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.
JIMMY KIMMEL & SARAH SILVERMAN have split again.
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.