THE LONG WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with POWER POP! A few of these may be well-known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls' "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live TV slot). Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."
EDDIE VEDDER is advance streaming Ukulele Songs.
GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Harmonic folk for fans of Fleet Foxes and Dawes.
DAVID BAZAN stopped by All Things Considered for an interview plus tracks.
PARTS & LABOR did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.
SASQUATCH: NPR has a pre-festival mix, but will be streaming live sets over the weekend.
TOWNES VAN ZANDT, Live at the Whole Coffeehouse, November 1973.
CROSBY, NASH & FALLON cover Miley Cyrus's "Party In The USA."
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Ben Gibbard talks about the new LP's L.A. roots at BlackBook.
WILL OLDHAM talks Florida, punk, country, Bonnie Prince Billy and more with the Broward New Times. (Thx, LHB.)
THE TOP 50 COVER SONGS, according to Gibson.com.
CUTOUT BIN: From Bob Dylan to the Cult, from the Temptations to the Tubes, from Jimi Hendrix to Joe Jackson, plus Paul Weller, John Sebastian, XTC, Darlene Love, Grant Hart, King Harvest and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.
ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver met with her divorce lawyer today in Beverly Hills and all systems are go to end her marriage to Schwarzenegger. Arnold's mistress is threatening to sue "Entertainment Tonight" over an interview with her ex-husband, claiming the show paid him "in excess of six figures to spew lies."
NOW SHOWING ran Thursday, if you need to scroll down.
CHARLIE SHEEN is selling his Beverly Hills mansion. Because he's winning, of course.
LINDSAY LOHAN began serving house arrest Thursday morning at her Venice, Calif., townhouse after turning herself in to the Lynwood Jail hours earlier.
RYAN REYNOLDS talks Green Lantern and his divorce from Scarlett Johansson at Details.
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD is pregnant with her second child.
JEFF CONAWAY will be taken off life support machines after doctors told the ‘Grease' actor's family that he has had no brain activity since being admitted to a hospital May 11.
THE TOP 10 PIRATE MOVIES at the Chicago Tribune. (Thx, Dad.)
TOTAL RECALL: Bill Nighy will star opposite Colin Farrell is the seemingly unnecessary remake.
YEMEN: Pres Saleh ordered the arrest of rival rival leader Sheikh Sadiq al- Ahmar and nine of his brothers for fomenting "armed rebellion."
PAKISTAN: The Pakistani government had complained to the US about being unaware of American funding provided directly to the Pakistan military, according to previously unpublished American diplomatic cables. The reports also disclose tensions between the civilian government and the army over the use funds provided for counterinsurgency operations. Islamabad has told the Obama administration to reduce the number of US troops in the country and has moved to close three military intelligence liaison centers, setting back American efforts to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries in largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan,
IRAQ: The spokesman for US Forces-Iraq said that attacks against US troops are on the rise as the December 2011 drawdown deadline nears. Thousands of supporters of Muqtada al Sadr protested against a continued US military presence in Iraq.
A FORMER SHELTER DOG that's missing a foot is now learning to walk on all fours again. Video at the link.
TENNESSEE TORTOISES finally get fast dates.
BIZARRE SHRIMP-LIKE MONSTERS that were the world's largest predators for millions of years grew even larger and survived much longer than thought, scientists find.
DOGS make lousy backseat drivers.
MOUNTAIN LION on the front porch. This is what happens when you live in Montana.