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Obits, Head & the Heart, Sea of Bees, Thurston Moore, Guilty Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN played new songs, including "Every Little Hair Knows Your Name," in London.

THE OBITS are advance streaming Moody Standard and Poor, which sounds like garage-punk goodness.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART played a set at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop in downtown Austin for SXSW. Their hybrid of Americana and chamber-pop also gets a post from Paste.

SEA OF BEES played a Tiny SXSW show for NPR in Austin.

WILD FLAG, and indie supergroup featuring members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and Minders, played a set at The Parish for NPR's SXSW day party.

THURSTON MOORE drops the Beck-produced "Benediction" in advance of Demolished Thoughts.

THE EXCITERS: What's a bear doing in the video for "Tell Him"? I have no idea.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Exclaim about his novel-in-progress, and to Billboard about his more prolific musical output.

STEVE EARLE discusses addiction, his son Justin and his new novel.

VETIVER: Andy Cabic talks to the Charleston City Paper about Devendra Banhart, the band's upcoming LP, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

DAVID BOWIE's unreleased record Toy' mysteriously leaked online a decade after being shelved in 2001.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Ex-wife Brooke Mueller's lawyers have notified the court that they want the restraining order against Sheen to expire.  Why? Maybe he has agreed to take a psych exam.

LINDSAY LOHAN continues a week of partying in NYC. Meanwhile, her ex-con dad was arrested Monday night on domestic violence charges involving his ex-girlfriend, Kate Major.

CHRIS BROWN exploded in rage behind the scenes at "Good Morning America" yesterday, smashing a window and storming out without a shirt, after on-air questions about the Rihanna incident. This despite reports he knew the questions were coming. ABC staffers called the cops afterward, which could spell big trouble for the famous singer who is currently on probation.

REBECCA BLACK, the 13-year-old singer whose video for her song "Friday" became the fascination of the Internet (primarily for its awfulness), may be laughing all the way to the bank.

RUSSELL BRAND, whose looks-awful remake of Arthur is coming soon, is profiled by Details.

KATE WINSLET coached Evan Rachel Wood through her first nude scene.

CLEOPATRA: A biopic with Angelina Jolie attached as the Egyptian queen may fall to director David Fincher.

YEMEN: Of all the uprisings and protests that have swept the Middle East this year, none is more likely than Yemen to have immediate damaging effects on US counterterrorism efforts.

BAHRAIN, the latest proxy battle between Iran and Saudi Arabia for regional dominance, calls into question which model of stability and governance will prevail in the Middle East, and which the US will help build.

LIBYA: Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against a democratic opposition, or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war?

AFGHANISTAN: Pres Karzai announced that Afghan forces will take control of the provinces of Kabul, Panjshir, and Bamiyan, and the cities of Herat, Mazar-i-Sharif, Mehterlam, and Lashkar Gah.

GUILTIEST DOG EVER: Who ate the kitty treats? Let's go to the video.

KNUT, the celeb polar bear, likely died from brain damage, his zoo keepers said today as plans were revealed to have the polar stuffed and put on display in Berlin museum to allow fans a chance to say their farewells. Not creepy at all.

THREE YOUNG KOMODO DRAGONS have gone missing from a zoo in Indonesia, a spokesman said Tuesday, warning that the lost lizards were dangerous and fast on their feet.

A STOLEN OSTRICH in Romania showed the homing skills of a pigeon by escaping and running all the way home at 40mph.


A PET TURTLE sparked a fast-moving fire in a New York City apartment after crawling out of its tank and knocking over the terrarium's heat lamp.

ALLIGATOR Not Expected at Sentencing.

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Pinetop RIP, New Releases, Peter Bjorn & John, Basset Hound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PINETOP PERKINS, one of the last old-school bluesmen and the oldest Grammy winner, died Monday at his home of cardiac arrest. He was 97. All Things Considered has a profile up from his Grammy nomination, while the New York Times has a full obit for the boogie-woogie master who did not put out an LP under his own name until age 75.  One of Pate's drummers, Jon Hahn, played with Perkins.  Indeed, there's almost a picture of it. Thus, for Twofer Tuesday, I feature "Got My Mojo Working" and "Caledonia."

NEW RELEASES the Strokes, Richard Ashcroft, Keren Ann, Pet Shop Boys and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

PETER BJORN & JOHN are advance streaming Gimme Some.

TRUE WIDOW is advance streaming As High As the Highest Heavens.

