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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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RIP T-Bone Wolk, New Releases, Gorillaz, Broken bells, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM "T-BONE" WOLK, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates, led the SNL band from 1986-92, and recorded with Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and many more, died Saturday (Feb. 27) of an apparent heart attack. H & O have issued official statements, natch. You can see Wolk in the video for "Private Eyes," though he wasn't with H & O when it was recorded. But it's definitely Wolk with the signature line on "Maneater" to complete your Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Rogue Wave, Shooter Jennings, Besnard Lakes, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

GORILLAZ are advance streaming the Plastic Beach album.

BROKEN BELLS are advance streaming their self-titled debut.

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION has an interview plus tracks from Weekend Edition Sunday.

GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS deliver a crunchy cover of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," to get us ready for Tim Burton's Alice this weekend.

THE ROLLING STONES forthcoming reissue of Exile On Main St will reportedly include 10 previously unheard songs.  As a complement to the release of Exile on Main Street, a documentary, "Stones in Exile," has just been completed for fans to view on US Network television and through BBC Worldwide internationally -- including ten minutes from that bootleg documentary with the NSFW name.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: John Cale has ruled out any possibility of any reunion, due to bad memories and the death of guitarist Sterling Morrison.

LAURA VEIRS talks to the Chicago Tribune about the recording of her July Flame album.

MIDNIGHT OIL: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd demoted his Environment Minister, former rock star Peter Garrett, on Friday as his government faces an election year slide in opinion polls over a bungled home insulation scheme. How can they sleep while their roofs are burning?

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife Brooke Mueller wants a divorce after his court case for domestic violence is over, according to RadarOnline.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes has been undergoing intense Scientology "auditing" - sparking rumors that she's "being prepared" for her second baby with high-priest husband.

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA... The feud between Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb has been raging for years and caused the cancelation of a televised Brady reunion planned for this week, according to RadarOnline.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS -- and his family matters -- are featured at Vanity Fair.

SHARON OSBOURNE writes that the cult of celebrity is destroying today's children.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Sharing words of wisdom on the Twitter.

MATT. DAMON. and PAUL GREENGRASS seem to be bailing on Bourne.

IRAN: Russia's president said Moscow was ready to consider new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear defiance and the chief of the IAEA warned that he cannot confirm that all of Tehran's atomic activities are peaceful. Shocka.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki's office denied an arrest order was signed for Muqtada al Sadr upon his return from Afghanistan.

PAKISTAN: Significant leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have been killed or captured in an onslaught of frontier ground and air attacks, according to a Pakistani general.

AFGHANISTAN: As Sahab released a posthumous videotape of Abu Dujanah al Khurasani, the al-Qaeda operative who carried out the suicide attack against the CIA at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost province.

TORTOISE vs TOMATO: Let's go to the video.

A WEDDING ELEPHANT trampled 20 limos trying to reach an in-heat female in a nearby sugar cane field in the Indian capital New Delhi.

BRITISH DOG OWNERS may be forced to pass a test before they can own any pooch under a planned clampdown on dangerous animals... like Yorkies.

MOZART, the iguana whose penis was surgically removed after he got a permanent erection, is back with his girlfriends and enjoying a healthy sex life again.

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