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Mavis Staples, Smith Western, Bosnian Rainbows, Lemuria, Cat Punch   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM play "I Could've Been Your Girl" and "Turn to White" for Conan.

MAVIS STAPLES advance streams One True Vine.

SMITH WESTERNS advance stream Soft Will.

BOSNIAN RAINBOWS advance streams their self titled debut.

LEMURIA streams The Distance Is So Big.

JIMMY WEBB played his "MacArthur Park" in the park for the first time, and talks about the cryptic and unlikely 1968 hit at the L.A. Times.

THE REPLACEMENTS: How did the Paul/Tommy reunion land at RiotFest?

THE PIXIES: Kim Deal leaves the band, and a void.

MUMFORD & SONS bassist Ted Dwane has been released from hospital after an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

BLACK SABBATH scores their first number 1 in 43 years.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Man of Steel turns in a Super gross of 113 million (125 with Thursday screenings in partnership with Wal-Mart, 196 million including overseas markets).  The tracking estimates ranged from 80-100 million.  It's the biggest June debut ever, the second-biggest non-sequel behind The Hunger Games, and the second-biggest of 2013 behind Iron Man 3.This Is The End placed with a decent 20.5 million and 32 million including advance screenings (matching its production budget).  The 2-D comedy proved a goodcounter for the 3-D epic.  Now You See Me shows with 10.3 million and an 80 million domestic total (and Liongate is on the hook for only 25 of the 75 million budget). Fast and Furious 6 comes in fourth with another 9.4 million and a 219.6 million domestic total.  Last week's topper, The Purge, rounds out the Top 5 with 8.2 million and 51.8 million total against a 3 million buget.

KIM KARDASHIAN gave birth to a girl a month early with Kanye West by her side. Meanwhile, West's record label is tracking down a leaker.

AMANDA BYNES: Crazy, or her best acting job yet?

LINDSAY LOHAN complained to people that the Betty Ford clinic was “detrimental” to her “safety and sobriety.”Semi-relatedly, Brooke Mueller also bolted from Betty.

CHARLIE SHEEN is furious at Farrah Abraham for allegedly leaking their private text message conversation.

KRISTEN STEWART feels betrayed by Katy Perry.

MICHELLE MONAGHAN and her husband are expecting their second child.

MILEY CYRUS: At 20, a showbiz veteran.

GENE WILDER was insulted by Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani, a "moderate" cleric and former chief nuclear negotiator, won the presidential election by a just over 50% majority, avoiding a runoff challenge.

EGYPT: President Morsi cut all diplomatic ties with the Syrian regime and said he was ready to start providing financial aid to the opposition. Morsi also called on Hezbollah to leave Syria.

LIBYA:  Due to security problems in Benghazi, Congress postponed the vote on a successor to President Magarief.

CAT punches KITTEN.

WHY CATS Love Boxes.

HUNGRY GOATS tackle invasive plants in Davenport.

SKIPPY the WALLABY is back behind bars after a late-night police chase.

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Wilson Pickett, Robyn Hitchcock, Cave Singers, Cutout Bin, Man Of Steel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK returns to the KEXP studio for a set featuring songs from his latest album, "Love From London."

THE CAVE SINGERS play a set live on KEXP from the Triple Door.

MIKAL CRONIN brings a mini-set of power pop fron Frisco to KEXP.

MAVIS STAPLES shares songs from her new LP at WFUV's Studio A.

CALIFONE drops the title track to "Stitches."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS drop the topical “Call Connected by the NSA”.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA covers "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

MAXWELL'S: Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Soundcheck's Irene Trudel share memories of the beloved New Jersey venue.

BLACK SABBATH: 10 little-known facts about the metal legends.

THE DOORS: Johns Densmore discusses his new book about suing his bandmates.

THE 10 BEST MAGNETIC FIELDS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to The Beatles, from REM to Nena, from Marvin Gaye to Foreigner, plus the Soft Boys, The Band, General Public, Soul Asylum 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 Man Of Steel, currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and This Is The End, which opened Wednesday at 83 percent.

MAN OF STEEL: As you might have guessed, the Snyder-Goyer-Nolan "more realistic" approach is a more natural fit for the Dark Knight than the Man Of Steel. Notably, there is no reference for a more gritty, realistic Krypton, and there is a consequent overborrowing from other sources, particularly The Matrix (as incongruous as that sounds). On the other hand, Earth is better served.  In particular, the screenplay does perhaps the best I have seen with Lois Lane (the never-not-good Amy Adams), getting rid of the traditionally schizophrenic "I'm a top reporter who somehow is fooled by Clark Kent's glasses" approach of the original source material.  Lois may still be a damsel in distress from time to time, but not the simplistic plot device of prior efforts.  General Zod (the never-not-good Michael Shannon) and his crew also benefit from the less comic treatment here.  And if the more serious approach means it is a bit less fun than, say, The Avengers, its third act rivals the Marvel marvel for action on an epic scale.

