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J Mascis, Shovels & Rope, Hamilton Leithauser, Phantogram, Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REMBRANDTS played "I'll Be There For You" in a pop-up Central Perk. Introduced by the dude who played Gunther.

J MASCIS  treats KEXP listeners to a live in-studio performance from The Cutting Room in NYC.

SHOVELS & ROPE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER delivers a special concert for KEXP's VIP donors at The Triple Door in Seattle.

PHANTOGRAM performs live in the KEXP studio.

RESTORATIONS drop "Misprint" ahead of LP3.

BEACH SLANG drops "Dirty Cigarettes" ahead of Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street.

BIG COUNTRY are "In a Big Country". But how big?

U2's religiousity is examined in The New Yorker.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle talks to Fresh Air about his novel, The Hulk, heavy metal, heavy drugs, and more.

THE 100 BEST SINGLES OF 1984: Pop's Greatest Year, according to Rolling Stone.

BOB CREWE, hit songwriter and record producer for the Four Seasons, has died at the age of 83. His co-compositions also include the Tremeloes' Silence is Golden (1964), the Walker Brothers' The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) (1966), Labelle's Lady Marmalade (1974), and the Bay City Rollers' Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) (1975).

JOAN RIVERS: The cardiac arrest leading to Joan Rivers' death happened as the comedian's personal doctor began performing a biopsy on her vocal cords. A staff member at Manhattan's Yorkville Endoscopy clinic told investigators that the doctor, who has not been publicly identified, took a selfie photo in the procedure room while Rivers was under anesthesia.

GEORGE CLOONEY is not paying for his wedding to Amal Alamuddin.

IGGY AZALEA is suing the ex-boyfriend/producer who says he shot a sex tape with her -- because she says the creep also illegally copied data from her laptop.  In the suit, she also accuses him of forgery.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger are headed for a split after a year of marriage.

KIM KARDASHIAN says she nd Kanye West are trying for a second child.

BEYONCE: Photoshopping her own photos? She and Jay Z reportedly renewed their wedding vows and are looking at an 85 million dollar manse. Trying to squash those breakupr umors in a big way.

BEN-HUR: British actor Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is expected to take the lead role in a remake of the 1959 classic.

TOP GUN 2 reportedly will emphasize the relevance of pilots in the modern age of drone warfare. Oh boy. 

IRAQ: About half of Iraq’s army is incapable of partnering effectively with the U.S. to roll back the Islamic State group’s territorial gains in western and northern Iraq, and the other half needs to be partially rebuilt with U.S. training and additional equipment, the top U.S. military officer said Wednesday. Army chief of staff General Odierno said airstrikes alone will not root out extremists in Iraq, ground troops will also be needed, and that extremists cannot be permitted a safe haven in Syria.

SYRIA: House Republicans and Democrats backed President Barack Obama’s request to train and equip Syrian rebels in a measure that both parties stressed doesn’t authorize a U.S. ground war to defeat Islamic militants.Meanwhile Syria has revealed a previously undeclared research and development facility and a laboratory to produce the poison ricin to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources told Reuters.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The campaign against the Islamic State will likely require close-in U.S. training and assistance for irregular ground forces under the command of the Ground Branch of the CIA’s Special Activities Division. The US is allied with Asaib Ahl al-Haq and other Shiite militias, who also pose a central challenge to the creation of a more just and less sectarian Iraqi government.

GOAT Says What?

A CAT hit at 70mph and dragged for 10 miles down a motorway had its ears burned off - but survived.

A GREAT DANE ate 43 and a half socks.

FIELD OF DONKEYS: Near Roswell, NM, to no one's surprise.

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Ryan Adams, Whirr, Spray Paint, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Owl & Pussycat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RYAN ADAMS joined BOB MOULD for the Hüsker Dü classics, “I Apologize” and “Something I Learned Today”.

RYAN ADAMS also drops the Jacksonville EP.

WHIRR advance streams Sway.

SPRAY PAINT advance streams Clean Blood, Regular Acid.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Bedhead, Cold Specks, Daniel Lanois and more highlight the latest edition.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "Rat Trap," live at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1978.

