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Dawes, Antlers, Van Hunt, Warren Zevon, Fox vs Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAWES covers "Christmas Time Is Here," and so it is.

THE ANTLERS play a mini-set at Paste.

VAN HUNT stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

HONEYHONEY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GABRIEL KAHANE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WARREN ZEVON, Live at the Record Plant, July 27, 1978.

VCMG: Fmr Depeche Modesters Vince Clarke and Martin Gore start a new thing with "Spock."

PRINCE covers The Cars "Let's Go" in Toronto.

R.E.M. continues its farewell press tour, telling the Daily Beast about why they decided to split, the band's "horrendous missteps" -- and why there will never be a reunion tour.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats! The L.A. Times looks at the Best New Artist category, including snubs.

THE FALL: Mark E Smith tells The Quietus about literary influences and Ersatz GB.

EMMY THE GREAT talks to Londonist about dream seasonal gigs, best places in London for snowball fights, and surviving Christmas through booze.

CDs: Not an endangered species.

KARDASHIANS: Kim Kardashian was extremely jealous of her soon-to-be-ex-husband Kris Humphries' close relationship with his sister Kaela Humphries, according to RadarOnline.  Kris Humphries plans to respond to Kim Kardashian's Oct. 31 divorce filing by seeking an annulment.  Kourtney Kardashian and beau Scott Disick are expecting their second child together.

DEMI MOORE, soon to be divorced from Ashton Kutcher, stepped out with a male pal at the celeb-friendly Sunset Tower in L.A.  Kutcher is partying had with gals in Iowa City.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON says she does not regret her failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds, calling it the best thing she ever did.

LINDSAY LOHAN's new sobriety coach is... Courtney Love?

ZOE SALDANA & BRADLEY COOPER were "acting like two high school kids going steady," in an exclusive Manhattan nightclub, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

MARIE OSMOND's face looks a lot different.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER: The  5.2-carat ring tends to confirm their engagement is back on.

THE MUNSTERS reboot will be directed and produced by... Bryan Singer.

EGYPT: Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt's first Parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the religious movement's rise since the start of the Arab Spring.

AFGHANISTAN: The US on Tuesday asserted that there had been no change in its strategy for Afghanistan even though its relationship with Pakistan had hit a new low as a result of the NATO airstrike on border posts in the Mohmand tribal region.

PAKISTAN: A senior Pakistani army official has said a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers was a deliberate, blatant act of aggression, hardening Pakistan's stance on an incident that could hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

IRAQ's prime minister indicated on Wednesday that he was open to the eventual return of American troops as trainers, underscoring that the United States is likely to be involved in this country's security even after the last soldiers depart in the coming weeks.

FENNEC FOX vs WEINER DOG: Who you got?

TURKEY and DEER, sleeping together ...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Monroe man trying to shoot a squirrel wound up shooting himself. Crafty rodent.

SNAKES in a TAX OFFICE. Literally.

CAPTAIN, a multi-talented parrot with a penchant for opera singing and bike rides, is lost in New York City, and owner Allen Kirson is on a mission to find her.

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Black Keys, Kooks, Jayhawks, The Who, Bob Ross   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS play "Love Like A River" For No One.

THE BLACK KEYS are streaming five advance tracks from El Camino -- if you give 'em your e-mail address. It puts you on the band's mailing list, but you can opt-out later.

THE KOOKS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

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

HOSPITAL SHIPS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DR. DOG drops "That Old Black Hole" from their new LP.

THE WHO: Pete Townshend talks to Spinner about the making of Quadrophenia. PopMatters reasseses the band's second rock opera. So it's time for "5:15" from TOTP.

SONIC YOUTH: Lee Renaldo talks to Rolling Stone about making his new solo record and speculates on the future of the band after the Moore-Gordon split. 

GLEN CAMPBELL had to be eased gently into the post-punk, post-indie-rock era.

JOHN DOE talks to Matthew Hale Clark of White/Light about opening for Pearl Jam, writing positive music, and not sounding like a hippie.

DON DeVITO, a Grammy-winning record producer who worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin Aerosmith and more, has died of prostate cancer at 72.

