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New Releases, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Bunny Cafe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 01, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ANTLERS have a clip for "Two" from the Hospice album.

NEW RELEASES: Apples in Stereo, Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn, TMBG, A.A. Bondy, Radiohead resissues and more are streaming in full this weeke via Spinner.

EDWARD SHARPE and the MAGNETIC ZEROES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. I've been digging them.

THE TOP 50 VIDEOS OF THE 2000s, according to Pitchfork, with embedded video.

36 SUICIDE SONGS lsited by The A.V. Club. How do ten people compile that lsit without Joy Division's "Day of the Lords"? These kids today.

KIM WILDE may have topped the Billboard singles chart with her 1987 cover of "You Keep Me Hangin' On," but it's "Kids In America," which hit No. 25 in July 1982, that encapsulates so much of the era and earns her a spot on Twofer Tuesday.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Spinner about going off the grid to work on his next album: "I know this record is not commercial and probably won't sell," he says.  (Thx, Chromewaves.)

GIRL TALK: Greg Gillis talks to the Washington Post about the balance between indie and mainstream music, the impact of the Internet, live and near-live concerts, and more... including an embedded video.

30 THINGS you never knew about Radiohead.

YO LA TENGO guitarist/vocalist Ira Kaplan tells Spinner about jamming with Wilco.

DISNEY BUYS MARVEL for the low, low price of four billion dollars. Wolverine was no match for The Mouse.

DJ AM's death was the result of an accidental overdose and not a suicide - and there is a tragic, ironic twist of fate.

DEMI MOORE denies having plastic surgery, with an expressionless face.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and SCARLETT JOHANSSON are fighting for the lead role in the upcoming remake of My Fair Lady. Can't they just film that?

RENEE ZELLWEGER was uninjured Monday morning after being involved in a minor car accident in Beverly Hills.

MADONNA will meet with both Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Tzipi Livni. Mideast peace just around corner.

YOUTH IN REVOLT, starring Michael Cera, has a trailer online.

RAMBO: Again.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. McChrystal said the US and its allies must change strategy and boost cooperation to turn around the war. Danger Room is with US Marine snipers in a 12-hour firefight.

IRAQ: The Marines decided not to seek to reinstate criminal charges against a former battalion commander at Camp Pendleton for a 2005 incident in which his troops killed 24 civilians in Haditha. A court-martial judge threw out the charges after ruling that it was improper for a Marine lawyer who investigated the Haditha shootings to sit in on meetings with the general who decided to bring the charges.

JAPANESE BUNNY CAFE: Let's go to the video.

CHIMP and PUMA CUB, living together...

SUCIDAL COWS baffle Swiss cops.

ARIZONA BURROS gow obese on carrots from tourists.

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Fanfarlo, Haley Bonar, Oasis, Red Rider, Cleveland Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 31, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FANFARLO deliver the video of "The Walls Are Coming Down" with a bit of escapism.

HALEY BONAR stopped by The Current booth at the Minnesota State Fair for a chat and mini-set now streaming on demand.

DEEP SEA DIVER did five free songs for Daytrotter, three previously unreleased.

THE WEST PHILADELPHIA ORCHESTRA did three free songs for Daytrotter, all unreleased. Despite the name, this combo has an Eastern European feel, which may appeal to fans of Camper Van Beethoven, Gogol Bordello and Beirut.

OASIS: Noel Gallagher quit on Friday. Again.

RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods. Another nugget from the grooveyard of forgotten favorites, unearthed by by a friend from the Twitterverse.

THE ROLLING STONES: Police are reviewing the death of Brian Jones - 40 years after his body was found at the bottom of a swimming pool. 

RYAN ADAMS delivered a piece to The Awl, celebrating the classic videogame Gorf. With embedded tutorial video likely shot by Mandy Moore. (profanity warning.) 

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner talks to SPIN about working with Josh Homme on the band's new record, Def Leppard, and his sexy MTV girlfriend.

