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Beirut, Frightened Rabbit, Total Babe, Horrifying Squid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LYKKE LI performs "Youth Knows No Pain" for Jay.

BEIRUT is advance streaming The Rip Tide.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

TOTAL BABE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RABBIT PEPPER is advance streaming Red Velvet Snowball.

ELVIS COSTELLO: "The Other Side of Summer." Gotta fee-vah.

BATTLES talks to The Guardian about making one of the albums of the year after losing their frontman.

IMELDA MAY talks to PopMatters about her myriad influences, her long road to success, and how to come across well in a traditional Irish sing-song.

TITUS ANDRONICUS guitarist (and solo singer-songwriter) Amy Klein talks to The Awl about climbing on top of speakers, Patti Smith, Joanna Newsom, why everyone should read Rat Girl, and Girls Rock Camp.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks MOJO through the music, movies, gigs and books that have shaped his life.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rise of the Planet of the Apes conquered the cineplex, opening with a suprirsingly large 54 million take, about 15 million more than expected.  That's a great start on a 93 million budget (and looks better than the 100 million budgeted Tim Burton version).  The Smurfs hold the second slot for a second week with 21 million; so far the total is 76 million domestic against a 110 million production budget, so overseas tickets will make the difference between okay and sequel.  Cowboys and Aliens drops 57 percent from first to third with 15.7 million; with 67 million so far against a 163 million budget, overseas tickets will make the difference between loss or profit.  The Change-Up comes in fourth with 13.5 million, about in line with expectations; it is unlikely to have the legs needed for a 52 million budget.  Rounding out the Top 5 is Captain America, which made 13 million on a 49 percent drop -- a possible victim of the Apes.  However, Cap has recouped its production budget domestically and taken in another 80 million worldwide so far.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was an interesting and highly entertaining beast. It's also a big departure from the original franchise.  In some ways, this movie owes more to the Frankenstein tale than it does to original Apes series.  Although allusions to the original abound in names and props, the nuclear context seems abandoned (perhaps as an post-Cold War anchronism), and the civil rights or animal rights (in the case of Tim Burton's reimagining) subtext is largely gone as well.  What's left is a visually stunning, but surprisingly character-driven reboot, on both the human and simian sides of the ledger.

TWO AND A HALF MEN: More and more and more leaks about the Sheen-less season premiere.

ETHAN HAWKE and wife Ryan Shawhughes welcomed their second child, a daughter, India.  It's actually his fourth child.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Pregnancy rumors continue.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: First look at Anne Hathaway as the Catwoman, icymi. And a second.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 66 years ago yesterday. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS revised an anti-terrorism law and made it less severe than a leaked version that was heavily criticized by human rights groups.

LIBYA: The government of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi distanced itself from comments that his son made the previous day, when he vowed in an interview to strike an alliance with a faction of radical Islamists among the rebels challenging his father's rule. Which doesn't mean it won't happen.

PAKISTAN: As US-Pakistani relations spiral downward, the specter of a showdown between the increasingly antagonistic allies is garnering more attention, including the worst-case scenario of the US attempting to "snatch" Pakistan's 100-plus nuclear weapons if it feared they were about to fall into the wrong hands.

HORRIFYING SQUID comes to life, jumps off plate.

PIG SWARM engulfs a German woman and her 2-year-old child, requiring a police rescue.

A DRUNKEN HORSE and trap driver who ran a red light tried to claim it was the animal's fault - as it was color blind.

DUCKY the CAT is reunited with his family, more than 10 weeks after the Joplin, MO tornado.

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John Hughes, Fruit Bats, 120 Mins, Best Coast, Jens Lekman, Barking Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lamppon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more died at the age of 59, two years ago Saturday.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

THE FRUIT BATS stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

THE SAM ROBERTS BAND has an interview plus live tracks at World Cafe.

120 MINUTES returned to MTV. Watch the first show online.  Host Matt Pinfield spoke to Talk of the Nation about MTV, the show and its reboot.

BOB DYLAN & THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Unreleased Live Album.


BEST COAST drops "How They Want Me to Be," which  Bethany Cosentino calls "a small taste of what's to come."

JENS LEKMAN has "An Argument With Myself," the ttile track of his upcoming EP. 

JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" on Friday.

ARCHERS OF LOAF (and Crooked Fingers) frontman Eric Bachmann is interviewed by Band of Horses frontman Ben Bidwell and Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn at the Village Voice

CULTS talks to Tuscon Weekly about sudden success.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Chicago Daily Herald about recording All Eternals Deck.

JANE'S ADDICTION: At The Quietus, Perry Farrell discusses his wilderness years spent making jewellery, impersonating David Bowie and domestic spats with his girlfriend while living in a car.

