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Moby Grape, Laura Marling, Grace Potter, Vetiver, Cutout Bin, Dogs Jump Rope   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MOBY GRAPE! Listen, my friends... the band was largely a victim of corporate overhype and Skip Spence's madness, but their self-titled debut album is really solid. So here we have "Omaha" and "8:05" from the Mike Douglas Show, plus "Hey Grandma" and "Sitting By The Window" from a trippy documentary. "It's a Beautiful Day Today" isn't from the debut, but is still very nice.  And "Dark Magic," performed in the movie The Sweet Ride, is a heavier vibe altogether.

LAURA MARLING plays a set for Spinning On Air at the WNYC studios.

GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE CHAPIN SISTERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

VETIVER played a set live on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music lounge.

TENNIS: Denver's surf-pop band also played a set live on KEXP from the Bumbershoot Music Lounge.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Feist, Fanfarlo, Atlas Sound, Bjork, Lana Del Rey, Los Campesinos! and more feature in the latest installment of the long-running NPR series.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. finally drop a video for the charming, McCartney-esque "Simple Girl."

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to The Line Of Best Fit about the Rain Dogs Revisited concert, Strange Mercies, and more...

NICK LOWE talks to the L.A. Times about "pretty good" music, Rockpile, taking the low-key approach, and more.  The New York Times writes of his "remarkable second wind."

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE figurehead Kevin Drew talks to Pitchfork about the band's impending hiatus, what's next for its members, how he feels about music-making apps, and what advice he has for young bands.

WILD FLAG: Carrie Brownstein and Mary Timony talked to The A.V. Club about their return to music, Sleater-Kinney's breakup, and the power of being in a band.

NIRVANA'S NEVERMIND, compared to Gus Van Sant's My Own Private Idaho.

GRUNGE railed against a consumerist culture that hipster rock revivalists wearily accept. Is rock dead?

THE 100 GREATEST COVER SONGS, according to Popdose.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Soft Boys to Patti LaBelle, from Fun Boy Three to Richard Thompson, from the Runaways to Mary Wells, plus Husker Du, Otis Redding, Guster, the Count 5, Beck's Record Club 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 include: I Don't Know How She Does It, which is currently scoring 22 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Drive, currently scoring 94 percent; Straw Dogs, scoring 33 percent; and the 3-D re-release of The Lion King (at 89 percent).

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is warning a bunch of websites that she owns the copyright to her hacked nude pics and anyone who doesn't take them down will be hearing from her attorney again.

LINDSAY LOHAN threw a drink at a photog to celebrate Fashion Week.

BRAD PITT is this week's EW cover story.

JUSTIN THEROUX: Jennifer Aniston's new boyfriend talks to GQ about her, his rides, and the life of his beard.

JANUARY JONES gave birth to a baby boy named Xander Dane Jones on Tuesday.

GERARD BUTLER has dropped a lot of weight in prep for a surfing movie.

NICOLAS CAGE was once awakened by a naked man with a Fudgesicle. NTTAWWT.

MICHAELE SALAHI, White House gate-crasher, was reported kidnapped by her husband -- but she really has run off with Neal Schon, the lead guitarist for the band Journey.

DEADLINE is suing The Hollwood Reporter for copyright infringement. 

THE 25 MOST EXPENSIVE BAD MOVIES, according to Rotten Tomatoes.

YEMEN: Twelve al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and two civilians were killed in fighting in Zinjibar. Saudi armor is rumored to have entered the country to help quell uprisings.

SYRIA: Dozens of tanks and hundreds of soldiers stormed 10 villages near Syria's northwest border with Turkey.

LIBYA: The growing influence of Islamists in Libya raises hard questions about the ultimate character of the government and society that will rise in place of Gaddafi's autocracy.

IRAN's judiciary has said that a bail offer for two Americans convicted of spying is still under review, in a potentially embarrassing rejection of Ahmadinejad's prediction that their release could come in a matter of days.  But there is precedent for such quarrels before a release.

13 DOGS jump rope at the same time.

A CALICO CAT named Willow, who disappeared from a home near the Rocky Mountains five years ago, was found on Wednesday on a Manhattan street and will soon be returned to her family, where two of the three children and one of the two dogs may remember her.

