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Polyphonic Spree, M Ward, Crocodiles, Stones, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 31, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YESTERDAY was our biggest traffic day ever.  Thanks to our regular readers, web-crawling robots and creepy stalkers!

ALAN SPARHAWK (Low) & THE PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT play Sucidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

THE POLYPHONIC SPREE played World Cafe Live last Friday; you can stream the gig on demand now.

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

CROCODILES are advance streaming the fuzz-laden Endless Flowers.

THE ROLLING STONES: Live in St. Kilda and Sydney, circa 1966.

THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM covers Tom Petty's "You Got Lucky."

INXS: "Don't Change." Because it's the time of year for Adventureland.

DAVID LOWERY (Camper Van Beethoven, Cracker) gave a meaty, fascinating talk about the economics of pop music in the Internet Age at the SF Music Tech Summit: "Not only is the New Boss worse than the Old Boss. The New Boss creeps me out." And he backs it up comprehensively.

PETER CASE talks to PopMatters about The Nerves reunion implosion, songwriting, roots music and more...

WEEN No More, as Gene (Aaron Freeman) dissolves the band.

JACK WHITE gives an economics lesson.

MATTHEW FOX denies habitually beating women, as alleged by his former "Lost" co-star Dominic Monaghan.

CHRISTIAN BALE dated Drew Barrymore once, but she never called him back.

MADONNA's alleged stalker faces retrial.

BILL MURRAY gives a tipsy tour of the Moonrise Kingdom set... and an awesome video autograph.

ZHANG ZIYI is allegedly being investigated for a sex scandal linked with China's former Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai -- and may be barred from leaving China.

IRON MAN 3 has started shooting in NC; on day two, photogs got a glimpse of The Iron Patriot.

G.I. JOE 2 moves from June 29 to 2013; will another 75 million fix it?

LES MISERABLES has a trailer online.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN's Australian trailer is online.

IRAN claims it has defeated the powerful Flame computer virus that has boasted unprecedented data-snatching capabilities and could eavesdrop on computer users.

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate for the Egyptian presidential runoff is trying to cash in on public resentment of his rival Ahmed Shafiq's ties to the old regime.

PAKISTAN: The doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden was convicted of providing support to the Lashkar-e-Islam, according to court documents.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan intelligence operatives captured five suspected Taliban suicide bombers and 560 kilograms of explosives on the outskirts of Kabul's international airport.

ADORABLE HAMSTER plays dead from imaginary gunshot. Really hamsters it up, too.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to Hudson High School's graduation ceremonies in Michigan.

UNCHECKED HORDES OF GIANT HOUSE MICE are devouring endangered baby seabirds en masse on Gough Island.

A ROGUE KANGAROO that attacked a young mother, leaving her with a 30cm scar, had bailed her up in the garden on two previous occasions.

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Neil Young, Edward Sharpe, John Lennon, Duck Escort   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEIGH BELLS' latest video is for "Demons."

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE are streaming Americana, a collection of folk classics.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CATHARINE AD streams Reprise: The Covers Collection.

JOHN LENNON: Oddities.

THE VACCINES have "No Hope" ahead of The Vaccines Come Of Age.

THE TEMPTATIONS gallop through "I Can't Get Next to You" live on TOTP.

DOC WATSON, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his management company. He was 89.

ALABAMA SHAKES drummer Steve Johnson talks to ChartAttack about meeting his idols, keeping humble and staying away from stadium shows.

SPIRTUALIZED: Jason Pierce talks to Straight.com about the making of Sweet Heart Sweet Light.

CBGB: The movie is cast.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Marriage won't change a thing, she says.  Lance Bass has details of the nuptuals after a star-studded engagement party.

CYNTHIA NIXON married longtime galpal Christine Marinoni in NYC over the weekend.

JUSTIN BIEBER is a suspect in a criminal battery, according to law enforcement sources.

