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Eels, Erin McKeown, Blue Hawaii, Patrick Stickles, SLGTM, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAPANDROIDS take "The Nights Of Wine And Roses" to Conan.

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

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

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

BLUE HAWAII is advance streaming Untogether.

PATRICK STICKLES of Titus Andronicus covers Free Energy's "Hey Tonight."

SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME drops "Invisible Friend," well ahead of One Kiss Ends It All.

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.

SUUNS: Ben Shemie and Joe Yarmush talk to The Line Of Best Fit about Montreal, taking music seriously, and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ADAM ANT talks to Rolling Stone about bipolar disorder and returning to music.

SOLANGE talks to Entertainment Weekly about her new EP, Halloween costumes, and her son's rap career.

THE RECORDED MUSIC INDUSTRY posts its first revenue growth since 1999.


LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly smelled of alcohol after she crashed her Porsche last June on Pacific Coast Highway.

RACHEL McADAMS & MICHAEL SHEEN are dunzo, afetr a pretty decent run for Hollywood.

JENNIFER ANISTON is in the process of planning her wedding to screenwriter-actor Justin Theroux.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It's going to be a boy, reportedly.

LAIM HEMSWORTH reportedly cheated on Miley Cyrus with Mad Men's January Jones, according to the evr-reliable Star.

TINA FEY is preemptively refusing to host the Oscars next year.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is getting a reboot.  “Chronicle” helmer Josh Trank is directing the Marvel Comics-based movie, while Matthew Vaughn is producing.

SYRIA: Government aircraft bombarded rebel forces as they tried to overrun a key government position at a police academy near Aleppo.

IRAN's Arak nuclear plant, capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, became fully operational. At nuclear talks in Almaty, Western nations offered to relax financial sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt in the development of its Fordow uranium enrichment plant.

EGYPT: Authorities seized 60 anti-tank missiles south of Cairo that were being transported in two pickup trucks from Libya. The Muslim Brotherhood is considering changing its name to "The Comprehensive Islamic Authority."  "CIA... get it?"


AN EEL-LIKE SEA MONSTER was caught in New Jersey waters.

A CHICKEN was blamed for a power outage at Kahului Airport in Maui.  Squirrels are sought for questioning.

A DOG shot its owner outside Frostproof, FL. Police didn't arrest the dog because the investigation was pending.

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Cave Singers, The Men, Ra Ra Riot, Replacements, Cat vs Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE drops a NSFW video for "The Stars Are Out Tonight," featuring Tilda Swinton, a/k/a the female Bowie.

THE CAVE SINGERS advance stream Naomi.

THE MEN advance stream New Moon.

SWEDEN advance streams Sweet Sensation.

RA RA RIOT plays a set of synthed-up chamber pop in the KEXP studio.

THE REPLACEMENTS drop a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin'" ahead of Songs For Slim.

MY MORNING JACKET covers "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

DEATH offers a 2-minute version of the band’s anthemic “Politicians In My Eyes,” in return for an email address.

ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

THOM YORKE talks to The Observer about music and the internet, making Michael Stipe dance and surfing.

DAVID BOWIE: The Guardian finds out what he's really like from friends, lovers, bandmates… and the man who directed him in SpongeBob SquarePants.

THE 10 BEST MORRISSEY SONGS, according to Stereogum.

LED ZEPPELIN: WXRT crunched the numbers on a reunion tour.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: I don't usually review movies this long after the fact, but I inexplicably missed this in theaters and you should not miss it on demad-cable-video.  This coming-of-age flick, set in 1991 (iirc), adapted and directed by the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, is among the best of the genre, a worthy successor to the works of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.  Like Hughes, Chbosky has a remakable sympathy bordering on empathy for his teen protagonists and their problems (in many cases bigger ones than in the Hughes canon), perhaps due to its semi-autobiographical origins.  Thus, like Hughes, the characters never veer beyond archetype to stereotype, the potential tropes here (the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the nurturing teacher) never become an annoyance, the drama never congeals into melodrama, the messages never become didactic.  It undoubtedly helps that Chbosky cast an ensemble -- led by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller -- with an easy chemistry.  The movie is beatifully shot and boasts a fab soundtrack (incl a song from from The Reivers).  A gem of a film; I plan to watch it an unhealthy number of times.

BEN AFFLECK shaved his awards season beard.Jennifer Garner brought the clippers.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS & JASON SEGEL are reportedly dunzo.

CHRIS BROWN confirms he's getting a second shot at Rhianna.

ANNE HATHAWAY worked very hard on preparing her thank-you for the Oscars. Because she couldn't use it to campaign for another award?

SETH MacFARLANE says he'll never host the Oscars again. You can't fire him, he quits.

JENNIFER ANISTON: An on-set diva, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

TUNISIA: The Interior Minister announced that the suspected killer of opposition leader Chokri Belaid is on the run but authorities have arrested four accomplices.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Kerry said Syrian rebels deserved more support. The statement came amid reports of increased weapon shipments to the rebels.

