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Raveonettes, Joy Formidable, Lykke Li, Man Man, Love, Dog Conga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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THE RAVEONETTES drop a video for "Recharge and Revolt," while Sharin Foo talks about the duo's darker new approach with Spinner.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE is advance streaming The Big Roar.

LYKKE LI stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MARDI GRAS: A Blog Supreme streams songs by a few of New Orleans' finest musicians.

MAN MAN drops "Knuckle Down" in advance of Life Fantastic. Ever more accessible, in a good way.

LOVE: Download or stream "Skid," from the band's lost (but soon to be found) 1973 Black Beauty album.

ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Sheff talks to Austinist about the frustrations of finding new directions, the levity of chance and experimentation, car problems, and how even bad music seems to be less bad these days.

SLEIGH BELLS talk to State about touring ireland, stylistic diversity and more... (Thx, LHB.)

DAMIEN JURADO talks to Seattle Weekly about ABBA, the Butthole Surfers, clean socks and more...

OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE: The Concert. Should be teh awesome.

PHIL COLLINS: Rumors of my retirement are greatly exaggerated.

CHARLIIE SHEEN was wielding that machete on the roof of Live Nation's offices because he's talking about taking his crazy train on tour. Sheen also lashed out at fmr co-star Jon Cryer, apparently for not publicly backing him. Cryer could end up working with Rob Lowe. But why not Molly Ringwald?

GARY BUSEY, apparently jealous that Sheen is passing him on the crazy chart, hit the stripper pole during a "Celebrity Apprentice" cast party in Vegas Sunday night and nearly lost his pants in the process.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Entertainment Tonight has the surveillance video of her alleged necklace theft, for which ET is rumored to have paid 35K.

GWYNETH PALTROW has signed with Atlantic Records, for a deal believed to be worth 900K.

LILY ALLEN opened up about her second miscarriage during a revealing Channel 4 documentary Riches To Rags.

LADY GAGA is threatening to sue The Icecreamists, the Central London ice cream parlor, for naming their human breast milk-derived frozen treat "Baby Gaga."

MEGAN FOX is not anorexic and struggles to gain weight, according to her trainer.

AMANDA SEYFRIED admits she's been dating Ryan Phillippe for a while.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS party like infidels, and the religious police stay away when the royals are involved.

IRAN: Fmr Pres. Rasfanjani was dismissed as head of the Assembly of Experts. Iran rejected recent IAEA claims about its nuclear program (Shocka!). Tehran announced there is no need for OPEC to increase oil production amid the Middle Eastern crises.

BAHRAIN: The outcome of demonstrations there may be more significant than Libya for the region and the world.

EGYPT: About a thousand women protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday, battling hecklers from opposition to get fair representation in the new constitution. It got worse than heckling, according to Twitter here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, Coptic demonstrators blocked a main road in central Cairo to protest the burning of a church south of the capital. The church was set ablaze by a group of Muslims on Saturday reportedly following a dispute between two families over the romance between their Muslim daughter and Christian son.

DOG. On a bike. Leading a Conga line. Let's go to the video.

IF YOUR SPIDER BITE lasts more than four hours, consult a doctor.

A LAME TIGER CUB is back on her feet - thanks to water therapy sessions.

GREAT TITS have age-related defects.

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New Releases, Los Lobos, Those Darlins, Dog Videoconference   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ARCTIC MONKEYS dropped a video for "Brick by Brick" from their upcoming LP.

NEW RELEASES from Beady Eye, Buffalo Tom, Parts & Labor, Bruce Cockburn, Beth Ditto, Neil Diamond and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

LOS LOBOS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

TRAP THEM is advance streaming Darker Handcraft.

THOSE DARLINS drop "Screws Get Loose," the title track to their upcoming LP.

ANNA CALVI gets a feature plus tracks from Weekend Edition.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Technically, the clip for "Auditorium" and "Motor Away" is Twofer Tuesday, but since it runs just about 3 minutes, I'll toss in "My Valuable Hunting Knife" as a bonus.

THE STROKES talk to Pitchfork about the myths around the band, and their new LP.

TELEKINESIS is deemed a Band to Watch by Rolling Stone, but don't hold it against Michael Benjamin Lerner.

DeVotchKa frontman Nick Urata, talks to American Songwriter about songwriting (duh), soundtrack work, and happy accidents. The video for "100 Lovers" is embedded. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: A Beginner's Guide.

