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Blur, Solomon Burke, David Byrne, Thieving Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 19, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ATOMS FOR PEACE (featuring Thom Yorke) covers "Love Will Tear Us Apart" in Oakland. Look no further for the original.

BLUR dropped "Fool's Day," their first new song in seven years, for Record Store Day.

SOLOMON BURKE gets a profle plus tracks via Weekend Edition Sunday.

DAVID BYRNE has an interview plus tracks from Here Lies Love, about Imelda Marcos (infamous wife of the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos) at All Things Considered.

BREATHE OWL BREATHE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

JEFF BECK stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and tracks streaming via NPR.

THE GO-GOs are joined by The Bangles' Vicki Petersen for "We Got the Beat" on French TV in 1995.

YOU SAY PARTY! WE SAY DIE! drummer drummer Devon Clifford collapsed onstage during a Friday night concert in Vancouver and passed away early Sunday morning.

DEERHOOF's Greg Saunier talks to PopMatters about the joy of record stores, "accessibility", the revival of the MIDI format, and what it feels like to be a king in Russia.

THE AVETT BROS: Scott talks to the Reno Gazette-Journal about the band's major label debut, posthumously backing Johnny Cash, and more...

THE CHEEZIEST POP SONGS of the 70s starts at the Albany Times-Union. (Thx, LHB.)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: How to Train Your Dragon makes a shocking return to the top of the chart with 20 million, showing remarkable legs.  Kick-Ass opens in the second slot with 19.8 million. The controversial comic adaptation was self-financed for 30 million, but LionsGate bought the distribution for 15 million and spent another 25 million for marketing and prints, so the real budget is more like 40 million. The industry tracking thought this might open with 30 million, and it still may do well on word of mouth, but Roger Ebert's review doesn't help -- which is why I critiqued his ridiculous review last Friday.  Either way, this is still a big debut for LionsGate, which rarely opens a movie this large that isn't by Tyler Perry, or part of the Saw franchise.  Date Night held pretty well in the third slot, bringing in 17.3 million on a 31.4 percent drop.  Death at a Funeral opened just behind with 17 million on a 21 million budget.  Last weekend's champ, Clash of the Titans, tumbled to the fifth slot with 15.8 million, but has made over 300 million worldwide so far.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Lingerie model Angelina Tracy denies reports that she is Sheen's alleged mistress, stating that her relationship with him is rehab-related and in the company of others.

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE is engaged to Martyn LeNoble, a founding member of Porno for Pyros.

TIGER WOODS: A battle over the children is brewing between the golfer and his wife.

KIEFER SUTHERLAND: The following takes place between 10:40 pm and 11:50 am.

MAD MEL UPDATE: According to a family law specialist, the wealthy actor-director-producer will likely pay a large amount of child support to ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva for their 5-month-old daughter, Lucia.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL have been seen out and about together, as seems to happen anytime some gossip about relationship trouble surfaces.

OPRAH: An 84-year-old WWII vet claims to be the Queen of Talk's dad.

RANDY QUAID and his wife are once again wanted by authorities.

IRAN: A senior cleric has claimed that dolled-up women incite extramarital sex, causing more earthquakes in Iran. Meanwhile, a top general said the Iranian Army "is prepared to engage in asymmetric wars and is able to change regional equations to its benefit." And Defense Secretary Gates has warned in a secret memo to top White House officials that the United States does not have an effective long-range policy for dealing with Iran's steady progress toward nuclear capability.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai took key steps toward reforming the country's electoral system Saturday, naming a respected former judge to head Afghanistan's election-organizing body and backing down from a bid to keep international representatives off a separate team that monitors fraud. The Taliban are moving fighters into Kandahar, planting bombs and plotting attacks as NATO and Afghan forces prepare for a summer showdown with insurgents, according to a Taliban commander with close ties to senior insurgent leaders.

AN OCTOPUS stole a diver's video camera, while it was recording. Let's go to the video.

A VIOLENT DONKEY who terrorized a field of farm animals has cost his owner more than £6,000 after landing him in court on animal neglect charges.


LADY the GOLDEN RETRIEVER stayed with her master until the end.

A GIANT HAMMERHEAD SHARK weighing one and a quarter tons and measuring 20ft long, was caught off the north coast of New South Wales and is thought to be at least 40 years old. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

A DOG who survived being shot in the head three times has fully recovered, and now spends much of his time playing doting dad to a litter of kittens... Mass hysteria!

