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Fleet Foxes, Two Door Cinema Club, Rooney, Yuck, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FLEET FOXES dropped a video for "Grown Ocean."

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ROONEY did five free songs for Daytrotter, including a faithful cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway."

HOT HOT HEAT also did five free songs for Daytrotter.

JULIANA BARWICK played a Tiny SXSW Concert for NPR.

YUCK dropped "Doctors In My Bed," the b-side to their "Get Away" single. Because you know who cares what's on the flip side of a record? I do.

THE DUM DUM GIRLS take on Big Star's classic "September Gurls" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART frontman Kip Berman talks to the University Observer about working with his idols and the importance of nostalgia. (Thx, LHB.)

ELBOW: Guy Garvey explained to BBC6 how playing in some of the biggest venues in the country had influenced the band... and has news on Richard Hawley.

ANNA CALVI talks to Paste about the buzz around her debut and the music scene in general.

PATRICK WOLF tells The Observer how falling in love at first sight inspired his joyous new album.

GWYNETH PALTROW is cooking up a food magazine. Is that funnier than the singing career?

RHIANNA discusses Chris Brown, her relationships and her upcoming role in ‘Battleship' for the Rolling Stone cover story.

ELIZABETH BANKS had a boy named Felix via a surrogate.

MAD MEN creator Matthew Weiner spoke exclusively to my pals at Basket of Kisses about the status of negotiations over the 5th and 6th seasons of the show.

MILEY CYRUS bashes internet sensation Rebecca Black.

JUDGE JUDY was rushed to the hospital Wednesday morning, but was just exhausted,

BILL MURRAY has agreed to star as FDR in an adaptation of the British radio play Hyde Park On the Hudson.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is officially a cartoon.

WONDER WOMAN, in action on the streets of Los Angeles.

IRAN welcomed Egypt's offer to reset diplomatic relations between the two states.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood is not planning to seek power in Egypt's elections this year but says it will not limit its political ambitions forever and wants secular parties to get organized to foster true competition.

LIBYA: Pro-Gaddafi forces continue to push rebel forces out of towns ceded just days ago. Rebels have retreated from Ras Lanuf and are falling back to the east. More than 1,000 jihadists are estimated to be in Libya.

CAPOEIRA CAT has an, er, interesting fighting stance.

PAKISTANI SPIDERS flee floods in web-filled trees.

AN EAGLE RAY jumped on a chartered boat and attacked tourists off the Florida Keys.

A MAKO SHARK jumped into the back of a fishing boat on the Gulf of Mexico. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Sufjan Tribute, James Vincent McMorrow, Rural Alberta Advantage, Cat Begs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAPHAEL SAADIQ is "Stone Rollin'" in his latest video.

SUFJAN STEVENS: Stream the new tribute album, Seven Swans Reimagined.

LOST IN THE TREES played DC's Black Cat the other night; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

THE STROKES' Albert Hammond, Jr., opens up about his hardcore drug problem and recording Angles while still in withdrawal.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT: Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey talked to Weekend Edition and The Oregonian about their second album of songs about baseball's culture and history.

THE KINKS: After years of vehement opposition, Dave Davies has opened the door to a possible reunion. It's "down to Ray", he said in a new interview, conjuring the possibility of an on-stage reconciliation at the upcoming Meltdown festival.

AMAZON launched a cloud based music service... but will likely face fierce competition from Google and Apple.

ROB LOWE talks to Vanity Fair about the Sheens, Tom Cruise, and The Outsiders, and reads from his autobiography.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA: Hundreds of highly intimate photographs of the singer have surfaced, including candid images of the star partying at Nicole Richie's bachelorette party and in bed with her boyfriend Matt Rutler.

MAD MEN was greenlit for Season 5 by AMC, but negotiations with showrunner Matthew Weiner have hit the rocks over semi-non-money issues.

MILA KUNIS is speaking out in support of Natalie Portman in the Black Swan body double kerfuffle.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Enrique Iglesias has pulled out of her North American tour just hours after the tour was announced.

BEYONCE KNOWLES drops her dad as her manager.

JENNIFER GARNER as Miss Marple? Really?

