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Beck, Death Vessel, John Butler, Birdy, Surfing Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 17, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MISSION OF BURMA covering "Paperback Writer" and "Rain" at the Bell House.

BECK advance streams Morning Phase.

DEATH VESSEL advance streams Island Intervals. May not sound like you think. 

THE JOHN BUTLER TRIO stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BIRDY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE AMERICAN BREED does some wonderfully bad lip-syncing in this wonderfully cheap clip for "Bend Me, Shape Me."

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to American Songwriter about his collaboration with The Roots. 

KIM GORDON talks to The Observer about life after Sonic Youth.

MOGWAI: Barry Burns talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the band's longevity, soundtracks, and more.

SUFJAN STEVENS wants to be rapper Mac Millan.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Lego Movie repeats atop the chart with a leggy 48 million on a mere 29 percent drop from its debut; that's dang good, even accounting for a longish Valentines/President's Day weekend. In context, 48 million would be the 5th biggest opening weekend in any February. Still performing like a Pixar pic (100 million in 8 days), with no competition until Mr Peabody shows up in March. The About Last Night remake places with 27 million against a 15 million budget.  The Robocop remake shows with 21 million, but only 26 million since opening last Wednesday against a 100 million budget; it will need hefty overseas grosses to wind up in the black, once marketing and such is factored in.  The Monuments Men takes the fourth slot with 15 million on  adecent 32 percent drop,  This one should recoup its 70 million production budget here, and make up the rest worldwide.  The Endless Love remake rounds out the Top 5 with 13.4 million against a reported 20 million budget.  Below the fold, Winter's Tale opened in seventh with 7.8 millionagainst a reported 45 million budget. Ouch.

ELLEN PAGE came out as a lesbian at the Time to Thrive conference Friday, though I can't imagine many are surprised.

CHARLIE SHEEN got engaged to former adult star Brett Rossi.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA got engaged to film producer Matthew Rutler.

SIMON COWELL and girlfriend Lauren Silverman welcomed their first child together, a baby boy named Eric.

CHRIS BROWN was sued over an alleged gang beating on a baketball court; he denies the gang affiliation.

JUSTIN BIEBER: Moving to Atlanta?

DARREN SHARPER allegedly drugged multiple women and raped them in his hotel room.

THE BAFTA AWARDS went to these folks.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, tomorrow is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon

VENEZUELA: In the midst of runaway violence, inflation, and shortages of basic goods, Venezuela's youth have taken to the streets-to take on its Orwellian government.

EGYPT: The army announced the arrest of 19 Muslim Brotherhood members in Ismailia.

SYRIA: Saudi Arabia will soon supply MANPADS and antiaircraft missiles to the Free Syrian Army from warehouses in Jordan and Turkey.

IRAQI forces fought Friday to retake part of a northern town and nearby areas seized by gunmen, killing over a dozen militants and at least temporarily regaining territory.

KAMA: The Surfing Pig. Everybody's heard about the pig.

CRAZY ANTS cover themselves with acid to attack fire ants.

BIRDS get scorched over solar farms.

A BULLDOG protects his adopted kittens... mass hysteria!

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Valentine's Day, Sarah Neufeld, White Denim, Neil Finn, Cutout Bin, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

OVER 23 MILLION SERVED! Thanks for visiting regularly.

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SARAH NEUFELD of Arcade Fire shares her Black Ground EP.

WHITE DENIM, Austin based psychedelic alt-country rockers, perform songs from their new album Corsicana Lemonade on KEXP

NEIL FINN stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of his new songs.

HEAVY ROTATION: 10 Love Songs NPR Can't Stop Playing.

JOHHNY CASH: Hear "I'm Movin' On," ft Waylon Jennings, from his posthumous LP.

BENMONT TENCH of The Heartbreakers drops "Veronica Said," ahead of You Should Be So Lucky.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

ALTERNATIVE LOVE SONGS, compiled by The Guardian -- including the Bee Gees' "Nights On Broadway," which Pate also recorded.

THE 10 CHEESIEST LOVE SONGS, according to Yahoo! Music.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

CUTOUT BIN: From Gary Wright to Wilson Pickett, from The Pursuit of Happiness to Joy Division, from Van Halen to Weezer, plus ELO, Ike & Tina Turner, INXS, Tegan & Sara 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 the remake of RoboCop, which opened Wednesaday with 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Winter's Tale, which is currently scoring 13 percent; the remake of Endless Love, scoring 17 percent; and the remake of About Last Night, scoring 76 percent.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It's a think piece.

