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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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Decemberists, 11th Dream Day, Greenhornes, Boxer vs Dalek   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 14, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAUL WESTERBERG: "Valentine," solo circa 2004. 

THE DECEMBERISTS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session, including a cover of R.E.M.'s "Cuyahoga," from 1986's Life's Rich Pageant.

ELEVENTH DREAM DAY, Rick Rizzo and Tara Key drop new tracks.

THE GREENHORNES provide a chat and live twofer to the World Cafe.

BITTER PILLS: Five Breakup songs from NPR.

ERIC CARMEN: "All By Myself" on TOTP.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Patterson Hood talks to the WSJ about the influence that a nearly forgotten Alabama songwriter played in creating "Go-Go Boots" and about the Truckers' bid to record a classic prom song. Also: Does indie rock discriminate against the South?

ARCADE FIRE talks to The Guardian about verging on the bigtime and more: "When I wonder if Butler's fondness for apocalyptic imagery stems from religion, he says it had more to do with early exposure to John Milius's cheesy 80s action movie Red Dawn."

TEENAGE FANCLUB: The Quietus surveys their career, with plenty of embeds.

THE SMITH WESTERNS leave the garage.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Just Go With It tops the chart with 31 million. A romantic comedy scores big for Valentine's Day weekend; who knew? It should ultimately make back its 80 million budget and then some.  Justin Bieber: Never Say Never was just behind with 30 million against a budget of only 13 million. Gnomeo and Juliet debuts in the third slot with 25.5 million, which likely isn't too bad for this rather unlikely movie.  The Eagle is in the No.4 position with 8.6 million, which says as much about the field as it does the movie. The Roommate rounds out the Top Five with 8.4 million, with a 26 million total against a 16 million budget.  Below the fold, The King's Speech and No Stirngs attached continue to show legs.

JENNIFER ANISTON celebrated her 42nd birthday on Feb. 11 by having an intimate dinner with Jake Gyllenhaal in NYC.

LINDSAY LOHAN's bad taste in jewelry could be the key to her defense, because according to TMZ's research, the necklace in question may not have enough value to constitute felony grand theft.

CHARLIE SHEEN flashed several gold teeth during a meet-and-greet with UCLA's baseball team.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR remained in a Los Angeles hospital for treatment of congestive heart failure.

THE GRAMMYS went to these folks. The televised part was live-blogged by ArtsBeat.

EGYPT: On Friday, I wrote that the big question would be what the military would do... and now we know.  As protesters were swarming into the streets Friday morning for what was expected to be the biggest and most volatile demonstrations in the three-week revolt here, the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued a statement over state television and radio indicating that the military, not Mr. Mubarak, was in effective control of the country.  Although protesters wildly cheered Mubarak's ouster, Egypt's new military authorities say they are dissolving parliament and suspending the constitution. And Mubarak used the 18 days it took for protesters to topple him to shift his vast wealth into untraceable accounts overseas.

IRAN jammed BBC's Persian TV service due to its coverage of the unrest in Egypt.

ALGERIA: Thousands defied a government ban on protests and a massive deployment of riot police to rally in the capital Saturday, demanding democratic reforms a day after similar protests toppled Egypt's authoritarian leader.

BOXER vs DALEK: Who you got?

GOING TO NEED A Bigger Boat.

AUSTRALIANS  trying to rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Yasi have been warned to stay away from cassowaries - huge flightless birds with claws that can disembowel a human - on the hunt for food after their habitat was destroyed by the storm.

MALE SQUIDS go into a frenzied rage from just a touch of a female pheromone.

A RAT that appeared in the cabin of an Alaska Airlines flight Thursday morning as the plane was pulling away from the gate delayed the flight and caused passengers to switch planes.

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Sweet, Yuck, Beatles, Stones, 'Mats, Cutout Bin, Sled Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.

YUCK: Formed by childhood friends with a shared love for guitars and fuzz and melody, this band proves that lo-fi rock is in rude health.  But singer Danny Blumberg hasn't put much thought into labels. At the moment, it's easy to find streaming tracks on the ol' HM.

IVAN & ALYOSHA play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. Tim Wilson talks to Boise Weekly about th band as it kicks off a tour. (Thx, LHB.)

SONGS IN THE KEY OF PHILLY: A streaming mega-playlist from WXPN.

THE BEATLES: Artifacts, The Definite Collection Of Beatles Rarities 1958-1970.

THE ROLLING STONES, Live at Leeds, March 13, 1971.

THE REPLACEMENTS, Live at the Ritz Theater, NYC; July 27, 1987.

NICOLE ATKINS covers Roy Orbison's classic, "Crying" unpluggedy.

DEERHOOF guitarist Ed Rodriguez talks to Muzzle of Bees about the Deerhoof vs. Evil, the band's new label, their self-leaking of the album, and some of their favorite records.

THE SMITHS: Andy Rourke talks to the HuffPo about his time in Manchester's iconic band, the 80's music scene, music today and his current endeavors.

BRIGHT EYES: Conor Oberst talks to Vanity Fair about spirituality, aging, protest songs and the perils of writing confessional lyrics.

THE 50 DRUGGIEST ALBUMS, according to NME.

CUTOUT BIN: From John Williams to Led Zeppelin, from Queen to The Clash, from R.E.M. to The Heavy, plus the dB's, Beatles, Big Country, J. Geils, the Soul Survivors 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 Sandler-Aniston rom-com Just Go With It, which is currently scoring 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, currently scoring 60 percent; the animated Gnomeo and Juliet, scoring 51 percent; and The Eagle with 43 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN tried walking out of the store with a diamond earring days before the necklace incident at the center of her felony case, according to the police report... but that report has inconsistencies a defense attorney could exploit.  She's interested in a no-jail plea deal (no, shinola, Sherlock).

