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Jon Pratt, Avett Bros, Low, John Grant, Russian Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  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.

JON PRATT rehearses "It's A Crime" and  "She's So Special" (the latter with post production from Mike Kelly and Ron Hahm). It's the Pate Reunion Weekend Twofer Tuesday.

THE AVETT BROTHERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LOW plays a set on the Mountain Stage.

JOHN GRANT plays an acoustic mini-set at KEXP.

LAURA MVULA played an intimate Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MUMFORD & SONS returned to the stage at Glastonbury (after the bassist's brain surgery) for a gorgeous, all-star cover of "With A Little Help From My Friends," including members of the Vaccines, First Aid Kit and Vampire Weekend.  Just the thing for Pate Reunion weekend.

JOHNNY MARR: The Smiths' axeman talks to The Guardian about his love for Chic, bonding with Morrissey over Bob and Marcia and the raw power of the Stooges.

BOSTON founder Tom Scholz has been ordered to pay a newspaper 132K for the court costs it incurred in successfully defending itself against his defamation lawsuit.

THE SLOW HITS, from past to present

SIGUR ROS, ranked by Stereogum

LINDSAY LOHAN plans to go deep into hiding after she gets out of rehab in August.

HENRY CAVILL & KALEY CUOCO:  The Man Of Steel and the Big Bang Woman are dating.

AMANDA BYNES is refusing to see her family - and is ‘more erratic than ever', according to one of her closest advisers.

TEEN MOM Farrah Abraham checked into a Florida rehab facility late Sunday night.

9021OH: Shannen Doherty and Jennie Garth visited Ian Ziering's Chippendale's show.

HUGH JACKMAN and his wife slam the gay rumors. NTTAWWT.

EGYPT: The military said it was giving the nation's political forces 48 hours to solve their issues or the military will create a new roadmap. A senior Muslim Brotherhood official said no government institution would wage a coup against the Morsi government. Four cabinet ministers tendered their resignations a day after massive anti-Morsi protests swept the country.

IRAN: confirmed the arrest of several Slovak paragliders suspected of espionage. The seven Slovaks were arrested for allegedly photographing Iranian military sites sometime in the past few weeks.

IRAQ: A suicide bomber killed 22 Iraqis in an attack inside a Shia mosque in Muqdadiyah. Eight Awakening members in Tarmiyah were kidnapped and then executed. Iraqi troops destroyed an al Qaeda "base" near the Syrian border.

RUSSIAN BEARS are more awesome now that they don't symbolize the USSR.

JUSIN BIEBER's EX-MONKEY has been transferred to the Serengeti Park in Hodenhagen in North Germany -- a tree-covered island dubbed “Mally-bu”—surrounded by a moat and equipped with a house for its seven residents.

ARE DOGS now just furry kids?

A BABY ELEPHANT is chained and held hostage by an angry mob.

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Adam & Binki, Maps, Josh Rouse, Buttercup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 01, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA. Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.

ELVIS COSTELLO got the Glastonbury crowd to "Pump It Up."

ADAM GREEN & BINKI SHAPIRO stop by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MAPS is advance streaming Vicissitude.

JOSH ROUSE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

AM & SHAWN LEE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SCUD MOUNTAIN BOYS drop a couple of new songs on Brooklyn Vegan.

CALEXICO covers Love's "Alone Again Or" at Glastonbury.

KURT VILE, reluctant guitar hero and folk journeyman, is every bit as prodigious behind the wheel of a forklift.

THE PASTELS: Stephen McRobbie talks to Pitchfork about young fans, anti-twee sentiment and more.

T. REX's TOP TEN, according to Stereogum.

THE 100 GREATEST ALBUMS, according to Entertainment Weekly.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Monsters University repeats atop the chart with 46.1 million; the 44 percent drop is better than the drops for either Brave or Cars 2. MU will likely finish as Pixar's fourth-highest grosser.  The real story may be The Heat placing with 40 million against a 43 million budget, as Melissa McCarthy helps Sandar Bullock to her biggest opening ever.  World War Z shows with 29.8 million; that's down 55 percent, but where some analysts thought this one would open, so pretty good for a second weekend.  The flip side of The Heat overperforming is White House Down debuting at No. 4 with 25.7 millio; that's a tad less than the similar Olympus Has Fallen and will likley gross under 100 million domestic against a 150 million budget. Ouch.  Man Of Steel rounds out the Top 5 with another 20.8 million and 248.7 million domestic (over 500 billion worldwide) against a 225 million budget.

JESSICA SIMPSON and fiance Eric Johnson have welcomed their second child, a baby boy named Ace Knute Johnson.

