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Robin Gibb RIP, Regina Spektor, Walkmen, Puppy Burps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROBIN GIBB, one of the three singing brothers of the Bee Gees, the long-running Anglo-Australian pop group whose chirping falsettos and hook-laden disco hits like "Jive Talkin" and "You Should Be Dancing" shot them to worldwide fame in the 1970s, died on Sunday. He was 62. The cause was complications from cancer and intestinal surgery.  Pate recorded, but never officially released, a great, crunchy cover of "Nights On Broadway."  The full NYT obit actually links a bunch of Tubes spanning Gibb's career.

REGINA SPEKTOR is advance streaming What We Saw From the Cheap Seats.

THE WALKMEN are advance streaming Heaven.

SIGUR ROS is advance streaming Valtari.

SAINT ETIENNE is advance streaming Words and Music by Saint Etienne.

GAZ COOMBES (Supergrass) is advance streaming Here Come the Bombs, and talks to The Guardian about old times and new directions.

AFGHAN WHIGS drop a cover of the 1970 soul song "See and Don't See" ahead of their reunion tour.

BLONDIE covers Donna Summer's "I Feel Love," circa 1979.

STEVIE WONDER plays "Alfie" at the White House after Burt Bacharach and Hal David receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.  The full concert airs tonight on PBS.

JOHN LYDON talks to The Sun about the return of PiL: "I've been denied access to making music now for nearly two decades. So I've come out firing."

THE MACCABEES: Once dismissed as "landfill," they are now critically acclaimed. Where did it all go right for the Brighton band?

PAT SANSONE (Wilco, Autumn Defense) talks to the Columbus Dispatch about both bands, and the South. (Thx, LHB.)

BONO is not richer than Sir Paul McCartney after the Facebook IPO... but he spins like it.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Avengers threepeat at the top of the chart with 55 million; that's the second-largest third weekend (below Avatar, playing over a New Year's weekend).  Marvel's marvel now has 457 million domestic-- breaking the 400 million barrier 4 days faster than The Dark Knight (Avatar took 23 days). The Men In Black arrive Friday, but it's unclear they will stop The Avengers from breaking 500 million in record time next weekend.  This seems a lock to become No. 3 of all time, but may fall short of Titanic (600 million) or Avatar (760 million), given the stiffer summer competition.  Battleship places with a 25.3 million debut against a 209 million budget. Ruh-roh.  Fortunately, the Hasbro flick has racked up 215 million overseas, because this one (like John Carter before it) is getting older audiences, not younger ones.  The Dictator whows with a 17.4 million debut, well short of Sacha Baron Cohen's prior pics, Borat and Bruno; audiences may be tiring of his shtick and th studio will have to work to recoup its 65 million budget.  Dark Shadows drops to the fourth slot with 12.8 million; its domestic total is 51 million and even Johnny Depp isn't saving it overseas, where it has made about 35 million (Hulk smash).  What to Expect When You're Expecting rounds out the Top 5 with a soft 10.5 million, about half of pre-release projections, and about a third of what How To Think Like A Man did in its debut.

NICK STAHL: The missing "Terminator 3" star has reached out to friends via email, telling them he's ok and pledging to go to rehab.  Stahl has told his wife he has checked in to rehab.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: Mandarin Oriental Atlanta hotel masseur John Truesdale is Accuser No. 2.


JACKIE CHAN is giving up action movies so he can become "the Asian Robert De Niro."

CHYNA collapsed at a XXX convention in Miami.

MARK ZUCKERBERG inspires a million status update jokes by marrying Priscilla Chan.

COMMUNITY: Dan Harmon is out as showrunner after Sony Pictures Television opted not to renew his contract. Harmon reacts online.

IRAQ is planning on building a billion-dollar power plant in Anbar province.

AFGHANISTAN: French Pres. Hollande said France would pull its troops out of Afghanistan at the end of 2012, two years ahead of schedule. He said a "residual" number of troops would stay to provide training and help return equipment.

A PUPPY burps loudly after each meal. In some cultures, that's the polite thing to do.

