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Clarence Clemons RIP, Buddy Holly, Bob Mould, El Willy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLARENCE CLEMONS - the Big Man with the big horn - died Saturday of complications from a stroke he suffered last weekend, said Bruce Springsteen's spokeswoman. He was 69 years old.  Here's more from Rolling Stone and the New York Times.  And here he is in 1984, wailing, shaking 'em, and delightful as Bruce's foil on "Sherry Darlin'." The A.V. Club obit has still more video. And Spinner has one of his final appearances -- in Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory."

BUDDY HOLLY: Rave On, the star-studded tribute album, is advance streaming via NPR.

BOB MOULD read from his autobiography, answered audience qquestions and played a mini-set at the UBS Forum.

NELLIE McKAY plays a set on the Mountain Stage.

JAPANESE POPSTARS are advance streaming Controlling Your Allegiance.

SONIC YOUTH: "Out and In" is a previously unreleased track (2000) from a forthcoming four-vinyl-LP box set.

BATTLES dropped the danceable math-rock of "Futura" on Fallon.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle gives The Atlantic the backstory of "Dance Music."

THE HISTORY OF INDIE: A Guardian playlist which inexplicably skips The Replacements.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Robert Pollard talks to the Wall Street Journal and suggests the reunion may be more than touring.

VINCENT MOON, the French filmmaker responsible for the Takeaway Shows, is profiled by the New York Times.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Green Lantern tops the chart with 52.7 million against a 200 million budget. If not for the 3-D premium ticket price, this would have been in the 40s.  The NYT says it fizzles, but the WB may feel relieved that it did even this well given the intially bad marketing and nearly-universal negative reviews.  Worldwide receipts may produce a breakeven.  Super 8 drops 40 percent to the second slot with 21.3 million (and 72.8 million against a 50 million budget), which ain't bad considering the extra-wide openings of not only Green Lantern, but also Mr. Popper's Penguins, which debuted at No.3 with 18.2 million against a 55-65 million budget. Jim Carrey just ain't the draw he once was.  X-Men First Class took a hefty 52 percent hit in the fourth slot with 11.5 million, a victim of the Lantern.  However, the mutants cross the 100 million mark here, with more than that overseas.  The Hangover Part II rounds out the Top 5 with another 9.6 million; it has grossed over 450 million worldwide against an 80 million budget.

TOM CRUISE: Access Hollywood has the first look at him in Rock of Ages.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is now dating a goth model.

JOHN MALKOVICH talks to Andrew Dickson on video about being back on stage, John Wayne Gacy, and why he won't take lectures on politics from The Guardian.

KEANU REEVES talks about his first book, Ode to Happiness.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Marvel drops a dozen stills from the upcoming movie.

THE TOP 25 HIGHEST-PAID MUSIC ACTS, according to Forbes.

TERROR in the USA: Yonathan Melaku, a US Marine Reservist from Ethiopia and a Muslim, was arrested inside Arlington Cemetery for carrying suspicious package labeled ammonium nitrate. He also had a notebook with phrases such as "Al Qaeda," "Taliban rule," and "defeated coalition forces" written in it.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A Saudi woman defiantly drove through the nation's capital Friday while others brazenly cruised by police patrols in the first forays of a campaign that hopes to ignite a road rebellion against the male-only driving rules in the ultraconservative kingdom.

PAKISTAN: US officials say Pakistan has apparently tipped off militants at two more bomb-building factories in its tribal areas. The officials say that allowed the militants to flee after US intelligence shared the locations with the Pakistani government.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai claimed the US is in peace talks with the Taliban.

EL WILLY DANCES: Let's go to the video.

COOPER the CAT: From budding photographer to media personality and author.

UNPERMITTED MONKEY, doing the work Americans won't do.

RATTLESNAKES don't like to be poked. I didn't think this needed to be publicized, but apparently not everyone got the memo.

THE ANARCHIST Dog-Walking Collective.

