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Wand, OK GO, Sonny Knight, Puss N Boots, Corgi Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RYAN ADAMS dropped a video for "Gimme Something Good." Yep, that's Elvira.

WAND advance streams the trippy Ganglion Reef.

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

SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS stopped by World Cafe for a soulful mini-set.

PUSS N BOOTS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 drops "Government Trash" ahead of The Physical World.

NUDE BEACH drops the catchy-as-Hell popwer pop of "For You" ahead of the 77 LP.

TOM JONES sings "It's Not Ununsal" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opens with some great archival footage.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to SPIN about Miley, Kesha, and the Sgt Pepper's tribute LP.

VASHTI BUNYAN talks to PopMatters about Heartleap, her first since 2005's Lookaftering.

THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS, according to Paste.

THE BEST 200 TRACKS of the Decade, according to Pitchfork.

CHRISTIAN BALE and his wife, Sibi Bale, have welcomed their second child, a boy.

CHARLIE SHEEN puts his own twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

CHRIS MARTIN was attracted to JENNIFER LAWRENCE because she's the polar opposite of Gwyneth Paltrow, according to a new report.

MILLA JOVOVICH and her husband, director and producer Paul W.S. Anderson, are expecting their second child.

ROBIN WILLIAMS' suicide was spontaneous.

LINDSAY LOHAN is working on a memoir about her life, and it's apparently going to be a trilogy.

IAN SOMERHALDER & NIKKI REED are officially a thing.

KID ROCK will be a grandfather. Get Off My Lawn.

DON PARDO, , the magisterial announcer of Saturday Night Live for nearly 40 years — the highlight of seven heard and hardly seen decades at NBC — has reportedly died. He was 96.

UKRAINE: The Ukrainian military on Sunday moved into the heart of the separatist hub of Luhansk for the first time, officials said, chipping at one of the cornerstones of the pro-Russia rebels’ disintegrating virtual state.

ISRAEL: The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for a further 24 hours after talks in Cairo.

LIBYA: Renegade General Khalifa Haftar's air force was responsible for strikes on Islamist-leaning militia in Tripoli on Monday, one of his commanders said, after weeks of fighting for the capital in Libya's worst violence since Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

IRAQ: President  Obama on Monday said “important progress” is being made in Iraq and that Kurdish and Iraqi forces have successfully retaken a strategically important dam from Islamic militants.Also, Iran may invade Iraq.

A CORGI gets a massage.

THE VORACIOUS VELVET WORM ensnares foes with jest of slime.

THE GIRAFFE PEN: Not entirely safe for humans, oddly enough.

A BLIND BISON is looking for a new home.

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Let's Active, J Mascis, Ty Segall, Shovels & Rope, Merchandise, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 18, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS drop a NSFW clip for “Weight Of Love”.

LET'S ACTIVE reunited, with Suzi Ziegler of Game Theory sitting in for the late Faye Hunter.  Stereogum has video of “Waters Part”, “Every Word Means No”, and “Ornamental”.

J MASCIS advance streams Tied to a Star.

TY SEGALL advance streams Manipulator.

SHOVELS & ROPE advance streams Swimmin' Time.

MERCHANDISE advance streams After the End.

FIELD REPORT drops  “Home (Leave The Lights On),”ahead of Marigolden.

BLONDE REDHEAD gives away "The One I Love." (Not an REM cover)

BECK drops "Loser" as a teaser for his Austin City Limits appearance.

RYAN ADAMS talks to the New York Times Magazine about making amends with his record label, getting clean and bridging the gap between punk and metal.

MICHAEL CERA talks to Stereogum about his surprise albim, True That.

THE THURSTON MOORE BAND plays a near-accidental debut gig.

