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Marnie Stern, Camera Obscura, SSLYBY, Baby Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

MARNIE STERN plays "Noonan" for dogs at the Ruff Club.

CAMERA OBSCURA stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND goes on a garage-psych blind date at WNYC Soundcheck.

LAURA STEPHENSON plays a mini-set at WNYC Soundcheck.

ALL TINY CREATURES advance streams Dark Clock.

THE LOVE LANGUAGE shares "Pilot Light" ahead of Ruby Red.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN drops “Nightwater Girlfriend” ahead of Fly By Wire. Yum.

JOURNEY: The untimely passing of James Gandolfini (more below) makes "Don't Stop Believin'" the obvious choice.

THE BEATLES' DEFINING MOMENT: Weekend Edition argues for...1963.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Tommy Stinson talks about the reunion at Rolling Stone.

ZOLA JESUS talks to Pitchfork about Versions, an album featuring orchestral remakes of her previous songs, and what she has in mind for her next proper LP.

TEN SONGS you may not have known were about drugs.

JAMES GANDOFINI, best known for his role as Tony Soprano, died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome. He was 51. My reaction, like those of many, is NSFW.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose directorial debut was 2009′s Nowhere Boy about the early life of John Lennon.

PAULA DEEN admitted to using the N-word and telling insensitive racial jokes during a May 17 deposition that was videotaped — and also confessed to her brother's cocaine, pornography and alcohol addictions.

SELMA BLAIR is officially fired from Anger Management upon Charlie Sheen's demand.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Photographed holding hands.


SHAILENE WOODLEY will not appear in Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2, and neither will her character, Mary Jane Watson.


THE UNITED STATES: Former investigators of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York want to reopen the case as new evidence suggests the cause may have been a missile strike, not malfunctioning equipment. FBI Director Mueller acknowledged that the agency uses some drones for surveillance in the US.

SYRIA: During a 10-day journey through rebel-held territory in Syria, Reuters journalists found that radical Islamist units are sidelining more moderate groups that do not share the Islamists' goal of establishing a supreme religious leadership in the country.

EGYPT: Auditors revealed that EU aid to Egypt has failed to stem human rights abuses and rampant corruption.

AFGHANISTAN: US Secretary of State Kerry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concerns were justifiable after he pulled out of planned peace talks with the Taliban.

BABY PENGUINS at the Audibon Aquarium.

CREATIVE DOG GROOMING caused the lethal Dog Uprising of 2015.

THREE BABY LILIGERS cavort at the zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia's third-largest city.

BRITAIN'S FATTEST CAT is put on a diet.

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Lightning Dust, Bombino, Daft Punk, Julius Escapes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

LOCAL NATIVES dabble in dogless sci-fi for the "You And I" clip.

LIGHTNING DUST advance streams Fantasy.

BOMBINO stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Neko Case, No Age, Bosnian Rainbows and more highlight the latest edition.

DAFT PUNK: Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo spoke with All Songs Considered about the making of their new album, Random Access Memories, and share music by some of their favorite artists.

DEER TICK: Welcome to "The Rock." But not that rock.

JULIANA BARWICK drops "One Half" ahead of Nepenthe.

BLOUSE drops "No Shelter" as the first single from the upcoming record Imperium.

GLEN CAMPBELL scratches my Jimmy Webb itch with his hit version of "Wichita Lineman".

SHE & HIM: Zooey Deschanel and M Ward talk to the L.A. Times about the classic sounds and themes undergirding Vol. 3.

STEVIE NICKS: The Fairy Godmother of Rock.

PARQUET FLOOR: "Like some punked-up mix of Jonathan Richman and Pavement, it's goofy dude music that actually rocks." (Thx, LHB.)

50 YEARS, 50 GREAT SUMMER ALBUMS, compiled by Flavorwire. (Though some of these were not released in the summer, e.g., Sandanista!)

JOHNNY DEPP: An Outlaw Looks at 50.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST named their daughter. I shant spoil it for you.

