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Constantines, Jenny Lewis, Frightened Rabbit, Rat Plague   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

CONSTANTINES: "Our Age" is not really my age anymore, but parts of it seem vaguely familiar.

JENNY LEWIS is advance streaming her new album via JennySpace.

SONIC YOUTH has signed with Matador.  Those of you fearing it was Starbucks can get off the ledge.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by KEXP for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

GOT A FEE-VAH? Here is your prescription.

ELBOW wins the UK's esteemed Mercury Prize. Here's the video for their latest single, "The Bones of You."

OKKERVIL RIVER frontman Will Sheff shares a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's "Guest List" feature.

THE SPINTO BAND performs a dramatic reading from the novelization of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" for Daytrotter.  Yes, really.

THE WHO are set to receive a Kennedy Center Honor on December 7 in Washington for their contribution to American culture.  Perhaps Pete will break out his Union Jacket.

DEVENDRA BANHART tells Rolling Stone he had a panic attack while recording his upcoming LP, of which he says some songs have a "weird vibe of cowboy songs" while another has an '80s-style electro-pop beat reminiscent of Hall And Oates' "I Can't Go For That."

ANNE HATHAWAY  is breaking her silence about her split from Italian beau Raffaello Follieri, who yesterday pleaded guilty to 14 counts of con-artistry in a Manhattan Federal court.

KIRSTEN DUNST says rumors she is romancing Justin Long "are the funniest thing on planet Earth," adding, "I don't know him from Adam," though the two have been photographed repeatedly over the summer.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Philip Seymour Hoffman says no one has approached him about playing The Penguin in a Batman film, and he doesn't know if he would make a good Penguin,  But he is a fan of comic-book movies and Nolan.

MISCHA BARTON dumps Rooney frontman Taylor Locke after about seven months together.

UMA THURMAN is "absolutely not pregnant," according to her rep.

HOLLYWOOD'S MOST OVERPAID MOVIE STARS, according to Forbes magazine. You are looking at number three.

PAM ANDERSON laughs off rumors that she is dating Jacko: "He just wants me to be in a video."

WILLIAM SHATNER does not appear in the Star Trek reboot, according to director JJ Abrams.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. Today, only 9 of 17 nations surveyed have a majority who think Al Qaeda was responsible for the attacks.

KIM JONG IL is believed to be recovering from recent surgery, South Korea's spy agency said Wednesday. The NoKos claim reports questioning Kim's health are a "conspiracy plot."  Meanwhile, North Korea has quietly built a long-range missile base that is larger and more capable than an older and well-known launch pad for ICBMs.

IRAQ: Leaders of Iraq's political blocs have formed a panel to try to resolve a dispute over adopting a controversial provincial election law. US SecDef Gates said  the war in Iraq had entered its "endgame" and urged the next US president to continue a cautious approach to troop cuts.

ABUSED CAT shuns media attention, then goes all Sean Penn on the reporter.

PLAGUES of RATS devastate Burnese villages in a 50-year freak of nature.

A ROGUE KANGAROO has boxed its way out of its enclosure in a small German town and set off a chase with baffled emergency responders.

ZOOS are setting up an online dating service for rare species.

DIXIE the CAT returns home after nine years.

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Teenagers, Alina Simone, Spoon, Base-jumping Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE TEENAGERS are "Feeling Better" with help from fan footage.

PAUL WELLER talks to Pitchfork about the various twists and turns of his career at age 50.

ANNUALS have made "Confessor" downloadable at AnnualSpace.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO is profiled by the L.A. Times, with the near-inevitable comeback angle.

ALINA SIMONE does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

SPOON frontman Britt Daniel debuted new songs like "Who Backs Your Money" at Music Fest North West.

MAGAZINE will reunite for two gigs next year.

AIMEE MANN talks to the Baltimore Sun about the characters in the short stories on  her new album, @#%&*! Smilers.

THAO NGUYEN plays a four-song, Tiny Desk concert for NPR.

LOCKSLEY coughs up "All Over Again" as a free download via Spinner.

RICK ASTLEY judges various "Rick Rolls" for the Guardian.

JON FAVREAU & ROBERT DOWNEY JR. spill hints about future movies during a live commentary session for Iron Man. Video Q&A here and here.

JOSH HARTNETT is taking the Daily Mirror newspaper to court for alleging he had a "sexual dalliance" in a public area of a London hotel.  Even with the UK's plaintiff-friendly libel law, this strikes me as risky, unless he wasn't really in the hotel.

