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Raveonettes, Avett Bros, Lou Barlow, Cursive, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDITORS: "Papillon" has a touch of the Factory sound about it.

THE RAVEONETTES are advance streaming In and Out of Control.

THE AVETT BROTHERS are advance streaming I And Love And You via NPR.

LOU BARLOW (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh) is advance streaming Goodnight Unknown via NPR. 

CURSIVE did three free songs for Daytrotter, including covers of "Love Cats" and "Modern Love."

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."  Freakishly, I discover I posted this video almost exactly a year ago. It must be back-to-school music in my brain.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS got hitched onstage last Friday! Congrats!

THE MONSTERS OF FOLK  talk to Paste about the making of their album, which Jim James compares to summer camp.

VOLCANO CHOIR guitarist Chris Rosenau talks to Express Night Out about working with Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon. (Thx, LHB.)

F***KED UP frontman Damian Abraham talks to the Toronto Star after winning the 2009 Polaris Prize.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR is returning to Melrose Place.

MACKENZIE PHILLIPS claims she slept with "Papa" John Phillips. Quotes optional in this case. Ew.


DAVID HASSELHOFF claims he was hospitalized for an ear problem, not alcohol poisoning.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are getting married this weekend. Not wasting time, these two.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, and court documents her pharmacist refused to fill her prescription, and called the list of drugs ordered by her doctor, "pharmaceutical suicide."

LINDSAY LOHAN was friends with man arrested for allegedly burglarizing her house.

JASON SEGEL... and Chloë Sevigny?

VERA LYNN: Does anyone here remember her?  She said "We'll Meet Again," some sunny day. She talks to TIME about topping the British charts at age 92.

SHERLOCK HOLMES isn't due until Christmas, but they're already talking sequel.

TERROR in the USA: Detectives were combing Queens storage facilities for stockpiled explosive chemicals that Al Qaeda terror thugs planned to use to bomb New York, sources said.  The Queens imam arrested in the Denver terrorism probe is an FBI informant the feds say became a double agent - tipping suspects that they were in the government's crosshairs. And it is possible that the NYPD blew the case early.

IRAN's nuclear chief on Tuesday claimed Teheran has built a "new generation" of high capacity centrifuges.

AFGHANISTAN: McClatchy reports that military officers close to Gen. McChrystal said he is prepared to resign if he isn't given sufficient resources to implement a change of direction.

BABY TIGER: Let's go to the video.

A RUNAWAY EMU was tased and cuffed in Scott County, Mississippi.

SOUTH AMERICAN PIRANHA caught in the Delaware River.

DEAD SALMON... or just resting?

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New Releases, Great Lake Swimmers, Telekinesis, Dog on a Ball   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



NEW RELEASES: Pearl Jam, Amy Millan, Hope Sandoval, Islands, Richard Hawley, Sea Wolf, Vic Chestnutt, Early Day Miners, Girls, Hidden Camera, Times New Viking and more are streaming in full via Spinner this week.  Paul Westerberg has a download-only EP out today, too.

TELEKINESIS performed a Tiny Desk Concert as a duo at NPR.

DAVID GRAY stopped by the World Cafe for a mini-set streaming now via NPR.

BIG STAR: Jody Stephens talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his influences, the Memphis scene, and the new box set.

THOM YORKE put out a new 12-inch single, "Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses," b/w "The Hollow Earth," just in time for Twofer Tuesday.  The latter is an actual video, and more my bag than the former, I guess.  Who cares what's on the flip side? I do!

THE MONSTERS OF FOLK talk to the L.A. Times about the writing and recording of their collaboration.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: Kip Berman e-mails the SF Appeal about the band's origins, children's stories, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to the L.A. Times about his live CD/DVD, out today.

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE DECADE, according to Pretty Much Amazing.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL and BEN GIBBARD got hitched Saturday night. Granted, we all knew this was coming, but I'm still calling Darth Vader.

DAVID HASSELHOFF was reportedly taken by ambulance to a hospital because he again has alcohol poisoning.

IGGY POP will appear in Lego Rock Band for the holidays. You want to see the pics. Yes, you do.

JESSICA SIMPSON's friends fret that the pneumatic blonde is in a tailspin after losing her beloved Maltipoo Daisy to a coyote attack.

