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Cheap Trick, Little Ones, Led Zep, Cutout Bin, Frozen Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with CHEAP TRICK! Live in Providence, 1980. That playlist was served up by the band on its YouTube channel, which the band has been stocking over the past couple of weeks.  Selections include "Hello There/Clock Strikes Ten," "I'll Be With You Tonight," "Southern Girls," "California Man," "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace," "He's a Wh re," "Oh Candy," "Top of the World," "Can't Hold On," "Downed" and "Auf Wiedersehen." Are you ready to rock?

M WARD talks to Blurt about his favorite music and his new album... but it's not easy.

THE LITTLE ONES do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all selections from the Morning Tide album.

LED ZEPPELIN: Live in Long Beach, CA on March 11, 1975.

THE BIRD & THE BEE talk to the Santa Barbara Independent about touring, recording, collaborating, spouses, etc.

THE CRAMPS frontman Lux Interior died Feb. 4 from a preexisting heart condition at 62. We remember him with "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne popped in to Xfm for an exclusive documentary about the band. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BISHOP ALLEN are finally "breaking" at Rolling Stone. Video at the link.

TAPES 'N TAPES frontman Josh Grier talks to Mpls City Pages about touring -- and using Facebook to get restaurant recommendations.

CUTOUT BIN: M Ward covering Buddy Holly, Al Green covering The Temptations, The Byrds covering the Louvin Bros, The Hold Steady covering Dylan, Evan Dando covering ABBA and Ray Davies covering himself, plus the Rplacements, Fountains of Wayne, Fontella Bass, Booket T. with Jolie Holland and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases inlcude He's just Not That Into You, which is currently scoring 38 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Pink Panther 2, currently scoring 05 percent, sci-fi thriller Push, scoring 25 percent, and Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, scoring 88 percent.

ETTA JAMES threatened to beat the crap out of Beyonce Knowles.  Audio at the link.

JESSICA ALBA reveals that the secret to her post-baby body was a girdle.

MADONNA: Jealous of her daughter? Or just trying tto keep her a kid for a while longer?

MILEY CYRUS apologized for a somewhat controversial picture in which she appears to be mocking members of the Asian community.

HAYDEN PANTTIERRE & JESSE McCARTNEY were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Crown Bar. 

WATCHMEN: The latest viral video is a 1997 PSA about "The Keene Act and You."

JEAN RENO picks five favorite films for Rotten Tomatoes.

THOR: Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada and the primary architect of the publisher's universe, Brian Michael Bendis had a Twitter chat revealing, among other things, that Kenneth Branagh "gets it!'"

MOVIE MARKETING: The New Yorker goes inside the playbook with Tim Palen: "I'm a fourteen-year-old girl. But having a girl's viewing habits... actually comes in very handy."

PAKISTAN: Swat Valley police are giving up in face of Taliban attacks.

IRAQ boosted security in Anbar province on Thursday after allegations of vote fraud raised fears of violence ahead of the release of election results.  Meanwhile, a senior member of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia has been killed in a shootout, police said on Thursday.

A PUPPY found frozen to the ground is being nursed back to health. Awww...

BILBO the LIFEGUARD DOG is starring in a video appeal to British PM Gordon Brown to get his job back. Clip at the link.

BILL GATES unleashed mosquitoes on an audience to promote Malaria awareness.

HOG FARMERS are a greater threat to the US and democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, says Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Gaslight Anthem, Fleet Foxes, Golden Smog, Manatees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM brought "The '59 Sound" to the Ed Sullivan Theater last week.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold seems to be streaming new songs for a side project called White Antelope.

GOLDEN SMOG: Captain's Dead has posted an April 1996 gig to stream or download, featuring the indie supergroup's early work, plus covers ranging from Bowie to Charlie Rich to Brian Wilson to The Nerves.

A.C. NEWMAN talks to PopMatters about the challenge of making a solo record, the elusiveness of writing hit songs, the double-edged sword of critical adulation the role of the Internet in independent music, American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, classic French and Japanese cinema, and 1980s pop music.

THE VON BONDIES talk to BlackBook about neck beards, schools of rock, and the new album.

LONEY DEAR: "Airport Surroundings" is the first single from the Dear John album.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne gives a status report at CMJ.

THE BEASTIE BOYS have issued a 20th Anniversary edition of Paul's Boutique.

MUSICIANS ON TWITTER, compiled by Pitchfork. UPDATE: Drowned In Sound ups the ante.

SEX PISTOLS: Steve Jones is unemployed. No Future.


