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Arcade Fire, Jimmy Webb, Walkmen, Living Colour, Porcupine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS "Tighten Up" for Jay.

ARCADE FIRE: Hear advance snippets from every song on The Suburbs. Also, next month's MSG show will be a live webcast.

JIMMY WEBB got a feature plus tracks on Weekend Edition Sunday.

THE WALKMEN drop "Stranded" as yet another advance track from Lisbon.

RA RA RIOT drops "Boy" as an advance track from The Orchard.

LIVING COLOUR, Live at the 9:30 Club, Jan. 24, 1989.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Ra Ra Riot, Agent Ribbons and, er, Liz Phair are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

CROWDED HOUSE, reunited, play "Twice If You're Lucky" for Fallon.

SLEIGH BELLS: Derek Miller talks to Weekly Dig about cheerleading's influence on the band's music. That influence is another reason I think I should like this band more than I actually do. (Thx, LHB.)

PITCHFEST REDUX:  Frank Yang has a more comprehensive review of last weekend's festival than mine, with photos, plus supplemental audio and video links. Be sure to check out all three parts.

ARIEL PINK talks to Mother Jones about his odd ways and newfound success.

THE BEST OF 2010 (So Far), according to MySpace.

LINDSAY LOHAN will serve only 12-13 days of her 90-day jail sentence.  The first hours may have been tough, but Li-Lo has found a friendly pharmacist to fill her prescriptions in the pokey.

MAD MEL UPDATE: RadarOnline has a picture of Gibson's baby with Oksana Grigorieva, taken after he allegedly struck the infant. TMZ has learned Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson grabbed her son and threw him onto a table in a fit of rage, all over a cigarette.  Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officials are looking into allegations that Gibson may have been the victim of an alleged extortion attempt by Grigorieva; she denies it.

SANDRA BULLOCK giving Jesse James a second chance?

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE could soon be married with a child.

CHRIS ISSAK may succeed Simon Cowell on American Idol.

BATMAN 3:  A studio casting grid lists The Riddler as the villain, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "interested."  JG-L appears in Christopher Nolan's Inception, along with a number of Nolan's Batman alumni, including Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, and Cillian Murphy.

10 UNDERAPPRECIATED SCI-FI MOVIES, according to LikeMe. (Thx, LHB.)

NORTH KOREA: The Obama admin. moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

IRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims to fight the "blind and savage terrorism" fuelled by the United States and Britain, whom he blamed for deadly bombings of an Iranian mosque.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani categorically denied the presence of al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden and Taliban leader Mulla Omar on Pakistani soil, despite the United States claim that they take refuge in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

PORCUPINE thinks he's a puppy.

RECKLESS SHRIMP: It's the Prozac.

CHINESE C*CK SOCCER Has PETA Crying Fowl: "China's Zhang Lijun hatched the idea in 2007, when she noticed her young cocks enjoyed playing with balls."

THOUSANDS OF SPIDERS were denied entry to Guam.

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RIP Andy Hummel, Liars, Amanda Palmer, Villagers, Parasailing Donkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAYER HAWTHORNE drops a video for the bouncy "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'."

LIARS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

AMANDA PALMER is streaming an EP of Radiohead covers... on ukulele.

VILLAGERS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

SUMMER PLUNGE 2010: A mix to stream or download from I Am Fuel, You Are Friends.

R.I.P., ANDY HUMMEL: Big Star's original bassist dies after a long battle with cancer, less than four months after the death of the band's frontman, Alex Chilton.  Hummel wrote "Way Out West," though he's not on this live version.

THE MERCURY PRIZE finalists are announced.

THE VASELINES talk to the Guardian about making their second LP, 20 years after their debut.

THE INDIE PROFESSOR: Why do places like Manchester and Seattle have flourishing indie scenes?

THE GO-BETWEENS: Robert Forster talks to the Guardian about the bridge named after the band, pop, tattoos - and haircare.

