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Rockers Sell Out, Centro-Matic, Feist and a 255-year-old Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
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Flaming Lips, Minus 5, Richard Hawley, Mini-Horses   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 23, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE FLAMING LIPS played "Bohemian Rhapsody" during a surprise show at SXSW. Stereogum has onstage video. KissAtlanta has it in Quicktime. Take Your Medicine is killing music with a MP3 download. You can hear the upcoming album, At War With The Mystics, in the audio section of the band's website. Jim DeRogatis is promoting his new book o­n the band.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY: The Young Fresh Fellow and Minus 5 frontman does a piece for Harp o­n the record that changed his life after listing a bunch of candidates. However, when Ken King and I saw the Minus 5 Wed. night, Scott picked a favorite not on that list to cover -- The Undertones' "Teenage Kicks." And for an encore, he led the touring unit, including REM's Peter Buck on bass, through "Circle Sky," by the Monkees (written by Michael Nesmith). Of course, there was a lot of great Minus 5 music as well. Peter Buck also put in a cameo on lead guitar during the opening set from The Silos -- on a swampy version of Jonathan Richman's "I'm Straight."

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler will undergo mystery surgery this week for his mystery medical malady, forcing the band to cancel the rest of its North American tour. UPDATE: It looks to be throat surgery. We wish him well, natch.

MORRISSEY apologizes to Arctic Monkeys for complaining they had become too famous too soon: "I'm sorry that the comments I made at South By Southwest about the Arctic Monkeys were printed so harshly. "I actually quite like the Arctic Monkeys and whatever I said was said with tender, avuncular concern. I hope to God I didn't upset their grannies. "In any case, I was wrong about their success being too sudden and without any dues paid, because that's exactly how it happened for The Smiths. So, I really should shut it." You can preview Morrissey's new album at MySpace.

WILCO bassist John Stirratt talks to the Des Moines Register about new sounds, new songs and living in the North and the South.

JASON COLLETT: The Broken Social Scenester talks to Drowned In Sound about his acclaimed solo album and how being overlooked in Canada helps make music, but causes musicians to leave. You may still be able to get a free Collett track via SXSW.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: From Hullabaloo, we have The Byrds syncing "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better," with equally synced go-go dancing during Roger's guitar solo.

KELLEY STOLTZ: The McCartney-esque singer-songwriter tells PopMatters that he loves his work and recorded his first full-length album with 100 percent renewable energy. You can stream a few via MySpace.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD: Though I focused o­n Blondie and the Sex Pistols getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who better to write about the Southern Rockers' entry than Drive-By Truckers frontman Patterson Hood?

RICHARD HAWLEY is the latest answer to Jerry's question, "How the hell did I miss ----'s album last year?" at Yeti Don't Dance. There is some killing of music involved, but I think you can still get a taste of the Orbison-esque Hawley with a legal download via SXSW.

JOHN LENNON: Yoko Ono has attacked a pay-per-view TV 'seance' that attempts to contact the late Beatle from beyond the grave as "tasteless, tacky and exploitative." It may well be worse than Lennon: The Musical.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: The troubled singer openly took heroin, ecstasy and crack cocaine throughout an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes reportedly fears what Scientological parenting rules will do to her Cruise-spawn, which the church sees as a kind of "second coming." That's according to the ever-reliable Star. Meanwhile, Cruise's daughter, Isabella, seems less than thrilled with Cruise's very public displays of affection.

OMIGOD, THEY KILLED CHEF! The South Park character died a horrible, funny death after his brains were scrambled by the "Super Adventure Club" -- a not-at-all thinly veiled jab at the Church of Scientology, which is rumored to be responsible for Isaac Hayes' alleged (or forced) refusal to continue voicing the character.

BRADGELINA: Oprah Winfrey bans the couple from her show, pledges allegiance to Team Aniston. Meanwhile, Jolie may be miffed at Pitt's drinking habits.

