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New Releases, Dead Weather, Gogol Bordello, Tambourine Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLD STEADY brought "The Weekenders" to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES: The Hold Steady, Broken Social Scene, New Pr0nographers, Free Energy, Minus the Bear, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE DEAD WEATHER is advance streaming Sea of Cowards (for more than 24 hours this time).

THE NATIONAL's advance stream of High Violet comes to NPR.

GOGOL BORDELLO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE was featured on Weekend Edition Sunday.

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

GALAXIE 500: An Oral History, featuring Dean, Naomi, Byron Coley and more...

SAMBASSADEUR: Anna Persson talked to Under the Radar about the band's history, its new album, and the reason the four-piece has never yet set foot on US soil. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE BESNARD LAKES: Jace Lasek talks to Straight.com about relentless touring and prog rock.

FOUR TYPES OF MUSIC PURCHASERS: Lessons for musicians from the merch table.

CHARLIE SHEEN & BROOKE MUELLER issued a joint statement denying both parts of a report that the couple have reached a secret financial deal for their impending divorce.

HALLE BERRY kicked Gabriel Aubry out of the house months ago.

DAVID BOREANAZ admits he cheated on wife Jaime Bergman after a former mistress threatened to go public.

JENNA JAMESON and TITO ORTIZ are reconciling, once the retraining order dissolves.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad claims he's going start conservatorship proceedings for Li-Lo. Meanwhile, photographer  Tyler Shields claims Lohan will play Linda Lovelace in an indie flick called Inferno.

JOHHNY DEPP saved a friend from a mugging in L.A.

SETH GREEN married model-actress Clare Grant on Saturday.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's vanished ex-lover has a dossier filled with guns, lies and missing money.

LYNN REDGRAVE, twice-Oscar nominated member of the Redgrave acting dynasty, died at 67, following a long battle with breast cancer.

SPIDER-MAN thwarted a robbery attempt at a comic shop in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, with the aid of The Flash and some trusted Jedi Knights wielding lightsabers.

TERROR in NYC: Authorities arrested a US citizen of Pakistani descent, Shahzad Faisal, as a suspect in the attempted weekend car bombing in Times Square.  Officials said Monday that they have developed domestic and international leads in a plot that appears more complex now than it did when the investigation began.  Forensic evidence uncovered in the vehicle led them to a Middle Eastern man's name that was familiar to counter terrorism investigators.

IRAQ: The head of the Independent High Election Commission said the vote recount will not change the election result.


MARU the box cat gets a tambourine.

BRITAIN faces an invasion of parakeets, electric ants and super wasps, experts warn.

A GERMAN has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports. (Thx, Lance!)

MOST PETS are right or left handed, just like humans, scientists have discovered.

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Monday, May 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS have a new video for "Next Girl"... and they hate it! Or do they?

THE HOLD STEADY played the World Cafe Friday; you can stream the whole gig on demand via NPR.

THE SHOUT OUT LOUDS and FREELANCE WHALES palyed DC's 9:30 Club last night; you can stream both sets on demand via NPR.

BEN LEE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE ACORN drops "No Ghost" as the advance title track of their next LP.

THE MEMBERS: "Working Girl," from the "Where Are They Now?" file.

WILL OWSLEY, the Middle Tennessee-based singer, songwriter, engineer and guitarist known professionally as Owsley, died April 30 of an apparent suicide.

ROBERT POLLARD talks to SPIN about scoring 4192, an upcoming documentary about Pete Rose. There's a song to download at the link, too.

IS DYLAN A PHONY? Sean Wilentz defends Bob from Joni Mitchell.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy will write three novels for middle-school students.

APPLE is shutting down the LaLa streaming music service. Most think the tech will turn up in a cloud version of iTunes, but it may not be imminent.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street takes the weekend with 32.2 million, almost guaranteeing a profit on a 35 million budget. How to Train Your Dragon drops back to the second slot, but shows another 10.8 million of legs in its sixth weekend. Date Night was also leggy in the No. 3 slot, taking in another 7.6 million, for a 73.6 million total on a 55 million budget. The Back-up Plan dropped 41 percent in fourth place, though it will likley end up profitable on a 35 million budget.  Furry Vengeance rounds out the Top Five with 6.5 million.  Below the fold, Kick-Ass and Death at a Funeral took over 50 percent drops, though both are already profitable.

HALLE BERRY has split from baby daddy Gabriel Aubrey. To the surprise of no one, he's bummed.

CHARLIE SHEEN's are deep in plea negotiations with Aspen prosecutors and a deal is close -- in large part because Charlie's show is hanging in the balance.

LINDSAY LOHAN has violated the terms of her DUI probation and could be headed to jail. Ex-galpal Samantha Ronson has been mocking Li-Lo's substance abuse on Twitter, as friends reportedly have been advising the actress to go back to rehab.

