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Avett Bros, Beatles, Dr John, Tolerant Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE AVETT BROS cover "Glory Days" as part of Springsteen's "Hangin' on E Street" series.

THE BEATLES: Ever wondered how The White Album's "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9" are actually related? Well, the almost eleven-minute Take 20 of "Revolution" recorded on May 30 and 31, and June 4, 1968, with John Lennon singing flat on his back, has leaked out on teh Internets -- and it's kinda explanatory.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Neko Case, Bishop Allen, Serge Gainsbourg and more feature in the latest installment of the NPR series.

CLEM SNIDE frontman Eef Barzelay discusses the band's new Hungry Bird album on NPR's Day to Day.

PITCHFORK Managing Editor Scott Plagenhoef talks to Wired News about the slowly-growing indie empire: "We're simply trying to start conversations, share thoughts, experiences and ideas, and approach music as fans rather than consummate insiders... we're still a 100% independent publication -- and we've done things that we, as music fans, would have liked someone else to do."

DR. JOHN explains "Iko Iko" to David Sanborn on the ol' Night Music program.  Hiram Bullock and Jeff Healy join in.  A little post Mardi Gras, but better late than never.

METRIC talks to Pitchfork about the making of their upcoming Fantasies album, the indie aesthetic, and more...

RA RA RIOT guitarist Milo Bonacci talks to the East Bay Express about the 2007 death of drummer and lyricist John Pike, the importance of arrangements in their music and more.

THE LITTLE ONES vocalist/guitarist Ed Reyes talks to the Riverfront Times about life after being dropped from Astralwerks in the EMI restructuring.

LILY ALLEN is a borderline furry. Pics at the link. I knew that Twitter account would pay off.

THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS get an audio feature + tracks at NPR.

FREIDA PINTO of Slumdog Millionaire will join Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins on Woody Allen's latest project.

CHRIS BROWN, The troubled R&B singer arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of making criminal threats against girlfriend Rihanna, is taking anger-management classes.

ANNA PAQUIN is currently seeing her on-screen True Blood love interest Stephen Moyer. 

LINDSAY LOHAN could get a role -- and parental supervision -- from Warren Beatty.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Ex-bf Adnan Ghalib was arrested and charged with a felony for running over a court officer who tried to serve the paparazzo with a restraining order against the singer.  Ghalib pleaded not guilty.  Meanwhile, the pop wreck plans to be sawed in half on her upcoming tour.

MORGAN FREEMAN is getting sued by the woman (and possible mistress) who was the passenger in the actor's "horrific" car crash last August.

SANDRA BULLOCK's bed is getting very crowded.

KATHY GRIFFIN is getting two million for a memoir? I guess the recession is over -- or Random House is getting some bailout money.

BACK TO THE FUTURE: An Alternate Ending.

MARVEL PICTURES: Iron Man lifted revenues 28 percent and profits 32 percent last year, but Wolverine is about the only big thing in the pipeline this year.  Iron Man 2 will begin principal photography in early April. BONUS: Samuel L. Jackson is making a deal to play the role of Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, and potentially many other films.

GREEN LANTERN will be beaming into theaters in December 2010.

IRAN said on Wednesday that it has begun tests on its first nuclear plant, in preparations for its launch.

PAKISTAN: The military ordered a 4-day ceasefire in Bajaur while the Swat Taliban agreed to implement an indefinite ceasefire.

IRAQ: The parliament has lifted immunity for member Mohammed al Dayni, who is accused of directing a terror cell in Baghdad.  while fighting insurgents outside major cities has often proved something of a "whack-a-mole" scenario, US forces here say they're finally beginning to make progress thanks in large part to increasingly capable Iraqi security forces and an emboldened local population.

CATS & DOGS... no, wait a minute.

MONSTER PIG terrifies Hessian motorists.

A 50-LB CARP swims into a flooded backyard in Fremont, OH.

HAMSTERS on WHEELS: Your energy source of the future.

KOMODO DRAGON attacks a park ranger in Indonesia. I can haz pic-a-nic basket?

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Tinted Windows, Neko Case, Morning Benders, Office Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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TINTED WINDOWS: Stereogum has your first audio/video of the combo comprising Fountain of Wayne Adam Schlesinger, ex-Pumpkin James Iha, Cheap Trickster Bun E. Carlos, and the Hanson brother... Oh, my!

