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Michael Jackson, Jayhawks, Television, Cutout Bin, Cat vs Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 25, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MICHAEL JACKSON! I'm not making a habit of this, but he did die a year ago today, making it an apt moment to revisit his hits with the Jackson 5, like  "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "Never Can Say Goodbye," and solo hits like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and "Billie Jean," which not only broke the color barrier at MTV, but also ushered in an era of big-budget videos that may have peaked with the John Landis-directed "Thriller," the title track of the mega-seller that also spawned smashes like "Beat It."  BONUS: Vanity Fair has a piece on The "Thriller" Diaries.

THE JAYHAWKS stoppeed by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MAPS & ATLASES do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

TELEVISION: Captain's Dead has alternate takes from the Adventure LP to stream or download, which ties in nicely to yesterday's Adventure-related blurb.

MODEST MOUSE: Captain's Dead also has a very rare, very early cassette-only album to stream (with a link to a download).

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO: An NPR intern is forced to listen.

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC played a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. Semi-related: Legendary radio host Dr. Demento talked to NPR's Morning Edition after leaving the airwaves for the Internet last month.

ELVIS COSTELLO: "The Other Side of Summer."

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman talks to the Washington City Paper about his smart, eccentric pop songs, how the band approaches recording albums, and his thoughts on his critics. And there are outtakes about making a living as a middle-class indie rocker, about what he dislikes about the term "power-pop," about the novels of David Mitchell.

DEVO: Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale spoke to TIME about the de-evolution of man, the fading record industry, and the subversive inspiration of Madison Avenue.

THE BEST OF 2010 (so far), according to Paste and Gorilla vs. Bear.

THE BEST INDIE ALBUMS, from the 1960s to the present, according to Motel de Moka, which inexplicably excludes The Replacements' Let It Be. (Thx, LHB.)

VANILLA ICE is actually a somewhat successful real estate developer.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Dexy's Midnight Runners to Alice Cooper, from Big Brother & the Holding Company to Killing Joke, from Dr. John to the Violent Femmes, plus the Byrds, the Band, the Feelies, Sly & the Family Stone and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Grown-Ups, currently scoring 09 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Knight and Day, which actually opened Wednesday and is scoring 52 percent. And yet, it's likely Grown-Ups will make more money, and that Toy Story 3 will crush both of them.

LINDSAY LOHAN's assistant, who quit earlier this month, has been offered a series of huge, five-figure deals to dish on her famous ex-boss.

JEREMY LONDON: The man accused of kidnapping the actor and allegedly forcing him to smoke drugs says they went on a consensual alcohol and drug induced "joyride for hours" on the night of June 10 in Palm Springs.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly has been sneaking phone calls to Adnan Ghalib, the paparazzo ex-boyfriend widely blamed for enabling the media circus of 2007-2008 that led to her infamous mental breakdowns.

VAL KILMER took the unusual step of going before a county commission in rural New Mexico to make amends with some of his neighbors who are angry over disparaging comments attributed to the actor over the years.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 4: Will Paramount choose not to accept it?

DEBBIE GIBSON vs TIFFANY: Syfy promises an epic battle between the former teen pop idols, who will star in "Mega Python vs. Gatoroid."

THE GREEN HORNET has a trailer online.

HALF OF AL QAEDA has been eliminated?

IRAN: The mothers of three American hikers held in Iran on suspicion of espionage said they hope a report that their children were arrested on the Iraqi side of the border will help lead to their release.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen David Petraeus, as the new US commander, will re-examine the rules of engagement, which some soldiers believe have prevented them from defending themselves.

CAT in a JAR, versus a dog.

THE BIRDS: Postal deliveries have been disrupted in a Devon seaside town after attacks by seagulls.

SWIMS WITH THE GATORS: A 37-year-old Tallahassee man was charged with disorderly conduct at Wakulla Springs State Park after jumping out of a tour boat to "swim with the alligators."

CHIPMUNKS with Star Wars and Lego figures.

SHARK vs SHARK: A ten-foot great white shark was nearly sawed in half in Queensland Australia - by what investigators believe was a twenty-foot great white shark.  What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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The NPs, Stars, Donny Hathaway, Cat Soccer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PASSION PIT covers the Smashing Pumpkins' "Tonight, Tonight." But you'll need to sign up with Levi's to download the whole thing.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS played DC's 9:30 Club last night, so you should be able to stream the gig on demand today.

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

DONNY HATHAWAY is one of NPR's 50 Great Voices.

TRACEY THORN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

R.E.M.: "Radio Free Europe" is one of 25 songs inducted into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

THE MORNING BENDERS, their Internet presence and timeless sound are profiled by the San Francisco Chronicle.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Kevin Drew talks to The Globe and Mail about putting the pieces back together, and a new documentary on the collective.

AQUARIUM DRUNKARD has posted L'Aventure, which assembles some of L.A.'s best young bands to cover different tracks from Television's 1978 post-punk classic, Adventure.  Justin Gage talked to the L.A. Times about the project.

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love backtracks from the Brian Wilson reunion rumor he stoked himself.

