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Milk Carton Kids, Lone Bellow, Ellie Goulding, Dog and Mini-Pony Show   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  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.

CHRISTOPHER OWENS drops a video for "Here We Go Again."

THE MILK CARTON KIDS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

THE LONE BELLOW palyed a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WILD NOTHING recently stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

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

JOE COCKER is "Feelin' Alright," with a little help from his friend.

BRYAN FERRY talks to Spinner about The Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby soundtrack.

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck knocks a couple back and talks to Pitchfork about losing his mind on the road and his ambitious new LP, Muchacho.

SWANS frontman Michael Gira talks to Stereogum about aging, social networking and life after The Seer.

AGNETHA FALTSKOG has a new album coming. After nine years, there's something going on.

OLIVIA WILDE got over 17000 hate-tweets from Justin Bieber fans.

MILEY CYRUS has split with her fiancé, “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, multiple sources tell Page Six.

MITT ROMNEY & TIGER WOODS join the growing list of hacked celebs and politicos.

THE KARDASHIANS: A deposition has surfaced in the Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries divorce in which the producer of Kim's reality show confesses Kim re-shot her reaction to his marriage proposal.

MIRANDA KERR is modeling a neck brace after a car collision.

ED ASNER has been hospitalized for exhaustion after cutting short his performance at Marquette Pavilion in Gary on Tuesday. 

VERONICA MARS may be headed to the big screen via Kickstarter

THE UNITED STATES granted exemptions to 10 European nations and Japan from Iran sanctions because those 11 nations have recently reduced their imports of Iranian oil.

MALI: The UN is considering the creation of a 10000-strong heavily armed rapid deployment force in Mali as part of a peacekeeping mission after the French-led intervention is over.

SYRIA: Government troops and rebels fought for control of key neighborhoods in northeast Damascus. Fighting erupted between Damascus and the Golan Heights in what could be a new battlefront.

EGYPT: A film about Egypt's Jews was banned by authorities.

A DOG rides a jumping mini-pony.

LOCUSTS continue to swarm near the Egyptian-Israeli border ahead of Passover.

POLAR BEAR CUBS forced into a media cute-off.

CHAMP: Happiest Dog in the World?

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SXSW, Tegan & Sara, Aaron Neville, Deer in the Ocean   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WAVVES has a "Demon to Lean On" for you.

COLLEEN GREEN is advance streaming Sock It To Me.

SXSW 2013: All Songs Considered showcases some great new discoveries. SPIN has a 60-track mix.

TEGAN & SARA stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

AARON NEVILLE: The legendary N'awlins R & B and soul singer visits KEXP for an exclusive live performance.

THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS perform "I Palindrome I" for Dave. A selection for 3-13-13

RICHARD HELL answers 21 Questions for Vulture.

15 NOTABLE DAVID BOWIE CAMEOS, spotted by The A.V. Club.

THE ROLLING STONES, ranked by Stereogum.

PETER BANKS, the original guitarist for progressive rock legends Yes, has died. He was 65.


TAYLOR SWIFT: Hundreds of letters addressed to the country superstar -- many unopened -- were discovered in a south Nashville recycling dumpster over the weekend.

CELEBRITIES HACKED: The hackers who obtained Michelle Obama's financial records — along with some of the biggest celebs in the world — aren't just seeking recognition ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ they have been “using” the credit information.

KELLY OSBOURNE has returned home and has been given a clean bill of health by her doctor after a 5-day hospital stay following a seizure.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Can attorney David Wohl save her from jail?

EDWARD NORTON is going to be a Dad.

TINA TURNER has become the oldest person to star on the cover of Vogue magazine. She's 73.

ELIN NORDEGREN:  Tiger Woods' ex-wife is quietly dating her older Florida neighbor, billionaire coal magnate Chris Cline.

MELISSA McCARTHY lands a much coveted role opposite Bill Murray in St. Vincent De Van Nuys.

THE UNITED STATES: The director of national intelligence said the al Qaeda-linked Al Nusrah Front is establishing a foothold in Syria.

SYRIA: Heavy fighting continued for a third day in the strategically important city of Homs in central Syria. Fighting renewed around Aleppo airport in northern Syria.

