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Craig Finn, Spiritualized, Keane, Kangaroo + Lemur   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CRAIG FINN covered "Scarlet Begonias" with members of The Dead. More indie+ Dead here.

SPIRITUALIZED played 1st Ave; you can stream the gig on demand.

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

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played World Cafe Live in Philly.

REBECCA GATES & THE CONSORTIUM stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

DR. HOOK & THE MEDICINE SHOW: "Cover of the Rolling Stone." A fairly deranged live version.

JENS LEKMAN tells The Line of Best Fit (among other things), "You don't get over a broken heart, you just learn to carry it gracefully".

MAXIMO PARK: Paul Smith takes The Line of Best Fit on a track-by-track tour of The National Health.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Charleston City Paper about his upcoming solo LP with the Downtown Rumblers. (Thx, LHB.)

DINOSAUR JR, ranked by Stereogum.

RANDY TRAVIS: Drving While Naked. Alcohol may be involved. Also, Travis threatened to shoot and kill the troopers who arrested him.

LINDSAY LOHAN will star in an upcoming Lady Gaga music video.

RUPERT SANDERS, the philandering director who cheated on his wife with Kristen Stewart, finally came face-to-face with the woman he betrayed.

GILLIAN ANDERSON adds Mark Griffiths to her ex files after six years together.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER welcome a baby boy named Camden Jack.

STANLEY TUCCI secretly wed Emily Blunt's sister.

ON THE ROAD, with a cast including Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst, Garret Hedlund, Terrence Howard, Sam Riley, Viggo Mortensen and Amy Adams, has a second trailer online.

LINCOLN: Daniel Day-Lewis looks the part in the Spielberg biopic.

YEMEN: The US killed an al Qaeda bomb maker and nine fighters in a pair of drone strikes in Baydah and Hadramout provinces.

IRAN sent diplomats to Turkey seeking help in freeing 48 Iranians seized by Syrian rebels. Iran said it would hold the US responsible for the fate of the prisoners.

PAKISTAN denied reports that it would be launching a joint operation with the US against militants in North Waziristan.

AFGHANISTAN: In the midst of a rash of assassinations and attacks on supply trucks across Afghanistan, it seems insurgents are employing a new weapon some American war veterans will recognize: sticky bombs.


A KANGAROO and LEMUR play tag.

CATCAMS reveal a secret world of slaughter.

A SEAGULL accompanies a Washington State Patrol trooper on a call.

A BABY SIAMING GIBBON debuts at an Israeli zoo.

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Dirty Projectors, Alabama Shakes, Capt. Beefheart, Dog + Kid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM WAITS drops "Hell Broke Luce" as a video from Bad As Me. Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead, plays on this one, iirc.

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

THE ALABAMA SHAKES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BLIND PILOT, now a sextet, energized their catchy, charmingly delicate folk-pop at Newport 2012.


J GEILS is suing the band for plotting to perform without him. A reminder that "Love Stinks."

LIARS talk to Drowned in Sound about using computer software for the first time, the need to keep on challenging themselves as artists, and what prompted them to let some guy wrap them head-to-toe in cellophane and bundled them into a transit van.

MY MORNING JACKET: Jim James talks to Westword about plating the tweets, deep vintage cuts and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BAND OF HORSES: Ben Bridwell talks to SPIN about recording Mirage Rock with Glyn Johns.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN gets dissed for being too political at... The New Republic? I did not see that coming.

ROBERT PATTINSON will give a live TV interview on GMA on August 15th. Think he'll be asked about Kristen Stewart cheating? Rupert Sanders is desperately trying to save his marriage, but wife Liberty Ross surfaced without her wedding ring in L.A. on Monday.

NATALIE PORTMAN Wedding Pictures.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is negotiating a 10 million dollar payday for the Huinger Games sequel.

JOHNNY DEPP: Single and ready to mingle... at Pink Taco.

THE GREAT GATSBY moves from Christmas 2012 to Summer 2013. Ruh-roh. This was supposed to be Oscars-bait.

THE AVENGERS 2: Joss Whedon returns as director... and will be involved in a live-action TV show set in the Marvel Universe.


MARVIN HAMLISCH, who composed or arranged the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and the Broadway smash "A Chorus Line," has died in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 68.

THE UNITED STATES: The New York State Department of Financial Services charged that the British bank Standard Chartered laundered 0 billion for the Iranian government between 2001 and 2010, using its New York branch as a front for the prohibited transactions.

SPAIN: Questions are being raised about whether two Russians held on terror charges in Spain were planning to launch airborne attacks on paragliders.

