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New Releases, Josh Ritter, Cloud Cult, Sponge Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT drops a video for "Backyard Skulls."

NEW RELEASES from Johnny Marr, Suuns, Sally Shapiro, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER is advance streaming The Beast In Its Tracks.  Or perhaps you'd prefer to hear (almost all of) it live.

CLOUD CULT is advance streaming Love.

SECRET MOUNTAINS is advance streaming Rainer.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam displays “Grace For Saints And Ramblers” ahead of Ghost On Ghost.

LOW gets "So Blue" ahead of The Invisible Way.

COLD CAVE unleashes the title track to "Oceans Without End."

REDD KROSS play "Annie's Gone" and cover The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More" for Twofer Tuesday.

BJORK albums, ranked by Stereogum.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Billboard about crowdfunding, Dagger Beach, Bowie and more... (Thx, LHB.)

LOVE ON THE DOLE: 18 songs about being on government assistance.

JOANNA NEWSOM & ANDY SAMBERG are engaged. Yes, really.


LINDSAY LOHAN 's new lawyer has filed a motion seeking dismissal of Lindsay's lying-to-cops case on grounds she wasn't read her Miranda rights.  Is it true?  Meanwhile, she's got tax issues.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, once rumored to be dating Tom Hiddleston has been quietly seeing fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE tied the knot on Saturday with longtime boyfriend Martyn LeNoble.

JANET JACKSON secretly married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana months ago.

BEN AFFLECK maybe blurted out too much information about his marriage at the Oscars.

KRISTEN STEWART recently sliced her foot by stepping on glass and was on... crutches at the Oscars.

MILA KUNIS talks about giving up acting for parenting.

MALI: A Malian army colonel said weapons seized in Gao indicate that Islamist forces in the north have the "capacity of an army" although they lack airpower. Signs have emerged of increasing cooperation among Islamist groups in the region.

SYRIA: The Syrian foreign minister said the government was willing to hold talks with the opposition on ending the country's civil war, the first time a high-ranking government official has stated it.

EGYPT: A military source said Egyptian authorities have no intention of negotiating with Salafists currently protesting the imprisonment of those behind the 2004 Taba bombings.

SPONGE DOG loves playing with a balloon.

TOXIC MICE are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy as part of the continuing effort to attack the island's brown tree snake infestation.

SHEEPHERDERS who abandon their animals on the open range could soon be guilty of a misdemeanor in Idaho.

A DOG was rescued from an ice floe in Lake Michigan.

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Woodpigeon, BMRC, Damon Harris RIP, Babies and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

DUCKTAILS premiered the video for "Letter of Intent" at Rolling Stone.

WOODPIGEON is streaming Thumbtacks and Glue

WAXAHATACHEE is advance streaming Cerulean Salt.

YOUTH LAGOON is advance streaming Wondrous Bughouse.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB is offering the Let The Day Begin EP in return for your email address.

SON VOLT drops "Bakersfield" ahead of Honky Tonk.

DAMON HARRIS, who joined the Temptations when Eddie Kendricks left in 1971, has died after a fight with prostate cancer. He was 62.  He sang lead on "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone."  And when he died, all he left us was alone.

THE RASCALS are bringing their act to Broadway for a limited engagement in April.  It's “a hybrid of a rock ‘n’ roll concert and a Broadway show” written and produced by Steven Van Zandt.

STEVEN TYLER says he spent 5 to 6 million on cocaine

29 Musical Movie Moments

DIANE CHARLOTTE LAMPERT, an accomplished songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s who wrote lyrics to title songs for more than 20 movies, has died of heart faiulure at 88.  She also wrote pop songs including Brenda Lee's "Break It To Me Gently" (recently featured in our Cutout Bin), and "Nothin' Shakin'", which was covered by The Beatles (Live at the BBC).  The latter was an early form of sampling, too.

THE OSCARS went to these folks.  Except for Daniel Day-Lewis, a bad night for Lincoln, but Lincoln usually has bad night at the theater.

ONE OSCAR VOTER'S brutally honest ballot.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hollywood cleared Oscars weekend so successfully that Identity Thief topped the chart with 14 million; it now has a 93.7 million total against a 35 million budget.  The debut of Snitch placed with 13 million.  Escape From Planet Earth edged up to show with 11 million, which takes it to near-breakeven with its budget.  Safe Haven drops 50 percent to the fourth slot with 10.6 million (and 48 million against a 28 million budget).  A Good Day To Die Hard skids 60 percent from last week's topper to round out the Top 5 with 10 million (and 51 million so far against a 92 million budget).  Below the fold, Dark Skies debuted in sixth place with 8.9 million, which ain't bad against a 3.5 million budget.

MEGAN FOX & MICHAEL BAY, together again... with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

TIGER WOODS AND ELIN NORDEGREN: Together again?  Or merely parenting?

JOSH BROLIN & DIANE LANE: She signed the divorce filing on Valentine's Day. Ouch.

LINDSAY LOHAN's lawsuit against rapper Pitbull was dismissed.

