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When the waves turn the minutes to hours (plus more)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. Ingalls will be performing this year's memorial service at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)

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POMEGRANATES, who bring a touch of early U2 to their sound, did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

HERE WE GO MAGIC stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MAVIS STAPLES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA MARLING: Hear the Brit-folker cover Johnson C. Frank and Neil Young for a new single produced by Jack White.

THE FLAMING LIPS played "I Can Be a Frog" on Yo Gabba Gabba.

JOHNNY FLYNN, aspiring Brit-folker, talks to the Dallas Observer about driving through Appalachia and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PREFAB SPROUT's Paddy McAloon answers The A.V. Club's questions by e-mail, asking about his career, his influences, and his philosophies of songwriting.

DRESDEN DOLLS and Amanda Palmer are profiled by Neil Gaiman for SPIN.

MATT & KIM: Matt Johnson talks to the NYDN about traipsing naked through Times Square and being called a hipster.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva believes Gibson was cheating on her with multiple women during their relationship - and now she wants to take it a step further and ask the women if the actor ever attacked them.

RACHEL WEISZ & DARREN ARONOFSKY split after nine years of marriage.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT were held at gunpoint by local police in a horrifying case of mistaken identity.

CONAN O'BRIEN got off to a strong start on TBS.

DAKOTA FANNING was named fer private school's homecoming queen for the second year in a row. Aw.

RACHEL BILSON & HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN are giving their romance another shot, after calling off their engagement in August.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS nominees are announced; Twilight, Iron Man 2, and Inception feature heavily.

TRON: LEGACY releases a third and final trailer.

AL QAEDA is being infiltrated by western intelligence agencies, with help from Islamic allies.

IRAN suggested resuming nuclear talks this month in Turkey, while slamming the UN's nuclear watchdog.

AFGHANISTAN: Nearly all Afghans want their government to make peace with the Taliban despite their growing dislike for the insurgency, according to a survey funded in part by the US government.

KUNG FU HAMSTER: Incredible footage shows the tiny ninja attacking two Russian youths as they walk through a cornfield.

A MOUSE was discovered in a naked arrestee in Oconee County, SC.

THE BHOOTBILI, a cat-dog-mongoose cryptid, terrorizes an Indian neighborhood.

A SMOKING CHIMP has been rescued from a zoo in Lebanon.

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New Releases, Morning Benders, Shearwater, Loyal Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BEN GIBBARD & ZOOEY DESCHANEL duet on "I'll Never Find Another You" in Seattle.  Throw in The Seekers' original for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Springsteen, Ronnie Spector, Summer Camp, the Concretes and more, plus reissues from KC Accidental, Bad Religion  and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

MORNING BENDERS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

SHEARWATER releases Shearwater Is Enron, a free instrumental album. (Thx, LHB.)

NEIL DIAMOND is rolling out the covers, some of which are part of a feature from All Things Considered.

PULP is reuiniting for a series of shows next year. Folks will no longer have to rely on Shatner to hear "Common People."

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: AC Newman talks about a variety of topics with Under the Radar. (Thx, LHB.)

CHESS RECORDS is essayed at The Guardian.

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to Soundproof about the evolution of his sound on Swim. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

LIZ PHAIR reviews the Keith Richards memoirs for the NYT.

LINDSAY LOHAN reunited with her estranged father for the first time in 7 months at the Betty Ford clinic.

MILEY CYRUS blames her success for her parents' divorce.

CHARLIE SHEEN's adult film actress hookup has a teenage arrest record. Shocka.

COURTENEY COX says she would be too shy to date after separating from David Arquette.

GIRLS GONE WILD honcho Joe Francis got hitched.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR tackles the challenging role of Mr. Peanut.

HOLLYWOOD'S MOST OVERPAID ACTORS, according to Forbes.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Britain's education watchdog has published positive reports praising Muslim schools for their contribution to community cohesion - even in the case of a school which openly states that Muslims "oppose the lifestyle of the West". The inspector responsible for many of the reports has been accused of having links to radical Islamist organizations.

AL QAEDA: Anwar al Awlaki, the US-born al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cleric, called for the murder of US citizens.

IRAN: US Defense Secretary Gates rebuffed Israeli calls for credible threats of military force against Iran's nuclear program. Turkey's president opposes a NATO missile shield that singles out Iran.

A HUNT COUNTY DOG defines loyalty.

A RADIOACTIVE RABBIT was trapped on the Hanford nuclear reservation, before it could become ginormous and threaten the entire city.

THE BIRDS: Seagull attacks... during a horse race.

DEFORMED FERAL CATS find home at a beer garden.

CHIHUAHUAS and pomeranians are on the list of Queenland''s 100 most menacing dogs, suggesting a general lack of menacing dogs in Queensland.

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Greenhornes, Stereolab, SSLYBY, Climbing Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH dropped a video for "Love Is All."

THE GREENHORNES are advance streaming Four Stars.

