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Elton John, Maria Taylor, Star Slinger, Low, Los Campesinos!, Melvins, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 02, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

MARIA TAYLOR advance streams In The Next Life.

STAR SLINGER streams the We Could Be More EP, ft Dawn Richard, James Vincent McMorrow, Sam Sparro, Sara Z, and Tunji Ige.

LOW shares “Some Hearts (At Christmas Time)."

LOS CAMPESINOS! & THE MELVINS also share Christmas songs from an Amazon comp.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM share a cover of Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man."

THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."

PRINCE's estate now has a dollar value: 200 million, twice the monetary worth of David Bowie's estate.

KELLEY DEAL of The Breeders talks to the Creative Independent about having multiple outlets.

1983: The Year Goth Broke.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2016, according to Stereogum.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide release is Incarnate, which hasn't been screened for critics -- though Believe is openinging sorta wide, also without advance screenings.

MILA KUNIS & ASHTON KUTCHER welcome their second child.

IRINA SHAYK & BRADLEY COOPER are expecting a child?

KANYE WEST is out of UCLA Medical Center after more than a week of treatment for his mental breakdown.

HILARY DUFF and Jason Walsh have split.

BUZZ ALDRIN, 86, was evacuated from the South Pole Thursday. I'd say that trip was a bad idea, but Aldrin could probably still deck me.

GILMORE GIRLS creator and EP Amy Sherman-Palladino and EP Dan Palladino tell THR when they planned to end the original series and why the last four words of the revival "felt even more right" nine years later.

COLOMBIA's Congress has approved a historic peace agreement that will lead to the disarming of rebels in the 52-year conflict.

A BEAR is rescued from a septic tank.

A CAT is rescued from a frozen puddle.

A ROGUE BEAVER trashed a store selling artificial Christmas trees.

SQUIRREL vs SNAKE: Who You Got?

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Shovels & Rope, Seu George, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Giant Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

TIM DARCY (Ought) shares a "Tall Glass of Water."

SHOVELS & ROPE played the Mountain Stage.

SEU GEORGE plays a mini-set during Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN played the Lincoln Center Out Of Doors series in New York's Damrosch Park.

THE BESNARD LAKES share "Laura Lee."

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

LEONARD COHEN: Rolling Stone looks back on the many chapters of his remarkable life.

IGGY POP shares his top 5 favorite current bands and musicians with The New York Times.

ANGEL OLSEN talks about the 50's-ish, but Bowie-influenced "Shut Up Kiss Me" on the Song Exploder podcast.

HARANGUING CHAD: How Nickelback became pop's ultimate punchline.

TAYLOR SWIFT is the highest-paid musician—and the highest-paid celebrity of any stripe—on the planet, according to Forbes.

KANYE WEST & KIM KARDASHIAN were fighting before his recent hospitalization.

AMANDA SEYFRIED  is pregnant.

CHRIS PRATT talks to British GQ about stripping, working with Jennifer Lawrence and his self-made formula for success.

BACK TO THE FUTURE will not be remade or rebooted as long as producer Frank Marshall has any involvement.

GRANT TINKER, a revered producer and executive who founded MTM Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore and later rose to the challenge of taking NBC from last place to first, has died. He was 90.

'JIM' DELLIGATI, the McDonald's franchisee who created the Big Mac nearly 50 years ago and saw it become perhaps the best-known fast-food sandwich in the world, died Monday at home in Pittsburgh. Delligatti, who according to his son ate at least one 540-calorie Big Mac a week for decades, was 98.

GERMAN authorities have arrested a suspected Islamist mole discovered working within the country’s domestic intelligence service, sparking criticism of an agency that has been on high alert following a string of attacks and foiled plots this year.

A GIANT SPIDER hatches her babies in an Aussie mailbox.

A MISSING FLORIDA DOG was found three years later in New Jersey.

AN 8-FT VENOMOUS COBRA escaped from a toilet in South Africa.

COW TIPPING, usually a myth, turns deadly.

