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NPs, The National, Arcade Fire, Teenage Fanclub, Tortoises   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS release a video for "Crash Years." (You might need to select the 480p version to get it to run properly.)

THE NATIONAL played a mini-set at World Cafe Live. Aaron Dessner and singer Matt Berninger spoke to Pitchfork about how the band has changed over the years, how embarrassing it is to be on stage, and how they feel about their "lost" albums.

GRAHAM PARKER also played a mini-set at World Cafe Live.

ARCADE FIRE: Live clips of new songs surface.

TEENAGE FANCLUB is streaming their Shadows, and is profiled at the Times of London.

BLACK MOUNTAIN reveals "Old Fangs" as an advance track from their upcoming Wilderness Heart.

PRINCE dropped "Hot Summer" in time for his 52nd birthday. Not a classic, but not bad, symbol-dude.

OWEN PALLETT covers "Game of Pricks," for The A.V. Club Undercover, which put me in mood of the Guided by Voices original classic, natch.

MOUNTAIN MAN: Inspired by the traditional folk, country and Appalachian stylings of Gillian Welch, this trio are the female Fleet Foxes.

MAVIS STAPLES talks to Pitchfork about her upcoming LP, which features production by and songs from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.

SLEIGH BELLS talk to Exclaim about Spike Jonze, M.I.A. and being years ahead of their dreams.

RYAN ADAMS has written 11 new songs inspired by his recent trip to Ronnie James Dio's funeral.

LINDSAY LOHAN's court-ordered alcohol-monitoring bracelet was trigged Sunday evening during an MTV Movie Awards afterparty. Judge Marsha Revel issued a bench warrant for her arrest on Tuesday; new bail has been set at 200K. UPDATE: The bench warrant for Lindsay Lohan's arrest has been recalled

CHARLIE SHEEN's plea deal hit a snag.  Apparently, the woman who supervises the work release program said she wasn't going to honor the deal because she had problems with the way it was structured.

HEIDI MONTAG officially filed for legal separation from Spencer Pratt. The real deal, or doubling down on a hoax?

TOM CRUISE says a Les Grossman movie is in the works.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS ratings were down, despite appearances by much of the cast from the night's big winner -- "Twilight: New Moon" -- and the much-hyped debuts of trailers for the latest installments of both the "Twilight" and "Harry Potter" franchises. Oddly, the network apologized for the frequent profanity unleashed during the show.

GEMMA ARTERTON (Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia) has wed on the sly.

MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Inglourious Basterds) will likely turn up as a villain in X Men: First Class or Spider-Man 4.

EMMYS ROUNDTABLE: Ty Burrell, Ted Danson, Aziz Ansari, Neil Patrick Harris, Ed Helms, and Jim Parsons talk comedy.

JAMES CAMERON says his comments last week that the British oil giant is a bunch of "morons" were "taken out of context."

NORTH KOREA: Kim Jong Il shook up his country's leadership ranks in a move that appeared part of a broad strategy to consolidate his power before he passes control to his son.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan observers and Western officials are interpreting the forced resignations of Afghanistan's two top security officials as another worrying sign of President Hamid Karzai's increasingly impulsive decision making and deepening isolation from his backers, both within Afghanistan and abroad. The International Crisis Group is concerned about the Afghan military unimprovement.

IRAQ: President Jalal Talabani on Tuesday called the first session of Iraq's new parliament for June 14, more than three months after an inconclusive election that has yet to yield a government.

OVERTURNED TORTOISE AID: Let's go to the video.

A DECADES-OLD CHIMP-NAPPING STORY still makes for good reading.

A VET had to be rescued by firefighters after she became trapped when the horse she was sedating fell asleep on top of him.

A SURFER PUNCHES A SHARK, then reportedly rode a wave to safety in Western Australia.

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New Releases, She & Him, Gaslight Anthem, Busy Crickets   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM: "In the Sun" and the dancetastic (500) Days of Summer version of "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" are your twofer Tuesday, because Ken King and I got to see the duo last night.  Barely, that is. Millenium Park was a mob scene and the crowd control was sufficiently bad that folks on the lawn really couldn't see the band, except by chance.  That being said -- and without a close enough view of Zooey Deschanel to distract me -- I can report that M Ward runs a tight band with well-drilled harmonies.  Ken and I did sneak alongside the pavillion near the end of the set for a better view, though the band was still pretty small (and Zooey smaller still) .  The encores were pretty much the same as at Coachella -- covers of "Roll Over Beethoven" (letting M take the lead) and "I Put a Spell on You" (letting Zooey go at full blast), though I think both sounded better live than on the Tube. What you miss in that last clip is M Ward niftily looping a lick over a riff before escorting Zooey offstage. I recommend you see 'em... but then again, I recommend I see 'em next time. UPDATE: Here's the Chicago take on "I Put a Spell on You."

