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Fitz & the Tantrums, Love Language, Van Dyke Parks, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN, JEFF TWEEDY & JIM JAMES cover the gospel song "Twelve Gates to the City" and Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl" on the Americanarama tour.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by KUTX for a weekend mini-set. 

THE LOVE LANGUAGE is advance streaming Ruby Red. Liking it.

VAN DYKE PARKS is streaming Songs Cycled.Liking it, may not be your bag, baby.

HUNX AND HIS PUNX are streaming Street Punk. Snotty as it should be. (Thx, LHB.)

JASON ISBELL covers Neil Young in a Fresh Air interview.

KINGS OF LEON pull out a "Supersoaker" before their Mechanical Bull.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND gives advice to teen girls.

TUUNG takes Drowned By Sound on a track-by-track tour of Turbines.

25 ESSENTIAL SUB POP LPs, according to PopMatters.

THE ENDURING POWER OF DISCO, essayed by The Big Roundtable.

LEA MICHELE is trying to come to terms with the death of love Cory Monteith — and revelations from coroners on Tuesday that the Glee actor had accidentally overdosed on heroin and alcohol.

TINA TURNER finally married her decades-long beau, Erwin Bach.

CHARLIE SHEEN is a grandpa. Yes, really.

STACY KIEBLER has every intention of remaining friends with her ex-boyfriend George Clooney, whom she recently split with following a two-year courtship.

MARY LOUISE PARKER says she's almost done acting. She blames the internet.

SHARKNADO is getting the inevitable sequel.

BANGLADESH: The country's war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami politician Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid to death. Mujahid led a militia responsible for the deaths of intellectuals and other leaders who supported the country's independence from Pakistan; as many as 3 million people are said to have died during the nine-month war of secession.

LIBYA:  Prime Minister Zeidan threatened to "use force" to restore law and order, and said he plans to raise wages for soldiers and policemen. The commander of the Air Force's Search and Rescue Division was assassinated in the Islamist stronghold of Derna on July 15. Four military police vehicles in Tripoli were damaged yesterday in a coordinated attack using bombs attached to the vehicles' rear wheels.

IRAQ: Security forces captured an al Qaeda leader near Mosul. A court sentenced an al Qaeda leader who brutally murdered Iraqis in Baghdad to hang.

IRAN: Three prominent Iranian economists have called for Iranian civil-society activists, intellectuals, academics, artists, and others to reach out to the world and speak out against international sanctions, which they describe as "illogical" and "unfair."


MOSQUITOES love beer drinkers. They're not dumb.

A DOG was rescued from a roof with hot dog bits. Video at the link.

A TRANQUILIZED BEAR was saved from drowning by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologist Adam Warwick.

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Phoenix, Alice Russell, Mazzy Star< Hang Gliding Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE drops a video for "Valentine's Day."

PHOENIX plays a six-song set at World Cafe

ALICE RUSSELL plays a fiery Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SKINNY LISTER played a Tiny Desk Concert at the ofices of NPR.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA premiered three new songs on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MAZZY STAR drops "California" ahead of their first LP in 17 years.

JOHNNY MARR flips "The It-Switch" as the B-side to "New Town Velocity".

NO AGE makes "An Impression" ahead of An Object.

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of mid-July.

SURFER BLOOD talks to Stereogum about their sophomore album and the charges that nearly derailed their career.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE Short List is announced.

GREAT UNRELEASED MUSIC DOCS, compiled by Flavorwire.

THE CRAZIEST MUSICIAN CAMEOS, compiled by Rolling Stone.

CORY MONTEITH died from a lethal combination of heroin and alcohol, according to Canadian authorities. Shocka.

JUSTIN BIEBER spit in a man's face. Allegedly.

EMMA ROBERTS was arrested for a domestic violence incident in Canada — after allegedly bloodying her boyfriend, Evan Peters.

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting 2 million bucks for that Oprah interview.

ADAM LEVINE is engaged to Victoria's Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo.

FERGIE & JOSH DUHAMEL are having a boy.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR tops the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest Paid Actors.

RUSSIA: NSA leaker Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum.

IRAN: President-elect Rowhani said Iran's economy has contracted for the first time since the 1980s and that inflation is now at 42 percent. Russia, backed by China, has blocked a UN report that accused Iran of violating UN sanctions by conducting missile tests and shipping weapons to insurgents in Yemen; the move prevents the UN from imposing new sanctions on Iran at present.

EGYPT: At least seven were killed in clashes between security forces and supporters of former president Morsi.

A SERVICE DOG hang glides with his owner.

A PIGLET eats ice cream.

A STORK lays siege to a sleepy village in north Germany.

