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Sondre Lerche, Dan Wilson, Monsters of Folk, Lions   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO shot a Takeaway Show for La Blogotheque, starting with a cover of The Troggs' "With a Girl Like You."

SONDRE LERCHE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

DAN WILSON also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SOULSAVERS, featuring Mark Lanegan, are streaming the Broken album.

A FALL MUSIC PREVIEW, including Jay Farrar and Ben Gibbard, the Flaming Lips and a Kinks choral track, is streaming via All Songs Considered.

MONSTERS OF FOLK are in "The Right Place."

THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Nominees for 2010 the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss, Genesis, ABBA, L.L. Cool J, Darlene Love, Donna Summer, Jimmy Cliff, Laura Nyro, the Chantels, the Hollies and the Stooges.  Now that one of the Stooges is dead, perhaps these bozos will finally wake up.  Snubbed: Yes, Rush, Chicago, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson, the Monkees, Neil Diamond, Judas Priest, Bon Jovi, Brian Eno and Gram Parsons.

MADONNA: NPR is streaming Madge's big hits (inexplicably missing "Like a Virgin") to mark her latest "best of" package.

FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the band's upcoming LP, curating and headlining All Tomorrow's Parties New York, and more...

NO AGE: Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt talk to CMJ about the band's origins.

CHYNNA PHILLIPS already knew about -- and believes Mackenzie Phillips's claim that she had a 10-year affair with her father, musician John Phillips.  Michelle Phillips doesn't buy it, telling the Hollywood Reporter that Mackenzie has "a lot of mental illness," and that "she's had a needle stuck up her arm for 35 years."

ELLEN POMPEO (Grey's Anatomy) and husband Chris Ivery have welcomed their first child, a girl.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A court document detailing 11 months of the pop wreck's credit card spending has leaked online.

K-FED (Britney Spears's Fed-Ex) is joining the cast of VH-1's Celebrity Fit Club.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM's quickie wedding has shocked Odom's baby mama.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but attorney Howard K. Stern faces new charges in the death of former Playboy model.


JACKLYN SMITH, contrary to Honduran media reports, is alive, but her stunt double was shot.

DIABLO CODY is in talks to adapt the Sweet Valley High books for the big screen.

TERROR in the USA: Police in NYC stepped up their patrols and increased their random searches on subways and buses Wednesday following reports that as many as 24 more people are under observation in a suspected cross-country terror plot.

IRAN: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, New Zealand and the United States walked out on Ahmadinejad at the UN General Assembly.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal writes that he has evidence that factions of Pakistani and Iranian spy services are supporting insurgent groups that carry out attacks on coalition troops.

BORN FREE: A man and 38 lions, hanging out together... mass hysteria!

MONKEY on a GOAT on a VASE on a ROPE: Your Seussian photo of the day.

A GIANT SQUID, larger than a New York City taxi, was captured in the Gulf of Mexico.

A DUCT-TAPED CAT: Is there anything lower?

A DOG-FIGHTING RING at a daycare center. I guess we have an answer.

SHARKS on a plane.

PANDAS, Die with Dignity!

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Raveonettes, Avett Bros, Lou Barlow, Cursive, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDITORS: "Papillon" has a touch of the Factory sound about it.

THE RAVEONETTES are advance streaming In and Out of Control.

THE AVETT BROTHERS are advance streaming I And Love And You via NPR.

LOU BARLOW (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh) is advance streaming Goodnight Unknown via NPR. 

CURSIVE did three free songs for Daytrotter, including covers of "Love Cats" and "Modern Love."

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."  Freakishly, I discover I posted this video almost exactly a year ago. It must be back-to-school music in my brain.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS got hitched onstage last Friday! Congrats!

THE MONSTERS OF FOLK  talk to Paste about the making of their album, which Jim James compares to summer camp.

VOLCANO CHOIR guitarist Chris Rosenau talks to Express Night Out about working with Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon. (Thx, LHB.)