AVRIL LAVIGNE and CHAD KROEGER (Nickelback) tied the knot in a lavish wedding in the South of France.

LINDSAY LOHAN has been cut off Adderall in rehab.

JENNIFER LOPEZ performed at a birthday event for the leader of an authoritarian regime in Central Asia.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) shared pictures from their honeymoon in Italy. SFW.

MICHAEL JACKSON paid off at least two dozen young boys, according to the ever-reliable Mirror.

CHINA: Paramilitary troops commenced round-the-clock patrols in the restive western province of Xinjiang, where clashes between security forces and Islamist Uighurs have claimed the lives of at least 56 people in the past few months.

SYRIA: Regime forces launched a major assault on rebel-held areas of Homs, which they have been trying to regain for a year. Saudi Arabia is thought to have recently speeded up shipments of heavy weapons to the rebels.

EGYPT: Huge protests across Egypt calling for the resignation of President Mohammed Morsi have continued, with sporadic outbreaks of violence.

AFGHAN president Hamid Karzai claims President Obama reportedly asked him to sign a security pact with the US within the next three months.

BUTTERCUP the DUCK is getting a new, 3-D printed foot.

HARRY THE HAMSTER is evicted in a love triangle blowup.

THE BIRDS: Residents in Fife have been warned not to feed seagulls following a series of attacks.

AN EAGER BEAVER is blamed for a a 20-hour Internet and cellphone outage last week in northern New Mexico. But we all know the squirrels put him up to it.

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Katrina & the Waves, Camera Obscura, Franz Ferdinand, Cutout Bin, Vending Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


...with KATRINA & THE WAVES! Obviously best known for the summer anthem, "Walking On Sunshine", but we can dig a little deeper for pop gems like "Brown Eyed Son," "Do You Want Crying?", "Que Te Quiero" and "Red Wine and Whiskey."  BONUS: Guitarist, songwriter and Soft Boy Kimberley Rew also wrote "Going Down to Liverpool," later covered by The Bangles.

CAMERA OBSCURA graces the KEXP studio with a mini-set of new tunes.

DANDY WARHOLS play a psychedelic set of songs from their breakthrough album " Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" at KEXP.

CAYUCAS washes ashore in the KEXP studio with a set of gentle beach pop from their second album "Bigfoot".

IAN MOORE & THE LOSSY COILS heat up the KEXP studio with a crunchy set of blues-tinged power pop for your eardrums.

FRANZ FERDINAND drops "Love Illumination" and "Right Action" ahead of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

IRON & WINE drops "Rattling Bone" for The Lone Ranger soundtrack.

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Travis Morrison chats with Pitchfork about indie rock past and present, cell phones at shows, and the reunited act's first new album in 12 years, Uncanney Valley.

JOHN GRANT is profiled by The Record.

KENNY ROGERS is playing Glastonbury. Really. The Gambler talks to The Guardian.

MIDNIGHT OIL frontman turned Aussie politician Peter Garrett has announced that he will quit politics at the next election.

CUTOUT BIN: From Link Wray to Steely Dan, from Devo to Kenny Loggins, from 10000 Maniacs to The Who, plus Wilco, the Rolling Stones, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Twisted Sister 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 White House Down, which is currently scoring 50 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Heat, which is scoring 67 percent.

PAULA DEEN is getting dropped by Target, Novo Nordisk and QVC (sorta).

JAMES GANDOLFINI's funeral was a star-studded tribute, produced and filmed by HBO for the actor's family.

JUSTIN BIEBER has been sued for assault and battery by a paparazzo who alleges that the singer “physically attacked” him in a parking lot in May 2012.

JULIANNE MOORE is in talks to join The Hunger Games franchise. 

CAMERON DIAZ joins the Annie remake.

JAMES WOODS, 66, is dating a 20-year-old.

ESCAPE PLAN: Stallone. Schwarzenegger. Sheewiz.

THE UNITED STATES: A federal grand jury filed a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, including weapon of mass destruction, bombing, firearms, carjacking, and conspiracy charges.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu said the IAF has operated in a "number of theaters" over the past year in secret operations.

EGYPT: A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said that if the army and police fail to "properly" respond to attacks against the Brotherhood in upcoming protests, the Brotherhood will "utilize [the] right of self-defense." Human Rights Watch charged the Muslim Brotherhood with promoting sectarian hatred.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 22 Iraqis in a series of bombings in coffee shops and cafes in Baghdad, Baqubah, and Jbela.

A MONKEY orders a soda from a vending machine.

