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Vivian Girls, Lloyd Cole, Moonface, Stroked, Wilco & Bragg, Broken Leg Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VIVIAN GIRLS "Take It As It Comes." Fab Shangri-La-esque pop.

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

MOONFACE: Wolf Parade frontman Jason Krug is streaming his solo album, Organ Music not Vibraphone like I'd Hoped.

STROKED: Stereogum unloads a tribute album to The Strokes' This Is It.

THE DEATH SET did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. The opening to "Can You Seen Straight?" may seem familiar to you.

WILCO & BILLY BRAGG: Mermaid Avenue Demos.

JOE HENRY drops and discusses "Odetta" from his upcoming Reverie.

GIANT DRAG drops "Meowch" in advance of Waking Up Is Hard To Do.

CAMERON CROWE unveils the trailer for Pearl Jam Twenty.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold talks to The Current about the evolution of the band and its music.

PETER MURPHY talks to The Quietus about Bauhaus, Catholicism, Twilight, his Ninth solo LP, and more...

PAUL McCARTNEY: Greg Kot goes myth-busting.

WHO'S ON TOP IN MUSIC? It's gotten hard to say.

HUGH HEFNER denies a claim by ex-fiancee Crystal Harris that it would only last two secs. (We all assume HH is on the blue pill, yes?)

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D reportedly fought over another woman before splitting up.  Sorta bad timing for Kat to get a tattoo of Jesse's face. Meanwhile, JJ  was awarded sole custody of his daughter on Monday.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD & KATE BOSWORTH have called it quits after almost two years together.

KEVIN SMITH is developing a daily, half-hour, syndicated talk show that would blend celebrity chat and comedy.

SEX & THE CITY may be getting prequels.

THE TOP 10 ALIEN INVASION MOVIES, according to the Boston Herald.

INDIA & PAKISTAN agreed to a set of small but significant concessions to ease tensions in the disputed border region of Kashmir and pledged to work toward closer ties between their mutually wary, nuclear-armed countries.

EGYPT: A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll shows: the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to win the largest share of the vote in parliamentary elections; the man who appears to have a clear shot at the presidency, Amr Moussa, has made his name criticizing Israel; and a large majority of respondents favor amending or revoking the cornerstone of regional stability, the Camp David Accords.

YEMENI military officers claimed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander known as Ali Saeed Jamil was among 12 AQAP operatives killed during fighting in Zinibar.

IRAN: Gen. Dempsey said Iran would make a "serious miscalculation" if it attempted to carry out a mass casualty attack against US forces in Iraq. Iran's chief of police blamed the West for the current rise in crime.

IRAQ: An Al Qaeda bomb maker killed himself and two of his children in a premature detonation at his home in Kirkuk. Aw.

A KITTEN with a broken leg squeezes under a closed door and runs up stairs.

A GLOWING DOG, created by cloning, could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

SIX ORPHAN GORILLAS are looking for homes, if you have some free space.

A MEXICAN MILK SNAKE terrorized a plus-size store in Coventry.

A GOLDEN RETIEVER thwarts a sexual assault.

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Beirut & The National, Sufjan Stevens, Whiskeytown, Pit Bull & Chicks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT joined THE NATIONAL on "Fake Empire" in Switzerland.

SUFJAN STEVENS stopped by WNYC for a chat and mini-set.

THE CALM BLUE SEA is advance streaming their less-than-calm self-titled debut.

WHISKEYTOWN: Forever Valentine Demos.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH drop "Maniac" as an advance track from Hysterical.

THE  PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop "Tomorrow Dies Today" as the flip side to their new single.

DAN PEEK, a founding member of folk rockers America, passed away on Sunday; the cause of death is still unknown.  Peek, who wrote the hit song "Lonely People," left the band in 1977 to pursue a solo career in Christian Rock.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: John Linnell talks to The A.V. Club about the band's recent A.V. Undercover taping, hating hooky songs, and the joys of turning music into objects.

PETE TOWNSHEND disputes Roger Daltrey's claim that The Who's guitarist is virtually deaf, and announces plans to properly tour Quadrophenia for the first time.

THE BBQ SHOW: Mark Sultan gives his side of the split with King Khan and talks solo album(s).

GENE SIMMONS proposes to Shannon Tweed. Only took 28 years.