KIM KARDASHIAN has given up on her dreams of fairy-tale romance following her disastrous public split from husband Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage. Humphries watched his estranged wife's reality show on Sunday and was extremely disappointed with how he was portrayed on the episode.

DANIEL CRAIG: Also not a fan of the Kardashians, if the F-bomb is any indicator.

LADY GAGA gets candid with Vanity Fair about her history with relationships.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Los Angeles County jail -- the maximum sentence allowed under the law -- in the death of Michael Jackson. He may serve no more than two, however.

GEORGE MICHAEL's family are maintaining an emotional bedside vigil as the stricken singer is said to be responding to treatment for severe pneumonia and "slowly improving".

EVA LONGORIA is not angry and resentful about her ex-husband's bad behavior.  Just give her a minute and she'll tell you you she should be.

THE MUPPETS: The original ending. (Spoilers, as you might imagine.)

THE ARTIST -- a black-and-white silent film about Hollywood's transition to talkies in the late 1920s and the toll it takes on one actor's life -- was named best movie of the year by The New York Film Critics Circle.  Meryl Steep & Brad Pitt also took honors from the group.

MARTIN SCORSESE talks to TimeOut London about his first family film, Hugo.

THE PHILIPPINES: The al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group is responsible for yesterday's bombing that killed three people and injured 27 others during a wedding at a hotel in Zamboanga City.

SYRIA remains defiant after the Arab League imposed sanctions. France said President Assad's "days are numbered." A Libyan Islamist militia leader plans to meet with the opposition's Free Syrian Army. Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of support for the Assad government.

AFGHAN and NATO officials said Pakistan fired first, prompting the deadly airstrike in Mohmand.

IRAN: Violent protesters in Tehran broke into the UK embassy during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. Militant students removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with Iran's flag. In the second British diplomatic compound, in Tehran's north, between 100 and 300 protesters burst in and occupied the property. The state news agency IRNA said the protesters had foreigners in their control, whom they were described as "protecting."

BOB ROSS feeds a squirrel.

CAN THE BULLDOG BE SAVED? The breed needs an intervention. Especially with all the flatulence.

CHEEKY MONKEYS pull down student's dress in search for lost snack.

A LONE WOLF seeking a mate leads hunters on a 730-mile chase.

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New Releases, Gourds, Okkervil River, Bob Mould, Wild Boar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST's latest video is for "How Come You Never Go There?"

NEW RELEASES (or semi-new) from Gorillaz, John Prine and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE GOURDS stopped by KUT's Studio 1A in Austin for a live broadcast.

JOSEPH ARTHUR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE 10 BEST COVERS OF 2011, according to Frontier Psychiatrist. (Thx, LHB.)

OKKERVIL RIVER offers Golden Opportunities 2 -- a covers EP -- as a free download.

TOM WAITS, Live in Santa Monica, Nov. 10, 1973.

BOB MOULD: Selections from the tribute concert at Disney Hall, including Mould and Dave Grohl on Hüsker Dü's "Hardly Getting Over It", "Could You Be the One?", "Ice Cold Ice" are more thanTwofer Tuesday.

R.E.M. gets a nice sendoff piece from Paste, in which -- among other things Michael Stipe talks about how Bill Berry's departure affected them. Stipe and Mike Mills also talked to Pitchfork about tracks spanning their career.

JEFF MANGUM: The return of the reclusive fomr Neutral Milk Hotel frontman is covered by Weekend Edition.

REAL ESTATE talks about The Sopranos' neighborhood with The Guardian.

DAVID BOWIE denied that he has given permission for his songs to be used in a new musical.

ANNE HATHAWAY got engaged to actor Adam Shulman.

KIM KARDASHIAN, her sister and the nude yoga instructor may have been the last straw for future ex Kris Humphries.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL & PETER SARSGAARD are expecting their second child together, potentially straining the global vowel supply.

TOBEY MAGUIRE setlles his part of the underground poker ring lawsuit for 80K.

CHARLIZE THERON was a nerd in high school.

GEORGE MICHAEL cancels a tour as he battles severe pneumonia.

CAREY MULLIGAN tells Vuture how she landed her role in Shame, and discusses working with Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: New pics and posters.

ROGER MOORE: Portrait of the Artist.

