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Noel Harrison RIP, Los Campesinos!, Minor Alps, Shake Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BESNARD LAKES drop a NSFW video for "Color Yr Lights In."

LOS CAMPESINOS! advance stream No Blues.

MINOR ALPS: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf) advance stream Get There.

WORRIERS advance stream their poppunk debut, Cruel Optimist.

ELLIOTT SMITH, Live at the Black Cat, April 17, 1998. Includes covers of John Lennon, The Zombies, and Big Star.

LINDA THOMPSON is joined by ex-husband Richard and son Teddy on her new LP, profiled by Fresh Air.

SUPERCHUNK drops an unpluggedy version of "Breaking Down."

WOODEN SHIPS drop "Back To Land," the title track to their next LP.

CUT COPY drops "We Are Explorers" ahead of  Free Your Mind. A bit too synth-dance for me, but maybe you'll dig it.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops a proto-demo for "Impossible Soul."

NOEL HARRISON, son of the actor Rex Harrison, best known for recording the hit song "The Windmills Of Your Mind" for The Thomas Crown Affair soundtrack, has died at 79.

SLEIGH BELLS: Derek Edward Miller talks to Drowned In Sound about his reawakening from Reign, how working on Bitter Rivals is his most 50/50 split yet with Alexis, and how taking-up boxing can make you feel exactly like Rocky Balboa.

SKY FERREIRA talks to Stereogum about her tumultuous year and long-delayed debut LP.

CASS McCOMBS talks to Stereogum about writing songs, doing press, and his epic new double-LP.

DONNA SUMMER, reconsidered by PopMatters.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST are engaged. Can she beat her previous best of 72 days of marriage?

KATHARINE McPHEE  is dating her former Smash director Michael Morris; both are married.

CASEY KASEM may have but a few months to live.

JENNA JAMESON is adamant she was not whacked out on prescription drugs during a bizarre live TV interview.

AMY POEHLER & TINA FEY inked lucrative deals to host the Golden Globes.

AVATAR is getting three sequels. When does Jar-Jar turn up?

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL: Wes Anderson's next movie has a trailer online.

SAUDI Intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan said Saudi Arabia will make a "major shift" away from the US due to the US' policies towards Syria and Iran, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the 2011 revolt in Bahrain.

SYRIA: Al Qaeda-linked rebels stormed the Christian town of Sadad, which is near several arms depots, and killed nine civilians in the streets. The Syrian National Coalition refused to participate in Geneva talks unless their aim is to remove President Assad from power.

EGYPT: Security forces broke up a protest between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood at Cairo University. Prosecutors plan to try four policemen allegedly involved in the deaths of over 35 Islamists in August.

IRAN: You'll be shocked to learn that significant gaps remain between what the Iranians offered and what the six negotiating powers seek in order to reduce fears Iran wants to build nuclear weapons.

SHAKE: Dogs are ready for their slo-mo closeups for a new book. Let's go to the video.

PIGEONS WITH CAMERAS smuggled cigars from Cuba.

BERLIN DOGS need to avoid overdosing on addict feces.

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK: Punch 'em in the eye.

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White Demin, Superchunk, Baseball Project, Cats+Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DEAN WAREHAM drops a video for "Love Is Colder Than Death."

WHITE DENIM advance streams Corsicana Lemonade. And there seems to be a tinge of vintage ZZ Top among the garage-psych this time.

WH0RES advance stream Clean. A bit heavy for me, but I suspect Pate bassist Mike Kelly might dig it.

SUPERCHUNK played the Secret Stage at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

THE BASEBALL PROJECT, featuring members of R.E.M., Dream Syndicate and the Minus 5, played live at Musicfest Northwest.  

KURT VILE drops "Feel My Pain" from the upcoming A Big World Out There (And I Am Scared) EP.

BAD RELIGION drops “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” from their upcoming Christmas Songs LP. Because of course.

JANIS JOPLIN with BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING COMPANY play "Summertime" and "I Need a Man to Love" -- in one of their last performances together -- for Twofer Tuesday.

