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Sonic Youth, Sea of Bees, U2, Sea Lion Training   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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DEERHUNTER eases us into the week with a "Helicopter." The song is prettier than he is.

SONIC YOUTH plays a set of their early material at ATP Fest.

SEA OF BEES stopped by OPB for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

SARA BAREILLES stoppd by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

U2: Michael Reese performed the Bono/Edge-written "Boy Falls From the Sky" from the band's Spider-Man musical.

KNICKERBOCKERS: "Lies." Someday you're gonna be lonely.

BOB DYLAN: The Atlantic interviews history Prof. Sean Wilentz, whose new book essays Dylan's influence on American culture.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Pitchfork about the music that shaped his life.

EDWYN COLLINS: The fmr. Orange Juice star had to re-learn how to think, speak and walk before penning his new album.

JOANNA NEWSON talks to the Irish Times about staying up late, losing her voice and the three-CD, two-hour, 17-track story that needed to be told.

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talked to the WaPo about his silly job, his record collection and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Resident Evil: Afterlife tops the chart with 27 million on the slowest box office weekend in two years. That doesn't seem great for a 60 million 3-D pic, but this franchise has always made its real money outside North America. Takers climbed a notch into the second slot with 6.1 million, a 44 percent drop -- but this one has made money despite bad reviews because this is such a dead time of year for cinema.  The American dropped a steeper 55 percent to make the third slot with 5.9 million, but this too will end up in the black on its low, 20 million budget.  Machete drops an even steeper 63 percent in the fourth slot, with 4.2 million, but also has a 20 million budget.  Going the Distance rounds out the Top Five with 3.8 million on a 44 percent drop.

BRITNEY SPEARS: One-time friend and self-proclaimed manager Sam Lufti, who was accused of harassing and threatening an entire family, is being investigated by the FBI.

SPENCER PRATT was busted in Costa Rica for felony possession of a firearm.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva met with one of the most prominent family law attorneys in Los Angeles for two hours in her ongoing custody war with Mel Gibson.

JON HAMM, a/k/a Don Draper, a/k/a The Last Alpha Male, brings teh funneh in talkinga bout working with Ben Affleck on their upcoming movie, The Town.

ANGELINA JOLIE: "I Don't Have a Lot of Friends."

LADY GAGA and a fmr. producer withdraw duelling lawsuits.

ROGER EBERT is rebooting "At The Movies" on public television.

IRAN: The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the Bushehr nuclear reactor would go online in the next month. An Iranian dissident group said on Thursday that it has identified a previously undisclosed nuclear facility under construction northwest of Tehran; experts said the allegation that construction at the site is nuclear-related could not be confirmed.

IRAQ: Wikileaks reportedly will release nearly 300K classified military documents relating to the Iraq War.

SEA LION in TRAINING: Let's go to the video.

FEMALE MARINE SNAILS living off the Perth coast are growing male sex organs on their heads after exposure to the chemical TBT, according to local researchers. I think there's a term for this.

CAT BURGLAR: A 20-year-old Logan, UT man was jailed after reportedly breaking into his roommate's room to steal a kitten.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED DINOSAUR has a hump.

DUKE the DOG will find the mold in your house.

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Go-Gos, Interpol, Vaselines, Mason Jennings, Cutout Bin, IKEA Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE GO-GO's!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of thee Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" (say, that's Rob Lowe, isn't it?) -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

INTERPOL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

THE VASELINES are advance streaming Sex With an X.

THE AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS, featuring performances from The Avett Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and more, should be streaming on demand.

GRINDERMAN (ft Nick Cave)  is advance streaming their second album.

MASON JENNINGS and his wife Amy stopped by the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a few songs for the Local Show.

SUFJAN STEVENS dropped "Too Much" as a second advance track from The Age of Adz.

100 MP3 LPs for 5 BUCKS EACH at Amazon.

GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL talks to The A.V. Club about her collaborative process with M. Ward, the challenges of writing songs on unrequited love while being happily married (to Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard), and playing a virginal bride and a less-virginal lesbian, respectively, in David Gordon Green's Your Highness and Jesse Peretz's My Idiot Brother.

TODD RUNDGREN: Indiana University Wells Professor.

10 GIANTS OF SOUTHERN ROCK GUITAR, according to Gibson.

MICHAEL AZERRAD, author of the terrific Our Band Could Be Your Life, talks to The Vine about his approach to music criticism, where independent music is at right now, and whether Kurt Cobain thought his prior book, Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, was any good. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Nick Lowe to ELO, from Tower of Power to the Sex Pistols, from Alex Chilton to Prince, from the Seeds to Squeeze, plus Baby Huey, Foo Fighters, Electric Six, Violent Femmes and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide debut is... Resident Evil: Afterlife (in 3-D), which is currently scoring xx percent on the ol' Tomatometer, because -- and I know this will shock you -- the movie was not shown to critics.  The same is true of The Virginity Hit, which may or may not be in wide release, depending on which source you consult.

