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RIP Doug Fieger, New Releases, Clem Snide, Smelly Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOST THE KNACK: Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack, died Sunday after battling cancer. He was 57.  Obviously, "My Sharona" and the clean version of "Good Girls Don't" are your Twofer Tuesday.  But I'll throw in "Frustrated" and "Let Me Out" as bonus tracks.  Oddly, video for "Your Number or Your Name" is not found at any of the usual places.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Adam Green, Buzzcocks, Jason Falkner, Ben Sollee and Daniel Miller, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CLEM SNIDE is advance streaming The Meat of Life via NPR.

FRONTIER RUCKUS did three free songs for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased. Somewhere between Meat Puppets and The Band.

THE STROKES: Julian Casablancas has a solo chat and mini-set from the World Cafe, while Pitchfork has details and a making-of video for the band's next LP.

WILCO are kicking off encores with Neil Young's "Broken Arrow," prefaced by a few bars of "Mr. Soul."

BEACH HOUSE talks to Pitchfork about creating Teen Dream, the move to Sub Pop, and what it means to find themselves now playing to a much bigger audience.

NELLIE McKAY shuffled her iPod for the Boston Globe.

ANTLERS: Peter Silberman talks to the Boston Globe about the band's current almbum, and the next one.

THE TOP TEN ROCK AND POP ALBUMS, according to the Vatican. Yes, really.

TIGER WOODS: Two women in Phoenix, Arizona, allegedly had a threesome with the golfer and were paid to stay quiet. Allegedly. And adult film actress Joslyn James claims Woods impregnated her twice while he was married to Elin. Allegedly (her stepmom says she's a compulsive liar. Allegedly).

KIEFER SUTHERLAND is having surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney, temporarily shutting down production on 24.

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife entered rehab.

CHYNNA PHILIPPS extered rehab for anxiety.

THE BRITTANY MURPHY FOUNDATION is a foundation in name alone - because according to state and federal records, it does not exist. The foundation promises to give back all the donations.

THE OSCARS: The nominees luncheon was held Monday.

BARBARA WALTERS is breaking up with Oscar after this year.

KEVIN SMITH was kicked off a weekend Southwest Airlines flight for being overweight.

QUENTIN TARANTINO talks about casting actors.

YEMEN: American intelli officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen.

IRAN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she fears Iran is moving to a military dictatorship and urged allies to back efforts to help change its course.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban's top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and US intell forces, according to American government officials.

AFGHANISTAN: US and Afghan officials claimed gains in ejecting the Taliban from Marja. Local residents and officials also said most of the Taliban in Marja had fled even before the offensive had started.

A CHIMP is overcome by his own smell.

RALPH, THE MONSTER BUNNY: Was he channelling the spirit of a ghoul?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A theme park has been forced to ban a daredevil squirrel from revamped Sonic Spinball roller coaster as its antics posed a health and safety risk.

PITBULL vs PORCUPINE: Who you got?

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Watson Twins, Dawes, Boomtown Rats, The Birds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MONSTERS OF FOLK released a video for "Dear God."

THE WATSON TWINS played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

DAWES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS did a chat and mini-set for All Things Considered.

SONGS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: Smokey Robinson, Bob Dylan, Jennifer Hudson, Joan Baez, John Mellencamp, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Natalie Cole, and Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon played the White House.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

SPOON is profiled by The Scotsman.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to JamBase about the reception of The Life of the World to Come, Moon Colony Bloodbath, the Bible, writing lyrical poetry, hip hop and more.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Westword about David Mamet, her guitar style, and more...

THURSTON MOORE has started a new blog called Flowers & Cream.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: February got a lot hotter, led by Valentine's Day, which took in 52 million -- about what it cost to make. But the other new releases did well, too. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief made 31.1 million against a 95 million budget, with The Wolfman not far behind at 30.6 million on a 150 million budget. Avatar is in fourth, but dropped only 3.7 percent to make 22 million.  Dear John, last weeks champ, drops to fifth in the face of the V-Day juggernaut.  But it has made 53 million on a 25 million budget.

TIGER WOODS is reportedly back in Orlando, FL, and living apart from his wife.

JESSICA SIMPSON laughed off being called "crazy" in the sack by John Mayer, as it's the best PR she's had in years.

ALEC BALDWIN: It turns out daughter Ireland called 911 when she couldn't reach her father.

ANGELINA JOLIE is not adopting a Haitian. Yet.

