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New Releases, Dirty Projectors, the XX, Melody's Echo Chamber, Gym Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEN FOLDS FIVE enlists the Fraggles, Anna Kendrick, Rob Corddry, and Chris Hardwick for "Do It Anyway."

NEW RELEASES from Ben Folds Five, Band of Horses, Paul Simon, James Iha, Natural Child and a ukelele Replacements tribute LP are streaming this week via Spinner.

DIRTY PROJECTORS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE XX perform a set of songs from their brand new second full-length "Coexist" live in the KEXP studio.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER is advance streaming the self-titled debut album.

JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

PATTERSON HOOD is profiled by The Phoenix.

TENDER TRAP, drawing more heavily from girl groups and Jonatan Richman than ever, are profiled by The Guardian.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN: Raggi Þórhallsson talks to DIY about the band's sudden success and their debut album's awaited UK release.

AIMEE MANN tells Salon we've become a nation of spoiled voyeurs -- and lost track of the value of the arts.

AMANDA BYNES' suspended license finally caught up with her today - TMZ has learned she was pulled over by police and had her car impounded.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants to know why Amanda Bynes isn't behind bars.  Over to you, Damon Lindelhof.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON are reunited, according to the ever-reliable Sun.

SARAH FERGUSON,  who was photographed topless while sunbathing at a remote villa in the South of France 20 years ago, has expressed ‘total sympathy' for the Duchess of Cambridge.

NICKY MINAJ & MARIAH CAREY are already clashing on the American Idol set.

MILEY CYRUS did not commit a criminal battery at Beacher's Madhouse theater in Hollywood last weekend ... and the surveillance video proves it.

THE WINKLEVOSS TWINS unveil a new social network.

IRAN said saboteurs used explosives to cut electrical power to its uranium enrichment plant. The head of Iran's atomic energy organization said "terrorists and saboteurs" may have infiltrated the IAEA. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Iran's nuclear program a threat to the entire world.

LEBANON: General Mohammed Ali Jafari, the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, said that his force had high-level advisers in Lebanon. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman demanded that Iran to explain its statement.

HEZBOLLAH leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah called for sustaining protests against an anti-Islam film. Nasrallah also urged governments to censor websites carrying a trailer from the film and asked Muslims to boycott those websites.

DENMARK: About 500 Islamist protesters organized by the Scandinavian arm of the Hizb ut-Tahrir gathered outside the US Embassy in Copenhagen on Sept. 16, condemning the US presence in the Middle East and carrying protest banners. One said: "Freedom of expression, a means of oppression."

A CAT performs a balance beam routine.

A ST BERNARD is reunited with a marine back from a year in Iraq.

A TINY SUMATRAN TIGER CUB: Awww...some pics.

BABY MEERKATS debut at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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Band of Horses, Tallest Man on Earth, Madrid, Dog + Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOSPITALITY shares a race-y video on "Eighth Avenue."

BAND OF HORSES played World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig on demand.

THE WILDERNESS OF MANITOBA is advance streaming Island of Echoes. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MADRID is advance streaming their self-titled debut.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MADNESS: "It Must Be Love."

JEFF TWEEDY talks to The A.V. Club about privacy, the music industry, and the future of Wilco.

DIVINE FITS: Brit Daniel talks to The Line of Best Fit about the strange genesis of his latest band, Ray Davies, and more...

1992: The Year College Rock Died. Friends of Pate will recognize the obscurities mentioned.

THE 10 BEST NEW VOICES IN MUSIC, according to Paste.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Resident Evil: Retribution tops your chart with 21.1 million, right about where this franchise does... and against a relatively light 65 million budget, there will almost undoubtedly be more zombies to come. Despite selling relatively fewer tickets for this installment domestically, this flick took in another 50 million worldwide and may well top 300 million by the end of its run.  The 3-D rerelease of Finding Nemo places with 17.5 million, just about on par with the 3-D Beauty and the Beast, more easy money for the Mouse.  The Possession shows with 5.8 million on a 38 percent drop in a quite leggy showing for a horror flick.  Lawless drops to the fourth slot with 4.2 million on a mere 30 perscent drop, which should remind us of just how bad last weekend was. ParaNorman rounds out the Top 5 with 3 million on a 28 percent drop, continuing to underperform Coraline (although in fairness, Coraline had a fan base from the book).

