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New Releases, Bon Iver, School of Seven Bells, Los Campesinos!, Emu   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BON IVER does a 4AD Session with Sean Carey, including a cover of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me."

NEW RELEASES from Cursive, James Vincent McMorrow, Leland Sundries, Dirty Ghosts, Young Empires and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is advance streaming Ghostory.

LOS CAMPESINOS! stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

M WARD drops "Primitive Girl" ahead of A Wasteland Companion.

JOE TEX: "Papa Was Too" and "By The Time I Get to Phoenix" for a soulful Twofer Tuesday.

THE SHINS: James Mercer talks to Exclaim about not quitting the band of which he is the remaining original member.

LEONARD COHEN: Conor Oberst and Ron Sexmith talk about Old Ideas on All Things Considered.

FIELD MUSIC talks to The Observer about making almost no money.

SPIN has become a large-format, bi-monthly music magazine.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: A black velvet dress that belonged to the singer and a pair of earrings she wore in "The Bodyguard" will be sold to the highest bidder next month. Also, streaming rights to her movies were pulled from Netflix so that studios could juice DVD sales.

LINDSAY LOHAN personally reached out to Lorne Michaels to get her hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.

DAME JUDI DENCH, who has revealed she is suffering from a degenerative eye condition, played down concern over her sight on Monday, saying she was not going blind.

ADELE has vowed to spit in her estranged father's face if she ever sees him again.

EMMA WATSON grew up on screen but as an adult, she's making her mark in the fashion world.

CHRIS TUCKER may owe the feds 12 million dollars.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN drops a clip online that seems to recall Spider-Man 2 a bit.

SYRIA: Opposition protests began in Damascus; government security forces fired on the crowd, and security forces spread out across the city to prevent further protests. China urged an end to the violence. Egypt recalled its ambassador.

AFGHAN police captured a group of terrorists taking 41 Afghan children to Pakistan to receive insurgent training, the Afghan Ministry of Interior said on Monday.

IRAQ: Green Zone. International Zone. The Bubble. To the foreigners still living there, the Iraqi capital's fortified center has a new name: Ghost Town.

ESCAPED EMU on the lam in Vermont.

ATTEMPTED CAT RESCUE ends tragically.

GOATS can develop their own accents.

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Michael Davis RIP, Fanfarlo, Charles Bradley, Shot Sea Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 20, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MICHAEL DAVIS, the bassist of influential late 1960s rock band MC5, has died of liver failure. He was 68. So you know what time its is, and I'll throw in the DKT-MC5 version with Mark Arm and Evan Dando for good measure.

FANFARLO is advance streaming Rooms Filled With Light.

THE DIRTY THREE is advance streaming Toward the Low Sun.

CHARLES BRADLEY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

HEARTLESS BAST^ARDS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BLACK MOUNTAIN drops the eight-minute "Mary Lou" ahead of the Year Zero soundrack.

LAURA MARLING covers Ryan Adams' "My Winding Wheel."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: "James K. Polk," for Presidents' Day and the kids.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to Chart Attack about her late night TV debut and more...

SLEIGH BELLS talked about their creative partnership and the second Sleigh Bells album, Reign of Terror, on Weekend Edition Sunday.

GREIL MARCUS talks to The Guardian about the dawn of rock criticism.

PETE DOHERTY talks to The Independent about Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse, his baby daughter and why he paints with his own blood.

