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Hold Steady, Elk City, Jarvis Cocker, Gromit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 04, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE APPLES IN STEREO have a new animated video for "Can You Feel It?"  Chock full of ad references; the Maxell man makes a cameo.

KEITH RICHARDS, LORD of the UNDEAD:  His secret is revealed.  Keef adds, "I was No. 1 on the 'who's likely to die' list for 10 years. I mean, I was really disappointed when I fell off the list..."  UPDATE:  Keef says he was joking.  Too late, my man; the cat is out of the bag!

THE HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to MTV about recording "'Take Me Out to the Ball Game" for the Minnesota Twins.  Video of the recording at the link.  You can stream and download it at TheirSpace, which you should visit just to read their slogan.

ELK CITY: GvsB recently said this band "'sort of has a '60s girl-group-meets-the-Pixies feel,' which in fact sounds much better on record than on paper. Turns out the Village Voice thinks that frontwoman Renee LoBue sounds 'like a female Bowie engaged in a three-way with Hope Sandoval and Patti Smith.'"  The band's album comes out later this month, but you can stream a few via the HM now.

SHEARWATER frontman Jonathan Meiburg talks to Things I'd Rather Be Doing about the band's relationship with Okkervil River and being Shearwater's sole songwriter: "Oh, I'm a control freak anyway, so I love it. Now everything bad is my fault, too, which is an added bonus." (Thanks LHB.)

LET'S GO SAILING has a twofer on the World Cafe featuring "sweet-but-sad pop" from their debut, The Chaos in Order.

RAY LaMONTAGNE & DAMIEN RICE cover "To Love Someone" by the Bee Gees.  Lest you scoff, Pate covered "Nights on Broadway."

JARVIS COCKER talks to Pitchfork about a range of topics, such as the Brits' new obsession with monitoring their blood-sugar levels and music, including a funny song the title of which I will not repeat here (which is saying something).  NSFW?  You betcha!  "Don't Let Him Waste Your Time" is alright, though.

FIELD MUSIC:  The Brewis brothers write crisp songs that conjure XTC, The Jam and other sharp, edgy '80s mod-pop, but David Brewis tells DC's Express that it's purely coincidence. "The '80s, for me, weren't about XTC or The Jam; we just wouldn't have heard them. The '80s, for me, were Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush and my parents' records."  My picks to click would be "Give It, Lose It, Take It," "She Can Do What She Wants," "A House Is Not A Home" and "Closer At Hand."

YUSUF ISLAM, f/k/a CAT STEVENS reportedly refused to speak with the female guides at a recent German event because they weren't veiled -- despite being there to accept an honor for building bridges between Eastern and Western cultures.  Guess the bridge isn't a two-way passage.

PETE DOHERTY-KATE MOSS UPDATE:  An intimate three-minute video of the troubled singer serenading the supposedly sober supermodel has made it on to the Internet.  It ends with Moss calling Doherty "f***face."  Video at the link or direct via the Tube.

THE McCARTNEYS:  You can hear Heather Mills get all weepy on Ryan Secrest's radio show over all the media scrutiny arising out of her divorce from Sir Paul.  Yet she has reportedly has stunned insiders on Dancing With The Stars with a string of diva-like demands.  Meanwhile, a man was arrested after trying to force his way into Sir Paul's country mansion.

JESSICA SIMPSON stunned guests at a Rome hotel by romping noisily with her lover John Mayer, it has been claimed.  I dunno... if I heard what sounded like a woman screaming from their hotel room, why should I assume it was Simpson?

SIENNA MILLER'S friends took on the paparazzi Sunday night -- trying to stop them from snapping the actress after she hung out with Diddy.  Video at the link.

BRINEY SPEARS:  The pop tart's new producer, Sean Garrett, says the sound on her new disc "is like 'Toxic' times 10."  I have no doubt of that.

SALMA HAYEK is stunned to find herself a sex symbol in the US, because growing up in Mexico she was considered "deformed."  This is either the biggest load of BS ever, or Mexico has much bigger problems than I thought. 

GRINDHOUSE:  Page Six claims that production of the much-hyped Quentin Tarantino-Robert Rodriguez movie opening Friday, ground to a halt last year when Rodriguez fell for his leading lady, Rose McGowan, and his wife found out.

KIRSTEN DUNST:  Radar magazine cites a source claiming that she abruptly split with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti because she "couldn't persuade Moretti to have sex with her. When pressed to consummate the relationship, says the source, Moretti told her he wasn't over (Drew) Barrymore."