AMY WINEHOUSE was cremated after a "moving yet humorous" memorial service.

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D have called off their engagement and broken up.

CAREY MULLIGAN & MARCUS MUMFORD reportedly are getting engaged after just five months together.

SELMA BLAIR and her fashion designer boyfriend, Jason Bleick welcomed a baby boy on Monday.

LAURYN HILL gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend, her sixth child, according to several reports.

LINDSAY LOHAN and the FRENCH HOTEL have officially buried the hatchet on the old feud - and partied together in Malibu this weekend.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY - rocked by a heart-numbing emotional meltdown - turned to Scientology pal John Travolta to help get her life back on track, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

YEMEN: Fighting in the south intensified in recent days as tribesmen in Abyan Province sided with government troops against Islamic militants.

LIBYA: France appears to have persuaded Britain to support a shift in attitude toward Gaddafi, suggesting that he could be allowed to remain in Libya in return for giving up power in a broader deal including a cease-fire.

AFGHANISTAN: The government disputed findings from a scathing US report that said Kabul officials are thwarting US efforts to protect American aid money from being stolen.

IRAN: The power struggle between Iran's leadership is a clash of goals includingAhmadinejad's opposition to the practice of spreading Iranian power abroad by arming Iraqi militias and trading drugs for arms with Afghanistan's Taliban, according to an unnamed Iranian source working in the country's Foreign Ministry.

IRAQ: Arrayed on a table in an air-conditioned room at the Victory Base complex are the killing tools from attacks on American soldiers over the last several months - the detritus of munitions smuggled in from Iran, according to the soldiers here whose job it is to conduct the forensic analysis of evidence collected from the battlefield.

PIT BULL and CHICKS, swimming together...

A RAMPAGING KANGAROO left a 94-year-old Australian woman recovering in the hospital.

CAT blamed in Pennsylvania stabbing incident.

PEI PEI the ORANGUTAN is missing his pregnant mate so much he has started to dig a tunnel in the hope of being reunited with her.

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New Releases, Givers, Fountains of Wayne, 'Mats, Bulldog swim   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CULTS: "Go Outside" finally gets an official -- and Jonestown themed -- video.

NEW RELEASES from Little Dragon and Release the Sunbird, plus Roxette's Greatest Hits are smong those streaming this week at Spinner.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE advance streams Sky Full of Holes.

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

THE REPLACEMENTS, Live at CBGB, October 12, 1984.

THE CARS' new video for "Free" and their vintage video for "You Might Think" are your Twofer Tuesday.

KING KHAN talked to the L.A. Times about his nervous breakdown, current tour and future plans.

COLIN MELOY & CARSON ELLIS offer a download excerpt of the children's book, Wildwood.

DRIVING: A survey of motorists lists their Top 10 Driving tunes and albums.

THE BEST SONGS OF 2011 (So Far), according to Crawdaddy.

AMY WINEHOUSE: The cause of her death will remain a mystery for at least a few more weeks. A police source tells People (contrary to UK tabloid reports) there was no paraphernalia or sign of drugs in Winehouse's Camden home.

RUSSELL BRAND remembers Amy Winehouse... which is an achievement for him.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Despite being warned to finish her community service for shoplifting and drunken-driving convictions on Thursday, the troubled starlet is hoping to jet to St.-Tropez this Thursday and stay until Aug. 2. Meanhile, Li-Lo denies reports of being falling-down drunk Saturday niht.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER: A friend of Cavallari, who knew the couple socially, says the Chicago Bears quarterback was "beyond controlling"  and didn't like Cavallari going out.

LEIGHTON MEESTER has sued her mother Constance for spending money on herself - money that the actress had been sending for the care of her brother Lex, who has medical issues.

MARIAH CAREY got a little wacky on HSN.

JURASSIC PARK 4: Confirmed by Spielberg at Comic-Con.

COMIC-CON: Whitney Matheson interviewed Kevin Smith, Val Kilmer, Rob Lowe and Paul Reubens.

YEMEN: US-trained counterterrorism forces from the Republican Guards are being deployed against tribesmen in Arhab,and are reported to have killed more than 40 people.

LIBYA: Opposition leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said Gadhafi and his family could remain in Libya as part of a political solution to the five-month-old conflict, provided they give up power and rebel leaders can determine where in Libya and under what conditions they remain.

