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John Hughes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Uncle Tupelo, Cutout Bin, Big Catnip   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lamppon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died at the age of 59, a year ago today.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float), and Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  Rest In Peace, John Hughes... and thank you.

DALE EARNHARDT JR, JR did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a cover of "God Only Knows."

BECK & DEVENDRA BANHART drop "Life During Wartime," which is not a Talking Heads cover.

UNCLE TUPELO: The Long Cut + Five Live promo disc, courtesy of Captain's Dead.

FRAZEY FORD (of the Be Good Tanyas) gets a twofer from World Cafe: Next

THE BEST NEW BANDS of 2010, according to the Guardian. (with streaming audio)

TOP TV THEMES, according to a Stuff (NZ) columnist, with video links.

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.

EELS: Mark Oliver Everett talks to Drowned in Sound about being mistaken for a terrorist, the upcoming LP and more...

PATTERSON HOOD: The Drive-By Trucker keeps a tour diary at Flagpole. (Thx, LHB.)

THE ODDEST MUSICAL PAIRINGS: A discussion launched at All Songs Considered.

THE BEACH BOYS are suing Katy Perry over her hit, "California Gurls."

SUMMER SONGS: Time lists its 10 best and 10 worst.

CUTOUT BIN: From Fleetwood Mac to the Dead Kennedys, from Devo to Sly & the Family Stone, from Hayseed Dixe to the Buzzcocks, plus Big Star, She & Him, Yo La Tengo, Fountains of Wayne and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Other Guys, which is currently scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Step Up 3-D, which is scoring 48 percent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson underwent hypnosis just two weeks ago to help him deal with the stress of the scandal that has erupted around his breakup with Oksana Grigorieva, according to RadarOnline.  Also, Grigorieva wanted Gibson to undergo psychological testing and treatment, and that demand was a key reason why her arbitration agreement with Gibson blew up.

LINDSAY LOHAN: How Taiwanese news covered her ordeal. Priceless.

LILY ALLEN is knocked up.

SEAN PENN & ROBIN WRIGHT finalized their divorce.

TARA REID reportedly falls off the wagon.

JULIA ROBERTS talks to Elle about family, acting, botox, etc.

SIEGFRIED & ROY: The latter has been accused of sexually assaulting his male assistants...and the attacks have been captured on film, according to the ever-reliable Enquirer.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 65 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.

TERROR in the USA: A number of people in Minnesota, California and Alabama are being charged with providing support for the terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia.

IRAN claimed to have purchased four S-300 surface-to-air missile systems: two from Belarus and two from an unspecified nation. Belarus rejected the report. China dismissed US concerns that it would not fully comply with sanctions.  But letters provided to the AP show Tehran intends to stiff the world over its nuke program.  Shocka.

IRAQ: One courageous US Iraqi is leading efforts to restore unique wetlands of southern Iraq drained by Saddam Hussein as punishment to the locals. Saddam Hussein's most loyal deputy, Tariq Aziz, calls for the US to stay.

DO BIG CATS LIKE CATNIP? Let's go to the video.

DON'T TAZE THE BEARS until it's proven to work.

DOG PARK SHOOTING investigation reopened, by public demand.

AFRICAN ELEPHANTS, shot from below (with cameras).

SAVE THE SNOT OTTER: Researchers are helping develop conservation techniques to sample and freeze the sperm from some these endangered salamanders.

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Postelles, Kate Nash, Vaselines, Kitteh Can't Jump   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

SPOON gets some help from some of The Roots on "Nobody Gets Me But You."

THE POSTELLES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

KATE NASH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE VASELINES drop "Sex With an X" as an advance track.

THE HOLMES BROTHERS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE BEATLES COMPLETE, On Ukulele.

THE SMITH WESTERNS play "Tonight" at Pitchfest. I saw the full band version.

MORNING BENDERS singer, guitarist, and songwriter Christopher Chu talks to Interview apount inspirations, iPod selections, etc.

RICHARD ASHCROFT talks royalty, rats and rock'n'roll with the Guardian.

TOM JONES: He's actually quite unusual.

ALISON MOSSHART talks to PopMatters about double-duty in the Dead Weather and the Kills.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Stripped down and wearing a ninja mask in a new photoshoot. Clerly, jail and rehab are straightening out the young lady. So much so that sharp objects are off-limits.

