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Suede, Low, Dan Croll, Surfin' Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  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.

BEACH HOUSE drops a video for "Wishes," directed by Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric) and featuring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Mad Men).

SUEDE is advance streaming Bloodsports.

LOW is advance streaming The Invisible Way.

KACEY MUSGRAVES is advance streaming Same Trailer Different Park.

DAN CROLL is streaming his From Nowhere EP.

RADIOHEAD: Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich dropped previously unheard track “Harmonics Loop”on the BBC, along with the unreleased Yorke solo cut “Has Been.”

LAURA MARLING asks “Where Can I Go?,” ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK covers "Parasite" for an upcoming Nick Drake tribute LP.

THE KINKS muscle through an abbreviated "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" live. An early Pate cover, btw.

STEVE MASON: The fmr Beta Band frontman Steve Mason explains to The Guardian why not everything on his new solo album is political.

IS PUNK ROCK "TOXIC"?  John Roderick. frontman for The Long Winters, makes the case. FWIW, I find much to agree with -- and disagree with here. His best case is against dogmatism and the failure to evolve and mature.  His worst case is in assuming this is the fault of punk rock, and in assuming that music is a driver of, rather than a reflection of, society.  Anytime you manage to decry Punk for both being capitalist and pseudo-Marxist in the same column, the intervention of an editor may be required.

ROBERT POLLARD, celebrated by Andrew W.K. (Thx, LHB.)

WHEN DAVID BOWIE Met William Burroughs.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oz the Great and Powerful worked box office magic to the tune of 80.2 million dollars.  That's easily the highest opening of 2013 to date, but less than the 116 million debut of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland back in 2010 (in part due to being on fewer 3-D screens). Oz thus projects to finish at 200+ million domestically, rather than 300+.  Jack the Giant Slayer took the brunt of Oz, dropping 63 percent to place with 10 million and a 43.8 million total against a 195 million budget.  Identity Thief shows with 6.3 million and a 116.5 domestic total against a 35 million budget.  The debut of Dead Man Down took the fourth slot with 5.4 million.  Snitch rounds out the Top Five with 5.1 million and a 31.9 million total.

OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is far from perfect, but better than I expected. It is a prequel always destined to suffer by comparison to the 1939 classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved book.  Those going expecting a musical are bound to be disappointed, though music punctuates one really fun moment here.  Director Sam Rami's other Spider-Man star, Tobey Maguire, might've brought a more Frank Morgan vibe to the Wizard than James Franco does here.  The characters that go on a quest here are generally less compelling -- and their arcs less developed -- than the classic. And the visual effects are tonally uneven; the characters are realistically and effectively rendered, while the landscapes are often given a more impressionistic and less effective treatment reminiscent of 1939.  However, my big fear for this film was that it would turn out too much like Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland -- or any number of other pics that take classics and "reboot" them by turning them into some version of The Lord of the Rings saga, regardless of whether it's appropriate.  This movie strays in that direction a few times early on before finding its own voice, such that the climax actually played on my fear before neatly subverting it in a very Oz -- and vintage Disney -- manner. Better still, it echoes the 1939 film in its most significant aspect.  When Raimi was miking Spider-Man, he told interviewers that he was interested in the project not only as a fan, but also because he was interested in a film providing moral instruction to children.  As with the original Wizard, the prequel has a good message to impart to kids, even if their conscious focus is on the technological wizardry on display.

KELLY OSBOURNE's seizure may have been much more serious than first suspected, because doctors say she could be suffering from epilepsy.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors are offering house arrest to end her lying-to-cops and probation violation cases, but she's reportedly not biting.

RICK SPRINGFIELD was arrested on a bench warrant stemming from his DUI case.

CHRIS BROWN expounds on how to talk to a woman, and it's every bit as klassy as you might guess.

ELLE MacPHERSON is engaged to Jeffrey Soffer, with whom most thought she broke up last March.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS has a new, action-packed trailer online.

NORTH KOREA: Rejecting a UN Security Council resolution to end to its nuclear arms program, North Korea said it planned to become a full-fledged nuclear state. China called for calm.

