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Kate Bush, Zombies, My Brightest Diamond, Dreaming Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HORRORS cover David Bowie's "Suffragette City," now with less wham bam.

KATE BUSH is advance streaming 50 Words for Snow.

THE ZOMBIES:  Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent visited World Cafe to perform two new songs off Breathe Out, Breathe In, plus the classic "She's Not There."`

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND gave two demo tracks to Drowned In Sound. Shara Worden also gave an interview and tracks to All Things Considered.

DARREN HAYMAN is advance streaming Christmas in Haworth.

CRYSTAL STILTS is advance streaming Radiant Door.

IMPERIAL TEEN dropped "Runaway" in advance of Feel The Sound.

MICHAEL STIPE and BRIAN ENO join STEPHEN COLBERT for an a capella version of Bill Withers' "Lean On Me."

BLACK SABBATH have announced they are reuniting, more than three decades after the release of their last studio album.

THE FEELIES: Glenn Mercer talks to the Albany Times-Union about the music biz and doin' it again. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ROLLING STONES: Jagger, Richards, Wood and Watts talk to The Observer about sex, drugs and survival - and the chance of a celebration tour.

TEN of the BEST LIST SONGS, according to the readers of The Guardian. Very meta.

IS THE COMPACT DISC an endangered species?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Immortals top the chart with 32 million (much better than the tracking prediction of 25 million) against a 75 million budget. It's particularly good considering that Friday laso saw the releases of the final Harry Potter video and the latest Call of Duty videogame.  Jack & Jill, despite awful reviews, brought out the standard Adam Sandler fan club with their usual 26 million.  Puss In Boots continued to show legs with 25.5 million, a mere 23 percent drop after last weekend's tiny 3 percent drop; the animated cat now has made 108.8 million domestic against a 130 million budget.  The cat may even beat Sandler when the final receipts are tallied.  Tower Heist took the fourth slot with 13.2 million, with a 45 percent drop that's awfully steep for a comedy.  J. Edgar rounds out the Top Five with 11.5 (though it's really 11.7 when you count the early, limited release.  I wonder whether a Hoover biopic will do as well internationally as Eastwood's prior pics.

KIM KARDASHIAN's former publicist blasted the reality star for staging much about her life in recent years. Kris Humphries has lawyered up for his divorce.

PIPPA MIDDLETON is said to have split from her long term boyfriend ex-cricketer Alex Loudon after blazing rows.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, a man of his word, attended the Marine Corps ball in Richmond, VA with Cpl. Kelsey De Santis as promised.

ZOE SALDANA and her fiance Keith Britton "have amicably separated after 11 years."

HOLLY MARIE COMBS is divorcing David Donoho after seven years of marriage; the two met on the set of Charmed.

SASHA GREY is reading to first-graders, and won't stop under pressure from parents.

JAY-Z is catching some heat and backlash for his Occupy Wall Street-inspired t-shirt. He's got 99problems, but profit isn't one of them.

JESSICA BIEL & KATE WINSLET both say they would do nude scenes again. I can't be the only one to spot the opportunity here.

SACHA BARON COHEN is in final negotiations to join the cast of Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

YEMEN: More than 1000 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters are reported to have arrived in Shaqra.

SYRIA has been told it will be suspended from the Arab League - and faces the threat of sanctions in the Arab world - if it does not agree to end its bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters.

LIBYA: Rival militias clashed on the outskirts of Tripoli for a fourth day Sunday, the most sustained violence since the capture and killing of Gadhafi last month.

AFGHANISTAN: As NATO insists that violence is declining while many Afghans say daily life has grown more perilous, tension has grown over so-called metrics that can be used to chart progress or deterioration.

DREAMING HEDGEHOG: Let's go to the video.

GOAT ON THE HIGHWAY in Gwinnett County, GA.

LIU FEI forces poisonous snakes up his nose and then out his mouth.

A ST. BERNARD foils burglars hours after being adopted.