JUSTIN BIEBER was under investigation for a possible hit and run accident involving a paparazzo overnight — but police have now cleared him of any wrongdoing.

KATY PERRY learned Russell Brand's divorce plans by text message.

MILEY CYRUS insists she wears her engagement ring from Liam Hemsworth “every single day” and says “alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana.” It's a comment sure to endear her to parents.

JAMES FRANCO seeks crowdfunding for a film trilogy.

KRISTEN BELL is shooting the crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie.

MALI: An interim agreement has been reached between the Malian government and the separatist Tuareg MNLA to allow the Malian military to assert control over the northern region, including Kidal, before elections on July 28, to be followed by the Malian civilian administration. The accord, which was signed today, imposes an immediate ceasefire and also calls for all armed groups in the north to lay down their weapons.

TURKEY: After weeks of sometimes violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance: standing still and silent.

EGYPT: Authorities seized a half ton of explosives being smuggled into the Sinai. A new poll found that support for President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is declining in Egypt.

SYRIA: A car bombing yesterday by an al Qaeda-linked group killed at least 60 Syrian soldiers near a military base by Aleppo's airport, activists claimed. Some 700K civilians in Aleppo's Afrin district have been besieged by rebels since May 25.

AFGHANISTAN: This summer is shaping up as a lesson in tough love from American military mentors to demonstrate whether the Afghan forces really can become self-sufficient by the withdrawal deadline for Western forces in 2014.

JULIUS ESCAPING: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

THE PAW SEASONS: Get your pet a luxury holiday for a recession-busting £47K.

A BABY RACCOON DOG joins the Shanghai police.

FELIX THE CAT has a special entrance at the Huddersfield train station. No magic bag of tricks required.

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Pate Reunion Update, Billy Bragg, The Orwells, Low, Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared!
If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

THE XX drop a "Fiction" video.

BILLY BRAGG plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE NO BS BRASS BAND plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE ORWELLS advance stream the Other Voices EP.

LOW plays a 27-minute version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?"

CAT STEVENS performs energetic versions of both "The Wind" and "Moonshadow" in a single clip from 1976, just so for Twofer Tuesday.

PJ HARVEY & ADELE were awarded the MBE by QE II.

MADONNA: The Quietus studies the blonde's ambition to become one of the biggest stars of the 80s with her self-titled album of 1983.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to The Record about his "abstract and weirder" Dagger Beach.

26 SONGS ABOUT SUPERMAN, compiled by The A.V. Club.

CHARLIE SHEEN fired SELMA BLAIR from Anger Management? The report has everyone's people in a tizz.

NIGELLA LAWSON was grabbed by the throat in a, er,  ‘playful tiff’ with hubby Charles Saatchi.

KATE MOSS is celebrating her 40th birthday by taking it all off for Playboy.

JENNIFER LOPEZ has signed on to join Antonio Banderas in the Chilean miner film The 33.

BILL COSBY mused on the parenting philosophy behind his seminal television program, “The Cosby Show.”

GIRLS GONE WILD mogul Joe Francis's sex tape has been sold... but won't be seen, thankfully.

BERNIE SAHLINS, the co-founder and former owner of Second City and a crucial and essential innovator in the field of American comedy, died peacefully Sunday at his home, his wife, Jane Nicholl Sahlins, said. He was 90.

TURKEY: Police detained 441 people in connection with clashes in Istanbul on Sunday between police and demonstrators protesting against the government, an official at the city's bar association said on Monday.

EGYPT: The Army rejected a request by Hamas' leader to meet.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 15 Iraqis in attacks across the country and also assassinated a senior Sunni cleric in Ramadi.

LIBYA's General National Congress postponed the vote on a new president in the wake of another round of Benghazi clashes.

A WHALE steals a firsherman's catch.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent invaded a Winnipeg woman's home via the toilet. Pic at the link. Meanwhile another rodent forced a BMW into Mission Bay.