CAMEL TURDUCKEN: Actually, a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with chicken stuffed with fish. Your word of the day is "engastration."

RARE BIRD, observed getting killed by a wind turbine.

A HAWK was rescued from the grill of a minivan.

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Latasha Lee, Calexico, Mount Moriah, Fishbowl Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LATASHA LEE & THE BLACKTIES drop a video for "Left Hand Side."

CALEXICO is steaming the Maybe On Monday EP, including a cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied."

MOUNT MORIAH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of southern rock.

THE BATS: Veteran New Zealand rockers bring their optimistic sunshine pop to KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Zola Jesus and more feature in the latest edition.

THE DODOS offer "Substance" ahead of Carrier.

WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

KIM GORDON talks to Stereogum about Body/Head and life after Sonic Youth.

JOSH ROUSE talks to PopMatters about The Happiness Waltz, domestic life and more...

ALAN MYERS, Devo's drummer during their period of greatest success, died Monday of stomach cancer. I featured the band last month.

1993 SONGS, compiled by Rolling Stone. Get Off My Lawn.

MILEY CYRUS stopped by Kimmel to discuss her bizarre new music video for "We Can't Stop," and further confirmed how much she loves marijuana.

PAULA DEEN: Denies she's racist, is dropped by Wal-mart.

AARON HERNANDEZ: The fmr New England Patriots tight end was charged with murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old former semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd.

CHRIS BROWN's alleged hit-and-run victim claims he called her a b^tch; his lawyer denies it.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have bicoastal issues, according to RadarOnline.

TWITTER: The new frontier for jihadist propaganda.

LEBANESE forces are searching for radical Salafist cleric Ahmad al-Assir, after clashes near Sidon with his supporters left 17 soldiers dead and more than 100 wounded, including 50 military personnel.

LIBYA: A military intelligence officer in Benghazi was killed by a bomb in his car. Militiamen stormed the Yarmouk military base in central Tripoli, killing a soldier and a senior officer, and wounding two other soldiers.

EGYPT: President Morsi said his government has made mistakes since taking office.


CAT IN A FISHBOWL: I know it's serious.

WHEN GIRAFFES ATTACK: A group of safari tourists got much more than they were hoping for when a wild giraffe took umbrage at their proximity and gave chase.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to much of Wichita, KS.

HOW DID THE CHIHUAHUA get into the bathroom?

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She & Him, Myron & E, Heirlooms of August, Biker Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE plays "The Desert Babbler" and "Grace For Saints And Ramblers" on Kimmel.

SHE & HIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MYRON & E bring some retro soul to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

HEIRLOOMS OF AUGUST (ex-red House Painters) streams Down at the 5-Star.

THE MELODIC is streaming their On My Way EP. 

THE VACCINES drop "Melody Calling" on NME.

FAVORED NATIONS drops the title track to their "Blame Game" EP.

ERIC BURDON and WAR "Spill the Wine" one very hot Summer's day...


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Rolling Stone as he approaches 50 years of rocking. No really, get off my frickin' lawn.

LIZ PHAIR's polarizing self-titled LP, deconstructed. Also, Whitney Matheson has a look back at Exile In Guyville.

DAVID LOWERY & PINK FLOYD take on Pandora and the Internet Radio Fairness Act bill.

MILEY CYRUS is turning up the heat on her father, Billy Ray ... warning him to "tell the truth" about his relationship with a mystery woman, or she'll blast him for all of the world to see ... via Twitter.

CHRIS BROWN was charged with hit-and-run; he denies it. As for there cent alleged club assault, Brown's accuser was caught walking on video.

KIM KARDASHIAN plants fake baby pics to test her so-called friends.

SCOTTIE PIPPEN says his alleged beatdown victim spat at him and hurled the n-word.

LIAM NEESON till be Taken thrice for 20 million.

RHIANNA: A toxic role model for girls? The singer responds by calling the writer a sloppy, menopausal mess.

HOLLY MADISON is engaged to Pasquale Rotella.

FRANCE: Police arrested six members of a suspected Islamist terror cell in raids across Paris.


SYRIA: The US declined to set a date for a peace conference on Syria. The UN warned that the Syrian conflict may spill over into Lebanon.

EGYPT: The US embassy will be closed on June 30 "in anticipation of demonstrations that may turn violent."

A PARROT hitches a ride with a Thai biker.

THE MISSING RED PANDA was nabbed in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood.

4-H GOATS kidnapped before the big show.

A BLACK BEAR broke into the Knoxville Zoo. He's doing it wrong. 



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