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Byrds, Wire, Surfer Blood, True Believers, TK, Cutout Bin, Big Daddy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

WIRE is advance streaming Change Becomes Us.

SURFER BLOOD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TRUE BELIEVERS play a Texas-influenced set live on KEXP from Mellow Johnny's in Austin, TX during SXSW 2013.

TELEKINESIS plays catchy power pop tunes (including a cover of INXS' "Don't Change") to the crowd at Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop for KEXP during SXSW 2013. And here's Michael Lerner talking to Stereogum about his new record, which album we all need to go out and buy this second, and why we should all listen to more Howard Jones.

MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO., Live in Curtis Heights, May 17, 2009.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

WAVVES: Nathan Williams talks to Pitchfork about fighting (and paying) for his own art, and his path from notorious slacker to one of indie rock's biggest workaholics.

JASON MOLINA is eulogized by Alexander Tudor at Drowned In Sound.

VILLAGERS: Conor O’Brien talks to Drowned in Sound about critical acclaim, religion, lyrics, influences and more...

THE MOST CONTOVERSIAL MUSIC VIDEOS, according to Flavorwire.

CUTOUT BIN: From Sonny Curtis to The Strawbs, from Wilson Pickett to Wavves, from Adam and Binki to The Zombies, plus Fleetwood Mac, Husker Du, CCR, Van Morrison 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: The Croods, which is currently scoing 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Olympus Has Fallen, which is scoring 57 percent; and Admission, scoring 40 percent.  Also, Spring Breakers expands wide at 74 percent (but 56 percent among top critics).

KIM KARDASHIAN secretly sat for her divorce deposition and testified that when she accepted Kris Humphries' proposa, she really did love him.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH are reuniting.

TIGER WOODS: Lindsey Vonn is reportedly not freaked out about his past.

BOOBY BROWN has been sprung from jail, but remains under house arrest.

HARRY REEMS, whose starring role in “Deep Throat” in 1972 made him America's first bona fide male pr0n star — and whose life, more than most, embodied the time-honored American narrative of fame, failure and redemption — died on Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 65.

30 AMAZING KUBRICK CINEMATOGRAPHS: The fancy name for animated GIFs.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS has an international trailer online.

NORTH KOREA threatened to attack US bases on Guam and Okinawa in response to military exercises involving the US and South Korea. North Korea also was suspected in a series of cyberattacks against South Korea.

IRAN: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran was not opposed to direct talks with the US to resolve issues over its nuclear program but he was not optimistic. He also said Iran would destroy Tel Aviv and Haifa if Israel attacked Iran's nuclear infrastructure.

SYRIA: A senior pro-government Sunni cleric was killed in a suicide attack inside a mosque in Damascus along with 42 other people. Rebels captured villages near the Golan Heights. The UN said it would investigate claims that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Aleppo earlier this week.

MEET BIG DADDY, a giant spider crab at the Blackpool aquarium.

A SNAKE is framed in a house fire case.

THAT DEAD DEER? He's just resting.

A CHINESE HEN laid a giant egg... with another egg inside.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

DJANGO DJANGO drops a stunt-filled video for "WOR."

JASON MOLINA: Stream the late frontman's entire discography.

COTTON JONES stops by KEXP for a few songs during The Roadhouse.

ATLAS GENIUS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED goes electronic, if that's your bag. 

SONNY & THE SUNSETS drop “Dark Corners” ahead of Antenna To The Afterworld.

JOHN VANDERSLICE drops "Raw Wood" ahead of Dagger Beach.

SMITH: Their chart-topping cover of the Bacharach-Dixon-David classic, "Baby, It's You." Because I'm feeling a little Death Proof.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS talks to Drowned In Sound about his motivations for leaving Girls, as well as for releasing an album like Lysandre.

WIRE guides The Quietus through the inspirational near death experiences, peculiar practice and events that have shaped their decades of operation.

YO LA TENGO is profiled by the West Australian. (Thx, LHB.)

THE MOVING SIDEWALKS: Fresh Air looks back at Billy Gibbons, pre-ZZ Top.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON were spotted at a karaoke bar Tuesday in Los Angeles, after two months apart.

JIMMY FALLON is expected to take over The Tonight Show by 2014, and move it to NYC.

MILEY CYRUS is wearing her engagement ring again.

KATE UPTON may accept a video invitation to prom.

ADELE: Planning a secret wedding?

BOBBY BROWN began his 55-day DUI sentence.

JON HAMM has been instructed to wear underwear.

VINCENT KARTHEISER & ALEXIS BLEDEL are excitedly celebrating their engagement.

