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Okkervil River, New Releases, Ryan Adams, Ninja Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OKKERVIL RIVER played "Pop Lie" for Dave recently at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES: Antony & the Johnsons, Franz Nicolay, The Derek Trucks Band, some vintage Bee Gees and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is currently previewing tracks from M Ward, Animal Collective, Bon Iver, Heartless Bast^rds and those Bee Gees.

BEN KWELLER does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MOTOWN TURNS 50: The people who made Motown "The Sound of Young America"  tell tales to Spinner.  The A to Z of Hitsville USA is charted by the BBC.

RYAN ADAMS plays "Sink Ships" (from Cardinology) in a Black Cab Session. And there's a very Adams-esque story to go with it at the link.

25 STADIUM ANTHEMS, courtesy of the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot.

A&R 101: Don Grierson, a record industry veteran who helped shepherd acts including the Beatles, Little River Band, Heart and Tina Turner, is teaching the Internet generation.

HOW TO SAVE ROCK & ROLL, according to nine insiders asked by Rolling Stone.


BRADGELINA were... wait for it... caught canoodling at a Golden Globes afterparty, where onlookers commented on Jolie's semmingly frozen face.

TOM BRADY & GISELE BUNDCHEN engaged? This time for sure?  Nothing up their sleeves? Presto?

KATE HUDSON & A-ROD getting cozy?

AMY WINEHOUSE is getting divorced by her recently incarcerated hubby, Blake Fielder-Civil.

ISLA FISHER says she's "very close" to marrying Sasha Baron Cohen, And again jokes that she's close to a bipolar nymphomaniac.

BRITNEY SPEARS loses a lucrative relationship with OK! magazine.

MEGAN FOX made a number of wacky comments on her way into the Golden Globes Awards.

SETH ROGEN has written an episode of The Simpsons and has cast himself as a lead character.

DC MOVIES currently over at Warner Bros. have been put on hold for the time being, according to writer-director David Goyer.

IRAN: A hidden camera catches an Iranian cleric committing adultery, and the video rockets around the blogosphere, where a new generation can finally skirt state censorship.

AFGHANISTAN: Australian special forces have killed a Taliban commander involved in recruiting suicide bombers and foreign fighters in Afghanistan, Australia's Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

IRAQ: Local security forces say they have captured leading Sunni militant Tha'ir Kadhim Sraiwi.

NINJA KITTEN: Let's go to the video.

KITTEN NAMING erupts into domestic violence.

CATS & DOGS, living together... he should have known better.

PIG catches a fish. Pic at the link.

BABY GORILLA debuts at the National Zoo: "Awwww," the small crowd murmured as Mandara and the baby settled onto a straw-cozy ledge for a midday feeding...

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Glasvegas, CVB, Bettye LaVette, MooseCopter 5   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 12, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLASVEGAS guitarist Rab Allan talks to Straight about the year that saw him leave his Rocky-esque day job. Bassist Paul Donoghue talks to the San Jose Mercury News about the evolution of the band's sound.  And the combo returned to the US, playing "Geraldine" for Dave in the Ed Sullivan Theater.

M WARD talks to Billboard about the broader production on his upcoming album, which will have cameos from Lucinda Williams, Grandaddy's Jason Lytle and Ward's She & Him partner, Zooey Deschanel.

MERZ did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased. "The absolutely ideal opening paragraph to an essay about UK songwriter Merz would be a verbatim pasting of the lyrics to 'The Rainbow Connection.'" But he doesn't sound like Kermit.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN played the Bowery Ballroom on Friday; you can download the show via nyctaper.

SHARON LITTLE, who has been opening for Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on tour, played the World Cafe on Friday, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

BETTYE LaVETTE: The NYDN has reaction to the R&B vet's re-invention of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" at this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

IGGY & THE STOOGES: Mike Watt, bassist for the Minutemen, Firehose and the reunited Stooges, remembers the late Ron Asheton.  Canada's Globe & Mail caught up with Iggy on the set of a vampire movie before Asheton's death.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS frontman Antony Hegarty talks to The Scotsman about the band's upcoming LP and the forehead as billboard.

AMY WINEHOUSE has been targeted by Islamic extremists.

MERLE HAGGARD is suing environmental activists for misusing his name.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks --  and to Kate Winslet twice. Slumdog Millionaire won Best Drama; Vicky Cristina Barcelona won Best Comedy or Musical.  30 Rock won Best TV Comedy; Mad Men won Best TV Drama. Photos here.

JOHN TRAVOLTA, mourning the death of his 16-year-old son Jett,  canceled his appearance at the Golden Globe Awards.