KEN RUSSELL, the English filmmaker and writer whose outsize personality matched the confrontational brashness of his movies, died on Sunday. He was 84. Russell, probably best known to this audience for directing Tommy and Lisztomania, died after a series of strokes.

SYRIA: Arab states have landed a hefty blow on Syria's crisis-hit economy by stopping deals with its central bank and halting investment, but unease among Syria's neighbors about the impact of sanctions on their own economies may weaken the impact.

EGYPT: The Guardian is liveblogging the election.

LIKE A WILD BOAR in a record shop.

THE CHRISTMAS GOAT returns to a Swedish town.

TORTOISES had pumpkin for Thanksgiving leftovers.

OVER 12000 FERAL CATS roam the alleys and backyards of low-income neighborhoods in South L.A.

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Monday, November 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROBIN PECKHOLD (Fleet Foxes) joins ALELA DIANE for a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days."

THE DUKE SPIRIT is streaming Bruiser.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

TUNE-YARDS also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ADELE: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is streaming today only.

SHARON VAN ETTEN drops "Serpents," filled with indie cameos, from her upcoming Tramp.

CRAIG FINN officially drops "Honolulu Blues" in advance of Clear Heart Full Eyes.

AMY WINEHOUSE: "Halftime" is the latest advance track from her Lioness: Hidden Treasures posthumous LP.

CAMERON CROWE's mixtape for Matt. Damon.

CAMERA OBSCURA go quasi-Spectorian on 2009's "The Sweetest Thing."

THE ROLLING STONES: In honor of Some Girls' re-release, Mick Jagger sat down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss the album, and Keith Richards spoke with WXPN's Michaela Majoun.  Jagger also talked to Spinner about the reissue, its New York and disco influences, the lies and rumors about their songs and how the hit track 'When the Whip Comes Down' surprisingly never led anyone to question his sexuality.

ELVIS COSTELLO objects to a limited edition box set.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to the New York Times about remaining grounded as a solo act, how his brother is like LBJ, where Oasis ranks in the rock pantheon, and so on.

NME revealed its annual Cool List.  The Top 10 are explained by The Guardian.

ROBIN GIBB claims he's recovering and would like to tour again with brother Barry. But... spider therapy?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 repeated atop the Thanksgiving chart, even on a 55 percent drop, bringing in another 62.3 million.  The sparkly vampires have taken in 221.3 million, roughly twice the production budget, in the US alone.  The Muppets placeed with 42 million, almost recouping its 45 million budget in its first weekend and making almost twice as much as each of the last two Muppet movies made in their entire runs.  Happy Feet Two dropped only 13.5 percent to show with 18.4 million.  Arthur Christmas -- the first collaboration between Sony Animation and Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit) -- got great reviews but took in just 17 million, which means it's going to need all the good word of mouth it can get to recoup its 100 million budget (it has taken in another 12 million overseas).  Similarly, Martin Scorsese's Hugo got boffo reviews but rounds oth the Top 5 with a 15.4 million opening against a budget reportedly somewhere in the 150-170 million range.  Happy Feet Two, Arthur Christmas and Hugo will all get a chance at showing legs, as the next big blast of family films comes closer to Christmas.

THE MUPPETS: My tweet-length review is, "If you like the Muppets, you'll like The Muppets."  The slightly longer version is that this is the story of a young man who grew up loving the the original Muppet Show and dreamed of joining thier troupe.  In the movie, this role is played by a new muppet named Walter.  In real life, this role is played by actor Jason Segel, who is not only the human lead, but also to co-writer and co-executive producer.  We should have seen this coming from the puppet show in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, right?  Purists need not worry, as Segel & Co. update the classic franchise while maintaining its tone, never lapsing into edge or irony for cheap laughs (wll almost never, which makes the Parents' Guide pretty funny).  The plot is right out of the "let's put on a show" tradition stretching from Mickey & Judy (indeed, Mickey Rooney perfoms here near Leslie Feist) through The Blues Brothers, which doesn't really matter because what you're paying for is the reurn of beloved characters and celebrity cameos.  And yes, the musical numbers.  The new ones hold up next to the 1979 classic "Rainbow Connection," which is heard here.  While everyone likely could have done without the Starship tune, there is another more contemporary hit performed by the hens that is sheer genius (and a joke the kids won't get in that way).

