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Guster, Robert Plant, Beatles, Catty Cake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 25, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WARPAINT drops "Undertow" as fthe irst video from The Fool. Directed by Shannyn Sossamon.

GUSTER played the World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand.

ROBERT PLANT stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ELIZABETH MITCHELL: The "kindie rock" star gets a feature plus tracks from All Things Considered.

THE BEATLES, Live in Australia.

BILLY PRESTON: "Nothing From Nothing."

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, talks to the New York Times about his book on the Rolling Stones' nearly half-century-long adventure.

SLEIGH BELLS: Derek Miller talks to the Chicago Tribune about the band's new material.

SHE & HIM: M Ward talks to the Vancouver Sun about Vol.2... and Vol. 3.

DIVINYLS frontwoman Chrissy Amphlett discusses her breast cancer diagnosis. Could bring back "I Touch Myself" as a public service announcement.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Paranormal Activity 2 dominated the chart with 41.5 million against a 3 million budget. Ka-ching. Jackass 3-D plunged 57 percent, but still held the second slot with 21.6 million, for a total of 87.1 million against a 20 million budget. Red held okay in the third slot, given the competiton, taking in 15 million, for a 43.5 million total against 58 million budget; it will likely profit even before the DVD bin.  Hereafter's wide debut shot up to the fourth slot with 12 million, a little over tracking expectations, but another middling opening for Matt Damon.  The Social Network held alright to round out the Top Five with 7.3 million, having taken in about 73 million domestic against a 50 million budget.  Below the fold, Secretariat held well at No. 6, but its breakeven receipts to date do not include a reported 50 million marketing budget.  Overall, the weekend improved year-over-year, and should do so again easily next weekend, with Halloween falling on Sunday instead of Saturday.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND got married Saturday in a traditional Hindu ceremony.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The judge sent her back to the Betty Ford Center instead of jail, but Li-Lo may have trouble affording the stay.

MATT DAMON wife Luciana have welcomed another baby girl.

CELINE DION gave birth to fraternal twin boys on Saturday.

RANDY & EVI QUAID are seeking refugee status in Canada.

THE TOP 7 SURLY MOVIE GHOSTS, according to the Scorecard Review. (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 25 SCARY MOVIES, according to the Chicago Tribune.

IRAN's First Vice President said UN sanctions are dead. That must be why Iran is secretly trying to set up banks in Muslim countries around the world, including Iraq and Malaysia, using dummy names and opaque ownership structures to skirt sanctions.

AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban suicide assault team attacked the United Nations compound in the western Afghan city of Herat. Several members of the four-man suicide team were able to enter the compound before being gunned down by security guards and Afghan police.  October has been a calamitous month for the Taliban in the North West of the country, but a large gap remains between killing commanders and dismantling an insurgency. Former Taliban officials see peace as being a long way off.

IRAQ: The latest cache of WikiLeaks documents show that: most Iraqi civilian deaths were caused by other Iraqis; Iraqi police and soldiers were involved in torture; and Iran was -- and is -- playing an active role in supporting Iraqi Shiite militia groups-supplying them with rockets and particularly lethal IEDs, training their snipers, and helping to plot assassinations of Iraqi officials. Also, US troops continued to find chemical weapons labs, encounter insurgent specialists in toxins, and uncover weapons of mass destruction.

CATS PLAYING PATTY-CAKE: Let's go to the video.

KNUT, the world-famous polar bear, is being bullied by the female bears in his enclosure.

PENGUNS are not gay; despite new evidence of homosexual behavior in the wild, they are just "same sex flirting" until they find a mate, according to a new study.

A MYNAH BIRD who vocally demands to be taken out for a walk twice a day is filling the void for a dog owner missing his old pet.

KITTEH survives being flushed down a toilet.

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Squeeze, Best Coast, Walkmen, Cutout Bin, Monkey Trainmasters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SQUEEZE!  One of the things about curating this blog is the continuing reminder of how old I am.  Last month, after puttingThe Shins cover of "Goodbye Girl" in the Cutout Bin, I got nice feedback via Twitter from a young lady who as a big fan of The Shins, but who never heard of Difford, Tilbrook & Co., despite their stellar string of pop gems, including "Take Me I'm Yours", "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction", "Another Nail in My Heart", "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "If I Didn't Love You", and the one most people know -- even if they don't know it's Squeeze -- "Tempted", which features transient member Paul Carrack on vox and keys.  Fun fact: Carrack was also responsible for the classic, "How Long" as a member of Ace.

BEST COAST stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CRASH TEST DUMMIES also stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE WALKMEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. Peter Bauer talked to the Louisville Courier-Journal about the art of the setlist. (Thx, LHB.)

DINOSAUR, JR: Jayloumurph.


OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Westword about packaging, the Elephant 6 collective, and Yoko Ono.

THE DRUMS: Singer Jonny Pierce talks to the Boston Globe about simplicity, losing guitarist Adam Kessler, and more...

LIZ PHAIR talks to SPIN about embracing her polarizing quality.

ARI-UP of The Slits died at 48.

