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Adam Yauch RIP, Best Coast, Beach House, Cat vs Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 07, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ADAM YAUCH, a/k/a MCA, a rapper and founder of the pioneering and multimillion-selling hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, died on Friday in Manhattan after a battle with salivary gland cancer. He was 47. The Beasties brand expanded well beyond music: with their own magazine and record label, Grand Royal; with the social activism of Mr. Yauch's Milarepa Foundation, which produced an international series of Tibetan Freedom Concerts; and with work in film, as Mr. Yauch (calling himself Nathanial Hörnblowér) directed Beastie Boys videos and went on to start Oscilloscope Laboratories, an independent film production and distribution company.  New York Magazine ran a meaty oral history of the Beasties to mark the 25th anniversary of License to Ill.  Pitchfork rounds up video highlights...or maybe you want to listen to Paul's Boutique.

BEST COAST is advance streaming The Only Place.

BEACH HOUSE is advance streaming Bloom.

THE CRIBS are advance streaming In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull.

THE GOSSIP are advance streaming A Joyful Noise.

DR. DOG  drops a new video for "Lonesome."

BIG STAR'S THIRD: How do you perform an album so shrouded in mystery it doesn't have an official title or running order?  Mitch Easter and friends are going to try. (The LP and demos are embedded at trhe link.)

JAPANDROIDS talk to Rolling Stone about surviving a breakup and a perforated ulcer, and covering the Gun Club. 

FRIENDLY FIRES drummer Jack Savidge and lead guitarist Ed Gibson talk to State about their experience during this extensive tour, college prom memories, and their upcoming festival headliner gigs. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to The Age about globe-trotting and more...

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Marvel's The Avengers opens with 200.3 million -- shattering the all-time opening record like Thor's hammer or a giant, green Hulk.  How smashing a smash, you ask? The final Harry Potter's prior record was 169.2 million.  How smashing? Until Spider-man appeared a decade or so ago, no film had grossed 100 million in three days.  Moreover, The Avengers opened overseas before this bonanza, giving it a 641 million worldwide total in 12 days of release.  How did the puny humans do?  Think Like A Man drops to the second slot with 8 million and a 73 million total against a 12 million budget.  The Hunger Games shows with 5.7 million and $380 million domestic against a 78 million budget.  The Lucky One holds in fourth with 5.5 million (48 million total).  The Pirates! Band of Misfits rounds out the Top 5 with 5.4 million and a 18.6 million domestic total against a 55 million budget (though this one raked in big bucks overseas).

LINDSAY LOHAN will not be prosecuted for allegedly committing a hit-and-run in Hollywood in March.And she's not back with Samantha Ronson. But she was spotted with... Woody Allen.

AMANDA BYNES was involved in another hit and run in Hollywood.

KIM KARDASHIAN's lawyer blames Kris Humphries for dragging out his own divorce.

HALLE BERRY's ex, Gabriel Aubry, is asking a judge for a half a million bucks in attorney fees and 20K in monthly child support, a substantial increase in what he is getting currently.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE  has admitted he cannot live down looking like a ‘moron’ during his time as a member of 'N Sync.

MIRA SORVINO and husband Christopher Backus welcomed their fourth child, a baby girl named Lucia, on Thursday in L.A.

DENNIS QUAID's wife has officially withdrawn her divorce papers.

GEORGE LINDSEY, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died after a brief illness. He was 83.

TERROR in the USA: Maryland resident Mohammad Hassan Khalid, 18, a Pakistani citizen, pled guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, in the "Jihad Jane" case.

FRANCE: An Algerian-born particle physicist at the Cern laboratory, has been sentenced to five years in prison for plotting al Qaeda attacks in France.

GERMANY: Terrorism charges were brought against a Moroccan who headed an al Qaeda cell in Dusseldorf that planned Mumbai-type attacks in Europe.

IRAN said on Friday it will never suspend its uranium enrichment program and sees no reason to close the Fordow underground site. Iranians voted on Friday in a run-off parliamentary election in which allies of hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hoped to complete victory over Pres. Ahmadinejad, a conservative increasingly criticized by the clerical elite.  And Tran isn't even bothering to do their own Photoshoped missile tests anymore.

