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Elephant 6, Of Montreal, Friendly Fires, Earlimart, Cats & Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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MATT & KIM are still ludicrously happy in the video for "Daylight."

LED ZEPPELIN is reuniting without Robert Plant? Huh? Wha?

THE ELEPHANT 6 ORCHESTRA, including Robert Schneider (The Apples in Stereo) and the famously reclusive Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), took the stage together for a sprawling live performance at Chicago's Bottom Lounge on Oct. 21; you can stream the extravaganza in full via NPR.

OF MONTREAL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

FRIENDLY FIRES also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

ANDREW BIRD & YO-YO MA jam on the strings.  And whistle.

EARLIMART does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE FLAMING LIPS, THE B-52s and B.B. KING are among those helping NBC re-invent its famous chime. Video at the link. Entertainment Weekly says that "You may not know that the notes to NBC's famous chimes are G, E, and C," but it makes perfect sense if you think about the owner. Stereogum has a new track, "Once Beyond Hopelessness," along with video related to the Christmas on Mars DVD.

SNOW PATROL lead singer and guitarist Gary Lightbody talks to JAM! about how the idea of taking a year-long break before making its next album went by the wayside.

ORANGE JUICE is reuniting to benefit a Scottish charity that raises money to fund music therapists. Nordoff-Robbins helped guitarist Edwyn Collins recover from the near-fatal brain hemorrhages he suffered in 2005.  See the gallery of birds that helped him recover.

BRITNEY SPEARS is now under the indefinite conservatorship of her father, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Tuesday. The pop tart is also rumored to be on the SNL slate.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is quitting acting to pursue his music.  Or so he says now.

MADONNA is facing a major fall-out with her Kabbalah leaders who are demanding an immediate out of court settlement to her divorce from Guy Ritchie.

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde's Major Movie Star never played US theaters, but it's No.1 in Russia. As is Puppet Show.

BRADGELINA: Jolie made a surprise appearance at Monday night's Hollywood Film Festival Awards Gala, to pay tribute to director Clint Eastwood. "There are some people in this business that are icons, and we often wonder if, when we meet them, they'll live up to what we imagine them to be," she told the audience. "And Clint Eastwood in person is even better."

30 ROCK: You can watch the premiere early on the Peacock's website.

QUANTUM of SOLACE: Is super-spy James Bond critic- and recession-proof? The Guardian's Theo Hobson does not love him, though it seems like he may not have seen any recent Bond flicks.

JIMMY KIMMEL & SARAH SILVERMAN are reunited... on Jimmy's show Thursday.

JESSICA BIEL is feeling her age, but says no to plastic surgery.

KATE HUDSON's Halloween party was busted by the LAPD.  Hudson "was dressed as a '60s flight attendant," which put me in mind of her stew spiel from Almost Famous.

EVA MENDES flaunts her genes.

SYRIA: The top AQI operative killed during a US raid on a Syrian compound just over the Iraq border was about to carry out an attack in Iraq, US officials say. The attack may have had tacit support from Syria.

IRAQ: Security forces conducted a massive sweep throughout Basra province Tuesday, with Iraqi Army and police units detaining 180 "suspects," including a Pakistani national. The Iraqi interior minister said scrapping the draft US-Iraq security pact would be a strategic mistake. The US military has warned Iraq that it will shut down military operations and other vital services throughout the country on Jan. 1 if the Iraqi government doesn't agree to a pact.  Tensions between Kurdistan and the central government of Iraq continued to bubble, as a parliamentary committee rejected a new draft of an oil law, and Kurdish politicians denounced the government's effort to create semi-tribal councils as a counterweight to Kurdish political power in Kirkuk.

PUPPY & LION CUB: Friends or foes?  More awww...some pics at the link

CAT ADOPTS PUPPY: Jelly Bean and Baby Bear, living together; a disaster of Biblical proportions. Because it's that time of year.

MISSION GOLDEN-EYED TREE FROGS: You know what turns them on? .Sir David Attenborough.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An English chef takes matters into his own hands.

A CHINESE RETIREE has been reunited with his pet dog - a month after he left it in his car and forgot where he parked it.

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New Releases, The Cure, TMBG, Jack & Bombay   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 08:00 AM
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DEERHOOF: The video for "Family of Others" seems to use a microscope to find them.

