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Memorial Day 2014   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 26, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about. At least I think, that's still the deal -- the Remember.gov still seems to be down (good job, feds).  Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

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Power Pop, Black Lips, Lykke Li, Cutout Bin, X-Men, Quincy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE LONG WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with POWER POP! A few of these may be well-known generally, like Cheap Trick's  "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live TV slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

BLACK LIPS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

LYKKE LI stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

TIMBER TIMBRE played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR

WARPAINT played a mini-set from their 2014 self-titled album, recorded Live in the KEXP studio.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

SHARON VAN ETTEN gets a meaty interview and profile at Stereogum.

CONOR OBERST & LORDE discuss their writing styles, navigating the industry and being wowed by each other.

NME had musicians select 101 Bucket List albums.

F----ED UP: The name is a marketing challenge.

JACK WHITE talks Meg White.

CUTOUT BIN: From Devo to the Spinners, from Ozzy Osbourne to Sandie Shaw, from Wire to the Beastie Bots, plus the Pretenders, Wreckless Eric, the Tubes, Michael Jackson 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 -- X-Men: Days of Future Past, currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Blended, scoring 13 percent.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST is one of my favorite runs of one of my favorite comics.  The film could not be made to match it and remain a mass entertainment.  Indeed, Fox has already deviated from the X-Men canon enough that you could not film this series verbatim.  Moreover, Fox has simply not done as well by its Marvel properties in general as Marvel Studios has. Accordingly, I entered the theater with equal measures of anticipation and dread.  I am happy to report that, as a mass entertainment, X-Men: Days of Future Past is better than I expected and quite probably the best film of the franchise, in part because it assumes you have seen the prior four movies and thus starts from a deeper level (I suspect those who have not seen them may find themselves a bit lost at times).  Some of the new deviations in this film are for understandable commercial purposes and one serves a theme not present in the original (and verges on dopey, but I can live with it).  There are also some timeline problems arising from the attempt to construct a coherent timeline, but this isn't much more bothersome than the issues attendant to almost any movie involving time travel.  (Oddly, untl watching this as a film, I hadn't realized the basic story is an inversion of a classic time travel plot.)  The cast here sprawls from the first three installments to the prequel (X-Men: First Class), and throws in new characters for good measure; the Fox version of one such figure is likely much removed from the version we have seen/will see in the next Avengers movie, and yet provides comic relief for a summer tentpole.  Peter Dinklage is also great fun to watch as Bolivar Trask...and someone else. There are a number of action set pieces, but I credit the current creative team for letting the characters drive the plot and not resorting to the the destruction of another CGI city.  And if you wanna know what the new future holds for our merry mutants, stick around to the end of the credits.

BRYAN SINGER, director of X-Men: DOFP,  filed a motion to dismiss the sexual assault case against him for lack of jurisdiction.

CHARLIE SHEEN and RHIANNA are having an online feudTwo rounds so far.

KATHARINE McPHEE , the American Idol finalist and star of Smash and the upcoming CBS drama Scorpion, has officially split from her husband, Nick Cokas.

ELIN NORDEGREN talks Tiger Woods for the first time since their split.

THE FLASH has a five-minute trailer online.

LIFE ITSELF: The trailer for the documentary about Roger Ebert is online.

UKRAINE: Sixteen people were killed an attack overnight on soldiers in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, local health officials said, in the latest spike in violence ahead of the weekend's presidential election.

RUSSIA has pulled off a major political coup by securing a landmark 400 billion dollar natural gas agreement with China, a move that will come as a blow to US efforts to isolate the Kremlin.

VENEZUELA: Blame it on the World Cup. That's what Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is doing to explain why airlines are slashing flights to the crisis-plagued South American nation.

NIGERIA: The UN added Boko Haram (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'awati wal-Jihad) to its list of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups, stating that it is an affiliate of both al Qaeda and its north African offshoot, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The designation noted that Boko Haram is also associated with Ansaru (a.k.a. Jama'atu Ansarul Muslimina Fi Biladis-Sudan). The UN said Boko Haram members have trained with AQIM, fought in Mali, conduct attacks and kidnappings in Nigeria and Cameroon, and operate also in Chad and Niger. France vowed to treat Boko Haram like al Qaeda.

 

QUINCY loves a road trip.

