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Drive-By Truckers, Bonnie Prince Billy, Field Music, Ted Leo, Lyrebird   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS play "This F***ing Job" from their new LP at the Ed Sullivan Theater. You can stream The Big To Do via Spinner.

BONNIE PRINCE BILLY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

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

MEAGHAN SMITH (and her "modern vintage" sound) get a feature plus tracks from All Things Considered.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED previews SxSW in the latest installment of the long-running NPR series.

TED LEO talked to the Mpls City Pages about karaoke, politics, and joining the Matador roster. But the real news is his cover of Tears For Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," which launches The A.V. Undercover.

GIRLS frontman Christopher Owens talks to Drowned in Sound about the UK tour, Internet buzz, and (inevitably for now) his upbringing as a member of the Children Of God cult.

SURFER BLOOD does an SxSW interview with Spinner.

TITUS ANDRONICUS mastermind Patrick Stickles is unironically patriotic.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne turned up on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition."

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate has signed one of the biggest recording contracts in history, giving Sony, Mr. Jackson's longtime label, the rights to sell his back catalog and draw on a large vault of unheard recordings.  One of the first releases from the 250 million dollar deal will be an album of unreleased material culled from Jackson's personal musical vaults. The L.A. Times compares the deal - which dwarfs Springsteen's 110 million deal in 2005 -  to the posthumous earnings of Elvis and the Beatles.

TIGER WOODS is returning for the Masters. His wife still seems to have another subject on her mind, the price tag for which is estimated at 50 million annually.

CHARLIE SHEEN's legal and personal problems may end up shortening the season for "Two and a Half Men."

PAULA ABDUL is finalizing a deal to headline an updated version of Star Search.

ANGELINA JOLIE is funding a school that benefits girls in eastern Afghanistan.

JASON SEGEL will star as the human lead in Disney's upcoming Muppets movie.

ERIN ANDREWS's peephole stalker was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison.


AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McChrystal has brought most American Special Operations forces under his direct control for the first time, out of concern over continued civilian casualties and disorganization among units in the field. Many Afghan women say they still feel voiceless eight years into a war-torn democracy, and they point to government plans to forge peace with the Taliban as a prime example.

COULD PARACHUTE-WEARING BEARS sniff out Osama bin Laden?

A LYREBIRD imitates a construction site.

DETERMINED BULLDOG foils police speed trap.

BRACKEN the LABRADOR has recovered from emergency surgery after swallowing a whole toy football.


REAR GEAR is a decorative cover for your dog's, cat's (or ferret's) um, anus.

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New Releases, She & Him, The Antlers, Hummingbird Nest   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TRANSLATOR is "Everywhere That I'm Not," including the "Where Are They Now?" file.

NEW RELEASES: The Drive-By truckers, White Stripes, Wakey! Wakey!, Dropkick Murphys, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

SHE & HIM are advance streaming Volume 2 via NPR. The duo talks to Pitchfork about Master P, Joni Mitchell's beret, and playing mouth trumpet.

THE ANTLERS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT is advance streaming their Coconut via NPR.

THE PS22 CHORUS covers Phoenix's "Liztomania" and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE STOOGES, ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis and the Hollies were officially inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as were songwriters Jesse Stone, Mort Shuman, Otis Blackwell and the teams of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry.

THE ROLLING STONES: Mick Jagger talks to Rolling Stone about the reviously unreleased tracks coming to the remnastered Exile on Main Street.

JOANNA NEWSOM: Gonna need a bigger boat?

RYAN ADAMS: has ended his musical hiatus by announcing a new album, described as his "most legit metal record."

ROKY ERICKSON is the poster boy for survival, and his story should give hope to those and the family of those who are fighting mental impairment.

KATE WINSLET and her director husband Sam Mendes are getting a divorce.

CHARLIE SHEEN pleaded not guilty in Aspen to domestic violence charges related to a Christmas Day incident in which he allegedly threatened his wife with a knife.

COREY HAIM: Corey Feldman is not going to the funeral today? Boo.

JUDE LAW has agreed to meet his lovechild twice a year, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

DAVID SCHWIMMER got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, photographer Zoe Buckman.


MICHEL GONDRY talks to the Austin American-Statesman about The Green Hornet and his documentary about his aunt.

SHREK FOREVER AFTER has a trailer online.

TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE gets a sneak peek on the New Moon DVD.

YEMEN: The Yemeni military claims to have killed two al Qaeda commanders during an airstrike in the South.

IRAN: China has become Iran's number one economic trading partner, surpassing the West. France announces that it is considering unilateral sanctions against Iran.

PAKINSTAN's intell agency has demanded tighter control of the Afghan border by NATO troops to stop Taliban fighters escaping its operations in the North West Frontier.

IRAQ: The US military handed over a 107 million dollar prison and nearly 3000 inmates to the Iraqi government on Monday.

HUMMINGBIRD NEST CAM: Let's go to the video.


MAN'S BEST FRIEND eats girl's best friend

A ZEBRA cleaning a hippo's teeth...

