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Springsteen, R.E.M., Mountain Goats, Yorkie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND play songs from The Promise for the first time.

R.E.M. drop "Discoverer," the opening track to the upcoming Collapse Into Now album.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle dropped "Tyler Lambert's Grave" as an outtake from next year's All Eternals Deck.

TAME IMPALA stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE HELIGOATS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE RED RIVER played a very unplugged Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE DARKNESS wuz robbed when "Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" only made it to No.2 in the UK for 2003.  Frontman Justin Hawkins was reportedly very bitter about the defeat.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME will induct Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Darlene Love and Dr. John.

2010's BIGGEST LETDOWNS, according to the crew at MOKB.

20 HONORABLE MENTIONS from Pitchfork, which starts rolling out its Top 50 Albums today.

WOLF PARADE drummer Arlen Thompson talked to Prefix about the band's third LP.

FLEET FOXES advise The Pains of Being Pure At Heart about licensing their songs for commercials.

RYAN REYNOLDS has been dealing with the end of his marriage to Scarlett Johansson by platonically reaching out to an ex the past few months.

MICHAEL C. HALL - who recently announced his split from wife Jennifer Carpenter - has been spotted getting cozy with actress Julia Stiles. Some might ask how long this has been going on.

HULK HOGAN married girlfriend Jennifer McDaniels on Tuesday evening in Clearwater, Florida - but the nuptials were plunged into chaos when cops were called to break-up a brawl between a photographer and the wrestler's bodyguards.

LINDSAY LOHAN is not playing Linda Lovelace in a feature film is because she didn't want to play a drug addict after what she's been through, according to her stage mom Dina. Might want to be more proactive with that spin next time.

DENISE RICHARDS has been quietly dating Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx. Someone likes her some bad boys.

TIGER WOODS: Ex-wife Elin Nordegren is allegedly getting close to a handsome student at her Florida college.

MARK ZUCKERBERG, executive producer of Facebook, is TIME's Person of the Year. Which would've made more sense five years ago, but I guess they had to wait for the movie. Idle question: Do people get more timely news today through Facebook or TIME?

JON FAVREAU tells the L.A. Times why he is walking away from the billion-dollar Iron Man franchise and will join Guillermo del Toro and David Fincher as part of a next wave of filmmakers making live-action feature films rooted in the imagery of Disney theme parks and classic characters.

PEOPLE teases their Most Intriguing Newsmakers.

THE COEN BROS talk True Grit with Vanity Fair.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The Stockholm suicide bomber trained for jihad for four years. Information posted online about the suspect in a botched suicide attack in Sweden suggests he had help from others in publicizing the incident and maybe also in planning it, security experts say.

NORTH KOREA: The Obama admin. has concluded that North Korea's new plant to enrich nuclear fuel uses technology that is "significantly more advanced" than what Iran has struggled over two decades to assemble, according to senior administration and intelligence officials. North Korea appears to be readying for a possible third nuclear test as early as next March.

IRAN: The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran's nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic's nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program's code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday. SORTA RELATED: Stuxnet could be redirected to launch a broad attack on US basic services, such as water and power supplies, says a report to Congress.

AFGHANISTAN: The US and NATO are predicting heavier fighting this winter with more Taliban fighters staying in eastern Afghanistan instead of slipping over the border into Pakistan.

IRAQ: The UN Security Council has voted to lift most international sanctions imposed on Iraq during the Saddam Hussein era. Nothing gets by them! Oh, wait...

A YORKIE in the SNOW: Let's go to the video.

THE SKUNK Who Stole Christmas.

A RUNAWAY DOG interrupted operations at Congonhas airport in Sao Paulo, the biggest city in South America.

LIVE BABY MICE tumble out of a packet of crisps a British woman had just picked up in Tesco.

PSA: How to stop your pets from destroying or eating your Christmas decorations.

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Decemberists, Jingle Jams, Beach Boys, Cat Diaries   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE's latest video is for "Texico B^tches."

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy stops by WFUV to preview new tracks from the upcoming The King Is Dead album.

JINGLE JAMS: NPR's annual Holiday Mix.

10 DEPRESSING CHRISTMAS SONGS, with embedded audio, including Prince's "Another Lonely Christmas." Plus, 5 Depressing Blues Songs for Christmas.

BEACH BOYS: Roio has 3 discs of SMiLE outtakes.

SUFJAN STEVENS: "Put the Lights on the Tree."

