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Vampire Weekend, Spoon, Lucky Soul, Raining Iguanas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 11, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON is advance streaming their Transference LP via NPR.  They also have a meaty profile in The New York Times.

BASIA BULAT drops "Go On" as and advance track from her upcoming LP.

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND stopped by WXPN for a chat and mini-set.

ELVIS PRESLEY: The staff at NPR is streaming their favorite tracks from the King.

LUCKY SOUL releases a video for "White Russian Doll," while Andrew blogged the shoot.

PATTI SMITH: Rolling Stone has an excerpt from her memoir, while Vanity Fair has a blurb from Clive Davis and a slideshow from photographer Steven Sebring.

NELLIE McKAY talks to the Mpls City Pages about A Prairie Home Companion, politics, and Doris Day.

BUZZCOCKS: The Mancester punks' early catalog is getting a big reissue effort from Mute.

KAREN O, frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, is profiled by Variety, focusing on her music for Where the Wild Things Are.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  This week's Top Three are last week's Top Three. Avatar shows amazing legs, dropping a mere 29 percent and taking in another 48.5 million domestically, where it enters the all-time Top Ten.  Worldwide, Avatar is already the second biggest earner of all time, behind Titanic.  Sherlock Holmes and the Chipmunks pulled in more than 16 million each.  Both dropped more than 50 percent, whcih is rough, but not shocking after two holiday weekends.  Daybreakers became the first new film in the Top Five since Christmas, with a 15 million debut, proving Ameerica loves Smurfs and vampires.  Rounding out the Top Five, It's Complicated drops a notch, taking in 11 million on a 41 percent drop; the star-filled ensemble comedy has yet to recoup its budget.  Below the fold, Leap Year debuted in sixth place with 9.2 million against a 19 million budget, which isn't bad, considering the bad reviews.  Much the same culd be said about the better-reviewed Youth in Revolt, which opened in ninth place.

CONAN O'BRIEN headed to Fox? It could happen.

MADONNA and SEAN PENN a three-hour, one-on-one dinner at four-star Alain Ducasse restaurant in Manhattan on Thursday.

KATY PERRY's Twitter account sparks rumors she's having a baby with new fiancé Russell Brand.

GREEN LANTERN: Blake Lively has nabbed the female lead opposite Ryan Reynolds in Warner Bros.' live-action film based on the DC Comics hero.

STAR TREK 2.2 is tentatively slated for June 29, 2012.

THE A-TEAM has a trailer online.

KICK-ASS now has a SFW trailer online.

TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEBOWSKI: The Dude abides, in Shakespearean style.

ART CLOKEY, creator of the whimsical clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep Friday at his home. He was 88.

YEMEN: British Intelligence has confirmed perhaps the most chilling boast that accused Christmas Day bomber Umar Abdulmutallab made to investigators after his arrest: that close to 20 other young Muslim men were being prepared in Yemen to use the same technique to blow up airliners.

IRAN: The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on Friday accused hard-line pro-government militiamen and Revolutionary Guard members of trying to assassinate his father a night earlier.

IT'S RAINING IGUANAS: Let's go to the video.  Here's a bonus how-to handle them video.

HAMSTERS drink like humans.

A FROZEN CAT, successfully defrosted.

A WILD TURKEY knocked out power near Folsom State Prison. Investigators checking links to squirrels, ghost of Johnny Cash.

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The Who, Morphine, Jeff Buckley, OK Go, Cutout Bin, NSFW Walrus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 08, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the HIGH NUMBERS!  Actually, this mod quartet had changed its name before they hit French TV's Music Hall for a truly live set on March 30, 1966, but the Tuber you posted this set is rightly concerned about copyright holders.  Part 1 features "Substitute," plus covers of the Everlys' "The Man with the Money" and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas'"Dancing in the Streets".  Part 2 includes a cover of "Barbara Ann" and "My Generation."  Plenty of Moon shining in both clips.

PORTASTATIC gives away their cover of Destroyer's "Foam Hands."

MORPHINE and JEFF BUCKLEY: Memorial sets from Mountain Stage are reposted by NPR.

WOODPIGEON is advance streaming their next album.

TIMBER TIMBRE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

GUIDED BY VOICES: Captain's Dead has posted a show from 4-28-00 in Asheville, NC, for your streaming or downloading pleasure.

JIMMY FALLON and THE MUPPETS break into Harry Nilsson's "One" during a camera test.

OK GO are advance streaming their next album, and drop a video for "WTF?" As you might guess, there's language.

VIC CHESTNUTT is memorialized by Michael Stipe, Fugazi's Guy Picciotto, and photographer-filmmaker Jem Cohen on Fresh Air.

NORAH JONES did a chat and mini-set for Mrning Becomes Eclectic.

BILLY CORGAN starts a record label, signs the Germs, the Electric Prunes, and the Strawberry Alarm Clock.

