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Chris Weisman, Echo Lake, Helsinki, Pillow Talk, TMBG, Ndume   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DJANGO DJANGO drops a video for "First Light."

CHRIS WEISMAN advance streams The Holy Life That’s Coming.

ECHO LAKE advance streams Era.

HELSINKI advance streams A Guide For The Perplexed.

PILLOW TALK advance streams their What We Should Have Said EP.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS will give you a live performance of Flood for your email address.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH drops "Sagres," ahead of Dark Bird Is Home.

NICK DIAMONDS (Islands, The Unicorns) drops "The Sting" ahead of City Of Quartz. Sounds nothing like Marvin Hamlisch.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: "I Am a Rock", stripped down on French TV.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Junkee about loner adolescents, nerd culture, and his novel. (Thx, LHB.)

COLLEN GREEN talks to Stereogum about I Want To Grow Up, which is also embedded with the interview.

MADONNA fell off stage at the BRIT Awards. Has she never seen The Incredibles?

ROXY MUSIC: Ten of the Best.

LINDSAY LOHAN and her community service organization are trying to bamboozle the judge into giving her credit for time she spent performing onstage.

BRUCE JENNER is unlikely to be charged with vehciular manslaughter.

LADY GAGA has signed on to star in the fifth edition of American Horror Story.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was taken off life support, but remains on life support.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER LOPEZ had a low-key, under-the-radar reunion at the Oscars.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO hit on Dakota Johnson during the SNL40 afterparty.

DEMI LOVATO  was rushed to the hospital on Tuesday after contracting a lung infection.

AMERICA's NEXT TOP MODEL contestant Jusmar Gonzaga-Garcia was a victim in a triple homicide.

LOVE & MERCY: The Bian Wilson biopic has a trailer online.

ISLAMIC STATE fighters have abducted 100 Sunni Muslim tribesmen near the Iraqi city of Tikrit, local tribal leaders said on Wednesday, apparently to neutralize suspected opponents before a widely expected army offensive. Thousands of ancient and irreplaceable manuscripts were burned by ISIS fighters after militants raided Mosul library in Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN: The danger posed by the Islamic State to Afghanistan is minimal at the moment. Yet that hasn’t stopped fears from swirling through the nation and the corridors of power. American and Afghan officials say they view the group as a serious potential threat.

NDUME THE ELEPHANT reunites wih the man who rescued him 26 years ago. Memory like an...oh, yeah.

WHEN OWLS ATTACK: A Dutch town has advised residents to arm themselves with an umbrella when going out at night after a mysterious spate of bloody rogue owl attacks.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK is operating in Washington State's coastal waters.

A LITTLE GIRL who recently started feeding crows in her garden was surprised when the birds began bringing her presents in return.

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Suede, Ben Lee, MDNR & Sweet Valley, Mac McCaughan, Cowbell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE LOUISVILLE LEOPARD PERCUSSIONISTS rehearse a Led Zeppelin medley. And Jimmy Page can dig it.

SUEDE played a six-song set at the NME Awards.

BEN LEE dropped a mixtape of his work with Zooey Deschanel, Ben Folds, Neil Finn, and more.

MDNR & SWEET VALLEY drop the Dance 4 A Dollar EP.

ANDREW COMBS advance streams All These Dreams.

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk drops “Lost Again,” ahead of his solo debut.

BUILT TO SPILL drops "Living Zoo" ahead of Untethered Moon.

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR dropped an eight-minute excerpt of "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" ahead of Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress.

"DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME":: The Oral History. At the time, I recall Pate bassist Mike Kelly remarking on the precision drumming.

FATHER JOHN MISTY is Interviewed by Chris Wallace.(Thx, Frank Yang)

VETIVER: Andy Cabic talks to Aquarium Drunkard about DJing, remixes, the upcoming tour, etc.

KATE PIERSON of the B-52s talks to Morning Edtion about her solo debut.

NEW MUSIC is Killing Music. Or something.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY star Jamie Dornan has not quit the sequels, despite widespread reports.

BRUCE JENNER was traveling at 38 miles an hour when he struck the Lexus on Pacific Coast Highway earlier this month.

KYLIE JENNER, 17, is buying a 2.7 million house.

LEONARD NIMOY, reportedly hospitalized with chest pains last week, was up and tweeting yesterday.

MICHAEL KEATON puts away his Oscars acceptance speech.

CHRIS PINE & ZOE KRAVITZ got fans talking over the weekend when they arrived at Charles Finch and Chanel's seventh annual pre-Oscar dinner at Madeo restaurant in Beverly Hills.

JESSICA CHASTAIN has closed a deal to join Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in Universal's The Huntsman.

SPECIAL REPORT: How Iran's military chiefs operate in Iraq.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is effectively taking over Libya. What happens if they reach the Mediterranean?  Also, Graeme Wood rounds up reaction to his widely-discussed analysis of "What ISIS Really Wants" (to which I mentally append, "What It Really Really Wants").

