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Klaxons, Lily Allen Death Grips & Bjork, Spoon, Baby Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON debuts  "Rent I Pay," the lead-off cut to They Want My Soul.

THE KLAXONS are streaming Love Frequency.

LOWER is advance streaming Seek Warmer Climes.

LILY ALLEN posted demos of unreleased songs, just for laughs.

DEATH GRIPS... and BJORK.  Yes, really.

JEFF TWEEDY plays the new “Low Key” at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Festival.

FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Cat Stevens’ “Trouble."

THE ROSEBUDS drop "In My Teeth" ahead of Sand + Silence.

THE UNDERTONES: "Teenage Kicks" and "Here Comes the Summer" are your Twofer Tuesday

THE OLD 97s bassist Murry Hammond talks to PopMatters about a quarter century leading to Most Messed Up.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws talk to Drowned In Sound about their record’s genesis, the nature of songwriting, and the future of their individual careers.

THE PIXIES leave the door open for Kim Deal.

YOU TUBE: Dictating terms to Indie labels. Remember when Google's motto was, "Don't Be Evil"?  Good times.

TRACY MORGAN underwent surgery for numerous broken bones as he recovers from injuries sustained during a fatal traffic accident. He's responsive, which encourages the docs. A truck driver charged in the weekend crash that killed a man and injured Morgan and others in New Jersey was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the incident, a criminal complaint filed in the case says.

SANDRA BULLOCK may have been in harm's way when someone broke into her house over the weekend.

HALLE BERRY was ordered to pay baby daddy Gabriel Aubry 16 grand monthly in child support.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Drunk enough to have Jack In The Box brought to her in a nightclub.

RIK MAYALL of The Young Ones and Drop Dead Fred has died at age 56. The Metropolitan Police said the death was not believed to be suspicious.

TAYE DIGGS talks to Redbook about his divorce from Idina Menzel. or, as she is known to John Travolta, Adele Dazeem.

LIL' KIM  gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, on Monday.

HOW TO TRAIN YOU DRAGON 2: Here's the first five minutes.

UKRAINE, separatists battle to control the border with Russia. Numerous Russians, most of them war veterans, Cossacks or ultranationalists, have signed up to fight in Ukraine in recent weeks, either with recruiters or through one of several websites established expressly for enrolling them.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Administrators of several majority-Muslim state schools exposed students to extremist ideas and endangered their welfare by fostering a culture of fear and intimidation, Education Secretary Michael Gove told Parliament on Monday.

THE PAKISTANI TALIBAN threatened more violence after a five-hour assault on the nation's busiest airport killed 29 people - including all 10 attackers - raising a new challenge for a US ally trying to end years of fighting that has claimed thousands of lives.

LIBYA's Supreme Court yesterday ruled against the acting prime minister, Ahmed Meteeg, in effect placing his predecessor back in power in a case that has become a battle between the two main political camps.

SYRIA: Assad announced a wide-ranging amnesty on Monday, less than a week after he was re-elected to another seven-year term in the midst of civil war.

EGYPT:  Mob sex assaults overshadow the inauguration of Egypt's new president.

BABY GOATS Stampede.

URBAN FROGS seem to be using city drains to amplify its serenades to attract females. It's the froggy version of Mr. Microphone.

A FOX is stealing dozens of shoes in a Leeds suburb and dumping them outside a woman's house.

RATS are capable of feeling regret about their own actions, an emotion that has never previously been found in any other mammals apart from humans.

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Antlers, TV Girl, Willie Nelson, The Rentals, Squirrel CPR   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SIR MIX-A-LOT performs "Baby Got Back" with the Seattle Symphony and a cast of dozens.

THE ANTLERS advance stream Familiars.

TV GIRL is streaming TV Girl's French Exit.

WILLIE NELSON is advance streaming Band of Brothers.

MERIDIAN BROTHERS advance stream Salvadora Robot.

THE RENTALS return with the catchy "Thought of Sound" ahead of Lost In Alphaville.

