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New Releases, Jolie Holland, Grouplove, Guillemots, Cobra Pit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JEFF TWEEDY plays a new song, "Open Your Mind" on Canadian TV.

NEW RELEASES from the Feelies, Foo Fighters, Meat Puppets, Felice Bros, Sonny and the Sunsets, Bell X1, Head and the Heart, Paul Simon, Alison Krauss and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

JOLIE HOLLAND did five free songs for Daytrotter.

GROUPLOVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. As the name suggests, kinda freak folk-y.

GUILLEMOTS are advance streaming Walk The River.

THE FEELIES: With a new LP, it's nice to revisit classics like "Away" and "Deep Fascination" for Twofer Tuesday.

JERRY "ICEMAN" BUTLER was an A-list soul singer, playing with Curtis Mayfield and Otis Redding. Today, he mulls taxes and health care as the longest-serving member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART: Kip Berman talks to Blurt about the story behind decisions and ambitions that lead to the new LP, Belong, and the meaning of lo-fi and the supremacy of good songwriting. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

TUNE-YARDS: Merrill Garbus talks to The Guardian about life after lo-fi.

THE BEST AND WORST BASEBALL SONGS, according to the Omaha World-Herald. Shamefully missing "Cubs In Five" by the Mountain Goats.

NATALIE PORTMAN: Pregnancy drove her to eat meat. The horror!

BENICIO DEL TORO & KIMBERLY STEWART are having a baby. Pretty sure everyone's surprised by that one.

CHARLIE SHEEN's second NYC show was reportedly a rebound.

DENNIS QUAID talks about his cocaine addiction.

KATIE COURIC & MATT LAUER may reteam for a syndicated daytime talk show.

MICHAEL SHANNON will play General Zod in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS has an international trailer online.

SYRIA: Security forces attacked student protesters at the University of Damascus, killing one and wounding and detaining dozens of others. The Muslim Brotherhood now backs the anti-government protests.

LIBYA: The rebels rejected an African Union peace plan that did not require Gaddafi to resign. Gaddafi's son, Saif al Islam, said talk of his father stepping down from power is "ridiculous."

PAKISTAN: The United States is committed to improving its relationship with Pakistan, despite tensions over the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis by a CIA contractor, the US ambassador told a skeptical audience Monday.

EGYPT: A blogger was sentenced to three years in prison for criticizing the military in what human rights advocates called one of the more alarming violations of freedom of expression since a popular uprising led to the ouster of Pres Mubarak two months ago.

CLEANING THE COBRA PIT: Let's go to the video.

DOGS getting fake ID to pass as service animals. Ironically, there's no official ID for service animals.

SKUNKS: The latest must-have pet.

"NAKED" PENGUINS Baffle Experts. Watching too many cartoons?

A GOOSE ambushed a Cincinnati police lieutenant, somehow knocking him from his bike and into a plate-glass window.

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Iggy Pop, NRBQ, tUnE-yArDs, Crystal Stilts, Kitteh & Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 11, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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IGGY POP plays "Real Wild Child (Wild One)" on American Idol. Didn't see that coming.

TERRY ADAMS and the NEW NRBQ played the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. You can stream the set on demand.

TUNE-YARDS is advance streaming w h o k i l l.

CRYSTAL STILTS are advance streaming In Love With Oblivion.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Of Montreal, Timbre Timbre, Paul Simon, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and more feature in the latest mix from the long-running series.

BEASTIE BOYS dropped a star-studded teaser trailer to Fight For Your Right - Revisited. (Language warning.)

BILL CALLAHAN, the artist formerly known as Smog, gets a meaty profile in The New York Times.

RON SEXSMITH talks to the Vancouver Sun and Calgary Herald about his "Fat Elvis" phase.

VIVIAN GIRLS: Cassie Ramone talks to Each Note Secure about the new LP, th blog hype rollercoaster, etc. (Thx, LHB.)

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ALBUM? The Pioneer Press asked musicians.

