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New Releases, Sasquatch, Arctic Monkeys, White Denim, Cat Mom   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YEASAYER debuts "Devil and the Deed" on Conan.

NEW RELEASES from My Morning Jacket, The Vaccines, Cults, Black Lips, The Melvins, Robert Pollard and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

SASQUATCH: Stream archived live sets from the fest, including Foo Fighters, Local Natives, Bob Mould, Iron & Wine, Sharon Van Etten, Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Wavves, Black Joe Lewis, Old 97s, Guided by Voices, Sharon Jones, The Decemberists, Wilco and many more.

ARCTIC MONKEYS are advance streaming Suck It and See.

WHITE DENIM is advance streaming D. Very groovy.

KAREN O & TRENT REZNOR cover "The Immigrant Song" for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

STRAWBERRY ALARM CLOCK: "Incense and Peppermints" plus "Tomorrow" for Twofer Tuesday.

RAY DAVIES talked to Weekend Edition about making See My Friends, which is full of Kinks and collaborations.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE's Ben Gibbard talks to Drowned In Sound about Randy Newman, The Cure and Codes and Keys.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2011 SO FAR, according to NME.

GIL SCOTT-HERON, the influential poet and musician often credited with being one of the progenitors of hip-hop, and  best known for the spoken-word piece "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday afternoon in New York, his book publisher reported. He was 62.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hangover, Part II, crushed all competition over the holiday weekend, taking in an estimated 105.8 million (137.4 million since opening Thursday), which should be the biggest live-action comedy opening evah.  It's also close to the biggest R-rated opening ever, potentially edging out The Matrix Reloaded when the actual money is counted. The final Harry Potter movie officially has competition for No. 1 movie of the year.  Kung Fu Panda 2, by contrast, underperformed the original, taking in 68 million since opening Thursday (the original made 60.2 million in 3 days).  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides drops to third with 50.3 million, about as expected; it has grossed north of 450 million worldwide.  Bridesmaids was a very leggy No. 4 with 21 million (it dropped only 20 percent over the normal weekend) and racks up 89.6 million on a 32 million budget.  Thor rounds out the Top 5 with another 12 million.  Thor's domestic total stands at 162.4 million against a 150 million budget... but that budget is 100 million less than the Pirates and the God of Thunder also took in another 250 million overseas.  Below the fold, Fast Five was No. 6, inching thisclose to the 200 million mark in North America (with another 340 million worldwide).


CHRISTINA AGUILERA was back on the party train as she staggered out of a Hollywood hotspot.

LINDSAY LOHAN, currently under house arrest, settled a lawsuit stemming from a 2007 car chase.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY left the same hotel -- separately -- after they were caught hugging on a yacht during the Cannes Film Festival.

BRAD PITT talked to USA Weekend about marriage, children and what keeps him up at night.

CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT & ADRIANNE CURRY are getting divorced after exactly 5 years of marriage.

PETER FONDA suggested at Cannes that he was encouraging his grandchildren to shoot Pres Obama.

RESERVOIR PONIES: Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?

IRAN is dispatching increasing numbers of trainers and advisers - including members of its elite Quds Force - into Syria to help crush anti-government demonstrations that are threatening to topple Iran's most important ally in the region. Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad's spiritual mentor urged followers to continue suicide attacks against Israelis, including children.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS are getting British training in public order enforcement measures and the use of sniper rifles, both of which were used to crush protests in Bahrain.

YEMEN: The Yemeni government ratcheted up its violent response to opponents on two fronts Monday, pounding a major coastal city with airstrikes aimed at dislodging Islamic militants, and smashing the country's largest antigovernment demonstration in overnight clashes that killed more than a dozen protesters, according to witnesses reached by phone.

TUNISIA, birthplace of the Arab Spring, now fears an Islamist insurgence. Funny how that happens.

CAT MOM hugs her kitteh. It's the Citizen Kane of cat videos.

HORSE HERPES OUTBREAK forces rodeo queens to ride stick ponies.

A JUMPING COCKROACH is among the Top 10 new species of 2010.

AUSTRALIA's BURPING COWS are more climate-friendly than thought.

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Memorial Day 2011   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 30, 2011 - 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 government's website 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 and 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 Beret."  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."

UPDATE: This week is a-gonna be jam-packed with great music. Y'all stop back now, y'hear?

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Power Pop, Eddie Vedder, Goldheart Assembly, Cutout Bin, 3-Pawed Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 27, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...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 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." 

EDDIE VEDDER is advance streaming Ukulele Songs

GOLDHEART ASSEMBLY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter. Harmonic folk for fans of Fleet Foxes and Dawes.

