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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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Ted Leo, Pixies, Freelance Whales, Tegan & Sara, Cat Ladies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TED LEO plays a new song, "One Polaroid A Day," at CMJ.

THE PIXIES: Captain's Dead has Doolittle from Brussels to stream or download.

FREELANCE WHALES gets a World Cafe twofer streaming via NPR.

CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS stripped down for mini-set from CMJ for KEXP.

DEER TICK stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set streaming in audio or video.

ERIN McKEOWN stopped by WFUV for a session streaming on demand.

TEGAN and SARA play "Hell."

RANDOM VINYL: The Current spins tracks from Prince, Pete Townshend, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, and Haircut 100.

LED ZEPPELIN: Rarely seen photos from an upcoming book are posted at RS.

EL PERRO DEL MAR: Sarah Assbring talks to Interview about Bertolucci, why so many Swedes prefer singing in English, and her fears of opening up the creative process to the unknown.

FLOGGING MOLLY multi-instrumentalist Bridget Regan talks to ChartAttack about their most recent album, their Canadian excursion and their ongoing growth as a band.

MIKE DOUGHTY talks to Glide about the his album, his musical direction, the Question Jar shows and how his many projects fit together.

ENNIO MORRICONE: The legendary Italian maestro responsible for some of the most iconic film scores in history talks to PopMatters.

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS: The latest from Terry Gilliam -- and the last from Heath Ledger -- has a bunch of clips online.

ANDRE AGASSI began regularly using crystal meth in the late 90s.

BRANGELINA EXPOSED: Us magazine teases highlights of the upcoming expose book.


JESSICA SIMPSON got a traditional bindi dot and a henna tattoo on her hand while in India filming her reality TV show The Price Of Beauty.

DITA VON TEESE went under the knife for a boob job at the age of 21 - because years of drug abuse had ravaged her body.

PEE-WEE HERMAN: 57-year-old Paul Reubens is profiled at Details.

THE SIXTH SENSE: Military researchers have found that two groups of personnel are particularly good at spotting buried roadside bombs: those with hunting backgrounds, who traipsed through the woods as youths looking to bag a deer or turkey; and those who grew up in tough urban neighborhoods, where it is often important to know what gang controls which block.

AFGHANISTAN: The NYT reports that Ahmed Wali Karzai, the brother of the Afghan president and a suspected player in the country's booming illegal opium trade, gets regular payments from the Central Intelligence Agency, and has for much of the past eight years, according to current and former American officials.  The Karzais fiecely deny the claim and blame it on enemies of the Afghan regime and the NYT.  True or not, it is likely believed in country, and the more interesting story may be who leaked it and why.

CAT LADIES, a documentary about you-know-who, has a trailer online.

BABY TAZMANIAN DEVILS! The Taronga Zoo is not sure about the father.  Pic at the link.

BOLIVIAN CIRCUS ANIMALS, freed under a new law, face an uncertain future.

KOI CARP, drinking from a baby bottle.

A 5-FT GATOR was found in a leech-filled swamp... in Massachusetts?

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U2, Farrar + Gibbard, Ha Ha Tonka, Carly Simon, Shark Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 AT THE ROSE BOWL: If you missed it Sunday night, it's all on U2ube

JAY FARRAR and BEN GIBBARD played music from their Kerouac-themed album at DC's 9:30 Club Tuesday night; you can stream the gig now via NPR.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. did six free songs for Daytrotter, two previously unrleased. 

HA HA TONKA did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

CARLY SIMON did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including "You're So Vain."

MARINA and the DIAMONDS seem pretty flexible in the video for "Mowgli's Road."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Pitchfork about the new Embryonic album -- how it came together, the shift in direction, what it might mean for their live show.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to the Detroit News, while Sharin Foo talks to ChartAttack.

THE SWELL SEASON is profiled in the New York Post.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE: Erlend Øye chats with PopMatters about the influence of French house music, his hatred of flutes, and why his dashing musical partner is such a hit with teenage Korean girls.

BORED NEW WORLD: How the Zach Braff Prototype Is Slowly Killing American Music.

DAVID LETTERMAN: One of the few women ever to write for Late Night with David Letterman, Nell Scovell remembers a hostile, sexually charged atmosphere.

ANGELINA JOLIE bedded her mother's boyfriend when she was just 16, according to a bombshell new biography penned by controversial writer Andrew Morton.

SIENNA MILLER and JUDE LAW: Together again?

ROMAN POLANSKI's rape victim asked a Los Angeles court to drop the charges against the director, claiming the media attention interferes with her employment and health.  That would be a bit tricky, considering Polanski has in fact been convicted of the crime.  Her desire for closure and privacy is understandable, but the reason criminal cases are brought by "the State" or "the People" is because the system exists not merely to serve victims, but also society at large.  Private justice gets served by the civil system, where this woman has negotiated a sizable monetary settlement with Polanski -- a fact left out of this story, and almost every story about her.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN canceled a concert in Kansas City after his cousin was found dead in his hotel room.

RENEE ZELLWEGER is getting ready to "meet the parents" - Bradley Cooper's parents, that is.

ROSIE O' DONNELL told Howard Stern that she and longtime lover Kelli Carpenter are kaput without actually saying it.  O'Donnell also claimed she had a phone fling with Angelina Jolie, before she hit the big time.

THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY tried to have a Nightline piece on the church's bizarre founding mythology spiked. Shocka!

TERROR from the USA: Two men from Chicago have been charged with plotting overseas attacks, including on the Danish newspaper which published cartoons about Islam.

IRAN is already trying to change the UN-drafted plan to ship enriched uranium out of the country for processing. Shocka!

IRAQ: The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq took credit for the Oct. 25 suicide attacks in Baghdad that killed more than 155 Iraqis. Meanwhile, the Iraqi government has approached the French nuclear industry about rebuilding at least one of the reactors that was bombed at the start of the first Gulf war.

SHARK ON SHARK VIOLENCE: Let's go to the video. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

A ROBOTIC ELK is helping Oregon wildlife officials catch poachers.

WIGS FOR CATS: Just in time for Halloween!

SPIDERS and SNAKES: After finding a tarantula in a 22-year-old's bag, Norwegian customs officials decided to give him a full body search that revealed 14 stockings - one for each snake - taped around his torso.

GRIEVING CHIMPS? A a phalanx of more than a dozen chimpanzees stood in silence watching from behind the wire of their enclosure as the body of one of their own was wheeled past.  Sad pic at the link.

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