KATE MIDDLETON: Lawyers for Britain's royal family will make a criminal complaint against the photographer who took pictures of Prince William's wife Kate sunbathing topless in the south of France, William's office said Sunday.

AMANDA BYNES came one step closer to disaster Thursday night when she was driving around West Hollywood — on a suspended license — and got into an accident ... though, luckily, it was minor.  Does she have serious mental issues?

EVA LONGORIA & MARK SANCHEZ: Officially an item.

BEN AFFLECK talks to Details about Argo and the enternal struggle to balance work and family.

RUPERT EVERETT, who blazed a trail for gay actors when he came out as homosexual 20 years ago, has spoken out against gay parents and said he “can't think of anything worse” than two men bringing up a child together.

THE UNITED STATES pulled nonessential staff from its diplomatic facilities in Sudan and Tunisia. Abel Daoud was arrested in an FBI sting operation and charged with trying to detonate a bomb in a downtown Chicago bar. In Virginia, Amine el Khalifi was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to bomb the US Capitol.

EGYPT: Protests in Cairo subsided as hundreds of riot police cleared the area around the US embassy. Security forces arrested 220 "troublemakers and lawbreakers" and jailed 54 for prosecution. Barriers were erected to seal off the area.

LIBYA: Security forces identified 50 individuals involved in the attack on the US embassy. Four have been arrested; others may have escaped. The US sent spies, Marines, and drones to Libya to speed the investigation. Al Qaeda said the attack was revenge for the killing of its second in command, Abu Yahya al Libi.

DOG & PARROT, making out... Mass hysteria!

A LARGE KOALA sparked an early-morning ''police incident'' in Adelaid.

THE GREEN PLAGUE: Puerto Rico may attack its Iguana explosion by exporting them for dinner.

KILLER WHALES have the longest menopause of any non-human species - to care for their adult sons.

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Sly & the Family Stone, Walkmen, The XX, Los Lobos, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 14, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.

THE WALKMEN play a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE XX plays songs from Coexist for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

LOS LOBOS performs Kiko in its entirety for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

HOT CHIP brings the party to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

KAKI KING drops "Great Round Burn" ahead of Glow.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to BuzzFeed about ***** Riot, Feminism, and Joni Mitchell. As summer wanes, let's roll Darnielle's take on "The Boys Are Back In Town."

WILL JOHNSON talks to the Dallas Morning News about Scorpion, his work with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Monsters of Folk and others, as well as his baseball paintings, which are homages to the greats of the sport.

AMANDA PALMER: Is her tweet-happy, DIY, often NSFW approach a model for independent artists?  She's getting grief from pro musicians for seeking volunteer backup on tour.

THE 2012 MERCURY PRIZE nominees, and their odds.

LED ZEPPELIN's 2007 O2 concert comes to video. Trailer at the link.

CUTOUT BIN:  and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide openers are the 3-D re-release of Finding Nemo, which scores 99 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Resident Evil: Retribution, which wasn't screened for critics.

AMANDA BYNES was driving aimlessly for hours Tuesday ... while smoking out of what appears to be a marijuana pipe and tooling around L.A. on a suspended license.

NICK & VANESSA LACHEY welcomed a son on Wednesday, Sept. 12.

ADRIANA LIMA and her husband Marko Jaric welcomed their second daughter in NYC Wednesday.

SALLY STRUTHERS was arrested for drunk driving in Maine yesterday.

MICHAEL MADSEN was busted for DUI, but wants to assure his fans that he did not fail the field sobriety test and "believes that the breathalyzer test is flawed."

SELMA BLAIR is single again.

LINCOLN: Spielberg's biopic now has a full trailer online.

THE 25 BEST SEINFELD EPISODES? Paste courts controversy, as listicles strive to do.

TEN THINGS You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek.

IRAN: The UN's nuclear agency censured Iran over its nuclear program. Oil exports were down dramatically due to international sanctions. The US and allies prepared for a major naval exercise in the Persian Gulf.

SYRIA: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri called on all Muslims to support rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime. Heavy fighting continued throughout the country. In Damascus, a pro-Assad Shi'ite militia battled with rebels.

YEMEN: Protesters stormed the US embassy in Sana'a, tore down the US flag, and chanted "death to America" and "death to Israel." Yemen security forces did not prevent protesters from entering the embassy.

