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Muppets, The Heavy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUPPETS: "Bohemian Rhapsody."

THE HEAVY stopped by KEXP for a mini-set you can stream and download via NPR.

CYMBALS EAT GUITARS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.  Frontman Joe D'Agostino talks to Flavorpill about the band's recent tour and finding big, magical moments inside a song.

SONGS FOR STUFFING: A Thanksgiving mix from NPR.

BEST SONGS OF THE DECADE, according to Spinner.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: Hear "Graze," the first track off their new EP.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Previously unreleased material will appear on a limited edition single included with a new book on the seminal band.

CALIFONE has a new video for "Funeral Singers."

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore shuffles his iPod for the Boston Globe.

FANFARLO frontman Simon Balthazar talks to the SF Examiner about The New Yorker, books, and the bloody video shoot for "The Walls Are Coming Down."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison talks to Drowned In Sound about the band's upcoming album.

20 BEATLES BURIED TREASURES -- to the extent there are such things -- according to PopMatters. ALSO: The Beatles on Record premieres tonight at 10PM ET/PT on the History Channel.

20 MOVIE-INSPIRED BAND NAMES, courtesy of Spinner.

NOW SHOWING:  The holiday weekend brings Old Dogs, which is currently scoring 7 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and Ninja Assassin, which is scoring 30 percent, while the Fantastic Mr. Fox expands wide, scoring 92 percent.

BRITNEY SPEARS is telling friends she's ready to marry her boyfriend Jason Trawick. Has he turned her down?

PAULA DEEN: The celebrity chef was helping the Hosea Feed the Hungry charity load up food when an errantly tossed ham hit her in the face. Video at the link.

BRADGELINA gave over six million dollars to charities last year, more than double what they gave in 2007.


TILA TEQUILA threatens to sue over an allegedly stolen sex tape that has leaked onto the Internet.

THE 100 BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE, according to Popdose.

WERNER HERZOG: The legendary director talks to Salon about his non-remake of Bad Lieutenant, which is scoring 84 percent.

IRAN is again interested in stringing out nuclear negotiations to avoid sanctions.

HEY, BULLDOG: Riding Tony Hawk's Skateboard. I remember when dogs used to skate outdoors for real exercise.

A SQUIRREL attacks a dog to save its baby. Awww...some action pics at the link.

WHEN KANGAROOS ATTACK: An Australian man has been slashed across the abdomen and face by a kangaroo that was holding his dog underwater.


A MASSACHUSETTS WOMAN is seeking donations to help pay for eye surgery for her turkey named Jerry.

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New Releases, Jarvis Cocker, Zee Avi, Elvis Costello, Talking Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 24, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE CRIBS' latest video is for "We Share The Same Skies."

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Tom Waits, Jawbox, Kraftwerk, Miles Davis and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

THE 20 BEST LIVE ACTS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste, has plenty of video evidence.

JARVIS COCKER plays a video mini-set at the BBC 6 Hub.

ZEE AVI played a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR, including a Morrissey cover.

ELVIS COSTELLO played "High Fidelity" and "(I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea" with The Roots and "Cheap Reward" with Stephen Colbert, just in time for Twofer Tuesday.

NEKO CASE talks to Tallahassee.com about her new holiday ditty, "Santa Left A Booger in My Stocking,"sung with the helium-voiced cartoon character Meatwad from the cult TV series "Aqua Teen Hunger Force." And more.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Nashville Scene about the evolution of the Biblical theme of The Life of the World to Come.

FLORENCE and the MACHINE: Ms. Welch is profiled by The Independent: "I didn't really see it in terms of like 'I'm really good'. It was just something I felt compelled to do."

DEVO's Gerald Casale tells NOW the origin of the energy domes, and more...

WHAT UP WITH THAT? If you haven't seen it, you need to.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER looked like more than pals during the wee hours of Thursday night.

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS HIGHLIGHTS: If you were smart enough to avoid the show, here's Kate Hudson's wardrobe near-malfunction and Jennifer Lopez falling on her rear end.

KATIE COURIC's Forbidden Dance of Gin.

STEVE PERRY talks to PopEater about why TV shows from The Sopranos to Glee "Don't Stop Believin'."

KATE BOSWORTH AND ALEXANDER SKARSGARD were caught again getting cozy on a movie date ... just four days after canoodling at GQ's Men of the Year party.

GEORGE CLOONEY isn't short on romance pointers - even if they're for a younger, female costar.

OPRAH WINFREY is starting her own network, but how to get cable and satellite distributors to pay big bucks for it?

IRAN: A senior cleric said ballistic missiles will land in Tel Aviv and the commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps Air Force said "Israeli warplanes will be completely destroyed," if Iran's nuclear facilities are attacked.

IRAQ's parliament passed the election law for a second time, sending it back to the presidential council.

TALKING KITTY: Let's go to the video.

SEVEN BULLS broke loose on the set of a film starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and can you blame them?

CATS and DOGS: That disaster of Biblical proportions may get started in Vegas.

