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Morrissey, Trampled by Turtles, Luluc, Radiator Hospital, 9 Beagles   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 07, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PINK MOUNTAINTOPS are on fire for the "Second Summer of Love."

MORRISSEY advance streams World Peace is None of Your Business.

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES advance streams Wild Animals.

LULUC advance streams Passerby.

RADIATOR HOSPITAL (ft members of Swearin', Waxahatchee, All Dogs) is streaming Torch Song.


THE WRENS posted a minute-long outtake from their seemingly endlessly forthcoming LP.

STEAM: The one-hit wonder with a synced take on "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye."

HOSPITALITY is profiled by Drowned In Sound.

FIRST AID KIT lists their country influences at Rolling Stone.

FAITH NO MORE debuted two new songs in a show at London's Hyde Park.

THE BEST SONGS of 2014 (So Far), according to Flavorwire.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age of Extinction repeats atop the chart with 36.4 million; that's a 64 percent drop from its opening, but this film is perhaps a milestone on how little the domestic take means to Hollywood these days, as the fourth installment of the franchise has raked in 400.1 million in other markets, and did bettr in China than the US during its first five days in release.  That's how you get Variety publishing "‘Transformers': A Splendidly Patriotic Film, If You Happen To Be Chinese."  Tammy places with a 21 million debut; that's much less than Melissa McCarthy's prior pics, Identity Thief and The Heat -- the terrible Cinemascore of C+ suggests audiences hated this as much as critics did (and yet it could still make money unless it truly crashes next weekend). Deliver Us from Evil shows with a 9.5 million debut (15 mill since opening); the summer's first horror flick had better have been low-budget if Screen Gems hopes to profit. 22 Jump Street takes the fourth slot with a respectable 9.4 million -- a reflection of Tammy's weakness. This sequel is well in the black.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 8.8 million, but worldwide grosses are just below 300 of the 400 million it likely needs.  Below the fold, Earth to Echo had an 8.3 million debut, which likely makes Disney happy they sold the distribution rights to Relativity Media.

JESSICA SIMPSON tied the knot with former NFL player Eric Johnson at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara, California.

JOAN RIVERS walked out on a CNN interview.

BRYAN SINGER filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a teen sex abuse case in Los Angeles, asserting that there was no legal basis for the suit and that it improperly was brought anonymously by a British actor identified only as "John Doe 117."

KATY PERRY still feels like she's 13, not 30, which explains a lot. Kinda like that movie.

CHRIS MARTIN is no longer vegetarian following his split from Gwyneth Paltrow.

BRADGELINA paln to film their new movie in Malta.

ANTHONY CUMIA , the host of SiriusXM's popular “Opie and Anthony” show, has been fired following " racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media.”

UKRAINE's military retook the key city of Slovyansk after heavy artillery and armor attacks left parts of the town “in ruins.”

NIGERIA: More than 60 women and girls abducted last month by suspected Boko Haram militants northeast Nigeria have escaped their captors, sources said Sunday.

EGYPT: A court sentenced 10 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to death (eight in absentia) for murder and other crimes; and issued life sentences to 37 others, including supreme guide Mohamed Badie. Sheikh Yusef al Qaradawi, a Qatar-based spiritual leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, said the Islamic State's recent declaration of a caliphate violates sharia law.

IRAQ:  A defiant Nuri al-Maliki announced Friday that he would not withdraw his name as a candidate for prime minister, a statement that came hours after a leading lawmaker alleged he had agreed not to put his name forward to make it easier to pick a new leader. The stoty of how the US stuck with Maliki is sobering.  Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, emerged from the shadows to lead Friday prayers at Mosul’s Great Mosque, calling on the world’s Muslims to “obey” him as the head of the caliphate declared by the Sunni jihadist group. The Iraqi military claimed the sermon was faked. Even if it wasn't faked, will it backfire? The IS may be losing ground in Iraq, but gaining it in Syria. Nevertheless, Baghdad prepares for attack.

NINE BEAGLES raised in cages run free for the first time.

RUSTY the PANDA who previously esacaped the National Zoo, is now a Dad.

AN AGITATED SHARK bit a Manhattan Beach swimmer in the chest...right at the height of tourist season.

