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Duke Spirit, Gillian Welch, Tune-Yards, Street Salmon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROBIN PECKHOLD (Fleet Foxes) joins ALELA DIANE for a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days."

THE DUKE SPIRIT is streaming Bruiser.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TUNE-YARDS also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ADELE: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is streaming today only.

SHARON VAN ETTEN drops "Serpents," filled with indie cameos, from her upcoming Tramp.

CRAIG FINN officially drops "Honolulu Blues" in advance of Clear Heart Full Eyes.

AMY WINEHOUSE: "Halftime" is the latest advance track from her Lioness: Hidden Treasures posthumous LP.

CAMERON CROWE's mixtape for Matt. Damon.

CAMERA OBSCURA go quasi-Spectorian on 2009's "The Sweetest Thing."

THE ROLLING STONES: In honor of Some Girls' re-release, Mick Jagger sat down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss the album, and Keith Richards spoke with WXPN's Michaela Majoun.  Jagger also talked to Spinner about the reissue, its New York and disco influences, the lies and rumors about their songs and how the hit track 'When the Whip Comes Down' surprisingly never led anyone to question his sexuality.

ELVIS COSTELLO objects to a limited edition box set.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to the New York Times about remaining grounded as a solo act, how his brother is like LBJ, where Oasis ranks in the rock pantheon, and so on.

NME revealed its annual Cool List.  The Top 10 are explained by The Guardian.

ROBIN GIBB claims he's recovering and would like to tour again with brother Barry. But... spider therapy?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 repeated atop the Thanksgiving chart, even on a 55 percent drop, bringing in another 62.3 million.  The sparkly vampires have taken in 221.3 million, roughly twice the production budget, in the US alone.  The Muppets placeed with 42 million, almost recouping its 45 million budget in its first weekend and making almost twice as much as each of the last two Muppet movies made in their entire runs.  Happy Feet Two dropped only 13.5 percent to show with 18.4 million.  Arthur Christmas -- the first collaboration between Sony Animation and Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit) -- got great reviews but took in just 17 million, which means it's going to need all the good word of mouth it can get to recoup its 100 million budget (it has taken in another 12 million overseas).  Similarly, Martin Scorsese's Hugo got boffo reviews but rounds oth the Top 5 with a 15.4 million opening against a budget reportedly somewhere in the 150-170 million range.  Happy Feet Two, Arthur Christmas and Hugo will all get a chance at showing legs, as the next big blast of family films comes closer to Christmas.

THE MUPPETS: My tweet-length review is, "If you like the Muppets, you'll like The Muppets."  The slightly longer version is that this is the story of a young man who grew up loving the the original Muppet Show and dreamed of joining thier troupe.  In the movie, this role is played by a new muppet named Walter.  In real life, this role is played by actor Jason Segel, who is not only the human lead, but also to co-writer and co-executive producer.  We should have seen this coming from the puppet show in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, right?  Purists need not worry, as Segel & Co. update the classic franchise while maintaining its tone, never lapsing into edge or irony for cheap laughs (wll almost never, which makes the Parents' Guide pretty funny).  The plot is right out of the "let's put on a show" tradition stretching from Mickey & Judy (indeed, Mickey Rooney perfoms here near Leslie Feist) through The Blues Brothers, which doesn't really matter because what you're paying for is the reurn of beloved characters and celebrity cameos.  And yes, the musical numbers.  The new ones hold up next to the 1979 classic "Rainbow Connection," which is heard here.  While everyone likely could have done without the Starship tune, there is another more contemporary hit performed by the hens that is sheer genius (and a joke the kids won't get in that way).

HUGO: Martin Scorsese is not first name tha comes to mind when thinking of family films, but he's an excellent choice to adapt Brian Selznick's odd book/graphic novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," about an orphan who maintains the clocks in a Paris train station in the years after WWI.  That's because the story is also partially a fictionalized lesson in film history, and Scorsese's love of the medium and passion for film preservation is all over Hugo.  His choice to shoot in 3-D is also brilliant for reasons I won't spoil here.  The educational aspects of the movie may be a problem for younger attention spans, but more mature kids and their parents should be charmed, not only by Asa Butterfield in the starring role, but particularly by the performances of Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN is causing viewers to suffer seizures. Literally.

