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Dave Grohl, Devendra Banhart, Robyn Hitchcock, Bobby Rogers RIP, Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 04, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OVER 16 MILLION SERVED. Thanks for stopping by, stooppers-by!

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.

PRINCE hit Fallon with his new single "Screwdriver" as well as a classic, "Bambi."

DAVE GROHL & FRIENDS advance stream Sound City: Real to Reel.

DEVENDRA BANHART is advance streaming Mala.

HOLLIS BROWN is advance streaming their debut LP Ride on the Train.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK - who just turned 60 - talks about and plays songs off Love From London at WNYC Soundcheck.

BOBBY ROGERS, a founding member of Motown group the Miracles and a collaborator with Smokey Robinson, has died. He was 73. He shared songwriting credits with Robinson on The Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do," The Contours' "First I Look at the Purse" and The Miracles' "Going to a Go-Go." Rogers' voice can also be heard among the speaking voices in the introduction to Marvin Gaye's hit "What's Going On," saying "It's just a groovy party, man, I can dig it."

THE SMITHS: PopCandy excerpts Songs That Saved Your Life: The Art of the Smiths 1982-87.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER talks about her upcoming solo LP at Pitchfork.

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN talks Sleater-Kinney and the "female band" label with PBS via Spinner

10 GREAT MUSIC-INSPIRED POSTERS, rounded up at Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jack The Giant Slayer tops the chart with 28 million against a 195 million budget. Jack will need giant box office in forign markets to make money, especially with Oz landing next Friday.  Identity Thief holds to place with 9.7 million and cracks the 100 million mark against a 35 million budget.  21 And Over shows with 9 million against a 13 million budget.  The Last Exorcism Part II debuts with 8 million against a 5 million budget, which is money-making, but less than the original made on its opening day.  Snitch rounds out the Top Five with 7.7 million.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to mentor Lindsay Lohan.

ANNE HATHAWAY's Oscar rehearsal meltdown.

JUSTIN BIEBER's Worst Birthday Evah.

RHIANNA wants to start a family, presumably with Chris Brown. Oy.

JAY LENO on his way out of the Tonight Show? The show is in trouble on a network recently beaten by Univision.

BONNIE FRANKLIN, best known for a playing single mom to two teenage daughters on the long-running CBS sitcom One Day At A Time, died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 69. Valerie Bertinelli paid tribute.

LIBYA: Extremists attacked a Coptic church in Benghazi on Feb. 28 and assaulted the priest and his assistant.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu said Iran is using talks with world powers only to stall for time in its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed an Awakening leader and three of his sons in Samarra.

EGYPT: US Secretary of State Kerry met with President Morsi and announced that the US will provide Egypt with 190 million to aid the Egyptian government's budget. The Salafi Nour Party met with Jama'a al-Islamiya to discuss the formation of an alliance for the upcoming parliamentary elections.

A ROLLING BULLDOG gathers no moss.

THE THAMES CROCODILE turns out to be a prop used in the James Bond film Live and Let Die.

BUNNIES are implicated in the death of the Neanderthal. But I think scientists need to take a harder look at squirrels.

MILLIONS OF LOCUSTS plague Egypt. NOW will you let the people go?

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ELO, UMO, Foxygen, Bowie, Hendrix, Cutout Bin, Mini-Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 01, 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.


...with THE ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA! Live in London, circa 1976.  Your setlist includes: "Poker", "Nightrider", "Showdown", "Eldorado Overture", "Can't Get It Out Of My Head", "Poorboy (The Greenwood)", "Illusions in G Major", "Strange Magic", "10538 Overture"/"Do Ya", "Evil Woman", "Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle", and "Roll Over Beethoven".

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, live at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

FOXYGEN was the opener at the Rock and Roll Hotel.

DAVID BOWIE is advance streaming The Next Day via iTunes.

JIMI HENDRIX: NPR has your advance stream of People, Hell, and Angels.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Phoenix, David Bowie, Wavves and more highlight the latest edition.

AKRON/FAMILY drops "Until The Morning" ahead of Sub Verses.

TODD RUNDGREN: "Bang the Drum All Day." Because it's Friday.

JACK WHITE talks to Rolling Stone about new solo and Dead Weather tracks, preserving the blues, Mumford & Sons and more...

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by All Things Considered for a chat and mini-set, including always-great "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS fired Scott Weiland. Again. Weiland responds.

JAPANDROIDS defeat NICKELBACK in a contest put on by the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks to determine the team's new entrance music. 

RICHARD STREET becomes the second member of The Temptations to die this month.

CUTOUT BIN: From Led Zeppeling to Berlin, from the Rolling Stones to the Undertones; from the Jam to Johnny Cash, plus the Faces, Echo & the Bunnymen, Gary U.S. Bonds, the Beatles 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 Jack The Giant Slayer, which is currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Last Exorcism Part 2 (so not really the last is it?), which was not screened for critics (shocka); 21 And Over, which is scoring 30 percent; and Phantom, scoring 17 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN looks like she's headed for trial in her lying-to-cops case.

