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Titus Andronicus, Bat For Lashes, PB & J, Dog + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN made his TV debut playing "I Know What Love Isn't" for Fallon.

TITUS ANDRONICUS is advance streaming Local Business.

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man in full (after offering selections last week).

REBEKAH DELGADO is advance streaming Don't Sleep. (Thx, LHB.)

SAVOIR ADORE is advance streaming Our Nature.

PETER BJORN & JOHN "I Wish I Was A Spy" for the latest Yo Gabba Gabba! soundtrack.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT & SHARON VAN ETTEN duet on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as part of the Holidays Rule comp.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" from his upcoming Christmas collection.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

LED ZEPPELIN talks to The Guardian about their musical legacy, reputation for excess - and why they will never reunite again.

AC NEWMAN talks to Exclaim! about his third solo LP and the next New Pronographers' LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to SPIN about his turn towards a more danceable sound; there's also a stream at the link.

JOHN PEEL: The BBC has said it will reconsider naming part of its new London headquarters after the late DJing legend, if a claim he made a 15-year-old pregnant is proved.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Taken 2 takes the top spot again with 22 million, albeit on a 55 percent drop tending to confirm a less leggy run than the original. That said, Liam Neeson has taken 86.8 million doomestic against a 45 million budget already. Argo places with a 20.1 million debut, actually gaining steam over the weekend on good word of mouth.  Sinsiter shows with 18.3 million against a frugal 3 million budget (the Paranormal Activity producers return to formula). Hotel Transylvania takes the fourth slot with 17.3 million braking the 100 million mark against an 85 million budget.  Here Comes The Boom rounds out the Top 5 with a 12 million debut, which some may consider disappointing from Kevin James led, Adam Sandler produced comedy.  Beow the fold, Seven Psychopaths opened in ninth with a disappointing 4.3 million against a 15 million budget.

ARGO: The bizarre-bit-true story of the CIA/Candaian rescue of six escapees from the US embassy during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis disguised as a film crew may be only slightly less odd than the story of Ben Affleck cementing himself as one of Hollywood's most solid directors.  Granted, Affleck surrounds himself in the lead with a talented cast, though no one with the box office draws of The Town.  The first half has great fun taking the occasional jab at Hollywood itself, with help from John Goodman and Alan Arkin, while the second effectively turns up the suspense (particularly in light of the known outcome). A thoroughly entertaining film only slightly marred by its treatment of pre-Revolutionary Iran in the introduction; its depiction of Mossadegh is politically correct to a degree strange in a movie where the CIA are ostensibly to be preferred over Iranian Islamic zealots.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS: Given this title, and this cast, you would something quite wacky and violent. It certainly is both of those things, but also about much more than that. Colin Farrell -- the closest thing to the straight man here -- plays a screwwnwriter with a block and a drinking problem.  He's friends with Sam Rockwell's character, ostensibly an actor but more of a dognapper in a scheme with Christopher Walken.  These two run afoul of a gangster played by Woody Harrelson. What ensues ends up being a bit more about Farrell than you might expect.  Rockwell continues to be one of the more unsung talets in film today, while Walken turns in what may be his best turn since Catch Me If You Can.

RUSSELL CROWE has split from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer.

BRITNEY SPEARS may be a bit nutter-butter, but she's still worth 32 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN defends her mother, attacks her father.

GARY COLLINS, a familiar TV figure throughout the '80s as both an actor and show host, died early Saturday.  He was 74.

HITCHCOCK: The Anthony Hopkins led, Psycho-centric biopic has a trailer online.

HEZBOLLAH's chief financial officer fled to Israel, taking with him 5 million in embezzled funds as well as classified documents and maps.

YEMEN: The US reportedly delivered 106 armored vehicles to the Yemeni Defense Ministry.

SYRIA: Rebels claimed to have downed a Syrian air force jet. Syria and Turkey banned each others' civilian flights over their territory.

IRAN: US officials said Iran was behind a series of cyberatttacks against US targets, including financial institutions.

DOG & CAT, sleeping together...Mass hysteria!

GRIZZLY MAN: Casey Anderson has adopted an 800-lb grizzly bear called Brutus, who he has raised since birth. And married actress Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

TIGHT SQUEEZE: A Wellington woman crawled 30 meters on her hands and toes through a small drain to rescue three ducklings that probably would have died if not for her determination to save them.

A PIT BULL lawyers up.

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Upbeat, Tegan & Sara, Twin Shadow, Rolling Stones, Cutout Bin, Lil Bub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with UPBEAT! Syndicated out of Cleveland, Upbeat never achieved the status of American Bandstand, but attracted any number of major acts from 1964-71, including Otis Redding on the day before he died in that plane crash. Today's selections include Stevie Wonder with "For Once In My Life," Joe South with "Games People Play," Joe Tex with "Skinny Legs and All," Archie Bell and the Drells with "Tighten Up" (which just might be my favorite) Jerry Butler with "Only the Strong Survive," and the O'Kaysions with "I'm a Girl Watcher."