JIM JAMES starts a record label, does not sign the Germs, the Electric Prunes or the Strawberry Alarm Clock.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Marvin Gaye, from the dB's to Jefferson Starship, from the Pixies to the 1910 Fruitgum Company, from Thunderclap Newman to Stillwater, plus Spoon, the Rolling Stones, Willie Mitchell, Fountains of Wayne, OK Go covering the Zombies and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Daybreakers, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, Leap Year, which is scoring 20 percent, and Youth in Revolt, scoring 68 percent.

TIGER WOODS: One of Tiger's many mistresses, Loredana Jolie Ferriolo, is penning a tell-all book about the golf ace and claims that she witnessed him in gay encounters.

ARTIE LANGE: Howard Stern's sidekick landed in the hospital after stabbing himself nine times in an apparent suicide attempt, sources told The NY Post.

JAY LENO is going back to his 11:30 PM time slot, pushing the man who replaced him, Conan O'Brien, to a starting time of 12:05 a.m.

CHARLIE SHEEN was dumped by Hanes.

AMERICAN IDOL is downsizing Simon Cowell?

PLAYBOY MODEL Paula Sladewski was identified by Miami police as the person found dead and "burned beyond recognition" in a trash bin on Sunday.

THE PEOPLES' CHOICE AWARDS went to these folks. The people are ga-ga for GaGa.

THE DIRECTORS GUILD AWARD nominations went to these folks. Personally, I hope Bigelow beats Cameron.

AfPAK: Al Qaeda has confirmed that the US killed the leader of the Lashkar al Zil, or the Shadow Army, the terror group's military organization along the Afghan and Pakistani border.  Senior Jordanian intelligence sources speaking to TIME on condition of anonymity have disputed the claim that the suicide bomber of a US facility in Afghanistan last week that killed seven CIA operatives had been a double agent working for al-Qaeda all along. Afghan spy officials tell The Daily Beast's Gerald Posner that the chemical fingerprint of the bomb that killed the CIA agents matches the kind produced by Pakistani intelligence.

A WALRUS orally pleasures himself. Goo goo goo joob.

CHIHUAHUA AIRLIFT: More than a dozen Chihuahuas are being flown in style from San Francisco to New York in a bid to reduce chihuahua overpopulation in California, and make up a shortfall on the east coast.

FALLING DOLPHIN, injured trainer.

PANDA CUB Yun Zi debuts at the Sandiego Zoo. Awww...some pics at the link.

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Bob Dylan, Frightened Rabbit, the Stylus Decade, Koalas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater to play "Cousins."

BOB DYLAN: Aquarium Drunkard has posted Yesterday (CBS Studios: Nashville/NYC Outtakes) from 1970, which includes Bobby Z's takes on "Da Doo Ron Ron", "Cupid", "All I Have to Do is Dream", and "Yesterday" (natch).

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Two new tracks, "Nothing Like You" and "Learned Your Name," are streaming via the 'Gum.

BESNARD LAKES drop a new track, "Albatross."

ATLAS SOUND: Brandon Cox drops a previously unreleased track, "Christmas Synths." Better late than never!

JOE JACKSON: He's the Man.

THE STYLUS DECADE: Zombie Stylus rises from the grave to survey the top albums and singles from the naughts.

BANDS TO WATCH in 2010, according to NME and MOJO.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Paste about the Dark Side of the Moon.

THE CASSETTE: Don't call it a comeback?

TIGER WOODS has been staying with his billionaire pal Jim Dolan, the controversy-prone CEO of Cablevision and owner of Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks.

MARIAH CAREY made a drunken mess out of herself while trying to give an acceptance speech at an awards show. Video at the link.

I WAS MARRIED TO MICHAEL JACKSON: Sounds like the title to B-grade horror flick, but it's a legal claim.

JANE KRAKOWSKI of 30 Rock is engaged.

SYLVESTER STALLONE broke his neck while filming a fight scene in his latest movie.

TWILIGHT: The script for Eclipse leaked on the Internet.

SPIDER-MAN 4: Production has been delayed for more work on the script.  The movie is now unlikely to make its May 11, 2011, release date.

JAMES BOND: Sam Mendes is in negotiations to direct the 23rd installment of the franchise, in which Bond discovers that SPECTRE is masterminded by a homophobic veteran in the suburbs. But it looks like this movie may be delayed also, due to MGM's financial problems.

NICK NOLTE: NO EXIT is a documentary featuring the actor as interviewer and subject.  Currently available on demand on several cable systems.

YEMEN: American counter-terrorism specialists and Saddam Hussein's former intelligence officers have forged an unlikely alliance in Yemen to tackle al-Qaeda.

IRAN has quietly hidden an increasingly large part of its atomic complex in networks of tunnels and bunkers across the country.

AFGHANISTAN: How a Double Agent Lured Seven CIA Operatives to Their Deaths

KOALAS steal the limelight from Tennis star Andy Roddick.

A FEMALE CANE TOAD can "pump herself up to mega-size" if she wants to dissuade a male from mating with her.

CARSHER SEAL photobombs penguins.


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Islands, Rogue Wave, Music Blog Zeitgeist, RIP Willie Mitchell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ISLANDS dropped a new video for "No You Don't" featuring Michael Cera.

ROGUE WAVE dropped "Good Morning" as an advance track from their upcoming LP. Download, or stream it in the 'Gum Mix.

