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Scott Miller RIP, Har Mar Superstar, Sub Pop 1000, Sloth + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCOTT MILLER, the singer-songwriter behind Game Theory and The Loud Family, has died at the age of 53.  No cause of death was provided.  Click through to read the message from his webmistress, because she is offering the GT albums Distortion of Glory, Real Nighttime, The Big Shot Chronicles, Lolita Nation, 2 Steps From the Middle Ages and Tinker to Evers to Chance as free downloads via Dropbox.com.  And by all means, enjoy Miller's Chiltonian tones on perhaps his best-kown GT song, "Erica's Word."

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR is advance streaming Bye-Bye 17.

SUB POP 1000 is advance streaming at Pitchfork.

YOUNG GALAXY is advance streaming Ultramarine.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS is streaming and offering for download an acoustic version of his Lysandre LP.

LAURA MARLING drops "Master Hunter" ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.

GARBAGE & SCREAMING FEMALES team up to cover Patti Smith's "Because The Night."

RICHARD THOMPSON: One of the world's greatest guitarists talks to The Quietus about why he prefers living in the suburbs, sidestepping 60s excess and his relationship with his back catalog. (Thx, Jon Hahn.)

THE HIVES owe THE CARDIGANS three million dollars, and didn't know it.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS talk to Stereogum about Mosquito and the evolution of life in the band.

THE 20 BEST FLAMING LIPS SONGS, according to Paste.


GWYNETH PALTROW beats out Anne Hathaway and Kristen stewart in a poll of Hollywood's Most Hated. Congrats, Goopy!

LINDSAY LOHAN is still looking for a rehab clinic.

RHIANNA: Pregnancy rumors persist.

EDWARD NORTON and his fiancee, Shauna Robertson, welcomed a healthy baby boy in March.

MALIN ACKERMAN also welcomes a baby boy.

FRIENDS won't ever be there for you, except for syndication.

PAT SUMMERALL, legendary sports broadcaster, died in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip. Click through to see how he would have written it.

STAR WARS: Every summer, starting in 2015.

MAN OF STEEL has an epic new trailer online.

TURKEY: Security officials arrested 10 people in Konya province suspected of providing fighters and weapons to Syrian rebels. The arrests were sparked by complaints from families that an extremist group was recruiting their children.

EGYPT: An Egyptian court gave Prime Minister Qandil a one-year prison sentence in absentia for not renationalizing the Tanta Flax and Oil Company. The retrial of former president Mubarak will commence on May 11.

AFGHANISTAN: Hopeful signs from the Afghan Army.


SLOTH and CAT, cuddling together... mass hysteria!

MY HOVERCRAFT: Thirty-three health workers have been disciplined for snooping at x-rays and other information on the man who had an eel removed from inside him at Auckland City Hospital.

A WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA & AN AMUR TIGER both gave birth at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

NESTING GEESE take over a medical center parking lot.

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The Boy Least Likely To, Junip, Phoenix, Local Natives, Serpentine Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT plays Cheap Trick's "Surrender" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO advance streams The Great Perhaps, which finds them in a little synthier mode than the debut (though a little less synthy than the leadoff track suggests).

JUNIP advance streams their self-titled LP.

PHOENIX advance streams Bankrupt! via the iTunes.

LOCAL NATIVES perform live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CAMERA OBSCURA drops the frothy "Do It Again" (not the Beach Boys or Steely Dan) ahead of Desire Lines.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

DIRTY PROJECTORS frontman David Longstreth talks to The Vermont Cynic about the recording process, what the touring lifestyle is like and the surprising influence of Lil Wayne on their style. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ROLLING STONES: Mick and Keith discuss kicking it West Coast style at the L.A. Times.

NICK DRAKE: Producer Joe Boyd talks about the musician's musician on All Things Considered.

DESTROYER albums, ranked by Stereogum.


ROBERT DOWNEY JR talks to GQ about his 50 million dollar turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar.

KIM KARDASHIAN basically admitted she's been apart from Kanye West longer than they've been together. 

MILEY CYRUS was snapped smokin' something in a club.