LIBYA: Four suspects believed to be involved in the attack on the US consulate were arrested by Libyan authorities. The US Navy deployed two destroyers to the Libyan coast. There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qaeda operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Moreover, according to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Dept had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.The US Director of National Intelligence, responded to that report: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.” There are at least five problems with that very carefully worded response. First, a report about planned attacks was published Tuesday morning by Egypt’s Al-Masry al-Youm daily, based on Egyptian intell; if that intell wasn't shared, more questions are raised.  Second, an officer at the consulate told his online gaming friends at the outset of the siege he might die (as he did hours later) and had seen one of Libyan ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures.  Third, the ambush of the rescuers appeared professionally executed. Fourth, no mob gathered outside the US Embassy in Tripoli, the usual base of Chris Stevens, the late ambassador which, on the face of it, would have been a more logical target.  Fifth, when US sources told CNN "this was a clearly planned military-type attack," the response from another US official was that there was "no clear stream of intelligence that indicated the Benghazi attack was coming."  There seems to be plenty of evidence the attack was premeditated; whether the US had intelligence about it (and if so, how much) is the subject of further review.

EGYPT: Protests outside the US embassy turned violent. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails while police responded with tear gas. Pres Morsi said he backed peaceful protest but not attacks on embassies. US officials semi-denied reports that the Marines at the embassy were barred from carrying live ammunition (the language of the "denials" is carefully worded). Morsi attempted to persuade Iran to drop its support of the Assad regime in Syria.

SUPER-KITTENS fly to dubstep.

A NEW MONKEY was discovered living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

MONGO: Lancaster, AP, police said they arrested a man after he punched a mounted officer and his horse.

A RABID BEAVER leaped out of a pond and chased children at a Springfield nature center.

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Mudhoney, Alela Diane, JC Brooks, King Khan, Woods, Maru   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE RAVEONETTES reveal "The Enemy."

MUDHONEY plays a live set at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on KEXP.

ALELA DIANE plays a set at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge live on KEXP.

JC BROOKS & THE UPTOWN SOUND play a live set at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge on KEXP.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES play a set at the Bumbershoot Music Lounge live on KEXP.

WOODS is advance streaming Bend Beyond.

OF MONTREAL drops the previously unreleased "Our Love is Senile."

THE BEATLES: "You're Gonna Lose That Girl." "Yes, yes" from the "Yeah, yeah yeah" guys.

PURITY RING: Corin Roddick talks to the Daily Californinan about the band's creative process. (Thx, LHB.)

YEASAYER guitarist Anand Wilder tells the Austin Chronicle how much he enjoyed Pitchfork's negative review of Fragrant World.

STARS: Amy Millan talks to Stereogum about recording The North.

ONE-HIT WONDERS: What are they, exactly?

LINDSAY LOHAN is scaring the producers of Scary Movie 5.

GEORGE CLOONEY denies breaking up with Stacy Keibler.

JOHNNY DEPP recently bought longtime partner Vanessa Paradis a 4.4 million Mediterranean-style spread off Mulholland Drive through a trust.

HEIDI KLUM cops to banging her bodyguard.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Not buzzed on the X Factor.

KATHY BATES undergoes a double mastectomy.

YEMEN: Pres Hadi fired the military intelligence and national security ministers after a suicide bomber nearly killed the defense minister.

IRAN: The United States and its Western allies have persuaded Russia and China to support a resolution critical of Iran's nuclear defiance in hope of showing Israel that diplomacy is an alternative to military force in pressuring Tehran, diplomats said Wednesday.

SYRIA: The United Nations says the number of refugees who have fled Syria has reached more than 250K calling the humanitarian problems sparked by the conflict "our biggest crisis."

EGYPT: A proposal by Salafis to give Egypt's main Islamic institution the final say on whether the law of the land adheres to Islamic laws threatens to bring the already painfully slow process of drafting the new constitution to a grinding halt. Riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets late Wednesday outside the US Embassy in Cairo to keep protesters away from the building's perimeter. Although Egypt's prime minister called Tuesday's incident "regrettable" and unjustified, Pres Mohamed Morsi condemned the anti-Muslim film that incited the protesters. One hitch: this was never really about the movie, which may not even exist. The "protest" was announced Aug. 30 by Jamaa Islamiya, a State Department-designated terrorist group, to protest the ongoing imprisonment of its spiritual leader, Sheikh Omar abdel Rahman, who is serving a life sentence in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center.

