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Hold Steady, Damon Albarn, Kins, Typhoon, Marshmallow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS played “Sh^it Shots Count” for Conan.

THE HOLD STEADY plays a set drawing heavily on their long-awaited new album, Teeth Dreams, at the Public Radio Rocks showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

DAMON ALBARN treated the crowd to some new songs at the Public Radio Rocks Day Stage showcase for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

KINS played a five-song set for KUTX at SXSW.

TYPHOON played a four-song set for KUTX at SXSW.

WYE OAK drops "Glory" as a single

THE HORRORS drop "So Now You Know" ahead of Luminous.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

R.E.M. is dropping a 4-LP set of MTV Unplugged performances, including 11 songs that never aired.

LED ZEPPELIN is reissuing their first three albums with unreleased material. Also, Jimmy Page will receive an honorary doctor of music degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE and the charisma deficit of modern rock. 

ALBUM ART CLICHES, compiled by Paste.

L'WREN SCOTT, celebrated fashion designer and longtime galpal of Mick Jagger, was discovered hanging from a scarf tied to a doorknob in her apartment on 11th Avenue. She was 47.

CHRIS BROWN,booted from rehab for getting too close to the women (and refusing a drug test), was ordered to remain in jail until a hearing in late April.

ANGUS T. JONES talks about his controversial departure from Two and a Half Men.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is profiled by W magazine ahead of A Million Ways to Die in the West.

SHAILENE WOODLEY is profiled by Marie Claire ahead of Divergent.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE is married and knocked up.

MALAYSIA: The chief executive of Malaysia Airlines acknowledged some uncertainty about when a critical communications system was disabled on missing Flight 370, underscoring confusion at the helm of the investigation.

VENEZUELA: Security forces took control of a Caracas plaza that has been at the heart of anti-government protests that have shaken Venezuela for a month.

UKRAINIAN leaders refused to cede any part of the Crimean peninsula, calling on their troops to prepare for war.  The US and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state. Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him on Twitter.

IRAN: The specter of Crimea hangs over Iran’s nuclear talks, as world powers locked in a confrontation over Russia’s move to annex the region find themselves on the same side during negotiations with the Islamic Republic.

MARSHMALLOW cracks her escape route.

TURKEY CURLING: Exactly what it sounds like.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is now living in a young girl's ponytail.

A LIVE LEECH was discovered in a Chinese girl's windpipe.

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Liars, Future Islands, Lucius, Scott Asheton RIP, Dog+Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHNNY CASH now has a posthumous video for "She Used to Love Me a Lot."

LIARS are advance streaming Mess.

FUTURE ISLANDS are advance steaming Singles.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH plays a set for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

LUCIUS plays a set from the Public Radio Rocks stage for WFUV at SXSW 2014.

PRINCE & ZOOEY DESCHANEL drop "FALLINLOVE2NIGHT,"a portion of which played on The New Girl.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

SCOTT ASHETON, drummer and founding member of The Stooges, has died at the age of 64.

TYLER THE CREATOR was busted at SXSW on charges of inciting a riot.

NEIL YOUNG is writing a science fiction novel.

GARY BURGER, frontman of garage pioneers the Monks, has died from pancreatic cancer, Minnesota Public Radio reports. He was 72.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mr Peabody and Sherman climbs to the top of the chart with 21.2 million, but with a 145 million production budget, this one would need legs like The Croods to end up in the black before home video. 300: Rise of an Empire places with 19.1 million on a steep 58 percent drop; this one may make a little money if itslarger overseas grosses stay up.  Need For Speed shows with a 17.8 million debut against a 66 million budget; that's far less than the projected 25 million, though one wonders why anyone still finances movies based on videogames, given their track record.  Non-Stop slides to fourth with 10.6 million on a leggier 33 percent drop and is shaping up as Neeson's best outing without "Taken" in the title. Tyler Perry's The Single Moms Club rounds out the Top 5 with 8.3 million, the worst Perry debut evah.  Below the fold, Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel climbed into the eighth spot on a mere 66 screens; its 4.8 million total augurs well for a budget that has not been reported but likely was somewhere around 20 million before subsidies from the German government. Also, Veronica Mars rounded out the Top 10 with a 2 million debut against a 6 million budget, which might be enough to fuel the crowdfunding of feature films.

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL:  It's a Wes Anderson film, so if you've seen Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, etc.,you should already know if this is your bag.  This one is inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, if not informed by them, and remains unmistakably Wes in its fairytale tone, vintage camera work, and attention to twee detail, albeit of interwar Europe in this case.  What's different?  This is perhaps the most broadly comic, action-oriented, and bloody of Anderson's films, although this is relative to Anderson's canon, not Hollywood in general. The film boasts a large ensemble, heavy with cameos from Anderson vets like Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton and Bob Balaban, with a spriking of newcomers, notably F. Murray Abraham, Harvey Keitel and Ralph Fiennes as the protagonist, concierge Gustave H.  The downside of the large cast and action sequences is that Gustave and his lobby boy Zero get much in the way of character development.  It's a confection as delicious as Mendl's chocolates, but before too long you'll be hungry for Rushmore.

