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New Year's Rockin' Whatever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).

WILCO, Live at Chicago's Civic Opera House, Dec 12, 2011.

FLEET FOXES plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

THE DECEMBERISTS play Oregon Public Broadcasting in this end-of-year encore link.

THE NATIONAL plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ plays The Current at SXSW in this end-of-year encore link.

BEIRUT plays a full gig at DC's 9:30 Club in this end-of-year encore link.

U2: Crushingly obvious, I know.

NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."

ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year,"  but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me." 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.

OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."

CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream a live version of "New Year" at PateSpace.  How did a fan-made video of the studio version turn up in a video embed at NME? I have no idea, although the original Tube page has comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.

JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio" the official clip for "It's Different For Girls" and a bracing live take on "I'm The Man." That last one is taken from the Rock Goes To College show, which also boasts this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED's 2012 Winter Music Preview, including Sleigh Bells, Shearwater, Craig Finn and Sharon Van Etten.

THE BEST LIVE VIDEOS of 2011 performed at The Guardian.

PSYCH ROCK REDFINED: The Reissues of 2011.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES are profiled at Express Night Out. (Thx, LHB.)

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL: The Enduring Mystery of Jeff Mangum.

CUTOUT BIN: From Little Richard to Billy Bragg, from Led Zeppelin to Aretha Franklin, from U2 to the Silver Jews, plus Marvin Gaye, the Ramones, Centro-Matic,  Nancy Sinatra, the Beatles and more -- this year's final fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."

NOW SHOWING: There are no wide releases this weekend, just Oscar bait premiering on a few screens to meet eligibility requirements.


KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND: The wedding rings are off.

MICHAEL JORDAN is engaged.

WYNONNA JUDD is engaged to musician boyfriend Cactus Moser after he popped the question on Christmas Eve.

KINGS OF LEON's Caleb Followill and wife Lily Aldridge (Victoria's Secret) are expecting.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: Anne Hathaway talks about Catwoman. (Spoiler Alert.)

KRISTEN STEWART shelled out 12 grand to purchase two vintage guitars for her beau, Robert Pattinson.

MEOWSTEP: All hail the dubstep kitteh!

THE BIRDS: Crows stare unamazed as the invade Iowa City, dirtying downtown city streets and causing concern with local business owners.

DOGS love the ganja, says non-local vet Jennifer Schoedler. Hence, Scooby Snacks.

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Lykke Li, Thurston Moore, Dawes, Jayhawks, Guitar Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CAVEMAN: "Easy Water." (Director's Cut) 

LYKKE LI: The Lost Sessions, Vol 1.

THE 10 MOST NSFW VIDEOS of 2011, according to Stereogum.

SLINT, Live in France, March 3, 2005.

THURSTON MOORE plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

DAWES plays World Cafe in this end-of-year encore link.

RICHARD THOMPSON plays Morning Becomes Eclectic in this end-of-year encore link.

TELEKINESIS plays The Current in this end-of-year encore link.

THE JAYHAWKS play a full gig at World Cafe Live in this end-of-year encore link.

THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards.

THE MEKONS talk to The Quietus about Ancient & Modern, which takes as its theme the period in England before the First World War.

SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones has called the band's former bassist Glen Matlock a "middle-class mommy's boy."

THE BEST MUSIC BOOKS OF 2011, according to NPR Staff.

JIM "MOTORHEAD" SHERWOOD, a member of Frank Zappa's original Mothers of Invention, has died at 69.

LINDSAY LOHAN, contra prior reports, is hosting a New Year's boat party in Dubai.

ASHTON KUTCHER is flaunting a new woman - and sources say he hooked up with her prior to splitting from wife Demi Moore last month. Demi Moore looked like she was back in action during a mother-daughter Christmas vacation in Turks and Caicos.

STEVEN TYLER's big engagement news did not go over so well with several members of his family, who are telling friends they simply don't like his new fiancee.

