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CoCoRosie, Owen Pallett, F*ck Buttons, Roomba Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GOGOL BORDELLO rolled out "Pala Tute" from their major-label debut for Fallon.

CoCoROSIE is advance streaming Grey Oceans.

OWEN PALLETT played Webster Hall last week; you can stream the gig via WNYC and NPR.

F*CK BUTTONS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE LIVING SISTERS -- Inara George, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark -- get a profile plus tracks via All Things Considered.

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." Sounds like it.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT frontman Scott Hutchison talks songwriting and singing with the Boston Herald.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell chatted with Under the Radar about acts of God, record sales, and why Yo La Tengo might hold the key to their future (maudlin) career.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Ian McCulloch talked to Under the Radar about the band's legacy, the creative process, and taking the show on the road.

ROCK THE SUITS: David Byrne, St. Vincent, Santigold, The National, MGMT, and Walkmen model -- and talk about their current projects -- at GQ.

SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES: Bullock has adopted a newborn and filed for divorce. Apparently, the Nazi saluting was a dealbreaker. James reacts.

TIGER WOODS: The magic number was 122, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

JENNA JAMESON gets corroboration from an alleged Tiger Woods mistress. Crossing the streams.

BRET MICHAELS, still recovering from a brain hemorrhage, has been diagnosed with a side effect that leads to seizures.

PEOPLE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL 2010: A sneak peek.

CONAN O'BRIEN gives his first interview about his departure from The Tonight Show to CBS's 60 Minutes this Sunday.

BEYONCE is getting 425K in FEMA money to replace her house in Galveston, TX.

JIM CARREY is going "Boing!" on Twitter.

SHATNER & NIMOY, together on Twitter in the middle of the night.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is a myth and "hogwash," according to Bill Murray.

IRAN has warned suntanned women and girls who looked like "walking mannequins" will be arrested as part of a new drive to enforce the Islamic dress code. Israeli Ambassador to US Oren hinted that a strike on Iran is on the table. Desmond Tutu called for Tehran to release US hikers from captivity. Opposition leaders in Iran called for protests on June 12 to commemorate the 2009 election.

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon is sending 800 more American soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming weeks to work as trainers for the Afghan security forces. The contingent is needed because other NATO countries still haven't fulfilled their pledges to send their own troops to train the Afghan army and police.

TURTLE on a ROOMBA: But it wants off.

LILY the MEERKAT has finally found love after staff at Twinlakes Park set up meerkatmatch.com, an online dating site for meerkats.

COW-POWERED TRAIN: Of course, it's Amtrak.

GIANT SPITTING EARTHWORM fails to live up to its billing.

BABY GOATS: Awww...some pics.

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Sharon Jones, The Fall, Natalie Merchant, Einstein   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS played "She Ain't a Child No More" on the Colbert Report. Ms. Jones is also interviewed.

THE FALL is advance streaming Your Future, Our Clutter.

NATALIE MERCHANT can be seen and heard at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Apples in Stereo, Caribou, Dr. Dog and Tom Lehrer highlight the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

REGINA SPEKTOR released a cover of Radiohead's "No Surprises" as a charity single.

THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet."

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: The Dylan classic is getting a two-week long examination from PopMatters.

JONSI talked to the Chicago Tribune about recording in English.

ADAM ANT talks to The Quietus about inspiration, madness and coming back fighting.

MICK JAGGER is cut down to size by ex-gf Janice Dickinson.

MATT. DAMON. and his wife Luciana are expecting another baby.

JENNA JAMESON claims Tito Ortiz got very violent - throwing and injuring her - and that he's falsely accusing her of Oxycontin addiction because he's "very, very desperate." OTOH, she has told conflicting stories about the incident that led to the arrest of her baby daddy Tito Ortiz.

BRET DANIELS is still in critical condition following a brain hemorrhage doctors discovered last week, but he is in stable condition and is talking and moving some limbs, says his dad.

COURTNEY LOVE claims she slept with Gavin Rossdale even though he was with Gwen Stefani. 

HUGH HEFNER saves Hollywood. Sort of.

LADY GAGA: The Grandmother of Pop?

STEVEN SPIELBERG has an Untitled Alien Invasion Project for TNT. New York magazine has read the pilot.

JASON ALEXANDER hit a teenage bicyclist Tuesday in Mid-City, police officials said. Life imitates Seinfeld, though (iirc) it was Elaine who hit the cyclist.

TIKI BARBER was slapped with divorce papers over his shameless gallivanting with 23-year-old former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson.

IRON MAN 2 reviews are coming in, including two of the most important to the industry. Variety is unenthusiastic, but forgiving, while the Hollywood Reporter hates it, and drops a spoiler ot two. AICN founder Harry Knowles has fanboy love for it (and also drops spoilers).

THE 10 BEST AND WORST TV FINALES, according to the NYP.

IRAQ: My Life as an Insurgent.

