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Tom Jones, Valentines, Beirut, Trampoline Foxes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM JONES did a Take-Away show for La Blogtheque, including "We Got Love," "If Ever I Should Leave You" and "Green Grass of Home."

GARY LOURIS & MARK OLSON talk to PopMatters about their new album, a possible Jayhawks reunion, the incredible "Blue," and more...

PRE-VALENTINES: Lesser-known Love Songs (not too sure 'bout that) and Songs For Heartbreakers are streaming via NPR.

ART BRUT has a new album, produced by Frank Black,  coming in April or May.

EMMY THE GREAT talks to the BBC about her unconventional education, songwriting, catastrophes, etc.

BEIRUT made their network debut playing "A Sunday Smile" for Dave, which I don't think was the plan, though he pronounced it "cool."

THE DAMNWELLS will give you their album for your e-mail address.

NOAH and the WHALE: The Times of London visits the combo in-studio.

LYKKE LI tells the Mpls City Pages that she does not like comparisons to other Swedish songstresses: "But it's a thing I have to struggle with as well (because) I'm not very fond of my own voice, and I want to sound like Tom Waits, but then I sound like this really young girl, and I feel like this big, black man inside--(a) crazy lunatic, and then I look in the mirror and I look like 17! It's a struggle for everybody involved..." 

DUFFY shares a "day in the life" with the Times of London.

CANADIAN SONGSTRESSES, including Liz Powell, Jenn Grant and Emma-Lee, are rounded up by the Globe & Mail.

THE SI SWIMSUIT ISSUE sports Bar Rafaeli on the cover.  The photo and video-laden mini-site is online.  The swimsuit issue accounts for 11 percent of Sports Illustrated's annual revenue.

RHIANNA is said to have suffered "horrific" injuries after an alleged beating by singer Chris Brown.  She is cooperating with investigators building a domestic violence case against her boyfriend, and has postponed a concert in Kuala Lumpur

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER: He wrote a song for her 40th birthday. Couldn't have seen that coming a mile away.

THE FRENCH HOTEL pitched Paul McCartney on a duet.  Sir Paul said he'd have to check his schedule before running away as quickly as his legs would carry him.

GEORGE CLOONEY and... Benazir Bhutto's niece?


THE INTERNATIONAL opens Friday, but you can watch the first five minutes online.

KATE WINSLET tells Nightline she would prefer to avoid being the most nominated Oscar loser.

GREY'S ANATOMY: Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight will soon take off their scrubs for good, according to co-star James Pickens.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS:  A 23-year-old unmarried woman was awarded one-year prison term and 100 lashes after she was raped and tried to end the pregnancy.

IRAN: The New York Times tries to suggest that Pres. Ahmadinejad is interested in dialogue with the US for reasons other than running out the clock on its nuclear program, but his comments about Iran being "the biggest victim of terrorism" and suggesting that fmr. Pres. Bush be tried and punished in some way tend to point in the other direction.  Indeed, buried near the end of the story is the reminder that Ahmadinejad's comments came two days after a fmr Iranian Pres. Khatami announced that he would challenge Ahmadinejad in presidential elections in June.  And even then, they repeat the line about Khatami being a pro-Western reformer, which I noted on Monday is kinda mythical. COINCIDENTALLY: Khatami was attacked by an angry stick-wielding mob shouting "Death to Khatami. We do not want American government."

AFGHANISTAN: Michael Yon looks at the year, and decades ahead.

FOXES on a TRAMPOLINE: Let's go to the video.

KOALA RESCUED from Aussie wildfires. Pic at the link.

HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS mysteriously beached in the Philippines.

PET HOARDING: More than 100 chickens, rabbits, rodents, iguanas and tarantulas have been removed from a two-bedroom apartment in Buffalo, NY.

A LONELY COCKEREL has been nicknamed Romeo after he got lost looking for a mate and was found trying to break to into a caravan park in Somerset. Not to be unkind, but he's not an attractive fowl.

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Beatlemania, New Releases, Advance Tracks, Shoplifting Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEATLEMANIA at National Review, 45 years later.  You can watch the Fabs play "All My Loving", "'Till There Was You", "She Loves You", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand" on the Google.

NEW RELEASES: Lily Allen, Glen Campbell, ...Trail of Dead and Heartless Bast^rds are among those streaming in full this week at Spinner.