NEKO CASE is advance streaming her upcoming LP via NPR.

THE MORNING BENDERS did three free songs for Daytrotter, two previously unreleased.

CANDI STATON: The R&B legend talks to The Quietus about her new album, her lifetime in music, nearly eloping with Lou Rawls and more...

LEONARD COHEN is recession-proof.  Hallelujah, indeed.

FAITH NO MORE is reuniting, but there are no US dates.  Kinda like Spinal Tap going to Japan, innit? Do we care a lot?

GARY LOURIS & MARK OLSON get an audio feature on the ex-Jayhawks reunion from The Current.

THE CURE: Robert Smith disagrees "violently" with Radiohead's recent pay-what-you-want scheme.

BEASTIE BOYS bassist Adam MCA Yauch has revealed their forthcoming new album has taken the rap collective in a "bizarre" new direction.

NEUROSCIENCE & NOLSTALGIA: Music is a strong trigger of nostalgia, and evidence of this is not only in scientific journals, but almost certainly in your MP3 collection.  Thus, I must link to the "record fight" from Diner.

MEGAN FOX has split from fiancee Brian Austin Green. I had nothing to do with it.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Papper/ex-bf Adnan Ghalib has been charged with three felonies for allegedly smashing his car into a process server earlier this month... and there's a warrant out for his arrest.

LINDSAY LOHAN & SAMANTHA RONSON: Another day, another fight.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER were reportedly a little testy at an Oscars afterparty, too.


JOAQUIN PHOENIX liked being mocked at the Oscars because his rap career is a hoax, according to FNC.

WATCHMEN: SciFiWire has two new extended clips featuring Rorschach, from near the beginning of the film.  New York magazine notes that director Zack Snyder has changed the ending a bit (spoiler, natch) and the size of Dr. Manhattan's unit.

THE GREEN HORNET: Michel Gondry is in negotiations to direct Columbia's big-screen treatment of the classic crime-fighting hero, starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow.  That's pretty wacky.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Superbad and Juno star (and before that, hello, George-Michael Bluth!)  Michael Cera has finally agreed to do the feature film project, acording to E!'s Kristin Dos Santos.

PAKISTAN: A new Waziristan Taliban alliance has been formed on the orders of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar.

IRAQ: Security forces detained 100 suspected insurgents in a major operation in Ninewa province. American troops are beginning to pull back from bases and outposts that were linchpins in the US surge.

THE CAT is not your secretary. You would think any cat owner would know this.

A GIANT WHITE RABBIT led coppers on a low-speed chase around Canterbury.  I couldn't decide whether to go with a reference to Alice, Harvey, or Chaucer.


POSSUM runs rampant through the Wests Leagues Club down under. Guess he wasn't playing.

CONFUSE-A-GATOR: A bit like Confuse-A-Cat, though attaching magnets to their heads seems a bit dangerous.

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Jane's Addiction, New Releases, Nellie McKay, Python   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JANES ADDICTION sneaked in a pre-reunion gig at L.A.'s Echoplex last week, so you get more than Twofer Tuesday.  Selections include "Wh0res", "Ain't No Right," "Had A Dad," "Mountain Song," "Ocean Size" and "Stop."

NEW RELEASES: Black Lips, J.J. Cale, The Wrestler sdtk and more are streaming this week at Spinner. Clem Snide releases a Hungry Bird, while Laura Gibson releases Beasts of Seasons.

NELLIE McKAY did the nine free songs thing for Daytrotter, five previously unreleased.

THE ACORN did the standard four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ALELA DIANE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards.

GRIZZLY BEAR FRONTMAN Ed Drozte talks to Pitchfork about the upcoming album, the BAM show, the Radiohead tour, the Web Sheriff and more...

THE DECEMBERISTS plot out a two-set tour.

JENNY LEWIS talks to Blurt about her busy dance card, her family history and more...

PAVEMENT & SILVER JEWS alumni mashed up for a wedding reception in Nashville, unleashing "badass renditions of wedding staples like 'Proud Mary,' 'Bennie and the Jets' and a rendition of 'What a Fool Believes' that we couldn't help think was directed at all of us gawkers who were clogging up the place."

