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Of Montreal, Tennis, The D-Plan, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS gets "Brighter!" with help from the late Karen Black.

OF MONTREAL stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TENNIS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MUTUAL BENEFIT visits WNYC Soundcheck for a mini-set. 

LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.


WARPAINT: Theresa Wayman talks to the Irish Times about hour touring the debut LP informed the making of their sophomore album. (Thx, LHB.)

ROBBIE FULKS is interviewed by Steve Albini for the Chicago Reader.

15 SONGS ABOUT SWEATERS compiled by The A.V. Club

KRISTEN STEWART will star in a romantic version of 1984. Yes, really.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH and Elsa Pataky are expecting twins. By the hammer of Thor!

THE RAZZIES nominees are announced.

MILEY CYRUS is getting fashion inspiration from Moe Howard.

JENNIFER LOPEZ doesn't like being single, in case you hadn't noticed.


THOMAS KRETCHMAN (Van Helsing on NBCs Dracula) has signed on for a major villain role in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

SYRIA: Radio silence reigns among Israel’s critics as Palestinians suffer brutality at the hands of pro-Assad forces in Syria.

LIBYA: Gunmen fired 20 rounds into the Congress chamber Tuesday. This week so far in Benghazi, a policeman and a special forces officer were assassinated in separate attacks, another special forces officer escaped an assassination attempt, and police station was targeted in a grenade attack.


IRAN: Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed 52 people in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad and Baqubah.

SNEAKY STARTLED CAT: Let's go to the video.

WHY DID A CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? She was following the other 99.

THE TORTOISE & THE HARE take to a ski slope. With a surprise ending.

A PET OWL forces a woman to watch movies she hates.

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Mogwai, Girl Trouble, Rosanne Cash, Animal Sounds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALLAH-LAS drop a video for their new single, "Had It All."

MOGWAI is advance streaming Rave Tapes.

GIRL TROUBLE is streaming the reissue of Hit It or Quit It.

JEREMY JAY is advance streaming Abandoned Apartments.

ROSANNE CASH stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

KEVIN DREW (of BSS) has "Good Sex" ahead of Darlings.

DEAN WAREHAM is in a "Holding Pattern" ahead of a self-titled LP.

FUZZ (ft Ty Segall) covers the Kinks' "Till the End of the Day."

THE DEL-LORDS: "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" With a bonus promo.

PAUL McCARTNEY & RINGO STARR will perform together at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Drowned In Sound about her love for Pantera, leaving 4AD, and why horns have such a unique voice.

MOONFACE: Spencer Krug talks to Drowned In Sound about moving from the otherworldly to the grounded.

DONNY HATHAWAY: The soul man and scribe is essayed among Rock's Backpages


KIM KARDASHIAN now claims the guy who hurled a racial slur at her also threatened to kill her., which would be convenient to Kanye West, who assaulted the man. OTOH, the 18-year-old was acting bizarrely prior to the incident.

JUSTIN BIEBER's BFF Lil Za was arrested on drug charges, apparently Ecstacy and Xanax.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS' first child will be a boy.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Looking to oust Denise Richards from the neighborhood?

JOHNNY DEPP as Doctor Strange? So far, it's just rumors...

ASHLEE SIMPSON is engaged to actor Evan Ross.

LUKE, LEIA & HAN are headed for bigger roles in Star Wars Episode VII.

THE UNITED STATES: Former Army intelligence specialist Craig Baxam, of Laurel, Md., was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for deliberately destroying records in a terrorism investigation. He was arrested in Kenya in December 2011 while trying to join Shabaab.

SYRIA: The Assad regime is poised to benefit from the disarray and shifting battle lines in northern Syria, where fighting between rebels and an al Qaeda-affiliated group has intensified in recent days.

IRAQ is struggling to tighten control of its border with Syria, alarmed by a resurgent al Qaeda force that seeks to build an Islamic state across a frontier drawn in colonial times.

IRAN: Pres. Hassan Rouhani has boasted to a cheering crowd that the United States and other world powers 'surrendered' to Tehran with the new nuclear agreement struck in Geneva. Also, the hard-line semi-official Fars News dropped one of its biggest bombshells yet: The United States government has been secretly run by a "shadow government" of space aliens since 1945.


FEMALE CAPUCHIN MONKEYS have been filmed throwing stones at potential mates as a form of flirtation.

A RAGING BULL ELEPHANT was filmed overturning a car in which a British teacher was travelling through South Africa's Kruger National Park.

GIANT SQUID caught by Japanese fisherman. Capt. Nemo unavailable for comment.


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Minor Alps, Jamestown Revival, Alcest, Russian Tabby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS beat the "Retreat" on Fallon.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws from Nada Surf stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of the new songs and talk about the new project.

JAMESTOWN REVIVAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALCEST is advance streaming Shelter.

