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Strand of Oaks, First Aid Kit, Phoenix, Robert Pollard, Mudslide Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PRAWN shares a video for "Rooftops."

STRAND OF OAKS is streaming Harder Love, the material that wound up becoming the transition point from Tim Showalter's 2015 demos to Hard Love in 2017.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

PHOENIX is sharing Ti Amo demos.

ROBERT POLLARD is releasing a parody country album named Blue Balls Lincoln.

DAP-TONE RECORDS is tackling Cuban big band music.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.

TOM PETTY died in October from an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced on Friday, ending the mystery surrounding his sudden death last year.

RANDY NEWMAN talks about politics, Toy Story and the Smiths - and why he's never enjoyed the writing process.

THE EAGLES have reached a settlement after suing a hotel in Mexico named, of course, Hotel California.

JIM RODFORD, who played bass with The Zombies, Argent, and The Kinks, has died aged 76 just days after his final performance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle threepeats atop the chart with another 20MM on a very leggy 29 percent drop.  12 Strong places with 16.5MM adainst a reported 35MM budget, suggesting it will probably break even or modestly profit. Den of Thieves shows with 15.3MM against a reported 30MM budget, which isn't bad given the lackadaisical marketing effort.  The Post takes the fourth slot with 12.2MM on a 37 percent drop and a 45MM total so far against a 50MM budget; it says something about Hollywood and the Oscars that among the likely Best Picture nominees, this one will be the third-highest grosser after Get Out and Dunkirk (and that Dunkirk could easily lose because of the large Oscar voting bloc of actors).  The Greatest Showman rounds out the Top Fivewith another 11MM on a mere 12 percent drop; it may say something about film critics that the Tomatometer has this at 55 percent while 90 percent of audiences liked it.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is under fire for attacking James Franco at Women's March after defending Woody Allen.

CHLOE SEVIGNY says she woupd "probably not" work with Allen again.

ED SHEERHAN has announced that he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged.

CHRIS PRATT and... Olivia Munn?

EWAN McGREGOR has filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years.  His daughter is unhappy.

THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson responded to critics on Twitter without a word.

HOLLYWOOD WOMEN are chipping away at studio leverage and a longtime taboo by talking openly about their pay.

A CALI COUPLE who survived the Montecito mudslide reunited with the cat they thought they'd lost forever.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS flying the friendly skies are increasingly wandering the aisles, defecating, or even biting passengers.

THE LIVES OF SQUID are mysterious in many ways, but one gruesome truth is that after mating comes death.

ONE LAST TOSS: While saying goodbye to a friend's buoyant Boykin, a veterinarian reflects on the toughest part of his job.

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David Bowie, Calexico, Ty Segall, Dream Wife, Yo La Tengo, Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with DAVID BOWIE! It's his 50th birthday concert, from Sept.1, 1997.  Career-spanning and loaded with guests, including Frank Black, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Gail Ann Dorsey, Billy Corgan, and Lou Reed.

CALEXICO advance streams The Thread That Keeps Us.

TY SEGALL advance streams Freedom's Goblin.

DREAM WIFE advance streams a self-titled debut.

STEEP CANYON RANGERS advance stream Out In The Open.

YO LA TENGO shares four songs from the cheekily-titled There’s A Riot Going On. (Stereogum also has an interview with bassist James McNew and singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan).

PARLIAMENT shares their new single in nearly four decades, "I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me." (NSFW)

THE SEA & CAKE share "Any Day."

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

R.E.M.frontman Michael Stipe reveals how glam rock, grunge and INXS inspired the band - and how internal divisions tore them apart.

CANDLEBOX: The original lineup is reuniting for a 25-anniverary show in Seattle.

LIAM GALLAGHER admitted in an interview that he still takes drugs. Which may make it a bit tricky to warn his kids off them, he says.