JUSTICE LEAGUE: WB honcho Jeff Robinov is already thinking about DC Comics movies for 2013 and beyond, and he's got "Justice League" and a reinvented Batman on his mind.

STAR TREK SEQUEL SOONER: Paramount Pictures has scrapped a tentative plan for Chris Pine to resuscitate the Jack Ryan franchise before he reprises his James T. Kirk role in a Star Trek sequel. Steve Zaillian, who wrote the 1994 Ryan film Clear and Present Danger and did uncredited rewrite work on Patriot Games, made a deal last month to rewrite the reboot script but had a change of heart and withdrew within the last two weeks. (Actually, Zaillian gets a shout-out in the final scene of Patriot Games, if you listen closely.)

TERROR in the USA: A US federal appeals court overturned a lower court's order to release al Qaeda operative Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman from Guantanamo.

YEMEN: The Yemeni government is said to have lost control of six of the country's 18 provinces.

SYRIA: Pres. Assad's cabinet resigned in an attempt to placate anti-government protesters.

LIBYA: Gaddafi's forces retook the town of Bin Jawad and have pushed rebel forces back to Ras Lanuf.

A CAT begs like a dog.

MISSING EGYPTIAN COBRA still eludes handlers, starts Twitter account.

SNAKE IN A TOILET: In Hanover, Germany.

SMOKEY THE CAT, whose purr as loud as a Boeing 747, aims to make it into the Guinness world records.

DOGS steal £33 million pounds a year from British humans.

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New Releases, Robbie Robertson, Vivian Girls, Mini-Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


J MASCIS dropped an animated video for "Not Enough."

NEW RELEASES from Radiohead, Mountain Goats, Generationals, The Sounds, Broken Bells, Peter Bjorn & John, Pearl Jam reissues and more are streaming via Spinner.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON (and ERIC CLAPTON) are advance streaming How to Become Clairvoyant, with a host of cameos.

VIVIAN GIRLS are advance streaming Share the Joy.

DIEGO GARCIA, formerly of Elefant, is advance streaming Laura.

SHARON JONES + MATT BERNINGER + BOOKER T. = "Representing Memphis."

THE WHO cover "Barbara Ann" and blast through "My Generation," live on French TV, circa 1966, for Twofer Tuesday.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the WaPo and the Baltimore Sun about Liza Minnelli, breaking guitar strings, death metal and more...

ADELE talks to The Guardian about losing her voice, unstoppable onstage banter and more...

RUSH: How are they more popular - and, whisper it, cooler - than ever before?

THE JUNO AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

CHARLIE SHEEN: Ex-wife Denise Richards is furious that Sheen is tweeting she's a dog thief, and is telling friends Charlie is actually a dog abuser. Ex-companion Kacey Jordan said Sheen wanted to leave Two and a Half Men and "wanted to have a family, be a drug addict and a sex addict."

SEAN PENN & SCARLETT JOHANSSON atteneded Reese Witherspoon's wedding as a couple. Meanwhile, Penn settled a lawsuit brought by a photog he kicked.

LINDSAY LOHAN left ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson's house early Monday morning clutching a teddy bear with the words "I love you" written on it, just days after Samantha was caught in a lip lock with another woman.

JESSICA SIMPSON may elope and may judge X Factor.

CHRIS BROWN is driving his neighbors nuts.

BLACK SWAN director Darren Aaronofsky addresses the body-double controversy that coincidentally arose as the DVD hits stores.

BRAVE: First pics from Pixar's 13th full-length feature.

YEMEN: Pres. Saleh scrapped an offer to step down by year's end on Sunday, as Islamic militants taking advantage of the deteriorating security took control of another southern town.

SYRIA: Security forces opened fire on protesters in Duraa; casualties have not yet been reported.

EGYPT: Hosni Mubarak, the ousted Egyptian leader, and his family are under house arrest, accoridng to Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, denying reports the former leader had fled to Saudi Arabia.

LIBYA: Rebel forces, backed by NATO air cover, have taken control of Nawfaliyah and advanced to the town of Sitre, the home town of President Moammar Gaddafi.


A POISONOUS EGYPTIAN COBRA slithered out of its cage in the Bronx Zoo Saturday, forcing the exhibit to close while workers searched for the venomous serpent.

