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MMJ, Ingrid Michaelson, Van Dyke Parks, Toy Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 18, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MY MORNING JACKET rolled out "The Way That He Sings" for Dave.

INGRID MICHAELSON played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

VAN DYKE PARKS, who has worked with everyone from Brian Wilson to Grace Kelly to Joanna Newsom, brings Clare & the Reasons to WNYC for session.

DWIGHT TWILLEY gets a feature plus tracks from Fresh Air.

FOALS did sessions with Morning Becomes Eclectic and Daytrotter.

GRAHAM GOULDMAN talks to The Quietus about 10cc and writing hits for bands like The Yardbirds, Herman's Hermits, and The Hollies. Here he is (with Roddy Frame and Neil Finn watching) with "Bus Stop." I have to throw the Yardbirds' version of "For Your Love" in as a longtime Pate fave.

THE ROLLING STONES will never quit, says Ronnie Wood. However, Keith Richards (Lord of the Undead) describes Mick Jagger as "unbearable."

SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Krauss talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about her old jon (teaching) and her new job (touring). (Thx, LHB.)

WIRE announces a new album for the new year.

COCOROSIE is essayed by S.X. Rosenstock at the HuffPo.

HAVING A BALL: In the supposedly benighted music business, a lot of things are making money... but mostly pricey concert tickets.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jackass 3-D romped to the top spot with 50 million against a 20 million budget. The predictions had been in the 30 million range.  Red opened with 22.5 million -- almost exactly as predicted -- against a 58 million budget. It may have better legs than Johnny Knoxville, depending on the demand for horror going into Halloween.  Red is also the biggest non-Die Hard opening for Willis since Sin City.  The Social Networrk dropped a mere 29 percent to the third slot, taking in another 11 million for a domestic total of 63 million against a 50 million budget.  Secretariat drops 25 percent to the No.4 slot with 9.4 million. It has made 27.5 million against a 35 million budget, but the marketing budget for the triple-crowner is rumored to be as high as 50 million.  Life As We Know It also had a decent hold to round out the Top Five, bringing in another 9.2 million, for a 28.9 total against a 38 million budget.

BARBARA BILLINGSLEY, who as June Cleaver on the television series "Leave It to Beaver" personified a Hollywood postwar family ideal of the ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom, died Saturday. She was 94.  Jerry Mathers is deeply saddened. Somewhere, Mrs. B is speaking jive.

COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE tried to reconcile at the last minute, desperately hoping to save their 11-year-old marriage, according to RadarOnline.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA reportedly had an open marriage when it came to her lust for women.

JUSTIN BIEBER is reportedly being investigated by police in Richmond, British Columbia after an alleged incident at laser tag facility.

MADONNA has found herself a new toy boy after splitting from her former flame, Jesus Luz - and he's a choreographer 19 years her junior.

ANGELINA JOLIE defends her controversial new movie.

COLIN FARRELL quietly split from his actress baby mama Alicja Bachleda several months ago.

THE HOBBIT is now greenlit and will begin principal photography in February 2011, with Peter Jackson at the wheel.

PRETTY IN PINK: Reunion video.

IRAN's Foreign Minister said talks over the country's nuclear program are likely to begin in November. The Intelligence Minister said two US hikers should be tried for spying. A top IRGC official said the West is attempting to sow divisions between Sunni and Shia Muslims.

PAKISTAN: Unconfirmed reports claim that Qari Hussain Mehsud, the Taliban's deputy leader and notorious trainer of suicide bombers, including children, was killed in a US Predator airstrike this month. But the reports are conflicting, and US intelligence officials will not confirm his death. Meanwhile, the Taliban have denied that he was killed.

IRAQ: Members of United States-allied Awakening Councils have quit or been dismissed from their positions in significant numbers in recent months, prey to an intensive recruitment campaign by the Sunni insurgency, according to government officials, current and former members of the Awakening and insurgents.

A PARROT and his toy friend.

HENRY THE BULL thinks he's a dog.

SPIDER-GOATS do what ever a spder-goat does.

BRIDGET THE CAT was given that name because of her dramatic rescue from near the entrance to the Queensboro Bridge in Manhattan.

