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New Releases, The Jam, Pearl Jam, Dolphin Bites   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 04, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. drops a posthumous video for "That Someone Is You," directed by and featuring James Franco.

NEW RELEASES from Blur, Smashing Pumpkins, Vassals and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE JAM: Made In Britain.

PEARL JAM, Live at Metro, March 28, 1992.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY, Live at Metro, March 28, 2007.

GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

THE EVENS: Ian McKay and Amy Farina discuss their lives at home and on the road with All Things Considered.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Nashville Scene about parenthood, suffering, songwriting, etc.

PETE TOWNSHEND talks books with The New York Times.

23 SONGS that use fruit as sexual metaphor.

LINDSAY LOHAN's bank accounts heve been seized by the IRS to pay outstanding taxes.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON confirmed they are expecting their first child. 

JOHN TRAVOLTA is being sued by a former gay lover, who denies having signed a confidentiality agreement. Meanwhile, Travolta claims he helped a car-crash survivor who was suffering from pain from a broken ankle, by using a Scientology procedure called "an assist."

KRISTEN STEWART is getting increasingly frustrated by Robert Pattinson's reluctance to fully forgive her and re-commit to their realtionship.

KRISTIN CHENOWETH is dating former Bachelor Jake Pavelka.

STAR WARS: George Lucas claims he doesn't have much to do as consultant on Ep. 7.

NORTH KOREA: Russia and China urged North Korea not to go ahead with a planned launch of a long-range rocket.

SYRIA: The government continued its attack on rebel positions around Damascus. The UN said it was pulling out all its non-essential staff.

LIBYA: Assassins opened fire on Naji Hamad, the organizer of a Sept. 21 anti-militia demonstration in Benghazi, killing his brother-in-law but missing Hamad.

EGYPT: The supreme court joined other judges in protest against President Morsi by declaring a strike. The media and the tourism industry also planned protest measures.

DOLPHIN Bites Girl.

BIOLOGISTS DISGUISE THEMSELVES to attract cranes, and it looks like a Monty Python sketch.

MYSTERY MONKEY moved Monday.

AN ACTIVE BABY ELEPHANT was born at the Oregon Zoo.

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Yeasayer, Freelance Whales, JD McPherson, Parrot Style   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 03, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEAGAN & SARA finally drop a video for the 80s-ish "Closer."

YEASAYER discusses and performs songs from Fragrant World at World Cafe.

FREELANCE WHALES also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JD McPHERSON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALLEN TOUSSAINT plays live in Studio 1a at KUT.

U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

RECORD EXEC JOE SMITH recorded interviews with many of the popular music figures of the 20th century, including Ella Fitzgerald, Barbra Streisand, Jerry Garcia, Tony Bennett, Bo Diddley, Mick Jagger, Little Richard, Dick Clark, Burt Bacharach, Ruth Brown, and David Bowie, which are now streaming from the Library of Congress.

GRAHAM PARKER & THE RUMOUR: Their reunion is profiled in the New York Times, with a cameo from director Judd Apatow.

LED ZEPPELIN will be on Letterman tonight, but may not play.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 threepeats with 17.4 million on a 60 percent drop; that's marginally better than Part 1, but lagging Eclipse in the series.  Skyfall places again  (but could possibly lead when actuals come in) with 17 million on a 52 percent drop, with a 246 million domestic haul against a 200 million budget (and over 600 million elsewhere).  Lincoln shows again with just over 13.5 million on a 47 percent drop, with an 83.6 million total against a 65 million budget.  Rise of the Guardians holds the fourth slot with 13.5 million (and could beat Lincoln ultimately) with 13.5 million, with a ~49 million domestic total against a 145 million budget.  Life of Pi again rounds out the Top 5 with 12 million on a 47 percent drop, with a 48 million total against a 120 million budget.  Below the fold, Killing Them Softly opened in seventh place with 7 million against a 15 million budget, and the Collection opened in tenth with 3.4 million.

GABRIEL AUBRY drops his restraining order against Olivier Martinez.


HUGH HEFNER & CRYSTAL HARRIS are engaged (again).

LINDSAY LOHAN hired a priviate investigator to dig in to the life of the woman who accused her of assault.

DENNIS QUAID has filed for divorce from his wife Kimberly, six weeks after she got the ball rolling by filing for separation.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN and Georgina Chapman are expecting a baby in early spring.

THE UNITED STATES: The Pentagon's Defense Intelligence Agency plans to dispatch hundreds more spies overseas, bringing the total to 1600 over the next five years.

SYRIA: Government forces continued to bombard rebel strongholds in the outskirts of Damascus.