JESSICA SIMSPON halted a performance on live television Tuesday, but I think that's better than sounding bad because you can't hear yourself. Video at the link.

MISCHA BARTON has revealed she secretly checked into rehab after her drunk driving arrest in 2007.

KATE BECKINSALE talks to OK! magazine about balancing work and family.

THE BEST HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES, as compiled by Pop Candy's Whitney Matheson. Hey hey hey hey.

CHARLIE KAUFMANN, the scribe for Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Adaptation, gets a suitable unique behind-the-scenes-of-the-artcle treatment from Wired magazine.

NORTH KOREA: US intell officials said that Kim Jong Il may have suffered a serious health setback, potentially a stroke, amid reports that the 66-year-old dictator had failed to appear at an important celebration of his country's anniversary.  Maybe he's just ronery.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi officials are holding meetings to reassure Awakening and Sons of Iraq members about what the future holds for them once the Sunni-dominated citizen patrols begin reporting to the Iraqi government on Oct. 1.  Bob Woodward claims that the dramatic drop in violence in Iraq is due in large part to a secret program the US military has used to kill terrorists -- which he reveals in his new book, depite saying that blowing the secret would get people killed.  US troops foiled an insurgent terror plot against them originating in a bakery.  The Financial Times has a slideshow of calm returning to Basra.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A base-jumping dog.

GIANT PANDA CUBS are being specially cared for by a team of workers in China.  Awww...some pics.

TACO the CHIHUAHUA tracks down a wanted felon, makes him drop the chalupa. Video at the link.

RARE BLONDE HEDGEHOG is returning to health after being found orphaned.  Sure to attract Spiny Norman.

HORATIO the GOLDFISH has stunned his owner by spending the last five years swimming around upside down.

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New Releases, Radiohead, Justin Townes Earle, Old Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 09, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE KAISER CHIEFS "Never Miss A Beat" in their latest video.

NEW RELEASES: Calexico, Passion Pit, and Chad Van Gaalen are among the albums streaming via Spinner this week.  Okkervil River releases The Stand-Ins. The Horse Feathers release House With No Home. The Lovely Sparrows Bury The Cynics.

JIMMY PAGE: Downplaying a Zeppelin reunion... or prodding Robert Plant?

RADIOHEAD: The full concert at the Santa Barbara Bowl is now steaming on demand via NPR.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE does six free songs for Daytrotter, including a conutrified cover of The Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait."

BRIAN WILSON survives a phone interview with Pitchfork. Ironically, he seems more animated performing for AOL Sessions, which is your Fivefer Tuesday.  He even manages a few smiles during "Going Home," which is odd if you listen to the lyrics.

THE RAVEONETTES will trade you EPs for contact info.

THE MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR: The biggest online survey of personal memories ever conducted aims to see how Beatles associations shed light on the psychological effect of autobiographical memory.

TORTOISE: Doug McCombs talks to NOW Toronto about starting work on the band's first new album in four years.

DR. DOG: Scott McMicken talks to the Birmingham Weekly about the band's new album and current tour.

THE MTV VMAs, boiled down to two minutes of your life you'll never get back. Host Russell Brand insulted Pres. Bush and the Jonas Bros - and got in trouble for the latter.

BRITNEY SPEARS, the big "winner" at the VMAs is said to be "furious" with her mother, as Mama Lynne's book blames all of Britney's problems on her daughter's former managers, whereas Britney feels Lynne herself caused so many of her problems and issues.

JESSICA SIMPSON makes her debut at the Grand Ole Opry, with some in the audience thinking she should have put some clothes on.  Which seems to me to invert the entire Jessica Simpson singing-dressing equation.

MINNIE DRIVER became a first-time mom to son Henry Story Driver.

UMA THURMAN: Pregnancy rumors.

HEATHER MILLS is writing a book about a model who falls for a world-famous rock star and marries him before the relationship turns sour. Shocka!

THE DARK KNIGHT: Michael Caine kinda sorta confirms rumors about Jhnny Depp as The Riddler and Philip Seymour Hoffman as The Penguin in the next installment of the Batman franchise -- though afaik, there's been no work on a script yet.