EGYPTIAN security forces and plainclothed men clashed with thousands of protestors in downtown Cairo on Friday, killing at least one person and leaving hundreds wounded.

AfPAK: As the Taliban kicks off its spring fighting season in Afghanistan, an agreement with Pakistan that would help NATO supply its troops there could be weeks or months away, forcing military leaders to spend two-and-a-half times as much to ship some supplies through Central Asia.

CAT vs FISH: Who you got?

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent tested positive for the plague near San Diego.

A MAN AND HIS MONKEY were busted in a DUI incident. No word on whether the monkey was also drunk.

A LION tried hard to eat a small boy at the Portland Zoo.

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Quarto de Mayo, Cutout Bin, The Avengers, Dog vs Baby Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 04, 2012 - 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.

JACK WHITE talks to The A.V. Club about about Blunderbuss, the prevalence of troublesome women in his new songs, and what the oft-unpredictable star is going to do next.

JONSI talks to Drowned In Sound about the Sigur Ros hiatus, the new album, the press and more...

RICHARD HELL talks about a documentary titled The Devil, Probably.

HERE WE GO MAGIC's Luke Temple talks to PopMatters about the human element in art and more...

CUTOUT BIN: From Squeeze to Dolly Parton, from the Cure to the Chi-Lites, from the Beach Boys to the Jesus & Mary Chain, plus the dB's, the J. Geils Band, the Hombres, Of Montreal, Dusty Springfield and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE AVENGERS is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 92 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  I went to the midnight showing, purely as a public service to Pate readers.  I suppose I could say that this movie lacks the depth of character development you get in the best Marvel films (Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Iron Man), but we presumably got character development in the movies which intoduced these characters (and we do get a bit even in this one).  I could comment on whether CGI action scenes ever truly satisfy in the way that traditional stunt work does.  I could even suggest that The Avengers lacks the deeper thematic elements Christopher Nolan has brought to the Batman franchise.  But instead, what I will say is that Joss Whedon & Co. have delivered a phenomenal popcorn/action movie, filled with scene after scene of pure awesome, punctuated by moments of pure hilarity.  Of the movie's 2 hr, 22 minute running time, there are probably fewer than 10 minutes that are not awesome, comic-book goodness.  And as with almost all Marvel films, be sure to stay all the way to the very end of the credits for perhaps my favorite moment of the entire movie.

COURTNEY LOVE loses Kurt Cobain's publicity rights to daughter Frances Bean Cobain.

ASHTON KUTCHER's Popchips ad has been swiftly pulled - and an apology issued - following a grim reaction from Indian Americans.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Cops are sending the case involving an alleged hit-and-run by the actress to prosecutors.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN will marry Scott Disick in Mexico. The wedding will be televised, natch.

KATE UPTON will be gracing next week's highly anticipated Costume Institute gala - but she's going on her own dime.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is developing a remake of Little Shop of Horrors.

DENMARK: An axe-wielding Somali citizen who broke into the home of a Danish cartoonist and tried to kill him has been given a 10-year sentence followed by deportation.

GERMANY: A group of Salafists used stones and poles to attack police in Solingen, injuring three policemen and a bystander; approximately 30 of the attackers were arrested.

YEMEN: In the latest release of Inspire magazine, slain al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader Anwar al Awlaki called for chemical and biological attacks against the US. Fmr Pres Saleh's son stepped down from commanding the 3rd Brigade of the Republican Guard.

EGYPT: A bill to allow girls as young as 14 to marry should not be rejected out of hand, as girls in some areas of the country mature earlier, according to a Salafite member of Egypt's parliament.

DOG vs BABY GOAT: Who you got?

A 50-LB TURTLE run over by a car is going to be alright, Little Tommy.

DOLPHINS aid fishermen in Laguna, Braxil.

A PET PARAKEET was returned to its owner Wednesday after the brainy bird told police its home address near Tokyo.

