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Low Anthem, Wild Nothing, Adele, Dog Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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MUPPETS rock Brighton, covering LCD Soundsystem's "Dance Yrself Clean" in an unofficial video.

THE LOW ANTHEM played the the historic 6th and I Synagogue in DC; you can stream the whole gig on demand. 

WILD NOTHING stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALEXI MURDOCH stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

ADELE played a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.

DUM DUM GIRLS: Dee Dee Penny talks to the Boston Globe about the origins of the band and to The A.V. Club about her all-time favorite girl group cuts.

MIKE WATT does an NYT slideshow connecting his new album of 30 songs with paintings by the Netherlandish painter Hieronymus Bosch.

RICHARD HAWLEY does a general Q & A with The Guardian.

THE STROKES are back, after a five-year hiatus, with a new way of working and fewer drugs around.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In a shocker, the top movie during Oscar weekend is Gnomeo and Juliet, in its 3rd weekend of release, with 14.2 million.  Enjoy it, gnomes... there's a new sheriff in town next weekend when Rango hits the cineplex. Hall Pass debuted at No. 2 with 13.4 million, well below the 20 million predicted by the so-called gurus. Unknown slips 43 percent to third, with 12.4 million. That drop is larger than Taken's 17 percent second weekend drop, but not bad for an action movie in a post-holiday weekend... and its 42 million total against a 30 million budget alredy looks good.  Just Go With It holds the fourth slot on a not-bad 40 percent drop suggesting it benefited from the weak showing by Hall Pass. I Am Number Four rounds out the Top Five, but may have trouble recouping its 60 million budget.  Below the fold, Bieber made more money releasing a "director's cut" of the movie after 14 days in theaters.  The King's Speech held the seventh slot, but increased its percentage on pre-Oscar traffic.  Drive Angry opened in ninth with 5.1 million, way below the mid-teens gurus predicted, raising big questions about Nic Cage's career.

CHARLIE SHEEN called the decision to suspend Two and Half Men "crazy" and boldly declared he is switching channels to HBO. That's not happening.  His friends said Sheen would never return to the show, but Sheen told GMA he's showing up despite the halt in production.  Sheen also denied his comments about show creator Chuck Lorre were anti-Semitic and made yet another demented phone call to a radio show, declaring "it's about to get really gnarly!" And the chest tattoo and the ABC interview teaser suggest he plans to make good on the gnarliness.  Sheen is on GMA and the Today show this morning, where he will likely be at least as he is nutty in this video interview with RadarOnline.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA and her new 25-year-old beau had sex in a bathroom at a recent family gathering. Keepin it klassy.

BRITNEY SPEARS  has just learned .... it pays to have a conservatorship.

KELSEY GRAMMER and fiancée Kayte Walsh tied the knot on Friday in a New York City ceremony.

IRINA SHAYK, the SI Swimsuit cover model, got complaints from neighbors about the lack of curtains in her apartment.

THE RAZZIES went to these folks. Congrats to M. Night Shyamalan?

THE SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats to the Black Swan crew.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Congrats, everyone but James Franco and Anne Hathaway!

IRAN: The ambassador to Russia said the removal of the nuclear fuel rods from Bushehr is unrelated to the Stuxnet virus.

TUNISIA: Interim Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi announced his resignation after three people were killed in anti-government protests.

EGYPT: Kamal al Halbavi, a senior Muslim Brotherhood leader, praised Iran's attempts to unify the Muslim world and lauded President Ahmedinejad. "He is the bravest man in the Muslim world and we (in Egypt) need innocent, honest and brave leaders like him."

LIBYA: The UN Security Council imposed travel sanctions on Libya's top leaders. On Friday afternoon, 40 rebels brandishing 2ft swords and scimitars spearheaded a group of 1000 men who clashed with army troops in Sabratha, a coastal town 40 miles west of Tripoli. Army leaders in eastern Libya who have turned against Gaddafi's regime are preparing to dispatch a rebel force to Tripoli to support the beleaguered uprising there.

BOO RESCUED FROM AN ICY POND: Let's go to the video.

HIGHWAY DUCKLING RESCUE in Ft. Meyers, FL. Video at the link.

CAN CHIMPS travel through time in their heads?

CAT LADIES, explained by science.

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Kinks, Rhett Miller, Amos Lee, Sugar, 4 Decades of No. 1 hits, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE KINKS! Live at the Rainbow Theater, 1972.  There's documentary footage intercut, but your setlist includes "Till the End of the Day," "Waterloo Sunset," "Top of the Pops," "The Money-go-Round," "Sunny Afternoon," "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina," "Alcohol," "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoid Blues," and -- of course -- "You Really Got Me." PLUS: Ray Davies has revealed he's still suffering from the effects of a gunshot wound he sustained over seven years ago.