LIBYA: The consulate where the American ambassador to Libya was killed on Tuesday is an "interim facility" not protected by the contingent of Marines that safeguards embassies.  US sources say they do not believe the attacks that killed Amb. Stevens and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya, were in reaction to the online release of a film mocking Islam, reports CNN. A squad of US troops despatched by helicopter across the Libyan desert to rescue besieged diplomats from Benghazi on Wednesday ran into a fierce overnight ambush that left a further two Americans dead, Libyan officials told Reuters.

MARU takes on the long box.

ONE-PERCENTER CATS: Living the high life at the top of the scratching post.

ELEPHANT ART: These paintings are expected to go up in value!

WEREWOLVES: A spate of attacks on sheep, many of them found with their throats slit, have caused a mysterious beast hunt in a town in western France.

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Killers, Mayer Hawthorne, Band of Horses, Raccoon Dentist   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BYRNE & ST VINCENT play "Who" and "The Forest Awakes" on Fallon.

THE KILLERS are advance streaming Battle Born via iTunes.

MAYER HAWTHORNE played 1st Ave in Mpls; you can stream the whole gig on demand.

BAND OF HORSES is advance streaming Mirage Rock.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set, including a previously unreleased tune.

MENOMENA is advance streaming Moms.

ROBERT POLLARD is streaming new tracks from Jack Sells the Cow, daily.

THE CONTOURS: "Do You Love Me?"

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste swung by Turntable.fm (and Stereogum) to spin tunes and chat about the writing process, Beyoncé, why he wouldn't be on American Idol, and why fans should all be writing thank you notes to Santa Claus.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to The Observer about finding peace in a patch of dahlias, posing naked - and why Björk keeps her sane.

ROXY MUSIC: On their 40th anniversary, The Observer essays their career.

SONIC YOUTH, ranked by Stereogum.

12 EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTING FACTS About Popular Music. The sales facts much more depressing than the chart facts (charts in the Internet Age are no big achievement).

BRITNEY SPEARS struck a settlement with the former bodyguard who claimed the pop star was a genital-flashing sexual harasser during his time with the singer.

RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY had an intimate wedding, courtesy of Martha Stewart. The music was provided by Florence Welch.

ANNA PAQUIN & STEPHEN MOYER recently welcomed their twins into the world.

RANDY JACKSON closes a last-minute deal to return to the judging table at American Idol.

TARA REID was a drunken mess in St. Tropez this weekend - sloppily stumbling into a parked motorcycle, sending the bike and herself crashing to the ground.

EMMA WATSON: The most dangerous celeb on the web.

SHERYL CROW suspects that her benign brain tumor may have been caused by her cell phone, but "there are no doctors that will confirm that."

KATIE COURIC: Not off to an auspicious start in daytime.

PROMETHEUS: 10 minutes of deleted footage leaks ahead of the DVD release.

YEMEN: "Now, the war against al-Qaeda is more dangerous than before."

EGYPT: Thousands of Egyptian demonstrators tore down the Stars and Stripes at the US embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and replaced it with an Islamic flag on the annniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Hardline Islamist supporters of the Salafist movement gathered at the embassy in protest over a film deemed offensive to the Prophet Mohammed which was produced by expatriate members of Egypt's Christian minority resident in the United States. And the US embassy sided against (admittedly crude) free speech and with the Islamists.  Hours and hours later, the White House disavowed the embassy statement...anonymously.  And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out by name.

LIBYA? Same thing. An armed mob protesting over a film they said offended Islam, attacked the US consulate in the Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday and set fire to the building, witnesses reported. A US official has been killed and others wounded.  This is why the US was throwing free speech under the bus in Cairo; just trying to keep the daeth toll down. Maybe a smart short-term move, but medium-term...

IRAN: The UN atomic agency has received new and significant intelligence over the past month that Iran has advanced its work on calculating the destructive power of an atomic warhead through a series of computer models that it ran sometime within the past three years.

PAKISTAN: McDonald's is at the center of a row over Islamic values in Pakistan after a customer complained he was told not to sit beside his wife because managers feared it would damage the restaurant's family reputation.

OSCAR the RACCOON performs a dental exam on a patient patient.

THE SWARM: Honeybees hijacked three airplanes at India's Kolkata airport.

BATS are decreasing, but lunch prices are increasing. That's the word from last Tuesday's meeting of the Montezuma-Cortez School District Re-1 Board.

A SWEDISH WOMAN could face criminal charges after harbouring a hedgehog in her flat in violation of the country's hunting laws. Dinsdale!

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