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GbV, Flaming Lips, Buddy Holly, Cheetah   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUIDED BY VOICES brings "The Unsinkable Fats Domino" to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where Greg Demos takes a spill.

THE FLAMING LIPS and the Plastic Ono Band EP.

TRAILER TRASH TRACYS are advance streaming Ester.

BUDDY HOLLY: The Apartment Demos.

FRANKIE ROSE drops a solo single, "Know Me."

D'ANGELO has a psych-soul version of Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun."

FEIST tackles the Guns N' Roses epic, "November Rain." And a piñata.

ARCTIC MONKEYS talk about their initial whirlwind of success and musical evolution at the Sydney Morning Herald.

THIN LIZZY: A treasure trove of tapes stashed away by frontman Phil Lynott will be released as a boxed set later this year. Shortly before he passed away in 1986, Lynott gave 150 tapes to a third party for safekeeping. The cache of up to 700 songs has finally been released to record company Universal Music.

PINK FLOYD: Dave Gilmour has denied the band are reforming their classic line-up to play at this summer's Olympic Games in London.

THE TOP 10 POSTUMOUS ALBUMS, according to Exclaim.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL have finally decided to get married.

SINEAD O'CONNOR has reconciled with her husband of 18 days.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL officially filed to divorce Ben Gibbard. Want a look at her finances?

THE KARDASHIANS want their own tabloid, perhaps to compete with reports that Kim is a homewrecker, according to Kanye West's ex-gf.

TAYLOR SWIFT & AMANDA SEYFRIED have been offered roles in the movie version of Les Miserables.

NICK CANNON is fighting to recover from a mild kidney failure, according to wife Mariah Carey.

ADELE rings in the year with a new boyfriend.

ROONEY MARA continues to sabotage her own career.

ISRAELI & PALESTINIAN negotiators met in Jordan for the first time in more than a year. The Palestinian president threatened to take "new measures" against Israel if the meeting failed to bring about a resumption of peace talks.

EGYPTIANS headed for the polls in the third and final round of parliamentary elections. The Islamist Muslim Brotherhood party is expected to extend its lead.  The US is making overtures to the MB.

SYRIA: Killings continue in spite the government's withdrawal of heavy weapons.

IRAN warned US aircraft carriers not to return to the Persian Gulf after the USS Stennis exited the gulf. France said it was convinced Iran was developing nuclear weapons and called for stricter economic sanctions.

CHEETAH PURRING: Let's go to the video.

SPIDER-WORM: US researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk.

FLIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: A tiny fly turns bees into suicidal zombies.

THE LOST WORLD, discovered under Antarctica.

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Civil Wars, Yo La Tengo, Pearl Jam, Dog Chair   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 04, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE: "Godless Brother in Love" dropped in October, but is getting unexpected blog love now.

THE CIVIL WARS play a session at Laundro-Matinee, including a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean."

YO LA TENGO: NYC Taper has not one, but two of the band's Hanukkah shows at Maxwell's. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DUM DUM GIRLS play Morning Becomes Eclectic in this turn-of-year encore link.

PEARL JAM: The previously unreleased demo, "Chinese," thanks to Cameron Crowe.

CURSIVE drops "The Sun and Moon" in advance of I Am Gemini.

SAD BABY WOLF, a Shins side project, drops "8th Level."

R.E.M. covers ABBA's "Does Your Mother Know?", circa 1984.

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

THE PITCHFORK READERS' POLL: Best Albums, along with the Underrated and Overrated (many of the latter are also Best Albums).

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to Salon about her upcoming Voyageur and her music evolution while staying at her parents' tranquil farmhouse about four hours from Toronto.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN: Ithsmus alerts me to a fabulous post by David Lowery about hitmaking and "Take the Skinheads Bowling" I missed in July.

MUSIC SALES were up by a whopping one percent in 2011, according to preliminary figures.

THE DRUMS frontman Jonathan Pierce chats to FasterLouder about inner-band tensions, getting away from that ‘surf band' tag, and dropping the song that helped them hit the big time. (Thx, LHB.)

BREAKOUT ARTISTS of 2012, according to PopMatters.

BRADGELINA: Jolie bought Pitt a waterfall; he plans to build a house over it with the Frank Lloyd Wright stuff. The pair visited  Lloyd Wright's 1939 masterpiece Fallingwater, which was built in Pennsylvania on a similar piece of land, in 2006 (when the above pic was taken).

LINDSAY LOHAN is ramping up security after asome random dude turned up on her doorstep.

DEMI MOORE & ADAM BRODY will play Gloria Steinem and Harry Reems in the Linda Lovelace biopic.

EWAN McGREGOR chatted with GQ about Haywire, fatherhood, fantasies, and the other three movies he's in this year.

DAVID TENNANT tied the knot with fiancée Georgia Moffett; they met on the set of Doctor Who.

