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Monterey (day 3), Sneaky Pete, America, a Dog & Pony Show   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 10, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

MONTEREY POP: Day 3 of this theme week is a grab-bag of performances that did not make the original documentary. Monkee Peter Tork introduces Buffalo Springfield playing "For What It's Worth" with David Crosby filling in for the recently-quit Neil Young. This was a source of friction with The Byrds, who can be seen playing "Hey Joe," "Chimes of Freedom" and "He Was A Friend of Mine." That last clip includes Crosby preaching the JFK conspiracy theory that also miffed the others, foreshadowing his departure from the band in the following months. We also have The Association playing "Along Comes Mary," complete with a corny band intro. And Al Kooper gives his organ a workout o­n "(I Heard Her Say) Wake Me, Shake Me."

THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE QUEEN is an alt-super-group featuring Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz), Paul Simonon (The Clash), Simon Tong (The Verve), and Tony Allen (Fela Kuti). Their debut album isn't due until the 23rd, but you can stream the whole album now at the TheirSpace.

THE HOLD STEADY and TV o­n the RADIO are two of the bands featured for the launch of AOL's 3x3, with video of performances, interviews and more.

MORRISSEY is in talks with the BBC to write and possibly perform a track for the UK at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. I'm imagining a morose, yet funny, variation o­n "Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bong."

'SNEAKY" PETE KLEINOW, who co-founded influential 1960s country-rock group the Flying Burrito Brothers, has died from complications of Alzheimer's disease at 72. Kleinow also was a special effects artist and stop motion animator for movies and TV -- both before and after the Burritos -- working o­n every thing from Gumby cartoons to The Empire Strikes Back, Gremlins, The Right Stuff, The Terminator, and Terminator 2. Most of the Flying Burrito Brothers videos I linked last November are still posted o­n YouTube.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Here's an "unofficial" clip of the truly odd Man Man covering Rage Against the Machine's "Bulls o­n Parade" to close out a show in NYC last week.

FEIST, JAMES BROWN, CAT POWER and GUIDED BY VOICES (at Gabe's Oasis in Iowa City) are among the unofficial live recordings posted at rbally. If you prefer, you can stream or jukebox 'em via the ol' Hype Machine.

INTERNET MUSIC SERVICES: Speaking of which, NPR has a non-audio article o­n music-sharing websites like Pandora, Last.fm, the Hype Machine, and more. The Atlantic has a similar piece, titled "The Digital Mosh Pit." And Spinner recently had an amusing video o­n using the Hype Machine.

L.A. BURNOUT: An Aquarium Drunkard has a three-post series presenting a compilation of songs chronicling the incestuous, late sixties-early seventies Laurel Canyon music scene. You can stream and jukebox tacks from The Byrds, Spirit, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Phil Ochs, Warren Zevon and more via the ol' HM.

AMERICA: Stereogum can link you to streams of the classic rock band's take o­n My Morning Jacket's "Golden," featuring Ben Kweller and MMJ's Jim James and Patrick Hallahan.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel reportedly sent the troubled singer home from their holiday in Phuket, Thailand after cops quizzed him over a bust-up with a cabbie.

BRITNEY SPEARS and the FRENCH HOTEL tied for the top spot o­n Mr. Blackwell's 47th annual "Worst Dressed" list. Were they dressed last year? The L.A. Times has a full gallery of the gauche.

JOHN CUSACK and JEREMY PIVEN dunzo? Piven suggests in an interview that Cusack has not been supportibe of Piven's success o­n HBO Entourage. Cant we all just hug it out?

SUZANNE SOMERS' home was o­ne of four destroyed by a wind-driven wildfire that swept through Malibu. Pics at the link.

TRUMP-O'DONNELL FEUD: Rosie boiled over the other morning, calling Barbara Walters "a (bleeping) liar," apparently believing The Donald's claim that Walters had told him she regretted hiring O'Donnell. Trump poured fuel o­n the fire in a letter that begins: "Actually, I don't blame you, but in fact she lied to both of us!" However, the feud failed to pump ratings for the sixth-season premiere of The Apprentice.

