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CYHSY, Submarines, Vetiver, Screaming Frog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 09, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH stopped by Fallon's last week to debut "Statues."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set you can stream on demand via NPR, while reading Scott Hutchinson's Q&A with MAGNET.

THE SUBMARINES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming via MPR.

BENJY FERREE has a Lounge Act session available for download at WOXY.

THE PITCHFORK MUSIC FEST has started announcing acts, including Grizzly Bear and The National.

VETIVER have released a karaoke-spoofing video for "Everyday," the lead single from the Tight Knit album.

THE HOLD STEADY: Craig Finn talks to Paste about the band's upcoming live album/documentary combo, upcoming opening dates for Dave Matthews, etc.

DEAN & BRITTA:  Dean talks to TimeOut Chicago about performing 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests," and have been guest-editing at MAGNET, with pieces on La Blogotheque, "Badlands," Todd Barry, "Another Bullsh*t Night In Suck City," the Pittsburgh Signs Project, Spectrum, The Sand Pebbles, Bread Pudding, Opal, and "Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It."

RICHARD THOMPSON gets a new 4-CD box -- Walking On A Wire: Richard Thompson (1968-2009) -- on June 30.

MUSIC THAT MAKES YOU DUMB: Virgil Griffith, a 25-year-old Caltech graduate student, has aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands and books among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools, creating a tongue-in-cheek statistical look at taste and intelligence.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Folks watched the Watchmen to the tune of 55.7 million -- less than some predicted, but solid, considering its rating, length, largely unknown cast and characters, and mixed reviews.  It's the second biggest March opener ever, behind Zach Snyder's last pic, 300, which grossed a whopping 70.9 million in 2007.  But tinseltown awaits next weekend, to see whether it matches 300's 54 percent drop.  Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail dropped to second, with 8.8 million, while Taken climbed to third with 7.5 million.  Slumdog Millionaire dropped to the fourth slot with 6.9 million.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop climbed back into the Top Five with 4.2 million.

BRADGELINA: While Jolie was filming Salt in DC, Pitt met with Pres. Obama at the White House Thursday to discuss post-Katrina reconstruction in New Orleans.

CHARLES BARKLEY didn't have to wear the trad stripes in jail.


RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN may or may not plan to co-author a book about abuse and appear together on a number of talk shows. Brown wants to cop a plea, but only to a misdemeanor, with no jail time.

JULIA ROBERTS is a superstar, but her box-office reign might be over, according to Newsweek.

LILY ALLEN claims to be suffereing her own credit crunch.

UP: The next outing from Pixar has a full-length trailer online. Looks to have more action than previously suggested.

SATURDAY MORNING WATCHMEN: You don't have to have read the book to enjoy the movie, but this video is twice as funny if you've read or seen.

IRAN, Hamas and Hezbollah offered international support to Sudan's president after he was charged with war crimes in Darfur. A shoe was hurled at Pres. Ahmadinejad while he was in the city of Urmia, an Iranian Web site has reported. A number of pro-Ahmadinejad bloggers denied the report, claiming it was a rumor spread by "monarchists" and "anti-revolutionaries," the accepted terms for members of the Iranian opposition. Iran test-fired a new air-to-surface missile, Iranian media reported, despite the offer by the Obama Administration to engage in direct talks if it "unclenches its fist."

PAKISTAN: The Taliban cements power, hard-line Ismaic law after signing the truce (which they have already broken). Many analysts believe any final peace deal in Swat, like a previous agreement with the militants that failed last year, will eventually collapse leaving the Taliban in a stronger position, having been given time to consolidate.

AFGHANISTAN: The US military is laboring to shore up a vulnerable supply chain through Pakistan and Central Asia as it seeks to expand the flow of supplies into Afghanistan by at least 50 percent to support an influx of tens of thousands of troops, according to defense officials and experts. Regular Pate visitors probably know this, but, icymi.

IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN: The Mudville Gazette notes that the headlines about US troops going from Iraq to Afghanistan are not always as advertised.

CAT & FROG, not living together.  The frog screams, but is unscathed.

TIGER & DOLPHINS, living together... mass hysteria.

ST. BERNARD who froze to the ice on a pond had to be rescued with a mallet.

OCK in the BOX: The sea creature got his 7-foot long body into a locked trunk only 14 inches wide.

FISH WITH HUMAN FACES are making waves in South Korea.

CROC ATTACK survivor talks to WSBT in South Bend, Indiana.

