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Ben Solee, Bell X1, Radiohead, Vacuumed Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OVER 12 MILLION SERVED: Thanks for stopping by!

YELLOW OSTRICH plays Mungo Jerry's "In the Summertime" for the A.V. Club Undercover's Summer Break, giving it all the respect it deserves.

BEN SOLEE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

BELL X1 play live at the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin and discuss their fanbases in Ireland and in the US.

AMY LaVERE is advance streaming Stranger Me.

RADIOHEAD played The King of Limbs - and new songs - live From The Basement.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE is profiled by New York Magazine, specifically mentioning the videos for "Radiation Vibe" and (of course) "Stacy's Mom."  Of course, the live "vibe" tends to devolve into a 70s medley...

MY MORNING JACKET: Jim James talks to NOW about the Grateful Dead, the Velvet Underground, and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

CRAIG FINN is blogging about a new solo LP and the next Hold Steady LP.

STEVE EARLE is profiled by the San Antonio Current.

NO PUBLICITY: The New Publicity.

THE BLACK-EYED PEAS go on indefinite hiatus. A grateful nation rejoices.

MILA KUNIS talks to GQ about Friends With Benefits, Star Trek, comediennes and more...

SHERWOOD SCHWARTZ, creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, died of natural causes at 94. "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" "Oh, my nose!"

HALLE BERRY: Los Angeles police arrested a man who allegedly has been stalking the actress.

CHARLIE SHEEN's ex-wife Brooke Mueller is out of rehab and, er, carrying some sort of pipe. Also, Bree Olson claims she's still a goddess, just not with Sheen.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL gets called a snobby cow and responds with more class than the L.A. Times.

TILDA SWINTON talks film and fashion with W magazine.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER plays Show and Tell with Vogue.

TERROR in the UK: The terror threat level has been lowered.  However, a terror suspect of UK-Nigerian nationality, identified only as CD, is appealing an order that bans him from London. He allegedly leads an Islamist group, and was arrested with two other suspects in January. He trained in Syria and with the July 2005 London bombers, and has tried to purchase weapons to carry out terror attacks in the UK.

LIBYA: Gaddafi is prepared to leave, according to French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe. Who's stopping him?

SGT 1ST CLASS LEROY ARTHUR PETRY, an Army Ranger who lost his right hand and suffered shrapnel wounds after throwing an armed grenade away from his fellow Soldiers, is the second living Medal of Honor Recipient from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Ahmed Wali Karzai, the powerful half brother of the Afghan president and the linchpin of the security and power structure in southern Afghanistan, was shot twice in the head and killed Tuesday by a close family associate, according to Karzai family friends who were nearby. The Taliban claimed credit.

A CAT likes to be vacuumed.

A DEADLY SPIDER shuts down a German supermarket.

BEAR vs CYCLIST: Who you got?

ALLIGATORS: Don't let your kid pet them. Apparently, not everyone knows this.

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New Releases, Thao & Mirah, Disco Demolition, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BANANARAMA: "Cruel Summer" and their cover of the Shocking Blue's "Venus" makes for a timely Twofer Tuesday. A friend suggested that the former is lifted from Clan of Xymox's "Phoenix of My Heart." I think the bass sound is similar, but it's likely not outright plagarism.  Xymox, however, directly quotes The Troggs.

NEW RELEASES from Cut Off Your Hands, Alkaline Trio, Locksley, the Trachtenberg Family and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THAO & MIRAH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FOSTER THE PEOPLE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE ELECTED stopped by KEXP for a session, including a trippy cover of Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky."

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Today is the 32nd anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion whereby admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game.  The Sporting News has a large photo (Thx, Dad) and this footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is mystified why some people are calling Blessed her "happy" album.

THE HEAD and the HEART are profiled at USA Today.

GOMEZ: Ian Ball talks to Glide about the band's new album, Dave Matthews, Chicago and more...

SPOTIFY has not yet landed Warner Bros. for its US launch.

