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Camper Van Beethoven, The Orwells, Museum Mouth, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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CONOR OBERST,  “Zigzagging Toward The Light."

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN is advance streaming El Camino Real.

THE ORWELLS are advance streaming Disgraceland,via Spotify.

MUSEUM MOUTHis advance streaming Alex I Am Nothing.

DEVON WILLIAMS is advance streaming Gliding the Lily.

WOODS drop the oh-so-Byrdsy “Tambourine Light” as a single.

OLD HUNDRED drops “I’ll Be There (When You Die)" ahead of the I Don’t Want To Die EP.

BAKED drops  “Mick Jagger,” the lead single from debut full-length Debt.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Hey, Julie."

OWEN PALLETT takes SPIN on a track-by-track tour of In Conflict.

EELS: Mark Oliver Everett talked to Stereogum about how Steve Perry turned up onstage.

CHRISSIE HYNDE: The Guardian revisist a classic 1979 Melody Maker interview in which she recalls her frustrating years trying to get a band together.

FAITH NO MORE's Mike Patton actually has the biggest vocal range in rock. (Thx, Nathan.)

EVAN RACHEL WOOD & JAMIE BELL have ended their marriage, a rep for the couple confirms.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE is pregnant and expecting her first child with fiance Wladimir Klitschko.

JUSTIN BIEBER and...Adrianna Lima?

LANA DEL REY sang at the Kimye wedding for free.

ROBERT PATTINSON talks to THR about life and acting after Twilight.

MAYA ANGELOU: the award-winning author, poet and civil rights activist has died.  She was 86.

UKRAINIAN Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on Russia to control its border to stop "terrorists" from crossing into his territory.  Chechnya's leader says the country hasn't sent fighters to join rebels in eastern Ukraine, denying a charge that gained substance after Chechens were reportedly found in the aftermath of recent fighting in Donetsk.

VENEZUELA alleged on Wednesday that the U.S. ambassador to Colombia has plotted to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's rule, adding to tensions between the two countries as the U.S. House approved a measure calling for sanctions on officials in the South American nation over human rights abuses.

LIBYA: <font id="Zoom">The United States suggested on Tuesday that its citizens leave Libya "immediately" due to "unpredictable and unstable" security situation in the North African nation.

SYRIA: The Obama administration is considering authorizing a US military mission to train allegedly moderate Syrian rebels.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. plans to remove all troops from Afghanistan by 2016, starting with reducing the troop presence in the country to just 9,800 and an end to the U.S. combat mission at the close of 2014.

A GOAT riding a guy riding a bike.

A GOAT also prompts an emergency police call.

LITTLE MAMA gives birth to 23 puppies. Cruella de Ville unavailable for comment. 

THE HAWAIIAN BOBTAIL SQUID can, in the fashion of a Klingon cloaking device, deceive barracuda and other fish that would happily make a meal of the small creature.

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Black Keys, Bob Mould, F----ed Up, Gold-Bears, Sad Cat Diaries   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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THE BLACK KEYS play a full set at Alabama's Hangout Fest.

BOB MOULD is advance streaming Beauty and Ruin.

F---ED UP advance streams Glass Boys.

GOLD-BEARS advance stream Dalliance.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Bishop Allen, Stand of Oaks, The Apache Relay and more highlight the latest edition of the series.

THE JAYHAWKS: "Blue."

LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant talk to The Guardian about the making of Led Zeppelin III.

PAUL WELLER's promo video talking about his some of his favorite songs, covers and such is pretty cool.

IN DEFENSE OF SCHLOCK MUSIC: Why Journey, Billy Joel, and Lionel Richie Are Better Than You Think.

JOHNNY CASH: It took brain implants, but this Dutch man's a fan!

BILL MURRAY crashes a bachelor party, dispenses advice.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST: The inevitable wedding photos.

GEORGE CLOONEY is getting married at Downton Abbey

AMBER HEARD: The future Mrs. Johnny Depp is profiled by W magazine.

DAVID SCHWIMMER helped cops investigate a fight involving a suspected hooker. Better than any Friends episode.

KATHARINE McPHEE, however, claims she was on a break.

ANT-MAN: Edgar Wright leaves over creative differences, plans to direct Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

UKRAINE: A battle between pro-Russia separatists and government forces at Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine has claimed 40 lives, authorities said Tuesday, in what is the deadliest outbreak of violence yet in the flashpoint city.

VENEZUELA's cash-strapped government has agreed to pay part of 4 billion dollars owed to foreign airlines and may soon allow them to aggressively raise airfares as it works to head off more carriers from leaving the country.