A PET RABBIT woke its owner when the house was on fire, allowing the woman to get herself and her daughter safely out of the burning building. But the rabbit ended up dying from smoke inhalation.

A DRUNKEN ELK ended its binge by making off with a family's swing set and hiding it in the woods.

A BADGER ate Gordon Ramsay's pr0n dwarf double.

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Fleet Foxes, Horrors, Tony Bennett, Villagers, Lambchop, Cat + Llama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRUIT BATS play Loretta Lynn's "The Other Woman" to conclude The A.V. Undercover's second series.

FLEET FOXES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE HORRORS also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TONY BENNETT is streaming Duets II, including "Body and Soul" with Amy Winehouse.

VILLAGERS play a gig at Gravity Bar at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.

DIEGO GARCIA plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

LAMBCHOP, Live in Berlin, July 21, 2004.

BON IVER, Live in DC, Aug. 2, 2011.

THE BIG PINK "Stay Gold" for Outsiders fans and their upcoming album.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Montreal Gazette about Rush, major labels, sampling Iggy Pop and more...

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Pitchfork about the new album, the return of cassettes in indie culture, and his feelings about his band's legacy as part of Athens' seminal Elephant 6 collective.

THE DRUMS lead singer Jonny Pierce offers Stereogum a virtual mixtape's worth of tunes that influenced Portamento‘s sounds and songs.

RANDY NEWMAN talks to the Austin Chronicle and boosts Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. (Thx, LHB.)

ERIC CLAPTON: Wedding Singer.

SCARLETT JOHANSSEN: Alleged nude photos leak from her phone; the FBI will be called upon to investgate (along with everyone else).

MILA KUNIS: Also a phone hacking victim... but it's Justin Timberlake in at least one of the pics.

CAMERON DIAZ & ALEX RODRIGUEZ have ended their romance after a year together.

PAUL McCARTNEY reportedly will marry love Nancy Shevell this weekend at his farmhouse in Sussex, England.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON  is confirmed for "Django Unchained," re-uniting with Quentin Tarantino for the fifth time.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN has a trailer online.

38 TV DOPPELGANGERS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

YEMEN risks sliding into civil war, according to a new UN report.

LIBYA: The rebels may have committed war crimes, according to Amnesty International.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad blamed the "Zionist regime" for starting both the first and second world wars.

AFGHANISTAN: The American ambassador said the Haqqani network appeared to be responsible for the assault against the United States Embassy in Kabul and nearby NATO bases, but played down the attack as harassment rather than a major military strike.

IRAQ: Just a few hours after the bodies of 22 executed Shiite pilgrims were found in western Anbar Province, Sunni leaders there erupted in anger on Tuesday at Iraq's Shiite-led government, exposing yet another fault line in the country's sectarian tensions. The spokesman for the US military in Iraq, Maj. Gen Jeffrey S. Buchanan, said the Iraqi Army had "some fairly consistent success against" Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia and other insurgent groups.

CAT loves LLAMA...Mass hysteria!

SLEEPING PUPPIES: Pictures published for no other reason than their cuteness.

A ROGUE SLUG tried to disrupt traffic in Darlington.

MAMA PANDA catches her baby as it fell from a tree.

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Zombies, Tori Amos, Marianne Faithfull, Stones, New Pr0n, Cow Jazz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ZOMBIES played a new track, "Breathe Out, Breathe In," plus two classics -- "Time of the Season" and "This Will Be Our Year" -- for Fallon.

TORI AMOS is advance streaming Night Of Hunters.

MEG BAIRD is advance streaming Seasons On Earth.

MARIANNE FAITHFULL stopped by the WFUV studios for a chat and mini-set.

THE ROLLING STONES: Unreleased Decca Live Album, 1972.

INXS, Live in Sydney, March 28, 1992.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS go sci-fi for "Up In The Dark."

GIRLS: Christopher Owens revisits his escape from the Children of God for The Guardian, and talks festival gigs.

MATTHEW SWEET talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his new album, and drops a track, "Late Nights With The Power Pop."

NEON INDIAN: Alan Palomo talks to Pitchfork the uncanny themes behind his new music, his complicated relationship with the term "chillwave," and his thoughts about maneuvering within the twenty-first century musical landscape.

