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Okkervil River, Rosebuds, Sloan, Thao & Mirah, Dog B-Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRINDERMAN'S video for "Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man" is animated, but nonetheless NSFW.

OKKERVIL RIVER played the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE ROSEBUDS are advance streaming Loud Planes Fly Low.

SLOAN stopped by The Current for a chat amd mini-set.

THAO & MIRAH also stopped by The Current for a chat amd mini-set.

JENS LEKMAN played a new track, "Cowboy Boots," on a podcast with comedian Tig Notaro.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon gets a visit from the New York Times Magazine in Eau Claire, WI.

EISLEY: Sherri and Stacey DuPree talk to Crawdaddy about their songwriting process and some songs from their new album, The Valley. (Thx, LHB.)

THE RADIO DEPT's Martin Larsson talks to Aquarium Drunkard about Clinging to a Scheme, touring North America, EPs and more...

PETE TOWNSHEND blogs about the Quadrophenai box set, Mick Jagger's junk, and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: X-Men: First Class is first place with 56 million, a strong start against a 160 million, especially if (like Thor) it does better overseas than in North America (which may not happen for the upcoming Captain America). Tracking numbers had predicted a debut in the mid-40s.  The Hangover, Part II drops a whopping 62 percent to second place with 32.4 million, but already totals 186.9 million against an 80 million budget.  Kung Fu Panda 2 dropped 49 percent to third with 24.3 million, but crossed the 100 million mark (plus another 125 million overseas) against a 150 million budget. Pirates of the Caribbean 4 also took a steep 55 percent drop to No. 4 with 18 million, having raked in 190 million (and another 600 million abroad) against a 250 million budget.  Bridesmaids stays leggy with a mere 27 percent drop to round out the Top 5 with 12.1 million, crossing the 100 million mark against a 32 million budget.

BLAKE LIVELY reportedly would joke about her fake nude photo scandal at the MTV Movie Awards. Girls Gone Wild's Joe Francis does not think the pics are fake. And some think they were intended for Ben Affleck.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS, btw, went to these people, by which I mean sparkly vampires.

BRADLEY COOPER & OLIVIA WILDE are "definitely hooking up," a source tells the new Us Weekly.

KIM KARDASHIAN and her fiancé Kris Humphries are hammering out a prenup before they tie the knot.

JESSICA SIMPSON reportedly put a "no cheating" clause in her prenup.

WHITNEY HOUSTON is voluntarily seeking additional treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.

ELLEN BARKIN: The supercougar is living with the 26-year-old son of director Barry Levinson.

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES has a new trailer online (which is also running before X-Men: First Class).

JAMES ARNESS, best known for his role as Marshal Matt Dillon in 'Gunsmoke,' one of the longest-running prime-time series in network TV history, died at 88 of natural causes. He also played the alien monster in the 1951 science-fiction classic "The Thing From Another World" and co-starred in the 1954 sci-fi thriller "Them!" -- two of my Dad's favorite films.

D-DAY occurred on this date in 1944. LIFE has a color photo gallery.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh transferred authority to his deputy Saturday and flew to Saudi Arabia - ostensibly for medical care following a mortar attack -  raising the prospect that a key US ally in the fight against al-Qaeda had lost his grip on power and left behind a nation tumbling into chaos.

PAKISTAN: The US reportedly killed Ilyas Kashmiri, one of al Qaeda's most dangerous military commanders and strategists, in a Predator airstrike Friday in South Waziristan. Sunday, a Pakistani security official said authorities are nearly certain of it.

IRAQ: Tribal leaders say that scores of family members of insurgents have been attacked and killed in recent years as Iraqis turned against Al Qaeda and other militant groups. Insurgents' families have also been driven from their homes and villages, accused of being complicit in their loved ones' crimes or simply guilty by association.

BUNK'S 2ND B-DAY: Let's go to the video.

451 TURTLES IN SUITCASES were seized in Thailand. Shells weren't good enough?


SEVEN MIND-BLOWING VEHICLES built and driven by animals.

QUEENIE, a water-skiing elephant, has died at 58.

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