TEGAN & SARA share a new song from their forth-coming 2013 album as well as some picks from their expansive catalog for this KEXP performance.

TWIN SHADOW stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FIELD REPORT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of dark, poignant Americana.

TY SEGALL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Peter Bjorn and John, Death Grips, Peter Gabriel and more feature in the latest edition of the series.

THE ROLLING STONES have a new single, "Doom and Gloom," attached to their next Greatest Hits package.

THE MEMBERS: "Working Girl," from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle waxes poetic about his process and career at PopMatters.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Oxford American about how his book became an album. (Thx, LHB.)

ROD STEWART in an interview with Sounds, circa 1973.

HOW INDIE DIED: A Hipster Runoff instant classic.

CUTOUT BIN:  From the Who to U2, from AC/DC to Lou Rawls, from REM to John Lennon, plus Graham Parker, Freedy Johnson, Led Zeppelin, Lloyd Cole 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 Argo, currently scoring 92 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Here Comes the Boom, which is scoring 48 percent; Sinister, currently scoring 62 percent; and Seven Psychopaths, scoring 89 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN made a hysterical plea for help to her father, as she claimed she was being kidnapped by mom Dina Lohan, but has since hugged it out with her. A good thing, too, as Li-Lo is bailing Dina out of a foreclosure.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, is marrying a man raised as her brother.

DEMI MOORE is "not psyched" about her husband, Ashton Kutcher, dating his old girlfriend, Mila Kunis.

MILA KUNIS: In the running for 50 Shades of Grey?

ROBERT PATTINSON, chatting up a mystery blonde.

BEN AFFLECK talks to THR about his career turnaround, how anxiety drives him, what Matt Damon's wife might think when he comes over, and what he emailed J. Lo.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2: Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is in talks to play Mary Jane.

DJANGO UNCHAINED: Quentin Tarantino's next pic has a trailer online.

FRANCE: Five of the 12 Islamists arrested in sweeps in cities around France have been freed, said the prosecutor, Francois Molins. He said seven people remain in custody a day after police discovered bomb-making materials in an underground parking lot as part of a probe of an "extremely dangerous terrorist cell."

LIBYA: Lt. Col. Andrew Wood, the former commander of a special US security team in Libya, told Congress at a hearing on the Sept. 11 Benghazi consulate attack that al Qaeda's presence in Libya "grows every day" and that the terror group is "more established than we are" there. The State Department pulled Woods' security team from Libya in August.

IRAN is providing crucial equipment and technical help to Syria in its effort to track opposition forces through the Internet and other forms of electronic surveillance, according to US officials.

LIL BUB dropped a new video.

TWO PANDAS have been honored for their services to Scottish tourism.

MALE MICE can learn to sing in harmony to impress the girls.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A ground squirrel collected in the wild near Idyllwild in the San Jacinto Mountains was found with fleas carrying bacteria that can cause Bubonic plague.

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Bat For Lashes, Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, CMJ, Golden Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE vs JACK WHITE in the video for "I'm Shakin."

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

HOT CHIP dropped by the KEXP studio recently for an uncharacteristically analog session.

CMJ 2012: College DJs create a streaming mix of bands playing the Music Marathon.

THE WALKMEN drop "Dance With Your Partner" and "Vermeer '65" on Soundcloud.

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

JENS LEKMAN talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about humor in song. (Thx, LHB.)

TIFT MERRITT talks to Morning Edition about Traveling Alone.

DEAD CAN GANCE: Lisa Gerrard talks to PopMatters about how an artist views themselves and the work that they do.

THE 10 BEST BOND THEMES, according to Paste.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN: Cops were called early Wednesday when the oft-rehabbed starlet and her mom began fighting in a limousine.

OLIVIA WILDE talks about relationships and proves beautiful women can say crazy stuff without anyone calling 'em on it.

BEYONCE is out of Clint Eastwood's version of A Star Is Born.

KATIE HOLMES  is enjoying her new life being single since her divorce from Tom Cruise and has no plans on dating anyone anytime soon.

HULK HOGAN's family fears that another sex tape featuring the wrestling legend could be leaked.

ALEX KARRAS, a fierce and relentless All-Pro lineman for the Detroit Lions whose irrepressible character placed him frequently at odds with football's authorities but led to a second career as an actor on television and in the movies, died Wednesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 77.

MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR heads Flavorpill's list of films with undeservedly bad reputations.

FRANCE: Police found bomb-making materials in a Paris garage linked to recent raids against an Islamic extremist cell that netted 12 suspects and resulted in the death of another.

