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MGMT, Thermals, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Corgi Treadmill   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 30, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT drops a video for the title track to Congratulations.

THE THERMALS are advance streaming Personal Life.

JUNIP, a project featuring Swedish singer José González and some his closest friends, is advance streaming Fields.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE is advance streaming Harlem River Blues.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM stopped by the World Cafe (by way of London) for a chat and mini-set.

SUFJAN STEVENS is streaming a new single, "I Walked."

THE SPECIALS turned the Ed Sullivan Theater into a "Nite Klub" like it was 1979.

MYNABIRDS: Laura Burhenn talks with PopMatters on coming to terms with being a good person through her music, working with the enigmatic Richard Swift, and why Ringo Starr is so misunderstood.

OF MONTREAL's Kevin Barnes is profiled by New York magazine.

JOHNNY MARR talks soundtracks with MOJO.

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD Justin Gage shares his current faves with Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Last Exorcism tops the chart with 21.3 million (on a 1.8 million budget). That exceeds expectations, as does Takers placing with 21 million on a 20 million budget.  However, the weekend lived down to expectations for the pre-Labor Day frame, with the lowest total receipts since April.  The Expendables dropped 44 percent to the third slot with 9.5 million, but has now recouped its 80 million production budget domestically, with foreign grosses as gravy.  Eat Pray Love slid 42 percent to the fourth spot with 7 million, recouping its 60 million budget domestically, again with foreign receipts as gravy.  The Other Guys manages to cling to the bottom of the Top Five with 6.6 million, and is thisclose to recouping its 100 million budget domestically (with more uncertain forteign sales to follow).  Below the fold, Avatar's Special Edition comes in 12th with a mere 4 million.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was busted for cocaine possession in Vegas, but claims it wasn't her purse. Silver lining? She takes a nice mugshot.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: Vivid now wants to see the sex tape.

LINDSAY LOHAN has handed the reins of her messy finances to Lou Taylor, the savvy, no-nonsense Nashville businesswoman who guided Britney Spears back from the brink. However, friends of the actress worry that she's in danger of sliding back into her old ways.

GEORGE MICHAEL checked himself into rehab following his car crash last month.

THE EMMY AWARDS went to these folks.

THE TOP 20 ESSENTIAL SCI-FI TV SHOWS, according to io9.

AFGHANISTAN: A senior American staff officer has been sacked after publishing a rant against the bureaucracy and endless PowerPoint briefings at Nato's Kabul headquarters. The rate of Afghan refugees voluntarily returning to their war-torn country from neighboring Pakistan and Iran has doubled so far this year as improved security prompted them to repatriate, according to the United Nations' refugee organization.

IRAQ: Ayad Allawi, Iraq's former and possibly future prime minister, discusses the withdrawal of US troops, the power struggle in Baghdad and the "very high possibility" of a new war in the Middle East. Iraq's current prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, put his nation on its highest level of alert for terror attacks, warning of plots to sow fear and chaos as the US combat mission in the country formally ends on Tuesday.

CORGIS on a TREADMILL: Let's go to the video.

A LIVE TIGER CUB is not carry-on luggage.

A GOAT wandering around the eastern Missouri town of Mexico has gained enough attention to have his own Facebook page.

4800 CHICKENS scared to death?

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Top 90s Videos, Stars, Road Songs, Cutout Bin, Josie's Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE TOP 50 VIDEOS of the 90s, according to Pitchfork! The 50 they missed are at Culture Bully. As a sampler from the first list, try Frank Black's "Headache," Wilco's "Outtasite," Chris Issak's "Wicked Game," Smashing Pumpkins' "1979," Sinéad O'Connor's cover of "Nothing Compares 2 U," Nine Inch Nails' "Closer," Beck's "Devil's Haircut," Yo La Tengo's "Sugarcube" and the Beatie Boys' "Sabotage." From the second list, try Aerosmith's "Crazy," Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way?" Primus's "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver" and R.E.M.'s "Losing My Religion." Both feature some grunge classics, so how did both lists miss Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun"?

STARS stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set

95 SONGS For Driving On Interstate 95. But I think this would work for most road trips.

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

IRMA THOMAS, the Soul Queen Of New Orleans, is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.

SUPERCHUNK, Live at Duke, Sept. 26, 1997

BRIAN WILSON talks to Tom Ashbrook about his new album of Gershwin music. (Thx, LHB.)

THE JACKSON 5 vs NIRVANA: "Smells Like Rockin' Robin." Brill.

RAY DAVIES is collaborating with Spoon, Bruce Springsteen , Frank Black, Lucinda Williams, Mumford & Sons, the late Alex Chilton and more on a new LP.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is releasing 'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story' on Nov 16. The Deluxe Package comprises over six hours of film and more than two hours of audio across 3 CDs and 3 DVDs.

MY MORNING JACKET is returning from hiatus, as chronicled by The Democrat and Chronicle and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. (Thx, LHB.)


