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New Releases, St. Vincent, PB &J, Ping Pong Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

RAMPING BACK INTO THE WEEK:

FEIST staples "Mushaboom" and "1 2 3 4" are your Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES: Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Nick Cave and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

ST. VINCENT played Washington, DC, Friday, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

PETER BJORN & JOHN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

JAY BENNETT, formerly of Wilco, died in his sleep over the weekend at age 45.  There's more from Jim DeRogatis and the New York Times.  Greg Kot also gives you a "best of."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian takes the No.1 slot with 70 million over the holiday weekend.  That's big, but the flick will have to show legs to recoup a 150 million budget, plus print, distribution and marketing costs.  The first Night did well overseas, so it's not a big risk -- but it's not as big a reward as the studio might have hoped, either.  Terminator: Salvation placed with 53.9 million, but it has a 200 million budget, adding up to a big scare for both Warner Bros. and Christian Bale.  Star Trek shows with 29.4 million.  Trek's 32 percent drop is okay given the competition, though it did expand to 200 more screens.  The likely difference was losing IMAX screens that charge a higher ticket price.  Angels & Demons drops 40 percent from first to fourth, which is not bad a some expected.  Big foreign grosses may save this one.  Dance Flick rounds out the Top Five with 13 million, which is low for a Wayans flick, but not bad against a 25 million budget.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson cops to his girlfriend's pregnancy.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND and the alleged victim of a headbutting incident have resolved their differences, clearing the way for an assault charge against the actor to be dismissed.

KEVIN BACON wuz robbed, presumably by someone within six degrees of him.

CHARLIE SHEEN & DENISE RICHARDS had dinner together with their kids, under the careful watch of UN peacekeepers.

BROOKE SHIELDS regrets losing her vigrinity at age 22.

NORTH KOREA carried out an underground test Monday of a nuclear bomb Russian officials said was comparable to those that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.  Expect a semi-strongly worded letter from the UN to follow.

PAKISTAN:  The army has just made its initial advance into the Taliban stronghold of Mingora, the main town in the insurgency-racked district of Swat.

IRAQ: In a legacy of the US rush to build up Iraqi security forces, almost one-quarter of the Iraqi Army currently fails to meet its own minimum qualifications for soldiers, the Iraqi government is discovering in its first real look at the composition of the Army.  High-profile attacks in Iraq have fallen nearly 60 percent in the past year, the US military said Sunday, though violence continues to plague the northern city of Mosul.

PING PONG CATS: Let's go to the faux video.

THE TASMANIAN DEVIL will be listed as endangered because of a contagious and deadly cancer, the Australian government said.

MINI-COWS help farms downsize in the current recession.

THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG is profiled in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

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Memorial Day 2009   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 25, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about. The Mudville Gazette is posting tributes to the fallen from a number of wars, plus items like William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp, and Frank Capra's Oscar-winning Prelude To War.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are liekly to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Beret."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" writes at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

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Yardbirds, Grizzly Bear, Elvis Costello, Cutout Bin, BoxCat 3   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 22, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE YARDBIRDS!  Their breakthrough hit, "For Your Love" was a Pate staple, so let's enjoy The Most BluesWailing Band (1963-68) -- featuring rare footage and interviews with former members including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.  Tubed in five parts: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by WNYC for an acoustic set streaming on demand via NPR.

HOLSAPPLE & STAMEY: Would you like to hear the new single and B-side (a reworking of "From a Window to a Scream") from the classic dB's duo's upcoming album? Of course you would.

PATRICK WOLF is advance streaming his new album, The Bachelor. 

DIANE BIRCH did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

VIVA VOCE is streaming their new album at ABCNews's Amplified blog.

ELVIS COSTELLO plays "Sulphur to Sugarcane" as part of a feature at Newsweek.

THE NASHVILLE EFFECT: Music City USA sucked up all the growth in the music industry between 1970 and 2004.

"(SITTIN' ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY" is the latest classic featured in the upgraded NPR 100.