RHETT MILLER  of The Old 97's recently performed a studio session for KEXP.

AMOS LEE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GEORGE HARRISON would have turned 68 today. The Concert for George is streaming all day Friday.

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE does its final four free songs for Daytrotter.

TV on the RADIO drops "Will Do" in advance of Nine Types of Light.

THE WATSON TWINS drop a cover of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" in advance of their Night Covers EP.

SUGAR, Live at Cat's Cradle, Nov. 19, 1994.

EVERY NUMBER ONE POP HIT through 1993, five seconds apiece. Very cool, natch.

THE JAGS have your number written on the "Back of My Hand." From TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE JAYHAWKS have been guest-editing Magnet. Gary Louris did an advance interview with the mag and has written about topics including the Minnesota Twins, Spain, and Crosswords, while Mark Olson has essayed Movies, Books, Food, the Violin and more...

THE 90s are discussed and surveyed in videos by All Songs Considered.  It's a nice counterpart to The A.V. Club's just-completed 10-part series, "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?"

OMD: Andy McCluskey talks to PopMatters about putting the band back together.

BRITISH SEA POWER: Scott "Yan" Wilkinson and Martin Noble talk to Drowned in Sound about a decade making music, popular insanity and more...

CUTOUT BIN: From Big Audio Dynamite to the Beatles, from Otis Redding to Wire, from Richard Hell to Van Morrison, plus Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Edwyn Collins, Echo & the Bunnymen 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 Farrelly Bros comedy Hall Pass, which is currently scoring 34 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Nic Cage in Drive Angry, which is scoring 48 percent, albeit on a small sample of reviews at the moment.

CHARLIE SHEEN: CBS and Warner Bros. are pulling the plug on the highly rated Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season, after Sheen dialed into the nutty Alex Jones Show to blast show creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and... wait for it... Thomas Jefferson.  Sheen has responded to the shutdown with a wacky open letter.  Also, his latest galpal has been identified as a cannabis magazine cover girl. Charlie keepin' it klassy.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors in her grand theft case believe the store surveillance video is strong evidence against her and one source even described it as a "smoking gun."

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is reportedly doing some heavy boozing, according to a piece in the print version of Us Weekly.

DAVID ARQUETTE wants to get back together with wife Courteney Cox - but for now, the decision is up to her.

REMAKES: The Bodyguard and Soapdish are Hollywood's latest recycling projects.

RANDY QUAID says he's won his legal fight to stay in Canada, in a stunning victory over the "Hollywood star-whackers" who were bent on killing actors like him.  Quaid and hsi wife face felony burglary charges in the US.

BILL MURRAY comments on Ghostbusters 3.

MEMPHIS, the MLK flick written and directed by Paul Greengrass, has been picked up by Universal.

10 MOVIES the Oscars Made Famous.

20 LOVE STORIES for People Who Hate Love Stories.

THE 50 GREATEST TITLE SEQUENCES, according to IFC.

THE KING'S SPEECH could become the first Oscar-winner to be shot on the same set as a gay pr0n video. And an Amy Winehouse video.

TERROR in the USA: The US charged a Saudi man attending college in Texas with plotting to carry out attacks in the US. Khalid Ali Aldawsar studied electrical engineering, purchased explosives over the Internet, and planned on attacking dams, a nuclear plant, and the home of former President George W. Bush.

IRAN is expanding its covert global search for the uranium it needs for its nuclear activities and a key focus is Zimbabwe.

SYRIA may have been building a secret nuclear-related site near Damascus, possibly linked to a site bombed by Israel in 2007.

YEMEN: After an escalation in violence between supporters and opponents of the Yemeni government in Sana, the capital, this week, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has instructed security forces to protect demonstrators and thwart clashes between the two sides.

LIBYA: Forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels are battling in western areas of the country; fighting has been reported just 30 miles outside Tripoli. Large numbers of army units and other security forces have defected.  Insurgent commanders said they have sent troops for an offensive against Tripoli and residents of the capital prepared their first mass demonstration in days on Friday. The so-called UN Human Rights Council may not condemn Gaddafi today.

AFGHANISTAN: After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the US military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted was central to the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

MARU the BOX CAT faces her biggest challenge evah.

SEXY MONKEYS wash with their own urine. Sixty percent of the time, it works all the time.

AN ALLIGATOR was washed into a Brazilian home by floodwaters.

FAMILY DOG as fire alarm.

SHANGHAI adopts a one-dog policy.

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Gang of Four, Luyas, Baseball Project, Kurt Vile, Dancing Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DESTROYER made its network TV debut, playing "Downtown" for Fallon. 