THEE SILVER MT ZION MEMORIAL ORCHESTRA is advance streaming its NSFW-titled album.

JOHNNY CASH: "She Used To Love Me A Lot" was to be the lead single from a "lost" album which will see a March release.

DUM DUM GIRLS drop "Rimbaud Eyes" ahead of Too True, and it's like the 80s never left.

JENNY LEWIS: “Completely Not Me” was heard on HBO's Girls this week.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Technically, the clip for "Auditorium" and "Motor Away" is Twofer Tuesday, but since it runs just about 3 minutes, I'll toss in "My Valuable Hunting Knife" as a bonus.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Rolling Stone about Wig Out at Jagbags, Debbie Downers and much more.

STEVIE NICKS talks to Rolling Stone about her new documentary and Christine McVie's return to Fleetwood Mac.

GUY CLARK, the Godfather of Nashville songriters, is a survivor.

40 MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS that changed alternative music

JENNIFER LAWRENCE photobombed TAYLOR SWIFT on the Golden Globes red carpet.

KANYE WEST allegedly assaulted an 18-year-old who allegedly hurled a racial slur at Kim Kardashian.

CHARLIZE THERON disarmed Sean Penn.

JUSTIN BIEBER's egg-throwing escapade Thursday night caused around 20000 in damage.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS will join director Edgar Wright and Paul Rudd in Marvel's Ant-Man.

MTV: The cure for teen pregnancy?

OCTOMOM was charged with 3 felony counts of welfare fraud.

24 IS RETURNING: Establish a perimeter.

RUSSIAN Foreign Minister Lavrov said there is "no clear front" between the Syrian opposition and the terrorists (that's news to the rebels), and claimed that terrorists in Syria, including the Islamic Front, the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, and the Al Nusrah Front, continue to grow in strength.

IRAN's secret al Qaeda prisoners amy be a function of the Syrian conflict.

EGYPT: Congress is preparing to allow the Obama administration to give more than a billion dollars to the Egyptian government and military, despite the fact the generals perpetrated a coup last summer and are suppressing opposition ahead of a nation-wide constitutional referendum.

A RUSSIAN TABBY knows how to cuddle.

BUBBA the EXOTIC RAM was on the lam for months in Durham, NC. 

MONKEYS use MILLIPEDES as mosquito repellant and a recreational drug.


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Neko Case, Jason Isbell, Warpaint, Cat and Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JASON ISBELL and NEKO CASE play sets on Austin City Limits.

WARPAINT is advance streaming their self-titled sophomore LP.

AGAINST ME! is advance streaming Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

FIVE GREAT BEATLES COVERS, compiled by Esquire.  

THE BANGLES: Just another "Manic Monday"? I dunno. Susanna Hoffs now tweets that Saturday is more fun than Sunday.

THURSTON MOORE's 38 favorite songs.

KAISER CHIEFS frontman Ricky Wilson talks to The Guardian about complacency, moonlighting on The Voice, and more.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS wil join BRUNO MARS for the SuperBowl Halftime Show.

20 FUN FACTS about Led Zeppelin's debut LP, which is now 45 years old. Get Off My Lawn. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Lone Survivor tops the chart with 38.5 million -- close to the 40 million January debut record set by Cloverfield, and the film's own 40 million production budget.  After Battleship and The Kingdom, director Peter Berg had to work for scale and enlisted help from 29 producers to finance it.  Frozen places with 15 million on a still-leggy 23 percent drop -- but it seems like Disney is running out of audience here.  The Wolf of Wall Street shows with 9 millionand seems sufficiently leggy to break even domestically, leaving overseas for the profits.  The Legend of Hercules likely debuted in fourth place with an estimated 8.6 million against a 70 million budget. Ouch.  American Hustle remained in the Top 5 (and possibly fourth) with another 8.6 million as it broke the 100 million mark.  Below the fold,the Hunger games sequel didn't make much, but enough to pass Iron Man 3 as the biggest movie released in 2013.

HER, the latest from director Spike Jonze (who also wrote this time), only managed 5.4 million in its expeansion, a performance more in line with Being John Malkovich and Adaptation than his take on Where The Wild Things Are.  That's a shame, not only because Her is a better film than WTWTA, but also because Jonze, along with Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, has crafted a sorta sci-fi romantic comedy that manages to be as thought-provoking as it is engaging.  I don't think Her -- about the relationship between a man going through a painful divorce and his computer's new operating system -- answers the questions it implicitly asks about whether people are more than organic computers, the role of hedonism in human life, or even whether the degree modern societies have to technology can become unhealthy.  However, the film does offer insights into our in ability to truly know each other, and how relationships fall apart.  That the film leaves the larger philosophical questions unrsolved keeps the focus on these more emotional questions, and thus might be viewed as a strength instead of a weakness.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. The crazy/drunk/funny awards went to Jaqueline Bisset, Emma Thompson, and Diane Keaton. The last of these was accepting a lifetime achievement award for Woody Allen, which was the part Mia Farrow switched off.

