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Valentine's Day, Sarah Neufeld, White Denim, Neil Finn, Cutout Bin, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 14, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SARAH NEUFELD of Arcade Fire shares her Black Ground EP.

WHITE DENIM, Austin based psychedelic alt-country rockers, perform songs from their new album Corsicana Lemonade on KEXP

NEIL FINN stopped by WFUV's Studio A to share some of his new songs.

HEAVY ROTATION: 10 Love Songs NPR Can't Stop Playing.

JOHHNY CASH: Hear "I'm Movin' On," ft Waylon Jennings, from his posthumous LP.

BENMONT TENCH of The Heartbreakers drops "Veronica Said," ahead of You Should Be So Lucky.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

ALTERNATIVE LOVE SONGS, compiled by The Guardian -- including the Bee Gees' "Nights On Broadway," which Pate also recorded.

THE 10 CHEESIEST LOVE SONGS, according to Yahoo! Music.


CUTOUT BIN: From Gary Wright to Wilson Pickett, from The Pursuit of Happiness to Joy Division, from Van Halen to Weezer, plus ELO, Ike & Tina Turner, INXS, Tegan & Sara and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include the remake of RoboCop, which opened Wednesaday with 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Winter's Tale, which is currently scoring 13 percent; the remake of Endless Love, scoring 17 percent; and the remake of About Last Night, scoring 76 percent.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. It's a think piece.

BRUCE JENNER denied reports he was quitting Keeping Up With The Kardashians -- though TMZ stands by its report, as well as the claim the family has inked a lucrative deal for future seasons.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN welcomed their second child together, a boy.

LIL KIM is knocked up.

JENNIFER ANISTON celebrated her birthday with Courtney Cox. Rembrandts reference here.

DAKOTA JOHNSON, the daughter of Hollywood veterans Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson—and granddaughter of Hitchcock muse Tippi Hedren— is profiled by Vanity Fair as she shoots 50 Shades of Grey.

SHARKNADO 2: Andy Dick, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kelly Osbourne, Judah Friedlander, and Judd Hirsch join the cast.

THE 2014 SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE COVER, revealed in time for Gratuitous Friday.

RALPH WAITE, known to millions as John Walton Sr. on the warmhearted 1970s TV series The Waltons – and, more recently, as the Mark Harmon character's father, Jackson "Jack" Gibbs, on the CBS hit NCIS – died at his Palm Desert home at about 11 a.m. Thursday, according to the Desert Sun. He was 85.

EGYPT: Security forces reportedly thwarted an assassination attempt on a top security official in Giza. The army spokesman said 112 Islamist militants have been killed or wounded in operations in North Sinai in the past week.

IRAN: The real, unspoken reason America won't get involved in Syria.

SYRIA: The UN mediator said the Geneva II talks are failing.

A PIT BULL, DOBERMAN, and a CHIHUAHUA: Let's see who's boss.

ANOTHER GIRAFFE NAMED MARIUS may be put down by the Jyllands Park Zoo.

AN OWL attacks a rabbit hunter. Solidarity.

MONKEY STUD Moved After Making 50 Babies.

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GbV, Yuck, Phantogram, Tinariwen, Catpology   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUIDED BY VOICES drop a clip for "Planet Score," ft. comedian Rob Corddry and Matt Jones (Breaking Bad).

YUCK stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

PHANTOGRAM is advance streaming Voices.

TINARIWEN is advance streaming Emmaar.

THE CARIBBEAN streams Moon Sickness

BLITZEN TRAPPER drops "Coming Home," an outtake from their 2013 album VII. Tasty.

PAUL McCARTNEY fielded an all-Macca ensemble for "Comin' Up."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: "I make a sound like singing."

PAVEMENT: The Quietus reassesses Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain 20 years later.

ROSANNE CASH talks to Mashable about the music business, social media and how her father might have responded to the changing landscape.

AGAINST ME! Laura Jane Grace and and guitarist James Bowman talk to Rolling Stone about gender, dysphoria, and more.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's diaries reveal a man who was troubled by “demons” and struggled to control them with Narcotics Anonymous meetings: “It definitely contained some soul-searching. But there is also a fair amount of rambling that doesn’t make sense.”


EVA MENDES talks about Valentine's Day without Ryan Gosling.

RHIANNA was basically bankrupt by the end of 2009.

BRUCE JENNER has Michael Jackson Syndrome.

PAULA DEEN's 75 million dollar comeback attempt.

SID CAESAR, one of the first stars created by television via his weekly live comedy program Your Show of Shows, died Wednesday in his home. He was 91.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Police searched a residence in Crawley, West Sussex, said to have been the home of British suicide bomber Abdul Waheed Majid a.k.a. Abu Suleiman al-Britani, who detonated in an Al Nusrah Front assault on Aleppo prison in Syria last week.

