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Dinosaur Jr., Of Montreal, Yo La Tengo, Scratch-a-Beaver   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 08, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DINOSAUR, JR. may be "Over It," but they aren't over, if this song is andy indicator. Downright catchy.

OF MONTREAL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

EELS: Mark Oliver Everett has an interview+tracks streaming from NPR's Weekend Edition.

YO LA TENGO have released an advance track, "Periodically Double Or Triple," from their upcoming Popular Songs album.

NEIL YOUNG: The long-awaited and voluminous Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972 is reviewed for NPR's All Tings Considered.

THE JAYHAWKS: "Blue," because its genius was recognized by The Office's Rainn Wilson on Twitter last week.

SONIC YOUTH is profiled by The Guardian, which says their upcoming album "taps into the rough-and-ready energy of a trio of late-80s releases - Evol, Sister and Daydream Nation - on which more conventional song structures coalesced out of powerful dissonance to vertigo-inducing effect."

THE LEMONHEADS: Evan Dando takes a pop quiz for the San Francisco Chronicle.

BOOKER T. surveys his ongoing musical journey with the Boston Herald.

IGGY POP tells the L.A. Times, "Rock is worse than 'Kumbaya.'"

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Up repeats at No. 1, with a modest 35 percent drop, taking in 44.2 million bucks.  Equally impressive -- and more surprising -- was the second-place opening of The Hangover, which took in 43.3 million, which had no stars but excellent reviews.  Land of the Lost had the stars, and bad reviews -- and came in third with 19.5 million, far below the 30-35 million many predicted.  Night at the Museum 2 came in fourth 14.7 million, dropping 40 percent; it is underperforming the original by enough that it will need another couple of decent weekends for this to stop looking like a shaky investment.  Star Trek rounds out the Top Five with another 8.4 million; this sort of legs, plus another 100+ million overseas puts the franchise back at warp speed.  Below the fold, Terminator Salvation continues to bomb like an attack from Skynet.  My Life in Ruins opened in ninth, suggesting lightining does not strike twice for Nia Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding."

DAVID CARRADINE's family is "profoundly disturbed" by the publication of a photo that appears to be Carradine hanging in his hotel room.  Meanwhile The Smoing Gun found a reference to "deviant sexual behavior which was potentially deadly" in his 2003 divorce papers.

HEIDI MONTAG PRATT has been taken to a hospital in Costa Rica after falling ill on the set of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!.

BROOKE SHIELDS has settled with the National Enquirer after alleging the tabloid checked her mother out of a New Jersey nursing home last month.

BRITNEY SPEARS has settled with a former manager on undisclosed terms.  The judge also signed off on 193K in legal fees for the singer's attorneys.

500 DAYS OF SUMMER has a new clip posted at Moviefone.

MEGAN FOX lost so much weight during a period of depression, her hair started to fall out.

GEORGE CLOONEY is reportedly moving a new cocktail waitress into his pad.

IRAN has sped up its production of nuclear fuel and increased its number of installed centrifuges to 7,200 -- more than enough, weapon experts said, to make fuel for up to two nuclear weapons a year.  The Islamic theocracy has blocked UN atomic inspectors for more than a year now from visiting a heavy-water reactor capable of being modified to produce plutonium that could be used in weapons.  In a separate report released Friday, the IAEA said it had found new evidence to support the claim that the complex that Israel bombed in the Syrian desert in 2007 was in fact a clandestine nuclear reactor. RTWT for the persistent Korth Koean connection.

LEBANON: The ruling pro-Western coalition appeared headed for a decisive political victory over its Iranian-backed Hezbollah rivals early Monday in the Middle East nation's most fiercely contested parliamentary election in decades.

D-DAY + 65 was celebrated Saturday, which means I really should have linked to Ike's message to the troops and Ronald Reagan's moving 40th Anniversary speech on Friday.  Better late than never.

SCRATCH-A-BEAVER: Let's go to the video. Hey, nice beaver!

THE SWARM: More than 10K honeybees appeared out of nowhere on Sunday and landed on the wing of a parked airplane at Beverly Airport in Massachusetts.

LEOPARD vs CROCODILE: Hal Brindley snapped the amazing moment a leopard snatched a crocodile at a South African game reserve on the only occasion this behavior has ever been documented worldwide.

COWS stare unamazed as they are the subject of an experiment to determine whether a change in diet will help them belch less methane, a potent heat-trapping gas that has been linked to climate change.

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The Decemberists, St. Vincent, We 5, Cutout Bin, Pawesome   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE DECEMBERISTS! NPR has six videos shot during the premiere performance of The Hazards of Love at SxSW.  The selections include "The Rake's Song," "The Hazards Of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Won't Wrestle the Thistles Undone)," "'The Hazards Of Love 2 (Wager All)," "The Wanting Comes In Waves," "Annan Water," and "The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)."

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

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

DIRTY PROJECTORS: David Longstreth is profiled in the New York Times in connection to the new album advance streaming via NPR.

THE CARS, Live at El Mocambo, 9/14/78.

WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

BJORK is interviewed at... Interview, while traveling and recording on a boat in Guatemala.

