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Cat Power, Twilight Singers, Okkervil River, Raveonettes, Pugs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAT POWER unveils a new song at the Fillmore, before covering Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams."

TWILIGHT SINGERS are advance streaming Dynamite Steps.

THE DEARS are advance streaming Degeneration Street

MOGWAI is advance streaming Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will.

OKKERVIL RIVER drops "Mermaid," from a new single.

THE RAVEONETTES drop a ballad, "Forget That You're Young," in advance of Raven in the Grave.

SAM COOKE & JACKIE WILSON unexpectedly meet up on "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha."

SXSW releases its music schedule, festival-goers!

JON SPENCER talks to PopMatters about the Blues Explosion reissues (and their hip-hop influences).

EBSEN & THE WITCH gives Drowned In Sound a track-by-track tour of Violet Cries.

THE XX's Jamie Smith talks to Pitchfork about the band and side projects.

AEROSMITH's sales have spiked since Steven Tyler joined American Idol.

LINDSAY LOHAN in the Superman reboot? Or Team Li-Lo desperately trying to change the story to something other than a possible grand theft charge today? BTW, Li-Lo's flunkies plan to say she didn't steal the necklace.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY: Berry tells Ebony that she feels her daughter is black, just after her anonymous people accused Aubry of freaking out about the topic.

OLIVIA WILDE separated from her Italian prince eight years after the two eloped.

CHARLIE SHEEN will be returning to the set of Two and a Half Men before the end of the month, according to his lawyer.

JUDE LAW & SIENNA MILLER are dunzo. Again. For now.

CHRISTIAN BALE rips a movie critic who thought the actor's weight loss for The Fighter was a gimmick.

KATY PERRY talks to Elle about her chest and other stuff.

TINA FEY dispels myths about balancing career and motherhood in The New Yorker.

THE SPIDER-MAN MUSICAL opens to horrific reviews.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt.  The government made fresh pledges to create committees to study proposed democratic openings, but demonstrators came out in force to insist that they wanted more than an evolutionary plan by the existing authorities. And the protesters extended their range on Tuesday, with thousands storming the gates of Parliament demanding that it be dissolved. At Foreign Policy, historian Daniel A. Bell warns that Egypt's revolution could evolve later into a reign of terror.

IRAN: Turkey announced that it would not take action against Turkish citizens accused of smuggling missile components into Iran.

PAKISTAN: The Obama administration has suspended all high-level dialogue with Pakistan, a key US partner in the Afghanistan war, over the case of an American diplomat the Pakistanis have detained on possible murder charges, US and Pakistani officials said.

IRAQ: Is Prime Minister al-Maliki not running for a third term? Meanwhile, people in Kirkuk are united in their concern over what happens when the US pulls out.

TWO PUGS, ONE SLED: Let's go to the video.

AN UNWELCOME BEAR was chased away from Boulder Community Hospital by country music. Presumably, the opposite is true at Disney World.

PARROTS, like humans, choose to use one side of their body more than the other, with more of them left handed -- or, more precisely, left footed than anything else.

COW delivers rare set of Three Stooges.

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New Pronographers, New Releases, Moondoggies, Slo-mo Chipmunk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS dropped a video for "Moves" with cameos from Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, TedLeo, Horatio Sanz, John Hodgman, Donald Glover and more...

NEW RELEASES: New stuff from Nicole Atkins, Cut Copy, Trail of Dead, Boxer Rebellion and more is streaming at Spinner this week.

MOONDOGGIES did three free songs for Daytrotter.

YOUNG RIVAL did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a cover of "All I Have to Do is Dream." In a weird way, they're sorta like a more serious Young Fresh Fellows.

PAUL SIMON drops "The Afterlife" in advance of So Beautiful or So What.

LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

GANG OF FOUR: Andy Gill talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about the pressure of the reunion tour and their KISS moment.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to PopMatters about his songwriting methods, his political frustrations, and what makes him such a great guitarist.

JONATHAN RICHMAN: The A.V. Club offers new fans entry points to his body of work.

