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U2, Dion, Craig Finn, Nada Surf, Tori Amos, Snowboarding Crow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

CRAIG FINN is advance streaming Clear Heart Full Eyes.

NADA SURF is advance streaming The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy.

TORI AMOS stopped by World Cafe in studio for a chat and mini-set.

THE FLING stopped by KUT's Studio 1A for a session.

LEE RANALDO goes "Off The Wall" in advance of Between The Time And The Tides. (No, it's not a cover.)

LETTERS TO CLEO has been defunct for years, but it and its cover of Nick Lowe's "Cruel To Be Kind" are back in the zeitgeist, courtesy of NBC's Parks and Recreation.

DION: A vintage (and this year, crackly) performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

ROBERT CHRISTGAU releases his Dean's List and accomanying essay.

CRAIG FINN talks to Clash about the literary influences on his songwriting.

MAVIS STAPLES talks to Spinner about soundtracking the Civil Rights Movement, Plus hip-hop, iPhones, Jay-Z & Kanye and Justin Bieber.

12 ARTISTS to WATCH in 2012, according to Spinner.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Contraband tops the chart with 24.1 million, which is pretty good against a 25 million budget and tracking estimates in the mid-to-high teens.  Disney's 3-D re-release of Beauty & the Beast rakes in 18.5 million, about 10 million more than tracking was expecting. The 3-D conversion likely cost the Mouse about 10 million.  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol is third with 11.5 million on its first big drop (42 percent).  Joyful Noise debuted in fourth with 11.3 million against a 30 million budget.  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows rounds out the Top 5 with 8.4 million.  Below the fold, The Devil Inside -- last weeks No. 1 -- made only 7.9 million, on a drop of 77 percent.  Maybe people started talking franchise too early? Nah, it still cost only a million to make.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. Congrats!

KELSEY GRAMMER and wife Kayte Walsh Grammer are having a baby.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS were caught canoodling on camera in NYC.

MENA SUVARI is calling it quits on her 18-month marriage to concert producer Simone Sestito.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR was reportedly "out of control" on drugs and booze when her sister dialed 911 Thursday night, according to Entertainment Tonight.

TWILIGHT: We're maybe not done after the next movie?

IRAN warned oil-producing Gulf states not to boost production if Iran's crude exports are affected by Western sanctions.

SYRIA: The failure of an Arab League mission to stanch violence in Syria, an international community with little leverage and a government as defiant as its opposition is in disarray have left Syria descending into a protracted, chaotic and perhaps unnegotiable conflict.

IRAQ: Insurgents dressed as policemen attacked a government compound and a police station in Ramadi with four suicide bombers; seven police officers and at least six attackers died in the clashes.

AFGHANISTAN: The leader of Afghanistan's second-biggest insurgent group said in an interview published Sunday that he was ready for "meaningful talks" with all parties to end the decade-long war.

A CROW snowboards on a roof in Russia.

THAT OSTRICH is totally into you.

WALKER, a 28-pound cat, finds a new home.

BABY SEA OTTER: Awww...some pics and video.

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David Bowie, Laura Veirs, Little Willies, Cutout Bin. Giant Hornets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with DAVID BOWIE! Live at the Beat Club, circa 1978, to mark the end of his 65th birthday week.  Your setlist includes: "Sense Of Doubt," "Beauty And The Beast," "Heroes," "Stay," "The Jean Genie," "TVC 15," "Alabama Song," and "Rebel Rebel."

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

THE LITTLE WILLIES, a country cover band that just happens to include Norah Jones, stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a session.

THE WAR ON DRUGS also stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a session.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS drops "Lafaye" in advance of Ghostory.

BEAR IN HEAVEN drops "The Reflection Of You" ahead of their spring relase, I Love You, It's Cool.

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS drop "Easy Come Easy Go" in advance of New Wild Everywhere.

WHITE RABBITS offer "Heavy Metal" is advance of Milk Famous, in return for your address.

EASYBEATS: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun!

LOS CAMPESINOS!: Gareth talks to Pitchfork about ex-girlfriends, blissfully cold suds, and the trappings of Tumblr.

WILCO drummer Glenn Kotche talks to the L.A. Times about the found sounds, shuffling toys, back massagers, and funky rhythms that permeate parts of The Whole Love.  Guitarist Nels Cline talks to the Colorado Springs Independent about his bandmates. (Thx, LHB.)

MITCH RYDER's raw autobiography launches what could be a big year for the Detroit soul-rocker.

BANDS to WATCH in 2012, according to Glide.

LYKKE LI signed a modeling contract.  So did Lana Del Rey.

