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John Hughes, Franz Ferdinand, Savages, Cutout Bin, Bear JetSki   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 09, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died Aug 5, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

FRANZ FEDRINAND played sessions at Morning Becomes Eclectic and WNYC Soundcheck.

SAVAGES play a savage mini-set at WNYC Soundcheck.

KENDRA MORRIS plays a mini-set of her own stuff at WNYC Soundcheck, but also check out the embedded, soulful cover of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond."

THE MONKEES' teaser reel and unseen pilot are embedded at Dangerous Minds

THE AVETT BROS drop "Another Is Waiting" ahead of Magpie and the Dandelion.

COOKIE MONSTER spoofs Icona Pop's hit song "I Love It".

PHOENIX talks to The Grid about writing songs like nature films, rejecting high society, and loving a Beastie Boy.  (Thx,Chromewaves.)

ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL: The fmr Pipette talks to The Quietus about her new music.

JON WURSTER, one of indie rock's best-known drummers, tals to Consequence of Sound about four years of sobriety.

THE STORIES BEHIND 22 Classic Album Covers.

CUTOUT BIN: From Sinatra to Steely Dan, from Big Star to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, fromBob Dylan to Run-DMC, plus Crowded House, the Beach Boys, Blondie, The Beatles mashed up with Nine Inch Nails 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: Pixar's Planes, which is currently scoring 26 ercent on the ol' Tomatometer (as I feared from the trailer);  Elysium, which is currently scoring 71 percent;  We're the Millers, which opened Wednesday and stands at 40 percent; and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, which also openedWed and stands at 33 percent.

LEAH REMINI filed a missing persons report on Shelly Miscavige, the wife of the leader of the Church of Scientology.

BRUCE WILLIS reportedly demanded a million a day for The Expendables 3.

AMANDA BYNES' parents hope doctors will seek a legal ruling to keep the troubled actress locked up for at least another 30 days.

KATE UPTON in Elle magazine, in time for Gratuitous Friday.

BEYONCE cut her hair; David Crosby hardest hit.

SIMON COWELL & HOWARD STERN top the Forbes list of TV's Highest-Paid Celebs.

KAREN BLACK, the Oscar nominee known for her roles in Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Great Gatsby, Airport 1975, The Day of the Locust, Robert Altman’s Nashville and Hitchcock’s Family Plot, has died at 74 after a battle with cancer.

THE ARAB SPRING: A gift to Al Qaeda?

IRAN: A letter purportedly signed by over 50 prominent political prisoners, most of whom are currently incarcerated, was sent to President Obama urging him to seek dialogue with new president Rouhani, to remove sanctions, and to seek a "dignified" solution to the issue of Iran's nuclear program. Two days ago, in his first press conference, President Rouhani called for direct talks with the US on the nuclear issue, but said the US must take the initiative; the US said the ball was in Iran's court.

SYRIA: Rebels led by two al Qaeda affiliates, the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have killed over 200 people, captured dozens of villages, and seized an airport over the past two days in an Alawite area. Rebels are targeting aviation hubs in Aleppo as well, including the Kweiris military airport, the Neyrab military airport, and Aleppo International airport.

EGYPT: Supporters of former president Morsi took to the streets despite calls by authorities to end ongoing sit-ins.


SPIDERS delayed flights in Kansas on Saturday after the pests took over an air traffic control center.

PIGS enjoy a mudslide in Holland.

100 SEA TURTLE HATCHLINGS were saved by a police officer in Sarasota.

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Tanya Donnelly, Felice Bros, Okkervil River, Dog's Guide   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DR. DOG plays “When You’re A Gardener” on Yo Gabba Gabba.

TANYA DONNELLY is advance streaming Swan Song Series Vol. 1.

THE FELICE BROS played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

LORD HURON played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

SHOVELS & ROPE played a set at the Newport Folk Festival

OKKERVIL RIVER drops "Stay Young" ahead of  The Silver Gymnasium.

