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Cayucas, Cold Cave,Meg Baird, Son Lux, Beck, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATHER JOHN MISTY dropped a video for "I Love You, Honeybear." 

CAYUCAS advance streams Dancing At The Blue Lagoon. 

COLD CAVE advance streams Full Cold Moon.

MEG BAIRD advance streams Don't Weigh Down The Light.

SON LUX advance streams Bones 

BECK dropped a NSFW single, "Dreams." 

FOALS drop the title track to "What Went Down." 

BAIO: Chris from Vampire Weekend drops "Sister of Pearl" ahead of his solo debut, The Names

THOSE PRETTY WRONGS: Jody Stephens (Big Star) is half of this duo, which just dropped "Fool of Myself." 

LUCERO drops "Went Looking For Warren Zevon's Los Angeles." ahead of All A Man Should Do. 

DAVID RAMIREZ drops “Harder To Lie” ahead of FABLES.

POP MUSIC:Let's hear M talk about it.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN's Jim Reid, interviewed by Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite.

JOHNNY MARR lists his favorite albums at The Quietus

THE BEASTIE BOYS collect 668K from Monster drinks in their copyright/trademark infringement case. 

THE BEST LPs of 2015 (So Fra), according to Stereogum

KIM KARDASHIAN wrote a letter to her future self.

KRISTEN STEWART's mother denies quotes about the star's new galpal given to a British tabloid.

MILEY CYRUS talks to TIME about her past relationships, Instagram insecurities and her new role as an advocate for people across the gender spectrum.

TERRENCE HOWARD and his wife Mira welcomed a baby boy

LEONARDO diCAPRIO started a giant sing-along.

KEITH HERNANDEZ is still collecting Seinfeld residuals. 

A DEADLY ADOPTION: The Lifetime movie starring Will Farrell and Kristen Wiig has a promo online

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has a second trailer online. 

AL QAEDA in the Arabian Peninsula , an official branch of al Qaeda, has released a video eulogy for Nasir al Wuhayshi, the group's most senior leader. He was the the No. 2 al Qaeda leader in the world, dispatched by the CIA.

EGYPT: A court upheld the death sentence of former President Mohamed Morsi that stems from a deadly 2011 mass prison break in which 20K inmates were set free.

THE PALESTINIAN unity government will resign, President Mahmoud Abbas has announced.

IRAN: With the June 30 deadline for a nuclear deal fast approaching, senior Iranian officials have appeared increasingly eager to present a united front, muzzle critics, and publicly back the negotiators, who are led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

ELEPHANTS, dancing to classical music

A PINK OCTOBUS may get maned "Adorabilis." 

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militatnt rodent was rescued from a chain-link fence in Washington State. I hope no one lives to regret this.

DOG CUBES: Someday, our best friends will turn against us, at the urging of squirrels. 

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It's Chris Pratt's "World." We're just living in it.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SADLY, I'm taking anothe personal day related to family biz.  But frankly, there wasn't much in my usual news feeds that can't wait for Wednesday.  Meanhile, there is this..

JURASSIC WORLD had the biggest domestic and international opening in movie history, beating The Avengers here and the Harry Potterfinale internationally, once the actual box office reipts were tallied.  Should be good until at least Christmas, when Star Wars: The Force Awakens could topple the dinosaurs.

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Leon Bridges, Wolf Alice, Desaparecidos, Bully, Keelo + Koda   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUMFORD & SONS, get by "With a Little Help From My Friends" at Bonnaroo, with MY MORNING JACKET, THE WAR ON DRUGS, DAWES and more.

LEON BRIDGES is advance streaming Coming Home.

WOLF ALICE is advance streaming My Love Is Cool.

DESAPARECIDOS is advance streaming Payola.

BULLY is advance streaming Feels Like.

OUGHT covers Cyndi Lauper and Sexy Kids for Aquarium Drunkard.

LaBELLE: "Lady Marmalade." I coulda used a little more cowbell.

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl is reported to have broken his leg after falling off stage midway through a gig, before finishing the show anyway.

VAN MORRISON was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

TAME IMPALA gets a lengthy profile from Grantland.

BEN FOLDS talks to The Guardian about his new Gershwin-influenced project.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World utterly dominated the chart with 204MM, well over what many gurus predicted, even as those predictions jumped on Friday (I saw estimates of 100-130MM).  Against a 150MM production budget, the 511MM taken in worldwide in one weekend looks to be a money-gusher.  This is the second-biggest movie opening, second only to The Avengers.  It's also the biggest movie to open in June, ever.  Spy placed with 16MM, on a45 percent drop thta's not bad inlight of the dino rampage.  San Andreas showed with 11MM taking the brunt of the Jurassic juggernaut on a 57 percent drop.  Insidious: Chapter 3 dropped an even bigger 68 percent to take the fourth slot with 7.3MM -- but that's largely a function of the horror genre.  Pitch Perfect 2 rounded out the Top 5 with another 6MM.

