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J. Roddy Walston, Of Montreal, Heart, Dog Grace   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE unexpectedly dropped a video for "Bluish" from Merriweather Post Pavilion.

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

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

AVI BUFFALO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

JOHN LENNON: At The Observer, Richard Williams writes about the exploitation the late Beatle's legacy, and how John would have loved Twitter.

THE LIBERTINES: Carl Barât talks to The Observer about how therapy and finding love enabled him to make one of this year's finest comebacks.

JERRY LEE LEWIS: The Killer gets a feature on Weekend Edition Sunday.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Amy Klein talks to DCist about patriotism, the band's cover repertoire and her experience at Whartscape this summer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wall Street 2 tops this weekend's chart with 19 million, which was pretty much on target with tracking, but maybe below studio expectations (there will likely be speculation whether this would have done better on its originally planned release date in the spring).  Even so, with a reported 53 million budget, this should be okay.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole places with 16.3 million, also a bit below expectations (but that title... oof), and a bigger problem in light of its 80 million budget.  The Town held well against Gekko in the third slot, dropping 33 percent and making 16 million; its domestic total is 49 million against a 32 million budget.  Easy A had an okay hold, dropping 40 percent and making 10.7 million; it's domestic haul is 32 million against an 8 million budget.  The debut of You Again rounds out the Top Five with 8.3 million; fortunately, the budget was only 20 million.

THE TOWN:  The "Ben Affleck rebooting his career" hype might be a little thick, but this was a really solid, if not great crime drama.  The ensemble cast, including Jeremy Renner, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, and Blake Lively is uniformly strong, making up for a plot that is largely -- though not entirely -- predictable. And in a way, I didn't mind some of the predictablity, to the degree that it organically flows from what we would expect of the characters.

LINDSAY LOHAN bailed out of jail and plans to return to rehab, which may blunt the News of the World photo of Lohan poised to inject herself with a syringe.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: After weeks of rumor-fueled fears that their marriage was on the rocks, is the worst yet to come?

DAVID BECKHAM has followed through on his threat to sue In Touch magazine for a story claiming he'd had sex with a hooker.

EMILY DESCHANEL and writer-actor David Hornsby tied the knot over the weekend.

JOHNNY KNOXVILLE also got hitched.

TERROR in the SAHARA: Military chiefs from four Saharan countries met on Sunday to set out a joint strategy for fighting al Qaeda's north African wing, which is holding seven foreigners hostage in the Sahara Desert.

IRAN confirmed that the Stuxnet worm infected at least 30000 Windows PCs in the country. Some have speculated that Stuxnet was created by a state-sponsored team of programmers, and designed to cripple Iran's Bushehr nuclear reactor.

PAKISTAN has said its homegrown terrorists have overtaken the Indian Army as the greatest threat to its national security, a marked about-face from prior assessments. A rare video reportedly smuggled out of northwest Pakistan allegedly shows a woman being stoned to death by Taliban militants.

JANGO the DOG says grace, sort of.

JAMBO the CHIMP lost his hair to Alopecia.

SEVEN ELEPHANTS killed by a train in Eastern India.

FRANKENSWINE: A Canadian-made genetically enhanced pig could make its way on to North American dinner plates in the near future.

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Byrds, Walkmen, Dirty Projectors, VU, Cutout Bin, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man"  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Plaus, a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." 

THE WALKMEN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. Aquarium Drunkard caught up with vocalist Hamilton Leithauser a few days before the new album, Lisbon, drops.

DIRTY PROJECTORS stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

VILLAGERS also stopped by the Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE VELVET UNDERGOUND: The Scepter Sessions are shared at WFMU. (Thx, LHB.)

ARIEL PINK's HAUNTED GRAFFITI has a chat and mini-set at the World Cafe.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning)

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: Larry Wire talks pop and politics with Drowned in Sound, plus Guns 'N' Roses and more...

LAURA VEIRS talks to the Louisville Courier-Journal about her influences, or relative lack thereof.

LIZ PHAIR talks to American Songwriter about her new album, motherhood and more...

ACCENTUATE THE POSITIVE: Why Music Critics Write So Many Favorable Reviews.

CUTOUT BIN: From Joan Jett to Jimi Hendrix, from Roy Orbison to Deep Purple, from Blondie to Superchunk, from the Ramones to the Rolling Stones, plus NRBQ, the Beach Boys, REM, Dusrty Springfield, Sugar and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, which is currently scoring 54 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, which is currently scoring 56 percent; and You Again, which is scoring 17 percent on thin reviews.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Nude pics of the alleged mistrace surface. Shocka!

KATY PERRY was evicted from Sesame Street. Apparently, the Children's Television Workshop didn't notice her breasts until it was too late.

LINDSAY LOHAN may get a break on her second failed drug test.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX apologizes to Dave Letterman for sucking him into Joaquin's mockumentary.

BRADGELINA: The godmother of Jolie's twins, Knox and Vivienne, is... Facts of Life actress Mindy Cohn?  Too good to check.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: Cash-strapped and living at one of his mom's summer places? It would explain the despearte cries for publicity.