F***KED UP frontman Damian Abraham talks to the Toronto Star after winning the 2009 Polaris Prize.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR is returning to Melrose Place.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS claims she slept with "Papa" John Phillips. Quotes optional in this case. Ew.


DAVID HASSELHOFF claims he was hospitalized for an ear problem, not alcohol poisoning.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are getting married this weekend. Not wasting time, these two.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, and court documents her pharmacist refused to fill her prescription, and called the list of drugs ordered by her doctor, "pharmaceutical suicide."

LINDSAY LOHAN was friends with man arrested for allegedly burglarizing her house.

JASON SEGEL... and Chloë Sevigny?

VERA LYNN: Does anyone here remember her?  She said "We'll Meet Again," some sunny day. She talks to TIME about topping the British charts at age 92.

SHERLOCK HOLMES isn't due until Christmas, but they're already talking sequel.

TERROR in the USA: Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.  The Queens imam arrested in the Denver terrorism probe is an FBI informant the feds say became a double agent - tipping suspects that they were in the government's crosshairs. And it is possible that the NYPD blew the case early.

IRAN's nuclear chief on Tuesday claimed Teheran has built a "new generation" of high capacity centrifuges.

AFGHANISTAN: McClatchy reports that military officers close to Gen. McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources to implement a change of direction.

BABY TIGER: Let's go to the video.

A RUNAWAY EMU was tased and cuffed in Scott County, Mississippi.

SOUTH AMERICAN PIRANHA caught in the Delaware River.

DEAD SALMON... or just resting?

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New Releases, Great Lake Swimmers, Telekinesis, Dog on a Ball   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



NEW RELEASES: Pearl Jam, Amy Millan, Hope Sandoval, Islands, Richard Hawley, Sea Wolf, Vic Chestnutt, Early Day Miners, Girls, Hidden Camera, Times New Viking and more are streaming in full via Spinner this week.  Paul Westerberg has a download-only EP out today, too.

TELEKINESIS performed a Tiny Desk Concert as a duo at NPR.

DAVID GRAY stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set streaming now via NPR.

BIG STAR: Jody Stephens talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his influences, the Memphis scene, and the new box set.

THOM YORKE put out a new 12-inch single, "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses," b/w "The Hollow Earth," just in time for Twofer Tuesday.  The latter is an actual video, and more my bag than the former, I guess.  Who cares what's on the flip side? I do!

THE MONSTERS OF FOLK talk to the L.A. Times about the writing and recording of their collaboration.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: Kip Berman e-mails the SF Appeal about the band's origins, children's stories, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to the L.A. Times about his live CD/DVD, out today.

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE DECADE, according to Pretty Much Amazing.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL and BEN GIBBARD got hitched Saturday night. Granted, we all knew this was coming, but I'm still calling Darth Vader.

DAVID HASSELHOFF was reportedly taken by ambulance to a hospital because he again has alcohol poisoning.

IGGY POP will appear in Lego Rock Band for the holidays. You want to see the pics. Yes, you do.

JESSICA SIMPSON's friends fret that the pneumatic blonde is in a tailspin after losing her beloved Maltipoo Daisy to a coyote attack.

THE EMMYS rebounded in the ratings, for which credit must be due to Neeil Patrick Harris, as most of the rest of the show was lame.

KRISTIN CHENOWITH was checked by paramedics after her emotional Emmy win for migraine symptoms.

MEGAN FOX wears a bag over her head for an interview with the National Lampoon.

DREW BARRYMORE and ELLEN PAGE, kissing, just in time for Gratuitous Tuesday.

TERROR in the USA: After arrests this weekend in the alleged New York terror plot, FBI agents believe an active terror cell directed by al Qaeda was preparing an attack on NYC, and authorities say they have yet to identify everyone involved.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad said he was proud that his denials of the Holocaust have enraged the West. Russian Pres. Medvedev said Israel is not planning on a preemptive strike against Iran. The head of Russia's assembly denied any US-Russia deal on Iran.