JESSICA SIMPSON wants to be Michelle Obama, though the position seems to be taken. The pneumatic blonde recently declared that she is "looking for a normal man," which would seem to rule out people looking to be President.

MARLEY SHELTON was busted for DUI over the weekend.

THE NEXT BATMAN MOVIE is set for July 20, 2012.

TERROR in the USA: Three heroic cops and a quick-thinking street vendor stopped a madman from detonating a car bomb in the heart of NYC's Times Square Saturday night. The attempt echoes a failed 2007 attack in London. Bill Roggio notes there may be a link to the Taliban, but Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says there is no evidence of a Taliban link and police are interested in a white man in his 40s as a possible suspect. In addition to gasoline and propane, the car also contained a non-explosive grade of fertilizer.

TINY TORTOISE comes when called? I'm not convinced, but it's still a cute tortoise.

A STRAY HOUSE CAT nurses three orphan bobcats. Aww...some pics at the link.

THE SWARM: A beekeeper had to be called after a swarm of 20K bees attached themselves to an Australian woman's washing.

HEY, IS THAN AN EEL IN YOUR... oh, wait... that's just wrong.

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Friday, April 30, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS! The turning of the seasons had me in the mood for this rare live threefer of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Bells of Rhymney" and "Mr. Tambourine Man", introduced by... David McCallum? There are more screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."

UPDATE: THE DEAD WEATHER is advance streaming Sea of Cowards for 24 hours.

JAKOB DYLAN -- plus Neko Case and Kelly Hogan -- did four free songs for Daytrotter. He was also interviewed on WNYC by Oscar Brand, whose show marked the radio debut of Jakob's Ddd a few years back.

ROGUE WAVE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH ROUSE also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

THE TISDALES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of blue-collar rock with a touch of '70s pop.

HUSKER DU: "The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill," live at First Ave, circa 1985.

HORSE FEATHERS: Justin Ringle spoke to The Faster Times about the writing process for the new record, how he got into folk music and how he got out of northern Idaho. (Thx, LHB.)

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Spinner about the beauty and power of music, with a shot for the former Oar Folkjokeopus.

FLAMING LIPS dummer Steven Drozd has been hospitalized, but the band says he's going to be just fine.

ESSENTIAL LIVE ALBUMS, according to the Top 13.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sweet to James Brown, from the Who to Loxley, from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to the Swingin' Neckbreakers, plus the Jam, Prince, the Posies, Lou Reed, Katrina & the Waves and more -- this week's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are the reboot of A Nightmare on Elm Street, which is currently scoring 08 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Furry Vengeance, which is currently scoring the coveted 00 percent.

JENNA JAMESON and TITO ORTIZ are withdrawing allegations that led to Tito's felony domestic violence arrest earlier this week.

SANDRA BULLOCK's divorce from Jesse James will likely be a clean break.

CHELSEA HANDLER: Did the night comedy show host make a sex tape -- or a raunchy audition tape?

CONAN O'BRIEN tells 60 Minutes he would have left NBC rather than do what Jay Leno did to him.

LINDSAY LOHAN called into a radio show to discuss recent claims by her father that she is out of control and in need of an intervention.

KATIE HOLMES is playing Jackie Kennedy in an eight-part miniseries about the political dynasty. Yes, really.

HEIDI MONTAG: Sources on the set of The Hills fear that she is developing a dangerous addiction to painkillers -- months after her recovery from ten plastic surgeries.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. talks addiction, prison and sobriety in the Rolling Stone hitting newsstands today. Jack Nicholson has a cameo.

THE 2010 TIME 100 Most Influential People, with blurbs from notables.

J.J. ABRAMS will be collaborating with Steven Spielberg on a secret project described as "a tip of the hat to (Spielberg's) movies of the 70's and early 80's."

IRAN: The US is planning to soften sanctions on Iran. Meanwhile, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged "immodest."

AFGHANISTAN: A Pentagon report says the Taliban are getting stronger.

SURFING SHEEP: Let's go to the video.

BIG JAKE: The Guinness World Record holder for world's tallest living horse.

A ROGUE ELEPHANT in southern India accused of killing at least 10 female elephants during a testosterone-induced 'sex rampage'.

AWESOME ANIMAL PICS: A whole mess of 'em.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GOGOL BORDELLO rolled out "Pala Tute" from their major-label debut for Fallon.

CoCoROSIE is advance streaming Grey Oceans.

OWEN PALLETT played Webster Hall last week; you can stream the gig via WNYC and NPR.

F*CK BUTTONS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE LIVING SISTERS -- Inara George, Eleni Mandell and Becky Stark -- get a profile plus tracks via All Things Considered.

