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New Wilco, Iron & Wine, Vetiver, Penguin Olympics   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 14, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN has an alternate vdeo for "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'". The original was arty; this one has someone getting clocked with a frying pan.

WILCO is advance streaming Wilco (The Album).

IRON & WINE is advance streaming the Around The Well rarities collection.

VETIVER stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

AMANDA PALMER: With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart -- her high school musical based on Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" -- is now streaming in its entirety.

THE BREEDERS: Kelley Deal talks to the Riverfront Times about about the band's new, roller-derby themed video for "Fate to Fatal," the new EP, etc.

THE THERMALS: Kathy Fortser talks to Drowned In Sound about having Johnny Marr and his kids as fans, plus more...

RICHARD BUCKNER talks to the Arkansas Times about singing with himself, his philosophy on making albums and what makes a good performance.  Video at the link, too.

ARCTIC MONKEYS drummer Matt Helders talks to Drowned In Sound about the band's next album.

WOODEN BIRDS: Andrew Kenny tells Black Book about super powers, his affinity for the channel TBS, and having his dreams realized at a bar in Brooklyn.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A burglar alarm led police to Li-Lo's house on Tuesday.  Police found evidence of a potential break-in and ransacking -- but the mess was caused by Lohan, not the burglars.

PAULINA PORIZKOVA has been fired from her America's Next Top Model judging role after three seasons, due to her "huge ego."

BRAD PITT drunk-dialing Jennifer Aniston? Too good to check.

NICOLE KIDMAN has fled Woody Allen's latest, untitled project.

CAMERON CROWE lists his "Top 10 (Or So) Music Moments in Film," by which he means 36: "The first thing to remember about any top ten list is that it is not to be trusted".

ANGELS & DEMONS opens tomorrow, and I've generally neglected to mention it, so here's a clip, with more in the sidebar.

UP: /Film rounds up the exceedingly good early buzz and notes Easter eggs in the forthcoming Pixar flick.

THE MAXIM HOT 100 is in text form at the Cinema Post, while ONTD rounds 'em up in pictures.  Call it Gratuitous Thursday.

THE STANS: Michael Yon and Popular Mechanics both take a look at the shake-up in US command.  The BBC has a good map of Taliban-held areas of Pakistan.  As Taliban militants push deeper into Pakistan's settled areas, foreign operatives of Al Qaeda who had focused on plotting attacks against the West are seizing on the turmoil to sow chaos in Pakistan and strengthen the hand of the militant Islamist groups there.  The US military has begun flying armed Predator drones inside Pakistan and has given Pakistani officers significant control over targets, flight routes and decisions to launch attacks under a new joint operation.  Moderate clerics speak out against the Taliban.

IRAQ: Gen. Ray Odierno offered a cautiously optimistic picture of conditions in Iraq during an hour-long session hosted by The Institute of World Politics. He also defended the withdrawal timeline, while admitting wryly that he had fielded many, many questions on that topic.

PENGUIN OLYMPICS: New Zealand, home to nine of the 16 species of living penguins, hosts the world's first ‘Penguathlon'.  The Sun has video.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PENGUINS: Zoologists have long wondered where the flightless seabirds go during their long spells away from land -- and now French scientists believe they can supply the answer.

ZOMBIE FIRE ANTS: It sounds like something out of science fiction. But it's all too real.

500-LB MOOSE "fell out of the sky" on I-95 in Maine. Nothing up my sleeve... Presto!

A GREEN TREE FROG underwent life-saving emergency surgery after it was run over by a lawnmower in a backyard Down Under.

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New Shins, YFF & Minus 5, Grizzly Bear, Bathtub Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS breakout a new song, "Double Bubble" at the Hollywood Palladium.

CONOR OBERST has an hour-long documentary available to stream or download via Causecast.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Fairport Convention, Dinosaur, Jr., Passion Pit and more are featured in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS and THE MINUS 5 are advance streaming new albums for your e-mail address. Oterwise it's :30 samples. (Thx, Ken!)

GRIZZLY BEAR is advance streaming "Two Weeks" from their upcoming LP, after months of seeing live versions.

RICK ASTLEY turns up for karaoke night in Athens, GA.

briTUNES: NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams launches a web-only music interview series, starting with a feature on Deer Tick.

THAO NGUYEN yuks it up with Metromix.

ANVIL is the real-tife Spinal Tap -- and their drummer is named Robb Reiner. Yes, really.

