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Damon Albarn, Rufus Wainwright, Santigold, Geese + Lamb   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS play "Love is Like a River" on Conan.

DAMON ALBARN is advance streaming Dr Dee.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT is advance streaming Out Of The Game.

SANTIGOLD is advance streaming Master Of My Make-Believe.

CAROLINE SMITH and the GOOD NIGHT SLEEPS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

IGGY POP turned 65 over the weekend. Here's a raucous 1995 take on "Lust For Life."

ROGER McGUINN recently sat down with Talk of the Nation to discuss The Byrds and his solo career, as well as his work preserving folk music.

M WARD does a faves list with SPIN.

GEORGE HARRISON's wife and a few trusted collaborators are going through the guitarist’s massive archive and bringing the best of it to the public.

ROBIN GIBB has colorectal cancer and remains in intensive care after waking from a coma.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Think Like A Man topples The Hunger Games atop the chart with 33 million against a mere 12 million budget. Figure this one to finish with about 75 million, leaving a fat profit after targeted marketing costs.  Screen Gems is becoming the master of the cheap and profitable film.  The Lucky One placed with 22 million, probably more due to fans of novelist Nicolas Sparks than fans of Zac Efron (who hasn't been in a hit since 2009).The Hunger Games shows with 14.5 million on a 31 percent drop, which is pretty leggy for its fifth week of release. Its worldwide gross now stands at 573 million, though it may not make 400 million in the US before The Avengers storm cinemas on May 4th.  Chimpanzee debuted in the fourth slot with 10.2 million from the Earth Day crowd and families whose parents remember Disney's true-Life Adventures.  The Three Stooges round out the Top 5 with 9.2 million; its 46 percent drop is a slap in the face and a poke in the eye, but it has nearly recouped its 30 million production budget.

CAREY MULLIGAN & MARCUS MUMFORD married over the weekend.

NEIL DIAMOND wed his manager Katie McNeil in front of family and close friends in L.A. on Saturday.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY bought a country home in Bedford, NY.

RHIANNA switching teams?

THE HUNGER GAMES sequel will be directed by Francis Lawrence (no relation to Jennifer).

TAYLOR SWIFT is circling the role of Joni Mitchell in Sony Pictures and Di Bonaventura Pictures' adaptation of Sheila Weller's book "Girls Like Us."

JOHNNY DEPP paid tribute to the late Jonathan Frid.

TERROR in the USA: Najibullah Zazi testified that he and New York subway bomb plot co-conspirators Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay met with wanted al Qaeda mastermind Adnan El Shukrijumah in Waziristan in 2008 to plan attacks. Targets discussed included Walmart, Times Square, Penn Station, the NY Stock Exchange, malls, theaters, and public transportation.

SYRIA: The Security Council unanimously approved a resolution increasing the number of UN observers from 30 to 300 and demanding an end to the violence. An opposition spokesman said that Annan's initiative was "our last chance to avoid civil war."

IRAN: A top Iranian official claimed on Sunday that his government was copying the top-secret American spy drone captured by Iran's armed forced last year.

AFGHANISTAN: After months of negotiations, the US and Afghanistan on Sunday agreed on drafts of the strategic partnership agreement that pledges American support for Afghanistan for 10 years after the withdrawal of troops at the end of 2014.

BABY GEESE groom a lamb. Plus, a camel.

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? A young Missouri man has turned to the Internet in search of investors for his expedition into the remote jungles of Africa seeking a living dinosaur.

TWO BEARS broke free from their cages in a Japanese animal park, mauling two women to death.

A SHY BABY MONKEY: Awww...some pics

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Levon Helm RIP, Cults, Andrew Bird, Cutout Bin, Polar Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BAND. Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19th in New York of throat cancer. He was 71. (And here's the NYT obit.)  Over Helm's objections, The Last Waltz was billed as a "farewell" concert after 16 years of touring, finding The Band joined by special guests including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, and Neil Young. Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary features concert performances, scenes shot on a studio soundstage and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band. Surprisingly, the Wikipedia entry for the show is pretty good place to start for more background on the concert and the movie.  BONUS: Listen to Music From Big Pink and The Band (with 7 bonus tracks).

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

ANDREW BIRD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic and the KEXP studio.

FIRST AID KIT visited the KEXP studio with folk-pop from their second full-length, The Lion's Roar.

TODD SNIDER his streaming Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker via the TM Daily Post. (Thx, LHB?)

THE 10 WORST SONGS of the 80s, playlisted by NME.

SUCKERS are advance streaming Candy Salad.

ARCTIC MONKEYS generate "Electricity" as the flip side of their Record Store Day single.  Because who cares what's on the flip side of a record? I do.

JOHN LYDON felt guilt about the burden of his childhood spinal memingitis on his parents.  And he has mixed feelings about the re-release of the Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen."

