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New Releases, Los Lobos, Best Coast, Tortoise BBQ   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EELS drop a video for "Spectacular Girl."

NEW RELEASES: Albums from Mark Olson, Jesca Hoop, Stornoway and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

LOS LOBOS is advance streaming Tin Can Trust.

BEST COAST get features from All Things Considered and the Boston Globe. (Thx, LHB.)

LOST IN THE TREES is advance streaming All Alone in an Empty House.

TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."

DEAN & BRITTA: Dean Wareham talks to Billboard about "13 Most Beautiful Songs... ," the score for screen tests Andy Warhol created of the famous and unknown personalities who made their way through the Factory.

SPIN editors rank the 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years.

TEGAN & SARA: The latter talks to ARTISTdirect about remixing a single song 17 times and having the result be more like an arthouse project; being hands off for once in their career; playing arenas; about decompressing and disconnecting when returning home; and how the press has stopped focusing solely on their sexual orientation in favor of their music.

TIFT MERRITT talks songwriting and musical influences with Kentucky.com.

LINDSAY LOHAN was in lockdown after having a "hysterical fit" in front of her fellow Los Angeles County jail inmates, according to the ever-reliable British media.  There are reports that the inmates are sick of her and the security measures allegedly employed around her.

MAD MEL UPDATE: RadarOnline has fresh audio of a seething, cursing and furious Gibson ripping into Oksana Grigorieva during a jealous rant about her ex-lover, former James Bond star Timothy Dalton.  RadarOnline also claims the couple's final blow-up was triggered when Gibson believed Grigorieva was "smiling too much" at a gardener.  D.H. Lawrence, anyone?

ROMAN POLANSKI: Yet another woman has come forward charging that the director raped her in 1974, according to RadarOnline.

HALLE BERRY was spotted flying to South Africa with ex-bf Gabriel Aubry and their 2-year-old daughter Nahla.

KATE WINSLET is dating a male model as she gets over her marriage split from movie director Sam Mendes, according to the uber-reliable News of the World.

ELTON JOHN is working on a musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm.

LET ME IN: The US version of the vampire flick Let the Right One In has a trailer online.

IRAN: Russia turned on the Islamic theocracy, accusing it of "fruitless and irresponsible rhetoric" and adding its voice to a diplomatic assault Monday which included unilateral sanctions from both the EU and Canada, as well as warnings from Iran's opposition party that Ahmadinejad's regime could suffer the same fate as the deposed Shah.

AFGHANISTAN: An ongoing Pentagon review of the massive flood of secret documents made public by the WikiLeaks website has so far found no evidence that the disclosure harmed US national security or endangered American troops in the field, a Pentagon official told NBC News on Monday.

SHAKESPEARE the TOROISE moves a barbeque grill.

BRITISH DOGS can now enjoy a gastropub lunch alongside their owner, thanks to the new 'doggy menus' launched by Butcher's Pet Care. Your dog wants Guinness.

A FALLING MOUNTAIN GOAT sends an Austrian hiker to the hospital.

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Broken Bells, Rogue Wave, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jr., Roxy Music, DJ Mama   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 26, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GAFFITI drops a video for "Mistaken Wedding."

BROKEN BELLS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ROGUE WAVE did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. claim a quasi-psych mix of folk, hip-hop inspired drum programming, and effervescent pop -- and that's about right.  Check out the Beatle-esque "Single Girl" at TheirSpace, but I'm digging "Vocal Chords" even more.

GRAM RABBIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.


ROXY MUSIC plays "Dream Home" on a part of the Jonathan Ross show that was cut for time by the BBC.

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to the Calgary Herald about Janet Jackson and more...

FANFARLO: Simon Balthazar talks to Paste about Under the Reservoir, a four-part series of mini-documentaries about the London-based band's experiences at this year's SXSW.

THE NEPTUNE MUSIC PRIZE -- Drowned In Sound's alternative to the Mercury Music Prize --  has its nominees.

KINGS OF LEON canceled their St. Louis gig after three songs, after getting the High Anxiety treatment from pigeons.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Inception repeats at No.1 with 43.5 million; its 143 million total reveals a consistent performance all through last week. Salt comes in second, at the lower end of what the so-called gurus projected, with 36.5 million.  With some legs, the Jolie thriller should recoup its 110 million budget domestically.  Despicable Me shows with 24.1 million on a mere 26.5 percent drop.  The Sorcerer's Apprentice drops a much steeper 45 percent to the fourth slot with 9.7 million; this seems unlikely to make back its 110 budget domestically.  Toy Story 3 rounds out the Top Five with another 9 million, for a 379 million total to date.  Ramona and Beezus opened below the fold at No. 6 with 8 million, though this is an extremely low-risk, 15 million dollar flick.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Oksana Grigorieva says she told authorities that Mel Gibson made an anti-Semitic death threat toward TMZ's chief, Harvey Levin, but the gossip site determined the story to be false.

LINDSAY LOHAN had another two days shaved off of her sentence.

CHARLIE SHEEN and the Aspen District Attorney's office are close to reaching a plea deal over his domestic violence case.

