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Flaming Lips, Watson Twins, Albert Hammond, Jr., Cow Gas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 10, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS rehearse the "Tommy Medley" they will perform in tribute to the Who at VH1's annual Rock Honors concert in Los Angeles.

BEST OF 2008 SO FAR: You can stream the top picks of the NPR Listeners' Poll, with a linkthrough to the full list of results.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO is interviewed at Aquarium Drunkard, along with two MP3s -- one of which is a cover of the Gun Club's "Sex Beat."

THE WATSON TWINS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set (including a cover of The Cure's "Just Like hEaven") you can stream on demand via NPR.

STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN? Market value is over half a billion dollars US.

ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. has a brand new video out for "GfC," which sounds a bit like the Strokes, but perhaps more Wilco-ish.

CALEXICO has a new behind-the-scenes trailer for their upcoming alum.

BON IVER is profiled (w/audio) at JamBase.

EXENE CERVENKA is interviewed on NPR's Day to Day, with a take on creating in a vacuum.

DEVO: Four out five dentists recommend it.

MADONNA: New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez was smitten with Madge six months ago when he was exchanging text messages with her while dining with a friend in Miami. When Lenny Kravitz learned he was being accused of having an extramarital affair with Alex Rodriguez's wife, Cynthia, he "looked like he was going to throw up," according to a witness.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY DIVORCE TRIAL: Hopes of a settlement -- raised by an unexpected recess yesterday -- were stalled when both parties returned to the courtroom before adjourning for the day.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS, 17-year-old mom, has the baby pics coming to OK! magazine.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY sold the first baby pics of his newborn to OK! for a cool three million, reportedly. Well, alright alright alright...

BRADGELINA baby bic will sell for megabucks, but the buyer must agree not to call the couple Brangelina.  Well, I never do.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER are expecting their second child, according to new reports.

PAM ANDERSON has made a career out of flaunting her figure, but the Hollywood sex siren won't be stripping off in the Aussie Big Brother house, where she is set for a three-episode arc. Leaking that won't kill the ratings.

DENISE RICHARDS has reportedly put her Hidden Hills, California home on the market after neighbors complained to local officials about the actress using the estate for her reality show.

AMY WINEHOUSE hit a pubgoer in the face during a night out, it has been claimed.

HONOR KILLING in GEORGIA? A Clayton County man was behind bars Sunday, accused of killing his own daughter. Investigators said 54-year-old Chaudhry Rashad was so outraged at his daughter, Sandela Kanwal, and her plans for divorce that he killed her after a heated argument at the family's home.  Investigators said Rashad confessed to strangling the 25-year-old woman.  Rashad wept in court Tuesday, saying, "I have done nothing wrong." Rashid, who is being held without bond, told the judge he wanted to observe his Muslim beliefs in the Clayton jail.

IRAN's Revolutionary Guards test-fired nine missiles in war-game maneuvers on Wednesday, including at least one the government in Tehran described as having the range to reach Israel -- presumably to supplement their peaceful generation of nuclear power.

IRAQ: Two perspectives on Prime Minister al-Maliki's talk of a timetable for withdrawal of US troops, via the Wall Street Journal, and Iraq The Model's Mohammed Fadhil.

A ZOOKEEPER'S CAT has adopted a baby red panda abandoned by its mother and is nursing the cub along with her own kittens, the Artis zoo said Wednesday.

TUNNELING INTRUDER is stopped by Odie, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua, and his owner, who was packing a .357 Magnum.  But mostly by the owner with the Magnum.

HEY IS THAT A BAT IN YOUR PANTS, or are you... oh, it is a bat.  And this is not the "bat in a bra" story linked here yesterday.

TICKS ON A PLANE delayed a Des Moines bound United Airlines flight from Denver for six hours.

REDUCING COW EMISSIONS 'is key to tackling climate change.'  Lovely pic of a cow with a plastic collection tank.

