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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

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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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New Releases, Florence + Machine, Wild Flag, Paul Leka RIP, Mastiff vs Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND dropped a video for "We Added It Up."

NEW RELEASES from Surfer Blood, Hurricane Bells, Deer Tick, Gringo Star, Peggy Sue and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE is advance streaming Ceremonials, which Florence discusees with Newsweek and the ever-reliable Sun. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SUMMER CAMP is advance streaming Welcome to Condale.

WILD FLAG played DC's Black Cat Thursday night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MAZZY STAR drops "Lay Myself Down," the B-side from the band's comeback single.

KING KHAN drops "Dr. Ruin-Yer-Life," from a new nine-song EP, Scion A/V Presents: The King Khan Experience.

PAUL LEKA, who wrote hits like "Green Tambourine" for the Lemon Pipers and "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" for Steam died on Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, CT, following a battle with Lung cancer. He was 68. And had his own outcue for this Twofer Tuesday observance.

WILCO and FEIST: The new adult contemporary music?

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stckles says au revoir to Amy Klein.

LORETTA LYNN was hospitalized with pneumonia over the weekend.

SONIC YOUTH's domestic ideal.

SLY STONE is going to rehab.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE appeared together for the first time since their marital problems became public.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is telling friends ... she didn't break down on stage Saturday night because of Marc Anthony - or any other ex for that matter - she choked up because she was thinking about her kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN is kicking her business manager to the curb.

DARRELL HAMMOND, famed for his spot-on SNL impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Dick Cheney - reveals in a new book how he drank and did cocaine while with the show and was once taken from NBC "in a straitjacket."

ROBIN WILLIAMS exchanged vows with graphic designer Susan Schneider on Sunday.

MADONNA was booed by fans at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of W.E., but managed to shrug off the response, saying that like Wallis Simpson, she too was "misunderstood."

ERIC BANA will star in Elvis & Nixon as the first guy.

EGYPT: A reformer argues the army is failing to build a consensus for democracy.

IRAQ: The speaker of Iraq's parliament accused neighboring nations *cough*Iran*cough* of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get worse if the country is seen as vulnerable after US troops leave at the end of the year. A US State Dept program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money and may not even be wanted by the Iraqi department it's supposed to help, reports released by a US government watchdog show.

MASTIFF vs CHIHUAHUA: Who you got?

THE SWARM: A truck hauling millions of bees overturned in southern Utah and authorities are trying to capture the swarming insects.

A BLIND DOG and her GUIDE DOG are looking for a new home.

A BULL TERRIER's life was spared - after attacking a small boy - because it was drunk on Stella Artois.

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Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, JC Brooks, Girl in a Coma, Dog Proposal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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NEIL YOUNG joins ARCADE FIRE for Young's "Helpless" at this year's Bridge School benefit.

TOM WAITS is advance streaming Bad to Me (w/o needing an invite).  Mr. Waits talks to the L.A. Times about Bad to Me at a roadside diner, and to The Guardian at a roadhouse. Tom getting a lot of free meals promoting the album.

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND is advance streaming Want More. And you will.

GIRL IN A COMA is advance streaming Exits And All The Rest.

PINK FLOYD: The BBC Archives 1967-1969.

MATES OF STATE played "Palomino" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

JOHN DOE talks to MAGNET about X, singing with women, zombies, etc.

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug (Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade, Frog Eyes, Swan Lake) talks to the Riverfront Times about the literal title for his most recent record, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I'd Hoped, and the perils of working alone.

CULT OF THE iPOD: Ten years, man,,, Ten years!

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS nominees include Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Florence & The Machine. Weird times, my friends.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paranormal Activity 3 haunted the cineplex, scaring up 54 million bucks -- the biggest October debut ever and the biggest horror opening ever, with another 26 million overseas, all against a 5 million budget.  Real Steel is a distant second with 11.3 million and a 67.2 million total against a 150 million budget, hoping for breakeven overseas.  The Footloose remake is No. 3  with 10.9 million and a 30.8 million total against a 24 million budget.  The Three Musketeers dubuts in fourth place with 8.8 million against a 90 million budget (that sounds awful, but the overseas sales so far are about 64 million, so this won't be a total disaster financially).  The Ides of March rounds out the Top 5 with 4.9 million and 29 million so far against a 12.5 million budget.  Below the fold, Johnny English Reborn opened at No. 8 with 3.8 million against a 45 million budget -- but this one has already grossed over $100 million overseas.  The Mighty Macs opened in 12th place with a million, which would be considered awful, but it's also the studio's first picture.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mom is trying to expose her own daughter's dark secrets, blowing the lid off of Lindsay's alleged drug and alcohol use in a memoir that she's shopping around town.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES: Breakup rumors debunked?

