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New Releases, White Stripes, Bird + Bee, Trampoline Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOANNA NEWSOM played "Soft As Chalk" at 30 Rock, but not on 30 Rock.  Add in Flett Foxes' Robin Peckhold rehearsing a cover of her "On a Good Day," and you have Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Broken Bells, Ted Leo, Pavement, BRMC, Morning Benders, Jason Collett, Besnard Lakes, The Runaways' soundtrack, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE WHITE STRIPES are advance streaming their live album via NPR.

THE BIRD & BEE are serving up "She's Gone" and "One on One" from their upcoming Hall & Oates tribute LP.

BEN SOLEE and DANIEL MARTIN MOORE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all upcoming or unreleased.

THE KINKS: "Victoria," live in Rhode Island, circa 1979.

LIARS talk to Pitchfork about how living in different cities has impacted their music, the group's creative process, and the merits of escapist music during dark times.

BESNARD LAKES: Captain Jace Lasek gives a decidedly trippy interview to The Quietus.

SPARKLEHOUSE: PopMatters is among those paying tribute to the late Mark Linkous.

TOM MORELLO is contributing to the soundrack for Iron Man 2.

IRON MAN 2: Speaking of which, here's the new trailer.

THE OSCARS had their best ratings in years, which is not surprising given the rise in movie attendance in the past year, and the fact that they nominated big hits like Avatar, instead of snubbing them (as they did last time with The Dark Knight).  Salon probes the show's "Kanye moment."  More folks are upset that Farrah Fawcett and Bea Arthur were left out of the memorial clip.

MO'NIQUE was apparently a rude pain in the rear to Barbara Walters. Shocka.

SEAN PENN was banned from the post-Oscars Governors Ball after a confrontation with Hurt Locker producer Greg Shapiro, who just happens to be dating Penn's ex, Robin Wright.

MILEY CYRUS thinks that she are her co-star/by are "deeper than normal people,"  Which is what a lot of teenagers think about themselves.

BETTY WHITE will appear on Saturday Night Live in the near future.

JOHN HUGHES: The late writer has at least one unproduced screenplay that may go into production.

ROMAN POLANSKI's wife is officially bummed out that her fugitive, child-molesting husband may have to face justice.

IRAN: Vitol, Glencore, and Trafigura agreed to stop supplying refined petroleum products to Iran. China signed a deal with Iran that allows it to drill in the Persian Gulf.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McChrystal talks about lessons of the Marja offensive, esp. for future ops in Kandahar.

IRAQ: Candidates and coalitions began positioning themselves in an evolving political landscape on Monday, following an election on Sunday that keeps the withdrawal of American troops on pace.

TRAMPOLINE DOG: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents fashion helmets from coconuts.

SWISS DOGS lost their bid for legal rights.

A BABY MAMMOTH is going on display at Chicago's Field Museum. Yes, they have extracted DNA. What could go wrong?

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RIP Mark Linkous, Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder, Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPARKLEHORSE: Mark Linkous took his own life over the weekend, an event all the more tragic in light of his near-death experience in the Nineties.  Many will pay tribute by linking his collaboration with Radiohead's Thom Yorke on Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," but Frank Yang adds covers of Rod Stewart's "Maggie Mae" and GbV's "Smothered in Hugs." Fans can look forward to the posthumous, delayed release of Dark Night of the Soul, a collaboration with Danger Mouse and director David Lynch.

JIMI HENDRIX -- and the posthumous Valleys of Neptune -- got a lengthy feature from the World Cafe.

TODD SNIDER played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the whole gig on demand via NPR.

MEGAFAUN did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RY COODER & THE CHIEFTAINS are advance streaming San Patricio, which is Spanish for St. Patrick, but which is probably not about what you might think.

REDBONE: "Come and Get Your Love."

SHE & HIM both talk to BlackBook about inspirations outside music.

JOANNA NEWSOM talks to The Independent about the structure of her triple LP and her beverages of choice.