ROSIE O'DONNELL:  The Queen of Nice's March 31st conspiracy theory about the West instigating war with Iran contradicts her March 28th conspiracy theory about the West instigating war with Iran.

THE GREEN HORNET appears to have the green light again, this time courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

KITT, the flame-throwing, river-jumping, talking muscle car from the '80s TV show Knight Rider, is up for sale.  Just in time for my birthday.  Just sayin'.

GEORGE CLOONEY has denied leaking clips of director David O. Russell and Lily Tomlin in a series of expletive-filled arguments on the set of the 2004 flick I Heart Huckabees, offering a cool million to anyone who can prove otherwise.

NANOTECH:  US scientists, taking a tip from Star Trek, have used nanotechnology to create a theoretical optical "cloaking" device that can make objects invisible.

IRAN:  British PM Tony Blair delares that the next two days are "fairly critical" to resolving the dispute over a seized British navy crew.  An Iranian diplomat detained in Baghdad in February is reported to have returned to Iran. Iraq is pressing for the release of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard agents captured in Irbil. Iran is indicating it will not try the 15 captive British sailors.  ITM's Omar Fadhil writes that while some pundits are comparing the situation with the US embassy crisis in Tehran back in 1979,the abduction of the sailors has more in common with the Bazoft case in Iraq in 1990.  Work is proceeding on the logistic units of Bushehr nuclear power plant.

IRAQ:  The proposal to reverse Saddam's forced Arabization of Kirkuk could prompt inter-ethnic tension and violence, analysts say... and right on cue is the truck bomb in Kirkuk.  Also at that second link, an Iraqi government spokesman subtly challenges Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani's opposition to the draft de-Baathification proposal pushed by PM al-Maliki and Pres. Talabani.  IBM yesterday announced a donation of 1,000 two-way automatic translation devices and 10,000 copies of software to be used to assist US operations in Iraq.  The LATimes has an article on the splintering of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army.  Are we shocked to learn that Iran is trying to recruit some of them?  Nah.

GROMIT is filling in for Nipper as the RCA mascot for three months, as part of a unique marketing deal in which no money has changed hands. Which helps take the edge off the news that Nipper died penniless.

SNAKE in a SEARCH ENGINE:  A python named Kaiser went missing over the weekend in Google's sprawling Manhattan office, prompting an all-out snakehunt that reportedly included a missing flier for the lost snake.

THIEVING SQUIRREL swipes eleven American flags from a Korean War veteran.  Surveillance video at the link.  I question its patriotism!  Or did he just need a flag of his own?

THE SWARM attacks an expressway in Henan province, China.

CATS get drunk, pass out in wacky positions.  Incriminating photos at the link.

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New Releases, Covers, Advance Brendan Benson, Knut Update   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 03, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

BREATHE:  The Shins covered the Pink Floyd classic at the Kentish Town Hall last week.  The Jeffito blog has posted a Floyd gig from 1975, which you can stream via the ol' HM.

NEW RELEASES from Fountains of Wayne, Jarvis Cocker and Kings of Leon are streaming in full from Spinner this week.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is streaming songs from those new releases, as well as advance tracks from Wilco, Bright Eyes and Richard Thompson.

THE CURE frontman Robert Smith has reportedly teamed up with "singer" Ashlee Simpson for a collaboration on her new album.  And I Feel Fine.

JOHN LENNON may have been the only person in the world who could get away with stubbing out his cigarette on a Matisse.  You would think he would have more repect for his fellow artist.

ALANIS MORISSETTE covers the Black-Eyed Peas' "My Humps."  No, really.  As only she could.  It may be her best track in a dozen years.

BRENDAN BENSON:  GvsB will hook you up with new demo tracks, including "Feel Like Taking You Home" and "Poised and Ready."  There's even more streaming at HisSpace.

CLASH MAN IN HAMMERSMITH PALAIS:  Former Clash basist Paul Simonon took an axe to the stage of the Hammersmith Palais during a gig by The Good, The Bad and the Queen played Sunday as a farewell to the venue, which is scheduled to be demolished for a block of flats.  Former Clash documentarian and current Mick Jones collaborator Dickey Letts DJed between sets.

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND:  Over at MKOB, Dodge is streaming covers and Bob Dylan's various versions of the song.