LINDSAY LOHAN was cuffed and went to jail, as Robert Shapiro stopped representing her. Lohan was accompanied by lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley, who quit earlier this month, because Lohan was an uncontrollable client.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The latest Gibson tape directly involes the accusation that he struck baby mama Oksana Grigorieva and their baby daughter.

SANDRA BULLOCK got a restraining order against an alleged stalker. Again.

JESSE JAMES can take his daughter Sunny to live in Texas, the court hearing his custody battle with Janine Lindemulder rules.

JENNA FISCHER's wedding was officiated by Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is a minister of the Universal Life Church.

WARRANT singer Jani Lane pleaded no contest to DUI and has been ordered to serve 120 days in jail.

BILL MURRAY sits down with GQ to discuss everything from the lameness of Ron Howard to the genius of Kung Fu Hustle.

M. NIGHT SHAMALAYAN is now a punchline.

STAR TREK 2 starts shooting in January 2011, according to Bruce Greenwood.

TERROR in NYC: A secret FBI test of a correctly made version of the Times Square bomb revealed that it "would have killed thousands of people."

IRAN: Conservative opponents of Ahmadinejad have launched a rearguard action aimed at weakening him and preventing one of his hard-line followers from succeeding him in the next presidential election. The European Union is considering stiffening sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program, but is also seeking to set a new date for talks.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai seeks to receive control of security responsibilities by 2014.

PARACHUTING DONKEY shocks Russian beachgoers.

25 RATTLERS in a BUCKET: Officials say Terry Brian Teeter had as many as 32 snakes but he gave some away and ate two others.


KILLER BEAVERS defended by dog owners.

A DEER SHOT A BIKER? Seems unlikely.

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New Releases, Menomena, Jesca Hoop, NPs, Cows   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KLAXONS drop a video for "Echoes," which is not a Pink Floyd cover.

NEW RELEASES: Kristen Hersh, These United States, Mountain Man, The Books and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

MENOMENA is advance streaming Mines.

JESCA HOOP is advance streaming Hunting My Dress.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE OLD 97s drop a cover of the Stones' "Rocks Off" as a teaser to their new EP.

THE KINKS: "Last of the Steam Powered Trains" and "Picture Book," circa 1969, from the album The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, for Twofer Tuesday. (Thx, Jay Cost.)

BUILT TO SPILL: Doug Martsch talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about two decades under the radar.

LOVE LANGUAGE:  Stuart McLamb talks to PopMatters about the band's move to Merge, the major differences in songwriting and recording between the debut album and Libraries, and his not-so-secret love of Amy Grant. LL bandmates Missy Thangs and BJ Burton join in on the fun.

MAVIS STAPLES answers 5 Questions for the Detroit Free Press.

U2, AC/DC & BEYONCE top Forbes Top Earning Musicians list.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's rep denies the report that the family is headed to a land Down Under.  Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva reportedly signed an agreement with Gibson for a 15 million dollar deal, which would have kept the Mel tapes secret, but she ultimately walked away from it. The dentist who examined Grigorieva the day after the January 6 showdown with Gibson now says she was indeed struck in the mouth.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Robert Shapiro has not convinced her that she must surrender to a jail sentence.

TIGER WOODS: Mistress No. 1 Rachel Uchitel is headed to Celebrity Rehab (along with Jeremy London), not Celebrity Apprentice.

BRITNEY SPEARS: The child abuse investigation against her was dropped by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, according to RadarOnline.

ANCHORMAN 2 would have been a musical, but is not being made.

THOR: The new set photo isn't doing much for me, sadly.

GLEE: A rep for Filipino teen singer Charice Pempengco denies that the upcoming Glee star, 18, underwent Botox to change her appearance.

JERSEY SHORE: The cast is on strike. The producers are playing hardball, but are close to a deal for a hefty raise.

SYRIA has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities to prevent what it sees as a threat to its secular identity.

IRAQ is calling on international oil companies that won contracts to develop 11 oil and gas fields to show they are able to meet their obligations.

COWS: Let's go to the video.

RUNAWAY LEMURS are recaptured in an Austrian bar. 

