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New Releases, Budos Band, Booker T, Paraplegic Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 03, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TWILIGHT SINGERS: Greg Dulli & Co. hung out "On The Corner" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES from the Beastie Boys, Loudon Wainwright III, Architecture in Helskinki, Cat's Eyes, and more are streaming via Spinner. Also, Balkans' self-titled LP is in the SoundCloud.

THE BUDOS BAND did four free tracks of garage funk for Daytrotter.

BOOKER T. JONES whips out his organ for a Tiny Desk Concert.

MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA is advance streaming Simple Math for those who can solve a puzzle.

PETER HOOK and the LIGHT: The fmr Joy Division/New Order basist's new group rolls out an unreleased Joy Div song, "Pictures In My Mind" and a version of "Atmosphere" for Twofer Tuesday.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to the Dallas Observer about the pressures and delights of touring with other bands, his thoughts on how Okkervil River currently fits into the indie music landscape and how Bob Dylan influenced the band's new music video.

BUFFALO TOM: Bill Janovitz talks to DCist about the Red Sox, Johnny Marr, Mick Jones and the downside of the '90s alternative rock boom.

BILL CALLAHAN wrote Stereogum about what he's been up to as of late and just how his Apocalypse came to be.

BEASTIE BOYS: The A.V. Club explains 170 references from their catalog.

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller are finally divorced.

PRINCE WILLIAM refused to sign a prenuptial agreement.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SEAN PENN made out during the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Klassy.

RICK SPRINGFIELD was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Los Angeles this weekend.

TALLULAH WILLIS was cited for underage drinking.

FLAVA FLAV was taken into custody after a routine traffic stop revealed four outstanding arrest warrants.

THE PLAYBOY MUMMY: Yvette Vickers, an early Playboy playmate whose credits as a B-movie actress included such cult films as "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" and "Attack of the Giant Leeches," was found dead last week at her Benedict Canyon home. Her mummified body appears to have gone undiscovered for months.


TURKEY: President Abdullah Gul said he was "satisfied" that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Aydin Tamak, a top military commander of the Turkish terror group Hezbollah, was arrested by Serbian police at the Hungarian border, hiding in a truck bound for Germany.

PALESTINIAN TERRITORY: Hamas prime minister Ismail Haniyeh praised Osama bin Laden as a Muslim warrior and condemned the US for killing him. Clearly, we must do more peace processing.

PAKISTAN: As the details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden begin to emerge, one thing is clear: Pakistan's military and intelligence services must have known for some time where the terror leader was hiding from the US and the rest of the Coalition.  More on this at The New Yorker.  Meanwhile, the Pakistani Taliban have put the Pakistani state at the top of their hit list.

AFGHANISTAN: While senior political figures welcomed the news of Bin Laden's death, they cautioned that it did not necessarily translate into an immediate military victory over the Taliban, and urged the United States and NATO not to use it as a reason to withdraw.

JOE the EASTER BUNNY, paraplegic and abandoned by its mom, now has an appropriately small cart-type contraption to help it get around. Video at the link.

A TWO-HEADED TORTOISE has taken on the role of tipster for the ice hockey World Championships in Slovakia.


WHEN DEER ATTACK: A female German jogger was recovering with only minor injuries Monday after she managed to fight off a crazed deer by putting it into a headlock.

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Titus Andronicus, Okkervil River, Raphael Saadiq, Dog vs Baby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TITUS ANDRONICUS shows off New Jersey in "No Future Part III: Escape From No Future."

OKKERVIL RIVER is advance streaming I Am Very Far.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ is advance streaming Stone Rollin'.

SCOTT MILLER & WILL HOGE teamed up for a World Cafe mini-set on board the 2011 Cayamo Cruise ship.

DAR WILLIAMS & ALLISON MOORER also teamed up for a World Cafe mini-set on board the 2011 Cayamo Cruise ship.

THAO & MIRAH cover Pat Benatar's "Love Is a Battlefield" as part of a mini-set for the Bay Bridged.

