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Wilco & Feist, Bat for Lashes, Thom Yorke, Cat Hoarding   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO & FEIST perform "You & I" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE DODOS are advance streaming their new album, Time to Die.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan plays four acoustic songs for Xfm.

THOM YORKE has a new track, "All For the Best," premiering at Stereogum.

MARTIN SEXTON played a mini-set on the Mountain Stage, now streaming via NPR.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ has a new, but grainy, black-and-white video, for "Let's Take a Walk."

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to Flavorwire about the duo's upcoming October release, In and Out of Control.

JIM JAMES of My Morning Jacket talks to Spinner about his upcoming George Harrison tribute EP (under the name Yim Yames).

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore talks to PAPER as part of the mag's "guru" series.

THE FELICE BROS. are prepared for an emergency.

MICHAEL JACKSON: The LAPD is treating Jacks's death as a homicide, as evidence points to the anesthesia Propofol as the primary cause of Jackson's death. Bill Wyman tackles the revisionist history following his death. Us Weekly has video of Jacko's hair igniting during that infamous Pepsi ad shoot; the incident is said to have been the start of Jacko's pill-popping.

ROBERT REDFORD married artist Sibylle Szaggars last weekend at a luxury hotel in Hamburg, Germany, in front of 30 family and friends, according to AP reports.

MADONNA: Despite gruelling two-hour workouts, six days a week, it seems the 50-year-old is struggling to stave off one of the tell-tell signs of aging - the dreaded "bingo wings."

RENEE ZELLEWEGER is chowing down for a third Bridget Jones movie. How's that career going?

JADA PINKETT SMITH: Oversharing, with diminishing returns.

HARRY POTTER  and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, scoring 89 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, earned a record 22.2 million at Wednesday midnight showings in the United States.  But if you go, you won't see Harry facing Voldemort in a rap battle.

STEVEN SODERBERGH: His biopic of Che Guevara recouped half its budget and his Brad Pitt-starring baseball film was pulled five days before the shoot began. The director of Traffic and Erin Brockovich tells The Guardian why he might just disappear. 

CELEBRITY FACE-LIFTS: Not exactly an ad for face-lifts, either.

GLOBAL WARMING: Could the best climate models all be wrong? Maybe so, says a new study published online today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani military is attempting to isolate and destroy Baitullah Mehsud, and does not intend to conduct a counterinsurgency in South Waziristan. Some of the locals are confident the Taliban are being defeated in the Swat valley.

IRAN just cannot stop hanging people.  Ali Akbar Hasehemi Rafsanjani's Friday sermon is viewed as pivotal by some political observers in Iran.

EXTREME CAT HOARDING, courtesy of Animal Planet.


SNAKE on a WINDSHIELD: The secret is not freaking out so much that you can't roll up the windows.

A SWEARING PARROT stolen in a burglary in Newcastle has been returned to its owner.

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The Dead Weather, Blitzen Trapper, Mission of Burma, Baby Sea Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JULIE DOIRON delivers the "Consolation Prize" from her new album, I Can Wonder What You Did With Your Day.

THE DEAD WEATHER (featuring members of The White Stripes and The Kills) played DC's 9:30 Club last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand via NPR.

BLITZEN TRAPPER did the three free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MISSION OF BURMA has an advance track, "1, 2, 3, Partyy!", posted at the Matablog, along with details about their upcoming LP. You can stream the song via the HM.

MODEST MOUSE provided an advance track, "Perpetual Motion Machine," to SPIN.

STEEL HARMONY plays Joy Division's "Transmission" as only a Caribbean steelband riding a lorry through Manchester can. Remember, gang, you probably would never have gotten to see and hear this before the Internet.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA BLUES have had an enormous impact on American music; Charley Patton, Son House and Robert Johnson are among those featured at NPR.

BOWERBIRDS: Phil Moore talks to Paste about the band's recent European tour, his reservations about living in the woods, and what it's like to write love songs for his bandmate.

RICHARD HELL has re-recorded his 1982 album Destiny Street because the original sounded like a "high-pitched sludge of guitar noise."