A DOZEN DOGS who don't realize they're not pups any more.

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It's the dream that we all share; It's the hope for tomorrow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...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.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

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 CUTOUT BIN: Holiday themed and streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

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.

LINDSAY LOHAN is suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V.

NOW SHOWING: Hey, I did that yesterday.

STYX & FOREIGNER tour buses go up in flames. It's an urgent emergency.

JEWEL is divorcing from husband Ty Murray after six years of marriage.

GWYNETH PALTROW establishes she's no Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett, or even Madonna.

KATHERINE HEIGL may be coming back, isn't really talking about why her career tailed off.

EXODUS: Your first look at Christian Bale as Moses.

THE NOTEBOOK turns 10; VH1 has things you may be shocked to learn about the now-classic film, straight from the director himself.

CHINA: Censors had their busiest day of the year, trying to squash news of massive protests in Hong Kong.

SOMALIA: U.S. military advisors have secretly operated in Somalia since around 2007 and Washington plans to deepen its security assistance to help the country fend off threats by Islamist militant group al Shabaab, U.S. officials said.

IRAN: For a man widely reported to be playing a key role in helping Iraq’s routed military recover lost ground, Qassem Suleimani, the commander of Iran’s feared Quds Force, remains invisible.

IRAQ: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki offered a general amnesty Wednesday in a rare conciliatory move to undercut support for militants whose offensive has overrun swathes of territory and threatens to tear Iraq apart. As Islamic extremists seek to sweep away borders in their advance across the Middle East, Kurds in northern Iraq appear to be in the process of digging a new one, asserting their claim to hotly disputed territory and expanding their semi-autonomous region in a bid for greater autonomy or outright independence.

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

HOW TO KEEP YOUR DOG HAPPY during the fireworks.

A SNAKE CHARMER swallows a snake whole

THE MANATEE's 47-year-run as an endangered species may soon come to an end, as the federal government assesses whether the tubby marine mammal can look forward to a brighter future.

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Courtney Barnett, Kaiser Chiefs, Gulp, Skygreen Leopards, Matt Kivel, Pixel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 02, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOSPITALITY drops a video for "I Miss Your Bones."

COURTNEY BARNETT and her band performed a live concert at Electric Lady Studios for an audience of WFUV Marquee members.

KAISER CHIEFS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

GULP, a Super Furry Animals offshoot, is streaming Season Sun.

THE SKYGREEN LEOPARDS advance stream Family Crimes.

MATT KIVEL advance streams Days of Being Wild.

RYAN ADAMS is back with a new single, “Gimme Something Good,” on Spotify.

NILE RODGERS: “Do What U Wanna Do” is his first single in a decade, released after being purchased at auction by a label.

KING CRIMSON teases "Venturing Unto Joy Pt 1."

DOLLY PARTON rocked the Glastonbury festival with "Yakety Sax."

I AM NICK CAVE: The NYT magazine runs a meaty profile of the renaissance man of the “postpunk” generation. “As far as work goes, I’m something of a megalomaniac. But a megalomaniac with extremely low self-esteem.”

BOB DYLAN: 149 unknown Bob Dylan acetate records, discs that Dylan himself used during the making of Nashville Skyline, Self Portrait and New Morning, surfaced in a Greenwich Village apartment.

THE BEST SONGS of 2014 (So Far), according to CMJ.

NPR's TOP 25 LPs of 2014 (So Far).

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend's wide releases open today, including Tammy, which is currently scoring 24 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Earth To Echo, currently scoring 59 percent; and Deliver Us From Evil, scoring 33 percent.

ROBIN WILLIAMS is back in rehab, but not because he fell off the wagon.

PORTIA de ROSSI secretly checked into rehab in early May.

KENDRA WILKINSON threw her wedding ring in the toilet after learning of her husband's affair with a transgender model.

CAMERON DIAZ says you see everything in the upcoming Sex Tape.

MONTY PYTHON talked to the press about their upcoming final reunion shows.  Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts appear in the promo.

HOW SEINFELD paved the way for Tony Soprano.

