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The Beatles, Jenny Lewis, Nicole Atkins, Cutout Bin, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 05, 2008 - 08:10 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BEATLES! Live in Melbourne, Australia on June 17 1964, Part 1 features "I Saw Her Standing There" (partial), "You Can't Do That," "All My Loving," "She Loves You," and "Till There Was You" (partial). Part 2 features "Roll Over Beethoven" (partial), "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."

PRINCE, MADONNA & JACKO get 50 covers apiece at Hypeful to mark their milestone birthdays.

PHANTOM PLANET (which once featured Jason Schwartzman on the throne) did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE 23 MOST ANNOYING FRONTMEN IN ROCK: A slideshow at Metromix.

A3, a/k/a Alabama 3 -- best known for "Woke Up This Morning," the theme for The Sopranos, stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set including that song and a cover of Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

JENNY LEWIS debuts a new track, "Acid Tongue" for Deat Cab's Ben Gibbard.  Because he came all the way from Seattle with those balloons.

NICOLE ATKINS is releasing an EP next week, Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs.  You can stream her take on The Church's "Under The Milky Way" via the Gum Drop.

JOHN PHILLIPS: The long-lost, Mick & Keith produced album Pussycat is released next week; you can stream the title track via Aquarium Drunkard.

POPCUTS: A new website is trying to make it profitable for music lovers to stay ahead of the curve - by paying them when other people purchase MP3s they've bought.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Wonders to the NSFW MC5, from Richard Hawley to the Blackbyrds, from Tommy Tutone to David Bowie covering Pink Floyd, from Eve's Plum to Buffalo Springfield to Candie Payne, the Kinks, Jayhawks and Juliana Hatfield w/ Richard Butler -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.


BRITNEY SPEARS began boozing aged 13, lost her virginity at 14, then started taking drugs at 15, according to a shocking tell-all book by Mama Lynne.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide release is Bangkok Dangerous, which is currently scoring a mere 22 percent based on a mere nine reviews for the ol' Tomatometer.

JESSICA SIMPSON & CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Another volley in their verbal cat fight.

BRADGELINA: Jolie suffering post-natal depression? Seems unlikely to me.

ALEC BALDWIN: The full New Yorker profile is online, revealing a sad and angry man.

THE CLOSER: The biggest drama on cable is eyeing a spinoff. The Closer: Miami?

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  The next step in crafting Cruise's new public (and more comedic ) persona may be voicing a character in <i itxtvisited="1">Shrek 4.

BILL MELENDEZ, the animator worked on Disney films including 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi,' and Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny -- but probably best known for animating the Charlie Brown cartoons and voicing Snoopy -- died Tuesday at 91.  In the spirit of an irish wake, a dance.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Senior clerics debate whether to ban birthday parties.

AFGHANISTAN: US troops will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents are increasingly staying in the country to prepare for spring attacks.

IRAQ: Pentagon leaders have recommended to Pres. Bush that the US make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, though Gen. Petraeus recommended that at least one additional Army combat brigade -- about 3,500 troops -- be sent to Afghanistan instead of its scheduled deployment to replace a brigade leaving Iraq. The Iraqi government will take over the Sons of Iraq program in October.

A PACK OF PUPPIES downs a small child.  Let's go to the video.

SNAKE on a PLANE, but not a cobra... so what's the big deal?

ROGUE EMU tazered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

CATS & DOGS favored over people as desert island companions.

ELEPHANT gets off the horse in Beijing. It wasn't cold turkey.

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Blitzen Trapper, 80s music, The Donkeys, Yoghund   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ZYKOS is the latest "stand-in" covering a track from Okkervil River's upcoming album, The Stand-Ins. The track? "On Tour With Zykos."

ANDREW BIRD talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about blogging while recording his next album.

BLITZEN TRAPPER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SUFJAN STEVENS has soundtracked "Eve," the directorial debut of Natalie Portman, starring Ben Gazzara and Lauren Bacall.

THE 80s: Were they really that bad?  All Songs Considered streams the good, the bad and Starship.

