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St Vincent, Wild Flag, Megafaun, Crooked Fingers, Kittens Vacuum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAYER HAWTHORNE drops a Mr & Mrs Smith-themed video for "The Walk."

CROOKED FINGERS is advance streaming Breaks in the Armor.

STILL CORNERS is advance streaming Creatures Of An Hour.

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

WILD FLAG also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ST. VINCENT completes The Current trifecta with a chat and mini-set.

THE CLASH: "London Calling," Live in Paris 1980.

FEIST: The Recovering Pop Artist.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt speaks to The Quietus about meditation, musicals and writing new music.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about the band's long and winding year. (Thx, LHB.)

BON IVER does a playlist for iTunes.

BERT JANSCH, legendary folk guitarist and co-founder of Pentangle, has died at 67 after a battle with lung cancer.

ASHTON KUTCHER: Photos from inside the San Diego penthouse where he reportedly bedded 23-year-old Sara Leal -- are splashed across the cover of Star magazine.

JOHNNY DEPP issued an apology for comparing photo shoots to being raped.

EDDIE MURPHY may turn up on SNL this weekend for the first time in 25 years.

KRISTEN STEWART inadvertently confirmed she's dating Robert Pattinson in the GQ piece hitting newsstands today.

BLAKE LIVELY, fresh off Leo DiCaprio, has been spotted with her Green Lantern co-star, Ryan Reynolds.

MICHAEL JACKSON's slurred speech was heard at the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.

JESSICA ALBA shows off her second daughter, Haven Garner.

10 LIFE-CHANGING ROLES Actors Turned Down.

MR. ED is trotting toward the big screen.

STEVE JOBS, the visionary in the black turtleneck who co-founded Apple in a Silicon Valley garage, built it into the world's leading tech company and led a mobile-computing revolution with wildly popular devices such as the iPhone, died Wednesday. He was 56. (And here's the official NYT obit.)

SYRIA: Assad can feel satisfied that Russia and China have stood by him and prevented international action that might just have given him pause for thought as he pursues his vicious crackdown on Syria's protest movement.

EGYPT: The United States' Gulf Arab allies no longer trust Washington since the White House yanked its support for Hosni Mubarak in February, former Obama adviser James Jones told a private meeting.

PAKISTAN: The United States has linked the resumption of military aid to Pakistan with the latter's cooperation in the war on terror.

AFGHANISTAN: Six people have been arrested after an alleged al-Qaeda plot to assassinate Pres. Karzai involving one of his bodyguards was foiled.

KITTENS and a vacuum cleaner.

A RARE ORANGE MONKEY was born at the London Zoo.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Aurora police said a man told them the crash that ended with his car plowing into a garage started when he swerved to miss some squirrels running across the road.

A HUNGRY BADGER could not stop an injured former soldier from breaking the world record for the longest distance travelled on a mobility scooter in 24 hours.

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Feist, Bjork, Wilco, R.E.M., Prairie Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST plays five new songs from Metals for Yahoo! Music.

BJORK is advance streaming Biophilia.

MASON JENNINGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

WOODEN WAND did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

WILCO: A full concert from All Songs Considered earlier this year. John Stirratt and Pat Sansone talk to the National Post about The Whole Love and the culture of Wlco fandom. Jeff Tweedy talks to The A.V. Club about that fan culture and the good place his band is in right now, as well as '90s nostalgia, his jealousy of Nirvana back in his Uncle Tupelo days, and how he draws inspiration from TV detective shows. BONUS: The band curated a YouTube playlist yesteday; only one selection is theirs.

R.E.M.: The basically-unheard 1981 demo tape.

GEORGE McCRAE: "Rock Your Baby" on Dutch TV.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about forgetting music school and recording Strange Mercies.

DUM DUM GIRLS: According to the L.A. Times, Only In Dreams is far more a statement of confidence than it is one of rock 'n' roll wallowing.

GUIDED BY VOICES have a catalog you'd die trying to work through, but they also have songs to die for.

POP-UP VIDEO returns Monday to VH-1.

AXL ROSE is getting laaaaaaarger.

KATE WINSLET opens up about her post-divorce from director Sam Mendes in a Harper's Bazaar photoshoot.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY have parted ways after five months.

JESSICA SIMPSON: More pregnancy rumors. Is she eating for two?

