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Cuban Missile Crisis, Calexico, Band of Horses, Cutout Bin, Robosquirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 19, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE END OF THE WORLD!  This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Cubam Missile Crisis, which seemed an apt occasion for revisiting apocalyptic pop. Thus, it starts with an earthquake, birds, snakes and R.E.M.'s "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." U2 can keep you rocking (yet Biblical) "Until the End of the World." And (to paraphrase the National Lampoon) who can forget Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve of Destruction," especially as introduced by Jerry Lewis? Mad Men fans will remember Skeeter Davis singing "The End of the World," a song fairly contemporary to the missile crisis. Also in a country vein is Johnny Cash's "When The Man Comes Around" (I picked the Dawn of the Dead credits for this one because it also ties in nicely to the premiere of season 3 of The Walking Dead). Prince is more upbeat about the idea on "1999."  However, the selections that would be most in Pate's repertoire would be The Clash's "London Calling" (tho "Four Horsemen" also appears on the double-LP) and Elvis Costello's "Waiting For the End of the World."

CALEXICO played World Cafe Live; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BAND OF HORSES play a career-spanning set in the intimate setting of Apogee's Berkeley St Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SPAIN: Josh Haden and his triplet sisters -- Petra, Tanya and Rachel -- play a session at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

PETER GABRIEL features himself and a handful of classics during a Guest DJ stint on All Songs Considered.

WALL OF VOODOO: Listen to the "Mexican Radio."

BAT FOR LASHES: I would link this Pitchfork cover story just for the incredible layout (scroll slowly), but there's more.

PYLON gets profiled by a local section of the New York Times.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT talks to PopMatters about her family, her new album and more...

PETER BUCK talks to Consequence of Sound about life after REM, his festival and the charity it helps, his solo album, and listening to old R&B late at night.

CUTOUT BIN: From Deep Purple to The Smiths, from Chic to the Three O'Clock, from Iggy Pop to Tammi Terrell, plus Lloyd Cole, The Heavy, Soft Boys, Minutemen  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 Paranormal Activity 4, which is currently scoring 34 percent on the ol' Tomatometers; and Alex Cross, which is scoring 13 percent.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL hosted over 50 guests in Puglia, Italy for a pre-wedding beach party dinner.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD & JAMIE BELL picked up their wedding license.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON were caught canoodling on camera, just in time for that Twilight press junket.

RUPERT SANDERS & LIBERTY ROSS are also hugging it out after his reported fling with Kristen Stewart.

UMA THURMAN revealed her daughter's name. You don't want to know. You so don't want to know. I warned you.

ASHTON KUTCHER tops the Forbes list of TV's highest-paid actors.

TOM CRUISE adds sci-fi to his "to do" list.

TWILIGHT: The franchise looks to lumber on undead after Breaking dawn, Pt. 2.

THE UNITED STATES: Authorities charged Bangladeshi student Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis in an FBI sting operation in which Nafis thought he was executing an al Qaeda plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Manhattan. In another New York courtroom, Iranian-American citizen Manssor Arbabsiar pled guilty to plotting with Iran's Quds Force to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US.

SYRIA: Rebels forces shot down a helicopter over Idib. Rebel acquisition of heavy weapons has forced government aircraft to bomb from higher altitudes. Heavy air attacks struck Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

PAKISTAN: The government was forced to drop a move to seek parliament's support for action against militants in the wake of the Taliban attack on teenage rights activist Malala Yousufzai, due to stiff opposition from PML-N of former PM Nawaz Sharif. The alleged organizer of the Taliban shooting of a Pakistani schoolgirl was captured during a 2009 military offensive against the hardline Islamist group but released after three months.

ROBOSQUIRREL cost taxpayers over 300K. We had the video back in March!

ALVIN! Warnings are posted for visitors to South Lake Tahoe areas after a convulsing chipmunk was diagnosed with the plague. Obligatory.

SMALLER TREE FROGS are more likely to "cheat" their way to a mate by lurking near the sound of an attractive call, rather than calling more frequently than their larger rivals.

