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Valentine's Day Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

WORLD CAFE has playlisted 69 love songs (not the Magnetic Fields' double-LP).

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJs Jay Som and Japanese Breakfast spin those love songs.

JOANNA WARREN streams Gemini II.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.

THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE features Danielle Herrington and many other ladies.

DAVID GUILLOD, who's been accused of sexual assault by at least 4 women, including actress Jessica Barth, is now under the microscope of investigators.

RAMPAGE has a second trailer online.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR -- spoilers about Thor's next hammer?

CHRIS ROCK drops a new Netflix special today.

KITTY PRYDE: Deadpool director Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis, one of the biggest authors in the comic book world, are teaming for an X-Men spinoff.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM, together again?

LOUIS LINTON is super-duper sorry.

MARTY ALLEN, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night.  He was 95.

PANGOLINS are probably the world's most trafficked animal, but awareness of the nocturnal and shy mammals is patchy.

BEST IN SHOW?  Flynn the bichon frisé was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night.

AN ELK takes down a helicopter.

THE HEALING POWER OF OWLS: Not only are they endowed with legendary wisdom; owls prove extremely therapeutic for certain medical conditions.

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Superchunk, Barr Bros., Itasca, Okkervil River, Robot Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEZ BAND play "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

SUPERCHUNK advance streams What a Time to Be Alive.

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

ITASCA streams Morning Flower.

OKKERVIL RIVER shares “Don’t Move Back to LA.”


LA LUZ shares a video for "Cicada."

THE NATIONAL is scoring a musical version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

ULTIMATE PAINTING have cancelled the imminent release of their new album Up! after deciding to split up as a band “due to an irreconcilable breakdown”.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 1998, acvcording to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bobby Darin's bloodthirsty murder party "Mack The Knife."

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton has announced that he will not join the band on their upcoming Firepower tour, due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.


RACHEL WEISZ, who is married to James Bond (Daniel Craig), doesn’t think the next 007 should be played by a woman.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, channeling a little Silver Linings Playbook, took over the loudspeaker on a Delta flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles and led the plane in a "fly, eagles, fly" cheer.

SEAL will not face any criminal charges in the sexual battery complaint filed by a former neighbor.

MARLON BRANDO's son says his dad did not hook up with Richard Pryor.


SOLO character studies.

PETER RABBIT has a food allegy problem.

VIC DAMONE, the postwar crooner whose intimate, rhapsodic voice captivated bobby soxers, middle-age dreamers and silver-haired romantics in a five-decade medley of America’s love songs and popular standards, died on Sunday in Miami Beach. He was 89.


ROBOT ANIMALS seem really cool until you imagine them as the raptors in Jurassic Park.

PETE protected his fellow dogs against a black bear and succumbed to the injuries.

EYEWORMS have finally infected a human.

SUSPECTED POACHER eaten by lions.

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Tune-Yards, Crossrhodes, Bowie tribute, Baby Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRANKIE COSMOS shares a video for "Being Alive."

TUNE-YARDS played a Micro Show at the Turf Club.

THE CROSSRHODES played a Tiny Desk Concert.

DAVID BOWIE: Britt Daniel, Sun Kil Moon, Car Seat Headrest, and more took part in Howard Stern's tribute special. 

BUFFALO TOM shares “Lonely Fast and Deep.”

IRON & WINE cover  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' "What I Am."

THE DEL LORDS extend "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" Circa 1990.

RICHARD LLOYD talked to Aquarium Drunkard about his psychic outlook, Television’s ill-fated sessions with Brian Eno, and that time Jimi Hendrix beat him up.

JIMMY BUFFETT does not live the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea turns 20.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Santo & Johnny's dreamlike instrumental "Sleep Walk."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Shades Freed dominated the chart with 38.8MM, about 16 percent lower than last time and way off the original's 85MM debut.  Look for it to do yuge biz on Valentine's Day and then plummet.  Peter Rabbit placed with 25MM against a 50MM budget; it could be rabbit-leggy over the Presidents' day weekend.  Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris showed with 12.6MM;that's likely a major disappointment after his last couple of films, but maybe not a disaster against a 30MM budget.  Jumanji finally drops to the fourth slot with 9.8MM on a mere 10 percent drop.  The Greatest Showman rounded out the Top Five with 6.4MM on a still leggy 17 percent drop.

