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Head and the Heart, Uncle Tupelo, Velvet Underground, Rabbit + Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SMITH WESTERNS take on Tom Petty's "American Girl" for The A.V. Club Undercover. And it did not go over well with some.

THE HEAD and the HEART are profiled by Rolling Stone, which also streams their album.

FUTURE ISLANDS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

UNCLE TUPELO: Live and Otherwise (Demo Tape).

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: 15 Minutes (A rare UK tribute LP, ft. Nirvana, Echo & the Bunnymen, Eleventh Dream Day, Buffalo Tom and more).

DAVID BAZAN drops "Wolves at the Door" as a free track from Strange Negotiations.

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

PEARL JAM are spending 2011 celebrating their 20th anniversary by headlining their own festival in Wisconsin, touring, releasing a documentary by director Cameron Crowe with an accompanying soundtrack album, and publishing a book.

THE ANTLERS: Peter Silberman takes Drowned In Sound track-by-track through Burst Apart.

BLAKE SENNETT discusses The Elected, Rilo Kiley (RIP), Phillip Roth, the iPad, Chicago venues, and more with Consequence of Sound.

BRIAN WILSON, who said last week that he was planning to retire from performing live in 2012, told BBC 6Music he is thinking about playing with the Beach Boys again for the first time in almost 20 years.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER had numerous, late night rendezvous with various women at his Santa Monica office building ... and some of the women were mysteriously carrying legal-sized manila envelopes ... sources who were present tell TMZ. UPDATE: They also have pics of the mother and son.)  The WaPo asks, "How did he keep the 'love child' secret so long?"

CHARLIE SHEEN - who scored the biggest paycheck in TV before getting the boot - had to borrow ten million bucks from Warner Bros. during his last season on "Two and a Half Men."

LEO DiCAPRIO... and Blake Lively?

MARIAH CAREY brings her kids home from the hospital, but will get a home visit from DCFS.

KELSEY GRAMMER filed legal papers to get sole physical custody of the two children he had with his ex-wife Camille. She's telling friends the kids have already made it clear they want to live with her.

MEL GIBSON: Topless in Cannes. The horror... But you know in France they love The Beaver.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS is set to play Glinda in Disney's fantasy prequel pic Oz, the Great and Powerful.

KILLING BIN LADEN: Those who planned the secret mission to get Osama bin Laden in Pakistan knew it was a one-shot deal, and it nearly went terribly wrong.

EGYPT: According to an Egyptian daily, fmr pres Mubarak will explain that some of his mistakes were due to 'faulty information'; he will also reportedly tell the people that he is willing to give up assets pending investigations.

PAKISTAN: NATO helicopters crossed from Afghanistan into Pakistan and fired on a Pakistani border post early Tuesday, injuring two paramilitary soldiers, according to the Pakistani army. Pakistani security forces arrested a senior al-Qaida operative in Karachi on Tuesday, signalling the first major move against Osama bin Laden's network inside Pakistan since his death.

A RABBIT humps a dog...Mass hysteria!

A 500-LB RUNAWAY PIG was shot by Washington State Patrol trooper after his stun gun failed to slow the raging swine.

A TEACUP CHIHUAHUA, however, really should not have been shot.

SPIDER-SMUGGLING: Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

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New Releases, Bon Iver, k.d. lang, Cats in Tanks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NO AGE's latest video is for "Common Heat," courtesy of the Weirdettes.

NEW RELEASES from Iggy Pop, Glasvegas, Rome, Chad Van Gaalen, Let's Wrestle, The Elected and more, plus Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds reissues are streaming this week via Spinner.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: "Calgary," a new track from Bon Iver, plus tracks from Yellowbirds and YACHT highlight the latest edition of the long-running series. Also you can download the Bon Iver song for an e-mail adresss.

k.d. lang recorded a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

THEM: "Baby, Please Don't Go" and a fully live take on "Gloria" for Twofer Tuesday.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ talks R&B with All Things Considered: "Isaac Hayes told me once, 'There's no such thing as old-school.' Either you went to school or you didn't."

