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Memorial Day 2013   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 27, 2013 - 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 Remember.gov still 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 check the Tube for 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 Berets."  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."

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Power Pop, The National, Kurt Vile, Neko Case, Cutout Bin, Dog + Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION:  Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage somewhere near Iowa State University on July 5th, 2013, just one short decade after their last reunion gig.  Clear your calendar for something transcendent, a train wreck, or both!  If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


...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 Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," 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."

THE NATIONAL stops by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

KURT VILE and The Violators return to KEXP for a live set of songs from his newest LP.

MAN OR ASTRO-MAN dropped by KEXP HQ for an ear-drum busting live set of singles from their newest album.

MOUNT MORIAH stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

NEKO CASE covers Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" at 54:30.

SURF CITY returns with "It's A Common Life."

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

DAWES, coming off stints with Bob Dylan and John Fogerty, is profiled by the L.A. Times.

PRIMAL SCREAM: Bobby Gillespie talks to Stereogum about More Light, Screamadelica and the sad state of music in 2013.

CAROLE KING was awarded the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song and feted at the White House. To quote Friend of Pate Craig O'Neill, "You cannot deny the power of Tapestry."

THE 100 GREATEST INDIE DRUMMERS, according to SPIN, who clearly missed Pate.

50 YEARS, 50 ESSENTIAL LPS, according to Flavorwire.

CUTOUT BIN: From Ike & Tina Turner to Styx, from Elvis Costello to Rainbow, from Junior Wells to Joan Jett, plus Adrian Belew, John Cougar, Temper Trap, Eric Burdon & War and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include: the animated Epic, which is currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Fast & Furious 6, currently scoring 77 percent; and The Hangover, Part III, scoring 22 percent.  Before Midnight opens on 5 screens with 98 percent.

AMANDA BYNES was flat-out rejected from a private jet flight in Jersey this weekend ... after trying to use Google as a substitute for her government ID. And she was arrested by police in her Midtown apartment Thursday night after officers caught her throwing drug paraphernalia out the window, law enforcement sources said.

MILEY CYRUS & LIAM HEMSWORTH: Back on again, for the moment.

LINDSAY LOHAN blew 15K on blow and pills before checking into rehab, according to a man claiming to be her drug dealer. And who would claim to be that who was not?

JUSTIN BIEBER's MONKEY was claimed by Germany.

JENNIFER ANISTON as a stripper? M'kay.

AMANDA SEYFRIED thinks her ''beautiful huge breasts'' made her more attractive.

THE KARDASHIANS: Millions of dollars in debt?  It's The Star, so we can only hope.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Authorities arrested two unnamed suspects, a man and a woman from Greenwich, in the brutal murder of a soldier in Woolwich, and identified one of the suspects at the crime scene as UK-born Michael Olumide Adebolajo, a Muslim convert of Nigerian origin. Both Adebolajo and another suspect are known to authorities and were the subject of counterterrorism investigations in the past eight years. Adelbolajo was a member of the banned UK-based jihadist group Al Muhajiroun, and was often seen handing out Islamist literature in Woolwich. Authorities reportedly stopped one of the suspects last year as he tried to travel to Somalia to join the al Qaeda-linked Shabaab.

SWEDEN: Rioting in Stockholm suburbs continued and spread to southern suburbs including Hagsätra, where rioters attacked a police patrol, seriously wounding one officer. The rioters have thrown rocks at police and firefighters; torched hundreds of cars; and attacked schools, stores, an arts center, a restaurant, and a police station. The unrest in the predominantly Muslim-immigrant areas is being blamed on "social exclusion" and "bleak" economic prospects for youth in these suburbs.

SYRIA: Talks between Assad and Syrian rebels planned for June 10 show both sides realize the crisis is at a stalemate and that only a negotiated solution or foreign military intervention will bring it to a conclusion.

IRAN: Two of the current presidential candidates are suspects in a notorious 1994 terrorist attack.


