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Lloyd Cole, Lucero, Neil Finn, Cutout Bin, Dogs+Troops   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 13, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with LLOYD COLE! His debut with the Commotions is right in the heart of Pate's heyday, so I'm partial to the early tracks, like "Perfect Skin," "Rattlesnakes," "2CV" and "Forest Fire," and even tracks from the sophomore LP, like "Brand New Friend" and "Lost Weekend." I haven't been as big a fan of his later solo work, though he does still come up with gems like "She's a Girl and I'm a Man."  BONUS: Cole's "Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken" later inspired Camera Obscura's "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken."

LUCERO did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

NEIL FINN played the World Cafe with material from his indie-star 7 Worlds Collide project.

BECK, WILCO, FEIST and JAMIE LIDELL are covering Skip Spence's Oar album at Beck's Record Club.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED considers songs of the decade, though The Minutemen track is originally from 1984.

NOTES ON THE NOUGHTIES: Simon Reynolds starts a new series for The Guardian, starting with indie-rock beards.

VANDAVEER tells the tale of "A Mighty Leviathan Of Old."

UNCLE TUPELO: Rocks Off pays tribute to the Anodyne LP, while the Dallas Observer looks at the post-Tupelo careers of Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar. (Thx, LHB.)

AEROSMITH: Joe Perry still thinks Steven Tyler is taking a two-year hiatus.

GLEN HANSARD (The Swell Season, The Frames) talks to The A.V. Club about his Simpsons cameo, working with producer Peter Katis (Interpol, The National, Rainer Maria), how the relationship and breakup with Markéta Irglová affected The Swell Season as a duo, and how he almost ended up as Rorschach in Watchmen.

SONIC YOUTH recommend movies to the Criterion Collection.

THE WORST ALBUM COVERS OF ALL TIME, according to Medium Fidelity.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Led Zeppelin to the Hold Steady, from the Jackson 5 to the Stranglers, from Roy Orbison to Adrian Belew (with a track well known to Pate fans), plus the Kinks, Spoon, the Byrds, Slowdive and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release is 2012, currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Opening near-wide is Pirate Radio, which is scoring 56 percent. Fantastic Mr. Fox opens on four screens, scoring 89 percent.

MIKE TYSON was booked for misdemeanor battery after allegedly punching a photog at LAX.

BRITNEY SPEARS had her Twitter account hacked, unless she really is a devil-worshiping Satan fanatic.

MEGAN FOX gets a lengthy profile as a canny self-promoter in... The New York Times magazine.

JESSICA ALBA gets a nsfw spanking in her upcoming movie The Killer Inside Me, just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

THE FIVE WORST MOVIES With the Best Soundtracks, according to the Houston Press.

THE BEST TV SHOWS OF THE DECADE, according to The A.V. Club.

IRAN: An opposition leader claims that the country is making sweeping changes to its security apparatus in an effort to consolidate the power of the elite Revolutionary Guard.

AFGHANISTAN: One month after US forces abandoned outposts in the Kamdesh district in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nuristan, the Taliban are operating in the open, without fear of retaliation.

DOGS WELCOME HOME THE TROOPS: Missed this on Vets Day, but still wonderful.

A GANG OF RACCOONS holds up a bus for treats. Pic at the link.

A BEETLE apparently protects itself by constructing armor made from excrement.

THE BIRD that shut down the Hadron Collider could have been sent from the future to sabotage the experiment, according to two scientists.  I'll buy that when a bird kills Sarah Connor.

PLANET OF THE APES: Genetic engineers are working on it.

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Jarvis Cocker, Lucky Soul, Nurses, Aerosmith, Shark birth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

JARVIS COCKER: "Further Complications."

LUCKY SOUL has a new single, "White Russian Doll," from their upcoming LP. Niiice.

ALBERTA CROSS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

NURSES are profiled by Paste, which describes them as being for fans of The Beach Boys, Animal Collective, and Neutral Milk Hotel.  Their Apples Acre LP is embedded at the link.

TEGAN and SARA: The former talks to SheWired and to Paste about all of the ways in which the two have opened up, thanks in part to Twitter, The Temptations and ink blots.  Their Sainthood album is embedded at the Paste link.

AEROSMITH: Steven Tyler announced he's not leaving the band onstage at a Joe Perry solo gig, then treated the crowd to "Walk This Way."

ATLAS SOUND has a free virtual single for download.

FLAMING LIPS' latest video features a giant egg and lots of nude people riding bicycles around Portland.

BROOKLYN TOP 40: New York magazine's highly subjective ranking of the songs that define the sound of right now

VIC CHESTNUTT talks to Prefix about how to deal with an embarrassment of artistic riches, the virtues of being lucky rather than prepared, and the unquestioned political chops of Dick Cheney.

