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The fireworks are hailin' over Little Eden tonight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page. ALSO: I cannot promise anything, but I'll try to have some live coverage of the reunion festivities available through the PateBlog Twitter account.


...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations." Given the time of year, I have to include this 1964 clip of "Surfin' U.S.A." which I think is from the same gig that produced these takes on "Little Deuce Coupe," "In My Room," "Shut Down," "Surfer Girl" and "Fun, Fun Fun." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: From 2008, Hidden Track serves up 12 video versions. And the only ones not working now are Jimi Hendrix and Whitney Houston.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. But you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration, after a short introduction by Morgan Freeman.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend's wide releases are: Despicable Me 2, currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer;and The Lone Ranger, scoring 23 percent.  Also making an appropriately tiny debut is Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, scoring 100 percent on a handful of reviews.

ROBERT PATTINSON: Dating Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough? She co-starred with Pattinson's ex, Kristen Stewart, in The Runaways.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST reportedly turned down 3 million for pics of their baby.

JOHNNY DEPP says his young two children have coped very well with his 2012 split from their mother, his former partner of 14 years, actress and model Vanessa Paradis.

TRACY MORGAN and his fiancée Megan Wollover welcome a daughter.

COLIN HANKS and Samantha Bryant also welcome a daughter.

PARIS JACKSON was rejected by a top out-of-state rehab facility.

MICHAEL JORDAN tried to take Kennedy's virginity, claims the former MTV star.

UNITED STATES Secretary of State Kerry said after discussions with Russia that a proposed peace conference on Syria is not likely to occur before at least September.

CANADA: Authorities disrupted an al Qaeda-inspired terror plot that targeted the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria during Canada Day celebrations.

IRAN is importing a high grade of refined alumina ore from several European countries including Germany and France that Tehran could be using to make armor parts and missile components.

LIBYA: An armed group forced the Interior Ministry to close.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed at least 53 Iraqis in a series of attacks throughout the country.

EGYPT: In a televised speech late Tuesday night, President Morsi defied opposition demands for his resignation but offered a handful of limited concessions - including new government and parliamentary polls within six months.

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich.

THE BIRDS: In Britain, ferocious seagulls have forced Royal Mail chiefs to scrap deliveries on a seaside street after launching frenzied attacks on a postie. And they ran. They ran so far away...

A DOG adopts an abandoned chick...

A PIG WEARING SWEATPANTS and A DOG, trapped in a car filled with poop. Desire smells like that to some people.

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Jon Pratt, Avett Bros, Low, John Grant, Russian Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

JON PRATT rehearses "It's A Crime" and  "She's So Special" (the latter with post production from Mike Kelly and Ron Hahm). It's the Pate Reunion Weekend Twofer Tuesday.

THE AVETT BROTHERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOW plays a set on the Mountain Stage.

JOHN GRANT plays an acoustic mini-set at KEXP.

LAURA MVULA played an intimate Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MUMFORD & SONS returned to the stage at Glastonbury (after the bassist's brain surgery) for a gorgeous, all-star cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends," including members of the Vaccines, First Aid Kit and Vampire Weekend.  Just the thing for Pate Reunion weekend.

JOHNNY MARR: The Smiths' axeman talks to The Guardian about his love for Chic, bonding with Morrissey over Bob and Marcia and the raw power of the Stooges.

BOSTON founder Tom Scholz has been ordered to pay a newspaper 132K for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit.

THE SLOW HITS, from past to present

SIGUR ROS, ranked by Stereogum

LINDSAY LOHAN plans to go deep into hiding after she gets out of rehab in August.

HENRY CAVILL & KALEY CUOCO:  The Man Of Steel and the Big Bang Woman are dating.

AMANDA BYNES is refusing to see her family - and is ‘more erratic than ever', according to one of her closest advisers.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham checked into a Florida rehab facility late Sunday night.

9021OH: Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth visited Ian Ziering's Chippendale's show.

HUGH JACKMAN and his wife slam the gay rumors. NTTAWWT.

EGYPT: The military said it was giving the nation's political forces 48 hours to solve their issues or the military will create a new roadmap. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official said no government institution would wage a coup against the Morsi government. Four cabinet ministers tendered their resignations a day after massive anti-Morsi protests swept the country.

IRAN: confirmed the arrest of several Slovak paragliders suspected of espionage. The seven Slovaks were arrested for allegedly photographing Iranian military sites sometime in the past few weeks.

