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Meat Puppets, Tiny Vipers, Yo La Tengo, Verterans Day, Panda Escape   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DIRTY PROJECTORS play an unpluggedy "No Intention" on SIRIUS XM.

MEAT PUPPETS stooped by KEXP for a mini-set streaming now via NPR.

TINY VIPERS did three free songs for Daytrotter.

YO LA TENGO played a Mountain Stage mini-set streaming via NPR. Plus, Ira Kaplan talks to ClashMusic about "what is a big influence?"

ROSEANNE CASH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

CARL SAGAN and STEVEN HAWKING: "A Glorious Dawn." Sagan auto-tuned sounds a bit like Kermit the Frog.

MY MORNING JACKET will get animated on American Dad, November 22nd.

WHITE RABBITS singer/guitarist Greg Roberts and drummer Jamie Levinson talk to Crawdaddy about their upward trajectory.

GLASVEGAS will be recording drums at Rick Rubin's house.

ART BRUT frontman Eddie Argos will release a side project in January.

CLASH of the TITANS teaser trailer is online.

LINDSAY LOHAN was secretly dating Heath Ledger when he died, according to her stage mom.

MADONNA is set to fly to Brazil to meet the parents of toyboy Jesus Luz.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL are now friends with benefits, according to a completely anonymous source.

JENNIFER LOPEZ's sex tape is off the auction block, after a Los Angeles Superior Court entered a temporary injunction against its release by her first husband.

TRACY MORGAN drove people from Carnegie Hall with his raunchy stage routine.

RACHEL McADAMS may take a "major role" in Spider-Man 4 -- Felicia Hardy, known to comic fans as The Black Cat.

VETERANS' DAY:  Today is the 91st anniversary of the end of WWI.  My traditional links still hold up today:  "Mustang" at Social Sense reviews the holiday's history and thanks vets for the present.  Army Maj. Elizabeth L. Robbins reports that the current war has inspired a remarkable level of civic involvement that goes largely unnoticed -- except by those in the field or recovering stateside. BONUS: The WaPo's David Ignatius has an excellent piece today.

AFGHANISTAN: NATO leaders expect member states to commit more troops to train Afghanistan's expanding security forces at a meeting of alliance military representatives this month.

IRAQ: Arab and Kurdish military commanders in Kirkuk are making efforts at cooperation despite their bitter political differences -- a surprising development that offers some hope that one of Iraq's most difficult ethnic divides may be narrowing.

PANDA PAIR engineers an escape from the zoo.

UNLUCKY BUCK: Deer loses head-butt with lawn ornament.

A RARE TURTLE is kept from Indian authorities by hundreds of poor Hindu villagers, who believe it to be an incarnation of God.

TEEN vs. POLAR BEARS, on an ice floe in Canada.

DO BUNNIES really need this kind of help?

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New Releases, Pixies, Mountain Goats, Flirtations, Deer+Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PIXIES delivered a mellow take on "Here Comes Your Man" for Conan, and offer up a free live EP from their Doolitle anniversary tour.

NEW RELEASES:  Albums from Bad Lieutenant, Editors, Ray Davies, The Doors, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THEM CROOKED VULTURES (Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme) are streaming their album via YouTube.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

VOXHAUL BROADCAST did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, three previously unreleased. I coulda used more reverb.

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday. 

MEET THE BEATLES: The Fab Four are getting a week-long special from PopMatters.

BILLY BRAGG talks to Beatroute about pop and politics -- and why he mostly did not mix them in the Noughties.

DINOSAUR, JR: Lou Barlow talks to Beatroute about texture and volume.

RAY DAVIES is concerned about the insidious influence of Simon Cowell.

DID TOM CRUISE offer to personally "beat the living [bleep]" out of disobedient Scientologists? Cruise's lawyer and church spokesmen vigorously dispute the claim, but a former high-ranking Scientologist official says he "documented" that church leader David Miscavige once asserted that Cruise would lend his "Top Gun" muscle to do just that.

JOHN TRAVOLTA says Scientology is helping him cope with his son's death.  Previously, there was speculation over whether the death might cause him to drop Scientology.

JENNIFER LOPEZ has filed a lawsuit over home videos of her having sex, including on her honeymoon, and nudity.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Another taped phone call -- in this one, Lohan's assistant Jenni Muro reveals her fear that Lindsay was killing herself.  Lohan's ex-con dad reportedly demanded a fee for these tapes.

RANDY QUAID: The journey from actor to alleged felon.

BEYONCE and JAY-Z: Getting ready for a baby?

DEMI MOORE is remaking herself, and yet the story is not about extensive cosmetic surgery.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan troops backed by NATO forces killed 125 Taliban fighters and eight Taliban commanders during an operation in Kunduz.

IRAQ's Presidency Council is likely to ratify the election reform law.

A DOE, A DEER, A FEMALE DEER at the National Zoo flees the lion's den... only to be euthanized later.

