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New Releases, Bear In Heaven, Joy Formidable, Blind Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LA SERA drops a Twofer Tuesday video for "Real Boy" and "Drive On" to mark the release of her album today.

NEW RELEASES from Paul Weller, Retribution Gospel Choir, Astra, THEESatisfaction and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

BEAR IN HEAVEN is advance streaming I Love You, It's Cool.

THE JOY FORMIDABLE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

BEST COAST drops "The Only Place," the title track of their sophomore LP.

EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS drop "Man On Fire" in advance of Here.

SIGUR ROS drops "Ekki Múkk" ahead of Valtari.

RICHARD HAWLEY drops "Leave Your Body Behind You."

ARETHA FRANKLIN just turned 70, but her take on "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel ike a) Natural Woman" are timeless.

THE SHINS: James Mercer faces a pad full of theories and questions from the Drowned In Sound community.

CULTS are profiled by the Santa Barbara Independent. (Thx, LHB.)


25 ESSENTIAL PUNK ALBUMS, according to Yahoo Music. You could do worse.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN are being sued by a paparazzo over alleged beach brutaility.

BOBBY BROWN was booked for driving under the influence and for driving with the blood alcohol content of .08 or higher.


SIMON COWELL had quite the scare over the weekend when he came face-to-face with a female intruder at his London home Saturday.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Chatted up by Gerard Butler at Chateau Marmont.

ANGELINA JOLIE talks Maleficent and more.

QUEEN ELIZABETH: Wedding Crasher?

TERROR in FRANCE: Footage of Mohamed Merah's killing spree was mailed to Al Jazeera the day police besieged his apartment.

SYRIA's opposition groups, meeting in Istanbul, tried to form a more united front. Turkey and the United States planned to provide "nonlethal" aid to Syrian rebel groups. Turkey closed its embassy, following similar closures by several other countries.

TURKEY's former military chief of staff went on trial for "terrorism."

EGYPT: The country's main Islamist party is asserting increasing authority over the political system and openly confronting the powerful military.

AFGHANISTAN: US negotiation efforts with the Taliban have failed and the United Nations should take the lead to optimize the chances of ending almost 11 years of war, a think tank said on Monday.

A BLIND DOG is rescued from a trash pile.

A BUSINESSMAN's SNAKE vomits cash. Sources said the snake was linked to a Sabanga suburb man who owns a mansion but was viciously attacked by residents who accused him of witchcraft.

GIANT GAMBIAN RATS on the Grassy Key.

POLAR BEAR CUBS: Awww...some pics.

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M Ward, Of Monsters & Men, Graham Coxon, World's Tiniest Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TENNIS reveals their "Origins" for Leno.

M WARD is advance streaming A Wasteland Companion.

OF MONSTERS AND MEN is advance streaming My Head Is An Animal.

GRAHAM COXON is streaming A + E and talking about it at The Observer.

ZOLA JESUS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ARCADE FIRE drops a preview of "Horn of Plenty" from The Hunger Games soundtrack.

THE WHO drop a video for "5:15" a mere 39 years after Quadrophenia.  It won a contest.

BEST COAST: Bethany Cosentino talks to Fuse about he "quarter-life crisis, cat gifts and more... (Thx, LHB.)

MIKE DOUGHTY talks to PopMatters about soundwriting and memoir writing.

LOU BARLOW talks to Prefix about the reissued, remastered version of Weed Forestin’ that for the first time presents his original vision of the album.

HOW INDIE LABELS Changed the World.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games rakes in 155 million dollars against a 78 million production budget.  It holds the record for biggest March opening and biggest opening weekend ever for a non-sequel; it is the third largest opening evah (behind the final Harry Potter and The Dark Knight).  21 Jump Street played fairly well as counter-programming, taking in another 21.3 million on a 41 percent drop; it totals 71 million against a 42 million budget.  The Lorax dropped similarly, making another 13.1 million for a 177.3 million total against a 70 million budget.  John Carter gets truly crushed by the Hunger Games, down to 5 million on a 63 percent drop; although Disney is taking a massive writedown on this film, it has grossed 234 million worldwide.  Act of Valor rounds out the Top Five with 2 million and a 65 million total against a 12 million budget.

