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Sly & the Family Stone, Strand of Oaks, Tune-Yards, jenny Lewis, Woods, Cutout B   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.

STRAND OF OAKS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TUNE-YARDS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.


WOODS features new songs at KEXP.

KING TUFF drops the gnarly title track from Black Moon Spell.

THE DRUMS drop "I Can't Pretend" ahead of Encyclopedia.

BECK & JENNY LEWIS cover Rod Stewart's "D'ya Think I'm Sexy."

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS' A.C. Newman reviewstracks bridging his career at Stereogum.

HENRY ROLLINS criticized Robin Williams for killing himself, having learned nothing from Gene Simmons.

SWANS drummer Thor Harris talks about his own depression.

THE 50 BEST VIDEOS of the Decade So Far, according to Pitchfork.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sweet to Spoon, from Alex Chilton to Led Zeppelin, from Billy Idol to the Beatles, plus the Clash, Fleshtones, Jon Auer, Nick Gilder and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases inclide: If I Stay, which is currently scoring 40 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, which is scoring 42 percent (but considerably lower with top critics); and When The Game Stands Tall, scoring 25 percent.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON separated back in May and hope to beat Jay Z & Beyonce to divorce court.

BEYONCE & JAY Z aren't splitting, according to Beyonce's mom

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS MARTIN were caught canoodling  at the Wolffer Estate Vineyard in New York.

MEG RYAN & JOHN MELLENCAMP split recently after dating for more than three years, due to the long-distance relationship stuff. They presumably will not reunite atop the Empire State Building.

PAMELA ANDERSON & CAREY HART aren't fans of the Ice Bucket Challenge, unlike Kristen Stewart and Anna Wintour.

ISRAELI warplanes killed three top Hamas commanders in southern Gaza on Thursday.

SAUDI ARABIA has executed at least 19 people since August 4, 2014. Local news reports indicate that eight of those executed were convicted of nonviolent offenses, seven for drug smuggling and one for sorcery.

LIBYA is coming apart at the seams, not that many seem to notice.

THE ISLAMIC STATE in Iraq and Syria cannot be defeated unless the United States or its allies take on the Sunni militancy in Syria, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday afternoon. A senior American official said the Pentagon now estimated the number of fighters affiliated with ISIS to be about 17,000. Ben Rhodes, President Obama's deputy national security adviser, said the United States would not be restricted by geographic boundaries when it comes to the core mission of U.S. foreign policy which is the protection of its people.

A GROUPER swallows a shark whole. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

CITY SPIDERS get big, fat and fertile. So maybe Annie Hall was onto something.

THE MOOSE SEX CORRIDOR is getting much larger.

SEA PLANKTON has been discovered living on the outside of the International Space Station, Russian cosmonauts have claimed. We know how this turns out.

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Tom Bailey, Foxygen, Gemma Ray, Wytches, Sleepy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JEFF BECK joins ZZ TOP on Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 1955 folk-country classic “Sixteen Tons.” here's the backstory.

THE THOMPSON TWINS' Tom Bailey sings all his hits for the first time in three decades.

FOXYGEN plays a mini-set at KEXP in a 9-piece formation.

GEMMA RAY advance streams Milk For Your Motors.Oh yeah.

THE WYTCHES advance stream Annabel Dream Reader.

THURSTON MOORE drops the title track from The Best Day. And it's sorta Lou Reed-y, sorta country, sorta Sonic Youth.

DEERHOOF drops "Exit Only" ahead of La Isla Bonita.

CHUMPED drops a “Hot 97 Summer Jam” ahead of their That’s The Thing Is Like EP.

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS topped the UK chart (twice) in August '68 with "Mony Mony," which peaked at No. 3 in the US.

SPOON gets a meaty profile at Stereogum.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: A.C. Newman talks to Consequence of Sound about the new LP, the solo projects, Twitter, and more... (Thx, Frank Yang)

IAN MacKAYE talks to Bandwidth about Minor Threat, Fugazi, Ted Nugent and more.

FOO FIGHTERS take--and possibly win--the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

BEYONCE asked GWYNETH PALTROW for divorce advice? Too good to check.

JUSTIN BIEBER is getting sued again by a paparazzo.

KIM KARDASHIAN banked 400K from charity auctions? Too good to check.

ZAC EFRON and MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ  have split after nearly two months of dating.

ROBIN WILLIAMS will be honored by Billy Crystal at the Emmys.

KATIE HOLMES doesn't blame Tom Cruise for her acting career.

ELIZABETH VARGAS and MARC COHN will divorce after she completes rehab.

ISRAEL: Mohammed Deif, the shadowy leader of Hamas's armed wing in Gaza, appears to have narrowly survived a fifth attempt to assassinate him, allowing the mastermind of the six-week war on Israel to pursue the conflict from his network of tunnels.

FRANCE: Foreign Minister Fabius warned that the Islamic State's ambitions extend beyond the Middle East, and said France wants the UN Security Council nations as well as countries in the region to join the fight against the Islamic State.