STEPHEN COLBERT and BILL O'REILLY, otoh, hope to pump ratings by trading appearances o­n each other's programs Jan. 18.

MARILYN MANSON-DITA VON TEESE BREAK-UPDATE: The burlesque stripper reportedly filed to divorce Manson because of his wild drug taking and non-stop parties with LINDSAY LOHAN. They are reportedly fighting over custody of their cats and two dachshunds.

KATE HUDSON-CHRIS ROBINSON BREAK-UPDATE: According to a published report,since Owen Wilson kicked her to the curb, Hudson has turned into a tyrant to everybody in sight, and she has backed off o­n her offer to buy Robinson a house in Malibu.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON caught canoodling with Justin Timberlake? I'll need to see that from a source more reliable than the News of the World.

MANDY MOORE caught canoodling with Nicole Richie's ex-fiancee, Adam "DJ A.M." Goldstein?

AWARDS SEASON: The Directors Guild of America nominees are announced: Bill Condon for Dreamgirls, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris for Little Miss Sunshine, Stephen Frears for The Queen, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for Babel and Martin Scorsese for The Departed. Among the snubbed: Clint Eastwood, Paul Greengrass, Alfonso Cuaron, Todd Field, Pedro Almodovar and Guillermo del Toro. ALSO: Johnny Depp and Keira Knightley made off with the pirates' share of the People's Choice Awards last night.

IWAO TAKAMOTO, the creator of Scooby-Doo, and director of the 1973 version of Charlotte's Web, died of heart failure at 81. Let's go to the video.

WHO IS CAPT. JAMIL HUSSEIN? Flopping Aces, the blog that has been most closely following the story, reports that a US Civilian Police Assistance Training Team representative says that -- contrary to the AP report -- Brig. Abdul-Karim Khalaf never acknowledged that there was a Capt. Jamil Hussein assigned to the Khadra station, he confirmed to the AP that there was a Capt. Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim assigned there. And that Capt. Jamil Ghdaab Gulaim still denies being the source for over 60 AP stories from Baghdad (though he probably is).

IRAQ: Bill Roggio rounds up reports o­n Iraqi Army and US operations in Baghdad, Diyala, and Yusifiyah. IraqSlogger reports that Sunni and Shia militias have been engaging in open warfare since last Thursday afternoon in western Baghdad

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Monterey Pop (day 2), Lucinda Williams, Hall of Famers, Moosenapping   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 09, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE WHO at the MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL: Day 2 of my Monterey theme week has the lads wailing their way through "Substitute" (introduced by Brian Jones), "Summertime Blues," a bootleg clip of "Pictures of Lily" not o­n the DVD releases (probably because Moon throws away his snare drum at the end of "Summertime Blues"), "A Quick One (While He's Away)," and "My Generation," natch.

NEW RELEASES: The same crap is still streaming from AOL. And I clued you in o­n the new Ron Sexsmith album yesterday. Neko Case has a live album taken from Austin City Limits. It got a mediocre review o­n the Pitchfork, but you can watch her play "Behind the House" o­n ACL as a preview.

THE YEAR AHEAD: London's Guardian spotlights ten bands ready to step up to the big stage this year, including The Shins and Art Brut. All ten have MySpace links. Speaking of THE SHINS, Heather Brown excerpts an interview conducted by John Krasinski of NBC's The Office.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS: Heather Browne is also streaming an unreleased track and a live track from the remastered double disc re-release of Car Wheels o­n A Gravel Road (which is also a subject of a contest giveaway at the link).

THE HOLD STEADY played a mini-set at the World Cafe you can stream from NPR now.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL of FAME inductees for 2007 are R.E.M., Patti Smith, Van Halen, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and The Ronettes. The Stooges, Chic, the Dave Clark Five and Joe Tex were snubbed. The next news will be the announcements of performers. Seems likely that R.E.M. will unite again -- Stipe and Mills joined Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 o­n January 7th, where they played a new song. The clips of their GA Music Hall of Fame reunion have been yanked from the Tube, but here's the original R.E.M. joining The Minus 5 o­n "Country Feedback." A Van Halen reunion of some sort is also possible, now that Eddie wants Dave to "get your a** up here and sing, b*tch!" Here's Patti Smith's version of "G-L-O-R-I-A" o­n a show that shall remain nameless, and The Ronettes singing "Be My Baby" o­n Shindig.

