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Merle Haggard RIP, Deakin, Joy Formidable, Sunflower Bean, Reindeer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MERLE HAGGARD, one of the most successful singers in the history of country music, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that the genre had to a real-life outlaw hero, died at his home in California, on Wednesday, his 79th birthday. He's best known for songs like “Mama Tried,” and “Okie From Muskogee,” (with many more at Rolling Stone) but I love his impressions of other country legends.

DEAKIN, a  part-time Animal Collective member, advance streams Sleep Cycle.

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

SUNFLOWER BEAN also stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FIR, with the songwriting skills of Brent Rademaker of Beachwood Sparks and Matt Piucci of Rain Parade, the vocals of the Allah-Las, and the instrumental backings of Rob Campanella of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Nelson Bragg from Brian Wilson’s band, drops the power-popping and Byrdsy “Summer Wasn’t There.”

THE POSIES drop “Unlikely Places" ahead of Solid States; this track adds a slight 80s vibe to the pop classicism.

MARGARET GLASPY drops the title track from Emotions And Math.

THE LEFT BANKE: "Walk Away Renee."

ROBBIE FULKS: Another of country music's true 'outsiders' comes back around.

VETIVER's Andy Cabic talks to the L.A. Music Blog about the upcoming tour, the new album, his influences, and songwriting itself. (Thx, LHB.)

FRIGHTENED RABBIT is profiled by Consequence of Sound.

SHOEGAZE: Call it a comeback?

CHARLIE SHEEN  is the subject of a felony threat investigation triggered by his ex-fiancée.

THE BFG has a UK trailer online. 

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM aren't reconciling.

TOM HIDDLESTON wants the James Bond rumors to stop.

WONDER WOMAN's release date moves up, while the WB's Jungle Book moves forward a year and out of competition with the Disney version due on April 15.

JOEL McHALE will play Chevy Chase in a Netflix movie about the origins of the National Lampoon. It's a small Community.

KEIFER SUTHERLAND may return as Jack Bauer someday, so establish a perimeter.

SWITZERLAND is shocked by Muslim teens who refused to shake hands with female teachers.

GERMANS appear to be losing faith in the idea of a borderless Europe, as the results of a poll published on Tuesday showed that two-thirds would prefer the government to end the Schengen free-movement zone. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE used mustard gas to attack Syrian troops during an offensive against a military airport in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, state media reported.

THE ANNUAL REINDEER CROSSING in Arctic Canada is a thing.

A GANGSTER TURKEY crashes into a NJ kitchen, terrorizing a family.

A MYSTERY CREATURE was observed swimming in the Thames River.

SOME CATERPILLARS, like some frat boys, drum their rears to attract friends.

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Ray LaMontagne, Tenement, All Songs, Puppy vs Lemon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROB CROWE's GLOOMY PLACE drops a video for "Oh, the Sadmakers."

RAY LaMONTAGNE plays his latest LP in full on World Cafe, backed by members of My Morning Jacket.

TENEMENT advance streams their rarities collection, Bruised Music, Vol. 2.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from the Jayhawks, Weezer, Oh Pep! and more highlight  the latest edition.

MINOR VICTORIES drops "Folk Arp" ahead of the "supergroup''s self-titled debut.

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

THE ROLLING STONES plan to release a new album, according to Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, Lord of the Undead.

NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic revisits Nevermind 25 years later for Rolling Stone.

NATHANIEL RATELIFF talks to Drowned In Sound about the near-viral "S.O.B.," and more.

DR TEETH & THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM are set for their first-ever live festival performance.

CHARLIZE THERON, who won an Oscar playing an ugly person, tells British GQ it's hard out there for a gorgeous woman. 

MISCHA BARTON is blogging her Dancing With the Stars experience.


MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ was jealous Paul Walker died first.

SCOOBY-DOO: One of TV's Greatest Tributes to the Open Road?

NORTH KOREA can mount a nuclear warhead on a medium-range missile, a South Korean official said on Tuesday.

ICELAND's Prime Minister  resigned - the first major casualty of the leaked Panama Papers that have shone a spotlight on offshore finance.

FRANCE: Police in Paris arrested 130 people on Tuesday amid country-wide protests by students and unions opposed to controversial labor reforms being championed by the Socialist government, the same day the bill was due to go before parliament.

