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Tuesday, March 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WAVVES dropped a new video for "King of the Beach." 

NEW RELEASES from Adele, Ron Sexsmith, DeVothchKa, Mike Watt, Dropkick Murphys, Eisley, Rural Alberta Advantage and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

MOUNTAIN GOATS are advance streaming All Eternals Deck.

REM live streams Collapse Into Now at 2 p.m. today, and will stream it on demand afterward.

WYE OAK is advance streaming Civilian.

FOUR TET & CARIBOU dropped a split single.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood talked to JamBands about "country soul," songwriting, getting older, dead heroes, and guitars.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua questions the idea that the reunion is of the "classic lineup," and has spot on observations about the GbV experience. (Thx, LHB.)

EMIL RICHARDS, a part of a legendary group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew and player on  around 2,000 movies and TV shows, including Shaft, Jaws, The Exorcist, Dr. Zhivago and Taxi Driver, is profiled by Weekend Edition.

RAY DAVIES may reform The Kinks without his brother Dave.

CHARLIE SHEEN rode the crazy train to the Today show, where he demanded a raise from approximately 2 million to 3 million per episode to come back to the set of Two and a Half Men, as well as an apology from CBS while "licking his feet." There is also a suggestion of the 320 million dollar suit for mental anguish he claims he plans to file against the network. His lawyer is already demanding payment for his eight missed episodes of Two and a Half Men.  Sheen then did a live interview on TMZ similarly chock full o' nuts, after which Sheen's longtime publicist quit, prompting Sheen to "fire" him.  You would think that was enough crazy for one day, but no... he turned up on CNN last night for bonus crazy, and it's GMA this morning. Warner Bros. confirmed that they will pay the crew for the cancelled four episodes of The Two and a Half Men, while CBS' top boss had a nice chat with John Stamos about replacing Sheen on the hit sitcom.

LINDSAY LOHAN took on her first role since being released from rehab - on Sunday night's Jimmy Kimmel post-Oscars show.

MAD MEL UPDATE: According to TMZ, Gibson is about to be charged with domestic violence, but his baby mama Oksana Grigorieva will not be charged with extortion. Yet the same report says the die is not officially cast, which is a major caveat, imho.

TOM CRUISE will sing in the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Rock of Ages.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON & SANDRA BULLOCK avoided each other like the plague at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

JAMES FRANCO bailed on his own Oscars after-party.

JANE RUSSELL, the voluptuous actress at the center of one of the most highly publicized censorship episodes in movie history, the long-delayed release of the 1940s western "The Outlaw," died on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89.


IRAN: Security forces arrested opposition leaders Mirhossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karoubi, according to an opposition website. ISAF's spokesman said Iran is arming the Taliban. Iran said the logo for the 2012 Olympics spells the word "Zion," and threatened to boycott.

YEMEN: President Saleh said he was prepared to form a unity government, but the opposition parties rejected the proposal.

LIBYA: The president of Libya's newly-formed National Council has told Sky News that if Tripoli does not liberate itself then the rebel army will take it by force; he called for an air embargo.  However, military commanders in liberated eastern Libya said they believe Gaddafi's personal forces are better equipped and trained than their newly cobbled together Libyan People's Army.

AfPAK: Disgusted by the Taliban's relentless brutality, more than 1000 fighters have walked away in recent months.

GOOSE PARADE: Let's go to the video.

A CAT IN A SCARF was rescued from the engine of a pickup truck.

MICE accidentally cured of baldness.

AN ELEPHANT has sex with a car at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve in South Africa.

THE WALKING CACTUS: Discovered in China.

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Monday, February 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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Friday, February 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE KINKS! Live at the Rainbow Theater, 1972.  There's documentary footage intercut, but your setlist includes "Till the End of the Day," "Waterloo Sunset," "Top of the Pops," "The Money-go-Round," "Sunny Afternoon," "She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina," "Alcohol," "Acute Schizophrenia Paranoid Blues," and -- of course -- "You Really Got Me." PLUS: Ray Davies has revealed he's still suffering from the effects of a gunshot wound he sustained over seven years ago.

RHETT MILLER  of The Old 97's recently performed a studio session for KEXP.