TV on the RADIO: Kyp Malone talks to the National Post about hype, genre, and more...

GEEK LOVE: How two music nerds pick their wedding song.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Hall & Oates, from the Beach Boys to the Beastie Boys, from Rush to the Posies, plus Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello & Dave Grohl, the Feelies, the Who the Creation 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 the Will Farrell take on Land of the Lost, which is currently scoring 16 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Hangover, which is scoring 82 percent; and My Life In Ruins, scoring 8 percent.

BRADGELINA deny rumors of a breakup.

BRITNEY SPEARS is not getting rave reviews for the opening of her UK tour.

LINDSAY LOHAN ended up blubbering in tears after chasing her ex Samantha Ronson all over London on Wednesday night.

DENISE RICHARDS admits that she has had three boob jobs.

DAVID CARRADINE was found dead in a Bangkok hotel room, sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and genitals (The BBC has since removed the express reference to genitals, but it was there).  But I would guess that's the detail that has authorities leaning towards an accidental suicide scenario.  (UPDATE: Carradine's manager claims the actor was found with his hands tied behind his back.) Best known for his role as Kwai Chang Caine in the 1970s TV series Kung Fu, his career spanned over 100 movies with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman, and Quentin Tarantino in the Kill Bill fims, which included the wonderful "Superman Speech."

OPRAH WINFREY is speaking out about Newsweek's latest cover story, which claims that she abuses her influence and credibility by promoting health "cures" that are ineffective and dangerous.

JEFFREY TAMBOR is to be a father again at the age of 64. Hey, Now!

AFGHANISTAN:  The Kabul police force is hiring thousands of new recruits ahead of presidential elections in late August, and American mentors are working urgently with Afghan National Police colonels to quickly train them. Meanwhile, US troops report the increasing sophistication of some guerrilla groups in northern Zabul province's Deh Chopan district.

PAKISTAN: After a meeting held recently in Afghanistan's Paktia province, Al Qaeda has transferred seven operatives from the Iraq theater to target senior Pakistani leaders.

PAWSOME: Tiger cub cuteness, with chintzy piano.

A MOUSE risked death when it stole some food from under the nose of a leopard at the Santago Rare Leopard Project in Hertfordshire. Pic at the link.

TIES FOR CATS: The entrepreneurial spirit lives in America.

KITTEN stuck up tree attacked by crows.

"GAY" PENGUINS have successfully hatched an egg and are now proudly rearing the chick, a German zoo has said.  The zoo might have rethought "rearing" as a word choice, but they're German.

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Sonic Youth, Spinal Tap, Felice Bros, Ugly Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SOUNDS: "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake."

SONIC YOUTH is advance streaming The Eternal album via iLike.

SPINAL TAP is advance streaming their Back From the Dead album via Entertainment Weekly.

THE FELICE BROS stopped by the WXPN studios for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

X singer Exene Cervenka has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

PAUL SIMON plays -- appropriately enough -- "Late in the Evening" for Jimmy Fallon, backed by The Roots and Antibalas.

NELLIE McKAY talks to PopMatters about songwriting and social activism.

THE HOLD STEADY will appear on Top Chef.

BOB DYLAN: Mojo compiles wit and wisdom from the first 100 editions of Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour.

KOKO TAYLOR, the Queen of the Blues, has died at 80.  Audio and video at the link.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTISON are reportedly taking their Twilight romance off-set, too.  Meanwhile, Stewart is interviewed by Jon Favreau, who directed her in Zathura.

KATE HUDSON & ALEX RODRIGUEZ are getting "somewhat serious," according to People magazine.

ANGELINA JOLIE & BRAD PITT are in a "major split," according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer -- which had the couple "back in love" just last week.

CHRISTINA RICCI and her comedian boyfriend Owen Benjamin have ended their engagement.

DREW BARRYMORE, contrary to rumors, is not dating Entourage's Adrian Grenier. He's Just Not That Into Her.


ASHLEE SIMPSON: Wasted and wasting away?

PETER FALK has been placed into a conservatorship, ending a legal battle between his wife and daughter.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad and fmr. Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi clashed in a televised election debate.

AFGHANISTAN: Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal suggested that the US strategy in Afghanistan is likely to cost American taxpayers and NATO member nations billions of dollars for many years.

IRAQ: The US withdrawal from major cities -- including restive Mosul -- is still on schedule for the end of the month.

UGLY GOAT: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel disrupted the Red Sox-Tigers game; the second time he has appeared at Comerica Park in recent weeks. Video at the link.

TORTOISE SMUGGLERS foiled at the Polish-Ukrainian border.

GATOR uses the washroom at Clark's Fish Camp in Jacksonville, FL.

THOUSANDS OF CHICKENS die in a fire in Seattle, without benefit of 19 special herbs and spices.

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Decemberists, Dirty Projectors, Vic Chestnutt, Lucky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DECEMBERISTS bring out Shara Worden and Becky Stark for a cover of Heart's "Crazy On You."

DIRTY PROJECTORS is advance streaming the Bitte Orca album via NPR.