IRAQ: A suicide bomber killed 22 Iraqis in an attack inside a Shia mosque in Muqdadiyah. Eight Awakening members in Tarmiyah were kidnapped and then executed. Iraqi troops destroyed an al Qaeda "base" near the Syrian border.

RUSSIAN BEARS are more awesome now that they don't symbolize the USSR.

JUSIN BIEBER's EX-MONKEY has been transferred to the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen in North Germany -- a tree-covered island dubbed “Mally-bu”—surrounded by a moat and equipped with a house for its seven residents.

ARE DOGS now just furry kids?

A BABY ELEPHANT is chained and held hostage by an angry mob.

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Adam & Binki, Maps, Josh Rouse, Buttercup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA. Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

ELVIS COSTELLO got the Glastonbury crowd to "Pump It Up."

ADAM GREEN & BINKI SHAPIRO stop by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MAPS is advance streaming Vicissitude.

JOSH ROUSE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

AM & SHAWN LEE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SCUD MOUNTAIN BOYS drop a couple of new songs on Brooklyn Vegan.

CALEXICO covers Love's "Alone Again Or" at Glastonbury.

KURT VILE, reluctant guitar hero and folk journeyman, is every bit as prodigious behind the wheel of a forklift.

THE PASTELS: Stephen McRobbie talks to Pitchfork about young fans, anti-twee sentiment and more.

T. REX's TOP TEN, according to Stereogum.

THE 100 GREATEST ALBUMS, according to Entertainment Weekly.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Monsters University repeats atop the chart with 46.1 million; the 44 percent drop is better than the drops for either Brave or Cars 2. MU will likely finish as Pixar's fourth-highest grosser.  The real story may be The Heat placing with 40 million against a 43 million budget, as Melissa McCarthy helps Sandar Bullock to her biggest opening ever.  World War Z shows with 29.8 million; that's down 55 percent, but where some analysts thought this one would open, so pretty good for a second weekend.  The flip side of The Heat overperforming is White House Down debuting at No. 4 with 25.7 millio; that's a tad less than the similar Olympus Has Fallen and will likley gross under 100 million domestic against a 150 million budget. Ouch.  Man Of Steel rounds out the Top 5 with another 20.8 million and 248.7 million domestic (over 500 billion worldwide) against a 225 million budget.

JESSICA SIMPSON and fiance Eric Johnson have welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Ace Knute Johnson.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and CHAD KROEGER (Nickelback) tied the knot in a lavish wedding in the South of France.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been cut off Adderall in rehab.

JENNIFER LOPEZ performed at a birthday event for the leader of an authoritarian regime in Central Asia.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) shared pictures from their honeymoon in Italy. SFW.

MICHAEL JACKSON paid off at least two dozen young boys, according to the ever-reliable Mirror.

CHINA: Paramilitary troops commenced round-the-clock patrols in the restive western province of Xinjiang, where clashes between security forces and Islamist Uighurs have claimed the lives of at least 56 people in the past few months.

SYRIA: Regime forces launched a major assault on rebel-held areas of Homs, which they have been trying to regain for a year. Saudi Arabia is thought to have recently speeded up shipments of heavy weapons to the rebels.

EGYPT: Huge protests across Egypt calling for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi have continued, with sporadic outbreaks of violence.

AFGHAN president Hamid Karzai claims President Obama reportedly asked him to sign a security pact with the US within the next three months.

BUTTERCUP the DUCK is getting a new, 3-D printed foot.

HARRY THE HAMSTER is evicted in a love triangle blowup.

THE BIRDS: Residents in Fife have been warned not to feed seagulls following a series of attacks.

AN EAGER BEAVER is blamed for a a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico. But we all know the squirrels put him up to it.

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Katrina & the Waves, Camera Obscura, Franz Ferdinand, Cutout Bin, Vending Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


...with KATRINA & THE WAVES! Obviously best known for the summer anthem, "Walking On Sunshine", but we can dig a little deeper for pop gems like "Brown Eyed Son," "Do You Want Crying?", "Que Te Quiero" and "Red Wine and Whiskey."  BONUS: Guitarist, songwriter and Soft Boy Kimberley Rew also wrote "Going Down to Liverpool," later covered by The Bangles.

CAMERA OBSCURA graces the KEXP studio with a mini-set of new tunes.

DANDY WARHOLS play a psychedelic set of songs from their breakthrough album " Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" at KEXP.

CAYUCAS washes ashore in the KEXP studio with a set of gentle beach pop from their second album "Bigfoot".

IAN MOORE & THE LOSSY COILS heat up the KEXP studio with a crunchy set of blues-tinged power pop for your eardrums.