BRITNEY SPEARS releases an official response to the lawsuit filed by a former bodyguard. RadarOnline has video of the bodyguard.

MADONNA's daughter Lourdes starts high school. In related news, I'm old.

LINDSAY LOHAN is currently in talks to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

JAMES FRANCO isn't a gay man, he just plays one -- frequently. NTTAWWT.

JULIA ROBERTS had work done? The ever-reliable Star thinks so...

LOU REED vs SUSAN BOYLE? This one's just weird.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember.

IRAN: The non-alignment movement published a statement in support of the Iranian nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The legitimacy of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections is severely threatened by insurgent attacks on candidates and the lack of security provided by the government, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

100 CATS visit IKEA.

ALIEN KILLER SHRIMP invades the UK.

PYTHON WRESTLING at McDonald's. I'm loving it.

BABY SQUIRREL adoped by cat learns to purr... Mass hysteria!

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Justin Townes Earle, Nels Cline Singers, Stevie Wonder, Cat House on the Kings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) covers Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." Yes. Really. 

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE NELS CLINE SINGERS played a Tink Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

PETER WOLF CRIER stopped by the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to play a few songs.

STEVIE WONDER, Live in Brighton, July 4, 1973.

THE GODFATHERS: "Birth, School, Work, Death."  Post-Labor Day, school starting... we got the middle covered.

THE XX won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Congrats!

WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo ponders rebirth, growing up (or not) and connecting with fans.

MORRISSEY talks to The Guardian, and it's all very Morrissey.

NICK CAVE talks to The Guardian about Grinderman, his "lower self."

BRITNEY SPEARS: A bodyguard who claims to have been sexually harassed by Spears is filing a lawsuit, claiming Britney repeatedly exposed herself to him and abused her children.

HALLE BERRY has been spotted cozying up to her Dark Tide costar Olivier Martinez, in his hometown of Paris.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: Yet another story of her using a "special" place to hide her drugs, though "special" is debatable at this point. Will she be in a reality show with Charlie Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller?

BRADGELINA drop another 40 million on yet another mansion.

KENDRA WILKINSON, before the plastic surgery.

PLAYMATE Karissa Shannon, as previously rumored, is Vivid Entertainment's next target.

STAR TREK: The five-year mission started 44 years ago.

PAKISTAN: Interior Minister Rahman Malik on Wednesday announced a major crackdown against all militant organizations, including those involved in sectarian violence and separatism. I'll believe it when I see it.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai might talk tough about dealing with endemic corruption that has weakened his country for so long, but tangible results have been hard to find.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq has demanded local shopkeepers in Mosul pay "protection money" to ensure shipments of goods.

CAT HOUSE on the KINGS: A unique no-cage, no-kill cat & dog sanctuary in Parlier, California.

COW BELCHES, a major source of greenhouse gases, could be decreased by an unusual feed supplement developed by a Penn State dairy scientist.

FALLING CAT spurs mass lawsuit.

A BOBCAT started a fire that engulfed 5 acres of land in California. The bobcat is not going to be okay.

OSHINE the ORANGUTAN has been put on a healthy diet after becoming the fattest primate in Britain.

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Weezer, Belle & Sebastian, Wilco Tribute LP, Lazy Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE ACORN drops "Restoration" from the first video from No Ghost.

NEW RELEASES REDUX, ICYMI: Albums from Interpol, Bachman & Turner, Sam Prekop, Dick Dale and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

WEEZER is advance streaming Hurley.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN dropped "Write About Love" on teh Twitter.

XPoNENTIAL MUSIC FEST: Highlights from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes, Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and more are streaming via NPR.

WISCO: A Tribute To Wilco's Summerteeth is posted by Muzzle of Bees in hopes you'll donate to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

RARE EARTH: "I Just Want to Celebrate." Yeah, yeah.

THE PIXIES: Frank Black talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about Doolitle.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to Drowned in Sound about the genesis of the band, Frankie Valli, and more...

PAVEMENT is accepting submissions from guitarists to play with them on Fallon's show Sept. 23rd.

JOHN LENNON's killer was denied parole for the sixth time.

THE FRENCH HOTEL got special treatment at the Clark County Detention Center. Shocka.

TAYLOR SWIFT thinks Kanye West's musical apology to her is self-promotion.

AMY POEHLER will host the SNL premiere, but don't look for Jenny Slate.

JAMES FRANCO entertains himself frequently when he's alone.

