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Girls, Death Cab, White Denim, Phantogram, Husky sings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS' Christopher Owens performed an acoustic set at San Francisco's Radio 3 Gallery, including  "Solitude" and "Saying I Love You," covers of the Fleetwoods' "Mr. Blue" and Skeeter Davis' "End of the World," and four unreleased songs.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE airs a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

WHITE DENIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

BLOUSE, mixing early '80s languid post-punk melody and early '90s shoegazer pacing, is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

M83: "Midnight City" was snapped up for the Victoria's Secret holiday commercial.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL & BEN GIBBARD have separated after two years of marriage.

BRIAN WILSON talks to Spinner about the SMiLE Sessions, revisiting some demons in the process. NPR is Deconstructing "Heroes and Villains" from the box set.

MUMFORD & SONS: Ben Lovett talks to PopMatters about his live promotions biz.

PETE TOWNSHEND calls Apple a "digital vampire," and quasi-eulogizes both Steve Jobs and John Peel.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON talks to Vanity Fair about her hacked nude pictures, Woody Allen and more.

JUSTIN BIEBER, slapped with a paternity suit. Bieber's legal team is ready to strike back.

KIM KARDASHIAN was never "in love" with her estranged husband, Kris Humphries, a source close to the former couple tells RadarOnline.

HUGH GRANT became a dad for the first time, welcoming a baby girl in early October.

LINDSAY LOHAN asks for help from the morgue.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JOHN GOODMAN join the Coen Bros' upcoming "Inside Llewyn Davis," set in the world of 1960s folk music.

HENRY CAVILL talks to Access Hollywood about getting ripped for Immortals and Man of Steel.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Set pics slightly revealing.


OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS beheaded a Sudanese man for being a sorcerer.

YEMEN: US counterterrorism officials have set their sights on the top bomb maker of al Qaeda's Yemeni branch, whom the officials have identified as a central figure in at least three new potential terror threats involving Americans or American targets.

SYRIA: NATO's chief ruled out intervention, while the Arab League waited for Syria's response to its plan to end the crisis.  UN investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear arms.

LIBYA: The United Nations Security Council has expressed "concern" over the fate of the massive weapons stockpile built up in Libya under Gaddafi. The UN has expressing concern down to a science.

PAKISTAN: Haqqani leadership - contrary to the American emphasis on drone strikes in the tribal areas - does not have to hide in Pakistan's ungoverned fringes. So close are the Haqqanis' ties to Pakistan's military and intelligence service that one might just as well look for them around the capital, Islamabad, or in the closely guarded military quarters of Rawalpindi.

A HUSKY sings with a baby.

HORSE RESCUED from a Bedford County swimming pool before hypothermia set in.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents are trained to play billiards and the piano.

SEA OTTERS know how to chill out.

SHEEP Occupy Madrid.

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New Releases, Cass McCombs, Moogfest, JAMC, Slinky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS got Jack Black to be their "Senator." (content warning.)

NEW RELEASES from the Decemberists, Beach Boys, Girl in a Coma, Phantogram and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CASS McCOMBS is advance streaming Humor Risk, his second LP this year.

MOOGFEST: NPR is streaming sets from Atlas Sound, Moby, Tangerine Dream, CANT, Tim Heckler and The Field.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: A collection of their cover songs.

KAREN O drops a new "Duet."

GUIDED BY VOICES drops "Doughnut For a Snowman."

SUPERCHUNK covers the Misfits' "Where Eagles Dare."

THE FLAMING LIPS are streaming a 24-hour-long song.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday.

WILD FLAG's Carrie Brownstein talks to Austinist about the genesis of the band and the current state of music.

DAWES is profiled in USA Today.

TOMMY STINSON answers the inevitable Replacements reunion question.

AMY WINEHOUSE: The Inevitable Posthumous Release is in the works.

KIM KARDASHIAN will divorce Kris Humphries after 72 days of wedded less-than-bliss.  Our short national honeymoon is over.

LINDSAY LOHAN will concede she violated her probation by getting kicked out of her community service program at her next court appearance tomorrow, but is hoping for minimal jail time.

