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Elvis Presley, Mynabirds, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 33 years ago Monday, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977, on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- Uncle Miltie vamps for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MYNABIRDS stopped by Oregon Public broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR played the World Cafe Live.

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

SALLY SELTMANN stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set and the story of co-writing Feist's "1234."

ODDEST MUSICAL PAIRINGS: All Songs Considered presents its finalists.

WOODSTOCK:  On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.  CNN remembered last year's big anniversary, as did The New York Times with multimedia.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Seattle Weekly about Catholicism, barfing, and a broken Kindle.

STARS: Amy Milan talks to Prefix about the joys of performing, the band's "sweetie pie" fans, and the growth opportunities stemming from a political debate with F***ed Up's Damian Abraham.

BASIA BULAT talks to the Edmonton Journal about her surprising next project. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE 100 BEST SUMMER SONGS, according to celebrities (loosely defined).

CUTOUT BIN: From the Clash to Peter Frampton, from Devo to Gladys Knight & the Pips, from Deep Purple to the Del Fuegos, plus Echo & the Bunnymen, the Kinks, the Ides of March, Fine Young Cannibals 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: The Expendables, which is currently scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Eat Pray Love, which is scoring 41 percent; and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, scoring 76 percent.

SCOTT PILGRIM Versus The Unfortunate Tendency To Review The Audience.

KELSEY GRAMMER's new galpal is an English air hostess, and reportedly carrying his child, accoring to the ever-reliable Daily Mail.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE's daughter allegedly beat the hell out of her boyfriend's ex and is being prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon.

GEORGE MICHAEL was charged on Thursday with possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drink or drugs following a car crash early last month, London police said. Shocka!

JAMES FRANCO gets another glowing profile, this time from Esquire.

TV'S TOP EARNERS, according to TV Guide.

IRAN and Turkey are providing weapons to Hezbollah. Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said UN sanctions have strengthened Iran's government.

AFGHANISTAN: As Nato forces concentrate in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, the BBC gets exclusive access to the security offensive there and speaks independently to people in the city.  Human rights groups ask WikiLeaks to censor secret files on the Afghanistan war to protect civilians who've worked alongside the US and other foreign forces from reprisals.

IRAQ's top army officer has criticized as premature the planned US troop withdrawal by the end of next year.

SURFER takes video of Great White Sharks circling him.

ALBINO PYTHON ON COCAINE confronts police.

A VAST FLOTILLA OF TINY JELLYFISH have stung hundreds of people on Spanish beaches this week - a swimmer's nightmare that biologists say will become increasingly common due to climate change and overfishing. Plus, video.

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First Aid Kit, Ferraby Lionheart, Mavis Staples, Jerry Garcia, Maru in slo-mo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA drop a video for "Northshore."

FIRST AID KIT did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FERRABY LIONHEART also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MAVIS STAPLES plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JERRY GARCIA died 15 years ago this week. Mother Nature Network has videos of better times.

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." It's been a fishbowl all week.

BECK & NIGEL GODRICH discuss the music of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to Consequence of Sound about his massive new theatrical tour. (Thx, LHB.)

TOKYO POLICE CLUB sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new album Champ, the movie that forever traumatized its drummer, and relishing the lost of art of a simple conversation with a stranger. 

BEATLE BOB attends his 500th consecutive show.

CHARLIE SHEEN, sentenced to rehab, was totally sober at the Playboy Mansion, says... Ron Jeremy.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Sources connected with Oksana Grigorieva say Gibson is going to great lengths to avoid sitting for his deposition.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Judge Marsha Revel has removed herself from the Lindsay Lohan case after allegations the judge improperly contacted people involved in the case.

FANTASIA BARRINO: The "American Idol" winner was hospitalized Monday night for a medication overdose. Last week , as wife filed a complaint saying that her husband is having an affair with the singer.

JENNIFER LOPEZ won't be a judge on American Idol after all, according to a source close to the situation.


BRITNEY SPEARS will appear on Glee, according to Ryan Seacrest.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE's daughter has been offered a multi-picture deal... as an adult actress, after her debut DVD quickly sold out.

JESSICA ALBA smiles her way out of a traffic ticket.

LEO DiCAPRIO's rare first-dollar deal will make Inception his biggest paycheck to date.

