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New Releases, Dodos, Frightened Rabbit, Cat & Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WYE OAK covers The Kinks' "Strangers" for The A.V. Club Undercover, with an assist from Shearwater frontman Jonathan Meiberg.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Bettye LaVette, Fyfe Dangerfield, Crystal Castles, Karen Elson, Peter Wolf Crier, The Cure and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE DODOS are joined by Magik Magik Orchestra for three free songs at Daytrotter.

ROKY ERICKSON gets a feature plus tracks from All Things Considered.

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

THE SMITHEREENS: Pat DiNizio sings "In a Lonely Place" with Suzanne Vega and "Blue Period" with Belinda Carlisle. A duo of duets for Twofer Tuesday.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to the Tulsa World-Journal about the band's live shows, fans, makeup, music and upcoming album release, among other things. Bryan Poole talks to Kentucky.com about Barnes's methods and influences. (Thx, LHB.)

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS Carl Newman and kathryn Calder talk to Dose about recording Together.

BIG STAR drummer Jody Stephens talks to the Nashville Scene about the band and the late Alex Chilton.

BOOTSY COLLINS launches Funk University, an online bass guitar school he is co-creating and curating with actor-entrepreneur Cory Danziger.

LINDSAY LOHAN said she saw no reason why she should face going to prison or rehab as she prepared for a court date Monday in her DUI probation case.  The actress was ordered to wear an alcohol-monitoring bracelet, will be subject to weekly random drug testing and is forbidden from drinking any alcohol as conditions for the actress to remain free on bail.

BRITTANY MURPHY's widower, Simon Monjack, was found dead late Sunday night at his home in the Hollywood Hills - the same home where his wife collapsed and eventually died five months earlier.

KENDRA WILKINSON's first pay check for the soon-to-be-released sex tape is a massive 680K, according to RadarOnline.

SARAH FERGUSON, the Duchess of York, was caught on video shamelessly plotting to sell access to her trade envoy ex-hubby Prince Andrew for £500K.

PAULA ABDUL is returning to the judges table as part of a new primetime talent competition series called Got to Dance.

GEORGE ROMERO talks zombie movies with the Boston Globe.

KOREA: South Korea announced steps to tighten the vice on the North's already stumbling economy in punishment for sinking one of its navy ships, with both sides intensifying war-like rhetoric.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad's speech in southern Iran was marred Monday by unemployed citizens demanding jobs.

IRAQ: Prime Minister al-Maliki warned that rushing the formation of the new government could reignite sectarian violence.

CAT and DOG, licking each other... Mass hysteria!

SNAKE in a SUV A/C: The reaction was understandable.

A CHIPMUNK stuffs his cheeks during a nut feast. So many punchlines.

THE BUCKET LIST for PETS: What does your dog want to do before he dies?

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Bob Dylan, Arcade Fire, Bettye LaVette, Frightened Rabbit, Dreaming Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN turns 69 today. May he stay "Forever Young." The pic is from your bonus track.

ARCADE FIRE has posted some new music samples.

PAUL WELLER, again collaborating with his old Jam bandmate, Bruce Foxton, is advance streaming Wake Up the Nation.

BETTYE LaVETTE talks to Weekend Edition and played a Tiny Desk Concert. You can still stream her British Rock Songbook today.

RATATAT is advance streaming LP4.

SCOTT MILLER (The Loud Family, Game Theory) and JON AUER (The Posies, Big Star) sing "Horse With No Name" at a private event on Oct. 25, 2008.

BONO underwent emergency back surgery for an injury sustained during tour preparation training.

BROKEN BELLS are profiled by Straight.com.

LAURA MARLING picked the wrong time to tour America.

