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Ben Folds, Booker T, Vaccines, Cutout Bin, Thor, Foxes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with BEN FOLDS! The Ben Folds Five, to be exact, at a gig not to be named to keep the intellectual property cops off scent. Your selections include "Missing the War", "Kate", "Battle of Who Could Care Less", "The Last Polka", "Selfless, Cold and Composed", "Brick", "Smoke", "Philosophy", "Emaline", "Theme from 'Dr. Pyser'", "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces", "Underground", the Flaming Lips' "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Song for the Dumped".

BOOKER T. JONES is advance streaming The Road From Memphis.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE VACCINES did three free songs for Daytrotter at SXSW.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT: Scott McCaughey, Steve Wynn, Linda Pitmon and Peter Buck visited Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

BLACK KEYS drop "Dearest," their contribution to the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute LP.

RUPERT HOLMES: "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)."  Mostly because my mind goes there every time one of these stories pops up. Plus, an arguable Cinco de Mayo hangover.

COLOR ME OBSESSED: The Mpls. City Pages profiles the making of the new Replacements documentary.

PANDA BEAR is interviewed by actor Oliver Platt for New York magazine.

R.E.M. will reissue Lifes Rich Pageant as two-disc set, the second being demos.

THE FELICE BROS: Ian Felice talks to the Capital Times about the recording of the band's adventurous new album, Celebration, Florida. (Thx, LHB.)

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS: Mick Harvey talks to Spinner about his departure from the band.

CUTOUT BIN: From Big Star to John Lee Hooker, from Harry Nilsson to the Beastie Boys, from Marc Cohn to the Ramones, from Husker Du to the Zombies, plus Girls, the Cramps, the Replacements, Joe Jackson 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 the Marvel epic Thor, which is currently scoring 83 percent on the ol Tomatometer; the rom-com Something Borrowed, currently scoring 14 percent; and the also martial Jumping the Broom, scoring 43 percent.

THOR works about as well as it could have and better than I expected when Marvel Studios announced the project.  Imho, Thor always seemed a bit out of place in the Marvel Universe.  After all, the Marvel formula was to give relatable, flawed people like Peter Parker or Tony Stark super-abilities through some sort of science.  In contrast, Thor was the Norse God of Thunder with mythic power and a personality that seemed separate from his human alter ego, Dr. Don Blake.  The movie addresses the first problem with a dash of Arthur C. Clarke and the second by (almost) dispensing with Blake and making the Thor persona more explicitly flawed (which actually serves the original idea of the comic better).  Although Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins (and even Kat Dennings) are the "names" in this film, Chris Hemsworth makes a name for himself by carrying it, as he ultimately must.  I don't know that we really needed Kenneth Branagh to direct this (Asgard is not Shakespeare), but he manages to bridge the two realms without taking you out of the movie.  It's not a perfect movie -- Thor's arc may come a bit too easily to him, Loki's motivation seems a bit muddled in the third act, and Thor still seems to me like he should be in the DC Universe with the Kryptonians and the Amazons.  Nevertheless, Thor was a surprisingly engaging adaptation.  Two additional notes: (1) I saw the 3-D version, but don't think it added terribly much to the experience; and (2) per usual, viewers may want to stay until the end of the credits.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE: You're dying to know their pet names for each other, right? or are you more interested in Kate's sister Pippa dirty dancing with a half-naked dude?

BRYAN ADAMS is a dad for the first time.

KATIE COURIC is about to turn her abject failure at CBS into a 20 million dollar deal with ABC for a talk show and involvement with the news division.

BRAD PITT & COURTENEY COX were able to attend a birthday dinner for their manager without getting into a fight over Jennifer Aniston.

ELIN NORDEGREN, the former Mrs. Tiger Woods, is back on the market.

PIRATES 5? Pirates 4 (On Stranger Tides) doesn't hit US theaters until May 20, so Johnny Depp isn't rushing into the next one just yet.

LIZ TAYLOR, MICHAEL JACKSON & MARLON BRANDO fled NYC after 9/11 and went on a road trip, with Brando demanding they stop at nearly every KFC and Burger King they passed along the highway.   This must be made into a movie.

KILLING BIN LADEN: Will the "treasure trove" of intelligence seized at Osama's safe house lead to a significant degradation of al Qaeda's network?

IRAN: A Congressional panel released a report that alleges that Iran's elite Al-Quds force offers support to Al-Qaeda, adding a new dimension to the militant threat to the United States.  Speaking of new dimenasions, close allies of Ahmadinejad have been accused of using supernatural powers to further his policies amid an increasingly bitter power struggle between him and the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.  But if you can summon djinns, why do you need nukes?

