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RIP Solomon Burke, Belle & Sebastian, Caribou, Budos Band, Baby Skunk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BELLE & SEBASTIAN play songs from their new LP for Pitchfork's One Week Only feature. Stuart Murdoch talks to Morning Edition about Write About Love.

CARIBOU stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BUDOS BAND stopped by KUT's Studio 1 for a chat and mini-set.

PETE YORN and BRAD (ft Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard) played the World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gigs on demand.

JOHN LENNON: David Sheff talks to Weekend Edition Saturday about the three weeks of interviews he conducted shortly before the shooting.

SOLOMON BURKE has died of natural causes at the age of 70 in the Netherlands.  Here he is on Top of the Pops in 2003, with one of his soul signatures, "Everybody Needs Someone to Love."

GUIDED BY VOICES: Tobin Spout talks to the Chicago Tribune about the reunion tour.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to the Irish Times about crisis, liberation and, er, knitting.

SMITH WESTERNS: Cullen Omori talks to Pitchfork about the band's new LP, the experience of jumping to a bigger label, and their favorite tourmates.

O-HI-O: A noisy, violent altercation and four pistol shots took place about 70 seconds before Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on antiwar protesters at Kent State University, according to a new analysis of a 40-year-old audiotape of the event.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Social Network (probably) repeated at No.1 with 15.5 million on a reasonable 31 percent drop that will keep its Oscar buzz alive.  TSN has taken in 46 million so against a 50 million budget.  Life As We Know It is the estimated No. 2 with a 14.6 million debut against a 38 million budget.  That's a very typical rom-com opening; Katehrine Heigl is about one more blah pic away from career problems. Secretariat shows with 12.6 million against a 35 million budget; whether it has Seabiscuit legs is definitely an open question.  Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole takes the fourth slot with 7 million; its domestic haul is 39.4 million against an 80 million budget.  Wes Craven's My Soul to Take rounds out the Top Five with 6.9 million against a 25 million budget.  Overall, a very soft weekend.

KIM KARDASHIAN got into a bar fight with a jealous girlfriend.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad is reportedly leveraging a threatened conservatorship suit for family therapy.

BEN HARPER & LAURA DERN are divorcing.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER jetted off to Israel for a a "spiritual journey."

KELSEY GRAMMER and girlfriend Kayte Walsh suffered a miscarriage.

JODIE FOSTER reportedly left a teenager battered, bruised and scarred after she allegedly clawed his arm during a confrontation in a Los Angeles parking lot.

GWYNETH PALTROW talks about the casting couch with Elle magazine.

DENISE RICHARDS is writing her memoirs already.

THE 50 MOST UNDERRATED FILMS, according to the Telegraph.

TERROR in the UK: MI5 is hunting a cell of British terrorists connected to an al-Qaeda commander who boasted of Mumbai-style attacks in Europe.

IRAN acknowledged Saturday that some personnel at the country's nuclear facilities were lured by promises of money to pass secrets to the West but insisted increased security and worker privileges have put a stop to the spying.

PAKISTAN: A senior al Qaeda leader who serves as al Qaeda's ambassador to Iran, and is wanted by the US, is reported to have been killed in a Predator airstrike in Pakistan's Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan two days ago. The report has not been confirmed.

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal. Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.

A BABY SKUNK: Let's go to the video of the little stinker.

AN ESCAPED ALLIGATOR sobers up in a French drunk tank.

CAT SURVIVES HOUSE FIRE in Golden, Colorado. Was it the water?

HIP-HOP PIGS may combat poverty in Rwanda.

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Sonic Youth, The Walkmen, The Smiths, Cutout Bin, Wedding Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SONIC YOUTH!  Their appearance at Matador21 put me in the mood for this gig, recorded for German TV in Dusseldorf, circa April 1996.  Your setlist includes: "Teenage Riot"; "Bull In The Heather"; "Starfield Road"; "Washing Machine"; "Junkie's Promise"; "Saucer-Like"; "Becuz"; "Sugar Kane"; "Skip Tracer"; "Skink"; and "The Diamond Sea" (Part 1, Part 2Part 3).

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

JULIA & ANGUS STONE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE SMITHS: Last of the English Roses, circa 1985.

TITUS ANDRONICUS, Live at Luigi's Fungarden, March 27, 2010.

TRENT REZNOR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a Social Network-themed chat.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Seattle Weekly tracks the band's hiatus. Carrie Brownstein signs off her Monitor Mix blog.  Janet Weiss talks about her new band with Brownstein (and other notables), Wild Flag.  And Corin Tucker has a new solo LP out. Put me in the mood for "You're No Rock N Roll Fun."

NO AGE talks to Drowned in Sound about duos, live shows, The Smell, and more...

LIZ PHAIR wrote about 90s nolstalgia for The Wall Street Journal.

THE BEACH BOYS music wil fuel a new musical for 20th Century Fox.