IAN McCULLOCH joined ARCADE FIRE on a cover of Echo & The Bunnymen's 1983 single, "The Cutter".

BOB MOULD talks about the making of Beauty and Ruin at Rolling Stone.

THE KINKS: Ray and Dave Davies...together again?

JENNY LEWIS: The former Rilo Kiley frontwoman sat down with Billboard at the Governors Ball to discuss The Voyager, her first album in six years.

WEEZER's drummer, Patrick Wilson, catches a Frisbee and doesn't miss a beat of "Beverly Hills."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The Fault In Our Stars beat even high predictions to top the chart with 48 million.  Most of this was front-loaded, raising questions about next weekend, but for now note that this film is almost certainly already profitable, recouping four times its 12 million production budget. Maleficent places with 33 million on a 55 percent drop that's not bad, given last week's big debut. Even with over 300 million worldwide, it likely has to clear 500 million to profit. Edge of Tomorrow shows with 29.1 million, a shade below projections of 30 mill. It's also a little below the opening of Oblivion, and with a budget of 178 million, this one also needs to break 500 million, which means Cruise's worldwide fanbase will need to come out in force.  X-Men: Days of Future Past takes the fouth slot with14.7 million; with 600 million in worldwide receipts so far, this looks to be in the black.  A Million Ways to Die in the West rounds out the Top 5 with 7.2 million; Seth MacFarlane has a flop on his hands here, albeit a small one given its 40 million budget.

EDGE OF TOMORROW may sound like the title of a soap opera, but it it actually has more invention and wit than anything Tom Cruise has starred in for years. From the trailers, you may have surmised this is Groundhog Day meets Independence Day (with The Longest Day taking on additional meaning here also).  But there's actually a nice little twist in the beginning of the movie that has Cruise playing against the type that made him a megastar in the Eighties and Nineties. There's also a great scene in an English pub that punctures one of the cliches of the alien invasion genre.  A further twist at the end is fairly obvious, but overall, it's just the right mix of action, drama and comic relief (some supplied by the ubiqiuous Bill Paxton, but mostly situational) that makes for a nifty summer popcorn movie.  Recommended, even though (as longtime readers know) I've been known to mock Cruise offscreen.

TRACY MORGAN: A Georgia truck driver has been charged in connection with the wreck on the New Jersey Turnpike that left comedian-actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition and another man dead, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement released Saturday.

JUSTIN BIEBER: turned to the Lord while being shaken down over his racist videos — and washed away his sins with a baptism performed in a bathroom.

MELANIE GRIFFITHhas filed for divorce from Antonio Banderas.


CASEY CASEM  is in critical condition at a hospital in western Washington.

IAN ZIERING weighs in on Tori Spelling's reality show.

UKRAINE's new leader, Petro Poroshenko, said the violence that’s rocked the former Soviet republic’s easternmost regions must end this week as peace talks began involving an envoy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

EGYPT: Ex-army chief Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to to tackle "terrorism" and bring security, after being sworn in as Egypt's new president.

LIBYA: The mainly Tebu 25th Brigade, a.k.a. Ahmed Al-Shareef Brigade, which guards the Sarir and Messla oilfields as well as at the Shula oil compound, announced it is joining Khalid Haftar's forces.

AFGHANISTAN: Security officials said that the Taliban killed three soldiers in IED attacks, and 13 Taliban fighters died in premature detonations in Sar-i-Pul and Helmand. Security officials also accused the Lashkar-e-Taiba of launching the suicide attack that targeted presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A pool man gave a drowning ground squirrel CPR and nursed it back life.

MYSTERY SEA MONSTER swallowed a Great White Shark whole. Gonna need a much bigger boat.

A MOMMA DOG saved her puppies from a drainage canal after rescue teams asked for her help in the southwestern Turkish province of Muğla on June 7.

