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Washed Out, Phosphorescent, Kitchens of Distinction, Baboon Strike   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO breaks out the whiteboard for "Is That Enough?"

WASHED OUT is advance streaming Paracosm.

PHOSPHORESCENT played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KINGSLEY FLOOD played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

JOHN McCAULEY played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION drop “Japan To Jupiter” ahead of Folly, their first new music in 18 years.

EUGENE McGUINESS drops "Fairlight"; no news about a sophomore LP.

ISLANDS drops “Becoming The Gunship” ahead of Ski Mask.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. still charm me with the McCartney-esque "Simple Girl."

THE CIVIL WARS: Joy Williams talks to the All Things Considered about their sophomore LP.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks record sales, Spotify and more at the Denver Post.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to Rolling Stone about her theme for Orange Is The New Black.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ranked by Stereogum.

BRITNEY SPEARS can't hold a conversation, according to former Cheetah Girls star Adrienne Bailon, who worked with Spears on The X Factor.

TERRENCE HOWARD's ex-wife alleges he sucker punched her in the face, grabbed her by the neck and threw her against the wall.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN has been successfully treated for cancer.

CHARLIE SHEEN is now calling his harem "angels."

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is profiled by Marie Claire.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & PETER SARSGAARD, co-stars in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic, talk to GQ about watching pr0n.

JOHN MALKOVICH & BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH join the cast of Penguins of Madagascar.

THE AVENGERS 2: Loki is out.

AL QAEDA: Recent threats against US assets prompt a split in analysts about Ayman al-Zawahri.

EGYPT: The army and government are preparing to reach a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood that would see some members released from jail, assets unfrozen, and three ministerial positions given to the Islamist group.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 12 people in bombings in Baghdad, a policeman in a shooting a Fallujah, and two more civilians in a bombing in Khanaqin. Security forces captured a senior al Qaeda leader during a series of raids in western Anbar province.


A CAT sees his owner for the first time in six months. Sort of.

FLORIDA MAN survives shark attack. And monkeys. And a rattlesnake. And lightning.

A DOZEN BABOONS go on strike at a Dutch Zoo.

MAN SAVES DOG, then wife.

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Andrew Bird, Bombino, Spirit Family Reunion, Cat + Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT drops a wacky video for "Your Life Is A Lie" ahead of their self-titled LP. More cowbell... sort of.

ANDREW BIRD played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

BOMBINO played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

HEY MARSAILLES played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE JULIE RUIN drops “Ha Ha Ha” ahead of Run Fast.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD lip-synchs "Mr. Soul" from a show that cannot be mentioned (minus bassist Bruce Palmer for legal reasons), plus a live take on "Rock'n Roll Woman" for your Twofer Tuesday.  And while "Mr. Soul" opens with a bit of "For What It's Worth," you can get a full serving as a bonus.

THE BEATLES discuss Revolver, released 47 years ago this week.

ROBERT PLANT: Why won't he reuinte Led Zeppelin?

ARIEL PINK & GOGOL BORDELLO: Both in court, but not against each other.

BLOC PARTY's TOP 10, according to Stereogum.


JUSTIN BIEBER's entourage is under investigation for a brutal fight that left a nightclub patron sprawled out in the parking lot.

SIMON COWELL is reportedly pressuring his soon-to-be baby mama, Lauren Silverman, to settle her nasty divorce.

TERRENCE HOWARD has been accused by his ex-wife of beating her badly during a heated argument in Costa Rica.

LADY GAGA's damaging secrets have been sealed away

ETERNA may have the last trailer you'll ever need to see

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 68 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.

AMERICAN special forces units overseas have been on alert for the past several days for a mission to attack potential al Qaeda targets if those behind the most recent terror threats against US interests can be identified, a senior Obama administration official told CNN. US officials acknowledged the interception of messages last week from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri ordering al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack Western interests as early as Aug. 4. The State Department added Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, and Mauritius to the list of countries where US diplomatic missions have been closed due to the al Qaeda threat. The State Dept. is reevaluating a previous assessment that downplayed the degree of Iranian support for terrorist activity in Latin America.

EGYPT: Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi continued protests calling for his reinstatement.

IRAN could begin producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer, US and European officials believe, using a different nuclear technology that would be easier for foreign countries to attack.


CAT adopts BABY SQUIRREL, teaches it to purr...mass hysteria!

JUSTIN THE KITTEN survived a fire and found a family.

AN ESCAPED PYTHON strangled two young boys as they slept, according to the the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

KANGAROOS have two tickets to the gun show for you.

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Monday, August 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS have a new LP coming. "Do I Wanna Know?" Yes.

TYPHOON is advance streaming White Lighter.

JULIANA BARWICK is advance streaming Nepenthe.