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Against Me!, Blitzen Trapper, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, The Young Veins, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Delta Spirit, The Cure and more are streaming this wek via Spinner.

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM is advance streaming American Slang.

LAURIE ANDERSON is advance streaming Homeland, with cameos from Antony Hegarty, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden on keyboards, Lou Reed on guitar, John Zorn on saxophone and vocal assistance from Tuvan throat singers.

THE DIG did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE RASCALS cover Smokey Robinson's "Mickey's Monkey," because it's been over 9 months since I last linked it.

NPR has become a major player on the indie rock scene. The WaPo figures out what regular visitors here have known for years.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison talks to The Scensestar about the new album, missing the Coachella festival due to the volcano and, well, mixed drinks.

BAND OF HORSES: Ben Bridwell talks to the Wall Street Journal about becoming a free agent and almost going bankrupt in the process.

MARVIN ISLEY, whose muscular bass lines propelled the later hits of his classic sibling band The Isley Brothers, died Monday in Chicago at age 56.

THE 7 MOST POLARIZING LPs in recent memory, according to the Houston Press. (thx, LHB.)

GARY COLEMAN's ex is already cashing in on the fmr child star's death. The executor of his estate is locking horns with her, too.

CHARLIE SHEEN will begin doing work release today as part of his 30-day sentence ... and one of his tasks will be to coach actors in "Same Time Next Year."

ALANNIS MORISSETTE: You oughtta know she got hitched.

MILEY CYRUS is going to great lengths to shed her ‘good girl' image.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY dished out a lot of tough love after her daughter, Alexa Ray Joel, overdosed on pills and was hospitalized in December.

TOM CRUISE reprised his Tropic Thunder role as Les Grossman at the MTV Movie Awards. Credit where credit is due. People forget that dancing made him famous.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: More evidence suggesting their breakup is a hoax?

TILA TEQUILA's downward spiral has hit a new low. The deeply troubled former reality star posted a video on her website of her bloody arm that supposedly had been sliced at the wrist.

IRAN has been able to smuggle advanced technological equipment to its uranium enrichment plant in Natanz via a complex smuggling route based in Dubai. The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps has expressed readiness to escort aid convoys seeking to pierce the three-year Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai on Sunday forced out his spy chief and his interior minister, a surprise move that eliminates two key American allies as the United States deepens its engagement here.

CRICKET SEX VIDEO reveals the insects' wild mating behavior. Which makes it ironic that humans tend to associate the chirping with nothing going on. Oh, here's the clip, which includes some inter-species violence, too.

AN ESCAPED ELEPHANT tours Zurich after dark.

DOGS can raise the alarm over prostate cancer through their incredible sense of smell.

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Bonnaroo preview, Free Energy, Keane, Cat vs Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WEDDING PRESENT fuzzes up "19th Nervous Breakdown" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

BONNAROO: There's a streaming mix at NPR from artists appearing at the fest this upcoming weekend.

FREE ENERGY played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig via NPR.

KEANE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE UKULELE: Go ahead, call it a comeback.

THE DRUMMER at the WRONG GIG: Steve Moore, who went viral on the throne covering "Sharp Dressed Man," is interviewed by Philadelphia Weekly.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to The Phoenix about reality, comedy, tragedy and more...

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to The Line of Best Fit about his four-part radio documentary on the history of the sea and a similarly nautical upcoming EP. Plus, his thoughts on shows like The X Factor: "That's just a cancer in our society.  It really is.  It focuses totally on the aroma rather than the taste - it's all about the by-product of making music..."  (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BROKEN BELLS are profiled by the Boston Globe.

THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: The Independent surveys the cross-polination of rock across the Anglosphere.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shrek Forever After threepeats as the champ with 25.3 million, in a weekend that shows both the level of disarray among the competition and the power of holding 3-D screens at your local cineplex.  Get Him to The Greek places with a 17.4 million debut against a 40 million budget, which likely makes it another repeat of the successful Apatow production formula (keep the budget down).  It will likely finish somewhere around 100 million, about twice as much as the total for Apatow's more costly Funny People.  OTOH, Killers shows with a 16.1 million debut against a 75 million budget -- and that was at the low end of projections.  Ashton Kutcher's last two projects went straight to DVD, but this one cost too much. Good thing Lionsgate sold the foreign rights to cut their exposure.  Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time drops a notch -- and 54 percent -- to the fourth slot, with 13.9 million. Overseas receipts will have to save this 200-million price tag.  Sex & the City 2 plummeted 59 percent to the bottom of the Top 5 with 12.7 million; it has made 73.4 million, but the original had broken the 100 million mark at this point in its run.  Below the fold, Marmaduke's 6th place, 11.3 million opening (against a 50 million budget) helps explain why Shrek remains at the top, while Splice about as disappointingly in eigth place with about 7.5 million against a 30 million budget.

GARY COLEMAN's parents have withdrawn their court bid over their son's body.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren packed up the couple's two kids to visit her brother in Shanghai, China, according to RadarOnline.

SANDRA BULLOCK made her first big post-breakup appearance at SpikeTV's Guy's Choice Awards. She will also be honored at the MTV Movie Awards.

JESSE JAMES believes that Sandra Bullock will take him back - at least that's what his ex-wife (fmr adult film star Janine Lindemulder) claims. And he might, as he's clearly crazy.

KRISTEN STEWART admits she "really made an enormous mistake" in comparing the intrusiveness of the paparazzi to being raped, noting that she's made stupid remarks before, but clearly stepped over a line this time. Stewart has a record of helping groups combating violence against women.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON apparently skipped the photoshoot for Esquire's "Women We Love" cover in May -- but it's impossible to complain for getting Christian Hendricks instead.

AMY WINEHOUSE's new boyfriend has a girlfriend, and has for about two years.

THE AVENGERS: The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner is in final negotiations to play Hawkeye in the Joss Whedon-directed megapic.

IRAN: The French Defense Minister said on Sunday that France and Saudi Arabia share the same "concerns" about Iran's nuclear programme, adding that he discussed the issue in Riyadh.

AFGHANISTAN: Coalition forces killed a Taliban commander with links to al Qaeda and the training of fighters in Iran during an airstrike in the southwestern Afghan province of Farah.

IRAQ: Iraqi and American forces have killed or captured 34 of the top 42 leaders of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, cutting off the terrorist organization from its foreign sponsors and raising questions about whether it can reconstitute, the senior American commander in Iraq said.  Authorities in Iraq have refused to renew weapons permits for thousands of Sunni fighters belonging to Awakening Councils.

CAT vs. SNAKE: Let's go to the video.

HUNTING BRUCE: On The Trail Of The 'Jaws' Shark.

A ROGUE ROOSTER has been disturbing the peace north of the border.

A SCARF-WEARING PIG strolls along Highway 401.

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Replacements, Brian Eno, Annuals, Cutout Bin, Gassy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE REPLACEMENTS!  From a Twin/Tone label showcase on Sept 5, 1981 at 7th St. Entry, Mpls, your set list includes "Customer" and "Rattlesnake," "I Hate Music" and "Stuck in the Middle," "Takin' a Ride," "Staples In Her Stomach" and "Careless," "Godd*mn Job" and "Junior's Got a Gun," "Kids Don't Follow," "Dope Smokin' Moron" and "Skip It," "Slow Down" (Larry Williams/Beatles), "D.E.A.D." (unreleased), "Love You Til Friday," "Raised In The City," and "Shut Up," "Something to Du," "Maybelline" (Chuck Berry), "Otto," "Hey, Good Lookin'" (Hank Williams), "Johnny's Gonna Die," "Kick Your Door Down," "I'm in Trouble" and "Don't Ask Why."

TWILIGHT: ECLIPSE's indie-laden soundtrack is advance streaming.

BRIAN ENO, the avant-garde producer and musician recently the subject of a song by MGMT, is the subject of an hour-long BBC documentary, "Another Green World."

ANNUALS stopped by KUT's Studio1A for a chat and mini-set.

MINUS THE BEAR stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER talks to NPR's Morning Edition about So Runs the World Away and premieres the video for "The Curse."

THE SUPREMES: "Come See About Me."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE talks to Paste about his upcoming album, Harlem River Blues, which he wants to evoke a classic Memphis sound.

TEENAGE FANCLUB: Noramn Blake talks to the Edinburgh Evening News and the California Chronicle about the band's Shadows LP, which drops next week. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PAUL McCARTNEY: Should he have received the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song alone?

THE NATIONAL: Guitarist Bryce Dessner talks to NOW Toronto about life in the studio and their unique path to fame.

