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Davy Jones RIP, Real Estate, Del Fuegos, Bow Wow Wow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVY JONES, the former child actor who became a star with the 60s pop group the Monkees, has died after a heart attack, aged 66. His former bandmates react. His highlight may be the John Stewart-penned "Daydream Believer," but I liked him on Boyce & Hart's "Valleri," as well as "Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow)" and "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You," both written by Neil Diamond. TIME collects still more video, including from his Brady Bunch cameo.

REAL ESTATE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA GIBSON also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE DEL FUEGOS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat (including Replacements war stories) and some songs.

CEREMONY is advance streaming Zoo.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrick Stickles unveiled new band and solo songs on WFMU.

BOW WOW WOW are reforming for 12 UK shows this spring. I think you know what I want.

DIE KREUZEN is also reuniting for a one-off event.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Drowned In Sound about technology, Tom Waits, and Strange Mercy.

FANFARLO: Simon Balthazar and Cathy Lewis talk to DIY about branching out on their new LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BOB MOULD talks to Billboard about the endurance of "Copper Blue," the '90s revival and the return of his "loud" guitars.

THE TOP 10 INDIE BUZZ BANDS you may have forgotten. (Thx, LHB.)

THE AVENGERS has a new trailer online that's much better than the one I saw at the theater last weekend.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK welcomed their third child, a baby boy.

SNOOKI is indeed pregnant and has plans to bankroll her mommy-to-be status into becoming "the next Kourtney Kardashian"?

WHITNEY HOUSTON's sudden death on Feb. 11 is expected to be officially ruled an accident.

TIM TEBOW and... Taylor Swift

EDDIE MURPHY and... Toni Braxton?

LINDSAY LOHAN tells Matt Lauer that she is "clean and sober" and she wants "to continue to move forward and in the right direction."  Apparently, that direction includes facial fillers.

TATUM O'NEAL, otoh, has voluntarily checked back into rehab after having a full-fledged cocaine relapse last month, reports RadarOnline.

BRADGELINA had an imaginary fight that stopped their imaginary wedding.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks about Brad Pitt, gay rumors and more.

IRAN's underground nuclear sites are not immune to US bunker-busters, experts say.

IRAQ: A senior Iraqi security official on Wednesday hailed improving security ties with neighbouring Saudi Arabia amid a tentative rapprochement between the two countries in recent weeks.

AFGHANISTAN must act quickly to tackle infiltration of its security forces or another fatal attack on Western forces could undermine ties with NATO, a senior Afghan defense ministry official said on Wednesday, in a rare admission of the threat within.

BABY SLOTHS take a bath.

AN ORLANDO MAN was arrested for allegedly punching and injuring a police horse during the All-Star weekend. The man is not named Mongo.

GRAVE-DISTURBING BADGERS: Swindon is powerless to stop them.

DOGS may be allowed in outdoor dining areas of L.A. eateries.

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Springsteen, Tennis, Islands, Pond, Radiohead, Dylan, Bulldog Pups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND palyed "We Take Care of Our Own" and "Wrecking Ball" for Fallon.

TENNIS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ISLANDS played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

POND, an Aussie psych-rock power-trio Pond sharing two members with Tame Impala, are streaming Beard, Wives, Denim.

RADIOHEAD debut "Identikit" and "Cut A Hole" on tour.

BOB DYLAN & THE BAND, Live in Oakland circa 1974.

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." Almost forgot this little gem.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Alejandra Deheza talks tarot cards at SPIN.

GREG DULLI  talks to The Quietus and SPIN about the Afghan Whigs reunion.

MARK LANEGAN: Somehow, I missed this list of his favorite albums.

POP STARS who get the internet.

NATALIE PORTMAN and Benjamin Millepied were indeed sporting wedding bands when they attended Sunday's Academy Awards in Hollywood, according to a jeweler.

UMA THURMAN is indeed pregnant again.

SEAN YOUNG wants the Academy to apologize for her post-Oscars arrest.

BRADLEY COOPER & ZOE SALDANA made out madly at the Weinstein Company's star-studded annual pre-Oscars bash.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART also canoodled, albeit at WME's pre-Oscars party.

JULIA ROBERTS talks Young Hollywood at Vanity Fair.

FREIDA PINTO is the Esquire UK cover girl.

ANNASOPHIA ROBB has been cast as the lead in the pilot "The Carrie Diaries," the prequel to the wildly successful HBO comedy "Sex and the City."

JAMES SPADER is leaving The Office early.

YEMEN: The Yemeni military reportedly gave al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula one week to leave the cities of Zinjibar and Jaar or face an assault.

SYRIA: Tunisia said it was ready to grant asylum to Assad. The political leadership for the Palestinian group Hamas left Syria for Egypt and Qatar.

IRAN: Amnesty International said Iran had escalated a crackdown on dissent in the run-up to this week's election for parliament.


DOG-HEADED PIG MONSTER terrorizes northern Namibia.

FLATWORMS are forever.