BIG BUDGET AUTEURS: Blood pressure has risen for execs at Fox, Paramount and Warner Bros. over, respectively, "Avatar," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" and "Where the Wild Things Are."  James Cameron says Avatar makes Titanic look like a picnic. Avatar is being made in stereoscopic 3-D and combines live action and computer animation.  WTWTA is back on Warner Bros.' release schedule, set for a release on Oct. 16, 2009.

SCIENTOLOGY: Over a period of twelve hours, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology.  Meanwhile, a French judge has ordered two departments and seven prominent members of the Church of Scientology in France to stand trial on charges of organized fraud.

TERROR in the UK/US: Three men charged in an plot to explode bombs on trans-Atlantic airliners bound for the United States and Canada were convicted Monday in London of conspiracy to murder.

ADAM GADAHN, al-Qaeda's prize American recruit and propaganda chief may have been killed in a CIA-directed airstrike.

PAKISTAN: Despair among human rights workers over a rash of so-called "honour killings" intensified yesterday when it was disclosed that a girl forced into marriage with a 45-year-old man at the age of nine had been killed by her parents because she asked for an annulment.

IRAN's first nuke plant is almost ready.

IRAQ: Pres. Bush will announce plans to withdraw about 8000 US troops by February 2009 and deploy soldiers to Afghanistan where violence has been surging.

BELLA the LABRADOR, believed to be the oldest dog in the world, has died - aged around 203 in dog years.

HOMER the LABRADOR survived horrific injuries when he was hit by an express train -- because his wound was seared shut by the intense heat from the 125 mph train.

LEAPING CARP, Broken Jaw.

A SNAKE PARKED WAS ROBBED of money hard-earned by a man who has been living in a snake cage for 85 days.

A LARGE SHARK towed a surfer out to sea like a "powerful jet ski' after it became entangled in the leg rope of his surfboard. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Muppets, Ting Tings, John Darnielle & Kaki King, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SEQUESTERED IN MUPPETS: The Hold Steady's "Sequestered In Memphis" performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, sort of.  This is why Al Gore invented the Internet.

THE TING TINGS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream via NPR.

TV on the RADIO: The band's five-year ascent is chronicled in the New York Times.

JOHN DARNIELLE & KAKI KING are collaborating on the six-song Black Pear Tree EP.  You cans stream "Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is in Another Castle" via Pitchfork.

NEIL YOUNG talks to Blurt about CSNY: Déjà Vu, a film directed by Young chronicling the events of CSNY's "Freedom of Speech 2006" tour.

THE CLASH: The trailer for the "Live at Shea" DVD due in October is online now.

THE BLACK KEYS were tapped by Rick Rubin to back Billy Gibbons for a few songs on ZZ Top's next album.

REUNITED FOR THE FIRST TIME: Soul Men Steve Cropper (The MGs) and Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) have made a new album: Nudge It Up a Notch is one of the first releases from a newly revived Stax label.  NPR's Weekend Edition has a feature plus two streaming tracks.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Billboard about her upcoming, cameo-laden solo LP: "I love being flanked by hot brunettes."

TIFT MERRITT talks to Birmingham Weekly about the "blue-eyed soul" on her new album: "I don't want to be a singer/songwriter who's songs fall apart in your hands."  (Thx, LHB.)

TOMMY LEE JONES is suing Paramount for over ten million he claims he is due for his work on No Country For Old Men.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bangkok Dangerous "wins" the weekend with an estimated 7.8 million -- the lowest topper for at least a year, maybe the lowest since 2003's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Tropic Thunder took in an estimated 7.5 million, and could conceivably end up in the top slot when the actual receipts come in.  The House Bunny takes in 5.9 million, and has made about 37 million so far on a 25 million budget; if Sept. continues to be a dumping ground, the bunny may keep hopping.  The Dark Knight took in another 5.7 million, with extended legs probably coming from those IMAX theaters.  Traitor rounds out the Top Five with about 4.7 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA ROBINSON were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera outside the Mercer Hotel in NYC.  The couple would like to raise a baby, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

TERI HATCHER reveals the secrets to happiness in her October column for Britain's Glamour magazine.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are expecting twins, a pal tells E! Online.

THE McCARTNEYS:  Sir Paul was subjected to a vicious smear campaign by Heather Mills during their divorce, claims a former PR aide of Mills.

SPIDER-MAN 4:  Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi will be returning, according to Nikki Finke.  She also reports that a Spider-Man 5 may be shot at the same time.

ALEC BALDWIN is an unlikeable, psychotic narcissist, according to  My Name Is Earl creator/executive producer Greg Garcia.

