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The Gales of November Remembered   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee. Today marks the 36th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night. 

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, and will be rung at today's memorial. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


CROOKED FINGERS stopped by WNYC for a live performance.

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

SLEEPING IN THE AVIARY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GIRLS drop "Lawrence" as a single.

CEE-LO GREEN drops a lyric video for "Anyway," cowritten by Wallpaper and Rivers Cuomo. Content warning, but not as good as the really profane Cee-Lo.

DURAN DURAN rounded up classic supermodels for the "Girl Panic!" video, having cracked the code on what made them popular in the 80s.

LAURA VEIRS talks to PopMatters about  the influences and aims behind Tumble Bee, discusses the calculated creative risk it represents, and offers reassurance that this is not "the beginning of the end" of her songwriting for adults.

SUZANNE VEGA discusses tracks spanning her career with The A.V. Club.

ARCTIC MONKEYS frontman Alex Turner tells BBC 6 he's done things on stage he never thought he'd do. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

TEGAN QUIN, in criticizing Tyler the Creator, really criticizes the music industry.

SUMMER CAMP is profiled by The Independent.

FRANK BLACK (Pixies) talks to The Guardian about his new record label.

BRIAN ENO talked to Sound Opinions about his unique philosophies on writing, recording and the studio as an instrument. (Thx, LHB.)

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Last show or another hiatus?

WHY DON'T I LIKE COLDPLAY? Sasha Frere-Jones investigates.

KIM KARDASHIAN is not reconciling with Kris Humphries, and the divorce is full steam ahead, according to sources with first-hand knowledge of the situation.

COURTENEY COX & DAVID ARQUETTE are also not reconciling.

EDDIE MURPHY is dropping out as the host of the Oscars telecast, after the show's producer, Brett Ratner, stepped aside amid a storm of criticism over his use of an anti-gay slur.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks to Rolling Stone about sex, politics, and fame... which is mostly what that mag has been about for decades.

JESSICA SIMPSON says she doesn't want to be a Bridezilla.

MICHAEL JACKSON's death bed is up for auction. Somewhere, Joseph Merrick laughs.

MADONNA talks to Harper's Bazaar about women, power and sexuality.

DAKOTA FANNING's new perfume ad is banned in Britain.

OPRAH WINFREY is getting a humanitarian Oscar.

WERNER HERZOG talks to Movieline about acting, Americana, and journeying Into The Abyss.


EIGHT HORROR MOVIES that inspired real-life crimes.

SYRIA: Grand Mufti Sheikh Hassoun, the highest Islamic authority in Syria and a close confidant of Assad, talked to Der Spiegel about the threat of civil war, possible suicide bombings in Europe and his son's murder at the hands of Islamist insurgents.

PAKISTAN's president promised to work with the US to "eradicate" the militant Haqqani network, a pledge made during a meeting with visiting American congressmen, according to one of the lawmakers.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed an Awakening leader in Salahadin and attempted to assassinate the mayor of Mosul. The US has turned over the massive airbase at Balad to the Iraqi military.

A DEER visits the Taco Mac in Alpharetta, GA, for the Falcons game.

AN ALLIGATOR sough sanctuary at a southern Michigan church.

MAN PUNCHES DOG: The definition of news.

CATS EAT DOG: The definition of news.

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Tom Waits, World Cafe 20, Jens Lekman, Buddy + Pedro   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM WAITS drops a video for "Satisfied."

WORLD CAFE's 20th-anniversary celebration concert stream includes highlights from The Little Willies, Indigo Girls, John Hiatt, The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Dawes, Feist, Rhett Miller and Amos Lee.

JENS LEKMAN played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

SPECTOR: The Observer calls them "East London's answer to The Strokes," which I guess I hear starting at their website... the crooning also vaguely Smiths-y.

JOHN WESLEY HARDING talks to Weekend Edition Saturday abouthis novel and his latest album, which features plenty of guests, including Rosanne Cash, Peter Buck of R.E.M., and most of The Decemberists.

BILLY PAUL: "Me and Mrs. Jones." Got a thing going on.

