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BOO! Mwahahahahaha!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 31, 2008 - 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 FLAMING LIPS led the March Of 1,000 Flaming Skeletons, as part of Oklahoma City's inaugural Ghouls Gone Wild Halloween Parade.  Video at the link.

JIM CARROLL sings about "People Who Died."

FOLK ALLEY celebrates Halloween with a special 5-hour stream of spooky folk music, including ghost stories, murder ballads, gory tales, supernatural songs, and myths of death, witches, goblins and vampires.  NPR has highlights.

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

HALLOWEEN A/V: PopMatters has quite the collection of streaming Halloween videos and audio, from Bauhaus to Tegan & Sara to Stevie Wonder to AC/DC to Cream... though imho, there's no beating 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."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN won't put on his usual Halloween display for New Jersey's trick-or-treaters at his home out of concern for the safety of families in the town of Rumson, NJ.

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 Van Halen to Screamin' Lord Sutch, from Otis Redding to Nick Cave, from KISS to the Strangeloves, from the Beatles to the Mummies 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 wide releases are Kevin Smith's Zack & Miri, which is currently scoring 62 on the ol' Tomatometer and The Haunting of Molly Hartley, which is unsurprisingly unscreened for critics.  The Changeling also expands wide, with a score of 53 percent. Guy Ritchie's RockNRolla goes near-wide with 61 percent.

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.

PUMPKINS WITH HUMAN FACES: An idea for next year.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE NIGHT of the LIVING DEAD turns 40 with PopMatters compiling 30 articles that uniquely analyze, dissect, discuss, and re-appreciate the cultural, political, social, ideological, philosophical, and psychological meanings of this groundbreaking horror film. 

WAR of the WORLDS:  The 70th anniversary of the infamous Orson Welles broadcast was yesterday.  You can stream it from Radio Heard Here or 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.

GHOST SIGHTINGS: Are they really caused by your alarm clock? If not, who you gonna call?

"THRILLER" performed by French community college students is less dancetastic than the filipino prisoners, but the gave it ol' community college try.

PETS IN COSTUMES: Despite the dangers, here's an obligatory gallery or two or three.  They will turn on the humans some day.

VAMPIRE MOTHS: New species identified in Siberia is vegetarian. Video at the link.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel attacks early voting in Florida.

GIANT GRIFFON VULTURE attacks Britons as they watched a show at the popular Jungle Park in Tenerife.

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New Killers, Robert Harrison, Beach House, Cat Burglar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE KILLERS play a new song, "Losing Touch," at the House of Blues in Vegas.  Sounding a touch like the Psychedelic Furs.

JENNY SCHEINMAN, who has backed up Lou Reed, Bono, Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams, played the Village Vanguard last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand today via NPR.

ELVIS COSTELLO is interviewed by Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers.  Yes, really.

EEF BARZELAY of Clem Snide does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased. 

ROBERT HARRISON: The pop classicist of Cotton Mather and Future Clouds & Radar gets some love from Heather Browne.  Streaming audio at the link.

BEACH HOUSE play "Used To Be"... on a beach, oddly enough.

DAVID BYRNE & BRIAN ENO:  Byrne talks to Greg Kot about how his songwriting and singing has changed over the 19 years since his last album with Eno, plus a bit about the self-release via the Internet.

GENE SIMMONS: The KISS bassist has a new axe controller for the Guitar Hero and Rock Band videogames.

THE WORLD of BLUEGRASS 2008: A survey and recommendations from... the Wall Street Journal.

BTW, WHICH ONE'S PINK? 10 things you probably didn't know about Pink Floyd.

BRITNEY SPEARS, LINDSAY LOHAN & THE FRENCH HOTEL in talks for an HBO sitcom?  Not a chance, but too funny to not share.

BRADGELINA: Six nannies, no waiting. Plus, a fresh round of wedding and pregnancy rumors.

MADONNA tried to control husband Guy Ritchie with a marriage contract which urged the film director not to shout at his wife and to devote time to sex, according to the Daily Mail.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. & DON CHEADLE sign on for The Avengers, as well as the Iron Man sequel.  JON FAVREAU does a nice interview on related topics at Ain't It Cool News.

KEVIN SMITH talks to The A.V. Club about Zack And Miri, star Seth Rogen, his battle with the MPAA, and why nobody ever wins on the Internet.

JCVD: Jean-Claude Van Damme.  I may have to see this.

