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Modest Mouse, Decemberists, Lambchop, Bionic Croc   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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MODEST MOUSE previewed "Satellite Skin" from their upcoming EP, at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE DECEMBERISTS are streaming The Hazards of Love album via Entertainment Weekly.

LAMBCHOP: Kurt Wagner stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set including covers of Crooked Fingers and Bob Dylan, plus originals. He tends to remind me a bit of a pre-Islam Cat Stevens.

ELVIS PERKINS has an interview plus tracks streaming via NPR's Morning Edition.

SxSW: NPR's microsite has archived live sets from The Decemberists, Blitzen Trapper, The Avett Bros, Dirty Projectors, Heartless Bast^rds and more...

NEKO CASE drops the video for "People Got A Lotta Nerve."

JEFF TWEEDY gives GQ a preview of Wilco's still untitled new album and reviews the catering at Neil Young shows.

RHETT MILLER talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about The Old 97s cameo in The Break-Up, feeding the kids, and more..

PARTY SONGS are the latest installment of 1000 Songs You Must Hear, with the usual opportunity to nominate songs they missed.

SEVENTEEN MILLION PEOPLE stopped buying CDs in 2008, but overall music sales increased ten percent.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Nic Cage is Knowing success at No.1, with 24.8 million, an okay number, though far less than Ghost Rider or the National Treasure sequel in recent years.  Ticket-buyers also said "I Love You, Man," to Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, as 18 million is pretty darn good for an R-rated comedy, right in the Role Models/ Forgetting Sarah Marshall ballpark. Julia Robers and Clive Owen settled into third place with Duplicity at 14.4 million.  That's an okay opening, but far below Julia's salad days (and less than her paycheck for the film).  Race to Witch Mountain dropped 47 percent to the fourth slot with 13 million, which is okay, but not great. It's likely to take a big hit when Monsters vs. Aliens opens next week.  Watchmen rounds out the Top Five with 6.7 million -- a 62 percent drop. It has almost recouped its 150 million budget worldwide, but Paramount has to turn over some of that to FOX in that lawsuit settlement.  Below the fold, Taken,  Slumdog and Coraline continue to show legs, while Paul Blart finally drops from the Top Ten.

BRUCE WILLIS wed model Emma Heming Saturday at his home on Parrot Cay, on the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean.

HARRISON FORD proposed to Calista Flockhart after 7 1/2 years.

JULIA ROBERTS: TMZ wonders whether her youthful look is the product of doctors.

LINDSAY LOHAN worries about unemployment. Finally.

GWYNETH PALTROW worries about employment. Obliviously.

THE TUDORS' Season 3 premiere is streaming, albeit edited to a TV-14 rating.

JOE JONAS does the slanty-eyed photo thing, because Miley Cyrus was getting all the attention for offending Asian groups.

GREY'S ANATOMY:  T.R. Knight is a TV doctor, but he plays one in real-life after getting into a three-car crash.

PAKISTAN: An intense, six-month campaign of Predator strikes has taken such a toll on Al Qaeda that they have begun turning violently on one another out of confusion and distrust, US intelligence and counter-terrorism officials say. US Envoy Richard Holbrooke said US and NATO troops would not cross into Pakistan to fight the Taliban. The Taliban forced the closure of more than a hundred CD shops in Mardan.

AFGHANISTAN: Scores of Taliban fighters and several Afghan officials were killed in the opening of the spring fighting season, as both side surge forces for what is expected to be the toughest year of fighting since the US invasion in 2001. The US is prepared to discuss the establishment of a political party for the Taliban, a US diplomat says.

IRAQ: The release of hundreds of prisoners from the US-run Camp Bucca has facilitated the revival of Shiite militias and Sunni insurgents in Basra, Baghdad and the borderless expanse along the Euphrates, according to police chiefs, intelligence officials in the Interior Ministry and residents.

THE BIONIC CROC: We can rebuild him, make him stronger.

ROBO CARP: I'd buy that for a dollar.

ORANGUTAN & CHILD saved from tree on flooded river by rope.  Pics at the link.

PINK ELEPHANT on parade, here he comes, hippity-hoppitty.

