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REM, Smith Westerns, Nicole Atkins, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. dropped a video for "ÜBerlin," starring Aaron Johnson. Michael Stipe talsk to The Guardian about 'the massive insecurity of not being articulate', 30 years with REM, and why he's driven to remake his world in birch plywood.

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

NICOLE ATKINS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LISSIE did a chat and mini-set at the World Cafe.

WILD NOTHING did a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CYNDI LAUPER takes the mic at for a bit of "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" to soothe delayed travelers at Jorge Newbery Airport in Buenos Aires.

JONNY GREENWOOD of Radiohead talks to The Independent and BBC6 about his film composing.

J RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS, seeking to follow in the footsteps of Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard (with a bit of Led Zeppelin thrown in) are profiled by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Spinner about SXSW and a disastrous high school talent-show experience. Free MP3 at the link.

THE CHARLATANS: Frontman Tim Burgess talks to Drowned in Sound about the reissue of Us and Us Only, the band's most recent LP, and future plans.

PHIL COLLINS intends to end his rock career after learning that health problems will prevent him playing the drums again.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rango tops this weekend's chart, with an estimated 38 million.  That's not bad, but with a 135 million production budget, George Lucas may have to hope that Johnny Depp can help sell an animated Western in overseas markets. The Adjustment Bureau placed with 20.1 million, which is pretty good, given that Paramount paid about 62 million for it. Beastly showed better than expected with 10.1 million against a 17 million budget. Hall Pass dropped to the fourth slot with 9 million, having taken in 27 million against a 36 million budget. Gnomeo and Juliet drops 48 percent to round out the Top Five with 6.9 million -- a clear victim of Rango, although I doubt Buena Vista is weeping over its 83.7 million total to date.

CHARLIE SHEEN and "goddess" No. 1 Bree Olson are doing A-OK ... this after Sheen tweeted she had left him and he was now taking applications. Ex-wife Denise Richards will not let her two kids near Sheen because she thinks it's just too risky, while Sheen has been threatening to strip her of child custody. Those unfamiliar with Sheen's track record ought to review this NYT piece. Sheen also believes Two and a Half Men will return, "with a few adjustments.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The jewelry store surveillance tape that could be make-or-break in the felony theft case against Lindsay Lohan has been sold to a TV show, which may have really messed up the prosecutor's case.

DAVID ARQUETTE was dinged up in a head-on collision. Arquette later tweeted that he refused pain medication afterward.

MIKE MYERS secretly married his longtime girlfriend, Kelly Tisdale, in a private ceremony five months ago.

COURTNEY LOVE will pony up 430K to settle a defamation case originating on Twitter.

WONDER WOMAN: The pilot beefs up its cast with Cary Elwes and Liz Hurley.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS said Saturday they would ban all protests and marches after minority Shiites staged small protests in the oil-producing eastern province.

LIBYA found a new way to halt Internet traffic.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad said US and European firms are bypassing export sanctions. The IAEA is unlikely to take action against Iran and Syria's nuclear programs. Shocka.

TURKEY is looking less like a futuristic role model and increasingly more enamored of the authoritarianism others in the region are so passionately trying to shrug off.

IRAQ: Government officials and regional experts see increasing signs that Prime Minister al-Maliki is expanding his power, undermining the fragile democracy struggling to take hold here.

PAKISTAN apologized for shelling Afghanistan six times over the past month.

MARU the BOX CAT tries out new hairstyles.

FUNKY WORMS cause ants to mimic fruit. And tear the roof off the sucka. But maybe not that last bit.

100 LIVE PIGS were stolen from a truck by armed robbers in Malaysia.

SPIDERS force a recall of about 65000 Mazda6s.


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YFF, Dodos, Low Anthem, SXSW, Stones, Tom Waits, Cutout Bin, Hippos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS!  If you have never heard the fabulous sounds of Scott McCaughey's pre-grunge Seattle pop combo (or even if you have), you'll want to sample the "Young Fresh Fellows Theme" as an appetizer.  But the main course is live from Portland's Pine Street Theater on December 20, 1991.  This 80-minute show includes -- but is not limited to: Jonathan Richman's "Someone I Care About"; "Where Is Groovytown?"; "Hillbilly Drummer Girl"; "My Boyfriend Is In Killdozer"; "Two Brothers"; "Hang Out Right";  "Sitting On A Pitchfork"; "Taco Wagon"; The Kinks' "Picture Book"; "Two Sides To The Story"; "Lost In Space"; "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down"; "Tomorrow's Gone"; "Amy Grant"; "Reunion"; "I Got My Mojo Workin' (And I Thought You'd Like To Know)";  "Go Go Gorilla"; and "Backroom of the Bar." Not to mention snippets of "Suzy Q," "Heart and Soul," "The Ballad of the Green Berets" and a particularly disastrous take on The Beatles' "Please Please Me."

