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Zombies, Tori Amos, Marianne Faithfull, Stones, New Pr0n, Cow Jazz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ZOMBIES played a new track, "Breathe Out, Breathe In," plus two classics -- "Time of the Season" and "This Will Be Our Year" -- for Fallon.

TORI AMOS is advance streaming Night Of Hunters.

MEG BAIRD is advance streaming Seasons On Earth.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL stopped by the WFUV studios for a chat and mini-set.

THE ROLLING STONES: Unreleased Decca Live Album, 1972.

INXS, Live in Sydney, March 28, 1992.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS go sci-fi for "Up In The Dark."

GIRLS: Christopher Owens revisits his escape from the Children of God for The Guardian, and talks festival gigs.

MATTHEW SWEET talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his new album, and drops a track, "Late Nights With The Power Pop."

NEON INDIAN: Alan Palomo talks to Pitchfork the uncanny themes behind his new music, his complicated relationship with the term "chillwave," and his thoughts about maneuvering within the twenty-first century musical landscape.

BILL MONROE: The "Father of Bluegrass Music," was born 100 years ago this week in rural Kentucky.  All Things Considered surveys a legendary career.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER: An insider tells Us Weekly it was a date.

MADONNA forced Toronto International Film Festival to avert their eyes as she passed by. Maybe she's afraid they would do it anyway.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS goes Marilyn Monroe for Vogue.

LEO DiCAPRIO is the GQ cover story this month.

ARNIE HAMMER is the cover story for Details this month.

THE HIGHEST PAID MEN IN NETERTAINMENT, according to Forbes. Number One may -- but should not -- surprise you.

TERROR in the USA: The FBI, after interviewing and clearing more than 300 people, have found no evidence al Qaeda operatives entered the United States to attempt to strike with a vehicle bomb or some other form of violence around the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

TERROR in GERMANY: The two suspected Islamist terrorists who were arrested last week in Berlin allegedly had connections to a group of Berlin Islamists with links to Afghan terrorist groups.

AL QAEDA 2.0: What the next decade may bring.

LIBYA is in danger of falling into the hands of Islamic extremists if a stable government is not rapidly established, NATO's secretary-general warned. Couldn't see that coming, nosiree.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban launched an assault against ISAF headquarters, the US embassy, and two police stations in Kabul.

IRAQ:The US armored division and Iraqi special forces arrested a militia member connected with Iran who made several attacks on the US military base in Al-Iskandariya, Babel province.

COWS STARE UNAMAZED at The New Hot 5 jazz combo.  Real life meets The Far Side.

A MALAYSIAN ORANGUTAN often spotted smoking cigarettes given to her by zoo visitors is being forced to kick the habit.

HAPPY FEET: The emperor penguin found in New Zealand and returned to the ocean may have been eaten - or his tracker may have fallen off.

AN ERRATIC EEL wriggled its way up a man's penis and into his bladder following an accident during an unorthodox beauty spa in China.

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New Releases, Jayhawks, Megfaun, Pearl Jam, Waits, Bowie, Spider-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRADFORD COX (Deerhoof) joins THE BLACK LIPS on Bobby Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance?" in full Joey Ramone regailia.

NEW RELEASES from Mates of State, Blitzen Trapper, Blondie, Mason Jennings, Primus, Neon Indian,  A.A. Bondy, Nick Lowe, Milagres, Gourds and many more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE JAYHAWKS will preview Mockingbird Time live tonight at 7 p.m. CST.

MEGAFAUN is advance streaming their self-titled fourth album.

PEARL JAM is advance streaming the PJ20 soundtrack.

GRIZZLY BEAR's Chris Taylor is streaming his CANT side project and lists a few of his favorite things for SPIN.


CEE-LO GREEN drops a new track, "You Promised Me Love."

DEERHOOF has a free live album to download.

DAVID BOWIE sang "America" and "Heroes" at the Concert For America, just about 10 years ago.

NICK LOWE talks to the A.V. Club about some of his most famous songs.

NOAH & THE WHALE's Tom Hobden talks to Interview about the band's new album, the band's filmic influences, old friends who are making good (Laura Marling and Emmy the Great among them), and more.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW talks influences and more at the Boston Globe.

MICK JAGGER says KEITH RICHARDS isn't invited to the band's 50th anniversary. Still mad about the book, apparently.


CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Not getting fired from The Voice.

JENNIFER ANISTON's once-estranged mother suffered a stroke over the weekend and the star rushed to the hospital to be by her side.


KAT VON D: Going bald?

TOP GUN is being converted to 3D for a theatrical release.

POINT BREAK is getting a remake? Oy.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The four terror suspects held in Gothenburg on Sunday have ties to the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabaab and were plotting an attack using bombs and firearms, according to a Swedish media report.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh has authorized VP Hadi to negotiate the transition of power.

IRAN: The Iranian Parliament ''gives its full support'' to the "ransacking'' of the Israeli embassy in Cairo that happened late Friday, said senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari, state media reported.

