh yes.

TITUS ANDRONICUS sorta covers Icona Pop's hit single "I Love It."

MARTHA REEVES & THE VANDELLAS: Annette Beard just had a July 4th birthday (thx, Andie), so i went with "Dancing In The Streets", based on its protest anthem status.

SHE & HIM stopped by WFUV for an interview. 

SCOUT NIBLETT: Emma discusses her new album, her covers of Janet Jackson and TLC songs, and her take on astrology at The Rumpus. (Thx, LHB.) 

CHEAP TRICK filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the Canadian blues fest where the band was nearly killed in 2011.

DAFT PUNK co-brands "Get Lucky" condoms.

SHARKNADO: The day you've been waiting for is finally here. There's even a Police Chief Brody joke.

RANDY TRAVIS suffered a stroke.

GEORGE CLOONEY & STACY KIEBLER broke up by phone after months of phoning it in, iykwimaittyd.

JUSTIN BIEBER: Not a fan of Bill Clinton. Or mop buckets.

JESSE EISENBERG & MIA WASIKOWSKA were caught canoodling on camera in Toronto.

ELTON JOHN is lucky to be alive after a potentially fatal appendix abcess. 

LINDSAY LOHAN: You may want to sit out a few more rounds, Champ.

DENZEL WASHINGTON: Cheating scandal with photos?


THE DISSOLVE: Pitchfork Media's movie site launches.

THE UNITED STATES said that a decision on troop withdrawals in Afghanistan is not "imminent." Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, a naturalized US citizen, pled not guilty to all 30 charges today in a federal court in Boston.

SYRIAN rebels in Aleppo dispersed civilians protesting against a rebel blockade of food and medical supplies into government-held areas of the city; the head of the sharia council told rebels to allow food through the blockade. Protesters demanded that Islamic state of Iraq and al-Sham fighers leave Menbej city.

EGYPT: Islamist militants killed two people and wounded six in an overnight attack in the Sinai. Two additional security posts were also attacked by gunmen. Egypt's prosecutor's office ordered the arrest of numerous Muslim Brotherhood officials.

SCAREDY CATS: The Supercut.

MAN KICKS LOG. I mean alligator. Oops.

I want my DogTV.

A 19-FOOT PYTHON creates a chaotic crime scene.

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San Cisco, F*ck Buttons, Jay-Z, Pet Shop Boys, Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BECK medleys "BIllie Jean" and "Get It On (Bang a Gong)" with his "Sissyneck" in Paris.

SAN CISCO is advance streaming their eponymous full-length debut.

F*CK BUTTONS is advance streaming Slow Focus.

JAY-Z is streaming Magna Carta Holy Grail.

PET SHOP BOYS are advance streaming Electric.

SUPERCHUNK drops "Me and You and Jason Mitoo" ahead of I Hate Music.

REGINA SPEKTOR drops "You've Got Time" from the Orange Is The New Black soundtrack.

BRENDAN CANNING (BSS) drops "Plugged In" ahead of You’ve Gots 2 Chill.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

ROBERT POLLARD tells MAGNET he's not sure there’s going to be a next Guided By Voices album.

TEGAN & SARA: The former talks to the Ottawa Citizen about things international and interviewing producers for their latest LP. (Thx, LHB).

AMANDA PALMER talks to The Quietus about several things spiritual. 

U2: Zooropa turns 20. Get Off My Lawn.

AMANDA BYNES rolled into a New York courtroom Tuesday to answer those bong-tossing charges sporting an aqua-colored wig, sweatpants, a tank top and sneakers.

KEVIN & DANIELLE JONAS are expecting their first child.

ELISABETH HASSELBECK is leaving The View for FNC.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is profiled by W magazine.

JASON STATHAM to propose to Rosie Huntington-Whiteley?

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham was asked to cut short her 10-day stay at a high-end rehab center in Florida because she was a “disruptive influence” on other patients.

ELLEN PAGE talks to The Guardian about Plan B, feminism and the constant sexism in Hollywood.

DUMB AND DUMBER starts shooting in September.

