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Yo La Tengo, Bat for Lashes, Silversun Pickups, Monkey + Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YO LA TENGO goes "Periodically Double Or Triple" in the fruity second clip from Popular Songs.

BAT FOR LASHES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR (plus video.)

SILVERSUN PICKUPS also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

PASSION PIT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR, too.

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

JOHNNY MAESTRO: "The Worst That Could Happen." A great self-indulgent song written by Jimmy Webb, sung by the man who made it a hit with the Brooklyn Bridge.

TORTOISE co-founder Dan Bitney talks to PopMatters about the past, present, and future of the band that changed indie rock forever, and continues to thrill their power base on their first original record in five years, Beacons of Ancestorship.

MOUNT EERIE: Phil Elverum talks to the Village Voice about touring with a full band, Buddhism, plus his enduring love and artistic affinity for David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

FRANZ NICOLAY of The Hold Steady talks to The Hook about his solo adventures.

ST. VINCENT: Sax man Evan Smith talks to Renegade Bus about watching the Dallas-born band take the music world by storm.

JON HAMM talked to The A.V. Club about the upcoming season of Mad Men (debuting August 16), and his recent forays into comedy on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live.

WILLIAM SHATNER talks to TIME about his off-camera relationship with Conan O'Brien, buying dinner for J.J. Abrams and why, when it comes to musical collaborations, he's not unlike Dracula.

PEE-WEE HERMAN returns for a stage run in L.A. this November.

LINDSAY LOHAN surprised "on-again" girlfriend Samantha Ronson in Chicago for Sam's birthday over the weekend.

TWILIGHT star Ashley Greene is treatening suit against those who post nude photos of her on the Internet.

THE TOP MOVIE NUDES (minus the dudes) according to Mr. Skin. (SFW link) Shaping up as Gratuitous Wednesday, it seems.

ZOMBIELAND, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Abigail Breslin, has a red band trailer online.

REGGIE MILLER is denying accusations he got down with someone else's fiancee - but the former basketball star does admit he flirted a little bit ... well, actually a lot.

IRAN: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tightened his grip on Iran's powerful intelligence services, ousting four senior officials in a widening purge against authorities who challenged the harsh crackdowns after June's disputed elections.

PAKISTAN: US officials stuck to their belief that Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed last week, amid reports a CIA drone fired missiles at him as he was getting a leg massage on the roof of his father-in-law's house. A leg message?  Meanwhile, Pakistan's nuclear facilities have already been attacked at least thrice by its home-grown terrorists in little-reported incidents over the past two years.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Stanley McChrystal says he is comfortable with the prospect of lower-level Taliban commanders and fighters rejoining the country's political process.

MONKEY & DOG, riding together... mass hysteria!

KODA, the mini-horse who suffers the double-whammy of being born a dwarf. Pics at the link.

CATERPILLARS been spotted 'dancing' to put off predators as they eat their way through a leaf.

LADYBUGS have mounted their biggest invasion of the British Isles since the long, hot summer of 1976.

SHARK ATTACK: A 26-year-old tourist from Spain was attacked and bitten by a shark Monday in the waters off Volusia County, FL -- the seventh shark bite in Volusia County this year. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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New Releases, Deerhoof, V Morrison, Caplin Rous   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DRAGONETTE: This video for "Gone Too Far," cut to clips from Urban Cowboy, is not official, but it should be.

NEW RELEASES: Jay Reatard, The Woodstock box, Patrick Wolf, and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

DEERHOOF did three free songs thing for Daytrotter.

LOCKSLEY did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

VAN MORRISON has an interview plus videos at NPR about his revival of the seminal Astral Weeks LP.

BAD VEINS did an interview with Gothamist, inlcuding performances of "Gold and Warm," "Falling Tide" and "The Lie." It's like Twofer Tuesday, but one more.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF: The unofficial soundtrack.

