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Drive-By Truckers, The Drums, Peter Wolf, Bird Music   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HIDDEN CAMERAS "Breathe On It" for They Shoot Music, Don't They?

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE DRUMS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

PETER WOLF and World Cafe host David Dye discuss Wolf's new LP, Midnight Souvenirs, as the artist shares some of his favorite tunes from his old jukebox.

THE 22-20s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR get a feature plus live tracks from All Things Considered.

BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

A NICK DRAKE TRIBUTE that will feature a documentary, album and book is underway.

JIMMY WEBB: One of America's greatest pop songwriters talks to PopMatters about how the boy from Elk City got to Nashville to record the cameo-laden Just Across the River.  Plus, great stories about how he wrote "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and more...

THE HOLD STEADY: Axeman Tad Kubler talks to Gibson about some of the new sounds on Heaven Is Whenever, the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay his Gibson 335s, and Cheap Trick.

SLEIGH BELLS guitarist Derek Miller talks to the Broward - Palm Beach New Times about returning to play his old stomping grounds in South Florida. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despicable Me takes the weekend with a 60.1 million debut against a 69 million budget.  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse places with 33.4 million.  That's a 49 percent drop from its opening, but it has already raked in 237 million domestic against the same sort of budget as Despicable Me.  Predators debuted in the No. 3 slot with 25.3 million against a 40 million budget.  Toy Story 3 slipped a notch with 22 million, but a 27 percent drop suggests more legs for a movie that's already taken in 340.2 million domestic against a 200 million budget.  The Last Airbender timbles from second to round out the Top Five with 17.2 million, a 58 percent drop, that's not quite as disastrous as it sounds, as it broke the 100 million mark against a 150 million budget.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The audio of Gibson's vile, hate-filled racist rant was posted by RadarOnline.  Also, Gibson reportedly threatened to bury the mother of his love child in the rose garden of his multi-million dollar mansion.  Gibson has been dropped as a client by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

RYAN SEACREST was... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera with DWTS' Julianne Hough In Italy.

EMILY BLUNT & JIM KRASINSKI got hitched over the weekend.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD married Ottawa Senators' hockey player Mike Fisher over the weekend.

JESSICA SIMPSON turns 30, and it's not like she imagined.

ED NORTON is not playing The Hulk in The Avengers... but he would like to.

KEVIN BACON is negotiating to play the villain role in X-Men: First Class.

JAMES CAMERON will make 350 million from Avatar.

IRAN has "yet to confirm" the stay of the stoning sentence for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

PAKISTAN: A suicide bomber killed 65 Pakistanis and wounded more than 100 in an attack on pro-government tribal leaders in Mohmand.

IRAQ: Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Friday in Beirut that he hopes the new Iraqi government would be formed next month.

THE BIRDS, set to music.

MAN SLUGS BEAR, Rescues Goat.

A CAT was ratted out to the cops by its owners after it started stealing dozens of knickers and items of underwear from neighboring gardens.

MONKEYS are being trained by the Taliban to shoot and kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, according to unnamed Chinese publications? Why am I skeptical of this blockbuster scoop?

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Thin Lizzy, Jamie Lidell, Dawes, Cutout Bin, Parrot Opera   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY!  Won't be long 'till Summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy is back in rotation.  Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

DAWES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three unreleased.

DELTA SPIRIT played a set for World Cafe Live.

MINUS THE BEAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW, via All Songs Considered.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise," which is oddly missing from the Tube.

THE BEST OF 2010 (So Far), according to The Quietus.

HARVEY FUQUA, a singer, songwriter, record producer and early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died at 80. Fuqua and Gaye performed together on the 1958 hit "Ten Commandments of Love."

10 TIMELESS BEACH ALBUMS, according to Flavorwire. (Thx, LHB.)

20 ROCKING DOCUMENTARIES, according to TotalFilm. THE TOP TEN MUSIC DOCS, according to the Daily Telegraph.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bird & the Bee to the Byrds, from Eddie Floyd to Chris Stamey, from Ringo Star to Guided by Voices, plus Focus, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye 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 Despicable Me, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Predators, scoring 72 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN vows to appeal the 90-day jail sentence imposed by Judge Marsha Revel, whom the actress called a very NSFW thing. And yet Lohan also wants a million bucks for her first post-jail interview, so why appeal? BTW, her lawyer quit.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is under investigation for domestic violence.  Meanwhile, Gibson has been caught on tape making another bigoted remark, this time against Latinos, reports RadarOnline.

JESSICA SIMPSON's new boyfriend is still legally married, fwiw.

DREW BARRYMORE talks to Elle about her latest film, her new outlook, and refusing to settle.

EMMY NOMS went to these people and shows. Nom nom nom.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS looks to have a Beast and a Cyclops onboard.

TERROR in the UK: Three men were found guilty Thursday of conspiring to murder hundreds of people in the longest-running terrorism trial in British history.