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy and his sister Malie talk to Salon about their childhood in Montana, where they found early inspiration, and how two delightful yet distinctive storytellers emerged from one family.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon talks to the Lexington Herald-Leader about recording The Riptide in sequestration. (Thx, LHB.)

BLONDIE: Count Debbie Harry among those who think the Internet ruined the music business.

CHRIS ISSAK pays tribute to Sun Records' golden years.

LINDSAY LOHAN channels Marilyn Monroe in her Playboy photo shoot. But that picture isn't part of it; she's done this before.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was placed on suicide watch at the L.A. County Jail.

JOHNNY DEPP moved out of France and returned to America because he didn't want to become a permanent French resident and pay income tax there.

JENNIFER GARNER called her love scene with Hugh Jackman in Butter "so horrifying."  You'll want to check the plot if you have ties to Iowa.

DEMI MOORE, licking her wounds after husband Ashton Kutcher's September affair with 22-year-old Sara Leal, "looked skinny but happy" at an A-List fashion show in L.A.

MICHAEL VICK is caught up in a naked photo scandal, according to RadarOnline.

BRETT RATNER apologized for using a gay slur Friday night at a public screening of Tower Heist... but still "resigned" as producer of the next Oscars.

THE DUGGARS are expecting their 20th child.

IRAN: Details emerged on the IAEA report on Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons including the use of computer models and foreign experts. The Israeli president warned that an attack on Iran was becoming more likely. The Gulf Arab states share Israel's concern.  Russia warned against military action and France said such actions would be destabilizing.

AFGHANISTAN lacks the support systems critical to a modern military, including the reliable ability to bring in food and ammunition, carry out the wounded and reinforce troops in combat with artillery or air power.

IRAQ is bracing for a potential escalation of Persian influence as the US military leaves at the end of the year.

BUDDY & PEDRO are to be matched with females, because of the whole endangered thing.

HARLEY the ST. BERNARD is an easy rider.

IN JUST 15 MINUTES? A 3 and ½ foot long gecko was sold for about 2 million bucks at Kyaukse Village in Sagaing Region on October 30.

THE BIRDS: Residents in the foothills of Albuquerque, NM, have claimed that giant owls have moved into the area and are snacking on their small cats and dogs.

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New Releases, Christmas LPs, T-Bone Burnett, Otis Redding, Sneaky Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ONE AM RADIO: "In a City Without Seasons."

NEW RELEASES from Gold Panda, The Bees, Summer Camp, The Jezabels and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

CHRISTMAS ALBUMS are already streaming at Spinner, including the Beach Boys, the Chipmunks, Franks Sinatra, Tony Bennett and... Scott Weiland?

THE ENVY CORPS, originally from Ames, IA, stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

T-BONE BURNETT stopped by World Cafe to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

JOANNA NEWSOM, FEIST and more contribute to The Muppets soundtrack.

OTIS REDDING sings "Satisfaction" and "Try a Little Tenderness" live in London, circa April 1967, for Twofer Tuesday.

RYAN ADAMS talks to The Quietus about black metal, poetry and moving to Los Angeles.

ADELE recently underwent microsurgery for a vocal cord polyp, but her physician says her prognosis is good.

THE FALL: Mark E Smith talks to the Financial Times about fake album titles, his vast intelligence, etc.

BILLY BRAGG & JOHNNY FLYNN talk to The Guardian about the lack of political pop to soundtrack the new wave of protest.

LOU REED describes these 10 songs as the cream of his "mental jukebox," from songs he loved growing up to ones he discovered later.

LINDSAY LOHAN was released from jail - a mere 4.5 hours after she checked in.  The saga likely cost taxpayers millions of dollars.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted Monday of involuntary manslaughter in the June 25, 2009, death of the King of Pop.

AVRIL LAVIGNE & BRODY JENNER were involved in a bloody bar fight at Hollywood's Roosevelt Hotel over the weekend.

KATE MIDDLETON: Pregnancy rumors.

JESSICA CHASTAIN may star in a Princess Diana biopic.

VICTORIA'S SECRET: What does it take to be an Angel?

