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Bishop Allen, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Benjamin Booker, Imogen Heap, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWEEDY and LUCIUS play "High As Hello" in a tunnel.

BISHOP ALLEN advance streams Lights Out.

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS advance streams Lose.

BENJAMIN BOOKER advance streams his self-titled debut.

IMOGEN HEAP advance streams Sparks.

THE DOORS: An official, 3 1/2 minute video for "L.A. Woman."

PHOX is profied by Flavorwire.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to the Guardian about learning to play festivals and more.

A BRAZILLIAN BUS MAGNATE is buying up the world's vinyl records.

LEWIS: A mysterious, "lost" artist is identified and issues a statement.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tops the chart with 65 million; that's a whopping 20 million more than projections, which again underestimated the ability of Michael Bay to make mediocre movies people love to see.  Guardians of the Galaxy places with 41.5 million on a 56 percent drop; that's only a few million below projections and maybe surprising in light on the strength of TMNT. Guardians is the only movie this summer to approach 40 million in its second weekend; its 175 million domestic total recoups its production budget and exceeds Captain America 2 in that film's second weekend, which technically opened last spring. With a couple more leggy weekends, Guardians could end up beating Transformers 4 for top grosser this year. The debut of Into The Storm shows with18 million, which may be enough to profit against a 50 million budget.The Hundred-Foot Journey took the fourth slot with a respectable 11.1 million against a 22 million budget.  Lucy rounds out the Top 5 with another 9.3 million; its 112 million worldwide take to date almost certainly means profit in its theatrical run. Below the fold, Step Up All In opens with an anemic 6.6 million here...but 25 million abroad, which is where this fanchise is increasingly making its money.

DAVID DUCHOVNY & TEA LEONI quietly divorced in June.

CHRISTINA RICCI recently welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband James Heerdegen.

KIM KARDASHIAN is publishing a book of selfies. Shocka!

KATE UPTON says she hasn't posed nude (yet) because of the internet.

ROSIE O'DONNELL got into a heated showdown over abortion with CNN's S.E. Cupp during a 'View' test show taping with Whoopi Goldberg ... who ended up taking a thinly-veiled shot at Barbara Walters. Rosie, btw, is still a 9/11 truther, so you think she would respect diversity of opinion.

TONY STEWART sat out a NASCAR race Watkins Glen International race track on Sunday, after he hit and killed another driver who was walking on a track during a dirt-track race in upstate New York on Saturday.

IRAQI troops, security forces and tanks surged into Baghdad on Sunday as political turmoil deepened over who should lead the country.

ISRAEL and the Palestinians agreed on Sunday to an Egyptian proposal for a new 72-hour ceasefire in Gaza. Hamas said on Thursday it had executed several Palestinians on suspicion of helping Israeli forces during the month-long Gaza war.

ISLAMIC STATE militants have killed at least 500 members of Iraq's Yazidi ethnic minority during their offensive in the north, Iraq's human rights minister told Reuters on Sunday. Mohammed Shia al-Sudani said the Sunni militants had also buried alive some of their victims, including women and children.In Syria the Islamic State is terrorizing residents with their strict interpretation of Islamic law, including beheadings, stonings and cutting off the hands of thieves.  The Obama administration still has not decided on, much less put into motion, any plan to stem ISIS’s expansion, despite having committed military forces.

A GORILLA and KITTENS... playing together...mass hysteria!

A CAT-EATING PYHON, captured by Florida police.


THE WORLD'S OLDEST EEL passes away in a Swedish well. No word on the hovercraft.

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Thin Lizzy, Allah-Las, Phox, Tori Amos, Stand of Oaks, Cutout Bin, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY! Remember that chick who used to dance a lot? Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

THE ALLAH-LAS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

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

STRAND OF OAKS stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to The Guardian about his love for Obama, lyrical oversharing and how he has no memory of his guest appearance in Absolutely Fabulous.

LOS CAMPESINOS! Gareth managed to find the one bright spot on an otherwise intolerable “alternative” radio channel.

BOBBY WOMACK: The late soul legend's label unearthed an unseen interview.

25 SONGS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE COVERED, according to NME. They start with "Stairway to Heaven," a song now the subject of a copyright lawsuit. Hmm.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From the Jam to Steely Dan, from the Grass Roots to the Psychedelic Furs, from Led Zeppelin to The Church, plus Cher, the New York Dolls, 999, Marvin Gaye 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: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, currently scoring 17 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Into the Storm, currnetly scoring 9 percent; Step Up All In, scoring 53 percent; and The Hundred-Foot Journey, scoring 58 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to Elle about her career, fame, and not smiling for the camera.

