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Bishop Allen, White Rabbits, Norah Jones, Jookabox, Cats and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BISHOP ALLEN holds an incongruous Shindig in the clip for "True or False."

WHITE RABBITS did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

BRILLIANT COLORS are streaming their debut album via MBV: "This trio knows how to make a lovely pop racket that brings in echoes of seminal acts like The Raincoats and The Shop Assistants." And to think I have the latter on vinyl.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

NORAH JONES is advance streaming her new LP via NPR, if you're into that sort of thing.

JOOKABOX: You could add "You Cried Me" to the list of clips I should have linked before Halloween, except that it wasn't out then.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to Straight about recording In and Out of Control.

DANIEL JOHNSON talks to the Scotsman about being healthier mentally and more prolific.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE: Erlend Øye shares a few of his favorite things with Pitchfork.

TEGAN and SARA: The latter talks to AfterEllen, which also embeds the "behind the scenes" video for "Hell."

THE FEELIES reissues of Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth are reviewed by Drowned In Sound.

LINDSAY LOHAN's desperate call for help, leaked by her ex-con dad, likely in response to her threat to get a restraining order against him. Audio at the link.

NICOLE KIDMAN tells GQ that her experiences of love ranged from "mundane" marriage to "strange sexual fetish stuff," but won't say a thing about ex-hubby Tom Cruise.

FERGIE and JOSH DUHAMEL are denying another round of allegations from an Atlanta stripper that she had a one-night stand with the actor.  The stripper's lawyer claims Duhamel bragged about it.

MICHAEL JACKSON: How to market a dead celebrity tastefully.

ASHLEE SIMPSON was booted from the reboot of Melrose Place for her diva behavior and bad acting. Double-shocka!

SEAN PENN's son was busted for drug possession.  Dude, that's his skull.

THE 20 BEST TV SHOWS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste.

TERROR in the USA: The two men accused of plotting attacks on a Danish newspaper also planned to carry out attacks in India.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS plan to behead and crucify a 22-year-old man convicted of raping five children and leaving one of them to die in the desert. Roman Polanski can strike the Kingdom off his list of possible escape routes.

IRAN: Protesters clashed with government forces on the anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei rejected US offers for further negotiations and said any attempt to negotiate is "naive and perverted."

CAT and DOG, sleeping together...mass hysteria!


BABY ECHINADAS debut at the Perth Zoo.

HIPPOS: Israel dominates the market. Who knew?

GREAT WHITE SHARKS spend months near the northern and central California coast between August and February foraging among elephant seals, sea lions and other prey, according to a new study. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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TMBG, Rain Machine, Them Crooked Vultures, Dog Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEA WOLF: "Wicked Blood" is another clip I should have found before Halloween.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

RAIN MACHINE: Kyp Malone (also of TVotR) talks to the Wall Street Journal about his solo LP, from which he streams a few tracks during his Guest DJ stint on All Songs Considered.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES: Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme drop another song, "Mind Eraser, No Chaser" (a Theolonious Monk allusion, methinks)

RYAN ADAMS drops a new song, "Jimmy Whistlenut," which features the title character's sax blowing wife, trouser licking dog, penchant for tripping on Robitussin and crack, time machine, break dancing, and jumping jacks.

THE HAMMOND B3 ORGAN (and the Leslie speaker cabinet) get a tribute from The Guardian -- which inexplicably omits The Rascals, which means we need a dose of "Good Lovin'."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Peter Hughes gets an interview, with the Loyola Phoenix, while John Darnielle talks to PopMatters.

THE PONYS RIDE AGAIN: Why did one of Chicago's best-loved garage bands disappear at their peak? And after two years, what's bringing them back?

BRIAN ENO talks to Pitchfork about about Coldplay, Abba, his influence on Phil Collins, working with U2, and more...

CHUCK PROPHET: The former Green on Red guitarist reviews recording sessions with the San Francisco Chronicle.

AVATAR: The next big James Cameron pic has a new trailer online.

RHIANNA sits down with Diane Sawyer, revealing publicly for the first time what happened last February with singer and ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.

KATE WINSLET was "delighted" to win a payout of about 40K from the Daily Mail, which said she lied about her exercise regime.

KATE BOSWORTH and CHRIS MARTIN (Coldplay) may sue the ever-reliable Star magazine for suggesting they were... wait for it... caught canoodling behind Gwyneth Paltrow's back.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND racked up a seven-hundred dollar bar tab between 7am and 1pm. But he had a little help drinking.

THE OSCARS will be hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, after Ben Stiller and Robert Downey, Jr. turned down the gig.

WINONA RYDER surveys her career at Black Book.

THE TERMINATOR franchise is going up for auction.  There's already a bid from Joss Whedon, in the whopping amount of 10K.

THE TOP 15 TIME TRAVEL MOVIES, according to the Pulp List.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT was a Playboy bunny for Halloween. Call it Gratuitous Wednesday.

