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Memorial Day 2010; RIP Dennis Hopper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 31, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.  Read about Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone.  While I'm not a big believer in the hackneyed journalism of "grim milestones," it's an appropriate moment to mark the 1000th death of a US serviceman in Afghanistan.  And to re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit the Mudville Gazette for items like William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle and Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are liekly to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Beret."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" writes at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

DENNIS HOPPER, who debuted in "Rebel Without a Cause," changed the face of Hollywood by directing and acting in "Easy Rider," spun completely out of control with substance abuse, and made a stunning comeback in 1986 with both "Hoosiers" and "Blue Velvet," died Saturday after a long battle with prostate cancer.  Hopper was 74, though that's just the years, not the mileage.  Though that "Blue Velvet" clip would be my tribute, Elizabeth Banks is right that Hopper's scene with Chistopher Walken in "True Romance" is a "cinematic Ali v. Frazier.''  Of course, both clips warrant a content warning, so consider yourself warned.

 Back tomorrow with the usual helping of tripe.

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Katrina and the Waves, Fyfe Dangerfield, Feelies, Cutout Bin, Dog Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 28, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with KATRINA & THE WAVES! "Walking On Sunshine" turns 25 this week, earning the song and the band a feature on All Things Considered, and an indie tribute EP assembled by Brooklyn Vegan. But we can dig a little deeper for pop gems like "Brown Eyed Son," "Do You Want Crying?", "Que Te Quiero" and "Red Wine and Whiskey."  BONUS: Guitarist, songwriter and Soft Boy Kimberley Rew also wrote "Going Down to Liverpool," later covered by The Bangles.

FYFE DANGERFIELD of the Guillemots stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

THE FEELIES stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set.

CAITLIN ROSE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND drops "Jonathan Low" from the Twilight: Eclipse soundtrack. Vampire synergy.

THOSE DARLINS have a short documentary streaming at Paste.

HOT CHOCOLATE: "You Sexy Thing." Believe in miracles?

MOUNTAIN GOATS frontman John Darniells talks to Straight.com about the band's 17th LP.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG talks to Drowned in Sound about her dad (Serge), her film career and her own intriguing musical journey.

PHIL COLLINS: At The Quietus, Gary Mills hits the ground running with a one-man Dunkirk-style rescue mission for the sake of the reputation for the drumming Tory homunculus.

THE NINE GREATEST RUSH SONGS, according to Paste.

IS GOOGLE KILLING the music download?

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Brinsley Schwartz to Iggy Pop, from Bob Dylan to Murray Head, from the Undertones to REO Speedwagon, plus Katrina & the Waves, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Los Bravos, OK Go, Led Zeppelin and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Sex and the City 2 (which technically opened yesterday), scoring 15 percent.

GARY COLEMAN is currently listed in critical condition in a Provo, Utah, hospital. UPDATE: Multiple media sources are reporting that Coleman is dead at age 42.

JESSE JAMES: Dad is explaining the black eye and broken arm he supposedly inflicted on Jesse during his childhood. Sister Julie James says Jesse's claim of child abuse is "completely true."

TIGER WOODS' legal team told him he can't date until his divorce is finalized. Meanwhile, Elin Nordegren is planning an extended trip to China within the next few months.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Planning to fool her alcohol-monitoring bracelet?

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON say they are having one baby, not two.

KENDRA WILKINSON says her sex tape broke her heart, despite evidence that she tried to sell it herself and is making a truckload of money from it.  Somehow, her husband has been understanding about the whole thing.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR will not be charged with hit-and-run.

50 CENT shed 54 pounds for his upcoming film ‘Things Fall Apart,' in which he plays a football player stricken with cancer.

40 LITTLE-SEEN, SHOULD BE MOVIE CLASSICS, according to The Obscure, the Forgotten, and the Unloved (via LHB). I think Modern Romance is the only one of them I've seen, and heartily recommend it.

NORTH KOREA vowed to attack any South Korean ships which violate their disputed border and Seoul's navy staged its own show of strength amid continuing high tension over the sinking of a warship.

AFGHANISTAN: Intellectuals and respected Afghan professionals are convinced the US is funding the Taliban to prolong the conflict and maintain influence in the region.  Meanwhile, an Afghan police commander claimed that his forces killed a top Pakistani Taliban leader during a clash in Nuristan province. The report has not been confirmed by US officials.

DOG RESCUED from a fence. Stay for the end.

BERTIE may well be the Ugliest Cat in Britain.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Fish with hands.

SNAKE in a MOTEL in Mason City, IA.

AN ABDUCTED TARANTULA was returned safely to a Maryland library.

26 HEADLESS CHICKENS baffle Alaska State Troopers.

KITTEH survives 30 minutes in a washing machine on spin cycle.

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Weller & Foxton, Nada Surf, Delta Spirit, Yankee Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PAUL WELLER reunited onstage with Bruce Foxton to play The Jam's "Eton Rifles."  The two already reunited on Weller's upcoming solo LP, Wake Up the Nation.

NADA SURF stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set

DELTA SPIRIT is advance streaming History From Below.

ARCADE FIRE: The full tracks teased on their website are popping up online.

ONE ESKIMO did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THEODORE also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, starting with a raucous cover of "Engine Number Nine."

BECK'S RECORD CLUB continues covering INXS's Kick with "Never Tear Us Apart."

THE MORNING BENDERS: Chris Chu lists a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List.

BOOKER T. JONES is profiled at the Telegraph, where he reminds us that "Green Onions" was a B-Side. Who cares what's on the flip side? I do!

SIDE 1, TRACK 1: All Songs Considered is making a list.

