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King Khan, Bear Hands, Sufjan, M83, Bull in a Market   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 27, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

BEAR HANDS did three free songs for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

THE STRANGE BOYS did three free songs for Daytrotter at SxSW.

FISCHERSPOONER covered an obscure REM track, "Fascinating," at Michael Stipe's request as a bonus to their forthcoming Entertainment LP. Both versions at the link.

SUFJAN STEVENS has posted an old demo of a song about Sofia Copppola.

M83 debuts "We Own the Sky" on PitchforkTV.

WISH YOU WERE HERE, an illustrated history of indie music scnes around the USA, has a big honkin' excerpt online.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to The Guardian about her second album and he nom de rock.

THE LAs Lee Mavers might be ready to record a second album -- after a 19 years hiatus --.with Pete Doherty and the Babyshambles?

THE FLAMING LIPS: Oklahoma lawmakers who voted against making a Flaming Lips tune the official state rock song represent a minority of "small-minded religious wackos," lead singer Wayne Coyne says.  Gov. Brad Henry resolved the issue by announcing he would sign an executive order proclaiming "Do You Realize??" the official rock song of Oklahoma.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Obsessed takes the top slot with 28.5 million, about 10-15 milion higher than the gurus expected. Apparently, there were a lot of people who wanted to see Beyonce in an imitation of Fatal Attraction. 17 Again drops 50 percent to second place with 11.7 million; this will presumably still be a decent moneymaker for the WB.  Fighting opens in the third slot with 11 million, and will probably break even on a presumably modest budget.  The Soloist opened in fourth place with 9.7 million, as against a reported 60 million budget. The Earth documentary rounds out the Top Five with 8.6 million -- but it already made almost 80 million overseas, so I'm thinking Disney isn't too upset.  Overall, this was a very good weekend for late April, which is traditionally a dumping ground before the blockbusters arrive in May. This April's box office is ahead of last year's by about 150 million when comparing Top 12 grosses.

BEA ARTHUR, who starred in the hit TV shows "Maude" and "The Golden Girls" and who won a Tony Award for the musical "Mame," died Saturday at 86.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON reportedly spent the night together.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS's baby daddy is in the hospital after a single car accident.

PAM ANDERSON has fallen on hard times, according to the ever-reliable Courtney Love.

JOE PANTOLIANO talks about the Matrix -- and it's less successful follow-ups. Click-through for his discussion of The Sopranos, too.

WOLVERINE will have multiple secret endings on different prints and theaters will be showing different versions.

COUNTER-INSURGENCY: The New York Times reviews the new book from David Kilcullen, "The Accidental Guerilla."

PAKISTAN: Taliban gunmen were filmed executing a surprised couple whom they repeatedly shot for the alleged crime of adultery. A local journalist was invited to witness the execution, who filmed it with his mobile phone for a Pakistani channel, Dawn News. Meanwhile, spokesman Haji Muslim Khan said that Taliban anger was partly caused by the presence of female American soldiers in the region. Grievance du jour.

LIKE A BULL in a CHINA SHOP: A bull in an Irish Supermarket.

GRACEFUL ROBOT PENGUINS were unveiled by German engineering firm Festo this week. Video at the link.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Michigan teacher guiding students around the University of Michigan campus was attacked by an irate squirrel when she tried to help one of its young. A classic ambush situation.

MEET RUPPY, the world's first genetically-engineered, glow-in-the-dark puppy.

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Hoodoo Gurus, Glasvegas, TMBG, Cutout Bin, Cute Montage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 24, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the HOODOO GURUS! Live at a club in Italy, circa 1987.  Part 1 includes "In the Wild," "On My Street" and "Good Times."  Part 2 includes "Come See Me," "In the Middle of the Land," and "I Want You Back."  Part 3 includes "Mars Needs Guitars!" "I Was the One," and "What's My Scene." Part 4 includes "Bittersweet" and "Like Wow, Wipeout." Part 5 includes a cover of "Teenage Head" and "I Was a Kamikaze Pilot."

CHAIRLIFT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

GLASVEGAS did the four free songs thing for a Daytrotter SxSW session, one previously unreleased.