FRIENDLY FIRES lived it up at fashion parties, flew over Rio in a helicopter, but returned to the garage for the follow-up to their Mercury-nominated debut.

SUEDE gets a loving profile from a longtime fan at The Observer.

JANA HUNTER talks to the New York Press about solo performances and Lower Dens' Exxon ad. (Thx, LHB.)

UPDATE: ARNOLD/MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger and Shriver separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago - before his first run for office - with a longtime member of their household staff.

LINDSAY LOHAN got into a 2 a.m. ruckus at a Hollywood nightclub and appeared to be "belligerently drunk."

CHARLIE SHEEN is privately "destroyed" by the casting of Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men.

PENELOPE CRUZ talks about her new son, her past life as a cat lady, karaoke, Pirates of the Caribbean and more at Vogue (with photoshoot).

BRITNEY SPEARS talks about the current pop music scene at Harper's Bazaar.

MARIAH CAREY: The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services continues to investigate allegations of alcohol and drug use against Carey and Nick Cannon shortly after the birth of their twins.

THE FLINTSTONES are in the hands of Seth MacFarlane.

A SAUDI MOTHER said Sunday she defied a ban on women drivers in the ultra-conservative kingdom by getting behind the wheel for four days without being stopped.

NORTH KOREA & IRAN appear to have been regularly exchanging ballistic missile technology in violation of UN sanctions, according to a confidential UN report obtained by Reuters. Iran is also building intermediate- range missile launch pads on the Paraguaná Peninsula in Venezuela.

LIBYA: NATO said it must widen the target set, lest Gaddafi remain in power.

PAKISTAN, analysts say, will soon have a fourth operational reactor, greatly expanding plutonium production for its nuclear-weapons program.

CATS IN TANKS: Awesome, with content warning.

AN IRAQI DONKEY that befriended the US Marines arrives in Omaha, NE, where he will serve as a therapy animal for the Wounded Warrior Family Support organization.

WHY ZOMBIE ANTS infected by mind-controlling fungus always kill themselves at high noon.

THE BIRDS... but with parakeets.

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Thurston Moore, Dashboard Confessional, Cold Cave, Owl and Pussycat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MARISSA NADLER's atmospheric video for "Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning" is not a bad way to ease into the week.

THURSTON MOORE is advance streaming Demolished Thoughts (produced by Beck).

DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, incl Big Star's "I'm In Love With a Girl" and Archer of Loaf's "Web In Front."

COLD CAVE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALISON KRAUSS & UNION STATION stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JULIAN CASABLANCAS: "Rave On," from the upcoming Buddy Holly tribute, leaks online.

THE HOLLIES: "Have You Ever Loved Somebody" (French TV, 1967).

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN guitarist Will Sergeant talks to New York magazine about the band's long second act.

GRAHAM COXON talks to Drowned in Sound about the English folk scene, Derby County Football Club and yes, Blur.

PAUL SIMON does not like coming in second to Bob Dylan.

BOB DYLAN issues a statement on his China tour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor takes the top slot again with 34.5 million; that's a 47 percent drop, but that's actually pretty good for a Marvel non-sequel.  The God of Thunder has hauled in over 300 million in eight days. Bridesmaids places with 24.4 million, well above tracking estimates of 15-17 million (though below the 33 million opening for Superbad).  Fast Five shows with 19.5 million on a 40 percent drop in line with the history of this franchise; this installment is already the highest-grossing of the series. Priest opens at No. 4 with 14.5 million, which is again better than tracking estimates, but disappointing against a 60 million budget.  Rio rounds out the Top Five and boosts its domestic total to 125 million.  Overall, a bit of a lull before the Pirates of the Caribbean opening next weekend.

