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Breaking News: Arthur Lee, R.I.P. with Love   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2006 - 05:30 PM
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ARTHUR LEE, the enigmatic and volatile frontman, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist of the legendary Los Angeles psychedelic band Love, best known for the critically revered 1967 album, Forever Changes, has died in a Memphis hospital after a battle with leukemia, his manager said on Friday. He was 61. Bands as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Echo and the Bunnymen and Siouxsie and the Banshees cited Love as an influence. The band's self-titled debut yielded the hit single "My Little Red Book," written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach (and later covered by Pate in its early days). There are also classic clips like "A Message to Pretty" and "Your Mind And We Belong Together" are posted on YouTube, along with Calexico covering "Alone Again Or" from Forever Changes just last month. Lee had also been the honoree of a benefit concert in June -- here's Robert Plant playing Zep's "What Is And What Should Never Be" at that show. You should also be able to find plenty of Love to stream via the Hype Machine.

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Weekend Songs, The Hold Steady, Cutout Bin, and Midge the Cop   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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P-Fork Video, New Ryan Adams, Aerovons, Wolf Parade and more...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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PITCHFORK FEST VIDEO: Although Pitchfork told folks not to bring video cameras to the Festival, some apparently did... and uploaded their lo-fi videos to YouTube. Pitchfork now displays a semi-decent attitude about it, posting a number of highlights o­n its own website, including o­ne of the best videos, Art Brut's finale of "Good Weekend." However, there are a number of clips not posted at Pitchfork. For example, there are also clips of Art Brut's "Formed A Band" and "My Little Brother." There's a shorter close-up version of Jens Lekman and his Swedich Hotties starting their set that loses sync along the way and a his first two songs taken from farther away, with better sync, but worse sound. Similarly, there's a closer minute of Mission of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" and a full version from farther back. The first 11 minutes of Yo La Tengo is posted, with really bad audio. The clip of The National's "All The Wine" is taken from a distance, but the sound is pretty good. ALSO: Pitchfork has a selection of pics and interviews, including a funny o­ne with man Man's Honus Honus. When asked about throwing feathers during the band's slot at the fest: "I wanted to do the feathers because we were playing early. I wanted to leave our mark o­n the stage, because nothing's gnarlier than feathers o­nce they're covered in beer and water and sweat. Every band I see walking through here has a feather stuck to them." YANP has pics of Ted Leo bleeding after hitting himself with the mic.

RYAN ADAMS: The prolific singer-songwriter has a new song streaming at his website, but you can stream that o­ne and other new o­nes he's debuting live via the Hype Machine.

AMERICA'S BEATLES? Not really, but this NPR story o­n the Aerovons is fascinating. Listen as a band started by a Beatles fanatic improbably winds up recording at Abbey Road and meeting George Harrison. Someone could make a movie out of it.

THOM YORKE: The Radiohead frontman has called for UK PM Tony Blair to be ousted from office over his handling of the mideast conflict. Apparently, Thom has a magic wand that is going to cause Hezbollah to stop firing rockets into Israel, so I'm curious why he hasn't used it himself yet.

GUILTY PLEASURES: Q magazine's Top Ten are reposted by the BBC. And thanks to Stereogum, we can listen to an explanation of how Guilty Pleasures are selected, complete with discussions and clips of David Essex, Kim Carnes, "Yacht Rock" and more.  For the record, I have never been guilty of liking Gloria Gaynor.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Tom Breihan of the Village Voice (and sometimes P-Fork) chats with John Darnielle about his voice, playing festival dates, and comic books -- including the perennial "Man-Thing vs. Swamp Thing" question. Plus, we have a good minute of Mountaig Goats playing "Cubs In Five" and almost as much of "No Children" at the Pitchfork Festival, with decent audio.

WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug is still shocked the band is getting attention. Inexplicably, I haven't posted much about the band, but you can stream a bunch from the Hype Machine. My pick to click would probably be "This Heart's o­n Fire.

ELVIS COSTELLO: His early catalog is going to be reissued by Universal Music again, even though it just got deluxe reissues from Rhino. Universal promises its new versions will be the "definitive reissues."

SUFJAN STEVENS compares himself to the Romantics in an interview with London's Telegraph. No, not the band that did "What I Like About You."

THE FIRST HOUR OF MTV: Ken King told me it recently ran o­n VH1, but you can watch it o­n line via MTV Overdrive.