CAMERA OBSCURA unveil "My Maudlin Career," the title track from their upcoming album. Lush and Spectorian.

THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO unveil "Every Goliath Has Its David," from the duo's upcoming sophomore album.  Sounds like them, with a dash of Dexy's Midnight Runners.

ELENI MANDELL gets an interview plus tracks with NPR's Morning Edition host Renee Montagne.

THE GRASS ROOTS lead guitarist (and star of The Office)  Creed Bratton had a birthday over the weekend.  So "Let's Live For Today" and "Midnight Confessions" are your Twofer Tuesday.

LOS CAMPESINOS! singer, lyricist and glockenspiel player Gareth Campesinos talks to MLive about the band's improbable success, the future, and the value of a college degree.

EMMY THE GREAT does a track-by-track breakdown of her debut LP and a mixtape for Drowned In Sound.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Pitchfork about the Pavement reissues, being inter-generational and more...

NEKO CASE credits the Anti- label with her increased success.

CHRISTIAN BALE became a hero to cast and crew after his tirade. He runs, because we must chase him.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN: The latter was detained by the LAPD after allegedly beating the former.  Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Rihanna's injuries were severe.

ALEX RODRIGUEZ admits he took performance-enhancing drugs because he was young, stupid and naive.  So what's his excuse for Madonna?

MADONNA making out wither her boytoy in W Magazine, with the wraparound shades hiding the years.

DENISE RICHARDS, BELINDA CARLISLE, STEVE-O & STEVE WOZNIAK will be on Dancing with the Stars this season. 

KATE HUDSON & OWEN WILSON, together again.

THE SOPRANOS UNCENSORED: About a half-hour of every profanity in the series... in chronological order. Probably NSFW, unless you work at Bada Bing.

JAMES WHITMORE, the veteran character actor James Whitmore, who appeared in films ranging from "Them!" and "The Asphalt Jungle" to "Planet of the Apes" and "The Shawshank Redemption," died Friday at his Malibu home at age 87 of lung cancer.

A.Q. KHAN who sold atomic bomb technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea, has been freed from house arrest in Pakistan. Oh joy.

AL QAEDA has reorganized its notorious paramilitary formations that were devastated during the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002.

IRAQ: Security forces have deployed 40000 officers and soldiers along the main routes leading to the southern holy city of Karbala a day after a roadside bomb killed two pilgrims.

SHOPLIFTING DOG turned in by its owner.

BARBECUED IGUANA lands two men in jail in the Bhamas.  No comment from Wall of Voodoo.

PET HOARDING: North Texas authorities seized 22 dogs found crammed inside a station wagon with their owner.

BULL tazered in Minnesota.

FUGITIVE ZEBRA chased by police through the streets of Augsburg, Germany.

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PoBPaH, Dr. Dog, Louris & Olson, Vandervelde, Cats & Squirrels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART are picking up buzz; this piece in Exclaim is a decent intro, with refs to My Bloody Valentine, JAMC, and the Field Mice being fairly common.  After watching "Everything With You," you may want to stream a few more. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DR. DOG hit the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the set on demand via NPR.

GARY LOURIS & MARK OLSON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

DAVID VANDERVELDE does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all selections from Waiting For The Sunrise.

RYAN ADAMS, who was quitting music and blogging? Not so much.

DEWEY MARTIN, drummer for the groundbreaking but notoriously feuding and short-lived rock pioneers Buffalo Springfield, was found dead February 1 in Van Nuys, Calif. He was 68.  So I gotta relink a medley.

MAGAZINE: Howard Devoto talks about the band's reunion in... wait for it... the Financial Times.

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to Spinner about his lifelong love for Willie Nelson.

PINETOP PERKINS, a blues legend with whom Pate drummer Jon Hahn has played, was featured on All Things Considered in connection with his Grammy nom at age 95.

THE ACORN: Rolf Klausener talks to the National Post about how the band got in good with Elbow and Kanye.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: People were into He's Just Not That Into You to the tune of 27.5 million -- and it will probably hold well for Valentine's Day, which makes this a big win for producer Drew Barrymore.  Taken held really well in the second slot, taking another 20.3 million.  Coraline debuted in third with 16.3 million, surprising many who expected The Pink Panther 2 to make more (it debuted in the fourth slot with 12 million).  Paul Blart: Mall Cop rounded out the Top Five with another 11 million.  Below the fold, Push debuted in sixth place with 10 million, while Gran Torino and Slumdog Millionaire held well, dropping only 10 and three percent, respectively.  Overall, receipts were up about 45 percent year-over-year.

