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Dum Dum Girls, Fang Island, Mynabirds, Sea Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD drops a video for "The Descent."

DUM DUM GIRLS: Dee Dee plays solo versions of three songs from her band's catalog live from KEXP's studios.

FANG ISLAND came into KEXP's studios for a session of sharp tunes off their newest album Major.

MYNABIRDS tear through a set of politically charged songs from their album Generals at KEXP.

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

CRAIG FINN guest DJed Theft of the Dial on The Current.

HEY, MICKEY! Toni Basil talks to Vulture about the meaning of her signature hit. And Bette Midler.

M WARD talks to Rolling Stone about A Wasteland Companion, Ward's free mobile app (tied to his recent album of same name) that sorts and streams quality, non-commercial radio programming.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: The A.V. Club essays the band's longevity.

LANGHORNE SLIM talks to PopMatters about his need for both a live and studio outlet, his lack of genre-jumping restraint, and the need for bands to have the right support coming up.

ELLIOT SMITH's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

PRINCE HARRY got nekkid playing strip billiards in Vegas. Dude, the slogan was just marketing.

TAYLOR SWIFT crashed the Kennedy wedding in Boston over the weekend and did not leave after being twice asked to do so, according to the mother of the bride.  Swift denies it.

AVRIL LAVIGNE & CHAD KROEGER (Nickelback) are engaged.  Check your survivalist rations.

KIM KARDASHIAN had a three-way romp with an adult film actor at a Los Angeles swingers' party in September of 2001, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

CHER is not engaged to a Hell's Angel.

MICHAEL STRAHAN was picked to partner with Kelly Ripa on her morning syndicated show.

LL COOJ took down an intruder in his home. Mama said knock him out.

KANYE WEST is negotiating with producers to become an "American Idol" judge.

CANADA: The father of 23-year-old Canadian William Plotnikov confirmed that his son was killed by Russian security forces in Dagestan on July 13. The Muslim convert had traveled from Canada to Dagestan in 2010 and joined an Islamist terror group in Utamysh near Makhachkala, the Dagestani capital.

SYRIA's deputy prime minister and Russia's foreign minister warned the US against military intervention in Syria.

AFGHANISTAN: Security has been the main focus in Afghanistan, but many say preparations for democratic elections are equally important if the country is to succeed after 2014.

SEA PIGS, in fast forward.

ROGUE PENGUINS break out of the Suzaka Zoo. Again.

NODDY the TORTOISE was discovered wandering through the streets of Stirling, Scotland, an astonishing 72 miles from his apparent home in Arbroath.

BACTERIA in your gut may be influencing your thoughts and moods.

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Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak, Springsteen, Boar Piglets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
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DINOSAUR JR dropped their video for "Watch the Corners" with Funnie Or Die, which explains the Tim Heidecker cameo.

DIRTY PROJECTORS played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the gig on demand.

WYE OAK was the opening act at the 9:30 Club; you can stream their set also.

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.


THE JACKSON 5: "If the Shoe Don't Fit" is a rarity that coulda been a hit.

RARE EARTH: "I Just Want to Celebrate." Yeah, yeah.

CAT POWER talks about her upcoming Sun LP over tequila and cigs with The Guardian.

LUCERO is profiled by the Ithaca Times. (Thx, LHB.)

12 ESSENTIAL BLUR SONGS, according to PopMatters.

MAXIMUM AMES: Pate's birthplace plays host to Jeff Mangum, Wanda Jackson, Mount Eerie, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and many more in September. (Thx, Susan Jasper!)

LINDSAY LOHAN was interviewed by police regarding an apparent burglary at a Hollywood Hills home Monday night. She then left town.

AMANDA BYNES was involved in yet another car accident Monday night.

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES are officially divorced. That was quick.

AMERICAN IDOL: Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey battle for a judgeship. And Carey was thought to be a done deal. Ouch. Maybe they should have callers decide.

PRINCE HARRY, RYAN LOCHTE, and a pool full of bikini-clad girls in Vegas.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson has a new gal pal. Young, hot  and foreign, again.

HILARY SWANK and boyfriend John Campisi have ended their five-year relationship.

WYNONNA JUDD's husband had his left leg amputated following a horrific motorcyle crash in South Dakota.

SAUDI ARABIA: A quiet tide of reform.

LEBANON: In Tripoli, 33 people were wounded in clashes between pro- and anti-Assad supporters. The fighting erupted after a wave of kidnappings of Syrians across Lebanon.