ELLIOTT SMITH: Consequence Of Sound pays the latest tribute to the singer-songwriter who passed 10 years ago this month.

ARCADE FIRE: Wim Butler talks to JAM about Reflektor. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JULIANNA BARWICK talks to PopMatters about touring Europe, her pop obsessions, and more.

PARAMORE: Hayley Williams talks to Rolling Stone about sexism in the music industry, Sinead vs Miley, and more.

BRITNEY SPEARS is going to incredible lengths to cover up her reported plans to lip-sync her way through her much-hyped Las Vegas residency.

RASHIDA JONES thinks female celebs need to stop acting like wh0res. (Ahem.)

CEE-LO GREEN: Cleared of sexual assault, charged with ecstacy possession, pleads not guilty.

RUSSELL BRAND had sex with a man after trawling gay bars.

KELLY CLARKSON confirmed her marriage via Twitter.

KEANU REEVES did a Reddit Ask Me Almost Anything. Whoa.

EGYPT: Students from Egypt's al-Azhar University continued to protest and call for the reinstatement of former president Morsi.

LIBYAN Prime Minister Zeidan said Libya faces massive security challenges as its army and police forces have been "infiltrated" by persons and forces seeking to prevent its stability.  Al Qaeda eyes Gaddafi's old arsenal.

CATS STEALING DOG BEDS: Let's go to the video.

A GIANT WORM has been eating fish in a British aquarium for years without detection.

ARTHUR "was giving all the hallmarks of being a very stoned dog." Fortunately, he didn't bogart this model's stash.

BIG FISH: While vacationing in Thailand for his birthday, Keith Williams hooked a 134-pound carp, believed to be the biggest ever caught.

 

 

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Death Cab, William Onyeabor, Blitzen Trapper, Hedgehog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: Stereogum compiles bootleg video from Saturday's reunion show.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE advance streams the 10th anniversary edition of Transatlanticism.

WILLIAM ONYEABOR advance streams the compilation, Who Is William Onyeabor?

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

LORD HURON stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a mini-set.

MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

PAUL McCARTNEY talks about his New album with World Cafe.

NEKO CASE discusses the soundtrack of her life at Pitchfork.

MORRISSEY and the miracle of The Smiths

THE 20 BEST SEX LYRICS, according to Flavorwire

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Gravity threepeats atop the chart with 31 million on a mere 28 percent drop, as the space drama rockets is way to 170.6 million domestically. This is among the top 20 grosses for a third frame, in the rarified neighborhood of Toy Story 3, Up, and the original Iron Man.Place and show is a virtual photo finish between Captain Phillips and the  remake of Carrie.  For the former, 17.3 million on a 33 percent drop keeps Captain Phillips on the Argo track and in the Oscars discussion.  For Carrie, 17 million is a disappointment, even against a 30 million budget, given projections of 30 million and studio downplaying to the low 20s.  Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 finishes fourth with 10.1 million, monopolizing the family film niche.  Escape Plan rounds out the Top 5 with a mere 9.8 million against a remored 70 million budget.  But Sly and Ahnuld do not have the biggest flop on this week's chart; that dishonor goes to The Fifth Estat, which debuted with a mere 1.7 million against a 26 million budget; that's the worst debut for a film opening in at least 1500 theaters this year. Ouch.

12 YEARS A SLAVE is only on about 20 screens nationwide, but you'll be seeing more about it as awards season revs up.  Directed by Steve McQueen and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor (Children of Men, Serenity), this adaptation of an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup chronicles the story of a free Northern black man kidnappeded into slavery in the South.  Elijor turns in one of several stellar performances, along with Michael Fassbender as Northup's eventual slavemaster and Sarah Paulson as Fassbender's wife, who is almost as nasty, perhaps because she endures Fassbender's affection for one of his female slaves, played with harrowing tragedy by Lupita Nyong’o. (Co-producer Brad Pitt is decidedly less impressive in his role as a Canadian abolitonist.) The film is unsparing with regard to its topic and and unsentimental with regard to its characters, and all the more powerful for it. 12 Years A Slave may be the best film of the year.