MICHAEL C. HALL eloped with Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter on New Years Eve.

PRINCE HARRY who wore a Nazi uniform to a 2005 costume party, was caught on video making racial remarks to fellow British soldiers.

FERGIE & JOSH DUHAMEL got hitched in Malibu over the weekend.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gran Torino gets the checkered flag in a massive 29 million dollar upset, about 10 million more than most predictions.  This weekend pays for the 25 million production budget and may put Clint Eastwood into the Best Actor race when Oscar noms come out on the 22nd.  This weekend is the biggest of Clint Eastwood's career -- unless you just for inflation, which would put the opening of 1978's Every Which Way But Loose on top, but shhh.  The debuts of Bride Wars and The Unborn were left in mortal combat for second and third place, with the brides on top by about 500K with 21.5 million.  And these are the estimates; the actuals might but the horror filck ahead.  Bride Wars is more likely to have legs, though; last year's 27 Dresses opened in the same ballpark and ended up with over 70 million total.  Marley & Me dropped a surprising 53 percent to fourth place with 11.4 million. Benjamin Button dropped big, but will cross the 100 million mark by next weekend.  Indeed, there were a lot of big drops below the fold, including Bedtime Stories, Valkyrie, and Seven Pounds.  Oscar bait like Slumdog Millionarie and Doubt dropped back out of the Top Ten.

BRADGELINA:  Jolie, who has been lying low since the birth of her 5-month-old twins, is thinking about a brief return to film.  Shocka.

PATRICK SWAYZE was hospitalized for pneumonia on Friday. His co-stars are upbeat that the cancer-stricken actor will recover.

GLOBAL WARMING: Accelerated by the Internet.  And yet Al Gore invented the Internet.  The irony.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban launched a major assault on a Frontier Corps base housing an elite counterterrorism force early Sunday morning, sparking a battle that killed at least 10 Pakistani paramilitary troops and more than 40 Taliban fighters.

IRAN: Buried in an NYT story headlined "U.S. Rejected Aid for Israeli Raid on Iranian Nuclear Site" is news that the 140-page classified version of the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate suspected that Iran had 10 or 15 other nuclear-related facilities, never opened to international inspectors, where enrichment activity, weapons work or the manufacturing of centrifuges might be taking place. The IAEA and analysts across the political spectrum were highly skeptical of the declassified NIE at the time.  So two questions that might be asked are about the political motives behind the declassified version and why the NYT is even now burying the lede.  And the answer to that second question might help explain why the NYT is at serious risk of going bankrupt this year.  Meanwhile, Iran is using front companies to buy tech for roadside bombs to kill US troops in Iraq.

IRAQ: Local forces are developing engineering capabilities, including explosive ordinance disposal; current plans are to fill out the Iraqi Army engineers during 2009 and 2010.

MOOSE take a helicopter ride from Utah to Colorado. UNRELATED: Baby moose falls into a basement bedroom in Spokane, WA.

BATS & MAGGOTS ruin a honeymoon.

THE BIRDS: After gulls attack a couple in Laguna Beach, the man is charged with animal cruelty for fighting back.

PET HOARDING: 180 stranded kittens rescued by scary-looking bikers.

MILITANT GOOSE knocks out power to 600 homes... in the village of Goosnargh.  No word on squirrel involvement... yet.

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YFFs, Bon Iver, Black Joe Lewis, Cutout Bin, Sleepy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to ChartAttack about the upcoming Venus 3 album, due next month.

BOB MOULD and Our Band Could Be Your Life author Michael Azerrad will be teaming up to write Mould's autobiography.

BON IVER is advance streaming the Blood Bank EP.

BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS do the five free songs thing for Daytrotter, inlcuding a cover of Howlin' Wolf's "Snatch It Back And Hold It." "This band of merry - and lascivious - young men have the scent of last night's woman or women, a whole carton of smoked Camels, a boozy romp and lived in clothing - coming out of their amplifiers and speakers..."

ELVIS PRESLEY's birthday was yesterday. Learn how he unknowingly fought totalitarianism, and how to impersonate him, even if you're Chinese or Jewish.  Here's "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956 and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit from 1970 as visual aids.

LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy Page's manager is telling reporters, "Led Zeppelin are over!" For today, anyway.

DEPT. OF EAGLES: Fred Nicolaus spoke to SF Station about the In Ear Park album and the band's first extensive tour.

THE CARDIGANS' Nina Persson talks about the band and her second dolo album with CNN.