JAMES MURPHY lists 10 songs that saved his life. Also, a click-through to an interview with GQ.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Life Giver to the Middle-Aged.

BOW WOW WOW: Leigh Gorman and Annabella Lwin talk to The Guardian about the beginning, the end, and Malcolm McLaren.

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

DICK CLARK: Idolator compiles 10 great American Bandstand interviews.

GREG HAM, flutist for the ridiculously popular early-'80s Aussie new wavers Men At Work, has been found dead of unknown causes in his Melbourne home. He was 58. And came from a land "Down Under."

CUTOUT BIN: 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 Lucky One, which is currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Think Like a Man, which is scoring 57 percent; and Chimpanzee, scoring 73 percent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Surveillance video reportedly shows was at The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip on the night of an alleged assault.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY: House-hunting in Connecticut.

JASON SEGEL & MICHELLE WILLIAMS are taking their romance from the streets of NYC to red carpet events.

CHRIS EVANS tells Playboy what Captain America and Sir Mix-A-Lot share.

ANTHONY HOPKINS, in his Alfred Hitchcock makeup.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Still dead, but he may tour with The Jacksons as a hologram.

JONATHAN FRID, best knowing for playing Barnabas Collins on the 1960s supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows," died last Friday of natural causes. He was 87. Frid's final acting credit will be a cameo in the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp film adaptation of the show.

20 of the BIGGEST SCI-FI MOVIE DISAPPOINTMENTS of the last 20 years, compiled by Den of Geek.

GAZA: Hamas is fast losing popularity, and recent surveys indicate that it would not win if elections were held in Gaza today.

YEMEN: The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed.

SWIMMING WITH A POLAR BEAR: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Sex-happy rodents are setting fire to cars, cutting electrical wires and causing power outages, and evading capture at a Queens co-op.

KANGAROOS have three vaginas. The More You Know.

BABY STEENBOK & LEOPARD: Not living together in harmony.

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Dick Clark RIP, Fanfarlo, Suzanne Vega, The Band, Boo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DICK CLARK, the youthful-looking television personality who literally introduced rock 'n' roll to much of the nation on "American Bandstand" and for four decades was the first and last voice many Americans heard each year with his New Year's Eve countdowns, died Wednesday.  He was 82.  This Is Your Life, Dick (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).  And here's the American Bandstand 30th Anniversary Special from 1982. BONUS: A strange moment.

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

SUZANNE VEGA & DUNCAN SHEIK play together at WNYC Soundcheck.

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

THE BAND, Live at the Palladium, Sept.19, 1976.

BUZZCOCKS ask Coachella: "Ever Fallen In Love?"

THE CLASH: Mick Jones and Paul Simonon talk to the BBC ffor an hour about the making of their seminal London Calling.

PATTI SMITH talks to the BBC about punk rock and the evolution of rock and roll.

DAN WILSON talks to PopMatters about Semisonic, Grammys, Adele and more... but not Trip Shakespeare.

TALKING HEADS: Read the first 23 pages of the 33 1/3 book on the band's Fear of Music LP. 

WHEN KEITH MET MICK: The Lord of the Undead writes his aunt Patty.

BRADGELINA: She cried when he proposed. Aw.

DEMI MOORE made her first official appearance since getting out of rehab -- and is looking to change her Twitter handle.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER of True Blood are expecting.  The child would be her first, his third.

KIM KARDASHIAN may run for Mayor of Glendale.

KATY PERRY wants Russell Brand back?

PIPPA MIDDLETON: Pics of the gun incident.

DARREN ARANOVSKY is developing a George Washington biopic.

TERROR in the UK: Radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada filed an immediate appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against the deportation order issued yesterday by the UK, delaying his possible deportation.

NORTH KOREA  said it was no longer bound by an agreement with the US for a moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.

PAKISTAN: Assistance from the US buys little goodwill

BOO: Cutest and fluffiest dog evah?

BABY PARROT NELSON could be the ugliest bird in the world.

FROZEN COWS could be blown up in a Colorado cabin. Cow-boom.

GERMAN BEAVERS come to liven up Mongolia.

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Jack White, Ting Tings, Thomas Dolby, Puppy Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS drops a fan-generated video for "Reappear."

JACK WHITE is advance streaming Blunderbuss via iTunes. He talks about making the album at All Songs Considered.

THE TING TINGS played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

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

THOMAS DOLBY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. Yes, including that one.

BEACH HOUSE drops "Lazuli" ahead of their next LP.

THE PIXIES offer a Coachella EP for the price of your address. (Thx, Ken King.)

JOHNNY CASH: "After Taxes."

SPIRITUALIZED: Jason Pierce talks to the WSJ about (somewhat) simplifying things on Sweet Heart Sweet Light. He spoke to SPIN about where this album fits in the Spiritualized spectrum, the problem of mixing, and fake rock'n'roll. (Thx, Chromewaves.) And he talks to Morning Edition about marching on a volcanic eruption in a spacesuit.

