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J&MC, Jesca Hoop, Delicate Steve, Becca Stevens, Runaway Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPIRAL STAIRS shares some "Emoshuns."

THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN is streaming Damage and Joy via Spotify.

JESCA HOOP stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

DELICATE STEVE plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

BECCA STEVENS, a young collaborator of David Crosby, stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS share the title track to Whiteout Conditions. Oh yeah.

FUTURE ISLANDS share a new single, "Cave."

LUCIUS shares "Million Dollar Secret," a new song for HBO's Girls.

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

SPOON: Britt Daniel talks sex, Prince, politics and Hot Thoughts with NME.

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to Pitchfork about modern music, social media, gosts, gambling and more.

JON SPENCER runs down some of his favorite garage and proto-punk moments for Aquarium Drunkard.


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Beauty and the Beast again dominated the chart with 88.3MM on a 49 percent drop, crossing the 300MM mark domestically t a pace fast enough that it could wing up being in the Top Five all-time domestic grossers. Power Rangers places with 40MM, which may put it in jeopardy worlwide against a 100MM production budget and big marketing costs -- but Lionsgate reportedly sold off the foreign rights to cover its risk, so if this one has average legs, they may be okay. Kong: Skull Island shows with 14.4MM on a 48 percent drop that's kind of leggy, but it's the strong biz it's doing in China and Japan that will eventually bring the big ape into a movie with Godzilla.  Life debuted in the fourth slot with 12.6MM against a 58MM budget, which means this one is going to struggle to get into the black in theaters.  Logan rounds out the Top Five with another 10.1MM added to its already successful international run.

JUSTICE LEAGUE dropped a trailer online this weekend.

AMANDA SEYFRIED and Thomas Sadoski welcomed their first child together.

RICHARD CURTIS revisits Love Actually.

COLIN FERRELL is in negotiations to join Tim Burton’s Dumbo.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT  is eyeing a return to the director’s chair, tackling a movie musical with Channing Tatum by his side.

TWIN PEAKS: How Angelo Badalamenti's soundtrack has echoed down the decades, acquiring a life of its own.

BELARUS authorities detained hundreds of people on Saturday during an attempt to hold a street protest in the capital Minsk, amid rising public anger over falling living standards and an unpopular tax on the unemployed.

RUSSIA: Hundreds of Russians have been arrested after a wave of anti-corruption protests swept the country on Sunday.

RUNAWAY COW charges police officer.

DOGS, Pushed Out By Cats.

BIGFOOT blamed for crashing vehicle.

OVER A MILLION BUGS is a lot of bugs.

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Byrds, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, Rodney Crowell, Jason Isbell, Shamrock   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

BOB DYLAN advance streams songs from Triplicate.BONUs: Here's the music Bob is digging now.

AIMEE MANN advance streams Mental Illness.

RODNEY CROWELL advance streams Close Ties.

JASON ISBELL shares a new single "Hope The High Road," ahead of The Nashville Sound.

SOUL ASYLUM's near-breakthru, "Someone to Shove."

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN talk to The Guardian about being trapped in the desert, playing the Haçienda and the horrors of Heart FM.

FATHER JOHN MISTY talks to Rolling Stone about the president, his daily LSD habit, why social media is "self-harm" and more.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN: John Lydon really means it, man.

SIB HASHIAN, former Boston drummer, has died. Hashian was performing on stage at the Legends of Rock Cruise when he collapsed and died. He was 67 years old.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Power Rangers, which is currently scoring 43 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Life, which is scoring 69 percent; and CHiPs, scoring 33 percent.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt is becoming more at peace with his newfound single life, but he's in no rush to enter the dating world.

TOM CRUISE intervened in a divorce when Scientology was raised as an issue.


YOUNG HAN SOLO tidbits, including a really lame one.

KATE WINSLET got candid about being bullied as a child during a talk at the fourth annual WE Day U.K. event.

BAYWATCH has a new trailer online. (NSFW language)

BRETT RATNER: The director and producing mogul Brett Ratner says film critic aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes is a destructive force in Hollywood. His Tomatometer is better than I thought.

SHAMROCK, a retired racehorse, still has some game. Unexpectedly!

A TURKEY flew through a truck driver's windshield in New Hampshire.

FIVE BABY GATORS take a taxi, start trouble.

THE TOP 10 DOG BREEDS, according to the American Kennel Club.

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The Road to Recovery, Day 2   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FEELING MARGINALLY BETTER, thank you.  Let's get to it.

STRAND OF OAKS goes electric at World Cafe Live.

DANIEL BACHMAN plays a Lagniappe Session at Aquarium Drunkard.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: A Best of SXSW 2017 edition.

CHUCK BERRY's first posthumous single, "Big Boys."

WAVVES shared a new single, "Animal."

BLACK LIPS share a new single, "Can't Hold On."

BIG WALNUTS YONDER (ft members of Minutemen, Tera Melos, Wilco and Deerhoof) share “Sponge Bath.”

TIGER'S JAW shares a new song, "Guardian."


MARTIN HANNETT: Everything you need to know about the obsessive record producer behind era-defining records by Buzzcocks, Joy Division and Happy Mondays. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

SOFT CELL: How they covered "Tainted Love."

RIDE: Andy Bell talks DIY through his musical obsessions.

AMY WINEHOUSE: Ten of Her Best.


BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are making peace — and have talked to each other directly.

ASHLEY OLSEN and her boyfriend, financier Richard Sachs, have called it quits on their relationship after five months of dating.

GHOST IN THE SHELL shares  five minutes of the film.

DEADPOOL 2: Michael Shannon has emerged as the frontrunner for the much-buzzed about role of Cable.

THE SPIDER-VERSE may be getting a little bigger. Sony, already in deep development on villain offshoot Venom, is now developing a feature project centered on the female characters Silver Sable and the Black Cat.

ROGUE ONE, edited into A NEW HOPE.

GREAT BRITAIN:  Four people were killed and scores injured when an attacker plowed a car through crowds in central London before attempting to storm the Houses of Parliament in what police believe was an act of Islamist-inspired terrorism.

A NORTH KOREAN MISSILE appeared to have exploded just after it was launched on Wednesday, the U.S. and South Korean militaries said after detecting the latest in a series of weapons tests by the nuclear-armed state that have alarmed the region.


PARROTS raid poppy fields to feed their opiate addictions.

SNAKE ON A PLANE: Paging Capitol one spokesmen...

A DOGWALKER stumbles upon a boa constrictor.


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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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