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Beatles, Superchunk, Smith Westerns, Cutout Bin, Noodle the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEATLES!  Their first full US concert 47 years (and one week) ago in the nation's capital, performed in the round.  Part 1 includes an introduction plus "Roll Over Beethoven," "From Me To You," and "I Saw Her Standing There."  Part 2 includes "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Please Please Me," and "Till There Was You"  and part of "She Loves You."  Part 3 finishes that song, and concludes with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."

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

THE SMITH WESTERNS get a twofer on World Cafe: Next.

WAVVES drop "TV Luv Song" in advance of... something.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Peter Bjorn and John, Adele, Fleet Foxes and more in the latest installment of the long-running series.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN: I somehow missed their set for Sound Opinions earlier this month, but it's still good now.

RODNEY CROWELL talks to Fresh Air and plays songs related to his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.

MADNESS: "One... Step... Beyond." 

THE DECEMBERISTS: Chris Funk talks to Crave about  the new album, his side projects and his perspectives on the musical format wars, among other topics. (Thx, LHB.)

DEAN WAREHAM talks to Ireland's Independent about life as an indie pop legend, Galaxie 500's bitter break-up and its afterlife. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

YO LA TENGO: When the "wheel of fortune" turned against them.

BOOKER T. JONES has a star-studded album coming.

THE DUM DUM GIRLS: Working through tragedy, moving beyond lo-fi.

DEATH OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? The trend is awful, but sales are currently higher than in the 1980s.

CUTOUT BIN: From Ray Charles to Jane's Addiction, from John Lennon to New Order, from Sonic Youth to Joan Jett, plus Jimi Hendrix, CCR, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys 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 include I Am Number Four, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Unknown, which is scoring 45 percent; and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, which was not screened for critics.

HOW THE KARDASHIANS made 65 million dollars last year. P.T. Barnum was unavailable for comment.

MICHAEL JACKSON, otoh, has raked in 310 million since he died.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & RYAN PHILLIPPE have called an end to their three-month romance.

ROD STEWART and his wife, Penny Lancaster Stewart, welcomed their second son.

WONDER WOMAN will be played by Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, Lone Star) in the pilot for NBC.

JAMES FRANCO is profiled by the New York Observer.

MILA KUNIS intends to play a wicked witch opposite James Franco in Sam Raimi's Oz, The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.

DIANE KRUGER is profiled by GQ, and that's some profile.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK interviews FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT in glorious MP3 format.

LEN LESSER, 88, a veteran character actor best known for his recurring role in the 1990s as Uncle Leo on the hit NBC-TV comedy "Seinfeld," died Wednesday in Burbank, publicist Laura Stegman said. He had pneumonia and cancer.

IRAN has asked Egypt for permission to send two warships through the Suez Canal, officials have confirmed, after a day of conflicting reports.

BAHRAIN: In what longtime observers said was turning into an unusually severe crackdown, the Bahraini national security council met and declared a state of emergency.

EGYPT: For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Cairo's Tahrir Square today.  He's a real sweetheart.

IRAQI officials likely will request thousands of US troops remain in that country into next year to provide security and train indigenous forces, a senior US lawmaker said Thursday.

NOODLE the CAT's first canned food makes her a little nuts. Or maybe it's her owner.  But it's the second cat that really makes this work.

A SWAN is stalking shoppers in Wareham, Mass.

A POT-BELLIED PIG was detained by police in Lincoln, NE.

MAN'S WORST FRIEND in an East Oregon traffic stop.

WHEN DEER INTRUDES: "It looks like a murder scene."

CAT vs DALEK: The obligatory sequel to Dog vs Dalek.


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Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Darlene Love, Stones, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS' star-studded "Howlin' For You" video is all sorts of awesome. 

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.  She alsohas an interview plus tracks via Weekend Edition.

BADLY DRAWN BOY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DARLENE LOVE is profiled by Morning Edition (with bonus embeds) before her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

THE ROLLING STONES, Live at the Cricket Ground in Perth, Australia,  February 24, 1973.

