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Of Montreal, Wooden Birds, Low, Dylan, Fountains of Wayne, Ligers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL crushes the White Stripes' "Fell In Love With a Girl" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

WOODEN BIRDS are advance streaming Two Matchsticks.

CULTS is advance streaming their self-titled album.

LOW played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

BOB DYLAN: Folk Alley is offering a four-hour stream of his Dylan songs to celebrate his birthday week.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE drop "Richie and Ruben" ahead of Sky Full of Holes.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon got to do a full interview with Fallon and performed a medley of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time" and Leon Russell's "A Song For You."

GRUFF RHYS talks to the Nashville Scene about the influences on his Hotel Shampoo LP, and the future of Super Furry Animals.

ADELE tells The Independent how staying small has made her massive enough to be mortified by her tax bill.

PHIL SPECTOR is the subject of an HBO pic starring Al Pacino.

THE 10 WORST SONGS ABOUT CALIFORNIA That Aren't "California" By Datarock. (Thx, LHB.)

ARNOLD & MARIA: The Schwarzenegger baby drama story was leaked to the media by Shriver's own people ... and they did it because Maria was so angry at Arnold, she wanted to do it herself.  Shriver has has hired a private investigator to probe her philandering husband's double life as she readies a plan for divorce. Also (as I would expect), there was a secret DNA test on the love child. Wanna see the aleged mistress imitating Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday"? No, you really don't.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Another day, another wardobe malfunction pic.

ESTELLA WARREN: The actress/model was busted for DUI, after allegedly slamming into three cars, kicking a cop and escaping from the police station.

OPRAH's final guest, revealed.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELY (Transformers 3) is featured at Complex in time for Gratuitous Wednesday.

LOST: Evengeline Lilly just gave birth, but the L.A. Times has an update on the rest of the cast, a year after they all went to the great beyond.

CANDY LAND: THE MOVIE. You won't believe the pitch.

IRAN: The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is increasing its uranium stockpiles. The US imposed economic sanctions on seven foreign firms, including Venezuela's state oil company, for their dealings with Iran.

SYRIA: The International Atomic Energy Agency said the site bombed by the Israelis in 2007 was "very likely" a nuclear facility. A human rights group claimed more than 1,100 people have been killed by government forces during the last two months of protests.

EGYPT: Former President Hosni Mubarak will be tried for "pre-meditated killing" of protesters during anti-government demonstrations this year. His two sons have also been referred to the court.

AFGHANISTAN: The embarrassment over the trend for rainbow flags on cars in Kabul reminds us how far the country is from the liberal west.

LIGER CUBS, raised by a dog...Mass hysteria!

A STOWAWAY GROUNDHOG created quite a mess, not to mention a neighborhood ruckus that drew police, a state wildlife officer and even the mayor, when it became trapped inside a car in suburban Allentown, PA.

A RAT stole her front teeth... and she wants them back?

SNAKE HUNT goes horribly wrong.

MODERN DOGHOUSES: Pics and video.

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New Releases, Our Concert, My Morning Jacket, Arcade Fire, Dylan, Man vs Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OUR CONCERT COULD BE YOUR LIFE: 14 current bands performing the songs of 13 icons of indie rock at the Bowery Ballroom in Manhattan. Stream the whole thing or individual sets.  Either way, it's St. Vincent shredding thru Big Black's "Kerosene" and Titus Andronicus thrashing thru the Replacements' "Kids Don't Follow" (with an assist from the Hold Steady's Craig Finn) for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from White Demin, David Bazan, Friendly Fires and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

MY MORNING JACKET is advance streaming Circuital.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE is advance streaming Codes and Keys.

ARCADE FIRE: Two new songs, including a cover of "Speaking in Tongues," with David Byrne.

BOB DYLAN turns 70 today. NME has the stories behind 70 Dylan songs, starting with "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

VIDEO makes the radio star

THE 25 BEST PROGRESSIVE SONGS, according to PopMatters.

DAMON & NAOMI look back at Galaxie 500 and talk about their current projects. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

KIMYA DAWSON talks to the Mpls City Pages about her upcoming album (Thunder Thighs), life after Juno, and her live-and-let-live approach to television commercials that bite her style.

ARNOLD & MARIA: If Maria Shriver terminates her marriage with Arnold Schwarzenegger, it could be one of the costliest celebrity splits ever. Meanwhile, actress Jane Seymour claims Ahnold has two other love children.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Back to wardrobe malfunctions and upshirt photos.

ASHTON KUTCHER, Two and a Half Men, One Year Contract.