JOHNNY DEPP has to take "the stupid money." For the children.

OLIVIA WILDE has finalized her divorce from her husband of eight years.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) were snapped holding hands.

THE SIMPSONS may shut down over a money dispute between Fox and the actors who voice the characters.

DEXTER: Prospects of the hit drama going to a seventh season are now uncertain as negotiations between Dexter star Michael C. Hall and Showtime have broken down.

PINK & GOOP will co-star in a sex-addiction comedy.

RACHEL UCHITEL, Tiger Woods' fmr No. 1 mistress, got hitched over the weekend.

TUPAC SHAKUR's posthumous sex tape is now the subject of a bidding war.

WERNER HERZOG will play the villain in Tom Cruise's One Shot.

EGYPT: Leaders of Egypt's most powerful political parties came under fire from their rank-and-file for agreeing to a deal that pledged "full support" for the ruling military council, in a sign of disarray among parties less than two months before elections. The pact seemed to benefit the Muslim Brotherhood by effectively ending an effort by secularists to guarantee that Islamist precepts are kept out of Egypt's new constitution.

IRAN announced the deployment of ship-based missiles that can target American shorelines from international waters.

IRAQ: US intelligence officials suspect that Iran, after deadly attacks by proxy militia in Iraq, is laying low until US troops leave Iraq at the end of the year. The US added al Qaeda in Iraq's emir, Abu Du'a, who is also known as Abu Bakr al Baghdadi al Husseini al Qurshi, to the list of designated terrorists.

PRAIRIE DOGS ride the Roomba.

WHY DO BEETLES have sex with beer bottles? Surprisingly, the answer has nothing to do with beer goggles.

BEAR ATTACK: "I know what it's like to be a salmon now."

SHIRLEY the ORANGUTAN has gained weight since she stopped chain-smoking. And don't call her Shirley.

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New Releases, Andrew Bird, Ryan Adams, Peter Gabriel, Aerosmith, Mama Koala   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MICHAEL STIPE & BILLY BRAGG sing The Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" in the Czech Republic, as Natalie Merchant dances.

NEW RELEASES: Radiohead remixes, Dan Mangan, Misfits, Indigo Girls, Talkdemonic and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ANDREW BIRD is advance streaming the Norman soundtrack via the Facebook.

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

PETER GABRIEL also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and excerpts from New Blood, which contains re-imaginings of some of his best-known songs.

AEROSMITH: The Increasingly Killer Show.

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE: Ms. Welch talks to Billboard about the temptation of mainstream pop and more...

THE JAYHAWKS: Gary Louris and Mark Olson talk to the Boston Globe about the band's third lease on life.


MERGE RECORDS gets a profile at Salon.

ASHTON KUTCHER yelled for vodka as he languished naked in a hot tub with four similarly bare young women, according to a witness present at the actor's lavish San Diego hotel suite on the night he is alleged to have cheated on wife Demi Moore.

SETH ROGEN wed his longtime girlfriend, writer Lauren Miller.

JENNA FISCHER  and husband Lee Kirk welcomed son Weston Lee on Sept. 24.

MADONNA reprtedly will perform during the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on February 5, 2012.

KRISTEN STEWART is the cover story for the new GQ UK.

TUPAC SHAKUR: Posthumous sex tape.

KANYE WEST: Not a big hit at Fashion Week.

YEMEN is mired in a contest between the president and his rivals that risks tipping a dirt-poor nation bordering oil giant Saudi Arabia into civil war and economic collapse.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai accused Pakistan of failing to support his country in combating terrorism, regretting Islamabad's non-cooperation in ridding the region of the scourge.  Karzai has said he plans to hold a grand assembly of elders, or loya jirga, to decide the country's peace strategy in the near future.  The BBC visits villages where the Taliban still rules.

MAMA KOALA to the rescue.

THE SWARM: Florida officials are abuzz as to how millions of honey bees were killed in Brevard County.

AN 8-FT CROCODILE turned bright orange after eating the water filter from its tank.

THE CUTE MEERKAT and the MICRO-PIG- named Timon and Pumbaa after the Lion King characters - have struck up the most unlikely of friendships...Mass hysteria!

