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Dan Deacon, Sean Rowe, Swans, Jesca Hoop, Boston Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUMFORD & SONS, MACCABEES, HAIM and more cover The Band's "The Weight."

DAN DEACON is advance streaming America.

SEAN ROWE is advance streaming The Salesman and the Shark.

SWANS are advance streaming The Seer.

JESCA HOOP stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

THE LUMINEERS are profiled by the Nashville Scene.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to Drowned In Sound about festivals, Observator, and more...

THE VACCINES get a beefy profile from The Guardian.

PU$SY RIOT were convicted of hooliganism in Moscow on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables 2 top your chart with 28.8 million -- less that the original's debut, but more than enough that worldwide receipts will produce a third in the series.  The Bourne Legacy places with 17 million, but plummets 55 percent from its debut.  ParaNorman shows in its debut with 14 million, almost exactly on trend with Laika's prior adaptation of Coraline.  The Campaign drops to the fourth slot with 13.9 million, off a steep 50 percent from its opening (though it may yet profit on a 55 million budget).  Sparkle rounds out the Top 5 with 12 million against a 14 million budget.  Below the fold, The Dark Knight Rises drops to sixth, but crosses the 400 million mark domestically (and has taken in another 450 million overseas). The Odd Life of Timothy Green debuts in seventh place with 10.9 million, but 15 million since its Wednesday opening; that might be a good enough start to eke out a profit on its 40 million budget.

TONY SCOTT, director of Top Gun, True Romance, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and Unstoppable (among others), jumped off the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beachon Sunday and died from his injuries.

ROBERT PATTINSON's friends -- including Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge -- have been "begging Rob to end it for good," according to US Weekly.

JOHN MAYER & KATY PERRY were caught canoodling on camera at a pool party in Beverly Hills August 4.

EMMA WATSON is profiled by the New York Times magazine.

SHIA LaBEOUF claims he'll be having real sex while filming Lars von Trier's next project, Nymphomaniac.

ANDREW GARFIELD & EMMA STONE were caught... wait for it... speeding.

THE TONIGHT SHOW downisizes. Ouch.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA talks to The Rumpus about TWIXT, genre films, ethics, his classics and much more.

IRAQ has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions for months.

A BOSTON TERRIER and his big red ball.

KITTENS sent to Gitmo. And they're innocent.

A RANDY DOLPHIN dry humps an innocent girl after diving on top of her from his pool. Video at the link.

SMOKE, the Iraqi donkey whose journey from a desert battleground to a peaceful retirement in the United States captured the attention of the world, has died in Nebraska.

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Elvis, Shins, Lyle Lovett, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Raccoon Mechanic   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 35 years ago last night, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

THE SHINS played the Orpheum in Mpls; you can stream the gig on demand at this obscure link.

LYLE LOVETT and his acoustic project played Celebrate Brooklyn; you can stream the gig on demand.

YEASAYER performs a trio of psychedelic and groove-heavy tracks from their 2012 album Fragrant World live from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC for KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Jens Lekman, Niki And The Dove, Amanda Palmer, Swans and more feature in this edition of the NPR series.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

RHETT MILLER talks to PopMatters about producing his fan-funded album, The Dreamer.

WILCO's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

THE TOP 10 GIRL GROUPS, according to Drowned In Sound.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR: What Your Favorite Music Says About You.  It's about the Six Songs of Me project.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Jackie Wilson, from the Minutemen to the Bee Gees, from the Who to Gary Wright, plus Nick Lowe, the Monkees, the Main Ingedient, T. Rex 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: ParaNorman, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Expendables 2, currently scoring 61 percent; The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which opened Wednesday at 39 percent; and Sparkle, scoring 56 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART has publicly shown remorse over her affair with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director, but privately she is furious she's taking all the heat. Um, that's because director Rupert Sanders is behind the camera.

MILA KUNIS begged MACAULAY CULKIN to rehab, according to the ever-reliable Enquirer.


JENNIE GARTH has been leaning on her old 90210 co-star Luke Perry to get through her divorce from Twilight actor Peter Facinelli.

KIM KARDASHIAN is telling close friends she is not pushing for a divorce so she can marry Kanye West.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT answers 20 questions for Playboy.

THE LAST STAND: Arnold Schwarzenegger's post-Governatorial, solo comeback vehicle has a trailer online.

