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New Releases, Flaming Lips, Kurt Vile, Baboons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE played "Grace for Saints and Ramblers" for Fallon.  That's quite an ensemble, Sam.

NEW RELEASES from Cayucas, Hawk & Dove, Midnight Oil and more are streaming this week via Spinner, or until AOL shuts down Spinner entirely.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, from start to finish.

KURT VILE played live on Sound Opinions.

VILLAGERS: Conor O'Brien plays a solo acoustic set featuring songs from Villagers' second album "{Awayland}" live on KEXP from the Cutting Room studios in NYC.

BEADY EYE takes a "Second Bite Of The Apple" before releasing BE.

THE WALKER BROS: I cauht Seeking A Friend For the End of the World again on cable recently, reminding me to link  "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and "Stay With Me, Baby" for Twofer Tuesday.

PRIMAL SCREAM: Bobbie Gillespie talks to Drowned In Sound about the new record, Primal Scream's legacy, former band members, the lack of dissent within the arts and how fatherhood has changed him.

NEIL YOUNG: Inside the making of 1969's classic 'Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere'

DAVID BOWIE summarizes The Next Day in 42 words.

IGGY POP's High School Yearbook Photo.

IRON MAN 3 opens to a massive 198.4 million overseas, beating out The Avengers' 185.1 million.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD were spotted getting cozy again at a Rolling Stones concert.

REESE WITHERSPOON claimed her baby son stole her brain shortly before her disorderly conduct arrest.

MICHAEL JORDAN got hitched to Cuban-American model Yvette Prieto.

MICHAEL JACKSON's wrongful death trial opened.

TEEN MOM star Farrah Abraham who finally struck a high six-figure deal for her sex tape. Klassy.

JASON COLLINS, an NBA center, came out as the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.

THE UNITED STATES: Two Congressmen said there are "persons of interest" in the Boston Marathon bombing case who are in the United States.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered his ministers not to comment on the ongoing situation in Syria. Netanyahu also said that Iran has not yet crossed the nuclear red line he set at the UN.

SYRIA: A bomb attack in Damascus on the convoy of the Prime Minister killed six people but he escaped the assassination attempt.

IRAQ ordered 10 predominantly Sunni Muslim satellite television channels to cease broadcasting Sunday, accusing them of encouraging the sectarian unrest that left more than 200 people dead in a week of violence.


BABOONS invade and ransack homes in South Africa.

GIANT RATS terrorize Rotorua, New Zealand.

IS THAT A KING SNAKE slithering between your legs on the highway?

DRUG-SNIFFING DOGS are available for hire to suspicious parents.

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Monday, April 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OVER 17 MILLION SERVED! Thanks for stopping by, y'all!

FEIST holographically plays three cities at once.

SHE & HIM advance stream Vol. 3.

MIKAL CRONIN advance streams MCII.

LOW performs live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio, and Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker reflect on two decades of playing music together.

THE BLACK ANGELS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

THE MOODY BLUES hit the charts with "Go Now" before going psychedelic.

GEORGE JONES, who has died aged 81, was country music's most stylish and emotional singer. The Oxford American compiles a playlist.The AARP lists 10 facts about the country legend.

STEVEN VAN ZANDT talks to Spinner about reuniting the Rascals, mourning Clarence Clemons, and praising Springsteen.

CHARLES BRADLEY talks to Spinner about hardships and wrapping his head around his belated career.

MATMOS talks to PopMatters about the unexpected directions that the concept of ESP took them.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Pain and Gain ruled the modest box office roost with 20 million before the blockbuster season starts Friday. Given a 26 million budget, this ain't bad for a minor Michael Bay film, despite a lousy C+ CinemaScore suggesting lousy word of mouth.  Oblivion plummets 53 percent to place with 17.4 million, and a 64 million total against a 120 million budget, but the additional 134 million in foreign receipts shows why you open this two weekends before Iron Man 3 turns up in the US. The Jackie Robinson biopic 42 shows with a leggy 10.7 million and 69 million total against a 40 million budget.  The Big Wedding debuts in the fourth slot with 7.5 million against a 35 million budget. Ouch.  The Croods round out the Top 5 with another 6.6 million.

ASHTON KUTCHER got into a violent melee with security at Stagecoach.

VINCE VAUGHN and his wife Kyla will welcome their second child together this summer.

PEACHES GELDOF and husband Thomas Cohen are now proud parents to two little boys.

CHRIS BROWN's father prefers his hothead son stay away from Rhianna.

EMMA STONE is in talks to star in a revival of “Cabaret,” according to an individual with knowledge of her plans.