IGGY POP paused for an interview with NPR after a L.A. concert promoting the first Stooges CD in 30 years, The Weirdness.

SAD KERMIT covers Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt."  No, really.  As only he could.  It may be his best track in a dozen years.  Very NSFW.  There's more at HisSpace, too.

BRADGELINA:  Jolie is already planning to adopt a girl from Chad to "balance the family," according to Britain's uber-reliable News of the World.

ANNA NICOLE SMTH IS STILL DEAD and a Bahamanian court not only rejected Howard K. Stern's attempt to seal the DNA tests of Anna Nicole's infant daughter, but also penalized Stern to the tune of $10,000.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON struggled while acting with co-star Eric Bana in the upcoming The Other Boleyn Girl, as she couldn't stop looking at his codpiece.

WARREN BEATTY is so vain that he definitely thinks that song is about him.  Yeah, that song.  But I think we know who it was really about.

BRITNEY SPEARS beat Michael Jackson to take the No. 1 spot in the Eighth Annual "Most Foolish American" survey sponsored each year by New York publicist Jeff Barge: "Going commando, mutilating your own head, baby-bobbling -- they've all been done before individually... But combining them, that's like a triple-axel of foolery."

NAVEEN ANDREWS, probably best-known for playing a former Iraqi soldier on Lost, talked to London's Telegraph about how Sex Pistol Steve Jones helped him get off drugs.

GO, SPEED, GO!  Susan Sarandon and John Goodman are in negotiations to play the parents of Emile Hirsch in the live-action version of Speed Racer being directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski.

JENNA JAMESON:  The pr0n queen may lose her legit movie deal due to an allegedly botched vaginoplasty.  And that, my friends, is a phrase you don't get to use very often.

ROSIE O'DONNELL continues her meltdown at her blog, contending that any criticism of her oft-debunked 9/11 conspiracy theories  ravels the the fabric of our democracy.

CAVEMEN GET NO RESPECT:  None of the three actors who play cavemen in the beloved Geico commercials will get to star in the ABC comedy they've inspired. (Thanks, Dad.)

SEVEN MINUTE SOPRANOS:  With the acclaimed mob drama returning to HBO for nine final episodes starting Sunday, this video recaps seven seasons in seven minutes.  Yes, there's profanity.

IRAQ:  A Mideast think tank claims that suicide bombings against civilians have increased dramatically since the start of the year and are deadlier than ever.  However, US casualties in March were the lowest since November, and while civilian casualties bounced back to pre-"surge" levels nation wide, they are down 25% in Baghdad and nationwide remain about half of their peak from last September.  The new draft de-Baathification law is drawing opposition from Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani and from the Shia chairman of the current de-Baathification program.  US Amb. David Satterfield remains optimistic that parliament will approve a law governing its oil and natural gas despite growing opposition.  The Pentagon has helped reopen three factories shuttered after the 2003 invasion, seeding the ground by buying uniforms and armored vehicles from two of them.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Saddam Hussein's cousin, widely known as Chemical Ali for his use of poison gas against the regime's opponents.

IRAN:  Iran softened its rhetoric in the ongoing diplomatic dispute with Britain over the 15 kidnapped sailors and marines, promising not to show further television confessions as a reward for "positive changes" in the British negotiating stance.  The BBC and the Times of London cover the likely negative effect of the mob of hardliners besieging the British Embassy in Tehran.  Looking at the bigger picture Newsweek's Fareed Zakaria argues that the international sanctions containment strategy is working -- to a point, but is it?  As the BBC notes, "Iran is used to being isolated. The US has imposed an economic boycott since 1979 and the Security Council is currently banning trade in nuclear and missile technology, yet Iran goes ahead with its uranium enrichment anyway."  BTW, ABCNews reports that Iran has more than tripled its ability to produce enriched uranium in the last three months, and thus could have enough material for a nuclear bomb by 2009.

KNUT UPDATE:  Last week, I noted that the absurdly cute polar bear cub who escaped a fatwa from animal rights activists seemed set to become a political tool of climate change activists.  Sure enough, he's on the cover of German Vanity Fair  and sharing the cover of American Vanity Fair with Leonardo DiCaprio.  There's a photo gallery and video at the mag's website.  BONUS:  Here's a fan-made video for Germany's new hit song, "Knut Ist Gut."

LOVESICK SWAN UPDATE:  Petra, the rare Black Australian swan that fell in love with a peddle boat is back courting its plastic lover after spending the winter in a German zoo.  Zoo director Joerg Adler said: "This arrangement could go on for ever, the swan obviously believes it has found a partner for life."  Pic at the link.

