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Muppets, Ting Tings, John Darnielle & Kaki King, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 08, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SEQUESTERED IN MUPPETS: The Hold Steady's "Sequestered In Memphis" performed by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem, sort of.  This is why Al Gore invented the Internet.

THE TING TINGS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream via NPR.

TV on the RADIO: The band's five-year ascent is chronicled in the New York Times.

JOHN DARNIELLE & KAKI KING are collaborating on the six-song Black Pear Tree EP.  You cans stream "Thank You Mario But Our Princess Is in Another Castle" via Pitchfork.

NEIL YOUNG talks to Blurt about CSNY: Déjà Vu, a film directed by Young chronicling the events of CSNY's "Freedom of Speech 2006" tour.

THE CLASH: The trailer for the "Live at Shea" DVD due in October is online now.

THE BLACK KEYS were tapped by Rick Rubin to back Billy Gibbons for a few songs on ZZ Top's next album.

REUNITED FOR THE FIRST TIME: Soul Men Steve Cropper (The MGs) and Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals) have made a new album: Nudge It Up a Notch is one of the first releases from a newly revived Stax label.  NPR's Weekend Edition has a feature plus two streaming tracks.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Billboard about her upcoming, cameo-laden solo LP: "I love being flanked by hot brunettes."

TIFT MERRITT talks to Birmingham Weekly about the "blue-eyed soul" on her new album: "I don't want to be a singer/songwriter who's songs fall apart in your hands."  (Thx, LHB.)

TOMMY LEE JONES is suing Paramount for over ten million he claims he is due for his work on No Country For Old Men.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Bangkok Dangerous "wins" the weekend with an estimated 7.8 million -- the lowest topper for at least a year, maybe the lowest since 2003's Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star. Tropic Thunder took in an estimated 7.5 million, and could conceivably end up in the top slot when the actual receipts come in.  The House Bunny takes in 5.9 million, and has made about 37 million so far on a 25 million budget; if Sept. continues to be a dumping ground, the bunny may keep hopping.  The Dark Knight took in another 5.7 million, with extended legs probably coming from those IMAX theaters.  Traitor rounds out the Top Five with about 4.7 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA ROBINSON were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera outside the Mercer Hotel in NYC.  The couple would like to raise a baby, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

TERI HATCHER reveals the secrets to happiness in her October column for Britain's Glamour magazine.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are expecting twins, a pal tells E! Online.

THE McCARTNEYS:  Sir Paul was subjected to a vicious smear campaign by Heather Mills during their divorce, claims a former PR aide of Mills.

SPIDER-MAN 4:  Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi will be returning, according to Nikki Finke.  She also reports that a Spider-Man 5 may be shot at the same time.

ALEC BALDWIN is an unlikeable, psychotic narcissist, according to  My Name Is Earl creator/executive producer Greg Garcia.

MAD MEN is the flagship for a new golden age for television drama, according to NYDN critic David Hinckley.

IRAQ: Gen. Petraeus will hand the command of US-led forces in Iraq to Gen. Raymond Odierno on September 16.  Upcoming elections and lingering tensions among Iraq's religious and ethnic groups appear behind the US military's recommendation to put the brakes on withdrawing more troops, despite improvements in security. Fatalities from IEDs, the biggest killer of US troops in Iraq, declined 78 percent over the past year.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel disrupts the White Sox-Cleveland Indians game at Progressive Field.  (Thx, Dad!)

LUNA the COCKATOO has now pranked the Trenton police twice. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

A BLACK BEAR tries to take over a pot-growing operation in Utah. No pic-a-nic basket will be safe.

GREEN POLAR BEARS are drawing questions from puzzled visitors at a Japanese zoo. I figure they're trying to show environmental awareness.

BOBCATS have taken over a foreclosed house in Lake Elsinore, Calif. Wicked pic at the link.

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The Beatles, Jenny Lewis, Nicole Atkins, Cutout Bin, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 05, 2008 - 08:10 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BEATLES! Live in Melbourne, Australia on June 17 1964, Part 1 features "I Saw Her Standing There" (partial), "You Can't Do That," "All My Loving," "She Loves You," and "Till There Was You" (partial). Part 2 features "Roll Over Beethoven" (partial), "Can't Buy Me Love," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."

PRINCE, MADONNA & JACKO get 50 covers apiece at Hypeful to mark their milestone birthdays.

PHANTOM PLANET (which once featured Jason Schwartzman on the throne) did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE 23 MOST ANNOYING FRONTMEN IN ROCK: A slideshow at Metromix.

A3, a/k/a Alabama 3 -- best known for "Woke Up This Morning," the theme for The Sopranos, stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set including that song and a cover of Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

JENNY LEWIS debuts a new track, "Acid Tongue" for Deat Cab's Ben Gibbard.  Because he came all the way from Seattle with those balloons.

