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The Jam, Dum Dum Girls, Jeff Tweedy, Beatles, Cutout Bin, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE JAM! Mod punks who were so influential on the early Pate; let's begin with one of my faves, "In the City," and "Going Underground" the curiously Beatle-esque "Start" plus Pate fave "Little Boy Soldiers" from the same gig. Follow it with Pate staples "Happy Together" and "Ghosts," chased with their take on The Kinks' "David Watts." I have to include the non-live cover of "Heatwave" and "Strangetown" for reasons apparent if you watch. That Motown R & B strain would continue in the last leg of the band's stretch, on originals like "Town Called Malice" and their cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Move On Up." BONUS: The studio clip for "That's Entertainment." Because it is.

DUM DUM GIRLS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

REAL ESTATE stopped by KEXP for an in-studio performance.

JEFF TWEEDY, live at Harper College in 1999 (Part 1, Part 2)

THE TOP TEN GIRL GROUP SONGS, according to The Go! Team.

TWENTY 1980s MUSIC VIDEOS That Have Aged Terribly.

THE BEATLES' Christmas Singles Club, 1963-69.

BOWERBIRDS "Tuck The Darkness In" before we reach The Clearing.

WOODS bring their cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here."

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

BEIRUT: Zach Condon is profiled by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Guardian about gigging in cathedrals, the Lodon folk-rock scene, and an unexpected new direction for her music.

BOB SEGER talks to Spinner about the hits and writing new material.

THE 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS: Rolling Stone assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else.

THE BEST KEYTAR PLAYERS, according to 29-95.

JIMI HENDRIX, as it turns out, was not a fan of Electric Ladyland's controversial cover.

LEONARD COHEN talks to the NYT in June 1973, from Rock's Backpages.


CUTOUT BIN: From Roger McGuinn to the Stranglers, from John Mayall to Josie Coton, from the Black Tambourines to the Bee Gees, plus the Animals, Housemartins, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Jimi Hendrix, Jonathan Richman and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: There are no new wide releases this weekend, giving everyone a chance to catch up on The Muppets, Hugo, and Arthur Christmas.

DEMI MOORE is dating beauty mogul to the stars Scott-Vincent Borba, according to RadarOnline.

KARDASHIANS: Sources very close to Kris Humphries say heis gunning for an annulment based on fraud because he feels "he was just slotted in the plot line of Kim Kardashian's latest headline and newest business venture." Australia might become the first Kim Kardashian-free country on Earth. Sources close the Kardashian family tell Entertainment Tonight that the wedding of pregnant Kourtney Kardashian and longtime love Scott Disick is imminent.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON hates Blake Lively?

SARA GILBERT confirms she's dating musician-turned-producer Linda Perry.

BARBARA WALTERS leaks seven of her Ten Most Fascinating People for 2011.

GUY RITCHIE talks sons, ex-wives and Sherlock Holmes at Details.

JOHN WATERS talks to the Financial Times about being a ‘happy neurotic' and why he's a capitalist now.

SEQUEL WATCH: Tom Rothman, the co-chairman of Fox Entertainment, has stated that the company plans on making sequels to two of this year's biggest hits, X-Men: First Class and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

THE NUMBER OF HOMES WITH TV SETS declined for the first time in 40 years.

OUR FRIENDS, THE SAUDIS fear there will be "no more virgins" and people will turn gay if the Kingdom's female driving ban is lifted.

IRAN: Germany's Federal Prosecutor's Office says Iran plans to attack US Air Force bases in Germany to disrupt supplies should the country's nuclear program become the target of airstrikes. Israeli officials claim Iran is developing advanced cruise missiles capable of carrying non-conventional warheads. Iran released 11 hardline protesters detained for storming the British Embassy and diplomatic compounds in Tehran this week. A "mysterious" blast damaged parts of a uranium conversion plant near Isfahan earlier this week, despite Iranian claims that the blast occurred during a military maneuver on Monday.

AFGHANISTAN: ISAF said Pakistan has resumed some cooperation to prevent border incidents.

IRAQ: Anbar's provincial council said it would declare autonomy in the next week.

AN OCTOPUS heaves itself onto land and walks around.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: About 10 p.m. Tuesday night, a grayish-brown flying squirrel trapped itself inside the emergency department at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway, NJ.  Not the first time either.

DOG SHOOTS MAN in the butt.

CHIMPS throwing feces are the smart ones.