ROBERT PATTINSON talks to Details about tropical diseases, getting groped by an elephant, and so on.

MADONNA is going to be a judge on The Marriage Ref. Yes, really.

ELIZABETH BANKS will host the sci-tech Oscars. The nerds always get better hosts than the real show.

PRESIDENTS DAY is recognized now instead of Washington's birthday, But in 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents.

PAKISTAN: Hip young romantics in Pakistan's most dangerous city splashed out on text messages and teddy bears, defying Taliban bombers and conservative parents to find love on Valentine's Day.

AFGHANISTAN: The first stage of the biggest military offensive ever launched by Nato troops in Afghanistan has been declared a success as thousands of US and British troops seized a string of Taliban strongholds across central Helmand.


THE BIRDS: It's a scene from High Anxiety in Sacramento.

CRABZILLA has a body the size of a basketball and its legs can straddle a car.

A GORILLA wandered away from her compound at the Dallas Zoo.

WHY SPAY OR NEUTER your dog, when you can get a chastity belt?

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U2, St. Vincent, Replacements, Cutout Bin, Turkey Vulture   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with U2! Live at the US Festival in May, 1983. Your setlist includes "Gloria" and "I Threw A Brick," "A Day Without Me," "An Cat Dubh and "Into The Heart," "New Year's Day," "Surrender," "Two Hearts Beat As One," "Sunday Bloody Sunday," "The Cry" and "Electric Co."  Your encores are "I Will Follow" and "40."

ST. VINCENT stopped by for a chat and mini-set at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

BENJY FEREE did three free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

VALENTINE'S DAY at NPR: Stream the Make-out Mix, the Break-up mix, or Carrie Brownstein's Something for Everyone.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Captain's Dead has their Sire-era demos to stream and download.

THE THERMALS are streaming "Canada" as an advance track.

THE STRANGE BOYS have a video out for the title track to the upcoming "Be Brave" LP.

CRACKER guitarist Johnny Hickman talks to the Washington Examiner about the band's biggest hit since its 1993 platinum-selling album "Kerosene Hat."

BASIA BULAT talks to the Ottawa Citizen about possible future plans.

GOOGLE shut down at least six popular music blogs that it claims violated copyright law. Fortunately, faves like GvsB and MOKB were unaffected.  Google blogged its explanation.

CUTOUT BIN: From CSN & Y to the Ramones, from Apples in Stereo to the Baby Huey Story, from the Velvet Underground to the George Baker Selection, plus Doug Sham, Raphael Saadiq, Cat Stevens, the Undertones, Wanda Jackson, Wilco and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW PLAYING: This weekend's wide releases include the ensemble rom-com Valentine's Day, which is currently scoring 13 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, which is scoring 57 percent; and The Wolfman, scoring 35 percent.

VALENTINE'S DAY: National Review's Jonah Goldberg won't be seeing it, for reasons having nothing to do with politics.

THE TOP 10 WEREWOLF MOVIES, according to the Contra Costa Times.

ALEC BALDWIN was taken to Manhattan hospital from his Central Park West apartment shortly after midnight Thursday morning following a 911 call from his 14-year-old daughter Ireland, sources said. But his rep says he went to work.

JOHN MAYER had a bit of a breakdown onstage in the wake of his crazed Playboy interview.

PENELOPE CRUZ is in negotiations to join Johnny Depp and sail the seven seas in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," the fourth installment of the movie series being directed by Rob Marshall.

EWAN McGREGOR was spotted looking cozy with co-star Mélanie Laurent, which is not a good look for a married man.


ALEXANDER McQUEEN: The British fashion designer was found dead after taking his own life, just days after the death of his mother, Joyce.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 201st birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

IRAN: On the anniversary of Islamic Revolution, Ahmadinejad announced that Iran is "a nuclear state." Opposition leaders Karroubi and former President Khatami were attacked when they attended an opposition rally. Tehran cracked down on internet access in the wake of anniversary protests.

A TURKEY VULTURE crashes through a copter windshield, enjoys the landing.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They are now armed with hi-tech weaponry.

PSA: Don't tell a police dog to sit on the job.

BULL vs TIGER: Who you got?

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Wild Beasts, Peter Gabriel, Radio Free Song Club, Giant Oarfish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REGINA SPECTOR played "Machine" for Fallon.

PETER GABRIEL is advance streaming his orchestral all-covers album.

LOCAL NATIVES are advance streaming their Gorilla Manor LP via NPR.

