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Bridge School Concerts, Americana Music Awards, Flying Burritos, Rambo the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT played "East Harlem" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE BRIDGE SCHOOL CONCERTS: Listen to 25 years of tracks from Bruce Springsteen, Fleet Foxes, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Sonic Youth, R.E.M., Neil Young (natch) and more.

THE AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS -- featuring performances from Lucinda Williams, Jerry Douglas, Gregg Allman, Robert Plant, The Civil Wars, Justin Townes Earle, and more -- is streaming on demand.

THE LUMINEERS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE FLYING BURRITO BROS, Live in Amsterdam, circa 1972.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL is streaming another unreleased track, "You've Passed."

THE JAYHAWKS look back at their flight log with CMT, and get an interview plus tracks with All Things Considered. (Thx, LHB.) Pretty much the right season for "Blue."

THE STONE ROSES may announce a reunion tor Tuesday, but the original drummer won't be there.

PATTI SMITH talks to the New York Times about the difference between grief and remembrance, among other things.

PAUL SIMON got a profile from Variety for his 70th birthday.

VAN HUNT talks to the L.A. Times about North Hollywood and his first indie LP.


R.E.M.: The New York Times runs a piece about dancing like Michael Stipe. (Thx, TV's Andy Levy.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Real Steel knocks out the remakes with 16.3 million, off 40 percent, which is not bad, but not exactly a rock-em, sock-em performance.  The unnecessary, but reportedly not awful Footloose remake places just behind with 16.1 million against a 24 million budget.  The Thing prequel showed with a weak 8.7 million against a 40 million budget, which may be scarier than the movie itself.  The Ides of March takes the fourth slot with 7.5 million, but on a leggy 28 percent drop, with a 22.2 million total against an 18 million budget.  Dolphin Tale rounds out the Top 5 with another 6.3 million and a 58.7 million total against a 37 million budget.  Below the fold, Moneyball and 50/50 look leggy in the sixth and sseventh slots, while The Big Year debuted at No. 9 with 3.3 million against a 40 million budget (ouch).

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE had a moving truck visit their Santa Monica home. Maybe he's moving in with Jon Cryer.

LINDSAY LOHAN has violated the judge's order in her probation case by not seeing a psychologist at least once a week, but she seems unconcerned that anything bad will happen at her probation hearing. She could spend nearly a year-and-a-half in jail.  Also, people are wondering about her dental health.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. asked Hollywood to forgive Mel Gibson.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & BRADLEY COOPER were spotted together again, according to photogs.


SHANNEN DOHERTY got hitched again over the weekend.

BRADGELINA are selling their 14-million Malibu mansion.

LARRY HAGMAN has been diagnosed with cancer, but doctors have told him it's a highly treatable form that might not impact his return as TV baddie J.R. Ewing on TNT's upcoming Dallas reboot.

ZACHARY QUINTO, promoting his upcoming film Margin Call, a ­financial-crisis thriller in which he co-stars alongside Kevin Spacey, Stanley Tucci, and Jeremy Irons, talks to the media about being a gay man, nttawwt.

DAN WHELDON, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside turn 2.

YEMEN: An Egyptian named Ibrahim al Bana who served as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's media chief, and Abdul Rahman al Awlaki were among seven AQAP operatives killed in five US airstrikes in Shabwa.

EGYPT's top reform leader criticized the country's military rulers Sunday as having too much power and no experience governing, expressing the frustration of many a week after more than 20 Christians were killed when the military broke up their protest in Cairo with force.

IRAN: On Sunday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned he could do away with the presidency, currently held by his rival, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Also, Iran failed in its attempt to send a live monkey into space last month. And Pres. Obama is pressing UN nuclear inspectors to release classified intelligence information showing that Iran is designing and experimenting with nuclear weapons technology.

AFGHANISTAN: Despite a sharp increase in assassinations and a continuing flood of civilian casualties, NATO officials said Saturday that they had reversed the momentum of the Taliban insurgency as enemy attacks were falling for the first time in years.

IRAQ: The United States is abandoning plans to keep troops in Iraq past a year-end withdrawal deadline, the Associated Press has learned.

THE LIFE OF A CAT, featuring Rambo the Cat.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The NYPD unleashed the full force of its Emergency Service Unit to go after a militant squirrel took over a Harlem CVS for three days. Menawhile, another militant knocked out power to half of Greenwich, CT.

