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Lucinda Williams, Fitz & the Tantrums, Gregg Allman, Cat Laser Bowling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RADIOHEAD released King of Limbs a day early, along with the video for "Lotus Flower."

LUCINDA WILLIAMS is advance streaming Blessed.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GREGG ALLMAN also stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JUNIP drops "Näckrosdammen" in advance of a new EP.

THE DUM DUM GIRLS cover The Smiths classic, "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out."

THE CARS -- including Ric Ocasek, but not the late Ben Orr, natch -- release "Blue Tip" in advance of the upcoming reunion LP, Move This.  Sonically, somewhere between Panorama and Shake It Up.

TED LEO talks to the L.A. Times about playing sans the Pharmacists.

DEERHOOF: Satomi Matsuzaki talks to Boulder Weekly about giving the drummer some, elementary school ballet and more... (Thx, LHB.)

SMASING PUMPKINS' new bassist was one of the kids on the cover of Siamese Dream.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT has a baby through the surrogacy of Leonard Cohen's daughter.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Unknown is this weekend's surprise No. 1 with 21.8 million against a 30 million budget (which it might meet today, given the holiday).  Unknown was marketed like Taken and got roughly similar reviews, which bodes well... though I wonder whether the "father's revenge" angle wasn't a big part of Taken's legs.  I Am Number Four debuted at No. 2 with 19.5 million against a 60 million budget.  Gnomeo and Juliet are just behind with 19.4 million, lacking any competition for the kid's audience.  Just Go With It, last week's topper, is No. 4 (as opposed to Number Four) with 18.2 million; this looks to run to about 100 million, which is a good thing, given its 80 million budget.  Big Mommas rounds out the Top Five with 17 million against a 32 million budget.  Below the fold, the Bieber movie lands in sixth place, dropping about 54 percent (which is a smaller drop than the Hannah Montana movie had).  Also, The King's Speech broke the 100 million mark, as did Black Swan further down the chart.

LINDSAY LOHAN had a very late night out with ex-gf and new neighbor Samantha Ronson, but assures us that she was sober, so as not to risk her probation.  But that probation is why Lohan could go to jail for more than a year for allegedly stealing that necklace ... and it could happen without a jury, without a trial .... without grand theft charges even being pursued.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ: Is her creepy Dad against reconciliation, or did Wentz not trust her partying ways?

DENISE RICHARDS wants on to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. How's the career going?

THE FRENCH HOTEL shopping for an engagement ring?

HAILEE STEINFELD, Oscar-nominee for True Grit, has Paramount crafting a star vehicle for her.

SAM KINISON: The late comic is the birth father of a friend's daughter, according to DNA testing.

THE CHRONICLES of NARNIA: Executive producer of Perry Moore was found dead in his SoHo apartment after an apparent overdose, sources said. He was 39.

THOR has a new, Natalie Portman-heavy trailer online.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

TUNISIA: Hundreds of Tunisians demonstrated Saturday for a secular state following the murder of a Polish priest, verbal attacks on Jews and an attempt by Islamists to set fire to a brothel.

BAHRAIN: The US offered a rosy assessment of the country before the current crackdown.  Protesters retook a major square in the heart of the island nation's capital Saturday -- a dramatic turn of events two days after security forces ousted demonstrators from the spot in a deadly attack.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are a bit nervous about the unrest next door in Bahrain. Saudi authorities have detained several activists who tried to set up the kingdom's first political party.

LIBYA: Intense violence has been reported in Libya's second city, Benghazi, with troops said to have opened fire again on anti-government protesters. More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured. After anti-government unrest spread to the Libyan capital and protesters seized military bases and weapons Sunday, Moammar Gadhafi's son went on state television to proclaim that his father remained in charge with the army's backing and would "fight until the last man, the last woman, the last bullet."

EGYPT: Sheikh Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi led prayers during a massive gathering at Cairo's Tahrir Square, during which he asked the Egyptian army to open wide the Rafah crossing and to pray for the re-conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims, so that he and the Muslims could pray in security at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama Administration has entered into direct, secret talks with senior Afghan Taliban leaders, according to The New Yorker.

CAT LASER BOWLING: Let's go to the video.

TINY BABY BADGERS are lucky to be alive after being saved from British floods last week by their quick-thinking mother. Awww...some pics at the link.

MS. BEATHA LEE, a shaggy, dirty-white Wheaten terrier, was elected president of the Hillbrook-Tall Oaks Civic Association in Annandale, VA.

