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New Releases, Superchunk, Of Montreal, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DRUMS are "Down By The Water."

NEW RELEASES: Spinner didn't update on Labor Day, but they probably will today, so check in throughout the day.

SUPERCHUNK is advance streaming Majesty Shredding.

OF MONTREAL is advance streaming False Priest.

BLONDE REDHEAD is advance streaming Penny Sparkle.

MAVIS STAPLES is advance streaming You Are Not Alone.

ROBERT PLANT is advance streaming Band of Joy (featuring Buddy Miller).  Plant also talks to the New York Times about the album.

JANIS JOPLIN with BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY play "Summertime" and "I Need a Man to Love" -- in one of their last performances together -- for Twofer Tuesday.

JENNY & JOHNNY: Jenny Lewis talks to the L.A. Times about leaving the Bob Dylan Fantasy Camp.

BILLY BRAGG talks to Billboard about working with Rosanne Cash and Joe Henry on a new LP.

THE SWANS: Michael Gira talks to the New York Times in a meaty profile marking the band's reunion.

PASTE: An associate editor writes about the death of the print version of the magazine.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The American topped the Labor Day chart with 16.4 million; it took in 19.5 million since opening Wednesday against a 20 million budget. Machete placed with 14 million, also against a 20 million budget.  Takers dropped to a close third with 13.5 million; its total is almost 40 million against a 32 million budget.  The last Exorcism dropped a big 57 percent to the No. 4 slot with 8.8 million; not so bad considering its 33.6 million total on a 1.8 million budget.  Rounding out the Top Five was Going the Distance, which took in only 6.9 million against a 32 million budget; Drew Barrymore has been on a bad streak in recent years.  Overall, the box office came in about where it has the past couple of years.

MACHETE was the best-reviewed flick of the weekend, but it really did not work for me.  Robert Rodriguez expanded his faux trailer from Grindhouse into a full-blown Mexploitation flick that starts with great promise, but the plot ends up meandering, and the action at the end is so poorly-directed that I found myself waiting for it to end.  There has also been a discussion of the politics, which are an especially over-the-top version of that found in the original flicks of the genre.  The politics are largely window-dressing, and would have been forgiveable if they didn't produce a very out-of-character moment for Jessica Alba that strained credulity, even for a cartoonish movie like this.  Machete wasn't a bad movie, but it failed to rise above the mediocrity of the grindhouse genre to which it pays homage.

LINDSAY LOHAN has "multiple offers" for her first television interview since getting out of jail/rehab - and one of her biggest suitors is "Today." Meanwhile, Lohan apparently struck a baby stroller with her car, and reportedly saw it before hitting it.

JOHN TRAVOLTA requested that charges be dropped against the two men accused of attempting to extort 25 million bucks from him after the death of his 16-year-old son.

CHRIS KLEIN did four days in jail on his latest DUI bust.

SPENCER PRATT may be sued by the Playboy Playmate claiming he removed a sex tape involving her and her boyfriend.

WYCLEF JEAN & SEAN PENN are feuding.

WILLIAM SHATNER was profiled by the New York Times Magazine.

IRAN is paying Taliban fighters 1000 bucks for each US soldier they kill in Afghanistan, according to a report in a British newspaper. An Iranian woman who'd already been condemned to death faces another sentence of 99 lashes because of a case of mistaken identity in a photograph, according to foes of the execution. The UN atomic agency expressed alarm Monday about Iran's decision to bar some of its inspectors, suggesting that its efforts to monitor the country's nuclear program were suffering as a result.

IRAQ: Will the Iraqi military seek US assistance after 2011?

SNEAKY CAT is watching you.

SKINKS: Scientists have caught the process of evolution in action as a species of Australian lizard abandons egg-laying for live births.

RABBITS need to turn off their cellphones before sticking them in their pants.

ALASKAN MOOSE end the summer with a pool party.

HUNGRY BEARS plague towns from coast to coast.

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Cheap Trick, Nirvana, Bob Dylan, Cutout Bin, Hopping Otters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81!  Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ROCKY VOTOLATO did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

EXTRA LENS (John Darnielle and Franklin Bruno) is advance streaming Undercard.

FREDDIE MERCURY is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.

NIRVANA: Roma, which may be their last known live recording, from February 22, 1994.

BOB DYLAN: Roio offers still-unreleased tracks from the infamous Great White Wonder.

POP CANDY has a new podcast featuring tracks from The Like, Superchunk and more...

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD has a new summer mixtape from Mondo Boys.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED Guest DJ Jim Jarmusch Previews The All Tomorrow's Parties Music Festival.  Includes a great track from The Greenhornes with Holly Golightly.

FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" falls into that category of summer song Oliver Wang described last year as "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy."  It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...

THE TOP 200 TRACKS OF THE 90s, according to Pitchfork.

THE 40 BEST NEW BANDS, according to Stereogum.

THE POGUES are arguing online about the band's status.

TIFT MERRITT talks to the Santa Barbara Independent about her songwriting  process, mixtapes and more... (Thx, LHB.)

OK GO frontman Damian Kulash writes about net neutrality at the Washington Post.

ROYAL TRUX: Jennifer Herrema talks to Exclaim about her life in the band, , the reissue series, life on a major, that notorious Sweet Sixteen album cover and how Nelly is influencing the next RTX album.

PASTE ceases print publication, but continues online.

CUTOUT BIN: From Wire to Earth, Wind & Fire, from Big Star to Jimi Hendrix, from the Sweet to Matthew Sweet, from Iggy Pop to the Ronettes, plus the Replacements, King Floyd, the Ventures, Hoodo Gurus 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 Going the Distance, which is currently soring 38 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The American, which is scoring 60 percent; and Machete, scoring 67 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN was disinvited from the the Machete premiere.

THE FRENCH HOTEL's "borrowed purse" defense to her cocaine possession charge may have a hole in it.

JOHN TRAVOLTA has been involved in "lewd sex acts with other men" as part of a "secret gay spa subculture," according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is in the final stages of negotiations with "American Idol."

JENNIFER ANISTON hit the town Wednesday night with Hard Rock Café heir Harry Morton.

HARVEY KEITEL replacing Steve Carell on The Office? I wouldn't bet on it.

NATALIE PORTMAN is already getting Oscar buzz for her work in Black Swan.

WERNER HERZOG answered questions from Twitter on video to promote his film My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done? A highlight may be his account of saving a man's life after a car crashed in front of his house.

ZSA ZSA GABOR to be plastinated after death?

OLIVIA MUNN - the newest correspondent on The Daily Show - gets a feature in GQ.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus said initial approaches to some Taliban members as part of a reconciliation initiative have shown promise and could help resolve the conflict in the country. Meanwhile, US and Afghan troops beat back another attempt by the Haqqani Network to overrun a US base in eastern Afghanistan, the third such attack since Aug. 28th.

HOPPING OTTERS: Let's go to the video.

PINKY the PUPPY jumped to the rescue and saved her best friend, 9-year-old Richie Bragg, after he was attacked by a swarm of bees.

STRANDED WHALE put to death with explosives.

THE BIRDS: Mail delivery in Bayview, Calgary, has been temporarily suspended because a hawk has been nose-diving the local mail carrier. Not to be confused with the hawks in Moose Jaw, Sask.

BABY BLACK RHINO born at the Cleveland Zoo. Awww...some pics and video at the link.

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Raveonettes, Mynabirds, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Panda Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES cover the Stone Roses classic, "I Wanna Be Adored," for Doc Martens.

THE MYNABRIRDS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter (though you can pay for lossless audio, too).

THE CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS stopped by the Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a live performance.

NEON INDIAN did a long-distance session for KEXP.

KAREN ELSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

JENNY & JOHNNY: Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice talk to Vanity Fair about the virtues of duos, Elvis Costello and more...

TED LEO talks to Billboard about "Bottled in Cork," his video project with Funny Or Die.

SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Krauss talks to Stuff (NZ) about the duo's genesis.

THE SEX PISTOLS launch their own perfume.

TIGER WOODS has taken out a 54.5 million dollar mortgage for a mega-mansion he's building on Florida's exclusive Jupiter Island.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT have officially cut off negotiations with Vivid Entertainment honcho Steven Hirsch ... telling him they're no longer interested in hawking a sex tape.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Cheating rumors from the evr-reliable Star magazine.

SAMANTHA RONSON faces a criminal investigation after her bulldog Cadillac reportedly killed a tiny dog near her West Hollywood home.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE... and Quentin Tarantino?

CONAN O'BRIEN announces the name of his new show on TBS.

KICK-ASS 2 gets greenlit, based on DVD sales.

33 MUST SEE FALL FILMS, according to Indiewire.

PAKISTAN: The US government has designated the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan as a terrorist entity, and has named Hakeemullah and Waliur Rehman Mehsud as specially designated global terrorists.  The targets of recent Predator strikes suggest the priorities of the current US mission.  US officials have charged the leader of Pakistan's Taliban with planning attacks against American forces in Afghanistan, including last year's suicide bombing that killed seven CIA employees.

PANDA DOG: Is that his real coloring? Only his groomer knows for sure.