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Neil Young, Feist, Dawes, John Doe, Cutout Bin, Cat Tank   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with NEIL YOUNG! Live on the Beeb, circa '71. Your setlist includes: "Out on the Weekend," "Old Man," "Journey Thru the Past," "Heart of Gold," "Don't Let It Bring You Down," "A Man Needs A Maid," "Love in Mind," and "Dance, Dance, Dance."

FEIST played a concert at Glenn Gould Studio as part of the CBC's 75th Anniversary celebrations, with cameos from Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear), and Bry Webb (Constantines).

DAWES stopped by the UBS Forum  to perform for The Current.

JOHN DOE stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

THESE GO TO 11: Songs Best Heard Extra-Loud.

BEN FOLDS discusses and performs "The Luckiest," from 2001's Rockin' The Suburbs.

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN turned 40 this week, so why not end the week with The Beatnix?

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe gives an exit interview at The Quietus. Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills all talk to The Guardian.

LAURA MARLING talks to Spinner about her new LP, experiments in awkwardness, and more...

THE JAM: Paul Weller has said that he hopes he'll never "be skint enough" that he will be forced to reform his old band.

GLEN CAMPBELL got a short, respectable tribute at the CMA Awards.

LOU REED vs LESTER BANGS: A vintage 1973 interview/confrontation.

THE 15 BEST NEW ORDER SONGS, according to PopMatters.

MOVEMBER: The Greatest Living Mustaches In Rock.

CUTOUT BIN: From TMBG to the Association, from the Jam to Steel Panther, from Ike & Tina to Peter Bjorn & John, plus the Ramones, Frank Wilson, Bing Ji Ling, Crooked Fingers, the Black Keys and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  This weekend's wide releases are Jack and Jill, which is currently scoring 03 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Immortals, which is scoring 37 percent; and J. Edgar, which expands wide scoring 41 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN: There's speculation that the engagement ring from Kris Humphries was actually a ring she already owned.

ASHTON KUTCHER attacked the Penn State Board of Trustees for firing Joe Paterno Wed. night - but there was one little problem, seems he didn't know about Joe's misdeeds.  he's now managing his tweeting.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY are already looking at apartments together.

MAD MEL UPDATE: A pregnant reality TV star, who dated Gibson briefly during the summer, is telling friends that the actor is the father of her unborn baby, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

JESSICA SIMPSON already wants more kids.

THE OSCARS: Brian Grazer will substitute as producer after Brett Ratner got the boot.  They're still looking for a host.

THE MOVIE SET THAT ATE ITSELF: Five years ago, a relatively unknown (and unhinged) director began one of the wildest experiments in film history.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.

LIBYA's Islamists are forming a new party that is almost certain to dominate the country's new politics on the "moderate" lines successfully pursued first in Turkey and now in Tunisia.

EGYPT: The question shadowing the upcoming election is whether a robust enough Parliament will emerge to fulfill an elusive goal of the revolution: challenging the military's 60-year grip on power.

IRAN said it will not retreat "one iota" from its nuclear program. France, Britain and Germany called for tougher sanctions. Russia rejected new sanctions. China favored continued negotiations. Israel said it could carry out strikes on Iran with under 500 civilian fatalities. The US was silent.

PAKISTAN: The US believes that Pakistan's nuclear weapons are in safe hands, a State Department spokesman said, rebutting reports that Islamabad's atomic arsenal was vulnerable to theft.

CAT TANK CREW: Let's go to the video.

SHELBY the DOG is the first elected leader of the Occupy movement.

THE KITTEN COVERS: An ideal tumblr for this blog.

A GIANT BUFFALO kept as a pet and taken to bars in Canada.

A FRENCH POLICE DOG credited with sniffing out 1700 drugs suspects was decorated with a medal for bravery and dedication at a ceremony in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.

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The Gales of November Remembered   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Today marks the 36th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. 

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and will be rung at today's memorial. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


CROOKED FINGERS stopped by WNYC for a live performance.

THE WOMBATS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SLEEPING IN THE AVIARY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GIRLS drop "Lawrence" as a single.

CEE-LO GREEN drops a lyric video for "Anyway," cowritten by Wallpaper and Rivers Cuomo. Content warning, but not as good as the really profane Cee-Lo.

