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Blitzen Trapper, Postelles, Prince, Springsteen/Seger, Porcupine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE POSTELLES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

AIDAN JOHN MOFFAT is streaming Oh! What A Not So Silent Night Before Christmas. (Thx, LHB.)

MEG BAIRD stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PRINCE, Live in Columbia, SC, 1981.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined BOB SEGER for some "Old Time Rock and Roll" at MSG.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME inductees are Beastie Boys, Guns N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Donovan, Laura Nyro, and the Small Faces/the Faces.  Meanwhile, The Cure, Eric B. and Rakim, Joan Jett, Donna Summer, Heart, Rufus with Chaka Khan, War, and the Spinners were snubbed.

MAYER HAWTHORNE talks to All Things Considered about Motown soul and funk.

HENRY ROLLINS, gregarious punk legend, shared some of his recent favorites with Pop & Hiss.

THE SOUND OF 2012, according to the BBC.

THE BEST SONGS ABOUT CHICAGO, according to Flavorwire.

LINDSAY LOHAN's Playboy cover is online.  Her secret diary reveals she was in love with Heath Ledger, according to the ever-reliable Star.

OLIVIA WILDE is dating SNL's Jason Sudekis, who dated Mad Men's January Jones for six months before the duo split in January 2011.

ALEC BALDWIN has temporarily fled Twitter after getting kicked off an American Airlines flight for abusive behavior. Apparently, someone didn't like the flood of comments about how he treats the 99 percent.

KRISTEN WIIG was spotted canoodling with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti.

ASHTON KUTCHER checked out a ten million dollar bachelor pad.

ASLEE SIMPSON & PETE WENTZ: Officially divorced.

GIULIANA RANCIC plans to embrace the scars from her upcoming double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.

HARRY MORGAN,  the prolific character actor best known for playing the acerbic but kindly Colonel Potter in the long-running television series "M*A*S*H," died Wednesday morning at his home in Los Angeles.  He was 96.

DANIEL RADCLIFFE is Entertainment Weekly's Entertainer of the Year. One of them, anyway. 

SINEAD O'CONNOR is to marry her fourth husband in Las Vegas.

HOLLYWOOD'S BEST ACTORS FOR THE BUCK, according to Forbes.

AL QAEDA in the Islamic Maghreb threatened to kill a British hostage in two weeks if their demands are not met.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS, may consider acquiring nuclear weapons to match regional rivals Israel and Iran, its former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal said on Monday.

PAKISTANI Pres. Zardari is being treated in Dubai for a heart condition, his spokesman has said, dismissing reports that he may resign.

AFGHAN Pres. Karzai confronted Pakistan on Wednesday, saying a militant group based there was behind a suicide bombing at a Shiite shrine in Kabul that killed 56 people during commemorations of a holy day.

TEDDY the PORCUPINE doesn't like to share.

DOG saves ABANDONED KITTENS...Mass hysteria!

OYSTERS: Japanese scientists are working on decoding their language.

HUNNIE & RUNNIE the bunnies live in a spacious £10,000 hutch.

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RIP Dobie Gray, Mates of State, Honeydogs, Giant Weta   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE RAVEONETTES finally drop a video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

MATES OF STATE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE HONEYDOGS stopped by The Current to put their spin on three classic Beatles songs.

AUSTRA stopped by the KEXP studios for a session. Katie Stelmanis talks to the Star Observer about the gay band label. (Thx, LHB.)

TRENT REZNOR drops six tracks from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack, in return for an email address.  he talks about the project at the L.A. Times.

THE BREEDERS: Last Splash demos.

DOBIE GRAY, who released hits like "The In Crowd" and "Drift Away," passed away in his sleep on December 5, 2011, at age 71 after a short illness.

BEN FOLDS talks to PopMatters about the music biz, the TV biz, new songs for his old band, and more...

LOS CAMPESINOS! Tom talks to Drowned In Sound about the less pretentious third record.

GARY NUMAN discusses tracks spanning his career with The A.V. Club.

BOY GEORGE explains to The Observer why he finally feels proud of himself at 50.

ASHTON KUTCHER snapped getting cozy with Glee's Lea Michele on the red carpet for New Year's Eve.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY were... wait for it... caught canoodling on camera over the Thanksgiving weekend.

ALEC BALDWIN was kicked off an American Airlines flight Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles because he refused to turn off his cell phone and became abusive and aggressive. So out of character for ol' Arec.

