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M Ward, John Lydon. Lucinda Williams & Elvis Costello, Careful Canine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT finally dropped a video for "The Rip Tide."

M WARD plays a mini-set at World Cafe.

JOHN LYDON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS & ELVIS COSTELLO, Live on Crossroads, Jan. 13 2002.

JUKEBOX THE GHOST play a full set at World Cafe Live.

DINOSAUR JR. drops "Watch the Corners" ahead of I Bet on Sky.

WYE OAK drops "Spiral" as part of Adult Swim's singles series.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise," which returned to the Tube last year after a long absence.

ADELE is expecting a child with Simon Kinecki. Or someone like him.

IGGY POP talks to the New York Times about Maine, Miami, Punk, penises and more...

LAWRYN HILL pleads guilty to tax evasion and could face jail time.

THE STONE ROSES reunion is essayed at The Guardian.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ted is this weekend's surprise champ with 54.1 million, more than 15-20 million over the supposed experts' projections.  It's the biggest opening weekend for an R-rated comedy evah, breaking The Hangover's 45 million record.  This could make 250 million worldwide against a 50 million budget.  Magic Mike placed, but also overperformed expectations with 39.2 million.  Warner Bros. only spent 7 million for distribution rights on this one, which was mostly financed by director Steven Soderburgh and star Channing Tatum.  The profit to cost ration should eb rich here, though the strippers may not have the same legs as the teddy bear.  Brave showed with 34 million on a 49 percent drop from its debut, a bit steeper than the usual Pixar hold (although Wall-E had a similar drop). Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection takes the fourth slot with 26.4 million, about average for a Madea move (excluding Madea Goes to Jail which had a 41 million opening).  Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted rounds out the Top 5 with 11.8 million on a 40 percent drop, clearly feeling the competition from Brave.  Below the fold People Like Us opened in the tenth slot with 4.3 million, making it fortunate that the budget was only 16 million.  Moonrise Kindom finally goes near-wide and moves up to the No. 8 spot, while Rock of Ages and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter really start to tank, each dropping over 60 percent.

TED: I suppose people like me are to blame for this surprise smash.  I am not a big fan of Family Guy, though I have found its creator, Seth MacFarlane is an engaging talk show guest.  MacFarlane's feature debut milks the magical teddy bear gone bad concept for all it's worth, but it does more than that.  Mark this one as a vulgar, but successful entry in the subgenre I call "Chick Flicks for Guys" -- essentially romantic comedies about men overcoming their arrested deveopment (High Fidelity and Wonder Boys immediately come to mind as some of my faves in this subgenre). As such, Ted should appeal enough to women to make Ted a sizable box office success as well.

TOM CRUISE and KATIE HOLMES are getting divorced. Katie filed the papers — and Tom was “blindsided.”  Katie wants sole legal custody and “primary residential custody” of Suri. Holmes, who secretly rented her own NYC apartment before filing (or was it deeded to her by Cruise?), may have created huge tax problems for Cruise by filing in NY.

ALEC BALDWIN got married to Hilaria Thomas, days after he  got physical with yet another photog in New York City.

MILA KUNIS talks tabloid rumors, online dating, weight in Hollywood, and more at Glamour.

CHARLIE SHEEN threatens suit over a bogus story that he trashed a hotel room. Uh-huh.

JENNY McCARTHY, in Playboy. Gratuitous Monday.

THE UNITED STATES indicted Minh Quang Pham for assisting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

YEMEN: The government said that 13 AQAP plots to attack embassies in Sana'a were foiled.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF killed the Lashkar-e-Taiba's leader in Kunar and several insurgents in an airstrike in the province.

A CAREFUL CANINE reaches for a ball.

LUXURY DOGHOUSES and the Dogs That Couldn't Care Less.

THE BIRDS: The sounds of gun fire filled the air around the vacant Saturn dealership Thursday morning as several Southgate (MI) Police Officers attempted to exterminate some of the thousands of seagulls that have invaded the building.

A 12.5 CM WORM was removed from a man's eye in India.

