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New Releases, Thao & Mirah, Disco Demolition, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BANANARAMA: "Cruel Summer" and their cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" makes for a timely Twofer Tuesday. A friend suggested that the former is lifted from Clan of Xymox's "Phoenix of My Heart." I think the bass sound is similar, but it's likely not outright plagarism.  Xymox, however, directly quotes The Troggs.

NEW RELEASES from Cut Off Your Hands, Alkaline Trio, Locksley, the Trachtenberg Family and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THAO & MIRAH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE ELECTED stopped by KEXP for a session, including a trippy cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is the 32nd anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion whereby admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game.  The Sporting News has a large photo (Thx, Dad) and this footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is mystified why some people are calling Blessed her "happy" album.

THE HEAD and the HEART are profiled at USA Today.

GOMEZ: Ian Ball talks to Glide about the band's new album, Dave Matthews, Chicago and more...

SPOTIFY has not yet landed Warner Bros. for its US launch.

ALFONSO "FONCE" MIZELL, member of Motown hit-makers The Corporation and half of the production duo The Mizell Brothers, has passed away. He was 68 years old. The cause of death is unknown.

COHEED and CAMBRIA bassist Michael Todd was arrestsed after making a bomb threat at a pharmacy and demanding oxycontin, allegedly.

MILA KUNIS will accompany a US Marine to the Corps Ball, after getting an invite via the Tube.

HALLE BERRY: A stalker invaded her house... twice.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger and baby mama Mildred "Patty" Baena are spending time together -- on the phone -- and are even discussing a face-to-face reunion with their son Joseph.

JAMES FRANCO talks about the awful Oscars gig, gay rapist rumors and more with Playboy, via the HuffPo.

GEORGE MICHAEL is cooperating with the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

MIRANDA KERR thought she was going to die during childbirth.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson releases a second on-set video.


IRAN: The United Nations, Cyprus residents, and conspiracy theorists will all want to know how a shipment of Iranian explosives came to be in a position where it could be hit by fire and cause such devastation. The United States and Israel believed the end user was most likely Hamas in the West Bank, which has strong ties to both Syria and Iran.

SYRIA: Assad loyalists besiege US and French embassies in Damascus.

PAKISTAN: Casualties from violence since the US killing of Osama bin Laden in May have soared, with many more maimed and injured people going to humanitarian clinics, the ICRC said on Monday.

IRAQ: US SecDef Panetta's first war-zone tour as Pentagon chief has been punctuated by frequent moments of remarkable candor, as well as by some statements that he or his spokesman sought to clarify or retract soon after he said them.

FERRIS the CORGI's Day Off.

A CIGARETTE-SMOKING MONKEY wed his lover in India.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent threatened an historic firetower in Helena, MT.

JELLYFISH shut down 3 nuclear reactors around the globe. No word on squirrel involvement.

FISH are learning to use tools.

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Strokes, Cults, Smithereens, Larkin Green, Pit Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE STROKES are "Taken For a Fool" in their new video.

CULTS played the World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand.

THE SMITHEREENS played the World Cafe Live on the 4th weelkend and I missed it; you can stream the gig on demand.

LARKIN GRIMM did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH drops "Weather of a Killing Kind" as part of the Adult Swim Singles Program.

R.E.M.: "Radio Free Europe" turns 30. Get off my lawn. Seriously, my record store managing friend Paul had the Hib-Tone single (and didn't give it to me for an autograph when I met the band, silly man).

GUIDED BY VOICES: The L Magazine explains why they still matter. (Thx, LHB).

CUT COPY: Dan Whitford answers five questions for the Detroit Free Press.

THE POLARIS MUSIC SHORTLIST: Missed this in the post-holiday catch-up.

INDIE MUSICIANS, Foodie Bloggers.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers 3 retains the crown with 47 million on a 52 percent drop.  It's hard to compare to the performance of Transformers 2, which opened the weekend before July 4, but the bots have cleared over half a billion worldwide. Horrible Bosses opened promisingly in second with 28.1 million against a 35 million production budget (it's likely to break the 100 million mark before it's done).  Zookeeper opened much less promisingly in third with 21 million against an 80 million production budget (it's likely to stall around 75 million and depend on overseas receipts to save it).  Cars 2 stabilizes a bit in fourth with 15.2 million on a 42 percent drop; it continues to lag the original by 7 or 8 million.  Bad Teacher rounds out the Top Five with 9 million, and ultimately may break 100 million on a 20 million budget.  Below the fold Larry Crowne and Green Lantern continue to flail, especially the latter.

KATE HUDSON and fiance Matt Bellamy welcomed a "healthy baby boy" to their family Saturday night.