YO LA TENGO: I missed them perform an episode of Seinfeld. Dang.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be charged with felony grand theft this week, according to RadarOnline. She reportedly told her advisors she had not been in the jewelry store which reported the theft of an expensive necklace... until the surveillance video proved otherwise.

SHIA LeBEOUF has been looking for a bar fight?

KELSEY GRAMMER and soon-to-be ex-wife Camille Grammer have struck a deal which will allow Kelsey to get a quickie divorce and marry his girlfriend.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Adult video actress Kacey Jordan is poised to star in a re-creation of her wild 36-hour bender with the Two and a Half Men star, according to RadarOnline.

PAUL HAGGIS, an Oscar-winning screenwriter, serves as key source in The New Yorker's 26-page undressing of the Church of Scientology.

THE WRITERS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats! The wins for The Social Network and Inception may slow the momentum behind The King's Speech (though it may simply be that the Speech was ineligible).

SUPER 8: J.J. Abrams talks a bit about his latest secret project, not that it's been advertised during the Super Bowl.

FANTASTIC VOAYGE: Shawn Levy will direct the James Cameron-produced 3D tent pole remake.

TURA SATANA, whose authoritative presence, exotic looks and buxom frame commanded the attention of viewers of Russ Meyer's 1965 cult movie "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!", died on Friday evening in Reno, NV.  In later decades, the influence of Ms. Satana's no-nonsense attitude could be seen in pop-cultural artifacts ranging from "Xena, Warrior Princess" to Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" movies.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt.  Mubarak seems to be pursuing a rope-a-dope strategy to exploit the generational divide in the protest movement.

IRAN's opposition leaders take inspiration from protests in Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN: As many as 900 Afghan fighters have agreed to lay down their arms, but it is too soon to say if a drive to bring in low-level fighters can be decisive in curbing bloodshed. Meanwhile, the Taliban has established the rudiments of a civilian administration to complement their shadowy combat force, running schools, collect taxes and adjudicate civil disputes in Islamic courts.

SLO-MO CHIPMUNK: Let's go to the video.

A "SUPER-PACK" of 400 WOLVES has been terrifying a Russian town after leaving more than 30 horses dead in just four days.

A CHICKEN HOTEL opens in Cornwall.

A RACCOON ended a North Dakota team's bid for a fourth consecutive regional championship in high school wrestling.

MICE are being trained to detect would-be bombers and drug couriers at airports.

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Gary Moore RIP, PJ Harvey, Adele, James Blake, Strokes, Kittehs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GARY MOORE, former guitarist for Thin Lizzy, died in his sleep at 58.  He didn't play on "The Boys Are Back In Town," so I offer you his solo UK hit cover of "Friday On My Mind."

PJ HARVEY is advance streaming Let England Shake.

ADELE is advance streaming 21. She also played World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand.

JAMES BLAKE is streaming four tracks from his self-titled LP. It's not really my bag, but it might be yours.

THE STROKES drop a :30 teaser from "Under the Cover of Darkness," which recaptures their early sound.

GRUFF RHYS of Super Furry Animals discusses his new solo LP an play "Sensations in the Dark" live with the aid of an acoustic guitar, a Casio keyboard and a Velcro Horn.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM have announced that they will play their final show on Saturday, April 2, at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood talks to the Telegraph about the history of the band, and plays "I Do Believe."

ELBOW frontman Guy Garvey explains the inspiration behind their latest album to The Quietus.

THE RADIO DEPT's lead singer and guitarist Johan Duncanson talks to the Boston Globe.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: On Super Bowl weekend, The Roommate tops the chart with a bettr-than-expected 15.6 million against a 16 million budget (though some reports say it was half that).  Screen Gems has practically turned the bad-but-profitable PG-13 horror-thriller into a science.  Sanctum comes in second with 9.2 million, which was also better than expected. Was this cabin fever following the big bizzard? Hmmm. No Strings Attached shows with 8.4 million, on a 37.4 percent drop that suggests football counter-programming.  NSA has already doubled its 25 million production budget.  The King's Speech is at No. 4, pulling in 8.3 million as Oscar buzz propels it toward the 100 million mark (the same could be said of Black Swan in th tenth slot).  Rounding out the Top 5 is The Green Hornet with 6.1 million.  Hornet likely suffered from the Big Game competition, but has more than recouped its budget worldwide.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be charged with felony grand theft as early as today, according to TMZ.  The charge would carry a potential three year sentence, not to mention its effect on her current probation.

