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Mr Heavenly, The Rapture, Jack White, Bob Dylan, St Vincent, 2-Headed Calf   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIVERS drop a video for "Meantime."

THE RAPTURE is advance streaming In The Grace of Your Love.

MISTER HEAVENLY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE did three free songs for Daytrotter.

DARKER MY LOVE did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.


RYAN ADAMS covers Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years."

BOB DYLAN: The Emmett Grogan Acetates.

ST. VINCENT covers Tom Waits' "Tango Till They're Sore" at SPIN, along with her "surgeon" unplugged. Call it Twofer Thursday.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon tlaks to Pitchfork about the new record, Williamsburg, comic books, playing giant shows with Arcade Fire, and a recent resurgence of powerhouse vocalists.

BON IVER gets a lengthy profile from the Mpls. City Pages.

SERGE GAINSBOURG biopicmaker (and cartoonist) Joann Sfar talks to IndieWire about Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. (Thx, LHB.)

TEN ESSENTIAL RARITIES ALBUMS, according to Flavorwire.

MATTHEW FOX was officially charged with assault, two days after the "Lost" actor allegedly punched a female bus driver repeatedly outside a Cleveland, Ohio, nightclub.

ALYSSA MILANO and husband David Bugliari welcomed a son on Wednesday.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. is expecting a child with wife Susan Downey.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY have reunited in Australia.

MARC ANTHONY  is talking to ABC about his split from Jennifer Lopez. Not just GMA, but Nightline.

KATE BOSWORTH is the cover profile for the new BlackBook.

THE BLUES BROTHERS may be headed to the small screen.


LIBYA: Islamists have played an important part in the uprising against Gaddafi, sparking concern about what role they will play in the new Libya, writes Middle East analyst Omar Ashour.

AFGHANISTAN: Forever maligned as corrupt, incompetent and drug-addled, the Afghan national police nevertheless have sacrificed unlike any force in the country, foreign or domestic, taking casualties at a rate far higher than Afghan soldiers or their partners in the US-led coalition.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A two-headed calf. Video at the link.

MINI-MOOS: A tiny breed of cows that grow to just three feet tall.

A DOG has been spotted at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A POLAR BEAR descends a 300 ft cliff face for a snack.

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Hold Steady, Fool's Gold, Ben Folds 5, Teenage Fanclub, Cat vs Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLD STEADY plays the Huey Lewis and the News classic, "The Power of Love", for The A.V. Club Undercover.

FOOL'S GOLD is advance streaming Leave No Trace

I BREAK HORSES is advance streaming Hearts via The Line of Best Fit.

OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL drops "The Game You Play Is in Your Head Parts 1, 2, 3," their first new track in over a decade.

THE BEN FOLDS FIVE recorded "Tell Me What I Did" for an upcoming Ben Folds retrospective set.

DUM DUM GIRLS drop "Bedroom Eyes" from the upcoming Only In Dreams.

TEENAGE FANCLUB, Live at the Paradiso, Nov. 20, 1995.

UNCLE TUPELO: The Long Cut + Five Live.

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon is not a big fan of MTV or the VMAs.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: John Flansburgh talks to Stereogum about the female-oriented tracks that influenced him on Join Us.

MARNIE STERN talks to Guitar World about, er, guitar playing. (Thx, LHB.)

BRIAN WILSON and THE BEACH BOYS reveal release details for SMiLE.

ANGELINA JOLIE tells Vanity Fair there is "no secret wedding" in the works for her and Brad Pitt and that she's not pregnant, while promoting her directorial debut.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL seem to be vacationing together.

KIM KARDASHIAN: A "mystery person" is trying to buy the rights to her sex tape and "completely remove it from the market."  Maybe someone who just made millions selling the media rights to her wedding?

GEORGE CLOONEY is reportedly withdrawing as the star of Steven Soderbergh's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Could be back issues.

GEORGE LUCAS: Making the original Star Wars movies worse. Again.

DARYL HANNAH was taken away from the White House in restraints in an ongoing protest against the unbuilt Keystone XL oil pipeline.

YEMEN: The Yemeni military said it killed six al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in the Dawfas area of Abyan. AQAP claimed it shot down a Yemeni military helicopter in Abyan on Aug. 27.

