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Elvis, The National, Valerie June, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Chimps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 36 years ago last night, 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!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include 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, which you can see on the Tube.  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 2013: The KIng Lives On In Memphis.

THE NATIONAL perfoms a six-song set at the UBS Forum.

THE GOLDBERG SISTERS: Adam Goldberg (more known as an actor) is advance streaming Stranger's Morning.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

VALERIE JUNE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE FRESH & ONLYS drop "Soothsayer" -- the title track of their upcoming EP.

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.

KATHLEEN HANNA talks to SPIN about her new band, new album, and new outlook.

THE 10 BEST PULP SONGS, according to Stereogum.

DAVID LYNCH discusses his new album at Salon.

THE MOST EIGHTIES 80 VIDEOS, categorized by Rolling Stone.

ALLEN LANIER, founding member of classic American hard-rock act Blue Öyster Cult -- and adder of the umlaut -- passed away from complications related to the lung disease COPD. He was 67. The band's statement makes the obligatory reference. 

CUTOUT BIN: From Bad Brains to the Beatles, from Seu Jorge to Rick Astley, from Jimi Hendrix to the Jesus & Mary Chain, plus Sly & the Family Stone, The Smiths, Republica, T. Rex 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: Kick-Ass 2, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Lee Daniels' The Butler, currently scoring 73 percent; Paranoia, coming in at 04 percent; and Jobs, the biopic scoring 23 percent.

LISA ROBIN KELLY -- who played Eric Forman's older sister on “That '70s Show” --  passed away in her sleep Wednesday night at a rehab facility in California.

CHRIS BROWN's hit-and-run case was dismissed, even though prosecutors argued Chris deserved to be punished and punished severely for his alleged vehicular misdeed.

AMANDA SEYFRIED's new beau is... Justin Long.

LINDSAY LOHAN is guesting on Eastbound And Down.

KIM KARDSHIAN finally showed her face in public after birthing baby North West.

KATE BOSWORTH is getting married to director Michael Polish in a "country- style wedding" at the end of the month.

LEBANON: A car bomb struck a complex used by Hezbollah in a Beirut suburb, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 200 more. Shortly after the blast, a video was released by a previously unknown Syrian Sunni group, the Aisha Umm-al Mouemeneen, claiming the attack and warning Hezbollah.

EGYPT: With their leaders jailed or silent, Islamists reeled in shock at the worst mass killing in Egypt’s modern history. By Thursday night, health officials had counted 638 dead and nearly 4,000 injured, but the final toll was expected to rise further. President Obama called on the military government in Egypt to stop "the cycle of violence and escalation" and said the US was canceling planned joint military exercises with Egypt; aid to Egypt has not been suspended, due to concerns about destabilizing the region.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 34 people in a series of nine bombings throughout the capital of Baghdad. One bombing took place near the Foreign Ministry. Secretary of State Kerry met with his Iraqi counterpart and warned of the threat posed by the al Qaeda network in Iraq and beyond.

LAB CHIMPS breathe fresh air after 30 years.

THE OLINGUITO: Papa's got a brand new mammal. It's a member of the raccoon family.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER is expected to recover after eating 13 rocks.

ZOO FRAUD: A Chinese zoo's attempt to pass off fluffy dogs as "African lions" and rats as "snakes" has infuriated the zoo's visitors.

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Jim James, King Krule, Deer Tick, Chihuahua Yoga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATMOS plays Bow Wow Wow's "I Want Candy" for the A.V. Club Undercover. (Or is it The Strangeloves?) Their topical rewrite is called "I Want Snowden."

JIM JAMES plays a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF played a set at the Newport Folk Festival.

KING KRULE advance streams 6 Feet Beneath The Moon.

DEER TICK stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a chat and mini-set. 

YUCK drops "Middle Sea" as a single ahead of Glow & Behold.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS cover "Six Days on the Road."

MARTIN HANNETT'S LOST TAPES of Joy Division, New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Magazine, the Durutti Column, and more were rescued from the trash... but none of the bands seem interested.

THE BREEDERS' Last Splash, Reconsidered 20 Years Later. Get Off My Lawn.

PATTI SMITH plans to perform the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson.

INDIE SONGS about pop stars.


SIMON COWELL's baby mama quickly settles her nasty divorce.

BACHELOR star Gia Allemand hanged herself. She was 29.

DAVID ARQUETTE has been dumped from his latest film project, after months of hard partying and booze benders.