ALFONSO "FONCE" MIZELL, member of Motown hit-makers The Corporation and half of the production duo The Mizell Brothers, has passed away. He was 68 years old. The cause of death is unknown.

COHEED and CAMBRIA bassist Michael Todd was arrestsed after making a bomb threat at a pharmacy and demanding oxycontin, allegedly.

MILA KUNIS will accompany a US Marine to the Corps Ball, after getting an invite via the Tube.

HALLE BERRY: A stalker invaded her house... twice.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger and baby mama Mildred "Patty" Baena are spending time together -- on the phone -- and are even discussing a face-to-face reunion with their son Joseph.

JAMES FRANCO talks about the awful Oscars gig, gay rapist rumors and more with Playboy, via the HuffPo.

GEORGE MICHAEL is cooperating with the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

MIRANDA KERR thought she was going to die during childbirth.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson releases a second on-set video.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT = The Godfather?

IRAN: The United Nations, Cyprus residents, and conspiracy theorists will all want to know how a shipment of Iranian explosives came to be in a position where it could be hit by fire and cause such devastation. The United States and Israel believed the end user was most likely Hamas in the West Bank, which has strong ties to both Syria and Iran.

SYRIA: Assad loyalists besiege US and French embassies in Damascus.

PAKISTAN: Casualties from violence since the US killing of Osama bin Laden in May have soared, with many more maimed and injured people going to humanitarian clinics, the ICRC said on Monday.

IRAQ: US SecDef Panetta's first war-zone tour as Pentagon chief has been punctuated by frequent moments of remarkable candor, as well as by some statements that he or his spokesman sought to clarify or retract soon after he said them.

FERRIS the CORGI's Day Off.

A CIGARETTE-SMOKING MONKEY wed his lover in India.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent threatened an historic firetower in Helena, MT.

JELLYFISH shut down 3 nuclear reactors around the globe. No word on squirrel involvement.

FISH are learning to use tools.

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Strokes, Cults, Smithereens, Larkin Green, Pit Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE STROKES are "Taken For a Fool" in their new video.

CULTS played the World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand.

THE SMITHEREENS played the World Cafe Live on the 4th weelkend and I missed it; you can stream the gig on demand.

LARKIN GRIMM did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH drops "Weather of a Killing Kind" as part of the Adult Swim Singles Program.

R.E.M.: "Radio Free Europe" turns 30. Get off my lawn. Seriously, my record store managing friend Paul had the Hib-Tone single (and didn't give it to me for an autograph when I met the band, silly man).

GUIDED BY VOICES: The L Magazine explains why they still matter. (Thx, LHB).

CUT COPY: Dan Whitford answers five questions for the Detroit Free Press.

THE POLARIS MUSIC SHORTLIST: Missed this in the post-holiday catch-up.

INDIE MUSICIANS, Foodie Bloggers.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers 3 retains the crown with 47 million on a 52 percent drop.  It's hard to compare to the performance of Transformers 2, which opened the weekend before July 4, but the bots have cleared over half a billion worldwide. Horrible Bosses opened promisingly in second with 28.1 million against a 35 million production budget (it's likely to break the 100 million mark before it's done).  Zookeeper opened much less promisingly in third with 21 million against an 80 million production budget (it's likely to stall around 75 million and depend on overseas receipts to save it).  Cars 2 stabilizes a bit in fourth with 15.2 million on a 42 percent drop; it continues to lag the original by 7 or 8 million.  Bad Teacher rounds out the Top Five with 9 million, and ultimately may break 100 million on a 20 million budget.  Below the fold Larry Crowne and Green Lantern continue to flail, especially the latter.

KATE HUDSON and fiance Matt Bellamy welcomed a "healthy baby boy" to their family Saturday night.

VICTORIA & DAVID BECKHAM welcomed a daughter Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

REBECCA GAYHEART & ERIC DANE are expecting their second child.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON wowed Hollywood at the BAFTA gala.