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Groovy Gals, Jimmy Cliff, U2, Rhett Miller, Cutout Bin, Pig vs Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with SHINDIG! This special, featuring groovy gals, is Tubed in three parts. Part 1 includes the Shangri-Las - "Give Him A Great Big Kiss"; Aretha Franklin - "Shoop Shoop Song"; Leslie Gore - "Judy's Turn To Cry"; and Ketty Lester - "Love Letters." Part 2 includes -- The Toys - "Lover's Concerto"; Jackie DeShannon - "What The World Needs Now"; The Supremes - "Baby Love" and Fontella Bass - "Rescue Me." Part 3 includes The Blossoms - "I Like It Like That"; Petula Clark - "Downtown"; and Tina Turner - "Ooh-Poo-Pah-Doo."

JIMMY CLIFF stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RHETT MILLER & THE SERIAL LADY KILLERS play a set of tunes from his newest solo album, The Dreamer, at KEXP.

DIAMOND RUGS, ft members of Deer Tick, Black Lips, and Los Lobos, played live from NYC on KEXP.

U2, Live in Dublin, Aug. 28, 1993.

JONATHAN RICHMAN gives a rare interview to SF Weekly about the internet, air conditioning, and being a Godfather of Punk. So why not a live take on "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's birthday party? (Thx, LHB.)

JOE PERNICE talks to the Calgary Herald about forthcoming albums from the Scud Mountain Boys and the Pernice Bros.(Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE KINKS are dropping sets of BBC archives.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2012 (So Far), according to Paste, with embedded previews via Rdio. More from Uncut.

22 MUSIC LEGENDS, from Steve Albini to Brian Wilson, give advice to aspiring musicians via Blurt: Part 1 and Part 2.

CUTOUT BIN: From First Class to Supergrass, from the Zombies to the Jesus & Mary Chain, from Bruce Springsteen to Terry Jacks, plus CCR, Grant Hart, the Beach Boys, Jane's Addiction, The Yarbirds 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: Ted, currently scoring xx percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Magic Mike, which is currently scoring xx percent; People Like Us, scoring xx percent; and Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection, which predictably was not screened for critics.

ANN CURRY left Today yesterday.

ALEC BALDWIN and his bride-to-be have so little faith that their A-list guests and closest relatives won't blab about their wedding-reception plans that the details will be sent by text message on the day of their nuptials. Leakers will be punched out by the groom.

GEORGE CLOONEY & JENNIFER ANISTON board a private jet together; paparazzi spontaneously combust.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD are "100 percent dating."



COMMUNITY: The entire cast - including Chevy Chase - will return, in the wake of the firing of show creator Dan Harmon.

TOTAL RECALL: The reboot has a new trailer online.

IRAN's hardline government has hailed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood candidate Mohammed Mursi's victory in Egypt's first democratic presidential polls as "an Islamic awakening" in the region.

EGYPT's religious affairs ministry has sent a letter to all the country' imams ordering them not to accept invitations from Tehran to visit Iran or face "serious" punishment. Egypt's presidency planned to reveal how Islamist President-elect Mohamed Mursi would be sworn in at the weekend in a ceremony whose symbolism the Muslim Brotherhood and interim military rulers have both struggled to shape.

PIGLET vs CAT, Round 1.

2000 MICE were stolen by heroin addicts, but rescued by police.

PET HOARDING: A judge has ruled that a Florida man cannot care for nearly 700 cats removed from his cat sanctuary while he faces multiple animal cruelty charges.

ESCAPED ANIMALS = Ratings Gold, Jerry.

DOLPHIN & SEAL, inseparable pals... Mass hysteria!

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The Hives, Maps & Atlases, PJ Harvey, Mini-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BETTYE LaVETTE covers The Black Keys' "I'm Not the One" in a lyrical video.

THE HIVES play a Session and do a Q & A at Spinner.

MAPS & ATLASES perform a set of experimental yet accessible songs from their album "Beware and Be Grateful" live on KEXP.

DEVIN tears through a mini-set of garage-pop at KEXP.

PJ HARVEY: The Secret Solo Show.

LAVENDER DIAMOND drops “Oh My Beautiful World” ahead of Incorruptible Heart.


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS give Spinner a track-by-track tour of their latest LP.

CAT POWER: Chan Marshall talks to Pitchfork about the trial and error that went into her forthcoming LP, Sun.

