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Frank Black, M Ward, BSS, Evangelicals, and a Manatee in Memphis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 25, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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FRANK BLACK tells NME that there will be a new Pixies album, provided Kim Deal turns up to rehearse in January. He talks more about his new band with the A.V. Club. Here's his solo acoustic version of the classic "Duke of Earl" at a 1993 in-store.

THE HOLD STEADY included a free, limited edition comic with their new album in some stores, which you can download at Chromewaves, where Frank has even more linkage than I had the other day.

M WARD came up with the Kinks and Louie Armstrong when he shuffled his iPod for the A.V. Club. You can stream or download Ward's set for the Interface via AOL.

THE KING IS DEAD: Elvis Presley is no longer the top-earning dead celebrity. You can find out which musician replaced him at the link.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Bradley's Almanac has a live set from Brandeis University o­n October 16th, which you can jukebox via the Hype Machine. The band also released a video for "Major Label Debut," which is misnamed (but very catchy), with plenty of fun and funny footage from their last tour. Be sure to watch for the surprise ending.

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: Keeping it seasonal with Donovan's solo singalong of "Season of the Witch" from October 25, 2003 and the cover version by Luna from the soundtrack of I Shot Andy Warhol.

THE DECEMBERISTS get a live review of their gig at the Wiltern in Variety, while frontman Colin Meloy tells the Dallas Morning News that he made sure the band's major-label debut "fit with our discography."

THE EVANGELICALS have released "The Halloween Song" which you can stream and download via MySpace. The band's So Gone album scored a respectable 8.1 from Pitchfork, which has more free MP3s for you.

WE ARE SCIENTISTS: Stereogum reprints a hysterical exchange between bassist Chris Cain and a disappointed fan o­n the band's message board. Plus, In keeping with the season, you can watch Cain discuss werewolves between songs at the famed Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.

PETE DOHERTY UPDATE: Does rehab make you cranky? The troubled singer faced a police investigation in Rome after he was involved in a brawl with an Italian photographer outside his hotel, which left him covered in blood. The brawl occurred after Doherty broke a microphone stand and brandished it before fans during a Babyshambles concert at the Piper club. Doherty reportedly broke all the instruments o­nstage during the stormy concert.

THE McCARTNEYS: Heather Mills plans to sue the Daily Mail and the London Evening Standard over what she claims were "false, damaging and immensely upsetting" statements surrounding her divorce from Sir Paul. Interestingly, the news accounts are fuzzy as to whether this relates directly to leaked documents of abuse claims she is allegedly making against the ex-Fab. Ratther, the lawyers said it was "entirely false" that Mills had been offered a

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Runaways, New Releases, secret S-h-i-n-s, John Hiatt, a Llama on the Loose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE RUNAWAYS' drummer Sandy West has died of lung cancer at 47. Bandmate Joan Jett: "I am overcome from the loss of my friend... She was an exuberant and powerful drummer." You can see West really pound the skins o­n the classic "Wild Thing" and with the Runaways o­n Lou Reed's "Rock and Roll." Jett, meanwhile, made NPR's Song of the Day with a cover of the Sweet's "A.C.D.C."

NEW RELEASES: Who's Left, Bright Eyes, Sparta (ex-At the Drive-In), Paul Stanley, The Walkmen remake of PussyCats, and The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack are all streaming in full from AOL this week. Pulp has a Comlete Peel Sessions disc. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin gets a re-release of their 2005 album, Broom, o­n a bigger indie label. Jeff Tweedy's Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest comes out o­n DVD.

COURTNEY LOVE producer Linda Perry told Billboard not o­nly that Love is "the queen of rock 'n' roll," but also that "Courtney Love's name should be right next to Bob Dylan when they say best lyricist of all time." Sorry if you just snorted your drink back out through your nose; I really should have warned you.

THE SHINS' next album, Wincing the Night Away, is not due until January 23rd, 2007. Rolling Stone has been digging their advance copy, and the album has leaked o­nto the internet. The lawyer-types are contacting music bloggers posting tracks and having them taken down. But things don't disappear quite as quickly from the Hype Machine, so you might still be able to stream the Spector-esque "Turn o­n Me," not to mention "Sleeping Lessons," "Phantom Limb" and "Australia." And even if they have disappered into the ethernet, you can enjoy the band's unplugged goof o­n "Hot For Teacher." Yes, that "Hot For Teacher."

THE 50 MOST ESSENTIAL CDs SINCE 2001, according to Harp magazine (via Each Note Secure, which discusses some obvious omissions).

SEEN YOUR VIDEO: John Hiatt does a little Dracula impression at the outset of this live take o­n "Something Wild" from Austin City Limits.

RICHARD HAWLEY: An Aquarium Drunkard has an interview and unplugged tracks to stream or download from SXSW 2006.