MAD MEN is the flagship for a new golden age for television drama, according to NYDN critic David Hinckley.

IRAQ: Gen. Petraeus will hand the command of US-led forces in Iraq to Gen. Raymond Odierno on September 16.  Upcoming elections and lingering tensions among Iraq's religious and ethnic groups appear behind the US military's recommendation to put the brakes on withdrawing more troops, despite improvements in security. Fatalities from IEDs, the biggest killer of US troops in Iraq, declined 78 percent over the past year.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel disrupts the White Sox-Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field.  (Thx, Dad!)

LUNA the COCKATOO has now pranked the Trenton police twice. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

A BLACK BEAR tries to take over a pot-growing operation in Utah. No pic-a-nic basket will be safe.

GREEN POLAR BEARS are drawing questions from puzzled visitors at a Japanese zoo. I figure they're trying to show environmental awareness.

BOBCATS have taken over a foreclosed house in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Wicked pic at the link.

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The Beatles, Jenny Lewis, Nicole Atkins, Cutout Bin, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 05, 2008 - 08:10 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BEATLES! Live in Melbourne, Australia on June 17 1964, Part 1 features "I Saw Her Standing There" (partial), "You Can't Do That," "All My Loving," "She Loves You," and "Till There Was You" (partial). Part 2 features "Roll Over Beethoven" (partial), "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."

PRINCE, MADONNA & JACKO get 50 covers apiece at Hypeful to mark their milestone birthdays.

PHANTOM PLANET (which once featured Jason Schwartzman on the throne) did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE 23 MOST ANNOYING FRONTMEN IN ROCK: A slideshow at Metromix.

A3, a/k/a Alabama 3 -- best known for "Woke Up This Morning," the theme for The Sopranos, stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set including that song and a cover of Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

JENNY LEWIS debuts a new track, "Acid Tongue" for Deat Cab's Ben Gibbard.  Because he came all the way from Seattle with those balloons.

NICOLE ATKINS is releasing an EP next week, Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs.  You can stream her take on The Church's "Under The Milky Way" via the Gum Drop.

JOHN PHILLIPS: The long-lost, Mick & Keith produced album Pussycat is released next week; you can stream the title track via Aquarium Drunkard.

POPCUTS: A new website is trying to make it profitable for music lovers to stay ahead of the curve - by paying them when other people purchase MP3s they've bought.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Wonders to the NSFW MC5, from Richard Hawley to the Blackbyrds, from Tommy Tutone to David Bowie covering Pink Floyd, from Eve's Plum to Buffalo Springfield to Candie Payne, the Kinks, Jayhawks and Juliana Hatfield w/ Richard Butler -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS began boozing aged 13, lost her virginity at 14, then started taking drugs at 15, according to a shocking tell-all book by Mama Lynne.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide release is Bangkok Dangerous, which is currently scoring a mere 22 percent based on a mere nine reviews for the ol' Tomatometer.

JESSICA SIMPSON & CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Another volley in their verbal cat fight.

BRADGELINA: Jolie suffering post-natal depression? Seems unlikely to me.

ALEC BALDWIN: The full New Yorker profile is online, revealing a sad and angry man.

THE CLOSER: The biggest drama on cable is eyeing a spinoff. The Closer: Miami?

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  The next step in crafting Cruise's new public (and more comedic ) persona may be voicing a character in <i itxtvisited="1">Shrek 4.

BILL MELENDEZ, the animator worked on Disney films including 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi,' and Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny -- but probably best known for animating the Charlie Brown cartoons and voicing Snoopy -- died Tuesday at 91.  In the spirit of an irish wake, a dance.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Senior clerics debate whether to ban birthday parties.

AFGHANISTAN: US troops will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents are increasingly staying in the country to prepare for spring attacks.

IRAQ: Pentagon leaders have recommended to Pres. Bush that the US make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, though Gen. Petraeus recommended that at least one additional Army combat brigade -- about 3,500 troops -- be sent to Afghanistan instead of its scheduled deployment to replace a brigade leaving Iraq. The Iraqi government will take over the Sons of Iraq program in October.

A PACK OF PUPPIES downs a small child.  Let's go to the video.

SNAKE on a PLANE, but not a cobra... so what's the big deal?

ROGUE EMU tazered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

CATS & DOGS favored over people as desert island companions.

ELEPHANT gets off the horse in Beijing. It wasn't cold turkey.

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