STARS drops "Wishful," the A-side of a single dropping next month.

ELF POWER has “A Grey Cloth Covering My Face” ahead of Sunlight On The Moon.

JUNIOR WALKER & THE ALL-STARS: Live at the Ram Jam Club, circa 1967. Dang.

NEKO CASE talks to Billboard about the catharsis of her upcoming LP, The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS leader Alex Ebert reflects on the cynicism directed toward 'post-ironic' music

THAO NGUYEN talks to The Rumpus about touring and working with female prisoners. (Thx, LHB.)

100 AND SINGLE: How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer.


CHARLIE SHEEN's new "angels" are.... wait for it... er, adult film actresses. Shocka.

SIMON COWELL's affair with the now-knocked up Lauren Silverman started in 2009.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mom was missing from the family sober night out.

SYLVESTER STALLON calls BRUCE WILLIS greedy and lazy, ditches him in favor of Harrison Ford in The Expendables 3.

JENNIFER ANISTON really doesn't want to discuss babies.

USHER's ex-wife blames the singer for the near-death pool accident that landed their 5-year-old in ICU.

KEVIN FEIGE: Master of the Marvel (movie) Universe.

THE UNITED STATES filed murder charges against Ahmed Abu Khattala, who is linked to Ansar al Sharia, for his role in the murder of US personnel in the 2012 attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi; sealed charges have also been filed against about a dozen others.

YEMEN: US officials said the recent flurry of drone strikes in Yemen were an attempt to disrupt an al Qaeda plot, but they are not sure if the strikes have disrupted it. The State Dept. evacuated some diplomatic staff from Yemen and urged US citizens to leave the country.

ISRAELI Prime Minister Netanyahu warned that Iran is accelerating its uranium enrichment efforts. Former IDF intelligence chief Amos Yadlin said US opposition to an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear program has moved from a red light to a yellow light.

LIBYA: Commenting on the US expectation that Libya will arrest accused Ansar al Sharia leader Ahmed Abu Khattala, a Libyan news outlet said that "any arrests or seizures could make the present security crisis in Benghazi look like a minor disturbance in comparison."

EGYPT: The presidency announced that foreign efforts to mediate the country's political crisis had failed.

A DOG's GUIDE to Training Your Owner.

FRANKENFISH: Caleb Newton hooked the record-breaking, 17-pound, 6-ounce northern snakehead in a creek in northern Virginia during a fishing tournament June 1.

SHARK ON THE SUBWAY: Leftover from Sharknado?

SWIMMING PIGS rule Big Major Cay in the Bahamas.


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Washed Out, Phosphorescent, Kitchens of Distinction, Baboon Strike   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO breaks out the whiteboard for "Is That Enough?"

WASHED OUT is advance streaming Paracosm.

PHOSPHORESCENT played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KINGSLEY FLOOD played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

JOHN McCAULEY played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KITCHENS OF DISTINCTION drop “Japan To Jupiter” ahead of Folly, their first new music in 18 years.

EUGENE McGUINESS drops "Fairlight"; no news about a sophomore LP.

ISLANDS drops “Becoming The Gunship” ahead of Ski Mask.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. still charm me with the McCartney-esque "Simple Girl."

THE CIVIL WARS: Joy Williams talks to the All Things Considered about their sophomore LP.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks record sales, Spotify and more at the Denver Post.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to Rolling Stone about her theme for Orange Is The New Black.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, ranked by Stereogum.

BRITNEY SPEARS can't hold a conversation, according to former Cheetah Girls star Adrienne Bailon, who worked with Spears on The X Factor.

TERRENCE HOWARD's ex-wife alleges he sucker punched her in the face, grabbed her by the neck and threw her against the wall.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN has been successfully treated for cancer.

CHARLIE SHEEN is now calling his harem "angels."

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is profiled by Marie Claire.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & PETER SARSGAARD, co-stars in the upcoming Linda Lovelace biopic, talk to GQ about watching pr0n.