LINDSAY LOHAN checked out of the Betty Ford Center and into the Cliffside rehab center in Malibu...with prosecutorial approval.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to meet Teen Mom, who just got another enlargement.

MELISSA McCARTHY is profiled by the New York Times, and responds to Rex Reed's unclassy movie review.

JUSTIN BIEBER was not driving his Ferrari the day Keyshawn Johnson confronted him for reckless driving, and there's video proof.

BILLY RAY CYRUS & RUPERT MURDOCH are getting divorced, but not from each other.

STEVEN SPIELBERG & GEORGE LUCAS predict the implosion of the film industry, presumably by releasing another Indiana Jones movie. Oh, I keed.

THE UNTED STATES promised to step up military aid to Syrian rebels after confirming that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including sarin gas, in small-scale attacks.

SYRIA: The UN reported that over 5000 people have been killed in Syria every month since July 2012, and that the death toll has risen to at least 93,000; over 80 percent of those killed are men. More than 1700 children under the age of 10 have died; some have been tortured. Both regime forces and rebels are accused of using children as suicide bombers and human shields.

IRAN: In a field of six more or less unremarkable presidential candidates standing in Friday's poll, the shadow of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will loom larger than all of them.

A BABY SEA LION jumps onboard a boat.

MORRIS THE CAT (not the 9 Lives spokescat) runs for Mayor of Xalapa, Mexico.

VAMPIRE MOSQUITOS are no big deal, say experts.

COCKROACHES that can be controlled by mobile phone are to go on show at a technology conference in Edinburgh.

A DOG who lost a chunk of her face while saving the lives of two girls is getting a hero's welcome back home in her native Philippines after being treated by top US vets.

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Queens of the Stone Age, Portugal The Man, The Olms, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DALE EARNHARDT JR JR plays "If You Didn't See Me (Then You Weren't On The Dancefloor)" and"War Zone" for Conan.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PORTUGAL, THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE OLMS: Pete Yorn and his collaborator J.D. King do a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE BOXER REBELLION played a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SMITH WESTERNS drop "Idol" ahead of Soft Will.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to SF Weekly about Dagger Beach.

JASON ISBELL talsk to PopMatters about Southwestern, the burgeoning independent scene in Nashville, Bob Dylan, and Twitter.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger recently spoke to All Things Considered about the band's new album, Trouble Will Find Me, as well as being in a band of brothers, how his own brother inspired "I Should Live in Salt" (and made about their tour together), and his own sheepish attitude toward the band's recent success.

BON JOVI: Richie Sambora is suggesting that the band should go ahead and replace him.With U2's The Edge.

ETHAN HAWKE is looking for a big payday from The Purge.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN: A curvy Canadian model claims she bedded the hip-hopper while he was dating Kim Kardashian — including when the reality star was pregnant.  West denies it -- and gets profiled by the New York Times.



HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are expecting a son.

TEEN MOM and adult film star Farrah Abraham revealed she gets turned on by watching her own sex tape.

JENNIFER CARPENTER: Dating the married Seth Avett (of the Avett Bros)?

CAREY MULLIGAN passes on playing Hillary Clinton.

EGYPT: Authorities seized iron that was being smuggled into the Gaza Strip from Egypt. Four smuggling tunnels between Egypt and Gaza were also destroyed. Egyptian Islamists are planning a demonstration on June 30 to counter those of the opposition.

LIBYA: An expert on Libyan security alleged that Islamist militants, including Mokhtar Belmokhtar's group, have taken refuge in southern Libya; a Tuareg member of parliament from the region denied knowledge of any terrorists there. In addition to al Qaeda-affiliated militants, Shiite proselytzers affiliated with Hezbollah have begun setting up shop in the region.

IRAQ: A military intelligence unit captured two al Qaeda in Iraq leaders during a raid in Al Riyadh south of Kirkuk. Security forces also broke up a plot to bomb three oil wells in northern Kirkuk.

A BUNNY dunks a basketball.

THE BIRDS: Thousands of terns nesting on the Farne Islands are swooping down and attacking holidaymakers, forcing them to dive for cover.


MAYBE THE TERMITES ate your life savings.

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Sigur Ros, Mantles, Hospital Ships, Fitz & the Tantrums, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

SHE & HIM played "I've Got Your Number, Son" for Leno.

SIGUR ROS advance streams Kveikur.

THE MANTLES advance stream Long Enough To Leave. Garagey goodness.

HOSPITAL SHIPS advance stream Destruction In Yr Soul.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEKO CASE drops "Man" well ahead of The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

"YOU REALLY GOT ME": At The Guardian, Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies and producer Shel Talmy recall slashed speakers, kicked amplifiers and two band members being at each others' throats.

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos talks to Drowned In Sound about the key to longevity, his band's future plans and also talk about his new musical, 'The Islanders'.

