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Bob Mould, Portugal The Man, James Vincent McMorrow, Thriller Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays, er, Sugar's "If I Can't Change Your Mind" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK SWANS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

DOM is advance streaming the Family of Love EP.


BEST COAST drops a video for "Our Deal," directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Chloe Moretz, Donald Glover, plus more. There's also a "making of" clip at the link.

GILLIAN WELCH spoke with The A.V. Club about writing sub-par songs, getting encouragement, and how to stain the album's letterpress cover for that perfect old-timey look.

MATES OF STATE share a few of their favorite things with SPIN.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE frontman Ben Gibbard talks to the Boston Herald about being upbeat and happily married to Zooey Deschanel.

CRAWDADDY founder Paul Williams reminisces about the first issue.

JENNIFER LOPEZ gives Vanity Fair her first post-divorce interview.

CHARLIE SHEEN and ex-wife Brooke Mueller posed for an unlikely family photo.

SAMANTHA RONSON was busted for DUI yesterday outside Baker, California.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Tom Hardy talks to TotalFilm about playing Bane.

SUPERMAN: Laurence Fishburne will play Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is being made into a movie. Again.


HARRISON FORD settles a feud.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh, who is being treated in Riyadh for injuries from a June attack, would not transfer power for the condition of incapacity set by the Yemeni Constitution, a government spokesman said Monday.

EGYPT: Mobs of ordinary Egyptians joined with soldiers to drive pro-democracy protesters from their encampment in Tahrir Square, showing how far the uprising's early heroes have fallen in the eyes of the public.

IRAN: One atomic researcher after the other has died in a series of recent murders in Iran. Is Israel's Mossad trying to sabotage the construction of a nuclear bomb with the attacks?

PAKISTAN's quick response to charges by China that militants involved in attacks in Xinjiang had trained on its soil shows the importance of its ties with Beijing, but it could be a mistake for Islamabad if it relies too much on China.

THRILLER CAT: The original clip, I think.

SAVE A WOODPECKER, pay a fine.

THE WORLD'S TINIEST FROGS: So small they can only be seen clearly through a magnifying glass.


WHEN SWANS ATTACK: Conservation biology student Thomas Burns was on hand with his camera, snapping pictures of ducks and other birdlife, when he spotted the mugging.

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New Releases, MTV, Horrors, Husker Du, Day of the Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 30 yesterday. The first 10 minutes, including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," are your Twofer Tuesday. The Village Voice has an essay and the whole first hour.  Gawker does 30 years in 3 minutes.

NEW RELEASES from Fountains of Wayne, Guster, Fruit Bats, Moonface, The Ettes, Don Fleming and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

THE HORRORS are advance streaming Skying.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session, and is profiled by PopMatters.

HUSKER DU: Studio Outtakes.

A.A. BONDY drops "The Heart is Willing" ahead of Believers.

THE FLAMING LIPS & WEEZER join together on "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song" for a double Twofer Tuesday.

KINGS OF LEON  are pulling the plug on the rest of their US tour - due to health issues affecting lead singer Caleb Followill.

KRISTIN HERSH muses with the Daily Herald about life and taming bipolar disorder.

ANNA CALVI talks about her methods at the National Post.

RETROMANIA author Simon Reynolds talks to Pitchfork about how the very nature of musical creativity and the listening experience are changing in fundamental ways.

LINDSAY LOHAN partied with the French Hotel until 4 a.m. Saturday night.

AMY WINEHOUSE adoption story denied.

CHARLIE SHEEN reportedly is paying for ex-wife Brooke Mueller's rehab.  Plus, intel on the premiere of the Sheen-less reboot of Two And a Half Men.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver accompanied Schwarzenegger to lunch to celebrate his 64th birthday.

KELSEY GRAMMER may run for Mayor of NYC.

SPEIDI: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag discover that being famous for nothing can't last forever.


IRAN: Why is Argentina appeasing the Islamic theocracy?

PAKISTAN: If Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive, he may be imprisoned or hidden by Pakistan's intelligence to avoid him facing Osama Bin Laden's fate.

AFGHANISTAN: Families with children studying at Islamic schools or madrassas across the border in Pakistan are starting to bring them home for fear that they will be recruited as suicide bombers.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki signaled continuing military cooperation with the US on Saturday, including plans to double a planned purchase of US fighter jets to help the fledgling Air Force defend the country.

DAY OF THE DOLPHIN: In a little-known part of the counter-terrorism world, one of the most effective detection systems is a 600-pound animal that works for about 20 pounds of fish a day. Let's go to the video.

OTTO: The Biggest Loser of catdom.

...AND THERE WERE LOBSTERS all over the highway.

RHESUS MACAQUE MONKEYS have figured out how to use the automatic doors of an Indian hospital and have invaded several wards and recovery rooms.

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Fountains of Wayne, Newport, TMBG, Arcade Fire, Humpback Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE take  "A Dip In The Ocean" at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Chris Collingwood talks to the Boston Globe about getting back into balance.