A RED SQUIRREL conservation group is appealing for funds and supporters in Northumberland. I'm thinkin' they should ask Prince Charles.

COW vs MOTORCYCLIST ends as you would expect.

THOUSANDS OF SHARKS under alien mind control have been spotted just off the coast of south Florida, according to the Weekly World News.

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Beatles, Superchunk, Smith Westerns, Cutout Bin, Noodle the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 18, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEATLES!  Their first full US concert 47 years (and one week) ago in the nation's capital, performed in the round.  Part 1 includes an introduction plus "Roll Over Beethoven," "From Me To You," and "I Saw Her Standing There."  Part 2 includes "This Boy," "All My Loving," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Please Please Me," and "Till There Was You"  and part of "She Loves You."  Part 3 finishes that song, and concludes with "I Want To Hold Your Hand," "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally."

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

THE SMITH WESTERNS get a twofer on World Cafe: Next.

WAVVES drop "TV Luv Song" in advance of... something.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Peter Bjorn and John, Adele, Fleet Foxes and more in the latest installment of the long-running series.

ISOBEL CAMPBELL & MARK LANEGAN: I somehow missed their set for Sound Opinions earlier this month, but it's still good now.

RODNEY CROWELL talks to Fresh Air and plays songs related to his memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.

MADNESS: "One... Step... Beyond." 

THE DECEMBERISTS: Chris Funk talks to Crave about  the new album, his side projects and his perspectives on the musical format wars, among other topics. (Thx, LHB.)

DEAN WAREHAM talks to Ireland's Independent about life as an indie pop legend, Galaxie 500's bitter break-up and its afterlife. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

YO LA TENGO: When the "wheel of fortune" turned against them.

BOOKER T. JONES has a star-studded album coming.

THE DUM DUM GIRLS: Working through tragedy, moving beyond lo-fi.

DEATH OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY? The trend is awful, but sales are currently higher than in the 1980s.

CUTOUT BIN: From Ray Charles to Jane's Addiction, from John Lennon to New Order, from Sonic Youth to Joan Jett, plus Jimi Hendrix, CCR, R.E.M., Bruce Springsteen, the Beastie Boys 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 I Am Number Four, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Unknown, which is scoring 45 percent; and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, which was not screened for critics.

HOW THE KARDASHIANS made 65 million dollars last year. P.T. Barnum was unavailable for comment.

MICHAEL JACKSON, otoh, has raked in 310 million since he died.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & RYAN PHILLIPPE have called an end to their three-month romance.

ROD STEWART and his wife, Penny Lancaster Stewart, welcomed their second son.

WONDER WOMAN will be played by Adrianne Palicki (Friday Night Lights, Lone Star) in the pilot for NBC.

JAMES FRANCO is profiled by the New York Observer.

MILA KUNIS intends to play a wicked witch opposite James Franco in Sam Raimi's Oz, The Great and Powerful, the prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz.

DIANE KRUGER is profiled by GQ, and that's some profile.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK interviews FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT in glorious MP3 format.

LEN LESSER, 88, a veteran character actor best known for his recurring role in the 1990s as Uncle Leo on the hit NBC-TV comedy "Seinfeld," died Wednesday in Burbank, publicist Laura Stegman said. He had pneumonia and cancer.

IRAN has asked Egypt for permission to send two warships through the Suez Canal, officials have confirmed, after a day of conflicting reports.

BAHRAIN: In what longtime observers said was turning into an unusually severe crackdown, the Bahraini national security council met and declared a state of emergency.

EGYPT: For the first time since he was banned from leading weekly friday prayers in Egypt 30 years ago, prominent Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi will lead thousands in the weekly prayers from Cairo's Tahrir Square today.  He's a real sweetheart.

IRAQI officials likely will request thousands of US troops remain in that country into next year to provide security and train indigenous forces, a senior US lawmaker said Thursday.

NOODLE the CAT's first canned food makes her a little nuts. Or maybe it's her owner.  But it's the second cat that really makes this work.

A SWAN is stalking shoppers in Wareham, Mass.

A POT-BELLIED PIG was detained by police in Lincoln, NE.

MAN'S WORST FRIEND in an East Oregon traffic stop.

WHEN DEER INTRUDES: "It looks like a murder scene."

CAT vs DALEK: The obligatory sequel to Dog vs Dalek.


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Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Darlene Love, Stones, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS' star-studded "Howlin' For You" video is all sorts of awesome. 

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.  She alsohas an interview plus tracks via Weekend Edition.