ETHAN HAWKE trashes the Oscars.

CLINT EASTWOOD was SWATted.  Eventually, one of these "pranks" will be fatal.

MALI: French, Chadian, and Tuareg MNLA forces, supported by US drones, continued to fight Islamist militants in northern Mali.

TUNISIA: Armed Salafists shot at National Guard troopers at a checkpoint in Sidi Bouzid, then fled to a mosque and continued shooting; one Salafist was killed in the gunbattle and two policemen were injured.

IRAN announced it had found new deposits of uranium ore and had identified the sites for 16 more nuclear power plants. The Revolutionary Guard began a three-day ground and air military exercise, and claimed it captured a foreign "enemy drone" near the city of Sirjan.

EGYPT: Opposition figure Mohamed El Baradei called on Egyptians to boycott upcoming elections due to begin in April. The interior minister denied reports that had suggested a "Brotherhoodization" of the country's police force. Salafist groups in the Sinai called on the government to implement sharia law.

BABIES LAUGHING AT DOGS: Because it's Monday.

A GREAT HORNED OWL survives a highway encounter with an SUV.

A THAI POLICE DOG is packing heat.

A WALLABY is recovering after he was rescued from a precarious perch on the rooftop of a multi-story car park in Australia.

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Guided By Voices, Eels, Bat For Lashes, Cutout Bin, Cats, Dog, Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


... with GUIDED BY VOICES! Live at the Whisky a Go Go, May 10, 1996.  The 2-hour, 43-song, 5-encore setlist is available at the link.  Suffice it to say it's a nonstop parade of Pollard-y prog-pop goodness circa the Under the Bushes, Under the Stars LP, with plenty from Bee Thousand and Alien Lanes in the mix.  Indeed, there's a little snippet of Replacements in this version of "Gold Star For Robot Boy."

EELS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BAT FOR LASHES stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

MATT POND telecommutes from NYC to the KEXP Morning Show for an energetic live set of old favorites and new favorites-to-be.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

TEGAN & SARA: The former talks to The Quietus about a new pop direction, Riot Grrrl, that open letter over Tyler The Creator, and involvement in queer politics.

MIKE DOUGHTY talks to PopMatters about his covers LP, Semisonic, downloading music, songwriting and more...

MOSH PITS: How do they work?

EXILE ON MAIN STREET: Lenny Kaye's Rolling Stone review was kinda mixed.

MAGIC SLIM, a contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago's electric blues, has died at age 75.

CUTOUT BIN: From Led Zeppelin to Belle & Sebastian, from Pete Townshend to Paul Westerberg, from the Everly Bros to Michael Stipe & Courtney Love, plus Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Huey Lewis & the News, Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 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 Snitch, currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Dark Skies, which was not screened for critics.

JOSH BROLIN & DIANE LANE are calling it quits on their 8-year marriage.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER are reportedly moving in together.

SHIA LeBEOUF departed the upcoming Broadway debut of Lyle Kessler's Orphans. On his Twitter account, LaBeouf posted several e-mails he received or sent to cast and creative team members... and his apology to Alec Baldwin looks plagarized.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Officially not engaged.

KATE HUDSON: Muse frontman Matt Bellamy's fiance was working it at the Brit Awards.It's all happening.

NBC: The Peacock is now fifth in the ratings, losing to Univision.

AL QAEDA'S 22 tips for dodging drone attacks.

SYRIA: Central Damascus was hit by a wave of car bomb and mortar attacks.

EGYPT: A spokesman said Egyptian Armed Forces "will continue to carry out their assignments in Sinai until all tunnels in Rafah are destroyed and all terrorist hotbeds eliminated." Hamas reiterated its displeasure with Egypt's decision to target the smuggling tunnels. The Muslim Brotherhood is believed to be running an "intelligence-gathering network" outside of those tied to the government.

IRAN  began installing a new generation of high-speed uranium enrichment centrifuges at its nuclear plant in Natanz. UN inspectors confirmed that nearly 200 "IR-2m" centrifuges have been fully or partially installed so far.

HAIRLESS CATS and a DOG and an IGUANA, living together...Mass hysteria!

A CROCODILE has been spotted on the loose in the River Thames, a cyclist has claimed. 

SCORPION ON A PLANE: Not the hard rock variety.

DOMINIC THE PIG joins a fire and rescue squad.

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Kevin Ayers RIP, Adam & Binki, AC Newman, Rambo the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILD NOTHING dropped a video for "Only Heather."

ADAM GREEN & BINKI SHAPIRO team up for an expertly crafted set of '60s-inspired folk-pop, live in the KEXP studio.

A.C. NEWMAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

AAN stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

CODY CHESNUTT strolls through an electrifying set in front of a live audience for KEXP.

KEVIN AYERS, frontman for legendary British psych-prog rock group Soft Machine, has passed away. He was 68.  In 2007, his final solo album featured appearances from members of Neutral Milk Hotel, Teenage Fanclub, Ladybug Transistor and others. Video at the link.