THE TOP 100 TRACKS of 2010, according to Pitchfork.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talked to Pitchfork about his new book and everything else he has going on.

THE 20 BEST REISSUES of 2010, according to PopMatters.

LIZ PHAIR does a Q & A with OMG. (Thx, LHB.)

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & RYAN REYNOLDS have decided to end their marriage after a bit over two years.

MICHAEL C. HALL and Jennifer Carpenter (both of Dexter) are divorcing after two years of marriage. I'm guessing this won't attract as much attention as Scar-Jo and Ryan.

CHARLIE SHEEN will not be prosecuted over what is now being euphemized as "The Plaza Hotel incident" back in October.

LINDSAY LOHAN has turned down an offer to appear on Dancing With the Stars, her stage mom Dina tells RadarOnline.

LIZ HURLEY's alleged love interest speaks out after her separation announcement.

JENNIFER CONNELLY & PAUL BETTANY are having a baby. It's their second, her third.

HUGH JACKMAN sustained a minor facial injury while making a dramatic entrance to a taping of Oprah Winfrey's talk show at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations are announced. The King's Speech leads with seven, with The Social Network, Black Swan, The Fighter and Inception also named for Best Drama.  Mad Men,'The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, The Walking Dead and 'Dexter were nominated for Best TV Drama (Breaking Bad snubbed).

SNOW WHITE: Dueling films target Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts for the Evil Queen.

THE 2010 BLACK LIST: Film executive Franklin Leonard's hot unproduced screenplay pecking order. Diablo Cody's Juno, Nancy Oliver's Lars And The Real Girl, Scott Neustader's and Michael Weber's 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made.

KOREA: South Korea said on Tuesday it suspects the North has been secretly enriching uranium at more locations besides its main nuclear site -- which could mean it has more material for building nuclear bombs. The head of South Korea's army resigned in the wake of the revelations.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad has designated Ali Akbar Salehi, his nuclear chief and ally, as 'caretaker' foreign minister, replacing Manouchehr Mottaki.

IRAQ: "The biggest story about Iraq may be what hasn't happened."

THE CAT DIARIES: Friskies marketing, but still cute.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A calf with five legs.

A CAT saves his house from fire by opening a window.

PIGS try to go whee-whee-whee all the way home after their truck overturns.

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Best Releases, Black Keys, Springsteen, Lioness and Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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OVER 11 MILLION SERVED: Thanks to everyone for stopping by! 

PAUL McCARTNEY cranked out some Wings staples, Beatles classics, including a tribute to John Lennon, on late night TV Saturday. A more-than-Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES? No, but top 2010 albums from The National, Titus Andronicus, Superchunk, Broken Social Scene, MGMT, Beach House, Caribou, Deerhunter, the Budos Band and more are streaming via Spinner.

THE BLACK KEYS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE 50 BEST SONGS of 2010, according to Spinner, with embedded audio. BONUS: 100 Favorite Songs of 2010 from Said the Gramophone.

ROYAL THUNDER is advance streaming their self-titled debut. Again, not necessarily my bag, but maybe yours.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN brings "Merry Christmas Baby" and a vintage take on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" for Twofer Tuesday.

JENNY & JOHNNY talk about their collaboration with BBC 6 Music. (Thx, LHB.)

MARC BOLAN & T.REX: A Prefix primer on T.Rex's best work and why Marc Bolan was one of the best rock stars who never made it.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2010, according to Prefix.

RICHARD HELL reviews Jim Carroll's final book.

LINDSAY LOHAN is deeply hurt by Gwyneth Paltrow mocking her on national TV, and mad at CNN for calling her... provocative.

MILEY CYRUS: Ever since that video of her smoking a bong full of it came out -- despite an effort to suppress it -- sales of the herbal drug are sky high. Also, a childhood pal claims Miley was a real-life Mean Girl in school.

JENNIFER GREY underwent surgery last week to repair a ruptured disc in her back, suffered on the first night of the Dancing With the Stars finale. Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but she can put herself in a hospital.

NICOLE RICHIE did not invite the French Hotel to her wedding.

CAMERON DIAZ & A-ROD take their relationship public.

ZAK EFRON & VANESSA HUDGENS are dunzo. I blame Glee!

CHELSEA HANDLER: Dating 50 Cent... or just messing with people?

KELSEY GRAMMER sex tape? It's in the ever-reliable Star, so...