LADY GAGA will help drop the ball in Times Square on NYE. Way to drop the ball, Mayor Bloomberg.

JIM CARREY has a new galpal.

ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO is expecting her second child with fiancé Jamie Mazur.

RACHEL UCHITEL, former Tiger Woods mistress numero uno, is also knocked up.

TERROR in SWEDEN: A court ordered the release of three men suspected of plotting to murder cartoonist Lars Viks in Gothenburg, suggesting the judge may acquit them.

NORTH KOREA bids farewell to Kim Jong Il.

YEMEN: Labor strikes spread as workers demanded reforms and dismissal of managers over alleged corruption linked to the country's outgoing president.

IRAN's navy chief threatened again that his country can easily close the Strait of Hormuz. The US warned Iran that it will not tolerate any disruption of maritime traffic through the Strait.

GOLDEN grooves to the guitar.

ELVIS the CROCODILE steals a lawnmower.

PYTHON in the POOL: If you guessed Florida...

FLYING DEER kills a woman. Came close to this myself once.

ELLY & FRANKY: A blind pug and her guide pug.

A BRITISH ANGLER told how he snared a predator fish that kills men by biting off their testicles.

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Flaming Lips, Centro-Matic, Nilsson, Orphan Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE FLAMING LIPS cover "I Am the Walrus." Goo goo goo joob.

CENTRO-MATIC plays a mini-set at Paste.

HARRY NILSSON: 67 glorious outtakes, demos and hidden rarities... all the bonus tracks from Nilsson's officially released CDs.

IRON & WINE plays The Current in this end-of-year encore link.

WILD FLAG plays Oregon Public Broadcasting in this end-of-year encore link.

WYE OAK plays Oregon Public Broadcasting in this end-of-year encore link.

ST. VINCENT plays a full gig at DC's 9:30 Club in this end-of-year encore link.

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD play a medley of "For What It's Worth" and "Mr. Soul."

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN and Fred Armisen are profiled at The New Yorker.

CASS McCOMBS explains why he's talking only to female interviewers for a while.

PETER FRAMPTON & THE KNACK sue their labels for gross underpayments of royalties.

THE 10 WORST MUSIC TRENDS of 2011, according to Crossfade. (Thx, LHB.)

LINDSAY LOHAN reportedly turned down NYE gigs to stay on the straight and narrow.

TAYLOR LAUTNER: The "Gay" People magazine cover floating around online is a fake.


JOHN LEGEND and his girlfriend, model Chrissy Teigen, got engaged over the holidays while vacationing in the Maldives.

KATY PERRY & RUSSELL BRAND celebrated Christmas 7000 miles apart.

SINEAD O'CONNOR explains her 18-day marriage.

JARED LETO: The worst-dressed man in the world?

LEBANON will not send observers to Syria as part of an Arab League mission, in order to avoid "negative repercussions" in Lebanon from the Syrian crisis.

AFGHANISTAN: The US Congress urged Twitter to shut down the official Taliban Twitter accounts. Also, was Mullah Omar ever on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list?

IRAQ: Al Qaeda's Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the wave of attacks across Baghdad last week that killed 69 people. An al Qaeda group based in the Kurdistan region has threatened attacks against the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in revenge for the killing of its fighters in a US drone attack in the Pakistani tribal region.

SIKU the ORPHAN POLAR CUB: Let's go to the video.

A GOAT fled a Nativity scene in Minnesota.


CHEETAH the CHIMP, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said. Anyone else find 80 years old hard to believe?

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Bowie, Dinosaur Jr, Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Dishwashing Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE: Rare footage, recently discovered of "The Jean Genie" from a 1973 performance on Top of the Pops.

DINOSAUR JR. stopped by KEXP for a live performance.

DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a session.

FITZ & THE TANTRUMS play The Current in an end-of-year encore link.

GENERATIONALS play Morning Becomes Eclectic in an end-of-year encore link.

THE XX posted a demo for a new track, "Open Eyes."

