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Flaming Lips, Brendan Benson, Vampire Weekend, Raccoon gang   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 07, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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GRIZZLY BEAR plays a Cemetery Gates gig at PitchforkTV.

THE FLAMING LIPS are advance streaming the Embyonic album via NPR.

BRENDAN BENSON does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

TEGAN and SARA debuted a new song, "Hell" at the Finlandia festival.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND have a new song, "Horchata" downloadable and streamable via the 'Gum Mix.

YACHT ROCK: Christopher Cross performed Sailing and Ride Like the Wind with The Roots for Fallon the other night. And yes, that's Michael McDonald sitting in on the second number.

BOB MOULD talks to Spinner about Hüsker Dü, his upcoming biography, and his new LP, Life and Times.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to The Skinny about ambition, God and Santa Claus.

VIC CHESTNUTT answers the infamous 20 Questions from PopMatters, and talks to The A.V. Club.

THE WOODIE AWARDS, chosen by college students and music fans across the country via MTVU, have posted nominations.

2012: The trailer, minus special effects. So we can focus on the awesome acting.

DAVE LETTERMAN: "Late Show" staffer Stephanie Birkitt revealed in her diary that she continued having sex with boss David Letterman even after moving in with her CBS-producer boyfriend -- which sheds some light on the alleged extortion plot, doesn't it.

ROMAN POLANSKI will continue to sit in a Swiss jail: "We continue to be of the opinion that there is a high risk of flight." You think?

NICOLE RICHIE was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Monday after she was rear-ended by paparazzi.

BROOKE SHIELDS and JIM BELUSHI survived a plane crash at Hearst Castle.

GEORGE MICHAEL denies his relationship with long-term lover Kenny Goss is over.

HEIDI KLUM wants to change her exotic-sounding last name to "Samuel," to match husband Seal.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson got a judge to expunge his infamous DUI arrest from his record.

RUSH LIMABUGH is teaming up with St. Louis Blues owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the St. Louis Rams.

MADONNA collects damages for invasion of privacy and copyright infringement over photographs of the popstar's wedding to Guy Ritchie in 2000.

MAGGIE SMITH talks to the Times of London about fighting breast cancer.

IRAN plans to install a more advanced type of centrifuge in its newly revealed uranium enrichment site.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military said that more than 100 Taliban fighters were killed in the Oct. 3 battle in Nuristan.

RACCOON GANG UPDATE: "They're like little bears on crack."

WHEN EMUS ATTACK: A woman had to be flown to the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after being clawed by an emu shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

YES, WE HAVE A MASSIVE SPIDER in our bananas.

BUSTED for Unlawful Possession of a Great White Shark. In Oregon.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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THE XX play "Islands" on Later with Jools Holland.

NEW RELEASES: The XX, Mission of Burma, the Raveonettes, Mountain Goats, Rosanne Cash, The Slits, Mike Doughty, Daniel Johnston and more are streaming in full this week from Spinner.

JOHN VANDERSLICE did a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MOBY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

THE EXTRAORDINAIRES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE DISCIPLINES, a garagey band from Ken Stringfellow (Posies, REM, Big Star), serve up "Best Mistake" and "Yours For The Taking (Smoking Kills)" for Twofer Tuesday. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BRIAN ENO was interviewed by Steve Seel for The Current.

HOPE SANDOVAL talks to Interview about falling in love with a voice, and more...

STEVE ALBINI: The A.V. Club points to gateways into his challenging catalog.

FORTY-TWO 10-MIN+ SONGS WORTH YOUR TIME, according to The A.V. Club, with embedded audio.

THE TERMINATOR: How It Should Have Ended.

DAVE LETTERMAN apologized to his wife and co-workers while taping his late-night show Monday. He didn't  realize that people would now speculate he was involved with women on the show with whom he had no sexual relationship.

LINDSAY LOHAN's fashion debut in Paris resulted in a call for the fashion police.

JON & KATE MINUS 200K: The split between Jon and Kate Gosselin has been contentious from the beginning, but Jon could be found in contempt of court for the unauthorized withdrawal of 200 grand from the couple's joint bank account.

