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Lemonheads, PJ Harvey, Decemberists, Cutout Bin, Sleepy Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart" (which Dando makes safe-for-broadcat with a funny spoonerism).  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand witha self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" of The Late Late Show.

PJ HARVEY played the Warfield last week; you can stream the whole gig on demand now.

MIDDLE BROTHER - composed of John J. McCauley III of Deertick, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and Matt Vasquez of Delta Spirit - stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE DECEMBERISTS: How about dozens of live covers? Not just of REM, Robyn Hitchcock, Big Star and the like, but Heart, Bad Company and Cheap trick, to name a few.

THE BEASTIE BOYS released the full 22-minute version of "Fight For Your Right Revisted."

MARIANNE FAITHFULL asks "Why Did We Have to Part?" in advance of Horse and High Heels.

ROY ORBISON, who would have turned 75 yesterday, was celebrated with a new video for his signature hit, "(Oh) Pretty Woman."

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

THE WRENS: Charles Bissell spoke to Prefix about the upcoming album, the state of the blogosphere, and what would happen if they became superstars.

TIMES NEW VIKING talks to Drowned In Sound about leaving lo-fi behind.

FIVE FEMALE SINGERS every man should listen to, according to Carrie Brownstein.

50 SONGS every man should listen to, also from Esquire's music issue.

THE 10 BEST SOUTHERN ROCK ALBUMS, according to Alan Paul. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Liz Phair to the Beatles, from Tom Jones to the Clash, from the Beach Boys to Husker Du, plus Psychedelic Furs, Them, Kenny Rogers, Red Kross, the Urban Dance Squad and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Water For Elephants, which is currently scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family, whcih was not screened for critics (per usual for Perry); and African Cats, which is scoring 70 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN is back on the Gotti biopic.

CHARLIE SHEEN's exes, Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards, have struck up an unlikely friendship.

LADY GAGA & WEIRD AL YANKOVIC: Um... I'll let him explain it, but thankfully, it's about a song parody.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY were back in court, but still haven't resolved their child custody dispute.


ETHAN HAWKE is to be a dad for the fourth time. I'm guessing the mom-to-be will be careful about picking a nanny.

EMMA WATSON was routinely heckled by her fellow students at oh-so-tolerant Brown University.

KATE BECKINSALE has been offered the Sharon Stone role in the Total Recall remake opposite Colin Farrell. Eva Mendes and Rosario Dawson are the serious contenders for the role of Melina.

WHY IS THIS SATURDAY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DAYS?  Because ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments, a grand spectacle featuring acting from Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter that is so over-the-top that Yul Brenner starts to look good by comparison.  And while Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke the line "Where's your Messiah now?" in the movie, it  -- like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca) -- has become part of a part of our culture. The line actually comes from Billy Crystal (sample), originally a bit from the Oscars, iirc. It later turned up o­n The Simpsons, with Chief Wiggum playing Dathan to Ned Flanders' Moses. Mind you, I find it odd that this didn't air last weekend, before Passover.  That's when I pulled out my DVD... and I'll get my Charlton Heston Easter fix with Ben-Hur.

INDONESIA: Police arrested 19 terror suspects involved in a plot to blow up a church over Easter weekend in Serpong; police found a massive bomb at the gas pipeline leading to the church.

IRAN: The UAE's foreign minister stated that Iran must treat its neighbors with "responsibility and respect." Kuwait's foreign minister accused an Iranian spy cell of planning attacks against US infrastructure in the country.

LIBYA: Rebels took control of a border outpost in the west after more than 200 pro-Gaddafi troops deserted to Tunisia. NATO bombers attacked Gaddafi forces in Tripoli and Gharyan.

AFGHANISTAN: Government officials in the north are building up their own ethnic-based militia groups to expand their influence and keep the Taliban at bay. But the spread of mostly Tajik and Uzbek militias is aggravating tensions with local Pashtuns.

WALDO the KITTEH, passed out on a bookshelf, silently summarizing my Friday.

GOLDFISH RACING cancelled in Tacoma.

...AND THERE WAS SHRIMP all over the highway.

A BLACK ANGUS COW gives birth to rare triplets in Manhattan. No, not that Manhattan.

