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Bonnaroo preview, Free Energy, Keane, Cat vs Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WEDDING PRESENT fuzzes up "19th Nervous Breakdown" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

BONNAROO: There's a streaming mix at NPR from artists appearing at the fest this upcoming weekend.

FREE ENERGY played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig via NPR.

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

THE UKULELE: Go ahead, call it a comeback.

THE DRUMMER at the WRONG GIG: Steve Moore, who went viral on the throne covering "Sharp Dressed Man," is interviewed by Philadelphia Weekly.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to The Phoenix about reality, comedy, tragedy and more...

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to The Line of Best Fit about his four-part radio documentary on the history of the sea and a similarly nautical upcoming EP. Plus, his thoughts on shows like The X Factor: "That's just a cancer in our society.  It really is.  It focuses totally on the aroma rather than the taste - it's all about the by-product of making music..."  (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BROKEN BELLS are profiled by the Boston Globe.

THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: The Independent surveys the cross-polination of rock across the Anglosphere.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shrek Forever After threepeats as the champ with 25.3 million, in a weekend that shows both the level of disarray among the competition and the power of holding 3-D screens at your local cineplex.  Get Him to The Greek places with a 17.4 million debut against a 40 million budget, which likely makes it another repeat of the successful Apatow production formula (keep the budget down).  It will likely finish somewhere around 100 million, about twice as much as the total for Apatow's more costly Funny People.  OTOH, Killers shows with a 16.1 million debut against a 75 million budget -- and that was at the low end of projections.  Ashton Kutcher's last two projects went straight to DVD, but this one cost too much. Good thing Lionsgate sold the foreign rights to cut their exposure.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time drops a notch -- and 54 percent -- to the fourth slot, with 13.9 million. Overseas receipts will have to save this 200-million price tag.  Sex & the City 2 plummeted 59 percent to the bottom of the Top 5 with 12.7 million; it has made 73.4 million, but the original had broken the 100 million mark at this point in its run.  Below the fold, Marmaduke's 6th place, 11.3 million opening (against a 50 million budget) helps explain why Shrek remains at the top, while Splice about as disappointingly in eigth place with about 7.5 million against a 30 million budget.

GARY COLEMAN's parents have withdrawn their court bid over their son's body.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren packed up the couple's two kids to visit her brother in Shanghai, China, according to RadarOnline.

SANDRA BULLOCK made her first big post-breakup appearance at SpikeTV's Guy's Choice Awards. She will also be honored at the MTV Movie Awards.

JESSE JAMES believes that Sandra Bullock will take him back - at least that's what his ex-wife (fmr adult film star Janine Lindemulder) claims. And he might, as he's clearly crazy.

KRISTEN STEWART admits she "really made an enormous mistake" in comparing the intrusiveness of the paparazzi to being raped, noting that she's made stupid remarks before, but clearly stepped over a line this time. Stewart has a record of helping groups combating violence against women.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON apparently skipped the photoshoot for Esquire's "Women We Love" cover in May -- but it's impossible to complain for getting Christian Hendricks instead.

AMY WINEHOUSE's new boyfriend has a girlfriend, and has for about two years.

THE AVENGERS: The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is in final negotiations to play Hawkeye in the Joss Whedon-directed megapic.

IRAN: The French Defense Minister said on Sunday that France and Saudi Arabia share the same "concerns" about Iran's nuclear programme, adding that he discussed the issue in Riyadh.

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition forces killed a Taliban commander with links to al Qaeda and the training of fighters in Iran during an airstrike in the southwestern Afghan province of Farah.

IRAQ: Iraqi and American forces have killed or captured 34 of the top 42 leaders of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, cutting off the terrorist organization from its foreign sponsors and raising questions about whether it can reconstitute, the senior American commander in Iraq said.  Authorities in Iraq have refused to renew weapons permits for thousands of Sunni fighters belonging to Awakening Councils.

CAT vs. SNAKE: Let's go to the video.

HUNTING BRUCE: On The Trail Of The 'Jaws' Shark.

A ROGUE ROOSTER has been disturbing the peace north of the border.

A SCARF-WEARING PIG strolls along Highway 401.