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Fitz & the Tantrums, Joe Henry, TVotR, Wilco, Dog vs Tub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FITZ & THE TANTRUMS can be seen at Rolling Stone (including a cover of the Raconteurs' tune "Steady, As She Goes") and stopped by KEXP's Bumbershoot Music Lounge for a session.

JOE HENRY is advance streaming Reverie.

FUTURE ISLANDS is advance streaming On The Water.

TV ON THE RADIO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WILCO drops "Speak Into The Rose" from the deluxe version of The Whole Love (available via iTunes).

THE CATCHIEST POP SONG EVER, according to scientists, is Queen's "We Are The Champions."

FEIST talks Metals and Muppets with The Guardian, the Toronto Star and Morning Edition.

THE SMITHS: Jon Savage and some of their fans explain their enduring appeal.

KAREN O talks to the New York Times about her involvement in an opera of sorts.

REMemories from Athens, via Flagpole. (Thx, LHB.)

BRIAN WILSON will not be on the Beach Boys' 50th anniversary tour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dolphin Tale is the somewhat surprising champ this weekend with 14.2 million, a feat all the more impressive given the competition from the 3-D Lion King holdover (which came in 3rd with 11 million) and the faith-based Courageous doing strong per screen (rounding out the Top 5 with 8.8 million).  Moneyball held the second slot with 12.5 million on an alright 36 percent drop.  50/50 debuted in the fourth slot with 8.9 million, which is below what tracking numbers predicted (12 million)  and low for a movie co-starring Seth Rogen, but (imho) not bad for a comedy based around someone having cancer.  Below the fold, Dream House opened in sixth place with 8.2 million, suggesting the horror market remains soft heading into October.  Abduction looks like a flop in seventh place, as does Killer Elite in tenth.  What's Your Number? opened at No. 8 with 5.6 million which looks near-floppy against a 20 million budget.  Drive drops out of the Top 10 in just 3 weeks, but has grossed 27 million against a 15 million budget.

50/50: Cancer is never funny. How people deal with adversity, however, can be as funny and moving as this dramedy is throughout.  This is the sort of movie that can fail in a thousand ways; this one avoided all of them, probably due to the extent it relies on writer Will Reiser's own experience.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt successfully underplays both the comedy and the pathos, while Seth Rogen mixes some of his usual comedic touches with subtle drama; their chemistry makes for a fine buddy movie (although 50/50 is more than that).  Angelica Huston nails a smaller, but important role as Adma's (JGL) mother; Anna Kendrick is effectively appealing as his therapist; and Bryce Dallas Howard is effectively unappealing as his girlfriend.

ASHTON KUTCHER stopped following wife Demi Moore on Twitter and it appears Demi stopped following Ashton as well for a period of time.  Kutcher's alleged mistress has deleted her social media accounts.  The couple reportedly reuninted at the Kabbalah Centre in Los Angeles.


ELIZABETH HURLEY is engaged to Australian cricketer Shane Warne.

JAMES MARSDEN is getting divorced by his wife of 10 years, Lisa Linde.

IDRIS ELBA would consider playing James Bond, but the current talk is pure gossip.

CHRISTOPH WALTZ dislocated his pelvic bone during training for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

A-LISTERS are lining up to record audiobooks.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT creator Mitchell Hurwitz says that a movie is still in the works, along with a new set of television episodes that would serve as a prelude to the film.

AMERICAN PIE REUNION: Who got paid what? BONUS: Jason Biggs got an unusual gift from his wife.

IRAN quietly hosted a delegation of Taliban members in Tehran this month in a powerful and unusual signal of its ambition to shape the trajectory of the Afghanistan conflict as US troops begin to withdraw.

PAKISTAN's terror groups are splintering.

AFGHANISTAN: Special operations forces captured the Haqqani Network's top commander in Afghanistan, along with his deputy and bodyguard. The Afghan government plans to suspend peace talks with the Taliban.

IRAQ: General Perkins said al Qaeda has been severely weakened in the north.

DOG vs BATHTUB: Who you got?

AN INDESTRUCTIBLE DUCK hit by a car at almost 100kmh survived with bruises after getting stuck inside the vehicle's grill for a day.

ILLEGAL CHICKENS surrendered in New Jersey.