THAT HEADACHE? Flesh-Eating Maggots.

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Mudhoney, Gogol Bordello, Okkervil River, Big Country, Micro-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUDHONEY celebrated SubPop's 25th anniversary by playing a mini-set atop Seattle's Space Needle, starting with their classic, "Touch Me I'm Sick." More than TwoferTuesday.

GOGOL BORDELLO advance streams Pura Vida Conspiracy.

BRONCHO stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FRANK TURNER: The bawdy UK singer songwriter played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

OKKERVIL RIVER drops "Down The Deep River," while Will Scheff explains "Growing Up In Meriden."

J MASCIS covers Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You."

DISMEMBERMENT PLAN's new song is available by telephone.

ELF POWER drops "Sunlight On The Moon."

BIG COUNTRY's debut LP turns 30. Get Off My Lawn, but enjoy "In a Big Country" and "Fields of Fire" for Twofer Tuesday.

ELEANOR FRIEDBEREGER spins tunes (including Ace Frehley and Richard Thompson) and talks about her Personal Record with Stereogum.

BLOC PARTY: Kele Okereke talks to The Guardian about life beyond the band.

WILKO JOHNSON, the former Dr Feelgood guitarist and sometime member of the Blockheads, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, headlines a festival

15 POST-60s ONE-HIT WONDERS: Compiled by NME, three of which I have put on Summer mixes.


CORY MONTEITH: Sources tell E! News that "numerous amounts of alcohol" and other as yet unidentified substances were allegedly found in the late Glee star's hotel room Saturday.

JENNY McCARTHY was hired by The View. The announcement will not be treated as good news in certain circles: Some members of the medical profession have expressed their dismay, via social media, owing to her aggressive anti-vaccination campaign

CHRIS BROWN's probation in the Rhianna beating case was revoked in the wake of hit-and-run charges stemming from a car accident in May.

DAVE MATTHEWS hitched to a concert.

KELLY OSBOURNE and her fiancé Matthew Mosshart confirm they are officially engaged.

TEEN MOM: Rejected by Playboy.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Prime Minister Cameron is said to have abandoned plans to arm the Syrian rebels after warnings from senior military officials that sending arms would not likely alter the course of the conflict or could empower jihadist elements, and that the imposition of a no-fly zone or more significant measures could embroil Britain in a lengthy war.

IRAN: European courts are dismantling sanctions against the Islamic theocracy.

EGYPT: An NGO charged that the government has failed to properly protect the Coptic community, which has faced increasing attacks over recent weeks. An Islamist cleric who was previously given an 11-year suspended sentence for burning Bibles was sentenced in a separate case for offending Christianity. A Salafi leader said his group did not join pro-Morsi protests because Morsi had failed to apply sharia.

IRAQ: Terrorists killed 38 Iraqis in attacks throughout the country Sunday and nine more Monday.

A MICRO-PIG bathes in a bidet.

CHEEKY MONKEY swims at the Mumbai public pool.

CRICKETS talk trash, brag, dance, back Buddy Holly.

A SNAKE caused a power outage for 10000 customers in Arlington and Alexandria, VA over the weekend.Squirrels wanted for questioning.

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Edward Sharpe, Weekend, Junip, Pickwick, Freaky Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 15, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE drops "Sky High," a softer selection fromThe Sound Of The Life Of The Mind.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS advance stream a self-titled album.

WEEKEND advance streams Jinx.

JUNIP stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

PICKWICK stopped by Studio A at WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

KING CRIMSON: PopMatters makes the case for the quintessential prog rockers.

THE BEST OF 2013 (So Far), according to Stereogum, State, The Guardian, Crave, Flavorwire and Soundblab

ALICE COOPER: Not a fan of Mumford and Sons or The Lumineers.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despicable Me 2 tops the chart with 44.8 million, an unexpectedly strong showing upsetting Grown-Ups 2 at 42.5 million and Pacific Rim at 38.3 million. DM2, which cost less than either of this weekend's big debuts, has already crossed the 200 million mark, so this may be a case of pent-up demand. Meanwhile, Adam Sandler's first sequel fares much better than his recent efforts (Jack And Jill, That's My Boy).  Pacific Rim is described in disappointing terms by some,given a 190 million budget, but will likely do 100 million domestic and fare much better overseas than, say, The Lone Ranger, which dropped to No. 5 this weekend with 11.1 million and 71 million against a 250 million budget. The Heat took the fourth slot with another 14 million in the bank.