A FEARLESS CAT climbs mountains and treks through desert valleys.

A BORDER COLLIE helps train horses.

SNAKE MASSAGE? Hey, it's free.

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OK Computer, Haunted Hearts, Brett, Ben Frost, Snow Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS played “Houston Hades” at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

OKX: Stream or download a tribute to Radiohead's OK Computer.

HAUNTED HEARTS: Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee and husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles advance stream Initiation.

BRETT streams their self-titled debut LP.

BEN FROST advance streams A U R O R A.

AARON FREEMAN, a/k/a Gene Ween, drops "The English And Western Stallion" ahead of FREEMAN.

BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE: I shoulda posted "The Bottom Line" before the Kentucky Derby, but better late than never.

R.E.M. released a massive 156-track rarities collection on iTunes. Mike Mills talks to Esquire about the band's legacy, the evolution of the music world, and which bands represent the spirit of R.E.M. today.

THE BLACK KEYS narrowly beat Zombie Michael Jackson to the top of the Billboard 200 chart.

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA: Jimmy Carter talks to The Guardian about the other Jimmy Carter and seven decades of singing Gospel.

PRINCE RUPERT LOWENSTEIN, former manager of the Rolling Stones, has died aged 80. He is credited with turning around The Stones' financial fortunes from the late 1960s.

RACHEL BILSON & HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN are expecting a child who will bring balance to the Force.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN will be subtitled Dawn of Justice.

DANCING WITH THE STARS, dating each other? Hmm.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, unfortunately, has not joined True Detective for season two.

ANGELINA JOLIE appreciates the fact that she isn't like most moms, since she and partner Brad Pitt have the means to bring their kids around the world as their careers demand.

MIKE MYERS making a comeback?

UKRAINE: The United States has seen the first preliminary signs that Russian forces may be preparing to move away from Ukraine's eastern border, but nothing has moved yet, a U.S. defense official told CNN on Wednesday.

VENEZUELA: As sanctions legislation against Venezuela advances in Congress, the Obama administration is finding itself wedged between pressure from Capitol Hill to punish officials over human rights and regional governments that think such a move would only add to tensions in the South American country.

NIGERIA:  A large part of northern and central Nigeria is now at the mercy of intensified attacks by Boko Haram, and the group seems to be embarking on a new phase of its campaign against the Nigerian state -- piling further pressure on the government of President Goodluck Jonathan. President Obama said 80 US troops have been deployed to Chad to aid in the search for over 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram.

EGYPT: Interior Minister Ibrahim announced that security services had foiled terrorist plans to target the president, the defense and interior ministers, police force leaders, and other officials. A criminal court convicted former president Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement, sentencing him to three years in prison; his sons Gamal and Alaa were handed four-year prison terms, and the three were fined more than 20 million.

IRAN: Young Iranians were arrested in Tehran, for the simple crime of dancing unveiled to Pharrell Williams' smash hit, "Happy." The director of the video may still be in jail.

FROSTIE THE SNOW GOAT gets help with a life-threatening ailment.

A CROCODILE sustained injuries after being squashed by a portly circus accountant.

THE SWARM  kept local beekeepers busy throughout the night as they corralled millions of bees set loose on I-95 after a tractor-trailer crash in Delaware.

DOG TOILETS are a bust in Taipei.

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Real Estate, Hamilton Leithauser, Chvrches, Charles Bradley, Spider-Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ELBOW ushered in a “New York Morning” on the Tonight Show.

REAL ESTATE stopped by WFUV for a mini-set. 

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER (The Walkmen) plays live at Joe's Pub in New York City. 

CHVRCHES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

CHARLES BRADLEY played a mini-set at KUTX's Studio 1a

ALEX G drops "Harvey" ahead of DSU.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

R.E.M.: Mike Mills teases future archival releases.

CONOR OBERST talsk to SPIN about entering a new creative phase while haunted by the past.

SHOEGAZE: The WNYC Soundcheck Guide to the genre.

MACKLEMORE posted an apology on his website late Monday, saying he didn't mean to mock Jewish people by wearing a costume that some say was anti-Semitic during a performance in Seattle last week. And how accurate is his explanation?

MICHAEL JACE, who played a Los Angeles cop on The Shield, has been arrested in the fatal shooting of his wife.

CHANNING TATUM tells GQ he's a high-functioning alcoholic, among other things.