CUTOUT BIN:  From the Who to Dobie Gray, from Sly & the Family Stone to the Dwight Twilley Band, from Husker Du to Elton John, plus Arthur Lee, Katrina and the Waves, Dusty Springfield, Guided by Voices 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: Contraband, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Joyful Noise, currently scoring 39 percent; and the 3-D reissue of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, scoring 91 percent.  The Iron Lady expands to 700 screens, scoring 56 percent.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR was taken to the hospital by ambulance Thursday afternoon after taking a dangerous mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. She's doing much better now and doctors are hopeful she will be released today.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVER MARTINEZ are not engaged, contra earlier reports.

THE KARDASHIANS: Kim is saying Robert Kardashian is undoubtedly Khloe's biological father.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL: Rejected by Minka Kelly?

ROBERT PATTINSON shaved his head.

SINEAD O'CONNOR says she tried to commit suicide last week.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is giving her boyfriend a 10K weekly allowance, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

TWO AND A HALF MEN co-creators Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn deny there was ever a feud with Charlie Sheen (whee!), while Ashton Kutcher said he'd love to return next season.

ELEVEN SCI-FI & FANTASY FLICKS to look for in 2012, according to Forbes.

NORTH KOREA's hardline regime is punishing those who did not cry at the death of dictator Kim Jong-il, according to reports.  Maybe six months in a labor camp will get those tears flowing.

AFGHANISTAN: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday that Afghan and Taliban statements show there is support for a Taliban political office in Qatar, but said nothing has been concluded yet.

30 JAPANESE GIANT HORNETS kill 30000 honeybees.

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST FROG has been discovered in Papua New Guinea by a US-based team.

STOWAWAY MOUSE flies to Oslo solo.

A "WEIRD SEA CREATURE" washed up in in Delray Beach, FL.

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Allen Stone, Magnetic Fields, Nada Surf, Evil Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS drummer Matt Helders makes a jailbreak in the video for "Black Treacle."

ALLEN STONE stopped by KEXP for a soulful, funky live set.

CATE LE BON is advance streaming CYRK.

LE BUTCHERETTES plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

OH! PEARS gets a twofer of orchestral rock on World Cafe: Next.

MAGNETIC FIELDS drop "Andrew In Drag" in advance of Love at the Bottom of the Sea, due in March.

NADA SURF is "Waiting For Something" ahead of The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy.

WILD FLAG gave Fallon the "Short Version."

THE MINUTEMEN: The Quietus essays the bigraphy and discography of an essential band.

NOISE POP: The fest now boasts the Flaming Lips, performing 1999's The Soft Bulletin in full, and Bob Mould performing his band Sugar's 1992 album Copper Blue in full for the first time ever.

VAN HALEN's new songs are about 34 or 35 years old.

JOHN FOGERTY is providing an original theme song for the new Fox TV series The Finder, and is making a guest appearance on the series' debut tonight.

BRYAN FERRY married a 30-year-old publicist in a small, intimate ceremony at a luxury beach resort in Turks and Caicos on Jan. 4th.


THE KARDASHIANS: Khloe Kardashian is lashing out at her former step-mothers - claiming the women should be "ashamed" for telling a tabloid magazine that Robert Kardashian isn't her biological father.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z got 1.5 million in baby gifts.

LINDSAY LOHAN has tax problems. Shocka!


KATY PERRY and... Tim Tebow? Not yet.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is stripping way down for her role as famed Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming biopic. But it's gonna be, y'know, tasteful.

MARK WAHLBERG talks to GQ about Contraband, the grueling work of family life, the future of How to Make It in America, and the status of that Entourage movie.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh will travel to Saudi Arabia for medial treatment. Again.

IRAN: The US has said Iran's uranium enrichment at an underground bunker was a "further escalation." Russia expressed regret and concern. Europe and Japan moved forward with plans to cut Iranian oil imports. The US categorically denied any role in the killing of an Iranian nuclear scientist on Wednesday.

SYRIA: In his first public speech since June, President Assad vowed to crush opponents with an "iron fist." Pro-Assad supporters attacked Arab League monitors.

AFGHANISTAN: In the American war against the Taliban, on whose side are the Afghan police? For many US soldiers serving in the insurgent heartland, the answer is: both.

THE CAT is planning something evil.

GIANT CRAYFISH: The one that didn't get away.

4000 TURTLES were seized from a truck at Jalaun crossing under Kotwali police station in Auraiyya district in India. No quick getaway.

MAYBE THE DOG ate your spoon.

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Primus, Leonard Cohen, Craig Finn, King Khan, Goodwill Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REAL ESTATE premieres "Easy"... on Funny Or Die.

PRIMUS stopped by World Cafe for a session.

NIKI & THE DOVE have a chat and mini-set on BBC's Radio 1.

JONTI drops a free album, Sine and Moon.

LEONARD COHEN drops "Darkness" in advance of Old Ideas.

CRAIG FINN has a "New Friend Jesus" ahead of Clear Heart Full Eyes.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES drop "Bite My Tongue" as a single.

XIU XIU say "Hi" in advance of Always.

VAN HALEN returns with a "Tattoo." Not the Who song.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the L.A. Times about the band's last decade and a half, while sharing thoughts on The Whole Love.

