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Arctic Monkeys, Flaming Lips, Wavves, Wily Coyote   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCTIC MONKEYS: "Cornerstone" is the second video from the band's Humbug LP. Like this better than the first one, fwiw.

THE FLAMING LIPS stopped by Mourning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set via KCRW.  Includes a little Pink Floydage.

THE XX gets a World Cafe twofer, and are profiled by The Independent.

WAVVES did three free songs for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

ZOO ANIMAL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

BUILT TO SPILL plays "Oh Yeah" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

WHY FLEET FOXES will never be as big as America.

PAVEMENT: Bob Nastanovich gives The Quietus a few tidbits about next year's reunion.

THE BEATLES, Complete on Ukelele. Again.

THE TOP TEN SONGS AT MY FUNERAL: A British clergyman's lament.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  The couple joined John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston -- plus over 4000 other Scientologists -- at the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Scientologists held at Saint Hill Manor in East Grinsted, West Sussex.

BRONSON PINCHOT dishes about Tom Cruise and other past-co-stars to The A.V. Club.

VIC MIZZY, a film and television composer best known for writing the memorable theme songs for the 1960s sit-coms "Green Acres" and "The Addams Family," has died. He was 93.

BILL MURRAY talks to the Times of London about Fantastic Mr. Fox.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad says he's not serious about kidnapping her to keep her away from bad influences.

JOSS WHEDON blogs about directing an episode of "Glee."

DIANE KEATON: Not missing men.

DITA VON TESSE: Topless girl-on-girl photos, just in time for Gratuitous Wednesday.  I would say NSFW beyond the first click, but isn't that obvious?

PAKISTAN: Heavily armed militants put up a fierce fight on Tuesday to protect a Taliban stronghold in South Waziristan. The Pakistani Army has struck deals to keep two powerful, anti-US tribal chiefs from joining the battle.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai's camp today declared a "deadlock" as a UN-backed watchdog reported "clear and convincing evidence of fraud" in Afghanistan's election and reportedly revised the results to force a second round of voting. Meanwhile, security may be deteriorating in the north.

IRAQ: The security situation in northern Iraq has improved greatly in recent years, a senior US military officer told Pentagon reporters.

WILY COYOTE survives 600 mile trip in a car bumper.

KRILLEN the CAT survived 19 hours in a freezer.

CRIME-FIGHTING LEECH cracks a cold case Down Under.

HOW MEERKATS CONQUERED THE WORLD: They guarantee hit TV ratings. They sell car insurance. They scare off burglars. The Independent explains why meerkats really are beyond compare.

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New Releases, Bon Iver, An Horse, World Party, Dogfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRAND ARCHIVES have a new video out for "Oslo Novelist."

NEW RELEASES: Phoenix, Kings of Convenience, Sufjan Stevens, Leonard Cohen, Otis Redding, White Denim, Electric Six, The Slits, Thao with the Get Down Stay Down, the New Moon sndtk and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BON IVER's last show (for a while) is available to stream or download via Radio Milwaukee.

VOLCANO CHOIR talks to Paste, which also has a stream of the debut album.

AN HORSE does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, and talks to the Singing Lamb about touring, record stores, and more...

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

MISSION OF BURMA: Clint Conley talks to Blurt about his band's longevity.

THE ANTLERS: Darby Cicci talks about being on a label, touring, and such at nyctaper.

YOKO ONO talks to The A.V. Club about the simplicity of breathing, John Lennon's pianos, and the controversy of art.

ECHO and the BUNNYMEN: Ian McCulloch is questioned in Interview.

MONTY PYTHON: The surviving members engaged in Q & A with the audience after the premiere of Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyers' Cut).

JAY LENO is killing many of NBC's more than 200 affiliates.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL: His friends want him to stay with her. So does his Mom. Aw.

LINDSAY LOHAN will file a restraining order against her ex-con father in the next two days, according to Radar.

