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Vaccines, Little Wings, Waxahatchee, Tennis, Spoon, Cat vs Bat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EDDIE VEDDER channeled Pete Townshend and played "Better Man" --possibly my fave Pearl Jam song-- for Letterman, who ends his TV show tonight, iirc.

THE VACCINES advance stream English Graffiti.

LITTLE WINGS advance streams Explains.

WAXAHATCHEE plays a mini-set at KEXP.

TENNIS performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

NAP EYES drop "Dark Creedence" ahead of Whine of the Mystic (is it a reissue if the original run was 200?).  Very Velvetsy.

SPOON covers The Cramps' "TV Set" for the Poltergeist soundtrack.

MATES OF STATE drop "Beautiful Kids" ahead of You’re Going To Make It.

PETE TOWNSHEND, who just turned 70, talks to The Economist. So why not "Rough Boys"?

DAVID CROSBY apologized to NEIL YOUNG & DARYL HANAH for calling the latter "a purely poisonous predator."

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten talks with Isaac Fitzgerald (BuzzFeed Books) about his new memoir, Anger is an Energy.

PAUL WELLER: The Ace Face.

MUMFORD & SONS shed their identity...for what?

SIMON PEGG (Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek, Mission Impossibles III and IV) is having second thoughts about sci-fi and superheroes.

CANNES banned women in flat shoes from the red carpet.

SOFIA VERGARA has learned something about men.

BRUCE JENNER revealed he has no plans for gender reassignment surgery.

RHIANNA faces a caped crusader.

RUSSIA: Police in Britain thought Alexander Perepilichnyy, a whistleblower who fled Russia in fear of the Kremlin, had died of natural causes. But a killer flower was found in his stomach. ALSO: Russia has closed a transport corridor that had allowed NATO militaries to deliver supplies to Afghanistan through Russian territory.

IRAN  will unveil and test the home-made version of the sophisticated Russian S-300 missile defense system, according to state-run media. ALSO: An artist and political activist has gone on trial in Iran for a cartoon criticising draft laws which would restrict access to birth control.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Anyone telling you the Islamic State is in decline isn't paying attention. The fact that the Baghdad government now is considering moving Shiite militias to Ramadi, a predominantly Sunni city, suggests that Iraq’s central government still lacks adequate support from Iraq’s Sunni Arabs to defeat ISIS, a Sunni revolutionary movement. This spells trouble for Iraqi and American plans to defeat the terrorist group.

A CAT catches a bat. (NSFW language)

EELS ON COCAINE: Not a good thing.

DOGS now have their own special Nikon camera.

GOATS: Busted for trespassing and loaded into a squad car.

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Lord Huron, Will Butler, Rhett Miller, The Wombats, Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KRIST NOVOSELIC & DUFF McKAGAN play the  Guns N’ Roses classic "Sweet Child O’ Mine” together.

LORD HURON: Live at Electric Lady Studios.

WILL BUTLER stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

RHETT MILLER performs a stripped-down mini-set on the stage of World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

THE WOMBATS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

NOTS drop "Virgin Mary" as a single.

ARETHA FRANKLIN's take on "Respect" and "(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman" are timeless.

JOY DIVISION: NME looks at Ian Curtis 35 years after the frontman's suicide.

THE KINKS biopic, You Really Got Me, now has a director (Julian Temple) and its Davies Bros.

JIM O'ROURKE: Indie's Unsung Perpetual Polymath.

THE KILLERS' frontman Brandon Flowers has revealed in a new interview that he keeps his facial hair shavings in a bag.

TAYLOR SWIFT tops Maxim's Hot 100? Haters gonna hate.

LEIGHTON MEESTER & ADAM BRODY are expecting their first child.

JOSH BROLIN is engaged to his assistant Kathryn Boyd.

IGGY AZALEA got moar plastic surgery.

AMANDA SEYFRIED gets a lengthy profile in the new Vogue.

JONATHAN RHYS MEYERS is off the wagon again.

THE TRANSFORMATION OF TELEVISION has accelerated to a gallop.

SAUDI ARABIA is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.