ELVIS PRESLEY repeats as the Top Earning Dead Celebrity, according to Forbes magazine.  Heath Ledger rockets into third place.  Full list at the link.

THE ITALIAN JOB: Don't try this at home, kids.

IRAN opened a new naval base east of the Strait of Hormuz; an admiral said Iran could "prevent the entry of any enemy naval units" into the Persian Gulf.

IRAQ wants to amend a draft security pact to ban US forces from striking neighboring countries from Iraqi territory, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. Extremism is waning in Baghdad, but blast walls are staying up for now. Wasit province became the 13th of Iraq's 18 provinces transferred to Iraqi control

CAT BURGLAR goes for the peanuts. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

CARLA the ANGELFISH has a life-saving hernia operation. Pic at the link.

CENTIPEDE ATTACK carries a potential sentence of three years prison and a caning.

LOBSTERS enjoy the global economic panic.

THE POOCH PILL: 75 million dollars is apparently available to anyone who can invent a pooch pill and a cat contraceptive.

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Elephant 6, Of Montreal, Friendly Fires, Earlimart, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATT & KIM are still ludicrously happy in the video for "Daylight."

LED ZEPPELIN is reuniting without Robert Plant? Huh? Wha?

THE ELEPHANT 6 ORCHESTRA, including Robert Schneider (The Apples in Stereo) and the famously reclusive Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), took the stage together for a sprawling live performance at Chicago's Bottom Lounge on Oct. 21; you can stream the extravaganza in full via NPR.

OF MONTREAL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

FRIENDLY FIRES also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

ANDREW BIRD & YO-YO MA jam on the strings.  And whistle.

EARLIMART does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE FLAMING LIPS, THE B-52s and B.B. KING are among those helping NBC re-invent its famous chime. Video at the link. Entertainment Weekly says that "You may not know that the notes to NBC's famous chimes are G, E, and C," but it makes perfect sense if you think about the owner. Stereogum has a new track, "Once Beyond Hopelessness," along with video related to the Christmas on Mars DVD.

SNOW PATROL lead singer and guitarist Gary Lightbody talks to JAM! about how the idea of taking a year-long break before making its next album went by the wayside.

ORANGE JUICE is reuniting to benefit a Scottish charity that raises money to fund music therapists. Nordoff-Robbins helped guitarist Edwyn Collins recover from the near-fatal brain hemorrhages he suffered in 2005.  See the gallery of birds that helped him recover.

BRITNEY SPEARS is now under the indefinite conservatorship of her father, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. The pop tart is also rumored to be on the SNL slate.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is quitting acting to pursue his music.  Or so he says now.

MADONNA is facing a major fall-out with her Kabbalah leaders who are demanding an immediate out of court settlement to her divorce from Guy Ritchie.

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's Major Movie Star never played US theaters, but it's No.1 in Russia. As is Puppet Show.

BRADGELINA: Jolie made a surprise appearance at Monday night's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, to pay tribute to director Clint Eastwood. "There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they'll live up to what we imagine them to be," she told the audience. "And Clint Eastwood in person is even better."

30 ROCK: You can watch the premiere early on the Peacock's website.

QUANTUM of SOLACE: Is super-spy James Bond critic- and recession-proof? The Guardian's Theo Hobson does not love him, though it seems like he may not have seen any recent Bond flicks.

JIMMY KIMMEL & SARAH SILVERMAN are reunited... on Jimmy's show Thursday.

JESSICA BIEL is feeling her age, but says no to plastic surgery.

KATE HUDSON's Halloween party was busted by the LAPD.  Hudson "was dressed as a '60s flight attendant," which put me in mind of her stew spiel from Almost Famous.

EVA MENDES flaunts her genes.

SYRIA: The top AQI operative killed during a US raid on a Syrian compound just over the Iraq border was about to carry out an attack in Iraq, US officials say. The attack may have had tacit support from Syria.

IRAQ: Security forces conducted a massive sweep throughout Basra province Tuesday, with Iraqi Army and police units detaining 180 "suspects," including a Pakistani national. The Iraqi interior minister said scrapping the draft US-Iraq security pact would be a strategic mistake. The US military has warned Iraq that it will shut down military operations and other vital services throughout the country on Jan. 1 if the Iraqi government doesn't agree to a pact.  Tensions between Kurdistan and the central government of Iraq continued to bubble, as a parliamentary committee rejected a new draft of an oil law, and Kurdish politicians denounced the government's effort to create semi-tribal councils as a counterweight to Kurdish political power in Kirkuk.

