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Slow "News." Busy Me. But Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE GO! TEAM returns with "Semicircle Song."

BOB DYLAN shares “Making a Liar Out of Me,” from his upcoming box set.

SUFJAN STEVENS shares "Wallowa Lake Monster."

TOM PETTY's cause of death is still TBD.

HALLELUJAH! The Songs We Should Retire.

ROGER DALTREY: The Who frontman has a book deal.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN hired a criminal defense lawyer.



ANGELINA JOLIE's letter from Namibia.

DAISY RIDLEY is profiled by Vogue.

KEVIN FEIGE talks about Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being the end of something.

JON SNOW really knows nothing.


KINGSLEY THE CAT kept sneaking into his local police station, so a cop adopted him.



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Randy Newman, Grizzly Bear, josh Ritter, Doggo Tantrums   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DJANGO DJANGO shares a video for "Tic Tac Toe."

RANDY NEWMAN plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

GRIZZLY BEAR stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

JOSH RITTER plays the Turf Club.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN shares "I'll Be Your Pilot" from one of three upcoming EPs.

SLEIGH BELLS shares "And Saints."

BILLY BRAGG shares “Saffiyah Smiles.”


PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away." Classic power-pop.

NICK LOWE is interviewed by Aquarium Drunkard.

DEER TICK: John McCauley talks to PopMatters releasing two new LPs, small-town shows, and playing with Billy Bragg.

JON LANGFORD (Mekons) is profiled by the Chicago Reader as he forms his latest band.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Tunnel of Love Turns 30.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN: More women tell Ronan Farrow they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the former mogul, including Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino and Rosanne Arquette. BTW, Farrow works for NBC, so why is this story being broken at The New Yorker, hmmmm?  The NYT has still more claims, including from Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie.  And Variety has a claim from Heather Graham.  Meanwhile,  Georgina Chapman, Weinstein's wife, is leaving him.  AND Harvey is now jetting to Amsterdam for sex rehab, tho his his behavior seems far more malignant than a mere addiction. No doubt it's the first step in his already-planned comeback, though srsly who is going to give this guy money to make movies or donate to politicians anymore?

MATT DAMON verrry carefully denied being part of Weinstein's effort to kill a 2004 NYT story about his activities in Italy.

BEN AFFLECK does not want to say more than what's in his even more carefully worded statement about Weinstein...and Rose McGowan is not letting him off the hook. And fmr TRL host Hilarie Burton isn't, either.

PAUL SCHRADER, in a tone-deaf Facebook post, called Weinstein a "sexual gangster," but claimed what really offended him was Weinstein's editing of films by Bernardo Bertolucci and Wong Kar Wai.

TERRY CREWS alleged he was publicly groped by a different Hollywood exec.

HONEST TRAILERS creator Andy Signore has been fired following several accusations of sexual abuse against women.

MILA KUNIS is profiled by Marie Claire.

JOHN CARPENTER talks to The Guardian about John Wayne, why he never watches his movies, and having his work co-opted by neo-Nazis.

THE ROCK shared a trailer for the Fast and Furious spin-off.


DOGS, Throwing Temper Tantrums.

PACKS OF RADIOACTIVE WILD BOAR are making farmers in Sweden nervous.

BEARS break into a pizzeria, play find the salami.

ELK are not here for your selfie, mmk?

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Brutally Slow "News" Day. But a Few Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE KILLERS covered Tom Petty's "American Girl" and "The Waiting" at ACL Fest in time for Twofer Tuesday.

DAVID BOWIE: The  BBC World Service celebrated the 40th anniversary of Heroes with a new documentary hosted by Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI has a new (spoilery?) trailer online. The answer to your question is "a porg."

HARVEY WEINSTEIN Tried to Impede Company’s Harassment Probe. He also  sent a private email to a number of high-level Hollywood executives at the studios, networks and talent agencies, begging for their aid in helping him save his job. Various A-list actresses claimed they had no idea. Jessica Chastain tweeted that she did.

THOR: RAGNAROK is getting good early buzz confirming it's tonally more like a Guardians of the Galaxy movie.

ANGELINA JOLIE wanted to help arrest warlord Joseph Kony.

More tomorrow, I hope.

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Mountain Goats, Paramore, Strange Ranger, Rescue Pony   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL covers The Ramones' "The KKK Took My Baby Away" at Forest Hills. (nsfw ending)

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS stream Marsh Witch Visions.

PARAMORE played a Tiny Desk Concert.

STRANGE RANGER advance streams Daymoon.

ST VINCENT debuted new songs in L.A.

JASON ALDEAN opened SNL with Tom Petty's "I Won't Back Down."

R.E.M. have shared an unreleased demo for "Devil Rides Backwards."

TALKING HEADS: And you may ask yourself...well, how did I get here?

THE LOVIN' SPOONFUL's Jerry Yester was arrested on kiddie pron charges.