A BLACK RAT SNAKE was rescued from a road by Salem, NJ, police.

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Bon Iver, Beach House, Dirty Three, Bull Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KAKI KING drops the video for "Cargo Cult" on Team Coco.

BON IVER played Austin City Limits; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BEACH HOUSE plays a lush live set at the KEXP studios.

THE DIRTY THREE seethe and rage in a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW is advance streaming Cobra Juicy.

SONIC YOUTH drop "Intro/Brave Men Run (In My Family)" -- the lead off to the Bad Moon Rising LP -- from their upcoming live album, recorded at Chicago's Smart Bar in 1985.

CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

CALEXICO's John Covertino talks to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about landscapes, recording in N'walins, and more. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

BAND OF HORSES talks to Spinner about covers of their songs, and their covers of others.

THE XX gets an excerpted profile from ClashMusic. (Thx, LHB.)

AEROSMITH & KISS are feuding in the press.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL will wed in southern Italy this week, multiple sources confirm in the new Us Weekly.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN welcomed a baby boy in September, the actress disclosed via Twitter.

TOM CRUISE allegedly assaulted Scientology staffers, according to a former member.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY may get a child custody decision as soon as Friday.

FLAVOR FLAV was arrested early Wednesday morning in Vegas after allegedly assaulting someone in his house with a deadly weapon.

ZERO DARK THIRTY -- about the Osama bin Laden raid -- has a second trailer online.

SKYFALL: Early reviews are sterling for the next Bond flick.

THE 10 BEST BOND VILLAINS, according to Paste.

SAUDI ARABIA: A court handed down sentences ranging from three to 25 years to 16 suspected al Qaeda members.

EGYPT: Outside the halls of government - in the streets, mosques, schools and courts - an Islamist revival is redefining the rights and responsibilities of ordinary citizens.

AFGHANISTAN: Last weekend's suicide attack at an NDS headquarters in Kandahar that killed four Afghan intelligence operatives and two ISAF personnel was a green-on-blue attack.

ALASKA BULL MOOSE get their rut on.

SHELTER DOGS prefer Mozart to Metal. It's science!

AN ORPHANED BABY ELEPHANT is raised by a human mom.

THE MIDSHIPMAN FISH may hold the key to the evolution of vocal communication.

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Paul Banks, King Dude, Trail of Dead, Beth Orton, Cat Physics   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MATT & KIM unveiled "Let's Go" at Funnie Or Die.

PAUL BANKS of Interpol is streaming his solo debut LP.

KING DUDE is advance streaming Burning Daylight.

...TRAIL OF DEAD is advance streaming Lost Songs.

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

PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away." Classic power-pop.

JENS LEKMAN talks songwriting and storytelling with PopMatters.

JASON LYTLE talks to Morning Edition about ending Grandaddy and heading for big sky country.

DIVINE FITS: Britt Daniel talks to the Boston Globe about putting the band together.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks about pop and the periphery at The Line of Best Fit.

KRISTEN STEWART spent millions on a home near Robert Pattinson's while they were broken up. Hmm.

TINA FEY & AMY POHELER are co-hosting the Golden Globes.

BEYONCE KNOWLES is the Super Bowl halftime show performer.

NICKI MINAJ / MARIAH CAREY FEUD: President Obama weighs in. Yes, really.

HULK HOGAN files a 100 million lawsuit regarding the leaked sex tape. Bubba the Love Sponge says Hogan may have been in on it.

KATE GOSSELIN claims her face "de-ages." Botox is not her bag, baby.

BILL MURRAY Likes to Call Kelly Lynch's Husband Every Time He Sees Patrick Swayze Having Sex With Her in Road House.

CARRIE: The Chloe Moretz-led remake of the Stephen King classic has a trailer online.

