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Iron & Wine, Cali Dreamin', Basia Bulat, White Lies, Feelies, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE plays "Tree By The River" in a wine cellar (get it?) for La Blogotheque. Sam Beam is profiled by Pitchfork and talks to Drowned In Sound about the new album.

BEYOND CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': Stream 88 Songs Inspired By The Golden State.

BASIA BULAT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WHITE LIES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SONIC YOUTH is streaming a mixtape (incl new music from the band) via their website.

THE FEELIES drop "Should Be Gone" in advance of Here Before.

EARTH GIRL HELEN BROWN, another permutation of members from Sonny & the Sunsets and the Sandwwirches, drop, "Hit After Hit" as a debut track.

THE DEL LORDS extend "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" Circa 1990.

BOB DYLAN arrived in NYC 50 years ago this week. The Village Voice is marking the event with videos, archival stories and more...

WANDA JACKSON talks to Morning Edition about her new, Jack White-produced album

TOM TOM CLUB: Chris & Tina look back -- and ahead -- at PopMatters.

UNIVERSAL will offer out-of-print CDs on demand via Amazon's CreateSpace.

ALEC BALDWIN, DEREK JETER and other celebs are targeted by tax collectors who think they're fibbing about where they really live to dodge New York City income taxes.

OPRAH's secret half-sister turned down tabloid cash for her story. Which might be easier to do when your new half-sister is Oprah Winfrey.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON getting cozy with SNL's Jason Sudeikis? He recently split from Mad Men's January Jones... but Scar-Jo's rep dismisses the story.

AL PACINO's latest bombs at Sundance.

SAM WORTHINGTON has been living life in the fast lane after recently splitting with his girlfriend of nearly three years, Natalie Mark.

GLEE: Off-set romance? BONUS: John Travolta turns down Glee. Too butch?

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad pleads not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the gloved one's death.

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT has three Tiffany engagement rings all picked out, just in case. She thinks she's doing guys a favor... and she is, in the sense of a warning.

TERROR in RUSSIA: Reports say a Black Widow suicide bomber was involved in Moscow airport blast.

IRAN: The head of military intelligence for the Israeli Knesset said that sanctions are delaying advances in Iran's nuclear program. Venezuela will resume gasoline shipments to Iran after two-year break.

IRAQ: Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims marched and beat their heads and chests in ritualistic mourning in a major rite in Iraq's holy Shi'ite city of Kerbala on Tuesday, after attacks that killed dozens in recent days.

MARU: The box cat expands into paper.

A CHIHUAHUA was rescued from a burning home and given mouth-to-snout resuscitation in Colorado Springs.

WORMS will dance, if you provide a cool light show.

HUMAN-BITING MONKEY is back on the loose in Japan.

LONESOME GEORGE, the Galapagos's most eligible bachelor, is to be given two new potential mates in an attempt to finally produce offspring. A ready-made reality show for Animal Planet.

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New Releases, Ebsen & the Witch, Pale Young Gents, Tree Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PETER BJORN & JOHN drop "Breaker Breaker" as an advance clip for the upcoming album.

NEW RELEASES: Iron & Wine, Deerhoof, John Vanderslice, Amanda Palmer and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

ESBEN & THE WITCH advance stream Violet Cries at the 'Gum.

PALE YOUNG GENTLEMEN did five free songs for Daytrotter.

R.E.M. won't be touring Collapse Into Now, but there's another advance track, "Überlin."

THE ROLLING STONES: 2120 South Michigan Avenue (The Unreleased 1964 Blues Album).

WANDA JACKSON & JACK WHITE cover Jimmy Kidd's "Shakin' All Over" and Bob Dylan's "Thunder On The Mountain" for Twofer Tuesday.

BEST COAST & WAVVES: Tourmates (and bedmates) Bethany Cosentino and Nathan Williams do a two-part interview with the L.A. Times.

JAYHAWKS Gary Louris and Mark Olson talk reunion with the Chicago Sun-Times.

PATTI SMITH is profiled by The Guardian.

ABIGAIL WASHBURN is also profiled by The Guardian.

BRUCE WILLIS is "soul crushing" to work with, according to director Kevin Smith, who has been behaving strangely lately, even for him.

OPRAH WINFREY reveals she has a secret half-sister, named Patricia, who was given up for adoption as a child.  So perhaps it is she who will bring balance to The Force.

JAIME PRESSLY, fresh off a DUI bust, is getting a divorce... and is accused of owing more than 637K in state and federal taxes.

LINDSAY LOHAN is telling her friends she is never evah clubbing again.

MADONNA's cougar ways bother her brother.

WHEN GEORGE CLOONEY said he didn't want to get married again, he forgot to tell his girlfriend first.

LEIGHTON MEESTER is the new Nylon magazine cover girl.

MTV's SKINS has now lost four major sponsors.

THE OSCARS nominations are announced; Film.com notes snubs and favorites.

THE RAZZIE AWARD nominations are announced.

NEWSWEEK hosts its annual Oscar Roundtable, with Natalie Portman, James Franco, Colin Firth, Annete Benning, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Williams.