PUPPY & LION CUB: Friends or foes?  More awww...some pics at the link

CAT ADOPTS PUPPY: Jelly Bean and Baby Bear, living together; a disaster of Biblical proportions. Because it's that time of year.

MISSION GOLDEN-EYED TREE FROGS: You know what turns them on? .Sir David Attenborough.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An English chef takes matters into his own hands.

A CHINESE RETIREE has been reunited with his pet dog - a month after he left it in his car and forgot where he parked it.

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New Releases, The Cure, TMBG, Jack & Bombay   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEERHOOF: The video for "Family of Others" seems to use a microscope to find them.

NEW RELEASES: Bloc Party, O'Death, Eagles of Death Metal, Lou Reed, Ry Cooder and more have albums streaming this week via Spinner. Ryan Adams releases Cardinology.

THE CURE is streaming their new album in full via CureSpace.

SNOW PATROL has been streaming their new album in full for members of MySnowPatrol.

NIRVANA: Rare photos and artwork from Kurt Cobain's archives can be seen at Rolling Stone's feature on the Cobain Unseen book.

THE KINKS have taken a step closer to a reunion, as Ray Davies reports brother Dave is making good progress in recovering from a stroke.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play "Birdhouse In Your Soul" with the Doc Severenson Orchestra and "I Palindrome I" with Paul Shaffer & Co. in this week's Twofer Tuesday.

ELLIOTT SMITH: James Poulos reflects on indie rock's doomed minstrel at the fifth anniversary of his death. SPIN's Ellen Carpenter writes about why she cannot listen to his music.

RANDY NEWMAN talks to Pitchfork about  Alvin and the Chipmunks, writing for Pixar, politics and more...

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to the Allentown Morning Call about paying homage to the Jesus and Mary Chain's influential, abrasive guitar reverb- and feedback-drenched 1985 debut, ''Psychocandy.''

THE DEARS: Murray Lightburn is still trying to piece together what happened to his band for the Montreal Gazette.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE are both demanding their army of household staff testify against the other.  Madge has reportedly asked her assistant to gather all the items she received from Ritchie so she can bury them, as she becomes ever more dependent on her Kabbalah advisors.

JENNIFER HUDSON: The Chicago police found the body of the young nephew of the actress and singer Jennifer Hudson in an abandoned SUV in Chicago on Monday, three days after the star's mother and brother had been found dead in their home about 10 miles away.

BRITNEY SPEARS is in discussions to star in a film based on the turbulent life of... Britney Spears.

JENNIFER ANISTON, rumored to be reuiniting with John Mayer, was spotted getting cozy with Gerard Butler ("300").

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad feels bad about criticizing her girlfriend, Samantha Ronson.

AMY WINEHOUSE was hospitalized Saturday for tests on her chest and lungs, according to her London spokesman.

TOM CRUISE helped roast Today show coanchor Matt Lauer at the Friar's Club last week, including calling Lauer a "glib putz."

HARRY POTTER and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has a new trailer online.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Director Christoper Nolan explains to the L.A. Times why he's not sure about directing a third Bat-movie.

SYRIA: A US counterterrorism official said Monday that US forces killed the head of a Syrian network that funneled fighters, weapons and cash into Iraq during a helicopter attack Sunday.  Bill Roggio has background on Abu Ghadiya, a senior al Qaeda leader who has been in charge of the Syrian network since 2005.

NORTH KOREA: New doubts over the health of North Korea's "Dear Leader" have arisen after Kim Jong Il's eldest son was filmed in Paris apparently soliciting the services of a top brain surgeon.

PAKISTAN: A suspected US missile strike has killed 20 people, including a top Taliban commander, in north-west Pakistan, witnesses and officials say.

IRAN is arming "liberation armies" in the Mideast, a top Revolutionary Guards commander said, offering the first official confirmation the country provides weapons to armed groups in the region. Pres. Ahmadinejad has fallen ill due to exhaustion brought on by his heavy workload, coincidentally to speculation that he will not run for re-election.

IRAQ: A wave of targeted killings has forced more than 2000 Christian families to flee the northern city of Mosul.

JACK & BOMBAY are friends. Spot and stripes, living together; a disaster of Biblical proportions. Because it's that time of year.

