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New Releases, Belle & Sebastian, Eels, Friendly Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOCAL NATIVES encounter a land shark in the video for "Wide Eyes."

NEW RELEASES: The Avett Bros, KT Tunstall, John Lennon reissues and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN are advance streaming Write About Love.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS are advance streaming Swanlights.

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

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

ARCADE FIRE: Will and Win talked to Pitchfork about the divide between indie and major, the unwieldiness of the information age, and why Arcade Fire are a Moby Dick kind of band.

PAVEMENT is profiled by Sasha Frere-Jones for The New Yorker.

PAUL WELLER reportedly married girlfriend -- and backup singer -- Hannah Andrews during a low-key ceremony in Capri, Italy.

WINSTON CHURCHILL has become the first prime minister to enter the album chart with a record marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

BRITNEY SPEARS' conservatorship is coming to an end, according to RadarOnline. And she's reportedly working on a new LP.

LINDSAY LOHAN is planning a staged photo shoot documenting her rehab that she will then sell to the highest bidder.

JENNIFER ANISTON was voted the most eligible single woman in the world, according to a 60 MINUTES/Vanity Fair poll released Monday.

KEANU REEVES approves of Sad Keanu.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Will it reach middle America?

SUPERMAN: Zack Snyder has been chosen to direct the new Superman movie, which Christopher Nolan is producing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

THE 25 MOST VALUABLE BASIC CABLE CHANNELS, according to The Daily Beast. Most may be worth more than NBC. Many may be worth more than ABC.

TERROR in EUROPE: Among the possible targets in the suspected European terror plot are pre-security areas in at least five major European airports, a law enforcement official told ABC News.

IRAN arrested several people for "nuclear spying" in connection with the computer worm attack on Bushehr.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban destroyed 28 NATO fuel tankers bound for Afghanistan in an attack near Islamabad. The attack is the second of its kind since Pakistan closed down the Khyber Pass on Sept. 30 in protest against US cross-border attacks on Haqqani Network fighters fleeing from Afghanistan into Pakistan.

IRAQ announced oil reserves in excess of 143 billion; Iraq overtakes Iran as the world's fourth largest producer. A Sunni-backed bloc that came first in elections seven months ago is united against the bid by Prime Minister al-Maliki to remain in office.

A DOLPHIN gets very friendly.

...AND THERE WERE PIGS all over the highway.

SQUIRRELS are doing it for themselves.

HORNY BULL on garage rampage calmed by a young heifer.

MAN SHOOTS HIMSELF IN THE FACE while trying to fight off a skunk.

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Belle & Sebastian, Blitzen Trapper, KT Tunstall, Teacup Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BELLE & SEBASTIAN "Write About Love" for Fallon.

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

GAYNGS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. The indie supergroup is profiled by the Boston Globe.

SHOOTER JENNINGS & HIEROPHANT played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

KT TUNSTALL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FLEETWOOD MAC: "Go Your Own Way," live circa 1969. Sounded great, fellas, but I coulda used a little More Cowbell.

THE HOLD STEADY: Crag Finn talks to the Boston Globe about writing, Bruce Springsteen, and the Muppets.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Drowned in Sound about fish slaughtering ex-girlfriends, the futility of religion, and why you can't change the world via the medium of lampshades.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN -- and their new album -- are profiled at The Guardian.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Peter Hughes talks to Move about the band's evolution. (Thx, LHB.)

THE WHO threaten to release another album.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Social Network tops the chart with 23 million, which was a bit below what most expected, but still ranks as director David Fincher's second biggest opening after Panic Room (which is just plain silly, given how big Se7en and Fight Club eventually became). Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole held well in the second slot with 10.9 million, but a 30 million total against an 80 million budget means this will have to look overseas for profit.  Last week's topper, Wall Street 2, slid 47 percent to the third slot with 10.1 million; it too may depend on overseas markets for profit.  The Town was close behind in the fourth slot with 10 million; it has taken in 64.3 million against a 37 million budget.  Easy A rounds out the Top Five with another 7 million in gravy for Screen Gems.  Below the fold, Case 39 and Let Me In opened in a virtual dead heat for seventh and eighth, with a disappointing 5.3 million each.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Near universally acclaimed, and justly so.  The screenplay by Aaron Sorkin is sharp, if not overtly Sorkin-esque.  David Fincher does his usual excellent job directing a cast including Jesse Eisenberg who gets to step from the lovable loser roles of Superbad, Adventureland and Zombieland to that of the sorta unlovable (but sorta lovable) billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.  Some of the critical comaprisons to movies like Citizen Kane and Network are a bit overblown.  Citizen Kane pioneered an entire genre, and Network had far more foresight than even its fans imagined at the time.  Nevertheless, the story of the creation of Facebook is far more than Revenge of the Nerds, and a twisted Horatio Alger story oddly well-suited to the populist tenor of the times.