WILLIAM SHATNER: Justin Halpern, creator of Sh*t My Dad Says, describes what it's like working with the Star Trek legend on the show.


HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS launched a new trailer online.

IRAN criticized Moscow over the cancellation of S-300 surface-to-air missile deal.  Ahmadinejad suggested to the United Nations General Assembly that the events that occurred on 9/11 were actually orchestrated by the US Government.

AFGHANISTAN: Interviews with sources familiar with the CIA's operations, as well as a review of the classified US military field reports posted last month by WikiLeaks, reveal the CIA has a significantly larger covert paramilitary presence in Afghanistan and Pakistan than previously known.

A DANCING BABY ELEPHANT plays the harmonica.


RABID VAMPIRE BATS kill a fifth child in Peru.

EUROPEAN BROWN HARES are capable of being pregnant twice at the same time, and can potentially be permanently pregnant.

PARROT ABUSE: Is there anything lower?

NICE DAY for a... canine wedding.

BEAR ATTACK thwarted with... a zucchini.

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Of Montreal, David Bowie, Robert Plant, Kitteh & Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL launched into a Michael Jackson medley at the 40 Watt in Athens, GA.

DAVID BOWIE: All three discs of the special edition reissue of his 1976 album Station to Station are streaming at KCRW. (The second and third discs are Live at Nassau Coliseum.)

ROBERT PLANT is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices. His Band of Joy played the the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, so you can stream the gig on demand.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Yet another advance track, "I Want the World to Stop."

FIERY FURNACES played the Laundro-Matinee.

RA RA RIOT did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: I forgot to link tracks from Neil Young, OMD, Black Angels and a Led Zep tribute from last week's edition of the long-running series. And here's a Fall Music Preview, including tracks from Hank Williams, Sufjan Stevens, Extra Lens and more...

THE BEATLES: "You're Gonna Lose That Girl." "Yes, yes" from the "Yeah, yeah yeah" guys.

OMD frontman Andy McCluskey talks to the BBC about reforming for a new LP: "There's nothing worse than a bunch of 50-year-old men making a terrible record."

PERFUME GENIUS shares a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List.

MARNIE STERN talks to Pitchfork about the songs that shaped her life... at 5-year intervals.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to the Cleveland Scene about simple lyrics, the Peter Pan complex and more... (Thx, LHB.)

BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME: The Dylan milestone is getting the indie tribute treatment.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER defy talk of marital problems, while Radar profiles the 21-year-old woman who claims she had a steamy one night stand with Kutcher, and the ever-reliable Star claims to have text messages from Kutcher ot his alleged mistress.

LINDSAY LOHAN may have to go behind bars for as many as 30 days while waiting for her probation violation hearing. The actress also got a 50K offer from a fetish web site.

THE FRENCH HOTEL is officially persona non grata in Japan because of that whole cocaine thing.

CAMERON DIAZ & A-ROD: Caught on camera.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Renewed after one episode.

AFGHANISTAN: A US official in Washington confirmed reports that the CIA is running an all-Afghan paramilitary group that has been hunting al-Qaeda, Taliban, and other militant targets for the agency. Meanwhile, US intelligence suspects Afghan Pres. Karzai has received treatment for manic depression, contributing to the uneasy US ties with him, a new book by legendary reporter Bob Woodward says.

IRAQ: Shi'ite-led blocs on Tuesday gave themselves five days to pick a single candidate for prime minister, and one politician said the incumbent, Nuri al-Maliki, was in a strong position to gain a second term.

KITTEH rides a TURTLE: Let's go to the video.

LIONESS adopts MEERKAT in the hakuna matata edition of...Mass hysteria!

A PARROT is being held by Columbian police in the hope it will squawk on its drug-trafficking owners. Polly haz the right to remain silent?

A RETIRED CIRCUS CHIMP with an artistic bent has drawn large crowds to a Brazilian zoo to watch him painting.

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Neil Young, No Age, Belle & Sebastian, Dylan & Harrison, Swimming Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUPERCHUNK spent a weekend with The Awl, then played "Digging For Something" for Fallon.

NEIL YOUNG is advance streaming Le Noise.

NO AGE is advance streaming Everything in Between.

LOST IN THE TREES did a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: We're listening to -- end enjoying -- the new tracks, "Come On Sister" and "Little Lou, Prophet Jack, Ugly John" (ft. Norah Jones).

BOB DYLAN & GEORGE HARRISON: Studio Sessions at Columbia Studios B, New York, NY; May 1, 1970.

PAVEMENT went back to those "Gold Soundz" on the Colbert Report.

BEN FOLDS & NICK HORNBY talk to The Guardian about their new collaboration, Lonely Avenue. I was a bit surprised about Ben's bio.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE went to Les Chemins De Verre by Karkwa.

PAVEMENT percussionist Bob Nastanovich talks to the Boston Herald about the reunion tour.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE issued a statement about his arrest in Indy.

