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Ben Folds, Best Coast, Mark Olson, Jamie Lidell, Cat Training   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEN FOLDS talks to PopMatters about how his album with Nick Hornby came together, what fans who come to the shows might expect to see and hear, and some of the other musical endeavors on his very full dance card.  Here's Ben & Nick's video for "From Above."

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

MARK OLSON also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Syd Barrett, Land of Talk, The Swans and more are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

BON IVER talks about being sampled on Kanye West's "Lost in the World." Link through for the track.

REM: "Everybody Hurts" is the song most likely to make grown men cry, according to a recent survey. Runners-up at that last link.

CORIN TUCKER talks to Exclaim about a bunch of topics beyond 1000 Years, which is advance streaming via NPR.

THE VASELINES talk to Spinner and The Big Issue about the 21-year hiatus, Nirvana, etc.

LOU REED talks about Andy Warhol in an excerpt from the reissue of The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol.

JOHN HANSEN, who spent much of the '80s as the roadie, soundman, and then the guitarist of The Slickee Boys, died last Friday at 47.

TIGER WOODS: Adult actress-mistress Devon James is meeting with Vivid Entertainment in the hope of selling an ‘explosive' sex tape of the golfer, according to RadarOnline. It's perhaps the most explosive -- yet hard-to-believe claim -- being made by James, who has a history of telling lies, according to her mother.

LINDSAY LOHAN will plead to stay in rehab to put off jail time from her latest failed drug test. Meanwhile, her ex-con dad will reportedly seek a conservatorship, after complaining that her stage mom was going to do so.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: The alleged one-night stand woman is reportedly a party animal.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's ex, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva, is headed to Oprah.

BRITNEY SPEARS helped propel Glee to record ratings.

THE STAR WARS SAGA is coming to 3D screens, starting in 2012. Lucas is starting with Phantom Menace, with the implicit threat that he won't do the good ones unless you see the prequels.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin talks to New York magazine about the human cost of inventing Facebook.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN released an exclusive clip on Yahoo.

ARTHUR PENN, director of "Bonnie & Clyde," "The Miracle Worker," "Little Big Man," "Night Moves" and more, died of congestive heart failure at 88.

IRAN: The US called for penalties against China over oil deals with Iran. The Iraqi Prime Minister seeks Syria's help in stopping Iranian meddling. An Iranian court has sentenced the so-called "blogfather" of Iran to 19½ years in prison, the semi-official Mashregh news website said Tuesday.

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country's devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieutenants.

OTIS the CAT figures out the elliptical trainer.

GIANT BEAVER inspires in Loveland. Hey, nice beaver!


A RARE PINK HIPPO has been snapped in Kenya, marking the first time such a creature has been spotted in the African country.

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Band of Horses, Sleigh Bells, Replacements, Dogcordion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FREE ENERGY and members of Titus Andronicus cover Springsteen's "I'm Goin' Down" at The Earl in Atlanta.

BAND OF HORSES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SLEIGH BELLS have an unreleased B-side, "Holly," streaming via the NYP's Pop Wrap. (Thx, LHB.)

FLIGHT is advance streaming The Lead Rider EP.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Captain's Dead has reposted Boink. I actually got the legitimate version back in the day.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are first-timers Tom Waits, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Donovan, and Neil Diamond, along with previously snubbed artists Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck Willis. Mark it with the Tom Waits classic, "Downtown Train."

GANG OF FOUR guitarist/vocalist Andy Gill talks to Pitchfork about the upcoming album and what it's like to sell your own blood to get your record out.

THE CULT: Ian Astbury talks to The Quietus about the history of the band, working with Boris and how the Quietus got it so, so, so, so very wrong.

PETE DOHERTY has been charged with possession of cocaine following an inquiry into the death of a documentary filmmaker in London.

WHERE HAS ALL THE MOSHING GONE? The indie professor reckons it's down to people protecting their iPhones.

THE GRAND OLE OPRY prepares to reopen after the devastating middle Tennessee flooding in May.

LINDSAY LOHAN may be placed under conservatorship, according to her ex-con dad.

SALLY MENKE, Quentin Tarantino's longtime film editor, who went hiking with her dog amid the extreme heat Monday, was discovered dead early Tuesday morning by searchers in Beachwood Canyon, according to law-enforcement sources. "Hi Sally!" was a QT set tradition.

SETH ROGEN engaged?

SUPERMAN: The Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel pic may be helmed by Darren Aronofsky.

JOHNNY DEPP may reteam with Pirates director Gore Verbinski for a run at the Lone Ranger.

JEFFREY JONES, who played Principal Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," turned 64-years-old Tuesday ... and he celebrated by pleading guilty to a new charge in his ongoing sex offender case.

THE 10 SEXIEST EVIL TWINS, according to io9.

TRUE GRIT: The coming adaptation of the Charles Portis novel and remake of Henry Hathaway's 1969 feature, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, has a teaser trailer online.

