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Eels, Fear Of Men, Black Hollies, John Doe, Happy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REAL ESTATE drops the video for "Crime" at Funny Or Die.

EELS advance streams The Cautionary Tales Of Mark Oliver Everett.

FEAR OF MEN advance straem their debut LP, Loom.

THE BLACK HOLLIES perform material from their 2013 release, Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere, at KEXP. 

JOHN DOE stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and unpluggedy mini-set.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop “Eurydice” ahead of Days Of Abandon.

SWANS unleash the eight-minute "Oxygen."

THE RED BUTTON: "Cruel Girl" may be from 2007, but comes right out of 1965.

THE BOTH: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo talk to All Things Considered about ego, humor, and the uncanny valley.

AC/DC's future was thrown up in the air after an Australian radio station reported the band are to retire, owing to Malcolm Young's illness.

JETHRO TULL IS DEAD, says Ian Anderson.

THE TOP 10 GALAXIE 500 SONGS, according to Stereogum.

MILEY CYRUS is in the hospital ... after a sudden and apparently severe allergic reaction to medicine.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were...caught canoodling at Coachella.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS is profiled by Vanity Fair.

DINA LOHAN: Lindsay's mom pled guilty to aggravated DWI and speeding.

BRANDY and fiance Ryan Press have broken up and ended their engagement.

PAUL RUDD is pumping up for Ant-Man

THE FOODROOM: Imagine an Aaron Sorkin drama set in a fast food joint. Featuring Sorkin alum Josh Charles.

UKRAINIAN forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. The Obama administration has suggested that Ukraine's operations against pro-Russian separatists are justified, but that the US is not considering providing lethal assistance.

LIBYA:  Masked gunmen in Tripoli kidnapped Jordan's ambassador, Fawaz al Itan, and shot his driver; the kidnappers are said to be demanding the release of Libyans imprisoned in Jordan.

SYRIA: Regime forces launched an offensive on Homs city, parts of which have been besieged for almost two years, and retook one of the last rebel-held villages in Qalamoun.

TURKEY: Syrian rebels and eyewitnesses claimed that Turkey had allowed Islamist rebels to enter Syria for the Kasab offensive; the Erdogan government denied the claim.

IRAQ announced on Tuesday that it has closed the infamous Abu Ghraib prison, amid security concerns following the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) gained control of a strategically important dam on the Euphrates River south of Fallujah earlier this month.

THIS CAT acts like a dog when its owner returns.

A SAD PANDA gets her own TV and playground after her companion panda was moved to another zoo.

JONAH, OR GEPPETTO? Divers nearly swallowed by whale.

AN OSTRICH-SIZED RHEA that's reportedly capable of "seriously injuring humans" escaped from a farm in Hertfordshire, U.K., last month and has been on the lam in the English countryside ever since.


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Echo & the Bunnymen, Arcade Fire, Thee Oh Sees, Horse+Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN stream three tracks ahead of Metorites, the band's first new LP in 5 years.

ARCADE FIRE plays a full set at Coachella, with a cameo from Blondie's Debbie Harry.

BECK plays a full set at Coachella.

THEE OH SEES advance stream Drop.

THE BLACK KEYS drop the title track to Turn Blue.

LED ZEPPELIN: "Good Times, Bad Times/Communication Breakdown," Live In Paris, 1969.

JOHNNY RIVERS plays his smash "Secret Agent Man" and "The Snake" (a hit for Al Wilson) live at the Hollywood Palace n the day before I was born.  That's your Twofer Tuesday.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig and Tad pick their fave tracks from each album at Vulture

MOGWAI: Stuart Braithwaite talks to Under The Radar about Rave Tapes.

MAD WORLD: Slicing Up Eyeballs excerpts the oral history of New Order's "Blue Monday" from Bernanrd Sumner and Peter Hook.

VAN MORRISON, ranked by Stereogum

KATE UPTON  said in a recent interview that she wishes her breasts were smaller. The grass is always greener.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO danced like a nerd at Coachella. Probably.

TAYLOR SWIFT attended a fan's bridal shower.

SELENA GOMEZ's mom claims she got zero warning that the singer was axing her as her manager ... until TMZ broke the story.

JOHNNY WEIR's divorce is off...for now.

HARRISON FORD is asked whether Han shot first.

DAVID FINCHER bails on the Steve Jobs biopic.

UKRAINE: Armed pro-Russian separatists seized more buildings in eastern Ukraine on Monday, expanding their control after the government failed to follow through on threatened military crackdown leaving Moscow's partisans essentially unopposed. Ukraine’s failure to enforce its own ultimatums and its appeal on Monday to the United Nations to send peacekeepers laid bare a grim reality for the shaky government in Kiev, where political leaders and security forces have few reliable ways to confront Russian-backed separatists in the restive east.

