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New Releases, Cold War Kids, Tom Jones, Kitty slide   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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OH, PRETTY WOMAN: All Things Considered marked the 20th anniversary of the death of rock 'n' roll pioneer Roy Orbison with the backstory of his signature hit. Here's a star-studded version with Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Tom Waits and more having an absolute blast. Rrrrrrawr.

NEW RELEASES: Funeral Party, Justice and Neil Young are among theose with albums streaming via Spinner in another thin week for new releases. Holiday discs from The Raveonettes, Elvis Presley, Bela Fleck, Rosie Thomas, Manheim Steamroller and many more are streaming via AOL.

COLD WAR KIDS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RYAN ADAMS has started writing for BlackBook magazine. In his debut, he does not disappoint -- though his response to negative concert review in the L.A. Times is also a good read in its own way.

TOM JONES was interviewed for NPR's Weekend Edition, along with new audio tracks and classic Tube links.  In that spirit, and the spirit of Twofer Tuesday, check out Sir Tom singing "It's Not Ununsal" and the new "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opens with some great archival footage.

DUFFY has an interview and retro-tinged fashion layout the Evening Standard magazine.

RICHARD THOMPSON: The British folk-rock icon, up to his ears in accolades, talks to JAM.

MARK LANEGAN gives Prefix a characteristically gruff interview about working with Isobel Campbell: "I always consider myself to be a pretty good breakfast cook that ended up as a singer..."

MICHAEL BOLTON gets preferential tratment from airport security? Isn't that exactly backwards?

BILL MURRAY is NYC's most unlikely new party guy, turning up at bars and house parties alike, not to mention party-hopping with the band MGMT: "He's not a boozy, sweaty party hound who gets caught on camera cheesing it up with pretty young girls (see: Mel Gibson, Bono); rather, he's more like a ghost in the night, who shows up out of nowhere, engages in utterly random conversations and then exits gracefully-leaving witnesses to wonder what the hell just happened..." FLASHBACK: In 2006, Murray turned up at a students' party in St. Andrews, even doing some dishes.

JAY LENO will remain at NBC in May 2009, doing a show at 9 p.m. when Conan O'Brien takes the reins at The Tonight Show.

JENNIFER ANISTON says she doesn't get why people care about her life so much, which may make it unanimous, absent false modesty.

LINDSAY LOHAN was nuzzling Sean Penn at his proivate dinner for the movie Milk? Don't worry; if she splits from galpal Samantha Ronson, you'l be able to read about it on her MySpace page.

ANNE HATHAWAY: Three fans bid 12K for drinks with the Rachel Getting Married actress at the Cracked X-mas Fundraiser in Los Angeles Sunday night.

JESSICA ALBA: Real vs. Photoshopped. And the real story may be how little airbrushing was done.

WATCHMEN releases its 9th video journal entry; this one gives props to the props.

THE NANNY wants to be The Senator. IMHO, she should tout playing a nanny on television as experience directly relevant to the job.

THE STANS: Taliban raiders destroyed hundreds of NATO vehicles over the past several days in Pakistan's insurgency-wracked Northwest Frontier Province. A US military spokeswoman described Sunday's attacks in Peshawar as "militarily insignificant." US intelligence circles are now re-evaluating a long-discarded proposal to declare Pakistan a state sponsor of terrorism. The Taliban has a permanent presence in nearly 75 percent of Afghanistan, a new report by an international think tank says.

IRAN rejected a proposal by President-elect Barack Obama that a combination of economic incentives and tighter sanctions might persuade the Iranian government to change its behavior. Shocka.

THE MUMBAI ATTACKS were the subject of a panel held by the Counterterrorism Blog. What caught my eye were comments by Dr. David Kilcullen, an Aussie who has been advising Gen. Petraeus on counter-insurgencies:  "This was not some Islamic charity or some group working alone from the Deccan Mujahedeen: this has all the hallmarks of a Special Forces raid, closer to a commando or SBS raiding activity than a traditional Al Qaeda style terrorist attack... We can deduce they had some professional help though I think it is much too early to state who that support came from. It has been set up to look like a Pakistani government operation. We should be careful until we know more..." UPDATE: It turns out those comments caught the attention of Newsweek's Fareed Zakaraia, too.

KITTENS ON A SLIDE: Let's go to the video. Music by Dick Dale.

PUPPIES save toddler lost in the woods. BONUS: Dog owner leaps into freezing lake Michigan to save his pet.

BABY ELEPHANTS: Awww...some pics from a breeding center in the Nepalese city of Chitwan.

DANCES WITH WOLVES? A wildlife park in China is looking for three human volunteers to share an enclosure with 36 wild wolves.