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Talking Heads, Beach House, Plimsouls, Cutout Bin, Loris Twins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 16, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- in Rome, circa 1980.  Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," and "Born Under Punches."

BEACH HOUSE: You can listen to "Zebra" and "The Arrangement" in advance of the EP for band's Record Store Day (which is tomorrow).

THE PLIMSOULS: The power-pop combo fronted by Peter Case gets a retrospective plus tracks from Fresh Air.

PORT O'BRIEN stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set streaming via NPR.

QUASI stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

THE MORNING BENDERS make "Promises" and I wonder if the kids are alright.

NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS frontman Carl Newman talks to Pitchfork about Kiss, Belle and Sebastian, and more.

THE POSIES tals to Seattle Weekly about their career and upcoming LP. (Thx, LHB.)

ANDREW W.K.: My song "My Destiny" was deemed so frightening it earned me a juvenile restraining order. So what happened when the girl who inspired it got in touch?

THE 12 WORST BAND NAMES, according to True/Slant.

THE CUTOUT BIN: From Sharon Jones to Gloria Jones, from the Replacements to Cher, from Carole King to King Curtis, from Pavement to Love, plus Guadalcanal Diary, Mott the Hoople, Wilco, and more -- is streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the superhero action-comedy Kick-Ass, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Death At a Funeral, which is scoring 40 percent.

KICK-ASS would be the term for Matthew Vaughn's movie adaptation of the comic series by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.  Ostensibly the story of a teenager who sets out to become a super-hero, the film is a dark, ultra-violent and occasionally funny deconstruction of the superhero mythos. The advance buzz was correct in noting that while Aaron Johnson is fine in the title role, big chunks of the movie are stolen by Nicolas Cage (Big Daddy) and especially Chloe Moretz, who knocks it out of the park as the 11-year-old assassin, Hit-Girl. I generally don't refer to other reviews, but I do want to comment on the one-star review from Roger Ebert. Savaging an R-rated movie because he is afraid that six-year-olds may see it is entirely unfair, as is invoking kids "shooting one another every day in America."  Every youth murder is tragic, but all of them to date occurred before the release of this movie.  If any movies helped push the culture toward youth violence, they were probably movies Ebert favorably reviewed (Scarface, The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, and Sin City, to name but a few. Indeed, he was much less bothered with the 12-year-old heroine in The Professional -- set in a world more "realistic" than that of Kick-Ass). This sort of rank hypocrisy from the dean of American movie critics would be easier to take if he had bothered to apologize for years of dismissing the concerns of people who think Hollywood's glamorization of sex and violence coarsens our culture.  Instead, he now whines about where we are on the slippery slope he spent decades greasing.

CHARLIE SHEEN shaved his head?

KATE HUDSON reportedly had some work done.

MELISSA & TAMMY ETHERIDGE have ended their nearly nine-year relationship.

TIGER WOODS: Alleged mistress Jaimee Grubbs was busted in West Hollywood for driving with a suspended license.

AFGHANISTAN: The top leader of the dangerous Haqqani Network operating in eastern Afghanistan said that al Qaeda fighters are welcome to fight alongside the Taliban, and that his forces control 90 percent of the areas under his command. Elsewhere, CIA vet Robert Baer has chilling new details about the attack on the CIA base in Khost and a plea to save the dying art of espionage.

IRAQ: Officials said security forces averted a plot by al Qaeda in Iraq to fly airplanes into buildings, possibly including the Shia Imam Ali shrine in Najaf.

PYGMY SLOW LORIS BABIES: Let's go to the video.

THE IMMORTAL JELLYFISH achieves everlasting life through the process of transdifferentiation.

THE RABBIT WHISPERER can put stressed-out bunnies in a trance.

THE T. REX OF LEECHES was first discovered three years ago in the nostril of a 9-year-old girl.

A POLAR BEAR takes on the paparazzi in Antarctica.

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The Specials, LCD Soundsystem, Blasters, Death Cab, iPad Kitteh   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SPECIALS reunited on Fallon, playing "A Message to You, Rudy" and "Little B^tch." It's like Twofer Thursday.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM is advance streaming This Is Happening.

THE BLASTERS stopped by KEXP's Shake the Shack for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Broken Social Scene and Passion Pit highlight the latest edition of the long-running NPR series.


DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE plays "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" and John Fogerty's "Centerfield" at the Seattle Mariners' opening day game at Safeco Field. It's like Twofer Thursday, times two.

