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Live Aid, Wilco, Jessie Jones, Keith Richards, Ant-Man, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LIVE AID! 30 years ago on July 13, 1985, a trans-Atlantic rock even aimed at aiding starving people in Ethiopia (Its prime movers, like Bob Geldof & Bono, would later discover, actually getting the aid past the Marxist dictatorship would be the difficult part).  Let's start with the full set from Queen, because they knew how to work a Wembley stadum gig.  Your setlist includes: a partial Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga, Ay Oh!, Hammer To Fall, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions, and Is This The World We Created...? But on a more 80s note--and the event was certainly that-- we have U2 (pre-global stardon) with Bono working the crowd during "Bad," a pre-lip-syncing Madonna getting "Into The Groove," Phil Collins (who played both in Philly and London with help from the Concorde) playing "Against All Odds." The concerts featured their share of legends too-- Led Zeppelin blasting "Whole Lotta Love" with an assist from Collins, Mick Jagger and Tina Turner dueting on "State of Shock" and "It's Only Rock and Roll," and David Bowie (with help from Thomas Dolby and the band) delivers "Heroes." And for a day, they were.

WILCO will give you a shiny new album, Star Wars, in return for your email address.

ASHLEY MONROE advance streams The Blade

JESSIE JONES advnace streams her self-titled debut.

WATKINS FAMILY HOUR advance streams a cameo-laden debut.

OMAR SOLEYMAN advance streams Bahdeni Nami. 

KEITH RICHARDS makes "Trouble" the first release from his upcoming solo LP.

THE GOOD LIFE drops their latest single “Forever Coming Down,” the title tack of their upcoming album.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE work the car wash for "Denise," whom you may know as T'Pol.

RAY DAVIES talks to The Guardian about the art of songwriting, that difficult relationship with his brother Dave and how he once saw Madonna in Waitrose.

BOBBY FULLER: The short life and mysterious death of the Rock 'n Roll king of Texas.

TAME IMPALA: Kevin Parker talks psychedelia, Glastonbury, and more  with NME

BYRDMANIA: A feature by the late, great Derek Taylor, originally published in Melody Maker on 17 July 1965.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases are Ant-Man, which is currently scoring 77 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Trainwreck, currently scoring 89 percent. 

ANT-MAN: You will believe a man can fly...on the back of an ant. Like another of its lesser properties, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel ladles some humor on the actiion and largely succeeds, though not on the scale of Guardians.  The story --and some of its kinetic style--bears the imprint of the project's fist choice for director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim, as polished up by Adam McKay and star Paul Rudd (who go back at least as far as Anchorman). This film adds father-daughter melodrama (far beyond Gamora's or Nebula's issues with Thanos in Guardians); while these are probably the weakest parts of the film, they do help the viewer invest in this micro-scale epic.  Rudd (a classically-trained actor, dontcha know) carries this all off with aplomb, assisted by a cast generally well-versed in comedy, including Michael Douglas as the original Ant-Man, Dr. Hank Pym (who in the comics also invented Ultron, who gets a sort of mention here). The surprise may be that Evangeline Lilly (Lost, Lord of the Rings) can also do a bit of comedy, albeit usually as the straightwoman to Rudd,  Another surprise is that this movie is more directly tied to the main Marvel Cinematic Universe than one might have guessed; the copious advertising managed to leave a few surprises in the bag, especially if you stay past all of the credits.

THE EMMYS: Nominations went to these folks. Congrats!

AMBER HEARD was charged with the illegal importation of Johnny Depp's dogs, meaning she could, technically, face up to 10 years in an Australian prison. 

CHRIS BROWN was targeted by the robbers who staged a bold home invasion robbery after tailing him to check whether he wass out clubbing.

AMY SCHUMER sexted Katie Couric's husband as Katie Couric. 

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE fans aren't thrilled with the first look at the film.

CHATTANOOGA: Four U.S. Marines were killed on Thursday by a suspected gunman who opened fire at two military offices in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before being fatally shot in an attack officials called a brazen, brutal act of domestic terrorism. The FBI named the suspect as Muhammod Youssuf Abdulazeez and said he was 24 years old. NBC reported he was a naturalized American born in Kuwait.

IRAN: It's possible the nuclear deal could be worth it. If Iran keeps its word and over time the government changes or moderates.  Fmr Obama adviser Dennis Ross believes Iran will cheat, and wonders what happens then. U.S. and Iranian officials confirmed Thursday that no American nuclear inspectors will be permitted to enter the country’s contested nuclear sites under the parameters of a deal reached with world powers this week, according to multiple statements by American and Iranian officials.

A SCARED HOMELESS DOG was rescued just before a major storm. 

A GORILLA shuns the paparazzi.

A RECENTLY DISCOVERED LEMUR has the largest testes per body weight of any primate, new research finds. 

THE BANANA DERBY -- a race involving monkeys riding on the backs of dogs -- will go on in Lake County, IL, despite objections.  

