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Three Dog Night, Rolling Stones, Cutout Bin, Chimp + Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! The guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

SUMMER FLING, DON'T MEAN A THING?  Oliver Wang streams songs for saying goodbye to your summer sweetheart.

THE BANNED ROLLING STONES DOCUMENTARY with the nsfw title is now streaming on the Internet.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Newsweek about the recording of the upcoming Embryonic, and his influences--ranging from Jean Cocteau to Gwen Stefani. Embedded audio at the link.

ALISON MOSSHART (The Kills, Dead Weather) talks to Seattle Weekly and Straight.

THE BUGGLES: "Video Killed the Radio Star," live in 2004. Because it launched MTV 32 years ago this month.

THE GROWN-UP'S GUIDE TO INDIE ROCK, according to the Santa Barbara Independent. It's pretty good, but I'm old.

CAMERA OBSCURA frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell talks to The Tripwire about David Lynch and heartbreak. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ELBOW frontman Guy Garvey talks to the BBC about the band's next album and opening for U2.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From REM to Led Zeppelin, from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, from Queen to Booker T and the MGs, plus the Who, the Go-Gos, AC/DC, Camper Van Beethoven, the bEach Boys and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Inglourious Basterds, which is currently scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Robert Rodriguez's family flick Shorts, currently scoring 36 percent; Post Grad, scoring 7 percent, and X-Games 3-D, scoring 20 percent.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS disappointed me.  Don't get me wrong -- a disappointing Quentin Tarantino movie is still better than most.  But this was more a good movie with great moments than a great one with patchy moments.  My primary problem was with the pacing, which is about one of the last things I ever expected to write about a Tarantino movie.  Too often, when the script is trying to create tension, I just was not feeling it.  As a consequence, the scenes with Tarantino-esque dialogue and the trademark Mexican standoffs seemed too few and far between. Of the actors, Christoph Waltz is probably the standout as Col. Hans Landa; the rest are fine, given the material. I just wish the material had lived up to the basic concept.

DISTRICT 9: I forgot to review this Monday, not that the movie needs my help.  A really good, though not great, sci-fi piece about aliens stranded in a government compound-turned-slum after their spacecraft is stranded above Johannesburg, South Africa.  It is not quite as gripping as I hoped, but it was not didactic or preachy about political and social issues as I feared, either. Director (and cc-writer) Neill Blomkamp remains nicely focused on story and character, primarily that of Wikus Van De Merwe, well-played by newcomer Sharlto Copley.

JASON SCHWARTZMAN, famous for his roles in Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, has tied the knot with clothing designer Brady Cunningham.

JENNIFER ANISTON feels rejected and upset after Bradley Cooper ditched her for Renee Zellweger.

JUDE LAW did not remember his baby mama. Classy.

THE WOLFMAN, starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins and Hugo Weaving, has a trailer online.

AVATAR, the upcoming movie from director James Cameron, has a teaser trailer online.

VH-1 REALITY contestant Ryan Alexander Jenkins, wanted for questioning about the daeth of his wife, Playboy model Jasmine Fiore, reportedly has escaped to Canada by foot. Fiore's body was stuffed in a suitcase and placed in a dumpster in Orange County, CA. Jenkins was the last person to see her and the one who reported her missing.  A text message from Fiore's ex-bf may be a clue. UPDATE: Authorities in Orange County have charged Jenkins with his wife's mutilation-murder and obtained a warrant for his arrest, as truly gruesome details of the crime emerge.

YELLOW SUBMARINE remake? That is all shades of wrong.

SCOTLAND: The man convicted of murdering 270 people by blowing Pan Am flight 103 out of the sky above the Scottish town of Lockerbie two decades ago was on his way home to Libya on Thursday after authorities set him free. He spent 11.57 days in prison per victim.

AFGHANISTAN: Polls opened Thursday morning, as the war-ravaged nation held its second-ever presidential and provincial council elections.

IRAQ's prime minister has ordered a security review after the deadliest series of attacks in the country this year left 95 people dead in Baghdad.

CHIMP WASHES BEARS: Let's go to the video.

PYTHON in a SHOPPING BAG: Serious, I know.

