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Nuggets, Mark Lanegan, Trailer Trash Tracys, Lana Del Rey, Sheep Cyclone   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! Recent sad news about the illness of Troggs singer Reg Presley and death of Music Machine singer Sean Bonniwell put me in the mood for a dozen Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

THE MARK LANEGAN BAND is advance streaming Blues Funeral.

THE TRAILER TRASH TRACYS are advance streaming Ester, along with an interview.

LANA DEL REY is streaming Born To Die.

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

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR played "Simple Girl" for Conan, backed by a string quartet.

LEONARD COHEN is profiled at Tablet.  His discography is surveyed by The A.V. Club.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 90s musician edition.

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: 53 years ago today.

RECORD LABELS: What do they do these days?

THE WORST SUPERBOWL HALFTIME SHOWS, according to Spinner. ALSO: NFL bosses have banned Gary Glitter songs from being playing at this Sunday's Super Bowl. The pedophile pop star created a stir when fans believed he stood to rake in thousands of dollars if his 1972 anthem 'Rock and Roll Part 2' was blasted at Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium.

CUTOUT BIN:  From Diana Ross to the Gun Club, from Sandie Shaw to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, from the Beach Boys to Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, plus the Guess Who, Plimsouls, R. Dean Taylor, Rush and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are: Chronicle, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Woman In Black, currently scoring 64 percent; and Big Miracle, scoring 69 percent. All pretty good scores for February, let alone SuperBowl weekend.

GISELE BUNDCHEN implored friends and family by email to pray hard for Tom Brady in the SuperBowl.

DEMI MOORE, now recovering at home, is getting special visits from the men in her life ... ex Bruce Willis and soon-to-be-ex Ashton Kutcher.

LINDSAY LOHAN is threatening to sue media outlets claiming she was drinking at a SAG awards afterparty.

LESLIE CARTER, the 25-year-old sister of Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and had been taking medication for depression, according to a police report released Thursday.

COURTNEY LOVE killed the family pets with her bizarre behavior, according to daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

SHOOKI denied preganancy rumors to a grateful nation.

SOMALIA:Kenyan troops seized Hosungow near the Kenyan border and took over the key southern town of Badhadhe, potentially cutting off Shabaab's supply line from its coastal stronghold of Kismayo.

EGYPT: Thousands demonstrated after 74 people were killed in rioting at a soccer match in the worst violence since Mubarak's overthrow. A famous Egyptian comedian was jailed for offending Islam.

AFGHANISTAN:The US and NATO want to end combat operations in Afghanistan next year.

IRAQ:Security forces detained al Qaeda's minister of information in Mosul and 16 members of Vice President Hashemi's bodyguard.

THE SHEEP CYCLONE: Let's go to the video.

A MAMMOTH PYTHON was caught by rangers in Florida before it could lay eggs containing the 59 super-predators inside her and unleash them on the Everglades.

MONKEY OWNERS hiding out in TX.

A SUPERGIANT crustacean has been found lurking 7km down in the waters off the coast of New Zealand.

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Don Cornelius RIP, Los Campesinos, Suicide Commandos, M Ward, Rally Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher.

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off a new day:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Thursday.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil, the Pennsylvania groundhog famous for making midwinter weather forecasts, had his moment in the spotlight early Thursday and declared that winter is far from over. But the competition begs to differ.

DON CORNELIUS, creator of Soul Train, was found dead at his Sherman Oaks on home Wednesday morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was 75.  The Chicago Reader did a meaty feature on Cornelius and Soul Train in 1979.  The list of guests who appeared on the show remains impressive.  Some of the notables are featured in this video, while Whitney Matheson provides clips of the Jackson 5, Beastie Boys, James Brown, Mary Wilson and the Fresh Prince. Idolator has the 10 best Soul Train line dances.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS are advance streaming Onwards To The Wall.

LOS CAMPESINOS! stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE SUICIDE COMMANDOS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TAPES 'N TAPES played a seventh birthday twofer at The Current.

CURSIVE drops "Wowowow" ahead of I Am Gemini.

M WARD drops a video for the new track "The First Time I Ran Away."

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to The Line of Best Fit about putting her new band together and more...

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to The Stool Pigeon about tripping out - at reviewers and on record - and why he's not Frosted Flakes. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

NADA SURF: Life After The One-Hit Wonder.

JOE HENRY talks to Dolly Varden's Steve Dawson about songwriting, producing, Mose Allison and Ornette Coleman and more...

DEMI MOORE is embarrassed by the public nature of her breakdown. After her split from Ashton Kutcher, it's was young people, pills and Red Bulls.  She was a woman in need of reassurance.

LINDSAY LOHAN appeared to be under the influence when she was at the Chateau Marmont on Sunday night, according to RadarOnline.  Also, her creepy run-in with an alleged trespasser and constantly having looky-loos on her property are enough for her to finally pack up and leave Venice Beach.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is dating an New York City-based advertising exec named Nate Naylor, a pal of the pair confirms.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is the most desirable woman in the UK, according to an oh-so-scientific online poll.

NICK & AARON CARTER's sister Leslie died at 25, without details on the cause of death.

