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Winter Dance Party, Free MP3s, Cutout Bin, Cat Scratch Fever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's 50 winters later, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people (including Los Lobos, Graham Nash, the Crickets, Pat DiNizio and others) to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. And the tributes to Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens are already being printed again, in advance of the true anniversary on Feb. 3rd. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party, plus rare footage of Holly playing "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!" in 1958.  There's little video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, and Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping" with Dave Edmunds. And the legacy doesn't stop there -- M Ward's upcoming album includes a cover of "Rave On."  Indeed.

HUNDREDS OF FREE MP3s are posted at Amazon, including tracks from Apples In Stereo, the Gaslight Anthem, OMD, The Raveonettes, King Khan & the Shrines, My Morning Jacket, the Black Lips and many more...

LAURA MARLING stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

M WARD has a two-part interview with Drowned In Sound.

THE 100 GREATEST DEBUT ALBUMS, according to ChordStrike, which somehow omitted Please Please Me (and even Meet The Beatles).

WEEZER: "Buddy Holly," natch. What, did you think I was going to hit you with Don McLean?

A.C. NEWMAN talks to Paste about his new album, working at home, and what comes next.

THE PERFECT POP SONG: From Jarvis Cocker to Donovan, stars tell Will Hodgkinson the stories behind their hits - and why musical ability is over-rated.

THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING VIDEO: How the Internet has affected how music videos are shot.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Buddy Holly to the Psychedelic Furs, from The Clash to Lulu, from Wilson Pickett to Gary Wright, plus Junior Walker & the All-Stars, Sniff 'N' the Tears, Modern Lovers, REO Speedwagon and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY appeared on Colbert Nation and accused the Dalai Lama of cannibalism in an emergency.  Elsewhere,, the Cute One spoke out on his bitter divorce from Heather Mills, saying: "I've been through a dark place."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the Liam Neeson action flick Taken, which is currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Uninivited, currently scoring 43 percent, and the rom-com New In Town, which is scoring 11 percent. Yes, it's January.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is serious about his rap career, according to his rep, fwiw.

MADONNA: Guy Ritchie's father has welcomed Madge having ‘lots of boyfriends' since the divorce from his film director son last year.

AMY WINEHOUSE plays topless Scrabble in the Caribbean. 

ANGELINA JOLIE wore her gown backward at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards, for reasons that I think have something to do with motherhood.

MICKEY ROURKE will not wrestle WWE superstar Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania, according to his rep. His Wrestler co-star, Evan Rachel Wood, denies having a thing with him.

THE 10 FUNNIEST SUPERBOWL COMMERCIALS, according to Spike.

THE OSCARS: Film critics David Denby and A.O. Scott discuss their problems with the 81st Academy Award Nominations on the Charlie Rose Show.

THE FBI has cut off contacts with the Council on American-Islamic Relations amid mounting concern about the group's roots in a Hamas-support network. The decision was made quietly last summer as federal prosecutors prepared for a second trial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, an Islamic charity accused of providing money and political support to the terrorist group Hamas.

IRAQ: Encouraged by security improvements throughout the country, thousands of women are running for council seats in the provincial elections.  The elections could also ease tensions in Iraq's most violent province.

CAT SCRATCH FEVER: Let's go to the video.

HAPPY COWS produce more milk, according to researchers at Newcastle University.

AN IMMORTAL JELLYFISH is swarming through the world's oceans, according to scientists.

A PREHISTORIC SHARK was photographed alive; then it was caught and died almost immediately.

SPINNER SHARK freestyles with surfers off Hutchinson Island, FL. Video at the link.

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Andrew Bird, Ramones, Jay Reatard, Loris   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 29, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ANDREW BIRD breaks down his new album track-by-track for Drowned In Sound. And Dave loved "Fitz & Dizzyspells" the other night.

FRANK BLACK has a new band with his wife.

PETER BJORN & JOHN: Bjorn talks to Paste about the forthcoming Living Thing album, including this about the song "Blue Period Picasso": "It's like a hit single from the '80s that never got to be a single. It's a really cool song... It's like an old Paul Anka song, but played by Prince."

DEREK TRUCKS, guitar prodigy and nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, did a mini-set for the World Cafe streamable via NPR.

MATT & KIM fight Cute, fail miserably: "Onstage, Matt sings, attacks keyboards, and narrates with the wild, rapturous glee of a lottery winner; Kim kicks the sh^t out of her drum set and smiles so adorably she makes babies jealous. If this strikes you as nauseating, you're just not acquainted."