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK's opening sequence, recreated with old movie footage.

ROGER EBERT's theories about declining box office receipts.

MOROCCO has a new, Islamist-led government.

IRAN test fired "long-range" shore-to-sea and surface-to-surface missiles.

AFGHANISTAN: A delegation of the Hezb-i-Islami of Afghanistan (HIA) led by former jihadi leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, held "beneficial" talks with Afghan government officials, an HIA member said on Tuesday.

IRAQ:  Looking to step back from the brink, Iraq's fractious political blocs are working on short-term solutions to cool a crisis that threatened a slide back into sectarian strife, but fundamental differences may be left to smolder.

A DOG eats in her chair.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Thousands of dead herring on a beach in Norway.

HYBRID SHARKS discovered Down Under.

PIG RACING: A high-stakes world, some of it in bridal wear.

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Matthew Sweet, Cults, Gillian Welch, The Who, Smart Ape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATTHEW SWEET does a session at Laundro-Matinee and talks to Spinner about the 20th anniversary of "Girlfriend." Get off my lawn.

CULTS play World Cafe Live in Philadelphia for this turn-of-year encore link. 

MAYER HAWTHORNE plays a mini-set at World Cafe in this turn-of-year encore link.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART play a mini-set at The Current in this turn-of-year encore link.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS play a mini-set at World Cafe in this turn-of-year encore link.

THE WHO: "Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere" (with some great Moon moments) and Pate fave "The Kids Are Alright" are your first Twofer 2012.

CEE-LO GREEN altered a lyric to "Imagine" on New Years Eve. Lennon fans were outrageously outraged.


CLOUD CULT: Craig Minowa talks to Glide about touring, classical influences and environmentalism.

MORRISSEY turns up on Google Earth.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND were infatuated with each other when they tied the knot, but the honeymoon ended very quickly.  Both Perry and Brand have been seen around since their split.

LeBRON JAMES got engaged at a New Year's Eve dinner and party at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach.

ARETHA FRANKLIN and William "Willie" Wilkerson are engaged.

RICKY MARTIN plans to marry his boyfriend this month.

ELTON JOHN would like Justin Timberlake to play him in his biopic. JT has played John previously.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Police were called to her Venice Beach pad -- by her for a change.

MARTIN SCORSESE is considering 3-D for his next two projects.

THE OSCAR BALLOT is confusing voters.

ROBERT ANDERSON, movie sword master from Errol Flynn through Darth Vader, has died at 89.

IRAN's currency value has fallen more than 10 percent in less than a week to record lows, after a US move to tighten financial sanctions against the Islamic theocracy.

PAKISTAN: By year's end, it became clear that 2011 was a year in which Pakistan transformed from being an key ally in the war on terror, to being the front line in the war on terror.

AFGHANISTAN: More than 380 insurgents, including 19 commanders, reconciled with the government in Badghis province.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: A bonobo ape is cooking in Des Moines.

THE BIRDS: Snow geese numbers are increasing exponentially.

WAR HORSES: Winston Churchill intervened to secure the safe return of tens of thousands of them stranded in Europe after the First World War.

KILLER WHALE vs SHARKS: Who you got?

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Ryan Adams, Yuck, Destroyer, Lion Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ZOOEY DESCHANEL & JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT: Better late than never, I bring you the stars of (500) Days of Summer covering Nancy Wilson's "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?", posted by Zooey with her comments on the Tube.

RYAN ADAMS has an interview plus tracks with Weekend Edition, including a cover of Ratt's "Round And Round."

THE LITTLE WILLIES advance stream For The Good Times.

YUCK, live at Stubbs BBQ in this turn-of-year encore link.

GIRLS play a mini-set at The Current in this turn-of-year encore link.

DESTROYER covers New Order's "Leave Me Alone"... and plays KEXP for what may or may not be a turn-of-year encore link.

SEAN BONNIWELL, singer for the Music Machine on garage-rock nuggets like "Talk Talk," has died after battling lung cancer. He was 71.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to DIY about the more challenging and personal Paralytic Stalks album. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS co-founders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley talk to the Washingtonian about touring, their relationship, and future plans. (Thx, LHB.)

LOOKING AHEAD in 2012, from The Guardian, 130 BPM, and World Cafe.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: The Quietus celebrates the 20th anniversary of Bandwagonesque. Get off my lawn.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol repeats atop the chart with 31.3 million and 134 million total, matching MI3's entire domestic run. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows places with 22 million, a healthy showing, but running about 20 percent behind its predecessor.  Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked shows with 18.3 million on a 45 percent boost over last weekend; its 94.6 million total still lags the Squeakquel, which took in 165.4 million over the same number of days.  War Horse, which sagged during the after its Christmas opening, regained momentum on the weekend, surging 125 percent and making another 16.9 million.  The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo rounds out the Top 5 with 16.3 million on a 28 percent boost that confirms the silliness of trying to open this picture at Christmas.  Below the fold, We Bought a Zoo and The Adventures of Tintin showed some post-Christmas legs.