A DINOSAUR-AGE HATCHLING has been found in mainland New Zealand, the first of its kind to be seen there in over 200 years. Spared no expense.

WORDS DEADLIEST SPIDER, found at a Whole Foods store in Oklahoma, can kill a person in about 25 minutes, or stimulate an hours-long erection in men. Yes, really.

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The Hollies, SxSW, Duke Spirit, JW Harding, Cutout Bin, Sheep Art   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE HOLLIES!  Circa 1969, post Graham Nash, promoting The Hollies Sing Dylan. Selections include "Carrie Anne" (w/strings instead of steel drums), "Just Like A Woman," a medley of "Just One Look," "Bus Stop," "On A Carousel" and "Sorry, Suzanne," "Quit Your Lowdown," "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight," "Help Me Brother," "Stop Stop Stop," a cover of "A Taste of Honey," Peter, Paul & Mary's "Stewball," "The Mighty Quinn," and "Blowin' in the Wind."

JARVIS COCKER expounds on contradictory theories of songwriting at SxSW.

SxSW: At the Morning News, Paul Ford has six-word reviews of 1302 MP3s provided by bands playing the big fest.  With ratings and downloads.

THE DUKE SPIRIT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

HANDSOME FURS: Dan Boeckner talks to the Montreal Gazette about the current album and tour, which has taken the duo as far as Russia and Serbia.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND rolled out a new song, "White Sky," for Jimmy Fallon.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to DC's Express about the thrill of that glaring spotlight and dueting with Mountain Goat John Darnielle.

IVY LEAGUE BANDS: Crawdaddy pits Vampire Weekend vs. Galaxie 500.

STONE ROSES: Ian Brown and John Squire are both denying earlier reunion reports.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From the Who to ABBA, from the Sex Pistols to Ron Sexsmith, from the Kinks to King Khan & the Shrines, plus the Chesterfield Kings, Joe Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Thin Lizzy and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Nic Cage's "Knowing," which is currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, the Rudd/Segel bro-com "I Love You, Man," currently scoring 78 percent, and the Julia Roberts/Clive Owen thriller "Duplicity," which is at 61 percent.

LeANN RIMES: Eddie Cibrian denies having an affair with the married singer, but Us magazine has them... wait for it... caught canoodling on video.

BRUCE WILLIS: Getting married soon?

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting an intervention from the Baldwin brothers.

BRITNEY SPEARS turns down a three-million-dollar autobiography deal... because she wants more money.

DARK TIMES: South Park took on The Dark, Knight, Watchmen, The Spirit, etc. this week.

VH-1'S "BEHIND THE MUSIC" is making a comeback, making it the perfect subject for an episode of the series.

AFGHANISTAN: Last month's assault on government buildings in Kabul was planned in and directed from Pakistan, according to Afghan intell.

IRAN is increasing its presence in Latin America, and Hezbollah, a terrorist organization it sponsors, is making inroads in drug trafficking in Colombia, the commander of US Southern Command told Congress.

IRAQ: Cross-sectartian alliances emerge in the wake of the provincial elections. The US military will shut down the Camp Bucca prison by the summer of 2009. US combat deaths hit a six-year low.

EXTREME SHEEP LED ART: Let's go to the video, courtesy of Samsung.

ANACONDA HUNT: A photo gallery.

PET HOARDING: Lady puts cats in the freezer. Again.

MINI-COWS milk cuteness for all it's worth at the Memphis Zoo.

THE ROCK CATS are known more for their looks than their rock 'n' roll talent.

CAT & DOG, snuggling together... mass hysteria.

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Decemberists, SxSW, Pete Doherty, Tiny Piglets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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PERRY FARRELL is singing about a "Nasty Little Perv" for a network TV show.  Who knew?

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR. And this morning's live debut of the album should be streaming on demand at NPR.

SxSW: The big party in Austin gets a micro-site at NPR. And WOXY is whipping up a mess of live Lounge Acts.

PETE DOHERTY is still alive and streaming his new album.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN are releasing a live, orchestral version of Ocean Rain.

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." And you know that it's right.

THE BREEDERS are self-releasing an EP on April 21.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to the Hartford Advocate about a side project whose name is not fit for family consumption.

