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MLK Jr Day, Lissie, Tortoise, Tindersticks, Sun Kil Moon, Mama Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

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

TORTOISE is streaming The Catastrophist, which includes their cover of David Essex's "Rock On."

TINDERSTICKS give All Songs Considered a track-by-track tour of The Waiting Room.

SUN KIL MOON & JESU stream their collaborative album.

WEEZER drops "King of the World" from what will become known as either the "White Album" or the "Beach Album." Stereogum also has a brief Q & A with Rivers Cuomo.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

DAVID BOWIE: Invisible New Yorker.

SAVAGES talk to the L.A. Times about love, and the power of consciousness. Next question.

JOHN CALE talks to The Guardian about rearranging his past, working with Lou Reed and running riot with Bowie.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS of 2016, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ride Along 2 tops the holiday weekend chart with 39.5MM, lagging the original (despite opening on 500 more screens), but hust about recouping its production budget. The Revenant placed with 35MM on a waveof awards buzz that should project the 135MMfilm  into profitability by the time it leavesthe big screen. Star Wars: The Force Awakens slides from the top slot, showing with 31MM on a still leggy 27 percent drop.13 Hours came in fourth wih 19MM, which ain't bad given the competition for male filmgoers, esp. against a low-for-Michael-Bay budget of 50MM. Daddy's Home rounded out the Top Five with 11.4MM and is well into the black for Paramount.

13 HOURS largely manages to do the things director Michael Bay does well and avoids the things outside his skill set.  The film, which recounts the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, largely avoids the political issues that arose in their wake, although it dramatizes many of the tragic findings of the bipartisan report of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The generally-agreed-upon facts of the case are aggravating enough. 13 Hours thus plays as essentially a war film, which is something Michael Bay knows how to make. Some of the action is over-the-top; for example, Bay repeats the "follow this bomb as it drops to its target" shot from Pearl Harbor.  But for the most part, he reigns in his worst instincts and provides enough exposition in the first act for the audience to understand the chaos that erupts in the third act.  The characterizations are a bit thin, save for the pseudononymous Jack Silva, played by the pumped-up John Kacinsk iwell enough that you're not always imagining him in The Office. But the screenplay never becomes as mawkish as Pearl Harbor, either.  It's no American Sniper or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's good enough to rank as one of Bay's best films at Rotten Tomatoes and to earn an "A" Cinemascore from generally forgiving audiences.

CELINE DION lost her husband and her brother in the same week.

THE CRITICS' CHOISE AWARDS went to these folks.

BILL COSBY: A former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, claims he agreed more than a decade ago that his office wouldn't use a civil deposition given by Bill Cosby in any criminal matters, an email obtained by CNN shows -- a revelation that could call into question the viability of the criminal case against the comedian.

JAMIE-LYNN SIEGLER married her fiancé of almost three years, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra.

PRETTY IN PINK returns to theaters for its 30th anniversary, and is expected to include alternate endings and behind-the-scenes footage.

ALAN RICKMAN's Ten Key Performances.

RICHARD LIBERTINI, the crazy General in The In-laws, died on January 7.

DAN HAGGERY, a/k/a Grizzly Adams, died from cancer early Friday morning. He was 74.

SWITZERLAND: Refugees arriving in Switzerland have to turn over to the state any assets worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs (£690) to help pay for their upkeep, the broadcaster SRF has reported.

AL QAEDA GUNMEN stormed a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Burkina Faso's capital on Friday night, seizing hostages and killing others while fighting with dozens of security forces who began a counterattack hours later. It was Al Qaeda's first major attack in the landlocked sub-Saharan country, a former French colony.

IRAN: The 10 U.S. Navy sailors held by Iran were told by their captors to "act happy" while they were being videotaped during their detention, according to a U.S. defense official with access to the latest information about the debriefing of the sailors.

A CAT nurses baby ducks with her kittens...

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A suicide rodent cut off power to the Vermont statehouse.

IS THIS KANGAROO grieving...or a murderer?

AN IMPOSING CAT who had previously achieved Twitter fame for his rebellious streak has returned to the spot where he first went viral.

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Neil Diamond, Shearwater, Ty Segall, Eleanor Friedberger, Besnard Lakes, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with NEIL DIAMOND! There are two types of people, you know.  But here's Neil on the Beeb in 1971.  Your set list: "Sweet Caroline," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," some chatter, "Done Too Soon," "A Modern Day Version Of Love," "He Aint' Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Holly Holy," "I Am I Said," and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."