LET ME IN:  It's a shame this remake of the Swedish vampire flick Let The Right One In failed to catch people's attention, if only because Chloe Grace Moretz proves again that she is one of the most talented tweens working in Hollywood today.  It woud be sad to think that an interesting and occasionally touching vampire story doesn't work in today's marketplace without the teen melodrama of the Twilight Saga or the formulaic gore of your average slasher flick.

STEPHEN J. CANNELL, , bestselling novelist and Emmy-winning TV producer of hits like "The Rockford Files," "The A-Team," "The Greatest American Hero," "Wiseguy" and many more, passed away at his home in Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night from complications associated with melanoma. He was 69.

TIGER WOODS: Ex-mistress Number 15 claims she has sold their sex tape, assuming it exists and assuming the golfer's lawyers don't drop on the company like a ton of bricks.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued by an ex-nanny who claims the pop tart stiffed her for a month of work.

HARRY POTTER: J.K Rowling says there could be more.

SPIDER-MAN: It appears that Emma Stone will win the coveted role of Mary Jane in the reboot.

WONDER WOMAN: One of TV's best-known creators, David E. Kelley (Ally McBeal, The Practice), has come on board to write and produce a new series project about the female superhero.

TERROR in EUROPE: The man at the heart of the plot to launch Mumbai-style attacks in Europe has ties to at least four members of al Qaeda's infamous Hamburg terrorist cell.

IRAN: The deputy industry minister for technology claimed Iran's industries are now free of the dangerous Stuxnet virus that disables control software. President Ahmedinejad wants to "bury" US leaders for its opposition to Iran's nuclear program.

PAKISTAN: NATO's supply line to Pakistan through the Khyber Pass remains closed for the fourth day in a row; the government said it would consider reopening it soon.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki reached across sectarian lines to appeal to Sunnis to broaden support for his re-election bid, even as a rival coalition representing most Sunnis declared that it would not accept his nomination and refused to join a coalition government led by him.

KITTEH FALLS ASLEEP IN A TEACUP: Fortunately, we have not one, but two videos of the event.

NAVY BOMBS GUAM with frozen dead mice.

CATS communicate their moods with body language.


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Hoodoo Gurus, Avett Bros, Carl Barat, Evan Dando, Cutout Bin, 100 Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the HOODOO GURUS! As Trouser Press reminds us: "Australia has produced few bands as crazily entertaining as Sydney's Hoodoo Gurus." In their prime, few could match Dave Faulkner and Co. in the marriage of pop hooks and garage rock riffs. Their debut album contained "I Want You Back," "Leilani," "Tojo" and "My Girl" -- and that leaves out some of my favorite tracks from the LP.  The gems kept coming on later albums, too: "Bittersweet," "In the Wild," "What's My Scene" and "Good Times" (featuring backup vox from the Bangles), the incredible "Come Anytime," and "Axegrinder," the psychedelic "Miss Freelove '69" and the crunching rawk of "The Right Time" -- again, just to name a few.  The Gurus could (and can) also deliver the goods live as these vintage live clips of "Like Wow, Wipeout!" " Let's All Turn On,"and "Middle of the Land" prove.

UPDATE: MATADOR 21 is streaming sets from Sonic Youth, Pavement, Girls, Superchunk, Cat Power, Spoon, Belle & Sebastian, Ted Leo, New Pr0nographers, Liz Phair, Guided by Voices and more this weekend.

THE AVETT BROTHERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CARL BARAT is streaming his self-titled solo LP.

EVAN DANDO & JULIANA HATFIELD, Live at the World Cafe, July 14, 1993. Includes some Lemonheads classics.

BARENAKED LADIES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE XX: Jamie Smith dropped a solo track, "Far Nearer."

BRIAN ENO unleashes "2 Forms of Anger."

CHATHAM COUNTY LINE brought its bluesy -- and bluegrassy -- Americana style to the World Cafe.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS: "After Hours." Happy weekend.

THE WALKMEN are profiled by The Phoenix.

DOUG GILLARD talks to the Austin American-Statesman about the Guided by Voices reuinion, his new project with Bob Pollard (Lifeguards), and more...