HUGO: Martin Scorsese is not first name tha comes to mind when thinking of family films, but he's an excellent choice to adapt Brian Selznick's odd book/graphic novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," about an orphan who maintains the clocks in a Paris train station in the years after WWI.  That's because the story is also partially a fictionalized lesson in film history, and Scorsese's love of the medium and passion for film preservation is all over Hugo.  His choice to shoot in 3-D is also brilliant for reasons I won't spoil here.  The educational aspects of the movie may be a problem for younger attention spans, but more mature kids and their parents should be charmed, not only by Asa Butterfield in the starring role, but particularly by the performances of Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN is causing viewers to suffer seizures. Literally.

LILY ALLEN and her husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed their first child, a girl, on Friday, according to various reports.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Sara Leal - the 22-year-old blonde who allegedly slept with Kutcher this summer - insists she isn't responsible for the actor's crumbling marriage to Demi Moore.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Jason Trawick has been doing some serious ring shopping and he is close to plopping down a massive amount of cash on her engagement ring, a source close to the couple tells RadarOnline.

JUSTIN BIEBER: The woman at the center of the never-ending Justin Bieber baby-mama allegations is continuing to try the pop star's patience as her lawyer today demanded the Biebs submit to yet another DNA test.

MILEY CYRUS jokes about being a pothead at her birthday party.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: She's got the power in the relationship?

BRADGELINA: Jolie tells 60 Minutes she's lucky she didn't die young, and now saves her wild side for Pitt.

OLIVIA WILDE & JAKE GYLLENHAAL seemed to be "very cozy" over dinner at Chinatown Brasserie.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES packed on the PDA in Paris.

STAR TREK: The 3-D sequel is now set for the prime spot of May 17, 2013.

BEFORE THE MUPPETS: 10 Surreal and Experimental Works by Jim Henson.

TEN MUPPET FACTS You Probably Don't Know.

EGYPTIANS prepared to vote today in the first elections since Mubarak's ouster, a milestone many hoped would usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. Instead, the polling is already marred by turmoil in the streets and the population is sharply polarized and confused over the nation's direction.

IRAN threatened Israel with "150,000 missiles" if Israel launches any military action against the Islamic theocracy.

SYRIA: In an unprecedented move, the Arab League approved sanctions against Syria to pressure crackdown on dissent. Iraq refused to implement the sanctions while Lebanon "disassociated itself" from the decision. Libya's new rulers may aid the rebels in Syria.

IRAQ: Mahdi Army militiamen are joining the government's security services under a secret deal between the government and the Sadrist movement.

PAKISTAN: Afghan and Western officials on Sunday said NATO and Afghan forces on a nighttime operation Saturday came under fire from across the Pakistan border before they called in a deadly airstrike on two Pakistani military posts, in an incident has left U.S.-Pakistan relations in tatters. Pakistan indefinitely shut down North Atlantic Treaty Organization supply lines through Pakistan and said it was re-evaluating its military, intelligence and diplomatic links with the US. Authorities there gave the US two weeks to pull out of a Pakistani air base that Washington has used in the past to launch drone strikes on Taliban militants.

SALMON swim upstreet in in Mason County, Wash.

A TURKEY fights back on Thanksgiving.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: County workers blasted squirrels right out of their tunnels Tuesday at Pioneer Park in Bakersfield to control the squirrel and gopher infestation.  And who is the gopher's ally? His friend. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit...

BAYWATCH: A dead beached whale in San Diego is going to be sticking around for another few days as authorities wait for better tides to help them shift the 50-foot (15m) cetacean. Lifeguard Greg Buchanan said there are three options for dealing with a dead whale: letting it rot on the beach, towing it out to sea to destroy it or hauling it to a landfill. He must not have heard about the fourth option: blowing it to bits with explosives as they used to do in the '70s.

BOO-BOO is testing a camera, Yogi.

