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New Releases, Japandroids, Kelly Hogan, Liars, Socially Awkward Penguins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIVERS & DICKIE LANDRY team up cajun-style on Paul Simon's "That Was Your Mother" to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Graceland.

NEW RELEASES from Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Regina Spektor, Scissor Sisters, Ladyhawke, Grass Widow, Marisa Nadler, and more are streaming at Spinner.

JAPANDROIDS are advance streaming their much-anticipated Celebration Rock.

KELLY HOGAN is advance steaming I Like to Keep Myself in Pain. She talks to the Chicago Sun-Times talks about her loves, her songwriting fans, her talented backup band and more...

LIARS are advance streaming WIXIW.

BIZARRE LOVE TRIANGLE: From New Order and Frente. Hospitality's recent version for The A.V. Club Undercover put me in mind of it.

JOEY RAMONE: Morning Edition reports on the construction of his posthumous album.

NEKO CASE: Morning Edition also reports from behind the scenes of her next album.

REGINA SPEKTOR talks to All Things Considered about listening to her bootlegs and more.

DAVID GILMOUR (Pink Floyd) evacuated his home after a WWII bomb was discovered beneath.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Men in Black 3 tops the chart with a mildly disappointing four-day haul of 70 million, although it does dethrone The Avengers.  The give you an idea, the prior two Men raked in 84 and 87 million over five days; MiB3 won't match that, even with the 15 percent 3-D premium on many of these tickets.  Moreover, MiB 3 reportedly had a 230 million production budget, and a 350 million cost once you add in marketing and such.  However, the worldwie gross already exceeds 202 million, so this one will still do alright in theaters and even more in home video.  The Avengers shows with a leggy 49.9 million -- a mere 16 percent drop from last weekend (34 percent on a three-day basis).  Marvel's heroes become the fastest film to break 500 million domestic.  It will likely overtake The Dark Knight next weekend, but increasing competition may block it from 600 million.  Battleship shows with 13.8 million on a disastrous 46 percent plunge (58 percent on a three day basis).  The Dictator drops to fourth with 11.8 million on a 33 percent (45 percent three-day) slide; it totals 45 million against a 65 million budget.  Dark Shadows rounds out the Top 5 with 9.4 million and totals 65 million against a 150 million budget.  Below the fold, Chernobyl Diaries debuted in sixth with 9.3 million.

MEN IN BLACK 3:  On my scale, MiB > MiB3 > MiB2.  And Josh Brolin does a nice Tommy Lee Jones, while Emma Thompson's comedic talents are mostly wasted.  Enjoyable, but not essential. 

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE may be getting back together. But I wouldn't bet on it.


AMANDA BYNES is accused of another hit-and-run incident.

BRITNEY SPEARS walked off the set of "X Factor" after a contestant butchered her song, "Hold It Against Me"?  Spears denied it on Twitter. Then she walked off again.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY is engaged to marry her rocker boyfriend, James Righton of The Klaxons.

KIM KARDASHIAN threatens to sue the tabloids if they report....

JENNA JAMESON was busted for DUI.

STAR WARS turned 35 this weekend. Here's 35 reasons to love the original trilogy.

SYRIA: The UN Security Council on Sunday unanimously condemned the Syrian government for its role in the massacre of at least 108 people in Houla over the weekend, even as Syria blamed others for the killing.

IRAN seemingly rejected one of the West's key demands in negotiations over the Islamic theocracy's controversial nuclear program, with a senior official saying Tehran has " no reason" to stop enriching uranium to 20 percent, AFP reported on Sunday. Shocka.

PAKISTAN: The terror state the US calls an ally.

SOCIALLY AWKWARD PENGUINS: Let's go to the video.

CAT HOARDING leads to divorce. Who knew?

ONE BEAR actually prefers an outhouse over the woods.

COWS crashed a small gathering in a Massachusetts town and bullied the guests for their beer.