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Replacements, Brian Eno, Annuals, Cutout Bin, Gassy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE REPLACEMENTS!  From a Twin/Tone label showcase on Sept 5, 1981 at 7th St. Entry, Mpls, your set list includes "Customer" and "Rattlesnake," "I Hate Music" and "Stuck in the Middle," "Takin' a Ride," "Staples In Her Stomach" and "Careless," "Godd*mn Job" and "Junior's Got a Gun," "Kids Don't Follow," "Dope Smokin' Moron" and "Skip It," "Slow Down" (Larry Williams/Beatles), "D.E.A.D." (unreleased), "Love You Til Friday," "Raised In The City," and "Shut Up," "Something to Du," "Maybelline" (Chuck Berry), "Otto," "Hey, Good Lookin'" (Hank Williams), "Johnny's Gonna Die," "Kick Your Door Down," "I'm in Trouble" and "Don't Ask Why."

TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE's indie-laden soundtrack is advance streaming.

BRIAN ENO, the avant-garde producer and musician recently the subject of a song by MGMT, is the subject of an hour-long BBC documentary, "Another Green World."

ANNUALS stopped by KUT's Studio1A for a chat and mini-set.

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

JOSH RITTER talks to NPR's Morning Edition about So Runs the World Away and premieres the video for "The Curse."

THE SUPREMES: "Come See About Me."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to Paste about his upcoming album, Harlem River Blues, which he wants to evoke a classic Memphis sound.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: Noramn Blake talks to the Edinburgh Evening News and the California Chronicle about the band's Shadows LP, which drops next week. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PAUL McCARTNEY: Should he have received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song alone?

THE NATIONAL: Guitarist Bryce Dessner talks to NOW Toronto about life in the studio and their unique path to fame.

LOU REED & LAURIE ANDERSON are staging a high-frequency concert for dogs.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Elvis Costello & the Attractions to Belle & Sebastian, from Violent Femmes to Jimi Hendrix, from the Spinners to Guided by Voices, plus the Flamin' Groovies, the Four Tops, Jonathan Richman, the Band 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 Marmaduke, which is currently scoring 10 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Get Him to the Greek, which is scoring 71 percent; Killers, which was not screened for critics; and Splice, scoring 67 percent.

RUE McCLANAHAN, fmr Golden Girl, has died of a massive stroke at age 76. Link through for a tribute video from People.

KEVIN COSTNER is a dad for the seventh time.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren has decided to go for full custody of their two children, according to RadarOnline.

DENNIS HOPPER's Easy Rider co-stars, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda, were among those attending Hopper's funeral in NM.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT fabricated their split in a desperate attempt to stay famous as The Hills wraps up? Wouldn't put it past them.

CAMERON DIAZ credits having 'lots of sex' for keeping her looking so young.

AMY WINEHOUSE put on another raucous display as she stumbled around central London until 5am. Pics at the link. So much for the new boyfriend cleaning her up.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is not knocked up, suggests Lamar Odom, who oughtta know.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: Does it apply to the hit sitcom's lead?

CAPTAIN AMERICA's costume is visible online.

THOR concept art is online.

THE 10 BEST PRISON MOVIES: Caspar Walsh, ex-convict, journalist and author of the memoir Criminal, chooses his favorites. (Thx, LHB.)

IRAN: Inside the Shell game.

PAKISTAN: The Interior Minister stressed there are no plans for military action against militants in the Punjab province.

AFGHANISTAN: Returning British commanders cite corrupt local police as the main reason for Afghans joining the insurgents.

GASSY CAT: Let's go to the video.

COP SAVES FAWN, may go to jail.

BRITAIN'S UGLIEST CAT has found a new home on Merseyside. Aw.

AN 8-FT GATOR proves no match for a trained deputy with a lasso.

SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL: The caterpillar that pretends to be a fearsome snake.

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Broken Bells, BRMC, Living Sisters, Ariel Pink, Cat vs Beanbag   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN BELLS reveal the "Ghost Inside," featuring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Firefly).

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE LIVING SISTERS -- Inara George of The Bird & The Bee, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell  -- also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

ARIEL PINK is advance streaming Before Today via the L.A. Times.

FANTASTIC SOMETHING: "If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)." An obscure summer song of the '80s recommended by Tracey Thorn.

THE NATIONAL guitarist Aaron Dessner talks to the Boston Herald about subjugating the hooks.

BELINDA CARLISLE talks to PopEater about how she kicked a 30-year coke habit, the painful criticism about her weight, and having no regrets about her gloriously-debauched days in The Go-Go's. She's promoting her memoir, Lips Unsealed; you can read a 29-page excerpt online. It also appears that the Go-Go's are doing a farewell tour.