HOW CATS THINK: Scientists from IBM are on the case.

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Lou Barlow, Grant Lee Phillips, JBM, Cats and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND plays with a dolly in the video for "Cousins."

LOU BARLOW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

BOB SCHNEIDER and GRANT LEE PHILLIPS played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig now via NPR.

JBM (a/k/a Jesse Marchant) does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

IMELDA MAY, bringing modern Rockabilly from Ireland, gets a feature plus tracks from NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

NO AGE rocks out with Bob Mould, Bradford Cox and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch at ATP 2009. (language)

THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS went to these folks, in a general indictment of the mainstream music biz.

STEVE LILYWHITE talks to the Daily Swarm about working with U2, The Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, Johnny Thunders, Ultravox, Guster, She & Him, XTC, Jason Mraz, The Pogues, Counting Crows, Siouxie and the Banshees, The La's, David Byrne, Morrissey, Chris Cornell, Phish, Matchbox 20 and many more.

DEVENDRA BANHART is profiled by the Boston Globe.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: The Nuns Are on the Sea Wall points you to audio and video recordings which have "not been officially released." (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: To no one's surprise, The Twilight Saga: New Moon dominated the cineplex with 140 million in sales.  It had an all-time record opening day of 72.7 million, but falls behind The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3 for record-setting opening weekends. It's the biggest November debut also, easily beating out Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire's 102 million.  The first Twilight opened with 69.6 million.  Sandra Bullock's true-life sports drama The Blind Side was impressive counter-programming, earning 34.5 million against a 55 million budget. 2012 dropped 59 percent to the third slot, making 26.5 million -- it clears the 100 million barrier in the US and has made another 160 million or so worldwide.  Planet 51 debuted in fourth place with 12.6 million against a 50 million budget (ouch).  The 3-D CGI mocap Christmas Carol rounds out the Top Five, with 12.2 million -- its 45 percent drop looks ugly, but it's the sort of flick that may well perk up again over the Thanksgiving holiday.  Below the fold, Precious continued a successful platform release, taking in 11 million in the No. 6 slot -- it has already made 21 million against a 10 million budget, with plenty more to come.  Overall, this was the second biggest weekend in US movie history, falling only top The Dark Knight debut.

MILEY CYRUS' tour bus driver was killed after one of the buses in her 4-vehicle caravan flipped over on a highway in Virginia.

MICHAEL JACKSON: A decision on whether to prosecute Jacko's doctor will not be made until 2010.  The sparkly glove worn during the moonwalk seen 'round the world (at Motown's 25th anniversary special), was purchased by a Hong Kong businessman on Saturday for 350K.

MICHAEL BAY defends Megan Fox.

OPRAH WINFREY: Nikki Finke has more details on Winfrey's next show and desperation to leave Chicago.

50 CENT vs. MARV ALBERT: Who you got?

THE TEN BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste, with audio.

IRAN is conducting a five-day military exercise to prepare for any possible attack, state media said.  A flurry of executions and death sentences in Iran has raised concern that the government is using judicially sanctioned killing to intimidate the political opposition and quell pockets of ethnic unrest around the nation, human rights groups and Iran experts said.

AFGHANISTAN: American and Afghan officials have begun helping a number of anti-Taliban militias that have independently taken up arms against insurgents in several parts of the country.

SHYLA, a chihuahua-fox terrier cross, nurses seven abandoned kittehsMass hysteria!

MARY THE TORTOISE found to actually be Terry the Tortoise.  Only took Cleveland Zookeepers 50 years to discover this, making them slower than...

HEY, ARE THOSE 15 LIZARDS strapped to your chest, or are you just happy... oh, wait.

HUNDREDS OF SHEEP die in Australia after a livestock carrier rolled.

A CAT is rescued after three days in a tree.

WHEN A POLAR BEAR ATTACKS, it's an awww...some photo op.

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NME Top LPs, Cory Chisel, Swell Season, Cutout Bin, Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE, according to NME, with scads and scads of essays, streams and videos. Also, Largehearted Boy can hook you up with more "Best of the Decade" music lists than you can shake a stick at, albums, songs, compilations, genres, etc.

CORY CHISEL and the WANDERING SONS did four free songs for Daytrotter, plus a chat and mini-set at The Current, with no overlap.

ROSEANNE CASH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set streaming via KCRW.

BECK has posted a new 10-minute tribute composer Harry Partch.  It's likely a dig at Fiery Furnaces' Matthew Friedberger, and "veering from hip-hop to country to psych to R&B, the brand new song is a one-stop-shop that covers Beck's entire career."

COLIN HAY: Who can he be now? A man at work with a mini-set streaming via NPR. 


JASON SEGEL (Freaks and Geeks, HIMYM, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) joins THE SWELL SEASON for an original song at The Wiltern Wednesday night. There's no profanity, but it might still be NSFW.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy explains how Husker Du changed his life.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS frontman Gruff Rhys talks to The Guardian about his new, genealogical movie.