JURASSIC WORLD: Look, I'm not going to slag a movie that has Chris Pratt motorcycling with raptors.  And I give Universal--a major theme park operator--credit for investing in a movie at its core pretty cynical about theme parks and their customers.  Moreover, the flick includes one of the most bizarre meta-product placements I can recall.  But Jurassic World can ultimately claim onlyto be bigger, not better, than the original. The original formula is back in place, with two kids left in the custody of a relative, here the work obsessed Aunt Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard). The twist is a subplot about the weaponization ofthe mutant dinosaurs, which Pratt's character has come to second-guess, while Vincent D'Onofrio (playing InGen as Blackwater) wants to proceed despite the apparent risks (itself a common movie trope).There's plenty of action and suspense, and Pratt's charm manages to make Howard somewhat appealing (Hollywood has been pushing her much longer than the avg Hollywood "It" Girl; it helps when your Dad is Ron Howard). The visual efefcts are, as you would imagine, spectacular, though I don't think the 3-D added nearly as much as I would have expected.  It was a fine popcorn movie, but it's not entire possible to capture the wonder of the original.  Indeed, the characters will tell you as much from the big screen.

CHRIS PRATT is locked up for more Jurassic movies.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH and his wife Sophie Turner have welcomed a baby boy.

JOHN STAMOS was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence.

TIM ROBBINS would appreciate the media not calling him after every prison break.

SPIDER-MAN: Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios cannot agree on who will play the webbed wonder.

CHINA confirmed the test of a supersonic nuclear delivery vehicle, a move described by the US as an "extreme manoeuvre" amid tension in the South China Sea. Also, deeply personal information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances — mental illnesses, drug and alcohol use, past arrests, bankruptcies and more — is in the hands of hackers linked to China.

RUSSIA & CHINA have allegedly decrypted the top-secret cache of files stolen by whistleblower Edward Snowden, according to a report from The Sunday Times.

IRAQ is nowhere near ready to reatke Mosul from ISIS.

KEELO & KODA, growing up together... mass hysteria!

A RACCOON stands on a GATOR in the Ocala National Forest. No sign of Groot.

THOUSANDS OF TUNA CRABS have invaded the beaches of San Diego Bay.

SEA HARES: Giant purple blobs are invading East Bay beaches and waterways.

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The Knack, My Morning Jacket, Metric, Yukon Blonde, C P Stelling, ATV Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE KNACK!  That's alright, I won't tell anyone they're a guilty pleasure of yours. Live at Carnegie Hall in 1979, your setlist includes: "The Hard Way," "She's So Selfish," "Rave Up," "Oh Tara," "Your Number Or Your Name," "Not Fade Away," "My Sharona," "Let me Out," "It's You," "Hold On Tight," "Heartbeat," "A Hard Day's Night," "Good Girls Don't," "Frustrated," "End Of The Game," and "C'Mon Everybody."

MY MORNING JACKET stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

METRIC: Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

YUKON BLONDE advance streams On Blonde.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING is advance streaming Labor Against Waste.

DIANE COFFEE: Shaun Fleming of Foxygen drops "Everyday" ahead of Everybody’s A Good Dog.

NEIL YOUNG and Promise of the Real drop "Wolf Moon" ahead of The Monsanto Years.

ROGER LION, a/k/a Joe Pernice and the Scud Mountain Boys, drop "A Dead Man's Song" ahead of an untitled (or self-titled?) LP.

THE FOETALS drop “Fine” ahead of Meet The Foetals.

LOWER DENS covers the Hall & Oates hit, "Maneater."

HOT CHIP covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."

MIKAL CRONIN, modern power popster, talks to Pitchfork about his forthcoming concept LP.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA's  Ruban Nielson talked to The Guardian about how Multi-Love got him in big trouble at home.

MORRISSEY died...for nine minutes.

ORNETTE COLEMAN, the alto saxophonist and composer who was one of the most powerful and contentious innovators in the history of jazz, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 85.

JURASSIC WORLD is this weekend's sole wide release at the cineplax, currently scoring 70 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

CHRISTOPHER LEE: The WWII Special Forces operator, heavy metal singer, and screen legend famous for roles in Hammer Horror films, The Man With The Golden Gun, and the Lord of the Rings and Star Wars franchises, died at age 93 after suffering heart and respiratory problems.  The Telegraph was all over it.

TOMORROWLAND could cost Disney 140MM.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH will play the receptionist in the female-driven Ghostbusters reboot.

CHIWETEL EJIOFOR will play the villainous Baron Mordo in Marvel's Doctor Strange.

RUPERT MURDOCH is preparing to step down as the CEO of 21st century Fox,handing the reins to son James. But Roger Ailes will still report to Rupert.

CHINA's massive hack of US employee databases announced last week was far deeper and potentially more problematic than publicly acknowledged, with hackers believed to be from China moving through government databases undetected for more than a year.


IRANIAN senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi insisted this week that any nuclear agreement reached with Western powers will only be temporary and not binding in the long term.

A DOG joyrides on an ATV.

ANUKO the HUSKY is not amused by stupid human tricks.

A GIANT TORTOISE prowls the streets of Tokyo.

A SHARK was killed in a traffic crash on an interstate in Florida.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPECTRE has a new promo online that aired during the NBA Finals.  Unfortunately, that's all I can manage today due to family biz.  Fortunately, yesterday was a slow day, with the possible exception of Kim Kardashian denying reports her second child will be a boy. I hope to be back friday with the usual.

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