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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

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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

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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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TMBG, New Releases, Raveonettes, BOAT, Scorpion on a Plane   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS brings in The Onion office staff to play Chumbawumba's "Tubthumping" for The A.V. Club Undercover. And it is terrific.

NEW RELEASES from Memory Tapes, Robert Ellis, Federico Aubele and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE RAVEONETTES stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

BOAT did five free songs for Daytrotter.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Roio shares rehearsals for Bruce's 2009 tour.

DAVID BOWIE plays "Young Americans" for Cavett, looking and sounding too much acquainted with the Thin White Duke.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon talks to American Songwriter about, er, songwriting.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to WUOR about growing up in Cali.

NICK LOWE talks to the L.A. Times about Buddy Holly and Wilco.

GIVERS: The Observer essays their irrepressible good-time vibe.

SLY STONE returns after a nearly 30-year absence with an album dropping August 16.

CHARLIE SHEEN will be roasted on Comedy Central opposite the Ashton Kutcher's debut on Two and a Half Men.

CASEY ANTHONY: Off to find the real killer. Irony alert.

JENNIFER ANISTON: Taking a year off.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: After Shriver officially filed for divorce from estranged husband, Schwarzenegger reportedly agreed to give his soon-to-be ex-wife a "very generous divorce settlement." Not that he has a great deal of choice, legally or practically.

LENNY KRAVITZ is interviewed by Details.

H'WOOD'S HIGHEST-PAID ACTRESSES, accoridng to Forbes.

THE 10 BEST TOM HANKS FILMS, according to Rotten Tomatoes. Larry Crowne not one of them.

AUSTRALIA: Police in New South Wales state have been given more powers to remove burkas and other face coverings to identify crime suspects. Islamic leaders in the state said they were comfortable with the new measure; civil liberty groups expressed concern.

YEMEN: The top general in the opposition says he rejects a new proposal that would allow the country's embattled Pres Saleh to remain in power until a new leader is found. Meanwhile, the VP says security in his country is "deteriorating," including a growing threat from Al Qaeda.

PAKISTAN: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan's powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country's military, according to American officials.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai is locked in a fight over his bid to oust dozens of lawmakers and is grappling with a scandal surrounding Kabul Bank that has curtailed foreign aid. Then there are allegations that he's trying to claim a third term.

SCORPION on a PLANE: Terror at 30000 feet.

A MONKEY steals a camera to take his own picture.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're winning a British lottery.

A 70-LB TORTOISE stolen Saturday from a Lincolnwood (IL) exotic animal store has been returned "with only a few minor dings."

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Jayhawks, Eleanore Friedberger, The Horrors, Dove vs Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE JAYHAWKS played Taste of Chicago over the weekend and I went when the storms foretold failed to materialize (though a few minutes of rain was a welcome respite to a baking sun and humidity).  The reunited quintet opened with "Wichita" from Hollywood Town Hall; the set leaned heavily on that LP and Tomorrow The Green Grass (the reissues of these albums being the focus of their current tour). Certainly, the latter LP's "Blue" got the biggest round of applause of a well received set, though "Waiting For the Sun" was also a highlight.  The band also unveiled a few from their upcoming Mockingbird Time album, including "She Walks in So Many Ways" and "Black Eyed Susan."  Folks who were there for the free music seemed to enjoy it and were perhaps surprised at the band's cover of Grand Funk's "Bad Time."  The attitude of the band was as sunny as the day turned out; they seemed to view it as a chance to add to their rabid fan base, and likely succeeded.  Not having seen The Jayhawks in their initial run was on my regrets list and I am glad to cross it off, particularly as their harmonies (not merely the incredible blend of Gary Louris and Mark Olson, but also the occasional spice of Karen Grotberg and Tim O'Reagan) seem as strong as ever.

EVEREST opened for the Jayhawks, and if you listen to this Morning Becomes Eclectic, it's not surprising that Neil Young signed the band to his label. But even more than Young, the band reminded me of the fictional Stillwater from Almost Famous, absent the Jagger/Richards or Plant/Page dynamic.  That is, Everest is very much in the genre of classic rock without sounding too much like any of those bands in particular (not a bad thing, imho).