NEW RELEASES: Bloc Party, O'Death, Eagles of Death Metal, Lou Reed, Ry Cooder and more have albums streaming this week via Spinner. Ryan Adams releases Cardinology.

THE CURE is streaming their new album in full via CureSpace.

SNOW PATROL has been streaming their new album in full for members of MySnowPatrol.

NIRVANA: Rare photos and artwork from Kurt Cobain's archives can be seen at Rolling Stone's feature on the Cobain Unseen book.

THE KINKS have taken a step closer to a reunion, as Ray Davies reports brother Dave is making good progress in recovering from a stroke.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS play "Birdhouse In Your Soul" with the Doc Severenson Orchestra and "I Palindrome I" with Paul Shaffer & Co. in this week's Twofer Tuesday.

ELLIOTT SMITH: James Poulos reflects on indie rock's doomed minstrel at the fifth anniversary of his death. SPIN's Ellen Carpenter writes about why she cannot listen to his music.

RANDY NEWMAN talks to Pitchfork about  Alvin and the Chipmunks, writing for Pixar, politics and more...

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to the Allentown Morning Call about paying homage to the Jesus and Mary Chain's influential, abrasive guitar reverb- and feedback-drenched 1985 debut, ''Psychocandy.''

THE DEARS: Murray Lightburn is still trying to piece together what happened to his band for the Montreal Gazette.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE are both demanding their army of household staff testify against the other.  Madge has reportedly asked her assistant to gather all the items she received from Ritchie so she can bury them, as she becomes ever more dependent on her Kabbalah advisors.

JENNIFER HUDSON: The Chicago police found the body of the young nephew of the actress and singer Jennifer Hudson in an abandoned SUV in Chicago on Monday, three days after the star's mother and brother had been found dead in their home about 10 miles away.

BRITNEY SPEARS is in discussions to star in a film based on the turbulent life of... Britney Spears.

JENNIFER ANISTON, rumored to be reuiniting with John Mayer, was spotted getting cozy with Gerard Butler ("300").

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad feels bad about criticizing her girlfriend, Samantha Ronson.

AMY WINEHOUSE was hospitalized Saturday for tests on her chest and lungs, according to her London spokesman.

TOM CRUISE helped roast Today show coanchor Matt Lauer at the Friar's Club last week, including calling Lauer a "glib putz."

HARRY POTTER and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE has a new trailer online.

THE DARK KNIGHT: Director Christoper Nolan explains to the L.A. Times why he's not sure about directing a third Bat-movie.

SYRIA: A US counterterrorism official said Monday that US forces killed the head of a Syrian network that funneled fighters, weapons and cash into Iraq during a helicopter attack Sunday.  Bill Roggio has background on Abu Ghadiya, a senior al Qaeda leader who has been in charge of the Syrian network since 2005.

NORTH KOREA: New doubts over the health of North Korea's "Dear Leader" have arisen after Kim Jong Il's eldest son was filmed in Paris apparently soliciting the services of a top brain surgeon.

PAKISTAN: A suspected US missile strike has killed 20 people, including a top Taliban commander, in north-west Pakistan, witnesses and officials say.

IRAN is arming "liberation armies" in the Mideast, a top Revolutionary Guards commander said, offering the first official confirmation the country provides weapons to armed groups in the region. Pres. Ahmadinejad has fallen ill due to exhaustion brought on by his heavy workload, coincidentally to speculation that he will not run for re-election.

IRAQ: A wave of targeted killings has forced more than 2000 Christian families to flee the northern city of Mosul.

JACK & BOMBAY are friends. Spot and stripes, living together; a disaster of Biblical proportions. Because it's that time of year.

CHOOCHY the POODLE crashes security at Logan Airport in Boston.

RATS have Britons outnumbered. Time for Willard in a minute.

52 COWS killed by a single lightning bolt.

HONEY BEES can count to four, according to research from the University of Queensland.

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Jane's Addiction, Juliana Hatfield, Rumble Strips, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 27, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE DEARS' new clip for "Money Babies" is rather apocalyptic.

THE SMITHS are considering reuniting for the Coachella music festival.

JULIANA HATFIELD stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR.

THE RUMBLE STRIPS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via MPR.

