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New Releases, Ra Ra, Riot, Robyn Hitchcock, Pug Swim Meet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 17, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE played "Month Of May" And "Ready To Start" on the Daily Show, and I greedily withheld it until Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Brian Wilson, Ray LaMontagne, Les Savy Fav, NOFX, John Mellencamp, Lissie, Matthew dear and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

RA RA RIOT is advance streaming The Orchard.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK has a free single from The Hungry Moment  to download this week. (Thx, Ken!)

MY MORNING JACKET has a new song, "Circuital," floating around teh Internets.

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

JOHNNY ROTTEN talks to the Independent about insulting Hollywood's elite, why he's chosen gardening over amphetamines, and the real reason he didn't make Malcolm McLaren's funeral.

MORRISSEY listed his 13 favorite albums for The Quietus.

DAYTROTTER founder Sean Moeller gets profiled by The Atlantic.

PITCHFORK - and founder Ryan Schreiber - are profiled by TIME.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol says Gibson crashed his Maserati into a Malibu hillside but was not injured. Meanwhile, Mel has been spared the eyewitness testimony of the babysitter who saw his rage first-hand - the same woman who the bigoted actor labeled a "wetback" - because she has passed away.

LINDSAY LOHAN will indeed be getting out of the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital ... as early as this week.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS has a tumor in his throat. He is expected to make a full recovery.

ZSA ZSA GABOR: Asking for last rites at the hospital.

ANGELINA JOLIE will reportedly play Marilyn Monroe in a film adaptation of The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog, and of His Friend Marilyn Monroe.

KATIE HOLMES is profiled by New York magazine.

JULIA ROBERTS vs. Kim Kardashian. Or something.

MY TOP 30 ZOMBIE MOVIES: A guide at About.com.

IRAN plans to begin construction of 10 uranium enrichment centers across the country by next year, state-run media is quoting Iran's nuclear chief as saying.

AFGHANISTAN: A man and a woman who allegedly had an adulterous affair have been stoned and killed in the northern province of Kunduz.

PUG SWIM MEET: Let's go to the video.

THE DOG ate my petition.

RUNAWAY HEIFER captured in Ahwatukee, AZ.

A GIANT, SPIT-SNIFFING RAT could save your life.

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Edward Sharpe, Kings Go Forth, Beach Fossils, A Clockwork Corn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YEASAYER snagged Kristen Bell for their strange "Madder Red" video.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS play a mini-set at the UBS Forum for The Current.

KINGS GO FORTH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of classic-influenced soul.

BEACH FOSSILS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. The Boston Globe hails their lyrical nolstalgia and lo-fi production.

CADILLAC SKY goes beyond bluegrass for the World Cafe.

SMITH's smokin' cover of the Bacharach-David-Dixon classic, "Baby, It's You," will be familiar to fans of Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon tells Pitchfork about working with Kanye West and Gayngs, plus a bit about his next LP.

ARCADE FIRE: The New York Times examines the inevitable charge of selling out.

BLITZEN TRAPPER: Eric Earley talks to Westword about Portland's reputation for producing musical talent and how one of his band's songs ended up on Chuck.

RICHIE HAYWARD, drummer and founding member of Little Feat, died Thursday from complications surrounding liver cancer and pneumonia, which he had been battling since 2009. He was 64. 

THE 50 BEST FICTIONAL BANDS, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Expendables top the chart with a better-than-expected 35 million (thought the reaction the trailer got in theaters should have let the gurus know). Eat Pray Love placed with 23.7 million, which is the best Julia Roberts opening (not counting ensemble movies) since America's Sweethearts in 2001.  Last weekend's champ, The Other Guys, dropped to the third spot with 18 million on a 49 percent drop that looks more like a typical cop buddy movie than a leggy Will Ferrell comedy.  Inception drops to the fourth slot with 11.3 million, but will break the 500 million mark worldwide this week.  Scott Pilgrim vs the World rounds out the Top Five with a slightly disappointing 10.5 million debut -- roughly matching a prior Michael Cera flick, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, but with a larger budget to recoup.

SCOTT PILGRIM vs THE WORLD, btw, was plenty entertaining, as long as you aren't expecting anything deep.  Director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) brings his usual snap and wit to the adaptation of the cult comic, adding the visual punch of comics (and classic video games) in a manner exceeding the CGI flourishes in Zombieland.  Michael Cera and Mary Elizabeth Winstead are their usual charming selves, well-supported by a cast including Anna Kendrick, Ellen Wong, Kieran Culkin, Brandon Routh and Jason Schwartzman.

