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New Releases, Dirty Projectors, Wussy, Raveonettes, M:I Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATT & KIM drop a video for "Let's Go" ahead of Lightning, ft. Pat the Roc.

NEW RELEASES from They Might Be Giants, The Offspring, Everclear, A Place to Bury Strangers, Beachwood Sparks, Echo Lake, Jesca Hoop, Joe Jackson and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DIRTY PROJECTORS play a spare set at KEXP.

WUSSY, whom Robert Christgau calls "the best band in America,"stops by KEXP for a session.

TINARIWEN soundchecks for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

THE RAVEONETTES drop "Observations" ahead of Observator.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops "Black Mold" ahead of Meat And Bone.

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

JACK WHITE pleasantly surpises a BBC interviewer.

DAVID BYRNE talks about his first musical, about the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos, with All Things Considered.

PORTISHEAD: Geoff Barrow shares the soundtrack of his life at The Observer (usually it's Pitchfork doing this) with audio links.

GLEN CAMPBELL's final L.A. show was studded with cameos.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is sued for assault by the cruise ship steward who claims Travolta exposed himself during a neck massage and then embraced him.  Travolta's lawyer calls it ludicrous.

KIM KARDASHIAN's legal team began grilling the reality star's ex, Kris Humphries, in Minneapolis.

JENNY McCARTHY's new Playboy cover is online.

CHANNING TATUM is laughing off accusations that he used the real-life stories of two former male strippers he once worked with in his new movie, Magic Mike.

JENNA JAMESON was charged with DUI after slamming her car into a pole instad of dancing around it.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL may have a new boyfriend. Only Siri knows for sure.

SYRIA: Thirty-three members of the Syrian military and their families defected to Turkey.  Fmr Syrian Brigadier Gen Ahmad Berro, who defected earlier this month, says the Syrian army is tired of fighting the uprising and calls on his colleagues to defy the orders of the Syrian government.

EGYPT: Mohamed Mursi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, began forming a new government.

AFGHANISTAN: Poisoning attacks on girls' schools are taking place with increasing frequency in the northern provinces of Takhar and Sar-i-Pul.


MISSION IMPOSSIBLE DOG makes his escape.

A RUNAWAY COW is apprehended by German police after invading a woman's kitchen

DOGS get "Prozac" for their emotional problems.

CALF licks a CAT... Mass hysteria!

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Sexton Blake, Delta Rae, The Heavy, Cockatoo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS drop a no-frills video for "No Way Down."

SEXTON BLAKE Plays the Hits, from Springsteen to Supertramp to Milli Vanilli.

DELTA RAE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

JOHN WESLEY HARDING, btw, is now hosting a variety show called Cabinet of Wonders.

THE MIX: The Songs Of The Summer, 1962-2012, courtesy of NPR and Spotify.

THE HEAVY drops "What Makes a Good Man?" ahead of The Glorious Dead. How do you like them now?

YEASAYER drops "Henrietta" ahead of their Fragrant World LP.

JOY DIVISION's surviving members talk about "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

WILCO frontman Jeff Tweedy discusses good and bad infliences at Boise Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

FIONA APPLE talks to Pitchfork about the joys of feeling pain, the most consistent relationship of her life, and her bold new album.

WOMEN WHO ROCK, according to Rolling Stone. Empowering or ghettoizing?

EARWORM: More science.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Brave tops the chart with 66.8 million, solidly in line with non-Toy Story Pixar openings (a little less than Up, which had the benefit of a Memorial Day weekend debut).  Despite this formidable competition, Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted placed with 20 million on a mere 40 percent drop, leaving a 200 million domestic gross a possibility. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter showed with 16.5 million, but a 69 million budget and limited overseas prospects makes this a cruel summer for producer Tim Burton and his brand of vampires.  Prometheus drops 52 percent from second to fourth, but will still turn a tidy profit worldwide.  Rock of Ages and Snow White and the Huntsman photo finish to round out the Top 5 with 8 million apiece -- but they're quite different stories.  Rock of Ages is tanking with little more than its  28 million domestic total against a 75 million budget.  Below the fold, That's My Boy is similaly tanking in the seventh slot.  Seeking a Friend for the End of the World debuts in the ten slot with 3.8 million, but cost only 10 million to make.

