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Emmy the Great, GnR, Art Brut, Marianne Faithfull, Paul Simon, Gremlins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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EMMY THE GREAT compiles a mixtape for Drowned in Sound. They return the favor by linking the video to her current single, "We Almost Had a Baby."

THE BROKEN WEST does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

GUNS N' ROSES: Chinese Democracy is streaming now.

ART BRUT: Eddie Argos is set to get festive this season by way of a brand new Christmas single, one that he'll soon be giving away for free courtesy of his Glam Chops project.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL has a posse of celeb collaborators on her upcoming covers album, Easy Come, Easy Go. It won't drop in the US until next year, but you can stream various tracks online now.

KISS: Gene Simmons opens the New York Stock Exchange -- is that a buy signal? Video at the link.

PAUL SIMON is interviewed by Stephen Colbert, then plays "American Tune."

OKKERVIL RIVER: Drowned in Sound has Part One of an interview with frontman Will Scheff about the band's five-year slog, cover songs and more...

THE GUTTER TWINS are going on hiatus, while Greg Dulli and Mark Lanegan focus on their other projects.

GIANT SAND: Howie Gelb asks The Sun how he got to be known as "the Godfather of alt-country."

GUNS N' ROSES: Chuck Klosterman reviews Chinese Democracy for The A.V. Club: "Reviewing Chinese Democracy is not like reviewing music. It's more like reviewing a unicorn. Should I primarily be blown away that it exists at all? Am I supposed to compare it to conventional horses? To a rhinoceros? Does its pre-existing mythology impact its actual value, or must it be examined inside a cultural vacuum, as if this creature is no more (or less) special than the remainder of the animal kingdom?"

BRADGELINA: Jolie talks about the twins, by which I mean breastfeeding. Pitt tells Oprah his brood has made him "impervious to poo, snot, urine, vomit."

HUGH JACKMAN is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2008. I do know women who saw Van helsing just to see him, so I suppose there's something to it.

WINONA RYDER was taken to a hospital on Wednesday after falling ill on a flight from L.A. to London, but her rep called it a "precautionary measure" and she was quickly discharged.

GWYNETH PALTROW raised eyebrows last weekend when she went to the Victoria's Secret fashion show at the reopened Fontainebleau hotel in Miami Beach instead of flying to see her rocker husband, Chris Martin, on tour with Coldplay.

ANNE HATHAWAY: Addicted to losers?

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: Spike Jonze gives a lengthy, wide-ranging interview on the long-awaited and mysterious adaptation of the Maurice Sendak classic to Moriarty at Ain't It Cool News.  Exclusive images, too!

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Those who have seen Valkyrie say not only is the film nowhere near as exciting as a thriller, but Cruise's performance elicits uncomfortable and inappropriate laughs. RELATED: The Tom-Kitten bests the Bradgelina babies in the Forbes list of Hollywood's 10 Hottest Tots.

CAPTAIN AMERICA is closing in on a screenwriting team.  Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely worked on the Narnia films, as well as HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers."

STAN LEE, who helped create hundreds of comic book superheroes, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Iron Man, was awarded the National Medal of Arts at the White House on Monday: "I wonder what took so long," said Lee, 85, in an interview Sunday. "Say 'He said it with a laugh' or I'll shoot you."

SYRIA: A complex bombed by Israel bore features resembling those of an undeclared nuclear reactor and Syria must cooperate more with UN inspectors, a watchdog report said on Wednesday. Good luck with that.

PAKISTAN: A senior Al Qaeda commander was among six militants killed overnight in a suspected US missile strike in northwest Pakistan.  A big enough fish that the airstrike occurred outside the tribal areas.

IRAQ: I would think they have to work on the water and sewer services first, but the fact that the Mayor of Baghdad has announced plans for a subway that would cut across the city's sectarian lines seems like a barometer of the mood there.

CAT ON A ROOMBA: Let's go to the video.

PYGMY TARSIERS: Mouse-sized primates not seen alive in 85 years have come out of hiding from a mountaintop in a cloud forest in Indonesia. And yes, they do look like Gremlins.