DEV HYNES' muscial journey is traced by The Guardian.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles repeats atop the chart with 28.4 million; that's a 57 percent drop, but the reboot's 117 million domestic nearly recoups its production budget. Guardians of the Galaxy repeats in second with 24.7 million, on a leggier 41 percent drop. Guardians --which has already beaten the theatrical runs for both Thor movies and the first Captain America flick--now seems likely to beat out Transformers 4 for the biggest film of the summer.  It needs to make about a half-billion to profit, and likely will, given that it has yet to open in some big European and Asian markets.  The ill-timed debut of Let's Be Cops still shows with 26 million against a 17 million budget.  The Expendables 3 underperformed with a 16.2 million fourth-place debut (earlier installments opened at 34.8 and 28.6 million).That seems like a flop, but this franchise has been incraesingly big overseas, so this may not be the end of the series.The opening of The Giver rounds out the Top 5 with 12.8 million, which sounds bad until you note the budget was only 25 million.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and fiance Matt Rutler welcomed their first child together, a baby girl, on Saturday.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS MARTIN have been spending quality together since late June.

DENZEL WASHINGTON detoxed for weeks after a wild, alcohol-fueled, gluttonous month-long vacation.


LINDSAY LOHAN has spoken about her reaction to James Franco's short story about her for the first time. 

KENDRA WILKINSON and Hank Baskett seem happily together again, suggesting their turmoil may have been scripted for reality TV.

FRANK MILLER is profiled by The New York Times ahead of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.

UKRAINE: The so-called Russian aid convoy was virtually empty. A cynic might think the entire purpose was to provoke. Ukrainian forces have advanced into one of the last remaining separatist strongholds in a significant breakthrough in the civil war.

LEBANON: The US issued a travel warning for Lebanon noting that the Islamic State, the Al Nusrah Front, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, and Hezbollah all operate there, and stressed the increasing frequency of suicide bombings.

SYRIA: The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Raqqah in Al Tabaqa; and in Aleppo, where the IS also battled the Islamic Front, the Al Nusrah Front, and Kurdish forces. In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State told families of Labor City oilfield workers to vacate their homes so foreign fighters could move in. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the IS has executed 700 al-Sheitaat tribesmen in Deir Izzour over the past two weeks; the head of the tribe called for other tribes to join in resisting the IS. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought regime forces in Hama and Aleppo. The Islamic State is also said to be closing in on the Islamic Front stronghold of Marea in Aleppo.

IRAQ: Kurdish fighters pushed to retake Iraq's largest dam on Sunday in an attempt to reverse gains by Islamic State insurgents who have overrun much of the country's north.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent attempts to rape scientific equipment.

THE BIRDS: Seagulls steal ice cream at St Ives beach.

SHARKS attack Google.

CUPPY THE CAT trapped its owners in the bedroom. This is not that earlier cat, it's another cat.

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Elvis, Spoon, CYHSY, Chorus Grant, Cutout Bin, Maymo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

ELVIS WEEK 2014: The King Lives on in Memphis.

SPOON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

AROARA is advance streaming In The Pines.

CHORUS GRANT is advance streaming Space.

TWEEDY is "Flowering" ahead of Sukierae.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS cover The Police hit "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Drowned In Sound about the current folk scene, life as a touring musician, the Guitar Camp he set up in Woodstock 3 years ago, his passion for cricket and Chelsea Football Club, and the Islamic faith he converted to in 1974.

NINE 90s BANDS, from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

WHY DO WE LOVE the music we heard as teenagers?  It's science!


CUTOUT BIN:From the Clash to Gordon Lightfoot, from Chuck Berry to the Butthole Surfers, from the Faces to the Lemonheads, plus Bob Dylan, the Replacements, the Beta Band, the Shangri-Las 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: The Expendables 3, which is currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Let's Be Cops, which opened Wednesday and is scoring 10 percent; and The Giver, scoring 28 percent.

ROBIN WILLIAMS was battling the early stages of Parkinson's disease, it has been revealed by his widow, Susan Schneider.

SAVANNAH GUTHRIE gave birth to a baby girl.