IT'S DRUNK PARROT season in Darwin. BONUS: It appears that more than 20 dead crows found in Beaufort County, SC, apparently broke the cardinal rule of don't drink and fly.

AN EEL clogged the pipe at a Manchester water treatment plant.

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Husker Du, Matt & Kim, Charles Bradley, Walkmen, Cutout Bin, 2-Headed Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with HUSKER DU! Live from London's Camden Palace in 1985 (via A Thousand Voices Talk). Pieces have turned up on the Tube, but this is the whole magilla, including: "New Day Rising"; "It's Not Funny Anymore"; "Everything Falls Apart"; "Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill"; "I Apologize"; "If I Told You"; "Folklore"; "Terms of Psychic Warfare"; "Powerline"; "Books About UFOs"; "Chartered Trips"; "Diane"; "Celebrated Summer"; "Every Everything"; "Makes No Sense at All"; "Pink Turns to Blue"; "Ticket to Ride"; "Reoccurring Dreams/Dreams Reoccurring"; "Eight Miles High"; and "Love Is All Around".

MATT & KIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RELEASE THE SUNBIRD, a side project from Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave, also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHARLES BRADLEY stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

TYPHOON -- all 13 of 'em -- swept into WFUV for a session.

THE WALKMEN perform a set live from the KEXP Studio.

THURSDAY did three free songs for Daytrotter.

JOHNNY CASH, Live at Rocky Gap, MD, circa 1990.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS shamble through R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe."  BONUS: PopMatters ranks R.E.M.'s 10 best albums.

FELICE BROS bassist Christmas Clapton talks to the Charleston City Paper about the band's evolving sound.

BLITZEN TRAPPER's Eric Eaton tours the band's new album with PopMatters.

RETROMANIA author Simon Reynolds talks to Straight -- and at great length to the Daily Swarm -- about the dangers of nostalgia and abundance.

BEN LEE talks to Magnet (where he's guest editing this week) about his new concept album.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to The Quietus about the High-Flying Birds, fatherhood, and more...

THURSTON MOORE's favorite Punk songs.

20 OVERLOOKED ALBUMS from the Grunge Era, according to eMusic. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Simple Minds to the Righteous Bros, from Tennis to KISS, from Cream to Emmy the Great, plus Squeeze, the Sweet, Johnny Thunders, Strangeloves, the Miracles, Dirty Looks and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: the Footloose remake, which is currently scoring 73 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing, currently scoring 31 percent; and The Big Year, which is scoring 52 percent.

ASHTON KUTCHER is telling "friends and associates" he expects his wife, Demi Moore to file for divorce following his humiliating public tryst with 23-year-old Sara Leal. He's also worried about a drastic ratings drop of his hit CBS show, Two and a Half Men.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been kicked out of the program where she was supposed to complete her community service because she violated the rules numerous times. 

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray's lawyer is abandoning the argument that the singer accidentally killed himself by orally self-administering Propofol.

WHITNEY HOUSTON almost got kicked off a Delta Airlines flight ... because she refused to buckle her seatbelt.

MIRANDA KERR has been chosen by Victoria's Secret to model their iconic 2.5 million Fantasy Treasure Bra.

HARRY POTTER and the LONDON RIOTS: The actor who played Crabbe the bully in 6 of the "Harry Potter" movies has been charged with possession of a homemade bomb ... which cops say he intended to detonate during the London riots. Stupify!

TERROR in the USA: Two Somali women from Minnesota, both US citizens, solicited money for Shabaab under the guise of charitable activity, according to wiretapped phone conversations presented at their trial on terror charges.

YEMEN: The Yemeni government has urged the UN Security Council to avoid a resolution targeting embattled Pres. Saleh, calling on it instead to back a political solution for the country's crisis.

EGYPT: Large caches of weapons from Libya are making their way across the Egyptian border and flooding black markets in Egypt's already unstable Sinai Peninsula.

IRAN: US officials provided additional details about the plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's US ambassador, and launched an international campaign to punish the Islamic theocracy. Saudi Arabia vowed that Iran would "pay the price" for the plot.


KANGAROO tells off her kid.

THE NAKED MOLE RAT may hold the key to human longevity.

JUMPING THE SHARK? Try surfing the shark.

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Givers, Drums, Tennis, Superchunk, Hartebeest   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE drops a video for "Someone's Gonna Break Your Heart."

GIVERS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

THE DRUMS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RADIATION CITY did five free songs for Daytrotter.

