THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974. Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal," "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."
SUPERCHUNK stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
GHOST WAVE brings their brand of shambling vintage rock to KEXP, live from Judson Memorial Church in NYC during CMJ 2013.
GARY CLARK, JR. performed a mini-set at the UBS Forum.
MIKE DOUGHTY stopped by Studio 1A at KUTX for a mini-set.
!!! drops "And Anyway, It's Christmas," featuring the Yule Log.
THE SPECIALS AKA: "Free Nelson Mandela." Obvsly. This appearance was also singer Stan Campbell's last appearance with the band. Played this one occasionally on the radio.
NICK LOWE talks to the Associated Press about his new Christmas album.
LOCAL NATIVES talk about long tours, cathartic recordings and more at Drowned In Sound.
THE BEST INDIE ROCK LPs of 2013, according to PopMatters.
THE BEST ALBUMS of 2013, according to SPIN.
CUTOUT BIN: From James Brown to Belle & Sebastian, from Supertramp to the Velvet Underground, from Billy Bragg to Smokey Robinson, plus Edwyn Collins, the Yardbirds, Matthew Sweet, Guided by Voices and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
NOW SHOWING: Out of the Furnace is this weekend's sole wide release; it opened wednesday with 55 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. The real story of the weekend will likely be whether Frozen can top Catching Fire.
NELSON MANDELA, who led the emancipation of South Africa from white minority rule and served as his country's first black president, becoming an international emblem of dignity and forbearance, died Thursday. He was 95.
AMANDA BYNES has completed inpatient treatment and is recovering at her parents' Los Angeles home.
MILEY CYRUS has an odd conception for her next boyfriend.
BRITNEY SPEARS is being shielded from negative reviews, reportedly.
KERI RUSSELL and Shane Deary, her husband of nearly seven years, have split.
DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! tomorrow. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.
MEXICO: The day after a load of stolen radioactive material was found in a field, Mexican authorities had formed a perimeter around the area and were measuring for contamination as they planned the recovery process Thursday.
EGYPT: Al Qaeda emerges amid the nation's turmoil.
AFGHANISTAN: The US Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction said the Pentagon's Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has not been able to track the flow of US funding for Afghan forces, which is handled by the Afghan finance ministry.
PUG in a MUG: Okay, a flowerpot. Let's go to the video.
HUMBUG the REINDEER fled a festive holiday market.
CATS are more than capable of recognizing their owner’s voice; they simply choose to ignore them.
CHEETAH CUBS were born at the National Zoo.