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Jeff Mangum, Black Keys, Local Natives, She & Him, Dog & Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 10, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JEFF MANGUM of Neutral Milk Hotel played his first show in years Thursday night, as part of a benefit show for New Zealand musician Chris Knox. SPIN rounds up video, including "Oh Comely."

THE BLACK KEYS are advance streaming Brothers.

TRACEY THORN (Everything But the Girl) is advance streaming Love And Its Opposite.

LOCAL NATIVES played the World Cafe Live on Friday; you can stream the gig on demand via NPR, including a cover of the Talking Heads' "Warning Sign."

SHE & HIM stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BLACK FRANCIS & JOEY SANTIAGO cover "The Cover of the Rolling Stone" for a Shel Silverstein tribute album.

PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away." Classic power-pop.

SAM PHILLIPS is the focus of an L.A. Times piece on alt-financing for alt-music.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison talks to the Chicago Tribune about the band's bigger sound and bigger audiences.

GAYNGS: Ryan Olson talks to The Quietus about the indie-star about the collection of tracks inspired by 10cc's maudlin masterpiece of creative multi-tracking, "I'm Not In Love: -- all recorded at 69 beats per minute.

THAX DOUGLAS has moved from Chicago to Austin. Be sure to stay for the kicker.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Iron Man 2 cruises above the competition with 133,6 million.  That's the fifth biggest opening weekend ever, behind The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, The Twilight Saga: New Moon, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. This sequel opened overseas last week, where it has already grossed another 194 million. The budget estimates range from 175-200 million, so this will be a big hit for Marvel/ Disney and a windfall for Paramount, which takes about eight percent just to distribute it.  A Nightmare on Elm Street carters 72 percent into second place with 9.2 million, for a 48.5 million total on a 35 million budget.  How to Train Your Dragon takes in another 6.8 million and breaks the 200 million mark domestically. Date Night shows legs as counter-programming, making another 5.3 million, for an 80.9 million total on a 55 million budget.  The Back Up Plan struggles to stay in the Top Five with 4.3 million, though it probably won't be counted as a flop.  Below the fold, Clash of the Titans, The Losers and Kick-Ass cratered, all victims of Stark Enterprises.

TIGER WOODS... and Jesse James mistress Michelle McGee? Too good/awful to check.

KENDRA WILKINSON made more than one sex tape, according to RadarOnline.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Any plea deal for his Aspen criminal case would likely include jail time. Meanwhile, he's hoping to do more of Two and a Half Men for 1.2 to 1.3 million per episode.

TOM CRUISE: Secretly mocked by his fellow Scientologists?

JENNIFER ANISTON & NICOLE KIDMAN, Hula Dancing. Let's go to the video.

COLIN HANKS got hitched to publicist Samantha Bryant Saturday in Los Angeles.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Not talking about Jeremy Renner.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX: Even buyers are not sure if his documentary is a prank -- though it sure sounds like one.

TWILIGHT fans are burdening their children in increasing numbers. And the dating stories are heating up again to promote the next installment of the franchise.

TERROR in NYC: Attorney General Eric Holder said the Taliban in Pakistan directed the plot to bomb Times Square and may have also financed it.The failed bombing in Times Square may signal that militant leaders in Pakistan have shifted their focus to targets in the US and other Western countries instead of sticking to their home base, according to US counterterrorism officials.  The Obama administration has delivered new and stiff warnings to Pakistan that it must urgently move against the nexus of Islamic militancy in the country's lawless tribal regions.

IRAQ: The recount in Baghdad is 50 percent complete; no major change in the result are expected.

DOG RIDES TORTOISE: Let's go to the video.

A 4000 LB RHINO escaped from its cage at the Jacksonville Zoo.

THREE BABY LIONS debuted at the Bronx Zoo. Pics and video at the link. Summon the animals to appear.

MOOSE on the loose.

A WAYWARD PARROT returned home for the booze.

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Marshall Crenshaw, Vivian Girls, Replacements, Cutout Bin, Top Cat Clips   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 07, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with MARSHALL CRENSHAW! Live at the Ritz, circa 1982 -- pretty much the era that influenced early Pate.  Your setlist includes "Whenever You're On My Mind," "There She Goes Again," "Someday, Someway," "Soldier of Love," "Shake, Rattle and Roll," "Mary Anne," and "Cynical Girl."

THE VIVIAN GIRLS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

ANI DiFRANCO played the Mountain Stage; you can stream the gig on demand.

