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Wilco, Dawes, Mogwai, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Weiner Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 08, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WILCO drops a video for "Born Alone," while Jeff Tweedy plays a cover of Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" you cannot miss on Twofer Thursday.

DAWES stopped by WFUV for a session.

MOGWAI is advance streaming and talking about the Earth Division EP.

KING CREOSOTE & JON HOPKINS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the officies of NPR. (Interview also at the click-through.)

BOB DYLAN and THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Complete Rehearsals (So Far...)

BUDDY HOLLY: Although he tends to be remembered on The Day The Music Died, yesterday would have been Buddy's 75th birthday. Spinner retweeted an interview with Buddy's widow; NPR retweeted the story of his classic "Peggy Sue." So I'll let John Fogerty "Rave On."

PJ HARVEY won the Mercury Music Prize for Let England Shake.

FRIENDS, the latest girl-fronted Brooklyn pop group, is profiled (with audio) at The Guardian.

THE DECEMBERISTS frontman Colin Meloy and artist/wife Carson Ellis talk to AccessAtlanta about their children's book, "Wildwood."

THE BEST of 2011 (So Far), according to SPIN.

MADONNA has no comment on Lady Gaga's obsession with her. See what she did there?

GWYNETH PALYTROW says she can still ‘respect and admire' those who have cheated on their husbands and wives.

ALI LOHAN, Lindsay's 17-year-old sister, signed a modeling contract last month and seems to have a new face.

CELINE DION: A 36-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly broke into the singer's home near Montreal, raided the fridge and even took the time to pour himself a bath.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD took a serious shot to the face and lost a tooth in Paris.

THE EXPENDABLES 2: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis have just closed deals to take "substantial" roles alongside Sylvester Stallone in the old old old skool sequel.

MONICA LEWINSKY's life still sucks, according to the National Enquirer.

TERROR in SWEDEN: The head of SAPO, the national security service, stated that Islamic terrorism remains the greatest threat to Sweden.

YEMEN: Six Yemeni soldiers and 13 al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were killed during clashes in the city of Zinjibar.

SYRIA: Security forces launched widespread attacks against the central cities of Hama and Homs, the eastern border town of Tal Kalakh, and along the Syrian-Turkish border.

IRAN: The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said it will open its nuclear program to five years of 'full supervision' by the UN atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions. However, that 'full supervision' would have limits.

LIBYA:  A potent stash of Russian-made Grinch surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across the war-torn country. You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.

WEINER PUP vs MIRROR: Who you got?

A DRUNKEN ELK desperate for just one more mouthful of fermenting apples lost its balance in the attempt, leaving it stuck in an apple tree in western Sweden.

LEFFE the MOOSE MAN promises to get you so close you might even get a smooch... from an elk, not Leffe.

HARBOR the HOUND TAKES the Guinness World Record for having the longest ears of any living dog.

A PARROT solves the case of its own theft.

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Girls, New Releases, Deer Tick, Dinosaur Jr., Bert the Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 07, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PETER BJORN & JOHN play Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" for The A.V. Club Undercover. Well done, gents.

GIRLS are advance streaming Father, Son, Holy Ghost.

NEW RELEASES from Grace Jones, The Rapture, Chemical Brothers, Horrible Crows, Ladybirds and more are streaming this week via Spinner.

DEER TICK played the World Cafe Live; you can stream the gig, including new songs, on demand.

DINOSAUR, JR., Live in the Netherlands, Oct. 23, 1987.

YUCK drops "Cousin Corona" from the deluxe version of its debut, due on October 11.

WAVVES is "Nodding Off" with Best Coast on the Life Sux EP.


PEARL JAM held their 20th anniversary fest over the weekend, yielding Temple Of The Dog's "Hunger Strike," Eddie Vedder & The Strokes' "Juicebox," and Julian Casablancas with PJ on "Not For You" in time for Threefer Wednesday or something.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark spoke to Pitchfork about the unglamorous truth behind her creative process, the frustrating ineffectualness of natural deodorant, and the sometimes-murderous lure of "unloading every ounce of your misanthropic bile onto a crowd of people."

OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL talks to Aquarium Drunkard about assembling a new album.

PORTISHEAD pick their 13 favorite albums.

THE 25 CREEPEST SONGS ABOUT LOVE, according to Paste. Pate fans must note No.2.

LINDSAY LOHAN is taking her required clasees, but has yet to dent the community service required by her probation.

RYAN GOSLING & EVA MENDES were... wait for it... caught canoodling at Disneyland.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & JESSICA BIEL: Together again, at a friend's wedding in Colorado over the long weekend.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL & ANNA KENDRICK were spotted hugging close outside a Subway in California.