STEREOLAB is advance streaming Not Music.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MATT COSTA stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PAUL McCARTNEY fielded an all-Macca ensemble for "Comin' Up."

ROKY ERICKSON talks to the Washington Post about his legendary career... after he wakes up.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith talks to the Boston Globe about the band's California sound. (Thx, LHB.)

MORNING BENDERS: Christopher Chu e-mails with Eye Weekly about cogintive dissonance.

BILL WYMAN posts Mick Jagger's fictional response to the Keith Richards memoirs.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Megamind tops the chart with about 47.7 million, just a tad under the projected 50 million.  Animated 3-D films seem to opening a bit softer than their live action equivalents, but have shown legs; Despicable Me is still raking in cash overseas.  Megamind will hold those 3-D screens (and ticket premiums) until Tangled arrives on Nov. 24.  Due Date places with 33 million, a tad over the projected 30 million -- but will need a few weekends to recoup its 68 million production budget.Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls... shows with 20.1 million -- a bit below his average, but not much below, once you account for the seriousness of the subject matter.  And with a 21 million budget, this will be yet another profitable movie for Tyler.  The leggy Red drops a mere 17 percent to the fourth slot with 8.9 million and a 71.8 million on a 58 million budget.  This one likely won't break 100 million in the US, but 90 million seems doable.  Rounding out the Top Five, last week's champ, Saw 3-D, which drops 64 percent and makes another 8.2 million, for a 38.8 million total on a 20 million budget.  Below the fold, Paranormal Activity 2 and Jackass 3-D continued to add to their profit margin, while Clint Eatwood's Hereafter is looking like a failure, with a 28 million total against a 50 million budget.

JILL CLAYBURGH, , an Oscar-nominated actress known for portraying strong, independent women, died from chronic leukemia: she was 66.

LILY ALLEN is being treated for the potentially lethal blood poisoning condition septicaemia.

MILEY CYRUS is under fire for indulging in an ice cold Corona at a nightclub in Spain.

LeANN RIMES denies the report that she's engaged to Eddie Cibran, but E! News is sticking by the story.

JOHNT TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON are naming their soon-to-be born baby boy Benjamin.

SPIDER-MAN 3: Martin Sheen and Sally Field are in talks to play Uncle Ben and Aunt May... and it seems like Mary Jane will not be in the reboot.

BOND 23 is technically back in the pipeline, according to the MGM bankruptcy filing.

KEVIN BACON, sculpted in bacon.

AL QAEDA operatives in Iraq tried to unleash deadly terror in the skies by deploying a pair of kamikaze canines on a US-bound plane, a French newspaper reports. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the two package bombs found on board cargo planes in late October. The Saudis supplied the intelligence that was used to disrupt the plot, but US officials doubt the official Saudi story.

IRAN said it suspended the trial of three Americans hikers captured near the Iran-Iraq border last year. One of the Americans has been released and returned to the US. Iran has accelerated the construction of a natural gas pipeline to Pakistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Saudi Arabia's foreign minister says Riyadh has halted mediation efforts between the Afghan government and the Taliban because the fundamentalist movement has refused to break ties with al-Qaeda.

IRAQ's political groups have reached a power-sharing agreement in which Nouri al Maliki will stay on as prime minister.

BEAR CLIMBS A TREE STAND: Let's go to the video.

GRIZZLY BEAR chases a bison in Yellowstone National Park.

LIZABETH the JACK RUSSELL TERRIER was saved from the jaws of a crocodile in Tampa.

HUNDREDS OF ORPHANED SLOTHS find a new lease on life at a sanctuary in Costa Rica.

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R.E.M., Paul Weller, Springsteen, Dylan, Cutout Bin, Fainting Kittehs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."  Also, SPIN has details on the band's upcoming 15th album, Collapse Into Now.

PAUL WELLER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JENNY & JOHNNY stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

AN INTRODUCTION TO SYD BARRETT is streaming via Rolling Stone.

NAME THAT DRUM FILL: The sequel

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Captain's Dead has The Ties That Bind LP that was scrapped in favor of The River.

BOB DYLAN: Roio posts the still-unreleased parts of the rare classic -- and epic -- Ten of Swords (Discs 1 and 2, 4 and 5, 6 and 7).

TEN BEST SONGS UNDER A MINUTE, with audio, according to Prefix.

WILLIAM SHATNER covers a song by Cee-Lo Green. You know the one. BONUS: My fave Shatner cover, of Pulp's "Common People," with Joe Jackson and Ben Folds.

KEVIN DREW (BSS) and Charles Spearin talk to PopMatters about the new KC Accidental reissues.

SMITH WESTERNS are profiled by the Chicago Tribune.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks to Rolling Stone about the Pinkerton remaster.

THE THERMALS frontman Hutch Harris talks to The Line of Best Fit about wrestling, the pointlessness of music videos, Thin Lizzy, ‘making it' and exotic Wyoming. 