EGYPT's  supreme court suspended work after Islamist demonstrators blocked judges from entering their chambers. Opposition groups called for demonstrations on Tuesday to protest a referendum on a draft constitution.

IRAQI security officials have claimed that Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq and its Islamic State of Iraq, has been captured. The reports of Baghdadi's arrest have not been confirmed.

PARROT, Gangnam Style.

PERLA the CAT repeatedly saves her owner's life when the girl suffers chest pain attacks.

A TINY CHAMELEON is the first of its kind born in a British zoo.

BRITAIN'S SMALLEST DOG embarked on her first walk - despite being too tiny to fit the littlest of leads.

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James Brown, Titus, Andronicus, Lord Huron, Cutout Bin, Baby Hippo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 30, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GODFATHER OF SOUL, MR. JAMES BROWN!  With a hat tip to Friend of Pate Steve Craven, here's the hardest working man in show business barreling through "I Got The Feeling","Cold Sweat," "Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud," "Give It Up Or Turn It A Loose," "Please,Please,Please" and "There Was A Time" in just about ten minutes flat circa 1969.

TITUS ANDRONICUS does a live session at the KEXP studios.

FUTURE OF THE LEFT run through a quick live set of post-hardcore/synth-punk at KEXP.

LORD HURON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

MENAHAN STREET BAND also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic to share some funky soul.

TEMPLE OF THE DOG: "Hunger Strike." Brrr.

WILCO frontman Jeff Tweedy discusses critics and aging with Spinner.

JASON ISBELL quits drinking, finds a girl, and learns to write about himself.

MOUNTAIN GOATS bassist Peter Hughes talks to Urban Tulsa Weekly about joining the band and its evolution. (Thx, LHB.)

THE TOP 15 HAIR METAL ALBUMS of 1984, according to Play It Loud.

CUTOUT BIN: From Mickey & Sylvia to Led Zeppelin, from Al Green to ZZ Top, from the Ramones to the Rolling Stones, plus Warren Zevon, Eric Burdon, Madness, Meat Puppets 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: Killing Them Softly, which is currently scoring 81 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Collection, scoring 52 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN was arrested after allegedly punching a woman in the face at a NYC nightclub. Li-Lo was reportedly drinking and doing coke at the time. Meanwhile, the Santa Monica City Attorney charged Lindsay with 3 crimes in connection with her car accident last June on Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.

HALLE BERRY & GABRIEL AUBRY have reached a truce in their war over that Thanksgiving Day blowout between Gabriel and Olivier Martinez.

STEVEN TYLER responds to Nicky Minaj's accusaion of racism over a joke he made about Bob Dylan.

GUY RITCHIE and his fiancee Jacqui Ainsley welcomed their second child together, a daughter.

THE KARDASHIANS: Kris Humphries wants Kim to return his engagement ring.


DIRECTORS' ROUNDTABLE: Gus Van Sant, Ben Affleck, Ang LeeTom Hooper, David O. Russell and Quentin Tarantino have a spirited discussion at THR.

THE UNITED STATES: A judge set a sentencing date of Jan. 17, 2013 for David Coleman Headley, a US national who conducted surveillance for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks.

IRAN is increasingly worried about Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime's fate and is distraught that the regime is not taking recommendations from the Islamic republic to keep its power, an Iranian report obtained by a Western diplomatic source said.

EGYPT: Islamist president Mohammed Morsi is not backing down in the showdown over decrees granting him near-absolute powers.

A BABY HIPPO has his first meal.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is on the menu in Romney, W VA.

THE LITTLE LION went to school one day, school one day...

BIGFOOT is real, says a new genetics study out of the US. And not only that, but the creature known as the Sasquatch is the result of human women mating with an "unknown hominin" species about 15000 years ago. Oh sure.

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Jon Spencer, Jeremy Messersmith, Martha Wainwright, Escaped Beasts   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LOCAL NATIVES drop a video for "Breakers" ahead of their sophomore LP.

JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION stopped by World Cafe to play two songs from their new record and discuss their two decades as one of rock's rowdiest bands.

JEREMY MESSERSMITH played the most recent Caravan du Nord.

CAROLINE SMITH & THE GOOD NIGHT SLEEPS also played the Caravan du Nord.

MARTHA WAINWRIGHT played a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

FRANZ NICOLAY drops "'Did Your Broken Heart Make You Who You Are?"

CAT POWER: "New York, New York."

GRAHAM PARKER tours his musical career with The A.V. Club.

SHANE MacGOWAN is in a sick bed from "overdoing it," but still talks to The Quietus.


THE 50 BEST ALBUMS OF 2012, according to Paste.

JESSICA SIMPSON is reportedly knocked up again already.