CHARLIE SHEEN delivered the ultimate back-handed compliment to Ashton Kutcher, saying he's talented but Two and a Half Men will tank.  Kutcher will be making more than half of Charlie Sheen's base salary, but less than 900K/ep. Jon Cryer is "jazzed" to be working with Kutcher.

ARNOLD/MARIA SPLIT: Shriver and Schwarzenegger comment on their separation.

JENNA FISCHER and her screenwriter hubby of nearly a year Lee Kirk are expecting their first child together.

MARIAH CAREY was visited by Child Protective Services at the hospital after receiving calls claiming drinking and drug use. Nick Cannon says he spoke with CPS and told them the whole thing is "ridiculous."

JULIA ROBERTS & TOM HANKS talk to W magazine about optimism, adult education and their upcoming dramedy, Larry Crowne.

MARY TYLER MOORE is recovering nicely from her brain surgery. She might just make it, after all.

THE AMBIGUOUSLY GAY DUO returned to SNL in live action, featuring Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon, as well as Steve Carrell and Stephen Colbert.

YEMEN: The opposition said the GCC-backed plan for president Saleh to step down from power is dead.

SYRIA: Despite the reports of a pullout of troops in the coastal city of Baniyas and the main flashpoint centre of Deraa, reports from Talkalakh on Saturday suggested they remained very much in control there.  The US and its European allies, seeking to pressure Assad to end his violent crackdown, are lobbying the UN nuclear watchdog to formally accuse Damascus of covertly building a nuclear reactor.

IRAN: The Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused his protégé Ahmadinejad of being "under a spell" as a constitutional crisis engulfs the country.

EGYPT: The Egyptian Islamic Group said it would hold a million-man protest in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand the release of Omar Abdel Rahman, its spiritual leader, who is serving a life term in a US prison for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

PAKISTAN's successful test of a missile able to carry short range nuclear weapons threatens to raise tensions in a region already nervous that the death of Osama bin Laden will create more instability.

THE OWL & THE  PUSSYCAT danced by the light of the moon...Mass hysteria!

BABY LEOPARDS, PANTHERS, MONKEYS and a BEAR were found drugged in a first-class passenger's luggage at Bangkok's international airport.

A COUGAR shows up at Safeway. A real one.

PARAKEET fed to a pitbull. Alcohol may have been involved.

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Aretha Franklin, Kills, Kate Bush, Keef, Cutout Bin, Boxer Stair-Surfs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ARETHA FRANKLIN, Live in Stockholm, 1968! The "Lady Soul" concert was broadcast on Swedish TV, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Come Back Baby," "Dr Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)," "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" "I  Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Chain Of Fools," and "Respect." BONUS: All Things Considered reviews Take a Look, a new box set featuring her years with Columbia Records.

THE KILLS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KATE BUSH is advance streaming her Director's Cut.

JOHN VANDERSLICE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD of the UNDEAD, is interviewed by Jimmy Fallon. Watch. Enjoy.

DAN DEACON collaborated on  "Hilvarenbeek", an odd, short film.

HUSKER DU: "Love Is All Around," for Mary Tyler Moore (see below). 

MAN MAN: Honus Honus talks to Paste about the band's musical progression, Life Fantastic and their experience working with producer Mike Mogis.

KURT VILE shares a few of his favorite things for a Pitchfork Guest List.

MIKE WATT talks to PopMatters about his new 30-song opera.

JASON ISBELL talks to PopMatters about the just-released Here We Rest.

BLAKE SENNETT (Rilo Kiley, The Elected) is interviewed by American Songwriter.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Marcels to Led Zeppelin, from the Dovers to Generation X, from Jan & Dean to Candy Golde, from the Beatles to the Clash, plus Love, the Ramones, Fitz & the Tantrums, the Miracles 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 Bridesmaids, which is currently scoring 90 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Priest, scoring 20 percent on a small sample.

ASHTON KUTCHER is putting the final touches on a deal to replace Charlie Sheen as the star of <i jquery1305246499622="43">Two and a Half Men.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BAR RAFELI are dunzo, according to Page Six.

