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Katrina & the Waves, Camera Obscura, Franz Ferdinand, Cutout Bin, Vending Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 28, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PATE REUNION UPDATE: Jon, Mike & Jon (and we hope Ron) will be retaking a stage July 5th... and I now have details from a presumably reliable source: There will be a potluck picnic from 12-3 p.m. at Brookside Park, Linden shelter; an all ages show (7-9 p.m.), and 21+ show (9 p.m.) at Whiskey River in Ames, IA.  Be there or be squared! If you're on the Facebook, check in with the event page.


...with KATRINA & THE WAVES! Obviously best known for the summer anthem, "Walking On Sunshine", but we can dig a little deeper for pop gems like "Brown Eyed Son," "Do You Want Crying?", "Que Te Quiero" and "Red Wine and Whiskey."  BONUS: Guitarist, songwriter and Soft Boy Kimberley Rew also wrote "Going Down to Liverpool," later covered by The Bangles.

CAMERA OBSCURA graces the KEXP studio with a mini-set of new tunes.

DANDY WARHOLS play a psychedelic set of songs from their breakthrough album " Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia" at KEXP.

CAYUCAS washes ashore in the KEXP studio with a set of gentle beach pop from their second album "Bigfoot".

IAN MOORE & THE LOSSY COILS heat up the KEXP studio with a crunchy set of blues-tinged power pop for your eardrums.

FRANZ FERDINAND drops "Love Illumination" and "Right Action" ahead of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.

IRON & WINE drops "Rattling Bone" for The Lone Ranger soundtrack.

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat.

THE DISMEMBERMENT PLAN: Travis Morrison chats with Pitchfork about indie rock past and present, cell phones at shows, and the reunited act's first new album in 12 years, Uncanney Valley.

JOHN GRANT is profiled by The Record.

KENNY ROGERS is playing Glastonbury. Really. The Gambler talks to The Guardian.

MIDNIGHT OIL frontman turned Aussie politician Peter Garrett has announced that he will quit politics at the next election.

CUTOUT BIN: From Link Wray to Steely Dan, from Devo to Kenny Loggins, from 10000 Maniacs to The Who, plus Wilco, the Rolling Stones, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Twisted Sister and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases are White House Down, which is currently scoring 50 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Heat, which is scoring 67 percent.

PAULA DEEN is getting dropped by Target, Novo Nordisk and QVC (sorta).

JAMES GANDOLFINI's funeral was a star-studded tribute, produced and filmed by HBO for the actor's family.

JUSTIN BIEBER has been sued for assault and battery by a paparazzo who alleges that the singer “physically attacked” him in a parking lot in May 2012.

JULIANNE MOORE is in talks to join The Hunger Games franchise. 

CAMERON DIAZ joins the Annie remake.

JAMES WOODS, 66, is dating a 20-year-old.

ESCAPE PLAN: Stallone. Schwarzenegger. Sheewiz.

THE UNITED STATES: A federal grand jury filed a 30-count indictment against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev, including weapon of mass destruction, bombing, firearms, carjacking, and conspiracy charges.

ISRAEL: Prime Minister Netanyahu said the IAF has operated in a "number of theaters" over the past year in secret operations.

EGYPT: A Muslim Brotherhood spokesman said that if the army and police fail to "properly" respond to attacks against the Brotherhood in upcoming protests, the Brotherhood will "utilize [the] right of self-defense." Human Rights Watch charged the Muslim Brotherhood with promoting sectarian hatred.

IRAQ: Insurgents killed 22 Iraqis in a series of bombings in coffee shops and cafes in Baghdad, Baqubah, and Jbela.

A MONKEY orders a soda from a vending machine.

CAMEL TURDUCKEN: Actually, a camel stuffed with sheep stuffed with chicken stuffed with fish. Your word of the day is "engastration."

RARE BIRD, observed getting killed by a wind turbine.

A HAWK was rescued from the grill of a minivan.

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Latasha Lee, Calexico, Mount Moriah, Fishbowl Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LATASHA LEE & THE BLACKTIES drop a video for "Left Hand Side."

CALEXICO is steaming the Maybe On Monday EP, including a cover of The Replacements' "Unsatisfied."

MOUNT MORIAH stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set of southern rock.

THE BATS: Veteran New Zealand rockers bring their optimistic sunshine pop to KEXP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Zola Jesus and more feature in the latest edition.

THE DODOS offer "Substance" ahead of Carrier.

WE FIVE: Because "You Were On My Mind," natch.

KIM GORDON talks to Stereogum about Body/Head and life after Sonic Youth.

JOSH ROUSE talks to PopMatters about The Happiness Waltz, domestic life and more...

ALAN MYERS, Devo's drummer during their period of greatest success, died Monday of stomach cancer. I featured the band last month.

1993 SONGS, compiled by Rolling Stone. Get Off My Lawn.

MILEY CYRUS stopped by Kimmel to discuss her bizarre new music video for "We Can't Stop," and further confirmed how much she loves marijuana.

PAULA DEEN: Denies she's racist, is dropped by Wal-mart.

