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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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Wilco, Neko Case, Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Cat Tape Measure   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Despair" atop the Empire State Building, the first band to do so.

WILCO, Live at the Solid Sound Festival 2013, including deep tracks and rarities.And nyctaper has the covers set.

NEKO CASE, Live at the Solid Sound Festival 2013, including some new material.

PATTY GRIFFIN plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JONATHAN WILSON plays his psychedelic-tinged folk set live on KEXP, featuring songs from his 2011 release " Gentle Spirit".

MEDICINE: The reunited shoegazers drop "It's Not Enough" ahead of To The Happy Few.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Joni Mitchell performs her 1968 song in 1970 and in 2000, for fans of Mitchell and Mad Men.

SMITH WESTERNS share a few of their favorite things with SPIN.

THE SLITS' Viv Albertine and producer Dennis Bovell recall how the punk pioneers' debut LP was helped along by spoons, nudity, matches and mud.

AMANDA PALMER: Free-spirited visionary – or deluded egotist?

BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND, the debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues, died on Sunday at his home in Germantown, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis. He was 83.

GEORGE LUCAS married fiancée Mellody Hobson on Saturday night.

CHRIS BROWN has been accused of badly injuring a 24-year-old girl inside a nightclub; Brown denies it.

PAULA DEEN loses a ham endorsement deal.

SCOTTIE PIPPEN was interviewed by police in connection with his alleged fight with an autograph seeker in Malibu.

PAUL GIAMATTI joins the cast of... Downton Abbey?

JIM CARREY condemns a movie he's in...and, oddly, not because he's in it.

WORLD WAR Z is headed for a sequel.

RICHARD MATHESON, the author of classic sci-fi stories such as I Am Legend and many iconic episodes of The Twilight Zone, has died of natural causes. He was 87.

SYRIA: The Syrian Foreign Minister called arming the rebels "dangerous," and said the regime was willing to take part in peace negotiations in Geneva, not to hand over power but to establish a unity government that represents Syrian society.

EGYPT: A coalition of Islamist groups is planning a protest for Friday, two days before anti-Morsi protests are expected across Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN:The Taliban denied reports that it lowered its flag and removed the name "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" from its "political office" in Qatar.

IRAQ: Forty-two Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. Al Qaeda suicide bombers also conducted attacks in Tikrit and Mosul.

A CAT and a tape measure. Pavlov it.

A RED PANDA went AWOL from the National Zoo, which put out the word on social media.

A "MASSIVE" WOLF chased a Canadian motorcyclist for nearly a mile.

SNAKE in a bag of potatoes. That's the Wal-mart difference.

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Wilco, Daughn Gibson, Cheyenne Mize, Summer Songs, Ugly Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO did an all -covers show  atth e Solid Sound festival, including Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," and the Replacements' "Color Me Impressed" with a cameo from Tommy Stinson.And here's the audio for their cover of Television's "Marquee Moon."

DAUGHN GIBSON advance streams Me Moan.

CHEYENNE MIZE advance streams Among The Grey.

BASS DRUM OF DEATH is streaming a self-titled album. I was late to this one, but you still have a couple of days.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER, 1962-2013: NPR streams a mix

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise," because FoW went down well last Monday. And Jolene Blalock.

NICK CAVE does an Interview with director Andrew Domenik. 

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield is profiled by Weekend Edition Sunday.

LIZ PHAIR: Exile in Guyville turns 20. Gett off my lawn. Really.

