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Calexico, Local Natives, Adam & Binki, Prince, Chihuahuas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MY MORNING JACKET covered Springsteen's "Hungry Heart" on New Year’s Eve on Boston; it surfaces here with a soundboard audio track.

CALEXICO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by Apogee Berkeley St. Studios in front of a live audience for a Morning Becomes Eclectic session.

ADAM & BINKI are streaming their self-titled debut album (he's from Moldy Peaches, she's from Little Joy), which The Current likens to the classic Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra pairing.

GOLD PANDA is advance streaming the Trust EP.

PRINCE introduces a new band and a rocking sound on "Screwdriver."

DAVENDRA BANHART drops "Never Seen Such Good Things" ahead of Mala.

HUSKER DU streams the rare, less-hardcore single version of "Statues" ahead of a Record Store Day pressing.

THE DEL LORDS extend "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" Circa 1990.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to Interview about recording in Chicago, Hurricane Sandy, and what he's listenting to these days.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Folk Radio UK about his upcoming album and tour, humor, his kids, and more.... (Thx, Jon Hahn.)

DAVID BOWIE: Decade to Decade.

THE 15 ZZ TOP ALBUMS, Ranked in Order of the Band's Total Facial Hair. (Thx, Jon Hahn.)

LINDSAY LOHAN rejected a big payday on “Dancing with the Stars”, because she doesn't want to do reality TV.  However, she has no problem publishing an intimate photo of herself with Max George on the internet.

BEYONCE KNOWLES lip-synced the Star-Spangled Banner at Pres. Obama's inauguration. Le scandale, although they've been doing it for the Super Bowl since Whitney Houston at least. Kelly Clarkson gloats.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is now going to the media in yet another attempt to save his marriage.

CHRIS BROWN was SWATted. Brown may be scuzzy, but one of these "pranks" is going to kill someone.

SHERYL CROW knew about Lance Armstrong's doping cover-up?

DANIEL RADCLIFFE talks to Esquire about his post-Potter project, which involves murder, history, gay sex, and literary royality.

DOMINIC MONAGHAN: The fmr  Lost star (and Hobbit) talks sleeping in brothels and facing down vipers.

ALGERIA: The American Interest has some interesting backstory to the hostage incident there.

MALI: The US began airlifting French troops to Bamako.

EGYPT: A coalition of opposition groups is forging a common electoral platform as it seeks to capitalize on setbacks for Islamists who have dominated the country's politics since an Arab Spring uprising.

PAKISTAN: MIT-educated Pakistani nuclear scientist Pervez Hoodbhoy writes that Pakistani army insiders in collusion with an external Islamic group could be plotting to appropriate nuclear assets, unknown to authorities entrusted with protecting these.

CHIHUAHUA PUPPIES enjoy a snow day.

LEMURS ON THE LOOSE, causing havoc in North Miami Beach.

GETAWAY DONKEY ruins a robbery.

AN ANCIENT SEA ANIMAL that looked like a flower had its anus right next to its mouth, a new fossil study finds.

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New Releases, Beach House, Justin Townes Earle, Horse Escape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIVINE FITS drop a video for "My Love Is Real."

NEW RELEASES from Ra Ra Riot, Bad Religion, Pogues, Parson Redheads and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

BEACH HOUSE sent an exclusive live session to The Current.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE stopped by WTMD for a Sunny Side Up session.

THE LAST BISON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

AC NEWMAN talks to PopMatters about going his own way and blending in to the band, about wanting to write complex music through using simplicity, and about his good fortune in being an introvert who makes his living on a stage in front of people.

CALEXICO: Joey Burns talks to the L.A. Music Blog about the band's lusher new LP, and bringing the Calexico sound to other artists. (Thx, LHB.)

TEGAN & SARA talk to The Guardian about their "unrecognizable" new direction.

BECK's 10 BEST SONGS, according to Stereogum.

TAYLOR SWIFT, after writing numerous angry breakup songs, is getting chapped over all the public mockery and jokes made about her love life.

MANTI TE'O will do his first post-hoax on-camera interview with the hard-hitting Katie Couric.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE was... wait for it... caught canoodling with his Your Darlings costar Erin Darke at the Sundance Film Festival.

SELENA GOMEZ & JUSTIN BIEBER have both added Justin Timberlake's scorned lover's anthem "Cry Me a River" to their set lists.

BILL MURRAY reads poetry at a construction site. In a hard hat.

VIOLENT HOLLYWOOD and the Death of Creativity.

THE BATMOBILE sold at auction for 4.6 million, tying the 2010 record set by the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Sean Connery in "Goldfinger."

ALGERIA: Two additional Americans were killed in last week's hostage standoff at a natural gas complex in Algeria, bringing the final US death toll to three. The US had rejected an offer to swap hostages for two terrorists held in US prisons, "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and "Lady al Qaeda" Aafia Siddiqui.

MALI: French warplanes bombed Islamist camps around Timbuktu and Gao. French Foreign Minister Le Drian said the French-Malian force is seeking "total reconquest" of Mali.

