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New Releases, Best Coast, Junip, Ramones, Collie Game   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OKKERVIL RIVER's latest video is "Wake and Be Fine."

NEW RELEASES from the Raveonettes, Smithereens, Submarines, the Kills, Ha Ha Tonka, Timbre Timbre, REM and more are streaming this week via Spinner. And hey, the new Britney Spears LP is over at AOL. ZOMG!

BEST COAST did six free songs for Daytrotter, all drawn from the band's short-run EPs, not their Crazy For You LP.

JUNIP did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE RAMONES: Live at New York City's Palladium, January 7, 1978. 26 songs in 54 minutes, all set to a series of cheap sci-fi movie trailers.

JACKIE DeSHANNON: "What the World Needs Now" and "When You Walk In the Room" for Twofer Tuesday.

ALISON KRAUSS talks to the Telegraph about covering Richard Thompson's "Dimming Of The Day" and others on her new LP, Paper Airplane, which is advance streaming now.

PANDA BEAR talked to Pitchfork about working with producer Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember (Spacemen 3, MGMT's Congratulations), as well as taking influence from the likes of Nirvana, Frank Sinatra, and J Dilla, and what's on his horizon.

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talks to The A.V. Club and Straight.com about his favorite breakup albums, being a singing drummer, and the genius of Phil Collins. (Thx, Chromewaves)

HA HA TONKA: Lennon Bone answered PopMatters' famed 20 Questions, discussing why he'll never watch Marley & Me, why the band made fart sounds at B.B. King's club, and what makes Steve Reich one of his favorite musicians of all time...

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & OLIVIA WILDE (co-starring inThe Now) looked cozy at the Roxbury over the weekend, but it may have been just friendly.

CHARLIE SHEEN's Chicago show was reportedly a definite improvement over Detroit.


KATIE COURIC is leaving her anchor post at "CBS Evening News," and the coverage almost always plays down how awful the ratings were.  The media is never very tough on the media.

LINDSAY LOHAN may play a villain in the Superman reboot.

GREEN LANTERN: The Wondercon footage was obviously intended to tell comic fans that the pic is not being played entirely for laughs.

YEMEN: Security forces and supporters of Pres. Saleh killed 15 people and wounded more than 300 in attacks on protesters in Taiz and Hudaida. The US is pushing for Saleh's removal from power.

BAHRAIN: The six members of the Gulf Cooperation Council denounced Iran for its "continuing interference" in the region.

LIBYA: Rebel forces have failed to retake the town of Brega after four days of fighting. The rebels' ad hoc government and military council is showing signs of strain after suffering military losses.

PAKISTAN: His accomplices brought carnage to a Sufi shrine, but the 14-year-old suicide bomber who was captured after his explosives failed to detonate was unrepentant.

A COLLIE plays Snakes and Ladders.

GENETICALLY MODIFIED COWS produce "human" milk in a bid to make cows' milk more nutritious.

A JOYOUS CHIMP was reunited with the woman who hand-raised her 30 years earlier in New Zealand.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK chases fish in the shallows as two boys build sandcastles yards away at Bennetts Beach. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Foo Fighters, Low, Glasvegas, Panda Bear, Paul Simon, Tsunami Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELVIS COSTELLO joined THE STROKES on "Taken For a Fool" at Madison Square Garden, after having played a brief opening set for the band. Video for "Take It or Leave It" is also at the link.

FOO FIGHTERS are advance streaming Wasting Light.

LOW is advance streaming C'mon.

GLASVEGAS is advance streaming Euphoric Heartbreak.

PANDA BEAR is advance streaming Tomboy.

PAUL SIMON is advance streaming So Beautiful or What.

ARCADE FIRE rolled into Port-au-Prince last week for a surprise gig at the Hotel Oloffson, including, er, "Haiti."

THE KINKS: Dave Davies talks to Drowned In Sound about the band's legendary career, including the recording of "You Really Got Me."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar yalks to Eye Weekly about Kaputt's "casual empire-decline rock."

THE RAMONES: The A.V. Club suggests entry points into their catalog for newcomers.