CHRIS BROWN will probably spend the next month behind bars, and possibly a lot longer.

RHIANNA & DRAKE are an item.

CHRIS PINE pleaded guilty to DUI in New Zealand.

WAYNE KNIGHT, best known as Newman from Seinfeld, is very much alive, despite an internet hoax.

NIKKI SIXX finally tied the knot with model Courtney Bingham Saturday.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS wed businessman Jamie Watson on Friday in New Orleans.

LAMAR ODOM officially quit the Spanish basketball team Baskonia.

LUPITA NYONG'O is meeting for the female lead in Star Wars: Episode VII.

DAVID BRENNER, considered the father of observational comedy, died at his home in New York City on Saturday. He is said to hold the record for appearances - 158 - on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He was 78.

MALAYSIA:  A signaling system was disabled on the missing Malaysia Airlines jet before a pilot spoke to Malaysian air traffic control without hinting at any trouble, a senior Malaysian official said Sunday.

UKRAINE: While the residents of Crimea were voting Sunday under the barrel of Russian guns to be absorbed into Putin's Russia, Ukrainians had plenty of anger left for the Western powers that he said had courted Ukraine only to dither and demure when the going got tough.

NORTH KOREA fired 25 short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast Sunday, South Korean officials said, in an apparent continuation of protests against ongoing U.S.-South Korean military drills.

VENEZUELA: President Nicolas Maduro warned protesters in Caracas on Saturday to clear a square they have made their stronghold, or face eviction by security forces.

SYRIA: The army seized full control of the rebel bastion of Yarbud.

EGYPT: Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said the government is pursuing a comprehensive plan to deal with terrorists in the country.

IRAQ: The US has delivered 100 Hellfire missiles, as well as assault rifles and ammunition, to Iraq this month to support its fight against the al Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; the US is promising to send more weapons in the coming weeks.

WHEN THE OWNER'S AWAY, the dog will play.

DOGS in a photo booth.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Squirrelmageddon in Oklahoma.


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St. Pat's Day, Real Estate, Alejandro Escovedo, Cutout Bin, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my fave Pogues song, "Sally MacLennane," and a Shamrock Shake.

REAL ESTATE return to KEXP to play songs from their new LP Atlas on The Midday Show. 

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

LUCIUS played the UBS Forum for The Current.

LES CLAYPOOL'S DUO DE TWANG performs "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver" and more in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS is profiled by Magnet.

THIRTEEN BANDS that could reunite...but won't.

SLOWDIVE spoke to Black Penny Music about the band's reformation and comeback. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

SONGS WES ANDERSON put back in your head

CUTOUT BIN: -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wider releases are Need For Speed, which is currently scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Tyler Perry's The Single Moms' Club, which -per usual- was not screened for critics.  Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel expands beyond NYC and LA at 90 percent; Veronica Mars debuts on 300 screens at 69 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN's taping of 2 Broke Girls was a train wreck. Shocka!

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ have been living apart... but he's still sporting his ring.

ELISABETH OLSEN is engaged to actor Boyd Holbrook.

SETH ROGEN: Not a Belieber.

CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 will take on Superman vs Batman head on.

MALAYSIA: US investigators suspect that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 stayed in the air for up to four hours past the time it reached its last confirmed location, according to two people familiar with the details, raising the possibility that the plane could have flown on for hundreds of additional miles under conditions that remain murky. "There is probably a significant likelihood" that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is on the bottom of the Indian Ocean, a senior US official told CNN's Barbara Starr Thursday.

VENEZUELA's  state prosecutor said on Thursday the death toll from a month of violent protests had risen to 28, after the nation's top court ordered opposition mayors to dismantle barricades set up by street protesters.

UKRAINE: Moments after blasting what he called Russia's illegal "military aggression" of his nation, Ukraine's interim leader insisted Thursday that a peaceful resolution that ends with Kiev and Moscow becoming "real partners" is still possible. Yatsenyuk's remarks come as thousands of Russian troops staged military exercises not far from his nation's border.

EGYPT: Unidentified gunmen killed at least one person and injured three others in an attack on a bus transporting security personnel in Cairo. The army spokesman blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the attack.

FIRST SNIFF: Dogs parody the viral First Kiss video.

A 500-LB HOG bagged in North Carolina.

PIGEONS re being dyed like parrots in NYC.

SUMATRAN TIGER CUBS were born at the London Zoo.

