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The Gales of November Came (One Day) Early   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 09, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

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 37th 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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HOW TO DESTROY ANGELS_: Trent Reznor's new project is advance streaming the An omen_ EP.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is advance streaming the Put Your Sad Down EP.

BOB MOULD talked about struggles, self-expression, and kicked out the jams in WFUV's Studio A.

SEA WOLF stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE ROLLING STONES drop "One More Shot" ahead of their zillionth hits collection.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

NEIL YOUNG & PATTI SMITH have a discussion at BookExpo America.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles talks to the Village Voice about values and self-conflict.

INTERPOL drummer Sam Fogarino talks to SPIN about the 10th anniversary of Turn On the Bright Lights.

THE 20 BEST WHO SONGS, according to Paste.

CUTOUT BIN: From Lalo Schiffrin to David Naughton, from Big Star to Big Audio Dynamite, from Kenny Rogers to The Jam, plus Peter Buck, Rolling Stones, TMBG, the Five Stairteps and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

SKYFALL is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Bond movies always tend to wrestle the legacy of the franchise -- how much to play to it, how much to play against it.  No doubt such struggles were particularly acute as those repsonible faced the 50th anniversary of Dr. No.  Casino Royale, the first of Daniel Craig's outings, succeeded as a reboot by wiping the slate clean and stripping away or playing against most of the Bond tropes.  This helped reposition Bond as Bourne again for a new action movie era... but to be Bond, it was inevitable that the Craig line would be one of evolving into something approaching the more familiar Bond.  If Quantum of Solace disappointed as a follow-up, it was perhaps that it tried to be a bit too much like some of the lesser Bond efforts.  While Casino Royale dealt with the very current concern of terrorism and its finances, QoS lapsed back into the global threat posed by an amorphous crime syndicate.

Thankfully, Skyfall is not a proto-Spectre story, but one concerned again with concerns drawn ever so loosely from our real ones.  If it borrows its MacGuffin from the Mission Impossible reboot, it may be excused by the brilliance of Javier Bardem as a villain who is equal parts Julian Assange and Heath Ledger's Joker.  In the post-9/11, internet age the real world has been debating the tension between transparency andthe secrecy demanded by national security organizations, as well as the value of human intelligence and field work versus high-tech intell.  We behold threats from non-state actors who may live close to the third-world, but with first world tech.  Skyfall plays with all of these contradictions while weaving in the aforementioned struggle with Bond legacy in a fairly brilliant manner.  Craig gets the usual assistance -- if it can be called that here -- from Judi Dench as "M",but in addition to Bardem, the fine supporting cast includes Noemi Harris, Ben Winshaw (The Hour) and Ralph Finnes in roles we should be glad to see continue.  And while the film initially plays against the trope of Bond gadgetry, my one quasi-spoiler is that Skyfall may boast the best Bond car ever.

ARIEL WINTER's mother denied allegations she abused her daughter, who has a restraining order against her mom and has moved out of the house.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Accused of making a death threat.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE talks to Elle about becoming one of Hollywood's rising stars.

JOHN TRAVOLTA is not gay, according to fellow Scientologist Kirstie Alley. NTTAWWT.

CHRISTINA AGUILERA wanted a threesome with Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

THE VICTORIA'S SECRET FASHION SHOW: Early pics. Call it Gratuitous Friday.

LIBYA: Egypt closed its consulate in Benghazi due to security concerns; embassies in Tripoli are also worried about rising instability. In Benghazi, two security officials' cars were bombed, and a retired colonel was murdered. Former political leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil is being questioned about the death of Libyan insurgent commander General Abdel Fattah Younes.

EGYPT: Political groups represented in the Constituent Assembly have tentatively agreed on four controversial articles in the draft constitution, leaning toward Islamist positions on gender equality, children's rights, forced labor and freedom of belief.

PAKISTAN: Almost a year after suspension of oil supply to NATO forces, it was resumed via Khyber Pass on Wednesday here in Torkham border of tehsil Landi Kotal, official sources said.

A FAITHFUL DOG stayed with a missing Aussie toddler for 14 hours.

A BABY KOALA, sitting in a teacup.

"THE LION CAT OF WINGRAVE" has been sentenced to herbal therapy and house arrest.

A 10-FT GATOR stops by a suburban Florida home.

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AC Newman, Afghan Whigs, Dwight Yoakum, Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 08, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE BLACK KEYS back a demented Val Kilmer as part of the next Terence Malick movie. Look closely and you'll see Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.

AC NEWMAN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

AFGHAN WHIGS stop by World Cafe to play and discuss songs they'd written as younger artists.

