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New Releases, Mavis Staples, Teen Daze, Van Hunt, Squirrel Planking   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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MAVIS STAPLES & WIN BUTLER cover The Band's "The Weight" at Outside Lands 2011.

NEW RELEASES from Jeff Bridges, Mister Heavenly, Yellow Ostrich, Dead Man Winter and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

TEEN DAZE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THIEVES & VILLAINS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE LUYAS did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.

VAN HUNT drops the title track to "What You Were Hoping For?"

DEER TICK covers The Replacements' "Waitress in the Sky."

THE CARS played "Keep On Knocking" and "My Best Friend's Girl" for Colbert, replayed here for Twofer Tuesday.

PITCHFORK AT 15: Kinda like James at 15, but with music essays, like this Bjork interview. Happy anniversary to them.

STEPHEN MALKUS talks to DIY and Cowbell about the new album, moving to Berlin, the latest melanoma treatment...

GLEN CAMPBELL, facing Alzheimer's, talks music and memories with the Telegraph.

AC/DC are lending their name to a new line of wine.

JESSICA ALBA and husband Cash Warren have added another little girl their brood: baby Haven Garner Warren.

CHARLIE SHEEN got pelted at the Gathering of the Juggalos over the weekend.

SEX & THE CITY could return to TV screens after producers met in Hollywood last week to discuss the new show.

PATTI SMITH will collaborate with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan to adapt Just Kids, the bestselling memoir Smith wrote about her close relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

BILLY CRYSTAL: "Itchy" to host the Oscars again.

THE DUDE Abides.

FOOTLOOSE: The remake has a trailer online.

A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS also has a trailer online.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood warned the ruling government not to interfere with the writing of a new constitution.

PAKISTAN: Public prosecutors in high-profile terror cases work in fear, without adequate administrative support, and wistfully look at the defense lawyers facing them who are making millions and becoming media savvy.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're planking.

A MALTESE DOG that disappeared more than a year ago after a fatal car crash in New Mexico has been returned to surviving family members in Michigan.

BAM the ORANGUTAN is on a mission to make sure children in Thailand wear their helmet whilst cycling.

COW! Robert Gould's Citroen C5 was written off after a cow leaped three feet over a fence and crashed into the bonnet, breaking a wheel. Life imitates Twister.

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Monday, August 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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RAPHAEL SAADIQ drops a video for "Day Dreams" featuring Community's Danny Pudi.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS are advance streaming Mirror Traffic.

THE MUPPETS tribute album is advance streaming at NPR.

PASTE's Best of What's Next issue contains streaming music from Kopecky Family Band, Radical Dads, Generationals and more...

FEIST drops "How Come You Never Go There" in advance of Metals.

REGINA SPEKTOR covers Fanny Brice's "My Man" for the Boardwalk Empire soundtrack.

TOMMY KEENE drops a video for "Deep Six Saturday." Fortunately, he's the one in the back.

DAVID BOWIE saved Marc Bolan's son.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to the Tuscaloosa News about the reception of Harlem River Blues, playing Newport, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

SAM PHILLIPS is profiled by Fresh Air.

THE BEST "BLACK" ALBUMS: How much more black could they be? The answer is none...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rise of the Planet of the Apes repeats at the top with 27.5 million and crosses the 100 million mark domestically; expect more Apes in your future.  The Help was a close second with 25.5 million (and a higher per screen average than the Apes).  The Help has taken in 35.4 million since opening last Wednesday against a 25 million production budget. It could wind up a phenomenon, much as the book was... or the book's fans may have frontloaded this number; nextt weekend will be very interesting for The Help.  Final Destination 5 lands in the third slot with 18.4 million, less than the 27.4 million opening of The Final Destination.  Nevertheless, with a 40 million budget, FD5 will likely end up wildly profitable worldwide.  The Smurfs are No. 4, with 13.5 million from the family demo, crossing the 100 million mark and closing in on their 110 million production budget.  Rounding out the Top 5 is 30 Minutes or Less with 13 million, suggesting it will about break even on a reported 28 million budget.  Below the fold, the Glee 3-D movie fails to crack the Top 10 with 5.7 million, although I doubt there was much of a budget to recoup.

BROOKE BURKE & DAVID CHARVET got hitched after a five year engagement and two kids together.

JOY BEHAR got hitched to beau Steve Janowitz after dating for 29 years.

TARA REID married Michael Lillelund, a Danish businessman, in Greece on Saturday.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR & JACK WAGNER got engaged.

TINA FEY welcomed a healthy baby girl, Penelope Athena, with her composer husband Jeffrey Richmond.

HILARY DUFF and Mike Comrie announced they are expecting a baby.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva wants half a million bucks for the alleged trauma she claims Gibson caused her 14-year-old son, fathered by actor Timothy Dalton.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to W magazine about child acting, sparkly vampires, etc.

ROONEY MARA: Entertainment Weekly teases their interview with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

MIKE MYERS is returning in Austin Powers 4. Sigh.

BRIDGET JONES returns for a threequel.

THE LONE RANGER may be dead.

