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Joanna Newsom, Petal, The Great Tyrant, Bob Dylan, RT, Kitten Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAWES: "All Your Favorite Bands."

JOANNA NEWSOM is advance streaming Divers until Friday morning.

PETAL advance streams Shame.

THE GREAT TYRANT streams their "lost" sophomore LP, The Trouble With Being Born.

BOB DYLAN drops versions of “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “Sitting On A Barbed Wire Fence" ahead of The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.

SHEARWATER drops "Quiet Americans" ahead of Jet Plane and Oxbow.

YOUTH LAGOON covers The Sundays' "Here's Where the Story Ends."

RICHARD THOMPSON played “All Buttoned Up” and “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” for Conan.

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles discusses The Most Lamentable Tragedy with Magnet.

MOGWAI's Stuart Braithwaite ranks the band's LPs at Noisey.

IRIS DeMENT talks to Fresh Air about the role of music in her life, particularly church music.

CORY WELLS, of the three lead singers of the enormously popular ’70s classic rock group Three Dog Night, has died. Wells passed away unexpectedly last night in Dunkirk, New York. He was 74.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & LAMAR ODOM have jointly gone to court to dismiss their divorce case, because they want to stay husband and wife. My friend Rebecca remarked: "And who says hookers and blow can't save a marriage?"

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD talked about the Back to the Future films' legacy and about one thing the movies didn't predict—reboot culture and who'd play him if Back to the Future ever gets remade. The cast reunited for BTTF Day.

BILL MURRAY and... Jenny Lewis?

ZOOEY DESCHANEL named her daughter. I can't even.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS star Daisy Ridley freaked out in bed watching that trailer.

CRUEL INTENTIONS may be headed to NBC.

GILMORE GIRLS is returning...to Netflix.

IRAN's supreme leader has endorsed a landmark nuclear deal reached with world powers, but has warned the government to be vigilant, saying the United States “cannot be trusted,” in a letter published on his website.

SYRIA: Almost 80 percent of Russia's declared targets have been in areas not held by Islamic State, a Reuters analysis of Russian Defence Ministry data shows, undermining Moscow's assertions that its aim is to defeat the group.

A KITTEN, rescued in traffic by a female motorcyclist.

A COBRA has been cleared of killing Cleopatra.

AN ASSOCIATED PRESS Twitter account with more than 55K followers, inadvertently linked to a video of a cat in a pirate costume in lieu of a story about CIA Director John Brennan’s personal email account.

TWO MOOSE were shot in the Polar Park Arctic Wildlife Center in northern Norway.

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Taking a personal day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl...I should be back Thursday with the usual.

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Yo La Tengo, Blitzen Trapper, Albert Hammond Jr, Oh Pep!, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEST COAST drops a video for "In My Eyes" from atop Capitol Records.

YO LA TENGO, Live at King's Theater in Flatbush, October 10, 2015. Featuring originals and covers ranging from the Lovin' Spoonful to Devo to Antietam to Nick Lowe to the Left Banke (with Nick Lowe!) to Cat Stevens to the Minutemen to Gene Clark.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OH PEP! palyed a Tiny Desk Concert.

RANK AND FILE: The seminal country-punk band formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman -- and including Alejandro Escovedo -- checks in with "Amanda Ruth" and their title song for Twofer Tuesday.

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten talks to The Guardian about childhood food memories, squatting with Sid vicious, and boating in California.

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to The Guardian about his autobiography: "The only reason to write about a life in showbusiness is to point out the absurdity of it all, because very little is consequential."

BLUR: damon Albarn talks to Fader about how the band's first US tour affected them.

JOANNA NEWSOM: Not a fan of Spotify, to put it mildly.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has its trailer online, after premiering on Monday Night Football.

EDDIE MURPHY, accepting the  Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, did his first onstage comedy in 28 years. And Bill Cosby was the subject.

LAMAR ODOM has had a large improvement in his prognosis, but likely faces months of physical and speech therapy.

JENNI "JWOWW" FARLEY's marriage seems to have coincided with her second pregnancy.