SIMON COWELL says he's still close with Paula Abdul - even though he just fired her - and plans to work with her again in the very near future.

TERROR in the UK: Four UK nationals of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origins admitted to involvement in an al Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb UK targets around Christmastime in 2010.

LIBYA: Freed from Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship, Sufi Muslims find themselves under renewed pressure from violent Islamists who have been attacking them and their beliefs as heretical.

EGYPT: Concerned over its deteriorating public image, Egypt's military sacked the general in charge of media affairs.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban denied planning direct talks with the Afghan government to end the 10-year-old war, while a leaked NATO report suggested the insurgents are confident they will regain power after international troops leave.

IRAQ: Discounted Iranian rials and Syrian pounds are pouring into money-changing shops as Western economic sanctions against those two countries make it harder for them to conduct trade with much of the rest of the world, arrange international bank transactions and obtain hard currency.


CARDINALS' RALLY SQUIRREL turns up on a baseball card. (Thanks, Dad.)

ZOO LIONS eat an owl in front of shocked visitors.

A BABY ELEPHANT was pulled out of a deep moat surrounding a palm oil plantation on Borneo island.

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Arctic Monkeys, Dr Dog, Effed Up, The Who, Jabba the Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS: the video for "You And I" features a crunchy riff and the fab Richard Hawley.

DR. DOG is advance streaming Be The Void.

EFFED UP is streaming their Chinese New Year singles.

GIRL IN A COMA plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Andrew Bird, Juliana Barwick and Hospitality highlight the latest edition of the series.

THE WHO: "I'm A Boy."

DALE EARNHARDT JR., JR. talks to the Daily Trojan about the genesis of the band and its name. (Thx, LHB.)

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to the L.A. Times about love, liberation and the vicious game that is the music industry.

THE NATIONAL: Bryce Dressner talks to Drowned In Sound about the band, his role in The Long Count, songriting and arranging.

CHAIRLIFT: Patrick Wimberly talked to the WaPo about the band's major label deal, their long wait between albums, and their weird musical tastes.

VANITY FAIR unveils the cover of its annual Hollywood issue.

THE X FACTOR: Simon Cowell is cashiering judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger, as well as host Steve Jones.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY talks about A Dangerous Method and perceptions of her work on both sides of the Atlantic for a GQ cover story that finds her wearing less than usual.

RYAN REYNOLDS gave Denzel Washington his first black eye. Oops.

DAVE LETTERMAN's 30th anniversary in late-night is tonight. Can I do the old man thing where I mention how much funnier he was back in the day?

JERRY SEINFELD & JAY LENO joined forces for Acura's Super Bowl XLVI spot.

SYRIA: The army attacked opponents in a suburb of Damascus. After heavy fighting, Free Syrian Army rebels withdrew from the area. Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council urged Syria to accept the Arab League peace plan. The Arab League sought support from China and Russia.

IRAN is keeping the option open to develop a nuclear weapon but US intelligence agencies do not know whether it will eventually decided to build one, the US intelligence chief said on Tuesday.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban in Afghanistan are being directly assisted by Pakistani security services, according to a secret Nato report seen by the BBC.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government on Tuesday rejected reports that it was going to launch separate peace talks with Taliban fighters in Saudi Arabia.

JABBA THE SQUIRREL: Let's go to the video.

AN ELEPHANT at a Dutch zoo has become the first in Europe to be fitted with a contact lens.

MORE LEMMINGS bring more snowy owls to Michigan's LP.

FIRE SALE on LLAMAS in Cedar Rapids, IA.

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New Releases, Florence + the Machine, Anna Calvi, Jack White, Beatles, TMBG   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLORENCE & THE MACHINE and LYKKE LI play Austin City Limits.

NEW RELEASES from Leonard Cohen, Aretha Franklin, the Sound of Philadelphia, Karen Dalton and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ANNA CALVI plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Live in Danielsville, GA, Sept. 14, 1997.

JACK WHITE drops "Love Interruption" in advance of his solo LP, although it seems to have problems playing in Internet Explorer. (Those with IE might try here.)

THE BOWERBIRDS are "In The Yard" before their next LP.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE are horsing around again.

THE BEATLES: Hear George Harrison's lost guitar solo on "Here Comes the Sun."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS brought the new "When Will You Die?" and an apocalyptic take on their classic "Ana Ng" to Conan in time for Twofer Tuesday.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Surf-Drift about touring new material, gelling as a band, and the theme of the next LP, and is profiled by Mountain Xpress. (Thx, LHB.)  He talks to the Charlotte Observer about songwriting and moving to NC. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BEN KWELLER talks to the NYT/Texas Monthly about stating his own label and operating without a manager for his latest LP.

JESSIE BAYLIN talks to the San Francisco Examiner about the long road to Little Spark.

HAPPY MONDAYS are reuniting for a small UK Tour.

DEMI MOORE's kids are spending quality time with dad Bruce Willis while she undergoes "spiritual counselling" after her seizure.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY: The L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services is recommending their 3-year-old daughter Nahla go into counseling.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is really, really unsure about marrying again.

