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RIP T-Bone Wolk, New Releases, Gorillaz, Broken bells, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM "T-BONE" WOLK, who played bass for nearly 30 years with Daryl Hall and John Oates, led the SNL band from 1986-92, and recorded with Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and many more, died Saturday (Feb. 27) of an apparent heart attack. H & O have issued official statements, natch. You can see Wolk in the video for "Private Eyes," though he wasn't with H & O when it was recorded. But it's definitely Wolk with the signature line on "Maneater" to complete your Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Rogue Wave, Shooter Jennings, Besnard Lakes, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

GORILLAZ are advance streaming the Plastic Beach album.

BROKEN BELLS are advance streaming their self-titled debut.

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION has an interview plus tracks from Weekend Edition Sunday.

GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS deliver a crunchy cover of the Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit," to get us ready for Tim Burton's Alice this weekend.

THE ROLLING STONES forthcoming reissue of Exile On Main St will reportedly include 10 previously unheard songs.  As a complement to the release of Exile on Main Street, a documentary, "Stones in Exile," has just been completed for fans to view on US Network television and through BBC Worldwide internationally -- including ten minutes from that bootleg documentary with the NSFW name.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: John Cale has ruled out any possibility of any reunion, due to bad memories and the death of guitarist Sterling Morrison.

LAURA VEIRS talks to the Chicago Tribune about the recording of her July Flame album.

MIDNIGHT OIL: Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd demoted his Environment Minister, former rock star Peter Garrett, on Friday as his government faces an election year slide in opinion polls over a bungled home insulation scheme. How can they sleep while their roofs are burning?

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife Brooke Mueller wants a divorce after his court case for domestic violence is over, according to RadarOnline.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes has been undergoing intense Scientology "auditing" - sparking rumors that she's "being prepared" for her second baby with high-priest husband.

MARCIA, MARCIA, MARCIA... The feud between Maureen McCormick and Eve Plumb has been raging for years and caused the cancelation of a televised Brady reunion planned for this week, according to RadarOnline.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS -- and his family matters -- are featured at Vanity Fair.

SHARON OSBOURNE writes that the cult of celebrity is destroying today's children.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Sharing words of wisdom on the Twitter.

MATT. DAMON. and PAUL GREENGRASS seem to be bailing on Bourne.

IRAN: Russia's president said Moscow was ready to consider new sanctions on Iran for its nuclear defiance and the chief of the IAEA warned that he cannot confirm that all of Tehran's atomic activities are peaceful. Shocka.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki's office denied an arrest order was signed for Muqtada al Sadr upon his return from Afghanistan.

PAKISTAN: Significant leaders of the Pakistani Taliban have been killed or captured in an onslaught of frontier ground and air attacks, according to a Pakistani general.

AFGHANISTAN: As Sahab released a posthumous videotape of Abu Dujanah al Khurasani, the al-Qaeda operative who carried out the suicide attack against the CIA at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost province.

TORTOISE vs TOMATO: Let's go to the video.

A WEDDING ELEPHANT trampled 20 limos trying to reach an in-heat female in a nearby sugar cane field in the Indian capital New Delhi.

BRITISH DOG OWNERS may be forced to pass a test before they can own any pooch under a planned clampdown on dangerous animals... like Yorkies.

MOZART, the iguana whose penis was surgically removed after he got a permanent erection, is back with his girlfriends and enjoying a healthy sex life again.

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Shane MacGowan, Prince, Johnny Cash, Spoon, Llamas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHANE MacGOWAN & FRIENDS (including Johnny Depp, Chrissie Hynde, Nick Cave, Primal Screamer Bobby Gillespie, the Clash's Mick Jones, Glen Matlock, Paloma Faith, and Eliza Doolittle) cover "I Put a Spell on You" for Haiti relief.

PRINCE gave a new song, "Cause and Effect," to The Current, just because. I don't think he's been quite this pop since the 80s.

JOHNNY CASH got a birthday feature on Fresh Air.

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

STEPHIN MERRITT had a pre-Magnetic Fields band called The Zinnias -- and the music is out there.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is also streaming The Winter of Mixed Drinks via NPR.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND talk to The Obaerver about topping the charts, battles of the bands, day jobs, etc.  They also perform "White Sky" unplugged.

JOANNA NEWSOM talks to the Wall Street Journal about the themes and secrecy surrounding her new triple-LP.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to DCist about the Drive-By Truckers documentary, The Secret to a Happy Ending.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG talks to the London Evening Standard about how three difficult years resulted in her IRM album.