OMD is making its first new record in 24 years.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shrek Forever After took the top spot with 71.3 million -- but the tracking projections ranged from 80-100 million, so ouch. It will likely make money in worldwide release (the main budget is only 130 mill), but the franchise is more like never after.  Iron Man 2 is No. 2 with 26.6 million on a 49 percent drop that has this sequel playing more like a threequel -- a caution flag for Disney/Marvel.  Robin Hood drops 48 percent to No. 3 with 18.7 million, yet another flick that will have to make its money overseas.  Letters to Juliet drops only 33 percent to No.4, making 9.1 million; it has likely broken even, esp after selling the foreign rights.  Just Wright took a 49 percent drop to round out the Top Five with 4.2 million.  Below the fold, MacGruber debuted in the sixth slot with 4.1 million, so it's a good thing the budget was only 10 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN cannot comply with the order Judge Marsha Revel will almost certainly lay down tomorrow - cut drugs and alcohol out of her diet ... this according to multiple people who are in a position to know.

TIGER WOODS: Wronged wife Elin Nordegren is trying to club an eye-popping 750 million bucks out of Woods in their divorce negotiations, according to reports.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise is driving Holmes crazy with demands for perfection on the dance floor, a source tells OK!.

MEGAN FOX quit Transformers 3 after a blazing row with superstar director Michael Bay over her vanishing weight, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

KENDRA WILKINSON reportedly has a second sex tape, with a female partner. NTTAWWT.

JESSE JAMES is auctioning some of his motorcycles, collectibles and parts online.

MICHAEL MADSEN was hospitalized after a drinking binge in London.

JUDE LAW & SIENNA MILLER had a "blazing row" at a nightclub, but appear to have cooled off.

HOLLY HUNTER was flashing a rock on Craig Ferguson's show.

MACHETE director Robert Rodriguez sounds like he's backpedaling from the "illegal" Cinco de Mayo trailer.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A Saudi scholar has waded into controversy after he said that women could give their milk to men to establish a degree of maternal relations and get around a strict religious ban on mixing between unrelated men and women.

YEMEN: A man whom the US described as a key figure in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula accidentally blew himself up, US military officials told Fox News. Meanwhile, an American-Yemeni cleric whose Internet sermons are believed to have helped inspire attacks on the US has advocated the killing of American civilians in an al-Qaeda video released Sunday.

IRAN: A draft UN resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran, including limits on global arms transfers, will not block the controversial transfer of Russian S-300 missiles to the Iranian military.

TERROR in NYC: Two men detained in Pakistan admitted with pride that they helped the suspect in the attempted Times Square bombing, and one of the men angrily accused his interrogators of "siding with the infidels," a senior intelligence official said Saturday.

DREAMING KITTEH: Let's go to the video.

HUNDREDS OF RATS hoarded in Las Cruces.

KRISPY KREME doughnuts are standard bear bait. Who knew (aside from Ranger Smith)?

A BIZARRE CREATURE washed up from a lake in the town of Kitchenuhmaykoosib in Ontario, Canada.

YOU MESS WITH THE BULL, you're gonna get the horns. Graphic content warning.

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Rolling Stones, Local Natives, Hold Steady, Cutout Bin, House Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE ROLLING STONES! Given the hoopla around the deluxe reissue of Exile on Main Street, I thought we might enjoy clips from the era, starting with the Super 8 footage used to amke the album cover, set to "Rocks Off."  Follow it with the band rehearsing "Shake Your Hips", "Tumblin' Dice" and "Lovin' Cup" at the Rialto in Montreaux. And from the '72 tour, Keith taking the lead on "Happy," plus non-Exile tracks including "Brown Sugar," "Street Fighting Man" and "Uptight/Satisfaction," on which they are joined by Stevie Wonder.  BONUS: Captain's Dead has the Stones' Chess Sessions posted for streaming and downloading.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MINUS THE BEAR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

THE HOLD STEADY had a chat and mini-set at The Greene Space, WNYC's news performance venue.

JOEY RAMONE: A 1999 interview can be heard for the first time via KEXP. (Thx, LHB.)

TOM JONES drops a cover of Dylan's "What Good Am I" as a freebie from his new LP.

NAME THAT DRUM FILL, courtesy of the All Songs Considered blog.

STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

JAMIE LIDELL talks to Drowned in Sound about working with Beck and eating scabby chorizo in Barcelona.