LINDSAY LOHAN's mom says the actress will be moving away from California and back to New York after she gets out of drug rehabilitation -- which is likely to be early (shocka).

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS and his longtime partner, David Burtka, are going to become the parents of twins, via a surrogate, this October.


KATY PERRY crashed a high school prom. Alcohol may have been involved.

SHANIA TWAIN is in the running to be an American Idol judge.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & RYAN REYNOLDS have bought a 2.8 million home in the L.A. area.

BRIGETTE BARDOT is furious over plans to produce a film based on her life.

IRAN Supplying the Taliban With Missile Tech? Meanwhile, Tehran appears to be quietly changing the sentences of Iranians awaiting death by stoning to hanging after international outcry following the case of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two.

PAKISTAN: The US military has stopped lobbying Pakistan to help root out one of the biggest militant threats to coalition forces in Afghanistan, US officials say, acknowledging that the failure to win better help from Islamabad threatens to damage a linchpin of their Afghan strategy.


...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: Luntik, the four-eared kitteh.

NY CAT FASHION SHOW: They will rise up against the humans. It's only a matter of time.

SEWER RATS tunnel in through a toilet in Akron, OH.

TOAD-LICKING at a Davenport, IA, restaurant.

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Elvis Presley, Mynabirds, Woodstock, Cutout Bin, Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died 33 years ago Monday, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977, on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the BBC Archive.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  You can also see him play "I Got A Woman" live o­n his first TV appearance in 1956. I also include his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- Uncle Miltie vamps for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special, which you can see on the Tube.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MYNABIRDS stopped by Oregon Public broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR played the World Cafe Live.

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

SALLY SELTMANN stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set and the story of co-writing Feist's "1234."

ODDEST MUSICAL PAIRINGS: All Songs Considered presents its finalists.

WOODSTOCK:  On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.  CNN remembered last year's big anniversary, as did The New York Times with multimedia.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Seattle Weekly about Catholicism, barfing, and a broken Kindle.

STARS: Amy Milan talks to Prefix about the joys of performing, the band's "sweetie pie" fans, and the growth opportunities stemming from a political debate with F***ed Up's Damian Abraham.

BASIA BULAT talks to the Edmonton Journal about her surprising next project. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE 100 BEST SUMMER SONGS, according to celebrities (loosely defined).

CUTOUT BIN: From the Clash to Peter Frampton, from Devo to Gladys Knight & the Pips, from Deep Purple to the Del Fuegos, plus Echo & the Bunnymen, the Kinks, the Ides of March, Fine Young Cannibals 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 Expendables, which is currently scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Eat Pray Love, which is scoring 41 percent; and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, scoring 76 percent.

SCOTT PILGRIM Versus The Unfortunate Tendency To Review The Audience.

KELSEY GRAMMER's new galpal is an English air hostess, and reportedly carrying his child, accoring to the ever-reliable Daily Mail.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE's daughter allegedly beat the hell out of her boyfriend's ex and is being prosecuted for assault with a deadly weapon.

GEORGE MICHAEL was charged on Thursday with possessing cannabis and driving under the influence of drink or drugs following a car crash early last month, London police said. Shocka!

JAMES FRANCO gets another glowing profile, this time from Esquire.

TV'S TOP EARNERS, according to TV Guide.

IRAN and Turkey are providing weapons to Hezbollah. Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi said UN sanctions have strengthened Iran's government.

AFGHANISTAN: As Nato forces concentrate in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, the BBC gets exclusive access to the security offensive there and speaks independently to people in the city.  Human rights groups ask WikiLeaks to censor secret files on the Afghanistan war to protect civilians who've worked alongside the US and other foreign forces from reprisals.

IRAQ's top army officer has criticized as premature the planned US troop withdrawal by the end of next year.

SURFER takes video of Great White Sharks circling him.

ALBINO PYTHON ON COCAINE confronts police.

A VAST FLOTILLA OF TINY JELLYFISH have stung hundreds of people on Spanish beaches this week - a swimmer's nightmare that biologists say will become increasingly common due to climate change and overfishing. Plus, video.

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First Aid Kit, Ferraby Lionheart, Mavis Staples, Jerry Garcia, Maru in slo-mo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA drop a video for "Northshore."

FIRST AID KIT did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FERRABY LIONHEART also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

MAVIS STAPLES plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JERRY GARCIA died 15 years ago this week. Mother Nature Network has videos of better times.

