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Iron & Wine, Young Republic, Yellow Ostrich, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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IRON & WINE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including 3 new ones. There's also video.

THE YOUNG REPUBLIC did a set in audio and video at Laundro-Matinee, including a Tom Waits cover.

YELLOW OSTRICH gets a break via KEXP and NPR.

BRAIDS are advance streaming Native Speaker.

DISTRACTIONS are streaming the remixed / remastered edition of Dark Green Sea.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND & BLACK KEYS faced off on the Colbert Report.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes tells SPIN the band is already debuting new material that will appear on an upcoming EP titled The Controller Sphere. The band has also released a digital box set.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy tells Exclaim! that he's ready to put the Decemberists on hiatus after The King Is Dead. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

TOM TOM CLUB: Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth celebrate their 30th anniversary by talking about the "Genius of Love" and more.

THE YEAR in MUSIC WRITING, courtesy of PopMatters.

KATE HUDSON is pregnant with boyfriend Matthew Bellamy's baby.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON show off their new baby.

NATALIE PORTMAN is excited about getting fat.

CHARLIE SHEEN: TMZ reports that Bombshell McGee was the number two chick in Charlie Sheen's Las Vegas prontourage.

KELSEY GRAMMER's soon-to-be ex-wife strongly insinuated that he likes to dress up in women's clothes.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The Riverside County DA wants further investigation into Li-Lo's alleged violent incident at Betty Ford.

NICOLE KIDMAN fesses up to Botox use.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: W Magazine is on set with director David Fincher.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES begins looking for its female lead.

LEBANON: Members of the powerful Hezbollah movement and its allies brought down the unity government after resigning from Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Cabinet.

IRAN that time is running out on a possible nuclear fuel swap deal. More Christian missionaries were arrested in Iran.

PAKISTAN will mount military assaults against terrorists in North Waziristan, a haven for Taliban and al-Qaeda along the Afghan border, the Pakistani ambassador to the United States vowed.

A BABY ELEPHANT plays on the beach.

MASS BIRD DEATH: There was nothing mysterious about the death of a flock of birds in Romania last week -- they were simply drunk, veterinarians said.

GUINEA PIGS implicated in cannabis bust.

MICRO-PIG gets considerably less micro.

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Okkervil River, OK GO, Delta Spirit, Penguin vs Seal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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OKKERVIL RIVER performed a new song,"Wake & Be Fine," with A.C. Newman and Questlove on Fallon.

OK GO cranked out a couple of free tracks for Daytrotter.

DELTA SPIRIT played Mountain Stage.

PJ HARVEY drops "The Words That Maketh Murder"  as an advance track to Let England Shake. She discusses singing about things that really matter and avoiding self-righteousness on her new album with The Quietus.

SOCIAL DISTORTION drops "Machine Gun Blues" from Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

BEST COAST: "When You Wake Up" is their half of the new split-single with Wavves.

THE BAND: "The Weight," from their dancing movie.

BIRD and the BEE: Inara George talks to Spinner about parenthood and other future plans.

10 GLORIOUSLY GEEKY CONCEPT ALBUMS, compiled by Flavorwire.

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH and not Rubin.

TO YOUR BRAIN, music is as enjoyable as sex. Other body organs were unavailable for comment.

CHARLIE SHEEN is hanging out with three adult film performers in Vegas, when he is reportedly supposed to be shooting his TV show.  Sheen arrived, but WBTV and CBS are freaking out.

SHAKIRA is back on the market after 11 years.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was a "party girl" at Jeremy Renner's birthday bash.

BRITNEY SPEARS, ripping off the Bellamy Bros? (I think she's in the clear on this one.)

MILA KUNIS was secretly blind in one eye and only had her sight restored a few months ago.

JEWEL is pregnant.

JAMIE PRESSLY blew a .22 the night she was arrested for DUI, according to TMZ.

BOND 23 is set to go into production in late 2011. Daniel Craig returns, with Sam Mendes in the director's chair. Perhaps Bond will be infiltrating the dark underbelly of American suburbia.

ANDREW GARFIELD, of The Social Network and the Spider-Man reboot, is profiled by Details.

THE WORST FILMS of 2010, according to PopMatters.

IRAN: The Russians considered touring Iranian nuclear sites. Tehran said it would sue Israel in connection with the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist. The US condemned the 11-year prison sentence for an Iranian human rights lawyer.

OUR FRIENDS THE SAUDIS, issued a new list of 47 most-wanted Saudi terrorists linked to al Qaeda. All of the 47 most-wanted leaders and fighters belonging to al Qaeda are outside of the Saudi kingdom.

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition forces are using the usual winter lull in fighting to build bridges with local leaders.

PENGUIN vs SEAL... by accident.

HEIDI the cross-eyed opossum is becoming a media sensation.

MASS BIRD DEATHS in Italy blamed on indigestion.

COW. (Baby survives.) Do I need to explain that reference?