JESSICA SIMPSON: Not getting a prenuptual breast reduction.

TIGER WOODS' alpha mistress, Rachel Uchitel, said the 9/11 death of her former fiance, investment banker James Andrew O'Grady, was meant to be. So glad it worked out well for her. That's what's important.

ANTHONY MICHAEL HALL was arrested Monday night on suspicion of disturbing the peace after a loud dispute with a neighbor.

TERROR in GERMANY: The interior minister said that nearly 1,000 potential Islamist terrorists live in Germany, of whom about 128 could be capable of committing attacks; around 20 of these trained in terror camps and are under surveillance.

LIBYA: A chaotic and apparently ill-coordinated effort by rebels to track down Gaddafi is being led by competing factions of military commanders and bounty hunters, as well as Libyan commandos commissioned by civilian leaders.

AFGHANISTAN: A local policing venture in Afghanistan's northeastern Kapisa province is faltering as men leave the force because their wages have been cut.  The local forces remain distinct from the regular Afghan National Police.

IRAQ: The Obama administration is willing to drop American troop levels to as low as 3000 by the end of this year. Senior commanders are said to be livid at the decision. Meanwhile, military commanders and intelligence officers are pushing for greater authority to conduct covert operations to thwart Iranian influence, according to US officials.

BERT the CAT vs CAT BALLOON: Who you got?

AN ALBINO OSTRICH was on the run in Russia's far east on Monday after escaping from a circus, as residents were warned not to approach the "very aggressive" bird.

A BEAR stole a Prius at Lake Tahoe.

MOUSE on a PLANE disrupts a Nepal Airlines flight to Bangkok.

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St Vincent, A.A. Bondy, CYHSH, Laura Marling, Ducks in the Wind   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THURSTON MOORE delivers a "Benediction" at the Ed Sullivan Theater.

ST. VINCENT is advance streaming Strange Mercy.

A.A. BONDY is advance streaming Believers.

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH is advance streaming Hysterical.

LAURA MARLING is advance streaming A Creature I Don't Know.

TRUE BLOOD VOL 3 soundtrack is streaming via EW.

PETER WOLF CRIER is streaming Garden of Arms and stopped by The Current -- and the MN State Fair -- for a mini-set.


NEON INDIAN drops "Hex Girlfriend" in advance of Era Extraña.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE: "Denise" turned out to be Jolene Blalock... who knew?

PAUL WESTERBERG talks to the Village Voice about his contributions to Glen Campbell's last album, the demos in his basement, scoring children's films and-drumroll please-whether he's ever going to put out another official Paul Westerberg album.

GLEN CAMPBELL talks to All Things Considered about his last LP (and you can hear one of the Westerberg songs at the link, too).

THE MERCURY PRIZE NOMINEES choose key tracks from their nominated albums and explain the inspiration behind them.

EMMY THE GREAT answers a mess of questions and reveals her love of Nilsson at The Independent. (Thx Chromewaves, which turned 9 last Friday; Congrats!)

PRINCE's perfume deal costs him almost four million bucks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Help holds the top slot with 19 million for a third weekend -- an every bit as expected ugly Labor Day weekend.  The Debt opens in second with 12.6 million, a sorta happy ending for a film made in 2009, but held in limbo amid legal wrangling between Disney and Miramax.  Apollo 18 shows with 10.7 million, afer some gurus thought it might take the top spot from The Help (no tears; the budget is a mere 5 million).  Shark Night 3-D was a close fourth with 10.3 million, but it had a 30 million budget, and is likely to end in the red.  Rise of the Planet of the Apes rounds out the top 5 with 10.25 million (and could move into the fourth slot when the actual receipts are all tallied).  Below the fold, Columbiana held fairly well, albeit from a lackluster opening, while Our Idiot Brother has totaled 17.3 million against a 5 million budget (tho the marketing budget is reportedly faily hefty).

THE DEBT: Given this picture's long and winding road to your local cineplex (see above), one might not have been sure what to expect.  But John Madden (Shakespeare In Love) directs a fine cast -- or two, depending on how you look at it -- in this decade-spanning Cold War thriller.  If you have read a description of the film, the twists may not be all that shocking... but Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington & Co. kept it compelling.

ALYSON HANNIGAN: Pregnant? Nope.

EDDIE MURPHY is in talks to host the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

LAUREN BUSH weds DAVID LAUREN. Sadly, she is keeping her name.

JANE FONDA: The upcoming bio from Patricia Bosworth is excerpted at the Daily Mail.