ROGER NICHOLS, engineer for everyone from Roy Orbison to Zappa to the Beach Boys to Steely Dan to CSN and many more, succumbed to pancreatic cancer. RIP.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hop dropped, but is still the tops with 21.7 million, recouping its 63 million production budget. The regurgitation of Arthur placed with 12.6 million, which has to be disappointing from an almost 3300 screen opening. Heh. Sadly, overseas receipts may bail out Russell Brand here.  Hanna was right behind with 12.3 million, which was likely a surprise to the good side.  Soul Surfer's 11.1 million opening (against an 18 million budget) was definitely a surprise and a testament to the strategy of marketing to church youth groups.  Insidious rounds out the Top Five with 9.7 million... and a 27 million total to date against a 1.5 million budget.  Below the fold, Your Highness opened in sixth with 9.5 million against a 50 million budget, which spells o-u-c-h.  Apparently, there is not an untapped audience for midieval stoner flicks.

CHARLIE SHEEN's show at Radio City Music Hall was "an aimless and slovenly disaster."

MILA KUNIS was taken aback and a little disgusted that Charlie Sheen publicly named her to be the next addition to the bevy of pr0n stars currently engaged in a polyamorous lifestyle with him.

SIDNEY LUMET, a director who preferred the streets of New York to the back lots of Hollywood and whose stories of conscience - "12 Angry Men," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Verdict," "Network" - became modern American film classics, died of lymphoma Saturday morning at his home in Manhattan. He was 86.

LIAM NEESON has been cut out of The Hangover, Part II.

TOTAL RECALL: The probably pointless remake boasts Colin Farrell and Jessica Biel so far.

TERROR in the USA: Aftab Ali, a Pakistani man, pled guilty to illegally transferring money and lying to the FBI about his immigration status. Ali transferred 4900 to the failed Times Square car bomber.

SYRIA: Anti-government demonstrations have spread across the country, with the highest turnout yet in a month of unrest, despite a heavy crackdown by security forces in Deraa in which at least 22 people were reported killed.

YEMEN: Security forces shot 11 people and injured dozens more in clashes with large crowds of protesters in Sanaa and Taiz who demanded the resignation of Pres Saleh.

LIBYA: Gadhafi, in negotiations with the African Union, has agreed in principle to a deal that would end the conflict in the nation he's ruled for 42 years, South African President Jacob Zuma told reporters Sunday.

PAKISTAN's nuclear weapons have been conceived and developed as a deterrent against India, but Islamabad may also be holding onto its nuclear arsenal to deter the United States.

AFGHANISTAN: The govt says it will launch a military operation in eastern Nuristan province to recapture Waigal district. The Interior Ministry is also determined to eliminate poppy cultivation in 7 key provinces.

KITTEH & DOLPHINS, playing together...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents have bitten to death a stray dog which was barking at them in a Russian park, local media report.

A GOAT was taken on a tour of Horley's pubs before "rampaging" around a bar when he was let off his lead.

HORSES, albeit small ones, may soon belly up besides diners at Washington restaurants. Didn't they read about the goat?

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Joe Jackson, Sharon Van Etten, Telekinesis, Clash, Cutout Bin, Tiger & Bear Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JOE JACKSON!  Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio" the official clip for "It's Different For Girls" and bracing live takes on "I'm The Man" and "Got The Time," both taken from the Rock Goes To College show, which also boasts this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" 

SHARON VAN ETTEN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. She also talks to Prefix headlining responsibilities, connecting with sadness, and the addition of noise to her music.

TELEKINESIS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including an album outtake.

NICOLE ATKINS has an interview plus live tracks from the World Cafe.

THE CLASH, Live at Memorial Coliseum, Oct. 29, 1982.

SUPERCHUNK, Live at the Wireless at JJJ studios in Aydney, Australia, Oct. 3, 1994.

BOB DYLAN: 33 CDs' worth of Dylan covers.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON & DAWES played "He Don't Live Here No More" at the Ed Sullivan Theater. It was Robertson's first TV gig in over a decade.