EURYTHMICS are not on that NPR playlist, but topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart 25 years ago with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

WARREN ZEVON is remembered by Dave Letterman in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

THE DONKEYS are profiled by San Diego City Beat: "Their cosmic, country-tinged pop exudes starry-eyed wonderment. They're less Gories, more Gram Parsons and much more fitting for a coastal drive than a basement-party soundtrack..."  The article mentions the band's two Daytrotter sessions, which are worth a listen.

GLEN CAMPBELL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, primarily from his new covers album.

JOLIE HOLLAND shares an advance track (and two live versions of new songs) from her next album with WOXY.

BRITNEY SPEARS will open the MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, but will not be performing.

JOSH HARTNETT: An adult video company is offering up 500K for anyone who turns in a surveillance tape that allegedly shows the 'Black Hawk Down' star and an unidentified female having sex in a London library.

ELTON JOHN & LILY ALLEN got into a catfight at the GQ Men of the Year Awards: "I could still snort you under the table." Let's go to the video.

DAVID DUCHOVNY cheated on his wife for years before finally entering a rehab clinic for sex addiction, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. His pals claim pr0n was the issue.

CAMERON DIAZ was... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera with British model boyfriend Paul Sculfor at the US Open.

KATE HUDSON, living with her ex Chris Robinson, calls her divorce "the best thing that ever happened to us."

ANNE HATHAWAY: Vanity Fair has a long, juicy piece on her dumping Raffaello Follieri as the feds moved in to arrest him on fraud and money-laundering charges, though you can get the highlights via the NYPost, including the revelation that he tooke her for about 150K in rent during the end of their relationship.

90210 2.0 became the highest-rated scripted debut in the CW network's two-year history. The critics were lukewarm, which is about the best the net probably expected, after not screening it for critics in advance.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS is in rehab... for the tenth time.

NORTH KOREA has begun to reassemble its main nuclear facility, citing a delayed removal from a US list of terror sponsors.

RUSSIA: Stalin acted "rationally" in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags, a new Russian school book claims.

PAKISTAN: Shots were fired at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's motorcade on Wednesday but he was not hurt, his spokesman said.

IRAQ: Gen. Petraeus tells the Financial Times declining violence raised the possibility that US combat troops could leave Baghdad by next summer, "conditions permitting."

CATS size each other up before erupting in conflict.

YOGHUND: Organic frozen yogurt for dogs.  And it costs only three times as much as organic frozen yogurt for people.

BELLA the CAT survived a 2 1/2-hour trip on a spare tire under her owner's truck.

FIREFLY populations burning out from Thailand to Tennessee.

STINGING CATERPILLARS invade Maryland.  Pratt family, take cover!

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The Foals, New Releases, Soul music, Banana Splits, Cow.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FOALS drop the video for the single "Olympic Airways."

MORE NEW RELEASES: Albums from Apollo Sunshine, Sam Champion and Brooke Waggoner join Brian Wilson and Birdmonster streaming in full at Spinner.

WHAT IS SOUL? Sharon Jones and Eli "Paperboy" Reed are among those discussing the resurgence of soul music on NPR's Morning Edition. (Thx, Sylvia!)

AKRON/FAMILY do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased. 

AN EARLY DAVID BOWIE RECORDING of "Mockingbird" was going up for auction yesterday; you can stream it via Last.fm.

THE BANANA SPLITS are making a comeback. Finally. Plus, the L.A. Times gives props to The Dickies and Liz Phair (w/ Material Issue).

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Reuters about his creative process.

SMOG: Bill Callahan & Co. stopped by Austin's KUT for a chat and mini-set to promote his latest album, 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart.

PETE DOHERTY was revived by medics after a suspected drug overdose while gigging in Austria.

JERRY REED, the singer-actor responsible for "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)", has died of complications from emphysema at 71.

LINDSAY LOHAN thinks that Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy is a distraction from the real issues in the US presidential campaign. It doesn't sound like Li-Lo agrees with GOP VP pick Sarah Palin's politics, but Lohan's distaste for an intrusive media is not all that surprising.

DAVID DUCHOVNY: Pals suggest his sex addiction is pr0n, not adultery.  DD's wife, Téa Leoni is sitting this year's Toronto International Film Festival out.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Reunited with her badboy former lover Adnan Ghalib?

JACKO dating Pam Anderson after bonded over their love of plastic surgery? I doub that, but too funny not to share.