LOS CAMESINOS! Harriet and Ollie talked to Under The Radar at Coachella about plans for their second album.

CUTOUT BIN: From Prince & the Revolution to Stephen Malkmus & the Jinks, from Marilyn Monroe to the Ramones, from CCR to New Order, plus Paul McCartney & Wings, the Lemonheads, Huey Lewis & the News, Glee 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 Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, currently scoring 41 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Terminator Salvation, currently scoring 33 percent; and Dance Flick, scoring 40 percent on a few reviews.

SEAN PENN is withdrawing his legal separation case against Robin Wright. Again. For now.

RHIANNA seems to have moved on from the abusive Chris Brown.

AMERICAN IDOL wrapped its eighth season with lowest in-season finale ratings to date, but was easily the top-rated program of the May sweep.

CONAN O' BRIEN is profiled by The New York Times as he prepares to become host of The Tonight Show.

HARRY POTTER and the HALF-BLOOD PRINCE: A new clip and poster at /Flim.

WAYNE ALLWINE, the voice of Mickey Mouse for more than 30 years, died Monday of complications from diabetes. He is survived by his wife -- the voice of Minnie Mouse.

SASHA GREY is a bit typecast in Steven Soderbergh's low-budget indie drama "The Girlfriend Experience."  In fact, Soderbergh "was very much counting on the fact that the interest in her would be greater than the interest in the movie."  She shares her five fave films with RottenTomatoes.

PAKISTAN AND INDIA have begun sharing intelligence on Islamic extremists, with the prodding of the US, in an arrangement that represents unprecedented cooperation between the two nuclear-armed South Asian nations. Washington hopes the cooperation will get a lift from last week's Indian elections.  The BBC claims the tide is turning against the Taliban; we'll see.  Pakistani security forces have killed an "important" Taliban commander during their operations in the Swat district of the restive North West Frontier Province, the military said Thursday.

BOX CAT 3: The Tunnel!

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A boy with 43 snails on his face.

A SNAKE is not a jump-rope. For one thing, the snake wasn't long enough.

A MISSING SERVICE DOG sparks a desperate search near Denver, according to CBS4, complete with video of the dog running behind the reporter.

GOOSE-CAM: Five goslings emerged Wednesday from beneath the wings of the Canada goose, which some dubbed Patience after her eggs took longer than expected to hatch.

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Iron & Wine, Dungen, Blitzen Trapper, Little Joy, Eagle Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

IRON & WINE played a new song for Jimmy Fallon, and the show's blog has 'em covering New Order's "Love Vigilantes."

DUNGEN did three free songs for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by the OPB studio for a chat and mini-set now streaming on demand.

DAVID BYRNE is streaming his live EP.

GRIZZLY BEAR is profiled by the Village Voice in a piece that also reviews the band's new album: "If the result sounds like a ridiculously gilded Brian Wilson rip-off, well, maybe it is. But what's amazing is how loose and organic Veckatimest is, as if the band cobbled the whole thing together over one beer-soaked weekend..."

LITTLE JOY are off to the beach in "Next Time Around."

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Paste about life on and off the road, working with an orchestra, and more...

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Decider about the cinematic influences on her Actor LP.

APOSTLE OF HUSTLE: Andrew Whiteman talks to the Vancouver Sun and BlogTO about the band's newly-released album, which is streaming in full this week via Spinner.

BRIAN WILLIAMS, bigtime news anchor, talks to Inside Jersey about Springsteen and the indie music he's covering in his new, web-based briTunes series.

OLIVIA WILDE, who tops this year's Maxim Hot 100, was described by runner-up Megan Fox as "so sexy, she makes me want to strangle a mountain ox." Slideshow at the link for Gratuitous Thursday.

JACKO has already postponed several of the first dates of his "This Is It" run of concerts at London's O2 Arena.

ORLANDO BLOOM engaged to galpal Miranda Kerr?

MILEY CYRUS may join Chase Crawford in a remake of Footloose.

SARAH JESSICA PARKER sat down with Access Hollywood and talked about surrogacy and expecting twins.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS gave four clips to Movieweb before screening at the Cannes Film Fest.