PACIFIC RIM was alright, but not the great film it could have been. After all, the giant robots (or here, exoskeletons) fight griant beasts was already a well-established niche when I was a kid with Shogun Warriors, and Japanese anime had been doing it since the Fifties.  But the human cliches brought out here (chiefly the psychologically fragile pilot common from Zero Hour to Top Gun) are never fully paid off -- and this film has at least two of them. Over-the-top turns from Idris Elba as the hard-bitten commander and Ron Perelman as a black-marketeer in monster parts helps save Pacific Rim from ever truly sinking into the depths, bt Guillermo del Toro could -- and has -- done so much better.

CORY MONTEITH, who famously played Finn Hudson on the TV show “Glee”, died Sunday in a Vancouver hotel room. The cause of death is not yet known (he completed a stint in rehab in April) but police ruled out foul play.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ married in a small wedding in France on Saturday.

JIMMY KIMMEL married longtime girlfriend Molly McNearney on Saturday.


CHARLIE SHEEN is hunting the Loch Ness monster. Yes, really.

LINDSAY LOHAN will do an exclusive sit-down with Oprah post-rehab.

JANE LYNCH officially files for divorce from her wife.

FERGIE wants to change both names. About time.

JAMES BOND 24 will again be directed by Same Mendes and written by John Logan.

MALI: The French military signed a deal to protect the new UN peacekeeping force in Mali against terrorist attacks.

IRAQ's foreign minister said that his country is unable to effectively halt Iranian arms transfers to Syria. The provincial government in Anbar rejected Iranian companies' bids to build roads and schools.

EGYPT:  Supporters of Mohammed Morsi said they plan to carry out more protests to condemn his removal as president. The public prosecutor's office announced it was reviewing a number of criminal complaints against former president Morsi. The Pentagon denied rumors that US ships near Egypt were preparing to partake in an invasion of the country.


A COW plummeted through a Brazilian man's roof. The man died while awaiting medical treatment.

THE BIRDS: A pigeon kills a biker in Mumbai.


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The High Numbers, BRMC, Dean Nelson, Cutout Bin, French Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE HIGH NUMBERS! The future Who, live at the Railway Hotel, circa 1964.  The video is just "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying", but contemporary hour-long audio is also available.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB perform a stripped-down session, recorded at the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee for World Cafe

SEAN NELSON (Harvey Danger) performed songs from his debut solo album "Make Good Choices" at KEXP.

WHALERS stopped by KUTX for a mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The '90s Are Back, Or Whatever...

PEARL JAM drops “Mind Your Manners," from Lightning Bolt, coming in October.

THE SMITH WESTERNS drop "Case and Point," the B-side to"Varsity."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is the 32nd anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion whereby admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

BIG STAR: An oral history, at Consequence of Sound.

TINA WEYMOUTH & CHRIS FRANZ talk to Rolling Stone about living together, touring and making music as Tom Tom Club releases their first record in 12 years.

MONDEGREENS (Thx, Mike Kelly): Spotify's Most Misheard Lyrics.

WHAT'S IN PRINCE'S FRIDGE? Inquiring minds want to know.

CUTOUT BIN: From Cap'n Jazz to Nirvana, from the Who to A-ha, from the Beatles to Dead or Alive, from Pat Benatar to the Buzzcocks, plus Billy Bragg, the Hold Steady, Stevie Wonder, Paul Westerberg 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 Grown Ups 2, which is currently scoring 5 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Pacific Rim, which is scoring 72 percent.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: Together agin, but with a catch. Also, Biebs apologized to Bill Clinton.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are planning to get married this weekend.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN exiled LAMAR ODOM to a separate bedroom before booting him from the house.

PAULA DEEN fires her legal team. Yeah, that's her problem.

LEAH REMINI is making a dramatic break from the Church of Scientology.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is profiled by Elle.

JOHN MALKOVICH did a Reddit AMA to promote Red 2.

EGYPT is reportedly looking to suspend its peace accord with Israel in order to wage a massive campaign against jihadists in the Sinai. A leader in the Egyptian Gama'a al-Islamiyya said his group was ready to "fight" for Mohammed Morsi's reinstatement as president of Egypt. Hamas' Mousa Abu Marzouk, who had been based in Cairo, has reportedly fled the country following Morsi's ouster.

LIBYA & SYRIA: As the United States prepares to send weapons to the Syrian opposition, former Libyan rebels are now going public with the news that they have been doing exactly that for the last year.

IRAN: An exiled opposition group said on Thursday it had obtained information about a secret underground nuclear site under construction in Iran, without specifying what kind of atomic activity it believed would be carried out there.

A FRENCH BULLDOG tackles the stairs.

SEVEN WHITE LION CUBS were born June 6 in Japan. Awww...some pics.

A TURTLE causes a three-car pileup in New Jersey.

A GOLDFISH learns to play soccer.

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