NORTH KOREA claims it has successfully weaponized more plutonium for atomic bombs.

GUANTANAMO: Some detainees would rather prolong their stay than be sent to maximum security prisons on the US mainland, according to camp officials.

PAKISTAN: An onslaught of militant violence has transformed Islamabad from a sleepy oasis to something of a city under siege, with its tree-lined streets barricaded, schools shuttered and jittery residents wondering when the next attack will come.

IRAN: Leaders of Iran's opposition movement are to make an unprecedented apology to the US on the 30th anniversary of the storming of the American embassy in Tehran.

DOG MASSAGE: Let's go to the video.

PUPPY nad LION CUB, playing together...

GIANT JELLYFISH sinks a 10-ton trawler off the eastern coast of Japan.

HORSE SLAUGHTERS are on the rise in Southwest Miami-Dade.

A BEAR mauled two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists to death as they hid in its cave in Shopian, South Kashmir.

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New Releases, Indieween, Beck+Charlotte Gainsbourg,   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEARL JAM went as Devo for Halloween, playing "Whip It."

NEW RELEASES: Julian Casablancas, Cold Cave, Foo Fighters, Rickie Lee Jones, CCR and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BECK and CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG duet on "Heaven Can Wait," from her album due next January.

SONDRE LERCHE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE SWELL SEASON turns up on All Things Considered with web extras.

MONSTERS OF FOLK went as KISS, playing "Detroit Rock City."

WILCO: Loftlife tours the band's Irving Park studio.

JULIAN CASABLANCAS of The Strokes talks to the New York Post about his 80s-tinged solo LP.

GARY NUMAN talks to Drowned in Sound about collaborating with NIN, music so frightening it can give you a heart attack and why The Pleasure Principle is like Wall-E.

THE AVETT BROTHERS: Seth talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about the band's steady journey.

MEL GIBSON is a dad again, this time by fiancé Oksana Grigorieva. Is eight enough?

JESSICA SIMPSON calls Melrose Place "crap" after her sister Ashlee was unceremonially booted from the reboot

LINDSAY LOHAN caught canoodling with... Gerard Butler?

BRADGELINA went trick-or-treating with their brood.

ELTON JOHN has a serious case of E.coli bacterial infection and influenza.

KATE HUDSON casts off her girl-next-door image in a raunchy new photoshoot , just in time for Gratuitous Tuesday.

KATY PERRY has RUSSELL BRAND thinking of monogamy and family? Oh, sure.

WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT screenwriters Jeffrey Price and Peter Seaman are working on the script for the sequel.

JAY LENO talks to Broadcasting and Cable about bad press, David Letterman's situation and his feelings about leaving-and even returning-to 11:35 ET.

IRAN is planning to appoint a cleric in every school.

AfPAK: The expansion of Islamic extremist groups across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region is "the worst I've seen it," with Afghan insurgents receiving help from Iranian operatives and "very possibly" freelancing Pakistani intelligence agents, as well as a small but growing number of "deadly" foreign fighters, said Maj. Gen. Mike Flynn, director of intelligence for Gen. Stanley McChrystal's headquarters.

IRAQ: Security forces detained 15 wanted men in Ninewa and 14 more in Basrah, 13 members of a car bomb network in northern Iraq, two al Qaeda operatives in Makhmour, and a key leader in al Qaeda's network in the North.


ORPHAN MONKEY and DOG, living together...

BABY ALPACA with a cast on one leg sought by police.

ABANDONED COWS have been found wandering unamazed on Auckland's North Shore.

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Okkervil River, Antlers, Yeasayer, Fruit Bats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


M WARD and OKKERVIL RIVER were on Austin City Limits, which has interview clips, plus performances of "Never Had Nobody Like You" and "Unless It's Kicks."

THE ANTLERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

YEASAYER has released a new single, "Ambling Alp," from the band's 2010 release Odd Blood.

MIKE DOUGHTY played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.  He also talks to the Village Voice about Twitter, why Dave Matthews deserves a bit of respect, and why the world can withstand another memoir about drugs.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets an interview, tracks and video about The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway via NPR's Morning Edition.

LOS FABULOSOS CADILLACS perform "Vamos Ya," a/k/a Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." (Thx, Soul-Sides.)

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten, surveys the soundtrack of his life at The Observer.

ROGER McGUINN: The former Byrd tells Spinner he didn't want to be in a band with David Crosby in the first place.