MICHAEL STIPE is writing restaurant reviews for Gwyneth Paltrow.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Here's the latest leaked e-mails from Gibson -- apologizing for losing his grip -- and baby mama Oksana Grigorieva -- saying he had no reason to be hard on himself and professing her love for him -- at the same time she claims she was in fear for her life. Plus, Jodie Foster is still on Team Gibson; they have a movie coming out.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was a captive in a Japanese hotel and denied entry to the country, after being detained at the airport for hours over her guilty plea for cocaine possession.  The Japanese are really serious about this sort of thing; something similar happened to Robert Downey Jr. during the Iron Man promo tour.

JUSTIN BIEBER was... wait for it... caught canoodling with the chick who stars in his "Baby" music video in the back of a Honda.

LINDSAY LOHAN reached a settlement with E*Trade in a lawsuit over an ad that may have insinuated Lohan is a milkoholic.

SHAQUILLE O'NEAL has been accused of computer hacking in two lawsuits.

THE BREAKFAST CLUB, minus Emilio Estevez, reunited for a 25th anniversary screening of the John Hughes classic.

FRANKENWEENIE: Tim Burton has cast a stop motion animated Disney feature based on his 1984 short about a man who reanimates his dog after it gets hit by a car.

TERROR in CHICAGO: The FBI arrested Sami Samir Hassoun and charged him with attempting to plant a bomb near Chicago's Wrigley Field.

IRAN: The Foreign Ministry is challenging the credibility and motives of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Shocka. The Obama administration said sanctions against Iran are working; private experts disagreed.

AFGHANISTAN: Dozens of candidates in Afghanistan's parliamentary elections represent a party linked to Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, a former prime minister with ties to al-Qaeda who is believed to be a mastermind of attacks on US troops.

PIGS meet a boat in the Bahamas.

"POLAR BEAR" that washed up on a Cornish beach was really a cow. I blame global warming.

SNAKES in TOILETS... in Wroclaw, Poland, and the Bronx.

LLAMA on the LLAM in Rockledge, FL.

THE WORLD'S SMALLEST COW is 33 inches tall.

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New Releases, Deerhunter, Eef Barzelay, Capybaras   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OK GO releases the hounds in the video for "White Knuckles." Plus, Damian Kulash talks to Drowned in Sound about going indie and more...

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Margot & the Nuclear So & Sos, John Legend, and more are streaming via Spinner. Frankie Rose & the Outs also drop their self-titled debut.

DEERHUNTER is advance streaming Halcyon Digest.

EEF BARZELAY of Clem Snide plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

CLARE & THE REASONS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

I HATE MY SISTER: 18 songs about complicated sibling relationships, with plenty of video fro he A.V. Club. Named after my favorite Juliana Hatfield tune, "My Sister," so I'll throw in the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

ARCADE FIRE: Jeremy Gara and Richard Reed Parry talk to The A.V. Club appearing on television, headlining festivals, and becoming hometown heroes.

NICK CAVE and Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos talk to Pitchfork about the new record, relevancy, and, um, hair gel.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE was arrested in Indianapolis after insulting (and assaulting) the owners and staff at Radio Radio, the sold-out audience, and local law enforcement.

LEONARD SKINNER, the Jacksonville, FL, gym coach who became the inspiration for the band name Lynyrd Skynyrd, has died. He was 77. There's video at the link of Skinner telling the story.

LINDSAY LOHAN's probation has been revoked and a bench warrant issued for her arrest. Word is her second failed drug test involved amphetamines. Friends say she finally gets it, perhaps because she is in desperate financial shape.

THE FRENCH HOTEL cops her plea and tells friends she wants to "trade in the club scene for a life at home."

EDDIE VEDDER of Pearl Jam wed longtime girlfriend, model Jill McCormick, in Hawaii Saturday.

RYAN SEACREST ready to pop the question to DWTS dancer Julianna Hough?

BALTHAZAR GETTY tells Harper's Bazaar how his marriage survived a fling with Sienna Miller.

FMR PLAYMATE Karissa Shannon and her bf, "Smallville" actor Sam Jones, have finally agreed to release their sex tape. Our long national nightmare is over.

STEPHANIE SEYMOUR and her billionaire hubby have called off their divorce.

IRAN: The chief of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said the IAEA's report was unfair and unjust. The oil minister halted gasoline imports and claimed Iran can produce enough for domestic supply. Turkey and other US allies have been allowing Iranian banks with suspected links to Tehran's nuclear program to do business within their borders, frustrating Western countries trying to put a financial squeeze on the Islamic Republic, reports Reuters.

AFGHANISTAN: The US is planning a concerted campaign against lower-level corruption thought to be directly feeding the insurgency and is ceding more control to Afghans of the higher-level investigations that soured relations with Pres. Karzai.

IRAQ: In the two weeks since Pres. Obama declared the end of the US combat mission in Iraq, a series of bloody skirmishes has sharpened the questions about the Iraqi security forces' ability to protect the country.

CAPYBARAS SCRATCHED: Let's go to the video.

MOUSE-EATING OPOSSUMS run amok in Brooklyn.

BLOOD-SUCKING WARRIOR WORMS destroy and eat the enemy.

RHINO CAGE doubles as a cannabis plantation.

HORSES go to prison for a second chance.

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