ELVIS PERKINS talks to Filter about Dearland, touring, and the future.

CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY is moonlighting with Bat For Lashes. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

NATASHA RICHARDSON has died following a freak ski accident on a beginners' hill in Montreal. In addition to Liam, Neeson --her husband of 15 years -- and two sons, she is survived by her mother, Vanessa Redgrave, actress sister Joely Richardson, and actress aunt Lynn Redgrave.

LeANN RIMES is having a shocking affair with her TV movie costar. She's calling it a "difficult time."

KANYE WEST was charged with three criminal misdemeanors - vandalism, battery, and grand theft - in connection with the camera-smashing incident at LAX.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A judge has ordered Adnan Ghalib to stay completely clear of the pop wreck for three years.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN are "taking a break," presumably one not involving bones.

PAUL RUDD & JASON SEGEL hit the wall while promoting I Love You, Man. Flatulence ensues

TERMINATOR: SALVATION will reportedly feature a voice-over from Linda Hamilton.

THOR: Nikke Finke has the latest casting rumors, including Natalie Portman.

TRUE GRIT getting the Coen Bros. treatment?  I think they already have a couple of movies on the drawing board.

PAKISTAN: Pres. Obama and his national security advisers are considering expanding the covert war in Pakistan far beyond the unruly tribal areas to strike at a different center of Taliban power in Baluchistan, where top Taliban leaders are orchestrating attacks into southern Afghanistan. Pakistan dismissed the report, as they would.  Meanwhile, Sharia courts have opened in Swat; civil courts have ceased activity.

IRAQ's economy is threatened by cheap Iranian goods.

TINY PIGLETS: Let's go to the video.

A HORSE-RIDING MONKEY is still on the run in Lake County, FL.

DOG RESCUED from a partially frozen lake by a former Real World cast member. Both are naked.

DOGS, CATS & ALLIGATORS are being abandoned to fend for themselves as the latest cruel collateral damage of a crippling economy tearing apart family budgets.

THE DOG ate my savings.

BAT hitches a ride on Space Shuttle launch. Godspeed, small bat.

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Cursive, Decemberists, Fake Problems, SxSW, Horny Slugs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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CURSIVE made their network TV debut playing "From The Hips" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART talk to Decider Austin at SxSW. Singer-guitarist Kip Berman on the importance of lyrics: "It doesn't have to be hyper-literary, like, 'I'm Colin Meloy, and I imagine myself as a 17th-century space-faring pirate.' It's more about trying to say something genuine and emotionally direct..."

THE DECEMBERISTS, btw, will be streaming the live premiere of The Hazards of Love, a sprawling 17-part narrative song-cycle.  That's tonight, but I'll probably remind you when it goes on demand, too.

FAKE PROBLEMS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a raw cover of CCR's "Travelin' Band."

SxSW: NPR is offering a 100 song stream from bands playing the big fest. Playlist at the link.

PUBLIC ENEMY decided to "Bring The Noise" to Jimmy Fallon, with an assist from The Roots.

BEN FOLDS has created a new album, Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella, a collection a cappella groups covering his songs. MP3 and Tube clip at the link.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Filter has first impressions of the band's highly-anticipated Veckatimest album.

THE STONE ROSES are readying a 21 gig UK reunion tour this summer to accompany the boxed set reissue of their debut LP.

WHICH ONE OF YOU IS PINK? A collection of 12 drawings by Syd Barrett created in 1965 are being auctioned for charity this month.

WEST SIDE STORY is revisited by Vanity Fair, with Jennifer Lopez, Robert Rattinson and more...

NATASHA RICHARDSON, actress and Liam Neeson's wife, was critically injured in a ski accident in Quebec.

JOHN MAYER is Twittering about his latest breakup with Jennifer Aniston, who claims she dumped him.

MADONNA is threatening to adopt another kid from Malawi. Meanwhile, her ex, Guy Rtichie, was spotted with Elle Macpherson.

CHRISTINA RICCI is engaged to her co-star in All's Faire in Love, Owen Benjamin.

BELINDA CARLISLE of the Go-Gos got booted from Dancing With the Stars. She don't got the beat.

JULIA ROBERTS nastily snubbed Fox's Roger Friedman, wrongly believing that he'd written bad things about her.  Oops.