JESSICA SIMSPON kinda sorta admitted she's preganant via Twitter. Couldn't get that big payday she wanted for the story?

TAYLOR SWIFT is prepared to go to war with a gossip website, claiming she was wrongly identified in a "leaked" nude photo.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson returned to the restaurant that triggered an anti-Semiticly fueled DUI arrest that changed his life ... but this time without incident.

BILL MURRAY has joined Charlie Sheen and Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the cast of Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Into the Mind of Charles Swan III.

WINONA RYDER turned 40 over the weekend. Get off my lawn.

BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD: Their triumphant return, icymi.

THE SECRET WAR: How the US hunted al Qaeda in Africa.

KENYA INVADES SOMALIA in pursuit of Islamist terrorists, probably bombed a refugee camp instead.

IRAN's  top diplomat bitingly questioned reported US plans to build up American military forces across Mideast countries after withdrawing from Iraq.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States wants Afghanistan's neighbors to pledge to respect its sovereignty at regional talks this week.

SLINKY CAT takes the stairs.

BONE-EATING ZOMBIE WORMS have been found in a three-million-year-old fossil from Italy, say researchers.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent may get the death penalty in Sweden.

DOG EATS BIRD, arson ensues.

THESE MOSQUITOES are genetically engineered to kill - their own children.

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REM, Laura Veirs, David Lynch, Decemberists, Mastiff vs Ducks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. drops two videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" -- one featuring Kirsten Dunst, the other with poet John Giorno.

LAURA VEIRS is advance streaming Tumble Bee.

DAVID LYNCH is advance streaming Crazy Clown Time.

SONGS THAT SCARE, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

THE SCREAM STREAM, courtesy of Folk Alley.

IT CAME FROM CREEPSYLVANIA: Ghoul's Haunted House Soundtrack.

THE DECEMBERISTS drop "I 4 U & U 4 Me," an uptempo cut from their forthcoming EP, Long Live The King.

TOM WAITS drops "Tell Me" --  a bonus cut from Bad As Me.

PEARL JAM: Cameron Crowe pieced together video for "Not For You" to accompany his 20th anniversary documentary.

GQ's music issue has posted inteviews with PJ Harvey, Keith Richards, Jim James, Loutallica, and the Black Keys, with more to come.

THE HORRORS: They're big in Mexico.

CRAIG FINN (The Hold Steady) writes about DC's early 80s hardcore scene for The Guardian.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the L.A. Times about making In The Key of Disney.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Puss In Boots tops the Halloween weekend chart with 34 million, the latest in a line of rather tepid openings for DreamWorks animation (including How to Train Your Dragon, which went on to make 500 million worldwide).  Paranormal Activity 3 slid 65 percent, but still took in 18.5 million, for an 81.3 million total against a 5 million budget.  In Time took the third slot with 12 million, about what gurus expected, against a 40 million budget.  Footloose came in fourth with 5.4 million; this will be profitable, but nowhere near the hit the original was.  The Rum Diary rounds out the Top Five with 5 million against a 50 million budget; this may end up a flop, even accounting for Johnny Depp's worldwide fanbase.

KRISTEN STEWART revealed that the sex scene she filmed with Robert Pattinson in the next Twilight pic was originally so explicit, it was rated R.  Pattinson joked the two may have been married accidentally while shooting the new film.

KAT DENNINGS celebrates her weirdness -- and the success of 2 Broke Girls -- with GQ.

ELISABETTA CANALLIS says she had a father-daughter relationship with George Clooney.

CONAN O'BRIEN will be officiating an on-air gay wedding this week, echoing  the union between Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show nearly 42 years ago.

BOND 23 gets another casting surprise, and it's a good one.

YEMEN: Sanaa International Airport has been closed after four blasts destroyed two Yemeni fighter aircraft; the cause of the explosions has not been determined.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Gilani categorically said there was no permission given to the US to launch any drone strike against any target inside Pakistan's territory.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is planning to start withdrawing troops from volatile Kandahar, shifting them to neighboring rural areas even as the Taliban shows it is capable of penetrating the city to attack, according to U.S. and Afghan military officials.