LIBYA: Mohamed Zahawi, the head of Ansar al Sharia's Benghazi brigade, warned the US against intervening in Libya on the side of Haftar Khalifa's forces. The EU's Libyan envoy said terrorist groups in the east, particularly Ansar al Sharia, pose a threat that extends beyond Libya's borders. Haftar's forces said they destroyed Islamist weapons stockpiles in Sidi Faraj in Benghazi but that Ansar al Sharia has regrouped in the city.

BOKO HARAM: Does the rapidly growing number of al Qaeda splinter groups pose as much of a threat as al Qaeda itself?

SAD CAT DIARIES: Let's go to the video.

A LOST DOG was found...for sale on Craigslist.

A DALMATION puts out a fire...fighter.

FRUIT FLIES think before they act, unlike people on reality shows.

 

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Parquet Courts, CYHSY, Joe Henry, Meshell Ndegocello, Lion and Tiger and Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PHIL COLLINS sings  “In The Air Tonight” and Genesis’ “Land Of Confusion” (for the first time in 9 years) with a middle school band for Twofer Tuesday. Not the greatest performances, but a very nice gesture.

PARQUET COURTS advance streams Sunbathing Animal.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY advance streams Only Run.

JOE HENRY advance streams Invisible Hour.

MESHELL NDEGOCELLO advance streams Comet, Come to Me.

STEVE PERRY joined EELS at the Fitzgerald Theater, singing “Open Arms” and “Lovin’ Touchin’, Squeezin’” to complete a retro twofer for Twofer Tuesday.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to The Guardian about where the band's Unplugged sessions fit into their career.

BOB MOULD talks to Stereogum about the feelings and experiences behind Beauty & Ruin, his undeniable chemistry with bandmates Jason Narducy and Jon Wurster, the recent reissue of his landmark solo debut Workbook, and much more.

CHRISSIE HYNDE talks to The Guardian about her first rock show, going solo after 35 years in The Pretenders, and more.

THE 20 BEST ELVIS COSTELLO SONGS, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: X-Men: Days of Future Past dominates the chart with 111 million over the holiday weekend, 94.1 million over the regular weekend. The number of 90+ million debuts this yearhas to have studios smiling (and bodes well for the next Transformers flick).  There was a bit of frontloading, but the mutants' worldwide haul will likely make up for any money lost on X-Men: First Class, even with a 200 million budget to recoup. Getting Lennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender (likely on the cheap, before they became huge stars) in on the ground floor of the reboot is paying dividends now.  Godzilla places with 39.4 million, taking a 58 percent hit from Marvel's heroes. The big lizard still has 323 million worldwide...and does not open in China and Japan until June and July.  The debut of Blended shows with 18.2 million against a 40 million budget, a measure of how much Adam Sandler has damaged his brand these past few years; even Drew Barrymore was no help here.  Neighbors was close behind with 17.2 million and a 117 million domestic total against an 18 million budget.The Amazing Spider-Man 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 10 million, taking a big hit from the X-Men and the perception that it isn't up to snuff.  Yet overseas, Spidey has alreadygrossked 489 million, whereas the (better) Captain America sequel has 453 million.

IAN McKELLEN, a/k/a Magneto, Gandalf, etc., just turned 75; Digital Spy lists eight of his great performances.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST wed over the weekend. The New York Post rose to the challenge.

EMMA WATSON graduated from Brown University with a degree in English Lit.

CHRISTINA RICCI is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband James Heerdegen.

FLOYD MERRIWEATHER & T.I. got into a fight at Fatburger.

DAREDEVIL gets a new showrunner, as the original choice heads off to helm The Sinister Six.

UKRAINIAN anti-terrorist forces, backed by fighter jets and helicopters, attacked armed militants who took over Donetsk International Airport on Monday, destroying an anti-aircraft gun mounted by insurgents. The assault came even as president-elect -- and chocolate magnate -- Petro Poroshenko pledged to travel to eastern regions to seek peace with insurgents.

VENEZUELA: The wives of two Venezuelan opposition mayors ousted during anti-government protests have won landslide victories in special elections to choose their husbands' replacements.

LIBYA: Khalifa Haftar, head of the Libyan National Army, called newly-elected Prime Minister Meitig "illegitimate" and said parliamentary elections should be postponed for at least three months while LNA forces rid the country of terrorists. Haftar's forces are conducting reconnaissance over Derna, looking for Islamist militants, including Ansar al Sharia.

SYRIA: A May 3 message from al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri was posted on jihadist forums, calling for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to leave Syria and fight in Iraq, and urging clashing jihadists in Syria to submit to an independent sharia court.

