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New Releases, Girl talk, Sharon Von Etten, Westerberg, Turkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON goes lo-fi in the clip for "Nobody Gets Me But You."  Add "You Got Yr. Cherry Bomb" from their prior LP and you have Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Springsteen, Mason Jennings, Orange Juice, Norah Jones and more are streaming this week from Spinner.

LANCE, the technical master of this domain, also has a new release -- a daughter! Congrats to him and his wife, who presumably did most of the labor.

GIRL TALK posted the All Day album as a free download. And given it may take that long to download, so here's a few things to do while you're waiting.

SHARON VON ETTEN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

RICHARD HAWLEY is streaming a new track, "The River," from an upcoming EP based around a recent visit to the Glenfiddich whisky distillery in Dufftown, Scotland. Link through for access to a second track for those who live in the UK (or pretend to).

PAUL WESTERBERG played at Fantasy Sudios for KFOG, Sept. 12th, 1996.

THE AMERICAN BREED does some wonderfully bad lip-syncing in this wonderfully cheap clip for "Bend Me, Shape Me."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Ed Norton about Darkness on the Edge of Town.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiburg talks to The Other Paper about his albums, the people of Bikini Atoll and his ornithology exploits, as well as the crazy dreams those exploits have inspired. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

HOWARD WOLFSON, New York City deputy mayor and former communications director for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential run. talks indie music with Politico.

THE ISLAND FIVE: A staple of all High Fidelity types.

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten, is placing 100 golden tickets in his upcoming new book, entitling the bearer to a 10-minute webcam interview with the punk icon.

JESSICA SIMPSON is not getting a prenup, much to her stage dad's chagrin. And for once, I can see his point. Simpson's pals have been concerned over the romance.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson admits slapping Oksana Grigorieva because he says she was so hysterical she was endangering the baby ... but he denies hitting her.

BILL CLINTON joins the cast of The Hangover 2. Yes, really.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been given the green light by Betty Ford to venture around Southern California and will petition for a trip to NYC.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT Do they want to direct, rather than star, in adult entertainment?

SEBASTIAN BACH (ex. Skid Row) was arrested in Ontario, Canada after cops say he smashed a wine glass at a downtown bar ... and then bit the owner.

ROBERT PATTINSON & JASON STAHAM almost got in a bar fight over Kristen Stewart. My money would have been on Statham.

BRITNEY SPEARS's parents are reconciling eight years after their divorce.

CHRISTIAN BALE may kill someone yet.

SCARLETT JOHANSSEN is GQ's Babe of the Year.

IRAN arrested five human rights lawyers for "security-related offenses."

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus and Secretary of State Clinton defended US military operations after criticism from Pres. Karzai. A Karzai spokesman denied any rift in US-Afghan relations from the critique.  Mullah Omar called reports of negotiation "propaganda" and urged the Taliban to continue the fight.

TURKEYS invade Staten Island.

HUNGRY HIPPO demonstrates that the new tranquilizer dart doesn't work as well as hoped.

POLAR BEAR mugs for the cameraman in Cape Churchill, Canada.

FLAMINGOS in flamingo formation.

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Arcade Fire, Best Coast, Ben Folds, Dawes, Horse in car   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE played "We Used to Wait" and "Sprawl II" on SNL.

BEST COAST stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic with a session. The L.A. Times profiled the band.

BEN FOLDS & NICK HORNBY stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. Ben talked to Phillyist about the record, his songwriting, and what it's like to play in Philly. (Thx, LHB.)

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

SILVER JEWS tour doc is streaming this week at Pitchfork.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA, Live In Dublin on video.

SHARON VON ETTEN's new single is streaming via MBV Music.

TWO COW GARAGE gets a twofer on World Cafe: Next.

BIZ MARKIE and... JEFF GOLDBLUM performed "Just a Friend" on Fallon.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colim Meloy walks SPIN through key tracks on the new album (which Meloy says is not conceptual).

