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New Releases, Best Coast, Metric, Jimmy Cliff, Cat & Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRANDON FLOWERS: The video for "Crossfire," from his upcoming LP, features a cameo from Charlize Theron.

NEW RELEASES: Crowded House, School of Seven Bells, Concrete Blonde, Admiral Radley, R.E.M. and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BEST COAST is advance streaming Crazy For You.

THE BOOKS are advance streaming The Way Out.

JIMMY CLIFF played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

METRIC dropped two free tracks on Daytroter.

THE WALKMEN drop a new song, "Stranded," at All Songs Considered.

THE STANDELLS play "Dirty Water" and "Storm A'Comin" live on the Mike Douglas Show on May 27, 1966. BONUS "Hey, Joe" for Threefer Tuesday.

M WARD discusses his musical upbringing and influences. (Thx, LHB.)

DANGER MOUSE talks to USAToday about the Dark Night of the Soul and the late Mark Linkous.

TULI KUPFERBERG, a poet and singer who went from being a noted Beat to becoming, in his words, "the world's oldest rock star" when he helped found the Fugs, the bawdy and politically pugnacious rock group, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 86.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: I forgot that yesterday was the 31st anniversary of the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion whereby admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game.  This compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel. 

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson admits hitting his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva and threatens to kill her in newly-posted audio.  Also, Gigorieva signed a cohabitation agreement that locked her out of securing a slice of the Oscar winning director/actor's billion-dollar fortune, according to RadarOnline.  Whoopi Goldberg is still defending him.

LINDSAY LOHAN and ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson were spotted together for the first time in months.  Meanwhile, her new lawyer is not her new lawyer.

ROMAN POLANSKI: The film director and convicted child rapist will not be extradited from Switzerland, because of a possible fault in the American application for his extradition. Note the word "possible."

TIGER WOODS files to dismiss adult film actress Devon James's paternity case, stating that the kid is not my son.

HARVEY PEKAR, the underground comics legend later the subject of the movie "American Splendor," has died at 70.  The obit embeds a couple of of Pekar's classic appearances on the original Letterman show (before he was banned).

PAM ANDERSON: the kind of a girl who makes News of the World, dishing about her 3 marriages, two sons and one adult video.

ED NORTON's agent responds to Marvel's decision to exclude his client from playing The Hulk in The Avengers. You wouldn't like him whn he's angry.

IRAN's educational authorities will send 1000 religious clerics into schools in Tehran to tamp down Western influence and political opposition, newspapers reported on Sunday.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai plans to seek the removal of up to 50 former Taliban officials from a UN terrorism blacklist.  Britain's most senior general in Afghanistan has admitted that rules for opening fire on Taliban insurgents must be "re-examined" following complaints from soldiers that they were too restrictive.

CAT & TURTLE: Unrequited interspecies love.

PET TORTOISE returns home, four years after escaping.

SAMSON the SPANIEL has made an amazing recovery after swallowing two pounds of stones.

COWS are on Twitter, talking about their lactation.

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Drive-By Truckers, The Drums, Peter Wolf, Bird Music   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HIDDEN CAMERAS "Breathe On It" for They Shoot Music, Don't They?

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE DRUMS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

PETER WOLF and World Cafe host David Dye discuss Wolf's new LP, Midnight Souvenirs, as the artist shares some of his favorite tunes from his old jukebox.

THE 22-20s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CAROLE KING & JAMES TAYLOR get a feature plus live tracks from All Things Considered.

BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

A NICK DRAKE TRIBUTE that will feature a documentary, album and book is underway.

JIMMY WEBB: One of America's greatest pop songwriters talks to PopMatters about how the boy from Elk City got to Nashville to record the cameo-laden Just Across the River.  Plus, great stories about how he wrote "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," and more...

THE HOLD STEADY: Axeman Tad Kubler talks to Gibson about some of the new sounds on Heaven Is Whenever, the departure of keyboardist Franz Nicolay his Gibson 335s, and Cheap Trick.

SLEIGH BELLS guitarist Derek Miller talks to the Broward - Palm Beach New Times about returning to play his old stomping grounds in South Florida. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Despicable Me takes the weekend with a 60.1 million debut against a 69 million budget.  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse places with 33.4 million.  That's a 49 percent drop from its opening, but it has already raked in 237 million domestic against the same sort of budget as Despicable Me.  Predators debuted in the No. 3 slot with 25.3 million against a 40 million budget.  Toy Story 3 slipped a notch with 22 million, but a 27 percent drop suggests more legs for a movie that's already taken in 340.2 million domestic against a 200 million budget.  The Last Airbender timbles from second to round out the Top Five with 17.2 million, a 58 percent drop, that's not quite as disastrous as it sounds, as it broke the 100 million mark against a 150 million budget.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The audio of Gibson's vile, hate-filled racist rant was posted by RadarOnline.  Also, Gibson reportedly threatened to bury the mother of his love child in the rose garden of his multi-million dollar mansion.  Gibson has been dropped as a client by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

RYAN SEACREST was... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera with DWTS' Julianne Hough In Italy.