LINDSAY LOHAN was cutting herself, according to her stage mom in the latest tape leaked for cash by Li-Lo's ex-con dad.

ROBERT PATTINSON and KRISTEN STEWART were caught on camera... wait for it... holding hands in Paris. Scandal! Why, it's almost as if they have a big movie coming out or something.

JON VOIGHT claims he and Angelina Jolie have reconciled.

ANGELINA JOLIE is reportedly planning to bring home a baby from Syria, even if Brad Pitt isn't quite ready to be a dad to kid No. 7. Grain of salt in order, imo.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. talks at length with Esquire about life on the A-List: "I love being a part of something that makes other people a bunch of dough. And I don't need to make nothing but big movies. In fact, if anything I'm probably in danger of wearing out my welcome."

CELINE DION's latest in vitro fertilization treatment she underwent was unsuccessful.

PRIME-TIME's Top-Earning Men.

YEMEN: The most dangerous new front in the war on terror?

SHARK BITE CAESAREAN saves eight babies.

GRIZZLY BEAR eats airplane in Alaska. This is a job for... duct tape.

MAN BITES DOG, Man Saves Dog.

DEEP-SEA CRAB eats trees.

DOG CHRISTENED with beer.

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Meat Puppets, Tiny Vipers, Yo La Tengo, Verterans Day, Panda Escape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

DIRTY PROJECTORS play an unpluggedy "No Intention" on SIRIUS XM.

MEAT PUPPETS stooped by KEXP for a mini-set streaming now via NPR.

TINY VIPERS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

YO LA TENGO played a Mountain Stage mini-set streaming via NPR. Plus, Ira Kaplan talks to ClashMusic about "what is a big influence?"

ROSEANNE CASH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

CARL SAGAN and STEVEN HAWKING: "A Glorious Dawn." Sagan auto-tuned sounds a bit like Kermit the Frog.

MY MORNING JACKET will get animated on American Dad, November 22nd.

WHITE RABBITS singer/guitarist Greg Roberts and drummer Jamie Levinson talk to Crawdaddy about their upward trajectory.

GLASVEGAS will be recording drums at Rick Rubin's house.

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos will release a side project in January.

CLASH of the TITANS teaser trailer is online.

LINDSAY LOHAN was secretly dating Heath Ledger when he died, according to her stage mom.

MADONNA is set to fly to Brazil to meet the parents of toyboy Jesus Luz.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL are now friends with benefits, according to a completely anonymous source.

JENNIFER LOPEZ's sex tape is off the auction block, after a Los Angeles Superior Court entered a temporary injunction against its release by her first husband.

TRACY MORGAN drove people from Carnegie Hall with his raunchy stage routine.

RACHEL McADAMS may take a "major role" in Spider-Man 4 -- Felicia Hardy, known to comic fans as The Black Cat.

VETERANS' DAY:  Today is the 91st anniversary of the end of WWI.  My traditional links still hold up today:  "Mustang" at Social Sense reviews the holiday's history and thanks vets for the present.  Army Maj. Elizabeth L. Robbins reports that the current war has inspired a remarkable level of civic involvement that goes largely unnoticed -- except by those in the field or recovering stateside. BONUS: The WaPo's David Ignatius has an excellent piece today.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO leaders expect member states to commit more troops to train Afghanistan's expanding security forces at a meeting of alliance military representatives this month.

IRAQ: Arab and Kurdish military commanders in Kirkuk are making efforts at cooperation despite their bitter political differences -- a surprising development that offers some hope that one of Iraq's most difficult ethnic divides may be narrowing.

PANDA PAIR engineers an escape from the zoo.

UNLUCKY BUCK: Deer loses head-butt with lawn ornament.

A RARE TURTLE is kept from Indian authorities by hundreds of poor Hindu villagers, who believe it to be an incarnation of God.

TEEN vs. POLAR BEARS, on an ice floe in Canada.

DO BUNNIES really need this kind of help?

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New Releases, Pixies, Mountain Goats, Flirtations, Deer+Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE PIXIES delivered a mellow take on "Here Comes Your Man" for Conan, and offer up a free live EP from their Doolitle anniversary tour.

NEW RELEASES:  Albums from Bad Lieutenant, Editors, Ray Davies, The Doors, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES (Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme) are streaming their album via YouTube.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

VOXHAUL BROADCAST did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three previously unreleased. I coulda used more reverb.

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday. 

MEET THE BEATLES: The Fab Four are getting a week-long special from PopMatters.

BILLY BRAGG talks to Beatroute about pop and politics -- and why he mostly did not mix them in the Noughties.