AN IRANIAN cargo ship carrying aid and activists crossed into the Gulf of Aden on Sunday and will reach Yemen's Hodaida port on May 21, Iranian media reported, in a challenge to Saudi-led naval forces controlling Yemeni waters.

IRAQI security forces attempting to retake control of the western city of Ramadi were routed in heavy fighting Sunday, the worst defeat for Iraq’s central government since Islamic State militants stormed across the country last June. How bad? 6000 govt forces were routed by 150 ISIS fighters.  US Officials have said containment might become an option but is not under active discussion now.

A HERD OF DEER heard a szeeze.

A BLACK BEAR broke into a car in Sandpoint, ID, and stole some stew. No pic-i-nic basket.

A PARROT removes his owner's loose tooth.

A DEAD BUFFALO injured a cyclist in Johannesburg.

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UMO, Shanna Cleveland, Los Hisjos de la Montana, Twin Shadow, Surprise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 plays their Rattle And Hum B.B. King collaboration “When Love Comes To Town” for the first time in 22 years, to honor the late, great bluesman. BOUNS: The Edge 0, edge 1.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA advance stream Multi-Love.

SHANA CLEVELAND & THE SANDCASTLES advance stream Oh Man, Cover The Ground.

LOS HIJOS DE LA MONTANA advance stream a self-titled album.

TWIN SHADOW stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

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

THE MILK CARTON KIDS do a wide-ranging interview with No Depression.

FATHER JOHN MISTY answers your relationship questions. Badly.

BESSIE SMITH: NPR and the Daily Beast are among those who covered the HBO movie about the seminal blues singer, headlined by Queen Latifah.

YOUR BAND SUCKS: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear) is excerpted by Pitchfork...but not the core thesis.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Pitch Perfect 2 tops the chart with 70.3MM, exceeding projections and opening like a block buster against a 29MM budget.  The reviews aren;t as good for this sequel, but the word-of-mouth is suggesting big biz thru Memorial Day at least.  Mad Max: Fury Road placed with 44.4MM, also a little ahead of expectations; even with 100MM+ globally, the WB may regret not having put this on more 2-D screens, esp. with more action pics debuting soon.  Avengers: Age of Ultron shows with 38.8MM, finally dropping a big 50 percent, but already hundreds of millions in the black.  Hot Pursuit takes the fourth slot with 5.8MM, plummeting 59 percent in its second frame.  Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 3.6MM, and it's likely in the black now.

LINDSAY LOHAN vows to become a fugitive from justice and will flee to Monaco if she doesn't complete her community service on time.

DAVID LYNCH has returned to the Twin Peaks reboot at Showtime, which will have eeven more episodes now.

BILL COSBY appeared on Good Morning America this morning to talk about his campaign to improve education in Alabama, but gave rambling answers to questions about allegations of sexual assault.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY's new drama, The Sea of Trees, was screened to a chorus of boos during two press showings May 15 at the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival in France. Alwrong alwrong alwrong.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS may include at least one uncredited A-lister.

MAD MEN: Of the finale, I will say only that it confirmed my strong opinion that the show was always a black comedy.

SAUDI ARABIA has taken the “strategic decision” to acquire “off-the-shelf” atomic weapons from Pakistan, risking a new arms race in the Middle East, according to senior American officials. 

SYRIA: The U.S. government was informed months ago that an international monitoring body found traces of chemical weapons that President Bashar al-Assad had promised to turn over, including sarin gas -- a clear violation of the deal he struck with President Obama after crossing the administration’s "red line" two years ago.

THE ISLAMIC STATE seized control of the city of Ramadi on Sunday, sending Iraqi forces racing out of the city in a major loss despite the support of U.S.-led airstrikes targeting the extremists.

WE DONT WANT TO RUIN THE SURPRISE, But We Promise This Isn't Clickbait.


BISONS don't want to be in your selfie. The More You Know.

THE DUNWOODY BEAR was spotted again.