LEBANON: A Lebanese Shia group kidnapped more than 20 Sunnis in Beirut in retaliation for the kidnapping of one of its members by the Free Syrian Army in Syria. Kidnappings and violence between Shia and Sunnis spread across the country. Gulf states urged citizens to leave the country.

EGYPT: Several recent moves by government authorities against Egyptian journalists have drawn sharp criticism from the news media and led to accusations that the country's new Islamist president is willing to tolerate - if not employ - the same heavy-handed tactics used by fmr Pres Mubarak to stifle dissent. An Islamic militant group warned Egypt not to send its army into Sinai to hunt jihadists. Egypt's new second-in-command of the military has said US troops should leave the Middle East.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 21 Iraqis, including six policemen, in a series of bombings and armed attacks in Baghdad, Baqubah, Fallujah, and Kirkuk. Security forces arrested seven al Qaeda leaders in Anbar province.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is expanding counterintelligence capability at the battalion level and above, in part due to the spike in green-on-blue attacks.

RACCOON MECHANIC, reporting for duty.

A GIANT CATFISH ransacked a home in China's Xinjiang Province.

MISSED THE MOOSE... hit the bear.

HUNGRY RATS wreak havoc on football equipment in Washington state.

GORILLA BROTHERS are reunited. And it feels so good.

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The Heavy, Rufus Wainwright, Twin Shadow, Kitten + Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JAPANDROIDS: "The House That Heaven Built."

THE HEAVY is advance streaming The Glorious Dead. How d'you like them now?

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

FAMILY OF THE YEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

MY MORNING JACKET's Jim James guest-DJed Theft Of The Dial.

DUDES drop "Teenage Rebels" from Summer Vacation, a free EP through its Bandcamp site.

SIR MIX-A-LOT, Reimagined With the Movies.

MUMFORD & SONS: Ted Dwayne talks to Rolling Stone about the band's upcoming sophomore LP.

DEAD CAN DANCE: Lisa Gerrard talks to the Montreal Gazette about her first album with Brendan Perry in 16 years.

SPEKTOR frontman Fred Macpherson talks media hype at The Line Of Best Fit.

THE CURE: Ranked from worst to best by Stereogum.

KRISTEN STEWART: Still in a Snow White sequel? Or will it just be the Huntsman? Also Stewart gets a public defense from Jodie Foster.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Still not talking about Kristen Stewart.  But he is reportedly attached to play young Lawrence of Arabia opposite Naomi Watts.


JIMMY KIMMEL popped the question to girlfriend Molly McNearney while vacationing in South Africa's Kruger National Forest.

MICHAEL J. FOX is readying a return to prime-time series television, and the broadcast networks are lining up to welcome him back.

LINDSAY LOHAN personally helped pr0n star James Deen reach new levels of prowess. In acting.

KIM KARDASHIAN going to jail could be a ratings bonanza. Her boyfriend, Kanye West, got served.

BOBBY BROWN enters rehab. Shocka!

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK heads to IMAX screens in September.

SYRIA will likely dominate a two-day Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah.  The al Qaeda presence among the rebels has been blindingly obvious for many months.

EGYPT: What will Islamist rule mean there... or Tunisia or Libya?

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF has suspended business with more than 100 national and international companies who have allegedly been involved in corruption since 2010.

KITTEN & PUPPY, cuddling in a tub... Mass hysteria!

A GIANT PREGNANT PYTHON was caught in the FL Everglades. Video at the link.


MUTANT BUTTERFLIES found after the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Can Mothra be far behind?

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Father John Misty, Alejandro Escovedo, Dum Dum Girls, Nazi Raccoons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...so why not a little AC/DC?

BLOC PARTY is advance streaming Four at their website.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

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

THENEWNO2 plays in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley St Studios, via Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE JOHN SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops "Black Mold" ahead of Meat and Bone.

BETH ORTON drops "Magpie" off her new LP Sugaring Season.

THE SEA & CAKE goes "On and On" ahead of Runner.

JENS LEKMAN: "I Know What Love Isn't." But how does that help Foreigner?

BEN FOLDS talks to SPIN about putting the Five back together.

BEACH HOUSE: Victoria Legrand talks to Rolling Stone about the band's not-so-meteoric rise, her qualms with the music press and why her band will "always be kind of scrappy and stubborn."

TIME takes a crack at The 13 Indie Songs of Summer.

NANCI GRIFFITH talks to PopMatters about her love of other artists, her dreams for the future, and her opinion on afternoon naps.