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Dawes, Antlers, Van Hunt, Warren Zevon, Fox vs Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAWES covers "Christmas Time Is Here," and so it is.

THE ANTLERS play a mini-set at Paste.

VAN HUNT stopped by Oregon Public Broadcasting for a session.

HONEYHONEY stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GABRIEL KAHANE plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

WARREN ZEVON, Live at the Record Plant, July 27, 1978.

VCMG: Fmr Depeche Modesters Vince Clarke and Martin Gore start a new thing with "Spock."

PRINCE covers The Cars "Let's Go" in Toronto.

R.E.M. continues its farewell press tour, telling the Daily Beast about why they decided to split, the band's "horrendous missteps" -- and why there will never be a reunion tour.

GRAMMY NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Congrats! The L.A. Times looks at the Best New Artist category, including snubs.

THE FALL: Mark E Smith tells The Quietus about literary influences and Ersatz GB.

EMMY THE GREAT talks to Londonist about dream seasonal gigs, best places in London for snowball fights, and surviving Christmas through booze.

CDs: Not an endangered species.

KARDASHIANS: Kim Kardashian was extremely jealous of her soon-to-be-ex-husband Kris Humphries' close relationship with his sister Kaela Humphries, according to RadarOnline.  Kris Humphries plans to respond to Kim Kardashian's Oct. 31 divorce filing by seeking an annulment.  Kourtney Kardashian and beau Scott Disick are expecting their second child together.

DEMI MOORE, soon to be divorced from Ashton Kutcher, stepped out with a male pal at the celeb-friendly Sunset Tower in L.A.  Kutcher is partying had with gals in Iowa City.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON says she does not regret her failed marriage to Ryan Reynolds, calling it the best thing she ever did.

LINDSAY LOHAN's new sobriety coach is... Courtney Love?

ZOE SALDANA & BRADLEY COOPER were "acting like two high school kids going steady," in an exclusive Manhattan nightclub, according to the ever-reliable Star magazine.

MARIE OSMOND's face looks a lot different.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI & JAY CUTLER: The  5.2-carat ring tends to confirm their engagement is back on.

THE MUNSTERS reboot will be directed and produced by... Bryan Singer.

EGYPT: Islamists claimed a decisive victory on Wednesday as early election results put them on track to win a dominant majority in Egypt's first Parliament since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, the most significant step yet in the religious movement's rise since the start of the Arab Spring.

AFGHANISTAN: The US on Tuesday asserted that there had been no change in its strategy for Afghanistan even though its relationship with Pakistan had hit a new low as a result of the NATO airstrike on border posts in the Mohmand tribal region.

PAKISTAN: A senior Pakistani army official has said a NATO cross-border air attack that killed 24 soldiers was a deliberate, blatant act of aggression, hardening Pakistan's stance on an incident that could hurt efforts to stabilize Afghanistan.

IRAQ's prime minister indicated on Wednesday that he was open to the eventual return of American troops as trainers, underscoring that the United States is likely to be involved in this country's security even after the last soldiers depart in the coming weeks.

FENNEC FOX vs WEINER DOG: Who you got?

TURKEY and DEER, sleeping together ...Mass hysteria!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Monroe man trying to shoot a squirrel wound up shooting himself. Crafty rodent.

SNAKES in a TAX OFFICE. Literally.

CAPTAIN, a multi-talented parrot with a penchant for opera singing and bike rides, is lost in New York City, and owner Allen Kirson is on a mission to find her.

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Black Keys, Kooks, Jayhawks, The Who, Bob Ross   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIRLS play "Love Like A River" For No One.

THE BLACK KEYS are streaming five advance tracks from El Camino -- if you give 'em your e-mail address. It puts you on the band's mailing list, but you can opt-out later.

THE KOOKS stopped by WNYC Soundcheck for a chat and mini-set.

THE JAYHAWKS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HOSPITAL SHIPS play a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

DR. DOG drops "That Old Black Hole" from their new LP.

THE WHO: Pete Townshend talks to Spinner about the making of Quadrophenia. PopMatters reasseses the band's second rock opera. So it's time for "5:15" from TOTP.

SONIC YOUTH: Lee Renaldo talks to Rolling Stone about making his new solo record and speculates on the future of the band after the Moore-Gordon split. 

GLEN CAMPBELL had to be eased gently into the post-punk, post-indie-rock era.

JOHN DOE talks to Matthew Hale Clark of White/Light about opening for Pearl Jam, writing positive music, and not sounding like a hippie.