SYRIA: Pres Obama warned Syria that if it started moving around its stocks of unconventional weapons, there was a risk of US military intervention.

ORPHAN BOAR PIGLETS, taken in by a German shelter.

SANDY the 20lb BUNNY gets a reprieve.

FLAMINGOS love Barry White and Marvin Gaye.

WIFE SWAP BEAVERS Shatter Illusions.

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Scott McKenzie RIP, New Releases, Animal Collective, Joy Division, Cockatiel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST drops a chiaroscuro video for "Anti-Pioneer."

NEW RELEASES from The Heavy, Yeasayer, Bloc Party, The Darkness and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is advance streaming Centipede Hz.

MATTHEW DEAR is advance streaming Beams.

JOY DIVISION: Amsterdam 1980.

AC NEWMAN dropped "I'm Not Talking" ahead of Shut Down The Streets.

SCOTT McKENZIE, best known for singing "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" - which became a hit in 1967 during the city's "Summer of Love" - has died from an autoimmune disease at 73. McKenzie didn't write his hit -- "Papa" John Phillips did -- but he co-wrote "Kokomo," a No. 1 hit for The Beach Boys in 1988, which makes Twofer Tuesday not speaking ill of the dead.

THE XX take a track-by-track tour of Coexist with SPIN.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT is getting hitched.

JENS LEKMAN talks to Exclaim about I Know What Love Isn't.

R.E.M. has been psoting things like their passport photos ahead of the reissue of Document.

TONY SCOTT, the Top Gun director who threw himself off a bridge Sunday, had inoperable brain cancer? No, according to the family.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Secretly married? No, according to family.

ROSIE O' DONNELL suffered a heart attack last week and is now recovering at home.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS threw a birthday party for...wait for it... Sheen's other ex-wife, Brooke Mueller.

RHIANNA is calling Chris Brown the love of her life. Ugh.

MADONNA is sued in Russia for supporting gay rights.

CONDOLEEZA RICE: The former Secretary of State is one of the first female members of Augusta National Golf Club.

GREECE seems to be this summer's celeb vacation destination.

PHYLLIS DILLER, who paved the way for today's female comics, died in her sleep at her L.A. home, surrounded by family. She was 95.

SYRIA: UN observers ended their mission in Syria. Fighting stalemated between government and rebel forces in Aleppo. German and British intelligence services aided Syrian rebels.

EGYPT's government planned to cut the powers of the country's judicial system. Hamas said it would cooperate with Egypt to restore order in the Sinai peninsula.

IRAN: Female students have been barred from more than 70 university degree courses in an officially-approved act of sex-discrimination which critics say is aimed at defeating the fight for equal women's rights.

IRAQ: A senior Sunni cleric who sided with the government, denounced al Qaeda in Iraq, and sought to repair relations with the Shia community was badly wounded in an IED attack in Baghdad.

A COCKATIEL sings "The Addams Family" theme.

A RAGING BULL sent a North Las Vegas woman to the hospital.

SEA TURTLES hatch from a record number of nests in Virginia Beach.

SWEDISH BEAVERS are hunted by local authorities.

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Dan Deacon, Sean Rowe, Swans, Jesca Hoop, Boston Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUMFORD & SONS, MACCABEES, HAIM and more cover The Band's "The Weight."

DAN DEACON is advance streaming America.

SEAN ROWE is advance streaming The Salesman and the Shark.

SWANS are advance streaming The Seer.

JESCA HOOP stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

THE LUMINEERS are profiled by the Nashville Scene.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to Drowned In Sound about festivals, Observator, and more...

THE VACCINES get a beefy profile from The Guardian.

PU$SY RIOT were convicted of hooliganism in Moscow on Friday and sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables 2 top your chart with 28.8 million -- less that the original's debut, but more than enough that worldwide receipts will produce a third in the series.  The Bourne Legacy places with 17 million, but plummets 55 percent from its debut.  ParaNorman shows in its debut with 14 million, almost exactly on trend with Laika's prior adaptation of Coraline.  The Campaign drops to the fourth slot with 13.9 million, off a steep 50 percent from its opening (though it may yet profit on a 55 million budget).  Sparkle rounds out the Top 5 with 12 million against a 14 million budget.  Below the fold, The Dark Knight Rises drops to sixth, but crosses the 400 million mark domestically (and has taken in another 450 million overseas). The Odd Life of Timothy Green debuts in seventh place with 10.9 million, but 15 million since its Wednesday opening; that might be a good enough start to eke out a profit on its 40 million budget.

