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Neko Case, Jason Isbell, Warpaint, Cat and Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JASON ISBELL and NEKO CASE play sets on Austin City Limits.

WARPAINT is advance streaming their self-titled sophomore LP.

AGAINST ME! is advance streaming Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

FIVE GREAT BEATLES COVERS, compiled by Esquire.  

THE BANGLES: Just another "Manic Monday"? I dunno. Susanna Hoffs now tweets that Saturday is more fun than Sunday.

THURSTON MOORE's 38 favorite songs.

KAISER CHIEFS frontman Ricky Wilson talks to The Guardian about complacency, moonlighting on The Voice, and more.

THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS wil join BRUNO MARS for the SuperBowl Halftime Show.

20 FUN FACTS about Led Zeppelin's debut LP, which is now 45 years old. Get Off My Lawn. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Lone Survivor tops the chart with 38.5 million -- close to the 40 million January debut record set by Cloverfield, and the film's own 40 million production budget.  After Battleship and The Kingdom, director Peter Berg had to work for scale and enlisted help from 29 producers to finance it.  Frozen places with 15 million on a still-leggy 23 percent drop -- but it seems like Disney is running out of audience here.  The Wolf of Wall Street shows with 9 millionand seems sufficiently leggy to break even domestically, leaving overseas for the profits.  The Legend of Hercules likely debuted in fourth place with an estimated 8.6 million against a 70 million budget. Ouch.  American Hustle remained in the Top 5 (and possibly fourth) with another 8.6 million as it broke the 100 million mark.  Below the fold,the Hunger games sequel didn't make much, but enough to pass Iron Man 3 as the biggest movie released in 2013.

HER, the latest from director Spike Jonze (who also wrote this time), only managed 5.4 million in its expeansion, a performance more in line with Being John Malkovich and Adaptation than his take on Where The Wild Things Are.  That's a shame, not only because Her is a better film than WTWTA, but also because Jonze, along with Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams and Rooney Mara, has crafted a sorta sci-fi romantic comedy that manages to be as thought-provoking as it is engaging.  I don't think Her -- about the relationship between a man going through a painful divorce and his computer's new operating system -- answers the questions it implicitly asks about whether people are more than organic computers, the role of hedonism in human life, or even whether the degree modern societies have to technology can become unhealthy.  However, the film does offer insights into our in ability to truly know each other, and how relationships fall apart.  That the film leaves the larger philosophical questions unrsolved keeps the focus on these more emotional questions, and thus might be viewed as a strength instead of a weakness.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. The crazy/drunk/funny awards went to Jaqueline Bisset, Emma Thompson, and Diane Keaton. The last of these was accepting a lifetime achievement award for Woody Allen, which was the part Mia Farrow switched off.

CHARLIZE THERON was caught canoodling Sean Penn at hiss Help Haiti Home gala.

ROBIN WRIGHT, the fmr Mrs Penn, is engaged to Ben Foster.

PAMELA ANDERSON married Rick Salomon. Again.

DAVID CASSIDY, busted for DUI. Again.

JUSTIN BIEBER may be charged with a felony after a house-egging incident.

KE$HA's mother is entering the same Chicago-area rehab center as her daughter.

THE BIG BANG THEORY is big like Jerry Lewis in France.

THE 50 BEST MOVIES of 2013, according to Paste.

THE UNITED STATES doubled the reward to million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of those responsible for the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the US Mission in Benghazi.

EGYPT: Defense Minister el Sisi said he would run for president if he believed it was the will of the people. Sisi urged Egyptians to vote in the country's upcoming constitutional referendum.

IRAN: The head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace division, claimed that improvements in Hezbollah's missile capabilities now enable the group to hit targets accurately anywhere in Israel.

SYRIA: A top Syrian National Council official claimed that discussions are underway with all opposition military forces, including the Islamic Front, to create a "Free National Army" to fight against extremist Islamist rebel groups and the Assad regime. The Islamic Front is reportedly considering the idea, said to involve a complete restructuring of the Free Syrian Army's Supreme Military Council.

IRAQ: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham killed the chief of intelligence in Anah, an Awakening leader and his family in Baghdad, a police captain in Al Kut, and two soldiers and a policeman in Mosul.

CAT adopts PUPPY...mass hysteria!

A TIGER FISH swallows a swallow in mid-flight.


AN AKITA hitches a ride on a tortoise.

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Led Zeppelin, Head & the Heart, Love Language, Cutout Bin,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LED ZEPPELIN! It was jimmy Page's birthday yesterday, so how 'bout Live at Knebworth, 1979?  Your setlist includes: 'The Song Remains the Same," "Celebration Day," "Black Dog," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "Over the Hills & Far Away," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Since I've Been Loving You," "No Quarter (Part 2)," "Hot Dog," "Rain Song," "White Summer/Black Mountainside," "Kashmir," "Trampled Underfoot," "Sick Again," "Achilles Last Stand," "Page Solo," "In the Evening," "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock n Roll," "Whole Lotta Love (Part 2)," and "Communication Breakdown."