WE BARBARIANS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

TENNIS drops a cover of The Zombies' "Tell Her No."

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Live at the Side Door, May 5, 1997.

SUPERCHUNK: Live in Gothenberg, Sweden, Feb. 15, 1996.

JANE'S ADDICTION is streaming their latest at iTunes.

THE BEACH BOYS play "Barbara Ann" and God Only Knows" for UNICEF in 1967.  Plus, A February 1967 interview with Rave magazine.

THE BANGLES: Susanna Hoffs discusses a cross-section of the band's tracks -- including early and obscure stuff -- with The A.V. Club.  Embeds at the link, too.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark tells the L.A. Times her next album will be louder, inspired by  her recent live cover of Big Black's "Kerosene."

JOE HENRY talks to the L.A. Times about the joy of sonic inconsistency, getting inspired by Picasso, and more...

THE AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS nominees are announced.

ASHTON KUTCHER's alleged one-night stand Sara Leal dishes her story to the ever-reliable Sun. And they talked politics.

CELEB PHONE HACKING BUST: The FBI just released the grand jury indictment of a man who allegedly hacked into the email accounts of 50 victims, including dozens of celebrities like Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, and Christina Aguilera.

COURTNEY COX and her ex/producing partner, David Arquette, are developing Ten Years, an ensemble comedy that explores the ups and downs of relationships among a group of friends spanning 10 years. Sounds... Friends-ly. We're in the grip of 90s nostalgia, so why not?

RASHIDA JONES talks to Playboy about growing up as Hollywood royalty, hanging with Michael Jackson and going nude in the Apple store.

JAVIER BARDEM confirms he will play the villain in the next James Bond installment.

DON JOHNSON signs on to Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.

THE RAVEN has a trailer online.

YOUNG ADULT, the latest from director Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) also drops a trailer.

TERROR in the USA: Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian who tried to detonate his underpants in a flight over Detroit on Christmas Day 2009, pled guilty to all charges and called the bomb a "blessed weapon." Abdulmutallab admittedly worked for al Qaeda, and had been instructed by Anwar al-Awlaki to set off the bomb over US airspace to maximize casualties.

IRAN: The US Treasury Department has designated for sanctions five individuals involved in an alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, including Qasem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF). Soleimani "oversees the IRGC-QF officers who were involved in this plot," according to Treasury.  It's a bizarre plot.

AfPAK: The US government signaled it was still willing to negotiate a peace deal with the al Qaeda-linked, Pakistan-backed Haqqani Network in Afghanistan. In Pakistan, as fear grips municipal committee school students and teachers, the Rawalpindi police seem to be unmoved and reluctant to take any action against the moral brigade who attacked a girls school last week and thrashed and terrorized students and teachers.

WHEN A HARTEBEEST ATTACKS: Let's go to the video.

WHEN A DEER ATTACKS: A deer farmer in New Brunswick has apparently been killed by an animal in his herd, police say.

OSTRICH, RHINO... goose!

HOW TO clean an oil-slicked penguin.

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St Vincent, Gomez, Cults, Bob Dylan, Turkey Stalk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE VACCINES go nuts with Instagram for the "Wetsuit" video.

ST. VINCENT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GOMEZ also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CULTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

IMELDA MAY also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOS CAMPESINOS! drops "Hello, Sadness", the title track from the upcoming LP.

BJORK talks to Morning Edition about the Biophilia apps for iThings.

BOB DYLAN: Folk Rogue 1964-1965.

PRINCE: "Controversy," circa 1981.

NOTHING CAN HURT ME: The Big Star Story has a trailer online.

JON SPENCER talks to Rolling Stone about revisiting his body of work, his progress in putting together a brand new record with the Blues Explosion, and his rockabilly side project Heavy Trash.

STEPHEN MALKMUS talked to Chris Riemeneschneider about Pavement, Beck and Berlin. (Thx, LHB.)


JESSICA SIMPSON is preparing to announce to the world that she is pregnant.

ASHTON KUTCHER sent a friendly tweet to wife Demi Moore, which qualifies as hot gossip at the moment.

MINKA KELLY & DEREK JETER: Not quite over?

ALI LANDRY and her husband, director Alejandro Monteverde, welcomed their second child Saturday.

TORI SPELLING had her third child.

RHIANNA is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive. And there's video.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL will not be the New Girl again until November.