AFGHANISTAN: According to a leaked report, Gen. McCrystal is seeking more troops and a change in strategy or the US will encounter "mission failure." Coalition and Afghan troops have halted offensive operations to observe the UN's International Day of Peace; no word on whether the Taliban and al Qaeda are reciprocating.

DOG WALKS ON A BALL: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A squirrel has been seen attempting to savage a fruit bat to death.

A MONKEY has pushed a woman off a cliff in China.

BIG BULL seeks match in Malaysia.

SPIDER-MAN LIZARD, Spider-Man Lizard, does whatever a Spider-Man Lizard can.

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Yo La Tengo, Superdrag, Roger McGuinn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THROW ME THE STATUE goes on safari -- and to martial arts class --  for "Hi-Fi Goon."

YO LA TENGO played Washington, DC's 9:30 Club last Thursday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR. Ira Kaplan talked to the Washington City Paper ahead of the show about the new Popular Songs LP.

SUPERDRAG did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including live audience participation on "Sucked Out."

ROGER McGUINN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of Dylan covers, streaming now via MPR.

LANGHORNE SLIM also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, streaming via MPR.

PAVEMENT's reunion (next year)  already has music bloggers re-posting the clip for "Cut Your Hair."

PEARL JAM has worked out various distribution deals for the Backspacer album, which you might still be able to stream in full today.

MERMAID AVENUE, VOL. 3 featuring more unpublished lyrics and unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie, will be recorded by Jay Farrar, instead of Billy Bragg and Wilco.

THE VIVIAN GIRLS get a meaty profile in the New York Times.

THE HARLEM SHAKES have split up, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of the 2000s, according to The Rawking Refuses To Stop.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs wins the weekend, taking in 30.1 million, based in part on its record number of 3-D screens.  This is about where folks thought it would be.  3-D flicks usually show good legs, and this one will need them, due to its 100 million budget.  The Informant! came in second with 10.5 million, which almost guarantees profit on a 22 million budget.  That's good news for director Steven Soderberg, who hasn't had a non-Ocean's hit since Traffic in 2000.  Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself drops to third with 10 million, a heavy 57 percent drop, but that's pretty common for Perry's movies. The opening weekend was already profitable, so this is gravy. Love Happens debuted as No.4, with 8.5 million; the low number of screens telling us that Universal knew what they had on their hands.  Jennifer's Body may have had Megan Fox and a script by Diablo cody on the hot subject of vampires, but it did not have much of an audience, rounding out the Top Five with a mere 6.8 million -- despite being on many more screens than Love Happens. Ouch.

JOHN TRAVOLTA will travel to the Bahamas to testify on behalf of the prosecution at the extortion trial involving the death of his son, Jett.

LINDSAY LOHAN was reportedly kicked out of the Bowery Hotel in NYC earlier this week after a blow-up fight with Samantha Ronson.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are making wedding plans after dating for a month.

BRITNEY SPEARS deserves more respect, according to... Yoko Ono?

JENNIFER GARNER seriously pranked Ricky Gervais on the set of The Invention of Lying.

AL QAEDA warned that Germany would be attacked if Chancellor Merkel is re-elected and the country does not withdraw from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Afghan national at the center of a reputed Al Qaeda terror cell probe was trying to cut a deal Friday after two days of FBI grilling.  Three men have been arrested in the case so far.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a lie again on Friday, raising the stakes against Israel just as world powers try to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil.  Ahmadinejad also said that Iran would "never" abandon its disputed nuclear program to appease Western critics.  A leaked report revealed that the UN inspection agency believes the Islamic republic has "sufficient information" to make a nuclear weapon and has "probably tested" a key component. Meanwhile, protests against the regime continue; Ahmadinejad had to cut short an interview on state-controlled television because chants of "Ahmadi! Ahmadi! Resign! Resign!" could clearly be heard in the background.