CHARLIE SHEEN: There's video of him dancing crazily with three women at the outset of his last 36-hour bender.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY:  Team Halle claims Gabriel "went nuts" whenever anyone would refer to their daughter as "Black"  and that she dropped out of the ensemble comedy New Year's Eve to focus on her "serious concerns" about Nahla's well-being while in Aubry's care.

SHIA LeBEOUF was placed in handcuffs after a fight at a bar over the weekend, but was eventually released.  RadarOnline claims the fight started after another patron used a gay slur.

VICTORIA & DAVID BECKHAM are having a baby girl, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

THE KING'S SPEECH gets two thumbs up from the Queen.

THE AVENGERS: How I Met Your Mother star Cobie Smulders has emerged as the front runner for the role of SHIELD Agent Maria Hill in the Joss Whedon-directed Marvel crsssover-pic.

CAPTAIN AMERICA aired its first trailer during the Super Bowl. Blink and you'll miss the Red Skull.

SUPERMAN: Three actresses are vying for the role of Ursa? Can General Zod and Non be far behind?

JAMES FRANCO is in early talks to star in Oz, the Great and Powerful, Disney's prequel-ish take on The Wizard of Oz tale being directed by Sam Raimi, with Robert Downey, Jr. off the project.

GISELE BUNDCHEN angers cancer experts (and presumably Baz Luhrmann) by saying people shouldn't wear sun lotion.

WAYNE'S WORLD returned to SNL with Dana Carvey as host.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt.  A former Egyptian military chief of staff claims Islamic militants from Iran, Lebanon and Palestine contributed to Egypt's unrest after "infiltrating" the country. Vice President Omar Suleiman insisted Sunday that President Hosni Mubarak could not step down, and in a significant but limited move held a first meeting with members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and youth opposition groups.

IRAN: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov disapproved of new sanctions on Iran, saying they "will basically be aimed at suffocating the Iranian economy." An Iranian official claimed gasoline production has exceeded national consumption.

SYNCHRONIZED KITTEHS practice their routine.

A POT-BELLIED PIG outshines the canines on an agility team. That'll do, pig.

A 3 FOOT LONG BOA CONSTRICTOR that slithered away from its owner on a Boston subway car a month ago has been found in an adjoining car.

A SQUIRREL is obsessed with a dog statue outside Moscow.

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Van Morrison, Streets, Stars, Zep, Cutout Bin, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with VAN MORRISON!  One great artist, many years of great songs and performances.  "Here Comes the Night," "Domino" and "Wild Night" are from 1974.  "Cypus Avenue" goes back to 1970.  "Moondance" plus "And It Stoned Me" date from 1980.  And I'm not sure of the date for these takes on "Into the Mystic" and "Tupelo Honey."

THE STREETS are advance streaming Computers and Blues, reportedly their last LP. Not really my bag, but maybe yours.

STARS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

TRISTEN & THE RINGERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART advance you the title track to Belong.

DUM DUM GIRLS drop the title track to the He Gets Me High EP.

MOONDOGGIES drop "What Took So Long" from their Tidelands LP.

LED ZEPPELIN, Live at the Inglewood Forum in L.A., June 23, 1977.  Keith Moon guests on three tracks.

PETER BJORN & JOHN got a "Second Chance" with Conan. Sounds great, fellahs, but I coulda used a little more cowbell.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the WSJ about Sundance, collaborations and future plans.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Nate Query answers queries from the Mpls City Pages about Portlandia and gearing up to tour The King Is Dead.

LOU BARLOW talks Sebadoh and Dinosaur, Jr. with the Santa Barbara Independent.

