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New Releases. AC Newman, Gourds, Beirut, Cat & Mouse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HAIL TO THE CHIEF: 70 songs about American presidents, courtesy of The A.V. Club.  Including Devo's "Whip It."  Yes, really.

NEW RELEASES: Animal Collective's Merriweather Post Pavilion is streaming in full at NPR. The Bird & the Bee, Bon Iver, A.C. Newman, Matt & Kim, Cut Off Your Hands, Antony & the Johnsons and more are streaming at Spinner. Robert Pollard releases The Crawling Distance (here's a free download).

A.C. NEWMAN got a feature plus tracks from his new solo album on NPR's Day to Day.

THE GOURDS play a mini-set for KUT, streaming as one of NPR's Favorite Sessions.

THE DECEMBERISTS will give you an advance track from their upcoming album in return for your e-mail address.

BEIRUT has a video for "La Llorona" from the upcoming March of the Zapotec EP.

WHAT'S GOING ON: My Morning Jacket's Jim James talks to the Guardian about his favorite album.

OF MONTEAL frontman Kevin Barnes is profiled by Sasha frer-Jones for The New Yorker.

MATT & KIM talk to Pitchfork about mixing art and commece, and mixing a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a Red Bull.

LAND OF TALK: Liz Powell is profiled by Carl Wilson for Canada's Globe & Mail.


KELLY OSBOURNE has been arrested for allegedly slapping a gossip columnist who called her fiance stupid.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. is angry with Sherlock Holmes director Guy Ritchie for making him wear four-inch platforms in his shoes.

MICKEY ROURKE, interviewed by Christopher Walken.  Need I say more?

SEPARATED AT BIRTH: Dyan Cannon and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler.

ADVENTURELAND is among the movies premiering at the Sundance fest this year.  Here's your trailer

SPIDER-MAN 4 will begin shooting in 2010, according to J.K. Simmons, a/k/a J. Jonah Jameson.

WATCHMEN, fresh off that lawsuit settlement, launches a new website.

AL QAEDA terrorists died from the plague... or from an experiment gone wrong?

THE STANS: The Pakistani government indefintitely closed the Khyber Pass to NATO supply columns moving into Afghanistan. "We're preparing for an assault."

IRAQ: A man who claimed the People's Mujahideen of Iran trained him to become a suicide bomber turned himself in to Iraqi authorities.

CAT & MOUSE, living together... mass hysteria!

THE PUPS OF WAR, by the British soldier who saved them from horrors of the Afghan front.

HEY, BULLDOG, have you seen 15 pacifiers?

JAVELINA attacks a Dutch tourist at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Will it turn up in the Tenenbaums' closet?

CAT SEASON..., Rabbit Season!

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U2 and Dion, new Springsteen, Jenny Lewis, Dog Scooter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

SPRINGSTEEN: Born To Promote.  You can advance stream his album via NPR at midnight.

JENNY LEWIS stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND: Chris Tomson speculates about the next album at Drowned In Sound.

COURTNEY LOVE: If you're going to make anti-Semitic comments, you may as well make them in Heeb magazine.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

FRANZ FERDINAND: Singer Will Hodgkinson gets audiobiographical with the Guardian.  Alex Kapranos talks to the Sunday Herald Sun about learning to hold back.

DEPT. OF EAGLES get a meaty writeup in the Boston Globe.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark is profiled in the Sydney Morning Herald.

BOOKER T. talks to Billboard about playing with the Drive-By Truckers.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Paul Blart: Mall Cop makes a surprisingly strong No.1 on a surprisingly strong weekend.  Blart made an estimated 33.8 million, the second biggest January opening ever; the weekend overall was in the Top Ten of all weekends.  Blart has already exceeded its 26 million production budget.  Gran Torino held well in second place, dropping only 25 percent and making 22.2 million.  Newcomers My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Notorious and Hotel For Dogs all opened strongly at 21.9, 21.5 and 17.7 million respectively.  However, the Hotel cost 75 million, which means Dreamworks may have picked the moment when theatergoers are dogged-out to release a dog movie.  Below the fold, Defiance leapt into the eighth slot with 9 million (as against a 50 million budget), while Slumdog Millionaire crept back into the Top Ten.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX has become a rapper.  Yes, really.

BOY GEORGE was sentenced to 15 months in jail for chaining an escort to his bed and beating him.