VENEZUELA: The military admitted it committed "some excesses" during weeks of political unrest that have left more than 40 people dead. Venezuela's opposition has accused the government of delaying publication of March inflation data for political reasons, saying the annual rate has reached an alarming 60 percent. Venezuelan TV journalist Nairobi Pinto has been released, eight days after she was kidnapped.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: The Department for Education as well as the Birmingham City Council have widened their parallel investigations of an alleged plot by Islamist radicals to take over local schools, and are now looking at 25 schools in the area. Former staff at the schools have alleged that boys and girls were segregated, non-Muslim staff were bullied, sex education was banned, and that extremist views including those of al Qaeda were promoted. School trustees have dismissed the allegations.

SYRIA: Regime forces recaptured the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which had fallen to the Al Nusrah Front and rebels in December.


A HORSE nuzzles a CAT... mass hysteria!

A GERMAN SHEPHERD was summoned for jury duty in New Jersey.

DOGS, OR MOTHERHOOD? More and more US women are forgoing motherhood and getting their maternal kicks by owning handbag-size canines.

THE SWARM: 34-year-old beekeeper She Ping covered himself in 460000 bees weighing 100 pounds in a publicity stunt to promote his honey sales.

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Megafauna, Cloud Cult, Death, Elk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS paid tribute to "Alex Chilton" at Coachella.

MEGAFAUNA is advance streaming Maximalist.

CLOUD CULT is advance streaming Unplug.

DEATH is advance streaming Death III.


THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet."

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Brooklyn Vegan about getting older, indie, the future of Pavement, and more...

SUPERCHUNK talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the making of Indoor Living

MAD WORLD: SPIN's excerpt from this oral history of new wave includes The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Morrissey, and Andy Rourke talking about the recording of their most epic track, "How Soon is Now?"

NINE BOOKS that inspired Punks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Captain America: The Winter Soldier tops the chart again with 41.4 million. That's a 56 percent drop from its debut, but some of that is due to the inclusion of Thursday screenings last weekend.  The Cap sequel already has earned 159 million domestic and 317 million overseas -- compare this to the original's total run of 176 million domestic and 194 million overseas grosses for a sense of how big this is.  Cap also kept Rio 2 out of the top slot, as the animated sequel debuts with 39 million.  That's about what the original made in its debut weekend, but this number should be more front-loaded with fans of the first one, which bodes less well for its legs in theaters.  That said, these Fox/Blue Sky Studios flicks tend to do much better overseas, where Rio 2 has 124.3 million in ticket sales already. Oculus shows with 12 million against a 5 million budget, suggesting it will make money despite a bad CinemaScore.  Draft Day takes the fourth slot with 9.75 million, which isn't a flob, if the reported 25 million budget is accurate (an NFL movie likely has limited appeal overseas).  Divergent passes Noah to claim the bottom of the Top 5 with 7.5 million; despite these middling grosses, Lionsgate announced it will proceed to make 3 more films from the two remaining books in the trilogy.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON: Expecting a second child?

GINNIFER GOODWIN & JOSH DALLAS: The Once Upon a Time costars were married over the weekend.

JOHNNY DEPP has been dragged into a bizarre criminal case by a lawyer who wants to prove his client is insane.

HILARY DUFF was all smiles at Coachella in Indio, Calif. with estranged husband Mike Comrie on Friday.

MIKE MYERS and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, welcomed their second child on Friday. Groovy, baby.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII: Abu Dhabi is likely to be the new Tatooine.

UKRAINE's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov issued a promise of amnesty for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine on Sunday but warned that anyone who continues to support the takeover of government buildings would be held responsible for their actions.  Russia's foreign ministry said on Sunday that an announcement by the authorities in Kiev that they will mobilize the army to put down a rebellion by pro-Russian militants in eastern Ukraine is a "criminal order."

VENEZUELA:Troops in Venezuela’s capital Caracas fired tear gas and rubber bullets as hundreds of people protested.The demonstration came days after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hosted opposition leaders for talks to put an end to months of political unrest.

SYRIA: UN Ambassador Samantha Power said that recent reports of a poison gas attack in Syria are "unsubstantiated" so far.

LIBYA: Newly appointed Prime Minister al Thinni announced his resignation after gunmen attacked his house last night and stole his car, but he agreed to serve until the GNC names his replacement.

ELK vs PHOTOGRAPHER: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Officials say a militant rodent caused about 300K in damage to a Fort Wayne community center set to open in June.

DISTRACTED BY THE GATOR, attacked by the snake.

A SEMINOLE COUNTY WOMAN was hospitalized Saturday night after being attacked by a 200-pound bear inside her garage.