SHARON VAN ETTEN played a mini-set for KUT at SXSW.

FLEET FOXES dropped "Battery Kinzie" in advance of Helplessness Blues.

NOAH & THE WHALE previews "Give It All Back" live in the studio for SPIN.

THE CARS dropped a video for "Sad Song" from their upcoming, necessarily Ben Orr-less reunion LP.

YUCK: Daniel Blumberg talked to Drowned In Sound about the band's debut LP, touring, "overnight" success, influences, etc.

THE DODOS: Meric Long spoke to PopMatters about everything from how the band arrived at their signature sound to the logistics of finding a third tour member.

ELBOW bassist Pete Turner talked to PopMatters about where the band's new record will sit in relation to the rest of their flourishing career. Guy Garvey talked to Under the Radar about the new LP, his BBC radio show, Jesca Hoop, and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BILLY BRAGG cancelled his US tour to mourn the death of his mother. Condolences.

SAMMY HAGAR claims he was abducted by aliens, which would explain a few things.

CHARLIE SHEEN reportedly had a secret meeting with top execs at the FOX network, while CBS reportedly wants him back on Two and a Half Men. Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez talk to the Telegraph about The Way, Apocalypse Now, and the trouble with Charlie Sheen.

TIGER WOODS has been seeing 22-year-old Alyse Lahti Johnston, but the beautiful blonde told a friend she's only interested in a good time from the golfing superstar.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN seemed very much a couple when they joined a small group of friends for dinner Saturday night in West Hollywood.

BRADLEY COOPER & RENEE ZELLWEGER: Their split reportedly had to do with Renee wanting a ring.

THE HOBBIT, long-delayed, began filming.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: The most recent report is that Joseph Gordon-Levitt has joined the cast, but not as Alberto Falcone.

YEMEN: Major General Ali Mohsen Saleh, the commander of the first armored division and the northwest military commander, has joined protesters to oppose President Saleh. Two other brigadiers also have abandoned Saleh.

TURKEY forced a second Iranian aircraft suspected of transporting illegal weapons and nuclear materials to Syria to land at Diyarbakir for inspection. Another Iranian plane forced to land last week was not found to contain banned materials.

LIBYA: The government claimed that UN forces bombed one of Gaddafi's compounds during airstrikes in Tripoli. The US wants to hand over command of Operation Odyssey Dawn to another country within a matter of days, but so far NATO has been unable to reach an agreement on taking control of the implementation of the no-fly zone in Libya. Turkey is leading the objections.

A BASSET HOUND, dressed as Sherlock Holmes, running in slo-mo.

SPUDLINA, a spineless hedgehog, wears a sweater to keep warm.

FROG and Beans.

CATS are a bigger threat to birds than wind turbines. Thank goodness the New York Times is on the case.

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Bright Eyes, Felice Bros, Man Man, Kurt Vile, Sleepy Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MOGWAI's latest video is for "San Pedro."

BRIGHT EYES played a two-hour set at Auditorium Shores for SXSW.

THE FELICE BROS also played a set at Auditorium Shores for SXSW.

MIDDLE BROTHER, including members of Dawes, Delta Spirit and Deer Tick, played a set at Auditorium Shores for SXSW.

MAN MAN? Yep, they played a set at Auditorium Shores for SXSW, too.

KURT VILE, as you may have guessed, played a set at Auditorium Shores for SXSW.

EMMYLOU HARRIS played "Darling Kate," a tribute to the late Kate McGarrigle, at SXSW.

THE CLEVERLYS cover the latter-day Yes hit, "Owner of a Lonely Heart."

ALEX CHILTON: Musicians remember the legend -- and their favorite Big Star songs -- for Stereogum, with embedded audio.

THE KILLS: Alison Mosshart talks to Vanity Fair about Jamie Hince, Jack White, and why you will never see her looking mousy.  Mosshart and Hince talked to SPIN about the sound of the new album, and to Interview about Fugazi, Tokyo and more.

MATT & KIM: Matt spoke with Rock Candy about SXSW, upcoming projects, and all the Mexican food he hoped to eat while in Austin. (Thx, LHB.)