CUTOUT BIN: From Jason Segel to The Stooges, from The Who to The Guess Who, From Glasvegas to The Gourds, from Wire to the J. Geils Band, plus the Everly Bros., King Khan & the Shrines, Robert Pollard, Sugar and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide debuts are Bride Wars, which is currently scoring an ouch-worthy 08 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and The Unborn, which edges past with a whopping 11 percent.  Expanding wide is Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, which is scoring 74 percent.  Nevertheless, if I was a gambler, i'd wager the brides win the weekend, followed by the dog movie, then Gran Torino (though it could edge into second in a better world).

KATE HUDSON laughs off lesbian rumors, though when your new movie with Anne Hathaway -- which you also produced -- is getting shellacked by critics, any PR is good PR.

TOM CRUISE speaks out on the death of Jett Travolta and addresses Scientology's role in the tragedy. That'll help.

LINDSAY LOHAN just can't let her feud with Scarlett Johansson go.

LISA BONET has given birth to her third child: Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa. Yes, really.

WATCHMEN: The court battle between Fox and Warner Bros. continues, and may come to a head before Jan. 20th.  Meanwhile, The Quietus interviews the graphic novel's artist, Dave Gibbons.  Plus, the Japanese trailer has some new footage.

KEVIN COSTNER was hospitalized overnight Tuesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, but was released the following day.

AWARDS SEASON: The 2008 Razzie nominees are announced.

PAKISTAN: The US killed al Qaeda's chief of operations in the New Year's Day missile strike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan, according to a report.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan and Coalition forces killed a Taliban IED facilitator in Helmand province and six Taliban fighters in Farah province, and detained five Haqqani Network fighters in Khost and Kandahar province. 

IRAQ: Violence is down 93 percent during the last quarter of 2008. Iraqi forces detained 18 wanted men in Mosul, six insurgents in Kirkuk, four al Qaeda fighters in Diyala, and prevented a terrorist attack in Baghdad.

SLEEPY CAT does not want to wake up. I sympathize.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant squirrels have been blamed for setting a former attorney general's house on fire in Britain.  Awww...some photoshop at the link.

TOP DOG & CAT NAMES 2008, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance.  The most unusual are also listed.

101 DALMATIANS?  Not quite, but this three-year-old dog has given birth to a litter of 18, just a year after having 16 pups.  Pic at the link.

THE PIGLET SQUID with a smiley face and a twinkle in his eye.

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M Ward, Death Vessel, Blitzen Trapper, The Prisoner, Cat & Cockatoo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


M WARD has released a Video for "Hold Time," from the upcoming album of the same name.

DEATH VESSEL did three free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased. "This is pretty like flower beds and daisy chains and Dolly Parton or Karen Carpenter pretty."

PAPER ROUTE did five free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased. " In nearly every one of the ephemeral songs that Paper Route writes, there's a sense of intense foreboding - like someone's got a foot out of the door and there are outstretched arms reaching to reverse the momentum carrying them away."

MERGE RECORDS is offering its 2008 sampler free with registration.

BUFFETLIBRE has unleashed about 90 covers of 80s songs by indie bands.  Downloads and videos at the link.

BLITZEN TRAPPER has a new stop-motion video for "Furr."

JOHN LENNON's MBE has turned up. Buckingham Palace will leave its fate to Yoko Ono.

JACKO hopes to bury his 24-year feud with Sir Paul McCartney - by leaving his share of the Beatles back catalog to him in his will.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Land of Talk's Liz Powell is now an official member of the collective.

EURYTHMICS: Dave Stewart has bizarre new project.

BRADGELINA: Pitt has an interview in W Magazine, in which he acquits Jolie of the charge of home-wrecking, and Aniston of the last round of catty remarks.

BRITNEY SPEARS goes into permanent conservatorship.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON: Lohan has moved out of Ronson's pad and has been seen on the town alone, but reportedly wants back with Sam.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is not planning parenthood anytime soon.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER is moving out on Matthew Broderick, according to the ever-reliable Star.

CARMEN ELECTRA says she's found a hot new use for hangers, but refuses to go into details.

THE PRISONER:  You can watch the entire original series via AMC's website in advance of their reimagined miniseries, which stars Ian McKellen and Jim Caviezel.

LARRY FLYNT & JOE FRANCIS want a government bailout, but will settle for publicity.

JENNIFER CONNELLY's sudden weight loss may be a reaction to the recent death of her father.