PETS ARE LIVIN' LARGE at the "It's Raining Cats and Dogs" pet spa and resort in Maine.

THE BOX JELLYFISH has its human-like eye on you -- and has 23 to spare.

WHITE SQUIRREL descended from escaped carny squirrels barks like a dog in Texas City, TX.

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Train Songs, Ted Leo, Lily Allen, Otters Holding Hands   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 02, 2007 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: kbade

Karl

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy cites a fairly obscure song by Robyn Hitchcock, "The Ghost Ship," as a major influence on his songwriting.  So it's no wonder that Meloy was all smiles when Hitchcock joined the band to play "Lost Madonna of the Wasps" last month.  If only the sync on the clip was better...

TOP TEN TRAIN SONGS:  At Stylus, Nick Southall has a list of his favorite train songs, mostly obscure ones (it is Stylus, after all).  IGN has a list which at least acknowledges upfront that "we've left off some obvious numbers ('Casey Jones' by the Grateful Dead" for example, songs by Roger Miller and Johnny Cash, too), but we went with our guts, our hearts, and the first 10 songs that popped into our brain with a subconscious sense of entitlement."  Though I might take a few from those lists, I don't know how songs like "Mystery Train," "City of New Orleans," "Train Kept A Rollin'," "Night Train," "It Takes A Lot To Laugh (It Takes A Train To Cry) (live)," "5:15" (live with an F-bomb, but the bass solo by The Ox rawks),  "I Often Dream Of Trains" (with a bonus), "People Get Ready," and "Downtown Train" made neither list.  And Johnny Cash has so many (including "Folsom Prison Blues") that I would be tempted to go with "I've Got A Thing About Trains."

REUNIONS:  Everyone from my Dad to Mother Jones has noticed the rash of rock reunions in recent months.  Guess which one linked here?  However, the rumored Neutral Milk Hotel reunion was an April Fool's joke.

TED LEO & THE PHARMACISTS hit the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC last Thurdsay, so you can stream the gig (and an interview) from NPR now.

MUSIC LEAKS:  The Christian Science Monitor reports that -- brace yourself -- Indie record companies are using controlled (and sometimes uncontrolled) leaks of new music to generate buzz.  Who'da thunk it?  Idolator notes that the leak of the new Modest Mouse LP did not stop it from debuting at No.1 on the Billboard chart last week.  Both items just make BBspot's RIAA Lawsuit Decision Matrix all the more funny.

LILY ALLEN tells the San Diego Union Tribune: "I've never hesitated to say what's on my mind," and the paper provides plenty of examples... though they missed my fave, in which she says she not only wrote a nasty song about an ex, but also slept with all of his friends.  All of which is prelude to this clip of Allen covering Blondie's "Heart of Glass" last week at the Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR.

PAUL WELLER gobbed on a framed picture of Sting hanging at the Royal Albert Hall.  And it's not the first time that 55-year-old Sting has been subject to a mouthful by the former Jam frontman.

PETER BJORN & JOHN were interviewed by NPR over the weekend, but were not asked about the similarity between their best-known song, "Young Folks," and the asian riff that kicks off "Turning Japanese."

THE GENEAOLOGY OF POP/ROCK MUSIC is a wonderful print (be sure to use the "zoom" tool).  Artist Reebee Garafolo explains it a bit at that link and at this link.

THE 20 WORST ROCK LYRICS... but then again, no... courtesy of Spinner.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD, but we just found out that none of the 11 drugs that were found in her hotel room were prescribed to her -- though they were all written by her shrink.  And that the drug that killed her was stored in a duffel bag, though she supposedly was too sick to get out of bed without assistance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Blades of Glory skated into first place with million (Will Ferrell's second-best opening), followed by Disney's Meet the Robinsons with $25 million (about in line with movies like Open Season).  300 raked in another $11.1 million.  Last week's leader, TMNT, skidded into fourth place (probably due to Meet the Robinsons), but has made more than ins $34 million budget already.  Wild Hogs rounds out the Top Five with $8.3 million.  Shooter dropped from third to sixth, and will struggle to break even.  Premonition hung around in seventh place and has made almost twice its $20 million budget.  The Last Mimzy skidded from fifth to eighth, another likely casualty of Meet the Robinsons.  The Hills Have Eyes 2 also dropped three slots, but has broken even with its $15 million budget.  Reign O'er Me rounds out the Top Ten, while the near-wide release of The Lookout made $2 million, with an eighth-place per screen average.

