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St Vincent, Rock the Garden, Wilco, Secret Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark made her network TV debut playing "Marrow" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

ROCK THE GARDEN: The Current hosts highlights of a lineup including The Decemberists, Calexico, Yeasayer, and Solid Gold.

DIXIE BEE-LINERS stopped by WSKU, so NPR has the audio and video.

BJORK is the Guest DJ for the latest edition of All Songs Considered.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to TIME, while Paste devoted a day to the band.

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN' as pop-cultural touchstone: 'The Sopranos' used the 1981 Journey hit as its swan song, but the tune itself lives on in movies, TV and theater as the go-to show closer. BONUS: What was Ellen Page thinking?

JENS LEKMAN contracted Swine Flu. Yes, really. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

ALT-COUNTRY WEEK continues at Drowned In Sound, with features on Silver Jews, Will Oldham, and London's alt-country scene.

THE TWILIGHT SAD has preview tracks from their upcoming LP and a feature at ClashMusic.

CULT of the iPOD: When the Sony Walkman was launched, 30 years ago this week, it started a revolution in portable music. But how does it compare with its digital successors? The Magazine invited 13-year-old Scott Campbell to swap his iPod for a Walkman for a week.

MICHAEL JACKSON IS STILL DEAD, and his children's biological father is Arnold Klein, Jackson's L.A.-based dermatologist. Jackson never adopted his three children, either. On a funnier note, Jacko cut his dad out of his will. Jackson's body will return to his Neverland Ranch on Thursday morning for a public viewing Friday.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA got into a fight Saturday night in Las Vegas after an unidentified woman threw a drink at the tennis ace.

SIMON COWELL's "American Idol" contract negotiations are leaking out and the numbers are eye-popping.

JOAN JETT made KRISTEN STEWART to burst into tears on the set of upcoming biopic "The Runaways."

SARAH JESSICA PARKER & MATTHEW BRODERICK are showing off their new twins.

WEB SITE STORY: When you're on the 'net...

PAKISTAN: The Taliban in North Waziristan have ended a peace agreement with the government, putting in jeopardy the military's plan to isolate Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan. Terrorist groups banned by Pakistan, including the Lashker-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed, are expanding operations and recruitment in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, according to a secret government report.

IRAN: The Lede is still updating on the continuing crackdown and disappearing dissidents in the Islamic Theocracy after the apparently stolen, rigged election.

IRAQ: Kirk Johnson, a former US government official in Iraq, has spent the last two years trying to save Iraqis who worked for the US as interpreters, embassy workers, subcontractors, and in other jobs, and as a result were forced into hiding, tortured, raped, or killed by insurgents and militia. His passion to protect those targeted for death is so fierce he's been compared to Oskar Schindler, the German businessman who saved Jews from Nazi death camps.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel involved in a murder plot tries to hide from police questioning.

ORPHAN IGUANA stolen from Iowa rescue center.

THE DOG ATE my checks. And my passport.

ULTIMATE CAT LADY: 46-year-old South African Riana Van Nieuwenhuizen shares her home with 4 orphaned cheetahs, 5 lions and 2 tigers.

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Feelies, New Releases, Neil Young & Sir Paul, Moonwalkin Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FEELIES played Chicago's Millenium Park last night, their first reunion date in Chicago.  There's no video online yet, but there are still clips of last year's reunion, including indoor video of "Let's Go," "Slipping (into something)," "Raised Eyebrows," "Away,"  "Doin' It Again," the new song "Time is Right" (w/ cowbell!) and the Stones' "Paint It Black."  Our show picked up momentum like a snowball rolled downhill, turning the area in front of the seating into a pogo pit by the time the band closed their set with "Crazy Rhythms."  And they kept it on "10" for an encore of REM's "Carnival of Sorts (Boxcars)," "Fa Ci la" and the Velvet Underground's "What Goes On," and a second encore of "Paint It Black."

NEW RELEASES: The Donnas, Moby and Levon Helm are among those albums streaming in full this week via Spinner.

CASS McCOMBS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

FLEET FOXES have a new song, "Blue Spotted Tail," downloadable via Pitchfork.

MARIA TAYLOR gave a Tiny Desk Concert while NPR's Bob Boilen was on vacation.

PAUL McCARTNEY joined NEIL YOUNG for "A Day in the Life" last Saturday in Hyde Park.

ALT-COUNTRY WEEK kicks off at Drowned In Sound with plenty of embedded video.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste talks to Pitchfork about taking the band's new LP on the road.

FRANZ FEDINAND's Alex Kapranos has a video interview at NME about this year's Glastonbury fest.

MYSTIC RIVER BAND guitarist Taylor Hollingsworth talks to the Lexington Courier-Journal about lucking into a gig with Conor Oberst.

