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New Releases, Strokes, Cold War Kids, Neil Diamond, Lions   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE IDES OF MARCH, baby! "Vehicle." I'll take you anywhere you wanna go...

NEW RELEASES ftom The Dodos, Vandelles, Screeching Weasel, Smoking Popes and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE STROKES are advance streaming Angles.

COLD WAR KIDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NEIL DIAMOND was profiled by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

REDD KROSS play "Annie's Gone" and cover The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More" for Twofer Tuesday.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS called up The A.V. Club to talk about getting past unrequited love, asking Elvis Costello to play lead guitar, and why being a happy woman doesn't mean she writes happy songs.

THE NEW YORK DOLLS are playing the Old Vic Tunnels Club beneath Waterloo station, courtesy of Kevin Spacey.

VINTAGE ROCKERS in new suits.

MICHAEL NESMITH officiated the wedding of blues singer and guitarist Carolyn Wonderland and writer and comedian A. Whitney Brown.

OWSLEY "BEAR" STANLEY, a 1960s counterculture icon who worked with The Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia, his family said Monday. He was 76.

CHARLIE SHEEN's twin sons celebrated their second birthday Sunday with a lavish backyard bash attended by celebrity guests like Nicky Hilton, David Katzenberg and Adrienne Maloof - but the troubled actor failed to snag an invite. The ever-reliable National Enquirer claims Sheen suffered at least four potentially fatal drug overdoses, but for the quick action of others.

MILA KUNIS reportedly had nothing to do with the Timberlake-Biel breakup.

USHER and his ex-wife are the alleged stars of the latest sex tape story.

RYAN PHILLIPPE knocked up his ex-girlfriend again?

RUSSELL BRAND is a self confessed past drug addict, alcoholic and womanizer - but who knew about his other, secret obsession - dead animals?

LINDSAY LOHAN quit her management agency and is trying to quit smoking. Does the latter explain her anxiety attack upon landing in NYC?

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is a granddad again.

THE 11 BEST CONCERT FILMS, according to Paste.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS entered Bahrain with 1000 soldiers to protect government facilities following recent unrest, according to officials.

LIBYA: The chaotic collapse of rebel positions in eastern Libya in the past week is sapping the morale out of the rag-tag rebel troops that had been rapidly driving west just days ago.

IRAN has intensified its crackdown on opponents as well as executions of drug traffickers, political prisoners and juvenile criminals, the United Nations said on Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: For years, the Pentagon has stressed the importance to the Afghanistan war of eradicating safe havens for the Taliban and other insurgents in Pakistan. Now, it's easing off those claims.

IRAQ: Terrorist attacks against Christians have caused those living in Mosul to consider leaving the city.

MORNING LOVE from the Lions. I'm about to beak into "Born Free," so it's a good thing I can't be heard.

DRUNKEN CROCODILE WRESTLING is a bad idea. And before you ask, yes, it was the dude who was drunk.

THE MISS SNAKE CHARMER PAGEANT, from Sweetwater, Texas. Yee Haw!

HACHI the DOG survives third-degree burns, looks a bit like a Terminator.

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Yuck, Wye Oak, Of Montreal, Slow Loris   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YUCK dropped a possibly nsfw clip for "Get Away" from their debut LP.

WYE OAK played DC's Black Cat Friday night; you can stream the gig, along with the opening set from Lower Dens.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes brings converation and live tracks to the World Cafe.

VILLAGERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

WOODEN BIRDS also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: "I Am a Rock" on French TV.

THE BEACH BOYS: Decades after its initial recording, Capital Records is set to release The Smile Sessions in three versions -- a double-CD set, an iTunes album and a limited-edition boxed set with four CDs, two vinyl LPs, two vinyl singles and a 60-page book written by Beach Boys historian Dominic Priore.

J MASCIS talks to The Guardian about his new solo LP and the young bucks he sees as the heirs to his heroically sloppy guitar-slinging legacy.

BILLY BRAGG talks to the New York Times about soul music and touring with Mavis Staples.

SXSW: The Pitchfork Guide to the fest, plus five reasons to tune in and stories to watch.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Battle: Los Angeles tops the chart with 36 million against a 70 million budget, which likely means it will depend on overseas markets for any profit. Rango dropped an okay 39 percent to the second slot with 23 million; next weekend wll likely show whether the lizard has legs. Little Red Riding Hood debuted in the third slot with 14.1 million, a sketchy start give a 42 million budget. The Adjustment Bureau dropped 46 percent to the fourth slot with 11.5 million, which is not leggy, though it will still likely profit before going to video. Mars Needs Moms rounds out the Top Five with a paltry 6.8 million against a 150 million budget, which qualifies as bomb territory.