DORY PREVIN, the lyricist for three Oscar-nominated songs who as a composer and performer mined her difficult childhood, bouts of mental illness and a very public divorce to create a potent and influential personal songbook, died last Tuesday at her home in Southfield, Mass. She was 86.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Safe House edges out The Vow and the weekend's new releases at the top with an estimated 24 million, although it's close enough that any of the top 3 could be in the lead when the money is actually counted.  Safe House now has a 78.3 million domestic total against an 85 million production budget.  Last weekend's champ, The Vow, places with 23.6 million, though that's on top of an 11.6 million Valentine's Day haul; The McAdams tear-jerker has rung up 85.5 million against a 30 million budget.  The widely-panned Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance debuts at No.3 with 22 million against a 57 million budget. Silver lining? The original Ghost Rider opened twice as big.  International audiences are saving Nic Cage's career at this point.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island drops to fourth with 20 million, but has the best hold from last weeked's openers.  It already has a 53 million total here and at least 85 million overseas against its 80 million budget.  This Means War rounds out the Top 5 with 17.5 million, which won't hurt Chris Pine or Tom Hardy nearly as much as it will Reese Witherspoon.  Below the fold, The Phantom Menace plunges 65 percent as people realize Jar Jar Binks is even worse in 3-D... but it's free money for the Lucas Empire. The weekend's best-reviewed debut, The Secret World of Arrietty, opened in ninth with 6.4 million.  Then again, Ponyo (Studio Ghibli's last movie) opened in the US at 3.6 million, but earne over 200 million worldwide.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Spinner has highlights(?) of the singer's funeral and notes ex-hubby Bobby Brown left early when his entourage was asked to leave. Houston's daughter disappeared for several hours after her mother's funeral -- and was found using drugs, according to two sources close to the family. 

DAME JUDI DENCH revealed she is battling to save her eyesight.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL originally hoped to reconcile, but a reunion might not be in their future after all.

LINDSAY LOHAN becomes an E! True Hollywood Story tonight.

MADONNA will have a new dancer on her forthcoming world tour - her daughter Lourdes.

JANET JACKSON is reportedly in talks to join The X Factor.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

TERROR in the USA: Amine El Khalifi, a 29-year-old Moroccan, was arrested near the US Capitol today and charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

IRAN's navy claimed its warships entered the Mediterranean on Saturday to show its 'might' to regional countries, as a high-level American official was due to arrive in Israel.

AFGHANISTAN: In an effort to rid their army of Taliban infiltrators, Afghan officials have begun ordering soldiers with families in Pakistan to either move their relatives to Afghanistan or leave the military.

A SEA LION that had been shot in the left flipper is recuperating at SeaWorld San Diego and listed in "stable but guarded" condition.

AN EXOTIC BANGAL CAT lost in the ceiling at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield was found safe and sound in a trap set up to catch him.


FOOD ON MY DOG: It's an internet smash.

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Motown, Shins, Perfume Genius, Cranberries, Lion Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




... with THE SOUND OF MOTOWN!  This Ready Steady Go! special from 1965 kicks off with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles singing "Ooo Baby Baby," Dusty Springfield joined by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas on "Wishin And Hopin'" and "Can't Hear You No More" followed by The Supremes singing "Stop! In The Name Of Love," and The Temptations singing "My Girl," and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas return for "Dancing In The Street."  The Supremes come back with with "Shake," followed by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas with "Nowhere To Run." Up next is Smokey Robinson and The Miracles with "Shop Around,"The Supremes ask "Where Did Our Love Go?",then a medley with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, Steveie Wonder and all performers joining in on "Mickey's Monkey," all backed by the Earl Van Dyke Sextet.

THE SHINS: James Mercer visited KEXP for a solo acoustic set featuring songs from the forthcoming album "Port Of Morrow."

PERFUME GENIUS stopped by KEXP for a session.

THE CRANBERRIES, now reunited, played live at WNYC Soundcheck... with "Zombie" as a web extra.

MIKE DOUGHTY (Soul Coughing) talks about his darkly comic memoir, "The Book of Drugs" and performs live at WNYC Soundcheck.

JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP: Live in Noblesville, IN, July 4, 1992.

LOS CAMPESINOS! make "Songs About Your Girlfriend" visual, with an assist from exotic dancers.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon talks to SPIN post-Grammys about his pre-show anxiety, his Grammy gripes, and the band's future.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiberg talks to PopMatters about making Animal Joy a more immediate and personal album.

HOSPITALITY is profiled at Paste.

TEAR-JERKERS: It's science!

CUTOUT BIN:  From Soft Cell to Richard & Linda Thompson, from Buzzcocks to Brenton Wood, from Neil Young to Urban Dance Squad, plus the Kinks, Tom Jones, Dirty Looks, Tommy James, Glen Campbell 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: This Means War, which is currently scoring 24 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, scoring zero; and The Secret World of Arrietty, scoring 91 percent.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's family deny excluding Bobby Brown from the singer's funeral, but may be trying to keep him from leeching onto their daughter, the sole heir to Whitney's fortune.  Kevin Costner, Houston's co-star in The Bodyguard, is planning to speak at her funeral.  Whitney visited a doctor three times in the days before she died in a Beverly Hills hotel room bathtub, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN basically admits she doesn't know who her biological father is.

HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: Which one is still wearing a wedding ring?

JASON BATEMAN and wife Amanda Anka welcomed a baby girl, Maple Sylvie Bateman.

CHRIS BROWN denies trying to pick up a woman with the line, "I promise I won't beat you."

JESSICA SIMPSON will reward a Biggest Loser challenge winner with a visit to her personal showroom.

DINER: Vanity Fair essays how a novice director and his raw cast broke all the rules-and stumbled into genius. And to think the suits wanted to lose the sandwich scene.

SEVEN MOVIES Better Than The Books They Were Based On.

TERROR in the USA: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian-born "underwear bomber" who tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas 2009, has been sentenced to life in prison.

AL QAEDA's BIGGEST THREAT: Ibrahim al-Asiri is the sort of terrorist who keeps intelligence officials awake at night. 

IRAQ: The Supreme Judicial Council accused Vice President Hashemi of operating a death squad that was involved in 150 bombings and assassinations since 2005.

LION CUBS hug a park worker on his last day at work.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're taking our pizza.

CATS really make people crazy.

DOGS Underwater.

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Kathleen Edwards, Craig Finn, Fun, Princeton, Mini-Schnauzer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHEARWATER drops a video for "Breaking The Yearlings."

KATHLEEN EDWARDS played a mini-set at World Cafe Live.

CRAIG FINN played a TIny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. He spoke to RFT Music about the topics dearest to his heart: booze, bands, flags and Jesus.

FUN is advance streaming Some Nights. Reminds me a little bit of Queen (tho much less than The Darkness does).

PRINCETON is advance streaming Remembrance of Things to Come, which showcases the weaving of East Coast prep school pop and sunny California road trip jams.

TINDERSTICKS is advance streaming The Something Rain.

ANDREW BIRD drops "The Crown Salesman," the B-side to his new single. Who cares what's on the flip side? I do.

LAURA MARLING has a new video for her song “All My Rage."

TALKING HEADS: Chris Frantz amd Tina Weymouth talk to Billboard about the Chronology DVD, which finds them longing a bit for a reunion.

ISLANDS frontman Nick Thorburn gives the L.A. Times a playlist of songs ruined by love.

FIONN REGAN answered 20 questions at PopMatters.

JOY DIVISION & NEW ORDER master tapes were discovered in a basement by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, along with jewels, gold and guns -- a trove worth roughly £1.1m.

WHITNEY HOUSTON had a premonition about her death. Someone was reportedly supposed to be with Houston at all times, including in the bathroom, to prevent a tragedy like this.  Sony claims the immediate postmortem price gouging on her albums was a mistake.

THE KARDASHIANS: Will Kim Kardashian carry Khloe and Lamar Odom's child?

BRADGELINA marriage rumors? Why not? It's been a few months.

CHRIS BROWN's  Grammys "all is forgiven" performance gets slammed by some celebs.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks to THR about modest paychecks, his friendship with Brad Pitt and why he hasn't had a drink since New Year's Eve.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to the NYT about his one-man Broadway show.

NICOLAS CAGE talks to the HuffPo about what it's like to play a character that urinates fire, why his career is like Led Zeppelin, how he almost wound up in "Dumb and Dumber," and why "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" was a terrible experience.

UGGIE, the Jack Russell star of The Artist, will not make an appearance at the Academy Awards next week. Aw.

TERROR in the USA: Military prosecutors accused Majid Khan, 31, of conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up gas storage tanks in the US and bomb Western targets in Indonesia, and of trying to assassinate the president of Pakistan. Khan, currently detained at Guantanamo, is the husband of "Lady al Qaeda" Aafia Siddiqui, who is in prison for attempting to kill US interrogators in Afghanistan in 2008.

TERROR in NORWAY: Mullah Krekar, an Iraqi Islamist who moved to Norway in 1991 and founded the al Qaeda-linked Iraqi terror group Ansar al-Islam in 2001, admitted the threats he made about Norwegian leaders but said he is "not guilty."