MARGOT & THE NUCLEAR SO & SOs dropped two new tracks on Spinner.

SAM AMIDON stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BURT BACHARACH & HAL DAVID survey their partnership in a lengthy Fresh Air piece prompted by the revival of the musical, Promises, Promises.

TOM LEHRER gets a feature plus audio and video via Fresh Air.

THE REPLACEMENTS "rescued a whole planet from '80s music," according to Nick Hornby.  Josh Neas of Aquarium Drunkard sat down with Courtney Smith for an Uncensored Discussion of the band and its legacy.

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." For the weekend.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger and Aaron Dessner talk to the BBC about the leisurely recording of High Violet.

PAVEMENT: Bob Nastanovich talks to the Des Moines Register about the band's reunion -- and his work in the sport of horse racing. (Thx, LHB.)

JOSH RITTER, his grass-roots networking and his licensing agent are part of a story in the New York Times.

LINDA STEIN: Natavia Lowery, the convicted murderer of the former manager of the Ramones has been sentenced to "27 years to life" in prison.

CUTOUT BIN: From REM to Little Richard, from the Beatles to Wire, from the English Beat to the Standells, from the Ramones to the Stones, plus Grace Potter, David Bowie, George Harrison, Rockpile and more -- this weekend's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: Iron Man 2, the weekend's sole wide release, is currently scoring 68 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Babies opens on about 500 screens, scoring 67 percent.

IRON MAN 2 is a fun, flashy, action-packed kick-off to the summer movie season, though ultimately shallower copy of the original.  Its third act delivers more than the climax of the first flick; the problem rests in the first two acts.  In the original, the first two acts had action with emotion and meaning for the character, e.g., the sacrifice enabling Tony Stark's escape, or his first, redemptive battle against terrorists in a village.  This time, the screenplay is so busy being outrageous and snappy (and managing a lot of plot and characters) that Tony's physical and mental problems are not brought enough into focus.  Nevertheless, Robert Downey, Jr. chews the scenery with irresistible relish -- as does the always excellent Sam Rockwell as Stark's business rival, Justin Hammer. And Scarlett Johansson gets to unleash hell in a catsuit, so it's hard to complain.  As with the first installment, staying until the credits have finished is recommended.

KENDRA WILKINSON secretly tried to shop the graphic sex tape she is now trying to stop from being released. And she's making that fight part of her reality TV show.

LAWRENCE TAYLOR: The former Giants star was arrested for allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl at a Rockland County hotel, authorities said.

SANDRA BULLOCK is packing up and leaving L.A. to get away from her soon-to-be ex-husband Jesse James and their marital wreckage.  Meanwhile, Michelle McGee continued to hold Bullock partially responsible for McGee's tawdry affair with  James.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Cruise played along while Holmes belted out the sassy showtune "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets" at a charity benefit. Video at the link.

JENNA JAMESON breaks down on video while describing the alleged abuse from Tito Ortiz that she supposedly recanted just a few days ago.

JUDE LAW and SIENNA MILLER were... wait for it... caught canoodling over a lusty lunch in NYC.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to Elle about relationships, privacy, and her critics...who will probably find more material in the article.

TERROR in NYC: Accused Times Square Bomber Faisal Shahzad linked up with the Pakistani Taliban through the internet and had a web of jihadist contacts that included big names tied to terror attacks in the US and abroad.

AFGHANISTAN: Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the most senior Afghan Taliban leader in custody in Pakistan, is providing important information to American officials on the inner workings of the Taliban, pivotal insights as the United States looks ahead to negotiations to end the war in Afghanistan.  NATO commanders scrapped a helicopter assault by hundreds of US and Afghan troops last week because the Afghans weren't able to take charge.  Top Taliban leaders could be offered exile outside Afghanistan if they agree to stop fighting the government of Hamid Karzai, a long-expected peace plan by the Afghan government will propose later this month.

THE 10 BEST CAT VIDEOS on YouTube. Most -- but not all -- of these will be familiar to regular Pate visitors.

GUARD LLAMA controversy in Colorado Springs.

THE BIRDS: Nearly a dozen pedestrians in downtown West Palm Beach claim to have been attacked by a "crazy bird" that swoops through the air.

AT LEAST TWO FLESH-EATING PIRANHA reportedly escaped from their aquarium during Nashville's recent flood.