SHEARWATER is advance streaming Jet Plane And Oxbow.

TY SEGALL is advance streaming Emotional Mugger.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER is advance streaming New View.

THE BESNARD LAKES are advance streaming A Coliseum Complex Museum.

VIOLENT FEMMES drop "Memory" ahead of We Can Do Anything.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "My Daughter Yes She Knows" ahead of Of Course You Are.

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

DAVID BOWIE, in what turned out to have been the final weeks of his life, wrote and demo-ed five fresh songs, and was anxious to return to the studio one last time. ALSO: Iggy Pop's remembrance.

THE BEST SOUTHERN ALBUMS of 2015, according to Bitter Southerner.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2016, according to the New York Observer.

GEORGIO GOMELSKY, a music impressario and former manager of both the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones, has died of cancer. He was 82.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Ride Along 2, currently scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Norm of the North, currently scoring zero; and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, scoring 56 percent.

ALAN RICKMAN, the much-loved star of stage, TV and films including Harry Potter, Love Actually, Sense and sensibility and Die Hard - and owner of one of the most singular voices in acting ­- has died of cancer at 69. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Thompson remember.


GEORGE MILLER corrects the record to say he will do more Mad Max films.

JIMMY FALLON doesn't have a drinking problem, says NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN talked about her 'humiliating' marriage to Lamar Odom.

CHARLIE SHEEN's doctor injected Sheen's blood into himself to prove the actor was cured.

THE ISLAMIC STATE launched a gun and bomb assault on the Indonesian capital on Thursday, police and media said, but five of the seven people killed were the attackers themselves.

IRAN claimed that it received an apology from the U.S. before the release of the 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters. And unlike most Iranian claims, this one has some video, even if airing that video violated articles 13 and 17 of the Geneva Convention.

MAN CUDDLES 1500-LB BEAR (and Lives to Share the Video).

IS THAT A PYTHON IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just glad to...oh, wait.

KISSING A PYTHON is a bad idea, as it turns out.

A BABY PENGUIN has been named after David Bowie at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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Another fantastically slow "news" day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl...so this excellent piece on DAVID BOWIE (the second written by Jeffrey Blehar this week) is what I have on offer today. I should be back tomorrow with the usual stuff, unless I win the Powerball.

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Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Oneida, Shearwater, Yuck, Greyhounds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EL VY joined Colbert's house band and a string section on David Bowie's "Let's Dance."

DAVID BOWIE: The Guardian collects five of his best North American concerts. World Cafe has mini-sets from 2002 and 2003.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT, Live at Coventry.

ONEIDA is streaming their Positions EP.

SHEARWATER drops "Only Child" ahead of Jet Plane and Oxbow.

YUCK drops "Hearts In Motion" ahead of Stranger Things.

BRITT DANIEL (Spoon) covers David Bowie's  "Never Let Me Down."

THE POLICE: "Next To You," an early Pate staple.

DAVID BOWIE, remembered by guitarist Adrian Belew, guitarist/producer (and cancer survivor) Nile Rodgers, journalist/filmmaker Cameron Crowe, and many more, including the front pages.

SLEATER-KINNEY: Corin Tucker talked to Pitchfork about growing up in the Olympia punk scene, skipping prom to see Fugazi, loving (and then collaborating with) R.E.M., being inspired by Beyoncé, and more.

TORTOISE talks to Stereogum about the upcoming LP The Catastrophist, David Essex, and much more.

DAUGHTER, Interviewed by Ilana Kaplan.

SEAN PENN turned the Beverly Hills Hotel's famed Polo Lounge into a “war room” for strategizing how to handle his El Chapo controversy over Golden Globes weekend.

CHARLIE SHEEN is back on his HIV medications after seeking out alternative treatment in Mexico.

GEORGE MILLER is done with the Mad Max franchise.

ONE DAY AT A TIME is headed to Netflix with a Latino cast.

DAVID MARGUILES, a veteran stage and screen actor who memorably played the Mayor of New York in the Ghostbusters movies, has died. He was 78. It's a disaster of Biblical proportions.

THE UNITED NATIONS: Investigators discovered this month that at least four U.N. peacekeepers in the Central African Republic allegedly paid young girls as little as 50 cents in exchange for sex.

