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New Releases, RIP Chrissy Amphlett and Richie Havens, Akron/Family, Roomba Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHRISSY AMPHLETT, the raunchy lead singer of the Australian rock band Divinyls whose hit "I Touch Myself" brought her international fame in the early 1990s, died at her home in NYC on Sunday, following battles with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53 years old.

NEW RELEASES from Airborne Toxic Event, the Neighborhood, The Boy Least Likely To, Junip, Fort Frances and more are streaming via Spinner.

AKRON/FAMILY advance streams Sub Verses.

BEACON advance streams The Ways We Separate. (Not really my bag, but maybe yours.)

OS MUTANTES advance streams Fool Metal Jack

GUIDED BY VOICES drop "Flunky Minnow" ahead of English Little League, out next week. Sweet.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS dropped "Animal X" for Record Store Day.

BEST COAST dropped “Fear Of My Own Identity” for Record Store Day. My fave of theirs for a while.

RICHIE HAVENS, who opened the 1969 Woodstock music festival and energised the crowd with his version of "Motherless Child/Freedom", died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 72, his talent agency said.

KIM GORDON details her breakup with Thurston Moore at Elle. Ouch.

KEVIN DREW (Broken Social Scene) talks to PopMatters about the 10th anniversary of his Arts & Crafts label.

THE FLAMING LIPS guitarist Steven Drozd talks to PopMatters about The Terror and more.

TALKING HEADS, ranked by Stereogum.

REESE WITHERSPOON apologized after being arrested for disorderly conduct, admitting she is 'deeply embarrassed' by the way she behaved.

LINDSAY LOHAN snorted cocaine off her wrist in a bathroom during a paid appearance at a nightclub in Miami on New Year's Eve 2009, according to a new tell-all memoir by controversial gossip blogger Nik Richie.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Following reports they have postponed their wedding, issues between the couple continue to overshadow their romance.

TARA REID was seen demanding a discount at an LA store while picking out an outfit for Coachella, then getting thrown out.

BUSY PHILIPPS announced she's pregnant with her second child.

THOR: THE DARK WORLD gets a first look from USA Today. (Spoiler alert.)

THE UNITED STATES: Charges were filed in federal court in Massachusetts against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

CANADIAN authorities broke up a major terrorist plot, arresting Raed Jaser, 35, in Toronto, and Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, in Montreal. The al Qaeda-linked terrorists planned to bomb a passenger train in the Toronto area and possibly other targets.

JORDAN is said to have opened two corridors of airspace to unmanned Israeli drones, allowing them to monitor the situation in Syria.

EGYPT announced plans to restart its nuclear program with the help of Russia.

A CAT. On a Roomba. Dressed as a shark. Chasing a duck.

53 KING COBRAS --   the world's most venemous snake -- were seized from a car in Hanoi.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: According to a new study, red squirrels born to mothers with high level of stress hormones are able to outcompete others for food and territories.

WHEN GATORS ATTACK: A father and son canoe trip took a terrifying turn on Friday when the 6-year-old fell into the water and into the jaws of an eight-foot gator at the Loxahatchee Wildlife Refuge in Boynton Beach, FL.

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The Stooges, Deerhunter, Cave Singers, Lucius, Ginger Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PHOENIX plays “Entertainment,” “Trying To Be Cool,” “Drakkar Noir,” and “Chloroform” on Kimmel.

IGGY & THE STOOGES advance stream Ready To Die.

DEERHUNTER advance streams Monomania.  

LUCIUS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for an in-studio session and interview.

THE CAVE SINGERS perform for the first time in the KEXP studio as a four-piece, complimenting their expanded sound with bass and flute.

NEIL DIAMOND gave a live performance of "Sweet Caroline," in the eighth inningof the first Red Sox home game since the Boston Marathon bombing.

GAME THEORY: The Greatest Unknown 80s Band. (Thx, Charlie Vanek.)

STORM THORGERSON, the co-founder of the UK design firm Hipgnosis, known for designing cover art for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Genesis and Peter Gabriel, 10cc, Alan Parsons, and many others, died at the age of 69.