MICHAEL JACKSON IS STILL DEAD: The Sun ran fabricated autopsy results?  Who'da thunkit!? A custody battle looms over the kids who may or may not have been fathered by Jacko. Lisa Marie Presley says more than she probably ever has about her late ex-husband.  E! Online looks for Jacko's animals.

BILLY MAYS IS STILL DEAD, from a pulmonary embolism, according to the coroner in Tampa, Fla., who announced preliminary autopsy results at a press conference Monday. So the speculation about the head injury during last weekend's rough plane landing did not pan out.

MEGAN FOX & SHIA LeBEOUF are certainly fanning the gossip fires when it comes to reports they're an item.

HEATH LEDGER: Vanity Fair investigates why the late actor was so ambivalent about his own stardom, and what happened at the end of his life.

STAN LEE does a cameo in all of the Marvel comic-book pictures; Collider claims to know what he's doing in Iron Man 2.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS has a new trailer posted at Fandango.

FRED TRAVALENA, the master impressionist and singer whose broad repertoire of voices ranged from Jack Nicholson to Sammy Davis Jr. to Bugs Bunny, has died. He was 66.

NORTH KOREA: The US Air Force says it has successfully launched an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile from a California base, firing it to targets in the Pacific Ocean, in a story that carefully avoids any mention of North Korea.

IRAN: The Lede is still updating on the aftermath of the apparently stolen, rigged election in the Islamic theocracy.

IRAQ: As US troops move on, Iraqis fear the coming turmoil.


50 ANIMALS in fake beards.

PABST the BOXER was named the World's Ugliest Dog (non-purebred category) at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Northern California.

THE SWARM: An urban bee-wrangler says a swarm of at least 8000 honeybees will be getting a new home after causing a buzz of excitement on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

A PENGUIN did not make it to the washroom in time.

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Wilco, Diane Birch, Sky Saxon, Drunk Monkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 29, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO is advance streaming their album via NPR. The band played "You Never Know" for Conan last week.

UNCLE TUPELO: PopMatters looks back on five days in March of 1992, before the birth of Wilco, when Jeff Tweedy and Jay Farrar quietly altered the geography of the burgeoning alt-country music scene.

DIANE BIRCH played the World Cafe on Friday; you gan stream the gig on demand via NPR.

LONEY DEAR stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand.

SOUL SIBLINGS: Oliver Wang (of Soul-Sides) selects tracks from soul brothers and sisters for NPR.

SKY SAXON, lead singer and founder of the 1960s band the Seeds, which had a Top 40 hit in 1967 with "Pushin' Too Hard," died Thursday at a hospital in Austin, Texas, after a brief illness.

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore talks to the Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot about the new album and the oddity of the Starbucks compilation disc.

STEVE EARLE tells the Cincinnati Inquirer that  "Townes," the album of songs written by the late Townes Van Zandt, is a road map of his career.

TINY VIPERS: Jesy Fortino talks to Decider about finding space in music, real chamber reverb, and mythical things in everyday life.

BEST OF 2009 (so far) according to Steve LaBate at Paste.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Leaked autopsy details show the singer's hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds - believed to be the result of injections of narcotic painkillers, given three times a day for years. The Jackson family hired a private pathologist for a second autopsy on the performer's body, suggesting distrust of officials or more interest in any role Jackson's physician may have played.  The attorney for Dr. Conrad Murray -- the pop icon's personal physician who was by the singer's side in his final moments -- said the doctor did not inject Jackson with Demerol before he died. NPR looked at the mess of Jackson's estate.  The former nanny is telling the Times of London about how Jackson's family and the Nation of Islam - Louis Farrakhan's black Muslims - were moving swiftly into the vacuum left by his death.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers 2 reled the cinema with 112 million; the five-day total since opening is 201.2 million.  That's the second-best five day opening in history, behind only The Dark Knight's 203 million. It's also already earned over 100 million at the foreign box office.  The Proposal -- last weekend's champ --  dropped 45 percent to bring in 18.4 million; with a 69 million total to date, it is already Bullock's biggest domestic gross since Two Weeks Notice in 2002.  The Hangover hung in with another 17.2 million and now has a domestic haul of 183.2 million on a 35 million budget. Up took a hit, dropping 44 percent with 13 million -- but crossed the 250 million mark anyway.  The debut of My Sister's Keeper rounds out the Top Five with 12 million.  Below the fold Year One taked 70 percent, making only 5.8 million.  The Taking of Pellham 1 2 3 also continued to bomb.  Overall, the Top 12 did about 34 percent over last weekend and about ten percent over last year.

BILLY MAYS, the TV pitchman whose trademark voice helped sell everything from cleaning supplies to baking soda, was found dead Sunday morning by his wife at his Tampa home. Internet speculation swirls about a possible head injury from a recent rough plane landing.