KIM KARDASHIAN: Kris Humphries told his ex, Myla Sinanaj he knew Kim hooked up with Kanye West because he was mysteriously absent from the big wedding.

ALEX TREBEK: What is a mild heart attack?

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are in escrow on one of the most spectacular estates on the westside of Los Angeles.

CALEB FOLOWILL & LILY ALDRIDGE welcomed their first child, daughter Dixie Pearl Followill, on Thursday, June 21 in Nashville.

JAMES MARSDEN is expecting a baby with sultry Brazilian model Rose Costa just months after splitting with his wife of 11 years.

JOHN TRAVOLTA and his lawyer were sued Thursday for trade libel by the author of an incendiary book about the actor.

MIA WASIKOWSKA and Zoe Aggeliki are in the running for the Hunger Games sequel.

SYRIA: As evidence mounts of militant forces among the Syrian opposition, senior US and European officials are increasingly alarmed by the prospect of sophisticated weapons falling into the hands of rebel groups that may be dangerous to Western interests, including al Qaeda.

EGYPT: Election regulators named Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood the winner of Egypt's first competitive presidential elections, handing the Islamist group a symbolic triumph and a new weapon in its struggle for power with the ruling military council.

PAKISTAN: A State Department report notes that harassment of US official entities in Pakistan has "reached new levels of intensity" since the events of 2011. The report describes the harassment as "deliberate, willful and systematic" and says it included blocking shipments for both assistance programs and construction projects.

AFGHANISTAN: The US made remarkable progress in part of southern Afghanistan with the deployment of thousands of Marines. But was it worth it?

A COCKATOO dances to AC/DC.

BABY RACCOON freed from storm drain.

SEAL PUP rescued from a bathtub.

LONESOME GEORGE, a giant tortoise believed to be the last of its subspecies, has died.

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Thin Lizzy, Glen Hansard, Rhett Miller, Cutout Bin, Brave   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY! Won't be long 'till Summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy is back in rotation. Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

GLEN HANSARD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KELLY HOGAN stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

RHETT MILLER visited the basement of KUT's Studio 1a to chat and play.

ROCKY VATOLATO visited KEXP to perform an intimate set of songs from his latest album, "Television of Saints."

INDIE JAMS OF THE SUMMER? Seattle Weekly reviews the candidates. (Thx, LHB.)

RAY DAVIES turned 68 yesterday, so we conclude a week of big belated birthday wishes with "You Really Got Me" and "Waterloo Sunset."

DENT MAY talks to the Oxford American about his songwriting process, his complicated relationship with Oxford, and the real reason why he won't be returning to the ukulele any time soon.

PATTI SMITH is profiled by The Telegraph.

THE BEST SONGS of 2012 (So Far), according to NME.

THE TOP 10 FEMALE PUNK BANDS, according to PopMatters.

CUTOUT BIN: From AC/DC to Iron & Wine, from Paper Lace to Warren Zevon, from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to the Minuteme, plus Soundhog, Beach Boys, the Undisputed Truth, R.E.M. 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: Pixar's Brave, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatomter; Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, currently scoring 34 percent; and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, scoring 54 percent.