JESSICA SIMPSON: Every moment spent pondering her weight is a moment diverted from the fact that her last movie just went direct-to-DVD!

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fmr manager Sam Lutfi is suing the pop wreck and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract. Coincidentally, Lufti has a debt collection agency on his back.

MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez is not pleased that Madge is parading her 22-year-old Brazilian boy toy around NYC.

CHRISTIAN BALE: Harry Knowles claims to have "the rest... of the story" behind the actor's now infamous on-set rant.

AMY WINEHOUSE is planning to record her next album in Jamaica, where where illegal drugs are known to be widely available.

JUDE LAW: Dude looks like a lady.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: "Don't Hassel The Hoff" proves he can be annoying without singing.

HILARY DUFF & FAYE DUNAWAY are having a little catfight over Duff's recently announced Bonnie & Clyde movie.

WHEN STEPHEN FRY GOT STUCK in an elevator, he posted the news to Twitter, along with a picture, garnering moral support from the Twittersphere.

DEMI MOORE denied adoption rumors on Twitter, too.

AFGHANISTAN: Opium production is likely to decrease this year, according to the UN.  Canada has boosted its forces in southern Afghanistan with a new contingent of helicopters and drones, a move to reduce the number of ground convoys used to supply remote bases and to better protect soldiers against Taliban fighters.  The postponement of Afghanistan's presidential election puts the constitution to the test.

IRAQ: A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.


CROCS plague the streets of Sydney.

ABANDONED BABY KOALA finds Internet stardom in a bucket of water.

SIBERIAN COWS get furry bras to protect their udders against subzero temperatures.

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Silver Jews, Andrew Bird & Loney Dear, Heartless Bast^rds, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SILVER JEWS played their final gig 300 feet underground in the Cumberland Caverns, stating with "Introduction/ We Are Real" and ending with "Smith and Jones Forever."

ANDREW BIRD and LONEY DEAR played the 9:30 Club in DC last night, you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all selections from their new album, The Mountain.

LILY ALLEN is streaming her new album before next week's release.

BOB MOULD talks about his upcoming album and autobiography with Spinner.

FLEET FOXES give Billboard a status report on the sophomore album as their debut sneaks to No. 36 on the Hot 200 chart.

THE WALKMEN have a video for "Four Provinces" that features Nepal, but not the band.

FRANZ FERDINAND: Singer Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson talk to Pitchfork about the new album, seeing legends at the Grammys, and Gary Glitter, among other things.

JAYHAWKS: Gary Louris is working on reissuing the five Jayhawks albums, a new "best of" collection and a boxed set, all stuffed with B-sides, rarities and live tracks.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY gets an annotated discography at Drowned In Sound.

DUFFY is profiled down under by the Courier-Mail.

JESSICA SIMPSON's family says said her apparent "weight gain" has more to do with bad styling and an unfriendly lens.

CHRISTIAN BALE's profane on-set tirade is getting the remix treatment.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON does not understand why men have nipples.  Of course, this is why we have the Internet.

BRITNEY SPEARS will be taking the kids on tour, according to her blog.

GWYNETH PALTROW takes on rumors about her marriage and haters of her GOOP website.

ALI LOHAN has been skipping school on Long Island, in favor of hanging with big sister Li-Lo in L.A., according to the ever reliable Star.

GEORGE CLOONEY & AARON SORKIN are working on a Gitmo courtroom drama, with almost no hope that it will be even remotely as good as A Few Good Men.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. has another great take on his Oscar nomination in USA Today.

ANNE HATHAWAY is taking her Dad to the Oscars.

JESSICA BIEL is slated to host the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards this Saturday in Beverly Hills. The geeks always book a hottie to host.

DITA VON TEESE talks about France, Fashion and another f-word that may not be the first to come to mind.

NORTH KOREA appears to be preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile that could be capable of striking the western US, a South Korean official and reports said Tuesday.

IRAN has successfully sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, according to Pres. Ahmedinejad.  I was... skeptical, but NASA and others seem to confirm it.  And an orbital launcher is a de facto ICBM, which is just peachy.