IRAN accused the US and Israel of murdering a scientist who was involved with Iran's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: A year-long military-led investigation has concluded that US taxpayer money has been indirectly funneled to the Taliban under a 2.16 billion dollar transportation contract that the United States has funded in part to promote Afghan businesses.

BUDDY the BULLDOG: Not a great swimmer

A DIVER risks the Pinnocchio treatment from a whale.

DEAD PARROT triggers a high-speed car chase. Maybe he was just resting.

A CHIPMUNK takes up a bad habit. Alvin!

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Amy Winehouse RIP, Richard Buckner, Black Angels, Corgi Rodeo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AMY WINEHOUSE recently went to rehab, but she's dead, dead, dead -- of undetermined causes so far.  However, the Daily Mail claims she bought ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine on the night before her death.  She was 27, the same age as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Here's your full NYT obit, icymi.  Rolling Stone has her tumultuous life in pictures.

RICHARD BUCKNER is advance streaming Our Blood.

THE BLACK ANGELS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OTHER LIVES stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD with THE BEACH BOYS: Live at Fillmore East, NYC,  April 27, 1971.

ST. VINCENT drops "Surgeon" in advance of Strange Mercy, due 9/13.

JOURNEY: "Don't Stop Believin'" turns 30. It's the most downloaded song recorded in the 20th Century.

THE FEELIES -- and Retromania -- are essayed by Ann Powers for NPR.

THE HEAD and the HEART frontman Josiah Johnson talks to the Calgary Herald about the two types of buzz band, his band's formation, and more.

JOHN LYDON - aka Johnny Rotten - has revealed his home in London burned down two weeks ago, destroying songs he had written for the latest PiL (Public Image Limited) record.

ARE WE NOT NEW WAVE? Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s, excerpted at PopMatters.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Captain America upsets Harry Potter at the cineplex with 65.8 million, possibly edging otu Thor as the biggest-opeing for a comic book movie this summer (the actuals may put Cap in 2nd).  I think Marvel has to be happy that a late bloomer did this well here, as it may not do the same business Thor did overseas.  Deathly Hallows plummeted 72 percent with 48 million as it seems fans poured out to see it last weekend.  However, Part 2 has already passed the total of 2 other Potter movies and may well be the first to crack a billion at the box office.  Friends With Benefits took the third slot with 18.5 million, slightly less than No Srings Attached, but not bad considering that most people interested in this type of story likely went and saw No Strings Attached recently.  Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes in fourth with a decent 12 million, setting up a potentially close finish with Potter for the year's top grosser.  Horrible Bosses rounds out the Top Five in leggy fashion with 11.7 million, for a 82.4 million total to date against a 35 million budget.  Below the fold, it's worth noting that Midnight in Paris at No. 10 is quietly becoming the biggest success Woody Allen -- or Owen Wilson, for that matter -- has had in a while.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger and Shriver's 13-year-old son is in serious condition in a Los Angeles-area hospital following a surfing accident on a beach in Malibu. Also, Arnold is filing a revised divoce petition that won't ask the judge to deny spousal support.

LINDSAY LOHAN ended Saturday night crying, screaming and barely able to walk. Alcohol may have been involved.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY still seem like an item.

JENNIFER ANISTON talking marriage with Justin Theroux?

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER have called off their engagement.

MILA KUNIS: Leading-Lady Material?

OLIVIA WILDE (Cowboys & Aliens) is profiled by the New York Times.


GLEE: Reports of a mass exodus at the end of the upcoming third season have apparently been greatly exaggerated.

HARVEY PEKAR may be getting something that Superman, the other comic book hero born in Cleveland, doesn't have: a statue.


TERROR in NORWAY: The 32-year-old suspected of gunning down scores of young people at a summer camp and setting off a bomb in downtown Oslo that killed at least seven is a mystery to investigators: a right-winger with anti-Muslim views but no known links to hardcore extremists.

TERROR in the USA: A jury convicted Mohammed Wali Zazi of conspiring to obstruct the investigation of a terror plot and destroying bomb making materials. Mohammed attempted to cover up a plot by his son, Najibullah, to carry out bombings on New York City trains.

YEMEN: Tribesmen stopped a convoy of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters from reaching Zinjibar; one AQAP fighter was killed.

