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New Releases, Au Revoir Simone, Robyn Hitchcock, Dog & Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM play "In The Sun" late at nght in NYC. Zooey tends to starehere, suggesting she's not in a tour groove yet, though she sounds fine.

NEW RELEASES: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jakob Dylan (and guests), Dr. Dog, Harlem, Jonsi,  Laura Marling, Matt Pond PA, Solomon Burke, Love is All and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE NELS CLINE SINGERS are advance streaming Initiate via NPR.

JEFF BECK is advance streaming Emotion and Commotion via NPR.

AU REVOIR SIMONE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter again.

THE THERMALS have a new track, "Separate," streaming at the moment.

THE HOLD STEADY dropped an advance track called "The Weekenders" on the MTV.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK and the VENUS 3 release Propellor Time tomorrow -- and while I didn't find a (legit) stream of the album, we do have an interview and a video for "Ordinary Millionaire," a track with music (and some guitar) from Johnny Marr. Add a classic free-associating Robyn on late night TV playing "Lost Madonna of the Wasps" and you have Twofer Tuesday.

R.E.M.: Happy Belated 30th Birthday!

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner talk to The Quietus about in-studio strife, making a scrappier record than Boxer, and "summer lovin' torture parties" in decrepit Grey Gardens-style mansions.

GANG OF FOUR is self financing their next album, so if you would like vials of their blood, they want to hear from you.

BOB DYLAN: Banned from playing in China. The times, they aren't a-changin'.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD, reveals a deep, dark secret to the Times of London.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: radarOnline has been all over their story, claiming that Bullock has prepared divorce papers, their prenup specifies he gets no money in a divorce if he cheats during the marriage, and that James bolted from rehab after Bullock refused to take his phone call.

TIGER WOODS is reportedly employing a virtual army of approx. 90 private bodyguards -- including former FBI and Secret Service agents -- to protect the golfer at The Masters, where he did the obligatory presser Monday..

BRADGELINA visited Bosnia on Monday, spotlighting the plight of 117K people who have not able to return to their homes, even 15 years after the end of the war.

GWYNETH PALTROW tells Vogue she can be a vengeful, angry woman. Shocka!

CHLOE MORETZ, coming to big screens soon in Kick-A$$, is also starring in an American version of the acclaimed Swedish vampire flick, Let the Right One In.

CAMERON CROWE is still struggling to make a Marvin Gaye biopic.

IRON MAN 2 has posted a two-minute clip of the big entrance at Stark Expo.

IRAN: An Iranian nuclear scientist who defected to the US after disappearing in Saudi Arabia last year said the CIA's efforts to disrupt the program have showed progress. The current sanctions regime have had no impact on Iran's bottom line.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai attacked the West for its involvement in Afghanistan and threatened to join the Taliban.

IRAQ: Forty-one Iraqis were killed and more than 250 were wounded in a triple suicide attack that targeted the Egyptian, Iranian, and German embassies in Baghdad -- but no foreign embassy personnel were reported killed. Kinda like Khan, they keep missing the target.

DOG and DEER, playing together... Mass hysteria!

SHEEP vs ALIENS: Who you got?

SALAMANDERS are getting a 150K, taxpayer-funded crossing in Monkton, VT. Apparently, the recession is way over in Vermont.

PANTS FOR DOGS: The horror. Ther's a reason why this is usually only seen in cartoons.

THREE SHARKS and an OCTOPUS found... in Tennessee. Paging Davy Crockett or Jacques Cousteau?

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Just a few items today...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I'M TAKING A SICK DAY, but hope to return tomorrow with all the usual tripe.  To tide you over, a few showbiz items:

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Clash of the Titans takes the top spot with 61 million.  That's the best Easter weekend opening ever. And had it not been for Easter Sunday, it might well have been the best April opening ever (that title remains with the last Fast & Furious movie, at 71 million).  Why Did I Get Married Too took in 30.2 million, which almost certainly makes it instantly profitable, given that Tyler Perry pics generally cost about 20 million. How to Train Your Dragon made 29.2 million -- its 33 percent drop has to be considered good, given the 3-D encroachment from Titans and the Easter Sunday. The Last Song made 16.2 million (25.6 million since opening last Wednesday); Miley and a low budget save this from failure. Alice in Wonderland rounds out the Top Five; its 53 percent drop was largely expected -- but shed no tears for 672.8 million in receipts worldwide.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: A moving van was seen in front of Jesse James' Seal Beach, Calif. home on Friday -- nearly three weeks after Sandra Bullock is said to have moved out.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: the NYP has the lurid (and denied) allegations of the Boss having an affair with a married Jersey Girl.

JOHN FORSYTHE, the debonair actor whose matinee-idol looks, confident charm and mellifluous voice helped make him the star of three hit television series, including ABC's "Charlie's Angel's" and "Dynasty," died last Thursday at his home in Santa Ynez, Calif. He was 92.