IRAN: Talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program restarted after eight months; good luck with that.

IRAQ: Wathiq al Batat, the leader of the newly formed Mukhtar Army, a Shia militant group, threatened to attack the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group.

EGYPT: A number of opposition parties announced that they will boycott upcoming elections due to begin in April.

CAT VS DEER: Who you got?

ALLIGATORS, like many animals, are always ready for action.

BLIND CAT, Stolen Samurai Sword.

A CHOCOLATE LABRADOR ate 109 stones at the beach.

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New Releases, Josh Ritter, Cloud Cult, Sponge Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT drops a video for "Backyard Skulls."

NEW RELEASES from Johnny Marr, Suuns, Sally Shapiro, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER is advance streaming The Beast In Its Tracks.  Or perhaps you'd prefer to hear (almost all of) it live.

CLOUD CULT is advance streaming Love.

SECRET MOUNTAINS is advance streaming Rainer.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam displays “Grace For Saints And Ramblers” ahead of Ghost On Ghost.

LOW gets "So Blue" ahead of The Invisible Way.

COLD CAVE unleashes the title track to "Oceans Without End."

REDD KROSS play "Annie's Gone" and cover The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More" for Twofer Tuesday.

BJORK albums, ranked by Stereogum.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Billboard about crowdfunding, Dagger Beach, Bowie and more... (Thx, LHB.)

LOVE ON THE DOLE: 18 songs about being on government assistance.

JOANNA NEWSOM & ANDY SAMBERG are engaged. Yes, really.


LINDSAY LOHAN 's new lawyer has filed a motion seeking dismissal of Lindsay's lying-to-cops case on grounds she wasn't read her Miranda rights.  Is it true?  Meanwhile, she's got tax issues.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, once rumored to be dating Tom Hiddleston has been quietly seeing fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE tied the knot on Saturday with longtime boyfriend Martyn LeNoble.

JANET JACKSON secretly married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana months ago.

BEN AFFLECK maybe blurted out too much information about his marriage at the Oscars.

KRISTEN STEWART recently sliced her foot by stepping on glass and was on... crutches at the Oscars.

MILA KUNIS talks about giving up acting for parenting.

MALI: A Malian army colonel said weapons seized in Gao indicate that Islamist forces in the north have the "capacity of an army" although they lack airpower. Signs have emerged of increasing cooperation among Islamist groups in the region.

SYRIA: The Syrian foreign minister said the government was willing to hold talks with the opposition on ending the country's civil war, the first time a high-ranking government official has stated it.

EGYPT: A military source said Egyptian authorities have no intention of negotiating with Salafists currently protesting the imprisonment of those behind the 2004 Taba bombings.

SPONGE DOG loves playing with a balloon.

TOXIC MICE are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy as part of the continuing effort to attack the island's brown tree snake infestation.

SHEEPHERDERS who abandon their animals on the open range could soon be guilty of a misdemeanor in Idaho.

A DOG was rescued from an ice floe in Lake Michigan.

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Woodpigeon, BMRC, Damon Harris RIP, Babies and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

DUCKTAILS premiered the video for "Letter of Intent" at Rolling Stone.

WOODPIGEON is streaming Thumbtacks and Glue

WAXAHATACHEE is advance streaming Cerulean Salt.

YOUTH LAGOON is advance streaming Wondrous Bughouse.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB is offering the Let The Day Begin EP in return for your email address.

SON VOLT drops "Bakersfield" ahead of Honky Tonk.

DAMON HARRIS, who joined the Temptations when Eddie Kendricks left in 1971, has died after a fight with prostate cancer. He was 62.  He sang lead on "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."  And when he died, all he left us was alone.

THE RASCALS are bringing their act to Broadway for a limited engagement in April.  It's “a hybrid of a rock ‘n’ roll concert and a Broadway show” written and produced by Steven Van Zandt.

STEVEN TYLER says he spent 5 to 6 million on cocaine

29 Musical Movie Moments

DIANE CHARLOTTE LAMPERT, an accomplished songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s who wrote lyrics to title songs for more than 20 movies, has died of heart faiulure at 88.  She also wrote pop songs including Brenda Lee's "Break It To Me Gently" (recently featured in our Cutout Bin), and "Nothin' Shakin'", which was covered by The Beatles (Live at the BBC).  The latter was an early form of sampling, too.

THE OSCARS went to these folks.  Except for Daniel Day-Lewis, a bad night for Lincoln, but Lincoln usually has bad night at the theater.

ONE OSCAR VOTER'S brutally honest ballot.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hollywood cleared Oscars weekend so successfully that Identity Thief topped the chart with 14 million; it now has a 93.7 million total against a 35 million budget.  The debut of Snitch placed with 13 million.  Escape From Planet Earth edged up to show with 11 million, which takes it to near-breakeven with its budget.  Safe Haven drops 50 percent to the fourth slot with 10.6 million (and 48 million against a 28 million budget).  A Good Day To Die Hard skids 60 percent from last week's topper to round out the Top 5 with 10 million (and 51 million so far against a 92 million budget).  Below the fold, Dark Skies debuted in sixth place with 8.9 million, which ain't bad against a 3.5 million budget.