CULT of the iPOD: The Justice Department is examining Apple's tactics in the market for digital music, and its staff members have talked to major music labels and Internet music companies, according to several people briefed on the conversations.

JESSE JAMES is now blaming child abuse for his cheating on Sandra Bullock. His stepmom calls the claim "a bunch of crap."

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON are having twins, according to the ever-reliable Star.

ELLEN DeGENERES has started a record label and signed a kid from YouTube.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The Portrait of Dorian Li-Lo.

HARRY POTTER & THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: Spy photos. Slightly spoilery if you haven't read the book.

DIANE KEATON & ELLEN PAGE are doing a pilot for HBO.

ART LINKLETTER, who as the gently mischievous host of TV's "People Are Funny" and "House Party" in the 1950s and '60s delighted viewers with his ability to get kids - and grownups - to say the darndest things on national television, died Wednesday. He was 97.

TERROR in NYC: US officials, in an urgent visit, sought to convince Pakistan that Washington would be under intense pressure to respond if another plot with ties to the Pakistani Taliban led to American casualties.

AFGHANISTAN's intelligence agency has arrested a group of Taliban members believed to be behind last week's attack in Kabul, which killed 20 people.

IRAQ: The US grapples with shifting from amilitary- to diplomatic-run effort.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent disrupted the Yankees-Twins contest at Target Field earlier this week.

A HORDE OF FROGS forced the closure of a key Greek highway for two hours.

A MAJOR GRASSHOPPER INVASION could descend this summer on Wyoming, Montana, Nebraska and the Dakotas, damaging rangeland and crops, ranchers, farmers and scientists say.

SHARKS can become invisible. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

GOAT RAPE traumatized actor Adrien Brody.

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Pearl Jam, Dave Rawlings, Tallest Man on Earth, Kung Fu Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PEARL JAM invites Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) onstage at MSG to cover Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike."

DAVE RAWLINGS stopped by the KEXP studios for a chat and mini-set

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by Oregon Public Braodcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sleigh Bells, Light Pollution, Bettye LaVette, the Buzzcocks and more are heard in the latest installment of the long-running series.

PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY of the dB's perform Gene Clark's "Here Without You" at Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri.

TED LEO is briefly profiled by Filter.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman's 10 Steps to Making Your Own Maple Syrup. Yes, really.

PHIL SPECTOR has produced an album in prison; the LP from his 29-year-old wife is relased digitally on June 8.

SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa.

DAVID HASSELHOFF has been taken to the hospital after an alleged three-day alcohol bender, according to RadarOnline.  The Hoff denies it.

LINDSAY LOHAN can still take two drugs, in spite of Judge Marsha Revel's drug testing requirement - and one of the drugs could be at the root of Lindsay's problem.

SANDRA BULLOCK reportedly would not be watching Jesse James on Nightline.

KENDRA WILKINSON's sex tape comes out today -- a week early, due to popular demand.

MEGAN FOX's replacement on Transformers 3 is likely to be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

TOM CRUISE is Esquire's cover boy.

REESE WITHERSPOON is shacking up with her agent boyfriend, Jim Toth, after dating for four months.

SEX & THE CITY 2 is "blatantly anti-Muslim"?

THE MIDEAST: The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

NORTH KOREA is to cut all relations with South Korea, Pyongyang's official news agency reports.

IRAN: Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said he is opposed to sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program but has accused the government of "adventurism."

KUNG FU BEAR: Let's go to the video.

SHERLOCK the VULTURE joins the police force.

THE SWARM: A truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minnesota.

AN ELEPHANT is caught on camera, draining a hot tub.

DONKEY BUGGERY: Is there anything lower?

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Pearl Jam, Dave Rawlings, Tallest Man on Earth, Kung Fu Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PEARL JAM invites Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses) onstage at MSG to cover Temple of the Dog's "Hunger Strike."

DAVE RAWLINGS stopped by the KEXP studios for a chat and mini-set

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by Oregon Public Braodcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sleigh Bells, Light Pollution, Bettye LaVette, the Buzzcocks and more are heard in the latest installment of the long-running series.

PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY of the dB's perform Gene Clark's "Here Without You" at Off Broadway in St. Louis, Missouri.

TED LEO is briefly profiled by Filter.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman's 10 Steps to Making Your Own Maple Syrup. Yes, really.

PHIL SPECTOR has produced an album in prison; the LP from his 29-year-old wife is relased digitally on June 8.

SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray was found dead in a hotel in Urbandale, Iowa.

DAVID HASSELHOFF has been taken to the hospital after an alleged three-day alcohol bender, according to RadarOnline.  The Hoff denies it.

LINDSAY LOHAN can still take two drugs, in spite of Judge Marsha Revel's drug testing requirement - and one of the drugs could be at the root of Lindsay's problem.

SANDRA BULLOCK reportedly would not be watching Jesse James on Nightline.

KENDRA WILKINSON's sex tape comes out today -- a week early, due to popular demand.

MEGAN FOX's replacement on Transformers 3 is likely to be Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

TOM CRUISE is Esquire's cover boy.

REESE WITHERSPOON is shacking up with her agent boyfriend, Jim Toth, after dating for four months.

SEX & THE CITY 2 is "blatantly anti-Muslim"?

THE MIDEAST: The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

NORTH KOREA is to cut all relations with South Korea, Pyongyang's official news agency reports.

IRAN: Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi said he is opposed to sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program but has accused the government of "adventurism."

KUNG FU BEAR: Let's go to the video.

SHERLOCK the VULTURE joins the police force.

THE SWARM: A truck carrying 17 million bees crashes in Minnesota.

AN ELEPHANT is caught on camera, draining a hot tub.

DONKEY BUGGERY: Is there anything lower?

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