CHARLIE SHEEN got public career advice from Alec Baldwin (who dishes about himself, too), while Sheen's live tour sold out in 18 minutes.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL's SXSW premiere overshadowed by a strange story involving a camera and a men's room.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva will file a civil lawsuit against Gibson, likely alleging battery, emotional distress and defamation. If she does, Gibson will counter-sue for extortion.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: More on their breakup.

MICHAEL MADSEN is sought by police in connection with 570K in allegedly unpaid support payments.

RICHARD HATCH, Survivor's first winner, is headed back to prison.

QUENTIN TARANTINO is suing his neighbors after he finally had enough of the 'blood-curdling screams' made by their pet parrots.

WOODY ALLEN talks to The Guardian about his career, his controversial marriage, the three children he lost in a custody battle, and his desire to work again with Diane Keaton.

IRAN is using "child soldiers" to suppress anti-government demonstrations, a tactic that could breach international law forbidding the use of underage combatants.

LIBYA: The hint of radicalization - religious or something more nihilist - gathers as the momentum in the three-week conflict clearly shifts to the forces of one of the world's most bizarre leaders.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai called for an end to NATO operations. The senate said ISAF should delay the turnover of security to Afghan troops.

JAPAN: The nuclear fallout from the earth-moving quake and tsunami is likely not a big deal, according to MIT Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering Ron Ballinger. What the Japanese earthquake has proved is that even the oldest containment structures can withstand the impact of one of the largest earthquakes in recorded history. More explanation from Nature. Meanwhile, here's a completely freaky first-person video of the tsunami.

A SLOW LORIS with a tiny umbrella.

MARU the BOX CAT survived the Japanese tsunami.

KILLER SHRIMP are invading the British Isles.

HEY, IS THAT A MARMOSET in your bra, or... oh.

VANNA the CAT travels 5000 miles to a new home, thanks to Farkers.

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T Rex, J Mascis, TPOBPAH, Jayhawks, Cutout Bin, Puppeh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with T.REX!  Been a while since I featured Marc Bolan & Co, so here's a few items off the beaten path, like this working version of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)," which is a little nsfw toward the end.  French TV is the source for live clips of "Hot Love," "Cadillac," "Telegram Sam" and "Jeepster" circa 1972, as well as "Ride A White Swan" from 1970. The band's "Baby Strange" later found its way into Big Star's setlists.  Still, "20th Century Boy" may be my favorite track from the band. Wanna go deeper? Check out the documentary, The Story Of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.

J MASCIS is advance streaming Several Shades of Why.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART are advance streaming Belong.

THE JAYHAWKS palyed a session with bonus tracks at KEXP. Listening to this one now and digging it muchly.

DeVotchKa stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

STEVE RILEY & THE MAMOU PLAYBOYS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MAC McCAUGHAN (Superchunk) covers Springsteen's "Bobby Jean."

TODD RUNDGREN: "Bang the Drum All Day." Because it's Friday.

COLOR ME OBSESSED: A Replacements documetary will feature commentary from members of Husker Du and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn, make appearances, as do the Decemberists's Colin Meloy, Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles, Superchunk's Mac McCaughan and Jesse Malin. Trailer at the link.

BEADY EYE: Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer talks to The A.V. Club about the post-Oasis project.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Travis Morrison talks to Glide about the band's reunion, reissues and future plans...

MARNIE STERN talks to Westword about guitar-tapping and songwriting.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Smiths to Stevie Wonder, from the Minutemen to Tom Jones, from the Hold Steady to the Chi-Lites, plus the Beatles, Art Brut, Rod Stewart, Boomtown Rats 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 the alien invasion flick Battle: Los Angeles, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the animated alien invasion flick (of sorts) Mars Needs Moms, currently scoring 44 percent; and the reimagined Little Red Riding Hood, which is scoring 06 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN: The LAPD and other law enforcement converged at Sheen's house in a pre-planned raid, because of a possible violation of the temporary restraining order obtained by Brooke Mueller; reportedly the alleged violation involves weapons.  Sheen tweeted that the situation was "all good." Earlier, Sheen filed a 100 million dollar lawsuit against Warner Bros. and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, not only demanding he get paid for the 8 scrapped episodes of the show, but also claiming to sue on behalf of the cast and crew. Sheen angered the production staff and crew of Two and a Half Men with his recent vitriolic attack on co-star Jon Cryer, according to RadarOnline, which may explain the half-apology Sheen delivered the other day. Parks and Recreation executive producer Michael Schur shot down the idea that Rob Lowe would be leaving the NBC comedy to replace Sheen on CBS, noting Lowe is under a multi-year contract. Kelly Preston is backing Sheen, despite the fact that he shot her in the arm during their engagement in 1990. In contrast, ex-wife Denise Richards wants to keep their son Sam away from Sheen this weekend. And for your moment of zen, watch Charlie Sheen's Winning Recipes. Tickets for his live tour go on sale this weekend.