IRAN: New intelligence information obtained by Israel and four Western countries indicates that Iran has made greater progress on developing components for its nuclear weapons program than the West had previously realized, according to Western diplomats and Israeli officials who are closely involved in efforts to prevent Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

DOG & KID scratch each other's backs...Mass hysteria!

A KITTEN is lucky to be alive after struggling for 20 days before being saved from the brink of death by a Greensburg woman.

BELLA MAE the BULLDOG: Attacked by a rogue porcupine. Dinsdale!

A DROWNING TORTOISE received the kiss of life.

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New Releases, Sigur Ros, Beth Orton, Bob Mould, Canine vs Crow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN brings JESSICA PARE (Mad Men) onstage for "Sometimes Always" and "Just Like Honey" in time for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Niki & the Dove, Birdy, Rev. Peyton's Big Darn Band, The Orwells and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SIGUR ROS played Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park concert series; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

ARCHIE POWELL & THE EXPORTS bring their Chicago-based power pop to World Cafe.

BETH ORTON played a Tiny Desk Concert of new material at the offices of NPR.

BOB MOULD drops "The Descent" ahead of Silver Age... and it has the classic Mould sound.

INTERPOL's Paul Banks drops "The Base" as a solo track.

THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

WILCO: John Stirratt talks to Columbus Alive about Wilco's career trajectory, the process of assembling a good setlist, the various arms of the band's empire and a friend in need who happens to live right here in Columbus. Be sure to read to the end for information about Stirratt's buddy Bobby Sutliff (The Windbreakers), who was recently hospitalized after a car accident. (Thx, LHB.)

THE SHINS: James Mercer talks to the WSJ about Lollapalooza, Port of Morrow, Garden State,and more...

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Rolling Stone about the upcoming LP, self-destruction, and more...

MORRISSEY blasts the Olympics for reasons other than tape-delayed coverage.

ROBERT PATTINSON hits a watering hole near Reese Witherspoon's vacation home in the latest installment of the Kristen Stewart cheating saga.

AMANDA BYNES is accused of yet another hit-and-run incident.

PAM ANDERSON is swearing off men for the "all-star" Dancing with the Stars.

SNOOP DOGG changes his name to Snoop Lion.


ZOOEY DESCHANEL: The New Girl was caught canoodling on camera with her new boy, Jamie Linden.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's 10 Best Performances, according to Paste.

YEMENI officials said that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula still has a strong presence in much of Abyan province, and security forces are spread too thin.

IRAN tested a new longer-range version of its Fateh-110 ballistic missile. Iran plans to take its government offices offline in order to defend against cyberattacks.

AFGHANISTAN: Infighting between two Taliban factions left eight militants dead, including three local commanders, and injured 10 others. Some Taliban survivors of the clash later defected to the Afghan government.

IRAQ: Eleven members of al Qaeda in Iraq were caught while attempting to escape from the Abu Ghraib prison. Iraq's oil pipeline through Turkey was shut down after a blast in Turkey.

CANINE vs CROW: Who you got?

A CHIHUAHUA is being hailed as a hero after authorities say it sniffed out two girls who were lost in a Georgia forest.

WASPS & HORNETS may be the secret to the wonderful complex aroma and flavor of wine.

BOA in the BATHROOM: I Just Can't Stop It.

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Django Django, Walkmen, Velvet Underground, Maru's Olympics   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SONNY & THE SUNSETS "Pretend You Love Me" to start our week.

DJANGO DJANGO is streaming their self-titled debut.

THE WALKMEN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Psychedelic Sounds From the Gymnasium.

KELLY HOGAN stopped by Sound Opinions to sing numbers from her new solo record, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain.

GRIZZLY BEAR drops a new track called "Yet Again."

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

DINOSAUR JR: J Mascis talks to The Guardian about being rock's least loquacious talker, the merits of free dental care, and whether his band Dinosaur Jr were the Chuck Berry to Nirvana's Beatles. ALSO: Stereogum ranks the band's catalog.

JEFF the BROTHERHOOD's Jamin Orrall talks to The A.V. Club about pizza, The Beatles, and sex.

M WARD shuffles his iPod for The A.V. Club.

JIMMY CLIFF talks to All Things Considered about Rebirth and the nature of success. 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Knight Rises for a threepeat at the cinema with 36.4 million. That's on a much more reasonable drop of 41 percent than last weekend when the Olympics Opened.  This finale of Nolan's trilogy still trails The Dark Knight, which was as propelled by the death of Heath Ledger as this one seems harmed by the Aurora, CO theater shooting.  The Total Recall reboot places with 26 million, just barely beating to orignal's 25.5 million debut in 1990. Ouch.  Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days shows with 14 million, well below the earlier entries in this series, which made 22-24 million in their debuts. Ice Age: Continental Drift comes in fourth with 8.4 million; this will be the worst outing of this franchise here, but thes do so well worldwide that another is almost inevitable.  The Watch rounds out the Top 5 with 6.4 million on a 50 percent steep-for-comedy drop as this heads for red ink.