RADIO FREE SONG CLUB is a a group of veteran writers with a monthly song deadline, including Victoria Williams, Freedy Johnson, Laura Cantrell, Peter Holsapple, and fmr. Golden Palominos like Peter Blegvad and Jody Harris.  You can stream or download the first "issue" now. (Thx, Ken!)

MUMFORD & SONS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

WILD BEASTS: Tom Fleming shares a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List as the band drops a video for "We Still Got The Taste Dancin' On Our Tongues."  The band also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

VIVIAN GIRLS guitarist Cassie Ramone and drummer Ali Koehler shuffle their iPods for the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

BUZZCOCKS: Steve Diggle talks to Spinner about the deluxe reissues of their first three albums.

WARNER MUSIC will stop licensing its artists' content on free music software, though it should not affect current deals with services like Spotify. Yet.

BANDS AS PEOPLE: For example, "Weezer is your best friend from high school who you lost touch with in college, and when you finally bump into him again after graduation he has somehow become a total f***ing douchebag."

JOHN MAYER overshares with Playboy, including the revelation that Jessica Simpson is "sexual napalm." Not sure what that smells like in the morning.

ANGELINA JOLIE had two days of meetings with Haiti earthquake victims in her role as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. refugee agency. No word on how many orphans she slipped into her knapsack.

TIGER WOODS' number one mistress, Rachel Uchitel, has landed a TV job on "Extra."

LINDSAY LOHAN denies that Samantha Ronson raised a hand to her. Can we get Bill Clinton to translate?

JENNIFER GARNER & JENNIFER BIEL: Hasenfeffer Incorporated?

THE 25 WORST ROM-COMS, according to Moviefone.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban again denied Hakeemullah was killed; the interior minister said he was certain Hakeemullah is dead.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad moved to give the Basij more political power. Pres. Obama sought new sanctions to target the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. Nuclear specialists say the country is striving to make real technical progress toward producing a bomb.

A GIANT OARFISH: Perhaps the first sighting of the fish in its natural setting.

WHY YES, you may borrow my gerbil.

DOG rescues family from cat.

LAME DUCK shows disabled boy how to walk.

PETS are chosen over people on Valentine's Day about 20 percent of the time.

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The Decemberists, Nicole Atkins, The Beatles, Doggy Dinner   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OVER 50 COVER SONGS BY THE DECEMBERISTS, courtesy of YANP, which also has the video for a new Colin Meloy song, "Springville."

NICOLE ATKINS & THE SEA did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased.

THE BEATLES: Captain's Dead has "The Forgotten Abbey Road Sessions" to stream and download.

JOANNA NEWSOM is now streaming the nine-plus minute "Kingfisher" from her upcoming triple-LP.

DR. DOG premiered "Shadow People" at the 'Gum. Takes a minute to kick in, but nice.

EELS get "Unhinged."

VAMPIRE WEEKEND, class and syncretism are essayed by Robert Christgau.

YOKO ONO: You could be reading an interview with Yoko Ono at PopMatters, right now.

OWEN PALLETT is profiled at The Globe and Mail.

BIKINI KILL: Kathleen Hanna has started a BK blog.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Brooke Mueller is moving back into the house, following their holiday fracas.

ANGELINA JOLIE is headed to Haiti. Make your own adoption joke here.

HOWARD STERN may replace Simon Cowell when American Idol's tenth season begins in 2011.

HUGH HEFNER is the target of a class action lawsuit filed by a Playboy shareholder.

BARBRA STREISAND turned down a 100 million Vegas payday.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4: Tom Cruise and J.J. Abrams return.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN is connected to the next Batman... and the next Superman?

THE TERMINATOR: Rights to the franchise were auctioned off for 29.5 million to a hedge fund creditor, which outbid Sony and Lionsgate.

IRAN: In recent weeks, Iranian security officials have unleashed a wave of arrests across the country in an effort to neutralize the political opposition, silence critical voices and head off widespread protests when the nation marks the anniversary of the revolution on Thursday.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban based in Orakzai Agency confirmed on Tuesday that Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakeemullah Mehsud is dead.

DINNER FOR ONE: Let's go to the video.

"ALIEN" FISH discovered in a lake in a mountain cave 1000m below the ground in China.

EATING SCORPIONS and drinking Cobra blood is all in a day's work for the Marines.

AND THERE WERE cows, goats, pigs and chickens all over the highway.

COWS stare unamazed as they outnumber humans in New Zealand.

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