DAVID CROSBY is interviewed by The Australian o­n the eve of CSN's first tour Down Under in nearly 20 years.

DAVID BOWIE B-DAY REDUX: At Chromewaves, Frank rounded-up most of the British media coverage of Bowie's 60th. I'll throw in a story from the Daily Mail, which claims that a rejuvenated Bowie may revive Ziggy Stardust.

BLOC PARTY frontman Kele Okereke talked to London's Guardian about being the son of Nigerian immigrants, his confused sexuality and the new direction for his songwriting. There's currently plenty to stream via the ol' HM.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: the troubled singer is set to make his acting debut in a remake of Carry o­n Cruising, but the supposedly sober supermodel is not keen o­n the notion.

BRADGELINA: While Pitt tells the press he wants even more children, Jolie attacks Madonna for adopting a child "from a place where adoption is illegal."

SAMUEL L. JACKSON being tipped to play James Brown in the Spike Lee biopic o­n The Godfather of Soul.

WHITNEY HOUSTON o­nce told Newsweek that Rosie O'Donnell was a "fat b*tch," but the magazine pulled the insult, fearing it would upset the singer's fans. Newsweek correspondent Allison Samuels adds that "Whitney was clearly not in her right mind." That part I question.

NIKKI BACHARACH, daughter of Burt Bacharach and Angie Dickinson, committed suicide to escape the ravages to her brain brought o­n by Disorder, a form of autism.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH is looking to set up a dummy corporation so that the man who says he's her baby's daddy can

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Monterey Pop (day 1), Ron Sexsmith, Camera Obscura, Super-Hogzilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 08, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

OTIS REDDING at the MONTEREY POP FESTIVAL: An uncle gave me the Criterion Collection for Monterey Pop at Christmas, so I looked to see whether you too could chase away the Winter doldrums this week with music from the Summer of Love. Lo and behold, here's Otis with Booker T & the MGs and the Mar-Keys, playing "Shake," "Ive Been Loving You Too Long," "Respect" ("a song that a girl took away from me... a good friend of mine..."), "Satisfaction" and "Try a Little Tenderness." The clips vary in quality, but Otis never did.

RON SEXSMITH, championed by folks like Elvis Costello, Steve Earle and Chris Martin, has a new LP, Time Being, coming out this week. You can see the video for "All In Good Time" at his website and stream "Some Dusty Things" (which I might prefer) from HisSpace (which is also streaming his cover of "I Don't Like Mondays").

THE JACKIN' POP CRITICS' POLL results and ballots for 2006 are posted at Idolator.

DAVID BOWIE turns 60 today. London's Independent had a bref career overview o­n Sunday. I surveyed rare and odd Bowie videos last week. ELVIS PRESLEY, coincidentally, would have turned 71 today -- most of the links from this video roundup still work.

RYAN SHAW, whose debut album doesn't arrive until March, brought his classic Soul sound to the World Cafe Friday, so you can stream his full set from NPR now.

CAMERA OBSCURA has a trippy new video for "If Looks Could Kill," the Motown-influenced third single from Let's Get Out Of This Country. (Thanks, Chromewaves.)

CANUCK ROCK: Emily Haines of Metric talks to the Boston Herald about her excitement over the Canadian music scene: "This is maybe the first generation of Canadian musicians that don

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Mountain Goats, David Vandervelde, Cutout Bin, and a Two-Faced Calf   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 05, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with the MOUNTAIN GOATS at the M-SHOP, which Pate fans know is a fabulous, initmate venue in the Memorial Union at Iowa State University. There are four clips in total, though I'm partial as always to "This Year" and especially the anthemic finale of "No Children." Nice to see the kids in Ames are still as enthusiastic for the indie as they were in the 80s. BONUS: John Darnielle taks songwriting with the Sydney Morning Herald.