PET FIT CLUB is back on in Britain.

THE SWARM is making folks in Invercargill, New Zealand, justifiably nervous.

CRUCIFIED SQUIRREL: Overreaction to the threat.

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Marnie Stern, Rod Stewart, Shearwater, Penguin vs Whales   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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MARNIE STERN decided to pay off a speeding ticket on tour by opening a kissing booth. Pics and review at the link. Then watch her hammer her axe a bit in this video for "Transformer."

SILVER JEW -- the documentary about David Berman & Co. -- is streaming this week at PitchforkTV.

ROD STEWART: The "definitive" collection is streaming this week at AOL, but is it really definitive without "Ooh La La"?

FILM SCHOOL does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold and Josh Tillman talk to Pitchfork about their year of ascent and going to to fmr Beach Boy Al Jardine's house in Big Sur.

SHEARWATER palys a Tiny Desk Concert at the workspace of All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to Seattlest about her latest album and touring/ perfoming with John Doe: "We're Sonny and Cher. Dolly and Porter. John is Dolly."

FEUFOLLET: Some spicy cajun rock for a cold day, streaming on demand via NPR.

THE CLASS OF '93: Jim DeRogatis looks back at bands from Guyville and more.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Brendan Canning talks to the Tennesseean about writing his solo LP in-studio, the current state of the BSS collective, etc.

BRITNEY SPEARS has compared her new life to a jail sentence in an astonishingly candid interview.

PRINCE talked religion and politics over a bowl of carrot soup with The New Yorker.  The Purple One's camp now claims he was misquoted, but the mag stands by its story.

JACKO might be too sick to travel to London to testify in a suit claiming he owes an Arab sheik seven million bucks, according to his attorney. The sick one wants to give his testimony by video link from the US.

NICOLE KIDMAN claims she may quit acting to have more kids. Of course, Jessica Alba recently said she's having a tough time as a working mom.  So maybe this has now become the thing to say, now that Angelina Jolie has said it.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER were "positively glowing in the candlelight" at the Sunset Tower Hotel on Monday night.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Putting the latest trailer for Valkyrie in front of the new James Bond movie presented its own cliffhanger for both Cruise and MGM, who bizarrely chose to have a lot riding on a movie about a Nazi assassination plot.

ASHLEE SIMPSON is so eager to finally give birth that she may induce labor, according to her pneumatic blonde sister.

PAKISTAN: The government reopened the Torkham border crossing in Khyber; paramilitary forces are escorting NATO convoys.

IRAQ: Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, long an Iraq skeptic, has written in a new report that the Iraq war has entered its "end game," enabling the US to bring home most of its 140000 G.I.s within three years. Iran's parliament speaker urged Iraqi lawmakers to keep resisting a security pact with the US, official media said Tuesday. The head of the Anbar Awakening Council says that it is now the time for Iraq to become a strategic ally of the US.

PENGUIN vs. KILLER WHALES: Head for the lifeboat!

A SERVAL KITTEN rejected by her mother from a local zoo near Munich, Germany, has been adopted by a family of Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs. Aww..some pics at the link.

A TEN-POINT WHITE BUCK was bagged in Waukesha County, Wisconsin.

DEBBY, the world's oldest polar bear, has died at a Canadian zoo.

A BABY GAZELLE was born Nov. 2 at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in DC.  Awww...some pics at the link.

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The Vapors, New Releases, Decemberists, Whale Shark Gold   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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JONESTOWN: The mass cult suicide occurred 30 years ago today, as recalled by Tim Reiterman, who was shot while escaping the People's Temple compound in Guyana. So it seems like the moment for the Vapors' "Jimmie Jones."

NEW RELEASES: Belle & Sebastian, Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Tom Jones, The Doors and more have albums streaming in full this week via Spinner.

BRITISH SEA POWER puts Guitar Hero and Wii Music through their paces for the Times of London.

THE DECEMBERISTS: A new song, "Record Year," and a video interview with Colin Meloy are posted at SPIN.