FOXES, Domesticated.

THEM! Almost 50 million years ago, ants the size of hummingbirds roamed what is now Wyoming, a new fossil discovery reveals.

SNAKE in a... dishwasher.

THE RED-FOOTED TORTOISE teaches scientists about contagious yawning.

CATS FROM HELL: Jackson Galaxy promtes his new show on Animal Planet.

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Cinco de Mayo, The Decemberists, Cheap Trick, Baby Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

CINCO DE MAYO STARTS HERE: 

...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO reels off about a minute of "Whole Lotta Love" before covering "All the Young Dudes."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

THE DECEMBERISTS' keyboardist, Jenny Conlee, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Our best wishes for a full and speedy recovery.

NEKO CASE is interviewed in a Julie Klausner podcast about art school, walruses, Neko's crush on Michael Palin, and the myth of "Backstage Johnnies." (Thx, LHB.)

BRANDI CARLILE talks to Glide about all aspects of her career, ranging from beginning in Seattle up to the new studio album she's already recorded, her strong bond with the Indigo Girls, her love for recreating synth-based 80s music and why she's carrying on Dolly Parton's well-deserved diva flame.

GOOGLE should buy the music industry.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

CHARLIE SHEEN may not get an Emmy nomination, unless he exploits a loophole in the rules. Vanity Fair denied paying him a million for an interview.

MAD MEL WATCH: Gibson's ex-girlfriend dropped her domestic violence accusations against the actor during a court hearing Wednesday morning, according to sources close to both Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva.

MARIE OSMOND remarried her first husband Wednesday in Las Vegas.

JESSE JAMES details every painful moment of telling Sandra Bullock about his cheating in his new book, American Outlaw.  And he told Howard Stern that Kat Von D. is hotter in bed than Bullock. Uber-klassy.

SUPERMAN: The newest Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, got engaged to his showjumper girlfriend, Ellen Whitaker, after popping the question on a trip to Hollywood. The classic Perry White, Jackie Cooper, who  survived Hollywood's notorious graveyard of child stardom and flourished as an adult in television and modern pictures, died on Tuesday in Los Angeles at 88.

ROTTEN TOMATOES is owned by Flixter, which was just bought by Warner Bros.  People are raising questions about the WB possibly gaming the Tomatometer, but I think that's easier imagined than done.  A whistleblower could rat the studio out to the Internet.  Film critics might notice if their reviews were being misrepresented on the site.  Seems like the risk would outweigh the marginal benefits.

OSAMA BIN LADEN: Debunking 10 key myths surrounding al-Qaeda's former leader.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS say an al-Qaeda member on the kingdom's most wanted list called from abroad and turned himself in.

INDONESIA: The Islamic Defenders Front met at its headquarters in Jakarta to hail Osama bin Laden's death as a martyr.

SYRIA: Security forces have rounded up hundreds of anti-regime protesters and have charged them with "degrading the prestige of the state," according to a human rights group.

PAKISTANI papers condemned the government for having failed to detect the presence of al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, terming it a "great embarrassment."

A BABY PANDA rides a rocking horse. Sort of.

THE DOGS OF WAR: A fearless four-legged recruit joined US Special Forces as they stormed Osama Bin Laden's secret lair. Foreign Policy pays tribute with a big slideshow.

CAMEL SWALLOWS VET in pedicure mishap? It only looks that way.

A PARTIALLY PARALYZED KANGAROO will continue as a therapy animal to a depressed woman in Oklahoma.

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Man Man, Wild Beasts, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Craig Finn, Gator vs Patrol Car   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ROCKY VOTOLATO & MATT POND PA play the Human League's "Don't You Want Me" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

MAN MAN is advance streaming Life Fantastic.

WILD BEASTS are advance streaming Smother.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CRAIG FINN of the Hold Steady debuts "Not Much Left" at the Wits.

IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

TEENAGE FANCLUB's Norman Blake speaks to Aquarium Drunkard about the speed of recording as Jonny, the influences in its songs, how Merge Records came on board and why a little humor in music is never a bad thing.

THE CARS: Ric Ocasek talks to The A.V. Club about his decision to re-form the band, the baggage that prevented a reunion in the past (including The New Cars), and whether he's looking forward to touring again.

ANNA CALVI is declared an Artist to Watch at Rolling Stone, which is also streaming her album.

SOUNDCLOUD CEO and co-founder Alexander Ljung talks to the NYT about how sound will become the sixth sense of the social graph.