SWAN and a TRACTOR: A Love Story.

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The National, Morning Benders, Caribou, Dog Feeds Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEET FOXES played "Grown Ocean" on Later with Jools Holland. 

THE NATIONAL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE MORNING BENDERS are streaming album tracks, covers  and various rarities via Soundcloud.

CARIBOU is offering the complete recordings of the live Vibration Ensemble set from All Tomorrow's Parties in 2009, also via Soundcloud.

POKEY LaFARGE plays a Tiny Desk Concert of 20s and 30s-influenced tunes at NPR.

YEASAYER dropped "Phoenix Wind" and "Swallowing the Decibels" for Record Store Day.

WHITE DENIM dropped a trippy video for "Drug."

TV ON THE RADIO's Gerard Smith has lost his battle with lung cancer.

THE OLD 97s: Rhett Miller talks to Spinner about the value of preserverance.

JULIANA BARWICK spoke to Pitchfork about favorite songs, Amy Grant, movies that are better than their books, and why it's good to have your own table.

HOME TAPING IS KILLING MUSIC (REDUX): Three case studies, including Amazon's new cloud player.

LINDSAY LOHAN can fuggedabout playing Victoria Gotti on film.

CATHERINE ZETA-JONES speaks out about her bipolar disorder.

DEMI LOVATO speaks out about her bipolar disorder.

TIM ROBBINS loses both parents within 12 days. I'm not a fan of his, but my heart goes out to him.

BRADGELINA have strict requirements for their nannies.

EMMA ROBERTS & CHORD OVERSTREET were... wait for it.... caught canoodling at Coachella, for extra alliteration.

TYLER PERRY tells Spike Lee he can go straight to Hell.

JAMES FRANCO lists his Top 10 entries in the Criterion Collection.

ELISABETH SLADEN, the British actress who played intrepid investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith on and off throughout Doctor Who's 30-year run, passed away on Monday.

YEMEN: The UN Security Council's first talks on the crisis ended in New York without an agreed public statement, with diplomats saying Russia objected.

LIBYA: The US is planning on sending more than 25 million dollars in non-military aid to rebel forces.

EGYPT is reaching out to Iran and Syria, but a top Sunni cleric urged Iran "not to interfere" in turmoil-hit Arab countries.

PAKISTAN: Admiral Michael Mullen said Pakistan has a "relationship" with the Haqqani Network but stopped short of accusing the country of supporting the terror group.

IRAQ: Sadrists have threatened retaliation if US forces continue to stay in the country.

GLADYS the BULL TERRIER, wearing "milk pants," feeds baby goats.

AN OTTER causes chaos in County Clare (with awesome distressed otter pic).

RODENT DROPPINGS "too numerous to count" were found by US health inspectors near a Delta Air Lines jet's galley where food and drink are stored.

MILLIONAIRE DOG-NIPPING CASE rejected by judges in Taiwan.

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Cage the Elephant, Belle Brigade, Haley Bonar, Death Cab, Bulldog Hip-Hop   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WYE OAK plays Danzig's "Mother" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BELLE BRIGADE also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HALEY BONAR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Rome, Ben Solee and Le Butcherettes, plus the High Llamas and my favorite Phil Spector track evah highlight the latest edition of the long-running series.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE dropped "Some Boys" in advance of Codes and Keys.

THE SMOKING POPES: "Need You Around," for a little Chicago flavor.

GUILLEMOTS: Fyfe Dangerfield talks to Drowned In Sound about Walk The River, via the bottom falling out, Glastonbury, whether the band could be this year's Arcade Fire and Billy Joel...

TOM PETTY: Highlights from a fan Q&A session at Sirius XM.

YUCK is profiled by the Arty Semite. (Thx, LHB.)

VINYL: Don't call it a comeback.

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller headed to court for a child custody showdown... and Sheen is not winning.  Prior Sheen ex Denise Richards had offered to take informal custody of Sheen and Mueller's twins, but that will be left to Mueller's mom.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A Hollywood producer is hoping to sign the troubled actress to not just one, but two mob movies.

HALLE BERRY talked about her custody case on Extra.