THE DODOS are advance streaming No Color.

THE LOW ANTHEM did five free songs for Daytrotter.

MAVIS STAPLES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic to chat and guest DJ.

SXSW: NPR is streaming a mix of 100 artists appearing at the big fest later this month.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Radiohead, Panda Bear, the Dodos, James Vincent McMorrow, and more feature in the latest installment of the long-running series.

ART BRUT drops "Unprofessional Wrestling" as a charity track.

THE ROLLING STONES, Unplugged, with a NSFW title.

TOM WAITS, Live at the BBC, July 26, 1979.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

NICK LOWE talks about Labour of Lust with YepRoc, which is deluxe reissuing the LP this month. Videos -- including "Cruel to Be Kind" and the song that inspired it -- embedded at the link.

GRUFF RHYS talks to Drowned In Sound about his melancholy new solo album, Hotel Shampoo.

BEADY EYE: Liam Gallagher gets a little combative with The Quietus. Shocka.

MATT POND PA talks to Austinist about the band's busy schedule and stripped-down tour.

ANNA CALVI talks to Vanity Fair about Édith Piaf, popularity and playing along to Hendrix.

LOVE: A previously unreleased 1973 album by influential Los Angeles psychedelic soul band Arthur Lee and Love will surface belatedly on June 7 as the initial release from a new boutique reissue label, High Moon Records.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beatles to Bettie Serveert, from the Dead Milkmen to Donnie Iris, from the Knack to Yo La Tengo (with Chris Stamey), from Cream to Guided by Voices, plus Slade, R.E.M., Lou Reed, Love 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: Johnny Depp in the animated Rango, which is currently scoring 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Matt.Damon and Emily Blunt in The Adjustment Bureau, which is scoring 69 percent; the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, scoring 36 percent; and Beastly, scoring 17 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN broke a world record on Twitter.  He says he joined up for the money. Here's how he got verified so fast. Brooke Mueller will ask a judge to hold Sheen in contempt of court for blabbing about her alleged drug use. Mueller is also instructing her lawyers to formally request that Sheen's "goddesses" submit to drug tests when he is given access to their children again. Sheen tweeted that he and Mueller had reached a deal, but the deal is off.

PAULA ABDUL made a frantic and tearful 911 call during a Valentine's Day drive with a boyfriend - repeatedly screaming, "Drop me off!"

JESSICA SIMPSON is a frontrunner to become a judge on The X Factor.

LINDSAY LOHAN would like her father to just shut up about her.

BRITNEY SPEARS is profiled by V magazine. It's been a while since she has graced a magazine cover.

MEGAN FOX stripped down to her underwear to advertise Emporio Armani's lingerie, just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

DIANE LANE will play Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent, in the Zach Snyder reboot.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Holy Bat-Movie Spoilers! Or maybe just rumor; it is the Internet, y'know.

IRAN: Zimbabwe announced that it is willing to supply Iran with uranium for its enrichment program. India resumed crude oil payments to Iran after negotiations.

LIBYA: Rebel forces have pushed Gaddafi loyalists back to the oil terminal in Ras Lanuf. They also engaged in a bloody battle to stop Gaddafi's forces retaking the port of Brega, part of the oil fields and refineries which have been crucial to his 41-year hold on power. Elsewhere, talks are under way to free a Dutch helicopter crew captured while trying to evacuate foreign citizens, the Netherlands' defense ministry says.

PAKISTAN: Many Islamic clerics criticized the murder Tuesday of Shahbaz Bhatti, a Pakistani Christian who called for blasphemy law reform. Two months ago several hundred lauded the murder of another politician who strongly advocated reform.

AFGHANISTAN: An international conference agreed on Thursday to step up efforts to reach a settlement to the Afghan war by shifting toward a political rather than military approach.

HIPPO FIGHT: Let's go to the video.

MONKEYS IN PIRATE SUITS seized by wildlife officials on Bourbon Street in N'awlins.

A DUCK breaks into a south Fort Myers conference room, arrives early for meeting.

A DOG RESCUE brings six fire departments, sSheriff's deputies and animal control to the scene. And it wasn't even Lassie.

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Thursday, March 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE STROKES dropped the video for "Under Cover of Darkness."

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD is advance streaming Tell Me.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WARPAINT did a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DAMIEN JURADO played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Hear two new songs live.

THE SMITHEREENS drop "Sorry" in advance of Smithereens 2011. It's old skool Smithereens, too.

THE FOUR TOPS: Levi Stubbs works up a sweat on live French TV, belting out "I'll Be There."