EGYPT: Jama'a al-Islamiya and the Muslim Brotherhood announced that they and other Islamist groups are forming civilian militias with authority to make arrests.  Authorities thwarted an arms smuggling attempt from Libya. Tribal leaders in the Sinai warned that Salafi jihadists are planning a "wave of attacks." Egyptian authorities will consider banning the sale of alcohol in airport duty-free shops.

IRAQ: A resurgence of Sunni identity and demonstrations against the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is weakening Iraqi nationalism and intensifying sectarianism.


A DEER IN THE OCEAN: I think that's what the guy says.

UKRAINIAN ATTACK DOLPHINS are on the loose in the Black Sea. They don't have frickin' lasers attached to their heads, but close enough.

TWO COWS have been euthanized after authorities allege a Valdese man drove his SUV offroad in Morgontown, NC, and struck the farm animals with the vehicle and then attacked the creatures with a box cutter knife.

SAMUEL L. DOGSON: The baddest muthf*cking dog on the block.

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New Releases, Mike Cooley, Ivan & Alyosha, Meat Puppets, Unruly Weasel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  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.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT brought "The Woodpile" to Coco.

NEW RELEASES from Wild Belle, Jon Patrick Walker, the Ocean Blue and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

MIKE COOLEY: The Drive-By Trucker swings through KEXP for an acoustic set of old favorites.

IVAN & ALYOSHA stopped by KEXP for a set of folky-pop tunes from their album "All The Times We Had."

MATMOS performs songs from The Marriage Of True Minds and further discuss its album concept at WNYC Soundcheck.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE is advance streaming The 20/20 Experience via iTunes. Not a fan of his music, though he seems like a cool guy.

MEAT PUPPETS go "Down" ahead of Rat Farm.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino and her cat, Snacks, cover Roy Orbison's "Crying."

THE FEELIES: Let's revisit classics like "Away" and "Deep Fascination" for Twofer Tuesday.

STEREOPHONICS: Kelly Jones gives Drowned In Sound an album-by-album tour of the band's career.

FOALS: Yannis Philippakis talks to Pitchfork about not hiding behind lyrics and feeling like a middle-aged woman.

STORNOWAY: Jon Quin gives The Big Takeover a track-by-track breakdown of Tales From Terra Firma. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

MORRISSEY was hospitalized with double pneumonia. I know, it's serious.


OLIVIA WILDE tells Marie Claire she didn't feel beautiful enough for Jason Sudeikis. Which means she's either a pathological liar or delusionally insecure.

AT LEAST 14 CELEBS AND POLITICOS are the victims of a hacker who has posted detailed information about what appears to be their finances, including Hillary Clinton, Jay-Z, Mel Gibson and Britney Spears.

BRADGELINA'S nuptuals could clash with ex-wife's Jennifer Aniston's big day. And Jolie would do it.

SELENA GOMEZ & VANESSA HUDGENS: The two fmr Disney girls are hitching their stars to provocateur/filmmaker Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers, a movie described in the article as "a druggy, violent, hypersexualized tale of innocence squashed."

ADELE & BEYONCE, contra prior reports, are not scheduled to perform at Michelle Obama's birthday bash.

JIM CARREY is back in the Dumb & Dumber sequel.

10 SERIOUS SCI-FI FILMS for the sentient fan. And as a hunge Star Wars (original trilogy) fan, I readily agree SW is not sci-fi. It's space opera.

FRANCE: Authorities said three French Islamists arrested last week near Marseilles were planning a terrorist attack on or about the one-year anniversary of the murders by al Qaeda-inspired shooter Mohamed Merah this month.

SAUDI ARABIA mulls abolition of beheading in favor of firing squads for capital punishments... due to reported shortages of government swordsmen.

ISRAEL: Outgoing Defense Minister Barak said it will become clear this year whether Iran will continue its nuclear weapons program or rein it in.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for the March 4 ambush that killed 48 Syrian and 9 Iraqi soldiers.

SYRIA: Rebels broke through government lines, loosening a siege in central Homs. Government forces counterattacked with artillery and an airstrike. Both President Assad and rebel leaders vowed they would fight on until the other is defeated. However, neither side has been making major advances.

AN UNRULY WEASEL invaded the pitch during a Swiss Super League match between Thun and Zurich, inevitably accompanied by Yakety Sax.