OZZY OSBOURNE is a genetic mutant, according to scientists that sequenced the Ozzy genome.

PIRATE RADIO, mythologized by The Who's Sell Out and more recently by the Richard Curtis movie, is the subject of Death of a Pirate, a new book reviewed at The Wall Street Journal.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bangles to Curtis Mayfield, from CSN & Y to the MC5, from Link Wray to Chumbawumba, from Elton John to the Soft Boys, plus Guided by Voices, Talking Heads, Modern Lovers, Temptations and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Megamind, currently scoring 61 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Due Date, which is scoring 39 percent; and For Colored Girls, scoring 33 percent.

DAVID CASSIDY was arrested in Florida Wed. night on suspicion of DUI. He adamantly denies the charge. Obligatory.

DEMI LOVATO entered treatment after a fight between the 18-year-old Disney Channel star and a dancer on the Jonas Brothers world tour.

NICK LACHEY & VANESSA MINNILLO are engaged.

LINDSAY LOHAN told a judge that her clothing line has suffered in her absence while she recovers in rehab, but the handbags are reportedly doing well.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA tells Redbook that men aren't as strong and capable as women.

LeANN RIMES yaks about the cheating scandal that has damaged her once sparkling reputation and career. UPDATE: She just got engaged to Eddie Cibrian.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS gave an exclusive clip to the L.A. Times.

AL QAEDA: You Tube has begun to remove hundreds of sermons and other videos made by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula cleric Anwar al Awlaki.

ISLAMISM in TURKEY: Values taught to Turkish students should be based on "faith in God" and imparted using Islamic terminology, a commission with the National Education Council has said, prompting concerns among educators' unions in the country.

IRAQ: The Obama admin. could be overstating what US diplomats can do to contain Iraq's ethnic and sectarian tensions without US military forces, a State Department audit concludes, raising fresh concerns about the planned pullout of American troops next year.

FAINTING KITTEHS: Even cuter and sadder than the goats.

GOAT SACRIFICE fixes airplane. Well, of course.

BRITISH ANTS are apathetic and easily led while Spanish ants are ruthless and ambitious, research has revealed.

THE RACCOON THREAT: A 9-month-old girl is in critical condition after two raccoons crawled in the child's bed and bit her several times, according to law officers in Newton County, GA.

SWIPER the FOX is sprung on the unlawful possession charge.

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Of Montreal, Dresden Dolls, Gary Numan, TPOBPAH, Cat toss   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OF MONTREAL drops a woman-filled video for "Famine Affair" on SPIN.

THE DRESDEN DOLLS have three pay-what-you-want LPs posted at Bandcamp. Meanwhile, Amanda Palmer talks to Fast Company about using social media to run her solo career, with a cameo from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano. 

FRUIT BATS and DELINDA both played Mountain Stage; both sets are a-streaming.

GARY NUMAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop "Heart in Your Heartbreak" as an advance track to their second LP. Nice.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

SHARON VON ETTEN talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about the transition from singer-sonwriter to bandleader.

HOWE GELB talks to The Quietus about Giant Sand, a distaste for lyricism and the new album Blurry Blue Mountain.

DAMON ALBARN talks to SPIN about his many, many projects, including one with Flea and afrobeat drummer Tony Allen.

DEAN WAREHAM talks about his Galaxy 500-focused tour with Beatroute. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

WOLF PARADE drummer Arlen Thompson talks recording vs touring with the Charleston City Paper. (Thx, LHB.)

THE DOs and DON'Ts of TOURING, according to the Indie Professor.

CHARLIE SHEEN has hired a "sober coach."

TAYLOR SWIFT & JAKE GYLLENHAAL shared a happy Halloween weekend in California.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT may file for bankruptcy after blowing through ten million dollars.

ASHTON KUTCHER's alleged hookup claims the actor contacted her after the cheating scandal broke, according to RadarOnline.

KATY PERRY talks to Harper's Bazzar about her racy lyrics, risqué style, and being Mrs. Brand.  Turns out hubby is a "Great Man of God." Who knew?

SUCKER PUNCH, the latest from director Zach Snyder (300, Watchmen) has a trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: Three San Diego residents have been indicted on charges of conspiring to provide money to a terrorist group in Somalia that uses murder, beheadings and bombings.

TERROR in the UK: A member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was arrested for allegedly plotting an attack in Britain.

IRAN: In an unprecedented move, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps directly blasted Ahmadinejad over controversial comments he made recently, including saying that parliament is not on top of the country's affairs.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq vowed to carry out suicide attacks against Christians worldwide.

CAT TOSSING: The cat seems to enjoy it.

THE OLDEST DOG in the WORLD? Sheba doesn't look a day over 24.

FOXY LADY charged with unlawful possession of wildlife.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Officials say a suicide squirrel started a fire that forced the evacuation of a southern New Jersey high school.

PANDA CAM: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern.

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