INDIE ROCK is killing the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

HEY, JUDE, don't make it a flowchart.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Michael Jackson's This Is It was a semi-thriller with 21.3 million, not bad considering that having Halloween fall on a Saturday is box office poison. But Jacko did not top the receipts for the Hanna Montana concert movie, which had a much lower budget than the 60 million Sony paid for This Is It.  But 101 million so far in global sales, the soundtrack, and the DVD is paying nicely for Sony.  Paranormal Activity dropped a modest 22 percent to the second slot, jacking its total to 84.8 million.  Law Abiding Citizen took in 7.3 million, and has now made back its 50 million production budget. Couple Retreat made 6.1 million for a total of 86.6 million against a70 million budget.  Saw VI rounded out the Top Five with 5.6 million, for a 61 percent drop and a mere 22 million total (good thing Lionsgate kept the budget down to 11 million).  Below the fold, Where The Wild Things Are came in sixth, but on another big drop that makes 80 million an optimistic total.  Astro Boy also looks like a big flop.  Amelia and The Vampire's Assistant also look like flobs, though with smaller budgets.

RYAN SEACREST's kinfe-wielding alleged stalker was busted on the E! campus.

NICOLE RICHIE got restraining orders against two paparazzi.

NICOLAS CAGE owes 6.3 million in back taxes and is deep in money troubles.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but her boyfriend and two doctors will stand trial on charges of fueling her addiction to prescription drugs. 

COLIN FARRELL is a dad again.

PAM ANDERSON: Not knocked up.

CHRISOPHER WALKEN gives a dramatic reading of Lady GaGa's "Poker Face."  Pretty awesome, though I could've used a little cowbell.

DAKOTA FANNING: A real-life homecoming princess.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER reunion rumor denied.

DENNIS HOPPER has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

IRAN: Frustrated by Iran's continued defiance of demands to come clean on its nuclear program, the Obama administration is leaning toward imposing new sanctions, even if it must act alone.  And a year ago, that policy would have been called "unilateral" or "cowboy," with a lot of discussion about how sanctions are easily avoided unless enforced by all.

AFGHANISTAN: Presidential challenger Abdullah Abdullah stepped aside on Sunday, leaving the field clear for Pres. Karzai to serve another five-year term but challenging the legitimacy of the government in an emotional speech before thousands of opposition supporters.  A new initiative to persuade low- and mid-level Afghan insurgents to lay down their weapons and rejoin society is already bearing fruit and holds great promise for the future, say senior officials in the NATO coalition.

IRAQ: As Iraqi officials work to assign blame for the deadly attacks on the heart of the government on Sunday, concern is rising that a greater security threat may come from within the system in the form of corruption, from the top leadership of ministries down to soldiers who man checkpoints.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST GATHERING OF FRUIT BATS: Should've had this before Halloween. My bad.

A GATOR escaped from show and tell Friday at a Panama City Beach, FL school, ending with the critter on the loose in the woods near Pier Park.

TIPSY the HEDGEHOG was found rolling around an orchard after getting drunk by gorging on fermented apples.

COYOTES are proliferating in North American cities -- but still less dangerous than pitbulls (for now).

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It's time for scares, it's time for screams...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL, who recently died, sings about "People Who Died."

BEST AND WORST SONGS ABOUT DEATH, according to ClashMusic.

THE TEN BEST HALLOWEEN SONGS, with embedded audio, according to the AOL Radio Blog.  (There's also a click-through to AOL's Halloween radio channel.)

GHOSTS IN THE MACHINE: A haunted mix, spanning the genres, via NPR.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters' streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to Tegan & Sara to Stevie Wonder to AC/DC to Cream... has taken some hits from the lawyers since last year, including the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer,"  Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," and Santana's "Black Magic Woman."  But my fave may still be Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

WARREN ZEVON is on that PopMatters list, but I prefer a live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."


HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

TRICK OR TREAT BIN:  From Barenaked Ladies to Run-DMC, from Iggy Pop to the Evangelicals, from The Who to Imogene Heap, plus R.E.M., the New York Dolls, Bow Wow Wow, Alex Chilton, Van She, Devo and more  -- this Friday's Halloween-themed finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE TIME WARP:  Let's do it again.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole new wide release is Michael Jackson's This Is It, currently scoring 81 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

"THRILLER": Speaking of the late Jacko, I'll throw in the original 13-minute classic in addition to the filipino prisoners.

MARTIN SCORSESE shares his favorite horror movies of all time. Plus, watch clips of the scariest scenes.

THE 11 BEST OLD SCHOOL HORROR TRAILERS, according to Maxim magazine. Yeah, I read it for the articles.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, in its entirety, Charlie Brown.  Every year, the bootleg video rises from the Internet patch.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE WOLFMAN has a new trailer online.

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS:  Seventy-one years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.


23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

13 CEMETERY ROAD: Ed and Trish Leahy couldn't help but develop a tradition of decorating their yard for Halloween.


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

MYSTERY LUMP mistaken for an alien on the beach.

A DOZEN ANIMALS ELECTROCUTED in northwestern Montana, including a wolf that was "still warm" when it was found.

HALLOWEEN may not be for pets, but when has that stopped anyone?

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