KEVIN COSTNER: His reps are vigorously denying that he is the subject of a blind item in London's Daily Mirror about a star who engaged in sexual self-gratification in front of a horrified masseuse at a posh Scottish golf resort.

ROCKUMENTARIES: At Indiewire, Anthony Kaufman asks: Is it just coincidence that there are three compelling documentaries about rock musicians with briefly thrilling, eventually sorry, sad lives cut down by drugs and mental illness?

CHER celebrates her plastic surgery and attends the Agent Provocateur fashion show with a zombie.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Dumped by Josh Hartnett?

CHARLIZE THERON: Rumors of a split with long-time beau Stuart Townsend have resurfaced in Star magazine.

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN: The DVD will be out soon, but right now, you can see it in 30 seconds. With bunnies.

EVA LONGORIA had to "clarify" that when the lights are out, her beau (and NBA player) Tony Parker "is the teacher." Apparently, humiliating your boyfriend in an interview is not a smart thing to do.

SHARON STONE, currently working o­n Mideast peace and joining in solidarity with a French student strike, absolutely screamed at the top of her voice before every take in Basic Instinct 2. Which may well be how the audience reacts.

REMAKES: The PopWatch blog at Entertainment Weekly offers a limited defense of Hollywood's tendency to recycle.

BEFORE THEY WERE STARS: I'm sure George Clooney and Brad Pitt are thrilled to have their early TV appearances streaming from AOL.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY visited the trout pout shop? Has the world gone mad?

IRAQ: Bill Roggio notes that a joint US and Iraqi rapid reaction team decimated insurgents attempting to attack the Madain police station, following a successful attack o­n the police in Miqdadiyah (which may have been an inside job). He reminds us that Al Qaueda unsuccessfully attacked Camp Gannon in Husaybah and the Abu Ghraib prison in the spring of 2005. At ITM, Mohammed is miffed at recent Russian overtures, given the nation's past support of Saddam.

IRAQ AND THE MEDIA: An Iraqi cameraman working for CBS News when he was detained by the US military will be tried next month. The AP story has plenty of quotes from journos protesting the unfair treatment of Abdul Ameer Younis Hussein. It leaves out that he was referred to CBS by a "fixer" in Tikrit (i.e., Saddam Hussein's hometown) "who has had a trusted relationship with CBS News for two years." It also fails to mention that o­ne military official said at least four videos in Hussein's camera show roadside bomb attacks o­n U.S. troops -- all shot in a manner suggesting prior knowledge of the attacks and that he had scouted a shooting location in sight of the target. That's in addition to the e-mail from the US task force at Abu Ghraib saying Hussein "appeared to be instigating a crowd" in Mosul.

CULT OF THE iPod: Apple calls a proposed French law that could break the locks tying songs from the iTunes store to iPod players "state-sponsored piracy."

NANOTECH: Trials of carbon nanotube TVs -- which could combine the picture quality of CRTs with the slim profile of LCDs -- are o­n the horizon.

MINI-HORSES can be worth thousands in Florida property tax breaks under a 1959 agricultural exemption being debated in the legislature. Why? As Jason Curtis, supervisor of the agriculture division of the Broward County Property Appraiser's Office, says the law classifies the minis as livestock: "A horse is a horse is a horse." Of course.

WILY COYOTE that had been dining o­n duck in NYC's Central Park since Sunday was caught o­n Wednesday. The Coyote blames the ACME Corp. for his capture. Let's go to the video.

OLD DOGS may not learn new tricks, but they get plenty of health care in Japan, where the number of aging canines surpasses even the well-known graying of the nation's human population.

HIBERNATING CATERPILLARS burn a tremendous amount of fat while hibernating during the transformation to butterflies. This is really going to annoy the bears.

LONGHORN wanders into a Houston fire station. Why is this news? After all, it is Texas...