TWO CHEETAH CUBS wrestle in the Tanzanian savannah.

MOOSE on the loose in Ogden, UT.

THE POLICE BLOTTER: "3:38 p.m. Two dogs on Helena Flats Road attempted to abduct a goose and a duck."

BABY SQUIRREL, adopted by CATS... Mass hysteria!

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Donna Summer RIP, Nilsson, Joey Ramone, Cutout Bin,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with HARRY NILSSON! The BBC aired "The Music of Nilsson" in 1971, including a mashup of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" and "One," "Gotta Get Up," a medley of "Walk Right Back," "Cathy's Clown" and "Let The Good Times Roll," and really moving take on "Life Line." Then there are two videos from The Point!  -- "Think About Your Troubles" and "Are You Sleeping" -- sandwiching "Joy." The set concludes with "Without Her," "Coconut" and "1941."

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

JOEY RAMONE: Hear his posthumous LP at Rolling Stone... ya know?

SHARON VAN ETTEN plays a mini-set on video for Sound Opinions.

PORTASTATIC, Live at the Duke Coffee House, Aug. 9, 1994.

DONNA SUMMER, the multimillion-selling singer and songwriter whose hits captured both the giddy hedonism of the 1970s disco era and the feisty female solidarity of the early 1980s, died from cancer on Thursday at her home in Naples, Fla. She was 63. As a card-carrying member of the Insane Coho Lips back in the day, I cannot claim to have been a fan, but if I had to pick two, they would be "On The Radio" and "Last Dance."  I also recall hearing her remake of "MacArthur Park" a lot at the roller rink.

MUSIC'S 12 BEST INSULTS & JABS, according to the Houston Press. (Thx, LHB.)

METRIC: Emily Haines talks to Stereogum about the making of Synthetica.

KELLEY DEAL talks to We Love DC about her newest band, R.Ring. (Thx, LHB.)


CUTOUT BIN: From Joan Jett to Jim Croce, from the Clash to Barry White, from Fun Boy Three to Three Dog Night, plus Tommy James and the Shondells, Soul Asylum, David Bowie, price 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 Battleship, which is currently scoring 37 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; What to Expect When You're Expecting, which is scoring 26 percent; and The Dictator, which opened Wednesday with 62 percent. Hulk smash.

JOHN TRAVOLTA:  Accuser No. 2 dops his sexual battery lawsuit. Travolta says he's not paying these men off.  Did he try to grope... Jeff Conaway?

BOBBY BROWN is releasing a single about Whitney Houston three months after his ex-wife's death.

NICK STAHL was spotted after his wife reported him missing.

RUSSELL BRAND on KATY PERRY: "I still love her." Aw.

JENNY McCARTHY is baring all again for Playboy as she prepares to celebrate her 40th birthday in November.

JIMMY KIMMEL beats Jay Leno.

YEMEN: The military claimed it ejected AQAP from Lawdar, Modia, and Al Wadea. A senior Southern Movement leader is urging his followers to fight AQAP.

EGYPT: On the campaign trail for the presidential election, now only nine days away, the Muslim Brotherhood has taken a sharp turn rightward, becoming bolder in saying it wants to bring a state where religion and Islamic law play a major role - and insisting that it has the right to rule. Shocka.

NORTH KOREA resumed construction on a nuclear reactor that would have the capacity to produce fuel for nuclear weapons. China pressured North Korea to abandon its efforts for a third nuclear test.

AFGHANISTAN: American officials acknowledge privately that the bar has been significantly lowered on how success in Afghanistan is defined after 11 years of combat.

A CAT trains a puppy to roll over.

200 BUFFALO escaped from a ranch in northwest Iowa and have been spotted in five counties.

AN ARABIAN HORSE got spooked during a California beachside photo shoot Tuesday and swam a mile out to sea before rescuers got to him and helped him back to shore

COYOTES stalk dogs in Golden Gate Park. Will San Francisco import Roadrunners?

HARBORING a WALLABY results in a year's probation in Butler, PA.

GILA MONSTER SPIT may reduce food cravings.  I would think so.