LIBYA: Fighters who toppled Gaddafi will keep their weapons for now to aid in security, an Islamist commander said.

AFGHANISTAN: Analysts say there is little prospect of a political settlement with Taliban insurgents by 2014, when the US and its allies plan to pull out most combat troops.

IRAQ: The governor of Anbar province dodged an assassination attempt in Abu Ghraib as he traveled to Baghdad. Kuwait denied it planned to host more troops as the US draws down in Iraq.  A struggle between political factions is sowing divisions in the country's security forces just weeks before the last US troops depart.

SNEAKY CAT starts a fight.

A LION reportedly delayed train service in Shepley, near Huddersfield, Yorkshire.

THE SWARM: A Miami man died while battling 60000 bees infesting his home.

A CAT who gained international notoriety after going missing for two months at New York's John F Kennedy airport had to be put down.

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Real Estate, REM, Los Campesinos!, Childish Gambino, Snakes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REAL ESTATE dropped a canine video for "It's Real."

R.E.M. is advance streaming Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage: 1982-2011.

LOS CAMPESINOS! is advance streaming Hello Sadness.

CHILDISH GAMBINO (a/k/a Community's Donald Glover) is advance streaming Camp.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle celebrated reaching 25000 Twitter followers by offering "Thucydides II-58."

SOMEONE's Record Day single is hard to find online, so I won't name the A-side or the B-side.

ROBERT GORDON & LINK WRAY: "Fire," the way it was meant to be.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy tells The Sun his work needs to be taken less seriously.

MEAT PUPPETS: Curt Kirkwood talks to the Village Voice about his brother messing up the band and himself, the Arizona punk rock scene, and his band's exclusion from Michael Azerrad's indie-worshipping Our Band Could Be Your Life.  He talks to AnnArbor.com about the band's newer members. (Thx, LHB.)

TITUS ANDRONICUS frontman Patrick Stickles got electroshock and went after Kurt Vile on the Twitter.

PAUL WELLER and his latest wife are expecting twins.

DAVID REA, an acclaimed folk guitarist who co-wrote "Mississippi Queen," and played with such Canadian legends as Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia and Joni Mitchell, has died. He was 65.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Puss in Boots repeats atop the chart with 33 million, on a remarkably small 3 percent drop from its debut. That's huge, as it means the puss likely recoups its estimated 130 million production budget in North America, leaving overseas  markets as pure profit.  Only Happy Feet 2 will comete for the family market between now and the lucrative long Thanksgiving weekend.  Tower Heist opens with 25.1 million, making the Ben Stiller-led vehicle look more like Tropic Thunder (think 100 million) than Night at the Museum (think 250 million); this comedy cost 75 million.  A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas debuts at No. 3 with 13.1 million against a 15 million budget.  Paranormal 3 is fourth, dropping 53 percent after Halloween to make 8.5 million; even so, it has a 95.3 million total against a 5 million budget.  In Time rounds out the Top Five, taking in 7.7 million, for a 24.2 million total so far; it will likely recoup its 40 million budget domestic and make a roughly equal amount overseas.

JUSTIN BIEBER's dismissal of a 20-year-old woman's claim that he fathered her 3-month-old son is now an outright denial.  But Selena Gomez is standing by her boyfriend. Bieber will take a DNA test in two weeks when he returns to the US and has threatened to sue the woman making the claim.

LINDSAY LOHAN crashed the party for Leonardo DiCaprio's movie "J. Edgar" and made such a scene she made A-list attendees "uncomfortable."

KIM KARDASHIAN left for Minnesota to see Kris Humphries ... and sources connected with Kim tell TMZ she is conflicted over the divorce.

JESSICA SIMPSON can't wait to meet her baby. The baby had no comment on that, or the excessive flatulence.


X-FACTOR: The secret ingedient is lip-syncing.

JENNIFER LOPEZ will play the often-sought Carmen Sandiego.

BENICIO DEL TORO has been courted by J.J. Abrams to play the baddie in his highly anticipated Star Trek sequel.

BRETT RATNER responds to Olivia Munn's memoir, which discussed his shortcomings, so to speak.