BLACK SABBATH, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Monsters University scares up 82 million to top the chart in what is shaping up as a boffo cinema summer.  That's about 20 million better than Monsters Inc's Nov. 2001 debut (which should be expected) and better than either Brave or Cars 2, which should ease any anxiety at Pixar (at least until "Planes" lands later this summer, which seems dubious to me). World War Z places with 66 million, the second-biggest second-place ever (just behind The Day After Tomorrow).  This was a troubled production but now looks to be a decent hit for Brad Pitt and the undead.  Man Of Steel shows with 41.2 million but that 65 percent drop seems a mite steep, even given its lofty opening.  This Is The End dropped to No. 4 with 13 million, but that 37 percent drop suggests it played well again this weekend as counter-programming to the bigger pics.  Indeed, the same could be said of NowYou See Me, which rounds out the Top 5 with another 7.9 million.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY: Pixar did not mess up its Monsters franchise with this prequel, which is more than you can say for Cars 2.  The tale of how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan became a great scare team was a great deal of fun. It even has some fairly complex things to say about the virtues and limits of the work ethic.  I's a bit more emotionally shallow than the origina, but still a very solid effort.

WORLD WAR Z: Given its history and deviations from Max Brooks' source material, I had fairly low expectations for this.  But WWZ exceeded them easily, which made for a solid double-feature on Saturday.  Brad Pitt's characterization is left a bit vague, and we tend to not care about the other characters, but the undead action here is sufficiently sweeping to hold your attention.

PAULA DEEN's “n-word” revelations cost her a gig on the Food Network and likely QVC.

KIM KARDASHIAN is reportedly obsessed with breastfeeding. Is a West wedding in her future?

JAMES GANDOLFINI's body returns to the US tonight.

KELLY RUTHERFORD filed for bankruptcy, and it looks like her mega-fight over child custody was her Achilles' heel.

ANNA KENDRICK is in talks to play Cinderella in Into the Woods, Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical.

LIBYA: Two officials of the Libyan National party face blasphemy charges that could lead to the death penalty for publishing certain cartoons during the 2012 elections.

SYRIA: The Friends of Syria group pledged to "provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground." The group is comprised of Britain, France, the US, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Egypt. A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army said the rebels have recently received new weapons from Arab countries and other friendly nations, but not yet from the United States.

IRAQ: A suicide bomber killed 12 people in an attack at a mosque near Taji. Four more Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack in Azba. Twenty-two Iraqis were killed in other attacks by al Qaeda throughout the country. The government allocated 129 million dollars to fund the Awakening.

WALLE the BOXER BEAGLE scores an upset win at this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition.

THE SKATEBOARDING BULLDOG wins a surfing competition.

FLUFFY COWS: Grooming cows so they look like unusually large poodles is a well-known beautification practice in the show cattle industry, but it's just now getting attention on the Internet.

MONKEY BITES POLICE OFFICER during a traffic stop.


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Ramones, Meat Puppets, Generationals,Cutout Bin, Rottweiler   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 21, 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 THE RAMONES! Live at CBGB's circa October 1977.  Your setlist includes: “Blitzkrieg Bop”;“Sheena is a Punk Rocker”; “Beat on the Brat”; “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”;“Rockaway Beach”;“Cretin Hop”;“Oh,Oh, I Love Her So”; and“Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World.”

MEAT PUPPETS stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

GENERATIONALS play a mini-set at the studios of KEXP.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER channels the 1970's singer-songwriter during her live in-studio performance on KEXP.

SEA WOLF played a session at KUTX

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave.

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR talks to Stereogum about their new EP, the Detroit music scene, their songwriting process and, of course, Bob Seger’s butt.

THE ROLLING STONES' backup singer, Lisa Fisher, doesn't stop there, and is profiled by the New York Times.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiburg, an ornitologist, goes back to nature in the Falklands.

TEN CONTROVERSIAL LP COVERS.... and why they were

CUTOUT BIN: From Stxy to the Foo Fighters, from the Stooges to The Pastels, from Deep Purple to the Modern Lovers, plus Sniff N The Tears, the Four Tops, Elton John, Elvis Costello 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 Monsters University, which is scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and World War Z, scoring 69 percent. Should be a monster weekend.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST actually named their kid "North." Yes, really.

JAMES GANDOLFINI: Details of his final day. No Journey.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR will return as Iron Man. Ka-ching!

KATE UPTON: Topless on a horse, just in time for Gratuitous Friday.