MILEY CYRUS has been dating Theo Wenner (Jann's kid) since the summer, confirming that she and e-fiancé Liam Hemsworth lied about the timing of their split.

GWYNETH PALTROW: Vanity Fair is reportedly investigating a rumored affair with a billionaire.

KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPHERD got hitched.

KELLY CLARKSON obtained a marriage license.

BAR RAFAELI laments her single status, inadvertently reveals reason.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM: She stands to inherit millions upon millions if something happens to her addict husband.

MATTHEW PERRY & IZZY CAPLAN quietly split.

RYAN REYNOLDS got vomited upon during a flight to NOLA.

GIRLS MEET WORLD: Boy Meets World stars Danielle Fishel and Rider Strong both got married over the weekend, but not to each other.

THE WALKING DEAD season premiere, once all the numbers came in, became the most watched nonsports broadcast in cable history.

THE UNITED STATES  has quietly begun releasing 1.6 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan; most military aid had been frozen for much of the past two years due to strained relations.

SYRIA: A suicide truck bombing by the Al Nusrah Front killed 43 people in Hama and wounded dozens more; although an army checkpoint was targeted, 32 of the dead were civilians. The head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights accused the international community of hypocrisy for focusing on chemical weapons while thousands of Syrians are being killed by the ongoing conflict.

EGYPT: The trial of former president Hosni Mubarak resumed in a closed-door session. Security forces used teargas to disperse protests by Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

LIBYA: As many as 200 Egyptians taken captive on Oct. 18 by Islamist militiamen active in Benghazi were freed after their captors' demand that Egypt release 12 to 16 Libyan detainees, described variously as Libyan Muslim Brotherhood members or arms smugglers, was met.

KAYAK: The rescued hedgehog with the heart of a champion.

ITALIAN SHEEP REBELLED when police seized their ganja.

KILLER WHALES undergo menopause. Explains a lot.

WHY DID THE CHICKENS CROSS THE ROAD? Because they now have spiffy visibility jackets.

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The Jam, Cults, Charles Bradley, Red Kross, Cutout Bin, Wookie Lab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE JAM! Mod punks who were so influential on the early Pate; let's begin with one of my faves, "In the City," and "Going Underground" the curiously Beatle-esque "Start" plus Pate fave "Little Boy Soldiers" from the same gig. Follow it with Pate staples "Happy Together" and "Ghosts," chased with their take on The Kinks' "David Watts." I have to include the non-live cover of "Heatwave" and "Strangetown" for reasons apparent if you watch. That Motown R & B strain would continue in the last leg of the band's stretch, on originals like "Town Called Malice" and their cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." BONUS: The studio clip for "That's Entertainment." Because it is.

CULTS play a nine-song set at Le Poisson Rouge. They also diss indie labels and yearn for payola.

CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES played live at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

REDD KROSS played live at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival.

BUILT TO SPILL, Live at the Roxy, April 9, 1999

THE UNTOUCHABLES: "I Spy For the FBI."

GRAHAM NASH spoke to Fresh Air about his memoirs. 

PEARL JAM: Stone Gossard talks to Stereogum about songwriting, setlists, and Lightning Bolt

BILLY BRAGG mixed old and new tracks while guest DJing at The Current.

ELLIOT SMITH, who killed himself 10 years ago this month, seemed truly happy in this 1999 interview with SPIN

CUTOUT BIN: From Chris Bell to James Brown, from the Decemberists to Nirvana, from Bob Dylan to Squeeze, plus Robyn Hitchcock, Joy Division, the Mekons and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are the remake of Carrie, which is currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Escape Plan, currently scoring 44 percent; and The Fifth Estate, scoring 33 percent.

KANYE WEST not marrying KIM KARDASHIAN?

MICHAEL BAY was injured on Thursday in an attack in Hong Kong during filming for his latest Transformers movie.

GWYNETH PALTROW: Vanity Fair is moving forward with what many expect to be an epic takedown piece on the Oscar-winning actress.