GANG OF FOUR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

LUYAS are advance streaming Too Beautiful to Work. The band, "influenced by Laurie Anderson and Bob Dylan," are profiled by the Montreal Gazette. (Thx, LHB.)

THE BASEBALL PROJECT is streaming six tracks from their new album via ESPN.

KURT VILE played the the World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE VANDELLES drop "My Time" in support of a new EP. For fans of JAMC-esque noise-pop.

ALICE COOPER is profiled by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll hall of Fame induction.

THE HIVES: "Hate to Say I Told You So."

NEKO CASE used Twitter to host a discussion of why female rock stars don't get groupies. Reax at Metafilter. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SUUNS: Ben Henry talked to The Quietus about scaring fans, the Montreal scene and why it's good to be sexy.

THE DEARS: Murray Lightburn talks to the Globe and Mail about the band's quasi-reunion.

THE 10 BEST PROTEST SONGS, according to Dorian Lynskey, author of a new history of the genre.

CHARLIE SHEEN screened Jaws on a 100-foot yacht, accompanied by hs new galpal and adult film actress Bree Olson. Sheen's soon-to-be ex-wife Brooke Mueller has moved back in with him, according to RadarOnline.  Indeed, Radar now claims that Sheen has taken the three women on a tropical vacation.  CBS is asking focus groups about doing Two and a Half Men without him. 

LINDSAY LOHAN was working on a plea deal, but decided to go to trial after learning the judge would require jail time; the prosecutor wanted six months.

RHIANNA and... Ryan Phillippe?

BILLY RAY CYRUS is trying to get his act together after making explosive comments about his family, including daughter Miley Cyrus.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY: He is moving from LA to NYC to care for their daughter while she films a movie. It's the intersection of sweet and self-interested.

ROYAL WEDDING SECRETS for royal wedding secret-cravers.

JAMES FRANCO & ANNE HATHAWAY talk Oscar hosting with The Hollywood Reporter, which also reports on this year's differences from prior shows.

IRAN: The US Treasury designated the head of the Basij militia and Tehran's prosecutor general for human rights abuses. The two Iranian warships have transited the Suez Canal and are en route to Syria. Senegal cut ties with Iran after the latter shipped weapons to rebels.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are handing out 37 billion dollars in chilling-out money to head off protests.

BAHRAIN: The government freed more than 50 political prisoners, and said it would permit peaceful demonstrations, in an attempt to appease protesters.

LIBYA: According to Swedish tabloid Expressen, Libya's ex-justice minister claims Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988. The Italian government estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed during the insurrection. More than one-half of the country is out of government control. The US fears Gaddafi might use mustard gas. Regardless of what comes next in Libya's lethal political standoff, the OPEC country's oil sector is nearly certain to suffer, bringing long-lasting supply disruptions or even permanent damage.

PAKISTAN's ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of frustration over what it calls heavy-handed pressure and its anger over what it believes is a covert US operation involving hundreds of contract spies.

AFGHANISTAN: Two think-tankers argue in the NYT that there is increasing evidence that Afghanistan is moving in a more positive direction than many analysts think. But Afghanistan has appealed for the US to provide security assistance beyond 2014.

DANCING GOAT: More like prancing, I think.

CHEETAH CUBS climb a tree at safari camp. Awww...some pics.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A spider with a human face. Help me!

SNAKE on a TRAIN: A woman who lost her three-foot long boa constrictor on the Boston Metro has been issued with a hefty bill for cleaning costs.

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Lykke Li, More New Releases, Radiohead, Corgi & Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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CUT COPY have a video out for "Need You Now," which has a bit of an 80s vibe, imho.

LYKKE LI is advance streaming Wounded Rhymes.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE is advance streaming Departing.

PAPERCUTS are advance streaming Fading Parade.

NEW RELEASES REDUX: Spinner has updated with selections from Adele, Johnny Cash, Earth Girl Helen Brown, Cave Singers, Phil Spector, Darlene Love, the Crystals, the Ronettes, Billy Preston and more...

RADIOHEAD: Is the King of Limbs the Album of the Year... or Album of the Century?

SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: "Tears of a Clown." Originally released in 1967, but it didn't become a hit until 1970. Sometimes, a hit takes time.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the new album, working with Don Was and Elvis Costello, how themes are a tough thing to nail down sometimes and why she probably shouldn't read blog comments about her own records.

JAMES: Lead singer and lyricist Tim Booth looks back on a decades-long career with PopMatters.

LISSIE talks to Spinner about gender in pop music, slags the people who shot her new video and more...

THE CONCRETES: PopMatters chatted with guitarist Daniel Värjö about moving on without Victoria Bergsman, the band's new disco grooves, and musical influences ranging from Anthony Russell to My Morning Jacket.