SHOEGAZE gets a week-long feature at Drowned In Sound.

SONIC YOUTH: The Quietus has a track-by-track rundown on the upcoming The Eternal album.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: The literal version of "Birdhouse In Your Soul" for Twofer Friday.

YEAH YEAH YEAHS talk to Drowned In Sound about the science of fun.

FINDLAY BROWN: Hit By A Wall Of Sound? Beats being shot by Phil Spector! Actually, this session reminds me a bit of the Olson & Louris stuff, too, with dashes of the Everlys.

UH-OH: Matador Records has postponed reissuing albums by Mogwai, Yo La Tengo and Cat Power after losing the master tapes when a pressing plant went bust.

CUTOUT BIN: Form Katrina & the Waves to King Khan & the Shrines, from Billy Bragg to Booker T, from the White Stripes to the Chi-Lites, plus Bowie, T Rex and double helpings of the Replacements and Guided by Voices -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Obsessed, which has plenty of TV ads, but no screenings for critics ; Fighting, currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Soloist, scoring 51 percent.  Earth, the documetary launched on Earth Day (Dang, that's some clever PR), is scoring 85 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN may have been blindsided by her breakup with Samantha Ronson, but claims that she thought it would be much harder, and that she and Ronson are still talking.

JAY LENO is "doing just fine" in the hospital after falling ill yesterday, according to a network rep.

JACKO may have been involved in a bizarre hit-and-run collision with an ambulance in Beverly Hills.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE wuz robbed!  Save the jewelry, save the cheerleader.

MAD MEL UPDATE: A Russian pop star who allegedly had an affair with Mel Gibson has been silenced by the actor's lawyers.

HENSON'S 11: Audio from the "Ocean's 11" trailer, video from "The Great Muppet Caper."

MICHAEL PHELPS is denying rumors that he is dating Miss California. Shocka.

IRANIAN SNIPER, or WOOKIE? How to tell them apart.

NORTH KOREA has become a fully fledged nuclear power with the capacity to wipe out entire cities in Japan and South Korea.

PAKISTAN teeters on the brink of collapse as Taliban fighters threatened to overrun the volatile country. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the state, which has nuclear capability, now posed a 'mortal threat' to the world.  How mortal? The Taliban takeover of Haripur would put the Taliban on the doorstep of Islamabad and would also put two major nuclear facilities at risk.

IRAQ: Unconfirmed reports from the Iraqi Army said Islamic State of Iraq leader Abu Omar al Baghdadi was captured in eastern Baghdad.

FUZZY FUZZY CUTE CUTE: A montage of awww...some.

THE SMILEY-FACE SPIDER, which is harmless to humans, has evolved to confuse predators, and evoke nolstalgia for the 1970s, scientists think.

UNCONVENTIONAL WISDOM: What to do if you encounter a cougar, presumably not the sort you encounter in bars.

A SPARROW learns not to smoke in bed.

CROCS on a PLANE: Two bad-tempered crocodiles caused anxious moments for the crew of a Royal New Zealand Air Force Hercules.

THE BEAST of BODMIN: Caught on camera!

A WHALE PROTECTION BOAT crashed into and injured a whale off the Massachusetts coast.  US tax dollars at work!

A GROUP OF FOXES have been trained by a retiree to stand up on their hind legs like dogs and beg for food.  Awww...some pic at the link.

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The Cure, PB&J, The Walkmen, Cat vs Pigeon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THAO with the GET DOWN STAY DOWN covered the Lovin' Spoonful's "Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" for Record Store Day.  Thao Nguyen is profiled in the Washington Post.

THE CURE is streaming all 30 songs from their secret show at L.A.'s Troubadour.

PETER BJORN & JOHN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

THE WALKMEN stopped by WNEW for a chat and acoustic mini-set streaming on demand.

MICACHU and the SHAPES talk to Paste about the band's name and kitchen-sink pop, with embedded audio.

NEKO CASE plays "This Tornado Loves You" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk, Portastatic and Merge Records does a Q&A with MAGNET, including Portastatic's cover of GbV's "Echoes Myron.

