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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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Cee-Lo, Wayne Kramer, Sufjan Stevens, Rabbit Jumping   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CEE-LO GREEN: After taking the weekend to think about it, I'm starting the week with his upcoming single, "F*** You."  As you might guess from the title, it's really, really, really NSFW. In addition to the F-bombs, there are S-bombs, A-bombs and N-bombs.  But it's also insanely catchy.  There is a clean version of the song, which debuted on Trevor Nelson's show (at the 52 min mark), but it's not nearly as good.  They should have gone with funny sound effects, but even with that approach, the song would lose a lot, as it relies so heavily on the chasm between the music and the lyrics.

WAYNE KRAMER does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including the MC5 nugget, "High School."

RAY LaMONTAGNE and the Pariah Dogs played World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

SUFJAN STEVENS is streaming his new EP, All Delighted People.

BEST COAST made you a mixtape, ranging from Pavement to Bread to Aretha Franklin. You're welcome.

SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."

ISOBELL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN talk to The Guardian about the contrast that makes this pair so fascinating.

NORTHERN SOUL: The Guardian explores the roots of Britain's most enduring subculture.

THE SWELL SEASON got a lot less swell when a man committed suicide by plummeting to the stage during a show.

RIP, Michael Been of The Call and Kenny Edwards of the Stone Poneys.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables fought off five new movies to repeat at No.1 with 16.5 million.  Although that represents a 53 percent drop from its opening, The Expendables looks likely to recoup its budget domestically, with ample foreign receipts to follow.  Vampires Suck-ed in second place, with 12.2 million; it has almost recouped its budget since opening last Wednesday.  Eat Pray Love dropped 48 percent to the third slot with 12 million; that drop is a little steep for a "chick flick" without much competition.  Lottery Ticket debuted at No.2 with 11.1 million against a 17 million budget.  The Other Guys round out the Top Five with 10.1 million; it's being squeezed by Stallone & Co. but should still reach 100 million.  Below the fold, disappointing debuts from Piranha 3-D, Nanny McPhee Returns, and The Switch.  Particularly sad, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World plunges to the bottom of the Top Ten.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER of True Blood got hitched.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: It appears he has hit upon the idea of selling a sex tape featuring them to Vivid Entertainment.  He also claims to have a tape of his soon-to-be-ex with a Playboy Playmate.

JUDE LAW & SIENNA MILLER are sort of hitched.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS director Bryan Singer has been telling folks - including Harry Knowles - some of the details, notably that it will be a period piece set in the Sixties, with a James Bondian level of tech.

THE 25 MOST DISTURBING FILMS EVER, according to Total Film.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad welcomed his country's first domestically-built, long-range, unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies. Iranian and Russian engineers began loading nuclear fuel into Iran's first atomic power plant Saturday amid international concern that the Islamic Republic is seeking a nuclear weapon.

IRAQ: General Odierno said Iran continues to fund Shia terror groups operating in Iraq, and that the US is ready to resume combat operations if needed.



AN ANGRY GOAT chases builders from a third-floor flat in Germany.

A DOG in a wheelchair scales the highest peak in the Northeastern United States.

A GREAT DANE, A GOAT and a THREE-LEGGED RETRIEVER are reunited... Mass hysteria!

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B-52s, Jesca Hoop, Best New Bands, Cutout Bin, Raging Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 20, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE B-52s!  Granted, the quirky combo from Athens, GA, has had a long and storied career, but we'll stick to the early stuff this weekend.  So, from the self-titled debut, classics "Planet Claire" "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around." And from the sophomore LP, Wild Planet, "Party Out of Bounds," "Give Me Back My Man", "Private Idaho" and "Dirty Back Road."  BONUS: "Song For A Future Generation," because it's the first song I heard them play live.

GORILLAZ stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JESCA HOOP stopped by OPB for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

SHARON VON ETTEN gets a twofer from World Cafe: Next.

ELVIN BISHOP stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE 50 BEST NEW BANDS OF 2010, according to NME, with videos -- or via a Soundcloud.

OF MONTREAL backed actor Paul Rudd and actor-director David Wain on Boston's classic "More Than A Feeling." 

THE ACORN: Rolf Klausener talks to Prefix about the changing of the group, the difficulties of writing No Ghost, and how location influences his songwriting.

ELF POWER: Andrew Rieger offers his thoughts to Prefix on Vic Chesnutt, the band's upcoming album (dedicated to Chestnutt), and the power of the collective model.

AMANDA PALMER gets a lengthy profile at The Phoenix.


THE 23 GREATEST SCI-FI SONGS, according to Paste.

THE WIT & WISDOM OF JOHN MELLENCAMP: "I think the Internet is the most dangerous thing invented since the atomic bomb."  Also, "the China-Russians or something" will be taking over the country.

CUTOUT BIN: From Tom Waits to Dire Straits, from Drive-By Truckers to Dramarama, from the Beatles to the Roots, from the Dead Milkmen to Roadside Graves, plus the Modern Lovers, Iggy Pop, Wilco, the Jam and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Vampires Suck, which opened Wed and is currently scoring 04 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Nanny McPhee Returns, which is scoring 80 percent; Piranha 3-D, scoring 78 percent (on a handfull of reviews; caveat emptor); The Switch, scoring 44 percent; and Lottery Ticket, at 33 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Doctors overseeing her court ordered rehab have recommended to the judge overseeing her treatment that she spend no more than 30 days at UCLA Medical Center.  They have concluded she does not suffer from the drug or psychiatric problems that were previously diagnosed.