RYAN GOSLING gets catcalls and applause at Cannes.

KATE WINSLET talks about her marriage and does a photoshoot at Harper's Bazaar.

JUSTIN BIEBER & PARIS HILTON: Not an item, thankfully.

KOURTNEY & KHLOE KARDASHIAN actually filed a battery report over a confetti attack.

UKRAINE: The United Nations has received reports of abductions and intimidation of election officials in eastern Ukraine and fears many people will flee the region due to a mounting sense of lawlessness, a U.N. human rights official said on Monday.

VENEZUELA: The group of international air carriers on Tuesday said Venezuela's government had reneged on a promise to pay billions of dollars in ticket fees, an accusation that followed a second airline's announcement that it would stop all flights in and out of the country. Venezuela's postal service has indefinitely suspended international mail deliveries, citing a collapse in the distribution system due to "excessive demand".

NIGERIA  asked the UN Security Council to add Boko Haram to the UN's list of al Qaeda-linked terrorist groups. A top US State Department official said the US does not consider Boko Haram as an al Qaeda branch but rather "as its own terrorist group." The Pentagon reached an agreement over the weekend to share some intelligence with Nigeria in the search for over 100 kidnapped girls.

RUSSIA said it would veto a draft UN resolution that seeks to refer the Syrian conflict to the International Criminal Court.

SPIDER-CAT, Spider-Cat...

A HUSKY that acts like a cat.

CHICKENS could get virtual reality helmets? Blame ISU.

A CAT gets busted for bringing a bag of weed home.

 

 

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Echo & the Bunnymen, 100 Waters, Seattle Funk, Jack Russell   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART get animated in “Until The Sun Explodes." And so very Cure.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN advance stream Meteorites.

HUNDRED WATERS advance streams The Moon Rang Like A Bell.

WHEEDLE's GROOVE: Seattle Funk, Modern Soul & Boogie: Volume II 1972-1987.

THE WAR ON DRUGS perform material from their 2014 release, Lost In The Dream, at KEXP. 

THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Tings Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

JIMMY PAGE talked to the New York Times about his and Led Zeppelin’s place in the history of pop music...and Robert Plant holding up more.

MICK JAGGER is a great-grandfather. Cue Jimmy Fallon.

AGAINST ME!, interviewed by a seventh-grader.

MACKLEMORE denied wearing an anti-Semtic costume in concert. Many of those giving him a pass forget he's a Truther.

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly got 150K to settle her lawsuit against a clothing company...and won't have to go on the record about her supposed miscarriage.

KIM KARDAHIAN & KANYE WEST get an unusual wedding gift.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Could y'all just stop with the talk about more Twilight?

CHARLIZE THERON talks to Vogue about her new comedy, motherhood, and Sean Penn.

CAMERON DIAZ and... Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden?

GODZILLA is already headed for a sequel.

GORDON WILLIS, a great cinematographer best known for The Godfather, Annie Hall, and All The President's Men, died of cancer Sunday in Falmouth, Mass. He was 82.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has a new trailer online.

UKRAINE: NATO urged Russia to keep its word this time and withdraw troops along Ukraine's eastern border, saying it has seen no signs of soldiers returning to their bases.

VENEZUELA: Even as frustrated opposition leaders iced their talks with President Nicolas Maduro in the past week, they expressed little support for possible U.S. sanctions against top Venezuelan officials and business associates of his government.

NIGERIA: Residents of three villages in northeastern Nigeria took security into their own hands this week, repelling attacks by Boko Haram insurgents and killing more than 200 of them, residents and officials said.

THE UNITED STATES: FBI Director James Comey admitted to underestimating the strength of al Qaeda's offshoots in Africa and the Middle East, and said the FBI should continue to focus primarily on combating terrorism. The Justice Department filed cyber-espionage charges against five members of the Chinese military. Al Qaeda-linked cleric Abu Hamza was found guilty of all 11 terrorism counts against him and may face a life term at his September sentencing.

A DOG and a hose.

AN ALLIGATOR helps bust a car thief.

WHEN MOOSE ATTACKS: Jacquie Boron and her friend were walking their dogs in Gilpin County, near Black Hawk,CO, when they heard a noise behind them and the moose went after them.

THE SWARM went right after Talos's crotch.

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