ART BRUT: USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson recently posted a brief live review and interview with frontman Eddie Argos which touches o­n a few points I didn't get to in my recent live review. And yes, it's a cheap excuse to point everyone back to the band's MySpace page, because they rawk.

MAXWELL'S, the New Jersey club well-known to fans of indie bands including the dB's, The Feelies, Yo La Tengo, and many more, is profiled in the Hudson Reporter.

A SAD DAY FOR MUSIC-BLOGGING: Frank Yang of Chromewaves is going to try to slow down a little, while Jennings of the bootleg-rich rbally is taking a more serious hiatus.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: The supposedly sober supermodel arrived back from a romantic trip to Italy with the troubled singer wearing a ring o­n her wedding finger. She later tried to conceal the ring from the paparazzi.

MADONNA is going o­n the Oprah Winfrey Show this week to discuss her decision to adopt a 13-month-old boy from Malawi. Will she be asked about the boy's father's claim that he didn't know he was giving up custody permanently? If so, Madge will probably note that a senior Malawian government official has dismissed the father's claims as untrue.

WARNER BROS. stands accused of making empty promises to provide prosthetic limbs to orphaned African amputees and then reneging so that the studio's movie Blood Diamond could get extra publicity.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: For the first time this season, Cruise and Holmes were a no-show at Cruise's daughter Isabella's soccer game this weekend, re-igniting rumors that their wedding is imminent.

WESLEY SNIPES, indicted o­n US tax fraud charges, has been snapped in Namibia, where the actor is reportedly filming a movie titled, Gallowwalker.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH reportedly confessed during her pregnancy that Larry Birkhead was the father of her baby. The model is getting the boot from her Bahamas pad at the end of the month. And she can look forward to some fresh grief

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Rolling Stones, Wilco, Hold Steady, McCartney Divorce Dirt, a Blue Budgie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 23, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE ROLLING STONES: With Halloween a little over week away, my thoughts tend to drift toward the Band of the Living Dead. An Aquarium Drunkard has posted a streamable bootleg EP circa 1973, with the same title as a never officially-released Stones documentary, the title of which cannot be repeated here. Last week's Stevie Wonder-Stones clip is from that movie, as are these clips of Keef playing piano and talking about how to start a band, as well as the band dressing back stage and a live take o­n "Street Fighting Man."

PITCHFORK is trying to keep some indie street cred by snubbing Microsoft's offer to generate new content with them or create a new section o­n our site specifically for users of the new MS MP3 player, Zune.

WILCO played DC's 9:30 Club Thursday night; the gig featuring new and old songs is streaming from NPR now in Real and Windows format.

LLOYD COLE recently talked to London's Sunday Times about his new album, gardening and Joan Didion.

THIRTEEN SERIOUSLY SCARY ALBUM COVERS, courtesy of The A.V. Club. Cannibal Corpse makes the list; so does Barbra Streisand.

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks about baseball, booze and Boys and Girls in America with Vancouver's Straight.com. Finn and guitarist Tad Kubler explain the new album's title and more for the Hartford Courant. And it turns out that keyboardist Franz Nicolay can definitiely pull off Zorro for Halloween in the band's new video for "Chips Ahoy," which also borrows a little from Monty Python's "Wicker's World" sketch, I think.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL tells London's Sunday Times that she is "a bit of an oddball for a girl," adding: "I

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Beat Farmers, Halloween Music, Cutout Bin, a Dog in a Drain   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 20, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEAT FARMERS! The video quality leaves a bit to be desired but this early concert shows you the beginning of a great live band. A few years later, when I would invite people to see the band, I would be asked what to expect. I would say, "Remember that scene from the Blues Brothers where they play behind chicken wire? Like that, but without the chicken wire." Oh, to see them play to the bikers in Boulder! These clips are more about the music than the circus, including "Bigger Stones," the band's smoking cover of the Lovin Spoonful's "Never Goin' Back," the late Country Dick Montana's early take o­n "California Kid," and an infamous encore. All those clips and more are at that first link.

THE SPRINGFIELD MASSACRE UPDATE: There is video of Jeff Tweedy wacking the dude who rushed him o­n stage at the Wilco gig in Springfield, MO the other day, as well as a clip of Tweedy's o­n-stage apology. There's also a statement up at WilcoWorld, which is where "the Springfield Massacre" was coined.

TWO GALLANTS: Daytrotter has more reax o­n the band's altercation with a Houston cop last week, with my favorite being from Trainwreck Riders bassist Sean Kohler: "It said that he got attacked. Who

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Tweedy Violence, Bond Themes, McCartney Divorce Dirt, Indian Monkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 08:00 AM
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JEFF TWEEDY apparently made like Keef Richards and clocked a fan who rushed the stage at a Wilco gig in Sprigfield MO. Which is an appropos introduction to the video for "The Thanks I Get" from Tweedy's upcoming solo DVD.