PET PIG sent to canine obedience classes.

THE SWARM: A beekeeper's vehicle rolled in North Canterbury, seriously injuring one of the occupants and unleashing hives of angry bees.

IDITARAD waterskiing.

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Walkmen, Shawn Lee, The Smiths, Cat Duck Hunt   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WALKMEN take on R.E.M.'s "Driver 8" as the final installment of The A.V. Club Undercover.

INTERPOL guest DJ a session of Theft of the Dial and take BlackBook to their favorite haunts.

SHAWN LEE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MACHETE opens Sept. 3rd; Alt.Latino is streaming music from the soundtrack.

THE SMITHS, Live in L.A., Aug. 25-26, 1986.

DR. HOOK & THE MEDICINE SHOW: "Cover of the Rolling Stone." A fairly deranged live version.

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrick Stickles talks to the Dallas Observer about geography, journalism's future and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension. (Thx, LHB.)

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM frontman James Murphy tells The Quietus that the band may not retire, along with bits on studio nightmares, death threats and working with Arcade Fire.

LISSIE talks to Spinner about the power of cover tunes.

IS ROCK OVER? Vice explores whether the frontier is closed.

LINDSAY LOHAN talks to Vanity Fair about her career, her trial and her loss of control.

MAD MEN are on the cover of the Rolling Stone, albeit with questionable Photoshopping.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: A supposed longtime pal accused the spoiled wildchild of using her vagina as a hiding place for her drug stash. Too good to check.

DR. DREW & RACHEL UCHITEL visit Ground Zero. Yes, really.

ZSA ZSA GABOR has been rushed back to the hospital, but it's supposedly nothing life-threatening.

FRED SAVAGE: Reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.


LIBYA freed 37 prisoners late on Tuesday, including at least one former detainee at Guantanamo Bay, who had been jailed for links to radical Islamist groups but have since renounced violence.

AFGHANISTAN: The withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan from next July will begin with a general "thinning out" of forces rather than any large-scale drawdown, says Gen. Petraeus.

CLAIRE the CAT hasn't mastered Duck Hunt yet.

DRUNKEN BABOONS plague Cape Town's exclusive suburbs.

A SUICIDAL GOOSE caused a traffic jam after wandering on to a road and refusing to budge.

A FLYING CARP knocked Brad Pennington out of the Missouri River 340 endurance kayak race.

DYEING DOGS: Hot in China.

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New Releases, Walkmen, Gaslight Anthem, Surfer Blood, Merengue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND covers Springsteen's "I'm Goin' Down" in Vancouver.

NEW RELEASES:  Albums from Sonny and the Sunsets, Jenny and Johnny, Neon Indian, Shonen Knife, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.  Richard Thompson is streaming via AOL.

THE WALKMEN are advance streaming Lisbon

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

SURFER BLOOD did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

LOST IN THE TREES also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE BEACH BOYS: Lei'd in Hawaii, Aug. 25, 1967.

GREASE is the word marking the start of another school year, with "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want" marking Twofer Tuesay.

4AD's classic album covers, minimalist style and cult bands still revered by fans as it marks three decades at the cutting edge.

LAND OF TALK: Elizabeth Powell talks to the Montreal Gazette about losing her voice and finding it.

FALL PREVIEW: Anticipated albums are noted by Paste and Dose.

SEPTEMBER SONGS, suggested by the Oakland Tribune. (Thx, LHB.)

TIGER WOODS moved into a new bachelor pad in downtown Manhattan over the weekend.

THE FRENCH HOTEL was charged with felony drug possesssion; a plea deal is unlikely.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-girlfriend Sam Ronson has been named in a brutal dog attack that occurred near her L.A. apartment.

MADONNA's adopted Malawian daughter Mercy won't meet the man who claims to be father.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO: A judge says there is enough evidence for a woman to stand trial on a charge of slashing the actor's face with glass during a 2005 party.

BETTY WHITE is going Inside the Actor's Studio.

TERROR in the USA? Two men taken off a Chicago-to-Amsterdam United Airlines flight in the Netherlands have been charged by Dutch police with "preparation of a terrorist attack," US law enforcement officials tell ABC News.

IRAN: An Iranian official said Tehran will strike Israel's Dimona reactor if attacked. The Iranian state media called French first lady Carla Bruni the "first prostitute."

A DOG dances the merengue. We've seen the dog before, but this clip is even better.

MILLIONS OF KILLER SQUID have woken from the deep to cause carnage among some of the world's richest fishing grounds.

A BEAR made his last stop for pizza and beer in Trapper Creek, Alaska.

CANADIAN CATTLE are getting a little wine with their feed.

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