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Patrick Watson, Field Report, Sera Cahoone, Cat + Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 19, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS brought "About To Die" -- and the yMusic quartet -- to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

PATRICK WATSON  played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the whole show on demand.

FIELD REPORT reported to The Current studio to chat with Mark Wheat and perform a few songs.

SERA CAHOONE soundchecked for Oregon Public Broadcasting before a recent performance at the Doug Fir in Portland.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Who, Local Natives, and Blackbird Blackbird highlight the latest edition.

U2: "Desire." Generally Autumnal leading to winter for me, tho it coulda been a great summer song.  Really, it's hard to mess up a good Bo Diddley beat.

MICK JAGGER talks to  All Things Considered about recording "Gimme Shelter" and preparing fr the Stones' 50th anniversary tour.

MUMFORD & SONS: How have four polite Englishmen become the fastest selling act in the US?

MAKING CENTS: Damon Krukowski of Galaxie 500 and Damon & Naomi breaks down the meager royalties currently being paid out to bands by streaming services.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: The most important band of 2012?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 predictably tops the cinema with 141 million, almost identical to the Part 1 opening -- which might cause some to wonder ifthe Harry Potter approach of doing the big finale 6 mos later in July would've been more profitable.  Skyfall places with 41.5 million -- a 53 percent drop, which is smaller than the 2nd frame drop for Quantum of Solace and even more impressive given that the sparkly vampires pushed Bond to smaller screens.  This Bond now has 161 domestic and another half-billion or so worldwide.  Lincoln's wide debut shows with 21 million (against a 60 million budget), impressive for early Oscar bait, given the competition.  Wreck-It Ralph drops to fourth with 18.3 million, holding on to the family audience before Rise of the Guardians appears over the holiday weekend.  Flight rounds out the Top 5 with 8.6 million, which is fortunately well into the black (61 million against a 31 million budget), as the drama competition only increases at year's end.

LINCOLN: Steven Spielberg's take on one of greatest presidents gets off to the overly-sentimental start one might expect from Spielberg, but quickly moves from the Hall of Presidents into a more interesting tale of political intrigue, with Daniel Day-Lewis (in his usual Oscar-caliber mode) balancing competing Republican and Democratic demands to pass the 13th amendment.  Day-Lewis isn't the only arresting performance here either; to name a few, Tommie Lee Jones hits a wide range of notes as radical abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, while James Spader and Jackie Earle Haley delight as political fixers brought in to insulate Lincoln from the more seamy deals cut on the road to ending slavery.  Tony Kuchner's screenplay builds on parts of Doris Goodwin's Team of Rivals for a piece that engrosses and entertains as it educates.

DON'T SUE ME ELMO: According to TMZ, Kevin Clash -- the voice of Elmo -- agreed to pay his accuser 125K, with one string attached -- that the accuser recant his story that Clash had sex with him when he was a minor.


TAYLOR SWIFT, enjoying the company of One Direction's Harry Styles.

BRITNEY SPEARS: and Jason Trawick had planned a romantic and intimate winter wedding, but after incessant fighting between the two, the impending nuptials have been called off, according to RadarOnline.

KRISTEN STEWART still feels guilty about cheating on Robert Pattinson, at least until the press junket for Twilight is over.

LINDSAY LOHAN has no plans to meet her newly-announced 17-year-old half-sister ... in fact, she wants nothing to do with her ... ever.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: Deadline has excerpts and outtakes from his Playboy interview, which is also a click-thru at the link.

ISRAEL: Violence accelerated in Gaza as Israel and Hamas exchanged air and artillery attacks. Prime Minister Netanyahu said Israel is prepared to widen its Gaza offensive. Israel continued to mass troops along the Gaza border.

EGYPT: Border guards allowed 400 political activists to cross into Gaza. Liberal secular representatives announced their withdrawal from the committee charged with writing Egypt's new constitution.

IRAN: A report from the IAEA said Iran had doubled the capacity at its uranium enrichment plant. Iran has postponed the startup of a nuclear reactor in Akak; the research reactor has the capability of producing plutonium for nuclear arms.

CAT and CHICK, cuddling together...Mass hysteria!

LIZARDS startle the Secret Service.

FOUR KITTENS whose mom died protecting them from a coyote have been adopted together.

THE PIG GENOME PROJECT could make bacon tastier? Unpossible!

