THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with THE BAND. Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died on April 19th in New York of throat cancer. He was 71. (And here's the NYT obit.) Over Helm's objections, The Last Waltz was billed as a "farewell" concert after 16 years of touring, finding The Band joined by special guests including Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Dr. John, and Neil Young. Martin Scorsese's 1978 documentary features concert performances, scenes shot on a studio soundstage and interviews by Scorsese with members of The Band. Surprisingly, the Wikipedia entry for the show is pretty good place to start for more background on the concert and the movie. BONUS: Listen to Music From Big Pink and The Band (with 7 bonus tracks).
CULTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.
ANDREW BIRD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic and the KEXP studio.
FIRST AID KIT visited the KEXP studio with folk-pop from their second full-length, The Lion's Roar.
TODD SNIDER his streaming Time As We Know It: The Songs of Jerry Jeff Walker via the TM Daily Post. (Thx, LHB?)
THE 10 WORST SONGS of the 80s, playlisted by NME.
SUCKERS are advance streaming Candy Salad.
ARCTIC MONKEYS generate "Electricity" as the flip side of their Record Store Day single. Because who cares what's on the flip side of a record? I do.
JOHN LYDON felt guilt about the burden of his childhood spinal memingitis on his parents. And he has mixed feelings about the re-release of the Sex Pistols' "God Save The Queen."
JAMES MURPHY lists 10 songs that saved his life. Also, a click-through to an interview with GQ.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Life Giver to the Middle-Aged.
BOW WOW WOW: Leigh Gorman and Annabella Lwin talk to The Guardian about the beginning, the end, and Malcolm McLaren.
THE BEST SONGS of 2012 (So Far), according to Paste.
DICK CLARK: Idolator compiles 10 great American Bandstand interviews.
GREG HAM, flutist for the ridiculously popular early-'80s Aussie new wavers Men At Work, has been found dead of unknown causes in his Melbourne home. He was 58. And came from a land "Down Under."
CUTOUT BIN: 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 Lucky One, which is currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Think Like a Man, which is scoring 57 percent; and Chimpanzee, scoring 73 percent.
MAD MEL UPDATE: Gibson shouted terrifying epithets at his houseguests during a rampage at his home in Costa Rica in December.
LINDSAY LOHAN: Surveillance video reportedly shows was at The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip on the night of an alleged assault.
RYAN REYNOLDS & BLAKE LIVELY: House-hunting in Connecticut.
JASON SEGEL & MICHELLE WILLIAMS are taking their romance from the streets of NYC to red carpet events.
CHRIS EVANS tells Playboy what Captain America and Sir Mix-A-Lot share.
ANTHONY HOPKINS, in his Alfred Hitchcock makeup.
MICHAEL JACKSON: Still dead, but he may tour with The Jacksons as a hologram.
JONATHAN FRID, best knowing for playing Barnabas Collins on the 1960s supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows," died last Friday of natural causes. He was 87. Frid's final acting credit will be a cameo in the Tim Burton-Johnny Depp film adaptation of the show.
20 of the BIGGEST SCI-FI MOVIE DISAPPOINTMENTS of the last 20 years, compiled by Den of Geek.
GAZA: Hamas is fast losing popularity, and recent surveys indicate that it would not win if elections were held in Gaza today.
YEMEN: The CIA is seeking authority to expand its covert drone campaign in Yemen by launching strikes against terrorism suspects even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed.
SWIMMING WITH A POLAR BEAR: Let's go to the video.
THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Sex-happy rodents are setting fire to cars, cutting electrical wires and causing power outages, and evading capture at a Queens co-op.
KANGAROOS have three vaginas. The More You Know.
BABY STEENBOK & LEOPARD: Not living together in harmony.