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2016 Preview, Tiny Desk Highlights, Car Seat Headrest, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARETHA FRANKLIN played and sang Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" recently, icymi. And Carole dug it.

TINY DESK CONCERTS: NPR Music highlights a Top 15 of 2015.

2016, previewed by All Songs Considered.  And Consequence of Sound.

CAR SEAT HEADREST played KEXP's Midday Show. I can't believe I missed this at the time.

VILLAGERS cover Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" ahead of Where Have You Been All My Life?

BY SURPRISE drops "Teton Range" ahead of a split EP.

LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's Primitive Future.

BROOKLYN VEGAN's Favorite Albums of 2015.

RUSH: Geddy Lee talks to Paste about the past, present and future.

THIN LIZZY's Phil Lynott died 30 years ago yesterday; NME remembers.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO  and his girlfriend, model Kelly Rohrbach, have split.

JULIA STILES is engaged to camera assistant Preston J. Cook.

MADONNA faces a custody war from Guy Ritchie and 15-year-old Rocco.

CRAIG STRICKLAND, frontman for country band Backroad Anthem, was confirmed dead at 29 after disappearing into Winter Storm Goliath.

JOSS WHEDON confirmed that he won't be making any films as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future.

SWEDEN & DENMARK further tightened border controls in response to political, economic and logistical pressures.

THE SAUDI-IRAN DISPUTE spreads to other countries in the region.

SYRIA: A fact-finding mission by the UN chemical weapons watchdog has found that some people in Syria may have been exposed to sarin or a sarin-like gas, according to a report released Monday.

TRAGEDY: A raccoon drops its candy floss in a puddle.

HORSE-DRAWN BUGGIES collide in Indiana.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Mutant white squirrels cause a stir in Florida.


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Jon Pratt, Alabama Shakes, Hinds, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Puppy   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays "Utica Crossing (the pallbearers song)" on a 1929 Reagal parlor guitar.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES (and Vintage Trouble) play Austin City Limits' 41st season premiere.

HINDS advance stream Leave Me Alone.

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO,  ALVA NOTO & BRYCE DESSNER advance stream The Revenant soundtrack.

GEORGE HARRISON covers "Got My Mind Set On You."

DAVID BOWIE: Back in the spotlight, still refusing to play along.

BRIAN ENO, profiled by Chrissie Hynde in 1974.

NATALIE COLE, RIP: The Grammy award-winning American singer known for R&B hits like “This Will Be” and “Our Love,” has died of “complications from ongoing health issues". She was 65.

TOMMY LEE got stuck in a rollercoaster during Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour. And where are they now, the little people of Stonehenge?

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Star Wars:The Force Awakens threpeats atop the chart with 88.3MM, and will likely pass Avatar as the alltime domestic champ on Tuesday.  Whether it can match that film's 2 Billion in overseas receipts remains to be seen.  Daddy's Home places with 29MM, with a 93.6MM total against a reported 50MM production budget. The expansion of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight shows with 16.2MM, and its 29.6MM to date is fine against a 40MM budget, though tracking more like the Kill Bill films than his biggest films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. Sisters held on to the fourth slot with 12.6MM and is likely to be in the black from here on out.  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip rounded out the Top Five with 11.8MM on a leggy 11 percent drop.  Below the fold, Joy and Concussion struggle, while The Big Short may go long during awards season.

CHRIS BROWN denied an accusation that he battered a woman in Las Vegas during a concert after-party.

BILL COSBY's wife will be required to testify in a lawsuit brought by seven women who allege her husband sexually assaulted them.

MILEY CYRUS and Liam Hemsworth appear to be back on.

GEORGE LUCAS issued a statement apologizing for essentially calling Disney, the new(ish) owner of his company Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, "white slavers." You don't need to watch that interview. That was not the analogy he was looking for. You can go about your business. Move along.

WAYNE ROGERS, the affable actor who starred as Trapper John in the hit television series “M*A*S*H” in the 1970s, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 82.

JASON WINGREEN, who appeared in three episodes of The Twilight Zone, played Harry the bartender on All in the Family and Archie Bunker’s Place, and provided the voice of the bounty hunter Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, has died. He was 95.

ISRAEL: In Haifa, Arabs create a new, secular, liberal and gay-friendly milieu.

FRANCE: A 29-year-old man who tried to run down soldiers guarding a French mosque said he wanted to kill them and be killed himself "to appear like a martyr," a prosecutor said on Saturday.

RUSSIA names the United States as one of the threats to its national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years.

SAUDI ARABIA cut diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday and gave Iranian diplomats 48 hours to leave the kingdom, marking a swift escalation in a strategic and sectarian rivalry that underpins conflicts across the Middle East.

IRANIAN leaders are defiantly vowing to expand the nation’s missile program in the face of potential new U.S. sanctions.

IRAQ: Attacks by five suicide bombers on an Iraqi military base north of Baghdad on Sunday killed at least 15 members of the security forces and wounded 22 others, security sources said.

A TINY PUPPY gets a 30-minute massage.

A CAT OWNER spends up to five hours a day promoting her seven cats on Facebook.