GWYENTH PALTROW's record deal with Atlantic Records has gone kaput... for now.

DAVID SCHWIMMER and his wife delivered their daughter on May 8.

CHRISTINA HENDRICKS (Mad Men) talks to the Daily Mail about relishing her curves, marrying ‘the best husband ever' - and modelling Vivienne Westwood's new jewellery collection.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS arrested a female activist who launched a campaign to challenge a ban on women driving in the conservative kingdom and posted a video on the Internet of her driving, activists said.

IRAN: The European Union has tightened sanctions on Iran due to its nuclear program. Ahmedinejad said Western countries are "using special equipment" to drain clouds of rain and cause droughts in the Middle East.

IRAQ: The Hot-Money Cowboys of Baghdad.

72-YEAR-OLD FIGHTS OFF A GATOR, saves his dog.

EVIL, DRUNK BIRDS are falling from the sky in Darwin.

AN ANGRY BEAVER roams Fort Smith in the Northwest Territory. Video at the link.

OUT: SHRIMP FISHERMEN. In: Jellyfishermen!

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Fleet Foxes, Art Brut, Rodney Crowell, Anna Calvi, ABBA, Pugs Conga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEET FOXES play "Sim Sala Bim" on Fallon. 

ART BRUT is advance streaming Brilliant! Tragic! at Paste, alongside an interview with Eddie Argos (who also talks to Rock Edition, via LHB.)

RODNEY CROWELL did three free songs for Daytrotter.

ANNA CALVI plays a full video set in Paris.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA played a set The Queen in Wilmington, Del.

ABBA: "Dancing Queen," because it's Newt Gingrich's ringtone.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles wrote the Village Voice an in-depth meditation on alternative music in general -- and the Replacements in particular in connection with the Our Band Could Be Your Life tribute concert. Good reading, though I disagree with a fair amount of it.

OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE: Speaking of the tribute concert, the Village Voice also talked to electronic composer/dance machine Dan Deacon (who is covering The Butthole Surfers); Jenn Wasner of Baltimore quiet-loud duo Wye Oak (who are covering Dinosaur Jr.); and DIY veteran Ted Leo (who is covering Minor Threat) about finding inspiration and linking the past to the future.

THE FALL's Mark E. Smith answers a battery of general questions, including his favorite smell, at The Guardian.

THE NATIONAL's Brooklyn digs.

MICK JAGGER has teamed up with Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, Damian Marley and AR Rahman to form a new supergroup, reports say.

JOSEPH BROOKS, the Oscar-winning songwriter of 'You Light Up My Life' who was accused of multiple counts of rape, was found dead in New York of an apparent suicide.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: No surprise here, as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides tops the chart with 90 million. That seems impressive, but Pirates 3 took in 114 million in its Fri-Sun opening, and 153 million if you add the Thursday night sales.  Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz are both big international draws, which probably ensures a healthy profit on a reported 250 million budget (the pic has already grossed another 92 million overseas). However, the bloom is off the rose (and Orlando Bloom is likely glad he's off the screen).  Bridesmaids holds at No. 2 with 21 million, a mere 20 percent drop as the obvious counter-programming to Pirates; Wiig & Co have taken in 59.5 million against a 32.5 million budget.  Thor takes a big 55 percent drop in the third slot (which had to be expected with Pirates opening), taking in 15.5 million.  The God of Thunder has nearly recouped its 150 million budget domestically, and made another 200 million so far overseas.  Fast Five also took a hefty hit in the fourth slot, dropping 48 percent and making 10.6 million.  Even so, this F&F is well in the black.  Rio rounds out the Top Five, dropping 44 percent and making 4.7 million; it's also well in the black.  Below the Fold, Priest flames out, while Jumping the Broom is returning big on its investment.  Next Thursday brings sequesl to Kung Fu Panda and The Hangover.

THE GOSSIP MACHINE, Churning Out Cash.  A lengthy piece explaining how links you see here get made.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger has ceased all acting projects, including his anticipated return to the Terminator franchise. Arnold made a 65000 down payment on a house for his ex-housekeeper less than a year before he admitted to fathering her child. And the ever-reliable Sun reports that Schwarzenegger groped his baby mama's sister and mother.

LINDSAY LOHAN obtained a restraining order against an alleged stalker who has been so aggressive, she fears he could commit sexual assault against her.

BRITNEY SPEARS and Jason Trawick have cut their business ties... but not their personal one.

EVANGELINE LILLY gave birth to a baby boy, the first for her and boyfriend Norman Kali, who worked as a production assistant on Lost.

