THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
SLY & THE FAMILY STONE rip through a medley of "Everyday People" and "Dance to the Music," plus "Hot Fun in the Summertime," "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey," and "I Want to Take You Higher" on network TV, circa 1969.
THE WALKMEN play a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
THE XX plays songs from Coexist for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
LOS LOBOS performs Kiko in its entirety for Morning Becomes Eclectic.
HOT CHIP brings the party to Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KAKI KING drops "Great Round Burn" ahead of Glow.
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to BuzzFeed about ***** Riot, Feminism, and Joni Mitchell. As summer wanes, let's roll Darnielle's take on "The Boys Are Back In Town."
WILL JOHNSON talks to the Dallas Morning News about Scorpion, his work with Centro-matic, South San Gabriel, Monsters of Folk and others, as well as his baseball paintings, which are homages to the greats of the sport.
AMANDA PALMER: Is her tweet-happy, DIY, often NSFW approach a model for independent artists? She's getting grief from pro musicians for seeking volunteer backup on tour.
THE 2012 MERCURY PRIZE nominees, and their odds.
LED ZEPPELIN's 2007 O2 concert comes to video. Trailer at the link.
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 openers are the 3-D re-release of Finding Nemo, which scores 99 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Resident Evil: Retribution, which wasn't screened for critics.
AMANDA BYNES was driving aimlessly for hours Tuesday ... while smoking out of what appears to be a marijuana pipe and tooling around L.A. on a suspended license.
NICK & VANESSA LACHEY welcomed a son on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
ADRIANA LIMA and her husband Marko Jaric welcomed their second daughter in NYC Wednesday.
SALLY STRUTHERS was arrested for drunk driving in Maine yesterday.
MICHAEL MADSEN was busted for DUI, but wants to assure his fans that he did not fail the field sobriety test and "believes that the breathalyzer test is flawed."
SELMA BLAIR is single again.
LINCOLN: Spielberg's biopic now has a full trailer online.
THE 25 BEST SEINFELD EPISODES? Paste courts controversy, as listicles strive to do.
TEN THINGS You Probably Didn't Know About Star Trek.
IRAN: The UN's nuclear agency censured Iran over its nuclear program. Oil exports were down dramatically due to international sanctions. The US and allies prepared for a major naval exercise in the Persian Gulf.
SYRIA: Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri called on all Muslims to support rebels fighting to overthrow the Assad regime. Heavy fighting continued throughout the country. In Damascus, a pro-Assad Shi'ite militia battled with rebels.
YEMEN: Protesters stormed the US embassy in Sana'a, tore down the US flag, and chanted "death to America" and "death to Israel." Yemen security forces did not prevent protesters from entering the embassy.
LIBYA: Four suspects believed to be involved in the attack on the US consulate were arrested by Libyan authorities. The US Navy deployed two destroyers to the Libyan coast. There is growing belief that the attack was in revenge for the killing in a drone strike in Pakistan of Mohammed Hassan Qaed, an al-Qaeda operative who was, as his nom-de-guerre Abu Yahya al-Libi suggests, from Libya, and timed for the anniversary of the 11 September attacks. Moreover, according to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Dept had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and "lockdown", under which movement is severely restricted.The US Director of National Intelligence, responded to that report: “This is absolutely wrong. We are not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. Mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent.” There are at least five problems with that very carefully worded response. First, a report about planned attacks was published Tuesday morning by Egypt’s Al-Masry al-Youm daily, based on Egyptian intell; if that intell wasn't shared, more questions are raised. Second, an officer at the consulate told his online gaming friends at the outset of the siege he might die (as he did hours later) and had seen one of Libyan ‘police’ that guard the compound taking pictures. Third, the ambush of the rescuers appeared professionally executed. Fourth, no mob gathered outside the US Embassy in Tripoli, the usual base of Chris Stevens, the late ambassador which, on the face of it, would have been a more logical target. Fifth, when US sources told CNN "this was a clearly planned military-type attack," the response from another US official was that there was "no clear stream of intelligence that indicated the Benghazi attack was coming." There seems to be plenty of evidence the attack was premeditated; whether the US had intelligence about it (and if so, how much) is the subject of further review.
EGYPT: Protests outside the US embassy turned violent. Protesters threw Molotov cocktails while police responded with tear gas. Pres Morsi said he backed peaceful protest but not attacks on embassies. US officials semi-denied reports that the Marines at the embassy were barred from carrying live ammunition (the language of the "denials" is carefully worded). Morsi attempted to persuade Iran to drop its support of the Assad regime in Syria.
SUPER-KITTENS fly to dubstep.
A NEW MONKEY was discovered living in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
MONGO: Lancaster, AP, police said they arrested a man after he punched a mounted officer and his horse.
A RABID BEAVER leaped out of a pond and chased children at a Springfield nature center.