ELK in Idaho are being pushed into human areas by this year's snowfall.

CAT amd DOGS, in a selfie together... mass hysteria!

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Friday, January 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl






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Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEAT FARMERS!  Making a tradition of this more sober than usual, professionally-shot, early BF gig recorded at Universal Studios, including "There She Goes Again" (VU); "Road to Ruin," "Bigger Fool," "Reason to Believe" (Springsteen), "Powderfinger" (N. Young), "Happy Boy," "Big Ugly Wheels," "Bigger Stones," "Gun Sale at the Church," "Dallas Blues," "I Wanna Be Free," "Lakeside Trailer Park," "Death Train," and "Seven Year Itch."  If you're new to the band, my picks would be "Bigger Stones," "Happy Boy" and the cover of your choice.  BONUS:  Now how much would you pay?  But wait... there's more!  If you really want to see someone put the "bar" in "bar band," watch these NSFW clips from Houston, TX of the late Country Dick Montana leading the band through "Lucille" (K. Rogers) -- complete with his favorite beer bottle stunts -- followed by "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Wino," "Are You Drinkin' With Me, Jesus?" and "Mondo."  SUPER-SPECIAL BONUS: Country Dick rolls out "California Kid" and "Anarchy in the UK" (Language warning).

WORLD CAFE's Best of 2015 includes Father John Misty, Courtney Barnett and more...

THE ALABAMA SHAKES perform three tracks from their forthcoming Austin City Limits set.

TOM JONES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE SMITHS: Early demos surface at a Morrissey fan site.

U2: Crushingly obvious, I know

NICK CAVE & SHANE MacGOWAN: "What a Wonderful World."

ABBA wishes you a "Happy New Year,"  but it doesn't sound anywhere as celebratory as "Take A Chance On Me." 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS perform "This Year" at the M-Shop in Ames, IA.

OTIS & CARLA have a "New Year's Resolution."

CLAUDE PATE: Don't forget you can stream a live version of "New Year" at PateSpace, or a fan-made video on the Tube, which has comments from a member of The Eclectics and Friend of Pate Ken King.

JOE JACKSON: Pate frequently attempted "One More Time" to often hilarious effect, so today I stick with Joe's early material, including "Sunday Papers" live on the OGWT, "Kinda Kute" on the Kenny Everett Video Show, a Beat Crazy-era run of "On Your Radio" the official clip for "It's Different For Girls" and a bracing live take on "I'm The Man." That last one is taken from the Rock Goes To College show, which also boasts this pulsing version of his signature "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"  BONUS: The appropos finale, "Got The Time?"

GUNS N' ROSES: Some version including Axl Rose and Slash, will headline the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, with a possible stadium tour to follow.

THE BEATLES were a big hit on Spotify.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS of 2016, according to Stereogum and Consequence of Sound.

IN MEMORIAM: Musicians and entertainers remembered by NPR Music

THE ZOMBIES: "This Will Be Our Year."

BILL COSBY was arrested and charged Wednesday with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman at his home 12 years ago — the first criminal case brought against the comedian out of the torrent of allegations that destroyed his good-guy image as America’s Dad.

ROB KARDASHIAN was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed with diabetes.

MARK SALLING (Glee) was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having child pr0n.

THE X-FILES: REOPENED has a 21-minute behind-the scenes documentary online. [Spoiler Alerts]

THE WORST FILMS of 2015, according to The A.V. Club

'GENERAL" LEE HOLMAN is the second member of the Harlem Globetrotters to die in the past several days

AL QAEDA: Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and a resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in Afghanistan: Qaeda training camps are sprouting up there, forcing the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies to assess whether they could again become a breeding ground for attacks on the United States.

BELGIUM: Authorities say they have foiled an ISIS inspired terror attack targeting landmarks in Brussels. Nevertheless, New Year fireworks and festivities have been cancelled because of a terror alert.

RUSSIA:  For the first time in 24 years, the U.S. Navy’s intelligence branch has published an unclassified report warning against a rapidly rearming and increasingly aggressive Russian fleet.

A GERMAN SHEPARD, Home Alone, captured on a Go Pro camera.

20 GENTOO PENGUINS arrived at the Detroit Zoo by FedEx.

A RACCOON commits a daring donut heist.

TWO DOGS were reunited with their family following the devastating EF-3 tornado in the Dallas suburb of Rowlett.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


A SLOW NEWS DAY, and a bit of a sick day, but there is this sad news:

JOHN BRADBURY, the drummer from groundbreaking UK ska band The Specials, has died aged 62. Bradbury's beats were a foundation of the Two Tone sound. The band’s major hits include "Ghost Town", which was a number one in 1981, as well as "Free Nelson Mandela", "Racist Friend" (later, um, homaged by TMBG) and my personal fave, "A Message to You Rudie" (which can be heard at a very appropriate moment in Grosse Point Blank).

ALSO: DAVID LOWERY, Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker frontman, has filed a 150MM class action lawsuit against Spotify.

I SHOULD RETURN TOMORROW with the traditional NYE party.

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