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Lee Fields & the Expressions, Beachheads, Christian Lopez Band, Eaglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 03, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY rang in the new year by covering George Michael's "Faith" and bowie's "Rebel Rebel," bringing The Thermals and Spoon's Brit Dnaiel for the latter.

LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS performed for WNYC Soundcheck.

BEACHHEADS stream four songs from their forthcoming self-titled debut.

CHRISTIAN LOPEZ BAND played the Mountain Stage.

WEEZER shared a White Album outtake, "The Last Days of Summer."

THE XX dropped "Say Something Loving" on Spotify.

THE KILLERS play a Russian billionaire's party and PAUL McCARTNEY turns up for "Helter Skelter."

GEORGE CLINTON talked to Rolling Stone about why he admires Flying Lotus and Thundercat, how hip-hop saved his career, and what's next.

DAMIEN JURADO talked to Aquarium Drunkard about working with Richard Swift, the rules of Punk, movies and more...

HOW THE CLASH rang in New Years Day at the Roxy in 1977.

THE ULTIMATE BEST LPs of 2016? NME avergages the critics' polls.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (FOR REALS): Rogue One threepeated atop the chart as predicted with 64.3MM, essentially flat from the prior holioday weekend.Disney takes the top three slots for the year, with this one sandwiched between Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil WarSing placed again on a 60 percent rise in domestic business and is already well into profit on worldwide receipts over 277MM. Passengers showed with 20.7MM and despite a 38 percent rise in business over last weekend, the studio must be praying for this thing to hit big in China, because 126MM worldwide so far is nowhere near the likely 400MM it needs to profit in theaters.  Moana took the fourth slot with 14.3MM on an 85 percent rise in biz and looks set to mildly profit even before we get to merch sales.  Why Him? ultimately edged out Fences to complete the Top Five with 13MM.

BEN AFFLECK sounds kind of iffy on The Batman.

MARIAH CAREY believes her New Year's Eve performance — which turned out to be a trainwreck — was sabotaged so TV execs could score bigger ratings than usual. M'kay.

AZEALIA BANKS had a blood-stained room for performing witchcraft.

ROGUE ONE: The New York Times details one particular visual effect (and why it doesn't completely work).

BEN MENDELSOHN (a/k/a Rogue One's Director Krennic) and wife Emma Forrest have called it quits after four and a half years of marriage.

MARK HAMILL paid tribute to Carrie Fisher.

LEIA ORGANA: A Critical Obituary.

EAGLECAM UPDATE: The proud parents had a NYE hatching.

A PIT BULL mauled a family who tried to put him in a Christmas sweater.

SCORPION on a train. Delayed the trip like a hurricane.

PAN PAN, the world's male oldest panda, died at age 31, leaving 130 descendents.

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2016 Remainders   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 02, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WEEKEND BOX OFFICE (SORT OF):  The estimates aren't official, let alone the actuals, but Rogue One threepeats atop the early guesstimates and is almost the second-biggest movie of 2016, behind Finding Dory.  The spin-off has done quite well for itself, but might have lost a little momentum in this frame, if the actuals come in as guesstimated.  Sing places, bossted its sales over the prior holiday weekend, and is likely to land in the year's Top Ten grossers of the year.  Passengers shows, but is sliding from disappointment to bust, especially compared to expectations based on the supposed star power of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence. Moana likely takes the fourth spot, probably not bad given the strong competition from SingFences likely rounds out the Top Five, a strong showing for a film viewed more as awards bait (though perhaps a bit low for the preternaturally consistent Denzel Washington).

CARRIE FISHER & DEBBIE REYNOLDS will have a joint funeral.  The cause of Fisher's death remains unclear.

GEORGE MICHAEL's autopsy was also inconclusive.

RAY DAVIES of The Kinks is a knight.

MARIAH CAREY had a NYE lip-sync malfunction.

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER, best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the hit sitcom M*A*S*H, died Saturday of lung cancer. He was 84. Stand by for the blessing.

ALLEN WILLIAMS, “the man who gave the Beatles away”, died at age 86.

TYRUS WONG, best known for his sketches for the Walt Disney animated feature Bambi, died Friday, according to a statement released by The Walt Disney Family Museum.  He was 106.

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...and the Wagon-Wheel Coffee Table Turns   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 30, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).

WORLD CAFE's Best Sessions Of 2016.

NPR MUSIC's Top 10 Studio Sessions Of 2016.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK & EMMA SWIFT played a mini-set for KEXP.

MAC McCAUGHAN of Superchunk shared “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again).” (NSFW langauage)

RYAN ADAMS shared "To Be Without You."

U2: Crushingly obvious, I know

NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."

ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year,"  but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me." 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.

OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."

CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream a live version of "New Year" at PateSpace, or a fan-made video on the Tube, which has comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.

JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to often hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, and a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio."  The Rock Goes To College show provides live takes on "It's Different For Girls,"  "I'm The Man," and this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"  BONUS: The appropos finale, "Got The Time?