CHARLES BARKLEY is officially going to jail after pleading guilty to 2 counts of DUI.

NICKY HILTON was allegedly attacked by a hobo at the IHOP in West Hollywood.

MADONNA looked younger than ever at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar party Sunday, according to US magazine, which then helpfully reminds us that Madge is not opposed to plastic surgery, just to discussing it.  Meanwhile, People gushes over Madge sending David Banda's old clothes and copies of her children's book to Banda's old orphanage.  Tax write-off, I'm saying.

BRITNEY SPEARS reportedly was sneaking calls to Sam Lutfi and Adnan Ghalib on a prepaid phone.

ADRIANNA LIMA eloped with NBA star Marko Jaric on Valentine's Day.

WILLIAM SHATNER wants to be Prime Minister of Canada.

SHERLOCK HOLMES will be wrestling and sleeping with Dr. Watson in Guy Ritchie's upcoming flick.

COMING ATTRACTIONS: /Film has the three-minute montage of upcoming Hollywood bigs that ran at the end of the Oscars.

THE OSCARS did not hit record low TV ratings this year, just the third-lowest. Get out the champagne!

SEAN PENN: I wasn't going to comment on his Oscar speech, but it is odd that the man felt obligated to lecture his fellow citizens on gay rights, given that the dictatorships he defends are so much worse.

IRAN offered to stop attacking coalition troops in Iraq nearly four years ago in an attempt to get the West to accept Tehran's nuclear program, a British diplomat told the BBC in an interview aired Saturday.  So I guess we've stopped pretending that Iran wasn't aiding terrorists in Iraq, which is something. Iranian authorities have blocked two Web sites promoting the presidential bid of Mohammed Khatami, reformists said Saturday, in a first sign that powerful hard-liners might seek to thwart his challenge to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the June 12 election.

AFGHANISTAN: The Kyrgyz parliament voted Thursday to force the US military to abandon its air base here - part of what many say is a Kremlin-backed initiative - posing a severe setback to American efforts in Afghanistan.

IRAQ: US and Iraqi forces have launched a new military campaign they hope will put an end to a stubborn insurgency in restive Nineveh province, seen as a final holdout for Sunni Islamist militants.

KID RIDES GIANT PYTHON: Let's go to the video. Jim Morrison also rode the snake, and we all know hot that turned out.

CHANEL, a wire haired Daschund, is the world's oldest living dog aged 102 (in canine years). Slideshow at the link.

SNAKES in a SUITCASE: A cool security photo nailed a smuggler trying to sneak 44 snakes and lizards - including an endangered albino python - on a flight out of Australia.

CHIMP ATTACK UPDATE: The chimp's mother was gunned down in 2001 by a teenager after she and two other primates escaped their Missouri ranch and wreaked havoc, sources and experts told NYDN.

SHARKS hit by economic downturn. You're gonna need a smaller boat.

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New U2, M Ward, Tommy Keene, Awards, Meerkats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 23, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WHITE STRIPES closed out Conan O'Brien's stint on Late Night with "We're Going To Be Friends."

U2 is streaming their new album; you may have to click on the cover to bring up all the tracks.

M WARD & JOHN WESLEY HARDING played the World Cafe on Friday, so you can stream the gig online via NPR.

BEN KWELLER also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

TOMMY KEENE guest edited MAGNET last week, making a streaming late-night mixtape and writing about Sparks, "Dark Shadows," the Baldwin Fun Machine, British boogie-glam outfit Silverhead, seeing Led Zeppelin in 1969, Rock ‘n' Roll dressing rooms, the Trutone Music store, and Sally Crewe.

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.  And by the Ed Sullivan Theater to play "Aeon."

ANDREW BIRD talks to the Seattle Times about "going for an old, soaring, big, almost classic-country vocal sound" on the Noble Beast album.

43 SONGS ABOUT MONEY, compiled by Pimp Your Finances.

A.C. NEWMAN talked to ChartAttack about his solo LP and the New Pr0nographers, Brian Wilson and more...

ELO bassist Kelly Groucutt has passed away at 62 from a heart attack.