SYRIA: Assyrians in northeastern Syria villages awoke Tuesday to ISIS militants at their doors, with the Islamist extremists abducting scores from the Christian group and forcing hundreds more to run for their lives, an advocate said.


MAPLE THE DOG's got a feevah.

CARNIVOROUS BLADDERWORT has some mind-bending genetic material.

GERBILS may have been responsible for the Black Death, not rats.

A SWEDISH FARM CAT called Missan could be about to claim a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's oldest living cat.

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Gang of Four, Juliana Hatfield, Mazzy Star, Have Mercy, Sonos, Cat vs Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY gets animated, Bob's Burgers-style, in "A New Wave."

GANG OF FOUR advance streams What Happens Next.

THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE stream Whatever, My Love.

MAZZY STAR at studio 105 in Paris, 1993.

HAVE MERCY & SONOS advance stream a split EP, including a nifty cover of Jackson Browne's "Somebody's Baby."

LEON BRIDGES drops and doo-wops “Lisa Sawyer” ahead of his debut album. Delish.

CALEXICO and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) are "Falling From The Sky" ahead of Edge of the Sun. &0s synths and Mexicali horns? Yes, please.

SUN KIL MOON covers Led Zeppelin's "Sick Again."  Meanwhile, Laura Marling takes on “Bron-Yr-Aur.”

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN breaks out a 12-string to cover Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk in the Room," which was also a hit for The Searchers.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to Stereogum about Spotify,  Kanye, Beck, Jack White and so much more. The man has opinions.

KIM GORDON discusses her memoirs on All Things Considered.

HOZIER talks to The Current about  Morris Day & the Time, Jucy Lucys, Annie Lennox and more.

ALVVAYS: Molly Rankin talks to Pitchfork about the supreme idiocy of brunch, how Noel Gallagher taught her to play guitar, her undying love of Celine Dion, and the most terrifying motel in Canada.

LEONARD NIMOY was rushed to the hospital after severe chest pains prompted a 911 call. LLAP.

PATRICIA ARQUETTE found herself under attack from the left after her comments on wage equality.

SEAN PENN also sparked controversy by making a joke about Birdman director Alejandro González Iñárritu's Mexican heritage at the Oscars. Iñárritu found it hilarious, others not so much.

JOAN RIVERS: The Academy responded to public dismay that she was left out of the Oscars' In memoriam segment.  The Academy wants to be Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Maya Angelou; the public knows it's really Joan.

BEN WOOLF (American Horror Story: Freak Show) has died in an L.A. hospital from injuries suffered last week when he was hit by a passing car.

MICHAEL SAM will be competing in March, not on the football field, but on Dancing with the Stars.

FRENCH authorities seized the passports of six alleged French jihadis who were planning to depart to fight in Syria, the first time this anti-terrorism measure has been used.

RUSSIA's main defense contractor Rostec has offered Iran its latest Antey-2500 anti-aircraft missiles. A 2010 UN resolution bans the delivery of such missile systems to Iran.

IRANIAN and AMERICAN  officials ended a round of high-level nuclear talks here on Monday considering a proposal that would strictly limit for at least 10 years Iran’s ability to produce nuclear material, but gradually ease restrictions on Tehran in the final years of a deal. Antony J. Blinken, the newly appointed deputy secretary of state,said any deal would have to “cut off all pathway for Iran to get to a nuclear weapon,” including the covert path. That would require highly intrusive inspections, Mr. Blinken said, the details of which were still up for negotiations.

YEMEN's Shiite rebels on Monday threatened to arrest and try for treason the prime minister and all Cabinet members if they fail to return to work, as thousands took to the streets in the capital, Sanaa, to denounce the rebels and show support for the country's embattled president.

SYRIA: Members of the Islamic State stormed the Tell Tamer area in Syria on Monday morning, taking hundreds of villagers hostage.

PAKISTAN: The foreign office admiited the Islamic State's activities inside Pakistan posed a "serious threat" to the country.

IRAQ: Now would be a very good time for U.S. President Barack Obama to think about what happens after Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, is liberated from the Islamic State. If Iraq were to re-take Mosul without a real plan for what comes next -- i.e., having credible Sunni Arab leaders in place to administer the city -- it could intensify sectarian hostility that is already breaking Iraq apart.

CAT vs DOG: Who you got?

A 700-LB MAKO SHARK was caught at a Florida pier.

130 BIRDS were set on fire in mid-air during testing of a new solar power farm.

A FLORIDA POLICE DOG was fired after biting a Dunkin' Donuts employee. Walk like a Belgian Malinois.

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Of Montreal, Swervedriver, Moon Du, Elvis Perkins, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS cover Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" for the kids. Literally.

OF MONTREAL advance streams Aureate Gloom.

SWERVEDRIVER advance streams I Wasn't Born To Lose You.

MOON DUO advance streams Shadow Of The Sun.

ELVIS PERKINS advance streams I Aubade.

GANG OF FOUR drops "Stranded" ahead of What Happens Next.

THE SINGLES: Scarlett Johansson joins Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan on the pop "Candy."