THE UNITED STATES: Senior US intelligence officials offered a more alarming assessment of al-Qaeda than President Barack Obama’s declaration that the organization is on the run and headed toward defeat.

SYRIA: A senior U.S. intelligence official warned of a "very real" risk of extremist groups gaining control of Syrian chemical or biological weapons.



GATOR the PITBULL gets a second chance at life.

FISH ON WHEELS: Let's go to the video.

TRAFFIC STOP interrupted by wolves.

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Broken Bells, Suzanne Vega, New Bums, Shocking Pinks, Mohawk Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


QUILT drops a video for "Tie Up The Tides."

BROKEN BELLS performs a mini-set for WNYC Soundcheck.

SUZANNE VEGA plays "Luka", "Tom's Diner"and two new ones in a Tiny Desk Concert.

NEW BUMS advance stream Voices In A Rented Room.

SHOCKING PINKS advance stream their triple LP, Guilt Mirrors.

THE BLACK LIPS drop “Justice After All,” ahead of Underneath The Rainbow.

WOODS drop "Moving To The Left," ahead of With Light And With Love.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

PRINCE: Every hairstyle, 1978-2013.

THE HOLD STEADY: Noisey surveys the band's first decade.

RAY DAVIES, DONOVAN, Graham Gouldman, Mark James and Jim Weatherly are the latest group of inductees to the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 12. Solid. From a Pate perspective, notable that Gouldman wrote "For Your Love."


THE TOP 10 BETA BAND SONGS, according to Stereogum.

SHIRLEY TEMPLE BLACK, ho as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85. Her daughter Lori was a bassist for the Melvins.

TOM BROKAW revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making.

JUSTIN BIEBER could be ordered to leave the US if he's charged and convicted of vandalism in the egging case... but it's unlikely.

KRISTEN STEWART: Director Rupert Sander's life is spiraling downward while he still holds a torch for her.

DAVID CASSIDY's wife files for divorce after his third DUI arrest. I think she doesn't love him. Get unhappy.

BILLY RAY CYRUS releases a hip-hop sequel to "Achy Breaky Heart," presumably to shame his daughter Miley.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 205th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.

SYRIA: The Obama administration is engaged in a debate about the extent of the president’s powers to use lethal force against terrorist organizations, and the deliberations have been accelerated by al-Qaeda’s recent decision to sever ties with a violent Islamist group in Syria.

PAKISTAN: The Obama administration is considering authorizing the CIA or the military to kill an American citizen hiding in Pakistan who allegedly has helped Al Qaeda militants plan attacks against U.S. troops in neighboring Afghanistan and is actively plotting future attacks, officials said Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: US Forces-Afghanistan condemned the Afghan government's order to free 65 "dangerous individuals" from custody.

MOHAWK CAT: Let's go to the video.


NASAR THE HORSE came in from a snowstorm, decided he preferred the house.

CROCODILES can climb trees.

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Pixies, Warpaint, Nils Lofgren, St Lucia, Panda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS & SEAN LENNON covered "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," while Lauryn Hill covered "Something" at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a Twofer Tuesday after the big Beatleversary.

THE PIXIES play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

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

NILS LOFGREN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including my Nils fave, "No Mercy." 

ST LUCIA stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

WALTER MARTIN (The Walkmen) guests Karen O on "Sing To Me."  There's... yodeling.

ETERNAL SUMMERS drop "Never Enough" ahead of The Drop Beneath.

BLEEDING RAINBOW "Tell Me" ahead of Interrupt.

KLAXONS drop "Children of the Sun" ahead of their third album.

CHAIRMEN OF THE BOARD: "(You've Got Me) Danglin' On a String."

ST VINCENT: Over eggs and spinach, Annie Clark sketches her bio for The Observer.

INXS: Lesser-known nuggets are compiled at SPIN

XIU XIU is profiled at PopMatters.

ANNA CALVI is profiled by the the Halesowen News.(Thx, LHB.)

JUSTIN BIEBER: The L.A. County District Attorney has surveillance video that should make it pretty easy to prosecute Justin Bieber for allegedly egging his neighbor's house.

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN's alleged drug dealer claims he could have savd the actor.

AMY ADAMS was appalled that Valentino tried to use her and Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral as a promo stunt.

JULIA ROBERTS grieves the overdose death of her half-sister.


LIAM HEMSWORTH & NINA DOBREV were caught canoodling in an Atlanta bar.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham authorized more than one sex tape, as everyone suspected.

THE UNITED STATES is said to be considering a drone strike on an American member of al Qaeda in an unnamed foreign country who is plotting attacks against US citizens overseas. President Obama and President Hollande of France jointly announced new strategic cooperation between their countries on combating terrorism as well as other endeavors.