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Lou Reed, Cutout Bin, Watchmen, Snake vs. Hippo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 06, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOU REED! He turned 67 this week, which seems like a good excuse to link a few from his Sessions at West 54th Street.  Selections include: "Sweet Jane," "Perfect Day," "Satellite of Love," "Dirty Blvd." and "Pale Blue Eyes."

FLAMING LIPS frontman Wayne Coyne rips on Arcade Fire. It's on like Donkey Kong!

ALL THE SAINTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set streaming on demand via MPR.

THE BOTTICELLIS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter, one previously unreleased.

CROOKED FINGERS is currently streaming "Your Control," a duet between Eric Bachmann and Neko Case.

THE 100 GREATEST SINGER-SONGWRITER ALBUMS, according to ChordStrike.  En route to the 2003 Pate reunion, Craig O'Neill observed that you cannot deny the power of Tapestry.

EASYBEATS: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun!

JASON ISBELL talks to JamBase about the recording of his solo album. "Seven-Mile Island" is also steamable at the link.

DeVotchKa's Nick Urata talks to the Line of Best Fit about instrumentals, lyrics, the band's stage show, etc.

PETER TORK: A rare form of cancer has been discovered on the tongue of the ex-Monkee, who will undergo surgery this week in NYC.

THE RECORD STORE: James Lileks remembers the era B.C.D.

CUTOUT BIN: From Spinal Tap to the Parliaments, from Carly Simon to Veruca Salt, from David Boie to Pop!, plus David Ruffin, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Kinks, the Proclaimers and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WATCHMEN, currently scoring 64 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, is this weekend's sole wide release -- and I rushed out to see it, as a service to you, dear reader.  First, I remind everyone that this is an R-rated picture for good reason. Director Zach Snyder's prior project was "300," which should tell you he does not shy from some truly grisly scenes against deserving and quite undeserving victims. 

And this is not the only reason that this is not a movie for kids.  While Watchmen is a movie about masked heroes (and one superhero), it is not a superhero movie in any traditional sense.  Rather, it is a pretty faithful adaptation of Alan Moore's classic series/graphic novel, which has action, but is also a combination of murder mystery, political thriller (not dissimilar in tone to Moore's "V for Vendetta"), speculation on the impact such people would have on world history and a meditation on the psychology of people who would, in the words of one character, "get dressed at 3 a.m. to go do something stupid."  At least, it is as faithful as could be done in 2 1/2 hours.

The series not only had a huge impact on comics, but on the portrayal of superheroes in movies, from The Incredibles to The Dark Knight.  However, all these years later, Watchmen remains a more extreme version of those projects it influenced.  I disagree with the reviews who suggest it may be inaccessible to those who have not read the book (though be sure to show up on time; the beautifully executed opening credits (spoileriffic) provide a lot of context to what follows).  I half-agree with the reviews that suggest that the big screen treatment in some ways creates a bit of the gloss the book intended to put on the genre.  But that flaw is also in the original material -- albeit more subtly.  While Moore's generally anarchist politics inform the narrative and his skewering of certain types of characters, he is a talented enough as a writer that these characters are fleshed out to the point where we sympathize, despite Moore's overall intent.  This is particularly true of the sociopathic Rorschach (who makes The Dark Knight and Dirty Harry seem wimpy), wonderfully played by Jackie Earle Haley.  Indeed, the biggest crowd reaction of the screening comes from a line delivered when he is near his lowest point -- a line straight from the book, as much of the best dialog is.

The soundtrack largely takes its cues from the book as well, though there is a rather unfortunate substitution of Leonard Cohen for Billie Holiday, and I think Elvis Costello got left out.  Overall, I recommend it; just know what you're getting yourself into.  Roger Ebert gave it four stars, and will be seeing it again. I probably will, too.

DAKOTA FANNING is negotiating to play lead singer Cheri Currie in "The Runaways," the biopic of the '70s all-girl band that already has "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart playing Joan Jett.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN: The L.A. County District Attorney charged Chris Brown with felony assault and making criminal threats, also a felony. Law enforcement is leaking details of Brown's attack and Rhianna's statements to the police about past beatings. Brown's lawyers are discussing a possible plea bargain.

MICHAEL STRAHAN bugged the car of galpal Nicole Murphy (Eddie's ex) and went ballistic when she found it, according to the NYP.

VINCE VAUGHN is engaged. Wouldn't want to be John Mayer today.

JACKO announces his "comeback" tour in a manner that inspires absolutely no confidence. Videos at the link.

THE SEINFELD CAST will be featured in a multiple-episode story arc on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm this fall. That seems like worlds colliding.

