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My Bloody Valentine, Screaming Females, Lone Bellow, Horse Flute   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SATURDAY was a record-shattering day of traffic here; thanks to everyone for stopping by!

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.

TEGAN & SARA: The twins get "Closer" on Kimmel.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE released mbv, their first LP in 21 years, to stream and buy. The Quietus and NME are among those with track-by-track analyses.

SCREAMING FEMALES are advance streaming their Chalk Tape EP.

THE LONE BELLOW talks opening for The Civil Wars and plays songs from their debut at WNYC Soundcheck.The band was recently profiled at USA Today.

JENN GRANT plays songs from The Beautiful Wild at WNYC Soundcheck.

SAM COOKE & JACKIE WILSON unexpectedly meet up on "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha."

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks Alfred Hitchcock (no relation) at WNYC Soundcheck.

BRENDAN BENSON talks to Stereogum about parenthood and premieres the video for “Happy All The Time.”

THOM YORKE talks to All Songs Considered about Atoms For Peace.

MGMT have cited Aphex Twin and house music as influences during writing their forthcoming album.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Warm Bodies was the hottest this weekend, with a 19.5 million debut against a 30 million budget.  Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters plummets 53 percent to place with 9.2 million; even so, this has about 70 million in worldwide receipts aginst a 50 million budget.  Silver Linings Playbook climbed a notch to show with 8.1 million on a leggy 14.1 percent drop.  Mama drops two to the fourth slot with 6.7 million on a 49 percent drop.  Zero Dark Thirty rounds out the Top 5 with 5.3 million on a 45percent drop. I wonder whether the predominant male interest in the Super Bowl accounts for SLP doing better relative to Oscar competitor ZD30.  After all, below the fold, Bullet to the Head debuted in sixth place with 4.5 million against a 55 million budget.  Apparently, the success of The Expendables does not imply a residual audience for Schwarzenegger or Stallone separately.

PENELOPE CRUZ & XAVIER BARDEM are expecting their second child.

JUSTIN BIEBER: More weed, more problems. Plus codeine?

LINDSAY LOHAN is desperately trying to hire new counsel.

49'ERS FRANK GORE & MICHAEL CRABTREE prepped for the Super Bowl in a Nawlins strip club.


AMANDA BYNES moves out of her NYC pad after an eviction threat.

JEREMY LONDON is off the hook in his domestic violence beef.

ED KOCH, the master showman of City Hall, who parlayed shrewd political instincts and plenty of chutzpah into three tumultuous terms as New York’s mayor with all the tenacity, zest and combativeness that personified his city of golden dreams, died Friday. He was 88.

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Un has told his frontline troops to prepare for war and has issued martial law for North Korea, South Korean media report.

THE UNITED STATES said it would conduct its own investigation of the suicide bombing today at the US Embassy in Ankara that killed two people, and warned Americans to avoid US diplomatic facilities in the country.

ALGERIA: The UK and Algeria agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership by sharing intelligence and cooperating in counterterrorism.

LIBYA: The European Union agreed to help Libya with border security for the next two years. The UK pledged to provide military trainers and police advisers. A Benghazi police station was bombed but no one was hurt.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Clinton said Iran has stepped up its military and financial support to the Syrian government.

EGYPT: Thousands of protesters hurled stones and firebombs at President Morsi's palace gates as security forces fired tear gas and water cannons; at least 48 people were injured. More demonstrations occurred across the country.


AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A horse plays the flute with his nose.

86 CAMELS died in a fire at a camel farm in southwest Germany. You're gonna cry.

A 15-FT GIANT PYTHON babysits for a 13-year-old boy in China.

A PIGLET is convinced it's a dog. That'll do.

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Punxsutawney Phil, Richard Thompson, Yo La Tengo, Cutout Bin, Disabled Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Tomorrow, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the weekend:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull. A bit more for Fivefer Friday.

UPDATE: Phil predicts an early Spring.