A DOG saves and nurses A KITTEN... mass hysteria!

CASSIUS THE CROC celebrated his 110th birthday with a huge cake made of dead chickens.

FROGS , TOADS and SALAMANDERS are disappearing at an alarming rate across the United States.

A SHIH TZU swallowed a lollypop stick almost as long as herself.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, Rufus Wainwright, Daughter, Sloth   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE THERMALS roar into "The Sunset."

DALE EARNHARDT JR JR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT plays the Fitzgerald Theate, courtesy of The Current.

DAUGHTER visit KEXP with a set of songs from their latest LP. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Jagwar Ma, Laura Mvula and Firehorse highlight the latest edition.

THE BEATLES: "Rain." Shine. The weather's fine.

JOHN LYDON: Johnny Rotten talks to Drowned In Sound as only John Lydon can.

JOHN DOE & EXENE CERVENKA of X remember Ray Manzarek.

THE BREEDERS: Kelley Deal talks to Bust about the band's reunion and the Last Splash resissue.

20 ESSENTIAL MUSIC DOCUMENTARIES, compiled by Pitchfork.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO's latest model target is Britain's Cara Delevingne — but for once he doesn't seem to be having much luck.

AMANDA BYNES: The crazy is coming from inside the house.

BRAD PITT did everything he could to keep Angelina Jolie's surgery secret

AMERICN IDOL to be judged by American Idols?

JOSE CANSECO is under investigation in Las Vegas after a woman filed a report accusing the former MLB star of sexual assault ... but Jose says it's all BS.

JOE FRANCIS: The Girls Gone Wild mogul found guilty of falsely imprisoning three women in his Bel Air home, called his jury "retarded" and said they should be "shot dead."

THE UNITED KINDGOM: A man reported to be a serving soldier has been hacked to death in Woolwich, south east London, in what is being treated as a terrorist attack. As the victim lay motionless in the middle of the road, witnesses say they heard the attackers chanting "Allahu akbar" - and inviting passers-by to take photographs of them.

THE UNITED STATES: The government acknowledged that US drone strikes had killed four US citizens in Pakistan and Yemen, including Anwar al Awlaki, who planned a jetliner bombing over Detroit in 2009 and had a key role in a 2010 plan to bomb US-bound cargo planes. Ibragim Todashev, a Chechen acquaintance of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was shot dead by an FBI agent in Orlando, Fla. after lunging with a knife at the agent during questioning.

SWEDEN: For the third night in a row, rioters burned cars in suburbs around Stockholm. The unrest started three days in the suburb of Husby, where a week ago police fatally shot a man who was menacing a woman and the police with a machete.

LIBYA: Police responding to reports of a clash at a tourist chalet outside Benghazi found gunmen and about 200 gelatina bombs as well as bomb-making materials.

EGYPT: Authorities secured the release of seven security personnel who were kidnapped last week by Islamist gunmen in the Sinai. Following their release, authorities reopened the Rafah crossing with Gaza. Hamas congratulated Egypt on securing the release of the security personnel. Jihadists attacked an Egyptian army outpost in the Sinai for approximately 15 minutes.

CHEWBACCA THE SLOTH prefers carrots.

A GOAT ON THE LAM snarled the morning commute along one of the busiest roadways in northern New Jersey.

TY THE TIGER had surgery to remove a giant hairball. They're grrrreee*hackhackhack*

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lobster that looks like Darth Maul.

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Pastels, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Foals, Tornado Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHE & HIM drop a video for "I Could've Been Your Girl."

THE PASTELS advance stream Slow Summits.

NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION fill up the KEXP studio for a hollering, celebratory set of foot-stompers.

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

CASS McCOMBS rolls out "Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log" as half of a split single with Michael hurley.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

RAY MANZAREK deconstructs the jazzy roots of "Light My Fire," including Coltrane.

