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Sonic Youth, The Walkmen, The Smiths, Cutout Bin, Wedding Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with SONIC YOUTH!  Their appearance at Matador21 put me in the mood for this gig, recorded for German TV in Dusseldorf, circa April 1996.  Your setlist includes: "Teenage Riot"; "Bull In The Heather"; "Starfield Road"; "Washing Machine"; "Junkie's Promise"; "Saucer-Like"; "Becuz"; "Sugar Kane"; "Skip Tracer"; "Skink"; and "The Diamond Sea" (Part 1, Part 2Part 3).

THE WALKMEN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JULIA & ANGUS STONE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE SMITHS: Last of the English Roses, circa 1985.

TITUS ANDRONICUS, Live at Luigi's Fungarden, March 27, 2010.

TRENT REZNOR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a Social Network-themed chat.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Seattle Weekly tracks the band's hiatus. Carrie Brownstein signs off her Monitor Mix blog.  Janet Weiss talks about her new band with Brownstein (and other notables), Wild Flag.  And Corin Tucker has a new solo LP out. Put me in the mood for "You're No Rock N Roll Fun."

NO AGE talks to Drowned in Sound about duos, live shows, The Smell, and more...

LIZ PHAIR wrote about 90s nolstalgia for The Wall Street Journal.

THE BEACH BOYS music wil fuel a new musical for 20th Century Fox.

BEWARE THE KEYTAR: The  single most obnoxious instrument in modern music.

CUTOUT BIN: From David Bowie to the Posies, from Styx to the MC5, from Mama Cass to Guided by Voices, from KISS to King Khan, plus Neil Young, Squeeze, Ray Davies, the Replacements 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 Life as We Know It, which is currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Secretariat, which is scoring 65 percent; and My Soul to Take, unshockingly unscreened for critics.  Buried expands wide with a score of xx percent.

TONI BRAXTON filed for bankruptcy; she may owe as much as 50 million bucks.

TIGER WOODS: The alleged sex tape is a "scam" and "doesn't exist" according to the former manager of the hooker who claims to have sold the rights, according to RadarOnline.

JOHNNY DEPP paid a surprise visit to a London primary school dressed as Capt. Jack Sparrow after receiving a letter from a 9-year-old girl seeking help for a mutiny against her teachers.

BRUCE WILLIS is set to take a much bigger role in a sequel to The Expendables.

JULIETTE LEWIS was hospitalized after she was "broadsided" by a hit-and-run driver in Burbank, CA.

DORA the EXPLORER claims in a lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a dubious, complicated contract and then ripped off for millions of dollars.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS raided a secret Catholic mass in Riyadh last week and arrested a dozen Filipinos and a Catholic priest, charging them with prosyletising.

IRAN: Russia will return a 166.8 million down payment on the canceled shipment of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.  Ahmadinejad thanked the Pope for condemning Koran burnings.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai's government denied reports that secret high-level talks with the Taliban had begun, although signals from various quarters suggested that back-channel contacts with the insurgency were gathering momentum.

DOG at a WEDDING: Let's go to the video.

THE RABBIT THREAT: They're going after cars at Denver International Airport.

WHAT IS KILLING OFF THE HONEYBEES? A unique partnership of military scientists and entomologists appears to have identified a new suspect, or two.

THE SWARM attacked a jet plane at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Again. SEMI-RELATED: Pine beetles attack near Mt. Rushmore.

...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A new species of bat that looks like Yoda.

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Tallest Man, Tom Tom Club, Mountain Man, Roomba Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE JOY FORMIDABLE: "I Don't Want To See You Like This." That's the name of the song; my opinion is the opposite.

THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD finally approved the audio of his 9:30 Club gig, so you can stream it on demand.

TOM TOM CLUB did an unpluggedy Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

KAREN O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs drops her country tune, "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough," from the Jackass move soundtrack.

MOUNTAIN MAN did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FRAN HEALY of Travis stopped by the World Cafe for a solo chat and mini-set.

THE OHIO PLAYERS are on "Fire." Over nine minutes, and just gets wackier.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to The Quietus about the influence of Parliament on False Priest and more...

CHEETAH CHROME, once declared dead, talks to Blogcritics (via the Seattle P-I) about his new book, A Dead Boy's Tale, and being punk before there was a name for it.

LES SAVY FAV's Tim Harrington talks to Nerve about Cuban rum and Swedish textiles. (Thx, LHB.)

BELLE & SEBASTIAN may write a song about you.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva will not be doing Oprah Winfrey's show, but she did talk death threats with People magazine.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Alleged one-night stander Brittney Jones tells the ever-reliable Star magazine that that Ashton and Demi have an open relationship filled with threesomes.

LINDSAY LOHAN: No time limit on her rehab... yet.

TIGER WOODS: Someone claims to have seen the Devon Jones sex tape, and pronounces it "dirty."

CHELSEA HANDLER and... 50 Cent?

JESSICA ALBA, JESSICA SIMPSON & EVA MENDES all claim they were bullied as kids.

COURTNEY LOVE quit Twitter (again) after publicly posting a nude pic meant as a direct message.