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The dB's, Titus Andronicus, Matt & Kim, Patti Smith, Kittys & Duckies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE dB's!  Although the influential, but oh-so-unlucky modern pop combo will likely stress new material when I see them tonight, we have vintage video of "Happenstance," "Bad Reputation" and "Living A Lie" from Sweden circa 1982.  From the studio, we have the clip for "Neverland." Chris Stamey left the band (temporarily) after which we got the infamous, banned-from-MTV clip for "Amplifier," plus live takes of "She Got Soul" and "Not Cool" from the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ circa 1986.  From the same time period, you can see the band help close down Folk City in NYC with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street."

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

MATT & KIM dropped live tunes on the KEXP audience.

PATTI SMITH plays at Apogee's Berkeley St. Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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

NEKO CASE, with a 2007 live take on "Deep Red Bells," probably still my fave Case tune.

GRIZZLY BEAR is essayed at Filter, with some Ed Droste quotes sprinkled in.

AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli talks about the reunion and the future at SF Weekly. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

10 UNDERRATED 90s ALBUMS, according to Spinner.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Records to Bill Withers, from Blondie to the Beatles, from Mission of Burma to the Ohio Express, plus the Lyres, David Bowie, Jens Lekman, the Feelies 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 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, which is currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (as if it mattered); and the expansion of Lincoln, which is scoring 91 percent.  Don't look for Abe to be a vampire killer.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 is selling out showings en route to a 130-50 million opening.

ROBERT DE NIRO & JAY-Z got into a tense beef at Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday bash.

JUSTIN BIEBER is constantly texting SELENA GOMEZ; she's busy blocking him from her devices.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a previously unknown half-sister.

BEN AFFLECK is GQ's Filmmaker of the Year. They may be right.

JON BON JOVI's daughter will not face criminal prosecution after allegedly overdosing on heroin in a college dorm yesterday - because the D.A. has dropped all charges.

THE PEOPLE CHOICE AWARDS nominations are out.

SOMALIA: Shabaab called on Muslims to support the Palestinians against Israel after airstrikes killed Hamas's military commander.

SYRIA: About 200 fighters from the "Eagles of the Golan," an al Qaeda-linked Salafist group, took over territory in the demilitarized area of the Golan Heights. France and the Gulf Cooperation Council recognized the Syrian National Coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

LIBYA: AFRICOM commander General Carter Ham said that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is thought to have been linked to the Sept. 11 assault on the US consulate in Benghazi.

PAKISTAN is handing over several mid and low-level Taliban operatives to the Afghan peace council.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed at least 20 people in a series of bombings in Kirkuk, Mosul, Bayji, Baghdad, Hillah, and Al Kut.

KITTENS and BABY DUCKLINGS, snuggling together...Mass hysteria!

A PET RABBIT was attacked by a man with a sword. Should've tried the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch.

AN ANGRY GOAT treed a Utah paperboy for over an hour.  Maybe he'll get it on the porch this time.

ANIMALS posing like humans.

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Jens Lekman, John Cale, Silversun Pickups, Cat-in-the-box   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUNDGARDEN has "Been Away Too Long" from the Ed Sullivan Theater.

JENS LEKMAN plays a session at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

JOHN CALE visited the Sound Opinions studio for an interview and performances. 

SILVERSUN PICKUPS play some of their new stuff for WNYC Soundcheck.

CRYSTAL CASTLES are advance streaming III.

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD of the UNDEAD, discusses the recording of "Street Fighting Man" on All Things Considered.

PETE TOWNSHEND talks to Talk of the Nation about the life experiences that shaped his art.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is profiled at the Village Voice.


JESSICA CHASTAIN talks about her not-quite-overnight stardom at Marie Claire.

CHANNING TATUM is (as forecast here) named People's Sexiest Man Alive.

BRADLEY COOPER talks to Esquire about The Silver Linings Playbook, deodorant, college, his dad and motorcycles. And then David O. Russell stops by.

SHANNON DOHERTY worked with police from across the country to make sure a possibly suicidal fan didn't harm herself.

NICOLE KIDMAN's relationship with Tom Cruise and the sting of their breakup remain major milestones in her life.

JON BON JOVI's 19-year-old daughter is hospitalized after overdosing on heroin in a dorm at her upstate New York college.

DOCTOR WHO: Matt Smith and executive producer Caroline Skinner do a Q&A at London Comic Con 2012.

RUSSIA: Police arrested six members of the banned Islamic Revival Party, accusing them of recruiting at mosques in Moscow, distributing extremist literature, and encouraging illegal activity. Nine hand grenades, weapons, and extremist literature were seized in raids on the militants' lodgings.