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Punk, St. Vincent, Blitzen Trapper, Bo-Keys, Bangles, Cutout Bin, Baby Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with PUNK! Via Dangerous Minds, the first TV documentary on The Sex Pistols, The Clash and Punk Rock, broadcast on November 22, 1976, as part of The London Weekend Show. Included: the Pistols perform "Pretty Vacant", "Submission", "Anarchy in the UK" and "No Fun".

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

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting and KEXP for sessions.

THE SEA & CAKE did five free songs for Daytrotter.

THE BO-KEYS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

TYPHOON did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

EXITMUSIC is advance streaming From Silence.

THE BANGLES: Live at the Syria Mosque Arena, Pittsburgh, PA; December 13, 1986.

PINK FLOYD WEEK continued with MGMT covering the Syd Barrett-era "Lucifer Sam" for Fallon.

THE MUSIC OF 1991, surveyed by PopMatters, starting with Nirvana's  Nevermind.

25 AWESOME ONE-HIT WONDERS of the 1990s, according to Paste.

SLY STONE is not homeless? He always liked living in Winnebagos? Hmm.  He has always been a strange dude, as evidenced in this a rare interview with Melody Maker in 1974.

STEVE ALBINI talks to Gothamist about Shellac, Nirvana, the music business, his food blog, Odd Tyler, Lady Gaga and more...

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn and Tad Kubler talk to the Illinois Entertainer about Lollapalooza, songwriting, and more...

SYLVIA ROBINSON, the singer, songwriter and record producer who formed the Sugar Hill Gang and made the first commercially successful rap recording, died early Thursday morning at a hospital in New Jersey. She was 75.  Pretty sure I have "Pillow Talk" on a K-Tel record somewhere...

CUTOUT BIN: From Sonny & Cher to Los Lobos, from Deer Tick to Jackie DeShannon, from the Bangles to The Temptations, plus the Jayhawks, CSN, Billy Idol, Fleshtones, Aretha Franklin 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: What's Your Number?, currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; 50/50, currently scoring 91 percent; and Dream House and Courageous, which were not screened for critics.

ASHTON KUTCHER is being asked to pay a six-figure sum to a blonde who claims she had sex with him on the same day he and wife Demi Moore celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary.  Kutcher tweets that you shouldn't believe the hype about marital woes, though Moore has hinted at them on Twitter herself.  There are also rumors the actor's new bosses are already annoyed with him, too.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, Speaking out for the first time since nude pictures of her were leaked on the Internet, defended the right to privacy, even for high-profile celebrities such as herself.

LINDSAY LOHAN and designer Philipp Plein were caught canoodling on camera.

CAREY MULLIGAN has an engagement ring.

MIKE MYERS and his wife Kelly Tisdale have welcomed their first child, a boy.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL: The New Girl becomes the first new series to get a full-season pickup, after a surprisingly strong debut.

DAVID ARQUETTE is dating Entertainment Tonight's Christina McLarty.

THE NEW BOND GIRL? Berenice Marlohe.


THIS IS SPINAL TAP has been named the greatest comedy of all time in a poll assembled by Time Out.

THE AVENGERS are this week's EW cover story.

IRAN is doubling down on the conspiracy theories after an al Qaeda magazine blasted Adhmadinejad's 9/11 claims, this time suggesting the true authors of the terror publication -- which often instructs readers to murder Americans -- are not radical Islamists, but secret agents for the CIA.

PAKISTAN: The White House and State Department sought to temper remarks by Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, that the insurgents who attacked the American Embassy in Afghanistan this month were "a veritable arm" of Pakistan's spy agency.

AFGHANISTAN's president and other senior leaders announced Thursday that they were rethinking the country's relationship with Pakistan and its negotiations with the Taliban because talks had yielded so little.

IRAQ: Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Iraq has been severely weakened by a money squeeze, internal squabbling, a shortage of volunteer suicide bombers and more effective Iraqi efforts to snatch the terror group's foreign recruits when they slip across the border from Syria, a senior US general said Thursday.

A BABY GREAT WHITE SHARK was rescued by surfers after washing ashore near the Venice Pier on Saturday morning.

A CAT WITH TWO FACES lives a record-setting 12 years... and counting.


HAIRY CRAZY ANTS are causing mayhem as they spread across America.

JACK THE SHEEP, raised with a springer spaniel, is now convinced he is a dog.

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