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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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Parkay Quarts, Mitski, Son Little, Neil Youngish, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 06, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

METRONOMY drops a video for "The Upsetter."

PARQUET COURTS, a/k/a/  PARKAY QUARTS advance streams Content Nausea.

MITSKI advance streams Bury Me At Makeout Creek.

SON LITTLE advance streams the Things I Forgot EP.

NEIL YOUNG gets a tribute at Aquarium Drunkard.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: "I'm Waiting For The Man," live at The Matrix.

SUPERCHUNK covers Ryan Adams' "Come Pick Me Up".

THE DODOS drop "Competition" ahead of Individ.

FUNKADELIC: "I Got a Thing" on Upbeat in 1970. The intro and outro are almost as good as the song.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged by New Zealand police with attempting to arrange a murder. Dirty deeds.

DAVID BYRNE reviews Barry Manilow singing duets with dead people.

SIMPLE MINDS: Jim Kerr listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

CLIVE DAVIS talks to The Guardian about his key collaborations with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys, his regrets for those he never signed, and...Janis Joplin.

JESSICA BIEL & JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE are expecting their first child, reportedly.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH announced his engagement to theater director Sophie Hunter in The Times.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. and his wife, Susan, have welcomed a daughter in Los Angeles.

BRITNEY SPEARS is dating producer and writer Charlie Ebersol, the son of veteran TV producer and co-creator of Saturday Night Live Dick Ebersol.

MARC ANTHONY is engaged to his girlfriend Shannon De Lima.

BEYONCE easily repeats atop the Forbes list of Top Earning Women in Music.

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and ANT-MAN behind the scenes footage.

UKRAINE: Both the Ukrainian forces and the pro-Russian separatists have been mobilizing troops and weapons for another round of vicious fighting, and the truce has all but broken down in the war that has already claimed some 4,000 lives since April.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: The Defence Ministry said UK military trainers will be deployed to Iraq to help Iraqi forces in the battle against the Islamic State.

SYRIA: Fighters from al Qaeda’s Syrian branch have advanced along a northern area bordering Turkey after driving out several moderate factions from longtime strongholds, rebels said, complicating the U.S. effort to recruit and train the Syrian opposition battling Islamic State and trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad.Al-Monitor looks at life in Raqqa under the Islamic State.

ELEPHANTS take a mud bath.

A PYTHON tried to drag a woman down her toilet.

A DONKEY escaped a Swiss petting zoo and became stuck in a manhole.

107 MILLION SPIDERS infest a Balitmore wastewater facility.

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Taking a personal day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 05, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

LOST TRACK OF TIME YESTERDAY. I'll be back Thrsday. My apologies.

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Pitchfork Paris, Dream Police, We Are The Willows, Decemberists, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

NICK CAVE covered "Stagger Lee" as an Austin City Limits bonus.

PITCHFORK PARIS: The full sets temporarily lnked on Monday--and more--are archived by Culturebox. Chvrches, Four Tet, St Vincent, Foxygen, Mogwai and more...

DREAM POLICE, the psych-dance side project of The Men, advance stream Hypnotized.

WE ARE THE WILLOWS stream Picture (Portrait).

GUERILLA TOSS advance streams their Smack The Brick EP.

THE DECEMBERISTS drop "Make You Better" ahead of What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

WHIRR drops "Ease" as part of a split single.

THAT PETROL EMOTION: "Big Decision." Add Devo's "Freedom of Choice" for an election-themed Twofer Tuesday.

GRAHAM NASH explains the David Crosby-Neil Young feud is about Daryl Hannah. (and possibly Jackson Browne, I would think).

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes gives songriting tips to Drowned In Sound.

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks about the Sgt. Pepper's tribute with The A.V. Club.

THE CATCHIEST POP SONGS? It's Science.

HAYDEN PANETIERRE has put on major pregnancy weight.

LENA DUNHAM's autobiography has some odd passages about her sister.

ARIANA GRANDE has been receiving strange gifts from a Massachusetts fan, despite threats from cops.

STEVIE WONDER is expecting triplets, which would bring his total to eleven.

RHIANNA's Christmas wish is super-classy, by which I mean NSFW.

ANGIE HARMON & JASON SEHORN are amicably separating after 13 years of marriage.

MARISA MILLER and her husband, record producer Griffin Guess, are expecting their second child in late spring.

CHRISTIAN BALE has fallen off the Steve Jobs biopic that is being directed by Danny Boyle.

THE UNITED STATES: Prosecutors revealed that Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, of suburban Chicago, had tried to take his 17-year-old sister and his 16-year-old brother with him to join the Islamic State in the Middle East.

EGYPT, SAUDIA ARABIA, the UNITED ARAB EMIRATES & KUWAIT are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East.

LIBYA: A medical official estimated that over 210 people have been killed in the past two weeks of fighting between Islamist militias and the forces of General Khalifa Haftar in Benghazi.

SYRIA: Two of the main rebel groups receiving weapons from the United States to fight both the regime and jihadist groups in Syria have surrendered to al-Qaeda.

GIANT MEN Meet Tiny Puppies.

BABY PANDAS team up to resist medication.

A FANGED DEER pops up in Afghanistan 60 years after its last appearance.

A WHALE CARCASS is not a safe place when surrounded by sharks.

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