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She & Him, Menomena, Dawn Landes, Beatles, Tippy Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM played their take on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" on Conan, and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Conan. Both clips at P-Fork.

R.E.M.: Stream "Merry Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and three instrumental tracks from their upcoming LP.

MENOMENA stopped by the World cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAWN LANDES did three free songs for Daytrotter. Recommended.

THE VEILS debut three advance tracks via Drowned In Sound.

THE BEATLES: Aquarium Drunkard has the Fab Four's Christmas fan-club singles.

JOHNNY CASH, with June Carter Cash, family and friends, on "The 12 Days Of Christmas." Fish, meet barrel... Bang!

JOHN LYDON (a/k/a Johnny Rotten) talks about his Scrapbook, airport security and more with the San Francisco Chronicle.

WARPAINT is profiled by the L.A. Times. Fun fact: Shannyn Sossamon was first on the list of Warpaint's revolving door of drummers.

THE TOP 40 METAL ALBUMS of 2010, according to Decibel. Not my bag, but it may appeal to Pate bassist Mike Kelly.

VINYL: Don't call it a comeback.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader tops the chart with 24.5 million -- but that's a lot less than either The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or Prince Caspian.  Overseas sales will likely ensure a decent profit on this Narnias 150 million production budget, but the franchise may be over.  The Tourist debuted in second with 17 million, but with Depp and Jolie starring, this has to be considered a big ouch against a 100 million budget.  Again, international sales will save this from being a big loss, but it's a giant waste of star power. Tangled - which crossed the 100 million mark before the weekend - had a decent hold in the third slot with 14.6 million; it should continue to hold well through the end of the year, unless Yogi Bear turns out better than I suspect. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes in at No. 4 with 8.5 million, suffering a 50 drop, but still marginally ahead of Goblet of Fire, as the franchise goes.  No tears, as Harry has pulled in 778 million worldwide so far on a reported 200 million budget.  Unstoppable hangs on to round out the Top Five with 3.8 million; its 74.2 million domestic total to date is not as strong as The Book of Eli, but still one of Denzel's stronger showings.  Below the fold, Black Swan comes in sixth with 3.3 million on a tiny 94 screens.

MILEY CYRUS celebrated her 18th birthday by smoking the legal hallucinogen salvia with a bong. Billy Ray Cyrus is "so sad." It may end up in a Salvia ban.

NICOLE RICHIE: There was frantic negotiating to land a 100K exclusive magazine deal for her wedding pics ahead of the big ceremony with Joel Madden Saturday.

LIZ HURLEY's three-year marriage to Arun Nayar is on the rocks.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are making no secret of their real-life romance while shooting the latest Twilight installment.

NEVE CAMPBELL dating the Old Spice guy?

WINONA RYDER, back on screens in Black Swan (and soon The Dilemma) talks to Elle about acting and not using the Internet.

THE HASSELHOFFS get cancelled after two episodes. Ouch.

THOR has a trailer online.

THE 10 WORST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Film School Rejects.

THE TOP FILMS of 2010, according to the BFI poll and The Observer's Philip French.

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS was Barbara Walters's Most Fascinating Person of 2010.

TERROR in SWEDEN: Two blasts rocked the center of Stockholm Saturday night in what Sweden's foreign minister called "a terrorist attack" that killed one person and wounding two.

IRAN is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources, according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt.

A CAMEL falls onto audience members in the pews of a sanctuary Christmas performance.

RUDY the REINDEER is safe and sound after escaping from a live nativity scene at a central Florida church.  Was Santa bringing the frankinsense? Or was Rudy feeling upstaged by the camel?

CAT rescued from a tree. A hearty perennial.

MUTANT MAN-MONSTER... or a hoax?