20 ALL-TIME GREAT CHICAGO GUITARISTS, courtesy of the Illinois Entertainer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hop tops the pops with 38.1 million against a 63 million budget... and stands a decent chance of making money through Easter, despite generally bad reviews.  Source Code placed with 15 million, which seems a bit soft, though ultimately fine against a 32 million budget.  Insidious showed with 13.5 million, against a mere 1.5 million budget. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, facing competition from Hop, tumbled 57 percent to the fourth slot with 10.2 million, but it should be profitable with a 38 million total to date against a 21 million budget.  Limitless, facing competition from Source Code, held decently, rounding out the Top Five with 9.4 million.  Below the fold, Sucker Punch plummeted 68 percent in its second weekend and looks doomed in North America. Ouch.

CHARLIE SHEEN unleashed his Violent Torpedo of Truth Tour on the Motor City on Saturday night to a crowd that began with an adoring standing ovation and concluded with booing and walk-outs. Sheen and Brooke Mueller finally formalized the custody agreement for their twin sons, Bob and Max.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Her hysterical 911 call from the Betty Ford Center is now online.

ELIZABETH HURLEY filed for divorce from estranged husband Arun Nayar, citing his "unreasonable behavior."

HUGH HEFNER isn't demanding a prenup.

BETTY WHITE will host a new hidden-camera comedy show.

IRON MAN 3: Drew Pearce has been chosen by Marvel Studios to write the threequel.  Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his signature Tony Stark role, and Marvel recently locked Downey's Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer Shane Black to direct.  BTW, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a lot of fun, if you've never seen it... and the DVD commentary with Downey and Val Kilmer is almost as good.

SNOW WHITE: Lily Collins (The Blind Side) has been cast as the lead in Relativity Media's upcoming live action film based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale.

DARK SHADOWS: Chloe Moretz is now in talks to join the Warner Bros drama based on the 60s TV soap.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS said that 5080 people have been convicted of terrorist charges.

EGYPT: Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Cairo's famous Tahrir Square on Friday, as part of an effort by liberal activists to revive their movement after a series of perceived political set-backs.

PAKISTAN: Successive, yet unsuccessful assassination attempts on Maulana Fazl ur Rehman of the group Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl show Islamic militants' growing disdain for even sympathetic political leaders. But the government has proved powerless to stem the tide of radicalization.

LIBYA: Gaddafi loyalists continued to pound rebel fighters in the key oil hub of Brega, a town that had been claimed by anti-government forces less than a week ago. Yet, despite repeated setbacks in recent days, intelligence assessments suggest that the rebels, with continuing NATO air support, are capable now of maintaining control of strongholds such as Benghazi as well as key oil fields in eastern Libya. Is a stalemate in the offing? Or might Gaddafi exit some other wayTwo former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of the rebels' military campaign in Darna.

A DOG believed to have survived the tsunami and then three weeks at sea has been rescued by the Japanese coastguard.

ANGRY BIRD: Dud Gordon spent 32 years in the Army, advancing all the way from private to brigadier general. But now, 25 years into retirement, he has acquired a new and relentless enemy.

A GOOSE attacked people entering and leaving a St. Louis County medical office.

HORSE saved by XXXX Beer.

A BABY GIRAFFE was born at the Cincinnati Zoo. Awww...some pics.

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Devo, British Sea Power, Jane's Addiction, Cutout Bin. Zoo Cobra   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with DEVO!  Since it's Friday, here they are on Fridays (ABC's ill-fated attempt to ape SNL) in 1980, playing "Girl U Want" and "Gates of Steel," along with "Whip It" and "Uncontrollable Urge" -- each with costume changes.  The band returned in 1981, where they played "Theme From Adventures of The Smart Patrol" and "Jerkin' Back 'n' Forth," followed by "I Saw Jesus" and "Through Being Cool," then their cover of "Working in a Coal Mine."  BONUS: Vintage Devo, covering "Satisfaction" on French TV.

BRITISH SEA POWER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CHAPEL CLUB also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

COTTON JONES stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

MIDDLE BROTHER, the hand-clapping foot-stomping indie supergroup, gets a segment on Fresh Air.

BROKEN RECORDS did an interview plus live tracks at the World Cafe.

JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell premiered "End To The Lies" on the Chilean radio station Radio Futuro's "La Ley Del Rock" program. It's the abnd's first track with new bassist Dave Sitek (TVotR).

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Nirvana, Dent May, Spectrum, Avey Tare and more from Guest DJ Panda Bear.

PEARL JAM: "First week rehearsals," supposedly taking place between 10.13 - 23 in 1990.