LILY ALLEN and her husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed their first child, a girl, on Friday, according to various reports.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Sara Leal - the 22-year-old blonde who allegedly slept with Kutcher this summer - insists she isn't responsible for the actor's crumbling marriage to Demi Moore.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Jason Trawick has been doing some serious ring shopping and he is close to plopping down a massive amount of cash on her engagement ring, a source close to the couple tells RadarOnline.

JUSTIN BIEBER: The woman at the center of the never-ending Justin Bieber baby-mama allegations is continuing to try the pop star's patience as her lawyer today demanded the Biebs submit to yet another DNA test.

MILEY CYRUS jokes about being a pothead at her birthday party.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: She's got the power in the relationship?

BRADGELINA: Jolie tells 60 Minutes she's lucky she didn't die young, and now saves her wild side for Pitt.

OLIVIA WILDE & JAKE GYLLENHAAL seemed to be "very cozy" over dinner at Chinatown Brasserie.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES packed on the PDA in Paris.

STAR TREK: The 3-D sequel is now set for the prime spot of May 17, 2013.

BEFORE THE MUPPETS: 10 Surreal and Experimental Works by Jim Henson.

TEN MUPPET FACTS You Probably Don't Know.

EGYPTIANS prepared to vote today in the first elections since Mubarak's ouster, a milestone many hoped would usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. Instead, the polling is already marred by turmoil in the streets and the population is sharply polarized and confused over the nation's direction.

IRAN threatened Israel with "150,000 missiles" if Israel launches any military action against the Islamic theocracy.

SYRIA: In an unprecedented move, the Arab League approved sanctions against Syria to pressure crackdown on dissent. Iraq refused to implement the sanctions while Lebanon "disassociated itself" from the decision. Libya's new rulers may aid the rebels in Syria.

IRAQ: Mahdi Army militiamen are joining the government's security services under a secret deal between the government and the Sadrist movement.

PAKISTAN: Afghan and Western officials on Sunday said NATO and Afghan forces on a nighttime operation Saturday came under fire from across the Pakistan border before they called in a deadly airstrike on two Pakistani military posts, in an incident has left U.S.-Pakistan relations in tatters. Pakistan indefinitely shut down North Atlantic Treaty Organization supply lines through Pakistan and said it was re-evaluating its military, intelligence and diplomatic links with the US. Authorities there gave the US two weeks to pull out of a Pakistani air base that Washington has used in the past to launch drone strikes on Taliban militants.

SALMON swim upstreet in in Mason County, Wash.

A TURKEY fights back on Thanksgiving.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: County workers blasted squirrels right out of their tunnels Tuesday at Pioneer Park in Bakersfield to control the squirrel and gopher infestation.  And who is the gopher's ally? His friend. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit...

BAYWATCH: A dead beached whale in San Diego is going to be sticking around for another few days as authorities wait for better tides to help them shift the 50-foot (15m) cetacean. Lifeguard Greg Buchanan said there are three options for dealing with a dead whale: letting it rot on the beach, towing it out to sea to destroy it or hauling it to a landfill. He must not have heard about the fourth option: blowing it to bits with explosives as they used to do in the '70s.

BOO-BOO is testing a camera, Yogi.

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Faves 2011   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE... with FAVES 2011!  I occasionally hear from folks who want to know what music -- from among all of the posts I do here -- I recommend.  To some degree, I recommend all of it, unless I expressly write otherwise (e.g., it's not my thing, but it might be yours).  With the holiday shopping season upon us, I have tried to make a list of reasonable size.  It's an unordered list. I likely will have overlooked something that I really dig.  And some of these are grouped together, because that's the way they occurred to me at the moment.  And note these are my faves; I'm not purporting to list the "Best" albums of the year.

THE BEACH BOYS: Regular Pate visitors -- and anyone who has known me since college -- might have guessed that SMiLE, an album uncompleted since 1966, would be at the top of my mind in 2011.  Subtly different from the 2004 version Brian Wilson recorded with his solo band, hearing this sprawling, trans-continental sound collage from the original material is startling.  Those familiar with the backstory tend to focus on Brian's personal issues as the reason SMiLE was never released, but hearing it today bolsters the case that the daunting task of assembling Brians modular compositions into a coherent whole was also a major factor (given 1966 tech, it took Brian six months to record and harmonize tapes from 5 separate studios to produce "Good Vibrations" alone).  Is this Brian's lost masterwork, as was so often advertised (or mythologized)?  It is certainly his Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- a quantum leap in the complexity of its composition, supported by a number of his strongest songs ("Good Vibrations," "Surf's Up," "Wonderful," "Heroes & Villains."); it would have had as profound an impact on pop music at the Beatles' LP.  And yet, like Sgt. Pepper's, had it been released, I wonder whether music fans -- particuarly Beach Boys fans -- might not have yet preferred Pet Sounds decades later, the way Beatles fans often prefer Revolver or Rubber Soul, the sophisticated, but more emotionaly direct predecessors.  Whichever side of that debate you might land, you don't get an album the quality of SMiLE every year.

