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Pavement, Sturgill Simpson, Warren Hayes, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TWIN SHADOW sang "To The Top" (probably my fave of his) for James Corden.

PAVEMENT advance streams The Secret History, Vol. 1.

STURGILL SIMPSON played the Newport Folk Festival.

WARREN HAYNES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH played live on KEXP’s Audioasis.

JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth

DAVID BYRNE wrote a New York Times op-ed calling for transparency in how streaming revenues are split.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: How "Born to Run" made him The Boss.

BAD TIMING: 31 musicians who quit bands right before they became insanely famous.

LED ZEPPELIN, ranked by NME.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Her parental conservatorship could be extended indefinitely

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE are divorcing after 13 years of marriage.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH are not getting divorced soon, contra widespread internet reports.

JESSICA ALBA defends her company's natural sunscreen against consumer complaints. 

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE once ditched Brad Pitt on a date. Dude couldn't play jazz flute.

GWYNETH PALTROW claims it wasn't her idea to call her divorce a "conscious uncoupling."

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's casket photo has been sold to a tabloid

RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

SYRIA: US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained forces fighting in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed. 

IRAN's state media watchdog has suspended a hard-line publication and warned two other likeminded outlets for criticizing the nuclear deal reached last month between Iran and major world powers. 

DOGS awaken to the smell of their favorite treats.

A MARMOSET MONKEY & AN IGUANA, playing together... mass hysteria!

BEARS are moving into Boulder Heights, CO.

MR. MORRIS:  A cat who was born with a cleft palate has found love and acceptance on the internet after having surgery to fix the problem.

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Mac DeMarco, Half Japanese, Ultimate Painting, Ryan Adams, Peacock Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined U2 on "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at MSG.

MAC DeMARCO streams and explains the Another One EP.

HALF JAPANESE streams the Bingo Ringo EP.

ULTIMATE PAINTING advance streams Green Lanes.

RYAN ADAMS dropped a three-song single on Spotify.

THE HAND fires a "Slow Bullet" from Vol. 1.

ADAM & THE ANTS: "Dog Eat Dog." Gonna look real good (yeah, right).

JASON ISBELL talks to Vulture about his approach to the new record, the evolving country scene in Nashville, and whether he feels an obligation to address racial issues in his songwriting.

KIM GORDON talked to Drowned In Sound about why she decided to write such an honest autobiography, whether it’s easier to be a woman in the music industry today and how she will never write a book about Sonic Youth.

THE ANTLERS gave The 405 a quick update on their current tour.

THE BEATLES forgot dozens of songs, according to Sir Paul.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation tops the chart with 56MM, which may not sound like a blockbuster, but it's more than the 40-50MM tracking estimates and more than the combined limited and wide releaes of the last installment, which ultimately grossed 700MM worldwide. With great reviews and and an "A-" Cinemascore, this looks like another big moneymaker.  Including the underrated Edge of Tomorrow (awful title), Tom Cruise seems to be getting his groove back by making good choices in projects, directors, and casts.  He may still be crazy, but he's making it work for him.  The Vacation reboot placed with 21MM; unlike Cruise, this has bad reviews and word-of-mout, but will likely profit against a 31MM budget.  Ant-Man shows with 12.6MM on a 49 percent drop; not bad considering the debut of Rogue Nation, though the relative failure of Pixels helps also.  It's about 3/4 of the way to profit in theaters and will need help overseas.  Minions tales the fourth slot with 12.MM on a 47 percent drop and has a worldwide take of 854MM against a 74MM budget. Pixels rounds out the Top 5 with 10.4MM on a 57 percent drop; it's unlikely to profit before the home market.

BEN AFFLECK, JENNIFER GARNER & THE NANNY: The story continues.

CHARLIZE THERON has adopted a second child.

ASHLEE SIMPSON and her husband, Evan Ross, welcomed a daughter.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's aunt was swiftly removed from the funeral with the help of Tyler Perry.

CHANNING TATUM, contra earlier reports, closed a deal to star in Marvel's Gambit movie.

ROWDY RODDY PIPER, pro wrestling legend and screen actor (notably John Carpenter's They Live, died after suffering a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 61.

