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Of Montreal, Dresden Dolls, Gary Numan, TPOBPAH, Cat toss   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL drops a woman-filled video for "Famine Affair" on SPIN.

THE DRESDEN DOLLS have three pay-what-you-want LPs posted at Bandcamp. Meanwhile, Amanda Palmer talks to Fast Company about using social media to run her solo career, with a cameo from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. 

FRUIT BATS and DELINDA both played Mountain Stage; both sets are a-streaming.

GARY NUMAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop "Heart in Your Heartbreak" as an advance track to their second LP. Nice.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

SHARON VON ETTEN talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about the transition from singer-sonwriter to bandleader.

HOWE GELB talks to The Quietus about Giant Sand, a distaste for lyricism and the new album Blurry Blue Mountain.

DAMON ALBARN talks to SPIN about his many, many projects, including one with Flea and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

DEAN WAREHAM talks about his Galaxy 500-focused tour with Beatroute. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

WOLF PARADE drummer Arlen Thompson talks recording vs touring with the Charleston City Paper. (Thx, LHB.)

THE DOs and DON'Ts of TOURING, according to the Indie Professor.

CHARLIE SHEEN has hired a "sober coach."

TAYLOR SWIFT & JAKE GYLLENHAAL shared a happy Halloween weekend in California.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT may file for bankruptcy after blowing through ten million dollars.

ASHTON KUTCHER's alleged hookup claims the actor contacted her after the cheating scandal broke, according to RadarOnline.

KATY PERRY talks to Harper's Bazzar about her racy lyrics, risqué style, and being Mrs. Brand.  Turns out hubby is a "Great Man of God." Who knew?

SUCKER PUNCH, the latest from director Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen) has a trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: Three San Diego residents have been indicted on charges of conspiring to provide money to a terrorist group in Somalia that uses murder, beheadings and bombings.

TERROR in the UK: A member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was arrested for allegedly plotting an attack in Britain.

IRAN: In an unprecedented move, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps directly blasted Ahmadinejad over controversial comments he made recently, including saying that parliament is not on top of the country's affairs.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq vowed to carry out suicide attacks against Christians worldwide.

CAT TOSSING: The cat seems to enjoy it.

THE OLDEST DOG in the WORLD? Sheba doesn't look a day over 24.

FOXY LADY charged with unlawful possession of wildlife.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Officials say a suicide squirrel started a fire that forced the evacuation of a southern New Jersey high school.

PANDA CAM: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.

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Nick Lowe, Decemberists, Destroyer, Blitzen Trapper, Iguana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NICK LOWE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. "So It Goes."

THE DECEMBERISTS offer up "Down by the Water" as an advance track to The King is Dead, in exchange for your e-mail address.  Or you can stream it via the ol' HM.  If you're thinking that sounds like REM's Peter Buck on guitar, you would be right.

THE SMITH WESTERNS drop "Weekend" as an advance track to Dye It Blonde.

DESTROYER releases "Archer On the Beach" in advance of Kaputt.

BLITZEN TRAPPER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS make their TV debut with "I L U" on Fallon.

THE NATIONAL: Is High Violet the album of the year?

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to the Pacific Northwest Islander about her influences and collaborating with Weezer's Rivers Cuomo. (Thx, LHB.)

BASIA BULAT is profiled by Mother Jones.

THE MAKING of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. Drowned in Sound has additional suggestions.

CHARLIE SHEEN filed for divorce Monday because he didn't want Brooke Mueller yakking about it on her upcoming reality TV show. Mueller feels utterly betrayed, claiming that when thet signed a property settlement agreement back in May, they agreed to wait a full year before officially filing for divorce.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Her conservators are asking a judge to protect her from a potential "shake down" by a former bodyguard who they believe could release info that may put Britney in danger.

DEMI LOVATO dropped out of the Jonas Brothers tour and checked into a treatment center for "emotional and physical issues," reportedly self-mutilation and an eating disorder.

MILEY CYRUS' mom had an affair with rocker Bret Michaels?

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during his contentions deposition facing baby mama Oksana Grigorieva.

CHER tells Vanity Fair that she is miffed she and Sonny are not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, among other things...

AMANDA SEYFRIED & RYAN PHILLIPPE were seen getting close on Saturday while attending Kate Hudson's annual Halloween bash.