LION & TIGER & BEAR: Oh, my!

DOGS' PLAY: Beneath this apparently frivolous fun lies a hidden language of honesty and deceit, empathy and perhaps even a humanlike morality.

HERRING also have an interesting way of communicating.

BEST IN SHOW, courtesy of... the British Tarantula Society.

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Monday, May 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
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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. At least I think, that's still the deal -- the Remember.gov still seems to be down (good job, feds).  Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  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 likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote 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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Power Pop, Black Lips, Lykke Li, Cutout Bin, X-Men, Quincy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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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 Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," 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."

BLACK LIPS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

LYKKE LI stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

TIMBER TIMBRE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR

WARPAINT played a mini-set from their 2014 self-titled album, recorded Live in the KEXP studio.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

SHARON VAN ETTEN gets a meaty interview and profile at Stereogum.

CONOR OBERST & LORDE discuss their writing styles, navigating the industry and being wowed by each other.

NME had musicians select 101 Bucket List albums.

F----ED UP: The name is a marketing challenge.

JACK WHITE talks Meg White.

CUTOUT BIN: From Devo to the Spinners, from Ozzy Osbourne to Sandie Shaw, from Wire to the Beastie Bots, plus the Pretenders, Wreckless Eric, the Tubes, Michael Jackson 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 -- X-Men: Days of Future Past, currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Blended, scoring 13 percent.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is one of my favorite runs of one of my favorite comics.  The film could not be made to match it and remain a mass entertainment.  Indeed, Fox has already deviated from the X-Men canon enough that you could not film this series verbatim.  Moreover, Fox has simply not done as well by its Marvel properties in general as Marvel Studios has. Accordingly, I entered the theater with equal measures of anticipation and dread.  I am happy to report that, as a mass entertainment, X-Men: Days of Future Past is better than I expected and quite probably the best film of the franchise, in part because it assumes you have seen the prior four movies and thus starts from a deeper level (I suspect those who have not seen them may find themselves a bit lost at times).  Some of the new deviations in this film are for understandable commercial purposes and one serves a theme not present in the original (and verges on dopey, but I can live with it).  There are also some timeline problems arising from the attempt to construct a coherent timeline, but this isn't much more bothersome than the issues attendant to almost any movie involving time travel.  (Oddly, untl watching this as a film, I hadn't realized the basic story is an inversion of a classic time travel plot.)  The cast here sprawls from the first three installments to the prequel (X-Men: First Class), and throws in new characters for good measure; the Fox version of one such figure is likely much removed from the version we have seen/will see in the next Avengers movie, and yet provides comic relief for a summer tentpole.  Peter Dinklage is also great fun to watch as Bolivar Trask...and someone else. There are a number of action set pieces, but I credit the current creative team for letting the characters drive the plot and not resorting to the the destruction of another CGI city.  And if you wanna know what the new future holds for our merry mutants, stick around to the end of the credits.

BRYAN SINGER, director of X-Men: DOFP,  filed a motion to dismiss the sexual assault case against him for lack of jurisdiction.

CHARLIE SHEEN and RHIANNA are having an online feudTwo rounds so far.

KATHARINE McPHEE , the American Idol finalist and star of Smash and the upcoming CBS drama Scorpion, has officially split from her husband, Nick Cokas.

ELIN NORDEGREN talks Tiger Woods for the first time since their split.

THE FLASH has a five-minute trailer online.

LIFE ITSELF: The trailer for the documentary about Roger Ebert is online.

UKRAINE: Sixteen people were killed an attack overnight on soldiers in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, local health officials said, in the latest spike in violence ahead of the weekend's presidential election.

RUSSIA has pulled off a major political coup by securing a landmark 400 billion dollar natural gas agreement with China, a move that will come as a blow to US efforts to isolate the Kremlin.

VENEZUELA: Blame it on the World Cup. That's what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is doing to explain why airlines are slashing flights to the crisis-plagued South American nation.

NIGERIA: The UN added Boko Haram (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad) to its list of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, stating that it is an affiliate of both al Qaeda and its north African offshoot, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The designation noted that Boko Haram is also associated with Ansaru (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan). The UN said Boko Haram members have trained with AQIM, fought in Mali, conduct attacks and kidnappings in Nigeria and Cameroon, and operate also in Chad and Niger. France vowed to treat Boko Haram like al Qaeda.

 

QUINCY loves a road trip.

A FEARLESS CAT climbs mountains and treks through desert valleys.

A BORDER COLLIE helps train horses.

SNAKE MASSAGE? Hey, it's free.

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