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Superchunk, Girls, Tired Pony, Chihuahua Pool   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUPERCHUNK drops a video for "Digging Into Something."  Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance talks to the WaPo about the band's comeback and their label, Merge.

GIRLS played the ATP Fest, you can stream the gig on demand.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY also played the ATP Fest, you can stream the gig on demand.

TIRED PONY: Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody and R.E.M.'s Peter Buck stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MEGAFAUN is streaming Heretofore.

ABE VIGODA is streaming Crush.

KISS: "Black Diamond." They got you under their thumb. More Cowbell.

THE BESNARD LAKES: Jace Lasek talks to Canoe about the band's Polaris Music Prize nomination.

OWEN PALLETT also talks to Canoe about his Polaris Music Prize nomination.

WHY IS THE BEST INDIE MUSIC depressing, local and unpopular?

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD's surviving members have announced plans to reform after 42 years for two American charity concerts.

LINDSAY LOHAN thinks having a baby could straighten out her life?

JENNIFER LOPEZ: her 12 million dollar deal for American Idol covers just one year. Meanwhile, network execs think someone is trying to sabotage Idol by dragging Lopez through the mud.

PENELOPE CRUZ: More pregnancy rumors.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to The Telegraph about Twilight, her reputation for moodiness and her rumoured romance with R-Pattz.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL & RACHEL BILSON are reportedly a couple.

KALEY CUOCO broke a leg in a horse accident this weekend and won't be able to tape The Big Bang Theory this week.

JOSH BROLIN denies cheating on Diane Lane: "I mean, check her out, man."GEORGE MICHAEL was sentenced to two months in prison stemming from his July bust for driving while under the influence of marijuana.

HAROLD GOULD, a widely recognizable character actor in film and television, died Saturday in Woodland Hills, Calif. He was 86.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A young Saudi Arabian woman was murdered by her father for chatting on Facebook.

IRAN: A third Iranian diplomat upset with Tehran's post-election crackdown on dissidents has defected in Europe - this time in Belgium, an opposition group said.

PAKISTAN: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner bluntly says Mullah Omar is in Quetta or Karachi.

AFGHANISTAN: Although Taliban leaders have denounced Afghanistan's parliamentary election and threatened violence at the polls on Saturday, some are discreetly making overtures to candidates, apparently in hopes of building political clout in Kabul, according to the top United Nations envoy and some Afghan politicians.

CHIHUAHUA PLAYS POOL (sort of): Let's go to the video.

RICKY the PENGUIN releases his debut single.

RUNAWAY TORTOISE didn't get far.

A COCKER SPANIEL and a BABY SPARROW, making friends...

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New Releases, Girls, Billy Bragg, John Legend, Monkey + Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KINGS OF LEON are "Radioactive." Sounds great fellas, but it coulda used a little More Cowbell.

NEW RELEASES: Super Tuesday arrives. Albums from Superchunk, Of Montreal, The Drums, Weezer, The Walkmen, Black Mountain, Dungen, Cloud Cult, Grinderman and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

GIRLS played the ATP Fest; you can listen on demand via NPR.

BILLY BRAGG stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, including the classic, "A Lover Sings."

JOHN LEGEND & THE ROOTS are advance streaming Wake Up! -- 11 vintage songs which are at turns optimistic and frustrated about the times that birthed them.

THE SUPREMES perform "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "Somewhere" from West Side Story in October 1966 for Twofer Tuesday.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Scheff talks to Drowned in Sound about working with and witnessing the legendary Roky Erikson.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Clash about recording his new LP live in front of an audience.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN is reuniting for live dates, possibly more.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Andrew Whiteman talks to Dose about The Sea & Cake, working with John McEntire on their latest LP, etc.

MENOMENA drummer Danny Seim talks to Seattle Weekly about the downside of quitting your day job.


LINDSAY LOHAN did a pre-taped skit for the MTV VMAs, out of fear of live craziness. But she's reportedly in talks to host SNL.

LADY GAGA explains why she wore meat to the VMAs.

WILL.I.AM was criticized for performing in blackface at the VMAs.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT: More media doubts about their supposed divorce.

JENNIFER LOPEZ is getting a 12 million dollar deal with Fox to judge American Idol, but got no film or TV side deals.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is headed back to the Letterman show.

KEVIN McCARTHY, best known as the star of the 1956 science fiction movie "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," died Saturday at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, Mass. He was 96.

TURKEY: The ruling Islamist party won a referendum on changing the nation's constitution. Terrific.