HUSKER DU is the subject of a new book, reviewed at PopMatters.

ANTONY HEGARTY does a wide-ranging Q & A with The Guardian.

DAVID BOWIE: Saturday was International Bowie day, which had SPIN and Rolling Stone wondering where the Thin White Duke has gone.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Megamind held the top slot, taking in another 30 million on a decent 35 percent drop, for an 89.8 million total against a 130 million budget. Unstoppable placed with 23.5 million -- almost exactly what every Denzel Washington-Tony Scott vehicle has opened with this decade, going back to Déjà vu.  But maybe the very good reviews will make this one a bit more leggy.  Due Date drops 52.5 percent to the third slot with 15.5 million; it totals 59 million so far against a 65 million production budget.  Skyline debuted at No.4 with 11.7 million against a 10 million budget.  Morning Glory rounds out the Top Five with 9.6 million -- and a disappointing 12.2 million since Wednesday on a 40 million budget.

JESSICA SIMPSON got engaged to free agent NFL player Eric Johnson, just days after the news broke that her ex-husband, Nick Lachey, popped the question to Vanessa Minnillo. I'm sure there was no pressure.

JOHN TRAVOLTA rushed home from a promotional trip in Australia after receiving word that pregnant wife Kelly Preston has gone into labor. UPDATE: Travolta's rep denies the story.

LINDSAY LOHAN demanded security officers at her apartment building remove her father, Michael Lohan.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson had a pet name for Oksana Grigorieva - his "dark eyed beautiful little communist" - according to love letters entered into court. Gibson also emphatically denied injuring their daughter.

DEMI LOVATO: The Disney Channel has come up with a way to keep hit its sitcom "Sonny with a Chance" alive while the show's starlet rides the road to recovery in treatment for what her rep called "emotional and physical issues."

KANYE WEST's media trainer quit after just three days of working with the hotheaded rapper following his disastrous interview on the "Today" show this week.

BILLY RAY CYRUS flipped out during a Friday radio interview when host asked about his headline-making split from his wife of 17 years.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT are renewing their wedding vows in a continuing bid to hold someone's attention.

NATALIE PORTMAN is writing a raunchy comedy for Anne Hathaway.

ZSA ZSA GABOR was expected to return home sometime this weekend after being rushed to the emergency room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Friday afternoon after developing a blood clot in her leg and an infection.

IRAN, Venezuela and Nicaragua to plan create a "Nicaragua Canal" linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans that would rival the existing Panama Canal.

PAKISTAN: The WaPo ran the first part of a ProPublica piece on the man behind the Mumbai massacre and why he's still loose -- a story with serious implications for US foreign policy. The second part should run today.

IRAQ: Iyad Allawi, the leader of the Iraqiya party, said a power-sharing deal with Prime Minister al-Maliki is off the table, although some members of his party may join the government.

A HORSE RIDING IN A CAR: Let's go to the video.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER treed a Mountain Lion on a farm in South Dakota.

TWO TIGER CUBS got their first glimpse of the public at the Pittsbugh Zoo.

HOW CATS DRINK WATER without getting wet.

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Cali Rock, KT Tunstall, Lissie, Girls, Cutout Bin, Baby Otters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...FROM THE BYRDS TO THE EAGLES!  Via Aquarium Drunkard, a BBC documentary on the music coming out of Los Angeles, "beginning in the mid-60s with the Byrds, on through its eventual, comparatively bleak, decline."  Plenty of archival footage and new interviews, Tubed in seven parts, embedded at the Daily Swarm. (Inside joke: Somewhere during Part 4, Craig O'Neill will observe that you cannot deny the power of Tapestry.)

KT TUNSTALL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

LISSIE did three free songs for Aquarium Drunkard.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJ Daniel Lanois rolls out tracks from Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band and more in the latest edition of the long-running series.

GIRLS dropped "Alright" as an advance from the upcoming EP. More than alright, really, with a bit of early-REM feel to it. 

