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Friendly Fires, Anna Calvi, Warpaint, Morrissey, Bongos, Surfing Geese   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PARTS & LABOR sorta play Kanye West's "Runaway" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

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

FRIENDLY FIRES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ANNA CALVI also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RICHARD BUCKNER: Captain's Dead reposts the box set.

JOHN DOE drops "Never Enough" from the upcoming Keeper.

MORRISSEY played three new songs on BBC2.

THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: John Flansburgh talks to SoundSpike about returning to (somewhat) grown-up music. (Thx, LHB.)

CULTS: Brian Oblivion talks to TimeOutNY about buzz breeding anxiety. The duo is also profiled by the Boston Globe.

DAWES bassist Wylie Gelber tells the DePaulia that making their debut LP mellower than their live show was purely intentional.

RAY DAVIES talks to the Wall Street Journal about songwriting, his singing style, performing the "Village Green Preservation Society" album in full and more...

CLARENCE CLEMONS is showing improvement after his stroke, inlcuding movement on his left side. Springsteen posted a note on his website.

ALAN "MR. FABULOUS" RUBIN, trumpet player for the classic SNL house band and Blues Brothers, died June 8 following a battle with lung cancer.

NATALIE PORTMAN and fiancé Benjamin Millepied welcomed a baby boy into the world. The child was immediately whisked to a remote planet, to prevent George Lucas from discovering it.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Mildred Baena, the housekeeper who had a child with Schwarzenegger, speaks out for the first time.


HUGH HEFNER tweets that his wedding is off.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is coming clean about smoking pot in the latest Playboy interview.

JESSICA SIMPSON has signed on to judge NBC's Fashion Star.

CHRIS EVANS, a/k/a Captain America, gets a GQ writer wasted.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER really wanted off jury duty.

SEAN BEAN (Game of Thrones and much more) was stabbed in the arm in a fight over a model.

COMIC-CON is losing its appeal for some movie studios.

YEMEN: The CIA plans to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula using unmanned Predator and Reapers aircraft.

SYRIAN forces are continuing the crackdown on anti-regime elements in the north.

IRAN's foreign ministry spokesman warned the US against launching "a military intervention in any country of the region, including Syria." China is encouraginging Iran to continue negotiations over its nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan war is returning to the place it began: the violent eastern borderlands with Pakistan, where the Taliban and al-Qaeda slipped out of American reach a decade ago and have organized their insurgency ever since.

SURFING GEESE catch a wave. Everybody's heard about the birds.

PSYCHIC SHEEP saves shepherd.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER loves cleaning so much that he sweeps the streets while walking with his owner.

AFRICAN DWARF CROCODILES were uncovered by police in the spare bedroom of a suburban London house.

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New Releases, Jill Scott, Steve Earle & Will Scheff, Steve Miller, Go-Gos, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BELLE & SEBASTIAN drop a video for "Come On Sister" from Write About Love.

NEW RELEASES from Vetiver, Dananananackroyd, Marissa Nadler, Woods and more, plus McCartney reissues and the fifth Neil Young Archives release are streaming via Spinner this week.

JILL SCOTT is advance streaming The Light of The Sun.

STEVE EARLE & WILL SCHEFF (Okkervil River) play unpluggedy on video at SPIN.

STEVE MILLER (Some call him the Space Cowboy) stopped by the World Cafe for a lengthy chat and mini-set.

PATTI SMITH covers "Words of Love" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute LP.

THE GO-GOS talk to All Things Considered about the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat, which makes "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat" a natural for Twofer Tuesday.

A HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC is rolling out from The Guardian and The Observer, including an interactive timeline, a playlist, 50 key events and more.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon gives a meaty interview to Pitchfork about songwriting, relationships, and more...

GLASVEGAS: Glaswegan James Allan talks about living and recording in L.A.

CLARENCE CLEMONS is reportedly in stable condition after two brain surgeries, but may be paralyzed on the left side of his body following a stroke.

CHARLIE SHEEN  is negotiating a "big offer" for a new TV series that could debut as early as January, 2012... according to sources close to Sheen, fwiw.