TOO MUCH MUSIC? A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include 12 Strong, which is currently scoring 53 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Den of Thieves, currently scoring 35 percent; and Forever My Girl, scoring 14 percent. Oscars bait expanding near-wide includes Call Me By Your Name, scoring 96 percent; I, Tonya, scoring 89 percent; and Phantom Thread, scoring 92 percent.

TOMB RAIDER has a new trailer online.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH seems interested in more Thor, though his contract is up.

COLIN FIRTH won't work with Woody Allen again.

THE BATMAN: Rumors about the fate of Batfleck continue to swirl.

BRIGITTE BARDOT says the MeToo movement is "hypocritical" and "uninteresting."

CAREY MULLIGAN has said there are no well written roles for women in films.

USA GYMNASTICS has terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas where a number of top gymnasts have said they were victims of sexual abuse by former team physician Larry Nassar, who complains about having to hear from his victims.

PARTY OF FIVE is getting a Latin-flavored revboot at Freeform.

TOM HARDY was once an aspiring rapper.


MOST DOG OWNERS prefer their best friend to other humans.

TOILET PYTHON, but in France for a change, as opposed to Australia.


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Lemon Twigs, Brandi Carlile, Bristletongue, Decemberists, Puppers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SYLVAN ESSO shares a video for "PARAD(w/m)E."

THE LEMON TWIGS play a Tiny Desk Concert.

BRANDI CARLILE stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BRISTLETONGUE streams their debut EP Femme Florale.

THE DECEMBERISTS go synthpop on "Severed."

GRANT LEE PHILLIPS shares three new songs.

MARGO PRICE covers Bob Dylan's "Most Likely You Go Your Way."

EELS share a new single, "The Deconstruction."

MOUNT EERIE shares the 10-minute opus, "Distortion."

DAVID BYRNE joins CHOIR! CHOIR! CHOIR! on Bowie's "Heroes" and Madonna's "Borderline."


RICHARD THOMPSON: The culmination of 1000 Years Of Popular Music.

SPINAL TAP's Derek Smalls is releasing a star-studded solo LP.

MICHAEL DAVENPORT, a former member of The Ataris, allegedly defrauded some 100000 people of 27 million dollars over a period of seven years.

NO AGE talks to SPIN about putting the band back together.

THE NUMBER ONES tackles "Volare."


ELLEN POMPEO recalls in her own words the personal struggles and advice from Shonda Rhimes that led to a milestone: highest-paid actress on a primetime drama.

JAMES FRANCO has been reaching out to former girlfriends for the past month asking about his behavior.

SELENA GOMEZ “made a significant donation anonymously” to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund that “far exceeded her salary” for the upcoming Woody Allen film A Rainy Day in New York.

DYLAN FARROW has given her first TV interview about her allegations against Woody Allen.

ANN CURRY is speaking out about the firing of her former co-host Matt Lauer and the pervasive "verbal sexual" harassment during her time at NBC.

McKAYLA MARONEY has been released from her NDA, allowing her to speak at the sentencing of former team doctor Larry Nassar.

HOLLYWOOD'S ROTTEN APPLES: Being an ethical consumer of media is always going to be complicated.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS has been quietly dating New York financier Andrew Youmans.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT writes about Luke Skywalker.

JJ ADAMS is shopping a new TV space drama.

GARY OLDMAN, in full Churchill makeup, dancing like James Brown.


A BOX OF PUPPIES, discovered in a park.

A RESCUED BABY HEDGEHOG receives hydrotherapy from the Scottish SPCA.

MARMOTS live longer when anti-social.

CARIBOU are exploding in Alaska and scientists struggle to find answers.

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Filthy Friends, Typhoon, Memphis Soul, Wallaby   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



BECK shares a video for "Fix Me" with a baby and doggos.

FILTHY FRIENDS played a six-song set at OPB.

TYPHOON also  played a six-song set at OPB.

MEMPHIS SOUL SINGERS gather for a Tiny Desk Concert.

DR. DOG shares "Listening In."

PORCHES covers The Beatles' "If I Fell" on solo piano.


