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Dirt Dress, Pixies, Royal Blood, Zola Jesus, Snowy Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DEERHOOF's video for "Exit Only" features Michael Shannon.

DIRT DRESS advance steams the Revelations EP.

THE PIXIES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ROYAL BLOOD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ZOLA JESUS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GANG OF FOUR --just Andy Gill, really --drops "Broken Talk," ft. Alison Mosshart.

TRANSLATOR is "Everywhere That I'm Not," including the "Where Are They Now?" file.

WILL OLDHAM talks to Bomb about this new record, what makes a recording “definitive,” Humphrey Bogart, and Dick Cheney.

ROBERT PLANT & RICHARD BRANSON deny the" 800 million dollar tour offer" story.

EAGULLS talk to Drowned in Sound about the new LP and tour.

IDLEWILD: Roddy Woomble and Rod Jones talk to The Quietus about getting old, getting annoyed and coming back with a new album. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

KIM KARDASHIAN breaks the internet, or Photoshop, with a NSFW Paper photoshoot.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN, otoh, Instagrammed something about the Klan.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO turned 40 among a horde of models, just like every other day.

ROBIN WRIGHT called it quits with her fiancé of 10 months Ben Foster.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX shared his childhood experience of being raised in the religious group Children of God and whether his encounter was nearly as traumatizing as other stars have claimed.

GWYNETH PALTROW: "I’m not the type to look in the mirror and study my looks." Then she was struck by lightning.

RANDY JACKSON is exiting American Idol after 13 seasons.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has a new residency in Egypt, according to a YouTube message posted Sunday.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES is a vital part of the U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants.

IRAQ: The Iraqi government dismissed 26 senior military commanders and retired 10 more.

A SNOWY OWL can't stop laughing.

AN UNEXPLODED WHALE endangers a beach in France.

A RANDY PORPOISE was found dead in a housing estate alleyway, in Tarring, West Sussex.

ALPACAS, hanging out at a retirement home.

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Pink Floyd, TVotR, McCartney, Exit Verse, Red Red Meat, Cat on a roll   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BELLE & SEBASTIAN jam on "Sukie in the Graveyard" for Halloween in Paris.

PINK FLOYD dropped The Endless River on Spotify.

TV ON THE RADIO advance streams Seeds via iTunes.

THE ART OF McCARTNEY, with tracks from Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, the Cure, Smokey Robinson, Brian Wilson, Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen, and more, is advance streaming.

EXIT VERSE is advance streaming a tasty self-titled debut.

RED RED MEAT advance streams the reissue of There's a Star Above the Manger Tonight.

SHE & HIM cover the  1934 jazz standard “Stars Fell On Alabama.”

MARK RONSON drops "Uptown Funk" with Bruno Mars, and "Daffodils," one of three featuring Tame Impala singer Kevin Parker.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS drops a new track, "America," just months after his second ssolo LP. It's not the Paul Simon tune, tho it is unplugged.

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

THE WRENS signed with a record label to release their long-awaited album.

BOB DYLAN: Flavorwire rounds up companion reading for The Basement Tapes Complete.

YO LA TENGO: Pitchfork rounds up facets of the band's live performances.

THE CHARLATANS' Tim Burgess talked to Drowned In Sound about the band's new projects and past honors.

JENNIFER ANISTON has been doing tons of PR, including Harper's Bazaar and E! Online, to promote Cake and Horrible Bosses 2.

EMINEM threatens to punch Lana Del Rey in the face, completely misjudging his ability to generate faux controversy at this stage of his career.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE: Not a fan of social media.

JEFF GOLDBLUM married longtime love Emilie Livingston after more than three years of dating.

ROBIN WILLIAMS' suicide was triggered by a horrible disease called Lewy Body Dementia.

GERI HALLIWELL is engaged to Formula 1 racing team boss Christian Horner.

LIV TYLER is profiled by Town & Country.

EGYPT: The Egyptian military announced the arrest of 14 suspected terrorists and the "destruction of 30 'terrorist hideouts'" in the Sinai. Egypt has relieved over 200 school teachers and transferred them to "administrative posts in the ministry," and it has banned Libyan schools in Egypt due to links to the Muslim Brotherhood.

JORDAN has fortified its borders and put its air force and intelligence service to work in the U.S.-led alliance against the self-declared caliphate in Syria and Iraq. To counter the low thrum of support for extremist movements on the home front, the kingdom is not only prosecuting Islamic State recruiters and cracking down on anyone waving an Islamic State banner, but it has turned its attention to the nation's 7000 mosques.

IRAQ: The mass killings of Sunni tribesmen battling the Islamic State have added urgency to Iraqi government efforts to support pockets of resistance against the insurgents. But distrust, a lack of financing and corruption threaten to slow the process, tribesmen and officials say.

A BLACK CAT overshoots the roll.

PET HOARDING? The City Council last week told Hermosan Betty Starr she would have to get rid of two of her four cats, following a four-year neighborhood skirmish over dead birds, poop in yards, and who called who a you-know-what.

A PARROT picked two locks on his cage and made his escape while being transported in a car in Essex.

