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Donald "Duck" Dunn RIP, Spiritualized, Soul Asylum, Baboons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DONALD "DUCK" DUNN, the pioneering bass player whose grooves drove Booker T and the MGs and a slew of sothern soul hits for Stax artists including Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the Staple Singers and many more, died in his sleep at age 70, while in Tokyo for shows with fellow MG Steve "The Coronel" Cropper and Eddie Floyd.  So after a two-minute bio, let's watch the Duck live on Booker T's seminal "Green Onions" and Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness."  He would later help revive southern soul music for future generations backing The Blues Brothers on covers of songs like Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love."  I saw him play with both the Blues Bros. and Eric Clapton; he was fantastic on both occasions.

SPIRITUALIZED played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MOUNT EERIE is advance streaming Clear Moon.

KIMBRA is advance streaming Vows.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Patti Smith, Fun, Best Coast and more feature in the latest edition of the long-running series.

SOUL ASYLUM frontman Dave Pirner talks to The Current and drops "Gravity" from the band's upcoming LP. Oh yes.

THE CIVIL WARS put their spin on "Billie Jean." Yes, that one.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Birmingham News about Olive Oyl, Woody Guthrie and the ageism of rock. (On the last subject, I find it hard to believe he doesn't understand the ageism comes from the sociopolitical roots of the genre. Pete Townshend, anyone?)

BEACH HOUSE talk the internet, leaks and their new album with DIY and about sampling, licensing and more with Pitchfork.

R.E.M.: The A.V. Club posts the fourth part of its history of the band.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS are profiled by Orlando Weekly. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Avengers repeats atop the chart with 103.2 million smackers.  No film has ever earned more than 100 million in its second weekend -- not Avatar (75.6), and not The Dark Knight (75.2).  The domestic total stands at 373.2 million, the worldwide total breaks one billion dollars.  It will likely become the third biggest grosser ever within three weeks.  Dark Shadows was always going to debut in the second spot; it did so with 28 million, a bit below the 30-40 million most trackers expected (and before The Avengers' stunning opening, some had thought Dark Shadows might make as much as 50 million in its debut).  Johnny Depp may have to carry this one into the black overseas.  Think Like A Man shows with 6.3 million in a remarkably leggy performance, having taken in 82 million against a 12 million budget.  The Hunger Games takes the fourth slot with 4.4 million.  Its 387 million domestic total is impressive, but The Hunger Games needed 52 days to become the 13th biggest film of all-time; The Avengers will do it in under 14 days.  The Lucky One rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH (Thor) and his wife welcomed a baby girl on Friday.

LADY GAGA denies engagement rumors.

STEVIE WONDER: A man claiming to be the singer's nephew has been charged with attempting to extort him by threatening to go to the tabloids and say he's the product of an incestuous relationship between Stevie and Stevie's sister.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's family is launching a reality show -- and maybe Bobbi Kristina's career -- on Lifetime.

SOFIA VERGARA: People claims details of her split with Nick Loeb.

REESE WITHERSPOON showed up in court Friday addressing her father's alleged illegal second marriage and mental incapacity.

YEMEN: US drones killed 11 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters, including an Egyptian, in two strikes in Marib. Yemeni officials denied that US troops are in combat in southern Yemen.

HEZBOLLAH leader Nasrallah accused the US and Israel of stoking terrorism in Syria. He also claimed Hezbollah had weapons that could hit any part of Israel.

SYRIA: After three decades of persecution that virtually eradicated its presence, the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has resurrected itself to become the dominant group in the fragmented opposition movement pursuing a 14-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

EGYPT: With landmark elections set to begin May 23, many of the country's Christians fear that the next president could turn Egypt into a conservative Islamic state that does not have room for their community of at least 8.5 million.

40 SAFARI PARK BABOONS tear apart a Hyundai. Video at the link.

A GIANT JELLYFISH was caught by underwater cameras recently during deep-sea drilling near the United Kingdom.