THE KINKS: Ray Davies gives a quite intimate interview to The Observer.

THE CARS: Ric Ocasek talks to All Things Considered about the reunion tour and album.

THE MONKEES: The non-Nesmith members give The Guardian their varying impressions of Head and its making.

NETFLIX: A model for the music industry?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fast Five lapped the competition 83.6 million. That's more than twice the opening of any movie this year and nine times what the other films opening this past weekend made. (The previous F+F outing opened at 71 million.)  Rio placed with 14.4 million; its 45 percent drop is okay for a post-holiday weekend, breaking the 100 million mark and largely ensuring profitability. Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family shows with 10 million, dropping the typical 60 percent for a Tyler Perry flick. Water for Elephants takes the fourth slot, taking 9.1 million on a 46 percent drop; its 32 million take to date against a 38 million budget looks alright.  Rounding out the Top Five is the debut of Prom, which took 5 million against an 8 million budget.  Below the fold, Hoodwinked Too!: Hood vs Evil opened in sixth place, its 4.1 million looking bad against even a relatively low 30 million budget. Blame it on Rio?

CHARLIE SHEEN wrote a crazy-as-you-would-expect "open letter" blasting Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, following reports the show may continue without Sheen. Chuck Lorre may have responded in the closing credits of The Big Bang Theory.

LINDSAY LOHAN will plead no contest to the misdemeanor theft charge she faces over that pesky necklace.

PRINCE WILLIAM & CATHERINE chose not to depart for a honeymoon immediately.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON celebrated their third anniversary by becoming parents to a baby girl and boy.

EMMA WATSON denies that she was mocked at Brown University.

OSAMA BIN LADEN DEAD! The obituary. Hitler's death was announced the same day in 1945.

TERROR in GERMANY: Three suspected al Qaeda members had been planning a bomb attack in Germany for four months when they were arrested last week, federal prosecutors said.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh refused to sign a deal that would have him transfer power in 30 days. Security forces killed al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Walid Abdel-Latif al Kayani in Abyan.

LIBYAN troops attacked rebel forces south of Benghazi in the town of Jalo, and took control of Ojla. Britain's prime minister said NATO forces are targeting command and control nodes, not individuals. Russia voiced concern over NATO troops deploying in Libya.

EGYPT: The once outlawed Muslim Brotherhood said Saturday its new political party will contest half of the seats in Egypt's parliamentary elections in September, revealing plans to become a major force in the country's post-revolution politics. Shocka!

AGHANISTAN: The Taliban announced that the Afghan High Peace Council would be one of the primary targets in their "Badar" offensive.

DOG vs BABY: Who you got?

SCRAPPY the DOG proves aptly named, bearing only a scratch after being run over by a car.

FISHZILLA: A Brooklyn seafood importer has been accused of illegally importing nearly 4000 snakehead fish, a predatory freshwater creature known as "fishzilla" that has been outlawed in New York state since 2004.

GOO GOO GOO JOOB: Three Alaskans have been indicted on charges of trafficking in hundreds of pounds of walrus tusks taken from a remote Eskimo village in exchange for such items as cash, guns and marijuana, prosecutors said on Thursday.

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Wilson Pickett, Richard Thompson, Bill Callahan, Leonard Cohen, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage.  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BILL CALLAHAN (f/k/a/ Smog) does three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE 30 BEST WILCO SONGS, according to Paste, with embedded audio.

LEONARD COHEN, Live on the BBC in 1968... and Live from Oslo, Norway in 1993.

DAVID BAZAN drops "Wolves At the Door" in advance of Strange Negotiations.

KUNG FU FIGHTING: A British pub singer held on suspicion of racism for performing the pop classic in front of a Chinese couple was yesterday defended by the song's composer, Carl Douglas.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff gives a lengthy interview to Drowned in Sound covering the band's appearance on Fallon, songwriting, other writing, the recording of the new album, and much more...

JASON ISBELL talks about his new album and evolving sound with Prefix.

BUDDY HOLLY is getting a star-studded tribute album stretching from Lou Reed to She & Him to Paul McCartney to Cee-Lo Green to the Black Keys.