THE DECEMBERISTS -- and Carson Ellis, Colin Meloy's wife and band artist -- are profiled in Paste. Drowning, nerds, hard rock, etc.

ANDREW BIRD is profiled at Filter: "I ended up completely changing the way I make music out there. And when you spend that much time alone, you definitely find out who or what your demons are."

M WARD is profiled by the Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette: Ward says he assembles his songs from snippets, half-songs, bridges, choruses and hooks he has recorded over the course of two decades. Ward says he has 500 such recordings and no system for organizing them.

BOB SEGER and his bassist are getting sued over an automobile accident. Like a rock.

LINDSAY LOHAN is drowning her sorrows over her breakup with Samantha Ronson in a sea of men - and some friends are terrified she'll go down the road Britney Spears traveled two years ago.

BEYONCE KNOWLES's raw  "board mix" is almost as bad as the late Linda McCartney's board mix.

ANGELINA JOLIE is signing onto a film franchise based on Patricia Cornwell's bestselling book series on medical examiner Dr. Kay Scarpetta.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE: No evidence suggests Rafiq Qureshi tried to sell his young daughter, Sumdog Millionaire actress Rubina Ali, police in Mumbai announced Wednesday.

TOM CRUISE is a one-man economic stimulus to the script doctoring business.

DENISE RICHARDS shows off her funbags.

MICHAEL PHELPS is dating Miss California?

HARRY POTTER: Daniel Radcliffe talks about the cliffhanger splitting of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

IRAN welcomes "constructive" talks with world powers on its nuclear program but insists the Islamic state will press ahead with its disputed work.  Meanwhile, the state-run news agency ran a story on its website praising the unveiling of an Iranian-made drone, that according to the Israeli daily Maariv bears a striking resemblance to an earlier photo taken in Israel of an Israeli-made drone.

PAKISTAN: So, how's that peace deal working out?  The Taliban have issued a direct challenge to the legitimacy of the Pakistani government, by declaring the country's entire legal system "un-Islamic."  The Taliban have seized control of another district in the country's northwest just 70 miles from the capital after consolidating their hold on the Swat valley.  The Daily Beast's Gerald Posner reports that Taliban forces are on the verge of seizing Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.

CAT vs. PIGEON: Who you got?

BUGGING BUGS: Tiny radio transmitters have been attached to ants to study their nest-hunting habits.

A BLACK BEAR is on the loose in Broward County, FL.

EAGLE mugs a 69-year-old woman in Austria.

THE BEAVER BAFFLE SYSTEM is being erected in Annapolis.  Hey, nice beaver!

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Cracker, St. Vincent, Robyn Hitchcock, Alpaca Heat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CRACKER: Somehow I missed the video for "Yalla Yalla" in advance of the band's next album, due in may.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark is advance streaming the Actor album via NPR.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Indie supergroup The Dead Weather, Bill Callahan and Radiohead make tracks in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

THE 50 MOST HEART-BREAKING SONGS of ALL-TIME, according to Entertainment Weekly.

THE SWEPTAWAYS & JENS LEKMAN: It's hard to go wrong with a title like "Happiness Will Be My Revenge." And the video is like the twee version of the Replacements' videos for Tim.

P.J. HARVEY & JOHN PARISH talk to BlackBook about their anticipated new collaborative album, which "invokes the blues shot through with Gothic Americana, closer in tone to Flannery O'Connor than any of (Harvey's) alt peers."

DEERHUNTER offers "Rainwater Cassette Exchange" as a preview of their upcoming EP.

DOVES talk to PopMatters about their development in the Manchester music world, the pressures of living up to their potential, and the new Kingdom of Rust LP.

PINK FLOYD are suing their record label, EMI, over royalty payments.

LINDSAY LOHAN says she is not interested in starring in Vegas's Peepshow... but would be open to a guest shot.

MADONNA: Cops doubt Madge's story that a paparazzo jumped out of the bushes and spooked her horse.

BRADGELINA rumor roundup.

MICHELL RODRIGUEZ got fast and furious as a bridesmaid at the four-day wedding of her best friend and manager, Giancarlo Chersich

EMMA WATSON talks to Interview about Potterworld and growing up Granger.