PATRICK SWAYZE has been released from the hospital, after a brief hospitalization for pneumonia.

WOLVERINE is reportedly having extrensive reshoots, which is probably a good thing, based on prior reports of studio meddling that would have lightened the tone of the movie.

WATCHMEN lawsuit settles. Geeks keep March 6th circled on their calendars. The deal is said to involve a sizable cash payment to Fox and a percentage of the film's boxoffice grosses; Fox will not be a co-distributor on the movie or co-own it.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: On skateboards, as it turns out.

MAD MEN creator Matthew Weiner has cut a two-year deal with Lionsgate TV that will keep him at the helm of his Emmy-winning AMC drama.

AL QAEDA loses at least 40 terrorists to the plague. Bring out your dead!

NORTH KOREA claims to have weaponixed enough plutonium stocks to produce four or five nuclear bombs.

IRAN:  US security and law-enforcement officials say they have fresh evidence of recent efforts by Iran to evade sanctions and acquire metals from China used in high-tech weaponry, including long-range nuclear missiles.

IRAQ: Provincial elections scheduled for Jan. 31 will be the most crucial test so far of Prime Minister al-Maliki's attempt to bolster the central government's authority.  Despite the history of his Dawa party as a Shiite political movement opposed to secular governments, Maliki and his State of Law coalition have avoided overt religious messages in favor of populist promises to improve security and basic services such as water and electricity.

HAMSTER PACKS A CARROT: Let's go to the video.

THE DOG-POWERED SCOOTER is being hailed as the the latest in dog walking technology.  I suspect PETA may feel differently.  Pics and video at the link.

RAPTOR almost eaten by crocodile.

A SERIAL FISH THIEF who officials say reached into a tank, picked up a shark with his bare hands and smuggled it out of a store in his jacket has been arrested in Freeport.

ELEPHANT WELFARE becomes a bone of contention between Lily Tomlin and guitarist Slash.  Yes, really.

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REM, Ryan Adams, Cutout Bin, Rookie freestylin'   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 16, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live on German TV's Rockpalast circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," "Toys In The Attic," and "See No Evil." The site also lists "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk" and "Paint It Black," but they don't seem to be working.

THE NPR 100: Throughout the year 2000, NPR presented the stories behind 100 of the most important American musical works of the 20th century. They're upgrading it now, including features on "Born To Run" and "Good Vibrations."

MOTOWN AT 50: All Things Considered has a feature with streams of Hitsville USA's overlooked singles.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY: Will Oldhan visits WNYC's Soundcheck for a sneak preview of his upcoming Beware album.

THE WALKMEN talk to San Diedo CityBeat about changing up their sound on the You & Me album.

2009 ROCK & ROLL HALL of FAME inductees are Run-DMC, Metallica, Jeff Beck, Bobby Womack and Little Anthony and the Imperials. Unforgivable snubs include The Stooges, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth and the Replacements.

RYAN ADAMS is blogging about Ménière's disease, which is prompting him to leave the Cardinals and quit blogging.  We'll see.  In the meantime, this end-of-2008 AOL Session may be the last we see of them together for a while.

LAND OF TALK frontwoman Liz Powell talks to Canada's National Post about the new album, BSS and getting a start in the US (including a well-deserved nod to Brooklyn Vegan).

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS:  The L.A. Times has an interview with Erika Wennerstrom and a free download of the single from the band's upcoming album.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks fantasy basketball. And Scrabble.

CUTOUT BIN: From M Ward to M Python, from T. Rex to Tom Waits to Tommy Tutone, from the Replacements to the Alan Parsons Project, plus Marshall Crenshaw, new Neko Case, Little Anthony & the Imperials, the Georgia Satellites 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 Hotel For Dogs, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Paul Blart: Mall Cop, currently scoring 28 percent; My Bloody Valentine 3-D, scoring 83 percent (based on few reviews); and the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious, scoring 59 percent.  Defiance expands wide and is scoring 54 percent.  Last Chance Harvey expands to about 500 screens and is scoring 71 percent.

AMY WINEHOUSE is reduced to crawling up to holidaymakers and grabbing their drinks, after fed-up resort staff refused to serve her.

BRITNEY SPEARS in the Sex & The City sequel?

JOHHNY DEPP may be marrying longtime girlfriend Vanessa Paradis in the spring.