U2: Environmentalists claim the Irish stadium rockers' tour will create enough carbon to send Bono & Co. to Mars.

MICHAEL JACKSON's baby mama Debbie Rowe has sold her kids again - this time squeezing about 4 million from her former mother-in-law in exchange for giving up her parental rights, a family source told The New York Post.  Elizabeth Taylor was hospitalized while grieving the singer's death. Jacko's toxicology reports are due as soon as Friday.

JOHNNY DEPP would take his kids to Disneyland if he wasn't famous. They'll have to settle for his private island in the Caribbean.

JOHN MAYER broke up Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson? Too good to check!

KATE HUDSON & A-ROD spent the weekend at the exclusive Pelican Hill Resort in Newport Beach.

AMY ADAMS has been engaged for a year and she still hasn't even locked down a wedding date.

DIRTY HIPPIES sang a medley of songs from "Hair" for Conan.

ANNE HATHAWAY delivered pizza at 3 a.m. to fans camping for tickets to her final performance of Shakespeare in the Park.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS  is officially hosting the prime-time Emmys.

KAROLINA KURKOVA is pregnant, though she doesn't look it in any of the accompanying photos.

PAKISTAN: The displaced are headed back to the Swat valley, but many of the refugees have lost their crops, and will need support for many months.

IRAN: Reformists fear that Ahmadinejad will launch a new era of social repression after street rallies last week failed to shake the Islamist regime. A top Iranian general said government troops are "ready to sacrifice our lives" rather than back down in the face of protests over June's disputed presidential election.

A BABY SEA LION learns to swim at the Pittsburgh Zoo.

CATS CONTROL HUMANS: Confirmed by science.

THE MALTESE PUPPY: Scooter has stopped growing at the towering height of three inches - almost an inch smaller than the current small-dog record holder, Boo Boo, a long-haired chihuahua living in the US.

SMOKEY the CHIHUAHUA survives walking around for three days with a fork lodged in his head.

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New Releases, St. Vincent, The Rentals, Cat & Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BTW, OVER EIGHT MILLION SERVED: Thanks for dropping by! 

BLITZEN TRAPPER have a new video out for "Black River Killer."

NEW RELEASES: Dead Weather, Blue Roses, Beastie Boys, David Bowie and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BILL CALLAHAN, formerly known as Smog, plays a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark played live on this week's edition of Sound Opinions.

THE RENTALS are streaming their new album from their website.

THE WHO: "I'm One" and "Dr. Jimmy" at the Cow Palace in 1973 provide your Twofer Tuesday.

TOP ROCK DOCS, according to Paste.

METRIC ran into you-know-who at Stonehenge! (Thx, Chromewaves.)

YO LA TENGO talk to The Line of Best Fit about playing in the UK, keeping it fresh and popular songs.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar and Kim Ruehl of NoDepression cotribute to a profile in the Arizona Republic.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Cruel stage dad Joe Jackson won't be getting his hands on his son's children any time soon, under a secret custody deal struck by Michael Jackson's mom, Katherine, and baby incubator Debbie Rowe, sources tell the NYP.

RYAN SEACREST has closed what is believed to be the biggest deal ever for a reality emcee (45 million) and will triple his current salary.

JESSICA SIMPSON & TONY ROMO: Dunzo. The Dallas QB dumped the pneumatic blonde the night before her 29th birthday.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson has directed a new video for his Russian galpal.

BRADGELINA may be looking to buy into the Apthorp, the century-old upper West Side landmark in NYC that's undergoing a condo conversion.

MOLLY RINGWALD gave birth to a boy and a girl on Friday.

WATCHMEN: Latino Review has a deleted scene from the director's cut coming to DVD on the 21st.

NATALIE PORTMAN has been cast as the female lead in "Thor," Marvel Studios' adaptation of its comic book featuring the Norse god of thunder.

HONG KONG PHOOEY is coming to the big screen. Did we learn nothing from Underdog?

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Il has life-threatening pancreatic cancer, a news report said Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: Michael Yon is "Searching for Kuchi & Finding Lizards."