50 SHARDES OF GREY's author, E.L. James, tops the Forbes top-earning authors of 2013 list.

WERNER HERZOG: Making the world better one film at a time.

SWEDEN: Due to the historic murders of Prime Minister Olof Palme and Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, Sweden has been labelled as a "high risk" country by a US security team in the lead-up to President Obama's official visit in September.

EGYPTIAN security officers stormed two encampments packed with supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, on Wednesday in a scorched-earth assault that killed hundreds, set off a violent backlash across Egypt and underscored the new government’s determination to crush the Islamists who dominated two years of free elections. The Muslim Brotherhood vowed to continue sit-ins as the presidency announced a one-month national state of emergency. Morsi supporters reportedly torched three churches. Egyptian VP Mohamed ElBaradei resigned in response to the crackdown on Morsi supporters.

LIBYA: A Benghazi Special Forces colonel was injured by a car bomb attack on his vehicle, and a female journalist in Benghazi was shot at and threatened.

DOWNWARD FACING DOG: A Chihuahua does Yoga.

MONKEY LUST and the science of human desire.

A FARMER in western Sweden is under pressure to find female companionship for his lone male pig, with authorities threatening to take the hog away if he fails to comply.

A COPPERHEAD bites itself after decapitation.

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Mac McCaughan, Crocodiles, Pure Bathing Culture, Baby Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAC McCAUGHAN & KELLY HOGAN play Nick Gilder's "Hot Child In The City" and Jonathan Richman's "That Summer Feeling" for the A.V. Club Undercover, atop a double-decker bus in Chi-town.

CROCODILES advance stream Crimes of Passion.

PURE BATHING CULTURE advance streams Moon Tides.

DRENGE is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

BRAIDS advance streams Flourish.

CULTS drops "I Can Hardly Make You Mine" ahead of Static. 

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." Did you not check the top video today?

CHARLATANS drummer Jon Brookes died from bain cancer. He was 44.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Kevin Shields talks to Pitchfork about the long and laborious process of recording the follow-up to Loveless.

YO LA TENGO: James McNew talks to the Daily Swarm about what keeps driving the veteran indie band.

ELVIS COSTELLO, ranked by Stereogum.

FAMKE JANSSEN claims she's been targeted in a crime so creepy, it will make your skin crawl.

LINDSAY LOHAN had a secret meeting in rehabwith Ben Affleck, who advised her on staying sober and making a comeback.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST are secretly planning a big wedding.

JIMMY FALLON and his wife struggled with fertility for five years before welcoming daughter Winnie via a surrogate on July 23.

BRITNEY SPEARS spent 7 million last year, but remains a bargain shopper.


AN AMERICAN DRONE STRIKE has killed four suspected al Qaeda militants associated with the latest threat that prompted the closing of US embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a senior US official.

GEN. MARTIN DEMPSEY, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Syrian conflict has become a regional one "that stretches from Beirut to Damascus to Baghdad" and will not be resolved quickly or easily.

EGYPT: Supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi called for protests to condemn Morsi's ouster as well as Zionism. Supports and opponents of Morsi reportedly clashed in the streets of Cairo.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 26 people in bombings and attacks in Balad, Baqubah, and Fallujah.

A BABY PANDA meets her mother.

A GOLDENDOODLE protects a schoolgirl from a potentially fatal nut allergy.

AN ALLIGATOR SNAPPING TURTLE is hunted by a German town after attacking a young boy.

A MISSING BORDER COLLIE was found in a tree in Davenport, IA.

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Mountain Goats, Tift Merritt, Jake Bugg, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TELEKINESIS plays Donovan's "Sunshine Superman" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS play a set at the Newport Folk Festival

TIFT MERRITT played a set at the Newport Folk Festival, with a cameo from Andrew Bird.

FUTUREBIRDS play psych-tinged folk-rock live in the KEXP studio.

JAKE BUGG performs an acoustic mini-set at The Current

JANE'S ADDICTION drops "Another Soulmate" as a single.

NINE INCH NAILS drops "Copy of A" as a single.

JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Weekend Edition about recording All Hail West Texas on a boombox.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison talked songwriting with Chicago magazine ahead of Lollapalooza.

NEKO CASE talked to Vue Weekly about the more personal songs on The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

REM's rare fan club singles could be released as a charity box set, guitarist Peter Buck has told the BBC.

AMANDA BYNES' psychiatric hold was extended for another 30 days.

JUSTIN BIEBER jammed out a naked serenade for his grandma. There's a picture.