MICKEY ROURKE discovers that one price of regaining fame is being... wait for it... caught canoodling with Bai Ling.


STAR WARS: Retold by someone who hasn't seen it.

STEVE CARELL may do his acting at the Office, but at the general store he just bought, he'll be "manning the cash register, and stocking the shelves as time permits."

MICHAEL CERA seems like the lone holdout on the Arrested Development movie.

AFGHANISTAN: Foreign Policy looks at lessons from the new counterinsurgency field manual and interviews Centcom's Gen. David Petraeus.

IRAN: Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the fighting in Gaza shows that "the continuation of the Zionist regime's life in the region is not feasible."

ROOKIE (and Carolyn Scott) perform "You're The One That I Want."

RSPCA says people who dress up their dogs could be prosecuted. Video at the link.

PET SEMATARY: Cats and men, buried together... mass hysteria.

STOLEN GECKO mysteriously returns to a Toowoomba pet shop.

GOAT burns down the house in Warren County, Iowa.  Owner saved by cat.

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The Acorn, Jolie Holland, Hold Steady, French Police Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 15, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ACORN video for "Crooked Legs" made the Tube's front page, reminding me that I forgot to post it last month.

JOLIE HOLLAND stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream via NPR.

THE HOLD STEADY, sans rhythm section, played a stripped-down mini-set at KEXP, streaming via NPR also.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: James Montgomery of MTVNews spends a week with the new Merriweather Post Pavilion album, to see if it lives up to the hype.  The band talks about MPP with The Quietus.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to the Seattle P-I about playing in Afghanistan and a casino.

BODIES OF WATER has a strange, creepy video out for "Under The Pines," from their recent A Certain Feeling album.

WHAT MAKES A GREAT ALBUM? The Guardian Music Blog investigates.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS: Frontman Hegarty gets a meaty profile in the Village Voice.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore says the upcoming album will feature "juicy supersonic songs," whatever that means.

THE ROSEBUDS: Kelly Crisp talks to JamBase about the band's current album. Video at the link, too.

RICARDO MONTALBAN, who became a star in splashy MGM musicals and later as the wish-fulfilling Mr. Roarke in TV's "Fantasy Island," died Wednesday morning at his home. He was 88.  Of course, he had a slew of credits, evrything from duteing with Esther Williams on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" to his star turn in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which he reprised his role as Khaaan! from TOS.

TWINS must be the new thing for celebs, if Lisa Marie Presley and Marcia Cross are any indicator.

BRITNEY SPEARS ran into ex Justin Timberlake at an asian restaurant in West Hollywood Monday night.  The pop wreck is in the process of moving into her sprawling new 8.9-million-dollar Calabasas home.

THE FRENCH HOTEL hid in the bathroom at Creative Artist Agency's big post-Golden Globes bash Sunday night after CAA's Kevin Huvane caught her slipping in uninvited - and loudly demanded she be removed from the Sunset Towers party.

JENNIFER LOPEZ says divorcing Marc Anthony is not an option.

SAMUEL L. JACKSON clearly bristling, said today that negotiations to put him in the role of Nick Fury have broken down because "there seems to be an economic crisis in the Marvel Comics world."

MICKEY ROURKE & SAM ROCKWELL, otoh, are in talks to star as the villains in "Iron Man 2," being directed by Jon Favreau.  And Emily Blunt has emerged as the frontrunner to play the Black Widow.

PATRICK McGOOHAN, the Emmy-winning actor best known for starring in cult 1960s TV show The Prisoner, has died at the age of 80.  A good reason to remind everyone that you can watch The Prisoner in its entirety online via AMC.

OPRAH loves Kate Winslet's Golden Globes.  And who am I to argue?

AMERICAN IDOL: Ryan Secrest tries to high-five a legally blind contestant.  Ooops.  The show was down about 10 percent in the ratings from last year.

WATCHMEN: A scheduled Tuesday court conference between Fox and Warner Bros. attorneys has been canceled, fueling talk that a settlement in the contentious "Watchmen" case is imminent.