TRACEY THORN tells The Scotsman how the dramas of life after 40 finally prompted her return with a stunning new album.

MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL: A photo gallery from the iconic punk zine.

CUTOUT BIN: From Thin Lizzy to Burt Bacharach (and the Posies), from Nilsson to the Buzzcocks, from Joy Division to KC & the Sunshine Band, plus AC/DC, the Flaming Lips, the Kinks, Broken Social Scene 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 Shrek Forever After, currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and MacGruber, which is scoring 91 percent on a small sample.

LINDSAY LOHAN: A bench warrant has issued for her arrest (but she made bail). Hey, it wasn't her fault... her passport was stolen, she couldn't get a private jet, there was this volcano...

MEGAN FOX: You can't fire her from Transformers 3... she quit! Potential replacements abound.

JESSE JAMES talks about Sandra Bullock and rehab on Nightline.

KENDRA WILKINSON will receive up to 50 percent of the sales generated by her sex tape, according to RadarOnline.

BRET MICHAELS was rushed back to the hospital this week after a "warning stroke" alerted docs to a hole in ths singer's heart.

COURTNEY LOVE claims she bedded Kate Moss. More at HotPress.

GEORGE LOPEZ... and a paid escort, accoring to the National Enquirer.

JENNIFER ANISTON asked to be retouched on her new movie, The Switch.

AMANDA SEYFRIED and her boyfriend are "on a break."

EIGHTIES REMAKES: How ridiculous will they be?

PAKISTAN: A court banned Facebook after a contest soliciting drawings of Muhammad. The campaign was to show solidarity with 'South Park,' which received threats after depicting the prophet in a bear suit.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban is trying to retake Marjah, not just with hidden bombs and a campaign of intimidation against civilians suspected of collaborating with outsiders, but with more direct clashes with Marine patrols. Meanwhile, Afghanistan's intelligence service has detained the Taliban's top leader for the northern province of Samangan.

KITTEH in the HOUSE: Let's go to the video.

COW-TIPPING foiled in Glenview, IL.

A HIPPO that moved into the reservoir for a South African apartment complex has been shot dead, due to fears it could hurt a resident.

AN ALLIGATOR stops by the Millenia Mall in Orlando, FL, for the same reason most dudes hang out at malls.

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Black Keys, Shout Out Louds, Trashcan Sinatras, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS "Tighten Up" for a new video that is not a cover of Archie Bell and the Drells, but still fun.

MENOMENA has three new songs; you can download "Five Little Rooms" and stream two more via the 'Gum.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

TRASHCAN SINATRAS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. 

THE MYNABIRDS gets a review plus tracks from NPR's Ken Tucker. You can still stream the album via Saddle Creek.

THE SAFETY DANCE: Apparently, Glee put Men Without Hats back on the map this week. It was very odd to see it as a Trending Topic on Twitter.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: Carl Newman shares a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List. Now with audio! Newman also checks in with Paste about the writing and recording of the new LP.

THE NATIONAL: High Violet entered the Billboard 200 chart at Number Three. Congrats! Sadly, it was the worst week for album sales since 1991.

FEEL GOOD HITS OF THE SUMMER: New York magazine has some nominees.

PAUL IS UNDEAD: The British Zombie Invasion is headed to the big screen.

LINDSAY LOHAN could be a fugitive from justice by the end of the day.  Lohan will not make it to court today, claiming someone stole her passport in Cannes.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON are officially expecting.

DAVID BOREANAZ, who recently admitted to having an extra-marital affair with an unnamed woman, and who also has a hot affair with Tiger Woods' mistress Rachel Uchitel, is now being linked to an adult film actress, according to radarOnline. Bones indeed.

MEGAN FOX reportedly has been booted from Transformers 3, probably for dissing director Michael Bay. Not sure that's punishment.

HALLE BERRY may be looking at a custody battle with baby daddy Gabriel Aubry.

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS will return to London for treatment again for his alcohol addiction.

COURTNEY COX and her Cougar Town costar Brian Van Holt have been spotted out together four times in less than four weeks since their sitcom wrapped in early April, according to the ever-reliable Star.

