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BSS, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Fiona Apple, Doggeh Driver   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE's video for "The Sweetest Kill" features Bijou Phillips and extreme, gory violence.

BLACK LIPS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DEERHUNTER, Live at Club DeVille (Austin, TX), March 18, 2011.

JUNIOR BOYS are advance streaming It's All True. Synth-pop not reallly my genre, but you may dig it.

FIONA APPLE & JON BRION cover "Everyday" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album.

TEN CRAZY-GOOD COVERS you've probably never heard.

SHE & HIM are "In the Sun." Saw 'em just about a year ago. Time flies.

NEW ORDER: Bernanrd Sumner talks to BBC Breakfast about the band's genesis after Ian Curtis's death.

ELBOW: Guy Garvey talks to The Independent about playing larger stages, television and more...

GLASVEGAS: James Allan talks to the SF Examiner about his overdose, his mother, and the band's second LP.

GLEN CAMPBELL: Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard and Jacob Dylan have written songs for the final album from country legend. Also turning up as guest musicians are Billy Corgan, The Dandy Warhols, Chris Isaak, Rick Nielsen, Brian Setzer and Dick Dale.

KIM KARDASHIAN denies cheating on her fiancee with NFL player Bret Lockett and threatens to sue. Lockett says he's unafraid of legal threats and claims to have concrete proof of the relationship.


JENNIFER ANISTON's new boyfriend has a girlfriend, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

ALEC BALDWIN is mulling a run for mayor of New York City now that kinky Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race.

J-LO's first honeymoon video... where is it?

ZACK GALIFIANAKIS, reluctant superstar after The Hangover(s), is the cover of the Rolling Stone.

EMMA STONE, with three films out this summer and a starring role as Spidey's girlfriend, is profiled by Elle.

LEO DiCAPRIO is in early talks to play the role of villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, the Sergio Leone-style spaghetti Western that Quentin Tarantino wrote and will direct as his next film.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT & CHUCK NORRIS: Worst actress and actor since 1985.

AL QAEDA's Ayman al Zawahiri released a videotape that eulogized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

YEMENI forces are fighting to retake control of the city of Zinjibar. Pres Saleh has suffered burns over 40 percent of his body and received a brain injury.

IRAN said it is producing and installing new, homemade nuclear centrifuges, and will triple production of nuclear fuel. The Iranian navy is said to have deployed submarines to the Red Sea.

PAKISTAN's army has sent home two-thirds of the US military personnel who were training its forces in counterinsurgency skills along the porous border with Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: The hugely expensive US attempt at nation-building has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation.

DOGGEH behind the wheel.

A "SEA MONSTER" washed up at the foot of the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.


A MOUNTAIN LION is prowling Greenwich, CT?

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Dawes, Tegan & Sara, Stars, Dananananackroyd, Bruno Plays Dead   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MOUNTAIN GOATS play Jawbreaker's "Boxcar" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

DAWES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased, afaik.

TEGAN & SARA also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

STARS are streaming The Bedroom Demos from the In Our Bedroom After the War sessions.

DANANANANACKROYD is advance streaming There Is A Way.

DAVID BYRNE & PAUL SIMON play "Road to Nowhere" and "You Can Cal Me Al" at Webster Hall.

53 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT PRINCE: 54 if you didn't know it was his birthday yesterday.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to New York magazine about his new LP, his childhood illness and his academic fantasy.

EMMY THE GREAT offers her guide to virtue.

BRIAN WILSON will walk away from next week's NXNE festival in Toronto with a Lifetime Achievement award, the first to be so honored.

A REALLLLY SLOW DAY FOR GOSSIP, KIDS: Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively went to Disneyland. Khloe Kardashian wore a really see-through top on morning TV. Dakota Fanning graduated high school. Emma Watson complained guys don't pursue her. Slim. Pickins.

EGYPT: The government has recognized the Muslim Brotherhood as a legal political party that is able to participate in upcoming parliamentary elections. The Muslim Brotherhood's party is being called the Freedom and Justice Party.

BRUNO really knows how to play dead.

SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES? Indian fish can dig it.

BEAR CUB, huggin' a doggeh...Mass hysteria!

PABLO the GIANT ANTEATER adjusts to his life at the National Zoo.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK was spotted Sunday in the waters off Island Beach State Park in Berkeley Township, NJ. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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New Releases, J Mascis, Marissa Nadler, Martin Rushent RIP, Sleepy Rabbits   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KAISER CHIEFS are back with "Little Shocks."

NEW RELEASES from Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Jr., Sondre Lerche, Dawes, Oneida, Wooden Birds, Vaccines and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BATTLES is streaming Gloss Drop, which hits the US today.

J MASCIS does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter - two solo songs, a Dinosaur, Jr. nugget, and a cover of... Edie Brickell.

MARISSA NADLER is advance streaming her self-titled album.

BONNAROO: Get your free MP3s from festival artists via Spinner.