CLINT EASTWOOD could have been Superman or James Bond? Maybe he really wanted to be Sub-Mariner.

WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS has a new clip online.

TERRY GILLIAM says the financing collapsed for his Don Quixote flick.

PETER BOGDANOVICH has a blog, with a bloggy title.

IRAN has accelerated its nuclear program and currently possesses a sufficient supply of enriched uranium to make three nuclear devices, assuming it speeds up enrichment to 90 percent, according to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency.  As it turns out, raising the purity to 90 percent is relatively easy.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban is again trying to terrorize people from listening to music or watching TV. A record number of female candidates for parliament face the worst political intimdation since 2001.

A TERRIER practices passive resistance.

THE GREAT MONTANA SHEEP DRIVE was marred by rain and directionally-challenged sheep.

THE SWARM: A 53-year-old Attleboro, MA, woman was stung more than 500 times in an encounter with a wasp nest outside her home, local fire officials said.

A 9-FOOT GATOR was found in a Ormond Beach, FL storm drain. It is not going to be alright.

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New Releases, Superchunk, Of Montreal, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
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THE DRUMS are "Down By The Water."

NEW RELEASES: Spinner didn't update on Labor Day, but they probably will today, so check in throughout the day.

SUPERCHUNK is advance streaming Majesty Shredding.

OF MONTREAL is advance streaming False Priest.

BLONDE REDHEAD is advance streaming Penny Sparkle.

MAVIS STAPLES is advance streaming You Are Not Alone.

ROBERT PLANT is advance streaming Band of Joy (featuring Buddy Miller).  Plant also talks to the New York Times about the album.

JANIS JOPLIN with BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY play "Summertime" and "I Need a Man to Love" -- in one of their last performances together -- for Twofer Tuesday.

JENNY & JOHNNY: Jenny Lewis talks to the L.A. Times about leaving the Bob Dylan Fantasy Camp.

BILLY BRAGG talks to Billboard about working with Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry on a new LP.

THE SWANS: Michael Gira talks to the New York Times in a meaty profile marking the band's reunion.

PASTE: An associate editor writes about the death of the print version of the magazine.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The American topped the Labor Day chart with 16.4 million; it took in 19.5 million since opening Wednesday against a 20 million budget. Machete placed with 14 million, also against a 20 million budget.  Takers dropped to a close third with 13.5 million; its total is almost 40 million against a 32 million budget.  The last Exorcism dropped a big 57 percent to the No. 4 slot with 8.8 million; not so bad considering its 33.6 million total on a 1.8 million budget.  Rounding out the Top Five was Going the Distance, which took in only 6.9 million against a 32 million budget; Drew Barrymore has been on a bad streak in recent years.  Overall, the box office came in about where it has the past couple of years.

MACHETE was the best-reviewed flick of the weekend, but it really did not work for me.  Robert Rodriguez expanded his faux trailer from Grindhouse into a full-blown Mexploitation flick that starts with great promise, but the plot ends up meandering, and the action at the end is so poorly-directed that I found myself waiting for it to end.  There has also been a discussion of the politics, which are an especially over-the-top version of that found in the original flicks of the genre.  The politics are largely window-dressing, and would have been forgiveable if they didn't produce a very out-of-character moment for Jessica Alba that strained credulity, even for a cartoonish movie like this.  Machete wasn't a bad movie, but it failed to rise above the mediocrity of the grindhouse genre to which it pays homage.

LINDSAY LOHAN has "multiple offers" for her first television interview since getting out of jail/rehab - and one of her biggest suitors is "Today." Meanwhile, Lohan apparently struck a baby stroller with her car, and reportedly saw it before hitting it.

JOHN TRAVOLTA requested that charges be dropped against the two men accused of attempting to extort 25 million bucks from him after the death of his 16-year-old son.

CHRIS KLEIN did four days in jail on his latest DUI bust.

SPENCER PRATT may be sued by the Playboy Playmate claiming he removed a sex tape involving her and her boyfriend.

WYCLEF JEAN & SEAN PENN are feuding.

WILLIAM SHATNER was profiled by the New York Times Magazine.

IRAN is paying Taliban fighters 1000 bucks for each US soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper. An Iranian woman who'd already been condemned to death faces another sentence of 99 lashes because of a case of mistaken identity in a photograph, according to foes of the execution. The UN atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.

IRAQ: Will the Iraqi military seek US assistance after 2011?

SNEAKY CAT is watching you.

SKINKS: Scientists have caught the process of evolution in action as a species of Australian lizard abandons egg-laying for live births.

RABBITS need to turn off their cellphones before sticking them in their pants.

ALASKAN MOOSE end the summer with a pool party.

HUNGRY BEARS plague towns from coast to coast.

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