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REM, Levellers, Shirley Collins, Suzanne Vega, Spider vs Snake   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. alumni Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry joined The Minus 5 at the 40 Watt Club on a cover of The Cliques' "Superman."  For you youngsters, The Minus 5 is led by Scott McCaughey, who also founded the fabulous Young Fresh Fellows and was a touring member of R.E.M. towards the end of their run.

THE LEVELLERS stopped by World Cafe.

SHIRLEY COLLINS sung againf for World Cafe.

SUZANNE VEGA stopped by World Cafe.

BEACH SLANG shared a cover of The Advert's punk classic "Bored Teenagers," ahead of a second all-covers EP called Here I Made This For You Mixtape Volume II. And Sterogum misspelled Tommy Keene's name.

THE WOODEN SKY shared "Swimming In Strange Waters," the title track of their next LP.

MINUS BEAR returned with “Invisible."

THE TREMELOES: "Here Comes My Baby," live circa 1967. Written by Cat Stevens.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talked to the L.A. Times about shifting gears musically in 2017.


DAVID BOWIE: Remembering the career of a musical icon.

KIRSTEN DUNST & JESSE PLEMMONS go from Fargo co-stars to a wedding engagement.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt lost a bunch of weight following his split with Angelina Jolie.

WOODY HARRELSON is confirmed for the "Young Han Solo" Star Wars flick.

STAR WARS director Rian Johnson has confirmed that Episode VIII has an official title - but he's not telling anyone just yet.

WILL SMITH may star for director Tim Burton in Dumbo, the live-action adaptation of the classic 1941 animated film.

NATALIE PORTMAN was paid three times less than Ashton Kutcher for No Strings Attached. I'm sort of curious about the agents for these A-List acresses.

WONDER WOMAN's villain was confirmed by a French publication. (Spoiler, obvsly)

MARTIN SCORSESE's Silence could be the biggest flop of Hollywood awards season.

SPIDER vs SNAKE: Who you got?

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER saved her owner from freezing to death in the Michigan snow.

A NEW SPECIES OF GIBBON identified in remote forests in China has been named after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.

GOAT YOGA continues to explode in Portland.

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Dawg Yawp, Donny McCaslin, Hazel English, Craig Finn, Monkey+Deer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CLOUD NOTHINGS dropped a video for "Internal World."

DAWG YAWP brought some sitar rock to the World Cafe.

DONNY McCASLIN, who played sax for Daxid Bowie, plays "Lazarus" as part of his Tiny Desk Concert.

HAZEL ENGLISH stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

CRAIG FINN shares "Preludes" ahead of We All Want The Same Things.

JAPANDROIDS share "No Known Drink Or Drug" ahead of Near To The Wild Heart Of Life.

MARK EITZEL has “An Answer” ahead of Hey Mr Ferryman.

THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE shares “Beacon Hill," about the Fort McMurray wildfire.


THE FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne surveys the band's entire catalog at Consequence of Sound.

BILLY JOEL ranked his own songs on Colbert.

SOLANGE KNOWLES, Interviewed by her sis, Beyonce.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2017, according to The A.V. Club.

BRANGELEXIT: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have agreed to work together for the sake of their family.

THE BAFTA FILM AWARDS nominations are out to these folks. Congrats!

DAVID BLAINE nearly died doing a bullet catch.

CHRIS BROWN & SOULJA BOY want to turn an online beef into a lucrative TV boxing match.

FLIP OR FLOP star Tarek El Moussa has filed for divorce from his wife Christina.

TWIN PEAKS returns on May 21.

CLARE HOLLINGWORTH, the British correspondent who broke the news that World War II had started, died Tuesday aged 105.

ISIS turned off the water supply to hundreds of homes in Mosul as the jihadists continue to lose ground to government forces.

IRAN is set to receive a massive shipment of natural uranium from Russia -- enough, potentially, for several bombs, diplomats said.

MONKEY & DEER, sleeping together... mass hysteria!

CUTTLEFISH can count to five.

REPTILE HANDLERS in Australia were called to a family's Queensland home to remove a highly venomous brown snake found dangling over a child's bed.

SHARK BABIES eat each other somethimes. Because sharks.

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Painfully Slow News Day   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MERYL STREEP really doesn't like DONALD TRUMP.  And the feeling is mutual, with Trump calling her "overrated."  But Trump recently said he liked Streep. OTOH, Streep once gave a standing ovation to convicted child rapist Roman Polanski.  So 2017 is picking up pretty much where 2016 left off. 

HIDDEN FIGURES, meanwhile, did edge out Rogue One at the box office, now that the sales are actuals.

Not much else to report today, but I'll be back tomorrow.

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Whitney, Davy Knowles, The Shins, Regina Spektor, Catnip   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE: A video for "No Plan" emerged for his birthday.

WHITNEY played a mini-set for CBS This Morning.

DAVY KNOWLES stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE SHINS & REGINA SPEKTOR both played the latest A Prairie Home Companion.