NEWPORT FOLK FEST: Streaming sets from The Decemberists, Delta Spirit, Felice Bros, Tegan & Sara, Gillian Welch, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Cave Singers, Justin Townes Earle, Wanda Jackson and more via NPR.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play a Tiny Desk Concert and talk to All Things Considered about rocking in their 50s. 

THE ETTES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT streams two new songs from its current EP, one featuring Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell.

ARCADE FIRE: The Daily Beast is streaming the deluxe edition of The Suburbs.

ELVIS COSTELLO joins THE POLICE on Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love."

BOB MOULD talks to eMusic about looking like a jerk in his own book, breaching his wall of privacy and crafting the final word on the Hüsker reunion.

OMD: Andy McCluskey talks about the reunion with Contactmusic.

ARCHERS OF LOAF: Eric Bachmann talks to Exclaim about  the reunion, the trend of '90s bands coming back for a victory lap, specific plans to tour each of the band's reissues, what lies ahead for the band and why Archers fans are like Republicans.

FANFARLO frontman Simon Balthazar talks to Paste about the band's sophomore LP, due in early 2012.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: It's Cowboys and Aliens and Smurfs in a photo finish at 36.2 million, as the former fell short of expectations and the latter exceeded them.  The Smurfs did best of Friday, so the actuals may put C & A ahead at the end.  Captain America skids 62 percent and makes 24.9 million; the good reviews suggest the steady stream of new product (here, Cowboys and Aliens) is cannibalizing the audience.  Even so, Cap should end up well in the black by the end of his run worldwide. Harry Potter drops another 54 percent (with 21.9 million), much the same as Deathly Hallows Pt 1 did; the big finale is already closing in on a billion worldwide. Crazy, Stupid Love rounds out the Top Five with 19.3 million agaist a reported 40 million budget.

AMY WINEHOUSE's dad handed out her clothes to her fans. Another semi-sad sidebar: Winehouse was in the middle of adopting a poor St Lucian girl before she died.

ANGELINA JOLIE talked to the Financial Times about how becoming a mom of six has changed her relationship with work.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON declines an invite to the USMC Ball, but sends a bottle of Moet & Chandon.

HUGH HEFNER gets an apology from ex-fiancee Crystal Harris for making derogatory remarks about him during her appearance on The Howard Stern show.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS is caught smoking again after surviving throat cancer.

THE SADDEST MOVIE scene in the world, plus IndieWire's list of sad movies.

YEMEN: Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula killed two Army colonels and five soldiers in attacks in Zinjibar; seven AQAP fighters were also killed during the fighting.

SYRIAN tanks firing shells and machineguns stormed the city of Hama on Sunday, killing 80 civilians, rights activists said, in one of the bloodiest days in a popular revolt against Assad.

EGYPT: Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists poured into Tahrir Square on Friday calling for a state bound by strict religious law and delivering a persuasive show of force in a turbulent country showing deep divisions and growing signs of polarization.  Meanwhile, women are again being pushed aside in the nation's politics.

TURKEY's entire top brass quit on Friday night, leaving one America's strongest military's allies leaderless as the country's Islamic government confronts senior officers for conspiring against the prime minister.

PAKISTAN: Taliban militants broke into shops in eastern Pakistan and set fire to fabric for women's clothing that they said was un-Islamic because it did not properly cover the body. Pres Obama's top adviser on Pakistan said Friday that the United States had six months to deliver "a knockout blow" to Al Qaeda's senior leadership while the group was still in turmoil after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

IRAQ: The security situation in Iraq is more dangerous than it was a year ago, according to a government watchdog report issued Saturday that cites more attacks on US troops, a continuing wave of assassinations targeting Iraqi officials and a growing number of indirect rocket strikes on Baghdad's Green Zone.

A HUMPBACK WHALE says Thank You.

KITLER is overlooked for adoption because she bears an uncanny resemblance to the Nazi leader. Aw.

ANDRE, a 171-pound sea turtle, is fitted with a set of braces... for his shell.

ROSE: The World's Most Beautiful Cow.

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Sly & the Family Stone, Thurston Moore, Ken Stringfellow, Nirvana, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SLY & THE FAMILY STONE! Watch 'em 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.

THURSTON MOORE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session... and plays the UBS Forum.

KEN STRINGFELLOW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

4 AD REVISITED: Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins) & Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) perform on the air at KEXP.

NIRVANA: The Nevermind Sessions.

FLAMING LIPS & LIGHTNING BOLT have a joint EP which has turned up online.

NEWPORT FOLK FEST: Tracks from Earl Scruggs, Tegan & Sara, Gillian Welch, Wanda Jackson and more are part of a streaming preview at NPR.

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of late July.

MICK JAGGER: Closet Conservative?


CREEM: Don't call it a comeback yet.


CUTOUT BIN: From the Clash to KC & the Sunshine Band, from fIREHOSE to Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, from Eddie Cochran to the Sweet, plus the Ramones, Yardbirds, Tommy Keene, the Hues Corp. 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: Cowboys & Aliens, which is currently scoring 43 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Smurfs, currently scoring 11 percent; and Crazy, Stupid Love, scoring 74 percent.