ROBO-CAT: Still in its experimental stage, the robot will serve as a platform for research in locomotion and biomechanics.

GUINEA PIG ARMOR for sale on eBay.

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Mavis Staples, Smith Western, Bosnian Rainbows, Lemuria, Cat Punch   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM play "I Could've Been Your Girl" and "Turn to White" for Conan.

MAVIS STAPLES advance streams One True Vine.

SMITH WESTERNS advance stream Soft Will.

BOSNIAN RAINBOWS advance streams their self titled debut.

LEMURIA streams The Distance Is So Big.

JIMMY WEBB played his "MacArthur Park" in the park for the first time, and talks about the cryptic and unlikely 1968 hit at the L.A. Times.

THE REPLACEMENTS: How did the Paul/Tommy reunion land at RiotFest?

THE PIXIES: Kim Deal leaves the band, and a void.

MUMFORD & SONS bassist Ted Dwane has been released from hospital after an operation to remove a blood clot from his brain.

BLACK SABBATH scores their first number 1 in 43 years.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Man of Steel turns in a Super gross of 113 million (125 with Thursday screenings in partnership with Wal-Mart, 196 million including overseas markets).  The tracking estimates ranged from 80-100 million.  It's the biggest June debut ever, the second-biggest non-sequel behind The Hunger Games, and the second-biggest of 2013 behind Iron Man 3.This Is The End placed with a decent 20.5 million and 32 million including advance screenings (matching its production budget).  The 2-D comedy proved a goodcounter for the 3-D epic.  Now You See Me shows with 10.3 million and an 80 million domestic total (and Liongate is on the hook for only 25 of the 75 million budget). Fast and Furious 6 comes in fourth with another 9.4 million and a 219.6 million domestic total.  Last week's topper, The Purge, rounds out the Top 5 with 8.2 million and 51.8 million total against a 3 million buget.

KIM KARDASHIAN gave birth to a girl a month early with Kanye West by her side. Meanwhile, West's record label is tracking down a leaker.

AMANDA BYNES: Crazy, or her best acting job yet?

LINDSAY LOHAN complained to people that the Betty Ford clinic was “detrimental” to her “safety and sobriety.”Semi-relatedly, Brooke Mueller also bolted from Betty.

CHARLIE SHEEN is furious at Farrah Abraham for allegedly leaking their private text message conversation.

KRISTEN STEWART feels betrayed by Katy Perry.

MICHELLE MONAGHAN and her husband are expecting their second child.

MILEY CYRUS: At 20, a showbiz veteran.

GENE WILDER was insulted by Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

IRAN: Hassan Rouhani, a "moderate" cleric and former chief nuclear negotiator, won the presidential election by a just over 50% majority, avoiding a runoff challenge.

EGYPT: President Morsi cut all diplomatic ties with the Syrian regime and said he was ready to start providing financial aid to the opposition. Morsi also called on Hezbollah to leave Syria.

LIBYA:  Due to security problems in Benghazi, Congress postponed the vote on a successor to President Magarief.

CAT punches KITTEN.

WHY CATS Love Boxes.

HUNGRY GOATS tackle invasive plants in Davenport.

SKIPPY the WALLABY is back behind bars after a late-night police chase.

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Wilson Pickett, Robyn Hitchcock, Cave Singers, Cutout Bin, Man Of Steel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the wicked, wicked WILSON PICKETT, live from Germany, circa 1968. This disappeared from the Tube, but I've managed to find almost all of it reposted there or elsewhere.  His band warms up the crowd with the instrumental "Soulfinger," but Pickett electrifies from the moment he enters for "Everybody Needs Somebody" and doesn't let up through "Ninety-Nine and a Half (Won't Do)," "Mustang Sally" and "Stagger Lee." He takes it down just a half-notch for "I'm In Love" before cranking it back into top gear for "Funky Broadway," during which people dancing in front of the stage start turning up o­nstage (And why not? This rawks almost as hard as The Who's cover of "Shakin' All Over").  The tumultuous finale of "Land of 1000 Dances" from amid the crowd remains missing, but this other "Land of 1000 Dances" from 1966 is almost as wild, and in color to boot. Raw and riveting; if this can't put you in a weekend state of mind, probably nothing can.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK returns to the KEXP studio for a set featuring songs from his latest album, "Love From London."