SXSW 2007: The Stooges, Bloc Party, Hoodoo Gurus, the Watson Twins, and the Stax 50th Anniversary Soul Review are among the first batch of confirmed acts. Pete Townshend is the keynoter; the interview series will include Gilberto Gil, Emmylou Harris, David Byrne, Terry McBride, Ricki Lee Jones, Booker T and Joe Boyd. The more curious can check the speculation at Donewaiting's unofficial festival blog.

WILCO: Rbally has posted a 2004 Italian gig, and we all know that TweedyCo is bootleg-friendly, so it's a guilt-free download. You can also jukebox it o­n the ol' HM.

DAVID VANDERVELDE is a wunderkind from my neck of the woods, so it's sad that Stereogum mentioned him first. He cites ELO, T-Rex, Todd Rundgren, and Colin Blunstone of The Zombies as influences, while his new label name-drops David Bowie as well. I recommend you stream a few from HisSpace, particularly "Jacket" and "Feet of a Liar."

STEPHEN MALKMUS: The former Pavement frontman talks about being a family man and drawing inspiration from "obscure Jesus music" he hunts down o­n eBay and elsewhere.

MODEST MOUSE gave up trying to stop the latest leak, so you can stream "Dashboard" from Pitchfork or at TheirSpace.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Me and Zero request you watch "This Beat Goes o­n/Switchin' to Glide" by The Kings. Sure, you're laughing derisively now, but you will click when no o­ne is watching. If nothing else, it's an excellent job of editing archival footage.

MY MORNING JACKET frontman Jim James talks to the L.A. Times about the annoying Southern rock label, the new live album/DVD and how the band was hurt by Sony's rootkit debacle. ALSO: The Stranger compares MMJ and Band of Horses, complete with the annoying Southern rock label.

THE FAKE FICTIONS got a nice profile in the Chicago Reader. You can stream their primitive power-pop at TheirSpace.

APPLES IN STEREO: Stereogum has posted a new track from the New Magnetic Wonder album due in February. You can stream "Energy" in all its lo-fi Beatle-esque goodness from the Hype Machine.

THE CUTOUT BIN: This Friday's fortutitous finds o­n the ol' HM include: Cheap Trick - Come o­n, Come o­n; Redd Kross - Lady in the Front Row; Kelley Stoltz - Birdies Singing; The Essex Green - Don't Know Why (You Stay); Great Lake Swimmers - See You o­n The Moon!; The Wrens - Ex-Girl Collection; Viva Voce - From the Devil Himself; The Kinks - Mindless Child Of Motherhood; Rockpile (with Robert Plant) - Little Sister (yep, that o­ne); Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint - Tears, Tears And More Tears; Gnarls Barkley - The Last Time (theirs, not the Stones'); Love - Be Thankful For What You Got; Hot Chip - Sexual Healing (Marvin Gaye); Lady Sovereign - Pretty Vacant (Sex Pistols); Art Brut - Nag Nag Nag Nag; Thea Gilmore - Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks); Luna - Everybody's Talking (Harry Nilsson); The Greenhornes with Holly Golightly - There Is An End; and Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights.

LINDSAY LOHAN had to have her appendix removed, after being diagnosed with appendicitis Wednesday. That's something even a million in jewelry won't fix.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's big releases are: the Shrek wannabe Happily N'Ever After, which is scoring a whopping 5 percent o­n the ol' Tomatometer; the janitor-turned-secret agent "comedy" Code Name: The Cleaner, which does better with a whopping 6 percent; inspirational classroom drama Freedom Writer, which scores 60 percent; and Alfonso Cuaron's dystopian Children of Men expands to 1200 screens with a score of 92 percent.

AWARDS SEASON: The Screen Actors Guild Award nominees are announced.

DAVID DENBY has an excellent essay in The New Yorker what is wrong (and right) with the movie biz in the Internet Age. I have mere minor quibbles with it; for example, i think that new theaters with stadium seating and built-in cup holders rawk.

MISS-CONDUCT: Will Miss USA Tara Conner pose for Playboy when she leaves rehab? The Donald would insist it be in "good taste." So I'm guessing Playboy will lose interest.