KATE HUDSON details how she fell in love British rocker (and baby daddy-to-be) Matthew Bellamy.

JEFF BRIDGES has just signed to the legendary Blue Note Records for the late summer release of his debut album.

KARA DioGUARDI: The fmr. Idol judge and music industry vet reveals in her new memoir that, among other things, she was molested as a child and was date-raped by a well-known music producer.

HAPPY DAYS stars are all suing the network because they claim they have not been paid for merchandising revenues they are owed under their contracts.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE star Paz de la Huerta was just charged with assault for allegedly attacking "City" star Samantha Swetra at an NYC party last month.

ROYAL WEDDING: NBC will scale back coverage, believing Prince William and Kate Middleton are boring.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Marion Cotillard officially join the cast... but their parts are surprising.

IRAN: Lawmakers in Tehran have recently proposed a bill in parliament that would criminalize dog ownership, formally enshrining its punishment within the country's Islamic penal code.

JORDAN: Ayman al Balawi was among 103 Salafi Islamists rounded up by Jordanian security forces after attacks in Zarqa wounded 83 policemen. Balawi is the brother of the al Qaeda operative who detonated a suicide vest at a CIA outpost in Khost, Afghanistan in December 2009.

SYRIA: The government lifted the 48-year-old emergency law and abolished the state security court. Security forces opened fire on anti-government protesters in Homs, wounding 25.

LIBYA: British military officers will be sent to the opposition stronghold of Benghazi to advise rebels fighting Gaddafi's forces.

A FRENCH BULLDOG learns hip-hop.

THE SWARM: Four beers, one ladder, 8000 bees and an Irishman. What could go wrong?

LEMURS: Sir Richard Branson is to import lemurs to the Caribbean, where they will live wild in the forest on his islands. The project has alarmed conservation scientists, who point out that many previous species introductions have proved disastrous to native wildlife. Just wait until Branson rolls out the dinosaurs...

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A leopard acting like a meerkat.

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New Releases, Raphael Saadiq, Elbow, Low, Baby Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN VANDERSLICE premiered "Overcoat," lushly orchestarted and recorded at Fantasy Studios, for NPR.

NEW RELEASES from the Watson Twins, I'm From Barcelona, French Horn Rebellion, Del McCoury and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ELBOW stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LOW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MY MORNING JACKET dropped "Octoplasm" in advance of Circuital.

DRAMARAMA give you "Anything, Anything" and a "Last Cigarette" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE PIXIES: Joey Santiago and David Lovering talk to Beatroute about the Doolittle sessions and tour. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to the Lincoln Journal Star about Harlem River Blues. (Thx, LHB.)

DID BOB DYLAN defeat China's censors?


CHARLIE SHEEN will be seeking temporary custody of his twin sons this week, as their mother returns to rehab. Frying pan... fire. Goddess #1, Bree Olson, has left the warlock and returned home, but syas she'll come back.

LINDSAY LOHAN's lawyer asked the judge in her grand theft case how much time she'll get if she agrees to a guilty or no contest plea.

HALLE BERRY just dropped out of a highly anticipated Broadway play, citing "custody issues."

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART were caught canoodling at the Water For Elephants premiere afterparty.

AMERICAN PIE REUNION: The growing cast begs the question, "How are the careers going?"

EVAN RACHEL WOOD talks to Esquire about her talent, her relationships, and all of her tattoos (except one).

BRAD BIRD looks back at The Incredibles and ahead to Mission: Impossible 4.

SUPER 8 has a new viral clip.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Women who do not wear headscarves are being threatened with violence and even death by Islamic extremists intent on imposing sharia law on parts of Britain, it was claimed Monday. Homosexuals have also been targeted.

SYRIA: Security forces killed three people and wounded dozens more after opening fire at a funeral for a soldier who is thought to have been tortured and killed by security forces.

LIBYA: More than 20 "Islamist" commanders hold leadership positions in the Libyan rebel forces. Rebels in Ajdabiyah are losing ground against Gaddafi's forces.

PAKISTAN: The differences between the US and Pakistan that broke into the open last week over the scale of C.I.A. operations here signaled a fundamental rift, plunging the relationship, sometimes strained, sometimes warm, to its lowest point in memory.

