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New Releases, Cass McCombs, Moogfest, JAMC, Slinky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS got Jack Black to be their "Senator." (content warning.)

NEW RELEASES from the Decemberists, Beach Boys, Girl in a Coma, Phantogram and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CASS McCOMBS is advance streaming Humor Risk, his second LP this year.

MOOGFEST: NPR is streaming sets from Atlas Sound, Moby, Tangerine Dream, CANT, Tim Heckler and The Field.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: A collection of their cover songs.

KAREN O drops a new "Duet."

GUIDED BY VOICES drops "Doughnut For a Snowman."

SUPERCHUNK covers the Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare."

THE FLAMING LIPS are streaming a 24-hour-long song.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday.

WILD FLAG's Carrie Brownstein talks to Austinist about the genesis of the band and the current state of music.

DAWES is profiled in USA Today.

TOMMY STINSON answers the inevitable Replacements reunion question.

AMY WINEHOUSE: The Inevitable Posthumous Release is in the works.

KIM KARDASHIAN will divorce Kris Humphries after 72 days of wedded less-than-bliss.  Our short national honeymoon is over.

LINDSAY LOHAN will concede she violated her probation by getting kicked out of her community service program at her next court appearance tomorrow, but is hoping for minimal jail time.

JESSICA SIMSPON kinda sorta admitted she's preganant via Twitter. Couldn't get that big payday she wanted for the story?

TAYLOR SWIFT is prepared to go to war with a gossip website, claiming she was wrongly identified in a "leaked" nude photo.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson returned to the restaurant that triggered an anti-Semiticly fueled DUI arrest that changed his life ... but this time without incident.

BILL MURRAY has joined Charlie Sheen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the cast of Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III.

WINONA RYDER turned 40 over the weekend. Get off my lawn.

BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD: Their triumphant return, icymi.

THE SECRET WAR: How the US hunted al Qaeda in Africa.

KENYA INVADES SOMALIA in pursuit of Islamist terrorists, probably bombed a refugee camp instead.

IRAN's  top diplomat bitingly questioned reported US plans to build up American military forces across Mideast countries after withdrawing from Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States wants Afghanistan's neighbors to pledge to respect its sovereignty at regional talks this week.

SLINKY CAT takes the stairs.

BONE-EATING ZOMBIE WORMS have been found in a three-million-year-old fossil from Italy, say researchers.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent may get the death penalty in Sweden.

DOG EATS BIRD, arson ensues.

THESE MOSQUITOES are genetically engineered to kill - their own children.

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REM, Laura Veirs, David Lynch, Decemberists, Mastiff vs Ducks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. drops two videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" -- one featuring Kirsten Dunst, the other with poet John Giorno.

LAURA VEIRS is advance streaming Tumble Bee.

DAVID LYNCH is advance streaming Crazy Clown Time.

SONGS THAT SCARE, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

THE SCREAM STREAM, courtesy of Folk Alley.

IT CAME FROM CREEPSYLVANIA: Ghoul's Haunted House Soundtrack.

THE DECEMBERISTS drop "I 4 U & U 4 Me," an uptempo cut from their forthcoming EP, Long Live The King.

TOM WAITS drops "Tell Me" --  a bonus cut from Bad As Me.

PEARL JAM: Cameron Crowe pieced together video for "Not For You" to accompany his 20th anniversary documentary.

GQ's music issue has posted inteviews with PJ Harvey, Keith Richards, Jim James, Loutallica, and the Black Keys, with more to come.

THE HORRORS: They're big in Mexico.

CRAIG FINN (The Hold Steady) writes about DC's early 80s hardcore scene for The Guardian.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the L.A. Times about making In The Key of Disney.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Puss In Boots tops the Halloween weekend chart with 34 million, the latest in a line of rather tepid openings for DreamWorks animation (including How to Train Your Dragon, which went on to make 500 million worldwide).  Paranormal Activity 3 slid 65 percent, but still took in 18.5 million, for an 81.3 million total against a 5 million budget.  In Time took the third slot with 12 million, about what gurus expected, against a 40 million budget.  Footloose came in fourth with 5.4 million; this will be profitable, but nowhere near the hit the original was.  The Rum Diary rounds out the Top Five with 5 million against a 50 million budget; this may end up a flop, even accounting for Johnny Depp's worldwide fanbase.

KRISTEN STEWART revealed that the sex scene she filmed with Robert Pattinson in the next Twilight pic was originally so explicit, it was rated R.  Pattinson joked the two may have been married accidentally while shooting the new film.

KAT DENNINGS celebrates her weirdness -- and the success of 2 Broke Girls -- with GQ.

ELISABETTA CANALLIS says she had a father-daughter relationship with George Clooney.