FIONA APPLE talks to Interview about The Idler Wheel and more..

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love has already booked fall dates with his touring version of the Beach Boys, without the group's other principal founding members.  That is soooo Mike Love.

15 GREAT INSTRUMENTALS by vocal bands.

SIMON REYNOLDS & GREIL MARCUS talk and talk and talk...

CHARLIE SHEEN did not trash is hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton in NYC.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER are expecting twins.

LINDSAY LOHAN has settled with the 3 men she allegedly abducted and took on a wild drug-fueled car chase through Santa Monica back in 2007.

ROBERT PATTINSON was dissed by Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.

SETH MacFARLANE and... Alexis Knapp?

THE 25 BEST MOVIES of 2012 (So Far), according to Paste.

FRANKENWEENIE has a new trailer online.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has established a new base in the Al Mahfad area in Abyan province. Yemen's foreign minister admitted that the US is conducting drone strikes against AQAP.

SYRIA: Gunmen attacked a pro-Assad TV station near Damascus, destroying the station and killing seven employees. President Assad said the country was at war and no effort should be spared to achieve victory. The UN said violence had worsened since the attempted peace plan in April.

EGYPT: A court struck down a decree giving the military authority to detain civilians.

PAKISTAN: Western states pressured China at closed-door talks last week to address concerns about its plans to expand a nuclear power plant in Pakistan and provide more information, but were rebuffed.

HAMLET the MINI-PIG navigates the stairs.

BOWSER BEER is crafted for a canine clientele.

A TREE-CLIMBING DOG proved less adept at descent.

LARRY the CAT occupies 10 Downing Street.

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Regina Spektor, Summer Music, Pink Floyd, Wrestling Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN drops a video for his comeback single, "Erica America."

REGINA SPEKTOR played Le Poisson Rouge; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW: All Songs Considered previews tracks from The Avett Bros, The Antlers, Cat Power, JEFF the Brotherhood and more....

100 ESSENTIAL NOISE POP SONGS, compiled by KQED and streaming via NPR.

PINK FLOYD on the BBC, 1970-71.

BEST COAST covers Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" for a tribute LP.


KEITH RICHARDS (Lord of the Undead) & JACK WHITE: What could go wrong?

PAUL WESTERBERG & TOMMY STINSON are collaborating on a song for a Slim Dunlap benefit LP.

THE SLITS: Viv Albertine talks to BBC6 about being confined to her room and banned from the bus while on tour with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, and her exile from the music industry.


NORA EPHRON, an essayist and humorist who became one of her era's most successful screenwriters and filmmakers, making romantic comedy hits like "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally," died Tuesday night in Manhattan. She was 71.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE rushed to the aid of a teenage girl who collapsed on her front lawn Monday, calling paramedics and waiting with the girl until help arrived.


ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS are dating, according to the ever-reliable Life & Style.

JOHN TRAVOLTA, beset by legal claims by strange men, gropes his wife, Kelly Preston, at the "Savages" premiere in Los Angeles.

JASON LEE and wife Ceren welcomed a son over the weekend.

CHER reveals producers are at work developing a Broadway musical based on her life.

JAMES CAMERON will shoot three Avatar sequels simultaneously? Please make it stop.

TURKEY: Following Syria's shoot-down of a Turkish jet, Turkey warned Syria to stay away from its borders. Turkey's prime minister said that his country would offer all possible support "to liberate the Syrians from dictatorship."

SYRIA: Fierce fighting broke out around elite Republican Guard posts in the capital of Damascus. The rebel Free Syrian Army captured a military base in the northern town of Daret Ezzah. The UN said Syria is too dangerous for peacekeeping monitors to resume their mission.

IRANIANS protesting soaring food prices launched a spontaneous three-day boycott of milk and bread purchases, in a sign that growing economic hardship could lead to more civil disobedience.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI disclosed that it has tracked over 100 cases of Islamic extremists within the US military.


BEARS wrestle on a front lawn in Lakewood, FL.

A COLLARED GATOR waits for the bus in... Enfield, CT?

A RARE RHINO BABY could be a vital rescue-line for the dying Sumatran Rhino species.

A THRILL-SEEKING RUNAWAY PIG is rescued at a theme park in Nottingham.

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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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