THE LONE RANGER: Disney has finally reached a meeting of the minds with director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer to trim the budget from 250-75 million down to 215 million.

THE AVENGERS has a trailer online.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS will be expected to 'take measures' by its people after US authorities broke up a plot by two men linked to the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in the United States.

SYRIA: The most senior officer to defect from Syria's armed forces is plotting guerrilla attacks and assassinations from Turkey in an attempt to topple the regime. After a prominent leader was assassinated, Syrian Kurds begin to protest against President al Assad. Iraq's Maliki urged Syria to end one-party rule. Organization of Islamic Cooperation warned Syria over using force against protests.

IRAQ reportedly agreed to keep 5,000 US soldiers in country after 2011.

A TURKEY stalks a Cali news crew.

WHEN AN EEL GETS ILL: This is where an aquarium veterinarian earns his stripes.

A BIRD LOVER is so attached to his pair of prized parrots that he rarely goes anywhere without them, even to the shower.

A GREAT PUMPKIN weighs as much as a small car. It's that time of year.

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New Releases, Body Language, M83, Sloan, Killer Sharks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IGGY POP, with an especially destructive "Lust For Life" on Dutch TV, circa 1977.

NEW RELEASES from Ryan Adams, Ben Lee, Andrew Bird, Peter Gabriel, Ben Folds, Johnny Cash, B-52s, Erasure, John Wesley Harding and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BODY LANGUAGE is advance streaming Social Studies.

M83 is advance streaming Hurry Up, We're Dreaming.

SLOAN was featured on Weekend Edition Saturday.

SHE & HIM drop "The Christmas Waltz" in advance of A Very She & Him Christmas.

KATE BUSH drops "Wild Man" from 50 Words For Snow.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., Live at the Fire Escape, May 17, 2009.

JANES ADDICTION played "Irresistible Force" and "Stop!" for Kimmel in time for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS: Although the L.A. Times may correctly note his new LP is a personal triumph, Adams seems keen to separate the personal from the musical at Drowned In Sound. (Thx, LHB.)

BLITZEN TRAPPER: Eric Earley talks to USA Today about homelessness, honoring a dying wish, and more.

BRYAN FERRY talked to Bobby Conn about Roxy Music, John Lennon, and Lady Gaga.

A BLACK SABBATH REUNION is "a very, very strong possibility," according to Ozzy Osbourne.

DEMI MOORE has consulted a divorce lawyer after the failure of a last-ditch bid to save her marriage to Ashton Kutcher? RadarOnline reports the couple reunited at a campfire heart-to-heart in Santa Barbara.

DAVID BOREANAZ tells TV Week that coming clean about cheating on his wife Jaime Bergman with Rachel Uchitel has been "a bonding experience, in the long run."

JESSICA SIMPSON, looking kinda pregnant at LAX.

SAM SHEPARD talks to the L.A. Times abut his rare lead role in "Blackthorn," which imagines that Butch Cassidy did not die in that Bolivian shootout.

WORLD WAR Z: On Monday, a SWAT team raided a Budapest warehouse holding weapons being used in Pitt's upcoming zombie movie, seizing 85 fully-functional weapons, most of which were automatic, military-style assault rifles.

AL QAEDA in the Arabian Peninsula confirmed that Anwar al Awlaki and Samir Khan were killed in a Predator airstrike in southern Yemen late last month.

SYRIA: The Syrian National Council agreed on a democratic framework for a future Syria and wants international observers. However, Syria's foreign minister warned other nations not to bestow international legitimacy on the opposition group.

IRAN rejected a US direct "military hotline" proposal. Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi was briefly freed from house arrest, a move indicating that authorities might ease conditions for him.  The EU expanded sanctions against Iran. An Iranian opposition website says an Iranian actress has been sentenced to a year in prison and 90 lashes for appearing in a movie critical of the Islamic republic's hard-line policies.

IRAQ: As the US draws down its forces, fears abound that Iran will simply move into the vacuum and extend its already substantial political influence more deeply. But in Najaf, a center of Shiite Islam, some officials say that Iran wore out its welcome long ago.

KILLER SHARKS create a real water hazard on a Queensland golf course.

THE SWARM: Suspected smugglers set loose a swarm of bees on 15 Turkish police officers searching for contraband cigarettes hidden among a truckload of hives.

MOO: What's that you say, Bossie? A pregnant cow is trapped in a well?

AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, I thought turkeys could fly. A special report from Les Nessman.

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