CULT of the iPOD: It's 10 years since Apple's original iPod shuffled on to the scene, changing the way we listen to and buy music for good. But could it soon be time to hang up our white headphones?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Limitless tops the chart with 19 million against a 27 million budget. Indeed, word is that after selling foreign and Netflix rights, Relativity may have been on the hook for as little as a million dollars. Rango ran a strong second with 15.3 million; the lizard has already more than recouped its 135 million budget worldwide.  Battle: Los Angeles plummeted 59 percent to the third slot with 14.6 million... but this one has also recouped its 70 million production budget worldwide.  The Lincoln Lawyer debuted in fourth with 13.4 million, likely aided by a Groupon deal for six-dollar tickets.  Paul rounded out the Top Five with 13.2 million -- I wonder whether a "dude movie" may have been hurt by March Madness.

CHARLIE SHEEN stands to make seven million bucks on his live tour (assuming he actually does it).

LINDSAY LOHAN was up all Thursday night partying with reality stars at the city's hottest nightspots.  Maybe because she's finally getting it through her head she can't avoid jail and is now "seriously considering" taking a plea deal.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Her dancers are required to sign an agreement to keep her away from booze and drugs.


ASHLEY GREENE has reportedly rebounded from Joe Jonas with Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill.

KATE WINSLET and... John Mayer? A story too awful to check from the ever-reliable Star magazine.

KEVIN COSTNER has closed a deal to play Jonathan Kent, the adoptive dad of Clark Kent, in Zach Snyder's Superman reboot.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Joseph Gordon-Levitt ofiicially signs as Alberto Falcone (son of Carmen Falcone), a/k/a the Holiday Killer.

SPIDER-MAN: C. Thomas Howell confirms The Lizard appears in the reboot.

WONDER WOMAN: Our first look at Adrianne Palicki in costume, with comments from Lynda Carter.

YEMEN: President Saleh's own tribe demanded his resignation as he sacked the entire cabinet.

EGYPT: Security forces re-arrested Mohammad al Zawahiri, an Islamic Jihad Group member and the brother of Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second-in-command. Mohammed was released days ago and had justified terror attacks against the US. Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved changes in the constitution, opening the way for parliamentary and presidential elections within months.

LIBYA: Gaddafi vowed to wage a "long, drawn-out war with no limits" as UN countries began attacking his air defenses and ground forces. Adm. Mike Mullen said that a no-fly zone has "effectively been established," but regime change is not the goal of the mission, and Gaddafi may remain in power despite the assault.

A BOY AND HIS DOG, falling asleep.

KNUT, the Berlin Zoo's famously adorable polar bear, died in view of between 600 and 700 visitors.

AIRBORNE DEER slams an unlucky jogger.

MOVING BEAVER draws a fine in Alfred, NY.

A GREAT DANE gave birth to 17 puppies by Cesarean section.

SUPER PET EXPO: Video of a moonwalking chihuahua and a pig with a paintbrush.

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The Bangles, Yuck, Raphael Saadiq, Cutout Bin, Tsunami Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-pop of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.

YUCK played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW. Catchy late 80s-early 90s lo-fi buzz-pop.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW. Classic soul, tho a bit more rockin' on the new songs.

SMITH WESTERNS played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW. Saw and enjoyed these youngsters at Pitchfork last summer.

JAMES BLAKE played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW. My least favorite of this line-up, but you may like him more than I.

THE ANTLERS played their upcoming Burst Apart album at The Parish for SXSW.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE played a short set at The Parish for SXSW.

THE PIXIES: A covers collection.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," introduced by the late Don Kirshner. Ooga-Chucka.

120 MINUTES, two of the most beloved hours in alternative-rock history, is returning to the airwaves... with Matt Pinfield. And it soft-launches online tonight.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS are auctioning an unreleased song for disaster relief in Japan.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS talk to CNN about work and family.

JACK WHITE talks to the NYT about SXSW and why digital music will never have the romance of a tangible record.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Pogues to the Crystals, from Booker T & the MGs to the Mighty Lemon Drops, from CCR to the Charlatans UK, plus Steam, Los Lobos, Jimmy Ruffin, the Raveonettes, Beatles 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 the sci-fi comedy Paul, which is currently scoring 62 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the action-thriller Limitless, which is scoring 58 percent; and The Lincoln Lawyer, scoring 83 percent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Here's Gibson's new mug shot - taken late Wed. night in connection with his criminal battery case.

LINDSAY LOHAN's probation report says she's been drinking fermented tea that contains alcohol.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's alleged infidelities are detailed in the print edition of Us Weekly.

JOE JONAS & ASHLEY GREENE are dunzo, ostensibly due to work schedules.

SANDRA BULLOCK sent a million bucks to the American Red Cross this week to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan.