GERMANY will make it easier to deport criminal foreigners following public outrage over the New Year's Eve assaults in Cologne, officials said Tuesday. Authorities say 561 criminal complaints have been filed in connection with the assaults, with about 45 percent involving allegations of sexual offenses, and most of the suspects identified so far are foreign nationals.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A trio of former Obama administration officials painted a grim picture of the fight against the Islamic State group.

TURKEY: A suicide bomber who killed at least 10 foreigners Tuesday in a popular central Istanbul tourist area belonged to ISIS, officials said -- an attack that shows the group's nerve, reach and capacity for terror.

IRAN: Two United States Navy patrol boats and their crews were seized by the Iranian authorities in the Persian Gulf on Tuesday during what a Tehran news agency alleged was “snooping.”

OLD GREYHOUNDS take the elevator.

A TURKEY flies...as an emotional support animal.

THIS PREHISTORIC CROCODILE was the size of a bus.

SPARKY THE BISON survived a lightning strike.

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Flamin' Groovies', Beach Slang, Katie Ellen, David Bowie, Otters   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SAVAGES dropped a video for "Adore."

THE FLAMIN' GROOVIES stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set of their jangly garage classics.

BEACH SLANG performed on WNYC's Soundcheck.

KATIE ELLEN: Anika Pyle (Chumped) is streaming a few wild <3 demos.

COURTNEY BARNETT drops “Three Packs A Day.”

THE POOCHES drop the title track from their Heart Attack EP.

DAVID BOWIE: "Young Americans" bookends a goofy medley of 1975 hits with Cher; throw in "Five Years" from the Old Grey Whistle Test circa 1972 for Twofer Tuesday. The Cracked Actor documentary (covering the 1974 Philly Dogs/Soul tour) is online; The Record also documented Bowie '74. Stereogum essays Bowie and Mortality, while Jeffrey Blehar, The Guardian and Rolling Stone do in-depth artistic bios. Sonny Bunch surveys Bowie's film career. And here's his hilarious cameo from Extras. The Morning News published a unique Best of 2015 that charts Bowie's continuing influence on modern music. 

MORE BOWIE: How visionary was Bowie? He had the internet nailed in 1999, and the internet's effect on the music biz in 2002, which may explain his innovative Bowie Bonds. He was the first major-label artist to sell a complete album online in download form. He confronted MTV in 1983 about the paucity of videos by black artists. Bowie's 80s period is surveyed in an interview with the L.A. Times. The German Foreign Office posthumously thanked Bowie for helping bring down the Berlin Wall. In 2002, Bowie talked to Fresh Air about the Ziggy Stardust era.  60 Minutes published previously unseen interview footage from 2003. In March 2004, Bowie wrote Esquire abut "What I've Learned."  Longtime collaborator Brian Eno revealed Bowie's final words to him. And here's the last photo of Bowie taken by his wife Iman on January 8th.

BOB MOULD announces a new album and throws cold water on a Hüsker Dü reunion.

ST LUCIA: At SPIN, frontman Jean-Philip Grobler details the making of Matter, the fast-approaching follow-up to 2013's When the Night.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO was totally not laughing when Lady Gaga won a Golden Globe, serious you guys.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM were flirting up a storm after the Golden Globes.

QUENTIN TARANTINO took flak online for using the word "ghetto" while accepting a Globe for composer Ennio Morricone.

LINDSAY LOHAN spat racist comments at a Manhattan bartender — then literally spat in the face of a customer who tried to intervene in the dispute, the worker said Sunday.


BLACK PANTHER's standalone Marvel flick will be directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed).

STAR WARS: Sources tell Variety that after seeing thousands of actors, execs have cut the list to play a young Han Solo down to about a dozen actors.

SWEDEN: In the wake of the German New Year’s Eve sexual-assault scandal, Swedish law enforcement authorities are looking into claims that a gang of mostly Afghan men harassed girls at a 2014 music festival — an incident that initially went unreported by police.

NORTH KOREA detained a U.S. citizen on suspicion of spying.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: In an extremely unusual airstrike, the U.S. dropped bombs Sunday in central Mosul, Iraq, destroying a building containing huge amounts of cash ISIS was using to pay its troops and for ongoing operations.

A NEWBORN OTTER sleeps on its mother.

SCIENTISTS are breeding 2ft monster stick insects.

THE RINGLING BROS AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS is ending its elephant acts a year and a half early, and will retire all of its touring elephants in May.

A CATFISH was surgically removed from a Brazillian woman's stomach.

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