DON DeVITO, a Grammy-winning record producer who worked with Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Janis Joplin Aerosmith and more, has died of prostate cancer at 72.

KIM KARDASHIAN has given up on her dreams of fairy-tale romance following her disastrous public split from husband Kris Humphries after just 72 days of marriage. Humphries watched his estranged wife's reality show on Sunday and was extremely disappointed with how he was portrayed on the episode.

DANIEL CRAIG: Also not a fan of the Kardashians, if the F-bomb is any indicator.

LADY GAGA gets candid with Vanity Fair about her history with relationships.

MICHAEL JACKSON: Dr. Conrad Murray was sentenced Tuesday to four years in the Los Angeles County jail -- the maximum sentence allowed under the law -- in the death of Michael Jackson. He may serve no more than two, however.

GEORGE MICHAEL's family are maintaining an emotional bedside vigil as the stricken singer is said to be responding to treatment for severe pneumonia and "slowly improving".

EVA LONGORIA is not angry and resentful about her ex-husband's bad behavior.  Just give her a minute and she'll tell you you she should be.

THE MUPPETS: The original ending. (Spoilers, as you might imagine.)

THE ARTIST -- a black-and-white silent film about Hollywood's transition to talkies in the late 1920s and the toll it takes on one actor's life -- was named best movie of the year by The New York Film Critics Circle.  Meryl Steep & Brad Pitt also took honors from the group.

MARTIN SCORSESE talks to TimeOut London about his first family film, Hugo.

THE PHILIPPINES: The al Qaeda-linked Abu Sayyaf Group is responsible for yesterday's bombing that killed three people and injured 27 others during a wedding at a hotel in Zamboanga City.

SYRIA remains defiant after the Arab League imposed sanctions. France said President Assad's "days are numbered." A Libyan Islamist militia leader plans to meet with the opposition's Free Syrian Army. Russia is sending a flotilla of warships to its naval base in Syria in a show of support for the Assad government.

AFGHAN and NATO officials said Pakistan fired first, prompting the deadly airstrike in Mohmand.

IRAN: Violent protesters in Tehran broke into the UK embassy during a demonstration against sanctions imposed by Britain. Militant students removed the British flag, burnt it and replaced it with Iran's flag. In the second British diplomatic compound, in Tehran's north, between 100 and 300 protesters burst in and occupied the property. The state news agency IRNA said the protesters had foreigners in their control, whom they were described as "protecting."

BOB ROSS feeds a squirrel.

CAN THE BULLDOG BE SAVED? The breed needs an intervention. Especially with all the flatulence.

CHEEKY MONKEYS pull down student's dress in search for lost snack.

A LONE WOLF seeking a mate leads hunters on a 730-mile chase.

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New Releases, Gourds, Okkervil River, Bob Mould, Wild Boar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEIST's latest video is for "How Come You Never Go There?"

NEW RELEASES (or semi-new) from Gorillaz, John Prine and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

THE GOURDS stopped by KUT's Studio 1A in Austin for a live broadcast.

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

THE 10 BEST COVERS OF 2011, according to Frontier Psychiatrist. (Thx, LHB.)

OKKERVIL RIVER offers Golden Opportunities 2 -- a covers EP -- as a free download.

TOM WAITS, Live in Santa Monica, Nov. 10, 1973.

BOB MOULD: Selections from the tribute concert at Disney Hall, including Mould and Dave Grohl on Hüsker Dü's "Hardly Getting Over It", "Could You Be the One?", "Ice Cold Ice" are more thanTwofer Tuesday.

R.E.M. gets a nice sendoff piece from Paste, in which -- among other things Michael Stipe talks about how Bill Berry's departure affected them. Stipe and Mike Mills also talked to Pitchfork about tracks spanning their career.

JEFF MANGUM: The return of the reclusive fomr Neutral Milk Hotel frontman is covered by Weekend Edition.

REAL ESTATE talks about The Sopranos' neighborhood with The Guardian.

DAVID BOWIE denied that he has given permission for his songs to be used in a new musical.

ANNE HATHAWAY got engaged to actor Adam Shulman.

KIM KARDASHIAN, her sister and the nude yoga instructor may have been the last straw for future ex Kris Humphries.

MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL & PETER SARSGAARD are expecting their second child together, potentially straining the global vowel supply.

TOBEY MAGUIRE setlles his part of the underground poker ring lawsuit for 80K.

CHARLIZE THERON was a nerd in high school.