NICKI MANAJ has bettered Michael Jackson's record for the most Billboard Hot 100 hits. This more a comment on internet age charts than artistic quality.


REESE WITHERSPOON, rocking out the way only white girls can during what looks like a wedding-related event.

LINDSAY LOHAN predicts she'll mess up her stage debut.

UKRAINE: A pro-Russian rebel leader in one eastern Ukrainian city resigned and shells reportedly rocked another rebel-held area Thursday as the Ukrainian military kept up its deadly offensive to retake separatist strongholds.

ISRAEL: A new, five-day truce between Israel and Hamas appeared to be holding on Thursday despite a shaky start.

LIBYA:Tripoli University has closed due to continuing insecurity in the capital city. Ansar al Sharia ignored the Parliament's call for an unconditional ceasefire in Benghazi and Tripoli. Operation Dignity forces bombed a boat allegedly carrying fighters and weapons from Syria as it approached the port of Derna on Aug. 11; Islamist fighters in the city tried to hit the Operation Dignity plane with anti-aircraft missiles.

IRAQI Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents. Most of the tens of thousands of Yazidis who scrambled up Mount Sinjar to escape advancing militants have now climbed down, said Pres. Obama while calling off an evacuation plan. Yazidi leaders and emergency relief officials on Thursday strongly disputed American claims that the siege of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq had been broken and that the crisis was effectively over, saying that tens of thousands of Yazidis remained on the mountain in desperate conditions.

MAYMO THE BEAGLE balances fruits and veggies on his head.

THE POCKET GOPHER: Endangered, but well-endowed.

A SALMON CANNON which sucks fish out of water and fires them over barriers such as dams has been developed.

DUKE THE DOG was elected Mayor of Cormorant, MN.

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Michael Cera, New Pronographers, Baseball Project, Mulder   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUPPETS lipsync the Beastie Boys' "So What'cha Want".

MICHAEL CERA --yes, that Michael Cera--is streaming True That.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

FRENCH STYLE FURS, featuring Nathan Willet and Matt Maust of Cold War Kids as well as Nathan Warkentin of We Barbarians, stopped by WFUV.

LYDIA LOVELESS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

PATTI SMITH: Aquarium Drunkard is sharing the demos for  “Redondo Beach" and  “Distant Fingers."

THE BUGGLES: "Video Killed the Radio Star," live in 2004. Because they helped launch MTV in August 1981.

SPOON's Britt Daniel talks to Drowned In Sound about REM, The Cure, Miley Cyrus, and more...

ROMEO STODART from The Magic Numbers talks to Drowned In Sound about working with Jimmy Webb, Spirtiualized, and more...

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Chris Walla writes about why he's leaving the band.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS, ranked by Stereogum.

JUSTIN BIEBER has struck a plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case in which he will agree to anger management but dodge a drunk driving bullet.

ROBIN WILLIAMS' grieving daughter Zelda Williams has quit social media after internet trolls and insensitive posters added to her despair.

GWYNETH PALTROW is reportedly dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk.

TOM HIDDLESTON is being courted for the lead in a version of Ben-Hur.

THANDIE NEWTON has joined the cast of HBO’s Westworld adaptation.

IDRIS ELBA is profiled by Details.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY tops the Billboard chart.

JOE VISKOCIL, who blew up the Death Star and the White House, melted the Sta-Puft marshmallow man and more, has passed away.

UKRAINE has warned that Russia could use a controversial aid delivery as a pretext for invasion, amid growing tension and uncertainty over the fate of a convoy of almost 300 military trucks dispatched by Moscow.

ISRAEL: Palestinian leaders said early Thursday that in the last moments before the midnight expiration of their cease-fire with Israel in Gaza, the two sides had agreed to hold their fire for an additional five days to continue talks about a more durable truce. But an exchange of rockets and missiles around the end of one cease-fire and the beginning of the next cast immediate doubt about whether it would even last until dawn.

