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Lily Allen, Dolly Parton, Aghan Whigs, Midges   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELBOW dropped a video for "My Sad Captains."

LILY ALLEN advance streams Sheezus via iTunes.

DOLLY PARTON advance streams Blue Smoke.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS stopped by KEXP to play songs off Do The Beast

HEAVY ROTATION: Download 10 songs NPR can't stop playing

ROBERT GORDON brings the rockabilly on Twofer Tuesday with covers Marshall Crenshaw's "Someday, Someway"  and Springsteen's "Fire" (with the legendary Link Wray), before the Pointer Sistsers got to it.

PAUL SIMON & EDIE BRICKELL were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after a "family dispute".

DAMON ALBARN talks to The Observer about his autobiographical solo debut, the state of pop, and more.

THE PIXIES' catalog is surveyed for the first time by Pitchfork.

FRANK BLACK talks to Weekend Edition about his graphic novel.

LESLIE MANN, ironically, has a bit of Freudian envy.


GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN: The Coldplay singer admits his issues were part of their split.

LINDSAY LOHAN's upcoming movie Inconceivable is having trouble securing financing and insurance for the troubled starlet because of her unprofessional behavior and diva antics.

TORI SPELLING was recently hospitalized for at least six days amid her marital issues with Dean McDermott. Of course it will be on the reality show.

KIM KARDASHIAN's Vogue cover looks to outsell the issues featuring Beyonce and Michelle Obama.

RICHARD GERE got free pizza because he looked homeless.

THE JUSTICE LEAGUE movie looks to fall into the hands of Zach Snyder.

UKRAINE: The mayor of Kharkiv, an unabashed critic of both sides in eastern Ukraine’s simmering conflict,was shot by a sniper.

VENEZUELA: There are growing signs that support for Maduro in the region is weakening, as some of Venezuela’s neighbors show unease with the government’s response to the nation's crisis, including the aggressive treatment of protesters.

SYRIA: Amid reports that the US is stepping up efforts to supply aid, including weapons, to rebels in Syria, questions must be asked as to where the aid is ultimately going, and what the end result is likely to be.


THE SWARM: Midges swamp boaters.

SHEEP went on the lam from a shearing event in NJ.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is monitored by a Springer Spaniel

A DOG BEEKEEPER with a special suit.

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Tune-Yards. Old 97s, Lykke Li, Lizard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE encores a bit of Kansas' "Dust In The Wind." Funny, if NSFW language.

TUNE-YARDS is advance streaming Nikki Nack.

THE OLD 97s are streaming Most Messed Up. I was late to this, so jump on it today.

LYKKE LI is advance streaming I Never Learn.

NIKKI LANE is advance streaming All or Nothin'.

COLIN MELOY debuted a new song, “Carolina Low,” on Q Live.

THE ROLLING STONES made their second US TV appearance on The Mike Douglas Show, covering Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away."

THURSTON MOORE writes about Jack Ruby and the forgotten forerunners of Punk.

THE HORRORS are profiled at DIY (Thx, Frank Yang).

LYKKE LI talks to Dazed about a post-tour depression leading to creative mania.

CLASSIC ROCK is the subject of a lawsuit against Pandora.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The Other Woman tops the chart with 24.7 million, although its Fri-Sun multiplier, 25 percent Tomatometer, and B+ Cinemascore suggest it's no Bridesmaids.That leaves Captain America: The Winter Soldier in second with 16 million.  Cap thus fails to become the first film to fourpeat domestically since The Hunger Games. OTOH, Cap's 645 million in worldwide grosses already surpasses Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World in the Marvel sequel sweepstakes. Heaven Is Real shows with 13.8 million; its 39 percent drop isn't bad when you consider it was the number one movie on Easter Sunday and it has earned 51.9 million against a 12 million production budget.  Rio 2 takes a similar drop to the fourth slot with 13.7 million; its 96 million domestic total slightly trails the orignal's 104 million over the same timeframe.  The debut of Brick Mansions rounds out the Top 5 with 9.6 million, given the poor reviews and the inherent problems in advertising the late Paul Walker, this is probably not too bad.  Below the fold, Transcendence looks like a bomb on a 62 percent drop from a poor opening.  The Quiet Ones debuted in seventh place with 4 million and a per screen average that suggests flop unless its unreported budget was under one million.

DONALD STERLING, billionaire owner of the L.A. Clippers, told his seemingly much younger and not particularly caucasian galpal he did want her bringing black people to his games, including Magic Johnson. She claims he knew he was being recorded. She's also the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the Sterling family. Sterling is no stranger to claims of racial discrimination, either.

GEORGE CLOONEY is reportedly engaged to be married to girlfriend Amal Alamuddin.

KIM KARDAHIAN & KANYE WEST are planning on three weddings?

COURTNEY COX is very happy with her new boyfriend, Snow Patrol rocker Johnny McDaid.