CELEBRITY HERPES LAWSUIT Triggers Sex Tape Frenzy. Now that's a headline.

JENNIFER ANISTON may be topless in the raunchy comedy Horrible Bosses.

MATTHEW PERRY is returning to rehab as a proactive measure in his battle with substance abuse.

MARY TYLER MOORE has elected to undergo surgery to remove a benign tumor of the lining tissue of the brain.

TERROR in FRANCE: Police arrested six men linked to Islamic terrorists, including an "Indian native" and several Frenchmen, during separate raids in Paris and "two of its heavily immigrant suburbs." The cell leader has "a high level of technical training."

IRAN: Russia has sent the nuclear fuel needed to start the Bushehr plant.

AFGHANISTAN: UK Prime Minister David Cameron has triggered a row with military chiefs by insisting that hundreds of British troops must be withdrawn from Afghanistan within weeks.

A BOXER stair surfs.

INVINCIBLE OPOSSUM: Shot five times and still doesn't die.

BODHI the SKATEBOARDING DOG landed his owner with an £80 fine after two women complained to Brighton council that they were tripped up by the pooch and his wheels.

BINGO, a Shi Tzu, took a 30 mile train trip before a passenger took him to a rescue center, which reuninted dog and owner.

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Mountain Goats, Dale Watson, Beirut, Neil Innes, Meyer Hawthorne, Dog + Racoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOW plays Toto's "Africa" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DALE WATSON, bluegrass legend, does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

BEIRUT debuted two new songs in Virginia.

NEIL INNES of The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and The Rutles (and a Monty Python collaborator) plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MEYER HAWTHORNE's covers EP is now available to stream and download.

STEVIE WONDER: "Fingertips, Pt II," Live in '63.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Sheff and Pat Pestorius talks to Spinner about recording I Am Very Far.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy and Nate Query are interviewed on the CNN about the recording and songwriting on the band's current LP.

RICHARD BUCKNER talks to Aquarium Drunkard about life as a nomad and life as professional singer-songwriter in America in 2011.

ANGUS MacLISE: The forgotten member of the Velvet Underground.

LINDSAY LOHAN dodged jail time after pleading no contest to misdemeanor theft. It's expected she'll serve 4 months at home.

ARNOLD/MARIA SPLIT: Schwarzenegger wants Shriver back, and he's changing his ways -- somewhat -- to make that happen.

BRITNEY SPEARS could be forced into a psych exam as part of a lawsuit brought by ex-manager Sam Lufti.

HUGH GRANT was deep into final negotiations to replace Charlie Sheen as the lead on Two And A Half Men until he pulled out last night at the last minute due to creative differences.

WILL SMITH has docked a gargantuan, double-decker moveable mansion for his "Men in Black III" shoot smack in the middle of SoHo - even though he's renting a luxury apartment less than a mile away. Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith will appear May 25 on the Oprah's final daytime show.

KATIE HOLMES, contrary to reports, is not pregnant, according to Tom Cruise's rep.

SYRIA: Security forces killed 13 people while shelling homes and opening fire on anti-government protesters in the town of Harra. The UN has suspended most of its operations in Syria.

LIBYA: Rebels claimed to have taken control of the airport in Misrata and have driven pro-Gaddafi forces from the city.

PAKISTAN: A group of Pakistani politicians including a former minister hijacked proceedings in parliament to offer prayers for the death of Osama bin Laden.

IRAQ's prime minister offered his clearest opening yet for the possibility of extending the presence of US troops past their scheduled Dec. 31 departure date, saying he would do so if most of the country's political blocs support the decision.

A DOG adopts a baby racoon...Mass hysteria!

A FEMALE PEACOCK escapes from Bronx Zoo, still on the loose on NYC streets.

BANJO the KOALA, stolen from the Australian Reptile Park, was found dumped in the car park.

SEA LION vs FISHERMAN: Who you got?

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