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Stephen Malkmus, Benmont Tench, Laura Cantrell, Deaf Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Stevie Wonder's “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” in Motown, wearing the face of disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BENMONT TENCH: The Heartbreaker stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

LAURA CANTRELL performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

DAVID BOWIE: With a new Wes Anderson movie expanding Friday, how about some vintage "Queen B^tch" from the OGWT?

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Rolling Stone about his cover-rich Aussie tour and his Record Store Day EP.

BASIA BULAT ansers 5 Questions for BrooklynVegan.

THE WAR ON DRUGS: Stereogum digs deep into the band and the making of Lost In The Dream.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, is writing a children's book.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly listed 36 celebrity hookups.

TAYLOR SWIFT cuts off Selena Gomez for reuniting with Justin Bieber.

LADY GAGA's Born this Way Foundation spends more on lawyers, publicity and consultants than charity.

CHRIS PINE was busted for DUI in New Zealand.

ROBIN THICKE took some time offf rom wooing back Paula Patton to go birthday clubbing with Leo DiCaprio.

SHAILENE WOODLEY, star of the upcoming Divergent, is not a fan of Twilight.

BIG BANG THEORY gets a three-season renewal from CBS.

UKRAINE: A push by US Senate Democrats to tie a controversial funding provision to a Ukraine-aid bill could thwart the popular resolution's chances of becoming law.

A DEAF PUG sings when his owner returns.

A SHAGGY DOG STORY: A passer-by mistook him for a pile of trash. Look at him now.

A CHIMP significantly outperformed 12 children and 4 adults on a complex maze in a virtual-reality computer game.

AN ELEPHANT trashed an indian village, then saved a baby from the rubble.

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Arcade Fire, Coathangers, Steve Earle, Phantogram, Boxer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RANDY NEWMAN blasts hrough "I Love L.A." with the Roots...in NYC.

ARCADE FIRE, Live at the Target Center, Mpls, March 8, 2014.

THE COATHANGERS advance stream Suck My Shirt.

STEVE EARLE plays the title track from The Low Highway, plus a couple older favorites, in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

PHANTOGRAM: Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel stopped by WFUV's Studio A along with their touring band to perform some of their new songs and to talk about the making of the new album. 

ANDY KIM is opening Kevin Drew's record release show. Brooklyn Vegan has "Rock Me Gently" and "Sugar, Sugar" for Twofer Tuesday on Wednesday.

YO LA TENGO: More like a comedy troupe than a regular band?

THE DREAM SYNDICATE: Steve Wynn talks to Magnet about the Day Before Wine And Roses show, the future famous person and bandmate in attendance and a couple of Eric Clapton songs. And here's a bonus bit about Lou Reed.

SXSW: Why Your Band Won't Break Out in Austin.

THE TOP 10 HOLD STEADY SONGS, according to Stereogum.

GAME OF THRONES covers Vanity Fair; the show's creators brag they know what happens at the nd of the book series.

TILDA SWINTON talks to the Daily Beast about Vladmir Putin, David Bowie, and vampires.

KIM KARDASHIAN got into a car crash near the Beverly Hills Hotel. 

LINDSAY LOHAN's TV show gets off to a so-so start.

JASON SUDEKIS has nabbed the iconic role of Fletch in Warner Bros.' Fletch Won.

THE BACHELOR: I don't watch it, probably because the dudes are like this.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS inteviewed Pres. Obama on Between Two Ferns, presumably because youth enrollment under the ACA is lagging.

CIA DIRECTOR John Brennan said al Qaeda has "metastasized over the years" and is found throughout Africa and Southeast Asia. He also said that concerns over the growing presence of al Qaeda-linked fighters in Syria have been the focus of many of his efforts with his foreign counterparts over the past year.

UKRAINE's government appealed for Western help on Tuesday to stop Moscow annexing Crimea but the Black Sea peninsula, overrun by Russian troops, seemed fixed on a course that could formalize rule from Moscow within days.  Pro-Russian groups used whips to attack pro-Ukrainian demonstrators in Sevastopol, the port city of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, according to the BBC. The authorities in Ukraine's breakaway region of Crimea  ruled out negotiations with the central government, which they say is illegitimate.

VENEZUELA: Fears of a bloody face-off spread.

EL SALVADOR: Police blocked hundreds of supporters of the conservative candidate in El Salvador’s presidential election from reaching a hotel where electoral authorities were doing a final count Monday for the razor-thin runoff contest.

FERN the BOXER was not pleased to be left in the car.

A 22-LB HOUSE CAT forced a family (including the dog) into their bedroom in Portland, Oregon. The 911 call transcript is priceless.

A DOG in Northamptonshire has become the 13th to die in the UK from "Alabama Rot" since December.

THE BRAZILIAN WANDERING SPIDER: 10 things to know about the world's deadliest arachanid.

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