IRAN: The head of the UN atomic watchdog accused Iran on Monday of hampering its work in the country by barring experienced nuclear inspectors; Tehran flatly rejected the charge.

IRAQ: The 50K US soldiers remaining there say there has been little change in their mission since September 1, when the end of "combat" operations was announced.


IT'S A CAT: It says so right on her fur.

THE BIRDS launch an attack on a prairie dog.

BATS have regional accents and dialects.

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Sonic Youth, Sea of Bees, U2, Sea Lion Training   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEERHUNTER eases us into the week with a "Helicopter." The song is prettier than he is.

SONIC YOUTH plays a set of their early material at ATP Fest.

SEA OF BEES stopped by OPB for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

SARA BAREILLES stoppd by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

U2: Michael Reese performed the Bono/Edge-written "Boy Falls From the Sky" from the band's Spider-Man musical.

KNICKERBOCKERS: "Lies." Someday you're gonna be lonely.

BOB DYLAN: The Atlantic interviews history Prof. Sean Wilentz, whose new book essays Dylan's influence on American culture.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to Pitchfork about the music that shaped his life.

EDWYN COLLINS: The fmr. Orange Juice star had to re-learn how to think, speak and walk before penning his new album.

JOANNA NEWSON talks to the Irish Times about staying up late, losing her voice and the three-CD, two-hour, 17-track story that needed to be told.

TELEKINESIS: Michael Benjamin Lerner talked to the WaPo about his silly job, his record collection and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Resident Evil: Afterlife tops the chart with 27 million on the slowest box office weekend in two years. That doesn't seem great for a 60 million 3-D pic, but this franchise has always made its real money outside North America. Takers climbed a notch into the second slot with 6.1 million, a 44 percent drop -- but this one has made money despite bad reviews because this is such a dead time of year for cinema.  The American dropped a steeper 55 percent to make the third slot with 5.9 million, but this too will end up in the black on its low, 20 million budget.  Machete drops an even steeper 63 percent in the fourth slot, with 4.2 million, but also has a 20 million budget.  Going the Distance rounds out the Top Five with 3.8 million on a 44 percent drop.

BRITNEY SPEARS: One-time friend and self-proclaimed manager Sam Lufti, who was accused of harassing and threatening an entire family, is being investigated by the FBI.

SPENCER PRATT was busted in Costa Rica for felony possession of a firearm.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva met with one of the most prominent family law attorneys in Los Angeles for two hours in her ongoing custody war with Mel Gibson.

JON HAMM, a/k/a Don Draper, a/k/a The Last Alpha Male, brings teh funneh in talkinga bout working with Ben Affleck on their upcoming movie, The Town.

ANGELINA JOLIE: "I Don't Have a Lot of Friends."

LADY GAGA and a fmr. producer withdraw duelling lawsuits.

ROGER EBERT is rebooting "At The Movies" on public television.

IRAN: The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said the Bushehr nuclear reactor would go online in the next month. An Iranian dissident group said on Thursday that it has identified a previously undisclosed nuclear facility under construction northwest of Tehran; experts said the allegation that construction at the site is nuclear-related could not be confirmed.

IRAQ: Wikileaks reportedly will release nearly 300K classified military documents relating to the Iraq War.

SEA LION in TRAINING: Let's go to the video.

FEMALE MARINE SNAILS living off the Perth coast are growing male sex organs on their heads after exposure to the chemical TBT, according to local researchers. I think there's a term for this.

CAT BURGLAR: A 20-year-old Logan, UT man was jailed after reportedly breaking into his roommate's room to steal a kitten.


DUKE the DOG will find the mold in your house.

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Go-Gos, Interpol, Vaselines, Mason Jennings, Cutout Bin, IKEA Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GO's!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of thee Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" (say, that's Rob Lowe, isn't it?) -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

INTERPOL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

THE VASELINES are advance streaming Sex With an X.

THE AMERICANA MUSIC AWARDS, featuring performances from The Avett Brothers, Rosanne Cash, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and more, should be streaming on demand.

GRINDERMAN (ft Nick Cave)  is advance streaming their second album.

MASON JENNINGS and his wife Amy stopped by the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to perform a few songs for the Local Show.

SUFJAN STEVENS dropped "Too Much" as a second advance track from The Age of Adz.

100 MP3 LPs for 5 BUCKS EACH at Amazon.

GLADYS KNIGHT is backed on "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Jack Black, Ben Stiller and Robert Downey Jr., through the magic of CGI, to promote Tropic Thunder back in 2008.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL talks to The A.V. Club about her collaborative process with M. Ward, the challenges of writing songs on unrequited love while being happily married (to Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard), and playing a virginal bride and a less-virginal lesbian, respectively, in David Gordon Green's Your Highness and Jesse Peretz's My Idiot Brother.