VICTORIA & DAVID BECKHAM welcomed a daughter Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

REBECCA GAYHEART & ERIC DANE are expecting their second child.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON wowed Hollywood at the BAFTA gala.

CASEY ANTHONY has been offered a million bucks to appear on The Jerry Springer Show, Star magazine is reporting exclusively via RadarOnline.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is likely coming back to American Idol.

GWYNETH PALTROW would rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can. Technically, it's not an either/or question.

BETTY FORD, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.

PAKISTAN ought to share its nuclear expertise and services? What could go wrong?

AFGHANISTAN: Insurgent attacks have started to decline on an annual basis for the first time in up to five years, defying predictions by intelligence analysts, General David Petraeus said on Saturday.  Afghan intelligence officials in the province of Nuristan have accused the central government and Nato forces in particular of ignoring insurgents there and in other strategically important areas close to the Pakistani border.

IRAQ: The razor wire is being slowly pulled back, but Mosul faces an uncertain future in the face of the US withdrawal.

A PIT BULL licks a baby bunny...


SOCKS the CAT survives five weeks trapped in a store room.

GOAT ATTACK requires preventative measures in Port Angeles, WA. No word on how this relates to sparkly vampires.

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English Beat, Florence + the Machine, REM, Cutout Bin, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE ENGLISH BEAT!  Why? Mostly because they cranked out great ska-pop.  My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You."

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, Live at the MN Zoo. Songs include "Cosmic Love," "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" and "Dog Days Are Over."

R.E.M. is streaming the deluxe reissue of Lifes Rich Pageant, including the bonus disc of demos.

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

THE 10 GREATEST POWER POP BANDS, courtesy of Gibson (and Ken King), with embedded video. BONUS: Pate's Power Pop feature from May.

NME'S 100 GREATEST MUSIC VIDEOS, summarized at Stereogum and critiqued at Prefix. IMHO, if your list purports to be an "all-time" list, ignoring the classics is dumb.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Early Uber Collection.

SUMMER MUSIC MEMORIES, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE  talks to Interview his new sound, his sartorial soul brother, the strained relationship with his father, and the "normal," if vuvuzela-backed, dream job from his childhood.

CENTRO-MATIC: Will Johnson talks to the Illinois Entertainer about writing Candidate Waltz on bass, and to Blurt about completing the album by email (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CUT COPY talks to Drowned in Sound about creativity, Can and Chicago house.

PETER CASE (Nerves, Plimsouls, solo) talks to Glide about tours, songwriting workshops, reunions, his archives and more... (Thx, LHB.)

THE BLACK SHIPS: Nick McCabe talks to Drowned in Sound about his new band, which includes members of Portishead, Goldfrapp and The Verve.


CUTOUT BIN: From David Johansen to The Drifters, from Badfinger to Sonic Youth, from Sly & the Family Stone to New Order, plus the Posies, Stone Roses, Journey, the Boomtown Rats 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 Zookeeper, which is currently scoring 12 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Horrible Bosses, which is scoring 79 percent.

BEN AFFLECK lost 400K to movie mogul Ron Meyer in the recently exposed H'wood poker ring.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has been spending time with his out-of-wedlock son recently in an effort to rebuild their relationship, according to RadarOnline. Meanwhile, his future ex, Maria Shriver, is buying a ten million dollar home in L.A.

LINDSAY LOHAN returns to form in Vanity Fair Italy shoot...and says she never should have gone to jail.

LADY GAGA has been branded ‘sick' and ‘obsessed' in an explosive new tell-all which documents her alleged drug abuse and dangerous diet.

JENNIFER ANISTON treated The Break-Up as therapeutic after his divorce from Brad Pitt.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS (Pt 2): Eight new clips.

DANIEL CRAIG and his interviewer are interviewed at Esquire.

THE 20 BEST MOVIES OF 2011 (So Far), according to Paste.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh made an appearance on Yemeni television. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda are nimbly capitalizing on the tumult.

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani general strongly denied a report that he took three million in cash in exchange for helping smuggle nuclear technology to North Korea in the late 1990s, while the nation's foreign office called the story "preposterous."

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters attacked and overran several Afghan border police posts on Wednesday, killing nearly two dozen police officers in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan, according to the provincial governor.

KITTEN, rescued with a leafblower.

DUCKLINGS, rescued by duct tape.

DIGIT the GORILLA is living with a zoo manager and his wife in their home near Lyon, France.


NEW ZEALAND'S GREAT WHITE SHARKS  enjoy an annual "tropical holiday", swimming thousands of kilometres (miles) to warm South Pacific waters before returning home. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Blind Boys of Alabama, Jessica Lea Wayfield, Wooden Birds, Bulldogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART see themselves as kids in "The Body."

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE WOODEN BIRDS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE is advance streaming Field Songs.