IRAN: Brazil agreed to abide by UN sanctions on Iran. Toyota stopped shipments to Iran. The foreign minister said US claims of Iranian interference in Iraq are "baseless."

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai will set a deadline for disbanding all private security firms, his office said on Tuesday, with the government working on a plan to avoid a security vacuum in their absence.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi Interests May Work Against Pullout. Shocka.

MARU the CAT returns, this time in awesome super slo-motion.

GORILLA steals a Nintendo DS at the San Francisco Zoo. It's on like Donkey Kong.

A DOG that ate a beehive is among three finalists for a national award recognizing the most unusual pet health insurance claim.

A RARE WHITE ELEPHANT was transported from the jungles in northwest Burma to Yangon, the country's capital, where it was celebrated by the ruling junta with a lavish ceremony.

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Amos Lee, Laura Marling, Massive Attack, Cat & Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SWELL SEASON plays Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

AMOS LEE does a free, six-song mini-set for Daytrotter.

LAURA MARLING stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MASSIVE ATTACK stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a (rare) session.

NO AGE drops "Glitter" and "Inflorescence" as advance tracks.

999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

ARCADE FIRE -- and what their success says about the industry -- is essayed by Sasha Frere-Jones.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks to the L.A. Times about the upcoming Hurley LP.

GREIL MARCUS talks to 3 Quarks Daily about Van Morrison, the subject of his latest book.

VAN HALEN is working on a new album with David Lee Roth, after a quarter-century or so,

MAD MEL UPDATE: Detectives will present their evidence in the Mel Gibson domestic violence investigation to L.A. County prosecutors in two weeks.

LINDSAY LOHAN was hardly treated like a typical inmate. Shocka!

CHARLIE SHEEN celebrated his sweet plea deal at the Playboy Mansion. I think the rehab is really going to stick this time.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN & RACHEL BILSON have officially ended their engagement. Did someone show her the Star Wars prequels?

JOHNATHON SCHAECH & JANA KRAMER have split after only a little more than a month of marriage.

KELSEY GRAMMER is "deeply in love" with a young blonde just weeks after his divorce was filed.

LEO DiCAPRIO talks about the break-up of Kate Winslet's marriage.

RESSE WITHERSPOON looks to be singing onscreen again.

IRAN plans on opening the Bushehr nuclear plant in September. A former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said graves are being dug for US servicemen in anticipation of an American attack.

AFGHANISTAN: The United Nations said the Taliban is responsible for 76 per cent of all civilian casualties.

CAT adopts BUNNY... Mass hysteria!

THE BIRDS: Postal workers in Moose Jaw, Sask., are taking cover after hawks have started to dive-bomb them.

THE SWARM: A tree trimmer stung about 500 times by Africanized killer bees on Saturday described the attack.

MOTHER DUCK, er, delays commuter trains for hours.

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New Releases, Ray LaMontagne, The National, Baby Pygmy Hippo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SONNY & THE SUNSETS "Don't Act Dumb" in an acoustic version, separate from their official set at PitchFest.

NEW RELEASES:  The Scott Pilgrim sndtrk, the Budos Band, Stornoway and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

RAY LaMONTAGNE is advance streaming God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise.

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

LOLLAPALOOZA: Rolling Stone has a variety of video from the big fest.

SOUNDGARDEN leaks "Black Rain," an outtake from Badmotorfinger.

WEEZER drops "Memories" as an advance track.

THE CHESTERFIELD KINGS cover the Moving Sidewalks' "99th Floor" (introed by Martha Quinn) and psych up even more on "Sunrise (Turn On)" for Twofer Tuesday.

ARIEL PINK: How he got his groove back.

CROCODILES: Chuck Rowell talks to The Quietus about lazy comparisons, San Diego and the Dum Dum Girls.

JOSH RITTER's Secrets of Success.

THE BEST of 2010 (so far), according to ARTISTdirect.

CHARLIE SHEEN claims the infamous Christmas Day incident with his wife Brooke Mueller all started after she learned that Charlie and one of his daughters shared "an affinity" for a song by the band Train.

MIA FARROW challenges Naomi Campbell's testimony at the war crimes trial of the former Liberian leader Charles Taylor.

ROD STEWART is going to be a dad again.

PATRICIA NEAL, the molasses-voiced actress who won an Academy Award and a Tony but whose life alternated surreally between triumph and tragedy, died at home at 84.