JESSE JAMES is indeed dating Kat Von D.

JENNIFER ANISTON & CHER are among the alleged victims of an alleged credit card scheme under investigation by the Secret Service.

HEIDI MONTAG is downright furious with Spencer Pratt's new claim that he plans to write a tell-all book about her private life - and is now threatening legal action to stop him.

BETTY WHITE is writing a couple of books.

IRAN: The Revolutionary Guards Corps announced that if attacked it will respond by targeting its enemies' interests around the world. Germany charged two people with shipping rocket supplies to Iran. A member of the Iranian parliament said Iran will not back down from its nuclear program in the face of a US attack.

AFGHANISTAN: Women and children seem to be taking the brunt of the violence directed by a resurgent Taliban, which will only stoke more concern about the wisdom of seeking reconciliation with the hardline Islamist group.

IRAQ: As the United States military prepares to leave Iraq by the end of 2011, the Obama administration is planning a remarkable civilian effort, buttressed by a small army of contractors, to fill the void.

RAGING BULL: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT knocks out phones in Iowa City.

10 BLACK BEARS and a RACCOON guard a pot farm in British Columbia. No wonder they jones for the pic-a-nic baskets.

KANGAROO on the lam in Austria.

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Of Montreal, Peter Wolf Crier, Wrens, Baby Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL drops a video for "Coquet Coquette."

PETER WOLF CRIER played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE WRENS drop a demo for "Crescent," which will appear on a New Orleans benefit project.

COCOROSIE did five free songs for Daytrotter.

JOY DIVISION, Live in Paris, Dec. 18, 1979.

TOMMY STINSON (The Replacements, Guns N' Roses, Soul Asylum) stopped by The Current to talk about charity and music.

BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY and Susanna Wallumrod tackle Nilsson's "Without You." 

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn reminisces about his Hardcore youth, and a bit about more recent debauchery.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Billy Corgan talks to SPIN about the band's resurrection, new album, and future plans.

TV on the RADIO: Dave Sitek talks to Billboard about his solo record: "I was trying to make Madonna's first record," Sitek says, punctuating the statement with a giggle.

BLONDIE drummer Clem Burke explains how Saturday Night Fever is sort of a punk-rock story.

25 SONGS about obsolete (and soon to be obsolete) technology.

JESSICA SIMPSON wishes she had smaller breasts and have a bigger butt. Brain size left mentioned.

SANDRA BULLOCK is offering words of welcome as her ex-husband Jesse James prepares to move to her adopted hometown in Texas. James has been... wait for it... caught canoodling with Kat Von D. Tattoo shocka.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART were... wait for it... caught canoodling. Our long national nightmare is over.

HILARY DUFF has a prenup, and it's likely that hockey hubby Mike Comrie might have wanted a pre-nuptial agreement more than she did.


LINDSAY LOHAN's dad has been cleared of second degree harassment charges stemming from the alleged attack on his now ex-fiancee Kate Major.

HIP-HOP's CASH KINGS, according to Forbes.

IRAN: Russia defended Iran's debut of the Bushehr nuclear reactor. US officials visited Lebanon to address Iran sanctions. Tehran will unveil new weapons systems at a government event.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus talks about what redeployment might look like in 2011.

IRAQ's political elite, empowered by the American invasion and entrusted with the country's future, has begun to deliver a damning critique of itself, a grim harbinger for a country rife with fears of more crises, conflicts and even coups as the American military withdraws.

BABY OTTER swimming lesson.

MIND-CONTROLLING PARASITES date back millions of years. Khaaan!

THE SWARM trapped a Wake County Sheriff's Deputy in his car for hours.

THE BIRDS: An inquest is looking at what part multiple pigeon droppings played in the demise of a man in Sydney who was crushed to death by a shop awning. That's beyond high anxiety.

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New Pronographers, Murder by Death, Frazey Ford, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHORT DAY TODAY: There is a shocking lack of celebrity tabloid tripe.  But hope springs eternal that someone will get arrested soon.

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS play Superchunk's "Detroit Has a Skyline" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MURDER BY DEATH (which NPR associates with the "No Depression" brand of Americana) played the World Cafe Live last Friday; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

FRAZEY FORD played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Queens of the Stone Age and more feature in the latest installment of the long-running series.

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon are interviewed on VBS.tv

THE BASEBALL PROJECT: The never-not-awesome Scott McCaughey (also of the Young Fresh Fellows and touring member of REM) talks to the Jersey Journal about our national pasttime and idie rock.

A.A. BONDY talks to the Dallas Observer about the limits of labels.

KILLING JOKE: Jaz Coleman gives The Quietus a track-by-track tour of Absolute Dissent.

MATTHEW DEAR talks to Pitchfork about the music he loved at five-year interval points in his life.

PINK FLOYD is offline.

CATS & DOGS, eating peanut butter... Mass hysteria!

LEGENDARY CARP goes belly up at age 45.

STRESSED CHICKENS go eggless after a forced move.

OWL BAN OVERTURNED by public demand.

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