CHAN POLING, formerly of The Suburbs, is writing musicals.

LINDSAY LOHAN laughs off pregnancy rumors.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fmr "magnager" Sam Lufti may have to pay the legal costs of getting a restraining order against him.

MISS CALIFORNIA was given a reprieve by Donald Trump, who generally likes giving reprieves to pageant winners, iirc.

TWILIGHT SEQUEL script found in the trash. The punchline writes itself, but the woman who found it returned it to the studio.

GINNIFER GOODWIN talks to W magazine about her good-girl rep and being asked inane dating questions while promoting He's Just Not That Into You: "I don't know why anyone would want to ask an actor for dating advice. We are not the poster children for healthy relationships."

TERMINATOR: SALVATION has given an exclusive action clip and behind-the-scenes clip to... Pizza Hut. And many things blow up.

STAR TREK: io9 learns about the Shatner scene cut from the reboot, but it has a spoiler for what is in the movie, so caveat clicker.  Also, there's a theory now explaining an unusual musical choice in the reboot.  BTW, the movie made three million more than the Sunday estimates, taking the opening weekend to 79.2 million.

TERROR in the USA: It took three trials, three juries and nearly three years, but federal prosecutors finally succeeded Tuesday in convicting five Miami men of plotting to start an anti-government insurrection by destroying Chicago's Sears Tower and bombing FBI offices. One man was acquitted.

IRAN's Revolutionary Guards have begun deploying mobile launchers for surface-to-air and surface-to-sea missiles in the Strait of Hurmuz and other areas in the Gulf, according to an Iranian official, quoted anonymously in the Saudi daily Al-Watan. Shaker of salt.

PAKISTAN: US officials are skeptical of the high Taliban casualty reports as the Interior Minister claimed 700 Taliban fighters have been killed in four days of fighting in Swat.

IRAQ: Michael J. Totten starts a series asking Iraqis and Americans if the worst in Iraq is over or if the dramatic reduction in violence is just a long lull. Anthony Cordesman warns that it is Iraq that now risks becoming the "forgotten war."

KITTEH in a BATHTUB: Let's go to the video. (Thx, Lance!)

GIANT JELLYFISH washes up on the North Devon coast.  Or the UK is being invaded by giant blancmanges.

A FOX CUB survived being trapped in a snare for two weeks after his mother brought him food every day.

A PARROT is about to cost 1000 workers their jobs in New South Wales because the Federal Government has ordered a timber industry to be shut down to protect the bird.

DOG & KITTENS, living together... mass hysteria.

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Sharon Jones, New Releases, Green Day, Meat Puppets, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DARK WAS THE NIGHT: Closing out last week's big benefit show, this indie-star cast, featuring Feist, St. Vincent, etc. are about to be blown away by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' take on "This Land Is Your Land."

NEW RELEASES: Steve Earle, Jarvis Cocker, Bloc Party, Hanne Hukkelberg and more are streaming in full this week at Spinner.

GREEN DAY is advance streaming its 21st Century Breakdown via Drowned In Sound.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE played the 9:30 Club in DC last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand via NPR now.

MEAT PUPPETS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter at SxSW.

BON IVER played "Flume" (w/ My Brightest Diamond) and "Big Red Machine" (w/ Matt Berringer) at the Dark Was The Night benefit show at Radio City Music Hall. Two. Fer.

LUCKY SOUL gets interviewed at Sweeping The Nation and SoundProof. (Thx, Chromewaves.)  Their advance track, "Whoa Billy", was in the Cutout Bin a few weeks ago, icymi.

STEVE EARLE talks to PopMatters about his new LP of Townes Van Zandt tunes.

NOAH & THE WHALE share some firsts with YANP.

MASTADON guitarist Bill Kelliher talks art-metal with Express Night Out. Video at the link.

BROOKE SHIELDS contradicted her own reps by officially saying Jack McCollough - the dude Kiefer Sutherland headbutted - bumped her just before the incident.

LINDSAY LOHAN is seven weeks pregnant, according to an obscure gossip blog.

MICHAEL PHELPS deserves another gold medal - for stamina in the sack, according to a stripper who claims she had a threesome with the swim champ.

SHIRLEY JONES might pose nude for Playboy at the age of 75, if her husband/manager Marty Ingels has his way. I'm thinking saner heads will prevail.

FARRAH FAWCETT talks directly to People magazine about her very public, 2½-year-battle with cancer.