SNAKES ON A PLANE: Soekarno-Hatta International Airport officers foiled an attempt at smuggling 40 pythons on a flight heading to Dubai.

A LABRADOR and a COYOTE seem to have formed an unusual couple... Mass hysteria!

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Generationals, Ron Sexsmith, Sharon Van Etten, Liverpool Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS rawked "Paris (Ooh La La)" for Conan.

GENERATIONALS are advance streaming Actor-Caster... and I'm digging it, in its twee sort of way.

COLD CAVE is advance streaming Cherish the Light Years. Think late-80s Factory Records.

RON SEXSMITH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SHARON VAN ETTEN did a session with Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE DEARS stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

FLEET FOXES drop "Bedoin Dress" in advance of Helplessness Blues.

SMITH: Their chart-topping cover of the Bacharach-Dixon-David classic, "Baby, It's You." Because I'm feeling a little Death Proof.

OWEN PALLETT talks to Spinner about Morrissey, The Strokes, Arcade Fire and more...

RHETT MILLER of The Old '97s talks to Gibson about everything from over-indulging on the streets of Austin to texting lyrics to Bob Dylan. (Thx, LHB.)

RICHARD ASHCROFT talks to BlackBook about the United Nations of Sound.

BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, master music mixer, is profiled by The Wall Street Journal.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is your surprise No. 1, as a sequal that may never have been made but for DVD sales takes in 24 million against a 21 million budget. Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch -- an apparently disappointing film -- disappointed at the ticket booth also, taking in 19 million against an 82 million budget. It will be lucky to clear much over 50 million, and will need overseas receipts to break even (even that's not a sure thing; Watchmen grossed less overseas than domestically). Is the WB going to worry about Snyder helming the Superman reboot? Limitless took the third spot with 15.2 million on a mere 19.5 percent drop. Limitless is already in the black, and sure to get blacker.  The Lincoln Lawyer held the fourth slot with 11 million, again with a small 16.7 percent drop -- but its receipts to budget ratio is about the opposite of Limitless. Even so, it should break even in North America.  Rounding out the Top 5 is Rango with 9.8 million, breaking the 100 million mark, with another 75 million overseas to date.

REESE WITHERSPOON got hitched to entertainment agent Jim Toth.

LINDSAY LOHAN will be removing "Lohan" from her official name. Meanwhile, a legal technicality could save her from going to jail for her alleged probation violation - or at least delay it. But cops are reigniting their investigation into allegations she attacked a Betty Ford staffer.

BRITNEY SPEARS took to the Palms Casino Resort's Rain Nightclub stage in Las Vegas Friday night for a surprise performance. Video at the link.

CHRIS BROWN & RHIANNA: Together again? Brown's spokeswoman will no longer be representing him after the star trashed his GMA dressing room, smashed a window and left without his shirt from the morning talk show earlier this week.

MADONNA: A high-profile charitable foundation set up to build a school for impoverished girls in Malawi, founded by the singer Madonna and fellow devotees of a prominent Jewish mysticism movement, has collapsed.

NATALIE PORTMAN: Did she do 85 percent or 5 percent of the dancing in Black Swan?

MILA KUNIS will star opposite James Franco in Oz, the Great and Powerful.

AMY ADAMS will play Lois Lane in the Superman reboot?

ELIZABETH TAYLOR was late to her own funeral, by her own request.

YEMEN: Pres. Saleh said he is "ready to step down with respect and dignity" but only to qualified caretakers of government.

SYRIA: Security forces reportedly withdrew to the outskirts of Daraa, where protests demanding the release of youths arrested for spraying anti-government graffiti spiraled into daily confrontations with security forces, who then repeatedly opened fire. With 61 people confirmed killed by security forces, the country's status as an island of stability amid the Middle East storm seemed irretrievably lost.

LIBYA: Pro-Gaddafi forces have abandoned Ajdabiyah as rebel forces took control of the city. Rebels are advancing on Brega as Gaddafi's forces have launched an attack on Misrata. The US and Europe are considering arming the Libyan rebels. Sky News has video of Gaddafi's goons dragging a woman away who claimed she was raped and tortured by agents of the regime. OTOH, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, the Libyan rebel leader, has said jihadists who fought against allied troops in Iraq are on the front lines of the battle against Gaddafi's regime.