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Of Montreal, Free Energy, Frightened Rabbit, Horse and Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL performed "Bananas Rice Applesauce Toast" on Yo Gabba Gabba. 

FREE ENERGY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT gets a segment plus tracks on All Things Considered.

CITIZEN COPE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THROW ME THE STATUE did a free twofer at Daytrotter.

PORT O'BRIEN drops a video for "Leap Year" at Spinner.

THE RUNAWAYS -- and their biopic -- are essayed by the L.A. Times.

SxSW: Pop & Hiss lists stories to watch, including... Cheap Trick.

TED LEO & TITUS ANDRONICUS: Two bands from Jersey are profiled in the New York Times.

MGMT half-apologizes for "Flash Delerium," the advance track to their upcoming LP.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Alice in Wonderland repeats atop the box office with another 62 million.  Its 46 percent drop is likely bigger than Disney hoped for, but it recoups the 200 million production budget in 10 days and likely makes 300 million before it's all over.  It should have at least one more big weekend before How to Train Your Dragon opens.  Green Zone comes in second, but a 14.5 million total against a 100 million dollar budget looks painful.  Apparently, Americans are still not busting to see an anti-Iraq war movie -- who'da thunkit?  She's Out of My League came in third with 9.6 million, which is probably alright, given that it likely had a bargain budget. Remember Me debuted in the fourth slot with 8.3 million, suggesting Robert Pattinson can't bring out the Twilight fans en amsse for a poorly-reviewed movie.  Shutter Island rounds out the Top Five with 8.1 million, breaking the 100 million barrier.  Below the fold, Our Family Wedding opened in sixth place with 7.6 million.

PETER GRAVES, the cool spymaster of television's "Mission Impossible" and the dignified host of the "Biography" series, who successfully spoofed his own gravitas in the "Airplane" movie farces, died Sunday. He was 83. It's Oveur.

COREY HAIM's death is now under investigation - and has been linked to an "illegal and massive prescription drug ring."

TIGER WOODS made it a whole week living under the same roof as his wife Elin Noredgren and their two kids.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and Jamie Kennedy are dunzo.

ED NORTON is acting as a mediator between Courtney Love and her estranged daughter, Frances.

24 could move to NBC if Fox decides not to renew it for another season.

THE GREATEST FILM SCENES EVER SHOT, according to The Observer.

IRAN: The European Union may consider unilateral sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. UN sanctions against Iran may not be ready until June. Security forces detained more than 30 people claimed to be linked to a cyber network providing support for the Iranian opposition.

PAKISTAN: The undeclared wars within the war.

IRAQ: Prime Minister Maliki's State of Law Alliance has taken the early vote lead in Baghdad, Basrah, Babil, Najaf, Karbala, and Muthanna, while Iyad Allawi's Iraqiya party leads in Ninewa, Diyala, Anbar, and Salahadin, and has a slim lead in Kirkuk over the Kurdish party. The Iraqi National Alliance only leads in Maysan and Diwaniyah. The final results will not be announced until the end of March.

HORSE and CATS, playing together...

THE LARGEST MEAT-EATING PLANT in the world actually prefers small animal poo.

A 9-FOOT PYTHON was nabbed by an undercover officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

DOG GROWLS mean things to other dogs.

A RAMPAGING COW terrorized a Colorado community, kicked the crap out of a police car.

KITTEH RESCUED by the Mayor of Auckland, New Zealand.

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St. Pat's, Sweet Apple, Bird & Bee, The National, Cutout Bin, Cat + Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  There will be much parading and drinking this weekend, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my Fave Pogues songs, "Sally MacLennane" and a Shamrock Shake.

SWEET APPLE: A new combo led by Dinosaur Jr's J. Mascis drops "I Got a Feeling (That Won't Change)" as an advance track to their debut LP. Yum.

THE SOFT PACK played a mini-set at the World Cafe.

THE BIRD & BEE: Filter rounds up all the streams from the band's Hall & Oates tribute LP.

SERENA-MANEESH are advance streaming S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor (and premiering the video for "I Just Want To See Your Face") at the 'Gum. 

WILL SCHEFF interviews ROKY ERICKSON to promote their collaboration.

THE NATIONAL debuted "Terrible Love" on Late Night TV.

FANFARLO arrives for SxSW and talks to the Daily Texan and Spinner. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE HOLD STEADY will advance release their next album on vinyl, for Record Store Day. And "Sequestered in Memphis" is now available on Rock Band. (Thx, television's Andy Levy.)

OK GO leaves EMI after long-running disputes over their video promotion.

PINK FLOYD stops EMI from selling their songs individually online.

BILLY CORGAN Has No Love for Courtney.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Red Kross to Bob Dylan, from Dusty Springfield to Faith No More, from the Isley Bros to Men Without Hats, plus Spoon, That Petrol Emotion, the Cars, Joe Cocker, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: Green Zone, which is currently scoring 50 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; She's Out of My League, currently scoring 47 percent; Remember Me, scoring 31 percent; and Our Family Wedding at 05 percent.