A DEER rescues a woman from an attacker in Oxford, OH.

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New Releases, Bowerbirds, Shearwater, Now Now, Dog vs Police Car   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS' latest video is for "My Ma."

NEW RELEASES from School of Seven Bells, Memoryhouse, Little Barrie, Wooden Sky, Beth Jeans Houghton, New Multitudes, Plants & Animals, Tiny Victories and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

BOWERBIRDS are advance streaming The Clearing.

SHEARWATER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NOW, NOW also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

REAL ESTATE drops "In My Car" for Record Store Day flexi-disc.

REGINA SPEKTOR drops "All The Rowboats" ahead of What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to the Scotsman about Voyageur, perhaps her most personal album.

ANDREW BIRD talks to Drowned In Sound about the shift towards a communicativeness and vulnerability in his songwriting.

THE SEX PISTOLS have made arrangements with Universal Music Catalogue UK to issue a special 35th anniversary edition of Never Mind The Bollocks. Do you feel cheated?

THE WORST SONGS of the NINETIES, according to NME.

THE RAZZIE AWARDS nominations went to these folks. Congrats?

SEAN YOUNG was placed under citizen's arrest for battery at the official Oscars afterparty.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's mother Cissy is seeking closure by revisiting the late singer's final hotel room.

NATALIE PORTMAN: Secretly married?

JENNIFER ANISTON headed toward the altar?

UMA THURMAN: Pregnant again?

STAR TREK: Set pics from the sequel, possibly spoilery.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters whipped five people in Jaar for drinking alcohol. President Saleh reportedly will go in exile in Ethiopia. The youth activists who spearheaded the uprising that ended Saleh's 33-year rule are now grappling with internal divisions, as politics and competing visions weaken one of the Arab world's most dynamic revolts of the past year.

SYRIA: A 718-page digital document obtained by Mother Jones contains names, phone numbers, neighborhoods, and alleged activities of thousands of dissidents apparently targeted by the Syrian government. Syrian government forces began a massive assault on the city of Homs.

EGYPT: In the final tally, Islamists won 80 percent of the seats in the country's upper house of parliament, and 65 percent of the seats in the lower house.

IRAN: How Israel might attack Iran's nuclear program... and why it might not.  Also, Iran is still relying on old technology to expand its nuclear program, in what may be a sign it is having difficulties developing modern machines that could speed up production of potential bomb material.

DOG vs POLICE CAR: Who you got?


A DRUNKEN ELK hides a family's swing set in the woods.

MONKEYS taught about money quickly invent monkey prostitution.

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Andrew Bird, Magnetic Fields, White Rabbits, Death, Grasshopper Mouse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT drops a retro video for "Vagabond."

ANDREW BIRD is advance streaming Break It Yourself.

MAGNETIC FIELDS are advance streaming Love at the Bottom of the Sea.

WHITE RABBITS are advance streaming Milk Famous.

THE CRANBERRIES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DEATH drops "Relief," their first new song since 1976.

MASON WILLIAMS starts your week with "Classical Gas."

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark explains her stage name to the New Zealand Herald and her musical inspirations to The Guardian. (Thx, LHB.)

SLEIGH BELLS are also profiled by The Guardian.

AMERICANA MAY BE COUNTRY... but country is rarely Americana.

JEFF MANGUM makes his fans delirious.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Act of Valor tops the box office with 24.7 million, a bit of a surprise to critics and pundits who continually seem surprised when a movie brings more conservatives to the cineplex.  The production budget was only 12 million, but the distribution and marketing pushes the total cost here to roghly 40 million, so the Navy SEALs will need another good weekend to ensure a profit.  Tyler Perry's Good Deeds places with 16 million, which follows the basic Perry pattern: those with Medea open above 20 million, those without open in the mid-teens.  Journey 2: The Mysterious Island shows with 13.5 million, a leggy performance as the family flick nears breaking even with its production budget domestically.  Safe House, alst week's topper, tumbles to fourth with 11.4 million, but has a 98.1 million total against an 85 million budget (Denzel's best showing since American Gangster, iirc).  The Vow rounds out the Top 5 with 10 million, dropping more than expected, but becoming Screen Gems' first 100 million movie in the process.  Below the fold, Wanderlust debuts at No. 8 with 6.6 million against a 32 million budget, which can't be good for Paul Rudd or Jennifer Ansiton, while Gone fared even worse in ninth with a 5 million debut against a 28 million budget.

WANDERLUST, directed by David Wain, is no Wet Hot American Summer, and not the Albert Brooks classic Lost In America, which mined similar themes.  But the script has plenty of funny moments, well executed by Jennifer Aniston, Justin Theroux and particularly Paul Rudd, making it the equal of Wain's Role Models.  Not essential, but I did not feel cheated, either.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Congrats, although really... Meryl Streep? Again?

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks.  A big night for The Artist, another win for Christopher Lambert and a deserved screenplay award for 50/50's Will Reiser.

GERARD BULTLER left the Betty Ford clinic early Friday, after three weeks of treatment.

