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Fab Faux, Of Montreal, Ben Folds, Cutout Bin, Cheetah   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 10, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE FAB FAUX!  Not every Beatles tribute band boasts musicians like Will Lee from The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Vivino from Late Night with Conan O'Brien.  So when they play, it's not surprising to find cameos from Conan O'Brien on "My Bonnie"  and "Too Much Monkey Business," Mighty Max Weinberg on "A Hard Day's Night" and "You Can't Do That," former Beatlemaniac Marshall Crenshaw on "When I Get Home," and Elvis Costello on "Yes It Is" and "Hey Bulldog." But the band prides itself on its replications of the later, more elaborate Beatles songs, like this version of "I Am The Walrus" on Dave's show to mark the anniversary of the origials' famed appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE BEATLES are slammed as capitalists who cynically exploited youth culture for commercial gain. by British historian David Fowler.  He prefers folk-dancing rural revivalist Rolf Gardiner, whose reputation has been somewhat tarnished over the years by claims that he was a Nazi sympathizer.

THE BANGLES: Susanna Hoffs talks to The Age about playing the lucrative county fair circuit and working up new material.

OF MONTREAL hit Washington DC last night; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream via MPR.

THE FLAMING LIPS: The NYT visits the Wayne Coyne compound.

IN NAME ONLY: Carrie Brownstein blogs about bands that we've secretly never heard and artists we honestly have never heard beyond a track or two -- Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, My Bloody Valentine, Minutemen, Soft Machine and even Bob Dylan or Thin Lizzy.

ALMOST FAMOUS was on cable last night; Friday seems like a good time to break out "Tiny Dancer." Or even some live Ben Folds, who just gave an interview to TimeOut Chicago about his new album and the recent BFF reunion.

TEGAN & SARA: The latter tells the Mpls CityPages she is uncomfortable being treated like David Cassidy

WYE OAK does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

M. WARD talks to Paste about his upcoming solo album and She & Him Vol.Two.

JOHNNY CASH = Busiest Dead Dude Ever.

CUTOUT BIN: From Van Halen to Vampire Weekend, from Chumbawumba to Chiliwack, from the Feelies to the Flying Burrito Bros., from the Buggles to the Bangles, from Jason & the Scorchers to the Jackson 5, from Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood to 999, plus more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the sports drama The Express, currently scoring 77 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The DiCaprio-Crowe thriller Body of Lies, currently scoring 58 percent; The unscreened horror-thriller Quarrantine; and the family adventure City of Ember, which is scoring 56 percent. Keira Knightley's historical drama The Duchess, currently scoring 61 percent, expands to wide release.

GERARD BUTLER ("300") is under investigation for allegedly striking a paparazzo (who allegedly may have deserved it).

BRADGELINA: Jolie is seen breastfeeding in the W magazine cover photo shot by Pitt.

CHARLIZE THERON is headed to federal court later this month for a breach-of-contract lawsuit against her by Swiss watchmaker Raymond Weil.

JENNIFER ANISTON has hired a therapist at 250/weekly for her dog Norman, according to a new report.  Probably needs it.


COURTNEY COX tells Marie Claire that she's tried Botox -- and hated it.

ANNE HATHAWAY & HELENA BONHAM CARTER will play the Queens in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland.

THE 500 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME, courtesy of Empire magazine, which polled readers, critics and Hollywood bigs like Quentin Tarantino and Guillermo del Toro. But I'm guessing it's the readers who rated Raiders of the Lost Ark above Citizen Kane.

THE END OF THE DREAM(WORKS): DreamWorks has split from Paramount, and David Geffen is leaving the movie biz.  The Daily Beast looks at Steven Spielberg's possible future projects.

THE HOBBIT & FRANKENSTEIN: Director Guillermo del Toro speaks. And speaks even more to MTV News.

RELIGULOUS: For a guy who made a movie laughing at organized religion, Bill Maher has some odd personal beliefs himself.  A saying about motes and beams comes to mind.

NORTH KOREA has barred international inspectors from its Yongbyon nuclear facilities. Who'da thunkit?  But the US is close to removing North Korea from its terrorism blacklist if it can get an agreement on verification of those facilities. 'Cause it's not like the NoKos would ever renege on a deal, would they?