ROGUE WAVE: The Boston Globe and The A.V. Club both cover the band's new, more danceable turn.

THE CLIENTELE talks to the L.A. Times about how a British band ends up with West Coast influences.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Alice in Wonderland blew away expectations with a 116.3 million debut, far beyond the tracking estimates of 65-75 million (mind you, Avatar opened with 77 million).  It's the sixth biggest opening ever, and the biggest March opening ever.  Brooklyn's Finest's second place debut also exceeded expectations, bringing in 13.5 million.  Shutter Island drops to No. 3, but a 41 percent drop -- and another 13.3 million -- isn't bad at all.  The No.4 film, Cop Out, drops 50 percent, but has made back its production budget and is (sadly) Kevin Smith's biggest movie.  Avatar rounds out the Top Five, dropping 44 percent as it lost IMAX screens and 3-D screens to Alice.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Kudos to The Hurt Locker and director Katherine Bigelow, to Best Actor Jeff Bridges (Dude!) and Sandra Bullock for collecting hers in person. James Cameron had to consloe himself with a midnight swim in his money bin. Kudos to the Academy for doing a special tribute to the late John Hughes. Anti-kudos for leaving Farrah Fawcett out of the memoriam montage.

THE RAZZIES went to these folks. Special kudos to Sandra Bullock for collecting hers in person.

THE INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats to (500) Days of Summer for Best Screenplay.

ANGELINA JOLIE had an affair with Mick Jagger whilst he was still married to Jerry Hall, a new book has sensationally claimed.

TOM CRUISE was reportedly injured in a motorcycle accident, though I presume he healed himself with his Scientology powers.

NICOLE KIDMAN was replaced by 17-year-old Selena Gomez on Monte Carlo, a movie produced by Kidman.

SEAN PENN wishes that his critics "die screaming of rectal cancer," because he's so compassionate.

MICKEY ROURKE boasted of sleeping with 14 women in one night, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER: The Steelers QB has been accused of sexual assault by a young woman in Georgia.

IRAN is building a massive rocket launch site with North Korean assistance, Israel Radio quoted IHS Jane's as reporting overnight Friday.  Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the September 11 attacks on the United States a "big fabrication" that was used to justify the US war on terrorism.

PAKISTAN: American born Al Qaeda member, Adam Gadahn, may or may not have been arrested.

IRAQ: Violent attacks on election day didn't stop large numbers of Iraqis from successfully casting their votes in key parliamentary elections Sunday.

A BABY BUNNY and  A FLOWER: Let's go to the video.

A MONKEY that has eluded capture in the Tampa Bay area for more than a year has again escaped from Florida wildlife officials.

DOGS may get the right to an attorney in Switzerland.

SHARK ATTACKS are on the decline. Gonna need a smaller boat. I blame global warming.

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Yardbirds, BOAT, Solid Gold, Jawbreaker, Cutout Bin, Alice   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE YARDBIRDS! Live circa 1967, featuring someone the announcer calls "Timmy Page."  Your setlist inlcudes "Shapes of Things," "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago," "Over Under Sideways Down," and "I'm a Man."

BOAT stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video, including a musical allusion to GbV's "Motor Away." Sloppy pop from Seattle. Friends with Tullycraft.

SOLID GOLD did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a cover of Chris Issak's "Wicked Game."

PERRO DEL MAR and TAKEN BY TREES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a twin bill.

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

WILD BEASTS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JAWBREAKER: Captain's Dead has a collection of odds and sods, including deconstructions of the Psychedelic Furs' "Into You Like a Train," REM's "Pretty Persuasion" and U2's "With or Without You" (which actually turns into another 80s classic).

ELLIOT SMITH: Kill Rock Stars is offering two free downloads from their reissues of his first and last full albums.

FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

BEACH HOUSE is profiled by The Irish Times.


PANDORA is coming to TiVo.