DURAN DURAN rounded up classic supermodels for the "Girl Panic!" video, having cracked the code on what made them popular in the 80s.

LAURA VEIRS talks to PopMatters about  the influences and aims behind Tumble Bee, discusses the calculated creative risk it represents, and offers reassurance that this is not "the beginning of the end" of her songwriting for adults.

SUZANNE VEGA discusses tracks spanning her career with The A.V. Club.

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner tells BBC 6 he's done things on stage he never thought he'd do. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

TEGAN QUIN, in criticizing Tyler the Creator, really criticizes the music industry.

SUMMER CAMP is profiled by The Independent.

FRANK BLACK (Pixies) talks to The Guardian about his new record label.

BRIAN ENO talked to Sound Opinions about his unique philosophies on writing, recording and the studio as an instrument. (Thx, LHB.)

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Last show or another hiatus?

WHY DON'T I LIKE COLDPLAY? Sasha Frere-Jones investigates.

KIM KARDASHIAN is not reconciling with Kris Humphries, and the divorce is full steam ahead, according to sources with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

COURTENEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE are also not reconciling.

EDDIE MURPHY is dropping out as the host of the Oscars telecast, after the show's producer, Brett Ratner, stepped aside amid a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks to Rolling Stone about sex, politics, and fame... which is mostly what that mag has been about for decades.

JESSICA SIMPSON says she doesn't want to be a Bridezilla.

MICHAEL JACKSON's death bed is up for auction. Somewhere, Joseph Merrick laughs.

MADONNA talks to Harper's Bazaar about women, power and sexuality.

DAKOTA FANNING's new perfume ad is banned in Britain.

OPRAH WINFREY is getting a humanitarian Oscar.

WERNER HERZOG talks to Movieline about acting, Americana, and journeying Into The Abyss.


EIGHT HORROR MOVIES that inspired real-life crimes.

SYRIA: Grand Mufti Sheikh Hassoun, the highest Islamic authority in Syria and a close confidant of Assad, talked to Der Spiegel about the threat of civil war, possible suicide bombings in Europe and his son's murder at the hands of Islamist insurgents.

PAKISTAN's president promised to work with the US to "eradicate" the militant Haqqani network, a pledge made during a meeting with visiting American congressmen, according to one of the lawmakers.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed an Awakening leader in Salahadin and attempted to assassinate the mayor of Mosul. The US has turned over the massive airbase at Balad to the Iraqi military.

A DEER visits the Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA, for the Falcons game.

AN ALLIGATOR sough sanctuary at a southern Michigan church.

MAN PUNCHES DOG: The definition of news.

CATS EAT DOG: The definition of news.

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Tom Waits, World Cafe 20, Jens Lekman, Buddy + Pedro   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM WAITS drops a video for "Satisfied."

WORLD CAFE's 20th-anniversary celebration concert stream includes highlights from The Little Willies, Indigo Girls, John Hiatt, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dawes, Feist, Rhett Miller and Amos Lee.

JENS LEKMAN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SPECTOR: The Observer calls them "East London's answer to The Strokes," which I guess I hear starting at their website... the crooning also vaguely Smiths-y.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING talks to Weekend Edition Saturday abouthis novel and his latest album, which features plenty of guests, including Rosanne Cash, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and most of The Decemberists.

BILLY PAUL: "Me and Mrs. Jones." Got a thing going on.

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy and his sister Malie talk to Salon about their childhood in Montana, where they found early inspiration, and how two delightful yet distinctive storytellers emerged from one family.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about recording The Riptide in sequestration. (Thx, LHB.)

BLONDIE: Count Debbie Harry among those who think the Internet ruined the music business.

CHRIS ISSAK pays tribute to Sun Records' golden years.

LINDSAY LOHAN channels Marilyn Monroe in her Playboy photo shoot. But that picture isn't part of it; she's done this before.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was placed on suicide watch at the L.A. County Jail.

JOHNNY DEPP moved out of France and returned to America because he didn't want to become a permanent French resident and pay income tax there.