PAUL MAZURSKY, an innovative director and screenwriter who both satirized and sympathized with America’s panorama of social upheavals in the late 1960s and ’70s in films that included Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Blume in Love, An Unmarried Woman,and Enemies, a Love Story, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 84. In 2011, Mazursky talked about most of his films with The Wrap.

UKRAINE: The simmering standoff in eastern Ukraine exploded into warfare early Tuesday, pushing the conflict to a dangerous new phase and prompting President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to warn again that he reserves the right to use force to defend Russian-speaking citizens.

VENEZUELA's FMV medical federation demanded Tuesday that the government guarantee security in hospitals after two people were riddled with bullets at a medical center.

LIBYA: The government legalized the ownership of firearms. The central bank said individual travelers cannot take more than ,000 in or out of the country.

ISIS announced the formation of the Caliphate, changed its name to the Islamic State, and named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as Caliph Ibrahim.

PIXEL: The World's Shortest Cat?

FISH have hidden depths and could be a lot smarter than we think, say scientists.

TRICERATOPS took a million years to get its horn.

SPIDERS: "Kill them with fire" is just a jokey saying, people.



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Jack White, Real Estate, Maximo Park, Timber Timbre, Maymo's Birthday   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEARL JAM covered a bit of "Let It Go" from the Frozen soundtrack. Word is it was a request from Eddie Vedder's daughter.

JACK WHITE's full set at Glastonbury 2014. About 45 min. in, there's some "Enter Sandman."

REAL ESTATE does an unplugged 29-minute Takeaway Show, including a cover of Weezer's "Say it Ain't So."

MAXIMO PARK stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

TIMBER TIMBRE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BON IVER drops "Heavenly Father" ahead of the Wish I Was Here soundtrack.

COMET GAIN drops " 'Sad Love' And Other Short Stories" ahead of Paperback Ghosts.

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

PRETTY WHEN YOU CRY: Pitchfork details the perfectly gloomy online teen-girl aesthetic, typified by the all-encompassing sorrow of Lana Del Rey.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to Stereogum about her Seinfeld obsession. NTTAWWT.

CRAZY HORSE bassist Billy Talbot has suffered a stroke. Best wishes for full and speedy recovery.

NPR's 50 Favorite Songs of 2014 (So Far).

ROBERT DOWNEY JR's son was busted for cocaine possession.

JUSTIN BIEBER rushed to the aid of 3 of Floyd Mayweather's kids who were involved in a bad car crash.

SHIA LaBEOUF checks into rehab.

AMANDA BYNES: A  judge has dismissed all charges in connection with her NYC pot bust.

CHRIS BROWN was carried out of a BET Awards after-party.

BEYONCE KNOWLES climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Forbes Celebrity 100.

COMMUNITY, canceled by the Peacock, will continue on at Yahoo Screen.

UKRAINIAN President Petro Poroshenko says his forces will soon go on the offensive against pro-Russian separatists, ending a unilateral cease-fire in the conflict.

ISRAEL: Following the discovery of the bodies of three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped in the West Bank earlier this month, reporters said they could hear the sound of airstrikes in Gaza.

IRAN: A U.N. expert panel has concluded that a shipment of rockets and other weapons that was seized by Israel came from Iran and represents a violation of the U.N. arms embargo on Tehran, according to a confidential report obtained by Reuters on Friday. Shocka!

ISIS, the Islamist terror group that now controls much of Syria and Iraq, poses an “extremely high” terror threat to U.S. targets, and has the bomb-making skills and foreign fighters needed to strike U.S. and other Western interests, according to multiple U.S. intelligence officials.

MAYMO gets 100 balls for his birthday.

THE BIRDS: Residents of the Scottish seaside town of Newhaven, near Edinburgh, are being attacked by increasingly violent seagulls.

MURPHY THE HORSE, once a woebegone Oregon ranch animal, had to shed 200 pounds to make the Portland police force, and now he has collared his first suspect.

TUCKER THE DOG coughed up his owner's wedding ring...lost 5 years ago.