KRISTEN STEWART is ignoring texts and emails from director Rupert Sanders, who is headed for dicvorce after his affair with Stewart became public.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE goes brunette in Hawaii.

JENNIFER ANISTON is ready to change her name for the public for her soon-to-be husband.

BEN STILLER will return to Arrested Development.

GIRLS GONE BANKRUPT: Joe Francis, appears to have pushed the skeevy franchise and several related entities into bankruptcy in order to shield his assets from a slander lawsuit filed by casino mogul Steve Wynn.

TURKEY: Security forces conducted simultaneous raids in the Çorlu district of Tekirdağ and the Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, arresting 11 suspected members of al Qaeda and confiscating seized 25 kilos of A-4 type plastic explosives, along with guns, USB flash disks, CDs, and remote-controlled explosive mechanisms.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Kerry said the US will send food and medicine, as well as 60 million for basic services such as education and sanitation, directly to the Syrian Opposition Coalition.

IRAN: Talks in Kazakhstan between Iran and six world powers over Iran's nuclear program ended optimistically. Both sides agreed to hold further talks in March.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 22 Iraqis in a series of bombings in predominantly Shia neighborhoods in Baghdad. Prime Minister al-Maliki warned that the civil war in Syria may spill over into Iraq and Jordan.

A MINI-GOAT plays peek-a-boo.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power in two Pennsylvania towns.

RAT BRAINS exchange information over the internet, thus explaining much of the internet.

TROTTER THE BULLDOG: Instagram sensation.

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Eels, Erin McKeown, Blue Hawaii, Patrick Stickles, SLGTM, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JAPANDROIDS take "The Nights Of Wine And Roses" to Conan.

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

VAN STEE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

BLUE HAWAII is advance streaming Untogether.

PATRICK STICKLES of Titus Andronicus covers Free Energy's "Hey Tonight."

SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME drops "Invisible Friend," well ahead of One Kiss Ends It All.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN breaks out a 12-string to cover Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk in the Room," which was also a hit for The Searchers.

SUUNS: Ben Shemie and Joe Yarmush talk to The Line Of Best Fit about Montreal, taking music seriously, and more... (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ADAM ANT talks to Rolling Stone about bipolar disorder and returning to music.

SOLANGE talks to Entertainment Weekly about her new EP, Halloween costumes, and her son's rap career.

THE RECORDED MUSIC INDUSTRY posts its first revenue growth since 1999.


LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly smelled of alcohol after she crashed her Porsche last June on Pacific Coast Highway.

RACHEL McADAMS & MICHAEL SHEEN are dunzo, afetr a pretty decent run for Hollywood.

JENNIFER ANISTON is in the process of planning her wedding to screenwriter-actor Justin Theroux.

JESSICA SIMPSON: It's going to be a boy, reportedly.

LAIM HEMSWORTH reportedly cheated on Miley Cyrus with Mad Men's January Jones, according to the evr-reliable Star.

TINA FEY is preemptively refusing to host the Oscars next year.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR is getting a reboot.  “Chronicle” helmer Josh Trank is directing the Marvel Comics-based movie, while Matthew Vaughn is producing.

SYRIA: Government aircraft bombarded rebel forces as they tried to overrun a key government position at a police academy near Aleppo.

IRAN's Arak nuclear plant, capable of producing plutonium for nuclear weapons, became fully operational. At nuclear talks in Almaty, Western nations offered to relax financial sanctions on Iran in exchange for a halt in the development of its Fordow uranium enrichment plant.

EGYPT: Authorities seized 60 anti-tank missiles south of Cairo that were being transported in two pickup trucks from Libya. The Muslim Brotherhood is considering changing its name to "The Comprehensive Islamic Authority."  "CIA... get it?"


AN EEL-LIKE SEA MONSTER was caught in New Jersey waters.

A CHICKEN was blamed for a power outage at Kahului Airport in Maui.  Squirrels are sought for questioning.

A DOG shot its owner outside Frostproof, FL. Police didn't arrest the dog because the investigation was pending.

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Cave Singers, The Men, Ra Ra Riot, Replacements, Cat vs Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE drops a NSFW video for "The Stars Are Out Tonight," featuring Tilda Swinton, a/k/a the female Bowie.

THE CAVE SINGERS advance stream Naomi.

THE MEN advance stream New Moon.

SWEDEN advance streams Sweet Sensation.

RA RA RIOT plays a set of synthed-up chamber pop in the KEXP studio.

THE REPLACEMENTS drop a cover of Gordon Lightfoot's "I'm Not Sayin'" ahead of Songs For Slim.

MY MORNING JACKET covers "Leaving On A Jet Plane."

DEATH offers a 2-minute version of the band’s anthemic “Politicians In My Eyes,” in return for an email address.

ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

THOM YORKE talks to The Observer about music and the internet, making Michael Stipe dance and surfing.

DAVID BOWIE: The Guardian finds out what he's really like from friends, lovers, bandmates… and the man who directed him in SpongeBob SquarePants.

THE 10 BEST MORRISSEY SONGS, according to Stereogum.