THE EMMYS rebounded in the ratings, for which credit must be due to Neeil Patrick Harris, as most of the rest of the show was lame.

KRISTIN CHENOWITH was checked by paramedics after her emotional Emmy win for migraine symptoms.

MEGAN FOX wears a bag over her head for an interview with the National Lampoon.

DREW BARRYMORE and ELLEN PAGE, kissing, just in time for Gratuitous Tuesday.

TERROR in the USA: After arrests this weekend in the alleged New York terror plot, FBI agents believe an active terror cell directed by al Qaeda was preparing an attack on NYC, and authorities say they have yet to identify everyone involved.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad said he was proud that his denials of the Holocaust have enraged the West. Russian Pres. Medvedev said Israel is not planning on a preemptive strike against Iran. The head of Russia's assembly denied any US-Russia deal on Iran.

AFGHANISTAN: According to a leaked report, Gen. McCrystal is seeking more troops and a change in strategy or the US will encounter "mission failure." Coalition and Afghan troops have halted offensive operations to observe the UN's International Day of Peace; no word on whether the Taliban and al Qaeda are reciprocating.

DOG WALKS ON A BALL: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A squirrel has been seen attempting to savage a fruit bat to death.

A MONKEY has pushed a woman off a cliff in China.

BIG BULL seeks match in Malaysia.

SPIDER-MAN LIZARD, Spider-Man Lizard, does whatever a Spider-Man Lizard can.

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Yo La Tengo, Superdrag, Roger McGuinn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THROW ME THE STATUE goes on safari -- and to martial arts class --  for "Hi-Fi Goon."

YO LA TENGO played Washington, DC's 9:30 Club last Thursday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR. Ira Kaplan talked to the Washington City Paper ahead of the show about the new Popular Songs LP.

SUPERDRAG did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, including live audience participation on "Sucked Out."

ROGER McGUINN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of Dylan covers, streaming now via MPR.

LANGHORNE SLIM also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, streaming via MPR.

PAVEMENT's reunion (next year)  already has music bloggers re-posting the clip for "Cut Your Hair."

PEARL JAM has worked out various distribution deals for the Backspacer album, which you might still be able to stream in full today.

MERMAID AVENUE, VOL. 3 featuring more unpublished lyrics and unreleased songs of Woody Guthrie, will be recorded by Jay Farrar, instead of Billy Bragg and Wilco.

THE VIVIAN GIRLS get a meaty profile in the New York Times.

THE HARLEM SHAKES have split up, according to Brooklyn Vegan.

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of the 2000s, according to The Rawking Refuses To Stop.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs wins the weekend, taking in 30.1 million, based in part on its record number of 3-D screens.  This is about where folks thought it would be.  3-D flicks usually show good legs, and this one will need them, due to its 100 million budget.  The Informant! came in second with 10.5 million, which almost guarantees profit on a 22 million budget.  That's good news for director Steven Soderberg, who hasn't had a non-Ocean's hit since Traffic in 2000.  Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself drops to third with 10 million, a heavy 57 percent drop, but that's pretty common for Perry's movies. The opening weekend was already profitable, so this is gravy. Love Happens debuted as No.4, with 8.5 million; the low number of screens telling us that Universal knew what they had on their hands.  Jennifer's Body may have had Megan Fox and a script by Diablo cody on the hot subject of vampires, but it did not have much of an audience, rounding out the Top Five with a mere 6.8 million -- despite being on many more screens than Love Happens. Ouch.

JOHN TRAVOLTA will travel to the Bahamas to testify on behalf of the prosecution at the extortion trial involving the death of his son, Jett.

LINDSAY LOHAN was reportedly kicked out of the Bowery Hotel in NYC earlier this week after a blow-up fight with Samantha Ronson.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and LAMAR ODOM are making wedding plans after dating for a month.

BRITNEY SPEARS deserves more respect, according to... Yoko Ono?

JENNIFER GARNER seriously pranked Ricky Gervais on the set of The Invention of Lying.