VALERIE JUNE is advance streaming Pushin' Against a Stone. Digging it.

RHYE plays a mini-set at World Cafe

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

JACK WHITE's ex, Karen Elson, filed for a restraining order, alleging he wanted her to contact their kids’ private school in an effort to get their kids out of a class in which another entertainer’s child was present (apparently Dan Auerbach's).  White also allegedly berated Elson when she attended the wedding of a rival musician.  In both cases, White allegedly was upset at other musicians "ripping off" his style.  White filed a countermotion disputing the allegations.


STEPHIN MERRITT talks to The Airship about sci-fi, hackneyed metaphors and how the Future Bible Heroes music-making process involves two “different species of beaver.” (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 100 LPs OF 1985, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers. I'd argue the order, mostly.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 2 Guns tops the chart with 27 million, with the typical Denzel Washington number slightly boosetd by Mark Wahlberg.  This flick cost 61 million, which is like money in the bank with a Denzel pic, especially after overseas numbers come in.Speaking of global markets, The Wolverine skids 59 percent to place with 21.7 million, but its 95 million total to date pales against 159 overseas.  Smurfs 2 shows with an 18.2 million debut, mildly restoring my faith in humanity, as this could have been No. 1 against a Denzel opening.  The Conjuring drops 39 percent to No. 4 with 13.6 million, but it's pretty leggy, breaking the 100 million mark against a 20 million budget and is now launching overseas.  Despicable Me 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.3 million, which is probably this week's real story.  DM2 is now Universal's third-highest grosser, trailing only E.T. and Jurassic Park.

THE CONJURING: I'm a bit behind on seeing this one, because horror isn't really my genre.  But this old school exorcism pic, minus the torture pr0n so common these days, was pretty darn good, led by a quartet of good actors: Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Lili Taylor (High Fidelity); Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Ron Livingston (TV's Sex and the City).  It's so old school as to be set in the 70s, when exorcism first made a splash in film.  And it's "based on a true story," though when Farmiga's character identifies herself jokingly as a "kook," one suspects that's the real true story.  Nevertheless, for what it is, it's interesting even between the scares and confident to be restrained in its creepiness.

ELLE MacPHERSON wed billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji.

CHARLIE SHEEN has a new "goddess" -- Capri Anderson, who accused him of assault and battery after a booze and cocaine fueled wild night in New York City and then allegedly tried to extort a million dollars from him.

LINDSAY LOHAN never wants to see alcohol again. Plus, she might be good as a talk show hostess. Maybe a steady job would be good for her.

LEAH REMINI plans to write a tell-all memoir about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS was involved in a serious car accident in Venice, Calif.; she escaped with minor injuries and pal Jodie Foster came to the scene.

BOURNE again. Oh dear.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST drops an ad for Trask Industries.

THE UNITED STATES State Department issued a global travel alert for US citizens, based on indications recently received of an al Qaeda threat. The alert warned that the terrorist group or its allies may attack public or private American interests, and may target tourist spots or public transportation systems.

THE UNITED KINGDOM plans to close its embassy in Yemen on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, and has issued a travel advisory to British nationals in Yemen. British embassies in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq will remain open, but the Foreign Office advised staff to "exercise extra vigilance."

FRANCE: President Holland said France has been "informed directly and indirectly of threats concerning our installations overseas and even our nationals, threats coming from al-Qaida."

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator for Iran, officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Two days before his inauguration, Rouhani reportedly said that Israel "is a wound ... on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed"; state media later claimed he was misquoted.

SYRIA: Several rebel groups, including the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front, seized a weapons depot near Damascus. The Syrian National Coalition urged warring Kurds and jihadists in Hasakah province to "exercise restraint."

A SEAL gave birth on a dock in Seattle.

BABOON BURGLARS: Kleptomaniac monkeys terrorize an estate in South Africa.

TWO POSSIBLY RABID RACCOONS attacked a woman in Central Park.

HEY, BOO-BOO: A bear pushed away an entire dumpster from the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs.

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MTV, Colin Meloy, Milk Carton Kids, Cutout Bin, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 30 yesterday. The first 20 minutes, included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more. A couple of years back, Gawker did 30 years in 3 minutes.

COLIN MELOY played a solo set at the Newport Folk Festival, though The Decemberists make an appearance.

BLACK PRAIRIE, featuring members of The Decemberists, played a set at the Newport Folk Festival, including a cover of "The Song Remains The Same."

MILK CARTON KIDS  played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: tracks from Yuck, the Lone Bellow, Jackson Scott and more highlight the latest edition. 

FRANKIE ROSE expresses "Sorrow" ahead of Herein Wild.

THE DEATH RATTLE: Why The '60s Really Ended In 1973.  A slightly different take on an idea expressed in Almost Famous, which means we must hear "Tiny Dancer."