JULIANA HAFTIELD will write you a song for a grand.  She's also running a lottery.

PHANTOGRAM is profiled by the Albany Times-Union: "This is the article Josh Carter can show to his grandfather to prove that he is, in fact, a rock star." (Thx, LHB.)

GARY COLEMAN's wife may not have had authority to pull the plug on the former child star -- mostly because she isn't his wife.  Insert obligatory "What you talkin' about, Willis?" here. And for the truly morbid, TMZ has the 911 call.

LINDSAY LOHAN was allowed to take meds for dental surgery.

MARIAH CAREY is knocked up.

JANE LYNCH wed psychiatrist Dr. Lara Embry on Monday night in Massachusetts at the Blue Heron restaurant.

AMY WINEHOUSE has a new, clean-cut boyfriend.

LADY GAGA talked to Larry King. And dressed like him.

IRAN: Tehran denied US accusations that Iran is training and arming Taliban forces to fight in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: An attempted Taliban attack on the national peace jirga was defeated by Afghan security forces.

CAT vs. BEANBAG: Let's go to the video.

HUNDREDS OF DRUNKEN PARROTS are falling out of trees and the sky in a northern Australian town. All of them are named Bruce.

LESS ATTRACTIVE FISH have "better sperm," according to a new study.

GIRAFFES can swim. In theory.

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She & Him, Roger McGuinn, Against Me!, The Swarm   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM cover the classic "Fools Rush In" for Levi's Pioneer Sessions.

NEW RELEASES REDUX: Albums from Paul Weller, Tift Merritt, Futureheads, Elk city, Peggy Sue, Jack Johnson, and more are streaming this week at Spinner, icymi.

ROGER McGUINN (The Byrds) joined The Rock Bottom Remainders (a band of authors including Dave Barry, Scott Turow and Amy Tan) for a Tiny Desk Concert.

AGAINST ME! did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Recommended (moreso than usual, anyway).

SIDE 1, TRACK 1: All Songs Considered links to candidates for the best LP openers ever, and starts taking suggestions for best closing tracks.

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: "Everybody Plays the Fool." Sometimes. BTW, the lead singer is Cuba Gooding... Sr. (The truly live version is interesting, too).

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn wants to play a gig based on The Last Waltz -- though not anytime soon, fortunately.

DIANE BIRCH shuffled her iPod for the Boston Globe.

THE TOP 50 GUITARISTS of ALL TIME, according to Gibson.

ROBERT JOHNSON: We've been listening to the immortal 'King of the Delta Blues' at the wrong speed, but now we can hear him as he intended.

CHARLIE SHEEN will plead guilty to a misdemeanor offense and get 30 days jail time, says a source close to the negotiations in the star's ongoing domestic violence case.

SPENCER PRATT's  "crazy behavior" drove wife Heidi Montag and friends "to the edge", according to a former Speidi insider, who spoke out exclusively to RadarOnline.

SARAH FERGUSON: The Duchess of York claims she was totally drunk and broke when she accepted a bribe on video.

CELEBRITY REHAB has been put on ice because they just can't find a big star with a big problem... paging Fergie?

JANUARY JONES ... and Adrien Brody?

KRISTEN STEWART credits her upbringing for saving her from Lohan-dom.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & RYAN REYNOLDS have snapped up a decidedly unremarkable farmhouse in rural Louisiana.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is two months pregnant, according to RadarOnline.

SYRIA has told the UN atomic watchdog about past nuclear experiments, but is still refusing to cooperate over allegations that it was building a secret nuclear reactor with North Korea's help, a new report revealed Monday.

IRAN has ramped up security in the run-up to the June 12 'election' anniversary. Meanwhile, the regime has barred private schools from teaching music, saying it clashes with the establishment's Islamic values, following a push to enforce moral standards that may lead to a national dress code for university students.

AFGHANISTAN: Insurgents in Kandahar's undergrowth drag NATO forces into a 'green hell'.

IRAQ: A Sunni-backed secular alliance that challenged Iraq's top Shiite leadership in parliamentary elections won a Supreme Court ruling Tuesday sealing its narrow edge over its closest rival, but still faced daunting odds of forming a government.

THE SWARM hits Wall Street.