SYRIA: Russia delivered to the UN an 80-page report claiming that Syrian rebels used sarin gas in a deadly attack near Aleppo in March.

LEBANON: A car bomb exploded in a crowded parking lot in Beirut’s southern suburbs on Tuesday, killing no one, but wounding about 50 people in what was a rare attack inside one of Hezbollah’s most secure areas. Retaliation for Syria?

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the constitutional declaration issued by interim President Mansour overnight. Hazem El-Beblawi was appointed as the new Egyptian prime minister.

KITTENS in pig pillows.

WHEN A FOX ATTACKS you on the toilet.

SNAKE ON A TRAIN: Tired of these mothers.

A MONSTER LOBSTER, caught off the coast of Gloucester.

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Andrew Cedermark, David Lynch, Big Star, Cows   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRANZ FERDINAND drops a mod video for for "Right Action."

ANDREW CEDERMARK: The former Titus Andronicus guitarist advance streams Home Life.

DAVID LYNCH (yes, that David Lynch) advance streams The Big Dream.

THE HANDSOME FAMILY plays a mini-set for WNYC Soundcheck

NEIGHBORS roll out some crunchy power-pop at KEXP.

PATE REUNION PHOTOS: Taken by Aurora Engle-Pratt and Doug Hansen, posted by Naomi Pratt, and visible to the public via the Facebook. Don't miss the awesome shot of my bald spot!  Seriously, thanks to Aurora and Doug for documenting a terrific weekend.

BIG STAR: An indie-star lineup  including Kurt Vile, Sharon Van Etten, R.E.M.’s Mike Mills, the Mekons’ Sally Timms, Marshall Crenshaw, Richard Lloyd and sole surviving Big Star member Jody Stephens, covered Big Star's Third in full in Central Park, including "Holocaust," plus a version of Alex Chilton’s Box Tops oldies-radio staple “The Letter." It's a Twofer Tuesday of legend.

JEFF TWEEDY gets a meaty profile in Chicago magazine.

GIMME SHELTER: The story behind Mary Clayton's haunting backup vocals on the Stones classic.

LIZ PHAIR: An oral history of Exile in Guyville, courtesy of SPIN.

THE 100 TOP CANADIAN ALBUMS, according to the CBC.

RANDY TRAVIS is in critical condition after suffering from complications stemming from viral cardiomyopathy.

GEORGE CLOONEY & STACY KIEBLER are technically together, but there's trouble in paradise.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX put on a show of togetherness amid split rumors.

50 CENT exploded into rage at his 16-year-old son in the months before he was arrested on domestic violence and vandalism charges, hurling a string of obscenities at the teenager via text messages.

MATT. DAMON. is profied by Esquire.

RYAN REYNOLDS is profiled by Details.

LAURYN HILL checks into prison on those tax convictions.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad described his denial of the Holocaust as one of his greatest achievements, the Fars news agency reported.

LIBYA: A former Gaddhafi regime security official was assassinated in Benghazi when his car exploded.

SYRIA: At its first central party leadership committee meeting since 2005, the Assad regime's ruling Baath party replaced 16 of its top leaders, including Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa, who will nonetheless remain in office. Ghassan Hitto, prime minister of the rebel Syrian National Coalition, resigned, citing an inability to form an interim government. Hitto is said to be closer to Islamists and less favored by Saudi Arabia, whose candidate, secular dissident Ahmad Assi Jarba, was selected two days ago to lead the Syrian National Coalition. Islamist rebels say the downfall of Egypt's popularly elected Muslim Brotherhood president has proven that Western nations pushing for democracy will never accept them, and reinforced the view of radicals that a violent power grab is their only resort.

EGYPT: At least 51 people were killed as the army opened fire on pro-Morsi supporters in Cairo. Hamas condemned the incident, and the presidency planned to form a judicial committee to investigate it.

COW! Technically, cows. Doing it.

HEY, ARE THOSE RATS in your underwear, or are you just... oh.

A WHALE knocks a surfer out. Kowabunga.

BIGFOOT DNA turns out to be mostly opossum. Dinsdale!

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