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Springsteen, Xiu Xiu, Wild Pink, No Thank Tou, Kurt Cobain, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN brings a Brisbane teenager onstage for some "Growin' Up."

XIU XIU is advance streaming FORGET.

WILD PINK advance streams their self-titled debut album.

NO THANK YOU is streaming Jump Ship.

SUPERCHUNK shares an acoustic version of “Everything At Once.”

KURT COBAIN would have turned 50 yesterday, and the reaction online suggests we've still never stopped thinking about him.  Certainly, Frances Bean Cobain hasn't.  A few years back, The Guardian posted a trove of its original Nirvana coverage at Buzzfeed, and republished its reporting on his death on their own site (SPIN reupped its 1994 coverage also).  Butch Vig talked about Nevermind back on that LP's 20th anniversary.  I'll link to the Unplugged versions of my two faves, "About A Girl," and "All Apologies" for Twofer Tuesday.

PAUL & RINGO, together again.

JANE BIRKIN: The Mother of All Babes.

BABES IN TOYLAND, remembered at MinnPost.

WHEN ROCK SINGERS tackle the Great American Songbooks.

BRANGELEXIT: Angelina Jolie talks about Cambodia, politics and family. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt has custody of Hollywood.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, directed by...Guy Ritchie, has a trailer online.

DAVID CASSIDY is battling dementia.

PRISCILLA PRESLEY confirmed she is caring for Lisa Marie's young children as the kids' father faces explosive allegations of child abuse.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST gives you a minute of live-action "Belle."

THE LION KING: Disney's live-action version casts Donald Glover and James Earl Jones, the latter obvsly.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants to play Ariel in Disney's live -action version of The Little Mermaid.

DAISY RIDLEY is begged by still more celebs for Star Wars spoilers.

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH reveals the sad end of Jar-Jar Binks.

RICHARD SCHICKEL, film critic and author, a longtime reviewer for Time magazine,died Saturday at 84.

VITALY CHURKIN, the tough-talking Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly Monday after falling ill at his country's consulate in New York City.People may leap to conclusions; I won't, but I will say I met him in 80s, which should tell you her survived and thrived regimes before and after the Soviet Union.

ELEPHANTS did not want to leave their friend who was put down after breaking a leg.

A GIANT FLYING REPTILE may have been the largest and most feared predator in ancient Transylvania.

POLICE WARNING: Don't open doors to 'any unfamiliar cattle.'

AN 11-FOOT PYTHON slithered into a South Florida student’s car.

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Craig Finn, Hamilton Leithauser, Margaret Glaspy, Horned-Face Dinosaur   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STURGILL SIMPSON is sharing a video for “All Around You.”

CRAIG FINN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, incl new material.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER plays a solo acoustic mini-set at The Current.

MARGARET GLASPY plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

SONDRE LERCHE shares a "Violent Game" ahead of Pleasure.

THE ROLLING STONES' take on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction)" in Charlie Is My Darling would put many Punk bands to shame. Dang!

FLO & EDDIE, a/k/a Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles, lost a digital royalties suit in New York.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Reupping this piece about Bob Stinson and the songs Paul Westerberg wrote about him to mark the anniversary of Bob's death over the weekend.

WALTER "JUNIE" MORRISON, who played keyboards in Funkadelic and the Ohio Players, has died. The details surrounding his death have not yet been made public. He was 62.

CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD, James Brown's one-time drummer and the creator of one of hip-hop's most popular samples, has died at the age of 73.  That 20 seconds of "Funky Drummer" of course, is just the tip of an amazing acreer that includes gems like "Mother Popcorn."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The LEGO Batman repeats atop the chart with a strong 34.2MM on a Presidents' Day Weekend that seems to have not brought out the masses.  Fifty Shades Darker places again with 21MM on a 55 percent drop from last weekend (and after an 11MM Valentine's Day).  This sequel has grossed ~277MM worldwide against a 55MM budget and the end of the trilogy has already been shot, awaiting next February.  The debut of The Great Wall shows with 18MM against a 150MM, which sounds like a bomb until you realize this was all about establishing Matt Damon as Big In China, where the film has grossed 170MM; the global total stands at 262MM so far.  John Wick: Chapter Two takes the fourth slot with 16.5MM and has already outgrossed the original on domestic screens.  The debut of Fist Fight rounds out the Top Five with 12MM against a 25MM budget.  Below the fold, A Cure For Wellness debuted in tenth with 4MM against a 40MM budget; Ouch.

