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Pitchfork Paris, Dream Police, We Are The Willows, Decemberists, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICK CAVE covered "Stagger Lee" as an Austin City Limits bonus.

PITCHFORK PARIS: The full sets temporarily lnked on Monday--and more--are archived by Culturebox. Chvrches, Four Tet, St Vincent, Foxygen, Mogwai and more...

DREAM POLICE, the psych-dance side project of The Men, advance stream Hypnotized.

WE ARE THE WILLOWS stream Picture (Portrait).

GUERILLA TOSS advance streams their Smack The Brick EP.

THE DECEMBERISTS drop "Make You Better" ahead of What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

WHIRR drops "Ease" as part of a split single.

THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

GRAHAM NASH explains the David Crosby-Neil Young feud is about Daryl Hannah. (and possibly Jackson Browne, I would think).

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes gives songriting tips to Drowned In Sound.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks about the Sgt. Pepper's tribute with The A.V. Club.


HAYDEN PANETIERRE has put on major pregnancy weight.

LENA DUNHAM's autobiography has some odd passages about her sister.

ARIANA GRANDE has been receiving strange gifts from a Massachusetts fan, despite threats from cops.

STEVIE WONDER is expecting triplets, which would bring his total to eleven.

RHIANNA's Christmas wish is super-classy, by which I mean NSFW.

ANGIE HARMON & JASON SEHORN are amicably separating after 13 years of marriage.

MARISA MILLER and her husband, record producer Griffin Guess, are expecting their second child in late spring.

CHRISTIAN BALE has fallen off the Steve Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle.

THE UNITED STATES: Prosecutors revealed that Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of suburban Chicago, had tried to take his 17-year-old sister and his 16-year-old brother with him to join the Islamic State in the Middle East.

EGYPT, SAUDIA ARABIA, the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES & KUWAIT are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East.

LIBYA: A medical official estimated that over 210 people have been killed in the past two weeks of fighting between Islamist militias and the forces of General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi.

SYRIA: Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

GIANT MEN Meet Tiny Puppies.

BABY PANDAS team up to resist medication.

A FANGED DEER pops up in Afghanistan 60 years after its last appearance.

A WHALE CARCASS is not a safe place when surrounded by sharks.

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Pitchfork Paris, Marianne Faithfull, Damien Rice, Hookworms, Bedhead, Busy Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PRINCE & 3RDEYEGIRL played an eight-minute medley of new material on SNL.

PITCHFORK PARIS: If you hurry, you may still be able to stream sets by Belle & Sebastian, St. Vincent, Foxygen, and Future Islands.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL advance streams Give My Love To London.

DAMIEN RICE advance streams My Favourite Faded Fantasy.

HOOKWORMS advance stream The Hum.

BEDHEAD advance streams 1992-1998, a four-disc box set.

SHE & HIM cover Sinatra's "Time After Time."

THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES drop "When I Get My Hands On You" sung by Marcus Mumford.

OF MONTREAL backed actor Paul Rudd and actor-director David Wain on Boston's classic "More Than A Feeling."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks books at The New York Times.

THE TWILIGHT SAD takes Drowned In Sound on a track-by-track tour of their new LP.

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES: The Guardian lists 10 of their best.

NIRVANA: UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK turns 20. Gett Off My Lawn.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Nightcrawler tops the chart with 11 million, typical for Jake Gyllenhaal, but really good for a serious pic released on Halloween, particularly against an 8.5 million budget. Ouija places with a photofinish 10.9 million on a 45 percent drop.  Fury shows with 9.1 million and has yet to recop its budget domestically, but has started over seas with another 32 million.  Gone Girl stays leggy in the fourth slot with another 8.8 million and a 136 million total (and slightly more than that overseas).  The Book of Life rounds out the Top 5 with some Halloween help, reaping 8.3 million on a 17 percent drop.