DAVID BAZAN stopped by All Things Considered for an interview plus tracks.

PARTS & LABOR did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

SASQUATCH: NPR has a pre-festival mix, but will be streaming live sets over the weekend.

TOWNES VAN ZANDT, Live at the Whole Coffeehouse, November 1973.

CROSBY, NASH & FALLON cover Miley Cyrus's "Party In The USA."

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE: Ben Gibbard talks about the new LP's L.A. roots at BlackBook.

WILL OLDHAM talks Florida, punk, country, Bonnie Prince Billy and more with the Broward New Times. (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 50 COVER SONGS, according to Gibson.com.

CUTOUT BIN: From Bob Dylan to the Cult, from the Temptations to the Tubes, from Jimi Hendrix to Joe Jackson, plus Paul Weller, John Sebastian, XTC, Darlene Love, Grant Hart, King Harvest and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver met with her divorce lawyer today in Beverly Hills and all systems are go to end her marriage to Schwarzenegger. Arnold's mistress is threatening to sue "Entertainment Tonight" over an interview with her ex-husband, claiming the show paid him "in excess of six figures to spew lies."

NOW SHOWING ran Thursday, if you need to scroll down.

CHARLIE SHEEN is selling his Beverly Hills mansion. Because he's winning, of course.

LINDSAY LOHAN began serving house arrest Thursday morning at her Venice, Calif., townhouse after turning herself in to the Lynwood Jail hours earlier.

RYAN REYNOLDS talks Green Lantern and his divorce from Scarlett Johansson at Details.

BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD is pregnant with her second child.

JEFF CONAWAY will be taken off life support machines after doctors told the ‘Grease' actor's family that he has had no brain activity since being admitted to a hospital May 11.

THE TOP 10 PIRATE MOVIES at the Chicago Tribune. (Thx, Dad.)

TOTAL RECALL: Bill Nighy will star opposite Colin Farrell is the seemingly unnecessary remake.

YEMEN: Pres Saleh ordered the arrest of rival rival leader Sheikh Sadiq al- Ahmar and nine of his brothers for fomenting "armed rebellion."

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani government had complained to the US about being unaware of American funding provided directly to the Pakistan military, according to previously unpublished American diplomatic cables. The reports also disclose tensions between the civilian government and the army over the use funds provided for counterinsurgency operations. Islamabad has told the Obama administration to reduce the number of US troops in the country and has moved to close three military intelligence liaison centers, setting back American efforts to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries in largely lawless areas bordering Afghanistan,

IRAQ: The spokesman for US Forces-Iraq said that attacks against US troops are on the rise as the December 2011 drawdown deadline nears. Thousands of supporters of Muqtada al Sadr protested against a continued US military presence in Iraq.

A FORMER SHELTER DOG that's missing a foot is now learning to walk on all fours again. Video at the link.

TENNESSEE TORTOISES finally get fast dates.

BIZARRE SHRIMP-LIKE MONSTERS that were the world's largest predators for millions of years grew even larger and survived much longer than thought, scientists find.

DOGS make lousy backseat drivers.

MOUNTAIN LION on the front porch. This is what happens when you live in Montana.

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Black Lips, Meat Puppets, Steve Earle, Tornado Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DODOS hit the road for "Companions."

BLACK LIPS are advance streaming Arabia Mountain.

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

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

BUDDY MILLER stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and the first live performance by The Majestic Strings.

FOOL'S GOLD drops "Street Clothes" in advance of Leave No Trace.

HOT CHOCOLATE: "You Sexy Thing." Believe in miracles?

PETER MURPHY premieres a new track, and talks influence, 'gothlings,' spiritualism, and Bauhaus at Pop and Hiss.

BRIAN WILSON talks to Q Radio about how his difficult past influences him now.

ROCK POSTER ART is a booming market.

169 SONG TITLES WITH PARENTHETICALS (In order of Parenthetical Charm).

NOW SHOWING: The holiday weekend starts at the cineplex toady with: Kung Fu Panda 2, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Hangover Part II, which is scoring 33 percent.

ARNOLD & MARIA: Shriver may file for a divorce from Schwarzenegger as early as this week. The estranged husband of the maid proclaims that Arnold was his hero. Schwarzenegger began a secret affair with his housekeeper after complaining about his 'sexless' marriage with wife Maria, according to the National Enquirer.  Alleged second mistress Gigi Goyette talked to Extra about her alleged secret love affair with Arnold. The Today show reports on how Arnold's relationship with the tabloids helped cover up his adultery. The Californian Attorney General will conduct what's being termed an "inquiry" into the former Governator's alleged misuse of taxpayer funds to cover up sexual liaisons.