IRAN: Haven or prison for al Qaeda?

SYRIA: The Sunni jihadist group Al Nusrah Front and Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah clashed for the first time near the Lebanese-Syrian border. The 21 UN peacekeepers seized by rebel forces in the Golan heights four days ago were released. Russia said it would not pressure President Assad to resign.

EGYPT: Protesters tried to torch buildings in Cairo, including the headquarters of Egypt's soccer federation, and targeted shipping in the Suez Canal.

SURFING PIG: Everybody's heard about the pig.

BEE VENOM may wipe out HIV.

A PIT BULL alerts the missus that his owner had a heart attack. And that Timmy is stuck in the well.

A MOUSE has been given its freedom after it tackled a poisonous snake in a bid to save a fellow rodent at a zoo in China.

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Psychedelic Furs, Frightened Rabbit, Kurt Vile, Cutout Bin, Shetland Pony   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS! Live in Berlin, circa 1981.Your setlist includes: "Into You Like A Train," "President Gas," "Mr Jones," " Fire Engine," "Dumb Waiters," "Pretty In Pink," "It Goes On," "Imitation Of Christ," " Forever Now," "So Run Down," "India, "Fall," and "We Love You."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SEAN ROWE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JAKE BUGG stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

KURT VILE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Surfer Blood and more highlight the latest edition.

SHE & HIM drop "Never Wanted Your Love" ahead of Volume 3. Yum!

WIRE drops "Love Bends" ahead of Change Becomes Us, a collection of songs dating from 1979-80 that the band never recorded.

WANG CHUNG: Jack Hues talks to Spinner about "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" and the duo's reunion. 

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to NME about he mysteries of free will, reinventing the band and the importance of getting effed up now and again.

MTV AFTER DARK: 15 R-rated (or at least PG-13) music videos of the '80s.

MODEST MOUSE, ranked by Stereogum.


CUTOUT BIN: From Dick Dale to Gary Numan, from Smokey Robinson to Teenage Fanclub, from Elvis Presley to the New York Dolls, plus Dead Kennedys, the Staple Singers, Guided by Voices, Etta James, Killing Joke and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases ar: Oz the Great and Powerful, currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (but much lower among "top critics'); and Dead Man Down, scoring 33 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN was rushed to a doctor in Los Angeles on Tuesday night when she feared she was having a miscarriage after returning from Paris fashion week.

DEMI MOORE wants spousal support, although she's worth much more than Ashton Kutcher.

CHRIS BROWN explodes at a valet over a ten dollar service charge.  There's video.

MILEY CYRUS went out in public without her engagement ring ... in the wake of rumors fiance Liam Hemsworth cheated on her.

KELLY OSBOURNE was rushed to an L.A. hospital after suffering a seizure while taping her show “Fashion Police.” That must've been some bad plaid.

HOW DISNEY BOUGHT LUCASFILM -- and its plans for Star Wars.

THE UNITED STATES: Shortly after being released by Turkey, bin Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith was captured by the CIA as he passed from Jordan to Kuwait, and has been extradited to the US.

NORTH KOREA: The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea over its recent nuclear tests. North Korea threatened a preemptive nuclear attack on the US.

IRANIAN leader Ayatollah Khamenei criticized Western powers for not offering concessions in last week's talks over Iran's nuclear program.

SYRIA: UN and Arab League officials began negotiating with Syrian rebels over their seizure of 21 UN peacekeeper in the Golan Heights.

THE SHETLAND PONY dance video, icymi.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER saves her owner, another dog, a Siamese cat and a budgie.

A STOWAWAY CAT survives a 3500 mile journey from Egypt in her owner's luggage.

MOTHER'S DAY for the animal kingdom.

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Alvin Lee RIP, SXSW Mix, Cody ChesnuTT, Swimming Bunny   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 07, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER has a video out for "Crystallized."

SXSW: Stream and download 100 acts to discover at the big fest via NPR.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN bring their playful and quirky pop to the KEXP studio.

