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Beach House, Kings of Convenience, BSS, Cat Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VAMPIRE WEEKEND is "Giving Up the Gun," along with a bizzare cast of cameos, including RZA, Lil' Jon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas.

BEACH HOUSE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

GIRLS: Their cover of Skeeter Davis' "End of the World" is now a free download.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE will give you an advance track, "World Sick," in return for your e-mail address.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG did an intervew and tracks with Weekend Edition Sunday.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: Can't trust that day.

JOANNA NEWSOM is profiled by the Times of London, while her imminent triple-LP is reviewed by The Observer.

ABBEY ROAD will not be sold, EMI announces.

OK GO: Damian Kulash, Jr., blasts the Tube from the op-ed pages of the New York Times.

TICKETMASTER settled charges with the Federal Trade Commission that the company and its affiliates used deceptive bait-and-switch tactics to sell event tickets to consumers.

ELTON JOHN: "I think Jesus was a compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Shutter Island tops the chart with 40.2 million in receipts -- a record for both Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio. Valentine's Day skidded 69 percent, taking in only 17.2 million (though it's well in the black). Avatar climbs back into the third slot, even as it dropped another 32 percent, making another 16.1 million. Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief dropped 51 percent to the fourth slot; Fox probably failed to guess that Avatar would be taking its business.  The Wolfman skidded 69 percent from second to fifth, taking in 9.8 million.  Dudes chose Shutter Island instead, almost ensuring a flop for Universal.

TIGER WOODS and his wife may be on a family trip with the kids.

HILARY DUFF got engaged to Mike Comrie of the Edmonton Oilers.

SEAN PENN has been charged with battery and vandalism for an October attack on a photographer.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Back with Dane Cook?

CONAN O'BRIEN has a plan that would keep him in front of audiences: putting on a series of live theatrical shows.

SUSAN SARANDON was struck by projectile vomit from a transsexual cabaret performer at the third anniversary of The Box in New York's Lower East Side.

THE BAFTAS went to these folks, most notably The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow over Avatar and James Cameron. Then again, Kristen Stewart got the award for Rising Young Star.

THE WRITERS GUILD AWARDS went to these folks. Kudos for Hurt Locker, Up in the Air, Mad Men and 30 Rock.

TIM BURTON'S ALICE in WONDERLAND may fall victim to a fight between Disney and British cinema owners.

PAKISTAN'S decision to go after the Afghan Taliban leadership reflects a quiet shift underway since last fall, the result of carrots (military and economic assistance and help easing tensions with India) and sticks (unspecified threats by the US).  However, Pakistan will not turn over the Afghan Taliban's No. 2 leader and two other high-value militants captured this month to the United States, but may deport them to Afghanistan. Mulvi Kabir, the former Taliban governor in Afghanistan's Nangahar Province, becomes another key figure in the Taliban regime captured in Pakistan.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Petraeus said in a speech at Princeton University that after more than eight years of fighting in Afghanistan, the US finally is getting enough troops, diplomats and organizational structure to be able to keep extremist groups from taking over again there.

CAT on CAT MASSAGE: Let's go to the video.

DOLPHINS were spotted in downtown Hackensack, NJ, last week.

ONE IN THREE BRITISH DOGS is overweight because owners feed their pets too many treats and do not give them enough exercise.

A LYNX is checking out the Olympic luge and downhill skiing.

RARE RHINO PREGNANCY fuels hope for endangered species.

PANDAS: Scientists have found that the combination of pr0n, exercises, and the occasional menage a trois -- to get young male pandas curious about sex -- have proved successful.

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Echo and the Bunnymen, Grant Hart, Constantines, Cutout Bin, Pelican Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ECHO and the BUNNYMEN!  Live at the Royal Albert Hall, circa July 1983.  Your setlist includes: "Going Up," "With A Hip" and "All That Jazz"; "All My Colours (Zimbo)" and "Silver"; "The Cutter" and "The Killing Moon"; "Rescue" and "Never Stop"; and "Over the Wall." Your encores are "Crocodiles" and "Do It Clean."