AMY WINEHOUSE: Sudden abstinence from alcohol might have been what led to her death, according to a report. Hmm.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is expected to close her American Idol deal this week.

JOSH GROBAN talks to GQ about kissing Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love (which got cut from the film) and more...

DENISE RICHARDS opens up about her series of botched boob jobs... and her Hollywood lesbian experience, just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

FRIENDS: An even friendlier show than I remembered.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4 moves back to Dec. 21, supposedly based on bullish sentiment.

THE 10 GREATEST UNMADE MOVIES, according to PopMatters.

TERROR in the USA: A US serviceman is in custody after he allegedly admitted he was planning an attack on the US Army base at Fort Hood, TX, the same base where 13 people were killed in a 2009 terror attack.

LIBYA: Rebel officials have recalled Abdel Fattah Younes, who is leading the military campaign against Gaddafi, from the front line. Younes defected to the rebel side in February, was being questioned after rumors circulated that he was suspected of having had secret talks with Gaddafi's government.

IRAN has nominated a senior leader in the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps to lead OPEC.

IRAQ:  Pres. Talibani pardoned 50 Mahdi Army fighters and leaders. The Mahdi Army's Promised Day Brigade claimed it carried out five attacks over the past week against US forces in Baghdad, Dhi Qar, Wasit, and Maysan.

PUPPY fakes its own death.

AN ORPHAN ZEBRA only eats when his keeper wears stripes. Aw.

THE STORK delivered five babies to a nest in Burgenland, Austria, which experts are claiming is a sensation.

HORDES OF BATS: A drought in Texas, where 1.5 million bats are living under a bridge in Austin, has fuelled a bat frenzy with locals gathering each night to view the nocturnal creatures.

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Vivian Girls, Lloyd Cole, Moonface, Stroked, Wilco & Bragg, Broken Leg Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VIVIAN GIRLS "Take It As It Comes." Fab Shangri-La-esque pop.

LLOYD COLE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MOONFACE: Wolf Parade frontman Jason Krug is streaming his solo album, Organ Music not Vibraphone like I'd Hoped.

STROKED: Stereogum unloads a tribute album to The Strokes' This Is It.

THE DEATH SET did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. The opening to "Can You Seen Straight?" may seem familiar to you.

WILCO & BILLY BRAGG: Mermaid Avenue Demos.

JOE HENRY drops and discusses "Odetta" from his upcoming Reverie.

GIANT DRAG drops "Meowch" in advance of Waking Up Is Hard To Do.

CAMERON CROWE unveils the trailer for Pearl Jam Twenty.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold talks to The Current about the evolution of the band and its music.

PETER MURPHY talks to The Quietus about Bauhaus, Catholicism, Twilight, his Ninth solo LP, and more...

PAUL McCARTNEY: Greg Kot goes myth-busting.

WHO'S ON TOP IN MUSIC? It's gotten hard to say.

HUGH HEFNER denies a claim by ex-fiancee Crystal Harris that it would only last two secs. (We all assume HH is on the blue pill, yes?)

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D reportedly fought over another woman before splitting up.  Sorta bad timing for Kat to get a tattoo of Jesse's face. Meanwhile, JJ  was awarded sole custody of his daughter on Monday.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD & KATE BOSWORTH have called it quits after almost two years together.

KEVIN SMITH is developing a daily, half-hour, syndicated talk show that would blend celebrity chat and comedy.

SEX & THE CITY may be getting prequels.

THE TOP 10 ALIEN INVASION MOVIES, according to the Boston Herald.

INDIA & PAKISTAN agreed to a set of small but significant concessions to ease tensions in the disputed border region of Kashmir and pledged to work toward closer ties between their mutually wary, nuclear-armed countries.

EGYPT: A Newsweek/Daily Beast poll shows: the Muslim Brotherhood is poised to win the largest share of the vote in parliamentary elections; the man who appears to have a clear shot at the presidency, Amr Moussa, has made his name criticizing Israel; and a large majority of respondents favor amending or revoking the cornerstone of regional stability, the Camp David Accords.

YEMENI military officers claimed an al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander known as Ali Saeed Jamil was among 12 AQAP operatives killed during fighting in Zinibar.

IRAN: Gen. Dempsey said Iran would make a "serious miscalculation" if it attempted to carry out a mass casualty attack against US forces in Iraq. Iran's chief of police blamed the West for the current rise in crime.

IRAQ: An Al Qaeda bomb maker killed himself and two of his children in a premature detonation at his home in Kirkuk. Aw.

A KITTEN with a broken leg squeezes under a closed door and runs up stairs.

A GLOWING DOG, created by cloning, could help find cures for human diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

SIX ORPHAN GORILLAS are looking for homes, if you have some free space.

A MEXICAN MILK SNAKE terrorized a plus-size store in Coventry.

A GOLDEN RETIEVER thwarts a sexual assault.

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