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

GEORGE HARRISON would have turned 68 today. The Concert for George is streaming all day Friday.

CASIOTONE FOR THE PAINFULLY ALONE does its final four free songs for Daytrotter.

TV on the RADIO drops "Will Do" in advance of Nine Types of Light.

THE WATSON TWINS drop a cover of The Turtles' "You Showed Me" in advance of their Night Covers EP.

SUGAR, Live at Cat's Cradle, Nov. 19, 1994.

EVERY NUMBER ONE POP HIT through 1993, five seconds apiece. Very cool, natch.

THE JAGS have your number written on the "Back of My Hand." From TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file.

THE JAYHAWKS have been guest-editing Magnet. Gary Louris did an advance interview with the mag and has written about topics including the Minnesota Twins, Spain, and Crosswords, while Mark Olson has essayed Movies, Books, Food, the Violin and more...

THE 90s are discussed and surveyed in videos by All Songs Considered.  It's a nice counterpart to The A.V. Club's just-completed 10-part series, "Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?"

OMD: Andy McCluskey talks to PopMatters about putting the band back together.

BRITISH SEA POWER: Scott "Yan" Wilkinson and Martin Noble talk to Drowned in Sound about a decade making music, popular insanity and more...

CUTOUT BIN: From Big Audio Dynamite to the Beatles, from Otis Redding to Wire, from Richard Hell to Van Morrison, plus Springsteen, Fine Young Cannibals, Edwyn Collins, Echo & the Bunnymen 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 are the Farrelly Bros comedy Hall Pass, which is currently scoring 34 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Nic Cage in Drive Angry, which is scoring 48 percent, albeit on a small sample of reviews at the moment.

CHARLIE SHEEN: CBS and Warner Bros. are pulling the plug on the highly rated Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season, after Sheen dialed into the nutty Alex Jones Show to blast show creator Chuck Lorre, Alcoholics Anonymous and... wait for it... Thomas Jefferson.  Sheen has responded to the shutdown with a wacky open letter.  Also, his latest galpal has been identified as a cannabis magazine cover girl. Charlie keepin' it klassy.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors in her grand theft case believe the store surveillance video is strong evidence against her and one source even described it as a "smoking gun."

CHRISTINA AGUILERA is reportedly doing some heavy boozing, according to a piece in the print version of Us Weekly.

DAVID ARQUETTE wants to get back together with wife Courteney Cox - but for now, the decision is up to her.

REMAKES: The Bodyguard and Soapdish are Hollywood's latest recycling projects.

RANDY QUAID says he's won his legal fight to stay in Canada, in a stunning victory over the "Hollywood star-whackers" who were bent on killing actors like him.  Quaid and hsi wife face felony burglary charges in the US.

BILL MURRAY comments on Ghostbusters 3.

MEMPHIS, the MLK flick written and directed by Paul Greengrass, has been picked up by Universal.

10 MOVIES the Oscars Made Famous.

20 LOVE STORIES for People Who Hate Love Stories.


THE KING'S SPEECH could become the first Oscar-winner to be shot on the same set as a gay pr0n video. And an Amy Winehouse video.

TERROR in the USA: The US charged a Saudi man attending college in Texas with plotting to carry out attacks in the US. Khalid Ali Aldawsar studied electrical engineering, purchased explosives over the Internet, and planned on attacking dams, a nuclear plant, and the home of former President George W. Bush.

IRAN is expanding its covert global search for the uranium it needs for its nuclear activities and a key focus is Zimbabwe.

SYRIA may have been building a secret nuclear-related site near Damascus, possibly linked to a site bombed by Israel in 2007.

YEMEN: After an escalation in violence between supporters and opponents of the Yemeni government in Sana, the capital, this week, President Ali Abdullah Saleh has instructed security forces to protect demonstrators and thwart clashes between the two sides.

LIBYA: Forces loyal to Gaddafi and rebels are battling in western areas of the country; fighting has been reported just 30 miles outside Tripoli. Large numbers of army units and other security forces have defected.  Insurgent commanders said they have sent troops for an offensive against Tripoli and residents of the capital prepared their first mass demonstration in days on Friday. The so-called UN Human Rights Council may not condemn Gaddafi today.