LINDSAY LOHAN is fuming that Katie Holmes got the cover of the latest issue of Glamour magazine.

WOLVERINE: Hugh Jackman talks to USA Today about the upcoming X-Men spin-off: "The character has always reminded me of Dirty Harry or Han Solo. He's a good guy, not a nice guy..."

PUBLIC ENEMIES, the Dillinger biopic starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale, has a trailer online in glorious Quicktime.

CASTLE, Nathan Fillion's new ABC series, premieres Monday, but you can watch the first 13 minutes now.

SEVEN CELEB CAREERS that launched by accident.

CLUE will return as a live-action murder mystery under the direction of pirate-master Gore Verbinski.

PAKISTAN: Taliban militants blew up 16 shops selling music and DVDs in northwest Pakistan overnight, police said Thursday. The top US diplomat in Kabul warned that Pakistan posed a bigger security problem for the rest of the world than Afghanistan, in a newspaper interview published Thursday.

IRAN plans to start up its first atomic power plant this summer. Iran can develop a nuclear weapon within a year and has ready access to enough fissile material to produce up to 50 nuclear weapons, according to a panel of current and former US officials advising the Obama administration.

IRAQ: The military leader of AQI has been killed in Anbar province.

SNAKE VOMITS A HIPPO: Let's go to the video.

TATOOED CATS, Creepy Pics.

A "FROG HOTEL," designed to protect mating frogs, is to be created on the banks of the Water of Leith.  I totally see Robyn Hitchcock visiting.


BINTLETS born at the Panaewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens in Hawaii. I didn't know what they were, either.

AN ORPHANED BABY OTTER has found a new home at The Florida Aquarium. Awww... some pics at the link.

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Art Brut, Antony, Spinal Tap, Tom Jones, Bob Mould, Cat Ranch   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 05, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ART BRUT visits "Alcoholics Unanimous" in the first single from their upcoming album, "Art Brut vs. Satan."

ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS played DC's Sixth and I Synagogue; you can stream the gig via NPR, or watch the gig on PitchforkTV.

SPINAL TAP talk about their Unwigged reunion tour and play an acoustic medley at NPR's Day to Day.

TOM JONES played a Tiny Dest Concert at the office of NPR's Bob Boilen.

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk, Portastatic and Merge Records, talks to PopMatters about his career, his bands, and those wonderful four-track recordings that he thought he lost 'lo those many years ago.

BOB MOULD & NO AGE play the band's "Miner" and Husker Du's "New Day Rising" at the Noise Pop festival.

GRIZZLY BEAR frontman Ed Droste sent Drowned In Sound a progress report on the making of their new record, Veckatimest.

MP3 DEALS: A free Stax Records sampler is among the many cheap albums currently on sale at Amazon, including LPs from Sex Pistols, The Cars, U2, TV on the Radio, Adele, Van Morrison, REM, Springsteen etc.  BTW, Pate doesn't make any money off that referral (though I should look into it).  I just figure some folks might like a deal on legal downloads.

ABE VIGODA is Band of the Week at Paste.

THE BEATLES are now the subject of a Master of Arts degree program at Liverpool Hope University.

WATCHMEN: Jackie Earle Haley talks to the A.V. Club about playing Rorschach. Patrick Wilson (who plays Nite Owl) talks to New York magazine about the possibility of sudden fame. Wired has a behind-the scenes piece that chronicles the cult classic's long jorney to the screen. And don't miss this clip from the Veidt Music Network, circa 1983.

ZACH SNYDER, Watchmen's director, is beginning to put together an all-female cast for his next project, "Sucker Punch."

BRITNEY SPEARS: Don't call it a comeback quite yet, says the normally fluffy People.com. Ouch!

ROBIN WILLIAMS is at a Miami hospital with heart issues and could be laid up for a while.

MARISKA HARGITAY is back in the hospital after suffering chest pains. This is the third time Hargitay has been hospitalized since December.

KATHERINE HEIGL is quickly earning the reputation for being one of Hollywood's most difficult divas.

500 DAYS OF SUMMER, the upcoming indie starring Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, now has a full-length trailer online, which opens with a discussion of The Smiths.

LEO DiCAPRIO will star in "Inception," the science-fiction film that Christopher Nolan ("The Dark Knight") wrote and will direct as his next pic at Warner Bros.

MEGAN FOX is in final negotiations to star opposite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in "Jonah Hex," Warner Bros.' action Western based on the DC Comics character. She also is attached to star and develop "Fathom," Fox Atomic's comic book-based underwater adventure. ALSO: She was spotted out with her supposedly ex-fiancé Brian Austin Green.