THE PERMANENT REVOLUTION: More than 30 years after punk took the stage, its DIY influence is felt everywhere from indie rock to the blogosphere to Christie's auction house.

HE HIT ME (and it felt like a kiss): Maine Today posts the Crystals original and the Grizzly bear cover of the shoulda-been- a-big-red-flag-about Phil Spector number for a creepy Twofer Tuesday.

THE KILLERS get a fairly meaty profile in the Times of London.

BRIAN WILSON gives a sad and painful interview to the Washington Post. Obviously not one of his good days.

THE ACORN: lead singer Rolf Klausener gives WRAL interesting descriptions of the band's sound and influence.

BLUEGRASS APOCOLYPSE: Bluegrass has been transformed from a mostly played-out festival circuit relic into a viable commercial force. But at what cost?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON tells December's Allure she doesn't know why Lindsay Lohan doesn't like her, and  is flattered that she inspired Katy Perry to pen her hit "I Kissed A Girl."  Sorry gals, she's married!  BONUS: Some behind-the-scenes from her Allure photo shoot.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR has been formally charged with misdemeanor DUI in connection with her September arrest.

ANGELINA JOLIE tears up while talking about her mother who died after a 7 1/2-year battle with cancer.

BRITNEY SPEARS will be taking part in lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

JOHNNY DEPP: First look at Tim Burton's Mad Hatter?

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD -- of "Taxi" and the "Back to the Future" trilogy -- lost an 11 million dollar home in the current Montecito, California wildfires.  Too early for a flux capacitor joke?

STAR TREK: That new trailer is now online in glorious Quicktime.

CLORIS LEACHMAN: The actress and former "Dancing with the Stars" competitor was hospitalized briefly last week with pneumonia, but was treated and released at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

MARK CUBAN: The mogul and former "Dancing with the Stars" competitor has been charged with insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims that Cuban dumped his stake in an Internet company just after he heard confidentially that the company was about to issue low-priced shares. The Smoking Gun has the complaint. Cuban blogs that the "government's claims are false and they will be proven to be so." At the moment, I'm thinkin' that Major League Baseball won't let him buy the Chicago Cubs.

HELEN MIRREN was accused by the UK's Solicitor General of making ignorant, absurd and dangerous comments yesterday after speaking out again about rape prosecutions. Her comments may be wrong viz the British system, but she would sorta have a point in the US, at least in states where the prosecution and defense help select juries (though there are studies to the contrary). Overall, it's probably fair to say that prospective juror attitudes about rape matter more than gender. And that is probably equally true in Britain.

IRAQ: Parliament began debating the security pact that would allow US troops to remain for three more years, while an Iranian official close to that country's leadership praised the Iraqi Cabinet for approving the deal.

WHALE SHARK poops -- and it's like gold to scientists.  Let's go to the video.

COW!  Biplane edition. Video at the link.

COCKROACHES: How they go serpentine.

A PUPPY hit by a car going 70 mph lives -- precisely because it was hit at 70 mph.

A PYGMY HIPPO which started turning up his snout at food has started eating again, with help from a hand puppet.

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Raconteurs, Calexico, Little Joy, Trailers, Dog Talk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 17, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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THE RACONTEURS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and acoustic mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR. The band has released a video for "Old Enough" and an Antiques Roadshow-esque companion site, From Old To Gold. But you have to wait a few weeks for the bluegrass version recorded with Ricky Skaggs and Ashley Moore.

CALEXICO: Joey Burns talks to the Montreal Gazette about returning to the band's Southwestern aesthetic.  The band played the World cafe on Friday, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

MATES OF STATE: The husband-wife team of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel talk about balancing work and family.

A.A. BONDY talks to the Mpls. City Pages about moving from the Alabama-based rock band Verbena to rural New York and Americana.

THE BEATLES: Paul threatens to release their weirdest track ever.

MYSPACE inks a deal to license over one million tracks from IODA, a San Francisco-based digital distributor of independent music. Meanwhile, iLike and TuneCore have partnered so that unsigned artists can market their music through iLike and get royalties when it's streamed there.