RICHARD THOMPSON rolled out new tracks from his upcoming LP on  Morning Becomes Eclectic

OF MONTREAL plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

YOU LA TENGO stopped by the KEXP studio to showcase a few of Fade's breezy, ice-cool singles.

PINBACK played a taught and propulsive mini-set at KEXP.

DEPECHE MODE drops "Heaven," their first new music since 2009.

STEVE EARLE drops "Calico Country" ahead of The Low Highway.


DAVID BOWIE: Guitarist Earl Slick talks to Rolling Stone about the new songs, the possibility of a tour and his memories from the famously debauched Station to Station sessions. So let's revisit "Golden Years" and "Fame" circa 1975.

THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE: Stephanie Min talks to DIY about the band's full-length debut, Out Of View.

TEGAN & SARA talk to Spinner about the more personal tone and commercial sound of Heartthrob.

DAVID LOWERY (CVB, Cracker) talks to Spinner about streaming music royalties.

EMMYLOU HARRIS was charged with hi-and-run after a freeway accident.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sonics to Sonic Youth, from Dean Martin to David Bowie, from Japandroids to Josie & the Pussycats, plus Robyn Hitchcock, Buffalo Springfield, Shoes, Pavement  and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Warm Bodies, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Bullet To The Head, which is scoring 43 percent.

DAN MARINO knocked up a CBS Sports production assistant in 2004. Happy 28th wedding anniversary, Mrs. Marino.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a new baby brother.

BRADLEY COOPER has a foot fetish?

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER sex photo may fetch 150K.

SHARON STONE reportedly split from 27-year-old Martin Mica. Basic Instinct turns 21 in March.

PULP FICTION: Vanity Fair teases The Oral History.

SCTV: The A.V. Club lists 10 episodes making the case for the show as one of the greatest. Certainly, I have very fond memories of "Play It Again, Bob." But what really struck me about the piece is the degree to which the culture SCTV satirized -- from Bob Hope to Joey Heatherton to local horror movie shows to William F. Buckley to the Midnight Special -- no longer exists.

IRAN: The IAEA has warned its member states that Tehran has embarked on a modernization program of its uranium enrichment facilities that will speed up production of weapons-grade fissile material — by a factor of five. Nonproliferation expert Mark Fitzpatrick described the planned upgrade as a potential “game-changer.”

ISRAELI jets bombed a convoy near Syria's border with Lebanon. The convoy, believed to destined for Hezbollah, was carrying antiaircraft missiles but apparently not chemical weapons.

MALI: France said Islamist forces are "in disarray" as some had returned home and others had made a "tactical withdrawal" to a mountainous 96,000-square mile area east of Kidal. President Traore ruled out talks with Islamist groups but is willing to negotiate with the Tuareg MNLA if it gives up territorial demands and agrees to reintegrate into Mali.

LIBYA: The UN envoy warned that the conflict in Mali may spill over to Libya, and said 200000 fighters remain in "revolutionary brigades" in Libya. More than 20000 former revolutionary fighters are training for the police force. An estimated 15000 to 20000 personnel are needed to secure Benghazi.

EGYPT: Secular and Islamic groups met to try to defuse the political crisis. Protesters in Cairo rejected prosecutors' decision to arrest members of the Black Bloc group on terrorism charges. Islamist parties said Black Bloc members must be killed.

A DISABLED PIGLET pops wheelies just fine.

"GAY" DOG faces a death sentence in Tennessee.

MOUSE PATÉ is off the menu in Switzerland.

A GIANT EAGLE OWL has been causing a major flap in a Scottish city center by terrorizing passing pedestrians.

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Veronica Falls, Django Django, Soft Moon, Kitty & Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO: The video for "I'll Be Around" features... Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan.

VERONICA FALLS is advance streaming Waiting For Something To Happen.

DARKSTAR is advance streaming News From Nowhere.

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

THE SOFT MOON stopped by KEXP to showcase their neo-shoegaze sound.

JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

RIOT GRRRL: The Quietus looks back across two decades at the liberating musical and political movement and assesses what its legacy is today.