LARRY DAVID is headed to Broadway.

CHRISSY TEIGEN is funny. But that's not why Esquire did the photo spread.

LINDSAY LOHAN ignoring texts from sober friends?

TRUE DETECTIVE creator Nic Pizzolatto rejects claims of plagarism.

ISRAEL: Rockets from Gaza hit Israel early Friday morning, breaking the cease-fire, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

SYRIA: The Islamic State killed over 40 people in three suicide bombings at one of the regime's last remaining bases in Raqqah; clashed with tribal gunmen in Deir Izzour, where it also executed 18 employees of the sharia council who had been guarding oilfields for the Al Nusrah Front, the Islamic Front, and rebels; and clashed with the Islamic Front, regime forces, and Kurdish YPG forces in separate battles in Aleppo.

LIBYA: Demonstrators in Misrata protested against the new government. The commander of Operation Dignity's air forces confirmed its support of the new government, noting that a number of its jets are based in Tobruk. Prime Minister al Thinni and the head of US Africa Command agreed to try to speed up training of Libyan military forces.

IRAQ: President Obama announced he has authorized "targeted" air strikes if necessary to protect American interests in Iraq from insurgent forces that are taking over the country's northern cities. US forces also airdropped humanitarian aid to help a group of 40000 Yazidis, a group of ethnic Kurds, who fled villages in northern Iraq under threat from ISIS. Militants from the Islamic State group seized Iraq's largest hydroelectric dam on Thursday, giving them control of enormous power and water resources and leverage over the Tigris River that runs through the heart of Baghdad.

MARU: The box cat discovers window shades.


A MACAQUE is at the center of a copyright dispute with Wikimedia.

RATS ON A PLANE ground a flight in India.

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Rosebuds, Childhood, Willis Earl Beal, Marissa Nadler, Lion Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON plays "Inside Out" from backstage at the Tonight Show.

THE ROSEBUDS advance stream Sand + Silence.

CHILDHOOD advance streams Lacuna.

WILLIS EARL BEAL advance streams Experiments In Time.

MARISSA NADLER stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." It sneers like she does.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS top the Billboard album chart for the first time.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL tells MOJO she knows who killed Jim Morrison.

THE CIVIL WARS announce they've split for good.

TY SEGALL talks to Pitchfork about Manipulator, his most thought-out and labor-intensive album to date.

ALEXIS BLEDEL & VINCENT KARTHEISER secretly married earlier this summer.

KANYE WEST swears under oath, “I'm the smartest celebrity you've ever f***ing dealt with.  I'm not Britney Spears.”

BATMAN & SUPERMAN don't want to take on Captain America. A March release date? Hmmm.

GEORGE CLOONEY: Licensed to Marry.

CHRIS PRATT: When Guardians of the Galaxy was pitched to me, I said, "I don't think so."

KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING talks about marriage and season 8 of the Big Bang Theory.

KATIE HOLMES talks about The Giver and motherhood.

UKRAINE: Fear of a Russian invasion hung over eastern Ukraine on Wednesday as NATO said 20K combat forces massed on the border for war games could intervene under the pretext of helping ethnic Russian civilians caught up in what Moscow calls a "humanitarian catastrophe."

ISRAEL has offered to extend a three-day ceasefire in Gaza which began on Tuesday after nearly a month of conflict, Israeli officials say. However, unconfirmed reports on social media suggest the militant Hamas movement, which controls Gaza, has not agreed to the extension. Meanwhile, the battle over casualty statistics rages on.  Indian TV network NDTV captured footage of Islamic militants preparing to launch a rocket at Israel in a densely-populated civilian area.

LEBANON: A brief humanitarian truce in Arsal fell apart after Islamist militants resumed attacks on the Army.

IRAQ:  Kurdish forces attacked Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish regional capital of Arbil in northern Iraq on Wednesday in a change of tactics supported by the Iraqi central government to try to break the Islamists' momentum. The Iraqi military killed 60 people in an airstrike on an Islamic State sharia court in Mosul.

A LION CUB sneaks up on a dog.

ROOSTER RAGE: “I know it sounds crazy, but I got to a point where I thought the bird was mocking me."