AL QAEDA warned that Germany would be attacked if Chancellor Merkel is re-elected and the country does not withdraw from Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the Afghan national at the center of a reputed Al Qaeda terror cell probe was trying to cut a deal Friday after two days of FBI grilling.  Three men have been arrested in the case so far.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a lie again on Friday, raising the stakes against Israel just as world powers try to decide how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of an Iran in political turmoil.  Ahmadinejad also said that Iran would "never" abandon its disputed nuclear program to appease Western critics.  A leaked report revealed that the UN inspection agency believes the Islamic republic has "sufficient information" to make a nuclear weapon and has "probably tested" a key component. Meanwhile, protests against the regime continue; Ahmadinejad had to cut short an interview on state-controlled television because chants of "Ahmadi! Ahmadi! Resign! Resign!" could clearly be heard in the background.

IRAQ: The government said talks with Syria have failed after the Syrians refused to hand over two Baathist leaders behind recent attacks in Baghdad.

BABY VS. CAT: Extreme patience.

A CHICKEN has been trekking up to the KFC in Jackson, Mississippi, nearly every day for the last few years.

A ROAD HOG makes trouble on I-80, outside Iowa City.

A FRANTIC KANGAROO storms the office of an Australian psychologist. The marsupial had issues.

BEARSHARKTOPUS: I'm hoping this is Photoshop.

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Hoodoo Gurus, Flaming Lips, Islands, Cutout Bin, Dog+Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 18, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the HOODOO GURUS! As Trouser Press reminds us: "Australia has produced few bands as crazily entertaining as Sydney's Hoodoo Gurus." In their prime, few could match Dave Faulkner and Co. in the marriage of pop hooks and garage rock riffs. Their debut album contained "I Want You Back," "Leilani," "Tojo" and "My Girl" -- and that leaves out some of my favorite tracks from the LP.  The gems kept coming on later albums, too: "Bittersweet," "What's My Scene" and "Good Times" (featuring backup vox from the Bangles), the incredible "Come Anytime," and "Axegrinder," the psychedelic "Miss Freelove '69" and the crunching rawk of "The Right Time" -- again, just to name a few.  The Hoodoos could (and can) also deliver the goods live as these vintage live clips of "Like Wow, Wipeout!", "In the Wild" and "Middle of the Land" prove.

THE FLAMING LIPS are advance streaming their Embryonic album via The Colbert Report. Yes, really.

ISLANDS are advance streaming their Vapours album via Exclaim!

DRIVIN ' N' CRYIN' is streaming their first album in 12 years via Entertainment Weekly.

THE BEASTIE BOYS are streaming their remastered Hello Nasty album.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from A.A. Bondy, Noah and the Whale, The Field and more are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

MEYER HAWTHORNE gets a review from Soul-Sides' Oliver Wang (with video)  at NPR.

TIM EASTON stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set of "soft Americana," streaming via NPR.

GLASVEGAS have a video for "It's My Own Cheating Heart That Makes Me Cry" at Spinner. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

DIANE BIRCH talks to the L.A. Times about her past as a lounge singer, Betty Wright, soul music and whether she's a soul artist.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Drozte talks to GQ UK about the band's latest album, cocktails, and more...

SMASHING PUMPKINS plan to release 11 four-song EPs digitally, and compile them on to a box set.

IDA MARIA talks to Jim DeRogatis about Lollapalooza, songwriting and more...

FRIGHTENED RABBIT drummer Grant Hutchison talks to the Salt Lake Tribune about William Wallace and the band's next album.

JOHNNY MARR and THE CRIBS talk to The Quietus about their new record, with an obligatory nod to The Smiths.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Pres. Obama to Ace Frehley, from Television to Styx, from the Flamin' Groovies to Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, plus Elvis Costello, Broken Social Scene, The Replacements, Otis Redding 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 the animated Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, currenly scoring 91 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the Diablo Cody-penned, Megan Fox-led Jennifer's Body, currently scoring 35 percent, the Soderberg-drected, Damon-led The Informant, which is scoring 66 percent; and the Aniston-Eckhart rom-com Love Happens, scoring 23x percent on a small number of reviews.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and Deryck Whibley have split, after three years of marriage.

JESSICA SIMPSON has called in experts  to find her missing dog -- last seen in the clutches of a wild coyote.  Martha Stewart faults the pneumatic blonde.

KERMIT THE FROG denies rumors that he is dating Lady Gaga, after accompanying her to the MTV VMAs.

BURT REYNOLDS has checked into a rehab clinic for treatment of addiction to prescription medication.