AFGHANISTAN: After years of fighting for control of a prominent valley in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan, the US military has begun to pull back most of its forces from ground it once insisted was central to the campaign against the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

MARU the BOX CAT faces her biggest challenge evah.

SEXY MONKEYS wash with their own urine. Sixty percent of the time, it works all the time.

AN ALLIGATOR was washed into a Brazilian home by floodwaters.

FAMILY DOG as fire alarm.

SHANGHAI adopts a one-dog policy.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DESTROYER made its network TV debut, playing "Downtown" for Fallon. 

GANG OF FOUR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

LUYAS are advance streaming Too Beautiful to Work. The band, "influenced by Laurie Anderson and Bob Dylan," are profiled by the Montreal Gazette. (Thx, LHB.)

THE BASEBALL PROJECT is streaming six tracks from their new album via ESPN.

KURT VILE played the the World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

THE VANDELLES drop "My Time" in support of a new EP. For fans of JAMC-esque noise-pop.

ALICE COOPER is profiled by Morning Edition in advance of his Rock & Roll hall of Fame induction.

THE HIVES: "Hate to Say I Told You So."

NEKO CASE used Twitter to host a discussion of why female rock stars don't get groupies. Reax at Metafilter. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SUUNS: Ben Henry talked to The Quietus about scaring fans, the Montreal scene and why it's good to be sexy.

THE DEARS: Murray Lightburn talks to the Globe and Mail about the band's quasi-reunion.

THE 10 BEST PROTEST SONGS, according to Dorian Lynskey, author of a new history of the genre.

CHARLIE SHEEN screened Jaws on a 100-foot yacht, accompanied by hs new galpal and adult film actress Bree Olson. Sheen's soon-to-be ex-wife Brooke Mueller has moved back in with him, according to RadarOnline.  Indeed, Radar now claims that Sheen has taken the three women on a tropical vacation.  CBS is asking focus groups about doing Two and a Half Men without him. 

LINDSAY LOHAN was working on a plea deal, but decided to go to trial after learning the judge would require jail time; the prosecutor wanted six months.

RHIANNA and... Ryan Phillippe?

BILLY RAY CYRUS is trying to get his act together after making explosive comments about his family, including daughter Miley Cyrus.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY: He is moving from LA to NYC to care for their daughter while she films a movie. It's the intersection of sweet and self-interested.

ROYAL WEDDING SECRETS for royal wedding secret-cravers.

JAMES FRANCO & ANNE HATHAWAY talk Oscar hosting with The Hollywood Reporter, which also reports on this year's differences from prior shows.

IRAN: The US Treasury designated the head of the Basij militia and Tehran's prosecutor general for human rights abuses. The two Iranian warships have transited the Suez Canal and are en route to Syria. Senegal cut ties with Iran after the latter shipped weapons to rebels.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are handing out 37 billion dollars in chilling-out money to head off protests.

BAHRAIN: The government freed more than 50 political prisoners, and said it would permit peaceful demonstrations, in an attempt to appease protesters.

LIBYA: According to Swedish tabloid Expressen, Libya's ex-justice minister claims Gadhafi personally ordered the Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people in 1988. The Italian government estimated that more than 1,000 people have been killed during the insurrection. More than one-half of the country is out of government control. The US fears Gaddafi might use mustard gas. Regardless of what comes next in Libya's lethal political standoff, the OPEC country's oil sector is nearly certain to suffer, bringing long-lasting supply disruptions or even permanent damage.

PAKISTAN's ISI spy agency is ready to split with the CIA because of frustration over what it calls heavy-handed pressure and its anger over what it believes is a covert US operation involving hundreds of contract spies.

AFGHANISTAN: Two think-tankers argue in the NYT that there is increasing evidence that Afghanistan is moving in a more positive direction than many analysts think. But Afghanistan has appealed for the US to provide security assistance beyond 2014.

DANCING GOAT: More like prancing, I think.

CHEETAH CUBS climb a tree at safari camp. Awww...some pics.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A spider with a human face. Help me!

SNAKE on a TRAIN: A woman who lost her three-foot long boa constrictor on the Boston Metro has been issued with a hefty bill for cleaning costs.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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