EMILY BLUNT & JIM KRASINSKI got hitched over the weekend.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD married Ottawa Senators' hockey player Mike Fisher over the weekend.

JESSICA SIMPSON turns 30, and it's not like she imagined.

ED NORTON is not playing The Hulk in The Avengers... but he would like to.

KEVIN BACON is negotiating to play the villain role in X-Men: First Class.

JAMES CAMERON will make 350 million from Avatar.

IRAN has "yet to confirm" the stay of the stoning sentence for Sakineh Mohammadi-Ashtiani.

PAKISTAN: A suicide bomber killed 65 Pakistanis and wounded more than 100 in an attack on pro-government tribal leaders in Mohmand.

IRAQ: Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi said Friday in Beirut that he hopes the new Iraqi government would be formed next month.

THE BIRDS, set to music.

MAN SLUGS BEAR, Rescues Goat.

A CAT was ratted out to the cops by its owners after it started stealing dozens of knickers and items of underwear from neighboring gardens.

MONKEYS are being trained by the Taliban to shoot and kill American soldiers in Afghanistan, according to unnamed Chinese publications? Why am I skeptical of this blockbuster scoop?

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Thin Lizzy, Jamie Lidell, Dawes, Cutout Bin, Parrot Opera   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THIN LIZZY!  Won't be long 'till Summer comes, now that Thin Lizzy is back in rotation.  Here's Phil Lynott & Co. live at the Sydney Opera House in 1978, playing "Jailbreak," "Bad Reputation," "Cowboy Song," "The Boys Are Back In Town," "Waiting For An Alibi," and "Are You Ready?"

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

DAWES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three unreleased.

DELTA SPIRIT played a set for World Cafe Live.

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

SUMMER MUSIC PREVIEW, via All Songs Considered.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise," which is oddly missing from the Tube.

THE BEST OF 2010 (So Far), according to The Quietus.

HARVEY FUQUA, a singer, songwriter, record producer and early mentor of Marvin Gaye, has died at 80. Fuqua and Gaye performed together on the 1958 hit "Ten Commandments of Love."

10 TIMELESS BEACH ALBUMS, according to Flavorwire. (Thx, LHB.)

20 ROCKING DOCUMENTARIES, according to TotalFilm. THE TOP TEN MUSIC DOCS, according to the Daily Telegraph.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Bird & the Bee to the Byrds, from Eddie Floyd to Chris Stamey, from Ringo Star to Guided by Voices, plus Focus, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Despicable Me, which is currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Predators, scoring 72 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN vows to appeal the 90-day jail sentence imposed by Judge Marsha Revel, whom the actress called a very NSFW thing. And yet Lohan also wants a million bucks for her first post-jail interview, so why appeal? BTW, her lawyer quit.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is under investigation for domestic violence.  Meanwhile, Gibson has been caught on tape making another bigoted remark, this time against Latinos, reports RadarOnline.

JESSICA SIMPSON's new boyfriend is still legally married, fwiw.

DREW BARRYMORE talks to Elle about her latest film, her new outlook, and refusing to settle.

EMMY NOMS went to these people and shows. Nom nom nom.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS looks to have a Beast and a Cyclops onboard.

TERROR in the UK: Three men were found guilty Thursday of conspiring to murder hundreds of people in the longest-running terrorism trial in British history.

TERROR in NYC: An indictment unsealed today by the Dept. of Justice reveals that the foiled 2009 NYC subway terrorist attack uncovered in the Najibullah Zazi investigation was a much more ambitious plot than previously known. The NYC plot was planned to coincide with a similar suicide attack on the London transit system and was coordinated by senior leaders of al Qaeda's external operations unit.

IRAN is denying reports that an woman convicted of adultery will be executed by stoning, though her death sentence may still be carried out by some other method. Well, that's okay, then.

IRAQ: Thousands of Iraqi Shi'ite pilgrims trudged resolutely through blood-spattered streets on Thursday, determined to pay homage to a Shi'ite Imam despite suicide and roadside bombs that killed dozens.

PARROT SINGS OPERA: Let's go to the video.

A WHITE BENGAL TIGER was foiled by an inflatable killer whale.

ESCAPE OBSESSED MONKEYS used springy tree branches to catapult themselves over a five-meter electric fence to freedom.

SAN FRANCISCO could soon have what is believed to be the country's first ban on the sale of all pets except fish, following an intense lobbying effort by gerbils and hamsters.

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Los Campesinos!, Alejandro Escovedo, the Dead & the Beach Boys, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CASS McCOMBS performs "Windfall" at the Highland Park Masonic Lodge for Hobo FM.

LOS CAMPESINOS! play a Tiny Desk Concert.  And yet: This performance contains language not suitable for all audiences.

M.I.A. is advance streaming /\/\ /\ Y /\.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD & THE BEACH BOYS: Live at the Fillmore East, April 27, 1971.