BABY PENGUIN TICKLED: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Even bigger in India.

SMILING DOXIE, grumpy critters.

PEEPS SHOW V: The winning entry and 35 runners-up from the 2011 Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest.

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TPOBPAH, Steve Earle, Times New Viking, Emmylou Harris, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DECEMBERISTS dropped a video for "This Is Why We Fight."

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

STEVE EARLE is advance streaming I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive.

TIMES NEW VIKING is advance streaming Dancer Equired.

THAO & MIRAH are advance streaming their self-titled album.

EMMYLOU HARRIS is advance streaming Hard Bargain.


THE DECEMBERISTS' co-founder Nate Query talks to the Colorado Springs Independent about recording with R.E.M.'s Peter Buck, the specter of Chris Squire bass lines, and what might happen if Pete Seeger had an ax instead of a hammer. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

VIVIAN GIRLS: Cassie Ramone talks to DIY about the themes of the new album, taking abuse from Hipster Runoff, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

SHEARWATER: Can you guess what Jonathan Meiberg talked to Songwriters on Process about? I think so.

MORE COWBELL! The 10 Best Cowbell Songs, according to NME. But there's no "Mississippi Queen"?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rio perched atop the cineplex with 40 million -- the first movie to open that big this year (5 movies had hit that mark by this time last year, and that was with Avatar still big last January). Animation (Rio, Hop, Rango) has been the big draw this year to date.  Rio has also taken in some 80 million overseas, which means it has recouped its 90 million production budget, if not its total cost (which may be as high as 200 million, once worldwide distribution and marketing is factored in). Rio is unlikley to face serious competition for kids until May 27 (Kung Fu Panda 2). Scream 4 placed with the roughly predicted 19.3 million, which is okay and likely good enough for more sequels, given a 40 million budget. Hop dropped 48 percent to third with 11.2 million, taking a big hit from Rio. Even so, Hop is just opening overseas and will likely turn a tidy profit.  Soul Surfer showed decent leg in the fourth spot with 7.4 million, more than recouping its 18 million budget. Hanna rounds out the Top Five with 7.3 million, likely pressured a bit by Scream 4.  Below the fold, The Conspirator debuted in the ninth slot with 3.9 million, which was better than expected, as was Altas Shrigged (Part 1) doing 1.7 million on 300 screens.

NICOLAS CAGE was arrested early Saturday morning in New Orleans for domestic abuse, after daring the police to arrest him following a loud argument with his wife.

CHARLIE SHEEN is headed back to court after his soon-to-be ex-wife Brooke Mueller refused a drug test.  Reportedly, Mueller was frantically calling friends for drug-free urine and trying to hock an expensive men's watch that day.

EVANGELINE LILLY was spotted with a visible baby bump in Hawaii on Thursday.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is officially divorced.

CONDOLEEZA RICE will appear as Alec Baldwin's girlfriend on 30 Rock.

MARK RUFFALO: Working a lot for a man in retirement.

THE LONE RANGER: Ryan Gosling is in talks to star opposite Johnny Depp.

LIBYA: Less than a month into the conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time. Libyan rebels in their eastern capital of Benghazi said they had begun receiving weapons supplies from unidentified nations that supported their uprising.

SYRIA: President Assad promised to lift the country's emergency laws by next week. He also promised other reforms, including legislation allowing the formation of political parties, but warned that once these reforms are implemented, "there will no longer be an excuse to organize protests in Syria."

EGYPT: The rapid spread of Muslim political parties ahead of September's parliamentary elections has strengthened fears that Egyptian democracy will be dominated by radical Islamic movements. An Egyptian court has ordered the disbanding of the NDP, former President Mubarak's political party; the ruling gives the NDP's money and property to the government and leaves the Muslim Brotherhood the strongest political organization in Egypt.

A POLAR CUB and a blue bucket. Let's go to the video.

AN ELEPHANT at the Oklahoma City Zoo gave birth to a female calf Friday night. Pics and live cam at the link.

A GORILLA cuddles a duckling that had strayed from a nearby moat at Bristol zoo. 

PET AIRWAYS: Travel for your Best Friend.

PITBULL RESCUED from a fire and revived with CPR.

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