BACK TO THE FUTURE, back to the big screen for 25th anniversary showings. I am old.

IRAN: Authorities announced that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will be hanged instead of stoned. Oh, well, then...

PAKISTAN: The CIA has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks, as part of an effort to try to cripple the Taliban in a stronghold being used to plan attacks against American troops in Afghanistan. But ABC News suggests it's also related to reports of possible terrorist plots in the West from militants based in Pakistan.  Sky News said the European plot had been "severely disrupted" following intelligence sharing between Britain, France, Germany and the US.

IRAQ: During the past two months, Iraq has witnessed some of its highest casualty tolls in more than two years, according to the government.

A DOG plays the accordion. Not all that well, but it's a dog, so the bar is fairly low.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is blamed for massive blast that destroyed a home and injured several firefighters in Centerville, IA.

CHIMPS celebrate after their arranged marriage.

GREY LANGUR MONKEYS will work security at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Also hired: a team of 50 traditional snake charmers.

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New Releases, Sufjan Stevens, Corin Tucker, Sleepy Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS cover Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" for American Express' Unstaged series, shot by Spike Lee. 

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Deerhunter, Klaxons, The Avett Bros., Bad Religion, KT Tunstall, Marcy Playground, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and more are streaming via Spinner. Albums from David Bowie, Gin Blossoms, Electric Six, Doobie Bros and... UFO are streaming via AOL Music.

SUFJAN STEVENS is advance streaming The Age of Adz.

THE CORIN TUCKER BAND is advance steaming 1000 Years.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES stopped by The Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a live performance.

SOUNDTRACK FOR A BREAKUP, courtesy of Nerve.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Guardian essays the making of Darkness on the Edge of Town -- and The Promise, a documentary about it. So why not try "Candy's Room" and "Darkness on the Edge of Town" live in Passaic, NJ, circa 1978 as a Twofer Tuesday appetizer?

THE HOLD STEADY's Craig Finn talks musical influences with the Louisville Courier-Journal, starting with The Replacements, natch.

JON LANGFORD talks to the L.A. Times about his new solo album and The Mekons: "We've been saying we should pretend we've split up and then re-form. That seems to be the way to generate a lot of cash..."

CAITLIN ROSE talks to the Herald Scotland about the buzz that has built up around Rose's debut album, Own Side Now.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreas and his survival somgs are blurbed by the Portland Mercury.

LINDSAY LOHAN, who reportedly had trouble making bail,  is "in denial" about being a drug addict, according to RadarOnline. But she is doing some image rehab at a local shelter.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: His alleged one-night-stand woman reportedly shot a home-made sex tape when she was 19 years old. Shocka.

MAD MEL UPDATE: A child custody agreement signed by Gibson and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva - but later repudiated by her - gives the actor joint and unsupervised custody of their child.

DENISE RICHARDS needs to lay off the Botox.

GEORGE LOPEZ is getting divorced after 17 years of marriage.

GLORIA STEWART, perhaps best known for playing the modern-day Rose in Titanic, died at 100 years old.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK posted an exclusive clip at Yahoo Movies.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus said Monday that high-level Taliban leaders had reached out to senior Afghan government officials in the context of starting reconciliation discussions that could pave the way to end the fighting in Afghanistan.

IRAQ: A Shi'ite-led political bloc missed its own deadline on Monday to choose a nominee for prime minister. Hundreds of police officers, formerly members of an American-backed Sunni paramilitary force, will be stripped of their ranks in the Sunni Arab province of Anbar, tribal leaders and Anbar police said Sunday.

A SLEEPY BABY BUNNY: Let's go to the video. Awwwzzzz...

ROGUE POODLE disrupts commuter trains in Oakland.

SMELLY BIRDS endanger themselves Down Under.

PINK PUSSYCAT MYSTERY not all that mysterious.

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J. Roddy Walston, Of Montreal, Heart, Dog Grace   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE unexpectedly dropped a video for "Bluish" from Merriweather Post Pavilion.

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

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

AVI BUFFALO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

JOHN LENNON: At The Observer, Richard Williams writes about the exploitation the late Beatle's legacy, and how John would have loved Twitter.

THE LIBERTINES: Carl Barât talks to The Observer about how therapy and finding love enabled him to make one of this year's finest comebacks.

JERRY LEE LEWIS: The Killer gets a feature on Weekend Edition Sunday.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Amy Klein talks to DCist about patriotism, the band's cover repertoire and her experience at Whartscape this summer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wall Street 2 tops this weekend's chart with 19 million, which was pretty much on target with tracking, but maybe below studio expectations (there will likely be speculation whether this would have done better on its originally planned release date in the spring).  Even so, with a reported 53 million budget, this should be okay.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole places with 16.3 million, also a bit below expectations (but that title... oof), and a bigger problem in light of its 80 million budget.  The Town held well against Gekko in the third slot, dropping 33 percent and making 16 million; its domestic total is 49 million against a 32 million budget.  Easy A had an okay hold, dropping 40 percent and making 10.7 million; it's domestic haul is 32 million against an 8 million budget.  The debut of You Again rounds out the Top Five with 8.3 million; fortunately, the budget was only 20 million.