DWIGHT YOAKUM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Andrew Bird, Ty Sehall, Brian Eno and more highlight the current edition of the series.

BEN GIBBARD recorded "Hard One To Know" and "Bed of Roses" exclusively for The Current.

IKE & TINA TURNER cover "Respect" in Olympia, circa 1970. 

MUMFORD & SONS: The band's rise to what passes for mainstream success these days is assessed by the L.A. Times.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS divulges to DIY just what went into the voyage for her next chapter.

TORI AMOS talks to Spinner about the election, teens and sandwiches.

NICOLE ATKINS, who named an album after Neptune City, talks to the Village Voice about Hurricane Sandy and more.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: K-Stew dodges the relationship question on the Today Show.

ARIEL WINTER, the 14-year-old actress who plays Alex Dunphy on "Modern Family," has been removed from her home by a judge amid pparental abuse allegations.

LINDSAY LOHAN is telling friends the cops are on such a vendetta to bring her down.

CEE LO GREEN and the woman accusing him of drugging and sexually assaulting her have a history.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD were spotted getting cozy at AV Nightclub in LA.

DIANE SAWYER: Punchy -- or drunk -- on election night?

CARRIE FISHER, like Harrison Ford, wants in on more Star Wars movies. Lordy.

IRAN: The U.N. nuclear chief said Monday that Iran is not cooperating with an investigation into suspected secret work on nuclear weapons.

EGYPT: Four months since Egypt elected veteran Muslim Brotherhood politician Mohamed Mursi as president, human rights activists say hardliners are trying to impose Islamist ways on society.

AFGHANISTAN: The United Nations added the Haqqani Network to its list of designated terrorist groups. The UN said the Haqqani Network works with the Taliban to destabilize Afghanistan and has links to al Qaeda.

A PUG barely touches these stairs.

50 WILD ELEPHANTS went on a drunken rampage through an Indian village.

A BREACHING WHALE leapt out of the sea off South Africa and landed on a boat, injuring three men.

AN AGORAPHOBIC OWL who is afraid of flying outside has been given his own red brick house.

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El Perro Del Mar, Babies, Wild Nothing, Only Ones, Talking Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE LUMINEERS: "Ho Hey." Let's go.

EL PERRO DEL MAR is advance streaming Pale Fire; she's officially a dance artist now.

THE BABIES are advance streaming Our House On The Hill.

WILD NOTHING brings dreamy, expansive pop to KEXP's CMJ broadcast from Union Square Ballroom.

CALEXICO stopped by KEXP for a live performance.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE drops the non-LP track "Crimson."

THE ONLY ONES: "Another Girl, Another Planet," live in '79.

THOM YORKE talks Atoms For Peace with Rolling Stone.

SAMBASSADEUR guitarist Joachim Läckberg talks to Interview about the band's forthcoming full-length, due in late 2013, and premieres the "Memories" B-side, "Hours Away."

PUBLIC ENEMY: A 25-year legacy, reviewed by TIME.

KEITH RICHARDS & ROD STEWART will be best men at Ronnie Wood's wedding.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly will be charged with the crime of lying to police after her car accident in June on Pacific Coast Highway.

CHANNING TATUM will be announced as "Sexiest Man Alive" by People next week.

JACK NICHOLSON: If he knew then what he knows now. Pls, tales of The Shining.

HARRISON FORD is up for another turn as Han Solo. Oh boy.

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: His 20 Best Quotes, according to Paste.

SAUDI ARABIA's support for Afghanistan has been steady but inconspicuous over the years. But that is about to change.

IRAN's quest for a nuclear weapon has been the subject of much debate this election season, but the presidential candidates rarely discuss the most imminent danger Iran poses to the United States: cyberwarfare.

AFGHAN CORRUPTION... and how the US facilitates it.

AN ELEPHANT learns to speak Korean.

A ROGUE LEOPARD believed to have killed - and eaten - up to 15 villagers, including 10 small children over the past year is being hunted by Nepalese wildlife officials.

SNAKE in a MAIL BAG: Slithery delivery.

FIGARO the COCKATOO has learned to make and use tools.

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New Releases, Bloc Party, Fr John Misty, Loyal Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

FEIST gets a little desolate in her "Graveyard."

NEW RELEASES from Aerosmith, Mike Doughty, Ash, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BLOC PARTY shifts gears for a pared-down acoustic performance live on KEXP.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

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

AC NEWMAN talks to DIY about paternity leave, Gerry Rafferty and more...

EFFED UP: Damian Abraham talks to Stereogum about fatherhood, touring and more...

SPIRITUALIZED: Jason Pierce talks to Drowned In Sound about America, festivals as the death of art, and more.