CUTOUT BIN: From Buzzcocks to Marty Stuart, from Simon & Garfunkel to Johnny Thunders, from Steve Earle to the Pipettes, from the Easybeats to the Beat Farmers, plus Dick Dale, Marlena Shaw, Rockpile, Elvis Costello 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 Last Exorcism, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Takers, scoring 36 percent on thin reviews. Plus, Avatar returns in a special edition to squeeze a little more money out of those who don't care much about hackneyed plot and cardboard characterizations.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Deals her mother is making for her involving post-rehab interviews and product placement are keeping the actress solvent and flush enough to pay her 130K rehab bill, with money left over.

SPENCER PRATT & HEIDI MONTAG going into couples counseling? Why, it's almost like a reaity show or something. Meanwhile, Montag wants to have a meeting with Vivid Entertainment about the sex tape she denies exists.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER back together? Hell no, says Mayer, with choice profanity for the Huffington Post.

GARY BUSEY witnessed a collision in Malibu earlier this week ... and rushed to the scene to help out a 21-year-old man who was injured in the wreck.

TERROR in CANADA: Three men arrested in Canada on terror-related charges -- one of whom was reported to have once auditioned for the "Canadian Idol" TV show -- were plotting bomb attacks and had connections to a group fighting coalition forces in Afghanistan, police said on Thursday.  Wanna see his audition? Yes, you really do.

IRAN proposed a consortium with Russia to produce nuclear fuel.  Ahmadinejad will discuss military aid to Lebanon, during a trip to Beirut.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban threatened to attack foreign aid workers delivering relief for the floods that have paralyzed much of the country.

IRAQ: Sunnis, many of whom joined the insurgency after the 2003 US-led invasion, now fear the departure of US forces will cement Shi'ite Muslim -- and Iranian -- domination.

JOSIE'S CATS have a dream.

BAT winged in gun battle.

YOU MESS WITH THE BULL, you're gonna get the goose.

MASS. SHARK SIGHTING turns out to be a hoax. Just like in the move, until...

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Los Lobos, Widespread Panic, Richard Thompson, Poodle Piano   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOOKER T. & THE DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS kick of a set Live in the Artists' Den with "Green Onions." Bettye LaVette makes a cameo.

LOS LOBOS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WIDESPREAD PANIC stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Richard Thompson, Robert Plant, Maximum Balloon and more highlight the latest installment of the long running series.

THE DEL McCOURY BAND did five free songs for Daytrotter, including Richard Thompson's "1952 Black Vincent Lightning."

TOKYO POLICE CLUB tackles Billy Squier's "Everybody Wants You" for The A.V. Club Undercover. And they crunch on it nicely.

KRISTIN HERSH talks to The Quietus about her solo record Crooked, a new Throwing Muses album and the death of the music industry.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND frontman Ezra Koenig talks to the Seattle Times about his music, rap, and his rap music (w/ audio).

LOU BARLOW talks to Express Night Out about working with the Missingmen.

ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM resurfaces in South America.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren breaks her nine-month silence in an exclusive interview with People magazine. Tiger responds.

LINDSAY LOHAN was released from her court-ordered rehabilitation at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The bill is a reported 40K per week.  Her lawyer claims Li-Lo will have rigorous outpatient treatment.

HEIDI MONTAG sat down exclusively with Life & Style to tell-all about her plastic surgery regrets, revealing that she wants her outrageous G implants removed. That it might make her sex tape more marketable is purely coincidental.

SANDRA BULLOCK will give her first TV interview since splitting with Jesse James on Tuesday.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON are expecting a boy.

DAVID HASSELHOFF will compete on the 11th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, reports the new Us Weekly.

ANGELINA JOLIE will make her debut as a director - and a screenwriter - for an upcoming feature film: a romance set against the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.

VAMPIRES have brought about seven billion dollars into Hollywood.

IRAN: Tehran will begin the search for new uranium deposits inside the country. Israeli President Peres warned the IAEA over Iran's nuclear activities. Iran's defense minister said that his country is ready to equip Lebanon's army with weapons. On the plus side, Iran's "ambassador of death" is more like the "ambassador of minor damage to unintended target."

YEMEN: For the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, CIA analysts see one of al-Qaeda's offshoots - rather than the core group now based in Pakistan - as the most urgent threat to US security, officials said. Then again, the CIA is far from infallible.

AFGHANISTAN: Dozens of schoolgirls and teachers were sickened Wednesday by poison gas in Afghanistan, medical and government officials said. International Security Assistance Force officials say intell reports indicate some pockets of low insurgent morale. Afghan officials say US plans to begin drawing down forces in Afghanistan from next July are "invigorating" insurgents.

TOY POODLES jam on some free jazz.

DORMICE are getting bridges costing £190,000 in Sotuh Wales. 

40 DANGEROUS SNAKES, one man, 114 days, one tiny room.

PANDA BEAR bamboozled by a birthday cake.

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Springsteen, Laura Marling, Silver Jews, Bulldog TV   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BORN TO RUN turns 35 this week. The New York Post looks back at the creation of a work of madness. So why not the opening track, "Thunder Road," circa 1976?

LAURA MARLING played WFUV's Studio A; you can stream the gig on demand, with bonus tracks.