THE TOWN:  The "Ben Affleck rebooting his career" hype might be a little thick, but this was a really solid, if not great crime drama.  The ensemble cast, including Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively is uniformly strong, making up for a plot that is largely -- though not entirely -- predictable. And in a way, I didn't mind some of the predictablity, to the degree that it organically flows from what we would expect of the characters.

LINDSAY LOHAN bailed out of jail and plans to return to rehab, which may blunt the News of the World photo of Lohan poised to inject herself with a syringe.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: After weeks of rumor-fueled fears that their marriage was on the rocks, is the worst yet to come?

DAVID BECKHAM has followed through on his threat to sue In Touch magazine for a story claiming he'd had sex with a hooker.

EMILY DESCHANEL and writer-actor David Hornsby tied the knot over the weekend.

JOHNNY KNOXVILLE also got hitched.

TERROR in the SAHARA: Military chiefs from four Saharan countries met on Sunday to set out a joint strategy for fighting al Qaeda's north African wing, which is holding seven foreigners hostage in the Sahara Desert.

IRAN confirmed that the Stuxnet worm infected at least 30000 Windows PCs in the country. Some have speculated that Stuxnet was created by a state-sponsored team of programmers, and designed to cripple Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.

PAKISTAN has said its homegrown terrorists have overtaken the Indian Army as the greatest threat to its national security, a marked about-face from prior assessments. A rare video reportedly smuggled out of northwest Pakistan allegedly shows a woman being stoned to death by Taliban militants.

JANGO the DOG says grace, sort of.

JAMBO the CHIMP lost his hair to Alopecia.

SEVEN ELEPHANTS killed by a train in Eastern India.

FRANKENSWINE: A Canadian-made genetically enhanced pig could make its way on to North American dinner plates in the near future.

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Byrds, Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, VU, Cutout Bin, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man"  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Plaus, a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." 

THE WALKMEN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. Aquarium Drunkard caught up with vocalist Hamilton Leithauser a few days before the new album, Lisbon, drops.

DIRTY PROJECTORS stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

VILLAGERS also stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE VELVET UNDERGOUND: The Scepter Sessions are shared at WFMU. (Thx, LHB.)

ARIEL PINK's HAUNTED GRAFFITI has a chat and mini-set at the World Cafe.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning)

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Larry Wire talks pop and politics with Drowned in Sound, plus Guns 'N' Roses and more...

LAURA VEIRS talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about her influences, or relative lack thereof.

LIZ PHAIR talks to American Songwriter about her new album, motherhood and more...

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews.

CUTOUT BIN: From Joan Jett to Jimi Hendrix, from Roy Orbison to Deep Purple, from Blondie to Superchunk, from the Ramones to the Rolling Stones, plus NRBQ, the Beach Boys, REM, Dusrty Springfield, Sugar and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which is currently scoring 54 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which is currently scoring 56 percent; and You Again, which is scoring 17 percent on thin reviews.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Nude pics of the alleged mistrace surface. Shocka!

KATY PERRY was evicted from Sesame Street. Apparently, the Children's Television Workshop didn't notice her breasts until it was too late.

LINDSAY LOHAN may get a break on her second failed drug test.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX apologizes to Dave Letterman for sucking him into Joaquin's mockumentary.

BRADGELINA: The godmother of Jolie's twins, Knox and Vivienne, is... Facts of Life actress Mindy Cohn?  Too good to check.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: Cash-strapped and living at one of his mom's summer places? It would explain the despearte cries for publicity.

WILLIAM SHATNER: Justin Halpern, creator of Sh*t My Dad Says, describes what it's like working with the Star Trek legend on the show.


HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS launched a new trailer online.

IRAN criticized Moscow over the cancellation of S-300 surface-to-air missile deal.  Ahmadinejad suggested to the United Nations General Assembly that the events that occurred on 9/11 were actually orchestrated by the US Government.

AFGHANISTAN: Interviews with sources familiar with the CIA's operations, as well as a review of the classified US military field reports posted last month by WikiLeaks, reveal the CIA has a significantly larger covert paramilitary presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan than previously known.

A DANCING BABY ELEPHANT plays the harmonica.


RABID VAMPIRE BATS kill a fifth child in Peru.

EUROPEAN BROWN HARES are capable of being pregnant twice at the same time, and can potentially be permanently pregnant.

PARROT ABUSE: Is there anything lower?

NICE DAY for a... canine wedding.

BEAR ATTACK thwarted with... a zucchini.

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