MARION COTILLARD and her French actor-director beau Guillaume Canet are parents.

GINNIFER GODWIN has split from fiance (and Super Troopers actor) Joey Kern. Just not that into each other.

JEFF CONAWAY is suffering from pneumonia, not an overdose, according to Dr. Drew.

PINK & PETA are peeved at the pink horses in Selena Gomez's music video.

THE HOBBIT: Director Peter Jackson announced the casting of Stephen Fry, Ryan Gage and Conan Stevens.

"MACHO MAN" RANDY SAVAGE, (real name: Randy Poffo) died in a car accident Friday morning in Tampa, Florida. RIP, Bonesaw.

GREEN LANTERN's new, mythology-heavy trailer is online.

PUGS learn to Conga.

THREE BABY ALBINO RACOONS were found snuggled up in a Totonto Area home.

SECRET SHARK discovered hiding in a British aquarium.

CC, the first cloned cat, is almost 10 years old.

SQUIRREL: Chicken of the Trees?

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End Times, Black Joe Lewis, Middle Brother, Cutout Bin, Beagle Catch   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE END TIMES! Saturday may be Judgment Day and I don't want to leave anyone unprepared. Thus, it starts with an earthquake, birds, snakes and R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." U2 can keep you rocking (yet Biblical) "Until the End of the World." And (to paraphrase the National Lampoon) who can forget Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve of Destruction," especially as introduced by Jerry Lewis?  Mad Men fans will remember Skeeter Davis singing "The End of the World," beating P.J. Sloan and McGuire by a couple of years.  Also in a country vein is Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around" (I picked the Dawn of the Dead credits for this one because it also ties in nicely to the new CDC guidance on the Zombie Apocalypse). Prince is more upbeat about the idea on "1999," and I really should include Blondie's "Rapture," if only for the name.  However, the selections that would be most in Pate's repertoire would be The Clash's "London Calling" (tho "Four Horsemen" also appears on the double-LP) and Elvis Costello's "Waiting For the End of the World."

BLACK JOE LEWIS and the HONEYBEARS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MIDDLE BROTHER did the four free songs thing twice over for Daytrotter -- once in Nashville and again at SXSW.

NOAH and the WHALE stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

NEW ORDER drops the previously unreleased "Hellbent" in advance of a joint Joy Division-New order box set.

BLONDIE drops "Mother" as an advance video to the band's 9th LP.

BON IVER's Top 10 Covers, according to Stereogum.

PAVEMENT, Live in Boston, September 18th, 2010.

NEKO CASE talks to the Charleston City Paper about, nature, poverty, Tina Fey and more... (Thx, LHB.) Put me in a mind to hear "Deep Red Bells."

PAUL SIMON and a moment of pure sobbing joy.

THE EARLES: Steve talks to the Riverfront Times about his novel, while son Justin Townes Earle talks to The Tennesseean about staying connected with his roots while living in NYC. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

A LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP with music journalism -- inspired by this NPR piece.

THE SHAGGS: PHILOSOPHY OF THE WORLD is being made into a play. Yes, really.

CUTOUT BIN: From Issac Hayes to the Jam, from Jimi Hendrix to Elton John, from Sam & Dave to the Replacements, plus the Troggs, Robert Pollard, Flamin' Groovies, Susannah Hoffs & Matthew Sweet and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES is this weekend's sole wide release, rolling out on 4000 screens and scoring only 35 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, which likely won't matter a bit.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver has hired one of the toughest divorce lawyers around, but she hasn't pulled the trigger on ending her marriage.  Meanwhile, it emerges that Schwarzenegger did not voluntarily tell his wife that he fathered a love child with the housekeeper -- instead he confessed only after Maria Shriver confronted the woman, who admitted it. Moreover, Schwarzenegger singlehandedly financed a super-expensive coming-of-age birthday party for his baby mama's niece in 2001 ... and all of Arnold's kids were there - including his love child. And a former child actress now says she also had a extramarital fling with Schwarzenegger. Has Shriver picked up the phone yet?

JENNIFER ANISTON will receive the Decade of Hotness award at SpikeTV's fifth annual "Guys Choice" celebration next month. Aw.

GWYNETH PALTROW recommends buying 18K in spring clothes. She has a keen understanding of the public mood.

LARS VON TRIER was expelled from the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, a day after joking at a news conference that he was a Nazi and expressing sympathy for Hitler.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD is profiled for a cover story at GQ.

