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Gaslight Anthem, Literature, Of Monsters and Men, Bed Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHRIS PRATT, while promoting Guardians of the Galaxy, busts out some vintage Eminem from "Forgot About Dre."

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM is streaming Get Hurt via iTunes.

LITERATURE is advance streaming Chorus. Like it.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

STEVIE NICKS drops "The Dealer" ahead of 24 Karat Gold: Songs From The Vault, a new collection of unreleased tracks, mosly from 1969-87.

KIM WILDE: "Kids In America."

THURSTON MOORE will collaborate with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe, and London-based musician James Sedwards on The Best Day.

PHOX is briefly profiled by Magnet, where the band will be guest editors.

GLEN HANSARD talks to the L.A. Times about staging Once as a musical.

TOM PETTY, ranked by Stereogum.

MEGAN FOX revealed her absolute best on-screen kiss.

MICHAEL STRAHAN & NICOLE MURPHY. And another woman? And another man?

TRUE DETECTIVE: Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss may join Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitch and Vince Vaughn for Season 2. Meawhile, series creator Nic Pizzolatto is being accused of plagarism.

MICHAEL JACKSON  had code words and signals that he used with a boy he allegedly molested to describe various sex acts.

JAMES CORDEN  is taking over for Craig Ferguson as host of The Late Late Show.

A WRINKLE IN TIME is headed to the big screen with the director of Frozen.

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES is also headed to the big screen.

JEFF GOLDBLUM cameos in a Jurassic wedding photo.

LEBANON: A brief humanitarian truce in Arsal fell apart after Islamist militants resumed attacks on the Army.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Stranded on a barren mountaintop, thousands of minority Iraqis are faced with a bleak choice: descend and risk slaughter at the hands of the encircled Sunni extremists or sit tight and risk dying of thirst.  Islamic State jihadists beheaded three fighters from a Sunni tribe that is battling the extremist group in eastern Syria, a monitor said on Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan soldier killed a US general and wounded 14 others, including a US, German, and Afghan general, in an attack at a training facility in Kabul.

A PUPPY is allowed on the bed at last.

YAHOO SERIOUS sleeps with the fishes.

A STOLEN SNAKE fights crime.


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Arcade Fire, Sharon Van Etten, Joe Henry, Meerkat Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Jane Addiction’s “Been Caught Stealing,” a little bit of Guns ’N Roses’ “Welcome To The Jungle," and Harold Faltermyer's "Axel F" for a little more than Twofer Tuesday.

SHARON VAN ETTEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOE HENRY stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

MIREL WAGNER advance streams When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day.

JJ advance streams V.

REDBONE: "Come and Get Your Love."

TOM PETTY talks to All Things Considered about Hypnotic Eye, his long friendship with George Harrison and why it pays to hear one's own music on a bad car stereo.

THE FLAMING LIPS cast a wide net for their Sgt. Pepper's tribute.

KATHLEEN HANNA also has a proposal for Miley Cyrus.

THE 50 BEST GRUNGE SONGS, according to Paste.

BIG BANG THEORY stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco have agreed to new three-year contracts in the Friends neighborhood of a cool million per episode.

SANDRA BULLOCK tops the new Forbes list of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses.

TARA REID was afraid that starring in Sharknado would ruin her career, whatever that was.

VINCE VAUGHN is in preliminary talks to play one of the three leads in the second season of True Detective.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL has split from her boyfriend of two years, Jamie Linden. For the record, it's not my fault.

ANWAN GLOVER, who appeared in the film 12 Years a Slave and the TV series The Wire, was stabbed and beaten at a D.C. nightclub early Sunday morning.

LIBYA: After weeks of delay, the new Parliament met today for the first time, in Tobruk, not in Tripoli as the Islamists had demanded. A number of Islamist lawmakers were not present at the meeting, but 158 out of 188 elected members of parliament did attend the Tobruk session, as well as representatives from the UN Security Mission in Libya, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

IRAN provided weapons technology to Hamas.