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Dawes, Leon Bridges, Great Lake Swimmers, Girlpool, Public Enemy, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FIDLAR dropped a video for "West Coast."

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

LEON BRIDGES performed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS also performed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

GIRLPOOL played a Tiny Desk Concert

PUBLIC ENEMY streams Man Plans God Laughs via Spotify.

SHARON VAN ETTEN drops "Words," from a documentary on comedian Tig Notaro, as well as the demo for  "Remembering Mountains," which appears on the recent Karen Dalton tribute.

LANA DEL REY drops "Honeymoon." 

SALLY CREWE drops the title track to Later Than You Think

DIAMOND KNIGHTS: "Destination Diamonds".  For the 70s vibe in the heat of mid-July.

B.B. KING: Medical examiners found no evidence to prove the allegation that the blues legend was poisoned before he died of natural causes in May, according to autopsy findings made public Monday. 

RYAN ADAMS rocked New Zealand with his crusading calls on behalf of an abandoned cat.  

JOY DIVISION: 10 of Their Best, marking what would have been Ian Curtis's 59th birthday yesterday. 

NICK CAVE's teenage son, Arthur Cave, has died after falling from a cliff in Ovingdean, near Brighton, England. Condolences. 

AMBER HEARD: Mrs. Johnny Dep, has been summoned to appear in court after being accused of smuggling the couple's dogs into Australia earlier this year.

CHRIS BROWN's house was invaded and his aunt was held hostage in a closet. Brown's mom claims it was an inside job.

GEORGE CLOONEY & AMAL ALAMUDDIN are trying for a baby

SIENNA MILLER & TOM STURRAGE have called it quits after four years together. 

DIANKE KEATON assumed LENA DUNHAM was a lesbian during Jennifer Aniston's Christmas party, 

DAN ACKROYD will be turning up in the Ghostbusters reboot. 

GREECE's parliament early Thursday accepted harsh terms demanded by creditors to receive the country's third bailout in five years.  Anti-austerity protesters hurled dozens of petrol bombs at police in front of parliament ahead of the vote, in some of the most serious violence in over two years. The International Monetary Fund has fiercely criticized the bailout deal offered to Greece by the eurozone, urging debt relief as part of a solution.

CHINA: What could they do with a million stolen fingerprints?

IRAN: The nuclear deal fails to address at least two huge issues. I'd add that it doesn't directly address the Bushehr nuclear power facility.

AFGHANISTAN: The American military has intensified its airstrikes in Afghanistan in recent weeks, expanding them to include a bombing campaign against Islamic State militants who defeated the Taliban in fighting over a sliver of territory in the eastern part of the country. 

A CAT, stiuck in a flip-flop

MALE BLACK WIDOWS trash their girlfriends' messy webs.

MONKEYS RACING DOGS are under attack in Grayslake, IL. 

DANISH HEDGEHOGS are dying in massive numbers. Dinsdale

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Calexico, Patrick Watson, PINS, SOAK, Shark Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK BLACK, BOY GEORGE & ROBBY KRIEGER play The Doors' "Hello, I Love You."

CALEXICO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

PATRICK WATSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

PINS perform live in the KEXP studio.

SOAK Guest DJ's All Songs Considred

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

FOALS gave NME a track-by-track tour of What Went Down.

"HEY JOE": The A.V. Club compiles many versions of the rock standard. 

FOO FIGHTERS' concert photography rules are so strict that one media outlet sent a cartoonist instead. 

THE RAMONES Meet...The Archies

JESSE EISENBERG attains Lex Luthor status with comic geeks by comparing Comic-Con to genocide

50 CENT is breaking his silence after filing for bankruptcy Monday morning. 

ARIANA GRANDE's donut-licking boosted the store's sales by 200 percent. 

FANTASTIC FOUR: The reboot has a new trailer online.

THE GOONIES 2 is happening, with all the original cast (hopefully). 

CHINA rejected an invitation by The Hague to provide input for an arbitration case with the Philippines on overlapping claims in the South China Sea, with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issuing a sharp rebuke. 

IRAN: The nuclear deal is cut. So far, the winner is a notorious and shadowy Iranian general who helped Shiite militias in Iraq kill American soldiers. The losers are American hostages of Iran, like a Washington Post journalist detained last July.

YEMENI  forces battling the Shiite rebels in the country's south said they took control on Tuesday of the airport in the strategic port city of Aden, driving the rebels there into a part of the city jutting out into the sea. 

A GREAT WHITE SHARK was rescued by humans and released back into the ocean

A HUMPBACK WHALE was saved from a shark. But not the same shark from the last item. 

COWS sought after BMW vandalized.

CUNNING CAT caught not flushing

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Richard Thompson, Wolf Alice, Revivalists, The VU, Dog vs Feather   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PALMA VIOLETS drop a video for "Girl, You Couldn't Do Much Better On The Beach."  

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by WFUV's Studio A to talk about his new album and play some of his new songs.

WOLF ALICE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

THE REVIVALISTS advance stream Men Amongst Mountains. 