IRAN: France is pushing for tougher sanctions on Iran after failed international negotiations. The US' point man on he sanctions regime against Iran is set to retire. Law enforcement officials in Tehran announced the creation of a new cyber police force to monitor the internet.

ALMOND the CAT never leaves his tree.

MISCHIEF: An apt name for a horse stuck in a swimming pool.

GAY CATS to marry in NYC.

OHIO CHIMP turns 52, which is old for a chimp.

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Go! Team, Liz Phair, Lissie, Iron & Wine, Hairless Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEVEN TYLER, 62, briefly took the throne to "Walk This Way" with Fallon and The Roots.

THE GO! TEAM is advance streaming Rolling Blackouts.

LIZ PHAIR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.  She talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about Funstyle and her next album.

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

IRON & WINE plated a Tiny Desk Concert and is likely still streaming Kiss Me Clean via TeamCoco today.

LIFEGUARDS: The lastest project from Robert Pollard and Doug Gillard drop "Paradise is Not So Bad" as an advance track.

THE BEACH BOYS: "Wendy." Live, no sync. Really big show.

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE: More pioneering than the Clash?

SAM COOKE AT 80: The Career That Could Have Been.

GANG OF FOUR: Jon King tells Spinner why Kenny Rogers might be better than Bloc Party.

NO AGE: Randy Randall has a wide-ranging interview with Prefix.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: No Strings Attached tops the chart with 20.3 million against a 25 million budget. It's good to be Natalie Portman.  The Green Hornet places with 18.1 million; it's 46 percent drop isn't bad for a post-holiday weekend, but not good considering there was no new competition for the dude demo. The Dilemma shows with 9,7 million; it's 46 percent drop in weekend 2 is bad for any comedy, let alone one with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The Kings Speech holds in the fourth slot with 9.2 million (a 0.2 percent drop) and True Grit Rounds out the Top Five with 8 million on a mere 27.3 percent drop (at 138 million so far, the biggest Coen Bros. movie ever).  Below the fold Black Swan and The Fighter continued to do well in 6th and 7th place, with Black Swan looking like it will hit the 100 million mark domestically.  It's good to be Natalie Portman.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly made a secret 25000 deal with the fired Betty Ford worker who accused Li-Lo of criminal battery after refusing to testify against her.

REGIS PHILBIN quit his show after execs told his agent they would cut his salary when his current contract expired, reports TMZ.

GEORGE CLOONEY says he won't marry again.

JESSE JAMES & KAT VON D reportedly plan on tying the knot within the next month. Ex mistress Michelle "Bombshell" McGee seems skeptical.

SUSAN SARANDON denies having a boyfriend, including her young business partner Jonathan Bricklin.

WONDER WOMAN will fly this pilot season after all.

CLINT EASTWOOD directing Beyonce in A Star Is Born remake?

ORSON WELLES: An unfinished "masterpiece" filmed by Orson Welles nearly four decades ago is finally to reach the screen.

JACK LaLANNE, who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron decades before exercise became a national obsession, has died at age 96.

HARRY POTTER & THE HONOR BEATING: The brother of a Harry Potter film actress who assaulted her because her boyfriend was not Muslim has been jailed for six months.

IRAN: Two days of talks with six world powers ended in failure on Saturday, with Iran refusing to engage on any concrete proposals to build confidence that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes and with no date set for another meeting. Meanwhile, Iranian authorities have ordered a ban on women from watching live broadcasts of soccer matches at public movie theaters.

AFGHANISTAN: President Karzai agreed to allow the parliament to meet.

PAKISTAN: The former Pakistani intelligence agent who is known as the godfather of the Taliban has been killed ten months after being kidnapped by Islamist militants. Ironic.

IRAQ: Muqtada al Sadr has again left Iraq and has returned to Qom, Iran, where he spent three years in exile.

HAIRLESS CAT, Bearded Man. Skritchy.

GREYHOUND RACE ends in an astonishing triple dead heat.

ROAD HOG: A five hundred pound swine blocked traffic in Victorville early last Wedneday morning, creating a hazard.

PETER PAN, UPDATED: Workers at a Ukrainian aquarium didn't believe it when a visitor said a crocodile swallowed her phone. Then the reptile started ringing.

800 PARROTS go cold turkey in rehab.

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Motown, Dolorean, Best Coast, Cutout Bin, Useful Dog Tricks   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 21, 2011 - 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."

DAYTROTTER has compiled the 20-song Readers' Choice 2010.

DOLOREAN stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

BEST COAST drops "Sunny Adventure" from a forthcoming split-single.

J MASCIS drops "Not Enough" in advance of Several Shades of Why.

BUFFALO TOM drops "Guilty Girls" in advance of Skins.

OKKERVIL RIVER, Live in Iowa City, Sept, 15, 2007.

PATTI SMITH, Live at The Bowery Ballroom, NYC, Dec 30, 2010.

THE 50 GREATEST GUITAR RIFFS, according to Spinner.

ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI goes "Round and Round" on their network TV debut.

PJ HARVEY talks to Drowned In Sound about wading into a "war album."

SAM PHILLIPS talks to the Globe and Mail about her online subscription service.