FLEET FOXES: More West Coast harmonies, but more the Pacific Northwest version of CSN than the Beach Boys.  Even if I had not been impressed with their live power at Pitchfest, Helplessness Blues would have made this list with ease.  Every track, including the title track, sounds like it issues from some misty mountain top like Robert Plant never imagined.

YUCK: If the Beach Boys had my ears in the 60s, the self-titled debut LP from Yuck had them in the 90s, with songs like "The Wall" and "Milkshake" making for seeminglessly effortless, minimalist pop occasionally straying toward the noisy.  THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART's Belong surmounts the sophomore slump in much the same vein, as "Heart In Your Heartbeat" demonstrates.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR, JR: I wrote last year that if their first LP was as good as their debut EP, they would make my list again -- and here they are with It's A Corporate World, which is anything but corporate.  Energetic yet mellow, acoustic with electronics, this was a perfect album for chilling at the beach or bringing the beach to the chilly season. And check out those "Skeletons." Somewhat similarly, TENNIS released Cape Dory in the winter, but all those oohs, ahhs and sha-la-las on songs like "Take Me Somewhere" also made this LP eminently suitable for Summer and my weakness for classic pop forms.  REAL ESTATE's Days LP completes this particular trifecta, with gentle folky-pop occasionally recalling the Feelies in the precision found on songs like "It's Real."

DAWES also made my list last year (because I should've put them on in 2009) and Nothing Is Wrong would be only a slight exaggeration here.  The band also spent time this year backing Robbie Robertson, and they are a worthy alternative to The Band... or Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, for that matter.  Songs like "If I Wanted Someone" showcase their Laurel Canyon harmonies and their ability to stomp.  THE JAYHAWKS' Mockingbird Time and WILCO's The Whole Love are also solid in this category, but regular Pate visitors probably already know that.

THE DECEMBERISTS, after the harder sound of their last LP, returned closer to their folky brand on The King Is Dead, with help from Peter Buck and Gillian Welch on songs like "Down By The Water."  Mind you, GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS returned with their own strong effort, The Harrow and the Harvest, after a lengthy hiatus.  Songs like "The Way It Goes" and "The Way It Will Be" are not poppy like The Decemberists, but haunting, firmly rooted in tradition without sounding dated.

GIRLS: Christopher Owens is another artist surmounting the sophomore slump this year.  Even more than the debut Album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost evokes a melange of classic pop without sounding too much like anyone in particular.  That said, I still think the infectious "Honey Bunny" boasts the occasional riff reminiscent of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome."

CULTS: In The Name Of similarly boasts the classic pop vibe, as "Go Outside" and "You Know What I Mean" will attest, both in the melodies and the quasi-Spectorian production.

DUM DUM GIRLS also work the retro girl-pop vibe on Only In Dreams (nice Orbison reference), even if the raw emotion now gets the gloss of the gloss of the Go-Gos on tracks like "Bedroom Eyes."

BON IVER: It's hard to avoid slump talk after the buzz-laden For Emma, Forever Ago -- but Justin Vernon's self-titled follow-up is strong, combining his earlier bleakness with a touch of Van Morrison's mellow warmth and slightly more trippy at that.  "Calgary" is fairly representative of an album better heard as a whole.

TELEKINESIS: 12 Desperate Straight Lines may not be as anthemic as GbV's Bee Thousand, but it has the same genre-shifting variety, with plenty of catchy pop songs like "Please Ask For Help."

GENERATIONALS:  Actor-Castor reveals a band mixing elements of punk, new wave and twee without ever sounding bubblegum, as evidenced on "Ten-Twenty-Ten."