LITTLE JOY, a new side project involving Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, releases the live, stripped-down video of "Next Time Around."  The original track is a little more driving.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

LOS CAMPESINOS! gave Pitchfork an advance track from their upcoming album, "Miserabilia."

THE PIPETTES: Another personnel problem.

THE WATSON TWINS talk to Paste about their decision to record The Cure's "Just Like Heaven," among other things.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: James Bond had a license to make a killing at the box office, as Quantum of Solace took in an estimated 70.4 million. How big is that? Casino Royale opened at 40.8 million; Die Another Day had opened with roughly 47 million (though Casino Royale ultimately made more). This installment is the fifth biggest November opening ever -- beaten only by three Harry Potter flicks and The Incredibles, which are all family flicks. Sure, the production budget here was 200 million, but Bond has already cashed in to the tune of 251.6 million overseas. And it should make about 200-250 million in North America.  Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa drops a respectable 43 percent to second place, making another 36.1 million.  It will have competition from Bolt (and maybe Twilight) next weekend.  Role Models also held up well as counter-programming in third place, with 11.7 million; it has made 38 million on a 28 million production budget. HSM3 took in another 5.8 million; it has made 84.3 million on an 11 million budget, but I still bet Disney is rethinking whether this should have been a holiday release.  The Changeling rounds out the Top Five, but has made back only about half of its 55 million production cost.  Overall, the Top 12 movies made 143 million this year; one year ago, they made about 93 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN was attacked with bags of flour by anti-fur activists.  Pics at the link. Galpal Samantha Ronson was not amused.

HEATHER MILLS reportedly has had a third boob job - after she was stung by comments about her "wonky" cleavage.

PAULA ABDUL is planning to bow out of American Idol? Seems unlikely to me.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER were spotted dining and clubbing in NYC on Thursday night.

JACKO has finally given up title to his Neverland ranch, albeit to a company he partly controls.

WATCHMEN has a new trailer online.

STAR TREK has a teaser trailer in theaters; here's the bootleg video.

NANOTECH: A new antireflective nanoengineered coating developed by researchers at RPI could help to overcome two major hurdles blocking the progress and wider use of solar power.

IRAN: An aide to Pres. Ahmadinejad has come under fire for attending a ceremony that involved actions deemed insulting to the Koran, giving fuel to the Iranian president's opponents before next year's election.

IRAQ: Yesterday, the Cabinet approved a security pact with the US that will allow American forces to stay for three years after their UN mandate expires at the end of the year.

THIS DOG does a decent imitation of Snoopy.

DEER takes extreme action on lobbyist.

HORSE-TAIL CHOPPING: The scourge of northwest Iowa.

COUGAR enforces "No Trespassing" sign, with near-fatal results.

CYMBELINE the TERRIER needs a lighter touch when fetching the paper.

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Mitch Mitchell RIP, 100 Greatest Singers, Cutout Bin, Banana Derby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 14, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

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...with THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE! Jazz-influenced drummer Mitch Mitchell passed away late Wednesday at age 61 (or 62, depending where you read).  We remember him here with a threefer of "Stone Free," "Purple Haze" and "Hey Joe" live in Offenbach, Germany, as well as "The Wind Cries Mary" in Stockholm, Sweden, both vids circa 1967 (The barely show Mitch in the Swedish clip, but he makes that song). Or if you prefer, the threefer of "Voodoo Chile," "Hey Joe" and Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" from The Lulu Show.  Mitch also tears it up on "Fire" at the Royal Albert Hall in 1969.  And he kicks off "I Don't Live Today" at the same gig.  Mitchell, a former child actor,  was the last living member of the Experience. That should be some reunion gig.

THE 100 GREATEST SINGERS OF ALL TIME, according to Rolling Stone, with plenty of streaming audio.  Each singer gets a brief essay, some from other notable vocalists, like Elvis Presley by Robert Plant, James Brown by Iggy Pop and George Jones by James Taylor, to name a few.

THE FOO FIGHTERS will guest judge a Thanksgiving episode of Top Chef. Yes, really.

1990s are previewing tracks from their next album.