BRAVE is an entertaining and often engaging movie, but not an entirely successful one.  Pixar's latest offering, like all of its offerings (excepting possibly Cars 2), has the ambition to not only entertain, but also to do so in ways that are both inventive and deeply emotional.  For example, Up has a plot unlike any other movie, yet has a tear-jerking opening sequence unlike any in the field of animation (and few live action films are that emotionally gripping right out of the gate).  As was suggested by the trailer, the Brave tale of Princess Merida moves Disney into an era where its princesses are not always damsels in distress.  The movie certainly succeeds on that level.  However, Brave strives to be not only a tale of girl power, but also an exploration of how daughters relate to their mothers as they become women.  The movie is less successful on this level, for reasons not easy to explain without spoiling the plot.  Suffice it to say that the quirky plot twist in the second act, while fully consistent with a sort of classic fairy tale storytelling, tends to impede fully developing the character of Queen Elinor.  Thus, the mother-daughter relationship develops in a way that meets the inventiveness quotient in a way that detracts from the emotional resonance a bit (for me, anyway; perhaps mothers and daughters will feel differently).  This would be less of a problem if the other characters were better developed, but they mostly play the role of comic relief.  Overall, I enjoyed Brave, and I think most will... but it will likely suffer a bit when measured against the very high exectations Pixar has set since the original Toy Story.

JOHNNY DEPP has been maintaining a bachelor's lifestyle for a while and it's being reported that things ‘seem to be heating up' between Depp and Amber Heard.

LINDSAY LOHAN seems to be, er, having problems on the set of Liz & Dick.

KIM KARDASHIAN and here family were trashed in conversations and text messages from Kris Humphries to his former girlfriend.

KATY PERRY talks fame love and religion with THR.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, the Monsters Inc. prequel, has teaser trailers online.

THE TOP 10 USES OF MUSIC in Modern Film, according to PopMatters.

THE TOP 10 EVIL MOVIE CORPORATIONS, according to TIME. It's such a cliche as to be a target-rich environment.

SWEDEN: Sniffer dogs near the reactor of the Ringhals nuclear plant south of Gothenburg found a plastic explosive device attached to the underside of a truck used on the premises.

IRAN: With high-stakes negotiations over Iran's nuclear program at an impasse, the Obama administration is under mounting pressure to rethink a diplomatic exercise that many argue is simply stringing along the rest of the world.

PAKISTAN: A judge ordered the arrest of President Asif Ali Zardari's preferred candidate for prime minister, just a day after he was nominated.

LION CUB plays with a DOG & RABBIT...

SEALS AND A POLAR BEAR escaped from the Lake Superior Zoo, amid floods that killed a donkey, sheep and goats.

GIANT WOMBAT GRAVE discovered in Queensland.

MACARONI PENGUIN CHICKS keep the Tennessee Aquarium busy.

MILLIE the CAT guards a toy warehouse in the UK.

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Alejandro Escovedo, Bonnie "Price" Billy, Patti Smith, Rainbow Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST drops a video for "The Only Place."

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by Studio A to talk about his new songs and perform a few of them for a lucky audience of WFUV members.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY visited KEXP to perform an intimate set of reworked classics from his nearly 20 year career.

JD McPHERSON brought their vintage rock to KEXP for a set featuring tracks from the album "Signs & Signifiers."

MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PATTI SMITH guest DJs All Songs Considered, including tracks from Maureen Gray, Neil Young and Jimi Hendrix.

BRIAN WILSON turned 70 yesterday, so some belated "Good Vibrations" to him, as well as the backstory of his materpiece.

VAN DYKE PARKS, one of Brian's prized collaborators, is profiled by The Guardian.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Billy Corgan talks to Rolling Stone about his sometimes contentious relationship with Pumpkins fans, his new wrestling league, the greatness of Led Zeppelin and why his current bandmates are here to stay.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH frontman Alec Ounsworth talks to Weld about touring, technology and more... (Thx, LHB.)

KELLY HOGAN talks to Paste about threee songs from I Like To Keep Myself in Pain.

KIM KARDASHIAN served Kris Humphries' ex-girlfriend, Myla Sinanaj, with a subpoena in the divorce case. Meanwhile, a source claims that Kris has plenty of evidence to show that Kim did cheat on him during their 72-day marriage.

HALLE BERRY has been ordered to shell out nearly a quarter of a million bucks a year in child support.