MUDHONEY: Tour Promo '93.

30 FUN INDIE COVERS of pop tunes, courtesy of Paste, with plenty of embedded video.

HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Austinist about songwriting, poetry, the role of the adult in the music industry, and more...

RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE: Nils Edenloff chats with Creative Loafing about his band's growth, their tour tricks, and where the road may lead next. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ROBBIE ROBERTSON talks to Spinner about The Band, rebellion and his friendship with Eric Clapton.

THE DODOS: Meric Long offered his thoughts on the No Color record, his expectations, and intense effects of the vibraphone.

JASON ISBELL talks to MOKB about the recording of Here We Rest.

WYE OAK: Jann Wasner talks to Songwriters in Process about, er, songwriting and process. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Mama Cass to Temple of the Dog, from Nico to the Beach Boys, from the Mountain Goats to Run-DMC, plus Scruffy the Cat, Suzanne Vega, Aretha Franklin, Broken Social Scene, the Knickerbockersand 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 animated Hop, which is currently scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the sci-fi-thriller Source Code, currently scoring 88 percent; the horror flick Insidious, scoring 67 percent; and a wide re-release of the Oscar-winning The Kings Speech.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued for 10 million bucks by her former business partners for breach of contract, fraud and deceit, according to RadarOnline. Meanwhile, you won't be getting a live, unedited interview with the pop wreck -- even if the interviewer has known her for approximately half her life.

CHARLIE SHEEN is planning a wild after party when his tour hits New York City next week ... and, appropriately, cops in the area are already calling for back up.  Ex-wife Denise Richards hired extra security to protect her from Chuckles.

EMILY DESCHANEL and husband David Hornsby are expecting their first child. Zooey is excited!

MAD MEN creator Matt Weiner and AMC reached an agreement for a new contract that will keep the showrunner at the helm of Emmy winning drama series for as many as three more seasons.  Weiner also spoke exclusively to my pals at Basket of Kisses about the deal, which brings Season 5 in March 2012.


CAMERON DIAZ talks about reuniting with Justin Timberlake for Bad Teacher.

KATIE HOLMES is out in full force to promote her controversial new miniseries, "The Kennedys," and well, clear the air about a recent candy mishap.

GEOFFREY RUSH joins the Green Lantern Corps.

SYRIA TV accused an Egyptian-American activist currently in custody of attempting to "destabilize Syria." President Assad claimed the government would draft new anti-terrorism laws as a first step to lifting the emergency laws that have been in effect since 1963.

LIBYA: NATO leaders are not only refusing to arm the rebels, but also told the rebels that if they endanger civilians, they will not be shielded from possible bombardment by NATO planes and missiles, just as the government's forces have been punished.  There are reportedly death squads on both sides of the conflict. Gaddafi's regime has sent one of its most trusted envoys to London for confidential talks with British officials, perhaps in search of an exit strategy.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration is debating the pace of the drawdown of US forces.


ANGRY WASPS capture competing ants and airdrop them. Not to be confused with Angry Birds.

A SPIDER caused a woman and her children to flee their home in western Newfoundland early Wednesday. No word on the tuffet.

BABY GAZELLE: Awww...some pics.

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Fleet Foxes, Two Door Cinema Club, Rooney, Yuck, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEET FOXES dropped a video for "Grown Ocean."

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ROONEY did five free songs for Daytrotter, including a faithful cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway."

HOT HOT HEAT also did five free songs for Daytrotter.

JULIANA BARWICK played a Tiny SXSW Concert for NPR.

YUCK dropped "Doctors In My Bed," the b-side to their "Get Away" single. Because you know who cares what's on the flip side of a record? I do.

THE DUM DUM GIRLS take on Big Star's classic "September Gurls" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART frontman Kip Berman talks to the University Observer about working with his idols and the importance of nostalgia. (Thx, LHB.)

ELBOW: Guy Garvey explained to BBC6 how playing in some of the biggest venues in the country had influenced the band... and has news on Richard Hawley.

ANNA CALVI talks to Paste about the buzz around her debut and the music scene in general.

PATRICK WOLF tells The Observer how falling in love at first sight inspired his joyous new album.

GWYNETH PALTROW is cooking up a food magazine. Is that funnier than the singing career?

RHIANNA discusses Chris Brown, her relationships and her upcoming role in ‘Battleship' for the Rolling Stone cover story.