HEATHER MILLS is still playing the "my leg might fly off card" this week for Dancing With The Stars.

JOHN TRAVOLTA -- who owns five private jets -- is concerned about global warming as only a Scientologist can be:  "I'm wondering if we need to think about other planets and dome cities." 

JACKO, denying reports that Jackson had been hospitalized with pneumonia, had his rep say that he is "a little bit under the weather," but hasn't sought hospital treatment.

TOM-KAT UPDATE:  Cruise has a hand-me-down stalker from John Cusack.  How the mighty have fallen.

ALEC BALDWIN has taken his share of criticism for his outspoken politcs, but he was so moved by the story of 18-year-old Pvt. Resha Kane's departure for Iraq that he's going to help pay for her college education after she leaves the military.

HOWIE DAY is  advertising he was in rehab with Britney Spears.

MIA FARROW wants to know: "Does Mr. Spielberg really want to go down in history as the Leni Riefenstahl of the Beijing Games?"  The Nazi comparison is -- as usual -- overdone.  But Spielberg may want to look at the ethical issues raised by helping the PRC on the PR front.

GRINDHOUSE directors Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez' show Entertainment Weekly -- and the rest of us -- their ten favorite movie posters.

ROSIE O'DONNELL had a full-on 9/11 conspiracy theory meltdown on The View last week; she gets really wacky about four minutes into the clip.  Her particular rant has been debunked many times, but Popular Mechanics did a special debunking, just for her.

CHOCOLATE JESUS UPDATE:  An angry choir of outraged Catholics, including Cardinal Edward Egan, forced the cancellation of a planned Holy Week exhibition featuring a life-sized, anatomically correct chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ.  The hotel and the gallery were overrun Thursday with angry phone calls and e-mails about the exhibit, reportedly including death threats.  Anyone making such threats should be caught and subject to appropriate legal action.  Those threats also have had some comparing this to the Danish Cartoon Jihad.  Those people forget that the cartoons appeared after film director Theo van Gogh was murdered by an Islamic fanatic, and a lecturer at the Carsten Niebuhr Institute in Copenhagen had been assaulted for reading the Koran to non-Muslims.  They also forget the hundreds killed and wounded in the cartoon jihad, not to mention the embassies, churches and businesses torched by extremist riots, the million-dollar fatwa and the jailing of some who published the cartoons.  Religions have their fanatics, but some religions seem to have a lot more of them.  BTW, the artist says offers to buy or exhibit the piece have been pouring in.

IRAN:   Britain is in "direct bilateral communication" with Iran over the 15 sailors and marines captured by Tehran.  British ministers are preparing a compromise deal to allow Iran to save face and release its 15 British military captives by promising that the Royal Navy will never knowingly enter Iranian waters without permission.  British options are limited because 48 percent of Brits are opposed to using force (even as a last resort) and the US is unlikely to back military action until diplomacy and possible sanctions have forced Iran to climb down over its nuclear program.  Indeed, the UK is a nation which is now dropping the Holocaust and the Crusades from history lessons to avoid offending Muslim pupils.  At least the Telegraph's legal editor has figured out that the Iranian handling of the prisoners could have broken international humanitarian law.  The kidnapping appears to have caused a split in the Iranian military, according to a report in the Times of London.  Monty Python's Terry Jones thinks the Iranian treatment of the sailors is much better than how the US treats prisoners, managing to overlook the difference (recognized in the Geneva Conventions) between interrogating enemy combatants seized in battle and the unprovoked kidnapping of soldiers in uniform who did not fire on the Iranians.  Not to mention that when US soldiers cross the line, they are prosecuted and punished, as opposed to the official policy of Iran.  And that if this standoff continues, Iran may well resort to beatings, mock executions and such, just as they did after taking US hostages in 1979.  In Germany, Der Spiegel ran a piece outlining the big-picture differences between Iran and the US.  Jones should read it.  At the very least, he should consider what would have happened to him had he made a picture like Life of Brian, but using Islam as the backdrop for his satire.