BADLY DRAWN BOY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DARLENE LOVE is profiled by Morning Edition (with bonus embeds) before her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction.

THE ROLLING STONES, Live at the Cricket Ground in Perth, Australia,  February 24, 1973.

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep" Live on TheTube, 1987

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talks to Paste about his new record, 12 Desperate Straight Lines, how drumming informs his songwriting process and falling out of shape between tours.

PJ HARVEY called The A.V. Club to discuss the "hard work" of songwriting, why she now writes words before music, and the combined influence of Salvador Dalí and Cambodian folk music. She was also interviewed on Fresh Air the other day.

MOGWAI: Barry Burns lists five myths about being in a band at Drowned in Sound.

THE BEST DRUMMERS OF ALL TIME, according to Rolling Stone readers, with embeds.

CHARLIE SHEEN went back on the radio to make clear that he was cool with Two and Half Men creator Chuck Lorre... and to offer advice to Lindsay Lohan. Pot, meet kettle! When you're getting advised to clean up by Nicole Richie, it's more than an intervention, isn't it?

HALLE BERRY& GABRIEL AUBRY have called a fragile truce - for now - in their bitter custody battle over their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Nahla. Aubry has filed a motion to end his custody case and to dismiss his request for child support... but is reportedly pursuing a paternity action.

JESSICA ALBA and Cash Warren are expecting their second child.

NATALIE PORTMAN is expecting a boy, according to Life& Style, who have a 50 percent chance of vindication here.

DANIEL CRAIG & RACHEL WEISZ were... wait for it... caught canoodling in NYC.

LIAM NEESON talks to Esquire about the death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, and actual movie stuff.

LINDSAY LOHAN, contra various reports, is not presenting Letterman's Top Ten list tonight.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN and her baby daddy Scott Disick are engaged, and looking to televise it, natch.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE expounds upon the joys of motherhood.

TILA TEQUILA says her girl-on-girl sex tape was not meant for the public to see. She's a narcissist, not an exhibitionist, m'kay?

KOREA: The latest satellite imagery indicates that North Korea has completed construction of a second - and more modern - missile launch facility, a vital step in its efforts to successfully launch intercontinental ballistic missiles.

LIBYA: Riot police clashed with protesters in the second-largest city of Benghazi and marchers setting fire to security headquarters and a police station in the city of Zentan.

EGYPT: CBS News correspondent Lara Logan has recovered from her mob attack to the point that she was released from the hospital on Wednesday and is now at home with her two young children. The US apparently had a year of warnings about potential instability in the country. The Lede is following news of Egypt's transition online and reports of new unrest in Libya, Bahrain, Yemen and Iran.

CORGI PUPPEHS: Let's go to the video.

CRAB KONG, Ninth Wonder of the World, hasn't stopped growing yet.

GOLDFISH RIGHTS a hot topic in China.

CAT BURGLAR caught on camera lives up to the name.

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Black Mountain, Van Dyke Parks, Johnny Cash, Capybara   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WINETRSLEEP turned "New Inheritors" into a Northern Soul dance party.

BLACK MOUNTAIN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

VAN DYKE PARKS, whose portfolio stretches from Brian Wilson to Joanna Newsom,  did five free songs for Daytrotter, backed by Clare & The Reasons.

JULIANA BARWICK is advance streaming The Magic Place.

THE PSYCHIC PARAMOUNT is advance streaming II.

JOHNNY CASH's demo for "I Walk the Line" is an advance track from Bootleg Vol. 2.

SUSANNA HOFFS: "Feel Like Making Love" is back after a period of absence. You're welcome.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD is apparently reuniting for a tour, including a slot at the Bonnaroo festival.

BOB GELDOF talks to The Guardian about How to Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to Billboard about her next LP with  J.P. Jones and the Fairground Boys.

THE BRIT AWARDS went to these folks.

THE GRAMMYS: The secret committee that alters the membership's nominations.

LINDSAY LOHAN was caught sneaking out of Samantha Ronson's home in Venice Beach, CA. on Valentine's Day.

TAYLOR SWIFT and Owl City singer Adam Young? Or will Carly Simon reveal the song is not about him?

BILLY RAY CYRUS is headed for a messy divorce, his record company just delayed his latest comeback, and he has some regrets about the show that made his 18-year-old daughter famous.

RHIANNA is being sued by photographer David LaChapelle for allegedly lifting his images for her new video.

DAVID BECKHAM's defamation case against In Touch Weekly ( for a story claiming he had hired a pricey call girl on numerous occasions) was dismissed in Los Angeles. His rep says he already won a court ruling in Germany.


