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Ting Tings, Summer Camp, Ministry, Aretha, Bear Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TING TINGS get a bit heavier on "Hang It Up."

SUMMER CAMP did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a building cover of Wreckless Eric's "Whole Wide World."

INTO IT. OVER IT. did five free songs for Daytrotter.

ACTIVE CHILD stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

MINISTRY: Live in Sacramento, Feb. 27, 1990.

ARETHA FRANKLIN tackles "Respect" at the Otis Redding tempo on French TV, circa 1970.

THE STONE ROSES: The Quietus reports on the reunion presser, while the Sabotage Times has reservations. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JARVIS COCKER talks to The Guardian about youth, fame and the changing face of pop.

TORI AMOS talks about tracks spanning her career with The A.V. Club.



LINDSAY LOHAN may be headed to jail yet again after a judge blasted her and revoked her probation for missing too many community service appointments.


JESSICA SIMPSON: Still more preganancy rumors.

MARISKA HARGITAY adopts her second child in six months.


KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) are back together.

HEATHER MILLS is being sued for not paying for 5000-dollar harcuts. Allegedly.

THE REAL WORLD to Occupy Wall Street?

SHERLOCK HOLMES: GAME OF SHADOWS has another trailer online.

PAKISTAN's army chief has warned the US that it will have to think "10 times" before taking any unilateral action in North Waziristan.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Obama's plan to withdraw some US troops from Afghanistan this year will take soldiers out of the country's restive east, where battles between foreign troops and militants suspected in high-profile attacks increasingly make it the war's focus.

A BEAR CUB stops off for produce in Ketchikan, Alaska.

EXOTIC ANIMAL ESCAPE: The last wild creature thought to be missing after a night of mayhem on an exotic-animal farm was accounted for late Wednesday - a monkey carrying a potentially deadly virus apparently was eaten by one of the 49 carnivores shot by sheriff's deputies.

GRANDMA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, well ahead of Christmas Eve.

A BABY DOLPHIN, with its umbilical cord still attached, was found beached in Uruguay. It is now being nurtured back to health in a series of insanely cute pics.

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Stone Roses, Girls, Richard Buckner, Drums, MBV, Dubstep Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE STONE ROSES are in fact reuniting for two shows in Manchester and a world tour in 2012, thus the obligatory clip of "I Wanna Be Adored."

GIRLS stopped by the KEXP studios for a mini-set.

RICHARD BUCKNER did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE DRUMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE: Live in Osaka, Nov. 25, 1991.

RYAN ADAMS & JASON ISBELL cover Alabama's "Love In The First Degree."

MAZZY STAR preview two new singles due on Halloween, prompting the obligatory "Fade Into You" video.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Arizona Republic about Strange Mercies and her career generally.

ROY HARPER, on the verge of becoming a British institution, tells The Guardian it's been downhill since 9500 B.C.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to All Things Considered about his spacey new album.

ROCK'S 10 MOST OVERRATED LYRICISTS, according to Flavorwire.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be backed by the probation department in court today.

SHIA LeBEOUF, punched on video by a shirtless, overweight dude speaking for film fans everywhere.

DEMI MOORE is still wearing her wedding ring, but it may fall off if she drops any more weight.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was too sexy for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. And her shirt.

SOULJA BOY got busted for posssession of a "substantial amount" of marijuana and 70K in cash.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES to occupy Wall Street?

TEN SPORTS FLICKS that transcended the game.

IRAN's nuclear program, which stumbled badly after a reported cyberattack last year, appears beset by poorly performing equipment, shortages of parts and other woes as global sanctions exert a mounting toll, Western diplomats and nuclear experts say.

PAKISTAN: Gen. Kayani said he is open to conducting peace talks with the Taliban. Prime Minister Gilani said the Taliban can keep their weapons but Interior Minister Malik said they must lay down their arms first.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban may be weakening in the south.

DUBSTEP PARROT: Let's go to the video.

EXOTIC ANIMALS ESCAPE: Ohio police said they have shot at least 25 of at least 48 escaped exotic animals on Tuesday night.

WILD PONIES in Dartmoor will be given a contraceptive injection to keep their population down.

HOUSE CAT stares down a mountain lion.

A "BEAR JAM" required continuous attention from the Montana Highway Patrol.

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New Releases, Wilco, Kathryn Calder, CMJ, Elvis Costello, Cuttlefish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANFARLO drops a video for "Deconstruction."

NEW RELEASES from Gaslight Anthem, T-Bone Burnett, Body Language, Class Actress and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

WILCO played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

KATHRYN CALDER (New Pr0nographers) is advance streaming Bright and Vivid.

CMJ MUSIC MARATHON: KEXP has your streaming mix of artists from the big confab, including Dum Dum Girls, Frankie Rose & The Outs, Handsome Furs, Islands, J Mascis, Jonathan Richman, Portugal.The Man, Radiation City, Shonen Knife, Twin Shadow, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wild Flag, Zola Jesus and more.

TOM WAITS is issuing invites to an advance stream of Bad To Me.