CHARLIE SHEEN will not go to court to seek custody of his twin sons, Bob and Max, after his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, relapsed and was arrested for drug possession.

JESSE JAMES is talking trash about Sandra Bullock. PR genius.

SEX IN THE CITY creator Candace Bushnell is divorcing her handsome ballet dancer husband Charles Askegard, sensationally alleging in court papers he had an affair with ballerina Georgina Pazcoguin.

BRITNEY SPEARS has reportedly fired her trainer Derek DeGrazio because he made her eat nutritious foods in moderate portions.

KRISTIN WIIG talks women in comedy at Paper magazine.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! on tonight. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc.

TERROR in SWEDEN: A district court charged three men, Abdi Aziz Mahamud, a Somali living in Sweden, and Salar Sami Mahamood and Abdi Weli Mohamud, both Swedish citizens, with plotting to murder cartoonist Lars Viks.

TERROR in DENMARK: Prosecutors announced that charges are "imminent" for four Swedish-based men arrested last year for plotting an attack on the Jyllands-Posten newspaper in Copenhagen.

IRAN: The US Sentinel drone which crashed there has cutting-edge stealth and surveillance technology that other nations could exploit.  Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been put on a war footing amid increasing signs that the West is taking direct action to cripple Iran's nuclear program.

AFGHANISTAN: A suicide attack killed dozens of Shi'ite Muslims at a crowded Kabul shrine on Tuesday, and four others died in a smaller blast in a key northern city, in the worst sectarian violence Afghanistan has seen since the fall of the Taliban.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: The Cook Strait Giant Weta.

FLORIDA CROCODILES love nuclear power.

ROMY the RED SETTER had a litter of 15 pups. Aww...some pics at the link.

PUSUKE, who was listed as the oldest living dog in Guinness World Records, died on Dec. 5, 2011 in Sakura, Japan. He reached the ripe old age of 26 years and 9 months.

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New Releases, Ryan Adams, Black Keys, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SHE & HIM play "The Christmas Waltz" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" on the TV circuit for Twofer Tuesday.

NEW RELEASES from Dropkick Murphys, Dog Year, The White Buffalo and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

RYAN ADAMS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHARLES BRADLEY stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck for a soulful live performance.

GUIDED BY VOICES drops the 44-second "So High" in advance of Let's Go Eat The Factory.

SHEARWATER is streaming  "Breaking the Yearlings," from their Valentine's Day disc Animal Joy.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS drops "The Night" ahead of Ghostory.

ISLANDS drops "This Is Not a Song" from their upcoming LP.

THE BLACK KEYS talked to Weekend Edition about the band's new album, El Camino. They stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session, and play "Lonely Boy" and "Gold On The Ceiling" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE DOORS: Greil Marcus explains their enduring appeal to All Things Considered.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to Paste about recording her new album, Voyageur (co-produced by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon).

THE WAR ON DRUGS, interviewed by The National's Aaron Dressner.

THE STONE ROSES: A history of the reunited band from Exclaim. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BRADGELINA: The kids wonder why Pitt and Jolie aren't married like Shrek and Fiona.

CHARLIE SHEEN posted Brooke Mueller's bail Saturday morning, according to RadarOnline.

ROBERT PATTINSON, famously tied to co-star and real-life girlfriend Kristen Stewart, hopped into the back of a car with a female friend,  27-year-old actress Sarah Roemer, the other night in LA . Oh noes!

BLAKE LIVELY was spotted leaving Ryan Reynolds' Boston apartment Monday morning.

TOM CRUISE claims he would not turn down a Bollywood film.  And being Tom Cruise, you tend to believe he means it.

BRITNEY SPEARS: How she spent her 30th birthday.

ROSIE O'DONNELL is engaged to partner Michelle Rounds.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY owes the IRS over 500K in her uptown world.

STAR TREK: Peter Weller has joined the cast of the upcoming sequel, but not Benicio Del Toro.

THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO: Sony is at war with New Yorker critic David Denby... over a good review?

EGYPT: A runoff Monday for Egypt's first-round parliamentary elections exposed tensions between competing Islamist parties that have so far dominated the vote.

PAKISTAN's decision to evict the United States from a Predator-drone launching base will have little impact on the CIA's ability to strike terrorists in the country's austere tribal areas because the US built backup bases in Afghanistan, a senior defense official said.

