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Amy Winehouse RIP, Richard Buckner, Black Angels, Corgi Rodeo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AMY WINEHOUSE recently went to rehab, but she's dead, dead, dead -- of undetermined causes so far.  However, the Daily Mail claims she bought ecstasy, cocaine and ketamine on the night before her death.  She was 27, the same age as Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix. Here's your full NYT obit, icymi.  Rolling Stone has her tumultuous life in pictures.

RICHARD BUCKNER is advance streaming Our Blood.

THE BLACK ANGELS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OTHER LIVES stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD with THE BEACH BOYS: Live at Fillmore East, NYC,  April 27, 1971.

ST. VINCENT drops "Surgeon" in advance of Strange Mercy, due 9/13.

JOURNEY: "Don't Stop Believin'" turns 30. It's the most downloaded song recorded in the 20th Century.

THE FEELIES -- and Retromania -- are essayed by Ann Powers for NPR.

THE HEAD and the HEART frontman Josiah Johnson talks to the Calgary Herald about the two types of buzz band, his band's formation, and more.

JOHN LYDON - aka Johnny Rotten - has revealed his home in London burned down two weeks ago, destroying songs he had written for the latest PiL (Public Image Limited) record.

ARE WE NOT NEW WAVE? Modern Pop at the Turn of the 1980s, excerpted at PopMatters.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Captain America upsets Harry Potter at the cineplex with 65.8 million, possibly edging otu Thor as the biggest-opeing for a comic book movie this summer (the actuals may put Cap in 2nd).  I think Marvel has to be happy that a late bloomer did this well here, as it may not do the same business Thor did overseas.  Deathly Hallows plummeted 72 percent with 48 million as it seems fans poured out to see it last weekend.  However, Part 2 has already passed the total of 2 other Potter movies and may well be the first to crack a billion at the box office.  Friends With Benefits took the third slot with 18.5 million, slightly less than No Srings Attached, but not bad considering that most people interested in this type of story likely went and saw No Strings Attached recently.  Transformers: Dark of the Moon comes in fourth with a decent 12 million, setting up a potentially close finish with Potter for the year's top grosser.  Horrible Bosses rounds out the Top Five in leggy fashion with 11.7 million, for a 82.4 million total to date against a 35 million budget.  Below the fold, it's worth noting that Midnight in Paris at No. 10 is quietly becoming the biggest success Woody Allen -- or Owen Wilson, for that matter -- has had in a while.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Schwarzenegger and Shriver's 13-year-old son is in serious condition in a Los Angeles-area hospital following a surfing accident on a beach in Malibu. Also, Arnold is filing a revised divoce petition that won't ask the judge to deny spousal support.

LINDSAY LOHAN ended Saturday night crying, screaming and barely able to walk. Alcohol may have been involved.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY still seem like an item.

JENNIFER ANISTON talking marriage with Justin Theroux?

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER have called off their engagement.

MILA KUNIS: Leading-Lady Material?

OLIVIA WILDE (Cowboys & Aliens) is profiled by the New York Times.


GLEE: Reports of a mass exodus at the end of the upcoming third season have apparently been greatly exaggerated.

HARVEY PEKAR may be getting something that Superman, the other comic book hero born in Cleveland, doesn't have: a statue.


TERROR in NORWAY: The 32-year-old suspected of gunning down scores of young people at a summer camp and setting off a bomb in downtown Oslo that killed at least seven is a mystery to investigators: a right-winger with anti-Muslim views but no known links to hardcore extremists.

TERROR in the USA: A jury convicted Mohammed Wali Zazi of conspiring to obstruct the investigation of a terror plot and destroying bomb making materials. Mohammed attempted to cover up a plot by his son, Najibullah, to carry out bombings on New York City trains.

YEMEN: Tribesmen stopped a convoy of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters from reaching Zinjibar; one AQAP fighter was killed.

IRAN: The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps denied that it shot down an unmanned US spy plane over a nuclear enrichment plant. An Iranian nuclear scientist and his wife were murdered in front of their home in Tehran.

CORGI RODEO: Let's go to the video.

GAMERA, a 12-year-old African tortoise that recently had its front left leg amputated due to injury is now moving just fine, thanks to a swiveling wheel attached to his shell by doctors at Washington State University's veterinary hospital.