NICOLE ATKINS is releasing an EP next week, Nicole Atkins Digs Other People's Songs.  You can stream her take on The Church's "Under The Milky Way" via the Gum Drop.

JOHN PHILLIPS: The long-lost, Mick & Keith produced album Pussycat is released next week; you can stream the title track via Aquarium Drunkard.

POPCUTS: A new website is trying to make it profitable for music lovers to stay ahead of the curve - by paying them when other people purchase MP3s they've bought.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Wonders to the NSFW MC5, from Richard Hawley to the Blackbyrds, from Tommy Tutone to David Bowie covering Pink Floyd, from Eve's Plum to Buffalo Springfield to Candie Payne, the Kinks, Jayhawks and Juliana Hatfield w/ Richard Butler -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

 

BRITNEY SPEARS began boozing aged 13, lost her virginity at 14, then started taking drugs at 15, according to a shocking tell-all book by Mama Lynne.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide release is Bangkok Dangerous, which is currently scoring a mere 22 percent based on a mere nine reviews for the ol' Tomatometer.

JESSICA SIMPSON & CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Another volley in their verbal cat fight.

BRADGELINA: Jolie suffering post-natal depression? Seems unlikely to me.

ALEC BALDWIN: The full New Yorker profile is online, revealing a sad and angry man.

THE CLOSER: The biggest drama on cable is eyeing a spinoff. The Closer: Miami?

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  The next step in crafting Cruise's new public (and more comedic ) persona may be voicing a character in <i itxtvisited="1">Shrek 4.

BILL MELENDEZ, the animator worked on Disney films including 'Fantasia' and 'Bambi,' and Warner Bros. characters such as Bugs Bunny -- but probably best known for animating the Charlie Brown cartoons and voicing Snoopy -- died Tuesday at 91.  In the spirit of an irish wake, a dance.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Senior clerics debate whether to ban birthday parties.

AFGHANISTAN: US troops will step up offensive operations this winter because insurgents are increasingly staying in the country to prepare for spring attacks.

IRAQ: Pentagon leaders have recommended to Pres. Bush that the US make no further troop reductions in Iraq this year, though Gen. Petraeus recommended that at least one additional Army combat brigade -- about 3,500 troops -- be sent to Afghanistan instead of its scheduled deployment to replace a brigade leaving Iraq. The Iraqi government will take over the Sons of Iraq program in October.

A PACK OF PUPPIES downs a small child.  Let's go to the video.

SNAKE on a PLANE, but not a cobra... so what's the big deal?

ROGUE EMU tazered on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

CATS & DOGS favored over people as desert island companions.

ELEPHANT gets off the horse in Beijing. It wasn't cold turkey.

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Blitzen Trapper, 80s music, The Donkeys, Yoghund   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 04, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ZYKOS is the latest "stand-in" covering a track from Okkervil River's upcoming album, The Stand-Ins. The track? "On Tour With Zykos."

ANDREW BIRD talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about blogging while recording his next album.

BLITZEN TRAPPER did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SUFJAN STEVENS has soundtracked "Eve," the directorial debut of Natalie Portman, starring Ben Gazzara and Lauren Bacall.

THE 80s: Were they really that bad?  All Songs Considered streams the good, the bad and Starship.

EURYTHMICS are not on that NPR playlist, but topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart 25 years ago with "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)."

WARREN ZEVON is remembered by Dave Letterman in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

THE DONKEYS are profiled by San Diego City Beat: "Their cosmic, country-tinged pop exudes starry-eyed wonderment. They're less Gories, more Gram Parsons and much more fitting for a coastal drive than a basement-party soundtrack..."  The article mentions the band's two Daytrotter sessions, which are worth a listen.

GLEN CAMPBELL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, primarily from his new covers album.

JOLIE HOLLAND shares an advance track (and two live versions of new songs) from her next album with WOXY.

BRITNEY SPEARS will open the MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, but will not be performing.

JOSH HARTNETT: An adult video company is offering up 500K for anyone who turns in a surveillance tape that allegedly shows the 'Black Hawk Down' star and an unidentified female having sex in a London library.

ELTON JOHN & LILY ALLEN got into a catfight at the GQ Men of the Year Awards: "I could still snort you under the table." Let's go to the video.

DAVID DUCHOVNY cheated on his wife for years before finally entering a rehab clinic for sex addiction, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer. His pals claim pr0n was the issue.

CAMERON DIAZ was... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera with British model boyfriend Paul Sculfor at the US Open.

KATE HUDSON, living with her ex Chris Robinson, calls her divorce "the best thing that ever happened to us."