TWO FIGHTING BUCKS had to be rescued from a window well in Pocatello, ID.

 

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Buzzcocks, Ariel Pink, Field Report, Budos Band, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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FATHER JOHN MISTY plays "Bored in the USA" ay the Ed Sullivan Theater.

BUZZCOCKS advance stream The Way.

ARIEL PINK performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

FIELD REPORT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

THE BUDOS BAND stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DAVID BOWIE drops "'Tis A Pity She Was A Whore" as a B-side.

THE AMAZING drops "Picture You," the title track of their next LP.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

DEERHOOF talks to DIY about making their demos their new LP.

U2: Bono talks to The New York Times about the iTunes controversy, marketing, streaming and more...

ROBERT PLANT reportedly turned down £190million for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.

KIM FOWLEY: Pitchfork essays 10 essential tracks from the legendary producer's career. 

JUSTIN BIEBER's egging incident will cost him 80K

MICK HUCKNALL of Simply Red really got around.

MARGOT ROBBIE will play Harley Quinn in DC's Suicide Squad.

BRITNEY SPEARS got hooked up with Charlie Ebersol by her father.

DOLORES O'RIORDAN of The Cranberries reportedly had some air rage.

SOLANGE KNOWLES is set to marry her longtime boyfriend Alan Ferguson in New Orleans this weekend.

THE EVIL DEAD is headed to the small screen, with Bruce Campbell returning as Ash.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.

EGYPT: Authorities arrested a leader of the Salafist Front on charges of inciting terrorism; also arrested was a man suspected of posting threats against US and international schools in Egypt to a jihadist web site.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: US lawmakers return from the midterm elections this week determined to give President Barack Obama the money and authority he says he needs to battle the IS in Iraq and Syria.

A DOG miscalculates.

THE "BAT FROG" discovered in the Amazon has been named for Ozzy Osbourne.

SNAKES IN ATMs? Wildlife groups warn about depletion of their natural habitat.

A PHOTOGENIC GOAT goes viral.

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When the skies of November turn gloomy...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEK STARTS HERE:

...with THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Nov. 10 marks the 39th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. 

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)

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THOMPSON, which gathers an impressive array of Thompsons and Thompson-adjacent performers, advance streams Thompson.

BRYAN FERRY advance streams Avonmore.

ROBERT WYATT advance streams tracks from the double-length Different Every Time.

MR GNOME advance streams The Heart Of A Dark Star.

SOUNDGARDEN drops "Twin Tower" ahead of their  B-sides and rarities comp.

THE FLAMING LIPS & MILEY CYRUS covered "A Day In The Life" for Conan. 

BOB DYLAN wanted to make an album with THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES, according to Glyn Johns.

U2: Bono is back to supporting the Songs of Innocence iTunes promotion: "We got a lot of people who were uninterested in U2 to be mad with U2. And I would call that an improvement in the relationship."

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS' Stephin Merritt ansers 11 Questions for The A.V. Club.

RICK ROSAS, bassist for Neil Young, Joe Walsh, the Buffalo Springfield, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has passed away at 65.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In a slight surprise, Big Hero 6 edged out Interstellar for the top of the chart with 56.2 million. The Disney pic beats the opening of Wreck-it Ralph orTangled, despite having to contend with Interstellar taking up IMAX screens.  This year, Big Hero 6 looks to have a leggy, Frozen-esque run against Interstellar as this year's GravityBig Hero 6's Asian flavor should also play well in overseas markets.  Interstellar under performed just a toch with 50 million, although that's still a fine figure for any movie that runs almost 3 hours (and on 200 fewer screens than BH6).  Interstellar's B+ Cinemascore should keep it chugging like Gravity through the holiday season, and it's already cleared another 80 million overseas.  Gone Girl moves up a notch to show with another 6.1 million, which is pretty amazing given the competition for adult audiences from Interstellar.  Even more amazing is Ouija taking the fourth slot with another 6 million after Halloween. St Vincent rounds out the Top 5 with 5.7 million.

INTERSTELLAR may be Christopher Nolan's most overstuffed, freaky-deaky hot mess of an epic yet--and that's saying something, given that Nolan has both Inception and The Dark Knight Rises as his most recent efforts. However, I don't say this in a bad way; the density of the movie works better here than in TDKR. Like Inception, Interstellar grapples with the warping of time, just in a more external, 2001 sort of way, rather than taking place inside the brain.  Nolan's take, however, is a bit more humanistic than Kubrick's, weaving in a tale of familial love, meditations on the meaning of love, the human capacity for sacrifice (and its limits), the spirit of America, and more over the courseof its almost 3 hour running time.  While the film reportedly employed technical advisors, my suggestion for any movie that involves time warping or travel is to simply go with it as a literary device.  The movie also has several twists I won't spoil here. Rest assured the writing, direction and acting is pretty much what you would expect from a Nolan movie, although Anne Hataway is an even odder choice here than as the Catwoman.