CODY CHESNUTT plays a session for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

GOLDEN GRRRLS are advance streaming their self-titled LP.

FREE ENERGY drops "Get Ready" from the compilation, Songs For Crap Kingdom.

ALVIN LEE, the British blues-rock guitar hero who led the late-’60s band Ten Years After, died after complications from a routine surgery. He was 68. The obligatory clip of "I'm Going Home."

VAN DYKE PARKS talks to MTV Hive about his first new LP in 24 years, Joanna Newsom, and more.

THE HOLD STEADY will play Game Of Thrones.

OLAFUR ARNOLDS gives Drowned In Sound a studio tour.

THE FIVE BEST PUNK ROCK GUITARISTS, and the complaints that followed.

DEMI MOORE is finally filing divorce papers, 16 months after splitting up with Ashton Kutcher.

TINA FEY responds to Taylor Swift.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH are still engaged for the moment.

VALERIE HARPER is facing a devastating diagnosis: terminal brain cancer.

ALI LANDRY is pregnant with her third child.

HOAWRD STERN to follow Jimmy Fallon?


CARRIE FISHER is up to reprise her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars Ep. VIII. I have a bad feeling about this...

IRON MAN 3 has a second official trailer online.

28 TV SHOWS Canceled After One Episode.

MALI: French and Chadian forces killed about 15 Islamist militants in the Ametetai valley area.

IRAN: US General Mattis said sanctions over Iran's nuclear program were not working. US Secretary of State Kerry said Iran was getting closer to building a nuclear bomb. The US delegate to the UN's nuclear agency accused Iran of "deception, defiance and delay". In a joint statement, the EU said Iran was stonewalling the UN agency.

SYRIA: General Mattis said the US and regional allies are planning for potential stability operations in Syria in case the Assad regime collapsed.

EGYPT: An administrative court ordered the suspension of parliamentary elections that were scheduled to begin in late April. President Morsi's office said Morsi did not plan to appeal the court's decision.

HEIDI THE BUNNY does hydrotherapy for her arthritis.

WHEN LIONS ATTACK: Coitus interruptus.

THE SWARM: Two Tampa park employees were swarmed by as many as 100000 Africanized honeybees, after they accidentally disturbed a hive.


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Biffy Clyro, William Tyler, Ruby Suns, The Stooges, Bizarre Lizard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  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.

FATHER JOHN MISTY played "I'm Writing A Novel" on Leno.

BIFFY CLYRO is advance streaming Opposites.

WILLIAM TYLER (Lambchop) is advance streaming Impossible Truth.

THE RUBY SUNS stop by the KEXP studio with this set of propulsive and layered indie-pop. Ryan McPhun spins tunes and talks to Stereogum about Michael Jackson, his synth solos, and how New Zealand is like the Lord Of The Flies of music. 

IGGY & THE STOOGES "Burn" before getting Ready To Die.

SMITH WESTERNS drop "Varsity" ahead of Soft Will.

SURFER BLOOD drops "Demon Dance" ahead of Pythons.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER will "Stare At The Sun" ahead of Personal Record.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Songs For Slim is now available for download via Amazon and iTunes.

DEAN & BRITTA: Today just seemed good for "Words You Used to Say."

MARNIE STERN talks to Stereogum about the Upper East Side, eBay, her new LP and more...

AIMEE MANN and TED LEO have formed a new band, #BOTH.

RICHARD HELL, and the DIY book he kept for 40 years.

IAN MacKAYE: Worth 25 million?


TAYLOR SWIFT thinks there's a special place in Hell for Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.  Amy Poehler responds.

TERRENCE HOWARD gives a super-klassy description of his love scene with Oprah in Dead Man Down.

JON STEWART will take a 12-week hiatus from hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show to make his feature directing debut this summer.

HOLLY MADISON and her boyfriend, Pasquale Rotella, welcomed a healthy baby girl into the world.

BRET MICHAELS had a meltdown over his shocking elimination from the All-Stars Celebrity Apprentice. Every Trump has its thorn.