O.J. SIMPSON was not beaten by skinheads in prison.  My faith in the National Enquirer is shattered.

DARK SHADOWS: Tim Burton is turning to familiar onscreen leading ladies for roles in the vampire film he'll direct with Johnny Depp in the lead role of Barnabas Collins.

THE CRITERION COLLECTION launches on Hulu Plus with 150 films.

KOREA: Two sentences that could be a movie.

IRAN: The IAEA's files also show a feverish - and apparently successful- effort by Iranian scientists to contain the damage from the Stuxnet virus and replace broken parts at the Natanz nuke facility, even while constrained by international sanctions banning Iran from purchasing nuclear equipment. Meanwhile, members of Iran's parliament have called for opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi to be tried and executed.

EGYPT: CBS News correspondent Lara Logan was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo on Feb. 11, the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the network said Tuesday.  The Muslim Brotherhood forming its own political party, which is not surprising, given it already has two faces. The head of the committee to draft Egypt's new constitution is a judge affiliated with an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.  And liberal dissident Ayman Nour told a Lebanese TV station that it's time to revisit the treaty with Israel.

AFGHANISTAN: The entire US civilian and military leadership is expected to leave in the coming months, including Gen. David H. Petraeus.  The Pentagon stresses that Petraeus is not being ousted, but may rotate out at some point.  Will he be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff?

A KID CAPYBARA enjoys a spa shower. A moment of zen.

FRANK the CROSS-EYED JAGUAR: The sequel to the cross-eyed possum.

GIANT MOUSE terrifies Edinbugh high school. Or it could be Photoshop.

PUNK FISH baffles Italian fishermen.

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New Releases, DeVotchKa, Low Anthem, Adele, Squid   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE played "Month of May" and "Ready to Start" before and after winning Album of the Year at the Grammys.  A lot of people on Twitter were baffled and upset at our Twofer Tuesday selection.

NEW RELEASES from Lifeguards (Robert Pollard + Doug Gillard), Bright Eyes, Drive-By Truckers, PJ Harvey, the Dears, Buffalo Tom, Loch Lomond and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DeVotchKa is advance streaming 100 Lovers.

THE LOW ANTHEM is advance streaming Smart Flesh.

ADELE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

RADIOHEAD releases The King of Limbs this Saturday.

THE DECEMBERISTS: Colin Meloy talks to Pitchfork about the band's shifting identity as a major-label act, the possibility of a Decemberists musical, stomach trouble, and more...

CAKE: John McCrae talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about having the lowest-selling No.1 album evah.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Benjamin Curtis talks to Eye Weekly about life after the departure of Claudia Deheza.

JESSICA SIMPSON and her billion-dollar empire are profiled at New York magazine.

CHARLIE SHEEN trashed the execs behind his sitcom, claiming he went back to work and no one was there. BTW, they couldn't fire Sheen -- even if they wnted to -- because he has no morals clause in his contract.  But they are producing 4 fewer episodes -- which may be why Sheen and the execs are maeuvering for PR.

LINDSAY LOHAN no longer has to face the judge who threatened jail time in her probation case, but I doubt the judge in the grand theft case will think differently about it...

MARION COTILLARD may join the cast of The Dark Knight Rises, probably in the role of Thalia al Ghul.

JUSTIN BIEBER fans attacked Grammy Best New Artist Esperanza Spalding online.

THE SI SWIMSUIT COVER leaked early on Twitter. And here's the online version, in time for Gratuitous Tuesday.

KENNETH MARS, a farcical character actor best known for playing the police inspector with a creaky prosthetic arm in Mel Brooks' 1974 classic Young Frankenstein, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at his home in Granada Hills, Calif. He was 75.

IRAN: Police fired teargas at protesters in Tehran and detained dozens during violent clashes. Protests were also held in Isfahan, Mashhad, and Shiraz. Opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi was also placed under house arrest.

SYRIA has not granted a UN nuclear watchdog request for prompt access to a desert site, rebuffing an appeal for urgent cooperation with a probe into suspected covert atomic activity, diplomatic sources said.

EGYPT's military rulers met with representatives of the broad-based youth movement that brought down the government after an 18-day uprising that transfixed the world.

MONSTER SQUID lands on Delray Beach.

INTRUDING DEER gets trapped in a toilet.

CHANCE the DOG remains elusive in a Rhode Island park.

THIS JUST IN: Chicken beating not a cure for homosexuality. Pretty sure there's a choking joke in there somewhere.

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