ADELE will be spending time in America's Deep South to learn more about country music and bluegrass for her next album.

SHE & HIM are releasing a Holiday album this year. Rejoice!

THE TOMMY STINSON Panty Caper.Not the name of his band.

CUTOUT BIN: From Tones on Tail to Richard & Linda Thompson, from Alien Ant Farm to Booker T & the MGs, from the Marvelettes to Led Zeppelin, plus the Black Keys, Beach Boys, Grand Funk Railroad, REM and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is currently scoring 85 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Change-Up, scoring 24 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN's wedding may be a four-hour TV special, climaxing with the opening of the seventh seal.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Back to falling down outside the Chateau Marmont.

JENNIEFR LOPEZ is ready to let go - but Marc Anthony isn't.

VAL KILMER's ex-wife claims the actor has stiffed her on child support payments.

DEMI LOVATO talks about her meltdown at Elle.

FAYE DUNAWAY tells her side of the housing court story.

SUPERMAN: Your first pic of Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel.

ANNETTE CHARLES, who played Cha Cha in the 1978 movie Grease, died in her L.A. home, due to complications from cancer.  She was 63.  Tell me more.

SYRIA: Security forces killed another 45 anti-regime protesters and other civilians during operations in Hama.

LIBYA: Gaddafi's son said his family would ally with Islamist terror groups, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.

EGYPT's widest-circulation newspaper editorial maintains anti-Israel line, says Sharia is about 'equality,' and fears of Islamic state are overblown.

IRAQ: All of Iraq's major parties, minus the Sadrists bloc, want US forces to stay beyond the December 2011 deadline.

BARKING CAT starts meowing once caught.

MUTTON BUSTING: The rodeo where sheep are scared.

UKRAINIAN BEARS to be liberated from forced vodka drinking.

DOGS in mid-shake.

CHEETAH CUB & PUPPY, wrestling playfully...

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MMJ, Bon Iver, Radiohead, Jane's Addiction, Bangles, Chimp & Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MY MORNING JACKET is  "Holdin' On To Black Metal."

BON IVER played DC's 9:30 Club last night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BEAT L.A.: Local bands covering vintage Los Angeles songs for charity.

RADIOHEAD is streaming Kings of Limbs remixes.

JOANNA NEWSOM: Live at the Green Man Festival, Aug. 21, 2005.

JANE'S ADDICTION aired "Irresitible Force," the first single from the upcoming Great Escape artist.

THE BANGLES drop "I Will Never Be Through With You," an original ballad in advance of Sweetheart of the Sun.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.


STARS: Torquil Campbell ad Amy Millan talk to HuffPo about the band's 10th anniversary.

HANDSOME FURS talk to Straight about Burma, the Philippines, the new Sound Kapital LP, and more...

KINGS OF LEON: Bandmates are urging Caleb Followill to go to rehab.

MILA KUNIS rips a Russian reporter -- in Russian -- for asking the forbidden question about Friends With Benefits co-star Justin Timberlake.

GEORGE CLOONEY and... Stacy Keibler?

AMY WINEHOUSE was secretly engaged to boyfriend Reg Traviss?

SAMANTHA RONSON: Friends are not surprised by her DUI arrest.

LINDA EVANGELISTA wants 46K in monthly child support from Selma Hayek's husband.

DENISE RICHARDS: "I've never been a hooker." Glad she cleared that up.

HUGH HEFNER tries planking, looks dead until his bevy of Playmates joins in.

LEA MICHELE: The Gleek is profiled at Harper's Bazaar.

FAYE DUNAWAY is a defendant in housing court, fighting eviction from rent-contolled housing.

GREEN LANTERN is likely to get an edgier sequel. The Flash is not arriving quickly.

BUBBA SMITH, former NFL star and "Police Academy" movie actor, was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 66.

TERROR in the UK: Security has been heightened at Belmarsh prison in southeast London due to warnings that the Muslim Boys gang, an al Qaeda offshoot, is planning "a major attack" in revenge for the death of Osama bin Laden. In a recent standoff, inmates nearly overran the prison.

IRAN could have nearly 5 billion dollars trapped in South Korea by the end of the year as sanctions stop it repatriating money from oil sales.

CHIMP bottle-feeds BABY TIGERS...Mass hysteria! Video at the link.

KITLER finds a home. Sieg Awww...

STONED WALLABIES make crop circles. But who -- or what -- got them stoned?

FEMALE MOOSE may be able to manipulate amorous males - inciting fights between male competitors by moaning. Much like humans.

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Bob Mould, Portugal The Man, James Vincent McMorrow, Thriller Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB MOULD plays, er, Sugar's "If I Can't Change Your Mind" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

PORTUGAL. THE MAN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE BLACK SWANS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

DOM is advance streaming the Family of Love EP.