BEWARE THE KEYTAR: The  single most obnoxious instrument in modern music.

CUTOUT BIN: From David Bowie to the Posies, from Styx to the MC5, from Mama Cass to Guided by Voices, from KISS to King Khan, plus Neil Young, Squeeze, Ray Davies, the Replacements 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 Life as We Know It, which is currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Secretariat, which is scoring 65 percent; and My Soul to Take, unshockingly unscreened for critics.  Buried expands wide with a score of xx percent.

TONI BRAXTON filed for bankruptcy; she may owe as much as 50 million bucks.

TIGER WOODS: The alleged sex tape is a "scam" and "doesn't exist" according to the former manager of the hooker who claims to have sold the rights, according to RadarOnline.

JOHNNY DEPP paid a surprise visit to a London primary school dressed as Capt. Jack Sparrow after receiving a letter from a 9-year-old girl seeking help for a mutiny against her teachers.

BRUCE WILLIS is set to take a much bigger role in a sequel to The Expendables.

JULIETTE LEWIS was hospitalized after she was "broadsided" by a hit-and-run driver in Burbank, CA.

DORA the EXPLORER claims in a lawsuit that she was pressured into signing a dubious, complicated contract and then ripped off for millions of dollars.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS raided a secret Catholic mass in Riyadh last week and arrested a dozen Filipinos and a Catholic priest, charging them with prosyletising.

IRAN: Russia will return a 166.8 million down payment on the canceled shipment of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system.  Ahmadinejad thanked the Pope for condemning Koran burnings.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai's government denied reports that secret high-level talks with the Taliban had begun, although signals from various quarters suggested that back-channel contacts with the insurgency were gathering momentum.

DOG at a WEDDING: Let's go to the video.

THE RABBIT THREAT: They're going after cars at Denver International Airport.

WHAT IS KILLING OFF THE HONEYBEES? A unique partnership of military scientists and entomologists appears to have identified a new suspect, or two.

THE SWARM attacked a jet plane at Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Again. SEMI-RELATED: Pine beetles attack near Mt. Rushmore.

...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A new species of bat that looks like Yoda.

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Tallest Man, Tom Tom Club, Mountain Man, Roomba Kittens   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JOY FORMIDABLE: "I Don't Want To See You Like This." That's the name of the song; my opinion is the opposite.

THE TALLEST MAN IN THE WORLD finally approved the audio of his 9:30 Club gig, so you can stream it on demand.

TOM TOM CLUB did an unpluggedy Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

KAREN O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs drops her country tune, "If You're Gonna Be Dumb, You Gotta Be Tough," from the Jackass move soundtrack.

MOUNTAIN MAN did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FRAN HEALY of Travis stopped by the World Cafe for a solo chat and mini-set.

THE OHIO PLAYERS are on "Fire." Over nine minutes, and just gets wackier.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to The Quietus about the influence of Parliament on False Priest and more...

CHEETAH CHROME, once declared dead, talks to Blogcritics (via the Seattle P-I) about his new book, A Dead Boy's Tale, and being punk before there was a name for it.

LES SAVY FAV's Tim Harrington talks to Nerve about Cuban rum and Swedish textiles. (Thx, LHB.)

BELLE & SEBASTIAN may write a song about you.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva will not be doing Oprah Winfrey's show, but she did talk death threats with People magazine.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Alleged one-night stander Brittney Jones tells the ever-reliable Star magazine that that Ashton and Demi have an open relationship filled with threesomes.

LINDSAY LOHAN: No time limit on her rehab... yet.

TIGER WOODS: Someone claims to have seen the Devon Jones sex tape, and pronounces it "dirty."

CHELSEA HANDLER and... 50 Cent?

JESSICA ALBA, JESSICA SIMPSON & EVA MENDES all claim they were bullied as kids.

COURTNEY LOVE quit Twitter (again) after publicly posting a nude pic meant as a direct message.

SPIDER-MAN TWIST: Emma Stone decided to take the role of Gwen Stacy, rather than Mary Jane Parker.

WOLVERINE 2 has been offered to Darren Aronofsky.

GHOST RIDER 2 may sport Idris Elba and Johnny Whitworth.

SAM RAIMI looks committed to Oz: The Great And Powerful as his next film.

AFGHANISTAN: Representatives of the Taliban and Pres. Karzai's government have started secret talks to negotiate an end to the war in Afghanistan, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing Afghan and Arab sources.  Police seized 20 tons of explosives originating from Iran.

IRAQ: The US ambassador to Iraq said that Muqtada al Sadr's participation in an Iraqi government would be problematic for ties with Iraq.

KITTEHS on a ROOMBA: The Rite of Spring.

AN 18-FT BURMESE PYTHON was rescued from a burning home in East Greenwich, RI.

CHARLIE THE SMOKING CHIMP has died at a South African zoo, aged 52 (10 years older than average).