COLUMBUS SHORT will not return to the cast of Scandal, following alleged battery and spousal abuse claims.

SELENA GOMEZ hires Katy Perry's manager after firing her parents.

FRANK: An eccentric comedy about an eccentric rock band led by a man who has wandered off the spectrum of eccentricity and into mental illness.

UKRAINE: Pro-Russian separatists holding a European military observer team in eastern Ukraine released one of the observers for medical reasons Sunday, shortly after parading them before cameras, officials on both sides of the dispute said. Others remain captive. Also, regional TV station in Donetsk had been seized.  And militants in the town of Gorlivka have captured Ukrainian Security Service officers. And Russia has started new military drills near the border. Didn't the US claim to have cut some deal to de-escalate this stuff?

VENEZUELA: Scores of opponents of President Nicolas Maduro marched in Caracas on Saturday, vowing to remain on the streets in defiance of a high court ruling limiting protests.

SYRIA: The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front fought against regime forces in Reef Dimashq; and in Aleppo, where they were joined by the Muhajireen wal Ansar Army.

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon is reportedly devising three alternative budget plans for US forces in Afghanistan in 2015: for zero troops; for 5K troops; and for 10K troops.

BUDDY THE LIZARD greets his owner like a dog...after some prompting.

BATS IN THE BELFRY shower Norfolk paishoners with feces.

SUPER-RATS expected to outnumber humans two-to-one in Britain next year.

GONNA NEED A BIGGER HORSE: Idaho ranch struggles to keep up with heavy tourists.


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REM, Replacements, Fanfarlo, Cutout Bin, Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 25, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

THE REPLACEMENTS' Six Greatest Hometown Shows.

FANFARLO bring a quartet of songs from their 2014 release, Let's Go Extinct, to the KEXP Studio

THE WAR ON DRUGS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

ELEPHANT is advance streaming Sky Swimming.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

VERUCA SALT does their first interview in 17 years at Stereogum, and drops a video for "The Museum of Broken Relationships."

LYKKE LI talks to DIY about her new, near-minimalist aesthetic.(Thx, Frank Yang.)

MORE THAN EARWORM: 11 Popular Songs The CIA Used To Torture Terror Suspects.


CUTOUT BIN: From the Sex Pistols to Suzanne Vega, from Dexy's Midnight Runners to Squirrel Bait, from XTC to the Shangri-Las, plus Ron Sexsmith, Jane's Addicition, Thin Lizzy, the Parliaments 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: The Other Woman, currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Brick Mansions, which is scoring 36 percent; and The Quiet One, scoring 39 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER was detained at Los Angeles International Airport by U.S. Customs officials Thursday.

MILEY CYRUS finally left the hospital.

BRYAN SINGER: BuzzFeed takes a deep dive inside the Hollyweird world of the director who got hit with a sexual assault lawsuit.

TOM HARDY: Secretly married?

DIANE KEATON says she has “failed” at settling down and tying the knot.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & LUPITA NYONG'O may wind up in a live-action Jungle Book.

THE HOBBIT has a new subtitle.

UKRAINE: Tensions escalated sharply Thursday, with Russia embarking on new military drills near the border after Ukrainian forces said they killed five pro-Russian militants.

VENEZUELA's inflation accelerated to 4.1 percent in March from 2.4 percent the month before, the central bank said on Thursday, attributing the situation to an opposition-led "economic war" and months of violent street protests.

PORTUGAL THE MAN is trying to save the Sumatran Tiger through the magic of vinyl.

ANCIENT ASSASSIN FLIES FOUND IN AMBER: This movie ends with a T. Rex fight.

A HORSE in a Smart Car?

DOGS & CATS CAN LOVE YOU, theoretically.

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Britpop, Howlin Rain, Ex-Cult, Rodney Crowell, Rabbits   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PARQUET COURTS' video for "Sunbathing Animal" pays tribute to the Replacements’ legendary clip for “Bastards Of Young.”

LIVE FOREVER: The Rise and Fall of Britpop.

HOWLIN' RAIN advance streams Live Rain.

EX-CULT advance streams Midnight Passenger.

RODNEY CROWELL streams Tarpaper Sky.

SOUNDGARDEN shares the demo for "Superunknown."

COURTNEY LOVE drops "You Know My Name" as a single.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL, like Christopher Columbus and the cast of Easy Rider, look for "America."

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to The Rumpus lying on his back looking up at the ceiling or with eyes closed. (Thx, LHB.)

OASIS: Stereogum excerpts the forthcoming the Definitely Maybe 33⅓ book.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT: A living legend talks to The Quietus about his long career, increasingly busy schedule, Prof Longhair,and more.

SWERVEDRIVER is interviewed by The 405. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

LUPITA NYONG'O: The Oscar-winning actress from 12 Years A Slave is People magazine's Most Beautiful.