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS: Roio has their Revival demos.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: An epic take on "Because The Night," live in Houston, TX, on Dec. 8, 1978.

WILCO bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Sansone talk to the Boston Herald about thier side project, Autumn Defense.

JOSE GONZALEZ talked to Seattlest about Junip and more.

10 ALBUMS WORTH A SECOND LISTEN, according to Crave. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Talking Heads to Joan Jett, from Yo La Tengo to Al Green, from the Clash to Lee Hazlewood & Nancy Sinatra, plus Jimi Hendrix, Guided by Voices, Lulu, David Johansen, Gang of Four 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 Unstoppable, which is currently sooring 86 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Skyline, which was not screened for ctitics (uh-oh!); and Morning Glory, which opened Wednesday scoring 58 percent.

DEMI LOVATO: The Disney starlet caught on camera snorting cocaine in a shocking booze and drugs binge, according to RadarOnline -- but they don't have the video, and haven't seen it.

ANGELINA JOLIE opens up about her home life, including Pax's culinary skills, in the December issue of Vogue magazine.  There is also a second trailer for The Tourist online.

JESSICA SIMPSON is "flipping out" after learning that her ex, Nick Lachey, is engaged, but sang a different tune on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show when asked for her reaction.

DINO DE LAURENTIS, the high-flying Italian film producer and entrepreneur behind such movies as "Barbarella," "Mandingo," "Serpico," "Death Wish," "Three Days of the Condor" and "Blue Velvet" died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.  A family friend wrote the final screenplay of "Hannibal" for De Laurentis and got an amazing gift above and beyond the ridiculous paycheck.

BUTCH PATRICK, the guy who played the original Eddie Munster, checked himself into a New Jersey rehab facility to seek treatment for a 40-year addiction to cocaine, weed and alcohol.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES allows Christopher Nolan to meet pretty much every hot young actress in town.

THE SIMPSONS were renewed for a 23rd season of animated adventures, taking it past a landmark 500th episode.

THE FAVE TV SHOWS of Democrats and Republicans.

25 CLASSIC TV TITLE SEQUENCES, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.

MARTIN SCORSESE on Ingmar Bergman.

BABY OTTERS learning to swim.

CHARLIE the TEACUP YORKIE survived a 100K effort to evict him from an NYC condo board.

WHEN RACCOONS ATTACK: It's the seventh attack since June in Alameda County, CA (Oakland).

PIGGY BANK made of real piglet has the Winnipeg Humane Society squealing.

PORPOISES saved Dick Van Dyke.

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Soft Boys, Los Lobos, Mumford & Sons, Veterans' Day Zombie Caterpillar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOUNDGARDEN played "Black Rain" and "Hunted Down" for Conan on TV and the web.

THE SOFT BOYS are streaming the reissue of the classic Underwater Moonlight.

LOS LOBOS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MUMFORD & SONS played First Ave; you can stream the gig on demand.

PETER WOLF CRIER did three free songs for Daytrotter.

GERRY RAFFERTY -- best known for his solo hit "Baker Street" -- is reportedly fighting for his life after suffering kidney failure.

QUEEN dumped EMI for Universal, who will reissue remasters of the band's catalog next year. Killer news.

LOCAL NATIVES: Ryan Hahn does an Interview about touring, the creative process, and what local natives do in Italy.

THE TWILIGHTS SAD's James Graham's talks to The Scotsman about the band's new album, morbid lyrics and a possible career in Hip-Hop.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, did not attack a Swedish journo, according to his rep.

DEMI LOVATO: The Disney teen darling was boozing and snorting cocaine like a rock star before she checked into a treatment center last week, a bombshell report reveals.

PINK is knocked up. So you better get the party started.

BRET MICHAELS denied rumors that he had an affair with Miley Cyrus's mother.

LINDSAY LOHAN is working on getting a "work pass" so that she can get out of rehab to discuss her next movie Inferno before her January 3 release date, according to RadarOnline.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The plot between Gibson's baby mama and her bodyguard thickens.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT were trying to "buy fame," but now "have no money" and live on 400 dollar weekly allowance from Pratt's dad.