LINDSAY LOHAN suffered through day 18 of her house arrest by having a bunch of friends over to her kick-ass Venice apartment for a rooftop BBQ. Meanwhile, the photog who sued her clothing line is asking a court to make Li-Lo pay up.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS: Werner Herzog's documentary of France's Chauvet Cave, which contains the oldest known paleolithic cave drawings, but remains unseen by the public, was not as personally compelling as, say, Grizzly Man, but fascinating in its own way.  Herzog goes beyoind the cave to show how scientists are studying and learning from this unique find, and even looks at how other forms of art emerged from homo sapiens during the same period.  The 3-D presentation, which was undoubtedly dificult given the restrictions on filming in the cave (Herzog was his own lighting man, using special cool lights) decidedly adds to the experience, giving a better idea of how primitive man used the walls as a unique canvas to enhance their efforts, and drawing the viewer in among the stalagtites, many of which have calcified with that sparkling, dripping wax look.

SUPER 8:  JJ Abrams directs an homage to classic Spielberg for Spielberg, and the results are sufficiently Spielbergian, with just a dash of Abrams' own Cloverfield (but without the shakycam).  As such it also tends to have the weakness of some of Spielberg's later blockbusters, i.e., the occasional feeling that it is as constructed as a carnival attraction.  But there's more than enough humanity from the young cast to compensate, and the sci-fi really serves more as a device for their journey, in much the way that E.T. is really a film about the children of divorce.  It's a tribute to Abrams and Co that something this meta remains affecting.

KIM KARDASHIAN's lawyers are drafting a defamation complaint against NFLer Bret Lockett, who already has his backpedal in motion.

ANGELINA JOLIE goes without makeup and shoes for Louis Vuitton's "Core Values" campaign.

EMMA WATSON is a little more fancy for Vogue.

DEMI LOVATO gets more bad news: her mom was admitted to rehab and the star has now split from boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.

MARK ZUCKERBERG may be updating his Facebook status to married.

NORTH KOREA may have developed a nuclear warhead small enough to be loaded onto a ballistic missile, the South Korean defense minister said, warning that risk of another "surprise provocation" by the Stalinist regime was now rising.

AFGHANISTAN: While women have gained back basic rights in education, voting and work, considered un-Islamic by the Taliban, their plight remains severe and future uncertain as Afghan leaders seek to negotiate with the Taliban as part of their peace talks.


HUNDREDS OF FLAMINGOS are dying of electrocution daily as they fly into high-voltage electricity cables passing over their habitat on the outskirts of Bhavnagar city.

LION FIGHTING: Well, that's one idea for boosting tourism to Egypt. (Another might be not turning the govt over to extremists.)

ANIMALS Dressed As Other Animals.

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Best Coast, Bon Iver, Emmy the Great, YACHT, Blue Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST unveiled a new song, "Gone Again," over at Adult Swim.

BON IVER is advance streaming the semi-self-titled sophomore LP. Justin Vernon also gets a meaty profile at The Guardian and briefer one at the New Zealand Herald.

EMMY THE GREAT is advance streaming Virtue and gives The Guardian a track-bt-track tour.

YACHT is advance streaming Shangri-La.

SONS & DAUGHTERS are advance streaming Mirror Mirror.

SHE & HIM cover "Oh, Boy!" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute LP.

KIM & KELLEY DEAL turned 50 on Friday, so I'm going to check out "Cannonball" and feel old.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy clarifies that the band's hiatus is not a breakup.

THE JAYHAWKS talk to Rolling Stone about Mockingbird Time, the first LP recorded with the classic Gary Louris and Mark Olson-led line-up since 1995's Tomorrow The Green Grass.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle likes to frighten his listeners.

CLARENCE CLEMONS has suffered a stroke.

JACK WHITE & KAREN ELSON celebrated their sixth anniversary by throwing a divorce party.

SLY STONE has cocaine charges pending. Shocka!