THE UNITED STATES: An appeals court overturned a military court's conviction of former bin Laden bodyguard and driver Salim Ahmed Hamdan, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001 and detained at Guantanamo. Because providing material support for terrorism was not an international war crime at the time of his arrest, the court found the conviction a retroactive prosecution and untenable.

SWISS authorities are holding billion in assets linked to deposed dictators in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Tunisia. Swiss officials are working with judicial officers in Egypt and Tunisia to restore the blocked funds, but the process is expected to take "years."

IRAN: Continued concern over Iran's nuclear program prompted the EU to impose a range of new economic sanctions on Iran. Iran said it would cut the imports of nonessential goods as it moves to a resistance economy.

PAKISTAN: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has just informed us that the Pakistani military is not about to launch an operation in North Waziristan following the Movement of the Taliban's admitted assassination attempt against Malala, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot in Swat.

KITTENS Learning Physics.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT now has an official mug.

THE MYSTERY MONKEY's days may be numbered.

A HORSE's pajamas help her sleep.

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New Releases, David Byrne & St Vincent, Tift Merritt, Rescue Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GRIZZLY BEAR "Speak in Rounds" for Leno.

NEW RELEASES from Donald Fagen, Patrick Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Jason Lytle and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SINKANE is advance streaming Mars.

DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT bust some touring dance moves in this "In Practice" video at NPR.

TIFT MERRITT plays three new songs from Traveling Alone at WNYC Soundcheck.

X stopped by 30 Rock to play "Hot House" and "Breathless," lo these many moons ago.

MUMFORD & SONS talks to the BBC about their next album already.

HEART: Ann Willson takes The A.V. Club on a track-based tour of the band's career.

JEFF LYNNE shares his Top 13 LPs with The Quietus.

THE ROLLING STONES will play 50th Anniversary shows in London and Newark only... for now.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON were photographed together for the first time since their split in July.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and her boyfriend of about year, Nate Naylor, have gone their separate ways.

LINDSAY LOHAN will sit for a Barbara Walters interview. "If you were a tree, what sort of trre would you run over?"

RUSSELL CROWE will likely cough up 20 million to Danielle Spencer under his prenup.

TOM CRUISE leaving Scientology to win back Katie Holmes? Seems unlikely.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY looked like a skeletal shadow of himself jogging outside a gym in Austin, TX.

ASHLEY GREENE (Twilight) finds dating difficult.

THE PHILIPPINES government signed a preliminary peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the largest Muslim insurgent group.

TURKEY grounded an Armenian plane that was carrying food for Syrian Armenians, then allowed the flight to continue on to Aleppo.

SYRIA: Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats. Accusations of Hezbollah involvement in Syria have strengthened in recent weeks amid reports of fighters killed in combat being returned to Lebanon for quiet burial.

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating education for girls has every chance of making a "good recovery", British doctors said on Monday as 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai arrived at a hospital in central England for treatment of her severe wounds.

A DOG trains to rescue his pals from a canoe.

SUPERMICE invade Europe with extra-high sperm counts.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A camping area and archery range in southeastern Idaho was the site of a mass squirrel killing, leaving state wildlife agents puzzled over who could do something like this. I have an alibi.

THE SWARM: A 65-year-old Texas man died after his riding lawnmower riled up a hive of bees that swarmed and stung him.

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Titus Andronicus, Bat For Lashes, PB & J, Dog + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 15, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JENS LEKMAN made his TV debut playing "I Know What Love Isn't" for Fallon.

TITUS ANDRONICUS is advance streaming Local Business.

BAT FOR LASHES is advance streaming The Haunted Man in full (after offering selections last week).

REBEKAH DELGADO is advance streaming Don't Sleep. (Thx, LHB.)

SAVOIR ADORE is advance streaming Our Nature.

PETER BJORN & JOHN "I Wish I Was A Spy" for the latest Yo Gabba Gabba! soundtrack.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT & SHARON VAN ETTEN duet on "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as part of the Holidays Rule comp.

SUFJAN STEVENS drops "Ding-a-ling-a-ring-a-ling" from his upcoming Christmas collection.

