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Noah & the Whale, Mt. Goats, Stereolab, Unclever Sheep   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 23, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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OF MONTREAL played "An Eluardian Instance" for Dave last week, which was a pretty good week for Dave.

NOAH & THE WHALE do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle has posted three old tracks (previously unreleased, afaik) with the hope you will donate five bucks to a charity or two.

STEREOLAB stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

BET YOU THINK THIS SONG IS ABOUT YOU: The Guardian profiles the real-life subjects of noted rock songs.

CHRIS ISAAK serves up "Blue Christmas" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" for a colorful Twofer Tuesday.

TOP TEN 2008 LISTS from a variety of alt-rockers queried by Filter.

2009: A look ahead at anticipated albums via Stereogum.

LEONARD COHEN is profiled in The Scotsman, including his time as a notorious womanizer.

WARNER MUSIC is yanking all of its clips from the Tube.

JACKO reportedly needs an emergency transplant operation to save his life from a rare lung condition, according to the author of a new biography of the singer.

AMY WINEHOUSE appears to be winning her battle against drugs as she looked the picture of health during a winter break in the sun.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Dad and brother Bryan get paid.

GUY RITCHIE: Madonna's futrure ex may have moved on to millionaire heiress Jemima Khan.

RUSSELL CROWE and director Ridley Scott may be feuding as the prepare to shoot "Nottingham," a revisionist version of the Robin Hood legend.

SAMANTHA RONSON: Being Lindsay Lohan's girlfriend may be lucrative, but it also may be exhausting and stressful.

THE FRENCH HOTEL burglary was captured on video, but the perp was wearing a mask.

BRADGELINA Collectors' Plates are on display at the Gallery of the Absurd.

VHS: R.I.P.

IRAQ: Welcome to the first-ever public Christmas celebration in Baghdad, held Saturday and sponsored by the Iraqi Interior Ministry. Once thought to be infiltrated by death squads, the Ministry now is trying to root out sectarian violence -- as well as improve its PR image.  ALSO: The number of daily attacks in Iraq has dropped nearly 95 percent since last year; the country's murder rates have dropped below levels that existed before the start of US operations in Iraq. ALSO: Michael Portillo, a British journalist, broadcaster, former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister, argues that Iraq shows Britain has lost the stomach for a fight.

DOG + SNOW = Crazy Delicious.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A snowy white robin.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: One can only imagine the plot that involves Pete the Purple Squirrel.

MICE suspected in deadly cat fire.

SHEEP without Harold turn out to be less than clever.

BREEDING OWLS defecate strategically, using their excrement to erect "No Trespassing" signs within their territories.

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Broken Social Scene, The Annuals, Springsteen, Goth Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 22, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE stopped by Dave's last week to play "Churches Under The Stairs" from Brendan Canning's "BSS Presents..." solo LP.

ANNUALS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2008: Pitchfork rolls out its list.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, claims to have turned 65, when we all know its more like 1065.

U2 had a strange year.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & the E STREET BAND told Paris Monday night that "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town."  But I still like the vintage video from Passaic, NJ in 1978.

RHETT MILLER talks to the Washington Times about The Old 97s, his solo work and the Internet era.

2008: The Year In Band Names, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE BODEANS: A 25+ year timeline, from the Wisconsin State Journal.

FLEET FOXES are profiled by The Age.

RICK RUBIN, once thought to be Sony's savior, is being offloaded to a side label.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Yes Man wins the weekend with 18.1 million, followed by the debuts of Seven Pounds (16 million) and The Tale of Despereaux (10.5 million).  Even so, these numbers probably disappoint the studios that were hoping for Jim Carrey and Will Smith to play Santa this Christmas.  Yes Man opened about where Carrey's recent lackluster outings did, and Seven Pounds opened at the very low end of Will Smith's usual range.  Despereaux may be able to get some traction as the holidays' family flick.  The Day The Earth Stood Still dropped a whopping 67 percent to fourth place -- as Keanu might say, "Whoah." Four Christmases rounds out the Top Five, breaking the 100 million mark, with at least one more decent week coming.  Below the fold, the news is critics' darling Slumdog Millionaire jumping into the Top Ten at number eight, even though it's showing on only 589 screens.

THE FRENCH HOTEL wuz robbed to the tune of two million worth of jewelry and other belongings.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly has a new man in her life -- Good Charlotte's Benji Madden.  Spears' publicist denies the story.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER were... wait for it... caught canoodling in New York City Thursday night.

MADONNA: Reportedly cavorting with a Brazilian model she met shooting an editorial layout for W magazine.

TARA REID entered rehab last week? Shocka.

MAJEL BARRETT RODDENBERRY, the widow of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, has died at 76.

AFGHANISTAN: The Economist comtemplates "the next surge."

IRAQ: US troops captured a Hezbollah Brigades leader and two associates, and two Special Groups leaders and eight operatives during separate raids in Baghdad.

CHARLEY the CAT has cerebellar hypoplasia.  Raising awareness of a condition more amusing than serious, in hopes of saving others.