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LCD Soundsystem, Raphael Saadiq, TMBG, Munchkin Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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KERMIT the FROG covers LCD Soundsystem's "New York, I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down"? No, that's the actual track, and James Murphy appears to cop to the Kermit influence.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

THE LOW ANTHEM broght their Americana sound to the World Cafe Friday; you can stream the gig in full via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn himself pens a brief account of the band's rise for The Independent. He probably regrets not mentioning Franz.

TV ON THE RADIO: Jaleel Bunton talked to The Line of Best Fit about politics, why he's the drummer, Jimi Hendrix and why the internet might not be so awful after all.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: "Santa's Beard." Yep, that time of year again.

DAMIEN JURADO does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

70s ROCKERS in THEIR PARENTS' HOMES: Apartment Therapy links to a series of framed prints from LIFE magazine featuring Elton John, Eric Clapton, David Crosby and others with their parents and their parents' period decor. Hint: To see details, "Select Size" for a particular print; you'll go to a page with a Zoom function.

INTERNET KILLED THE RADIO STAR: We lose the element of surprise and the invisible curator.

STEVE DAHL, a Chicago radio personality for more than 30 years whose broadcast style inspired a generation of voices (including Howard Stern), told his listeners that he was being taken off the air. His "blowing up" of disco records on the air and Insane Coho Lips Anti-Disco Army rallies built to a crescendo with a 1979 "Disco Demolition" night at Chicago's Comiskey Park, which has become part of broadcasting and baseball lore.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Four Christmases repeated at No.1 with 18.1 million on what is traditionally one of the worst movie weekends annually. Twilight jumped back into second place with 13.1 million, even as receipts dropped almost 50 percent. Bolt came in third with 9.7 million, and was one of several movies to drop over 60 percent this weekend. Australia jumped over James Bond to the fourth slot with seven million.  Quantum of Solace dropped 65 percent to bring in 6.6 million.  Overall, 007 has made about 150 million in the US, close to what Casino Royale made in 2006; worldwide, the movie should break 500 million this week.  This weekend's debuts failed to crack the Top Five. Punisher: WarZone opened at No.8, while Cadillac Records opened at No. 9 (though the latter had a decent per screen average). Nobel Son came in at No. 15.

MADONNA is handing Guy Ritchie a £32 million divorce payoff, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

LINDSAY LOHAN vents that Facebook disabled her page because they thought she was an imposter.

ANGELINA JOLIE is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, and makes No. 24 on the Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 List of Women in Entertainment.

PAUL BENEDICT, who played the English neighbor Harry Bentley on "The Jeffersons," has died at 70. As it turns out, he was not English. Benedict began his  career in the Theatre Company of Boston, alongside Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino. Really.

JESSICA ALBA comes to the rescue on another cold Monday with behind the scenes pics from her Campari calandar.

BOY GEORGE was found guilty on Friday of falsely imprisoning a Norwegian male escort by handcuffing him to a wall.

O.J. SIMPSON, icymi, was put away Friday for at least nine years - and perhaps the rest of his life - for an armed robbery in a hotel room.

BETTIE PAGE,  one of the most notable models of the 20th century, is hospitalized in intensive care after suffering a heart attack in Los Angeles.

IRAQ: Moqtada al-Sadr's loyalists are on the defensive, struggling to remain politically relevant as the US role in Iraq diminishes and Prime Minister al-Maliki gains stature. Iraq will dispatch police commandos to protect sites such as the ancient city of Babylon that were left vulnerable to looting after the US invasion in 2003. A raid on a major al-Qaeda hideout north of Baghdad has uncovered evidence of a network of child suicide bombers who have been coerced into launching terror attacks across Iraq.

MUNCHKIN CATS:  A relatively new breed created by a mutation that results in cats with abnormally short legs. Let's go to the video.

LONESOME GEORGE, the conservation icon of the Galapagos islands and last surviving tortoise of his kind, is set to stay lonely - at least for the time being.

GASSY COWS and HOGS could be taxed after the US Supreme Court ruled in 2007 that greenhouse gases from motor vehicles amounts to air pollution.  The EPA denies any plan to do so... at the moment.

AWWW...SOME MONKEY PHOTOS: A Gallery.

SNAKE in a PRINTER: It would explain their paper jam.  As a bonus, the reprile remains at large.

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Friday, December 05, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with CALEXICO! Live at the Paradiso in Amsterdam on October 15, 2008.  The setlist spans their career, not leaning heavily on their current album Carried To Dust -- and including their killer rendition of Love's "Alone Again Or," which I touted just last week.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU, BORIS YELTSIN: Lead guitarist and songwriter Will Knauer tals to Teen Ink, and it's amusing beyond the mere idea of it.

RA RA RIOT stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR, where they are likened to "Spoon with strings."

