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Imogene Heap, Rural Alberta Advantage, Ryan Adams, Dog Dance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS made their network TV debut, playing "Cannibal Resource" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

IMOGENE HEAP has an interview plus tracks streaming at NPR.

RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

JUNIOR BOYS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

RYAN ADAMS: The Elizabethtown demos are available to stream or download at Captain's Dead.

CREAM sync into "I Feel Free" on the Beat Club in 1967.

CHROMEWAVES: Frank Yang lists his favorite albums from seven years of music blogging, with streaming audio.

MONSTERS OF FOLK (M. Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis) talk to American Songwriter about their collaboration.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE: Ben Chasny spoke with PopMatters about the concept of his Six Organs project, Guitar Hero and its effect on the youth of today, his favorite record shops, the future of Comets on Fire, and revisiting his old material for the RTZ compilation


MEGAN FOX is convinced she shows symptoms of schizophrenia: "I definitely have some kind of mental problem and I haven't pinpointed what it is."

DJ AM: Investigators found eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth.

HALLE BERRY: Knocked up?


WHITNEY HOUSTON wrote her own tough review of her first public singing performance in years... and blames Oprah.

MADONNA's 12-year-old daughter Lourdes recreates her mother's famous wedding dress pose from "Like A Virgin."  Not creepy at all, nosiree bub.

THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX has a featurette online with Wes Anderson touches and narration by <strong itxtvisited="1">Jason Schwartzman.

IRON MAN 2 may be converted to 3-D.

STAR TREK: The JJ Abrams reboot returns to IMAX screens tomorrow.

PAKISTAN suspended an earlier order lifting restrictions on the movement of nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who allegedly spread nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

AFGHANISTAN: The second-ranking intelligence official in Afghanistan and a prominent ally of President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber on Wednesday morning in a blast that also killed 15 others outside the main mosque in the official's hometown, near Kabul.

IRAQ seeks an international tribunal to investigate foreign interference in attacks inside the country. Iraqi, Kurdish, and US forces are creating a joint unit to secure areas in Kirkuk.

DOG OF THE DANCE: Let's go to the video.

FROZEN KOALAS may be used to disrupt the Australian leg of the Repco World Rally Championship. Look out, Speed!

A DOG was booked for illegal parking by two Darwin City Council traffic wardens.

HORSE HARASSED (allegedly) by Man Without Pants.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Polly the dog swallowed 1000 magnets, weighing a kilogram, forcing life-saving emergency surgery.

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Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I'm actually taking a day off to attend to another project requiring my computer's attention, but I did not want you to miss this:

YO LA TENGO is advance streaming its Popular Songs album this week via NPR.


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New Releases, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Bunny Cafe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ANTLERS have a clip for "Two" from the Hospice album.

NEW RELEASES: Apples in Stereo, Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn, TMBG, A.A. Bondy, Radiohead resissues and more are streaming in full this weeke via Spinner.

EDWARD SHARPE and the MAGNETIC ZEROES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. I've been digging them.

THE TOP 50 VIDEOS OF THE 2000s, according to Pitchfork, with embedded video.

36 SUICIDE SONGS lsited by The A.V. Club. How do ten people compile that lsit without Joy Division's "Day of the Lords"? These kids today.

KIM WILDE may have topped the Billboard singles chart with her 1987 cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On," but it's "Kids In America," which hit No. 25 in July 1982, that encapsulates so much of the era and earns her a spot on Twofer Tuesday.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Spinner about going off the grid to work on his next album: "I know this record is not commercial and probably won't sell," he says.  (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GIRL TALK: Greg Gillis talks to the Washington Post about the balance between indie and mainstream music, the impact of the Internet, live and near-live concerts, and more... including an embedded video.

30 THINGS you never knew about Radiohead.

YO LA TENGO guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan tells Spinner about jamming with Wilco.

DISNEY BUYS MARVEL for the low, low price of four billion dollars. Wolverine was no match for The Mouse.

DJ AM's death was the result of an accidental overdose and not a suicide - and there is a tragic, ironic twist of fate.

DEMI MOORE denies having plastic surgery, with an expressionless face.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and SCARLETT JOHANSSON are fighting for the lead role in the upcoming remake of My Fair Lady. Can't they just film that?