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Shindig Xmas, Dirty Beaches, Bowie, Rudolph, Cutout Bin, Penguin Dilemma   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SHINDIG CHRISTMAS '64! Part One includes The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial. Part Two includes Marvin Gaye with "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" and Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," plus Bobby Sherman singing "Sleigh Ride" and Adam Faith returning with "Santa Claus Is Back In Town."  In Part Three, Donna Loren returns with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," and "Johnny B. Goode." Part Four brings Marvin Gaye with "Hitch Hike" and concludes with The Beach Boys on "We Three Kings."

DIRTY BEACHES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter at Pop Montreal. Recommended for fans of the Jesus & Mary Chain, Jack Nitzsche, etc.

ADMIRAL RADLEY (ft members of Grandaddy and Earlimart) stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE BLACK LILLIES played a short set on the Mountain Stage.

DAVID BOWIE: Strange Fascination, circa '74.

RUDOLPH: (You Don't Have To Put On The Red Light).

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy is working on a Broadway musical?

WIRE takes The Quietus on a track-by-track tour of their upcoming Red Barked Tree.

JOY DIVISION drummer Stephen Morris talks to The Quietus about the new box set and more...

LOS CAMPESINOS! launches a zine.

NICK CAVE and the Deathly Hallows.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Who to the Feelies, from James Brown to Joe Jackson, from the Kingsmen to Prefab Sprout, from CCR to Ariel Pink, plus the Cars, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, GbV and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which is currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Tourist, which is scoring 15 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN is secretly in talks to be a contestant on Dancing With the Stars.

JESSICA SIMPSON will definitely have a prenup with fiance Will Johnson.

WESLEY SNIPES is finally in federal custody to begin his 3 year prison sentence for tax evasion.

BLAKE LIVELY & RYAN GOSLING: More than friendly?

REESE WITHERSPOON, returning to the big screen after a two-year hiatus, is profiled by Entertainment Weekly.

NATALIE PORTMAN takes off her dress -- and a wig -- for the NYT Magazine.

THE HOBBIT: Orlando Bloom is near a deal to return as Elven archer Legolas.

JAMES FRANCO is headed back to General Hospital and to a Sal Mineo biopic.

THE WACHOWSKIS are returning to the Warner Bros. fold with a modern, urban take on the Robin Hood myth.

ALIEN PREQUEL(s): Deets from director Ridley Scott.

TERROR in the USA: Antonio Martinez, who is also known as Muhammad Hussain, attempted to detonate a car bomb outside an Armed Services recruitment center in Maryland.

NORTH KOREA: China has hit back at US criticism over North Korea saying military threats are not the answer.

IRAN's nuclear program is still in chaos despite its leaders' adamant claim that they have contained the computer worm that attacked their facilities, cybersecurity experts in the US and Europe say.

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition and Afghan special operations teams have hit hard at the Taliban and allied groups' leadership and rank and file during more than 7000 raids throughout Afghanistan over the past six months. More than 600 insurgent leaders were killed or captured. In addition, more than 2000 enemy fighters have been killed, and over 4100 fighters have been captured.

PENGUIN DILEMMA: Let's go to the video.

GIANT STORKS may have fed on real-life Hobbits.

A CHEETAH delayed Qantas flight QF675 from Melbourne.

A NEW SPECIES OF SNUB-NOSED MONKEY is discovered, then eaten.

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Greenhornes, Oberhoffer, John Lennon, Parrots in Bowls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN sings about stalking Kirsten Dunst.

THE GREENHORNES brought their garagey goodness to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

OBERHOFER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter at Pop Montreal.

FLUXBLOG 2010 SURVEY MIX: 8 Discs or a torrent.

REMINDER: Amazon MP3 is offering a free song daily.

ISRAEL KAMAKAWIWO'OLE, the late Hawaiian musician best-known for his ukulele-backed cover of "Over the Rainbow," is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.


JOHN LENNON's final interview. Plus, Newsweek notes that Lennon was also "a pioneer of fame - a man who courted, commented on, used, retreated from, and was finally consumed by his own gargantuan renown..."


SONIC YOUTH: Lee Renaldo essays why he loves Sandy Denny.