COWBOY JUNKIES play a Mountain Stage mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

THE STONE ROSES: Ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani tells the BBC that he would love to see former band members Ian Brown and John Squire finally bury the hatchet.  Mani also talks about the 20th anniversary edition of the band's debut (coming out in the US this September).

THE SHINS: Jesse Sandoval, ex-sticksman for the indie darlings, claims his departure was not down to 'aesthetic' differences - he was sacked for not being able to play the parts.

EIGHT THINGS in JOHN HUGHES MOVIES You Won't See in Today's Teen Movies.

JEREMY PIVEN can't take a joke when it comes to the alleged mercury poisoning that caused him to ditch Broadway.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Longtime Michael Jackson friend Mark Lester is not the father of Jackson's daughter, nor is he claiming paternity, despite a tabloid report indicating Lester says he's Paris Jackson's biological dad, sources tell People. Meanwhile, the judge overseeing the singer's will approved several business deals, including a 60 million dollar agreement with Columbia Pictures to make a movie from video of the King of Pop's final rehearsals.

THE TEEN CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks, by which I mean vampire kids and Miley Cyrus.

E.T.: Where are they now? Aside from E.T., who is presumably home.

THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS the next film from Terry Gilliam -- and the last from Heath Ledger -- has a trailer online.

THE AVENGERS: Louis Leterrier, director of "The Incredible Hulk", flots the idea of bringing the Avengers to the screen in four interlocking movies by four different directors that would be released over one summer. 

IRAN: Revolutionary Guard generals, top politicians and senior clerics have called for the arrest and punishment of opposition leaders, including defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, Iranian state media reported Sunday, while the national police chief acknowledged that protesters had been mistreated while in custody.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban have gained the upper hand, the top American commander there said, forcing the US to change its strategy.

CAPLIN ROUS BEGS FOR A POPSICLE: Let's go to the video.

MAYBE THE CAT downloaded that illegal material.

SHARK ATTACK: After a day of spear fishing and lobster diving, a group of Florida boaters got the scare of a lifetime when a shark jumped into their boat.

PYTHONS: The latest weapon for Alex and his droogs.

HORSES get hitched at an English pub. You hope they don't wake up with drinken regret.

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P Hood, Justin Townes Earle, Tori Amos, Eels, Pillow Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATTERSON HOOD and the SCREWTOPIANS play "Pollyanna" live in the studio.

CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS is advance streaming This Is for the White in Your Eyes via NPR.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros played the World Cafe on Friday.  You can stream either gig on demand via NPR.

TORI AMOS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

EELS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

RADIOHEAD has released a new song, "Harry Patch (In Memory Of)" the last living UK veteran of World War I. Proceeds from downloads will benefir the British Royal Legion.

CHRISSIE HYNDE, JULIETTE LEWIS, CLEM BURKE and The Donnas' TORRY CASTELLANO talk to the Boston Globe about female-fronted bands.

DEERHUNTER frontman Bradford Cox talks to The A.V. Club about playing weird shows, collaborating with cool people (including Karen O, for the soundtrack of Where The Wild Things Are), and maybe making an art film.

GRIZZLY BEAR frontman Ed Droste talks to State about hitting the US top ten, jazz camp (yes, really), working with orchestras, Nico Muhly, the recording process of their latest album and their lyrics.

PASSION PIT  is profiled by the Mpls Star-Tribune.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra wins the weekend with a slightly better-than-expected 56.2 million; once critics got to see it, the flick ended up at 38 percent on the Tomatometer, so we'll see what the drop is next weekend.  Julie and Julie finished second with 20 million -- a strong showing for the subject-matter.  G-Force is in the third slot after another 45 percent drop, with 9.8 million. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince dropped 50 percent to the fourth slot with 8.8 million; the latest installment has now earned 273.8 million in North America, and crossed the 500 million mark in overseas grosses.  Funny People skidded from first to fifth with 7.9 million -- a 65 percent drop that looks very unfunny for Universal. Below the fold, A Pefect Getaway opened soft in seventh place.  Meanwhile, 500 Days of Summer climbed into the Top Ten on only 817 screens, with the third-highest per-screen average of the weekend.  Overall, the Top 12 this weekend was up about 20 million over last year.