THE HORTON PLAINS SLENDER LORIS: Photographed for the first time.

THE SWARM: Did they come to see the Marlins or the Nationals?

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Broken Social Scene, The Heavy, Quasi, Inception, Melon Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE AVETT BROS premiere "Head Full of Doubt - Road Full of Promise" at NPR.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE HEAVY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. How you like them now?

QUASI did three free songs for Daytrotter, with an illustration reminiscent of The Kids Are Alright.

MOSE ALLISON: The American music icon stopped by the WFUV studios for a chat and mini-set.

THE KINGSMEN: "Money (That's What I Want)," in glorious color.

PITCHFEST NOTES:  Broken Social Scene overcame some early sound difficulties to rock the crowd on Friday.  "Forced to Love" and "Super-Connected" struck me as particularly killer.  BSS has lost a bit of its earnestness since last I saw them, but they made up for it with some real swagger, definitely growing into bigger stages and crowds.  As much as I wanted Modest Mouse to make me a fan, they remain in the "respect, but don't love" bin.  Titus Andronicus may have had the strongest set I saw Saturday, defying stifling heat and humidity to deliver a dynamic high-octane set that employed guests from tourmates Hallelujah the Hills for the band's newer, Americana-tinged punk anthems; frontman Patrick Stickles was more charismatic than I thought he'd be, too.  Saturday actually started with a set by Free Energy, a 70s-style stoner pop band I like more in concept than execution -- but they endeared me to them a bit more live, as they seem a bit more comfy on a stage than in a studio at this point.  Sonny & the Sunsets were casual and charming; though I've compared them to She & Him, they often sounded  bit like the mutant off spring of the Modern Lovers and X, which ain't bad.  The Smith Westerns impressed me a bit more live, though that may be because it hadn't struck me that they're all too young to drink in Illinois.  Caught the last half of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, which is still impressive all these years later; I wonder if Jon ever wonders why Jack White made it bigger than him. (Here's local critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis on Day 2.)  I didn't go in for much of Sunday, as there was a rain storm early, with more in the forecast; I didn't want weather to force me out before Pavement.  I caught Girls, Beach House and St. Vincent on the webcast, all of whom did just fine (and probably sounded better on the webcast than over the P.A.), though from what I read on Twitter, I still would have preferred Local Natives in lieu of Beach House.  While awaiting Pavement, I could not help but see Big Boi.  I like him okay in OutKast, and his set wasn't bad, but they had the backing tracks hooked up to his videoes way too much for my taste; it's the sort of thing that makes me think even rappers don't find rappers compelling to watch.  Finally, there was Pavement, who were really, really good (even though Malkmus was having a little trouble with his voice and there was intermittent bass feedback). They seemed tighter than on the records (and I suspect tighter than they were back in the day).  The set list was primarily from their Matador records, though they reached back for some choice cuts like "Stereo" and "Trigger Cut."  In any event, it's a strange and amusing experience to hear a crowd that large shouting in unison things like "...and we're coming to the chorus now..." (during "Gold Soundz").  A satisfying capper to a fest that I think otherwise had less overall energy than some past years.

SHE & HIM: M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel pick their musical love letters to California.

SGT. PEPPER: Geoff Emerick -- the original engineer on the Beatles milestone -- talks to Blender about working with Cheap Trick on Sgt. Pepper Live.

10 ESSENTIAL TEENBEAT ALBUMS, compiled by Douglas Wolk.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Inception takes the top slot with 60.4 million -- a tribute to the drawing power of DiCaprio and director Chris Nolan, as it's not like this is an easy film to explain and market. Despicable Me drops a respectable 42 percent to bring in 32.7 million as it passes the 100 million mark. The Sorcerer's Apprentice debuts at No.3, taking in 17.3 million and 24.5 million since opening last week.  Seems problematic against a 150 million budget.  The Twilight Saga: Eclipse drops 57 percent to the fourth slot with 13.5 million -- but it has already raked in almost 265 million domestic against a 68 million budget.  Toy Story 3 drops 44 percent to round out the Top Five, but that 13.5 million is just art of the 362.7 million it has made domestically against a 200 million budget.