SYRIAN forces stepped up raids across the country after one of the bloodiest weeks in the six-month uprising. The UN said the death toll in Syria has reached 2,600. Russia rejected a call for wider sanctions. Six foreign ministers of the Gulf Arab states called for immediate reforms and an end to the crackdown.

AFGHANISTAN: More than half of Afghanistan's lawmakers are boycotting parliament over an election authority's decision to replace nine MPs, a walkout that has pushed the legislature below quorum and extended a nearly year-long limbo.

SPIDER-CAT: The sequel, iirc.


...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A piglet with a human head. Help me... help meeee...

ZOMBIE CATERPILLARS Rain Death From Treetops.

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Fountains of Wayne, Dave Rawlings, Paul Simon, Alpaca + Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT dops a video for "Santa Fe" from The Rip Tide.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE did three free songs at Daytrotter, including some "Cortez the Killer."

VIVA VOCE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

CALLmeKAT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

PAUL SIMON played "The Sound of Silence" in NYC yesterday, icymi.

ROBERT SMITH: Drifting away from the world, and content.

WILD FLAG talks to Salon about  falling in love with music again.

GIRLS: Billboard previews at a buzz band's second act.

THE 10 BEST ROCK MOVIES, according to 33 Days.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Contaigion tops the chart with 23.1 million, about as expected on a traditionally slow weekend slowed further by the opening of the NFL season.  The 60-million budgeted flick should come out okay once overseas receipts come in.  The Help finally slips to the second slot with 8.7 million, and a 137 million total against a 25 million budget.  Warrior debuted in third with 5.6 million, a bit disappointing given the strong reviews (with people floating the idea of an Oscar nomination for Nick Nolte).  The Debt drops to the fourth slot with 4.9 million, but has recouped its 20 million production budget, with overseas tickets likely to put it well in the black.  Columbiana rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million, with a 29.8 million total to date against a 40 million budget.

CONTAGION: Its star-studded cast -- including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard -- might recall the disaster movies of the mid-70s, but Steven Soderburgh keeps the bird-flu drama real -- real enough for me to be depressed by it on the 9/11 anniversary weekend.  Good, although its focus on how an epidemic would likely play out on a broad scale tended to drain the suspense present in its early scenes.

MAD MEL UPDATE:  Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee.  The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg recounts some of his conversation with Gibson about the project.

ALI LOHAN's rep denies Li-Lo's model sister has had plastic surgery, insisting that "she has gone through a normal teenage growth spurt that has made her taller and slimmer." A leading nutrition expert estimates her weight has plummeted to 95lbs and she has muscle wasting.

KIM KARDASHIAN is not the mystery buyer trying to yank her infamous sex tape off the market.

AMY WINEHOUSE's father says he believes she died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her."

AMY SMART got hitched to HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse.

CLIFF ROBERTSON,  who won an Oscar for "Charly" and saw his profile increase again, at age 79, thanks to a small but important role in the first "Spider-Man" pic, died Saturday of natural causes, one day after his 88th birthday.

ANDY WHITFIELD, who starred in the Starz period drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.

TERROR in the USA: On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, US intelligence and law enforcement apparatus found no evidence to corroborate an unfolding terror plot... but there seems to be a lot of details about the alleged plot.

ISRAEL & EGYPT's leadership tried Saturday to limit the damage in ties after protesters stormed Israel's embassy in Cairo, trashing offices and prompting the evacuation of nearly the entire staff from Egypt in the worst crisis between the countries since their 1979 peace treaty.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad marked the 9/11 anniversary by repeating the conspiracy theory that the attacks were orchestrated by the US as a pretext for war.

IRAQIs are having second thoughts about the planned US drawdown.

AN ALPACA... and a kitten.

THE BIRDS: A home in Malvern, Worcestershire was overrun by nearly 500 birds in scenes eerily reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic.

A PYTHON is on the loose in North Naples, FL.

A MAN and his duck.

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Left of the Dial, Man Man, Nick Lowe, Cutout Bin, 9/11, Chimps   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...LEFT OF THE DIAL!  It's that back-to-school time of year, so here is the BBC's documentary on US indie rock of the 80s-90s, which Rolling Stone's David Fricke reminds us was known then as "college rock."  The Nirvana story is the pull for the casual viewer, but the Brits work their way back to Black Flag, with a fair amount of R.E.M. as well.  Sadly, The Replacements and Husker Du get mere cameos, (despite being the Godfathers of Grunge).  But The Pixies get their props as a major influence on Kurt Cobain.  Tubed into seven segments:  Part 1 - Part 2 - Part 3 - Part 4 - Part 5 - Part 6 - Part 7.

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

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA did five free songs for Daytrotter.

NICK LOWE guest DJs All Songs Considered.

BUILT TO SPILL: Live Melodies of the Future.

LOS CAMPENSINOS! drops "By Your Hand" in advance of Hello Sadness.