COREY FELDMAN told  ABC's Nightline that pedophiles were "like vultures" in the entertainment industry.

LIBYAN rebels claimed to control more than 70 percent of the town of Zawiyah and are advancing on the town of Gharyan.

SYRIAN warships have shelled the port city of Latakia, where anti-regime protesters have held protests. Tanks and artillery have also been used.

PAKISTAN allowed China to inspect the wreckage of the US stealth helicopter that crashed during the raid to kill Osama bin Laden. Thanks, guys!

AFGHANS are increasingly relying on their own forces to fight the Taliban and other insurgents, but a spate of recent militant attacks show Afghan security agencies failing to work with each other.

STACEY MAE holds an egg in her mouth.

A DOG NAMED FISH helped police Thursday morning when he found a bone... with a man's right hand attached to it.

INSIDE THE TIGER CAGE: No place to stick your arm.  Someone missed the memo.

THE VIRTUAL RAT: Coming soon from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

COCKROACHES love to jitterbug to Lady Gaga.

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Friday, August 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 34 years ago next week, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- Uncle Miltie vamps for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

WOODEN SHJIPS is advance streaming West.

FAIR OHS is streaming Everything is Dancing.

BRAID is advance streaming the Closer to Closed EP.

ASTRID SWANN streams Hits, a electronic-y Pavement covers collection. (Thx, LHB.)

THE VACCINES stopped by KEXP for a brief mini-set.

OUTSIDE LANDS: Rolling Stone has a streaming playlist of acts playing the eclectic San Fran fest.

GUIDED BY VOICES: The Carefree Kitchens Are a Blast.

JIMMY CLIFF drops a cover of The Clash's "The Guns of Brixton," part of an upcoming collaboration with Rancid's Tim Armstrong.

NEKO CASE joins MY MORNING JACKET on "Islands In the Stream," written by the Bee Gees and a hit for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.

SONDRE LERCHE talks to PopMatters about his first proper song, the new album's hit single "Private Caller," and the importance of remembering one's dreams.

ICEAGE -- staking out a rough patch of turf somewhere in the badlands between U.K. postpunk (think Wire and Joy Division) and American hardcore (think Minor Threat) -- is profiled at Straight.

MTV's WEIRD VIBES, Ep. 1: It's Not Easy Being a Buzzband.

ACE FREHLEY talks about his upcoming memoirs. Had to post this for Pate bassist Mike Kelly. BONUS: Paul Stanley has a fourth child.

JANI LANE, former lead singer of the rock group Warrant, was found dead in a Los Angeles-area hotel Thursday night, TMZ reported.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Clash to the Sweet, from the Jam to Robert Plant, from Elvis Presley to Buzzcocks, from Roy Orbison to Joan Jett, plus the Specials, Wonder Stuff, Small Faces, 13th Floor Elevators and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Final Destination 5, which is currently scoring 53 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; 30 Minutes or Less, which is scoring 46 percent; The Help, which opened Wednesday with 73 percent; and the Glee 3-D concert movie, scoring 67 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN  is firing back at reports that she was spotted in Venice Beach buying something that looked suspiciously like an illegal substance from someone that gave her a Ziploc baggie.

GEORGE LOPEZ gets cancelled on TBS.  Some wonder whether it's Conan's fault, as opposed to the sheer awfulness of the Lopez show.  At least George still has Sandra Bullock as his fairy godmother.

BLAKE LIVELY: A "Rules" Girl?

KATE MOSS wedding pics.

ERNIE & BERT "remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

THE BEST TV SERIES with over 5000 votes at IMdB.

THE LEAST LIKELY SCREEN COUPLES, according to writers at The A.V. Club.

YEMEN: Tribesmen claimed they killed Yassir al-Shalily, a leader of the AQAP front group Ansar al Shariah, during fighting in Mudiyah.

JORDAN: The state security court is trying 150 Salafists for their role in an attack on police in Zarqa that wounded 83 officers.

AFGHANISTAN: Secret exploratory peace talks between the United States and the Taliban leadership have broken down after details of the negotiations were leaked.  US special operations forces killed the Taliban commander and the shooter who were responsible for last weekend's downing of a helicopter in Wardak.

ONE of these DOGS will be affected by static.

RUNAWAY COW: Hunters, animal rights activists and even her best friend have failed to lure Yvonne the German cow back to the farmyard. Now they're bringing in the bull.

A BEAR breaks up a Monopoly game in New Hampshire. No one passes "Go" or collects 200 dollars.

A SNAKE HANDLER has been slammed in Australia after he let 'deadly' snakes bite his 10-year-old daughter to prove they had been de-venomized.

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Thursday, August 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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CONAN O'BRIEN joins EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS on a partial cover of Radiohead's "Creep."

VETIVER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

NOAH & THE WHALE play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MISTER HEAVENLY (ft. members of  Man Man, Islands, and Modest Mouse) are advance streaming Out of Love.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Live in Dekalb, IL, April 5, 1985.

THE SHINS debuted a new song and covered Bowie in Oregon.

NME is streaming 25 Acts You Need to Hear.