LED ZEPPELIN: WXRT crunched the numbers on a reunion tour.

THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER: I don't usually review movies this long after the fact, but I inexplicably missed this in theaters and you should not miss it on demad-cable-video.  This coming-of-age flick, set in 1991 (iirc), adapted and directed by the author of the book, Stephen Chbosky, is among the best of the genre, a worthy successor to the works of John Hughes and Cameron Crowe.  Like Hughes, Chbosky has a remakable sympathy bordering on empathy for his teen protagonists and their problems (in many cases bigger ones than in the Hughes canon), perhaps due to its semi-autobiographical origins.  Thus, like Hughes, the characters never veer beyond archetype to stereotype, the potential tropes here (the Manic Pixie Dream Girl, the nurturing teacher) never become an annoyance, the drama never congeals into melodrama, the messages never become didactic.  It undoubtedly helps that Chbosky cast an ensemble -- led by Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller -- with an easy chemistry.  The movie is beatifully shot and boasts a fab soundtrack (incl a song from from The Reivers).  A gem of a film; I plan to watch it an unhealthy number of times.

BEN AFFLECK shaved his awards season beard.Jennifer Garner brought the clippers.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS & JASON SEGEL are reportedly dunzo.

CHRIS BROWN confirms he's getting a second shot at Rhianna.

ANNE HATHAWAY worked very hard on preparing her thank-you for the Oscars. Because she couldn't use it to campaign for another award?

SETH MacFARLANE says he'll never host the Oscars again. You can't fire him, he quits.

JENNIFER ANISTON: An on-set diva, according to the ever-reliable RadarOnline.

TUNISIA: The Interior Minister announced that the suspected killer of opposition leader Chokri Belaid is on the run but authorities have arrested four accomplices.

SYRIA: US Secretary of State Kerry said Syrian rebels deserved more support. The statement came amid reports of increased weapon shipments to the rebels.

IRAN: Talks between Iran and six world powers over its nuclear program restarted after eight months; good luck with that.

IRAQ: Wathiq al Batat, the leader of the newly formed Mukhtar Army, a Shia militant group, threatened to attack the Mujahideen-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group.

EGYPT: A number of opposition parties announced that they will boycott upcoming elections due to begin in April.

CAT VS DEER: Who you got?

ALLIGATORS, like many animals, are always ready for action.

BLIND CAT, Stolen Samurai Sword.

A CHOCOLATE LABRADOR ate 109 stones at the beach.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRIGHTENED RABBIT drops a video for "Backyard Skulls."

NEW RELEASES from Johnny Marr, Suuns, Sally Shapiro, and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER is advance streaming The Beast In Its Tracks.  Or perhaps you'd prefer to hear (almost all of) it live.

CLOUD CULT is advance streaming Love.

SECRET MOUNTAINS is advance streaming Rainer.

IRON & WINE: Sam Beam displays “Grace For Saints And Ramblers” ahead of Ghost On Ghost.

LOW gets "So Blue" ahead of The Invisible Way.

COLD CAVE unleashes the title track to "Oceans Without End."

REDD KROSS play "Annie's Gone" and cover The Carpenters' "Yesterday Once More" for Twofer Tuesday.

BJORK albums, ranked by Stereogum.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to Billboard about crowdfunding, Dagger Beach, Bowie and more... (Thx, LHB.)

LOVE ON THE DOLE: 18 songs about being on government assistance.

JOANNA NEWSOM & ANDY SAMBERG are engaged. Yes, really.


LINDSAY LOHAN 's new lawyer has filed a motion seeking dismissal of Lindsay's lying-to-cops case on grounds she wasn't read her Miranda rights.  Is it true?  Meanwhile, she's got tax issues.

JESSICA CHASTAIN, once rumored to be dating Tom Hiddleston has been quietly seeing fashion executive Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE tied the knot on Saturday with longtime boyfriend Martyn LeNoble.

JANET JACKSON secretly married Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana months ago.

BEN AFFLECK maybe blurted out too much information about his marriage at the Oscars.

KRISTEN STEWART recently sliced her foot by stepping on glass and was on... crutches at the Oscars.

MILA KUNIS talks about giving up acting for parenting.

MALI: A Malian army colonel said weapons seized in Gao indicate that Islamist forces in the north have the "capacity of an army" although they lack airpower. Signs have emerged of increasing cooperation among Islamist groups in the region.

SYRIA: The Syrian foreign minister said the government was willing to hold talks with the opposition on ending the country's civil war, the first time a high-ranking government official has stated it.

EGYPT: A military source said Egyptian authorities have no intention of negotiating with Salafists currently protesting the imprisonment of those behind the 2004 Taba bombings.

SPONGE DOG loves playing with a balloon.

TOXIC MICE are about to rain down on Guam's jungle canopy as part of the continuing effort to attack the island's brown tree snake infestation.

SHEEPHERDERS who abandon their animals on the open range could soon be guilty of a misdemeanor in Idaho.

A DOG was rescued from an ice floe in Lake Michigan.

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