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U2, Milk Carton Kids, Faith No More, Jim O'Rourke, Daniel Bachman, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 played several songs for Jimmy Fallon, busjed in the subway, and more.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS advance stream Monterey.

FAITH NO MORE advance streams Sol Invictus.

JIM O'ROURKE advance streams Simple Songs.

DANIEL BACHMAN advance streams River.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "Take Me to Yolita" ahead of Faulty Superheroes.

FIRST AID KIT covers Simon & Garfunkel's "America" for Letterman.

PAUL WELLER talks to The Guardian about time, music, family, songwriting, bad habits, and more. 

BEST COAST -- and Bethany Cosentino's ambition -- is profiled by the L.A. Times.

LANA DEL REEY & COURTNEY LOVE: Do they deserve Kim Gordon's scorn?

GANG OF FOUR is profiled by Magnet.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Avengers: Age of Ultron again dominated the chart with 77.2MM dollars on a 60 percent drop. That  technically shows some potential weakness, though it's the second best second weekend after The Avengers.  It broke the 300MM dollar mark this weekend, tied with The Dark Knight for the second-fastest to make that much. Hot Pursuit placed with a 13.3 million debu, playing primarily to women over 50.  Even so, Reese Witherspoon is likely in better career shape with this unfunny comedy than say, Vince Vaughn or even Johnny Depp.  The Age of Adeline showed with 5.6 million on a leggy 9.7 percent drop that puts the pic over its production budget.  Furious 7 drops 21 percent to the fourth slot with another 5.3 million atop a huge pile of cash...but note Ultron is almost caught up with the flick that ruled the entire month of April. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rounds out the Top 5 with another 5.2 million on a leggy 12 percent drop.  Below the fold, the very good Ex Machina went to 2000 screens and made 3.4 million on a 52 percent increase.

GWYNETH PALTROW: "It’s incredible how much she is wrong about."

LINDSAY LOHAN claimed she did her community service from home, but now is trying a cram session.

CHRIS BROWN's naked intruder is getting charged with 3 felonies in court, but she is not being held on a 5150.

CISSY HOUSTON  is opening up about Bobbi Kristina Brown's condition.

GEORGE MILLER talks up Mad Max: Fury Road at the Miami Herald. Their critic seems to dig it very much.

NORTH KOREA has at least six nukes, is capable of mounting a miniaturized nuclear warhead on its new road-mobile KN-08 intercontinental ballistic missile, and claimed publicly that it has test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine.

EGYPT: The Cairo Court of Appeals upheld a three-year sentence against 87-year-old fmr prez Hosni Mubarak on corruption charges, but -- accounting for time he's already served -- gave the OK for him to go home.

SYRIA: International inspectors have found traces of sarin and VX nerve agent at a military research site in Syria that had not been declared to the global chemical weapons watchdog, diplomatic sources said on Friday.

IRAN: The suicide of a hotel maid-after an alleged rape attempt by an Intelligence Ministry employee-has set off violent riots in northwest Iran.

DOG ON A DINGHY: I know it's serious.

THERE'S A "FREE-ROAMING" BEAR in Dunwoody, GA, but the authorities don't much care.

THE SWARM goes after the pizza delivery guy.

WHY CATS freak out after using the litter box.

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XTC, Elvis Depressedly, King Gizzard, Jose Gonzalez. Cats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 08, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with XTC! Live on Rockpalast, February 10, 1982. Your setlist includes: "Respectable Street" (still one of my faves), "Towers of London," "Runaways," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Burning With Optimism's Flames," "Snowman," "Ball And Chain," "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," "No Thugs In Our House" (another fave), "Senses Working Overtime" (ditto), "Making Plans For Nigel," "Living Through Another Cuba," "Generals and Majors," "Real By Reel," and "Life Begins At The Hop."

ELVIS DEPRESSEDLY advance streams New Alhambra.

KING GIZZARD & THE WIZARD LIZARD advance stream the Quarters EP. 

JOSE GONZALEZ stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Nine Creative Musicians You Should Know (tho regular Pate visitors should know Django Django already).

SHARON VAN ETTEN drops "Just Like Blood," ahead of her upcoming EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down. 

TAME IMPALA drops "Eventually" ahead of Currents. 


THE WHO: Pete Townshend talks reunions, foreign policy, Bob Dylan, Led Zep, Spotify, and more at Rolling Stone

B.B. KING's daughter goes to court against his manager. 

