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REM, Laura Veirs, David Lynch, Decemberists, Mastiff vs Ducks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. drops two videos for "We All Go Back To Where We Belong" -- one featuring Kirsten Dunst, the other with poet John Giorno.

LAURA VEIRS is advance streaming Tumble Bee.

DAVID LYNCH is advance streaming Crazy Clown Time.

SONGS THAT SCARE, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

THE SCREAM STREAM, courtesy of Folk Alley.

IT CAME FROM CREEPSYLVANIA: Ghoul's Haunted House Soundtrack.

THE DECEMBERISTS drop "I 4 U & U 4 Me," an uptempo cut from their forthcoming EP, Long Live The King.

TOM WAITS drops "Tell Me" --  a bonus cut from Bad As Me.

PEARL JAM: Cameron Crowe pieced together video for "Not For You" to accompany his 20th anniversary documentary.

GQ's music issue has posted inteviews with PJ Harvey, Keith Richards, Jim James, Loutallica, and the Black Keys, with more to come.

THE HORRORS: They're big in Mexico.

CRAIG FINN (The Hold Steady) writes about DC's early 80s hardcore scene for The Guardian.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the L.A. Times about making In The Key of Disney.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Puss In Boots tops the Halloween weekend chart with 34 million, the latest in a line of rather tepid openings for DreamWorks animation (including How to Train Your Dragon, which went on to make 500 million worldwide).  Paranormal Activity 3 slid 65 percent, but still took in 18.5 million, for an 81.3 million total against a 5 million budget.  In Time took the third slot with 12 million, about what gurus expected, against a 40 million budget.  Footloose came in fourth with 5.4 million; this will be profitable, but nowhere near the hit the original was.  The Rum Diary rounds out the Top Five with 5 million against a 50 million budget; this may end up a flop, even accounting for Johnny Depp's worldwide fanbase.

KRISTEN STEWART revealed that the sex scene she filmed with Robert Pattinson in the next Twilight pic was originally so explicit, it was rated R.  Pattinson joked the two may have been married accidentally while shooting the new film.

KAT DENNINGS celebrates her weirdness -- and the success of 2 Broke Girls -- with GQ.

ELISABETTA CANALLIS says she had a father-daughter relationship with George Clooney.

CONAN O'BRIEN will be officiating an on-air gay wedding this week, echoing  the union between Tiny Tim and Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show nearly 42 years ago.

BOND 23 gets another casting surprise, and it's a good one.

YEMEN: Sanaa International Airport has been closed after four blasts destroyed two Yemeni fighter aircraft; the cause of the explosions has not been determined.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Gilani categorically said there was no permission given to the US to launch any drone strike against any target inside Pakistan's territory.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is planning to start withdrawing troops from volatile Kandahar, shifting them to neighboring rural areas even as the Taliban shows it is capable of penetrating the city to attack, according to U.S. and Afghan military officials.

IRAQ's defense chief has said his military will not be fully ready to defend Iraq from external threats until 2020 to 2024, according to a US inspector's report released on Sunday.  The Obama administration plans to bolster the American military presence in the Persian Gulf after it withdraws the remaining troops from Iraq this year, according to officials and diplomats. That repositioning could include new combat forces in Kuwait able to respond to a collapse of security in Iraq or a military confrontation with Iran.

MASTIFF vs DUCKLINGS: Who you got?

PYTHON vs DEER: Who you got?

GRANNY vs CROCODILE: Who you got?


BEAVER: Candaians still love it.

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The Children of the Night... What Music They Make!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT: Aquarium Drunkard has your holiday mixtapes.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer,"  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary"  and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY returns with a videogame and album after 20 years. So how about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.


TRICK OR TREAT BIN:  From Dusty Springfield to the New York Dolls, from Robyn Hitchcock to Donovan, from John Carpenter to Evan Dando & Juliana Hatfield, plus more -- this Friday's Halloween finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP:  Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Puss In Boots, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; In Time, currently scoring 38 percent; and The Rum Diary, scoring 54 percent.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown.  Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.


15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS:  Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.


MY PARENTS LOVED HALLOWEEN: A Tumblr from the younguns.


THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

VAMPIRE PUG: This borders on abuse, really.

IT'S A "SPIDER FEST" atop Chicago skyscrapers, including the Hancock center.

WE CALL HIM "BLINKY": A three-eyed fish is discovered near a nuclear power plant.

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Feist, Black Keys, Blitzen Trapper, Ryan Adams, dB's, Smiths, Boston Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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Decemberists, Loutallica, Portugal The Man, GbV, Mazzy Star, Duck-pockalypse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DECEMBERISTS and GILLIAN WELCH; Watch 'em on Austin City Limits. The band also drops "Foregone" and "E. Watson" from the upcoming Long Live The King EP. BTW, keyboardist Jenny Conlee's breast cancer is in remission, which is great news.

LOU REED & METALLICA are advance streaming Lulu.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NEON INDIAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Classic lineup, new song -- "The Unsinkable Fats Domino."

MAZZY STAR drops "Common Burn," the other side of the band's first single in 15 years.