CHARLIE SHEEN was fired from Two and a Half Men, reportedly for committing a felony involving "moral turpitude." In response, Sheen brandished a machete and called it "good news," because he's planning on a breach of contract claim.  On the home front, Sheen and Brooke Mueller negotiated all weekend, trying to hammer out a custody settlement, but sources tell TMZ it didn't happen and now everyone's getting ready for court. Meanwhile, the NYT covers the degree to which Hollywood has enabled Sheen's behavior for economic reasons.

GWYNETH PALTROW, who's been shopping for a music deal, is in advanced talks with Atlantic Records.

LINDSAY LOHAN's lawyer believes she now has a better chance for getting Lindsay an even shorter sentence in jail for her alleged probation violation -- and perhaps even having her felony theft charge reduced to a misdemeanor -- because the owner of the jewelry store sold the surveillance video to a media outlet. Implied in that bit of bravado is that there will be a jail sentence for the probation violation and that the theft charge isn't going away entirely, even if her lawyer is right.

BRITNEY SPEARS' former bodyguard is to release a series of embarrassing nude pictures he claims the singer sent him from her mobile phone.

EMMA WATSON will be dialing back on her schoolwork to focus on her career.

KELSEY GRAMMER: Already fighting with his brand-new fourth wife?

AL PACINO was slapped with a tax lien by the IRS, which claims the actor slighted the US out of more than 163K in 2008.

IRAN: An official with Iran's Revolutionary Guard has said that Iran welcomes hackers who are willing to work for the Islamic Republic.

LIBYA: Gaddafi's inner circle is debating whether he should remain in power or relinquish his role, as his government invited rebels and tribal leaders to negotiate a political solution and Western nations took steps to prepare for a possible military intervention. However, the rebels are having an ever-tougher fight against Gaddafi's forces.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood wants to delay elections.

DOGS teleconference.

CAT BURGLAR to lead pet parade.

A BABY SPIDER MONKEY rejected by its mother clings sadly and adorably to stuffed animals.

SNAKE-LICKING STUNT goes predictably wrong.

THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND denies concealing a beaver.

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REM, Smith Westerns, Nicole Atkins, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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R.E.M. dropped a video for "ÜBerlin," starring Aaron Johnson. Michael Stipe talsk to The Guardian about 'the massive insecurity of not being articulate', 30 years with REM, and why he's driven to remake his world in birch plywood.

SMITH WESTERNS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NICOLE ATKINS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LISSIE did a chat and mini-set at the World Cafe.

WILD NOTHING did a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CYNDI LAUPER takes the mic at for a bit of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to soothe delayed travelers at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.

JONNY GREENWOOD of Radiohead talks to The Independent and BBC6 about his film composing.

J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS, seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard (with a bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in) are profiled by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Spinner about SXSW and a disastrous high school talent-show experience. Free MP3 at the link.

THE CHARLATANS: Frontman Tim Burgess talks to Drowned in Sound about the reissue of Us and Us Only, the band's most recent LP, and future plans.

PHIL COLLINS intends to end his rock career after learning that health problems will prevent him playing the drums again.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rango tops this weekend's chart, with an estimated 38 million.  That's not bad, but with a 135 million production budget, George Lucas may have to hope that Johnny Depp can help sell an animated Western in overseas markets. The Adjustment Bureau placed with 20.1 million, which is pretty good, given that Paramount paid about 62 million for it. Beastly showed better than expected with 10.1 million against a 17 million budget. Hall Pass dropped to the fourth slot with 9 million, having taken in 27 million against a 36 million budget. Gnomeo and Juliet drops 48 percent to round out the Top Five with 6.9 million -- a clear victim of Rango, although I doubt Buena Vista is weeping over its 83.7 million total to date.

CHARLIE SHEEN and "goddess" No. 1 Bree Olson are doing A-OK ... this after Sheen tweeted she had left him and he was now taking applications. Ex-wife Denise Richards will not let her two kids near Sheen because she thinks it's just too risky, while Sheen has been threatening to strip her of child custody. Those unfamiliar with Sheen's track record ought to review this NYT piece. Sheen also believes Two and a Half Men will return, "with a few adjustments.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The jewelry store surveillance tape that could be make-or-break in the felony theft case against Lindsay Lohan has been sold to a TV show, which may have really messed up the prosecutor's case.

DAVID ARQUETTE was dinged up in a head-on collision. Arquette later tweeted that he refused pain medication afterward.

MIKE MYERS secretly married his longtime girlfriend, Kelly Tisdale, in a private ceremony five months ago.