THE GRAMMY AWARDS went to these folks.  A very good night for Robert Plant & Alison Krauss (and T-Bone Burnett).  Adele, Duffy, Kings of Leon and Radiohead also got prizes.

THE BAFTA AWARDS went to these people.  Slumdog Millionaire walked off with seven awards

JESSICA SIMPSON forgot her lyrics, struggled with her ear monitors, mumbled through songs and fought back tears at a concert Thursday night.

CLARE DANES & HUGH DANCY are engaged; the pair met while filming Evening.

CHRISTIAN BALE apologized for his profane onset rant at a lighting dude, months later, after it became public and bad PR.

NATALIE PORTMAN & MICHELLE WILLIAMS star in a fake perfume ad directed by Roman Polanski.

JOHN MAYER blabs about his all-nighters with Jennifer Aniston, which is the sort of thing that broke them up last time.

ETTA JAMES says she's just kidding about wanting to deliver a beatdown to Beyonce (but does feel snubbed by Pres. Obama).

VAL KILMER is thinking about running for Governor of New Mexico.  IIRC, he's floated this idea before.  I would laugh, but I live in Illinois, where Kilmer could be a step up.

IRAN is building four more satellites, the telecommunications minister was quoted as saying.  Fmr. Pres. Khatami said he would run for the presidency again in June's election.  Most of the media will portray him as more "moderate" or "pro-Western," but "moderate" is a highly relative term -- for example, Khatami does not think Hezbollah is a terror group, compared Fmr. Pres. Bush to Osama bin Laden during a US visit, and has a lame record on democracy and human rights.

AFGHANISTAN: The commander of NATO said targeted raids against drug kingpins will begin within days.

CAT and BABY SQUIRRELS, living together... mass hysteria.

SMART DEER stops by PetSmart for veterinary services.

A RARE PINK PIGEON looks for love in Des Moines.

PAW PAWS URBAN RETREAT opens in Sydney, Australia, Aparrently, there is no downturn Down Under.

A GAZE OF RACCOONS invades the Whte House grounds. The Secret Service may want to check for squirrel involvement.

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Cheap Trick, Little Ones, Led Zep, Cutout Bin, Frozen Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with CHEAP TRICK! Live in Providence, 1980. That playlist was served up by the band on its YouTube channel, which the band has been stocking over the past couple of weeks.  Selections include "Hello There/Clock Strikes Ten," "I'll Be With You Tonight," "Southern Girls," "California Man," "Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace," "He's a Wh re," "Oh Candy," "Top of the World," "Can't Hold On," "Downed" and "Auf Wiedersehen." Are you ready to rock?

M WARD talks to Blurt about his favorite music and his new album... but it's not easy.

THE LITTLE ONES do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all selections from the Morning Tide album.

LED ZEPPELIN: Live in Long Beach, CA on March 11, 1975.

THE BIRD & THE BEE talk to the Santa Barbara Independent about touring, recording, collaborating, spouses, etc.

THE CRAMPS frontman Lux Interior died Feb. 4 from a preexisting heart condition at 62. We remember him with "Bikini Girls with Machine Guns."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne popped in to Xfm for an exclusive documentary about the band. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BISHOP ALLEN are finally "breaking" at Rolling Stone. Video at the link.

TAPES 'N TAPES frontman Josh Grier talks to Mpls City Pages about touring -- and using Facebook to get restaurant recommendations.

CUTOUT BIN: M Ward covering Buddy Holly, Al Green covering The Temptations, The Byrds covering the Louvin Bros, The Hold Steady covering Dylan, Evan Dando covering ABBA and Ray Davies covering himself, plus the Rplacements, Fountains of Wayne, Fontella Bass, Booket T. with Jolie Holland and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases inlcude He's just Not That Into You, which is currently scoring 38 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Pink Panther 2, currently scoring 05 percent, sci-fi thriller Push, scoring 25 percent, and Henry Selick's animated adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, scoring 88 percent.

ETTA JAMES threatened to beat the crap out of Beyonce Knowles.  Audio at the link.

JESSICA ALBA reveals that the secret to her post-baby body was a girdle.