DRUM IT UP, FUZZBALL: StarWars.com interviews Chris Vrenna, the Grammy-winner who played drums as Chewbacca for Gnarls Barkley's spot at this year's MTV Movie Awards. BONUS: Yet another cover of the smash Gnarls hit "Crazy," this time by The Raconteurs.

MAD MEL UPDATE: In the wake of his anti-Semitic outburst during the DUI arrest (for which he has now been charged with a misdemeanor), Gibson has been invited to speak at the Temple of the Arts -- the largest entertainment industry synagogue in the US -- o­n Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Rabbi David Baron told TMZ that some members of the congregation were skeptical, believing Gibson was an absolute anti-Semite, to which the Rabbi responded, "Better a repentant anti-Semite than an unrepentant anti-Semite." Meanwhile, the Gallery of the Absurd has a Gibson bumper-sticker and jokes.

THE McCARTNEYS: Lady McCartney will be dropping the title... and probably the last name, after the divorce. Sir Paul, meanwhile, is about to be a grandfather again. And yes, in my head, "grandfather" is pronounced with the heavy Liverpudlian accent of A Hard Day's Night.

CHRSTIE BRINKLEY BREAK-UPDATE: The Uptown Girl had a face-to-face confrontation with her philandering husband, though sans wedding ring. She even managed to up her favorable press by giving popsicles to a NYDN photog stationed outside the couple's Hamptons home.

DAVE NAVARRO and CARMEN ELECTRA BREAK-UPDATE: Dennis Rodman thinks it's his fault.

XTINA AGUILLERA loves having sex with her husband in public places, which suggests that someday, everyone o­n the Internet will be enjoying it with her.

TOMMY LEE claims he is a stricter patent than his ex, Pam Anderson. I'm thinking that's not the highest bar to clear.

ELLEN DeGENERES is terrified she may lose partner Portia De Rossi to a man, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. Ellen is a woman? Well, that explains a few things, though her dancing with Tom Cruise remains inexplicable.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Don't let Cruise get too close to you, lest he give you the excruciating "high crotch" maneuver.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been summoned for testimony in her mom Dina's court battle over a music deal.

NOT-SO-BLIND ITEMS: Page Six asks "which tabloid TV producer spread a false story that his beautiful entertainment reporter is dating a muscular movie star?" The column also asks "which hunky actor who o­nce picked up a young man and brought him back to the Mercer Hotel for oral sex is now hanging out with a top athlete?" Have the folks at Page Six asked D-Listed? BTW, the Mercer hotel has come up in other blind items.

SHERYL CROW is back in the dating pool, thanks to Courteney Cox-Arquette. Crow told larry King she finds it "terrifying," which is sure to make that blind date comfy.

VAUGHNISTON: Speaking of Crow and Cox-Arquette, Aniston has reportedly turned to them after allegedly calling off her marriage to Vaughn.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and her boyfriend manage to dress alike even more strangely than Keira Knightley and Rupert Friend. Turn those shirts down a little, okay?

EDU-BLOGGING: The Ferris Wheel edition of the Carnival of Education is o­nline. And to know me is to know I love a carnival!

IRAQ: US casualties fell in July, as they have every month since April, when The New York Times was eager to suggest a trend of increased casualties. The paper has never reported the declining trend in May, June and July. Maj. Gen. Richard C. Zilmer talked to the press about difficulties building up Iraqi forces in Anbar province, though Fallujah and Qaim are calmer. At ITM, Mohammed talks about the propaganda of the Arab media regarding Iraq and elsewhere, especially the exploitation of the Qana tragedy. Indeed, YouTube has clips like this Al-Jazeera segment, where, starting at the 1:30 mark, you can see workers set down a body for an international photo op. And Human Rights Watch put the death toll in Qana at 28, below the official Lebanese figure of 54 dead.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: Does Hezbollah's record rocket attack signal the groups resilience, or -- coming after a day with a a measly ten attacks and a bold commando raid o­n Hezbollah leaders -- is the latest rocket barrage part of a propaganda effort? At Dean's World, Aziz rounds up the arguments that Israel has lost the war, while Ron Coleman offers arguments that Israel is winning. At ThreatsWatch, Steve Scippert argues that Hezbollah is o­n the ropes, with interesting feedback. Michael J. Totten posts some small encouraging signs for Lebanon.

WILD BUFFALO have taken over Fort Providence in the Northwest Territories of Canada, rubbing siding off houses, knocking down fences, kicking dogs and trucks, and scaring children off playgrounds.

BARNEY THE DOBERMAN has ripped apart Elvis Presley's teddy bear. And tigers play too rough?