STEVE from BLUES CLUES: Debunking his death was one of the first entries here at Pate. Here he is on video, taking about fameishness and stuff.

THE MDA LABOR DAY TELETHON posted its best gain since the recession started, though the absence of longtime host Jerry Lewis was on the minds of many during the 46th annual fundraiser.

LIBYA: Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the Libyan rebel leader, Islamist, and longtime Gaddafi opponent tells The Daily Beast about meeting Osama bin Laden. Rebel forces and armed civilians are rounding up thousands of black Libyans and migrants from sub-Sahara Africa, accusing them of fighting for Gadhafi and holding them in makeshift jails across the capital.

IRAN: Almost 40 years in construction, the Bushehr nuclear power plant begins supplying electricity to the national grid.

EGYPT: The governor of North Sinai denied earlier press reports that the military was destroying tunnels used to smuggle weapons and supplies to Palestinians in Gaza.

PAKISTAN: The White House on Monday hailed Pakistan's capture of a "senior al Qaeda operative" as an example of counterterrorism cooperation, and a US official said the United States had provided "critical" tips and technical help.

AFGHANISTAN: The announcement by ISAF of the killing of al Qaeda "associate" Sabar Lal Melma in Nangarhar is interesting not only because of his status as a former detainee at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility], but also because the accompanying claim that Coalition forces have killed 40 al Qaeda operatives this year conflicts with statements from US officials, including former ISAF commander and soon-to-be CIA chief General David Petraeus, that only 50 to 100 al Qaeda operatives remain in Afghanistan.

DUCKS IN THE WIND: All we are is ducks in the wind.

A CRAZED KANGAROO hopped straight through the front windshield of a Melbourne motorist, showering him with glass and leaving him with minor cuts and abrasions.

A PYTHON underwent emergency surgery after a man allegedly bit the creature twice.

MUTANT PIG appears in Guatemala after a UFO sighting, or something.

A ONE-TON CROCODILE was captured in the Philippines.

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Cheap Trick, Wilco, Dandy Warhols, Twilight Singers, Cutout Bin, Bully Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 02, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with CHEAP TRICK, live at ChicagoFest '81!  Your set list includes: "Stop This Game," Hello There," "I Want You to Want Me," "On Top of the World," "Reach Out," "Baby Loves to Rock," "Gonna Raise Hell," "Dream Police," "Ain't That a Shame," "Surrender," "Just Got Back," "Day Tripper" and "Goodnight." You can access the individual songs from the link, or let the whole thing roll.

WILCO will be advance streaming The Whole Love on Sunday.

THE DANDY WARHOLS did three free songs for Daytrotter, including a cover of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."

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

THE CALM BLUE SEA stopped by the KUT studios for a session.

PHOSPHORESCENT plays a Tiny Desk Concert at the offices of NPR.

MOUNTAIN MAN is streaming two tracks from Made the Harbor.

BECK drops "Stormbringer" from the upcoming John Martyn tribute album.


FIRST CLASS: "Beach Baby" falls into that category of summer song Oliver Wang described last year as "tinged with fragility and marked by melancholy."  It's even more true of the long version, with those French Horns and choral vocals in the c-section...

THE 20 BEST REPLACEMENTS SONGS, according to Prefix. Embedded audo at the link.

HOLD STEADY frontman Craig Finn talks to Songwriters On Process.

LANA DEL REY talks to Pitchfork about her musical beginnings, the perfection of Elvis, and why "sleeping with the boss doesn't get you anywhere at all these days." Embeds at the link, too.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY talks to DCist about the Baseball Project... and baseball.

WILCO multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone interviews OF MONTREAL multi-instrumentalist Davey Pierce.

JOHN VANDERSLICE talks to the Broward/Palm Beach New Times about his influences, how concepts dictate the direction of his songs, and more... (Thx, LHB.)

TEN GREAT BANDS who overcame questionable debut albums.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER: Musicians' Picks.

CUTOUT BIN: From the Supremes to Rush, from the Flamingos to Joan Jett, from the Staple Singers to Fatboy Slim, plus the Beatles, the Spinners, The Band, Them, Dexy's Midnight Runners and more -- this Friday's fortuitous finds are now streaming from the Pate page at the ol' HM.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Apollo 18 and Shark Night 3D, neither of which screened for critics; and The Debt, which opened Wednesday at 75 percent.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE put on a free, impromptu concert at a barbecue joint in Hell's Kitchen.

CHARLIE SHEEN's legal battle over his firing from Two and a Half Men might end up a little more public than Warner Bros. and Chuck Lorre would have liked.

LINDSAY LOHAN got a Billy Joel tattoo. Really.