SUFJAN STEVENS gives a wide-ranging interview to Under The Radar.

AMOS LEE looks to become the lowest selling Billboard chart-topper ever, with Iron & Wine a close second.

THE BEATLES: Two previously unreleased Beatles tracks from the Cirque Du Soleil stage show soundtrack 'Love' are to be made available for download on Feb. 8. But the MOJO blog recently listed many more unreleased Beatlesongs that could be made available digitally.

ALBUM COVERS recreated in Lego.

CUTOUT BIN: From Elvis Costello to Eddie Holland, from the Monkees to the Arctic Monkeys, from Roy Orbison to Living Colour, from John Barry to Juliana Hatfield, plus Squeeze, the Hollies, Buffalo Springfield, White Stripes 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 both thrillers: Sanctum (in 3-D), which is currently scoring 35 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Roommate, which was not screened for critics. Must be February!

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY take their custody dispute to Internet tabloids.  Camp Gabriel says it won't leak numerous emails, text messages and voicemails from Berry which document her angry and jealous rages -- but one magically surfaces at the same website! And People runs a story about jealousy over Kim Kardashian. Camp Halle claims the child is terrified by Gabriel... and the same website finds an ex-gf claiming Gabriel is a borderline racist.

CHARLIE SHEEN denies rumors of a conservatorshipor a sitcom shutdown, and complains: "[T]wo wars are in an endless state of sorrow. Egypt about burned to the ground, and all you people care about is my bullsh-t....?" At this site, we can do both... so let's check in with the madam who claims Sheen has his own adult video!

LINDSAY LOHAN: I wondered here whether she was tipped off about police seeking a search warrant of her home for a stolen necklace... and she reportedly was.  Lohan's defense to grand theft is that she was told the by the owner of Kamofie & Company that she could take the necklace on loan ... and the surveillance video doesn't prove otherwise because there's no audio. (I would not be surprised if California outlawed surveillance audio, as opposed to video.)

BRITNEY SPEARS denies the claim that she used a dance double in her new video.

ELTON JOHN criticizes Billy Joel, explains his decision to play Rush Limbaugh's wedding and more in the new Rolling Stone.  In response, Billy Joel says he's not angry at Sir Elton.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson attempted to commit suicide by "death by cop" after his wife left him and ended their 26 year marriage, according to a friend of the star.

DALLAS: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are now all confirmed to return to Southfork for the TNT reboot.

SUPERMAN: Who won't -- and who might -- play Lois Lane opposite Henry Cavill in the Zach Snyder reboot.

HOLLYWOOD'S TOP 40: Creative figures -- stars, directors, producers -- and the money they earn from film, compiled by Vanity Fair.


MARIA SCHNEIDER, the French star of "Last Tango in Paris," has died at the age of 58 after a long illness.

TERROR in the UK: The London Tube bombers were guided and encoraged by a contact in Pakistan. America accused the UK Treasury of blocking attempts to close down "terrorist financiers" operating in Britain and being more concerned with protecting the interests of the City, leaked documents show.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt. The deployment of plainclothes forces paid by Mubarak's ruling party - men known here as baltageya - has been a hallmark of the Mubarak government, and there were many signs their violence was carefully choreographed.  Vice President Omar Suleiman made a lot of news in an interview on state TV, saying he will not run for president.  The US is rapidly reassessing its tenuous relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, although officials have engaged in back-channel talks with Egyptian members of the movement for years in recognition of its substantial popular support.

JORDAN's powerful Muslim opposition urged the country's newly appointed prime minister to step down, calling him the wrong person to introduce democratic reforms and tackle deepening poverty and unemployment.

IRAN: A London-based think tank claimed Iran could have nuclear weapon in one or two years. Iraq's Prime Minister Maliki accused Iran of arming foreign fighters.

CORGIS PLAY TETHERBALL: Let's go to the video.

THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TREE OCTOPUS is not endangered so much as being an Internet hoax.

A PUPPY was saved from almost certain deah by shipping.

A JAPANESE DOG is able to detect bowel cancer using its sense of smell, according to new research.