BIRDMAN is playing on only 230 screeens, so let me set it up a bit. Michael Keaton plays an actor who once starred incominc book movies in the 1990s.  Sound familiar?  He's now looking to write, direct, and star in a Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story.  Edward Norton plays his co-star, a mercurial method  actor not above trashing a project that's not living up to his high standards.  Sound familiar? They're both terriffic, along with the female leads, played by Naomi Watts and Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion), who may share the film's biggest laugh line.  Indeed, this film is filled with sharp performances, including Emma Stone as Keaton's daughter, fresh out of rehab and working as his assistant, and Zach Galifianakis in a largely straight role as Keaton's lawyer/producer. And then there is the camera, which serves as its own character, as the movie was shot in a series of continuous takes and presumably stitched together in a computer.  It's an audacious tactic, one of manyundertaken by director and co-writer Alejandro González Iñárritu, previously known for heavier fare like 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful, but here produces a film that's equal parts backstage dramedy, magical realism, and commentary on the culture of celebrity.

AMANDA BYNES lost the fight against her conservatorship.

TOM HIDDLESTON's Loki will feature heavily in the new batch of Marvel films recently announced.

JENNIFER LOPEZ needs some alone time right now.

HALLE BERRY's ex claimed he couldn't get modeling jobs after her new bofriend beat him up.

NICHELLE NICHOLS' companion had a suitcase full of meth.

IRAN: The head of the United Nations nuclear inspection organization declared Friday that Iran had stopped answering the agency’s questions about suspected past efforts to design the components of a bomb.

QATAR has joined the American-led coalition to fight Islamic State, yet the emirate is a haven for anti-Western groups and foreign diplomats have reported seeing cars with Islamic State logos in an affluent bay district.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S.-led airstrikes and steadily strengthening forces in Iraq are containing advances by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, but are by no means destroying it, experts told Al Arabiya News.

SYRIA: More than 1,000 foreign fighters are streaming into Syria each month, a rate that has so far been unchanged by airstrikes against the Islamic State and efforts by other countries to stem the flow of departures, according to U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

IRAQ: The past few weeks, the Islamic State group has been hunting down former policemen and army officers in areas it controls, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule.


A FUGITIVE's DOG leads police right to him.

BLACK BEARS brawl in a New Jersey neighborhood.


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Why, even Dracula will be there...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

ROBERT POLLARD joins SWEET APPLE on the Halloween-themed video for "Reunion."

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," The Eagles' "Witchy Woman," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winer Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" was on the PopMatters list, but this version from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

TRICK OR TREAT BIN: From the New York Dolls to Stevie Wonder, from Robyn Hitchcock to Ray Parker, Jr, from the Lemonheads to Donovan, plus Guided by Voices, Bauhaus, Blue Oyster Cult and more cowbell -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN aired last night, but may still be viewable at ABC. This year, Rifftrax also paid tribute. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS: Seventy-Six years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

PIGS. And pumpkins.

A ZOMBIE was busted for drunk driving — twice — during a three-hour binge in upstate New York.

PET COSTUMES: Business is booming at 350 million dollars.

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Buzzcocks, Strand of Oaks, Future Islands, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BUZZCOCKS drop a video for "It's Not You" from The Way, the bands' first LP in eight years.

STRAND OF OAKS plays the Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV.

FUTURE ISLANDS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

MIKE DOUGHTY plays unpluggedy in WFUV's Studio A.

ANGEL OLSEN's "May As Well" is a bonus track for Burn Your Fire For No Witness.

THE DEAD WEATHER drops  "Buzzkill(er)" as a single.

THE WHO: "5:15" from TOTP. Some vintage Keith Moon miming.

LUNA: Dean Wareham talks to Rolling Stone bout the band's reunion.

SIMPLE MINDS: Jim Kerr talks to Stereogum about Big Music, Prince, Italy, and more.

MICHAEL STIPE writes about coming out at The Guardian.

LED ZEPPELIN, ranked by Stereogum.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, like so many, didn't understand Chris Martin's bond with Gwyneth Paltrow.

JESSICA BIEL pregnancy rumored.

AMANDA BYNES is again under the conservatorship of her parents.

CHARLIZE THERON can shut Sean Penn up?  I'm skeptical.