FOALS drummer Jack Bevan talks to The Line Of Best Fit about Holy Fire, the future of guitar music and bands, etc.

ROBERT PLANT has hinted that he's open to a Led Zeppelin reunion next year.

JAMIE LIDELL discusses the soundtrack of his life at Pitchfork.

THE MODERN LOVERS: A group of Massachusetts residents is campaigning to make "Roadrunner" by Jonathan Richman the state's official rock song. Do you know the offical rock song of Ohio? It's not by Neil Young or The Pretenders.


CLIVE DAVIS stands by his memoir, denies bullying Kelly Clarkson.

LINDSAY LOHAN returned a gorgeous, beaded, floor-sweeping designer gown at half its original length.

OSCAR PISTORIUS: The Olympian accused of murdering his model girlfriend had testosterone and needles in the house, according to police.

JESSICA SIMPSON wants to name her second baby "Ace." Yes, Really.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON engaged? Not so fast...

KRISTEN STEWART has been voted the least sexy actress in Hollywood by British men.

KRISTEN WIIG & SETH ROGEN filmed a little somethin' for the upcoming season of Arrested Development.

MARK HAMILL muses about the new Star Wars movies.

NORTH KOREA posted another propaganda video on YouTube. It shows President Obama and US troops in flames, and ends with a simulation of a nuclear test.

BAHRAIN: The head of public security said Iran's Revolutionary Guards were responsible for setting up a terrorist cell in Bahrain.

LEBANON: A former Lebanese minister and two Syrian Intelligence officers were indicted for plotting a wave of bomb attacks in Lebanon. The plots were allegedly instigated by the Syrian government.

SYRIA: Fighting between government and rebel forces ground on around Damascus and Aleppo airport. Arms shipments to the rebels slowed. Assad declared: "We are sure we will win."

EGYPT: Jama'a al-Islamiya and 13 other Islamist parties announced the formation of "armed squads" that they say will help the police "fight vandals, thugs and groups like the Black Bloc."

RAMBO THE CAT does the Harlem Shake.

HOTTENTOT GOLDEN MOLES think size matters.

ONE HATCHBACK, Four Men, Eleven Sheep.

A FROZEN PUPPY was saved from squishing by a garbageman in Muncie, IN.

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Colin Meloy, Mount Moriah, Pickwick, Prince, Desert Rain Frog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

BEN GIBBARD, COLIN MELOY & PETER BUCK cover R.E.M.'s "You Are the Everything."

MOUNT MORIAH is advance streaming Miracle Temple.

HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS is advance streaming Welcome oblivion.

PICKWICK brought their neo-soul to the KEXP studio.  Or check the World Cafe Next feature, where a downloadable cover of Richard Swift's "Lady Luck" boasts a cameo from Sharon Van Etten.

RA RA RIOT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PRINCE: "That Girl Thang" surfaces online.

MARNIE STERN reminds us that "Nothing Is Easy."

CASS McCOMBS drops a new track, "If You Loved Me Before."

THE FOUR TOPS: Levi Stubbs works up a sweat on live French TV, belting out "I'll Be There."

YO LA TENGO bassist James McNew talks to Spinner about staying curious and working with a new producer.

THE COURTEENERS: Proof that four guys can still shake the world.

BUKE & GASE: Arone Dyer plays some tunes with Stereogum and chats about life as a musician, why Buke & Gase don't like talking about their songs, and why Metallica should take up the buke.

THE WAH-WAH PEDAL: A brief history.  (Thx, LHB.)

CLIVE DAVIS comes out in his new memoir, and dishes about working with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, and Kelly Clarkson.  And Clarkson is already returning fire.

BRITNEY SPEARS has a new mystery man.

OSCAR PISTORIUS: Charges against the Olympian have been upgraded to premeditated murder.

PRINCE MICHAEL JACKSON is now an ET correspondent, undoubtedly due to his mad journalism skillz.

MILA KUNIS confirmed that she is interested in playing the role of Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades of Grey movie after all, despite initially saying no.

DR. DREW speaks out about the suicide of Mindy McReady, the fifth Celebrity Rehabber to die in the past two years.

NORTH KOREA threatened South Korea with "final destruction."

SYRIA: United Nations investigators said that Syrian leaders they had identified as suspected war criminals should face the International Criminal Court. Government reinforcements arrived in Aleppo following rebel advances.

ISRAEL plans to open a field hospital near the Syrian border to treat those wounded in the Syrian conflict.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed an Iraqi Army officer and three family members in Mosul and an Awakening leader in Madin. Security forces five al Qaeda fighters in Anbar and seven more in Ninewa.

A DESERT RAIN FROG looks and sounds like a squeaky toy.

LAB RATS are given a "sixth sense" by US researchers, someday may see dead rats.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE:  A mistake made by a professor led to the wrong person being named winner in the longest-snake-captured category of the heavily publicized Florida's Python Challenge.

OVER 100000 DOLPHINS spotted off the coast of San Diego caused a spectacle for nature watchers as they traveled together in an enormous pack.

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