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Noah and the Whale, Arctic Monkeys, Jayhawks, Firepig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PHOENIX played "Lisztomania" for Fallon.

NOAH AND THE WHALE is advance streaming First Days of Spring, which NPR is calling "the breakup album of the year - maybe even the album of the year."

ARCTIC MONKEYS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE JAYHAWKS (SORT OF) get a mini-set at the World Cafe.

ROSANNE CASH is advance streaming The List -- a collection of songs recommended to her by Johnny Cash. Rosanne duets with Jeff Tweedy, Elvis Costello, and more.

THE TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You." Inspired by last week's cover from Yo La Tengo.

JON AUER (also of the Posies and Big Star) talks to Arizona Central about his various projects, having songs bundled with Windows Vista, bootlegging and more, with an embedded playlist of solo songs. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THOM YORKE and FLEA are forming a band. Look at them, they formed a band!

GILLIAN WELCH has a new album coming, and The Guardian's Alan McGee is excited.


CONAN O'BRIEN'S HEAD KONK: Let's go to the video. The man is a trouper.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are not legally married ... and they won't be until a prenup is signed.

JON CRYER and his wife, Lisa Joyner, adopted a baby girl.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson will ask a judge to expunge the DUI heard round the world.

FRED DURST (Limp Bizkit) and his wife are dunzo after three blissful months.

DJ AM's died from accidental "acute intoxication" due to the combined effects of cocaine, oxycodone, hydrocodone (Vicodin), Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT is denying problems with co-star/bf Jamie Kennedy.

WHOOPI GOLDBERG defends convicted underaged rapist Roman Polanski on the grounds that it wasn't "rape-rape," which is certainly not the impression you get from the grand jury testimony.  Whoopi might want to spend a moment at Salon. Maybe, someday, she can have Polanski on to share some words of wisdom.

KATE PLUS 8 Minus JonNot that anyone is still watching.

CARRIE FISHER talks to New York magazine and is as quotable as always, by which I mean not fit for family consumption.

THIS LITTLE PIGGY is a firefighter.

UGANDAN GORILLAS turn to Facebook and Twitter for survival.

GIANT PETS enroll in Pet Fit Club.

A TINY BIRD hitch-hikes on a hawk,

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New Releases, Raphael Saadiq, David Bazan, Orangutan and Hound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VENICE IS SINKING: "Okay," from the EP of the same name.

NEW RELEASES: The Avett Bothers, the Raveonettes, Panther, Langhorne Slim, the Whip It sndtk, the Black Seeds, Hope Sandoval, and a variety of classic rock collections are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DAVID BAZAN does three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE PINES stopped by The Current  for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

ANDY KIM, the Canadian version of Neil Diamond, covers "Baby, I Love You" and his own "Rock Me Gently" for Twofer Tuesday with Cheese.

THE TOP 200 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE are being counted down at Pitchfork.

MONSTERS OF FOLK talk to SPIN about indie super-goupdom, with embedded audio.

THOMAS DOLBY talks to Drowned In Sound about The Golden Age Of Wireless and The Flat Earth.

LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS: She's gone, at age 46.

PENELOPE CRUZ is profiled at Vanity Fair.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN, newly and quickly wed, is not knocked up, according to stepdad Bruce Jenner.

CLAIRE DANES and HUGH DANCY got hitched in France, according to the ever-reliable Life and Style.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The second of three reported thieves of her home has turned herself over to authorities.

BEYONCE KNOWLES reportedly had Lindsay Lohan thrown out of her own dressing room at the F1 Rocks concert in Singapore because she wanted it for herself.

COURTNEY LOVE and... Venezuelan Pres. Hugo Chavez? "It was the third wink that sold me. He's a sexy dawg."

GWEN STEFANI's London mansion was targeted by robbers while the singer is out on tour.

JOHNNY DEPP may be replaced after Pirates of the Caribbean 4, making a bad idea even worse. 

FRIENDS reuninting on the big screen, according to the uber-uber-reliable News of the World.

TERROR in the USA: Investigators have identified possible accomplices of an Afghan immigrant accused of plotting a terrorist attack on New York, a law enforcement official said Monday, but the whereabouts of the helpers or any bomb-making materials they procured are unclear.

IRAN warned Israel yesterday that it faces destruction if it attacks, only hours after Tehran provocatively test-fired missiles capable of hitting targets across the Middle East.

AFGHANISTAN: US Defense Secretary Gates said setting a withdrawal time line "would all be a strategic mistake." The UN said 2009 is already the deadliest year for Afghan civilians.

THE ORANGUTAN and the HOUND, living together... mass hysteria!

"SUPERCATS" PLAGUE BRITAIN: Ferocious feline chimeras menace dogs, children!

REMOTE-CONTROLLED BEETLES unveiled at the University of California Berkeley.

A TREE FROG swallows a Christmas tree bulb, looks ornamental.