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Stevie Wonder, My Morning Jacket, Thee Oh Sees, B.B. King RIP, Man & Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with STEVIE WONDER! He turned 65 this week, but doesn't seem retiring. His session at the Beat Club includes "Intro Jam," "Contusion," "Higher Ground," "Dont You Worry ‘Bout A Thing," "I Can See The Sun In Late December," "He's Misstra Know-It-All," "Living For The City" and "Superstition."

MY MORNING JACKET perform songs from The Waterfall live during Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THEE OH SEES advance stream Mutilator.

VALKYRIE advance streams Shadows.

GOD D^MN advance streams Vultures.

DAWES drops "Right On Time" ahead of All Your Favorite Bands.

JAILL drops "Got an F" ahead of Brain Cream.

DAVID DUCHOVNY & GILLIAN ANDERSON: Mulder & Scully sing "Helpless." No word if this will be in the X-Files mini-series.

B.B. KING, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89. Here's your obits from the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

PULP: Jarvis Cocker recalls the band's first gig, 35 years ago.

THE DARKNESS:  Justin and Dan Hawkins talk to Stereogum about the new record, their unfair reputation as a novelty band, (not) working with “Mutt” Lange, and more.

THE BEATLES: Behind the Album Art.

THE 50 SADDEST SONGS, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Mad Max: Fury Road, which is currently scoring 99 percent on the ol' Tomatometer (and which I dug); and Pitch Perfect 2, currently scoring 70 percent.

JOHNNY DEPP has been told he has until Saturday to remove his dogs from Australia or they will be put down. He's on it.

CHARLIZE THERON & SEAN PENN were caught canoodling on camera at Cannes.

HARRY SHEARER plans to leave The Simpsons, which would leave Springield looking for at least 22 voices.

NATALIE PORTMAN will be the latest actress to portray Jackie Kennedy.

THE CRAFT is getting a remake.

MINIONS dropped another trailer online.

NORTH KOREA's claim that it launched a ballistic missile from a submarine was mostly likely a bluff and the images it released appear photoshopped to overstate the regime's military power.

YEMEN: A five-day humanitarian truce appeared to be broadly holding on Wednesday, despite reports of some air strikes overnight by Saudi-led forces and continued actions by the country's dominant Houthi group in the east.

RUSSIA rejects snapback sanctions in the event Iran cheats on the nuclear deal currently under negotiation. Good thing Iran would never cheat.

IRAN: The Czech Republic blocked an attempted purchase by Iran this year of a large shipment of sensitive technology useable for nuclear enrichment after false documentation raised suspicions, U.N. experts and Western sources said.  Also, five Iranian boats fired shots across the bow of a Singapore flagged cargo vessel in the Persian Gulf on Thursday in an attempt to potentially stop the ship.

SAUDI ARABIA and many of the smaller Arab states are now vowing to match whatever nuclear enrichment capability Iran is permitted to retain.

MAN & BEAR startle each other.

A GIANT SQUID washed up on a beach on New Zealand's South Island this week. Capt. Nemo unavailable for ccomment.

A NEW SPECIES OF CRAYFISH looks like a Trapper Keeper.

TEN PEOPLE in China's Yunnan province are accused of killing a rare giant panda and selling the meat and paws.

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Mad Max: Fury Road   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was my address last night, which is why there's only one item today. George Miller's reboot of his classic franchise is a worthy successor, perhaps second only to The Road Warrior in the series.  Although this is the longest installment, it lacks any feeling of bloat present in Beyond Thunderdome. Indeed, the film is probably 85-90 percent action sequences (with very little in the way of computer-generated effects), taking breathers just long enough to set up the next act.  The biggest departure from the Road Warrior formula here is Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, whose role is as large as that as that of titular co-star Tom Hardy.  It's not a funadmental change, insofar as Max once again somewhat reluctantly joining with the more civilized factions of Miller's post-apocalyptic world.  However, the size of Theron's role and the non-stop action do limit the development of the secondary characters, who have moments, but are unlikely to be remembered like the Gyro Captain or the Feral Kid from The Road Warrior.  Fortunately, Hardy and Theron are both up for the gig and Miller's weirdness is sufficiently upscaled for the 21st century to keep audiences riveted.

 See you Friday in the usual format!

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