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Super 8 takes the top slot with 37 million, which looks like a potentially big payoff against a 37 million budget. The studio thought this would come in at 20-30 million.  A pause between blockbusters, but a healthy one.  X-Men: First Class drops a notch with 25 million.  The 55 percent drop is not unusual for a blockbuster (and less than the last to X-movies), but the studio likely hoped for better, given the good reviews and word-of-mouth for the 60s-era mutants. The Hangover Part II showed with 18.5 million onl a reasonable 41 percent drop.  Kung Fu Panda 2 was not far behind with 16.6 million on a 30 percent drop -- but there's still a big difference between making 216.5 million on an 80 million budget (Hangover Pt II) and making 127 million on a 150 million budget (Panda).  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger tides rounds out the Top 5 with another 10.8 million. It's is a long shot to match its 250 million production budget in Norrth America, but the 615 million overseas haul guarantees more Capt. Jack Sparrow.

BRADGELINA contributed 500K to the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, to bolster the recovery effort in Joplin, MO.

LILY ALLEN is married... and pregnant.

BRITNEY SPEARS is getting married for the third time, according to the uber-reliable Sun. Gossip Cop notes that The Sun reported the same thing in October 2009.

SELENA GOMEZ has had health issues after appearing on the Tonight Show. Anyone surprised?

TRACY MORGAN apologized for an anti-gay rant during his weekend gig at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.

RUSSELL CROWE is now eating crow after ranting on Twitter about his views on circumcision. Director-actor Eli Roth defends Crowe against claims of anti-Semitism.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF was released 25 years ago this weekend, prompting a look at its 25 contributions to pop culture lore.

THE ARAB SPRING turns into summer's bloody turmoil.

IRAN's air force chief claimed that US-made F-14 fighters are still operational as engineers are "reverse engineering" parts for the warplanes.

SYRIAN troops have begun their assault on Jisr al Shoughour, where an army mutiny last week resulted in the deaths of 120 troops.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan officials claimed Pakistan will target sanctuaries of Taliban leaders who refuse to engage in peace talks with the Afghan government. CIA Director Leon Panetta confronted Pakistani intelligence officials face to face with what the US believes is evidence of collusion between Pakistani security officials and militants staging attacks in Afghanistan.

A LITTLE BLUE PENGUIN is released back into the wild, to the strains of Dusty Springfield.

KENYAN BABOON adopts a Bush Baby...Mass hysteria!

COW tazed by police in Pelham, NH.

RARE TWIN GIBBONS born at the Omaha Zoo.

50 PHOTOS of Basset Hounds running.

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The dB's, Sebadoh, Ellie Goulding, Black Angels, Cutout Bin, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE dB's!  The influential, but oh-so-unlucky modern pop combo performs "Happenstance," "Bad Reputation" and "Living A Lie" from Sweden circa 1982.  From the studio, we have the clip for "Neverland." Chris Stamey left the band (temporarily) after which we got the infamous, banned-from-MTV clip for "Amplifier," plus live takes of "She Got Soul" and "Not Cool" from the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken, NJ circa 1986.  From the same time period, you can see the band help close down Folk City in NYC with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street." 

SEBADOH is streaming the reissued Bakesale.

ELLIE GOULDING stopped by WFUV for an unpluggedy session, including a cover of "Your Song."

GIVERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK ANGELS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.


LEONARD COHEN, Live at Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC, Canada; December 2, 2010.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS drop "Senator" in advance of Mirror Traffic.

JOE JACKSON & THE ROOTS were "Steppin' Out" on Fallon.

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to PopMatters about her newly found, brimming confidence; the advantages of working with collaborators as opposed to working solo; her expedited ascension in the world of indie rock; and, not least, her upcoming record.

DAVID BYRNE talks to Pitchfork about his early concert experiences, the legacy of Stop Making Sense, and his enduring, open-minded approach to the stage.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the Village Voice about Gershwin, Van Dyke Parks, and the issuing of SmiLE.

THE RAVEONETTES' Sharin Foo talks to Beatroute about the duo's collaborative methods.

FLOAT YOUR BOAT: Pop Culture Cruises Take Off.

CUTOUT BIN: From Frank Sinatra to Fatboy Slim, from Moby Grape to Cee-Lo Green, from the Jesus & Mary Chain to Frijid Pink, from the Vapors to the Chambers Bros, plus the Music Explosion, Elvis Costello, AC/DC, the Kinks 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 are the JJ Abrams/Spielberg project Super 8, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, scorng 15 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN's fmr 2 1/2 men co-star Jon Cryer told Dave Letterman than no one saw the implosion coming.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN: Why they broke up. Allegedly.