RENEE ZELLWEGER was uninjured Monday morning after being involved in a minor car accident in Beverly Hills.

MADONNA will meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Mideast peace just around corner.

YOUTH IN REVOLT, starring Michael Cera, has a trailer online.

RAMBO: Again.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McChrystal said the US and its allies must change strategy and boost cooperation to turn around the war. Danger Room is with US Marine snipers in a 12-hour firefight.

IRAQ: The Marines decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha. A court-martial judge threw out the charges after ruling that it was improper for a Marine lawyer who investigated the Haditha shootings to sit in on meetings with the general who decided to bring the charges.

JAPANESE BUNNY CAFE: Let's go to the video.

CHIMP and PUMA CUB, living together...

SUCIDAL COWS baffle Swiss cops.

ARIZONA BURROS gow obese on carrots from tourists.

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Fanfarlo, Haley Bonar, Oasis, Red Rider, Cleveland Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 31, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANFARLO deliver the video of "The Walls Are Coming Down" with a bit of escapism.

HALEY BONAR stopped by The Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a chat and mini-set now streaming on demand.

DEEP SEA DIVER did five free songs for Daytrotter, three previously unreleased.

THE WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA did three free songs for Daytrotter, all unreleased. Despite the name, this combo has an Eastern European feel, which may appeal to fans of Camper Van Beethoven, Gogol Bordello and Beirut.

OASIS: Noel Gallagher quit on Friday. Again.

RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods. Another nugget from the grooveyard of forgotten favorites, unearthed by by a friend from the Twitterverse.

THE ROLLING STONES: Police are reviewing the death of Brian Jones - 40 years after his body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool. 

RYAN ADAMS delivered a piece to The Awl, celebrating the classic videogame Gorf. With embedded tutorial video likely shot by Mandy Moore. (profanity warning.) 

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner talks to SPIN about working with Josh Homme on the band's new record, Def Leppard, and his sexy MTV girlfriend.

NICK CAVE talks to the Times of London about his new novel, the joys of fatherhood, the genius of St Mark's Gospel, and why lust springs eternal.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Final Destination takes the No. 1 slot with 28.3 million, beating Halloween 2 (2) by more than the ticket markup for a 3-D release.  It's also more than the so-called gurus projected (20 million).  Inglourious Basterds slips reasonably to the second slot with 20 million; it has already exceeded its 70 million production budget.  Halloween 2 (2) earned 17.4 million -- less than 26.4 million the first Zombie-fied reboot opening, but with an 18 million budget, the Weinsteins won't care much. Distict 9 came in fourth with 10.7 million; it has nom made over 90 million on a 30 million budget.  G.I. Joe rounds out the Top Five with 8 million, and has made enough world wide to make a sequel likely.  The overall box office for th top dozen broke 100 million, which is pretty good for the last weekend in August.

DJ AM, a/k/a Adam Goldstein, a high-profile disc jockey who was as famous for his much-chronicled relationships as he was for his creative scratching and mixing on the celebrity club circuit, was found dead on Friday evening in his apartment in Manhattan. Goldstein's death comes less than a year after he barely survived a plane crash with buddy and musical collaborator Travis Barker, the former drummer for Blink-182.  Cops found a near-empty bag of crack stuck to his chest, a glass crack pipe in his bedroom and at least seven bottles of prescription drugs on his kitchen counter, including the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. DJ AM had been sober for nine years, but sources told TMZ a recent breakup with his gf and the stress over the plane crash could have caused him to start using drugs again. Goldstein's autopsy was completed Saturday afternoon, but there was no determination as to the cause of death - more tests are needed, including toxicology.

MICHAEL JACKSON's death was officially ruled a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, is now the target of a manslaughter investigation. Meanwhile, the ever-reliable Sun reported that Macaulay Culkin is the mystery dad of Michael Jackson's son Blanket.

EMILY BLUNT  and JOHN KRASINSKI are engaged to be married.  The couple have been dating since November 2008.

LINDSAY LOHAN is in hot water yet again after being accused by a jewelry store of 'losing' over 2 million dollars' worth of jewels.