YOU COULDN'T IGNORE ME IF YOU TRIED: I heard the author of this book about The Brat Pack, John Hughes, And Their Impact on a Generation, and it sounded interesting.  The promo site will hook you up with videos from the youth films of the 80s.

WILCO (The Sandwich Shop).

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Duane Eddy to Echo & the Bunnymen, from the Jesus & Mary Chain to the Jackson 5, from Howlin' Wolf to Big Country, plus the Dead Kennedys, Jimmy Soul, the Damned, Herb Alpert and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Brooklyn's Finest, which is scoring 33 percent.

ALICE in WONDERLAND: Against my better judgment, I ventured to the advance screening, solely as a courtesy to you, the reader.  And while Tim Burton was eminently well-suited to breathe life into the work of Lewis Carroll (and even moreso Sir John Tenniel), I found Burton's re-imagining of this material as a battle quest in the vein of Tolkien/Narnia ultimately unimaginitive.  Johnny Depp does his thing well enough as the Mad Hatter, though I enjoyed Helena Bonham Carter's Red Queen more, and Anne Hathaway's White Queen much less.  Not a bad movie, and sure to do well.  But I cannot help thinking it a missed opportunity.

THE OSCARS: Predictions from Roger Ebert and many, many more.

TIGER WOODS: Elin has agreed to move home with Tiger, according to RadarOnline.

JOHNNY DEPP's longtime gal pal reportedly asked him to quit a film with Angelina Jolie.

LINDSAY LOHAN and BOY GEORGE exchanged beauty secrets in London.

HEIDI MONTAG's plastic surgeon refuses to perform any more work on her.

BRITNEY SPEARS' boyfriend hates her music.

THE SHADOW may be headed back to the big screen.

PAKISTAN intelligence has detained Mullah Omar's son-in-law, the fmr chief administrator of the Taliban.

AFGHANISTAN: US forces who pushed the Taliban out of their main stronghold in Marjah, southern Afghanistan, have found residents there deeply sceptical of the Afghan government's promises to rebuild.

IRAQ: Despite various warnings of an increase in violence before Iraq's March 7, 2010 parliamentary elections, the latest casualty counts do not show a significant increase in deaths.

MARU the BOX CAT has a brand new bag.

BENGAL TIGERS have a pool party.

POLAR BEAR & CUB trapped on a melting ice floe. But they'll probably be OK.

A HEN and PUPPIES, living together... Mass hysteria!

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OK Go, SxSW, Phantogram, Alison Moorer, Foals, Knut   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OK GO goes Rube Goldberg in the video for "This Too Shall Pass." 

SxSW: There's a streaming mix of 100 picks to click from festival artists at NPR.

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

ALEC OUNSWORTH also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Owen Pallett, The White Stripes, Joanna Newsom and more are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

ALLISON MOORER stops by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FOALS have some beautiful cinematography in the video for the slow-building "Spanish Sahara."

PAVEMENT: Stephen Malkmus talks to Chuck Klosterman at GQ.

PETER GABRIEL has scratched backs, but others are slow to scratch his.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to the Village Voice about The Monitor album... and the USS Monitor.

LIVE AID: 95 per cent of the millions intended for victims of the 1984 famine was diverted to anti-government rebel leaders - including the current Ethiopian Prime Minister, according to former rebel compatriots of Meles Zenawi. (Given that the Marxist gov't was trying to starve the opposition, this story would not surprise me. And it probably does not surprise Geldof or Bono.)

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller have had multiple sex partners together in the short time that they have been married, according to RadarOnline. One source estimates that they have shared as many as 10 partners - some male and some female. Giving an extra dimension to "Two and a Half Men."

NAOMI CAMPBELL was on the lam Tuesday night after cops said she beat up her driver in a Manhattan meltdown. But by Tuesday evening, the magnitude of the incident had been downgraded: the police said they were no longer interested in speaking with Ms. Campbell and considered the matter closed. No charges were filed.