EDDIE VAN HALEN married Janie Liszewski, his girlfriend of three years, on Saturday night.

MEGAN FOX: The London schoolboy left looking unhappy after being snubbed by Transformers star Megan Fox is being flown out to receive an apology and finally meet his idol.

THE HURT LOCKER, about an explosives disposal unit in Iraq, opened to good reviews in limited release.  Here's the trailer.

FARRAH FAWCETT's funeral is set fot tomorrow.

JEFF GOLDBLOOM: Reports of his death are greatly exaggerated.

TOPHER GRACE was... wait for it... caught canoodling Vanessa Minnillo, just days after announcing her breakup with Nich Lachey.

IRAN: The Lede returns today with more updates on the protests in Iran. The Washington Post covers the inspiring example of protesting Iranian women, both inside and outside the Islamic theocracy.

PAKISTAN has put bounties on the heads of some -- but not all -- of the senior Taliban leadership.

AFGHANISTAN: The Afghan police force will be expanded by an additional 10,000 officers. US envoy Richard Holbrooke described anti-drug efforts in Afghanistan as a failure.

THE ALCOHOLIC MONKEYS OF ST. KITTS: Let's go to the video.

MEGA-PIRANHA lived about 8 million to 10 million years ago and might have been quite comfortable stalking cartoon animals in an "Ice Age" movie.

MISS ELLIE wins title of World's Ugliest Pedigree Dog.

TRIPOD the KITTEH survives appalling injuries and surgery at two weeks old.

MAN & DOG plunge into a fecal lagoon at Kramfors-Sollefteå airport in Sweden.

THAI ELEPHANTS were painted black and white to look like the pandas who have stolen all their fans.

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Michael Jackson, Regina Spektor, Son Volt, Cutout Bin, Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 26, 2009 - 02:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MICHAEL JACKSON, who died at  50, after suffering a cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon. I can't say was ever a fan, but there is no denying his hits with the Jackson 5, like  "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "Never Can Say Goodbye," and solo hits like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," and "Billie Jean," which not only broke the color barrier at MTV, but also ushered in an era of big-budget videos that may have peaked with the John Landis-directed "Thriller," the title track of the mega-seller that also spawned smashes like "Beat It." At his peak, Jackson was a phenomenon to rank with Sinatra or Presley, making his descent to a sick, pathetic figure of tabloid curiousity all the more morbid.  More at Rolling Stone,  TIME and the NYT.

REGINA SPEKTOR has an interview+tracks with NPR's Morning Edition. Plus, NPR is still streaming her new album at the moment.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to the Washington Examiner about the origins of his current solo lP, which is streaming in full through the weekend at Spinner.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the songwriting on the upcoming American Central Dust LP, and provides the advance track, "Down to the Wire."

SONIC YOUTH: Thurston Moore chats up TimeOut Chicago, while Steve Shelley talks to the Detroit Free Press.

JASON LYTLE: "It's the Weekend." And not a moment too soon.

AMANDA PALMER: "How an indie musician can make 19K in 10 hours using Twitter." (Thx, LHB.)

THOSE DARLINS talk to The Tennesseean about recording in Brooklyn. Click-trough for the DarlinSpace link, too.

PHIL SPECTOR is hoping to get a few comforts of home in his new prison cell, and a television, iPod and computer access are at the top of his list.

OTTER, with friend of Pate Scott Jasper, is playing 5-8 p.m. at Bandshell Park in Ames, IA. Be there or be square! Guys wear ties, gals wear dresses!

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Frankie Valli to the MC5, from Paul Simon to the Dead Boys, from William Shatner to Johnny Thunders, plus Bob Seger, the Jackson 5, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Titch, Saron Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Smiths, Big Star and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

MEGAN FOX suffers "anxiety attacks" when she looks at herself, which makes it close to unanimous. She also claims the hardest aspect of being in the limelight is learning to keep her opinions to herself, which does seem to be a problem for her.  Meanwhile, Kodak is offerring 5K to the first person who can provide verifiable information that enables Kodak to connect the snubbed "flower boy" with the actress... did Gawker find him?

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, which opened on Wednesday and is scoring 22 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and counter-programming from My Sister's Keeper, which is currently scoring 42 percent.

ANGELINA JOLIE is said to be furious that Transformers starlet Megan Fox has been tipped to nab her leading role in the next Tomb Raider film... according to the evr reliable Sun.

MARILYN MANSON tells SPIN that his heartbreak inspires fantasies about killing ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood.

MARLON BRANDO was seduced by Jackie O in 1964, according to a new book, which also purports to reveal a post- assassination affair with RFK.

FARRAH FAWCETT, a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee, died of cancer Thursday morning at 62.  Farrah was the face, body and hair of the 1970s, but she tried to be more, and occasionally succeeded.