BILL MONROE: The "Father of Bluegrass Music," was born 100 years ago this week in rural Kentucky.  All Things Considered surveys a legendary career.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER: An insider tells Us Weekly it was a date.

MADONNA forced Toronto International Film Festival to avert their eyes as she passed by. Maybe she's afraid they would do it anyway.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS goes Marilyn Monroe for Vogue.

LEO DiCAPRIO is the GQ cover story this month.

ARNIE HAMMER is the cover story for Details this month.

THE HIGHEST PAID MEN IN NETERTAINMENT, according to Forbes. Number One may -- but should not -- surprise you.

TERROR in the USA: The FBI, after interviewing and clearing more than 300 people, have found no evidence al Qaeda operatives entered the United States to attempt to strike with a vehicle bomb or some other form of violence around the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

TERROR in GERMANY: The two suspected Islamist terrorists who were arrested last week in Berlin allegedly had connections to a group of Berlin Islamists with links to Afghan terrorist groups.

AL QAEDA 2.0: What the next decade may bring.

LIBYA is in danger of falling into the hands of Islamic extremists if a stable government is not rapidly established, NATO's secretary-general warned. Couldn't see that coming, nosiree.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban launched an assault against ISAF headquarters, the US embassy, and two police stations in Kabul.

IRAQ:The US armored division and Iraqi special forces arrested a militia member connected with Iran who made several attacks on the US military base in Al-Iskandariya, Babel province.

COWS STARE UNAMAZED at The New Hot 5 jazz combo.  Real life meets The Far Side.

A MALAYSIAN ORANGUTAN often spotted smoking cigarettes given to her by zoo visitors is being forced to kick the habit.

HAPPY FEET: The emperor penguin found in New Zealand and returned to the ocean may have been eaten - or his tracker may have fallen off.

AN ERRATIC EEL wriggled its way up a man's penis and into his bladder following an accident during an unorthodox beauty spa in China.

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New Releases, Jayhawks, Megfaun, Pearl Jam, Waits, Bowie, Spider-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRADFORD COX (Deerhoof) joins THE BLACK LIPS on Bobby Freeman's "Do You Wanna Dance?" in full Joey Ramone regailia.

NEW RELEASES from Mates of State, Blitzen Trapper, Blondie, Mason Jennings, Primus, Neon Indian,  A.A. Bondy, Nick Lowe, Milagres, Gourds and many more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE JAYHAWKS will preview Mockingbird Time live tonight at 7 p.m. CST.

MEGAFAUN is advance streaming their self-titled fourth album.

PEARL JAM is advance streaming the PJ20 soundtrack.

GRIZZLY BEAR's Chris Taylor is streaming his CANT side project and lists a few of his favorite things for SPIN.


CEE-LO GREEN drops a new track, "You Promised Me Love."

DEERHOOF has a free live album to download.

DAVID BOWIE sang "America" and "Heroes" at the Concert For America, just about 10 years ago.

NICK LOWE talks to the A.V. Club about some of his most famous songs.

NOAH & THE WHALE's Tom Hobden talks to Interview about the band's new album, the band's filmic influences, old friends who are making good (Laura Marling and Emmy the Great among them), and more.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW talks influences and more at the Boston Globe.

MICK JAGGER says KEITH RICHARDS isn't invited to the band's 50th anniversary. Still mad about the book, apparently.


CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Not getting fired from The Voice.

JENNIFER ANISTON's once-estranged mother suffered a stroke over the weekend and the star rushed to the hospital to be by her side.


KAT VON D: Going bald?

TOP GUN is being converted to 3D for a theatrical release.

POINT BREAK is getting a remake? Oy.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The four terror suspects held in Gothenburg on Sunday have ties to the Somali Islamist movement al-Shabaab and were plotting an attack using bombs and firearms, according to a Swedish media report.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh has authorized VP Hadi to negotiate the transition of power.

IRAN: The Iranian Parliament ''gives its full support'' to the "ransacking'' of the Israeli embassy in Cairo that happened late Friday, said senior Iranian lawmaker Esmail Kowsari, state media reported.