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is to provide the Afghan Army with armored vehicles and NATO standard weapons in an attempt to boost the capability of the fledgling force. The supreme allied commander of NATO wants to focus more on the illicit chemical labs and support networks that exist to help convert opium into heroin, the ultimate cash cow for the stubborn insurgency, particularly in the south.

IRAQ: Miles of concrete blast walls are strting to come down in parts of Baghdad. Another element of the transition, which has attracted far less notice than the transfer of Awakening forces from US to Iraq responsibility, is the effort by the Iraqi Army to begin turning over neighborhoods to the paramilitary National Police. In the future, its officers, too, will leave and be replaced by regular police officers. Tribal elders are reviving a traditional process to heal the deep animosities resulting from sectarian bloodshed between Shiites and Sunnis. The US commander in northern Iraq says that AQI is making a last stand in Mosul as violence has dropped elsewhere in the area.

KIKO the CHEETAH poops through the sunroof of a safari Land Rover. Let's go to the video.

HUNDREDS of MARINE SPECIES have been discovered in the depths of the Southern Ocean, Australian scientists said Wednesday. Video at the link, too.

A FRISKY MOOSE tried to pick up a pickup at the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire.  Pic at the link, with a click-through to a "discretion advised" pic.

MAN KILLS BEAR with a stick.

WILD TURKEY is everywhere at the Harvard Business School.  And not the fun, drinky kind, either. Video at the link.

A MOUSE bit a venomous viper to death after it was thrown into the snake's cage as a lunchtime snack.

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Pretenders, I'm From Barcelona, a-ha, Monkey Waiter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 09, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PRETENDERS galloped through "Boots of Chinese Plastic" for Dave the other night. The album is streaming through the weekend via Spinner.

THE CLASH: Mick Jones talks to the AP about opening for The Who at Shea Stadium in 1982. The album is streaming through the weekend via Spinner.

I'M FROM BARCELONA is streaming their new album in full via MuchMusic.

MY MORNING JACKET frontman Jim James has been released from the hospital after being injured in a fall during a concert at the University of Iowa. Those Hawkeyes are to be avoided.

THE BEACH BOYS rehearse in 1967, including "God Only Knows" and a cover of "The Letter." Stream or download via Aquarium Drunkard.

A-HA: "Take On Me: Literal Video Version." Trust me on this.

SILVER JEWS: David Berman suggests in the Mpls. CityPages that singles are not a good thing.

NIK FREITAS does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

LOS CAMPESINOS! talk to Thirsty about playing a stadium in Japan, the Olympics, and more...

BRITISH SEA POWER answer five questions for Metro.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS: Sources are denying she's preggers again, or that baby daddy Casey Aldridge knocked up another woman.

NICK NOLTE leapt from a window and grabbed a hose to fight the fire in his Malibu home Tuesday, authorities said.

JENNIFER LOPEZ talks to The Daily Beast about Scientology, breast-feeding, and a "nervous breakdown," as she calls it, that she's never publicly discussed.  The touchy profile was first spiked by Elle magazine.  J-Lo has apparently made legal threats against the website.

DAVID CROSBY turns up in the legal fight between Rob Lowe and his ex-nanny, relating her explanation as to why she only dates 'black guys.'

HOWARD STERN: Wedding pic. Ignore him; check out Beth Ostrosky's dress.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY's cheatin ex, Peter Cook, tells Barbara Walters that he's "not the ... pervert that I've been painted to be" Friday on 20/20. Brinkley is already firing back.

CARTOON CHARACTERS are brutally killed in a controversial new art exhibition. But wait, there's more... 

THE DARK KNIGHT co-writer David Goyer tells MTV News that all of the sequel rumors are "B.S."

ANOTHER INDIANA JONES MOVIE? Kinda pushing it, aren't we?

GEORGIA, GEORGIA: Two months after invading, Russian troops have begun to dismantle their positions and retreat back to the disputed provinces in the Caucasus.  RELATED: Blogger Michael J. Totten files a dispatch from the forgotten war of Nagorno Karabakh.

AFGHANISTAN: Michael Yon reports for the NYDN: "It has become clear to me that we're losing this war. But losing doesn't mean lost."