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New Releases, Wavves, Telekinesis, Holsapple & Stamey, Penguin Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SHARON VON ETTEN covered R.E.M.'s "Strange Currencies" at the Bowery Ballroom last weekend.

NEW RELEASES from Mew, British Sea Power, Cage the Elephant, Cake, Tapes 'n' Tapes and more are streaming this week via Spinner. Deerhoof's new LP is streaming via Henry Rollins and KCRW.

WAVVES drops "Stained Glass (Won't You Let Me Into Yr Heart)" -- half of a split-single with Best Coast.

TELEKINESIS DROPS "You Turn Clear In The Sun" as an advance track to 12 Desperate Straight Lines.

LYKKE LI drops "I Follow Rivers" as an advance track to Wounded Rhymes.

PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY play the Mountain Stage.  It's a threee-run, but it appears that I've never linked it here.

THE BLACK KEYS played "Tighten Up" and "Howlin' For You" on SNL, icymi.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Pitchfork about the new album, how he doesn't write songs anymore, and why seeing your favorite bands reuniting can be a little sad.

THE DODOS have recruited Neko Case for their next album.

WIRE: Colin Newman and Graham Lewis sorta survey their career at Drowned In Sound.

ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS are suing EMI over royalties on a box set.

RYAN REYNOLDS & SANDRA BULLOCK: He's been making top-secret getaways to her home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, according to RadarOnline.  His future ex, Scarlett Johansson, is reportedly devastated.

OWEN WILSON and Jade Duell are expecting a baby.

MARION COTILLARD, the Oscar winner and recent co-star of Inception, will welcome her first child with longtime love Guillaume Canet.

CHARLIE SHEEN was seen shooting vodka in Vegas.

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting some post-rehab help from Inception co-star Tom Hardy.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS says his tumor is gone.

THE HOBBIT: Andy Serkis has closed his deal to bring back Gollum, joining returning cast members Cate Blanchett and Elijah Wood.

ISLAMISM in the UK: A day after the UKs' former home secretary Jack Straw blamed some Pakistani Muslim men for targeting "vulnerable" White girls sexually, UK-based Hindu and Sikh organizations also publicly accused Muslim groups of the same offence.

AFGHANISTAN: Part of the Taliban insurgency is led by the Taliban commanders who were released by Afghan government and US military.

A BABY PENGUIN is born at Moody Gardens in TX.

WOMBATS might look cute and cuddly, but they are fast becoming a marauding pest at one of Victoria's most famous national parks. Video at the link.

DOGS & TAXES: The two sure things in life.

LUCY: Oldest cat in the world at 39?

RATS overrun City Hall in Los Angeles. And it's actual rats this time.

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Girls, Smith Westerns, Gregg Allman, Tammi Terrell, Ticklish Camel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE made his network TV debut with "Harlem River Blues" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

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

SMITH WESTERNS are advance streaming Dye It Blonde.

GREGG ALLMAN is advance streaming Low Country Blues (produced by T-Bone Burnett).

TAMMI TERRELL gets a feature from Oliver Wang at All Things Considered.

THE HONEY CONE are gonna put it in "The Want Ads" for ya.

THE GUMMY AWARDS for 2010 were posted at Stereogum.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam talks to The Skinny about poetry, unicorns, and expanding his sound by going back in time. (Thx, LHB.)

GREG DULLI talks to SPIN about the Twilight Singers, Gutter Twins, basketball, Skype, Twitter and more...

ARETHA FRANKLIN & ADAM RAUCH have sort-of-good health news to report, though Rauch says he is not free of cancer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rooster Cogburn rules the roost as True Grit finally tops the chart in its third week with 15 million.  The Coens & Co. also pass the 100 million mark on a 38 million budget.  True Grit will likely be the biggest grossing Western since Dances With Wolves.  Little Fockers places with 13.8 million and will make a decent profit worldwide, though lagging its predecessors.  Season of the Witch debuted in the third slot with an estimated 10.8 million, which sorta counts as good news for a film with almost uniformly hostile reviews.  It cost 40 million, but iirc the studio sold off the foreign rights and minimized its downside.  Tron Legacy drops a hefty 48 percent to the fourth slot with 9.8 million; its domestic gross remains well below its production budget, though its worldwide gross shows it in the black.  Rounding out the Top Five is Black Swan with 8.3 million and a 61.5 million domestic gross against a 13 million budget.  Below the fold, the wide release of Country Strong managed sixth place with 7.3 million, which isn't terrible against a 15 million budget.  Awards bait like The Fighter and The King's Speech also continue to profit.

ORLANDO BLOOM & MIRANDA KERR welcomed their first child - a son - in L.A. on Thursday.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON reportedly declare a truce.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's lawyer went to court for an emergency hearing Friday, asking the judge to immediately strip Oksana Grigorieva of custody of baby Lucia.

THE KARDASHIANS have been sued for 75 million in debit card damages.

JANE KRAKOWSKI is knocked up.

DENISE RICHARDS & NIKKI SIXX have gone their separate ways.