ARCADE FIRE's Richard Reed Parry has started a folk band.

HARRY NILSSON: Alyn Shipton, author of a new Nilsson biography, offers 5 quirky facts about the singer-songwriter. (Thx, LHB.)

LOLLAPALOOZA's best and worst lineups, according to SPIN.

SOUL ASYLUM: An oral history of their big hit, "Runaway Train."

CUTOUT BIN: From RJD2 to Nancy Sinatra, from James Brown to lou Reed, from Them to Bananarama, plus the Who, Stealer's Wheel, King Khan, the Beatles, the Bangles and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM. BTW, I'm advised this here blog is one of the top 100 all-time users of the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Smurfs 2, which opened Wednesday with 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and 2 Guns, which is currently scoring 58 percent. Also select theaters will be running Sharknado at Friday midnight shows.

SIMON COWELL, having impregnated an ex-friend's wife, finds himself named in the inevitably nasty divorce.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is close to returning to American Idol.

AMANDA BYNES is doing better on a cocktail of psych meds, but was shut down in her bid to leave the psychiatric hospital.

ROBERT PATTINSON is "hanging out and hooking up" with Riley Keough, Elvis Presley's granddaughter.

JENNIFER ANSITON: Not a fan of Katie Couric.

AMBER HEARD is profiled in Flare magazine.

THE UNITED STATES said it would close an unspecified number of embassies around the world on Sunday over security concerns. The White House said said it is "extremely disappointed" that Russia has given temporary asylum to NSA leaker Edward Snowden. A sweeping House of Representatives vote yesterday approved tough new sanctions on Iran; Senate approval is expected soon.

SYRIA: President Assad made his first known public trip outside Damascus since March 2012, visiting the former rebel stronghold of Daraya.

AFGHANISTAN decided not to impose fines on outgoing Coalition cargo after the US Senate passed a measure that would have cut aid to Afghanistan 5 bucks for every dollar of fines.

IRAQ is once again, a full-blown sectarian war zone, with armed factions that hold territory and kill civilians at will.

A CORGI's first pool.

A MASS CHIMPANZEE ESCAPE was diffused by zoo officials with ice cream and fizzy drinks.

BAMBI seized from a no-kill shelter by armed agents who killed her.

A FEROCIOUS WATER BUG stalks and devours a fish.

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Thursday, August 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO & BECK play "California Stars" and "Loser" on the Americanarama tour. Sean Lennon joins them for "Yer Blues."

THE AVETT BROTHERS played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

DANA FALCONBERRY played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MAJICAL CLOUDZ got loopy on Morning Becomes Eclectic .

RAY DAVIES and DAVID BOWIE duet on "Waterloo Sunset," live at the Tibet House Benefit, Carnegie Hall, New York in Feb. 2003.

MAVIS STAPLES talks to ToneDeaf about her childhood, civil rights, Jeff Tweedy and more. (Thx, LHB.)

LOU BARLOW spins turnes and talks to Stereogum about going back in the studio with Sebadoh, what appeals to him musically, and his secret cinnamon roll recipe.

SUP POP co-founder Jonathan Poneman talks to Pitchfork about the music of his life.

THE BEST MAZZY STAR SONGS, according to Paste.

LINDSAY LOHAN is out of rehab, but the clinic says she needs more therapy to avoid almost certain failure.

SIMON COWELL is expecting his first child with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman.

JUSTIN BIEBER won't be charged in a case in which a paparazzo accused him of hit-and-run.

KRISTEN STEWART unloads on a paparazzo.

NIGELLA LAWSON filed her divorce papers against Charles saatchi.

MONICA LEWINSKY audio tape surfaces.

ROB LOWE & RASHIDA JONES are leaving Parks & Recreation.

SHARKNADO: The ratings went up again on the third showing.

EGYPT: The cabinet told the police to clear two protest areas occupied by supporters of former president Morsi; the Muslim Brotherhood responded that protests and sit-ins will continue.

SYRIA: The leader of the Syrian National Coalition said the SNC will not engage in peace talks until "the Free Army and revolutionary forces" regain ground lost over the past eight months. Two al Qaeda affiliates, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, are fighting along with allied groups simultaneously in the northern provinces of Raqqah; Hasakah; and Aleppo, where they have kidnapped over 200 civilians from two towns.

LIBYA: The commander of the military's protection force in Benghazi was killed, and his son was injured, yesterday by a car bomb attached to his vehicle.

AMAZING MICK overcomes a debilitating birth defect.

A RACCOON stole wallets from people releasing a sea turtle into the Gulf of Mexico.

SOCIAL AMOEBAE travel with a posse, lead complicated lives.

ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOS found in Pittsburgh, raising the risk of West Nile virus.

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