NATALIE PORTMAN was interviewed by her upcoming Brothers costar Jake Gyllenhaal in the September issue of Interview.  Portman confesses she is obsessed with "really, really obscene hip-hop," though we could have guessed that from her SNL appearance. And yeah, there's a NSFW version.

NICK LACHEY and VANESSA MINNILLO were... wait for it... caught canoodling, after breaking off their three-year relationship in June.

THE LOCKERBIE BOMBER: Set free for oil. Gordon Brown's government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

NORTH KOREA and IRAN: The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship believed to be carrying North Korean weapons to Iran in what is believed to be first case of disguised cargo confiscated under tightened UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad called for the prosecution of opposition leaders over the post-election turmoil, saying that senior activists currently on trial should not be the only ones punished.

THE CLEVELAND BEAR does not appear in this video, which makes it no less an awesome piece of journalism.

A BEAR escapes a skate park in Snowmass.

TICK SALIVA: Cure for cancer?

HEATHCLIFFE, the giant burrowing cockroach, may be world's heaviest insect.

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RIP Ellie Greenwich, Tortoise, Summer Songs, Cutout Bin, Cat Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 28, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with ELLIE GREENWICH!  In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time included six by Ellie Greenwich and her husband and writing partner, Jeff Barry - more than by any other songwriting team. (And those only scratch the surface.)  She died a heart attack at a New York hospital on Wednesday, at age 68.  Without Greenwich, e may never have had "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Hanky Panky," "Do Wah Diddy," "Leader of the Pack," "I Can Hear Music," and "River Deep, Mountain High," to name just a few.

TORTOISE stopped by the World Cafe for a twofer streaming via NPR.

SUMMER SONGS: NPR listeners share their selections.  The latest are from the The Four Preps and The Four Seasons, but if you scroll to the end of the story, you'll find links to a bunch of others, including "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)".

VIVA VOCE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

THE DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT is streaming their debut album, In Deference To A Broken Back. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MORE THAN A FEELING: Boston, or Paul Rudd and David Wain with Of Montreal? Pick em!

NOMO did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to MAGNET about his four-CD boxed set, Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009: "One would like to think that one is more than a mere box-unboxable. But a box is good enough for now, anyway."

CHICAGO ROCKED: At Gaper's Block, Ex-DJ James VanOsdol writes about the Chicago music scene in the 1990's, and hopes you will fund a book about it.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Tom Jones to Iggy Pop, from Bob Dylan to the Trashmen, from the Faces to the Hindu Love Gods, plus Elvis Costello, King Khan and the Shrines, XTC, She and Him, Flock of Seagulss and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Horrors! This weekend's wide releases are The Final Destination (often in 3-D), and Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 (2), neither of which was screened for critics. Caveat emptor.

MISCHA BARTON talks about her hospitalization in TimeOut NY. But does she say anything?

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dermatologist Arnold Klein knows there is a possibility that Jacko's two older kids could be biologically linked to him, his lawyer admits.

JASON BIGGS (American Pie) cut short his holiday in Europe after being attacked by one of Gibraltar's famous monkeys.

DEREK JETER and MINKA KELLY secretly engaged?

AVRIL LAVIGNE headed for divorce?

JOHN MAYER offered a 25K charitable donation for the publication of a mug shot that was taken following his arrest several years ago.  The Internet obliged.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE has a new trailer online. 

EVAN RACHEL WOOD may be a lesbian vampire. On television, anyway.

PARKER POSEY has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

MADONNA was booed in Bucharest after she told them to be nice to gypsies.

SIR JOHN GIELGUD had a thing for Iggy Pop.

AFGHANISTAN: In his bid for re-election, Pres. Karzai has surrounded himself with checkered figures who could bring him votes: warlords suspected of war crimes, corruption and trafficking in the country's lucrative poppy crop. But none is as influential as Marshal Fahim, his running mate, who may be involved in drug trafficking.

SO, your cat wants a massage?

A MARMOT INVASION has Alpine farmers in Germany's southern Allgäu region claiming the rodents have become a fuzzy plague.

AXOLOTL: The amphibian that never grew up is on the verge of going extinct in the wild. And it's oddly charming.

OPOSSUMS ARE TRICKY: Exhibit A. Exhibit B.

MONKEY has two mommies.

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