THE HEAD & THE HEART stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays a Takeaway Show at La Blogotheque

THE LOVE LANGUAGE plays a HearYa session.

BOBBY BARE, JR performs live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

ARCTIC MONKEYS: "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor." Their ferocious (Domino) debut.

KINGS OF LEON are profiled by Rolling Stone; don't call it a comeback.  

SAINTSENECA's blend of neo-folk and psychedelica has been two years in the making, with an ssist from producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley).

BRITISH SEA POWER talks to DIY about From The Sea To The Land Beyond.  

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE 80s, according to Slicing Up Eyeballs readers (and presumably fans of The Cure). 

CUTOUT BIN: From Neil Young to camera Obscura, from Television Personalities to Al Wilson, from Belinda carlyle to the Everly brothers, plus birthday boys Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Jimmy Page and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide -- or expanding near-wide -- releases are: Lone Survivor, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Legend of Hercules, which has not been screened for critics; Her, currently scoring 92 percent; August: Osage County, which is scoring 61 percent; and Inside Llewyn Davis, scoring 94 percent.

MILEY CYRUS will be the face of Marc Jabobs this Spring.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham admits that her sex tape has ruined her life.

LINDSAY LOHAN has delayed filming of her reality series on Oprah Winfrey's cable network.

EMILY BLUNT is spending more on her unborn baby than the yearly income of a family of 6 living above the poverty level. 

KELLY OSBOURNE and her fiancé, vegan chef Matthew Mosshart, have split after two years together.

ZOE SALDANA will star in a TV mini-series of Rosemary's Baby.

SYRIA: The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham clashed with Islamist and non-Islamist rebels in Raqqah, Idlib, and Aleppo, and is said to be preparing numerous suicide attacks in Deir Izzour. In Hasakah, ISIS and rebel groups, including the Islamic Front, issued a joint declaration creating a unified sharia council and a joint operations room.

EGYPT: The Syrian civil war has now reached the heart of Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government said Thursday it will release 72 high-profile detainees, a decision that defies pleas by U.S. officials and deals a massive blow to U.S.-Afghan relations just as the two countries attempt to complete a long-term security agreement.

A POLAR BEAR CUB takes his first steps.

A CHIHUAHUA takes a joyride, to predictable results.

10000 REINDEER in northern Norway are to have their horns decorated with special biodegradable reflector cuffs to stop them being run over by motorists.

ZEUS, A PUPPY, blew up his owner's house. Bad doggeh!

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James Vincent McMorrow, You Blew It!, Wesley Stace, Micro-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 09, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEE RANALDO & THE DUST make a "Late Descent #2."

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW is streaming Post Tropical via iTunes.

YOU BLEW IT! advance streams Keep Doing What You're Doing.

WESLEY STACE, formerly John Wesley Harding, stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

LILY & MADELEINE paly a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

HOSPITALITY launches "Rockets and Jets" ahead of their new album, Trouble.

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN talked to Stereogum about her memoirs, Portlandia, and the future of Sleater-Kinney.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to All Songs Considered about the new LP, taking Ambien, running naked in the desert, etc.

DAVID BOWIE: NME listed 10 of his greatest achievements to celebrate his 66th birthday.

STREAMING RADIO: Indie musicians often hate the (lack of) payments, but Spotify and Pandora are lifting independent artists onto the charts with growing regularity, music industry statistics show. 

LINDSAY LOHAN is trying to recover a laptop computer that disappeared in Shanghai. Apparently, there are some naked photos on it.

STEVIE NICKS talks to US Weekly about shooting American Horror Story, John Mc Vie's health, Katy Perry and John Mayer, and more.

MERYL STREEP, who just shot a movie for Disney, savaged Walt Disney in a speech at the National Board of Review Awards.  She also lauded Emma Thompson (whom Streep was introducing) for not making things all about herself.

MARGOT ROBBIE (The Wolf of Wall Street) warns us against making love on a pile of cash.

JANE LYNCH settled her divorce case.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ went camping, sort of, over the weekend.

MADONNA is now dating one of her backup dancers, who happens to be 26 years old. Shocka.

AL QAEDA continues to grow in the Middle East.

SAUDI ARABIA has become the main backer of the Syrian rebels, including many hard-line Islamists who often fight alongside militants loyal to Al Qaeda.

EGYPT: The trial of former president Mohammed Morsi was postponed due to bad weather.

A MICRO-PIG works out on the treadmill.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An Arlington, VA apartment complex declares war on squirrels and squirrel sympathizers.

A FROG freezes solid whilesearching for a mate on an icy Norwegian lake.

CROCODILES beat the heat by invading a Queensland swimming pool.


