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Glasvegas, Bob Mould, Neko Case, Cats on a Wheel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLASVEGAS plays "Geraldine" for Jimmy Fallon.  James Allan talks to Filter about songwriting, while he and bassist Paul Donoghue talk to the Daily Record about drinking, touring and the U.S. of A.

BOB MOULD does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all from the upcoming Life and Times album.

VAMPIRE HANDS does three free songs for Daytrotter, one unreleased, none from Bob Mould's new album.

NOAH & THE WHALE does audio and video for Maps. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

25 GREAT ALBUMS that work best when listened to start to finish.

NEKO CASE does a video Interface session. including "Middle Cyclone," "Don't Forget Me," "People Got a Lot of Nreve," and "I'm an Animal."

U2 does a video interview with PitchforkTV.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Pitchfork has video of Will Scheff's songwriting seminar at the Austin Bat Cave.

THE LEMONHEADS may finally release their long-rumored covers album.

WAVVES shares a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List.

BRITNEY SPEARS having a fling with another backup dancer?  The dancer's mom hopes not!

BRIDGET MOYNIHAN is furious with Gisele Bundchen after Bundchen boldly bragged to Vanity Fair about being mommy to Moynahan and Tom Brady's son, John. Could not have seen that coming.

MADONNA deserves admiration this time, argues Liz Hunt.

BRADGELINA: Marriage ulimatum?

JOHN MAYER sang and blabbed about ex-gf Jennifer Aniston on his recent five-day cruise.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to USA Today about Adventureland, and used to be easier to live a secret life growing up in the 80s.

THE BOAT THAT ROCKED: Director Richard Curtis talks to In The News about his 60s pirate radio flick. Triple-trailer embedded at the link.

THE SIMPSONS will be commemorated on 44-cent First-Class Mail stamps designed by Simpsons creator and executive producer, Matt Groening.

ARAB LEADERS may be divided over which Palestinian faction to support and what to do about Iran's rising influence, but they have found one cause to rally around: protecting the president of Sudan from charges that he orchestrated the rape, killing and widespread pillaging in Darfur.

AFGHANISTAN: Taliban insurgents reject a US offer of "honorable reconciliation," a top spokesman said on Wednesday, calling it a "lunatic idea" and saying the only way to end the war was to withdraw foreign troops. US surge troops see the highway running south from Kabul as the road to freedom.

IRAQ has started flying unmanned aircraft or drones along its borders to stop foreign fighters and arms entering through neighbouring countries. Iraq's largest lake is tranquil again with al Qaeda gone.

DUELING BENGAL CATS on the exercise wheel. Welcome to the Jungle. More cowbell.

A SICK SEA TURTLE swam into the only licensed veterinary hospital in the world that treats sea turtles exclusively.

6000 RARE DOLPHINS have been found in Bangladeshi waters.

ANIMAL ACTIVE: Sir Richard Branson is launching a health club for pets.


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Malkmus, Mould, Mandell, Mammal   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ST. VINCENT rehearses a new song, "An Actor  Out of Work," at SxSW for NPR.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including a cover of the James Gang's "Funk 49" with a cameo from Blitzen Trapper.

BOB MOULD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR

ELENI MANDELL also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming the new album, due next Tuesday.

THE BEASTIE BOYS are streaming their reissue of 1992's Check Your Head with remastered tracks, rarities, B-sides, live tracks and remixes.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: "April Skies," natch.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy talks to The A.V. Club the origins of The Hazards of Love, the expectations and stereotypes facing his no-longer-indie "indie" band, and why the press just didn't get Morrissey back in his salad days.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to the Grand Rapids Press about playing to seated audiences, the role faith plays in his songwriting, and more...

U2: Neighbors of The Edge have become more than a little skeptical about his green credentials after seeing plans for a stunning £30million mansion he wants to build on top of an unspoilt mountain.

BOOKER T. JONES explains to Billboard why he picked the Drive-By Truckers as his latest backing band.

BRITNEY SPEARS found an on-tour playmate in a hunky 21-year-old backup dancer while father Jamie was tending to business in L.A. late this month.  She had such good luck marrying a backup dancer, so why not?

OPRAH WINFREY's elite boarding school for girls in South Africa has been rocked by its second sex scandal in fewer than two years.

ALYSON HANNIGAN of American Pie and How I Met Your Mother gave birth to a daughter on her own birthday.

MADONNA took her adopted son David to meet his father in Malawi.

STAR TREK: Paramount is already moving ahead on a sequel to the J.J. Abrams reboot.

YEAR ONE: The full trailer still isn't doing it for me, but it's an improvement over the SuperBowl ad, anyway.

SHERLOCK HOLMES, in the hands of Guy Ritchie and Robert Downey, Jr., may have a Pirates of the Caribbean vibe.

BILL HADER & KRISTEN WIIG of SNL talk to New York Magazine about playing an eccentric, co-dependent couple in the upcoming Adventureland.

IRAN: The message from Israel's new prime minister is stark: if the Obama administration doesn't prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, Israel may be forced to attack.