CHRIS NOTH and his longtime girlfriend, actress Tara Wilson, are engaged, according to Entertainment Tonight Canada.

MADONNA and LADY GAGA had a staged fight in lingerie on SNL, should you care to watch.

GWEN STEFANI turned 40 over the weekend.

BONES abruptly shut down production due to a possible outbreak of swine flu.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT script in the works.

ISLAMISM at the OLYMPICS. The burqa boxers are coming. Young women are training in Afghanistan to fight in Islamic dress at the 2012 London Olympics.

IRAN: As the focus on sanctions intensifies, a review of the US's experiences in enforcing its own longstanding restrictions on trade with Iran suggests it would be difficult to truly quarantine the Iranian economy. Contrary to other reports, Ahmadinejad has no Jewish roots.

CATS VS. SPIDER: Not a fair fight, really.

A GANG OF RACCOONS attacked a woman in Lakeland, FL.

A POLAR BEAR peeks through the porthole of an Arctic expedition.

A PENNSYLVANIA WOMAN who kept exotic animals as pets was killed after she was attacked by her pet black bear.

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Avett Bros, Mountain Goats, Death Cab, Postmarks, Kakapo mating   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE AVETT BROTHERS played "I and Love and You" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

WILL HOGE and LANGHORNE SLIM played the World Cafe Friday; the whole show is streaming via NPR.

THE POSTMARKS played a set at KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic

LOS CAMPESINOS have a new single, "There Are Listed Buildings", streaming at their blog.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS dropped a video for "Ezekiel 7 and the Permanent Efficacy of Grace" at P-fork.

ROSANNE CASH thalks to the New York Times about The List album, out tomorrow.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to the Village Voice about getting paid 250 bucks for her first record, Mad Men, and her favorite place in NYC.

MEYER HAWTHORNE talks to the Village Voice about cassette players, breaking the rules of soul music, and convincing his boss that his songs weren't covers.

GOGOL BORDELLO: Eugene Hutz talks to the Winnepeg Sun about life in Brazil, his multi-culti approach to music, and how fame has changed his life.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Zombieland took the top slot with 25 million -- slightly more than its production budget. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs drops to second with 16.7 million -- a 33 percent drop that is not bad, considering the Toy Story re-issues taking away about 1000 3-D screens. Cloudy should at least break even on its 100 million budget domestically and make money overseas.  The Toy Story re-release came in third with 12.5 million, serving as a reminder for families with younger kids for when Toy Story 3 arrives next year.  The Invention of Lying debuts in fourth with 7.3 million against a 18.5 million budget.  Surrogates rounded out the Top Five with 7.3 million, but its 51 percent drop seals its fate as a flop.  Below the fold, Whip It opened at No. 6, with a 4.9 million take against a 15 million budget, and Capitalism: A Love Story opened wide at No. 7, with an almost identical take to Whip It, and looks to be one of Michael Moore's weakest performers.

ZOMBIELAND, btw, was quite good, though it is a broad comedy, with little of the satirical touch of Shaun of the Dead (or some of George Romero's work).  I would not be surprised if this got turned into a videogame. Woody Harrelson's career may be undead. Nice surprise cameo that many reviewers are spoiling.  If you go, stay through all the credits.

DAVID LETTERMAN: TMZ identified one of females staffers Dave bedded (strangely enough, based on a tip from someone I know). But there's a second woman yet to be revealed.  Holy Hetsren -- a Letterman intern who went on to become a Hollywood producer -- says Dave keeps a bachelor pad atop the Ed Sullivan Theater. The accused extortionist -- a producer for CBS's 48 Hours -- pleaded not guilty.

ERIN ANDREWS is grateful there was an arrest in her peeping tom video case.

PENELOPE CRUZ and JAVIER BARDEM are engaged, according to the NYDN.

CHRIS EVERT and GREG NORMAN: Dunzo.

KATE BECKINSALE is the Sexiest Woman Alive, according to Esquire magazine.

JAY LENO is having a hard time booking guests from rival networks.

