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Talking Heads, Orwells, Gary Numan, Nick Waterhouse, Cutout Bin, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- in Rome, circa 1980.  Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," and "Born Under Punches."

THE ORWELLS perform in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

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

NICK WATERHOUSE  revives the 60's feel of his hometown of Huntington Beach at KEXP.

BEAR'S DEN performs at WNYC Soundcheck.

SONIC AVENUES will be "In Your Head."

THE CURE: Yeah, it's that day of the week again.

ALEX CHILTON talked to Melody Maker circa 1985, courtesy of Rock's Backpages.

LYKKE LI talks to The Guardian about her new album, the music industry's sexual double standards – and her ideal festival experience.

WILD BEASTS talk to The Observer about their aversion to timid indie rock and why Miley Cyrus is inspirational.

THE HIPSTER MUSIC INDEX: Priceonomics scatterplots how obscure your musical taste is.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Jesus & Mary Chain to Hall & Oates, from the Velvet Underground to Culture Club, from Queen to The Jam, plus Let's Active, Bob Mould, The Orwells, Joan Jett and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. It is, as the pre-release promotion suggested, Marvel Studios' version of a 70s political thriller like 3 Days of the Condor, which apparently required Marvel to land Robert Redford for a significant role here also.  It draws on characters from the Cap canon, but is less faithful to the original "Winter Soldier" books than, say, Iron Man 3 was to the "Extremis" run of books.  That may actually be a good thing as the Cap/S.H.I.E.L.D. storylines in question ultimately become too wildly convoluted for a mass audience, imho.  In its place is a plot that is probably as close as the Marvelverse will come to a "ripped from the headlines" approach (which is to say only vaguely close) and one that still honors the latter-day Steve Rogers as a man who serves while questioning authority.  The movie also builds on Joss Whedon's development of Black Widow in The Avengers, while propelling both Steve and Natasha along their arcs to The Avengers: Age of Ultron (As with Thor: The Dark World, asequence amid the end credits offers more hints of where this is headed, especially for comic book nerds).  Like Iron Man 3, this installment has plenty of action in the first and third acts as our protagonists unravel a mystery in Act 2.  The action in the first act is mostly realistic, so the audience doesn't suffer from CGI fatigue before the big finale.  However, if you have really young kids, consider that humans get killed in pretty realistic ways if that's an issue for you.  Otherwise, it's plenty entertaining.

DAVE LETTERMAN announced his retirement. He was so funny once.

JAMES FRANCO tried to pick up a 17-year-old girl on Instagram.

CHRIS BROWN flew Con Air.

ADRIAN BRODY & LEIGHTON MEESTER were caught canoodling on camera in Manhattan.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT says she's not obsessed with losing her baby weight. Good for her.

THE BIG BANG THEORY & LUCASFILM are teaming up for a very special episode.

FILM CRITICS: Matt Zoller Seitz would like more focus on the filmmaking.

RUSSIA recalled its ambassador to NATO for consultations Thursday, two days after NATO member countries suspended cooperation with Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: The Muslim Brotherhood, which is accused of planning attacks from the UK, warned that it will sue the government if an investigation results in restrictions on its UK activities.

VENEZUELA: Intelligence agents arrested one opposition mayor accused of stoking violent protests, while another was jailed for 10 months in the latest moves against rivals of President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela's Roman Catholic Church accused President Nicolas Maduro's government on Wednesday of "totalitarian" tendencies and "brutal repression" of demonstrators during two months of political unrest that has killed several dozen people.

SYRIA: The top negotiator for the Syrian Opposition Coalition tells The Daily Beast there will be no more peace talks in Geneva unless the regime drastically changes its tune. Former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Bin Shakaran, a.k.a. Brahim Benchakroun or Abu Ahmad al Maghribi, was reportedly killed in Latakia while leading his Sham al Islam group.

A BABY ELEPHANT tries to stand for the first time.

LUNCH WITH A LIZARD? In Hanoi, they go beyond cat and dog cafes.

A DOG saved her owner by performing the Heimlich maneuver.

A GIRAFFE almost soaks a couple of birds with a giant sneeze.

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Slasher Flicks, School of Language, Courtney Barnett, Nick Drake, Sheep+Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLOUD NOTHINGS drop a video for "I'm Not Part Of Me."

SLASHER FLICKS, ft Avey Tare (Animal Collective) advance streams The Slasher House.

SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE (a Field Music side project) advance streams Old Fears.

COURTNEY BARNETT and her bandmates are currently touring Australia with Billy Bragg, but stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a conversation and live performance.And here she is covering The Lemonheads' "Bein' Around."

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

NICK DRAKE: The previously unheard "Reckless Jane" has been released by musician and friend Beverley Martyn.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH drop "Coming Down," ft The National's Matt Berringer, as the first single from Only Run.

RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods. Another nugget from the grooveyard of forgotten favorites, unearthed by by a friend from the Twitterverse.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli takes a track-by-track tour of Do The Beast. (Thx, Frank Yang.) 

OWEN PALLETT usues music theory to explain the genius of...Lady Gaga.

FLEA is writing a memoir.

GREEN DAY: The A.V. Club looks back at Dookie, released 20 years ago. Get. Off. My. Lawn.

JUSTIN BIEBER is about to score a very sweet plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case.

REGINA SPEKTOR has welcomed her first child, a boy, with husband Jack Dishel.

BROOKE BURKE CHARVET crashed her Maserati early Wednesday morning.

CHRIS BROWN is resisting a flight on Con Air.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON gets to become a completely different kind of superhuman in Luc Besson's upcoming sci-fi thriller Lucy.

ALEC GUINNESS, who would have been 100 yesterday, writes to a friend as he begrudgingly prepares to shoot Star Wars.

UKRAINE: NATO's military chief warned Wednesday that Russian troops could begin moving on Ukraine within 12 hours of being given an order, amid fears that Moscow could seek to invade its eastern region. In the weeks since Russian forces seized Crimea, Vladimir Putin’s plan for mainland Ukraine has become increasingly clear: partition.

VENEZUELA: Maduro is trying to project the image of domestic control to those outside the country; inside, it's a different picture.

LIBYA: In the absence of state institutions, Qur'anic schools in Libya are left to operate on their own. But residents of Benghazi are expressing alarm at the growing number of radical preachers and their impact on kids.

AFGHANISTAN: Six Taliban, One Bullet.

A SHEEP and a DOG are pals. The other sheep are thinking, "Wut?"

WHY EUROPEAN ZOOS favor euthanasia to birth control.

CHUPACABRA captured in Texas? Of course not, but you know you want a look.

A TEXAS DOG escaped to Ohio in just four days.

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Tweens, Drive-By Truckers, Bob Mould, Jack White, Bulldog Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEW ORDER debuts "Drop The Guitar" at Lollapalooza Chile. 

TWEENS advance stream their self-titled debut.

OFF! advance streams Wasted Years.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BOB MOULD drops "Hey, Mr Grey" ahead of Beauty & Ruin.

JACK WHITE drops "High Ball Stepper" ahead of Lazaretto.

THEE OH SEES drop "Drop" ahead of Drop!

999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

BILLY CORGAN's odd side projects are surveyed by The Guardian.

COURTNEY BARNETT talks to Drowned In Sound about songwriting, automatic writing and more...


THE TOP 10 JOY DIVISION SONGS, according to Stereogum.

KALEY CUOCO-SWEETING talks to Cosmopolitan about Johnny Galecki, her wedding, social media and more.

JOHNNY DEPP, Interviewed by Iggy Pop

KERI RUSSELL & MATTHEW RHYS: The Americans are a couple.

KIM KARDASHIAN: Startled by an elephant.

RHIANNA is avoiding Tyler Perry.

TORI SPELLING, sans wedding ring.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & DAVID O. RUSSELL could reuinte to tell the story of...the Miracle Mop?

UKRAINE: NATO will suspend "all practical civilian and military cooperation" with Russia because of its annexation of Crimea, saying it has seen no sign that Moscow was withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border.

VENEZUELA: Grappling with scarcities of sugar, milk, cornmeal and other basic foods, the Venezuelan government Tuesday unveiled a new electronic identification system for shoppers that critics say is a modern version of a ration card. Peruvian Nobel Prize winning author Mario Vargas Llosa has said that he will travel to Venezuela to lend his support to opposition groups.

EGYPT: Security forces managed to defuse a bomb that had been placed by unidentified assailants in North Sinai. The army announced the killing of three militants and arrest of 52 others. At least 33 people were wounded in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

LIBYA: Three Libyans who had hijacked an oil tanker and forced its crew to load illicit oil were released; the Attorney General's staff denounced the decision and called for the Attorney General to resign.