LINDSAY LOHAN is declaring war on a reality TV show.

KATE HUDSON is going very public with her relationship with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy.

TIGER WOODS and his wife Elin Nordegren's divorce has heated up with husband and wife meeting separately with their divorce attorneys on the same day, says RadarOnline.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR was officially charged with rape for the incident involving a 16-year old prostitute he allegedly hired.

THE OSCARS might move to January.

DOCTOR STRANGE may be the first Marvel superhero Disney brings to the big screen.

TERROR in NYC: City officials say a renewed search this year of debris in and around the World Trade Center site has recovered 72 human remains.

IRAN: In Tehran, scientists announced that they produced another 17 kg of uranium to 20 percent enrichment.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that the Iranian government interferes in Afghanistan's internal affairs.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq claimed the June 20 double suicide attack on the Trade Bank of Iraq in Baghdad that killed 26 Iraqis.

WORLD CUP of Cats.

PYTHON in a TOILET: This is becoming almost too common.

DOG runs over MAN. With a truck.

COUGARS return to Ontario. Youngsters beware.

BABY BELUGA killed by a penny.

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Morning Benders, Fitz & the Tantrums, Cowboy Junkies, Penguin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MORNING BENDERS cover Fleetwood Mac's "Dreams" at Governor's Island.

AMANDA PALMER is streaming "Ideoteque" from her upcoming LP, Amanda Palmer Plays the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele.

JENNY & JOHNNY: Lewis and Rice drop "Scissor Runner" as a poppy advance track from We're Having Fun Now.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS play Northern Soul, SoCal style at the studios of KEXP.

COWBOY JUNKIES go to China (and return).

ROBERT RANDOLPH played a mini-set for NPR's Weekend Edition.

THE ANTLERS play Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

TIFT MERRITT talks to PopMatters about retreating to France, stripping down her sound and more...

DELTA SPIRIT is blurbed by Straight.com.

KEANE frontman Tom Chaplin talks to Consequence of Sound about the band's new Night Train. 

LOVE BALLAD leaves women more open to a date. Science!

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate has raked in 783 million bucks since his death, exceeding even the most optimistic projections. And the executor isn't happy with MJ's mother.

GARY COLEMAN secretly took out a restraining order against his ex-wife just months before she took him off life support. Moral of the story: If you get a restraining order, let people know.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The plaintiffs suing over her 2007 chase on Pacific Coast Highway want the jury to know Li-Lo was under the influence of two different types of cocaine during the wild ride.

TIGER WOODS: Just months after promising he would never miss another one of his children's birthdays, he did.

JEREMY LONDON tells RadarOnline he thought he was going to die during his terrifying kidnapping ordeal, during which he says he was forced to smoke crack.

JERRY SEINFELD: Apparently not a big fan of Lady Gaga.

AMANDA BYNES announced this week that she will retire from acting-at age 24.  But recent erratic behavior has some wondering if the choice was hers at all.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS convicted four women and 11 men for mingling at a party and sentenced them to flogging and prison terms.

IRAN: Police issued warnings to 62000 women who were "badly veiled" in the Shiite holy province of Qom as part of a crackdown on dress and behavior.

AFGHANISTAN: General McChrystal has been recalled to Washington after he and his staff made disrespectful remarks about the Obama administration to Rolling Stone. What's wrong with that sentence? What isn't wrong with that sentence.  Meanwhile, the new rules of engagement have come with costs, including a perception now frequently heard among troops that the effort to limit risks to civilians has swung too far, and endangers the lives of Afghan and Western soldiers caught in firefights with insurgents who need not observe any rules at all.

LALA the PENGUIN has been trained to walk to the fish market with her little backpack to get fresh fish everyday.

A DOG has reportedly been reunited with its owner after being blown 20 miles away in a storm.  It really was no miracle, what happened was just this...

TWO CAMELS and a TIGER stolen with a truck trailer last week have been found safe and sound in central Quebec.

A 20-FT BASKING SHARK rivets cruise passengers.

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New Releases, Mynabirds, Broken Bells, Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEER TICK played "Baltimore Blues No. 1" for their network TV debut at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES: Okay, I don't know why albums from Ozzy Osbourne, Herbie Hancock and the Wu-Tang Clan are streaming at Spinner, but they are.

THE MYNABIRDS play a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

BROKEN BELLS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SHOUT OUT LOUDS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday. More power pop for the summer.

NEKO CASE will pummel your effing face. So watch it.

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love told the Las Vegas Sun that Brian Wilson is discussing possibly reuniting with them for future writing and recording as their 50th anniversary nears.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM's James Murphy talks to Pitchfork and Fresh Air.

PAUL McCARTNEY names his favorite Beatles songs.

LINDSAY LOHAN may pose nude with her SCRAM bracelet.


CHRIS KLEIN has voluntarily checked himself into rehab after his second alcohol related arrest.

JEREMY LONDON and his wife Melissa have lost custody of their son and are both being drug tested regularly, according to RadarOnline.

HEIDI MONTAG is so serious about ending her marriage to Spencer Pratt, she's already lawyered up and she has a game plan.