DUFFY talks to The Telegraph about her childhood influences and her upcoming album.

MARNIE STERN talks to Eye Weekly about money, bandmates and indie boys.

WHY WE LIKE WHAT WE LIKE: The scenes fade but the sounds remain.

DIGITAL MUSIC poses a threat to the preservation of music.

TOP OF THE POPS is not returning to the regular BBC schedule, rumors to the contrary.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Guided by Voices to the Godfathers, from the B-52s to Otis Redding, from Lemonheads to Talking Heads, from Simon & Garfunkel to Jason & the Scorchers, plus the dB's, Velvet Underground, Teenage Fanclub and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Social Network, currently scoring 98 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Let Me In, which is scoring 81 percent; and Case 39, scoring 21 percent.

TONY CURTIS, who earned an Oscar nomination as an escaped convict in Stanley Kramer's 1958 movie "The Defiant Ones," but also starred in classics including "Some Like It Hot," "The Sweet Smell of Success," "Spartacus," and... "The Vikings" died at 85 of cardiac arrest in his Las Vegas home.

LINDSAY LOHAN has checked into the Betty Ford clinic.

HEIDI KLUM is quitting Victoria's Secret after 13 years.

HEIDI MONTAG has officially called off her divorce from Spencer Pratt. Shocka.

THE MUNSTERS may be headed back to TV.

THE FLINSTONES turned 50 yesterday. They're a page right out of history.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to Vanity Fair about his new show, the Internet Age, Shatner impressions, Star Trek, extracting confessions from the DC sniper and more...

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, and the judge in her drug conspiracy trial tossed out two felony charges against her former beau Howard K. Stern.

TERROR in the USA: Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad had planned to conduct a second attack in the US, two weeks after the May 1 attempt in New York City, federal prosecutors said in documents filed in court.

IRAN: Tehran delayed the start-up of the Bushehr nuclear power plant. Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran's race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the Book of Esther, the Old Testament tale in which the Jews pre-empt a Persian plot to destroy them. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's closest aide has called for more rights for Iran's "oppressed" women - the latest comments from a man who has become a lightning rod for divisions in the country's ruling elite.

HOW TO FEED 100 DOGS AT ONCE: Let's go to the video.

DOLPHINS: When two species come together, they attempt to find a common language, preliminary research suggests.


THOUSANDS OF MINKS on the lam in Ireland.

RABID RACCOON shot at youth football practice in Pittsburgh.

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Ben Folds, Best Coast, Mark Olson, Jamie Lidell, Cat Training   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEN FOLDS talks to PopMatters about how his album with Nick Hornby came together, what fans who come to the shows might expect to see and hear, and some of the other musical endeavors on his very full dance card.  Here's Ben & Nick's video for "From Above."

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

MARK OLSON also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Syd Barrett, Land of Talk, The Swans and more are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

BON IVER talks about being sampled on Kanye West's "Lost in the World." Link through for the track.

REM: "Everybody Hurts" is the song most likely to make grown men cry, according to a recent survey. Runners-up at that last link.

CORIN TUCKER talks to Exclaim about a bunch of topics beyond 1000 Years, which is advance streaming via NPR.

THE VASELINES talk to Spinner and The Big Issue about the 21-year hiatus, Nirvana, etc.

LOU REED talks about Andy Warhol in an excerpt from the reissue of The Autobiography and Sex Life of Andy Warhol.

JOHN HANSEN, who spent much of the '80s as the roadie, soundman, and then the guitarist of The Slickee Boys, died last Friday at 47.

TIGER WOODS: Adult actress-mistress Devon James is meeting with Vivid Entertainment in the hope of selling an ‘explosive' sex tape of the golfer, according to RadarOnline. It's perhaps the most explosive -- yet hard-to-believe claim -- being made by James, who has a history of telling lies, according to her mother.

LINDSAY LOHAN will plead to stay in rehab to put off jail time from her latest failed drug test. Meanwhile, her ex-con dad will reportedly seek a conservatorship, after complaining that her stage mom was going to do so.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: The alleged one-night stand woman is reportedly a party animal.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's ex, Russian singer Oksana Grigorieva, is headed to Oprah.

BRITNEY SPEARS helped propel Glee to record ratings.

THE STAR WARS SAGA is coming to 3D screens, starting in 2012. Lucas is starting with Phantom Menace, with the implicit threat that he won't do the good ones unless you see the prequels.