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Reunion rumors confirmed?

JENNIEFR LOPEZ broke down in tears onstage after singing a song about loves from her past.

RYAN REYNOLDS, BLAKE LIVELY & SANDRA BULLOCK shared a racy night out at a NYC burlesque hot spot.

DISNEY'S MUPPETS has purists rattled.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is in talks to join Quentin Tarantino's new movie, Django Unchained.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS will make an historic concession to the principle of the ballot in coming days as a special council votes for the first time on who should succeed King Abdullah as ruler.

TUNISIA: Voters poured into polling stations to vote in their country's first free election; the leader of an Islamist party predicted to win the biggest share of the vote was heckled outside a polling station by people shouting "terrorist."

LIBYA: Transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil set out a vision for the post-Gaddafi future with an Islamist tint, saying that Islamic Sharia law would be the "basic source" of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified.  Meanwhile Gaddafi may have stashed 200 billion in bank accounts, real estate and corporate investments around the world before he was killed.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai said he would side with Pakistan in the event of war with the US in a surprising political twist that is likely to disconcert his western allies.

IRAQ: Pres. Obama's speech formally declaring that the last US troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year was designed to mask an unpleasant truth: The troops aren't being withdrawn because the US wants them out. They're leaving because the Iraqi government refused to let them stay. Meanwhile, regular Iraqis fretted about the ability of their armed forces to protect them from violence after the US leaves.

A DOG and a proposal.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED PIGS could be suppying human transplant organs within two years. Are we not men?

VAMPIRE MOTHS discovered in Siberia. And in a twist worthy of a Halloween horror movie, entomologists say the bloodsuckers may have evolved from a purely fruit-eating species.

SURFING SNAILS: Scientists figure out where they get their boards.

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Faces, Vetiver, Surfer Blood, Frightened Rabbit, Cutout Bin, Cattle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE FACES! Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan, live on the Beeb circa 1972.  Your setlist includes: "Three Button Hand Me Down"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Too Much Woman/Street Fighting Man"; "Miss Judy's Farm"; "Love In Vain"; "Stay With Me"; and "I'm Losing You."

VETIVER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SURFER BLOOD is advance streaming the Tarot Classics EP.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is streaming A Frightened Rabbit EP.

GRINGO STAR is advance streaming Count Yer Lucky Stars.

TWERPS are streaming their self-titled debut.

ZOLA JESUS played NYC's (Le) Poisson Rouge Wednesday night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MICHAEL WINSLOW of Police Academy fame performs Led Zep's "Whole Lotta Love" as only he can.

TOM WAITS met the Wall Street Journal at a Chisese restaurant to discuss songwriting. Audio embeds at the link.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART is profiled by Straight.com.

THE BOTTLE ROCKETS lead singer and guitarist Brian Henneman talks to the Riverfront Times about learning the banjo and the band's new acoustic LP.

FRIENDLY FIRES' lead singer Ed Macfarlane tells Spinner about their trumpeter's death, his breakdown, and more...

DEAN WAREHAM talks to Stuff about returning to his birthplace with the Galaxie 500 catalog.

THE CHICAGO READER TURNS 40: Highlights of its music criticism include bits on Nirvana and the Sex Pistols.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bangles to the Supremes, from Bob Mould to the Ramsey Lewis Trio, from the Decemberists to Shirley Bassey, plus Billy Bragg, Roy Orbison, Dum Dum Girls, the Bobby Fuller Four and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Three Musketeers, which is currently scoring 24 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Paranormal Activity 3, which is scoring 78 percent; Johnny English Reborn, scoring 38 percent; and The Mighty Macs, scoring 41 percent.