ALEC BALDWIN ran over a reporter's foot while dodging questions about his punching a photog.

WYNNONA JUDD married Cactus Moser in a sunset wedding June 10.

MOLLY SIMS and her husband Scott Stuber welcomed their son on Tuesday.

NICK & VANESSA LACHEY are expecting a boy.

JIM CARREY bails on a Dumb and Dumber sequel.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PART 2 has a trailer online.

THE UNITED STATES indicated that it plans to maintain a force of 13500 US troops in Kuwait.

FRANCE: A man claiming affiliation with al Qaeda seized four hostages at a Toulouse bank not far from the home of Toulouse shooter Mohammed Merah.

YEMEN: Police officials claimed to have broken up a plot to attack foreign embassies in Sana'a.

IRAN: Two days of talks between Iran and the six powers over Iran's nuclear program produced no agreement. Shocka. The United States and Israel jointly developed a sophisticated computer virus nicknamed Flame that collected intelligence in preparation for cyber-sabotage aimed at slowing Iran's ability to develop a nuclear weapon, according to Western officials with loose lips.

A WHALE spouts a rainbow.

THE SWARM was blessed by the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

WHAT YOUR DOG says about your sex life. Woof?

BABY ROBIN cuddles with a CAT... Mass hysteria!

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Ivan & Alyosha, Trampled by Turtles, Nils Lofgren, Surf Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE POLYPHONIC SPREE plays Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

IVAN & ALYOSHA drop The Cabin Sessions EP of demos for free (or a tip).

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ELECTRIC GUEST stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

NILS LOFGREN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set I missed the first time around. Includes my favorite Nils tune, "No Mercy."

CAT POWER drops "Ruin" ahead of her upcoming Sun LP.

FIONA APPLE & THE ROOTS played "Anything We Want" and McCartney's "Let Me Roll It" for Fallon.

GLEN HANSARD talks to Rolling Stone (and the NYP) about the Tonys, his solo album, and Springsteen.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon talks to Hot Press about The Rip Tide, shivering ‘naked' before the world and why, under the surface, he feels Irish. (Thx, LHB.)

LLOYD COLE essays David Bowie's Low LP at Salon.

DAVID LOWERY (CVB, Cracker) schools an NPR intern on "Free Culture" at The Trichordist.

ALEC BALDWIN punched a photog after obtaining his marriage licence with Hilaria Thomas.

JOHNNY DEPP & VANESSA PARADIS have "amicably separated" after 14 years and two children. Presumably ,"amicably" is French for "generously."

LINDSAY LOHAN was barred from driving while shooting "Liz and Dick," for insurance reasons. Oops.

KRISTEN STEWART has vaulted to the top of the annual Forbes list of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. Number two may be even more surprising.

KATE UPTON is (ahem) profiled in GQ.  And here are 21 Upton GIFs for Gratuitous Wednesday.

BOBBY BROWN and fiancée Alicia Etheredge tied the knot Monday.

NICK STAHL's family and friends are once again searching for the Terminator 3 actor.

ANGELINA JOLIE looks as much like Maleficient as you would guess.

EGYPT: Hosni Mubarak was on life support in hospital on Wednesday, Egyptian military officials said, denying a report that the ousted president was clinically dead. However, Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

SYRIA: Government forces surrounded and began shelling Sunni districts in the city of Homs.

IRAN and the six powers started a new round of talks over Iran's nuclear program. Ahmadinejad has said he plans to leave politics next year after his second term as president ends.

PAKISTAN: The Supreme Court dismissed Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Tuesday, drastically escalating a confrontation between the government and the judiciary and plunging the political system into turmoil.

17 DOGS, 1 SURFBOARD: That's a record.

AN OCTOPUS got the joyride of its life last week when it somehow became stuck on the gential slit of a bottlenose dolphin.

A FARMER herds 5000 ducks throuch a town in China.

A GATOR T-boned a car on Interstate 275.

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