TONY SCOTT, director of Top Gun, True Romance, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, and Unstoppable (among others), jumped off the Vincent Thomas bridge near Long Beachon Sunday and died from his injuries.

ROBERT PATTINSON's friends -- including Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge -- have been "begging Rob to end it for good," according to US Weekly.

JOHN MAYER & KATY PERRY were caught canoodling on camera at a pool party in Beverly Hills August 4.

EMMA WATSON is profiled by the New York Times magazine.

SHIA LaBEOUF claims he'll be having real sex while filming Lars von Trier's next project, Nymphomaniac.

ANDREW GARFIELD & EMMA STONE were caught... wait for it... speeding.

THE TONIGHT SHOW downisizes. Ouch.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA talks to The Rumpus about TWIXT, genre films, ethics, his classics and much more.

IRAQ has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions for months.

A BOSTON TERRIER and his big red ball.

KITTENS sent to Gitmo. And they're innocent.

A RANDY DOLPHIN dry humps an innocent girl after diving on top of her from his pool. Video at the link.

SMOKE, the Iraqi donkey whose journey from a desert battleground to a peaceful retirement in the United States captured the attention of the world, has died in Nebraska.

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Elvis, Shins, Lyle Lovett, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Raccoon Mechanic   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 35 years ago last night, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

THE SHINS played the Orpheum in Mpls; you can stream the gig on demand at this obscure link.

LYLE LOVETT and his acoustic project played Celebrate Brooklyn; you can stream the gig on demand.

YEASAYER performs a trio of psychedelic and groove-heavy tracks from their 2012 album Fragrant World live from the Cutting Room Studios in NYC for KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Jens Lekman, Niki And The Dove, Amanda Palmer, Swans and more feature in this edition of the NPR series.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

RHETT MILLER talks to PopMatters about producing his fan-funded album, The Dreamer.

WILCO's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

THE TOP 10 GIRL GROUPS, according to Drowned In Sound.

YOU ARE WHAT YOU HEAR: What Your Favorite Music Says About You.  It's about the Six Songs of Me project.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Jackie Wilson, from the Minutemen to the Bee Gees, from the Who to Gary Wright, plus Nick Lowe, the Monkees, the Main Ingedient, T. Rex and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: ParaNorman, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Expendables 2, currently scoring 61 percent; The Odd Life of Timothy Green, which opened Wednesday at 39 percent; and Sparkle, scoring 56 percent.

KRISTEN STEWART has publicly shown remorse over her affair with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director, but privately she is furious she's taking all the heat. Um, that's because director Rupert Sanders is behind the camera.

MILA KUNIS begged MACAULAY CULKIN to rehab, according to the ever-reliable Enquirer.


JENNIE GARTH has been leaning on her old 90210 co-star Luke Perry to get through her divorce from Twilight actor Peter Facinelli.

KIM KARDASHIAN is telling close friends she is not pushing for a divorce so she can marry Kanye West.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT answers 20 questions for Playboy.

THE LAST STAND: Arnold Schwarzenegger's post-Governatorial, solo comeback vehicle has a trailer online.

LEBANON: A Lebanese Shia group kidnapped more than 20 Sunnis in Beirut in retaliation for the kidnapping of one of its members by the Free Syrian Army in Syria. Kidnappings and violence between Shia and Sunnis spread across the country. Gulf states urged citizens to leave the country.

EGYPT: Several recent moves by government authorities against Egyptian journalists have drawn sharp criticism from the news media and led to accusations that the country's new Islamist president is willing to tolerate - if not employ - the same heavy-handed tactics used by fmr Pres Mubarak to stifle dissent. An Islamic militant group warned Egypt not to send its army into Sinai to hunt jihadists. Egypt's new second-in-command of the military has said US troops should leave the Middle East.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 21 Iraqis, including six policemen, in a series of bombings and armed attacks in Baghdad, Baqubah, Fallujah, and Kirkuk. Security forces arrested seven al Qaeda leaders in Anbar province.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is expanding counterintelligence capability at the battalion level and above, in part due to the spike in green-on-blue attacks.

RACCOON MECHANIC, reporting for duty.

A GIANT CATFISH ransacked a home in China's Xinjiang Province.

MISSED THE MOOSE... hit the bear.

HUNGRY RATS wreak havoc on football equipment in Washington state.

GORILLA BROTHERS are reunited. And it feels so good.

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