JOHNNY MAESTRO: "The Worst That Could Happen." A great, self-indulgent song written by Jimmy Webb, sung by the man who made it a hit with the Brooklyn Bridge.


BEIRUT: Zach Condon is still coming to terms with success -- and those weird Brazilian tribute bands.

EEF BARZELAY (Clem Snide) talks to The A.V. Club about his new EP of Journey covers.

TEN OF THE BEST LPs of 1991 (excluding Nirvana's Nevermind), according to Earworm. (Thx, LHB.)

THE WORST SONGS OF THE 90s, according to Rolling Stone readers.

CUTOUT BIN: From Husker Du to Dionne Warwick, from Public Image Ltd to Nick Gilder, from Aztec Camera to Led Zeppelin, plus Blondie, Flaming Lips, The Who, B-52s, Tommy James and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Contagion, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Warrior, currently scoring 88 percent. Creature and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star were not screened for critics.

REESE WITHERSPOON was rushed to a Santa Monica hospital around Wednesday, after a car struck the actress while she was jogging.

MATT. DAMON. spoke to New York magazine about the Purell usage on the set of Contagion, all those Soderbergh-is-retiring stories he's the source of, and his political future.

ELISABETTA CANALIS opened up about the end of her two-year romance with George Clooney.

KATE WINSLET says she regrets once vowing to stop doing nude scenes.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson and screenwriter Joe Eszterhas (Basic Instinct) are teaming to tell of the heroic story of Jewish warrior Judah Maccabee.

THE 20 BEST COMIC BOOK MOVIES, according to Paste.

THE 100 ESSENTIAL DIRECTORS, according to PopMatters.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, and a lot of 10th anniversary coverage this year, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember.

TERROR in the USA:  Federal authorities have come across what they believe may be a credible threat to the US homeland surrounding the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. New York City and Washington, DC are mentioned in the non-specific car bomb threats. A US citizen is one of three people officials are scrambling to find out about.

AL QAEDA's influence grows south of the Sahara.

PAKISTAN says it will speed up efforts to build a gas pipeline from Iran despite US opposition to the project.

RISE of the PLANET of the APES: Chimps see daylight for the first time.

GIANT RATS sniff out tuberculosis faster than lab techs.

TURTLE hitches a ride on an alligator.

...AND THERE WERE FISH HEADS... all over the highway. (Roly-poly fish heads.)

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Wilco, Dawes, Mogwai, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Weiner Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO drops a video for "Born Alone," while Jeff Tweedy plays a cover of Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" you cannot miss on Twofer Thursday.

DAWES stopped by WFUV for a session.

MOGWAI is advance streaming and talking about the Earth Division EP.

KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the officies of NPR. (Interview also at the click-through.)

BOB DYLAN and THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Complete Rehearsals (So Far...)

BUDDY HOLLY: Although he tends to be remembered on The Day The Music Died, yesterday would have been Buddy's 75th birthday. Spinner retweeted an interview with Buddy's widow; NPR retweeted the story of his classic "Peggy Sue." So I'll let John Fogerty "Rave On."

PJ HARVEY won the Mercury Music Prize for Let England Shake.

FRIENDS, the latest girl-fronted Brooklyn pop group, is profiled (with audio) at The Guardian.

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy and artist/wife Carson Ellis talk to AccessAtlanta about their children's book, "Wildwood."

THE BEST of 2011 (So Far), according to SPIN.

MADONNA has no comment on Lady Gaga's obsession with her. See what she did there?

GWYNETH PALYTROW says she can still ‘respect and admire' those who have cheated on their husbands and wives.

ALI LOHAN, Lindsay's 17-year-old sister, signed a modeling contract last month and seems to have a new face.

CELINE DION: A 36-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly broke into the singer's home near Montreal, raided the fridge and even took the time to pour himself a bath.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD took a serious shot to the face and lost a tooth in Paris.

THE EXPENDABLES 2: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take "substantial" roles alongside Sylvester Stallone in the old old old skool sequel.

MONICA LEWINSKY's life still sucks, according to the National Enquirer.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The head of SAPO, the national security service, stated that Islamic terrorism remains the greatest threat to Sweden.

YEMEN: Six Yemeni soldiers and 13 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during clashes in the city of Zinjibar.

SYRIA: Security forces launched widespread attacks against the central cities of Hama and Homs, the eastern border town of Tal Kalakh, and along the Syrian-Turkish border.

IRAN: The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said it will open its nuclear program to five years of 'full supervision' by the UN atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions. However, that 'full supervision' would have limits.

LIBYA:  A potent stash of Russian-made Grinch surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across the war-torn country. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

WEINER PUP vs MIRROR: Who you got?

A DRUNKEN ELK desperate for just one more mouthful of fermenting apples lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden.

LEFFE the MOOSE MAN promises to get you so close you might even get a smooch... from an elk, not Leffe.

HARBOR the HOUND TAKES the Guinness World Record for having the longest ears of any living dog.

A PARROT solves the case of its own theft.

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