SYRIA: U.S. special operations forces early this summer launched a secret, major rescue operation in Syria to save James Foley and a number of Americans held by the extremist group ISIS, but the mission failed because the hostages weren’t there, senior administration officials told ABC News.

LIBYA: The Shura Council of Islamic Youth publicly executed an Egyptian man in a Derna football stadium filled with applauding spectators; the al Qaeda-linked group similarly executed two men in Derna on July 27.

IRAQ: Unmanned US drones conducted airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq and the Pentagon is said to be considering sending up to 300 more US security forces to Baghdad. President Obama vowed that the US would be relentless in bringing justice to the Islamic State terrorists who beheaded US journalist James Foley. Amid growing concerns about the plight of Iraq’s Christians, a group of leading international scholars of Christian language and culture in the Middle East issued a call for an internationally protected safe haven for Christians in Iraq on Monday.


TENS OF THOUSANDS OF BATS forced the closure of parts of Dan Gleeson Park in Kirwan. The Townsville City Council will look at block access to ponds using heavy foliage.

CROWS and other animals experience grief at the loss of a loved one, according to a new book about people’s attitudes towards the biggest mass extinction for 65 million years.

AN OWL flew into a 10th story apartment in Coeur d'Alene, ID, apparently opened a bird cage and killed one of two canaries inside.

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New Pronographers, The Rentals, Connections, Cassie Ramone, Super-Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REAL ESTATE plays The Cranberries' "Linger" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS advance stream Brill Bruisers via iTunes radio.

THE RENTALS advance stream Lost in Alphaville.

CONNECTIONS stream Into Sixes.

CASSIE RAMONE (fmr Vivian Girls)advance streams The Time Has Come.

LEONARD COHEN drops "Almost Like the Blues" ahead of Popular Problems.

HALF JAPANESE drops "Our Love" ahead of Overjoyed, their first in 13 years.

NICOLE ATKINS covers Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" for a Born in the USA tribute.

THE EMOTIONS: "Best Of My Love" topped the chart on this date in 1977, the start of a five-week run.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to SPIN about past musical loves, songwriting and more...

DANIEL RADCLIFFE picks his musical favorites, and considers portraying Iggy Pop.

DON'T VOGUE:They're all dead now.

THE BEST 100 LPs OF THE (Four-Year) DECADE, accoring to Pitchfork.

ZOE SALDANA confirms she's pregnant during the Ice Bucket Challenge.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN tops the Forbes list of highest-paid models.


COLDPLAY, RHIANNA & KATY PERRY have been approached about playing the Super Bowl...on a pay-to-play basis.

JARED LETO, sized up by Alexis Arquette.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH will voice Shere Khan in Warners' take on The Jungle Book.

JOHNNY DEPP, KEVIN SMITH and their daughters, all in the same movie.

ISRAEL: A ceasefire in the Gaza Strip collapsed on Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets at Israel and Israel launching air strikes that health officials said killed three people.

LIBYA: Islamist militias continued to clash with pro-government forces in Tripoli, where airstrikes reportedly targeted militias that had not agreed to the government's order for a ceasefire.

SAUDI ARABIA:  Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh on Tuesday blasted Al-Qaeda and Islamic State jihadists as "enemy number one" of Islam, in a statement issued in Riyadh.

SYRIA: A video posted online Tuesday purported to show the beheading of journalist James Foley by the militant group Islamic State, nearly two years after the American disappeared in Syria.

IRAQ: When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused; ISIS then killed 80 men and kidnaped the women and children. More than 1500 Yazidi women seized by Islamic extremists in Iraq reportedly are being forced to 'marry' their captors.

A SUPER-RAT attacks a NYC subway passenger.

AN ALBINO CROCODILE NAMED MICHAEL JACKSON has been shot dead after it ate a man in front of his wife.

A NEWBORN BABY PANDA with its Mom in a Chinese zoo.

RARE BIRDS are being scared off Passage Key by nudists.

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Wand, OK GO, Sonny Knight, Puss N Boots, Corgi Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RYAN ADAMS dropped a video for "Gimme Something Good." Yep, that's Elvira.

WAND advance streams the trippy Ganglion Reef.

OK GO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS stopped by World Cafe for a soulful mini-set.

PUSS N BOOTS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 drops "Government Trash" ahead of The Physical World.

NUDE BEACH drops the catchy-as-Hell popwer pop of "For You" ahead of the 77 LP.

TOM JONES sings "It's Not Ununsal" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opens with some great archival footage.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to SPIN about Miley, Kesha, and the Sgt Pepper's tribute LP.

VASHTI BUNYAN talks to PopMatters about Heartleap, her first since 2005's Lookaftering.

THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS, according to Paste.

THE BEST 200 TRACKS of the Decade, according to Pitchfork.

CHRISTIAN BALE and his wife, Sibi Bale, have welcomed their second child, a boy.

