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Post-Holiday Things: Fleet Foxes, Old 97s, Cody ChesnuTT, Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WASHED OUT shares a video for "Get Out."

FLEET FOXES, Live at the Sydney Opera House.

THE OLD 97s stopped by World Cafe for a session.

CODY CHESNUTT advance streams My Love Divine Degree.

GREGG ALLMAN's final World Cafe performance.


THE RASPBERRIES crush "Go All The Way" and "I Wanna Be With You" for Twofer Tuesday.

BILLY BRAGG talks about skiffle, pop, politics, and turning 60. Get off my lawn.

NICK CAVE talks about living and writing through grief.

RODNEY BINGENHEIMER, legendary DJ, scene-maker, and coiner of "It's all happening," is leaving KROQ after 40 years.

THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL Cinematic Universe?  Big names are on-board (tongue-in-cheek)


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales tops the holiday weekend chart with 77MM, but that's below even the low end of projections (80MM). But it's doing quite well abroad, already past the 200MM mark, which means Disney may yet make money, while Johnny Depp may yet get bad publicity. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 placed with 25.1MM; this may not be as high as Disney wanted for the fourth weekend, but it's still outpacing the original at home and crushing the original in foreign markets, even keeping an outside shot at a billion total. Baywatch shows with 23MM (27MM since opening), which may be The Rock's first stumble in years against a 69MM production budget.  Alienn: Covenant plunges 64 percent to the fourth spot with 13.1MM and suddenly looks like an endangered species. Everything, Everything rounds out the Top Five with 7.4MM, but 22MM total looks alright against a 10MM production budget.

PRINCE HARRY talks to GQ about Princess Diana's death and more.

TIGER WOODS was arrested for DUI.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX & ROONEY MARA are a public couple.

BEN STILLER & CHRISTINE TAYLOR split after 17 years of marriage.

MIRANDA KERR and Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel are officially husband and wife.

EMMY ROSSUM  and director Sam Esmail (Mr Robot)  have tied the knot.

KIRSTEN DUNST & SOFIA COPPOLA talk to Variety about their version of The Beguiled.

ADAM SANDLER's new movie got a four-minute standing ovation at Cannes.

THE HITMAN's BODYGUARD has a trailer online.

IRAQ: The nation's first tollway has quickly been caught up in geopolitics, sectarianism and tensions between the United States and Iran, which seems determined to sabotage the highway project as an unacceptable projection of American influence right on its doorstep.


A FARTING GOAT startles a toddler.

A HORRIFYING LIST OF CREATURES that can crawl into your body.

A MOOSE FAMILY, just chillin' in Anchorage.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK jumped into a fisherman's boat, injuring a 73-year-old man. What say you, Police Chief Brody?

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Memorial Day 2017; Gregg Allman, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."


GREG ALLMAN, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died on Saturday at his home in Savannah, Ga. He was 69.  The NYT will also hook you up with 10 definitive Gregg Allman songs.  Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had finished a new album, which would be released in September.

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The Sweet, Dan Auerbach, Amber Coffman, Chastity Belt, Pupper Bros   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

DAN AUERBACH advance streams Waiting On A Song.

AMBER COFFMAN (Dirty Projectors) advance streams City of No Reply.

CHASTITY BELT advance streams I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone.

BENJAMIN BOOKER advance streams Witness.

LUKE COMBS advance streams This One's For You.

NICK LOWE shares a country cover, "Walk On By,"  (Leroy Van Dyke,not Burt Bacharach.)

NIGHT THINGS shares "Reasons."

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!

SGT. PEPPER'S: I don't often link to reviews, but this from Alexis Petridis is insightful about what people miss.

GIRLPOOL is profiled by the Georgia Straight.

TALK TALK: Ten of Their Best.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to Pitchfork about his career, his latest album, and more.

NOW SHOWING: This weekends' wide releases are Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is currently scoring 31 percent; and Baywatch, scoring 20 percent.

CHRIS CORNELL had apparently taken more than Ativan before hanging himself, because we've learned he had fresh track marks on his arm when his body was discovered in a Detroit hotel room.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a new trailer online.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS shares a final trailer online.

EVERY TOM CRUISE MOVIE, ranked by David Harsanyi.


TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN received a standing ovation at Cannes, but the ratings are waaaay soft against a rumored 150-200MM budget.

IGGY AZALEA is straight-up calling BS on the rumors she's dating Odell Beckham Jr.