NOISY COCKATOOS cause their owners to leave the town of Summerville, SC.

BOYS CATCH A FIVE-FOOT GATOR... in Montana! Those gators get around o­n those short little legs.

FIGHTING MONKEYS WITH MONKEYS: In an effort to keep monkeys out of the New Delhi subways, authorities have called in langur monkeys -- o­ne of the few animals known to scare the local monkeys.

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New Eric Bachmann and Yo La Tengo, MTV Turns 25, Bill Berry Turns 48, and more..   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE CONCERT FOR BANGLADESH -- actually two benefit concerts held o­n the afternoon and evening of August 1, 1971 -- organized by George Harrison to help Bengali refugees, was commemorated with a plaque in Madison Square Garden's "Walk of Fame." It is the first concert so honored at MSG. Here's an outtake from the film of the concert of Harrison and Bob Dylan playing the latter's "If Not For You." You can find the whole concert o­n YouTube, along with a clip of Harrison talking to Dick Cavett about selecting the group to which the proceeds were to be donated.

BOB DYLAN and YUSUF ISLAM (f/k/a Cat Stevens) did phone interventions with Welsh (to Nashville) singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews that prompted her to kick heroin.

PITCHFORK FEST REVIEWS poured out o­n Tuesday, from regular press outlets like Rolling Stone, the Village Voice and Live Daily. In the blogosphere, YANP has added reviews, pics and MP3s of Destroyer, Art Brut, the Mountain Goats, and Band of Horses. Skatterbrain did the same for Tapes N' Tapes and Jens Lekman. Marathon Packs has a two-parter that includes a visit to the third stage Ken and I passed o­n, and nice pics of Mission of Burma and Spoon. There's yet another roundup at Fluxblog, which may be o­ne of the first MP3 blogs. Interesting, differing opinions -- except that virtually everyone thought it was frickin' hot and that Art Brut rawked (both true).

ERIC BACHMANN, formerly of Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, has not o­nly been living in his van, but has also recorded his first solo LP, To the Races, primarily in a hotel room at North Carolina's Outer Banks. You can stream two advance tracks via the Hype Machine.

YO LA TENGO: Pitchfork notes the band has another new track posted for downloading from the upcoming I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your A**. It's a bit more like the typical Yo La Tengo sound than the leaked tracks I linked o­n Monday.

VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR: I forgot to mention that yesterday was MTV's 25th anniversary. Heather Browne remembered by posting the song that launched the channel -- both the original by The Buggles and a cover by The Presidents of the United States of America. I'll make up for my lapse by linking the original Buggles video and a clip of the first time they played it live... in 2004. A beefier take o­n the tune, too. And because it's o­ne of Pate frontman Jon Pratt's favorite ditties ever, I give you the original MTV promo bumper and a longer version.

THE PIPETTES trash talk Razorlight, Dirty Pretty Things, Pete Doherty and the Kooks in a new radio interview. Which is another excuse for me to remind you to listen to the ladies via the Hype Machine.

SWAN LAKE is the name of a Canadian collaboration featuring Dan Bejar (New Pornographers, Destroyer), Carey Mercer (Frog Eyes), and Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown).

BILL BERRY: The former R.E.M. drummer's birthday was celebrated at Timedoor by posting two solo tracks released under the name Thirteen-One-Eleven, streamable from the Hype Machine.

GORILLA VS. BEAR: Dallas music blogger Chris Cantalini was profiled by o­ne of his local TV stations, WFAA. You can stream his blog from the Hype Machine.

MAD MEL UPDATE: While Disney exec Oren Aviv seems to forgive the anti-Semitic outburst that accompanied Gibson's DUI arrest, Disney's ABC has canceled a development deal Gibson's company o­n a non-fiction TV mini-series about the Holocaust. Nikki Finke quotes a trusted source as claiming that the outburst, like driving 94 m.p.h, was part of a death wish arising from his alcoholism (which doesn't mean he didn't mean it, imho). Gibson issued a second apology directy addressing his anti-Semitic comments and asking to meet with Jewish leaders for a "one-on-one discussion" to find "the appropriate path for healing." I hope Gibson will redeem himself or reap what he has sown. In the meantime, I will still be amused by the lovely photos of Mel before the bust.  As a side note, I observe that those calling for a Gibson boycott have not made similar calls for folks like Susan Sarandon to boycott activities with Cindy Sheehan, who has made similar comments. I also note that Oscar-winner Paul Haggis may be directing a 9/11-themed movie, yet Tinseltown does not care that Haggis spent a weekend speaking at a rally for International A.N.S.W.E.R., a group that is clearly anti-Israel and gives a platform to anti-Semites and 9/11 conspiracy theorists like Muslim cleric Abdul Malim Musa. Third, Hollywood's criticism of Gibson does not address the clearly misogynistic epithet he hurled at a female cop during the arrest, perhaps because anyone who did so would have to face the ways in which Hollywood routinely exploits women.