 

BOLLYWOOD SUPERMAN: Truth, Justice and the Indian way. With subtitles.

SEAN CONNERY has profiteering claims against him dismissed by a Swiss court.

ISLAMISM in the UK: In London's Muslim neighborhoods, an Afghan reporter finds a few too many uncomfortable reminders of home.

PAKISTAN: Pres. Zardari has endorsed the reinstatement of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry as Chief Justice. US Rep. Jane Harman says A.Q. Khan's black nuclear market has not been closed down yet completely.

IRAQ still has many problems -- apart from lingering outbreaks of violence, there are still shortages of electricity and water, and corruption is rampant. But after six years of war, the nation is finally starting to move toward a life that feels normal.

SLUGS GET IT ON: Let's go to the video.

FORTY-ONE BULL SNAKES in a CRAWLSPACE: "Snakes.... why did it have to be snakes?"

FROGS MARRY to please Indian rain gods.

MATING NEPHILIDEA SPIDERS: More exciting than you imagine? I dunno... I can imagine quite a bit.

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St. Pat's, New Releases, Hacienda, Seahorse birth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY STARTS HERE:

...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  That's a Twofer Tuesday times two. Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my Fave Pogues songs, "Sally MacLennane" and a Shamrock Shake.

THE POGUES' "If I Should Fall From Grace With God" MP3 album is on sale at Amazon for 3.99.

NEW RELEASES: Metric, Superdrag and Willie Nelson are among those streaming this week via Spinner. The new Bonnie "Prince" Billy album is out today, too.

SxSW: Did you know there is about 6GB of free, legal MP3s of bands at the fest posted as torrents? Or you can stream songs from the official site.

HACIENDA does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a nifty unreleased tune.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE Presents Brendan Canning, with "Love Is New."

DEATH, a Detroit power trio, was Punk before Punk was Punk. MP3 at the link, too.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to Pitchfork about her next album, which has four producers, including Jeff Lynne.

1000 SONGS EVERYONE MUST HEAR: An ongoing series at The Guardian.

AKRON/FAMILY: Dana Janssen talks to Decider Denver about carrying on after Ryan Vanderhoof's departure from the band. (Thx, LHB.)

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, and the psychologist accused of conspiring to fuel her with illegal prescription drugs, is officially behind bars.

LINDSAY LOHAN's arrest warrant got recalled.

JENNA JAMESON and her boyfriend of two years, Tito Ortiz, welcomed twin boys Monday morning, who are in for some fun times on the playground.

JESSICA SIMPSON forgot the lyrics to two songs on the last show of her tour.

GWYNETH PALTROW suggests JOAQUIN PHOENIX should visit the projects to gain rap authenticity.

BIJOU PHILLIPS & DANNY MASTERSON, who have starred in several films together, are engaged.

RICKY GERVAIS + ELMO: Let's go to the video.

MICKEY ROURKE, just hangin' out in a Russian prison.

DAVID CHASE, creator of The Sopranos, is developing "A Ribbon of Dreams," a miniseries about the early days of Hollywood, for HBO.

MacGUYVER is in development as a feature film.

ROBERT RODRIGUEZ is hot on Machete and Nerveracker, not so much on Sin City 2.

IRAN: "Moderate" fmr pres Khatami will not challenge Pres. Ahmadinejad in the upcoming presidential election, the state-run Fars news agency said Monday.  Pres. Obama and his aides are preparing to send a secret message to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, inviting him to open a clandestine "back channel" for direct talks between the United States and Iran. Are secret messages discussed in the L.A. Times really, y'know, secret?

IRAQ: Violence and insecurity are no longer the main concern of most Iraqis, for the first time since the 2003 US-led invasion, an opinion poll suggests. It says Iraqis are much more hopeful about the future and are increasingly pre-occupied with more conventional worries like the economy and jobs.

SEAHORSE GIVES BIRTH: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant squirrels took down a radio station in Britain, and torched a house containing as much as 30K worth of firearms and ammunition in Florida.

THE PYTHON has a terrier-sized bulge.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A pigeon stuck in a bagel.

ESSY the DUCK thinks she's a dog.

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