THE AMERICAN FILM INSTITUTE announced its Top 10 Films and TV Shows for 2010.

CRITIC'S CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS: Black Swan received an unprecedented 12 nominations. True Grit, The King's Speech, Inception and The Social Network also did well.

TRUE GRIT, btw, has clips online.

PIRATES of the CARIBBEAN:ON STRANGER TIDES has an official trailer online.

YOGI BEAR opens on Friday -- here's the alternate ending, in which Boo Boo kills Yogi.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The Stockholm bomber was thrown out of a mosque in Luton three years ago following a row over his extremist beliefs, it has emerged. The suicide bomber ,who targeted Christmas shoppers, carried three sets of bombs and is believed to have had accomplices as the attack was "well planned".

IRAN: Ahmadinejad routinely ignores parliament's laws and undercuts its authority, leading some politicians and analysts to fear the country is slipping toward dictatorship.

IRAQI security forces are enabling progress in the country, a senior US military officer in Iraq said Monday.

A LIONESS trusts a man with her newborn cubs.

10 WEIRDEST NEW ANIMALS of 2010, courtesy of National Geographic.

CHICKEN MANURE ends a crash landing Down Under.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Yet another toilet infiltration.

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She & Him, Menomena, Dawn Landes, Beatles, Tippy Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl 

SHE & HIM played their take on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" on Conan, and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Conan. Both clips at P-Fork.

R.E.M.: Stream "Merry Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and three instrumental tracks from their upcoming LP.

MENOMENA stopped by the World cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAWN LANDES did three free songs for Daytrotter. Recommended.

THE VEILS debut three advance tracks via Drowned In Sound.

THE BEATLES: Aquarium Drunkard has the Fab Four's Christmas fan-club singles.

JOHNNY CASH, with June Carter Cash, family and friends, on "The 12 Days Of Christmas." Fish, meet barrel... Bang!

JOHN LYDON (a/k/a Johnny Rotten) talks about his Scrapbook, airport security and more with the San Francisco Chronicle.

WARPAINT is profiled by the L.A. Times. Fun fact: Shannyn Sossamon was first on the list of Warpaint's revolving door of drummers.

THE TOP 40 METAL ALBUMS of 2010, according to Decibel. Not my bag, but it may appeal to Pate bassist Mike Kelly.

VINYL: Don't call it a comeback.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader tops the chart with 24.5 million -- but that's a lot less than either The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or Prince Caspian.  Overseas sales will likely ensure a decent profit on this Narnias 150 million production budget, but the franchise may be over.  The Tourist debuted in second with 17 million, but with Depp and Jolie starring, this has to be considered a big ouch against a 100 million budget.  Again, international sales will save this from being a big loss, but it's a giant waste of star power. Tangled - which crossed the 100 million mark before the weekend - had a decent hold in the third slot with 14.6 million; it should continue to hold well through the end of the year, unless Yogi Bear turns out better than I suspect. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes in at No. 4 with 8.5 million, suffering a 50 drop, but still marginally ahead of Goblet of Fire, as the franchise goes.  No tears, as Harry has pulled in 778 million worldwide so far on a reported 200 million budget.  Unstoppable hangs on to round out the Top Five with 3.8 million; its 74.2 million domestic total to date is not as strong as The Book of Eli, but still one of Denzel's stronger showings.  Below the fold, Black Swan comes in sixth with 3.3 million on a tiny 94 screens.

MILEY CYRUS celebrated her 18th birthday by smoking the legal hallucinogen salvia with a bong. Billy Ray Cyrus is "so sad." It may end up in a Salvia ban.

NICOLE RICHIE: There was frantic negotiating to land a 100K exclusive magazine deal for her wedding pics ahead of the big ceremony with Joel Madden Saturday.

LIZ HURLEY's three-year marriage to Arun Nayar is on the rocks.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are making no secret of their real-life romance while shooting the latest Twilight installment.

NEVE CAMPBELL dating the Old Spice guy?

WINONA RYDER, back on screens in Black Swan (and soon The Dilemma) talks to Elle about acting and not using the Internet.

THE HASSELHOFFS get cancelled after two episodes. Ouch.

THOR has a trailer online.

THE 10 WORST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Film School Rejects.

THE TOP FILMS of 2010, according to the BFI poll and The Observer's Philip French.

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS was Barbara Walters's Most Fascinating Person of 2010.