REESE WITHERSPOON talks about an Oscar, a divorce, and a guy named Jake with Elle UK.

IRAN: The commander-in-chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps said his country's missiles can target Israel's nuclear facilities.

IRAQ: Casualties among Iraqi civilians and security forces last month hit their second-lowest level in nearly four years. US withdrawal depends on creating new Army units to train Iraqi soldiers to secure Iraq, but the composition of those units has yet to be determined. Several indicators show the quality of life for the average Iraqi is on the rise as the sixth anniversary of the start of the war approaches.

THE CABOODLE RANCH: 500 cats, no waiting.


HOMELESS SEWERAGE HIPPO: South African environmental authorities are looking for homes for hippos, putting out a plea today for people to offer their premises to a hippopotamus that has moved into a water treatment plant.

SNAKE in a CAR: A couple drove 170 kilometres (100 miles) from South Africa's famous Kruger National Park with a highly venomous spitting cobra in their car, the Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

BEETLES benefit from torture phalluses. Yes, really. Pic at the link.

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U2, Dean & Britta, Dan Deacon, RAM tribute, Sleepwalking Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 04, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 play "Breathe" as part of their weeklong engagement on the Letterman show.

DAN DEACON is advance streaming his Bromst album via NPR.

RAM ON L.A.: Aquarium Drunkard has posted a tribute to the classic McCartney album from Los Angeles bands.  It's a free download, though AD asks for donations to No More landmines, a charity Sir Paul supports.

ALINA SIMONE talks to Gotham Acme and streams free MP3s, including her take on "Oops... I Did It Again." 

COLD WAR KIDS do the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

DEAN & BRITTA did a Q&A with MAGNET, including talk of Lou Reed, Andy Warhol, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Dean's memoir and a free MP3 of the lovely "Words You Used To Say."

ST. VINCENT: Annie Clark talks to Pitchfork the role classic Disney cartoons played on her upcoming Actor album, Twilight, playing covers, and the frightening ubiquity of Aerosmith.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS (and an obsessive fan) get an in-depth profile in New York magazine.

THE FLAMING LIPS' "Do You Realize??" is now the Official Rock Song of the state of Oklahoma. And you can click through for a stream.

AMANDA PALMER finds out whether she will be allowed to devolve from Roadrunner Records, the major-label subsidiary she says has sabotaged her album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, on June 16th.

WATCHMEN: The National Post provides a neophyte's guide to the cast of characters. The L.A. Times reports that young males may not be embracing the movie as heartily as older die-hard devotees. MTV lists Easter eggs in the movie.

BRITNEY SPEARS is flogging her tour, but ticket sales are flagging.

MADONNA gets slammed by... Jose Canseco(?) for dating 22-year-old Brazilian model Jesus Luz. Is Canseco feeling guilty about opening the MLB box of steroids on behalf of A-Rod?

ANGELINA JOLIE began work Tuesday on Salt, a spy thriller about a rogue CIA operative who tries to clear her name after she is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent - perhaps falsely, perhaps not.  Two hair colors at the link.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JOHN MAYER: The latter admits he visited People's Web site Monday to vote for himself in the site's poll, which asked "Is John Mayer a keeper?" Dude.

SEAN CONNERY has been summoned to a Swiss court over an alleged scam worth £50million.

SHARON OSBOURNE has been sued by the woman she attacked on her VH1 reality show, "Rock of Love: Charm School."

TERMINATOR: SALVATION has a new trailer online.

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM will return to Comedy Central, with co-financing from sister net Logo.

GLOBAL WARMING may have hit a speed bump and could go into hiding for decades.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS: A religious scholar in the employ of the Kingdom issued a fatwa for the prosecution of a royal prince and a Saudi businessman for owning TV channels that broadcast movies.

IRAN is supplying the Taliban in Afghanistan with surface-to-air missiles capable of destroying a helicopter, according to US intell sources. The US Treasury Department designated 11 companies under Executive Order 13382 as Weapons of Mass Destruction proliferators and froze their assets for their ties to Iran's Bank Melli. The US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China have committed to 'direct diplomacy' with Iran over its nuclear program.

IRAQ: The number of detainees in Coalition custody has dropped below 14,000.

BIZKIT the DOG sleepwalks, much like my Dad's dog, except that Bizkit freaks out when he wakes up.

LIKE JONAH & THE BIG FISH, but with a cellphone.

CAT in a BONG: "Schomaker told deputies 6-month-old Shadow was hyper and he was trying to calm her down."

AN ELEPHANT SHREW was born and resided at the National Zoo in Washington DC for several weeks before staff finally noticed it.