CUTOUT BIN: From Elvis Costello to Jimi Hendrix, from Belle & Sebastian to Led Zeppelin, from the Velvet Underground to Hall & Oates, plus Bruce Springsteen, Cee-Lo Green, Bob Dylan, Sky Larkin 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 Paranormal Activity 2, which is currently scoring 83 percent -- on early reviews -- on the ol' Tomatometer; and Clint Eastwood's Hereafter, which is scoring 52 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN could be sentenced to up to one year behind bars when she appears for her probation violation hearing today. Meanwhile, here she is naked on a hog.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA made a late-night trip to a Los Angeles hospital in the days leading up to her divorce from husband Jordan Bratman, according to RadarOnline.

BEYONCE not pregnant, according to her Mom.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is out of The Hangover sequel.

KATY PERRY got an Indian bridal nose ring ahead of her wedding to Russell Brand, rumored for this weekend.

JENNIFER LOPEZ rolled out her twins as the faces of Gucci's new children's line.

GLEE's Mark Salling thinks the cast's risque GQ photo spread is not a big deal.  Dianna Agron apologized to anyone who might be "hurt" or "uncomfortable" by the shot, while noting the mag is not for kids. (Which is true, but irrelevant to grownup skeevy pervs.)

THE HOBBIT cast is announced.

50 GOOD PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLERS, courtesy of Only Good Movies.

TOP 20 HORROR FILMS, according to Fangoria's Blood-Spattered Blog.

NORTH KOREA: A US satellite has detected increased activity at a NoKo nuclear weapons test site, suggesting it could be preparing for a third test, a South Korean government source was quoted as saying on Thursday.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad and Argentinian Pres. Hugo Chavez vowed to form a "new world order." Turkey's deputy prime minister said Iran sanctions will not serve to further negotiations.

AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban commander has told Sky News the bulk of its funding comes from the UK, where dedicated fighters are ready to launch terrorist attacks upon his order.

MONKEY TRAINMASTERS: Let's go to the video.

GIANT PIRANHA caught on the Congo River.

RARE BOARS to be killed for their semen.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT emerges from a toilet. Awww...

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Ra Ra Riot, Massive Attack, Hey Marsailles, Banana Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL roll out an alternate version of "Terrible Love."

RA RA RIOT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MASSIVE ATTACK stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HEY MARSEILLES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo has posted another pair of unheard songs on the Weezer website's forums.

ORANGE JUICE is streaming five songs from the upcoming box set. (Thx, LHB.) 

BEN GIBBARD (Death Cab) & ZOOEY DESCHANEL (She & Him) sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" (respectively) at the Giants vs. Phillies NLCS game in San Francisco.

MUMFORD & SONS are profiled at USA Today. The Fall's Mark E. Smith threw a bottle at them.

CORIN TUCKER talks to the Village Voice about 100 Years, Twilight, motherhood and more...

THE POSIES talks to Spinner about their new album and how growing up changes their songwriting.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND's Mo Tucker clarifies her political stand after appearing at a local Tea Party.

LINDSAY LOHAN hopes the judge will send her back to Betty Ford instead of back to jail. The judge refuses to meet with Li-Lo's lawyer before the probation violation hearing.  Betty Ford's treatment team tells the actress she needs to address her daddy issues.

BEYONCE is pregnant with her first child, the new Us Weekly reports.

ANGELINA JOLIE was high on cocaine when she did an interview with Charlie Rose in 2000 to promote "Girl, Interrupted," according to a man who claims he was her former drug dealer.

JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME denies reports that he had a heart attack on the set of his latest film, Weapon.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND, spotted flying to India, are just days away from tying the knot if rumors are true.

BOB GUCCIONE, the founder of Penthouse magazine, died Wednesday in a Plano, Texas, hospital after a long battle with cancer. I can't top TV's Andy Levy.

GLEE goes barely legal in GQ -- and it's beyond creepy, according to Salon.

THE GREATEST SCI-FI MOVIES of the 50s, according to Den of Geek. (Thx, LHB.)

IRAN complained that the jet fuel ban on Iranian aircraft in Western airports is illegal. The two remaining US hikers jailed in Iran will be tried for spying. The IAEA announced that Tehran has enriched 30 kg of uranium to 20 percent. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is demanding loyalty from top clerics and an end to defiance that has blurred once-clear lines of power since last year's disputed elections.

AFGHANISTAN: Talks to end the war involve extensive, face-to-face discussions with Taliban commanders from the highest levels of the group's leadership, who are secretly leaving their sanctuaries in Pakistan with the help of NATO troops.

COOPER the CAT, dressed as a banana split, eating a banana. Like the windmills of your mind.

A 300-LB CHIMP ran amok in Kansas City, MO.

A WALLABY died after being plied with ecstasy and drink at a birthday disco.

STEWIE has broken the Guinness world record for being the world's longest domestic cat.

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Bryan Ferry, Jonsi, Broken Social Scene, Box Cat Redux   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT played "Congratulations" and "The Handshake" for Kimmel. It's like Twofer Wednesday.

BRYAN FERRY is advance streaming his cameo-laden Olympia album.