JENNIFER ANISTON, otoh, is posing as Barbra Streisand for Harper's Bazaar.

TIGER WOODS reminded Rachel Uchitel that she's not allowed to discuss him on Celebrity Rehab.

WYCLEF JEAN plans to run for president of Haiti? They could do worse. They have done worse!

KATY PERRY is the new cover of the Rolling Stone.  I am reminded of the scene in Almost Famous where Jeff Beebe proclaims,"They don't just put somebody... with one little hit on the cover of Rolling Stone... f***ing magazine, man!" One of the funniest lines in the movie, really.

BRETT FAV-RE: The crocs are a bad look, dude.

QUENTIN TARANTINO might direct The Shadow.

IRAN: A grenade detonated near Ahmedinejad's convoy as it moved through the western city of Hamedan. Officials denied Ahmedinejad was the target of an attack, and claimed it was a "firecracker." Meanwhile, Tehran appears to be answering international criticism of its handling of the case of a woman sentenced to death by stoning by suggesting that she is guilty not only of adultery, but also of murder. Yeah, that's the ticket... murder!

AFGHANISTAN: The US is still sending a mixed message about pursuing a counter-insurgency or counter-terrorism strategy.

KITTEH Can't Jump.

MAN SHOOTS DOG because he believed it was possessed by the devil.

MAN SHOOTS PARROT, could get off scot free.

WHALES flock to tourists, hoping to have their tongues tickled.

RACCOON terrorizes a family in Lake Villa, IL.

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Mates of State, Man or Astroman?, Television, Rolling Stones, Shark beach   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MATES OF STATE play the Replacements' classic "I Will Dare" for the A.V. Club Undercover. Yes, that's a trumpet.

MAN OR ASTROMAN? did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

PLANTS & ANIMALS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TELEVISION: Captain's Dead has alternate takes from Adventure.

THE ROLLING STONES: Roio has posted Unreleased Vols. 1 and 2 (1963-66).

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." Almost forgot this little gem.

BECK talks to Pitchfork about the Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World soundtrack, working with Stephen Malkmus, Record Club, and a new Beck album.

JOANNA NEWSOM is profiled by the Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

ARCADE FIRE talks to CBC News about  The Suburbs.

LOLLAPALOOZA PREVIEW, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

CHARLIE SHEEN's jail sentence will last seconds, before going to 30 days' rehab in Malibu. 

LINDSAY LOHAN: Excerpts from her pre-jail interview.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Was it the painkillers talking?

TIGER WOODS is giving up the Orlando-area home he and soon-to-be ex-wife Elin once shared as part of the couple's multi-million divorce settlement, according to RadarOnline.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN would like to force women to breastfeed. Which is why she's a model and not a rocket scientist.

BILL COSBY: Tweets of my death are greatly exaggerated.

MISCHA BARTON is done with Hollywood. You can't fire her... she quits!

HOLLYWOOD'S HIGHEST-PAID ACRESSES, courtesy of Forbes.

THE MTV VMA nominees are announced. Lady Gaga leads with a record 13 nods.

INCEPTION Ripped-Off Scrooge McDuck & The Beagle Boys!

IRAN's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.

PAKISTAN: France and Britain are pushing Islamabad to do more about the Taliban (as opposed to helping it through the ISI).

IRAQ: July was the country's deadliest month in two years, amid a drawdown of US forces and political instability. The US is pressing to get deadlocked Iraqi politicians to form a new government before the end of August.

SHARK Swims Ashore. Candy-Gram!

CHIHUAHUA MIX, attacked by a coyote, saved by pitbulls.

DOG eats a man's big toe, saves his life.

DRAKES are adaptable.

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Mates of State, Man or Astroman?, Television, Rolling Stones, Shark beach   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MATES OF STATE play the Replacements' classic "I Will Dare" for the A.V. Club Undercover. Yes, that's a trumpet.

MAN OR ASTROMAN? did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

PLANTS & ANIMALS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TELEVISION: Captain's Dead has alternate takes from Adventure.

THE ROLLING STONES: Roio has posted Unreleased Vols. 1 and 2 (1963-66).