ROALD DAHL, author of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, etc., was an undercover British spy who seems to have been as... social... as James Bond.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise has realized he's better off funny.  Holmes's Broadway debut will be protested by anti-Scientology activists.

IN A WORLD without Voiceover King Don LaFontaine, movie trailers will be a lot less dramatic. People embeds a cool bioclip, including LaFontaine knocking out answering machine messages just for fun.

THE SUN had fewer sunspots recently than in the last 50-100 years. Three previous such events -- the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid global cooling.

HURRICANE GUSTAV DISASTER RELIEF aided by Air Force surveillance satellites.

IRAQ is largely rid of foreign fighters recruited by insurgent groups such as Al-Qaeda, a top police commander said on Monday.

COW. Washing machine.

GIANT SPIDER from Afghanistan kills soldier's dog in Britain. (Thx, Dad!)

BATS take turns manning the sonar.

CAT RESCUED after six nights in a tree.  Pics and video at the link.  Squirrels involved.

THE SWARM: Super-sized cicada-killing wasps are an annual plague upon southeastern Pennsylvania.

GREAT WHITE SHARK caught on camera off the coast of Wales.  What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Wilco & Fleet Foxes, New Releases, Godfathers, Heaven's Angels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO & FLEET FOXES join forces to cover Bob Dylan & The Band's "I Shall Be Released" in in Spokane, WA.  Which is a place from which one might want to be released, iirc.

NEW RELEASES: Giant Sand releases proVisions--  its first album since 2004.  Birdmonster releases From the Mountain to the Sea. Brian Wilson returns with the song cycle That Lucky Old Sun.

GIANT SAND frontman Howie Gelb is interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard about the new album and his role in spawning Calexico. Plus streaming audio.

BIRDMONSTER guitarist David Klein spoke with SF Station about recording the new album, From the Mountain to the Sea, its first release with indie record company Fader.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the Canadian Press about his newest solo disc, That Lucky Old Sun -- and facing his stage fright.  He is also interviewed by the Detroit Free Press abut the album, which even hints at a possible Beach Boys reunion: "A couple of things have a Beach Boys vibe to it. But basically I just wanted to create new music that was a little more commercial than the 'Smile' album. That's what I really wanted."

THE GODFATHERS play "Birth School Work Death." and First Class plays "Beach Baby," though to hear the full version you have to visit the Cutout Bin.  It's a "you are here" Twofer Tuesday.

T-BONE BURNETT talks to the L.A. Times about working with a team of engineers on a high-fidelity audio system called Code, which Burnett thinks will affordably give listeners an experience akin to hearing studio master tapes.

RA RA RIOT check in with WNYC's Soundcheck for a chat and twofer of their string-backed, melancholy pop.

GREG DULLI of the Afghan Whigs and the Gutter Twins spoke with Spinner about working with Mark Lanegan, returning to Sub Pop (his first home), upcoming projects, celebrity in the Internet age, and why classic-rock icons Lindsey Buckingham and Don Henley are lucky they didn't earn fame today.

SILVER JEWS mastermind David Berman talks to the Montreal Mirror about touring, sobriety, blog-style rock criticism and more.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Tropic Thunder threepeats as b.o. champ with 14.3 million on the slowest movie weekend this decade. At least it now seems likely to roughly break even and profit in the DVD market, dropping a mere 12 percent thiss weekend. Babylon A.D. debuted in second with 12 million.  The Dark Knight came in third, breaking the 500 million mark in the US -- the only movie other than Titanic to reach that total (not adjusting for inflation natch). People can't get enough of the pencil trick.  The House Bunny held pretty well in fourth with 10.2 million, edging out the 10 mil debut of Traitor.  Death Race and Disaster Movie are performing poorly in the second five.  Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona snuck back into tenth place.  Hamlet 2 finished at 17, despite being well-reviewed.

JOSH HARTNETT took a mystery lady back to his hotel and their steamy shenanigans were caught on CCTV.

JAMES GANDOLFINI and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. No word on whether Uncle Junior granted favors to everyone.

JOHNNY DEPP spent the weekend rocking out for charity in Florida and discussing the rumor that he may play The Riddler in the next Batman movie.