JASON ISBELL talks to All Things Considered about drawing on his personal relationships and experiences with sobriety.

TEGAN & SARA: The latter talks to the Birmingham Mail about the new LP and the back catalog. (Thx LHB.)

MUMFORD & SONS have postponed three US gigs after bassist Ted Dwane was taken to hospital with a blood clot on his brain.

MAN OF STEEL: The sequel is already in the works

HEIDI KLUM got into an alcohol-fueled argument with her bodyguard boyfriend at a New York restaurant before he stormed out, leaving her behind.

LAUREN CONRAD has nimbly parlayed small-screen fame into a mini empire of fashion, books, and now crafts that give back.

JAY CUTLER (Jerkface) & KRISTIN CAVALLARI wedding pics.


KATE UPTON: New boyfriend?

DUMB & DUMBER: The sequel is too dumb for the WB.

MALI: A senior mediator at talks in Burkina Faso between the Malian government and the separatist Tuareg MNLA said both sides have agreed "in principle" to allow presidential elections to take place in July and the army to return to Kidal. A 26-page manual found in Timbuktu earlier this year confirms that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was training fighters to use man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADS, and suggests that the group now possesses the SA-7 surface-to-air missile.

SYRIA: Two suicide bombers detonated at a police station in Damascus, killing at least 14 people. Members of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham's "Shari'a Committee" murdered a teenage boy for alleged blasphemy in Aleppo. The Free Syrian Army claimed to have killed over 40 Syrian army troops and Hezbollah fighters in an ambush in Aleppo.

EGYPT: A Coptic teacher was fined 14000 dollars for insulting Islam. Hundreds of Coptic Christians protested after at least seven Christians, including a child, were beaten and robbed by unknown assailants outside a monastery in Assuit last week.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed more than 70 Iraqis in a series of attacks, which included suicide bombings, in Iraq. Among those killed was Sheikh Abdul Rahman Rashid al Issawi, the leader of the Awakening in Fallujah.

A RESCUE DOG pushes his disabled owner through flood waters.

CRAZY ANTS that feast on electronics and are resistant to insecticide invade Texas and Florida.

FREYA the CAT: Accused of being a spy.

PET HOARDING: 14 rare albino lions are just the beginning of the story.

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The National, Eleanor Friedberger, Yellowbirds, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ROLLING STONES bring WIM BUTLER of Arcade Fire out for "The Last Time."

THE NATIONAL played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER and her band perform songs from her second solo album, Personal Record, live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

YELLOWBIRDS brought their psych-pop to WNYC Soundcheck.

EMPIRE OF THE SUN is streaming Ice On The Dune.

THE JULIE RUIN, which reunites Bikini Kill's Katleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox, drops "Oh, Come On."

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS sync through "Too Much Talk" and "Him Or Me" for Jack Benny (and in honor of the Mark Lindsay reference on Sunday's Mad Men).

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to Consequence of Sound about Desire Lines, working with producer Tucker Martine, and what was behind changing their routine.

BEADY EYE talks to The Quietus about their new album BE, designing gnomes for the Chelsea Flower Show and why the Gallaghers' mum prefers lemon meringue to the Noel/Liam kerfuffle.

JULIA HOLTER talks to Pitchfork about her sweeping third album, Loud City Song, as well as the trappings of celebrity culture and the alluring invisibility of Los Angeles.

10 PROG ROCK EPICS you may have missed.

ELLEN PAGE & ALEXANDER SKARSGARD: Dating for the past year, or just friends?

JANE LYNCH and her wife, Dr. Lara Embry, are getting a divorce.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS denied dropping an N-bomb at the Tonys.

JUSTIN BIEBER is being sued by a photog who claims Bieber directed his bodyguards to attack him and steal his memory card.

PARIS JACKSON: Will Debbie Rowe be her new guardian?

ROBERT PATTINSON & KATY PERRY went to see Bjork together... but left separately.

GERMANY: The annual report of Germany's domestic intelligence agency noted that the number of Islamists surged last year.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: A judge sentenced six Islamists from Birmingham to jail terms of nearly 20 years each for plotting a terrorist attack on an English Defence League meeting.

YEMEN: Security forces captured Omar Ashour, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's commander in the in Ghail Bawazir district, and his son Abdullah, in the Shahir district in Hadramout province. The two were captured at a checkpoint and are thought to have been preparing to leave the country.

LIBYA: Following clashes in Benghazi over the weekend between militias and government forces in which 31 people were killed and over 100 wounded, the head of the Libyan army, General Yussef al-Mangoush, resigned. Congress is demanding a plan for the integration of all militias into the armed forces.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban beheads children in Kandahar province.

A BABY OSTRICH falls asleep.

THE MOONWALKING SHETLAND PONY is embroiled in a paternity battle.

MEGA MOSQUITOES have been spotted in Seminole County, FL.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK closes Nauset Beach on Cape Cod. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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