INCEPTION: Chris Nolan strikes again.  After The Dark Knight, he veers back to the more overtly psychological.  Though less challenging than Memento, exceedingly well done.  There aren't any star turns to speak of, as it's truly an ensemble effort.

MAD MEL UPDATE:  RadarOnline runs a picture purporting to show Gibson's baby mama Oksana Grigorieva after he allegedly punched her in the mouth.  Meanwhile, the competition seems plugged into TeamGibson.  Sources connected with the dentist who treated Grigorieva tell TMZ the dentist believes "100% the photo circulating on the Internet has been altered," though he also said one of her veneers was cracked and another broken.  And sources connected with Gibson tell TMZ they have "hard proof" Grigorieva tried to extort the actor-director.  And sources connected with the investigation say the photos and video of Grigorieva's alleged injuries are raising "serious questions" about her story that Gibson struck her.  The Daily Mail claims Mel is selling the mansion and having his ex and kids return with him to Australia.

JOHN STAMOS: The Michigan couple accused of trying to extort 680k from the actor -- claiming they had photos of the actor with strippers and cocaine -- was found guilty and now face 5 years in prison.

TIGER WOODS: Donald Trump offered the golfer's mistress numero uno Rachel Uchitel a job on the next season of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

MELISSA ETHERIGE claims her ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels used their kids as pawns to serve her with court papers.

WESLEY SNIPES is looking at hard time for tax evasion.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT answers 20 Questions for Playboy. Read it for the articles!

DARK SHADOWS: Warner Brothers has tapped Seth Grahame-Smith -- who wrote both Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies -- to pen the screenplay for the Johnny Depp-led old skool vampire reboot.

FRANCE: Officials say rioters burned cars and shot at police in Grenoble while protesting the police shooting of a man accused of robbing a casino. Le Monde says the youths started their rampage after hearing a Muslim imam give a ceremony for an alleged robber -- a tidbit you won't see reported by Reuters, Bloomberg, the Telegraph, etc.  Those of you thinking that journalists are always interested in reportiong why things happen are sadly mistaken.

IRAN: The CIA is investigating whether Shahram Amiri, the Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US but last week flew back to Tehran, was a double agent.  His role as one of the sources for the now heavily disputed 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that downplayed Iran's suspected nuclear weapons operations has raised further doubts.  Iran's main reformist political party has issued a daring statement blaming the government of Ahmadinejad for a Thursday evening double-suicide bombing that killed at least 27 people and injured hundreds in southwest Iran. Having successfully suppressed the opposition uprising that followed last summer's disputed presidential election, Ahmadinejad and his supporters are now renewing their efforts to marginalize another rival group - Iran's traditional conservatives.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO is failing to win hearts and minds in Afghanistan, according to a poll released on Friday showing most people in Taliban heartlands view foreign troops negatively and believe the Taliban should join the government.   However, 55 percent of Afghans surveyed believed NATO and the Afghan government were winning the war against Taliban insurgents.  Leaders in the US military are turning to the author of the book "Three Cups of Tea," Greg Mortenson, for help on that front.

KITTEN vs WATERMELON: Let's go to the video.

WHEN BAMBI ATTACKS:. Some "wacko" deer have residents of a community in eastern British Columbia on edge after a newspaper carrier was attacked twice in a week.

MAX the DOG, trapped in a car on a 90-degree day in eastern Pennsylvania, honked the horn until he was rescued.

KILLER CROC eats a puppy, and nothing can be done with the croc since it is an endangered species.