THE REPLACEMENTS: The Guardian takes stock of the seminal band, with comments from both Tommy Stinson and Paul Westerberg, who says this about the band's legendary drunkenness: "Sometimes it made us fearless and sometimes it made us ridiculous, but it's all part of what made us great. We were what we were supposed to be."

GUIDED BY VOICES is providing the music for a 3-D rock opera about Cleopatra by Steven Soderbergh?

JANE'S ADDICTION reunited for a five-dollar club gig last week; watch "Ocean Size" and "Wh0res" at the 'Gum.

DUNGEN -- and the way the Swedish psych-rockers trancend language -- is profiled in the Boston Globe.

HANK WILLIAMS: Intimate and rare performances that few fans have heard are streaming via NPR.

PHIL SPECTOR: The pop genius and accused murderer uncorks a fresh round of crazy for the BBC: "Depression is a wasted emotion to me, like pity, it's a wasted emotion. I'm concerned with the fact that I have not been made a doctor at any college and Bill Cosby has, even Dylan has..."

VASHTI BUNYAN, the Godmother of freak folk, gets a segment and songs  on NPR's Day to Day.

BONO: Photographed with two 19-year-old hotties in St Tropez, with his wife nowhere to be found.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Unsurprisingly, High School Musical 3: Senior Year romped to the top of the chart, making 42 million dollars on an 11 million budget.  Saw V came in second with 30 million (slightly less than Saw IV) on a 10.8 million budget.  Max payne drops about 57 percent to third place with 7.6  million; it's on track to break even. Beverly Hills Chihuahua drops only 39 percent and is on target to make 100 million in the US (Good weekend for The Mouse). Pride and Glory debuts in fifth, with 6.3 million.  Below the fold, Oliver Stone's W. and Body of Lies tank.

LIVE FROM NEW YORK, it's Amy Poehler's (and Will Arnett's) son, born Saturday.

LINDSAY LOHAN says she's not a lesbian and that Samantha Ronson is the only girl for her. NTTAWWT.

BRADGELINA: Jolie has returned from a two-day humanitarian trip to Afghanistan this week, visiting poverty-stricken families, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

AMY WINEHOUSE faces arrest for assault after failing to attend a quiz over allegations she hit a reveller.

MADONNA is having intense Kabbalah "anger management" counselling to deal with her fury against Guy Ritchie as the couple's bitter divorce takes its toll. Ritchie claims his marriage to Madge disintegrated when she started planning their sex life in her diary around her sessions in the gym.

JENNIFER HUDSON and her family are pleading for the safe return of her 7-year-old nephew, who has been missing since Hudson's mother and brother were found dead in their Englewood home on Friday.

ETERNAL SUNSHINE DRUG erases memories in mice. I thought Lacuna already had the patent on this.

SYRIA: US military helicopters attacked territory inside Syria close to its border with Iraq Sunday, targeting the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq in an area where the Americans have been unable to shut it down because it was out of the military's reach.  Bill Roggio thinks that the US military must have detected a senior member of AQI in the region.

AFGHANISTAN: Opium production will fall by almost a third this year, according to a US government report; the UN, however, estimates the drop in opium production will only be 6% this year.

IRAQ: Omar and Mohammed Fadhil of ITM survey the latest developments on negotiations over the Status of Forces Agreement.

A FUGITIVE HAMSTER who evaded a team of eight firemen armed with hi-tech rescue equipment including a chocolate-coated camera has been found alive.

PET PYTHON blamed in Virginia Beach woman's strangulation. Video at the link.

SCARLETT the CAT a calico hero who drew worldwide acclaim after rescuing her five kittens from a 1996 Brooklyn fire, has passed away.

LEO the DOG was hailed as a hero on Sunday after risking his life to save a litter of newborn kittens from a house fire, rescuers said.

A FEATHERED DINOSAUR from the Jurassic period was discovered in China. Dr. Grant will be so excited!

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The Who, 70s Cheese, Sonic Youth, Cutout Bin, Hummingbirds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 24, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE WHO! I featured some 70s stuff a few weeks back, but this is some rare TV footage from the 60s. I am not giving details because lawyers are on the move (which is another reason to revisit The Who so soon).  Part One includes "Daddy Rolling Stone," "It's Not True," and "Bald Headed Woman."  Part Two includes "The Kids Are Alright," "Substitute" and "My Generation," when the kids in the studio finally get to dance.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Arizona Star about what's keeping him up at night, as well as his new collaboartion with Kaki King.  He and King both talk to the North Country Times about their EP, which started with a note Darnielle scrawled on a dressing room wall.  That sort of thing does not surprise me; I once saw a note the yong Fresh fellows left for Mojo Nixon on a dressing room wall in Iowa City.

