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Wild Beasts, Stars of Track & Field, AA Body, Beatles, Giant Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILD BEASTS drop a video for "All The Kings Men," and I think they get that it's kinda funny. Their upcoming LP is streaming via SoundVenue.

STARS OF TRACK AND FIELD is advance streaming the A Time for Lions album.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Pitchfork about his semi-Biblical album, The Life of the World to Come (due in October).

A.A. BONDY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his new album, the battle between artist intent and audience interpretation, recording...and whether cashing in on the Twilight vampire craze is something in which he's interested in. Streaming audio included.

THE BEATLES: The Telegraph lists 20 things you didn't know about the Fab Four (I knew most of them). The Salt Lake Tribune names the best Beatle book (and I recommend it, too). The Observer dares imagine a world without the Beatles.

BIG STAR: "September Gurls" do so much. Throw in The Bangles and it will be the like Twofer Tuesday I skipped yesterday.

46 ESSENTIAL ROCK READS, listed by the L.A. Times. Oddly, the first two in alphabetical order may be the two most essential.

FALL PREVIEW, courtesy of Paste magazine.

ECHO and the BUNNYMEN maestro Ian McCulloch talks to Rolling Stone about the band's new album, and milestones.

DANIEL JOHNSTON is profiled by Vue Weekly.

NINE, which opens today with a borderline fresh rating on the ol' Tomatometer, has another clip online.

JANET JACKSON is rehearsing for a Michael Jackson tribute at the MTV Video Awards this weekend.

TILA TEQUILA claims she is allergic to alcohol, which would tend to contradict the defense of NFL star and boyfriend Shawne Merriman to her claims of battery and false imprisonment.

GEORGE CLOONEY went public with his new galpal, Italian TV presenter Elisabetta Canalis.

TERI HATCHER is training for a triathalon.

THE BEE GEES -- or what's left of them -- are set to reunite for a series of live shows, six years after the death of their bandmate and brother Maurice Gibb.

JOHN MAYER and... Kristin Cavallari?

ANNIE LEIBOVITZ, elegendary celeb photog, was in talks with a creditor owed 24 million dollars as a deadline passed for her to repay the money or risk losing the rights to her life's work.

KEVIN SMITH did a 24-hour tweet-a-thon with fans. /Film collected the interesting movie tweets.

IRAN: France and Israel accuse UN watchdog Mohamed El Baradei of deliberately hiding evidence of Iran's work on a nuclear bomb. Ahmadinejad says negotiations over his country's right to a nuclear program would be off the table.

AFGHANISTAN: Ahmed Rashida Pakistani journalist who has covered Afghanistan for 30 years, argues for a "Keep it Simple" strategy. He also correctly notes that contarry to the popular view, Afghanistan was not a failed state for most of the 20th century.

A NEW SPECIES OF GIANT RAT, has been discovered deep in the jungle of Papua New Guinea.

FANGED FROGS, from the same jungle.

THE SWAMP is friendly!

RHINO treated for flaky skin problem in Atlanta.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED YELLOW SPIDER has been named after David Bowie. I'm hoping it's not from Mars.

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New Releases, Big Star, Raveonettes, J Lennon, Dog Pool   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 08, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



NEW RELEASES: Yo La Tengo, Polvo, Sondre lerche, Os Mutantes, Phish, A Fine Frenzy, and more are streaming this week via Spinner. Taken by Trees may still be streaming via NPR (if not, try Drowned In Sound).

BIG STAR is advance streaming the first disc from their upcoming box set, including demos and alternate takes on their classics.

SONDRE LERCHE played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

DALE WATSON did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, all taken from Truckin' Sessions: Volume Two.

EARTH, WIND and FIRE: Because it's "September."

THE RAVEONETTES offered an exclusive advance track, "Last Dance," to stream or download at EW. And it's pretty awesome.

THE SIX PILLARS OF SOUTHERN ROCK, according to the Arizona Republic, with embedded audio.

JOHN LENNON: The lost interviews, uncovered by the Times of London.

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. is reuniting for a UK tour in December, to mark the 30th anniversary of their second album, Metal Box.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Final Destination repeats at No.1, making 15.4 million over the long weekend and clearing a path to be the biggest grosser of the franchise. Inglourious Basterds held a close second with 15 million as it closes in on 100 million domestic, making all concerned smile.  All About Steve debuted in third with 14 million, despite Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper in the leads. Indeed, the trajectory over the course of the weekend points to this one tanking quickly.  Gamer debuted in fourth place with 11.2 million, which is good only because of its meager 12 million budget.  District 9 rounded out the Top Five with a 9 million take that pushed it over the 100 million mark domestically.