IRAQ: Officials tightened security around churches in Baghdad and in two mostly Christian towns on Monday and braced for possible violence this weekend when huge crowds visit a holy Shiite shrine in the capital.

IRAN: The Lede is continuing to track the reaction to the presidential vote, and the disputed results.

CAT & MONKEY, living together... mass hysteria!

FROGS knocked out power to nearly 500 homes in the Waterford Lakes community in Florida. No word of squirrel involvement. Yet.

A MASSIVE SQUID washed up in La Jolla, CA, after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out to sea.

A WHISTLING DEER is causing false alarms for a mountain rescue team in the UK.

LINDA the PENGUIN has split up two male penguins who lived as a nesting couple for six years at the San Francisco Zoo, caretakers said.

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Conor Oberst, Black Francis, Jason Isbell, Guinea Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 13, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CONOR OBERST & THE MYSTIC VALLEY BAND get "Spoiled" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

ILLINOIS played the World Cafe on Friday, you can stream the whole gig now via NPR.

BLACK FRANCIS (a/k/a Frank Black) stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

PHOENIX stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

CASS McCOMBS claims "You Saved My Life," though it doesn't really sound like that.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore talks to the Seattle Times about leaving Geffen, his solo LPs, loving records and much more...

TORTOISE: Dan Bitney e-mailed Drowned In Sound about the new album, the sum of their various personal sounds and, occasionally, reptiles and marimbas...

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Boston Globe about using the studio, touring minor-league ballparks, and more...

TINY VIPERS: Jesy Fortino talks to the Seattle Times about how the landscape around her childhood home in Issaquah influenced her music.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bruno lounges atop the box office with 30.4 million, which is good but not great.  Universal paid 42.5 million upfront without seeing a script; Bruno will probably gross somewhere around 100 mill.  But for comparison, The Hangover had a 45 million opening.  Ice Age 3 kept the second slot making 28.5 on a mere 31 percent drop, it has grossed 120.6 million domestically so far on a 90 million budget.  Next week Harry Potter likely will hit these dinosaurs like an asteroid.  Transformers 2 drops 43 percent, but it's second fastest film of all time to reach 300 million here, while making about the same in the foreign markets.  Public Enemies drops a slightly larger-than-expected 44 percent, making 14.1 million in the fourth slot. Mann, Depp & Co may have a hard time making back its budget in the US, but Universal retained the foreign rights.  The Proposal rounds out the Top Five, with a lsight 18 percent drop that shows the power of counter-programming.  Bullock & Reynolds have raked in 113,7 million on a 40 million budget.  Below the fold, I Love You, Beth Cooper opened in seventh with five million, and will be lucky to make back its 18 million budget.

MICHAEL JACKSON: La Toya reveals that she suspects Jacko was murdered. Investigators have not ruled out homicide in his death.  Jackson's corpse had the hallmarks of longtime intravenous drug use, including arms riddled with needle marks and collapsed veins, say sources familiar with the medical examiner's preliminary findings. A doctor who treated Michael Jackson claimed the singer self-injected Demerol into his system, but that seems to be the tip of the needle. Jacko's body is being held at the crypt of Motown founder Berry Gordy. According to a friend of Jackson, the famous sequined white glove was really used to cloak the early stages of his skin disease.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is headed back to the big screen, playing "a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet."

BRITNEY SPEARS ex-bf Adnan Ghalib will stand trial for felony assault with a deadly weapon, battery and hit-and-run. A family insider says Britney was caught by her conservator/dad Jamie Spears popping over-the-counter diet pills and washing them down with Red Bull before a performance on her Circus tour, reports gossip site Betty Confidential

LINDSAY LOHAN and her fashion-line partner are starting a production company.

HARRY POTTER & the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has a new clip posted at MTV. Daniel Radcliffe has been unmasked as a budding poet whose work has appeared in an underground fashion publication. Emma Watson can't wait to head to the US for college this fall but has one requirement for her roommate: no diehard fans. Rupert Grint says kissing Watson onscrees was "a very weird kind of experience."