MYSTERY FISH challenges the Blobfish for the title of ugliest fish ever.

A BABY ELK was left on the doorstep of the US Forest Service office in La Grande, OR.

A STRAY ROTWEILER leads to a DUI arrest.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND mocks their detractors in the new video for "Holiday."

NEW RELEASES were not posted at Spinner when I last checked, but maybe they will be if you click...

BLITZEN TRAPPER is advance streaming Destroyer of the Void.

VILLAGERS, an Irish folk-rock combo, are advance streaming Becoming a Jackal.

MUMFORD & SONS played a mini-set in MPR's UBS forum.


BILLIE JEAN: The 10 Strangest Covers. It's like Tenfer Tuesday.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen talk to The Guardian about their musical histories, gaining in popularity, accusations of pretentiousness, etc.

TRACEY THORN talks to the HuffPo about getting married after 28 years and then writing an album about divorce and heartbreak.

INTERNET SAVED THE VIDEO STAR: The happy comeback of the music video, courtesy of the web.

KISS: Gene Simmons has been accused of sexual assault and sexual battery by a makeup artist.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shrek Forever After repeats at the top of the Memorial Day Weekend receipts with 55.7 million. It's 21 percent drop looks good until you look at the 39 percent drop it took over the normal three-day gross.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time debuts at No. 2 with 37.8 million -- not an especially promising start for what Jerry Bruckheimer hoped would be a franchise.  Its reported 200 million budget is likely on the low side, and even after international receipts come in, this one may have to hope DVD bucks bail it out.  Sex & The City 2 slid from second to third over the course of the weekend with 37.1 million; including its Thursday opening, its 45 million total still looks kinda anemic against a 100 million budget. (The original opened with 57 million on a smaller budget. Ouch.)  Iron Man 2 drops to No.4 with another 20.6 million, benefiting from the weak competition.  StarkExpo 2010 has raked in 279 million domestically.  Robin Hood rounds out the Top 5 with 13.6 million, but has taken in only 86.3 million domestic against a 200 million budget.  Fortunately for Crowe and his Not-So-Merry Men, the flick has taken in 154.6 million overseas.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly has vowed to avoid "those people" -- the ones creating massive temptation -- and has become friends with DJ Samantha Ronson again. Oh, and here's a funny story involving a pleasure chest.

CHARLIE SHEEN is considering a plea bargain in he may spend up to 45 days in jail.

CELINE DION is pregnant with twins after undergoing her sixth in-vitro fertilization attempt.

ALICIA KEYS is engaged and pregnant.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT are separated. The plastic surgery disaster will be moving in with friend Jennifer Bunney this summer while the two film their upcoming new show. Just to play even, I'll note that he seems to be a total d-bag.

BARBARA HERSHEY & NAVEEN ANDREWS are dunzo after about a dozen years.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO is no longer directing the two movies based on J.R.R Tolkien's "The Hobbit", but will continue to co-write the screenplays.

IRON BABY: An awww... some faux trailer.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Home secretary Theresa May is facing a stiff test of the Conservative party's claims to oppose radical Islam after her officials chose to allow a misogynist Muslim preacher into Britain.

IRAN: In their last report before the UN Security Council votes on sanctions against Iran, international nuclear inspectors declared on Monday that Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that experts say would be enough, with further enrichment, to make two nuclear weapons.

PAKISTAN: US officials tell ABC News that al Qaeda's No. 3 has been killed. Also, a Taliban commander who serves as a key link to al Qaeda and who carried out the assassination of a former Pakistani prime minister is said to have been killed in a US predator strike in Khyber in mid-May.

AFGHANISTAN: Iran is training and arming the Taliban, says General Stanley McChrystal. The Kandahar campaign will take months, says Adm. Mike Mullen.

IRAQ: The US military "is on track and will stay on track" to meet its Aug. 31 deadline to get down to 50K troops in Iraq.

A BABY LEMUR at the Bronx Zoo. Let's go to the video.

A PIGEON is held under armed guard after it was caught on an alleged spying mission for arch-rival and neighbor Pakistan.

A SAUSAGE-ADDICTED KOOKABURRA has been sent to bird boot camp to shed weight.

SEWER RATS -- like most forms of life -- are scared away by bagpipes.

ABOUT 15000 SNAKES snakes were spotted slithering along a road near a village in northern Beijing this week in what local authorities said may have been part of a Buddhist ceremony.

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