JESSICA BIEL says she was as shocked as everyone else at her boyfriend Justin Timberlake's raunchy new video "Motherlover" with Andy Samberg on Saturday Night Live this past weekend.

STAR TREK: Geeks of Doom explain "10 Gripes People Have About The New ‘Star Trek' Film."  MTV lists "Five Things You May Have Missed While Watching 'Star Trek'."

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are allowed to slap their wives if they spend lavishly, a Saudi judge said recently during a seminar on domestic violence.

IRAN: Roxana Saberi, an American journalist convicted in Iran on spying charges, is to be freed after an appeals court downgraded her sentence.

AFGHANISTAN: The Pentagon is replacing the top American commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David McKiernan, less than a year after he took over.

IRAQ: Ending months of political stalemate, the Iraqi Oil Ministry and the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq reached an accord Sunday that would allow the Kurds to export oil for the first time.  Violence is on the rise in Iraq, as the Iraqi government is neglecting many of the successful counterinsurgency initiatives it is inheriting from the US military.  After a long hiatus, the Syrian pipeline operated by al-Qaeda in Iraq is back in business.

CATS & DOGS, living together... up to a point.

RETURN OF THE MONTAUK MONSTER: Another strange, mutilated animal washes up on a Long Island beach.

MYSTERY WORM INVASION forces 50 herdsmen and their families from their grassland homes, taking 20,000 head of livestock with them, in northwest China's Xinjiang region.

WHEN KANGAROOS ATTACK, tourists go swimming.

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The 757s, Black Joe Lewis, The National, Hungry Loris   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANIMAL COLLECTIVE shows off their "Summertime Clothes" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE 757s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set steaming via MPR.  From the Twin Cities, and sound like it, with a touch of Americana.

AMANDA PALMER of Dresden Dolls talks to NPR about adapting Neutral Milk Hotel's Aeroplane Over the Sea as a high school musical.

HORSE FEATHERS performed a Tiny Desk concert for NPR.

BLACK JOE LEWIS & THE HONEYBEARS: Joe talks about his gritty, funky style of old soul with the Houston Chronicle, with embedded audio samples.

THE NATIONAL played "So Far Around the Bend" for Jimmy Fallon.

THE SHINS frontman James Mercer is profiled in the L.A. Times.

JARVIS COCKER talks to The Independent about his upcoming solo LP, advocates revolution, etc.

GRAHAM COXON talks to the Mail On Sunday about how glamorous things were not in the 90s.

FLAMING LIPS give a progress report on their next LP to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Star Trek went boldly to the top of the chart -- as expected -- with 72.5 million (76.5 counting Thursday advance screenings).  This is disappointingly less than Wolverine's opening last weekend, but far above the average for a Star Trek movie (indeed, this reboot outgrossed the total box office of the last Trek movie on Saturday).  Of course, this one also has a 150 million budget, and may need overseas receipts to pay off the total cost (which includes the massive ad campaign).  Paramount will likley be happy with 200 million in the US.  Trek may do well again next weekend, as Angels & Demons may draw a different demographic, but the Termiantor arrives two weeks hence.  Wolverine took second with 27 million, but that's a 70 percent drop inflicted by the Enterprise and bad word-of-mouth.  Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, being counter-programming, dropped a modest 32 percent to take in 10.5 million.  Obsessed dropped 45 percent and made another 6.6 million, but has made almost three times its 20 million budget.  17 Again rounds out the Top Five with 4.4 million.

STAR TREK MOVIES PAST, ranked by Armchair Commentary.

RHIANNA is fighting nude pics leaked on the Internet, though they don't clearly show her face, and she is vague about whether they are of her.

SEAN PENN left ROBIN WRIGHT for Natalie Portman, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

TOBEY MAGUIRE his wife, Jennifer Meyer, welcomed their second child Friday, a baby boy with radioactive blood.

LANCE ARMSTRONG & SHERYL CROW split because she wanted children, according to the cyclist.

TERMINATOR: SALVATION has a four-minute trailer online,

KATE WINSLET is suing the Daily Mail over a story claiming that she had succumbed to Hollywood pressure to slim down.

A SOLDIER'S MIRACLE: Gen. David Petraeus brings a soldier out of a coma.  Here's the video version of the story.

PAKISTAN faces a dual test it has often failed before as soldiers again square off against Taliban militants in the Swat Valley: The country is fighting a counterinsurgency campaign while caring for those displaced by the conflict. The battle to drive insurgents from the Swat Valley has left refugees fearing they may never return home. Gen. Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in an interview that Pakistan has become the nerve center of al-Qaeda's global operations.