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M Ward, Dar Williams, Band of Skulls, Kinks, Cat Teherball   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPINTO BAND drops Afrobeat into their animated clip for "The Living Things."

M WARD performs new material live for WNYC Soundcheck.

DAR WILLIAMS played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

PATRICK WILSON stop by WNYC Soundcheck play songs from their new album, "Adventures in Your Own Backyard."

BAND OF SKULLS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MYSTERY JETS drop "Greatest Hits" in advance of Radands.

THE KINKS are "The Village Green Preservation Society." God bless 'em.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to Vulture about Not Your Kind of People, going indie, why the nineties were better, and her penchant for dressing up as Bette Davis.

JASON RINGENBERG, founder of Jason & the Scorchers, talks to Tulsa World about his other career in childrens' music under the Farmer Jason moniker. (Thx, LHB.)

JOHN VANDERSLICE: SF Weekly spends time in his Tiny Telephone studio.

NANCY SINATRA is still pretty ticked at her stepmother.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: Meet Accuser No. 4, a gym employee who accuses the Grease star of groping and fondling him against his will.

NICK STAHL, who played John Connor in "Terminator 3," is missing, according to his wife.  Police seek to question cyborgs.  Too soon?

JENNIFER LOPEZ is the possibly surprising leader on the Forbes Celebrity 100 ranking of the richest and most powerful actors, actresses, athletes, writers and musicians. Is she leaving American Idol?

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR., the lone exception to Marvel's strict cost controls, is set for a highflying payday of about 50 million once box-office bonuses and backend compensation for The Avengers are factored in.

JOEY LAWRENCE just inked a deal with the man-stripper crew at Chippendales in Vegas.

RYAN SEACREST bought Ellen DeGeneres' Beverly Hills estate for the low, low price of ~49 million bucks.

ALGERIA: An Islamic leader of the street protests that forced the Algerian regime to introduce democratic reforms for the first time in 1988, now opposes elections.

SYRIA: Opposition and government forces fought in the city of Rastan. Syrian rebels have begun receiving significantly more and better weapons in recent weeks, an effort paid for by Persian Gulf nations and coordinated in part by the US.

PAKISTAN has delayed the decision on the issue of reopening NATO supply lines to Afghanistan; the US is confident the supply lines will be reopened.

IRAQ: The trial of Vice President Hashemi, who is outside the country, has begun.

CATS play teherball.

MAYBE THE MOOSE ripped the roof off your car. Remember?

TWIGLET the HEN may have laid the world's tiniest egg.

DOGS: The difference between mankind and Neanderthals.

A DUCK survives a fall down a chimney into a roaring fire.

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Keane, Polica, Father John Misty, Nick Lowe, Parrot R2-D2   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TENACIOUS D drops a seven-minute, NSFW clip for "Roadie," with an appearance from Danny McBride.

KEANE visited Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

POLICA stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stops by KEXP for a raucous, playful and above all fantastic live set.

LEE RENALDO and his band join WNYC in studio to play some songs off his new solo album.

THE WALKMEN drop "The House You Made," the B-side of the first single from the forthcoming Heaven LP. Because who cares about what's on the flip side? I do.

NICK LOWE (as part of Rockpile) plays "So It Goes," circa 1978.

THE HIVES do a two-part interview with Drowned in Sound.

DONALD "DUCK" DUNN: A personal rememberance via All Things Considered.

THE 70 BEST ALBUMS of the 1970s, according to Paste.

THE 100 BEST TRACKS of the 1990s, according to NME.

JOHN TRAVOLTA's lawyer says the actor has been completely vindicated after Accuser No. 1 dismissed his sexual assault lawsuit.

TOM CRUISE returns to the publicity circuit to support Rock of Ages, with interviews at W Magazine and Playboy. Look Ma... no couch!

MICHAEL FASSBENDER talks to GQ about Prometheus and his rapid rise in Tinseltown.

HOWARD STERN's judging debut on America's Got Talent included penis jokes. Shocka.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT gets vajazzled for special occasions. Howard Stern unavailable for comment.