IRAN is stepping up its military assistance to Assad in Syria, and the supplies have strengthened his belief that he can prevail in his struggle with the opposition, a senior State Department official said Wednesday.

SYRIA: Controversy over the use of chemical weapons in an attack near Aleppo continued. An Israeli official said it is "apparently clear" that chemical weapons were used. The US and the UN's health organization could not confirm the use. Both the Syrian government and rebel organizations asked the UN to investigate.

ISRAEL: An Israeli official said the US is "very seriously" preparing for a potential attack on Iran.

EGYPT: An Israeli diplomatic mission arrived in Cairo for discussions with their Egyptian counterparts. An Egyptian judicial advisory body said the Muslim Brotherhood lacks a legal standing.

PICKLES THE KITTEN sounds like a goat.

A RAT is suspected in this week's power outage at Japan's tsunami-crippled nuclear plant. But you know it was masterminded by squirrels.

ZOMBIE WORMS get it on in whale bones.

GIANT CAMELS once roamed the Arctic?

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

YO LA TENGO tackles The Supremes' "Come See About Me" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

AIRBORNE TOXIC EVENT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DAN CROLL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NIGHT BEDS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SUPERCHUNK, Live at the Whisky, Feb. 11, 1992.

SAVAGES drop "She Will" ahead of Silence Yourself.

COLD CAVE drops "People Are Poison," the flip side of their latest single. Because who cares what's on the flip side of a record? I do.

LOOM drops the flip side of their upcoming single, a heavy take on The Zombies' "She's Not There."

THE EXCITERS: What's a bear doing in the video for "Tell Him"? I have no idea.

THE SMITHS, in an infographic from The Guardian.

THE 10 BEST THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS SONGS, according to Stereogum

PETER MURPHY, frontman of incendiary goth band Bauhaus, was reportedly arrested for a DUI, hit-and-run, and possession of crystal meth in Los Angeles.

NINE GREAT SONGS inspired by movie characters, according to Paste.

LINDSAY LOHAN celebrated her rehab-plea deal... by going clubbing, natch. (And yes, that's her new mug shot.)

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER split again. The Union of Concerned Scientists reset the Doomsday clock.

BRADLEY COOPER was spotted in Boston with his new girlfriend, 20-year-old model Suki Waterhouse.

SETH MacFARLANE & EMILIA CLARKE are no longer playing the game of love.

LIL WAYNE got sprung from Cedars Sinai Medical Center.

TOM CRUISE: The Man From U.N.C.L.E?

MICHELLE SHOCKED's antigay outburst, and subsequent fan outrage, has caused several venues to cancel the singer-songwriter's upcoming shows.

ANT-MAN: Bootleg video.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY launched a website.

SYRIA: The government and rebels accused each other of firing chemical weapons.

IRAQ: At least 59 Iraqis were killed in a series of more that 20 attacks in Baghdad, Anbar, Babil and Ninewa provinces. Attacks included suicide bombers, car bombs, IEDs, and armed assaults. The attacks were likely carried out by al Qaeda.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai's spokesman said NATO's involvement in Afghanistan is "unwise" and "aimless."

A BABY ELEPHANT LOVES CUDDLING: Let's go to the video.

GILBERT THE MICRO-PIG thinks he's a dog.

A BABY ANTELOPE is making a big impression at the Chester Zoo.

WADSWORTH, the world's oldest cat, turned 27.

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New Releases, Jason Molina & Bobbie Smith RIP, Strokes, Pug vs Mecha-Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

JASON MOLINA of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., has died from organ failure following a well documented battle with alcoholism. He was 39 years old. Pitchfork offers a "Farewell Transmission" and "Hold On Magnolia" for a terminal Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Black rebel Motorcycle Club, Low, Josh Rouse and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE STROKES are advance streaming Comedown Machine.

DEPECHE MODE is advance streaming Delta Machine via iTunes.

PEACE is advance streaming In Love.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND drops "Diane Young" and "Step" ahead of Modern Vampires In The City, just in time for Twofer Tuesday.

BOBBIE SMITH, of the Detroit soul group the Spinners died of complications of pneumonia and influenza, following a diagnosis of lung cancer. He was 76. His tenor voice was out in front on a number of the Spinners' biggest Atlantic Records hits in the '70s, including "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" and  "I'll Be Around."

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to The Age about the band's trajectory, and shifting mentally from The Whole Love to the road.  He talks to FasterLouder about green rooms, soul legend Mavis Staples and Chicago deep dish pizza. (Thx, LHB.)

THE JOY FORMIDABLE reveals the inspiration for one of the songs on their new LP at The Line Of Best Fit.

GUIDED BY VOICES: The massive discography, ranked by Stereogum.