A HUMPBACK WHALE high-fives a diver.

JURASSIC SQUID still had ink!

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Cracker, Imogene Heap, "I Get Around", Nora the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THOSE DARLINS' have new animated clip for "Red Light Love."

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

IMOGENE HEAP is streaming her new album.

MEW is streaming their new album, too.

I GET AROUND: The Lovin' Spoonful's John Sebastian walks NPR through the Beach Boys classic, and how it compares to Bach's choral church music.

R.E.M.: "Supernatural Superserious."

HOPE SANDOVAL, formerly of Mazzy Star, has a new song, "Trouble," streaming via Entertainment Weekly.

NAME THAT SCREAM: NPR is streaming -- and running a contest around -- six of 74 classic rock screams from a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl disc from artist LeRoy Stevens.

THE BEATLES catalog has been remastered. Again. Beatles News has a highly detailed report of the painstaking work this time around. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

PATRICK WOLF is profiled by the Times of London.

BRITNEY SPEARS delivered Letterman's Top 10 list Tuesday night.

McSLEAZY E! Online has plenty of dish on Kari Ann Peniche, the other woman in the NSFW video featuring Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart.

MICHAEL JACKSON: The King of Merch. "Whenever any big star dies, there's always going to be a mad rush to make a cheap buck," says Caspar Llewellyn-Smith, editor of the Observer Music Monthly magazine. Mean while, Jacko's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks, a law enforcement source told FOXNews.

ROBERT PATTINSON says he does not have a girlfriend, though he's been spotted canoodling with Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart lately.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE choreographer Alex Da Silva was arrested yesterday on a bunch of sex-crime charges involving four different women he tutored.

QUENTIN TARANTINO & ELI ROTH talk Inglourious Basterds, screenwriting, dating, etc. with each other.

A VH-1 REALITY SHOW CONTESTANT is a person of interest in the murder of a Playboy representative who was found dead and stuffed in a suitcase in Orange County.

JON HAMM has joined the cast of "Sucker Punch," an action fantasy Zack Snyder ("300", "Watchmen") is directing for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.

PAKISTAN's army may require months to prepare for a new military offensive against the Taliban in a restive region along the country's unsettled border with Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani general on Tuesday told President Obama's envoy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region according to senior Pakistani officials.

AFGHANISTAN has ordered Western and domestic media to impose a blackout on coverage of violence during the upcoming presidential election, saying it did not want Afghans to be frightened away from the polls.

IRAQ: At least 95 people were killed and hundreds injured by a series of co-ordinated bomb attacks in Baghdad. A steady escalation of attacks since the US troop withdrawals has sparked fears of a resurgence of violence ahead of next year's national elections.

NORA the CAT performed live -- briefly -- on the Today Show.

ORPHANED HEDGEHOGS, adopting a cleaning brush as their mother...

A FERRET was seen running amok in downtown Port Angeles on Thursday, startling customers and business owners as it made a mad dash for safety.

PIMP MY OSTRICH: Carnivores have been blamed for global warming, deforestation, water pollution, and water overuse. Could farming ostriches and other game animals be the solution?

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Tim Buckley, Alec Ounsworth, Top of the 2000s, Horse vs Racecar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HORRORS have a video for "Mirror's Image" that is literal, and old skool, but effective.

TIM BUCKLEY, Live at the Folklore Center, NYC, is advance streaming via NPR.

ALEC OUNSWORTH of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah does five free songs for Daytrotter, all previously unreleased.

TOP TRACKS OF THE 2000s: Pitchfork's countdown continues, with scads of embedded audio.

GORILLA vs. BEAR also lists their top albums and top songs of the decade.

R.B. GREAVES: "Take a Letter, Maria."

THEFT OF THE DIAL: The Dead Weather (minus Jack White) guest DJs at The Current.

JAY REATARD talks to Paste about his new LP Watch Me Fall, his abiding appreciation for Devo, and his fear of turning into the next Brian Wilson.

DAVID BYRNE refuses to reunite his old band, but his music career is still going strong. Then there's his travel book and his bicycle racks.

