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Monday, December 01, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CALEXICO stopped by The Current fort a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

BLITZEN TRAPPER: LAist has Eric Earley for an interview and streaming audio tracks.

GLASVEGAS, featured here recently, also gets featured in the Independent and Drowned In Sound.

NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: A.C. Newman talks to Pitchfork about his upcoming second solo album, and gives ChartAttack a timetable for the band's next album. At the moment you can stream the solo leadoff track "There May Be Ten or Twelve" via the ol' HM.

JOHN LENNON was "Starting Over" 28 years ago; it would come to an end on Dec. 8th.

BON IVER and FLEET FOXES -- two bands I named last week as good for the season -- turn up in a Chicago Tribune piece on bands inspired by nature.

NEIL YOUNG gets a meaty profile in the Montreal Gazette.

JAMES McMURTY talks to Creative Loafing about major labels, political songs, etc.

THE TEN BEST SONGS ABOUT CARS, according to Autopia, which tried to stear clear of some obvious choices. Personally, from the Beach Boys, I might have picked "Shut Down."  And where is Jan & Dean's "Deadman's Curve"?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Four Christmases takes the turkey over Thanksgiving weekend, making a bigger-than-expected 46 million. Twilight places with 39.5 million, but its 43.2 percent drop is a steeper 60 percent over the last three days.  Then again it has already made almost 120 million on a 37 million production budget.  Bolt finds its legs, increasing 37 percent to make 36 million; it was in the second slot for the regular three day weekend. Quantum of Solace also increased five percent overall to make about 28 million, but dropped 27 percent in the last three days (which is about what Casino Royale did over Thanksgiving 2006). Australia's 20 million debut rounds out the Top Five -- that number might look good to Hugh Jackman, but maybe not to Nicole Kidman.  Below the fold, Transporter 3 obened in seventh, while Oscar-aspiring Milk and Slumdog Millionnaire in the 10th and 11th slots.  The real story this weekend was that the top 12 movies made twice as much this weekend over last year.

THE BANK JOB: I finally watched this Jason Statham flick last week, in lieu of going to Transporter 3 -- and I'm glad I did. It's an interesting heist flick based on a true story from the early 1970s.  The heist itself isn't spectacular, but the MacGuffin really isn't one and the getaway has all sorts of nifty twists.

MADONNA & A-ROD were flirty during her concert at Dolphins Stadium. Madge began her show two hours late because she got caught in traffic, never apologized for the delay and didn't even wish the crowd a happy Thanksgiving. Rodriguez visited his soon-to-be ex-wife and kids for Thanksgiving dinner, then rushed to be with Madge at her house nearby.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly was crash dieting to slim down for her X Factor performance on Saturday.

SIENNA MILLER may be reigniting her romance with her married ex, Balthazar Getty.

KRISTEN STEWART: The Twilight star's out-of-it demeanor during a press junket raised questions over whether the actress might have been a bit over-medicated in order to face the parade of journalists.  Seems possible.

ORLANDO BLOOM & MIRANDA KERR reportedly plan to marry in the middle of next year.

WINONA RYDER mysteriously lost a diamond-encrusted bracelet and ring worth more than 125K, according to a published report.

IRAN has 5000 "running centrifuges" in its main nuclear site at Natanz, according to Iranian news reports quoting a top official.

IRAQ: Parliament on Thursday approved a security pact that requires the US military to end its presence in Iraq in 2011. "It's a historic day for the great Iraqi people," Prime Minister al-Maliki said in a nationally televised address. "It represents the first step on the road to regain national sovereignty." That could bolster his influence and popularity ahead of provincial and national elections scheduled for next year.


FERAL CATS feasted on Thanksgiving in Queens.

TAKING AWAY A PONY from a three-year-old boy who has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy is not politically popular.

A COCKER SPANIEL and her puppies are at the center of a legal tussle between a Long Island couple and a Queens animal-rescue group battling over who gets to keep the pups.

A JAPANESE ZOO puzzled by its lack of success in getting two polar bears to mate has discovered the reason. Take a guess.

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