LIBYA: A week after rebels broke into Gaddafi's former stronghold, much of its territory remains divided into fiefs, each controlled by quasi-independent brigades representing different geographic areas of the country. And the spray paint they use to mark their territory tells the story of a looming leadership crisis in the capital, Tripoli.

AFGHANISTAN: Is Mullah Omar ready to talk?

DOG vs CAT: The eternal struggle.  Really could use some Ennio Morricone for backing.

RUNAWAY COW YVONNE triumphs, as authorities call off attempts to recapture her.

A STOLEN GOAT was recovered from two girls in pajamas. How the goat got in their pajamas, I'll never know.

A 20-KG FROG was found and eaten Gemencheh in the Malaysian state of Negeri Sembilan.

A CHEETAH checked into a Kenyan health center, causing panic among patients and medical personnel.

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New Releases, Jarvis Cocker & The Strokes, Blitzen Trapper, Drums, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JARVIS COCKER joined THE STROKES on The Cars' "Just What I Needed" at the Reading Festival (NSFW due to F-Bombs from the stage).

NEW RELEASES from Blood Orange, Tom Morello, Tinariwen, Male Bonding, Total Babes and more are steaming this week at Spinner.  Albums from Jill Scott, Tommy Stinson, Kittie and more are streaming at AOL.

BLITZEN TRAPPER is advance streaming American Goldwing.

THE DRUMS are advance streaming Portamento.

BALAM ACAB is advance streaming Wander/Wonder.

CHRIS CORNELL drops "The Keeper" from the Machine Gun Preacher soundtrack.

WAVVES drops "I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl" from the upcoming Life Sux EP.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD lip-synchs "Mr. Soul" from a show that cannot be mentioned (minus bassist Bruce Palmer for legal reasons), plus a live take on "Rock'n Roll Woman" for your Twofer Tuesday.  And while "Mr. Soul" opens with a bit of "For What It's Worth," you can get a full serving as a bonus.

BLONDIE: Debbie Hary talks to the New York Times about her influences, including cartoons and cult movies, and revealed a bit of rock 'n' roll history.

OKKERVIL RIVER frontman Will Scheff talks to Pitchfork about the music he has loved throughout his life.

TUNE-YARDS: The Observer chronicles the path of Merrill Garbus, from the lowest of lo-fi beginnings in 2009 to as close to a superstar as a ukulele-playing, radically political ex-puppeteer can get.

THE SQUAREST ROCK ACTS, according to Flavorwire.

MATTHEW FOX was detained by cops in Cleveland, Ohio Saturday night after allegedly assaulting a woman outside of a bar. The woman claims she punched Fox in self-defense

JAY-Z refused to applaud Chris Brown at the MTV VMAs. Apparently not a fan of beating women. ALSO: Beyonce's pregnancy affects Clint Eastwood's musical remake of A Star Is Born..

ZOE SALDANA thinks it's now trendy -- and racist -- to hate America, but doesn't explain why a lot of the same people hated America when Bill Clinton and George W. Bush were president.

HILARY DUFF banked 100K for not appearing in the new Bonnie and Clyde movie.

SIN CITY 2: Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are bringing in William Monahan, who won an Oscar for The Departed's screenplay, to work on the script.

STEVEN SODERBURGH plans to quit Hollywood and become a painter. For now.

THE TOP 100 Out-of-Print Books for 2011.

YEMEN: Ten Yemeni soldiers and 26 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during fighting in Dawfas in Abyan province.

SYRIAN unrest fuels fear about the country's chemical weapons stockpile.

IRAN's nuclear chief claimed the country is prepared to cooperate more closely with the IAEA. Oh, sure.

IRAQ: UN envoy Ad Melkert said Iraqi security forces have made "clear improvements" but declined to say if he thinks they are ready to protect the country without help from the American military.

AFGHANISTAN: Direct US talks with the Taliban had evolved to a substantive negotiation before Afghan officials, nervous that the secret and independent talks would undercut Pres Karzai, scuttled them, Afghan and US officials told The Associated Press.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT disrupts a women's pro soccer game.

SIAMESE CROCS: One of the world's rarest crocodile species has moved a little bit further from extinction with the hatching of 20 wild eggs plucked from a nest found in southern Laos.

SNAKE in a... helmet?