CHOOCHY the POODLE crashes security at Logan Airport in Boston.

RATS have Britons outnumbered. Time for Willard in a minute.

52 COWS killed by a single lightning bolt.

HONEY BEES can count to four, according to research from the University of Queensland.

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Jane's Addiction, Juliana Hatfield, Rumble Strips, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 27, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DEARS' new clip for "Money Babies" is rather apocalyptic.

THE SMITHS are considering reuniting for the Coachella music festival.

JULIANA HATFIELD stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

THE RUMBLE STRIPS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

THE REPLACEMENTS: The Guardian takes stock of the seminal band, with comments from both Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg, who says this about the band's legendary drunkenness: "Sometimes it made us fearless and sometimes it made us ridiculous, but it's all part of what made us great. We were what we were supposed to be."

GUIDED BY VOICES is providing the music for a 3-D rock opera about Cleopatra by Steven Soderbergh?

JANE'S ADDICTION reunited for a five-dollar club gig last week; watch "Ocean Size" and "Wh0res" at the 'Gum.

DUNGEN -- and the way the Swedish psych-rockers trancend language -- is profiled in the Boston Globe.

HANK WILLIAMS: Intimate and rare performances that few fans have heard are streaming via NPR.

PHIL SPECTOR: The pop genius and accused murderer uncorks a fresh round of crazy for the BBC: "Depression is a wasted emotion to me, like pity, it's a wasted emotion. I'm concerned with the fact that I have not been made a doctor at any college and Bill Cosby has, even Dylan has..."

VASHTI BUNYAN, the Godmother of freak folk, gets a segment and songs  on NPR's Day to Day.

BONO: Photographed with two 19-year-old hotties in St Tropez, with his wife nowhere to be found.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Unsurprisingly, High School Musical 3: Senior Year romped to the top of the chart, making 42 million dollars on an 11 million budget.  Saw V came in second with 30 million (slightly less than Saw IV) on a 10.8 million budget.  Max payne drops about 57 percent to third place with 7.6  million; it's on track to break even. Beverly Hills Chihuahua drops only 39 percent and is on target to make 100 million in the US (Good weekend for The Mouse). Pride and Glory debuts in fifth, with 6.3 million.  Below the fold, Oliver Stone's W. and Body of Lies tank.

LIVE FROM NEW YORK, it's Amy Poehler's (and Will Arnett's) son, born Saturday.

LINDSAY LOHAN says she's not a lesbian and that Samantha Ronson is the only girl for her. NTTAWWT.

BRADGELINA: Jolie has returned from a two-day humanitarian trip to Afghanistan this week, visiting poverty-stricken families, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

AMY WINEHOUSE faces arrest for assault after failing to attend a quiz over allegations she hit a reveller.

MADONNA is having intense Kabbalah "anger management" counselling to deal with her fury against Guy Ritchie as the couple's bitter divorce takes its toll. Ritchie claims his marriage to Madge disintegrated when she started planning their sex life in her diary around her sessions in the gym.

JENNIFER HUDSON and her family are pleading for the safe return of her 7-year-old nephew, who has been missing since Hudson's mother and brother were found dead in their Englewood home on Friday.

ETERNAL SUNSHINE DRUG erases memories in mice. I thought Lacuna already had the patent on this.

SYRIA: US military helicopters attacked territory inside Syria close to its border with Iraq Sunday, targeting the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq in an area where the Americans have been unable to shut it down because it was out of the military's reach.  Bill Roggio thinks that the US military must have detected a senior member of AQI in the region.

AFGHANISTAN: Opium production will fall by almost a third this year, according to a US government report; the UN, however, estimates the drop in opium production will only be 6% this year.

IRAQ: Omar and Mohammed Fadhil of ITM survey the latest developments on negotiations over the Status of Forces Agreement.

A FUGITIVE HAMSTER who evaded a team of eight firemen armed with hi-tech rescue equipment including a chocolate-coated camera has been found alive.

PET PYTHON blamed in Virginia Beach woman's strangulation. Video at the link.

SCARLETT the CAT a calico hero who drew worldwide acclaim after rescuing her five kittens from a 1996 Brooklyn fire, has passed away.

LEO the DOG was hailed as a hero on Sunday after risking his life to save a litter of newborn kittens from a house fire, rescuers said.

A FEATHERED DINOSAUR from the Jurassic period was discovered in China. Dr. Grant will be so excited!

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