TERROR in NYC: An indictment unsealed today by the Dept. of Justice reveals that the foiled 2009 NYC subway terrorist attack uncovered in the Najibullah Zazi investigation was a much more ambitious plot than previously known. The NYC plot was planned to coincide with a similar suicide attack on the London transit system and was coordinated by senior leaders of al Qaeda's external operations unit.

IRAN is denying reports that an woman convicted of adultery will be executed by stoning, though her death sentence may still be carried out by some other method. Well, that's okay, then.

IRAQ: Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims trudged resolutely through blood-spattered streets on Thursday, determined to pay homage to a Shi'ite Imam despite suicide and roadside bombs that killed dozens.

PARROT SINGS OPERA: Let's go to the video.

A WHITE BENGAL TIGER was foiled by an inflatable killer whale.

ESCAPE OBSESSED MONKEYS used springy tree branches to catapult themselves over a five-meter electric fence to freedom.

SAN FRANCISCO could soon have what is believed to be the country's first ban on the sale of all pets except fish, following an intense lobbying effort by gerbils and hamsters.

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Los Campesinos!, Alejandro Escovedo, the Dead & the Beach Boys, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS performs "Windfall" at the Highland Park Masonic Lodge for Hobo FM.

LOS CAMPESINOS! play a Tiny Desk Concert.  And yet: This performance contains language not suitable for all audiences.

M.I.A. is advance streaming /\/\ /\ Y /\.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD & THE BEACH BOYS: Live at the Fillmore East, April 27, 1971.

MAVIS STAPLES drops "You Are Not Alone" (written by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) as an advance track.

EELS drop "Spectacular Girl" as an advance track.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton talks to PopMatters about the band's reunion, his storied career, and massages from men in togas.

THE SUBMARINES talk to SPIN about their upcoming album, Blake's relation to The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the difficulties writing, recording, and touring with your spouse.

WILCO did not renew its contract with Nonesuch, and is forming their own label.

TED LEO is reportedly considering retiring in 2011, citing low record sales and an "unsustainable" model for doing business.

LINDSAY LOHAN may have come with a profane message on her fingernails for the Los Angeles Superior Court when she appeared for her probation revocation hearing -- and it could spell more jail time.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is caught on tape admitting that he hit the mother of his love child, according to RadarOnline.


ANGELINA JOLIE talks family matters with Parade magazine to promote Salt.

CAMERON DIAZ talks to Harper's Bazaar about her booty, which is clearly of more interest than Knight & Day.

ELLE MACPHERSON admits using a banned substance.

ROB LOWE wants to buy Miramax?

AL QAEDA: Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese detainee held at Guantanamo, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission Wednesday.

IRAN: The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.  He said Iran has not been deterred from supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah now, when it doesn't have a nuclear arsenal. So why, he asked rhetorically, would Iran be more cautious in its support for terrorism if it did.

AFGHANISTAN: Why Kandahar locals turn to the Taliban.

THIS TORTOISE really digs having its shell brushed.

A 9-FT GATOR was euthanized in Oakland, FL.

SUPER SQUID Sex Organ Discovered. Hentai fans rejoice!

A ONE-ARMED, ONE-LEGGED MONKEY slaughters a man's chickens.

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She & Him, The Church, Voung Veins, Cat Rick-rolled   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANG ISLAND have a new video for "Careful Crossers."

SHE & HIM played a set for World Cafe Live.

THE CHURCH stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

YOUNG VEINS: Last July, Panic! at the Disco had finished a round of touring arenas to support its ambitious and critically lauded second album. Then Ryan Ross and Jon Walker abruptly quit to start the Young Veins, inspired by '60s British Invasion and California pop like the Zombies and Love.  Check 'em out.

OF MONTREAL dropped a new track "Hydra Fancies," in the Believer's 2010 Music Issue.

DUNGEN dropped "Marken Låg Stilla" as an advance track to their next LP.

LIZ PHAIR has a new album, Funstyle, available at her website. Some find it baffling.

JOHN LENNON: Roio has his 1972 King Biscuit Flower Hour.

ARTHUR LEE joins THE FUZZTONES on "7 and 7 Is." Because it's today.

PAUL WELLER is profiled by the Irish Independent.

SERGE GAINSBOURG: Joann Sfar's biopic is the peg for stories about his controversial catalog, his continuing influence, and his women.

THE FENDER TELECASTER at 60: Legendary guitarists, including Andy Summers and Graham Coxon, on why they love the iconic guitar.

PRINCE: "The Internet is completely over."

LINDSAY LOHAN was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation in her DUI case, followed by a 90-day inpatient rehab program.  She also got served with legal papers in a civil lawsuit while she was in the courtroom elevator yesterday.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva not only has Gibson's vile and profane rants on tape, but she is also sitting on potentially explosive photos that will show her bloodied and bruised after a confrontation with the Oscar-winner.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, who was great in (500) Days of Summer, is profiled in Details in advance of the opening of Christopher Nolan's Inception, which currently has a perfect score on the ol' Tomatometer..