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My Bloody Valentine, Aaron Freeman, PS I Love You, Monkey vs Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANDREW BIRD played "Eyeoneye" and "Give It Away" for Kimmel.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE is streaming not one but two versions of its classic LP, Loveless.

AARON FREEMAN, a/k/a/ Gene Ween, is advance streaming Marvelous Clouds.

PS I LOVE YOU is advance streaming their sophomore effort, Death Dreams, which the duo discusses at Exclaim. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the Ting Tings, Steve Miller, and Squarepusher highlight the latest edition of the series.

LYKKE LI dropped "Come Near" for Record Store Day.

THE TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You."

THE TWILIGHT SAD's James Graham talks to Magnet before his stint as guest editor.

LAMBCHOP: Kurt Wagner talks to Reverb about the new album, old band members and more. (Thx, LHB.)


THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MUSIC CITIES: Not L.A. or NYC, according to a new study.

KATE UPTON danced the Cat Daddy for fashion photog Terry Richardson. Cannot believe I forgot to post this yesterday. I plead distraction.

JUNIOR SEAU, NFL great, was found dead Wednesday by his girlfriend in the bedroom of his beachside home of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

THE KARDASHIANS: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are "very serious," as in ready to pick out rings.  Khloe explains why she and Lamar Odom "pulled the plug" on their reality show. Sounds like she needs to support Lamar.

KRISTIN KAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER (a/k/a Jerkface) are expecting a baby boy, Cutler's Chicago Bears teammate Earl Bennett revealed on WSCR-AM 670's The Boers & Bernstein Show Monday.

AMANDA SEYFRIED: A first look at the actress as Linda Lovelace in the biopic.

ACTRESSES reveal their favorite, er, positions.

TERROR in the UK: Scotland Yard arrested seven people suspected of involvement in a network that smuggles khat to the US and Canada; the network's proceeds are thought to be used to fund terror activities in Somalia.

TURKEY: The Islamic-rooted ruling party has become increasingly critical of plays and television shows deemed to violate moral or religious values.

AFGHANISTAN's intelligence chief called on Pakistan's tribal chiefs to prevent boys from learning to be insurgents at the religious schools throughout the country.

MONKEY vs CAT: Who you got??

GIANT FLEAS thought to be the oldest of their kind ever discovered bit into dinosaurs and drew blood some 165 million years ago. Now we just need to find some preserved in amber.

A TURKEY CALL summons a hungry coyote.

PANDA's insemination live-tweeted by the National Zoo.

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Trampled by Turtles, Laura Marling, First Aid Kit, Dog + Chick   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 02, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TRAMPLED BY TURTLES plays Arcade Fire's "Rebellion (Lies)" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

SEAN BONES is advance streaming Buzzards Boy.

LAURA MARLING plays a mini-set for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

FIRST AID KIT plays a mini-set for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

ESPERANZA SPALDING stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BOBBY WOMACK drops the title track for "The Bravest Man In The Universe."

SEA OF BEES offer "Broke" as a free download.

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong." 

THE 100 BEST TRACKS OF THE 80s, according to NME.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT talks to Spinner about life, death and Grandpa Leonard Cohen.



JESSICA SIMPSON gave birth to a baby girl, Maxwell Drew Johnson, in L.A. Tuesday morning. Congrats!

CHARLIE SHEEN threatened to sue New York strip club Cheetahs for millions, claiming a VIP room named in his honor - where guests eat sushi off the bodies of scantily clad women - could damage his reputation.

MARILYN MONROE: Vanity Fair has nude photos taken hours before her death.

THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS nominations are out.

JOHN MAYER says goodbye to Jennifer Aniston in song.

EMMA WATSON, JASON SEGEL & DAVID KRUMHOLTZ will play themselves in Seth Rogen's End of the World.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES has a new trailer online.

TERROR in the USA: The FBI arrested five men Monday evening, saying they had planted what were believed to be explosive devices under the Ohio 82 bridge over Cuyahoga Valley National Park as part of a May Day protest.

