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Vampire Weekend, Pistol Annies, Sharon Jones, Nectar-Feeding Bats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRL CRISIS: Members of Chairlift, Class Actress, Au Revoir Simone, TEEN and more cover the Bangles' hit "Walk Like an Egyptian." (Was actually written by Liam Sternberg, but you know what I mean.)

VAMPIRE WEEKEND advance streams Modern Vampire of the City via iTunes.

PATTY GRIFFIN streams American Kid.

PISTOL ANNIES advance stream Annie Up.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from the Polyphonic Spree, Akron/Family, Eleanor Friedberger and more highlight the latest edition of the series.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS reurn with "Retreat," and it's anything but. My fave of theirs in a while!

MIKAL CRONIN covers The Proclaimers and Sixpence None The Richer on Ukelele.

SUFJAN STEVENS sings on Chris Schlarb's cover of the Beach Boys' "'Til I Die."

ROGUE WAVE drops “Siren’s Song” ahead of Nightingale Floors.


THE INVENTION OF DAVID BOWIE: A longread from the New York Review of Books. (Thx, LHB.)

NOAH AND THE WHALE: Charlie Fink talks to The Observer about the new album, and the last one's PR treadmill: "For us, the coasts are great, then some spots in the South, then it's getting to Chicago. On the way to Chicago is where you find the challenges."

BUILT TO SPILL, ranked by Stereogum.

THE BAND's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.


RAY HARRYHAUSEN, the animator and special-effects wizard who found ways to breathe cinematic life into the gargantuan, the mythical and the extinct, died on Tuesday in London. He was 92 and lived in London.

LINDSAY LOHAN is being allowed to take Adderall at the Betty Ford Clinic... for now.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS were in court Tuesday as the judge pored over what sources say is a shocking report about conditions in Brooke Mueller's home.

RACHEL LEIGH COOK and her husband, Vampire Diaries star Daniel Gillies, are expecting their first child.

TIGER WOODS embarrasses LINDSEY VONN at a celebrity gala after party. Shocka.

ANNE HATHAWAY goes blonde.

TOM CRUISE has officially decided to accept Mission: Impossible 5.

GIRLS GONE WILD founder Joe Francis may be going to jail for attacking a woman at his mansion in 2011.

SPOCK vs SPOCK: It's an extended Audi ad, but a good one. Extra points for the song.

THE UNITED STATES: A Pentagon report blamed the Chinese government and military for cyberattacks on US governmental and defense contracting websites, and suggested cyberwarfare has become part of Chinese military strategy.

SYRIA: The US and Russia agreed to try to convene a meeting later this month between the Assad regime and the opposition in an effort to resolve the Syrian conflict.

LIBYA: Defense Minister Barghathi resigned but then withdrew his resignation after being asked to remain by the prime minister and others. The government issued a statement denying that any of the ministers had resigned. Militiamen continue their siege of the Foreign and Justice Ministries. A Navy officer was assassinated in Benghazi. A US diplomat in Tripoli said special operations assistance during the 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate was requested but denied.

IRAQ: Security forces captured a senior al Qaeda leader in Mahmudiyah just two days after he entered Iraq from Syria, and three al Qaeda fighters who were transporting IEDs in Anbar.

NECTAR-FEEDING BATS may have the most dynamic tongues in the mammal world, according to a new study.

A DOME-HEADED DINOSAUR roughly the size of a large dog once roamed the plains of southern Alberta, a team of Canadian scientists announced Tuesday.

BILLIONS OF CICADAS: A horny insect horde is set to hit the East Coast of America in search of sex after lying dormant for almost two decades.

HOW CAN BUMBLEBEES commit crime?

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The Stooges, Orange Peels, Veronica Falls, Rottweiler + Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IGGY & THE STOOGES play a First Listen Live concert at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Plus a vintage 1972 profile from Nick Kent.

NEW RELEASES are down at the reportedly shuttered Spinner, but they promise to return.

THE ORANGE PEELS advance stream Sun Moon.

DUNGEONESSE advance streams their self-titled debut LP.

SMALL BLACK advance streams Limits of Desire.

VERONICA FALLS play a live set of their signature lively reverb-heavy music from their latest record "Waiting for Something to Happen" on KEXP.

JAMES BLAKE: The english electronic R&B artist James Blake stops by the KEXP studios for a live set of music featuring songs from his latest record, "Overgrown."

ROBERT POLLARD drops “I Killed A Man Who Looks Just Like You.”

THE ROLLING STONES were joined by TOM WAITS on "Little Red Rooster" at Oakland’s Oracle Arena. And why not a vintage clip of "The Last Time" for Twofer Tuesday?

R.E.M.: The deluxe reissue of Green is marked with an hour-long 1988 interview reposted by Pitchfork.

BURT BACHARACH talks to Weekend Edition about his memoirs, the value of melody, and writing a song about rain for a movie scene that had none.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: An unecessary defense of the band, at Drowned In Sound.

LAURYN HILL has been sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about a million bucks.

THE ABBA MUSEUM opens today.

LINDSAY LOHAN was saved from almost certain arrest by the lawyer she once stiffed and fired ... this according to the judge.

