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Paisley Underground, Elbow, Iron & Wine. Ride, Buck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Other bands associated with the scene not featured include Green On Red -- sometimes likened to The Doors for songs like "Two Lovers" and "Change" -- and The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World."  DOUBLE BONUS: The Guardian Music Blog has a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

ELBOW stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

IRON & WINE stopped by WFUV for a session.

RIDE performed in the BBC's 6 Music Live Room.

JIMMY RUFFIN asks "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?"

STEVE WINWOOD talked to World Cafe about his career and new live LP.

THE STORY OF GOTH in 33 Songs.

PROTOMARTYR was profiled by Drowned in Sound.

DAVID BAZAN talks to City Paper about all of this, plus Tom Petty, the state of evangelical Christianity, and exercising his songwriting muscles.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Justice League, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Wonder, scoring 83 percent; and The Star, scoring 72 percent.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: I once saw a movie about Earth's mightiest heroes teaming up to beat back an alien invasion called The Avengers. DC's team-up epic has largely the same plot, which is fine as long as the execution is good.  And the execution here is ... adequate.  The alien menace has none of the charisma of Loki, for example.  Justice League is a bit better than the theatrical release of Batman v Superman, worse than Wonder Woman; though Gal Gadot's presence here helps considerably, her little solo sequence serves as a reminder that she's the best thing in this movie and that the script should have leaned more on the idea of this as her modern-day coming out.  That said, Ezra Miller does fine providing comic relief as the Flash and Jason Momoa raises a little bit of promise for Aquaman (if not as much promise as Gadot did in BvS).  Jeremy Irons gets the best line, as Alfred: "I'll bet."  The score has a little fun subtly reprising some of the past DC movie character themes from Danny Elfman and John Williams.  And DC picks up the Marvel habit of the post-credits sequence; there are two, the second pointing to The Batman.

GAL GADOT is profiled by GQ.

SYLVESTER STALLONE is vehemently denying an allegation he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old girl.

BRADGELINA: Pitt is also fixated on cementing his custody arrangement with Jolie.

JUSTIN BIEBER & SELENA GOMEZ were caught canoodling on camera again.

THE POPE blessed a Lamborghini. then put it up for auction.

A RANDY BUCK molests two deer lawn ornments in Wisconsin.

GUPPIES have personalities, say researchers.

YOUR HOUSE is a gigantic bug habitat, and there's nothing you can do about it.

A BABY TAPIR debuts in Cork.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD's new album should be free to download today.

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NOW, NOW played a Tiny Desk Concert.

LOS COLOGNES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini--set.

THE NATIONAL shared a cover of Cat Power's "Maybe Not."

CURTIS ROUSH shares a shoegaze-infused ’70s rocker “Real Love.”

 

THE SMITHS get a two-hour Political Beats with guest Michael Moynihan, correspondent for HBO's Vice News Tonight.

R.E.M.: Mike Mills talks to NME about Automatic For The People, politics and the chances of the band ever getting back together.

STEELY DAN: Walter Becker's widow reveals the he was battling cancer at time of his death.

NEIL YOUNG's massive online archive is arriving on December 1.

THE GO-GOS' Head Over Heels, a new musical, is aiming for a Broadway debut during the 2018–2019 season.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE's Rotten Tomatoes score leaked through its app (tho it may not be the final score).  The early reviews are...mixed.

EVERY BATMAN MOVIE, ranked by Vulture.

GAL GADOT confirms Brett Ratner is not producing Wonder Woman 2.

NATASHA HENSTRIDGE says Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her before Brett Ratner did.

DEADPOOL 2 footage turns up in a strange Bob Ross parody.

MARK HAMILL turned up at Disneyland's Star Tours attraction.

GET OUT will be competing in the Golden Globes as a comedy instead of a drama.  Director Jordan Peele called it a documentary.

MIRANDA KERR is expecting her second child and first with husband Evan Spiegel.

SERENA WILLIAMS and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian are headed to the altar this week.

J.R.R. TOLKIEN's son resigns as director of Tolkien Estate, ending decades of tightly controlled adaptations.

 

CATS busted after a marijuana binge

HOW (VERY GOOD) DOGS teach us how to stop worrying and just be happy.

MILLIONS OF CRABS, migrating from a forest to the ocean.

A PEACOCK  ON THE LAM became a lion's lunch.

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Still under the weather. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHEAP TRICK: "I Can't Take It." An overlooked gem.

FITS streams twelve songs worth of poignant power-pop in just over 20 minutes on All Belief Is Paradise.

ANGEL OLSEN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SCREAMING FEMALES shares "Deeply."

SAINTSENECA shared two versions of "Moon Barks At The Dog."

 

ELTON JOHN played his 1983 hit “I’m Still Standing" on Colbert.

RADIOHEAD guitarist Ed O'Brien opens up to Esquire about his new signature Fender Stratocaster, his solo album, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

NICK HEYWARD (Haircut 100) talks to Stereogum about his first album in 18 years and struggling to get signed when you’ve already made hits.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED asks: What makes a great album last?

JONI MITCHELL seems firmly opposed to raiding her own vaults.