THE STANS: Finally, the world, from the United States to Iran, is recognizing their own self interest in taking on the opium and heroin traffickers in Afghanistan.  Meanwhile, Pres. Karzai, has signed a law which legalizes marital rape, tacitly approves child marriage and restricts a woman's right to leave the home, women's groups and the United Nations warn.  The US offered Taliban fighters who renounce violence in Afghanistan an "honorable form of reconciliation" on Tuesday.  Meanwhile, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban threatened to carry out a terrorist attack on Washington DC, and said his forces were behind an assault on a police academy in eastern Pakistan.

BABY LEAF-MONKEY, Awww...some video.

GIANT WHALE sedated at sea for rescue operation.

GIANT WORM launched a sustained attack on the coral reef in a display tank at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium over recent months. Ewww...some pic at the link.

SMALL GATOR stops in a Florida home for a quick bite.

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Great Lake Swimmers, New Releases, SxSW Wrap, Squirrels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS drop the video for "Pulling On A Line" from their new album, out today.

NEW RELEASES: Peter Bjorn & John, Leonard Cohen, Crystal Antlers, Gomez, Great Lake Swimmers and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS stopped by WXPN for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

SxSW WRAP-UP: Tracks from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Laura Marling, Richard Swift, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, St. Vincent and more, streaming via NPR.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS have an advance track, "Inaugural Trams" available to download for an e-mail address.

THE TUBES: Live versions of "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

WANDA JACKSON gets an interview + tracks from Weekend Edition Sunday to mark the rockabilly queen's upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

DEAN & BRITTA: Dean Wareham talks to California Chronicle about scoring the Warhol screen tests.

PEARL JAM: Jeff Ament -- whom I briefly met way back in the day -- talks to Billboard about the super-deluxe reissue of Ten.

WAVVES is the Artist of the Week -- with embedded audio -- at Paste.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN gets the cover story in the new Vanity Fair, in which she claims Tom Brady's baby is 100 percent hers.

JOSH HARTNETT had a health scare that landed him in L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for observation early Monday morning.

RHIANNA is not cooperating with prosecutors in the Chris Brown case? The L.A. DA says she is.

COURTNEY LOVE is being sued for Twitterlibel.

JESSICA BIEL & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE are not engaged, or so JT tells Oprah.

PAM ANDERSON looks like she's had more work done.


UP: The upcoming Pixar flick has a two-minute clip at Yahoo! Movies.

DAZED & CONFUSED is getting a "spiritual sequel." Alright alright alright.

THE NORMAN BATES HOUSE: Make your own for free! 

PAKISTAN: Security forces have recaptured a police academy after eight hours of clashes with gunmen who seized the complex during a morning drill.

IRAQ: The arrest of two Sunni paramilitary leaders in Baghdad and the violent clashes that followed this weekend have cast a harsh light on the integration of US-backed militias into Iraq's security forces and government ministries.


50 ANIMALS Who Hate Baths.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A woman in Northern Ireland says her home has been over-run by grey squirrels. Meanwhile, Squirrels are going bald in Kansas.  Mites, or did biochem experiments by militant squirrels go awry?

RUNAWAY PIG captured by former Royal Marine commando in a Kent seaside town.

COW EMISSIONS could be curbed by fish oil.

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Dept of Eagles, Redwalls, Handsome Furs, Paw-standing Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEPARTMENT OF EAGLES: "No One Does It Like You."

THE REDWALLS  do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

GOMEZ played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

HANDSOME FURS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: The Futurist posts a SxSW Session recap.

GARY and the HORNETS: Ken King and I saw Alex Chilton cover "Hi Hi Hazel," and he tipped me to the original.

TOP TEN ALBUM OPENERS via London's Telegraph. Very High Fidelity.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks to Drowned In Sound about touring with Radiohead.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Califonia Chronicle about the upcoming DVD, record stores and more. (Thx, LHB.)

GHOST IN THE MACHINE: A photoset of portraits of musicians made out of recycled cassette tape with original cassette.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Monsters v. Aliens does monster biz with 58.2 million (though some of that is the 3-D premium charge). It should clear 200 mill domestic.  The Haunting in Connecticut debuted in second with 23 million, which is likely less than its budget.  Not bad for a movie shelved back in 2007.  Knowing drops only 40 percent to take third with 14.7 million.  I Love You, Man dropped only 29 percent, taking in another 12.6 million.  Duplicity rounds out the Top Five with 7.5 million, on a disappointing 46 percent drop.  Below the fold, Race to Witch Mountain gets hammered (as expected) byt the Monsters & Aliens, while 12 Rounds opens in seventh place, and Watchmen suffers another painful 59 percent drop.

BRITNEY SPEARS' dad is forcing her biggest fansite offline.

BRADGELINA are to extend their multinational brood with a child from India, according to reports. Who wants to be a Slumdog Millionaire?

MADONNA is causing more controversy in Malawi with her plans to build girls' school.

MANDY MOORE hasn't taken a honeymoon with hubby Ryan Adams, and that's just fine by her.

GARY BUSEY showed up at a roast for Larry the Cable Guy and was as wacky as he was NSFW, roasting everyone in the room.