THE 25 CHEESIEST HITS OF THE '70s, according to Y!Music, with streaming audio for each.

SONIC YOUTH: Their big Fourth of July show in NYC's Battery Park is finally streaming in full via WFMU.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott and Grant Hutchinson talk to Glide about growing up together and adding members to the band.

BONO will be working pro bono for the NYT. The company is losing readers and revenues so quickly that free is all they can afford.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Rolling Stone about finding a good man and getting her joy back.

CMJ MUSIC MARATHON: Jon Pareles of the NYT reports from showcases booked by music bloggers.

TEARS FOR FEARS' "Head Over Heels" gets the literal video treatment, following in the footsteps of A-ha's "Take On Me."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Oasis, Sir Paul's dance music, Wreckless Eric & Amy Rigby and more are streaming in the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.

WHAT MAKES A HIT as record sales decline year after year?

STEPHEN MALKMUS talks to JAM! about the changes in his band, his sound and his songwriting on his latest LP.

96 ST. MARK'S PLACE: How does the building on the cover of Led Zeppelin's Physical Graffiti look today?

ROY HARPER: Jimmy Page wrote a song about him. Paul and Linda McCartney sang back up for him. And now, after decades of languishing as "the longest running underground act in the world", Roy Harper is reissuing his entire catalog to a world that may just finally be ready for him.

CHINESE DEMOCRACY: Here's how to get your free can of Dr. Pepper.

CUTOUT BIN: From William Shatner & Joe Jackson to Baby Huey, from Tom Jones to Locksley, from Sylvia to The Sonics, from Bishop Allen to the Ohio Plyers to the Icicle Works, , plus more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are High School Musical 3, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Saw V, unsurprisingly unscreened for critics; Pride & Glory, scoring 34 percent, and a 3-D reissue of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I'll go out on a limb and predict HSM3 as the big winner come Monday.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE: She has offered him an additional £5million to dictate his access rights to their three children. But he reportedly is "in pieces" or in a "rage" after seeing a photo of his son Rocco in a T-shirt supporting Alex Rodriguez's New York Yankees baseball team.

LINDSAY LOHAN is now being cut out of Ugly Betty episodes already filmed, with more details of diva behavior bubbling up on Page Six.

BRADGELINA: Jolie claims she may stop making movies and marry Pitt.

HEATHER MILLS has blown nearly £10million of her £24.3million divorce settlement in only seven months.

MANDY MOORE & DJ AM are back together, reunited by his near-death in a fiery plane crash.

JEN & JOHN: Aniston would like Mayer to keep his mouth shut and stop blogging about his personal life.

JESSICA BIEL talks to Marie Claire about the paparazzi coverage of her relationship with Justin Timberlake.

WATCHMEN director Zack Snyder and cast members unveiled an extended trailer at the Scream Awards 2008.

MAD MEN creator Matt Weiner answers questions from Variety readers ahead of the season two finale this Sunday.

MAD MONSTER PARTY: PopMatters essays the creepy 1969 Rankin-Bass classic.

ANNE HATHAWAY's ex-boyfriend Raffaello Follieri was sentenced in Manhattan federal court Thursday to 4½ years in prison.

DAVID HASSELHOFF: A new videogame will let you pummel the Hoff to the strains of the Culture Club classic "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me." Video at the link.

PAKISTAN plans to arm tens of thousands of anti-Taliban tribal fighters in its western border region in hopes -- shared by the US military -- that the nascent militias can replicate the tribal "Awakening" movement that proved decisive in the battle against al-Qaeda in Iraq. Meanwhile, after a one week lull in attacks inside Pakistan's tribal areas, US unmanned Predator aircraft struck a compound run by the powerful, al Qaeda-linked Haqqani family in North Waziristan.

IRAQ: US forces hand over responsibility for security in the "triangle of death" to Iraqi forces.

WHEN HUMMINGBIRDS ATTACK: Let's go to the video.

HIPPIE APES make love... and war.

INDIA'S LONE GORILLA cannot gate a date anywhere.  Maybe if he moved out of Mysore?