I WANNA BE SEDATED gets a beefed up feature with Ramones video links as part of the upgrading NPR 100.

METRIC: Emily Haines talks about the band's next album, which will be self-released in April.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE: Between his addiction and his dad Steve, which do you think he's less happy discussing?

JAY REATARD, a/k/a lo-fi Memphis garage-rocker Jay Lindsey, is profiled in the East Bay Express.  You can stream a few at HisSpace.

THE WHITE HOUSE RECORD LIBRARY: There's vintage vinyl in the basement.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Sister Ashlee is "completely disgusted" by the headlines concerning her sister's weight.  I would be also, if Jessica was a talented singer or actress.  RELATED?  The ever-reliable Star has Tony Romo cheating on Jessica in her own bed.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX may be hoaxing the public with his amazingly bad rap career.

JOHN TRAVOLTA: The extortion plot aginst him was really lame.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's former partner , who was believed to have drowned at sea nearly four years ago, staged his own disappearance, according to an NBC Dateline investigation.

BART SIMPSON is making robo-calls for Scientology. Not prank calls, either.

MEGAN FOX could replace Angelina Jolie in a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise?

HILARY DUFF will star in "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," which thankfully is not even going to pretend to be a remake of the 1967 classic.

OSCARS ROUNDTABLE: Newsweek's annual gathering of hopefuls hosts Brad Pitt, Robert Downey, Jr., Anne Hathaway, Frank Langella, Sally Hawkins, and Mickey Rourke.  Transcript and video at the link.

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD fired its chief negotiator and replaced its negotiating committee -- a sign that a SAG feature-primtetime deal may be close without a strike.

GUILLERMO del TORO walks out of an interview that raises his cinematic whitewashing of Che Guevara's record as a mass murderer.

IRAN: President Ahmadinejad said the US must remove its forces from the Middle East and apologize for "the crimes they have committed against the Iranian nation." Egypt's foreign minister said Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas are conspiring to spark a regional conflict. US Rep. Pete Hoekstra says "there's no way and no chance to stop the Iranian nuclear program."

IRAQ: Early voting for the provincial elections has begun. Kurdistan leader Massoud Barazani rejected the formation of Awakening councils in the North.

A LORIS EATS: Let's go to the video.

BABY GIRAFFE born Monday morning at the San Francisco Zoo.  Awww... some pics at the link.

STREAKER the PIG will attempt to correctly choose the Super Bowl XLIII winner.

A GATOR stuck in a pipe in Cape Coral FL, is lured out with...

THE £100000 PUPPY: We can clone him.

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Ting Tings, Nellie McKay, Volcano Suns, St. Vincent, Kitty Cam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE TING TINGS released a US version of "That's Not My Name," which is a good enough excuse for me.  That and the day-glo cheerleaders. 

NELLIE McKAY and Mia Doi Todd played the Mountain Stage in a set streamable via NPR.

THE VOLCANO SUNS: Merge Records is streaming the reissues of The Bright Orange Years and All-Night Lotus Party at the moment.

ADELE: Some reviewers suggest that her songwriting isn't nearly as intriguing and fully developed as her voice. She agrees.

NEKO CASE lists 17 things she loves for Paste.

ST. VINCENT plays a piano version of "Marry Me" and "What Me Worry?" at the Sydney Festival for Shoot The Player.

AMIMAL COLLECTIVE: "Geologist," a/k/a Brian Weitz, talks to JamBase about their new release, their live show and what's slated for the future.

KAKI KING describes her audience to the Ventura County Star.

THE 50 CRAZIEST POP STARS EVER, according to Blender.

BORN TO ROCK: Newborns can follow a rhythm, a new study has found, suggesting rocking out is innate.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Bigger than ever. In mom jeans.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Waif-like again. In SoHo.

MADONNA & A-ROD: Together again. In Seinfeld's house.

BRADGELINA: Flashing the twins publicly for the first time. And maybe getting upstaged by Jennifer Aniston at the Oscars.

BIJOU PHILLIPS tells the depressed to "get over it" without medicine. Coincidentally, she's a Scientologist.

WATCHMEN: The 10th anniversary of Dr. Manhattan, as reported on the NBS Nightly News with Ted Philips, March 11th 1970.