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Motown, The Orwells, Alec Ounsworth, Cutout Bin, Horse Yoga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




... with THE SOUND OF MOTOWN!  This Ready Steady Go! special from 1965 kicks off with Dusty Springfield joined by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas on "Wishin And Hopin'" and "Can't Hear You No More" followed by The Supremes singing "Stop! In The Name Of Love," and The Temptations singing "My Girl," and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas return for "Dancing In The Street."  The Supremes come back with with "Shake," followed by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas with "Nowhere To Run." Up next is the Supremes with "Baby Love," Smokey Robinson and The Miracles with "You Really Got A Hold On Me," The Temps with "The Way You Do The Thing You Do," Martha & the Vandellas with "Heatwave," Dusty with "The Sweetest Boy In The World," the Miracles with "Ooh Baby, Baby" and "Shop Around,"The Supremes ask "Where Did Our Love Go?", then a medley with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder and all performers joining in on "Mickey's Monkey," all backed by the Earl Van Dyke Sextet.  Keep listening and you'll get some duplicates, but also The Temps' "It's Growing,"  Stevie Wonder's "Kiss Me Baby" and Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is" and "Can I Get A Witness?"

THE ORWELLS leave their Chicagoland garage to play KEXP

ALEC OUNSWORTH of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performs solo on KEXP.

ANGEL OLSEN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

LOS LONELY BOYS turn up at WNYC Soundcheck, behind a new LP playing with Santana-esque Latin blues jams, traditional conjunto, '70s soul and even, yes, soft 80's-styled yacht rock.

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." For the weekend.

OFF!: The supunkgroup is profiled by Magnet.

COVER SONGS: How can music nerds avoid sounding like jerks when discussing them?

ROLLING STONE: The magazine that  ripped every album Led Zeppelin ever made.

SMASHING PUMPKINS will reissue Adore with three, count 'em three, bonus discs.

CUTOUT BIN: From Arcade Fire to Frank Zappa, from the dB's toVan Halen, from Bruce Springsteen to Morrissey, plus the Hoodoo Gurus, Dusty Springfield, AC/DC, Midnight Oil 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: Rio 2, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Draft Day, currently scoring 50 percent; and Oculus; scoring 74 percent. The Raid 2 expands wide at 79 percent.

STEPHEN COLBERT will succeed David Letterman as host of The Late Show.

SELENA GOMEZ fired her mother and stepfather — as her managers anyway.

AMANDA BYNES is off her meds. This should end well.

COLIN KAEPERNICK has come up in a sexual assault investigation; no charges as of yet.

HILARY DUFF is calling off her divorce from hubby Mike Comrie?

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII may feature a total unknown.

UKRAINE: The US has accused Russia of using its energy supplies "as a tool of coercion" to try to control Ukraine. Eastern Europe could be on the cusp of the largest military buildup in decades as NATO considers deploying troops to alliance member states bordering Russia, adding to the estimated 40,000 Russian troops gathered along Ukraine's eastern border.

VENEZUELAN President Nicolas Maduro hosted opposition leaders on Thursday at the start of mediated talks intended to stem two months of political unrest that has killed dozens in the OPEC nation.

IRAN: At a time when the West would like to think its negotiating partner is adopting a new, softer tone, Iran’s executions have only increased over the past year, according to a report by the Human Rights and Democracy Report.

EGYPT: Officials said they were preparing a dossier to show Muslim Brotherhood involvement in major terror attacks in Egypt.

HORSE YOGA: Let's go to the video.

A CROCODILE  was barred from shopping at a TJ Maxx store in Roseville, California.

SPERM WHALE POOP: A cure for global warming?

WHEN THE CATS REVOLT, you will know why. Oh yes, you will.


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Damon Albarn, Nicole Atkins, Sam Fermin, Elk Jam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BOTH: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo drop a video for "Milwaukee."

DAMON ALBARN plays a mini-set of new stuff at XFM.

NICOLE ATKINS plays a set at the Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV Live.

SAM FERMIN delivers a set of ambitious, epic pop music in their visit to KEXP.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW haunts KEXP's studio with his stunning falsetto.

THE KLAXONS drop "Atom To Atom" ahead of  Love Frequency.

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS: "I Think We're Alone Now," at the Village Square. No, really.

MAD WORLD: Stereogum excerpts an oral history of new wave music, including some choice quotes from Echo & The Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch discussing The Killing Moon...and Bono.

NIRVANA: Who will sing at their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Joan Jett?

ANTEMASQUE = Mars Volta + Flea.

THE TOP 10 BOB MOULD SONGS, according to The Guardian.

CHRIS MARTIN fears GWYNETH PALTROW is leaking cheating rumors to make him look less sympathetic.

MICKEY ROONEY's funeral delayed by family feud.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD: The inevitable pregnancy rumor.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR died suddenly and horrifically, right in front of his wife at 54.

NAYA RIVERA & BIG SEAN called off their engagement.

JASON SEGEL & KATIE HOLMES are not a couple, in case you were wondering.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS is on the cover of Rolling Stone; spot the historic error.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is reportedly planning to build out an extensive re-creation of Tatooine in a Morocco-like environment.

AN ELK JAM in Montana almost leaves one behind.

MOSQUITOES: They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease.

THE COW OF THE FUTURE PROJECT: Bovines with backpacks. Not kidding.

A RAT terrorized NYC subway riders. Video at the link.

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