LIBYA: Fighting escalated in Tripoli, and the Islamist Misratan forces shelled the largely Zintani-supporting neighborhood of Ghut Shaal. Suspected Islamist gunmen yesterday assassinated Tripoli security head Colonel Mohamed Al Suwaisi, a supporter of Operation Dignity. In Benghazi, Ansar al Sharia forces have deployed to a new checkpoint within striking distance of the Saiqa Special Forces base at Benina Airport; Operation Dignity claimed that the Saiqa forces have serious internal problems. The Parliament voted to dissolve all armed brigades in the country, and asked the UN to intervene immediately "to protect civilians and state institutions in Libya."

IRAQ: A team of US marines and special forces landed on Mount Sinjar in Iraq on Wednesday to assess options for a potential rescue of of 30,000 Yazidi civilians threatened by Islamic extremists and worn down by hunger and thirst.  A mass evacuation is unlikely following this assessment, as the U.S. State Department and military that found far fewer people trapped than previously feared. European nations moved on Wednesday to intensify their involvement in Iraq, announcing further humanitarian aid and, for the first time, pledging to supply arms to the embattled Kurdish forces fighting the Sunni militants who have overrun much of northern Iraq.

MULDER THE CAT: No house can hold him.

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? To obstruct traffic in Oregon.

TIGER SELFIES: Banned in New York.

A TRAVELING PETTING ZOO has been identified by Minnesota health officials as the source of an E. coli outbreak that so far has infected 13 people and required seven of them to be admitted to hospitals.

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Bob Mould, Castanets, Baked, Celebration, Lauren Bacall RIP, Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE went "Back In Time" Huey Lewis-style in Edmonton, presumably a Michael J. Fox tribute.

BOB MOULD plays a Tiny Desk Concert, finishing with "Makes No Sense At All".

CASTANETS advance stream Decimation Blues.

BAKED advance streams Debt.

CELEBRATION advance streams Albumin.

HAPPY DIVING has a “Weird Dream” ahead of Big World.

THE MONKEES: The TV version of "You Just May Be the One," which differs from the LP version and has more cowbell.

CULTURE CLUB: The original line-up will be touring and recording a new album with producer Youth due in 2015.

GENE SIMMONS & THE BLACK LIPS trade barbs via HuffPost Live.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN are compared to the Sex Pistols and The Clash by a biographer.

ST VINCENT talks to The Guardian about the influence of Nirvana, religion and conservative values on her ‘Texas freak' teen years.

LAUREN BACALL, the actress whose provocative glamour elevated her to stardom in Hollywood’s golden age and whose lasting mystique put her on a plateau in American culture that few stars reach, died on Tuesday in New York. She was 89.

ROBIN WILLIAMS  was in such a deep depression when he went to rehab last month ... people around him felt it was simply “too late” for him to recover. Also, Koko the Gorilla mourns.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS talks parenthood with Glamour.

JESSICA SIMPSON threw sister Ashlee a Bohemian bridal shower.

MICHAEL C. HALL is set to star in Stanley Kubrick's unproduced drama, God Fearing Man.

THE INHUMANS will be headed to the big screen, based on the success of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy.

UKRAINE: A representative from the International Committee of the Red Cross told Deutsche Welle that his organization has not yet received a list of the contents of the humanitarian convoy which has set off from the Moscow area for Ukraine.

IRAQ's new prime minister-designate won swift endorsements from both the United States and Iran on Tuesday as he called on political leaders to end crippling feuds that have let jihadists seize a third of the country. The military has sent 130 additional advisers to northern Iraq to plan for the evacuation of refugees under siege by Islamist militants. However, two senior U.S. military leaders had starkly contrasting views on the effectiveness of American air strikes against jihadist targets in northern Iraq.

A LION interrupts a PSA about lions.

COCO THE CAT hacked the neighborhood wi-fi.

A GIANT HORNET on a leash.

MEERKATS, SNAKES, TARANTULAS, AN OWL are among the pets in this home menagerie.

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