BIG HERO 6: The Disney animation studio dips into the Marvel catalog, with fine results. (This is ultimately a superhero story, which may not be clear from some of the trailers.)  Our hero is actually Hiro, a 13-year-old whiz kid wasting his talents until his older brother Tadashi entices him to hus university's robotics lab, where Tadashi is working on a healthcare robot named Beymax, whose Stay-Puft appearance is meant to reassure patients.  Hiro competes to enter the school's robotics program, but tragic events conspire to put Hiro's work in the wrong hands, and Beymax in Hero's hands.  Despite darker moments, the pic has plenty of laughs, supplied not only by Beymax, but also Tadahi's college friends.  There's also mystery, revenge and--being a Marvel story--a bonus scene after the credits.

BOURNE AGAINE: Matt. Damon. confirms he's returning as the super-agent.

JARED LETO may play The Joker in Warner's adaptation of Suicide Squad.

JERRY SEINFELD tells Brian Williams he may be somewhere on the autism specturm.

ROBIN WILLIAMS was struggling with his Parkinson's, anxiety, depression and paranoia just before he committed suicide, according to the Coroner's report.

ANDY DICK was busted for allegedly running off with a guy's $1,000 necklace.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Counterterrorism police yesterday announced the arrest of four men suspected of involvement in an Islamist plot to conduct an attack in the UK, possibly against an upcoming public event.

AFGHANISTAN: Lt. Gen. Abdul Raziq is the tough-guy sheriff who kept the Taliban out of Kandahar.

IRAQ: U.S. air strikes destroyed an Islamic State convoy near the Iraqi city of Mosul but U.S. officials said on Saturday it was unclear whether the group's top commander Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been in any of the 10 targeted vehicles. President Obama authorized the sending of an additional 1,500 US troops to Iraq, raising the number of US troops in country to almost 3,000. American trainers will be deployed across Iraq. He also plans to ask Congress for billion for military operations against the Islamic State.

PORCUPINE vs 17 LIONS: Who You Got?

EATEN ALIVE is airing an episode in which wildlife enthusiast and filmmaker Paul Rosolie is consumed by one of the largest anacondas in the world.

A BUFFALO was struck by an Indian airliner during take-off from the western city of Surat although no passengers or crew were hurt.

COCROACHES now under remote control.

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The Jam, Lucinda Williams, Caribou, Ty Segall, Delta Spirit, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS plays a set for WFUV at Rockwood Music Hall.

CARIBOU stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TY SEGALL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DELTA SPIRIT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

THE BAND IN HEAVEN drops "The Boys of Summer of Sam," ft Pete Kember, aka onetime Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom.

FIRST AID KIT covers R.E.M.'s "Walk Unafraid" for the Wild soundtrack.

PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS: A.C. Newman discussed songwriting, changing band members and the group’s blend of coffee in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

FOO FIGHTERS: Dave Grohl talks to The Guardian about the band's guest-laden new album – and why its accompanying TV series sees him jamming with Bad Brains and hanging with the US president.

AC/DC was surprised by drummer Phil Rudd's arrest for solicitation of murder, but it won't affect their plans. The charge of attempting to procure murder has been withdrawn, but Rudd remains charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

AEROSMITH's Joe Perry wtrote a letter to his cat.

THE WORST ALBUMS EVER, according to Flavorwire.

CUTOUT BIN: I'm streaming a little more nostalgia via the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are Big Hero 6, which is currently scoring 87 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Interstellar, which opened Wednesday with 72 percent.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII is subtitled The Force Awakens.

RACHEL BILSON & HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN have welcomed their first child together. Secretly, their other child has been smuggled to Tatooine.

TOY STORY 4: John Lasseter is returning to direct Disney and Pixar's next installment.

AMANDA BYNES' parents will file legal docs in the next few days handing over the conservatorship over their daughter to someone else. Meanwhile, she's crashing on a sofa in the middle of The Beverly Center mall in Los Angeles.

MILEY CYRUS is dating actor Patrick Schwarzenegger.

MARK WAHLBERG & PETER BERG, the duo behind the critically-acclaimed and box office success Lone Survivor, are re-teaming for the feature film version of The Six Billion Dollar Man.

YEMEN: The US killed Shawki Ali Ahmed al Badani, a wanted al Qaeda operative involved in the US embassies plot in 2013, and Nabil al Dhahab, AQAP's emir for Baydah, in a drone strike on Nov. 4.

SYRIA: The US widened airstrikes to target Ahrar al Sham and the Al Nusrah Front in Syria; highly-sought French bomb maker David Drugeon is reported to have been killed by a drone attack. Jihadists are using cruise lines to get to Syria. Iran is working to organize Shiite militias fighting in Syria. The Islamic State remains in a stalemate at Kobane.

IRAQ: Iranian general Ghasem Soleimani may be responsible for the handful of victories against the Islamic State attributed to Iraqi ground forces. Local commanders said Lebanon's Hezbollah Shiite militia group was also involved.

MARU & HANA show off their high-fving skills.

A POSSIBLY STOLEN DAIRY CALF was recovered in a Riverside, CA, traffic stop.

CHEETAH CUBS explore their new habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

A YOUNG MOOSE that has been posing for pictures in the rural community of Tweedside, N.B., in recent weeks and even allowing people to pet her has been put down by a wildlife officer who believed she was sick.

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