WOLVERINE has a bit of a fight scene online.

JESSICA BIEL is really NSFW playing a stripper in the upcoming Powder Blue. Call it extremely Gratuitous Wednesday.

J.J. ABRAMS has turned the latest issue of Wired magazine into a series of puzzles.

IRAN: The Islamic Revolution Guard Corps has deployed to the eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan to counter an unnamed "enemy conspiracy."

AFGHANISTAN: The father of the education minister was kidnapped in Wardak province.  The government claimed it conducted negotiations with the Taliban; the Taliban denied the claim.

IRAQ: Security forces have arrested four children who were allegedly part of a group of youngsters being groomed by al-Qaeda to become suicide bombers.

ALPACA PILE-UP: Let's go to the video.

PIG BROTHER:  Meet Piggy, Lilly, Pauli and Fredi, the stars of Austria's latest reality show.

FISH can get seasick?

GIANT NAZI COWS are on the loose in Britain.


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Bob Dylan, New Releases, Sonic Youth, DJ Kitty   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN drops the video for "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'," the bluesy opening track to the upcoming Together Through Life LP.  The video features a 1959 series of photos taken by Bruce Davidson called "Brooklyn Gang" -- you can take a longer look at some of them at Magnum.

NEW RELEASES: Camera Obscura, Tinted Windows, King Khan & the Shrines, The Dukes of Stratospheare, Depeche Mode and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

SONIC YOUTH has an advance track, "Sacred Trickster" posted for download at Matador.

BOB MOULD talks to Express Night Out about solo recording, the Internet, and more...

FLEET FOXES; Robin Pecknold reflects on the "insanity" of the band's success in the Times of London.

YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS: Having just caught Scott McCaughey as part of the Venus 3 at a rocking Robyn Hitchcock gig last Saturday, I roll out his YFF cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Tings Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to SPIN about the as-yet untitled new album.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is touring Down Under: Alejandra Deheza talks to the Sydney Morning Herald, while twin sis Claudia talks to The Age.

SUPERDRAG: The Village Voice covers their "snarling, ferocious comeback."

DEPECHE MODE talks to USA Today about the upcoming album (their 12th) and tour, stints in rehab, songwriting, etc.

LINDSAY LOHAN is reportedly in talks to star in a topless show in Vegas.  Too good to check!

MADONNA: The paparazzo who claims he was the only pap around when Madonna fell off her horse on Saturday says he isn't to blame for her fall - and he claims Madonna's peeps are straight up lying about what went down.

ELLEN POMPEO of Grey's Anatomy is knocked up.

MANDY MOORE jokes that she could hire hubby Ryan Adams for her band.

JULIA STILES writes about the Yankees, the Mets and Wrigley Field in the Wall Street Journal.  Which is a sentence I never would have guessed I would type.

TRANSFORMERS: Michael Bay posted a scene from the sequel he previewed at ShoWest, which Paramount started taking down after about 12 hours.  If only there was somewhere you could still see the scene where Megan Fox disrobes and such... Oh, wait!

ROBIN HOOD: USA Today has the first look at the reportedly troubled Russell Crowe-Ridley Scott take on the legend.

OUR FRIENDS THE SAUDIS censor a Katy Perry photo with all the subtlety of a magic marker.

IRAN: As Pres. Ahmadinejad called for the eradication of Israel in his address to the UN "anti-racism" conference which opened in Geneva on Monday, some 23 EU delegates walked out, hecklers wearing clown-wigs shouted 'racist' towards him and were escorted out by security personnel. Video at the link.  The day before, Ahmadinejad had sought to cast himself as a defender of human rights by urging Tehran's chief prosecutor to fairly examine the cases of an Iranian-American journalist and an Iranian-Canadian blogger.

DJ KITTEH: Stay for the big finish!


A GIANT GROPER washes up on a Northern Territory beach.  BTW, that's a fish.

COWS band together to stop youth gangs in Swaythling, Southampton.  Moove along, now.

WOMBAT DROPPINGS help an industrial city in Australia fight the effects of the global financial crisis.

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