AFGHANISTAN: An international conference Monday on the future of Afghanistan was overshadowed by a public display of bad blood between the United States and Pakistan, the two nations with the greatest stake and say in making Afghanistan safe and solvent.

IRAQ: The American Embassy in Baghdad has placed sharp new restrictions on how government workers can travel inside the walled-off International Zone, citing serious threats of kidnapping and terrorist attacks across Iraq and near the embassy's own doorstep.

CORGI in a snow tunnel.

SNAKE in a Christmas Tree.

WOOLY MAMMOTH to be brought back to life from bone marrow within five years. What could go wrong?

ESCAPED TURTLE just can't get the publicity of the Bronx Zoo cobra.

HAPPY FEET: Lucky the Penguin has a special sandal to help with his limp.

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Feist, Jason Isbell, Tune-Yards, Tiger vs Orangutan   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 05, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS drop a video for the elctronic version of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)" from their new rarities collection.  Here's the original TMBG version for comparison.

FEIST stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JASON ISBELL stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.

TUNE-YARDS plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE 25 GREATEST LOVE SONGS OF THE 2000s, according to Nerve.

THE ELECTRIC SIX play "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

NICK LOWE talks to the Kansas City Star about music snobbery, his shift in style, and more... He talks to SPIN about the death of songwriting, the difference between Tom Waits and Chuck Berry and his newfound female audience.

ROBYN HITCHOCK talks to The Stool Pigeon about revisiting Eye and the end of an era. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

JOHN LYDON talks to BBC6 about the first new Public Image, LTd. album in over 20 years.

MUSIC STARS' most memorable moments of the year - in pictures.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 threepeats atop the chart, the first one of the series to accomplish that feat.  However, its 16.9 million take is down 60 percent from last weekend, suggesting the sparkly vampires will drop out of the Top 10 by Christmas.. but having made over 570 million so far.  The Muppets place with 11.2 million, but on a larger-than-expected 62 percent drop, even accounting for last weekend being Thanksgiving.  The reboot has racked up 56 million against a 45 million budget, but please tell me some of you are saving this to avoid taking your kids to the next chipmunks movie.  Hugo shows with 7.6 million, adding over 500 screens, carrying a nice per-screen average and moving 2 slots up on the chart, but dropping 33 percent from its opening; awards season amy give this one more legs.  Arthur Christmas is in the fourth slot with 7.3 million, dropping 40 percent on many more screens than Hugo, which spells trouble for the well-reviewed film.  Happy Feet Two rounds out the Top Five with 6 million and a 55 percent drop that places it in in even bigger danger than Arthur Christmas (which cost considerably less to make).

CHARLIE SHEEN's ex, Brooke Mueller, was arrested in Aspen Friday night for assault and possession of cocaine.

LINDSAY LOHAN is considering a megabucks deal to appear on the UK version of Big Brother, according to the ever-reliable Mirror.

KIRSTEN DUNST is ready to have kids, but worries that guys her age might not be.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY went on an old-fashioned date in Connecticut Friday night, where the two held hands and shared ice cream out of the same cup.

ANGELINA JOLIE is being sued for allegedly stealing the story behind her new movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey.

BILL McKINNEY, best known for his role as a twisted mountain man who assaulted Ned Beatty's character in 1972's Deliverance, died Thursday from cancer of the esophagus.

ISLAMISM in the UK: According to figures obtained under Freedom of Information requests by the Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization, there was an alarming 47 percent rise in so-called "honor" attacks recorded by police.

EGYPT: To Sheik Abdel Moneim el-Shahat, the Muslim Brotherhood's call to apply only the broad principles of Islamic law allows too much freedom. He's a leader of the ultraconservative Islamists known as Salafis, whose coalition of parties is running second behind the Brotherhood party in the early returns of Egypt's parliamentary elections.  The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 36.6 percent and the Salafi party Al Nour won 24.4 percent in the first round of elections, official results show. Young revolutionaries trailed badly.

IRAN aided, abetted and conspired with Hezbollah, Osama bin Laden, and al Qaeda to launch the large-scale bombing attacks against the United States embassy bombings in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam in 1998 by utilizing the sophisticated delivery mechanism of powerful suicide truck bombs, according to a US district court judge.  The huge explosion that destroyed a major missile-testing site near Tehran three weeks ago was a major setback for Iran's most advanced long-range missile program, according to American and Israeli intelligence officials and missile technology experts.