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." Almost forgot this little gem.

BECK talks to Pitchfork about the Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World soundtrack, working with Stephen Malkmus, Record Club, and a new Beck album.

JOANNA NEWSOM is profiled by the Seattle Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

ARCADE FIRE talks to CBC News about  The Suburbs.

LOLLAPALOOZA PREVIEW, via the Chicago Sun-Times.

CHARLIE SHEEN's jail sentence will last seconds, before going to 30 days' rehab in Malibu. 

LINDSAY LOHAN: Excerpts from her pre-jail interview.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Was it the painkillers talking?

TIGER WOODS is giving up the Orlando-area home he and soon-to-be ex-wife Elin once shared as part of the couple's multi-million divorce settlement, according to RadarOnline.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN would like to force women to breastfeed. Which is why she's a model and not a rocket scientist.

BILL COSBY: Tweets of my death are greatly exaggerated.

MISCHA BARTON is done with Hollywood. You can't fire her... she quits!

HOLLYWOOD'S HIGHEST-PAID ACRESSES, courtesy of Forbes.

THE MTV VMA nominees are announced. Lady Gaga leads with a record 13 nods.

INCEPTION Ripped-Off Scrooge McDuck & The Beagle Boys!

IRAN's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said today that music is "not compatible" with the values of the Islamic republic, and should not be practised or taught in the country.

PAKISTAN: France and Britain are pushing Islamabad to do more about the Taliban (as opposed to helping it through the ISI).

IRAQ: July was the country's deadliest month in two years, amid a drawdown of US forces and political instability. The US is pressing to get deadlocked Iraqi politicians to form a new government before the end of August.

SHARK Swims Ashore. Candy-Gram!

CHIHUAHUA MIX, attacked by a coyote, saved by pitbulls.

DOG eats a man's big toe, saves his life.

DRAKES are adaptable.

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New Releases, BSS, Arcade Fire, Everest, Cat treadmill   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE goes hi-tech in the video for the titanic "Forced to Love."

NEW RELEASES: Stormoway, Wavves, the Black Crowes, Mason Jennings and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ARCADE FIRE is streaming The Suburbs via NPR.

NEWPORT REDUX: Sets from Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, the Avett Bros., Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros, Doc Watson and more are streaming via NPR.

EVEREST does a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

QUESTION MARK & THE MYSTERIANS: "96 Tears" and " Girl (You Captivate Me)" for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: Kathryn Calder talks to The Capital Times about her growing role in the combo and her new solo album. 

THE DODOS: Meric Long talks to Consequence of Sound about touring with the New Pr0nographers, commercial song licensing, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

CONOR OBERST talks to the Omaha World-Herald about the Desaparecidos reunion.

MERLE HAGGARD offered prison advice for Lindsay Lohan, the story behind his meeting Johnny Cash and more to Vanity Fair.

MITCH MILLER, an influential record producer who became a hugely popular recording artist, an unlikely television star, and a foe of rock 'n' roll a half century ago, died over the weekend at 99.

POP TARTS SUCK TOASTED relaunched.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been released from Lynwood Correctional Facility after serving less than two weeks behind bars, and headed for treatment at UCLA Medical Center ... exactly what her doctors wanted in the first place.

CHARLIE SHEEN's plea bargain would sentence him to 30 days in Malibu. The horror!

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva has told law enforcement authorities that she once witnessed Gibson hit his youngest son Tommy, according to RadarOnline.

ALICIA KEYS married rap producer Swizz Beatz.

LADY GAGA is September's Vanity Fair cover story. She opens sounding a lot like Gen. Jack D. Ripper.

AMERICAN IDOL may sign Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler as judges.

HUGH HEFNER talks to the NYDN about a new Hef documentary, Viagra, and more...

AFGHANISTAN: US commanders in Afghanistan have eased a rule covering the use of force that has been a source of discontent among American troops, according to military officials.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki's chances of keeping his job suffered a setback Sunday when a coalition of Shiite parties broke off talks with his slate.

CATS vs TREADMILL: The long-anticipated follow-up to yesterday's Kiwi treadmill clip.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: An albino raccoon.

A HEN that thinks it's a penguin.

AN IOWA CITY WOMAN seems a little too attached to her cow.

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