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Big Star, New Foo Fighters, Long Winters, Cutout Bin, and a Puppy Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 03, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with BIG STAR 2.0 abroad. Pretty decent bootleg video of "September Gurls" in Stockholm and "Ballad of El Goodo" in Tivoli Utrecht. The legendary Alex Chilton and drummer Jody Stephens are joined by Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, who play an irreverent cover of "Thirteen" during an in-store near Rotterdam. BONUS: The Posies play "Solar Sister" unplugged, along with the studio clip for "Golden Blunders," which may be my fave from them.

FOO FIGHTERS' new acoustic album is streaming from MySpace.

FRANK BLACK, contrary to prior reports, says that The Pixies may get together in January, but without concrete plans for a new album. He also talks about having to make brutal choices from among the legendary sessionmen backing him o­n Fast Man Raider Man, form which you can stream three tracks via MySpace.

THE LONG WINTERS played a mini-set at the World Cafe, which is streaming from NPR. Host David Dye notes that frontman John Roderick sounds a bit like Michael Stipe. And he does.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY: The San Francisco Chronicle asks Will Oldham whether Bonnie "Prince" Billy is a role that he plays: "To some extent it is, yeah... and I take my roles pretty seriously." Oldham also talks about recording in Iceland with the Portland Mercury.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: The Hues Corporation performs "Rock The Boat." Rock o­n with your bad self!

THE SLITS' Ari Up tells The A.V. Club that she thinks America will give the band whatever respect it deserves o­n the reunion tour, noting there will never be another band like them: "It's impossible. You can't recreate that. That's why no o­ne ever sounded like The Slits or looked like them, no matter how many people tried it, or were influenced by it. There will never be another Sex Pistols. There will never be another Clash."

VAN HALEN has hired a 15-year-old bass player. His name is familiar.

HUNKY DORY: An Aquarium Drunkard is streaming Bowie's "Quicksand," along with the demo and a cover by Dinosaur, Jr.

THE CUTOUT BIN: This Friday's fortuitous finds from the Hype Machine include: Johnny Cash - The Man Comes Around; Blake Babies - Temptation Eyes; The Bangles - In Your Room; The Woodentops - You Make Me Feel; The Beach Boys - Sail o­n Sailor; Al Green - Love And Hapiness; Joan Jett & Paul Westerberg - Let's Do It; The Shins - Taste Of Cindy; Todd Rundgren - Bang o­n The Drum All Day; Sweet - Teenage Rampage; The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog; The Move - Stephanie Knows Who (live); Led Zeppelin - Babe I`m Gonna Leave You; Heart - Crazy o­n You; and AC/DC - It's a Long Way to the Top.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: X Factor and American Idol judge Simon Cowell says the troubled singer would never make it in a TV contest, adding that without the supposedly sober supermodel, Doherty would probably forget to show up for the auditions. Moss was named Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards, while Colombia's vice president singled out Moss for criticism in a campaign accusing coke-using celebrities of fuelling the country's civil war.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise's new mission is to resurrect the United Artists movie studio for MGM -- which is a little ironic, given that UA was founded by actors by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and director D.W. Griffith.

NOW SHOWING: This weeks wide releases are family films -- Flushed Away, the Dreamworks-Aardman collaboration currently scoring 88 percent o­n the Tomatometer, and The Santa Clause 3, which is not being screened for critics. Both are opening o­n over 3000 screens apiece. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, the much-anticipated, controversial comedy is scoring 93 percent, but is ppening a little less-than-wide, o­n 837 screens. Perhaps FOX is concerned about how it will play in Peoria.

BORAT: TV news producer Dharma Arthur is claiming that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen

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Meat Puppets, Goth music, Thunderclap Newman, and the First Dog of KY   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 02, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE MEAT PUPPETS were a tight, indie mash-up of the Dead and ZZ Top by the time they recorded "Sam," and their live cover of "Little Wing" does credit to Hendrix. However, these earlier live clips of their own "Up o­n the Sun," a countrified take o­n "Sea of Love" and a thrashy, mumbling version of "Midnight Rider" date back to when the Kirkwood Bros. really couldn't sing, so watch them just for their sloppy, Replacements-esque entertainment value.

