THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81! Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.
THE AVETT BROS are advance streaming The Carpenter.
THE VACCINES are advance streaming Come of Age.
TEAM SPIRIT: Ayad Al Adhamy (Passion Pit) drops the synth and picks up the guitar; power-pop ensues. Oh my. Check out four tracks at Bandcamp. I would say especially "Phenomenon"... but they're all good.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.
FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" falls into that category of summer song Oliver Wang once described "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy." It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...
REGINA SPEKTOR talks to Fresh Air about growing up in the USSR and more... BTW, she is right about the Russian attitiude to WWII. When I visited in the 80s, cities were left with bullet damage, just as a reminder.
DIVINE FITS: Spoon's Britt Daniel talks to Consequence of Sound and ex-Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs man Dan Boeckner talks to Interview; both talk to Pitchfork about their new band.
LOS LOBOS: Steve Berlin talks to earache about the 20th anniversary of Kiko. (Thx, LHB.)
EDDIE VAN HALEN had emergency surgery for diverticulitis.
THE 10 GRITTIEST ROCK DOCS on Netflix, according to Seattle Weekly.
CUTOUT BIN: From Derek & the Dominos to Homer & Jethro, from CCR to KC & the Sunshine Band, from Aretha Franklin to Joy Division, from the Stooges to the Starland Vocal Band, plus Prince, Bob Dylan, Journey, Bryan Ferry 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 Possession, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Lawless, which opened Wednesday scoring 64 percent; and Oogieloves In The BIG Balloon Adventure, scoring 36 percent.
ROBER PATTINSON, broken-hearted, is considering moving back to the UK.
LINDSAY LOHAN may say the producers of "Liz and Dick" promised to pay her enormous bill at the Chateau Marmont hotel ... but it's simply not true, according to TMZ.
GIULIANA & BILL RANCIC welcomed their first child, son Edward Duke Rancic, via surrogate.
LeANN RIMES entered a 30 day in-patient treatment facility to cope with anxiety and stress.
JOHN MAYER dumped KATY PERRY by email?
JENNIE GARTH & LUKE PERRY: Denying dating reports.
CHARLIE SHEEN's Anger Management has been granted a 90-episode order.
MICHAEL KEATON joins the Robocop reboot.
IRAN: The UN's nuclear watchdog agency said that Iran has more than doubled the nuclear enrichment capacity of its underground site at Fordow in the past four months. The IAEA also noted suspected recent "sanitisation efforts" at the Parchin military complex.
EGYPT: On his first trip to Iran, Pres Morsi called for Syrian President Assad to step down, and hinted that Egypt might take a more active role in the conflict. Morsi also warned Iranian President Ahmadinejad that Iran's continued support for the Assad regime raises the risk of of Western intervention.
EXCITABLE DOG: Bella is happy to see her owner.
A 500-LB DONKEY kills a South Texas mayor.
WHEN GRIZZLIES ATTACK: How a 20 year old student survived in Seattle.
PREDATORY BLUEGILLS play videogames for science.