ANDY ROONEY, dead at 92. Ever notice how some people die right after they retire? Especially in their 90s?

EGYPT: The Muslim Brotherhood is selling discounted food ahead of the Feast of Sacrifice -- and parliamentary elections scheduled to begin in two weeks.

IRAN: The UN's atomic watchdog plans to reveal intelligence next week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead and other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms.

PAKISTAN is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs calls the cover story of The Atlantic's December 2011 issue "pure fiction, baseless and motivated."

RATTLESNAKES in a University.

BEAVER vs BEAR: The Canadian battle moves online.

RHINOS flown by helicopter to their new home in South Africa.

FEMALE TROUT fake orgasms, care about size.  Which makes the different... how, exactly?

SHARK turns up in the middle of the road in Wales.

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Paisley Underground, Atlas Sound, Steven Malkmus, Joe Henry, Nirvana, Cutout Bin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 04, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Other bands associated with the scene not featured include Green On Red -- sometimes likened to The Doors for songs like "Two Lovers" and "Change" -- and The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World." DOUBLE BONUS:  The Guardian Music Blog has a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

ATLAS SOUND is advance streaming Parallax via the NYT.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOE HENRY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

NIRVANA, Live at Man Ray (Cambridge, Massachusetts), April, 18, 1990.

BRIAN WILSON talked to Gothamist about SMiLE and it's about as awkward as you would expect.  But it's a good week to close with hissolo take on "Our Prayer" and "Heroes and Villains."

VAN DYKE PARKS talks to the L.A. Times about surviving decades in the music industry, and returning to vinyl singles.

LINDSAY BUCKINGHAM talked to Gothamist about his solo career, Fleetwood Mac, Tusk, indie bands, and family matters.

WILD FLAG: Janet Weiss talks to the L.A. Times about the band's gestation.

RIOT GRRL: Music critic Everett True posts a lengthy essay on the genre and his relationship to it.

CORY SMOOT, the guitarist who portrayed the character of Flattus Maximus in the theatrical Richmond art-comedy-metal band Gwar, was found dead of unknown causes Thursday morning.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Replacements to Betty Everett, from Game Theory to Marvin Gaye, from Blitzen Trapper to the Beach Boys, plus Teenage Fanclub, the Rascals, Robyn Hitchcock, U2, Liz Phair + Material Issue and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: This weekend's wide releases are: Tower Heist, which is currently scoring 63 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, scoring 71 percent.  Neither have a ton of reviews as I type this, so check links before making a decision.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KRIS HUMPHRIES: The die was cast in their doomed marriage during the prenup negotiations - which were marked by bickering, pettiness, and even contempt.

LINDSAY LOHAN was given a week to check into jail to continue her nude shoot for Playboy magazine, but RadarOnline.com has learned that her first set of photos weren't up to the standards of the men's magazine.

KRISTEN STEWART talks about reshooting the Twilight: Breaking Dawn sex scene.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Closing arguments begin in the Conrad Murray trial.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO cut his fee 90 percent for Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic.

JAMES BOND 23 is now officially titled Skyfall, with a hint about the plot.

NINE FAMOUS MOVIES That Almost Didn't Make It to the Big Screen.

EGYPT: More than eight months after Pres. Mubarak was toppled, the euphoria of Egypt's political spring has surrendered to a season of discontent. There is widespread gloom that Egypt is again stagnating, its economy heading toward a cliff, while the caretaker government refuses or fails to act.

IRAN: The damning nuclear evidence.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration is exploring a shift in the military's mission to an advisory role as soon as next year, senior officials told The Wall Street Journal, a move that would scale back US combat duties well ahead of their scheduled conclusion at the end of 2014.  In a rare insight into the thinking of a Taliban commander, Qari Mahmud Mujahid said the US overtures for peace talks was just trying to save face after battlefield losses.

STOPLIGHT CAT: Let's go to the video.

THE TREE GOATS OF MOROCCO resurface in the media.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Will Jurassic Park's scientists bring back the sabre-toothed squirrel?

A COW halted a soccer match after it wandered on to a pitch in Northamptonshire.

TURTLE SURFING remains controversial.

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