LINDSAY LOHAN partied harder than she worked in Miami this weekend. She gets slapped with the monitoring bracelet on June 17.

KIM KARDASHIAN is engaged to New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries. The ring reportedly cost two million bucks.

BRADLEY COOPER & OLIVIA WILDE were flirty and inseparable at an afterparty for The Hangover 2. Looks like they've been on more than one date.

JENNIFER ANISTON is secretly dating Justin Theroux, according to Us Weekly.

LADY GAGA is on the cover of the Rolling Stone.

ANNA KOURNIKOVA repleces Jillian Michaels as the trainer for The Biggest Loser.


IRAN: The world's global nuclear inspection agency, frustrated by Iran's refusal to answer questions, revealed for the first time on Tuesday that it possesses evidence that Tehran has conducted work on a highly sophisticated nuclear triggering technology that experts said could be used only to set off a nuclear weapon.

PAKISTAN: A raid by militants on a Pakistani naval base this week has raised fresh anxiety about the country's ability to protect its nuclear sites.

AFGHANISTAN: A recent security operation in the southeast part of the country suggests an influx of foreign fighters - including a growing number of Europeans - may be underway, just as the Taliban begins its "fighting season" against NATO troops.

A DOG picked up by a tornado crawls home on 2 broken legs, weeks late.

A BLIND HORSE is cared for by a seeing-eye sheep and goats.

HORSES can drive-thru at KFC.

A CAT mothers 30 chicks...


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Of Montreal, Wooden Birds, Low, Dylan, Fountains of Wayne, Ligers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OF MONTREAL crushes the White Stripes' "Fell In Love With a Girl" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

WOODEN BIRDS are advance streaming Two Matchsticks.

CULTS is advance streaming their self-titled album.

LOW played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices.

BOB DYLAN: Folk Alley is offering a four-hour stream of his Dylan songs to celebrate his birthday week.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE drop "Richie and Ruben" ahead of Sky Full of Holes.

BON IVER: Justin Vernon got to do a full interview with Fallon and performed a medley of Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and "Nick of Time" and Leon Russell's "A Song For You."

GRUFF RHYS talks to the Nashville Scene about the influences on his Hotel Shampoo LP, and the future of Super Furry Animals.

ADELE tells The Independent how staying small has made her massive enough to be mortified by her tax bill.

PHIL SPECTOR is the subject of an HBO pic starring Al Pacino.

THE 10 WORST SONGS ABOUT CALIFORNIA That Aren't "California" By Datarock. (Thx, LHB.)

ARNOLD & MARIA: The Schwarzenegger baby drama story was leaked to the media by Shriver's own people ... and they did it because Maria was so angry at Arnold, she wanted to do it herself.  Shriver has has hired a private investigator to probe her philandering husband's double life as she readies a plan for divorce. Also (as I would expect), there was a secret DNA test on the love child. Wanna see the aleged mistress imitating Marilyn Monroe's rendition of "Happy Birthday"? No, you really don't.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Another day, another wardobe malfunction pic.

ESTELLA WARREN: The actress/model was busted for DUI, after allegedly slamming into three cars, kicking a cop and escaping from the police station.

OPRAH's final guest, revealed.

ROSIE HUNTINGTON-WHITELY (Transformers 3) is featured at Complex in time for Gratuitous Wednesday.

LOST: Evengeline Lilly just gave birth, but the L.A. Times has an update on the rest of the cast, a year after they all went to the great beyond.

CANDY LAND: THE MOVIE. You won't believe the pitch.

IRAN: The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is increasing its uranium stockpiles. The US imposed economic sanctions on seven foreign firms, including Venezuela's state oil company, for their dealings with Iran.

SYRIA: The International Atomic Energy Agency said the site bombed by the Israelis in 2007 was "very likely" a nuclear facility. A human rights group claimed more than 1,100 people have been killed by government forces during the last two months of protests.

EGYPT: Former President Hosni Mubarak will be tried for "pre-meditated killing" of protesters during anti-government demonstrations this year. His two sons have also been referred to the court.

AFGHANISTAN: The embarrassment over the trend for rainbow flags on cars in Kabul reminds us how far the country is from the liberal west.

LIGER CUBS, raised by a dog...Mass hysteria!

A STOWAWAY GROUNDHOG created quite a mess, not to mention a neighborhood ruckus that drew police, a state wildlife officer and even the mayor, when it became trapped inside a car in suburban Allentown, PA.

A RAT stole her front teeth... and she wants them back?

SNAKE HUNT goes horribly wrong.

MODERN DOGHOUSES: Pics and video.

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