JONSI's live webcast from L.A. is now streaming on demand today via NPR.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE GHOST OF A SABRE TOOTH TIGER (Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl) are advance streaming Acoustic Sessions.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS cover "Six Days on the Road."

ISOBEL CAMPBELL takes to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about her ongoing collaboration with Mark Lanegan: "I must be attracted to really difficult things. After we made the first album, he just disappeared and I never thought I'd talk to him again, let alone make more albums with him."

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to the New York Times about losing himself, his new sound, and more... Thx, Chromewaves.)

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to the L.A. Times about texting, concerts for dogs, her new album and 'Delusion,' a multimedia piece that she'll perform at UCLA's Royce Hall.

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION is covering the Beach Boys, with an assist from Van Dyke Parks.

TAYLOR SWIFT: John Mayer probably thinks this song is about him.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA split with husband Jordan Bratman after her recent career comeback fell flat, her friends say. (Some friends!) The singer reportedly turned to gal pal Samantha Ronson for "emotional support."

TIGER WOODS: The sex tape is a hoax, says a man who claims he was paid a grand to impersonate the golfer.

JODIE FOSTER says Mel Gibson remains "the most loved man in the film business."  No word on her suffering a head injury recently.

TOM BOSLEY, who famously played Mr. Cunningham on "Happy Days," has died at his home in Palm Springs. He was 83.  Henry Winkler and Scott Baio pay tribute.

HOMER SIMPSON has been declared a true Catholic by the Vatican's official newspaper.

THE GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, according to The Guardian/Observer.

IRAN: Authorities have banned Friday prayers in Sunni mosques in Tehran.

AFGHANISTAN: Looks like the Taliban wants a US withdrawal deadline in writing. Gen. Petraeus is shifting to a "talk and shoot" strategy.

IRAQ: In recent days enormous banners have appeared at Parliament showing the late Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Muhammad Sadiq al-Sadr, and, in several, his son, Moktada al-Sadr, the anti-American cleric who has become a political force.

MARU the BOX CAT: Don't know how I missed this entry in the series.

SQUIRRELS: Jesters, terrorists, or dinner?

A WOLF PACK terrorizes a traffic cop in Russia.

A MOUNTAIN GOAT that fatally gored a hiker, then stood over the man and stared at people trying to help, had shown aggressive behavior in the past.

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New Releases, Tegan & Sara, MGMT, Puppeh noises   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST now has a video for "Boyfriend."

NEW RELEASES from Kings of Leon, Girl in a Coma, Liz Phair, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion reissues and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CMJ 2010: Spinner offers scads of free MP3s from bands headed to the fest.

TEGAN & SARA did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MGMT stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. They also did a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

GUIDED BY VOICES offers two soundchecks.

BOMBER CITY: Murray Attaway & Jeff Walls of Guadalcanal Diary have a new band, but they're still mixing in GD nuggets like "Watusi Rodeo" and "Trail of Tears."

ELVIS COSTELLO explains to The Observer that he never liked the word "maturity."

SUPERCHUNK & THE VASELINES: Middle-aged and proud

CLARE BURSON got a feature plus tracks from Weekend Edition Sunday.

SIDE ONE, TRACK ONES: A famous bit in High Fidelity, blogged at The Current.

LINDSAY LOHAN is being advised to cut mom Dina loose from her business empire and acting career if she wants to remain sober, according to RadarOnline.

TIGER WOODS: The divorce payout to Elin Nordegren was  a reported110 million.

JUNIOR SEAU, former NFL linebacker, was arrested early Monday morning on domestic violence charges, then was hospitalized after driving his SUV off a cliff.

JUSTIN BIEBER reportedly was on the receiving end of homophobic comments during a laser tag match under police investigation.

ANGELINA JOLIE got permission to film her directorial debut in Bosnia, after govt review of the screenplay.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson is taking a stab at saving his movie career with a comedy role as a tattoo artist in "The Hangover 2." 

CELINE DION was admitted to the hospital on Sunday to prevent the early delivery of her twins.


ANNE HATHAWAY hopes audiences aren't scared away by the raunchy sex scenes in Love & Other Drugs, which is her way of letting you know there are raunchy sex scenes in Love & Other Drugs. Much classier than saying, "Hey, come see me take my clothes off."

IRAN: A judge has sentenced a man convicted of robbing a confectionery shop to have one of his hands cut off.

PAKISTAN: Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are believed to be hiding close to each other in houses in northwest Pakistan, but are not together, a senior NATO official said.

AFGHANISTAN: Al-Qaeda is moving back into Afghanistan to plot new attacks, highlighting the terror group's resilience despite nearly a decade of US-led efforts to prevent its return to the country.

IRAQ: After months of pressuring Iraqis to form a new government quickly, the US is now urging them to slow down rather than rush into a deal that would run counter to US interests and risk further destabilizing the country.


SLEEPING PUPPEH NOISES: Let's go to the video.

A RUNAWAY CHIMP joined a class at Al-Quds University in the Gaza Strip.

THE BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER may end salvage logging (the practice of harvesting burned trees) in California.

MEERKATS frolic among pumpkins for seasonal awww...someness.

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