NOAH & THE WHALE: Charlie Fink talks to The Guardian about the evolving sound and songwriting on the band's latest LP, plus more...

ADELE talks to the Daily Record about the BRIT school, stage fright and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

RAPHAEL SAADIQ talks to Spinner about his new LP and the African-American rockers who influenced it.

LYKKE LI talks to Pitchfork about hustling, Twilight, and why "it's not a very sane thing to try to be great all the time."

THE LONG WINTERS: John Roderick critiques music journalism.

THE SWANS: Michael Gira has put his band back together, but he won't be acting "like a young lunatic again."

CHARLIE SHEEN remained calm as police, under court orders, removed his 23-month-old twins from his custody - and RadarOnline.com captured the emotional surrender on video.  A judge temporarily stripped Sheen of custody, after ex-wife Brooke Mueller submitted a declaration in which she alleged Charlie said, "I will cut your head off, put it in a box and send it to your mom."  Mueller also claims Sheen recently sent her a scathing, anti-Semitic text about his manager. In response, Sheen released photos of Mueller's alleged drug use.  Sheen also managed to offend a coven of Warlocks.

SERENA WILLIAMS was hospitalized with a pulmonary embolism.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA's friends and business associates have been pleading with her for several months to get treatment for alcohol abuse and oversinging. Well, maybe not the last part. Anyway, here's the mugshot from her recent arrest.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN on a lunch date... followed by a whirlwind trip to Mexico. Is that the sixth seal?

RYAN GOSLING & OLIVIA WILDE had a secret date.

ROBERT PATTINSON talks to Vanity Fair about Kristen Stewart, Charlie Sheen, and more...

TERROR in the UK: A British court convicted Rajib Karim, a British Airways employee, of plotting to carry out terrorist attacks.

LIBYA: Forces loyal to President Gaddafi and rebels are battling in the port town of Marsa El Brega, while rebels took control of the towns of Gharyan and Sabrath.

PAKISTAN's only Christian minister Shahbaz Bhatti was shot dead after pushing for the reform of harsh blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

A PUPPY euthanized, declared dead and left in a dumpster, but somehow survived and now has whole new future ahead of him. Video at the link.

DOLPHINS saved a Doberman Pinscher stranded on a sandbar near Marco Island, FL.

RONNIE the DOG has to eat on two legs.

ALBINO ANIMALS go Hollywood. It's an odd menagerie inspired by... wait for it... Latoya Jackson.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLAUDE PATE: Friend of Pate Ken King passed along this fan video for "New Year," the band's gnarliest track, from their X-meets-Soul Asylum phase. I have to wonder if the photos were found in our gallery. Hardcore Pate fans will note the video gets a comment from Don Hiscocks, drummer for The Eclectics (whose album I reviewed back in the day).

NOAH & THE WHALE is advance streaming Last Night on Earth.

KURT VILE is advance streaming Smoke Ring For My Halo.

ALEXI MURDOCH is advance streaming Towards the Sun.

R.E.M.: If you missed yesterday's live stream, here's the advance stream of Collapse Into Now.

TOM WAITS is interviewed by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction, with bonus video from Fernwood 2Night.

J MASCIS drops "Is It Done" as a freebie from Several Shades of Why.

FRANKMUSIK covers Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance."


OPTION MAGAZINE rises from the dead and walks among the living, including this meaty profile of Yo La Tengo.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to PopMatters about her new album, and her relatively new marriage.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE, back with their 10th album, tell of their latest bid to escape the 80s nostalgia tour circuit.

GIRL TALK: Gregg Gillis talks to the Montreal Gazette about the musical and legal complexities of his mash-ups.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Live the Sheen Dream. Just keep clicking the head. He also joined Twitter yesterday. Meanwhile, in the real world, Sheen's ex-wife, Brooke Mueller got a restraining order against him and went to the cops to wrestle physical custody of her two kids away from him... and police removed the kids by day's end.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA was reportedly arrested for public intoxication early Tuesday morning.  The singer was said to be with her boyfriend, who was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

LINDSAY LOHAN broke her silence about rehab in her first interview since leaving the treatment facility. Also, while prosecutors may think the store surveillance tape is a smoking gun in her grand theft case, other sources (likely Lohan defense sources) disagree.

KATIE HOLMES was expected to file a 50 million dollar libel lawsuit against the parent company of Star magazine for a cover that she considers deliberately defamatory, suggesting that she used drugs.

ANNE HATHAWAY & JAMES FRANCO grew to "hate each other" as they rehearsed to host the Oscars. The show made it nearly unanimous.

CHRISTIAN DIOR fired star designer John Galliano, for anti-Semitic remarks after a video surfaced of Galliano appearing to deliver a tirade in a Paris bar. Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for its Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, issued a statement of disgust with Galliano's remarks.