SARAH SILVERMAN is begging people to lower their expectations for her nude scene in the upcoming Take This Waltz.

QUENTIN TARANTINO got into the spirit of Halloween by dressing as a Mexican wrestler and crashing a series of parties on a bus packed with hot women.

IRAN: The Russian foreign minister called on Iran to resume nuclear talks.

PAKISTAN could seek to strengthen its ties with China in the face of US pressure and anti-American sentiment.

AFGHANISTAN: Women, challenging convention, are joining the armed services in greater numbers.

FLATULENT IGUANA: Let's go to the video.

LANA the CAT terrorizes the Royal Mail.

PORCUPINE kills driver in Maine.

OTIS the SMILING HIPPO becomes an Internet sensation.

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New Releases, SSLYBY, Admiral Radley, Box Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN drops a clip for "Sink / Let it Sway."

NEW RELEASES from Andrew Bird, Matt & Kim, Autumn Defense and Cornershop, plus McCartney's Band on the Run reissue, an Elliot Smith comp and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ELIZABETH & THE CATAPULT played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand. Plus, Elizabeth talks to American Songwriter.

FREELANCE WHALES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ADMIRAL RADLEY (ft Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart and Jason Lytle of Grandaddy) played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

SLEIGH BELLS: Derek Miller talks to the Riverfront Times about the band's next LP, M.I.A., and escaping hardcore.

MAGNETIC FIELDS mastermind Stephin Merritt explains his hatred of kids and things that scare his Chihuahua to Vulture.

BLACK MOUNTAIN talks to NOW about a variety of topics, with audio clips. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith spoke to Birmingham Weekly about the Internet Age, being in a band with his brother and more... (Thx, LHB.)

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller have filed for divorce. Shocka! You know what would be a nice cherry on this sundae? A videotape.

COURTNEY COX says she is not divorcing David Arquette.

SLASH has also changed his mind about divorcing his wife of nine years.

LILY ALLEN has again suffered the heartbreak of losing a baby during pregnancy.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson was face-to-face with baby mama Oksana Grigorieva at his deposition Monday.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE are tied to a NCAA recruiting scandal. Yes, really.

EMMA WATSON didn't know she was a multi-millionaire until about 3 years ago.


TERROR in the USA: American and British authorities were leaning toward the conclusion that package bombs were meant to detonate in midair, en route to their destinations in Chicago. The crucial tip-off that led to the discovery of parcel bombs on two cargo planes came from a repentant al-Qaeda member, UK officials say.

PAKISTAN: Taliban fighters publicly flogged 65 men after they were convicted by a militant "court" for selling and using drugs in the restive Orakzai tribal region, barely days after a senior official had claimed that 90 per cent of the area had been cleared of rebels.

IRAQ: Fifty-two hostages and police were killed when an attempt by Iraqi security forces to free more than 100 Catholics held in a Baghdad church by al Qaeda-linked gunmen turned into a bloodbath.

MARU the BOX CAT gets curious outside the box.

DEAD GOATS: Please recycle properly.


PYTHON trapped in a woman's bangles. Must've been a Manic Monday.

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Springsteen, Cee-Lo, Black Angels, Dandy Warhols, Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YUSUF ISLAM (Cat Stevens), OZZY OSBOURNE and THE O'JAYS brought "Peace Train," "Crazy Train" and "Love Train" to the big Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rally in DC over the weekend.  Given Yusuf Islam's record, it's not clear whether he was there for the Rally to Restore Sanity or the Rally to Restore Fear.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is advance streaming selected tracks from The Promise, subtitled The Lost Sessions: Darkness on the Edge of Town.

CEE-LO GREEN is advance streaming The Lady Killer.

THE BLACK ANGELS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE DANDY WARHOLS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including a cover of "You Ain't Goin Nowhere."

SUZANNE VEGA is "Left of Center," with unseen help from Joe Jackson. Written specifically for the Pretty In Pink soundtrack.

PAUL McCARTNEY talked to The Independent about recording Band on the Run (to promote the remaster).  All Songs Considered has a mini-documentary on the subject.

THE KINKS will never reform, according to Dave Davies.

THE FEELIES, otoh, are getting ready to release their first new album since 1991's Time for a Witness.