KATHY IRELAND is the world's richest supermodel.

STEPHEN HAWKING is somewhat of a regular at a Devore, California sex club, according to RadarOnline.

ISLAMISM in the USA: A Pennsylvania judge sided with the assailant and dismissed the harassment case of a parade marcher dressed as a "zombie Muhammad" who had been attacked by an irate Muslim.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed credit for a suicide attack that killed 26 people, including 20 soldiers, at the presidential compound in Mukalla.

SYRIA: At least 31 Syrian civilians and soldiers were killed on Sunday in fighting over Syria's future that coincided with a vote on a new constitution that could keep President Bashar al-Assad in power until 2028.

EGYPT: The steady stream of delegations driving up the hill to the Muslim Brotherhood's new headquarters on a plateau overlooking central Cairo testifies to the fact that Western states, foreign businesses and international institutions are already courting the group as a government-in-waiting.

IRAN failed to co-operate with UN nuclear officials during two sets of talks in Tehran over the past month, the UN's watchdog has said in a report. The agency also said Iran had stepped up uranium enrichment in recent months.

THE GRASSHOPPER MOUSE: Howls like a wolf, bites like a tiger.

PUDDING the CAT saved his diabetic owner just hours after being adopted.

ARIZONA MAN arrested after rescuing and adopting drowning raccoon.

MAINE'S BIGGEST LOBSTER EVER, a 27-pounder with claws tough enough to snap a man's arm, was released back into the ocean on Thursday.

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Talking Heads, Sharon Van Etten, Mark Lanegan, Jessie Baylin, Del Fuegos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- in Rome, circa 1980.  Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," and "Born Under Punches."

DEER TICK is streaming their Tim EP (not to be confused with The Replacements' Tim LP) via Rdio.

SHARON VAN ETTEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MARK LANEGAN plays for KEXP from the Cutting Room studios in NYC.

JESSIE BAYLIN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE DEL FUEGOS: Warren Zanes talks to MOKB about the band, beer commercials and close encounters with The Replacements' Bob Stinson. The band is doing a short reunion tour and has an E, from which you can get "Friday Night" as a freebie.  But check out some vintage tracks at DelFuegoSpace.

PAUL STANLEY: "People, let me get this off my chest..."

FLEET FOXES frontman Robin Pecknold posted a demo of a new solo-acoustic song called "Olivia, In A Separate Bed."

BILLY STRANGE, veteran songwriter, singer, arranger and guitarist -- perhaps best known for playing on the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds LP (notably "Sloop John B") and Nancy Sinatra hits including "These Boots are Made for Walking" and "Bang Bang" --  died in Nashville, Tennessee Wednesday.  He was 81. Here he is talking about "A Little Less Conversation," which he co-wrote with Mac Davis.

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS: Jimmy Lee and Suzanne Aztoria talk to The Quietus about the curse of lo-fi, their love of ABBA and why Paul MacCartney loves their name.

THE BIG PINK: Milo Cordell talks to MAGNET about how he and ex-Alec Empire guitarist Robbie Furze went about creating a fearless, genre-bending opus.

IGGY POP talks to Vice about fashion.

FEETWOOD MAC, discussed by Malcolm Gladwell.

CUTOUT BIN: From Gene Wilder to Barry White, from The Replacements to Sugarloaf, from The Clash to the Rolling Stones, plus the Young Fresh Fellows, Alabama Shakes, David Bowie, Feelies and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: Act of Valor, which is currently scoring 22 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Wanderlust, scoring 63 percent. Gone and Tyler Perry's Good Deeds were not screened for critics. Shocka.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN are dangerously close to getting back together, but the singers' friends are desperately trying to keep them apart ... for their own good.  BTW, Brown is facing a robbery accusation on Miami Beach.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter Bobbi Kristina is feared to be going off the deep end.

JENNIFER ANISTON talks to THR about moving on from Friends and what it would take for her to return to TV.

ANGELINA JOLIE has written the foreword to ex-husband Billy Bob Thornton's new memoir.

SACHA BARON COHEN is not banned from the Oscars, but the Academy is making it clear that he is not welcome to use the red carpet as a platform for a promotional stunt for his upcoming movie The Dictator.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO & STEVEN SPIELBERG helped the Academy Foundation acquire a pair of Dorothy's ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz.


SYRIAN forces continued their artillery barrage in Homs, killing more that 80 people, including a US journalist and a French photographer.

IRAN: After two days of talks, the IAEA failed to reach an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said his country's nuclear policies would not change. Russia warned that a strike against Iran could have "catastrophic" consequences.

IRAQ: More than 60 Iraqis were killed and scores more were wounded in a wave of bombings and shootings across the country that targeted Iraqi security forces and civilians, primarily Shia.


PIGEON-NAPPING RING busted in Taiwan.

A BABY SQUIRREL MONKEY is now receiving visitors at the Virginia Zoo.

THE CAT BOUNTY HUNTER: Jordana Serebrenik may be New York City's only professional cat catcher.

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