WILLIE NELSON will play a concert on April 28 to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department in the wake of the fertilizer plant explosions in West, Texas, near his hometown, which killed at least 13 people, including five volunteer firefighters, and injured 200.

THE 10 BEST YEAH YEAH YEAHS SONGS, according to Paste

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oblivion tops the chart with 38.2 million -- and already has another 112 million in foreign markets, ensuring profit on a 120 million production budget, even after marketing costs are tacked on.  It's good news for Cruise, coming off flops like Rock of Ages and Jack Reacher.  But its a far cry from Cruise's peak performance in the 80s and 90s, and may not be particularly leggy as the summer blockbusters roll out earlier every year.  42, otoh, places with 18 million on a leggy 34 percent drop.  It's already turning a profit domestically, which is crucial, given the limited appeal of baseball elsewhere.  The Croods show again, with another 9.5 million and a sequel announcment.Scary Movie V drops 56 percent to the fourth slot with 6.3 million and 22.9 million against a 20 million budget.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation rounds out theTop 5 with 5.8 million and has a global total exceeding the original -- which ain't bad for a movie that required reshoots and a 3-D conversion to deem it marketable by the studio.  Below the fold, the expansion of The Place Beyond the Pines lands it at No. 6, with 4.7 million and 11.5 million total against a 15 million budget.

OBLIVION gets points in my book for not being a sequel or reboot -- but not that many points, given the frequency with which it borrows from earlier, better sci-fi flicks.  Tom Cruise is not called upon to play crazy stuntman here, for the most part (which may account for the film's lukewarm B- Cinemascore from audiences).  He's nicely flanked by Olga Kurylenko and Andrea Riseborough, who curiously get more characterization out of the screenplay than Cruise. It's not a bad film, but I was puzzled at what Joseph Kosinski and Co. were going for.  Oblivion is not a Spielbergian thrill ride or a Kubrickian thought-provoker.  As mysteries go, it's not very mysterious, either.  It looks great, and it has its moments... but it's easy to figure out why this got released in April instead of the Summer.

REESE WITHERSPOON was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge for her allegedly diva behavior when her husband was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

AL MICHAELS was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were caught canoodling again in Norway.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES are apparently divorced, on terms favorable to her.

BRADLEY COOPER visited a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing in the hospital.

NICOLE EGGERT was hospitalized after bungling a high-dive and brutally back-flopping into the pool during a taping of Splash.

JANET JACKSON has reportedly given up her music career to move to the Middle East with her billionaire husbandand convert to Islam.

CAMERON DIAZ to make Sex Tape with Jason Segel.

SAUDI ARABIA will soon open a luxury rehabilitation center in Riyadh for al Qaeda terrorists.

PAKISTANI police arrested former president Pervez Musharraf on Friday to face allegations he overstepped his powers while in office, marking a dramatic break with a political culture in which military rulers have remained untouchable.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban attacks are up 47 percent the first quarter of this year as compared to last.

IRAQ: held its first election, for provincial councils, since the US withdrew at the end of 2011.

A GINGER CAT playing with a vacuum goes viral on the net.

ANOTHER GINGER CAT was rescued after spending two days marooned on top of a freeway sign in Elkhart, Indiana.

PENGUIN CHICK gets a webcam

PHIL THE PHEASANT: A real-life angry bird who has been terrorizing a family.

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Nuggets, Dawes, Vampire Weekend, Cutout Bin, Elk + Marmot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GARAGE ROCK! Recent sad news put me in the mood for The Standells - "Dirty Water/ Why Pick On Me", but I couldn't stop there. Let's have a dozen Nuggets, like Music Machine - "Talk Talk"; Blues Magoos - "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet"; The Knickerbockers - "Lies"; The Outsiders - "Time Won't Let Me"; Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"; The Seeds - "Pushin' Too Hard"; 13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"; The Leaves - "Hey Joe"; Electric Prunes - "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night," the Crazy World of Arthur Brown - "Fire" and The Nazz- "Open My Eyes."