QUENTIN TARANTINO: Rumors swirl that his next project is a spaghetti western.

IRAN: Technicians removed nuclear fuel rods from the Bushehr reactor. Iran warned the West against military intervention in Libya. Iran and Syria signed an agreement for a joint naval training program.

BURMA's growing weapons ambitions includeg new revelations that the reclusive regime is producing long-range Scud-type missiles with North Korean assistance.

YEMEN: President Saleh accused the US and Israel of stoking unrest in Yemen and the wider Arab world, while sending military reinforcements to Aden to deal with spreading protests.

LIBYA: Remember, The Lede is providing ongoing coverage of the uprising in Libya and protest movements across North Africa and the Middle East. Rebel leaders in Benghazi might ask for the kind of international air support that helped to end the war in Bosnia in 1995.

AfPAK: Here's ISAF's statement on their withdrawal from Pech Valley on the border.

FONZIE CAT gives you the thumbs-up.

HEIDI the CROSS-EYED POSSUM came up one pick short of perfectly predicting top awards at the Oscars.

SAME-SEX CAT WEDDING: NYC beat San Francisco to the punch. Video at the link.

AN IOWA HEN provided its owner with a prize he calls "egg-normous."

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Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WAVVES dropped a new video for "King of the Beach." 

NEW RELEASES from Adele, Ron Sexsmith, DeVothchKa, Mike Watt, Dropkick Murphys, Eisley, Rural Alberta Advantage and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

MOUNTAIN GOATS are advance streaming All Eternals Deck.

REM live streams Collapse Into Now at 2 p.m. today, and will stream it on demand afterward.

WYE OAK is advance streaming Civilian.

FOUR TET & CARIBOU dropped a split single.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood talked to JamBands about "country soul," songwriting, getting older, dead heroes, and guitars.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua questions the idea that the reunion is of the "classic lineup," and has spot on observations about the GbV experience. (Thx, LHB.)

EMIL RICHARDS, a part of a legendary group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew and player on  around 2,000 movies and TV shows, including Shaft, Jaws, The Exorcist, Dr. Zhivago and Taxi Driver, is profiled by Weekend Edition.

RAY DAVIES may reform The Kinks without his brother Dave.

CHARLIE SHEEN rode the crazy train to the Today show, where he demanded a raise from approximately 2 million to 3 million per episode to come back to the set of Two and a Half Men, as well as an apology from CBS while "licking his feet." There is also a suggestion of the 320 million dollar suit for mental anguish he claims he plans to file against the network. His lawyer is already demanding payment for his eight missed episodes of Two and a Half Men.  Sheen then did a live interview on TMZ similarly chock full o' nuts, after which Sheen's longtime publicist quit, prompting Sheen to "fire" him.  You would think that was enough crazy for one day, but no... he turned up on CNN last night for bonus crazy, and it's GMA this morning. Warner Bros. confirmed that they will pay the crew for the cancelled four episodes of The Two and a Half Men, while CBS' top boss had a nice chat with John Stamos about replacing Sheen on the hit sitcom.

LINDSAY LOHAN took on her first role since being released from rehab - on Sunday night's Jimmy Kimmel post-Oscars show.

MAD MEL UPDATE: According to TMZ, Gibson is about to be charged with domestic violence, but his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva will not be charged with extortion. Yet the same report says the die is not officially cast, which is a major caveat, imho.

TOM CRUISE will sing in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SANDRA BULLOCK avoided each other like the plague at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

JAMES FRANCO bailed on his own Oscars after-party.

JANE RUSSELL, the voluptuous actress at the center of one of the most highly publicized censorship episodes in movie history, the long-delayed release of the 1940s western "The Outlaw," died on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89.


IRAN: Security forces arrested opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, according to an opposition website. ISAF's spokesman said Iran is arming the Taliban. Iran said the logo for the 2012 Olympics spells the word "Zion," and threatened to boycott.

YEMEN: President Saleh said he was prepared to form a unity government, but the opposition parties rejected the proposal.

LIBYA: The president of Libya's newly-formed National Council has told Sky News that if Tripoli does not liberate itself then the rebel army will take it by force; he called for an air embargo.  However, military commanders in liberated eastern Libya said they believe Gaddafi's personal forces are better equipped and trained than their newly cobbled together Libyan People's Army.

AfPAK: Disgusted by the Taliban's relentless brutality, more than 1000 fighters have walked away in recent months.

GOOSE PARADE: Let's go to the video.

A CAT IN A SCARF was rescued from the engine of a pickup truck.

MICE accidentally cured of baldness.

AN ELEPHANT has sex with a car at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa.

THE WALKING CACTUS: Discovered in China.

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