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER is advance streaming Last Summer.

THE HORRORS are advance streaming Skying.

THE SUNDELLES did five free songs for Daytrotter.

LOLLAPALOOZA: Get your free MP3s from Spinner.

THE REPLACEMENTS played their final show 20 years ago yesterday. Stream it.

RYAN ADAMS covers "Nutshell" (Alice in Chains) and offers a new track, "Empty Room," a collaboration with the missus (Mandy Moore).

GUIDED BY VOICES: NYC Taper joins the band in offering two streaming tracks from McCarren Park, June 18, 2011; the whole set (and all their reunion gigs) may be purchesed from the band.

THE DOORS:  Over the weekend, former members of the band have marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Jim Morrison by lighting candles at his grave in Paris.  So why not "Light My Fire" and "Touch Me" for Twofer Tuesday?

BOB MOULD talks to NY mag's Vulture about his memoirs.

THE BEST OF 2011 (So Far): According to Drowned in Sound; Paste staffers Bonnie Stiernberg, Josh Jackson, and Max Blau; SPIN and The Queitus.

BLONDIE: Debbie Harry talks to the Daily Mail about new artists, Botox and more...

RICK SPRINGFIELD: Charged with two counts of DUI.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: To the surprise of no one, Transformers 3 cleans up with 97.5 million over the weekend, and 162.2 million since opening Wednesday.  That's actually about 38 million less than what Transformers 2 took in over a similar period, despite the 3-D premium price.  But it has already grossed 391 million worldwide, so we have likely not seen the last of the autobots, even if Shia LeBeouf is making noise like he's done.  Cars 2 skids a remarkable 62 percent to the second slot with 25.1 million -- was it just the Transformers, or a quality problem? Hmmm.  Bad Teacher dropped 55 percent to the third slot with 14.1 million, but is already well in the black on its 20 million budget.  Larry Crowne debuted at No.4 with 13 million, which is a sure disappointment for a Hanks-Roberts vehicle, though it won't likely count as a financial flop, given its 30 million budget.  Rounding out the Top 5 is the 7.6 million debut of Monte Carlo, which ain't bad against a 20 million budget.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver filed for divorce from Arnold Schwarzenegger, revealing there is no prenup, which reportedly means they will split as much as 400 million dollars. (Note the media savvy of dumping the divorce filing on the Friday night before the July 4th weekend.)

RYAN REYNOLDS & SCARLETT JOHANSSON are officially divorced.

KATE MOSS got hitched to rocker Jamie Hince.

SALMA HAYEK's billionaire husband fathered Linda Evangelista's child.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE: Why I Don't Drink Alcohol Anymore.

CHARLIE SHEEN's ex, Brooke Mueller, is out of rehab.

ASHTON KUTCHER is having a Twitter fight with the Village Voice over child prostitution. He has gone so far as to tweet advertisers about the Voice's Back Page personal ads.

PRINCE ALBERT II wed longtime love Charlene Wittstock in a civil ceremony inside the palace in Monaco on Friday afternoon.

AL QAEDA: Toward the end of his decade in hiding, Osama bin Laden was spending as much time exchanging messages about al-Qaeda's struggles as he was plotting ways for the terrorist network to reassert its strength.

IRAN's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, has transferred lethal new munitions to its allies in Iraq and Afghanistan in recent months, according to senior US officials, in a bid to accelerate the US withdrawals from these countries.

EGYPT: Liberals and secularists now fear that at least some of their newfound freedoms may be backfiring. But if the revolution has had an uncomfortable lesson for Egypt's discordant and inexperienced liberals, it has the same catch for the Islamists: with free expression comes diversity, and not everyone is going to agree.

IRAQI commandos are taking the lead in rooting out insurgents, but want US special ops to stay in-country.

DOVE vs CAT: Who you got?

TWO RACCOONS carjacked a German motorist.

RATS rampant at Arizona's Capitol building.

A WAYWARD BABOON that apparently escaped from an amusement park and became a mini-celebrity -- appearing at a golf course and being followed on Twitter -- was captured Saturday after spending three days on the lam.

THE LESSER WATER BOATMAN is the loudest creature in the world thanks to the insect's noisy 'singing penis', scientists have discovered.

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