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The LeeVees, Rare VU, Cheap Trick, Tom Waits, and Sam-I-Am   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 18, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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HOW DO YOU SPELL CHANNUKKAHH? The LeeVees try to help with an Electric Company-esque video. NPR also has a streaming feature with founding member Adam Gardner (also of Guster).

SEASON of the LIST: Pitchfork has "best of" lists from Islands, Mastadon, Go! Team, Jens Lekman, The Pipettes, Beck and more. Billboard has the Top ten from their panel of critics, as well as lists from artists including Mike Watt, Robert Pollard, Calexico's Joey Burns and Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood. The BBC collective has a/v links for their Top Ten. Glide does it's best to link you to the pages for their Top 20. Marathon Packs has a Top 19. And there's an interesting Top Ten at More Cowbell!

THAT RARE VELVET UNDERGROUND ACETATE is back up for auction, with new rules to deter pranksters. Better yet, Ken King notified me that Moistworks recently posted some of the songs from that session, which you can jukebox via the ol' HM.

HARRY NILSSON: Filmmakers John Scheinfeld and David Leaf -- along with composer Van Dyke Parks -- talk to Harp magazine about the documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin

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Solomon Burke, Annuals, Holiday Bin, Cutout Bin, a 7-Legged Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 15, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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...WITH A NICE DAY FOR A... "White Christmas." Ouch.

AHMET ERTEGUN, who co-founded Atlantic Records and helped bring John Coltrane, Big Joe Turner, LaVern Baker, Bobby Darin, Ruth Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, the Bee Gees, the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin -- to name just a few -- to the ears of America and the world, died Tuesday at 83. He slipped into a coma following a head injury suffered as the Stones prepared to play former Pres. Bill Clinton

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New Beirut, Sad Songs, Cliches, Louvin Bros., and 3 Million Bees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 14, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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JOHNNY CASH counts down "The 12 Days of Christmas." I shoulda thought of this yesterday!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS has been reissued with bonus alternate takes of several tracks, plus liner notes.

SEASON of the LIST: Metacritic has the 30 Best-Reviewed Albums of the Year, plus year-end critic top ten lists from various music publications. Yeti posted his Yeti Favorite Albums of the Year, along with a Top Ten for social and peer approval. Underrated has the Top 25 Underrated Albums, with songs you can jukebox via the Hype Machine. Berkeley Place is killing music with the Top 20 covers and mash-ups, plus a mess 'o' Stones covers from Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood -- which you can also jukebox via the HM.

THE RACONTEURS and CAT POWER: Pitchfork will link you to advance QuickTime videos from their Dec. 30th appearances o­n Austin City Limits.

SAD SONGS: British scientists (in collaboration with Nokia) are analyzing their "tune trigger quotient" -- measuring heart rate, respiratory response and skin temperature -- to find the saddest songs, as well as the happiest and most exhilarating songs.

THE BEATLES: There's a video for "Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows" from the LOVE album up at the Fabs' website.

BEIRUT has a new EP coming in January, but you can download "Elephant Gun" for free now, or stream it via the HM.

THE 89 MOST REDUNDANT, REPETITIVE CLICHES in rock music, courtesy of AOL.

THE LOUVIN BROTHERS: An Aquarium Drunkard calls 1960's Satan Is Real "the Rosetta stone of fire and brimstone country gospel." You can stream a couple from the album, along with two takes o­n "The Christian Life" from The Byrds.

LOU REED, talking to The New York Times about 1973's Berlin, which he is performing in full for the first time tonight, manages to call it both a "great" album and "just another o­ne of my albums that didn

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Live REM and more, Early Elvis Costello, Ray LaMontagne, and Killer Squirrels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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NIRVANA wishes Ru Paul a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (thx Stereogum)

THAT RARE VELVET UNDERGROUND ACETATE has failed to sell, after the winning 155K bid o­n eBay turned out to be bogus.

AIMEE MANN: You can stream a gig, including stuff from her holiday album, via KCRW.

LEONARD COHEN and SLY and the FAMILY STONE are getting the archival treatment from Legacy recordings in March.

RBALLY is still kickin' -- and has posted sets from R.E.M. (1984), The Lemonheads (1993), Lou Reed (1973), Ted Leo (2005), and The Breeders (1994). As always you can jukebox 'em o­n the ol' HM... just click "listen" where you want to start.

ELVIS COSTELLO snarls his way through a crack version of "Waiting For the End of the World" with the Attractions. His first ever TV performance, however, is a solo take o­n "Allison."

THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE is set to perform in the Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show in February.

RAY LaMONTAGNE played DC's 9:30 Club Monday, so you can stream the gig (and an interview) now via NPR.

YO LA TENGO will not perform their traditional run of star-studded Hanukkah shows at their hometown club, Maxwell's, in Hoboken. Bummer.

YOU TUBE may face competition from Fox, Viacom Inc, CBS and NBC.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The children's book based o­n the travails of the troubled singer is to be made into an animated TV series.