ROONEY MARA is taking over for Blake Lively in Steven Soderbergh's upcoming psychopharmacology drama Side Effects.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON cozied up to a male friend in NYC over the weekend.

CYNTHIA NIXON, clarifying prior remarks, says her bixesuality is not a choice.

MATTHEW BRODERICK brings some Ferris flava to Honda's SuperBowl ad.

DRIVE hits home video today; you can watch the first seven minutes online.

TERROR in NORWAY: In the first convictions under Norwegian antiterror law, Mikael Davud, a Chinese Uighur, and Shawan Sadek Saeed Bujak, an Iraqi Kurd, were found guilty of plotting with al Qaeda to attack a Danish newspaper that had published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

YEMEN: Only days after Yemen's president left the country for medical treatment, military leaders organized massive protests calling for the ruling family of Ali Abdullah Saleh to end its control over the country's security forces.

IRAQ: The Iraqiya party has ended its boycott of parliament.

AFGHANISTAN: A plan by the Afghans to open a second front in peace talks with the Taliban in Saudi Arabia - separate from US-led negotiations in Qatar - is driven by fear of being sidelined, analysts say.

SMITTY: The target demo for the Marmaduke movie.

TURKISH SHEEPDOGS prized for their fierceness are raising concerns they may be a little too tough for the southwest Colorado communities where ranchers are using them.

A FLORIDA GATOR was bagged by a blind hunter from Fargo.

ANT vs PRAYING MANTIS: Who you got?

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Of Montreal, Sharon Van Etten, McCartney, Troggs, Cat vs Birthday Card   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD drops a video for "Bummer," but it's not one.

OF MONTREAL is advance streaming Paralytic Stalks, along with a track-by-track tour from Kevin Barnes.

SHARON VAN ETTEN is advance streaming Tramp.

HEARTLESS B^STARDS are advance streaming Arrow.

PAUL McCARTNEY is advance streaming Kisses on the Bottom.

THE TROGGS frontman Reg Presley retires after a lung cancer diagnosis, prompting "Wild Thing" and "Love Is All Around" as a Twofer Monday. 

CRAIG FINN talks Jesus with the Dallas Observer, plus other influences on his solo album with the Mpls Star-Tribune.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Billboard about his next album, which he describes as "sort of folk-rock power trio music, somewhere between the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Peter, Paul & Mary -- the two great trio blueprints."

THE TING TINGS recorded songs their label loved - so they ripped them up and started again. Are they tempting fate?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Grey tops the chart with 20 million, much better than the 12 million most pundits predicted.  However, mediocre word-of-mouth may prevent this from becoming another taken. Underworld: Awakening places with 12.5 million on a 50 percent drop, which is actually good for this franchise.  One For the Money shows with 11.8 million, avoiding disaster by Groupon deals.  However, everyone knows this, which means Katherine Heigl's career continues its downward slide.  Red Tails is in fourth with 10.4 million and will be lucky to recoup its budget domestically.  Man On a Ledge rounds out the Top Five with 8.3 million, a result made worse by the fact that it too benefitted from a Living Social coupon.  Below the fold, Oscar contender The Descendants saw the biggest percentage boost in biz as it opened wide, followed by Hugo.  The Artist, considered by some as an Oscar favorite (and rightly so) had a modest increase and stayed out of the Top 10, demonstrating the hurdle a silent film faces at the box office (possibly affecting its Oscar chances).

DEMI MOORE: Was she smoking K2 before her seizure? RadarOnline wants to know.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: The singer talks about breaking their split to their kids.

NICK SANTINO, a down-on-his-luck soap-opera actor, took his own life last week after he was forced to put his beloved dog to sleep under pressure from his Upper West Side condo and became wracked by grief.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is so keen to avoid any encounters with ex-husband Ryan Reynolds and his new girlfriend Blake Lively in New York that she is considering buying a property in London.

HALLE BERRY's baby daddy Gabriel Aubry agrees to anger management sessions.

SIMON HELBERG (Big Bang Theory) and his wife, actress/writer/director Jocelyn Towne, announced they are expecting their first child in the spring.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO won't be seeing an India release as the film's director David Fincher has refused to cut some scenes as specified by India's Central Board of Film Certification.

THE DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

YEMEN: President Saleh is traveling to the United States for medical treatment.

SYRIA: Escalating violence caused the Arab League to suspend its observer mission. Russia's defiance of international efforts to end Assad's crackdown on protests is rooted in a calculation that it can keep a Mideast presence by propping up its last ally in the region - and has nothing to lose if it fails.

AFGHANISTAN: President Sarkozy said France will withdraw from Afghanistan in 2013, one year early.

A CAT hates a singing birthday card.

PRINCESS the CAMEL, famous for her ability to correctly predict the winner of football games, picks the Giants to win the Super Bowl.  But she does live in New Jersey...

IT'S NOT A TOOMAH: A pet cat believed to have a giant tumour in her stomach was found to have a huge furball the weight of two iPhones.

A SANDWICH WOMAN surrendered 71 rats to the MSPCA-Angell Adoption Center in Boston.

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