A BULLDOG PUPPY kisses a baby.

A HYENA stars in an unusual get-rich-quick scheme.

SIX TYPES OF VAMPIRE ANTS have been discovered in Madagascar.

A BEAR steals a pic-a-nic basket, drinks dozens of cans of beer.




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Real Estate, Haden Triplets, Cut Copy, April Fools, Goat Simulator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILL MURRAY covers "The House Of The Rising Sun." Oh, yes.

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

THE HADEN TRIPLETS: Tanya, Rachel and Petra stopped by WFUV's Studio A to perform some of their songs and to talk about their family band.

WILD BEASTS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CUT COPY chats with and plays for WFUV from an East Village studio.

CONOR OBERST drops "Governor's Ball" ahead of Upside Down Mountain.

APRIL FOOL'S DAY: I'm not a fan, but in honor thereof, how about: "April Fool," by Soul Asylum and "The April Fools," by Dionne Warwick for Twofer Tuesday?

KURT COBAIN: Approaching the 20th anniversary of the Nirvana frontman's death (Get. Off. My. Lawn.), Pitchfork asks whether there's anything left to say or see.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Rock Candy about the new album, her show, David Byrne and all her automaton dance moves. (Thx, LHB.)

THE STATUS QUO: The Guardian calls them Britain's Most Underrated Band.

THE FIVE WORST SONGS IN ROCK, according to Cracked, which clearly excluded pop.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN will end their marriage amicably ... in large part because they've each done things during the marriage they don't want ending up in legal docs.

JOHNNY DEPP confirmed his engagement to Amber Heard.

SARA GILBERT married songwriter Linda Perry.

JOSH HARTNETT is dating English actress Tamsin Egerton, his costar in the movie Singularity.

JUSTIN BIEBER's win at this weekend's televised segment of the Juno Awards was booed by the crowd

TORI SPELLING & DEAN McDERMOTT have invited reality TV cameras into a very difficult time in their marriage. That always helps.

CHELSEA HANDLER plans to leave the E! channel when her contract expires at the end of the year, bringing a close to her Chelsea Lately talk show after eight years.

UKRAINE: Potentially easing a diplomatic standoff with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday that he'd ordered a partial withdrawal of Russian troops from his country's border area with Ukraine.

VENEZUELA's government will allow foreign airlines to repatriate 3.8 billion in ticket sales revenues that had been stuck inside the country due to currency controls, Venezuela's airline industry association said.

LIBYA: Three years after a NATO-supported revolt toppled Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is at the mercy of rival brigades of heavily armed former rebel fighters who openly and regularly defy the new state.

IRAN has named a member of the militant group that held 52 Americans hostage in Tehran for 444 days to be its next ambassador to the United Nations.  But don't worry; they're totes serious about not working on nukes.

GOAT SIMULATOR: The official launch trailer.

METAL CATS: Documenting the seemingly unlikely duo of hardcore metal musicians and their fluffy cats.

SHEEP stormed The Louvre as part of a protest against industrial reforms to France's Common Agricultural Policy.

A BALTIMORE COP has been inundated with marriage proposals after a photo of him cuddling a stray kitten he rescued and then adopted went viral.

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Flaming Lips, EMA, Protomartyr, Throwing Muses, Boxer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 31, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST performs a special, binaurally-recorded version of "Baby, I'm Crying." Best experienced with headphones.

THE FLAMING LIPS stream Flaming Side of the Moon, meant to be heard synced to Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

EMA advance streams The Future's Void.

PROTOMARTYR advance steams Under Color of Official Right.

THROWING MUSES visits KEXP to play songs from their first album in a decade. 

TORI AMOS drops "Trouble's Lament" ahead of Unrepentant Gates.

MICHAEL JACKSON beatboxes the demo for "Beat It."

SMITH: Their chart-topping cover of the Bacharach-Dixon-David classic, "Baby, It's You." Because I'm feeling a little Death Proof.

THE BEST SONGS ABOUT BASEBALL, according to Salon. Also...

WHITE DENIM's James Petralli and his father, former major league catcher Geno Petralli, talk about music and baseball at MLB.com.

THE FLAMING LIPS are releasing an LP to be played simultaneously with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon.