A SEA LION PUP has been captured after hiding under a San Diego police car for four hours in the middle of a road.

MONKEY BUTLERS: Heroic troops maimed fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq are being given trained monkeys to help perform everyday tasks.

A LEOPARD and a GOLDEN RETRIEVER, reared together... Mass Hyteria!

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The Clientele, Owen Pallett, Roy Orbison, Giant Carp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 06, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS brought "Better Things" to Fallon.

THE CLIENTELE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OWEN PALLETT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a chat and mini-set.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set

ROY ORBISON got a feature plus tracks from All Things Considered.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman A.C. Newman is guest-blogging at Rolling Stone, starting with the influence of Cheap trick and Black Sabbath on "Your Hands (Together)." He's also got blog love for Felt.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to the Herald (Scotland) about filling the void left by the Replacements, Husker Dü and Buffalo Tom. (Thx, LHB.)

SPOON frontman Britt Daniel talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about luck being the residue of effort.

THE WHITE STRIPES: Jack believes Meg has beaten her anxiety issues, which would pave the way for new work.

CHARLIE SHEEN has surrendered legal custody of the two kids he had with Denise Richards. Gawker looks at his current pre-nup.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS gets a misspelled star on the Walk of Fame. Congrats, Luis!

SANDRA BULLOCK is beefing up her divorce team.

KENDRA WILKINSON has become involved in a messy legal battle to stop the release of a sordid sex tape, according to RadarOnline. Hef's ex gal pal has a sex tape? I. Am. Stunned.

LINDSAY LOHAN has not attended the required number of alcohol ed courses - and school officials are saying Lindsay has "a bad attitude" and "entitlement issues."  Shocka.

MADONNA is Interview-ed by director Gus Van Sant.

MACHETE dropped an "illegal" trailer, ripped from today's headlines. Remember - it's the trailer for a movie inspired by a trailer. Do I need to mention it's NSFW?

TERROR in NYC: The Connecticut man charged yesterday with the botched Times Square car bombing confessed to trying to slaughter innocent people in retaliation for US drone attacks that wiped out the leadership of his beloved Taliban, according to the NYP. US and Pakistani investigators are giving increased credence to links between Times Square bombing suspect Faisal Shahzad and the Pakistan Taliban; if the links are verified, it would mark a stark shift in how the Pakistan Taliban-an affiliate of the Taliban in Afghanistan-and related jihadist groups in Pakistan pursue their goals.

IRAN: The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps will increase control of Iran's energy sector.

IRAQ: An agreement to form an alliance between Iranian-backed Shiite blocs gives the final say on political disputes to Iraq's top clerics, solidifying a role for the Shiite religious leadership in the country's likely new government.

A GIANT CARP washed up in the Tennessee flood.

A 200-LB BEAR was rescued from a tree in Oxnard, CA.

A YOUNG STAG was rescued from a school gate in Cold Ash, Berkshire.

CLOUDED LEOPARD CUBS born at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute on Feb. 14 have been determined to be male. Awww...some pic.

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Cinco de Mayo, New Pr0nographers, Pavement, Protection Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 05, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded," from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? With a bit of "Turn On Your Love Light" in the middle. "Evangeline" was on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO reels off about a minute of "Whole Lotta Love" before covering "All the Young Dudes."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS are profiled by the Vancouver Sun, with Carl Newman mentioning the band's parallels with Broken Social Scene.

PAVEMENT guitarist Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, talks to The Scotsman about the reunion.

THE BLACK KEYS: Pat Carney talks to Billboard about the new album's creative process.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT: At the San Antonio Current, Matt Schultz gamely addresses the common (for him) question about the influence of his impoverished, Christian upbringing on the band's sound.

DAVID BOREANAZ & JAIME BERGMAN: RadarOnlie claims that he cheated on her with... wait for it... Tiger Woods' mistress Rachel Uchitel... while Bergman was pregnant. And Uchitel and another woman have retained Gloria Allred as an attorney, which increases the probability that this will be an ugly, public mess, with charges of extortion, etc.

KEANU REEVES & CHARLIZE THERON shared a romantic dinner at a Beverly Hills restaurant - and a really intimate goodbye hug and kiss on the way out.

TIGER WOODS: In Part II of his investigation into the Tiger Woods scandal, Vanity Fair's, Mark Seal delves further into the peculiar world of the billionaire golfer, and examines how disastrously he and his advisers handled the scandal that shattered his carefully constructed image. ALSO: Woods used the same off-color joke as a pick-up line for at least a decade.