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Barrence Whitfield, Hiss Golden Messenger, Drive-By Truckers, Dog Siren   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 08, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS played "Lariat" and "Stck Figures In Love" for Fallon.

BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams Bad Debt.

PAINTED PALMS advance stream Forever.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from St Vincent, Springsteen, I Break Horses and more highlight the latest edition.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS drop "Pauline Hawkins" ahead of English Oceans.

PLUS/MINUS returns with “The Space Between Us,”ahead of Jumping The Tracks.

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", Live on TheTube, 1987.

CONOR OBERST, frontman of Bright Eyes, responds to anonymous rape allegations.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle explains to Fast Company how he writes narratives, eschews outlining, and lets themes emerge by themselves. (Thx, LHB.)

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne loves Miley Cyrus and dismisses Bob Dylan at Rolling Stone.

THE EURYTHMICS are reuniting for a Grammy Tribute to the Beatles, which will air on the aniversary of the Fabs' seminal Ed Sullivan Show appearance.

CHARLIE SHEEN joked on Twitter about marring a adult film actress Brett Rossi to freak out his ex.

LINDSAY VONN announced she will not compete in the Sochi Olympics due to a knee injury.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL & ALYSSA MILLER have split after nearly six months of dating.

JERRY SEINFELD did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

LILY TOMLIN married Jane Wagner after 42 years together.

THE DIRECTORS GUILD of AMERICA announced the nominees for its feature film awards.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is circling an epic about Montezuma and Cortez, with Steve Zaillian reworking a 50-year-old script by once-blacklisted Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus).

RUN RUN SHAW, the Hong Kong media mogul and philanthropist whose movie studio exported Chinese cinema to a global audience in the 1960s, has died. He was 106. His films were a big influence on Quentin Tarantino.

THE TOP 5 F-BOMB FILMS, according to the New York Post.

SYRIA: The head of the Al Nusrah Front called for a ceasefire between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham and clashing rebel groups in Syria, the creation of an independent Islamic council to mediate disputes, and the exchange of prisoners. An opposition activist group said that 274 people have been killed in four days' fighting between ISIS and rebel groups, including at least 99 ISIS fighters, of whom 34 were executed by rebels. The activist group also claimed that regime airstrikes in Aleppo have killed over 600 people in the last three weeks.

EGYPT: Influential Qatar-based cleric Yusuf al Qaradawi issued a fatwa banning participation in Egypt's upcoming constitutional referendum.

IRAQ: The stunning conquest of Fallujah and Ramadi by al Qaeda fighters highlights Washington's refusal to provide Baghdad with the F-16s and Apache attack helicopters that could turn the tide in the bloody fight to recapture the key cities.

A DOG imitates a police siren.

WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING: The New York Times is on it.

THAT SCORPION was b-a-n-a-n-a-s.

CATTLE RUSTLERS gonna need a bigger car trunk.

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Grizzly Bear, Big Ups, Ron Sexsmith, Onesie Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS drop a video for "Stranger to My Happiness."

GRIZZLY BEAR: Watch the final show of the Shields tour in full.

BIG UPS are advance streaming Eighteen Hours Of Static.

RON SEXSMITH played a mini-set for World Cafe's "Sense of Place" series.

MOBY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and unpluggedy mini-set.

ST VINCENT drops "Digital Witness" ahead of her self-titled third LP.

TALKING HEADS: "Theme," a previously unheard 1976 instrumental, surfaces online.

LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to BuzzFeed about how his taste in music has changed over the years, and how he made his new album, Wig Out At Jagbags.

THE AVETT BROS' acendency is essayed by Rolling Stone. Is it a thinkpiece?

THE KINKS: A reunion is closer than ever, says Ray Davies.


MILEY CYRUS: Kellan Lutz denies dating rumors, concidental to the opening of his Hercules movie.

DREW BARRYMORE talks to Marie Claire about her estrangement from her mother, seders, and more.

EMMA WATSON has split from her long-term boyfriend.

EMMA ROBERTS got engaged to boyfriend Evan Peters.

LINDSAY LOHAN may not be writing a tell-all, but her mother reportedly is.

STEVEN SEAGAL is considering a run for the Arizona governor's office.

LARRY D. MANN, who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the animated Christmas favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, has died. He was 91.

THE UNITED STATES: A judge sentenced an American woman who called herself Jihad Jane to 10 years in prison - at least a decade less than prosecutors had sought for her role in a failed plot to kill a Swedish artist who had depicted the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad on a dog.

SAUDI ARABIA and other Gulf states are funding Armies elsewhere in the Middle East.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda gunmen seeking to form a radical Islamic state out of the chaos of Syria's civil war are fighting hard to reconquer the province they once controlled in neighboring Iraq, stirring fears the conflict is exporting ever more instability.

A DOG in a BATMAN ONESIE: Let's go to the video.

JASPER THE TABBY disappears for weeks at a time, by taking public transportation.

A DOG rescued treading water had been missing for two years. That's stamina.


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