JOHN MAYER has been involved in a steamy romance with married TV chef Giada De Laurentis, according to the ever-relaible Star.

GEORGE W. BUSH & KANYE WEST patch things up.

ALEC BALDWIN is not running for Congress at the moment.

THE CMA AWARDS went to these folks.

VETERANS' DAY:  Today is the 92nd anniversary of the end of WWI.  My traditional link still holds up today:  "Mustang" at Social Sense reviews the holiday's history and thanks vets for the present.  The WaPo's David Ignatius did an excellent piece last year that may be more true today. Special Programming Note: ESPN's weeklong salute to vets will be in Friend of Pate Sylvia Hauser's neighborhood 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern.

TERROR in the USA: A mail bomb intercepted last month at an English airport could have exploded over the East Coast of the US, British police said Wednesday.

NORTH KOREA: A UN report demonstrated NoKo's support for the Syrian, Iranian, and Burmese nuclear programs.

IRAN will test-fire a domestically-manufactured version of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. Meanwhile, Tehran wants to promote peace and security at nuclear talks with world powers, but won't talk about what it insists is its right to continue nuclear activities.

THE ZOMBIE CATERPILLAR is controlled by Voodoo Wasps.

THE TUBEROUS BUSHCRICKET has broken an unlikely world record: largest testicles in relation to body weight.

TWO PYTHONS were reunited with their owner after they both turned up in the home of a former neighbor and one appeared on TV.

A LEOPARD bathes in the light of a rainbow. Ooh.

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When the waves turn the minutes to hours (plus more)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Today marks the 35th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. Ingalls will be performing this year's memorial service at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


POMEGRANATES, who bring a touch of early U2 to their sound, did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

HERE WE GO MAGIC stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MAVIS STAPLES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LAURA MARLING: Hear the Brit-folker cover Johnson C. Frank and Neil Young for a new single produced by Jack White.

THE FLAMING LIPS played "I Can Be a Frog" on Yo Gabba Gabba.

JOHNNY FLYNN, aspiring Brit-folker, talks to the Dallas Observer about driving through Appalachia and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PREFAB SPROUT's Paddy McAloon answers The A.V. Club's questions by e-mail, asking about his career, his influences, and his philosophies of songwriting.

DRESDEN DOLLS and Amanda Palmer are profiled by Neil Gaiman for SPIN.

MATT & KIM: Matt Johnson talks to the NYDN about traipsing naked through Times Square and being called a hipster.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva believes Gibson was cheating on her with multiple women during their relationship - and now she wants to take it a step further and ask the women if the actor ever attacked them.

RACHEL WEISZ & DARREN ARONOFSKY split after nine years of marriage.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT were held at gunpoint by local police in a horrifying case of mistaken identity.

CONAN O'BRIEN got off to a strong start on TBS.

DAKOTA FANNING was named fer private school's homecoming queen for the second year in a row. Aw.

RACHEL BILSON & HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN are giving their romance another shot, after calling off their engagement in August.

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS nominees are announced; Twilight, Iron Man 2, and Inception feature heavily.

TRON: LEGACY releases a third and final trailer.

AL QAEDA is being infiltrated by western intelligence agencies, with help from Islamic allies.

IRAN suggested resuming nuclear talks this month in Turkey, while slamming the UN's nuclear watchdog.

AFGHANISTAN: Nearly all Afghans want their government to make peace with the Taliban despite their growing dislike for the insurgency, according to a survey funded in part by the US government.

KUNG FU HAMSTER: Incredible footage shows the tiny ninja attacking two Russian youths as they walk through a cornfield.

A MOUSE was discovered in a naked arrestee in Oconee County, SC.

THE BHOOTBILI, a cat-dog-mongoose cryptid, terrorizes an Indian neighborhood.

A SMOKING CHIMP has been rescued from a zoo in Lebanon.

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