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Bobby Womack RIP, Braid, Cold Beat, Against Me!, Man vs Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOBBY WOMACK the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and personally infamous  gospel-soul singer-songwriter discovered by Sam Cooke, died Friday. He was 70.  One of his early songs, "It's All Over Now," was a number one hit for the Rolling Stones, who swiftly paid tribute to Womack on Twitter.  He also has a credit on Wilson Pickett's "I'm a Midnight Mover" and Janis Joplin's "Trust Me," among others. Womack's solo career also produced gems like "Across 110th Street," from the blaxploitation film of the same name, and later featured in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown... and in American Gangster.  In 2012, Womack talked to All Things Considered about his health and career, as well as Bravest Man in the Universe, a seemingly unlikely collaboration with Blur's Damon Albarn.  At The Observer, rock journalist Barney Hoskyns recalls being on the road with the R&B star.

BRAID advance streams No Coast.

COLD BEAT advance streams Over Me.

AGAINST ME! stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER stopped by WFUV's Studio A to perform some of his new songs and to talk about the inspiration for the new album.

THE POLICE: "Next To You," an early Pate staple, opened last year's roadtrip mix for the Pate reunion.

ERIC CLAPTON tells Uncut he's looking at retiring from touring, as he finds the travel unbearable and does not want to embarrass himself.

PARQUET COURTS  are following a long tradition by rejecting major labels and embracing the energy and DIY ethos of punk. But why skip social media?

JENNY LEWIS talks about her latest album and makes embarrassing confessions at Flavorwire.

GREATEST HATES: Bands who can't stand their most famous songs.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers: Age of Extinction easily tops the chart with 100 million, just about as projected. Critics hate Michael bay movies; audiences love them.  Even more impressive is the 200 million in overseas receipts (0 million in China alone), as the release of this fourth installment of the franchise is being staggered to avoid competing with the World Cup. 22 Jump Street could be called a distant second with 15.4 million, but a 44 percent drop is not bad at this point and this sequel has already beaten the domestic theatrical run of the original with almost 140 million total so far. How To Train Your Dragon 2 shows with13.1 million on a 47 percent drop and is now seriously lagging the original in America, but at least has crossed the 200 million mark in total receipts.  Think Like A Man Too, last weekend's champ, slides to the fourth slot with 10.4 million on a 64 percent drop, which would be bad news if it hadn't already earned twice its production budget.  Maleficent rounds out the Top 5 with 8.2 million on the summer's leggiest run to date and now seems likely to profit based on 585 million in global receipts.

AMY ADAMS gave up a first class seat to an American soldier, but it wasn't to garner attention.

SHIA LaBEOUF argued with a homeless guy on the streets of New York -- over a hat -- a few hours before his arrest.

THE VIEW has fired everyone except Whoopi Goldberg

ANGEL HAZE has been amused by the way the media has addressed her relationship with Ireland Baldwin.

SHARON STONE denied romancing Antonio Banderas after her friend Melanie Griffith filed for divorce.

MESHACH TAYLOR (Designing Women) died Saturday night ... after a long battle with cancer. He was 67.

PAKISTAN: A young newlywed couple in northeastern Pakistan died a horrible death at the hands of the bride's family in the latest honor killing in the nation, police in Pakistan said Saturday.

SYRIA: A day after the Al Nusrah Front's emir for Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour issued a statement explaining that he was relinquishing the town to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham to avoid jihadist bloodshed, other Al Nusrah fighters and allied Islamist fighters captured two ISIS positions in the strategic border town.

IRAQ; After the United States delayed a sale of fighter jets to Iraq, Russia sold planes to the Iraqi government. Now they've sent military experts to Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham announced the formation of the Caliphate, changed its name to the Islamic State, and named Abu Bakr al Baghdadi as Caliph Ibrahim. The Iraqi military is reported to have withdrawn most of its ground forces from Tikrit after entering the city just one day ago. Heavy fighting has been reported in and around Tikrit.

MAN vs MOOSE: Who You Got?

SUPER-CHICKEN: The research is part of a 30 million, five-year USDA program to find ways to prevent livestock from either under-producing or keeling over prematurely as the world warms and temperatures spike. It's a long way from the vintage cartoon.

PABLO ESCOBAR's HIPPOS have been taking over the countryside near his former ranch in Colombia.

MONSTER RATS the size of cows? Be skeptical.

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