THE STANS: CIA-directed airstrikes against al-Qaeda leaders and facilities in Pakistan over the past six to nine months have been so successful, according to senior US officials, that it is now possible to foresee a "complete al-Qaeda defeat" in the mountainous region along the border with Afghanistan. Except I don't see how that lasts without also defeating or accommodating the Taliban. Contrast that with the story that the Pentagon's top military officers are recommending that Pres. Obama shift strategy in Afghanistan - to focus on ensuring regional stability and eliminating Taliban and Al Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan, rather than on achieving lasting democracy and a thriving Afghan economy.  Meanwhile, the campaign against the Taliban suffered two logistical blows Tuesday as the president of Kyrgyzstan announced that he'd shut a US airbase in his country and the Taliban in Pakistan blew up a bridge, disrupting the main US supply route into Afghanistan.

A BABY MONKEY eats at the London Zoo.

HEY, IS THAT A PAIR OF PIGEONS in your pants?  Pic at the link!

A WAYWARD SNAKE halted commuter trains for hours in south Queensland.  No word yet on squirrel involvement.

CYBORG BEETLES prepare for battle!

SEA LION learns to write Chinese? Actually, it can only write "bull," which seems oddly appropos.

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867-5309, New Releases, The Hold Steady, Trucker Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


867-5309 is up for auction on eBay, with bids over 150K as I write this. The price of a call has gone up since the days of Tommy Tutone (who appears to have been a peeping Tommy; who knew?).

NEW RELEASES: Ben Kweller, the Brighton Port Authority, Zero Boys and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner. Heartless Bast^rds bring The Mountain. The Von Bondies return with Love Hate And Then There's You.

VON BONDIES: Jason Stollsteimer talks to the Detroit News and Exclaim about the trials and tribulations of the past five years.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from The Decemberists, Don Auerbach and Buddy Holly are featured in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Patterson Hood talks to the Citizen-Times about his upcoming solo LP, which he describes as power-pop.

ATLANTIC CITY: The Springsteen tune is covered by The Hold Steady for your Twofer Tuesday.

BUDDY HOLLY is featured on NPR's Morning Edition for the actual Day The Music Died. Indie rockers pay tribute at Metro Boston News.

FRUIT BATS: Eric Johnson talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about gigging with The Shins.

EMMY THE GREAT discusses her dark side with The Shields Gazette.

RONNIE SPECTOR talks to Chronogram about her multimedia show, "Beyond the Beehive."

JESSICA SIMPSON's recent weight gain made her a big target for the producer of an exercise video the pneumatic blonde once nixed. And Pres. Obama got dragged in to the story to boot.

BRITNEY SPEARS may cancel her upcoming tour if Fed-Ex's lawyers continue to block an agreement allowing her to take the kids on the road.

CHRISTIAN BALE went ballistic on the set of Terminator: Salvation a while back -- TMZ has the extremely explicit audio. Nikki Finke reports that Bale regrets that he lost his temper.

MADONNA may be back with 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz.

KATE MOSS wants to be an actress, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

LETTERMAN'S NINE MOST HILARIOUSLY AWKWARD MOMENTS, including Harvey Pekar and Crispin Glover, via Cracked magazine.

RICK MORANIS wrote about Wall Street's financial mess for Sunday's New York Times.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has warned Brit lovers that if they celebrate Valentine's Day they will rot in Hell.

IRAN: The chairman of the US House Cmite on Foreign Affairs tried to meet a top aide to Iran's supreme leader in mid-December but was rebuffed at the last minute, a snub illustrating the challenges to dialogue with Tehran pushed by Pres. Obama.

IRAQ: January 2009 marked the lowest death toll in Iraq in the past five years. Prime Minister al-Maliki and several secular parties appeared to score significant gains in Iraq's provincial elections, according to preliminary reports.  Indeed, the Anbar Awakening leaders threatened the non-secular Iraqi Islamic Party with violence if the polls are found to have been rigged.

A TRUCKER & HIS DUCK: Let's go to the video.

A LABRADOR and TIGER CUBS, living together... mass hysteria. Lisha - who lives at the Cango Wildlife Reserve in South Africa - has also been called upon to look after no less than 30 orphans, including pygmy hippos, a porcupine, cheetahs, a mongoose, serval kittens and even a barn owl.

COW struck by lightning ... and lives.  Dawn of the Steak.  Freaky pic at the link.

EXTINCT IBEX has been brought back to life for the first time after being cloned from frozen tissue.  What could go wrong? They spared no expense.

DOLPHINS are the Chef of the Sea.

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Don't forget your booties, because it's COLD out there!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today.
Second D.J.: It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?
First D.J.: Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips...
Second D.J.: o­n their chapped lips...
First D.J.: ...their chapped lips is, "Does Phil feel lucky?" Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predicted whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  (UPDATE: Phil makes it 97 this morning).  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has been right 80 percent of the time over the last ten years.  Nevertheless, a crowd of somewhere between 15000 and 40000 will spend a night of revelry awaiting the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher.