ISRAEL and HAMAS on Monday accepted an Egyptian cease-fire proposal meant to halt a bruising monthlong war that has claimed nearly 2,000 lives, raising hopes that the bloodiest round of fighting between the bitter enemies could finally be coming to an end. CNN's Wolf Blitzer asked Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan about televised comments in which he claimed that Jews use Christian blood to make matzoh, a charge generally referred to as blood libel.


ISLAMIC STATE fighters seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, an oilfield and three more towns on Sunday after inflicting their first major defeat on Kurdish forces since sweeping across much of northern Iraq in June. There are reports of the IS executing dozens of Yazidis in northern Iraq.  Lebanon’s defense minister is accusing fighters with the Islamic State of executing a premeditated attack on Lebanese territory launched from inside Syria in the north.

MEERKAT PUP CAM at the Richmond Zoo.

A BEARDED DRAGON was taken into custody in Merrimack, NH.

A GIANT TORTOISE was found ambling down a street in suburban Los Angeles.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A massive whale shark on a truck.

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Tom Petty, Mavis Staples, Sinead O'Connor, Sarah Jaffe, Geep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REAL ESTATE drops a video for the "Had To Hear" single.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS played three songs for Jimmy Kimmel.

MAVIS STAPLES played a cameo-rich set at the Newport Folk Festival.

SINEAD O'CONNOR returns with I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss.

SARAH JAFFE advance streams Don't Disconnect.

TUATARA: Peter Buck lends his guitar to “Even Demons Fall In Love,” a moody jazz fusion number.

GET ON UP! The James Brown biopic was largely an impressionistic collection of the best stories from the storied acreer of the R & B master, but well acted (esp. Chadwick Boseman as Brown) and filled with great stories (perhaps not always accurate) and music.  For example, JB and the Famous Flames getting bumpec from the headlining slot of the legendary T.A.M.I. Show in favor of the Rolling Stones, but still giving 18 minutes of pure emotion and energy.The part of the story only implied in the movie is that the Stones later regreted having to follow JB, which makes it all the more rich that Mick Jagger is a co-producer of Get On Up.

SPOON, esp. Britt Daniel, get a lengthy profile in the New York Times magazine.

JENNY LEWIS joins the ranks of rockstar winemakers.

THE ANTLERS did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

DOUG GILLARD shares a Guided By Voices tour story.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy dominates the chart with 94 million, blowing through expectations and shattering the August record previously held by The Bourne Ultimatum (69.2 million).It's also the third-biggest debut of the year, behind Transformers 4 (which crossed the billion-dollar mark this weekend worldwide) and Captain America 2. It also exceeded in overseaes markets to the tune of 66 million. Not bad for a quirky space opera featuring one current A-lister (Zoe Saldana) in a role that's not voice-only. Lucy places a distant second with 18.2 million on a 58 percent drop (although with foreign markets largely untapped, this should end in the black). The debut of Get On Up shows with a well-deserved 14 million against a 30 million budget.  Hercules tumbles to the fourth slot with 10.7 million on 64 percent drop, clearly the biggest victim of the GuardiansDawn of the Planet of the Apes rounds out the Top 5 with another 8.7 million; its 447 million total is closing in on profitability.

ORLANDO BLOOM and NINA DOBREV: Caught canoodling at Comic-Con.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & NICHOLAS HOULT are amicably dunzo again.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3: Paul Feig (Bridesmaids,The Heat) has emerged as the front-runner to direct, raising the possibility of female ghostbusters.

MICHAEL STRAHAN & NICOLE MURPHY broke off their engagement.

JENNIFER GARNER sparked pregnancy rumors Thursday.

CHERYL HINES married RFK JR at the Kennedy family compound on Cape Cod.

ISRAEL withdrew most of its ground troops from the Gaza Strip on Sunday in an apparent winding down of the nearly monthlong operation against Hamas that has left more than 1800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis dead.