MORE THAN 2800 DEAD PIGS have been found in a major river that flows through Shanghai, igniting fears among city residents of contaminated tap water.

GRUMPY CAT: A victim of exploitation?

THE SUMATRAN TIGERS tigers at the Sacramento Zoo have another adorable cub.

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Suede, Low, Dan Croll, Surfin' Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 11, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE:  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.

BEACH HOUSE drops a video for "Wishes," directed by Eric Wareheim (Tim & Eric) and featuring Ray Wise (Twin Peaks, Mad Men).

SUEDE is advance streaming Bloodsports.

LOW is advance streaming The Invisible Way.

KACEY MUSGRAVES is advance streaming Same Trailer Different Park.

DAN CROLL is streaming his From Nowhere EP.

RADIOHEAD: Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich dropped previously unheard track “Harmonics Loop”on the BBC, along with the unreleased Yorke solo cut “Has Been.”

LAURA MARLING asks “Where Can I Go?,” ahead of Once I Was An Eagle.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK covers "Parasite" for an upcoming Nick Drake tribute LP.

THE KINKS muscle through an abbreviated "Catch Me Now I'm Falling" live. An early Pate cover, btw.

STEVE MASON: The fmr Beta Band frontman Steve Mason explains to The Guardian why not everything on his new solo album is political.

IS PUNK ROCK "TOXIC"?  John Roderick. frontman for The Long Winters, makes the case. FWIW, I find much to agree with -- and disagree with here. His best case is against dogmatism and the failure to evolve and mature.  His worst case is in assuming this is the fault of punk rock, and in assuming that music is a driver of, rather than a reflection of, society.  Anytime you manage to decry Punk for both being capitalist and pseudo-Marxist in the same column, the intervention of an editor may be required.

ROBERT POLLARD, celebrated by Andrew W.K. (Thx, LHB.)

WHEN DAVID BOWIE Met William Burroughs.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Oz the Great and Powerful worked box office magic to the tune of 80.2 million dollars.  That's easily the highest opening of 2013 to date, but less than the 116 million debut of Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland back in 2010 (in part due to being on fewer 3-D screens). Oz thus projects to finish at 200+ million domestically, rather than 300+.  Jack the Giant Slayer took the brunt of Oz, dropping 63 percent to place with 10 million and a 43.8 million total against a 195 million budget.  Identity Thief shows with 6.3 million and a 116.5 domestic total against a 35 million budget.  The debut of Dead Man Down took the fourth slot with 5.4 million.  Snitch rounds out the Top Five with 5.1 million and a 31.9 million total.

OZ, THE GREAT AND POWERFUL is far from perfect, but better than I expected. It is a prequel always destined to suffer by comparison to the 1939 classic adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved book.  Those going expecting a musical are bound to be disappointed, though music punctuates one really fun moment here.  Director Sam Rami's other Spider-Man star, Tobey Maguire, might've brought a more Frank Morgan vibe to the Wizard than James Franco does here.  The characters that go on a quest here are generally less compelling -- and their arcs less developed -- than the classic. And the visual effects are tonally uneven; the characters are realistically and effectively rendered, while the landscapes are often given a more impressionistic and less effective treatment reminiscent of 1939.  However, my big fear for this film was that it would turn out too much like Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland -- or any number of other pics that take classics and "reboot" them by turning them into some version of The Lord of the Rings saga, regardless of whether it's appropriate.  This movie strays in that direction a few times early on before finding its own voice, such that the climax actually played on my fear before neatly subverting it in a very Oz -- and vintage Disney -- manner. Better still, it echoes the 1939 film in its most significant aspect.  When Raimi was miking Spider-Man, he told interviewers that he was interested in the project not only as a fan, but also because he was interested in a film providing moral instruction to children.  As with the original Wizard, the prequel has a good message to impart to kids, even if their conscious focus is on the technological wizardry on display.

KELLY OSBOURNE's seizure may have been much more serious than first suspected, because doctors say she could be suffering from epilepsy.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors are offering house arrest to end her lying-to-cops and probation violation cases, but she's reportedly not biting.

RICK SPRINGFIELD was arrested on a bench warrant stemming from his DUI case.

