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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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Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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CLAUDE PATE: Friend of Pate Ken King passed along this fan video for "New Year," the band's gnarliest track, from their X-meets-Soul Asylum phase. I have to wonder if the photos were found in our gallery. Hardcore Pate fans will note the video gets a comment from Don Hiscocks, drummer for The Eclectics (whose album I reviewed back in the day).

NOAH & THE WHALE is advance streaming Last Night on Earth.

KURT VILE is advance streaming Smoke Ring For My Halo.

ALEXI MURDOCH is advance streaming Towards the Sun.

R.E.M.: If you missed yesterday's live stream, here's the advance stream of Collapse Into Now.

TOM WAITS is interviewed by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, with bonus video from Fernwood 2Night.

J MASCIS drops "Is It Done" as a freebie from Several Shades of Why.

FRANKMUSIK covers Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance."

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE folks up ABBA's "S.O.S."

OPTION MAGAZINE rises from the dead and walks among the living, including this meaty profile of Yo La Tengo.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to PopMatters about her new album, and her relatively new marriage.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE, back with their 10th album, tell of their latest bid to escape the 80s nostalgia tour circuit.

GIRL TALK: Gregg Gillis talks to the Montreal Gazette about the musical and legal complexities of his mash-ups.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Live the Sheen Dream. Just keep clicking the head. He also joined Twitter yesterday. Meanwhile, in the real world, Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller got a restraining order against him and went to the cops to wrestle physical custody of her two kids away from him... and police removed the kids by day's end.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA was reportedly arrested for public intoxication early Tuesday morning.  The singer was said to be with her boyfriend, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

LINDSAY LOHAN broke her silence about rehab in her first interview since leaving the treatment facility. Also, while prosecutors may think the store surveillance tape is a smoking gun in her grand theft case, other sources (likely Lohan defense sources) disagree.

KATIE HOLMES was expected to file a 50 million dollar libel lawsuit against the parent company of Star magazine for a cover that she considers deliberately defamatory, suggesting that she used drugs.

ANNE HATHAWAY & JAMES FRANCO grew to "hate each other" as they rehearsed to host the Oscars. The show made it nearly unanimous.

CHRISTIAN DIOR fired star designer John Galliano, for anti-Semitic remarks after a video surfaced of Galliano appearing to deliver a tirade in a Paris bar. Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, issued a statement of disgust with Galliano's remarks.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: Rumors swirl that his next project is a spaghetti western.

IRAN: Technicians removed nuclear fuel rods from the Bushehr reactor. Iran warned the West against military intervention in Libya. Iran and Syria signed an agreement for a joint naval training program.

BURMA's growing weapons ambitions includeg new revelations that the reclusive regime is producing long-range Scud-type missiles with North Korean assistance.

YEMEN: President Saleh accused the US and Israel of stoking unrest in Yemen and the wider Arab world, while sending military reinforcements to Aden to deal with spreading protests.

LIBYA: Remember, The Lede is providing ongoing coverage of the uprising in Libya and protest movements across North Africa and the Middle East. Rebel leaders in Benghazi might ask for the kind of international air support that helped to end the war in Bosnia in 1995.

AfPAK: Here's ISAF's statement on their withdrawal from Pech Valley on the border.

FONZIE CAT gives you the thumbs-up.

HEIDI the CROSS-EYED POSSUM came up one pick short of perfectly predicting top awards at the Oscars.

SAME-SEX CAT WEDDING: NYC beat San Francisco to the punch. Video at the link.

AN IOWA HEN provided its owner with a prize he calls "egg-normous."

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WAVVES dropped a new video for "King of the Beach." 

NEW RELEASES from Adele, Ron Sexsmith, DeVothchKa, Mike Watt, Dropkick Murphys, Eisley, Rural Alberta Advantage and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

MOUNTAIN GOATS are advance streaming All Eternals Deck.

REM live streams Collapse Into Now at 2 p.m. today, and will stream it on demand afterward.

WYE OAK is advance streaming Civilian.

FOUR TET & CARIBOU dropped a split single.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood talked to JamBands about "country soul," songwriting, getting older, dead heroes, and guitars.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua questions the idea that the reunion is of the "classic lineup," and has spot on observations about the GbV experience. (Thx, LHB.)

EMIL RICHARDS, a part of a legendary group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew and player on  around 2,000 movies and TV shows, including Shaft, Jaws, The Exorcist, Dr. Zhivago and Taxi Driver, is profiled by Weekend Edition.

RAY DAVIES may reform The Kinks without his brother Dave.

CHARLIE SHEEN rode the crazy train to the Today show, where he demanded a raise from approximately 2 million to 3 million per episode to come back to the set of Two and a Half Men, as well as an apology from CBS while "licking his feet." There is also a suggestion of the 320 million dollar suit for mental anguish he claims he plans to file against the network. His lawyer is already demanding payment for his eight missed episodes of Two and a Half Men.  Sheen then did a live interview on TMZ similarly chock full o' nuts, after which Sheen's longtime publicist quit, prompting Sheen to "fire" him.  You would think that was enough crazy for one day, but no... he turned up on CNN last night for bonus crazy, and it's GMA this morning. Warner Bros. confirmed that they will pay the crew for the cancelled four episodes of The Two and a Half Men, while CBS' top boss had a nice chat with John Stamos about replacing Sheen on the hit sitcom.

LINDSAY LOHAN took on her first role since being released from rehab - on Sunday night's Jimmy Kimmel post-Oscars show.

MAD MEL UPDATE: According to TMZ, Gibson is about to be charged with domestic violence, but his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva will not be charged with extortion. Yet the same report says the die is not officially cast, which is a major caveat, imho.

TOM CRUISE will sing in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SANDRA BULLOCK avoided each other like the plague at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

JAMES FRANCO bailed on his own Oscars after-party.

JANE RUSSELL, the voluptuous actress at the center of one of the most highly publicized censorship episodes in movie history, the long-delayed release of the 1940s western "The Outlaw," died on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89.

THE 25 BEST MOVIE SOUNDTRACKS, according to TIME.

IRAN: Security forces arrested opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, according to an opposition website. ISAF's spokesman said Iran is arming the Taliban. Iran said the logo for the 2012 Olympics spells the word "Zion," and threatened to boycott.

YEMEN: President Saleh said he was prepared to form a unity government, but the opposition parties rejected the proposal.

LIBYA: The president of Libya's newly-formed National Council has told Sky News that if Tripoli does not liberate itself then the rebel army will take it by force; he called for an air embargo.  However, military commanders in liberated eastern Libya said they believe Gaddafi's personal forces are better equipped and trained than their newly cobbled together Libyan People's Army.

AfPAK: Disgusted by the Taliban's relentless brutality, more than 1000 fighters have walked away in recent months.

GOOSE PARADE: Let's go to the video.

A CAT IN A SCARF was rescued from the engine of a pickup truck.

MICE accidentally cured of baldness.

AN ELEPHANT has sex with a car at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa.

THE WALKING CACTUS: Discovered in China.

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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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