SEASON of the LIST: Stereogum's Top 50 Albums (and Top 15 EPs) of the year. Also, All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen lists his Top Nine.

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND co-founder and fmr member Richard Finch -- who co-wrote the band's 1970s smash 'That's the Way (I Like It)' -- has been sentenced to seven years in prison after entering a plea of no contest to charges he had unlawful sexual conduct with a minor.

JUDAS PRIEST are to take on the world with one final tour.

JIM MORRISON will be getting a pardon from outgoing FL Gov. Charlie Crist.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The scandal-denying tour continues with her bestest birthday ever.

NICOLE RICHIE & JOEL MADDEN wedding details.

JENNIFER ANISTON is telling pal Chelsea Handler to cool it viz her profane attacks on Angelina Jolie.

OPRAH WINFREY says she is not a lesbian. NTTAWWT.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is hitting back after some semi-nude photos of her hit the Internet.

TIGER WOODS: The adult movie actress selling a purported sex tape of herself with Woods claims the golf superstar paid her off not to release it, and so she's closing a Web site that has been accepting orders for weeks. Oh, sure.

KATY PERRY is in the process of taking new husband Russell Brand's last name.

KIRSTEN DUNST's return from a hiatus is covered by BlackBook.

IRAN: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps is growing its fleet of "suicide ships" to attack shipping in the Gulf; a defector claimed 9000 such ships exist. The United Arab Emirates' foreign minister called on Iran to end the occupation of three islands claimed by the emirate.

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition commanders are rebalancing their strategy, with less counterinsurgency and more counterterrorism strategy.


PARROTS IN BOWLS: Your moment of Zen.

PET BUFFALO rides in a car. Animal Planet has filmed the bison and its caretaker driving around and playing together for a documentary which will be shown sometime in the spring.

SHARK vs MAN... at tennis. Gonna need a bigger racket.

THE "TERRIBLE, HAIRY FLY," one of the world's rarest and oddest-looking flies, has been located in Kenya.

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Jeff Tweedy & Yo La Tengo, Elton John & Leon Russell, Rudolph   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JEFF TWEEDY joins YO LA TENGO on Wilco's "Jesus, Etc," and a Gary U.S. Bonds cover, "Eight Day Weekend" during YLT's traditional Hanukkah stand at Maxwell's in Hoboken, No Jokin'.

THE NAKED and the FAMOUS made their US radio debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic just before Thanksgiving.

ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL played NYC's Beacon Theatre, featuring their collaboration on The Union plus, their separate hits. You can stream the gig on demand.

TWIN SHADOW gets the twofer treatment on World Cafe: Next.

TWILIGHT SINGERS, Live in Amsterdam, Nov. 28, 2006.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: "Santa's Beard."  Their cover of "New York City" is pretty seasonal, too.

ARCADE FIRE's Win Butler lists his 14 favorite Springsteen songs.

SPOON: Britt Daniel and Eric Harvey have a bit of a career retrospective with Drowned In Sound.

THE PIXIES continue to innovate by building an online gigography.

FAVES 2010, courtesy of a fave blogger, Frank Yang, at Chromewaves.

JESSICA SIMPSON has a a new fiance, a holiday album and... news that she is on her way to becoming a billion-dollar mover and shaker in the fashion world?

LINDSAY LOHAN finally has permission to get back behind the wheel of a car.

BRETT FAVRE's accuser might go public with an "overabundance of evidence" if the NFL doesn't come down on the veteran QB for his alleged sexting scandal.

PORTIA de ROSSI will not be dancing with a woman on Dancing With the Stars.

JULIANNA MARGUILES tells her Good Wife costar Alan Cumming why sometimes it's good to be bad. 

FRUSTRATED CELEBS returned to Twitter after a billionaire donated 500K to an AIDS charity. Our short national nightmare is over; our long one resumes.

RANDY & EVI QUAID are writing a tell-all book, apparently detailing their bizarre conspiracy theory that they are the victims of Hollywood  "star whackers."