RAT INVASION threatens American cities.

THAT WASN'T A DOG underneath Joseph Cannistra's car.

SNAKE on a Windscreen.

HIPPOS are not an economic stimulus.

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Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, White Denim, Kangaroos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRIZZLY BEAR has a brand new claymation for "Ready, Able."

PHOENIX hit the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

MEYER HAWTHORNE, a new old-school R&B sensation, also hit the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

WHITE DENIM stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR. (I thought this wouldn't be my bag, but it's pretty alright.)

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

AEROSMITH: Joe Perry claims that Steven Tyler quit the band following a recent concert in Abu Dhabi.

THE BEST 50 ALBUMS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste.

NEKO CASE talks drums, guitars and pianos with Seacoast Online. (Thx, LHB.)

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION: Dev Hynes talks to The Quietus about X-Factor, country rock and being an Englishman in New York.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The 3-D CGI mo-cap version of A Christmas Carol takes the top slot with 31 million.  That was considerably lower than the 40-45 million the industry "tracking" numbers predicted. With a 200 million budget, Disney has to hope for legs through the holiday season.  Michael Jackson: This is it placed a surprising second with 14 million, and has almost recopued Sony's 60 million in the US, with another 69 million worldwide.  The Men Who Stae at Goats debuted at No.3 with 13.3 million, which seems pretty good for a movie about men staring at goats.  The budget is a modest 25 million, and Overture paid a mere 5 million for the distribution rights.  The Fourth Kind was the fourth movie, with another better-than-expected showing of 12.5 million.  Paranormal Activity rounds out the Top Five with another 8.6 million for the insanely successful video shoot.  Below the fold, The Box opened in sixth place, but still did better than expected with 7.9 million against its 25 million budget.  Overall, the Top 12 did a little better year-over-year, though the 110.6 million total is the lowest since 2006.

CHRIS BROWN wishes Rhianna had kept quiet about him beating her. Never not classy.

TOM CRUISE Scientology employees are forced to watch videos of the star as part of their training.

BRITNEY SPEARS was holed up in a Perth hotel yesterday as a row over her lip-synching concerts threatened to derail her Australian tour.

NEW MOON: Collider has clips and new behind-the-scenes video from the Twilight sequel.

THE 100 BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE, according to the Times of London.

HIGHER FIDELITY? Stephen Frears and D.V. DeVincentis, who teamed up on the John Cusack breakout "High Fidelity," are attached to "Lay the Favorite," a dramedy set in the world of geeky gamblers.

MR. ROGERS statue unveiled in the neighborhood of Pittsburgh's North Shore.

IRAN caught arming terrorists... again.

IRAQ's parliament passed a long-delayed election law, resolving a key sticking point - who will be allowed to vote in the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk - and helping the US keep to a withdrawal.

KANGAROOS and EMUS overwhelm the tiny Aussie town of Thargomindah.

A BIRD with a "bit of baguette" derailed the world's biggest scientific experiment.

A WYOMING HUNTER bags a deer... then a mountain lion.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: White squirrels invade Maryland.  Meanwhile, an unnamed rodent stocks up on supplies.

A CHINESE PANDA EXPERT has headed to Taiwan to advise on how to encourage mating by the pair given by Beijing last December to mark the two sides' growing friendship.

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The Clash, Liz Phair, Lou Reed+Metallica, Cutout Bin, Dog Dance   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE CLASH! Although Saturday Night Live polices clips turning up o­n the Internet, we have its long defunct imitator, Fridays, to thank for these April 1980 high-octane performances of "London Calling" and "Train In Vain," followed by equally powerful takes o­n "The Guns of Brixton" and "The Clampdown."

LIZ PHAIR's pre-Guyville "Girly Sound" demos are free to download.

LANGHORNE SLIM stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set on audio and video.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON did three free songs at Daytrotter.

ELIZABETH and the CATAPULT  did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

THE ETTES: "Take It With You," a tasty slice of garagey pop, makes NPR's Song of the Day.

HUGH CORNWELL, former frontman of The Stranglers has a chat and mini-set at the World Cafe, with a link to a free download of his new solo LP.

ANDY WILLIAMS shared "Memoirs Of Moon River" on NPR's Weekend Edition.

ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FOOTAGE:  Stereogum can hook you up with collaborations including U2 with Black Eyed Peas and Mick Jagger, Sting with Stevie Wonder, and Metallica with Lou Reed.

HALL and OATES talk to The A.V. Club on the occasion of a new career-spanning four-CD box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are.  The duo were also recently interviewed on All Things Considered.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG talks to The A.V. Club about her recording and acting careers.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to Prefix about his new album, What Will We Be, his new label, and stalking the White Stripes.

ALEC OUNSWORTH does a Q&A with MAGNET, whose blog he guest-edited this week.