ELEANOR RIGBY: Was the song's tragic heroine based on a real person? The Independent reveals a new clue to her identity. There's an audio feature at NPR, too.

THE UKULELE ORCHESTRA of GREAT BRITAIN, previously featured here on a Friday, returns with the "Theme From Shaft."

ROBERT CHRISTGAU: With the flood of Internet, I can forget that the Dean's monthly Consumer Guide is still there for you at MSN.

THE CURE tribute album -- featuring tracks from Tanya Donelly, Dean & Britta, The Submarines and more -- is streaming in full again, this time via SPIN.

BEST MUSIC OF 2008: Amazon rolls out Editors' and Customers' Picks, with lists by genre also.

CUTOUT BIN: The late Mitch Mitchell let's his freak flag fly, as do the Psychedelic Furs, plus tracks from Marnie Stern to David Ruffin, Led Zeppelin to Toni Basil, The Clash to Wild Cherry, The MC5, the Hold Steady, Cheap Trick and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, is this weekend's sole wide release.  Picking up mere moments after we left Bond in Casino Royale, this sequel does not quite equal the 2006 reboot -- in part because we no longer have the shock of the new, in part because director Marc Forster does not have the same experience directing action sequences that Martin Campbell did, though this movie is action-packed enough to keep you guessing as to whether Bond will find the title goal. Indeed, the film so rarely slows down for character (or anything else) that Forster becomes an even stranger choice as director.  The Bond girls here -- played by Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton -- continue to break the mold (and you may have to check Arterton's screen credit to get a hidden Bondian joke.  Ultimately, the movie is a worthy successor, but see Casino Royale before this one.

PAULA ABDUL: The obsessed fan who died of a possible drug overdose/ suicide outside Abdul's home the other night overdosed in the exact same area around one year ago.

JENNIFER ANISTON is yapping again, this time on Oprah. And rumor has it that Brad Pitt called her to complain about her Vogue interview. RELATED: Aniston's on-again, off-again bf John Mayer will host a weekly variety show for CBS.

LINDSAY LOHAN getting formally engaged to Samantha Ronson in France this week?

MADONNA thinks Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez "has the heart of a poet trapped inside an insanely gorgeous body."

JESSICA SIMPSON: Shut out of the Country Music Awards. Shocka.

BEST DVDs OF 2008: Amazon rolls out Editors' and Customers' Picks, with lists by genre also.

KRISTEN BELL talks to The A.V. Club about her many ongoing and upcoming projects. But it's Egotastic that has her bikini pictures from the set of Couple's Retreat. Call it Gratuitous Friday. 

ANNE HATHAWAY's ex-bf Raffaello Follieri discovers that prison is not a nice place.

THE 10 MOST FASCINATING PEOPLE OF 2008:  Seven names from the Dec. 4 Barbara Walters special leak at the link.

THE STANS: Pres. Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan pressed US Secretary of State Rice, to ease up on airstrikes targeting militants linked to the Taliban and Al Qaeda in the lawless Afghan-Pakistani tribal regions.  Complaints that the strikes are alienating the local populations would ring truer, but for the Pakistani Army is coercing the tribes in Bajaur to fight the Taliban, and bombing their villages if they won't. Mullah Baradar, the deputy commander of the Taliban in Afghanistan, said the group has not and will not negotiate with NATO or the Afghan government.

IRAQ: In battle-scarred Mosul, Kurds and Arabs trade accusations rooted in ethnic rivalry and a battle for oil and power that many fear threaten security in Iraq. Meanwhile, security forces killed five al Qaeda operatives and captured 149 suspects during operations in Diyala and Ninewa provinces.

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BANANA DERBY: Best Week Ever has the photo gallery of monkey jockeys, but let's go to the video.

TWEETY CATS: Cats are micro-blogging on Twitter.  The most popular appears to be Sockington, a/k/a Sockamillion.

DR. DOLITTLE, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources needs your help with some frogs.

AN ALLIGATOR was refused service at Johnny's Saloon.

SINGAPORE ZOO CLEANER does not choose life.

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