CHARLOTTE HATHERLEY talks to The Dumbing of America about her unique sound, playing with Ash and Bat for Lashes, her upcoming solo LP, etc.

QUENTIN TARANTINO lists his favorite 20 movies since 1992, and the blogosphere freaks out.

McSLEAZY: Eric Dane and Rebecca Gayheart did not have sex with Kari Ann Peniche - but according to Peniche, they had plenty of fun. Lawyers are already in motion over the video that leaked on the Internet.

CELINE DION is pregnant with her second child at 41.

PAULA ABDUL hints that some sort of post-AI deal is in the works ... but she wouldn't say with who.

ROBIN WRIGHT PENN filed for divorce after telling More magazine that she had no plans to reconcile with husband Sean Penn.

MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE, produced by David Lynch and directed by the awesome Werner Herzog, now has a trailer online.


MONTY PYTHON is reuniting in New York in the fall for an event to mark the group's 40th anniversary and to promote a documentary. A six-hour version of the documentary will have its premiere on IFC on Oct. 18.

ZOMBIES would most likely wipe out humanity if they really existed, claim scientists.

IRAN: A top nuclear official denied stating that Tehran was ready to hold talks with the West on its atomic program "without preconditions."

PAKISTAN: The captured spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban has told interrogators that Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US missile strike earlier this month. But who knows, really.

IRAQ: US troops could be forced to withdraw a year ahead of schedule under a referendum the Iraqi government backed Monday, creating a potential complication for American commanders concerned about rising violence in the country's north.

WILD HORSE vs. RACE CAR: Who you got?

MOTOLA the ELEPHANT steps out happily - if a little tentatively - after being fitted with a state-of-the-art artificial limb.

A DELINQUENT COD attacks a bather at a lake... in Darwin.

CAMEL SPIDERS found in Colorado. Did they come from Iraq?

DOGS know when you're lying about treats.

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New Releases, The Drums, Crowded House, Pig Rodeo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DRUMS: "Let's Go Surfin'." Is everybody learnin' how?

NEW RELEASES: Brendan Benson, Richard Thompson, The Lovely Feathers, P^ssed Jeans, Simian Mobile Disco and more are streaming this week via Spinner. 

THE TOP 500 TRACKS OF THE 2000s are being counted down at Pitchfork, with embedded audo.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Radiohead, Modest Mouse, Lou Barlow, Sonre Lerche and more are featured in the current installment of the long-running series.

THE DEVIL MAKES THREE stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set in audio and video.

CROWDED HOUSE, which hit the Top Ten twice in 1987 with "Don't Dream It's Over" and "Something So Strong," are your Twofer Tuesday.

LEONARD COHEN is profiled by Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker.

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

THE BEST POP FOR FALL 2009, according to the Times of London.

WOODSTOCK PLUS 40: Young people prefer Michael Jackson, The Beatles and the Stones to Nirvana, Coldplay and Kanye West.

McSLEAZY: Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy's "Dr. McSteamy"), his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, and beauty-queen-turned-Hollywood-madam Kari Ann Peniche have a NSFW video.

MICHAEL JACKSON will be finally laid to rest on Aug. 29, on what would have been the King of Pop's 51st birthday, according to creepy dad Joe.

JESSICA SIMPSON to replace Paula Abdul on American Idol? That's the idea being pushed by her creepy dad Joe.

KRISTEN STEWART and ROBERT PATTINSON: The Twilight co-stars were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera at a Kings of Leon concert in Vancouver.

MADONNA along with her boytoy Jesus Luz is in the Italian Riviera resort of Portofino Monday to celebrate her 51st birthday.

BRAD PITT will not be joining the cast of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes, contrary to tabloid reports.

PAKISTAN has drawn up a big list of military purchases from the US, but what's worrying India is that Islamabad is lobbying hard to get deadly Predator drones.

AFGHANISTAN: Al Qaeda and Taliban ally Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said his followers are ready to help the US-led coalition forces if foreign troops announce the time frame for the pulling out their troops. Sounds like a big "if."

IRAQ: America's top commander wants to deploy US soldiers alongside Iraqi and Kurdish troops in a disputed swath of northern territory following a series of horrific bombings by insurgents hoping to stoke an Arab-Kurdish conflict.