THE WRITERS GUILD of AMERICA AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

JENNIFER GARNER is gearing up to file for divorce from Ben Affleck, after two years sort of apart.

ZOE SALDANA nd her husband, Marco Perego, have welcomed a third child together.

ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON got into it again in their custody war, and cops rushed to the scene again.

NICOLE KIDMAN reveals that she was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz. She likes those musicians.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY's eight-year-old twin daughters have been taken into care after “disturbing” photos and videos were found on the computer of their father.  She also claims to have burned through most of a $100MM inheritance.

THE BATMAN is in bigger trouble as Matt Reeves has exited the negotiations to direct.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: Emma Watson disputes that it's a story about Stockholm Syndrome.

JULIE ANDREWS is fine with the Mary Poppins sequel, which has added Angela Lansbury to the cast.

WARREN FROST, an actor best known for his roles on Twin Peaks and Seinfeld, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

NORTH KOREA: An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's national police chief has said, citing information received from Malaysian authorities.

OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, the "Blind Sheikh" convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has died in prison.

IRAN's  Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal.  Obvsly. Why would Iran want to rengotiare a deal they aren't following?

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, Feb 22nd is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

A HORNED-FACE DINOSAUR species, 73MM years old, was discovered in Mexico.

A RANDY ELK mounted a wooden one in northern Sweden.

THE LIONS OF LOS ANGELES: Are the city's pumas dangerous predators or celebrity guests?

A RACCOON took a ride on the back of a trash truck Friday through Arlington VA’s Rosslyn neighborhood.

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Aretha Franklin, CYHSY, Rhiannon Giddens, Vagabond, Chills, Labs Swim   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ARETHA FRANKLIN, Live in Stockholm, 1968! The "Lady Soul" concert was broadcast on Swedish TV, including "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Come Back Baby," "Dr Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)," "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" "I  Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Chain Of Fools," and "Respect."

CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH advance streams The Tourist.

RHIANNON GIDDENS (Carolina Chocolate Drops) advance streams Freedom Highway.

VAGABOND advance streams Infinite Worlds.

FLEETWOOD MAC shares a demo for "Seven Wonders."

THE CHILLS cover David Bowie's “Conversation Piece.”

THE SHINS share "Mildenhall" ahead of Heartworms.

BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!

BOBBY GENTRY: Rediscover her genius.

RYAN ADAMS is profiled by Vice.

JAPANDROIDS talk to Rolling Stone about achieving success after their early breakup. There's also a playlist of influenes on Near to the Wild Heart of Life.

THE BEATLE WHO VANISHED: Roy Orbison's son acquired the rights to a biopic about drummer Jimmie Nicol, who filled in for Ringo Starr for 13 days during Beatles' 1964 world tour.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are The Great Wall, which is currently scoring 32 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Fist Fight, scoring 30 percent; and A Cure For Wellness, scoring 42 percent.

KONG: SKULL ISLAND has a new clip online that ties the story to the most recent Godzilla reboot (es expected).

COLOSSAL has a trailer online that will appeal to fans of Anne Hathaway and Godzilla.

JUSTIN BIEBER is suspected in a headbutting incident.

KEANU REEVES: The perfect action star?

BIJOU PHILLIPS desperately needs a kidney transplant after suffering a blood infection.

ROMAN POLANSKI will move to have his child rape case ended next week, supposedly based on a sealed transcript from the prosecutor.  In California, however, regardless of a plea bargain, the sentence is ultimately in the hands of the judge, which Polanski acknowledged before he was sentenced.

SENATOR KID ROCK, Governor Kid Rock, something... "We'll get there, Pop Rock."