IRAN: As part of seven promised "confidence-building" measures on its nuclear program due for completion by May 15, Iran agreed to provide information to the IAEA on its detonators. A top IAEA official said progress at the Feb. 8-9 talks was good but much work remains to be done to examine possible military aspects of Iran's nuclear program. Iran claimed to have successfully test-fired two new missiles, an advanced ballistic missile with a fragmentation warhead and a laser-guided surface-to-surface and air-to-surface missile.

A GIANT PANDA enjoyed the recent snowfall at the Toronto Zoo.

A GREAT DANE called Freddy is believed to be Britain's biggest dog - and he's still only a puppy.

PURR MINISTER vote-rigging scandal rocks Parliament. But not Funkadelic.

A GIANT JELLYFISH washed ashore Down Under.



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The National, Hold Steady, Angel Olsen, Beatles, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 10, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ARCTIC MONKEYS covered the Beatles' "All My Loving" as a ballad at MSG in their own British Invasion.

THE NATIONAL played a full concert at the Sydney Opera House.

THE HOLD STEADY unveil "Spinners," "The Only Thing," and "Almost Everything" on WYEP.

ANGEL OLSEN advance streams Burn Your Fire for No Witness.

LOST IN THE TREES advance streams Past Life.

THE CIVIL WARS cover Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars."

THE BEATLES appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago yesterday, the first of three in February 1964NPR has the short version of how the Fabs got there, while Billboard has a delightful deep dive into their journey Stateside.

SAM COOKE and the song that almost scared him

SLOWDIVE founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell talk exclusively to The Quietus about re-learning the old songs, advances in guitar pedal technology, the possibility of a new Slowdive album and why this time it's all about having fun.

BAND OF HORSES frontman Ben Bridwell talks to Drowned In Sound about the new record, as well as plans for the next studio effort, the band’s relentless work ethic and the journey he’s taken from turbulent twenties to a more settled family life back home in Charleston.

NME's 500 GREATEST SONGS, wrong in so many ways, is discussed at Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Lego Movie dominates the chart with 69.1 million -- better than projected and second only to The Passion of the Christ for a February opening. It opened like Disney's Frozen, or a Pixar pic, but on a relatively low 60 million budget on a less favorable debut date.  The Monuments Men places with 22.7 million against a 70 milion budget, despite lukewarm reviews, so maybe Sony has some regrets from delaying it from December.  Ride Along falls from first to show with 9.3 million as it crosses the 100 million mark against a 25 million budget.Frozen drops to the fourth slot with 6.9 million -- still pretty leggy in the face of the Lego competition.  That Awkward Moment hangs around the bottom of the Top 5 with 5.5 million and 16.8 million total against an 8 million production budget.  Below the fold, Vampire Academy opened in seventh with an anemic 4.1 million.

THE LEGO MOVIE: The near-universal acclaim leaves me with little to add, other than that such a score bespeaks the sort of apeal that should make you suspicious of theose trying to put a parochial spin on it.  The Lego Movie, ultimately, has little agenda beyond entertainment, which it delivers by the truckload.  It is a hero's journey movie for kids, and a pastiche of hero's journey movies for adults, and its third act delivers something more, which I won't spoil.  The folks at Lego wisely decided to let the screenwriter directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller tell a tale without worrying about it being an ad for the toys, thereby making an excellent ad for the toys.  The animation, voice work and music (mostly by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh) are all charmingly effective; it was quite good in 3-D, but I suspect ti works about as well in 2-D.

WOODY ALLEN responded to Dylan Farrow's claim of molestation. Farrow replied. Maureen Orth compiled 10 undeniable facts about the case, as well as a link to the judicial decision in the custody case where the allegations first surfaced.

KRISTEN STEWART has realized she can't control who she loves.

JOHNNY DEPP is back on-baord to play mobster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

PAUL BETTANY, already the voice of Jarvis in the Iron Man franchise, will play The Vision in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham insists she did not consent to a second sex tape which is about to be marketed. Anyone wanna bet on that?

NYMPHOMANIAC: Director Lars Von Trier shipped the presser for the movie in Berlin; Shia LeBeouf walked out after 10 minutes.

UKRAINE's state security service on Sunday placed anti-terrorist units on alert in response to a sharp rise in unspecified threats against sensitive installations including atomic power stations, airports and gas and oil pipelines.

EGYPT: The Interior Ministry accused the Muslim Brotherhood of forming a military wing.

AFGHAN troops raise their voices against President Hamid Karzai, demanding that he sign a security pact with the United States.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent tries to bury his nut in a dog.

AN "UNWANTED" GIRAFFE was put down by a Danish Zoo, which fed the carcass to its lions.

SHARKS are now being culled in Western Australia, following shark attacks. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain.

FROG TORMENT: Crawley borough council's call center were given a shock after a man claimed he was being 'harassed' - by a frog.

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