 

ROSEMcGOWAN was arrested on a warrant for a drug charge at Dulles airport.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is being sued for sexual assault by a Jane Doe plaintiff.

GOSSIP GIRL's Ed Westwick draws a third sexual assault allegation.

ONE TREE HILL's female cast reunited to write a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of "traumatizing" sexual harassment on the set of the popular TV drama.

JUSTICE LEAGUE's Rotten Tomatoes score is being delayed for reasons that seem...unheroic.

BLAKE SHELTON is People's Sexiest Man Alive.

JORDIN SPARKS is married and with child.

 

NO DUCKLING LEFT BEHIND after a family was rescued from a drain.

A MONSTER GATOR was evicted from a Florida garage.

CANADA GEESE: How much can one poop daily?

MONGOOSE vs COBRA, during a golf tournament.

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Under the weather. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown, so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG advance streams Rest.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJs Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile play tracks by John Prine, Gillian Welch, Tom Petty and each other.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

 

BRAND NEW canceled a UK tour following sexual misconduct claims.

STEPHEN STILLS & JUDY COLLINS talk up their collaboration on All Things Considered.

GRANT HART gave one of his last interviews to The Current.

 

TOM SIZEMORE was told to leave a Utah film set in 2003 after an 11-year-old actress told her mother that he had touched her genitals.

ANTHONY EDWARDS accused writer/producer Gary Goddard of molesting him in an essay that was published on Medium Friday.

ELIZABETH PERKINS names James Woods at a MeToo rally.

LARS VON TRIER's production company has been accused of having a systemic culture of “sexual harassment, degradation and bullying,” according to nine former employees, all of them women.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Early reactions are mostly positive.

LORD OF THE RINGS lands a a multi-season commitment from Amazon.

 

THE BOBBIT: A meter-long worm with jaws as sharp as daggers.

AN EMOTIONAL SUPPORT PIG was asked to deplane after becoming disruptive.

COCONUT CRABS: Could they have killed Amelia Earhart? (Thx, Zoey.)

...More tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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The National, Mynabrirds, Quicksand, Eluvium, Prehistoric Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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U2 played "Get Out of Your Own Way" live for the first time at a free Trafalgar Square gig.

THE NATIONAL played Boxer in its entirety in Brussels.  Here are five tracks.

THE MYNABIRDS playd a Tiny Desk Concert with special guests.

QUICKSAND streams Interiors, the band's first in 22 years.

ELUVIUM's new LP, Shuffle Drones, is meant to be played on endless shuffle and repeat.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

BRAND NEW frontman Jesse Lacey confessed to serial sexual misconduct.

JANN WENNER of Rolling Stone is accused of offering a writer career advancement in exchange for sex.

BIG THIEF gets a lengthy profile fron NPR's Slingshot.

BJORK: "People miss the jokes."

FRED COLE, longtime frontman for beloved underground rock cult heroes Dead Moon, has died of cancer at 69.

CHUCK MOSLEY, former Fath No More and Bad Brains frontman, has died of addiction-related reasons at 57.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: Ragnarok easily repeated atop the chart with 56.6MM on a 54 percent drop; the competition from Justice League this upcoming weekend will be interesting, but the god of thunder has already cleared 650MM worldwide. Daddy's Home 2 placed with 30MM against a 69MM budget, which may make the early release a little risky.  Murder on the Orient Express showed with 28.2MM, well ahead of most projections (despite the star-studded cast, expectations here were modest).  The global gross is over 85MM against a 55MM budget, so this looks like a winner.  A Bad Moms Christmas takes the forth slot in its second frame with 11.5MM on a 31 percent drop, which is not bad given the competition from Daddy's Home 2, tho it still lags the orginal Moms by a wide margin.  Jigsaw clung to the bottom of the Top Five with 3.4MM on a 48 percent drop; its 34MM to date against a 10MM production budget probably means more of this franchise.

GEORGE TAKEI is accused of sexual assault in 1981.  Takei denied the allegations.

LOUIS C.K. admitted to multiple incidents of sexual misconduct. His new movie has been scrappedNetflix is not making his next special. FX and HBO have severed all ties.

ELLEN PAGE lowered the boom on Brett Ratner on Facebook, with corroboration from Anna Paquin.

GAL GADOT will only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise.

RICHARD DREYFUS is accused of sexually harassing and exposing himself to a writer.  He denied the allegations.

PORTA de ROSSI claims she was sexually harassed by Steven Seagal.

DAVID GUILLOD, Hollywood manager and Atomic Blonde producer, is accused of rape by five women.

ANDREW KREISBERG, producer of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, is accused of a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years, according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him.

ALISON MACK (Smallville) is accuused of recruiting as many as 25 sex slaves for a cult "self-help" group.

TOM WOPAT pleaded not guilty to groping a woman in July.

THE FIRST OSCARS event of the season featured no sex scandal jokes.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's ex  has been found in Mexico after faking his own death 12 years ago.

A PREHISTORIC SHARK was found swimming off the coast of Portugal.

DO ELEPHANTS have souls?

A STRAY CAT is a murder suspect in Japan.

A LYNX ON THE LAM was shot and killed in Wales.

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