THE SOCIAL NETWORK: Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin talks to New York magazine about the human cost of inventing Facebook.

WAITING FOR SUPERMAN released an exclusive clip on Yahoo.

ARTHUR PENN, director of "Bonnie & Clyde," "The Miracle Worker," "Little Big Man," "Night Moves" and more, died of congestive heart failure at 88.

IRAN: The US called for penalties against China over oil deals with Iran. The Iraqi Prime Minister seeks Syria's help in stopping Iranian meddling. An Iranian court has sentenced the so-called "blogfather" of Iran to 19½ years in prison, the semi-official Mashregh news website said Tuesday.

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani military, angered by the inept handling of the country's devastating floods and alarmed by a collapse of the economy, is pushing for a shake-up of the elected government, and in the longer term, even the removal of President Asif Ali Zardari and his top lieutenants.

OTIS the CAT figures out the elliptical trainer.

GIANT BEAVER inspires in Loveland. Hey, nice beaver!


A RARE PINK HIPPO has been snapped in Kenya, marking the first time such a creature has been spotted in the African country.

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Band of Horses, Sleigh Bells, Replacements, Dogcordion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FREE ENERGY and members of Titus Andronicus cover Springsteen's "I'm Goin' Down" at The Earl in Atlanta.

BAND OF HORSES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SLEIGH BELLS have an unreleased B-side, "Holly," streaming via the NYP's Pop Wrap. (Thx, LHB.)

FLIGHT is advance streaming The Lead Rider EP.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Captain's Dead has reposted Boink. I actually got the legitimate version back in the day.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are first-timers Tom Waits, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper, Donovan, and Neil Diamond, along with previously snubbed artists Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, J. Geils Band, Donna Summer, Chic, Dr. John, Laura Nyro, Joe Tex, Darlene Love, and Chuck Willis. Mark it with the Tom Waits classic, "Downtown Train."

GANG OF FOUR guitarist/vocalist Andy Gill talks to Pitchfork about the upcoming album and what it's like to sell your own blood to get your record out.

THE CULT: Ian Astbury talks to The Quietus about the history of the band, working with Boris and how the Quietus got it so, so, so, so very wrong.

PETE DOHERTY has been charged with possession of cocaine following an inquiry into the death of a documentary filmmaker in London.

WHERE HAS ALL THE MOSHING GONE? The indie professor reckons it's down to people protecting their iPhones.

THE GRAND OLE OPRY prepares to reopen after the devastating middle Tennessee flooding in May.

LINDSAY LOHAN may be placed under conservatorship, according to her ex-con dad.

SALLY MENKE, Quentin Tarantino's longtime film editor, who went hiking with her dog amid the extreme heat Monday, was discovered dead early Tuesday morning by searchers in Beachwood Canyon, according to law-enforcement sources. "Hi Sally!" was a QT set tradition.

SETH ROGEN engaged?

SUPERMAN: The Christopher Nolan-produced Man of Steel pic may be helmed by Darren Aronofsky.

JOHNNY DEPP may reteam with Pirates director Gore Verbinski for a run at the Lone Ranger.

JEFFREY JONES, who played Principal Rooney in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," turned 64-years-old Tuesday ... and he celebrated by pleading guilty to a new charge in his ongoing sex offender case.

THE 10 SEXIEST EVIL TWINS, according to io9.

TRUE GRIT: The coming adaptation of the Charles Portis novel and remake of Henry Hathaway's 1969 feature, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen and starring Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn, has a teaser trailer online.

BACK TO THE FUTURE, back to the big screen for 25th anniversary showings. I am old.

IRAN: Authorities announced that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani will be hanged instead of stoned. Oh, well, then...

PAKISTAN: The CIA has drastically increased its bombing campaign in the mountains of Pakistan in recent weeks, as part of an effort to try to cripple the Taliban in a stronghold being used to plan attacks against American troops in Afghanistan. But ABC News suggests it's also related to reports of possible terrorist plots in the West from militants based in Pakistan.  Sky News said the European plot had been "severely disrupted" following intelligence sharing between Britain, France, Germany and the US.

IRAQ: During the past two months, Iraq has witnessed some of its highest casualty tolls in more than two years, according to the government.

A DOG plays the accordion. Not all that well, but it's a dog, so the bar is fairly low.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is blamed for massive blast that destroyed a home and injured several firefighters in Centerville, IA.

CHIMPS celebrate after their arranged marriage.

GREY LANGUR MONKEYS will work security at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Also hired: a team of 50 traditional snake charmers.

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