AF-PAK: The founder of the Haqqani network, considered to be one of the most violently effective factions of the Taliban, has been dead for nearly a year, a senior member of the group said Friday, days after it emerged that the Afghan insurgency's overall leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, died more than two years ago.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: American intelligence agencies have concluded that despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago.

IRAN: Two more members of Congress who met with France's top national security official confirm he told them we could have a better Iran nuke deal.

THE PEACOCK SPIDER has a funky mating dance. Put your hands in the air.

A ROBOT INSECT can launch itself from the surface of water successfully replicating biological movement in an artificial system.

THERE ARE ONLY 180 FLORIDA PANTHERS and Florida drivers are driving them toward extinction.

A TEXAN was injured by a bullet that ricoched off an armadillo.

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John Hughes, La Luz, Worriers, Health, Sea Slugs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

LA LUZ advance streams Weirdo Shrine.

WORRIERS advance streams Imaginary Life.

CHELSEA WOLFE advance streams Abyss.

HEALTH advance streams Death Magic.

WAVVES drops “Flamezesz” ahead of V.

!!! dropped two new tracks ahead of As If

JOY DIVISION drops two very rare tracks in connection with the reissue of Substance.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

BEACH HOUSE gets an in-depth profile from Pitchfork

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles was profiled by the New York Times

THE DOORS, ranked by Stereogum

GRAM PARSONS: Ten of the Best

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the revisiting of Vacation, currently scoring 27 percent. 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - You have probably seen the trailer where Tom Cruise is hanging of the side of an airplane as it takes off (or see above). One way to describe this movie is to tell you that is part of a Bondian opening sequence, a mere setup to a film that addresses the aftermath of the last installment of the franchise (tho you don't really need to have seen that to enjoy this one). This edition, concerning Ethan Hunt's quest to expose a shadowy global terror group, also seemed to have more than its share of twists and turns than some of the prior installments (courtesy of screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie), throwing a little old school spy movie spice into the usual mix of heisty set pieces. Franchise faves Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner return (tho, with the excption of one scene with Pegg, they haveless to do than usual), joined by Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson, who turns in a notable performance light years from her Golden Globe-nominated role in The White Queen.  Sean Harris also makes for one of the more interesting villains in the series (save Philip Symour Hoffman), though there may not be enough scenes featuring him to make the final confrontation with Cruise as compelling as it might have been.  Of course, Cruise is the main point of the film, and he continues to do do insanely entertaining stunts in the belief that he is superhuman. The Cruise-centric action sequences are, per usual, well-staged and well-executed.  All in all, an above-average entry in a series that has no real clunkers.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER's former nanny claims her relationship with Affleck quickly became something much more intimate. 

JIMMY KIMMEL's emotional plea after the killing of Cecil the Lion raised 150K for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Unit . 

CAITLYN & KRIS JENNER finally met. Kylie Jenner went to Canada to drink

CHRIS PINE closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman

VALERIE HARPER suffered a health emergency Wednesday night, when she was taken away by ambulance during a performance of her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

LAW & ORDER DIRECTOR Jason "Jace" Alexander was busted on child-pron charges. Ripped from today's headlines.

FRANCE's National Security Advisor told lawmakers from both parties that if Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, "we could get a better deal.” (The French embassy now denies this.)

EGYPT & SAUDI ARABIA say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. 

IRAN will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. 

WATCH THESE SEA SLUGS Stab Each Other in the Head as They Have Sex.

A FEMALE BADGER was recovering at a Polish animal shelter Wednesday, two days after the party animal was found passed out on a beach from having too much to drink. Honey Badger unavailable for comment. 

THREE GOATS used by the city of Coeur d’Alene for weed control were stabbed at a city well, leaving one nearly decapitated and a second mortally wounded.

COWS kill more people annually than sharks, on average.

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Lord Huron, Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakum, Wreckless Eric, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CRAIG FINN joined TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shea Stadium (not that Shea Stadium) for enocres including the Replacements' "Bast^rds of Young" and Billy Joel's "You may Be Right."

LORD HURON played the Newport Folk Festival.

ASHLEY MONROE played live at WNYC.

DWIGHT YOAKUM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a sesssion, including his cover of Elvis Presley's "Little Sister."

WRECKLESS ERIC palyed the trifecta for KUTX.