THE 24 BEST DAVID BOWIE SONGS, according to Paste.

LINDSAY LOHAN copped an 11th hour plea deal and will spend 90 days in lockdown rehab, dodging the jail bullet.

LIL WAYNE has been moved out of the Intensive Care Unit at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles after doctors determined his condition has stabilized.

MICHELLE SHOCKED cleared out San Francisco club Yoshi's and shut down the venue, after she went on an anti-gay tirade.

JULIANNE HOUGH: Single and ready to mingle.

TIGER WOODS & LINDSEY VONN are stepping out as a couple.

GWYNETH PALTROW says she nearly died from a miscarriage.

MICHAEL JORDAN won dismissal of a paternity suit, though the woman has leave to refile.

NORTH KOREA threatened an attack on Japan, and accused the US of cyberattacks on its Internet servers.

SYRIA: The opposition Syrian National Coalition met in Istanbul to form an interim government. After a yearlong siege, rebels broke through a blockade of the city of Homs. Government jets attacked Syrian rebels inside Lebanon; the US State Department called it a "significant escalation."

PAKISTAN: The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan suspended peace talks with the government.

EGYPT: Authorities detained 10 Palestinians who were trying to transport ammunition from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai.

PUG vs MECHA-SPIDER: Who you got?

THE GASTRIC BROODING FROG may live to give birth through its mouth again, with help from scientists. They've spared no expense.

RUSSIAN BEARS picked the wrong week to stop huffing airplane fuel. And Leon's getting laaaaargerrrr.

A GIANT SEA CUCUMBER uses its anus as a second mouth. Too many punchlines.

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Monday, March 18, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

PATE REUNION UPDATE:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

THE STROKES get nostalgic "All The Time."

WAVVES is advance streaming Afraid Of Heights.

JULIAN LYNCH is advance streaming Lines.

RA RA RIOT stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER performs The Beast in Its Tracks.

SUFJAN STEVENS shares a demo of the unreleased song, "Julia."

SIMON & GARFUNKEL: "I Am a Rock" on French TV.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS: John Flansburgh talks to Abraham Levitan at the Chicago Reader about the 80s, magazines, Ivy League a capella groups, "Midnight Traiin to Georgia" and much more.

JAMIE LIDELL talks to PopMatters about his influences and his upcoming world tour.

WILD BELLE has an interview plus tracks at All Things Considered.

UNDERRATED DAVID BOWIE TRACKS, according to Flavorwire

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oz the Great and Powerful repeats atop the chart with 42.2 million -- and given the lukewarm reviews, the 47 percent drop is not bad.  Oz now has 145 million domestic and 281.8 total worldwide against a 215 million budget.  In an upset, The Call places with 17.1 million against a 13 million budget.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone shows with a 10.3 million debut, and will probably just about break even on its 30 million budget (plus marketing costs, etc.). Jack the Giant Slayer takes the fourth slot with 6.2 million and a 53.9 million total against a 195 million budget; not even foreign receipts are helping much. Ouch.  Identity Thief rounds out the Top Five with 4.5 million and a hefty 123.7 million domestic against a 35 million budget.

LIL WAYNE was hospitalized after a sizzurp overdose.

RYAN SEACREST & JULIANNE HOUGH are dunzo after two years, which is a long time to maintain a fascade.

DANNY DeVITO & RHEA PERLMAN, together again.

PRINCE WILLIAM & THE DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE have different preferences regarding the gender of their child.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Not Mr. Popularity at his daughter's school.

PHIL SPECTOR: The new HBO biopic doesn't make it debut until March 24, but it has already been panned both by Mr. Spector's wife and the family of Lana Clarkson, an actress for whose 2003 murder he is currently serving 19 years to life in prison.

THE UNITED STATES military's Africa Command warned that Nigeria-based Boko Haram is increasing its collaboration with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and said some elements of Boko Haram are looking to attack the US and Europe.

MALI: Dozens of al Qaeda-linked fighters have been killed in the intervention and others have fled to hideouts in the remote region.

LIBYA closed its embassy in Cairo because of recent Copt protests at the embassy against persecution of Christians in Libya.

SYRIA: Rebels extended their control over parts of Ghouta, an agricultural area to the south and east of Damascus.

EGYPT: Two former Mubarak government ministers were acquitted of corruption charges.

A JUMBO TEACUP KITTEN: Let's go to the video.

BAT-CATCHING SPIDERS have been reported from virtually every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

PHUKET: A Russian couple were arrested on Koh Khai Nok and accused of possession of three baby macaques – a protected species.

THE WOOLY MAMMOTH remains the front-runner for de-extinction.

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