BRUCE JENNER denied reports he was quitting Keeping Up With The Kardashians -- though TMZ stands by its report, as well as the claim the family has inked a lucrative deal for future seasons.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN welcomed their second child together, a boy.

LIL KIM is knocked up.

JENNIFER ANISTON celebrated her birthday with Courtney Cox. Rembrandts reference here.

DAKOTA JOHNSON, the daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson—and granddaughter of Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren— is profiled by Vanity Fair as she shoots 50 Shades of Grey.

SHARKNADO 2: Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, and Judd Hirsch join the cast.

THE 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE COVER, revealed in time for Gratuitous Friday.

RALPH WAITE, known to millions as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons – and, more recently, as the Mark Harmon character's father, Jackson "Jack" Gibbs, on the CBS hit NCIS – died at his Palm Desert home at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the Desert Sun. He was 85.

EGYPT: Security forces reportedly thwarted an assassination attempt on a top security official in Giza. The army spokesman said 112 Islamist militants have been killed or wounded in operations in North Sinai in the past week.

IRAN: The real, unspoken reason America won't get involved in Syria.

SYRIA: The UN mediator said the Geneva II talks are failing.

A PIT BULL, DOBERMAN, and a CHIHUAHUA: Let's see who's boss.

ANOTHER GIRAFFE NAMED MARIUS may be put down by the Jyllands Park Zoo.

AN OWL attacks a rabbit hunter. Solidarity.

MONKEY STUD Moved After Making 50 Babies.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GUIDED BY VOICES drop a clip for "Planet Score," ft. comedian Rob Corddry and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad).

YUCK stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

PHANTOGRAM is advance streaming Voices.

TINARIWEN is advance streaming Emmaar.

THE CARIBBEAN streams Moon Sickness

BLITZEN TRAPPER drops "Coming Home," an outtake from their 2013 album VII. Tasty.

PAUL McCARTNEY fielded an all-Macca ensemble for "Comin' Up."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: "I make a sound like singing."

PAVEMENT: The Quietus reassesses Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 20 years later.

ROSANNE CASH talks to Mashable about the music business, social media and how her father might have responded to the changing landscape.

AGAINST ME! Laura Jane Grace and and guitarist James Bowman talk to Rolling Stone about gender, dysphoria, and more.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's diaries reveal a man who was troubled by “demons” and struggled to control them with Narcotics Anonymous meetings: “It definitely contained some soul-searching. But there is also a fair amount of rambling that doesn’t make sense.”

SARAH SILVERMAN & MICHAEL SHEEN are an item.

EVA MENDES talks about Valentine's Day without Ryan Gosling.

RHIANNA was basically bankrupt by the end of 2009.

BRUCE JENNER has Michael Jackson Syndrome.

PAULA DEEN's 75 million dollar comeback attempt.

SID CAESAR, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program Your Show of Shows, died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Police searched a residence in Crawley, West Sussex, said to have been the home of British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majid a.k.a. Abu Suleiman al-Britani, who detonated in an Al Nusrah Front assault on Aleppo prison in Syria last week.

THE UNITED STATES: Senior US intelligence officials offered a more alarming assessment of al-Qaeda than President Barack Obama’s declaration that the organization is on the run and headed toward defeat.

SYRIA: A senior U.S. intelligence official warned of a "very real" risk of extremist groups gaining control of Syrian chemical or biological weapons.

 

CAT TRIES TO APOLOGIZE, to a point.

GATOR the PITBULL gets a second chance at life.

FISH ON WHEELS: Let's go to the video.

TRAFFIC STOP interrupted by wolves.

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Broken Bells, Suzanne Vega, New Bums, Shocking Pinks, Mohawk Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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QUILT drops a video for "Tie Up The Tides."

BROKEN BELLS performs a mini-set for WNYC Soundcheck.

SUZANNE VEGA plays "Luka", "Tom's Diner"and two new ones in a Tiny Desk Concert.

NEW BUMS advance stream Voices In A Rented Room.

SHOCKING PINKS advance stream their triple LP, Guilt Mirrors.