COREY HAIM had pulmonary congestion, an enlarged heart and water in his lungs, according to the L.A. County Coroner's Office, but the Coroner has not determined that any of those conditions caused Haim's death.  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the pill bottles retrieved in the apartment of Haim's mother are hydrocodone (Vicodin), diazepam (Valium), haloperidol (an antipsychotic med) and Soma (a muscle relaxer).

SEAN PENN was thanked by Hugo Chavez for defending him in the media. And by 'defending," he means ranting on HBO that Chavez's critics should be jailed.

CHARLIE SHEEN's defense in the domestic violence case against him in Colorado will be: It never happened.

CONAN O'BRIEN isn't making a single cent off his upcoming 30 city comedy tour, but is employing his former "Tonight Show" staff.

RICHARD BELZER denies chokng an Apple Store employee.

HEIDI MONTAG has dumped husband Spencer Pratt... as her business manager.

MERLIN OLSEN, who starred with the old Los Angeles Rams and later became a broadcaster and actor ("Little House on the Prairie" and "Father Murphy"), has died at age 69 in Los Angeles. He had mesothelioma, a form of cancer.

PAKISTAN: How Not to Wage a Counter-Insurgency. Meanwhile, Pakistan's spy chief has been granted an unusual one-year extension in his job, a move that may also pave the way for a longer term for the head of the army, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is scheduled to step down this year.

AFGHANISTAN: US and Afghan officials are beginning a major overhaul of the Afghan police with the goal of cleaning up a force whose recent history of corruption has undermined confidence in the Afghan government and fueled the insurgency.

CAT & DOG, living uneasily together... Mass hysteria!

A ZOMBIE ELEPHANT CALF believed to have died during a nine-day labor is feeding itself and has earned the nickname "Mr. Shuffles" since learning to stand.

A NEWLY DISCOVERED WASP enslaves spiders, then eats them.

HOW CAN I help my dog age gracefully?

GIANT SNAILS illegally smuggled into Florida for religious rituals.

CHIHUAHUA escapes after being carried away by large bird. Aw. (Thx, Duchess.)

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Broken Bells, MGMT, Watson Twins, Joan Jett, Burrito   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN BELLS stripped down "The High Road" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

MGMT drop "Flash Delirium" as an advance track to their Congratulations LP. You can stream it via Spinner.

THE WATSON TWINS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA VEIRS also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

SxSW: All Songs Considered is streaming a sampler, but torrent listeners can listen to torrents of all MP3s submitted for the festival.

JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS drop "Cherry Bomb" on Jay to promote The Runaways movie. Here's Dakota Fanning's version.

THE TOP 10 GEEK ANTHEMS, according to CNN, with embedded audio.

LIARS talk to Prefix about NYC, LA, and performing in a chair.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Observer about her second album, I Speak Because I Can, and about seeing her personal life dissected in the press.

DEER TICK: John McCauley talks to MOG about the infamous Pitchfork review, his pill-popping adolescence, his new collab with the Delta Spirit, and why he needs to be babysat.

OK GO: I am informed by television's Andy Levy that frontman Damian Kulash will be appearing on FNC's Red Eye late tonight to discuss the band's latest video.

COREY HAIM died yesterday of an apparent overdose -- possibly accidental. He was 38. As a member of "The Lost Boys," Haim helped pioneer the genre of teen vampire cinema. Corey Feldman issued a statement, natch.

DEMI MOORE gave daughter Rumer Willis a pole-dancing lesson at a party at the Chateau Marmont hotel in Hollywood.

24's time is almost up.

JENNIFER ANISTON and GERARD BUTLER continue to flog the faux relationship rumors to promote The Bounty Hunter.

FARRAH FAWCETT wasn't included in the Academy Awards' In Memoriam segment on purpose because the actress was better known as a TV star.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, director of The Dark Knight, speaks cryptically about his Superman reboot.

THE WIZARD OF OZ might get an "Alice in Wonderland"-style re-imagining.

JIHAD JANE: Federal prosecutors filed charges against Colleen R. LaRose of Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, with plotting to murder an individual in Europe and providing material support to terrorists.

IRAN: With the apparent failure of Obama's initiative to open negotiations, the administration turns toward support of the opposition and a focus on sanctions targeting the powerful Revolutionary Guard. The US will now allow exporting social media technology to Iran, as the regime cracks down on Internet-based opposition.

IRAQ: As troops massed on his border near the start of the Persian Gulf War, Saddam Hussein weighed the purchase of a 150 million dollar nuke "package" deal that included not only weapons designs but also production plants and foreign experts to supervise the building of a nuclear bomb, according to documents uncovered by a former UN weapons inspector.

BURRITO, THE GOLFING DOG: Let's go to the video.

VOMITING VULTURES are a long-standing problem in Greeneville, TN.

A BURMESE PYTHON is on the loose in a housing estate in Lingwood, Northampton.

PARROT REPOSSESSED: Bank of America apologizes.

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