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PitchFest, Danger Mouse, Great Covers, Cutout Bin, Timmy+Tanya   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL! I've got my tickets, though I doubt I'll take the Bataan Death March approach of prior years. The big draw (for me and in general) is the reunited Pavement, whom I never saw the first time around.  Fortunately, I'm much less keen on buzz band Sleigh Bells than I should be on paper, so I'll be able to camp for a good spot for Pavement on Sunday Night.  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  Modest Mouse is the big draw on Friday, though I'm more excited about seeing Broken Social Scene again, after missing their last tour. I'm not a big fan of Saturday's big act, LCD Soundsystem, but I'll be there earlier in the day for bands like Titus Andronicus and the even more obscure Sonny & the Sunsets.  Sunday looks to be an all-day affair, with bands like Best Coast, Girls, Local Natives and St. Vincent (pictured) looming large on my sked (also Beach House, if I can squeeze 'em in). And chances are I'll run across a band or two that unexpectedly impresses along the way.  But even if I don't, the 3-day pass was a steal for the amount of music to see and hear (even if the storms come Sunday).

50s NOSTALGIA by 80s BABIES? All Songs Considered considers what I think is more fairly described as the more timeless elements in songs from She & Him, Mynabirds, The Like, Best Coast and Surfer Blood, as I don't think any of them are a straight nostalgia play.

DANGER MOUSE & DAVID LYNCH stopped by KCRW to talk up Dark Night of the Soul.

FIVE GREAT COVER SONGS from 2010 (So Far).

HARVEY FUQUA: Oliver Wang picks 5 must-hear works from the late Motown producer.

ADMIRAL RADLEY: Members of Earlimart and Grandaddy stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GARY NUMAN plays "Cars" on 24 cars, powered by a DieHard battery.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Under the Radar talks to Stephin Merritt's long-time collaborator Claudia Gonson about the new behind-the scenes documentary on the band.

GOGOL BORDELLO frontman Lionel Hutz talks to Spinner about the band's raucous internationalism.

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about how husband Lou Reed helped her finish her new album.

CUTOUT BIN: From The Stooges to Simon & Garfunkel, from the Clash to Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood, from Edwin Starr to the Young Fresh Fellows, plus Stealer's Wheel, REM, Buffalo Springfield, Led Zeppelin, Simple Minds and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide release is Christopher Nolan's Inception, which is currently scoring 89 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, while The Sorcerer's Apprentice opened Wednesday, scoring 41 percent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva says Gibson hit and bruised his baby daughter - and there are photos to prove it, according to RadarOnline, which also has another really NSFW audio rant from the actor-director.  Gibson's lawyers claim to have hard evidence the tapes Grigorieva secretly recorded have been tampered with and edited. Also, Gibson's soon-to-be ex-wife, Robyn, has written a sworn declaration on behalf of Mel, saying he has never physically abused her or any of their children in the 28 years they were married.

LINDSAY LOHAN has picked up famed lawyer Robert Shapiro as her attorney; his plan is not to appeal Lindsay's 90-day jail sentence, but to have her check into a sober living home in which he's involved.

STEVEN SEAGAL: A million-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former assistant against the former action star has been dismissed in Los Angeles.

OPRAH is down in the basement, looking for her lost viewers.

KELSEY GRAMMER didn't have a prenup, and will pay the price of romanticism.

EMMA STONE is profiled at GQ.

PETER FERNANDEZ, the actor and voice director best known as the title character in the animated Speed Racer series, passed away yesterday due to lung cancer. He was 83. Go, Speed, Go! (Thx, Duchess Rebecca.)

AFGHANISTAN: The quality and reliability of the Afghan army have been called into question by the Pentagon. Meanwhile, the Afghan government on Wednesday approved a program to establish local defense forces that American military officials hope will help remote areas of the country thwart attacks by Taliban insurgents. And the CSM reports on what Kandahar residents say about the war.

IRAQ: The United States handed over the last detention facility under its control to Iraqi authorities on Thursday.

TIMMY & TANYA: A bullied, lonely tortoise finds love with a plastic toy female.

KITTEHS rescued in Afghanistan. Awww.... some pics at the link.

A BULL rammed his horns into the groin of a British tourist as 11 people were injured on the last day of the Pamplona festival in northern Spain.

CHUPACABRAS: The legendary chupacabra -- the goat-sucker animal once believed to roam in Miami-Dade -- is rearing its ugly head again, this time in Texas.

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