GRANT HART has a chat and twofer with the World Cafe to promote Hot Wax, which arrived last fall after a 10-year hiatus.

THE CONSTANTINES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

THE RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, streaming via MPR.

ROCKY VOTOLATO is advance streaming the True Devotion LP via Paste.

NURSES did three free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

GLOSSARY, a band hailing from Murfreesboro, TN, get a review and twofer from the World Cafe.

SHEARWATER drops a video for "Hidden Lakes," from The Golden Archipelago.

MY SHARONA:  Sharona Alperin, the subject of The Knack's signature hit, is profiled by the L.A. Times and the BBC. (Thx, TV's Andy Levy.)

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to the Calgary Herald about the response to his latest work: "I think it's absurd..." (Thx, Chromewaves.)

SAM COOKE: His career is essayed at Gaper's Block.

GORDON LIGHTFOOT: The reports of his death were greatly exaggerated.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to the Beach Boys, from Marvin Gaye to Muse, from Jerry Lee Lewis to the Jesus & Mary Chain, plus CCR, the Go-Gos, the Morning Benders, Mickey & Sylvia and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release is Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island, which is currently scoring 64 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

TIGER WOODS: Will his wife be there when he makes his big public apology? Radar reports that she will be a no-show.

ANGELINA JOLIE: Did she have work done?

SIMON COWELL is denying online reports that he is engaged to American Idol makeup artist Mezhgan Hussainy.

JESSE JAMES and SANDRA BULLOCK got their dog back. Aw.

ROGER EBERT reviews the Esquire profile linked here yesterday.

GARY COLEMAN FREAKS OUT: Let's go to the video.

IRAN: An International Atomic Energy Agency report expresses worry that Iran may be working on a nuclear warhead, despite a 2007 US intelligence assessment that found the Islamic Republic stopped such work in 2003. The report by the new head of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, appears to raise greater concerns about Iran's capabilities than the assessments of his predecessor, Mohamed ElBaradei. At some point, it should become obvious to the media that (a) the 2007 NIE was a political document drafted to protect the agencies that over-estimated Iraq's program; and (b) ElBaradei was never interested in stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. But I'm not betting on it.

PAKISTAN: A third senior Taliban leader was captured -- Mullah Mir Mohammed, "shadow governor" of Baghlan Province.  And there have been about a dozen arrests of Taliban leaders as part of this effort. Senior government officials claimed both Mullah Baradar and those arrested with him were giving information they believed would lead to others in the Taliban's new Karachi and Sindh headquarters. I have been rhetorically asking why Pakistan has started cooperating on this level. The answer may be that Pakistan feared losing influence within peace overtures between the US and the Afghan Taliban.

AFGHANISTAN: Snipers -- and sniper teams -- are the latest Taliban tactic against NATO forces in the Marja campaign.

WHEN A PELICAN ATTACKS: Let's go to the video.

CAPTAIN ROUS: The world's largest pet rodent is an Internet star.

A CIRCUS ZEBRA escaped his handler and led police on a chase through downtown Atlanta Thursday afternoon.

FAT BIRDS have more fun.

THE CANE TOAD PLAGUE down under has met its match. The key is... cat food?

SQUIRREL and CAT, living together...

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Fanfarlo, Field Music, Lightspeed Champion, Toilet Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANFARLO introduced the vast American TV audience to "Harold T. Wilkins."

FIELD MUSIC is advance streaming its Measure LP via MBV. There's a track-by-track tour at Drowned in Sound.

LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION is advance streaming Life is Sweet! Nice to Meet You.

MORNING BENDERS have another advance track, "Excuses," to stream and download.

DAVID VANDERVELDE drops "Learn How to Hang" as an advance track. 

PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison takes ClashMusic on a track-by-track tour of The Winter Of Mixed Drinks.

PAVEMENT guitarist Scott Kannberg, a/k/a Spiral Stairs, talks to PopMatters about

THE ANTLERS: Peter Silberman talked to Aquarium Drunkard about the Hospice album.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne chews the fat with Crawdaddy.

CHARLIE SHEEN: People close to the sitcom star are urging him to go to rehab, just like his wife. His legal woes put an aura of uncertainty around 'Two and a Half Men.'

TIGER WOODS: Elin reportedly will not move back in with him.  The golfer will end nearly three months of silence Friday when he speaks to the media for the first time about his middle-of-the-night accident sparked shocking revelations about his infidelity.

BRADGELINA and the brood arrive in their new home in Venice.

JESSICA SIMPSON publicly laughed off John Mayer's Playboy interview, but OK! claims she feels betrayed.

LINDSAY LOHAN is reduced to partying with London's Z-List.

BRITNEY SPEARS is still doing ads for Candie's? Really?

ROGER EBERT is profiled by Esquire.

PAKISTAN: The WaPo looks a bit more into the capture of the Afghan Taliban's operational commander: "His whereabouts, I think, were extremely well-known to the Pakistanis for a long time," said Ahmed Rashid, a Pakistani journalist and Taliban expert. Yet the L.A. Times is referring to it as a "rare" intell break on the US side. And yet again, the Taliban's "shadow governor" of Afghanistan's Kunduz province has been captured.

WOMAN CHASES RAT back into a toilet.

PYTHON stolen from... a petting zoo?

BEAR SLAPS MAN, man is busted.

A CAT that wandered into a Fife rescue center with a can stuck on its head has left staff wondering how it reached them without being knocked down.

CHUPACABRA SIGHTING: Alcohol may have been involved.

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Soft Pack, Robert E. Smith, Ted Leo, Replacements, Prince, Guitar Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SOFT PACK cranked out "Answer to Yourself" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

THE CURE's Robert E. Smith covers "Very Good Advice" for the Alice in Wonderland soundtrack.

TED LEO drops "The Mighty Sparrow" as an advance track from The Brutalist Bricks.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Captain's Dead is again loaded with B-sides and outtakes.

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS get a feature plus tracks on All Things Considered.

REHEARSAL VIDEO: From 1984. More here.

ANDREW PARTRIDGE talks to PopMatters about the Dukes of the Stratosphear.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Raleigh News-Observer about The Big To-Do, due in March.

ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS are reportedly up for sale by EMI.

THE WORST ROCK MOVIES, according to Jim DeRogatis.

MEGAN FOX tells W magazine that she does not look classy in underwear, and that no one believes her claim that she is really maternal.  Say, you don't think all the plastic surgery has anything to do with either of those, do you?

NICOLE RICHIE AND JOEL MADDEN are getting hitched.  Cue the Lionel jokes.

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife's rehab reportedly involves crack addiction.

BETTY WHITE seems amused at the online effort to land her an SNL hosting slot.

OPRAH won't have John Mayer on her show, but maybe not for the obvious reasons.

JESSICA SIMPSON is the cover story for Allure magazine, in which she discloses that it never occurred to her that her 15 minutes might expire.

JENNIFER ANISTON and GERARD BUTLER are just friends. Why it's almost as if they're promoting a movie or something.

FRANKENSTEIN may be returning to the big screen, Dean Koontz style.

THE OSCARS will not be inflicting the Best Song nominees on its viewers.

PAKISTAN: The capture of the Taliban's top military commander several days ago during a secret raid by CIA and Pakistani intelligence agents would mark a significant departure from Pakistan's policy toward the Taliban. (It also pulls back the curtain on the degree to which the Pakistani military or intell knows exactly where such people are.) The real question -- not being widely asked -- is why that policy is shifting.