GOTH KITTENS sold on the Internet have aroused the ire of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

JAPANESE GOBLIN SHARK ATTACK: Let's go to the video.  ALSO: Shark Commits Suicide on Waterslide.

PANDA DOG: Awww...some pics.

ONE HOT DOG survives 30 minutes in the Missouri River in subzero weather.

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Shindig Xmas, Brian Wilson, Mates of State, Cutout Bin, Nuclear Crocs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 19, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with SHINDIG CHRISTMAS '64! Part One includes The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial. Part Two includes Marvin Gaye with "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" and Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," plus Bobby Sherman singing "Sleigh Ride" and Adam Faith returning with "Santa Claus Is Back In Town."  In Part Three, Donna Loren returns with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," and "Johnny B. Goode." Part Four brings Marvin Gaye with "Hitch Hike" and concludes with The Beach Boys on "We Three Kings."

BRIAN WILSON played the Warner Theatre in DC; you can stream the gig and an interview via NPR.

MATES OF STATE played Mountain Stage; you can stream the short set, which includes a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days," via NPR. 

GLASVEGAS: James Allan talks about the Phil Spector influence and more with the Telegraph.

LONGWAVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

THE KINKS: "Father Christmas."

THE WORST SONG LYRICS of 2008, in a March Madness-style tournament at the Village Voice.

THE LILYWHITE SESSIONS: After a bit of a hiatus, Steve Lilywhite has produced mini-sets for both Mercury Rev and The Pretenders.

THE NATIONAL: Aaron Dessner talks future projects with Billboard.

CUTOUT BIN: From Vince Guaraldi to Nick Cave, from Cat Power to Looking Glass, from The Psychedelic Furs to The Hollies, plus TMBG, Jens Lekman, Them, The Who 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 wide releases are Yes Man, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Tale of Despereaux, which is currently scoring 42 percent; and Seven Pounds, scoring 31 percent.

AWARDS SEASON: The Screen Actors' Guild nominations are announced; the L.A. Times has analysis. ALSO: New York magazine reviews nine Oscar hopefuls at once.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is auctioning a used tissue for charity on eBay; the bids are in the thousands.

JEREMY PIVEN will abruptly end his run in Broadway's "Speed-the-Plow," claiming illness due to to a high mercury count. It has nothing to do with his seeming prima donna behavior on stage recently. Nosiree -- just ask Piven's doctor.

MARK RUFFALO's brother's death was ruled a homicide, after early speculation that Scott shot himself during a game of Russian roulette.

FORTY INSPIRATIONAL SPEECHES in two minutes.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF: A look inside the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE WORST MOVIES of 2008, according to the A.V. Club.

STAR TREK: JJ Abrams talks to MTV about the reboot -- and fanboy expectations.

IRAQ: Up to 35 officials in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior ranking as high as general have been arrested over the past three days with some of them accused of quietly working to reconstitute Saddam Hussein's Baath Party, according to senior security officials in Baghdad.

MOTHER & CHILD HIPPOS cavort at the Berlin Zoo. Awww...some pics and video at the link.

NUCLEAR CROCODILES: Has no one in Florida seen a Godzilla movie?

ANGRY MONKEYS turned on their cruel trainer and beat him with his own stick. Pic at the link.

PET HOARDING: Berlin officials say they have rescued 1500 parakeets from a two-room apartment.

THE TIGER TEMPLE: At a popular tourist attraction in Thailand, tigers live in harmony with monks. Video at the link.

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School of 7 Bells, Crooked Fingers, Mountain Goats, Death Metal Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 18, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS get a feature plus tracks via NPR's Day to Day. They also kicked off a new series at the 'Gum with a video of "Caldo." And they have a set on The Interface.

CROOKED FINGERS does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

NEKO CASE: Piano Saver! Video of her recording her new album, Middle Cyclone, at the link.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS have a special holiday tune streaming at the moment.

THE BEST YULETIDE POP, according to the Telegraph.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS frontman James Darnielle was backed by Superchunk's Jon Wurster on drums.for three Christmas covers -- including Chuck Berry's "Run, Run Rudolph" at last year's Trekky Records Christmas show.  It's Threefer Thursday -- like Twofer Tuesday, but it's one more.

THE SMITHS: Johnny Marr rubbishes reuinion rumors (again).

STEPHEN MALKMUS, otoh, leaves the door open for a Pavement reunion.

ANTHONY KLEIDIS, Red Hot Chili Peppers front man, narrowly escaped kidney failure.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills turned 50 yesterday.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE are slamming recent stories about their divorce settlement -- even though the source was Madge's US rep.

NICOLE KIDMAN has been warned by Aborigines who say she will not be able to have more children because she broke a sacred taboo by playing a didgeridoo on German television.

LINDSAY LOHAN: An overzealous fan was arrested yesterday after he tried to get around security at a Scottsdale nightclub in the hopes of getting close to La Lohan.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY: Marriage at the "breaking point"?