A HUNGRY 5-FOOT PYTHON headed for a pizza parlor.

DOG DUO Ashleigh and Pudsey have won ITV's Britain's Got Talent, scooping a £500,000 prize.

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Three Dog Night, Shins, Frankie Rose, GbV, Cutout Bin Dog vs Wallaby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! The guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

THE SHINS play Morning Becomes Eclectic for a live audience at Berkeley St. Studios.

FRANKIE ROSE stops by KEXP for a clockwork-tight mini-set of solo material.

CEREMONY brings the Punk to KEXP from The Cutting Room Studios in NYC.

VAN DYKE PARKS hits the Mountain Stage for a short set.

GUIDED BY VOICES drops "Class Clown Spots A UFO," the title track from the forthcoming LP.

THE SMALL FACES play "Itchycoo Park," their only US charter.

BEST COAST: L.A. Weekly surveys the backlash against the band as its sophomore LP comes due. (Thx, LHB.)

STEVE ALBINI did Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

THE SIX WORST SONGS on great albums, according to the Riverfront Times.

THE 50 BEST BAND LOGOS, according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Original Pistols to the Bee Gees, from Coldplay to the Beastie Boys, from Pete Townshend to Seals & Croft, plus the Velvet Underground, 999, Billy Paul, Elivis Costello, the Beatles and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

DARK SHADOWS is this weekend's sole wide release, as everyone else still cowers before the might of the Avengers.  The Tim Burton / Johnny Depp reimagining of the 60s vampire soap is currently scoring 40 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

JOHNNY DEPP denied that he and Vanessa Paradis, his partner of 14 years, had split.

ANNA FARIS & CHRIS PRATT are going to be parents.

SEAN BEAN: The Game of Thrones star Sean Bean was arrested and questioned on suspicion of sending abusive text messages and making harassing phone calls to his ex-wife.

RHIANNA has finally had enough of Chris Brown?

ROBERT PATTINSON claims that filming David Cronenberg's sex-and-violence filled Cosmopolis helped give him the confidence he needed to tackle heavier roles.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is ready to throw her hat in the ring for the female lead in "Fifty Shades of Grey." Guessing she'll have competition.

GERMANY is considering a legal ban on ultra-conservative Salafist Muslim groups, its interior minister said on Wednesday after violent clashes with the police, one of which was provoked by German ultra-rightists.

YEMEN: US drones killed eight al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a strike in Jaar.  The agent who penetrated al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and returned from Yemen with the group's new "airline bomb" was always under Saudi control and was not a double-agent, two sources briefed by Saudi counterterrorism officials have told CNN. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, who runs a clandestine bomb factory in Yemen, has built a reputation as al Qaeda's bomb-making savant one potential near miss at a time.

AFGHANISTAN: The parents of the only American soldier held captive by Afghan insurgents have broken a yearlong silence about the status of their son, abruptly making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.

IRAN: Please note that it's The Onion reporting "Ahmadinejad Kind Of Getting Back Into Old R.E.M. Again."

DOG vs WALLABY: Who you got?

A PIT BULL saved her owner from an oncoming freight train, risking life and limb, to pull her off the tracks.

ORANGUTANS at Miami's Jungle Island use an iPad to communicate and as part of a part to overthrow humankind.

BIONIC ELEPHANTS: We have the technology.

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Garbage, Justin Townes Earle, Pavement, Kitty Blues   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NADA SURF plays New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

GARBAGE is advance streaming Not Your Kind of People.

NIKI & THE DOVE advance stream Instinct.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PAVEMENT, live on Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

MARISSA NADLER drops "The Wrecking Ball Company" as a freebie from The Sister.

BOBBY WOMACK drops a funk version of "Please Forgive My Heart."

WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Kevin Shields updates The Quietus on the reunited band's forthcoming LP.

GRAM PARSONS is profiled by American Songwriter. (Thx, LHB.)