ZEKE THE CAT dialed 911 from a Sarasota animal rescue.

BEARS are walking around like humans in New Jersey.

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Gaslight Anthem, Literature, Of Monsters and Men, Bed Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHRIS PRATT, while promoting Guardians of the Galaxy, busts out some vintage Eminem from "Forgot About Dre."

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM is streaming Get Hurt via iTunes.

LITERATURE is advance streaming Chorus. Like it.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

STEVIE NICKS drops "The Dealer" ahead of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, a new collection of unreleased tracks, mosly from 1969-87.

KIM WILDE: "Kids In America."

THURSTON MOORE will collaborate with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, and London-based musician James Sedwards on The Best Day.

PHOX is briefly profiled by Magnet, where the band will be guest editors.

GLEN HANSARD talks to the L.A. Times about staging Once as a musical.

TOM PETTY, ranked by Stereogum.

MEGAN FOX revealed her absolute best on-screen kiss.

MICHAEL STRAHAN & NICOLE MURPHY. And another woman? And another man?

TRUE DETECTIVE: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss may join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitch and Vince Vaughn for Season 2. Meawhile, series creator Nic Pizzolatto is being accused of plagarism.

MICHAEL JACKSON  had code words and signals that he used with a boy he allegedly molested to describe various sex acts.

JAMES CORDEN  is taking over for Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show.

A WRINKLE IN TIME is headed to the big screen with the director of Frozen.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is also headed to the big screen.

JEFF GOLDBLUM cameos in a Jurassic wedding photo.

LEBANON: A brief humanitarian truce in Arsal fell apart after Islamist militants resumed attacks on the Army.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.  Islamic State jihadists beheaded three fighters from a Sunni tribe that is battling the extremist group in eastern Syria, a monitor said on Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan soldier killed a US general and wounded 14 others, including a US, German, and Afghan general, in an attack at a training facility in Kabul.

A PUPPY is allowed on the bed at last.

YAHOO SERIOUS sleeps with the fishes.

A STOLEN SNAKE fights crime.


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Arcade Fire, Sharon Van Etten, Joe Henry, Meerkat Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Jane Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing,” a little bit of Guns ’N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle," and Harold Faltermyer's "Axel F" for a little more than Twofer Tuesday.

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

JOE HENRY stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

MIREL WAGNER advance streams When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day.

JJ advance streams V.

REDBONE: "Come and Get Your Love."

TOM PETTY talks to All Things Considered about Hypnotic Eye, his long friendship with George Harrison and why it pays to hear one's own music on a bad car stereo.

THE FLAMING LIPS cast a wide net for their Sgt. Pepper's tribute.

KATHLEEN HANNA also has a proposal for Miley Cyrus.

THE 50 BEST GRUNGE SONGS, according to Paste.

BIG BANG THEORY stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have agreed to new three-year contracts in the Friends neighborhood of a cool million per episode.

SANDRA BULLOCK tops the new Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses.

TARA REID was afraid that starring in Sharknado would ruin her career, whatever that was.

VINCE VAUGHN is in preliminary talks to play one of the three leads in the second season of True Detective.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL has split from her boyfriend of two years, Jamie Linden. For the record, it's not my fault.

ANWAN GLOVER, who appeared in the film 12 Years a Slave and the TV series The Wire, was stabbed and beaten at a D.C. nightclub early Sunday morning.

LIBYA: After weeks of delay, the new Parliament met today for the first time, in Tobruk, not in Tripoli as the Islamists had demanded. A number of Islamist lawmakers were not present at the meeting, but 158 out of 188 elected members of parliament did attend the Tobruk session, as well as representatives from the UN Security Mission in Libya, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

IRAN provided weapons technology to Hamas.

ISRAEL and HAMAS on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives, raising hopes that the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies could finally be coming to an end. CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan about televised comments in which he claimed that Jews use Christian blood to make matzoh, a charge generally referred to as blood libel.


ISLAMIC STATE fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping across much of northern Iraq in June. There are reports of the IS executing dozens of Yazidis in northern Iraq.  Lebanon’s defense minister is accusing fighters with the Islamic State of executing a premeditated attack on Lebanese territory launched from inside Syria in the north.

MEERKAT PUP CAM at the Richmond Zoo.

A BEARDED DRAGON was taken into custody in Merrimack, NH.

A GIANT TORTOISE was found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A massive whale shark on a truck.

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