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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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Superchunk, Los Lobos, Trent Reznor, Hendrix, Record Dog Tongue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 20, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK ANGELS have a classic garage-psych feel on "Telephone."

SUPERCHUNK played DC's 9:30 Club Friday night; you can stream the gig on demand now.

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

TRENT REZNOR has posted a five track sampler from The Social Network soundtrack.

J. TILLMAN (Fleet Foxes) covers Neil Young's Tonight's The Night album.  Check the comments, too.

JIMI HENDRIX died 40 years ago Saturday, and I feel a bit bad about not making him the Friday Feature.  Billboard has video of five amazing performances.  The Hendrix in Britain exhibition at the Handel House Museum in Mayfair opened.  Roger Mayer, the navy acoustics engineer who created sound effects for the giants of the 1960s rock scene, talks about Jimi's unique sound. November will bring a box set of rare and unreleased material.

MC5 frontman Rob Tyner died 19 years ago Saturday, and I'll try to do better by him next hear.

HARRY NILSSON is essayed by the L.A. Times in conjunction with the new documentary, "Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?"

THE MYNABIRDS: Laura Burhenn shuffled her iPod for the Boston Globe.

THE XX talks to All Things Considered about winning the Mercury Prize.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Town tops the chart with 23.8 million -- well above the 15 million or so gurus predicted, in a triumph for Ben Affleck as director and his strong supporting cast.  The Town should have no problem profiting on its 37 million budget.  Easy A has to settle for second with 18.2 million, but that's pretty darn good on an 8 million budget.  Devil shows with 12.6 million on a 10 million budget, though Universal reportedly paid 27 million to distribute it.  Resident Evil: Afterlife tumbled 62 percent to the No. 4 slot with 10.1 million.  Afterlife's 44 million against a 60 million budget looks tepid, until you remember it's already made almost as much overseas.  Alpha and Omega rounds out the Top Five with a floppy 9.2 million debut, which is even more disappointing when you consider there are no other kids' flicks in the Top Ten.

LINDSAY LOHAN failed multiple drug tests last week, which could derail her attempted comeback.  The actress is reportedly attending AA meetings and said on Twitter she's "working hard to overcome" her drug addiction.

THE FRENCH HOTEL has agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanors in her drug-possession case - and she will be sentenced to a year of probation but no jail time.

RUSSELL BRAND was arrested for allegedly attacking paparazzi at LAX airport.

PENELOPE CRUZ & JAVIER BARDEM are indeed expecting a child.

RANDY & EVI QUAID were arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of felony burglary after the owner of their former home called police to say they were living there illegally.

MALIN ACKERMAN is profiled in Details.

JEREMY RENNER is profiled over at GQ. Fun fact: The Oscar nominee is not giving up on the home-renovation business that paid his rent when acting didn't.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad claimed that the IAEA gave "false" details on Iran's nuclear program.

IRAQ: One thing did not change after Pres. Obama declared an end to the US combat mission on Sept. 1: the size and role of American Special Operations forces there.

THE DOG WITH THE LONGEST TONGUE, according to Guinness.

JACK TRIPPER, a kitteh with no eyes.

A GIANT GATOR was bagged by a Massachusetts woman in South Carolina.

RARE "ASIAN UNICORN" is captured, dies.

THE WORLD KOALA population is being ravaged by... chlamydia. I blame global warming.

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