AFGHANISTAN: In a NYT op-ed, Hassina Sherjan reminds us that the Taliban are not really interested in peace.

IRAQI security forces, despite significant improvements, remain hobbled by shortages of men and equipment, by bureaucracy, corruption, political interference and security breaches.

SONYA the LORIS, who loves being tickled, eats worms in her latest video.

GIANT VENOMOUS SPIDERS have invaded an Outback town in Queensland.

SUCKLING MONKEYS: The women of a tribe in the Amazon jungle breast-feed small primates and other animals.

AN INGENIOUS ORANGUTAN short circuited electrical wires and climbed a fence using a makeshift ladder in an aborted escape attempt from the Adelaide Zoo. Cue King Louie.

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Beat Farmers, John Vanderslice, Cutout Bin, Star Trek, Donkey B-Ball   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 08, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  Because I was in the mood for an encore of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."

JOHN VANDERSLICE is advance streaming his album, Romanian Names, via NPR.

NOMO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR. The Current refers to avant garde jazz, funk and Afrobeat, but they sound more accessible than that might suggest.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the New York Times about rocking out and more... 

SPINAL TAP is streaming a new song, "Back From The Dead," via Billboard.

BOB MOULD talks to The Quietus about Sugar, Husker Du, being a trance DJ and his sexuality.


BOB DYLAN, btw, would like to work with Sir Paul McCartney

JANE'S ADDICTION: Perry Farrell talks to Billboard about the pros and cons of the band's reunion.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS guitarist Benjamin Curtis answers the infamous 20 Questions for PopMatters.

CUTOUT BIN: From Leonard Nimoy to Alice Cooper, from the Vogues to the Tom Tom Club, from The Move to Mazzy Star, plus The Who, The Replacements, The Kinks, Calexico, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

STAR TREK, apparently, was a TV show in the 60s, and it's now this movie by JJ Adams, the guy who created Felicity and Lost -- and the creator of Lost turns out to be a good choice for what goes on this movie.  The Onion was right that it is fun and watchable, though I didn't hear too many disappointed Trekkers coming out of the screening.  There are some major violations of Trek canon built in, but there were also plenty of nods to quirks from the original series for the more hardcore fans.  None of this should detract from enjoyment by casual fans or strangers to the original series (though it's good to know what nacelles are). Ebert is correct that there's not a lot of deep thinking or diplomacy in this reboot, but that's okay, as it gives them something to work into the sequel.  It would be unfair to pigeonhole it as another summer action flick -- the dialogue and characterizations are pretty snappy, well-delivered by the cast.  Although this franchise is all about Kirk and Spock, I must say that Karl Urban and Simon Pegg steal scenes as McCoy and Scotty, respectively.  And that Zoe Saldana makes a hawt -- and smart -- Uhuru.  It's not a perfect movie -- Kirk's childhood is a bit ham-handed, there's a slight bit of slack in the second act, etc. -- but given the magintude of the job and the expectations for it, Abrams delivers.

NOW SHOWING: Aside from the Star Trek reboot, whcich is currently scoring a whopping 94 percent on the ol Tomatometer, this weekend's only wide release is the comedy Next Day Air, which has not been screened for critics.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND will surrender to prosecutors in several weeks and face only a minor assault charge for headbutting a fashion designer at a party.

PAULA ABDUL claims he was never addicted to painkillers and never checked into a rehab clinic.

LINDSAY LOHAN has another sleepover at Samantha Ronson's pad.

MY LITTLE PONY: Reign of Buttercup Sprinkles. The surpsise action smash of the Summer.

MARY STEWART MASTERSON is knocked up. Some kind of wonderful.

FARRAH FAWCETT: Ryan O'Neal speaks for the first time about the devastating illness of his longtime partner, Farrah Fawcett, who has battled cancer for the past two and a half years.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban have momentum that makes any effort to negotiate with them difficult, says US SecDef Gates.

IRAQ: Times are tough for the Iraqis who build concrete security barriers. The AFP managing to see the gey lining to the silver cloud.

WATERSKIING MONKEYS: Let's go to the video.

DONKEY BASKETBALL appears to be thriving in south-central Iowa, but PETA is on the case. The Daily Mail has pics from the dark heart of Moravia.

MAN SAVES DOG Saves Man. From a mountain lion!

WAITER, there's a severed snake head in my soup.

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