JENNIFER GARNER called her love scene with Hugh Jackman in Butter "so horrifying."  You'll want to check the plot if you have ties to Iowa.

DEMI MOORE, licking her wounds after husband Ashton Kutcher's September affair with 22-year-old Sara Leal, "looked skinny but happy" at an A-List fashion show in L.A.

MICHAEL VICK is caught up in a naked photo scandal, according to RadarOnline.

BRETT RATNER apologized for using a gay slur Friday night at a public screening of Tower Heist... but still "resigned" as producer of the next Oscars.

THE DUGGARS are expecting their 20th child.

IRAN: Details emerged on the IAEA report on Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons including the use of computer models and foreign experts. The Israeli president warned that an attack on Iran was becoming more likely. The Gulf Arab states share Israel's concern.  Russia warned against military action and France said such actions would be destabilizing.

AFGHANISTAN lacks the support systems critical to a modern military, including the reliable ability to bring in food and ammunition, carry out the wounded and reinforce troops in combat with artillery or air power.

IRAQ is bracing for a potential escalation of Persian influence as the US military leaves at the end of the year.

BUDDY & PEDRO are to be matched with females, because of the whole endangered thing.

HARLEY the ST. BERNARD is an easy rider.

IN JUST 15 MINUTES? A 3 and ½ foot long gecko was sold for about 2 million bucks at Kyaukse Village in Sagaing Region on October 30.

THE BIRDS: Residents in the foothills of Albuquerque, NM, have claimed that giant owls have moved into the area and are snacking on their small cats and dogs.

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New Releases, Christmas LPs, T-Bone Burnett, Otis Redding, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ONE AM RADIO: "In a City Without Seasons."

NEW RELEASES from Gold Panda, The Bees, Summer Camp, The Jezabels and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

CHRISTMAS ALBUMS are already streaming at Spinner, including the Beach Boys, the Chipmunks, Franks Sinatra, Tony Bennett and... Scott Weiland?

THE ENVY CORPS, originally from Ames, IA, stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

T-BONE BURNETT stopped by World Cafe to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

JOANNA NEWSOM, FEIST and more contribute to The Muppets soundtrack.

OTIS REDDING sings "Satisfaction" and "Try a Little Tenderness" live in London, circa April 1967, for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS talks to The Quietus about black metal, poetry and moving to Los Angeles.

ADELE recently underwent microsurgery for a vocal cord polyp, but her physician says her prognosis is good.

THE FALL: Mark E Smith talks to the Financial Times about fake album titles, his vast intelligence, etc.

BILLY BRAGG & JOHNNY FLYNN talk to The Guardian about the lack of political pop to soundtrack the new wave of protest.

LOU REED describes these 10 songs as the cream of his "mental jukebox," from songs he loved growing up to ones he discovered later.

LINDSAY LOHAN was released from jail - a mere 4.5 hours after she checked in.  The saga likely cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009, death of the King of Pop.

AVRIL LAVIGNE & BRODY JENNER were involved in a bloody bar fight at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel over the weekend.

KATE MIDDLETON: Pregnancy rumors.

JESSICA CHASTAIN may star in a Princess Diana biopic.

VICTORIA'S SECRET: What does it take to be an Angel?

LIBYA: Fighters who toppled Gaddafi will keep their weapons for now to aid in security, an Islamist commander said.

AFGHANISTAN: Analysts say there is little prospect of a political settlement with Taliban insurgents by 2014, when the US and its allies plan to pull out most combat troops.

IRAQ: The governor of Anbar province dodged an assassination attempt in Abu Ghraib as he traveled to Baghdad. Kuwait denied it planned to host more troops as the US draws down in Iraq.  A struggle between political factions is sowing divisions in the country's security forces just weeks before the last US troops depart.

SNEAKY CAT starts a fight.

A LION reportedly delayed train service in Shepley, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

THE SWARM: A Miami man died while battling 60000 bees infesting his home.

A CAT who gained international notoriety after going missing for two months at New York's John F Kennedy airport had to be put down.

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