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Gaslight Anthem, Fleet Foxes, Golden Smog, Manatees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM brought "The '59 Sound" to the Ed Sullivan Theater last week.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold seems to be streaming new songs for a side project called White Antelope.

GOLDEN SMOG: Captain's Dead has posted an April 1996 gig to stream or download, featuring the indie supergroup's early work, plus covers ranging from Bowie to Charlie Rich to Brian Wilson to The Nerves.

A.C. NEWMAN talks to PopMatters about the challenge of making a solo record, the elusiveness of writing hit songs, the double-edged sword of critical adulation the role of the Internet in independent music, American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, classic French and Japanese cinema, and 1980s pop music.

THE VON BONDIES talk to BlackBook about neck beards, schools of rock, and the new album.

LONEY DEAR: "Airport Surroundings" is the first single from the Dear John album.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne gives a status report at CMJ.

THE BEASTIE BOYS have issued a 20th Anniversary edition of Paul's Boutique.

MUSICIANS ON TWITTER, compiled by Pitchfork. UPDATE: Drowned In Sound ups the ante.

SEX PISTOLS: Steve Jones is unemployed. No Future.


JESSICA SIMPSON: Every moment spent pondering her weight is a moment diverted from the fact that her last movie just went direct-to-DVD!

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fmr manager Sam Lutfi is suing the pop wreck and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract. Coincidentally, Lufti has a debt collection agency on his back.

MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez is not pleased that Madge is parading her 22-year-old Brazilian boy toy around NYC.

CHRISTIAN BALE: Harry Knowles claims to have "the rest... of the story" behind the actor's now infamous on-set rant.

AMY WINEHOUSE is planning to record her next album in Jamaica, where where illegal drugs are known to be widely available.

JUDE LAW: Dude looks like a lady.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: "Don't Hassel The Hoff" proves he can be annoying without singing.

HILARY DUFF & FAYE DUNAWAY are having a little catfight over Duff's recently announced Bonnie & Clyde movie.

WHEN STEPHEN FRY GOT STUCK in an elevator, he posted the news to Twitter, along with a picture, garnering moral support from the Twittersphere.

DEMI MOORE denied adoption rumors on Twitter, too.

AFGHANISTAN: Opium production is likely to decrease this year, according to the UN.  Canada has boosted its forces in southern Afghanistan with a new contingent of helicopters and drones, a move to reduce the number of ground convoys used to supply remote bases and to better protect soldiers against Taliban fighters.  The postponement of Afghanistan's presidential election puts the constitution to the test.

IRAQ: A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.


CROCS plague the streets of Sydney.

ABANDONED BABY KOALA finds Internet stardom in a bucket of water.

SIBERIAN COWS get furry bras to protect their udders against subzero temperatures.

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Silver Jews, Andrew Bird & Loney Dear, Heartless Bast^rds, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SILVER JEWS played their final gig 300 feet underground in the Cumberland Caverns, stating with "Introduction/ We Are Real" and ending with "Smith and Jones Forever."

ANDREW BIRD and LONEY DEAR played the 9:30 Club in DC last night, you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all selections from their new album, The Mountain.

LILY ALLEN is streaming her new album before next week's release.

BOB MOULD talks about his upcoming album and autobiography with Spinner.

FLEET FOXES give Billboard a status report on the sophomore album as their debut sneaks to No. 36 on the Hot 200 chart.

THE WALKMEN have a video for "Four Provinces" that features Nepal, but not the band.

FRANZ FERDINAND: Singer Alex Kapranos and drummer Paul Thomson talk to Pitchfork about the new album, seeing legends at the Grammys, and Gary Glitter, among other things.

JAYHAWKS: Gary Louris is working on reissuing the five Jayhawks albums, a new "best of" collection and a boxed set, all stuffed with B-sides, rarities and live tracks.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY gets an annotated discography at Drowned In Sound.

DUFFY is profiled down under by the Courier-Mail.

JESSICA SIMPSON's family says said her apparent "weight gain" has more to do with bad styling and an unfriendly lens.

CHRISTIAN BALE's profane on-set tirade is getting the remix treatment.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON does not understand why men have nipples.  Of course, this is why we have the Internet.

BRITNEY SPEARS will be taking the kids on tour, according to her blog.

GWYNETH PALTROW takes on rumors about her marriage and haters of her GOOP website.

ALI LOHAN has been skipping school on Long Island, in favor of hanging with big sister Li-Lo in L.A., according to the ever reliable Star.

GEORGE CLOONEY & AARON SORKIN are working on a Gitmo courtroom drama, with almost no hope that it will be even remotely as good as A Few Good Men.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. has another great take on his Oscar nomination in USA Today.

ANNE HATHAWAY is taking her Dad to the Oscars.

JESSICA BIEL is slated to host the Academy's Scientific and Technical Awards this Saturday in Beverly Hills. The geeks always book a hottie to host.

DITA VON TEESE talks about France, Fashion and another f-word that may not be the first to come to mind.