WYE OAK: Jenn Wasner And Andy Stack talk to the Village Voice about the hype machine, incessant touring, and feeling unworthy.

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN talks to Billboard about Wild Flag and the musicians turning up on Portlandia.

LOLLAPALOOZA at 20: PopMatters looks at its evolution from touring carnival to destination festival.

LINDSAY LOHAN is in talks to play... Elizabeth Taylor? Really?

CHRISTINA AGUILERA talks to Marie Claire about her divorce, the tabloid rumors, and her new curves.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z snuck their daughter from the hospital in the dead of night.

JUSTIN BIEBER talks to V Magazine about sex, drugs and turning 18.

CHANNING TATUM talks to Details about his full slate of movies and having the time of his life.

TERROR in the USA: Craig Baxam, a former US soldier from Laurel, MD, was charged with attempting to join an al Qaeda-linked terror organization.

TERROR in GERMANY: Omid H., a 22-year-old Afghan, was charged with recruiting for al Qaeda and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan by posting "radical Islamic" messages and videos on a jihadist website.

AFGHANISTAN: A senior member of Afghanistan's peace-making body will travel to Qatar soon to gather more details about plans for a Taliban political office in the Gulf nation.

A DEER crashes the Goodwill store in Woodbuty Heights, NJ, looking for ironic hipster t-shirts.

STRANGE FISH, and the strange places they live.

MR. T, the swearing parrot, is going to rehab before he visits schools.

A CROCODILE fittingly lounges in a Darwin home.

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New Releases, Laura Gibson, Big Pink, Shins, Doors, Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANFARLO shows off "Shiny Things" in advance of Rooms Filled With Light.

NEW RELEASES from Expensive Looks, Run Dan Run, Garnd & Nobel and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

LAURA GIBSON is advance streaming La Grande.

THE BIG PINK is advance streaming Future This.

THE SHINS drop a "Simple Song" ahead of Port Of Morrow.

THE DOORS: "She Smells So Nice" is the first completely new and unreleased song from the band in 40 years.

BLACK DICE unleash "Pigs" ahead of Mr Impossible.

TUNE-YARDS played "Bizness" and "You Yes You" on Fallon in time for Twofer Tuesday.

NEBRASKA: Springsteen's stark solo LP turns 30 this month.

DAVID BROWNE talks to The Nervous Breakdown about his latest book, the '70-centric Fire and Rain. (Thx, LHB.)

COACHELLA 2012 lineup is announced, festival-goers.

RETROMANIA: Critics Ann Powers, Carl Wilson and Daphne Carr to participate in a Bookforum roundtable on the provocative Simon Reynolds book.

THE DESCENDANTS:  Finally got around to Alexander Payne's latest, a dramedic meditation on the legacies we leave.  The story here is not as strong as those in Election or Sideways, but the film nonetheless bears most of the tonal qualities of a Payne film.  There will be talk of George Clooney getting an Oscar nomination -- and he is quite good -- as Matt King, who has a multiplicity of family issues to address. But Shailene Woodley, as his first daughter Alexandra, has a breakout performance which will take her beyond The Secret Life of the American Teenager.  Also, don't let Clooney lie to you in the opening narration -- while he promises that Hawaii is not a paradise, the cinematography suggests otherwise.

BEYONCE & JAY-Z: Lenox Hill Hospital denied the couple took over an entire floor for the birth of their child, but parents complained they were blocked from visiting their babies in neonatal intensive care.


CHARLIE SHEEN says that last year's headline-making antics are indeed a thing of the past.

LISA LOEB and husband Roey Hershkovitz will welcome their second child in June.

SNOOP DOGG was busted in TX this weekend after a drug-sniffing dog uncovered marijuana on his tour bus.

KRISTY McNICHOL comes out.

TERROR in the USA: Authorities charged Sami Osmakac, a Kosovo-born naturalized US citizen, with planning a terror attack on various targets in the Tampa Bay area, including public areas and bridges.

IRAN's top nuclear official announced this weekend that the country was on the verge of starting production at its second major uranium enrichment site, in a defiant declaration that its nuclear program would continue despite new international sanctions restricting its oil revenue.

PAKISTAN: Fmr Pres Musharraf said he will return to Pakistan at the end of the month; Senior Special Prosecutor Chaudhry said Musharraf would be arrested upon his return.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai's spokesman said that the Taliban must agree to a ceasefire before peace talks can proceed. Karzai's spokesman also said the government would not cede provinces to the Taliban.

LION vs TODDLER: Who you got?

THE BRANDING VILLA in South Gosforth, Newcastle, is now selling a special beer designed for dogs so that drinkers' four-legged friends can also enjoy a tipple at the same time. It is also serving a Sunday roast covered in cat-flavored gravy.


A DOG was rescued from an Idaho mine shaft.

MAGPIES & BEARS mourn the death of Kim Jong Il.

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