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Upbeat, Clientele, Wilson Pickett, Cutout Bin, Friskies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 02, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with UPBEAT! Syndicated out of Cleveland, Upbeat never achieved the status of American Bandstand, but attracted any number of major acts from 1964-71, including Otis Redding on the day before he died in that plane crash. Today's selections include Stevie Wonder with "For Once In My Life," Joe South with "Games People Play," Joe Tex with "Skinny Legs and All," Archie Bell and the Drells with "Tighten Up" (which just might be my favorite) Jerry Butler with "Only the Strong Survive," and the O'Kaysions with "I'm a Girl Watcher."

THE CLIENTELE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

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

WILL STRATTON stopped by WNYC for a chat and mini-set. BONUS: There's a downloadable EP at the link, too.

WILSON PICKETT is profiled on Fresh Air in connection with a new box set of his Atlantic output.

THE MUPPETS: "Stand By Me."

YOUR BIRTH DATE SONG: What does it say about you

FANFARLO talks to Donewaiting about touring the Midwest for the first time. There's a link to a downloadable EP, too.

LISSIE is profiled by the BBC and interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE XX: Oliver Sim talks to Greg Kot about the evolution of the band's sound, and transitioning to festival gigs.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Steve Miller to Soft Cell, from Elvis Costello to Ray Charles, from Jason & the Scorchers to Hall & Oates, from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to Echo & the Bunnymen, plus the Kinks, Arab Strap, Marvin Gaye, Beau Brummells, Rick James and more  -- is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Clash of the Titans, which is currently scoring 33 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Last Song, currently scoring 12 percent; and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too, which (per usual for Perry) was not screened for critics.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: Bullock is reconsidering her divorce options and believes she can save their marriage, a friend of the star tells PopEater. Other accounts say definitely decided to file for divorce and mention nasty phone fights between the couple. Maybe that's when James admitted to seven affairs. Allegedly. James' lawyer denies James is a neo-Nazi.

TIGER WOODS may have settled with mistress Rachel Uchitel for as much as ten million dollars.

CHARLIE SHEEN is leaving Two and Half Men? More like a negotiation.

ANNA PAQUIN of True Blood is publicly revealing she's bisexual. There's video.

ANGELINA JOLIE's former bodyguard describes what he claims to be a woman whose erratic behavior, yelling fits and unreasonable demands deeply hurt not only staff members - but especially Brad Pitt and their six children.

JENNIFER ANISTON: People are strting to notice that her career isn't going much better than her private life.

SUSAN SARANDON talks about life since splitting with her partner of two decades, Tim Robbins.

DENNIS HOPPER's wife tried to kill him, allegedly.

KATE HUDSON is putting her ex Alex Rodriguez to shame when it comes to playing the field.

FANTASTIC VOYAGE is headed back to the big screen in 3-D.

THE EXPENDABLES trailer is online.

WHY IS THIS SATURDAY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DAYS?  Because ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments, a grand spectacle featuring acting from Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter that is so over-the-top that Yul Brenner starts to look good by comparison.  And while Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke the line "Where's your Messiah now?" in the movie, it  -- like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca) -- has become part of a part of our culture. The line actually comes from Billy Crystal (sample), originally a bit from the Oscars, iirc. It later turned up o­n The Simpsons, with Chief Wiggum playing Dathan to Ned Flanders' Moses.

IRAN: China agreed to make steps toward supporting new sanctions on Iran? Not really. And both stories ran in the NYT, whose editors aren't paying attention.  Tehran sent its chief nuclear negotiator to Beijing to discuss the threat of new sanctions.

AFGHANISTAN: Members of parliament rejected President Karzai's plan to appoint all five members of the Electoral Complaints Commission. Karzai warned that "the insurgency will change to a national resistance" if foreign countries interfered with his appointments to the ECC.

FRISKIES: One of their psychedelic ads gets a proper remix.

TOADS are able to detect pre-seismic cues such as the release of gases and charged particles, and use these as a form of earthquake early warning system.

DENTED FISH falls from the sky, now swims at sushi restaurant.

ASTRO-MICE are scheduled to fly on the space shuttle Discovery on Monday to spend 13 days aboard the international space station in an experiment to study the effects of life in zero gravity on their immune systems.

COCKROACH OF THE SEA: An enormous crustacean that attached itself to a submarine scouring the depths of the Gulf of Mexico is eliciting shock, awe and a touch of skepticism among Web readers -- but scientists say the critter is just an impressive example of a supersized species.

PEEPS SHOW: The Washington Post's traditional contest.

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Fruit Bats, BRMC, Local Natives, Titus Andronicus, Dog vs Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 01, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRUIT BATS cover H & O's "One On One" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

LOCAL NATIVES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set streaming via KCRW.

BLACK PRAIRIE, boasting two Decemberists, is advance streaming Feast of the Hunters via NPR.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED Guest DJ Jonsi spins tracks from Iron Maiden, Audrey Hepburn, Bille Holiday and more...