MEGAN FOX & MICHAEL BAY, together again... with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

TIGER WOODS AND ELIN NORDEGREN: Together again?  Or merely parenting?

JOSH BROLIN & DIANE LANE: She signed the divorce filing on Valentine's Day. Ouch.

LINDSAY LOHAN's lawsuit against rapper Pitbull was dismissed.

ETHAN HAWKE trashes the Oscars.

CLINT EASTWOOD was SWATted.  Eventually, one of these "pranks" will be fatal.

MALI: French, Chadian, and Tuareg MNLA forces, supported by US drones, continued to fight Islamist militants in northern Mali.

TUNISIA: Armed Salafists shot at National Guard troopers at a checkpoint in Sidi Bouzid, then fled to a mosque and continued shooting; one Salafist was killed in the gunbattle and two policemen were injured.

IRAN announced it had found new deposits of uranium ore and had identified the sites for 16 more nuclear power plants. The Revolutionary Guard began a three-day ground and air military exercise, and claimed it captured a foreign "enemy drone" near the city of Sirjan.

EGYPT: Opposition figure Mohamed El Baradei called on Egyptians to boycott upcoming elections due to begin in April. The interior minister denied reports that had suggested a "Brotherhoodization" of the country's police force. Salafist groups in the Sinai called on the government to implement sharia law.

BABIES LAUGHING AT DOGS: Because it's Monday.

A GREAT HORNED OWL survives a highway encounter with an SUV.

A THAI POLICE DOG is packing heat.

A WALLABY is recovering after he was rescued from a precarious perch on the rooftop of a multi-story car park in Australia.

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Guided By Voices, Eels, Bat For Lashes, Cutout Bin, Cats, Dog, Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


... with GUIDED BY VOICES! Live at the Whisky a Go Go, May 10, 1996.  The 2-hour, 43-song, 5-encore setlist is available at the link.  Suffice it to say it's a nonstop parade of Pollard-y prog-pop goodness circa the Under the Bushes, Under the Stars LP, with plenty from Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes in the mix.  Indeed, there's a little snippet of Replacements in this version of "Gold Star For Robot Boy."

EELS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BAT FOR LASHES stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

MATT POND telecommutes from NYC to the KEXP Morning Show for an energetic live set of old favorites and new favorites-to-be.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

TEGAN & SARA: The former talks to The Quietus about a new pop direction, Riot Grrrl, that open letter over Tyler The Creator, and involvement in queer politics.

MIKE DOUGHTY talks to PopMatters about his covers LP, Semisonic, downloading music, songwriting and more...

MOSH PITS: How do they work?

EXILE ON MAIN STREET: Lenny Kaye's Rolling Stone review was kinda mixed.

MAGIC SLIM, a contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, has died at age 75.

CUTOUT BIN: From Led Zeppelin to Belle & Sebastian, from Pete Townshend to Paul Westerberg, from the Everly Bros to Michael Stipe & Courtney Love, plus Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Huey Lewis & the News, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Snitch, currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Dark Skies, which was not screened for critics.

JOSH BROLIN & DIANE LANE are calling it quits on their 8-year marriage.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER are reportedly moving in together.

SHIA LeBEOUF departed the upcoming Broadway debut of Lyle Kessler's Orphans. On his Twitter account, LaBeouf posted several e-mails he received or sent to cast and creative team members... and his apology to Alec Baldwin looks plagarized.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Officially not engaged.

KATE HUDSON: Muse frontman Matt Bellamy's fiance was working it at the Brit Awards.It's all happening.

NBC: The Peacock is now fifth in the ratings, losing to Univision.

AL QAEDA'S 22 tips for dodging drone attacks.

SYRIA: Central Damascus was hit by a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks.

EGYPT: A spokesman said Egyptian Armed Forces "will continue to carry out their assignments in Sinai until all tunnels in Rafah are destroyed and all terrorist hotbeds eliminated." Hamas reiterated its displeasure with Egypt's decision to target the smuggling tunnels. The Muslim Brotherhood is believed to be running an "intelligence-gathering network" outside of those tied to the government.

IRAN  began installing a new generation of high-speed uranium enrichment centrifuges at its nuclear plant in Natanz. UN inspectors confirmed that nearly 200 "IR-2m" centrifuges have been fully or partially installed so far.

HAIRLESS CATS and a DOG and an IGUANA, living together...Mass hysteria!

A CROCODILE has been spotted on the loose in the River Thames, a cyclist has claimed. 

SCORPION ON A PLANE: Not the hard rock variety.

DOMINIC THE PIG joins a fire and rescue squad.

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