THE MUSIC BLOG ZEITGEIST is posted at the Hype Machine, including streams of the Top 50 albums songs and artists.

HEADLIGHTS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

BRUCE HORNSBY talked and played on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday.

WILLIE MITCHELL, an architect of the legendary Memphis soul sound, has died at the age of 81.

ELVIS COSTELLO: After Tuesday's vintage clips, I had a hankering for EC's equally vintage -- but more infamous -- take on "Radio, Radio."  As James Lileks recently observed, "The secret to enjoying Elvis Costello is not to know what he's singing about, but merely to know he disapproves of it."

HOT CHIP guitarist Owen Clarke talks to Prefix about the pleasures of domesticity, predicts the eventual fate of the majority of his band's CDs, and offers one of the most anticlimactic exclusives in the history of music journalism.

THE EDGE talks to The Guardian about the past and future of the guitar, meeting Jimmy Page, U2's new album, why they might play new songs at Glastonbury, the fate of Spiderman and the Edge's previously unremarked resemblance to a Hollywood sex symbol.

CHRISTOPHER LEE: The man who played Dracula and Saruman is to tell the story of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, through the universal language of metal.

OF MONTREAL will include Solange Knowles on their upcoming LP, said to have "a Parliament-style, 70s-funk vibe."

TIGER WOODS: Someone is shopping what she says is a Tiger Woods sex tape, and Vivid Entertainment is in the market.

VINCE VAUGHN married Kyla Weber in a small private ceremony before family and friends on Saturday outside of his hometown of Chicago.

KATY PERRY and RUSSELL BRAND got engaged in Jaipur, India.

CHARLIE SHEEN went back to work like nothing has happened, while someone *cough* put out the story that his wife went to rehab for alcohol abuse while pregnant with the couple's twins.

LINDSAY LOHAN claims she was ripped off by her longtime best friend and sidekick Patrick "Pootie" Aufdenkamp.

TOM WAITS appeared on NPRs Morning Edition and spoke about his role in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

THE TOP TEN FILMS OF 2009, according to Stephen King.

YEMEN is only a year away from total economic collapse, with its coffers emptied by corruption and cronyism as the feeble Government struggles to fight wars on two fronts, a leading economic analyst said yesterday.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban burned down an entire village in the lawless tribal agency of Arakzai after villagers refused to back them against the military.

AFGHANISTAN: The suspected double agent who killed seven CIA officers in a suicide bombing was thrown into jail by Jordanian intelligence to coerce him to track down al-Qaeda's No. 2 leader, Mideast counterterrorism officials said Tuesday.

LADY and the TRAMP, guinea pig style.

DOLPHINS have been declared the world's second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as "non-human persons".

HORSE SLAPPING: Don't do it.

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS: "Keep Slipping Away."

NEW RELEASES: Elvis Presley joins the third week of Christmas albums, though maybe the Aol folk will update today.  Like maybe the album from Findlay Brown...

VAMPIRE WEEKEND is advance streaming their Contra album.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: Jim Darnielle played a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Broken Bells, Yeasayer and Shout Out Louds are featured in the latest installment of the long-running NPR series.

DEVO: It's not always easy to find these live takes on "Satisfaction" and "Jocko Homo" online, so up they go for Twofer Tuesday.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to PopMatters about creative control, the biological evolution of mushrooms, and his surprising connection to Neil Young.

FEAR OF STING may cause the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to change its rules, as opposed to inducting snubbed greats.


IS BLOGGING KILLING MUSIC? I thought home taping already killed music.

TIGER WOODS is profiled by Vanity Fair, while the woman who first broke the news of his affair with Rachel Uchitel exclusively spoke to RadarOnline. The uber-reliable News of the World claims Elin Nordegren says she scored a 300 million Christmas gift from her philandering husband.

WARREN BEATTY is still waaaay ahead of Tiger Woods, if a new biography is to be believed.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY and Camila Alves welcomed a baby girl, their second child. Alright alright alright.

LINDSAY LOHAN resolves to have a drama-free New Year. Good luck with that.

MICHAEL JACKSON: An unreleased song leaks on the Internet, an alleged duet with Lenny Kravitz.

KICK-ASS: The comic-book adaptation gets a decidedly profane red-band trailer. I suspect people will love or hate this movie.

YEMEN dismissed the threat posed by Al Qaeda in their country as "exaggerated" and downplayed the possibility of cooperating closely with the US in fighting Islamic militants, even as the US and Britain temporarily closed their diplomatic outposts in Yemen because of unspecified Al Qaeda threats.

IRAN: Nearly 90 professors at Tehran University have told Iran's supreme leader that ongoing violence against protesters shows the weakness of the country's leadership, a pro-reform website reported Monday.

IRAQ and AfPAK by the numbers.

ANGEL, a golden retriever, saved a boy from a cougar. By which I mean an actual cougar. Let's go to the video.

MULLET YOUR DOG: A deceptively simple how-to video..

TOP RACEHORSE threatened by gambler.

VULTURES face extinction as gamblers seek visions of the future by smoking bird brains.

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