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AC Newman, Head & the Heart, Madness, Adele, Meerkat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I'M HAVING A PERSONAL TECH ISSUE TODAY, SO NO PICS... but all the usual links.

THE SHINS play "No Way Down" and "The Rifle's Spiral" for Conan.

A.C. NEWMAN is advance streaming Shut Down the Streets.

THE DAREDEVIL CHRISTOPER WRIGHT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

HACIENDA stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MADNESS drops "My Girl 2" ahead of Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da.

ADELE: Hear a snippet from her theme for the next James Bond pic, "Skyfall."


THE KINGSMEN: "Money (That's What I Want)," in glorious color

THE 1990s: When Alternative Music Became Mainstream.

GRIZZLY BEAR: What does indie-rock royalty buy in 2012?

THE WOODEN SKY frontman Gavin Gardiner talks to The Line of Best Fit about his early influences, touring, and rock n' roll history. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

YOKO ONO talks to Billboard about her legacy, politics and new album with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore.


BRITNEY SPEARS has been under a conservatorship for more than four years now, and as part of that, those close to The X Factor judge keep a close eye on her internet and cell phone use, according to RadarOnline.

GEORGE CLOONEY is reportedly cutting back on his time with Stacy Keibler.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON will put aside their personal lives in order to help promote the lives of Bella and Edward for the last installment of "The Twilight Saga." Shocka.

LINDSAY LOHAN is vowing to get her revenge on the congressional aide she accused of choking her at the W Hotel on Park Avenue South in the early hours of Sunday morning.

JOHN TRAVOLTA & OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN are reuniting for a Christmas album.

DANIEL CRAIG tells GQ he misses getting falling down drunk in public, among other things.


RUSSIA: A Moscow court ruled that a controversial anti-Islam film can be banned in Russia, as the film was deemed extremist and capable of inciting ethinic and religious hatred.

GERMANY: A classified report by Germany's foreign intelligence agency says that insider attacks against NATO forces are likely to increase, the Taliban reintegration program will be ineffective, Afghan and US peace talks with the Taliban will go nowhere, Afghan president Hamid Karzai is more likely to defer to insurgents than institute needed reforms, and a greater commitment of foreign troops will be needed to stabilize the country after 2014.

SYRIA: In Homs, government forces evicted thousands of residents and then demolished their homes. Fighting spread across the old section of Aleppo. Government forces shelled towns in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

AFGHANISTAN: With the surge of American troops over and the Taliban still a potent threat, American generals and civilian officials acknowledge that they have all but written off what was once one of the cornerstones of their strategy to end the war here: battering the Taliban into a peace deal.


A MEERKAT warms himself by the fireplace.

STONER DOGS on the rise in Colorado.

PET MONKEY Under House Arrest.

A 25-LB DOG discovered in the engine compartment of a Chevy Silverado in San Clemente on Monday is doing fine, said to have survived a 110-mile journey on a hot autumn Southern California day with no apparent ill effects.

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New Releases, This Many Boyfriends, Mumford & Sons, Baby Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ALABAMA SHAKES play "I Ain't The Same" at Kinks frontman Ray Davies' Konk Studios in London.

NEW RELEASES from The Vaccines, Matt & Kim, Mountain Goats, Heart and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

THIS MANY BOYFRIENDS, with references to Talking Heads, Orange Juice and the Pastels, is streaming their self-titled debut LP.

MUMFORD & SONS stopped by World Cafe to chat about how they achieved success. And, of course, they perform songs from Babel.

HOLY GHOST TENT REVIVAL, recalling '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz, get featured by World Cafe: Next.

THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT: Barney Hoskyns' new oral history of Led Zeppelin is excerpted at The Quietus.

JAMES MURPHY talks to The Observer about the Velvet Underground, Bowie and Can, and what made him first want to make music.

TORI AMOS talks to The Observer about  playing the piano at two and a half, rage and big ears.