MEGAN FOX, having bombed in Jennifer's Body, has decided to start saying nice things about Transformers.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM have struck a deal with a prenup - and even though Lamar gets to keep his earnings separate, Khloe got more than he initially offered.

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD and KATE BOSWORTH were caught canoodling during and after the 2009 Scream Awards.

IRAN's negotiators have toughened their stance on the nuclear program, signaling that Tehran will refuse to go ahead with an agreement to hand over 75 percent of its enriched uranium. Shocka.

IRAQ: Security forces detained an Iranian operative in southern Iraq in the latest operation designed to curb Iran's influence in the war-torn country.

AFGHANISTAN: Experts question the US plan to find, sway group's less extreme members of the Taliban.

ADORABLE DOG FIGHT: Let's go to the video.

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK... in Edinburgh?


OWL in the BOX: "He was pretty mad so it was really tricky to photograph him."

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Camera Obscura, Lucero, Frightened Rabbit, Basilisk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAMERA OBSCURA stay with the retro for "The Sweetest Thing."

LUCERO played the World Cafe on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

MOBY, Live in Berlin, also courtesy of NPR.

RAIN MACHINE, a side effort by TV on the Radio's Kip Taylor, stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

DAVID BAZAN did a mini-set for the World Cafe, now streaming via NPR.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT and a flashlight-wielding mob "Swim Until You Can't See Land."

DEVENDRA BANHART talks to The Observer about his new album, how the Butthole Surfers are like German conceptual artist Joseph Beuys, and more...

LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III gets a meaty profile from PopMatters, connected to his new double-disc set, High Wide and Handsome-the Charlie Poole Project.

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne rips Arcade Fire again, this time in The Independent.  But he also talks plenty about the new album, its guest stars, and more...

PETER HOOK (Joy Division, New Order) has written a book on The Hacienda; The Independent has an excerpt.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Where the Wild Things Are? Atop your local cinema, with 32.5 million dollars.  Is that enough to make the books long and winding road to the big screen profitable? That may depend on whether the budget was 80 million or 100 million.  But we don't get another family film until the mo-cap version of A Christmas Carol, which helps.  Law Abiding Citizen debuted at No.2, with 21.3 million, which is at the high end of the tracking estimates, and not so hot for a 50 million budget in this genre.  Paranormal Activity moves up to No.3 with 20.2 million; it has now made 33.3 million against a production cost of... eleven thousnad dollars.  Couple's Retreat drops from first to fourth, making another 18 million and is now in striking distance of breaking even on its 70 million budget.  But that 48 percent drop is big for a comedy.  The debut of The Stepfather rounds out the Top Five, with 12.3 million against a 20 million budget.  Below the fold, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs breaks the 100 million mark, good news in light of the competition from the Wild Things and Toy Stories (which landed in eighth place). Overall, this weekend was up big over the same frame in 2008.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE: I wanted to love this, and ended up liking it a lot.  Adapting a book with nine sentences into a full-length feature is the sort of tastks that explains on its face why this movie took so long to be made.  Spike Jonze (and screenwriter Dave Eggars) do about as well as possibly could be expected with this sort of stretch, fashioning a tale that captures the mood of the Maurice Sendak classic, while layering it with the dark moments of the secret lives of children (tonally reminiscent of some of the creepiest flashbacks in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).  It's sort of a po-mo version of the Wizard of Oz, in its way.  It may be a bit dark, and insufficiently action-driven, for younger kids... but maybe I'm wrong.  After all, everyone thought the book would not connect with younger kids when it was released, and we all see how that turned out.

KATE HUDSON pressuring A-ROD for a proposal?

LINDSAY LOHAN got slapped with an extra year of probation, and got a stern lecture from the judge in her DUI case. Her stage mother would like her ex-con father to stop claiming that Li-Lo is abusing prescription drugs.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but the prelimary hearing for those charged with providing her drugs began with a bang, as Smith's security guard described watching her slurp the powerful sedative chloral hydrate from a baby bottle.