IRAN & IRAQ after 9/11: Iran rounded up hundreds of Arabs to help the US counter al Qaeda post-9/11 after they crossed the border from Afghanistan, according to a fmr career US Foreign Service officer. OTOH, Charles "Sam" Faddis, who led a CIA team into northern Iraq following the 9/11 attacks, says the Pentagon's "endless planning and delays" foiled a chance to wipe out a band of al Qaeda leaders who were fleeing American bombs in Afghanistan, with every target of significance returning to Iran.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi commanders signed a handover agreement in Azamiyah, a Baghdad neighborhood where President Saddam Hussein hid during the final days of his regime. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari says that a US-Iraq security pact was near, but hat "bold political decisions" will be needed to approve it.

MAY THE MONKEY take your order?

ASHLEE FINDLAY don't like spiders and snakes... with good reason. Neither does Jim Stafford, natch.


CAT-EATING FESTIVAL in Peru has generated fury among animal rights groups. Cat-eating is believed to be an aphrodisiac, but the Peruvians may be mistranslating.

A 7-FT BOA CONSTRICTOR turns up under the hood in Springlield. D-Oh!

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Crooked Fingers, Ray LaMontagne, Feelies, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CROOKED FINGERS premieres the video for "Let's Not Pretend" at the 'Gum.

AIMEE MANN does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RAY LaMONTAGNE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

THE FEELIES: Glenn Mercer talks to PopMatters about the band's break-up, getting ahold of their catalog, and scheduling some (more) reuinion dates for the Fall.

CALEXICO: Joey Burns talks to Glide about album themes, collaborations, and Dylan's John Wesley Harding.

THE AVETT BROTHERS: Their video for "Murder InThe City" is pretty basic, but more isn't necessary.

BIRDMONSTER gets a streaming twofer as the Worldd Cafe's "Next" artist this week.

NELLIE McKAY answers the infamous 20 questions for PopMatters.

LAMBCHOP: Kurt Wagner talks to Pitchfork about the band's new direction on its 10th album.

CAT POWER will release her Dark End of the Street EP, on Dec. 9, featuring unreleased covers culled from the Jukebox sessions, including Aretha Franklin, Sandy Denny, CCR, Otis Redding and James Carr.

HALLE BERRY is Esquire magazine's Sexiest Woman Alive.  Acceptance speech and pics at the link. Her beau Gabriel Aubry tells Usmagazine.com that they are working on having another baby. I imagine he wants to practice a lot.

BRITNEY SPEARS does the "three trashy looks that didn't make the 'Toxic' video" thing in her next video.

JOHNNY DEPP will pick up a staggering £32 million for starring in a fourth Pirates Of The Caribbean film --  the highest up-front paycheck in showbiz history.

BRADGELINA: Jolie says the birth of her fifth and sixth children has all but put the stoppers on her sex life with Brad Pitt. Can't they send the kids out with Alice and Sam the Butcher? 

MADONNA says Sarah Palin can't come to her party. Not that Palin has expressed any interest.

JIMMY KIMMEL & SARAH SILVERMAN: More reunion rumors.

WATCHMEN: A video journal for the highly-anticipated graphic novel adaptation begins at Sci-Fi Wire.  The first entry finds Billy Crudup in a motion-capture suit that would not be out of place in Tron.  ALSO: You can stream a Q&A with director Zack Snyder and Dave Gibbons via SuperheroHype. Creator Alan Moore is opposed to the adaptation, as usual.

ROSE McGOWAN, with Barabarella off the table, may star in a Linda Lovelace biopic. Which would be more interesting if it was being directed by Vincent Gallo, but no such luck.

HUGH HEFNER & HOLLY MADISON: Dunzo. Could not have seen that coming. Think it was the 54-year age gap?

THE TALIBAN have not broken ranks with al Qaeda, senior US military and intelligence sources told The Long War Journal. They have also threatened to attack polling stations and candidates during Afghanistan's second presidential election, due to be held next summer, as the lengthy and dangerous process of voter registration began yesterday.

IRAQ: The return of an Arab League mission chief this week to the organization's Baghdad office to fill a position that has been vacant since January 2007 is the latest signal that Arab countries are making a belated diplomatic comeback to the war-torn "brotherly" country. The US is preparing to hand control of Saddam Hussein's Republican Palace and swaths of the Green Zone (or International Zone) to the Iraqi Government in one of the most symbolic examples of the country's increasing sovereignty.