THE FIERY FURNACES survey their career so far with Drowned In Sound.

NEON INDIAN frontman Alan Palomo shares a few of his favorite things for a Pitchfork Guest List.

CUTOUT BIN: From Shirley Bassey to The Clash, from David Bowie to the Turtles, from Los Bravos to the Go! Team, plus CCR, the Jayhawks, Sambassadeur, Mudhoney, the Replacements, the Starland Vocal Band and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include The Twilight Saga: New Moon, which I haven't heard much about, but apparently involves teenage vampires or something.  It's currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, yet I have this strange hunch that it will do alright at the box office.  There's also The Blind Side, a based on true-life sports drama scoring 59 percent.  And the animated Planet 51, which is scoring 21 percent on thin reviews.

TILA TEQUILA stripped down naked to go on a bizarre, rambling rant - live on her Ustream page.  Her lawyer blames her BF Shawne Merriman.

MICHAEL JACKSON is spotted in an ultrasound of a fetus, though no one raises the obvious Omen question.

AMY WINEHOUSE went to the hospital because her breasts have burst

ANNE HATHAWAY is the newest actress rumored for casting as the Black Cat in Spider-Man 4 (Rachel McAdams having denied it).

WILL FERRELL is Hollywood's Most Overpaid Star, according to Forbes.  You stay classy, Mr. Ferrell!

THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY: Streaming in full this month on YouTube.

CARMEN ELECTRA home video leaks, just in time for Gratuitous Friday. This SFW extract still fearures her in her underwear, kissing another woman.

PAM ANDERSON: Those poor kids.

DEMI MOORE: Worst Photoshop Evah?

WHAT'S IN THE BOX? An alternate ending for "Seven."

IRAN: UN experts were to visit a controversial uranium enrichment plant south of Tehran on Thursday, as Pres. Obama warned of "consequences" after Iran dismissed a UN-brokered nuclear fuel deal.

AFGHANISTAN: Two and a half years after it was started, the European Union's police training mission in Afghanistan is understaffed, lacks adequate security and transportation, and has yet to develop a uniform training program, according to diplomats and security experts involved in the mission.

A GOAT RIDES THE SCHOOL BUS: Let's go to the video. It followed them to school one day.

A COW stares unamazed from an Anderson County swimming pool. Moo 911.

KOALA BEARS are dying of stress from humans.

A PRIDE OF LIONS is not where you want your jeep overturning.

CATS FOR GOLD: Turn your pretty to kitty!

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Neko Case, Brendan Benson, Bowerbirds, Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEKO CASE sings "Red Tide" for Fallon.

BRENDAN BENSON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR. Hear about his kitteh rescue!

BOWERBIRDS played a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. 

THE SWELL SEASON stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

FEVER RAY is advance streaming the Live at Lulea album via NPR.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG drops a video for "Heaven Can Wait," featuring Beck.

VELVET UNDERGROUND REUNION: Lou Reed, Maureen Tucker and Doug Yule will make an extremely rare joint public appearance on Dec. 8 at the New York Public Library, to discuss the band's music and legacy with rock journalist David Fricke.

THE GIMME SHELTER YOU DIDN'T SEE: Critic extraordinaire Michael Azerrad looks at the outtakes from the infamous Rolling Stones documentary, included with the recent reissue of Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out.

HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to Pitchfork about his first band, Lifter Puller.


JOHNNY DEPP is People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for the second time.

RYAN O'NEAL claims he isn't bitter about being left out of the Farrah Fawcett's will.

PENELOPE CRUZ dodges engagement questions.

NICOLE RICHIE checked herself into a L.A. hospital, where she is being treated for pneumonia.

JASON LEE will play an Elvis impersonator in a new series for TNT.

THE 25 BEST LIVE TV MOMENTS of the decade, according to Paste.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR boosted the Melrose Place reboot a paltry 14 percent from its series-low-matching performance last week.

RACHEL McADAMS denies the Spider-Man 4 casting rumor.

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL is accused of stalking an ex-girlfriend.

STAR TREK 2.0.2: Most likely not until 2012, but rumors abound.

MISS UNIVERSE threesome tape.

IRAN's foreign minister said that the regime would not ship its stockpile of low enriched uranium out of the country, making him the highest ranking official so far to declare that Iran would renege on a deal aimed at defusing a confrontation with the West over its nuclear program.  So of course, the UN has been secretly negotiating a deal to persuade world powers to lift sanctions and allow Tehran to retain the bulk of its nuclear program.

IRAQ: Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi said Wednesday that he had vetoed Iraq's new election law, throwing preparations for the January voting into disarray. A postponement of the election could affect the schedule for withdrawal of US troops.

FEEDING A KITTEH with chopsticks. Nom nom nom.

JACK THE COLLIE survives a 130-ft plunge from a cliff.

KILLER BEES may be among the most feared of all insects - but they ain't too smart.

LIVE LIKE A HAMSTER: A French hotel tests the Furry market.

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