ELVIS COSTELLO plays Sesame Street with "Monster Went and Ate My Red 2."  Add the original, live on TOTP, for a Twofer Tuesday brought to you by the number 2.

THE MEKONS: Jon Langford talks to Prefix about the band's new (concept) record and the price of being a constantly evolving musical outfit.

DEER TICK's John McCauley talks to DCist about Divine Providence, new bands, Diamond Rugs, and more.

THE KINKS: Dave Davies played down any chance of a reunion in the near future as his relationship with brother Ray is too dysfunctional.  He also talks about his solo work at the link.

JANE'S ADDICITON frontman Perry Farrell has fitness tips. Sort of.

ALICE COOPER teaches Bible classes on his day off.

LINDSAY LOHAN is scrambling to prove she is fulfilling all her probation requirements when she goes before Los Angeles Judge Stephanie Sautner tomorrow.

GIULIANA RANCIC said Monday that she has breast cancer, having discovered a tumor during a mammogram while undergoing another round of in-vitro fertilization in an effort to get pregnant.

GEORGE CLOONEY & STACY KIEBLER made their red carpet debut.

SUSAN SARANDON calls the Pope a Nazi. Apparently hasn't heard of Godwin's Law.

THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS' Family Reunion, Minus Royal.

ELAINE MAY interviews Woody Allen and Ethan Coen.

LIST-O-MANIA: Jonathan Rosenbaum revisits his his critique of the AFI's 100 Best American Movies.

SYRIA: In an emergency meeting in Cairo, the Arab League will consider suspending Syria from the organization. The British foreign office rebuked Syria's ambassador over the intimidation of dissidents in Britain.

PAKISTAN appears less willing than ever to challenge insurgent groups and is more inclined to make peace with them.

AFGHANISTAN: Lawmakers agreed Saturday to pay back Afghanistan's central bank for bailing out the country's largest private lender last year, a move that could clear the way for a new line of credit for the country from the International Monetary Fund, according to Afghan and Western officials.

THE CUTTLEFISH: Master of Camouflage.

ANDREA THE CAT, totally working the nine lives, survives the gas chamber.

CHAMPION GOAT flunks drug test in Colorado.


CROCODILES continue to steal jobs from humans in the drug trade.

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Bridge School Concerts, Americana Music Awards, Flying Burritos, Rambo the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT played "East Harlem" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE BRIDGE SCHOOL CONCERTS: Listen to 25 years of tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Neil Young (natch) and more.

THE AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS -- featuring performances from Lucinda Williams, Jerry Douglas, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant, The Civil Wars, Justin Townes Earle, and more -- is streaming on demand.

THE LUMINEERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROS, Live in Amsterdam, circa 1972.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL is streaming another unreleased track, "You've Passed."

THE JAYHAWKS look back at their flight log with CMT, and get an interview plus tracks with All Things Considered. (Thx, LHB.) Pretty much the right season for "Blue."

THE STONE ROSES may announce a reunion tor Tuesday, but the original drummer won't be there.

PATTI SMITH talks to the New York Times about the difference between grief and remembrance, among other things.

PAUL SIMON got a profile from Variety for his 70th birthday.

VAN HUNT talks to the L.A. Times about North Hollywood and his first indie LP.


R.E.M.: The New York Times runs a piece about dancing like Michael Stipe. (Thx, TV's Andy Levy.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Real Steel knocks out the remakes with 16.3 million, off 40 percent, which is not bad, but not exactly a rock-em, sock-em performance.  The unnecessary, but reportedly not awful Footloose remake places just behind with 16.1 million against a 24 million budget.  The Thing prequel showed with a weak 8.7 million against a 40 million budget, which may be scarier than the movie itself.  The Ides of March takes the fourth slot with 7.5 million, but on a leggy 28 percent drop, with a 22.2 million total against an 18 million budget.  Dolphin Tale rounds out the Top 5 with another 6.3 million and a 58.7 million total against a 37 million budget.  Below the fold, Moneyball and 50/50 look leggy in the sixth and sseventh slots, while The Big Year debuted at No. 9 with 3.3 million against a 40 million budget (ouch).

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE had a moving truck visit their Santa Monica home. Maybe he's moving in with Jon Cryer.

LINDSAY LOHAN has violated the judge's order in her probation case by not seeing a psychologist at least once a week, but she seems unconcerned that anything bad will happen at her probation hearing. She could spend nearly a year-and-a-half in jail.  Also, people are wondering about her dental health.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER were spotted together again, according to photogs.


SHANNEN DOHERTY got hitched again over the weekend.

BRADGELINA are selling their 14-million Malibu mansion.

LARRY HAGMAN has been diagnosed with cancer, but doctors have told him it's a highly treatable form that might not impact his return as TV baddie J.R. Ewing on TNT's upcoming Dallas reboot.

ZACHARY QUINTO, promoting his upcoming film Margin Call, a ­financial-crisis thriller in which he co-stars alongside Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, and Jeremy Irons, talks to the media about being a gay man, nttawwt.

DAN WHELDON, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2.

YEMEN: An Egyptian named Ibrahim al Bana who served as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's media chief, and Abdul Rahman al Awlaki were among seven AQAP operatives killed in five US airstrikes in Shabwa.