SINCERELY, JOHN HUGHES: Alison Byrne Fields has today's must-read, even if you were not a fan of the teen comedy director.

MICHAEL JACKSON's dearest friend Mark Lester tells the News of the World that he believes he is Paris Jackson's father.

MADONNA reportedly hates seeing her ex-husband Guy Ritchie with other women - and the singer apparently feels she's made a huge mistake by divorcing the British movie-maker.

BILLY MAYS: A  shocking autopsy report concludes cocaine contributed to the sudden death of the pitchman back in June.

PAULA ABDUL gets official interest for a Dancing with the Stars judging spot from ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson.

KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON spent the night together --in the same room -- at the fabled Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles Thursday night.

CHEECH MARIN married his longtime girlfriend, Russian-born pianist Natasha Rubin, in a sunset ceremony at their Malibu home.

IRAN: The State Department's intelligence analysts continue to think that Tehran will not be able to produce weapons-grade uranium before 2013, an assessment at odds with German intellignce and the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, both of which thin Kiran could have a bomb in as little as six months.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO's new chief called Friday for additional reinforcements, and the alliance announced the deaths of eight more US and British troops as violence worsens in the eight-year-old war's deadliest phase. The US and British governments plan to spend millions of dollars over the next two months to try to persuade Afghan farmers not to plant opium poppy, by far the country's most profitable cash crop and a major source of Taliban funding and official corruption. A British soldier who had part of his leg blown off by a landmine is preparing to return to Afghanistan to settle "unfinished business" with the Taliban.

PAKISTAN: A close associate of Pakistan's most wanted man, Baitullah Mehsud, who was reportedly killed in a US drone attack, has told the BBC he is alive. So who knows.

CAT CRUSHED BY A PILLOW: Let's go to the video.

A RAM dangles helplessly after zip-lining down a telephone wire - by a horn. Pics at the link.

PYTHON HUNTER: Nobody has killed more Burmese pythons in the Everglades than Bob Hill. I smell a reality series!

CAMEL INVASION UPDATE: Thousands of camels will be shot from helicopters and turned into burgers in a bid to halt their trail of havoc across Australia.

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RIP John Hughes, Wilco, R Hitchcock, Cutout Bin, Llama Caddy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 07, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind "Sixteen Candles," "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," "Weird Science," National Lamppon's "Vacation" movies, "Home Alone," "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" and many more has died at the age of 59, evidently from a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan (though he spent most of his time on a farm in Northen Illinois).  Ben Stein, who will always be known for "Bueller," remembered Hughes today on FBC. Newsweek covers the careers he launched. The L.A. Times covers the fashions of his films.  But Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float), and Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found audio of Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."  Rest In Peace, John Hughes... and thank you.

WILCO stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, which (after a week) is finally streaming via NPR.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK stopped by the WFUV studios for a solo session streaming via NPR.

PATTERSON HOOD and the SCREWTOPIANS did five free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

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

NO AGE is streaming their new EP through SubPop.

NEKO CASE is interviewed by the Edmonton Journal and SEE.

BLITZEN TRAPPER singer Erik Earley talks to OnMilwaukee about the band's range of sounds and influences, and more...

OUT: THE ALBUM, In: The App?

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements, Soul Asylum and Husker Du to the Beatles, the Byrds and the Kinks, plus T. Rex, the Velvet Underground, more trubute to John Hughes 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 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, which is scoring 59 percent on the ol Tomatometer -- but which was not screened for most of the big critics, Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia, currently scoring 61 percent on the meter, and A Perfect Getaway, which is scoring 46 percent overall, but 78 percent with the big critics.

STEVEN TYLER of Aerosmith was airlifted to a hospital after falling from stage during a concert at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota. Let's go to the video.

PAULA ABDUL may be returning to American Idol, as the conflict is ultimately all about money ... and buzz leading up to season 9.

