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Stephen Malkmus, PB & J, T-Bone Burnett, Ben Folds, Banzai Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OK GO & THE MUPPETS join for "The Muppet Show Theme Song."

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PETER BJORN & JOHN turned up for a studio session at KEXP.

T-BONE BURNETT talks to All Things Considered about the 10th anniversary of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.  Plus songs at the link.

BEN FOLDS drops "House," which claims is his first new song in 10 years.

RYAN ADAMS drops "Lucky You," the first single from his upcoming Ashes & Fire.

CROOKED FINGERS drops "Typhoon" from the upcoming Breaks In the Armor.

THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: "Stone Free," live in Frankfurt. Dig this, baby.

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to the Riverfront Times about  running, his upcoming solo album, and tepid reception of the band's most recent album, Heaven is Whenever. (Thx, LHB.)

GIRL TALK: Greg Gillis talks to Straight about his fifth and latest opus.

NIRVANA: Producer Butch Vig recalls the recording of the Nevermind album.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Jim Greer shares part of the story of the time the band was courted by Warner Bros.

PAUL McCARTNEY signs with Decca, a mere 50 years after the label turned down one of his earlier bands.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH are using their legal team regarding the false report they are separating.  However, rumors of marital problems persist.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is firing back at rumors she's somehow responsible for a giant bruise on her son's face.

RYAN REYNOLDS & SANDRA BULLOCK engaged? Probably not.

JENNIFER ANISTON bought bf Justin Theroux a jacket once owned by James Dean.

SIMON COWELL talks Punk, The X Factor, and more at GQ, while holding a bunny rabbit.

STEVE JOBS resigns as Apple CEO.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN 3D: What's it like to have your film flop at the box office? Screenwriter Sean Hood explains.

THE 2011 MTV VMAs will have no host, but eight or nine performances.

THE TOP 10 FILMS That Should Be Remade.

YEMEN's prime minister became the first senior politician injured in a June assassination attempt on President Ali Abdullah Saleh to return home from Saudi Arabia.

LIBYA: The Pentagon said on Wednesday that Libya's stockpile of chemical weapons are secure but that an arsenal of thousands of shoulder-launched missiles remained cause for concern. A research center near Tripoli has stocks of nuclear material that could be used to make a "dirty bomb," a former senior UN inspector said on Wednesday, warning of possible looting during turmoil in Libya.


A GEORGIA DOG ate 10K of diamonds.

A LOOSE EMU was captured in Maryland.

A STOLEN GOAT was recovered in Portland, OR, and does not exactly thank the police.

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Jerry Leiber RIP, SSLYBY, Cotton Jones, RHCP, Tom Waits   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JERRY LEIBER, the lyricist who, with his partner, Mike Stoller, wrote some of the most enduring classics in the history of rock 'n' roll, including "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," "Love Potion No. 9," "There Goes My Baby," "Stand By Me," "On Broadway," and many more (and even more as producers) died of heart failure on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 78. The Biography Channel did a 43-minute documentary on Leiber & Stoller.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN is streaming their new LP of unreleased songs, Tape Club.

COTTON JONES does an extended eight song set at Daytrotter.

RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS are advance streaming I'm With You via iTunes.

TOM WAITS, as anticipated, drops the title track for his upcoming Bad As Me. And holds a private listening party.

BJORK drops another Biophilia track, "Moon."

GIRLS premiere (and discuss) "Honey Bunny" from the upcoming Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

BASIA BULAT plays Ted Leo's "Where Have All the Rude Boys Gone?" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Paul and Tommy mull a reunion, but it doesn't look likely.

KRISTIN HERSH compares memoirs at State. (Thx, LHB.)

MICK JAGGER talks about his current listening at the L.A. Times.

DUFF McKAGAN moves from Guns 'N Roses to Stocks 'N Bonds this fall.

KATE WINSLET saved Richard Branson's 90-year-old mom from a burning house during a tropical storm on Necker Island.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH: Rumors of their separation appear to be incorrect.

DENISE RICHARDS turns down Two and Half Men.

AMY WINEHOUSE's family claims toxicology tests prove Amy was not on any sort of illegal drugs at the time of her death ... but she had been drinking. 

MEGAN FOX explains her Marilyn Monroe tattoo removal.

ANGELINA JOLIE was allowed to live with her boyfriend "like a married couple" at 14 years old.

RYAN GOSLING broke up a fight near New York City's Astor Place last weekend.

DAVID LETTERMAN joked about the Islamist death threat against him.

LIBYA: No one can be sure who controls the Libyan government's weapons stockpiles, a stew of deadly chemicals, raw nuclear material and some 30K shoulder-fired rockets that officials fear could fall into terrorists' hands in the chaos of Gaddafi's downfall or afterward.

AFGHANISTAN's Ministry of Commerce and Industries has signed a fuel purchase deal with Russia under which Russia would supply 500 kilotons of fuel as fuel prices in Afghanistan have gone skyrocketing recently.

IRAQ: Turkey claimed it killed nearly 100 PKK fighters in airstirkes in northern Iraq.