BEN AFFLECK's mom is helping him get thru his divorce from Jennifer Garner.

BLAKE SHELTON is suing In Touch magazine over a cover insinuating he checked into rehab after his split from Miranda Lambert.

TAYLOR SWIFT is on pace to make more than Jay Z, Diddy, and Drake combined this year.

SYRIA: Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week.

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. military personnel rammed into the gate of a medical aid group's hospital last week to enter the grounds of the building hit in a U.S. air strike earlier this month, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.

A HAMSTER enjoys a donut.

A VULTURE's head got lodged in a pig's behind.

A TROUBLED COCKATOO is on the lam in Brookline, Mass. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

A MAASIVE SNAKE in a....gas pump?

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Deerhunter, Beach House, Long Beard, Ryley Walker, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL unveiled a new song, "Roman Candle," at the Troubadour.

DEERHUNTER is streaming Fading Frontier via Spotify.

BEACH HOUSE is streaming Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second album of 2015.

LONG BEARD is advance streaming Sleepwalker

RYLEY WALKER, Live at Rough Trade NYC, Oct. 9, 2014, for Tompkins Square Records' tenth-anniversary celebration.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN drops "Meet Me in the City" ahead of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a massive four-CD/three-DVD box set. I like it, though the Boss was smart to go with "Out in the Street" instead.

ADELE drops a snippet from her upcoming LP.

LENARD COHEN: "Suzanne" is perhaps his best, and it was posted online by...Jan Hammer?

THE MERCURY PRIZE nominees are announced. Congrats.

JOANNA NEWSOM talks to The Guardian about her inscrutable lyrics, ‘straight-up' sexism, the joy of French furniture ... and her weakness for Downton Abbey.

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to the New York Times about her late husband Lou Reed, Heart of a Dog, and Habeas Corpus.

PHIL LESH of the Grateful Dead has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Goosebumps tops the chart with 23.5MM, leveraging the Halloween season to give Jack Black his best live-action debut since Tropic Thunder. The Martian cedes the top spot and places with 21.5MM; this should finish between 400MM and half a billion worldwide.  Bridge of Spies shows with a slightly surprising 15.4MM against a thrifty 40MM budget.  The debut of Crimson Peak takes the fourth slot with 12.9MM against a 55MM budget and may have difficulty profiting on the big screen absent healthier overseas receipts.  Hotel Transylvania 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 12.3MM, which isn't bad considering the arrival of Goosebumps.

CRIMSON PEAK: "It is not a ghost story; it is a story with a ghost in it."  This is what the asiping author played by Mia Wasikowska tells one character in a description almost equally applicable to the latest film from Guillerrmo del Toro.  As such, it walks the line between horror and gothic thriller --which may be the root of its financial problems, tbh--but suited me alright.  There is the ssort of tortured romance one finds in a gothic tale when Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, playing siblings, arrive from England to disturb Wasikowskain upstate New York.  Hiddleston is best known for plaing Loki in the Marvel franchises, but he got that gig in part because he has the acting chops to match Chastain and Wasikowska (who is no stranger to gothis, having starred in the recent Jane Eyre, though you may know her as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). Though the big scares are few, del Toro remains a powerful visual stylist (see everything from Pan's Labyrinth to Pacific Rim), and he constantly gives the audience interesting and occasionally stunning images in this film. The acting and the visuals carried Crimson Peak for me; just don't expect to be on the edge of your seat.

LAMAR ODOM's condition has been improving, but he still remains in ICU after waking up from his four-day coma on Friday.

BRIDGET MOYNIHAN quietly married businessman Andrew Frankel on Saturday.

JENNI "JWOWW" FARLEY and Roger Mathews married on Sunday.

ANGELINA JOLIE is looking forward to 50, mostly because she has this portrait in her attic.

RANDY QUAID and his wife feel “vindicated” after a Vermont judge dismissed fugitive-from-justice charges against the couple Thursday and released them from police custody.

ROSIE O'DONNELL & TATUM O'NEAL are no longer dating.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has poster art and teaser clips online.