YO LA TENGO: Ira Kaplan talks to the Denver Post about the downside of acclaim and not recognizing his songs on the radio.

A MOD MUSICAL based around the story and music of the Small Faces is set to open in 2014.

TREVOR BOLDER, the bass player for Uriah Heep and David Bowie's Spiders from Mars, has died aged 62 after suffering from cancer.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON: He moved out. She visited Taylor Swift. And what about Katy Perry?

BRAD PITT won't remember you, and claims it's a medical condition other than narcissism..

LINDSAY LOHAN is sued for 5 million by a clothing manufacturer that claims she destroyed their reputation.

JESSE JAMES cut off his pinky.


OLIVIA MUNN is profiled by Esquire.

EGYPT: Authorities increased the number of roadblocks in the Sinai as an operation to free seven kidnapped security personnel could be launched at any moment.

IRAQ: More than 20 Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings and attacks across the country.

A DOGGEH survives the Moore, OK tornado, emerges from the rubble during an interview.

THE SWARM: High school seniors were banned from graduation after releasing 10000 crickets into its halls as a prank.

AN 18' 8" BURMESE PYTHON has been captured in South Florida.

PENGUINS CAN'T FLY: Evolution explains why.

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Ray Manzarek RIP, Thermals, Phosphrescent, Grizzly Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RAY MANZAREK, the founding member of the Doors whose piercing electric organ (and bass) sound defined their career-establishing hit “Light My Fire,” "Break On Through," "People Are Strange," "Love Me Two Times" and most of their other cornerstone songs, died Monday in Germany after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. In the 1980s, Manzarek had a strong hand in the emergence of another quintessential Los Angeles band when he produced albums for the punk quartet X.

ROOMRUNNER advance streams Ideal Cities.

THE THERMALS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY & DAWN McCARTHY perform their own versions of classic Everly Brothers songs on World Cafe.

PURE BATHING CULTURE drops "Pendulum," the lead single from the upcoming Moon Tides.

JOHN FOGERTY & FOO FIGHTERS reboot "Fortunate Son" for Fogerty's upcoming Wrote a Song for Everyone.

THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger talks to Canadian indie rocker Hayden at The Grid To. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE SMITHS: Best or Worst Band of the last 30 years?

MIKE OLDFELD & RICHARD BRANSON revisit... Tubular Bells.

ROLLING STONE DOT COM: Now run by Jann Wenner's 22-year-old kid.

KRISTEN STEWART & ROBERT PATTINSON fought bitterly for several days over her affair and moodiness before breaking up again.

DENISE RICHARDS & CHARLIE SHEEN get along fine, according to Richards.

JUSTIN BIEBER was booed at the Billboard Music Awards.


SETH MacFARLANE won't return to the stage to host next year's Oscars show. Shocka.

KATRINA BOWDEN (30 Rock) married musician Ben Jorgensen.

CHAD JOHNSON was arrested in Florida — after a Broward County judge determined the ex-NFL star violated his probation stemming from his 2012 domestic violence bust.

SYRIA: Some 30 Hezbollah fighters were killed in clashes yesterday with rebels in Qusair, less than 10 miles from the Lebanese border, increasing fears the conflict will spill over outside Syria. Opposition sources said the clashes in Qusair yesterday killed 100 people.

EGYPT: President Morsi said authorities have no plans to negotiate with the Islamists who kidnapped seven security personnel in the Sinai last week. In response to the kidnapping, the army sent reinforcements into the Sinai.

IRAQ: Eighty-seven Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings in Baghdad, Balad, Basrah, and Samara; 48 of those were killed in a series of blasts at markets in Baghdad.

WHEN A GRIZZLY ATTACKS: It looks like this.

POT-FED PIGS: The pigs get high, you get some tasty bacon.

BABY GOATS were rounded up by Milwaukie police.

TWO ADORABLE PUPPIES, saved by a King Cobra... mass hysteria!

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