SACHA BARON COHEN used dozens of front companies to make Bruno, the follow-up to Borat.

THE SHAMWOW GUY was arrested last month on a felony battery charge following a violent confrontation with a prostitute in his South Beach hotel room.

CHINA: In chilling echoes of the 'gas-wagon' project pioneered by the Nazis to slaughter criminals, the mentally ill and Jews, China rolls out gleaming new, hi-tech, mobile "death vans."

IRAN: Missile experts are in North Korea to help Pyongyang prepare for a rocket launch, according to reports.

THE STANS: After agreeing to bury their differences and unite forces, Taliban leaders based in Pakistan have closed ranks with their Afghan comrades to ready a new offensive in Afghanistan. Pres. Obama rules out deploying US troops in Pakistan.

LOLA the KITTEN cannot use her rear legs, so she walks on her front two legs.

RABID BOBCAT attacks Arizona bar patrons (Video).


A TURKEY VULTURE crashed through the windshield of a minivan as it drove through Parsippany, NJ, on Route 80 on Friday morning.

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Bangles, Springsteen, Cutout Bin, Apocolypse Meow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 27, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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... with THE BANGLES! Their last No. 1 single, "Eternal Flame," was dropping off the charts about 20 years ago, which put me in the mood to watch them bust out "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-pop of "In Your Room" on the Everything album.  The draw from that period is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a month, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Captain's Dead is streaming a gig from February 1975.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS: Erika Wennerstrom takes Black Book's Pop Quiz.

THE SHINS: What next, now that their contract with Sub Pop has run out?

NENA: "99 Luftbalons." This should be funny to all, doubly funny to some at the moment.

DOVES talk to Drowned in Sound about their new album, the best curry house in Manchester, and more.  Videos at the link, too.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS talks to The A.V. Club about albums set in the past and present, and more...

PETER BJORN & JOHN: John Eriksson talks to New York magazine about hit songs, playing with Kanye, and the possibility that the new P B & John album will be recorded on a crocodile farm.

WILCO: Filmmaker Brendan Canty talks to Creative Loafing about his upcoming documentary on the band.

CUTOUT BIN: From Duane Eddy to Ciccone Youth, from vinatge U2 to new Bob Mould, from The Sweet to the Vaselines, from Nico to Styx, plus James Brown, Wilco, Art Brut, The Clash, Rush 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 Monsters vs. Aliens, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Haunting in Connecticut, currently scoring 20 percent; and 12 Rounds, which was not screened for critics.

MADONNA officially shopping for a new kid from Malawi.

LINDSAY LOHAN's new movie is going straight-to-cable. Ouch.

BRIMEY SPEARS wishes her fans "Merry Christmas." On March 24th. Let's go to the video.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are having domestic problems, according to the ever-reliable Page Six.

JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN, who plays The Comedian in Watchmen, recently found out that he has a four-year-old son. Ahem.

GWYNETH PALTROW to design her own fashion line. Inevitable.

ADVENTURELAND: The red-band trailer is very red-band, ie.e., NSFW.

100 MOVIES TO SEE BEFORE YOU DIE, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.

NBC's weekly primetime average viewership fell below 6 million average viewers for the week, a dramatically low number approaching the level of Spanish language Univision in every demo category. Except in the adults 18-34 demo, where NBC finished behind Univision.

NICOLAS CAGE: Worst Movie Star Alive?

WOODY ALLEN has a story in the New Yorker that is like The Metamorphosis meets Annie Hall.

ISLAMBERG, a private Muslim community in the woods of the western Catskills, was founded in 1980 by Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, whom the Feds say  also co-founded Jamaat al-Fuqra, a terrorist organization believed responsible for dozens of bombings and murders across the US and abroad.

THE STANS: The Taliban's widening campaign in southern Afghanistan is made possible in part by direct support from operatives in Pakistan's military intelligence agency, despite Pakistani government promises to sever ties to militant groups fighting in Afghanistan, according to American government officials.  The Times of London surveys the Taliban-controlled Swat region of Pakistan.  After years of often testy cooperation with NATO and resentment over unequal burden-sharing, the US is taking unabashed ownership of the Afghan war.

IRAQ: A US withdrawal by 2011 will be a "massive and expensive effort" that is likely to increase rather than lower Iraq-related spending during the withdrawal and for several years after its completion.  The report also highlights lingering weaknesses in the Iraqi gov't.

APOCOLYPSE MEOW is the SFW ttile for this Japanimated tale of Cats and Bunnies at war.

BIZARRE SOUTH AMERICAN ARMORED FISH discovered in a calm Leicestershire canal.

TOAD DAY OUT: It's all very cute, right up to the mass extermination in the freezers.

A SEEING-EYE HORSE kicks up controversy in Texas.

MANATEE HEATERS are to be installed at Florida power plant converting to natural gas.

EXPLODING BATS were an obstacle to wind power; scientists think they have cracked the problem.

A PACK OF WILD DOGS terrorizes the plains of eastern Colorado.

ZIGGY the PEKINGESE discovers his hidden talent for producing abstract works of art.

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