THE ARTIST: This black-and-white silent movie is not on many screens, but will likely be the focus of much Oscar buzz -- and deservedly so.  It may be a conceptual piece about the transition from silent movies to talkies (making nods to predecessors like A Star Is Born and Singin' In The Rain), but it's by turns funny, sad and charming -- and a delight to experience with a crowd in a theater.  A joint production involving French television and the Weinstein Company, Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo lead, with support from James Cromwell, John Goodman, Penelope Ann Miller, and a dog named Uggie (who is surely destined for megastardom).  Here's the trailer.

KATY PERRY wanted RUSSELL BRAND to file the court papers in their divorce because she didn't want to upset her religious parents. Brand is set to make up to £20million for 14 months of marriage, as the couple did not have a prenup.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES rang in the new year together.

MINKA KELLY & DEREK JETER secretly reconciling in Paris?

REBECCA GAYHEART & ERIC DANE have welcomed their second child, a girl.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH: More trouble in paradise, according to the ever-reliable Enquirer.

MOVIE TICKET SALES in the US were estimated to come in at under 1.3 billion, which would be the smallest figure since 1995.  Revenue aso dropped, despite higher ticket prices, 3-D and IMAX.

IRAN: The commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps backed away from recent threats to close Strait of Hormuz. Iran postponed long-range missile tests and signaled it was ready to reopen talks on its nuclear program. The US imposed further sanctions on financial institutions that deal with Iran. Iranian scientists have produced the nation's first nuclear fuel rod, a feat of engineering the West has doubted Tehran capable of, the country's nuclear agency said Sunday.

IRAQIS are again segregating themselves along sectarian lines, prompted by a political crisis pulling at the explosive Sunni-Shiite divide just weeks after the American withdrawal left Iraq to chart its own future.

AFGHANISTAN: For the first time in years, US military deaths there declined in 2011.

A LION CUB works on his roar.

A TWO-YEAR-OLD narrowly cheated death after his mother discovered him being squeezed by a large scrub python in the family's back garden.

"INTELLIGENT" SLIME able to navigate its way out of a maze. Beware.

A GRASSHOPPER SHORTAGE has folks hopping in Uganda.

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Friday, December 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).

WILCO, Live at Chicago's Civic Opera House, Dec 12, 2011.

FLEET FOXES plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

THE DECEMBERISTS play Oregon Public Broadcasting in this end-of-year encore link.

THE NATIONAL plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ plays The Current at SXSW in this end-of-year encore link.

BEIRUT plays a full gig at DC's 9:30 Club in this end-of-year encore link.

U2: Crushingly obvious, I know.

NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."

ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year,"  but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me." 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.

OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."

CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream a live version of "New Year" at PateSpace.  How did a fan-made video of the studio version turn up in a video embed at NME? I have no idea, although the original Tube page has comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.

JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio" the official clip for "It's Different For Girls" and a bracing live take on "I'm The Man." That last one is taken from the Rock Goes To College show, which also boasts this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED's 2012 Winter Music Preview, including Sleigh Bells, Shearwater, Craig Finn and Sharon Van Etten.

THE BEST LIVE VIDEOS of 2011 performed at The Guardian.

PSYCH ROCK REDFINED: The Reissues of 2011.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES are profiled at Express Night Out. (Thx, LHB.)

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: The Enduring Mystery of Jeff Mangum.

CUTOUT BIN: From Little Richard to Billy Bragg, from Led Zeppelin to Aretha Franklin, from U2 to the Silver Jews, plus Marvin Gaye, the Ramones, Centro-Matic,  Nancy Sinatra, the Beatles and more -- this year's final fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."

NOW SHOWING: There are no wide releases this weekend, just Oscar bait premiering on a few screens to meet eligibility requirements.


KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND: The wedding rings are off.

MICHAEL JORDAN is engaged.

WYNONNA JUDD is engaged to musician boyfriend Cactus Moser after he popped the question on Christmas Eve.

KINGS OF LEON's Caleb Followill and wife Lily Aldridge (Victoria's Secret) are expecting.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Anne Hathaway talks about Catwoman. (Spoiler Alert.)

KRISTEN STEWART shelled out 12 grand to purchase two vintage guitars for her beau, Robert Pattinson.

MEOWSTEP: All hail the dubstep kitteh!

THE BIRDS: Crows stare unamazed as the invade Iowa City, dirtying downtown city streets and causing concern with local business owners.

DOGS love the ganja, says non-local vet Jennifer Schoedler. Hence, Scooby Snacks.

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