MICKEY ROURKE & EVAN RACHEL WOOD were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Grey Goose's official SAG after-party.

BENJAMIN BUTTON: Could it seize Oscar legend by the throat on Feb. 22 with 13 losses? Defamer thinks so.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE has sparked protests in Indian slums.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Nine Saudi Islamic militants, including former Guantanamo inmates, have been rearrested in the Kingdom despite completing a controversial "rehabilitation" program.

IRAN: How good is US intell on the Islamic theocracy?  Not very. And the declassified version is worse. Meanwhile, the prestigious International Institute for Strategic Studies again predicts Iran will have enough enriched uranium to make a single nuclear weapon later this year.

AFGHANISTAN: Canada's Globe & Mail looks at the return of the Taliban and their more direct attacks on NATO forces.  The WSJ looks at the confusion caused by private security forces in a situation far different from Iraq.  Meanwhile, soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division have left NY for Regional Command - East, increasing the US presence there by thousands.

IRAQ: The Christian Science Monitor looks at the (daunting) logistics of a 16-month exit by US forces.  The Institute for the Study of War has a fact sheet on the Iraqi Provincial Elections.

KITTY CAM: Live video feed.

SHUBENACADIE SAM nearly lost his weather gig in the economic downturn.

FAT DOGS were seized by the RSPCA after their owner  was accused of feeding them too much.

THIS CARDINAL is like the Two-Face of cardinals. And thus we learn what a gynandromorph is.

NICE DAY for a... penguin wedding.

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TVotR, New Releases, Ron Sexsmith, Glasvegas, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

TV on the RADIO have released a clip for "Stork and Owl." And you can hear 'em cover Bowie's "Heroes" at the 'Gum.

NEW RELEASES: Mark Olson & Gary Louris, Of Montreal, The Bird & Bee, Loney Dear, Pat DiNizio, Springsteen and more are streaming in full from Spinner this week.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE played the Bowery Ballroom last week; you can stream the gig via Stereogum.

RON SEXSMITH does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all from his Exit Strategy of the Soul.

THE ULTIMATE BEATLES COUNTDOWN: Every song ranked and analyzed by JamsBio.

GLASVEGAS perfoms a mini-set for The Interface, which is more than Twofer Tuesday.

A.C. NEWMAN tries to explain his solo process to MetroNews Vancouver.

BRIAN WILSON talks to LAist about Chris Montez, his latest album, the Wondermints and more...

ANDREW BIRD talks to New York magazine about learning via the Suzuki Method, joining a punk-ska band, current faves and more... 

BILLY JOEL: At Slate, Ron Rosenbaum tries to explain the Piano Man's awfulness. (Thx, Belle!)

TOM CRUISE was quizzed about his flatulence habits by controversial British TV host Jonathan Ross.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY has told friends he plans to wed his new girlfriend Nancy Shevell.

MICKEY ROURKE may participate in WWE's "Wrestlemania 25" in Houston on April 5.

ALEC BALDWIN celebrated his double SAG award win with the teenage daughter he once called a "rude little pig." Now that you mention it, she loonks like a Baldwin.

OPRAH WINFREY coulda been a Senator, had impeached Illinois Gov. Gov. Rod Blagojevich been just the tiniest bit wackier.

UGLY BETTY got some ugly news.

HARRY POTTER and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: There's new footage in the Japanese trailer introduced by Daniel Radcliffe.

THE OSCARS has an entirely convoluted system for counting nomination ballots.

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD is wracked with infighting over a planned strike-authorization vote. The schism has split SAG's high-profile members in a way that few can recall. "They've got a mutiny of stars, and SAG leadership cannot stand up to a mutiny of the stars," said David Prindle, author of "The Politics of Glamour," a well regarded history of the union.

PAKISTAN: Mullah Fazlullah ordered 43 political and tribal leaders to stand trial in front of a Taliban court in Swat.

AFGHANISTAN: Last year, 3276 IEDs were detonated or detected in Afghanistan, a 45 percent increase over 2007 and a new record.

IRAQ:  Less than four months after the disbanding of the Sons of Iraq, or Al Sahwa, auxiliary force, the Iraqi Interior Ministry has overseen the formation of a new unit created to thwart Al Qaeda strikes.  Provincial elections this month highlights the ascendancy of tribes, esp. the Anbar tribes.

BABY ELEPHANT turns 5 months old at the Oregon Zoo. Awww... some pics and video at the link.