SCARLETT JOHANSSON: Simtten with Sean Penn? That's one of the signs of the apocalypse, isn't it?

TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES (and a custom RV) turn up in a story about the FBI's investigation of the CoS for human trafficking and using free labor.

CHARLIE SHEEN and Brooke Mueller have filed final divorce papers, and now they just have to wait it out a few months before they're officially former spouses.

KELSEY GRAMMER is officially divorced.

CRISPIN GLOVER talks to The Guardian, as odd as ever.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, the retro-prequel, now has a trailer online.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF: Baseball Prosepectus figured out which Cubs game the gang attended in this part of the movie... and the day on which the gang was filmed at Wrigley Field.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 202nd birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

PAKISTANI officials said Pres. Obama's national security advisor summoned Pakistan's ambassador to the White House Monday evening to deliver a threat from the president: Release Raymond Davis, an American being held in Lahore for killing two Pakistanis, or face the consequences.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt. The big surprise yesterday that Mubarak is not leaving (though the spin is that he transferred his powers to VP Suleiman) likely means protests and possible revolt in the streets today, leaving open the question of how the military will respond.

IRAN: Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi is under house arrest after calling for renewed street protests against the government. Opposition websites reported a series of arrests of political activists and journalists as the regime struggles to prevent the news of the planned protest from spreading. The Netherlands froze diplomatic relations with Iran over the execution of a Dutch-Iranian citizen. Iran's envoy to Russia said Iran is ready to resume talks with the West over a nuclear fuel-swap deal.

NIGEL GOES SLEDDING: Let's go to the video.

FERAL PIGS: Huge, ever-growing packs of wild swine are running rampant, destroying crops, killing wildlife and spreading disease everywhere they go, according to the US Dept. of Agriculture.

SNAKE attacks lawyer. Lack of professional courtesy punchline goes here.

RUBIX the CAT: Shot 19 times and lives. Sure, it was a BB gun, but still impressive.

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Raphael Saadiq, SXSW, Strokes, J Mascis, Slo-mo Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAPHAEL SAADIQ drops a video for "Good Man."

CROOKS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SXSW: Here's over 140 free songs from artists performing at this year's fest.

TOM JONES shares songs of romance and heartache for Valentine's Day as Guest DJ of All Songs Considered.

THE STROKES: The full track for "Under Cover of Darkness" is now online.

J MASCIS drops "Is It Done" (ft Band of Horses' Ben Bridwell) in advance of Shades of Why.

THOSE DARLINS' just wanna "Be Your Bro."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Interview about songwriting, the new sound of Kaputt, etc.

THE KINKS are deluxe reissuing seven albums, including my favorites, Face to Face and Something Else.

DUM DUM GIRLS' Dee Dee shares a few of her favorite things for a Pitchfork Guest List.

THURSTON MOORE disses Steve Albini in the foreign press. In fairness, Albini started it.

ELTON JOHN, PAUL SIMON & NEIL YOUNG are among the presenters for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2011 induction ceremonies.

GUITAR HERO is officially dead.

M. WARD & JIM JAMES started a blog about creme brulee. Yes, really.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been officially charged with felony grand theft. The L.A. County District Attorney believes Li-Lo is a seasoned fashion thief, and that's a primary reason why she's being prosecuted. Lohan pleaded not guilty; additional bail was set at 20K.

ASHLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ are divorcing. Perhaps the surprise is the lack of prenup. Reportedly, no third party is involved.

CHARLIE SHEEN may be undergoing at-home rehab, but it hasn't stopped the star from achieving another ratings high with Two and A Half Men. Sitcom imitates sleaze. More than 9 of 10 viewers say Sheen's personal problems don't matter. Sheen has notified members of the show's crew that he will pay a portion of their salaries for the two weeks the show has been down.

MARK SANCHEZ: This is a story about a famous Jets quarterback's courtship of a 17-year-old girl and the girl's conflicting emotions about fame.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND: Katy "started asking friends to recommend a marriage counselor," an "insider" tells Life & Style, which means you should take it with a shaker of salt, despite its palusibility.

KIM KARDASHIAN is interviewed by... Elizabeth Taylor.

JULIA ROBERTS will be playing the Evil Queen on The Brothers Grimm: Snow White. SEMI-RELATED: Famke Janssen will play the leader of the witches in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is in negotiations to star an untitled single-camera comedy pilot for Fox.

ISLAMISM in INDONESIA: A Muslim mob rampaged in Java after a court passed down a five year sentence to a Christian accused of insulting Islam. The mob torched two churches and stormed the courthouse.

EGYPT: The Lede continues to provide updates on street protests in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday it wants to promote democracy but does not intend to field a candidate for president. The MB spox added that they "reject the Islamist state," decades of evidence to the contrary. Yussuf al-Qaradawi, the Qatar-based Muslim Brotherhood preacher who exiled himself from Egypt in 1961, is a prosepective Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in this situation. Vice President Omar Suleiman said that al Qaeda operatives and fighters from "other armed Islamic organizations" escaped from prisons during riots last week. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hezbollah are also known to have escaped. Meanwhile, Suleiman warns that the "soft coup" of the military could turn into a hard one if the protests continue.

IRAN: Iran's state prosecutor warned the opposition to not host protests in solidarity with Egyptian protesters.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus said he is expecting a brutal fight in the spring when Taliban insurgents try to return from their winter safe havens to areas already in control of international forces.

SLO-MO KITTEH: Let's go to the video.

THOROUGHBRED HORSES are getting their own beauty contest in Turkmenistan.

COCKFIGHTING is dangerous? Who knew?

PARROTS foil a robbery in Palmetto, FL.

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