AARON HERNANDEZ: The fmr New England Patriots tight end was charged with murder in connection with the death of a 27-year-old former semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd.

CHRIS BROWN's alleged hit-and-run victim claims he called her a b^tch; his lawyer denies it.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have bicoastal issues, according to RadarOnline.

TWITTER: The new frontier for jihadist propaganda.

LEBANESE forces are searching for radical Salafist cleric Ahmad al-Assir, after clashes near Sidon with his supporters left 17 soldiers dead and more than 100 wounded, including 50 military personnel.

LIBYA: A military intelligence officer in Benghazi was killed by a bomb in his car. Militiamen stormed the Yarmouk military base in central Tripoli, killing a soldier and a senior officer, and wounding two other soldiers.

EGYPT: President Morsi said his government has made mistakes since taking office.


CAT IN A FISHBOWL: I know it's serious.

WHEN GIRAFFES ATTACK: A group of safari tourists got much more than they were hoping for when a wild giraffe took umbrage at their proximity and gave chase.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to much of Wichita, KS.

HOW DID THE CHIHUAHUA get into the bathroom?

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She & Him, Myron & E, Heirlooms of August, Biker Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE plays "The Desert Babbler" and "Grace For Saints And Ramblers" on Kimmel.

SHE & HIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MYRON & E bring some retro soul to Morning Becomes Eclectic.

HEIRLOOMS OF AUGUST (ex-red House Painters) streams Down at the 5-Star.

THE MELODIC is streaming their On My Way EP. 

THE VACCINES drop "Melody Calling" on NME.

FAVORED NATIONS drops the title track to their "Blame Game" EP.

ERIC BURDON and WAR "Spill the Wine" one very hot Summer's day...


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN talks to Rolling Stone as he approaches 50 years of rocking. No really, get off my frickin' lawn.

LIZ PHAIR's polarizing self-titled LP, deconstructed. Also, Whitney Matheson has a look back at Exile In Guyville.

DAVID LOWERY & PINK FLOYD take on Pandora and the Internet Radio Fairness Act bill.

MILEY CYRUS is turning up the heat on her father, Billy Ray ... warning him to "tell the truth" about his relationship with a mystery woman, or she'll blast him for all of the world to see ... via Twitter.

CHRIS BROWN was charged with hit-and-run; he denies it. As for there cent alleged club assault, Brown's accuser was caught walking on video.

KIM KARDASHIAN plants fake baby pics to test her so-called friends.

SCOTTIE PIPPEN says his alleged beatdown victim spat at him and hurled the n-word.

LIAM NEESON till be Taken thrice for 20 million.

RHIANNA: A toxic role model for girls? The singer responds by calling the writer a sloppy, menopausal mess.

HOLLY MADISON is engaged to Pasquale Rotella.

FRANCE: Police arrested six members of a suspected Islamist terror cell in raids across Paris.


SYRIA: The US declined to set a date for a peace conference on Syria. The UN warned that the Syrian conflict may spill over into Lebanon.

EGYPT: The US embassy will be closed on June 30 "in anticipation of demonstrations that may turn violent."

A PARROT hitches a ride with a Thai biker.

THE MISSING RED PANDA was nabbed in DC's Adams Morgan neighborhood.

4-H GOATS kidnapped before the big show.

A BLACK BEAR broke into the Knoxville Zoo. He's doing it wrong. 



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Wilco, Neko Case, Patti Griffin, Joni Mitchell, Cat Tape Measure   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Despair" atop the Empire State Building, the first band to do so.

WILCO, Live at the Solid Sound Festival 2013, including deep tracks and rarities.And nyctaper has the covers set.

NEKO CASE, Live at the Solid Sound Festival 2013, including some new material.

PATTY GRIFFIN plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

JONATHAN WILSON plays his psychedelic-tinged folk set live on KEXP, featuring songs from his 2011 release " Gentle Spirit".

MEDICINE: The reunited shoegazers drop "It's Not Enough" ahead of To The Happy Few.

BOTH SIDES NOW: Joni Mitchell performs her 1968 song in 1970 and in 2000, for fans of Mitchell and Mad Men.

SMITH WESTERNS share a few of their favorite things with SPIN.

THE SLITS' Viv Albertine and producer Dennis Bovell recall how the punk pioneers' debut LP was helped along by spoons, nudity, matches and mud.

AMANDA PALMER: Free-spirited visionary – or deluded egotist?

BOBBY "BLUE" BLAND, the debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues, died on Sunday at his home in Germantown, Tenn., a suburb of Memphis. He was 83.

GEORGE LUCAS married fiancée Mellody Hobson on Saturday night.

CHRIS BROWN has been accused of badly injuring a 24-year-old girl inside a nightclub; Brown denies it.

PAULA DEEN loses a ham endorsement deal.

SCOTTIE PIPPEN was interviewed by police in connection with his alleged fight with an autograph seeker in Malibu.

PAUL GIAMATTI joins the cast of... Downton Abbey?

JIM CARREY condemns a movie he's in...and, oddly, not because he's in it.