A GIANT SPIDER eats a bird on camera.

A BAR-TAILED GODWIT flies from Alaska to New Zealand without stopping. Let's go to the video.

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Islands, Ryan Adams, Flaming Lips, Calexico, Monkey Watchdog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 23, 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ISLANDS has released a video for "Creeper." That time of year, I guess.

RYAN ADAMS: Cardinology is still streaming in full via iLike today (and ending today).

JOHNNY CASH: All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash is streaming in full via PunkNews.

THE FLAMING LIPS have released an unheard track, "Space Bible With Volume Lumps," from the Christmas On Mars soundtrack.

GUNS 'N' ROSES is streaming the title track to "Chinese Democracy" via Q104.3 -- and that free can of Dr. Pepper gets just a little closer.

CALEXICO frontman Joey Burns plays three songs -- "Two Silver Trees," "Writer's Minor Holiday" and "Man Made Lake" -- for a LIveDaily Session.  Scroll down there for an interview with Burns.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Paste about the influence of the Outback Steakhouse commercial on the band's new album.

TIMES NEW VIKING is distilled into its component influences at Drowned in Sound. Mostly GbV, but with some other inspired candidates.

MORRISSEY is reportedly writing an autobiography

BJORK talks to Pitchfork about "Náttúra" (a new collaboration between Björk and Thom Yorke) and the Náttúra Campaign (the Icelandic environmental movement she co-founded).

WILLIAM SHATNER discusses his snub from George Takei's wedding, suggesting that the former Mr. Sulu has a festering psychosis.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE taunted each other in recent years, friends of the couple reveal in the latest issue of Us Weekly. Meanwhile, a source tells Us that Ritchie has already moved on with British actress Kelly Reilly, who is starring in his upcoming drama Sherlock Holmes.

DAVID DUCHOVNY is suing the Daily Mail over the tennis coach story.  But the suit is filed in L.A., instead of the UK, where the libel laws would favor him.  Curious.

CHARLIE SHEEN and wife Brooke are expecting twins.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Alyson Hannigan is pregnant. She met her husband on the set of Bffy the Vampire Slayer, not at band camp.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER, otoh, are denying that wacky pregnancy rumor.

WILL SMITH is gay, according to a Hollywood madam? Gawker isn't buying it.

THE SPIRIT: Frank Miller talks about the origin of Will Eisner's hero in the latest promo video for Miller's movie adapatation.

DANCING WITH THE STARS may be hazardous to your health.

GROUNDHOG DAY: A Victorian house transformed into a bed-and-breakfast in the 1993 classic could soon play the same role on a permanent basis.

GARY BUSEY tells Access Hollywood he once snorted cocaine off his dog -- and explains why that's not very healthy.

WEEKEND AT BERNIE'S: Young Hollywood enjoyed the pool at the Roosevelt Hotel over the weekend - oblivious to the fact that the hotel staff never drained the water after a dead body was found in the pool a week earlier, sources told the NYP.

IRAN: Senior Tehran officials are recommending a preemptive strike against Israel to prevent an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear reactors, a senior Islamic Republic official told foreign diplomats two weeks ago in London, according to Haaretz. Iranian speaker of parliament Ali Larijani declared that Iran was proud of its support for the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah movements, rejecting claims that it could be considered support for terrorism. 

IRAQ: Baghdad will demand changes to the wording of the proposed US-Iraq security pact, but will not seek to renegotiate the "backbone" of the agreement, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari said on Wednesday. Tribes in the Al Sakhriya region between Anbar Province and Karbala are launching a wide scale campaign after AQI started to displace families living therein. Iraqi forces arrested 21 insurgents in Mosul, 13 in Kirkuk, and seven AQI fighters in Diyala. Coalition forces captured an AQI bomb maker in Tikrit.

ORPHAN MONKEY at a Chinese zoo gets a guard dog to stop it being bullied by bigger primates.

SWIMMING WITH SHARKS: Still a bad choice.

CHEETA the CHIMP's critically-acclaimed autobiography apparently was ghost-written.

FEED THE BIRDS? An 80-year-old woman has been threatened with prosecution by her local council in Coventry unless she cuts back on feeding the birds in her garden.

SNAKE MASSAGE?  Mmmm... no thanks.

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