LOU REED & LAURIE ANDERSON are staging a high-frequency concert for dogs.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Elvis Costello & the Attractions to Belle & Sebastian, from Violent Femmes to Jimi Hendrix, from the Spinners to Guided by Voices, plus the Flamin' Groovies, the Four Tops, Jonathan Richman, the Band 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 Marmaduke, which is currently scoring 10 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Get Him to the Greek, which is scoring 71 percent; Killers, which was not screened for critics; and Splice, scoring 67 percent.

RUE McCLANAHAN, fmr Golden Girl, has died of a massive stroke at age 76. Link through for a tribute video from People.

KEVIN COSTNER is a dad for the seventh time.

TIGER WOODS: Elin Nordegren has decided to go for full custody of their two children, according to RadarOnline.

DENNIS HOPPER's Easy Rider co-stars, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda, were among those attending Hopper's funeral in NM.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT fabricated their split in a desperate attempt to stay famous as The Hills wraps up? Wouldn't put it past them.

CAMERON DIAZ credits having 'lots of sex' for keeping her looking so young.

AMY WINEHOUSE put on another raucous display as she stumbled around central London until 5am. Pics at the link. So much for the new boyfriend cleaning her up.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN is not knocked up, suggests Lamar Odom, who oughtta know.

THE BIG BANG THEORY: Does it apply to the hit sitcom's lead?

CAPTAIN AMERICA's costume is visible online.

THOR concept art is online.

THE 10 BEST PRISON MOVIES: Caspar Walsh, ex-convict, journalist and author of the memoir Criminal, chooses his favorites. (Thx, LHB.)

IRAN: Inside the Shell game.

PAKISTAN: The Interior Minister stressed there are no plans for military action against militants in the Punjab province.

AFGHANISTAN: Returning British commanders cite corrupt local police as the main reason for Afghans joining the insurgents.

GASSY CAT: Let's go to the video.

COP SAVES FAWN, may go to jail.

BRITAIN'S UGLIEST CAT has found a new home on Merseyside. Aw.

AN 8-FT GATOR proves no match for a trained deputy with a lasso.

SPICEBUSH SWALLOWTAIL: The caterpillar that pretends to be a fearsome snake.

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Broken Bells, BRMC, Living Sisters, Ariel Pink, Cat vs Beanbag   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 03, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BROKEN BELLS reveal the "Ghost Inside," featuring Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Firefly).

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE LIVING SISTERS -- Inara George of The Bird & The Bee, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell  -- also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HORSE FEATHERS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ARIEL PINK is advance streaming Before Today via the L.A. Times.

FANTASTIC SOMETHING: "If She Doesn't Smile (It'll Rain)." An obscure summer song of the '80s recommended by Tracey Thorn.

THE NATIONAL guitarist Aaron Dessner talks to the Boston Herald about subjugating the hooks.

BELINDA CARLISLE talks to PopEater about how she kicked a 30-year coke habit, the painful criticism about her weight, and having no regrets about her gloriously-debauched days in The Go-Go's. She's promoting her memoir, Lips Unsealed; you can read a 29-page excerpt online. It also appears that the Go-Go's are doing a farewell tour.

JULIANA HAFTIELD will write you a song for a grand.  She's also running a lottery.

PHANTOGRAM is profiled by the Albany Times-Union: "This is the article Josh Carter can show to his grandfather to prove that he is, in fact, a rock star." (Thx, LHB.)

GARY COLEMAN's wife may not have had authority to pull the plug on the former child star -- mostly because she isn't his wife.  Insert obligatory "What you talkin' about, Willis?" here. And for the truly morbid, TMZ has the 911 call.

LINDSAY LOHAN was allowed to take meds for dental surgery.

MARIAH CAREY is knocked up.

JANE LYNCH wed psychiatrist Dr. Lara Embry on Monday night in Massachusetts at the Blue Heron restaurant.

AMY WINEHOUSE has a new, clean-cut boyfriend.

LADY GAGA talked to Larry King. And dressed like him.

IRAN: Tehran denied US accusations that Iran is training and arming Taliban forces to fight in Afghanistan.

AFGHANISTAN: An attempted Taliban attack on the national peace jirga was defeated by Afghan security forces.

CAT vs. BEANBAG: Let's go to the video.

HUNDREDS OF DRUNKEN PARROTS are falling out of trees and the sky in a northern Australian town. All of them are named Bruce.

LESS ATTRACTIVE FISH have "better sperm," according to a new study.

GIRAFFES can swim. In theory.

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