WORLD WAR Z is headed for a sequel.

RICHARD MATHESON, the author of classic sci-fi stories such as I Am Legend and many iconic episodes of The Twilight Zone, has died of natural causes. He was 87.

SYRIA: The Syrian Foreign Minister called arming the rebels "dangerous," and said the regime was willing to take part in peace negotiations in Geneva, not to hand over power but to establish a unity government that represents Syrian society.

EGYPT: A coalition of Islamist groups is planning a protest for Friday, two days before anti-Morsi protests are expected across Egypt.

AFGHANISTAN:The Taliban denied reports that it lowered its flag and removed the name "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" from its "political office" in Qatar.

IRAQ: Forty-two Iraqis were killed in a series of bombings and attacks in Baghdad and elsewhere in Iraq. Al Qaeda suicide bombers also conducted attacks in Tikrit and Mosul.

A CAT and a tape measure. Pavlov it.

A RED PANDA went AWOL from the National Zoo, which put out the word on social media.

A "MASSIVE" WOLF chased a Canadian motorcyclist for nearly a mile.

SNAKE in a bag of potatoes. That's the Wal-mart difference.

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Wilco, Daughn Gibson, Cheyenne Mize, Summer Songs, Ugly Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 24, 2013 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO did an all -covers show  atth e Solid Sound festival, including Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," Pavement's "Cut Your Hair," and the Replacements' "Color Me Impressed" with a cameo from Tommy Stinson.And here's the audio for their cover of Television's "Marquee Moon."

DAUGHN GIBSON advance streams Me Moan.

CHEYENNE MIZE advance streams Among The Grey.

BASS DRUM OF DEATH is streaming a self-titled album. I was late to this one, but you still have a couple of days.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER, 1962-2013: NPR streams a mix

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise," because FoW went down well last Monday. And Jolene Blalock.

NICK CAVE does an Interview with director Andrew Domenik. 

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield is profiled by Weekend Edition Sunday.

LIZ PHAIR: Exile in Guyville turns 20. Gett off my lawn. Really.

BLACK SABBATH, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Monsters University scares up 82 million to top the chart in what is shaping up as a boffo cinema summer.  That's about 20 million better than Monsters Inc's Nov. 2001 debut (which should be expected) and better than either Brave or Cars 2, which should ease any anxiety at Pixar (at least until "Planes" lands later this summer, which seems dubious to me). World War Z places with 66 million, the second-biggest second-place ever (just behind The Day After Tomorrow).  This was a troubled production but now looks to be a decent hit for Brad Pitt and the undead.  Man Of Steel shows with 41.2 million but that 65 percent drop seems a mite steep, even given its lofty opening.  This Is The End dropped to No. 4 with 13 million, but that 37 percent drop suggests it played well again this weekend as counter-programming to the bigger pics.  Indeed, the same could be said of NowYou See Me, which rounds out the Top 5 with another 7.9 million.

MONSTERS UNIVERSITY: Pixar did not mess up its Monsters franchise with this prequel, which is more than you can say for Cars 2.  The tale of how Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan became a great scare team was a great deal of fun. It even has some fairly complex things to say about the virtues and limits of the work ethic.  I's a bit more emotionally shallow than the origina, but still a very solid effort.

WORLD WAR Z: Given its history and deviations from Max Brooks' source material, I had fairly low expectations for this.  But WWZ exceeded them easily, which made for a solid double-feature on Saturday.  Brad Pitt's characterization is left a bit vague, and we tend to not care about the other characters, but the undead action here is sufficiently sweeping to hold your attention.

PAULA DEEN's “n-word” revelations cost her a gig on the Food Network and likely QVC.

KIM KARDASHIAN is reportedly obsessed with breastfeeding. Is a West wedding in her future?

JAMES GANDOLFINI's body returns to the US tonight.

KELLY RUTHERFORD filed for bankruptcy, and it looks like her mega-fight over child custody was her Achilles' heel.

ANNA KENDRICK is in talks to play Cinderella in Into the Woods, Disney’s adaptation of the Broadway musical.

LIBYA: Two officials of the Libyan National party face blasphemy charges that could lead to the death penalty for publishing certain cartoons during the 2012 elections.

SYRIA: The Friends of Syria group pledged to "provide urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment to the opposition on the ground." The group is comprised of Britain, France, the US, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Egypt. A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army said the rebels have recently received new weapons from Arab countries and other friendly nations, but not yet from the United States.

IRAQ: A suicide bomber killed 12 people in an attack at a mosque near Taji. Four more Iraqis were killed in a suicide attack in Azba. Twenty-two Iraqis were killed in other attacks by al Qaeda throughout the country. The government allocated 129 million dollars to fund the Awakening.

WALLE the BOXER BEAGLE scores an upset win at this year's World's Ugliest Dog competition.

THE SKATEBOARDING BULLDOG wins a surfing competition.

FLUFFY COWS: Grooming cows so they look like unusually large poodles is a well-known beautification practice in the show cattle industry, but it's just now getting attention on the Internet.

MONKEY BITES POLICE OFFICER during a traffic stop.


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