BRET MICHAELS is out of the hospital, in stable condition and on his way to a full recovery.

JENNA JAMESON and one of her two boys with Tito Ortiz were rushed to the hospital in an ambulance Monday night around midnight - and were taken from their O.C. home on a stretcher. It appears the boy had a stomach flu.

CAMERON DIAZ was photographed leaving Alex Rodriguez's NYC apartment building Sunday morning.

JAMES FRANCO dodged some dicey questions alluding to his sexuality at a panel discussion following Sunday's Tribeca Film Fest premiere of his doc, "Saturday Night."

COREY HAIM died of a bad heart and pneumonia, not drugs, according to the L.A. County Coroner's report.

TERROR in NYC: The suspect in a failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square admitted his role in the plot and told investigators he had received training in bomb-making in his native Pakistan. A Pakistani intelligence official said Tuesday that at least two persons were arrested in that country as investigators pursued leads overseas.

AFGHANISTAN: The number of US forces in Afghanistan will soon outnumber those in Iraq.

IRAQ: Security forces captured the leader of Ansar al Islam. In post-election Iraq, the Shiite Mahdi Army is quietly regrouping, while the Sunni Awakening is frustrated.

ULTIMATE PROTECTION CAT: Let's go to the surveillance video.

THE WORLD'S BIGGEST BEAVER DAM -- more than twice the length of the Hoover dam -- can be seen from space.

DEER crash a bar to see the Bucks.

WOOLY MAMMOTHS could one day walk the Earth again. What could go wrong?

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New Releases, Dead Weather, Gogol Bordello, Tambourine Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 04, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLD STEADY brought "The Weekenders" to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

NEW RELEASES: The Hold Steady, Broken Social Scene, New Pr0nographers, Free Energy, Minus the Bear, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE DEAD WEATHER is advance streaming Sea of Cowards (for more than 24 hours this time).

THE NATIONAL's advance stream of High Violet comes to NPR.

GOGOL BORDELLO stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE was featured on Weekend Edition Sunday.

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

GALAXIE 500: An Oral History, featuring Dean, Naomi, Byron Coley and more...

SAMBASSADEUR: Anna Persson talked to Under the Radar about the band's history, its new album, and the reason the four-piece has never yet set foot on US soil. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE BESNARD LAKES: Jace Lasek talks to Straight.com about relentless touring and prog rock.

FOUR TYPES OF MUSIC PURCHASERS: Lessons for musicians from the merch table.

CHARLIE SHEEN & BROOKE MUELLER issued a joint statement denying both parts of a report that the couple have reached a secret financial deal for their impending divorce.

HALLE BERRY kicked Gabriel Aubry out of the house months ago.

DAVID BOREANAZ admits he cheated on wife Jaime Bergman after a former mistress threatened to go public.

JENNA JAMESON and TITO ORTIZ are reconciling, once the retraining order dissolves.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-con dad claims he's going start conservatorship proceedings for Li-Lo. Meanwhile, photographer  Tyler Shields claims Lohan will play Linda Lovelace in an indie flick called Inferno.

JOHHNY DEPP saved a friend from a mugging in L.A.

SETH GREEN married model-actress Clare Grant on Saturday.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's vanished ex-lover has a dossier filled with guns, lies and missing money.

LYNN REDGRAVE, twice-Oscar nominated member of the Redgrave acting dynasty, died at 67, following a long battle with breast cancer.

SPIDER-MAN thwarted a robbery attempt at a comic shop in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, with the aid of The Flash and some trusted Jedi Knights wielding lightsabers.

TERROR in NYC: Authorities arrested a US citizen of Pakistani descent, Shahzad Faisal, as a suspect in the attempted weekend car bombing in Times Square.  Officials said Monday that they have developed domestic and international leads in a plot that appears more complex now than it did when the investigation began.  Forensic evidence uncovered in the vehicle led them to a Middle Eastern man's name that was familiar to counter terrorism investigators.

IRAQ: The head of the Independent High Election Commission said the vote recount will not change the election result.


MARU the box cat gets a tambourine.

BRITAIN faces an invasion of parakeets, electric ants and super wasps, experts warn.

A GERMAN has unofficially married his cat after the animal fell ill and vets told him it might not live much longer, Bild newspaper reports. (Thx, Lance!)

MOST PETS are right or left handed, just like humans, scientists have discovered.

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