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Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE... with FAVES 2011!  I occasionally hear from folks who want to know what music -- from among all of the posts I do here -- I recommend.  To some degree, I recommend all of it, unless I expressly write otherwise (e.g., it's not my thing, but it might be yours).  With the holiday shopping season upon us, I have tried to make a list of reasonable size.  It's an unordered list. I likely will have overlooked something that I really dig.  And some of these are grouped together, because that's the way they occurred to me at the moment.  And note these are my faves; I'm not purporting to list the "Best" albums of the year.

THE BEACH BOYS: Regular Pate visitors -- and anyone who has known me since college -- might have guessed that SMiLE, an album uncompleted since 1966, would be at the top of my mind in 2011.  Subtly different from the 2004 version Brian Wilson recorded with his solo band, hearing this sprawling, trans-continental sound collage from the original material is startling.  Those familiar with the backstory tend to focus on Brian's personal issues as the reason SMiLE was never released, but hearing it today bolsters the case that the daunting task of assembling Brians modular compositions into a coherent whole was also a major factor (given 1966 tech, it took Brian six months to record and harmonize tapes from 5 separate studios to produce "Good Vibrations" alone).  Is this Brian's lost masterwork, as was so often advertised (or mythologized)?  It is certainly his Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band -- a quantum leap in the complexity of its composition, supported by a number of his strongest songs ("Good Vibrations," "Surf's Up," "Wonderful," "Heroes & Villains."); it would have had as profound an impact on pop music at the Beatles' LP.  And yet, like Sgt. Pepper's, had it been released, I wonder whether music fans -- particuarly Beach Boys fans -- might not have yet preferred Pet Sounds decades later, the way Beatles fans often prefer Revolver or Rubber Soul, the sophisticated, but more emotionaly direct predecessors.  Whichever side of that debate you might land, you don't get an album the quality of SMiLE every year.

FLEET FOXES: More West Coast harmonies, but more the Pacific Northwest version of CSN than the Beach Boys.  Even if I had not been impressed with their live power at Pitchfest, Helplessness Blues would have made this list with ease.  Every track, including the title track, sounds like it issues from some misty mountain top like Robert Plant never imagined.

YUCK: If the Beach Boys had my ears in the 60s, the self-titled debut LP from Yuck had them in the 90s, with songs like "The Wall" and "Milkshake" making for seeminglessly effortless, minimalist pop occasionally straying toward the noisy.  THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART's Belong surmounts the sophomore slump in much the same vein, as "Heart In Your Heartbeat" demonstrates.

DALE EARNHARDT, JR, JR: I wrote last year that if their first LP was as good as their debut EP, they would make my list again -- and here they are with It's A Corporate World, which is anything but corporate.  Energetic yet mellow, acoustic with electronics, this was a perfect album for chilling at the beach or bringing the beach to the chilly season. And check out those "Skeletons." Somewhat similarly, TENNIS released Cape Dory in the winter, but all those oohs, ahhs and sha-la-las on songs like "Take Me Somewhere" also made this LP eminently suitable for Summer and my weakness for classic pop forms.  REAL ESTATE's Days LP completes this particular trifecta, with gentle folky-pop occasionally recalling the Feelies in the precision found on songs like "It's Real."

DAWES also made my list last year (because I should've put them on in 2009) and Nothing Is Wrong would be only a slight exaggeration here.  The band also spent time this year backing Robbie Robertson, and they are a worthy alternative to The Band... or Tom Petty's Heartbreakers, for that matter.  Songs like "If I Wanted Someone" showcase their Laurel Canyon harmonies and their ability to stomp.  THE JAYHAWKS' Mockingbird Time and WILCO's The Whole Love are also solid in this category, but regular Pate visitors probably already know that.

THE DECEMBERISTS, after the harder sound of their last LP, returned closer to their folky brand on The King Is Dead, with help from Peter Buck and Gillian Welch on songs like "Down By The Water."  Mind you, GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS returned with their own strong effort, The Harrow and the Harvest, after a lengthy hiatus.  Songs like "The Way It Goes" and "The Way It Will Be" are not poppy like The Decemberists, but haunting, firmly rooted in tradition without sounding dated.

GIRLS: Christopher Owens is another artist surmounting the sophomore slump this year.  Even more than the debut Album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost evokes a melange of classic pop without sounding too much like anyone in particular.  That said, I still think the infectious "Honey Bunny" boasts the occasional riff reminiscent of Paul Simon's "Kodachrome."

