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Monday, June 29, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO is advance streaming their album via NPR. The band played "You Never Know" for Conan last week.

UNCLE TUPELO: PopMatters looks back on five days in March of 1992, before the birth of Wilco, when Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar quietly altered the geography of the burgeoning alt-country music scene.

DIANE BIRCH played the World Cafe on Friday; you gan stream the gig on demand via NPR.

LONEY DEAR stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand.

SOUL SIBLINGS: Oliver Wang (of Soul-Sides) selects tracks from soul brothers and sisters for NPR.

SKY SAXON, lead singer and founder of the 1960s band the Seeds, which had a Top 40 hit in 1967 with "Pushin' Too Hard," died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, after a brief illness.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about the new album and the oddity of the Starbucks compilation disc.

STEVE EARLE tells the Cincinnati Inquirer that  "Townes," the album of songs written by the late Townes Van Zandt, is a road map of his career.

TINY VIPERS: Jesy Fortino talks to Decider about finding space in music, real chamber reverb, and mythical things in everyday life.

BEST OF 2009 (so far) according to Steve LaBate at Paste.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Leaked autopsy details show the singer's hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds - believed to be the result of injections of narcotic painkillers, given three times a day for years. The Jackson family hired a private pathologist for a second autopsy on the performer's body, suggesting distrust of officials or more interest in any role Jackson's physician may have played.  The attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray -- the pop icon's personal physician who was by the singer's side in his final moments -- said the doctor did not inject Jackson with Demerol before he died. NPR looked at the mess of Jackson's estate.  The former nanny is telling the Times of London about how Jackson's family and the Nation of Islam - Louis Farrakhan's black Muslims - were moving swiftly into the vacuum left by his death.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers 2 reled the cinema with 112 million; the five-day total since opening is 201.2 million.  That's the second-best five day opening in history, behind only The Dark Knight's 203 million. It's also already earned over 100 million at the foreign box office.  The Proposal -- last weekend's champ --  dropped 45 percent to bring in 18.4 million; with a 69 million total to date, it is already Bullock's biggest domestic gross since Two Weeks Notice in 2002.  The Hangover hung in with another 17.2 million and now has a domestic haul of 183.2 million on a 35 million budget. Up took a hit, dropping 44 percent with 13 million -- but crossed the 250 million mark anyway.  The debut of My Sister's Keeper rounds out the Top Five with 12 million.  Below the fold Year One taked 70 percent, making only 5.8 million.  The Taking of Pellham 1 2 3 also continued to bomb.  Overall, the Top 12 did about 34 percent over last weekend and about ten percent over last year.

BILLY MAYS, the TV pitchman whose trademark voice helped sell everything from cleaning supplies to baking soda, was found dead Sunday morning by his wife at his Tampa home. Internet speculation swirls about a possible head injury from a recent rough plane landing.

EDDIE VAN HALEN married Janie Liszewski, his girlfriend of three years, on Saturday night.

MEGAN FOX: The London schoolboy left looking unhappy after being snubbed by Transformers star Megan Fox is being flown out to receive an apology and finally meet his idol.

THE HURT LOCKER, about an explosives disposal unit in Iraq, opened to good reviews in limited release.  Here's the trailer.

FARRAH FAWCETT's funeral is set fot tomorrow.

JEFF GOLDBLOOM: Reports of his death are greatly exaggerated.

TOPHER GRACE was... wait for it... caught canoodling Vanessa Minnillo, just days after announcing her breakup with Nich Lachey.

IRAN: The Lede returns today with more updates on the protests in Iran. The Washington Post covers the inspiring example of protesting Iranian women, both inside and outside the Islamic theocracy.

PAKISTAN has put bounties on the heads of some -- but not all -- of the senior Taliban leadership.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan police force will be expanded by an additional 10,000 officers. US envoy Richard Holbrooke described anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan as a failure.

THE ALCOHOLIC MONKEYS OF ST. KITTS: Let's go to the video.

MEGA-PIRANHA lived about 8 million to 10 million years ago and might have been quite comfortable stalking cartoon animals in an "Ice Age" movie.

MISS ELLIE wins title of World's Ugliest Pedigree Dog.

TRIPOD the KITTEH survives appalling injuries and surgery at two weeks old.

MAN & DOG plunge into a fecal lagoon at Kramfors-Sollefteå airport in Sweden.

THAI ELEPHANTS were painted black and white to look like the pandas who have stolen all their fans.

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