IRAQ:  In Baghdad, radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has called for a mass protest on April 9th, while Pres. Talabani says the  Mahdi Army has stopped its activities on al-Sadr's orders.  ITM's Omar Fadhil writes about a US search of his Baghdad home.  James Wixted crunches the numbers on the effect of the "surge" so far, to mixed results.  The Kurdish rep to the United States says Iraqi Kurds are afraid they will again be left in the lurch if US troops are forced to leave next year.  So it's good news that the Iraqi govt has endorsed a decision to relocate and compensate thousands of Arabs who moved to Kirkuk as part of Saddam Hussein's campaign to push the Kurds out of the oil-rich city.

IRAQ at HOME:  Congress has gone on Spring Break without appointing people to work out the differences in the bills to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.  They will not return to DC until until April 16-one day after the Pentagon says it must get the emergency funding for troop operations to avoid cutbacks.  The differences between the House and Senate may not be quickly resolved.  The Congressional Research Service says that the Army could continue to wage war through July without additional funding from Congress, though not without affecting training and readiness, which could lead forces now in Iraq and Afghanistan to have their tours lengthened.  MSNBC had video of a Seattle-area sailor home from a seven month tour in Iraq surprising his six-year-old son in his classroom Friday.  Have the Kleenex handy.

OTTERS HOLDING HANDS:  More aww...some video.

SQUIRREL POWER:  Never underestimate the power of the North American Gray Squirrel.

KAMIKAZE GOOSE  smashes a Skoda on a British motorway.

PET HOARDING goes really arwy, as 30 dogs, 20 cats, seven doves, four finches, two parakeets and one parrot die in a fire at a hoarder's home in Southampton.

A BABY TAPIR makes its public at the Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland.  Here's what it looks like.

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Wilco Weekend Update   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 07:04 PM
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KarlWILCO plans to stream the upcoming Sky Blue Sky in its entirety for most all of Sunday, so if you missed it before, here's another chance.

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Beat Farmers, Art Brut, Richard Barone, Cutout Bin, Trixie the Pony   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 30, 2007 - 08:00 AM
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Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  This more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig was recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."

ART BRUT gave Spinner five unmastered tracks from the band's sophomore LP, It's a Bit Complicated.

FOUNTAINS of WAYNE:  Adam Schlessinger talks to UGO about writing and recording the new album, Traffic & Weather, for which the early reviews have been... uh, mixed.  (Thanks, Chromewaves -- even when painful.)

RICHARD BARONE:  The ex-Bongo's Cool Blue Halo is this week's "Shadow Classic" at NPR, including streams of his version of "Numbers With Wings" and Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World."

OF MONTREAL:  Kevin Barnes talks to the Gainsville Sun about getting bigger and more theatrical.  Bryan Poole calls into the Miami New Times from Detroit to say that crowds are digging their cowbell.

FORGIVE ME, IT'S FRIDAY:  It was (and is) a little bit frightening.

MIKE WATT:  Exclaim! has a timeline of the life and career of the Minutemen bassist and indie icon.

JOE BOYD compares producing tours and records to being "the guy with the broom in curling." 

GEDDY LEE of Rush talks fantasy baseball with ESPN, which should have me covered with both Craig O'Neill and Sylvia Hauser.

BONO has been named an honorary knight of the British Empire -- but don't call him "Sir," as he's not a Brit.

THE CUTOUT BIN:  This Friday's fortuitous finds on the ol' HM include: Art Brut -  Formed A Band; The Jesus & Mary Chain - April Skies; Teenage Fanclub - Take The Skinheads Bowling (live CVB cover); Kaiser Chiefs - Saturday Night (not the BCR); Hoodoo Gurus - Leilani, Pt. II; U2 -Out of Contol; That Petrol Emotion - Can't Stop; Seu Jorge - Rebel Rebel; Indigo Girls - Midnight Train to Georgia (live); Mama Cass Elliot - I Think It's Going to Rain Today; Eleni Mandell - You're All Bad (And That's Why You've Been Invited); The Grass Roots - Midnight Confession; Black Lips - Buried Alive; Super Furry Animals - Rings Around the World; Fountains of Wayne -  New Routine; Flaming Lips - She Don't Use Jelly; Beastie Boys - Sabotage; and The B-52s - Rock Lobster.

HALLE BERRY admits that she tried to gas herself when her fiery union to Atlanta Braves baseball star David Justice collapsed, but pulled out at the last minute.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are: the futuristic Disney 3-D animation Meet The Robinsons, currently scoring 69 percent on the Tomatometer; the Will Ferrell ice capade Blades of Glory, which is scoring 64 percent (75 percent among the "cream of the crop" critics); and (semi-wide) the heist pic The Lookout, which is scoring 83 percent.

