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Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlTHANKS TO EVERYONE for stopping by!  To celebrate, I'm taking today off.  Nah, seriously, it was a very slow news day.  I should be back tommorrow with the usual weekend installment.

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Jon Pratt, All Songs, Kindie Music, John Cale, Giant Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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JON PRATT: Pate's frontman brings back "Geologic Time," this time on a Craviola.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Shearwater, Lily & Madeleine, Sunflower Bean, and more highlight the latest edition.

KINDIE MUSIC: The Current is running a family-friendly stream in advance of the Rock The Cradle event. Nice playlist for anyone, updated in real time.

JOHN CALE: The 1975 John Peel Session.

WILD NOTHING drops "A Woman's Wisdom" ahead of Life of Pause.

TEEN has some "Free Time" ahead of Love Yes.

CAROLE KING turned 74 yesterday. "It's Too Late" to recognize the power of Tapestry? I think not.

GUIDED BY VOICES sort of kind of returns in some fashion. Plus a new song from Robert Pollard's upcoming solo LP.

GIMME CELLULOID: A history of Mick Jagger on film.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Morning Edition about he father, the South, love, and more.

THE BEACH BOYS' albums, ranked at Brooklyn Vegan.

HUGH JACKMAN urges his fans to use suncreen after having a cancerous growth removed from his nose.You would think he would've gotten this advice from his Australia director, Baz Luhrmann.

KHLOE KARDASIAN & JAMES HARDEN are dunzo.

LeSEAN McCOY's bar fight video surfaces.

CIARA sues FUTURE for allegedly blasting her mothering skills and attacking her relationship with Russell Wilson.

STAR TREK's small screen reboot will be helmed by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods, Pushing Daisies).

RIVERDALE: Archie and the gang may get weird on the small screen.

DANIEL GERSON, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6, has died of brain cancer. He was 49.

NORTH KOREA has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering spent fuel in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

IRAQI government forces regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

A 600-LB PIG was spotted outside a New Hampshire primary polling place and later taken into police custody.

A FLORIDA MAN threw an alligator throught the drive-thru window at a Wendy's in Jupiter.

TWO TENNESSEE HUNTERS have been banned from hunting there and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Gangs of militant rodents attack mothers with babies in Dorset.

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Robyn Hitchcock, Besnard Lakes, Basia Bulat, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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THE DEAD WEATHER drops a video for "Impossible Winner".

ROBYN HITCHCOCK performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

THE BESNARD LAKES perform in the WNYC Soundcheck studio

BASIA BULAT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ROGUE WAVE drops “What Is Left To Solve?” as the lead single ahead of Delusions Of Grand Fur.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Aquarium Drunkard has a rare live version of “Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)” from 1976.

M WARD played "Confession" and "Girl From Conejo Valley" for Colbert and Twofer Tuesday. And yes, that looks a lot like Scott McCaughey next to him.

THE JIMI HENDRIX MUSEUM: The guitar legend's old flat has been restored and opens Wednesday.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiburg talks to Magnet about the 80's-influenced Jet Plane And Oxbow.

WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug talks to Pitchfork about the band's reunion and new material.

CHICAGO: Pete Cetera will not be joining the band for its Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

ROSE BYRNE & BOBBY CANNAVALE welcomed a baby boy last week.

ANGELINA JOLIE has some new ink.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE's child custody battle now includes charges son Rocco is smoking.

BEYONCE's “Black Power” salute during the Super Bowl halftime show divided people. Shocka.

SYRIA: Evidence has emerged strongly suggesting that U.S.-armed rebels have used an American-supplied weapons system to kill a handful of senior Russian military officials.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S. strikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State have had an unintended beneficiary: al Qaeda.

IRAN: Newly released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working to negotiate a nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its past atomic work and it is still developing facilities to which the IAEA may not have access.

NORA THE POLAR CUB debuted at the Columbus Zoo.

ATLAS THE GIANT BUNNY needs a new home, the bigger the batter.

A CAT PARASITE may also affect human behavior when it infects people.

A LION CUB learns to finish off its prey. The Circle of Life.

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James Hunter, DR Dog, Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Sea Lion Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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WILCO covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as an acoustic singalong in Brooklyn.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX streams Hold On!

DR DOG performs five songs for World Cafe Live.

PAUL SIMON & ANDREW BIRD were among the guests on the latest Prairie Home Companion.

ANDY SCHAUF drops "Jenny Come Home" which is popy tending toward early-mid-period Beatle-esque. 