NADA SURF will sing about "When I Was Young" if you give them your address.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS drops "Sidecar" from her  forthcoming long-player Voyageur which drops on January 16.

U2: Hear tracks from AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered, including cuts from Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode and The Killers.

SLADE: "Gudbuy t'Jane" on Dutch TV, circa 1972.

BILLY BRAGG talks to the Sabotage Times about a bunch of bands, his new tour, Glastonbury, why music has to get political again, and more...

JARVIS COCKER talks songwriting with the BBC.

DAVID BOWIE: The Quietus excerpts Peter Doggett's excellent new book, The Man Who Sold The World: David Bowie And The 1970s.

AEROSMITH delays a concert in Paraguay after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom, hitting his face and losing two teeth.

JOHN PEEL DAY was celebrated by The Guardian.  The Undertones' John O'Neill turns up in the comments.

LINDSAY LOHAN did a million-dollar nude photoshoot for Playboy. This is achange in position from 2005.

JUSTIN BEIBER & SELENA GOMEZ adopt... a puppy.

TONY ROMO & CANDACE CRAWFORD are expecting their first child.

KALEY CUOCO is engaged to marry Josh ‘Lazie' Resnik.

JON VOIGHT talks about reconciling with Angelina Jolie after he was struck by an emotional epiphany.

TARA REID's marriage was fake. Cosmetic surgery punchline here.

THE TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBS, according to Forbes.

YEMEN: According to Al Sharq al Awsat Online (in Arabic), al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has regained control of Zinjibar, the provincial capital of Abyan province, during fighting over the past several days.

PAKISTAN: Sen. Carl Levin, echoing similar comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, threatened the Pakistani leadership that if it did not publicly declare the Haqqani network a terrorist organization, the US would abandon its partnership with Islamabad. At least 18000 people have fled their homes in Pakistan's tribal district of Khyber, fearing a fresh onslaught of fighting between the army and Islamist militants.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai sought to distance himself from remarks he made saying Afghanistan would back Pakistan against the United States if the two ever went to war.

DUCK-POCALYPSE: Let's go to the video.

SHELLTER: 3-D printers are saving hermit crabs who face a species threatening, man-made housing shortage.

FIVE BIRDS With Abilities That Put Superheroes to Shame.

A BELUGA WHALE has been flown from Chicago to Connecticut in hopes of a hookup.

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New Releases, Florence + Machine, Wild Flag, Paul Leka RIP, Mastiff vs Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND dropped a video for "We Added It Up."

NEW RELEASES from Surfer Blood, Hurricane Bells, Deer Tick, Gringo Star, Peggy Sue and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE is advance streaming Ceremonials, which Florence discusees with Newsweek and the ever-reliable Sun. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SUMMER CAMP is advance streaming Welcome to Condale.

WILD FLAG played DC's Black Cat Thursday night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

MAZZY STAR drops "Lay Myself Down," the B-side from the band's comeback single.

KING KHAN drops "Dr. Ruin-Yer-Life," from a new nine-song EP, Scion A/V Presents: The King Khan Experience.

PAUL LEKA, who wrote hits like "Green Tambourine" for the Lemon Pipers and "Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)" for Steam died on Oct. 12 in a hospice near his home in Sharon, CT, following a battle with Lung cancer. He was 68. And had his own outcue for this Twofer Tuesday observance.

WILCO and FEIST: The new adult contemporary music?

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stckles says au revoir to Amy Klein.

LORETTA LYNN was hospitalized with pneumonia over the weekend.

SONIC YOUTH's domestic ideal.

SLY STONE is going to rehab.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE appeared together for the first time since their marital problems became public.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is telling friends ... she didn't break down on stage Saturday night because of Marc Anthony - or any other ex for that matter - she choked up because she was thinking about her kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN is kicking her business manager to the curb.

DARRELL HAMMOND, famed for his spot-on SNL impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Dick Cheney - reveals in a new book how he drank and did cocaine while with the show and was once taken from NBC "in a straitjacket."

ROBIN WILLIAMS exchanged vows with graphic designer Susan Schneider on Sunday.

MADONNA was booed by fans at the BFI London Film Festival premiere of W.E., but managed to shrug off the response, saying that like Wallis Simpson, she too was "misunderstood."

ERIC BANA will star in Elvis & Nixon as the first guy.

EGYPT: A reformer argues the army is failing to build a consensus for democracy.

IRAQ: The speaker of Iraq's parliament accused neighboring nations *cough*Iran*cough* of meddling in Iraqi affairs and signaled it will only get worse if the country is seen as vulnerable after US troops leave at the end of the year. A US State Dept program to train Iraqi police lacks focus, could become a "bottomless pit" of American money and may not even be wanted by the Iraqi department it's supposed to help, reports released by a US government watchdog show.

MASTIFF vs CHIHUAHUA: Who you got?

THE SWARM: A truck hauling millions of bees overturned in southern Utah and authorities are trying to capture the swarming insects.

A BLIND DOG and her GUIDE DOG are looking for a new home.

A BULL TERRIER's life was spared - after attacking a small boy - because it was drunk on Stella Artois.

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