MADONNA's world tour crew are said to be on the verge of a walkout after being treated like "second-class citizens." Hubby Guy Ritchie supposedly has nixed a second wedding ceremony because he spent too much money on her 50th birthday party.

CHRISTINA RICCI has set out on a new career as an eating disorder counsellor.

ALEC BALDWIN is still fuming over his ex-wife Kim Basinger.

MICHAEL PHELPS & CARRIE UNDERWOOD are planning a quiet first date, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

HELEN MIRREN has revealed that she was date-raped when she was a student.

VLADMIR PUTIN was lauded by Russian media for supposedly saving a TV crew from a grisly death at the jaws of a Siberian tiger. Somehow, the video does not show him actually shooting the tiger.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Hardline female ‘preachers of hate' are radicalising Muslim women at one of Britain's top mosques.

IRAN: The Dutch intelligence service has pulled an agent out of an "ultra-secret operation" spying on Iran's military industry because spymasters in Netherlands believe a US air attack was imminent. A senior Iranian military commander has warned that any US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic would start a new world war.

IRAQ: Anbar became the 11th of Iraq's 18 provinces, and the first Sunni-dominated one, to pass into the control of the government. Coalition special operations teams captured three Hezbollah Brigades operatives during raids inside Baghdad. At the "make-or-break" stage of talks on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Prime Minister al-Maliki has swept aside his negotiating team and replaced it with three of his closest aides, a reshuffle that some Iraqi officials warn risks sabotaging the agreement.

HEAVEN'S ANGELS: Bikers for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Awww...

SHRIMP BOAT turns out to be a safe harbor from Hurricane Gustav. Videos at the link.

SWEDEN'S "LOCH NESS MONSTER" supposedly captured on infrared video.  Maybe the video was shot by Bigfoot.


SHARKS: Make sure they are dead before posing for the photo of your big catch. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Replacements, Puppet Show, Cutout Bin, Compass Cows   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 29, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE REPLACEMENTS!  Steve Foley, longtime Mpls. scenster who drummed for the band at the end of their run, died last weekend after accidentally overdosing on prescription medication. He was 49. Popdose remembers him with an essay on dying young and the final 'Mats gig at Chicago's Grant Park. Our Foley-era video includes live clips of "I Don't Know," "I Will Dare," "Achin' To Be" and "Color Me Impressed" in NYC; "Androgynous" and "Customer" from Rotterdam, Holland; and "Left of the Dial" and "Alex Chilton" in Hamburg, Germany. ALSO:  Since releasing 49:00, Paul Westerberg has released two more downloads through TuneCore.

...AND PUPPET SHOW: A collection of puppet-based music video, courtesy of Y!Music.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE songwriter Adam Schlesinger talks to Paste about writing Christmas songs for the Colbert report, adapting John Waters' Cry-Baby into a musical, writing music for the Jonas Brothers, producing Dashboard Confessional's upcoming album... and working on material for Ivy and FoW.

THE NINE-MINUTE ROAD TRIP: Five songs in nine minutes, carefully crafted to function as a microcosm of longer road mixes.

THE PIPETTES' new lineup has posted a vocal mix of "The Shoe That Fits" and encourages fans to remix it for a tour EP.

GORKI AGUILA, a Cuban punk rocker whose biting profanity-laced lyrics against the Castro government has previously gotten him in trouble is now in detention and expected to face trial today, according to human-rights groups in Havana.

BIRDMONSTER animates photographs in the new video for "The Iditarod" off their From The Mountain To The Sea album, out Tuesday.

BJORK is standing up for women making electronic music (including herself).

CALEXICO: John Covertino talks to Paste about the band's upcoming the album, ominous dreams, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and the great beyond.

NEW PORNOGRAPHERS frontman A.C. Newman talks to Straight about playing with Ray Davies and Gordon Gano.

INARA GEORGE & VAN DYKE PARKS talk to the Wall Street Journal about George's new album, An Invitation, complete with audio clips.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From the Beach Boys to the MC5, from The Doors to the Sid Presley Experience, from Wilson Pickett to Television, form Jim Reid to Jimmy Gilmer to the Hindu Love Gods, Shoes, Mojo Nixon and First Class -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Babylon A.D., which is currently scoring XX percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Disaster Movie and College, two comedies unscreened for critics; and Traitor, which is currently scoring 50 percent on the Tomatometer.  Expanding wide is the comedy Hamlet 2, which is scoring 60 percent.