ANNE HATHAWAY: Vanity Fair has a long, juicy piece on her dumping Raffaello Follieri as the feds moved in to arrest him on fraud and money-laundering charges, though you can get the highlights via the NYPost, including the revelation that he tooke her for about 150K in rent during the end of their relationship.

90210 2.0 became the highest-rated scripted debut in the CW network's two-year history. The critics were lukewarm, which is about the best the net probably expected, after not screening it for critics in advance.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS is in rehab... for the tenth time.

NORTH KOREA has begun to reassemble its main nuclear facility, citing a delayed removal from a US list of terror sponsors.

RUSSIA: Stalin acted "rationally" in executing and imprisoning millions of people in the Gulags, a new Russian school book claims.

PAKISTAN: Shots were fired at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani's motorcade on Wednesday but he was not hurt, his spokesman said.

IRAQ: Gen. Petraeus tells the Financial Times declining violence raised the possibility that US combat troops could leave Baghdad by next summer, "conditions permitting."

CATS size each other up before erupting in conflict.

YOGHUND: Organic frozen yogurt for dogs.  And it costs only three times as much as organic frozen yogurt for people.

BELLA the CAT survived a 2 1/2-hour trip on a spare tire under her owner's truck.

FIREFLY populations burning out from Thailand to Tennessee.

STINGING CATERPILLARS invade Maryland.  Pratt family, take cover!

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The Foals, New Releases, Soul music, Banana Splits, Cow.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 03, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FOALS drop the video for the single "Olympic Airways."

MORE NEW RELEASES: Albums from Apollo Sunshine, Sam Champion and Brooke Waggoner join Brian Wilson and Birdmonster streaming in full at Spinner.

WHAT IS SOUL? Sharon Jones and Eli "Paperboy" Reed are among those discussing the resurgence of soul music on NPR's Morning Edition. (Thx, Sylvia!)

AKRON/FAMILY do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased. 

AN EARLY DAVID BOWIE RECORDING of "Mockingbird" was going up for auction yesterday; you can stream it via Last.fm.

THE BANANA SPLITS are making a comeback. Finally. Plus, the L.A. Times gives props to The Dickies and Liz Phair (w/ Material Issue).

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Reuters about his creative process.

SMOG: Bill Callahan & Co. stopped by Austin's KUT for a chat and mini-set to promote his latest album, 2007's Woke on a Whaleheart.

PETE DOHERTY was revived by medics after a suspected drug overdose while gigging in Austria.

JERRY REED, the singer-actor responsible for "When You're Hot, You're Hot," "East Bound and Down," and "She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft)", has died of complications from emphysema at 71.

LINDSAY LOHAN thinks that Bristol Palin's teen pregnancy is a distraction from the real issues in the US presidential campaign. It doesn't sound like Li-Lo agrees with GOP VP pick Sarah Palin's politics, but Lohan's distaste for an intrusive media is not all that surprising.

DAVID DUCHOVNY: Pals suggest his sex addiction is pr0n, not adultery.  DD's wife, Téa Leoni is sitting this year's Toronto International Film Festival out.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Reunited with her badboy former lover Adnan Ghalib?

JACKO dating Pam Anderson after bonded over their love of plastic surgery? I doub that, but too funny not to share.

ROALD DAHL, author of Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, James & the Giant Peach, etc., was an undercover British spy who seems to have been as... social... as James Bond.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise has realized he's better off funny.  Holmes's Broadway debut will be protested by anti-Scientology activists.

IN A WORLD without Voiceover King Don LaFontaine, movie trailers will be a lot less dramatic. People embeds a cool bioclip, including LaFontaine knocking out answering machine messages just for fun.

THE SUN had fewer sunspots recently than in the last 50-100 years. Three previous such events -- the Dalton, Maunder, and Spörer Minimums, have all led to rapid global cooling.

HURRICANE GUSTAV DISASTER RELIEF aided by Air Force surveillance satellites.

IRAQ is largely rid of foreign fighters recruited by insurgent groups such as Al-Qaeda, a top police commander said on Monday.

COW. Washing machine.

GIANT SPIDER from Afghanistan kills soldier's dog in Britain. (Thx, Dad!)

BATS take turns manning the sonar.

CAT RESCUED after six nights in a tree.  Pics and video at the link.  Squirrels involved.

THE SWARM: Super-sized cicada-killing wasps are an annual plague upon southeastern Pennsylvania.

GREAT WHITE SHARK caught on camera off the coast of Wales.  What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Wilco & Fleet Foxes, New Releases, Godfathers, Heaven's Angels   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 02, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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WILCO & FLEET FOXES join forces to cover Bob Dylan & The Band's "I Shall Be Released" in in Spokane, WA.  Which is a place from which one might want to be released, iirc.