A HORSE somersaults unintentionally.

SWIMMING DANISH RACCOONS threaten to invade Sweden.

"PREDATOR" CRAB resembling the movie monster captured by a British fisherman.

A SKUNK ACTION PLAN is needed in Joliet, IL. I hate Illinois skunks.

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New Releases, Decemberists, Disappears, Tinariwen, Fun Boy 3, Orangutan   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DECEMBERISTS premiere a video for "Calamity Song" influenced by David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

NEW RELEASES from Stephin Merritt, CSS, Dave Stewart and Active Child, the Muppets tribute LP, a Patti Smith "best of" and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

DISAPPEARS, the Chicago-based super-group featuring Brian Case of the Ponys and 90-Day Men, John Dwyer of Coachwhips and now Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.

TINARIWEN, nomads from Saharan North Africa, are "just about the best guitar-based rock band of the 21st century"? (As Vincent Vega would say, "That's a bold statement.") Take an advance listen to Tassili and judge for yourself.

25 BANDS YOU NEED TO HEAR, according to NME.

FUN BOY THREE play "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "Summertime" for Twofer Tuesday. I suppose I should remind the young'uns that singer Terry Hall co-wrote "Lips."

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Vulture about his album title controversy, the NBA, online scrabble, etc.

JOLIE HOLLAND talks to PopMatters about the recording of Pint of Blood.

24 SONGS that prematurely expanded our vocabularies.

FIVE SONGS that mock Bob Dylan.

NICK ASHFORD, one-half of the legendary Motown songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson that penned elegant, soulful classics for the likes of Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye and funk hits for Chaka Khan and others, died Monday at age 70, his former publicist said.  He had been suffering from throat cancer and had undergone radiation treatment.

LINDSAY LOHAN ws reportedly "was drinking and partying hard" at the Kardashian wedding.

KIM KARDASHIAN is set to make almost 18 million off her wedding to Kris Humphries.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK are expecting a third child.

KIMBERLY STEWART gave birth to Benicio del Toro's baby.

BRAD PITT: Why an A-list actor was willing to go to bat for Moneyball -- an adventure story about sabermetrics. (Also, check out Pitt's assistant on World War Z.)

DANIEL RADCLIFFE talks Harry Potter and why Twilight's Robert Pattinson has it harder.

HILARY DUFF got dumped from The Story of Bonnie and Clyde. Apparently, pregnancy was a deal-breaker.

DONALD FAISON (Scrubs) got engaged to Cacee Cobb, Jessica Simpson's BFF.

THE AVENGERS: D23 footage discussed at AICN.

IRAN has started moving the machines that enrich uranium for nuclear fuel from its main atomic complex in the central city of Natanz to an underground bunker near the holy city of Qom, its top nuclear official was quoted as saying on Monday.

SYRIA: Arab nations on the UN's top human rights body cautiously joined the call for Syria to cease its bloody crackdown and cooperate with an international probe, illustrating President Bashar al-Assad's growing isolation.

LIBYA: With attention focused on important cities and bigger battles to the east, Gaddafi may have underestimated the tenacity of the uprising in the western mountains.

AN ORANGUTAN washes his face with a towel. He wants to be like you.

A KINKY KANGAROO with a love for frilly knickers managed to escape from its owner and go on a lingerie loot.

BEAKY the EMU: From washing in the bath to joining in at mealtimes, Beaky loves being the family pet.

SAYCHELLES ISLANDERS are stunned by two fatal shark attacks in just two weeks, fearing it will kill their crucial tourism industry.

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Radiohead, Kate Bush, Jon Spencer, Itchy Seal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RADIOHEAD performs The King of Limbs in its entirety...From The Basement.

DEAD MAN WINTER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

KATE BUSH has an interview plus tracks at World Cafe.

FRESH MILLIONS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.


NINE INCH NAILS: Cover Me presents a tribute to The Downward Spiral.

BON IVER treks Iceland in the video for "Holocene."

EMMY THE GREAT talks to the Paris Review about her broken engagement, patron saints and more...

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS talk to Magnifier about their  non-stop hot sweaty mess dance party.

PITCHFORK at 15 concludes with a bunch of Top Fives of columns, selections from the long-running Guest List, screen-shots from Pitchfork's past, and links to features that helped to define a scene or sound.

BRIAN WILSON is doing an album of Disney songs; click through for "Heigh-Ho" and "Whistle While You Work."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Help rises to the top of the chart with 20.5 million, powered by the book's fans, some racial contoversy and Disney marketing.  Not many summer dramas do well; this one has racked up 71.8 million domestic against a 25 million budget in a little over two weeks. (I wrote last week this could be a phemon; looking more like it today.)  Rise of the Planet of the Apes sinks just a notch to second with 16.3 million; the 93 million reboot prequel has now taken in 133.8 million domestic, with close to another 100 million overseas. Spy Kids: All the Time in the World is third with 12 million, the lowest opening ever for this franchise; even so, with a mere 27 million budget, most of the pain here will be felt by the audience.  The Conan reboot opens in fourth with 10 million against a 90 million budget -- Ouch!  The Smurfs round out the Top 5 with an estmated 8 million, though the debut of the Fright Night remake's estimated 7.9 million may result in a flip when the final figures are in.  Kinda sad, as Fright Night got shockingly good reviews for a remake of an 80s horror classic.  One hopes good buzz turns into legs, but the studio may be kicking itself for not waiting amonth or so on this one.