ISRAEL was hit by rockets attacks from Gaza. Israeli forces responded with airstrikes. Israel said it might resume targeted killings of militant leaders. Hamas and Islamic Jihad said they were ready for a truce.

AFGHANISTAN: The European Union cuts 25 million in aid and says all future assistance will depend on government sticking to reforms.

A CAT really wants into a box

600 SMUGGLED COBRAS were discovered in the back of a truck seized by police in Thailand.

FROSTED FLAKES, now with bat.

A LONE WOLF runs afoul of a 56-year-old Russian women with an axe.

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Divine Fits, Dan Deacon, Dianne La Havas, Giant Sand, Cat Jumps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHNNY MARR sends "The Messenger" from his first solo LP.

DIVINE FITS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

LIANNE LA HAVAS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GIANT SAND visited KUT's Sudio 1A for a session.

FOCUS: The rawking and absurdly amusing live version of  "Hocus Pocus."

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to Pitchfork about the rewards (and sacrifices) of DIY loyalism, why he's still living with his parents, and his band's new album, Local Business.

STARS: Torquil Campbell talks to Billboard about the combo's biggest chart success.

CODY CHESNUTT gets a feature plus tracks from Weekend Edition.

MAJOR HARRIS, a former member of the "Philadelphia sound" soul group the Delfonics and singer of the 1975 hit "Love Won't Let Me Wait," has died in Richmond. He was 65.

DON'T SUE ME ELMO: The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the "Sesame Street" character Elmo, of an underage sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

LINDSAY LOHAN ticked off Barbara Walters by ditching her for softballs from Jay Leno.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about why she's not necessarily friends with her frequent director Joe Wright, how "Anna Karenina" found new meaning for her as an adult, and why she wouldn't make a good producer.  Or would you rather read her comments on posing topless?

CHRIS HEMSWORTH: GQ Australia's Man of the Year (and god of thunder) tells how success began to smile on him once he stopped trying to force it.

JANEANE GARAFLO was married for 20 years and didn't even know it, in case the glasses fooled you.

ANNE HATHAWAY joins Steven Spielberg's Robopocalypse.

SYRIA: Government aircraft bombed a rebel-held town very near the Turkish frontier.

IRAN launched a large air defense exercise. The exercise spanned Iran's northeastern, eastern, and southeastern regions.

PAKISTAN: The UN Security Council's November 5 decision to blacklist the Haqqani network probably won't deprive the Taliban-allied terror group a safe haven.

JUMPING CAT in super slo-mo.

TRUFFLES the GUINEA PIG re-sets a world record long jump.

GAY KING PENGUINS adopt a chick in Denmark.

A SOLDIER is reunited with the dog who saved his life.

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New Releases, JD McPherson, Afghan Whigs, Mini-Pig + Great Dane   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALABAMA SHAKES drop "Always Alright" from the Silver Linings Playbook soundtrack.

NEW RELEASES from Deftones, School of Seven Bells, El Perro Del Mar, Bush Tetras and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

JD McPHERSON rocked the rockabilly for a full set at World Cafe Live.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FREELANCE WHALES get indie-baroque in the KEXP studios.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday.

BRIAN ENO tells The Independent why it pays to be precise, and why that long-awaited Roxy Music reunion tour is never going to happen.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT talks to the Boston Globe about her family and its new members.

YOKO ONO talks to The Observer about te Meltdown Festival, activism, Paul McCartney and more.

THE BEST BOND MOVIE SONGS, psedoscientifically charted by Grantland.

DON'T TOUCH ME ELMO: Kevin Clash — the man known as the voice of Elmo — has taken a leave of absence from Sesame Street in the wake of allegations he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy, allegations Clash adamantly denies.


ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART: She seemed uncomfy with his PDA.

HALLE BERRY and daughter Nahla will not be moving to France anytime soon after a judge ruled against the actress' request Friday.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY sheds 30 lbs for a role.

ANNE HATHAWAY talks to Vogue about Les Miserables

QUENTIN TARANTINO does not want more Star Wars.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada won an appeal against his deportation to Jordan; he could be released today.

SYRIAN rebel groups meeting in Qatar formed a national coalition to fight against the Assad regime. Government forces bombarded a town near the Turkish border recently captured by rebels.

IRAQ claims it no longer has a legal basis to hold a Lebanese Hezbollah operative who has been accused of helping to kill American troops in Iraq, and United States officials are concerned that he may soon be released.

MINI-PIG vs GREAT DANE: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Penn State's squirrel whisperer will be among the first when the rodents make their move.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT? How much faith should you put in Fido?

THE BIRDS: Owls shut down Seattle area parks.

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