THE TALIBAN refuses even to denounce "international terrorism," much less acknowledge any willingness to sever links with al Qaeda.

LIBYA: Many Libyans prefer strong leadership to democracy despite four decades spent under the rule of Gaddafi, a national survey suggests.

IRAN Besieged by international sanctions over the Iranian nuclear program including a planned oil embargo by Europe, Iran warned six European buyers on Wednesday that it might strike first by immediately cutting them off from Iranian oil.

AFGHANISTAN: The issues of night raids and transfer of detention facilities are the last impediments to a US-Afghan strategic partnership agreement, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers.

A MINI-SCHNAUZER plays Pick One.

THE MOOSE WHISPERER: Vanessa Gibson has nurtured Jack since he was three days old so the Alaskan moose is now fiercely protective of his ‘mum'.

RUNAWAY SLED DOG reclaimed with enchiladas and roast beef.

MALACHY the PEKINGESE wobbled off with best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club.

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Sleigh Bells, Damien Jurado, Teenage Fanclub, Replacements, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL played the "Dour Percentage" on Fallon, bringing staging per usual.

SLEIGH BELLS is advance streaming Reign of Terror at the NYT.

DAMIEN JURADO is advance streaming Maraqupoa.

THE FRONT BOTTOMS talk to World Cafe's David Dye about their lifelong friendship, writing songs in their teens and their live shows, and also perform live in the studio.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: The Black Sessions, Nov. 16, 1993.

THE REPLACEMENTS, Live at the Ritz, Oct. 26, 1987.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD.: "One Drop" went from the radio to teh internets.

HORSE FEATHERS drops "Fit Against The Country" ahead of Cynic's New Year.

THE DRUMS covered The Ronettes' classic "Do I Love You?" and have made it available for free at their Facebook page.

GIRLS: Christopher Owens covered "I Will Always Love You" at the Laneway Festival in Singapore last weekend, a likely tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

ADELE talks to Vogue about fame, family, and what the future holds -- she claims she's taking four or five years off.

LAMBCHOP: Kurt Wagner talks to The Guardian about Nashville, music, painting, Vic Chestnutt and more.

CRAIG FINN talks to The Quietus about his 13 most played LPs. I like all of them, love most of them, played all but one on the radion, iirc.

BONNAROO 2012 lineup is announced, including the Beach Boys.

LINDSAY LOHAN: New year, same not paying her income taxes.

JENNIFER ANISTON & PAUL RUDD promote new comedy Wanderlust in the new GQ.

JOHNNY DEPP hung out with with McCartney and Springsteen after the Grammys.

SEAN PENN blasts the UK for not giving the Falklands to Argentina.

KATE WINSLET goes back to Titanic (in 3-D) with USA Today.

GUILLERMO del TORO will direct a new take on the "Beauty and the Beast" tale that Warners has tapped "Bridget Jones's Diary" scribe Andrew Davies to write.  Emma Watson is in negotiations to star.

LIAM HEMSWORTH: Is he ready for Hunger Games megastardom? Or squirrels?

DAVID KELLY, best known for his roles in Waking Ned Devine and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, has died at 82.

TERROR in SWEDEN: Noting that Sweden is now at a 'real risk' for terror, a change from its 'relatively low' risk status four years ago, the government announced a new counterterrorism strategy.

IRAN: The United States and Europe are considering unprecedented punishment against Iran that could immediately cripple the country's financial lifeline. But it's an extreme option in the banking world that would come with its own costs.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban have met with US officials to discuss possible peace talks, but do not want to negotiate with Afghan Pres. Karzai's government, a Taliban spokesman said Tuesday.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed an Awakening leader and two of his bodyguards in an IED attack in Anbar. Security forces detained 20 wanted men in Mosul and Diyala.

A BLACK BEAR is hibernating --or not -- in a Wisconsin drain tunnel.

SHARK swallows another shark whole.

DIRECT-TO-DOG ADVERTISING: Bakers, a British dog food manufacturer, has created an ad that features high-pitched sounds and barks that only dogs can hear, designed to draw Fido toward the TV screen.


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