COURTNEY LOVE will pony up 430K to settle a defamation case originating on Twitter.

WONDER WOMAN: The pilot beefs up its cast with Cary Elwes and Liz Hurley.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS said Saturday they would ban all protests and marches after minority Shiites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province.

LIBYA found a new way to halt Internet traffic.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad said US and European firms are bypassing export sanctions. The IAEA is unlikely to take action against Iran and Syria's nuclear programs. Shocka.

TURKEY is looking less like a futuristic role model and increasingly more enamored of the authoritarianism others in the region are so passionately trying to shrug off.

IRAQ: Government officials and regional experts see increasing signs that Prime Minister al-Maliki is expanding his power, undermining the fragile democracy struggling to take hold here.

PAKISTAN apologized for shelling Afghanistan six times over the past month.

MARU the BOX CAT tries out new hairstyles.

FUNKY WORMS cause ants to mimic fruit. And tear the roof off the sucka. But maybe not that last bit.

100 LIVE PIGS were stolen from a truck by armed robbers in Malaysia.

SPIDERS force a recall of about 65000 Mazda6s.

BABY GIRAFFE: Awww.

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YFF, Dodos, Low Anthem, SXSW, Stones, Tom Waits, Cutout Bin, Hippos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS!  If you have never heard the fabulous sounds of Scott McCaughey's pre-grunge Seattle pop combo (or even if you have), you'll want to sample the "Young Fresh Fellows Theme" as an appetizer.  But the main course is live from Portland's Pine Street Theater on December 20, 1991.  This 80-minute show includes -- but is not limited to: Jonathan Richman's "Someone I Care About"; "Where Is Groovytown?"; "Hillbilly Drummer Girl"; "My Boyfriend Is In Killdozer"; "Two Brothers"; "Hang Out Right";  "Sitting On A Pitchfork"; "Taco Wagon"; The Kinks' "Picture Book"; "Two Sides To The Story"; "Lost In Space"; "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down"; "Tomorrow's Gone"; "Amy Grant"; "Reunion"; "I Got My Mojo Workin' (And I Thought You'd Like To Know)";  "Go Go Gorilla"; and "Backroom of the Bar." Not to mention snippets of "Suzy Q," "Heart and Soul," "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and a particularly disastrous take on The Beatles' "Please Please Me."

THE DODOS are advance streaming No Color.

THE LOW ANTHEM did five free songs for Daytrotter.

MAVIS STAPLES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic to chat and guest DJ.

SXSW: NPR is streaming a mix of 100 artists appearing at the big fest later this month.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Radiohead, Panda Bear, the Dodos, James Vincent McMorrow, and more feature in the latest installment of the long-running series.

ART BRUT drops "Unprofessional Wrestling" as a charity track.

THE ROLLING STONES, Unplugged, with a NSFW title.

TOM WAITS, Live at the BBC, July 26, 1979.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

NICK LOWE talks about Labour of Lust with YepRoc, which is deluxe reissuing the LP this month. Videos -- including "Cruel to Be Kind" and the song that inspired it -- embedded at the link.

GRUFF RHYS talks to Drowned In Sound about his melancholy new solo album, Hotel Shampoo.

BEADY EYE: Liam Gallagher gets a little combative with The Quietus. Shocka.

MATT POND PA talks to Austinist about the band's busy schedule and stripped-down tour.

ANNA CALVI talks to Vanity Fair about Édith Piaf, popularity and playing along to Hendrix.

LOVE: A previously unreleased 1973 album by influential Los Angeles psychedelic soul band Arthur Lee and Love will surface belatedly on June 7 as the initial release from a new boutique reissue label, High Moon Records.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beatles to Bettie Serveert, from the Dead Milkmen to Donnie Iris, from the Knack to Yo La Tengo (with Chris Stamey), from Cream to Guided by Voices, plus Slade, R.E.M., Lou Reed, Love 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 include: Johnny Depp in the animated Rango, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Matt.Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau, which is scoring 69 percent; the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, scoring 36 percent; and Beastly, scoring 17 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN broke a world record on Twitter.  He says he joined up for the money. Here's how he got verified so fast. Brooke Mueller will ask a judge to hold Sheen in contempt of court for blabbing about her alleged drug use. Mueller is also instructing her lawyers to formally request that Sheen's "goddesses" submit to drug tests when he is given access to their children again. Sheen tweeted that he and Mueller had reached a deal, but the deal is off.