EXTRACT, the latest comedy from Mike Judge, debuted in tenth which is too bad.  I cannot say that it was as funny as Office Space or Idiocracy, but it deserved a better marketing campaign, and a better fate, than this.  Jason Bateman was as good as always, and Ben Affleck was actually intentionally funny.  Mila Kunis was also as charming as called for, though we could always use more of her.

TILA TEQUILA was hospitalized early Sunday following an altercation with her San Diego Chargers boyfriend, Shawne Merriman.  The linebacker was arrested and accused of choking and restraining his girlfriend, but Merriman suggests he was trying to stop her from leaving because she was intoxicated.

MATT DAMON enjoyed packing on the pounds for his role in The Informant.

LINDSAY LOHAN and her underaged sister Ali were spotted clubbing with Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, I Love You, Man).

AMY WINEHOUSE and ex husband Blake Fielder-Civil are back together, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL grew up believing her sister Emily was from the planet Neptune? That's one among many observations in an interview with the Daily Mail.

DOG PLAYING POOL: Let's go to the video.

PYTHON in a TOILET: Twice the size of a man.

SCOOTER, claimed to be the smallest dog in the world, died after reacting badly to medication following a broken leg.

DOG and CHEETAH, joyriding together... mass hysteria!

JUST WHEN YOU THUOUGHT IT WAS SAFE: Swimming was prohibited at all Atlantic beaches in the picturesque Cape Cod town of Chatham for the remainder of Labor Day weekend after several great white sharks were seen off the coast. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Motown Madness, Jason Lytle, Beach Boys, Cutout Bin, Kitteh Hijinks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MOTOWN MADNESS! There's so much from which to choose, but let's start with a Martha Reeves and the Vandellas trifecta of "Heat Wave" (on RSG!) "Nowhere to Run" and "Dancing in the Street." Chase that with a string of Temptations classics, including "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg,"  "(I Know) I'm Losing You," "Psychedelic Shack," and "Ball of Confusion." The Supremes bring "Back in My Arms Again," "Where Did Our Love Go" and a live trifecta of "Baby Love," "When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes" and "Let Me Go the Right Way." The Four Tops lip-synch through "It's the Same Old Song" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" on Shindig, "Something About You" on Hullaballoo and "Baby, I Need Yor Loving" on Shivaree.  The Marvelettes  ask "Please Mr. Postman." Marvin Gaye proclaims "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved by You" and duets with Tammi Terrell on "Ain't no Mountain High Enough," though I'll throw it over to Gladys Knight and the Pips for "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." I'll close with a trifecta from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles -- "The Tracks of My Tears," "You Really Got a Hold on Me" and "Tears of a Clown."

CHIP TAYLOR, author of songs such as "Wild Thing," "Angel of the Morning" and "Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)," stopped by WFUV for a session based on Songs from a Dutch Tour, his book and CD that acts as an audioobiography.

JASON LYTLE (formerly of Granddaddy) played the Bowery Ballroom in NYC on July 11, but you can stream the gig now via NPR.

THE BEACH BOYS: Aquarium Drunkard has re-posted a 1967 rehearsal session for stream or download, including a cover of "The Letter."

THE PARTY'S OVER? Summer is not over until my friends get my Summer mix (next week, knock on wood), but NPR has songs for Summer's end, including one of my all-time Summer songs from The Ramones.

THE RASCALS cover Smokey Robinson's "Mickey's Monkey," so I guess I wasn't quite done with the Motown thing.

JACK WHITE and KEITH RICHARDS: What could go wrong?

JEFF TWEEDY talks to Maxim, so we have something to back up the claim that we read it for the articles.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Paste about the open-ended production of the new album, how Barack Obama lets the Flaming Lips make better music and why the legalization of marijuana just makes sense.

CHARLIE LOVIN anseres the infamous 20 Questions for PopMatters.

CUTOUT BIN: From Yo La Tengo to the Youngbloods, from Devo to Led Zeppelin, from the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band to the Buzzcocks, plus the Kinks, Television, REM, Rachel Sweet, Grizzly Bear with Michael McDonald and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Gamer, which was not screened for critics; All About Steve, currently scoring zero percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the Mike Judge comedy Extract, scoring 58 percent.

LISA LOEB is knocked up.

KATHERINE HEIGL is taking a five-episode hiatus from Grey's Anatomy shoot the rom-com Life as We Know It.