JOHN MALKOVICH & BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH join the cast of Penguins of Madagascar.

THE AVENGERS 2: Loki is out.

AL QAEDA: Recent threats against US assets prompt a split in analysts about Ayman al-Zawahri.

EGYPT: The army and government are preparing to reach a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood that would see some members released from jail, assets unfrozen, and three ministerial positions given to the Islamist group.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 12 people in bombings in Baghdad, a policeman in a shooting a Fallujah, and two more civilians in a bombing in Khanaqin. Security forces captured a senior al Qaeda leader during a series of raids in western Anbar province.


A CAT sees his owner for the first time in six months. Sort of.

FLORIDA MAN survives shark attack. And monkeys. And a rattlesnake. And lightning.

A DOZEN BABOONS go on strike at a Dutch Zoo.

MAN SAVES DOG, then wife.

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Andrew Bird, Bombino, Spirit Family Reunion, Cat + Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT drops a wacky video for "Your Life Is A Lie" ahead of their self-titled LP. More cowbell... sort of.

ANDREW BIRD played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

BOMBINO played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

HEY MARSAILLES played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE JULIE RUIN drops “Ha Ha Ha” ahead of Run Fast.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD lip-synchs "Mr. Soul" from a show that cannot be mentioned (minus bassist Bruce Palmer for legal reasons), plus a live take on "Rock'n Roll Woman" for your Twofer Tuesday.  And while "Mr. Soul" opens with a bit of "For What It's Worth," you can get a full serving as a bonus.

THE BEATLES discuss Revolver, released 47 years ago this week.

ROBERT PLANT: Why won't he reuinte Led Zeppelin?

ARIEL PINK & GOGOL BORDELLO: Both in court, but not against each other.

BLOC PARTY's TOP 10, according to Stereogum.


JUSTIN BIEBER's entourage is under investigation for a brutal fight that left a nightclub patron sprawled out in the parking lot.

SIMON COWELL is reportedly pressuring his soon-to-be baby mama, Lauren Silverman, to settle her nasty divorce.

TERRENCE HOWARD has been accused by his ex-wife of beating her badly during a heated argument in Costa Rica.

LADY GAGA's damaging secrets have been sealed away

ETERNA may have the last trailer you'll ever need to see

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 68 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.

AMERICAN special forces units overseas have been on alert for the past several days for a mission to attack potential al Qaeda targets if those behind the most recent terror threats against US interests can be identified, a senior Obama administration official told CNN. US officials acknowledged the interception of messages last week from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri ordering al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to attack Western interests as early as Aug. 4. The State Department added Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, and Mauritius to the list of countries where US diplomatic missions have been closed due to the al Qaeda threat. The State Dept. is reevaluating a previous assessment that downplayed the degree of Iranian support for terrorist activity in Latin America.

EGYPT: Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi continued protests calling for his reinstatement.

IRAN could begin producing weapons-grade plutonium by next summer, US and European officials believe, using a different nuclear technology that would be easier for foreign countries to attack.


CAT adopts BABY SQUIRREL, teaches it to purr...mass hysteria!

JUSTIN THE KITTEN survived a fire and found a family.

AN ESCAPED PYTHON strangled two young boys as they slept, according to the the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

KANGAROOS have two tickets to the gun show for you.

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Typhoon, Juliana Barwick, Valerie June, Seal Birth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS have a new LP coming. "Do I Wanna Know?" Yes.

TYPHOON is advance streaming White Lighter.

JULIANA BARWICK is advance streaming Nepenthe.

VALERIE JUNE is advance streaming Pushin' Against a Stone. Digging it.

RHYE plays a mini-set at World Cafe

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

JACK WHITE's ex, Karen Elson, filed for a restraining order, alleging he wanted her to contact their kids’ private school in an effort to get their kids out of a class in which another entertainer’s child was present (apparently Dan Auerbach's).  White also allegedly berated Elson when she attended the wedding of a rival musician.  In both cases, White allegedly was upset at other musicians "ripping off" his style.  White filed a countermotion disputing the allegations.