SHE & HIM talk to Filter about having a baby... artistically speaking. Zooey also refers to her interview with Brian Wilson, which was featured at Pate at the time. For some reason, Zooey was able to get Brian to talk more than some music journo dude.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to Details about coming out, meth, maple syrup and more...

AU REVOIR SIMONE: Annie Hart and Erika Forster talked to NiteTalk about tacos, dive bars and French disco. (Thx, LHB.)

COUNTRY MUSIC is the new classic rock?

CHARLIE SHEEN was snapped sneaking into and out of his mistress Angelina Tracy's Studio City home, according to InTouch magazine.

TIGER WOODS: Divorce looming? Elin reportedly met with a divorce lawyer shortly before flying to Scottsdale, Arizona.

STEVEN SEAGAL: The woman accusing him of treating her like a "sex toy" once appeared on an episode of "The Tyra Banks Show" - where she claimed to be a "lipstick lesbian," who can "trick" men.

BRITNEY SPEARS released the unretouched photos from her latest photoshoot for Candie's.

LARRY KING: Divorce No.8. Apparently, there was a nuclear argument, and allegations he cheated.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva, his Russian musician-singer girlfriend and mother of their 5-month-old daughter, have split after over a year of dating.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE and JESSICA BIEL's notoriously on-and-off relationship is once again on the rocks as the singer cozies up to ex Cameron Diaz.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES: The main stars are siding with series creator Marc Cherry over Nicollette Sheridan's claim of battery.

DENNIS HOPPER's directorial career is surveyed by IFC.

SYRIA has transferred long-range Scud missiles to the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, Israeli and US officials alleged, in a move that threatens to alter the Middle East's military balance and sets back a major diplomatic outreach effort to Damascus by the Obama administration.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad, who said last month that the 9/11 terrorist attacks were "a big fabrication," wrote to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, to ask him to open an investigation into the events of that day.  US Defense Secretary Gates said Iran is at least a year away from producing a nuclear weapon.

AFGHANISTAN: Closing the Korangal Outpost, a powerful symbol of some of the Afghan war's most ferocious fights, and a potential harbinger of America's retreat, is a tacit admission that putting the base there in the first place was a costly mistake.

KITTEH + iPAD: Let's go to the video.

TADPOLES of one frog species let out an audible "scream" when they come under attack, scientists have discovered.

ZOOKEEPER nuts about new job nursing orphaned squirrels.

500 VENOMOUS SNAKES released in attempt to win feud.

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Merle Haggard, Natalie Merchant, The National, PiL, Puss in Boots   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAYER HAWTHORNE ends his tour with a cover of "I Left My Heart in San Francisco."

MERLE HAGGARD is advance streaming I Am What I Am via NPR. Spinach not included.

NATALIE MERCHANT gets a feature plus tracks from NPR's Morning Edition.

THE DUTCHESS & THE DUKE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

THE NATIONAL drop "Afraid of Everyone" as an advance track to High Violet.

MOJO'S FAVE ALL-GIRL BANDS (with embedded media) has some notable omissions, though I suppose they could argue that The Slits and The Raincoats weren't always all-girl.

PUBLIC IMAGE, LTD. played "Rise" and "This is Not a Love Song" for Kimmel. Call it Twofer Wednesday.

HANK WILLIAMS wins a Pulitzer Prize for lifetime achievement, 57 years after his death. Gawker lays on the mockery.

FRED SCHNEIDER talks to DOA about his new project, The Superions, and his main band,The B-52s. (Thx, LHB.)

HOW PUNK CHANGED MY LIFE: Veterans of the British scene share memories with The Independent after the death of Malcolm McLaren.

LAST.FM will stop streaming full on demand songs to users, instead providing integrated streaming from 3rd parties.

STEVEN SEAGAL is being sued for sexual harassment and illegal trafficking of females for sex. Seagal's lawyer calls it "a ridiculous and absurd claim by a disgruntled ex-employee who was fired for using illegal narcotics."

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: Mistress No.5 kept DNA evidence.

OPRAH WINFREY and... John Tesh?

KATE GOSSELIN is rejected by Playboy, in a small, yet surprising victory for civilization.

LADY GAGA is urging fans to practice abstinence.

JIM CARREY claims he's not having a breakdown.

BRET MICHAELS (formerly of Poison) underwent an emergency appendectomy. Every hair metal singer has his thorn.