HILARY DUFF's dad may be spending up to ten days in jail, after a fight over cash for Hilary's birthday party.

OJ SIMPSON attacked by his daughter? Oh, that would be too bad.

DAVID DUCHOVNY has entered a rehabilitation center for sex addiction. Dude is married to Téa Leoni, but The Strange is Out There.

LINDSAY LOHAN is lashing out at her ex-con preacher dad, Michael, who has been openly critical of her relationship with Samantha Ronson.

JESSICA SIMPSON tells People magazine that boyfriend Tony Romo is her "perfect guy" and the "love of her life." Which I'm sure Romo does not find to be at all over the top.

THE DECADE OF THE DUDE: How "The Big Lebowski" Became a Cult Sensation has Rolling Stone offering an essay, a look behind the movie's stoner soundtrack, a guide to Lebowski on the Web and Q&As with stars Steve Buscemi and John Goodman.

THE MUPPET SHOW may return after a 27 year hiatus, with an assist from Forgetting Sarah Marshall star and writer Jason Segel.

JACKO: An expert reconstruction of what the surgically altered, onetime King of Pop would really look like at 50.

PAUL McCARTNEY will play Israel, 43 years after a ministerial committee refused to pay for the Fab Four, concluding that "The Beatles have an insufficient artistic level and cannot add to the spiritual and cultural life of the youth in Israel."

OWEN WILSON moving to Hawaii? That sounds about right.

CORALINE: Variety has a piece (and two videos from IGN) on Henry Selick's stop-motion adaptation of the Neil Gaiman book.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: Nowhere near your local cinema, it seems.  Spike Jonze has ruun into a boatlaod of trouble on the project, though the L.A. Times is nice enough to throw us a clip of "test footage from an early 1983 Disney animation version of "Where the Wild Things Are," directed by none other than a pre-Pixar John Lasseter." BTW, I am available to reprise the role of Max, though it's been a while since grade school.

CULT of the iPHONE: Pictures of an Asian factory worker found on a new iPhone sold to a British customer have generated keen discussion on the Internet about her identity - and her fate. Dubbing the mystery worker "China's prettiest factory girl," China's Southern Metropolitan Daily on Tuesday quoted an unidentified Foxconn official as saying the woman was not fired. (via Lance.)

IRAN: Grand Ayatollah Bajat Sanjani accused Pres. Ahmadinejad of betraying the people and called on reformers to unite to defeat him in next year's elections.

IRAQ: Violence in Baghdad has been reduced by 89 percent, in comparison to the past two years. Moqtada al-Sadr has indefinitely extended a ceasefire being observed by members of his Mahdi Army militia. The Shiite holy city of Najaf is booming, due to improved security, free markets, and connectinions to the Shiite-led gov't. The US military will hand over  security duties in Anbar to the Iraqi government as early as Monday. The US military detained a senior Special Groups leader as he flew into Baghdad International Airport. An Iraqi official says that US forces have arrested Ali al-Lami, a top Shiite in charge of keeping senior supporters of Saddam Hussein out of the government.

(photo law_keven)

COWS stare unamazed as a scientific study using Google Earth reveals their sixth sense of magnetism.  ALSO: The phenomenon of the mini-cow (featured here previously) has gone global.

LUCY LOU, a border collie, is the only cnadidate for Mayor of the small northern Kentucky town of Rabbit Hash.

SNAKE HOARDING: A nearly fatal bite by a poisonous snake led to the arrest of a man Wednesday for keeping 51 deadly cobras and mambas in his Tokyo apartment without permission, police said. RELATED: Student zookeeper makes Fatal Error.

PUPPY MILL BUSTED: The owner of a West Virginia dog kennel has surrendered her approximately 1000 dogs to humane officials. Pics at the link.

SPAGHETTI CAT UPDATE: You've seen the video, now buy the apparel. (via Lance.)

HEY, IS THAT A FISH in your penis, or are you just... ewww.

INCONSOLABLE BABY ELEPHANT reunited with its mother, now that Mom has decided to stop kicking little Rose-Tu.  Video at the link.

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