THE OSCARS went to these folks, in one of the flattest, predictable shows in a long time -- aside from the superfluous, flamboyant musical numbers (host Hugh Jackman dancing with Anne Hathaway for Nixon/Frost, with Hathaway as Nixon, may rank up there with that Rob Lowe & Snow White trainwreck). My personal highlight would be the guy who made the Best Animated Short saying "Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto," though the guy who balanced the Oscar on his chin after winning Best Documentary for "Man on Wire" was a close second.  Not as bad as the last Emmy Awards show, but sheesh. Here's the obligatory gallery of red carpet photos. UPDATE: Defamer has a collection of clips from the show.

THE SPIRIT AWARDS went to these folks. A big night for The Wrestler, Milk, and Synedoche NY, as the originally indie Slumdog was excluded.  And Mickey Rourke's rambling, profanity-laden acceptance speech was the highlight, natch. Way better than any of the Oscar speeches.

THE RAZZIES went to these folks. A night that will live in infamy for Mike Myers (Worst Actor) in The Love Guru (Worst Picture).  The French Hotel managed to snag both Worst Actress (The Hottie and the Nottie) and Worst Supporting Actress (Repo: The Genetic Opera).  And we cannot say enough about Uwe Boll who was named Worst Director for three movies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Tyler Perry's Madea Goes To Jail tops all with 41.1 million, even eclipsing the last Madea's 30 mill opening.  Taken dropped 40 percent, but still took in another 11.4 million, which must be music to FOX's ears.  Coraline dropped a mere 25 percent to take in 11 million, pretty amazing for a post-holiday weekend.  Coraline is now Focus Features' third biggest film, passing Lost in Translation and Atonement, trailing only Burn After Reading and Brokeback Mountain.  He's Just Not That Into You slid 56 percent post-Velentine's Day, taking in 8.5 million.  Slumdog Millionaire actually increased 10 percent in advance of the Oscars, rounding out the Top Five with 8 million.  Below the fold, Friday the 13th plummeted 80 percent, Confessions of a Shopaholic skidded 53 percent, and Fired Up opened down in the ninth slot.

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRESS: The heartbroken ex-fiancé of Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto tells the uber-reliable News of the World how the film's success and her "infatuation" with co-star Dev Patel finished their relationship.

WATCHMEN are the current cover story at Entertainment Weekly. Or the six-cover story.

NICOLE RICHIE is pregnant again.

JACKO is on the brink of a £150million comeback - with 30 London gigs, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

AL QAEDA founder Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, who goes by the nom de guerre Dr Fadl, has begun an ideological revolt against Osama bin Laden, blaming him for "every drop" of blood spilt in Afghanistan and Iraq.

ISLAMISM in the UK: British Muslims are providing the Taliban with electronic devices to make roadside bombs for use in attacks against British forces serving in southern Afghanistan, according to London's Telegraph.

BABY MEERKATS Zanzibar and Nairobi are already a huge hit with visitors to Taronga Zoo, in Sydney.  Lets go to the video.

OTTER-CAM: Probably the opposite of what you would think.

DOG trapped on a cliff holds out for a female rescuer. Good Boy!

BABY MONKEY born at the Calgary Zoo. Awww...some pic at the link.

PET HOARDING? The Humane Society of Missouri said it rescued more than 150 dogs and a Bengal tiger from a substandard dog breeder near Seneca.

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Elvis C+ She& Him + Jenny Lewis, Nirvana, Cutout Bin, Kitty Fight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
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... with a SPECTACLE!  Last week, Elvis Costello had She & Him and Jenny Lewis on his TV show for conversation and music, music, music.  In Part One, Elvis opens with "Show Biz Kids," has a Q&A with She & Him, then joins M Ward and Zooey Deschanel on "Change Is Hard."  In Part Two, Jenny Lewis chats up Elvis and performs "Pretty Bird," with M Ward taking the solo.  In Part Three, Zooey joins Elvis and Jenny on the twang-y "Carpetbaggers" and "Go Away." BONUS: M Ward rawked "Never Had Nobody Like You" at the Ed Sullivan Theater the other night.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK has a chat + tracks streaming via NPR's Day to Day.

THE TEN BEST SMITHS SONGS, Tubed by Paste magazine.