DINOSAUR, JR: Lou Barlow talks to Beatroute about texture and volume.

RAY DAVIES is concerned about the insidious influence of Simon Cowell.

DID TOM CRUISE offer to personally "beat the living [bleep]" out of disobedient Scientologists? Cruise's lawyer and church spokesmen vigorously dispute the claim, but a former high-ranking Scientologist official says he "documented" that church leader David Miscavige once asserted that Cruise would lend his "Top Gun" muscle to do just that.

JOHN TRAVOLTA says Scientology is helping him cope with his son's death.  Previously, there was speculation over whether the death might cause him to drop Scientology.

JENNIFER LOPEZ has filed a lawsuit over home videos of her having sex, including on her honeymoon, and nudity.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Another taped phone call -- in this one, Lohan's assistant Jenni Muro reveals her fear that Lindsay was killing herself.  Lohan's ex-con dad reportedly demanded a fee for these tapes.

RANDY QUAID: The journey from actor to alleged felon.

BEYONCE and JAY-Z: Getting ready for a baby?

DEMI MOORE is remaking herself, and yet the story is not about extensive cosmetic surgery.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan troops backed by NATO forces killed 125 Taliban fighters and eight Taliban commanders during an operation in Kunduz.

IRAQ's Presidency Council is likely to ratify the election reform law.

A DOE, A DEER, A FEMALE DEER at the National Zoo flees the lion's den... only to be euthanized later.

RAT INVASION threatens American cities.

THAT WASN'T A DOG underneath Joseph Cannistra's car.

SNAKE on a Windscreen.

HIPPOS are not an economic stimulus.

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Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, White Denim, Kangaroos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GRIZZLY BEAR has a brand new claymation for "Ready, Able."

PHOENIX hit the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

MEYER HAWTHORNE, a new old-school R&B sensation, also hit the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

WHITE DENIM stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR. (I thought this wouldn't be my bag, but it's pretty alright.)

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

AEROSMITH: Joe Perry claims that Steven Tyler quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi.

THE BEST 50 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste.

NEKO CASE talks drums, guitars and pianos with Seacoast Online. (Thx, LHB.)

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION: Dev Hynes talks to The Quietus about X-Factor, country rock and being an Englishman in New York.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The 3-D CGI mo-cap version of A Christmas Carol takes the top slot with 31 million.  That was considerably lower than the 40-45 million the industry "tracking" numbers predicted. With a 200 million budget, Disney has to hope for legs through the holiday season.  Michael Jackson: This is it placed a surprising second with 14 million, and has almost recopued Sony's 60 million in the US, with another 69 million worldwide.  The Men Who Stae at Goats debuted at No.3 with 13.3 million, which seems pretty good for a movie about men staring at goats.  The budget is a modest 25 million, and Overture paid a mere 5 million for the distribution rights.  The Fourth Kind was the fourth movie, with another better-than-expected showing of 12.5 million.  Paranormal Activity rounds out the Top Five with another 8.6 million for the insanely successful video shoot.  Below the fold, The Box opened in sixth place, but still did better than expected with 7.9 million against its 25 million budget.  Overall, the Top 12 did a little better year-over-year, though the 110.6 million total is the lowest since 2006.

CHRIS BROWN wishes Rhianna had kept quiet about him beating her. Never not classy.

TOM CRUISE Scientology employees are forced to watch videos of the star as part of their training.

BRITNEY SPEARS was holed up in a Perth hotel yesterday as a row over her lip-synching concerts threatened to derail her Australian tour.

NEW MOON: Collider has clips and new behind-the-scenes video from the Twilight sequel.

THE 100 BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE, according to the Times of London.

HIGHER FIDELITY? Stephen Frears and D.V. DeVincentis, who teamed up on the John Cusack breakout "High Fidelity," are attached to "Lay the Favorite," a dramedy set in the world of geeky gamblers.

MR. ROGERS statue unveiled in the neighborhood of Pittsburgh's North Shore.

IRAN caught arming terrorists... again.

IRAQ's parliament passed a long-delayed election law, resolving a key sticking point - who will be allowed to vote in the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk - and helping the US keep to a withdrawal.

KANGAROOS and EMUS overwhelm the tiny Aussie town of Thargomindah.

A BIRD with a "bit of baguette" derailed the world's biggest scientific experiment.

A WYOMING HUNTER bags a deer... then a mountain lion.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: White squirrels invade Maryland.  Meanwhile, an unnamed rodent stocks up on supplies.

A CHINESE PANDA EXPERT has headed to Taiwan to advise on how to encourage mating by the pair given by Beijing last December to mark the two sides' growing friendship.

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