AFGHANISTAN: A spokesman for ISAF says that closing the supply route by Pakistan will not have negative effects on the mission in Afghanistan.

 IRAQ: Prime Minister Maliki said that a bombing earlier this week inside Baghdad's Green Zone was an assassination attempt against him. Maliki said the bomb had likely been assembled inside the Green Zone and was not very powerful.

TIGER vs ORANGUTAN: Who you got?

...AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: An albino dolphin.

A SWARM OF MOON JELLYFISH head for South Florida.

OILY PENGUINS, saved by knitters worldwide.

MARYLAND CATS rescued on Hoarders look for a home.

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The Jam, Dum Dum Girls, Jeff Tweedy, Beatles, Cutout Bin, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 02, 2011 - 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.

DUM DUM GIRLS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

REAL ESTATE stopped by KEXP for an in-studio performance.

JEFF TWEEDY, live at Harper College in 1999 (Part 1, Part 2)

THE TOP TEN GIRL GROUP SONGS, according to The Go! Team.

TWENTY 1980s MUSIC VIDEOS That Have Aged Terribly.

THE BEATLES' Christmas Singles Club, 1963-69.

BOWERBIRDS "Tuck The Darkness In" before we reach The Clearing.

WOODS bring their cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here."

U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon is profiled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Guardian about gigging in cathedrals, the Lodon folk-rock scene, and an unexpected new direction for her music.

BOB SEGER talks to Spinner about the hits and writing new material.

THE 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS: Rolling Stone assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else.

THE BEST KEYTAR PLAYERS, according to 29-95.

JIMI HENDRIX, as it turns out, was not a fan of Electric Ladyland's controversial cover.

LEONARD COHEN talks to the NYT in June 1973, from Rock's Backpages.

NAPSTER, R.I.P.

CUTOUT BIN: From Roger McGuinn to the Stranglers, from John Mayall to Josie Coton, from the Black Tambourines to the Bee Gees, plus the Animals, Housemartins, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Jimi Hendrix, Jonathan Richman and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: There are no new wide releases this weekend, giving everyone a chance to catch up on The Muppets, Hugo, and Arthur Christmas.

DEMI MOORE is dating beauty mogul to the stars Scott-Vincent Borba, according to RadarOnline.

KARDASHIANS: Sources very close to Kris Humphries say heis gunning for an annulment based on fraud because he feels "he was just slotted in the plot line of Kim Kardashian's latest headline and newest business venture." Australia might become the first Kim Kardashian-free country on Earth. Sources close the Kardashian family tell Entertainment Tonight that the wedding of pregnant Kourtney Kardashian and longtime love Scott Disick is imminent.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON hates Blake Lively?

SARA GILBERT confirms she's dating musician-turned-producer Linda Perry.

BARBARA WALTERS leaks seven of her Ten Most Fascinating People for 2011.

GUY RITCHIE talks sons, ex-wives and Sherlock Holmes at Details.

JOHN WATERS talks to the Financial Times about being a ‘happy neurotic' and why he's a capitalist now.

SEQUEL WATCH: Tom Rothman, the co-chairman of Fox Entertainment, has stated that the company plans on making sequels to two of this year's biggest hits, X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

THE NUMBER OF HOMES WITH TV SETS declined for the first time in 40 years.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS fear there will be "no more virgins" and people will turn gay if the Kingdom's female driving ban is lifted.

IRAN: Germany's Federal Prosecutor's Office says Iran plans to attack US Air Force bases in Germany to disrupt supplies should the country's nuclear program become the target of airstrikes. Israeli officials claim Iran is developing advanced cruise missiles capable of carrying non-conventional warheads. Iran released 11 hardline protesters detained for storming the British Embassy and diplomatic compounds in Tehran this week. A "mysterious" blast damaged parts of a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan earlier this week, despite Iranian claims that the blast occurred during a military maneuver on Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF said Pakistan has resumed some cooperation to prevent border incidents.

IRAQ: Anbar's provincial council said it would declare autonomy in the next week.

AN OCTOPUS heaves itself onto land and walks around.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: About 10 p.m. Tuesday night, a grayish-brown flying squirrel trapped itself inside the emergency department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, NJ.  Not the first time either.

DOG SHOOTS MAN in the butt.

CHIMPS throwing feces are the smart ones.

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