CHRIS BROWN expounds on how to talk to a woman, and it's every bit as klassy as you might guess.

ELLE MacPHERSON is engaged to Jeffrey Soffer, with whom most thought she broke up last March.

STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS has a new, action-packed trailer online.

NORTH KOREA: Rejecting a UN Security Council resolution to end to its nuclear arms program, North Korea said it planned to become a full-fledged nuclear state. China called for calm.

IRAN: Haven or prison for al Qaeda?

SYRIA: The Sunni jihadist group Al Nusrah Front and Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah clashed for the first time near the Lebanese-Syrian border. The 21 UN peacekeepers seized by rebel forces in the Golan heights four days ago were released. Russia said it would not pressure President Assad to resign.

EGYPT: Protesters tried to torch buildings in Cairo, including the headquarters of Egypt's soccer federation, and targeted shipping in the Suez Canal.

SURFING PIG: Everybody's heard about the pig.

BEE VENOM may wipe out HIV.

A PIT BULL alerts the missus that his owner had a heart attack. And that Timmy is stuck in the well.

A MOUSE has been given its freedom after it tackled a poisonous snake in a bid to save a fellow rodent at a zoo in China.

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Psychedelic Furs, Frightened Rabbit, Kurt Vile, Cutout Bin, Shetland Pony   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 08, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS! Live in Berlin, circa 1981.Your setlist includes: "Into You Like A Train," "President Gas," "Mr Jones," " Fire Engine," "Dumb Waiters," "Pretty In Pink," "It Goes On," "Imitation Of Christ," " Forever Now," "So Run Down," "India, "Fall," and "We Love You."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SEAN ROWE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JAKE BUGG stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the Flaming Lips, Sufjan Stevens, Surfer Blood and more highlight the latest edition.

SHE & HIM drop "Never Wanted Your Love" ahead of Volume 3. Yum!

WIRE drops "Love Bends" ahead of Change Becomes Us, a collection of songs dating from 1979-80 that the band never recorded.

WANG CHUNG: Jack Hues talks to Spinner about "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" and the duo's reunion. 

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks to NME about he mysteries of free will, reinventing the band and the importance of getting effed up now and again.

MTV AFTER DARK: 15 R-rated (or at least PG-13) music videos of the '80s.

MODEST MOUSE, ranked by Stereogum.


CUTOUT BIN: From Dick Dale to Gary Numan, from Smokey Robinson to Teenage Fanclub, from Elvis Presley to the New York Dolls, plus Dead Kennedys, the Staple Singers, Guided by Voices, Etta James, Killing Joke and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases ar: Oz the Great and Powerful, currently scoring 56 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (but much lower among "top critics'); and Dead Man Down, scoring 33 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN was rushed to a doctor in Los Angeles on Tuesday night when she feared she was having a miscarriage after returning from Paris fashion week.

DEMI MOORE wants spousal support, although she's worth much more than Ashton Kutcher.

CHRIS BROWN explodes at a valet over a ten dollar service charge.  There's video.

MILEY CYRUS went out in public without her engagement ring ... in the wake of rumors fiance Liam Hemsworth cheated on her.

KELLY OSBOURNE was rushed to an L.A. hospital after suffering a seizure while taping her show “Fashion Police.” That must've been some bad plaid.

HOW DISNEY BOUGHT LUCASFILM -- and its plans for Star Wars.

THE UNITED STATES: Shortly after being released by Turkey, bin Laden spokesman Abu Ghaith was captured by the CIA as he passed from Jordan to Kuwait, and has been extradited to the US.

NORTH KOREA: The UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions on North Korea over its recent nuclear tests. North Korea threatened a preemptive nuclear attack on the US.

IRANIAN leader Ayatollah Khamenei criticized Western powers for not offering concessions in last week's talks over Iran's nuclear program.

SYRIA: UN and Arab League officials began negotiating with Syrian rebels over their seizure of 21 UN peacekeeper in the Golan Heights.

THE SHETLAND PONY dance video, icymi.

A JACK RUSSELL TERRIER saves her owner, another dog, a Siamese cat and a budgie.

A STOWAWAY CAT survives a 3500 mile journey from Egypt in her owner's luggage.

MOTHER'S DAY for the animal kingdom.

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