MAVIS STAPLES drops "You Are Not Alone" (written by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy) as an advance track.

EELS drop "Spectacular Girl" as an advance track.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

FAITH NO MORE frontman Mike Patton talks to PopMatters about the band's reunion, his storied career, and massages from men in togas.

THE SUBMARINES talk to SPIN about their upcoming album, Blake's relation to The Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the difficulties writing, recording, and touring with your spouse.

WILCO did not renew its contract with Nonesuch, and is forming their own label.

TED LEO is reportedly considering retiring in 2011, citing low record sales and an "unsustainable" model for doing business.

LINDSAY LOHAN may have come with a profane message on her fingernails for the Los Angeles Superior Court when she appeared for her probation revocation hearing -- and it could spell more jail time.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is caught on tape admitting that he hit the mother of his love child, according to RadarOnline.


ANGELINA JOLIE talks family matters with Parade magazine to promote Salt.

CAMERON DIAZ talks to Harper's Bazaar about her booty, which is clearly of more interest than Knight & Day.

ELLE MACPHERSON admits using a banned substance.

ROB LOWE wants to buy Miramax?

AL QAEDA: Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi, a Sudanese detainee held at Guantanamo, pled guilty to charges of conspiracy and material support for terrorism before a military commission Wednesday.

IRAN: The United Arab Emirates ambassador to the United States said Tuesday that the benefits of bombing Iran's nuclear program outweigh the short-term costs such an attack would impose.  He said Iran has not been deterred from supporting terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah now, when it doesn't have a nuclear arsenal. So why, he asked rhetorically, would Iran be more cautious in its support for terrorism if it did.

AFGHANISTAN: Why Kandahar locals turn to the Taliban.

THIS TORTOISE really digs having its shell brushed.

A 9-FT GATOR was euthanized in Oakland, FL.

SUPER SQUID Sex Organ Discovered. Hentai fans rejoice!

A ONE-ARMED, ONE-LEGGED MONKEY slaughters a man's chickens.

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She & Him, The Church, Voung Veins, Cat Rick-rolled   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANG ISLAND have a new video for "Careful Crossers."

SHE & HIM played a set for World Cafe Live.

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

YOUNG VEINS: Last July, Panic! at the Disco had finished a round of touring arenas to support its ambitious and critically lauded second album. Then Ryan Ross and Jon Walker abruptly quit to start the Young Veins, inspired by '60s British Invasion and California pop like the Zombies and Love.  Check 'em out.

OF MONTREAL dropped a new track "Hydra Fancies," in the Believer's 2010 Music Issue.

DUNGEN dropped "Marken Låg Stilla" as an advance track to their next LP.

LIZ PHAIR has a new album, Funstyle, available at her website. Some find it baffling.

JOHN LENNON: Roio has his 1972 King Biscuit Flower Hour.

ARTHUR LEE joins THE FUZZTONES on "7 and 7 Is." Because it's today.

PAUL WELLER is profiled by the Irish Independent.

SERGE GAINSBOURG: Joann Sfar's biopic is the peg for stories about his controversial catalog, his continuing influence, and his women.

THE FENDER TELECASTER at 60: Legendary guitarists, including Andy Summers and Graham Coxon, on why they love the iconic guitar.

PRINCE: "The Internet is completely over."

LINDSAY LOHAN was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating her probation in her DUI case, followed by a 90-day inpatient rehab program.  She also got served with legal papers in a civil lawsuit while she was in the courtroom elevator yesterday.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva not only has Gibson's vile and profane rants on tape, but she is also sitting on potentially explosive photos that will show her bloodied and bruised after a confrontation with the Oscar-winner.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT, who was great in (500) Days of Summer, is profiled in Details in advance of the opening of Christopher Nolan's Inception, which currently has a perfect score on the ol' Tomatometer..

GEORGE MICHAEL has been arrested after he crashed his car into a shop front in the early hours of the morning.

BRITNEY SPEARS admits in Cosmopolitan magazine that she'd never let her sons have careers in Hollywood.

JAMES BOND 23 remains indefinitely suspended (but not necessarily dead) due to MGM's financial troubles.

THE TOP 40 MOVIES FILMED IN CHICAGO, according to Chicago magazine. Guess which movie tops the chart?

IRAN has unveiled haircuts that according to officials are in line with Iranian and Islamic principles.

PAKISTAN: A former detainee held at Guantanamo Bay for nearly three years has been arrested in Pakistan on terrorism charges.  Privately, the US-Pakistan relationship is often marked by mistrust and double-dealing as Pakistan runs double agents against the CIA and the agency tries to penetrate Pakistan's closely guarded nuclear program.

IRAQ hopes for a spectacular oil boom to revive its political fortunes.

FRO the CAT: Rick-rolled.

DOG nurses a kitteh... Mass hysteria!

A PYTHON used by a South African fortune-teller to control the progress of teams in the World Cup was seized by animal welfare inspectors.

A BABY BIRD gets help from a new pair of shoes.

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