UKRAINE: The growing confrontation between Washington and Moscow over Ukraine has derailed a recent accord that promised one of the most expansive collaborations ever between the countries' nuclear scientists, including reciprocal visits to atomic sites to work on projects ranging from energy to planetary defense.

SYRIA: The regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad is holding 150K civilians in custody, all of whom are at risk of being tortured or killed by the state, the Syrian defector known as "Caesar" told Congress on Thursday.

IRAQIs living under Isis rule in Iraq, where non-Sunni residents have been forced from their homes and tens of mosques have been deemed idolatrous and marked for destruction, have started to push back against the extreme interpretation of Islam being imposed on them. Jihadists raised their black flag in Iraq's northern town of Sinjar Sunday in a second straight day of advances against Kurdish forces, sparking mass displacement the UN called a humanitarian tragedy.

GEEP: Half-goat, half-sheep, all adorable.

CATS rule the Niagara River's Tonawanda Island.


100 CHICKENS, joyriding with a drunk driver in Nebraska.

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John Hughes, Cloud Nothings, Camera Obscura, Cutout Bin, Guardians of the Galaxy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

CLOUD NOTHINGS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a session.

CAMERA OBSCURA perfoms on WNYC's Soundcheck.

NICOLE ATKINS stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR

STEELY DAN turn in a spirited "Reelin' in the Years" on the Midnight Special.

DOUG GILLARD ( Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, Death Of Samantha, Nada Surf) talks to Magnet about his early musical experiences, Tommy Ramone, Bob Stinson, and more...

ARIEL PINK tells an odd story about getting maced by a feminist.

SLOWDIVE's Neil Halstead and Simon Scott talked to The Big Takeover about the reunion tour, solo projects and more (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ROBERT PLANT is slightly disappointed and baffled about Jimmy Page's hankering for more Zeppelin.

THE CUTOUT BIN: from ABC to the VU, from Stiff Little Fingers to Seals & Crofts, from the Baseball Project to the Bee Gees, plus the Clash, Bruce Springsteen, Sly & the Family Stone, the Cure 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 Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, which is currently scoring 90 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the James Brown biopic Get On Up, currently scoring 82 percent.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, to quote TV's Andy Levy, was an absolute blast. It is one thing for Marvel --having sold the rights to Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and X-Men to other studio-- to build a box office empire from ostensibly second-tier characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Thor. Now they have delivered a deserved smash based on the decidedly geek third-tier GotG. If you've watched the bonus credits scenes in The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, you may recognize a couple of the characters here, but virtually everyone will be meeting the Guardians themselves for the first time. Removing the comics' Adam Warlock and softening Peter Quill (played by Chris Pratt) brodens the appeal. Throw in Zoe Saldana and Karen Gillan as ruthless assasins, Dave Bautista ans the vengeful Drax, James Brolin as the god of death, and the voices of Bradley Cooper (the irascible Rocket) and Vin Diesel (who gets the most out of the least words in the film as Groot) a space opera that's mostly Han Solos and Chewbaccas, rife with the humor and 70s centric rock you may have seen and heard in the trailers.  The first act is particularly good, while the second act gives just enough of a breather to prepare for the more conventional heroic climax--though even this is not played too seriously. And it is Marvel, so stay past the end of the credits.


CAMERON DIAZ & BENJI MADDEN have talked about marriage.

BRADGELINA sent handwritten letters to each other while they were filming on opposite sides of the world. Awww.

CHARLIZE THERON's smart friends who are warning her about wedding Sean Penn? Let's hope so.

SHARKNADO 2 pulled in 3.9 million total viewers on Wednesday. That number is nearly three times what the original TV movie got in its debut, with the sequel setting a Syfy Original Movie record in the process.

THE 25 BEST COMING OF AGE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire. Yes, there's some John Hughes represented.

TURKISH women are posting laughing selfies on social media in defiance of one of the country’s top government officials who said that women scolded women for laughing out loud in public.