KEVIN SMITH takes on another airline.

GEORGE LUCAS has been buying the film rights to dead movie legends to put them together on screen.

AL QAEDA may be planning a horrific 'Frankenbomber' suicide attack by implanting explosives into a human body.

AFGHANISTAN: Al-Qaeda's leaders have allocated 23.25 million and launched a new training program for 400 militants in Khyber Agency to start a full-blown insurgency in the Swat area of Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa province and Malakand Division next summer.

IRAQ: Police stepped up security at Shia mosques in in volatile northern Diyala province for the Muslim New Year on Tuesday after Al-Qaeda issued a series of threats. Al Sumaria has released photographs of al Qaeda in Iraq's top two leaders.

RUDOLPH the RED-NOSED REINDEER explodes after becoming impaled on traffic lights. Video at the link. The humanity!

SNAKE in a wreath.

SNAKES on a PLANE, with parrots and a squirrel. There's always a squirrel.

WHEN TERRIERS ATTACK: Where was the air marshall?

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Not-So-New Releases, Jeff Mangum, Glam Xmas, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS dropped a video for "I L U," directed by Toby Halbrooks and David Lowery.

NOT-SO-NEW RELEASES from Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse, Les Savy Fav, Springsteen, Local Natives, Four Tet, Mumford and Sons, the Budos band and more are streaming via Spinner.

JEFF MANGUM (Neutral Milk Hotel) played a surprise show at the Schoolhouse in Brooklyn to an audience of 75 or so people.

THE BEST WORLD CAFE of 2010, according to host David Dye.

GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL, home to bands like Gold Panda, Matthew Dear and School of Seven Bells, is streaming a compilation LP featuring unreleased tracks.

DIAMOND RINGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter at Pop Montreal.

GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

LESLIE FEIST talks to The Guardian about making a documentary, swapping schools without telling her mom and her debt to the Muppets.

GORILLAZ have started their own online advent calendar.

THE WORST ALBUM COVERS of 2010, according to Pitchfork.

COLLEGE RADIO: An endangered species?

BRITNEY SPEARS is on a romantic trip with Jason Trawick in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The allegations she has vehemently denied about their relationship are purely coincidental.

JOHNNY DEPP would like George Clooney or Brad Pitt to star opposite him as the Lone Ranger.

CHELSEA HANDLER wants you to know she really, really, really is not a fan of Angelina Jolie.

KIM KARDASHIAN denies being pregnant by Kanye West.

JOSH DUHAMEL says he learned his lesson after being booted from an airplane for refusing to stop texting.

KELSEY GRAMMER is engaged to his new girlfriend Kayte Walsh.

CHARLIE SHEEN's estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, has checked into a sober living facility.

EVA LONGORIA put on a brave face at Hollywood hot spot Chateau Marmont with dozens of pals.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY almost retired at the age of 22 when she realized she was not enjoying her work, she has disclosed.

"DANDY" DON MEREDITH, the Dallas Cowboys and SMU quarterback and Monday Night Football icon, died Sunday evening in Santa Fe, NM. He was 72.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on tonight. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

AFGHANS are more pessimistic about the direction of their country, less confident in the ability of the United States and its allies to provide security and more willing to negotiate with the Taliban than they were a year ago, according to a new poll conducted in all of Afghanistan's 34 provinces.  But residents of two key southern provinces that have been the focus of US military operations over the past year say aspects of their security and living conditions have improved significantly since last December.

A CAPYBARA, sucking on a bunny's ears...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is stealing Christmas in Braintree, Mass.

AN ALLIGATOR was busted after using the drive-through at McDonald's in Kansas City.

MINNIE the SECOND is a harmless-looking kitteh accused of attacking a patron at the 156-year-old McSorley's Old Ale House in NYC.

RESEARCHERS dress as panda bears as an essential part of China's ambitious strategy to reintroduce captive-bred Giant Pandas back into the wild.

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