THE CAVE SINGERS play a set live on KEXP from the Triple Door.

MIKAL CRONIN brings a mini-set of power pop fron Frisco to KEXP.

MAVIS STAPLES shares songs from her new LP at WFUV's Studio A.

CALIFONE drops the title track to "Stitches."

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS drop the topical “Call Connected by the NSA”.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA covers "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay."

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE play "It Must Be Summer" unpluggedy.

MAXWELL'S: Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan and Soundcheck's Irene Trudel share memories of the beloved New Jersey venue.

BLACK SABBATH: 10 little-known facts about the metal legends.

THE DOORS: Johns Densmore discusses his new book about suing his bandmates.

THE 10 BEST MAGNETIC FIELDS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to The Beatles, from REM to Nena, from Marvin Gaye to Foreigner, plus the Soft Boys, The Band, General Public, Soul Asylum 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 Man Of Steel, currently scoring 59 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and This Is The End, which opened Wednesday at 83 percent.

MAN OF STEEL: As you might have guessed, the Snyder-Goyer-Nolan "more realistic" approach is a more natural fit for the Dark Knight than the Man Of Steel. Notably, there is no reference for a more gritty, realistic Krypton, and there is a consequent overborrowing from other sources, particularly The Matrix (as incongruous as that sounds). On the other hand, Earth is better served.  In particular, the screenplay does perhaps the best I have seen with Lois Lane (the never-not-good Amy Adams), getting rid of the traditionally schizophrenic "I'm a top reporter who somehow is fooled by Clark Kent's glasses" approach of the original source material.  Lois may still be a damsel in distress from time to time, but not the simplistic plot device of prior efforts.  General Zod (the never-not-good Michael Shannon) and his crew also benefit from the less comic treatment here.  And if the more serious approach means it is a bit less fun than, say, The Avengers, its third act rivals the Marvel marvel for action on an epic scale.

LINDSAY LOHAN checked out of the Betty Ford Center and into the Cliffside rehab center in Malibu...with prosecutorial approval.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to meet Teen Mom, who just got another enlargement.

MELISSA McCARTHY is profiled by the New York Times, and responds to Rex Reed's unclassy movie review.

JUSTIN BIEBER was not driving his Ferrari the day Keyshawn Johnson confronted him for reckless driving, and there's video proof.

BILLY RAY CYRUS & RUPERT MURDOCH are getting divorced, but not from each other.

STEVEN SPIELBERG & GEORGE LUCAS predict the implosion of the film industry, presumably by releasing another Indiana Jones movie. Oh, I keed.

THE UNTED STATES promised to step up military aid to Syrian rebels after confirming that the Assad regime has used chemical weapons, including sarin gas, in small-scale attacks.

SYRIA: The UN reported that over 5000 people have been killed in Syria every month since July 2012, and that the death toll has risen to at least 93,000; over 80 percent of those killed are men. More than 1700 children under the age of 10 have died; some have been tortured. Both regime forces and rebels are accused of using children as suicide bombers and human shields.

IRAN: In a field of six more or less unremarkable presidential candidates standing in Friday's poll, the shadow of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will loom larger than all of them.

A BABY SEA LION jumps onboard a boat.

MORRIS THE CAT (not the 9 Lives spokescat) runs for Mayor of Xalapa, Mexico.

VAMPIRE MOSQUITOS are no big deal, say experts.

COCKROACHES that can be controlled by mobile phone are to go on show at a technology conference in Edinburgh.

A DOG who lost a chunk of her face while saving the lives of two girls is getting a hero's welcome back home in her native Philippines after being treated by top US vets.

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