ST. VINCENT: Songs like "Cruel" and "Surgeon" may make Strange Mercy Annie Clark's most accessible work to date... but that doesn't mean it's, er, conventional, as other tracks from the LP demonstrate.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ leads off my slate of neo-classic R&B picks for the year with the Stone Rollin'  LP, which adds a hint of Chuck Berry to his usual influences.  MAYER HAWTHORNE goes to the majors with How Do You Do, and the answer is pretty darn good, as you can hear on "The Walk."  BLACK JOE LEWIS: Sanadalous is an apt title to a raucous record featuring songs like "Mustang Ranch" and "Livin' In The Jungle." CHARLES BRADLEY, a/k/a  "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," debuted on Dap-Tone with No Time For Dreaming and tacks like "Why Is It So Hard?"  VAN HUNT went indie with What Were You Hoping For? and continues to be the next iteration of a lineage that includes Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and Prince, as suggested on tracks like "Cross Dresser."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar took an unexpected turn on the Kaputt LP with a 70s soft-rock, Steely Dan / Al Stewart vibe that works surprisingly well.

TOM WAITS released Bad To Me late enough in the year that it hasn't fully sunk in with me yet, but I'm confident I will remain "Satisfied" on repeat listens.

ELBOW: I tend to think they were underrated before winning the Mercury Prize in 2008, so I'll put in a word for Build a Rocket Boys!, the band's 5th LP (iirc).  The band is currently hosting a full concert at its website.  It's probably a bit cheap to compare them to Radiohead, but that's one of the closer reference points for a band that defies easy categorization.

PJ HARVEY: Let England Shake -- a meditiation on her homeland, war and more -- is probably her best work in years, which is not faint praise.

KURT VILE did not bowl me over at Pitchfest as I had hoped, but I had hoped because Smoke Ring for My Halo is the mark of a musuician on the rise, having traded in his more avant-garde pretensions for impressive stoner rock like "Jesus Fever" and "Freak Train."

WHITE DENIM: Amazingly, their album D is still streaming via NME, so you can hear how groovy and trippy it is all in one place.

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING:  It's always somewhere on the net.

WKRP: "Turkeys Away," in its entirety. And here's the turkey giveaway by itself.

THANKSGIVING has a lot of myths, both traditional and the new "Pilgrims were evil" o­nes taught in some public schools. Not to mention the fights over kindergarteners dressing as Native Americans.  However, if you read the journal of William Bradford -- who served some 35 years as governor of the Pilgims' colony -- you quickly discover that the Pilgrims' relationship with the natives was complex.  Ultimately, Bradford quieted internal discontent by doing away with the collectivism of a company town and granting property rights.

CUTOUT BIN: From Marvin Gaye to the Sex Pistols, from the Rascals to Men Without Hats, from Gordon Lightfoot to Joan Jett, plus Game Theory, the Beatles, R.E.M., Echo & the Bunnymen and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

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'Mats Tribute, Blitzen Trapper, Mates of State, Leonard Cohen, Fast Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CRAIG FINN & TAD KUBLER (The Hold Steady)  PATRICK STICKLES (Titus Andronicus), TOMMY RAMONE and more pay tribute to The Replacements.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MATES OF STATE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

BLIND PILOT also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JOE HENRY played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

LEONARD COHEN drops "Show Me The Place" in advance of Old Ideas, his first LP in seven years.

ANDREA TRUE: Dead Dead Dead. Too soon?

DARLENE LOVE talks to NPR's Linda Holmes about Christmas, Phil Spector and more...

OKKERVIL RIVER's Will Scheff talks to Spoonfed about the new LP, hip-hop and such. (Thx, LHB.)

GILLIAN WELCH talks to Scotland On Sunday about the road trip that led to a plentiful harvest of new songs. (Thx again, LHB.)

JON WURSTER (Superchunk, Mountaingoats, etc.) recommends seven rock documentaries at The A.V. Club.

27 CLASSIC SONGS You Didn't Know Were Covers (though I suspect Pate regulars knew some of them).

THE TOP TEN Replacement Lead Singers.

NOW SHOWING: The Thanksgiving weekend's wide releases include The Muppets reboot, which is currently scoring 100 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Arthur Christmas, which is scoing 93 percent; and Martin Scorsese's family film, Hugo, also scoring 94 percent.

JASON SEGEL talks to Moviefone about hosting SNL with the Muppets.

KIM KARDASHIAN'S friends claim future-ex Kris Humphries called her fat and stupid.

NATALIE WOOD:  Sources in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office are scratching their heads over the reopening of the Natalie Wood death investigation, because they say there's no way the D.A. is going to prosecute Robert Wagner or anyone else.