AGAINST ME! singer Tom Gabel tells Rolling Stone she is transgender, and plans to begin living as a woman under the name Laura Jane Grace.  Gabel stressed that she was not attracted to men, and intended to remain married to her wife, Heather.

FIFTEEN OVERLOOKED and UNDERRATED albums of the 1990s.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: The lawyer representing the two men suing John Travolta for sexual battery and assault and sexual harassment tells RadarOnline exclusively that he has been contacted by other potential accusers making similar claims and he's investigating their allegations before deciding to take further legal action. Meanwhile, a photo and a bill suggest Travolta was in NYC on the date of one incident, but the accuser's lawyer disagrees, of course.

BRITNEY SPEARS signs as an X Factor judge for a reported 15 million.

SOFIA VERGARA is single again after splitting with boyfriend Nick Loeb after more than two years together.

BRAD PITT is the new spokesmodel for Chanel No. 5.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL start wedding preparations.

KICK-ASS may finally spawn a sequel.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: New Spidey Andrew Garfield and classic Spidey Tobey Maguire interview each other, more or less.

REBECCA HALL is in talks to join Iron Man 3, which starts production this month.

BOB STEWART, TV producer who created The Price is Right, Password, the Pyramid, To Tell the Truth and more, died on Friday in Los Angeles of respiratory failure. He was 91.


UNITED KINGDOM: The European Court of Human Rights denied the appeal of radical Islamist cleric Abu Qatada against the UK's deportation order.

INDONESIA: A hardline Islamic group warned Wednesday it would not let Lady Gaga set foot in Indonesia, challenging an army of fans awaiting a concert in the nation with the world's largest Muslim population.

IRAN: A US security institute says commercial satellite imagery shows new activity at an Iranian military site which raises concern that the Islamic state may be "washing" a building the UN nuclear agency wants to inspect.

KITTY sings the blues.

A GOAT hijacks a car in Austria.

A YELLOW RAT SNAKE has surgery to remove a ceramic Easter egg.

PIG HOARDING: A New jersey judge ruled that Florence Gruber must find new homes for the estimated 29 small breed pigs she keeps.

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Patterson Hood, Fun, Hospitality, Bonnie Raitt, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MAGNETIC FIELDS drop a quick video for "Quick!"

PATTERSON HOOD of Drive-By Truckers played solo material old and new on the Mountain Stage.

FUN played DC's 9:30 Club; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

HOSPITALITY played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BONNIE RAITT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE WALKMEN drop "We Can't Be Beat" from the upcoming Heaven LP.

FOUR TET drops "Jupiters" and "Ocoras" as a single.

LP sings and whistles the hell out of "Into the Wild."

ANDREW BIRD talks to Redeye Chicago about Shakira, letting his rules go, playing Chicago, whistling, etc.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Ben Curtis talks to the Detroit Free Press about evolving musically and lyrically.

THE BEASTIE BOYS were slapped with a copyright infringement suit the day before Adam Yauch died. Ill timing.

CBGB is making a comeback... first as a music fest, then as a venue.

MAURICE SENDAK, widely considered the most important children's book artist of the 20th century, died on Tuesday in Danbury, CT, due to complications from a recent stroke.  He was 83.  As someone who played Max in a play as a child, I got my roar on.

JOHN TRAVOLTA has been sued by a masseur, who claims the actor tried to have sex with him during a session. Travolta says he was 2475 miles from the place it supposedly happened.  Then the second masseur appears, followed by the second denial.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN helped save a jogger who suffered cardiac arrest in London's Hyde Park.

MILA KUNIS may have saved a man's life after the 50-year-old man suffered a violent seizure and collapsed in her home.

ALESSANDRO AMBROSIO and her fiance Jamie Mazur are the proud parents to a newborn son.

RUSSELL BRAND is said to be "seething with jealousy" after his ex-wife Katy Perry was pictured at the Coachella Festival last month with Robert Ackroyd of Florence And The Machine.