RYAN REYNOLDS has landed the coveted role of "Green Lantern," getting the starring role in Warner Bros.' live-action film based on the DC Comics hero. This is his third super-hero, iirc.

WHO WATCHES THE WATCHMEN? Superman and Batman took on New York's Finest in an epic Crossroads of the World battle that left the Caped Crusader in cuffs.

PAKISTAN: Spokesman Mullah Omar claimed the Swat Taliban's leaders are safe and said they went underground at the onset of the Malakand operation. Pakistan army spokesperson General Athar Abbas said that Pakistan continues to have ties with the Taliban and would happily get them to negotiate with the Americans if the US could promise to get the Indians out of Pakistan. But if the western coalition is not `convinced', Pakistan can turn "ugly" on India again.

IRAN The Lede is continuing to track the reaction to the presidential vote, and the disputed results.

GUINEA PIGS EAT WATERMELON: Let's go to the video.

ELEPHANT MOISTURIZER: A growth industry.

BARN BUDDY PROGRAM gives stray cats a place to call home.

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Disco Demolition, Ida Maria, Cutout Bin, Jesse the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT! This Sunday marks the 30th anniversary of the 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.  This compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.  The Chicago Tribune has a photo gallery, and interviews Dahl, with embedded video.

IDA MARIA did five free songs for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

SUMMER MIX: Tom Moon streams a few new songs for the road.

LIZ PHAIR: Exile in Guyville, Live at the Fillmore, June 23, 2008.

SPOON frontman Britt Daniel talks to Decider about about the new album's progression-including how AC/DC and Dabney Coleman factored into it-and what to expect from this weekend's hometown stand. The Austin American-Statesman surveys the band's rise.

MARK OLSON talks to Decider about about the past and future of the Jayhawks.

FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

THIRTEEN SURPRISINGLY ENJOYABLE SONGS about the end of the world. With an embedded jukebox.

GLASVEGAS: Rab Allan was interviewed by Contactmusic at the Glastonbury fest about their follow-up LP, opening for U2, and more...

RHETT MILLER talks to KTVU and the Colorado Springs Independent.

CUTOUT BIN: From AC/DC to Gram Parsons, from Spinal Tap to Stevie Wonder, from Thin Lizzy to Tommy Keene, plus The Hollies, Wilco, Black Joe Lewis, Wilco, Talking Heads and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper, currently scoring 10 percent.

ALAN RUCK (who plays a Dad in "I Love You, Beth Cooper") was already 29 when he played Cameron Frye in 1986's "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"? Whoa.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Arnold Klein admitted he once donated sperm - but continued dodging questions about being the father of Michael Jackson's two oldest children.

RYAN REYNOLDS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON are planning to adopt... someday.

KRISTEN STEWART not pregnant. Shocka.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS: Quentin Tarantino talks to Variety about the final cut, possible prequels, the star system, and the future of adult drama.

THE HURT LOCKER expands to 50 screens this weekend. The first eight minutes are streaming via Hulu.

WHIP IT, a roller-derby comedy starring Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore and Kristen Wiig, gets a first look at USA Today.

AUGUSTUS GLOOP got lucky. Vincent Smith Jr was unlucky.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is sending thousands of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Afghanistan, even while a new version is being built.

IRAN: Opposition supporters defied an enormous security presence on the streets of Tehran to gather, by some estimates, in the thousands. The Lede is back on the case, too.

IRAQ: Bombings killed more than 40 on Thursday in the worst violence since US combat troops withdrew from urban areas last week, while US forces released five Iranian officials suspected of aiding Shiite insurgents.

JESSE the CAT was outcatted by her owner.

A DRUNKEN BADGER blocked a road near Goslar in northwestern Germany.

A SWARM OF TUTRTLES closed a runway at JFK Airport.

A GOAT was rescued from a tree, but not with cooking spray.

A NEW MONKEY has been discovered in a remote area of the Amazon.

AN 8-FT GATOR was lassoed in an apartment in Oakland Park, FL.

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