BRITNEY SPEARS' father asked a judge for more money to serve as the popster's conservator.

IDRIS ELBA never really watched The Wire.

JAMES FRANCO helps a fan get back at her ex.

SYRIA: The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Wednesday said violence from Syria's civil war has kept agency officials from visiting one of the country's declared chemical weapons sites, which they must inspect as part of a U.N.-brokered agreement. A rebel sniper killed senior Syrian general Jama'a Jama'a in a battle in Deir Azzour with fighters that included al Qaeda forces.

LIBYA: A local army commander was assassinated in Derna, considered one of the most dangerous places in Libya.

ISRAEL: Responding to allegations that Turkey blew the cover of a number of Mossad contacts in Iran, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom said the move, if true, was an act of betrayal.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood called for new protests on Friday. The Justice Ministry is reportedly looking to draft an anti-terrorism law with the potential penalty of execution.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda killed 61 Iraqis in a series of suicide and car bombings throughout the country.

A LABRADOR moans like a Wookie. Fun fact: Chewbacca was actually based on George Lucas' pet dog Indiana -- a relationship later given to Indiana Jones.

A BLIND CHICKEN was brought back to life after its dedicated owner gave it CPR for over three hours.

ALL MAMMALS empty their bladders over a nearly constant duration.

A WANDERING CAT is recovered 450 miles from home after a year away.

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Phoenix, Dr Dog, Phosphorescent, Valerie June, Ramones, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PHOENIX plays a set on Austin City Limits.

DR DOG stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PHOSPHORESCENT makes his Morning Becomes Eclectic debut.

VALERIE JUNE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE RAMONES, Live at the Whisky a Go-Go, Oct. 21, 1977.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops a lo-fi demo titled "Take Me.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

LEE RANALDO talks to Interview about science fiction novels, exploring his newfound role as a frontman, virtual reality, and an enlightening trip to India. 

BLOC PARTY's Kele Okereke talks to Clash about Canadian movies and Cat Power. (Thx, Chromewaves.) 

ANNA CALVI talks to The Line Of Best Fit about how limitations spark creativity, and more...

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to Stereogum about plans for her new Jewel City imprint, her thoughts on Fade Away and her increasing love for life on the road.

METALLICA, ranked by Stereogum.

KUMAR PALLANA, an Indian plate spinner turned Texas yoga instructor turned — in his late 70s and long beyond — sought-after character actor in films by Wes Anderson, Steven Spielberg and others, died on Thursday at his home in Oakland, Calif. He was 94.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Dakota Johnson, slated to play Anna Steele in the adaptation of the raunchy bestseller, is reportedly having difficulty with the media attention from her casting.

KATIE HOLMES & JAMIE FOXX are not dating, contra yesterday's gossip.

UNDERAGED KARDASHIANS Kylie and Kendall hit a sex-themed nightclub.

BRUCE & KRIS JENNER are preparing to file divorce papers once their reality TV show concludes, RadarOnline has been told.

MILEY CYRUS is a naked alien in a new rap video.

NINA DOBREV & DEREK HOUGH are dunzo after six weeks.

MIKE MEYERS and his wife Kelly are expecting their second child.

SYRIA: A rebel claiming to speak for some 65 Free Syrian Army units said they were withdrawing from the Syrian National Coalition.

AFGHANISTAN: Mullah Omar pledged on Monday that the Taliban will keep fighting if the government in Kabul signs a crucial security deal with the United States.

IRAN: EU head Catherine Ashton said the next round of talks on Iran's nuclear program will begin in November. The current talks ended with no breakthrough, despite Iran's offer to allow unannounced IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed three children in an IED attack in Hamdaniyah and two soldiers in a mortar attack on a military base in Mosul.

ELI THE BEAR loves playing tetherball.

AN 18-FOOT SEA SERPENT carcass was captured by SoCal snorkelers.

JELLYFISH are taking over the seas, and it might be too late to stop them.

MAN'S BEST FRIEND Eats Man's Toes.

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