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Turtles, Booker T, Civil Wars, Death, Cutout Bin, Lioness   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TURTLES!  First cracking the Top Ten in 1965 with their cover of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me, Babe."  they made the Top 30 later that year with the similar-sounding "Let Me Be," written by P.F. Sloan.  Their early 1966 hit, "You Baby," was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri; you may recognize the voice introducing the sync of the band performing on the streets of L.A.  An album cut from the You Baby album, "Outside Chance," was co--written by Warren Zevon.  "Happy Together," rejected by countless performers, became both their biggest hit and their signature song, knocking the Beatles' "Penny Lane" from the No. 1 slot in the Spring of 1967.  "She'd Rather Be With Me" was of the same vintage.  "Elenore," with its unique use of the term et cetera, was a jab at their label for demanding more hits like "Happy Together," but went on to hit the Top Ten anyway.  Near the end, the band appeared on the Mike Douglas show to play "House on the Hill."  For many years after the band dissolved, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman went by the name Flo & Edde, because their contract barred from using the Turtles name or their own names.  The duo continued to record their own material, but were heard by most adding their trademark harmonies to hits like T. Rex's "Bang A Gong" and Bruce Springsteen's "Hungry Heart."

BOOKER T. JONES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE CIVIL WARS also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DEATH did a twofer for Daytrotter.

LIAM FINN is advance streaming FOMO.

25 FAVORITE ALBUMS of 2011 (So Far), according to NPR.

16 AWESOME LED ZEPPELIN COVERS, courtesy of Paste.

EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

THE BEST MUSIC FOR SUMMER, according to PopMatters.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to All Shook Down about seeking discomfort, tripping on acid, and making pure art. (Thx, LHB.)

ALINA SIMONE talks to the Wall Street Journal about her new album and book.

SLY STONE pleads not guilty to cocaine charges.

LESTER BANGS tweaks Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground in this rare video from the Creem offices.

CUTOUT BIN: From Alice Cooper to Roy Orbison, from The Coasters to The Jam, from Katrina & the Waves to The Guess Who, plus Iggy Pop, Tom Petty, Little Richard, She & Him, Springsteen 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 Green Lantern, which is currently scoring 20 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Mr. Popper's Penguins, which is scoring 41 percent.

RYAN REYNOLDS pens an Entertainment Weekly cover story on... Ryan Reynolds.

HUGH HEFNER made changes to the upcoming "Mrs. Hugh Hefner" cover. Crystal Harris claims they're both relieved.

JENNFER ANISTON's boyfriend, Justin Theroux, moves in.

SELENA GOMEZ blames an overload of junk food for her hospitalization.

EMMA WATSON,who recently complained about guys not approaching her, has reportedly fallen for her ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower' co-star Johnny Simmons.

SEAN PENN has been spotted with Garcelle Beauvais.

JURASSIC PARK 4? Possibly...

SAD SAD CONVERSATION: Comedians, actors and musicians, just talkin' on the Tube.

30 THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW about Raiders of the Lost Ark. I knew almost all of them... but I am a tremendous nerd.

AL QAEDA has appointed Ayman al Zawahiri, the longtime deputy of Osama bin Laden, as the official leader of the terror group.

IRAN plans to send a live monkey into space later this summer.

PAKISTAN: On the outskirts of Islamabad lives a militant considered so powerful that Osama bin Laden consulted with him before issuing a fatwa to attack American interests.

A LIONESS tries to eat a toddler at the zoo.

AN ALLIGATOR decided to make use of a community swimming pool Wednesday afternoon. Tampa police moved it to a nearby pond. A pool or a pond... a pond would be good for you.

SNAKES... Why did it have to be snakes? An Idaho family was driven from their home and into bankruptcy by "hundreds and hundreds" of snakes that slithered inside the walls as they slept and left them and their children terrified.

AN AFRICAN PUFF ADER has downsides as a pet.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A deer with four antlers... and growing.

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Bon Iver, Head & the Heart, Gomez, CYHSY, Sleepy Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BON IVER drops a video for "Calgary," the first single from the new LP.

THE HEAD & THE HEART stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

GOMEZ is advance streaming Whatever's On Your Mind.

PALEO is advance streaming The Fruit of the Spirit.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH return from a hiatus with "Same Mistake."

DEAN & BRITTA: I was just in the mood for the mellow "Words You Used To Say."

CENTRO-MATIC: Will Johnson talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the band's new direction, the future of South San Gabriel, his thoughts on touring the house show circuit and Woody Guthrie.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks to The Quietus about the resissue of McCartney and McCartney II, Delia Derbyshire, potentially collaborating with Gorillaz, and more. Musicians including Chris Carter, Gruff Rhys, Alexis Taylor, and Ty Bulmer join in the questioning.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne tells The Quietus about his 13 favourite albums.

JOSS STONE was the target of a murder plot?

