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The Road to Recovery   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AFTER YESTERDAY's SICK DAY, I am trying to get back to full speed. Let's get to it:

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

STRAND OF OAKS plays a solo piano mini-set at The Current.

THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE advance streams Pleasure Suck.

POND shares "The Weather."


THE FEELIES: Keep Calm and Carry On.

FEIST talks to Pitchfork about the return of Broken Social Scene, the structure of Pleasure, collaborators, and more.

CHUCK BERRY Taught Me How To Be An American.

THE BEST AND WORST Actor Music Video Cameos.


BRANGELEXIT:  Brad Pitt hides out in an art studio sculpting and listening to break-up ballads while Angelina Jolie travels the world with the kids.


MEL GIBSON, who made headlines back in 2006 for going on a drunken anti-semitic rant, has been quietly working with a charity that helps Holocaust survivors.

WONDER WOMAN: Gal Gadot gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Maya, this week.

THANDIE NEWTON is addressing the lack of roles for people of color in the UK.

ROMAN POLANSKI: Los Angeles prosecutors said in a court filing ahead of a hearing on Monday that the fugitive movie maker could not dictate the terms of his return to the United States from afar.

JENNY SLATE is profiled at Vulture.

CHUCK BARRIS, the goofball host of The Gong Show who also was the manic mastermind behind two other spontaneous game-show classics, The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game, has died. He was 87. 

FRENCH police are seeking clues why an airport attacker who shouted he wanted to "die for Allah" attacked. Ooh, that's a puzzler.

RUSSIA is writing the book on cyberwar.

NORTH KOREA has doubled the size of its facility for enriching uranium in recent years, according to the United Nations’ top nuclear inspector, who voiced doubt that a diplomatic agreement can end leader Kim Jong Un’s weapons programs.


A GREAT WHITE SHARK circled a Hawaii fisherman's kayak for over an hour. 

FEMALE COCKROACHES can breed for years and multiply their numbers dozens of times alone, without ever mating with a male.

THE DINGO: Pest or endangered species? Villain or environmental savior? Maybe it ate your baby!

THE GREAT EAVERS LAUGHTER OF 2017 at Birmingham's historic Roebuck Golf Course began one January morning. It didn't stop until 17 beavers were dead.

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An actual sick day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHUCK BERRY was the main reaon I did't take one yesterday, though in hindsight, I should have.  Andhe only "news" of the sort found here is this:

WOODY HARRELSON has quit smoking pot, in case you had convinced yourself this isn't the End Times.

The regular bit tomorrow, I hope.

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Chuck Berry RIP, Big Thief, PWR BTTM, HFTRR, Ant-Smoking Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CHUCK BERRY, who with his indelible guitar licks, brash self-confidence and memorable songs about cars, girls and wild dance parties did as much as anyone to define rock ’n’ roll’s potential and attitude in its early years, died on Saturday. He was 90. Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and showman, with a keen understanding of marketing and American youth.  A man with flaws to be sure, but there may be no more single influential man in the genre.  Here's Chuck with John Lennon, playing "Johnny B. Goode," a classic American rags-to-riches story married to music so unforgettable that few rock bands ever live without playing it.  Lennon's old band, The Beatles, had covered Berry tunes like "Roll Over Beethoven,"  which Berry plays here with great drive and twang.  Here's "Sweet Little Sixteen," with a melody and geographical conceit so catchy Brian Wilson would steal it for "Surfin' U.S.A."; Berry won a suit for a co-writing credit. (Note the song also namechecks "Bandstand," which was a good way to get Dick Clark's attention.)   He would tap into the restless  teen id on "School Days," and crusing culture on "No Particular Place to Go." Here he is in 1959, syncing "Back in the USA" with all the verve and joy of the song itself, proudly American at a time when an African-American would have every reason to be a bit less than celebratory.  Here's the essential "Great 28" comp on Spotify.

BIG THIEF played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW.

PWR BTTM  played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF played a set at Stubb's for NPR at SXSW.

FEIST shares "Pleasure," the title track of he upcoming LP.

METRIC shares "Come On, Angel." 

THE EXCITERS: What's a bear doing in the video for "Tell Him"? I have no idea

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS' Carl Newman talks to Stereogum about America’s political climate, depression, Dan Bejar’s absence this time around, songwriting and more.

THE BEST SMITHS SONGS, according tp Paste.

THE KINKS: Video of Ray Davies being knighted (and talking about it).

GRACELAND TURNS 60: How well do you know the history of rock'n'roll's White House?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:The live-action Beauty and the Beast trounced exen lofty projections with 170-174MM, the biggest March debut and seventh biggest debut ever (before inflation, anyway). It also made 180MM in foreign markets, which means Disney can stop worrying about having to earn 300MM to recoup production and marketing costs.  This could make a billion.  Kong: Skull Island places a distant second with 29.9MM on a 53 percent drop, as expected; this still needs more strength overseas if it's going to profit on big screens.  Logan shows with 17.5MM on a 54 percent drop, withshorter legs the mutants seem to have starting to show. Nevertheless, Jackman breaks the 500MM mark worldwide and thus exits this franchise with good reviews and good receipts.  Get Out slides to the fourth slot with 13.MM on a 36 percent drop, but this si already hge;y profitable and is just now opening overseas.  The Shack rounds out the Top Five with 6.1MM on a 39 percent drop.  Below the fold, The Belko Experiment debuted in seventh with 4MM against a 5MM budget; hardly the makings of a quick horror hit, tho the association with James Gunn may turn it into a cult thing in the home market.