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Under The Radar about his favorite movie ending, his least favorite TV series finale, how he'd like to die, his ideal of heaven, and his famous last words. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE MONKEES announce a 50th anniversary tour and an LP with 60s outtakes and ne songs written by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Zach Rogue and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Alejandra Deheza talks to Weekend Edition about completing the band's final album after the untimely death of Benjamin Curtis.

DAN HICKS: Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74. And here's a 1973 Rolling Stone piece on the (first?) beakup of the Hot Licks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Kung Fu Panda 3 repeats atop the chart with 21MM on a predictably slow SuperBowl weekend. Hail, Caesar! placed with 11MM, which is maybe okay against a 33MM budget, but maybe not with a C- Cinemascore. The Revenant showed with 7.1 MM and is about 3/4ths of the wayt o profitability worldwide. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes the fourth slot with 6.9MM,passing 900MM domestic and 2 Billion worldwide.  The Choice rounds out the Top 5 with 6M, but that is (iirc) the lowest debut for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation --particularly ochy given that Sparks co-produced (put up money); maybe Valentine's Day will save it, maybe not.  Below the fold, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened badly in sixth, as period peieces and genre mashups continue to underperform.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR's Super Bowl trailer is online.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM linked up with his son Flynn over the weekend.

MELANIE GRIFFITH has soured on marriage.

MacGYVER may be headed to the big screen.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week.

KATIE MAY, a hugely successful model and social media star, died after suffering a stroke on Monday.  She was 34.

EUROPE: Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin. A female reporter was sexually assaulted live on camera during a Cologne festival. Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

LIBYA: Five years after Western air power helped remove Muammar Qaddafi, the chances of another intervention in Libya are steadily increasing.

A SEA LION PUP is rescued from a restaurant’s booth.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant strikes in Tulsa.

MONKEY ON THE LAM in Minerva Park, OH.

A NEW SPECIES OF BLACK TARANTULA, named for Johnny Cash.

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James Brown, Maurice White RIP, The Suffers, Say Anything, Vince Gill, Watchdog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JAMES BROWN! The Godfather of Soul, y'all. Let's start with his star time on the T.A.M.I. Show in 1964; your setlist includes "Out of Sight", "Prisoner of Love", "Please, Please, Please" and "Night Train." And follow it up with his gig at the Olympia Theater in Paris circa 1971; that setlist includes "Brother Rapp", "Ain't It Funky Now","Georgia on My Mind", "It's a New Day", "Bewildered", "Sex Machine", "Try Me", "Medley: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You (I Feel Good)/I Got The Feelin'", "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose", "It's A Man's Man's Man's World", "Please Please Please", "Sex Machine (reprise)", "Super Bad", "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved", "Soul Power" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (finale)."

THE SUFFERS advance stream their self-titled debut.

SAY ANYTHING is streaming I Don't Think It Is.

VINCE GILL is streaming Down To My Last Bad Habit, while WYNONNA returns with Wynonna & The Big Noise.  NPR takes a country turn.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE drops “Lying In The Grass,” ahead of Painting With.

MAURICE WHITE, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74. The band’s many hits included “September,” ”Shining Star,” a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland.”Here are the obits from the Washington Post and the New York Times.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Inside The Making Of Their Fifth Album.

THE BEATLES: Why Revolver Still Rocks The World. Nifty musical analysis of "For No One."

DAVID BOWIE: Not legendary, but mythical?

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Ten of Their Best.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is currently scoring 36 percent; The Choice, which was not screened for critics; and Hail Caesar!, scoring 79 percent.

THE SUPER BOWL; 20 advance ads.

MATT LeBLANC has been announced as a co-presenter for the upcoming rebooted BBC series Top Gear.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM were spotted together twice this week.

GEORGE CLOONEY's marriage proposal was horrible.

ROSE McGOWAN has filed for divorce.

DREW BARRYMORE is profiled by Harper's Bazaar.

DAVE MIRRA, the BMX bike legend who once had the record for the most X Games medals, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 41.

JOE ALASKEY, a voice actor who succeeded the legendary Mel Blanc as characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in various TV and film reprisals of the Looney Tunes through the 1990s, has died. He was 63.

CHINA: Some analysts estimate that China’s troubled credit could exceed 5 trillion dollars, a staggering number that is equivalent to half the size of the country’s annual economic output.

A DOG saves its owner from a deadly venomous snake.

OVER A THOUSAND ANTS have been removed from this girl's ears.

A SEA LION visits a gift shop in La Jolla. Baby, dontcha go there.

A MISSING CAT is found in a pet food factory, considerably heavier.

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