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Fleet Foxes, Man Man, Kaki King, Canine Kahunas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 09, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEET FOXES played DC's Black Cat the other night, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.  Greg Kot briefly profiles the band on his blog at the Chicago Tribune. And the has some evocative claymation in the new video for "White Winter Hymnal," courtesy of singer Robin Peckhold's brother.

MORE NEW RELEASES: I should have noticed that albums from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Willie Nelson & Winston Marsalis and Los Lonely Boys are streaming in full via AOL.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE nominees are announced, complete with MySpace links.

KATE PIERSON of the B-52s has a leaked nudie pic?  I won't link it, though you can figure out where to find it.

BEN FOLDS talks to Paste about his Eurotour and his upcoming album, now slated for Sept. 16th.

MAN MAN performs "Doo Right" in a Black Cab Session.

DAVID LEE ROTH was saved by two Ontario police officers after suffering anaphylactic shock from his allergy to nuts.

KAKI KING did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

COMING TO THE SMALL SCREEN: The Osbournes will host an hour-long variety show in the grand tradition of Donnie & Marie or Sonny & Cher.  Elvis Costello has started taping his "Spectacles" which will see Costello having conversations and collaborations with guests like Elton John, Lou Reed, Elvis Presley's guitarist James Burton, and more...

BETTYE LaVETTE talks to the Montreal Gazette about the silver lining of not having become an R&B star.

LINDSAY LOHAN got a diamond ring from Samantha Ronson worth nearlly 22K for her 22nd birthday.  Ronson also posted a pic of her and Lindsay kissing on her MySpace page.  NTTAWWT.

JESSICA SIMPSON got a head start on her 28th birthday (Thursday), which included taking a header into a post office sign.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and longtime girlfriend Camila Alves have welcomed their first child into the world, Levi Alves McConaughey.

NICOLE KIDMAN & KEITH URBAN: Is their baby's name a jab at Scientology? Probably not, but Kidman probably doesn't mind if you think it is.

STING is hardly walking on the moon after learning that his teenage daughter Coco shared a tent with Pete Doherty at Glastonbury.

AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BATMAN:  PopSugar has highlights and pics from Christian Bale's sitdown and photoshoot for GQ.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY should get custody of her two youngest children, according to the court-appointed psychologist in her divorce trial.  Dr. Stephen Herman testified that her ex Peter Cook is a narcissist whose unrealistic expectations could "cause great harm to the children."  Later, Brinkley answered accusations that she's an angry, vindictive wife with enough vitriol to temporarily shut up her husband's ace divorce attorney.

FRIENDS REUINION rumors appear to have been exaggerated.

IRAN will hit Tel Aviv, US shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and American interests around the world if it is attacked over its disputed nuclear activities, an aide to Iran's Supreme Leader was quoted as saying on Tuesday.  An Iranian who infiltrated Iran's Revolutionary Guard for the CIA accuses the mullahs of orchestrating - among other things - the 1988 explosion of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

IRAQ said for the first time yesterday that it wanted to set a timetable for withdrawal of US troops from its territory. The White House said it is not negotiating a "hard date" for a US withdrawal from Iraq despite Baghdad's call for a timetable, but did not rule out "time-frames" discussions with the Iraqi government. The comments reflect the political dilemma confronting Maliki and other members of his Shiite-led government. Their primary rival in upcoming provincial elections, Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, is a leading critic of the American presence who has long called for a timetable, a position that is widely popular among Iraq's majority Shiites.

CANINE KAHUNAS: About 60 dogs, big and small, competed for medals and bragging rights last week at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort Surf Dog Competition in Imperial Beach, Calif. Prizes included a pet vacation at the resort and a feature in Modern Dog Magazine. Pics and video at the link.

HEY, IS THAT A BAT IN YOUR BRA, or are you... oh, it is.

MERCEDES-CLIMBING GOAT arrested in Capshaw, Alabama.  The role of the dog is yet to be determined.

MONKEY ROBOT CONTROL only started with the arm; now monkeys can control entire robots, making one walk on a treadmill.