CASEY ANTHONY has been offered a million bucks to appear on The Jerry Springer Show, Star magazine is reporting exclusively via RadarOnline.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is likely coming back to American Idol.

GWYNETH PALTROW would rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a can. Technically, it's not an either/or question.

BETTY FORD, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.

PAKISTAN ought to share its nuclear expertise and services? What could go wrong?

AFGHANISTAN: Insurgent attacks have started to decline on an annual basis for the first time in up to five years, defying predictions by intelligence analysts, General David Petraeus said on Saturday.  Afghan intelligence officials in the province of Nuristan have accused the central government and Nato forces in particular of ignoring insurgents there and in other strategically important areas close to the Pakistani border.

IRAQ: The razor wire is being slowly pulled back, but Mosul faces an uncertain future in the face of the US withdrawal.

A PIT BULL licks a baby bunny...

DUCK HARASSMENT: Dial 911?

SOCKS the CAT survives five weeks trapped in a store room.

GOAT ATTACK requires preventative measures in Port Angeles, WA. No word on how this relates to sparkly vampires.

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English Beat, Florence + the Machine, REM, Cutout Bin, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE ENGLISH BEAT!  Why? Mostly because they cranked out great ska-pop.  My personal fave may still be "Best Friend," but you might prefer more signature songs like "Mirror in the Bathroom,"  "Save It For Later,"  "I Confess" or "Doors of Your Heart." Or their adaptations of covers like Smokey's "Tears Of A Clown" and the Andy Williams number "Can't Get Used To Losing You."

FLORENCE & THE MACHINE, Live at the MN Zoo. Songs include "Cosmic Love," "Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)" and "Dog Days Are Over."

R.E.M. is streaming the deluxe reissue of Lifes Rich Pageant, including the bonus disc of demos.

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

THE 10 GREATEST POWER POP BANDS, courtesy of Gibson (and Ken King), with embedded video. BONUS: Pate's Power Pop feature from May.

NME'S 100 GREATEST MUSIC VIDEOS, summarized at Stereogum and critiqued at Prefix. IMHO, if your list purports to be an "all-time" list, ignoring the classics is dumb.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: The Early Uber Collection.

SUMMER MUSIC MEMORIES, courtesy of All Songs Considered.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE  talks to Interview his new sound, his sartorial soul brother, the strained relationship with his father, and the "normal," if vuvuzela-backed, dream job from his childhood.

CENTRO-MATIC: Will Johnson talks to the Illinois Entertainer about writing Candidate Waltz on bass, and to Blurt about completing the album by email (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CUT COPY talks to Drowned in Sound about creativity, Can and Chicago house.

PETER CASE (Nerves, Plimsouls, solo) talks to Glide about tours, songwriting workshops, reunions, his archives and more... (Thx, LHB.)

THE BLACK SHIPS: Nick McCabe talks to Drowned in Sound about his new band, which includes members of Portishead, Goldfrapp and The Verve.

WHAT YOUR FAVORITE 80s BAND Says About You.

CUTOUT BIN: From David Johansen to The Drifters, from Badfinger to Sonic Youth, from Sly & the Family Stone to New Order, plus the Posies, Stone Roses, Journey, the Boomtown Rats 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 are Zookeeper, which is currently scoring 12 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Horrible Bosses, which is scoring 79 percent.

BEN AFFLECK lost 400K to movie mogul Ron Meyer in the recently exposed H'wood poker ring.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has been spending time with his out-of-wedlock son recently in an effort to rebuild their relationship, according to RadarOnline. Meanwhile, his future ex, Maria Shriver, is buying a ten million dollar home in L.A.

LINDSAY LOHAN returns to form in Vanity Fair Italy shoot...and says she never should have gone to jail.

LADY GAGA has been branded ‘sick' and ‘obsessed' in an explosive new tell-all which documents her alleged drug abuse and dangerous diet.

JENNIFER ANISTON treated The Break-Up as therapeutic after his divorce from Brad Pitt.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS (Pt 2): Eight new clips.