HUGH HEFNER's wedding to Crystal Harris was called off after she secretly planned to ditch the Playboy mogul at the altar in return for a 500K media deal, according to Page Six. Harris denies a romance with Dr. Phil's son Jordan McGraw.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger's baby mama Mildred Baena claims she did not make one single cent for the tell-all interview she gave to Hello! magazine.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA gets a comeback profile in W magazine.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is "on the fence" about returning to American Idol next year. It's a cry for cash, yes?

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE's Cali itinerary is revealed.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL is in the middle of a kidnapping, robbery and sex tape case.

ELIZABETH HURLEY is officially divorced from businessman Arun Nayar.

RUSSELL CROWE is in talks to play Jor-El in the Superman reboot.

LIBYA: Rebels have advanced beyond their western stronghold of Misratah towards the capital Tripoli where Nato have resumed their airstrikes. Gaddafi's intelligence chief has sent an emissary who will meet this week with a senior representative of the Obama administration to explore a possible political settlement.

PAKISTAN's top military spy agency has arrested some of the Pakistani informants who fed information to the CIA in the months leading up to the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden, according to American officials. But they freed Hassan Ghul, a key al-Qaeda operative who gave OBL info, but has since rejoined AQ. Meanwhile, the number of all-female madrassas has boomed over the past decade, fueled by the failures of the state education system and a deepening conservativism among the middle to upper classes. Something to remember next time you hear poverty breeds extremism.

AFGHANISTAN was named the most dangerous country for women in the latest Thompson Reuters foundation survey. The US reportedly has established contacts with elusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar to negotiate an end to the conflict.

SLEEPY KITTY plays an invisible harp.

OFFICER CAGE BYRD saves an injured hawk. Yes, really.

A SHEEP was rescued from a roof by Welsh firefighters. No word on whether it was Harold.

A SWAN held up traffic on the M4 Motorway.

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Friendly Fires, Anna Calvi, Warpaint, Morrissey, Bongos, Surfing Geese   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PARTS & LABOR sorta play Kanye West's "Runaway" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

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

FRIENDLY FIRES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ANNA CALVI also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RICHARD BUCKNER: Captain's Dead reposts the box set.

JOHN DOE drops "Never Enough" from the upcoming Keeper.

MORRISSEY played three new songs on BBC2.

THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: John Flansburgh talks to SoundSpike about returning to (somewhat) grown-up music. (Thx, LHB.)

CULTS: Brian Oblivion talks to TimeOutNY about buzz breeding anxiety. The duo is also profiled by the Boston Globe.

DAWES bassist Wylie Gelber tells the DePaulia that making their debut LP mellower than their live show was purely intentional.

RAY DAVIES talks to the Wall Street Journal about songwriting, his singing style, performing the "Village Green Preservation Society" album in full and more...

CLARENCE CLEMONS is showing improvement after his stroke, inlcuding movement on his left side. Springsteen posted a note on his website.

ALAN "MR. FABULOUS" RUBIN, trumpet player for the classic SNL house band and Blues Brothers, died June 8 following a battle with lung cancer.

NATALIE PORTMAN and fiancé Benjamin Millepied welcomed a baby boy into the world. The child was immediately whisked to a remote planet, to prevent George Lucas from discovering it.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Mildred Baena, the housekeeper who had a child with Schwarzenegger, speaks out for the first time.


HUGH HEFNER tweets that his wedding is off.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is coming clean about smoking pot in the latest Playboy interview.

JESSICA SIMPSON has signed on to judge NBC's Fashion Star.

CHRIS EVANS, a/k/a Captain America, gets a GQ writer wasted.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER really wanted off jury duty.

SEAN BEAN (Game of Thrones and much more) was stabbed in the arm in a fight over a model.

COMIC-CON is losing its appeal for some movie studios.

YEMEN: The CIA plans to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula using unmanned Predator and Reapers aircraft.

SYRIAN forces are continuing the crackdown on anti-regime elements in the north.

IRAN's foreign ministry spokesman warned the US against launching "a military intervention in any country of the region, including Syria." China is encouraginging Iran to continue negotiations over its nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan war is returning to the place it began: the violent eastern borderlands with Pakistan, where the Taliban and al-Qaeda slipped out of American reach a decade ago and have organized their insurgency ever since.

SURFING GEESE catch a wave. Everybody's heard about the birds.