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The National, Silver Jews, Radiohead, Plunging Piper the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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The Pipettes, New Releases, Centro-Matic, Polar Bear Triplets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE PIPETTES have married their classic girl group sound with the production skills of Gareth Parton (The Go! Team) and Andy Dragazis (Blue States) for the positively infectious "Your Kisses Are Wasted o­n Me." You can -- and should -- stream the audio or see the You Tube video at MySpace or stream the vid in glorious Quicktime from Memphis Industries.

NEW RELEASES: The highlights this week include guitar heroism from Band of Horses (just got a rave o­n the Pitchfork), more trad R & B and rock from singer-songwriter Cory Branan, all 59 non-album tracks from The Cocteau Twins, 60s-style pop from The Essex Green, My Bloody Valentine and Yo La Tengo-esque fuzz, made more trippy by The Lilys, new wavey dance music from Mates of State and the major label redux from The Artist Currently Known As Prince, complete with those Purple Tickets to his music factory.

MORRISSEY: Author Douglas Coupland, who named o­ne of his books after a Moz song, doesn't interview Morrissey so much as give you his impressions of meeting him in Rome: "His head (this is really weird, and I hope it doesn't go outside the boundaries of taste) is enormous. It's like a huge Charlie Brown parade float head. I walked into the bar to meet him and I saw this guy across the room with this massive head and I thought to myself, 'Man, that's o­ne massive head', and it was Morrissey."

CENTRO-MATIC: The Denton, TX quartet's latest, Fort Recovery, may be more accessible than usual, but the Village Voice likes it anyway. Some of it reminds me a bit of Guided by Voices.

NIKKI SUDDEN dresses like a pirate and talks about the deluxe re-issues of his back catalog.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: There are few videos more associated with the rise of MTV as a hitmaker than "Love My Way" by the Psychedelic Furs. And for Twofer Tuesday, I throw in the Furs' remake of their own "Pretty In Pink."

SXSW REDUX: The Washington Post has a round-up that praises the (as yet) unsigned indie goodness of Tapes 'N Tapes, the Billy Bragg-led hootenanny at the Central Presbyterian Church, The Flairz, a coed Australian tween trio... and the Arctic Monkeys, who managed to impress the jaded hipsters assembled in Austin. The BBC has an impressive photo galleries and streaming audio, including performances from Morrissey, Richard Hawley, The Zutons, Flaming Lips, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Guillemots and more. There are even more pics at Stereogum. Pitchfork has a three-day diary with pictures and some new names for me to research.

KING FLOYD III, the soul singer and songwriter best known for his 1970 hit "Groove Me," died of complications from a stroke and diabetes at 61. Red Kelly has a bio and tribute at the "B-side." There's more at Soul Sides.

ROGER DALTREY worries about the Keith Moon biopic, but thinks that the upcoming Who album will be their best yet. OTOH, he's going deaf, so don't bet your copy of Who's Next o­n it.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL gets an audio feature at NPR for her album with Mark Lanegan, Ballad of the Broken Seas.

ROXY MUSIC is recording a new album with Brian Eno, who left the band in '73.

DAVE GROHL assures us he will not be naming his baby Moonchild or Tinkerbell.

CHEF-GATE! Fox's Roger Friedman claims that "Isaac Hayes did not quit South Park... someone quit it for him." Hayes recently suffered a stroke and "is constantly monitored by a Scientologist representative most of the time." Meanwhile, the cartoon's tenth season launches o­n Wednesday with a new episode titled "The Return of Chef!"

DONALD TRUMP had a baby boy. Actually, his wife Melania had it, though you have to listen to The Donald carefully to draw that distinction.

TOM SIZEMORE: The troubled actor reveals he enjoyed affairs with both Paris Hilton and Liz Hurley -- dubbing them the best of his 2,000 conquests. This could be considered high praise for Hurley, as the French Hotel may have as much experience as Sizemore. OTOH, Hurley was still involved with Hugh Grant at the time, so she may not like that sort of pub.

A HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR performed a sex act o­n himself while enjoying a massage, a hotel worker has claimed. The Writing Company attempts some detective work.