VIC CHESTNUTT & ELF POWER do the three free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED puts an emphasis on lyrics, with tracks from Wilco, Loxly, Regina Spektor, Starlight Mints and more in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

BENJY FERREE played a Tiny Desk Concert for Bob Boilen.

BRANDON FLOWERS joins BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND on "Thunder Road" at the Pinkpop Festival.

SON VOLT announces a new album coming July 7th, with references to Keith richards and Sweetheart of the Rodeo in the press release.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about David Mamet, the arrangements on her current album, The Actor, Tuck & Patti, and more...

PHIL SPECTOR has been doing some wacky blogging since his conviction for second-degree murder.


THE BRUNO-EMINEM dustup at the MTV Movie Awards was staged? Shocka!

MAD MEL UPDATE: People examines ythe clashes between his traditionalist Catholicism and his current lifestyle.

HELLO, NORMA JEAN: LIFE has published a batch of previously unseen Marilyn Monroe photos.

LINDSAY LOHAN may turn her destructive power to the fashion industry.

CONAN O'BRIEN did not get great reviews for his Tonight Show debut, but you can watch and judge yourself.

THE HANGOVER now has a red band trailer.

WINONA RYDER confirmed a sequel is in the works to her 1988 cult film Heathers.

NORTH KOREA: China has suspended government exchanges with Kim Jong-Il's regime, but will it cut the communist country's global financial ties?

AFGHANISTAN: The Haqqani network, born of the Russian war and nurtured by the CIA, is behind many spectacular assaults in Afghanistan.

PAKISTAN: A three-judge panel of the Lahore High Court has ordered the release of Lashkar-e-Taiba / Jamaat-ud-Dawa leader Hafiz Saeed, despite the government's presentation of evidence that linked him to al Qaeda. US intelligence officials are dismayed at Saeed's release and say the move shows that Pakistan has a long way to go to defeat terror groups operating on its soil.

LUCKY the CAT plunges 26 stories and lives. Let's go to the video.

A REAL-LIFE CROCODILE DUNDEE has been drafted in to shear a herd of hairy alpacas in Northumberland.

A GARDEN FROG is blamed for man's death in Sydney.

HORSE & BUGGY leads police on a three-mile chase in Cattaraugus County, NY.

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New Releases, Submarines, Walkmen, Couch Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS: The video for "Dreams Come True Girl" bizarrely features actress Karen Black.

NEW RELEASES: Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, EELS, The Sounds, Paolo Nutini, Diane Birch, Girl in a Coma and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

THE SUBMARINES did the three free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE WALKMEN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

LITTLE BOOTS are previewing six tracks from their new album at NME.

PURPLE RAIN: Prince's 25-year-old classic is getting a weeklong tribute at PopMatters, including a track-by-track dissection of the album.  So "I Would Die 4 U/ Baby, I'm a Star" seems like the natural Twofer Tuesday.

BLACK JOE LEWIS is interviewed by American Songwriter about -- wait for it -- songwriting.

BLUR gets an oral history from The Guardian.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to Thirsty about his own songs and his cover of The Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait." (Thx, LHB.)

CAMERA OBSCURA: Tracyanne Campbell talks to Westword about touring, irony David Lynch, Sweden and more.  She talks to SF Station about San Francisco, Good Morning America, and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SASHA BARON COHEN dropped in on Eminem at the MTV Movie Awards.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson chastised his fellow churchgoers for gossiping about his personal affairs.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly feels terrible on tour and is "phoning every song in," which is saying a lot about someone who lipsyncs them to begin with.

JOHNNY DEPP invited Vanity Fair along on a sailing trip to his Caribbean isle.

MEGAN FOX tells GQ that actors and actresses like her are "kind of prostitutes."

NEW MOON: The Twilight sequel has a trailer online.

PAKISTAN: Drone-launched US missile attacks and Pakistan's ongoing military offensive in and around the Swat Valley have unsettled al-Qaeda and undermined its relative invulnerability in Pakistani mountain sanctuaries, U.S. military and intelligence officials say.  Meanwhile, the Taliban is taking their war to the cities and recruiting teenage suicide bombers.  The Taliban also abducted at least 400 students, staff and relatives driving away from a boy's school in a northwest Pakistani tribal region on Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: Body counts are back, reigniting the decades-old debate about whether victory in war can be judged by measuring the stack of enemy dead. FWIW, while I would agree the extent of the usefulness of body counts is indeed debatable, the western media has been using a double-standard for years, deploring the use of enemy body counts, while hyping the body counts of US troops and civilian deaths.

IRAQ: Michael J. Totten posted Part 2 of his series on the future of Iraq, looking at Adhamiyah and Sadr City.

KITTEH hides in a couch.

A GIANT FERAL PIG was shot after it was spotted eating a dead cow.

AN ELUSIVE BLACK BEAR was captured Sunday in the heart of the Broward County suburb of Weston, FL.

WHEN TIGER ATTACKS, lawyers end up settling.

BABY PANDA CUB born north of Bangkok.  Awww..some pic.

MOMMA BIRD protects her babies from an overflowing drainpipe.

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