PAUL WELLER picks his top 13 albums at The Quietus

THE COMPLETE 4AD STORY: An oral history. (Thx, Frank Yang.) 

PRINCE will play a "Rally 4 Peace" concert in Baltimore this Sunday.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Hot Pursuit, which is currently scoring 7 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The D Train, scoring 44 percent.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR adds the Black Panther and Ant-Man.  Is it too much of a good thing? 

ADAM LEVINE was sugar-bombed before performing on Kimmel.

LINDSAY LOHAN hasn't done her community service hours. Again.

THE MINDY PROJECT is moving to Hulu

CHRIS BROWN came home to a a possibly nutty woman sleeping in his bed

JAMES FRANCO writes in the Washington Post about his days working at McDonald's, and using fake accents when he took orders to practice for acting class. 

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: Entertainment Weekly has a preview of Quentin Tarantino's next film. 

SAUDI ARABIA considers nuclear weapons to counter-balance Iran. Boy, no one saw that coming. 

THE UNITED STATES will re-engage with Gulf State allies at a summit next week on a proposal for a common ballistic missile defense system that could act as a deterrent to a potentially nuclear armed Iran. 

IRAN welcomes war with the United States.

IRAQI security forces are "all but cut off" at the Baiji oil refinery by ISIS and now only control about 20 percent of the facility. 


3500 BIRDS died at the Ivanpah solar energy plant in its first year of operation. 

PIGS are trained for diving in China. 

A NEW PENIS WORM has been discovered by scientists. 

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Errol Brown RIP, Pfarmers, Alabama Shakes, Ben Gibbard, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ERROL BROWN, the singer who as the ultra-smooth frontman of Hot Chocolate became one of Britain’s most successful musicians, has died from liver cancer. He was 71. The band's catalog is deeper and stranger than "You Sexy Thing."  In fact, I posted that one recently, so here's "Every 1's a Winner."

PFARMERS, ft members of The National, Menomena, and contributors to Sufjan Stevens and St. Vincent, advance stream Gunnera.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

BEN GIBBARD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set. 

THE LONDON SOULS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

EDDIE MURPHY drops "Oh Jah Jah." Oh my. 

THE ROLLING STONES' "Satisfaction" turned 50 yesterday. Take it away, Jimmy Fallon.

SQUEEZE: The Making of "Up the Junction."

MY MORNING JACKET: Jim James is quoted in a Paste profile of the band and The Waterfall

PANDORA got FCC approval to buy an FM radio station, with implications for its royalty rates. 

NICK CAVE Meets Dr. Seuss

ORSON WELLES would've turned 100 years old yesterday.  Entertainment Weekly had some good advice for the layman on appreciating Welles, though it misses The War of the Worlds and The Magniicent Ambersons. The point about Citizen Kane being nearly impossible for modern audiences to truly appreciate because its innovations so changed evrything since is particularly apt. Consider that The Social Network was one of the best films of 2010, and it borrows tons from Kane. The WSJ has a nice video overview of his career also.  Vox has a piece on his insane work ethic at the start of his career, without mentioning he used to hire an ambulance to take him between jobs in NYC.  Grantland took a long look at The Lady From Shanghai. And this month's Vanity Fair has a piece on his unfinished film, The Other Side of the Wind.

SOPHIE HAWKINS denies dating ROSIE O'DONNELL. As you would.

BRUCE JENNER's kids secretly despise the Kardashians. As you would. 

JOSS WHEDON denied he quit Twitter over feminist reactions to Age of Ultron.  But there's more between the lines.

BRADLEY COOPER & IRINA SHAYK were caught canoodling after the Met Gala. 

CHARLIZE THERON talks about pay inequities in Hollywood, and life with Sean Penn, with Elle

BIG BIRD almost died in the Challenger disaster

SYRIA: Two years after President Bashar al-Assad agreed to dismantle Syria's chemical weapons stockpile, there is mounting evidence that his government is flouting international law to drop cheap, jerry-built chlorine bombs on insurgent-held areas.  A new round of UN-backed peace talks has started in Geneva. The French president admitted to supplying Syrian rebels with weapons in 2012.

EGYPT proposed blocking extremist media during an anti-Islamic State conference in Cairo.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's efforts to expand its reach beyond Iraq and Syria have spurred a debate within the coalition that the United States has assembled to confront the group about whether it needs to broaden its campaign.

TEAGEN THE CORGI chases her own...treat

A PEACOCK is on the lam in Pasco, WA. 

A CROCODILE bites below the belt.


