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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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Lightning Dust, Bombino, Daft Punk, Julius Escapes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 19, 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.

LOCAL NATIVES dabble in dogless sci-fi for the "You And I" clip.

LIGHTNING DUST advance streams Fantasy.

BOMBINO stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Neko Case, No Age, Bosnian Rainbows and more highlight the latest edition.

DAFT PUNK: Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo spoke with All Songs Considered about the making of their new album, Random Access Memories, and share music by some of their favorite artists.

DEER TICK: Welcome to "The Rock." But not that rock.

JULIANA BARWICK drops "One Half" ahead of Nepenthe.

BLOUSE drops "No Shelter" as the first single from the upcoming record Imperium.

GLEN CAMPBELL scratches my Jimmy Webb itch with his hit version of "Wichita Lineman".

SHE & HIM: Zooey Deschanel and M Ward talk to the L.A. Times about the classic sounds and themes undergirding Vol. 3.

STEVIE NICKS: The Fairy Godmother of Rock.

PARQUET FLOOR: "Like some punked-up mix of Jonathan Richman and Pavement, it's goofy dude music that actually rocks." (Thx, LHB.)

50 YEARS, 50 GREAT SUMMER ALBUMS, compiled by Flavorwire. (Though some of these were not released in the summer, e.g., Sandanista!)

JOHNNY DEPP: An Outlaw Looks at 50.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST named their daughter. I shant spoil it for you.

JUSTIN BIEBER was under investigation for a possible hit and run accident involving a paparazzo overnight — but police have now cleared him of any wrongdoing.

KATY PERRY learned Russell Brand's divorce plans by text message.

MILEY CYRUS insists she wears her engagement ring from Liam Hemsworth “every single day” and says “alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana.” It's a comment sure to endear her to parents.

JAMES FRANCO seeks crowdfunding for a film trilogy.

KRISTEN BELL is shooting the crowdfunded Veronica Mars movie.

MALI: An interim agreement has been reached between the Malian government and the separatist Tuareg MNLA to allow the Malian military to assert control over the northern region, including Kidal, before elections on July 28, to be followed by the Malian civilian administration. The accord, which was signed today, imposes an immediate ceasefire and also calls for all armed groups in the north to lay down their weapons.

TURKEY: After weeks of sometimes violent confrontation with police, Turkish protesters have found a new form of resistance: standing still and silent.

EGYPT: Authorities seized a half ton of explosives being smuggled into the Sinai. A new poll found that support for President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood is declining in Egypt.

SYRIA: A car bombing yesterday by an al Qaeda-linked group killed at least 60 Syrian soldiers near a military base by Aleppo's airport, activists claimed. Some 700K civilians in Aleppo's Afrin district have been besieged by rebels since May 25.

AFGHANISTAN: This summer is shaping up as a lesson in tough love from American military mentors to demonstrate whether the Afghan forces really can become self-sufficient by the withdrawal deadline for Western forces in 2014.

JULIUS ESCAPING: Be afraid. Be very afraid.

THE PAW SEASONS: Get your pet a luxury holiday for a recession-busting £47K.

A BABY RACCOON DOG joins the Shanghai police.

FELIX THE CAT has a special entrance at the Huddersfield train station. No magic bag of tricks required.

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Pate Reunion Update, Billy Bragg, The Orwells, Low, Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 18, 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.

THE XX drop a "Fiction" video.

BILLY BRAGG plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE NO BS BRASS BAND plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

THE ORWELLS advance stream the Other Voices EP.

LOW plays a 27-minute version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?"

CAT STEVENS performs energetic versions of both "The Wind" and "Moonshadow" in a single clip from 1976, just so for Twofer Tuesday.

PJ HARVEY & ADELE were awarded the MBE by QE II.

MADONNA: The Quietus studies the blonde's ambition to become one of the biggest stars of the 80s with her self-titled album of 1983.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to The Record about his "abstract and weirder" Dagger Beach.

26 SONGS ABOUT SUPERMAN, compiled by The A.V. Club.

CHARLIE SHEEN fired SELMA BLAIR from Anger Management? The report has everyone's people in a tizz.

NIGELLA LAWSON was grabbed by the throat in a, er,  ‘playful tiff’ with hubby Charles Saatchi.

KATE MOSS is celebrating her 40th birthday by taking it all off for Playboy.

JENNIFER LOPEZ has signed on to join Antonio Banderas in the Chilean miner film The 33.

BILL COSBY mused on the parenting philosophy behind his seminal television program, “The Cosby Show.”

GIRLS GONE WILD mogul Joe Francis's sex tape has been sold... but won't be seen, thankfully.

BERNIE SAHLINS, the co-founder and former owner of Second City and a crucial and essential innovator in the field of American comedy, died peacefully Sunday at his home, his wife, Jane Nicholl Sahlins, said. He was 90.

TURKEY: Police detained 441 people in connection with clashes in Istanbul on Sunday between police and demonstrators protesting against the government, an official at the city's bar association said on Monday.

EGYPT: The Army rejected a request by Hamas' leader to meet.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq killed 15 Iraqis in attacks across the country and also assassinated a senior Sunni cleric in Ramadi.

LIBYA's General National Congress postponed the vote on a new president in the wake of another round of Benghazi clashes.

A WHALE steals a firsherman's catch.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent invaded a Winnipeg woman's home via the toilet. Pic at the link. Meanwhile another rodent forced a BMW into Mission Bay.

ROBO-CAT: Still in its experimental stage, the robot will serve as a platform for research in locomotion and biomechanics.

GUINEA PIG ARMOR for sale on eBay.

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