RASHIDA JONES gets a blurb and slideshow at GQ. The lede: "In this summer's comedy Our Idiot Brother, there is a hot lesbian make-out scene between Rashida Jones and Zooey Deschanel. This is very likely to be the only fact you will remember from this article."

KUWAIT: A fistfight broke out in parliament after Salafists attacked a Shia lawmaker who called Kuwaitis detained at Guantanamo Bay terrorists.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS and the US are quietly expanding defense ties on a vast scale, led by a little-known project to develop an elite force to protect the kingdom's oil riches and future nuclear sites.

PAKISTAN: Mid-ranking Al-Qaeda operative Mohammed Ali Qasim, alias Abu Sohaib al-Makki, who was recently arrested in Pakistan, had been living in the country for almost 10 years and was involved in recent terrorist activities in Karachi.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan government has struck a peace deal with a Taliban commander who ordered the flogging and shooting of a pregnant widow accused of adultery.

A BEAGLE learns how to catch.

PINK KITTEH: Its hue is believed to be caused my a mishap at a concrete factory.

FERAL CAMELS in the Australian desert are attacking air conditioning units, toilet systems and more in a desperate search for water.

A WALLABY turned up in a Dorset garden. Video at the link.

PETS will be rescued by atheists on Judgment Day... for a price.

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Superchunk, Ra Ra Riot, Grant Lee Buffalo, Baby Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUPERCHUNK has a catty new video for "Crossed Wires."

JOSEPH ARTHUR is advance streaming The Graduation Ceremony

RA RA RIOT does a mini-set in audio and video for Laundro-Matinee.

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

GRANT LEE BUFFALO, Live at Shepherds Bush Empire, London, October 11th 1994.

BLACK LIPS share a "New Direction," produced by Mark Ronson.

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

REMEMBERING JOEY RAMONE, who would have turned 60 today, at the Village Voice.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff shares his relief over the reception given the band's new LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

VAN DYKE PARKS talks to DIY about about projects old and new, and tantalizes us with details of the long-awaited official release of the original ‘Smile'. (Thx, LHB.)

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to the Wall Street Journal about the Wheel of Fortune tour.

ARNOLD/MARIA SPLIT: The mother of Schwarzenegger's love child threatened to go public with sordid details of their illicit affair - all because the Governator terminated her employment.  The child was born just days after Shriver gave birth to their fourth child.  Shriver disses Arnold on her upcoming Oprah appearance.

BRAD PITT reflects on parenthood, both real and cinematic.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE (Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class) is profiled by Elle... and appears as The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly.

LARS VON TRIER: The Danish director giving a shocking press conference in Cannes for his new film Melancholia in which he admitted to being a Nazi, to understanding Hitler and speculated that his next movie could be The Final Solution. Melancholia stars Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg were mortified, especially when he suggested making a pron film with them.  Von Trier later apologized, but the post-premiere party for the film was cancelled.

RACHEL McADAMS and MICHAEL SHEEN finally confirm they are dating.

LADY GAGA tops the Forbes Celebrity 100 list of the most powerful people in the entertainment business this year.

JEFF CONAWAY, who gained fame from his roles in the film "Grease" and the TV series "Taxi" before succumbing to substance abuse that landed him on reality shows dealing with rehabilitation ("Celebrity Rehab" and "Celebrity Fit Club"), is in critical condition following an apparent overdose.

ZSA ZSA GABOR slipped into a coma after being rushed to an L.A. hospital yesterday for emergency stomach surgery.

AL QAEDA's interim emir is reportedly Saif al Adel, a longtime member of al Qaeda and the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Al Adel has a decades-long relationship with Iran and was protected by the Iranians after 9/11.

YEMEN: The US has urged President Saleh to sign the agreement with the opposition and step down.

SYRIA: Pres. Obama imposed tough sanctions against Assad and six other senior Syrian officials in an effort to stop the regime's fierce crackdown on protests. The sanctions also target two top Iranian officials whose unit was a "conduit for Iranian material support" to Syrian intelligence.

IRAN:  The UN nuclear agency is investigating reports from its experts that their cellphones and laptops may have been hacked into by Iranian officials looking for confidential information while the equipment was left unattended during inspection tours in the Islamic Republic.

IRAQ: Security forces detained al Qaeda's military leader, top judge, and two other commanders in Salahadin, and captured al Qaeda's governor in Kirkuk.


THE RED-CRESTED TREE RAT returns, 113 years after the last known sighting.

PONY EXPRESS? Not so fast.

WHEN A TURKEY ATTACKS: "Feathers, poo and papers ... it's a mess."

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