PICTUREPLAN is advance streaming Thee Phyisical. Not really my bag, but maybe yours.

KURT VILE: The video for "Baby's Arms" was directed and filmed by Todd Cole entirely on the Windows Phone.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks new projects with The Quietus.

THURSTON MOORE talks to The Quietus about working with Beck and the acoustic guitar.

MEAT PUPPETS: Cris Kirkwood talks reunions with OnMilwaukee (Thx, LHB.)

BRIAN ENO discusses the release of his new collaboration with British poet Rick Holland, "Drums Between the Bells" at the L.A. Times.

ANTONY HEGARTY talks to The Observer about sexuality, fame and why Jesus was a girl.

SPOTIFY is finally set to launch in the United States.

ALICE COOPER's strange encounter with Brian Wilson. And Iggy Pop.


NATALIE PORTMAN has decided to name her son Aleph after a letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

JOHNNY DEPP has hauled in 350 million from the Pirates franchise. No wonder he's close to a deal for a fifth outing.

CHARLIE SHEEN's new TV show will be based on the movie "Anger Management" and Charlie will be playing the Jack Nicholson character.  His ex-wife Brooke Mueller she vows to to unleash her lawyers if anyone trashes her at the upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

JUSTIN BIEBER's Vanity Fair cover may be the worst-selling issue in 12 years.

CASEY ANTHONY gets the predictable adult film offer, but why would she, given that she's likely to make over a million from book deals and such?

KERI RUSSELL is pregnant for the second time.

JAMES SPADER is set to join the cast of The Office.

CHRISTOPER WALKEN will play Zeus in Gods Behaving Badly.

THE TOP 15 CEREBRAL SCI-FI-FILMS, according to The Film Stage.

TERROR in the USA: The US has indicted Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame for supporting both Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

EGYPT: A leader of Egypt's top secular party says the 9/11 terrorist attacks were "made in the USA," the Holocaust is "a lie" and Anne Frank's memoir is "a fake."

AFGHANISTAN: The apparent capture of a British soldier in Helmand is another chilling reminder that the fighting in Afghanistan is far from over and that the Taliban - despite the pounding it took over the winter months - is still capable and resilient.

IRAQ: Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are using more sophisticated weapons than in the past to target US troops and military installations in Iraq, according to senior US officials.

BULLDOGS on SWINGS: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents unleashed a wildfire that risked the release of plutonium and uranium from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

SNAKE on a TRAIN: A Honduran milk snake halted the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo.

A MONSTER PLANT with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York.

LUCKY the LABRADOR wins the PSDA slimming title.

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TMBG, New Releases, Raveonettes, BOAT, Scorpion on a Plane   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS brings in The Onion office staff to play Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping" for The A.V. Club Undercover. And it is terrific.

NEW RELEASES from Memory Tapes, Robert Ellis, Federico Aubele and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE RAVEONETTES stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

BOAT did five free songs for Daytrotter.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Roio shares rehearsals for Bruce's 2009 tour.

DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon talks to American Songwriter about, er, songwriting.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to WUOR about growing up in Cali.

NICK LOWE talks to the L.A. Times about Buddy Holly and Wilco.

GIVERS: The Observer essays their irrepressible good-time vibe.

SLY STONE returns after a nearly 30-year absence with an album dropping August 16.

CHARLIE SHEEN will be roasted on Comedy Central opposite the Ashton Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men.

CASEY ANTHONY: Off to find the real killer. Irony alert.

JENNIFER ANISTON: Taking a year off.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: After Shriver officially filed for divorce from estranged husband, Schwarzenegger reportedly agreed to give his soon-to-be ex-wife a "very generous divorce settlement." Not that he has a great deal of choice, legally or practically.

LENNY KRAVITZ is interviewed by Details.


THE 10 BEST TOM HANKS FILMS, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Larry Crowne not one of them.

AUSTRALIA: Police in New South Wales state have been given more powers to remove burkas and other face coverings to identify crime suspects. Islamic leaders in the state said they were comfortable with the new measure; civil liberty groups expressed concern.

YEMEN: The top general in the opposition says he rejects a new proposal that would allow the country's embattled Pres Saleh to remain in power until a new leader is found. Meanwhile, the VP says security in his country is "deteriorating," including a growing threat from Al Qaeda.

PAKISTAN: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country's military, according to American officials.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai is locked in a fight over his bid to oust dozens of lawmakers and is grappling with a scandal surrounding Kabul Bank that has curtailed foreign aid. Then there are allegations that he's trying to claim a third term.

SCORPION on a PLANE: Terror at 30000 feet.

A MONKEY steals a camera to take his own picture.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're winning a British lottery.

A 70-LB TORTOISE stolen Saturday from a Lincolnwood (IL) exotic animal store has been returned "with only a few minor dings."

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