DAPHINI: Caribou's Dan Snaith has completed a transformation from electronic pop auteur to full-blown dancefloor fiend. He speaks to The Quietus about real world textures, mathematics and music.

KRISTEN STEWART talks to Movieline about her work in the adaptation of On The Road, in a rare non-sparkly vampire-centric interview.

KRISTEN BELL & DAX SHEPARD are expecting their first child.

AMANDA BYNES was not parading around nude in a tanning salon, according to the owner.

SHARON OSBOURNE reveals she had a double mastectomy after discovering she carries a faulty gene.

MILEY CYRUS: Going X-rated?

CASABLANCA SEQUEL? This could be the beginning of a terrible movie.

THE UNITED STATES added Qari Zakir to the list of global terrorists. He serves as head of the Haqqani Network's suicide operations in Afghanistan and the operational commander in Kabul, Takhar, Kunduz, and Baghlan provinces, and runs the network's training program.

SYRIA: Twenty rebels were killed when government jets bombarded the northern town of Haram. Fighting raged in Damascus and Aleppo.

IRAQ: Security forces detained a senior al Qaeda leader and two of his aides in Ramadi, and 35 more al Qaeda members in Anbar province.

AFGHANISTAN is considering expelling the staff of an influential global conflict-resolution think tank over a recent critical report, fueling concerns about Kabul's tolerance of dissent.

LOYAL CAT salutes owner.

TURTLE vs ANACONDA: Who you got?

A HEDGEHOG was rescued from a snack bag; it only took six people 3/12 hours.

CHIHUAHUA saved from COYOTE by a woman wielding a newspaper.

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Snow Patrol, Lord Huron, Passion Pit, Pere Ubu, Coati + Fox   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 05, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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VAMPIRE WEEKEND, doing an appropos Hallowwen Kimmel hit, debuted "Unbelievers."

SNOW PATROL stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LORD HURON plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

CALEXICO stops by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

PASSION PIT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

PERE UBU is back with a new song, "Free White," from a new album, Lady From Shanghai, due in January.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: Can't trust that day.

TITUS ANDRONICUS and Punk Patriotism.

LOU REED: PopMatters catalogs his 10 spookiest songs. MTV Hive picks top covers of The Velvet Underground & Nico LP. (Thx, LHB.)

BOB MOULD, HUSKER DU & SUGAR: Ranked by Stereogum.

20 HITS written for other artists.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Wreck-It Ralph has this weekend's high score with 49.1 million, despite Hurricane Sandy, raising the prospect it will make money on its 165 million budget domestically and clean up worldwide. Flight places with 25 million, well above tracking estimates, but right about on target for a Denzel Washington movie. Look for this to clean up on a 31 million budget, and do well in awards season.  Argo shows with 10.2 million --  not bad in light of competition from Flight; Affleck & Co have grossed 75.9 million domestic against a 44.5 million budget.  The Man With the Iron Fists debuts in fourth with 8.2 million against a 15 million budget; pretty good for a flick that could go on to some cult following.  Taken 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 6 million on a 125 million run.  Below the fold, Cloud Atlas and Hotel Transylvania take it in the chops.

AMANDA BYNES threatens suit against InTouch magazine: "I'm not 'troubled.' I don't get naked in public. I'm 26, a multi-millionaire, retired. Please respect my privacy."

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART laughed and joked their way through first TV interview together since the affair scandal.

CEE LO GREEN: The woman who filed a police report accusing the singer of sexual battery secretly recorded a a reportedly damaging conversation with him.

JESSICA SIMPSON's dad denies stories he's gay. NTTAWWT.

BRITNEY SPEARS: A Los Angeles judge dismissed a lawsuit by Sam Lufti, the one-time confidante of the pop tart, ruling there was insufficient evidence to go forward with the trial on allegations of defamation, assault and breach of contract.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and supermodel Erin Heatherton are dunzo.

LIBYA: A bomb attached to a police car exploded in front of a Benghazi police station, injuring three policemen and damaging the building. Police have arrested several suspects.

SYRIA: A bomb attached to a police car exploded in front of a Benghazi police station, injuring three policemen and damaging the building. Police have arrested several suspects.

EGYPT: Salafists demonstrated in Cairo for greater use of sharia law in Egypt's constitution. Salafists clashed with Liberal protesters who chanted slogans against President Mursi. Police arrested 12 suspects linked to al Qaeda; weapons and explosives were also seized.

COATI nibbles FENNEC FOX...Mass hysteria!

RODENTS OF UNUSUAL SIZE: The new livestock?

DON'T BRING A DEER GUN to a bear fight.

HUNDREDS OF YETIS live in Siberia, according to a "controversial" Russian scientist.

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