ELEPHANTS: Can innovative contraception ideas solve South Africa's elephant over-population problem?

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Rosebuds, New Releases, U2, The Knack, Camels in a Car   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 03, 2009 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ROSEBUDS are "Life Like" in the video for the title track to their current LP.

NEW RELEASES: Neko Case, Buddy & Julie Miller, Wild Light, Say Hi, Rush, Thin Lizzy and more are streaming in full this week via Spinner.  Bell X-1 releases Blue Lights on the Highway. Issac Hayes is streaming via AOL.

U2, whose album also comes out this week and is playing letterman every night, is the subject of a decade-spanning photo essay at TIME.com.  And I missed last week's in-depth profile from Jon Pareles in The New York Times, so maybe you did, too. BONUS: Bono called Coldplay's Chris Martin a "wanker" and a "cretin," though I think he wasn't completely serious either time.  DOUBLE-BONUS: The campaign to embarrass the members of U2 over their tax avoidance is getting its boots on.

BEN KWELLER did an interview + tracks with NPR's All Things Considered.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE: Panda Bear (a/k/a Noah Lennox) speaks with Variety from his home in Lisbon, Portugal about the new record, basketball, and his love for Emily Dickinson.

THE KNACK were a two-hit wonder, charting "My Sharona" and "Good Girls Don't" in 1979, which makes them an ideal Twofer Tuesday.

BOB DYLAN is asking Jack White, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson for help on 20 to 25 unfinished songs by Hank Williams.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon talks to the A.V. Club about Oaxacan delicacies, the not-so-universal language of musical love, and why he expects Realpeople to fail.

THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE is launching a paid subscription site where fans can download his upcoming three albums, live videos, possible full concerts and unreleased music.

ANDREW BIRD is profiled by Filter.

THE APATOW CREW spoof everything from Vanity Fair covers to Frida Kahlo and The Honeymooners in a photo essay at Vanity Fair.

TOM-KAT UPDATE: Holmes talks about motherhood, her marriage to Cruise, etc. with Glamour magazine. So you know it's hard hitting.

RHIANNA & CHRIS BROWN returned to L.A. together, and her family is less than thrilled.

JENNIFER ANISTON takes a break from complaining about interviews regarding her private life to do one for Elle UK.

AMY WINEHOUSE apparently turned her flight home into a party, much to the chagrin of others on the overnight flight from Barbados to the UK.

HEATH LEDGER's final film, The Imaginarium Of Dr Parnassus, has failed to secure a US distribution deal and is yet to be awarded a release date, according to reports.

WATCHMEN: The HBO First Look at the superhero saga opening Friday is Tubed in two parts (Part One, Part Two).

ELIZA DUSHKU talks to the A.V. Club about Joss Whedon's Dollhouse, of which she is the producer as well as star.

SEAN PENN is called a moron by his Cuban-born, Venezuela-raised former co-star Maria Conchita Alonso.

THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM is rebelling against budget cuts imposed by Comedy Central.

IRAN: The Obama administration has already concluded that a diplomatic overture to Iran, one of the central promises of the president's election campaign, is unlikely to persuade Tehran to give up its nuclear ambitions.  Iran has demanded an apology from a team of visiting Hollywood actors and movie industry officials saying films such as "300" and "The Wrestler" were "insulting" to Iranians. An Internet security company claims that Iran has taken advantage of a computer security breach to obtain engineering and communications information about Marine One, Pres. Obama's helicopter, according to a report by WPXI, NBC's affiliate in Pittsburgh.

PAKISTAN: The Taliban violated the Swat truce. Shocka.

AFGHANISTAN: More secret negotiations are underway to bring troops fighting alongside the Taliban into Afghanistan's political process, according to Al Jazeera. NATO may ask China for help with establishing a new supply route into Afghanistan. The UN said it would be nearly impossible to hold elections in April.

CAMELS take a Subaru to the West Bank for a dinner date in the Palestinian Territories.

THE WORLD'S ONLY PINK BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN, discovered in an inland lake in Louisiana, has become such an attraction that conservationists have warned tourists to leave it alone.

CATS & DOGS, living together... mass hysteria.

SHARK ATTACKS a teen on the northern beaches of Sydney, Astralia. Organisers of Sunday's Sydney Harbour Swim are playing down fears of further shark attacks, after a Navy diver was mauled two weeks ago. Mayor Larry Vaughn was unavailable for comment.

CHEETA the CHIMP's fictionalized memoir is excerpted by NPR's All Things Considered.

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