CHUCK BERRY celebrated his 80th birthday last night with an intimate concert at his favourite St Louis, MO club.

THE NAME IS BOND: ANABlog celebrates that ex-Soundgardener Chris Cornell got to record "You Know My Name" as the theme for Casino Royale by posting all of the Bond movie themes, including "Goldfinger," "Thunderball" and Nancy Sinatra's "You Only Live Twice." You can jukebox 'em all via the Hype Machine.

THE NEW BEATLES ALBUM: Will it be a gas, or a ball of confusion? NME has the details.

CALIFONE, originally a recording project of ex-Red Red Meat singer-guitarist Tim Rutili, is weaving electronics into their Americana without sounding like Wilco. Roots and Crowns is garnering universal acclaim, according to Metacritic. You can stream a bunch now via the Hype Machine.

STEVIE WONDER and the ROLLING STONES play a medley of "Uptight" and "Satisfaction" o­n the Stones' 1972 tour. More recently, Stevie received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Civil Rights Museum.

MY MORNING JACKET: Stereogum can hook you up with streaming audio of "O Is The One That Is Real," from MMJ's live album, Okonokos.

THE HOLD STEADY gets a good review for Boys and Girls in America from the Twin Cities' City Pages, while frontman Craig Finn tells the A.V. Club: "my first exposure to music was meeting Rick Nielsen when I was about six." Which explains a lot.

BELINDA CARLISLE is wrapping a French-language solo album, Voila. Stereogum has posted her cover of Serge Gainsbourg's "Bonnie et Clyde."

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE: Though the troubled singer's solicitor described his battle to come off drugs as a "mixed bag" in court yesterday, it was also implied that he was living with the supposedly sober supermodel and that this would be helpful in his rehab.

THE McCARTNEYS' divorce is getting very ugly , with Heather Mills alleging -- among other things -- that she was throttled, stabbed in the arm and denied a bedpan by Sir Paul the Cute. RTWT! Sir Paul was unavailable for official comment today but a close source vehemently denied the accusations made in the papers lodged in the High Court's family division. His lawyers say he will respond in court.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The bodyslamming of Spenderline keeps getting yanked from YouTube, but it's o­n Google Video at the link, y'all!

TOM-KAT UPDATE: The latest rumor is that the Cruise-Holmes wedding is moving from California to Italy.

BRADGELINA: The residents of Pune, India are getting tired of the Pitt-Jolie security demands. Too bad Jolie can't shoot A Mighty Heart in Namibia.

VAUGHNISTON: Friends of Jennifer Aniston tell Us Weekly that the break-up with Vince Vaughn has been downgraded to a "break."

JESSICA SIMPSON: The pneumatic blonde is her own publicist for now, which might explain why Nick Lachey's newest album has sold twice as many copies as hers.

WHITNEY HOUSTON and BOBBY BROWN BREAK-UPDATE: Houston has officially filed for divorce, a month after filing for legal separation from Brown.

PAMELA ANDERSON is trying to have Kid Rock impregnate her. And the accompanying photo is either really flattering, or Pam has had a face lift.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and LANCE ARMSTRONG are not gay for each other. McConaughey tells Details magazine: "We tried it. Wasn't for us." NTTAWWT.

IS EDDIE MURPHY THE FATHER of a Scary Spice baby? Could be.

GREY'S ANATOMY: The ever-reliable National Enquirer claims that Isaiah Washington hurled a gay slur at co-star Patrick Dempsey during last week's o­n-set brawl. "The melee has set off World War III o­n the show and may cost Isaiah his job," an insider supposedly told the tab. And yet I would still rather look at Katherine Heigl in a red bikini.

FULL DISCLOSURE: Megan Mcardle asks: "How much better would it be if when you used that phrase, you actually had to reveal something interesting?"

THE CONSPIRACY INDUSTRY is analyzed in the afterword to Debunking 9/11 Myths: Why Conspiracy Theories Can't Stand Up to the Facts, by The Editors of Popular Mechanics.

NORTH KOREA has told China that it is prepared to conduct "as many as three additional tests" following its first nuclear experiment.

IRAQ: Dozens of al Qaeda-linked gunmen took to the streets of Ramadi to announce the city was joining an Islamic state. However, at ITM, Mohammed writes that "Nothing changed in my life as a Baghdadi since my city was announced a part of the Islamic State of al-Qaeda." Prime Minister al-Maliki ordered the release of a senior figure in the Moqtada al-Sadr's organisation, who was detained by US troops in Baghdad o­n Tuesday. Moqtada has clout with al-Maliki's party. Calm largely returned to the city of Balad by Tuesday, as Iraqi army troops forced Shiite militiamen out of police cars commandeered for sectarian revenge killing. Phillip Carter, who returned from Iraq last month after serving with the Army

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