CHRIS PINE talks to Out magazine about his breakup with model Dominique Piek, his friendship with Zachary Quinto and more...

BEYONCE talks to ABCNews about her family, her new movie, and the reax to her trip to Cuba.

CHRIS BROWN confirmed his latest breakup with Rhianna.

JUSTIN BIEBER was attacked onstage in Dubai.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham now has a NSFW trailer for her, er, videotape and dropped another clip that's even more NSFW.

SYRIA: Carla del Ponte, a leading member of the UN's team investigating possible use of chemical weapons in Syria, said there were "strong concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof" that sarin gas had been used by Syrian rebels.  However, the White House disagrees.

EGYPT: An alcohol seller was gunned down by men believed to be Islamist militants in the Sinai.

LIBYA: Militiamen blockaded the Foreign Ministry again, after pressing Congress to pass a law barring Gaddafi-era officials from holding public office. The militiamen now demand the removal of Prime Minister Zeidan.

A ROTTWEILER and A DEER, playing together...mass hysteria!


TORTOISES in dino-cosies

A GROUNDHOG terrorizes the Bridgeton Little League. Dinsdale!

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Phoenix, Eluvium, Shovels & Rope, Skateboarding Beagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PHOENIX, performed "Trying to Be Cool" and "Drakkar Noir" at the Ed Sullivan Theater before a full Live on Letterman webcast.

ELUVIUM advance streams Nightmare Ending.

CLASSIXX advance streams Hanging Gardens.

SHOVELS & ROPE play songs from their debut on Mountain Stage.

THE MEN brought an alt-country, punk rock-americana set to the KEXP studio for a session of songs mostly off of the album "New Moon".

QUEEN was killer back in '74.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij talk to All Songs Considered about New York, mischief and the new LP.

JEFF HANNEMAN, who died of liver failure at 49 on Thursday, was the songwriter, sometimes-lyricist and shredding fingers behind some of Slayer's most enduring songs.

RID OF ME: An oral history of the PJ Harvey album that just turned 20. Get Off My Lawn.

13 SONGS About Losing Your Virginity. There Will Be Meatloaf.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Iron Man 3 dwarfed all competition with 175.3 million, the second-highest opening ever afterThe Avengers.  IM3 already has a worldwide gross of 680.3 million -- easily beating the total grosses for the first two Stark sagas.  It will likely finish somewhere around the 5th to 7th all-time grosser... until 2015 brings and Avengers sequel, anyway. Marvel magic plus Disney marketing = Box Office Gold, Jerry. Pain And Gain placed a distant, distant second with 7.6 million on a 62.5 percent drop.  42 shows with 6.2 million.  Oblivion heads there with 5.8 million (thanks the marketers for opening this abroad well ahead of Iron Man).  The Croods round out the Top 5 with 4.2 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN checked into the Betty Ford Clinic for what is to be a three-month stay.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY married Klaxons keyboardist James Righton in a low-key ceremony.

CHARLIE SHEEN's twin boys were removerd from the home of their mother Brooke Mueller, after officials decided her house was an “unsafe environment” for children. The children are now in the care of Denise Richards.

REESE WITHERSPOON: Bonus crazy arrest video.

JAIME KING and husband Kyle Newman are expecting their first child later this year.

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN could become a trilogy. Sigh.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI has found radical Islamist material, including al Qaeda's online magazine, on the computer of the widow of slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

SYRIA: anonymous Obama administration officials now tell the New York Times the President's comments about a "red line" in Syria was an ad-lib. Oh boy. Regardless of whether this is truth or spin, and whatever one thinks about US involvement in Syria, or about the Obama administration, one has to wonder how the world's less rational regimes will take this sort of story.

EGYPT: The secular opposition is reaping scant benefit from the Muslim Brotherhood's difficulties in government.

LIBYA: An armed militia attacked and broke up a meeting of government supporters in Benghazi.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed seven Iraqis in a bombing at a Sunni mosque in Baghdad. Al Qaeda killed two soldiers in Taji. Security forces detained a wanted al Qaeda leader in Mawahil and three al Qaeda propagandists in Anbar.


MURPHY THE BEAGLE skateboards, plays rugby.

I WAS SWALLOWED BY A HIPPO: "The hippo who tried to kill me wasn't a stranger – he and I had met before a number of times..."

MAN AGAINST SNAIL: An epic battle is raging in South Florida.

SHOW AND TELL: University students have been known to get up to wild antics in the past but no-one could have imagined an alligator would be found in one of their cars on campus.

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Tres de Mayo, Iron Man Tres, 100 Underrated Indie Songs, Driving Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 03, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Observer about lyrics, love, her new album and why she decided to move from London to L.A.

JOE BOYD spoke recently with Rolling Stone about Nick Drake's legacy, the similarities between Lucinda Williams and Drake and why he doesn't see there ever being a Nick Drake biopic.

SAVAGES get the big feature treatment at Pitchfork.