GEORGE MICHAEL cancels a tour as he battles severe pneumonia.

CAREY MULLIGAN tells Vuture how she landed her role in Shame, and discusses working with Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive.

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: New pics and posters.

ROGER MOORE: Portrait of the Artist.

KEN RUSSELL, the English filmmaker and writer whose outsize personality matched the confrontational brashness of his movies, died on Sunday. He was 84. Russell, probably best known to this audience for directing Tommy and Lisztomania, died after a series of strokes.

SYRIA: Arab states have landed a hefty blow on Syria's crisis-hit economy by stopping deals with its central bank and halting investment, but unease among Syria's neighbors about the impact of sanctions on their own economies may weaken the impact.

EGYPT: The Guardian is liveblogging the election.

LIKE A WILD BOAR in a record shop.

THE CHRISTMAS GOAT returns to a Swedish town.

TORTOISES had pumpkin for Thanksgiving leftovers.

OVER 12000 FERAL CATS roam the alleys and backyards of low-income neighborhoods in South L.A.

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Duke Spirit, Gillian Welch, Tune-Yards, Street Salmon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROBIN PECKHOLD (Fleet Foxes) joins ALELA DIANE for a cover of Jackson Browne's "These Days."

THE DUKE SPIRIT is streaming Bruiser.

GILLIAN WELCH & DAVE RAWLINGS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

ADELE: Live at the Royal Albert Hall is streaming today only.

SHARON VAN ETTEN drops "Serpents," filled with indie cameos, from her upcoming Tramp.

CRAIG FINN officially drops "Honolulu Blues" in advance of Clear Heart Full Eyes.

AMY WINEHOUSE: "Halftime" is the latest advance track from her Lioness: Hidden Treasures posthumous LP.

CAMERON CROWE's mixtape for Matt. Damon.

CAMERA OBSCURA go quasi-Spectorian on 2009's "The Sweetest Thing."

THE ROLLING STONES: In honor of Some Girls' re-release, Mick Jagger sat down with World Cafe host David Dye to discuss the album, and Keith Richards spoke with WXPN's Michaela Majoun.  Jagger also talked to Spinner about the reissue, its New York and disco influences, the lies and rumors about their songs and how the hit track 'When the Whip Comes Down' surprisingly never led anyone to question his sexuality.

ELVIS COSTELLO objects to a limited edition box set.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to the New York Times about remaining grounded as a solo act, how his brother is like LBJ, where Oasis ranks in the rock pantheon, and so on.

NME revealed its annual Cool List.  The Top 10 are explained by The Guardian.

ROBIN GIBB claims he's recovering and would like to tour again with brother Barry. But... spider therapy?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 repeated atop the Thanksgiving chart, even on a 55 percent drop, bringing in another 62.3 million.  The sparkly vampires have taken in 221.3 million, roughly twice the production budget, in the US alone.  The Muppets placeed with 42 million, almost recouping its 45 million budget in its first weekend and making almost twice as much as each of the last two Muppet movies made in their entire runs.  Happy Feet Two dropped only 13.5 percent to show with 18.4 million.  Arthur Christmas -- the first collaboration between Sony Animation and Aardman Animations (Wallace and Gromit) -- got great reviews but took in just 17 million, which means it's going to need all the good word of mouth it can get to recoup its 100 million budget (it has taken in another 12 million overseas).  Similarly, Martin Scorsese's Hugo got boffo reviews but rounds oth the Top 5 with a 15.4 million opening against a budget reportedly somewhere in the 150-170 million range.  Happy Feet Two, Arthur Christmas and Hugo will all get a chance at showing legs, as the next big blast of family films comes closer to Christmas.

THE MUPPETS: My tweet-length review is, "If you like the Muppets, you'll like The Muppets."  The slightly longer version is that this is the story of a young man who grew up loving the the original Muppet Show and dreamed of joining thier troupe.  In the movie, this role is played by a new muppet named Walter.  In real life, this role is played by actor Jason Segel, who is not only the human lead, but also to co-writer and co-executive producer.  We should have seen this coming from the puppet show in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, right?  Purists need not worry, as Segel & Co. update the classic franchise while maintaining its tone, never lapsing into edge or irony for cheap laughs (wll almost never, which makes the Parents' Guide pretty funny).  The plot is right out of the "let's put on a show" tradition stretching from Mickey & Judy (indeed, Mickey Rooney perfoms here near Leslie Feist) through The Blues Brothers, which doesn't really matter because what you're paying for is the reurn of beloved characters and celebrity cameos.  And yes, the musical numbers.  The new ones hold up next to the 1979 classic "Rainbow Connection," which is heard here.  While everyone likely could have done without the Starship tune, there is another more contemporary hit performed by the hens that is sheer genius (and a joke the kids won't get in that way).