THE HUNGER GAMES raked in truckloads of money, but I was underwhelmed by the first adaptation from the popular book series. The rules of the game itself and the importance of sponsors are not fully explained.  What is meant to be a romantic triangle is mostly left to future films.  However, someone who has read the book suggests these are not flaws from the book.  This would not surprise me, inasmuch as it is otherwise a bit baffling what drew so many tween girls to this franchise.  (I am not a fan of the Twilight series, but the movie showed me why tween girls are.)  The contest itself is obviously meant as a commentary on reality TV, but this has been done better as far back as Network, and with more trashy glee as far back as The Running Man. Jennifer Lawrence is fine as our protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, but she deserved a sharper script -- which is odd, given the top screenwriting credits go to director Gary Ross (Pleasantville, Seabiscuit) and the book's author, Suzanne Collins. Ross directs the actual drama well enough, but occasionally lets the action devolve into lazy shaky-cam incoherence.  It's not a bad movie; I didn't feel cheated.  On the other hand, I was only intermittently fully engaged.

KIM KARDASHIAN has decided she will press charges against a woman who flour-bombed her on a red carpet Thursday night.

ASHTON KUTCHER & RHIANNA have been secretly dating for eight weeks, according to the ever-relaible Sun.

TORI SPELLING is pregnant for the fourth time, just five months after giving birth.

EDDIE GRIFFTH is getting divorced after six months of wedded bliss.

TERROR in the USA: A senior NYPD official said Iran currently poses the "number one" terror threat to New York. In recent years, 13 individuals linked to the Iranian government have been questioned on suspicion of conducting surveillance for terror strikes; all were released.

TERROR in FRANCE: Authorities are questioning Abdelkader Merah, a brother of Toulouse gunman Mohamed Merah, in connection with the recent murders of seven people. According to police, Abdelkader said he was "proud" of his brother's actions, and traces of explosive material have been found in Abdelkader's car.

SYRIA: The Syrian army bombarded the cities of Homs and Saraqeb. Thousands demonstrated across the country. A high-level army defector announced that armed rebel groups have united under the Free Syrian Army.  Iran is providing a broad array of assistance to Assad to help him suppress anti-government protests, US and European security officials say.

EGYPT began selection of a constituent assembly charged with drafting a new constitution. Islamists and secularists clashed over control of the process.

AFGHANISTAN: Gen. Allen said Pakistan's ISI still supports the Taliban and the Haqqani Network. The Taliban killed a former member of parliament, a tribal elder, and two bodyguards in an IED attack in Uruzgan.


TINY LIZARDS discovered in Madagascar.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant squirrel attacked park officials in Bialystok, Poland.

A DOPED GOAT will be allowed to compete in the Colorado State Fair. The goat wuz framed!

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Big Star, Mars Volta, Wedding Present, Stones, dB's, Cutout Bin, Cat & Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 23, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with BIG STAR! Live in Oxford, circa 2001, courtesy of Friend of Pate Ken King and social media.  Posies Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer join the legendary Alex Chilton and original drummer Jody Stephens for a full set of timeless and influential power pop.  Your setlist inludes "In the Street," "Don't Lie to Me," "When My Baby's Beside Me," "I Am the Cosmos" (Chris Bell), "Way Out West," " 'Til the End of the Day" (The Kinks), "The Ballad of El Goodo," "Back of a Car," "Thirteen," "Baby Strange" (T. Rex), "Feel," "September Gurls," "Thank You Friends," a blues jam that turns into "Snatch It Back and Hold It" (Junior Wells, Buddy Guy), "Patty Girl" (Gary and the Hornets), "Hot Thing," and "Slut" (Todd Rundgren).

THE MARS VOLTA is advance streaming Noctourniquet.

THE WEDDING PRESENT stops by WNYC Soundcheck to talk and play songs old and new.

RETRIBUTION GOSPEL CHOIR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set

LANA DEL REY stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE ROLLING STONES, Live in Perth, Feb. 24, 1973.