MADONNA: Jealous of her daughter? Or just trying tto keep her a kid for a while longer?

MILEY CYRUS apologized for a somewhat controversial picture in which she appears to be mocking members of the Asian community.

HAYDEN PANTTIERRE & JESSE McCARTNEY were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Crown Bar. 

WATCHMEN: The latest viral video is a 1997 PSA about "The Keene Act and You."

JEAN RENO picks five favorite films for Rotten Tomatoes.

THOR: Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada and the primary architect of the publisher's universe, Brian Michael Bendis had a Twitter chat revealing, among other things, that Kenneth Branagh "gets it!'"

MOVIE MARKETING: The New Yorker goes inside the playbook with Tim Palen: "I'm a fourteen-year-old girl. But having a girl's viewing habits... actually comes in very handy."

PAKISTAN: Swat Valley police are giving up in face of Taliban attacks.

IRAQ boosted security in Anbar province on Thursday after allegations of vote fraud raised fears of violence ahead of the release of election results.  Meanwhile, a senior member of al-Sadr's Mahdi Army militia has been killed in a shootout, police said on Thursday.

A PUPPY found frozen to the ground is being nursed back to health. Awww...

BILBO the LIFEGUARD DOG is starring in a video appeal to British PM Gordon Brown to get his job back. Clip at the link.

BILL GATES unleashed mosquitoes on an audience to promote Malaria awareness.

HOG FARMERS are a greater threat to the US and democracy than Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, says Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Gaslight Anthem, Fleet Foxes, Golden Smog, Manatees   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM brought "The '59 Sound" to the Ed Sullivan Theater last week.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold seems to be streaming new songs for a side project called White Antelope.

GOLDEN SMOG: Captain's Dead has posted an April 1996 gig to stream or download, featuring the indie supergroup's early work, plus covers ranging from Bowie to Charlie Rich to Brian Wilson to The Nerves.

A.C. NEWMAN talks to PopMatters about the challenge of making a solo record, the elusiveness of writing hit songs, the double-edged sword of critical adulation the role of the Internet in independent music, American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, classic French and Japanese cinema, and 1980s pop music.

THE VON BONDIES talk to BlackBook about neck beards, schools of rock, and the new album.

LONEY DEAR: "Airport Surroundings" is the first single from the Dear John album.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne gives a status report at CMJ.

THE BEASTIE BOYS have issued a 20th Anniversary edition of Paul's Boutique.

MUSICIANS ON TWITTER, compiled by Pitchfork. UPDATE: Drowned In Sound ups the ante.

SEX PISTOLS: Steve Jones is unemployed. No Future.


JESSICA SIMPSON: Every moment spent pondering her weight is a moment diverted from the fact that her last movie just went direct-to-DVD!

BRITNEY SPEARS: Fmr manager Sam Lutfi is suing the pop wreck and her parents, Jamie and Lynne Spears, for defamation and breach of contract. Coincidentally, Lufti has a debt collection agency on his back.

MADONNA: Alex Rodriguez is not pleased that Madge is parading her 22-year-old Brazilian boy toy around NYC.

CHRISTIAN BALE: Harry Knowles claims to have "the rest... of the story" behind the actor's now infamous on-set rant.

AMY WINEHOUSE is planning to record her next album in Jamaica, where where illegal drugs are known to be widely available.

JUDE LAW: Dude looks like a lady.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: "Don't Hassel The Hoff" proves he can be annoying without singing.

HILARY DUFF & FAYE DUNAWAY are having a little catfight over Duff's recently announced Bonnie & Clyde movie.

WHEN STEPHEN FRY GOT STUCK in an elevator, he posted the news to Twitter, along with a picture, garnering moral support from the Twittersphere.

DEMI MOORE denied adoption rumors on Twitter, too.

AFGHANISTAN: Opium production is likely to decrease this year, according to the UN.  Canada has boosted its forces in southern Afghanistan with a new contingent of helicopters and drones, a move to reduce the number of ground convoys used to supply remote bases and to better protect soldiers against Taliban fighters.  The postponement of Afghanistan's presidential election puts the constitution to the test.

IRAQ: A woman suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organizing their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.


CROCS plague the streets of Sydney.

ABANDONED BABY KOALA finds Internet stardom in a bucket of water.

SIBERIAN COWS get furry bras to protect their udders against subzero temperatures.

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