ISRAEL abandoned plans for an imminent attack on Iran's nuclear facilities. Israeli intelligence concluded that a significant portion of Iran's 20 percent enriched uranium had been diverted to a medical research reactor.

SYRIA: Rebels seized a strategic town on the highway between Damascus and Aleppo. The government rushed reinforcements to the area. British Foreign Secretary Hague said the situation in Syria continues to deteriorate with no end in sight.

IRAQ: The Army detained 21 men on terrorism charges and discovered 52 bombs during raids south of Baghdad. Police seized two bomb-making factories in Hillah.

GOLDEN CAM: Retriever pups, 24/7.

THE MYSTERY MONKEY attacks an elderly woman in Tampa.

BRAINLESS SLIME MOLD has a spatial memory.

A 234-LB BABY WALRUS finds a home in NYC.

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Edward Sharpe, Ben Gibbard, Free Energy, Stone Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE visit Colbert and "Do It Anyway."

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES roll through the KEXP studio for a breezy live set.

BEN GIBBARD (Death Cab) is advance streaming Forever Lives.

TAMARYN is advance streaming Tender New Signs.

BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD is advance streaming Boracay Planet. Not really in my wheelhouse, but pretty alright.

FREE ENERGY drops "Dance All Night" ahead of Lovesign.

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME NOMINEES: Who, Why And How Likely Are They To Be Inducted?

TORI AMOS talks to Drowned In Sound about what still drives her creatively as an artist, her hatred of the term "confessional", and the anniversary of her debut album, Little Earthquakes.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to The Line of Best Fit about her new album, its difficult birth, and the new woman she feels it's made her become.

NIRVANA tried to recruit J Mascis. Yes, really.


TOM CRUISE & MATT. DAMON. got spankings Saturday night at a naughty birthday bash for Damon.

DANNY DeVITO's split from wife Rhea Perlman was due to his wandering eye, according to RadarOnline.

GUY RITCHIE got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, currently knocked up.

HULK HOGAN confirmed the woman in his sex tape is the estranged wife of his best friend, Bubba the Love Sponge, who reportedly who gave Hulk his blessing.

LADY GAGA visited Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

ANNE HATHAWAY will star in The Low Self-Esteem of Lizzie Gillespie, written by Mindy Kaling.

VARIETY has been bought out by the owners of Deadline.

FRANCE: Interior Minister Valls warned that hundreds of Islamist militants may still be at large in France.

AZERBAIJAN: A court convicted 22 people for assisting Iran in plotting terrorist attacks on US and Israeli targets in the country.

IRAN repelled cyberattacks against its communication networks on offshore oil and gas platforms. A think tank estimated Iran could produce enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb within two to four months.

SYRIA: The Al Nusra Front jihadist group carried out a complex attack on an intelligence agency compound in the capital, Damascus.

IRAQI and US officials said al Qaeda in Iraq has doubled in strength to 2,500 fighters and has re-established training camps.

THE STONE FISH not only camoflages itself, but can live out of water for an entire day.

TOXIC TOADS threaten Florida pets.

A MASSIVE FINBACK WHALE was found dead in Boston Harbor Sunday morning.

A LIONESS adopts a BABY ANTELOPE after killing its mother...

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New Releases, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Mt Goats Tribute, Stag   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CIVIL WARS cover the Jackson 5 classic, "I Want You Back."

NEW RELEASES from Freelance Whales, Franz Nicolay, PAWS and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR is advance streaming Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, the band's first new album in more than a decade.

TALLAHASSEE TURNS TEN: Advance stream a Mountain Goast tribute LP, featuring Kimya Dawson, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Jeffrey Lewis and more...

TORI AMOS, live in NYC; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

KENNY ROGERS talks to Morning Edition about his enduring career, his early days fronting the country-rock band The First Edition and what fans expect of him after all this time.

BEN FOLDS talks to the Toronto Sun about artistic types, being skillfully reckless and feeling like an heirloom tomato.

BETH ORTON talks to The New Yorker and the Chicago Sun-Times about all of her life changes since her last LP in 2006. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE ABBA MUSEUM is set to open next year.

MILA KUNIS is the Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire.

DANNY DeVITO & RHEA PERLMAN separate after 30 years of marriage.


LADY GAGA pukes onstage. Bieber did it first. Bad medicine?

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER: Off again. Reset to Defcon 3.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's mother Cissy is deathly afraid Bobbi Kristina will die like just the singer — in a haze of drugs and other bad influences.

EMILY BLUNT may have the inside track for a role in The Avengers 2.

A RUTTING STAG trees a man.

RACCOONS are taking over Brooklyn.

FAKE CAT INSURANCE CLAIM results in a conviction after a claim about a fake dead parrot.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents diversify their portfolios, as scientists race the clock to discover their evil plan.

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