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Lucinda Williams, Wild Flag, Blind Pilot, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Birds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LUCINDA WILLIAMS drops her first offcial video ever, for "Copenhagen."

WILD FLAG, ft. members of Sleater-Kinney, Helium and The Minders, is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

BLIND PILOT is advance streaming We Are the Tide.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL is streaming two previously unreleased songs in advance of a digital and vinyl box set.

THE HEAVY covered the Blood, Sweat & Tears classic, "And When I Die" for the True Blood season finale.

SYL JOHNSON: Fresh Air discusses The Complete Mythology.

THE DRUMS kick off the  the Visiomento live performance series with a new song, "What You Were."

BEIRUT frontman Zach Condon talks to the Irish Independent about panic attacks and giving up the rock lifestyle.

MY LIFE AS A VAMPIRE: Nitsuh Abebe, pop music critic at New York Magazine, has a different take on nolstagia and the role music may play in your life. 

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos talks comics at the San Francisco Examiner.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, has written one of the best-selling rock memoirs of all time. Life has sold over one million copies since its release last year, equivalent to going platinum in the music world.

DAVID LOWERY (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) got married in business class; Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood was the best man.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Help repeats at the top of the chart with 14.3 million, on a historically slow pre-Labor day weekend slowed further by Hurricane Irene. Columbiana debuted at No. 2 with 10.3 million, which ain't great against a 40 million budget, although it's better than the last opening for either Zoe Saldana (The Losers) or producer Luc Beeson (From Paris With Love). Fun Fact: 57 percent of the Columbiana audience was female.  Don't Be Afraid of the Dark debuted in third with a likely disappointing 8.7 million against a 25 million budget.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes dropped 46.3 percent to the fourth slot, but the estimates are so close it may wind up in third; the simians have raked in 148.5 million domestic against a 93 million budget.  Our Idiot Brother rounds out the Top 5 with 6.6 million against a 5 million budget.  55 percent of the audience was female; the chicks must like them some Paul Rudd.

BEYONCE KNOWLES revealed her pregnancy at the MTV Music Video Awards.

THE 2011 MTV VMAs, btw, went to these folks.

MINKA KELLY & DEREK JETER split up after three years of dating. So of course there are already rumors about a growing late-night friendship between Kelly and her costar Ramon Rodriguez.

BRAD PITT saved a woman from being trampled in a zombie invasion.

SOFIA COPPOLA & THOMAS MARS (Phoenix) got hitched in Italy.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have officially moved in together, according to People.

ASHLEE SIMPSON drunk-dialing her ex, Pete Wentz?

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson and fmr gf Oksana Grigorieva officially reached a financial and child custody agreement.

EMMA WATSON is reportedly living with her new beau, actor Johnny Simmons, in the swanky attic rooms of her father's multi-million dollar home in north London.

CHELSEA HANDLER lived up to her party-girl reputation at a summer bash for her hotelier boyfriend, Andre Balazs, when she was escorted out of the men's bathroom at the Frying Pan by bar security.

THE RUM DIARIES has a trailer online, featuring a fire-breathing Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson (again).

THE 10 BEST TV SHOWS to watch all at once, according to Gawker.

AL QAEDA's second-in-command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, has been killed in Pakistan, delivering another big blow to a terrorist group that the US believes to be on the verge of defeat, US officials said Saturday. Pakistani officials doubted the report, but this is the same bunch that claimed they didn't know where Osama bin Laden was.

IRAN: A court sentenced an Iranian man to death for assassinating a nuclear scientist; Iran claimed he was an agent of Israel. Iran said it would defend Syria if NATO intervened, but called on the government to recognize its people's "legitimate" demands (pot, meet kettle). Iran "discreetly" provided food and medical aid to Libyan rebels.

LIBYA: Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi is comatose, near death and likely to take secrets of the attack on Pan Am Flight 103 to his grave.

THE BIRDS attack Huntington, West Virginia.  Video at the link makes clear there's high anxiety there.

A FLAMING RACCOON caused a grass fire in an industrial area of Salt Lake City.

A GIANT RAT was killed with a pitchfork at the Marcy Houses project in Brooklyn.