JOHNNY DEPP was in Chicago for the red carpet screening of "Public Enemies," and tipped "the waiter to the stars" at Gibsons four grand.

WATCHMEN: the Director's Cut will play at four select movie theaters in L.A. Dallas, Minneapolis and NY next month.

THE RUNAWAYS: Scout Taylor-Compton has been cast as Lita Ford alongside Kristen Stewart (Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning (Cherie) in the pic based on the true story of the all-girl proto-glam-punk band.

NORTH KOREA vowed Thursday to enlarge its atomic arsenal and warned of a "fire shower of nuclear retaliation" in the event of a US attack, as the regime marked the 1950 outbreak of the Korean War.

IRAN: The Lede is still updating on the increasing crackdown on dissenters in the Islamic theocracy in the wake of an apparently stolen, rigged election. The doctor who tried to save Neda after she was shot at a protest talked to the BBC.

PAKISTAN: Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud was at the funeral of a terror commander but left before a suspected US drone attack that killed 80 people, residents in South Waziristan say.

ALLIGATOR VS. WATERMELON: It's the Gallagher of gators!

A MONKEY urinated on Zambian President Rupiah Banda as he spoke to reporters outside his State House offices on Wednesday.

A CAT survives being skewered by a crossbow arrow. Pic at the link. 

A MARMOT wandered in the front door of a restaurant in Prosser, WA on Monday and settled into a corner. It's no coincidence that marmots are related to squirrels.

AUSSIE WALLABIES are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around "as high as a kite", a government official has said.

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The Antlers, White Lies, Love Is All, Baby Sea Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ELVIS COSTELLO played "Sulphur to Sugarcane" for Conan.

THE ANTLERS played the Black Cat in Washington, DC back in March, but you can stream the gig on demand now.

WHITE LIES did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter at SxSW.

LOVE IS ALL also did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

DIRTY PROJECTORS' van flipped when they were traveling from Michigan to Toronto. The band is OK, but is cancelling some shows.

PETULA CLARK goes "Downtown" on TOTP. The lights are much brighter there.

NxNE: CBC Radio 3 is streaming an evening at the fest with Woodpigeon, Jason Collett and more...

PATRICK WOLF talks to Decider about fan funding his latest album, The Bachelor.

SCOTT MILLER talks to the Austin American-Statesman about fan financing his latest album.

WILCO: Former guitarist Jay Bennett died of an overdose of a pain killer, a coroner said Tuesday; authorities are viewing his death as accidental.

RACHEL HUNTER has been left devastated after her fiance Jarret Stoll called off their engagement by emailing guests informing them the August 14 nuptials were off. Like you don't know exactly where I'm going.

PEREZ HILTON now regrets using a slur against Will.I.Am, but remains offended at the suggestion he shouldn't have done that.

JOHN & KATE: Ironically, in the wake of the on-air divorce declaration, the entire Gosselin clan is finally residing in their multimillion- dollar Pennsylvania home together. Although TLC announced Tuesday that it was pulling the plug on the remaining new episodes of the hit series, the show will resume on Aug. 3 with Jon's gf Deanna on board.


ELLEN DeGENERES & PORTIA de ROSSI haven't caught the baby bug, and might never.

JONATHAN RHYS-MEYERS was detained by French police on Saturday afternoon following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted an airport lounge employee while drunk.

GLENN CLOSE jammed baby carrots into her mouth for Jimmy Fallon.

TRANSFORMERS 2 is out in US theaters now, so I thought I'd mention that it's getting a 20 percent score on the ol' Tomatometer -- which won't stop it from earning a gazillion dollars.

EMMA WATSON does not have a 'burning passion' for acting and may give up her film career once she finishes playing Harry's school chum Hermione.

JAMES CAMERON screened 24 minutes of his highly-anticipated Avatar at the Cinema Expo in Amsterdam.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: Documents gathered by lawyers for the families of Sept. 11 victims provide new evidence of extensive financial support for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups by members of the Saudi royal family, but the material may never find its way into court because of legal and diplomatic obstacles.

IRAN: The Lede continues to be a go-to blog for updates on the incresingly bloody aftermath oof the Islamic theocracy's election crisis.  Tehran Bureau has a backgrounder on some of the lesser-known players in this political drama.

PAKISTAN: Eighty-three Taliban fighters were killed in yesterday's Predator strike that targeted senior Taliban leadership.

BABY SEA LION rescued on a highway in Oakland, CA.

WILD TURKEY engineers a manure truck crash in NY.

COW dies in a plane crash in TX.

HOGS instead of cars populated I-430 in Arkansas after an 18-wheeler flipped on its side, sending its cargo of 90 hogs onto the freeway and into the woods.

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