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SSLYBY. World Party, Deslondes. Penguin Prison, Sylvan Esso, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN drop a video for "Madeline," which sounds like it should soundtrack a Wes Anderson film.

WORLD PARTY played a mini-set for KUTX.

THE DESLONDES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PENGUIN PRISON stoppeby Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

SYLVAN ESSO guest DJ's an eclectic All Songs Considered, from The Lounge Lizards to Steeleye Span to Annie Lennox.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER covers "To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” for a Donovan tribute LP.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

PAVEMENT: Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich talk to Rolling Stone about their rarities collection. 

MAC DeMARCO exvaluates threesomes, Yelp, wasabi, microbrews and more for Pitchfork.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS are profiled at PopMatters.

RYUCHI SAKAMOTO is in great shape following treatment for throat cancer.

JENNIFER GARNER reprotedly isn't interested in listening to what Ben Affleck has to say their former nanny.

STEVEN TYLER texted LENNY KRAVITZ about the latter's Swedish wardrobe malfunction. 

HALLE BERRY says she lost her engagement ring, not her marriage with Olivier Martinez. 

MILES TELLER is profiled in Esquire just in time for the release of Fantastic Four. It tests the old saying about there being no such thing as bad pub.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR leads the latest Forbes list of the World's Highest-Paid Actors. 

COLIN FARRELL joined the cast of Warner Bros.' Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

BAD BOYS 3 and 4 Just Got Real

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA 68 years ago today. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Out-of-print, and costly.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Anjem Choudary, one of Britain's best-known radical Islamist preachers, was charged Wednesday with encouraging support for the Islamic State, as Britain puts its new antiterror policy to test.

AFGHANISTAN: Civilian casualties remained at “record high levels” in the first half of the year, according to a report the United Nations released Wednesday. 

IRAN: The intelligence community believes Iran has been attempting to clean up the suspected nuclear site at Parchin prior to the arrival of international inspectors based on new satellite imagery, a senior intelligence official told CNN on Wednesday.  An Iranian warship briefly pointed weapons on its deck at a U.S. military helicopter and coalition warship two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden, a Defense official told CNN on Wednesday.  Meanwhile, as the Iranian nuclear deal is debated in the US, government ministers and business leaders in France, Germany, Italy and elsewhere in the EU are racing to open up a new era of diplomatic, trade, investment and possible future military cooperation with Tehran, regardless of what American and Israeli sceptics say.  

MADDIE the LABRADOR fills her own swimming pool

A FLAG-DESTROYING KANGAROO hits the links down under.

AN ALLIGATOR took “a chunk” of a Florida man’s leg during an attack on Tuesday, WKMG reported.

A GIANT 6-LB LOBSTER was caught off the coast of Miami.

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Allah-Las, Django Django, SOAK, Nirvana, Tommy Keene, Swimming Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ONE THOUSAND FOO FIGHTERS FANS "Learn to Fly." Dave Grohl promised to visit them.

THE ALLAH-LAs did a Lagniappe Session at Aquarium Drunkard, covering the Jesus & Mary Chain, Cass McCombs, and Kevin Ayers. 

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

SOAK played a Tiny Desk Concert

NIRVANA: Stream 17 Previously Unreleased Mixes & Demos.  

EL VY: Matt Berninger (The National) and Brent Knopf (Menomena) drop their debut single, “Return To The Moon," which bears a subtitle winking at The Minutemen.

TOMMY KEENE is "All Gone Away" ahead of Laugh in the Dark. 

LOU BARLOW is "Moving" ahead of Brace The Wave

LOW drops “What Part Of Me" ahead of Ones And Sixes. 

NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City." Oh!

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to SPIN about why he thinks of himself as a singer, not a writer. 

THURSTON MOORE broke up Chelsea Light Moving because they played small clubs where he would get mobbed by crazy fans. 

CILLA BLACK died of a stroke after falling over at her Spanish home on Saturday, the coroner has confirmed. She was 72.  Black had more 60s hits in the UK than the Stones or the Kinks Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were among those who paid tribute on Twitter.

YO LA TENGO was interviewed by Michael Shannon for Magnet. 

ZOOEY DESCHANEL secretly married Jacob Pechenik and gave birth to their daughter

LENNY KRAVITZ had a total wardrobe malfunction in Sweden. 


KELLY OSBOURNE apologized for a comment she made about immigration and Latinos.

IGGY AZALEA admitted to rhinoplasty. 

KERMIT THE FROG is capitalizing on personal tragedy to promote his new TV show. 


SPIDER-MAN: The next reboot will not be an origin story, thank goodness. 

