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Karen O, My Brightest Diamond, Steelism, Lia Ices, Spider-Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS (minus Dan Bejar) play "Brill Bruisers" on Letterman.

KAREN O advance streams Crush Songs.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND advance streams This Is My Hand.

STEELISM advance streams 615 to Fame, which is a little bit country, a little bit everything else.

LIA ICES advance streams Ices.

MICHAEL STIPE & BILLY BRAGG sing The Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" in the Czech Republic, as Natalie Merchant dances.

PATTERSON HOOD writes in American Songwriter about you-know-what.

THE FLAMING LIPS' Steven Drozd talks to PopMatters about the Electric Würms' Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 talk about their acrimonious breakup and reunion at The Guardian.

RINGO STAR is disgusted that British jihadis for the Islamic State are being given nicknames based on The Beatles.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy again tops the chart with 10.2 million, as the traditionally slowNFL opening weekend brings just 52 million to the top 12 films. GotG should exceed 300 million this week, and has yet to addJapan and china to its 586.2 million take. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles places again with 6.5 million.  If I Stay shows again with 5.8 million and looks to turn a profit among these back-to-school doldrums. Let's Be Cops actually moves up to the fourth slot with 5.4 million and is likely decently profitable.  The November Man moves up to round out the Top 5 with 4.2 million; Fortunately for the studios, the budget was only 15 million and relativity picked up the domestic rights for 3 million.

JOAN RIVERS got a star-studded send-off; Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Broadway singer-actress Audra McDonald sang “Smile” and bagpipers played “New York, New York”.

KIM KARDASHIAN denied the existence of a Kanye sex tape.

MILO KUNIS is nervous about the upcoming birth of her first child.

CEE-LO GREEN has been dropped from the lineup of two concerts, including one sponsored by the U.S. Navy, following recent controversial comments about rape that were reportedly posted on his Twitter page.

HACKED NUDE PHOTOS  of stars including Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton could still be coming to an art exhibit near you very soon.

JACK THE RIPPER: Unmasked through DNA evidence.

UKRAINE: Shelling hit areas near two key cities in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, intensifying fears that a ceasefire that took effect less than two days ago may be falling apart.

ISLAMIC STATE pamphlets and flags have appeared in parts of Pakistan and India, alongside signs that the ultra-radical group is inspiring militants even in the strongholds of the Taliban and al Qaeda.

SYRIA: The United States expressed concern that Syria's government might be harboring undeclared chemical weapons, hidden from the internationally led operation to purge them over the past year, and that Islamist militant extremists now ensconced in that country could possibly seize control of them.

IRAN has failed to address concerns about suspected atomic bomb research by an agreed deadline, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Friday, a setback to hopes for an end to an international stand-off over Tehran's atomic activity. Iran also accused the United States of not taking the threat from Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria seriously.

IRAQ: U.S. and Iraqi authorities have jointly ramped up their efforts to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear and radioactive materials as concerns mount that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) is seeking to recover these sensitive materials and use them in a terror attack.

CHICA the SPIDER DOG terrifies Poland.

A ROGUE BEAVER attacked a snorkeller off the shores of Nova Scotia.

A COW attacked retired college basketball coach Bob Knight on a dark northern Wyoming highway.

THE SHRIMP that is anything but. It's the jumbo shrimp eleveting the term above non sequitur.

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B-52s, Jack White, Interpol, Esben & the Witch, Cutout Bin, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE B-52s!  The quirky combo from Athens, GA, has had a long and storied career, but we'll stick to the early stuff this weekend.  So, from the self-titled debut, classics "Planet Claire," "Rock Lobster,"  "Lava," and "Dance This Mess Around." And from the sophomore LP, Wild Planet, "Party Out of Bounds," "Give Me Back My Man", "Private Idaho" and "Dirty Back Road."  BONUS: "Song For A Future Generation," because it's the first song I heard them play live. DOUBLE BONUS: "Deadbeat Club," because get off my lawn.

JACK WHITE does an acoustic Takeaway Show at Château de Fontainebleau.

INTERPOL stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ESBEN & THE WITCH advance streams A New Nature.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS "Give Us A Kiss" ahead of the 20,000 Days On Earth documentary.

SONDRE LERCHE drops "Sentimentalist" ahead of Please.

LED ZEPPELIN teases more deluxe re-releases with an unheard version of "Black Dog."

KISS: "Black Diamond." They got you under their thumb. More Cowbell

ZEN ARCADE turns 30 (Get Off My Lawn); The Quietus re-assesses the alt-rock milestone.

WILCO tuns 20 (GOML) with a best-of collection, a box set of rarities, and a tour.

OWEN PALLETT talks to the Georgia Straight about In Conflict, Brian Wilson, Arcade Fire and more. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: The Guardian kicks off a new series with one writer's experience of Springsteen's "Born To Run."

CUTOUT BIN: It's a special back-to-school edition streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: The Identical is this weeken's sole wide release, currently scoring 03 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

JOAN RIVERS: The raunchy, gravelly voiced and self-deprecating comedian, who rose from Greenwich Village standup to occasional host of "The Tonight Show" and star of TV's "Fashion Police," died Sept 4. She was 81.
New York health officials opened an investigation Thursday into the clinic where Rivers stopped breathing during surgery. Mashable compiled a "Best Of" reel.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and fiancé Romain Dauriac have welcomed their first child.