ANGELINA JOLIE met with Iraqi refugees in Syria on Friday and urged the world not to forget the plight of those among them who cannot return home because of the trauma they suffered and the country's instability

IRAN has acquired "sufficient information to be able to design and produce" an atom bomb, according to a confidential analysis by staff of the IAEA.  Iran's promise to admit inspectors to a secret nuclear plant buys time to hide key evidence regarding the nuke program.  Israel's prime minister has handed the Kremlin a list of Russian scientists believed by the Israelis to be helping Iran to develop a nuclear warhead.  Ahmadinejad has Jewish roots.

AFGHANISTAN: US and Afghan forces beat back a brazen assault on two joint outposts in the eastern Afghan province of Nuristan. The attack was led by Taliban commander Dost Mohammed and was aided by al Qaeda's Shadow Army. Eight US troops, seven Afghan troops, and an unspecified number of enemy fighters were killed during the fighting, which ended after US air and artillery pounded the fighters in a counterattack.

STEPHEN FRY finds himself privy to an unusual mating ritual of the rare kakapo.

A GRANDMA fought off a bear that broke into her bedroom with a decorative pillow. By which I mean that the grandma had the pillow.

"NINE TIMES OUT OF TEN, the gators that are going to be roaming around the street are the bigger gators."

BLACK-FOOTED FERRETS are returned to Saskatchewan's Grasslands National Park, the only species of ferret indigenous to North America.

LLAMAS ON THE LAM: Again!

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Wilson Pickett, Sea Wolf, Cutout Bin, Cat + Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage.  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

THE TOP 200 ALBUMS OF THE 2000s, according to Pitchfork (scroll to the bottom of the page).

SEA WOLF stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

NIRVANA: A previously unreleased live track from the Bleach reissue is streaming via Pitchfork.

DANIEL JOHNSON? There's an app for that.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets covered by string quartet Osso; Entertainment Weekly has your streaming A|B boss comparison.

THE DIRTY PROJECTORS performed a brand new song called "When The World Comes To An End" for Fallon.

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner talks to Metro about recording the band's latest album, while drummer Matt Helders talks to JAM about it, as well as staying at the Joshua Tree Inn, where Gram Parsons died. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON is profiled by PopMatters in advance of his 20th album.

THE FISH FRY: Friend of Pate Sylvia Hauser tipped me to KCUR's weekly serving of blues, R&B, soul, jumpin' jazz and zydeco.  Their archives -- with playlists -- are streaming on demand, and there will be two new ones this weekend.

CUTOUT BIN: From Sly and the Family Stone to Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, from Eddie and the Hot Rods to Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, from the Modern Lovers to James Brown, plus Bob Dylan, the Feelies, Monsters of Folk 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 Zombieland, currently scoring 90 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the roller-derby comedy Whip It, which is scoring 78 percent on the Tomatometer; Ricky Gervais's The Invention of Lying, which is scoring 58 percent; and the 3-D re-issues of Toy Story and Toy Story 2, scoring 100 percent.

THE FUNNIEST SCENES IN ZOMBIE MOVIES, courtesy of Moviefone.

WHIP IT director Drew Barrymore talks to The A.V. Club, while Kristen Wiig talks to the L.A. Times about training for roller derby.

A RAMONES BIOPIC gains momentum with Fox Searchlight.

DAVID LETTERMAN revealed that he was the target of a two million dollar extortion plot and admitted he had indeed slept with several women who work for him.

MICHAEL JACKSON was pretty healthy, for a dead guy.

WILL FERRELL is set to become a dad for the third time.

KATE HUDSON and A-ROD are not having a kid.  Neither is Halle Berry

EMMA WATSON was stalked by jerks at Harvard.

GREEN HORNET photos, video, etc. is rounded up at /Film.

JON GOSSELIN is trying to shut down his failing reality show, after his name was removed from the title.

THE TOP TEN WHITE TRASH HEROES OF CINEMA, according to Spike.

THE WORST MOVIES OF THE DECADE, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

IRAN's nuclear program is making Arab governments, especially the small, oil-rich nations in the Persian Gulf, are growing increasingly anxious. The NYT quotes a number of people advancing various agendas based on said anxiety, but the important observation is that a nuclear Iran will likely start an arms race in the region.