KATIE HOLMES talks to People about starting over, her life as a single mom and finding love again.

TOMMY LEE JONES: Not a Jim Carrey fan.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS - Can this franchise be saved?

RUSSIA: The White House is confirming cyber attacks on unclassified computer networks, and people are pointing the finger of suspicion at Russia. Meanwhile, NATO detected and monitored four groups of Russian military aircraft conducting significant military manoeuvers in European airspace over the Baltic Sea, North Sea/Atlantic Ocean, and Black Sea on 28 and 29 October 2014.  These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace.

LIBYA: Militants target civil society activists.

TURKEY: The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all.

MARU & HANA tackle a ladder.

WILD HOGS run amok in Florida county.

AN EEL-LIKE FISH was removed from a man's backside. He slipped. it was a million to one shot.

THE FIRST TEST-TUBE PENGUIN was hatched at SeaWorld in San Diego 12 weeks ago, but the first images of her were only made public this week.

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Perfume Genius, Belle & Sebastian, Dirty Beaches, Glish, Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN CALE dropped a video for 1982's "If You Were Still Around" to mark the first anniversary of Lou Reed's death.

PERFUME GENIUS performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: A new single from Belle & Sebastian, plus Grouper, Aurora, the Velvet Underground, and more.

DIRTY BEACHES advance streams a final album, Stateless.

GLISH is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

THE NEW BASEMENT TAPES: "Liberty Street" is Bob Dylan by way of Dawes frontman Taylor Goldsmith.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW played "Someday, Someway" for his network TV debut in 1982.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: The Reid Bros talk to The Observer about the making of Psychocandy.

JEFF TWEEDY plays charades with Jimmy Fallon, Ewan MacGregor, and Charles Barkley.

LUNA is doing a short reunion, including dates in the US.

THE TOP 50 COVER VERSIONS, according to a BBC poll.

THE MARVEL SLATE: Following the announcement of DC's planned slate of movies, Marvel releases their schedule through 2019, including Chadwick Boseman in The Black Panther, and likely Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange. The two-part Avengers 3 is subtitled Infinity War, which suggests a possible Guardians oft he Galaxy crossover after the GotG sequel in 2017.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE and CHRIS MARTIN are dunzo, reportedly at her initiative.

HERE COMES HONEY BOO BOO: Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson is not taking allegations that June "Mama June" Shannon is dating a registered sex offender lightly. He will seek custody of his daughter, Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson, after news broke that her mother has allegedly rekindled her romance with registered sex offender Mark McDaniel.

AMANDA BYNES is in such bad shape that her doctors secretly got an order from a judge that allows them to hold her for another month.

NEIL PARTICK HARRIS will host  a U.S. version of Saturday Night Takeaway, the long-running U.K. variety show.

HUGH JACKMAN received skin cancer treatment for the third time in a year.

JESSICA PARE (Mad Men) is expecting her first child with boyfriend John Kastner.

NORTH KOREA: The top American military commander in South Korea said on Friday that he believed North Korea had most likely completed its yearslong quest to shrink a nuclear weapon to a size that could fit atop a ballistic missile. His assessment, if correct, could change American calculations about the vulnerability of the United States and its allies, and the North's ability to sell nuclear weapons to others.

TUNISIA's secular Nidaa Tounes party is emerging as the main winner in the 217-seat parliament election after Sunday's vote, preliminary results show.

LEBANON faces an internal threat from ISIS.

IRAQ: Islamic State fighters are using advanced surface-to-air missile systems that pose a serious threat to aircraft flown by Iraq and the American-led coalition.

AFGHANISTAN: The international military coalition said it would continue to provide air support to Afghan forces after the scheduled end of combat operations in December, even as it shuttered a major regional command in the violent Helmand province.

THIS HUSKY ain't leaving the dog park.

BEAVERS are getting new respect, and The New York Times is on it.

REPTILES that have sex early and frequently in life and feast on meat, tend to "live fast, die young," as the rock-and-roll saying goes.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent was caught doing recon on a police car.

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