MILEY CYRUS bombs at the box office.

JUSTIN BIEBER just finished high school.

MALEFICIENT: Imelda Staunton and Miranda Richardson are joining the Disney live-action retelling of the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale that stars Angelina Jolie.

YEMEN is  angry that the US did not inform the government of an airline plot hatched in the country. That plot was foiled from the inside. The US is sending military trainers back into Yemen.

EGYPT: Islamists aim to install a global Islamic caliphate with its capital in Jerusalem, a radical Muslim preacher told thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters as the movement's presidential candidate and other Brotherhood officials nodded in agreement.

IRAQ: An Iraqi court ordered the release of Hezbollah commander Musa Ali Daqduq, but he will remain in prison as his case is appealed. INTERPOL issued a Red Notice warrant for Vice President Tariq al Hashemi.

A BEAR smashed into an elementary school and ran through the halls tearing up math books before being chased out by a janitor.

A BLACK CAT was rescued from a Gothic horror death at the weekend - but only after its German owners realized that the eerie meows giving them nightmares were coming from the bathroom wall, not a phantom feline.

DOLPHINS died of a heroin overdose after a zoo rave. Yes, really.

DINOSAURS may have been partly to blame for climate change in their time because their diets meant they, er, emitted vast clouds of methane, a powerful global warming gas, scientists say.

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New Releases, Walkmen, Exitmusic, Ben Folds Five, Ostrich   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


COLDPLAY pays tribute to the late Adam Yauch.

NEW RELEASES from Damon Albarn, Kindness, Silversun Pickups, Rotal Headache and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE WALKMEN played World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

EXITMUSIC is advance streaming Passage.

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO is advance streaming Unpatterns and talks about their sounds with The Guardian.

BEN FOLDS FIVE posted a demo for "Do It Anyway" on the Facebook.

COCOROSIE drop "We Are On Fire" as a single.

MANFRED MANN covers Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" and "Just Like a Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

REDD KROSS has announced their first new LP in 15 years.

THE PUNCH BROTHERS: Chris Thile talks to PopMatters about the band's breathrough album, famous fans and more...

LOWER DENS: Jana Hunter spoke with Paste about Nootropics, the concept of transhumanism and what she hopes people take away from their album.

BRAIDS talk to SPIN about their sophomore LP.

MATTHEW FOX was busted for DUI Friday in Oregon.

JACK OSBOURNE and his fiancee welcome a baby girl, named Pearl.

MILA KUNIS has a stalker problem. Again.

LINDSAY LOHAN settles a battery lawsuit brought by a former Betty Ford Clinic worker.

LINDA EVANGELISTA and her billionaire French baby-daddy this morning settled their bitterly contentious child support battle.

MEGAN FOX pregnancy rumors get the non-denial denial from Brian Austin Green.

THE AVENGERS: Actual receipts were 207.4 million, beating the record-breaking estimate.  The wordwide take is 654.8 million in 12 days.

FRANCE: The finance ministry froze the assets of a radical Tunisian cleric whom France seeks to deport for making "violently anti-Semitic remarks" and advocating that women who commit adultery be flogged to death.

YEMEN: The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a US-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.  Sunday's drone strike against Fahd Mohammad Ahmed Al-Quso was not a coincidence.

AFGHANISTAN: The US has been freeing detainees from its military prison in Afghanistan to promote good governance and contain violence in the country, outside the formal NATO-sponsored reintegration program, which forces militants to sever ties with the insurgency.

A SPEEDING OSTRICH sprinting down a busy main road in Saudi Arabia causes traffic chaos as it overtakes and dodges cars.

A CHIHUAHUA COSTUME PARTY fell short of a world record Saturday morning in Kansas City, but still looked very silly.

FUGITIVE MONKEY spotted in Winter Springs, FL.

MEOW, a 39-lb cat in a race against time to lose weight, died over the weekend after developing unexpected respiratory difficulties.

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