THE 100 MOST UNDERRATED INDIE SONGS, according to Mandatory

CUTOUT BIN:  From Cheap Trick to The Church, from Johnny Cash to Taco, from Fountains of Wayne to Frank Zappa, plus Guided By Voices, Humble Pie, James Brown, The Smiths and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

IRON MAN 3 is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 83 percent on the ol' Tomatometer... and rightly so.  It's not quite the sheer Summer box office delight The Avengers delivered, but better than the Stark sequel that was overstuffed to pave the way for The Avengers.  Back on his own (sort of), this is Tony Tony Tony, which is to say Robert Downey Jr at his Downiest, thanks in part to director / co-writer Shane Black, who was previously responsible for the very Downey Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (Black takes the chair from Jon Favreau, who nonethless reprises his role as Happy Hogan here). Downey and Black again demonstrate a remarkable ability to balance the glib with the humainty, this time accomplishing it within the Marvel Universe's unique blend of the epic and absurd. The Iron Man movies have previously borrowed some elements from the Extremis reboot in the comic book, starting with the nifty relocation of the origin from Vietnam to Afghanistan.  IM3 lifts much more from Extremis, albeit with some twists to pump of the comedy and the action.  Ten-year-old comic book geek me would be dismayed with the treatment of the Mandarin (Irona Man's primary nemesis) in this flick, but middle-aged me smiled and let it drop, particularly because the script allows the great Ben Kingsley to really play. Rebecca Hall and Guy Pierce also have fun with their roles as Maya Hansen and Aldrich Killian (both of whom figured in the Extremis books).  Post-Avengers, should you stay to the end of the credits? Yes.  Should you linger even a little longer than that? Yes again.

REESE WITHERSPOON pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct. Frankly, the crazytown arrest video speaks for itself.

LINDSAY LOHAN violated her rehab deal and checked into a different facility that is reportedly unlicensed.

CHRIS KELLY: The Krs Kross rapper's untimely death may involve cocaine and heroin.

KIERA KNIGHTLEY will reportedly wed Klaxons keyboardist James Righton in France this weekend.

GWYNETH PALTROW cops to the occasional marital problems.

FHM's 100 SEXIEST WOMEN OF 2013: Mila Kunis tops the list.

SYRIA: Government forces launched intense assaults against rebel forces in Homs and Deir al Zour.

IRAN: The Basij force of Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said in a statement posted by Iranian news outlets that several of its websites have come under cyberattack.

IRAQ: The UN said that more people were killed in April than in any month since 2008.

MAX THE DOG goes viral by driving thru Brooklyn.

GEMUNU THE ELEPHANT ambushes wildlife travelers for food.

A MYSTERY MARSUPIAL sparked a police hunt in Lancashire.

JACK THE CATTLE DOG has mad balancing skills.

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Free Energy, Josh Ritter, Leagues, Thirsty Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

PATE's MIKE KELLY & RON HAHM added bass, dums, and backing vocals to JON PRATT's rockabilly reboot of "She's So Special."  Mike sent it to me, but props to Ron for putting it on the Tube.

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

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

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Iggy and the Stooges, The National, Black Angels and more highlight the latest edition of the series.

HOT CHOCOLATE: "You Sexy Thing." Believe in miracles?

GUIDED BY VOICES: Tobin Sprout talks to PopMatters about picking up where the "classic" lineup left off in 1997.

DEERHUNTER: Are Bradford Cox's antics overshadowing his art?

MY MORNING JACKET, ranked by Stereogum.

THE 10 BEST BRIGHT EYES SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CHRIS KELLY, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," has died, according to authorities. He was 34. What say you, Justin Timberlake?

LINDSAY LOHAN has less than 24 hours to hightail it to Seafield Center in New York ... but even as she packs her bags she's telling people she may bail on the rehab facility because they won't let her smoke.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUTSIN THEROUXdelayed their wedding to avoid competing with the Bradgelina nuptuals.

AMANDA BYNES says she's not crazy. Which settles it.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON renewed their vows on their 5th wedding anniversary at a lavish private ceremony at Disneyland.

NAOMI CAMPBELL's five-year relationship with her Russian billionaire boyfriend, Vladimir Doronin, is on the rocks.

KELSEY GRAMMER is cast as the villain in the next Transformers flick.

THE UNITED STATES: Federal prosecutors charged three acquaintances of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev with helping to cover up the crime. Kazakhstan nationals Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are accused of deliberately destroying evidence; and Robel Philippos, a US citizen, is accused of lying to investigators.

MALI: The Pentagon said the US has sent about 10 military personnel to Mali to provide "liaison support" to French and African troops in the battle against Islamists in the north, and that 12 other US military personnel are assigned to the US embassy in Bamako.

ISRAEL: Former Prime Minister Olmert warned that Hezbollah may already possess chemical weapons.

LIBYA: Some 170 detainees escaped from Sebha prison yesterday; some have returned voluntarily to their cells, but a large number have disappeared.

EGYPT: A blogger and activist known for criticizing President Morsi was detained by authorities.

A CAT ASKS: "Got Milk?"


THE FLANNEL MOTH that looks like Donald Trump.

A WILD TIGER visits the zoo, looking for a date.

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