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Reivers, Morning Benders, Bryan Ferry, Cutout Bin, Rocket Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE REIVERS! Or do you remember them as Zeitgeist? Trouser Press does: "Out of Austin, Texas came Zeitgeist, two guys and two girls making moody, melodic and occasionally stunning folk-rock with a deep debt to the '60s - although there's plenty of modern angst and a rootsy feel more western than country..." Let's start with the title track to their debut, "Translate Slowly" and "Without My Sight" from Club Lingerie, but follow it up with a vintage set from SXSW's Austin Music Awards.  Part 1 includes "Secretariat" and "Lazy Afternoon" (originally popularized by Barbra Streisand), while Part 2 includes their cover of "Blue Eyes (Cryin' in the Rain)" and "Things Don't Change."  I wish there was video of "Freight Train Rain," but you'll have to make do with audio at ReiversSpace.

AVEY TARE (Animal Collective) is advance streaming his Down There album.

THE MORNING BENDERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. Chris Chu talks to the Mercury News about the band's name and vintage sound.

THE SECRET SISTERS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including "Big River" and "Ring of Fire."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has launched a streaming Internet channel, accessible via web and iPhone app.

BRYAN FERRY drops "Song to the Siren" as an advance track to his cameo-laden Olympia LP.

HOLY F*CK drops the kitteh-laden video for "Red Lights."

FRANKIE ROSE & THE OUTS: Rose talks to the Village Voice about her band-hopping.

IMOGEN HEAP talks to The Telegraph about how Twitter, YouTube and video blogs have accelerated her record sales and built an intimate fanbase.

CHAPTERHOUSE: Stephen Patman talks to Prefix about the band's early years, why they got back together, and what they did during Chapterhouse's 17-year break. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SOLOMON BURKE gets a great obit and tribute from Reason's Radley Balko. 

CUTOUT BIN: From C.W. McCall to James Brown, from Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood to She & Him, from Billy Bragg to Solomon Burke, The Feelies, The Beatles, plus great covers from Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, The Jam, Marianne Faithfull, and Angus & Julia Stone and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the action-comedy Red, which is currently scoring 71 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Jackass 3-D, which is scoring 43 percent on thin reviews.

COURTNEY COX fell "in love" with a Cougar Town co-star, and the pair kept it a secret from everyone, according to RadarOnline.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA officially filed for divorce from her husband Jordan Bratman.

ANGELINA JOLIE has been barred from shooting her directorial debut in Sarajevo after a paperwork error and heated complaints from women's groups that alleged the film provides a "misleading history" of the conflict that tore the country apart in the early 1990s.

KANYE WEST has been embarrassingly caught with his pants down in a nude photo scandal, according to RadarOnline.

LINDA EVANGELISTA has split with billionaire Hard Rock founder Peter Morton, sources tell Page Six.

AFGHANISTAN: The French experience in Sarobi suggests that with a substantial number of Afghan troops, generous spending on civilian projects like schools and jobs programs and a local government that is not too corrupt, it is possible to create a measure of calm.

IRAQ: Violence in Basra is on the wane, and is being replaced by shops, cars and fun parks -- thanks to oil.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Don't put a dog in charge of the fireworks.

A TURTLE donated to a Panhandle aquarium by an 8-year-old boy proved irresistibly tasty to an alligator.

PIGLET seized in Russian debt collection.

A CREW OF EIGHT New Zealand rowers say a sea lion attacked and cracked their boat in two places before chasing them swimming back to shore.

A HUMPBACK WHALE broke the world record for travel by any mammal, swimming at least 6125 miles from the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean... in search of a mate, natch.

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Dandy Warhols, Eels, Ray LaMontagne, Kitteh Dream   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE XX got "Crystalised" on Kimmel.

THE DANDY WARHOLS stopped by OPB for an unpluggedy set in audio and video

EELS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RAY LaMONTAGNE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KITTY WELLS: "The Queen of Country Music" is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

LOCAL NATIVES: Matt Frazier talks to OffBeat about creating Gorilla Manor, living with his band mates, and life on the road. (Thx, LHB.)

TEENAGE FANCLUB was profiled by The New York Times and performed for the site's popcast. Norman Blake was interviewed by the Chicago Tribune. (Thx, Chromewaves; I missed both!)