ASIAN PIG RODEO: Let's go to the video.

WHEN BEARS ATTACK a Harley-Davidson.

SHEEP and LLAMA SHOOTING under investigation in upstate New York.

A MISSING BICHON FRISE has been reunited with his owners more than nine years after going missing from his Essex home.

MAN and GATOR, frolicking together... mass hysteria!

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RIP Jim Dickinson, Copeland, Antony & the Johnsons, Dog Siblings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 17, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JIM DICKINSON, who recorded with and produced greats like Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Big Star, the Rolling Stones, The Replacements and Sam & Dave, died Saturday morning after three months of heart and intestinal bleeding problems. He was 67. That's Jim tickling the keys for Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper on "(619) 239-KING."

COPELAND did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

CULTURE REJECT also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

A SCHOOL OF ROCK has been launched by the guitarist and manager of the Flaming Lips at the University of Central Oklahoma.

CAJUN PARTY: There are "songs of summer sweat" streaming via NPR... plus a recipe for shrimp stew.

ANTONY and the JOHNSONS cover Beyonce's "Crazy In Love." Really.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to the Boston Globe about his new four-disc box set (out Tuesday), songwriting and more...

ACRTIC MONKEYS: Alex Turner talks to Spinner about some of the influences on the band's new LP.

NICK HORNBY talks to the Times of London about his collaboration with Ben Folds.

WOODSTOCK is still a thriving business, 40 years later.

BOB DYLAN was detained by police in Long Branch, NJ last month, when a young officer failed to recognize him.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: District 9 takes the top slot with 37 million on a 30 million budget.  G.I. Joe drops 59 percent to the second slot with 22.5 million; given the mammoth opening and bad reviews, it could've been worse.  Time Traveler's Wife comes in third with 19.2 million, mostly on the strength of Rachel McAdams.  Julie and Julia drops from second to fourth with 12.4 million; its 38 percent drop would be more cause for studio worry, but for the direct competition from the McAdams flick.  G-Force rounds out the Top Five, holding on as a bigger-ticket 3-D offering and the main kids' movie out now.  Below the fold, The Goods debuted in sixth, while Ponyo opened in ninth.  Indie sensation (500) Days of Summer stayed in the Top Ten in its first weekend of true wide release -- with ten Best Picture slots for this year's Oscars, who knows? And Funny People dropped out of the Top Ten in three weeks, which isn't funny at all for Universal, Adam Sandler or Judd Apatow.

ALYSSA MILANO got hitched to Hollywood agent David Bugliari at his family's estate in New Jersey on Saturday.

GEORGE MICHAEL was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving -- again -- after smashing his car into the back of a lorry.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Still not buried.

SARAH CHALKE of Scrubs and HIMYM is knocked up.

JESSICA SIMPSON and TONY ROMO: Their surprise break-up was largely a result of peer pressure from Romo's pals and Jess's love of adult beverages.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR.: Lestat in a reboot of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles?

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY is under major stress.

ISLAMISM IN THE UK: British swimming pools are imposing Muslim dress codes for "special sessions" in a move described as divisive by Labour MPs.

IRAN:  Opposition leader Mir Hussein Moussavi announced the formation of a new social and political movement on his Web site on Saturday, following through on a promise made last month and defying a renewed government campaign of intimidation aimed at him and his supporters.

PAKISTAN: The government is backing Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud's rival Haji Turkestan Bhitni's tribe, which has in recent days been battling Mehsud's tribe in its South Waziristan stronghold.  But that's likely to be ineffective -- and not much of an improvement if it works.

AFGHANISTAN: An Afghan bill allowing a husband to starve his wife if she refuses to have sex has been published in the official gazette and become law.

SIBLINGS are pretty much the same, regardless of species.

FIVE the ELEPHANT has been serenading its keepers at West Midlands Safari Park, after learning to play the harmonica. Five is already a painter.

WHEN OTTERS ATTACK: An Austrian woman on vacation in Wisconsin is getting rabies shots after she said she was bitten several times by at least two otters while swimming in a lake.

SNAILS VS. OYSTERS: Who you got, Spartacus?


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