FRANKIE VALLI talks to Weekend Edition about the Four Seasons, his falsetto, hair products...

LINDSAY LOHAN called the police after she claims she was assaulted in her New York City hotel room. The charges were later dropped.

ANNE HATHAWAY finally got her fairy-tale ending when she married actor-jewelry designer Adam Shulman Saturday night.

DREW BARRYMORE and Will Kopelman welcomed their first child - a daughter — on Wednesday.

JUSTIN BIEBER threw up on stage. Video at the link.

ASHTON KUCHER & DEMI MOORE are legally married -- not just in a Kabbalah ceremony -- raising the question of why no divorce papers have been filed yet.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER was lying through his gap teeth when he claimed Maria Shriver knew he was banging other women during their marriage ... this according to multiple sources connected to Maria.

STANLEY TUCCI & FELICITY BLUNT went ahead with a formal wedding ceremony.

SEAN MacFARLANE will host the 85th Academy Awards.

SAUDI ARABIA: In the Saudi version of Ikea's annual furniture booklet, all the women who appear in the catalog published in other countries have been removed via photo retouching.

SYRIA: In Homs, government forces evicted thousands of residents and then demolished their homes. Fighting spread across the old section of Aleppo. Government forces shelled towns in the eastern suburbs of Damascus.

AFGHANISTAN: US military deaths have reached 2000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

BABY GOATS on a See-Saw.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A "small animal" is believed responsible for bullet train delays affecting 68000 passengers in Japan.

A KITTEN survives the spin cycle.

OSCAR the DOG goes globe-trotting to raise awareness of abandoned pooches.

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Tame Impala, Freelance Whales, Lord Huron, New Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION WATCH: Conditions have created a significant risk of a band reunion occurring in early July 2013. Pate is looking for input from friends and fans via the Claude Pate Facebook page.  I have also set up and will monitor PateBlog on the Twitter, as well as PateBlog -at- aol.com for email (laugh at the aol, but why not be period?). We'll also be looking to set up additional lines of communication as needed and as plans warrant.  The last reunion was great; get involved to help get another one rolling!

GRIZZLY BEAR drops a video "Yet Again."

TAME IMPALA is advance streaming Lonerism.

FREELANCE WHALES is advance streaming Diluvia.

LORD HURON is advance streaming Lonesome Dreams.

OKTOBERFEST:  NPR has your streaming playlist.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself."

CORIN TUCKER talks to Pitchfork about loving "Portlandia" and Fiona Apple, listening to Skrillex, wanting to work with the Roots, and women's rights.

TWO GALLANTS: Adam Stephens talks to Drowned In Sound about the state of music, musical duos and more.

KRISTY MacCOLL: Will the re-release of her first four albums finally get the great British pop singer-songwriterher due?

LEE HAZLEWOOD: The A.V. Club suggests points of entry for new fans.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hotel Transylvania tops the chart with 43 million, a record opening for September.  A showing that strong sets up an interesting confrontation with Tim Burton's Frankenweenie next wekend.  Looper places with a strong 21 million (against a 30 million budget), showing audiences were willing to give Joseph Grodon-Levitt and Bruce Willis a chance with a complex premise and a quirky director.  Last week's champ, End of Watch, shows with 8 million, which is gravy against its low budget, especially given that the film was financed in part by both the Regal and AMC theater chains. Trouble With the Curve collects another 7.5 milion, holding pretty well (as I suspected last week).  House At the End of the Street rounds out the Top Five with an 7.2 million, off 42 percent, but still a pretty good hold for a horror movie.  Below the fold, Pitch Perfect (No. 6), on 335 screens, outgrossed Won't Back Down (No. 10) on 2515 screens. Ouch.