KATY PERRY denies pregnancy rumors.

ANGELINA JOLIE on 600 calories a day?

JEREMY RENNER is profiled at Details.

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES of the Last Decade, according to Glamzzle. (So who can argue?)


SYRIA plans to use Russia, Iran, Iraq, and Lebanon to counter economic sanctions. Attacks by army defectors are transforming the Syrian uprising into an armed insurgency that threatens to spiral into civil war.

EGYPT: The ruling generals have offered to transfer power to a civilian president by July instead of late 2012 or early 2013, protesters rejected the generals' offer.

IRAN: Canada and the European Union announced further sanctions on Iran. France called for sanctions on an "unprecedented scale," and urged a halt to purchases of Iranian oil and a freeze on its central bank assets. Russia called the sanctions "unacceptable." Iran said the sanctions "will have no impact."

IRAQ: The US has transferred all detainees, save Hezbollah leader Musa Ali Daqduq, over to Iraqi control.

LILY the TERRIER was filmed by owner Ross Downard running through Utah's Wasatch hills at super-fast speeds, and at times even seemed like she was flying.

A TWO-HEADED ALBINO SNAKE can be yours for a mere 25K.

PIG SLAUGHTER is not a good breakup prank.

SURFIN' DOGS: Everybody's heard about the dogs; now you can get the calendar.

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New Releases, John Fogerty, Wild Flag, Elliot Smith, Eagle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN FOGERTY medleys "Green River" and "Fortunate Son" in time for Twofer Tuesday.  He also did an interview at WNYC.

NEW RELEASES from Kate Bush, Rhett Miller, Calexico, Wooden Wand, Sunbears! and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

WILD FLAG stopped by Sound Opinions for a video session.

CAVEMAN stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a live performance.

CHRIS ISSAK also stopped by WNYC Soundcheck to talks about the legendary Sun studios and play classic songs he recorded there.

RADIOHEAD: Two pre-Jonny Greenwood demos -- under the name On A Friday -- have surfaced.

OF MONTREAL posted "Wintered Debts" on their website, a trippy, 7-minute track which may or may not be on their next LP.

ELLIOT SMITH: The WaPo has a previously unreleased track, "Misery Let Me Down."

FLEET FOXES released an animated video for "The Shrine/An Argument."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & THE E STREET BAND are getting back on the road, without Clarence Clemons, unless it's a Weekend at Bernie's scenario.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the New Zealand Herald about her organic approach on Strange Mercies. (Thx, LHB.)

LOS CAMPESINOS! Rob talks to Interview about the art behind breakups, the hardships of creating an album title, and having the best job ever.

KATE BUSH - and her unconventional seasonal new LP - are essayed at The Observer.  She talks to the WaPo about both of the LPs she issued this year.

A.A. BONDY talks about the evolution from Verbena to folk-rock on All Things Considered.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE's marriage fell apart because of issues that had long fueled skepticism about their relationship.

JUSTIN BIEBER took a DNA test on Friday night at a lab under "very controlled circumstances."

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL looked affectionate at Chateau Marmont.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & MARC ANTHONY hooked up in Puerto Rico?

JESSICA SIMPSON won't give birth until next spring, but she's already planning to cash in on her postbaby slimdown.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI denies being re-engaged to Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (a/k/a Jerkface).

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Director Christopher Nolan gives away a few tidbits on the film's plot and setting, and Tom Hardy talks about Bane at Empire.

YEMEN: Tribesmen captured 400 soldiers from President Saleh's 63rd Republican Guard Brigade and took control of the unit's base near Arhab.

EGYPT: Demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square turned deadly as 33 protestors where killed. Egypt's interim civilian government submitted its resignation to the country's ruling military council.

IRAN: In a new round of sanctions, the UK ordered its financial institutions to stop doing business with Iranian banks, including the central bank. The US plans to name Iran a "primary money laundering concern". The Iranian foreign minister said sanctions were hurting the economy. Iranian intelligence agents discovered a secret internet communication method used by CIA agents in Iran.

EAGLE vs PARAGLIDER: Who you got?

A CROCODILE was given a bikini wax and pedicure in a dubious PR stunt.

A DOG drives a double-decker bus... in Darwin.

THE SWARM: Upscale hotels are using on-site beehives to bring locally sourced honey to guests and to save dwindling colonies of honeybees.

A RARE ORANGE LOBSTER who survived a boiling pot of water is celebrated in death.