PAKISTAN: Bill Roggio crunches stats on US airstrikes. Looks like the intell is getting better.

AFGHANISTAN: The Boston Globe posts an impressive, wide-ranging gallery of large-size photos.  The UN fired its No. 2 official in Afghanistan on Wednesday after the diplomat, Peter W. Galbraith, wrote a scathing letter accusing the head of the mission here of concealing election fraud that benefited the campaign of the incumbent president, Hamid Karzai. Michael Yon worries about the coalition and the government.

A PARROT massages a cat's head.

AN 800 LB. GATOR was caught by a 5-year-old boy: "Well, its pretty much simple." Video at the link.

A BABY PIGMY HIPPO, barely bigger than a lettuce leaf. Awww...some pics at the link.

BEAR VS. BEAR: Officials at a German zoo say that a male brown bear attacked and killed a female bear in front of horrified onlookers.

SOME SHARKS can reproduce asexually.

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Minus 5, Wild Things, Sunny Day Real Estate, Cat + Bird   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 01, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE played DC's 9:30 Club last night; you should be able to stream the reunion gig today via NPR. They played "Seven" for Jimmy Fallon the other night. And they are profiled at the Houston Chronicle.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: At imeem, where the soundtrack is streaming.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Built to Spill, the Feelies, and the Mountain Goats feature in the latest installment of the long-running series.

RHYTHM ANGELS did a video mini-set of Americana for Folk Alley.

RICHARD HAWLEY answers Clash's questions about how he would spend his last day on Earth.

THE MINUS 5 were joined by BILL BERRY and MIKE MILLS for "The Ballad of John & Yoko" and "Hang on Sloopy" Monday night at the 40 Watt Club.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Radar about the New Moon soundtrack and to Vanguard about things in general.

STEVE EARLE talks to the Times of London about his Townes Van Zandt tribute.

THE FUTUREHEADS' guitarist Ross Millard has been updating the BBC on the progress of their new album.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE singer-guitarist Nils Edenloff talks to Decider about open-mic learning curves, forward momentum and, of course, Alberta.

 

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL: US Weekly claims they have split. TMZ and X17 say they are still together.

DENNIS HOPPER was rushed to a New York City emergency room by ambulance, suffering flu-like symptoms and complaining of a stomach ailment. 

ROSE McGOWAN and ROBERT RODRIGUEZ call off their engagement.

BEN STILLER and CHRISTINE TAYLOR may be splitting up.

JIMMY KIMMEL and SARAH SILVERMAN sex tape? Sorry, not buying that.

JOHN TRAVOLTA leaving Scientology?

JON GOSSELIN may no longer be in the title of his show, but he claims he is still on his show.

THE BEST FILMS OF THE FIFTIES, according to Moviefone.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad voiced his concern about the UN chief's 'biased' remarks on Tehran's nuclear work and urged him to take the IAEA's opinion into account. The IAEA reported that no radioactive material has been transferred to Iran's new enrichment plant in Qom. The IAEA made plans to discuss a timetable for an inspection of the new plant.  Britain's intelligence services say that Iran has been secretly designing a nuclear warhead "since late 2004 or early 2005", an assessment that suggests Tehran has embarked on the final steps towards acquiring nuclear weapons capability. Iran's nuke chief welcomes new sanctions.

AfPAK: US and international intelligence officials say that improved recruitment of spies inside the al-Qaeda network, along with increased use of targeted airstrikes and enhanced assistance from cooperative governments, has significantly reduced the terrorist organization's effectiveness.

IRAQ: The senior US commander in Iraq says he could reduce American forces to 50K troops even before the end of next summer if the expected January elections went smoothly. That could free up combat units for duty in Afghanistan.

CAT and BIRD, hugging it out...

AN OBESE SKUNK has been put on a strict diet to help wean him off his addiction to bacon sandwiches.  Mmmm... bacon.

MONSTER EGG: Two and a half times the normal size, weighing over a quarter of a pound.

BADGERS face a cull in Wales, in a bid to eradicate bovine TB.

A BIZARRE FAUN-LIKE CREATURE was born in Lower Gweru, Zimbabwe, but died a few hours later. Pic at the link.

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