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Devendra Banhart, Aaron Lee Tasjan, All Songs, Bull vs SUV   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

CASS McCOMBS shared a video for "Run Sister Run."

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

AARON LEE TASJAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Laura Marling, Sam Phillips, Weyes Blood and more feature in the latest edition.

THE DECEMBERISTS shared an alternate version of "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)," ft Alela Diane.

'ALLO DARLIN shares a final single, “Hymn On The 45."

IKE & TINA TURNER: "River Deep, Mountain High," live and de-Spectorized.

PERE UBU's David Thomas talks to Aquarium Drunkard about two new box sets, compartmentalizing, baseball as a metaphor for loners in art, how culture doesn’t exist, and his humbleness before an irrelevant audience.

PINK FLOYD'S Nick Mason stopped by World Cafe to talk about the band's early days and share bits of The Early Years 1965-1972.

THE EAGLES are in fact finished, according to Don Henley.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2016, according to Consequence of Sound.

MORENA BACCARIN & BEN FOSTER are engaged.

GERARD BUTLER and his longtime girlfriend Morgan Brown have gone their separate ways.

KIM KARDASHIAN is worried about the kids being around Kanye West.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM engagement rumor.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt spent Thanksgiving alone in Turks and Caicos, without his estranged wife Angelina Jolie or their six children.

LAUREN GRAHAM talks to USA Today about her memoir-ish new book, Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls.

YEMEN: The Houthi movement and its allies formed a new government in Yemen on Monday, a surprise that angered their Saudi-backed rivals and complicated United Nations efforts to end a conflict that has ravaged the Arab world’s poorest country for much of the past two years.

BULL vs SUV: Who You Got?

LARRY THE CAT, No. 10 Downing Street's mouser, keeps the Chancellor of the Exchequer's cats locked up next door.

ELVERS: Three men admitted Monday to illegally netting the tiny, translucent juvenile eels from the Cooper River and arranging their sale.

SNAKES falling through light fittings Down Under.

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The New Lines, Suuns, Margo Price, Raveonettes, Lions v Giraffe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

ULTIMATE PAINTING shares a video for "Monday Morning, Somewhere Central."

THE NEW LINES advance stream Love and Cannibalism, and it's kinda charming.

SUUNS played the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.

MARGO PRICE played a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE RAVEONETTES share their latest soung-of-the-month, "Fast Food."

JASON and the SCORCHERS cover "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and play "Harvest Moon" for Twofer Tuesday.

GILLIAN WELCH talked to Salon about the new "bootleg" version of Revival.

PRINCE: Most of his old bands will play Celebration 2017 to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.

ERIC CLAPTON announces what may be his final four US shows.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS of 2016, according to Rolling Stone.

CARRIE FISHER talks to Rolling Stone about LSD, death, and sex with Han Solo.

KANYE WEST will not get out of the hospital as planned. Kim Kardashian has been sleeping by her husband's side and helping to feed him while he's in the hospital for exhaustion.

AMBER HEARD & JOHNNY DEPP will finalize their 7MM divorce settlement this week, and she will fulfill her promise to donate the money to charity.

WES ANDERSON directed this year's Christmas ad from clothing retailers H&M, starring Adrien Brody.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD talked to Rolling Stone about how her wild past (including past sexual assaults) and personal demons prepped her for Westworld.

THE ALIENIST has found two of its stars: Daniel Bruhl and Luke Evans.

TOM HOLLAND may join DAISY RIDLEY in Lionsgate’s post-apocalyptic thriller Chaos Walking.

BELGIUM: The terror cell responsible for the Brussels attacks in March had no plans to target Britain, suspect Mohamed Abrini told Belgian authorities.

LIONS vs GIRAFFE: Who You Got?

GIANT PANDA CUB BEI BEI is bright, alert and eating several softened foods after “life-saving” surgery Friday morning to remove bamboo that was obstructing his bowels.

FREEZING FISH & SEA CREATURES into a theme park skating rink was a bad idea.