ISRAEL: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday that an unconditional humanitarian cease-fire will begin at 8 a.m. Friday in Gaza (1 a.m. ET). It will last 72 hours -- or three days -- "unless extended," the United Nations and United States said in a joint statement. The terms are similar to those propsed by Egypt and rejected by Hamas on July 15th, when the death count was 200.

THE ISLAMIC STATE, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq.

IRAQ: “Islamic State” jihadists have executed hundreds of Shi’ite Muslims in northern Iraq in what may be one of the worst atrocities yet since the al-Qaeda splinter group seized much of northeastern Syria and made huge gains in parts of Iraq.

A CAT snuggles a PUPPY...

A CROCODILE was already in the shower.

NO ANCHOVIES, PLEASE: Thousands of dead anchovies have washed up this week in the town of Seaside, Oregon, providing a welcome feast for marine birds but a foul stench for tourists and residents of the popular beachside village northwest of Portland.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A three-tusked walrus...for dinner.

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Dawes, Conor Oberst, Band of Horses, Pokey LaFarge, Bambi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOXYGEN drops a video for “How Can You Really” ahead of Foxygen … And Star Power.

DAWES played the Newport Folk Festival.

CONOR OBERST played the Newport Folk Festival.

BAND OF HORSES played the Newport Folk Festival.

POKEY LaFARGE played the Newport Folk Festival.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)."

BIG STAR: #1 Record and Radio City are getting remastered by Stax.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Vulture about Lisa Frank stickers, Beyoncé, and getting in touch with her inner 8-Year-Old.

HARVEY DANGER frontman Sean Nelson talks to Fuse about the band's earliest days, their first record, "Flagpole Sitta," and the endless battle against the "one-hit wonder" title.

STEVE ALBINI's 10 BEST RECORDS, according to Pitchfork.

ORLANDO BLOOM took a swing at JUSTIN BIEBER. Miranda Kerr is mentioned.

BEYONCE & JAY Z are carefully orchestrating the business of splitting up as On the Run tour grinds to an end.

ROBERT PATTINSON has beers and BBQ with Esquire.

KATY PERRY talks her awkward phase, motherhood and more for the cover of the Rolling Stone.

ALLISON WILLIAMS (Girls) will star in NBC's live Peter Pan.

THE BIG BANG THEORY contract standoff continues and has forced production on the new season to be postponed.

DREW BARRYMORE's  half sister, Jessica Barrymore, was found dead in a car early Tuesday in National City, California.

UKRAINE: The economic sanctions that the U.S. and European Union imposed Tuesday against Russian banks were designed to severely punish a key part of Russia's economy. But their immediate impact is likely to be relatively muted.

LIBERIA: The largest recorded Ebola outbreak in history has led the U.S. Peace Corps to evacuate hundreds of volunteers from three affected West African countries, and a U.S. State Department official on Wednesday said two volunteers were under isolation after having contact with a person who later died of the virus.

ISRAEL:  At home, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is riding a massive wave of popularity. Egypt has led a new coalition of Arab states — including Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — that has effectively lined up with Israel in its fight against Hamas.  United Nations official Christopher Gunness broke down sobbing during a live television interview with Al-Jazeera, as he described how shells had struck the Jabalia Elementary Girls School in the Jabalia refugee camp in Gaza.  Italian reporter Gabriele Barbati confirmed it was an errant Hamas rocket rather than an Israeli strike that killed ten Gazans, mostly children, on Monday.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Kerry denounced the Assad regime and said the US will give an additional 8 million in humanitarian aid to the Syrian people, bringing the US total so far in the conflict to 2.4 billion dollars.

LIBYA: Ansar al Sharia reportedly claimed to be in complete control of Benghazi, after taking over the headquarters of the Saiqa Special Forces yesterday.

IRAQ: An Islamic State suicide bomber destroyed a key bridge in Thar Thar that was used by the Iraqi military to keep Samarra resupplied.

BAMBI reunites with his mother.

MAYBE THE DOG swallowed your £500 retirement watch.

500 GOATS grazing in east Boise got out of their enclosure and had to be herded back in Monday.

170 PIGS, roasted by lightning.

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