TERROR in SWEDEN: Two blasts rocked the center of Stockholm Saturday night in what Sweden's foreign minister called "a terrorist attack" that killed one person and wounding two.

IRAN is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources, according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt.

A CAMEL falls onto audience members in the pews of a sanctuary Christmas performance.

RUDY the REINDEER is safe and sound after escaping from a live nativity scene at a central Florida church.  Was Santa bringing the frankinsense? Or was Rudy feeling upstaged by the camel?

CAT rescued from a tree. A hearty perennial.

MUTANT MAN-MONSTER... or a hoax?

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She & Him, Menomena, Dawn Landes, Beatles, Tippy Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl 

SHE & HIM played their take on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" on Conan, and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with Conan. Both clips at P-Fork.

R.E.M.: Stream "Merry Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" and three instrumental tracks from their upcoming LP.

MENOMENA stopped by the World cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAWN LANDES did three free songs for Daytrotter. Recommended.

THE VEILS debut three advance tracks via Drowned In Sound.

THE BEATLES: Aquarium Drunkard has the Fab Four's Christmas fan-club singles.

JOHNNY CASH, with June Carter Cash, family and friends, on "The 12 Days Of Christmas." Fish, meet barrel... Bang!

JOHN LYDON (a/k/a Johnny Rotten) talks about his Scrapbook, airport security and more with the San Francisco Chronicle.

WARPAINT is profiled by the L.A. Times. Fun fact: Shannyn Sossamon was first on the list of Warpaint's revolving door of drummers.

THE TOP 40 METAL ALBUMS of 2010, according to Decibel. Not my bag, but it may appeal to Pate bassist Mike Kelly.

VINYL: Don't call it a comeback.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader tops the chart with 24.5 million -- but that's a lot less than either The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or Prince Caspian.  Overseas sales will likely ensure a decent profit on this Narnias 150 million production budget, but the franchise may be over.  The Tourist debuted in second with 17 million, but with Depp and Jolie starring, this has to be considered a big ouch against a 100 million budget.  Again, international sales will save this from being a big loss, but it's a giant waste of star power. Tangled - which crossed the 100 million mark before the weekend - had a decent hold in the third slot with 14.6 million; it should continue to hold well through the end of the year, unless Yogi Bear turns out better than I suspect. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 comes in at No. 4 with 8.5 million, suffering a 50 drop, but still marginally ahead of Goblet of Fire, as the franchise goes.  No tears, as Harry has pulled in 778 million worldwide so far on a reported 200 million budget.  Unstoppable hangs on to round out the Top Five with 3.8 million; its 74.2 million domestic total to date is not as strong as The Book of Eli, but still one of Denzel's stronger showings.  Below the fold, Black Swan comes in sixth with 3.3 million on a tiny 94 screens.

MILEY CYRUS celebrated her 18th birthday by smoking the legal hallucinogen salvia with a bong. Billy Ray Cyrus is "so sad." It may end up in a Salvia ban.

NICOLE RICHIE: There was frantic negotiating to land a 100K exclusive magazine deal for her wedding pics ahead of the big ceremony with Joel Madden Saturday.

LIZ HURLEY's three-year marriage to Arun Nayar is on the rocks.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are making no secret of their real-life romance while shooting the latest Twilight installment.

NEVE CAMPBELL dating the Old Spice guy?

WINONA RYDER, back on screens in Black Swan (and soon The Dilemma) talks to Elle about acting and not using the Internet.

THE HASSELHOFFS get cancelled after two episodes. Ouch.

THOR has a trailer online.

THE 10 WORST CHRISTMAS MOVIES, according to Film School Rejects.

THE TOP FILMS of 2010, according to the BFI poll and The Observer's Philip French.

GEN. DAVID PETRAEUS was Barbara Walters's Most Fascinating Person of 2010.

TERROR in SWEDEN: Two blasts rocked the center of Stockholm Saturday night in what Sweden's foreign minister called "a terrorist attack" that killed one person and wounding two.

IRAN is planning to place medium-range missiles on Venezuelan soil, based on western information sources, according to an article in the German daily, Die Welt.

A CAMEL falls onto audience members in the pews of a sanctuary Christmas performance.

RUDY the REINDEER is safe and sound after escaping from a live nativity scene at a central Florida church.  Was Santa bringing the frankinsense? Or was Rudy feeling upstaged by the camel?

CAT rescued from a tree. A hearty perennial.

MUTANT MAN-MONSTER... or a hoax?

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