CHARLIZE THERON was caught canoodling Sean Penn at hiss Help Haiti Home gala.

ROBIN WRIGHT, the fmr Mrs Penn, is engaged to Ben Foster.

PAMELA ANDERSON married Rick Salomon. Again.

DAVID CASSIDY, busted for DUI. Again.

JUSTIN BIEBER may be charged with a felony after a house-egging incident.

KE$HA's mother is entering the same Chicago-area rehab center as her daughter.

THE BIG BANG THEORY is big like Jerry Lewis in France.

THE 50 BEST MOVIES of 2013, according to Paste.

THE UNITED STATES doubled the reward to million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Mission in Benghazi.

EGYPT: Defense Minister el Sisi said he would run for president if he believed it was the will of the people. Sisi urged Egyptians to vote in the country's upcoming constitutional referendum.

IRAN: The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, claimed that improvements in Hezbollah's missile capabilities now enable the group to hit targets accurately anywhere in Israel.

SYRIA: A top Syrian National Council official claimed that discussions are underway with all opposition military forces, including the Islamic Front, to create a "Free National Army" to fight against extremist Islamist rebel groups and the Assad regime. The Islamic Front is reportedly considering the idea, said to involve a complete restructuring of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed the chief of intelligence in Anah, an Awakening leader and his family in Baghdad, a police captain in Al Kut, and two soldiers and a policeman in Mosul.

CAT adopts PUPPY...mass hysteria!

A TIGER FISH swallows a swallow in mid-flight.


AN AKITA hitches a ride on a tortoise.

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Led Zeppelin, Head & the Heart, Love Language, Cutout Bin,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LED ZEPPELIN! It was jimmy Page's birthday yesterday, so how 'bout Live at Knebworth, 1979?  Your setlist includes: 'The Song Remains the Same," "Celebration Day," "Black Dog," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "Over the Hills & Far Away," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Since I've Been Loving You," "No Quarter (Part 2)," "Hot Dog," "Rain Song," "White Summer/Black Mountainside," "Kashmir," "Trampled Underfoot," "Sick Again," "Achilles Last Stand," "Page Solo," "In the Evening," "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock n Roll," "Whole Lotta Love (Part 2)," and "Communication Breakdown."

THE HEAD & THE HEART stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays a Takeaway Show at La Blogotheque

THE LOVE LANGUAGE plays a HearYa session.

BOBBY BARE, JR performs live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

ARCTIC MONKEYS: "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor." Their ferocious (Domino) debut.

KINGS OF LEON are profiled by Rolling Stone; don't call it a comeback.  

SAINTSENECA's blend of neo-folk and psychedelica has been two years in the making, with an ssist from producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley).

BRITISH SEA POWER talks to DIY about From The Sea To The Land Beyond.  

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE 80s, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers (and presumably fans of The Cure). 

CUTOUT BIN: From Neil Young to camera Obscura, from Television Personalities to Al Wilson, from Belinda carlyle to the Everly brothers, plus birthday boys Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Jimmy Page and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide -- or expanding near-wide -- releases are: Lone Survivor, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Legend of Hercules, which has not been screened for critics; Her, currently scoring 92 percent; August: Osage County, which is scoring 61 percent; and Inside Llewyn Davis, scoring 94 percent.

MILEY CYRUS will be the face of Marc Jabobs this Spring.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham admits that her sex tape has ruined her life.

LINDSAY LOHAN has delayed filming of her reality series on Oprah Winfrey's cable network.

EMILY BLUNT is spending more on her unborn baby than the yearly income of a family of 6 living above the poverty level. 

KELLY OSBOURNE and her fiancé, vegan chef Matthew Mosshart, have split after two years together.

ZOE SALDANA will star in a TV mini-series of Rosemary's Baby.

SYRIA: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Islamist and non-Islamist rebels in Raqqah, Idlib, and Aleppo, and is said to be preparing numerous suicide attacks in Deir Izzour. In Hasakah, ISIS and rebel groups, including the Islamic Front, issued a joint declaration creating a unified sharia council and a joint operations room.

EGYPT: The Syrian civil war has now reached the heart of Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government said Thursday it will release 72 high-profile detainees, a decision that defies pleas by U.S. officials and deals a massive blow to U.S.-Afghan relations just as the two countries attempt to complete a long-term security agreement.

A POLAR BEAR CUB takes his first steps.

A CHIHUAHUA takes a joyride, to predictable results.

10000 REINDEER in northern Norway are to have their horns decorated with special biodegradable reflector cuffs to stop them being run over by motorists.

ZEUS, A PUPPY, blew up his owner's house. Bad doggeh!

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