INDIA: Transcripts of phone calls Indian authorities say they intercepted during the November Mumbai attacks were part of a dossier of evidence New Delhi handed Pakistan this week that it says definitively proves that the siege was launched from across the border.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban murdered two more "US spies" in North Waziristan. The Taliban killed four policemen during an attack on a checkpoint in Hangu; another policeman was killed while defusing a bomb in Bannu. Four more beheaded bodies were found in Swat. Ajmal Amir Qasab, the only surviving gunman from November's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks, is a Pakistani citizen, the government confirmed on Wednesday.

A CAT & COCKATOO, living together...  I think you know what I'm saying.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The "Save Our Squirrels" campaign begun in 2006 to rescue Britain's red squirrels, with its rallying motto of "Save a red, eat a gray!", created a market for culled squirrel meat.

ANGELINA the LABRADOR saved her owner's life by knocking her out of the way as the roof of her house fell in.

CHINESE ZOO ANIMALS are huddling next a fire and electric heaters to beat the cold weather. Pic of giraffes living like hoboes at the link.

HEDGEHOGS are legalized in Lawrence, KS, after a three-year lobbying effort by 11 year-old Judson King.  Video at the link.

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Ron Asheton RIP, Montt Mardie, XTC, Dog and a blankie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE STOOGES: Guitarist Ron Asheton is dead at 60, sometime over the past few days, apparently of natural causes. Here are two remembrances from Greg Kot, the Detroit Free Press and the GuardianIggy Pop and the surviving Stooges issue their statement.  NPR has two classic Tube links, but it's "No Fun" for me.

MONTT MARDIE: Frank Yang nominates this singer-songwriter as the new face of Swedish pop for 2009, with A/V links a-plenty: "Musical cribs from The Cure nestle alongside classic Brill Building song structures and quotes from Meatloaf. Lyrics reference Breakfast At Tiffany's and Star Wars - Introducing is a glorious open house pop culture party, where everything is fair game and welcomed with love..."

AMAZON is selling its bestselling 2008 MP3 albums for just five bucks each.

CULT of the iPod: Apple said Tuesday that it would remove anticopying restrictions on all of the songs in its popular iTunes Store and allow record companies to set a range of prices for them.

THE RETURN OF THE 7" 45: Don't call it a comeback.

XTC is blogging about their songs.  Most recently about "Generals & Majors," but just keep scolling. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ROBBERT BOBBLE & the BUBBLE MACHINE, the alter ego of Apples In Stereo frontman Robert Schneider, performs the kind of garage-y, surf-tinged psychedelia you'd expect, but with an all-ages twist.  Stream a few. For the children.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Ben Gibbard talks to The A.V. Club, presumably before news of his engagement to Zooey Deschanel leaked out.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE is profiled at Billboard.

OXFORD AMERICAN's 10th Anniversary Music Issue is out. The CDs aren't on line, but the liner notes are, plus Grant Alden on the demise of No Depression, the legendary alt-country magazine that he co-founded and edited, and on the (dreary, at best?) future of music criticism.

ALYSSA MILANO is getting hitched to CAA agent David Bugliari.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK are the proud parents of a new baby girl.

JOSH BROLIN & JEFFREY WRIGHT, charged with interfering with a cop during a bar brawl last July, settled their criminal case in Shreveport, LA.  Maybe the arrest video did the trick.

RIP TORN pleaded not guilty to two counts stemming from a Dec. 14 drunken driving arrest.

MADONNA's rumored boytoy, Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez, is reportedly "still hung up" on Madge and refused Donna Karan's advances over the New Year.

WATCHMEN has a new video journal online; this one covers The Minutemen.

CRAIG FERGUSON made a surprise announcement on his CBS Late Late Show Monday night: He got married over the holidays. Video at the link.

PATRICK SWAYZE talks to Barbara Walters about "going through hell" in his yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer, and taking on a leading role in a new television series.

IRAN: More than 70K students have volunteered to carry out suicide bombings against Israel, according to Iran's state news agency.  But President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not responded to their request for permission, which suggests that the campaigns are mostly propaganda.

IRAQ: An Iraqi battalion shifts from Baghdad to the northern city of Mosul to conduct counterinsurgency operations.

MILLIE the SPANIEL needs to get her blankie out of the dryer.

BEES: Cocaine alters their judgment, stimulates their behavior and makes them exaggeratedly enthusiastic about things that might not otherwise excite them.

SERIAL SNAKE THIEVES BUSTED: One in fact had a rainbow boa in his pocket.

PITBULL ATTACK thwarted by a 9-year-old jiu-jitsu master.

A PAIR OF DEER drop in on a class at Faith Baptist School in Hamilton, NJ.

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