NO DOUBT is suing Activision because their Rock Band avatars can sing songs by other artists.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to the Five Satins, from the Sex Pistols to the Spinners, from the Decemberists to Dread Zeppelin, plus Sly and the Family Stone, the White Stripes, Chumbawumba, Otis Redding, King Khan, the Waterboys and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds can be jukeboxed or streamed separately via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the 3-D CGI version of A Christmas Carol, which is currently scoring 52 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the thriller The Box, currently scoring 53 percent (on a small sample of reviews); another thriller called The Fourth Kind, scoring 22 percent; and The Men Who Stare at Goats, which is scoring 63 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The latest leaked phone call features her stage mom in anguish over a failed attempt to get Li-Lo into rehab.

RHIANNA tells Diane Sawyer that she went back to Chris Brown "eight or nine" times following domestic violence incidents, and that she was blinded by love and made the wrong choices.

KRISTEN STEWART on dating Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson: "Okay, we are. We aren't. I'm a lesbian."

BRITNEY SPEARS: The High Price of Sanity.

KATE HUDSON explains men.

OPRAH WINFREY is giving up her syndicated talk show and moving to her own cable network in 2011.

V had the best TV debut this fall, out-rating NCIS (though more people still watched NCIS).

IRAN: The UN's nuclear watchdog has asked Iran to explain evidence suggesting that Iranian scientists have experimented with an advanced nuclear warhead design, the Guardian has learned.

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani military said it has retaken control of the Ladha Fort in South Waziristan, which has been under Taliban control since August 2008, after heavy fighting in the region.

AFGHANISTAN: Technocrats and some existing ministers will be appointed to Afghan Pres. Karzai's new government, but his main rival branded his re-election illegal and ruled out taking any part.

IRAQ: As Iraqi lawmakers repeatedly miss deadlines for writing the new law urgently needed for elections to go ahead in January -- and for US troops to go home -- America's diminishing role in the political process is very much in evidence.

A DOG dances the merengue.

BEARS are going bald at a German zoo. Pics at the link.

A STARLING that can talk, mimic mobile phones and fly beside a vehicle at 40mph is to appear in a film.

A CAT has been banned from visiting a Buddhist inmate convinced it is the reincarnation of his mother.

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Bishop Allen, White Rabbits, Norah Jones, Jookabox, Cats and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BISHOP ALLEN holds an incongruous Shindig in the clip for "True or False."

WHITE RABBITS did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

BRILLIANT COLORS are streaming their debut album via MBV: "This trio knows how to make a lovely pop racket that brings in echoes of seminal acts like The Raincoats and The Shop Assistants." And to think I have the latter on vinyl.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming now via MPR.

NORAH JONES is advance streaming her new LP via NPR, if you're into that sort of thing.

JOOKABOX: You could add "You Cried Me" to the list of clips I should have linked before Halloween, except that it wasn't out then.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to Straight about recording In and Out of Control.

DANIEL JOHNSON talks to the Scotsman about being healthier mentally and more prolific.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE: Erlend Øye shares a few of his favorite things with Pitchfork.

TEGAN and SARA: The latter talks to AfterEllen, which also embeds the "behind the scenes" video for "Hell."

THE FEELIES reissues of Crazy Rhythms and The Good Earth are reviewed by Drowned In Sound.

LINDSAY LOHAN's desperate call for help, leaked by her ex-con dad, likely in response to her threat to get a restraining order against him. Audio at the link.

NICOLE KIDMAN tells GQ that her experiences of love ranged from "mundane" marriage to "strange sexual fetish stuff," but won't say a thing about ex-hubby Tom Cruise.

FERGIE and JOSH DUHAMEL are denying another round of allegations from an Atlanta stripper that she had a one-night stand with the actor.  The stripper's lawyer claims Duhamel bragged about it.

MICHAEL JACKSON: How to market a dead celebrity tastefully.

ASHLEE SIMPSON was booted from the reboot of Melrose Place for her diva behavior and bad acting. Double-shocka!

SEAN PENN's son was busted for drug possession.  Dude, that's his skull.

THE 20 BEST TV SHOWS OF THE DECADE, according to Paste.

TERROR in the USA: The two men accused of plotting attacks on a Danish newspaper also planned to carry out attacks in India.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS plan to behead and crucify a 22-year-old man convicted of raping five children and leaving one of them to die in the desert. Roman Polanski can strike the Kingdom off his list of possible escape routes.

IRAN: Protesters clashed with government forces on the anniversary of the US embassy takeover in Tehran. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei rejected US offers for further negotiations and said any attempt to negotiate is "naive and perverted."

CAT and DOG, sleeping together...mass hysteria!


BABY ECHINADAS debut at the Perth Zoo.

HIPPOS: Israel dominates the market. Who knew?

GREAT WHITE SHARKS spend months near the northern and central California coast between August and February foraging among elephant seals, sea lions and other prey, according to a new study. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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