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Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Olabelle, Marshall Crenshaw, Phone Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 21, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AMY WINEHOUSE: Here's the posthumous video for "Our Day Will Come," originally by Ruby & the Romantics.

PAUL SIMON stops by World Cafe for a session.

NOAH WALL is streaming Why Lie, I'm 35.

OLABELLE stopped by the WFUV studios for a session.

MICHAEL JACKSON: IMMORTAL, the soundtrack to the new Cirque du Soleil production, is advance streaming via NPR.

ADELE: All Songs Considered has a preview of the Live at the Royal Albert Hall DVD.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW played "Someday, Someway" for his network TV debut in 1982. (Thx, Juanito Cabrone)

BOB MOULD talks to Rolling Stone about tonight's Hüsker Dü tribute show in L.A., his future musical plans and much more.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS talk to The Observer about authenticity, Nashville, and why there's nothing 'old' about their music.

LOS CAMPESINOS! bassist Ellen gives Nerve the awful truth about the sex lives of touring bands.

WILCO: This is CNN.

235 INDIE LABELS abandon streaming services including Spotify, Napster, Simfy, and Rdio. STHoldings said the decision was prompted by a study conducted by NPD Group and NARM which claimed that Spotify and similar streaming services were detrimental to music sales.

ROBIN GIBB is battling liver cancer, and it's not looking good.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: To the surprise of no one, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 dominated the cineplex with 139.5 million dollars, a bit more than predicted, but a smidge behind Twilight: New Moon, the other entry in the series opening at Thanksgiving.  It's the 5th biggest weekend gross ever, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 3, and New Moon.  The budget for Breaking Dawn was 110 million -- and if past is prologue, it will make that much in DVD sales alone (which is probably why Part 2 is being saved for next Thanksgiving instead of next Summer).  Happy Feet Two debutes at No. 2 with 22 million, about half of the original's opening frame and less than gurus predicted.  The penguins are really going to have to dance to recoup a 135 million budget.  Immortals looks pretty mortal in the third slot, dropping 62 percent to make 12.3 million; even so worldwide grosses total over 90 million against a 75 million budget.  Jack & Jill tumble 52 percent to being in 12 million at No. 4, and may not recoup its 80 million budget domestically (not to fret; Sandler travels well).  Puss in Boots rounds out the Top 5 with 10.3 million, finally skidding 57 percent after three good weekends, likely due to competition from Happy Feet Two.

DEMI MOORE & ASHTON KUTCHER: The pre-divorce fighting was intense.  The ever-reliable Star magazine claims his cheating on his wife was the straw that broke the camel's back but it was the "open marriage" they had that was the downfall in their marriage.

MILA KUNIS accompanied Sgt. Scott Moore to the Marine Corps Ball on Friday night in Greenville, NC.

NATALIE WOOD: Robert Wagner is not a suspect in the 30-year-old drowning of his actress wife, and there is nothing to indicate a crime, even though the investigation has been re-opened, a sheriff's detective said Friday.

JEREMY LONDON is wanted for questioning by police following a Friday phone call from his girlfriend saying he assaulted her.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT will return...on Netflix?

OPRAH WINFREY will return to her cable channel in an effor to get it off life support.

THE GREAT GATSBY: An early look at Leo DiCaprio, Cery Mulligan and Tobey Maguire on set.

THE TOP FIVE BAD MOVIE SONGS, according to Joshua Leonard, who needed one.

TERROR in UZBEKISTAN? A suspected bombing took place on a rail line in southern Uzbekistan used to transport supplies to NATO forces in Afghanistan.

SYRIAN troops continued attacks despite Arab League's demand to end the "bloody repression". France and Turkey called for more pressure on Syria while Russia and China feared a slide towards civil war and called for more talks.

AFGHANISTAN: The US ambassador in Kabul cast doubt on whether US forces would be able to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan by President Barack Obama's 2014 deadline, saying key issues are far from being agreed, including how many troops, if any, will remain and on what terms.

FRED the CAT answers the phone.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Annick Richardson could serve up to 60 days in jail and be forced to pay a hefty fine for turning her neighborhood into a squirrel buffet.

THE COCKROACH HALL OF FAME: It may be the quirkiest little museum in all of Texas.

CAT vs SNAKE: A Perth family paid 27500 dollars in veterinary bills to keep their cat alive after it was bitten by a tiger snake.

MAYBE THE TIGER ate your piglets.

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