AIMEE MANN talks to Wears the Trousers about her new album, the economics of the biz, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

FREELANCE WHALES: Chick Criss talks to the Village Voice about being indie and poor.

JIM JAMES has a new solo LP coming, but he is also talking about what's next for Monsters Of Folk and My Morning Jacket.

PATTI ANDREWS, the last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters trio, died of natural causes at her home in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to her management. She was 94.


LINDSAY LOHAN flew back to L.A. for her court date, only to be rejected by a swanky hotel and mocked by the judge hearing her case.

JIM NABORS, a/k/a Gomer Pyle, married his longtime male partner early this month. Surprise, surprise, surprise...

ALEC BALDWIN and his yoga instructor wife, Hilaria Thomas, are reportedly expecting a baby.

ASHLEY JUDD and Dario Franchitti are splitting after more than a decade of marriage.


MANTI TE'O's fake dead girlfriend may be gay or something.

RON JEREMY was hospitalized following a heart aneurysm.

SAUDI ARABIA: The sheikh of the tribe which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula deputy emir Said al Shihri belonged said the tribe would not bury the AQAP leader.

MALI: French and Malian troops secured the airport in Kidal. Islamist fighters had fled, offering no resistance.

FRANCE: The Interior Minister said France will deport several hardline imams who advocate global jihad, describing them as foreign-born Salafists who "target women, make remarks contrary to our values and refer to the need to fight against France."

TUNISIA: The government deployed special combat forces to areas near the Algerian and Libyan borders to protect Tunisia's oil and gas fields from terrorist attacks. Salafists continued their attacks on Sufi shrines, ransacking and desecrating the mausoleum of Sidi Ben Naji in Gafsa and the mausoleum of Sidi Baghdadi in Monastir, one day after the government announced plans to create a force to protect such sites.

ALGERIA: Acting on information from an al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb terrorist arrested in December 2012, authorities broke up an al Qaeda support cell in the Tiaret region on Monday.

EGYPT: The Holocaust was a U.S. intelligence hoax and the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis actually moved to the United States, said Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run newspapers.


KITTY MEETS HEDGEHOG: Let's go to the video.

THAT CUDDLY KITTY Is Deadlier Than You Think.

KANGAROO DUNDEE left Sydney to open his own sanctuary in the Australian bush to care for more than 200 orphaned marsupials.

LION AND TIGER CUBS... snuggling together... Mass hysteria!

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Matt Pond, Guards, Dinosaur Jr, Monkey Snowsuit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRIZZLY BEAR drops a video for "gun-shy" that may make some of you squirm.

MATT POND is advance streaming The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand.

GUARDS are advance streaming In Guards We Trust.

NIGHT BEDS is advance streaming Country Sleep.

DINOSAUR JR stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

SURFER BLOOD drops "Weird Shapes" ahead of Pythons.

WAVVES drops "Demon To Lean On" ahead of Afraid Of Heights.

TALKING HEADS: A vintage clip of "Psycho Killer" from the OGWT.

LOCAL NATIVES and their upcoming LP are profiled by L.A. Weekly.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley talks to Austin CultureMap about his solo album, how the internet changed the South and more. (Thx, LHB.)

FLEETWOOD MAC: The Telegraph examines their new popularity among the Millenial generation.

PETRA HADEN talks to Weekend Edition about going to the movies, musically.

LINDSAY LOHAN planned to skip a required court date, claiming illness... but pictures suggested otherwise. So she's hopping a plane for L.A.

CHRIS BROWN swears he didn't start Sunday night's violent brawl with Frank Ocean. A witness disagrees.

ANNE HATHAWAY reminds Oscar voters she had a run of bad boyfriends.


ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: There are reports that an old photo of a “young Arnold” performing a sex act has come to light.

JAMIE-LYNN SIGLER is engaged to Washington Nationals infielder Cutter Dykstra.

JASON LONDON had a really bad evening in Arizona.

THE VANITY FAIR HOLLYWOOD ISSUE has a kinda boring cover this year.