KIM KARDASHIAN's wedding pics sell for 1.5 million dollars.


LINDSAY LOHAN is suing the rapper Pitbull for a line in his mega-hit, "Give Me Everything," for a disparaging lyric about her.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE's mystery girlfriend is revealed.

GWYNETH PALTROW: Rude to the help?

JERRY LEWIS, contra prior reports, will host this year's Labor Day weekend Muscular Dystrophy Association. UPDATE: Not so fast. You'll never walk alone, but apparently, Jerry will.

SID & MARTY KROFFT talk to The A.V. Club about what the future holds for H.R. Pufnstuf as well as the origins of their career, their disappointment over the Land Of The Lost movie, and the fine line between Charles Nelson Reilly and the character he played on Lidsville.

10 TV CHARACTERS who saved their shows.

LIBYA: Rebel fighters streamed into Tripoli as Gaddafi's forces collapsed and crowds took to the streets to celebrate, tearing down posters of the Libyan leader. Sky News and The Lede have been live-blogging the breaking news.

AFGHANISTAN: Southern Helmland province suffers its third turban bombing of the summer.  Turbans aren't searched at security checkpoints out of "cultural sensitivity." Probably great comfort to the dead and their families.

BARANOV the SEAL has an itch.

A "COW WHISPERER," helicopters and infrared cameras: no effort is being spared to find Austrian runaway cow Yvonne, who escaped slaughter in May to seek refuge in a Bavarian forest.

A BABY ELEPHANT in a raincoat. Cute, and very sad.

A FUNERAL-CRASHING BOA CONSTRICTOR has been nursed back to health and is ready to be adopted.

A CAT and a BABY DEER, cuddling together...Mass hysteria!

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Smiths, Other Lives, Zola Jesus, Chris Whitley, Cutout Bin, Emmitt Thunderpaws   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE SMITHS! RhinoUK has posted a 17-minute long "lost" documentary made for the press, ostensibly to promate the band's 1992 "best of" release.

OTHER LIVES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ABE VIGODA (the band, not the actor) did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.

ZOLA JESUS does a twofer at Daytrotter.

WARREN HAYNES, one of Rolling Stone's 25 greatest guitarists of all time, plays World Cafe Live.

CHRIS WHITLEY: Railroad Sunset.

THE CURE: Yeah, it's that day of the week again.

BRIAN WILSON: Portrait of the Artist.

PITCHFORK at 15: A decade and a half of choice interview quotes.

WAR IS OVER: Ending a four-year legal battle with over 3000 independent music publishers, Google Inc.‘s online video site YouTube has agreed to pay licensing fees with the National Music Publishers Assn.

RETROMANIA: Simon Reynolds' new book was reviewed and excerpted at the NYT.

DAVID BYRNE's Fake iPhone Apps.

ATTN RICK NIELSEN: Your 12-necked guitars are ready.

CUTOUT BIN: From Husker Du to James Brown, from the Dead Kennedys to Feist, from Sly & the Family Stone to the Feelies, plus the Lovin' Spoonful, Smithereens, Ventures, Black Keys 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 include: the latest Spy Kids, which was not screened for critics; the reboot of Conan the Barbarian, currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the remake of Fright Night, scoring 76 percent; and One Day, at 29 percent.

GWYNETH PALTROW saved a life on 9/11?

ANNE HATHAWAY's diet sounds a bit extreme.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE and the Mystery Girlfriend.

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D: Together again.

KATE WINSLET, EMMA THOMPSON & RACHEL WEISZ have formed the "British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League."

BLADE RUNNER: Ridley Scott is committing to direct and produce a sequel or a prequel to the 1982 cult classic.

PAUL REUBENS talks to The Wrap about reviving Pee-Wee, Judd Appatow, and his Emmy nomination.

ROGER EBERT excerpts his upcoming memoirs.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters took control of the coastal city of Sharqa in Abyan province.

PAKISTAN's unpopular president, Asif Ali Zardari, is receiving rare domestic praise this week for a move that even opponents say could help accomplish something that has long been the domain of the Pakistani army -- pacifying the militant-riddled tribal belt.

AFGHANISTAN: The NATO-led alliance has switched approach in training Afghan forces, a US major general said, in the face of escalating violence and a looming 2014 deadline to hand over security responsibilities.

EMMITT THUNDERPAWS welcomes his military dad home.

THE NEW CHUPACABRA? Prince George's Hospital Center workers have adopted a mythical creature as their new mascot.

A CAPYBARA was spotted by workers at the Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant and photographed before submerging back into the water.

A GROUNDHOG terrorizes Princeton, NJ. Dinsdale! (no, that would be a hedgehog.)

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