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Beach House, Steve Wynn, MC5, Piano Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 24, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BEACH HOUSE has a new video for "Used To Be."

STEVE WYNN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set drawn from his latest album, which was crafted in Slovenia.

THE SPELLS: Carrie Brownstein blogs an interview with collaborator Mary Timony and offers tracks to stream and download.

OLABELLE a supergroup of sorts, mixing gospel, blues, bluegrass and country influences, played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

NEW ORDER has issued a recall on its reissues.

THE MC5 and related artists have shows to stream or buy from Wolfgang's Vault. A good excuse to "Kick Out The Jams" on a Monday, though be careful of the strong profanity at the outset, won't you?

OKKERVIL RIVER: Part Two of the Will Scheff interview is posted at Drowned In Sound.

MGMT is profiled in the Independent.

THE BEATLES: John Lennon is forgiven by the Vatican for that "bigger than Jesus" crack in 1966.

INDIE MUSIC could learn a lot from American Idol?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The teen vampire flick Twilight blew the roof off your local cineplex with 70.5 million.  It's the fourth biggest November debut behind three Harry Potter movies.  It almost made back its 37 million production budget on Friday.  It made more that day than any other film its distributor ever made.  It beat gurus' estimates by 10-20 million. A 200 million total is not out of the question.  Big.  Quantum of Solace dropped 60 percent to pull in 27.4 million.  But it made over 100 million in eight days, is already massive worldwide and stil may make 200 million in the US.  Bolt nipped at Bond's heels with 27 million.  Probably disappointing for Disney, but this one had to contend with both the Madagascar sequel -- which came in fourth with 16 million -- and the media onslaught from Twilight.  Maybe the dog will show some legs next weekend. Rounding out the Top Five was Role Models, which held onto the comedy niche with 7.2 million; it could end up making 75-80 million on its 28 million production budget.  Below the fold, HSM3 was hit hard by Twilight, dropping 64.5 percent this weekend -- but 86 million on an 11 million budget still looks like good ROI to me.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ welcomed a baby boy late Thursday night, Ashlee's pneumatic blonde sister is said to be over the moon.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON reportedly have been fighting like cats and dogs, with a smidge of video to support the claim.  The pair supposedly had their second major public spat in a week at the extravagant launch of a Dubai hotel.

NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN were... wait for it... caught canoodling during Sheridan's 45th birthday party at Beverly Hills restaurant Luau.

JENNIFER ANISTON does a Q&A with the NYT, in which she goes just a little too far out of her way to assure us she's not the creepy stalker chick she just played on 30 Rock.

AMY WINEHOUSE says her marriage is over, amid tales of threesomes and "really gross stuff you couldn't mention in a newspaper," according to the uber-reliable News of thew World.  And if it's too gross for the NotW, I'm thinking it's pretty wacky.

JON HAMM: Mad Men's Don Draper takes GQ on an autobiographical tour of LA. On delayed success: "If I were 21 and doing this, we'd be having a very different conversation," he says. "I see actors in this town who make it big young. They don't understand the word no: ‘What do you mean I can't kill this elephant, drop it on a car, set it on fire, and then snort it?' Well, you just can't."

MEGAN FOX, like Jon Hamm, was honored as one of GQ Magazine's "Men of the Year" last week.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson denies his marriage is in trouble.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT takes another step toward the big screen. 

SIENNA MILLER won about 79K in damages from a photo agency on Friday over claims of paparazzi harassment in a settlement her lawyer said could have significant implications for other celebrities.

PAKISTAN: A US missile strike that killed Rashid Rauf -- the UK's most wanted terrorist -- suggests the US is getting better intell. Backstory of the raid is at the Independent.

IRAN complains that the International Atomic Energy Agency isn't doing a good enough job preventing information leaks to the news media.  Meanwhile, shortly before dropping North Korea from the blacklist of states that support terrorism this summer, the Bush admin. reportedly thwarted the transfer of missile parts from Pyongyang to Iran, according to US officials.

IRAQ: Parliament votes on the US security pact Wednesday.  Iraqi ministers are pushing the deal; Hezbollah is opposing it. US forces captured eight members of the League of the Righteous and six Hezbollah Brigades operatives during raids in Baghdad, and captured seven al Qaeda fighters during raids throughout Iraq.  In Mosul, Iraqi forces are leading the surge against the remnants of AQI.

HAMSTER on a PIANO (eating popcorn): Let's go to the music video.

SO, A DOG drives into a coffee shop...

