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MLK Jr Day, David Crosby, Flaming Lips, Of Montreal, The xx, Snoring Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

DAVID CROSBY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE FLAMING LIPS are streaming Oczy Mlody via Spotify.

OF MONTREAL is streaming the Rune Husk EP via Spotify and Apple Music.

THE XX is streaming I See You via Spotify.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

LAURIE ANDERSON tals to The Guardian about Buddhism, lide, loss and Lou Reed.

SMASHING PUMPKINS: Billy Corgan updated The Loop (97.9 in Chicago) on a possible reunion.

LIZ PHAIR is making a double-LP in Ryan Adams’ Pax-Am studios.

TONY ALLSUP, a guitarist best known for losing a coin toss that kept him off a plane that later crashed and killed rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson, has died. He was 85.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Hidden Figures tops the chart with 20.5MM, a very leggy 10 percent drop from its debut, and likely a big profit for the studio.  La La Land placed with 14.5MM riding a 43 percent increas in biz after its Golden Globes sweep; this one's already well in the black against a 30MM budget.  Sing showed with 13.8MM on a 33 percent drop, and is approaching 400MM worldwide against a 75MM production budget.  Rogue One slipped to the fourth slot with 13.8MM on a 38 percent drop that's not bad considering it lost almost 1000 screens this weekend; it's also now the biggest-grossing film released in 2016.  The Bye Bye Man rounded out the Top Five with 13.4MM, which means a movie with bad reviews and abysmal Cinemascores may well make a tidy profit.  This is what happens when you go over a month without a horror film.  Below the fold, the expansion of Patriot's Day opens as a disappointing sixth with 12MM, though good reviews and an A+ Cinemascore suggests it might find its legs in the typically abysmal dumping grounds of January.  Monster Trucks had a seventh-place 10.5MM debut; the studio already took a 100MM writedown on this one.

STAR WARS: Lucasfilm assures fans that it "has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa."

TWIN PEAKS: Kyle MacLachlan returns as Agent Cooper in the latest teaser trailer.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD are officially divorced.

PRINCE HARRY introduced his girlfriend, Meghan Markle, to sister-in-law Duchess Kate and niece Princess Charlotte.

ROBIN THICKE lost a round in his custody dispute with Paula Patton.

MICHAEL JACKSON's family's objections sunk a TV episode featuring Joseph Finnes as the pop icon.

DICK GAUTIER, who starred on Broadway in the original production of Bye, Bye Birdie and then famously played Hymie the Robot on the sitcom Get Smart, has died after a long illness. He was 85.

WILLIAM PETER BLATTY, the author whose best-selling book “The Exorcist” was both a milestone in horror fiction and a turning point in his own career, died of multiple myeloma on Thursday in Bethesda, Md. He was 89.  Not included in the NYT obit is the story of how Blatty knew someone who was so repulsed by the book that he threw it off the end of the Brighton pier; Blatty bought another copy, ran it under the tap, and placed it in the man's desk.

A SNORING DOG, confronted.

FISHCICLES at the Lake Andes National Wildlife Refuge from 2015.

A FROZEN FOX was cut from an icy Danube.

A RANDY TORTOISE has been outfitted with wheels after wearing out his back legs doing the Wild Thing.

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REM, Austra, Fred Thomas, Outsider Psych, Iggy Pop, Red Panda Cubs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

AUSTRA advance streams Future Politics.

FRED THOMAS (of Saturday Looks Good To Me) advance streams Changer.

THE END IS AT HAND: Three volumes of outsider Jesus People Movement psychedelia, from Aquarium Drunkard.

IGGY POP drops "GOLD" from the soundtrack of the same name, produced by Danger Mouse.

THE COURTNEYS share "Tour" ahead of The Courtneys II.

SLOWDIVE shares "Star Roving," their first new song in over two decades.

LAURA MARLING shares "Wild Fire."

THE DIG shares "Simple Love" ahead of Bloodshot Tokyo.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

HOW THE BUZZCOCKS invented indie (with help from the Sex Pistols, a Renault and the Quo).

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne talks Miley Cyrus, LSD and A$AP Rocky.

THE BEST PUNK ALBUMS of the 2000s, according to Paste.

STREAMING became the primary mode of music consumption in the U.S. in 2016.

NOW SHOWING: Patriot's Day expands wide scoring 79 percent on the ol Tomatometer.  Live By Night also expands wide, scoring 34 percent.  Monster Trucks debuts scoring 26 pecent, while The Bye Bye Man opens scoring 14 percent, and Sleepless opens without critics' screenings.  Martin Scorsese's Silence reaches near-wide, scoring 85 percent.

KIM KARDASHIAN: The first suspects in her robbery case have been officially charged.

PETER DINKLAGE in early talks for a key role in Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War.

DEADPOOL writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick discuss awards season and the sequel at Deadline.

MICHAEL JACKSON's family is less than thrilled with Joseph Finnes playing the music icon. Quelle surprise.

THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS get screenwriters.