A LABRADOR DAD teaches the kids to swim.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT wards off a home invader.

FOUR PYTHONS were found living at an abandoned missile base in Florida.

A PIGEON was caught smuggling a phone into prison.

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Sun Kil Moon, Middle Kids, Dutch Uncles, Cee-Lo Green, Turkish Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLONDIE shares a video for "Fun."

SUN KIL MOON is streaming the double album Common As Light And Love Are Red Valleys Of Blood.

MIDDLE KIDS advance stream their self-titled debut EP.

DUTCH UNCLES advance stream Big Balloon.

HER'S shared "Speed Racer," which is fun, lo-fi surf pop that is not referring to the cartoon.

CEE-LO GREEN, n/k/a Gnarly Davidson, turned Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” into “Jay-Z’s Girl,” on Valentine’s Day. Not remotely weird.

JASON ISBELL talks to Rolling Stone about his upcoming LP.

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS' 69 Love Songs, ranked by Paste.

JENS LEKMAN: The five strangest influences on Life Will See You Now.

BRITPOP: Ten of the Best.

KATE UPTON is all three covers of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. And she talked to SI about it, like you're reading.

KERRY WASHINGTON may join the cast of Deadpool 2.

CARLOS SANTANA backpedalled from the Beyhive, as was inevitable.

SUICIDE SQUAD 2 could be directed by...Mel Gibson?

MIKE COMRIE, the fmr NHL star once married to Hilary Duff, is under investigation by the LAPD for allegedly raping a woman at his L.A. home, but he claims it was consensual.

LOGAN has a spoilery "found footage" clip on line that highlights the dark tone which spooked studio execs.

LOVE, ACTUALLY is getting a reunion of sorts. I'll be deeply disappointed if Andrew Lincoln does not look like Sheriff Rick with Kera Knightley as a zombie.

NORTH KOREA: One of the two women who authorities said poisoned the playboy half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was arrested Wednesday at a Malaysian airportwearing  a white shirt emblazoned with the acronym “LOL”. LOL.

A PUPPY was rescued from a well in Istanbul (not Constantinople).

A SEATTLE OCTOPUS was returned to the sea after a failed sex show.

A MASSIVE SPIDER claimed six seats on a busy Melbourne train.

A DEER collided with a plane in Charlotte.

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Ryan Adams, Dawes, All Songs, Los Campesinos!, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TY SEGALL visited Seth Myers to "Break a Guitar."

RYAN ADAMS advance streams Prisoner.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is Guest DJed by Ryan Adams, coincidentally.

DAWES is streaming We're All Gonna Live.

LOS CAMPESINOS! shares “The Fall Of Home” ahead of Sick Scenes.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

JENS LEKMAN talks to Paste about Life Will See You Now, attempting to explore male vulnerability (or the lack thereof) and what the defining lesson of his 30s has been.

BAD RELIGION's Greg Graffin talks to Rolling Stone about his country album.

PAVEMENT guitarist Spiral Stairs talks to Brooklyn Vegan about his solo LP, tour, golf, birthday plans and more.

FATHER JOHN MISTY defends Nickelback.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON talks to Playboy about monogamy, the Women's March, Ghost In The Shell, and more.

HARRISON FORD had a near-miss incident with a passenger jet at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California. Never tell him the odds.

CARLOS SANTANA defended Adele against the Beyhive.

BEN AFFLECK doesn't want to be The Batman?

MULAN: The live action version is set to be directed by Niki Caro, who broke through with the 2002 Maori family drama Whale Rider.

DISNEY severed ties with YouTube uber-celeb PewDiePie after the WSJ asked about videos in which he included anti-Semitic jokes or Nazi imagery.

BLACK PANTHER concept art turns up on the home video release of Doctor Strange.

WHEN YOU INVITE A LABRADOR to a birthday party...

RUMOR THE GOLDEN SHEPHERD was Best In Show at the Westminster Dog Show.

HAIRLESS DOGS came to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.

A HEDGEHOG, suspected of drunkenness and with a yoghurt pottle on its head, has been given a stern talking to by police in Arrowtown. Dinsdale!

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