TODD RUNDGREN': His first band Nazz hit with "Open My Eyes"; his classic "Hello, It's Me" completes Twofer Tuesday. BONUS: "We Gotta Get You A Woman" is just audio... but what audio!

MEET JOHN CONGLETON, who worked on some of the year's finest albums: St. Vincent's Strange Mercy, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah's Hysterical, Hospital Ships' Lonely Twin, Mountain Goats' All Eternals Deck, Wye Oak's Civilian, and many more.

CHRISTMAS HITS: Do the artsists make money

IN MEMORIAM: The Year in Deaths and Breakups, courtesy of Spinner, NPR and Stereogum.

THE 50+ MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS of 2012, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol tops the chart with 46.2 million, proving Tom Cruise can be a bankable megastar so long as he keeps the crazy onscreen. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows places with 31.8 million, but the IMF team will likely pass it in total grosses by week's end. Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked shows with 20 million, but is falling well short of the prior two outings. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo takes the fourth slot with 19.4 million; who thought Christmas was the right release date for a David Fincher serial killer movie.  This could pick up steam next weekend. The Adventures of Tintin rounds out the Top 5 with 16.1 million; the movie will likely do just fine worldwide, but Paramount only gets the domestic take, with the rest going to Sony.  Below the fold, We Bought a Zoo opened with 15.6 million, while War Horse was close behind with 15 million, despite opening two days later.

WE BOUGHT A ZOO: I confess I am generally a sucker for Cameron Crowe movies (although not his biggest hit, Jerry Maguire).  And most of them have over the-top sentimental moments -- Lloyd Dobler with the boombox in Say Anything, Stillwater singing "Tiny Dancer" in Almost Famous, and so on.  So when Crowe turned his lens to the story of a widower, his kids and zoo animals, I fully expected some mawkish moments, which this movie has in abundance.  The plot is as predictable as if it was not based on a real-life story, but executed well enough by Crowe and his cast (although Scarlett Johansson's character is barely sketched).  Charming enough, if lightweight.

MARIA SHRIVER is telling friends she's now unsure if she wants to divorce Arnold Schwarzenegger.

MAD MEL UPDATE: Mel Gibson is now legally single, as ex-wife Robyn walks off with 425 million.

JENNIFER ANISTON was advised by her Hollywood agent, the late Sue Mengers, to ask for the sperm of ex-husband Brad Pitt once the couple split.

ROBERT DE NIRO and his wife, Grace Hightower De Niro, have welcomed a baby girl via surrogacy.

CHARLIE SHEEN, DENISE RICHARDS and their daughters swim with dolphins.

GEORGE MICHAEL says his near-death from pneumonia has given him a new perspective on his showbiz career.

SOUTH KOREAN delegates crossed the border to North Korea to pay respects to its late leader Kim Jong-il.

AL QAEDA: Senior members are feared to be moving to north Africa to open up a new front after being weakened in Pakistan.

EGYPT's two leading Islamist parties won about two-thirds of votes for party lists in the second round of polling for a parliament that will help draft a new constitution after decades of autocratic rule, the election committee said Saturday.

AFGHANISTAN will accept a Taliban office in Qatar to help peace talks but no foreign power can get involved in the process without its consent, the government's peace council said. Opening a Taliban office in a third country itself is seen as a way to create distance from Pakistan which has longstanding ties to the insurgent group.

PETE the MONKEY washes dishes.

EMPEROR PENGUINS had a white Christmas in the Antarctic.

WOMAN HITS MOOSE on way to visit sister who hit moose.

PEBBLES the DALMATION has a litter of 15 pups, a few shy of Pongo and Perdita.

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Three thousand feet up! Up the side of Mount Crumpit...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 23, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with CHRIS ISAAK, live at Universal Studios last December 12th. Your holiday-themed numbers include "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Hey, Santa," "Last Month of the Year," "Blue Christmas," and "Christmas on TV." Bonus: Dreidel banter!