THE SWEDISH CHRISTMAS GOAT was torched, per tradition.

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Whitney, Big Thief, Polyvinyl Records, The Band, Cow Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 28, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OK GO's video for "That One Moment" took less than 30 seconds to shoot.

WHITNEY played the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.

BIG THIEF stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

POLYVINYL PLAYS POLYVINYL, which has Polyvinyl artists covering other Polyvinyl artists for the label's 20th anniversary is streaming online.

THE ROLLING STONES share the Bukka White/Eddie Tayor blues classic “Ride ‘Em On Down.”

BEST COAST shares “Christmas and Everyday,” the band’s contribution to Amazon’s new holiday special An American Girl Story—Maryellen 1955: Extraordinary Christmas.

THE LAST WALTZ: The Band's classic live event tuned 40 over the weekend. Robbie Robertson talked to Morning Edition about it. Pitchfork looks at The Band beforeth ey were The Band.

THE TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2016, according to NME.

THE 50 BEST HOLIDAY SONGS, according to Pitchfork.

THE 12 BEST DOLLY PARTON SONGS, according to Paste.

PUNK FUNERAL: The son of Vivienne Westwood and the late Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has set fire to an estimated £5m worth of punk memorabilia on a boat on the river Thames.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Disney's Moana topped the holiday box office with 55.5MM over the weekend and 81.1MM since its Wednesday night debut; that's a bit shy of Frozen over similar timframes, but I'm betting the Mouse is verrry happy against a reported 150MM budget. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them placed with a strong 45.1MM (65.8MM over 5 days); this extension of the Potterverse is well on its way to profitability.  Doctor Strange shows with 13.4MM (18.9MM over 5 days), crossing the 200MM mark in North America and reaching 616MM worldwide, suggesting the sorcerer 's magic is in the black already.  The debut of Allied took the fourth slot with 13MM (18MM over 5 days), which means it will need big help overseas to profit against an 85MM production budget.  Arrival rounded outh the Top Five with 11.3MM (15.6MM over 5 days) on a leggy 7 percent drop; the rightly-acclaimed sci-fi that's about so much more than aliens still stands a chance of becoming profitable in theaters.

MOANA: I still find it interesting that Disney animated flicks retain their distinctive Disney-ness under the leadership of fmr Pixar honcho John Lasseter.  Moana plays with the Princess formula a bit and even pokes fun at it in places (stay past the credits for the final example of this), but never disrespectfully.  Moana is reliably charming.  Its score benefits from bringing in Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda as well.  Overall, it's very good, but not great; its artistry, casting and characters may be more memorable than its heroine's journey.  In this case, that's enough to carry the film, but not place it on the top tier of Disney confections.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2:  Sean Gunn leaks a tidbit or two about the setup for the sequel.

KANYE WEST has been paranoid and profoundly depressed, and he's been dealing with these issues for a long time.

FLORENCE HENDERSON, who began her career as an ingénue soprano in stage musicals in the 1950s but made a more lasting impression on television as the perky 1970s sitcom mom on The Brady Bunch, died of heart failure on Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 82.  A number of the Brady kids tweeted their tributes.

RON GLASS, a prolific TV actor known for playing Ron Harris in the sitcom Barney Miller and Shepherd Derrial Book in Firefly, has died of respiratory failure. He was 71. The Firefly cast and more paid tribute.

FIDEL CASTRO is dead at age 90.

MONTENEGRO: Serbia has deported a group of Russians suspected of involvement in a coup plot in neighboring Montenegro, in the latest twist in a murky sequence of events that apparently threatened the lives of two European prime ministers.

WHEN COWS ATTACK: Unexpected.

A GOAT WITH ANXIETY ISSUES is calmed by wearing a duck costume.

FEMALE VERVET MONKEYS manipulate males into fighting battles by lavishing attention on brave soldiers while giving noncombatants the cold shoulder.

RATTLESNAKES are moving on state office buildings in Austin, TX.

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