DAWES stopped by the UBS Forum for a set streaming via The Current.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: The Current unearthed a long-lost and never-aired in-studio performance recorded back in the spring of 2010.

TAME IMPALA stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. Also: Kevin Parker talks to NOW about his embrace of Moogs on the latest LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS charge the KEXP studio with soulful pop from their sophomore full-length "More than Just A Dream." 

THE LA's: "There She Goes." Again.

AEROSMITH: Steven Tyler and Joe Perry talk to Spinner about their songwriting together, their lean years in Boston and the writing of "Walk This Way."

PATTI SMITH's advice for young artists.

PHOENIX talks to Drowned In Sound about success, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Bankrupt!

THE TOP 100 ALTERNATIVE LPs OF THE '60S, according to SPIN.

CUTOUT BIN: From Deee-Lite to The Jam, from Neil Diamond to the Violent Femmes, from Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show to the Psychedelic Furs, plus Game Theory, Rush, Prefab Sprout, Pink Floyd and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's new wide release is Oblivion, which is currently scoring 58 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. Also, The Place Beyond The Pines expands wide at 81 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN &  KRIS HUMPHRIES could settle their never-ending divorce case as early as today.

EDWARD NORTON and Shauna Robertson are not only parents, but husband and wife.

EDDIE KAYE THOMAS (American Pie) had a one-night stand pull a knife on him, resulting in a police standoff.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR buys that line about it being a beauty treatment.

WEIRD SCIENCE: The corpse of John Hughes is molested by Joel Silver. I mean remade.

10 CULT CLASSICS critics got dead wrong, according to Flavorwire.

10 TV SPINOFFS THAT GOT IT RIGHT, accoring to Paste.

NORTH KOREA demands the US withdraw from the peninsula and the UN drop sanctions as among their conditions for resuming nuke talks. Couldn't see that coming.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES arrested seven Arab nationals who were helping al Qaeda plan attacks on the country.

SYRIA: Assad accused the West of supporting al Qaeda fighters in Syria and Libya, and warned that the militants would later strike back at the US and Europe.

THE FBI released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, believed to be at large. No suspects have been arrested. The FBI appealed to the public for help in identifying the two men.


AN ELK rescues A MARMOT from drowning... mass hysteria!

A 12-FT GATOR kept a South Carolina couple practically hostage in their home for nearly five hours Saturday before it was captured and taken away.

A WIDOWED SWAN is getting a mail-order mate.

RAMA THE DOG is mistaken for a murderer on Google Earth.

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Scott Miller RIP, Har Mar Superstar, Sub Pop 1000, Sloth + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCOTT MILLER, the singer-songwriter behind Game Theory and The Loud Family, has died at the age of 53.  No cause of death was provided.  Click through to read the message from his webmistress, because she is offering the GT albums Distortion of Glory, Real Nighttime, The Big Shot Chronicles, Lolita Nation, 2 Steps From the Middle Ages and Tinker to Evers to Chance as free downloads via Dropbox.com.  And by all means, enjoy Miller's Chiltonian tones on perhaps his best-kown GT song, "Erica's Word."

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR is advance streaming Bye-Bye 17.

SUB POP 1000 is advance streaming at Pitchfork.

YOUNG GALAXY is advance streaming Ultramarine.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS is streaming and offering for download an acoustic version of his Lysandre LP.

LAURA MARLING drops "Master Hunter" ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.

GARBAGE & SCREAMING FEMALES team up to cover Patti Smith's "Because The Night."

RICHARD THOMPSON: One of the world's greatest guitarists talks to The Quietus about why he prefers living in the suburbs, sidestepping 60s excess and his relationship with his back catalog. (Thx, Jon Hahn.)

THE HIVES owe THE CARDIGANS three million dollars, and didn't know it.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS talk to Stereogum about Mosquito and the evolution of life in the band.

THE 20 BEST FLAMING LIPS SONGS, according to Paste.


GWYNETH PALTROW beats out Anne Hathaway and Kristen stewart in a poll of Hollywood's Most Hated. Congrats, Goopy!

LINDSAY LOHAN is still looking for a rehab clinic.