MARION COTILLARD and her actor/director beau Guillaume Canet welcome a daughter.

TORI SPELLING: No Money, Mo Problems.

HANS ZIMMER talks film scores and why he's quasi-quitting superhero movies.

JIMMY BRESLIN, the New York City newspaper columnist and best-selling author who leveled the powerful and elevated the powerless for more than 50 years with brick-hard words and a jagged-glass wit, died on Sunday at his home in Manhattan. He was 88.

BERNIE WRIGHTSON, legendary horror comics artist and co-creator of Swamp Thing, passed away Saturday night after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 68.

NORTH KOREA conducted a test of a newly developed high-thrust engine at its Tongchang-ri rocket launch station and leader Kim Jong Un said the successful test was "a new birth" of its rocket industry, the country's official media said on Sunday.

SYRIA fired missiles at Israeli warplanes early Friday after a series of Israeli airstrikes inside Syria — a rare military exchange between the two hostile neighbors that was confirmed by both sides.

A MILITANT ANTI-SMOKING MONKEY  at an Indonesian sanctuary stole a tourist's pack of cigarettes and ripped the smokes to shreds while a visitor filmed.

A FEW GOOD DOGS sniff out ivory poachers in return for tennis balls.

MONKEYS & PIRANHAS: Part of your heart-healthy diet?

A GOLDFISH with a wheelchair.

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St. Pat's Day, Mt Eerie, Sera Cahoone, Milk Music, Thistle Radio, Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my fave Pogues song, "Sally MacLennane," and a Shamrock Shake.

MOUNT EERIE is advance streaming A Crow Looked At Me.

SERA CAHOONE advance streams From Where I Started.

MILK MUSIC streams Mystic 100's.

THISTLE RADIO, streaming Celtic music.

ANGEL OLSEN covers the Connie Francis classic "Who's Sorry Now," for The Man In The High Castle.

WEEZER returns with “Feels Like Summer” ahead of an  as-yet-untitled LP.

JOE COCKER is "Feelin' Alright," with a little help from his friend.

SPOON: Britt Daniel breaks down the band's discography with Consequence of Sound.

REAL ESTATE talks to Stereogum about growing up together, moving away from each other, and superpowers.

SPIRAL STAIRS (Pavement) is profiled at PopMatters.

THE KINKS' Ray Davies was knighted by the Prince of Wales at Buckingham Palace.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the live-action Beauty & the Beast, currently scoring 67 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Belko Experiment, scoring 47 percent.

KENDALL JENNER:  Burglarized, or an inside job?

SEAN PENN's tough love got his son into rehab.

GWYNETH PALTROW plans on marrying her current boyfriend?

COCO, the latest from Pixar, has a trailer online.

A SNAKE vomits an antelope.

A MOSCOW ZOO has filed a lawsuit against an advertising company for having rented a raccoon for a nude photoshoot.


COWS were threatened at gunpoint in eastern Switzerland.

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Valerie June, Los Hancheros, Yacht Rock, Massive Croc   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON plays  “Can I Sit Next To You” for Kimmel.

VALERIE JUNE stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

LOS HACHEROS, the Dap-Kings of Latin music, visited the World Cafe.

THAT 70s WEEK presents... Yacht Rock.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling," live. Ooga-Chucka!

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO: Previously unseen photos from a gig in 1966.

FATHER JOHN MISTY is profiled by the New York Times.

GREGG ALLMAN has canceled shows he was booked to play in June and announced he won’t be touring at all this year. Bad health.

JIMI HENDRIX: Ten of His Best.

CHRIS EVANS skydives for real and is profiled by Esquire.

BEN AFFLECK reunited with Jen Garner and their son Samuel in Brentwood after announcing that he has completed rehab for alcohol addiction.

EMMA WATSON had changing room pics leaked after a hack.

AMANDA SEYFRIED is going after a site that posted her nude photos.

MISCHA BARTON got restraining orders against 2 former boyfriends, one or both of whom she believes is peddling a sex tape.

RICHARD SIMMONS isn’t missing — he is just taking much-needed “time for himself,” his older brother said.

THE MATRIX: The last great original blockbuster? That's just a tweet, but a good question.

SYRIA: The U.S. military has drawn up early plans that would deploy up to 1000 more troops into northern Syria in the coming weeks.

A MASSIVE CROC enjoys a snack.

DUTCH COWS were expelled from Turkey amid a diplomatic crisis.

HUMPBACK WHALES are organizing in huge numbers, and no one knows why.

THIS LITTLE PIG went to market after his house blew down.

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