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Fanfarlo, RAA, Avett Bros, Wild Turkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 28, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MONSTERS OF FOLK "Say Please" on the Tonight Show.

FANFARLO has an interview plus tracks streaming via All Things Considered.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

ERIN McKEOWN palyed the World Cafe Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE AVETT BROS did a World Cafe chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

U2 played "Breathe" and "Moment of Surrender" from No Line On The Horizon and closed with "Ultraviolet (Light My Way)" fromAchtung Baby live on Sat. night.

PETE YORN and SCARLETT JOHANSSON have an interview plus duets streaming via NPR.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT: Steve Wynn talks to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about his side gig: "It's pretty funny. I've been making records for 25 years. But it took me going back to sports writing to get on the Letterman Show."

BUILT TO SPILL: Doug Martsch talks to the Mpls City Pages about touring, recording, etc.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Austinist about his latest work, 2009's Romanian Names, which he'll be showcasing at the ACL Festival next month.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs repeats at No.1 with 24.6 million, on a mere 19 percent drop.  It will lose some screens next weekend to the Toy Story 3-D re-releases.  Surrogates comes in second with 15 million -- which looks pretty bad against an 80 million budget.  The Fame remake debuts in third with 10 million, which looks better against an 18 million budget.  The Informant! came in fourth with 6.9 million, and is doing better than most thought, having just about recouped its 22 million production budget.  Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself rounds out the Top Five, and is doing about average for a Perry flick.  Below the fold, Pandorum opened in sixth with 4.4 million, against a 40 million budget. Ouch.

ROMAN POLANSKI was arrested by Swiss police as he flew in for the Zurich Film Festival and faces possible extradition to the US for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl. Since there are people in showbiz and the media who will try to paint this as some sort of injustice, I'm linking to Bill Wyman's writings on the Polanski documentary, as well as the 13-year-old's grand jury testimony in the cae. Those who cite the now grown woman's support of Polanski tend to omit mention that she reached an out-of-court settlement with him.  They also tend to forget that criminal cases are brought by the State on behalf of its people, not a particular victim.

CONAN O'BRIEN reportedly suffered a concussion after hitting his head while filming a stunt for the show on Friday with Desperate Housewives actress Teri Hatcher.


BIJOU PHILLIPS says she knew about Mackenzie's claim of a ten-year relationship with their father "Papa" John Phillips -- and gives a modified limited hangout reaction.

JAIME PRESSLY got hitched to entertainment lawyer Simran Singh in an evening ceremony Saturday.

PAMELA ANDERSON is more than a million bucks in debt.

TAWNY KITAEN was busted on suspicion of DUI. There she goes again on her own.

MILEY CYRUS will be in Sex and the City 2.

IRAN admitted it is building a clandestine underground nuclear fuel manufacturing plant, which Iran's leaders have hidden from weapons inspectors. Pres. Obama said "the size and configuration of this facility is inconsistent with a peaceful program."  Experts say Iran must be building at least one other unreported facility.  The classified version of our 2007 National Intelligence Estimate suspects that Iran has 10 to 15 other nuclear-related facilities, never opened to international inspectors, where enrichment activity, weapons work or the manufacturing of centrifuges might be taking place.

AFGHANISTAN: US forces are welcomed in the provincial capital of Day Kundi in central Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden on Friday issued a fresh warning to European countries to part ways with the US and withdraw their forces from Afghanistan. The most dangerous course, according to some military strategists and diplomats in Afghanistan, is the middle ground.

WILD TURKEYS are wreaking havoc in a Cherry Hill, NJ neighborhood.

STINKY THE CAT: Eight lives left.

A TINY INSECT threatens California's 1.6-billion dollar citrus industry.

KITTEH in the engine.

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Byrds, Hope Sandoval, Gang of Four, Cutout Bin, Mongoose pups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 25, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS! The turning of the seasons had me in the mood for this rare live threefer of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Bells of Rhymney" and "Mr. Tambourine Man", introduced by... David McCallum? There are more screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  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." 

HOPE SANDOVAL and the WARM INVENTIONS are streaming their album at Amazon. Look for the "listening party" link

BRANDI CARLILE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

THE TOP SONGS OF 1980, according to the AOL radio blog, with embedded audio.

NOUVELLE VAGUE, specializing in cover songs with a twist (or a Bossa Nova), played a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.  The band "goes Hollywood" for this set, covering songs from 80s soundtracks.

GANG OF FOUR, a Pate fave, plays their classic "Damaged Goods" on Later! with Jools Holland.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to MAGNET about his new album, and guest-edits their blog, with entries on the Velvet Underground, the 13th Floor Elevators, John Steinbeck, Smoke Fairies, and more...

OF MONTREAL, 2009-09-18 in NYC, courtesy of nyctaper.