THE dB's, Live at Criminal Records, April 11, 2011. (Thx again, Ken!)

THE DEL FUEGOS from Boston Mass., with "Don't Run Wild."

SHARON VAN ETTEN talks to The Quietus about Tramp, toughening up and learning to camouflage heartache.

KATHLEEN EDWARDS talks to DIY about chaning things up on Voyageur. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

ROCK & SOUL: PopMatters considers whether music critcism is racist.  Somehow, the author missed this.  Related: Rock music makes you racist. It's science!

DEVO's PARADOX: Why some art can't be appreciated in its own time.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Apples In Stereo to Carla Thomas, from Tony Orlando & Dawn to Fear, from Carly Simon to the Feelies, plus Big Star, Smashmouth, The Heavy, Springsteen, the Waterboys and more  -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

THE HUNGER GAMES, currently scoring 88 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, is this weekend's sole wide release. And the midnight showings near me were already sold out by the time I checked for tickets. The estimated opening is somewhere around 125 million.

WHITNEY HOUSTON died from drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use," the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday. The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

HILARY DUFF and her husband of 18 months, NHL star Mike Comrie, welcomed their first child.

KIM KARDASHIAN explains why she ignored her family's opinions of her ex, Kris Humphries.

RHIANNA visited ASHTON KUTCHER late at night. Hmm.

KATHY BATES will play Charlie Harper's ghost on "Two and a Half Men."  And Charlie Sheen is delighted.

GWYNETH PALTROW slags KATE MOSS. Not unlike Predator vs Alien.

"THE SITUATION"  is in rehab not just for prescription drugs, but also for alcohol, according to TMZ; if true, it could pose big problems for next season's "Jersey Shore."

TERROR in FRANCE: Mohammed Merah, the 23-year-old Frenchman who claimed responsibility for killing four men and three children was shot dead on Thursday after security forces stormed the apartment where he had been holed up for more than 30 hours, French officials said. His killing foiled hopes that he might answer crucial questions on the shadowy path of homegrown terrorists and what networks might aid them.

EGYPT: Muslim Brotherhood officials said on Wednesday that the group was debating whether to field its own candidate in Egypt's upcoming presidential contest, after failing to persuade several outside figures to run with the group's backing.

AFGHANISTAN: Disagreement within the Taliban over peace talks is damaging peace negotiations, the Foreign Relations Advisor of the Afghan High Peace Council Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar said Thursday.

A PUPPEH... and a patient cat.

CHICKEN on the LAM captured in Manitowoc.

A PET LIZARD's chemotherapy causes wedding postponement.



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The Shins, Zeus, Nick Lowe, Polar Bear Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE SHINS played a "Simple Song" and a full length concert at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

ZEUS, which tends to have a 70s vintage sound, is advance streaming Busting Visions.

NICK LOWE stopped by Sound Opinions for a chat and some songs.

ANAIS MITCHELL stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen guest DJ and talk about the music they grew up with.  Some gems in the list.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love." It was going to be on a TV show Sunday, but not so much now.

JOHNNY RAMONE's posthumous autobiography is excerpted by New York magazine.

OF MONTREAL: Kevin Barnes talks to L.A. Weekly about how depression has affected his career over the years, why he thinks Skrillex is important, and the ambitious new stage setup he'll be bringing to the Wiltern tonight.

THE HEAD AND THE HEART is profiled by the Portland Press-Herald. (Thx, Chromewaves.)

INDIE BANDS & ADVERTISING: A trend still on the rise.

REESE WITHERSPOON is about 12 weeks pregnant with her third child.

WHITNEY HOUSTON sex tapes? Ray J adamantly denies it.

DIANNA AGRON (Glee) is in the middle of a love triangle involving actor Sebastian Stan and NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.

MINKA KELLY and WILMER VALDERRAMA were spotted getting close at L.A.'s Greystone Manor.

JOHNNY DEPP and... Ashley Olsen? Oh, the ever-reliable InTouch magazine...

THE SITUATION denies he's in rehab... but admits he has a problem with his meds.