HELEN MIRREN is profiled by New York magazine.

MARVEL STUDIOS may introduce secondary characters with short films in front of their feature length movies. Hey, Pixar makes short films to show off new tech, and Marvel is now also owned by Disney...

TERROR in NYC: A Pakistani-born American citizen defiantly pleaded guilty on Monday to attempting to set off a car bomb in New York's Times Square, saying that Islamist extremists would continue to attack the United States.

IRAN: US lawmakers reached agreement on legislation that would penalize Iran's business partners for selling the country gasoline, investing in its refineries or providing financial services to firms linked to its political and military elite.  The sanctions accord came as Iran moved to ban two UN inspectors from working in the country.

AFGHANISTAN: US SecDef Gates rejected suggestions Sunday that US forces will move out of Afghanistan in large numbers in July of next year under a deadline set by Pres. Obama. The US is eager to replicate Afghan villagers' successful revolt against the Taliban in Gazab.

TINY KITTEH in a tiny hat has an ice cream cone. Sure, it's an ad of sorts. But it's a tony kitteh -- wearing a tiny hat -- eating a tiny ice cream cone.

HUNTING TARANTULAS and then eating them has become the latest extreme tourist experience in Cambodia.

CHIMPS are warmongers.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Thwarted in Arizona.

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Alejandro Escovedo, Wolf Parade, The Roots, Cat kisses   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRIAN FALLON (The Gaslight Anthem) joins BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN on "No Surrender."

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO is advance streaming Street Songs of Love.

WOLF PARADE is advance streaming Expo 86.

THE ROOTS are advance streaming How I Got Over, with cameos from Joanna Newsom, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and the ladies of the Dirty Projectors.

THE WATSON TWINS play a short set on the Mountain Stage.

INXS: "Don't Change," live at the US Festival.

STARS frontman Torquil Campbell gives the National Post a track-by-track tour of The Five Ghosts.

LATE BLOOMERS: The National, the Hold Steady and Spoon are profiled by CNN.

BILLY BRAGG: Consequence of Sound delves into the history of "St. Swithin's Day." (Thx, LHB.) 

THE GOLDEN AGE Of Hipper-Than-Thou CD Fetishization Begins Now.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Toy Story 3 easily took the weekend with 109 million, roughly in line with predictions.  It's the biggest Pixar opening ever (since The Incredibles which opened at 70 million), the biggest June opening ever (edging Transformers 2) and may save the summer for cineplexes.  It may also be the first serious Oscar contender of the year.  The Karate Kid reboot drops 48 percent and takes in 29 million -- which is actually pretty good considering the competition.  It passed the 100 million mark on a 40 million budget.  The A-Team drops 46 percent and makes 13.8 million, but will be lucky to recoup its 100 million budget domestically.  Get Him To The Greek holds the fourth slot, and its 47 million total passes its budget (excluding marketing, prints, etc.).  Shrek Forever After drops two slots to round out the Top Five; its 65 percent drop at the hands of Toy Story 3 is pretty severe, but the studio isn't going to weep over 223 million in domestic receipts.

TOY STORY 3 may not be Pixar's best, but it exceeded my expectation, which was that the emotional theme of abandonment had been thoroughly mined in the first two installments.  Some reviewers suggested that this one might succumb to the temptation of so many sequels to overstuff the film with new characters and action, but I don't think the new characters detracted from a focus on Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the original cast.  Other reviewers pegged this as a Pixar version of a Dreamworks animated flick -- and while the Ken and Barbie material edged a bit in that more kitschy direction, the Pixar team largely hewed to to the sincere approach that is the studio's hallmark.  Indeed, when things are at their bleakest for our heroes, you realize what an achievement it has been for Pixar to get people so invested in CGI versions of plastic toys.  "Story" is there in the title, but as always, it's characterization and tone that elevate the movie above the competition (looking decidedly second-rate in the previews).

MICHAEL JACKSON's mother Katherine talks to the Mirror a year on from the star's death.

JEREMY LONDON's wife was in the car with him when he was "kidnapped" and his alleged abductor gave her a ride home during the alleged crime, according to RadarOnline.

JESSE JAMES is moving to Austin at the end of July ... partly so his children can continue their relationship with Sandra Bullock.

LINDSAY LOHAN is off the hook with the L.A. County Probation Department for the whole SCRAM thing earlier this month ... because she tested clean.

GARY COLEMAN was cremated.

IRAN's new revolutionary politics.

AFGHANISTAN: Violence increased dramatically in the first four months of this year, according to the UN. Of course, that tends to happen when there's more fighting.

IRAQ: With US soldiers pulling out over the next 18 months, the Pentagon is getting rid of the fixtures and fittings of the bases they live in, some of it at auction, some bound for the black market.

HARVEY the CAT is not that into you.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is stimulated with 1.25 million dollars in rope bridges for Arizona.

THREE RARE BIRDS OF PREY now nest at Three Mile Island.

PYTHON in a washing machine.

ALLIGATOR caught with bare hands by a reptile wrangler in Ohio.

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