A LION is most likely to eat you just after a full moon, research has shown.

RABID BATS on the rise in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.

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The Clash, Old 97s, Jolie Holland, Wilco, Capt. America, Kitten vs Apples   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE CLASH! Live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ, March 8, 1980 (regardless of what the uploader claims).  Your London Calling-era setlist includes: "Clash City Rockers", "Brand New Cadillac", "Safe European Home",  "Jimmy Jazz", "London Calling", "Guns of Brixton", "Train In Vain", "White Man in Hammersmith Palais", "Koka Kola", "I Fought the Law", "Spanish Bombs", "Police and Thieves", "Stay Free", "Julie's Been Working on the Drug Squad", "Wrong ‘Em Boyo",  "Clampdown",  "Janie Jones", "Complete Control", "Armagideon Time", "English Civil War", "Garageland",  "Bankrobber", and "Tommy Gun."

THE OLD 97s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOLIE HOLLAND stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE ROSEBUDS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

WILCO: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Demos.

JULIANA HATFIELD drops "Stray Kids" from her fan-funded LP, There's Always Another Girl.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

SOUNDGARDEN axeman Kim Thayil talks to Reverb about the whole reunion thing. (Thx, LHB.)

JOANNA NEWSOM & ROY HARPER interview each other for BOMB Magazine. (Thx again, LHB.)

IMELDA MAY: The rockabilly star talks guitar influences with the L.A. Times.


THE TOP 23 FAKE BANDS of movies and TV, according to Spinner. (Thx, Dad.)

CUTOUT BIN: From the B-52s to Otis Redding, from Meat Puppets to the Selecter, from Cheap Trick to the Housemartins, plus the Kinks, Dandy Warhols, Rolling Stones, XTC, Smokey Robinson 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 Captain America, which is currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Friends With Benefits, currently scoring 57 percent.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER was a good, if not great summer movie, but an important one leading to The Avengers next summer.  Not great, because some of the moments director Joe Johnston clearly intended to have great oomph or emotional resonance fall a little short.  Also, the script lacks a bit of clear exposition early on about the threat posed by the villainous Red Skull and his Hydra agents.  Good, because Johnston nails the essence of Steve Rogers, America's first super-soldier. Also -- perhaps most notably -- this a rollicking movie.  It probably has more laughs than any Marvel flick (the first two Spidey movies and Iron Man have their share, when you think of it).  Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci in particular get plenty of laugh lines. However, you never get the feeling that the movie is a joke.  Do you want to stay to the end of the credits? Oh, yes... you certainly do.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Judge Stephanie Sautner is extremely impatient with Li-Lo's progress in completing probation.  Lohan claimed she can't afford court-ordered psychological treatment.  Lohan also faces a new lawsuit for assault and battery.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY came close to parting ways two years ago because of Anthony's fling with a flight attendant.

ARNOLD & MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger's response to Shriver's divorce petition reveals a dispute over whether Maria should get spousal support.

TIGER WOODS fired longtime looper Steve Williams because of his decision to caddie for another golfer, according to a new report. Yeah, don't you just hate it when dudes aren't faithful?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON has been spotted cozying up to "Hangover" star Justin Bartha.

THE MTV VMA nominations went to these folks.

THE 10 GREATEST MOVIE COMEDIES, according to PopMatters.

YEMEN: The military claimed it killed two senior Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leaders, Aidh al Shabwani and Awadh Mohammed Saleh al Shabwani, during fighting in Zinjibar.

EGYPT's interim military rulers established a system on Wednesday for what is promised to be the first free and open elections in the country's history, laying out a complicated plan evidently designed as a compromise between the competing demands of liberal and Islamist groups.

NORTH KOREA & IRAN are jointly working on weapons program designed to build a long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, a leading British security think tank has said.

KITTEN vs APPLES: Who you got?


HAMSTER gets its mugshot after running amok in a Geordie police station.

A BABY RHINO was born July 13 in the Lowry Park Zoo's Asian Gardens.

A BABY GIRAFFE walks for the first time after getting corrective shoes.

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Gillian Welch, Beady Eye, Chris Bathgate, Emmylou Harris, Beer Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WYE OAK played "Holy Holy" for their television debut.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS visit Fresh Air to talk about and play selections from The Harrow and the Harvest.