GHOSTBUSTERS 3 moves forward with the original cast, with plans to pass the torch to a new generation, according to Dan Ackroyd.

SPIDER-MAN 4: Sam Raimi is looking at a screenplay and unsure about Kirsten Dunst returning as Mary Jane Watson.

IRAN: Pres. Ahmadinejad claimed the military has tested a missile that can reach Israel, southeastern Europe, and US bases in the Middle East.

IRAQ: Elections have been postponed one month to January 2010.

THE MALAY EAGLE OWL: Let's go to the video.

A FISH which can trigger hallucinations when eaten has been been discovered in British waters.  Blame -- or credit -- global warming.

MEGA-SHREW: Scientists have found the fossil remains in Spain of a new species capable of shooting venom out of blood-colored teeth.

BALD EAGLES are making a comeback, with an appetite for great cormorant chicks that threatens to wipe out that bird population in the United States. Endangered pickem.

OVER 1000 POSSUMS have been nursed back to health by a woman in Austin, TX.  Pics at the link.

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AC Newman, The Flatlanders, A Camp, Spider-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

WHITE RABBITS pulled out the "Percussion Gun" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

A.C. NEWMAN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

THE FLATLANDERS: Dale Gilmore, Butch Hancock and Joe Ely stopped by the KUT studio for a chat and mini-set streaming now via NPR.

GOSPEL GOSSIP visited The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming at MPR (with video).

A CAMP: Nina Persson (also of The Cardigans) talks to The Yorkshire Evening Post about doing a second album after eight years, moving from Sweden to NYC, etc.  There's a link to ACampSpace there, plus SPIN has a couple of free MP3s.  (Thx, Chromewaves).

NICK LOWE: "It's not like I'm in competition with Coldplay." Indeed. They wish they were that good. "So It Goes."

THE MEAT PUPPETS: Curt Kirkwood is interviewed by American Songwriter. Because who doesn't think of Nirvana as being like the ‘Sham-Wow' guy? (Thx, LHB.)

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Decider about his new LP (out this week), his studio, raw rock, etc.

THE THERMALS are featured in the latest edition of ABC News Amplified.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Dallas Morning News about stitching together her second album in GarageBand.

JESSICA BIEL's looks are hurting her career, according to her. Oh, the curse of being hot in Hollywood. It's like no one takes you seriously.

PATRICK SWAYZE's rep says that reports of his death are greatly exaggerated.

A-ROD... and Kate Hudson?

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's pregnant galpal did not break up his marriage, according to her mother.

GWYNETH PALTROW & SCARLETT JOHANSSON unfriendly on the Iron Man 2 set? Too good to check! Capture any catfight footage for the DVD, Mr. Favreau.

SHERLOCK HOLMES: Do you really want to see Rachel McAdams handcuff Robert Downey Jr. to a bed? Of course you do.

BRITNEY SPEARS is being sued by a former bodyguard for on-the-job injuries.

RACHEL BILSON wuz robbed!

IRAN'S NUCLEAR SHOPPING LIST, uncovered by legendary Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau and Sen. John F. Kerry: "Frankly, some of the people we've consulted are shocked by the sophistication of the equipment they're buying."

THE STANS: Gen. David Petraeus answers questions submitted by the New York Post.  A mid-level al Qaeda leader known as Dr. Arshad Waheed was killed in the March 15 airstrike in Pakistan along with four other al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.  A Pakistani army unit has rescued a family who are claiming the Taliban tried to force them to marry off their daughters to members of the group. Grain of salt, though this is the sort of thing that tripped up Al Qaeda in Iraq's Anbar province.

SPIDER-CAT, Spider-Cat/ Does whatever a Spider-Cat does. Pics and video at the link.

DUCKLINGS talked off a ledge in Spokane, WA. Pic and video at the link.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A man near Prince William Forest Park is doing his part.  Are you?

SLUMHOG MILLIONAIRE is the new mascot for the St. Paul Saints.  Awww...some pic at the link.

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