IRAN: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps denied that it shot down an unmanned US spy plane over a nuclear enrichment plant. An Iranian nuclear scientist and his wife were murdered in front of their home in Tehran.

CORGI RODEO: Let's go to the video.

GAMERA, a 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University's veterinary hospital.

A LION is most likely to eat you just after a full moon, research has shown.

RABID BATS on the rise in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

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The Clash, Old 97s, Jolie Holland, Wilco, Capt. America, Kitten vs Apples   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE CLASH! Live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, March 8, 1980 (regardless of what the uploader claims).  Your London Calling-era setlist includes: "Clash City Rockers", "Brand New Cadillac", "Safe European Home",  "Jimmy Jazz", "London Calling", "Guns of Brixton", "Train In Vain", "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", "Koka Kola", "I Fought the Law", "Spanish Bombs", "Police and Thieves", "Stay Free", "Julie's Been Working on the Drug Squad", "Wrong ‘Em Boyo",  "Clampdown",  "Janie Jones", "Complete Control", "Armagideon Time", "English Civil War", "Garageland",  "Bankrobber", and "Tommy Gun."

THE OLD 97s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOLIE HOLLAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

WILCO: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos.

JULIANA HATFIELD drops "Stray Kids" from her fan-funded LP, There's Always Another Girl.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

SOUNDGARDEN axeman Kim Thayil talks to Reverb about the whole reunion thing. (Thx, LHB.)

JOANNA NEWSOM & ROY HARPER interview each other for BOMB Magazine. (Thx again, LHB.)

IMELDA MAY: The rockabilly star talks guitar influences with the L.A. Times.


THE TOP 23 FAKE BANDS of movies and TV, according to Spinner. (Thx, Dad.)

CUTOUT BIN: From the B-52s to Otis Redding, from Meat Puppets to the Selecter, from Cheap Trick to the Housemartins, plus the Kinks, Dandy Warhols, Rolling Stones, XTC, Smokey Robinson 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 Captain America, which is currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Friends With Benefits, currently scoring 57 percent.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was a good, if not great summer movie, but an important one leading to The Avengers next summer.  Not great, because some of the moments director Joe Johnston clearly intended to have great oomph or emotional resonance fall a little short.  Also, the script lacks a bit of clear exposition early on about the threat posed by the villainous Red Skull and his Hydra agents.  Good, because Johnston nails the essence of Steve Rogers, America's first super-soldier. Also -- perhaps most notably -- this a rollicking movie.  It probably has more laughs than any Marvel flick (the first two Spidey movies and Iron Man have their share, when you think of it).  Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci in particular get plenty of laugh lines. However, you never get the feeling that the movie is a joke.  Do you want to stay to the end of the credits? Oh, yes... you certainly do.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Judge Stephanie Sautner is extremely impatient with Li-Lo's progress in completing probation.  Lohan claimed she can't afford court-ordered psychological treatment.  Lohan also faces a new lawsuit for assault and battery.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY came close to parting ways two years ago because of Anthony's fling with a flight attendant.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger's response to Shriver's divorce petition reveals a dispute over whether Maria should get spousal support.

TIGER WOODS fired longtime looper Steve Williams because of his decision to caddie for another golfer, according to a new report. Yeah, don't you just hate it when dudes aren't faithful?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has been spotted cozying up to "Hangover" star Justin Bartha.

THE MTV VMA nominations went to these folks.

THE 10 GREATEST MOVIE COMEDIES, according to PopMatters.

YEMEN: The military claimed it killed two senior Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders, Aidh al Shabwani and Awadh Mohammed Saleh al Shabwani, during fighting in Zinjibar.

EGYPT's interim military rulers established a system on Wednesday for what is promised to be the first free and open elections in the country's history, laying out a complicated plan evidently designed as a compromise between the competing demands of liberal and Islamist groups.

NORTH KOREA & IRAN are jointly working on weapons program designed to build a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a leading British security think tank has said.

KITTEN vs APPLES: Who you got?


HAMSTER gets its mugshot after running amok in a Geordie police station.

A BABY RHINO was born July 13 in the Lowry Park Zoo's Asian Gardens.

A BABY GIRAFFE walks for the first time after getting corrective shoes.

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