CHARLIE SHEEN puts his own twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

CHRIS MARTIN was attracted to JENNIFER LAWRENCE because she's the polar opposite of Gwyneth Paltrow, according to a new report.

MILLA JOVOVICH and her husband, director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson, are expecting their second child.

ROBIN WILLIAMS' suicide was spontaneous.

LINDSAY LOHAN is working on a memoir about her life, and it's apparently going to be a trilogy.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED are officially a thing.

KID ROCK will be a grandfather. Get Off My Lawn.

DON PARDO, , the magisterial announcer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has reportedly died. He was 96.

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian military on Sunday moved into the heart of the separatist hub of Luhansk for the first time, officials said, chipping at one of the cornerstones of the pro-Russia rebels’ disintegrating virtual state.

ISRAEL: The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for a further 24 hours after talks in Cairo.

LIBYA: Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

IRAQ: President  Obama on Monday said “important progress” is being made in Iraq and that Kurdish and Iraqi forces have successfully retaken a strategically important dam from Islamic militants.Also, Iran may invade Iraq.

A CORGI gets a massage.

THE VORACIOUS VELVET WORM ensnares foes with jest of slime.

THE GIRAFFE PEN: Not entirely safe for humans, oddly enough.

A BLIND BISON is looking for a new home.

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Let's Active, J Mascis, Ty Segall, Shovels & Rope, Merchandise, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS drop a NSFW clip for “Weight Of Love”.

LET'S ACTIVE reunited, with Suzi Ziegler of Game Theory sitting in for the late Faye Hunter.  Stereogum has video of “Waters Part”, “Every Word Means No”, and “Ornamental”.

J MASCIS advance streams Tied to a Star.

TY SEGALL advance streams Manipulator.

SHOVELS & ROPE advance streams Swimmin' Time.

MERCHANDISE advance streams After the End.

FIELD REPORT drops  “Home (Leave The Lights On),”ahead of Marigolden.

BLONDE REDHEAD gives away "The One I Love." (Not an REM cover)

BECK drops "Loser" as a teaser for his Austin City Limits appearance.

RYAN ADAMS talks to the New York Times Magazine about making amends with his record label, getting clean and bridging the gap between punk and metal.

MICHAEL CERA talks to Stereogum about his surprise albim, True That.

THE THURSTON MOORE BAND plays a near-accidental debut gig.

DEV HYNES' muscial journey is traced by The Guardian.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles repeats atop the chart with 28.4 million; that's a 57 percent drop, but the reboot's 117 million domestic nearly recoups its production budget. Guardians of the Galaxy repeats in second with 24.7 million, on a leggier 41 percent drop. Guardians --which has already beaten the theatrical runs for both Thor movies and the first Captain America flick--now seems likely to beat out Transformers 4 for the biggest film of the summer.  It needs to make about a half-billion to profit, and likely will, given that it has yet to open in some big European and Asian markets.  The ill-timed debut of Let's Be Cops still shows with 26 million against a 17 million budget.  The Expendables 3 underperformed with a 16.2 million fourth-place debut (earlier installments opened at 34.8 and 28.6 million).That seems like a flop, but this franchise has been incraesingly big overseas, so this may not be the end of the series.The opening of The Giver rounds out the Top 5 with 12.8 million, which sounds bad until you note the budget was only 25 million.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and fiance Matt Rutler welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, on Saturday.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS MARTIN have been spending quality together since late June.

DENZEL WASHINGTON detoxed for weeks after a wild, alcohol-fueled, gluttonous month-long vacation.


LINDSAY LOHAN has spoken about her reaction to James Franco's short story about her for the first time. 

KENDRA WILKINSON and Hank Baskett seem happily together again, suggesting their turmoil may have been scripted for reality TV.

FRANK MILLER is profiled by The New York Times ahead of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

UKRAINE: The so-called Russian aid convoy was virtually empty. A cynic might think the entire purpose was to provoke. Ukrainian forces have advanced into one of the last remaining separatist strongholds in a significant breakthrough in the civil war.

LEBANON: The US issued a travel warning for Lebanon noting that the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and Hezbollah all operate there, and stressed the increasing frequency of suicide bombings.

SYRIA: The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah in Al Tabaqa; and in Aleppo, where the IS also battled the Islamic Front, the Al Nusrah Front, and Kurdish forces. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State told families of Labor City oilfield workers to vacate their homes so foreign fighters could move in. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the IS has executed 700 al-Sheitaat tribesmen in Deir Izzour over the past two weeks; the head of the tribe called for other tribes to join in resisting the IS. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Hama and Aleppo. The Islamic State is also said to be closing in on the Islamic Front stronghold of Marea in Aleppo.

IRAQ: Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent attempts to rape scientific equipment.

THE BIRDS: Seagulls steal ice cream at St Ives beach.

SHARKS attack Google.

CUPPY THE CAT trapped its owners in the bedroom. This is not that earlier cat, it's another cat.

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