NORTH KOREA appears to be preparing to test-fire a ballistic missile that could be capable of striking the western US, a South Korean official and reports said Tuesday.

IRAN has successfully sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, according to Pres. Ahmedinejad.  I was... skeptical, but NASA and others seem to confirm it.  And an orbital launcher is a de facto ICBM, which is just peachy.

THE STANS: CIA-directed airstrikes against al-Qaeda leaders and facilities in Pakistan over the past six to nine months have been so successful, according to senior US officials, that it is now possible to foresee a "complete al-Qaeda defeat" in the mountainous region along the border with Afghanistan. Except I don't see how that lasts without also defeating or accommodating the Taliban. Contrast that with the story that the Pentagon's top military officers are recommending that Pres. Obama shift strategy in Afghanistan - to focus on ensuring regional stability and eliminating Taliban and Al Qaeda safe havens in Pakistan, rather than on achieving lasting democracy and a thriving Afghan economy.  Meanwhile, the campaign against the Taliban suffered two logistical blows Tuesday as the president of Kyrgyzstan announced that he'd shut a US airbase in his country and the Taliban in Pakistan blew up a bridge, disrupting the main US supply route into Afghanistan.

A BABY MONKEY eats at the London Zoo.

HEY, IS THAT A PAIR OF PIGEONS in your pants?  Pic at the link!

A WAYWARD SNAKE halted commuter trains for hours in south Queensland.  No word yet on squirrel involvement.

CYBORG BEETLES prepare for battle!

SEA LION learns to write Chinese? Actually, it can only write "bull," which seems oddly appropos.

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867-5309, New Releases, The Hold Steady, Trucker Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


867-5309 is up for auction on eBay, with bids over 150K as I write this. The price of a call has gone up since the days of Tommy Tutone (who appears to have been a peeping Tommy; who knew?).

NEW RELEASES: Ben Kweller, the Brighton Port Authority, Zero Boys and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner. Heartless Bast^rds bring The Mountain. The Von Bondies return with Love Hate And Then There's You.

VON BONDIES: Jason Stollsteimer talks to the Detroit News and Exclaim about the trials and tribulations of the past five years.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from The Decemberists, Don Auerbach and Buddy Holly are featured in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Patterson Hood talks to the Citizen-Times about his upcoming solo LP, which he describes as power-pop.

ATLANTIC CITY: The Springsteen tune is covered by The Hold Steady for your Twofer Tuesday.

BUDDY HOLLY is featured on NPR's Morning Edition for the actual Day The Music Died. Indie rockers pay tribute at Metro Boston News.

FRUIT BATS: Eric Johnson talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about gigging with The Shins.

EMMY THE GREAT discusses her dark side with The Shields Gazette.

RONNIE SPECTOR talks to Chronogram about her multimedia show, "Beyond the Beehive."

JESSICA SIMPSON's recent weight gain made her a big target for the producer of an exercise video the pneumatic blonde once nixed. And Pres. Obama got dragged in to the story to boot.

BRITNEY SPEARS may cancel her upcoming tour if Fed-Ex's lawyers continue to block an agreement allowing her to take the kids on the road.

CHRISTIAN BALE went ballistic on the set of Terminator: Salvation a while back -- TMZ has the extremely explicit audio. Nikki Finke reports that Bale regrets that he lost his temper.

MADONNA may be back with 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz.

KATE MOSS wants to be an actress, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

LETTERMAN'S NINE MOST HILARIOUSLY AWKWARD MOMENTS, including Harvey Pekar and Crispin Glover, via Cracked magazine.

RICK MORANIS wrote about Wall Street's financial mess for Sunday's New York Times.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Muslim cleric Anjem Choudary has warned Brit lovers that if they celebrate Valentine's Day they will rot in Hell.

IRAN: The chairman of the US House Cmite on Foreign Affairs tried to meet a top aide to Iran's supreme leader in mid-December but was rebuffed at the last minute, a snub illustrating the challenges to dialogue with Tehran pushed by Pres. Obama.

IRAQ: January 2009 marked the lowest death toll in Iraq in the past five years. Prime Minister al-Maliki and several secular parties appeared to score significant gains in Iraq's provincial elections, according to preliminary reports.  Indeed, the Anbar Awakening leaders threatened the non-secular Iraqi Islamic Party with violence if the polls are found to have been rigged.

A TRUCKER & HIS DUCK: Let's go to the video.

A LABRADOR and TIGER CUBS, living together... mass hysteria. Lisha - who lives at the Cango Wildlife Reserve in South Africa - has also been called upon to look after no less than 30 orphans, including pygmy hippos, a porcupine, cheetahs, a mongoose, serval kittens and even a barn owl.

COW struck by lightning ... and lives.  Dawn of the Steak.  Freaky pic at the link.

EXTINCT IBEX has been brought back to life for the first time after being cloned from frozen tissue.  What could go wrong? They spared no expense.

DOLPHINS are the Chef of the Sea.

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Don't forget your booties, because it's COLD out there!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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Winter Dance Party, Free MP3s, Cutout Bin, Cat Scratch Fever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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