A PET TIGER? This will end well

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Otis Redding Review, Conor Oberst & Dawes, Tom Petty, Cutout Bin, Kitten Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with OTIS REDDING & FRIENDS!  Circa 1967, this review includes Booker T & The MGs ("Green Onions"), The Mar-Keys ("Philly Dog"), Arthur Conley ("Sweet Soul Music"), Eddie Floyd ("Raise Your Hand"), Sam and Dave ("You Don't Know Like I Know," "Soothe Me," and "Hold On, I'm Coming"), the Mar-Keys ("Philly Dog" and "Last Night") and a barnstorming, five-song set by Otis Redding that includes "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)," "My Girl," "Shake," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," and "Try A Little Tenderness." And yeah, that's Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass behind Otis.

CONOR OBERST & DAWES played a mini-set together on The Current.

JOHN GRANT played a set at Rockwood Music Hall for WFUV.  

ST. LUCIA stopped by WFUV's Studio A to perform a couple of songs from When the Night

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS return with “American Dream Plan B” ahead of Hypnotic Eye.

LOS CAMPESINOS! drop "Little Mouth"  for the movie Benny And Jolene.

FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

SPOON: Britt Daniel and Jim Eno talk to All Songs Considered about their upcoming LP.

THE KLAXONS: Jamie Reynolds talks to The Guardian about New Rave and a new album.

THE BEASTIE BOYS take a 1.7 million dollar Monster Energy drink.

GARY GLITTER has been charged with eight more sexual offenses, all of which involve girls who were between 12 and 14 years of age, and all of which were allegedly committed between 1977 and 1980.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Doors to the Old 97s, from the Georgia Satelittes to Bananarama, from REM to Jimi Hendrix,plus the Clash, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Page, the Beatles 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 Fault In Our Stars, which is currently scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Edge of Tomorrow, which is scoring 89 percent. Chef expands wide at 88 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER apologized yet again for another racist video. Did TMZ blackmail Bieber with it?

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO refused to be filmed for Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

ROSAMUND PIKE is expecting her second child with Robie Uniacke.

D-DAY: The anniversary of the invasion ofNormandy is here, now with color footage.

UKRAINE: Conflicting accounts emerged Wednesday from heightened fighting in eastern Ukraine, with a Ukrainian government official claiming forces loyal to Kiev had inflicted heavy losses on separatists and a pro-Russia official boasting that militants had downed government jets and helicopters.

VENEZUELA: A Venezuelan judge has ordered opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez to stand trial on charges of instigating violence at an anti-government protest in February.

NIGERIA: Hundreds of people were killed in raids by Boko Haram Islamic militants in northeast Nigeria's Borno state, on the border with Cameroon, with some sources putting the death toll at 400 to 500.

LIBYAN National Army forces leader Khalid Haftar survived a suicide bombing at his headquarters yesterday that slightly injured him; he said he is well and that "there will be a strong response" to the attack.

IRAN: Speaking from a stage decorated with a banner proclaiming “America cannot do a damn thing,” Iran’s supreme leader on Wednesday asserted that the Obama administration had taken the option of military intervention to resolve conflicts off the table.

WHEN KITTEN ATTACKS: Let's go to the Vine.

IRANIAN GOAT on a motorbike.

BAO BAO the PANDA turned down a wedding invitation.

CAPYBARAS, TURTLES & DUCKS, sleeping together.... mass hysteria!

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GbV, Jack White, Kasabian, Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Mourning Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HAD SOME PERSONAL BIZ, so today is the economy version of the blog.

GUIDED BY VOICES brings Funnie Or Die in to spoof Simon & Garfunkel in the video for "Bad Love Is Easy To Do."

JACK WHITE is advance streaming Lazaretto via iTunes.

KASABIAN is streaming 48:13 via iTunes.

CRAFT SPELLS advance streams Nausea.

MICHAEL STIPE talks and drops new music at Salon.

JEFF TWEEDY has formed a band with his son, Spencer; Scott McCaughey plays keyboards. They drop “I’ll Sing It,” ahead of Sukierae.