IRAQ: Recent statements by al Qaeda and its historical enemies in the Sunni tribal Awakening movement reflect each group's attempts to assert its interests amidst the deepening sectarian political crisis between Sunni Arab parties and the Shia-dominated central government headed by Iraqi Prime Minister al-Maliki.

A HORSE engineers his escape from the stable.

NOBODY KNOWS how it happened: an indoor housecat who got lost on a family excursion managing, after two months and about 200 miles, to return to her hometown.

DOG MOUTHS may not be as clean as conventional wisdom has them.

A CONFUSED DEER has joined a flock of sheep.

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MLK Jr Day, Joy Formidable, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE is advance streaming Wolf's Law.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA is advance streaming II.

BLAUDZUN is advance streaming Heavy Flowers.

BUKE & GASE are advance streaming General Dome.

SHUGO TOKUMARU is streaming In Focus? (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MENOMENA drops "Toomer" as a bonus from the Moms sessions.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to The Quietus about piano tuning, his pro-choice activism and the tensions between fiction and non-fiction in his work.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij talk to Rolling Stone about the long road to their third album.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER: Melody Prochet talks to TLOBF about her new perspective on music, and more.

THE FLAMING LIPS, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mama tops your chart with 28,1 million against a 15 million budget for instaprofit.Zero Dark Thirty places with leggy Oscar buzz, with a 56 million total against a 40 million budget2; Jessica Chastain stars in your top two films this weekend. The platform expansion lifts Silver Linings Playbook to show with 11.4 million and a 55 million total against a 21 million budget.  Gangster Squad drops to the fourth slot with 9.1 million and a 32.2 million total against a 60 million budget.  The debut of Broken City rounds out the Top 5 with 9 million against a 35 million budget.  Below the fold, The Last Stand opened in tenth place with 6.3 million -- a measure of the cumulative damage to the Schwarzenegger brand. Ouch.

MANTI TE'O quietly began dating an actual living, breathing female human being ... shortly after he learned “Lennay Kekua” had died from cancer.

LINDSAY LOHAN doesn't care that the prosecutor in her car crash case is willing to let her skate without spending a day in jail ... because she won't plea bargain a case in which she says she's innocent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Could Mel Gibson be the biological father of Jodie Foster's two sons?

EMMA STONE talks to W Magazine about Gangster Squad, the Oscars, and more...

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON top the Forbes list of Hollywood's Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples.  For now.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is planning to take a significant break from filming and concentrate on his environmental campaigning.

ALGERIA: The US and British defense ministers on Saturday vowed to hunt down al Qaeda-linked militants in north Africa following a deadly Algerian hostage crisis, but said they would not be sending in any ground troops.

MALI: ECOWAS appealed urgently to the UN for financial backing and logistical support in assembling the planned African-led intervention force in Mali; so far only 100 troops have arrived. French troops advanced north to Nionno and Sevare.

SYRIA: The opposition National Coalition discussed the idea of a government-in-exile in Turkey. Syria's foreign minister said any discussion of President Assad's future was "unacceptable." Government and rebel forces fought in eastern and southern Damascus.

IRAN: With time running out on efforts to monitor Iran's nuclear program, 2013 could well be the year when the United States must decide whether to take military action to block Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

EGYPT: Opposition groups called for anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations for Jan. 25. Protesters clashed with police outside a courthouse in Alexandria where policemen are being tried for allegedly killing protesters. Police seized a truck carrying a ton of explosives that was on its way to Sinai.

MARU the BOX CAT opts for a hoodie and the snow.

TINY THE CAT, formerly obese, lost half his body weight and found a new home.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: 21 Burmese pythons whacked as of Thursday.

PLAYING WITH A GATOR: Bound to end well.

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CCR, Django Django, Foxygen, Aimee Mann, Cutout Bin, Kitten vs Foot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL! Live at the Royal Albert Hall, 1970.  Your setlist includes: "Born On The Bayou," "Green River," "Tombstone Shadow," "Travellin' Band," "Fortunate Son," "Commotion," "The Midnight Special," "Bad Moon Rising," "Proud Mary," "The Night Time Is The Right Time," "Good Golly, Miss Molly," and "Keep On Chooglin'."

DJANGO DJANGO played a Takeaway Show for Le Blogotheque.

FOXYGEN is advance streaming We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic.

TORO Y MOI are advance streaming Anything in Return.

AIMEE MANN stopped by Sound Opinions for a mini-set.

MARNIE STERN drops "East Side Glory" ahead of The Chronicles Of Marnia.

AC/DC: "Back In Black." Because I am.

YO LA TENGO is profiled by the National Post.

DAVID BOWIE's Not-So-Lost Decade.

THE 40 GREATEST LED ZEPPELIN SONGS, according to Rolling Stone (which didn't much care for Zep back in the day).

ROLLING STONE'S GREATEST MISSES: The Zep list led me to see if this classic 1997 piece from the Chicago Reader was online, and it is.

