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Shonen Knife, Saintseneca, Two Door Cinema Club, Goodbye Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA dolls are "Dying to Know" in a new video.

SHONEN KNIFE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

SAINTSENECA streams a surprise EP, The Mallwalker.

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SAM PATCH, a/k/a Arcade Fire's Tim Kingsbury, shares “St. Sebastian."

GLAM CHOPS: Art Brut's Eddie Argos has a "Countdown to Christmas."

BOB DYLAN's Nobel Prize Acceptance Statement.

ROBBIE ROBERTSON talks about his memoir at Salon.

SON VOLT's Jay Farrar talks about the band's upcoming album with Garden and Gun.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2016, according to Bandcamp.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Moana three-peated atop the chart with 18.9MM, a last hurrah before Rogue One shows up and stops evertything like an AT-AT.  It was still a leggy 33 percent drop for Disney, and it will be interesting to see whether it gets caught between Rogue One and Sing. Office Christmas Party placed close behind with 17.5MM, a little over studio estimates and a little under some gurus' projections.  Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them showed with a strong 10.8MM and has a worldwide gross closing in on 700MM. Arrival takes the fourth slot with 5.6MM on a leggy 23 percent drop; it's closing in on breakeven worldwide, which gives one hope for smart sci-fi.  Doctor Strange rounds out the Top Five with 4.6MM and looks just as strong as the Beasts after six weekends.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES has a trailer online.

FATE OF THE FURIOUS has a trailer online.

MATTHEW LEWIS, a/k/a Neville Longbotton, is engaged.

DEADPOOL 2: Tim Miller explains why he left the sequel.

BRAAAM!: The Sound that Invaded the Hollywood Soundtrack.

NIGERIA: Two suicide bombers, seven and eight years old, injured 17 people in a market.

A DOG says goodbye to her human for the last time.

CATS and HUMANS: A Strange and Complicated History.

A SECOND JAGUAR has been caught on camera in Arizona.

GIRAFFES are on a path to extinction.

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Shindig, Greg Lake RIP, Lucinda Williams, Bat For Lashes, SCotS, Football Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."

LUCINDA WILLIAMS plays a mini-set at Lincoln Center.

BAT FOR LASHES played the Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.


THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN shares "Amputation," their first new song in eight years.

AT THE DRIVE-IN shares their first song in 16 years, “Governed By Contagions.”

LAURA STEPHENSON covers The Replacements' "Alex Chilton."

GREG LAKE, a singer and multi-instrumentalist who helped propel prog rock into the mainstream as a member of Emerson, Lake and Palmer and King Crimson, died Tuesday after "a long and stubborn battle with cancer."  He was 69. You youngsters out there may know him best as the singer of ELP's "Lucky Man," but given the season, I note his solo hit "I Believe in Father Christmas," which (iirc) got to No.2 in the UK behind Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody." He also wrote The Guardian to answer the question of whether he could live off the royalties from that tune.

MICK JAGGER has become a father for the eighth time at age 73.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle shared his top albums of the year with BrooklynVegan.

SHEARWATER: Jonathan Meiburg talked to the Austin Chronicle about the band's Bowie-esque, sort-of protest album. (Thx, LHB)

THE TOP 10 (or 20) ROCK & POP LPs of 2016, according to Exclaim.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's new wide release is Office Christmas Party, which is currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  Two others exapnd wide this weekend: Miss Sloane, currently scoring 62 percent; and Nocturnal Animals, scoring 73 percent. The Bounce Back hits about 600 screens, and has not been screened for critics.

JOHN GLENN, the first American to orbit Earth, and a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

KANYE WEST is writing again and denying divorce rumors.

PIPPA MIDDLETON, who's engaged to hedge fund manager James Matthews, has set a wedding date.

GAME OF THRONES star Maisie Williams is the latest celebrity target of social media gone wrong.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS is getting a remake.

TINA FEY, interviewed by David Letterman.

ZACH SNYDER mashed up his Batman v Superman with Star Wars, made public in honor of the imminent Rogue One.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a trailer online.

BAYWATCH has a trailer online.

BRITAIN faces an “unprecedented” terror threat as long as civil war continues to rage in Syria, the U.K.’s foreign intelligence boss said Thursday.

STANLEY THE DOG knows his football.

A DINOSAUR TAIL has been found entombed in amber. Have we not learned this ends badly?

CAMELS are getting license plates in Iran.


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James Vincent McMorrow, Pavo Pavo, Grammy nominees, Robo-Reindeer   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN LENNON: "(Just Like) Starting Over." I remember when Howard Cosell delivered the bad news on Monday Night Football.

JAMES VINCENT McMORROW stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PAVO PAVO, with influences ranging from Brian Wilson and Beach House to Monteverdi,plays WNYC Soundcheck.

WORLD CAFE highlights the Grammy nominees that have played on the show.