MAD MEL UPDATE: The settlement struck between Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva is reportedly a financial fiasco for a woman who wanted untold millions of dollars from her famous ex.

MARK WAHLBERG may be getting a reality show.

CHAZ BONO's inclusion in the Season 13 cast of Dancing With the Stars has set off a flurry of negative reactions on ABC message boards.

OSCAR DE LA HOYA has admitted that those infamous pictures of him dressed in drag were in fact real.

THE COEN BROTHERS are going full speed ahead with Inside Llewyn Davis, a movie loosely based on the story of Dave Van Ronk, a central figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene of the Sixties.


LOST: Wired's Guide to Pop Culture's Buried Treasure.

YEMEN: The military claimed it has cleared al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula from several areas in Abyan province. AQAP nearly assassinated Yemen's defense minister in Abyan.

IRAN's effort to show increased openness about its disputed nuclear program is doing little to dispel Western suspicions about Tehran's atomic ambitions, with one Vienna-based envoy dismissing it as a "charm offensive."

PAKISTAN:  After the secret US raid to kill Osama bin Laden, Pakistani officials want a detailed agreement spelling out US rules of engagement inside Pakistan, officials in both countries say, but Washington's refusal to sign a binding document threatens to create another point of friction in the long-troubled relationship.

IRAQ: For the first time since the American invasion, an entire month has passed without a single United States service member dying. Prime Minister Maliki said the US would pull out its troops from Iraq by the end of December 2011. Iraq closed down its airspace due to "a potential danger threatening the airport's and airplanes safety."

BULLY CAT, witnessed by Lion Cat.

HAPPY FEET: After a black-tie sendoff, the 3-year-old emperor penguin who washed up in June on a Kapiti Coast beach is thriving on his boat ride back to the Antarctic.

HEY, ARE THOSE SNAKES (and tortoises) IN YOUR PANTS, or... oh.

COWS killed a woman walking her dog in Cardiff.

NAME THAT BEAVER: Children are being invited to name the first beaver kits to be born as part of an attempt to reintroduce the animals to the wild in Knapdale in Argyll.

BROOKE COLLINS, 22, punched a bear in the face to save her weiner dog.

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Mr Heavenly, The Rapture, Jack White, Bob Dylan, St Vincent, 2-Headed Calf   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 01, 2011 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GIVERS drop a video for "Meantime."

THE RAPTURE is advance streaming In The Grace of Your Love.

MISTER HEAVENLY did the four free songs thing for Daytrotter.

WILLIAM ELLIOT WHITMORE did three free songs for Daytrotter.

DARKER MY LOVE did the four free songs thing at Daytrotter.


RYAN ADAMS covers Iron Maiden's "Wasted Years."

BOB DYLAN: The Emmett Grogan Acetates.

ST. VINCENT covers Tom Waits' "Tango Till They're Sore" at SPIN, along with her "surgeon" unplugged. Call it Twofer Thursday.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon tlaks to Pitchfork about the new record, Williamsburg, comic books, playing giant shows with Arcade Fire, and a recent resurgence of powerhouse vocalists.

BON IVER gets a lengthy profile from the Mpls. City Pages.

SERGE GAINSBOURG biopicmaker (and cartoonist) Joann Sfar talks to IndieWire about Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. (Thx, LHB.)

TEN ESSENTIAL RARITIES ALBUMS, according to Flavorwire.

MATTHEW FOX was officially charged with assault, two days after the "Lost" actor allegedly punched a female bus driver repeatedly outside a Cleveland, Ohio, nightclub.

ALYSSA MILANO and husband David Bugliari welcomed a son on Wednesday.

ROBERT DOWNEY, JR. is expecting a child with wife Susan Downey.

LEO DiCAPRIO & BLAKE LIVELY have reunited in Australia.

MARC ANTHONY  is talking to ABC about his split from Jennifer Lopez. Not just GMA, but Nightline.

KATE BOSWORTH is the cover profile for the new BlackBook.

THE BLUES BROTHERS may be headed to the small screen.


LIBYA: Islamists have played an important part in the uprising against Gaddafi, sparking concern about what role they will play in the new Libya, writes Middle East analyst Omar Ashour.

AFGHANISTAN: Forever maligned as corrupt, incompetent and drug-addled, the Afghan national police nevertheless have sacrificed unlike any force in the country, foreign or domestic, taking casualties at a rate far higher than Afghan soldiers or their partners in the US-led coalition.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A two-headed calf. Video at the link.

MINI-MOOS: A tiny breed of cows that grow to just three feet tall.

A DOG has been spotted at the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro.

A POLAR BEAR descends a 300 ft cliff face for a snack.

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