JENNIFER ANISTON: How she stopped worrying and learned to love the paparazzi.

KATE MIDDLETON's cell phone and bank accounts were hacked on behalf of Rupert Murdoch's News International.

ESTELLA WARREN (Planet of the Apes) was charged with DUI, hit-and-run driving, battery on a cop, and resisting arrest ... after an alleged alcohol-fueled joyride last month.

SYRIA: The International Atomic Energy Agency will vote to require Syria to address the UNSC over its nuclear program. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights called on Syria to stop killing civilians. I'm sure Assad is quaking in his boots on both counts.

EGYPT: The US is pressuring Egypt's security services to re-arrest members of terrorist groups who escaped or were released from prisons during the uprisings this spring.

AFGHANISTAN:  Pres Karzai has asked Pres Obama not to order a steep withdrawal of US troops this year because his own forces are unprepared to cope with the threat of the Taliban.

CATFIGHT, refereed by birds.

ELEPHANTS strayed from the Muttati forest and went on a rampage in Mysore, India.

"TROUBLE," one of the world's richest dogs, has died at age 12.

ONE BEAR takes out two cars.

DUCKLINGS FOLLOWING DOG: It's science... and

BUNNIES compete is show-jumping.

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BSS, Black Lips, Deerhunter, Fiona Apple, Doggeh Driver   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE's video for "The Sweetest Kill" features Bijou Phillips and extreme, gory violence.

BLACK LIPS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

DEERHUNTER, Live at Club DeVille (Austin, TX), March 18, 2011.

JUNIOR BOYS are advance streaming It's All True. Synth-pop not reallly my genre, but you may dig it.

FIONA APPLE & JON BRION cover "Everyday" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute album.

TEN CRAZY-GOOD COVERS you've probably never heard.

SHE & HIM are "In the Sun." Saw 'em just about a year ago. Time flies.

NEW ORDER: Bernanrd Sumner talks to BBC Breakfast about the band's genesis after Ian Curtis's death.

ELBOW: Guy Garvey talks to The Independent about playing larger stages, television and more...

GLASVEGAS: James Allan talks to the SF Examiner about his overdose, his mother, and the band's second LP.

GLEN CAMPBELL: Paul Westerberg, Robert Pollard and Jacob Dylan have written songs for the final album from country legend. Also turning up as guest musicians are Billy Corgan, The Dandy Warhols, Chris Isaak, Rick Nielsen, Brian Setzer and Dick Dale.

KIM KARDASHIAN denies cheating on her fiancee with NFL player Bret Lockett and threatens to sue. Lockett says he's unafraid of legal threats and claims to have concrete proof of the relationship.


JENNIFER ANISTON's new boyfriend has a girlfriend, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

ALEC BALDWIN is mulling a run for mayor of New York City now that kinky Congressman Anthony Weiner appears to have sexted himself out of the 2013 race.

J-LO's first honeymoon video... where is it?

ZACK GALIFIANAKIS, reluctant superstar after The Hangover(s), is the cover of the Rolling Stone.

EMMA STONE, with three films out this summer and a starring role as Spidey's girlfriend, is profiled by Elle.

LEO DiCAPRIO is in early talks to play the role of villainous ranch owner Calvin Candie in Django Unchained, the Sergio Leone-style spaghetti Western that Quentin Tarantino wrote and will direct as his next film.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT & CHUCK NORRIS: Worst actress and actor since 1985.

AL QAEDA's Ayman al Zawahiri released a videotape that eulogized slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

YEMENI forces are fighting to retake control of the city of Zinjibar. Pres Saleh has suffered burns over 40 percent of his body and received a brain injury.

IRAN said it is producing and installing new, homemade nuclear centrifuges, and will triple production of nuclear fuel. The Iranian navy is said to have deployed submarines to the Red Sea.

PAKISTAN's army has sent home two-thirds of the US military personnel who were training its forces in counterinsurgency skills along the porous border with Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: The hugely expensive US attempt at nation-building has had only limited success and may not survive an American withdrawal, according to the findings of a two-year congressional investigation.

DOGGEH behind the wheel.

A "SEA MONSTER" washed up at the foot of the famed Brooklyn Bridge in New York City.


A MOUNTAIN LION is prowling Greenwich, CT?

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