BEN ROETHLISBERGER: The Steelers QB will not be charged for sexual assault over an alleged incident on March 5 in Milledgeville, Georgia. But the findings of the investigation don't sound good at all.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER launched a blistering attack on the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, saying James Cameron didn't win the Oscar for Best Director because he "didn't have breasts."  Is she sure about that? The breasts, I mean.

THE AVENGERS may be directed by Joss Whedon, which would be awesomely awesome.

TERROR in the USA: Pakistani authorities are holding a fourth suspect in the alleged plot last summer to bomb trains on the New York City subway, U.S. law-enforcement officials said. Among the suspected targets were trains at Grand Central and Times Square. Meanwhile, the US believes al-Qaeda is actively in search of a nuclear bomb and fears it could get one through criminal gangs or by infiltrating nuclear labs in Pakistan or other vulnerable nations.

IRAN: Russian Pres. Medvedev said the US Congress' proposals for sanctions on Iran will not receive international support. China does not back additional sanctions on Iran. Defense Minister Vahidi said Iran has plans to develop a long-range missile defense system.

STANDING PUSS IN BOOTS: An awesome remix of the standing cat featured here recently.

SHEEP ON METH tazered for a scientific study.

GEORDIE THE GOAT was vandalized with anti-police graffiti.

GUARD DOG sacked after sleeping through pub's only burglary in 12 years.

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New Releases, Josh Ritter, Magic Numbers, Beck, Kitten + Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


APPLES IN STEREO hits the "Dance Floor" with guest star Elijah Wood.

NEW RELEASES: MGMT, Freelance Whales, Kaki King, Coheed and Cambria, The Flatliners and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.

JOSH RITTER (whose album is also streaming this week at Spinner) did six free songs for Daytrotter, including a cover of "Moon River."

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from The National, Black Keys, Stars, Laurie Anderson, Horse Feathers and more provide a Spring Music Preview in the latest installment of the long-running series.

THE MAGIC NUMBERS release "Pulse" as an advance track to The Runaway album.

THURSTON MOORE: "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me." Yes, really. And it might beat Naked Eyes

THE SADIES are advance streaming their Darker Circles album.

PETER WOLF, formerly of the J Geils Band, gets a lengthy feature plus tracks from his upcoming, country-influenced solo LP.

BECK's Record Club continues covering INXS's Kick album, with a creepy "Devil Inside" and an airy "New Sensation" making a nice Twofer Tuesday.

SUPERGRASS breaks up after 17 years.

THE NATIONAL: Drowned in Sound has a track-by-track tour of the upcoming High Violet LP.

FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to Mother Jones about Pink Floyd, plastic disks, and the sublime beauty of watching an asinine Radiohead fan get beat up at Lollapalooza.

THE WEDDING PARTY frontman David Gedge talks to the New York Press about the 21st anniversary tour for the band's Bizarro LP.

SANDRA BULLOCK and JESSE JAMES: Mistress No.1 apologizes, while RadraOnline spills e-mails with Mistress No.5.

CONAN O'BRIEN is headed to TBS, which Alan Sepinwall thinks is the right move for Coco.

LINDSAY LOHAN can't even get on the cover of the Mean Girls video game. Can Quentin Taratino save her career?

ELIZABETH TAYLOR denies the ninth engagement rumor.

JESSICA SIMPSON chopped off her hair? More likely a wig.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. talks to Men's Journal about how an a$$-kicking martial art helped him find his focus and resurrect his career.

SOUTH PARK: Matt Stone talks to Pitchfork about his favorite musical moments in the show's history, as well as what it was like to work with Radiohead, Isaac Hayes, and Primus.

GREEN LANTERN's costume will be mostly CGI.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are currently holding closed-door sessions to discuss two important issues affecting the kingdom; the financing of terrorism, and Takfiri fatwas.

IRAN's first indigenously built anti-aircraft missile is ready for use, according to state media. Grain of salt.

AFGHANISTAN: The sudden deterioration of relations between the United States and Pres. Karzai could not have come at a worse time. And it may distract people from the big picture.

KITTEN and PUPPY, reclining together... Mass hysteria!

ORANGUTANS kickbox and parade in bikinis for cheering tourists on the outskirts of Bangkok. I don't wanna be like you.

A 53-YEAR-OLD WELDER on Merritt Island, FL, couldn't wait for animal control to handle a six-foot rattlesnake.

AGEING TIGER, Crouching Postmen.

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