THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...
... with THE MINUTEMEN! San Pedro, California's greatest musical export took apart rock, jazz and funk and put the pieces back together in a jagged collage. They are caught here in an acoustic session for a cable-access show from Hollywood, circa 1985. Your setlist includes "The Meter Man," "Corona," "Themselves," "The Red And The Black" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Badges, "I Felt Like Gringo," "Time" (Richard Hell), "Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Lost" (Meat Puppets), "Ack Ack Ack," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" "History Lesson Part II," "Tour Spiel" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand.
DALE EARNHARDT, JR., JR. stopped by the KEXP studios for a session.
DR. DOG preview their upcoming record of folk-inspired psychedelic rock at WNYC Soundcheck.
NADA SURF showcased new material at WNYC Soundcheck.
LAURA GIBSON had a chat and mini-set at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
TENNIS drops "My Better Self" in advance of Young & Old.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Greetings from Asbuty Park, NJ Outtakes.
GUIDED BY VOICES: Nerve ranks every LP, with tracks.
BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!"
LESLIE FEIST talks to the New Zealand Herald about getting back together with her guitar.
PITCHFORK: Richard Beck delivers 9000 words on the site's history and impact.
PATTI SMITH gets the New York Review of Books treatment.
14 SURPRISING PLATINUM ALBUMS, courtesy of The A.V. Club. Oof!
BEATLES vs STONES, and other musical duels.
HOW 10 SONGWRITERS rake in the cash.
DISNEY'S JOY DIVISION T-SHIRT sells out and is discontinued.
CUTOUT BIN From Big Country to Al Stewart, from the Crystals to Ten Years After, from Mary Wells to the Yardbirds, plus Bruce Springsteen, KC & the Sunshine Band, Tom Waits, the Hold Steady 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 Grey, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; One For the Money, which was not screened for critics; and Man On a Ledge, scoring 21 percent.
DEMI MOORE's 911 tape may be redacted, as gossip emerges that her partying contributed to her split from Ashton Kutcher, who is "deeply concerned" about her. RadarOnline claims Adderall played a role in her condition.
HEIDI KLUM & SEAL: The singer isn't sure he would like to reconcile, but he doesn't rule it out.
BRAD PITT talks to THR about his brutal fight to save Moneyball, fame, his depression in the '90s, President Obama, and plans to make partner Angelina Jolie his wife.
LINDSAY LOHAN is being sued by a woman who claims Li-Lo hit her while driving a Maserati through what used to be Lohan's West Hollywood neighborhood.
JOHNNY DEPP & VANESSA PARADIS are not splitiing, she says.
RUSSELL BRAND & KATY PERRY: He's reportedly trashing her to new conquests.
DREW BARRYMORE is converting to Judaism for a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony later this year.
HEATHER LOCKLEAR is not going to rehab, no, no, no. Instead, the 50-year-old actress has resumed the ongoing sobriety program she began and maintained in 2011 until the difficult split with her fiance, actor Jack Wagner.
THE OFFICE may spin off Dwight Schrute.
MOONRISE KINGDOM: Wes Anderson's next movie has a trailer online.
SH_TF_C_D: Pat Sajak says he used to host Wheel Of Fortune while drunk -- and letter-turner Vanna White was three sheets to the wind, too.
ROBERT HEYGES, who played Jewish Puerto-Rican wheeler-dealer Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the 1970s classic sitcom "Welcome Back Kotter," died after an apparent heart attack in his Metuchen home yesterday. He was 60. Authorities found no note from his mother.
IRAN: The escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear arms program is having a telling effect on Iran's economy and prompting some to flee the country.
EGYPT: Hundreds of thousands thronged major squares across Egypt on Wednesday, marking the first anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak with rallies that laid bare the divisions that have replaced the unity of last year's revolt.
AL QAEDA remains a real threat, according to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.
CAT vs ALLIGATOR: Who you got?
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lamb with six legs.
PET HOARDING: Here's what lurked in a Boca Raton apartment: A red-spitting cobra, a puff adder, a uracoan rattlesnake, two false cobras and a small alligator.
THE DUNG BEETLE DANCE, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile, according to a new study.
DOGS + SNOW = Awww...some pics.