JEFFREY WRIGHT was arrested in NYC early Saturday morning for DWI.


THE UNITED STATES: Russian authorities this week turned over information about Boston Marathon bomber Tamarlan Tsarnaev and his mother Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, including the fact that mother and son discussed jihad in a telephone conversation in 2011, and that Zubeidat also spoke about jihad with a man in Russia who is under investigation by the FBI. Mother and son were added to the CIA's terrorism database in late 2011.

RUSSIA: Security forces looking for Islamist militants rounded up 140 Muslims, including 30 foreigners, from a Moscow prayer room; it was not clear whether they would be charged.

LIBYA: A bomb damaged a police station in Benghazi.

SYRIA:  Reports by Washington that the Syrian regime may have used chemical weapons have raised questions whether the US will follow through on its threat to intervene on the ground.

EGYPT: The Egypt Independent was banned from going to the presses with its scathing criticisms of the Muslim Brotherhood-dominated government.

IRAQ: Sunni tribes in Anbar formed the "Army of Pride and Dignity" and are preparing to defend the province from government forces.

A RED PANDA does gymnastics.


MYSTERY HORSE... are you ready for your mystery horse...

AN ALLIGATOR strutted across the fairway and into a bunker during the Zurich Classic golf tourney in Louisiana.

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Lloyd Cole, Phoenix, Dead Can Dance, GbV, Cutout Bin, Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with LLOYD COLE & THE COMMOTIONS! Live in Munich circa 1985, which means it's almost all stuff from their brill debut LP.  Your setlist includes: “Are You Ready To Be A Heartbroken?”, “2cv”, “Patience”, “Brand New Friend”, “Four Flights Up”, “Rattlesnakes”, “Speedboat”, “Forest Fire”, “Sweetness” and  “Perfect Skin”.

PHOENIX stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DEAD CAN DANCE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

GUIDED BY VOICES: The Bug House compilation.

THE POLICE want to get "Next To You."

THE NATIONAL: Matt and Tom Berninger talk to Spinner about their evolving relationship, how Tom got Bryan Devendorf to do an interview while taking a shower, and the new song "I Should Live in Salt," which Matt wrote about Tom during this process.

ANDY PARTRIDGE talks to Spinner about his two new experimental collaborations.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO talks Drowned In Sound through the making of their fourth album, 'The Great Perhaps'.

ONAFUR ARNALDS talks to PopMatters about the long recording of For Now I Am Winter.

CUTOUT BIN: From U2 to Toni Basil, from the Replacements to the Specials, from Teenage Fanclub to ABC, plus Dexy's Midnight Runners, Guided By Voices, Nick Lowe and Darryl Hall, Echo & the Bunnymen  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: Michael Bay's Pain And Gain, which is currently scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Big Wedding, scoring... zero.

JUSTIN BIEBER's tour bus was raided by Swedish police who allegedly found marijuana on board.


JESSICA SIMPSON's parents are divorced.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL gets an apology for being named the Boston Marathon bomber.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ seems to have her head on straight.

THE MEN FROM U.N.C.L.E.: Arnie Hammer and Tom Cruise.

SYRIA: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said that the military has evidence that the Syrian government has used sarin twice "on a small scale." Young men from Kyrgyzstan are beginning to join rebel groups in Syria.

EGYPT: Authorities are questioning an 11-member jihadist cell that was apprehended last week. The cell, which is made up of Egyptian, Palestinian, and Lebanese citizens, was plotting to target an Egyptian military installation in Rafah. The Salafi Nour party said none of its members will take a post in the Egyptian cabinet, which is expected to be reshuffled next week.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF commander General Dunford said there is "improved security across the country." Security forces captured eight Pakistani Taliban fighters in Panjwai district in Kandahar.

IRAQ: Thirty-one "militants" and 10 policemen were killed during clashes in Mosul; it is unclear if the militants are members of insurgent groups or Sunni protesters. Two policemen were killed in an attack at a checkpoint in Fallujah.

THE CUBS: Lions, Tigers and Hyenas.


A BIG CAT was on the loose in the English countryside at the turn of the last century, scientists say.

A SHARP-NOSED POLICE DOG helped catch a suspect after sniffing him out from two miles away.

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA drop a video for "I Was A Fool," starring Mae Whitman (Parenthood, Arrested Development, Perks of Being A Wallflower).

ANNUALS stream Time Stamp

THE JOY FORMIDABLE play a quick live set consisting of acoustic renditions of their songs at KEXP.