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" Live on TheTube, 1987

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talks to Paste about his new record, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, how drumming informs his songwriting process and falling out of shape between tours.

PJ HARVEY called The A.V. Club to discuss the "hard work" of songwriting, why she now writes words before music, and the combined influence of Salvador Dalí and Cambodian folk music. She was also interviewed on Fresh Air the other day.

MOGWAI: Barry Burns lists five myths about being in a band at Drowned in Sound.

THE BEST DRUMMERS OF ALL TIME, according to Rolling Stone readers, with embeds.

CHARLIE SHEEN went back on the radio to make clear that he was cool with Two and Half Men creator Chuck Lorre... and to offer advice to Lindsay Lohan. Pot, meet kettle! When you're getting advised to clean up by Nicole Richie, it's more than an intervention, isn't it?

HALLE BERRY& GABRIEL AUBRY have called a fragile truce - for now - in their bitter custody battle over their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Nahla. Aubry has filed a motion to end his custody case and to dismiss his request for child support... but is reportedly pursuing a paternity action.

JESSICA ALBA and Cash Warren are expecting their second child.

NATALIE PORTMAN is expecting a boy, according to Life& Style, who have a 50 percent chance of vindication here.

DANIEL CRAIG & RACHEL WEISZ were... wait for it... caught canoodling in NYC.

LIAM NEESON talks to Esquire about the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, and actual movie stuff.

LINDSAY LOHAN, contra various reports, is not presenting Letterman's Top Ten list tonight.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN and her baby daddy Scott Disick are engaged, and looking to televise it, natch.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE expounds upon the joys of motherhood.

TILA TEQUILA says her girl-on-girl sex tape was not meant for the public to see. She's a narcissist, not an exhibitionist, m'kay?

KOREA: The latest satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has completed construction of a second - and more modern - missile launch facility, a vital step in its efforts to successfully launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

LIBYA: Riot police clashed with protesters in the second-largest city of Benghazi and marchers setting fire to security headquarters and a police station in the city of Zentan.

EGYPT: CBS News correspondent Lara Logan has recovered from her mob attack to the point that she was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is now at home with her two young children. The US apparently had a year of warnings about potential instability in the country. The Lede is following news of Egypt's transition online and reports of new unrest in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran.

CORGI PUPPEHS: Let's go to the video.

CRAB KONG, Ninth Wonder of the World, hasn't stopped growing yet.

GOLDFISH RIGHTS a hot topic in China.

CAT BURGLAR caught on camera lives up to the name.

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Black Mountain, Van Dyke Parks, Johnny Cash, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WINETRSLEEP turned "New Inheritors" into a Northern Soul dance party.

BLACK MOUNTAIN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

VAN DYKE PARKS, whose portfolio stretches from Brian Wilson to Joanna Newsom,  did five free songs for Daytrotter, backed by Clare & The Reasons.

JULIANA BARWICK is advance streaming The Magic Place.

THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT is advance streaming II.

JOHNNY CASH's demo for "I Walk the Line" is an advance track from Bootleg Vol. 2.

SUSANNA HOFFS: "Feel Like Making Love" is back after a period of absence. You're welcome.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD is apparently reuniting for a tour, including a slot at the Bonnaroo festival.

BOB GELDOF talks to The Guardian about How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to Billboard about her next LP with  J.P. Jones and the Fairground Boys.

THE BRIT AWARDS went to these folks.

THE GRAMMYS: The secret committee that alters the membership's nominations.

LINDSAY LOHAN was caught sneaking out of Samantha Ronson's home in Venice Beach, CA. on Valentine's Day.

TAYLOR SWIFT and Owl City singer Adam Young? Or will Carly Simon reveal the song is not about him?

BILLY RAY CYRUS is headed for a messy divorce, his record company just delayed his latest comeback, and he has some regrets about the show that made his 18-year-old daughter famous.

RHIANNA is being sued by photographer David LaChapelle for allegedly lifting his images for her new video.

