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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


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



...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


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


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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New Releases, Tori Amos, Drive-By Truckers, Cat Yodeling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KIDNEY NOW: Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Rhett Miller,  Sheryl Crow, Beastie Boys Mike D and Ad-Rock, Moby, Cyndi Lauper, Michael McDonald, Norah Jones and more were part of an all-star charity benefit for Milton Greene on the season finale of 30 Rock, but you can download the video for "He Needs A Kidney" at iTunes, with proceeds benefitting the National Kidney Foundation. Or you can stream it, if you get there before the lawyers do.

NEW RELEASES: White Rabbits, Van Hunt, Passion Pit, Jason Lytle, Apostle of Hustle, Flipper, the Beach Boys, Nick Cave, and more are streaming in full this weeke via Spinner.

WHITE RABBITS also played the World Cafe last Friday; you can stream the gig now via NPR.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS played the Mountain Stage; you can stream the gig now via NPR.

DAN DEACON played DC's 9:30 Club over the weekend, so you can stream the gig on demand via NPR.

THE BEACH BOYS' first UK TV appearance, on Ready, Steady, GO!, November 6, 1964.  "I Get Around" and "When I Grow Up," for Twofer Tuesday.

TORI AMOS is advance streaming her album.

BAT FOR LASHES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via NPR.

PETER BUCK talks about demos for the next REM album, and his otherwise busy schedule, with Pitchfork.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN: Ian McCulloch comments on Colonel Timothy L. Korpa bringing Ocean Rain to the International Space Station.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson's girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, is reportedly pregnant with his child.

CYNTHIA NIXON announced her engagement to girlfriend Christine Marinoni.  From the picture, I'm guessing Nixon is the femme in the relationship.

BRITNEY SPEARS may make an unscheduled stop on "American Idol" this week?

ALEC BALDWIN may want to stay away from the Philippines for a while. And talk shows.

JAMIE FOXX named as a potential contender for the role of Frank Sinatra in Martin Scorcese's biopic? They already did this for Bob Dylan, so I'm guessing not.

MEGA-SHARK vs GIANT OCTOPUS:  People embeds the trailer along with comments from star (and former teen pop star) Deborah Gibson.

WOODY ALLEN setlled his lawsuit against American Apparel for five million.

DON PARDO retires as the voice of SNL.

PAKISTAN is rapidly adding to its nuclear arsenal even while racked by insurgency, raising questions on Capitol Hill about whether billions of dollars in proposed military aid might be diverted to Pakistan's nuclear program.   Top US senators on Friday underscored the need for India and Pakistan to reduce troops on the Kashmir border to allow Islamabad to fight the Taliban on its Afghan border more effectively.

IRAQ has released 132838 prisoners under an amnesty law.  Kurdistan will pump natural gas to Europe.  Locals and US troops worry as the US prepares to withdraw from Sadr City in Baghdad.

ADVANCED CAT YODELING: Let's go to the video.

SPARKY the CAT was adopted by a British couple who flew to Michigan to adopt him.

THE DOG-O-MATIC is a mini car-wash that transforms pets from filthy to fluffy in half an hour.  Or until the dogs rise up in rebellion against humankind.  Pics at the link.

COWS stare unamazed as a British ice cream maker Frank Frederick flies in an Italian opera tenor to sing them in the hope they will produce creamier milk.

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