MARTIN RUSHENT, one of the most notable producers of the late '70s and early '80s, passed away this weekend at the age of 63. Cause of death has not been revealed. He will be most remembered for The Human League's Dare, but should be remembered for the first three Buzzcocks albums, along with The Stranglers, XTC, Generation X and the Go-Gos. I split the difference by offering the League's "Don't You Want Me" and the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get?" for Twofer Tuesday.

RIOT GRRRL: The movement and its reassessment is essayed by the New York Times.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to the Mpls Star-Tribune about expanding his sound.

TOM VEK talks to Gigwise about his first album in 5 years. (Thx, LHB.)

ANDREW GOLD,  the singer-songwriter best known for 1977's "Lonely Boy" single and the theme from The Golden Girls, died Friday in his sleep from a heart attack. He was 59.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger's mistress and love child hid out in a small Texas town as news of their secret life was exposed.

JENNIFER ANISTON and Paul Theroux went public after the MTV Movie Awards.

GERARD BUTLER & JESSICA BIEL appeared to be pretty close friends while shooting Playing the Field in Shreveport, La., last month.

NIKKI REED (Twilight) got engaged to American Idol alum Paul McDonald.

LAURYN HILL is pregnant for the sixth time.

HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 becomes the 11th film completely banned in Britain.

THE BLUES BROTHERS are caught in New Jersey, according to Google Earth. More here.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are thinking about letting women vote in local elections someday.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh underwent two surgeries in Saudi Arabia.

SYRIA: Security forces killed 31 people during anti-regime protests in Jisr al Shughour. Israel said Syria is orchestrating violence in the Golan that resulted in IDF forces killing 23 people.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai's National Security Advisor has warned that al-Qaeda network still has "tremendous recruitment potential" after the death of Osama Bin Laden deep inside Pakistan.

SLEEPY RABBITS IN CUPS: Let's go to the video.

GANGSTER MONKEYS were ousted from a Phnom Penh temple as part of a crackdown on the unruly animals after a spate of attacks on visiting tourists.

SHADOW the RESCUE PUPPY survived being sucked out of the house by a tornado in Massachussetts unscathed.

MONSTER RATS as big as cats are believed to have killed two babies in South Africa's squalid townships.

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Okkervil River, Rosebuds, Sloan, Thao & Mirah, Dog B-Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRINDERMAN'S video for "Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man" is animated, but nonetheless NSFW.

OKKERVIL RIVER played the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE ROSEBUDS are advance streaming Loud Planes Fly Low.

SLOAN stopped by The Current for a chat amd mini-set.

THAO & MIRAH also stopped by The Current for a chat amd mini-set.

JENS LEKMAN played a new track, "Cowboy Boots," on a podcast with comedian Tig Notaro.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon gets a visit from the New York Times Magazine in Eau Claire, WI.

EISLEY: Sherri and Stacey DuPree talk to Crawdaddy about their songwriting process and some songs from their new album, The Valley. (Thx, LHB.)

THE RADIO DEPT's Martin Larsson talks to Aquarium Drunkard about Clinging to a Scheme, touring North America, EPs and more...

PETE TOWNSHEND blogs about the Quadrophenai box set, Mick Jagger's junk, and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: X-Men: First Class is first place with 56 million, a strong start against a 160 million, especially if (like Thor) it does better overseas than in North America (which may not happen for the upcoming Captain America). Tracking numbers had predicted a debut in the mid-40s.  The Hangover, Part II drops a whopping 62 percent to second place with 32.4 million, but already totals 186.9 million against an 80 million budget.  Kung Fu Panda 2 dropped 49 percent to third with 24.3 million, but crossed the 100 million mark (plus another 125 million overseas) against a 150 million budget. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 also took a steep 55 percent drop to No. 4 with 18 million, having raked in 190 million (and another 600 million abroad) against a 250 million budget.  Bridesmaids stays leggy with a mere 27 percent drop to round out the Top 5 with 12.1 million, crossing the 100 million mark against a 32 million budget.

BLAKE LIVELY reportedly would joke about her fake nude photo scandal at the MTV Movie Awards. Girls Gone Wild's Joe Francis does not think the pics are fake. And some think they were intended for Ben Affleck.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, btw, went to these people, by which I mean sparkly vampires.

BRADLEY COOPER & OLIVIA WILDE are "definitely hooking up," a source tells the new Us Weekly.

KIM KARDASHIAN and her fiancé Kris Humphries are hammering out a prenup before they tie the knot.

JESSICA SIMPSON reportedly put a "no cheating" clause in her prenup.

WHITNEY HOUSTON is voluntarily seeking additional treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

ELLEN BARKIN: The supercougar is living with the 26-year-old son of director Barry Levinson.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has a new trailer online (which is also running before X-Men: First Class).

JAMES ARNESS, best known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon in 'Gunsmoke,' one of the longest-running prime-time series in network TV history, died at 88 of natural causes. He also played the alien monster in the 1951 science-fiction classic "The Thing From Another World" and co-starred in the 1954 sci-fi thriller "Them!" -- two of my Dad's favorite films.