BRITNEY SPEARS made half a million dollars from product placements in her new music video. She's also moving into an 18.9 million dollar mansion.

ALYSSA MILANO and her husband Dave Bugliari are expecting their first child.

CHARLIE SHEEN gets a Major League snub.

LINDSAY LOHAN's comeback producer could work around a trial for grand theft, but a quick jailing on a probation violation would be a problem. Where's my tissues?

BRADGELINA: Pitt's parents are moving in with the clan in the south of France?

JUSTIN BIEBER cut his hair. OMG, etc.

ROSIE O'DONNELL has split with her girlfriend of over a year, Tracy Kachtick- Anders, sources tell Page Six.

STAR BLAZERS to become a large scale live action feature? Oh my.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is interviewed by Justin Timberlake.

IRAN: Two Iranian naval vessels entered the Suez Canal. Ahmadinejad's regime arrested opposition leader Karroubi's son. A group calling itself the "Iran cyber army" claimed responsibility Tuesday for hacking into a number of Voice of America internet pages. The National Iranian Drilling Company evacuated its staff and ceased drilling activities in Libya.

LIBYA: The Times newspaper said Wednesday it had footage of severely wounded and dead protesters in a Libyan hospital which proved that heavy weapons were being used to crush the uprising. Former Gaddafi No.2, Abdul Fatah Younis, turned on the regime... and he may have been kidnapped.

EGYPT: With Mubarak gone, the Muslim Brotherhood is finding the prospect of democracy a mixed blessing.  The MB is considering setting up its own media outlets.

AFGHANISTAN: Recent defeats and general weariness after nine years of war are creating fissures between the Taliban's top leadership based in Pakistan and midlevel field commanders, who have borne the brunt of the fighting and are reluctant to return to some battle zones, Taliban members said in interviews.

A CORGI and a BABY DWARF GOAT, living together...Mass hysteria!

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A parrot on roller-skates steals the show.

SMOKEY the CAT goes for a record-setting 92 decibel purr.

PET OBESITY: A growing epidemic.

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New Releases, Local Natives, Justin Townes Earle, Cats & Cups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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THE NATIONAL, Live in NYC for MTV.  Way more thanTwofer Tuesday.

NEW (and not-so-new) RELEASES from Drive-By Truckers, PJ harvey, Yuck, Mumford & Sons, Band of Horses and more are streaming from Spinner... unless they update their selections today.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session... and played a Tiny Desk Concert.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

IRON & WINE recently performed a studio session for KUT in Austin, Texas.

WAVVES dropped "Horse Shoes" as another possible single or something.

THE HOLLIES: "I Can't Let Go."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley talks to the Washington City Paper about the Keith Richards memoir and the craft of songwriting and being a frontman.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn talk to the Daily Bruin about recording in analog, playing with their heroes and more... (Thx, LHB.)

THE MONKEES are to reform for a tour celebrating the group's 45th anniversary... minus Mike Nesmith, natch.

IS FOOD the new indie rock?

CHARLIE SHEEN seems to have a new galpal, but wants to move his ex-wives next door. Meanwhile, he invited former baseball stars over for a screening of Major League, while one of his recent companions terminated a pregnancy that could have been Sheen's.

JOHN TRAVOLTA got snapped sans hairpiece.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva rejected a 15 million dollar peace deal with the star "to see where the chips might fall" in court, emails reveal.

MATTHEW MORRISON and OLIVIA MUNN looked pretty chummy at a hockey game in New York Sunday night.

THE FARRELLY BROTHERS talk to the WSJ about Hall Pass and The Three Stooges.

SKINS, the controversial MTV teen drama, is hemorrhaging viewers.

SUPERMAN: Is Zach Snyder adding Kevin Costner to the reboot cast?

IRAN: Ayatollah Khamenei praised recent revolts around the Arab world as Islamic and said they should be consolidated. Opposition street protests continued in various parts of Tehran.

SUDAN: President Omar al-Bashir will not stand for re-election, an official of his National Congress Party said on Monday, insisting, however, that he was "not under pressure" from the wave of protests rocking the Arab world.

LIBYA: Gaddafi appeared on state television in one of his trademark crazy costumes on Tuesday signalling his defiance and saying he had not fled a revolt against his 41-year rule.  As warplanes and helicopters fired on protesters, Libya's diplomats at the UN in New York called for international intervention to stop the government's violent action against street demonstrations in their homeland. A video purports to show Libyan soldiers slain for refusing to fire on civilians.

EGYPT: More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob.

PAKISTAN: The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, CIA-led team collecting intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.

CATS & CUPS: Let's go to the video.

BUSY BEAVERS wear out their welcome at a Wisconsin yacht club.

CAT VOLDEMORT finds a home.

CLEVER SHEEP: The most dangerous of creatures.

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