PUPPY vs LEMON: Who you got?

BOARZILLAS: Communities in northern Japan are being overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars which are rampaging across the countryside after being contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

DIVE-BOMBING HAWKS terrorize seniors at the Spring Hill retirement community in Florida.

A 9-FT GATOR was camped out on a Florida front porch, propped up against the front door. Is this really news at this point?

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White Denim, Golden Daze, PWR BTTM, John Cale, Dolphin Surfer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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ANDREW BIRD drops a video for the funky-for-him "Capsized."

WHITE DENIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PWR BTTOM played a Tiny Desk Concert.

GOLDEN DAZE played a mini-set for Aquarium Drunkard.

JOHN CALE performed songs from The Velvet Underground & Nico and White Light/White Heat, with Animal Collective, The Libertines, Mark Lanegan and more.

RONNIE SPECTOR drops "I'd Much Rather Be With The Girls" ahead of English Heart.

THEM: "Baby, Please Don't Go" and a fully live take on "Gloria" for Twofer Tuesday.

CAROL KAYE take GENE SIMMONS to bass school.

LUSH frontwomen Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi talk to Stereogum about the band’s great early days as well as their comeback.

BLACK SABBATH: Aquarium Drunkard looks at the expanded reissues of the band's early LPs.

FRANKIE COSMOS: Pop Miniaturist.

ERIK BAUERSFELD, who memorably voiced the Rebellion's Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, has died. He was 93.

BEYONCE: Elle has a an excerpt of her cover story online.


KESHA's legal battle with Dr. Luke appears to be far from over.

AMBER RAYNE, an adult film actress who accused colleague James Deen of sexual assault, was found dead of what the coroner called "a possible accident, a possible overdose" over the weekend.

BELGIUM: At least 22 radical Islamists from Europe linked to the terror network behind the Brussels and Paris attacks are suspected to be still at large.

LIBYA could replace Syria and Iraq as the main Islamic State hub.

SYRIA's partial cease-fire is unraveling, as fierce clashes between government forces and opposition fighters, including members of al-Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front, erupted Saturday outside the city of Aleppo.

A DOLPHIN joins a surfer south of Austrailia.

A CHIHUAHUA hurtled across Northern California’s busy Bay Bridge early Sunday, scampering across lanes and weaving through brunch-goers as it tried to make its way to San Francisco on the bridge’s westbound side.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent attempting a home invasion was foiled by a glass door.

AN ALIEN FISH had a lot of people scratching their heads after it was caught in Mexico.

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Thunderclap Newman RIP, Iggy Pop, Tedeschi Trucks, Bowie Tribute, Dog+Duckling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANDY "THUNDERCLAP" NEWMAN has died at age 73. The Guardian has an obit and "Something In the Air."

IGGY POP stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

HAYES CARLL atreams Lovers and Leavers.

DAVID BOWIE got tributes from (among others) Michael Stipe, Pixies, Debbie Harry, J Masics & Sean Lennon, and The Flaming Lips (with Wayne Coyne riding Chewbacca) at Carnegie Hall.

CHRISTOPER WALKEN turned 73 a few days ago, so of course one's mind goes to Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice."

GUNS N' ROSES warmed up for their reunion tour at the legendary Troubadour.

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY talks to All Songs Considered about The Wilderness.

PJ HARVEY is profiled by The Guardian.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Batman v Superman repeated atop the chart with 52.4MM, but that's off a steep 72 percent from its opening. Word-of-mouth is apparently not as good as DC and WB hoped. Given the continuing pricey marketing campaign and similar drops overseas, the picture looks like it could be in some trouble.  Not in trouble is Zootopia, which placed with 20MM, which ranks among some of history's biggest grossers in remaining at 20MM+ for five weekends.  It still is unlikely to be as leggy as Frozen, but may come within the ballpark. My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 showed with 11.1MM, off an expected 38 percent; next weekend will tell the full tale of whether it fades like a sequel. God's Not Dead 2 took the fourth slot with 8.1MM; it's trailing the original by about a million, but (like MBFGW2) it remains to be seen whether this one will have the original's legs.  Miracles From Heaven rounded out the Top Five with 7.6MM on a 22 percent drop, which is quite good consdiering the competition for God's Not Dead 2.  Below the fold, Eye in the Sky expanded wide, rose into ninth place, and took in 4MM; afaik, it's your last look at the great Alan Rickman.


