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Lykke Li, More New Releases, Radiohead, Corgi & Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
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New Releases, Local Natives, Justin Townes Earle, Cats & Cups   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL, Live in NYC for MTV.  Way more thanTwofer Tuesday.

NEW (and not-so-new) RELEASES from Drive-By Truckers, PJ harvey, Yuck, Mumford & Sons, Band of Horses and more are streaming from Spinner... unless they update their selections today.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session... and played a Tiny Desk Concert.

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

IRON & WINE recently performed a studio session for KUT in Austin, Texas.

WAVVES dropped "Horse Shoes" as another possible single or something.

THE HOLLIES: "I Can't Let Go."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley talks to the Washington City Paper about the Keith Richards memoir and the craft of songwriting and being a frontman.

DAWES: Taylor Goldsmith and Tay Strathairn talk to the Daily Bruin about recording in analog, playing with their heroes and more... (Thx, LHB.)

THE MONKEES are to reform for a tour celebrating the group's 45th anniversary... minus Mike Nesmith, natch.

IS FOOD the new indie rock?

CHARLIE SHEEN seems to have a new galpal, but wants to move his ex-wives next door. Meanwhile, he invited former baseball stars over for a screening of Major League, while one of his recent companions terminated a pregnancy that could have been Sheen's.

JOHN TRAVOLTA got snapped sans hairpiece.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Baby mama Oksana Grigorieva rejected a 15 million dollar peace deal with the star "to see where the chips might fall" in court, emails reveal.

MATTHEW MORRISON and OLIVIA MUNN looked pretty chummy at a hockey game in New York Sunday night.

THE FARRELLY BROTHERS talk to the WSJ about Hall Pass and The Three Stooges.

SKINS, the controversial MTV teen drama, is hemorrhaging viewers.

SUPERMAN: Is Zach Snyder adding Kevin Costner to the reboot cast?

IRAN: Ayatollah Khamenei praised recent revolts around the Arab world as Islamic and said they should be consolidated. Opposition street protests continued in various parts of Tehran.

SUDAN: President Omar al-Bashir will not stand for re-election, an official of his National Congress Party said on Monday, insisting, however, that he was "not under pressure" from the wave of protests rocking the Arab world.

LIBYA: Gaddafi appeared on state television in one of his trademark crazy costumes on Tuesday signalling his defiance and saying he had not fled a revolt against his 41-year rule.  As warplanes and helicopters fired on protesters, Libya's diplomats at the UN in New York called for international intervention to stop the government's violent action against street demonstrations in their homeland. A video purports to show Libyan soldiers slain for refusing to fire on civilians.

EGYPT: More details have emerged of Lara Logan's terrifying ordeal at the hands of a frenzied mob.

PAKISTAN: The American arrested in Pakistan after shooting two men at a crowded traffic stop was part of a covert, CIA-led team collecting intelligence and conducting surveillance on militant groups deep inside the country, according to American government officials.

CATS & CUPS: Let's go to the video.

BUSY BEAVERS wear out their welcome at a Wisconsin yacht club.

CAT VOLDEMORT finds a home.

CLEVER SHEEP: The most dangerous of creatures.

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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
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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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