LINDSAY LOHAN is being pursued by a tanning salon with a vengeance for not paying a judgment for a humongous tanning bill.

KRISTEN STEWART talks Snow Whire and On The Road with Elvis Mitchell.

SUMMER MOVIES: The Grown-Up's Guide.

RANDALL POSTER, one of the best-known music supervisors in the movie industry, talks to Fresh Air about working with Wes Anderson.

FLAME: The cyber-weapon that dwarfs Stuxnet.  Looks like it hit  Iran's oil terminals. 

YEMEN: US drones killed five al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a strike that targeted the group's leader for Baydah.

IRAN said it planned to build a new nuclear power plant (they have enough uranium for 5 bombs, according to a think tank).  Iran also admits sending troops to Syria.

AFGHANISTAN: Al Qaeda's second in command for Afghanistan was killed in Sunday's airstrike in the northeastern Afghan province of Kunar, the Coalition reported.

A FAMILY OF DUCKS got a police escort as they attempted to cross a busy highway in Texas.

PIED PIPER WANTED: Hamelin is again infested with rats.

BREASTFEEDING YOUR POODLE seems wrong, even in Phuket.

A STRAY DOG follows cyclists 1136 miles across China.

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New Releases, Japandroids, Kelly Hogan, Liars, Socially Awkward Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIVERS & DICKIE LANDRY team up cajun-style on Paul Simon's "That Was Your Mother" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Graceland.

NEW RELEASES from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Regina Spektor, Scissor Sisters, Ladyhawke, Grass Widow, Marisa Nadler, and more are streaming at Spinner.

JAPANDROIDS are advance streaming their much-anticipated Celebration Rock.

KELLY HOGAN is advance steaming I Like to Keep Myself in Pain. She talks to the Chicago Sun-Times talks about her loves, her songwriting fans, her talented backup band and more...

LIARS are advance streaming WIXIW.

BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE: From New Order and Frente. Hospitality's recent version for The A.V. Club Undercover put me in mind of it.

JOEY RAMONE: Morning Edition reports on the construction of his posthumous album.

NEKO CASE: Morning Edition also reports from behind the scenes of her next album.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to All Things Considered about listening to her bootlegs and more.

DAVID GILMOUR (Pink Floyd) evacuated his home after a WWII bomb was discovered beneath.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Men in Black 3 tops the chart with a mildly disappointing four-day haul of 70 million, although it does dethrone The Avengers.  The give you an idea, the prior two Men raked in 84 and 87 million over five days; MiB3 won't match that, even with the 15 percent 3-D premium on many of these tickets.  Moreover, MiB 3 reportedly had a 230 million production budget, and a 350 million cost once you add in marketing and such.  However, the worldwie gross already exceeds 202 million, so this one will still do alright in theaters and even more in home video.  The Avengers shows with a leggy 49.9 million -- a mere 16 percent drop from last weekend (34 percent on a three-day basis).  Marvel's heroes become the fastest film to break 500 million domestic.  It will likely overtake The Dark Knight next weekend, but increasing competition may block it from 600 million.  Battleship shows with 13.8 million on a disastrous 46 percent plunge (58 percent on a three day basis).  The Dictator drops to fourth with 11.8 million on a 33 percent (45 percent three-day) slide; it totals 45 million against a 65 million budget.  Dark Shadows rounds out the Top 5 with 9.4 million and totals 65 million against a 150 million budget.  Below the fold, Chernobyl Diaries debuted in sixth with 9.3 million.

MEN IN BLACK 3:  On my scale, MiB > MiB3 > MiB2.  And Josh Brolin does a nice Tommy Lee Jones, while Emma Thompson's comedic talents are mostly wasted.  Enjoyable, but not essential. 

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE may be getting back together. But I wouldn't bet on it.


AMANDA BYNES is accused of another hit-and-run incident.