TODD RUNDGREN: Indiana University Wells Professor.

10 GIANTS OF SOUTHERN ROCK GUITAR, according to Gibson.

MICHAEL AZERRAD, author of the terrific Our Band Could Be Your Life, talks to The Vine about his approach to music criticism, where independent music is at right now, and whether Kurt Cobain thought his prior book, Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana, was any good. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Nick Lowe to ELO, from Tower of Power to the Sex Pistols, from Alex Chilton to Prince, from the Seeds to Squeeze, plus Baby Huey, Foo Fighters, Electric Six, Violent Femmes and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's sole wide debut is... Resident Evil: Afterlife (in 3-D), which is currently scoring xx percent on the ol' Tomatometer, because -- and I know this will shock you -- the movie was not shown to critics.  The same is true of The Virginity Hit, which may or may not be in wide release, depending on which source you consult.

BRITNEY SPEARS releases an official response to the lawsuit filed by a former bodyguard. RadarOnline has video of the bodyguard.

MADONNA's daughter Lourdes starts high school. In related news, I'm old.

LINDSAY LOHAN is currently in talks to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

JAMES FRANCO isn't a gay man, he just plays one -- frequently. NTTAWWT.

JULIA ROBERTS had work done? The ever-reliable Star thinks so...

LOU REED vs SUSAN BOYLE? This one's just weird.

9/11: The first five minutes of CNN coverage. I came out of the shower, saw the second plane hit on NBC, and knew had had to contact my boss, whose daughter lived in NYC. There is still a lot of crazy stuff going on around the country and the world as a result, so consider taking a moment to watch and remember.

IRAN: The non-alignment movement published a statement in support of the Iranian nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: The legitimacy of Afghanistan's parliamentary elections is severely threatened by insurgent attacks on candidates and the lack of security provided by the government, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

100 CATS visit IKEA.


PYTHON WRESTLING at McDonald's. I'm loving it.

BABY SQUIRREL adoped by cat learns to purr... Mass hysteria!

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Justin Townes Earle, Nels Cline Singers, Stevie Wonder, Cat House on the Kings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT (Inception, 500 Days of Summer) covers Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance." Yes. Really. 

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE NELS CLINE SINGERS played a Tink Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

PETER WOLF CRIER stopped by the MPR booth at the Minnesota State Fair to play a few songs.

STEVIE WONDER, Live in Brighton, July 4, 1973.

THE GODFATHERS: "Birth, School, Work, Death."  Post-Labor Day, school starting... we got the middle covered.

THE XX won the 2010 Mercury Music Prize. Congrats!

WEEZER frontman Rivers Cuomo ponders rebirth, growing up (or not) and connecting with fans.

MORRISSEY talks to The Guardian, and it's all very Morrissey.

NICK CAVE talks to The Guardian about Grinderman, his "lower self."

BRITNEY SPEARS: A bodyguard who claims to have been sexually harassed by Spears is filing a lawsuit, claiming Britney repeatedly exposed herself to him and abused her children.

HALLE BERRY has been spotted cozying up to her Dark Tide costar Olivier Martinez, in his hometown of Paris.

THE FRENCH HOTEL: Yet another story of her using a "special" place to hide her drugs, though "special" is debatable at this point. Will she be in a reality show with Charlie Sheen's wife, Brooke Mueller?

BRADGELINA drop another 40 million on yet another mansion.

KENDRA WILKINSON, before the plastic surgery.

PLAYMATE Karissa Shannon, as previously rumored, is Vivid Entertainment's next target.

STAR TREK: The five-year mission started 44 years ago.

PAKISTAN: Interior Minister Rahman Malik on Wednesday announced a major crackdown against all militant organizations, including those involved in sectarian violence and separatism. I'll believe it when I see it.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai might talk tough about dealing with endemic corruption that has weakened his country for so long, but tangible results have been hard to find.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq has demanded local shopkeepers in Mosul pay "protection money" to ensure shipments of goods.

CAT HOUSE on the KINGS: A unique no-cage, no-kill cat & dog sanctuary in Parlier, California.

COW BELCHES, a major source of greenhouse gases, could be decreased by an unusual feed supplement developed by a Penn State dairy scientist.

FALLING CAT spurs mass lawsuit.

A BOBCAT started a fire that engulfed 5 acres of land in California. The bobcat is not going to be okay.

OSHINE the ORANGUTAN has been put on a healthy diet after becoming the fattest primate in Britain.

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