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: "I Don't Like Mondays," live at the Secret Policemen's Other Ball.

LED ZEPPELIN talks to The Guardian about their musical legacy, reputation for excess - and why they will never reunite again.

AC NEWMAN talks to Exclaim! about his third solo LP and the next New Pronographers' LP. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

CARIBOU: Dan Snaith talks to SPIN about his turn towards a more danceable sound; there's also a stream at the link.

JOHN PEEL: The BBC has said it will reconsider naming part of its new London headquarters after the late DJing legend, if a claim he made a 15-year-old pregnant is proved.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Taken 2 takes the top spot again with 22 million, albeit on a 55 percent drop tending to confirm a less leggy run than the original. That said, Liam Neeson has taken 86.8 million doomestic against a 45 million budget already. Argo places with a 20.1 million debut, actually gaining steam over the weekend on good word of mouth.  Sinsiter shows with 18.3 million against a frugal 3 million budget (the Paranormal Activity producers return to formula). Hotel Transylvania takes the fourth slot with 17.3 million braking the 100 million mark against an 85 million budget.  Here Comes The Boom rounds out the Top 5 with a 12 million debut, which some may consider disappointing from Kevin James led, Adam Sandler produced comedy.  Beow the fold, Seven Psychopaths opened in ninth with a disappointing 4.3 million against a 15 million budget.

ARGO: The bizarre-bit-true story of the CIA/Candaian rescue of six escapees from the US embassy during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis disguised as a film crew may be only slightly less odd than the story of Ben Affleck cementing himself as one of Hollywood's most solid directors.  Granted, Affleck surrounds himself in the lead with a talented cast, though no one with the box office draws of The Town.  The first half has great fun taking the occasional jab at Hollywood itself, with help from John Goodman and Alan Arkin, while the second effectively turns up the suspense (particularly in light of the known outcome). A thoroughly entertaining film only slightly marred by its treatment of pre-Revolutionary Iran in the introduction; its depiction of Mossadegh is politically correct to a degree strange in a movie where the CIA are ostensibly to be preferred over Iranian Islamic zealots.

SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS: Given this title, and this cast, you would something quite wacky and violent. It certainly is both of those things, but also about much more than that. Colin Farrell -- the closest thing to the straight man here -- plays a screwwnwriter with a block and a drinking problem.  He's friends with Sam Rockwell's character, ostensibly an actor but more of a dognapper in a scheme with Christopher Walken.  These two run afoul of a gangster played by Woody Harrelson. What ensues ends up being a bit more about Farrell than you might expect.  Rockwell continues to be one of the more unsung talets in film today, while Walken turns in what may be his best turn since Catch Me If You Can.

RUSSELL CROWE has split from his wife of nine years, Danielle Spencer.

BRITNEY SPEARS may be a bit nutter-butter, but she's still worth 32 million.

LINDSAY LOHAN defends her mother, attacks her father.

GARY COLLINS, a familiar TV figure throughout the '80s as both an actor and show host, died early Saturday.  He was 74.

HITCHCOCK: The Anthony Hopkins led, Psycho-centric biopic has a trailer online.

HEZBOLLAH's chief financial officer fled to Israel, taking with him 5 million in embezzled funds as well as classified documents and maps.

YEMEN: The US reportedly delivered 106 armored vehicles to the Yemeni Defense Ministry.

SYRIA: Rebels claimed to have downed a Syrian air force jet. Syria and Turkey banned each others' civilian flights over their territory.

IRAN: US officials said Iran was behind a series of cyberatttacks against US targets, including financial institutions.

DOG & CAT, sleeping together...Mass hysteria!

GRIZZLY MAN: Casey Anderson has adopted an 800-lb grizzly bear called Brutus, who he has raised since birth. And married actress Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

TIGHT SQUEEZE: A Wellington woman crawled 30 meters on her hands and toes through a small drain to rescue three ducklings that probably would have died if not for her determination to save them.

A PIT BULL lawyers up.

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