IRAQ's defense chief has said his military will not be fully ready to defend Iraq from external threats until 2020 to 2024, according to a US inspector's report released on Sunday.  The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

MASTIFF vs DUCKLINGS: Who you got?

PYTHON vs DEER: Who you got?

GRANNY vs CROCODILE: Who you got?


BEAVER: Candaians still love it.

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The Children of the Night... What Music They Make!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT: Aquarium Drunkard has your holiday mixtapes.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer,"  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary"  and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY returns with a videogame and album after 20 years. So how about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.


TRICK OR TREAT BIN:  From Dusty Springfield to the New York Dolls, from Robyn Hitchcock to Donovan, from John Carpenter to Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, plus more -- this Friday's Halloween finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP:  Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Puss In Boots, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; In Time, currently scoring 38 percent; and The Rum Diary, scoring 54 percent.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown.  Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.


15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS:  Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.


MY PARENTS LOVED HALLOWEEN: A Tumblr from the younguns.


THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

VAMPIRE PUG: This borders on abuse, really.

IT'S A "SPIDER FEST" atop Chicago skyscrapers, including the Hancock center.

WE CALL HIM "BLINKY": A three-eyed fish is discovered near a nuclear power plant.

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Feist, Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, dB's, Smiths, Boston Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAN MAN drops a video for "Piranhas Club."

BLACK KEYS drop a new song, "Lonely Boy," in advance of new album El Camino, due out December 6.

FEIST stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BLITZEN TRAPPER visited the KUT studios for a chat and mini-set.

RYAN ADAMS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE KING KHAN EXPERIENCE: Free in return for your email address.

THE dB's drop "Revolution of the Mind," an outtake from their upcoming reunion LP. (Thx, Ken King!)

DAVID BAZAN did three free songs for Daytrotter.

CMJ DISCOVERIES from All Songs Considered.

THE SMITHS: The Cradle Snatchers.

NEIL YOUNG: Road Of Plenty - The Unreleased Songs (1966-2010 & Live Rarities 1969-1984). A 6-CD set.

THE SUPREMES sync "Where Did Our Love Go?" in the streets of Paris.

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL REVIVAL? John Fogerty says his anger towards former bandmates has faded and a reunion is 'possible.'

ANDREW BIRD: Watch the trailer for the Bird doc, Fever Year.

WILD FLAG: Mary Timony talks to the New Orleans Times-Picayune about supergroupdom, such as it is. (Thx, LHB.)

TEN ESSENTIAL TOM WAITS TRACKS, according to Flavorwire.

A.A. BONDY talks to PopMatters about surfing, songwriting and more...

THE HIPSTER'S GUIDE to Rockabilly Music.

LINDSAY LOHAN's nude spread for Playboy is full-frontal. Mom is so proud.

AMY WINEHOUSE died of accidental alcohol poisoning, with a BAC five times the legal limit, according to the coroner.

BRUCE WILLIS will be a dad again, according to the ever-reliable Life & Style.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES "are not getting along at all," a source tells the new Us Weekly.

EDDIE MURPHY is quitting family movies and may return to stand-up. Know your strengths.

KERRY WASHINGTON has won the key role of Broomhilda in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

HARRY POTTER DVDs will be pulled from circulation on Dec. 29, in favor of a Disney-esque re-release schedule.

YEMEN: Women defiantly burned their traditional veils Wednesday in protest of Pres Saleh's brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.

TUNISIA: The liberal political parties emerging as surprise runners-up in elections argued Tuesday that their success had tempered the commanding victory of the Islamists while offering lessons for their secular allies around the region. Secularists thought the same thing about the Iranian revolution; we'll see.

PAKISTAN is still running training camps to support and arm the Taliban across the border in Afghanistan despite official denials, insurgents have claimed. Could be mischief, but I doubt it.

A BOSTON TERRIER is ticklish.

RESCUE: Four firefighters in a South Carolina town plucked a frightened black lab puppy from the top of a double-decker freight train car and delivered her to a new, loving home.

SNAKE in a TOILET: This time in the unlikely locale of Toronto.

EWE TUBE: Paolo, an 18-month-old Portland ram, has been fitted with a webcam to show the public "nature as it happens".

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