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle's interview is captured on video at KXAN.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS loses singer-keyboardist Claudia Deheza.

LINDSAY LOHAN was caught trying to escape the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, earlier this week, according to RadarOnline.

COURTNEY COX has barely split from David Arquette, but already got a million dollar offer to become the new face of a dating website for cougars. Meanwhile, the woman with whom Arquette claims to have had sex with "once ... maybe twice," is indignant, telling friends that's a lowball figure.  She also has a secret drug arrest, according to RadarOnline.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA's marriage fell apart after she went for a girls-only vacation with Nicole Richie and Samantha Ronson in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, last month, says the NYP.

GEORGE MICHAEL left his home in the early hours Tuesday - vowing he was going into rehab.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR's comments about addiction to Playboy are excerpted by People.

MORGAN FREEMAN is on the wrong end of one of the worst divorce deals in Hollywood history, according to the ever-reliable Enquirer.

ALIEN PREQUEL may star Natalie Portman or Noomi Rapace, star of the The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Plus, deets on Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof's new draft of the screenplay.

SPIDER-MAN: The reboot's villain is reported to be The Lizard. And Dylan Baker loses out of the role.

THE MAKING OF THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: Vanity Fair has photos from the coffee table tome.

IRAN's defense minister called the Stuxnet worm "Internet terrorism," but claims it did not have any impact on Iran's nuclear program. As if he would say anything else.

AFGHANISTAN: Cash from the US military and international donors destined for construction and welfare projects in restive parts of Afghanistan is ending up in the hands of insurgents, a contractor and village elders said. US and NATO forces are helping top Taliban leaders sit down for talks with the US-backed government in Afghanistan as a step toward political reconciliation with the insurgency.

KITTEH dreams of grooming.

CURIOUS CANINES consuming cannabis.

PYGMY GOATS were found staggering around their paddock after gorging themselves on 'magic' mushrooms.

BADGERS are causing havoc in an ancient English churchyard by digging up the remains of people buried there for several hundred years. Are they... zombie badgers?

SOME DOGS are natural gloom-mongers while others have sunnier dispositions. It's science!

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Deerhunter, Title Tracks, Kelley Stoltz, Coffee Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAMES BLAKE covers Feist's "The Limit to Your Love."

DEERHUNTER played DC's 9:30 Club last night; you should be able stream the gig on demand today.

TITLE TRACKS: The latest band from John Davis (Q And Not U, Georgie James) did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

KELLEY STOLTZ is advance streaming To Dreamers, taking him in a more garage-psych direction than I remember.

LOWER DENS plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

LET'S ACTIVE: "Every Word Means No" (including a blatant use of puppies that would have made it an Internet hit 20 years later) and "Waters Part." It's like a vintage Twofer Tuesday, but on Wednesday.

OF MONTREAL frontman Kevin Barnes talks to All Things Considered about groove bass and its role on the new False Priest LP.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to Drowned in Sound about thelast-minute, primitive nature of The Age of Adz, outsider art, personal dysfunction and psychobabble, experimenting with the long form, Woody Allen films - and what's wrong with civilization.  He talks to The Quietus about preparing to tour, faith, and more...

DYLAN IN AMERICA: Sean Wilentz's book is excerpted at PopMatters.

ONE-THIRD of new song downloads come from 50 songs.

EVAN DANDO: Truther. And junkie, apparently.

COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE: Now that the split is public, Arquette called in to the Howard Stern Show to talks about their "trial separation," noting that they haven't had sex in 4 months.  His rebound woman has plenty of experience with celebrity men. Meanwhile, there are a number of rumors about Cox and her Cougar Town co-star Brian Van Holt.

DAVID SCHWIMMER has been secretly married to his British girlfriend Zoe Buckman for four months.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA has split from her husband, Jordan Bratman. The couple has been separated for a few months.

LINDSAY LOHAN's stage mom was warned by law enforcement seven years ago that Li-Lo was out of control in Hollywood, but did absolutely nothing about it.

CONAN O'BRIEN's longtime sidekick Andy Richter will join him on O'Brien's upcoming late-night talk show on TBS, which premieres on November 8.

MARISA MILLER has signed on as the new spokesperson for the NFL's 2010-2011 season.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: "The 25th Anniversary Trilogy" will have video of Eric Stolz as Marty McFly before the part was recast, five weeks into shooting.