JASON SEGEL checked himself into Alcoholics Anonymous in a desperate bid to win his battle with booze in the wake of his heartbreaking split from Michelle Williams, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

BRADLEY COOPER talks to Details about the dangers of playing a**holes, his near miss at the Oscars, and living with his mom again.

EMILY BLUNT talks to InStyle about her style, husband John Krasinsci, and what she really thinks of acting in Hollywood.

MIRANDA KERR wasn't dumped by Victoria's Secret; she moved on. You know how it works.

FRANK BANK, a/k/a Lumpy Rutherford, died Saturday, a day after he turned 71. No cause of death was given.

SAUDI ARABIA ejected and deported three men from the United Arab Emirates for being too handsome.

SYRIA: Rebel forces repelled a government attempt in Idlib to capture the main highway into Aleppo; the artery remains contested.

LIBYA: Congress designated the constitutional election law committee. A conservative women's group aiming to help build Libya as an Islamic state held its first meeting.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 35 Iraqis yesterday in a series of bombings and armed attacks throughout the country. The Interior Ministry announced that it hanged 21 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges.

FELINE IDENTITY CRISIS: Let's go to the video.

PANDA WATCH: The Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) are arriving at a brief, once-a-year mating window and keepers are anxiously waiting to see if their matchmaking efforts will pay off.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocks out power to three schools in Tampa.

A ONE-EYED CAT trekked five miles in the snow to get back to its owner after being lost for ten days.

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New Releases, George Jackson RIP, Nick Cave, Corgi Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
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Brass Bed, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, REM, Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
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TEGAN & SARA got "Closer" on the Tonight Show before hitting Coachella.

BRASS BED advance streams The Secret Will Keep You.

STEVE MARTIN & EDIE BRICKELL advance stream Love Has Come for You.

LAURA MVULA is advance streaming Sing to the Moon.

R.E.M.: Murmur turned 30 on Friday (get off my lawn). Check out a dozen demos for one of the albums that made "college rock."

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

IAN McCULLCOCH: The Echo & the Bunnymen frontman talks to The Guardian about cleaning up his act, making a solo album and singlehandedly resurrecting David Bowie's career.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to DIY about the tumultuous gestation of the upcoming Desire Lines. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GUARDS frontman Richie Follin talks to Stereogum about the making of the band’s record, the joys of touring, and what it’s like to step out from the shadow of his previous bands (Cults, Willowz).

MUSIC FESTIVALS' 20 Most Iconic Moments

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: 42 tops the chart with 27.3 million, which means this old-fashioned sports bio will likely turn a decent profit on a 40 million budget. Scary Movie V placed a distant second with 15.2 million, less than projected and much less than the prior installment's 40 million opening. Even so, with a 20 million budget, overseas receipts are likely to men profit for the Weinsteins.  The Croods show with 13.2 million; without competition for family dollars, this looks to be running down, but with a worldwide total to date of almost 350 million against a 135 million budget.  G.I. Joe: Reatliation sinks to the fourth slot with 10.8 million, but has taken in roughly 250 million worldwide.  Evil Dead goes from last week's topper to rounding out the Top 5 with 9.5 million on a 63 percent plunge that looks more like a sequel than a reboot.  However, it has already made 41.5 million domestic against a 17 million budget.

KIM KARDASHIAN showed up in a Los Angeles courtroom for a mandatory closed-door settlement conference in her divorce case Friday, but Kris Humphries was a no-show.

TOM CRUISE has mags that have written scathing stories about Suri and/or Scientology on the persona-non-grata list for the premiere of his movie, "Oblivion."

JUSTIN BIEBER visited the Anne Frank House, and wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber." The narcissism at the end is sad, but the silver lining is that a big chunk of his fans probably just learned about Anne Frank.

THE 20 BEST TV SERIES FINALES, according to Paste.

JONATHAN WINTERS, the comedic film and TV actor who was huge in the '70s and '80s on shows like “Mork and Mindy,” has died at age 87.

ROMEO & JULIET: Oscar-nominated True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth play the star-crossed lovers in the new William Shakespeare adaptation from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes. Damian Lewis, Ed Westwick, Paul Giamatti and Stellan Skarsgård among its supporting cast. Here's the trailer.