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Memorial Day 2012   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 28, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about. At least I think, that's still the deal -- the government's website seems to be down (good job, feds).  Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit the Mudville Gazette for items like William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or and Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Beret."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

UPDATE: This week is a-gonna be jam-packed with great music. Y'all stop back now, y'hear?

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Power Pop, Tennis, The Shins, Cutout Bin, Coast Guard Canine   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 25, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be well-known generally, like Cheap Trick's  "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live TV slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part." 

TENNIS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE STONE ROSES reunited at an unannounced free performance for 1000 fans.

THE SHINS: James Mercer visited Sound Opinions to showcase songs from the band's new album Port of Morrow (but there's a classic as well).

FOO FIGHTERS, joined by Mick Jagger and former and current SNL cast members, played last weekend's afterparty.

LEMONADE is advance streaming Diver.

ROXY MUSIC, Live at the Paris Theatre, London, circa 1972.

BON IVER, Live at the Haldern Pop Festival, August 15, 2009.

REDD KROSS drops the title track to "Researching The Blues," their first new LP in 15 years.

ELTON JOHN canceled four shows after being rushed to hospital in Los Angeles due to a "serious respiratory infection."  Time for some "Tiny Dancer."

SON VOLT's Jay Farrar talks to the Colorado Springs Independent about working from words by Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac. (Thx, LHB.)


THE WORST POP COVERS of all time, according to Gigwise.

NINE CLASSIC SONGS you may not know are covers.

CUTOUT BIN:  From David Bowie to the dB's, from the Black Keys to Carly Simon, from the Four Winds to the March Violets, plus Todd Rundgren, Duane Eddy, the Rolling Stones, Best Coast 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: Men In Black 3, which is currently scoring 65 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Chernobyl Diaries, which -- oddly enough -- did not screen for critics..

JOHN TRAVOLTA was heaped with fresh embarrassment after photos surfaced of him cross-dressing.

BILL CLINTON threw the "worst party ever"?  That's not the Bill we know and love.

GARY OLDMAN joins the cast of the Robocop reboot.

NICOLE KIDMAN's turn in The Paperboy with Zac Efron is... er, well, um...

FIVE VAMPIRE MOVIES that suck in a good way.

YEMEN: The US State Dept has launched a different sort of raid against Al Qaeda -- hacking into Al Qaeda websites in Yemen.

IRAN has earmarked 25 million bucks for blocking the parliamentary approval of the Afghan-US strategic cooperation agreement. Iran said it was aiming to launch its fourth satellite into orbit this week -- and people seem to care much less than when North korea does this sort of thing.

COAST GUARD CANINE saves a boy from drowning.

THE BUFFALO WHISPERER: RC Bridges and his wife Sherron share their Texas home with two enormous bison.

A MAN, A ZEBRA & A PARROT go for a joyride.  Alcohol may have been involved.

BABY GORILLA: Awww...some pics.

AN EMU has invaded a golf course in South Wales.

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Liz Phair, Silversun Pickups, Zeus, L.A. Post-Punk, Beagle vs Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 24, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LIZ PHAIR dropped a video for "And He Slayed Her" in an unusual spot.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS stopped by KEXP for a pared-down set of spanking new songs.

ZEUS: The 70s-flavored Canucks stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MIIKE SNOW did a Morning Becomes Eclectic session backstage before their recent sold out show in L.A.

L.A. POST-PUNK: Boing-Boing can point you to a two-volume compilation of post-punk and experimental pop music in the Los Angeles area from the mid-seventies through the mid-eighties.

METRIC drops "Speed The Collapse" ahead of Synthetica.

BLACK SABBATH uleashed "Iron Man" at the first show of their reunion tour.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks about female artists and more with The A.V. Club.

T-BONE BURNETT visits World Cafe to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

JULIA HOLTER talks to The Quietus about her musical training, her secret field recordings, the new LP, and more...

THE BEST OF 2010 (So Far), according to Stereogum, with embedded tracks.

JESSICA SIMPSON has a wedding date, having reached the level of celebrity where you don't keep it a secret anymore.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES are most decidedly still on - but he's not ready to play house just yet.