VANESSA HUDGENS of High School Musical won't be commenting on the nude pics surfacing on the Internet.

BRAVE NEW WORLD: Aldous Huxley's classic has been greenlit for a big screen treatment by director Ridley Scott, and possibly Leonardo DiCaprio.

THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT, starring John C. Reilly, has a trailer online.

PAKISTAN: "There is strong indication" that Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike Wednesday, a senior administration official told ABC News.  The Long War Journal hears that Meshud probably lives. UPDATE: ... or maybe he is dead!

AFGHANISTAN: New NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in a surprise visit to Kabul pledged to minimize the level of civilian casualties.  The Small Wars Journal will hook you up with a report on going tribal

IRAQ: In the first such meeting in a year between the two rivals, Prime Minister al-Maliki and Kurdish Pres. Barzani pledged to resolve disputes over land and oil that have threatened to spill into fighting.

A LLAMA works as caddy  -- a clip twice as funny because the dude at the far right looks like Carl Spackler.


MOMMA DUCK rescues her young.

A GIANT CATFISH attacked an Austrian tourist while he was fishing on a lake outside Gyor, west Hungary, lifeguards said.

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Zooey + Joey, Frances, Mt. Eerie, The Decemberists, Baby vs Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ZOOEY DESCHANEL and JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT made a special video for She & Him's "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" to promote their movie, 500 Days of Summer.  Deschanel and Gordon-Levitt say they hope to team up repeatedly and have aspirations of being a regular screen couple.

FRANCES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three previously unreleased.

MOUNT EERIE is advance streaming the Wind's Poem album at NPR. Heavy stuff I think Pate bassist Mike Kelly might like.

THE BLIND SHAKE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE DECEMBERISTS: You can stream the two new tracks the band debuted at Newport via YANP.

THE OCTOPUS PROJECT has a new video for "Wet Gold."

LOLLAPALOOZA: Fuse has plenty of free downloads from the fest's featured artists.

THE TOP 20 JEFF TWEEDY SONGS, according to American Songwriter's Evan Schlansky.  It's sure to provoke disagreements (this is the function of lists) so readers can chime in also.

THE PRETENDERS: Chrissie Hynde tells the Winnepeg Sun (among other things) that the current doom and gloom about the record industry is really just a correction of the excess that preceded it.

MATT and KIM shuffle Kim's iPod for The A.V. Club, because she "was afraid things that are too wussy would come up" on Matt's.

INGLORIOUS BASTERDS: The trailer for "Nation's Pride," the movie within Quentin Tarantino's movie, is online.

TRUE BLOOD: Real-afterlife co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are engaged to be married.

PAULA ABDUL quit American Idol via Twitter, reportedly after demanding a 20 million dollar deal. She may turn up as a judge on "So You Think You Can Dance."

PENELOPE CRUZ pregnant by Javier Bardem? The rumor is building.

BRAD PITT talks to Parade about his decision to become a father, why he won't marry Angelina Jolie and the risks he'll take for love.

SIENNA MILLER has regrets about romancing Balthazar Getty.

PAUL GIAMATTI talks to The A.V. Club about choosing his roles, playing "himself" Cold Souls, playing real-life people, and what's up with the sequel to Bubba Ho-tep.

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 64 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as was the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.

RUSSIAN NUCLEAR ATTACK SUBMARINES have been patrolling off the eastern seaboard of the US in recent days, a rare mission that has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and intelligence agencies about a more assertive stance by the Russian military.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad took the oath of office Wednesday, as security forces guarded the building and nearby streets in anticipation of protests.

IRAQ: The towering concrete blast walls that have both protected and suffocated Baghdad streets for the past two years will come down within 40 days.

BABY vs. DOG: Let's go to the video.

TWO BELUGA WHALES at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium are pregnant, with calves expected to be born this fall.

AN ALLIGATOR CAPTURE led to the arrests of some north Florida apartment tenants who forgot to hide their drugs.

POLICE DOG tracks a burglary suspect to a freezer.

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