THE RAMONES: "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)."

RYAN ADAMS was interviewed by, and played a song written for, internet-famous cat Lil Bub.

NEIL DIAMOND talks to Rolling Stone about his 50th-anniversary tour, new Christmas LP, memories of The Last Waltz, and more...

SLEIGH BELLS: Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller are profiled by Drowned In Sound.

THE BEST SOUTHERN RECORDS of 2016, according to Bitter Southerner.

BRANGELEXIT:  Brad Pitt's effort to seal his and Angelina Jolie's custody battle from the public was rejected by a judge Wednesday morning.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST: Marital strain and possible divorce are the latest rumors.

THE KARDASHIAN SISTERS are going to war to block Blac Chyna from cashing in on the family name.

RUSSELL CROWE will not be charged for bear-hugging Azealia Banks and removing her from his Beverly Hills Hotel suite.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON talks to the New York Times about how women’s roles in real life are changing their roles in film.

MINKA KELLY is dating Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother).

JOHNNY DEPP repeats as Hollywood's Most Overpaid Actor, according to the latest Forbes list.

STEVEN YEUN is expecting a baby with his wife, Joana Pak, in case you were wondering why they got hitched after all these years.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a teaser trailer online. A full trailer premieres tonight on Kimmel.

FIFTY SHADES DARKER has a second trailer online.

ROBOT REINDEER are taking Rudolph's job.


A THERAPY PIG reports for duty at SFO.

RACCOONS have overrun the USS Sequoia, the former presidential boat. I blame the squirrels.

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Drive-By Truckers, Mexrissey, All Songs, Dancing Seagull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRED THOMAS (Saturday Looks Good To Me) shares an appropriately fernetic video for "Voiceover."

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS stopped by World Cafe Live.

MEXRISSEY, a Latino Morrissey cover band stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year In Music 2016.


REDD KROSS: Steven McDonald ranks the band's albums for Noisey. He's wrong about Third Eye, btw.

THE TOP 10 NEIL YOUNG SONGS, according to Consequence of Sound.

MP3s affect music's emotional impact?

THE GUMMY AWARDS voting is open.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's custody agreement has been approved by a judge. Is her endgame London?

PRINCE HARRY made a major detour from the Caribbean to see girlfriend Meghan Markle in Canada.

NAOMI JUDD reveals she suffered in the grip of a deep depression and was suffering panic attacks despite heavy medication, multiple therapies and two stays in psychiatric wards.

FLORENCE HENDERSON's death certificate reveals a history of heart disease.

THE CIRCLE, ft Tom Hanks and Emma Watson, has a trailer online.

PETER VAUGHAN, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Straw Dogs, has died at the age of 93.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! this weekend. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.

IRAN has shipped 11 tons of heavy water abroad to bring its stock back under a limit set by its landmark nuclear deal with major powers, according to a diplomat citing a confidential U.N. nuclear watchdog report.

A SEAGULL, trained to tap dance.

A PARROT wearing goggles and flying through lasers is allowing scientists to trace the patterns its wings make.

A ROCK-LOVING ORANGUTAN went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis zoo enclosure, forcing nearly 200K in repairs and the temporary closure of the exhibit.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent is stealing Christmas in Seattle.

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Amanda Shires, Stove, Pinegrove, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CYNDI LAUPER & BILLY CORGAN sang a duet of the Crystals’ 1961 hit “There’s No Other (Like My Baby)" for a benefit concert.

AMANDA SHIRES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

STOVE is advance streaming The Meat That Fell Out EP.

PINEGROVE played a Tiny Desk Concert.

GRANDADDY shares "A Lost Machine" ahead of Last Place.

GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

BOB DYLAN isn't picking up his Nobel Prize in person, but is submittinga written "speech" and Patti Smith will perform.

JOHNNY MARR talks to Salon about his autobiography.

STING talks about returning to rock (and more) at Rolling Stone.

THE BEST MUSIC of 2016, according to NPR.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt's child custody arrangement with Angelina Jolie is in the hands of a therapist.

JONAH HILL was shaken but uninjured in a Los Angeles auto accident.

JIMMY KIMMEL has been set as Oscar host.

STEVEN YEUN (The Walking Dead) married his longtime girlfriend, Joana Pak, in a romantic wedding ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.

TOM HARDY is profiled by Esquire.

LAST TANGO IN PARIS  director Bernardo Bertolucci said Monday that the outcry over the rape scene was based on a “ridiculous misunderstanding” of what actually happened.

TRANSFORMERS 5 has a trailer online.

ROGUE ONE has new clips online, at least one of which is a little spoilery.

A HUGE MOOSE turned to toxic car exhaust for warmth.

A ZOOKEEPER punched a kangaroo to save his dog.

A 14-FT PYTHON was caught after devouring three deer.

A MASSIVE STRAY GOAT rampaged through an Irish town.

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