NICK CAVE talks to the Times of London about his new novel, the joys of fatherhood, the genius of St Mark's Gospel, and why lust springs eternal.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Final Destination takes the No. 1 slot with 28.3 million, beating Halloween 2 (2) by more than the ticket markup for a 3-D release.  It's also more than the so-called gurus projected (20 million).  Inglourious Basterds slips reasonably to the second slot with 20 million; it has already exceeded its 70 million production budget.  Halloween 2 (2) earned 17.4 million -- less than 26.4 million the first Zombie-fied reboot opening, but with an 18 million budget, the Weinsteins won't care much. Distict 9 came in fourth with 10.7 million; it has nom made over 90 million on a 30 million budget.  G.I. Joe rounds out the Top Five with 8 million, and has made enough world wide to make a sequel likely.  The overall box office for th top dozen broke 100 million, which is pretty good for the last weekend in August.

DJ AM, a/k/a Adam Goldstein, a high-profile disc jockey who was as famous for his much-chronicled relationships as he was for his creative scratching and mixing on the celebrity club circuit, was found dead on Friday evening in his apartment in Manhattan. Goldstein's death comes less than a year after he barely survived a plane crash with buddy and musical collaborator Travis Barker, the former drummer for Blink-182.  Cops found a near-empty bag of crack stuck to his chest, a glass crack pipe in his bedroom and at least seven bottles of prescription drugs on his kitchen counter, including the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. DJ AM had been sober for nine years, but sources told TMZ a recent breakup with his gf and the stress over the plane crash could have caused him to start using drugs again. Goldstein's autopsy was completed Saturday afternoon, but there was no determination as to the cause of death - more tests are needed, including toxicology.

MICHAEL JACKSON's death was officially ruled a homicide. Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, is now the target of a manslaughter investigation. Meanwhile, the ever-reliable Sun reported that Macaulay Culkin is the mystery dad of Michael Jackson's son Blanket.

EMILY BLUNT  and JOHN KRASINSKI are engaged to be married.  The couple have been dating since November 2008.

LINDSAY LOHAN is in hot water yet again after being accused by a jewelry store of 'losing' over 2 million dollars' worth of jewels.

NATALIE PORTMAN was interviewed by her upcoming Brothers costar Jake Gyllenhaal in the September issue of Interview.  Portman confesses she is obsessed with "really, really obscene hip-hop," though we could have guessed that from her SNL appearance. And yeah, there's a NSFW version.

NICK LACHEY and VANESSA MINNILLO were... wait for it... caught canoodling, after breaking off their three-year relationship in June.

THE LOCKERBIE BOMBER: Set free for oil. Gordon Brown's government made the decision after discussions between Libya and BP over a multi-million-pound oil exploration deal had hit difficulties. These were resolved soon afterwards.

NORTH KOREA and IRAN: The United Arab Emirates has seized a ship believed to be carrying North Korean weapons to Iran in what is believed to be first case of disguised cargo confiscated under tightened UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad called for the prosecution of opposition leaders over the post-election turmoil, saying that senior activists currently on trial should not be the only ones punished.

THE CLEVELAND BEAR does not appear in this video, which makes it no less an awesome piece of journalism.

A BEAR escapes a skate park in Snowmass.

TICK SALIVA: Cure for cancer?

HEATHCLIFFE, the giant burrowing cockroach, may be world's heaviest insect.

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RIP Ellie Greenwich, Tortoise, Summer Songs, Cutout Bin, Cat Massage   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 28, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with ELLIE GREENWICH!  In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time included six by Ellie Greenwich and her husband and writing partner, Jeff Barry - more than by any other songwriting team. (And those only scratch the surface.)  She died a heart attack at a New York hospital on Wednesday, at age 68.  Without Greenwich, e may never have had "Be My Baby," "Da Doo Ron Ron," "Hanky Panky," "Do Wah Diddy," "Leader of the Pack," "I Can Hear Music," and "River Deep, Mountain High," to name just a few.

TORTOISE stopped by the World Cafe for a twofer streaming via NPR.

SUMMER SONGS: NPR listeners share their selections.  The latest are from the The Four Preps and The Four Seasons, but if you scroll to the end of the story, you'll find links to a bunch of others, including "Brandy (You're a Fine Girl)".

VIVA VOCE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set.