TEGAN & SARA bring ?uestlove, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, and Mark Mothersbaugh on for "Everything Is Awesome" at the Oscars. BONUS: Lady Gaga's medley from The Sound of Music may be her most surprising performance yet.

ARCADE FIRE's Will Butler will be writing a song a day based upon a news story in the Guardian for a week starting today.

KIM GORDON talsk tot the NYT about her book; Billboard has an audio excerpt.

THE ARISTO & THE SPIV: The true story of the men behind the Who.

TUSK: Fleetwood Mac's follow-up to the 1977 megahit Rumours, revisited by The New York Times Magazine.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Shades of Grey dominates the chart again with 23.2 million; that's a 72 percent drop, but with over 400 million worldwide on a 40 million budget, the trilogy is already assured. Kingsman: The Secret Service places again with 17.5 million on a 52 percent drop (which isn't too bad considering last weekend was Valentine's/Presidents' Day weekend).  It likely needs about 200MM to profit and has 153MM so far worldwide.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water shows again with 15.5 million on a 50 percent drop; again, not bad given last weekend and it's on track to profit.  McFarland USA debutes in the fourth slot with 11.3MM against a ballpark 25MM estimated budget; okay, but likely a disappointment for Disney.  The DUFF rounds out the Top 5 with 11MM which is actually a bit above estimates against an 8.5 MM budget.  Below the fold, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 debuted with 5.8MM against a 14MM budget which amy only turn a profit after overseas grosses come in.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Congrats, JK Simmons.


THE RAZZIES went to these folks. Bad night for camerons.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, is directed by Matthew Vaughn (KickAss, X-Men First Class), based on a limited comics series by Mark Millar (KickAss),so it's not surprising that it sends up the over-the-top super-spy genre as well as celebrate it.  It's not an Austin Powers-esque pastiche, but has its tongue firmly in cheek.  At the same time, the film tries to provide enough bacstory for the audience to care about the protagonists, particularly spy-in-training Eggsy.  All the actors handle the limits of the material well enough, with Samuel L. Jackson as equal parts Goldfinger, Ted Turner and Spike Lee.

LEONARDO DiDAPRIO helped throw Rihanna a star-studded affair for her 27th birthday.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was under the influence of drugs the morning she was found unresponsive in her bathtub. Shocka.

HILARY DUFF filed for divorce from her estranged husband Mike Comrie.

A RUSSIAN newspaper claims to have an official government strategy document outlining the invasion of Ukraine that was prepared weeks before the Ukrainian government collapsed last year.

TURKEY invaded SYRIA, but just a little. Just the tip. 

EGYPT  Egypt has banned Islamic State videos from the internet. Qatar recalled its ambassador to Egypt after the latter's airstrikes in Libya.

OCTOPUS Gets Crabby.

SHARKNADO actually happened: Shark stranded on beach after twin cyclones hit Australia.

A COW has a bicycle mishap.

PET MONKEY stands to inherit.

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Raspberries, JD McPherson, Lone Bellow, Steve Earle, Kevin Morby, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE RASPBERRIES!  Live on the Sunset Strip, your setlist includes: "I Wanna Be with You," The Who's "I Can't Explain," "Play On," "Tonight," "Should I Wait," "Nobody Knows," "Makin' It Easy," "Come Around and See Me," "If You Change Your Mind," "Let's Pretend," "Last Dance," The Searchers' "Needles and Pins," "I Can Remember," "Party's Over," "Don't Want to Say Goodbye," "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak," "I Don't Know What I Want," "Ecstasy," "I'm a Rocker," and "Go All the Way."

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

THE LONE BELLOW, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

STEVE EARLE plays the blues for KUTX.

KEVIN MORBY covered Bob Dylan, The Germs, and Silver Jews for Aquarium Drunkard.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

BLUR gave DIY the first interview about The Magic Whip, their first record in 13 years.


JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD talks to Stereogum about getting dropped by Warner Bros and their new LP.

BECK, ranked by Stereogum, uninterrupted by Kanye West.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which is currently scoring 16 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mc Farland USA, which is scoring 74 percent; and The DUFF, scoring 64 percent.

BILL COSBY thanked EDDIE MURPHY for not mocking him on the SNL40 special.

EDDIE MURPHY: talked to The Guardian about his music and why Beverly Hills Cop 4 is taking so long.

ALLISON WILLIAMS defends BRIAN WILLIAMS, admits his troubles have delayed her wedding.

JAY Z was slapped with a paternity suit.

ALIEN: Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) will direct a new installment of the franchise.

UKRAINE:  Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.

TURKEY and the US signed an agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.

THE ISLAMIC STATE may be in danger of losing a main supply route.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration distanced itself from claims by two senior militants that members of the Afghan Taliban were due to hold direct talks with U.S. officials in Qatar on Thursday.

A CAT calms a puppy.

SAUERKRAUT: Grumpy Cat has a rival.

BEES need codfee and cigarettes.

DOGS are like catnip to the ladies.

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