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Guster, Duffy, Tweedy & Bennett, Koala Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST play "Each and Every Day" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

GUSTER did five free songs for Daytrotter.

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

BLACK KEYS have an interview plus tracks from Fresh Air.

JEFF TWEEDY & JAY BENNETT, Live at the Old Town School of Folk Music, July 25, 1999.

LOS LOBOS unveils the theme song to "Rango," the upcoming animated feature ft. Johnny Depp.  The band was brought in after the legendary Hans Zimmer gave up on trying to craft authentic mariachi music.

THE DODOS drop "Black Night" in advance of No Color.

JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

THE WHITE STRIPES have officially ended. After all, it's hard to have a lucrative reunion tour if you don't actually stop.

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: 52 years ago today.  Here's a little Buddy Holly.

ARCADE FIRE gets blasted by Vincent Moon, who has made a tour documentaries of the band and The National.

THE ROLLING STONES apparently intend a 50th anniversary world tour? That's what's implied in a lawsuit against promoter Live Nation.  But the band is downplaying the story.

PAVEMENT percussionist and singer Bob Nastanovich talks to SPIN, saying there may be more shows, but probably not more albums.

THE GO! TEAM: Ian Parton says he's not sure his band will continue much longer.

NICK CAVE sat down with Australia's Triple J radio to discuss his art, his nipples and performing with Grinderman at the Big Day Out festival.

LINDSAY LOHAN is under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with the possible theft of a high-end necklace from a store. She -- or was it a friend -- turned in the jewelry to police.  Was Li-Lo tipped off that the cops were seeking a search warrant for her home, based on an Internet picture? Lohan denies the charge, natch.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY's custody battle gets uglier.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & RYAN REYNOLDS: Scar-Jo got teary during a late night meetup at Chateau Marmont. The couple has no plans to reconcile, according to an "insider."

CHARLIE SHEEN: Producers are juggling to keep Two and a Half Men going while Sheen is in rehab.

BRITNEY SPEARS used a dance double in her new video. At what point is she a mannequin with a brand name?

THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD: The man who plays him on TV talks to The New Yorker.

ASK MEN released their Top 99 Most Desirable Women list for 2011. It's a slide show, but the Top 10 are in text if you want to cut to the chase. Call it Gratuitous Thursday.

MINKA KELLY: They added more pics to that GQ photo shoot linked here previously. Call it Extra-Gratuitous Thursday.  (How is she only No. 99 on the AskMen List?)

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt. The Egyptian army called Wednesday for an end to the massive demonstrations, and the atmosphere turned ominous as the anti-government crowds were confronted by angry Mubarak supporters. The US State Dept. told citizens who wish to leave to report to the airport ASAP after curfew lifts in the morning, with further USG flights unlikely after today, it sounds like they fear the worst is yet to come... but coming soon. Then again, Robert Springborg, a professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, thinks the military has already won.

YEMENI leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, under pressure to stand down, said on Wednesday he will freeze constitutional changes that would have seen him become president for life.

SYRIA: Calls for protests on Friday and Saturday are spreading on social media websites, following popular uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt.

TERROR in the USA: "Jihad Jane," pled guilty in a Philadelphia federal court today. She was charged with aiding foreign terror suspects and plotted to kill a Swedish cartoonist who depicted the Prophet Mohammed.

IRAN: US authorities disclosed charges and sanctions against operators of an alleged smuggling network that was accused of purchasing millions of dollars in equipment for Iran's nuclear and missile programs.

AFGHANISTAN: Officials said that training camps for the Taliban and al Qaeda are located in the Iranian cities of Zahedan, Birjan, Maibod, and in the Shamsabad area near Tehran.

KOALA BEAR eats an apple.

COW-MILKING DISPUTE turns into a foot-chase with a machete.  Boy, that escalated quickly, didn't it?

TOKYO CAT CAFES: Not just for crazy cat ladies!

THE SWARM: Bees can navigate using the sun even on cloudy days using clues from polarized light to determine the hidden sun's position, Australian researchers say.

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