A CAT is recovering after an arrow is removed from its head.  Video at the link.  That's one wild and crazy cat.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: 48 dead whales beached on the north west tip of Tasmania.

PET HOARDING: A 53-year-old man was arrested Sunday at a rural Van Zandt County, TX, property where 185 animals were living in squalid conditions with no food or water. At least 50 goats and sheep, 41 dogs, 30 chickens, 18 ducks and geese, seven rabbits, three turkeys, two cats and one alpaca were found alive at the home Sunday.  ALSO: 600 dogs rescued from puppy mills in Washington State pregnant with an estimated 1500 future puppies.

A FIESTY RACCOON has bitten off a pervert's penis as he was trying to rape the animal.

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DeVotchKa, Hold Steady, R.Hitchcock, Cat in the Vase   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 26, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PETER BJORN & JOHN "Lay It Down" in a new video that's probably NSFW for language..

DeVotchKa played the World Cafe on Friday, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig, Tad and Franz stopped by the latest edition of Sound Opinions.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK gives Aquarium Drunkard a tour of NYC and an advance MP3 from his upcoming album. 

ROYAL BANGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unrealeased.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to the Yorkshire Evening Post about the UK tour of 1000 Years Of Popular Music, which is as good an excuse as any to relink this one.

FRANZ FERDINAND talks to Eye Weekly about their new album -- which is already streaming -- axe-throwing and Win Butler's "paddle hand."

THE SILVER JEWS: David Berman has disbanded them.

SHE & HIM: Zooey Deschanel spills a few details about their next album during an interview with MTV at Sundance.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes gives advice on love, drinking, footwear and more to Drowned in Sounders.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paul Blart: Mall Cop repeats atop the b.o. with another 21.5 million, reminding everyone it's January.  The Underworld flick had to settle for second -- 20 million against a 35 million production budget isn't bad, though the two prior installments tended not to have legs. Gran Torino drops to third -- it will cross the 100 million mark this week and be Clint's biggest grosser in unadjusted dollars.  Hotel For Dogs moved up to fourth place, but hasn't made even half of its production budget yet.  Slumdog Millionaire leaps up to round out the Top Five; it's 56 million total to date far exceeds its 15 million production budget.  Below the fold, Inkheart debuted in seventh place, doing better overseas than in the US.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON: Two prominent Bahamian citizens and a paramedic were detained in the Bahamas in an alleged extortion scheme targeting John Travolta following the death of his son, according to reports. One, Obie Wilchcombe, the island's former Minister of Tourism and a friend of the Travoltas, was also arrested but later released, according to TMZ.com.

KELLY OSBOURNE returns to rehab.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT: Why she called off her wedding (hint: insecurities on both sides). Former LFO frontman Rich Cronin told Howard Stern he would have married her.

TOM HANKS apologizes for calling Mormon support for California's Proposition 8 "un-American."

JOHN CLEESE is dating a 27-year-old? Or a 45-year-old? 

MOLLY RINGWALD is expecting twins.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE, contrary to prior reports, are still wrangling over arrangements for their children.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these actors.  On the TV side, 30 Rock and Mad Men took home statues. Slumdog Millionaire won the ensemble actor for a movie.

TOM BRADY & GISELLE BUNDCHEN are not engaged, according to the latter. 

FRED ARMISEN & ELISABETH MOSS, otoh, are engaged. Funnyman + Mad Woman = Crazy Delicious.

KELLY RUTHERFORD of Gossip Girl wins a round in her custody dispute.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. should be awarded Best Reaction Ever to a supporting actor Oscar nomination.

ISLAMISM DOWN UNDER: A Muslim cleric in Melbourne has sparked outrage by telling his followers it is acceptable to rape and beat their wives.

THE STANS: David Kilcullen (an advisor to Gen. Petraeus) is among the authors of Enduring Interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan, a new policy brief from the Center for a New American Security.

CAT IN THE VASE: Like Dr. Seuss, but with a vase.

A GOAT was busted for attempted auto theft in Nigeria.

A BOSTON TERRIER stopped a rape attempt in Pompano Beach, FL, sheriff's deputies said.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Rampaging squirrels are attacking nurses on their way to work in County Durham, meaning health chiefs have been forced to give advice to their employees to protect them from the animals.

TWO HORSES tested positive for an equine venereal disease in Wisconsin.  So many punchlines, so little time.
 

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