AFGHANISTAN: From Jan. 24 to Feb. 14, a total of 17 suicide bombers took aim at one coalition member after another but failed to kill any of them.

GUITAR KITTEH: Let's go to the video.

SADIE the SCOTTIE won best in show at the Westminster Kennel Club. Sadie was the huge favorite.

18 PRIZE PIGEONS were stolen from a loft at Ballymena in County Antrim.

FIGHTING FINCHES seized by police in Ashland, MA.

A FEISTY GRANDMA survived a horror shark attack by punching it in the head after it bit off part of her bottom. Gonna need a bigger shark.

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RIP Doug Fieger, New Releases, Clem Snide, Smelly Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOST THE KNACK: Doug Fieger, leader of the power pop band The Knack, died Sunday after battling cancer. He was 57.  Obviously, "My Sharona" and the clean version of "Good Girls Don't" are your Twofer Tuesday.  But I'll throw in "Frustrated" and "Let Me Out" as bonus tracks.  Oddly, video for "Your Number or Your Name" is not found at any of the usual places.

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Adam Green, Buzzcocks, Jason Falkner, Ben Sollee and Daniel Miller, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CLEM SNIDE is advance streaming The Meat of Life via NPR.

FRONTIER RUCKUS did three free songs for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased. Somewhere between Meat Puppets and The Band.

THE STROKES: Julian Casablancas has a solo chat and mini-set from the World Cafe, while Pitchfork has details and a making-of video for the band's next LP.

WILCO are kicking off encores with Neil Young's "Broken Arrow," prefaced by a few bars of "Mr. Soul."

BEACH HOUSE talks to Pitchfork about creating Teen Dream, the move to Sub Pop, and what it means to find themselves now playing to a much bigger audience.

NELLIE McKAY shuffled her iPod for the Boston Globe.

ANTLERS: Peter Silberman talks to the Boston Globe about the band's current almbum, and the next one.

THE TOP TEN ROCK AND POP ALBUMS, according to the Vatican. Yes, really.

TIGER WOODS: Two women in Phoenix, Arizona, allegedly had a threesome with the golfer and were paid to stay quiet. Allegedly. And adult film actress Joslyn James claims Woods impregnated her twice while he was married to Elin. Allegedly (her stepmom says she's a compulsive liar. Allegedly).

KIEFER SUTHERLAND is having surgery related to a ruptured cyst near his kidney, temporarily shutting down production on 24.

CHARLIE SHEEN's wife entered rehab.

CHYNNA PHILIPPS extered rehab for anxiety.

THE BRITTANY MURPHY FOUNDATION is a foundation in name alone - because according to state and federal records, it does not exist. The foundation promises to give back all the donations.

THE OSCARS: The nominees luncheon was held Monday.

BARBARA WALTERS is breaking up with Oscar after this year.

KEVIN SMITH was kicked off a weekend Southwest Airlines flight for being overweight.

QUENTIN TARANTINO talks about casting actors.

YEMEN: American intelli officials appear to have obtained access to what could turn out to be a significant trove of phone numbers, photographs and documents detailing the links between Al Qaeda's leaders in northwest Pakistan and the terror group's increasingly menacing affiliate in Yemen.

IRAN: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday that she fears Iran is moving to a military dictatorship and urged allies to back efforts to help change its course.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban's top military commander was captured several days ago in Karachi, in a secret joint operation by Pakistani and US intell forces, according to American government officials.

AFGHANISTAN: US and Afghan officials claimed gains in ejecting the Taliban from Marja. Local residents and officials also said most of the Taliban in Marja had fled even before the offensive had started.

A CHIMP is overcome by his own smell.

RALPH, THE MONSTER BUNNY: Was he channelling the spirit of a ghoul?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A theme park has been forced to ban a daredevil squirrel from revamped Sonic Spinball roller coaster as its antics posed a health and safety risk.

PITBULL vs PORCUPINE: Who you got?

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