EGYPT: Many Egyptian voters shunned the first phase of a parliamentary election on Sunday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has hailed as a milestone on the road to democracy but his critics have branded as a sham.

POLAND's defense minister says he expects that heavy U.S. army equipment will be placed in the Central European nation before July, when Poland is to host a NATO summit.

A RUSSIAN BEAR was shot dead near a kindergarten after a shopping mall standoff.

KOKO THE GORILLA is now a mother after "adopting" two adorable kittens.

AN INCREDIBLY VENOMOUS SNAKE was spotted in California for the first time in decades.

A KANGAROO went on the lam in Staten Island.

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Zombies, Fuzz, Dave Gahan, Neil Young, Rattlesnakes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE ZOMBIES! Their Odessey and Oracle 40th Anniversary concert, as they're finally performing the LP here in the US, years later.  Thus, your set list is: Care Of Cell 44, A Rose for Emily, Maybe After Hes Gone, Beachwood Park, Brief Candles, Hung Up On a Dream, Changes, I Want Her She Wants Me, This Will Be Our Year, Butcher's Tale (Western front 1914), Friends Of Mine, and Time Of The Season, with Tell Her No and Shes Not There as encores.

FUZZ: Ty Segall's power-trio advance streams the double-LP II.

CAR SEAT HEADREST advance streams Teens of Style.

DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS: The Depeche Mode frontman advance streams Angels and Ghosts.

CHIC GAMINE advance streams Light a Match.

NEIL YOUNG: Sad Movies - The Secret History 1973-78

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA drops "When the Night Comes."

THE CURE: The Fish, the Barrel, the Smoking Gun

HUSKER DU:  The merch store that appeared this week may be only the beginning?

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talked to Bon Appetit about waitressing at a family taqueria, and ended up apologizing to burrito lovers.

PATTI SMITH was moved to tears after a fan helped to reunite the singer with items stolen from her nearly 40 years ago. 

PETER HOLSAPPLE talks about the Continental Drifters and the dB's with PopMatters. Sneakers even make an appearance in the piece.

JONI MITCHELL's health “is making good progress," according to a friend of Judy Collins. 

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Goosebumps, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Bridge of Spies, currently scoring 92 percent; Crimson Peak, scoring 67 percent; and Woodlawn, currently unscreened for critics.

BRIDGE OF SPIES gets a solid B+ from me. I think I should expect more from Steven Spielberg directing from a screenplay co-written byt the Coen Bros.  But for whatever reason, I didn't, and thus don't feel disappointed.  The story of how John Donovan was pushed into representing a Soviet spy and ended up negotiating an exchange involving u-2 spy pilot Gary Powers is an interesting one, and a solid outing for Tom Hanks.  But it's less a Cold War thriller than a tale about those with honor and resolve... and those who don't. The film works on that level, even if done a bit obviously here.  Also, the contrast between the prosperous West and the desolated East could've been more subtle, but again, subtlety apparently was not the priority on this project.

LAMAR ODOM: The Kardashians are preparing to say goodbye to Lamar Odom as he lies in a coma after being found unresponsive in a Las Vegas-area brothel Tuesday night. 

TAYLOR SWIFT learned a big lesson from VH-1's Behind the Music. (More cowbell?) 

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD would like to go back to the future again

JOHN STAMOS is now officially charged with DUI

ROSIE O'DONNELL is “extremely depressed" after her daughter's harsh, tell-all interview with the Daily Mail

SCOTLAND: Two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 27 years ago, Scottish and U.S. officials say. 

IRAN's test this weekend of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile "likely" violated a U.N. resolution, an administration official told CNN.  Iran also broadcast pictures from The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force of a missile facility tunnel reportedly dug some 1,640 feet (500 meters) under a mountain.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama said Thursday he will keep 5500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2017, ending his ambitions to bring home most American forces from that war-torn country before he leaves office. 

A RATTLESNAKE PIT, captured with a GoPro. Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?

RENT-THE-CHICKEN: Complete packages include everything you need to get dozen eggs a week on the table. 


KITTEN and FERRETS...living together... mass hysteria!

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