SYRIA: Two bombs struck a government compound in the northern city of Idlib. Rockets hit the central bank in Damascus, killing nine and wounding 100. The government blamed the opposition, but the opposition denied involvement.

IRAN: After a winter of alarm over the possibility that a military conflict over the Iranian nuclear program might be imminent, American officials and outside analysts now believe that the chances of war in the near future have significantly decreased.

AFGHANISTAN: Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said that insurgency and chaos could increase if foreign forces withdraw before Afghanistan is ready.

DOG & CHICK... living together... Mass hysteria!

THE SWARM: A New Jersey couple who noticed an unusual number of honeybees in their garden said they found a honeycomb and 30000 of the insects in their attic crawl space.

WOMAN BITES DOG: Alcohol may have been involved.

AN ALLIGATOR dragged a 75-year-old golfer into a water hazard.

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New Releases, School of Seven Bells, World Party, Cat Shell Game   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 01, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TENNIS drops a Lynchian video for "My Better Self."

NEW RELEASES from Here We Go Magic, Norah Jones, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Parlotones, Father John Misty, and more are streaming this week at Spinner.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS stopped by The Current and KEXP for a chat and mini-sets.

MIKE DOUGHTY plays unpluggedy at KEXP.

COWBOY JUNKIES played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

BEN FOLDS advises aspiring artists.

M83 shows sanctuary to SPIN.

THE BLACK KEYS: Dan Auerbach talks to the San Francisco Chronicle about how the band is adjusting to unexpected fame.

MARGOT and the NUCLEAR SO & SOs: Richard Edwards sits with PopMatters to discuss the new record, his take on big-picture concepts in rock music, and why sometimes a band needs to stop seeking perfection and simply bang out new records.

ROBIN GIBB is learning how to walk again after spending upwards of 10 days in a coma.

MUSIC SUPERVISORS: How they find tunes for TV and movies.

WHITNEY HOUSTON: Bobby Brown tells Matt Lauer that he was not the person who got the late singer addicted to drugs.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL & PETER SARSGAARD became the proud parents of their second baby girl, Gloria Ray -- a name with not nearly enough vowels.

THE KARDASHIANS: Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian have decided to pull the plug on their spin-off show. A nation mourns.

JOHN LEGEND will join Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Nettles and Robin Thicke on the upcoming summer series Duets, replacing Lionel Richie.

KELLY RUTHERFORD (90210, Gossip Girl) paid a private eye 65 bucks an hour to spy on her ex-husband, accoridng to a lawsuit.

THE FIRST RULE OF DATING PRINCE HARRY: Don't talk about dating Prince Harry.

JOSS WHEDON, most recently dirting The Avengers, does a Q & A with The Guardian.

THIS IS 40: The next Judd Apatow movie -- a spin-off of Knocked Up -- has a trailer online.

TERROR in the UK: The military plans to install missile batteries in London to defend the Olympic Games from terrorist attacks.

YEMEN: Security forces killed 12 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters outside of Lawdar. AQAP confirmed that fmr bin Laden bodyguard Mohammed Saeed al Umda was killed in the April 22 US drone strike.

SYRIA: Rebels fighting to topple Assad say they are shifting tactics towards homemade bombs, hoping to even the odds between their outgunned forces and his powerful army.

AL QAEDA: Files recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, show he and Ayman al Zawahiri were in contact with Afghan Taliban emir Mullah Omar. The terror leaders plotted strategy in Afghanistan up to two weeks before bin Laden was killed.

EGYPT's ruling military said it would appoint a new cabinet within 48 hours, awarding a major victory to Islamist politicians and cooling a political confrontation that threatened to gridlock Egypt's emerging democratic institutions.

A CAT beats the shell game.

ANOTHER CLAUDE: A Tasmanian giant crab was saved from death when the fisherman who caught him sold him to a British aquarium.

WHEN FERRETS ATTACK: A baby girl needed hospital treatment after she was savaged in her pram by a ferret.

GIANT CANNIBAL SHIMP invade America's coastal waters.

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