EINSTEIN: Just 14 inches tall and only weighed six pounds when he was born - is this pinto stallion the smallest foal in the world? Let's go to the video.

AN ELEPHANT helps a zoo keeper start his car.


ALIEN CRAYFISH found in Tonegawa river system.

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New Releases, New Pronographers, Kris Kristofferson, Puppehs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE was "Forced to Love" at the Ed Sullivan Theater. But the version with Feist at NXNE might've rocked harder.

NEW RELEASES: Broken Social Scene, Gogol Bordello, New Young Pony Club, Trashcan Sinatras, a Big Audio Dynamite Reissue and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS are advance streaming Together via NPR.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is advance streaming Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends -- a collection of vinatge demos -- via NPR.

JOSH RITTER is advance streaming So Runs The World Away via NPR.

AVI BUFFALO is streaming his/their eponymous debut album.

MGMT played "Flash Delirium" and "Brian Eno" on SNL, posted by Hulu in time for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL gets a lengthy profile from Billboard (with a bit of industry focus, natch).

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to Pitchfork about living in London, the creative process, Arthur Russell and more...

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg talks to Straight.com and Tuscon Weekly, making sure to mention he's not playing the banjo. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

IRVING AZOFF, longtime music mogul, manager and now the chairman of the newly merged Ticketmaster and Live Nation, is profiled by the New York Times.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been banned from hot LA club Trousdale after throwing a glass at ex Samantha Ronson's head.  Li-Lo and Ali Lohan are going to court for restraining orders against their ex-con father, Michael, following his recent attempt to stage an intervention, according to stage mom Dina Lohan. Meanwhile, Dad is trying to have Lindsay put into a conservatorship.

SANDRA BULLOCK geta faxed apology from Jesse James mistress No. 2. Meanwhile, James was snapped without a ring.

JENNA JAMESON plans on pressing charges against Tito Ortiz, who was arrested for felony domestic violence at the home they share. Jameson reportedly had "visible injuries."

PAM ANDERSON explains 493K in delinquent taxes.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Still not ready for prime time.

RANDY QUAID and his wife were jailed on Monday.

MARVEL UPDATE: Collider talks to President of Production Kevin Feige abut the studio's various projects -- and how they fit together.

IRON MAN 2: Another new clip is online, plus Robert Downey, Jr. goofs on Gwyneth Paltrow for the press junket.

JONAH HEX: A preview of the trailer aired on SyFy.

IRAN: Opposition leader Mousavi called ruling clerics "corrupt, despotic rulers." Pres. Mugabe denied that Zimbabwe signed a uranium mining agreement with Iran. The government eased investment restrictions in an attempt to counter sanctions.

IRAQ: A special electoral court's disqualification of parliamentary candidates -- some winning, some losing -- intensifies the nation's political problems and will delay the formation of a new government.

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPPEHS: Let's go to the video.

A DOG was rescued from a recliner by firefighters in Naperville, IL.

TWO-TOED SLOTHS: Unattractive, with a bad diet.

YOU MESS WITH THE BULL... you're going to get the horns.

OWLS IN LOVE: Awww...some pics.

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Hot Chip, The xx, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle, Hero Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOT CHIP and THE XX both played the 9:30 Club in DC Saturday night. You can stream both sets on demand via NPR. The xx also have a new video out for "Islands."

HOLE is advance streaming Nobody's Daughter.

LYLE LOVETT and STEVE EARLE did a joint interview and live performances on a Cayamo Cruise for the World Cafe.

EMMYLOU HARRIS and BUDDY MILLER also did a joint interview and live performances on a Cayamo Cruise for the World Cafe.

FANG ISLAND: The buzz band squeezes in a twofer for Daytrotter.

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL gives fresh answers to a lot of typical questions from The Observer.

SHARON JONES talks to the NYDN about going from Riker's Island to the Apollo Theater.

KAKI KING talks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about her local roots.

GREIL MARCUS talks to PopMatters about his new book on Van Morrison.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Although Kick-Ass ultimately edged out How to Train Your Dragon when the final numbers for last weekend were tallied, the Dragon is No.1 for sure this weekend with about 15 million dollars.  The Back-Up Plan debuted in second place with 12.3 million, at the lower end of the range for a Jennifer Lopez movie.  Date Night showed some legs in the third spot, taking in another 10.6 million for a 63.5 million total to date.  The Losers debuted in the fourth slot, taking in 9.6 million against a 25 million budget.  Last weekend's winner, Kick-Ass, dropped 52 percent to round out the Top Five with 9.5 million. Its total comes close to paying off LionsGate's 40 million investment.  Below the fold Oceans took in 6 million against an 80 million budget.

BRET MICHAELS: The former Poison frontman turned reality TV star remains in critical condition at an undisclosed location, after suffering a massive hemorrhage near his brain stem.

CHARLIE SHEEN was caught by his wife with another escort, according to RadarOnline. But it's disputed as to whether Brooke Mueller has left the marital home.

STEVEN SEAGAL paged young actresses on his movies to come to his hotel room at night and demanded they undress in his trailer, a co-star has alleged.