OF MONTREAL is profiled by Ann Powers for the L.A. Times.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Saw 3-D won the Halloweekend with 22.5 million (against a 20 million budget), a much better take than last year's Saw VI, which opened with 14.1 million. Paranormal Activity 2 suffered as a result, tumbling 60 percent to second place with 16.5 million -- but with a total of 65 .7 million on a 3 million budget, all's well.  Red held in the third slot with 10.8 million, which makes for a total close to its 58 million production budget; overseas and DVD sales will make this one nicely profitable.  Jackass 3-D may have tumbled 60 percent to the fourth spot with 8.4 million, but it breaks the 100 million mark against its 20 million budget.  Hereafter rounds out the Top Five with 6.3 million and 22 million total against a 50 million budget; its 47 percent drop may worry the studio, both financially and in terms of Oscar buzz.

CHARLIE SHEEN is on a new rampage with hookers and cocaine, partying wildly since returning from New York, according to RadarOnline.  Sheen may be sued by Capri Anderson for the events that went down during his hotel meltdown in NYC. RadarOnline has more grisly deets of the evening.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is defended by Robert Downey, Jr., who was once considered uninsurable Mel gave him a chance by casting him in the Singing Detective back in 2003, two years after he kicked his drug habit. Also it turns out that the real issue between Gibson and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva may not be child custody.  He is also reportedly stashing millions in his church's coffers.

COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE are splitting, but still took 6-year-old Coco trick or treating together. Aw.

RON HOWARD is keeping a controversial gay joke in his upcoming Vince Vaughn comedy, The Dilemma. IMHO, PopWatch gets this about right.

RANDY TRAVIS and his manager/wife Elizabeth "Lib" Travis have ended their marriage after 19 years.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS (Pt 1): The L.A. Times Hero Complex blog is counting down to the Nov. 19th release, which is pretty much a road pictureDaniel Radcliffe had a tearful final day on set, but Rupert Grint is kinda happy to be unemployed.

10 UNDERRATED SCI-FI FLICKS, according to I Am Rogue. (Thx, LHB. I certainly agree with Silent Running and Moon.)

TERROR in the USA: Authorities on three continents thwarted multiple terrorist attacks aimed at the United States from Yemen on Friday, seizing two explosive packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets.

AFGHANISTAN: Leaders of the Taliban resistance in Afghanistan have shown no interest in a negotiated end to the war, despite an intensified and increasingly effective NATO military offensive, says Richard Holbrooke, US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CATS with spooky ambience on Halloween.

A BEAVER is suspected of responsibility for a fire that caused more than 150K of damage to a cottage and outbuilding just north of Perth Road Village, Ont.

BAT-DOG born without eyes is finding his way in life after teaching himself to ‘see' by barking - using echolocation.

COURAGEOUS CAT scares off a coyote in the OC.

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Boo! Muahahaha!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 29, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JOHN ZACHERLE has a Halloween album streaming via Spinner.

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

THE TEN BEST HALLOWEEN SONGS, with embedded audio, according to the AOL Radio Blog.  (There's also a click-through to AOL's Halloween radio channel.)

SCREAMING FEMALES get a feature plus tracks from NPR's The Record blog. They also did two or three free songs for Daytrotter.

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD has a Halloween mixtape compiled by Mondo Boys.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to to Stevie Wonder to Cream to The Cramps... has taken numerous hits from the lawyers since 2008, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer,"  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary"  and Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost." But there are still some gems there; including Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

HALLOWEEN ROCK COSTUMES: Artist Direct has a Top 13 list, while the Village Voice goes more obscure.

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT BIN:  From the obligatory Bobby "Boris" Pickett to the Beatles, from the Count 5 to the Postmarks, from Roky Erickson to She & Him, plus Jellyfish, Ash, the Sonics, Robyn Hitchcock, Ozzy Osbourne and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP:  Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release is Saw 3-D, which shockingly was not screened for critics.  Conviction goes to 500+ screens scoring 65 percent on the ol Tomatometer.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

BRUCE CAMPBELL will be officiating a zombie wedding in Seattle on Halloween.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown.  Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS:  Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.


MY PARENTS LOVED HALLOWEEN: A Tumblr from the younguns.

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

CHUPACABRA: Mystery solved.

RUSSIAN BEARS have grown so desperate after a scorching summer they have started digging up and eating corpses in municipal cemetries.

LONGEST SNAKE in captivity dies in Ohio.

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