GEORGE MICHAEL has been arrested after he crashed his car into a shop front in the early hours of the morning.

BRITNEY SPEARS admits in Cosmopolitan magazine that she'd never let her sons have careers in Hollywood.

JAMES BOND 23 remains indefinitely suspended (but not necessarily dead) due to MGM's financial troubles.

THE TOP 40 MOVIES FILMED IN CHICAGO, according to Chicago magazine. Guess which movie tops the chart?

IRAN has unveiled haircuts that according to officials are in line with Iranian and Islamic principles.

PAKISTAN: A former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years has been arrested in Pakistan on terrorism charges.  Privately, the US-Pakistan relationship is often marked by mistrust and double-dealing as Pakistan runs double agents against the CIA and the agency tries to penetrate Pakistan's closely guarded nuclear program.

IRAQ hopes for a spectacular oil boom to revive its political fortunes.

FRO the CAT: Rick-rolled.

DOG nurses a kitteh... Mass hysteria!

A PYTHON used by a South African fortune-teller to control the progress of teams in the World Cup was seized by animal welfare inspectors.

A BABY BIRD gets help from a new pair of shoes.

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New Releases, REM, School of Seven Bells, Wavves, Turtlecam   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS delivered a sweet take on "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES:  Stuff like Jimmie Vaughan and Kylie Minogue are streaming in full from Spinner, instead of stuff liek Robert Pollard or even Big Boi.  What's up with that?

R.E.M.: The double-disc reissue of Fables of the Reconstruction is streaming via KCRW.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is advance streaming Disconnect from Desire.

WAVVES is still advance streaming King of the Beach, icymi over the holiday weekend. Because you shouldn't miss it. (Content warning.)

ADMIRAL RADLEY (Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle and drummer Aaron Burtch along with Ariana Murray and Aaron Espinoza of Earlimart) is advance streaming I Heart California.  Advisory: This album contains explicit adult language.

MANFRED MANN: "Do Wah Diddy" and "The Mighty Quinn" are your Twofer Tuesday.

GANG OF FOUR singer / co-songwriter Jon King gets all academic with DIY, and discusses his views on songwriting, "subject-matter", and the secret to selling records but not selling out. (Thx, LHB.)

ROBERT CHRISTGAU talks to the L.A. Times about the end of the Consumer's Guide.

THE SADIES: Dallas Good talks to ChartAttack about the more spooky and psychedelic vibe onn the band's latest LP.

LOU REED: The Velvet Underground legend infuriates fans with a 'fearless night of non-rock' with Laurie Anderson and John Zorn.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse easily topped the weekend with 69 million.  The sparkly vampires have hauled in 161 million since opening on midnight Wednesday -- but one wonders whether the studio is entirely happy, given that New Moon made 164 million in its opening 5 days, absent a big holiday weekend.  July 4 is a bit of a confounder for franchises historically; this installment could still outgross the second by the end of its run.  The Last Airbender placed with 40.6 million (57 million since opening Thursday) against a 150 million budget.  A big drop next weekend could doom any hopes for a sequel and further tarnish the rep of M. Night Shamalayan.  Toy Story 3 showed with 30 million.  Its 49 percent drop was not unexpected over the holiday weekend, and it will break the 300 million barrier shortly, making it the odds-on favorite for the year's biggest grossing movie (yes, even counting Harry Potter later this year).  Grown-Ups drops even more steeply, but its 18.5 million puts it near recouping its 80 million budget.  Knight & Day rounds out the Top Five with 10.2 million, but it has only made 45.5 million domestic against a 117 million budget.

JENNA FISCHER married screenwriter Lee Kirk this weekend in a private ceremony.


MELISSA ETHERIDGE went to court Friday to formally end her partnership with Tammy Lynn Michaels, seeking joint custody of their 3-year-old twins.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Jasmine Waltz, the cocktail waitress who, according to reports, hit Lindsay Lohan in the wee hours of Friday morning, has denied striking the actress.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was arrested, then cleared, of pot charges at the World Cup.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR just completed a 30-day, in-patient rehab program for prescription drugs.

JESSICA SIMPSON is reportedly dating ex San Francisco 49ers tight end Eric Johnson.

THE HOBBIT: Delays could cost the production Ian McKellen.

IRAN allegedly sold Syria an advanced radar system in an arms transfer that took place in mid-2009.  Meanwhile, Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, could be stoned to death at any moment under the terms of a death sentence handed down by Iranian authorities.

AFGHANISTAN: The 101st Airborne Division is now taking on the Taliban in "The Heart of Darkness."

TURTLECAM: Let's go to the video.


TABBY CAT rescued from a storm drain after four nights.

COWS stare unamazed as Shakespeare boosts milk production.

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