PSYCHIC SHEEP saves shepherd.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER loves cleaning so much that he sweeps the streets while walking with his owner.

AFRICAN DWARF CROCODILES were uncovered by police in the spare bedroom of a suburban London house.

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New Releases, Jill Scott, Steve Earle & Will Scheff, Steve Miller, Go-Gos, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BELLE & SEBASTIAN drop a video for "Come On Sister" from Write About Love.

NEW RELEASES from Vetiver, Dananananackroyd, Marissa Nadler, Woods and more, plus McCartney reissues and the fifth Neil Young Archives release are streaming via Spinner this week.

JILL SCOTT is advance streaming The Light of The Sun.

STEVE EARLE & WILL SCHEFF (Okkervil River) play unpluggedy on video at SPIN.

STEVE MILLER (Some call him the Space Cowboy) stopped by the World Cafe for a lengthy chat and mini-set.

PATTI SMITH covers "Words of Love" for the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute LP.

THE GO-GOS talk to All Things Considered about the 30th anniversary of Beauty and the Beat, which makes "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat" a natural for Twofer Tuesday.

A HISTORY OF ROCK MUSIC is rolling out from The Guardian and The Observer, including an interactive timeline, a playlist, 50 key events and more.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon gives a meaty interview to Pitchfork about songwriting, relationships, and more...

GLASVEGAS: Glaswegan James Allan talks about living and recording in L.A.

CLARENCE CLEMONS is reportedly in stable condition after two brain surgeries, but may be paralyzed on the left side of his body following a stroke.

CHARLIE SHEEN  is negotiating a "big offer" for a new TV series that could debut as early as January, 2012... according to sources close to Sheen, fwiw.

LINDSAY LOHAN suffered through day 18 of her house arrest by having a bunch of friends over to her kick-ass Venice apartment for a rooftop BBQ. Meanwhile, the photog who sued her clothing line is asking a court to make Li-Lo pay up.

CAVE OF FORGOTTEN DREAMS: Werner Herzog's documentary of France's Chauvet Cave, which contains the oldest known paleolithic cave drawings, but remains unseen by the public, was not as personally compelling as, say, Grizzly Man, but fascinating in its own way.  Herzog goes beyoind the cave to show how scientists are studying and learning from this unique find, and even looks at how other forms of art emerged from homo sapiens during the same period.  The 3-D presentation, which was undoubtedly dificult given the restrictions on filming in the cave (Herzog was his own lighting man, using special cool lights) decidedly adds to the experience, giving a better idea of how primitive man used the walls as a unique canvas to enhance their efforts, and drawing the viewer in among the stalagtites, many of which have calcified with that sparkling, dripping wax look.

SUPER 8:  JJ Abrams directs an homage to classic Spielberg for Spielberg, and the results are sufficiently Spielbergian, with just a dash of Abrams' own Cloverfield (but without the shakycam).  As such it also tends to have the weakness of some of Spielberg's later blockbusters, i.e., the occasional feeling that it is as constructed as a carnival attraction.  But there's more than enough humanity from the young cast to compensate, and the sci-fi really serves more as a device for their journey, in much the way that E.T. is really a film about the children of divorce.  It's a tribute to Abrams and Co that something this meta remains affecting.

KIM KARDASHIAN's lawyers are drafting a defamation complaint against NFLer Bret Lockett, who already has his backpedal in motion.

ANGELINA JOLIE goes without makeup and shoes for Louis Vuitton's "Core Values" campaign.

EMMA WATSON is a little more fancy for Vogue.

DEMI LOVATO gets more bad news: her mom was admitted to rehab and the star has now split from boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama.

MARK ZUCKERBERG may be updating his Facebook status to married.

NORTH KOREA may have developed a nuclear warhead small enough to be loaded onto a ballistic missile, the South Korean defense minister said, warning that risk of another "surprise provocation" by the Stalinist regime was now rising.

AFGHANISTAN: While women have gained back basic rights in education, voting and work, considered un-Islamic by the Taliban, their plight remains severe and future uncertain as Afghan leaders seek to negotiate with the Taliban as part of their peace talks.


HUNDREDS OF FLAMINGOS are dying of electrocution daily as they fly into high-voltage electricity cables passing over their habitat on the outskirts of Bhavnagar city.

LION FIGHTING: Well, that's one idea for boosting tourism to Egypt. (Another might be not turning the govt over to extremists.)

ANIMALS Dressed As Other Animals.

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