ROMAN POLANSKI, facing extradition to the US in his rape case, has been moved from a Swiss jail for "medical treatment."

SPIDER-MAN 4 will go back to basics, according to director Sam Raimi.

JON FAVREAU will not direct The Avengers, but will ahve input into the projected Marvel mega-movie.

IRAN: A Sunni resistance movement took credit for killing two senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps commanders and 27 other officers in a suicide attack in southeastern Iran.

PAKISTAN: The military has started the South Waziristan offensive and claimed to have taken control of two towns; 30 Taliban fighters and 12 soldiers have been reported killed.

AFGHANISTAN: General McChrystal's Long War. How much time does he have?

THE BASILISK LIZARD: Let's go to the super slo-mo video.

A BLACK BEAR shops for beer in the land of sky blue waters.

DOLPHINS play soccer with Jellyfish.

GATOR MEAT, ready to be shipped at the end of hunting season in FL: "Anytime the plant is smelly, that's a good thing."

A FLORIDA MANATEE is stuck near an oil refinery in New Jersey where plunging temperatures and a lack of food are endangering his life.

A POLICE DOG made six arrests in one night in Winnipeg.

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Motown, Classic Punk, Wye Oak, Cutout Bin, Skunk Whisperer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 16, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




... with THE SOUND OF MOTOWN!  This Ready Steady Go! special from 1965 kicks off with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles singing "Ooo Baby Baby," Dusty Springfield joined by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas on "Wishin And Hopin'," and The Temptations singing "It's Growing." Martha Reeves and The Vandellas join Dusty Springfield for "Can't Hear You No More" followed by The Supremes singing "Stop! In The Name Of Love," The Temptations singing "My Girl," and  Martha Reeves and The Vandellas returning for "Dancing In The Street," the Supremes with "Shake," and Martha Reeves and The Vandellas with "Nowhere To Run," then a medley with The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas and Dusty Springfield, continuing with Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes and all performers joining in on "Mickey's Monkey," all backed by the Earl Van Dyke Sextet.  BONUS:  Stevie Wonder wails through "Kiss Me Baby," plus prior RSG appearances by Marvin Gaye syncing "How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You" and "Can I Get A Witness."

THE TEN BEST CLASSIC PUNK SONGS, as voted by AOL Radio listeners, with embedded audio.

WYE OAK stopped by KUT's Studio 1A for a session streaming via NPR. 

MOBY guest DJs at The Current, including every thing from the Flamingos, to John Lee Hooker to Joy Division.

THE FLATLANDERS - Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and Jimmie Dale Gilmore -  played a Mountain Stage set streaming on demand via NPR.

THE RAVEONETTES: Sune Rose Wagner talks to the National Post about the new topics on the band's new album, as good an excuse as any to link the video for "Last Dance."

GRANT HART: The Hüsker Dü legend talks to Minnesota Daily about that band, and his first solo LP in 10 years.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to ClashMusic, starting with his brush with death. 

KINGS OF CONVENIENCE talk to Prefix about what they've been working on during their lengthy breaks, their take on music piracy, and why "I Love You" is the ultimate declaration of dependence.

CUTOUT BIN: From ELO to Sly and the Family Stone, from Lou Reed to the George Baker Selection, from Arcade Fire to Dionne Warwick, plus Blondie, The Heavy, the Byrds, Fountains of Wayne 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 Where The Wild Things Are, which is currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, pluse two thrillers -- Law Abiding Citizen, currently scoring 12 percent, and The Stepfather, which was not screened for critics.

TINA FEY, the 24-year-old virgin.

JENNIFER ANISTON and JOHN MAYER: Back on?  Well, at least he's eminently quotable.

MADONNA reviews her career and family matters in the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

AVRIL LAVIGNE officially filed for divorce and asked the court to deny spousal support to estranged husband Deryck Whibley.