BRITNEY SPEARS walked off the set of "X Factor" after a contestant butchered her song, "Hold It Against Me"?  Spears denied it on Twitter. Then she walked off again.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is engaged to marry her rocker boyfriend, James Righton of The Klaxons.

KIM KARDASHIAN threatens to sue the tabloids if they report....

JENNA JAMESON was busted for DUI.

STAR WARS turned 35 this weekend. Here's 35 reasons to love the original trilogy.

SYRIA: The UN Security Council on Sunday unanimously condemned the Syrian government for its role in the massacre of at least 108 people in Houla over the weekend, even as Syria blamed others for the killing.

IRAN seemingly rejected one of the West's key demands in negotiations over the Islamic theocracy's controversial nuclear program, with a senior official saying Tehran has " no reason" to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent, AFP reported on Sunday. Shocka.

PAKISTAN: The terror state the US calls an ally.

SOCIALLY AWKWARD PENGUINS: Let's go to the video.

CAT HOARDING leads to divorce. Who knew?

ONE BEAR actually prefers an outhouse over the woods.

COWS crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer.

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Memorial Day 2012   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about. At least I think, that's still the deal -- the government's website seems to be down (good job, feds).  Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit the Mudville Gazette for items like William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or and Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Beret."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

UPDATE: This week is a-gonna be jam-packed with great music. Y'all stop back now, y'hear?

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Power Pop, Tennis, The Shins, Cutout Bin, Coast Guard Canine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be well-known generally, like Cheap Trick's  "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live TV slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part." 

TENNIS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE STONE ROSES reunited at an unannounced free performance for 1000 fans.

THE SHINS: James Mercer visited Sound Opinions to showcase songs from the band's new album Port of Morrow (but there's a classic as well).

FOO FIGHTERS, joined by Mick Jagger and former and current SNL cast members, played last weekend's afterparty.

LEMONADE is advance streaming Diver.

ROXY MUSIC, Live at the Paris Theatre, London, circa 1972.

BON IVER, Live at the Haldern Pop Festival, August 15, 2009.

REDD KROSS drops the title track to "Researching The Blues," their first new LP in 15 years.

ELTON JOHN canceled four shows after being rushed to hospital in Los Angeles due to a "serious respiratory infection."  Time for some "Tiny Dancer."

SON VOLT's Jay Farrar talks to the Colorado Springs Independent about working from words by Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac. (Thx, LHB.)


THE WORST POP COVERS of all time, according to Gigwise.

NINE CLASSIC SONGS you may not know are covers.

CUTOUT BIN:  From David Bowie to the dB's, from the Black Keys to Carly Simon, from the Four Winds to the March Violets, plus Todd Rundgren, Duane Eddy, the Rolling Stones, Best Coast 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: Men In Black 3, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Chernobyl Diaries, which -- oddly enough -- did not screen for critics..

JOHN TRAVOLTA was heaped with fresh embarrassment after photos surfaced of him cross-dressing.

BILL CLINTON threw the "worst party ever"?  That's not the Bill we know and love.

GARY OLDMAN joins the cast of the Robocop reboot.

NICOLE KIDMAN's turn in The Paperboy with Zac Efron is... er, well, um...

FIVE VAMPIRE MOVIES that suck in a good way.

YEMEN: The US State Dept has launched a different sort of raid against Al Qaeda -- hacking into Al Qaeda websites in Yemen.

IRAN has earmarked 25 million bucks for blocking the parliamentary approval of the Afghan-US strategic cooperation agreement. Iran said it was aiming to launch its fourth satellite into orbit this week -- and people seem to care much less than when North korea does this sort of thing.

COAST GUARD CANINE saves a boy from drowning.

THE BUFFALO WHISPERER: RC Bridges and his wife Sherron share their Texas home with two enormous bison.

A MAN, A ZEBRA & A PARROT go for a joyride.  Alcohol may have been involved.

BABY GORILLA: Awww...some pics.

AN EMU has invaded a golf course in South Wales.

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