SACHA BARON COHEN's Oscars skit has been cut, to avoid crushing the delicate feelings of Avatar director James Cameron.

MEGAN FOX does not go for one-night stands.

ROGER EBERT debuted his new robot voice on Oprah.

THE HURT LOCKER is under fire for being unrealistic and too realistic.

GILLIGAN'S ISLAND is headed to the big screen. One hopes it will be less than a three hour tour.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER is being developed for Tim Burton.

IRAN announced plans to test a prototype of the Qassed 2 laser-guided bomb.  Italian police have arrested seven people, including alleged Iranian secret service agents, on suspicion of supplying military equipment to Tehran in violation of international sanctions.

IRAQ: Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq's senior Shiite spiritual leader, has repeatedly refused to endorse any of the electoral coalitions fighting for votes among the country's Shiite majority.

KNUTS! An animal rights group called on Tuesday for Knut the polar bear, who shot to global stardom as a cub in 2007, to be castrated to avert incest with his cousin.

AN ERRANT EMU in El Paso snarled rush hour traffic near Interstate 10 on Tuesday morning and attacked deputies trying to restrain it.

ICE, the Super-Husky. Aw.

A BABY TAPIR debuts at the San Diego Zoo. Double Awww...

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Meyer Hawthorne, Morning Benders, Titus Andronicus, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MEYER HAWTHORNE: "I Wish it Would Rain" is not the Temptations classic, but I'm pretty sure he knows about it.

THE MORNING BENDERS are advance streaming the Big Echo album.

TITUS ANDRONICUS is advance streaming The Monitor album.

LAURA VEIRS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

ANDREW W.K. did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased jams.


GORILLAZ are not a fave of mine, but the clip for "Stylo" features a surprise cameo.

SURFER BLOOD: John Paul Pitts tells Prefix he does not want to become Brian Wilson or Rivers Cuomo.

PITCHFORK REVIEW RATINGS: A statistical study from Part-Time Music (Thx, LHB.)

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL of FAME prepares to open a library and archives on Cuyahoga Community College's Metropolitan Campus, two miles away from the hall itself.

THE CULT of the iPOD: The Atlantic predicts its death.

CHARLIE SHEEN: A woman who slept with Charlie and wife Brooke Mueller at the same time is about to come forward and tell her story, according to RadarOnline.

RANDY QUAID and his wife were back in court on Monday to appear for a preliminary hearing on their individual felony charges of defrauding an innkeeper.

CHYNNA PHILLIPS filed for divorce from Billy Baldwin on Friday -- but then had a dramatic change of heart Sunday. So, how's that anxiety rehab working out?

BRITTANY MURPHY left her entire estate to her mother in a handwritten will made years before she married.

JESSICA SIMPSON finally opening up about John Mayer's raunchy Playboy mag comments.

LADY GaGa says she is currently single and celibate.

SIMON COWELL's engagement is more than rumor now.

O.J. SIMPSON will likely be rejected by the Smithsonian.

AFGHANISTAN: The government may have a hard time getting Marja to stop growing opium poppies.

PAKISTAN: The US government has decided to establish a Quick Reaction Force for the protection of its diplomatic missions in Pakistan. Meanwhile, a Pakistani court has restrained the government from extraditing Afghan Taliban leaders recently detained by its intelligence services to any other country, raising the prospects of a new row between Kabul and Islamabad.

IRAQ: Across the country, voters are reaping a windfall as candidates in Sunday's parliamentary elections offer gifts like heating oil and rice.

CAT vs BALLOON: Let's go to the video.

SPANGLED PERCH rain down on the remote Australian desert town of Lajamanu.

WILD GOAT CHASE for police in Odessa, TX.

FOX vs. HENHOUSE: Who you got?

COWS fatally trampled a farmer after being spooked by a fire engine. The firefighter has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

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