POLAND: US troops have begun arriving under a planned Nato operation to reassure the alliance's Eastern European allies in the face of mounting Russian aggression.

IRAQ: Thousands of terror victims go unnamed.

RED PANDA CUBS, playing in the snow.

FISH FRAUD is rampant in Los Angeles.

BIGFOOT was spotted in Ireland, presumably on vacation.

COYOTES ATTACKED a man walking his Beagles in Morris County, NJ.

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REM, Levellers, Shirley Collins, Suzanne Vega, Spider vs Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

R.E.M. alumni Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry joined The Minus 5 at the 40 Watt Club on a cover of The Cliques' "Superman."  For you youngsters, The Minus 5 is led by Scott McCaughey, who also founded the fabulous Young Fresh Fellows and was a touring member of R.E.M. towards the end of their run.

THE LEVELLERS stopped by World Cafe.

SHIRLEY COLLINS sung againf for World Cafe.

SUZANNE VEGA stopped by World Cafe.

BEACH SLANG shared a cover of The Advert's punk classic "Bored Teenagers," ahead of a second all-covers EP called Here I Made This For You Mixtape Volume II. And Sterogum misspelled Tommy Keene's name.

THE WOODEN SKY shared "Swimming In Strange Waters," the title track of their next LP.

MINUS BEAR returned with “Invisible."

THE TREMELOES: "Here Comes My Baby," live circa 1967. Written by Cat Stevens.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talked to the L.A. Times about shifting gears musically in 2017.

JAPANDROIDS did a Reddit AMA.

DAVID BOWIE: Remembering the career of a musical icon.

KIRSTEN DUNST & JESSE PLEMMONS go from Fargo co-stars to a wedding engagement.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt lost a bunch of weight following his split with Angelina Jolie.

WOODY HARRELSON is confirmed for the "Young Han Solo" Star Wars flick.

STAR WARS director Rian Johnson has confirmed that Episode VIII has an official title - but he's not telling anyone just yet.

WILL SMITH may star for director Tim Burton in Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated film.

NATALIE PORTMAN was paid three times less than Ashton Kutcher for No Strings Attached. I'm sort of curious about the agents for these A-List acresses.

WONDER WOMAN's villain was confirmed by a French publication. (Spoiler, obvsly)

MARTIN SCORSESE's Silence could be the biggest flop of Hollywood awards season.

SPIDER vs SNAKE: Who you got?

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER saved her owner from freezing to death in the Michigan snow.

A NEW SPECIES OF GIBBON identified in remote forests in China has been named after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

GOAT YOGA continues to explode in Portland.

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Dawg Yawp, Donny McCaslin, Hazel English, Craig Finn, Monkey+Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

CLOUD NOTHINGS dropped a video for "Internal World."

DAWG YAWP brought some sitar rock to the World Cafe.

DONNY McCASLIN, who played sax for Daxid Bowie, plays "Lazarus" as part of his Tiny Desk Concert.

HAZEL ENGLISH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CRAIG FINN shares "Preludes" ahead of We All Want The Same Things.

JAPANDROIDS share "No Known Drink Or Drug" ahead of Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

MARK EITZEL has “An Answer” ahead of Hey Mr Ferryman.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE shares “Beacon Hill," about the Fort McMurray wildfire.

THE FIVE AMERICANS: "I See The Light."

THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne surveys the band's entire catalog at Consequence of Sound.

BILLY JOEL ranked his own songs on Colbert.

SOLANGE KNOWLES, Interviewed by her sis, Beyonce.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2017, according to The A.V. Club.

BRANGELEXIT: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to work together for the sake of their family.

THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS nominations are out to these folks. Congrats!

DAVID BLAINE nearly died doing a bullet catch.

CHRIS BROWN & SOULJA BOY want to turn an online beef into a lucrative TV boxing match.

FLIP OR FLOP star Tarek El Moussa has filed for divorce from his wife Christina.

TWIN PEAKS returns on May 21.

CLARE HOLLINGWORTH, the British correspondent who broke the news that World War II had started, died Tuesday aged 105.

ISIS turned off the water supply to hundreds of homes in Mosul as the jihadists continue to lose ground to government forces.

IRAN is set to receive a massive shipment of natural uranium from Russia -- enough, potentially, for several bombs, diplomats said.

MONKEY & DEER, sleeping together... mass hysteria!

CUTTLEFISH can count to five.

REPTILE HANDLERS in Australia were called to a family's Queensland home to remove a highly venomous brown snake found dangling over a child's bed.

SHARK BABIES eat each other somethimes. Because sharks.

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Painfully Slow News Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

MERYL STREEP really doesn't like DONALD TRUMP.  And the feeling is mutual, with Trump calling her "overrated."  But Trump recently said he liked Streep. OTOH, Streep once gave a standing ovation to convicted child rapist Roman Polanski.  So 2017 is picking up pretty much where 2016 left off. 

HIDDEN FIGURES, meanwhile, did edge out Rogue One at the box office, now that the sales are actuals.

Not much else to report today, but I'll be back tomorrow.

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