BRAIDS chat with Drowned in Sound about lemonade, dog people, comparisons and more...

CUTOUT BIN: From Richard Hell to Carl Douglas, from the Beach Boys to Al Green, from the Flaming Lips to Gloria Jones, plus Teenage Fanclub, the Velvet Underground, the Jam, the Kinks and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: Fast Five, which is currently scoring 81 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the dramedy Prom, which is scoring 48 percent; and Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, scoring 8 percent.  Opening near-wide is horror comedy Dylan Dog - Dead of Night, which was not screened for critics.

ROYAL WEDDING this morning. I think it might be on television. Check your local listings. RELATED: Morrissey has told the BBC he believes the Royal family are benefit scroungers who do not speak for England.

TWO AND A HALF MEN: The plan to relaunch TV's No.1 comedy without Charlie Sheen is beginning to take shape. But it's a fifty-fifty proposition.

JANUARY JONES (Mad Men, X-Men: First Class) is expecting her first child this fall, but hasn't said anything about who Dad might be.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE says Friends With Benefits is a bad idea in real life.

RICHIE SAMBORA (Bon Jovi) is checking into rehab. Again.

THE LONE RANGER: The Social Network's Armie Hammer is in early talks to star opposite Johnny Depp.

HARRY POTTER and the DEATHLY HALLOWS, PART 2 has a trailer online.

SYRIA: More than 200 Baath Party members announced their resignation in the largest expression of dissent since the party came to power in 1963.

PAKISTAN: Crumbling unity among militants could provide the Pakistan army an opening to conduct a limited offensive against a particularly vicious Taliban group in a strategic tribal region, according to analysts and a senior military official.

AFGHANISTAN: Lt. Gen. John Allen, the White House's choice to lead the war effort in Afghanistan, is best known for his leadership in helping pacify what was once Iraq's most volatile province.

PANDA on a ROLL: Let's go to the video.

FEMALE DOGS smarter than males? Maybe...

ASIAN CARP: Chicago plans to fight them with squirt guns.

ROOSTERS & HENS hooking up will be regulated In Hopewell Township, NJ. Blocked!

ANIMAL LOVERS should stop calling their furry or feathered friends "pets" because the term is insulting, leading academics claim. M'kay.

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Telekinesis, DBTs, Richard Thompson & Loudon Wainright III, Terror Duckie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TELEKINESIS remakes Belle & Sebastian's "Like Dylan In The Movies" as power-pop for The A.V. Club Undercover.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS performed a video mini-set for Sound Opinions.

ROYAL BANGS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RICHARD THOMPSON & LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III play a set from World Cafe's Cayamo Cruise.

BUDDY MILLER & PATTI GRIFFITH play a set from World Cafe's Cayamo Cruise.

ELO: Because I "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."

J MASCIS talks to PopMatters about how he differentiates between Dinosaur and solo materials, his current playlist, and advice for would-be skiers.

BILL CALLAHAN talks to The Rumpus about Austin, Apocalypse and America.

THE WATSON TWINS: Leigh Watson talks to Creative Loafing about their new collection of covers. (Thx, LHB.)

TUNE-YARDS: Merrill Garbus talked to Pitchfork about resisting music as a career, influences, writing in character, and more...


DIANA ROSS will get Michael Jackson's children when their 80-year-old grandmother Katherine Jackson passes away. Someday, they'll be together.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER is attached to star in a rights package that CAA is shopping today that will revive The Terminator.

STEVEN TYLER: Here's the teaser to the cover of the Rolling Stone.

KATIE HOLMES gets a big fat apology from Star magazine, after the actress filed a 50 million dollar defamation claim against the tabloid for an apparently trumped-up drug story.

THE AVENGERS assemble in New Mexico.

SUPERMAN: German actress Antje Traue joins the reboot‘s cast as Faora, likely an aide to General Zod.

ZORRO heads to the future? Really?