NICOLAS CAGE has revealed an unusual diet in which he eats meat only from animals that mate in a "dignified" way.

TWILIGHT: Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene have resolved their salary dispute with Summit Entertainment.

SHARON STONE says she has sworn off cosmetic surgery after lip injections left her looking like a trout.

TERROR in NYC: Investigators have arrested a Pakistani army major linked to the prime suspect in the botched attempt to bomb Times Square early this month.

AFGHANISTAN: US troops killed 12 Taliban fighters, including four suicide bombers, who assaulted the main base in Bagram.

IRAQ: Officials are concerned that freed prisoners are becoming al Qaeda leaders.

TORTOISE vs. BUTTERCUPS: Let's go to the video (though I think this is potentially hazarous).

MACAQUE MONKEYS will pay in fruit juice to see pics of dominant males or a female's hindquarters.

CROWS stare unamazed, take a cigarette break.

TINY PHANTASMAL FROGS can kill anybody who merely touches them. So humans are breeding them, natch.

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Ian Curtis, Phoenix, Nada Surf, Puppy + Fart Machine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IAN CURTIS of Joy Division died 30 years ago yesterday.  Former bandmate Peter Hook staged an exhibit and tributeEntertainment Weekly has embedded a video of Hook and other bandmates (later to become New Order), and links not only to the classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart," but covers of the song by those influenced by Curtis and his band.

PHOENIX played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

NADA SURF plays mostly covers for the World Cafe, though none matching the awesome photo at the link.

KATE NASH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

PHOSPHORESCENT gets a twofer on the World Cafe.


PUBLIC IMAGE LTD cranked out "Public Image" in a web-only performance for Fallon. Still sounds fresh.

THE ANTLERS keep being told that their new concept album, about a dying woman, is a life-changer. But how much of an ordeal did they go through themselves?

LAURA MARLING is profiled at The Atlantic.

GENE SIMMONS has strongly denied allegations that he ‘humped' and ‘grinded' up against a hapless TV make-up artist earlier this year.

DAVID LEE ROTH: Not just a gigolo.

LINDSAY LOHAN is denying a report that she has a secret 36-year-old girlfriend. And will liklely use a volcano as an excuse to ditch court this Thursday.

CHARLIE SHEEN has agreed to do 2 more years of "Two and a Half Men," for a little under two million per episode.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & KELLY PRESTON are expecting, according to the uber-reliable Star. More reliable is the sad story that John's dogs were killed in an accident last week at Bangor International Airport in Maine.

TIGER WOODS' wife Elin has enrolled in a college summer course.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER says "You don't want to see me topless," and who am I to disagree?

LeBRON JAMES is squashing the fast-spreading, and disturbing rumor of a sex scandal involving his mom and his teammate Delonte West.

CHRIS KLEIN auditioned for Mamma Mia? I'm inclined to think this is a fake -- in which case it is his best acting work evah.

ELTON JOHN is to headline Morocco's largest music festival, despite calls from Islamist political parties that the government should deny him entry.

SAUDI WOMAN beats up virtue cop. The incident follows a wave of challenges to religious authorities.

KOREA: South Korea will formally blame North Korea on Thursday for launching a torpedo at one of its warships in March, causing an explosion that killed 46 sailors and heightened tensions in one of the world's most perilous regions, US and East Asian officials said.

IRAN: The Obama administration announced Tuesday a deal with other powers, including Russia and China, to impose a fourth set of sanctions on Iran in as many years, touching off a contest with Tehran to win support in the United Nations Security Council. But even if the new sanctions pass the Security Council it is unclear whether its provisions - including a mandate to inspect ships suspected of entering foreign ports with nuclear-related technology or weapons - will cause enough pain to force the country to halt uranium enrichment and cooperate with international inspectors.

PUPPY + FART MACHINE = Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is suspected of knocking out power to a chunk of DeKalb County, GA.

A HUGE HEN'S EGG: Possibly Britain's Biggest Ever.

BO, the FIRST DOG, was not cheap.

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