DANIEL CRAIG and his interviewer are interviewed at Esquire.

THE 20 BEST MOVIES OF 2011 (So Far), according to Paste.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh made an appearance on Yemeni television. Meanwhile, Al Qaeda are nimbly capitalizing on the tumult.

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani general strongly denied a report that he took three million in cash in exchange for helping smuggle nuclear technology to North Korea in the late 1990s, while the nation's foreign office called the story "preposterous."

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban fighters attacked and overran several Afghan border police posts on Wednesday, killing nearly two dozen police officers in a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan, according to the provincial governor.

KITTEN, rescued with a leafblower.

DUCKLINGS, rescued by duct tape.

DIGIT the GORILLA is living with a zoo manager and his wife in their home near Lyon, France.

SQUIRREL vs LAMBORGHINI: Who you got?

NEW ZEALAND'S GREAT WHITE SHARKS  enjoy an annual "tropical holiday", swimming thousands of kilometres (miles) to warm South Pacific waters before returning home. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Blind Boys of Alabama, Jessica Lea Wayfield, Wooden Birds, Bulldogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART see themselves as kids in "The Body."

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE WOODEN BIRDS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE is advance streaming Field Songs.

PICTUREPLAN is advance streaming Thee Phyisical. Not really my bag, but maybe yours.

KURT VILE: The video for "Baby's Arms" was directed and filmed by Todd Cole entirely on the Windows Phone.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks new projects with The Quietus.

THURSTON MOORE talks to The Quietus about working with Beck and the acoustic guitar.

MEAT PUPPETS: Cris Kirkwood talks reunions with OnMilwaukee (Thx, LHB.)

BRIAN ENO discusses the release of his new collaboration with British poet Rick Holland, "Drums Between the Bells" at the L.A. Times.

ANTONY HEGARTY talks to The Observer about sexuality, fame and why Jesus was a girl.

SPOTIFY is finally set to launch in the United States.

ALICE COOPER's strange encounter with Brian Wilson. And Iggy Pop.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Back on?

NATALIE PORTMAN has decided to name her son Aleph after a letter in the Hebrew alphabet.

JOHNNY DEPP has hauled in 350 million from the Pirates franchise. No wonder he's close to a deal for a fifth outing.

CHARLIE SHEEN's new TV show will be based on the movie "Anger Management" and Charlie will be playing the Jack Nicholson character.  His ex-wife Brooke Mueller she vows to to unleash her lawyers if anyone trashes her at the upcoming Comedy Central Roast.

JUSTIN BIEBER's Vanity Fair cover may be the worst-selling issue in 12 years.

CASEY ANTHONY gets the predictable adult film offer, but why would she, given that she's likely to make over a million from book deals and such?

KERI RUSSELL is pregnant for the second time.

JAMES SPADER is set to join the cast of The Office.

CHRISTOPER WALKEN will play Zeus in Gods Behaving Badly.

THE TOP 15 CEREBRAL SCI-FI-FILMS, according to The Film Stage.

TERROR in the USA: The US has indicted Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame for supporting both Shabaab and al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

EGYPT: A leader of Egypt's top secular party says the 9/11 terrorist attacks were "made in the USA," the Holocaust is "a lie" and Anne Frank's memoir is "a fake."

AFGHANISTAN: The apparent capture of a British soldier in Helmand is another chilling reminder that the fighting in Afghanistan is far from over and that the Taliban - despite the pounding it took over the winter months - is still capable and resilient.

IRAQ: Iranian-backed militias in Iraq are using more sophisticated weapons than in the past to target US troops and military installations in Iraq, according to senior US officials.

BULLDOGS on SWINGS: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents unleashed a wildfire that risked the release of plutonium and uranium from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

SNAKE on a TRAIN: A Honduran milk snake halted the bullet train from Kyoto to Tokyo.

A MONSTER PLANT with flowers the size of umbrellas and sap that causes blisters and blindness, is spreading across New York.

LUCKY the LABRADOR wins the PSDA slimming title.

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