NELLY was arrested on rape charges over the weekend.

THE BREEDERS talk to The Guardian about kicking drugs, Kurt Cobain and life after the Pixies.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME 2018 nominees are announced. Some good ones, too.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Blade Runner 2049 topped the chart with 31.5MM, but that's waaay less than the 40-45MM consensus projection against a 150MM production budget. Front-loasded with pent-up demand from the original's cult audience (who watched on pricey IMAX screens), it fizzled over the course of the weekend.Many film-goers, particularly Millennials simply didn't know enough about the first one -- and the marketing didn't tell them -- to get them to invest almost three hours in the experience.as a result, it opened even behind Alien: Covenant (despite being a much better film; see below). The Mountain Between Us placed with 10.1MM against a 35MM budget, and that's probably OK, given that Kate Winslet and Idris Elba will sell tickets overseas. It showed with 9.7MM, crossing the 300MM domestically (and approaching it overseas).  My Little Pony debutedin  the fourth slot with 8.8MM wich again is probably alright given the potential home video market.  Kingsman: The Golden Circle rounded out the Top Five with 8.1MM as it struggles toward recouping its production budget here (it may be saved by foreigngro sses).

BLADE RUNNER 2049 manages to be both bigger and smaller than the original, which has become a cult classic over the years.  In my book, Blade Runner's reputation grew moreon the strength of its world-building and the questions it asked about what it means to be human than the actual story.  The sequel expands on the world of th original while staying true to it, with much help from master cinematographer Roger Deakins.  But philosophical angle is largely missing when it's not being spoon-fed to the audience.That said, the plot here is both true to the noir genre from which the original comes and ultimately more concerned with a more personal tale.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN was fired by the studio he co-founded bearing his name after the dam broke on decades of sex harassment allegations.  A third of the Weinstein Company board resigned. They had no idea what all those settlement payments were for, apparently. Weinstein also lost attorney Lisa Bloom and advisor Lanny Davis.  A TV reporter claimed Weinstein trapped her in the hallway of a restaurant that was closed to the public and masturbated in front of her until he ejaculated. A British actress came forward with her own account about Weinstein's alleged inappropriate behavior.  Nathan Lane says he was physically attacked.  Sharon Waxman claims the New York Times gutted a story on Weinstein in 2004, with help from a couple of A-list stars.

JUSTICE LEAGUE has a new trailer online.

PACIFIC RIM: UPRISING has a trailer online.

A FAST & FURIOUS SPINOFF gets a release date.

RALPHIE MAY, whose stand-up comedy career took off after he finished second on "Last Comic Standing" in 2003, died Friday of cardiac arrest. He was 45.

A RESCUED PONY hugs the man who saved his life.

A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE left at the front entrance to the Los Angeles Zoo on Saturday turned out to be a box containing a live, adult opossum, authorities said.

A MOOSE takes a moonlight ramble across a Calgary transit station.

GIANT HOUSE SPIDERS invade Cape Breton.

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Lemonheads, Robert Plant, Stars, Billy Corgan, Norah Jane Struthers, Mochi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart".  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" on The Late Late Show.

ROBERT PLANT advance streams Carry Fire.

STARS advance streams There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light.

WILLIAM PATRICK CORGAN advance streams Ogilala.

NORAH JANE STRUTHERS advance streams Champion.

THE RENTALS share “Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad.”

THE KINKS: The truly classic "You Really Got Me."

TOM PETTY: A special, 107-minute rush edition of Political Beats with Dan McLaughlin.  Also, LHB still has your Petty covers.

RILO KILEY's More Adventurous gets some belated love from NPR.

THE HORRORS talk to Stereogum about V and 10 years together.

SPOTIFY Killed the Long Song Intro.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Blade Runner 2049, which is currently scoring 90 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Mountain Between Us, which is scoring 53 percent; and My Little Pony, scoring 69 percent.  Battle of the Sexes expands wide at 85 percent.  Victoria and Abdul opens near-wide at 67 percent.

HARRISON FORD & RYAN GOSLING know how to do an interview.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN: Decades of Sexual Harassment Allegations.  Weinstein's written response is...not good, though one is hard pressed to imagine him doing better given his reputation as a toxic personality. ANd he now claims he's going to sue the NYT. Good luck with that.

BEN AFFLECK is still seeking treatment for alcohol addiction seven months after his rehab stint,whichis  I think is how it's supposed to work, a la AA etc.

IGGY AZALEA owes Amex 300K, originally.

WINONA RYDER talks to Marie Claire about Stranger Things and social media (but I repeat myself).

JASON BIGGS and Jenny Mohlen welcomed their second child.

MOCHI, the Gene Simmons of dogs.

ROMEO & JULIET, but with chimps.

ARE THOSE SNAKES in your socks, ora re you just... oh.

BOMB SQUAD officers called to investigate a suspicious package left on a Queensland street were relieved to find it was merely a pot of crabs.

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