BOB MOULD talks to NPR about his beautiful, ruinous life in Punk.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN:  Born In The U.S.A. turns 30. Get Off My Lawn.

DON HENLEY is feuding with Okkervil River and Frank Ocean.


JUSTIN BIEBER did a horribly racist version of his own song 5 years ago.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN is pregnant again and expecting her third child with longtime love Scott Disick later this year.

GWYNETH PALTROW thinks water has feelings.

NAOMI WATTS joins the Divergent franchise.

CAMERON DIAZ & BENJI MADDEN: Caught canoodling on camera.

ROBERT PATTINSON is not Indiana Jones.

STAR WARS: ESPISODE VII director J.J. Abrams drops his own spoiler pic.

JUPITER DESCENDING? At the 11th hour, Lana and Andy Wachowski's sci-fi epic Jupiter Ascending, starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, is being pushed back from July 18 to Feb. 6, 2015.


THIS DOG will break your heart in six seconds.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED FISH has an anus right behind its head.

THE SHEEP World Cup.

VULTURES move in on lobbyists in Washington DC.

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The Fresh & Onlys, Cleanup, Robyn Hitchcock, Neko Case, 2-Legged Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PARQUET COURTS' video for "Black And White" is not in color.

THE FRESH & ONLYS advance stream House Of Spirits.

CLEANUP is streaming Sun Life.

WRECK & REFERENCE advance stream Want.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis, My Brightest Diamond, and more highlight the latest edition.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK covers the Psychedelic Furs’ "The Ghost In You" ahead of The Man Upstairs. Fun fact: I met the woman about whom the song was reportedly written.

NEKO CASE drops “These Aren’t The Droids,” ahead of the 2776 compilation.


THE BLACK KEYS: Patrick Carney talks to Carrie Brownstein about the complications of social media, the surreal nature of success, negative press, misconstrued interview statements, and more.

LED ZEPPELIN: A lawsuit has been filed claiming that the iconic Led Zeppelin song "Stairway to Heaven" was far from original.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER Since 1962, compiled by Mashable.

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2014 (So far), according to SPIN.

RHIANNA: Apparently, a see-through dress is still edgy, even at  the Council of Fashion Designers of America's fashion awards.

JONAH HILL threw a homophobic slur at a paparazzo, apologized on Howard Stern. Same stuff, different celeb.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is the Elle UK cover story.

BEYONCE is profiled by the New York Times magazine.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII will apparently include a familiar object, according to the latest TMZ spoiler pic.

DR. STRANGE may be helmed by a rising horror director, Scott Derrickson.

UKRAINE: As President Obama prepared to meet with Ukraine's president-elect for the first time Wednesday, the U.S. continued to rule out providing weapons to help Ukraine fight against pro-Russian insurgents. Ukrainian troops on Tuesday launched an offensive against pro-Russian insurgents in the eastern city of Slovyansk and advanced through the city’s outskirts, the nation’s interior minister said.

NIGERIA: Suspected Boko Haram militants bombed a sports bar near a military special operations base in Mubi in Adamawa state yesterday, killing at least 18 people and injuring 19; a suspect has been arrested.

LIBYA: Khalid Haftar's Libyan National Army claimed that it now controls about 80 percent of Benghazi, after clashes and airstrikes that included bombing the former Crown Prince's palace in the Fuwayhat area, which Ansar al Sharia was using as a headquarters.

AFGHANISTAN: To pull off the prisoner swap of five Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House overrode an existing interagency process charged with debating the transfer of Guantanamo Bay prisoners and dismissed long-standing Pentagon and intelligence community concerns based on Top Secret intelligence about the dangers of releasing the five men, sources familiar with the debate tell TIME.

A DOUBLE-AMPUTEE CAT navigates the stairs.

THE BIRDS: A woman was knocked out cold by a hawk in Forest Hills, PA.

A LARGE HOG escaped an exploding barbeque in Barrie, Ontario.

"RAT GIRL" has single-handedly launched an infestation of San Francisco after releasing thousands of rodents on to the streets of the city.

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