PAULA DEEN: In one of the most supremely ironic court decisions in a long time, a judge threw out the racial discrimination claim that caused the celeb her career.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE is on the cover of Vogue.

GEORGE LUCAS and his wife welcomed their first biological child. No word on the midichlorian count.

ANGUS T. JONES, cut as a lead from Two and a Half Men six weeks ago, has close friends and family worried about his well-being.

WORLD WAR Z has become Brad Pitt's highest-grossing film.

THE DAY THE CLOWN CRIED: Behind-the-scenes footage from the shelved Jerry Lewis Holocaust movie surfaced online.

A SENIOR US OFFICIAL said the recent al Qaeda threat "expanded the scope of people we could go after" in Yemen because it shed light on those who are providing direct support for terrorism.


EGYPT: Authorities said they have postponed plans to disperse two Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Cairo. A Muslim Brotherhood official said authorities would be able to disperse the sit-ins only "through a massacre of tens of thousands". The detention of former president Mohammed Morsi was extended for the second time.

IRAQ: After almost eight years in power, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki is showing signs he never wants to leave.

DOGS break up a cat fight.

THE BUTTER COW, an Iowa State Fair tradition since 1911,was vandalized by the group Iowans for Animal Liberation. BONUS: There are more than 60 foods on-a-stick at this years fair; they celebrate them in song.

JURASSIC SQUIRREL: 165m years ago, when feathered dinosaurs shared the land.

SLOTH HOARDING: Monique Pool came to the rescue of the sloths when their habitat was marked for destruction - but she never expected to find 200 of them.

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Superchunk, No Age, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Cat vs Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS play The Ramones' "Go Lil' Camaro Go" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

SUPERCHUNK is advance streaming I Hate Music.

NO AGE is advance streaming An Object.

TY SEGALL is advance streaming Sleeper.

JULIA HOLTER is advance streaming Loud City Song.

THE BAY CITY ROLLERS: "Summerlove Sensation."

HARRY NILSSON: American Beatle, filthy drunk, and the great lost music genius of the 1970s.

JOHN VANDERSLICE: Engadget tours his Tiny Telephone studio.

THE CIVIL WARS: Joy Williams talks to the CBC about the band's tension-laden second LP.The New York Times performs an autopsy of sorts.

EYDIE GORME, who – performing everything from ballads to bossa nova with singing partner and husband Steve Lawrence – made an indelible impression on American audiences during the swingin' '60s, died Saturday after a brief illness. She was 84.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Elysium tops the chart with 30.4 million against its 115 million budget.  That's disappointing for both the film and Matt Damon, whose post-Bourne career has been less than stellar. Consider that We're The Millers places with 26.6 million, but 38 million since opening Wednesday against a 37 million budget.  In which movie would you prefer to have invested? Last week, I was talking with my Dad about Jennifer Aniston's post-Friends career -- I don't care for most of her choices, but she's had a string of 100 million-plus pictures with considerably lower budgets.  Planes shows with 22.5 million against a 50 million budget.  That low budget will put Planes in the black, but it verges on bait-and-switch -- this poorly reveiwed kiddie-fare is the work of Disney's straight-to-video unit, not Pixar.  Percy Jackson debuts in the No. 4 slot with 14.6 million, a blah performance for a blah sequel in a blah franchise.  2 Guns rounds out the Top 5 with 11.1 million. That's a 59 percent plunge from its No. 1 debut, but still a lock to make money once the worldwide receipts are tallied.

LINDSAY LOHAN was reportedly up late partying with The Wanted, eight days out of rehab. Her rep denies, natch.

VINCE VAUGHN and his wife Kyla welcomed their second child, a son.

JAY LENO's final Tonight Show will air Feb. 6. The cast and crew will be paid through next September.

ASHLEY TISDALE is engaged to her musician boyfriend Christopher French.

CHRIS BROWN suffers a seizure, blames the media.

USHER wins his child custody battle.

SYRIA: The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it has documented the deaths of 106423 people since the start of the conflict in March 2011, but estimated that the actual number of casualties is twice that.

IRAN's new defense minister masterminded the 1983 bombing of the US Marine barracks in Lebanon.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 69 people in a wave of car bombings in major cities throughout Iraq. Dozens of tribal leaders in Anbar province vowed not to shelter al Qaeda leaders and fighters who escaped from Abu Ghraib prison last month.

CAT vs HORSE: Who you got?

A BEAR stops by an Idaho kitchen for stir-fry.

KITTEN rescued in TV studio.

A CROTCH CHOMPING FISH invades the southeastern coast of Sweden.

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