THE PEANUTS CODE: Scholars have analyzed the scores played by the piano-mad Schroeder in "Peanuts" and have found real Beethoven: "If you don't read music and you can't identify the music in the strips, then you lose out on some of the meaning," said William Meredith, the director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies at San Jose State University, who has studied hundreds of Beethoven-themed "Peanuts" strips.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: The Kingdom's most senior cleric has told followers it is permissible for ten-year-old girls to marry and anyone who think they are too young are doing the youngsters 'an injustice'.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan and Coalition forces detained eight Haqqani Network and Taliban fighters during operations in Khost and Kandahar provinces on Jan. 10. The Chaman border crossing in Kandahar reopened for NATO supplies after protests in Pakistan ended. Kyrgyzstan threatened to shut down a key US airbase used by NATO forces in Afghanistan.  BONUS: Afghan Schoolgirls Undeterred by Acid Attack.

FRENCH POLICE DOGS may be tougher than French Police.

PETS Who Want To Kill Themselves.

BRITISH BULLDOGS endangered by new breeding standards.

BIRD DIAPERS spark protest.

FUGITIVE MACAQUE on the loose in Clearwater, FL.

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Morrissey, New M Ward, Blog Zeitgeist, Cat & Rats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MORRISSEY is throwing his arms around Paris in his latest video.

M WARD: His upcoming Hold Time album is advance streaming at NPR. 

THE HYPE MACHINE has posted its Blog Zeitgeist 2008, surveying the buzziest artists, albums and songs of the past year, most all of it streamable, including full albums.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKER Patterson Hood shares his first album purchase(s) with JamBase.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner did an e-interveiw with the Bay Bridged to discuss the duo's recent series of digital EPs, a love of Christmas music, and what they're currently working on. (Thx, LHB.)

FRANZ FERDINAND relesed a clip for "Ulysses" and a PR video for their upcoming album.

THE WRENS have released a new song and claim (again) they have a new album in the works.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is profiled in the Boston Globe.

ADELE talks to Rolling Stone about working with The Raconteurs on a cover of Brandan Benson's "Many Shades of Black," as the B-Side to the band's own version.

THE FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS talk to The A.V. Club about Season Two of their show, touring, etc.

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD: I really wanted to like this, as the novel was a likely influence on Mad Men.  But it turns out that the AMC drama series, while set a few years later, explores these themes with a lot more nuance than this screenplay.  Director Sam Mendes seems to enjoy slamming the suburbs (as he did in American Beauty), but the Wheelers would have had marital troubles living in Manhattan, or Paris, or anywhere else on the globe. Kate Winslet makes the material better than it is; Leo DiCaprio is good, but doesn't rise to the level that he achieves under Scorsese in The Departed or even The Aviator.  The production design, costuming and cinematography are wonderful.  It wasn't a bad movie, but it was a disappointment.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT has obtained a restraining order against a 62-year-old-stalker.

HOWIE MANDEL was hospitalized Monday with an irregular heartbeat, but his condition was not believed to be serious.

JENNIFER GARNER & BEN AFFLECK named their second daughter Seraphina. Her sister Violet is happy to be born first.

EDDY CURRY: The NY Knicks center  was slapped with a shocking sex-harassment suit Monday by his former driver.

KELLY RUTHERFORD of Gossip Girl is seeking to bar her estranged husband from leaving the US with their 2-year-old son for fear they'll disappear.

BRITNEY SPEARS is looking for a Harvard grad to manage her Facebook..

WATCHMEN: Warner Bros. and Fox are "close" to reaching a settlement regarding the "Watchmen" lawsuit, according to those familiar with the negotiations.

JOHN CARTER OF MARS: It now appears that Pixar is making a live-action epic for Disney.

MICHAEL BAY & McG: Two bigtime action directors who need to face off with Rock-Em Sock-Em robots.

ROMAN POLANSKI: The woman who was raped by fugitive director Roman Polanski three decades ago when she was 13 has lashed out at the L.A. County D.A.s office, saying she is being victimized again by prosecutors' focus on lurid details of what happened to her.  She believes they are trying to distract from their office's own wrongdoing 31 years ago, brought to light in the documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," which prompted the director's lawyer to file a motion for dismissal.  Or it could be that the L.A. D.A. is rebutting the wildly biased documentary and press coverage favoring Polanski.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama Administration intends to send up to 30K more US troops, but does not think it will significantly change the direction of the conflict.  It's a plan to have a plan.

CAT & RATS, living together... mass hyteria...

DOG & HEN, raising puppies together... Pic at the link.

RARE TREE KANGAROO births two joeys in Nebraska.

2300 ENDANGERED LIZARDS rescued from the cooking pot in Malaysia.

CUTE SPIDER with a punky hairdo.

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