CATTLE RUSTLING: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

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Gram Parsons, John Doe, Richard Buckner, Cutout Bin, Tortoise Chase   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with GRAM PARSONS! As a member of both The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, and as a solo artist, Parsons anticipated the so-called country rock of the 1970s and the alt-country movement that began around 1990. There is not a lot of GP video floating around, but "Christine's Tune" is a good place to start, though the video for "Older Guys" is great because someone made them go out to christen Judge Smails' sloop. The Hell's Angels make an unfortunate cameo in the clip of "Six Days o­n the Road" from the infamous Altamont festival in 1969. The posthumous video for "Sin City" is nice also. BONUS: Dwight Yoakum covers "Wheels" at a Parsons tribute concert. DOUBLE BONUS: Frequent duet partner Emmylou Harris covers "Return of the Grievous Angel" with alt-country icon Ryan Adams (and Buddy Miller o­n bass) at a different tribute.

JOHN DOE stopped by KEXP for a solo acoustic set of songs from his latest album.

RICHARD BUCKNER stopped by KEXP for a live session with his old busking partner, Jeff Kazor.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JEFF MANGUM (Neutral Milk Hotel), Live in Toronto.

BON IVER & JAMES BLAKE join on "Falls Creek Boys Choir."

THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to Pitchfork, Drowned In Sound and Salon (where he's interviewed by Dean Wareham).

TEN MYTHS about grunge, Nirvana and Kurt Cobain.

DOES 50s MUSIC STILL MATTER? Uber-critic Robert Christgau meditates.

MINISTRY returns. Or "relapses."

AEROSMITH will add never before released digital versions of their classics to iTunes.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Turtles to T. Rex, from Wanda Jackson to Neko Case & MMJ, from Violent Femmes to Grand Funk, plus the Troggs, Tommy Keene, GbV, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell 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 include: Columbiana, which is currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, currently scoring 53 percent; and Our Idiot Brother, scoring 70 percent.  But all of those were on a small sample of reviews.  It's late August, so I would guess lower on all of them.

JADA PINKETT SMITH & MARC ANTHONY: Multiple members of the crew that work on "HawthoRNe" tell TMZ it was clear to everyone that the two were not intimate on the set.

LINDSAY LOHAN begged director Steven Soderbergh to not say he wouldn't work with her.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES signed a pre-nuptual agreement; a lawyer breaks it down for you.

RHIANNA is the latest celeb to have a possible sex tape issue.

ROSE MacGOWAN talks about how her family fled the Children of God cult.

JIM CARREY makes a creepy video expressing his desire for Emma Stone.

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR talks to Entertainment Weekly about Ringer, Buffy and motherhood.

SEVEN CHAPTERS of Zooey Deschanel's origin story.

JEREMY PIVEN would like to play Keith Moon. Not seeing it.

THE 10 MOST OVERUSED SONGS in Movie History.

HURRICANE IRENE: If you're an East Coaster in the cone where Irene may strike, and haven't evacuated, consider stocking up on: bleach (plain chlorine bleach for cleaning and purifying tap water); bottled water; a first aid kit; toilet paper; paper plates; plasticware; garbage bags; baby wipes; camping lamps; flashlights and batteries; a landline phone that doesn't need batteries; cash; high calorie foods like PB&J and chocolate; boxed and canned foods (w/ manual can opener); fruit; veggies; a handcrank radio; a chainsaw; ammo (if you're a gun owner); clear plastic containers and plastic bags of all sorts, incl. ziploc bags for valuable papers; a charcoal grill, charcoal, lighter fluid and matches (if you don't have a gas stove); duct tape.  Also, gas up the car, take pics of everything for insurance; fill your bathtubs with water for cleaning and to fill your toilet; write down any phone numbers you might need from your phone or computer; try to notify family of any backup plans.

LIBYA: Rebels continued to battle loyalist resistance in Tripoli, Sirte, and Sahba. The search for Gaddafi himself is ongoing. National Transitional Council head Mahmoud Jabril asked for Western financial aid to help restore services and stabilize the country.

PAKISTANIS remain in denial, 10 years after 9/11.

AFGHANISTAN: The transition from NATO to local forces in Laghman province has been rocky.

CRUISER the TORTOISE chases Josef in his motorized chair.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents raid a police memorial in Toledo, OH.

A COW misjudges the height of a guardrail.


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