TERROR in EUROPE: European intelligence agencies have growing concerns about the possibility of a terrorist attack on the continent in the coming weeks or months. In France, attention is also turning to the potential danger to the country's expatriates and interests abroad, notably from Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the group that recently kidnapped French workers in Niger.

AFGHANISTAN: Security forces killed and captured numerous Taliban and Haqqani Network commanders and fighters in Helmand, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Khost, Zabul, Paktia, Kunduz, and Nimroz. (Thx, LWJ.)

IRAQ: As Prime Minister al-Maliki inches closer to securing the parliamentary support he needs to keep his job, he's losing popular support and stirring alarm in Washington and Arab regional capitals.

KITTEH wants the coffee to go away.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent diverted an oncoming car into a house in Beaver Dam, WI.

BLUE, CALICO & PUMPKIN LOBSTERS: The odds of seeing them together naturally are roughly 1 in 900 quintillion.

A POD OF DOLPHINS protected swimmers from a great white shark off the northeastern coast of New Zealand.

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New Releases, Bob Dylan, Extra Lens, Elton & Leon, Bulldog Puppeh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MYSTERY JETS drop "Show Me the Light" as an advance video from Serotonin.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Belle & Sebastian, Antony and the Johnsons, Badly Drawn Boy, Moondoggies, Less Than Jake, Duran Duran reissues and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

BOB DYLAN is advance streaming The Witmark Demos 1962-1964.

EXTRA LENS: John Darnielle and Franklin Bruno are advance streaming Undercard: "Really, it's best to think of Undercard as a Mountain Goats record - it doesn't fall outside that band's continuum anyway, in terms of sound or overall quality."

ELTON JOHN & LEON RUSSELL are advance streaming The Union, which includes bits from Neil Young, Brian Wilson and Booker T. Jones, songwriter Bernie Taupin and producer T-Bone Burnett.

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

SONIC YOUTH: Pitchfork looks at the band's long, strange label trips in light of recent critical comments from Steve Albini.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles tells Pitchfork about the music that shaped his life at 5-year intervals.

ROCKY VOTOLATO talks to The Quad about his "living room" tour, songwriting and more... (Thx, LHB.)

BLACK MOUNTAIN keyboardist Jeremy Schmidt talks to Spinner about the creation of Wilderness Heart.

PHIL SPECTOR: Al Pacino will play the pop producer and killer in an HBO telepic written and directed by David Mamet.

LINDSAY LOHAN is doing a lot of thinking at Betty Ford, and she's already reached one big conclusion - she's in the mess she's in largely because of daddy Michael Lohan. Unsurprisingly, daddy blames mommy.

COURTNEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE have separated after 11 years of marriage. The word comes after pictures have surfaced of David and a woman with whom he has been intimate.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva vehemently denies that she is the one who leaked all those wacky tapes of the actor.

GEORGE MICHAEL was released from prison on Monday after serving half of his eight-week sentence for drug driving.

BRETT FAVRE: A NY Jets masseuse bacomes the second woman to claim she got sexts from the veteran QB.

KATE MOSS's annual earnings have doubled from £2 million to £4 million since was she photographed snorting cocaine back in 2005.

THE 10 BEST GEEKY COMPUTER FILMS, according to The Observer.

MINKA KELLY is Esqure's Sexiest Woman Alive 2010.

TERROR in EUROPE: German authorities, responding to US intelligence reports, are stepping up efforts to investigate alleged terrorist activities of German jihadists in Europe and Asia, despite official doubts in Berlin about the urgency of the threat.

PAKISTAN: Washington's push on Pakistan to get tough on militants on its territory is prompted by worries about an attack on US soil, a concern the United States will press in talks with Islamabad later this month.

IRAQ: Faced with a shifting political landscape after months of impasse, the Obama administration has intensified pressure on the country's political leaders to form a broad coalition government that, while unwieldy, would marginalize a fiercely anti-American party now poised to wield more influence than ever.


SQUIRRELS refuse medical care in Alexandria, VA.

ONE-LEGGED GOOSE CHASE: Alcohol was involved.

PET HOARDING: 77 cats in two vehicles in Bennington, VT.

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