JESSICA SIMPSON describes her "therapy."

BILL MURRAY and his eccentricities are profiled at TIME.

GREEN LANTERN: A sequel is already in the works.


IRAN: The chief of Iran's judiciary criticized President Ahmadinejad for statements made concerning the restriction of the press. A senior Sunni cleric escaped an assassination attempt carried out by Jundallah.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban insurgents publicly executed an Afghan woman for alleged adultery, a police official said Monday, in a reminder to the era when the militant group ruled the country.

BABY PYGMY HIPPO: Let's go to the video.



KOOKABURRA & TINY DUCKLING, living together... Mass hysteria!

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The Pharmacy, Peter Frampton, Bjork, Wife-stealing Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEAD CONFEDERATE is "Giving It All Away" in the first video from their Sugar LP.

THE PHARMACY has your prescription -- and it's five free songs at Daytrotter.

PETER FRAMPTON played the World Cafe, you can stream the set on demand, if you feel like I do.

SOUL SIDES: Oliver Wang cooks up a Gospel/Funk Mixtape for Aquarium Drunkard.

BJORK is featured as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.

CREAM whipped up "Strange Brew" for Beat Club in 1967.

DEAN WAREHAM talks to The A.V. Club about not getting his old band back together, the difficult of writing 12 good songs, and discovering an unreleased Velvet Underground song to score Reed's screen test.

JIMI HENDRIX: As the 40th anniversary of the great guitarist's death approaches, The Observer speaks to some of the people who knew him best and unearths a funny, if driven, superstar.

PHOENIX: Laurent 'Branco' Brancowitz does a phoner from paris with Rock Candy.

MAVIS STAPLES talks to Spinner about political songs, her new album and Lollapalooza.

THE BEACH BOYS, contra prior reports, are not suing Katy Perry over "California Gurls."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Other Guys land in the No. 1 spot with 35.6 million, in line with expectations and a relief for stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg (whose recent outings have been less than stellar). Inception drops a notch, but takes in another 18.6 million after crossing to 200 million mark earlier in the week (and almost 400 million worldwide).  Step Up 3-D debuted in third with 15.5 million, which is below expectations, but strong enough; the series has done well overseas, so they will make a hefty profit fairly easily.  Salt drops over 43 percent to the fourth slot with 11.1 million; this has been a lackluster outing for Jolie, but the overseas and DVD money will put it in the black.  Dinner for Schmucks rounds out the Top Five which plunged a steep 55 percent, but still brought in 10.5 million (blame The Other Guys).  Below the fold, Despicable Me is still leggy and highly profitable, even before getting rolling overseas.  Toy Story 3, in ninth palce, will cross the 400 million mark this week.

MAD MEL UPDATE: A five-hour deposition of Oksana Grigorieva focused on money - specifically where it's coming from.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a very strict guest list at UCLA rehab - in fact, the only people allowed to visit her while she's inside the facility are blood relatives.

TOM CRUISE sees his upfront salary slashed for Mission Impossible 4.

TIGER WOODS: Mistress No.1 Rachel Uchitel has checked out of Celebrity Rehab and into Non-celebrity rehab.

AMY POEHLER & WILL ARNETT welcome their second son.

EMMA THOMPSON is taking a work break to deal with mild depression.

ROSIE O'DONNELL is returning to daytime TV with a show on Oprah Winfrey's startup network.

SEAN PENN is "very suspicious" of Wyclef Jean's bid to become president of Haiti.

IRAN "remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism" in 2009, according tot the US State Dept.

AFGHANISTAN: Obama administration officials fear that a move by Afghan Pres. Karzai to assert control over US-backed corruption investigations might provoke the biggest crisis in US-Afghan relations since last year's fraud-riddled election and could further threaten congressional approval of billions of dollars in pending aid.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq is offering money to Sunni tribesmen in an attempt to regrow their ranks. Awakening leaders say al Qaeda is trying to take advantage in Iraq's political deadlock and delays in payments for Awakening fighters. Pres. Obama has sent a letter to Iraq's top Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urging him to prevail upon Iraq's squabbling politicians to finally form a new government, according to an individual briefed by relatives of the reclusive religious leader.

A DEER steals a man's wife.

RADIOACTIVE BOAR on the rise in Germany.


SEA SPONGES share almost 70 percent of human genes.

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