BEADY EYE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CHRIS BATHGATE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LIVE FROM NOWHERE NEAR YOU (VOL 2),  featuring all sorts of rare and unreleased tracks from the likes of Isaac Brock, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Ryan Adams, Wilco and many more, is streaming via 130 bpm. (Caution: it autoplays.)

GIRLS "Vomit" in advance of Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

EMMYLOU HARRIS sings "New Orleans" on Fallon and talks to The A.V. Club.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith talks to JamBase about God, the music press, their new album and more...

THE PITCHFORK MUSIC FEST, reviewed by musicians who played there. (Thx, LHB.)

JON LANGFORD talks to The Awl about the history and evolution of the Mekons, the sometimes frustrating process of recording an album, touring, meeting one's heroes, and the band's new LP, Ancient and Modern, due out in September.

ROCK STARS are the hot targets for memoirs.

BRITNEY SPEARS used various drugs including meth, breaks wind and picks her nose unapologetically, according to new court papers filed by one of the pop tart's ex-minders.  Brit says he's a liar.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY fought over jealousy, infidelity and control.  J-Lo got help coping from ex-bf Ben Affleck.

LEO DiCAPRIO dumps BLAKE LIVELY? Because Mom disapproved? Hmm...

GWYNETH PALTROW says she doesn't believe in religion, but is raising her boys Jewish.

ERIC DANE (Grey's Anatomy) recently entered a rehab clinic in Los Angeles to battle an addiction to painkillers.

ANGELINA JOLIE says her sons eat crickets like they're Doritos.

ZACH BRAFF says he's not gay (nttawwt) and insists he's the victim of a hacker who broke on to his website this morning and posted a fake "coming out" statement (Fwiw, when he was a hot property, the gossip was that he was a womanizing hound, bordering on harassment.)

THE FRENCH HOTEL stormed out of a TV interview after being asked if her 15 minutes are up.

SHANNEN DOHERTY is getting hitched on TV.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN has a trailer online.

THE TALIBAN denied media reports that said Mullah Omar had died of natural causes. The Taliban claimed the US hacked their website and cell phones to spread the rumor.  They also denied Zach Braff is gay.

YEMEN on the brink of Hell.

IRAN's claim that tripling its uranium enrichment speed will help develop cancer treatments is dismissed as 'a provocation'.  The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed it shot down an unmanned US surveillance aircraft near the nuclear facility at the Fordo uranium enrichment site near Qom. Iran has previously claimed to have shot down two other US UAVs over the Persian Gulf this year.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus gave a cautiously optimistic assessment of the US military campaign but called recent gains in the decade-old Afghan war "fragile and reversible."

DOG fetches a beer.

HORSE rescued from a Melbourne swimming pool.

MONKEYS get their own ad campaign.

LEOPARD goes on the attack in an Indian village.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK leapt into a research boat, becoming trapped on deck for more than an hour. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Nirvana tribute, My Morning Jacket, Tom Waits, Chihuahua crimebuster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GET UP KIDS play Blur's "Girls and Boys" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

NIRVANA gets a free tribute album featuring Meat Puppets, Titus Andronicus, the Vaselines, Charles Bradley, Telekinesis and more.

MY MORNING JACKET did an interview and performance for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TOM WAITS, Live at the BBC in July 1979.

THE CHURCH: Bradley's Almanac has them Live in Foxboro, MA.

THE FLAMING LIPS embed three new songs in a gummy fetus.


THE MERCURY PRIZE 2011 nominees are announced.

PATTI SMITH loves her some Adele.

BEN SOLEE talks to Birmingham Weekly about his new album, the Internet era, and biking. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MONKEES: Davy Jones talks to Spinner about the band's (quasi-)reunion, the Beatles and more..

TIGER WOODS: Ex-wife Elin Nordegren is upset that ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel told friends she had slept with Elin's new bf, Jamie Dingman.  He's denying it, but others seem to have very specific details.

JESSICA BIEL (Justin Timberlake's ex) once tested to co-star in Friends With Benefits. Coulda been awkward.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY: He reportedly tried to call the shots over her clothes during a photo shoot for US Weekly.

MATT DAMON really gets the public mood in these troubled economic times.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND deny separation rumors.

EMMA WATSON is still at Brown but will study at Oxford next year.  And here she is with the adult film actor who played her character in an x-rated parody.