LADY LAMB THE BEEKEPER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DEAD LEAF ECHO streams Thought and Language, inspired by the work of Vladmir Nabokov. (Thx, LHB.)

HEBRONIX, a new project from former Yuck-er Daniel Blumberg, drops "Unreal."

THE BEACH BOYS: "Wendy." Live, no sync. Really big show.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to the New York Times about songwriting and the new sounds on his new LP.

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone talk to All Songs Considered about their early touring days, the making of their most revered work, Odessey and Oracle, breaking up before the album was released, and making music all these years later.

BELINDA CARLISLE speaks with The Advocate about her new album, Icon; overcoming addiction; and why she’s head over heels for the LGBT community.

CORDELL "BOOGIE" MOSSON, whose rubbery bass guitar gave the classic albums by Parliament and Funkadelic much of their buoyant, elastic, bouncing-off-of-the-walls character, died on Thursday at 60. No cause of death was announced.

GWYNETH PALTROW: People's 2013 Most Beautiful Woman. Yes, really.

JENNIFER LOPEZ was approached by Fox execs to return to “American Idol” for the balance of the season ... to replace Mariah Carey.  But the plan was abandoned when Carey's team threatened legal action.

JUSTIN BIEBER is giving up his controversial monkey.

AMANDA BYNES has been hearing voices and talks to herself in unintelligible sentences, according to RadarOnline.


ZACH BRAFF is crowd-funding his next movie.

WAYNE'S WORLD: Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, and director Penelope Spheeris buried -- or avoided -- the hatchet at an AMPAS screening of the 1992 comedy.

ISRAELI intelligence agencies remain divided over whether the Assad regime has used chemical weapons in Syria.

EGYPT: An adviser to President Morsi resigned over "the slowness of decision-making and monopolization by the Brotherhood."

IRAN is storing millions of barrels of oil on tankers in its territorial waters as Tehran struggles with tougher Western sanctions on its vital seaborne export trade, ship industry sources say.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER plays in the sand.

72000 LADYBUGS were released in the Mall of America in an effort to protect the large amounts of the mall's greenery, which are usually plagued by aphids.

SIX ANIMALS scientists say can dance.

A 40-YEAR-OLD CROC lives at an East German water treatment plant.

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAC DeMARCO plays Weezer's "Undone -- The Sweter Song" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

!!! advance streams THR!!!ER.

YO LA TENGO played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

FOALS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

STEVE EARLE stopped by the KEXP studios to perform live songs from his newest record "The Low Highway."

JENS LEKMAN has shared a new song, "Regarding a Package."

THE CONNELLS: " '74-'45. " Read more about this Raleigh, North Carolina quintet at Trouser Press.

THE RASCALS: Felix Cavaliere and Gene Cornish talk to the Village Voice about their Steven Van Zandt-enabled reunion.

JIM JAMES talks to The Current about demos, inspiration, Questlove and more.

BOB DYLAN is touring with Wilco and My Morning Jacket (and sometimes Richard Thompson).

THE ORIGINAL MTV VJs have written a collective memoir.


REESE WITHERSPOON ducks the media as police video of her disorderly conduct arrest gets published online.

KIM KARDASHIAN: Pregnancy isn't all sunshine and rainbows.

SHAKIRA: Motherhood is not all sunshine and rainbows.

BEYONCE has banned photogs from her shows, increasing the value of unflattering pics taken by attendees.

JANICE DICKINSON: The one-time supermodel has declared bankruptcy.

KRISTEN STEWART was seen getting into a car with man who appears to be her former lover, Rupert Sanders... on the same day beau Robert Pattinson jets out of L.A.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD has a UK trailer online.

ALLAN ARBUS,  who left the successful fashion photography business he and his wife, Diane, built to become an actor, most memorably playing the caustic psychiatrist Maj. Sidney Freedman on the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” died on Friday at his home in Los Angeles.

CANADA: The two suspects in an al Qaeda plot to bomb a passenger train, Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser, appeared in court in Montreal and Toronto, respectively. Iran's Foreign Minister called Canadian officials' claims linking the plotters to al Qaeda operatives in Iran "ridiculous" and "hilarious." The investigation began after a tip from a Toronto imam over a year ago.

LIBYA: A massive car bomb destroyed much of the French embassy in Tripoli and wounded two guards. The Foreign Ministry said a French-Libyan team would investigate the "terrorist act."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed five family members of an Awakening leader. Security forces captured an al Qaeda governor in Babil.

A BABY RHINO learns to walk.

HUCKLEBERRY was crowned this year's most ‘Beautiful Bulldog' at the annual Drake University competition in Des Moines, Iowa.



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