FIRST FERRET?  One more possible historic moment in the US presidential election.

SHERIFF HITS COW en route to invesitigate a complaint of.... guess what?

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New Releases, Advance Streams, Ha Ha Tonka, Austin Chickens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLOC PARTY consorts with those d^mn dirty apes in the video for a new song, "Mercury."

NEW RELEASES: David Bowie's oft-bootlegged Santa Monica '72 gig, a Bowie tribute, Ron Sexsmith, The Baseball Project, a Joe Strummer doc sdtk and more are among those streaming in full via Spinner this week.  Beck releases Modern Guilt. The Capstan Shafts release the lo-fi Fixation Protocols. CocoRosie

ADVANCE STREAM albums from Black Kids and The Vines before their US release dates.

IN THE WORKS:  New albums from Dungen, Grizzly Bear (a "sunnier" effort) and The Avett Brothers (to be produced by Rick Rubin).

CALEXICO: Joey Burns talks to Beatroute about the back-to-basics approach to the upcoming Carried To Dust, while John Covertino talks to Metro Times about playing festivals.

ABBA: Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson quashed any hint of a musical reunion, despite the four band members getting together last weekend at the Swedish movie premiere of Mamma Mia.  The Independent asks Tim Rice the secrets of the band's enduring (if kitchy) appeal of songs like "SOS" and "Take A Chance On Me."

HA HA TONKA does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

KIM GORDON of Sonic Youth is interviewed in Issue 666 of TimeOut NY about her hearing, her Free Kitten side project and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

ANTIETAM gets an in-depth profile at PopMatters, befitting their strange, 28-year trip, including interesting stuff on the recording of their double album, Opus Mixtum. Audio link at the link also.

MGMT is profiled in New York magazine, mostly on trying to live up to the buzz.

NICOLE KIDMAN & KEITH URBAN welcomed their first child together, daughter Sunday Rose, born Monday morning in Nashville.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY seeks comfort in ex Billy Joel as her bitter divorce rages on. Brinkley also said Monday that she's devoted her life to her children and - in stark contrast to her playboy hubby - hasn't gone out on a single date since she learned of his philandering two years ago.

DREW BARRYMORE & JUSTIN LONG have split, her rep tells US magazine.  Was she too PC for him?

EVA MENDES talks about substance abuse and being a Latina in H'wood in Interview magazine, via the HuffPo.

HUGH HEFNER once faced death in a bizarre sex toy incident.

ELLEN DeGENERES & PORTIA de ROSSI were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera on a yacht off the Italian coast.  The good news is that only Portia was topless for any of this.  The bad news is that the photos do not flatter her.  So much so that I would recommend the new Marissa Miller photoshoot for GQ instead.

MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez's relationship with Madge was "an affair of the heart" - not "sexual infidelity" - according to Cynthia Rodriguez's lawyer. Does she know A-Rod may have a stabbin' cabin in NYC? Guy and Madge's peeps reportedly have been planning the current are-they-or-aren't-they divorcing drama for months, hoping the hubbub will sell more tickets to her upcoming tour.  Or is that the counter-spin? Britney Spears will join Madonna on her tour, but only through a taped video performance, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A Saudi appeals court is due this week to review the case of a biochemist and his female student sentenced to jail and flogging after a lower court ruled their research contact was a front for a telephone affair. The man was sentenced to 8 months in prison and 600 lashes and his student to 4 months in prison and 350 lashes last November for establishing a phone relationship that led her to divorce her husband.

IRAN: Pentagon chiefs fear that Israeli plans for an attack on Iran's nuclear program will fail to destroy the facilities because neither the CIA nor Mossad knows where every base is located. Perhaps a head fake, but seems likely.

IRAQ: In Helsinki, all of the main Iraqi political parties signed onto a statement of principles for working on further reconciliation. The Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq aims to capitalize on the disarray within Moqtada al-Sadr's movement ahead of provincial elections planned for October.  The United Arab Emirates has forgiven nearly 7 billion dollars in Iraqi debt. Prime Minister al-Maliki raised the prospect of setting a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops as part of negotiations over a new security agreement with Washington. US officials in Baghdad had no immediate comment.