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. In addition to the examples given in that article, another can be found at the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off a new week:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithful.


MOTOWN AT 50:  PopMatters completes its week-long series of features, including favorite singles, oddities, the label's band, its influence on hip=hop and more,,, ALSO: Amazon is selling the MP3s of Motown's No. 1s for 1.99.

THE ANNUALS played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

TOM JONES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS get a meaty profile in The New York Times.

LISA LOEB got hitched to Roey Hershkovitz, a music supervisor for Late Night with Conan O'Brien. But did they play "Stay (I Missed You)" at the reception?

BISHOP ALLEN: Justin Rice talks to Exclaim about Victorian literary nomenclature, vinyl fetishes, and forthcoming record, Grrr.... 

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE talks to the Seattle P-I and the Houston Chronicle about his solo LP and what keeps the collective humming.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon talks to Metromix about Mexican folk music and...electronica.

NEKO CASE talks to Spinner about animal rights and tells PETA to "blow me."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Liam Neeson has Taken the top slot with an impressive 24.6 million, which was at or above expectations. It was a bit risky to open an action film on SuperBowl weekend, but it paid off. Paul Blart: Mall Cop slides to second, earning another 14 million on a decent 35 percent drop.  The Uninvited debuted in third place with 10.5 million, which may be acceptable, assuming a budget of 25 million. Hotel For Dogs held the fourth slot, but even as counter-programming to football, its 48 million total to date is well short of a reported 75 million production budget.  Gran Torino rounds out the Top Five with 8.6 million, having made 110 million on a 33 million production budget.  Below the fold, Slumdog Millionaire slides to sixth, but has made 67.2 million in the US on a 15 million budget.  Worldwide, it has made almost 100 million.  New in Town debuted in eighth place, which makes this weekend not at all super for Renee Zelleweger.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservators have just obtained a restraining order against Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib; a source close to the pop wreck claims that she hoped they could be locked up in jail.  Lufti and Ghalib are accused in court docs of spreading misinformation about conservator Jamie Spears and the family.

MADONNA won her battle with former husband Guy Ritchie to take their children back to the US.

HEATH LEDGER: A ten-million-dollar lawsuit over his life insurance policy has reached a confidential settlement.

SUZANNE SOMERS' SECRET?  Vaginal Hormone Injections and 60 Pills a Day. Shouldn't that have remained secret?

SUPERBOWL TRAILER PARK: NBC finally sold out the ads for the Big Game (hey, where's that economic downturn?);  H'wood was there in force, with teasers for Transformers 2, the Star Trek reboot, G.I. Joe, the latest Fast & Furious, Will Ferrell's take on Land of the Lost, Jack Black and Michael Cera in the Harold Ramis-helmed Year One, and Pixar's Up, among others.

PAMELA ANDERSON finds love in a trailer park.  Shocka!

JOHN CLEESE is telling friends he has dumped the girlfriend who claimed to be 27 years old, but may be 45.  Apparently, her comments about him were the final straws.

ALYSON HANNIGAN tells Ellen DeGeneres that being pregnant not only gives her cravings - but makes her feel like a stoned Koala bear.

NORTH KOREA said Friday it is ditching a nonaggression pact and all other peace agreements with South Korea, in an apparent attempt to use the threat of an armed clash to press Seoul to give up its "confrontational" stance.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan "Awakening" program has begun. The US may add a fifth brigade to serve as Afghan Army trainers.

IRAN: With Pres. Ahmadinejad demanding that US Pres. Obama apologize for America's great transgressions against Iran, it's worth remembering that the Clinton Administration already did. Twice. Obama's offer to talk is being taken as a sign of weakness.  Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad has again cast his lot with Holocaust deniers.

IRAQ successfully held provincial elections with few reports of violence. An estimated 51 percent of eligible voters participated. The Dawa party is leading in the southern and central provinces. Bombs were detonated at the homes of politicians in Ninewa and Babil.

KITTEHS on a ROOMBA: The inevitable sequel to Cat on a Roomba.

ROLCATS: Like LOLCats, but with Russian captions, translated into English.

HENRY the TUATARA has unexpectedly become a father at the ripe old age of 111 after receiving treatment for a cancer that made him hostile toward prospective mates.

GORILLA FIGHT captured on camera.

FOUR-LEGGED SNAKE helps legislative candidate lure voters in Indonesia. After all, on the campaign trial, the snake usually has two legs.

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