ANGELINA JOLIE admits there is still a side of her that's not entirely sane.

CASEY AFFLECK has been slapped with a two million dollar sexual harassment lawsuit; he intends to counter-sue for malicious prosecution.

BRITTANY MURPHY and her husband may have been killed in part by mold in their home.

ERIC ROBERTS is headed to Celebrity Rehab.

MARK RUFFALO is looking even more like The Hulk in The Avengers.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A popular Muslim cleric says it is permissible for Saudi women to reveal their faces in countries where the Islamic veil is banned, while criticising efforts in Europe to outlaw the garment.

IRAN: Ahmadinejad has said his country plans to send a man into space by 2019, official state media report. The head of Iran's nuclear energy agency announced Saturday that the country had launched a "serious" nuclear fusion research program. Plus unicorns.

AfPAK: The New York Times reports that a six-year archive of classified military documents made public by Wikileaks offers an unvarnished, ground-level picture of the war in Afghanistan that is in many respects more grim than the official portrayal.  The paper ran a second feature noting that Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan's military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand -- something that should not be news to regular Pate readers.

IRAQ: Recent reports have accused the US military of irresponsible disposal of millions of pounds of hazardous waste, mostly from the Iraq war. But after investigating, the military says EPA standards are being upheld.

DJ MAMA on the scratch.

A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT was adopted by Mr. & Mrs. Howard Stern.

ROTTWEILERS: Get in their face, and they'll take yours.

BEAR goes on a joyride.

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Hollies, The National, Pavement, Cutout Bin, Horny Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 23, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE HOLLIES!  Improbably live in Split, Croatia, circa 1968 -- just months before Graham Nash left the band.  Your set list includes "Stewball," "On A Carousel," "Dang Me," "Very Last Day," "Do The Best You Can," "A Taste Of Honey," "Jennifer Eccles," and "Carrie Anne."

THE NATIONAL stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS did six free songs for Daytrotter. Recommended.

PAVEMENT: Live at Mississippi Nights, October 14, 1999.

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

SEU JORGE is advance streaming Seu George and Almaz.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

WOLF PARADE: Dante DeCaro sounds off to Straight.com on the things that enquiring minds want to know.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Benjamin Curtis talks to New York magazine about bonding with rock stars, working with twins, and how Brian Eno saved their record.

10 PARTY SONGS Gawker never wants to hear again.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Jam to the Jags, from Ray Charles to Gang of Four, from Martha & the Muffins to Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, plus Pavement, Social Distortion, Red Rider, Big Star, the Jackson 5 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 Salt, currently scoring 57 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Ramona and Beezus, which is scoring 52 percent.

MAD MEL UPDATE: A text message from Gibson to Grigorieva in which he admitted, "Oksana, I wasn't safe for you last night," is a key part of the explosive domestic violence investigation into their January 6 bust-up.  Another text message may figure into Gibson's claim of extortion.

BRADGELINA collect an undisclosed sum of cash from the uber-reliable News of the World, which falsely reported that Jolie and Pitt were legally separating and had negotiated custody arrangements. ALSO: Pitt will star in "World War Z," which chronicles a worldwide zombie outbreak through the first-hand accounts of survivors.

LINDSAY LOHAN did an interview and photoshoot for the October issue of Vanity Fair just before going to jail.

JEREMY LONDON's troubled wife  has been released from a Los Angeles hospital after she suffered a brain hemorrhage.

ROMANTIC COMEDIES are ruining relationships.

TRON: LEGACY has a new trailer online, with more Olivia Wilde added.

XERXES: Zach Snyder is working on a screenplay for Frank Miller's coming sequel to "300."

PAKISTAN: Days after India-Pakistan talks broke down on the issue of terror, the US pointed out links between the Taliban and Pakistani spy agency ISI and assured India that its role in Afghanistan was "not being diminished" to the advantage of Islamabad.

AFGHANISTAN: The threat of plunder.

TORTOISE humps a plastic bag. The audio is key.

CARELESS BEAVER floods the highway. Hey, nice beaver!

HEFTY MARMOTS: Blame global warming.

BEDBUGS: Listen All Of Y'all This Is Sabotage.

AUTOMATIC COW WASH aims to boost milk production. Sing it with feeling, y'all.

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Arcade Fire, Jimmy Webb, Walkmen, Living Colour, Porcupine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BLACK KEYS "Tighten Up" for Jay.

ARCADE FIRE: Hear advance snippets from every song on The Suburbs. Also, next month's MSG show will be a live webcast.

JIMMY WEBB got a feature plus tracks on Weekend Edition Sunday.

THE WALKMEN drop "Stranded" as yet another advance track from Lisbon.

RA RA RIOT drops "Boy" as an advance track from The Orchard.

LIVING COLOUR, Live at the 9:30 Club, Jan. 24, 1989.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Ra Ra Riot, Agent Ribbons and, er, Liz Phair are featured in the latest installment of the long-running series.

CROWDED HOUSE, reunited, play "Twice If You're Lucky" for Fallon.