EGYPT: In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes. Shocka.

A CORGI who responds only to Liverpudlian.

A SHEEP gave birth to a dog on a Chinese farm. Supposedly.

FRED, the ringleader of a group of baboons infamous breaking into cars to chow down on sandwiches and snacks, was put down in Cape Town.

A DOG AND ITS FECES escalate into a shootout in rural Mississippi.

A HERD OF RARE BISON may have fled Poland for Ukraine.

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Byrds, Futureheads, Dodos, Cutout Bin, Fridge Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and  "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman."

FUTUREHEADS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE DODOS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ played songs from his new Stone Rollin LP for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

BADLY DRAWN BOY also played new tracks for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

J MASCIS drops "Not Enough" as a free track from Several Shades of Why.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

SHARON VAN ETTEN spoke to Phoenix New Times about her interesting connection to Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio, being the black sheep of the family, the Pitchfork Festival, and more. (Thx, LHB.)

STEVE EARLE talks to the Telegraph about Treme, Harry Potter and why he dislikes the attitude of Cormac McCarthy.

BON IVER tells Rolling Stone he "forgot how to write songs."

ELVIS COSTELLO once gave Dave Wakeling (English Beat, General Public) grief about his work for Greenpeace.

CUTOUT BIN: From Bruce Springsteen to Devo, from Jackie Wilson to Fountains of Wayne, from Metallica to Billy Bragg, plus Joan Jett, Wire, Derek & the Dominoes, Flesh For Lulu, GbV, the Cars and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, which is currently scoring 42 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch, currently scoring 24 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN is said to have added a third ‘goddess' to his Warlock tribe. - 26-year-old Megan Levant.

CHRIS BROWN publicly apologized a day after storming backstage following an interview and performance on "Good Morning America" -- but claimed he got angry because the interview went beyond "talking points" his camp submitted, something ABC News denied. Brown will still be performing on Dancing With the Stars next week as planned... but cast members have been told not to comment on the incident. (Anyone else suspect this is a stunt?)

COURTENEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE are working on their relationship.

RACHEL ZOE had a boy.


ASHLEY GREENE was spotted majorly getting her flirt on with Chris Evans.

KAT DENNINGS (so great in Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist) talks to Complex about all sorts of stuff. And looks fantastic in time for Gratuitous Friday.

ZSA ZSA GABOR was hospitalized after learning of Elizabeth Taylor's death.

STEVEN SEAGAL joined Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff Joe Arpaio in busting a cockfighting ring in a tank.

MIA WASIKOWSKA (Alice in Wonderland, Jane Eyre) is profiled by BlackBook.

JANE EYRE: The Wasikowska piece reminds me that I forgot to post a review of this latest adaptation of the Bronte classic.  It was quite well done, particulalrly by Wasikowska, but felt a bit bloodless at times.  To be sure a gothic romance is all about repressed emotion, but occasionally I thought there shouldbe a bit more emotion displayed, just to underscore the repression.

CAPTAIN AMERICA has a new trailer online.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh is reportedly working on a deal to relinquish power. The Shabwa tribe took control of seven Central Security Forces compounds, effectively putting them in control of the province.

SYRIA: President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public pledge to look into granting Syrians greater freedom on Thursday as anger mounted following attacks by security forces on protesters that left at least 37 dead.

LIBYA: NATO warships began a blockade of Libya's coastline to choke the government's supplies of arms and mercenaries. Coalition bombers struck at military bases and ammunition bunkers, destroying a Libyan plane. Gaddafi's forces said the airstrikes have caused civilian casualties; the US denies the claim. Government forces continue to attack the cities of Ajdabiya and Misrata. US warplanes will keep flying strike missions over Libya even after the US relinquishes the lead command role to NATO.

DOG raids the fridge. Busted!

COYOTE delays flights in Atlanta, without using Acme products.

EL CHUPACAPRA explained. Up next: Yetis.

THE HAIRY BEAST with seven fuzzy sexes.

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