SPOON tried out new material at a secret show at Antone’s in Austin.

THE CYRKLE: "Red Rubber Ball," co-written by Paul Simon (of Simon and Garfunkel) and Bruce Woodley (of The Seekers).

ROBBIE ROBERTSON stopped by World Cafe to tell stories from Testimony.

GREIL MARCUS: Revelations from Dylan's Nobel speech, the Band's rarities, and the Trump-country Western Hell or High Water.

NAT HENTOFF, an author, journalist, jazz critic and civil libertarian who called himself a troublemaker and proved it with a shelf of books and a mountain of essays on free speech, wayward politics, elegant riffs and the sweet harmonies of the Constitution, died on Saturday at his home in Manhattan. He was 91.

RICK ASTLEY is launching his own lager.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Rogue One and Hidden Figures basically had a photo-finish atop the chart at 21.9MM and 21.8MM, respectively, and remember these are the estimates, not the actuals.  Rogue One now has a total of 473MM domestic, which is the second-biggest gross after the original (until you adjust for inflation, anyway).  Hidden Figures had a terrific opening, nearly recouping its production budget on opening weekend. Sing showed with 19.6MM and is making big money worldwide.  Underworld: Blood Wars took the fourth slot with 13MM domestic and 42MM overseas against a 35MM budget.  La La Land rounds out the Top Five with 10MM and is doing very well considering its only on 1500 screes or so -- a fact that may change post Golden Globes.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES went to these folks. Congrats!  Record night for La La Land, which means it may not tell you much about the Oscars.  The Academy loves movies about showbiz, but typically not musicals.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST dropped a new spot during the Globes telecast.

BEN AFFLECK spent the day with a pretty "detox nurse."

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt has had weekly supervised visits with the kids since October, according to a court filing by Angelina Jolie.

OM PURI, who successfully straddled movie careers in Bollywood and the West, died on Friday in Mumbai.

STAR WARS: Disney weighs options for the future of Princess Leia after the death of Carrie Fisher. (Spoiler Warnings for Eps VIII and IX)

THE ULTIMATE FAN THEORY That Fixes All of Star Wars. Frankly, not too far off of what Lucas originally intended.


BEBAC, one of two western lowland gorillas at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo died Friday.

TILIKUM, the orca at the center of the 2013 documentary film Blackfish, has died, SeaWorld officials said Friday.

CHICKENS trick their partners into sex. One might even say they tease.

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Keith Richards, Half Japanese, Natalie Hemy, Sustema Solar, Son Volt, Sunfish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with KEITH RICHARDS, LORD OF THE UNDEAD! And Rge Expensive Winos, Live at the Hollywood Palladium, Dec. 15, 1988.  Your setlist includes: "Take It So Hard," "How I Wish," "I Could Have Stood You Up," "Too Rude," "Make No Mistake," "Time Is On My Side," "Big Enough," "Whip It Up," "Locked Away," "Struggle," "Happy," and "Connection."

HALF JAPANESE advance streams Hear The Lions Roar.

NATALIE HEMBY advance streams Puxico.

SYSTEMA SOLAR advance streams Rumbo A Tierra.

SON VOLT shares "Back Against The Wall" ahead of Notes of Blue.

JENS LEKMAN shares "What's That Perfume That You Wear?," ahead of Life Will See You Now.

HALL & OATES: You've never heard "Maneater" quite like this. (Thx, Jeff B)

ANDY SCHAUF talked to Flood about the various favors, themes, and machines that make up The Party.

DAVID BYRNE talks to The Creative Independent about trying new things instead of a Tallking Heads reunion.

SINGLES is getting a deluxe soundtrack, for fans of Paul Westerberg and Citizen Dick.

34 ESSENTIAL GLAM SONGS, categorized by Stereogum.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's new wide release is Underworld: Blood Wars, which is currently scoring 10 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Hidden Figures expands wide scoring 94 percent; as does A Monster Calls, scoring 89 percent. Lion opens on about 600 screens scoring 87 percent.

STAR WARS: Adam Driver talks Kylo Ren with...Larry King? ALSO: Han Duo.(totally stole that joke from Andy)

KANYE WEST's Year of Breaking Bad.

LAMAR ODOM completed a 35 day stint in rehab and will be heading back to his home in L.A.

CHARMED is getting a 70s-period reboot.

THE 75 BEST TV TITLE SEQUENCES, according to Paste.

THE HUNT FOR HOLLYWOOD's LOST RELIC: Rodney Dangerfield's Caddyshack Boat.

NICOLAS CAGE's Cage-iest Moments.

PUTIN's NEWEST EXPORT: ISIS is full of Russian speakers from Chechnya and other Caucasus republics, and the ‘stans.' One is suspected of the NYE shooting in Istanbul.

AN ENORMOUS SUNFISH Dwarfs Divers. (Thx, Zoey!)

PANTHER DEATHS remain at a record high in Florida.

AMERICAN PHAROAH is a dad. That stud.

A BABY ELEPHANT was born at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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