LOOPER: Director Rian Johnson brings us a movie we have not seen a million times before.  I say that despite the trajectory of the plot being predictable -- a certain amount of that comes with the time-travel subgenre.  But Looper is some old skool sci-fi, in the sense that it clearly aims to have the audience think about an issue larger than the plot.  As such, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and a blonde Emily Blunt are given much more to do than fire their guns, though they do that a lot, to ultra-violent effect.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: Amid reports that they were back living together, moving vans were once again spotted outside the L.A. area home they once shared.  Their friends don't believe it will last.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER admitted to having an affair with actress Brigitte Nielsen — while still dating Maria Shriver.

MALIN ACKERMAN and her husband Roberto Zincone are expecting their first child together.

BRITNEY SPEARS' former friend Sam Lutfi claims drug-sniffing dogs found a secret stash of crystal meth in her house during the dark months before her infamous meltdown.

JOHNNY DEPP made a surprise visit to the Comanche Nation Fair in Oklahoma.

RYAN GOSLING isn't the number one choice to play Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of  Fifty Shades of Grey.

LIBYA: The US intelligence community is finally coming around to the conclusion that the Sept. 11 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, was "a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists," and that "some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al Qaeda."

THE UNITED NATIONS: Muslim leaders were in unison arguing that the West was hiding behind its defense of freedom of speech and ignoring cultural sensitivities in the aftermath of anti-Islam slurs that have raised fears of a widening East-West cultural divide.

SYRIA: After several days of fighting, a rebel offensive in the city of Aleppo made little progress against more heavily armed government forces.

AFGHANISTAN: The top US military commander in Afghanistan is being transferred and another Marine general will take over the war effort early next year as the United States and its allies shrink their combat role against the still-potent insurgency.

A NEW CAT helps kick off Rocktober.

A DRUG-SNIFFING DOG now is the only certified member of the police force in the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn.

A NEW SPECIES OF FISH is not to be messed with.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN: Rocktober kicks off with a world record 1845.5 lb specimen.

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Pate Reunion, Byrds, Regina Spektor, Mountain Goats, Cutout Bin, Dog + Lamb   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION WATCH: Conditions have created a significant risk of a band reunion occurring in early July 2013. Pate is looking for input from friends and fans via the Claude Pate Facebook page.  I have also set up and will monitor PateBlog on the Twitter, as well as PateBlog -at- aol.com for email (laugh at the aol, but why not be period?). We'll also be looking to set up additional lines of communication as needed and as plans warrant.  The last reunion was great; get involved to help get another one rolling!

...and now, our regularly scheduled programming...


... with THE BYRDS! The turning of the seasons had me in the mood for this rare live threefer of "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "Bells of Rhymney" and "Mr. Tambourine Man", introduced by... David McCallum? There are more screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."

REGINA SPEKTOR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE WALKMEN played before a live studio audience in KUT's Studio 1a.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle recently dropped by WNYC Soundcheck to play a solo session at the piano, and to share the origins of his new music.

MOON DUO is advance streaming the psychedelic Circles.

PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

PATTERSON HOOD sets the record straight about what his output means with PopMatters. And tells Straight.com that songwriting may have saved his life.

JOHN CALE talks to The Guardian about his love of hip-hop, why tangerines are more tempting than drugs, and why he doesn't feel bad about taking his anger out on pianos ... or chickens.

THE DECEMBERISTS' frontman Colin Meloy talks to the Salt Lake Tribune about his next children's book. (Thx, LHB.)

THE BEACH BOYS: Mike Love fires Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks. So sadly predictable.

CUTOUT BIN: From Andy Williams to Teenage Fanclub, from Dubley Moore to Prince, from Los Lobos to Rose Royce, plus Waterboys, Glen Campbell, Nick Lowe, Susanna Hoffs 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: Hotel Transylvania, which is currenly scoring 47 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Looper, which is scoring 92 percent; and Won't Back Down, scoring 31 percent.

SONS OF ANARCHY: Law enforcement sources believe Johnny Lewis was on PCP or meth when he allegedly killed a woman and then fell to his death. Seems like this story will keep getting worse and worse.

REESE WITHERSPOON is a mom for the third time.