LOST ALBUMS that shouldn't be found, according to Seattle Weekly.

BEST OF 2008: Largehearted Boy is doing his usual yeoman's work compiling the list of lists.

THE TOP 40 VIDEOS OF 2008, according to Pitchfork. I'm singling out the Mountain Goats' "Sax Rohmer #1" because they probably should have been on last week's Faves list. RELATED: John Darnielle talks to Australia's Courier-Mail about the importance of a work ethic.

THE ANNUALS are finally "breaking" at Rolling Stone.  Video at the link.

DRESSY BESSY: Tammy Ealom talks about the importance of finding the right drummer.

PITCHFORK & FADER have entered a new strategic content and ad sales partnership.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band to Manfred Mann's Earth Band, from The Clash to Ricky Nelson, from Iggy Pop to The Osmonds, from X to the Bay City Rollers, The Only Ones, Blitzen Trapper, Marvin Gaye 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 only wide release is Punisher: War Zone, which is currently scoring 19 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  However, hundreds of screens will be showing Nobel Son, which is currently scoring 27 percent; and Cadillac Records, the Chess Records pic that is scoring 62 percent.

ANNE HECHE and her beau, actor James Tupper, are expecting their first child together.

JENNIFER ANISTON: Not pregnant, but longing for motherhood. Or so she says.

SEAN AVERY, the Dallas Stars center suspended by the NHL for making an offensive statement apparently referring to ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, apologized Wednesday.

MADONNA: Is Alex Rodriguez already two-timing Madge with model Melissa Britos? Perhaps more important, can we get a gander at model Melissa Britos?

EVAN RACHEL WOOD: Inspired by her role as a bitter daughter in The Wrestler, the actress has re-established a relationship with her estranged dad.

MORGAN FREEMAN may pay out more than 100 million bucks in a potential divorce settlement.

SPOILER ALERT: The Fine Brothers spoil 100 movie endings in under four minutes.

BEA ARTHUR accepts her second shot at the TV Academy Hall of Fame.

WES ANDERSON talks to The A.V. Club about on-the-job training, directing James Caan and Gene Hackman, being despised, and what debut films he admires most.

MAD MEN: Jon Hamm officially joins 30 Rock for a multi-episode arc as the love interest of Tina Fey character Liz Lemon. Creator Matt Weiner talks to TV Time Machine for an hour about all sorts of things, including The Sopranos and The Twilight Zone.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on Sunday. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

IRAN: The Israeli Defense Force is drawing up options for a strike on Iranian nuclear facilities that do not include coordination with the US,  according to the Jerusalem Post.

IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN: The US military reported the lowest level of casualties in both theaters of war in over five years of fighting.

DOG vs BALLOONS: Let's go to the video.  I love the ending.

DEMO the ORANGUTAN is quite the stud. And King Louie wants to be like us?

JONATHAN the TORTOISE, as it turns out, is also quite the stud at 176 years young.

SUPER ANTS prepare to invade Britain.

THE SWARM apparently saved a Conneaut, OH, house from a devastating fire late Tuesday night.

KNUT UPDATE: The once cuddly polar bear is now a dirty brown and facing eviction from the Berlin Zoo.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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MGMT rocked a Thanksgiving theme playing "Kids" on French TV. In Australia's Courier-Mail, Andrew VanWyngarden marvels at the band's success Down Under (their debut has spent six months in Oz's Top 40).

NOAH & THE WHALE talk to the BBC about their plans to release a 'punk' side project and record a feature film. Video at the link.

LOS CAMPESINOS! are the latest band offering a free MP3 via Insound.  Frightened Rabbit and others are there also.

NEKO CASE talks to Paste about her next album (due in March) and her new 100-acre farm in rural Vermont.

THE GRAMMNY NOMS favored Lil' Wayne and Coldplay, but Adele got four noms and Duffy scored three.  Perusing the full list, we find that the nominees for Best Alternative Album are Beck, Death Cab, Gnarls Barkley, My Morning jacket and Radiohead.  Elsewhere, Kings of Leon, the Raconteurs, Marshall Crenshaw, Tia Carrere and Gwyneth Paltrow get nods.

THE SUBMARINES: John Dragonetti talks to LAist about his KISS phase, placing "You, Me, and the Bourgeoisie" in an iPod commercial, and more...

TAKKA TAKKA does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE STROKES have been around for a decade, and NME is going to make you feel old about it.

PASTE has been around for a decade also; congrats to them!

ODETTA, a folk singer who influenced the young Bob Dylan (among others), passed away at 77 from heart failure.  NPR has a 2005 interview.

KRISTEN STEWART, currently starring in Twilight, is set to portray Joan Jett in "The Runaways," the rock ‘n' roll biopic of the 1970s all-girl band. Here's the real band playing "Cherry Bomb" on Japanese TV.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fed-Ex tells his side of their saga.