SYRIAN forces stepped up raids across the country after one of the bloodiest weeks in the six-month uprising. The UN said the death toll in Syria has reached 2,600. Russia rejected a call for wider sanctions. Six foreign ministers of the Gulf Arab states called for immediate reforms and an end to the crackdown.

AFGHANISTAN: More than half of Afghanistan's lawmakers are boycotting parliament over an election authority's decision to replace nine MPs, a walkout that has pushed the legislature below quorum and extended a nearly year-long limbo.

SPIDER-CAT: The sequel, iirc.


...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A piglet with a human head. Help me... help meeee...

ZOMBIE CATERPILLARS Rain Death From Treetops.

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Fountains of Wayne, Dave Rawlings, Paul Simon, Alpaca + Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT dops a video for "Santa Fe" from The Rip Tide.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE did three free songs at Daytrotter, including some "Cortez the Killer."

VIVA VOCE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

CALLmeKAT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

PAUL SIMON played "The Sound of Silence" in NYC yesterday, icymi.

ROBERT SMITH: Drifting away from the world, and content.

WILD FLAG talks to Salon about  falling in love with music again.

GIRLS: Billboard previews at a buzz band's second act.

THE 10 BEST ROCK MOVIES, according to 33 Days.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Contaigion tops the chart with 23.1 million, about as expected on a traditionally slow weekend slowed further by the opening of the NFL season.  The 60-million budgeted flick should come out okay once overseas receipts come in.  The Help finally slips to the second slot with 8.7 million, and a 137 million total against a 25 million budget.  Warrior debuted in third with 5.6 million, a bit disappointing given the strong reviews (with people floating the idea of an Oscar nomination for Nick Nolte).  The Debt drops to the fourth slot with 4.9 million, but has recouped its 20 million production budget, with overseas tickets likely to put it well in the black.  Columbiana rounds out the Top 5 with 4 million, with a 29.8 million total to date against a 40 million budget.

CONTAGION: Its star-studded cast -- including Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Lawrence Fishburne, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard -- might recall the disaster movies of the mid-70s, but Steven Soderburgh keeps the bird-flu drama real -- real enough for me to be depressed by it on the 9/11 anniversary weekend.  Good, although its focus on how an epidemic would likely play out on a broad scale tended to drain the suspense present in its early scenes.

MAD MEL UPDATE:  Prominent Jewish leaders are beginning to speak out against Gibson and Warner Bros. over their planned movie based on the life of religious icon Judah Maccabee.  The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg recounts some of his conversation with Gibson about the project.

ALI LOHAN's rep denies Li-Lo's model sister has had plastic surgery, insisting that "she has gone through a normal teenage growth spurt that has made her taller and slimmer." A leading nutrition expert estimates her weight has plummeted to 95lbs and she has muscle wasting.

KIM KARDASHIAN is not the mystery buyer trying to yank her infamous sex tape off the market.

AMY WINEHOUSE's father says he believes she died after suffering a seizure related to alcohol detoxification and "there was nobody there to rescue her."

AMY SMART got hitched to HGTV's Carter Oosterhouse.

CLIFF ROBERTSON,  who won an Oscar for "Charly" and saw his profile increase again, at age 79, thanks to a small but important role in the first "Spider-Man" pic, died Saturday of natural causes, one day after his 88th birthday.

ANDY WHITFIELD, who starred in the Starz period drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.

TERROR in the USA: On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, US intelligence and law enforcement apparatus found no evidence to corroborate an unfolding terror plot... but there seems to be a lot of details about the alleged plot.

ISRAEL & EGYPT's leadership tried Saturday to limit the damage in ties after protesters stormed Israel's embassy in Cairo, trashing offices and prompting the evacuation of nearly the entire staff from Egypt in the worst crisis between the countries since their 1979 peace treaty.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad marked the 9/11 anniversary by repeating the conspiracy theory that the attacks were orchestrated by the US as a pretext for war.

IRAQIs are having second thoughts about the planned US drawdown.

AN ALPACA... and a kitten.

THE BIRDS: A home in Malvern, Worcestershire was overrun by nearly 500 birds in scenes eerily reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 horror classic.

A PYTHON is on the loose in North Naples, FL.

A MAN and his duck.

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