JAY BARUCHEL & ALISON PILL called off their engagement.

ROM-COMS: Dead, or just resting?

THE UNITED STATES: Hafiz Khan, a Florida imam and US citizen, was found guilty of providing some 50000 to the Pakistani Taliban.

VENEZUELA: Hugo Chavez died of cancer; an election to replace him will be held in 30 days.

NORTH KOREA: China and the US proposed new UN sanctions aimed at halting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. North Korea responded by threatening to cancel the ceasefire agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953.

TURKEY: The main opposition party urged the government to clarify its position on al Qaeda after the Turkish envoy to Chad tweeted last month that "al Qaeda is very different from terror." The party's deputy chairman also asked why former al Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaith is still in Turkey after the US reportedly sought his extradition earlier this year.

SYRIA: Rebels battled to consolidate their hold in the provincial capital of Raqqa, and captured the provincial governor.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq gunned down an Awakening leader and gravely wounded his sister in an attack at their home south of Mosul.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lizard squirting 5-ft streams of blood from its eyeballs.

THE HARLEY-DAVIDSON OF MOSQUITOS is likely to be abundant in Florida this summer.

LIONS rampage through a Chinese Zoo after a cleaner forgets to lock the gate to their enclosure. Oops.

LUSTY TORTOISES consumed by the fire of love.

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New Releases, Phosphorescent, Marnie Stern, Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 05, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BUKE & GASE drop a video for "General Dome."

NEW RELEASES from They Might Be Giants, Son Volt, How to Destroy Angels, Jamaican Queens, Hey Marsailles and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

PHOSPHORESCENT is advance streaming Muchacho.

MARNIE STERN is advance streaming The Chronicles of Marnia.

WILD BELLE is advance streaming Isles.

MUDHONEY drops "I Like It Small" ahead of Vanishing Point.

JACKIE DeSHANNON: "What the World Needs Now" and "When You Walk In the Room" for Twofer Tuesday.

BRYAN FERRY talks about the soundtrack to his life at Pitchfork.

THAO NGUYEN talks to Magnet about making We The Common.

SWIM DEEP: A spry update on early-Nineties US alternative rock and psychedelic British indie is profiled at The Telegraph.

10 SUPERGROUPS that were less than super, according to Flavorwire.

LINDSAY LOHAN is rejecting Charlie Sheen's offer to mentor her, grousing that she wishes he'd just shut up.

JADEN SMITH and KYLIE JENNER are reportedly an item.

HARRISON FORD will play a legendary newscaster in Anchorman 2.

LaTOYA JACKSON seizes the careers of Michael's kids.

JESSICA CHASTAIN: Vanity Fair apparently pulled a critical column about the actress during the Oscars chase.

JAMES McAVOY says shooting sex scenes isn't his forte because he finds sex in real life a ‘nightmare'.

DON PARDO missed SNL due to a broken hip.

BANGLADESH: Protesters from Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir vandalized a patriotic monument in Rangpur, continuing their violent campaign across the country; over 50 people have been killed since Feb. 28.

ISRAEL's attempt to reopen the Kerem Shalom crossing, closed last week after rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, was prevented by Hamas.

SYRIA: After weeks of battle, fighters from the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front and others took control of the provincial capital of Reqqa in northern Syria, the first time an entire city has fallen.

IRAQ: Forty-two Syrian soldiers and seven Iraqi troops were killed in an ambush in Anbar province. Iraq's national security advisor said that Qatar and other Arab countries, along with nongovernmental groups, are financing Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian jihadi group, with the acquiescence of Turkey.

IRAN announced it planned to build 3000 advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges while it phased out 12000 older generation centrifuges.

OCEARCH tags a great white shark off the coast of Jacksonville, FL. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

A POLICE DOG searching for a handgun hidden in a downtown Lawrence, MA, snowbank early Saturday morning managed to fire the weapon with his paw.

CAT-SIZED RATS are hunted by snipers in Tehran.

ROSIE THE LABRADOR had a lucky escape after being impaled on a 30cm stick poking out of the ground.

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