RUSSIA pressed a claim at the United Nations Tuesday for an additional 1.2 million square kilometres (463,000 square miles) of Arctic shelf, stepping up a race for the region's hydrocarbon and mineral wealth.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES has effectively invaded Yemen

SYRIA: The growing anarchy and stalemate has brought the country closer to de facto partition

A CAT is not enjoying losing weight by swwimming; the newsreader loses it. 

A 13-FT, 800-LB TIGER SHARK was caught on Saturday less than a mile off the Washout, the popular surfing hangout on Folly Beach, SC.

A 5-FT LONG SNAKE dropped from the rafters of a Washington DC Metro station. 

DOLPHINS are getting high on pufferfish. 

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Pavement, Sturgill Simpson, Warren Hayes, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWIN SHADOW sang "To The Top" (probably my fave of his) for James Corden.

PAVEMENT advance streams The Secret History, Vol. 1.

STURGILL SIMPSON played the Newport Folk Festival.

WARREN HAYNES stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

GUANTANAMO BAYWATCH played live on KEXP’s Audioasis.

JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth

DAVID BYRNE wrote a New York Times op-ed calling for transparency in how streaming revenues are split.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: How "Born to Run" made him The Boss.

BAD TIMING: 31 musicians who quit bands right before they became insanely famous.

LED ZEPPELIN, ranked by NME.

BRITNEY SPEARS: Her parental conservatorship could be extended indefinitely

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE are divorcing after 13 years of marriage.

WILL & JADA PINKETT SMITH are not getting divorced soon, contra widespread internet reports.

JESSICA ALBA defends her company's natural sunscreen against consumer complaints. 

CHRISTINA APPLEGATE once ditched Brad Pitt on a date. Dude couldn't play jazz flute.

GWYNETH PALTROW claims it wasn't her idea to call her divorce a "conscious uncoupling."

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's casket photo has been sold to a tabloid

RUSSIA: Vladimir Putin personally ordered the 2006 poisoning murder of ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko in London, the lawyer for his widow said on Friday.

SYRIA: US air power has been used for the first time to defend US-trained forces fighting in Syria, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed. 

IRAN's state media watchdog has suspended a hard-line publication and warned two other likeminded outlets for criticizing the nuclear deal reached last month between Iran and major world powers. 

DOGS awaken to the smell of their favorite treats.

A MARMOSET MONKEY & AN IGUANA, playing together... mass hysteria!

BEARS are moving into Boulder Heights, CO.

MR. MORRIS:  A cat who was born with a cleft palate has found love and acceptance on the internet after having surgery to fix the problem.

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Mac DeMarco, Half Japanese, Ultimate Painting, Ryan Adams, Peacock Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN joined U2 on "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" at MSG.

MAC DeMARCO streams and explains the Another One EP.

HALF JAPANESE streams the Bingo Ringo EP.

ULTIMATE PAINTING advance streams Green Lanes.

RYAN ADAMS dropped a three-song single on Spotify.

THE HAND fires a "Slow Bullet" from Vol. 1.

ADAM & THE ANTS: "Dog Eat Dog." Gonna look real good (yeah, right).

JASON ISBELL talks to Vulture about his approach to the new record, the evolving country scene in Nashville, and whether he feels an obligation to address racial issues in his songwriting.

KIM GORDON talked to Drowned In Sound about why she decided to write such an honest autobiography, whether it’s easier to be a woman in the music industry today and how she will never write a book about Sonic Youth.

THE ANTLERS gave The 405 a quick update on their current tour.

THE BEATLES forgot dozens of songs, according to Sir Paul.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation tops the chart with 56MM, which may not sound like a blockbuster, but it's more than the 40-50MM tracking estimates and more than the combined limited and wide releaes of the last installment, which ultimately grossed 700MM worldwide. With great reviews and and an "A-" Cinemascore, this looks like another big moneymaker.  Including the underrated Edge of Tomorrow (awful title), Tom Cruise seems to be getting his groove back by making good choices in projects, directors, and casts.  He may still be crazy, but he's making it work for him.  The Vacation reboot placed with 21MM; unlike Cruise, this has bad reviews and word-of-mout, but will likely profit against a 31MM budget.  Ant-Man shows with 12.6MM on a 49 percent drop; not bad considering the debut of Rogue Nation, though the relative failure of Pixels helps also.  It's about 3/4 of the way to profit in theaters and will need help overseas.  Minions tales the fourth slot with 12.MM on a 47 percent drop and has a worldwide take of 854MM against a 74MM budget. Pixels rounds out the Top 5 with 10.4MM on a 57 percent drop; it's unlikely to profit before the home market.