TERROR in DENMARK: An expanded indictment in the case of Tahawwur Rana, detained with David Headley in the US on charges related to the 2008 Mumbai attacks, reveals that terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri offered Headley a network of Europeans to provide weapons, money, and operatives for an attack on the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen.

TERROR in the UK: A fear of offending Muslims allowed extremists into Britain before the 2005 London Tube and bus bombings, a former Labour minister with close links to the intelligence services has admitted.

YEMEN remains al Qaeda's ultimate breeding ground.

EGYPT: "Masked gunmen" bombed the El Sabil natural gas export terminal on the Sinai Peninsula, shutting down the natural gas pipeline to Israel and Jordan.

LIBYA: A US official said NATO is increasing airstrikes in an effort to pressure Gaddafi into ending the fighting, not kill him.

A DUCKLING terrifies a dog.

FIRE ANTS save themselves in floods by forming giant rafts.

PITBULL turns on its mean owner.

BAHATI THE CHIMP has a wakeup workout.

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Sharon Van Etten, Fleet Foxes, Love Language, RIP Poly Styrene & Phoebe Snow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


POLY STYRENE, fmr frontwoman of X-Ray Spex, succumbed to cancer at 53. P-Fork has your A/V linkage, including "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!"  Her latest LP, Generation Indigo, dropped yesterday and is streaming via Spinner, which also collected remembrances from musicians, while NPR has a piece from Robert Christgau.

SHARON VAN ETTEN, Live at Brighton Music Hall, April 14, 2011.

FLEET FOXES performed a session for Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show live at Maida Vale Studios.

BRIGHT EYES played a mini-set at the World Cafe.

THE LOVE LANGUAGE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

PHOEBE SNOW, a bluesy singer, guitarist and songwriter who had a defining hit of the 1970s with "Poetry Man" but then largely dropped out of the spotlight to care for her disabled daughter, has died at 60. For whatever reason, I more clearly remember her singing covers with Linda Ronstadt on a Saturday Night in 1979.

JEFF TWEEDY talks to SPIN about Wilco's "obnoxious and irreverent" next album.

BRAIDS are profled at The Guardian.

THE KINKS: A "Kinks Kook" critically revisits the band's re-issued first three albums.

HIT SONG LYRICS show a statistically significant trend toward narcissism and hostility over the last 30 years.

LINDSAY LOHAN taped a surprise appearance on Leno, during which she complained about her jail sentence.

NICOLAS CAGE: A child abuse detective was called in to investigate the actor on the night of his drunken arrest.

CHARLIE SHEEN bailed out his pal, Lenny Dykstra, after the fmr baseball star was busted on federal embezzlement charges.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) got engaged in Mexico.

ROB SCHNEIDER swapped vows with longtime girlfriend Patricia Azarcoya Arce on Saturday.

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART strip for their final Twilight scene.

KATIE COURIC announces she's leaving the CBS Evening News. Most of the press makes no mention of her bad ratings.

IRAN warned it would retaliate for Bahrain's expulsion of Iranian diplomats from Manama.

SYRIA: With reports emerging that at least one high-ranking Syrian military commander refused to participate in a bloody, predawn raid that left dozens dead in the southern border city of Daraa -- the heart of Syria's weekslong civil unrest, questions are being raised about possible cracks in President Bashar al-Assad's hold over the military.

LIBYA: Forces loyal to Gaddafi shelled the city of Misrata despite withdrawing from the center of the town just days ago. Children as young as eight are being raped in front of their families by Gaddafi's forces, according to reports made to a leading charity.

AFGHANISTAN: How many al Qaeda leaders are left in-country?

A CALICO CAT gave birth to a puppy in Yangshan, eastern China's Jiangsu Province. Reportedly. (Thx, Lance.)

MAYBE THE DINGOES ATE YOUR BABY: Two dingoes that mauled a 3-year-old girl on an Australian beach have been caught and destroyed, officials said Tuesday.

SOME DOGS aren't much of a threat.

TWIN BOY & GIRL POLAR CUBS are the first to survive in China.  Aww...dorable.

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