GUNNER, a bomb-sniffing dog mustered out of the Marines for canine post-traumatic stress disorder, has found a new home with Deb and Dan Dunham, whose Marine son died in Iraq protecting the men beside him.

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The Vaselines, Ra Ra Riot, REM, Prince, Twin Bunnies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE VASELINES play "Sex With an X" for their North American TV debut.

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

RA RA RIOT also stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

R.E.M.: Live from the National Bowl in Milton Keynes, UK on July 30, 1995.

PRINCE: Unheard Music offers two unreleased albums, including Dream Factory, the last album completed with The Revolution.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

STEVE ALBINI talked to GQ, if only to show that he thinks even less of the fashion industry than he does the music industry.

BOB DYLAN & AMERICA: The Augustinian artist.

LOCAL NATIVES: Kelcey Ayer talks to the Oklahoma Daily about music blogging, the Talking Heads and the dreaded sophomore slump. (Thx, LHB.)

15 ANTI-MORRISSEY SONGS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad was turned away by security at the Betty Ford clinic.

TIGER WOODS: It's so sad when his pr0n actress "mistresses" turn on each other, with the occasional death threat.

RACHEL McADAMS may be seeing her Midnight in Paris costar Michael Sheen.

DISNEY has a bunch of odd projects in the pipeline, including David Fincher helming a new 20000 Leagues Under the Sea adaptation.

10 GREAT NON-TRADITIONAL MOVIE VAMPIRES, courtesy of Armchair Commentary.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson is close to a deal to direct a two-part, 3-D ~500 million shoot.  Plus plenty of deets about the fate of MGM.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING TREKKIES: Heckuva book trailer.

CYBER-WARFARE: An examination by Reuters, including dozens of interviews with military officers, government officials and outside experts, shows that the US military is preparing for digital combat even more extensively than has been made public. And how to keep the nation's lifeblood industries safe is a big, if controversial, aspect of it.

TERROR in EUROPE: French authorities arrested 12 people in operations against people with ties to suspected Islamic extremists.

TERROR in the USA: Pakistani militant Faisal Shahzad remained defiant as he was given a life sentence for the May 1 failed bombing attempt in Times Square. He repeatedly interrupted the judge to press his Islamic views.

AFGHANISTAN: Moving to enforce a pledge that has rattled Afghanistan's foreign community, Pres. Karzai has begun dissolving the Afghan operations of private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT took aim at ranked US tennis player Robby Ginepri.

20 TONS OF TOADS meet their end under the wheels of British traffic every year.

A STROPPY PEACOCK is to be evicted after wrecking gardens and ‘attacking and drawing blood' from villagers in Higher Odcombe, Somerset.

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New Releases, Belle & Sebastian, Eels, Friendly Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOCAL NATIVES encounter a land shark in the video for "Wide Eyes."

NEW RELEASES: The Avett Bros, KT Tunstall, John Lennon reissues and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN are advance streaming Write About Love.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS are advance streaming Swanlights.

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

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

ARCADE FIRE: Will and Win talked to Pitchfork about the divide between indie and major, the unwieldiness of the information age, and why Arcade Fire are a Moby Dick kind of band.

PAVEMENT is profiled by Sasha Frere-Jones for The New Yorker.

PAUL WELLER reportedly married girlfriend -- and backup singer -- Hannah Andrews during a low-key ceremony in Capri, Italy.

WINSTON CHURCHILL has become the first prime minister to enter the album chart with a record marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is coming to an end, according to RadarOnline. And she's reportedly working on a new LP.

LINDSAY LOHAN is planning a staged photo shoot documenting her rehab that she will then sell to the highest bidder.

JENNIFER ANISTON was voted the most eligible single woman in the world, according to a 60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair poll released Monday.

KEANU REEVES approves of Sad Keanu.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Will it reach middle America?

SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

THE 25 MOST VALUABLE BASIC CABLE CHANNELS, according to The Daily Beast. Most may be worth more than NBC. Many may be worth more than ABC.

TERROR in EUROPE: Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

IRAN arrested several people for "nuclear spying" in connection with the computer worm attack on Bushehr.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban destroyed 28 NATO fuel tankers bound for Afghanistan in an attack near Islamabad. The attack is the second of its kind since Pakistan closed down the Khyber Pass on Sept. 30 in protest against US cross-border attacks on Haqqani Network fighters fleeing from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

IRAQ announced oil reserves in excess of 143 billion; Iraq overtakes Iran as the world's fourth largest producer. A Sunni-backed bloc that came first in elections seven months ago is united against the bid by Prime Minister al-Maliki to remain in office.

A DOLPHIN gets very friendly.

...AND THERE WERE PIGS all over the highway.

SQUIRRELS are doing it for themselves.

HORNY BULL on garage rampage calmed by a young heifer.

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FACE while trying to fight off a skunk.

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