RICHAR BUCKNER talks to Access Atlanta from a motel in rural Ohio.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Beach Boys to Led Zeppelin, from the Clash to Tommy James and the Shondells, from Lucinda Williams to the Stooges, plus Stevie Wonder, the Raveonettes, the Outfield 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 the Fame remake, currently scoring 22 percent on thin reviews at the ol' Tomatometer; the Bruce Willis sci-fi flick Surrogates, currently scoring 63 percent; and the Dennis Quaid sci-fi flick Pandorum, which was not screened for critics.

RANDY QUAID and his wife Evi will reportedly be charged three felonies: defrauding an innkeeper, conspiracy and burglary.  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they believe Randy and Evi Quaid have a pattern of staying in pricey hotels and stiffing the joints when they leave.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS will return to the Oprah show with her half-sister Chynna

SAVED BY THE BELL: Dustin Diamond's shocking tell-all, Behind the Bell, claims drug use and sex were rampant on the set of the hit NBC Saturday-morning sitcom..

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM's quickie wedding is a publicity stunt, says singer Mya.  Plausible.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL will climb mt. Kilamanjaro to raise awareness for the global need for clean water.

ERIC IDLE responds to fatuous YouTube commenters.

JULIA ROBERTS disrupts an Indian religious festival.

TIM BURTON'S SUPERMAN: Leaked photos show why this never got the green light.

TERROR in the USA: A grand jury indicted a 24-year-old Afghan immigrant on a charge of conspiring to carry out bombings in the US, alleging he and unnamed others planned to make explosives from hair products and household cleaners in what officials say may be the first al Qaeda cell disrupted on American soil since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

IRAN: The White House is hailing a brief public comment from Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that raises the specter of sanctions against Iran as a breakthrough for US efforts to win support for a tougher global line against Tehran's nuclear program. We'll see.

DWARF MONGOOSE PUPS: Let's go to the video.

DOZENS OF SEA TURTLES DIE in marriage proposal.

A LARGE WATER RAT sneaked into a motor home and attacked a woman as she lay in her bed, after she had mistaken the animal for her three-legged cat.

MAFIA CROCODILE seized in Naples.

IF ONLY it had a catchy name.

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Sondre Lerche, Dan Wilson, Monsters of Folk, Lions   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO shot a Takeaway Show for La Blogotheque, starting with a cover of The Troggs' "With a Girl Like You."

SONDRE LERCHE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

DAN WILSON also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SOULSAVERS, featuring Mark Lanegan, are streaming the Broken album.

A FALL MUSIC PREVIEW, including Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard, the Flaming Lips and a Kinks choral track, is streaming via All Songs Considered.

MONSTERS OF FOLK are in "The Right Place."

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Nominees for 2010 the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Genesis, ABBA, L.L. Cool J, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Jimmy Cliff, Laura Nyro, the Chantels, the Hollies and the Stooges.  Now that one of the Stooges is dead, perhaps these bozos will finally wake up.  Snubbed: Yes, Rush, Chicago, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, the Monkees, Neil Diamond, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Brian Eno and Gram Parsons.

MADONNA: NPR is streaming Madge's big hits (inexplicably missing "Like a Virgin") to mark her latest "best of" package.

FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the band's upcoming LP, curating and headlining All Tomorrow's Parties New York, and more...

NO AGE: Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt talk to CMJ about the band's origins.

CHYNNA PHILLIPS already knew about -- and believes Mackenzie Phillips's claim that she had a 10-year affair with her father, musician John Phillips.  Michelle Phillips doesn't buy it, telling the Hollywood Reporter that Mackenzie has "a lot of mental illness," and that "she's had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years."

ELLEN POMPEO (Grey's Anatomy) and husband Chris Ivery have welcomed their first child, a girl.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A court document detailing 11 months of the pop wreck's credit card spending has leaked online.

K-FED (Britney Spears's Fed-Ex) is joining the cast of VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM's quickie wedding has shocked Odom's baby mama.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but attorney Howard K. Stern faces new charges in the death of former Playboy model.


JACKLYN SMITH, contrary to Honduran media reports, is alive, but her stunt double was shot.

DIABLO CODY is in talks to adapt the Sweet Valley High books for the big screen.

TERROR in the USA: Police in NYC stepped up their patrols and increased their random searches on subways and buses Wednesday following reports that as many as 24 more people are under observation in a suspected cross-country terror plot.

IRAN: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States walked out on Ahmadinejad at the UN General Assembly.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal writes that he has evidence that factions of Pakistani and Iranian spy services are supporting insurgent groups that carry out attacks on coalition troops.

BORN FREE: A man and 38 lions, hanging out together... mass hysteria!

MONKEY on a GOAT on a VASE on a ROPE: Your Seussian photo of the day.

A GIANT SQUID, larger than a New York City taxi, was captured in the Gulf of Mexico.

A DUCT-TAPED CAT: Is there anything lower?

A DOG-FIGHTING RING at a daycare center. I guess we have an answer.

SHARKS on a plane.

PANDAS, Die with Dignity!

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