PAULA ABDUL made a frantic and tearful 911 call during a Valentine's Day drive with a boyfriend - repeatedly screaming, "Drop me off!"

JESSICA SIMPSON is a frontrunner to become a judge on The X Factor.

LINDSAY LOHAN would like her father to just shut up about her.

BRITNEY SPEARS is profiled by V magazine. It's been a while since she has graced a magazine cover.

MEGAN FOX stripped down to her underwear to advertise Emporio Armani's lingerie, just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

DIANE LANE will play Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in the Zach Snyder reboot.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Holy Bat-Movie Spoilers! Or maybe just rumor; it is the Internet, y'know.

IRAN: Zimbabwe announced that it is willing to supply Iran with uranium for its enrichment program. India resumed crude oil payments to Iran after negotiations.

LIBYA: Rebel forces have pushed Gaddafi loyalists back to the oil terminal in Ras Lanuf. They also engaged in a bloody battle to stop Gaddafi's forces retaking the port of Brega, part of the oil fields and refineries which have been crucial to his 41-year hold on power. Elsewhere, talks are under way to free a Dutch helicopter crew captured while trying to evacuate foreign citizens, the Netherlands' defense ministry says.

PAKISTAN: Many Islamic clerics criticized the murder Tuesday of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistani Christian who called for blasphemy law reform. Two months ago several hundred lauded the murder of another politician who strongly advocated reform.

AFGHANISTAN: An international conference agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to reach a settlement to the Afghan war by shifting toward a political rather than military approach.

HIPPO FIGHT: Let's go to the video.

MONKEYS IN PIRATE SUITS seized by wildlife officials on Bourbon Street in N'awlins.

A DUCK breaks into a south Fort Myers conference room, arrives early for meeting.

A DOG RESCUE brings six fire departments, sSheriff's deputies and animal control to the scene. And it wasn't even Lassie.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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THE STROKES dropped the video for "Under Cover of Darkness."

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD is advance streaming Tell Me.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WARPAINT did a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DAMIEN JURADO played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Hear two new songs live.

THE SMITHEREENS drop "Sorry" in advance of Smithereens 2011. It's old skool Smithereens, too.

THE FOUR TOPS: Levi Stubbs works up a sweat on live French TV, belting out "I'll Be There."

NOAH & THE WHALE: Charlie Fink talks to The Guardian about the evolving sound and songwriting on the band's latest LP, plus more...

ADELE talks to the Daily Record about the BRIT school, stage fright and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

RAPHAEL SAADIQ talks to Spinner about his new LP and the African-American rockers who influenced it.

LYKKE LI talks to Pitchfork about hustling, Twilight, and why "it's not a very sane thing to try to be great all the time."

THE LONG WINTERS: John Roderick critiques music journalism.

THE SWANS: Michael Gira has put his band back together, but he won't be acting "like a young lunatic again."

CHARLIE SHEEN remained calm as police, under court orders, removed his 23-month-old twins from his custody - and RadarOnline.com captured the emotional surrender on video.  A judge temporarily stripped Sheen of custody, after ex-wife Brooke Mueller submitted a declaration in which she alleged Charlie said, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom."  Mueller also claims Sheen recently sent her a scathing, anti-Semitic text about his manager. In response, Sheen released photos of Mueller's alleged drug use.  Sheen also managed to offend a coven of Warlocks.

SERENA WILLIAMS was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA's friends and business associates have been pleading with her for several months to get treatment for alcohol abuse and oversinging. Well, maybe not the last part. Anyway, here's the mugshot from her recent arrest.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN on a lunch date... followed by a whirlwind trip to Mexico. Is that the sixth seal?

RYAN GOSLING & OLIVIA WILDE had a secret date.

ROBERT PATTINSON talks to Vanity Fair about Kristen Stewart, Charlie Sheen, and more...

TERROR in the UK: A British court convicted Rajib Karim, a British Airways employee, of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks.

LIBYA: Forces loyal to President Gaddafi and rebels are battling in the port town of Marsa El Brega, while rebels took control of the towns of Gharyan and Sabrath.

PAKISTAN's only Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead after pushing for the reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

A PUPPY euthanized, declared dead and left in a dumpster, but somehow survived and now has whole new future ahead of him. Video at the link.

DOLPHINS saved a Doberman Pinscher stranded on a sandbar near Marco Island, FL.

RONNIE the DOG has to eat on two legs.

ALBINO ANIMALS go Hollywood. It's an odd menagerie inspired by... wait for it... Latoya Jackson.

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