LEONARD COHEN talks about "Hallelujah" and Popular Problems in London.

NICK CAVE talks to NPR about the 20,000 Days on Earth documentary, why therapists ask better questions than journalists and finding "something where there's still a spark of discovery within the song."

THE MUSIC THAT CHANGED MY LIFE: In which Phil Collins's No Jacket Required prevents a suicide.

SPOTIFY knows Walt Hickey better than he knows himself.

EVA MENDES & RYAN GOSLING welcomed a baby girl on Friday, Sept. 12.

RHIANNA got dumped by CBS entirely after she profanely slammed them for pulling her song from the premiere of Thursday Night Football.

IGGY AZALEA's  former boyfriend/manager now claims Iggy signed her rights away to him, giving him legal authority to market their sex tape.

BEN AFLECK talks Batman and Gone Girl.

BOURNE IS BACK: Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series.

THE FACTS OF LIFE, 35 years later (though they would rather you not mention that).

I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER is getting a reboot because of course it is.

GERMANY: What's behind the country's renewed anti-Semitism?

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The United States' top military officer said Tuesday he would advise President Barack Obama to use ground troops against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant if the current strategy is unsuccessfuL Almost ureported was his testimony that some of our supposed Arab alliesfund the Islamic State.

IRAQ: What are the 1,600 US troops already doing (or not doing) there?

SYRIA: Congress is expected to vote this week on giving the Obama administration the authority to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria by providing arms and training—to someone. But whom?

THE OWL and the PUSSYCAT: Just hanging out.

A COLOSSAL SQUID weighing an estimated 350 kilograms and thought to be only the second intact specimen ever found was carrying eggs when discovered in the Antarctic.

A GOLDFISH underwent micro-surgery to remove a tumor.

AN ALASKAN GRIZZLY CUB abandoned by his mother and seemingly left for dead has been adopted by another female bear in a turn of events that seems more like it belongs in a Disney movie than in the wild.

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Leonard Cohen, Mr Twin Sister, Alt J, Lee Bains III, Skunk vs Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE shows off his new haircut in "Would You Fight For My Love?"

LEONARD COHEN advance streams his 13th studio album, Popular Problems.

MR TWIN SISTER advance streams their self-titled album.

ALT J advance streams This Is All Yours via Spotify.

LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

U2 manager Guy Oseary tells Mashable that iTunes users don't like getting a free album, they can always delete it. There's an app for that.  It's worked out well for the band: At one point Thursday afternoon, 26 U2 titles charted simultaneously on iTunes top 200 albums rankings.

BOB GELDOF & DAVID BOWIE are against Scottish indepenfence.  Billy Bragg and Annie Lennox are for it.

ROBIN THICKE tries to blame "Blurred Lines" on Pharrell Williams and Vicodin in the litigation with Marvin Gaye's family.

XTC, ranked by Stereogum. Wrongly.

THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY (Pt 1) has a trailer online.

ADRIAN PETERSON is under investigation for a second child abuse case involving one of his other children.

ROSIE O'DONNELL returned to The View, promising, “Everything’s real this year! If we say it, it’s actually true!” She later mused that perhaps the problem of domestic violence amongst NFL players comes from not being able to separate the violence inherent in their profession from their day-to-day lives. The statistics suggest otherwise.

KANYE WEST says he's not apologizing for refusing to perform until a wheelchair-bound concertgoer stood; he's the real vitim, of course.

LINDSAY LOHAN is lying when she says she had to roll Whitney Houston's body bag at the L.A. County Morgue ... because Whitney was never in a body bag.

SEAN PARKER and his wife, Alexandra, are expecting their second child.

DJANGO UNCHAINED actress Daniele Watts, who claimed she was harassed and hurt by cops after making out with her boyfriend, was actually having sex in her car according to witnesses ... then went on a rant with cops accusing them of racism and not knowing who she was.