STEPHIN MERRITT talks to The Airship about sci-fi, hackneyed metaphors and how the Future Bible Heroes music-making process involves two “different species of beaver.” (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 100 LPs OF 1985, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers. I'd argue the order, mostly.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 2 Guns tops the chart with 27 million, with the typical Denzel Washington number slightly boosetd by Mark Wahlberg.  This flick cost 61 million, which is like money in the bank with a Denzel pic, especially after overseas numbers come in.Speaking of global markets, The Wolverine skids 59 percent to place with 21.7 million, but its 95 million total to date pales against 159 overseas.  Smurfs 2 shows with an 18.2 million debut, mildly restoring my faith in humanity, as this could have been No. 1 against a Denzel opening.  The Conjuring drops 39 percent to No. 4 with 13.6 million, but it's pretty leggy, breaking the 100 million mark against a 20 million budget and is now launching overseas.  Despicable Me 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.3 million, which is probably this week's real story.  DM2 is now Universal's third-highest grosser, trailing only E.T. and Jurassic Park.

THE CONJURING: I'm a bit behind on seeing this one, because horror isn't really my genre.  But this old school exorcism pic, minus the torture pr0n so common these days, was pretty darn good, led by a quartet of good actors: Vera Farmiga (Up In The Air), Lili Taylor (High Fidelity); Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) and Ron Livingston (TV's Sex and the City).  It's so old school as to be set in the 70s, when exorcism first made a splash in film.  And it's "based on a true story," though when Farmiga's character identifies herself jokingly as a "kook," one suspects that's the real true story.  Nevertheless, for what it is, it's interesting even between the scares and confident to be restrained in its creepiness.

ELLE MacPHERSON wed billionaire Jeffrey Soffer in Fiji.

CHARLIE SHEEN has a new "goddess" -- Capri Anderson, who accused him of assault and battery after a booze and cocaine fueled wild night in New York City and then allegedly tried to extort a million dollars from him.

LINDSAY LOHAN never wants to see alcohol again. Plus, she might be good as a talk show hostess. Maybe a steady job would be good for her.

LEAH REMINI plans to write a tell-all memoir about her decision to leave the Church of Scientology.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS was involved in a serious car accident in Venice, Calif.; she escaped with minor injuries and pal Jodie Foster came to the scene.

BOURNE again. Oh dear.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST drops an ad for Trask Industries.

THE UNITED STATES State Department issued a global travel alert for US citizens, based on indications recently received of an al Qaeda threat. The alert warned that the terrorist group or its allies may attack public or private American interests, and may target tourist spots or public transportation systems.

THE UNITED KINGDOM plans to close its embassy in Yemen on Aug. 4 and Aug. 5, and has issued a travel advisory to British nationals in Yemen. British embassies in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, and Iraq will remain open, but the Foreign Office advised staff to "exercise extra vigilance."

FRANCE: President Holland said France has been "informed directly and indirectly of threats concerning our installations overseas and even our nationals, threats coming from al-Qaida."

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani, a cleric and former nuclear negotiator for Iran, officially replaced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president. Two days before his inauguration, Rouhani reportedly said that Israel "is a wound ... on the body of the Muslim world for years and needs to be removed"; state media later claimed he was misquoted.

SYRIA: Several rebel groups, including the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front, seized a weapons depot near Damascus. The Syrian National Coalition urged warring Kurds and jihadists in Hasakah province to "exercise restraint."

A SEAL gave birth on a dock in Seattle.

BABOON BURGLARS: Kleptomaniac monkeys terrorize an estate in South Africa.

TWO POSSIBLY RABID RACCOONS attacked a woman in Central Park.

HEY, BOO-BOO: A bear pushed away an entire dumpster from the Edelweiss Restaurant in Colorado Springs.

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