NORTH KOREA: Secretary of State Kerry warned North Korea that going ahead with its threatened missile launch would be a "huge mistake"; he also said a recent intelligence report did not suggest that North Korea had "fully tested, developed" nuclear capabilities.

SYRIA: Evidence of the use of chemical weapons has been discovered in a soil sample smuggled out of Syria, The Times of London reported on Saturday.

IRAN: After a fruitless Six Powers meeting with Iran on its nuclear program, US Secretary of State Kerry said that President Obama "has determined to continue to pursue the diplomatic channel."

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 14 people in two bombings outside of a mosque in the town of Kaanan in Diyala. An Awakening leader was assassinated in Kirkuk. Security forces uncovered a bomb factory in Kirkuk.

A CHIHUAHUA  that caused quite a traffic jam on H-1 Eastbound in Hawaii Thursday morning has finally been reunited with his owner. (Thx, Zoey.)


FROZEN TURKEY VULTURES fall from the sky in South Dakota. With God as my witness, I thought they could fly.

THE SWARM: Police in San Sebastián de la Gomera have cordoned off an abandoned house after finding a seven-meter-long wasp nest.

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YFFs, Telekinesis, Mudhoney, Cutout Bin, Cat + Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

TELEKINESIS stops by the KEXP studios for a quick unplugged set.

MUDHONEY stopped by KEXP for a raging live set.

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

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN visit WNYC Soundcheck for an in-studio performance and conversation.

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR drops "Hiding" ahead of the Patterns EP.

THE NATIONAL drops "Don't Swallow The Cap" ahead of Trouble Will Find Me.

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to DIY about the tumultuous gestation of the upcoming Desire Lines. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CRAIG FINN: The Washington Square News features fave lyrics from The Hold Steady's scribe. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NATIONAL'S 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

R.E.M.'s albums, ranked by Spinner (which gets it wrong immediately).

CUTOUT BIN: From the 5th Dimension to Soft Cell, from Funkadelic to Tikashi Miyaki, from Wilson Picket to the Stray Cats, plus Springsteen, Ian McCullough, Elton John, Sonny & Cher 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 generally unscreened Scary Movie V; and 42, currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

LINDSAY LOHAN was back to her hard-partying, tantrum-throwing, glass-tossing ways at Chelsea club 1Oak hours after a tearful talk about rehab with Dave Letterman.

JAY-Z responded to critics of his Cuba trip in rap.  The White House denied involvement.

JOE JONAS got one of those fan videos inviting him to a college dance. His response was both creepy and amusing.

MIRANDA KERR was not fired as a Victoria's Secret Angel for “being difficult” but is stepping down because she could not devote enough time to the demanding brand, sources exclusively tell Page Six.

GWYNETH PALTROW talks about Iron man 3, Botox and more at Harper's Bazaar. Come for the infor, stay for the sycophancy.

RACHEL McADAMS, BRADLEY COOPER & EMMA STONE in the next Cameron Crowe pic? It's all happening.

TURKISH police disclosed that a February raid on two terrorist cells in Istanbul and Tekirdag revealed an al Qaeda plot to bomb the US Embassy in Ankara, an Istanbul synagogue, and other targets.

MALI: The US assistant secretary of defense for special operations said the current UN-backed ECOWAS force in Mali is "completely incapable" and that the al Qaeda-linked militants would try to regroup in Mali once the French forces left.

SYRIA: The Assad regime called on the UN to designate the Al Nusrah Front as a terrorist organization, following the group's announcement of its affiliation with al Qaeda. At least 57 people were killed in Deraa province after government forces assaulted two towns linked to defections from the Syrian army.

EGYPT: President Morsi withdrew a number of complaints against journalists that his office had filed.

CAT dances on DOG's head.

WHEN DUCKS AQUACK: Residents of a Florida city are complaining to officials about unprovoked and unexpected attacks from aggressive ducks.

BEAVERS REHAB after their dam helped stop an oil spill.

CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS born at the Nashville Zoo.

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