JESSICA BIEL committed to the second female lead in the Sacha Gervasi-directed Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho.

EDDIE IZZARD is in final negotiations to star in and produce NBC's Munsters reboot, Mockingbird Lane.

TERROR in FRANCE: Mohamed Merah, suspected of shooting dead seven people in the name of al Qaeda boasted to police on Wednesday he had brought France to its knees and said his only regret was not having been able to carry out his plans for more killings.

SYRIA: Gunmen in eastern Syria announced they were forming the "God is Great" Brigade and joining the country's rebellion. They swore allegiance to the Free Syrian Army and vowed to topple President Bashar Assad. But unlike many other rebel bands, they wrapped their proclamation in hard-line Islamic language, declaring their fight to be a "jihad," or holy war, and urging others to do the same.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban arrested two senior leaders in Ghazni for engaging the Afghan High Peace Council.

IRAQ: Al Qaeda in Iraq claimed credit for a series of bombings and attacks across the country on March 19 that killed 46 Iraqis.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Militant rodents have eaten nearly 10000 tulip bulbs at a park in Windsor, Ontario.

A 400-LB GORILLA escaped his cage at the Buffalo Zoo, biting a female zookeeper before being tranquilized and captured in what a SWAT team leader called, "the scariest thing I've ever done."

CATS prefer to listen to the music composed in their frequency range and tempo rather than human music.

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Young the Giant, Sharon Van Etten, Whiskeytown, Robo-Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


YOUNG THE GIANT plays "Ignition (Remix)" for the A.V. Club Undercover. And it's kinda awesome.

SHARON VAN ETTEN returns to Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

S / S / S: Sufjan Stevens, Sox Lux and Serengeti stream Beak & Claw.

WHISKEYTOWN at the 7th Street Entry, Oct. 30, 1997.

FLAMING LIPS, Live in Claremont, CA, Oct. 14, 2002.

BECK drops "Looking For a Sign" from the Jeff Who Lives at Home soundtrack.

NICK CAVE & DEBBIE HARRY drop a cover of The Gun Club's "The Breaking Hands" from an upcoming Jeffrey Lee Pierce tribute benefit LP.

THE BEATLES: The Fab Three (plus Jimmy Nicol on the throne) get a bit swamped blaying "Can't Buy Me Love" which came out this week in 1964.

WHITE RABBITS singer and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Patterson revisits his band’s historyin song at The A.V. Club.

DAN WILSON talks to The Scotsman about his alter ego, Withered Hand. (Thx, LHB.

PATRICK WILSON talks to Billboard about getting back to basics on Adventures In Your Own Backyard.

THE BLACK KEYS apologize to Nickelback? Not really.

LINDSAY LOHAN "entertained" adult film actor Alex Torres while her father was asleep in the same house, the actor tells RadarOnline.

ADRIANA LIMA and her husband, former NBA player Marko Jaric, are expecting their second child.

TOM HANKS & GLENN FREY participated in a controversial 2004 fundraising auction where both engaged with a white businessman who is in blackface.  After the video surfaced, Hanks said he was blindsided at the event.

RICHARD GERE: Not a fan of Pretty Woman.

AMANDA SEYFRIED & JOSH HARTNETT go public at Trader Joe's.

MIKE "THE SITUATION" SORRENTINO is in rehab for substance abuse. Shocka.

PENELOPE ANN MILLER, most recently of The Artist, has filed for legal separation from her husband.

TERROR in FRANCE: Authorities believe the same gunman who shot three French soldiers last week also murdered three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse and filmed the school murders. France's terrorism alert is at its highest level.

AFGHANISTAN: The final US-led fighting season against the Taliban is about to start.

IRAQ: Forty-six Iraqis were killed in a series of suicide attacks and car bombings in Karbala, Kirkuk, Baghdad, and other cities. Security forces detained a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader in Baqubah.


HORNY VIKING MICE rampaged through Scotland, Ireland and Iceland, impregnating locals and mixing their Viking mouse genes in the native rodent populations.

THE PEABODY HOTEL DUCKS get their own blog.

A FOX mugged a Kent man and forced him into handing over his dinner.

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