CHARLIE SHEEN isn't done blasting "Two and a Half Men" and showrunner Chuck Lorre over the Angus T. Jones brouhaha.

GABRIEL AUBRY will probably not face criminal prosecution for the violent Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry's home.

DEMI MOORE Demi Moore is back in the arms of another much younger man after splitting with husband Ashton Kutcher, according to Page Six.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Dream Hotel's Marble Lane.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's daughter Bobbi Kristina miraculously emerged unscathed after wrecking her Chevy Camaro in a frightening car crash. She and Nick Gordon recently called off their plans to wed.

PRINCE WILLIAM & KATE MIDDLETON: Trying for a baby... or already pregnant?

STAR WARS: Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg indeed have been hired to work on the Star Wars franchise, but they will likely not be writing episodes 8 and 9.

IRAN: The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said Iran would continue to enrich uranium for its nuclear program. Talks between Iran and six world powers are expected to resume later this year or in January.

SYRIA: Two car bombs exploded in Damascus, killing at least 34 people. Rebels shot down a government jet, the second aircraft shot down in two days. The new opposition coalition held its first meeting to discuss forming a transitional government.

EGYPT: Protests against President Morsi continued. Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties called for a "million man" rally to support Morsi for Saturday. The committee writing the new constitution said it could complete a draft soon. A court sentenced seven Egyptian Copts to death in absentia for participating in an anti-Islamic video.

A BABY RED PANDA is surprised.

A RUNAWAY ZEBRA AND PONY were on the lam on Staten Island. Video at the link.

AN ESCAPED EMU was detained by police after it was spotted walking through a town during rush-hour on Wednesday.

KILLING A SPIDER with brass knuckles is not a good idea. Video at the link.

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Prince, Ben Folds 5, Allah-Las, Elvis Costello, Animal Feeding   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ARTIST CURRENTLY KNOWN AS PRINCE may hate the internet, but he posted a video for "Rock and Roll Love Affair," and it's pretty darned good.

THE BEN FOLDS FIVE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CALEXICO also stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE ALLAH-LAs stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS: Live at the University of Leicester, Oct. 22, 1977.

OF MONTREAL drops "Dumb Acre" as part of a Kickstarter campaign.

ARTHUR BROWN is the god of hellfire... and he brings you "Fire!" It's a crazy world.

THE KINKS: Ray Davies talks Lola -- including the unreleased sequel -- and songwriting with the BBC.

BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW singer Tobacco tells PopMatters it is not drug music, just its own world.

THE TOP 20 BEST NINE INCH NAILS SONGS, according to PopMatters.

CHRIS STAMP, the former manager for the Who, died Saturday, Nov. 24, at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after battling cancer. He was 70.

ANGUS T. JONES has blasted Two and a Half Men as "filth" and suggested people should stop watching, in a videotape testimonial for a group linked to the Voice of Prophecy Seventh-Day Adventist church in Los Angeles, where Jones worships.  He has since issued a quasi-apology. The 19-year-old actor coincidentally is not scheduled to appear in the final two episodes scheduled to shoot before the CBS comedy takes a holiday hiatus.  His pastor believes, among other things, that Jay-Z is a Freemason with ties to Satan.

GABRIEL AUBRY took another lump in his war with Halle Berry, after a judge rejected his bid to have the restraining order removed ... which means he still can't visit with his daughter Nahla.

DON'T TOUCH ME ELMO: Kevin Clash - the former voice of Elmo - used alcohol as a precursor to oral sex with an underage boy ... this according to a new lawsuit that has just been filed by a third accuser.

BRADGELINA: Pitt says his wedding to Jolie will happen "soon."

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT is not playing Batman in either Justice League or Man of Steel. Maybe.

DOLLY PARTON is not a lesbian. NTTAWWT.

10 MOVIES Killed by the Internet.

NORTH KOREA: Satellite photos indicated North Korea was readying to launch a long-range ballistic rocket. The assessment came two weeks after North Korean officials said they would expand their space program and "go through with launches of working satellites of all kinds."

IRAN: Scientists have run computer simulations for a nuclear weapon that would produce more than triple the explosive force of the World War II bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, according to a diagram obtained by The Associated Press.

EGYPT: A massive demonstration was staged in Cairo's Tahrir Square to protest President Morsi's assumption of sweeping new powers. By evening, the crowd had grown to 200K. Morsi's supporters canceled a planned rally, citing the need to "defuse tension."

ANIMALS feeding ANIMALS...Mass hysteria!

TWO GATORS, ONE POLE DANCER... and a pot cache.

A 40-YEAR-OLD ORANGUTAN is obsessed with Pride and Prejudice.

YOUR DOG DOOR should not be big enough for a cougar.

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