LINDSAY LOHAN: The judge in her DUI case has ordered her to appear personally today for her progress report.  Allegedly, the concern is that she's flunking alcohol ed -- which seems odd, given her level of experience.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Burger King and Fox have apologized for an Oct. 11 NFL Sunday skit that mocked the pneumatic blonde's weight.

KEANU REEVES has learned he's not the father of a Canadian woman's kids.

EIGHT TV ACTRESSES Who Should Never Sing Again.

THE BIG CHILL: Where are they now? (I thought they stayed in that kitchen.)

TERROR in the USA: The airport shuttle driver accused of plotting a bombing in NYC had contacts with al Qaeda that went nearly all the way to the top.

IRAQ: Peter Galbraith, a former American diplomat who has been among the most forceful advocates for Iraqi Kurds to retain control over the oil in their region, acknowledged yesterday that he has had business dealings involving oil companies in Iraqi Kurdistan since 2004. Ironically, Galbraith was recently dismissed by the UN in Afghanistan after refusing to take part in what he called "a cover-up" of fraud in the Afghan election.

THE SKUNK WHISPERER RETURNS! Let's go to the video.

WHEN CHIMPS ATTACK: An attorney representing the owner of a chimpanzee that mauled and blinded a woman is calling the attack a work-related incident and said her family's case should be treated like a workers' compensation claim.

WHEN ELK ATTACK: A woman in western Sweden is recovering after being bowled over by an elk early on Wednesday morning while she was out walking her dog.

WHEN DEER HIT THE GRIDIRON: A boy in Ohio was playing football with friends over the weekend and was tackled by a deer.

THEIVES who stole a handful of incredibly rare goat-sheep were left red-faced today - when police said they would be stuck with them forever.

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Farrar+Gibbard, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, Monster Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS are "Watching the Planets" for Conan.

JAY FARRAR and BEN GIBBARD are streaming their album, based on Jack kerouac's Big Sur, via NPR.

CASIOTONE for the PAINFULLY ALONE does the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the XX, Vampire Weekend, Alec Ounsworth and more feature in the latest installment of the long-running NPR series.

ROSANNE CASH has an interview streaming via Morning Edition.

DAVENDRA BANHART premiered an unassuming little video for "Walillamdzi" at the 'Gum.

MALCOLM McLAREN: The progenitor of punk talks to the Times of London about the Sex Pistols, his family and his work - with never a word about love.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to The A.V. Club about people's "willingness to share opinions before they're even formed," including those about his hair.

SUFJAN STEVENS is having a creative crisis.

BON IVER will not be playing for an "indefinite" period of time or at least "until next year."

THE JACKSONS are at odds over the inclusion of Michael Jackson's three children in an upcoming A&E reality show about the infamous family. Katherine Jackson says Jacko's kids will not appear on any TV reality show in her lifetime. Jacko is getting a tribute on Dancing With the Stars.

CAPTAIN LOU ALBANO, WWF wrestler and manager, is dead at the age of 76.

JESSICA SIMPSON speaks publicly about the loss of her dog to a coyote. Our long national nightmare is over.

PAM ANDERSON shocked the Hollywood Style Awards over the weekend by recruiting a shy, 9-year-old girl to hold up her risqué dress all night.

DR. PHIL: Slapped with another creepy lawsuit.

MEGAN FOX will feature in the new Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans campaigns.

KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON: OK! magazine takes pics in their pad.

CHRIS PINE (Capt. Kirk 2.0) may play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in the reboot of the franchise based on the Tom Clancy novels.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McChrystal is asking for up to 80K more American troops even as he warns that rampant government corruption there may prevent victory against the Taliban and al Qaeda.

MONSTER CAT: Let's go to the video.

RESPECT YOUR PET:  When they turn on their human masters, this will be why.

BUCKS are riskier to pet than deer.

AN ENGLISH FARMER was fined for keeping cows in the dark.

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