BRADGELINA: Jolie talks about the relationship she developed with Pitt o­n the set of Mr. & Mrs. Smith in January's Vogue magazine, adding: "We are legally bound to our children, not to each other, and I think that's the most important thing." Another oddly ambiguous comment, yes? She tells ComingSoon that she may playing the role of Ava Lord in Sin City 2.

MATT DAMON has discovered things almost everyone I know already knew about babies since becoming a dad. And I just heard him tell a reporter at the premiere for The Good Shepherd that kissing co-star and friend Angelina Jolie "was like kissing your sister. Except you have a really hot sister."

BRITNEY SPEARS: The French Hotel is defending her new friend's new habits: "She goes home every night to her babies and partying has not come in the way of her parenting." Except when she went to JR Rotem's apartment building at 3:30 a.m., that is.

NICOLE RICHIE'S DUI bust was captured o­n a security camera by ABC TV, which has offices nearby.

LINDSAY LOHAN tells People that she's been going to AA for a year and hasn't had a drink for a week. Do the math. Her mother was spotted hiding outside Hyde with a younger man the other night.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER: Law is still complaining his divorce from Sadie Frost left him broke, but won't talk about Sienna Miller. OTOH, Miller says she was so heartbroken by Jude Law's affair with his nanny that she went into therapy -- but ended up angrily calling her psychiatrist "a cow." There has been a rumor that the couple have booked a safari after Christmas in another attempt to rekindle their affair, which Miller denies. She also fears her dad's reaction to her graphic love scenes in the upcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic, Factory Girl.

COURTNEY LOVE had her misdemeanor assault case and two drug-possession cases dismissed, after a judge found that she had successfully completed drug rehabilitation.

JENNIFER LOPEZ and Marc Anthony are planning to adopt a baby from Puerto Rico, according to the UK's Daily Mail. The paper claims that J-Lo is studying P.R. adoption law to avoid the bad pub Madonna got adopting in Malawi.

JENNA JAMESON has filed for legal separation from her husband of three and a half years. I'm shocked! Even though her hubby was also a pr0n star, I'm shocked!

AWARDS SEASON: The Departed was voted best picture by the Boston Society of Film Critics, who also named Martin Scorsese best director.

CHARLOTTE'S WEB: With the movie version arriving in theaters Friday, it's nice that Walden Media, Paramount Pictures, HarperCollins, Nickelodeon Movies, Kerner Entertainment and others are encouraging reading by trying to break the world record for people reading aloud simultaneously today at noon EST.

A SUICIDAL MAN visits the mall, Blues Brothers-style. You want outta this parking lot?... O.K.

THE IRAQ STUDY GROUP: USA Today reports o­n the poll it conducted with Gallup that "Three of four support the major recommendations unveiled by the Iraq Study Group last week." But you have to look at the full poll results to discover that o­nly 54% say they have followed the news about it closely, that 63% say they don't know enough to say whether most of the recommendations should be implemented, and that -- by a 15% margin -- more people trust the US military and the DoD to recommend the right thing than the ISG. Time runs a piece by Lisa Beyar puncturing the ISG report's suggestion that acting o­n the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians will help Iraq.

IRAQ in the MEDIA: o­n Tuesday, the Washington Post quoted anonymous "officials" as saying that the White House strategy review suffered from "a lack of thinking o­n other big issues -- oil, the economy, infrastructure and jobs." Yet the same day, the same paper reported o­n Pentagon efforts to improve the economy and jobs. Both stories appeared o­n the front page of the paper. The Christian Science Monitor has an op-ed piece o­n blogger Bill Roggio, who has posted his response from Camp Fallujah.

IRAN is secretly searching for uranium in war-torn Somalia, according to a confidential UN report obtained by Pajamas Media. The story is bylined to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, who has an incredible backstory.

A SQUIRREL PACK bit to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park. They are said to have scampered off at the sight of humans, some carrying pieces of flesh.

GREY SQUIRRELS are to be given contraceptives in a project approved by Scottish ministers. The may want to ty that in Russia.

ANIMAL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS have launched a campaign against plans to put up a giant ferris wheel in Berlin, saying it would disturb the sex lives of rhinos in a nearby zoo.

THE SYDNEY MUD WHELK moves very slowly and looks harmless enough... but it's a potential time bomb.

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Spinal Tap, Sonic Youth, Frank Black, and Reindeer on the Lam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 12, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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NEW RELEASES: Mary J. Blige and American Idols Fantasia and Taylor Hicks are straming from AOL -- yikes! Sonic Youth has that odds and ends collection finishing their Geffen contract, though.

SEASON of the LIST: Heather Browne is streaming songs from her fave albums of the year. The Rawking Refuses To Stop has an allegedly legal zipped song sampler from their faves, which includes the Pipettes. Some Velvet Blog also has a good Top 20 list, but o­nly a couple of downloads.

WOXY is streaming the cool yule music 24/7 at their holiday mixer.

THE RAVONETTES tell you how to make gl

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