ARNIE HAMMER: The Lone Ranger rides at Elle.

DAVID ARQUETTE falls off the wagon and cavorts with strippers as his divorce from Courtney Cox is finalized.

EGYPT: Protests against President Morsi continued over the recent appointment of eight Islamists as governors. US Ambassador Anne Patterson was criticized by opposition groups for not being more supportive of their desire to protest the Morsi government.

SYRIA: The European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid, and Crisis Response warned that Syria's refugee crisis will become the world's worst in decades if a peace plan is not speedily adopted. She criticized further efforts to arm the rebels, and said half of the 1.7 million Syrian refugees are children, who after years of no school will be jobless but "with guns in their hands."

FRANCE: Foreign Minister Fabius said France wants to talk to the Syrian rebels more before deciding to arm them and will not reach a decision on the issue before Aug. 1.

A ROTTWEILER saves a Chihuahua from a coyote.

GRASS-FED PORK: William von Scheneidau, owner and founder of BB Ranch in Seattle, is marketing meat made from marijuana-fed animals.  Bacon that gives you the munchies?

A CATFISH stabbed a 13-year-old boy in the neck.

A HUNGRY GATOR crashes a picnic.




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Marnie Stern, Camera Obscura, SSLYBY, Baby Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 20, 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.

MARNIE STERN plays "Noonan" for dogs at the Ruff Club.

CAMERA OBSCURA stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WOODEN INDIAN BURIAL GROUND goes on a garage-psych blind date at WNYC Soundcheck.

LAURA STEPHENSON plays a mini-set at WNYC Soundcheck.

ALL TINY CREATURES advance streams Dark Clock.

THE LOVE LANGUAGE shares "Pilot Light" ahead of Ruby Red.

SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN drops “Nightwater Girlfriend” ahead of Fly By Wire. Yum.

JOURNEY: The untimely passing of James Gandolfini (more below) makes "Don't Stop Believin'" the obvious choice.

THE BEATLES' DEFINING MOMENT: Weekend Edition argues for...1963.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Tommy Stinson talks about the reunion at Rolling Stone.

ZOLA JESUS talks to Pitchfork about Versions, an album featuring orchestral remakes of her previous songs, and what she has in mind for her next proper LP.

TEN SONGS you may not have known were about drugs.

JAMES GANDOFINI, best known for his role as Tony Soprano, died suddenly after a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Rome. He was 51. My reaction, like those of many, is NSFW.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY will be directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson, whose directorial debut was 2009′s Nowhere Boy about the early life of John Lennon.

PAULA DEEN admitted to using the N-word and telling insensitive racial jokes during a May 17 deposition that was videotaped — and also confessed to her brother's cocaine, pornography and alcohol addictions.

SELMA BLAIR is officially fired from Anger Management upon Charlie Sheen's demand.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Photographed holding hands.


SHAILENE WOODLEY will not appear in Sony's Amazing Spider-Man 2, and neither will her character, Mary Jane Watson.


THE UNITED STATES: Former investigators of the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of New York want to reopen the case as new evidence suggests the cause may have been a missile strike, not malfunctioning equipment. FBI Director Mueller acknowledged that the agency uses some drones for surveillance in the US.

SYRIA: During a 10-day journey through rebel-held territory in Syria, Reuters journalists found that radical Islamist units are sidelining more moderate groups that do not share the Islamists' goal of establishing a supreme religious leadership in the country.

EGYPT: Auditors revealed that EU aid to Egypt has failed to stem human rights abuses and rampant corruption.

AFGHANISTAN: US Secretary of State Kerry said Afghan President Hamid Karzai's concerns were justifiable after he pulled out of planned peace talks with the Taliban.

BABY PENGUINS at the Audibon Aquarium.

CREATIVE DOG GROOMING caused the lethal Dog Uprising of 2015.

THREE BABY LILIGERS cavort at the zoo in Novosibirsk, Russia's third-largest city.

BRITAIN'S FATTEST CAT is put on a diet.

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