THE DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT is streaming their debut album, In Deference To A Broken Back. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MORE THAN A FEELING: Boston, or Paul Rudd and David Wain with Of Montreal? Pick em!

NOMO did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to MAGNET about his four-CD boxed set, Walking On A Wire: 1968-2009: "One would like to think that one is more than a mere box-unboxable. But a box is good enough for now, anyway."

CHICAGO ROCKED: At Gaper's Block, Ex-DJ James VanOsdol writes about the Chicago music scene in the 1990's, and hopes you will fund a book about it.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Tom Jones to Iggy Pop, from Bob Dylan to the Trashmen, from the Faces to the Hindu Love Gods, plus Elvis Costello, King Khan and the Shrines, XTC, She and Him, Flock of Seagulss and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Horrors! This weekend's wide releases are The Final Destination (often in 3-D), and Rob Zombie's Halloween 2 (2), neither of which was screened for critics. Caveat emptor.

MISCHA BARTON talks about her hospitalization in TimeOut NY. But does she say anything?

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dermatologist Arnold Klein knows there is a possibility that Jacko's two older kids could be biologically linked to him, his lawyer admits.

JASON BIGGS (American Pie) cut short his holiday in Europe after being attacked by one of Gibraltar's famous monkeys.

DEREK JETER and MINKA KELLY secretly engaged?

AVRIL LAVIGNE headed for divorce?

JOHN MAYER offered a 25K charitable donation for the publication of a mug shot that was taken following his arrest several years ago.  The Internet obliged.

WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE has a new trailer online. 

EVAN RACHEL WOOD may be a lesbian vampire. On television, anyway.

PARKER POSEY has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

MADONNA was booed in Bucharest after she told them to be nice to gypsies.

SIR JOHN GIELGUD had a thing for Iggy Pop.

AFGHANISTAN: In his bid for re-election, Pres. Karzai has surrounded himself with checkered figures who could bring him votes: warlords suspected of war crimes, corruption and trafficking in the country's lucrative poppy crop. But none is as influential as Marshal Fahim, his running mate, who may be involved in drug trafficking.

SO, your cat wants a massage?

A MARMOT INVASION has Alpine farmers in Germany's southern Allgäu region claiming the rodents have become a fuzzy plague.

AXOLOTL: The amphibian that never grew up is on the verge of going extinct in the wild. And it's oddly charming.

OPOSSUMS ARE TRICKY: Exhibit A. Exhibit B.

MONKEY has two mommies.

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Elvis Costello + Allen Toussaint, HEALTH, The National, Nessie   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIANT DRAG: Annie Hardy has "Stuff to Live For" beyond Silly String.

ELVIS COSTELLO joins ALLEN TOUSSAINT for a NPR set including "Mother-in-Law," "Fortune Teller" and a very personal version of "Southern Nights."

HEALTH did three free songs for Daytrotter. 

THE NATIONAL: Magnet makes claims for their five most overrated and underrated songs, with embedded audio.

WEIRD SUMMER: A mixtape you can stream or download from Aquarium Drunkard.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS take a ride in an "Electric Car," from the upcoming DVD/CD set, Here Comes Science.

THE XX talks to The Quietus about their debut album, and their accidentally classic sound. Videos embedded at the link, too.

PETE TOWNSHEND is writing another rock opera.

OF MONTREAL: kevin Barnes talks to Blurt about his earliest influences and more...

PANDA BEAR of Animal Collective talks to Entertainment Weekly, icluding some bits about his next solo album.

MICHAEL JACKSON CONSPIRACY THEORY: Footage that purports to show Jacko stepping out a L.A. coroner's van after his death is circulating on the web.

CHRIS BROWN and RHIANNA had a history of violence, court documents reveal.

BRADGELINA: Trouble in paradise?

LINDSAY LOHAN seems to think she knows who burglarized her Hollywood Hills home.  Law enforcement is looking at the possibility the burglars who hit Lindsay Lohan are the same people who broke into Audrina Patridge's Los Angeles pad.

MEGAN FOX has apparently signed up to play Catwoman in the next Batman film, according to the ever-reliable Sun. Not betting on that.