DAVID BECKHAM's defamation case against In Touch Weekly ( for a story claiming he had hired a pricey call girl on numerous occasions) was dismissed in Los Angeles. His rep says he already won a court ruling in Germany.


O.J. SIMPSON was not beaten by skinheads in prison.  My faith in the National Enquirer is shattered.

DARK SHADOWS: Tim Burton is turning to familiar onscreen leading ladies for roles in the vampire film he'll direct with Johnny Depp in the lead role of Barnabas Collins.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION launches on Hulu Plus with 150 films.

KOREA: Two sentences that could be a movie.

IRAN: The IAEA's files also show a feverish - and apparently successful- effort by Iranian scientists to contain the damage from the Stuxnet virus and replace broken parts at the Natanz nuke facility, even while constrained by international sanctions banning Iran from purchasing nuclear equipment. Meanwhile, members of Iran's parliament have called for opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to be tried and executed.

EGYPT: CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo on Feb. 11, the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the network said Tuesday.  The Muslim Brotherhood forming its own political party, which is not surprising, given it already has two faces. The head of the committee to draft Egypt's new constitution is a judge affiliated with an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.  And liberal dissident Ayman Nour told a Lebanese TV station that it's time to revisit the treaty with Israel.

AFGHANISTAN: The entire US civilian and military leadership is expected to leave in the coming months, including Gen. David H. Petraeus.  The Pentagon stresses that Petraeus is not being ousted, but may rotate out at some point.  Will he be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

A KID CAPYBARA enjoys a spa shower. A moment of zen.

FRANK the CROSS-EYED JAGUAR: The sequel to the cross-eyed possum.

GIANT MOUSE terrifies Edinbugh high school. Or it could be Photoshop.

PUNK FISH baffles Italian fishermen.

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New Releases, DeVotchKa, Low Anthem, Adele, Squid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE played "Month of May" and "Ready to Start" before and after winning Album of the Year at the Grammys.  A lot of people on Twitter were baffled and upset at our Twofer Tuesday selection.

NEW RELEASES from Lifeguards (Robert Pollard + Doug Gillard), Bright Eyes, Drive-By Truckers, PJ Harvey, the Dears, Buffalo Tom, Loch Lomond and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DeVotchKa is advance streaming 100 Lovers.

THE LOW ANTHEM is advance streaming Smart Flesh.

ADELE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

RADIOHEAD releases The King of Limbs this Saturday.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy talks to Pitchfork about the band's shifting identity as a major-label act, the possibility of a Decemberists musical, stomach trouble, and more...

CAKE: John McCrae talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about having the lowest-selling No.1 album evah.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Benjamin Curtis talks to Eye Weekly about life after the departure of Claudia Deheza.

JESSICA SIMPSON and her billion-dollar empire are profiled at New York magazine.

CHARLIE SHEEN trashed the execs behind his sitcom, claiming he went back to work and no one was there. BTW, they couldn't fire Sheen -- even if they wnted to -- because he has no morals clause in his contract.  But they are producing 4 fewer episodes -- which may be why Sheen and the execs are maeuvering for PR.

LINDSAY LOHAN no longer has to face the judge who threatened jail time in her probation case, but I doubt the judge in the grand theft case will think differently about it...

MARION COTILLARD may join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises, probably in the role of Thalia al Ghul.

JUSTIN BIEBER fans attacked Grammy Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding online.

THE SI SWIMSUIT COVER leaked early on Twitter. And here's the online version, in time for Gratuitous Tuesday.

KENNETH MARS, a farcical character actor best known for playing the police inspector with a creaky prosthetic arm in Mel Brooks' 1974 classic Young Frankenstein, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Granada Hills, Calif. He was 75.

IRAN: Police fired teargas at protesters in Tehran and detained dozens during violent clashes. Protests were also held in Isfahan, Mashhad, and Shiraz. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was also placed under house arrest.