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: The Freeman Tape Sampler, Max’s Kansas City, NYC, August, 1970. 

THE TROGGS: "Wild Thing" and a live "A Girl Like You" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE RUNAWAYS: Jackie Fuchs issues her first statement since her rape allegation against her late manager.

IRON, WINE & HORSES: Sam Beam and Ben Bridwell talk to All Things Considered about the covers collection, Sing Into My Mouth. 

LIVE AID: Thirty Years Later

CONFESSIONS of a Wedding Singer

TOM SELLECK legally purchased the water he was accused of stealing in drought-ridden California.

50 CENT filed for bankruptcy, launcing a million "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" jokes. 

SUICIDE SQUAD has its Comic-Con trailer online

ARIANA GRANDE will not be charged with criminal mischief for her donut-licking incident. 

KRISTEN STEWART is profiled by Marie Claire

RAMBO will not be fighting ISIS

BOSTON: The estranged son of a respected police captain was arrested July 4 by FBI agents as part of a counter-terrorism operation against alleged ISIS-inspired domestic terrorists, federal officials told ABC News today.

GREECE has accepted a deal more austere than the one they rejected in their recent referendum. Well played, Greece. 

IRAQ: The government has announced the start of an counteroffensive to liberate Anbar province from ISIS, a fight that is likely to determine the course of the conflict in coming months.

IRAN: Hopes for a final agreement in the Iran nuclear talks were put on ice Monday, as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said no deal was imminent and the White House said the talks are expected to continue into Tuesday.

DOG vs FEATHER: Who You Got

A CAT freed from a truck engine after a 28-mile trip has new home. 

AUSTRALIA's Friendliest Wombat

A DEAD RACCOON, Memorialized in Toronto

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Wilco, Will Butler, Vetiver, Bad Bad Hats, Sharkano   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHARLIE FINK (Noah and the Whale) drops his first solo video, "My Heartbeat Lost Its Rhythm."

WILCO's all-acoustic Solid Sound set is now streaming via WFUV.

WILL BUTLER (Arcade Fire) played for KEXP via The Cutting Room Studios of New York City.

VETIVER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

BAD BAD HATS advance stream Psychic Reader.

LED ZEPPELIN dropped a rough take of "In The Evening" ahead of the In Through the Out Door resissue.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Sunday was the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel.

THE RUNAWAYS: Both Joan Jett and Cherie Currie have responded to Jackie Fox's rape allegation against their fmr manager, Kim Fowley.

BEN LEE, interviewed by Rose Byrne.

THE TURTLES are suing to stop a 210MM settlement between the RIAA and SiriusXM.

TRACK ONE, SIDE ONE: A Monday morning sort of list, a conversation-starter.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Minions dominated the chart with 115MM, exceeding even tarcking estimates of 100MM.That's the second-best animated opening, behind Shrek the Third. This spinoff cost only 75MM to make, so it's likely to profit in theaters.  Jurassic World places with 18.1MMon a 38 percent drop; the dinos haven't dropped 50 percent once, even after a 208MM debut.That's impressive.  Inside Out shows with 17.1MM on a 43 percent drop, which ain't bad in light of the animated competition.  Pixar's latest has a shot at tying Finding Nemo's impressive take before its done.  Terminator: Genisys takes the fourth slot with 13.7MM on a 49 percent drop, confirming that this one will likely kill the franchise.  The Gallows' debut rounds out the Top 5 with 10MM against a 1MM budget, with this apparently awful film confirming the market will always be there for horror flicks. Teens gotta clutch teens in the dark.  Below the fold, Self/Less flames out in eighth place; Ryan Reynolds better hope Deadpool s a hit.

JOHN STAMOS has checked himself into a residential program for the treatment of substance abuse.

BILL COSBY's wife knows her husband is a serial philanderer, but believes his scores of accusers consented to drugs and sex, two confidants of the couple say.

COMIC-CON in San Diego yielded trailers for Batman v Superman and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., plus a behind-the-scenes reel from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

UNBREAKABLE: An Oral History.

JENNIE GARTH married her fiancé, David Abrams.

ROGER REES, best known for his roles on Cheers and The West Wing (also Robin Hood: Men In Tights), has died at the age of 71.

OMAR SHARIF, best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, Funny Girl, and Top Secret!, has died aged 83.

SYRIA: Assad signed a law ratifying a 1 billion dollar credit line from top regional ally Iran.

IRAQ's oil production hit an all-time high in June at 4.1 millions of barrels of oil per day, according to the International Energy Agency.

IRAN: Negotiators at the Iran nuclear talks plan to announce Monday that they've reached a historic deal capping nearly a decade of diplomacy that would curb the country's atomic program in return for sanctions relief, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Sunday.

SHARKS, swimming in an underwater volcano, probably with frickin' lasers on their heads.

GEORGE THE CAT really can stand on his own two feet.

AN INVASIVE GIANT SNAIL is bringing its parasites to Florida.

BORIS THE TORTOISE was lured back home with the sounds of tortoise love.

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