STONE ROSES: Rumors of a reunion were quashed by bassist Mani.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS... and Peter the Hitchhiker.

THE HUMAN LEAGUE talks to Drowned In Sound about their longevity and their new LP.

JESCA HOOP talks to The Guardian about her upcoming collection of songs, the Snowglobe EP

JASON ISBELL talks to HearYa about songwriting, the South, war, Boys II Men, Luke Wilson, facial hair, cover songs, and gear. (Thx, LHB.)

CUTOUT BIN: From Leonard Cohen to Millie Small, from the Four Tops to the Undertones, from Camper Van Beethoven to the Beach Boys, plus Smithereens, Rolling Stones, the Beta Band, Bowie and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the Russell Brand desecration of Arthur, which is currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the quest-comedy Your Highness, which is scoring 26 percent; teen-assain thriller Hanna, scoring 73 percent; and Soul Surfer, scoring 38 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants Mila Kunis to be one of his "goddesses." Good luck, Chuck.

TINA FEY is pregnant with her second child.

MARISKA HARGITAY and her husband, actor Peter Hermann, have adopted a baby girl.

EVA LONGORIA had a wardrobe malfunction on Letterman.

LINDSAY LOHAN is in "final talks" to play John Gotti's daughter Victoria in the upcoming biopic about the mafioso's life.

ROBERT REDFORD: The Natural looks to play one of the most famous real-life baseball figures of all time.

THE HANGOVER, PART II trailer was yanked from theaters due to a scene involving a monkey.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY 2, starring Billy Crystal and Helen Mirren.

YEMEN: Saudi Arabia is leading the Gulf states in brokering a deal for President Saleh to step down; Saleh has rejected the efforts as unconstitutional.

EGYPT: While Western governments have long worried about Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptians are more concerned about the rise of Salafist groups, which have been blamed for a series of violent incidents in rural areas.

IRAQ: US SecDef Gates said US troops could stay in Iraq after the December 2011 withdrawal deadline if Iraq's government makes the request.

AFGHANISTAN: Al-Qaeda terrorists are setting up training centers and bases in the northeast following the withdrawal of US military forces from remote valleys and mountains.

BEAR CUBS & TIGER CUB, playing together... Mass hysteria!

A WAYWARD BOA CONSTRICTOR turns up in a rocking chair.

THE POLAR BEAR wants a ride.

LONDON'S SECRET WILDLIFE: Startling photos.

GREAT WHITE SHARKS: Misunderstood, gentle creatures of little danger to humans. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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J Mascis, Fitz & the Tantrums, TMBG, Decorah Eagles   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WIRE performed "Red Barked Trees" on the first US TV appearance in 25 years.

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

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS drop "Can't Keep Johnny Down" in advance of Join Us.

BEASTIE BOYS "Make Some Noise" in advance of Hot Sauce Committee Part 2.

THE SEA & CAKE are "Up On the North Shore" in advance of The Midnight Butterfly.

CENTRO-MATIC: A 24 Track Sampler.

THE DECEMBERISTS play "This Is Why We Fight" and "Calamity Song" for Kimmel.

THE GO! TEAM!: Ian Parton talks to Pitchfork about collaborating with Best Coast, Japanese fans, and why he's an expert on parks.

NOAH & THE WHALE: Paste spoke to Charlie Fink during the band's tour to discuss the new album, inspiration and the end of the world.

FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Spinner about gummy bear skulls and a possible collabration with Jimmy Page.

THE NATIONAL RECORDING REGISTRY added works by Professor Longhair, Tammy Wynette, Captain Beefheart, Al Green, Steely Dan, De La Soul and more...

BRITNEY SPEARS: Wedding plans? Again? Really?

ALEC BALDWIN says 30 Rock is ending next year.

TAYLOR SWIFT had a low-key dinner wtih Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy) in Nashville April 1.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL is becoming quite the man about town.

THE TODAY SHOW is losing Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer.

THE HANGOVER, PART II: The MPAA yanked the trailer for reasons unkown.