HUGO: Martin Scorsese is not first name tha comes to mind when thinking of family films, but he's an excellent choice to adapt Brian Selznick's odd book/graphic novel, "The Invention of Hugo Cabret," about an orphan who maintains the clocks in a Paris train station in the years after WWI.  That's because the story is also partially a fictionalized lesson in film history, and Scorsese's love of the medium and passion for film preservation is all over Hugo.  His choice to shoot in 3-D is also brilliant for reasons I won't spoil here.  The educational aspects of the movie may be a problem for younger attention spans, but more mature kids and their parents should be charmed, not only by Asa Butterfield in the starring role, but particularly by the performances of Ben Kingsley and Chloe Grace Moretz.

TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN is causing viewers to suffer seizures. Literally.

LILY ALLEN and her husband, Sam Cooper, welcomed their first child, a girl, on Friday, according to various reports.

ASHTON KUTCHER & DEMI MOORE: Sara Leal - the 22-year-old blonde who allegedly slept with Kutcher this summer - insists she isn't responsible for the actor's crumbling marriage to Demi Moore.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Jason Trawick has been doing some serious ring shopping and he is close to plopping down a massive amount of cash on her engagement ring, a source close to the couple tells RadarOnline.

JUSTIN BIEBER: The woman at the center of the never-ending Justin Bieber baby-mama allegations is continuing to try the pop star's patience as her lawyer today demanded the Biebs submit to yet another DNA test.

MILEY CYRUS jokes about being a pothead at her birthday party.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: She's got the power in the relationship?

BRADGELINA: Jolie tells 60 Minutes she's lucky she didn't die young, and now saves her wild side for Pitt.

OLIVIA WILDE & JAKE GYLLENHAAL seemed to be "very cozy" over dinner at Chinatown Brasserie.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES packed on the PDA in Paris.

STAR TREK: The 3-D sequel is now set for the prime spot of May 17, 2013.

BEFORE THE MUPPETS: 10 Surreal and Experimental Works by Jim Henson.

TEN MUPPET FACTS You Probably Don't Know.

EGYPTIANS prepared to vote today in the first elections since Mubarak's ouster, a milestone many hoped would usher in a democratic age after decades of dictatorship. Instead, the polling is already marred by turmoil in the streets and the population is sharply polarized and confused over the nation's direction.

IRAN threatened Israel with "150,000 missiles" if Israel launches any military action against the Islamic theocracy.

SYRIA: In an unprecedented move, the Arab League approved sanctions against Syria to pressure crackdown on dissent. Iraq refused to implement the sanctions while Lebanon "disassociated itself" from the decision. Libya's new rulers may aid the rebels in Syria.

IRAQ: Mahdi Army militiamen are joining the government's security services under a secret deal between the government and the Sadrist movement.

PAKISTAN: Afghan and Western officials on Sunday said NATO and Afghan forces on a nighttime operation Saturday came under fire from across the Pakistan border before they called in a deadly airstrike on two Pakistani military posts, in an incident has left U.S.-Pakistan relations in tatters. Pakistan indefinitely shut down North Atlantic Treaty Organization supply lines through Pakistan and said it was re-evaluating its military, intelligence and diplomatic links with the US. Authorities there gave the US two weeks to pull out of a Pakistani air base that Washington has used in the past to launch drone strikes on Taliban militants.

SALMON swim upstreet in in Mason County, Wash.

A TURKEY fights back on Thanksgiving.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: County workers blasted squirrels right out of their tunnels Tuesday at Pioneer Park in Bakersfield to control the squirrel and gopher infestation.  And who is the gopher's ally? His friend. The harmless squirrel and the friendly rabbit...

BAYWATCH: A dead beached whale in San Diego is going to be sticking around for another few days as authorities wait for better tides to help them shift the 50-foot (15m) cetacean. Lifeguard Greg Buchanan said there are three options for dealing with a dead whale: letting it rot on the beach, towing it out to sea to destroy it or hauling it to a landfill. He must not have heard about the fourth option: blowing it to bits with explosives as they used to do in the '70s.

BOO-BOO is testing a camera, Yogi.

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