UKRAINE: President Petro Poroshenko on Monday proposed a series of major concessions to end the uprising by pro-Russian rebels in restive eastern Ukraine, offering the separatists a broad amnesty and special self-governance status for territories they occupy.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Secretary of State John Kerry made clear during a roundtable with reporters in Paris that the US is open to communicating with both Iran and Syria on their shared concerns regarding the ISIS extremist group, although he insisted it's not "coordinating" with either of them.  Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that Iran will not cooperate. Except that Iran is a major player on the ground.  Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden on Sunday said he predicts there could be nearly 5,000 U.S. personnel on the ground overseas by the end of the year to fight the Islamic State. The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack Obama wants to help fight the Islamic State -- struck a non-aggression pact with the Islamic State. Thirty foreign leaders have committed their countries to fighting IS in Iraq, but the Arab countries in particular are exercising extreme caution.

PUPPY vs SKUNK: Who you got?

A MINIATURE HORSE delayed small claims proceedings.

A DEAD LION was found in a restaurant's freezer during an inspection by environmental health officers in West Sussex.


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Replacements, Tweedy, Perfume Genius, Sondre Lerche, King Tuff, Bat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE REPLACEMENTS dusted off "Unsatisfied" and "Skyway" for their first hometown gig in 23 years.  ISU Daily alumni, including Pat Beach, Mark Flora, and Finn Bullers represented. The Current has some pics.

TWEEDY is advance streaming Sukierae.

PERFUME GENIUS is advance streaming Too Bright.

SONDRE LERCHE is advance streaming Please.

KING TUFF is advance streaming Black Moon Spell.

MILEY CYRUS covers Led Zeppelin's  “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You." Really.

THE DEAD MILKMEN return with the title track of Pretty Music For Pretty People.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to The Guardian about playing a horse, being a single mother and why she loves Jeremy Paxman.

OWEN PALLETT talks about his latest LP and songwriting with The Rumpus.

DO YOU EVER Just Get Sick Of Music?


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: No Good Deed tops the chart with 24.5 million, another Screen gems mid-September special, boosted by the presence of Idris Elba. Director Will Packer has made 10 films for Screen Gems; only one has lost money, and this one doesn't look like the second.  Dolphin Tale 2 places with 16.6 million, as it's the first new family pic to open since early August. That's a bit worse than the original, butmay still make a profit if it's near as leggy as the original.  Guardians of the Galaxy drops back out of the top slt to show with 8 million, which is still above the consensus projection for this weekend.  GotG also broke the 300 million mark (600+ million in total) and stands an excellent chance of becoming marve's 3rd biggest, behind The Avengers and Iron Man 3Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is also leggy with another 4.8 million in the fourth slot.  Let's Be Cops also clings to the bottom of the Top 5 with another 4.3 million. The Drop's near-wide debut was enough to land in sixth place, which is alright for a more serious movie.  All in all, pretty typical mid-September behavior at the box office.

KANYE WEST demanded fans at his Melbourne show on Wednesday stand up, then realized at least one was in a wheelchair and another was wavbing a prosthetic limb. He's the Joe Biden of rap.

JAY Z & BEYONCE: Pregnant again?

LAUREN CONRAD and William Tell have officially tied the knot.

MARTHA STEWART thinks GQYNETH PALTROW should shut up and stick to acting.

DJANGO UNCHAINED actress Danièle Watts says she was accosted by police and handcuffed on Thursday in Los Angeles after being mistaken for a prostitute.

LINDSAY LOHAN claims her reality show forced her overseas?

ADRIAN PETERSEN was indicted for child abuse and deactivated for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

UKRAINE: NATO ountries have started delivering arms to Ukraine to help its soldiers fight pro-Russian separatists in the east.

NORTH KOREA sentenced one of the three Americans known to be held in the country to six years of hard labor for committing “hostile acts” against the North.

THE ISLAMIC STATE executed British aid worker David Haines. Prime Minister Cameron vowed that Britain will hunt down the Islamic State killers. Meanwhile, ISIS and "moderate" Syrian rebels  reportedly struck a cease-fire deal on Friday. Also, Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut.

THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD: Leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood exiled in Qatar will leave the Gulf country after it came under enormous pressure to cut support for the Islamist group, a Brotherhood official said.

SYRIA: While the Islamic State group is getting the most attention now, another band of extremists in Syria - a mix of hardened jihadis from Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and Europe - poses a more direct and imminent threat to the United States, working with Yemeni bomb-makers to target U.S. aviation, American officials say.

A RABIT BAT attacks a folkie.

A MAN-EATING LEOPARD in India is targeting drunks as they stumble home in the dark.

DANGEROUS GIANT SNAILS are targeted by the Florida Department of Agriculture.

A COW gives a cat a tongue bath... mass hysteria!

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ELO, New Pronographers, Jayhawks, Tori Amos, St Paul, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with the ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA. Live at Fusion, circa 1976.  Your set list includes: "Poker," "Nightrider," "Showdown," "Eldorado Overture," "Can't Get It Out Of My Head," " Poor Boy (The Greenwood)," "Illusions In G Major," "Strange Magic," "10538 Overture," "Do Ya," "Evil Woman," "Ma-Ma-Ma Belle," and "Roll Over Beethoven."

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS, Live at the Brill Building, where a fair amount of America's most popular music was written.

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

TORI AMOS played World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES performed a rollicking set of live music for a crowd of WFUV Marquee members.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS offers "Protection" ahead of Down Where the Spirit Meets The Bone.

PARQUET COURTS & FUTURE PUNX drop a split single.

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."

KAREN O talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of her life.

CANDI STATON talks to The Guardian about her legendary career.

THE MERCURY PRIZE nominations are out

ELVIS COSTELLO & WEIRD AL YANKOVIC join The Who, R.E.M., Aerosmith, James Brown, Tom Jones & others as Simpsons action figures.

THE CUTOUT BIN: By popular demand, it's another special back-to-school edition streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include: Dolphin Tale 2, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; No Good Deed, which was not screened for critics; and The Drop, which opens near-wide scoring 78 percent.

RAY RICE told NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on June 16 that he punched his then-fiancee in a casino elevator, four sources have told ESPN's "Outside the Lines," an assertion that contradicts Goodell's statement this week that "when we met with Ray Rice and his representatives, it was ambiguous about what actually happened."

KANYE WEST was taken to the hospital in Australia on Wednesday, but he's alright, as Kanye goes. He had a migraine.

JOAN RIVERS: Here's Melissa's eulogy.  Also, Hugh Jackman told Jimmy Fallon that the late Joan Rivers had asked him to perform at her funeral, long before she passed away. The surgery clinic where Joan Rivers' heart stopped beating is calling BS on a report suggesting her death was caused by a biopsy that should have only been performed at a hospital.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN has called it quits with rapper French Montana ... because she still hasn't fully recovered from her disastrous breakup with Lamar Odom.

MARRED...WITH CHILDREN is getting...a spinoff.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Defence Secretary Hammond said after consulting with his German counterpart that the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria, as that was ruled out last year. The Prime Minister's office maintained, however, that regarding the use of air power and the like in Syria, "nothing has been ruled out," and said Hammond had been referring to strikes against the Assad regime.

FRANCE: Foreign Minister Fabius said France wants to participate in the airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Yesterday France had expressed willingness to "participate, if necessary, in military air action" in Iraq.

GERMANY: Foreign Minister Steinmeier said Germany would not be participating in airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria, and also said his country had not been asked to do so.

RUSSIA has warned that US air strikes against militants in Syria would be a "gross violation" of international law.

THE UNITED STATES signed up Arab allies on Thursday to a "coordinated military campaign" against Islamic State fighters, a major step in building regional support for President Barack Obama's plan to strike both sides of the Syrian-Iraqi frontier.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A CIA spokesman says a new intelligence assessment estimates that the Islamic State group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria, up from a previous figure of 10,000.

BRETAGNE is believed to be the last surviving search dog who worked at Ground Zero in New York City after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

50 FROZEN CATS weren't the wrost thing found in a Greenacers, FL home.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent made off with some students' drugs.


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