BRITNEY SPEARS & FED-EX settle all family business, without Moe Green taking one in the eye..

BORAT:  Sacha Baron Cohen and his Australian fiancée Isla Fisher are reportedly set to become first-time parents after blurting out the exciting news at a Los Angeles bar.  Actually, I'm pretty sure that if they are going to be parents, it was after something else, but people found out about it at the bar.

JACKO has been hospitalized in Las Vegas with pneumonia, sources tell FOXNews.com's 411 column.  I link, you decide.

CHRIS ROCK may be taking a DNA test, according to the ever-reliable National Enquirer.  If so, maybe we'll start hearing those rumors of marital woes again.

JESSICA BIEL:  I don't know whether I Now Pronounce You Chck & Larry will be funny, but it does have Jessica Biel in various states of undress, which is something.  Egotastic has Hi-Def screen caps and video.

TV'S BIGGEST MONEYMAKERS, according to Forbes magazine.  The list has some surprises.  For example, the season's smash hit, Heroes, is still a fairly cheap ad buy.

COURTNEY LOVE:  US Weekly has a flattering bikini pic,  but other angles show shows off her terrible lipsuction.

ANNA NICOLE SMITH IS STILL DEAD and lawyer-companion Howard K. Smith is still trying to drag out the DNA testing of the late model's infant daughter.

MARY-KATE & ASHLEY OLSEN, recognizing how much of their empire rests on their twindom, are reportedly getting matching nose jobs.  And possibly not for the first time.  Pics at the link.

IRAQ:  Al Qaeda stoked sectarian violence in Tal Afar that included off-duty Iraqi police; IraqSlogger noted that the media portrayal of it as "revenge" killing is inaccurate.  The WaPo covers the splintering of Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, while IraqSlogger notes the splintering of the Sunni 1920 Revolution Brigades and other splits emerging within groups affiliated with Al Qaeda.  Defense Tech relays a report that Al Qaeda itself recognizes its influence is currently waning in Iraq.  In Baghdad, Al Qaeda pulled off a major suicide attack at a largely Shiite market, the first in about a week.  Terrorists have been shifting to attacks outside the capital.  Just outside Baghdad, the Iraqi Army has entered the militant stronghold of Duwanim, which has been a  theater of open conflict and deadly raids between the Mahdi Army and armed Sunni groups.  In Diyala province, more than 40 people died and 80 were injured in three co-ordinated blasts in the town of Khalis.  US and Iraqi forces have been conducting a major clearing operation in Diyala against al Qaeda in Iraq and its political front, Islamic State of Iraq.  Friday seemed like the day to note that Gen. David Patraeus began forging his leadership skills in Little League.  And that Corporal Kermit has deployed with Company H, 121st Infantry, Georgia Army National Guard.  There's a photo gallery at the last link, or you can go straight to the video.

IRAN:  The BBC sums up the outrage in the British press about the Iranian kidnapping of 15 British sailors and marines.  Tehran reneged on a promise to release hostage Faye Tunney, and in a cynical new propaganda stunt, published a handwritten note perprotedly from Tunney calling for British troops to be withdrawn from Iraq. Austin Bay writes that the Iranian ploy smacks of the regime's desperation over problems foreign and domestic.  The European Union is mulling a general freeze on contact with Iran.  The UN Security Council finally expressed "grave concern" over the matter, though the statement wasn't as tough as Britain had hoped.  The UN "Human Rights Council," otoh, voted to end its examination of Iran, despite deteriorating conditions there.

EASTER is coming soon -- have you picked up your life-sized, anaotmically correct chocolate Jesus yet?  Only 485,460 calories!

TRIXIE, a 12-year-old service pony, may get evicted (along with her owner) from an apartment in White Setllement, TX.  No, I'm not making up that town.  Trixie's not just a seeing-eye pony, either -- she takes Tabitha Darling to work at the local Wal-Mart as well.  Video at the link.

RUH-ROH: Looks like Scooby needed a pacemaker. I blame the Scooby-Snacks!  Pics at the link.

ROBOT SQUIRRELS will soon be intercepting your telephone calls, if the MIT Media lab has anything to say about it.

RARE PARROT SMUGGLER nabbed as she arrived in Russia on a flight from China.

COWS stare unamazed as the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association opens the nominations for Cow of the Year. Did last year's Cow of the Year ever get out of rehab?

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