CHARLIZE THERON has adopted a second child.

ASHLEE SIMPSON and her husband, Evan Ross, welcomed a daughter.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's aunt was swiftly removed from the funeral with the help of Tyler Perry.

CHANNING TATUM, contra earlier reports, closed a deal to star in Marvel's Gambit movie.

ROWDY RODDY PIPER, pro wrestling legend and screen actor (notably John Carpenter's They Live, died after suffering a heart attack in his Hollywood home. He was 61.

AF-PAK: The founder of the Haqqani network, considered to be one of the most violently effective factions of the Taliban, has been dead for nearly a year, a senior member of the group said Friday, days after it emerged that the Afghan insurgency's overall leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar, died more than two years ago.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: American intelligence agencies have concluded that despite billions of dollars spent and more than 10,000 extremist fighters killed, the Islamic State is fundamentally no weaker than it was when the U.S.-led bombing campaign began a year ago.

IRAN: Two more members of Congress who met with France's top national security official confirm he told them we could have a better Iran nuke deal.

THE PEACOCK SPIDER has a funky mating dance. Put your hands in the air.

A ROBOT INSECT can launch itself from the surface of water successfully replicating biological movement in an artificial system.

THERE ARE ONLY 180 FLORIDA PANTHERS and Florida drivers are driving them toward extinction.

A TEXAN was injured by a bullet that ricoched off an armadillo.

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John Hughes, La Luz, Worriers, Health, Sea Slugs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

LA LUZ advance streams Weirdo Shrine.

WORRIERS advance streams Imaginary Life.

CHELSEA WOLFE advance streams Abyss.

HEALTH advance streams Death Magic.

WAVVES drops “Flamezesz” ahead of V.

!!! dropped two new tracks ahead of As If

JOY DIVISION drops two very rare tracks in connection with the reissue of Substance.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

BEACH HOUSE gets an in-depth profile from Pitchfork

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles was profiled by the New York Times

THE DOORS, ranked by Stereogum

GRAM PARSONS: Ten of the Best

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the revisiting of Vacation, currently scoring 27 percent. 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - You have probably seen the trailer where Tom Cruise is hanging of the side of an airplane as it takes off (or see above). One way to describe this movie is to tell you that is part of a Bondian opening sequence, a mere setup to a film that addresses the aftermath of the last installment of the franchise (tho you don't really need to have seen that to enjoy this one). This edition, concerning Ethan Hunt's quest to expose a shadowy global terror group, also seemed to have more than its share of twists and turns than some of the prior installments (courtesy of screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie), throwing a little old school spy movie spice into the usual mix of heisty set pieces. Franchise faves Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner return (tho, with the excption of one scene with Pegg, they haveless to do than usual), joined by Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson, who turns in a notable performance light years from her Golden Globe-nominated role in The White Queen.  Sean Harris also makes for one of the more interesting villains in the series (save Philip Symour Hoffman), though there may not be enough scenes featuring him to make the final confrontation with Cruise as compelling as it might have been.  Of course, Cruise is the main point of the film, and he continues to do do insanely entertaining stunts in the belief that he is superhuman. The Cruise-centric action sequences are, per usual, well-staged and well-executed.  All in all, an above-average entry in a series that has no real clunkers.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER's former nanny claims her relationship with Affleck quickly became something much more intimate. 

JIMMY KIMMEL's emotional plea after the killing of Cecil the Lion raised 150K for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Unit . 

CAITLYN & KRIS JENNER finally met. Kylie Jenner went to Canada to drink

CHRIS PINE closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman

VALERIE HARPER suffered a health emergency Wednesday night, when she was taken away by ambulance during a performance of her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

LAW & ORDER DIRECTOR Jason "Jace" Alexander was busted on child-pron charges. Ripped from today's headlines.

FRANCE's National Security Advisor told lawmakers from both parties that if Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, "we could get a better deal.” (The French embassy now denies this.)

EGYPT & SAUDI ARABIA say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. 

IRAN will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. 

WATCH THESE SEA SLUGS Stab Each Other in the Head as They Have Sex.

A FEMALE BADGER was recovering at a Polish animal shelter Wednesday, two days after the party animal was found passed out on a beach from having too much to drink. Honey Badger unavailable for comment. 

THREE GOATS used by the city of Coeur d’Alene for weed control were stabbed at a city well, leaving one nearly decapitated and a second mortally wounded.

COWS kill more people annually than sharks, on average.

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