FRANZ FERDINAND drops "Love Illumination" and "Right Action" ahead of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

IRON & WINE drops "Rattling Bone" for The Lone Ranger soundtrack.

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Travis Morrison chats with Pitchfork about indie rock past and present, cell phones at shows, and the reunited act's first new album in 12 years, Uncanney Valley.

JOHN GRANT is profiled by The Record.

KENNY ROGERS is playing Glastonbury. Really. The Gambler talks to The Guardian.

MIDNIGHT OIL frontman turned Aussie politician Peter Garrett has announced that he will quit politics at the next election.

CUTOUT BIN: From Link Wray to Steely Dan, from Devo to Kenny Loggins, from 10000 Maniacs to The Who, plus Wilco, the Rolling Stones, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Twisted Sister 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 White House Down, which is currently scoring 50 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Heat, which is scoring 67 percent.

PAULA DEEN is getting dropped by Target, Novo Nordisk and QVC (sorta).

JAMES GANDOLFINI's funeral was a star-studded tribute, produced and filmed by HBO for the actor's family.

JUSTIN BIEBER has been sued for assault and battery by a paparazzo who alleges that the singer “physically attacked” him in a parking lot in May 2012.

JULIANNE MOORE is in talks to join The Hunger Games franchise. 

CAMERON DIAZ joins the Annie remake.

JAMES WOODS, 66, is dating a 20-year-old.

ESCAPE PLAN: Stallone. Schwarzenegger. Sheewiz.

THE UNITED STATES: A federal grand jury filed a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, including weapon of mass destruction, bombing, firearms, carjacking, and conspiracy charges.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu said the IAF has operated in a "number of theaters" over the past year in secret operations.

EGYPT: A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said that if the army and police fail to "properly" respond to attacks against the Brotherhood in upcoming protests, the Brotherhood will "utilize [the] right of self-defense." Human Rights Watch charged the Muslim Brotherhood with promoting sectarian hatred.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 22 Iraqis in a series of bombings in coffee shops and cafes in Baghdad, Baqubah, and Jbela.

A MONKEY orders a soda from a vending machine.

CAMEL TURDUCKEN: Actually, a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with chicken stuffed with fish. Your word of the day is "engastration."

RARE BIRD, observed getting killed by a wind turbine.

A HAWK was rescued from the grill of a minivan.

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Latasha Lee, Calexico, Mount Moriah, Fishbowl Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LATASHA LEE & THE BLACKTIES drop a video for "Left Hand Side."

CALEXICO is steaming the Maybe On Monday EP, including a cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied."

MOUNT MORIAH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of southern rock.

THE BATS: Veteran New Zealand rockers bring their optimistic sunshine pop to KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Zola Jesus and more feature in the latest edition.

THE DODOS offer "Substance" ahead of Carrier.

WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

KIM GORDON talks to Stereogum about Body/Head and life after Sonic Youth.

JOSH ROUSE talks to PopMatters about The Happiness Waltz, domestic life and more...

ALAN MYERS, Devo's drummer during their period of greatest success, died Monday of stomach cancer. I featured the band last month.

1993 SONGS, compiled by Rolling Stone. Get Off My Lawn.

MILEY CYRUS stopped by Kimmel to discuss her bizarre new music video for "We Can't Stop," and further confirmed how much she loves marijuana.

PAULA DEEN: Denies she's racist, is dropped by Wal-mart.

AARON HERNANDEZ: The fmr New England Patriots tight end was charged with murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old former semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd.

CHRIS BROWN's alleged hit-and-run victim claims he called her a b^tch; his lawyer denies it.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have bicoastal issues, according to RadarOnline.

TWITTER: The new frontier for jihadist propaganda.

LEBANESE forces are searching for radical Salafist cleric Ahmad al-Assir, after clashes near Sidon with his supporters left 17 soldiers dead and more than 100 wounded, including 50 military personnel.

LIBYA: A military intelligence officer in Benghazi was killed by a bomb in his car. Militiamen stormed the Yarmouk military base in central Tripoli, killing a soldier and a senior officer, and wounding two other soldiers.

EGYPT: President Morsi said his government has made mistakes since taking office.


CAT IN A FISHBOWL: I know it's serious.

WHEN GIRAFFES ATTACK: A group of safari tourists got much more than they were hoping for when a wild giraffe took umbrage at their proximity and gave chase.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to much of Wichita, KS.

HOW DID THE CHIHUAHUA get into the bathroom?

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