BRITNEY SPEARS is aware that her image has suffered lately, according to manager Larry Rudolph, who told USA Today: "Britney knows exactly what she needs to do. She's taking all the right steps. Britney Spears will be back and absolutely at the top of the entertainment industry very soon." And by "right steps," we mean "looking skanky and staying out until 2:30 a.m." But even better, the French Hotel reportedly tricked the pop tart into thinking she had jeopardized her chances of ever having an orgasm again by lighting the filter end of her cigarette. I couldn't make that up, so if the National Enquirer did, I congratulate them.

THE FRENCH HOTEL, meanwhile, is reportedly sleeping with a monkey. A female monkey named Brigitte Bardot. NTTAWWT.

JENNIFER LOPEZ cannot shake those questions about her desire to birth a child. But PEOPLE en Espa

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Candylion, Lennon-McCartney, Arcade Fire, Lewis Taylor, Albino Python   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 04, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

CANDYLION: The solo album from Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys is getting good reviews from Pitchfork and Gorilla vs. Bear, but while the Fork has it listed as a Team Love release, there's no listing for it at the label's site and GvsB was agnostic o­n a US release date. However, you can stream a few tracks from MySpace and watch the artsy-craftsy video for the title track.

SIR PAUL McCARTNEY is planning to finish an unreleased track he sang with JOHN LENNON. McCartney wanted it o­n The Beatles Anthology, but George Harrison claimed it was not good enough. Of course, now that George is dead, man (miss him, miss him), he cannot object.

MODEST MOUSE: Rolling Stone is killing music by posting a leaked track titled "Dashboard"from the band's upcoming LP. I looked for a streaming copy o­n the Hype Machine, but all posted versions have been wiped clean already -- which is impressive, as bands or labels have missed the HM in the past.  Another version of "Dashboard" was posted at Let's Sexy Fighting, so it may turn up streamable o­n the HM by the time you read this (or not).  Hearsay had a live version.

ARCADE FIRE: For example, since the band's label mistakenly posted a second advance track o­n iTunes, "Black Wave/Bad Vibrations" has turned up o­n Off The Record. But even if the label were to request its removal, a copy would still be streamable from the ol' HM for a while.

JONI MITCHELL is the subject of an upcoming tribute album with tracks from Sufjan Stevens, Emmylou Harris, Prince and more.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: You can thank Sylvia Hauser for sparking me to search out Lewis Taylor's video for "Stoned (Part I)." He's old skool funky Soul in the mode of Sly Stone, Marvin Gaye and Prince.

VANGUARD: The historic record label is opening a Digital Vault o­n iTunes this month, including rare and previously unreleased material.

BISHOP ALLEN: The Village Voice has a piece o­n the band's "near-catastrophic" project to release an EP every month in 2006, including some tracks as free downloads. You can stream a bunch of them o­n the ol' HM at the moment.

JENS LEKMAN has posted a brief essay o­n his next album, which he hopes to have finished by this summer. he talks about the humor involved -- and Ken King and I heard at least o­ne very funny unreleased song at the Pitchfork Fest last summer.

FAITHLESS is streaming a new song, "A Kind of Piece," featuring Chan Marshall, a/k/a Cat Power.

BRITNEY SPEARS has reportedly checked into an exclusive spa for some "R & R," but some are wondering if o­ne of those "R's" is rehab. Cindy Adams claims that her label thinks her new songs stink, which is saying something. The pop tart reportedly has commissioned a nude portrait of herself, apparently unaware she could just get the pics o­n the Internet.

LINDSAY LOHAN has not completely lost her mind (yet), as evidenced by her summary dismissal of advances from Kevin Federline.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and SCARLETT JOHANSSON are competing for biggest diva o­n the set of his new video. JT cannot have people look at him, while Scar-Jo cannot have anyone watch her eat.

WHITNEY HOUSTON is auctioning her underwear -- in addition to hundreds of her famous stage outfits and accessories -- an event that could earn her hundreds of thousands of dollars in welcome cash.

GEORGE MICHAEL pocketed

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