LADY GAGA tells Howard Stern cocaine is the Devil. Always trying to deflect suspicion from herself.

AL QAEDA is expected to shift strategy under new leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, placing a higher priority on attacking the US and Western targets overseas, where plots are easier to execute than on the US homeland, say US officials.

IRAN is installing upgraded centrifuges to speed up the uranium enrichment process.

IRAQI forces closed the Tanaf border crossing with Syria due to fighting across the border.

AN ENRAGED CHIHUAHUA thwarts a robbery at an Altadena smoke shop.

STICK INSECTS have lived for one million years without sex, genetic research has revealed.


A FERAL PIGEON has ridden the New York Waterway ferry every day for the past three years.

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New Releases, Joe Boyd & Robyn Hitchcock, Bjork, Baby Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



ARCTIC MONKEYS drop a video for "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala."

NEW RELEASES from They Might Be Giants, Crystal Antlers, Theophillis London, Mountain Man, Amy LaVere, Shonen Knife and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

JOE BOYD & ROBYN HITCHCOCK played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

RELEASE THE SUNBIRD, a side project from Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave) is advance streaminbg Come Back to Us.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: Live in Portland, January 10, 2007.

BJORK drops "Cosmogony" from her Biophilia LP/app/thingy.

CRIMSON & CLOVER: EMA and Zola Jesus (who both played Pitchfest) stumble through the Tommy James classic that makes up your Twofer Tuesday. BONUS: Joan Jett.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Chris Funk talks to ChartAttack about why the band is so fascinated with "folk" music and why their LP constantly gets called "Americana," when it's kiiiiiinda not.

THE WHO: Pete Townshend is "almost stone deaf" according to roger Daltey.

NICOLE ATKINS talks to Crawdaddy about finally making the album that she wanted to make.

25 ESSENTIAL EPONYMOUS ALBUMS, according to the Houston Press. (Thx, LHB.)

CHARLIE SHEEN's "Anger Management" sitcom is a go at Lionsgate, but still has no network or writer attached.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY are getting divorced after months of arguing, but are still doing a reality show together.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ crashed a swank wedding in Malibu.

TIGER WOODS: Ex-mistress Rachel Uchitel has given the golfer back most of the settlement money he paid her ... and is now preparing to sue Gloria Allred, the lawyer who struck the deal, alleging Gloria sold her out for money.


KEVIN COSTNER is in negotiations to join Quentin Tarantino's Sergio Leone-style spaghetti western, Django Unchained.

EMMA WATSON will reportedly star in a version of Beauty and the Beast directed by Guillermo del Toro.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES teaser trailer is online.

TERROR in the USA: The trial of Mohammed Wali Zazi began in NYC. Mohammed is the father of Najibullah Zazi, who pled guilty to training at al Qaeda camps and plotting to carry out suicide attacks in NYC subways.

TERROR in RUSSIA: Federal Security Service director Alexander Bortnikov told Pres Medvedev in televised comments that authorities had averted a "large terrorist attack" in the Moscow area by militants armed with homemade bombs and other weapons.

YEMEN: Even as antigovernment protesters struggled to revitalize their movement, sketching somewhat shaky plans over the weekend for a transitional government, they produced a show of their core strength, taking to the streets in huge numbers on Sunday to protest the rule of Pres Saleh. Yemeni tribes have joined government forces to battle al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the city of Zinjibar in Abyan. The Joint Meeting Party accused Iran of backing the Shia Houthi rebels in Al Jawf province.

AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban suicide assault team killed a key adviser to President Karzai and a member of the Afghan parliament in an attack in Kabul. Gen. Petraeus relinquished his command of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Monday.

IRAQ wants the United States to supply several thousand trainers for its military but is unlikely to ask Washington to extend its troop presence beyond a year-end deadline, Iraqi security and political sources say.

BABY SLOTH yawns, nods off. It is a hot summer.

A MYSTERY SHEEP ran wild through the streets of central Wellington before it was apprehended by police, who took the animal to cells in the back of a patrol car. Was it a dream or a dud?

THE WORLD'S MOST DANGEROUS BIRD had the Denver Zoo on lcokdown.

SPERM WHALES may have names.

EXCUSE ME, is that a snake in your sock, or...

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