10 COVER SONGS that beat the original, according to Gibson.

NEIL DIAMOND reviews 16 hot new artists.

CUTOUT BIN: From Pavement to Billy Preston, from Bob Dylan to the Talking Heads, from the 3 Degrees to Buzzcocks, from Steely Dan to Joey Ramone, plus Dusty Springfield, Camper Van Beethoven, Chuck Berry, World Party, Thin Lizzy and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide release is the Natalie Portman - Ashton Kutcher rom-com No Strings Attached, which is currently scoring 51 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Peter Weir's The Way Back opens on 650 screens scoring 78 percent.

THE TOP 10 NATALIE PORTMAN FILMS, according to We Are Movie Geeks.

JESSE JAMES and and tattoo artist Kat Von D are getting hitched.

HILARY DUFF denies the pregnancy rumor linked here yesterday.


CHARLIE SHEEN: Denise Richards is speaking out about her ex's recent alleged troubles.

HALLE BERRY: A source tells RadarOnline that Gabriel Aubry has been subjected to a number of nasty screaming fits by the Monsters Ball star, along with a number of angry meltdowns, and believes that Halle has hired a private investigator to tail him.

GEORGE CLOONEY contracted Malaria in the Sudan.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. has fallen out of Oz, the Great and Powerful, Disney's prequel-ish take on The Wizard of Oz tale, and the studio is in discussions with Johnny Depp to step into the role.

JOHNNY DEPP talks to Entertainment Weekly about his Lone Ranger project.

MINKA KELLY is merely blurbed by GQ, but there are pics for Gratuitous Friday.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad said that the West has no option but to cooperate with a nuclear Iran.

PAKISTAN: Sufi Mohammed, the instigator of the Taliban takeover of the Swat Valley from 2007-2009, is to be prosecuted for crimes almost a decade old.

AFGHANISTAN: The new Afghan parliament decided Thursday to convene as planned at the start of next week, in a defiant response to Pres. Hamid Karzai ordering the opening session postponed by a month.

USEFUL DOG TRICKS, performed by Jesse. Good dog!

A CAT was summoned for jury duty in Boston. The court rejected the owner's appeal to excuse Sal on the ground that he did not read or understand English.

LION TACOS: The Tucson taco restaurant planning them already has served up python, alligator, elk, kangaroo, rattlesnake and turtle.

A GERMAN who shipped hundreds of live tarantulas into the United States through the mail has pleaded guilty to a federal smuggling charge, prosecutors said.

A PIGEON was busted trying to smuggle drugs into a Colombian jail.

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Decemberists, The National, James Vincent McMorrow, Chihuahua   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM drop a video for "Don't Look Back," directed by Jeremy Konner and proving the only thing better than Zooey is four Zooeys.

THE DECEMBERISTS played The King is Dead live in its entirety for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

THE NATIONAL and BAND OF HORSES on Austin City Limits. (Thx, LHB.)

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW is advance streaming Early In The Morning via MOKB.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "Damn These Vampires" as an advance track to All Eternals Deck.

MIKE WATT drops "Arrow-Pierced-Egg-Man" as an advance track from... Hypenated-Man.

CHEAP TRICK brought "Dream Police" to Conan, with a full string section and Rick Nielsen's son sitting in for Bun E. Carlos.

SILVER JEWS frontman David Berman has started a blog.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar wrote to Prefix about his notoriously dense lyrics, his musical influences, and Kaputt's recording process.

DURAN DURAN talks to The Telegraph about 30 years of something, the new LP, etc.

TWILIGHT SINGERS: Greg Dulli talks to MOKB about the new album, Pete Rose and more...

CHARLIE SHEEN spent 26000 on three escorts from one agency during his infamous, drugged-out weekend bender in Las Vegas.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA got "wasted" and passed out in Jeremy Renner's bed at his 40th birthday party.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Prosecutors are ready to file criminal charges against the Hollywood superstar for hitting his baby mama, Oksana Grigorieva, according to RadarOnline.

ANNE HATHAWAY is the Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises. Tom Hardy (Inception) joins the cast as Bane.

HALLE BERRY's ex filed for joint custody of their daughter.

MIRANDA KERR shows off her and Orlando Bloom's son.

HILARY DUFF is pregnant, according to the ever-reliable Star.

RICKY GERVAIS shot a top-secret cameo that will appear in the cold open of the January 27 episode of The Office.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS set report and pics.

LEBANON: The Saudi foreign minister says Riyadh has abandoned mediation efforts to end the political crisis in Lebanon caused by the UN-backed Hariri tribunal.

AFGHANISTAN: A senior German al Qaeda leader was killed, perhaps in the joint AQ-Taliban attack on Bagram airfield last May. The growing insurgency in northern Afghanistan could lead to renewed opium cultivation in provinces where the crop has been eliminated.

IRAQ: Violence over all has ebbed, but there remains a steady trickle of deadly attacks, most often focused on security forces, government officials, or, in recent months, Iraq's Christian minority.

OWL vs CHIHUAHUA: Who you got?

SHARKS are probably color-blind.

C*CK KILLS MAN: Cops suspect fowl play.


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