LINDSAY LOHAN is angry over reports that she skipped out on community service, saying she was not due for orientation until today.  That's because she's poised to avoid jail entirely, despite her 120-day sentence.

CHARLIE SHEEN claims he did not shoot Kelly Preston ... and that it was Kelly herself who caused the gun to fire and injure herself in the infamous 1990 incident.

THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE are headed to Hollywood in July.

SHANIA TWAIN talked about her ex-husband's affair on Oprah.

WILL FARRELL made good on his promise to rid Conan O'Brien of his beard.

JANUARY JONES was reportedly so intent on starting a family that it drove a wedge between her and ex-beau Jason Sudeikis.

KATY PERRY talks about her religious childhood, career, and narriage to Russell Brand in the new issue of Vanity Fair.

KRISTEN WIIG is profiled by TIME about Bridesmaids.

SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN: ‘Thor' star Chris Hemsworth has emerged as a front runner to star in the Universal fairy tale opposite Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

MAXIM'S HOT 100 for 2011, just in time for Gratuitous Wednesday.

TERROR in the UK: Five young men from London, believed to be Bangladeshis, were detained yesterday while taking pictures of the Sellafield nuclear site. Following the arrests, counterterrorism officials conducted raids on four houses in east London.

YEMEN: The Republican Guard abandoned a base in Labus in Lahj province after clashes with the tribes for 10 days.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood has made devout moderation a cornerstone of their post-Mubarak strategy, but the group's statement after the death of Osama bin Laden suggests they may not be so moderate.

PAKISTAN: Hundreds of people gathered in Quetta to mourn the death of Osama bin Laden. CIA chief Leon Panetta tells TIME that US officials feared that Pakistan could have undermined the operation by leaking word to its targets.

GATOR vs PATROL CAR: Who you got?

CREATURE FROM THE DEEP? Not so much.

LUCY BROWN's slobber, sloth and bloodshot eyes helped her to the title of this year's Beautiful Bulldog. For some bizarre reason, the event is part of the Drake Relays sporting event in Des Moines, Iowa.

A DOG & GOOSE have become unlikely best friends in China after the dog rescued the bird after it was hit by a car.

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New Releases, Budos Band, Booker T, Paraplegic Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE TWILIGHT SINGERS: Greg Dulli & Co. hung out "On The Corner" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES from the Beastie Boys, Loudon Wainwright III, Architecture in Helskinki, Cat's Eyes, and more are streaming via Spinner. Also, Balkans' self-titled LP is in the SoundCloud.

THE BUDOS BAND did four free tracks of garage funk for Daytrotter.

BOOKER T. JONES whips out his organ for a Tiny Desk Concert.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA is advance streaming Simple Math for those who can solve a puzzle.

PETER HOOK and the LIGHT: The fmr Joy Division/New Order basist's new group rolls out an unreleased Joy Div song, "Pictures In My Mind" and a version of "Atmosphere" for Twofer Tuesday.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to the Dallas Observer about the pressures and delights of touring with other bands, his thoughts on how Okkervil River currently fits into the indie music landscape and how Bob Dylan influenced the band's new music video.

BUFFALO TOM: Bill Janovitz talks to DCist about the Red Sox, Johnny Marr, Mick Jones and the downside of the '90s alternative rock boom.

BILL CALLAHAN wrote Stereogum about what he's been up to as of late and just how his Apocalypse came to be.

BEASTIE BOYS: The A.V. Club explains 170 references from their catalog.

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller are finally divorced.

PRINCE WILLIAM refused to sign a prenuptial agreement.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN made out during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Klassy.

RICK SPRINGFIELD was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Los Angeles this weekend.

TALLULAH WILLIS was cited for underage drinking.

FLAVA FLAV was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop revealed four outstanding arrest warrants.

THE PLAYBOY MUMMY: Yvette Vickers, an early Playboy playmate whose credits as a B-movie actress included such cult films as "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead last week at her Benedict Canyon home. Her mummified body appears to have gone undiscovered for months.

OSAMA BIN LADEN STILL DEAD: Celebs react!

TURKEY: President Abdullah Gul said he was "satisfied" that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Aydin Tamak, a top military commander of the Turkish terror group Hezbollah, was arrested by Serbian police at the Hungarian border, hiding in a truck bound for Germany.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY: Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh praised Osama bin Laden as a Muslim warrior and condemned the US for killing him. Clearly, we must do more peace processing.