JOHNNY DEPP is trying to work things out with Vanessa Paradis.  And he's an adopted Comanche.

KELLY CLARKSON: Happiness is killing her creativity.

SNOOKI is having a boy, for those of you who bet on Son of Satan.

NATALIE PORTMAN is doing a Western.

THE GREAT GATSBY has a trailer online.

YEMEN: Twenty-two al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters and seven Yemeni soldiers were killed in fighting in Zinjibar, Jaar, and Bajidar in Abyan province.

EGYPT's first free presidential election in modern times started yesterday, with the front-runners the Islamist Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh and Amr Moussa, a former longtime servant of ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

PAKISTAN: A Pakistani court sentenced the doctor who helped the CIA find and kill Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison.

AFGHANISTAN: Security forces killed the Taliban's deputy shadow governor for Nuristan.

BEAGLE vs PIGLET: Who you got?

"GAY" PENGUINS have been given an egg to adopt as their own.  The penguins; caretaker emphasized that the penguins are not actually gay - they are just the best of friends. NTTAWWT.

YOSHI the FERRET gets £3,000 in spinal surgery.

A MOUNTAIN LION was shot in downtown Santa Monica; debate ensues.

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Stephin Merritt, Mynahbirds, The XX, Emu   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HOSPITALITY plays Steely Dan's "Rikki, Don't Lose That Number" upbeat for the A.V. Club Undercover.

STEPHIN MERRITT of the Magnetic Fields stopped by WFUV for a chat and miniset.

THE MYNABIRDS: Laura Burhenn gave a solo preview of the band's next LP at WNYC Soundcheck, and drop "Body Of Work" as an advance track.

HERE WE GO MAGIC stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE XX put live versions of five new songs on the Tube.

SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc.

FIRST AID KIT: The Söderberg sisters are profiled at PopMatters.

PATRICK WILSON is profiled by Blurt.

LEE RENALDO talks to the Nashville Scene about his solo LP and tour. (Thx, LHB.)

SIXTEEN GUITARISTS talk to Paste about their pedal boards.

BRADGELINA: Pitt says his long-awaited engagement to Jolie was "something that made sense," but they have no set wedding date. Like he would tell anyone if they did.

MICHAEL McKEAN, who portrayed Lenny on "Laverne & Shirley" and David St. Hubbins in "This Is Spinal Tap" was hospitalized after being struck by a car on the Upper West Side of NYC on Tuesday afternoon.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's final recording, "Celebrate," a duet with her Sparkle costar, Jordin Sparks, is online.

LINDSAY LOHAN is getting nutty over the casting of the Richard Brurton to her Liz Taylor for the Lifetime biopic.

KATY PERRY has called it quits with her rebound rocker beau, Florence + the Machine guitarist Robert Ackroyd.

MELISSA ETHERIDGE has settled her two-year feud with fmr domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels.

BRITNEY SPEARS has taken up scaring golfers.

CHRISSY TIEGEN, a Victoria's Secret and S.I. swimsuit model, has been bombarded with violent, twisted threats from multiple Chris Brown fans.

COREY FELDMAN is being terrorized by a 300-lb woman.

TERROR in the USA: Ohio resident Hor Akl and his wife Amera, both dual US-Lebanese citizens, were sentenced to six and three years in prison, respectively, for plotting to send as much as a million dollars to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

IRAN: United Nations nuclear agency chief Yukiya Amano announced an agreement with Iran that was expected to deepen inspections and clear up remaining questions about possible weapons-related work - issues that have plagued Iran's nuclear dossier for years. We'll see.

AFGHANISTAN:  The Taliban tightens its grip on rural schools.

SO, AN EMU WALKS INTO A BAR... and leaves something besides a tip.

ALLIGATORS to appear in court for an animal abuse case? (Unlikely.)

TURTLE REMAINS the size of a Smart Car have been unearthed in a Colombian coal mine.

MEET the SARCASTIC FRINGEHEAD, a fish that looks like a Predator.

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