THE GRAMMYS slashed 30 categories, because it's just too difficult for Academy voters to follow music.

THE HOBBIT: Andy Serkis will be a second-unit director, as well as playing Gollum.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS got some soothing words from US SecDef Gates about unrest in the region.

TURKEY: Turkish intelligence agencies believe that al Qaeda is planning on attacking Incirlik Air Base and Jewish synagogues.

IRAN: The US Southern Command voiced concern to the Senate over the Iran-Venezuela partnership. Germany scrapped a plan to funnel oil money between India and Iran. The Iranian envoy to the United Nations said Tehran is ready to continue talks with the P5+1.

LIBYA: The International Criminal Court claimed President Gaddafi planned to kill civilians before the rebellion broke out, and may indict Gaddafi.

DECORAH EAGLES: If you haven't been watching the live feed of the eaglets born in Decorah, IA (hometown of Friend of Pate Jeff Fitzggerald, iirc), here's a highlight, as an eaglet attacks its first prey.

A TEENAGER whose parents refused to buy her horse is over the moo-n - after teaching a cow to showjump.

JUMPING STURGEON, Hidden Danger.

TOADS get help mating from volunteers in Philly.

WHEN GATORS ATTACK: Wear baggy pants.

A CAT, A TREE... plus 25 firemen and five fire engines.

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Mountain Goats, Teddy Thompson, TVotR, Large Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, Unplugged at SPIN. Four songs, including one of my faves, "Dance Music."

TEDDY THOMPSON stopped by for a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

TV ON THE RADIO is advance streaming Nine Types of Light.

NELLIE McKAY played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

HOLY GHOST! is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

NIRVANA: Kurt Cobain died 17 years ago yesterday, and of the many things I saw posted about it, my fave was this early clip of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," mostly due to the awful set.

THE RAVEONETTES talk to the Boston Globe about the recording and themes of their new album, along with the rise in girl groups.

ANNA CALVI talks to The Independent about her influences and her fans in the fashion world.

PJ HARVEY talks to the Sydney Morning Herald about history repeating.

KINGS OF LEON get an apology of sorts from Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Apparently, demanding that other artists kowtow to your political agenda and fill your bank account was a bad choice. Who knew?

ROBERT PATTINSON & KRISTEN STEWART are reportedly on a break? Studio sources deny it.

ANGELINA JOLIE made a humanitarian visit to the Tunisian-Libyan border, where she spoke with refugees.

ASHLEY JUDD has detailed her childhood years filled with lies, pain and sexual abuse in a shocking memoir dropping tomorrow.

CHARLIE SHEEN is now Twitter friends with... Miley Cyrus?

SEAN PARKER, Napster and Facebook pioneer, is engaged.

VINCE NEIL: The Motley Crue frontman has been charged with domestic violence and disorderly conduct for allegedly striking his ex-GF in the chest with his finger in Vegas last month.

YEMEN: The spokesman for the anti-Saleh Joint Meeting Parties said a new government would oppose al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Let's hope so: counterterrorism operations in Yemen have ground to a halt, allowing Al Qaeda's deadliest branch outside of Pakistan to operate more freely inside the country and to increase plotting for possible attacks against Europe and the United States, American diplomats, intelligence analysts and counterterrorism officials say.

EGYPT: The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that it would not permit an Iranian-styled theocracy such as the one in Iran.

LIBYA: The rebel leadership rejected peace overtures from Gaddafi's sons.

AFGHANISTAN: In the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province, coalition forces are not declaring victory - but they are saying they have defeated the insurgents. Outside the main insurgent provinces (Helmand and Kandahar) there has been some growth in violence, which is why the national picture does not show quite the same trend as that in those two centers of insurgency.

TAKE THE "A" TRAIN, just like this large rat.

IT'S RAINING WORMS in Scotland. Now will you let the people go?

MYSTERY CREATURE: Is it a dog? A turtle? A pig?

IRWIN the KANGAROO is chauffeured around town, likes to wear a suit and sleeps in a comfortable bed.

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