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED reups their Favorite Interviews Of 2016.

THE GUARDIAN's Favorite Features of 2016.

THE GUARDIAN's Favorite Interviews of 2016, including Phil Collins, obviously.

DEATH STARS: Music's great losses of 2016.

MUSIC AND COLLECTIVE GRIEF in 2016: Mourning Stars Through Streams, Screens And Communities.

THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."

A MONSTER CALLS, this weekend's sole wide new release, debuts scoring 89 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is the Top-Grossing Actor of 2016, according to the latest Forbes list.

JENNIFER LOPEZ & DRAKE continued to fuel romance rumors when they simultaneously posted the same cuddly photo on their Instagram accounts.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants God to smite Donald Trump.

ELLEN POMPEO and her husband, Chris Ivery, have welcomed their third child together.

JACK MOFFAT, the man who crippled the Bismarck, passed away at 97.

SYRIA: The countrywide ceasefire guaranteed by Russia and Turkey does not include Islamic State or the Kurdish YPG militia.

IRAQI security forces on Thursday began the second phase of their offensive against Islamic State militants in Mosul, pushing from three directions into eastern districts where the battle has been deadlocked for nearly a month.

EAGLE CAM: This time in Southwest Florida.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A contractor is suing a Virginia couple for 90K for injuries he says were caused when their pet squirrel attacked them all.

A CANADIAN punched a cougar in the face to stop it from attacking his dog in a wooded area near a fast food store in Whitecourt, central Alberta, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said on Wednesday.

A HERD OF ELEPHANTS attacked a village in southwest Nepal, killing one person and wounding two others, officials said.

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Jon Pratt, Matt Pond PA, Temples, Josh Ritter, Debbie Reynolds RIP, Bear Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT played his "Last Hitch" on a  vintage Vega (C-20 from 1938), and wrote about the backstory.

MATT POND PA played a Free At Noon concert for WXPN.

TEMPLES performed live for KEXP.

JOSH RITTER stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

KINGS OF LEON, STEVE VAI, BOB SEGER, JUANES  and more paid tribute to The Eagles at the 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors earlier this month.

DAVID BOWIE: The Enduring Power Of His Parting Gift.

MARGO PRICE talked to Rolling Stone about her big year, next album and Grammy snub.

THE XX: Childhood friends tak to Pitchfork about finding themselves—and their vibrant new sound—in each other.

HOW COME all of our strongest memories are attached to the music we heard in the car as a kid?

CARRIE FISHER will appear in two Family Guy episodes and the next Star Wars.  Her daughter will care for her beloved French Bulldog.

DEBBIE REYNOLDS, the Oscar-nominated singer-actress who was the mother of late actress Carrie Fisher, has died at Cedars-Sinai hospital. She was 84.

JOHN WATERS spent time in the hospital briefly on Dec. 23 and missed his own annual Christmas party, but he's already on the mend.

ZACH GALIFIANAKIS and Quinn Lundberg welcomed their second child, a baby boy...and kept it under wraps for a while.

DICK VAN DYKE will be in the Mary Poppins sequel.

THE COHENVERSE: Is it possible all of the Coen brothers’ movies are connected?

ELF: The Must-See Thriller of 2017.

ROBERT LEO HULSEMAN, inventor of the red Solo cup, has died at age 84.

DENMARK's employment minister has demanded immediate action after it emerged that at least 36 Danish citizens received tens of thousands of pounds worth of unemployment benefits despite having left the country to fight with ISIS.

A BEAR attacked a TV presenter after she sneaked up behind it on a show about how dangerous wild animals can be.


A PYTHON turns up in Biscayne Bay.

A DROWNING DOG was rescued from the sea...eventually.

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Carrie Fisher RIP, Richard Adams RIP, George S. Irving RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CARRIE FISHER, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, died on Tuesday morning. She was 60.  Per Fisher's wishes, I report that she was drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra.  Aside from her mosy iconic role, she lent her support to a bunch of great commedies, including The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and Hannah and Her Sisters.  But perhaps her legacy should be found in her writings, including Postcards From the Edge, Wishful Drinking, and The Princess Diarist.  I say this because -- for someone considered "Hollywood royalty" as the child of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher -- she had that sort of John Lennon-esque quality of authenticity, of letting it all hang out without coming actross as ither haughty (in the case of her fame) or seeking victimhood (in discussing her problems).  That quality was in ample evidence during this recent interview for Fresh Air.


RICHARD ADAMS, the author of Watership Down, has died at age 96.

and then there is this...

GEORGE S. IRVING, a fearless comic actor whose signature smile could turn into a smirk with the perfectly timed arch of an eyebrow, died December 26 in New York of natural causes.He was 94. He won a Tony for his role in Irene, which coincidentally marked Carrie Fisher's stage debut).  As a voice actor, generations will know him as Heat Miser in The Year Without A Santa Claus and A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.

There really isn't much more news worth noting for today, but I'll be back tomorrow.

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