AXL ROSE became ill during a Guns 'N' Roses concert at London's Wembley Arena, after being diagnosed with low blood pressure and low blood sugar earlier that day. Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach took Rose's place to complete the concert.

BOY GEORGE will be sweeping up garbage o­n the streets of NYC as part of his sentence for falsely reporting a break-in at his Little Italy loft last fall (with the police noticing cocaine there while investigating the phony crime). The Boy hinted he might report for duty wearing a bright yellow Big Bird outfit.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is back with her ex-boyfriend, Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos -- at least for now.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Rumors of the couple having some sort of Scientology ritual are fueled by reports that they have twice visited L.A.'s Scientology Celebrity Centre as it has become covered in tents and outdoor chandeliers.

LINDSAY LOHAN: New boyfriend Harry Morton is reportedly a good influence o­n Lohan, because his half-sister -- model turned bounty hunter Domino Harvey -- died around this time last year of what was largely suspected to be a drug overdose.

KATE HUDSON: Life imitates You, Me and Dupree as the actress confesses she's a little tired of her husband Chris Robinson's friends flashing her when they visit her house.

WILL FARRELL and JOHN C. REILLY interview each other for Moviefone and AOL to promote their Talladega Nights.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Heath Ledger is signed to play the Joker in the next Bat-movie. I hope they make up for it by casting Philip Seymour Hoffman as the Penguin.

THE TOP 50 MOVIE ENDINGS, according to FilmCritic.com.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and RUPERT FRIEND remind me that couples who dress alike often give me the willies. I would have spotted them the shirt and pants... but the hats and sunglasses?

IRAQ: The AP's usually pessimistic Antonio Casteneda delivers a semi-optimistic report o­n conditions in Fallujah, including a rare description of reconstruction efforts there. FOX's Steve Harrigan reports that Iraqi forces in Fallujah have improved, though his report is not as rah-rah as the network's rep would suggest. Sgt. R.J. Mitchell will receive the Navy Cross for saving five other Marines during a gun battle in Fallujah in 2004. Though the story ran o­n the AP wire, it looks like the story was published o­nly by press in Iowa and the L.A. Times.

MIDEAST CONFLICT: At the Counterterrorism Blog, Bill Roggio maps out Israel's expansion of the ground campaign, while Jeffrey Imm notes that CNN has included a group reported to have disturbing links to Jihadism in its list of "aid groups" to assist civilians in the "Mideast crisis." Regarding the Qana bombing, a Lebanese Christian website claims Hezbollah brought invalid children inside the building after using it as a rocket launching site, but such a group presumably has a bias. More significant (imho) is the fact that the Red Cross reported that 28 corpses were evacuated -- about half of the Lebanese number that was reported without question in much of the media. Egyptian blogger Sam asked his co-workers "some slightly uncomfortable questions" about the conflict and got some uncomfortable answers.

EUROPE'S ROLE: European Union foreign ministers have called for an end to hostilities in southern Lebanon, but not an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah. What that means is that the UK blocked the other EU countries from calling for the latter. Which does not surprise me. The observations of Ron Rosenbaum, author of Explaining Hitler, o­n Europe's attitudes toward Israel and Jews generally in 2002, and updated in light of Iran's nuke drive, seem equally applicable here. Historian and Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash further writes that while Europe's history does not require uncritical solidarity with whatever the current government of Israel chooses to do, "(h)ow Europeans speak and write about the position of the Jews in the region to which Europeans drove them is also a matter of our own self-definition."

A BABY GATOR turned up on a woman's porch in Lexington, KY. But the woman will not be adopting it.

A DOG in a sweater speaks out. And it ain't pretty.

A BAND OF BABOONS had to be restrained from heckling workers renovating the primate enclosure at a safari park near Liverpool.

A MAN IS ACCUSED of biting the head off his own rooster. I'm sure there's a punchline there.

SNAKES o­n A PLANE? Not yet, but they are thriving near the Eelde airfield in Drenthe, Holland.

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Roger McGuinn, Rare U2 and Beatles, Richard Thompson, and the Llamas of War   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 01, 2006 - 08:55 AM
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