EGYPT's top reform leader criticized the country's military rulers Sunday as having too much power and no experience governing, expressing the frustration of many a week after more than 20 Christians were killed when the military broke up their protest in Cairo with force.

IRAN: On Sunday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned he could do away with the presidency, currently held by his rival, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Also, Iran failed in its attempt to send a live monkey into space last month. And Pres. Obama is pressing UN nuclear inspectors to release classified intelligence information showing that Iran is designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons technology.

AFGHANISTAN: Despite a sharp increase in assassinations and a continuing flood of civilian casualties, NATO officials said Saturday that they had reversed the momentum of the Taliban insurgency as enemy attacks were falling for the first time in years.

IRAQ: The United States is abandoning plans to keep troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, the Associated Press has learned.

THE LIFE OF A CAT, featuring Rambo the Cat.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The NYPD unleashed the full force of its Emergency Service Unit to go after a militant squirrel took over a Harlem CVS for three days. Menawhile, another militant knocked out power to half of Greenwich, CT.

IT'S DRUNK PARROT season in Darwin. BONUS: It appears that more than 20 dead crows found in Beaufort County, SC, apparently broke the cardinal rule of don't drink and fly.

AN EEL clogged the pipe at a Manchester water treatment plant.

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Husker Du, Matt & Kim, Charles Bradley, Walkmen, Cutout Bin, 2-Headed Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with HUSKER DU! Live from London's Camden Palace in 1985 (via A Thousand Voices Talk). Pieces have turned up on the Tube, but this is the whole magilla, including: "New Day Rising"; "It's Not Funny Anymore"; "Everything Falls Apart"; "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill"; "I Apologize"; "If I Told You"; "Folklore"; "Terms of Psychic Warfare"; "Powerline"; "Books About UFOs"; "Chartered Trips"; "Diane"; "Celebrated Summer"; "Every Everything"; "Makes No Sense at All"; "Pink Turns to Blue"; "Ticket to Ride"; "Reoccurring Dreams/Dreams Reoccurring"; "Eight Miles High"; and "Love Is All Around".

MATT & KIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RELEASE THE SUNBIRD, a side project from Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave, also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHARLES BRADLEY stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

TYPHOON -- all 13 of 'em -- swept into WFUV for a session.

THE WALKMEN perform a set live from the KEXP Studio.

THURSDAY did three free songs for Daytrotter.

JOHNNY CASH, Live at Rocky Gap, MD, circa 1990.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS shamble through R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe."  BONUS: PopMatters ranks R.E.M.'s 10 best albums.

FELICE BROS bassist Christmas Clapton talks to the Charleston City Paper about the band's evolving sound.

BLITZEN TRAPPER's Eric Eaton tours the band's new album with PopMatters.

RETROMANIA author Simon Reynolds talks to Straight -- and at great length to the Daily Swarm -- about the dangers of nostalgia and abundance.

BEN LEE talks to Magnet (where he's guest editing this week) about his new concept album.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to The Quietus about the High-Flying Birds, fatherhood, and more...

THURSTON MOORE's favorite Punk songs.

20 OVERLOOKED ALBUMS from the Grunge Era, according to eMusic. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Simple Minds to the Righteous Bros, from Tennis to KISS, from Cream to Emmy the Great, plus Squeeze, the Sweet, Johnny Thunders, Strangeloves, the Miracles, Dirty Looks and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: the Footloose remake, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, currently scoring 31 percent; and The Big Year, which is scoring 52 percent.

ASHTON KUTCHER is telling "friends and associates" he expects his wife, Demi Moore to file for divorce following his humiliating public tryst with 23-year-old Sara Leal. He's also worried about a drastic ratings drop of his hit CBS show, Two and a Half Men.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been kicked out of the program where she was supposed to complete her community service because she violated the rules numerous times. 

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer is abandoning the argument that the singer accidentally killed himself by orally self-administering Propofol.

WHITNEY HOUSTON almost got kicked off a Delta Airlines flight ... because she refused to buckle her seatbelt.

MIRANDA KERR has been chosen by Victoria's Secret to model their iconic 2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra.

HARRY POTTER and the LONDON RIOTS: The actor who played Crabbe the bully in 6 of the "Harry Potter" movies has been charged with possession of a homemade bomb ... which cops say he intended to detonate during the London riots. Stupify!

TERROR in the USA: Two Somali women from Minnesota, both US citizens, solicited money for Shabaab under the guise of charitable activity, according to wiretapped phone conversations presented at their trial on terror charges.

YEMEN: The Yemeni government has urged the UN Security Council to avoid a resolution targeting embattled Pres. Saleh, calling on it instead to back a political solution for the country's crisis.

EGYPT: Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt's already unstable Sinai Peninsula.

IRAN: US officials provided additional details about the plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's US ambassador, and launched an international campaign to punish the Islamic theocracy. Saudi Arabia vowed that Iran would "pay the price" for the plot.


KANGAROO tells off her kid.

THE NAKED MOLE RAT may hold the key to human longevity.

JUMPING THE SHARK? Try surfing the shark.

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