AMANDA BYNES is turning 30 healthier than ever.

SEAN YOUNG talks to the Hollywood Reporter, and it's very Sean Young.

DOCTOR STRANGE was spotted on the streets of NYC, as was Baron Mordo.

BILL MURRAY & NEIL SETHI croon a bit of "The Bare Necessities" while promoting The Jungle Book on Kimmel.

BOKO HARAM seized hundreds of children from a remote town in northeast Nigeria in late 2014 but initial calls to report the kidnapping were ignored with locals fearful of the government's response.

TURKEY is reportedly shooting refugees and illegally sending refugees back to Syria.

EGYPT's Efforts To Reject Sharia Could Spark Rebellion.

A RESCUE DOG & DUCKLINGS, living together... mass hysteria

EXTINCT CAVE LIONS are next new candidates for Jurassic Park scientists.

A RACCOON ON THE LAM was caught on camera in woodland near Garve in the Scottish Highlands.

DOES YOUR CAT need armor? You've come to the right place.

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YFFs, Ben Watt, Brass Bed, John Carpenter, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with the YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS! Live at Cicero's in St. Louis, On November 23rd,1985, so this is Chuck Carroll-era YFFs.  Selections include: "Gus Theme," "White Bird," "If I Had A Hammer," "Power Mowers' Theme," "Where Is Groovy Town?", "Sharing Patrol," "Topsy Turvy," "Young Fresh Fellows Theme," "Hang On Sloopy," "All Messed Up," "Big House/ Love Boat Theme medley" "Mr. Salamander's Review," "Down By The Pharmacy," "Close to You/ Someone I Care About," "Aurora Bridge," "How Much About Last Night Do You Remember?" "This Little Mystery," "Searchin' USA," "Fair Exchange," and "My Friend Ringo."

BEN WATT (Everything But the Girl) is advance streaming his new solo album Fever Dream.

BRASS BED advance streams In the Yellow Leaf.

JOHN CARPENTER (yes, that one) advance streams Lost Themes II.

MOONFACE and SIINAI drop “Risto’s Riff" ahead of My Best Human Face.

THE SMALL FACES play "Itchycoo Park," their only US charter.

CHEAP TRICK's Rick Nielsen talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the band's new record, playing with John Lennon, and recording with the late George Martin.

THE BESNARD LAKES deny being witches and warlocks, as you would expect.

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to The Guardian about curating the Brighton festival, Lou Reed, her new film and what her pet terrier taught her about growing old.


NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include God's Not Dead 2 and Meet the Blacks, neither of which was widely screened for critics. I Saw the Light expands near-wide, scoring 13 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Everybody Wants Some!! opens on 19 screens, scoring 98 percent.

BEN AFFLECK has written his own Batman script. And I might trrust him more than Zack Snyder now.

SUICIDE SQUAD is rumored to be undergoing reshoots to lighten it up so it's not as dark as BvS.

ROBIN WRIGHT  is in final negotiations to join Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling in Alcon's Blade Runner sequel.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH talks women in film, from The Huntsman: Winter's War to the Ghostbusters reboot.

WILLIAM SHATNER is being sued for 170MM by a Florida-based radio host who claims that the Star Trek actor is his father.

NASCAR driver/owner Derek White turned himself into authorities Wednesday and faces seven charges in connection to the biggest tobacco-smuggling bust in North American history.

RONNIE CORBETT, best known for BBC comedy sketch show The Two Ronnies, has died aged 85.  Corbett started his TV comedy career on David Frost's satirical comedy the Frost Report in 1960, which meant that his career tended to cross paths with the future members of Monty Python, who wrote (and in the case of John Cleese, performed) on the show.

COLD WAR REDUX? As tensions continue to escalate between Russia and the West, the Pentagon has announced plans to deploy U.S. troops, armed with modern equipment and heavy artillery, full time along NATO’s eastern borders.

HE'S GOT THIS... or does he?

A BABY FOX is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA animal charity after becoming separated from its mother.

AN ENDANGERED PANTHER visits a Florida porch.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT:  Exterminators were mistaken for gunmen, resulting in the locdown of a school, after a clever phone call from militant rodents in Arkansas.

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