THE PANDA is just not that into you.

SHIBA PUPPY CAM UPDATE: The newly famous Internet puppies have been adopted.  But UStream's replacement is at the link.

3200 FEMALE WHITE MICE were purchased by the Kremlin. I have a bad feeling about this.

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Rolling Stones Stones, TSOOL, Cutout Bin, Kitten vs Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 21, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with SHINDIG SOUL! This compilation is Tubed into three parts. Part One includes James Brown with "Please Please Please," Tina Turner with "A Fool In Love" and Booker T. & The MG's with "Green Onions." Part Two includes Major Lance with "Monkey Time," Joe Tex with "Hold What You've Got," Tina Turner with "Money" and Marvin Gaye with "I'll Be Doggone." Part Three serves up James Brown with "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," Aretha Franklin with "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" and Marvin Gaye with "Hitch Hike."

THE WHITE ALBUM gets a 40th Anniversary special at PopMatters.

THE SOUNDTRACK TO OUR LIVES' new album "Communion" is currently streaming in its entirety.

HOW OLD ARE YOU NOW? Jason Kottke lays out timelines for classic rock and movies: "Listening to Michael Jackson's Thriller today is equivalent to listening to Elvis Presley's first album (1956) at the time of Thriller's release in 1982."

THE UGLYSUIT does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.  The band is from Oklahoma City, but two of these tracks were inspired by the Windy City.

ELVIS COSTELLO now has a promo site for his new TV show, Spectacle, which will air on the Sundance Channel in the US.  Clips of El C talking and playing with Elton John are posted now.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy says everyone will be calling the band's next album a rock opera.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg gives Drowned In Sound his rundown of his band's latest album, Rook.

THE GREAT MOUSTACHES OF ROCK, courtesy of Yahoo's Get Back blog.

CUTOUT BIN:  Covers aplenty this week from Counting Crows, My Brightest Diamond, Michael Barone, Nico, Mary Lou Lord, Bob Dylan, M Ward, David Ruffin and X -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW PLAYING: This weekend's wide releases are the animated animal adventure Bolt, which is currently scoring 86 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and teen vampire sensation Twilight, currently scoring 47 percent.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE have reached agreement on their divorce - with the British film director reportedly refusing to take a penny of the Madge's cash.

JENNIFER GARNER has obtained a temporary restraining order against a 36-year-old fan she claims has been stalking her since at least 2002.

BRITNEY SPEARS unleashes some more wacky comments in documentary clips posted by People magazine.

HEATHER MILLS has made several complaints to the UK's press watchdog about inaccurate reporting and invasion of privacy in three national newspapers.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. gets Salon's award for the Sexiest Man Living 2008.

WINONA RYDER: Wonder why she was briefly hospitalized after a flight to London?  The Daily Mail suggests it was an accidental overdose of tranquillizers.

THE FRENCH HOTEL and Benji Madden called it quits Tuesday after nine months of dating.  Is Prince William to blame

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME totally hits on a 22-year-old Newsweek reporter in a Q&A for JCVD.

PARTICK SWAYZE talks to the Chicago Tribune about the Windy City, his career and his health.

MEGAN FOX, contrary to some reports, is still engaged to Brian Austin Green and planning a small wedding. Which is just enough news to link some outtakes from her recent GQ photo shoot.  Call it Gratuitous Friday.

STAR TREK: This week's new trailer inspired Trekker backlash, and this mash-up with Beverly Hills 90210.

THE END OF THE WORLD is coming to a theater near you many times before the end of the year.

MONTY PYTHON have started their own YouTube channel. There goes your weekend.

IRAN has now produced roughly enough nuclear material to make, with added purification, a single atom bomb, according to experts analyzing the latest report from UN nuke inspectors.

IRAQ: Members of Parliament clashed over the US security pact; supporters of the agreement rallied in Sunni and Shia cities. The Iraqi Army is equiping seven to eight light divisions, including commando, air assault, and mountain units.

CAT vs. RABBIT: Let's go to the video, for the patented rabbit hold.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A kitten with two faces.

DEAD PREGNANT ANACONDA: Not something you see every day.  WARNING: Some of the pics are pretty graphic.

AND THERE WAS WHALE all over the highway. A scooter owner's day is ruined.

LIVE WORM discovered during brain surgery. Video at the link.

ROGUE FLAMINGO recaptured in Des Moines, IA.

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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
Posted by: Karl

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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
Posted by: Karl

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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
Posted by: Karl

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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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