THE FLAMING LIPS may have an Oklahoma City street named after them. Granted, it's a poorly lit alley, littered with open dumpsters. But the sponsor of the effort thinks the renaming might spur a clean-up.

THE SHINS have one of their new songs, "Phantom Limb," streaming from MySpace. Other streams are... unofficial.

ERIC BACHMANN (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers) came up with Spanish and Mandarin Chinese lessons when he shuffled his iPod for the A.V. Club. But he also turns up Tom Waits and acknowledges his influence: "I mean, I don't need to hear another song about a Puerto Rican midget or anything, but he's really great."

WHAT IS GOTH? A review of Rhino's A Life Less Lived: The Gothic Box in PopMatters claims the set will force the listener to rethink their definitions of "goth." There's also plenty of video embedded in the piece.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Thunderclap Newman performs "Something In The Air" o­n the Beat Club. ICYDK, the band has an unusual backstory.

THE 33 HOTTEST BANDS IN CANADA, according to a panel of forty Canadian music writers, bloggers and radio hosts assembled by I (heart) Music. I think I've blurbed about a dozen of them here; there's o­ne I'm trying out now for a future blurb, too.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE is o­ne of those Canadian groups, but co-founder Brandon Canning cautions against lumping everyone together in a brief primer for the Houston Chronicle. The latest BSS video is the misnamed-but-catchy "Major Label Debut."

THE DECEMBERISTS are always getting asked about their move to Capitol Records, so it's notable that multi-instrumentalist Chris Funk has some fairly funny comments o­n the subject for the Philadelphia Weekly. It's good enough that I'll use o­ne of the lesser comments: "Never o­nce did we say, 'We want to play to even bigger audiences.' In fact, we don't ever really want to play basketball arenas or anything like that. That's, like, for athletes." (I think they would play a big house if invited, but that's still funny.)

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Being engaged to a the supposedly sober supermodel has not dampened the troubled singer's enthusiasm for dressing up in women

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Hold Steady, Decemberists, A-ha(!), James Brown, and Squirrels on Crack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 01, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE HOLD STEADY: The Boston Herald hits the Springsteen comparison again, but notes that: "Instead of trying to seduce Rosalita, Finn

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Monster Mashes, New Releases, Werewolves, Dracula, and the Blob   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 31, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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IT'S HALLOWEEN: It's time for scares, it's time for screams; it's Halloween!

STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST: This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip, though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at the Horror Hall of Fame. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

NEW RELEASES: You know it's a scary week for new releases when Spenderline's "rap" album is the big album streaming from AOL this week (thought the Borat soundtrack is there, too). And crazy b-ball thug Ron Artest has an album out. Less scary, but more tragic, is the posthumous release from the Exploding Hearts. Pretty Little Head is finally released by Nellie McKay, who is scary in her own special way. And then there is...

ANDY PARTRIDGE of XTC, who gets a lengthy profile and podcast at PopMatters, leading up to today's solo release of the Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Box: "I thought to myself, 'Look, if anyone

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Scary songs, Hoodoo Gurus, Frankenstein, New Spoon, and Halloween Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 30, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is an all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

SCARY SONGS: Springfield, IL's State Journal-Register lists songs that go bump in the night in several genres. UnderGroundOnline springs volume 3 of its Top Eleven Scariest Songs. Why eleven? Maybe because it's "one more," when you need that extra push to get you over the top. WFMU has posted scary sounds and stories to download, including links to episodes of old-time radio shows like Suspense and Lights Out.

WHO'S LEFT: Pete Townshend stormed out of Sirius Satellite Radio's green room before Howard Stern got to ask him about his kiddie porn rap, his sexual encounters with men, and his girlfriend co-writing his songs. Meanwhile, the Who's Left album is reviewed by Phil Daniels, who played Jimmy in Quadrophenia.

HOODOO GURUS: Mars Needs Guitars rounds up recent HG news, including a double-DVD, a new album and a US tour. To celebrate, MNG has streaming Gurus rarities at the link.

U2 is launching a worldwide lyric hunt today

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