LIZ PHAIR: "Jealousy." Sounds like it.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT frontman Scott Hutchison talks songwriting and singing with the Boston Herald.

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell chatted with Under the Radar about acts of God, record sales, and why Yo La Tengo might hold the key to their future (maudlin) career.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Ian McCulloch talked to Under the Radar about the band's legacy, the creative process, and taking the show on the road.

ROCK THE SUITS: David Byrne, St. Vincent, Santigold, The National, MGMT, and Walkmen model -- and talk about their current projects -- at GQ.

SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES: Bullock has adopted a newborn and filed for divorce. Apparently, the Nazi saluting was a dealbreaker. James reacts.

TIGER WOODS: The magic number was 122, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

JENNA JAMESON gets corroboration from an alleged Tiger Woods mistress. Crossing the streams.

BRET MICHAELS, still recovering from a brain hemorrhage, has been diagnosed with a side effect that leads to seizures.

PEOPLE'S MOST BEAUTIFUL 2010: A sneak peek.

CONAN O'BRIEN gives his first interview about his departure from The Tonight Show to CBS's 60 Minutes this Sunday.

BEYONCE is getting 425K in FEMA money to replace her house in Galveston, TX.

JIM CARREY is going "Boing!" on Twitter.

SHATNER & NIMOY, together on Twitter in the middle of the night.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is a myth and "hogwash," according to Bill Murray.

IRAN has warned suntanned women and girls who looked like "walking mannequins" will be arrested as part of a new drive to enforce the Islamic dress code. Israeli Ambassador to US Oren hinted that a strike on Iran is on the table. Desmond Tutu called for Tehran to release US hikers from captivity. Opposition leaders in Iran called for protests on June 12 to commemorate the 2009 election.

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon is sending 800 more American soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming weeks to work as trainers for the Afghan security forces. The contingent is needed because other NATO countries still haven't fulfilled their pledges to send their own troops to train the Afghan army and police.

TURTLE on a ROOMBA: But it wants off.

LILY the MEERKAT has finally found love after staff at Twinlakes Park set up meerkatmatch.com, an online dating site for meerkats.

COW-POWERED TRAIN: Of course, it's Amtrak.

GIANT SPITTING EARTHWORM fails to live up to its billing.

BABY GOATS: Awww...some pics.

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS played "She Ain't a Child No More" on the Colbert Report. Ms. Jones is also interviewed.

THE FALL is advance streaming Your Future, Our Clutter.

NATALIE MERCHANT can be seen and heard at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Apples in Stereo, Caribou, Dr. Dog and Tom Lehrer highlight the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

REGINA SPEKTOR released a cover of Radiohead's "No Surprises" as a charity single.

THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet."

BLOOD ON THE TRACKS: The Dylan classic is getting a two-week long examination from PopMatters.

JONSI talked to the Chicago Tribune about recording in English.

ADAM ANT talks to The Quietus about inspiration, madness and coming back fighting.

MICK JAGGER is cut down to size by ex-gf Janice Dickinson.

MATT. DAMON. and his wife Luciana are expecting another baby.

JENNA JAMESON claims Tito Ortiz got very violent - throwing and injuring her - and that he's falsely accusing her of Oxycontin addiction because he's "very, very desperate." OTOH, she has told conflicting stories about the incident that led to the arrest of her baby daddy Tito Ortiz.

BRET DANIELS is still in critical condition following a brain hemorrhage doctors discovered last week, but he is in stable condition and is talking and moving some limbs, says his dad.

COURTNEY LOVE claims she slept with Gavin Rossdale even though he was with Gwen Stefani. 

HUGH HEFNER saves Hollywood. Sort of.

LADY GAGA: The Grandmother of Pop?

STEVEN SPIELBERG has an Untitled Alien Invasion Project for TNT. New York magazine has read the pilot.

JASON ALEXANDER hit a teenage bicyclist Tuesday in Mid-City, police officials said. Life imitates Seinfeld, though (iirc) it was Elaine who hit the cyclist.

TIKI BARBER was slapped with divorce papers over his shameless gallivanting with 23-year-old former NBC intern Traci Lynn Johnson.

IRON MAN 2 reviews are coming in, including two of the most important to the industry. Variety is unenthusiastic, but forgiving, while the Hollywood Reporter hates it, and drops a spoiler ot two. AICN founder Harry Knowles has fanboy love for it (and also drops spoilers).

THE 10 BEST AND WORST TV FINALES, according to the NYP.

IRAQ: My Life as an Insurgent.

EINSTEIN: Just 14 inches tall and only weighed six pounds when he was born - is this pinto stallion the smallest foal in the world? Let's go to the video.

AN ELEPHANT helps a zoo keeper start his car.


ALIEN CRAYFISH found in Tonegawa river system.

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