THE BLACK LIPS drop “Justice After All,” ahead of Underneath The Rainbow.

WOODS drop "Moving To The Left," ahead of With Light And With Love.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

PRINCE: Every hairstyle, 1978-2013.

THE HOLD STEADY: Noisey surveys the band's first decade.

RAY DAVIES, DONOVAN, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly are the latest group of inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 12. Solid. From a Pate perspective, notable that Gouldman wrote "For Your Love."

 

THE TOP 10 BETA BAND SONGS, according to Stereogum.

SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK, ho as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85. Her daughter Lori was a bassist for the Melvins.

TOM BROKAW revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making.

JUSTIN BIEBER could be ordered to leave the US if he's charged and convicted of vandalism in the egging case... but it's unlikely.

KRISTEN STEWART: Director Rupert Sander's life is spiraling downward while he still holds a torch for her.

DAVID CASSIDY's wife files for divorce after his third DUI arrest. I think she doesn't love him. Get unhappy.

BILLY RAY CYRUS releases a hip-hop sequel to "Achy Breaky Heart," presumably to shame his daughter Miley.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 205th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

SYRIA: The Obama administration is engaged in a debate about the extent of the president’s powers to use lethal force against terrorist organizations, and the deliberations have been accelerated by al-Qaeda’s recent decision to sever ties with a violent Islamist group in Syria.

PAKISTAN: The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped Al Qaeda militants plan attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan and is actively plotting future attacks, officials said Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: US Forces-Afghanistan condemned the Afghan government's order to free 65 "dangerous individuals" from custody.

MOHAWK CAT: Let's go to the video.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A dog with two noses.

NASAR THE HORSE came in from a snowstorm, decided he preferred the house.

CROCODILES can climb trees.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FLAMING LIPS & SEAN LENNON covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," while Lauryn Hill covered "Something" at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a Twofer Tuesday after the big Beatleversary.

THE PIXIES play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

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

NILS LOFGREN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including my Nils fave, "No Mercy." 

ST LUCIA stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

WALTER MARTIN (The Walkmen) guests Karen O on "Sing To Me."  There's... yodeling.

ETERNAL SUMMERS drop "Never Enough" ahead of The Drop Beneath.

BLEEDING RAINBOW "Tell Me" ahead of Interrupt.

KLAXONS drop "Children of the Sun" ahead of their third album.

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD: "(You've Got Me) Danglin' On a String."

ST VINCENT: Over eggs and spinach, Annie Clark sketches her bio for The Observer.

INXS: Lesser-known nuggets are compiled at SPIN

XIU XIU is profiled at PopMatters.

ANNA CALVI is profiled by the the Halesowen News.(Thx, LHB.)

JUSTIN BIEBER: The L.A. County District Attorney has surveillance video that should make it pretty easy to prosecute Justin Bieber for allegedly egging his neighbor's house.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's alleged drug dealer claims he could have savd the actor.

AMY ADAMS was appalled that Valentino tried to use her and Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral as a promo stunt.

JULIA ROBERTS grieves the overdose death of her half-sister.

CHRIS KATTAN: Busted for DUI.

LIAM HEMSWORTH & NINA DOBREV were caught canoodling in an Atlanta bar.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham authorized more than one sex tape, as everyone suspected.

THE UNITED STATES is said to be considering a drone strike on an American member of al Qaeda in an unnamed foreign country who is plotting attacks against US citizens overseas. President Obama and President Hollande of France jointly announced new strategic cooperation between their countries on combating terrorism as well as other endeavors.

IRAN: As part of seven promised "confidence-building" measures on its nuclear program due for completion by May 15, Iran agreed to provide information to the IAEA on its detonators. A top IAEA official said progress at the Feb. 8-9 talks was good but much work remains to be done to examine possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear program. Iran claimed to have successfully test-fired two new missiles, an advanced ballistic missile with a fragmentation warhead and a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile.

A GIANT PANDA enjoyed the recent snowfall at the Toronto Zoo.

A GREAT DANE called Freddy is believed to be Britain's biggest dog - and he's still only a puppy.

PURR MINISTER vote-rigging scandal rocks Parliament. But not Funkadelic.

A GIANT JELLYFISH washed ashore Down Under.

 

 

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