PATE REUNION WATCH: Conditions have created a significant risk of a band reunion occurring in early July 2013. Pate is looking for input from friends and fans via the Claude Pate Facebook page. I have also set up and will monitor PateBlog on the Twitter, as well as PateBlog -at- aol.com for email (laugh at the aol, but why not be period?). We'll also be looking to set up additional lines of communication as needed and as plans warrant. The last reunion was great; get involved to help get another one rolling!
...and now, our regularly scheduled programming...
THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with R.E.M! Live at the Capital Theater, in Passaic, NJ, on June 9, 1984. Your set list includes: "Pale Blue Eyes"; "Second Guessing"; "Hyena"; "Letter Never Sent"; "Harborcoat"; "7 Chinese Brothers"; "Pretty Persuasion"; "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)"; "Gardening At Night"; "9-9"; "Windout"; "Old Man Kensey"; "Sitting Still"; "Driver 8"; "Carnival Of Sorts (Boxcars)"; "Radio Free Europe"; and "Little America."
WHITE RABBITS visited WNYC Soundcheck for a live performance and to tell us the meaning of Milk Famous.
IRIS DeMENT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.
THE CALM BLUE SEA isn't always so calm in a session at KUT's Studio 1a.
SALLIE FORD & THE OUTSIDE SOUND bring some blues-rock to Oregon Public Broadcasting, including a trio of unreleased songs.
ADELE: The full version of her Bond theme, "Skyfall" is online.
ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."
PETER BUCK talks about the solo LP he said he'd never make at REM HQ.
GRIZZLY BEAR talks to Pitchfork about how they overcame creative difficulties by working more collaboratively.
JEFF TWEEDY talks to the Inland Empire Weekly about Wilco's controversial beginnings and love of the road. (Thx, LHB.)
THE NUMERO UNO GROUP, which does fantastic reissues of rarities and obscurities, gets a lengthy profile from SPIN.
BIG JIM SULLIVAN, reputed to have played guitar on more than 1000 hits -- including 55 number one singles -- died peacefully at home in West Sussex on Tuesday. He was 71.
CUTOUT BIN: From Echo & the Bunnymen to Sam & Dave, from Van Halen to They Might Be Giants, from the Sweet to the English Beat, plus Hot Chocolate, Afghan Whigs, Golden Smog, Nick Gilder 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: Taken 2, which is currently scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Frankenweenie, which is scoring 83 percent. Pitch Perfect expands wide, scoring 74 percent.
TOM CRUISE & KATIE HOLMES: The marriage reportedly was over for six months before Holmes filed for divorce.
RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN were apparently getting cozy at the Jay-Z concert Wed. night ... and, based on Twitter, everyone in Brooklyn saw it.
JULIANNE MOORE wuz robbed!
AMERICAN IDOL: Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj reportedly buried the hatchet.
HEIDI MONTAG is appearing at a strip club. But not stripping. Yet.
TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN, PT. 2 advance ticket sales exceeding those of Part 1.
THE LONE RANGER has a trailer online.
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD has a teaser trailer online.
TURKEY retaliated with artillery strikes against a Syrian border town after a Syrian army mortar killed two women and three children yesterday inside Turkish territory. The Turkish parliament approved military action beyond Turkish borders. Damascus apologized for the incident. World leaders are seeking to prevent escalation of hostilities between Turkey and Syria.
SYRIA: Four large suicide car bombs exploded in a government district of Aleppo. Assad ordered 30000 more troops into the battle for Aleppo. A regional peace initiative including Egypt, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia appeared to be failing. Syrian state TV attacked Hamas' leader and Egypt's president for their support of the rebellion.
EGYPT: The political dawn of the Salafists in Egypt has hit a snag. However, they are running Maria TV, a new Egyptian channel that solely features veiled women.
IRAN: Riot police clashed with demonstrators protesting against Ahmadinejad, blaming him for the plummeting currency. Cyberattacks on Iranian infrastructure and communications companies disrupted internet services.
THEODORE the CAT, snoring loudly.
DINKY the POT-BELLIED PIG scores a redhead as a soulmate.
MAGIC the PONY eats like a college student.
A KING CHARLES SPANIEL has been crowned Britain's pet slimming champion after shedding nearly a third of his bodyweight.