THE NATIONAL's video for "Exile Villify" (from the Portal 2 videogame) is a contest winner.

FEIST talks to Rolling Stone about Metals, her first album in four years.

YUCK compiled a list of songs influencing their debut album beyond the usual references.

20 ESSENTIAL PAVEMENT SONGS, according to PopMatters.

THE AMERICAN MUSIC PRESERVATION PROJECT: Along with two collaborators and a travel-trailer-turned-recording-studio, 32-year-old Joshua Smith aims to recognize and record the nation's best unknown musicians...and to get the collection into the Library of Congress.

STEVE ALBINI, who shared an airport shuttle with rappers Odd Furure, said he hasn't "wanted to strangle anybody that much in a real long time". Unsurprisingly, Tyler the Creator responded.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants to go to Europe with the Hilton sisters, rather than complete her court-ordered community service.  Maybe she should argue that her leaving the country is community service.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have talked at length about getting married and starting a family, according to Us Weekly.

ARETHA FRANKLIN sang her way out of a parking ticket on NYC's Upper East Side.

ALEC BALDWIN wants to be Mayor of NYC... but not in 2013.

TV's BIGGEST SALARIES, according to TV Guide.

JENNIFER GREY backs the Dirty Dancing remake.

BEWITCHED may be headed back to the small screen.

BLACK DYNAMITE: The cartoon pilot is streaming via Adult Swim.

EGYPT's new military rulers are increasingly: portraying pro-democracy activists as spies and saboteurs, blaming the country's economic crisis and sectarian strife on foreign infiltrators, and blasting the US for funding agents of change.

OSAMA BIN LADEN was protected by elements of Pakistan's security apparatus in return for millions of dollars of Saudi cash, according to a controversial new account of the operation to kill the world's most wanted man.

IRAQ's oil-rich south has concerns about the neighbors.

JESSE the Jack Russell Terrier does the chores and grocery shopping.

THOUSANDS of SCORPIONS were released at a residential complex in Shenzhen to force residents to move out in order to make way for a new construction project.

JONATHAN, a tortoise captured on a Boer War photograph has been declared the oldest in the world after researchers found that it is still alive. He is believed to be 178 years old.

MANDRILLS learn to cover their eyes when they want to be left alone.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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THE DECEMBERISTS play Sugar's "If I Can't Change Your Mind" for The A.V. Club Undercover (just like Bob Mould did last week).

BLOOD ORANGE, a/k/a Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) is advance streaming Costal Grooves.

THE CIVIL WARS do the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.

ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including "Route 66."

BURTON CARROLL did six free songs for Daytrotter... so there!

PAPER LACE: "The Night Chicago Died." Live.

ANARCHY IN THE UK: Numerous independent record labels -- including Domino, 4AD, XL and Beggars Banquet -- fear catastrophic losses in a fire at a distribution warehouse in north London during the riots in the capital on Monday night.

ADELE: Prefix examines theories explaining her massive success, but omits "All of the above."

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark is profiled by the London Evening Standard. (Thx, LHB.)

MARSHALL GRANT, founding bassist of Johnny Cash's original band the Tennessee Two and the singer's longtime road manager, died Aug. 7 in Jonesboro, Ark., after suffering an aneurysm. He was 83.

BRADGELINA:  Jennifer Aniston ordered Brad Pitt to leave their Beverly Hills home after he admitted that he was in love with Angelina Jolie, according to a sensational new book.

JESSICA SIMPSON & NICOLE RICHIE are locked in an ugly feud on the set of their new reality show "Fashion Star," according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

KIM KARDASHIAN's wedding guest list is star-studded... but how many actually attend?

GAVIN DeGRAW: The pop singer was viciously beaten by a pack of thugs on the Lower East Side early today - and then hit by a taxi as he stumbled off, police sources said.

ASHTON KUTCHER: As the special guest editor of Details' online-only social-media issue (find it on Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter, and Tumblr), the next star of Two and a Half Men delivers his verdict on power-tweeting, oversharing, sex apps, and the future of Facebook.

ZOE SALDANA had a nervous breakdown after Avatar. Then again, so did I.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's Cinematic Reality.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh vowed he would return to Yemen and continue to lead the government.

IRAN: A member of parliament said that Iran is again delaying the launch of the Bushehr nuclear power plant.

NORTH KOREA has nothing to reform or open up, the ruling party's newspaper reported on Tuesday, accusing the United States of trying to impose its own ways to stifle socialism. But the economy is in trouble.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghans' trust in Afghan national security forces is increasing, but people urge the international troops to stay committed to enduring support to Afghan forces, a report by TOLOnews said on Tuesday. NATO and Russia are working on an agreement to expand the current supply route of troops through Russian soil, reports say.

PIT BULL vs KITTEN: Who You Got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: According to Level 3 Communications, which maintains an 84,000-mile fiber network, militant rodents do 17 percent of the damage to their fiber optic network.

A BLUE SHARK is discovered in the New Hampshire woods.

ROSIE, the first judicially approved courtroom dog in New York, was in the witness box nuzzling a 15-year-old girl who was testifying that her father had raped and impregnated her.

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