NEW RELEASES: Giant Sand releases proVisions--  its first album since 2004.  Birdmonster releases From the Mountain to the Sea. Brian Wilson returns with the song cycle That Lucky Old Sun.

GIANT SAND frontman Howie Gelb is interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard about the new album and his role in spawning Calexico. Plus streaming audio.

BIRDMONSTER guitarist David Klein spoke with SF Station about recording the new album, From the Mountain to the Sea, its first release with indie record company Fader.

BRIAN WILSON talks to the Canadian Press about his newest solo disc, That Lucky Old Sun -- and facing his stage fright.  He is also interviewed by the Detroit Free Press abut the album, which even hints at a possible Beach Boys reunion: "A couple of things have a Beach Boys vibe to it. But basically I just wanted to create new music that was a little more commercial than the 'Smile' album. That's what I really wanted."

THE GODFATHERS play "Birth School Work Death." and First Class plays "Beach Baby," though to hear the full version you have to visit the Cutout Bin.  It's a "you are here" Twofer Tuesday.

T-BONE BURNETT talks to the L.A. Times about working with a team of engineers on a high-fidelity audio system called Code, which Burnett thinks will affordably give listeners an experience akin to hearing studio master tapes.

RA RA RIOT check in with WNYC's Soundcheck for a chat and twofer of their string-backed, melancholy pop.

GREG DULLI of the Afghan Whigs and the Gutter Twins spoke with Spinner about working with Mark Lanegan, returning to Sub Pop (his first home), upcoming projects, celebrity in the Internet age, and why classic-rock icons Lindsey Buckingham and Don Henley are lucky they didn't earn fame today.

SILVER JEWS mastermind David Berman talks to the Montreal Mirror about touring, sobriety, blog-style rock criticism and more.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Tropic Thunder threepeats as b.o. champ with 14.3 million on the slowest movie weekend this decade. At least it now seems likely to roughly break even and profit in the DVD market, dropping a mere 12 percent thiss weekend. Babylon A.D. debuted in second with 12 million.  The Dark Knight came in third, breaking the 500 million mark in the US -- the only movie other than Titanic to reach that total (not adjusting for inflation natch). People can't get enough of the pencil trick.  The House Bunny held pretty well in fourth with 10.2 million, edging out the 10 mil debut of Traitor.  Death Race and Disaster Movie are performing poorly in the second five.  Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona snuck back into tenth place.  Hamlet 2 finished at 17, despite being well-reviewed.

JOSH HARTNETT took a mystery lady back to his hotel and their steamy shenanigans were caught on CCTV.

JAMES GANDOLFINI and fiancée Deborah Lin tied the knot Saturday in her hometown of Honolulu, Hawaii. No word on whether Uncle Junior granted favors to everyone.

JOHNNY DEPP spent the weekend rocking out for charity in Florida and discussing the rumor that he may play The Riddler in the next Batman movie.

MADONNA's world tour crew are said to be on the verge of a walkout after being treated like "second-class citizens." Hubby Guy Ritchie supposedly has nixed a second wedding ceremony because he spent too much money on her 50th birthday party.

CHRISTINA RICCI has set out on a new career as an eating disorder counsellor.

ALEC BALDWIN is still fuming over his ex-wife Kim Basinger.

MICHAEL PHELPS & CARRIE UNDERWOOD are planning a quiet first date, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.

HELEN MIRREN has revealed that she was date-raped when she was a student.

VLADMIR PUTIN was lauded by Russian media for supposedly saving a TV crew from a grisly death at the jaws of a Siberian tiger. Somehow, the video does not show him actually shooting the tiger.

ISLAMISM in the UK: Hardline female ‘preachers of hate' are radicalising Muslim women at one of Britain's top mosques.

IRAN: The Dutch intelligence service has pulled an agent out of an "ultra-secret operation" spying on Iran's military industry because spymasters in Netherlands believe a US air attack was imminent. A senior Iranian military commander has warned that any US or Israeli attack on the Islamic republic would start a new world war.

IRAQ: Anbar became the 11th of Iraq's 18 provinces, and the first Sunni-dominated one, to pass into the control of the government. Coalition special operations teams captured three Hezbollah Brigades operatives during raids inside Baghdad. At the "make-or-break" stage of talks on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Prime Minister al-Maliki has swept aside his negotiating team and replaced it with three of his closest aides, a reshuffle that some Iraqi officials warn risks sabotaging the agreement.

HEAVEN'S ANGELS: Bikers for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Awww...

SHRIMP BOAT turns out to be a safe harbor from Hurricane Gustav. Videos at the link.

SWEDEN'S "LOCH NESS MONSTER" supposedly captured on infrared video.  Maybe the video was shot by Bigfoot.

CAPUCHIN MONKEYS are givers.

SHARKS: Make sure they are dead before posing for the photo of your big catch. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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