DID IRAN really put a monkey in space? Experts are skeptical.

MALI: Britain is prepared to take the risk of sending a "sizeable amount" of troops to Mali and neighboring West African countries as David Cameron offers strong support to France in its operation to drive Islamist militants from its former colony.

NORTH KOREA: Google has rolled out a detailed map of one of the world's most secretive states, including everything from Pyongyang's subway stops to the country's several city-sized gulags.

AFGHANISTAN: Foreign troops would be willing to assist Afghan security personnel during the presidential vote, scheduled to be held in 2014, a spokesman for the NATO-led ISAF said.

A MONKEY IN A SNOW SUIT: Let's go to the video.

PYTHON CHALLENGE UPDATE: Florida's "Python Challenge" is more than halfway through, with more than three dozen Burmese pythons killed so far.

MIAMI-DADE POLICE DOG participates in the Science Fair.

COYOTE ALERT: Some Orange County, FL residents claim their pets are being threatened, and in some cases, disappearing.

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Sugarfoot RIP, New Releases, Frightened Rabbit, Eels, Dogs Skype   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  I am excited to announce that 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.

LEROY "SUGARFOOT" BONNER, frontman for the hit-making funk music band the Ohio Players, has died. He was 69. Thus, we roll out "Love Rollercoaster" and "Fire" (which starts with a Munsters allusion) for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Tegan & Sara, Adam & Binki, Eric Burdon, The History of Apple Pie, and more stream this week via Spinner.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is advance streaming Pedestrian Verse.

EELS are advance streaming Wonderful, Glorious.

JESSIE WARE brings her British R & B to Morning Becomes Eclectic

THE BOOMTOWN RATS will perform at the Isle of Wight festival, playing together for the first time since 1986.  So let's roll out "Rat Trap" and "Someone's Looking At You" for Twofer Twofer Tuesday.

JIM JAMES of My Morning Jacket talks to Stereogum about his new solo LP and much more.

RADIOHEAD: Thom Yorke talks to Dazed and Confused about producers, inspiraion, writer's block and more. (Thx, LHB.)

ADAM ANT talks to All Things Considered about taking time off to be an actor and a parent, storyboarding his own music videos, struggling with bipolar disorder and moving from the U.K. to Los Angeles to rural Tennessee.

XTC: The Guardian features a vintage interview from Rock's Backpages.

LINDSAY LOHAN was freaked out by her sex scene in The Canyons, according to co-star James Deen.

CHRIS BROWN is under investigation of assaulting Frank Ocean over a parking space at a recording studio.

RICK ROSS crashed his Rolls-Royce while escaping gunfire.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS are probably not moving to London.

JUSTIN BIEBER is singing about his split from Selena Gomez.

TAYE DIGGS single-handedly apprehended a guy who tried to break into his home after the SAG Awards.

BRADLEY COOPER denies rumors that he will play disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed biopic.

PAUL GIAMATI may play The Rhino in the Spider-Man reboot sequel.

THE UNITED STATES military plans to establish an additional drone base in Africa, most likely in Niger, for better surveillance of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and affiliated groups in Africa's northwest.

FRANCE urged donor nations to honor pledges of support for a viable Syrian opposition, warning that delay raises the risk extremists will prevail in Syria.

MALI: Islamists fleeing Timbuktu torched a major historical library before French and Malian troops arrived.

BAHRAIN: Opposition groups said they are willing to open dialogue with the government over the country's long-running political crisis.

IRAN claims it launched a monkey into space.

EGYPT: Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo and Port Said for a fifth day in spite of President Morsi's declaration of a state of emergency on Sunday; 50 people have died in the violence so far. Morsi's call for national dialogue was rejected by the main opposition alliance.

DOGS On Skype. My favorite part of this may be the dude in the background.

A CANCER-STRICKEN DOG feasts on an epic last meal.

A PENGUIN on the verge of a very bad day indeed.

A TORTOISE has been found alive in Brazil - after more than 30 years locked away in a storeroom.

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