IRAQ: The government said talks with Syria have failed after the Syrians refused to hand over two Baathist leaders behind recent attacks in Baghdad.

BABY VS. CAT: Extreme patience.

A CHICKEN has been trekking up to the KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, nearly every day for the last few years.

A ROAD HOG makes trouble on I-80, outside Iowa City.

A FRANTIC KANGAROO storms the office of an Australian psychologist. The marsupial had issues.

BEARSHARKTOPUS: I'm hoping this is Photoshop.

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Hoodoo Gurus, Flaming Lips, Islands, Cutout Bin, Dog+Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 18, 2009 - 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," "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 Hoodoos could (and can) also deliver the goods live as these vintage live clips of "Like Wow, Wipeout!", "In the Wild" and "Middle of the Land" prove.

THE FLAMING LIPS are advance streaming their Embryonic album via The Colbert Report. Yes, really.

ISLANDS are advance streaming their Vapours album via Exclaim!

DRIVIN ' N' CRYIN' is streaming their first album in 12 years via Entertainment Weekly.

THE BEASTIE BOYS are streaming their remastered Hello Nasty album.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from A.A. Bondy, Noah and the Whale, The Field and more are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

MEYER HAWTHORNE gets a review from Soul-Sides' Oliver Wang (with video)  at NPR.

TIM EASTON stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of "soft Americana," streaming via NPR.

GLASVEGAS have a video for "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" at Spinner. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DIANE BIRCH talks to the L.A. Times about her past as a lounge singer, Betty Wright, soul music and whether she's a soul artist.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Drozte talks to GQ UK about the band's latest album, cocktails, and more...

SMASHING PUMPKINS plan to release 11 four-song EPs digitally, and compile them on to a box set.

IDA MARIA talks to Jim DeRogatis about Lollapalooza, songwriting and more...

FRIGHTENED RABBIT drummer Grant Hutchison talks to the Salt Lake Tribune about William Wallace and the band's next album.

JOHNNY MARR and THE CRIBS talk to The Quietus about their new record, with an obligatory nod to The Smiths.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Pres. Obama to Ace Frehley, from Television to Styx, from the Flamin' Groovies to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, plus Elvis Costello, Broken Social Scene, The Replacements, Otis Redding 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 the animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, currenly scoring 91 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the Diablo Cody-penned, Megan Fox-led Jennifer's Body, currently scoring 35 percent, the Soderberg-drected, Damon-led The Informant, which is scoring 66 percent; and the Aniston-Eckhart rom-com Love Happens, scoring 23x percent on a small number of reviews.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and Deryck Whibley have split, after three years of marriage.

JESSICA SIMPSON has called in experts  to find her missing dog -- last seen in the clutches of a wild coyote.  Martha Stewart faults the pneumatic blonde.

KERMIT THE FROG denies rumors that he is dating Lady Gaga, after accompanying her to the MTV VMAs.

BURT REYNOLDS has checked into a rehab clinic for treatment of addiction to prescription medication.


LINDSAY LOHAN took to Twitter early Thursday morning to quash rumors that she's been hospitalized in a psych ward.

KATHY IRELAND received seven stitches in her leg after a Dancing With the Stars-related injury.

BEYONCE is getting sued by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. over her "Fierce" fragrance.

SPIDER-MAN 4 is booked for IMAX screens in 2011.

AFGHANISTAN: America's top diplomat at the UN mission in Afghanistan has been ordered out of the country after a row with his boss over how to respond to last month's fraud-riddled presidential elections, it has been alleged.

IRAN: Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead.

IRAQ's political parties are moving into high gear looking for partners to run with in the January 2010 parliamentary elections. Some old alliances are being reformed, and new ones are in the process of forming.

DOG and SQUIRREL, living together... mass hysteria!

THIRSTY BATS swooping to lick water from a pond, caught on camera.

A MILLION GEESE caught on camera at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri.

A GOLLUM-LIKE CREATURE emerges from a lake in Panama.

CATS secretly build their war machines.

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