MOOSE on the LOOSE: Put down for public safety in Ishpeming, MI. Two calves escaped their mother's fate. Video at the link.

RABID BATS are not a good subject for show and tell.



WILD BOARS are breeding at a huge rate in Germany and wreaking greater havoc than in any other European country by destroying crops, killing pets and even attacking people, according to a new study.

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Lykke Li & Bon Iver, New Releases, Liz Phair, Bunny Swim   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 07, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LYKKE LI & BON IVER perform "Dance Dance Dance" at a fountain in L.A.  IMHO, she really out to pursue a more acoustic sound generally.

NEW RELEASES: The Clash, Pretenders, Of Montreal, Annuals, Crooked Fingers, Margot & the Nuclear So & Sos, The Little Ones, The Spinto Band and almsot unbelievably more are all streaming in full this week from Spinner.

KEANE is streaming its Perfect Symmetry album via Last.fm.

LIZ PHAIR performed Exile in Guyville in full at The Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif., on Oct. 5. It's streaming on demand -- with all appropos advisories -- via NPR.

ROBERT POLLARD talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about his collage work (visual and musical) and his prolific output: "I'm working on three or four projects at the same time. If I didn't have this entrepreneurial spirit, I'd probably have to get another job."

JOSE GONZALEZ performs "Abram" and "Time to Send Someone Away" for a hushed group of pleasantly surprised visitors at the Blanton Museum, amid large, brightly colored paintings and installations from Brazil, Cuba, and Argentina. Two. For. Tuesday.

JULIANA HATFIELD talks to the L.A. Times about her memoir and virginity.

COUNTRY vs. RAP: An interesting blog comment. And the main post. I have always been disappointed that funny indie music gets dismissed as novelty. (Thx, Amber.)

NICK CAVE talks to J.D. Considine about roles he would rather not assume.

PETER HOOK talks to the Scotsman about being one of the 24 hour party people, ahead of his memoir about the legendary Hacienda club.

ANNE HATHAWAY laughs at herself in her SNL monologue.

AMY WINEHOUSE: The troubled chanteuse is the latest target of Scientologists.

DAVID DUCHOVNY has checked out of sex rehab, according to his lawyer.

EDDIE VAN HALEN is engaged to his girlfriend-publicist Janie Liszewski.

KIRSTEN DUNST says he has grown up and gained perspective from her stint in rehab.

NICOLE KIDMAN has found "a deep and more profound love" with Keith Urban -- like the love between Tom-Kat.

JESSICA BIEL & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE engaged? That's what the Sunday Mirror claims, anyway...

QUANTUM of SOLACE: The next Bond flick will contain an homage to Goldfinger (Spoiler, obvs.)

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban leaders are holding Saudi-brokered talks with the Afghan government to end the country's bloody conflict - and claim to be severing their ties with al Qaeda, sources close to the historic discussions have told CNN.

IRAN complains that it would be "unsuitable" for both producers and consumers for oil to dip below 100 bucks a barrel.

IRAQ: Rising Iraqi Shiite leader Ammar al-Hakim has extended an olive branch to rival Sunni leaders and tribes during a whistlestop tour of Sunni enclaves ahead of key provincial elections.  Iraqis hope that rebuilding the the Golden Mosque is Samarrah will aid sectarian reconciliation. Violent attacks in northern Iraq have dropped by 60 percent in the past year, and progress in the region has left the insurgency broken, according to a senior commander in the area.

 A BUNNY DOG-PADDLES: Let's go to the video.

GOAT CONDOMS are deployed to save herds in Kenya from an ongoing drought.

PYTHON tries to eat woman's head, has to be hosed down by zoo personnel.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant Red Squirrels tap the ale market for funding.

RUNAWAY SHEEP tasered on the A55 dual carriageway near Bodelwyddan in north Wales.

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Dept. of Eagles, Basia Bulat, Soul Train, Orangutans   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 06, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEPARTMENT of EAGLES brought members of Grizzly Bear and Dirty Projectors to help out on "No One Does It Like You," their network TV debut on Conan. Their In Ear Park album drops tomorrow.