THE TOP 75 HORROR FILMS, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

LINDSAY LOHAN was turned away from the L.A. County Morgue, after showing up late.  Five mugshots...collect 'em all!

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES have been married just eight short weeks but their marriage is said to be crumbling.

JESSICA SIMPSON is pregnant, but she wouldn't confirm anything to anyone until she had a magazine deal - for a fee of up to a half-million dollars.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER: Following a hush-hush, super-luxe dinner date at NYC's Per Se in early September, Cooper hasn't stopped putting on the charm with newly single Lopez.

GIULIANA RANCIC is doing well after a double lumpectomy.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA will take flight with director Bryan Singer.

THE WACHOWSKIS return to sci-fi with Jupiter Ascending.

THE TEN MOST SPECTACULAR SCREWUPS in Television History.

YEMEN: Tribesmen said they would attack US citizens and kill French hostages in retaliation for the drone strike that killed Anwar al Awlaki, his son, and other al Qaeda leaders.

GADDAFI? Dead! Marmalard? Dead! Niedermeyer...Dead!

SYRIA: Government troops mounted a large crackdown around the capital of Damascus. Libya's interim government became the first to recognize the Syrian opposition as the legitimate authority in Syria.

IRAN: The United States believes Iran's shadowy Quds Force is becoming increasingly aggressive overseas and may be working on other international plots beyond the alleged plan to kill Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Washington, three US officials told Reuters.

AND THERE WERE COWS all over the freeway. Click-through for the raw video.

A SUITCASE OF SMUGGLED SPIDERS, seized by the Swiss!

HERPES MONKEY still on the lam in Ohio?

EATING GARDEN SLUGS? Don't.

PIG RUSTLER awaits extradition to Iowa.

FREE OPOSSUM PICKUP service restored in Corpus Christi.

HEY, NICE BEAVER! Why, thank you... I just had it stuffed.

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Ting Tings, Summer Camp, Ministry, Aretha, Bear Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE TING TINGS get a bit heavier on "Hang It Up."

SUMMER CAMP did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a building cover of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World."

INTO IT. OVER IT. did five free songs for Daytrotter.

ACTIVE CHILD stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

MINISTRY: Live in Sacramento, Feb. 27, 1990.

ARETHA FRANKLIN tackles "Respect" at the Otis Redding tempo on French TV, circa 1970.

THE STONE ROSES: The Quietus reports on the reunion presser, while the Sabotage Times has reservations. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JARVIS COCKER talks to The Guardian about youth, fame and the changing face of pop.

TORI AMOS talks about tracks spanning her career with The A.V. Club.

THE 20 MOST OVERRATED BASS GUITARISTS, according to Paste.

FIVE SUCCESSFUL SPRINGSTEEN COVERS, according to The A.V. Club.

LINDSAY LOHAN may be headed to jail yet again after a judge blasted her and revoked her probation for missing too many community service appointments.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: Caught canoodling?

JESSICA SIMPSON: Still more preganancy rumors.

MARISKA HARGITAY adopts her second child in six months.

DANNY MASTERSON & BIJOU PHILLIPS got hitched.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) are back together.

HEATHER MILLS is being sued for not paying for 5000-dollar harcuts. Allegedly.

THE REAL WORLD to Occupy Wall Street?

SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS has another trailer online.

PAKISTAN's army chief has warned the US that it will have to think "10 times" before taking any unilateral action in North Waziristan.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Obama's plan to withdraw some US troops from Afghanistan this year will take soldiers out of the country's restive east, where battles between foreign troops and militants suspected in high-profile attacks increasingly make it the war's focus.

A BEAR CUB stops off for produce in Ketchikan, Alaska.

EXOTIC ANIMAL ESCAPE: The last wild creature thought to be missing after a night of mayhem on an exotic-animal farm was accounted for late Wednesday - a monkey carrying a potentially deadly virus apparently was eaten by one of the 49 carnivores shot by sheriff's deputies.

GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, well ahead of Christmas Eve.

A BABY DOLPHIN, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found beached in Uruguay. It is now being nurtured back to health in a series of insanely cute pics.

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