BEST COAST drops a video for "Our Deal," directed by Drew Barrymore and starring Chloe Moretz, Donald Glover, plus more. There's also a "making of" clip at the link.

GILLIAN WELCH spoke with The A.V. Club about writing sub-par songs, getting encouragement, and how to stain the album's letterpress cover for that perfect old-timey look.

MATES OF STATE share a few of their favorite things with SPIN.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE frontman Ben Gibbard talks to the Boston Herald about being upbeat and happily married to Zooey Deschanel.

CRAWDADDY founder Paul Williams reminisces about the first issue.

JENNIFER LOPEZ gives Vanity Fair her first post-divorce interview.

CHARLIE SHEEN and ex-wife Brooke Mueller posed for an unlikely family photo.

SAMANTHA RONSON was busted for DUI yesterday outside Baker, California.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Tom Hardy talks to TotalFilm about playing Bane.

SUPERMAN: Laurence Fishburne will play Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel.

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS is being made into a movie. Again.


HARRISON FORD settles a feud.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh, who is being treated in Riyadh for injuries from a June attack, would not transfer power for the condition of incapacity set by the Yemeni Constitution, a government spokesman said Monday.

EGYPT: Mobs of ordinary Egyptians joined with soldiers to drive pro-democracy protesters from their encampment in Tahrir Square, showing how far the uprising's early heroes have fallen in the eyes of the public.

IRAN: One atomic researcher after the other has died in a series of recent murders in Iran. Is Israel's Mossad trying to sabotage the construction of a nuclear bomb with the attacks?

PAKISTAN's quick response to charges by China that militants involved in attacks in Xinjiang had trained on its soil shows the importance of its ties with Beijing, but it could be a mistake for Islamabad if it relies too much on China.

THRILLER CAT: The original clip, I think.

SAVE A WOODPECKER, pay a fine.

THE WORLD'S TINIEST FROGS: So small they can only be seen clearly through a magnifying glass.


WHEN SWANS ATTACK: Conservation biology student Thomas Burns was on hand with his camera, snapping pictures of ducks and other birdlife, when he spotted the mugging.

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New Releases, MTV, Horrors, Husker Du, Day of the Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 30 yesterday. The first 10 minutes, including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," are your Twofer Tuesday. The Village Voice has an essay and the whole first hour.  Gawker does 30 years in 3 minutes.

NEW RELEASES from Fountains of Wayne, Guster, Fruit Bats, Moonface, The Ettes, Don Fleming and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

THE HORRORS are advance streaming Skying.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session, and is profiled by PopMatters.

HUSKER DU: Studio Outtakes.

A.A. BONDY drops "The Heart is Willing" ahead of Believers.

THE FLAMING LIPS & WEEZER join together on "She Don't Use Jelly" and "Undone - The Sweater Song" for a double Twofer Tuesday.

KINGS OF LEON  are pulling the plug on the rest of their US tour - due to health issues affecting lead singer Caleb Followill.

KRISTIN HERSH muses with the Daily Herald about life and taming bipolar disorder.

ANNA CALVI talks about her methods at the National Post.

RETROMANIA author Simon Reynolds talks to Pitchfork about how the very nature of musical creativity and the listening experience are changing in fundamental ways.

LINDSAY LOHAN partied with the French Hotel until 4 a.m. Saturday night.

AMY WINEHOUSE adoption story denied.

CHARLIE SHEEN reportedly is paying for ex-wife Brooke Mueller's rehab.  Plus, intel on the premiere of the Sheen-less reboot of Two And a Half Men.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver accompanied Schwarzenegger to lunch to celebrate his 64th birthday.

KELSEY GRAMMER may run for Mayor of NYC.

SPEIDI: Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag discover that being famous for nothing can't last forever.


IRAN: Why is Argentina appeasing the Islamic theocracy?

PAKISTAN: If Taliban leader Mullah Omar is alive, he may be imprisoned or hidden by Pakistan's intelligence to avoid him facing Osama Bin Laden's fate.

AFGHANISTAN: Families with children studying at Islamic schools or madrassas across the border in Pakistan are starting to bring them home for fear that they will be recruited as suicide bombers.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki signaled continuing military cooperation with the US on Saturday, including plans to double a planned purchase of US fighter jets to help the fledgling Air Force defend the country.

DAY OF THE DOLPHIN: In a little-known part of the counter-terrorism world, one of the most effective detection systems is a 600-pound animal that works for about 20 pounds of fish a day. Let's go to the video.

OTTO: The Biggest Loser of catdom.

...AND THERE WERE LOBSTERS all over the highway.

RHESUS MACAQUE MONKEYS have figured out how to use the automatic doors of an Indian hospital and have invaded several wards and recovery rooms.

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