LINDSAY LOHAN was axed from a movie because she's not "bankable" - this according a source connected with the production of the flick.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR will probably escape hit-and-run charges.

MICHAEL C. HALL is "fully recovered" from cancer and has returned to work on HBO's Dexter, according to wife and co-star Jennifer Carpenter.

NORTH KOREA: Is Kim Jong Il's son officially heir to the dictatoship?

AFGHANISTAN: More than 80 schoolgirls have fallen ill in three cases of mass sickness over the past week in northern Afghanistan, raising fears that militants who oppose education for girls are using poison to scare them away from school, authorities said Sunday.

IRAN's political turmoil has prompted a growing number of the country's officials to defect or leak information to the West, creating a new flow of intelligence about its secretive nuclear program, US officials said.  Meanwhile, Iran has struck a secret deal with Zimbabwe to mine its untapped uranium reserves in a move to secure raw material for its steadily expanding nuclear program.

IRAQ: The Iraqi government refused Muqtada al Sadr's offer to provide Mahdi Army fighters to secure mosques and shrines. Insurgents killed a civilian in Baghdad and nearly assassinated the deputy governor of Anbar.

BUDDY the GERMAN SHEPHERD guided an Alaska State Trooper to the scene of a fire after his owner told him they needed to get help. The sequence of events, as related by troopers, runs like an episode of "Lassie." Here's the raw video.

MOOSE the WHIPPET saved a choking three-year-old girl.

WHALE POO: A new weapon against climate change?

MUPPET PUPPY snapped in Vietnam.

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Cheap Trick, The National(?), Rogue Wave, Cutout Bin, Curry Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 23, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CHEAP TRICK! On a TV program called "Night Gallery," circa 1977 -- so it's not the Rod Serling creation. The setlist includes: "Oh, Candy," "Hot Love," "He's a Whore," "ELO KIddies," and "The Ballad of TV Violence."

THE NATIONAL is supposed to be advance streaming High Violet via the NYT starting today, but it wasn't posted as I write this.  I'll keep checking and update. UPDATE: Here's the full album stream, in the sidebar to the NYT's feature.

ROGUE WAVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE TEMPER TRAP stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set via KCRW.

JONSI of Sigur Ros also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

PETER WOLF CRIER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MERLE HAGGARD talks to NPR's Morning Edition about surviving lung cancer and his new album, which is also streaming via the link.

RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR covers The Beach Boys' late-period hit "Kokomo."

JONI MITCHELL talks about Madonna, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Prince, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and more -- and it's often smack.

PATTI SMITH received an ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award, and spoke about how royalties kept her afloat in hard times.

THE KITSCH IS BACK: In this free-for-all post-ironic age of music, we seem to have lost the distinction between kitsch and non-kitsch.

MATRIX MESSAGES: Some bands or record labels write little messages that get pressed into the matrix (or run off groove) close to the center label of their vinyl records.  I suppose I should e-mail 'em about The dB's Like This -- Side A: "It was like this..."; Side B: "...And like this."

CUTOUT BIN: From AC/DC to Pere Ubu, from the Clash to Devendra Banhart, from the Jesus & Mary Chain to Glen Campbell, plus Weezer vs Queen, the Carpenters vs Oasis, the Bangles, the Hold Steady and more is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Back-up Plan, currently scoring 17 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Losers, currently scoring 43 percent; and Oceans (which actually opened on Earth Day) scoring 80 percent.

TIGER WOODS: Reports suggest the golfer and his wife will be separated for weeks, and that a divorce is 100 percent happening.

LINDSAY LOHAN keeps missing depositions in lawsuits claiming she endangered lives in a drunken chase down Pacific Coast Highway.

RHIANNA is feeling fine after being briefly hospitalized for an injured rib.

JACK NICHOLSON has been offered an AARP version of The Hangover.

IRON MAN + DIRTY DANCING = Crazy Delicious. The time of your life.

SOUTH PARK was heavily censored by Comedy Central, after threats from Islamic extremists.  Something to remember the next time Jon Stewart is pretending to speak truth to power; it's a sham. The network is run by politically correct cowards. UPDATE: Jon Stewart commented on the story, but couldn't quite bring himself to criticize Comedy Central, saying "it's their right" to alter the show.  That's legally true, of course, but that doesn't make it rightr.  His veiled critique rates a half-profile in courage.

NORTH KOREA: Last month's deadly sinking of a South Korean naval ship was caused by a North Korean torpedo, a news report said today, adding to pressure on the South's President. Lee Myung Bak, to respond to one of the worst acts of military provocation since the Korean War.

THE CAT and the Curry.


A NINJA SLUG which fires fertility enhancing love darts at its mate is among dozens of new species recently discovered in a stretch of ‘irreplaceable' rainforest, conservationists said today.

A FOX was rescued from a soccer net in Norwich, Norfolk. Aw.

NEW CRIME TREND: Stealing bull semen.

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