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN are doing just fine, according to Paltrow's mom, Blythe Danner.

FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS: The Season 2 premiere is already online, well in advance of its official airdate.

JESSICA ALBA & JACK BLACK will star in a fake movie shown within the special post-SuperBowl episode of The Office.

TERROR in the UK: A British court convicted Bilal Abdulla for his role as the leader of a terror cell that attacked a nightclub and the Glasgow airport.

INDIA: A Lashkar-e-Taiba spokesman based out of Pakistan-held Kashmir vowed to continue to fight the Indians in the disputed territories and denied his group was behind the Mumbai attack. Indian intell confirmed calls made by terrorists during the Mumbai siege were made to senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives.

IRAQ: US forces may stay in the still-volatile city of Mosul beyond the June deadline for Americans to pull back to bases.

DEATH METAL PUPPY: Death metal is now cute ... or puppies are now scary.

SHARKS will be listening to Christmas pop songs as part of a scientific study in Scotland. Yes, really.

ERNEST the CAT has had his sight restored by contact lenses in what is believed to be a medical first.

GAY PENGUINS thrown out of their zoo colony for repeatedly stealing eggs have been given some of their own to look after following a protest by animal rights groups.

THREE BRITISH SCOUT LEADERS were forced to trek through jungle for five days after a hippopotamus capsized their canoe, ending a planned 2,500-mile river journey through Africa. I would have thought Scout leaders smart enough not to share a canoe with a hippo.

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Zooey, Ray LaMontagne, The Darkness, Dolphin Stampede   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY: The fake synth band fronted by Zooey Deschanel in the upcoming Jim Carrey flick Yes Man, perform a "Sweet Ballad" that is anything but. Technically SFW, but probably inappropriate.

RAY LaMONTAGNE does a World Cafe mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

GOLDEN ANIMALS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream via MPR.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne talks to The Current's Steve Seel about the seven-year genesis of the band's new dramatic feature film, Christmas on Mars.

THE ARCADE FIRE is releasing a DVD next year, but pre-orders get a digital download now.

THE DARKNESS wuz robbed when "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" only made it to No.2 in the UK for 2003.  Frontman Justin Hawkins was reportedly very bitter about the defeat.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes and Bryan Poole talk to Filter about the songwriting for and recording of this year's Skeletal Lamping album.

THE LONG WINTERS: Paste lists "5 Lyrics That Prove John Roderick Is A Better Songwriter Than Your Favorite Songwriter."

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT have a new song streaming at the moment.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has posted the Best Album results of its listeners' poll, with streaming audio.

BRITNEY SPEARS & ELLEN DeGENERES go caroling. NTTAWWT. Okay, maybe a little. (Part One, Part Two.)

MADONNA falls down onstage about 38 seconds into this clip. And I laugh, 'cause I'm in a catty mood.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: If you ban Fox's Roger Friedman from your Nazi movie premiere, he will just excerpt someone else's really nasty review of Cruise's performance.  Didn't you know that?  ALSO: Cruise tells US magazine that he would "love it" if the Tom-Kitten became an actress.  As if Cruise won't be the biggest stage dad evah.

SHARON OSBOURNE is under police investigation after scuffling with a contestant on her reality TV show -- the now even more ironically-titled Rock Of Love: Charm School.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ: To write that the latter dishes TMI to Howard Stern would be a gross understatement, with the emphasis on "gross."

WOLVERINE has posted its first trailer online.

ALEC BALDWIN  did a chat session with Washington Post readers touching on 30 Rock, Glengarry Glen Ross and his new book on fatherhood.

PETER FALK's daughter says her father is no longer competent to run his own life because he suffers from Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

DENNIS QUAID and his wife have settled their dispute with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center over a bungled procedure that almost killed their twin babies last year.

PAKISTAN: A US strike in North Waziristan killed two people; no senior Taliban or al Qaeda leaders have been reported killed. Pakistani truckers have refused to transport NATO supplies due to Taliban attacks. Only one of 40 wanted leaders of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa has been detained.

IRAQ: An al Qaeda-linked group in Iraq has confirmed the death of Abu Maysara, a top operative who the US military said was killed in a clash last month. The US military has announced that its last 10 female detainees were handed over to Iraqi authorities on Monday. The number of detainees has dropped from over 26K to about 15500 in the past year.

DOLPHIN STAMPEDE: So long, and thanks for all the fish.

FUGITIVE EMU is back in custody after roaming northern Rhode Island for a month.

SOCKS, the former First Feline, has been diagnosed with cancer, which is sad even at age 19.

PET HOARDING: Misdemeanor charges related to illegal ferret possession were dropped against Scott Haynie in Humboldt County, CA. Haynie already pleaded guilty to felony animal cruelty after authorities found more than 100 dead and malnourished pets at his home.

MORE THAN 1000 SPECIES have been discovered in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong region over the past several years, including a dragon millipede and a spider "as big as a dinner plate." The BBC has a slideshow.

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