JODIE FOSTER wed photographer Alexandra Hedison over the weekend after dating for almost a year.

CHRIS BROWN's Washington DC assault trial has been put on hold for several months.

BACHELORETTE contestant Eric Hill, who was severely injured in a paragliding accident on Sunday, has died.

KATY PERRY left children in tears at a recent birthday party.

ALICIA SILVERSTONE: From Clueless to Clueless.

FLASH GORDON could be rocketing back to the big screen. Ahh-ahh!

UKRAINE: A contingent of US Army paratroopers arrived in Poland on Wednesday, the first of what will be a "persistent presence" of US troops as the crisis in nearby Ukraine continues to unfold.

VENEZUELA: Fifteen years of socialist rule and an acute economic crisis is catching up with Venezuela's shopping malls, once impenetrable oases of consumerism where rich and poor alike sought refuge from crime-ridden streets.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES: Rival factions Hamas and Fatah announced plans to form a unity government in the next five weeks. US officials warned that the new government must recognize Israel and renounce violence, two conditions Hamas has never accepted.

TURKEY: Prime Minister Erdogan confirmed that Turkey sent a convoy to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah, a tiny piece of Turkish territory inside Syria's province of Aleppo. Turkey reportedly deployed six tanks and 12 armored vehicles within 200 meters of positions held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Former prime minister Tony Blair gave a wide-ranging address in which he called rising Islamist extremism the most pressing challenge of the current age, and said Western countries must face the core ideological issue, "take sides," and support pluralistic societies in the growing battle against those who seek to impose a "closed-minded" Islamist polity. His speech drew considerable comment from international quarters.

RABBITS do what rabbits are known for on an Easter telecast.

WHEN A DUCK ATTACKS:  A woman visiting her mother in Oregon is suing her neighbor, seeking 275K for pain, suffering and other damages she says were inflicted when a pet duck ambushed her for no apparent reason.

THE ASTONISHING X-RATS: Mutants too smart to trap.

DOG testifies in French murder case.

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Damon Albarn, Dirty Projectors, Wovenhand, Llama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 paid tribute to Mike Peters and The Alarm on the BBC.

DAMON ALBARN is advance streaming Everyday Robots via iTunes. He also talks The Guardian track-by-track through the LP.

DIRTY PROJECTORS member Nat Baldwinadvance streams In the Hollows. Collaborator Olga Bell advance streams Krai.

WOVENHAND advance streams Refractory Obdurate.

GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER advance streams Midnight Sun.

ISLANDS' Nick Diamonds and Idiot Glee’s James Friley cover Harry Nilsson's "Are You Sleeping?" from The Point.

THE PRIMITONS play "Seeing Is Believing" at an in-store appearance from 1985.  Proof positive that the Internet makes the "Where Are They Now?" file bottomless.  Background at Trouser Press.

THE HOLD STEADY talks to the Wall Street Journal about Teeth Dreams

DAVE DAVIES, the Kinks guitarist who suffered a stroke in 2004, sent a message of support to AC/DC's Malcolm Young.

BLACK FLAG: Greg Ginn and FLAG have settled their litigation.

VINYL vs CDs: This supposed explainer from Vox on the superiority of CDs overlooks that wider dynamic range means nothing if you produce recordings for max loudness -- which many do in an age of listening with earbuds and Bluetooth speakers to iPods and smartphones. A similar point could be made about the relative "warmth" of different media. In many ways, pop music has reverted back to the early 60s, when records were produced to sound good on AM radio in cars and cheap transistor radios.  Call Vox "explanatory jornalism," but journalism is a business based on Gell-Mann Amnesia.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Fake miscarriage to cover for her unprofessional behavior?

DREW BARRYMORE and her husband, art advisor Will Kopelman, welcomed their second child, who doesn't have a silly Hollywood name.

LAURA PREPON personally nixed the Tom Cruise dating rumor.

KATE UPTON doesn't miss a beat when asked what she wants in a man.

UMA THURMAN and fiance Arpad “Arki” Busson have called off their engagement for the second time.

AARON SORKIN wants to apologize for The Newsroom.

COURTNEY COX squashed all hope of any potential Friends reunion.

BRIAN WILLIAMS raps Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice," confronts Jimmy Fallon.

CRIMEA grows chatoic under Russian control.

VENEZUELA's interior minister reported Tuesday the arrest of nine people on charges of leading, financing and organizing violent anti-government protests in the Caracas municipality of Chacao.

SYRIA: The US State Department said it had received indications that chlorine gas was used in an attack in Syria this month, which the US is investigating with the assistance of the UN and the OPCW.


A 13-FT HAMMERHEAD SHARK surprised beachgoers in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.

KILLER SPONGES discovered in the Pacific.

1130 LIVE DUCKLINGS were delivered to an employer as the result of a wage dispute.

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