D-DAY occurred on this date in 1944. LIFE has a color photo gallery.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh transferred authority to his deputy Saturday and flew to Saudi Arabia - ostensibly for medical care following a mortar attack -  raising the prospect that a key US ally in the fight against al-Qaeda had lost his grip on power and left behind a nation tumbling into chaos.

PAKISTAN: The US reportedly killed Ilyas Kashmiri, one of al Qaeda's most dangerous military commanders and strategists, in a Predator airstrike Friday in South Waziristan. Sunday, a Pakistani security official said authorities are nearly certain of it.

IRAQ: Tribal leaders say that scores of family members of insurgents have been attacked and killed in recent years as Iraqis turned against Al Qaeda and other militant groups. Insurgents' families have also been driven from their homes and villages, accused of being complicit in their loved ones' crimes or simply guilty by association.

BUNK'S 2ND B-DAY: Let's go to the video.

451 TURTLES IN SUITCASES were seized in Thailand. Shells weren't good enough?


SEVEN MIND-BLOWING VEHICLES built and driven by animals.

QUEENIE, a water-skiing elephant, has died at 58.

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Lovin' Spoonful, Glasvegas, Ivan & Alyosha, Givers, Cutout Bin, Dancing Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL! The obligatory "Summer in the City" put me in a post-Memorial Day mood, as I had not featured them is some time.  So let's do the other big hits: "Daydream," "Do You Believe in Magic," and "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice."  Also, the band gets some orchestral backing on "Darlin' Be Home Soon," which is lesser-known today, but which reached No. 15 on the Billboard charts in 1967.

GLASVEGAS: James Allen stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including a Queen cover.

IVAN & ALYOSHA stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session in audio and video.

CAVEMAN did three free songs for Daytrotter (but one of 'em is pretty long).

GIVERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TOM VEK is advance streaming Leisure Seizure.

THE GRAND RAPIDS LIP DUB: I'm reaally not a fan of Don McLean's "American Pie," but credit where credit is due.  Backstory at NPR.

MATT & KIM: The former talks to PopMatters about how the duo came together, their high-energy songs and shows, and more...

ELBOW: Guy Garvey and Pete Turner talk to State about Build A Rocket Boys! and the band's longevity. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PATRICK WOLF talks to Drowned In Sound about going less confessional and more inspirational.

THE DECLINE AND FALL OF BANDS, according to the National Post.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beatles to the Bay City Rollers, from Carla Thomas to They Might Be Giants, from John Fogerty to Spinal Tap, plus the Byrds, Replacements, Temptations, T. Rex and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 85 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (a bit lower with "Top Critics)... and rightly so.  Matthew Vaughn's direction puts a sharp spin on the 60s backstory of Charles and Erik (Magneto), ably portrayed by James McAvoy and even more ably by Michael Fassbender (tho the antihero/villain role may have something to do with it).  The younger members of the team(s) are fine, albeit given less to do, proportionately.  The script packs about 2 1/2 hours of movie into about 2 hours, so there's plenty of action and character development.  The period setting is appropriate to the original X-Men, and - along with a global scope - allows for some groovy art direction and costuming. Perhaps not as good as the first two Spider-Man flicks or the first Iron Man, but close enough and a worthy companion to the first two installments of the X-Men franchise.

ZOE KRAVITZ & MICHAEL FASSBENDER of X-Men: First Class take their relationship public.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger met with daughters Christina and Katherine at the Fairmont Miramar hotel in Santa Monica for a pow wow about his impending divorce from the girls' mother, Maria Shriver. TMZ now claims, contra prior reports that there was no DNA test on Arnold's love child to establish paternity.

KIM KARDASHIAN sold her engagement pics for 300 grand.

JENNIFER LOPEZ's first honeymoon tape is the subject of a bidding war.

JENNIFER ANISTON is introducing her new man, actor and screenwriter Justin Theroux, to her close pals.

AMY ADAMS has formally been set to star in Paul Thomas Anderson's untitled film, which begins production later this month.

MARTIN SCORSESE may direct a feature about the romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

IRAN: Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was forced to leave Bolivia after Argentina attempted to enforce an Interpol warrant for his arrest for his involvement in the 1994 bombing that killed 85 people. Russia's foreign minister said there is "no proof" that Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

SYRIA: Syrian security forces killed 41 people, including children, while shelling and launching sniper attacks on civilians in the town of Rastan.

EGYPT: Post-revolution, the northern Sinai is increasingly lawless.

PAKISTAN and the US are building a joint intelligence team to go after top terrorist suspects inside Pakistan, a fledgling step to restoring trust blown on both sides by the killing of Osama bin Laden by US forces during a secret raid last month.

IRAQ is not ready to stand on its own yet, according to US lawmakers of both parties.

A DANCING OWL: Let's go to the video.

A PACK OF SHARKS came dangerously close to the Long Island shore, closing beaches. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

RATS in an Engine Block.

DINSDALE! Changing garden trends has seen UK hedgehog numbers decline 25 percent over the past 10 years. What can be done to help them?

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