BASIA BULAT gets a segment+songs on All Things Considered, streaming via NPR.

THE PRETENDERS: Chrissie Hynde talks to the L.A. Times about her new album, her vegetarian restaurant in Akron, and staying positive.

ADELE stopped by NPR's New York bureau for a chat and an A/V threefer streaming on demand via NPR.

FLEET FOXES: Robin Pecknold talks to the Boston Herald and manages to make me feel old and not-old simultaneously: "I was too young for (grunge) to matter to me. By the time I was a teen I was listening exclusively to '60s and '70s music. In seventh and eighth grade it's more rebellious to listen to the Zombies than whatever emo band was big at Hot Topic..."

CUT COPY made its US TV debut playing "Lights and Music" on the Last Call show.

ARDENT MUSIC: The label that launched Big Star returns with a new secular-music imprint.

ANDREW BIRD has released an advance track, "Oh No," from the Noble Beast album due next January.

THE SEVENTH SEAL OF SMUG: If hipsters really are the harbingers of cultural end-times, then what sort of apocalypse have they wrought?

SOOOOOUL TRAIN was the cover story of this week's Chicago Reader; the online version comes with photo galleries and embedded videos.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Beverly Hills Chihuahua tops the receipts with 29 million, proving the enduring appeal of talking animals.  And it got enough good reviews that it might have legs beyond next weekend's City of Ember (which many may not know is aimed at families).  Eagle Eye drops to second, but not precipitously, taking in 17.7 million.  Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist opened in third place with 12 million.  Sony bought this one for nine million, so this looks to be profitable by next weekend, maybe a hit if it gets good word-of-mouth.  Nights in Rodanthe dropped to fourth place, and may yet be Gere's best performer since Shall We Dance in 2004.  The expansion of Appaloosa paid off, exceeding expectations with 5 million.  The rest of the weekend's new releases opened in ninth through 12th place for a collective ouch.

NICK & NORAH'S INFINITE PLAYLIST was a charming if mostly insubstantial slice-of-indie life rom-com, carried by the performances of Michael Cera and Kat Dennings.  NPR's Day to Day profiles the book's authors, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, with audio of two songs from the movie's delightful soundtrack. The Scotsman talks to Michael Cera: "I don't really want to be famous, and I'm kind of scared that might be happening." The NYDN rates the hipness of the soundtrack.

AN AMERICAN CAROL proves that conservatives can make a movie mocking Michael Moore that is every bit as didactic and heavy-handed as a movie by Michael Moore.

O.J. SIMPSON was found guilty of all 12 counts in the armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers at a Las Vegas, Nevada, casino hotel last year.  The verdict was handed down came 13 years to the day Simpson was acquitted in the highly publicized murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald L. Goldman. He could face life in prison.

HOWARD STERN and his longtime girlfriend Beth Ostrosky were married in New York City on Friday night, according to guests who attended the celebration.

BRITNEY SPEARS' parents have reportedly slapped a six-month sex ban on their daughter to prevent any bumps in the road on her way back to the top.

ELIZABETH HURLEY has a bizarre static electricity-induced wardrobe malfunction at a charity event in New York.

LINDSAY LOHAN talks to Marie Claire about friends, family and rebuilding her career.

ADAM GADAHN al Qaeda's American spokesman, has resurfaced in a newly released videotape, squashing the rumors that he died in a US airstrike earlier this year.

IRAQ: Coalition forces captured ten AQI operatives in northern and central Iraq. Iraqi forces detained a senior AQI leader and 14 operatives in Mosul. Police captured a senior AQI leader in Wasit province.

ORPHAN ORANGUTANS are wheeled into the forest daily by Borneo Orangutan Survival International to learn how to be orangutans. Pics at the link.

THE ANTI-BEAVER LOBBY is trying to halt plans to reintroduce beaver to Scotland 400 years after it was persecuted to extinction.

ELEPHANTS march through a hotel lobby in Zambia after it was built on their migration trail. Pics at the link.

FISH PEDICURES: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

GIANT SALAMANDERS that bark like dogs are discovered near Seattle, WA.

THE WORLD'S MOST ENDANGERED TURTLES mate, but the eggs don't hatch.

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