BLONDIE: Debbie Harry surveys the soundtrack of her life at The Observer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Noah tops the chart with 44 million, right about as predicted. With another 51 million overseas, this might make a mild profit against its 125 million budget...but a "C" Cinemascore and a mere 51 percent positive review from audiences at RottenTomatoes (likely for reasons explored in my blurb below) raises the odds of an underperformance here.  Divergent places with 26.5 million onthe predicted 52 percent drop.  Like Noah, this one may yet prove mildly profitable. Muppets Most Wanted shows with 11.4 million on a 33 percent drop, continuing to play somewhere between a family film and a regular movie, which has to disappoint Disney a bit. Mr Peabody and Sherman takes the fourth slot with 9.5 million on a 20 percent drop, which is fairly leggy, but maybe not leggy enough against a 145 million budget.  God's Not Dead rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million on a mere 2 percent drop, which suggests the devout Christian audience may have turned out for this as a quasi-protest against Noah.  Below the fold, The Grand Budapest Hotel's first wide weekendbrings in 8.8 million on a 30 percent increase in receipts, making for a wildly successful platform release; with 24.5 million domestic and 33 million more overseas so far, the Hotel may ultimately end up second only to The Royal Tenenbaums as a commercial success for for Wes Anderson. Sabotage opens in seventh, suggesting Schwarzenegger is just about done at the box office.

NOAH probably should've been titled "Darren Aronovsky's Noah," which would've lessened the bait-and-switch anyone who has read the Bible likely felt in the theater.  In The New Yorker, Aronovsky dubbed Noah “the least Biblical Biblical film ever made” -- and by that metric, I suppose the film is a success.  Slate catalogs the film's various deviations from the Bible --many of which are tolerable to one degree or another-- but downplays the one I found to be a dealbreaker: It gets God's message to Noah wrong, and puts the Scripturally correct version of mankind's relation to the animals in the mouth of the villain, well-played by Ray Winstone.  (Indeed, it gets God's message wrong - and changes other aspects of the story - in ways that make the ensuing drama incoherent).  I personally consider this to be a mortal sin for a Biblical epic.  I really went into this movie hoping the criticism from some Christian media outlets was overblown -- and some of it is over the top. For example, the fact that God is referred to as "The Creator" is not out of line, and even the presentation of God's message as visions would be acceptable in a primarily visual medium like film. But there's ultimately a line between taking artistic liberties and getting the source material wrong.  I think a remake of Gone With The Wind where the South wins, or Scarlett and Rhett live happily ever after would be subject to the same sort of critique.  You would not film Wicked and sell it as The Wizard of Oz. The film Arononvsky made -if you get past its incoherence- is an interesting, occasionally riveting take on themes found elsewhere in the Old Testament -- the consequences of disobeying God, the sacrifices that may be required to obey God, the qualities of justice and mercy, mankind's fallen state in the face of temmptation. It's just not the story of Noah, other than some similarity in the names of characters, and the presence of a flood.

FROZEN is now the highest-grossing animated film evah.

GWYNETH PALTROW broke her silence regarding the breakup with Chris Martin.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and her fiance Matthew Rutler are expecting a baby girl together.

ELTON JOHN and David Furnish will get married in May.

NIKKI REED and Paul McDonald are ending their marriage.

KESHA is trying to ditch the negative influences which were in her life before rehab.

RUSSIA: One of Vladimir Putin's ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia. Also, Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine.

VENEZUELA: Armed and masked pro-government militias have claimed at least seven lives and left more than 30 people wounded since the anti-government protests began in mid-February.

SYRIA: Regime forces backed by Hezbollah captured two towns in the strategic Qalamoun region near the Lebanese border.

EGYPT: Islamist militants killed one soldier and wounded three other security personnel in a shooting attack in North Sinai. The Foreign Ministry said 439 security personnel and 57 civilians have been killed in militant attacks since July 2013. Seven suspected terrorists were referred to trial for their involvement in attacks, including one outside a church near Cairo. The Interior Minister announced the arrest of Ansar al Sharia members linked to recent shooting attacks as well as members of a terror cell with links to Libya and Syria.

A TWO-LEGGED DOG makes his first trip to the beach.

AN OLD BULL was rescued from drowning -- and gators -- by heroic Hillsborough County deputies.

A BABY PORCUPINE was delivered by c-section from its mothers' corpse.

SAVED SOCHI DOGS go to Washington.

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