STRANDED KILLER WHALE hitches a ride back to the ocean.

MINIATURE DACHSHUND finds a diabetic's toe a tasty treat.

OCTOPUSES have been given Rubik's Cubes in a study aimed at easing their stress levels in captivity.

ZARA UPDATE: The lion cub may be headed for Africa, but has made friends with the housecat.

LIVE CHICKEN SALES double in Austin, TX.  Some say people are looking for fresh eggs, but it could be the bingo competition.

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Duffy, Burt Bacharach, Teddy Thompson, Rosay, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 07, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DUFFY plays "Mercy" and "Rockferry" at Glastonbury. It's Twofer Monday, cause the BBC is on the prowl.

BURT BACHARACH performs a medley-filled hour-long concert at Disney Hall, streaming on demand via NPR.

EL PERRO DEL MAR: Sarah Assbring talks to Drowned in Sound about her new From the Valley to the Stars LP.  Videos at the link also.

TEDDY THOMPSON has a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR's Weekend Edition.

THE WATSON TWINS are profiled by the Times of London and interviewed by the Baltimore Sun.

SUPERGRASS: The rocking-for-them video for "Bad Blood" was released back in March, but is making waves in the US now.

EX-PIPETTE Rose Elinor "Rosay" Dougall talks to Pitchfork about developing her new music and dispels rumors about her former band.

COCOROSIE: Sierra and Bianca Casady get a lengthy profile in the New York Times magazine.

BECK talks to the New York Times about the making of Modern Guilt, which comes out tomorrow (on his 38th birthday).

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS' A.C. Newman talks to Nerve about Nietsche, nerds and sex after marriage.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Will Smith's Hancock dominated the holiday weekend, making 66 million over the three-day frame and over 107 million since opening. It is the 5th film he has opened No. 1 during the Fourh of July holiday and his 8th No. 1 opening in a row and his 8th film to gross over 100M in a row since July 2002.  WALL-E and Wanted felt the Hancock effect and the impact of the 4th falling on a Friday, dropping 47 and 59.5 percent respectively to make 33 mil and 20.6 mil.  Get Smart and Kung Fu Panda also dropped a notch apiece, bringing in 11.1 and 7.5 million, respectively.  Below the Top Five, the story is that Kit Kittredge: An American Girl expanded, but languished in eighth place; Picturehouse has to be thinking it should have opened the pic wide on June 20th, instead of letting Will Smith and WALL-E bulldoze it to the DVD market.

MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez's heartbroken wife Cynthia believes A-Rod has been "brainwashed" by kabbalah-pushing pop icon Madonna and lured away from his family.  Madge reportedly has asked troubled Britney Spears to join her on tour - and pals hope she will give guidance to the young star.  The Sun also highlights some dirt from the upcoming book from Madge's brother, including a story about Madonna giving Gwyneth Paltrow a steamy kiss on the lips during a table dance at a boozy showbiz party.

AMY WINEHOUSE sipped from a glass of red wine and looked a bit unsteady on her feet as she appeared in front of a large audience at the Rock in Rio music festival southeast of Madrid on Friday.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY forgives her hubby's then-teenage mistress, who is also said to have dallied with Puff Daddy when he was supposed to have been with his longterm girlfriend and mother of his twins.

CINDY BRADY was hungover and nearly vomited in the studio of an oldies radio station in Colorado Springs Thursday morning. Video at the link!

PRESTO! And the slapstick short running before the movie about the robot appears... until the Mouse makes it disappear, so hurry.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Two schoolboys were given detention after refusing to kneel down and 'pray to Allah' during a religious education lesson. Police sniffer dogs will have to wear booties when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offense.