SEAN AVERY, center for the Dallas Stars was suspended indefinitiely from the NHL for making rude remarks about his former galpal, Elisha Cuthbert.

BRADGELINA: Pitt is bringing moustaches back.  And advising Ellen DeGeneres on how to land George Clooney. Meanwhile, families are moving into the houses his Make It Right foundation is building in N'awlins.

JESSICA SIMPSON wants to head off to college to study theology - and watching TV was her inspiration. Shocka.

MILEY CYRUS: The Hannah Montana star is in discussions with her attorney about filing a Petition of Emancipation after repeatedly butting heads with her parents over personal and business matters, according to two uber-reliable tabloid reports.

MARY-KATE OLSEN is denying a pregnancy rumor started by the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

PATRICK SWAYZE is denying tabloid stories that he is near death.

THE DARK KNIGHT will not be re-released in 2009 for Oscar buzz, so fans are taking matters into their own hands.

WATCHMEN is getting whittled down to about two and one-half houurs for theatrical release; the director's cut will top three hours.

THOR: Kevin McKidd (Rome, Journeyman) is in the running for the lead in Marvel's live-action Thor movie.

ROMAN POLANSKI is seeking the dismissal of a charge that saw him flee the US in 1978 after admitting "unlawful sexual intercourse" with a 13-year-old girl.

IRAQ: US forces captured two suspected members of an Iranian-backed network and killed a third Wednesday.  The Iraqi Army is developing its heavy mechanized and armored forces.

DOG SAVES DOG hit on the highway.

KITTIES!  Hugging!

VINTAGE LOLCAT postcard, circa 1905, discovered in a Seattle antique store.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lobster with four claws, caught near Newport, RI.

THE BIRDS: A "wayward" bird crashed into a motorist's head in Port St. Lucie? Oh, please. I think we all know what happens next.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FAITH NO MORE seems to be reuiniting. I think I speak for FNM fans when I say, "We Care A Lot." It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it.

THE HUSH SOUND does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Jaunty!

THE TOP 10 "SMART ROCK" ALBUMS of 2008, according to KUT, with streaming tracks.

OASIS: Noel Gallagher talks to The Current about a recent fan attack and his fascination with guns.

A CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU FROM PHIL SPECTOR, downloadable from Amazon for 1.99.

LOW has released a video for their new single, "Santa's Coming Over." And it's really creepy.

CONOR OBERST gets a segment on NPR's Morning Edition, plus a relink to last month's full concert.

THE LONG BLONDES may be long gone, but ex-guitarist Dorian Cox is hoping to play again, with therapy from a bionic hand.

MY MORNING JACKET drummer Patrick Hallahan lists a few of his favorite things for ClashMusic.

TEN SONGS LED ZEPPELIN STOLE, according to Earfarm.

JESSICA ALBA: Just when the weather turns cold, the Alba returns in a Club Campari calendar. Phew!

DENNIS HOPPER spoke with The A.V. Club about his latest movie, Elegy, and other scattered pieces of his filmography, including Rebel Without A Cause.

MADONNA and A-ROD are quietly shopping for love nests on the Upper East Side and on the East End, sources told Page Six

BRADGELINA: Pitt tells the Today show that he truly feels rich around his family, which is probably easier to say when you have a gazillion dollars.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are still very much together, says a friend of the couple.

LINDSAY LOHAN denies rumors that she's breaking up with Samantha Ronson.

ROBOT CHICKEN has posted more Star Wars videos online.

HOLIDAY TV SPECIALS: TV Spreadit has a fairly comprehensive listing of airdates. Rudolph is tonght!

BRYAN ADAMS has called in police after being stalked by a mother and her son.

NICOLE KIDMAN probably should avoid Facebook.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Director George Miller has confirmed that he is no longer involved.

CAPRICA, the much-anticipated prequel to hit series "Battlestar Galactica," has been greenlit by the Sci-Fi channel.

INDIA: Terrorists who battled Indian commandos for 60-hours last week relied on cocaine and other stimulants to stay awake for the duration of the fight.

IRAQ: Women are driving in Baghdad again. Coalition forces captured three AQI leaders and detained five operatives in central and northern Iraq. Police in Dhi Qhar defused 10 bombs believed to have been placed to assassinate Prime Minister al-Maliki.

DON'T FEED THE BEAR: Really.

SARA is the Walrus. Goo goo goo joob! Pics and video at the link.

CARPET PYTHONS: Worse than trouser snakes?

A DEATH ADDER was brandished during a racially tinged road rage incident in Australia.

THE INTERNATIONAL FERRET CONGRESS: Need I say more?

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