MICHAEL JACKSON's burial finally took place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA yesterday. TMZ has detrails about the after-party.

MADONNA collapsed twice onstage in Sofia, Bulgaria.

100 YEARS OF VISUAL EFFECTS, courtesy of College Humor. It leaves out three major milestones -- "2001," "Star Wars" and "The Matrix" -- but a cool montage, nonetheless.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE director Spike Jonze gets a meaty profile in the New York Times magazine.  He's the one without a wolf suit.

TONY ROMO is dating Chace Crawford's little sister, Candice, a 22-year-old former beauty queen. Shocka.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS' list of 85 most wanted suspects being sought abroad has been reduced to just 80 suspects.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban has taken control of telephone exchange in South Waziristan, suspending the agency communication with whole world.

AFGHANISTAN: Two devastating suicide attacks in Afghanistan in the fortnight since elections show the Taliban is penetrating ever deeper in its war against the Kabul government and its international backers. Cultivation of opium, the nation's most lucrative cash crop and a major funding source for the Taliban, has fallen sharply this year in large part because an excess supply of the drug has pushed down prices to a 10-year low.

KITTEH HIJINKS: Let's go to the video.

LIONS and TIGERS and BEARS: Oh my!

GIANT DOG and PIGLET, nursing together...

WHEN OTTERS ATTACK: A 49-year-old triathlete about 275 km west of Calgary was training in an area lake for an upcoming Ironman competition when he had the surprise of his life.

DOGS grocery shop in China.

CHIHUAHUA SNATCHERS: Is there anything lower?

THE WALRUS IS DEAD, MAN: Miss him, miss him.

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Imogene Heap, Rural Alberta Advantage, Ryan Adams, Dog Dance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS made their network TV debut, playing "Cannibal Resource" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

IMOGENE HEAP has an interview plus tracks streaming at NPR.

RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

JUNIOR BOYS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

RYAN ADAMS: The Elizabethtown demos are available to stream or download at Captain's Dead.

CREAM sync into "I Feel Free" on the Beat Club in 1967.

CHROMEWAVES: Frank Yang lists his favorite albums from seven years of music blogging, with streaming audio.

MONSTERS OF FOLK (M. Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis) talk to American Songwriter about their collaboration.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE: Ben Chasny spoke with PopMatters about the concept of his Six Organs project, Guitar Hero and its effect on the youth of today, his favorite record shops, the future of Comets on Fire, and revisiting his old material for the RTZ compilation


MEGAN FOX is convinced she shows symptoms of schizophrenia: "I definitely have some kind of mental problem and I haven't pinpointed what it is."

DJ AM: Investigators found eight undigested OxyContin pills in his stomach and a ninth in his mouth.

HALLE BERRY: Knocked up?


WHITNEY HOUSTON wrote her own tough review of her first public singing performance in years... and blames Oprah.

MADONNA's 12-year-old daughter Lourdes recreates her mother's famous wedding dress pose from "Like A Virgin."  Not creepy at all, nosiree bub.

THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX has a featurette online with Wes Anderson touches and narration by <strong itxtvisited="1">Jason Schwartzman.

IRON MAN 2 may be converted to 3-D.

STAR TREK: The JJ Abrams reboot returns to IMAX screens tomorrow.

PAKISTAN suspended an earlier order lifting restrictions on the movement of nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who allegedly spread nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.

AFGHANISTAN: The second-ranking intelligence official in Afghanistan and a prominent ally of President Hamid Karzai was assassinated by a suicide bomber on Wednesday morning in a blast that also killed 15 others outside the main mosque in the official's hometown, near Kabul.

IRAQ seeks an international tribunal to investigate foreign interference in attacks inside the country. Iraqi, Kurdish, and US forces are creating a joint unit to secure areas in Kirkuk.

DOG OF THE DANCE: Let's go to the video.

FROZEN KOALAS may be used to disrupt the Australian leg of the Repco World Rally Championship. Look out, Speed!

A DOG was booked for illegal parking by two Darwin City Council traffic wardens.

HORSE HARASSED (allegedly) by Man Without Pants.

ANIMAL MAGNETISM: Polly the dog swallowed 1000 magnets, weighing a kilogram, forcing life-saving emergency surgery.

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Yo La Tengo: Popular Songs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 02, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I'm actually taking a day off to attend to another project requiring my computer's attention, but I did not want you to miss this:

YO LA TENGO is advance streaming its Popular Songs album this week via NPR.


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