SPIDER-MAN TWIST: Emma Stone decided to take the role of Gwen Stacy, rather than Mary Jane Parker.

WOLVERINE 2 has been offered to Darren Aronofsky.

GHOST RIDER 2 may sport Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.

SAM RAIMI looks committed to Oz: The Great And Powerful as his next film.

AFGHANISTAN: Representatives of the Taliban and Pres. Karzai's government have started secret talks to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing Afghan and Arab sources.  Police seized 20 tons of explosives originating from Iran.

IRAQ: The US ambassador to Iraq said that Muqtada al Sadr's participation in an Iraqi government would be problematic for ties with Iraq.

KITTEHS on a ROOMBA: The Rite of Spring.

AN 18-FT BURMESE PYTHON was rescued from a burning home in East Greenwich, RI.

CHARLIE THE SMOKING CHIMP has died at a South African zoo, aged 52 (10 years older than average).

GUNNER, a bomb-sniffing dog mustered out of the Marines for canine post-traumatic stress disorder, has found a new home with Deb and Dan Dunham, whose Marine son died in Iraq protecting the men beside him.

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The Vaselines, Ra Ra Riot, REM, Prince, Twin Bunnies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE VASELINES play "Sex With an X" for their North American TV debut.

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

RA RA RIOT also stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

R.E.M.: Live from the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK on July 30, 1995.

PRINCE: Unheard Music offers two unreleased albums, including Dream Factory, the last album completed with The Revolution.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

STEVE ALBINI talked to GQ, if only to show that he thinks even less of the fashion industry than he does the music industry.

BOB DYLAN & AMERICA: The Augustinian artist.

LOCAL NATIVES: Kelcey Ayer talks to the Oklahoma Daily about music blogging, the Talking Heads and the dreaded sophomore slump. (Thx, LHB.)

15 ANTI-MORRISSEY SONGS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad was turned away by security at the Betty Ford clinic.

TIGER WOODS: It's so sad when his pr0n actress "mistresses" turn on each other, with the occasional death threat.

RACHEL McADAMS may be seeing her Midnight in Paris costar Michael Sheen.

DISNEY has a bunch of odd projects in the pipeline, including David Fincher helming a new 20000 Leagues Under the Sea adaptation.

10 GREAT NON-TRADITIONAL MOVIE VAMPIRES, courtesy of Armchair Commentary.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson is close to a deal to direct a two-part, 3-D ~500 million shoot.  Plus plenty of deets about the fate of MGM.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES: Heckuva book trailer.

CYBER-WARFARE: An examination by Reuters, including dozens of interviews with military officers, government officials and outside experts, shows that the US military is preparing for digital combat even more extensively than has been made public. And how to keep the nation's lifeblood industries safe is a big, if controversial, aspect of it.

TERROR in EUROPE: French authorities arrested 12 people in operations against people with ties to suspected Islamic extremists.

TERROR in the USA: Pakistani militant Faisal Shahzad remained defiant as he was given a life sentence for the May 1 failed bombing attempt in Times Square. He repeatedly interrupted the judge to press his Islamic views.

AFGHANISTAN: Moving to enforce a pledge that has rattled Afghanistan's foreign community, Pres. Karzai has begun dissolving the Afghan operations of private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater.

TWIN BUNNEHS in cups.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT took aim at ranked US tennis player Robby Ginepri.

20 TONS OF TOADS meet their end under the wheels of British traffic every year.

A STROPPY PEACOCK is to be evicted after wrecking gardens and ‘attacking and drawing blood' from villagers in Higher Odcombe, Somerset.

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New Releases, Belle & Sebastian, Eels, Friendly Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LOCAL NATIVES encounter a land shark in the video for "Wide Eyes."

NEW RELEASES: The Avett Bros, KT Tunstall, John Lennon reissues and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN are advance streaming Write About Love.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS are advance streaming Swanlights.

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

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

ARCADE FIRE: Will and Win talked to Pitchfork about the divide between indie and major, the unwieldiness of the information age, and why Arcade Fire are a Moby Dick kind of band.

PAVEMENT is profiled by Sasha Frere-Jones for The New Yorker.

PAUL WELLER reportedly married girlfriend -- and backup singer -- Hannah Andrews during a low-key ceremony in Capri, Italy.

WINSTON CHURCHILL has become the first prime minister to enter the album chart with a record marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is coming to an end, according to RadarOnline. And she's reportedly working on a new LP.

LINDSAY LOHAN is planning a staged photo shoot documenting her rehab that she will then sell to the highest bidder.

JENNIFER ANISTON was voted the most eligible single woman in the world, according to a 60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair poll released Monday.

KEANU REEVES approves of Sad Keanu.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Will it reach middle America?

SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

THE 25 MOST VALUABLE BASIC CABLE CHANNELS, according to The Daily Beast. Most may be worth more than NBC. Many may be worth more than ABC.