SYRIA has not granted a UN nuclear watchdog request for prompt access to a desert site, rebuffing an appeal for urgent cooperation with a probe into suspected covert atomic activity, diplomatic sources said.

EGYPT's military rulers met with representatives of the broad-based youth movement that brought down the government after an 18-day uprising that transfixed the world.

MONSTER SQUID lands on Delray Beach.

INTRUDING DEER gets trapped in a toilet.

CHANCE the DOG remains elusive in a Rhode Island park.

THIS JUST IN: Chicken beating not a cure for homosexuality. Pretty sure there's a choking joke in there somewhere.

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Monday, February 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL WESTERBERG: "Valentine," solo circa 2004. 

THE DECEMBERISTS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session, including a cover of R.E.M.'s "Cuyahoga," from 1986's Life's Rich Pageant.

ELEVENTH DREAM DAY, Rick Rizzo and Tara Key drop new tracks.

THE GREENHORNES provide a chat and live twofer to the World Cafe.

BITTER PILLS: Five Breakup songs from NPR.

ERIC CARMEN: "All By Myself" on TOTP.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood talks to the WSJ about the influence that a nearly forgotten Alabama songwriter played in creating "Go-Go Boots" and about the Truckers' bid to record a classic prom song. Also: Does indie rock discriminate against the South?

ARCADE FIRE talks to The Guardian about verging on the bigtime and more: "When I wonder if Butler's fondness for apocalyptic imagery stems from religion, he says it had more to do with early exposure to John Milius's cheesy 80s action movie Red Dawn."

TEENAGE FANCLUB: The Quietus surveys their career, with plenty of embeds.

THE SMITH WESTERNS leave the garage.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Just Go With It tops the chart with 31 million. A romantic comedy scores big for Valentine's Day weekend; who knew? It should ultimately make back its 80 million budget and then some.  Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was just behind with 30 million against a budget of only 13 million. Gnomeo and Juliet debuts in the third slot with 25.5 million, which likely isn't too bad for this rather unlikely movie.  The Eagle is in the No.4 position with 8.6 million, which says as much about the field as it does the movie. The Roommate rounds out the Top Five with 8.4 million, with a 26 million total against a 16 million budget.  Below the fold, The King's Speech and No Stirngs attached continue to show legs.

JENNIFER ANISTON celebrated her 42nd birthday on Feb. 11 by having an intimate dinner with Jake Gyllenhaal in NYC.

LINDSAY LOHAN's bad taste in jewelry could be the key to her defense, because according to TMZ's research, the necklace in question may not have enough value to constitute felony grand theft.

CHARLIE SHEEN flashed several gold teeth during a meet-and-greet with UCLA's baseball team.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR remained in a Los Angeles hospital for treatment of congestive heart failure.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. The televised part was live-blogged by ArtsBeat.

EGYPT: On Friday, I wrote that the big question would be what the military would do... and now we know.  As protesters were swarming into the streets Friday morning for what was expected to be the biggest and most volatile demonstrations in the three-week revolt here, the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement over state television and radio indicating that the military, not Mr. Mubarak, was in effective control of the country.  Although protesters wildly cheered Mubarak's ouster, Egypt's new military authorities say they are dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. And Mubarak used the 18 days it took for protesters to topple him to shift his vast wealth into untraceable accounts overseas.

IRAN jammed BBC's Persian TV service due to its coverage of the unrest in Egypt.

ALGERIA: Thousands defied a government ban on protests and a massive deployment of riot police to rally in the capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after similar protests toppled Egypt's authoritarian leader.

BOXER vs DALEK: Who you got?

GOING TO NEED A Bigger Boat.

AUSTRALIANS  trying to rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Yasi have been warned to stay away from cassowaries - huge flightless birds with claws that can disembowel a human - on the hunt for food after their habitat was destroyed by the storm.

MALE SQUIDS go into a frenzied rage from just a touch of a female pheromone.

A RAT that appeared in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight Thursday morning as the plane was pulling away from the gate delayed the flight and caused passengers to switch planes.

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