LINDSAY LOHAN got more time to mull over a plea deal in her theft case which positively involves jail time. The judge is reportedly miffed that TMZ got that story.


CHRISTINA AGUILERA got tipsy at Osteria Mozza three days after a wine-drenched feast there led to her public intoxication bust.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN have reunited, this time for a late, cozy dinner at Hollywood's celebrated Chateau Marmont.

RYAN REYNOLDS has his first post-ScarJo galpal.

TONY DANZA: Who's The Divorced?

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has joined the cast of Syfy's four-hour miniseries Neverland -- a live-action prequel to J.M. Barrie's classic Peter Pan -- as the voice of Tinker Bell.

CARS 2 has a new trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: Jamie Paulin Ramirez, a US citizen and accomplice of "Jihad Jane" Colleen LaRose, pled guilty in US federal court to a terrorism charge related to a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist; LaRose pled guilty to similar charges last month. The two women had traveled overseas "to participate in and in support of violent jihad."

IRAN: The US State Department is concerned over reports of Chinese firms aiding Iran's nuclear weapons program.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS opened fire on several hundred protesters marching in the city of Qatif.

LIBYA: France became the first country to formally recognize the Libyan opposition - the Interim Transitional National Council - as legitimate representatives of the Libyan people on Thursday. Heavy airstrikes have driven the rebels from the strategic oil town of Ras Lanuf. Gaddafi's forces appear to be gaining momentum, with vastly superior air power, weaponry, and cash reserves.

PAKISTAN: An anti-Taliban tribal leader threatened to stop supporting the government after a suicide attack in Peshawar. Some Pakistani drivers for NATO supplies have refused to ship materials to Afghanistan.

PUPPEH vs ICE CUBE: Who you got?

A WATCHGATOR guarding almost 2,300 marijuana plants valued at least 1.5 million was seized by Department of Justice agents.

ROGUE CHICKENS flock through a Phoenix neighborhood.

SERVICE SNAKE: A man from Shelton who uses a snake as a service animal traveled to Olympia, WA, on Tuesday to lobby against a bill that would narrow the definition of an aid animal.

A SEEING-EYE DOG for the seeing-eye dog.

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The National, Telekinesis, Margot, Dr. John, Caterpillars   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL bring on John Slattery and Kristen Schaal for "Conversation 16."

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

MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO AND SO'S did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

HOT CHIP stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic. Not really my bag, but maybe yours.

DR. JOHN is profiled by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

OKKERVIL RIVER drops "Wake and Be Fine" in advance of I Am Very Far, while Will Scheff talks on video with Rolling Stone.

ALELA DIANE drops "To Begin" as a freebie from Alela Diane & Wild Divine.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN breaks out a 12-string to cover Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk in the Room," which was also a hit for The Searchers.

DeVotchKa is profiled by the National Post.

EXENE CERVENKA talks to Heard Mentality about punk rock and her new album. (Thx, LHB.)

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Josh Homme recalls the inspiration behind the band's hard-to-find (before the reissue) debut album.

PHIL COLLINS: On third thought... why, yes, I am retiring. To spend more time with my family.

CHARLIE SHEEN took his fans for another ride on his ever accelerating crazy train Tuesday night, in what could be his most bizarre appearance yet. However, those who tuned in early know it was totally scripted. In another round of radio call-ins, Sheen apologized to fmr co-star Jon Cryer and endorsed Rob Lowe as a replacement on Two and a Half Men. Would we be surprised if Sheen is "cash poor" and desperately needs the money to maintain his vast, complicated estate? Nope.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson reportedly struck a plea deal in his looming criminal domestic violence case that will keep him out of jail.

CHRIS BROWN calls his assault on Rhianna a "mishap."

LINDSAY LOHAN: The store with the allegedly purloined necklace is auctioning it off.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are or are not having a child custody fight. Pick 'em.