TOM CRUISE: The ever-reliable Star magazine asks: Could Scientology's most famous ambassador be parting ways with the church?

AMANDA BYNES is reportedly going to great lengths to avoid Lindsay Lohan.

ERIN MORAN has hit some very unHappy Days; she's homeless and haggard.

HERBERT LOM, the versatile Czech-born actor who could play Napoleon Bonaparte or a witch hunter with equal aplomb but who was perhaps best known as Peter Sellers’s frustrated boss in the Pink Panther franchise (but was also great in the original version of The Ladykillers), died on Thursday at his home in London. He was 95.

THE UNITED NATIONS: Muslim leaders demanded international action to stop religious insults in a challenge to Pres Obama's defense of freedom of expression at the UN General Assembly.

TURKEY: Prime Minister Erdogan said he might be willing to negotiate with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, which has been fighting for a separate Kurdish state since 1984 in a conflict that has killed over 40000 people so far.

SYRIA: Several thousand rebels fighters launched a "decisive attack" for control of the city of Aleppo. The Al Nusra Front claimed responsibility for the double suicide bombing of the Syrian Army headquarters in Damascus on Wednesday. More than 300 people died in Wednesday's fighting.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq launched a suicide assault on the Tasfirat prison in Tikrit; one guard was killed. Security forces detained a senior terrorist in Baghdad. US special operations forces reportedly have deployed to Iraq to advise and train security forces.

LAMB & DOG, cuddling together...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant, self-immolating rodent ignites a grass fire in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

PYTHONS tour Rome. No parrot sketch.


VAMPIRE SQUID: Garbage disposals of the ocean.

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Andy Williams RIP, No Doubt, Bloc Party, Conor Oberst, Orphan Ape + Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANDY WILLIAMS, the affable, boyishly handsome crooner who defined both easy listening and wholesome, easygoing charm for many American pop music fans in the 1960s, most notably with his signature song, "Moon River," died on Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo. He was 84.

NO DOUBT is advance streaming Push and Shove via Spotify.

BLOC PARTY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CONOR OBERST stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.


HOSPITALITY dops a new single, "Monkey."

THE KINKS: "Victoria," live in Rhode Island, circa 1979.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to TIME about songwriting for tortured souls.

BETH ORTON talks to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the Sugaring Season.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to New York magazine about scoring a ballet.

SONIC YOUTH is still recovering stolen guitars 13 years later, with the help of fans.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON have reconciled and are shacking up again, according to Us Weekly.

TOM CRUISE: His life alone.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS promises an unconventional memoir.

NICOLE SCHERZINGER denies swapping spit with Chris Brown inside a Hollywood nightclub, insisting the two were simply talking ... very closely.

RUSSELL BRAND hints at the real reasons for his split with Katy Perry.


JENNU "JWOWW" FARLEY is engaged.

THE "SNOOKI LAW" would allow New Jersey towns to regulate the shooting of reality TV there and impose conditions including requiring TV crews to pay for additional police officers needed to assure public safety.

LIBYA: The decision to withdraw the CIA team from Benghazi drew criticism from former officers, who called it an overly cautious response to the Sept. 11 attack, which killed two security officers, an information technology officer and the U.S. ambassador, J. Christopher Stevens.

YEMEN: President Hadi said the government is willing to negotiate with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula if the terror group disarms.

SYRIA: Two suicide bombs exploded outside Syrian Army headquarters in central Damascus, killing four guards. The rebel Free Syrian Army claimed responsibility. Forty people were massacred outside Damascus. French President Francois Hollande called on the UN to protect liberated zones.

PAKISTAN is developing non-strategic nuclear weapons.

ORPHAN APE & STRAY CAT are best friends...

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A reckless driver tells police he was under attack by a militant rodent.

A KILLER BEAR roams Fukushima, not Godzilla-sized... yet.

A BABY ELEPHANT born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park has been named Quinsa.

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