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger talks to All Things Considered about coming back from a brain aneurysm.

MAINSTREAM'S RESPONSE TO PUNK, surveyed by PopMatters.

LEVON HELM, a former member of the Band, is in the final stages of his long battle with cancer.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA: "Who says artists have to make money?"

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS dating story denied.

HALLE BERRY finally confirms her engagement.

MILEY CYRUS was rushed to an emergency room Monday night, after she cut herself with a kitchen knife.

ALEC BALDWIN says he's still a fan of NBC despite tweeting angrily last week that he was "leaving NBC just in time" after a "Today" show crew camped outside his apartment building.

JOHNNY DEPP is being sued by a 52-year-old disabled woman who says she was roughed up and humiliated by the actor's bodyguards during an Iggy Pop concert back in December.

14-PLUS short-lived film-to-TV adaptations.  I remember almost all of them. Get off my lawn.

THE AVENGERS could score one of the biggest domestic openings of all time for a superhero pic, if not one of the biggest period, based on prerelease tracking numbers.

SAUDI AUTHORITIES banned university students from emulating ‘emo’ subculture according to a report in Al Riyadh newspaper.

SYRIA: International sanctions aimed at the Syrian government have cut its financial reserves in half, and pressure must be maintained on Damascus to stop its bloody crackdown on opponents despite a shaky five-day cease-fire, the French foreign minister, Alain Juppé, said on Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: About 150 Afghan schoolgirls were poisoned after drinking contaminated water at a high school in the country's north, officials said, blaming it on radicals opposed to female education.  Meanwhile, the US is gearing up for what may be the last major American-run offensive of the war — a bid to secure the approaches to Kabul.

MAMA DOG rescues her puppy from a swimming pool.

MINIATURE PIG RACING is a hit with vistors to Pennywell Farm.

AN IBIS flies home for the first time in 400 years.  That's an old bird.

THE RALLY SQUIRREL appears on the World Series championship rings the St. Louis Cardinals received over the weekend. (Thx, Dad.)

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New Releases, Sea of Bees, Dinosaur Jr, Andrew Love RIP, Cat crosses river   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST played "The Bad In Each Other" for Leno.

NEW RELEASES from Janis Joplin, Daniel Johnston, Maps & Atlases, Dry the River, Horse Feathers, Moonface, the Forty Nineteens and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SEA OF BEES is advance streaming Orangefarben.

DINOSAUR JR., reimagined in the electronic aesthetic of New Wave bands.

SPIRITUALIZED, Live in London, Dec. 9, 2007.

THE WALKMEN drop the title track to Heaven.

THE BYRDS: "I See You" is blurbed by Dave Marsh.

ANDREW LOVE, a member of the legendary Memphis Horns heard on Stax classics like 'Hold On, I'm Comin' ' and 'In the Midnight Hour,' died Thursday from complications of Alzheimer's. He was 70.

BOWERBIRDS: Phil Moore talks to SPIN about Paul Simon and parasites.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to The Independent about managing to combine stardom with the commitments of fatherhood.

R.E.M.: Part 2 of The A.V. Club's history of the seminal alt-rockers.

THE ROLLING STONES: Ronnie Wood apologized to the band for the great crime of opinining that he wanted to get back to the studio.

LINDSAY LOHAN is telling friends she doesn't feel she did anything wrong by going to Coachella, because the festival is not a nightclub.

GERARD BUTLER, also post-rehab, was spotted grinding with a date at Coachella. What happened at the porta-potties?

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS? Could be that life imitates That 70s Show.

DEMI MOORE returns to Twitter post-rehab.

JASON SEGEL & MICHELLE WILLIAMS: More serious than anyone thinks?

PIPPA MIDDLETON faces possible arrest after a gun incident involving friends in Paris.

COURTNEY LOVE apologizes to her daughter for acting like Courtney Love.

MARILYN MANSON is not engaged to aspiring actress and self-described "independent occult filmmaker" Seraphim Ward.

TERROR in the USA: The trial of Adis Medunjanin, a co-conspirator with Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay in a 2009 plot to bomb New York City's subways, opened Monday.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: The Labour party suspended life peer Lord Ahmed for allegedly saying he would offer a bounty on President Obama and former President George W. Bush in retaliation for the US bounty on Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed.

MOROCCO: Demands for marriage reform present a particularly unwelcome challenge to Morocco's new Islamist government, which was elected in November on a promise to make Morocco more Islamic - not less.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan officials said a Haqqani Network operative captured in Nangarhar admitted that his group was behind yesterday's suicide assaults in four provinces.

A CAT CROSSES A RIVER: Let's go to the video.

TESSA the DOG, ticketed by traffic police.

CATERPILLARS More Likely to Vomit Alone.

GEORGE the GOLDFISH develops a Hitler 'stache.

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