CARLY SIMON may or may not have revealed the subject of "You're So Vain."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shutter Island repeats at No.1 with 22 million.  However, the Scorsese flick drops 46 percent, perhaps due to competition from the better-than-expected remake of The Crazies, which landed in the No. 3 spot with 16.5 million.  Sandwiched between them in the No. 2 slot was the debut of Cop Out, which made 18.6 million.  Despite poor reviews, this is Kevin Smith's biggest opening, and the best for Bruce Willis since Live Free or Die Hard.  Cop Out had a budget budget -- 30 million -- so this will likely turn out well for those involved.  Avatar plugs away in the No. 4 slot, making another 14 million on top of the gajillion it's already made worldwide. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief rounds out the Top Five with 9.8 million -- its last clear shot at the family market before Tim Burton brings Alice in Wonderland this week.  Overall, the box office is way up over last year.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Ex Denise Richards may be a witness for the prosecution.

MARIE OSMOND's son Michael Blosil leapt to his death Friday night in Los Angeles.  His suicide note showed sadness, which is very Royal Tenenbaums.

ANDREW KOENIG got a nice memorial from his colleagues at FakeRadio,net. (Thx, Lance.)

BRITTANY MURPHY's husband is furious over a published report that claims the actress obtained a prescription for 120 hydrocodone pills just 11 days before her death - and only 11 pills were left in the bottle.

CHYNNA PHILLLIPS has checked out of the facility where she was being treated for anxiety.

PAULA ABDUL has decided against doing Dancing With the Stars, but is still in talks with Simon Cowell about joining his upcoming "X Factor" show.

VARIETY killed a bad review for a movie advertised on and promoted by Variety.

AFGHANISTAN: Behind the combat troops and military trainers, alongside the aid workers and agriculture experts, come the lawyers.

IRAN: How the mullocracy is getting its hands on nuclear equipment.

IRAQ: Impressions of the election from Basra.

LLAMAS are digging the snow in Oregon.

A RUSSIAN CHIMP has been sent to rehab by zookeepers to cure the smoking and beer-drinking habits he has picked up.

THE 15 CUTEST ANIMALS in the world that could kill you.

THE GREAT PYTHON HUNT: Python season starts this weekend in Florida.

COWS make lousy house guests, an Arkansas woman learns.

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Devo, Fruit Bats, St. Vincent, Cutout Bin, Olympic Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...at the DEVOLYMPICS! Devo plays live in Vancouver for the Games, before a crowd sporting the new-look blue Energy Domes.  Your set list includes "Gates of Steel," "Uncontrollable Urge," "That's Good," and the new song, "Fresh."

FRUIT BATS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, and did three free songs for Daytrotter.

ST. VINCENT also stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

ALEC OUNSWORTH played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH did four free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

BRIGHT EYES has a video teaser featuring clips from Conor Oberst's first LP under this moniker since Cassadaga.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

JOAN JETT does an Interview on the upcoming Runaways biopic.

ROCKY VOTOLATO talks to PopMatters about dealing with depression and the album that came out of it.

ODDS & SODS: 35 B-side/rarity/outtakes collections as essential as the "official" albums.

CULT of the iPOD:  Apple celebrates delivering 10 billion songs from its iTunes store, but only runs a bit over break-even.  The store helps sell iPods, iPhones and not iPads.  It's the reverse of razors and computer printes.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Sonics to En Vogue, from Johnny Cash to Country Dick Montana, from Lightspeed Champion to Edwin Starr, plus Stevie Ray Vaughn, Joan Jett, the B-52s, Glenn Campbell, Mott the Hoople and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Cop Out, which is currently scoring 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the remake of The Crazies, which is scoring 83 percent.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren is returning to Orlando with their children, after flying to Arizona last week with the golfer.  Woods is reportedly staying in Arizona to complete treatment for sex addiction.

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife Brooke Mueller has been hiding her addiction to crack and her alcoholism for months, according to RadarOnline.

ANDREW KOENIG, the former "Growing Pains" star, committed suicide, according to his father, Walter "Chekhov"Koenig,

JON VOIGHT is overjoyed at his reconciliation with Angelina Jolie.

JOHN MAYER is trying to rehab his reputation after that disastrous Plyayboy interview.

SETH GREEN is engaged.

THE OSCARS: Looks like the Academy has clamped down hard on "The Hurt Locker" co-producer Nicolas Chartier for sending out an e-mail blast that urged colleagues to campaign aggressively for his movie to win the Oscar for best picture over "Avatar."

PAKISTAN: The BBC joins the list of media outlets wondering about the recent Taliban arrests.

IRAN: Arab nations will usher in a new Middle East "without Zionists and without colonialists," Ahmadinejad said Thursday.

OLY the OLYMPIC PUPPY keeps a speed skater sane.

THE SEAGULL SYNDROME: A cull is being considered of gulls which may have become contaminated with radiation from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria.

A HEN lays a mega-egg in Britain.

KILLER WHALE spared by SeaWorld.

WATER BUFFALO are making milk for cheese while rocking out to Classic Hits 95.5.