ALYSSA MILANO and her husband David Bugliari welcomed a baby girl, their second child.

GEORGE CLOONEY and Amal Alamuddin are not expecting.

JUSTIN THEROUX is picking up where Jon Hamm left off.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Three senior members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham - including an aide to its leader - were killed in a U.S. airstrike in Iraq, a senior Iraqi security official told NBC News Thursday.

JOE-JOE THE CAPYBARA, hanging out with puppies.

A VENOMOUS ALBINO COBRA that has been on the loose after reportedly biting a dog in Thousand Oaks was finally caught on Thursday.  BTW, that story says, "Initially, the snake was described as 'poisonous,' " but doesn't explain the difference.

DREADKNOUGHTS:  Eighty-five feet long, 30 feet tall, 130,000 pounds and still growing when it died, a newly described dinosaur is among the largest land animals that ever lived.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK tried to take a chomp out of two Massachusetts kayakers. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Robert Plant, DFA1979, Felice Bros, benjamin Booker, Angry Ram   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUFFS drop a video for "Weird Boy Next Door."

ROBERT PLANT advance streams lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 is advance streaming The Physical World via iTunes.

THE FELICE BROTHERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A to play some new songs, and James Felice also sat down to talk about the new record.

BENAJMIN BOOKER stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Fresh tracks from Smashing Pumpkins, Gemma Ray, Ex Hex and more feature in the latest episode.

STARS drops "Turn It Up" ahead of  No One Is Lost.

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: "Summerlove Sensation."

THE RENTALS: Matt Sharp talks to PopMatters about the making of the new album.

THE PSYCHO SISTERS list some of their guiltless pleasures.

IMOGEN HEAP talks to Drowned In Sound about the origins of her experimental inclinations, the influence of technology and collaboration on Sparks, and her plans for the future.

GENESIS: Ten of Their Best.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE's fight to get her hacked nude photos removed from the Internet might have hit a legal snag: She's not the photographer.

ANGELINA JOLIE stocked up on bridal mags months before wedding Brad Pitt.  Awww...she's just like us, except for the looks, fame and wealth.

JOAN RIVERS has been moved out of intensive care.

THE SIMPSONS MARATHON lifted FXX to the top ranks of the 105 cable networks measured by the Nielsen Company.

ROBERT PATTINSON is dating English singer FKA Twigs.

KATE HUDSON denies eating disorder rumors.

ROSIE PEREZ  and political commentator Nicolle Wallace are expected to take the vacant seats on The View. Insert vacant seats punchline here.

NIKKI FINKE, a pioneer in internet Hollywood reporting and founder of Deadline, is getting about 3.5 million in settlement for a 10-year non-compete with her last employer.

UKRAINE: President Vladimir Putin outlined plans for a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday but Ukraine's prime minister dismissed the proposal, while France expressed its disapproval of Moscow's support for separatist forces by halting delivery of a warship.

FRANCE: President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State.

DENMARK: Police arrested the president of the Copenhagen-based Islamic charity Humanitarian Hearts (De Humanitære Hjerter) for supporting the Islamic State, and also arrested two women involved in the organization's work.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's complex logistics.

IRAQ: How Shiite Turkmens in Amerli held the line, waging a desperate campaign against the Islamic State.

AN ANGRY RAM takes out a drone.

A BEAR with a bucket on its head is rescued outside the Hundred Acre Wood. 

BEDBUGS have infested the NYC Subway system.

A COW ON THE LAM gores a jogger, heads for Oktoberfest.

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Robyn Hitchcock, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jens Lekman, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

COURTNEY BARNETT plays The Breeders' "Cannonball" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK advance streams The Man Upstairs.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams Lateness Of Dancers.

THE UKIAH DRAG advance streams In The Reaper's Quarters.

JENS LEKMAN drops three new tracks in his "WWJD" mixtape.

NUDE BEACH drops "See My Way" ahead of 77.

THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES: Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett & Co. add music to Bob Dylan's lyrics on "Married to My Hack."

COLIN BLUNSTONE & ROD ARGENT play "Time Of The Season" on Belgian TV.

PERFUME GENIUS talks to Stereogum about the new LP and video.

GREIL MARCUS talks to All Things Considered about his new book, The History of Rock N Roll in Ten Songs.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT frontman Scott Hutchison talks to the A.V. Club about the songwriting of Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and more.

JIMI JAMESON, the post-“Eye Of The Tiger" Survivor vocalist, has died of a heart attack at 63.

CELEBRITY PHONE HACKING: Apple states it was a targeted attack amd " None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone."

EMMY ROSSUM thinks texting dudes is too dangerous. Yep.

JUSTIN BIEBER got arrested in Canada after crashing his ATV into a minivan driven by paparazzi.

CHRIS BROWN pleaded guilty on Tuesday to punching a man in the face outside a Washington hotel, an assault that occurred while the singer was on probation for attacking his then-girlfriend Rihanna.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD is expecting her first child with her husband, NHL player Mike Fisher.