BRITNEY SPEARS is showing off her crotch tattoos. Klassy.

SIENNA MILLER says she and ex-fiance Jude Law were nowhere near marriage when they split up for the second time last month.

MARY STUART MASTERSON and husband Jeremy Davidson are expecting twins this summer.

IRAN: World powers reiterated their willingness to negotiate, watering down a joint statement even as the Islamic theocracy's nuclear program races ahead. NATO troops found a major shipment of Iranian-supplied munitions in the Afghan province of Nimruz. Iran and Syria announced plans to establish a joint bank.

LIBYA: Government forces continued to press rebels in the towns of Zawiyah and Ras Lanuf in an effort to recapture key oil towns on the east coast.

PAKISTAN's Islamist political parties are uniting behind their hatred of the US, emboldened by a weak government that looks increasingly reluctant to stand up to extremism and a society where radicalism is widely tolerated.

WHEN CATERPILLARS INVADE: Let's go to the video.

MILLIONS OF DEAD ANCHOVIES swamped Redondo Beach, California.

"GOOSE PULLING" draws an animal cruelty complaint, despite the geese already being dead.

HOW TO SURVIVE A Bear Attack. You're welcome.

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Raveonettes, Joy Formidable, Lykke Li, Man Man, Love, Dog Conga   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES drop a video for "Recharge and Revolt," while Sharin Foo talks about the duo's darker new approach with Spinner.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE is advance streaming The Big Roar.

LYKKE LI stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MARDI GRAS: A Blog Supreme streams songs by a few of New Orleans' finest musicians.

MAN MAN drops "Knuckle Down" in advance of Life Fantastic. Ever more accessible, in a good way.

LOVE: Download or stream "Skid," from the band's lost (but soon to be found) 1973 Black Beauty album.

ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Sheff talks to Austinist about the frustrations of finding new directions, the levity of chance and experimentation, car problems, and how even bad music seems to be less bad these days.

SLEIGH BELLS talk to State about touring ireland, stylistic diversity and more... (Thx, LHB.)

DAMIEN JURADO talks to Seattle Weekly about ABBA, the Butthole Surfers, clean socks and more...

OUR BAND COULD BE YOUR LIFE: The Concert. Should be teh awesome.

PHIL COLLINS: Rumors of my retirement are greatly exaggerated.

CHARLIIE SHEEN was wielding that machete on the roof of Live Nation's offices because he's talking about taking his crazy train on tour. Sheen also lashed out at fmr co-star Jon Cryer, apparently for not publicly backing him. Cryer could end up working with Rob Lowe. But why not Molly Ringwald?

GARY BUSEY, apparently jealous that Sheen is passing him on the crazy chart, hit the stripper pole during a "Celebrity Apprentice" cast party in Vegas Sunday night and nearly lost his pants in the process.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Entertainment Tonight has the surveillance video of her alleged necklace theft, for which ET is rumored to have paid 35K.

GWYNETH PALTROW has signed with Atlantic Records, for a deal believed to be worth 900K.

LILY ALLEN opened up about her second miscarriage during a revealing Channel 4 documentary Riches To Rags.

LADY GAGA is threatening to sue The Icecreamists, the Central London ice cream parlor, for naming their human breast milk-derived frozen treat "Baby Gaga."

MEGAN FOX is not anorexic and struggles to gain weight, according to her trainer.

AMANDA SEYFRIED admits she's been dating Ryan Phillippe for a while.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS party like infidels, and the religious police stay away when the royals are involved.

IRAN: Fmr Pres. Rasfanjani was dismissed as head of the Assembly of Experts. Iran rejected recent IAEA claims about its nuclear program (Shocka!). Tehran announced there is no need for OPEC to increase oil production amid the Middle Eastern crises.

BAHRAIN: The outcome of demonstrations there may be more significant than Libya for the region and the world.

EGYPT: About a thousand women protested in Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday, battling hecklers from opposition to get fair representation in the new constitution. It got worse than heckling, according to Twitter here, here, here, and here. Meanwhile, Coptic demonstrators blocked a main road in central Cairo to protest the burning of a church south of the capital. The church was set ablaze by a group of Muslims on Saturday reportedly following a dispute between two families over the romance between their Muslim daughter and Christian son.

DOG. On a bike. Leading a Conga line. Let's go to the video.

IF YOUR SPIDER BITE lasts more than four hours, consult a doctor.

A LAME TIGER CUB is back on her feet - thanks to water therapy sessions.

GREAT TITS have age-related defects.

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