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Raveonettes, Frightened Rabbit, Dr. Dog, Rolling Stones, Xante   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES have a brand new video for "Heart of Stone."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is advance streaming The Winter of Mixed Drinks

DR. DOG played the Mountain Stage; you can stream the gig via NPR.

SURFER BLOOD stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and twofer streaming via NPR.

CLASSIC STONES OUTTAKES, courtesy of Captain's Dead.

SPLIT ENZ: "I Got You." Because.

RAY DAVIES is recording an album of Kinks duets with folks like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, and possibly the Killers, Metallica and Lucinda Williams.

TEGAN & SARA: The former talks to the Las Vegas Sun about career goals, social networking, fan requests, and more...

TORTOISE multi-instrumentalist Dan Bitney talked to Prefix about "returning to form," high-concept music, and the impossibility of re-creating classic Springsteen on late-night television.

THE RAMONES: Natavia Lowery, the personal assistant to former Ramones manager Linda Stein has been convicted in a New York court of bludgeoning her boss to death.

CHARLIE SHEEN checked into rehab because he was using cocaine and alcohol, according to RadarOnline. Shocka!

MATTHEW FOX of Lost is caught up in a sex scandal with a stripper who is young enough to be his daughter. InTouch scores the exclusive interview with the stripper.

TIGER WOODS: Howard Stern is roundng up the golfer's mistresses for a 100K beauty pageant.

LINDSAY LOHAN tells all about her lesbian relationship with Samantha Ronson - and says she wants her lover back.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND returned to the set of 24 after filming was halted because he needed to undergo surgery.

MARY-KATE OLSEN is back on the market.

MATT DAMON & JAKE GYLLENAAL both turned down Avatar.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: Marvel's casting candidates for the super-soldier have leaked online.

MY SO-CALLED LIFE: Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano meet again, 15 years later.

IRAN aims to spread its Islamic revolution beyond its borders, Ahmadinejad pledged on Tuesday.

PAKISTAN works with the CIA, but are moving warily toward conflicting goals, with each maneuvering to protect its influence after the shooting stops in Afghanistan.

WATCH XANTE on the Golden Retriever Puppy Cam, before he goes off to seeing eye dog school.

RATS in a Mailbox. Special Delivery!

KOMODO DRAGON's attack on an Indonesian park ranger thwarted.

KILLER WHALE meets expectations at SeaWorld's Shamu Stadium in Orlando.

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Joanna Newsom, She & Him, Roky Erikson & Okkervil River, Pigeon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST debuted "He Was Free" at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad. Sneaky-cam was there.

JOANNA NEWSOM is streaming her new Have One on Me triple-LP via NPR.

SHE & HIM drop "Thieves" as an advance track to their sophomore LP. Yum.

ROKY ERIKSON & OKKERVIL RIVER drop "Goodbye Sweet Dreams" as an advance track from their collaboration. Streamable via Hypem.

APPLES IN STEREO dropped "Dance Floor" as an advance track at the relaunched 'Gum.

MIDLAKE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, now streaming on demand.

16 FOLK COVERS of the Talking Heads. Naive Melodies.


BOWERBIRDS' latest video is "Northern Lights."

RICHARD THOMPSON is curating the Meltdown music fest in the UK, earning him an audio slideshow.

GLASVEGAS guitarist Rab Allan talks to PopMatters about recording a new album in Los Angeles, taking rock star lessons from Noel Gallagher, and throwing Beethoven into their music just because they can.

DEVO's first album in 20 years is to be determined by focus group.

ABBEY ROAD now has protected status as a historic building from the British government.

MAY 4TH, 2010: New albums from Broken Social Scene, The New Pr0nographers and the Hold Steady. Circle your calendar.

CHARLIE SHEEN is taking time off from "Two and a Half Men" and checking into a rehab facility "as a preventative measure."  His wife is in a new rehab clinic, and plans to sue the one she just left for allegedly violating her privacy.  The couple's twin sons are with their mom, "along with the nannies and a counselor."

TIGER WOODS' wife Elin refused to pose for a family portrait with him the night before his televised apology.

HILARY DUFF has a million-dollar engagement ring.

JOHNNY DEPP will appear on CBS's 48 Hours Mystery on Saturday to advocate the release of the "West Memphis Three."

ROBERT PATTINSON has finally confirmed he is dating his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart.

JESSICA SIMPSON is slammed by PETA over her plan to get a pet pig. And was the focus of a bar fight.

PIRATES 4: Deadwood's Ian McShane is in negotiations to play Blackbeard.

JEFF BRIDGES abides in a feature article at GQ.

YEMEN: The Pentagon has approved 150 million in military assistance to the country, to equip and train local forces in the fight against al-Qaeda.

A PIGEON rides the subway.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER outed its fugitive owner to the police.

SPORK the DACHSHUND fights a death sentence for biting a veterinary technician during an exam.

COURTHOUSE DOGS help calm victims and witnesses of violent attacks during testimony.

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