RHIANNA: Pregnancy rumors persist.

EDWARD NORTON and his fiancee, Shauna Robertson, welcomed a healthy baby boy in March.

MALIN ACKERMAN also welcomes a baby boy.

FRIENDS won't ever be there for you, except for syndication.

PAT SUMMERALL, legendary sports broadcaster, died in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip. Click through to see how he would have written it.

STAR WARS: Every summer, starting in 2015.

MAN OF STEEL has an epic new trailer online.

TURKEY: Security officials arrested 10 people in Konya province suspected of providing fighters and weapons to Syrian rebels. The arrests were sparked by complaints from families that an extremist group was recruiting their children.

EGYPT: An Egyptian court gave Prime Minister Qandil a one-year prison sentence in absentia for not renationalizing the Tanta Flax and Oil Company. The retrial of former president Mubarak will commence on May 11.

AFGHANISTAN: Hopeful signs from the Afghan Army.


SLOTH and CAT, cuddling together... mass hysteria!

MY HOVERCRAFT: Thirty-three health workers have been disciplined for snooping at x-rays and other information on the man who had an eel removed from inside him at Auckland City Hospital.

A WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLA & AN AMUR TIGER both gave birth at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

NESTING GEESE take over a medical center parking lot.

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The Boy Least Likely To, Junip, Phoenix, Local Natives, Serpentine Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT plays Cheap Trick's "Surrender" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO advance streams The Great Perhaps, which finds them in a little synthier mode than the debut (though a little less synthy than the leadoff track suggests).

JUNIP advance streams their self-titled LP.

PHOENIX advance streams Bankrupt! via the iTunes.

LOCAL NATIVES perform live in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

CAMERA OBSCURA drops the frothy "Do It Again" (not the Beach Boys or Steely Dan) ahead of Desire Lines.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

DIRTY PROJECTORS frontman David Longstreth talks to The Vermont Cynic about the recording process, what the touring lifestyle is like and the surprising influence of Lil Wayne on their style. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ROLLING STONES: Mick and Keith discuss kicking it West Coast style at the L.A. Times.

NICK DRAKE: Producer Joe Boyd talks about the musician's musician on All Things Considered.

DESTROYER albums, ranked by Stereogum.


ROBERT DOWNEY JR talks to GQ about his 50 million dollar turnaround, his future as a superhero, and his prospects for someday winning an Oscar.

KIM KARDASHIAN basically admitted she's been apart from Kanye West longer than they've been together. 

MILEY CYRUS was snapped smokin' something in a club.

JASON SEGEL checked himself into Alcoholics Anonymous in a desperate bid to win his battle with booze in the wake of his heartbreaking split from Michelle Williams, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

BRADLEY COOPER talks to Details about the dangers of playing a**holes, his near miss at the Oscars, and living with his mom again.

EMILY BLUNT talks to InStyle about her style, husband John Krasinsci, and what she really thinks of acting in Hollywood.

MIRANDA KERR wasn't dumped by Victoria's Secret; she moved on. You know how it works.

FRANK BANK, a/k/a Lumpy Rutherford, died Saturday, a day after he turned 71. No cause of death was given.

SAUDI ARABIA ejected and deported three men from the United Arab Emirates for being too handsome.

SYRIA: Rebel forces repelled a government attempt in Idlib to capture the main highway into Aleppo; the artery remains contested.

LIBYA: Congress designated the constitutional election law committee. A conservative women's group aiming to help build Libya as an Islamic state held its first meeting.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 35 Iraqis yesterday in a series of bombings and armed attacks throughout the country. The Interior Ministry announced that it hanged 21 prisoners convicted of terrorism-related charges.

FELINE IDENTITY CRISIS: Let's go to the video.

PANDA WATCH: The Edinburgh Zoo's giant pandas Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) are arriving at a brief, once-a-year mating window and keepers are anxiously waiting to see if their matchmaking efforts will pay off.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocks out power to three schools in Tampa.

A ONE-EYED CAT trekked five miles in the snow to get back to its owner after being lost for ten days.

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