CUTOUT BIN: From Henry Mancini to The Clash, from Huey Lweis & the News to Wall of Voodoo, from Belle & Sebastian to the Dramatics, plus Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christopher Owens, Galaxie 500, Tears For Fears and more -- this year's final fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Last Stand, which is currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Broken City, currently scoring 22 percent; and Mama, scoring 63 percent.  In addition, Silver Linings Playbook finally expands wide at 91 percent (You can read my take on SLP here).

BRITNEY SPEARS:  There is a raging war among 3 Las Vegas properties to snag the pop tart as their headliner. Spears and Jason Trawick have ended their relationship, but the pop star's ex is still planning to be a part of her life.

TAYLOR SWIFT: Has she had some work done?

NICOLE KIDMAN talks sex scenes, Scientology and saying "no" to studios.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad is the executive producer on her daughter Jessica's new TV show, but don't expect the pair to reconcile any time soon. 

ELLEN PAGE scored what might've been a lifesaving victory against an alleged stalker who threatened to kill her online.

MALI: Islamist militants fighting French forces in the Diabaly area are said to be hiding among civilians. French troops in Mali now number about 1,400. Germany provided two transport planes to assist the intervention. The European Union agreed to send a military training mission to Mali.

EGYPT: Three dissidents were charged in court with "insulting the president" and with a new charge, "tarnishing the president's image."

SYRIA: Three car bombs exploded near government facilities in Idlib, killing 24 people.

KITTEN vs FOOT: Who you got?

A HEARTBROKEN DOG  whose owner died two months ago is missing her so much he is attending services at the Italian church where her funeral was held, patiently waiting for her to return.

TWO RARE SIBERIAN TIGER CUBS are getting plenty of attention at a zoo in southern Ukraine.

A PUPPY dying after drinking anti-freeze was saved -- by vodka.

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Bad Religion, Mountains, Joe Pug, Evil Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO brought "Ohm" and "I'll Be Around" to Fallon, with an assist from... Fred Armisen.

BAD RELIGION is advance streaming True North.

MOUNTAINS are advance streaming Centralia.

DUTCH UNCLES are advance streaming Out of Touch in the Wild.

JOE PUG, Live at Bottom of the Hill, Jan. 5, 2012.

THE BAND: "The Weight," from their dancing movie.

PAZZ & JOP 2012: You youngsters will never know how important this was in the 80s.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Drowned In Sound about the phenomenal success of Standing At The Sky's Edge , being wired on tramadol after breaking his leg and why he has no time for "Strictly Comefuckwit".

MARIANNE FAITHFULL talks to The Guardian about being cast as a sex kitten of the 60s, drugs, homelessness, and why she will never sell Mick Jagger's love letters.

VILLAGERS: Conor talks songwriters -- and his fave songs from each -- with Drowned In Sound.

NIKI & THE DOVE are profiled at the Village Voice.

CHARLIE SHEEN is going to be a grandpa. What could go wrong?

JEREMY RENNER is going to be a father; the baby mama is reportedly living in his L.A. pad.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART are dunzo again, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

LINDSAY LOHAN is still living the high life by working as a professional escort, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine. Her dad -- one of the sources quoted -- is already denying the quotes.  Meanwhile, her movie The Canyons has been snubbed by Sundance.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ: The latter confirms their split.

JESSICA SIMPSON says getting knocked up is again interfering with her wedding plans.

THE 100 HOTTEST WOMEN of the 21st CENTURY, according to GQ. Portions NSFW.


CONRAID BAIN, a veteran stage and film actor who became a star in middle age as the kindly white adoptive father of two young African-American brothers in the TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes,” has died of natural causes at 89.

MALI: In the first stages of a ground offensive, French special forces engaged in combat with Islamist fighters in Diabaly. France estimates it is facing about 1300 jihadist fighters based in the north. The MNLA said it was against al Qaeda and terrorism but would not fight alongside the French.

SYRIA did not use chemical weapons against residents of Homs in a December attack, a US State Department investigation shows, but did apparently misuse a riot-control gas in the incident, according to senior US officials. Mind you, that would also be the conclusion the US would want to reach, given that our govt had threatened to intervene if Assad used WMDs.

LIBYA: A car bomb killed a member of the National Security Directorate in Benghazi.

EGYPT: A spokesman for Pres Morsi said on Wednesday that inflammatory comments that he made about Jews before taking office had been intended as criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians but had been taken out of context. LOL.

IRAN could produce enough weapon-grade uranium for one or more nuclear bombs by mid-2014, and the United States and its allies should intensify sanctions on Tehran before that point is reached, a report by a group of US nonproliferation experts said.

EVIL HAMSTER: Let's go to the video.

ORLANDO THE CAT beats the pros in a British stock-picking challenge.

THREE FUGITIVE PIGS: What makes them go whee whee whee whee home?

A BUNNY thrown from a bridge by a hooligan gets the kiss of life from a homeless man.

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