THE CHILLS drop "America Says Hello" ahead of Silver Bullets,  their first in 19 years.

COWTOWN drops "Castle Greyscale" as a demo.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

JEFF TWEEDY spoke with Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Mark Richardson at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Jim Reid tells The Quietus why the time was right to revisit Psychocandy.(Thx, Frank Yang.)

CHRISTOPER PAUL STERLING lists five albums close to his heart for Tidal.

US MUSIC SPENDING plummeted 71 percent since 1999. And there's much more at the link.

BEN AFFLECK is denying a report that he's begun a romance with Christine Ouzounian, a woman who once nannied for his and Jennifer Garner's three children.

GISELE BUNDCHEN: Wearing a burqua to hide cosmetic surgery? Or does she just not want to talk about Tom Brady?

MICHELLE WILLIAMS and author Jonathan Safran Foer are dating.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's  boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is in the crosshairs of prosecutors who want to charge him with involuntary manslaughter.

CHANNING TATUM may be leaving Marvel's Gambit movie.

MARRIED WITH CHILDREN may get a spin-off.

13 HOURS: Michael Bay's thriller about...Benghazi has a red band trailer online.

THE 100 BEST MOVIES, according to actors selected by TimeOut (the individual Top Tens are also online). The top film is...not usually mentioned as such.

FRANCE deployed more than 100 riot police officers to Calais to bolster security as hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England — at times with fatal consequences.

RUSSIA vetoed an United Nations Security Council resolution that aimed to establish an international tribunal with powers to prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year.

IRAN intends to construct at least four new nuclear plants in the country within a decade, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday. The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, during a talk on the Iranian nuclear deal, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter made clear on Wednesday that the nuclear deal with Iran puts no limits on the U.S. military posture in the Middle East and that “no target” in Iran would be “out of reach” of the United States if Iran was aggressive toward its neighbors or cheated on the agreement.

AFGHANISTAN said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago.

A BABY ELEPHANT cavorts with birds.

A BURMESE PYTHON measuring 18 feet and 3 inches and weighing 133 pounds was captured by researchers in the Everglades.

CECIL THE LION's death caused hundreds of protesters to descend on a Minnesota dentist.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT makes inroads at the White House.

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Paul Weller, Leon Bridges, Adult Mom, BEAK>, Speaking Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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COMMUNIONS drops a video for “Forget It’s A Dream," and it seems oddly 80s to me.

PAUL WELLER played a Tiny Desk Concert.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is Guest DJed by the soulful Leon Bridges.

ADULT MOM advance streams their debut LP, Momentary Lapse Of Happily.

BEAK> is streaming their debut EP.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "Used to Haunt" from the Paper Towns soundtrack.

DEER TICK drops “Grandfather Song” as an outtake from their last LP.

NEW ORDER gets "Restless" ahead of Music Complete.

MATTHEW E WHITE covers Caole King for Aquarium Drunkard.

ELO: Because I "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."

DESTROYER's Dan Bejar reveals his inspirations to the New York Times Magazine.

THE POGUES launched their own Irish Whiskey.

BEACH HOUSE talks to NME about messages from the ether.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, tokes up for breakfast, but is unsure whether to leagalize it.

TOM CRUISE performed The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" (and some oldies) in a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon.

IVANA TRUMP once accused the real estate tycoon of ‘rape,’ although she later clarified: not in the ‘criminal sense.’

BLAKE SHELTON to MIRANDA LAMVERT: Your stuff's on the porch.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room.

GWYENTH PALTROW is hawking expensive hip-hop themed pearly clutches.

AUSTRALIA is encouraged by UN Security Council support for an international criminal tribunal into last year's MH17 crash.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like "end of the world."

IRAN wants its own officials to take soil samples at a site where it is alleged to have experimented with ways to detonate a nuclear weapon, and the U.N. agency probing the suspicions may agree provided it is allowed to monitor the process, two officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.

HOW TO SPEAK CAT: Kitty Communication.

AN AMERICAN MAN is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention -- the killing of Cecil the lion -- Zimbabwean officials said Tuesday.

KILLER SEAGULLS terrorize the UK, Bodega Bay.

A RACOON was chillin' in the Mets clubhouse.

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