LINDSAY LOHAN took to Twitter early Thursday morning to quash rumors that she's been hospitalized in a psych ward.

KATHY IRELAND received seven stitches in her leg after a Dancing With the Stars-related injury.

BEYONCE is getting sued by Abercrombie & Fitch Co. over her "Fierce" fragrance.

SPIDER-MAN 4 is booked for IMAX screens in 2011.

AFGHANISTAN: America's top diplomat at the UN mission in Afghanistan has been ordered out of the country after a row with his boss over how to respond to last month's fraud-riddled presidential elections, it has been alleged.

IRAN: Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead.

IRAQ's political parties are moving into high gear looking for partners to run with in the January 2010 parliamentary elections. Some old alliances are being reformed, and new ones are in the process of forming.

DOG and SQUIRREL, living together... mass hysteria!

THIRSTY BATS swooping to lick water from a pond, caught on camera.

A MILLION GEESE caught on camera at the Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge near Mound City, Missouri.

A GOLLUM-LIKE CREATURE emerges from a lake in Panama.

CATS secretly build their war machines.

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Monsters of Folk, Rifles, Megafaun, Soccer Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 17, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DRAGONETTE wants you to "Pick Up the Phone." Might be the Breakfast Club on the line.

THE MONSTERS OF FOLK are advance streaming their album.

VOLCANO CHOIR, featuring Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, is advance streaming their album this week via NPR.

THE RIFLES: Frank Yang (of Chromewaves) notes that this London-based band is working a Mod/Jam vibe on their new album, which is streaming in full this week via Spinner.

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

PAVEMENT -- after years of rumors -- is reuniting for a benefit concert a year from now.

SONDRE LERCHE turns on the "Heartbeat Radio."

ART BRUT: Eddie Argoes visits the offices of DC Comics on PitchforkTV.

FREE SAMPLERS from Anti- and Rykodisc are available via Amazon.

THE BEATLES: America's Newest Hit-makers.

BEST OF THE 2000s Pitchfork presents Guest Lists from indie luminaries including Britt Daniel (Spoon) and John Darnielle (Mountain Goats).

MARY TRAVERS of Peter, Paul and Mary, has died of cancer at age 72.

MEGAN FOX is the cover of the Rolling Stone. And she serves up a heaping helping of crazy in the accompanying interview, including revealing she once threatened to kill on-again/off-again boyfriend Brian Austin Green.

HENRY GIBSON, a wry comic character actor whose career included "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In," "Nashville" and "Boston Legal," died Monday at his home in Malibu after a brief battle with cancer. He was 73. I hate Illinois Nazis, but Gibson was good in The Blues Brothers.

JENNA ELFMAN is knocked up.

LEELEE SOBIESKI is also knocked up.

LINDSAY LOHAN seems to be making a habit of clubbing with her 15-year-old sister.

SEAN PENN has a new galpal.

HARRY POTTER and the GINORMOUS PROFIT: Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have entered the Guinness World Records book as the highest grossing lead actors of the decade.

PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, a low-budget haunted house flick in the mode of Blair With or Cloverfield, has a trailer onlne.

TERROR in NYC: The FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team arrived in New York in anticipation of the offensive to thwart a Denver-based terror cell with ties to Al Qaeda, police sources told the NY Daily News. Law enforcement officials tell ABC News that agents discovered 14 brand new black backpacks in the New York raids, leading to concern the men may have been planning to use the backpacks to carry suicide bombs.

IRAN: Presidents Obama and Sarkozy discussed Iran's nuclear "compliance." Sarkozy said on Tuesday that France's intelligence agencies are certain that Iran is pursuing a nuclear bomb. Tehran agreed to the new framework of agreements with the IAEA.

PAKISTAN: The Long War Journal takes detailed look at the Predator strikes against Taliban and al Qaeda fighters.

AFGHANISTAN: EU election observers said more than 1.5 million of the estimated 6 million votes cast are "suspicious."

A SPANISH SOCCER TEAM has a trick-performing bear as their mascot. C'mon, Chicago!

HYBRID MAN-EATING PYTHONS could emerge from non-native breeds currently slithering free in south Florida.

WILCO, a staffordshire ridgeback cross, demonstrated why dogs should never be left alone in a running vehicle.

A GOAT SHORTAGE threatens a big religious festival in Kathmandu.

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