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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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Dawes, Antlers, Van Hunt, Warren Zevon, Fox vs Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DAWES covers "Christmas Time Is Here," and so it is.

THE ANTLERS play a mini-set at Paste.

VAN HUNT stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

HONEYHONEY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GABRIEL KAHANE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WARREN ZEVON, Live at the Record Plant, July 27, 1978.

VCMG: Fmr Depeche Modesters Vince Clarke and Martin Gore start a new thing with "Spock."

PRINCE covers The Cars "Let's Go" in Toronto.

R.E.M. continues its farewell press tour, telling the Daily Beast about why they decided to split, the band's "horrendous missteps" -- and why there will never be a reunion tour.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats! The L.A. Times looks at the Best New Artist category, including snubs.

THE FALL: Mark E Smith tells The Quietus about literary influences and Ersatz GB.

EMMY THE GREAT talks to Londonist about dream seasonal gigs, best places in London for snowball fights, and surviving Christmas through booze.

CDs: Not an endangered species.

KARDASHIANS: Kim Kardashian was extremely jealous of her soon-to-be-ex-husband Kris Humphries' close relationship with his sister Kaela Humphries, according to RadarOnline.  Kris Humphries plans to respond to Kim Kardashian's Oct. 31 divorce filing by seeking an annulment.  Kourtney Kardashian and beau Scott Disick are expecting their second child together.

DEMI MOORE, soon to be divorced from Ashton Kutcher, stepped out with a male pal at the celeb-friendly Sunset Tower in L.A.  Kutcher is partying had with gals in Iowa City.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON says she does not regret her failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds, calling it the best thing she ever did.

LINDSAY LOHAN's new sobriety coach is... Courtney Love?

ZOE SALDANA & BRADLEY COOPER were "acting like two high school kids going steady," in an exclusive Manhattan nightclub, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

MARIE OSMOND's face looks a lot different.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER: The  5.2-carat ring tends to confirm their engagement is back on.

THE MUNSTERS reboot will be directed and produced by... Bryan Singer.

EGYPT: Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt's first Parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the religious movement's rise since the start of the Arab Spring.

AFGHANISTAN: The US on Tuesday asserted that there had been no change in its strategy for Afghanistan even though its relationship with Pakistan had hit a new low as a result of the NATO airstrike on border posts in the Mohmand tribal region.

PAKISTAN: A senior Pakistani army official has said a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers was a deliberate, blatant act of aggression, hardening Pakistan's stance on an incident that could hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

IRAQ's prime minister indicated on Wednesday that he was open to the eventual return of American troops as trainers, underscoring that the United States is likely to be involved in this country's security even after the last soldiers depart in the coming weeks.

FENNEC FOX vs WEINER DOG: Who you got?

TURKEY and DEER, sleeping together ...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Monroe man trying to shoot a squirrel wound up shooting himself. Crafty rodent.

SNAKES in a TAX OFFICE. Literally.

CAPTAIN, a multi-talented parrot with a penchant for opera singing and bike rides, is lost in New York City, and owner Allen Kirson is on a mission to find her.

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Black Keys, Kooks, Jayhawks, The Who, Bob Ross   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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GIRLS play "Love Like A River" For No One.

THE BLACK KEYS are streaming five advance tracks from El Camino -- if you give 'em your e-mail address. It puts you on the band's mailing list, but you can opt-out later.

THE KOOKS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

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

HOSPITAL SHIPS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DR. DOG drops "That Old Black Hole" from their new LP.

THE WHO: Pete Townshend talks to Spinner about the making of Quadrophenia. PopMatters reasseses the band's second rock opera. So it's time for "5:15" from TOTP.

SONIC YOUTH: Lee Renaldo talks to Rolling Stone about making his new solo record and speculates on the future of the band after the Moore-Gordon split. 

GLEN CAMPBELL had to be eased gently into the post-punk, post-indie-rock era.

JOHN DOE talks to Matthew Hale Clark of White/Light about opening for Pearl Jam, writing positive music, and not sounding like a hippie.

DON DeVITO, a Grammy-winning record producer who worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin Aerosmith and more, has died of prostate cancer at 72.

KIM KARDASHIAN has given up on her dreams of fairy-tale romance following her disastrous public split from husband Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage. Humphries watched his estranged wife's reality show on Sunday and was extremely disappointed with how he was portrayed on the episode.

DANIEL CRAIG: Also not a fan of the Kardashians, if the F-bomb is any indicator.

LADY GAGA gets candid with Vanity Fair about her history with relationships.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Los Angeles County jail -- the maximum sentence allowed under the law -- in the death of Michael Jackson. He may serve no more than two, however.

GEORGE MICHAEL's family are maintaining an emotional bedside vigil as the stricken singer is said to be responding to treatment for severe pneumonia and "slowly improving".

EVA LONGORIA is not angry and resentful about her ex-husband's bad behavior.  Just give her a minute and she'll tell you you she should be.

THE MUPPETS: The original ending. (Spoilers, as you might imagine.)

THE ARTIST -- a black-and-white silent film about Hollywood's transition to talkies in the late 1920s and the toll it takes on one actor's life -- was named best movie of the year by The New York Film Critics Circle.  Meryl Steep & Brad Pitt also took honors from the group.

MARTIN SCORSESE talks to TimeOut London about his first family film, Hugo.

THE PHILIPPINES: The al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group is responsible for yesterday's bombing that killed three people and injured 27 others during a wedding at a hotel in Zamboanga City.

SYRIA remains defiant after the Arab League imposed sanctions. France said President Assad's "days are numbered." A Libyan Islamist militia leader plans to meet with the opposition's Free Syrian Army. Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of support for the Assad government.

AFGHAN and NATO officials said Pakistan fired first, prompting the deadly airstrike in Mohmand.

IRAN: Violent protesters in Tehran broke into the UK embassy during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. Militant students removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with Iran's flag. In the second British diplomatic compound, in Tehran's north, between 100 and 300 protesters burst in and occupied the property. The state news agency IRNA said the protesters had foreigners in their control, whom they were described as "protecting."

BOB ROSS feeds a squirrel.

CAN THE BULLDOG BE SAVED? The breed needs an intervention. Especially with all the flatulence.

CHEEKY MONKEYS pull down student's dress in search for lost snack.

A LONE WOLF seeking a mate leads hunters on a 730-mile chase.

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