ELIZABETH BANKS had a boy named Felix via a surrogate.

MAD MEN creator Matthew Weiner spoke exclusively to my pals at Basket of Kisses about the status of negotiations over the 5th and 6th seasons of the show.

MILEY CYRUS bashes internet sensation Rebecca Black.

JUDGE JUDY was rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning, but was just exhausted,

BILL MURRAY has agreed to star as FDR in an adaptation of the British radio play Hyde Park On the Hudson.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is officially a cartoon.

WONDER WOMAN, in action on the streets of Los Angeles.

IRAN welcomed Egypt's offer to reset diplomatic relations between the two states.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood is not planning to seek power in Egypt's elections this year but says it will not limit its political ambitions forever and wants secular parties to get organized to foster true competition.

LIBYA: Pro-Gaddafi forces continue to push rebel forces out of towns ceded just days ago. Rebels have retreated from Ras Lanuf and are falling back to the east. More than 1,000 jihadists are estimated to be in Libya.

CAPOEIRA CAT has an, er, interesting fighting stance.

PAKISTANI SPIDERS flee floods in web-filled trees.

AN EAGLE RAY jumped on a chartered boat and attacked tourists off the Florida Keys.

A MAKO SHARK jumped into the back of a fishing boat on the Gulf of Mexico. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Sufjan Tribute, James Vincent McMorrow, Rural Alberta Advantage, Cat Begs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAPHAEL SAADIQ is "Stone Rollin'" in his latest video.

SUFJAN STEVENS: Stream the new tribute album, Seven Swans Reimagined.

LOST IN THE TREES played DC's Black Cat the other night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

THE STROKES' Albert Hammond, Jr., opens up about his hardcore drug problem and recording Angles while still in withdrawal.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT: Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey talked to Weekend Edition and The Oregonian about their second album of songs about baseball's culture and history.

THE KINKS: After years of vehement opposition, Dave Davies has opened the door to a possible reunion. It's "down to Ray", he said in a new interview, conjuring the possibility of an on-stage reconciliation at the upcoming Meltdown festival.

AMAZON launched a cloud based music service... but will likely face fierce competition from Google and Apple.

ROB LOWE talks to Vanity Fair about the Sheens, Tom Cruise, and The Outsiders, and reads from his autobiography.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Hundreds of highly intimate photographs of the singer have surfaced, including candid images of the star partying at Nicole Richie's bachelorette party and in bed with her boyfriend Matt Rutler.

MAD MEN was greenlit for Season 5 by AMC, but negotiations with showrunner Matthew Weiner have hit the rocks over semi-non-money issues.

MILA KUNIS is speaking out in support of Natalie Portman in the Black Swan body double kerfuffle.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Enrique Iglesias has pulled out of her North American tour just hours after the tour was announced.

BEYONCE KNOWLES drops her dad as her manager.

JENNIFER GARNER as Miss Marple? Really?

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WB honcho Jeff Robinov is already thinking about DC Comics movies for 2013 and beyond, and he's got "Justice League" and a reinvented Batman on his mind.

STAR TREK SEQUEL SOONER: Paramount Pictures has scrapped a tentative plan for Chris Pine to resuscitate the Jack Ryan franchise before he reprises his James T. Kirk role in a Star Trek sequel. Steve Zaillian, who wrote the 1994 Ryan film Clear and Present Danger and did uncredited rewrite work on Patriot Games, made a deal last month to rewrite the reboot script but had a change of heart and withdrew within the last two weeks. (Actually, Zaillian gets a shout-out in the final scene of Patriot Games, if you listen closely.)

TERROR in the USA: A US federal appeals court overturned a lower court's order to release al Qaeda operative Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman from Guantanamo.

YEMEN: The Yemeni government is said to have lost control of six of the country's 18 provinces.

SYRIA: Pres. Assad's cabinet resigned in an attempt to placate anti-government protesters.

LIBYA: Gaddafi's forces retook the town of Bin Jawad and have pushed rebel forces back to Ras Lanuf.

A CAT begs like a dog.

MISSING EGYPTIAN COBRA still eludes handlers, starts Twitter account.

SNAKE IN A TOILET: In Hanover, Germany.

SMOKEY THE CAT, whose purr as loud as a Boeing 747, aims to make it into the Guinness world records.

DOGS steal £33 million pounds a year from British humans.

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