CULTS: In The Name Of similarly boasts the classic pop vibe, as "Go Outside" and "You Know What I Mean" will attest, both in the melodies and the quasi-Spectorian production.

DUM DUM GIRLS also work the retro girl-pop vibe on Only In Dreams (nice Orbison reference), even if the raw emotion now gets the gloss of the gloss of the Go-Gos on tracks like "Bedroom Eyes."

BON IVER: It's hard to avoid slump talk after the buzz-laden For Emma, Forever Ago -- but Justin Vernon's self-titled follow-up is strong, combining his earlier bleakness with a touch of Van Morrison's mellow warmth and slightly more trippy at that.  "Calgary" is fairly representative of an album better heard as a whole.

TELEKINESIS: 12 Desperate Straight Lines may not be as anthemic as GbV's Bee Thousand, but it has the same genre-shifting variety, with plenty of catchy pop songs like "Please Ask For Help."

GENERATIONALS:  Actor-Castor reveals a band mixing elements of punk, new wave and twee without ever sounding bubblegum, as evidenced on "Ten-Twenty-Ten."

ST. VINCENT: Songs like "Cruel" and "Surgeon" may make Strange Mercy Annie Clark's most accessible work to date... but that doesn't mean it's, er, conventional, as other tracks from the LP demonstrate.

RAPHAEL SAADIQ leads off my slate of neo-classic R&B picks for the year with the Stone Rollin'  LP, which adds a hint of Chuck Berry to his usual influences.  MAYER HAWTHORNE goes to the majors with How Do You Do, and the answer is pretty darn good, as you can hear on "The Walk."  BLACK JOE LEWIS: Sanadalous is an apt title to a raucous record featuring songs like "Mustang Ranch" and "Livin' In The Jungle." CHARLES BRADLEY, a/k/a  "The Screaming Eagle of Soul," debuted on Dap-Tone with No Time For Dreaming and tacks like "Why Is It So Hard?"  VAN HUNT went indie with What Were You Hoping For? and continues to be the next iteration of a lineage that includes Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and Prince, as suggested on tracks like "Cross Dresser."

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar took an unexpected turn on the Kaputt LP with a 70s soft-rock, Steely Dan / Al Stewart vibe that works surprisingly well.

TOM WAITS released Bad To Me late enough in the year that it hasn't fully sunk in with me yet, but I'm confident I will remain "Satisfied" on repeat listens.

ELBOW: I tend to think they were underrated before winning the Mercury Prize in 2008, so I'll put in a word for Build a Rocket Boys!, the band's 5th LP (iirc).  The band is currently hosting a full concert at its website.  It's probably a bit cheap to compare them to Radiohead, but that's one of the closer reference points for a band that defies easy categorization.

PJ HARVEY: Let England Shake -- a meditiation on her homeland, war and more -- is probably her best work in years, which is not faint praise.

KURT VILE did not bowl me over at Pitchfest as I had hoped, but I had hoped because Smoke Ring for My Halo is the mark of a musuician on the rise, having traded in his more avant-garde pretensions for impressive stoner rock like "Jesus Fever" and "Freak Train."

WHITE DENIM: Amazingly, their album D is still streaming via NME, so you can hear how groovy and trippy it is all in one place.

A CHARLIE BROWN THANKSGIVING:  It's always somewhere on the net.

WKRP: "Turkeys Away," in its entirety. And here's the turkey giveaway by itself.

THANKSGIVING has a lot of myths, both traditional and the new "Pilgrims were evil" o­nes taught in some public schools. Not to mention the fights over kindergarteners dressing as Native Americans.  However, if you read the journal of William Bradford -- who served some 35 years as governor of the Pilgims' colony -- you quickly discover that the Pilgrims' relationship with the natives was complex.  Ultimately, Bradford quieted internal discontent by doing away with the collectivism of a company town and granting property rights.

CUTOUT BIN: From Marvin Gaye to the Sex Pistols, from the Rascals to Men Without Hats, from Gordon Lightfoot to Joan Jett, plus Game Theory, the Beatles, R.E.M., Echo & the Bunnymen and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

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