TIGER WOODS talked to GMA about the burden of single fatherhood. Aw.

OWEN WILSON is out partying, just weeks after becoming a dad.

ZACH SNYDER discusses his approach to the Superman reboot.

THE WOLVERINE loses director Darren Aaronovsky.

EGYPT: The government has released Mohammad al Zawahiri, an Egyptian Islamic Jihad member and the brother of al Qaeda's second in command, Ayman al Zawahiri.

LIBYA: Rebel forces repelled an assault by forces loyal to President Gaddafi in Ajdabiya, the gateway to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi.

IRAQ: The scale of the demonstrations there is secondary to something more fundamental: the transformation of an obscure band of organizers into young leaders who are defining their own vision of a postwar Iraq.

A CAT is discovered by its owner after the Japanese tsunami.

FERAL CATS "the size of dogs'' have been terrorizing Moorooka residents for more than a year, with one resident and her dog mauled just last week.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militants attack in Bennington, VT.

MAMA HERON attacks an alligator stealing its baby.

BIG SPLASH, a Tibetian Mastiff, sells for 1.5 million dollars.

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St. Pat's, Head and the Heart, Jack White, Vaccines, Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on today, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my Fave Pogues songs, "Sally MacLennane" and a Shamrock Shake.

THE HEAD & THE HEART stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JACK WHITE played a parking lot at SXSW, including Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" and the White Stripes' "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground."

THE VACCINES played a set for The Interface at SXSW.

SPEAKING OF SXSW, Largehearted Boy can hook you up with 10 free and legal sampler albums from acts at the fest.

JOE COCKER is "Feelin' Alright," with a little help from his friend.

BUDDY MILLER talks to Paste about his health, the players on his new album, Richard Thompson and more...

LIZ PHAIR talked with Austinist about SXSW, the "scene," her first performance, and some lessons she's learned along the way.

DAVID JOHANSEN, reflecting on the New York Dolls reunion, tells The A.V. Club that looking to the past is something that's as painful as it is inescapable-not to mention occasionally funny.

NILE RODGERS is cancer-free. Great news!

STATE OF THE INDUSTRY: An incredible 81.7 percent of new album sales come from just 1 percent of new release titles, according to details released by Nielsen Soundscan.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE was "miserable" with Jessica Biel for years.  Granted, there's the old saying that no matter how beautiful the woman, there's a man who's tired of her (or something like that), but does it sound remotely palusible that JT would feel trapped in a relationship?

REESE WITHERSPOON walking down the aisle March 26?

RYAN PHILLIPPE was blindsided about his possible paternity by his ex.

SURI CRUISE has interesting taste in candy.

HOWARD STERN gets personal in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

MEGAN FOX is in negotiations to star alongside Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow's spin-off of Knocked Up.

AMERICAN PIE: A big-screen reunion is in the works.

RED DAWN: The remake is being edited -- and possibly shelved -- to avoid angering China. Something to keep in mind during the next story about how brave and edgy Hollywood is.

LIBYA: The Libyan army issued an ultimatum on Wednesday to residents of the opposition capital Benghazi, warning them to leave rebel-held locations and weapons storage areas by midnight, Libyan television reported. Folks in Tripoli seem to be giving up on a revolution.

BAHRAIN: Six people, including two policemen, were killed after security forces attacked a protesters' camp in the capital of Manama. Security forces deployed armored vehicles and helicopters against the protesters, and succeeded in clearing the square.

PAKISTAN: An American working as a contractor for the CIA who had been jailed for the killing of two Pakistanis on a crowded Lahore street was freed on Wednesday and immediately flown out of the country, after a payoff to the victims' families.

AFGHANISTAN: As American troops press the Taliban in their desert and mountain redoubts, Western diplomats, Taliban leaders and the Afghan government have begun to take a hard look at what it would take to start a negotiation to end the fighting.

IRAQ: An Iraqi court sentenced Munaf al Rawi, al Qaeda in Iraq's former leader in Baghdad, and five of his lieutenants to death for their involvement in several major bombings in Baghdad. Rawi gave up information that led to the deaths of Abu Ayyub al Masri and Abu Omar al Baghdadi, AQI's top two leaders, in April 2010.

PENGUINS on a plane.

LIONS were confiscated from a Romanian man who kept them in his garden.

ROBO-ROACHES: What could go wrong?

MAMA SQUIRREL takes her baby to a new nest. Aw.

DO CHICKENS FART? A survey of experts.

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