TITUS ANDRONICUS forms "A More Perfect Union." Plus, Patrick Stickles names a few of his favorite things for Pitchfork's Guest List.

SPOON frontman Britt Daniel is interviewed by Kinks frontman Ray Davies at SPIN.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg talks to the Montreal Gazette about islands, the future and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE  COOLEST CONCEPT ALBUMS, according to Wired readers.

SURFER BLOOD: J.P. Pitts talks to SF Weekly about dropping out to chase a dream.

TIGER WOODS: Speaking to four of the women Woods turned to in order to fuel his sex addiction, Woods's former adviser and lawyer, and other insiders, Vanity Fair paints a picture of the superstar at his most profligate, and explores how he got to that point.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: A year before wedding Bullock, James posed as Adolf Hitler, wearing a German soldier's cap, miming the evil dictator's mustache and giving a "Heil, Hitler" salute. And there's a story about a Jesse James foursome (sans Bullock) out there. Yet Bullock blames herself.

STEVEN SPIELBERG is so paranoid about security at his office, he keeps a never-used motorcycle permanently parked outside in case he needs to make a getaway, a new book about DreamWorks claims.

MATT. DAMON. is headed to 30 Rock.

PRIVATE BENJAMIN is recalled to duty as a starring vehicle for Anna Faris.

STARK EXPO 2010: Be There!


IRAN: An award-winning nuclear scientist has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials. And I'm guessing the mullahs noticed that the US test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads during a joint military exercise Wednesday with Saudi Arabia. President Obama demanded a new sanctions deadline of "weeks, not months" for Iran. A US official said that "Iran is not leaving China much room to stand on."

IRAQ: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that his party had formally appealed the results from the country's tight parliamentary elections, a move that could further delay the formation of a new government.

DOG vs TORTOISE: Who you got? Not so fast! This one has a twist!

RANGER the CAT lit himself on fire for Earth Hour.

ABNER the three-legged sled dog gets his turn on the race trail.

ROBOT JOCKEYS ride camels at the Sharqeya Camel Race Festival in Egypt.

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David Byrne + Fatboy Slim, Wye Oak, Blind Boys of Alabama, Trololo Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MGMT premieres their video for "Flash Delirium."

DAVID BYRNE & FATBOY SLIM are advance streaming Here Lies Love via NPR.

WYE OAK played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ROKY ERICKSON & OKKERVIL RIVER drop a new version of "Be and Bring Me Home" from their collaboration.

BIG STAR drummer Jody Stephens and Ardent studio owner John Fry talked to indie musician John Davis for the (for now) defunct WOXY in February. A good excuse to watch Alex Chilton "Make a Little Love" on French TV.

SLEIGH BELLS are profiled by BBC1, with embedded audio. Described there as for fans of MIA and MGMT, but it's at least as distorted as early JAMC to boot.

PEARL JAM: Stone Gossard talks to Reuters about reducing the band's carbon footprint.


LADY GAGA: The self-invented, manufactured, accidental, totally on-purpose New York creation of the world's biggest pop star.

SANDRA BULLOCK & JESSE JAMES: Sandra has decided to divorce Jesse, according to RadarOnline.  So it makes sense that Bullock isn't aiming to become a legal parent to her husband's three kids. Mistress No. 4 won't go public, but we have high hopes for Mistress No.5. Maybe that's the number that sends James to rehab.

TIGER WOODS: Former mistress Joslyn James plans to be at The Masters next month, to, you know "get the truth out there." 

LINDSAY LOHAN responded to being snapped with clouds of white powder pumping out of her high-heels by attacking George Lopez.

HEATHER MILLS's former nanny has told an employment tribunal she was made to work long hours without extra pay. Mills claims she's the victim.

HEIDI MONTAG & SPENCER PRATT deny rumors that she had moved out of their home that popped up just in time for the final season of The Hills.

MISCHA BARTON had a rough night over the weekend in Hollywood.

HANGOVER 2 deals are lcoked in for Zach Galifianakis, Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and director Todd Phillips.

INDEPENDENCE DAY sequels may shoot in 2011.

IRAN is poised to begin producing nuclear weapons after its uranium program expansion in 2009, even though it has had problems with thousands of its centrifuges, according to a newly released CIA report.

AFGHANISTAN: The coming US campaign in Kandahar will focus on reforming the city's predatory, corrupt government.

IRAQ: Iyad Allawi, the man who won Iraq's parliamentary elections, has accused Iran of trying to prevent him from becoming prime minister. The Justice and Accountability Commission said a number of Allawi's bloc should have been barred from running due to alleged ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party.

TROLOLO CAT: Let's go to the video.

A CAT has been appointed an unofficial police officer in a Chinese city where it joins officers on patrol.

ELEPHANTS walk like Land Rovers, according to scientists.

POODLE nurses orphan SQUIRRELS... Mass hysteria!

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