ROBERT PATTINSON took the high road in his first interview since Kristen Stewart 'fessed up to cheating on him.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson does a rare interview with ComingSoon.


TAYLOR SWIFT, who is dating Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s son Conor, has bought a house in Hyannis Port, Mass., across the street from Conor's grandmother Ethel.

KENNY G has filed for divorce... after his wife filed for a legal separation. "Irreconcilable differnces" joke about his sax playing goes here.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME claims he had an affair with Kylie Minogue in 1994.

RON PALILLO, a/k/a Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died Tuesday morning at his home near Palm Beach from an apparent heart attack. He was 63.

HELEN GURLEY BROWN, who as the author of "Sex and the Single Girl" shocked early-1960s America with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but thoroughly enjoyed it - and who as the editor of Cosmopolitan magazine spent the next three decades telling those women precisely how to enjoy it even more - died on Monday in Manhattan. She was 90, though parts of her were considerably younger.

INDIA: Notices were posted in mosques in Kashmir's Shopian district warning that women who failed to cover their faces would be doused with acid and women who used cellphones would be shot. The notices were signed by the al-Qaeda Mujahideen and mentioned another group, the Lashkar-e-al Qaeda.

ISRAEL's deputy foreign minister called for the international community to declare that the diplomatic effort to halt Iran's nuclear program was a failure. He also demanded an ultimatum be issued.

LEBANON: Officials said they had uncovered a Syrian plot to bomb political and religious leaders in order to incite sectarian violence.

SYRIA: The Organization of Islamic Cooperation suspended Syria's membership, further isolating the Assad regime.

EGYPT: "The Brothers officially in power," declared the independent Al-Watan daily, referring to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist group which backs Pres. Morsi. BTW, Morsi is considering calls to amend the Camp David Accords in order to ensure his country's "full sovereignty" over the Sinai Peninsula, his legal adviser, Mohammed Gadallah told Al-Masry Al-Youm in a report published on Tuesday.

A DOG steals cabbage.

NAZI RACCOONS are marauding their way across Europe, ransacking rubbish bins, barging their way into people's homes, kicking owls out of their nests and devouring endangered species such as the pond turtle.

A KANGAROO is on the lam in Germany after breaking out of a wildlife park, with a fox and a wild boar his suspected accomplices.

PIT BULLS were once loved and revered in America. How did they become so maligned in today's society?

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New Releases, Yeasayer, Ariel Pink, Divine Fits, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



RAY DAVIES played "Waterloo Sunset" at the Closing Ceremonies, even if the peacock didn't show you.

NEW RELEASES from Antony & the Johnsons, Van She, Los Straitjackets and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

YEASAYER is advance streaming Fragrant World.

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI is advance streaming Mature Themes.

DIVINE FITS is advance streaming A Thing Called Divine Fits.

TEENGIRL FANTASY is advance streaming Tracer.

AMANDA PALMER & Grand Theft Orchestra drop "The Killing Type" from the upcoming Theatre Is Evil.

BLUR: Stereogum compiles video from what may be the band's final show. It's more than Twofer Tuesday.

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone talked about their reunion and Odessey and Oracle on Weekend Edition Sunday; the web version embeds video of their Tiny Desk Concert.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks to SPIN about Lonerism and Supertramp.

BILL DOSS gets local love in remembrances at Flagpole. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug talks to The Quietus about alter-egos, freedom, Finland, and collaborating with Siinai for the new album, Heartbreaking Bravery.


LINDSAY LOHAN has gone from almost broke to raking in almost two million this year.

KATY PERRY has reportedly instructed her lawyers to gag funnyman Russell Brand from making any more comments about their time together.

MILEY CYRUS has landed a recurring gig on Two And a Half Men.

IS ANDERSON COOPER'S BOYFRIEND canoodling with another man?

MOLLY RINGWALD talks to The Observer and the L.A. Times about her new novel-in-stories.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has freed a Swiss teacher who was kidnapped in Hodieda four months ago.

SYRIA: The deputy police commander in Homs defected to the rebels. Government troops attacked rebel-held areas across the country. The leader of Syria's main opposition group called for a no-fly zone.

EGYPT's newly elected president suspended a constitutional decree that had given the military authority to govern.

IRAQ has surpassed Iran to become the second largest OPEC oil producer.

SIX ADORABLE KITTENS, rescued form a backpack.

A RACE HORSE was ejected from a swimming pool Down Under.

THE SWARM: For the second time in two days, bees sent a man to the hospital near Austin.

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