CONAN O'BRIEN will be officiating an on-air gay wedding this week, echoing  the union between Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show nearly 42 years ago.

BOND 23 gets another casting surprise, and it's a good one.

YEMEN: Sanaa International Airport has been closed after four blasts destroyed two Yemeni fighter aircraft; the cause of the explosions has not been determined.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Gilani categorically said there was no permission given to the US to launch any drone strike against any target inside Pakistan's territory.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is planning to start withdrawing troops from volatile Kandahar, shifting them to neighboring rural areas even as the Taliban shows it is capable of penetrating the city to attack, according to U.S. and Afghan military officials.

IRAQ's defense chief has said his military will not be fully ready to defend Iraq from external threats until 2020 to 2024, according to a US inspector's report released on Sunday.  The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

MASTIFF vs DUCKLINGS: Who you got?

PYTHON vs DEER: Who you got?

GRANNY vs CROCODILE: Who you got?


BEAVER: Candaians still love it.

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The Children of the Night... What Music They Make!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT: Aquarium Drunkard has your holiday mixtapes.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer,"  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary"  and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY returns with a videogame and album after 20 years. So how about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.


TRICK OR TREAT BIN:  From Dusty Springfield to the New York Dolls, from Robyn Hitchcock to Donovan, from John Carpenter to Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, plus more -- this Friday's Halloween finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP:  Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Puss In Boots, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; In Time, currently scoring 38 percent; and The Rum Diary, scoring 54 percent.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown.  Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.


15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS:  Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.


MY PARENTS LOVED HALLOWEEN: A Tumblr from the younguns.


THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

VAMPIRE PUG: This borders on abuse, really.

IT'S A "SPIDER FEST" atop Chicago skyscrapers, including the Hancock center.

WE CALL HIM "BLINKY": A three-eyed fish is discovered near a nuclear power plant.

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Feist, Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, dB's, Smiths, Boston Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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Decemberists, Loutallica, Portugal The Man, GbV, Mazzy Star, Duck-pockalypse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DECEMBERISTS and GILLIAN WELCH; Watch 'em on Austin City Limits. The band also drops "Foregone" and "E. Watson" from the upcoming Long Live The King EP. BTW, keyboardist Jenny Conlee's breast cancer is in remission, which is great news.

LOU REED & METALLICA are advance streaming Lulu.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

GUIDED BY VOICES: Classic lineup, new song -- "The Unsinkable Fats Domino."

MAZZY STAR drops "Common Burn," the other side of the band's first single in 15 years.

NADA SURF will sing about "When I Was Young" if you give them your address.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS drops "Sidecar" from her  forthcoming long-player Voyageur which drops on January 16.

U2: Hear tracks from AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered, including cuts from Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Killers.

SLADE: "Gudbuy t'Jane" on Dutch TV, circa 1972.

BILLY BRAGG talks to the Sabotage Times about a bunch of bands, his new tour, Glastonbury, why music has to get political again, and more...

JARVIS COCKER talks songwriting with the BBC.

DAVID BOWIE: The Quietus excerpts Peter Doggett's excellent new book, The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s.

AEROSMITH delays a concert in Paraguay after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom, hitting his face and losing two teeth.

JOHN PEEL DAY was celebrated by The Guardian.  The Undertones' John O'Neill turns up in the comments.

LINDSAY LOHAN did a million-dollar nude photoshoot for Playboy. This is achange in position from 2005.

JUSTIN BEIBER & SELENA GOMEZ adopt... a puppy.

TONY ROMO & CANDACE CRAWFORD are expecting their first child.

KALEY CUOCO is engaged to marry Josh ‘Lazie' Resnik.

JON VOIGHT talks about reconciling with Angelina Jolie after he was struck by an emotional epiphany.

TARA REID's marriage was fake. Cosmetic surgery punchline here.

THE TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBS, according to Forbes.

YEMEN: According to Al Sharq al Awsat Online (in Arabic), al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has regained control of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province, during fighting over the past several days.

PAKISTAN: Sen. Carl Levin, echoing similar comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, threatened the Pakistani leadership that if it did not publicly declare the Haqqani network a terrorist organization, the US would abandon its partnership with Islamabad. At least 18000 people have fled their homes in Pakistan's tribal district of Khyber, fearing a fresh onslaught of fighting between the army and Islamist militants.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai sought to distance himself from remarks he made saying Afghanistan would back Pakistan against the United States if the two ever went to war.

DUCK-POCALYPSE: Let's go to the video.

SHELLTER: 3-D printers are saving hermit crabs who face a species threatening, man-made housing shortage.

FIVE BIRDS With Abilities That Put Superheroes to Shame.

A BELUGA WHALE has been flown from Chicago to Connecticut in hopes of a hookup.

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