CEE-LO GREEN's reality show got cancelled after tweets over the weekend about the nature of rape.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII picks up another Game Of Thrones alumnus.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Home Secretary Theresa May told members of Parliament "institutionalised political correctness" had contributed to the authorities turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of at least 1,400 in Rotherham between 1997 to 2013. Of course, The Guardian's report on the subject isn't at all specific about the nature of that political correctness (although they mention it in passing here), suggesting the UK is not quite done with political correctness just yet.

FRANCE: Two teenage girls have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to blow up a synagogue in Lyon.

RUSSIA is to alter its military strategy as a result of the Ukraine crisis and Nato's presence in eastern Europe, a top Russian official says.

NIGERIA: Islamist Boko Haram insurgents have overrun much of a northeastern Nigerian town after hours of fighting that has killed scores and displaced thousands of residents, several security sources said on Tuesday.

SOMALIA: Al-Shabab’s top leader was travelling in one of two vehicles hit Monday night by a U.S. military strike.

SAUDI ARABIA: Authorities arrested 88 members of a large al Qaeda cell that was reportedly planning assassinations in Saudi Arabia as well as other attacks both inside and outside the country; the suspects, all Saudis except for three Yemenis, had contacts with terror groups abroad, and 59 of the suspects had served previous jail terms for similar offenses.  Can't imagine how that happened.


THE ISLAMIC STATE released a video Tuesday purporting to show the beheading of U.S. hostage Steven J. Sotloff, a journalist kidnapped in Syria. Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Islamic State fighters of "systematic ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq. Iraq is learning to loathe the IS as much as Syrians do. One of the Islamic State terror group's key financiers was director of a Muslim faith school in Birmingham, UK.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent disrupts a NASCAR race.

GECKOS sent to get it on aboard the the Foton M-4 satellite didn't make it.

RADIOACTIVE WILD BOARS roam German forests.

A PERSIAN CAT sends its owner to the hospital.

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Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Sean Rowe, Death Blues, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays "The War" and "Hey Mr Grey" for Kimmel in plenty of time for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS advance streams a self-titled LP.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE advance streams Single Mothers.

SEAN ROWE advance streams Madman.

DEATH BLUES advance streams Ensemble.

PRINCE drops "U KNOW" and "WHITECAPS" ahead of Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum.

EARTH, WIND and FIRE: Because it's "September."

NICK CAVE: A new book, a new film, and cameos in The Guardian from Shane MacGowan and Mark E. Smith.

ROBERT PLANT talks to The Telegraph about the demise of great frontmen, what still drives him, and the chance of his old band ever reuniting.

THE 50 GREATEST GARAGE SONGS, compiled by Paste, spans the decades.

THE 100 BEST ALT-ROCK SONGS From 1994, according to SPIN.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy tops the Labor Day chart with 22.2 million, becoming the biggest domestic earner of the year so far (280.5 million) on one of the traditionally slowest weekends of the year at the cinema.Releasing at the beginning of August, with less competition from other big movies, turned out just about perfect for Marvel. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles shows again with 15.7 million; it still has a ways to go to profit, but next weekend is likely to feature these two films topping the chart again.  If I Stay shows with 11.6 million and nears profitability against an 11 million budget. Let's Be Cops stays in the fourth slot with 10.6 million and is probably edging into profit. The debut of So Above/So Below rounds out the Top 5with 10.3 million, though The November Man could take that spot when the receipts are finally counted.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, KATE UPTON and other celebs had nude photos surface online in an apparently massive hack of Apple's iCloud service.

JOAN RIVERS was brought out of a medically induced coma as her family has their "fingers crossed" regarding her recovery.

BRADGELINA sold their wedding album to People and other media outlets.

JENNY McCARTHY & DONNIE WAHLBERG got married on Sunday.

ASHLEE SIMPSON also tied the knot with fiance Evan Ross on Sunday.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED dropped about a grand at a Toronto sex shop.

ROGER MOORE in The Guardian on the women in his life, his humanitarian work - and Daniel Craig's trunks.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A researcher who raised the alarm over the sexual abuse of teenage girls in Rotherham more than a decade ago was sent on a 'ethnicity and diversity course' by child protection bosses who refused to act on her evidence.

UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists.

SOMALIA: U.S. military forces carried out an operation on Monday against al Shabaab militants in Somalia, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesman said.

LIBYA: Islamist forces including Ansar al Sharia and the February 17 Brigade renewed attacks in Benghazi. Members of a Libyan militia have taken over an abandoned annex of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli but have not broken into the main compound where the United States evacuated all of its staff last month, U.S. officials said on Sunday.

IRAQI troops and militias aided by U.S. airstrikes broke through a two-month siege of the town of Amerli on Sunday, opening up a humanitarian corridor to thousands of Shiite Turkmen who had been trapped by Sunni militants and deprived of food, water, and medicine.

A BABY ELEPHANT discovers fun with a ribbon.

A PERMANENTLY SAD DOG finds a forever home.

A FERAL CAT forces an elementary school to close.

A DOG cooks a laptop in Asbury Park.

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