A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS:  Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.  Mental Floss has "The Real Story Behind A Charlie Brown Christmas (and why it almost wasn't shown)." The WaPo has reflections from producer-director Lee Mendelson.

DARLENE LOVE & RONNIE SPECTOR duet on "Sleigh Ride" and "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree."

AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.

THE ALL SONGS CONSIDERED HOLIDAY SPECIAL features tracks from Prince, the Leevees, the Polyphonic Spree, Darlene Love and more...

THE POGUES:  It's not Christmas Eve in the drunk tank (or even St. Patrick's Day) without a "Fairytale of New York."

NORAD will be tracking Santa, per usual. CNET has a history and behind-the scenes story.

THE 25 BEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS, according to Complex.

BILLY MACK: Because "Christmas Is All Around."

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: A collection of Christmas covers.

THE FLAMING LIPS perform "White Christmas" as only they can.

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS: "The Keep That Keeps Giving."  Not to be confused with "The Gift," which is not Christmasey at all.

THE MUPPETS: "Ringing of the Bells." Not to be confused with Super Furry Animals.

GLAM XMAS:  I started the month with Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1). The circle is now complete.

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS:  The real deal, not Jim Carrey.  Then he slunk to the ice box. He took the Whos' feast. He took the who pudding, he took the roast beast. He emptied the ice box as quick as a flash. Why, the Grinch even took the last can of who hash.

DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY'S cross-generational duet o­n "Little Drummer Boy." This historic even was recently recreated by Will Farrell and John C. Reilly. Plus, "Gulliver's Travels" co-stars Jack Black and Jason Segel have done a cartoon cover

THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS:  Many people believe human activity is causing global warming.  I blame Snow Miser and Heat Miser.

CHICAGO CHRISTMAS MEMORIES:  If you grew up in Chicago (and I suspect other places), the season is not complete without watching the short cartoons of "Hardrock, Coco & Joe" (a story fantastic, a story so queer), "Suzy Snowflake" and the jazzy version of "Frosty the Snowman."

THE BEATLES fan club messages for 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

THE TRON 1982 HOLIDAY SPECIAL, courtesy of Funny Or Die.

HOLIDAY BIN: Sufjan Stevens, Sammy Davis, Jr., Emmy the Great, Andy Williams, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Darlene Love, and the Fleshtones are just a few of the stocking stuffers now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: Pate even had a song titled "Rope Around The Moon," so watch the whole thing.  (If you don't want to download the Veoh player, it's Tubed in B & W or colorized. BONUS: Vintage Bailey backlash from warped, frustrated old people at the New York Times and Portfolio. DOUBLE-BONUS: 22 TV variations on It's A Wonderful Life.

RUDOLPH, THE RED-NOSED REINDEER:  Pull up an ice block and lend an ear!  Herbie wanted to be a dentistNTTAWWT.  BONUS:  The Rankin-Bass classic continues to inspire ads like 2009's Verizon ad, following 2008's Apple ad, and even more so 2007's AFLAC commercial.

FESTIVUS:  For the rest of us.  Technically already started, so I can be one of your grievances.

SCARY GHOST STORIES: I overheard Andy Williams crooning "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" in a store this month, and the lyric about "scary ghost stories" never really struck me before.  Took me a second, but I supposed he was referring to Dickens.  It turns out -- as noted by a coworker -- that this was a thing in Victorian England...  and the modern day. BONUS: Krampus!

CLASSIC TV CHRISTMAS SPECIALS by the truckload, linked at WFMU, the post is a few years old, but many of the links still work. Also, 23 TV Episodes based on "A Christmas Carol."

NAT KING COLE:  His chestnuts are roasting.


100 ANIMALS in Santa hats. You're welcome.



AN AUSTRALIAN FAMILY has shot into the Guinness Book of Records after decorating their home with an astonishing 331038 Christmas lights. If the video at the link doesn't work, try this one.

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