SLEIGH BELLS: Derek Miller talks to Weekly Dig about cheerleading's influence on the band's music. That influence is another reason I think I should like this band more than I actually do. (Thx, LHB.)

PITCHFEST REDUX:  Frank Yang has a more comprehensive review of last weekend's festival than mine, with photos, plus supplemental audio and video links. Be sure to check out all three parts.

ARIEL PINK talks to Mother Jones about his odd ways and newfound success.

THE BEST OF 2010 (So Far), according to MySpace.

LINDSAY LOHAN will serve only 12-13 days of her 90-day jail sentence.  The first hours may have been tough, but Li-Lo has found a friendly pharmacist to fill her prescriptions in the pokey.

MAD MEL UPDATE: RadarOnline has a picture of Gibson's baby with Oksana Grigorieva, taken after he allegedly struck the infant. TMZ has learned Oksana Grigorieva claims Mel Gibson grabbed her son and threw him onto a table in a fit of rage, all over a cigarette.  Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officials are looking into allegations that Gibson may have been the victim of an alleged extortion attempt by Grigorieva; she denies it.

SANDRA BULLOCK giving Jesse James a second chance?

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE could soon be married with a child.

CHRIS ISSAK may succeed Simon Cowell on American Idol.

BATMAN 3:  A studio casting grid lists The Riddler as the villain, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as "interested."  JG-L appears in Christopher Nolan's Inception, along with a number of Nolan's Batman alumni, including Ken Watanabe, Michael Caine, and Cillian Murphy.

10 UNDERAPPRECIATED SCI-FI MOVIES, according to LikeMe. (Thx, LHB.)

NORTH KOREA: The Obama admin. moved Wednesday to push new sanctions against North Korea over its nuclear weapons program.

IRAN: Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called on Muslims to fight the "blind and savage terrorism" fuelled by the United States and Britain, whom he blamed for deadly bombings of an Iranian mosque.

PAKISTAN: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani categorically denied the presence of al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden and Taliban leader Mulla Omar on Pakistani soil, despite the United States claim that they take refuge in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

PORCUPINE thinks he's a puppy.

RECKLESS SHRIMP: It's the Prozac.

CHINESE C*CK SOCCER Has PETA Crying Fowl: "China's Zhang Lijun hatched the idea in 2007, when she noticed her young cocks enjoyed playing with balls."

THOUSANDS OF SPIDERS were denied entry to Guam.

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RIP Andy Hummel, Liars, Amanda Palmer, Villagers, Parasailing Donkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAYER HAWTHORNE drops a video for the bouncy "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'."

LIARS did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

AMANDA PALMER is streaming an EP of Radiohead covers... on ukulele.

VILLAGERS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR. 

SUMMER PLUNGE 2010: A mix to stream or download from I Am Fuel, You Are Friends.

R.I.P., ANDY HUMMEL: Big Star's original bassist dies after a long battle with cancer, less than four months after the death of the band's frontman, Alex Chilton.  Hummel wrote "Way Out West," though he's not on this live version.

THE MERCURY PRIZE finalists are announced.

THE VASELINES talk to the Guardian about making their second LP, 20 years after their debut.

THE INDIE PROFESSOR: Why do places like Manchester and Seattle have flourishing indie scenes?

THE GO-BETWEENS: Robert Forster talks to the Guardian about the bridge named after the band, pop, tattoos - and haircare.

LINDSAY LOHAN was cuffed and went to jail, as Robert Shapiro stopped representing her. Lohan was accompanied by lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley, who quit earlier this month, because Lohan was an uncontrollable client.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The latest Gibson tape directly involes the accusation that he struck baby mama Oksana Grigorieva and their baby daughter.

SANDRA BULLOCK got a restraining order against an alleged stalker. Again.

JESSE JAMES can take his daughter Sunny to live in Texas, the court hearing his custody battle with Janine Lindemulder rules.

JENNA FISCHER's wedding was officiated by Survivor host Jeff Probst, who is a minister of the Universal Life Church.

WARRANT singer Jani Lane pleaded no contest to DUI and has been ordered to serve 120 days in jail.

BILL MURRAY sits down with GQ to discuss everything from the lameness of Ron Howard to the genius of Kung Fu Hustle.

M. NIGHT SHAMALAYAN is now a punchline.

STAR TREK 2 starts shooting in January 2011, according to Bruce Greenwood.

TERROR in NYC: A secret FBI test of a correctly made version of the Times Square bomb revealed that it "would have killed thousands of people."

IRAN: Conservative opponents of Ahmadinejad have launched a rearguard action aimed at weakening him and preventing one of his hard-line followers from succeeding him in the next presidential election. The European Union is considering stiffening sanctions on Iran for its nuclear program, but is also seeking to set a new date for talks.

AFGHANISTAN: Pres. Karzai seeks to receive control of security responsibilities by 2014.

PARACHUTING DONKEY shocks Russian beachgoers.

25 RATTLERS in a BUCKET: Officials say Terry Brian Teeter had as many as 32 snakes but he gave some away and ate two others.


KILLER BEAVERS defended by dog owners.

A DEER SHOT A BIKER? Seems unlikely.

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