MADONNA has released a teaser video for "Celebration," featuring DJ Paul Oakenfold abd boytoy Jesus Luz.

SOUL TRAIN is coming to the big screen.

KIRSTEN DUNST, a year and a half removed from rehab, was spotted stumbling drunk at the Tropicana bar at the Roosevelt hotel in L.A. on August 18.

RUSSIA acknowledged for the first time that a ship hijacked in the Baltic Sea might have been carrying a suspicious cargo, deepening the mystery around its seizure.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS dealt a blow to an al-Qaeda-linked network made up of university graduates and businessmen with the recent arrests of 44 suspected members, the Interior Ministry said.

IRAN could have the ability to strike most of Europe with a ballistic missile within three or four years if it made an all-out push, according to the former head of Israel's missile defense program.

IRAQ and Syria have both recalled their ambassadors in a deepening rift over claims Damascus was harbouring militants who bombed Baghdad.  CNN goes inside al Qaeda's underground torture bunkersAbdul-Aziz al-Hakim, one of Iraq's most influential politicians, died Wednesday in Iran, the country that was long his key ally.


THE LOCH NESS MONSTER located by Google Earth? Oh, sure.

LAKE EYRE LADY DRAGONS avoid sex with over-enthusiastic lovers by showing them their bright orange undies.

POLAR BEARS have shrunk over the last century, according to research.

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Pearl Jam, Gordon Gano, Jones St. Station, Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEARL JAM released a video for "The Fixer" from their upcoming Supersonic album.

GORDON GANO (Violent Femmes) is streaming new solo tracks.

IMOGENE HEAP talks to the Telegraph about her songwriting and recording methods, her virtual fan base, and more... Her new LP is streaming in full this week at Spinner.

THE JONES STREET STATION brought their Americana to Daytrotter for four free songs.

BILL CALLAHAN, the artist formerly known as Smog, talks to Filter.

EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so.

FIERY FURNACES: Matthew Friedberger talks to the Asheville Citizen-Times about the new album, the band's prolific output, etc.

FRIENDLY FIRES talk to the Guardian about attracting notice.

THE ELLIOTT SCHOOL has produced a string of hot bands in Britain, but its future is uncertain.

THE BED-IN returns, 40 years later, to Central Park.

MICHAEL JACKSON's doctor reportedly waited 82 minutes before dialing 911.  But Jacko's family is taking a look in the mirror, too.

GWYNETH PALTROW is trying to convince Chris Martin to leave Coldplay? Too good to check.

MELANIE GRIFFITH is back in rehab. Her rep calls it part of a routine plan.

JENNIFER ANISTON won't date a normal guy. Shocka.

PAULA ABDUL is hosting VH1 Divas next month.

JESSICA BIEL has been named "the Most Dangerous Celebrity on the Web" by McAfee, who say searches for her name lead to the most viruses.  Nice PR play by the software company.

PAKISTAN: The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead, two of his senior commanders have told the BBC.  Next up: Hakeemullah Mehsud.

AFGHANISTAN's finance minister claimed victory on Monday for Pres. Karzai in last week's presidential election but, with no official figures released, the claim was rejected by his main rival's camp. The United Nations called on all candidates and voters to be patient while authorities investigate allegations of fraud in the poll.

IRAQ: The head of the US-trained Iraqi National Intelligence Service has quit in a long-running quarrel with Prime Minister al-Maliki -- depriving that country of a key leader in the fight against sectarian terrorism. The chaotic conditions in Iraq that triggered the resignation are illustrated by several recent events -- each of which suggests that without the backstop of US support, Iraqi authorities are now desperately vulnerable to pressure, especially from neighboring Iran.

KITTEH SAY YUM: Let's go to the video.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Amazing Kung-Fu Squirrel pics.

LIVE TURKEYS busted as drug mules in Peru.

COW TONGUE MYSTERIES are stirring up curiosity across the country.

WHEN COWS ATTACK: The deaths of no fewer than four people after being trampled by cows in the past two months has prompted Britain's main farming union to issue a warning about the dangers of provoking the normally docile animals.

FUGITIVE PARROT nabbed in Portsmouth, NH.

BRET FAVRE GOAT saved from slaughter!

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