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." It's been a fishbowl all week.

BECK & NIGEL GODRICH discuss the music of 'Scott Pilgrim vs. the World'.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to Consequence of Sound about his massive new theatrical tour. (Thx, LHB.)

TOKYO POLICE CLUB sits down with PopMatters to talk about its new album Champ, the movie that forever traumatized its drummer, and relishing the lost of art of a simple conversation with a stranger. 

BEATLE BOB attends his 500th consecutive show.

CHARLIE SHEEN, sentenced to rehab, was totally sober at the Playboy Mansion, says... Ron Jeremy.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Sources connected with Oksana Grigorieva say Gibson is going to great lengths to avoid sitting for his deposition.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Judge Marsha Revel has removed herself from the Lindsay Lohan case after allegations the judge improperly contacted people involved in the case.

FANTASIA BARRINO: The "American Idol" winner was hospitalized Monday night for a medication overdose. Last week , as wife filed a complaint saying that her husband is having an affair with the singer.

JENNIFER LOPEZ won't be a judge on American Idol after all, according to a source close to the situation.


BRITNEY SPEARS will appear on Glee, according to Ryan Seacrest.

LAURENCE FISHBURNE's daughter has been offered a multi-picture deal... as an adult actress, after her debut DVD quickly sold out.

JESSICA ALBA smiles her way out of a traffic ticket.

LEO DiCAPRIO's rare first-dollar deal will make Inception his biggest paycheck to date.

IRAN: Brazil agreed to abide by UN sanctions on Iran. Toyota stopped shipments to Iran. The foreign minister said US claims of Iranian interference in Iraq are "baseless."

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai will set a deadline for disbanding all private security firms, his office said on Tuesday, with the government working on a plan to avoid a security vacuum in their absence.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi Interests May Work Against Pullout. Shocka.

MARU the CAT returns, this time in awesome super slo-motion.

GORILLA steals a Nintendo DS at the San Francisco Zoo. It's on like Donkey Kong.

A DOG that ate a beehive is among three finalists for a national award recognizing the most unusual pet health insurance claim.

A RARE WHITE ELEPHANT was transported from the jungles in northwest Burma to Yangon, the country's capital, where it was celebrated by the ruling junta with a lavish ceremony.

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Amos Lee, Laura Marling, Massive Attack, Cat & Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SWELL SEASON plays Neutral Milk Hotel's "Two-Headed Boy" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

AMOS LEE does a free, six-song mini-set for Daytrotter.

LAURA MARLING stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MASSIVE ATTACK stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a (rare) session.

NO AGE drops "Glitter" and "Inflorescence" as advance tracks.

999: "Homicide." You better believe it.

ARCADE FIRE -- and what their success says about the industry -- is essayed by Sasha Frere-Jones.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks to the L.A. Times about the upcoming Hurley LP.

GREIL MARCUS talks to 3 Quarks Daily about Van Morrison, the subject of his latest book.

VAN HALEN is working on a new album with David Lee Roth, after a quarter-century or so,

MAD MEL UPDATE: Detectives will present their evidence in the Mel Gibson domestic violence investigation to L.A. County prosecutors in two weeks.

LINDSAY LOHAN was hardly treated like a typical inmate. Shocka!

CHARLIE SHEEN celebrated his sweet plea deal at the Playboy Mansion. I think the rehab is really going to stick this time.

HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN & RACHEL BILSON have officially ended their engagement. Did someone show her the Star Wars prequels?

JOHNATHON SCHAECH & JANA KRAMER have split after only a little more than a month of marriage.

KELSEY GRAMMER is "deeply in love" with a young blonde just weeks after his divorce was filed.

LEO DiCAPRIO talks about the break-up of Kate Winslet's marriage.

RESSE WITHERSPOON looks to be singing onscreen again.

IRAN plans on opening the Bushehr nuclear plant in September. A former commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said graves are being dug for US servicemen in anticipation of an American attack.

AFGHANISTAN: The United Nations said the Taliban is responsible for 76 per cent of all civilian casualties.

CAT adopts BUNNY... Mass hysteria!

THE BIRDS: Postal workers in Moose Jaw, Sask., are taking cover after hawks have started to dive-bomb them.

THE SWARM: A tree trimmer stung about 500 times by Africanized killer bees on Saturday described the attack.

MOTHER DUCK, er, delays commuter trains for hours.

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