JOHAN JOHANNSSON, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, died in Berlin at 48.

ROSE McGOWAN's former manager killed herself Wednesday; her family issued a statement about a women in the MeToo crossfire.

STEVEN SEAGAL: The L.A. County District Attorney’s office is reviewing a potential sex abuse case.

RON HOWARD talks about boarding Solo's crew at the last minute.

VICTORIA BECKHAM nixes a Spice Girls tour.

JOHN GAVIN, who starred in Psycho, Spartacus and many more -- and was the US Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan -- died at 86.

REG CATHEY, who played Freddy on House of Cards and appeared in The Wire, has died. He was 59 and had reportedly been battling cancer.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.


A BLIND, BISEXUAL and POLYAMOROUS GOOSE involved in a love triangle dies, aged 40.

ABBY remembers the tricks she was taught before she went missing a decade ago.

BOLIVIA'S LONELY FROG: Scientists race to find mate for Romeo.

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Neil Diamond, Brandi Carlile, Fischerspooner, Laurie Anderson, Eels, Doggo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 09, 2018 - 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," "Done Too Soon," "A Modern Day Version Of Love," "He Aint' Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Holly Holy," and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."  Sadly, "I Am I Said" is off the Tube right now, but here's a contemporaneous German clip.

BRANDI CARLILE advance streams By The Way, I Forgive You.

FISCHERSPOONER advance streams Sir.

THE LOW ANTHEM advance streams The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea.


I'M WITH HER advance streams See You Around.

THE EELS share the jaunty “Today Is The Day.”

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

DEADBEAT CLUB: The B-52s tour Athens in 1989.

TELEVISION: Marquee Moon turns 40.

THE BREEDERS' new official bio is really an essay by Neil Gaiman.

MICKEY JONES, the drummer for Dylan's Royal Albert Hall gig, and Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, before going on to a significant acting career, has died at the age of 76.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Fifty Shades Freed, which is currently scoring 12 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Peter Rabbit, which is scoring 64 percent; and Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris, scoring 20 percent.

VENOM, starring Tom Hardy, dropped a teaser trailer online.

KATE UPTON elaborates on alleged sexual harassment by Guess co-founder Paul Marciano.

DIANE KRUGER talks about being choked by Quentin Tarantino for Inglourious Basterds.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX is in talks to play The Joker.

ALICIA VIKANDER talks Tomb Raider with Vogue.

OPRAH WINFREY confirmed she's not running for President.

A DOG snagging a pancake starts a house fire.

A TIGER CUB is not suitable to be mailed, not even express mail. The More You Know. Swoosh.

A "SUPPORT HAMSTER" was killed by an air passenger told she couldn't bring it onboard.

JUST A DEER, getting some drive-thru fries.

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Feist, Paul Luc, Moon Taxi, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."  And she was topping the chart this week in 1970.

FEIST plays La Blogotheque.

PAUL LUC streams Bad Seed.

MOON TAXI stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

VUNDABAR riffs on Mission Of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" on their new single "Tonight I'm Wearing Silk."


THE BREEDERS' Kim Deal covers Michael Nesmith's "Joanne."

LANA DEL REY answers questions from Stevie Nicks, Kim Kardashian West, Courtney Love, and more.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE did a deep, career-spanning interview with Uncut, which someone copied and pasted to Reddit.

THE CLASH: NPR re-upped Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon talking about Sandinista! for International Clash Day (yesterday).

JOHN PERRY BARLOW, Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer, has died at age 70.


QUINCY JONES torches the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and a cast of thousands. And Richard Pryor's widow confirms a bit of it.

DEADPOOL 2 has a trailer online. NSFW language.

SHAZAM! has a cast list and plot summary.

NICOLE EGGERT took Scott Baio up on his challenge and filed a police report, claiming he sexually abused her when she was a minor.

QUENTIN TARANTINO was dead wrong to suggest she welcomed her rape by Roman Polanski in 1977, says Polanski's victim — but she's willing to cut the director some slack.

KYLIE JENNER & TRAVIS SCOTT are co-parenting, but not living together or expecting marriage.

JULIE BOWEN is officially calling it quits with her husband of 13 years.


A SNEAKY CORGI rides a one-eyed pony.

A TIGER that triggered a 45 minute police standoff turned out to be a plush toy.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK has been spotted lingering off the Florida coast.

SUPER ANTS could save the world.

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