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Novella, Eskimeaux, Kenny Knight, Vomitface, Jason Isbell, Man vs Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MIKAL CRONIN plays “Turn Around” for Conan.

NOVELLA advance streams their debut LP, Land.

ESKIMEAUX advance streams O.K.

KENNY KNIGHT advance streams the reissue of Crossroads.

VOMITFACE advance streams the Another Bad Year EP.

JASON ISBELL drops "24 Frames" ahead of Something More Than Free.

FREEDY JOHNSON drops the title track to "Neon Repairman."  For fans of "Wichita Lineman."  Speaking of which...

GLEN CAMPBELL scratches my Jimmy Webb itch with his hit version of "Wichita Lineman".

THE BEATLES did not revolutionize music, researchers say.  Suffice it to say the result is disputed.

CALEXICO's oey Burns sat down with Chicago INNERVIEW between European tour dates to chat about influences, new cities and exploration.

ANDY BELL (Ride, Beady Eye) shares the soundtrack of his life at NME.

APPLE is under scrutiny by the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commissionover the claim the tech giant tried to force Spotify to drop its free service.

INDIANA JONES will return. Some day.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL talks  feminism and body image in Cosmopolitan.

RYAN GOSLING ate cereal in tribute to the late Ryan McHenry, creator of "Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal".

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER acts out his film career in six minutes.

MANNY PACQUIAO and his fight promoters have been hit with a class action lawsuit by people who claim he screwed fans, Pay-per-view buyers and gamblers out of serious money by not disclosing his shoulder injury before the Mayweather fight.

MARTIN FREEMAN joins the cast of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War in an unknown role. Probably not a Hobbit, tho.

NIGERIA: Some of the women and girls recently rescued from Boko Haram by the Nigerian military say the jihadist group began brutally murdering captives as rescue forces neared.

IRAN has banned men from getting a spiky haircut, a tattoo or an eyebrow plucking , describing these styles as "devil-worshipping" and "homosexual."

THE UNTITED STATES Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on four key leaders of the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

LIBYA: The Islamic State crucified three brothers in Derna after accusing them of supporting the Libyan government.

MAN vs BEAR, to save a chihuahua.

SPIDERS have woven webs infused with carbon nanotubes and even graphene, raising the prospect of new materials with record-beating properties.

A HUNGRY PIG trapped a terrified motorist in her car in an attempted food raid.

KITTENS: The latest oroduct-- and victims -- of California's drought?

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Cinco de Mayo, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Tucker   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES, interviewed by Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Jim Reid talks to Stereogum about making Psychocandy, and why a 30th anniversary tour isn’t just about nostalgia.

HAS STREAMING Stifled the Music Industry?


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS let Annie Leibovitz take some behind-the-scenes shots for Vanity Fair. BONUS: Captain Phasma. DOUBLE BONUS: The 2nd Star Wars anthology movie, due in 2018, will be a Boba Fett origin story.

JOSS WHEDON quit Twitter (again) after taking flak over the portrayal of Balck Widow in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

TIGER WOODS & LINDSEY VONN are dunzo after three years.

MADONNA regrets kissing Drake, making it unanimous.

CHRIS BROWN  is accused of brawling with another guy early Monday morning during a basketball game.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI talks to Us Weekly about life with Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler, whom I affectionately like to call "Jerkface."

DANIELLE WATTS (Django Unchained), who accused Los Angeles police of racial profiling when they investigated a report she was having sex with her boyfriend in a parked car has been ordered to apologize to officers as part of a plea deal.

NIGEL TERRY, known for his roles in The Lion in Winter, Excalibur and Caravaggio, died of emphysema aged 69.

IRAN: Leading Persian Gulf states want major new weapons systems and security guarantees from the White House in exchange for backing a nuclear agreement with Iran, according to U.S. and Arab officials.

UNITED STATES intelligence agencies ­badly misjudged al-Qaeda’s ­ability to take advantage of political turmoil in the Middle East and regain strength across the region after Osama bin Laden was killed, according to a new book by the CIA’s former deputy director.

YEMEN: The Saudi-led military coalition fighting a rebel group in Yemen has in the past few weeks used widely-banned cluster munitions supplied by the United States, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Sunday.

TUCKER Takes the Stairs.

EAST COAST STARFISH may survive a zombie plague.

A BLACK LABRADOR named Caroline freaked out during a trip to the grocery store and caused her North Carolina owner to crash their truck into a swimming pool.

A GRIEVING MAMA CAT who lost her kittens adopted a litter.

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