IRAN has built a third underground ballistic missile factory, according to state media.

PUPPER BROS, brought together by one's separation anxiety.

A PIGEON was caught smuggling ecstacy in a tiny backpack.

BIOELECTRIC HACKING creates two-headed flatworms.

A BEAR sought out a donut delivery, causing a prompt police response, Susanna Hoffs.

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Thursday Things: U2, God Tiny, HFTRR, Chuck Berry, Black Lab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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U2 did a surprise performance of "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For," Love Actually style, on Kimmel.

GOD TINY advance streams The Space Inside Your Head. And I'm digging it.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF played a full set at the Pregones Theater for WFUV.

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL play the Mountain Stage.

CHUCK BERRY: Hear "Lady B. Goode."  Yes, really.

SLOW DANCER shares "I Would." Very Nick Drake.

PINACT shares "Seams."


JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Dallas Times about Goths.

SAINT ETIENNE: Bob Stanley talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the new LP and all future projects.

THE BLACK CROWES: Drummer and founding member Steve Gorman visits the Celebration Rock podcast to chat about how the band was formed, their wild heyday and why it currently appears the band won’t reunite any time soon.(Thx, Jay!)

MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER IN A FAST CAR: A neuroscientist theorizes the explanation.


ARIANNA GRANDE suspended her world tour and canceled several European shows Wednesday due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, a Vanity Fair preview.

ROGER MOORE: An anecdote from Bono, featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce.

GAME OF THRONES has a Season 7 trailer online.

KIT HARRINGTON Already Died Once.

RHIANNA & LUPITA NYONG'O will star in a buddy movie with the most 21st century orgin possible.

HAILEY BALDWIN, looking v much like Demi Moore, tops the Maxim Hot 100 this year.

TWIN PEAKS: Literary Hub shared a guide to literary references in the show.

LISA SPOONAUER, ho starred in Kevin Smith’s 1994 cult classic Clerks, died Saturday at her home in Rahway, New Jersey. She was 44.

MANCHESTER police say officers arrested six more people Wednesday as part of the investigation into the bombing, bringing the number of arrests to seven.

THE REPORTED MANCHESTER BOMBER's father and a brother have been detained by security personnel in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to witnesses and officials.


A BLACK LABRADOR has become an internet sensation after crashing a live news broadcast in Russia.

CUBAN BOAS hunt in packs, striking from cave ceilings.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT:  No one was seriously injured in a squirrel-induced wreck Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to overturn in Greenwood, SC.

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Real Estate, Van Dale, Stax, Roger Moore, Mr Rogers, Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LANA DEL REY & THE WEEKND shared their video for “Lust For Life.”

REAL ESTATE plays a special WFUV Live concert from The McKittrick Hotel.

KITE BASE, a Savages offshoot, streams Latent Whispers.

ROLLING BLACKOUTS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

VAN DALE shares "Wstd On Me."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS invited CINDY WILSON (B-52s) to join on "This Year."



THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Jon Wurster talks to The Nashville Scene about Goths.

THE BEATLES: Giles Martin talks about the Sgt. Pepper's anniversary remix.

WARPAINT, on the road.

THE 20 BEST STAX RECORDS SONGS, according to Paste.


ROGER MOORE, the dapper British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, eclipsing his television career, which had included starring roles in at least five series, died on Tuesday in Switzerland. He was 89. When you got a job to do you got to do it well. And he did.Oh, and here's a Roger Moore story.

ARIANNA GRANDE's mother reportedly brought a number of fans with her to the safety of the backstage area after the Manchester attack.

TOM CRUISE confirmed Top Gun 2.

RESIDENT EVIL is getting a (planned) six-film reboot.

ORLANDO BLOOM phoned to apologize to a waitress who was sacked after being found naked in his bed after a night of ‘incredible sex.’


DINA MERRILL,  the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or "the other woman," has died at age 93.

THE MANCHESTER BOMBER was Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

THE U.S.-LED COALITION has increased the number of bombs dropped on the Islamic State by about 50 percent this year.

INDONESIA: Two men endure a public flogging for gay sex.

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday in the southern region of Mindanao, after deadly clashes between security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in a major city there.


A HUSKY was caught on camera stealing bread from a dollar store.

FOUR BABY SQUIRRELS with tails tangled together were rescued by Bangor men.They will regret it someday.

A SWAN chases a Florida police officer around his patrol SUV.

A WINGED SNAKE that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee.

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