LAURENCE ARABIA played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

TOKYO POLICE CLUB stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SILVER JEWS: The Tanglewood Numbers Demos.

RICHARD BUCKNER: The Box Set (revisited).

MAVIS STAPLES & JEFF TWEEDY play Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Wrote A Song For Everyone."

THE BEST OF 2010 (so far), according to Muzzle of Bees.

EELS: Mark Oliver Everett sat down with PopMatters to discuss the new album, his unlikely success story and his upcoming tour.

LOCAL NATIVES are blurbed by SPIN.

DeVotchKa Stirs the Melting Pot.


TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren is both relieved and distraught now that her divorce from Tiger Woods has been finalized. Rachel Uchitel told a friend she wants him back and would "give up everything" to get him.

HEIDI MONTAG is reportedly willing to talk business about her sex tapes with future-ex Spencer Pratt and a Playboy playmate. It's always haggling over the price, isn't it?

LINDSAY LOHAN signed her rehab discharge papers on Tuesday.

THE FRENCH HOTEL allegedly suffered a break-in by a man with two knives.

MARIAH CAREY pregnancy rumors get a distinct non-denial from Nick Cannon.

MARTIN SHORT's wife dies at 58 from natural causes.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS has refused to delay his money battle over "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" with ex-wife Diandra despite his battle with throat cancer.

THE WALKING DEAD, a new series coming to AMC on Halloween, has a trailer online.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A Saudi judge has asked several hospitals in the country whether they could damage a man's spinal cord as punishment after he was convicted of attacking another man with a cleaver and paralyzing him.

IRAN reported that the Bushehr nuclear reactor is online and running safely. Government officials said the startup of the Bushehr plant symbolizes resistance to the West and its failure to contain Iran. Police detained Iranian judiciary officials in Tehran for malpractice.

PAKISTAN has closed aid camps run by militant Islamist groups after the country's president warned that hardliners were using widespread floods to build a support base. Al Qaeda is gradually shifting its base from the unsafe and spy-infested tribal belt of Pakistan - which is under the radars of virtually all intelligence agencies - to more secure, urban areas of the country, which according to a Western diplomat, are "immune to drones."

A BULLDOG WATCHES TV: Let's go to the video.

MORE GATORS: A three-foot alligator, sporting a collar around its neck, has been found aimlessly strolling a Massachusetts city.  A smaller one was captured by "Alligator Bob" under the Belmont Avenue bridge in Chicago.

A WILD BOAR WRESTLING competition has had to be put on hold after the animals went missing ahead of the event.

MAN PUNCHES HORSE in downtown Darwin. Was it Mongo?

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New Releases, Jenny & Johhny, Led Zep, Birthday Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRANDON FLOWERS (The Killers) tackles "Bette Davis Eyes."

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Eels, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Ra Ra Riot, J.P. Chrissie (Hynde) and the Fairground Boys, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Dandy Warhols, Cotton Jones, Les Savy Fav, Land of Talk, Magic Kids, Mogwai and more are streaming in full this week at Spinner.

JENNY & JOHNNY (Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley and Johnathan Rice) are advance streaming I'm Having Fun Now.

ROSE ELINOR DOUGAL (formely of the Pipettes) is streaming Without Why.

PHILIP SELWAY of Radiohead is advance streaming Familial.

LED ZEPPELIN, Live at the Royal Albert Hall, January 9, 1970.

PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS sync through "Too Much Talk" and "Him Or Me" for Jack Benny.

PHIL SPECTOR denies wearing a wig in an outtake from a new documentary that depicts the convicted homicidal music producer as a sociopath and a narcissist.

ONLINE MUSIC & CRITICISM A-Z, according to Pitchfork's Poptimist, Tom Ewing.

CORIN TUCKER (formerly of Sleater-Kinney) talks to Paste about her new solo project.

THE STOOGES are the subject of a documentary in the works from Jim Jarmusch.

TIGER WOODS is officially divorced from Elin Nordegren. Mistress No. 1 Rachel Uchitel has been accused of charming another married man, Celebrity Rehab alum Jeremy London.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT seem a bit chummy, given the divorce and sex tape drama (emphasis on drama).

LINDSAY LOHAN apparently wants some form of apology or compensation from the courts. Good luck with that. She may be freed today.

VIVIEN LEIGH , the iconic Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind," was a hot mess off-screen - a slutty bisexual who battled mental illness for most of her adult life, an explosive new biography claims. Oh, fiddle-dee-dee... Ashley told me he likes to see a girl with a healthy appetite!

FANTASIA BARRINO: The overdose was no accident.

THE CREATIVE ARTS EMMYS went to these folks, including Betty White.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus says the momentum built up by the Taliban has been reversed in the south of the country and capital Kabul. However, Afghanistan is still more than a year away from building a security force with enough soldiers and police to protect the country.

IRAQ: Venezuela is more dangerous.

BIRTHDAY CAT: Let's go to the video.

(SMALL) ALLIGATOR captured after crawling out of a drain in Queens.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A cow with two heads, born in Serbia.

A KOALA BEAR somehow survived being struck by a car travelling at 50mph and getting caught in the car's grill.

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