IRAN says its stance on its nuclear program remains unchanged, despite an EU offer of incentives to suspend uranium enrichment. The Netherlands will ban Iranian students from studying nuclear technology, the Dutch government said Friday. Syria is ready to break off its close links with Iran if America gives it financial and military backing, a former Israeli diplomat involved in unofficial peace talks has revealed to The Sunday Telegraph.

IRAQ: American and Iraqi forces are driving Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.  The Times of London has a detailed account from Mosul. Iraq's foreign minister said that concessions by both sides had advanced the prospects for a new security agreement needed for US forces to remain in the country beyond the end of the year. The Iraqi parliament voted to postpone its summer recess for 30 days, in a bid to finalize legislation needed to hold provincial elections in the fall. US Servicemembers from all over Iraq gathered in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victory, Baghdad, to reenlist and celebrate Independence Day.  The L.A. Times profiles Baghdad's hot-rodders and gearheads.

CATS AND DOGS, living together... with the occasional duck and monkey. A disaster of Biblical proportions

A PERVERT has admitted downloading 30000 depraved images - including sex acts with an octopus. And a tiger, though apparently not together.

AN AGGRESSIVE COW was shot dead by British police marksmen claiming it posed "a danger to the public."

A PANDA relocated after China's deadly earthquake damaged her home gave birth to twin cubs on Sunday, a state news agency said.

MARLEY the CAT dropped 14 storeys out of a window of a high-rise and lived to meow about it.

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I can hear the fireworks... and the Feelies!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 04, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEACH BOYS!  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with these 1980 takes o­n "Good Vibrations""Catch A Wave" and "Do It Again." Given the time of year, I have to include this 1964 clip of "Surfin' U.S.A." which I think is from the same gig that produced these takes on "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room" and "Fun, Fun Fun." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go! The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

21 HYPERBOLIC PRO-AMERICA SONGS, starting with Lee Greenwood (Sylvia's favorite) and ending with the theme from Team America: World Police, with embedded video courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: Hidden Track serves up 12 video versions.

TWENTY QUESTIONS from US citizenship tests, as asked on the official United States Immigration and Naturalization Services Web site.  I had a perfect score (because I am a geek), but had to guess on one of them.

THE FEELIES got back together this week, with a gig in NYC today.  But they got things rolling at the legendary Maxwell's in Hoboken NJ.  The NYT's Jon Pareles has not one, but two articles on their return. Video has surfaced from the private warm-up gig of "Let's Go," "Slipping (into something)," "Raised Eyebrows" and "Away."  A little further back in the crowd come clips of "Doin' It Again," the new song "Time is Right" (w/ cowbell!) and the Stones' "Paint It Black." Not as physically hyper as their heyday, but still with chemistry to burn.

THE UNITED STATES celebrates the 232nd anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2nd. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. But you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration, after a short introduction by Morgan Freeman.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR.

CUTOUT BIN:  Joan Jett leads this Friday's fortuitous finds for the Fourth, which include Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Lou Reed, Funkadelic, Smoking Popes, the Modern Lovers, the Lovin' Spoonful, Devo and more -- all of which can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

SHOWBIZ in BRIEF: Christina Applegate's on-again, off-again boyfriend Lee Grivas was found dead in his Hollywood apartment Tuesday. Lindsay Lohan turned 22 Wednesday night with an intimate prom-themed birthday bash - and a sweet smooch from Samantha Ronson; Lohan's b-day wish was for paparazzi to go away and to be with the person she cares about. Christie Brinkley used one word in her sob-wracked testimony today to describe her life after her husband's philandering and porn obsession was exposed: - "Nightmare."  Hubby Peter Cook thought "Shrek was more believable." Lenny Kravitz is denying reports of an affair with Alex Rodriguez's wife, Cynthia, who has strong suspicions about her estranged husband's friendship with MadonnaAmy Winehouse has been put under "house arrest" after admitting taking drugs in rehab. Britney Spears is said to have reconciled with ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib because she fears him releasing a secret sex tape.

TWIGGY: For the Fourth of July, why not another look at the water-skiing squirrel? Great story. Compelling and rich.

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