BLITZEN TRAPPER is profiled by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MC5: Kick Out The Jams for 1.99, brothers and sisters!

NIRVANA: Kurt Cobain would have been 42 years old today, so I'm linking "Come As You Are," "In Bloom," and the Unpluggedy version of "About A Girl."

TOP TEN SONGS ABOUT SMOKING, according to Pop Tarts Suck Toasted.

NEKO CASE talks to Mother Jones about being a hobo, the New Pr0nographers, country music, etc.

SUSANNA HOFFS talks to GetBack about the 20th anniversary of The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" (which has a funny backsory - who knew?), upcoming projects and more.

A.A. BONDY talks to Tuscon Weekly about his preference for analog recording and more...

SUB POP, the Label That Grunge Made, is profiled at... CNNMoney?

CUTOUT BIN: From the Aerovons to AC/DC, from the Osmonds to the Ohio Players, from the Beat Farmers to BTO, plus Lou Reed, Fountains of Wayne, Spoon, Foo Fighters, Martha & the Vandellas and more-- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

GRAN TORINO: I just realized I never posted a review blurb for this wonderful effort from Clint Eastwood.  His Walt Kowalski is every bit as politically incorrect as Dirty Harry -- and just as equal opportunity in his abusiveness -- but what appears at first to be racism turns out to be something quite different.  The Academy snubbed this film, and not for reasons of quality,  If this is Clint's last acting role, it will be a memorable swan song for an amazing career.  Ahney Her also turned in a great performance as one of Walt's Hmong neighbors; it is a debut that will be tough to top.

NOW SHOWING:  Oscar weekend's wide releases are the decidedly non-Oscar oriented Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail, which is unscreened for critics, and Fired Up, which is scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN: TMZ has a photo of Rihanna taken after Chris Brown allegedly beat her. E! Online reports that Brown is being investigated for a variety of felonies.

JESSICA SIMPSON: The weight story inevitably becomes the pregnancy rumor, though a source close to her bf, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, says Romo likes Simpson ''with a few more pounds on her.''

TOM CRUISE is popular with studios again, after "Valkyrie" did better than expected around the world.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Warner Bros. denied reports claiming the studio had asked Guy Ritchie to reshoot parts of the movie, calling the additional work standard pickup shooting. 

WOODY ALLEN talks to The Irish Times about his 40-plus years in film, the movies he's most proud of, why Oscars don't interest him, the attractions of film-making in Ireland, and how children have changed both his life and his work.

100 ESSENTIAL FEMALE FILM PERFORMANCES, a mega-feature compiled by PopMatters.

VIDEOGUM embarks on The Hunt For The Worst Movie of All Time.

WATCHMEN will run about 2 hours 36 minutes in theaters, but the DVD may have two longer versions.  Collider has nine clips, including new material beyond the four clips released earlier this week.

EBERT on SISKEL, ten years after the latter's untimely death.  Essay + Videos at the link.

OSCAR PREDICTIONS:  Critics have theirs.  So does Nate Silver, who has also crunched stats for baseball and presidential contests.

THE BOX OFFICE BUMP usually enjoyed by Oscar's best picture contenders still hasn't quite materialized for many in this year's class.

SYRIA is rebuilding its chemical weapons capability, according to satellite images analysed by Jane's Intelligence Review.

IRAN has enough enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb, UN officials acknowledged on Thursday.

PAKISTAN: The US was secretly flying unmanned drones from the Shamsi airbase in Pakistan's southwestern province of Baluchistan as early as 2006, according to an image of the base from Google Earth.  And Pakistani intell may be making these airstrikes more precise. Eleven of al Qaeda's top 20 commanders have been killed or captured since August because of the Predator missions conducted by the CIA, according to a Pakistani official, and current and former US intelligence officials.  The controversial peace agreement designed to end Taliban violence in the Swat Valley hangs in limbo amid criticism in Pakistan and rising concern in Washington.

KITTEH CAGE MATCH, in a laundry basket.

GIANT RABBITS are back on the menu in Spain.

AFRICAN WILDCAT turns up in a backyard in N'awlins.

POODLE coughs up her owner's nose for Italian police.

CHIMP ATTACK UPDATE: The chimp and its owner were probably a little too friendly.

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