TERROR in EUROPE: Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

IRAN arrested several people for "nuclear spying" in connection with the computer worm attack on Bushehr.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban destroyed 28 NATO fuel tankers bound for Afghanistan in an attack near Islamabad. The attack is the second of its kind since Pakistan closed down the Khyber Pass on Sept. 30 in protest against US cross-border attacks on Haqqani Network fighters fleeing from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

IRAQ announced oil reserves in excess of 143 billion; Iraq overtakes Iran as the world's fourth largest producer. A Sunni-backed bloc that came first in elections seven months ago is united against the bid by Prime Minister al-Maliki to remain in office.

A DOLPHIN gets very friendly.

...AND THERE WERE PIGS all over the highway.

SQUIRRELS are doing it for themselves.

HORNY BULL on garage rampage calmed by a young heifer.

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FACE while trying to fight off a skunk.

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Belle & Sebastian, Blitzen Trapper, KT Tunstall, Teacup Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN "Write About Love" for Fallon.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GAYNGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. The indie supergroup is profiled by the Boston Globe.

SHOOTER JENNINGS & HIEROPHANT played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

KT TUNSTALL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FLEETWOOD MAC: "Go Your Own Way," live circa 1969. Sounded great, fellas, but I coulda used a little More Cowbell.

THE HOLD STEADY: Crag Finn talks to the Boston Globe about writing, Bruce Springsteen, and the Muppets.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Drowned in Sound about fish slaughtering ex-girlfriends, the futility of religion, and why you can't change the world via the medium of lampshades.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN -- and their new album -- are profiled at The Guardian.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Peter Hughes talks to Move about the band's evolution. (Thx, LHB.)

THE WHO threaten to release another album.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Social Network tops the chart with 23 million, which was a bit below what most expected, but still ranks as director David Fincher's second biggest opening after Panic Room (which is just plain silly, given how big Se7en and Fight Club eventually became). Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole held well in the second slot with 10.9 million, but a 30 million total against an 80 million budget means this will have to look overseas for profit.  Last week's topper, Wall Street 2, slid 47 percent to the third slot with 10.1 million; it too may depend on overseas markets for profit.  The Town was close behind in the fourth slot with 10 million; it has taken in 64.3 million against a 37 million budget.  Easy A rounds out the Top Five with another 7 million in gravy for Screen Gems.  Below the fold, Case 39 and Let Me In opened in a virtual dead heat for seventh and eighth, with a disappointing 5.3 million each.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Near universally acclaimed, and justly so.  The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin is sharp, if not overtly Sorkin-esque.  David Fincher does his usual excellent job directing a cast including Jesse Eisenberg who gets to step from the lovable loser roles of Superbad, Adventureland and Zombieland to that of the sorta unlovable (but sorta lovable) billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.  Some of the critical comaprisons to movies like Citizen Kane and Network are a bit overblown.  Citizen Kane pioneered an entire genre, and Network had far more foresight than even its fans imagined at the time.  Nevertheless, the story of the creation of Facebook is far more than Revenge of the Nerds, and a twisted Horatio Alger story oddly well-suited to the populist tenor of the times.

LET ME IN:  It's a shame this remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In failed to catch people's attention, if only because Chloe Grace Moretz proves again that she is one of the most talented tweens working in Hollywood today.  It woud be sad to think that an interesting and occasionally touching vampire story doesn't work in today's marketplace without the teen melodrama of the Twilight Saga or the formulaic gore of your average slasher flick.

STEPHEN J. CANNELL, , bestselling novelist and Emmy-winning TV producer of hits like "The Rockford Files," "The A-Team," "The Greatest American Hero," "Wiseguy" and many more, passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night from complications associated with melanoma. He was 69.

TIGER WOODS: Ex-mistress Number 15 claims she has sold their sex tape, assuming it exists and assuming the golfer's lawyers don't drop on the company like a ton of bricks.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued by an ex-nanny who claims the pop tart stiffed her for a month of work.

HARRY POTTER: J.K Rowling says there could be more.

SPIDER-MAN: It appears that Emma Stone will win the coveted role of Mary Jane in the reboot.

WONDER WOMAN: One of TV's best-known creators, David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice), has come on board to write and produce a new series project about the female superhero.

TERROR in EUROPE: The man at the heart of the plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe has ties to at least four members of al Qaeda's infamous Hamburg terrorist cell.

IRAN: The deputy industry minister for technology claimed Iran's industries are now free of the dangerous Stuxnet virus that disables control software. President Ahmedinejad wants to "bury" US leaders for its opposition to Iran's nuclear program.

PAKISTAN: NATO's supply line to Pakistan through the Khyber Pass remains closed for the fourth day in a row; the government said it would consider reopening it soon.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki reached across sectarian lines to appeal to Sunnis to broaden support for his re-election bid, even as a rival coalition representing most Sunnis declared that it would not accept his nomination and refused to join a coalition government led by him.

KITTEH FALLS ASLEEP IN A TEACUP: Fortunately, we have not one, but two videos of the event.

NAVY BOMBS GUAM with frozen dead mice.

CATS communicate their moods with body language.

SEVEN INCREDIBLE CRIME SPREES committed by animals.

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