ZAC EFRON & VANESSA HUDGENS: Back on?

THE KENNEDYS, an ambitious and much-anticipated miniseries about the American political family, will not air on the History channel, reportedly due to political pressure from the Kennedy family who were not comfortable with the project coming out in the year of the 50th anniversary of Camelot. It is now being shopped to Showtime.

THE BEST & WORST REVIEWED MOVIES of 2010, compiled by Metacritic.

EGYPT: Muslims turned up in droves for the Coptic Christmas mass last Thursday night, offering their bodies, and lives, as "shields" to Egypt's threatened Christian community.

IRAN: The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran claimed Iran can now manufacture nuclear rods and plates at the Isfahan site. Israel's outgoing intelligence chief said Iran won't be able to build a nuclear weapon until 2015.

IRAQ: Moktada al-Sadr delivered his support on Saturday for an Iraqi state he had once derided as a traitorous tool of the United States and that his followers had battled in the streets of Iraq's most important cities only a few years before

TICKLISH CAMEL: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They'll take on tigers.

HORNY GOATS don't let friends drive drunk.

SCOOBY the GREAT DANE foiled an attempted rape in Chicago and kept the suspect at bay until police arrived.

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Rascals, Iron & Wine, Destroyer, Cutout Bin, Dramatic Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

... with THE RASCALS!  I was delighted to find one of my fave clips, their cover of "Mickey's Monkey" in a medley with "Turn On Your Love Light."  A second live medley includes a pair of Rascals originals, "I've Been Lonely Too Long" and "Come On Up." Plus, a copy of "How Can I Be Sure?" has returned to the Tube.  Round it out with the live-instudio version of the obligatory "Good Lovin'."

IRON & WINE perform its new Kiss Each Other Clean album in its entirety, front to back, at New York City's Greene Space.

BRIGHT EYES drops "Shell Games" as an advance track to The People's Key.

MUSIC BLOG ZEITGEIST 2010, courtesy of the ol' HM.

THE HEAD & THE HEART get a twofer on World Cafe: Next.

MOTHER LOVE BONE, Live at the Vogue Theater in Seattle, WA, Jan. 3, 1990.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, Live at the Brooklyn Bowl, Dec. 30, 2010.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Crawdaddy about the upcoming Kaputt album and tour.  The title track is the first video; it's a bit racy -- and nerdy -- at that.

BILLY BRAGG: Neighbors of the singer-songwriter have received hate mail demanding they kick him out their village for being anti-British and a hypocrite living a celebrity lifestyle despite his socialist views. Bragg thinks it's the work of a disgruntled BNP member.

JOLIE HOLLAND has an essay in the latest issue of Poetry magazine. Oscar Wilde and Gram Parsons are among the cameos.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to the Palo Alto Daily News about avoiding music and his ego. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Ike & Tina Turner to Jon Auer, from Bob Dylan to the Psychedelic Furs, from Elvis Presley to Peter Gabriel, plus the Clash, Todd Rundgren, Jason & the Scorchers, the late Gerry Raffery and more -- the first fortuitous finds of the year are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Season of the Witch, which is currently scoring 05 percent on a small sample; and Country Strong, which expands to 1500 screens scoring 15 percent.

JAIME PRESSLY, best known for her Emmy winning role on the NBC sitcom My Name is Earl, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of drunk driving.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Palm Desert Police Department officials believe Lindsay Lohan was under the influence of drugs or alcohol while at Betty Ford. On the home front, Lohan now says she has no intention of moving out of her new beach pad, and plans to build a fence so new neighbor and ex-lover Sam Ronson can't spy on her.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva has just made an explosive allegation under oath that she never before made - that Mel Gibson beat her during sex.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS talks to the Daily Beast about  Blue Valentine, Heath Ledger, the Osacrs and more...

DAVID FINCHER talks to HitFix about The Social Network, Fight Club and the digital age. BTW, The Social Network is returning to theaters to break the 100 million mark and build Oscars buzz.

THE TOP 10 MOVIES of 2010, according to AICN's Harry Knowles.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, and the judge in the Howard K. Stern drug conspiracy trial just threw out the jury verdict - making Stern a free and innocent man.

IRAN: A woman referred to by authorities as American, who is of possible Armenian Christian descent, has been arrested on espionage charges, an Iranian newspaper reported Thursday, as officials launched a major crackdown on the country's Christian minority for alleged proselytizing.

AFGHANISTAN: The US will send an additional 1,400 Marines to the south in the spring.

DRAMATIC KITTEH: Let's go to the video.

AN ORANGE ALLIGATOR is turning heads in Venice, FL.

THOUSANDS of DEAD CRABS have been washing up on England beaches along the rocky Thanet Coast in recent days, a phenomenon that has puzzled scientists for the past few years.

A FUGITIVE EMU is sought by authorities in eastern Maryland.

A BABY POLAR BEAR waves to camera after his crippled mother beats the odds to give birth in Alaska.

A BABY PYGMY HIPPO is now on display at Zoo Miami.

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