PAKISTAN: As the details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden begin to emerge, one thing is clear: Pakistan's military and intelligence services must have known for some time where the terror leader was hiding from the US and the rest of the Coalition.  More on this at The New Yorker.  Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban have put the Pakistani state at the top of their hit list.

AFGHANISTAN: While senior political figures welcomed the news of Bin Laden's death, they cautioned that it did not necessarily translate into an immediate military victory over the Taliban, and urged the United States and NATO not to use it as a reason to withdraw.

JOE the EASTER BUNNY, paraplegic and abandoned by its mom, now has an appropriately small cart-type contraption to help it get around. Video at the link.

A TWO-HEADED TORTOISE has taken on the role of tipster for the ice hockey World Championships in Slovakia.

...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A two-headed calf.

WHEN DEER ATTACK: A female German jogger was recovering with only minor injuries Monday after she managed to fight off a crazed deer by putting it into a headlock.

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Titus Andronicus, Okkervil River, Raphael Saadiq, Dog vs Baby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

TITUS ANDRONICUS shows off New Jersey in "No Future Part III: Escape From No Future."

OKKERVIL RIVER is advance streaming I Am Very Far.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ is advance streaming Stone Rollin'.

SCOTT MILLER & WILL HOGE teamed up for a World Cafe mini-set on board the 2011 Cayamo Cruise ship.

DAR WILLIAMS & ALLISON MOORER also teamed up for a World Cafe mini-set on board the 2011 Cayamo Cruise ship.

THAO & MIRAH cover Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" as part of a mini-set for the Bay Bridged.

THE KINKS: Ray Davies gives a quite intimate interview to The Observer.

THE CARS: Ric Ocasek talks to All Things Considered about the reunion tour and album.

THE MONKEES: The non-Nesmith members give The Guardian their varying impressions of Head and its making.

NETFLIX: A model for the music industry?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast Five lapped the competition 83.6 million. That's more than twice the opening of any movie this year and nine times what the other films opening this past weekend made. (The previous F+F outing opened at 71 million.)  Rio placed with 14.4 million; its 45 percent drop is okay for a post-holiday weekend, breaking the 100 million mark and largely ensuring profitability. Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family shows with 10 million, dropping the typical 60 percent for a Tyler Perry flick. Water for Elephants takes the fourth slot, taking 9.1 million on a 46 percent drop; its 32 million take to date against a 38 million budget looks alright.  Rounding out the Top Five is the debut of Prom, which took 5 million against an 8 million budget.  Below the fold, Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs Evil opened in sixth place, its 4.1 million looking bad against even a relatively low 30 million budget. Blame it on Rio?

CHARLIE SHEEN wrote a crazy-as-you-would-expect "open letter" blasting Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, following reports the show may continue without Sheen. Chuck Lorre may have responded in the closing credits of The Big Bang Theory.

LINDSAY LOHAN will plead no contest to the misdemeanor theft charge she faces over that pesky necklace.

PRINCE WILLIAM & CATHERINE chose not to depart for a honeymoon immediately.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON celebrated their third anniversary by becoming parents to a baby girl and boy.

EMMA WATSON denies that she was mocked at Brown University.

OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD! The obituary. Hitler's death was announced the same day in 1945.

TERROR in GERMANY: Three suspected al Qaeda members had been planning a bomb attack in Germany for four months when they were arrested last week, federal prosecutors said.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh refused to sign a deal that would have him transfer power in 30 days. Security forces killed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Walid Abdel-Latif al Kayani in Abyan.

LIBYAN troops attacked rebel forces south of Benghazi in the town of Jalo, and took control of Ojla. Britain's prime minister said NATO forces are targeting command and control nodes, not individuals. Russia voiced concern over NATO troops deploying in Libya.

EGYPT: The once outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday its new political party will contest half of the seats in Egypt's parliamentary elections in September, revealing plans to become a major force in the country's post-revolution politics. Shocka!

AGHANISTAN: The Taliban announced that the Afghan High Peace Council would be one of the primary targets in their "Badar" offensive.

DOG vs BABY: Who you got?

SCRAPPY the DOG proves aptly named, bearing only a scratch after being run over by a car.

FISHZILLA: A Brooklyn seafood importer has been accused of illegally importing nearly 4000 snakehead fish, a predatory freshwater creature known as "fishzilla" that has been outlawed in New York state since 2004.

GOO GOO GOO JOOB: Three Alaskans have been indicted on charges of trafficking in hundreds of pounds of walrus tusks taken from a remote Eskimo village in exchange for such items as cash, guns and marijuana, prosecutors said on Thursday.

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