CARMEN ELECTRA and DAVE NAVARRO: Electra's rep can't imagine who started the rumor about a rough patch in the marriage. Hint -- it was Dave.

MADDOX PITT-JOLIE: has topped a new poll of cute celebrity kids appearing in In Touch Weekly.

SIENNA MILLER has reportedly begged ex-fiance Jude Law to give their relationship o­ne more chance? I dunno... there are plenty of pics of her cozy with Hayden Christensen floating around.

BRITNEY SPEARS is looking pregnant as her innie turns outie. She is threatening not o­nly another season of her reality show Chaotic, but also to feature Spenderline in a spinoff. But even that might not be the most embarassing video of the couple to see the light of day in the near future.

COLIN FARRELL: Speaking of which, a judge has blocked distribution of Farrell's romp with a former Playmate. But maybe his naked ballet for Salma Hayek will end up o­n the DVD for Ask the Dust.

THE GALLERY OF THE ABSURD is currently showing new portraits of Britney Spears and Tom Cruise.

MICHAEL MOORE is getting larger and hairier all the time.

CHARLIE SHEEN is a 9/11 conspiracy theorist. Maybe he can get a part in Oliver Stone's upcoming 9/11 movie.

SPIKE LEE did not think much of George Clooney's Oscar acceptance speech.

STACEY'S MOM plans to follow in the footsteps of estranged husband Rod Stewart with a singing career.

STING is opening a strip club. David Bowie is investing in it.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY has reportedly moved into her Pride and Prejudice co-star Rupert Friend's cozy bedsit in Clapham, London.

IRAQ: The Belmont Club argues that "the shift of meme from the 'insurgency' to a 'civil war' is a backhanded way of admitting the military defeat of the insurgency without abandoning the characterization of Iraq is an American fiasco." At ITM, Mohammed offers a balanced, yet optimistic view of Iraq and its future. The Mesopotamian remains concerned about possible civil war, but also seems to agree with the Belmont Club argument. Bill Roggio notes military and political progress, but the intriguing bit is about talk that SCIRI may break with the main Shiite bloc (UIA) and join with Kurdish, secular Shiite and Sunni parties to nominate Abdel Mahdi as prime minister. Suzanne Fournier, a grandmother of 15 stationed in Iraq with the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, blogs abut constructing water systems in Southern Iraq.

IRAQ IN THE MEDIA: The Philadelphia Inquirer leads a story with: "An Iraqi police document accuses U.S. troops of executing 11 people, including a 75-year-old woman and a 6-month-old infant, after a raid Wednesday o­n a house about 60 miles north of Baghdad." You have to read down to paragraph six to learn that "Accusations that U.S. troops have killed civilians are commonplace in Iraq, though most are judged later to be unfounded or exaggerated." This charge, like the others, is being investigated. Though you can't tell from the web version, the story ran o­n page o­ne of the paper. If the charge is unfounded, I'm sure that the Inquirer will run that story o­n page o­ne too. But even the Inquirer is better than ABC News, which doesn't even provide a disclaimer in its indictment of Marines allegedly murdering 15 civilians in Haditha. Oddly, neither the Inquirer nor ABC News can be bothered to run stories o­n heroes like Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan McDonell or Maryland National Guard Sgt. Michael McMullen.

POLAR BEAR TRIPLETS -- apparently the first born in captivity -- made their public debut Friday at a zoo in the Netherlands. And there's awww...some video of the event. But where's the Coca-Cola?

BABY MARMOSETS the size of a human thumb were amongst a haul of rare animals and birds stolen in a burglary of an English zoo.

IF THE TIGER WANTS TO TALK, he won't need you sticking your hand in his cage, thank you very much.

CANE TOAD WHACKING DAY: Life imitates The Simpsons in Australia's Northern Territory.

MOOSE CRASHES THROUGH CAR WINDOW, becomes a passenger. Pics and video at the link. Nothing up my sleeve... presto!

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SXSW (Finale), Jenny Lewis, Destroyer, Flying Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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