KRISTEN STEWART, staying with a movie producer is reportedly crying her eyes out non-stop and not showering in the aftermath of her fling with married director Rupert Sanders, whose wife reportedly has not seen him since the affair was revealed.

NATALIE PORTMAN and Benjamin Millepied got hitched in a Jewish ceremony at a private home near Big Sur, CA.

JOHN TRAVOLTA denied sexually assaulting a cruise ship worker in a new court filing.

LINDSAY LOHAN & CHARLIE SHEEN may make Scary Move 5 actually scary.

STEVIE WONDER filed for divorce from his wife of 11 years, fashion designer Kai Millard Morris.

ELLEN PAGE claims a crazed fan has been terrorizing her on Twitter - sending her multiple death threats.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 67 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.

GERMANY: Prosecutors accused a German man, "Thomas U.," of belonging to an Islamist terror group and assisting in an attack on a military base in Afghanistan in 2009.

EGYPT: The House of Fatwa announced this week that devout Muslims should not eat or drink in public places during daylight hours as a sign of respect to those fasting for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

IRAQ: Thirty-four Iraqis were killed in a series of insurgent attacks throughout the country over two days. The targets included security forces, Awakening militiamen, government workers, and civilians.

MARU the BOX CAT returns with her own Olympics.

AN 11-YEAR-OLD CHEETAH broke her previous world record for the 100-meter dash and set a new best time of 5.95 seconds.

THE SWARM delayed a flight at Pittsburgh International Airport.

WHAT'S THAT, LASSIE? A fawn has fallen down a manhole?

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John Hughes, Soul Asylum, Best Coast, Cutout Bin, Corgi Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died at the age of 59, three years ago Monday.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness", The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

SOUL ASYLUM, live at the UBS Forum, via The Current.

BEST COAST stopped by The Current to play a few songs.

CHARLES BRADLEY brought his funky, live-wire energy to a soulful set at Newport 2012.

tUnE-yArDs: Merrill Garbus and her band brought her looping and loopy grooves to life at Newport 2012.

R STEVIE MOORE is advance streaming Lo Fi High Fives. "Here Comes Summer Again" ought to be on the new Beach Boys LP.

JOHN CALE drops the psychedelic "I Wanna Talk 2 U," with an assist from Danger Mouse, iirc.

BOB DYLAN drops "Early Roman Kings" in an unusual spot.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Dave Wakeling discusses the band's catalog with The A.V. Club.

DINOSAUR JR: J Mascis talks to Drowned in Sound about Black Sabbath, Lou Barlow, and more...

HERE WE GO MAGIC is profiled at SPIN.

THE 10 BEST OTIS REDDING SONGS, according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From Bruce Springsteen to the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, from Blur to the Byrds, from Cee-Lo Green to the Doobie Bros., plus Led Zeppelin, Redd Kross, Archie Bell & the Drells, Del McCoury 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 the Total Recall reboot, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, scoring 33 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON have finally started talking to each other again? Meanwhile, Rupert Sanders has been told by wife Liberty Ross to forget about directing Snow White and the Huntsman 2 if he wants to win her back.

MACAULAY CULKIN denies reports claiming he's a chronic dopehead with 6 months to live.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER were seen leaving the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood.

MILEY CYRUS' Los Angeles home was swarmed by police, fire and rescue squads responding to a report of a possible home invasion, but the pop star was apparently the victim of a "swatting" prank.  Or at least it will be called a prank until the police accidentally shoot someone.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has been so scarred by her phone being hacked that she's ditched virtually all technology and fears she's being watched all the time, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD gets its villain.

BFI'S GREATEST FILMS: The 50-year reign of Citizen Kane is over.

SKYFALL: The next James Bond flick has an international trailer online.

SPAIN: Three members of an al Qaeda cell, including a Turkish man, were detained during raids in San Roque and Almuradiel.

SYRIA: Assad digs in for a fight to the death.

CORGI CAM: All day. All night. All Corgi.

ORPHAN KANGAROO & WOMBAT, sharing a pouch...Mass hysteria!

MAN vs MOUSE: Not so fast.

PYTHONS in a BACK YARD: Yes, plural.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK likely attacked a swimmer off Cape Cod. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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