ALAN RICKMAN has signed on to play Hilly Kristal, the legendary owner and founder of CBGB, in Randall Miller and Jody Savin's project revolving the seminal New York rock club.

LADY GAGA was banned in Indonesia following Islamist protests.

SYRIA: The opposition claimed a military victory in the city of Rastan. Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the UN-sponsored peace plan was failing.

IRAN: A senior UN nuclear agency official urged Iran to allow access to a suspected nuclear weapons site. A drawing created by a purported witness depicts a nuclear weapons testing chamber. Recent satellite photos show an effort to clean up the site.

AFGHANISTAN: Isaf will support Afghan security forces in combat operations beyond 2014 if necessary, Isaf spokesman, Gen. Carsten Jacobson said.

AN AFRICAN GREY PARROT imitates R2-D2.  But can it speak the language of binary load-lifers?

RATTLESNAKE in a Wal-Mart striving for an authentic garden section.


SHAVED ALPACAS: A great name for a band, particularly one sporting mullets.

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New Releases, Brendan Benson, 'Allo Darlin', Ducklings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROES play "Man on Fire" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES from Best Coast, Beach House, The Gossip, Tenacious D, Garbage, Willie Nelson, Cornershop, The Cribs and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BRENDAN BENSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

'ALLO DARLIN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SHEARWATER stopped by the WFUV studios for a chat and mini-set.

THE KILLERS cover The Raspberries' "Go All the Way" in Dark Shadows... but it's not on the soundtrack?

THE BEACH BOYS' first UK TV appearance, on Ready, Steady, GO!, November 6, 1964.  "I Get Around" and "When I Grow Up," for Twofer Tuesday.

REGINA SPEKTOR is profiled by The Guardian.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to the Boston Globe about weathering the years and songwriting in the moment.

QUEEN guitarist Brian May has confirmed plans for a live stage appearance from the band's deceased singer, Freddie Mercury. May tells the BBc it won't be a hologram, so perhaps it will be Zombie Mercury.

TWENTY MUSICIANS talks about using their college majors.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: Accuser No. 2 wants a private trial.  Accuser No. 3 gives detail that do not appear in a cruise ship incident report.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER and KATE HUDSON  will guest-star in multi-episode arcs on the fourth season of Glee.

DEMI LOVATO officially signed her deal and will be a judge on the next season of "The X Factor".

MENA SUVARI's broke ex wants 17K in monthly spousal support.

TYSON BECKFORD: A sex tape featuring the male supermodel is being shopped around the adult entertainment community. Beckford warns it's not very good.

MOONRISE KINGDOM: The NYT reports on Wes Anderson and his upcoming, lo-tech film.

PROMETHEUS puts its first clip online.

SPYING ON AL QAEDA: The double agent who broke up a recent al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula plot is just the latest example.

IRAN: Lebanon's Hezbollah may not want a new war with Israel but an order to attack would come from Tehran in the event of a strike on Iran, a senior military official in Israel's northern command told AFP.

PAKISTAN: From his prison cell, a senior Pakistani officer accused of plotting an Islamist takeover of the military high command has issued a call for the army to break its anti-terror alliance with the US, which he contends is forcing Pakistan to fight its own people.

AFGHANISTAN: Arsala Rahmani, senior member of the Afghan High Peace Council, was gunned down in Kabul.

IRAQ: In the face of spiraling costs and Iraqi officials who say they never wanted it in the first place, the State Department has slashed - and may jettison entirely by the end of the year - a multibillion-dollar police training program that was to have been the centerpiece of a hugely expanded civilian mission there.

A DUCKLING ODYSSEY, minus the music.

BROWN TREE SNAKES are fought with parachuting posioned mice in Guam.

BUFFALOS:  A water buffalo injured 10 people in central Vietnam while rampaging down crowded streets, across a river and through a house before being gunned down at a kindergarten, an official said Monday. Meanwhile, the Lakota Sioux Tribe mourned the death of a sacred rare white buffalo calf.

ARE DONKEYS STUBBORN? Scientists investigate.

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