ALBERT LEE covers Jimmy Webb's "If You See Me Getting Smaller," one of my favorite Webb tunes, though (afaik) never a hit for anyone.

DOLORES O'RIORDAN: The death of the Cranberries singer is not being treated as suspicious, Scotland Yard has said.

DAMON KRUKOWSKI (Galaxie 500/ Damon & Naomi) talks to Aquarium Drunkard about streaming, corporate contro, and the relationship between signal and noise.

THE NUMBER ONES: Stereogum starts reviewing every #1 single in Billboard Hot 100 history.

BRIAN WILSON returned to high school, got his "F" in music changed to an "A."


KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST welcomed their third child via surrogate.

SEAL denies accusations of forcibly kissing and groping a woman in his home.

ALEC BALDWIN calles the "renunciation" of Woody Allen "unfair and sad."

MATT. DAMON. says he wishes he’d "listened a lot more" before "weighing in" on sexual misconduct allegations.

SELMA BLAIR says James Toback threatened to "gouge my eyes out with a big pen" if she spoke up about being sexually assaulted.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY sat down with Variety to talk about Hollywood’s sexual harassment crisis, the downside of celebrity and why it was “traumatic” becoming a star in Pirates of the Caribbean at age 18.

"MAKES ME SICK": A woman who says disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar molested her as a child testified Friday that he turned games of hide-and-seek in the basement of his home into abuse sessions.

JANUARY JONES is dating The Bachelor star Nick Viall.

YOUNG HAN SOLO has an official synopsis.


WALLABY ON THE LOOSE: Police find a wallaby hopping across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  There's video.

A PUPPY is hired to sniff out pests at a Boston arf — er, art museum.

A HEROIC DOG is honored 75 years after saving the lives of U.S. soldiers.

PSYCHEDELIC DINOSAUR, beautiful plumage.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DOLORES O'RIORDAN, the lead singer of the Irish rock band the Cranberries, died on Monday in London. She was 46.  There is as yet no announced cause of death.  She co-wrote the bands breakthrough hit "Linger," and was sole writer of "Zombie."  There's a video obit at The Guardian, while NME compiles 11 of the band's best.

LUNA stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE WASHINGTON SQUARES jumped out of the "Where Are They Now?" file and onto WFUV Live.

LIZZ WRIGHT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.


GUIDED BY VOICES: Technically, the clip for "Auditorium" and "Motor Away" is Twofer Tuesday, but since it runs just about 3 minutes, I'll toss in "My Valuable Hunting Knife" as a bonus.

PULP gets 102 minutes of discussion on Political Beats, with guest columnist Karol Markowicz.

SCOTT WALKER talks to The Guardian about big-budget burnout, his debt to Britain, and why he’s a huge fan of FKA twigs.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN's Stuart Murdoch talks to The Creative Independent about the power of empathy, and much more.

CASSETES: Don't call it a comeback.


AZIZ ANSARI responds to allegations of sexual misconduct on a date. The Atlantic wonders whether it's a humilation more than an expose.

CATHERINE DENEVUE sort of apologized after signing a letter criticizing the MeToo movement.

ELIZA DUSHKU's guardian circa True Lies backs the claim that the actress was molested by a stunt coordinator.

JULIA LUIS-DREFUS shared a video from her sons to celebrate the end of her chemo treatment.

DAKOTA JOHNSON & CHRIS MARTIN are taking it public.

AARON RODGERS & DANICA PATRICK are taking it public. The Chicago Tribune tweet is hilarious.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE are getting a Lifetime movie because obviously.

THE WALKING DEAD is getting a new showrunner.

VENOM: A first-look photo reveals plot details.

GAMBIT loses its third director, Gore Verbinski.


A DOG helps with snow shoveling.

PET TRANSLATOR: Life imitates Up.

POLICE DOG nabs steak thief.  I imagine Fark exploded.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Merced County mayor has been stripped of his gun and cited for illegally firing it at militant rodents attacking an airport.

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