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Destroyer, Frankie Cosmos, Yo La Tengo, Ales Bleeker, Trapdoor Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEATLES: A video for "We Can Work it Out" drops to promote the upcoming box set.

DESTROYER stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

FRANKIE COSMOS streams her Fit Me In EP.

ALEX BLEEKER covers The Beatles, Little Wings, and the Jeremy Spencer Band for Aquarium Drunkard.

YO LA TENGO playlists your next dinner party.

BRIAN WILSON plays "Sail On Sailor" at the Ed Sullivan Theater, with Matthew Sweet and Darius Rucker.

BOB DYLAN: The day "Like a Rolling Stone" came together.

MUSIC-MAKING and the Myth of the Tortured Genius.

DAN CORRIGAN, who photographed The Replacements' Let It Be cover, as well as many bands of the era, is interviewed for Pitchfork Unsung.

TEN ESSENTIAL SPARKS SONGS, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spectre topped the chart with 73MM, which is strong, but short of Skyfall's 88MM debut.  Given 223MM in overseas receipts already, the North American take is probably enough to suggest it will break evenagainst its reported 650MM breakeven cost.The Peanuts Movie placed with 45MM against a 100MM budget, but good reviews, an "A" Cinemascore from viewers, no serious competition until Thanksgiving, and the merch sales (Oh, the merch sales!) will likely leave Charlie Brown unusually content.  The Martian shows with 9.3MM, which is pretty darned leggy, considering Bond was at the box office; Ridley, Matt & Co. are well into the black with 458MM worldwide against a 108MM production budget. Goosebumps takes the fourth slot with 7MM, which probably should be considered good post-Halloween against PeanutsBridge of Spies rounds out the Top Five with 6.1MM, and istill rolling out slowly in foreign markets.  Beow the fold, there are mostly flops and disappointments...but The Intern, coming in ninth this weekend, has earned 180MM worldwide against a 35MM budget.

SPECTRE: I'd rank this lower than Skyfall or Casino Royale, but above Quantum of Solace.  That said, it's closer tot he first two than to the last of these.  It contines the Craig-era's focus un Bond's backstory (which hardcore Bond fans tend to dislike).  OTOH, it continues to to evolve the franchise more toward the more typical Bond film (which I presume others may dislike), albeit with less humor.  Given the title, I don't think it's a spoiler to note that Bond's nemesis is revealed and in that sense, there are elements of the third act that reminded me of Dr. No.  The cast, pretty much returning from Skyfall, all does well, with Lea Seydoux (Midnight In Paris, Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol, Inglorious Basterds) and  Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded and so much more) making for two notable Bond women (though I wish Bellucci had more to do).  Christopher Waltz also brings his quirks to the role of the antagonist. Sam Mendes manages the drama and the action with aplomb (the latter being my problem w/ QoS).  My main issue with the film is Bond's caharacter arc, which technically falls within the scope of the novels and previous films, but which I think will ultimately ring untrue with most viewers.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has a TV spot with new material as well as an international trailer with even more new footage. TIME looks for clues in the translated subtitles for the latter.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: Quentin Tarantino's 8thfilm has a new trailer online.

GAVIN ROSSDALE is “suspicious” over estranged wife Gwen Stefani's story that she just became an item with Blake Shelton.

CHLOE MORETZ is set to play the title character in Working Title and Universal's The Little Mermaid retelling with Richard Curtis in talks to pen the script.

GERMAN INTELLIGENCE systematically spied on friends and allies around the world. I'm not sure why this is scandalous; I expect most all countries spy on friends and foes alike.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S. spy agencies now believe the preponderance of intelligence about last week’s crash of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt points to a terrorist bombing as the cause, U.S. officials said Sunday. The U.S. and U.K. are shared intell with Russia and Egypt regarding the crash.

A HUGE TRAPDOOR SPIDER plays tug-of-war with a human.

KANGAROOS fail to solve climate change issue.

EMUS ON THE LAM, recaptured in Pima County, AZ.

PART HUMAN, PART MOUSE: Chimeras Face Ethical Scrutiny. What is the law?

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The Faces, ELO, Chris Issak, Bill Ryder-Jones, Cool Uncle, Dachshund   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 06, 2015 - 08:34 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE FACES! Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan, live on the Beeb circa 1972.  Your setlist includes: "Three Button Hand Me Down"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Too Much Woman/Street Fighting Man"; "Miss Judy's Farm"; "Love In Vain"; "Stay With Me"; and "I'm Losing You."

JEFF LYNNE's ELO advance streams Alone In The Universe.

CHRIS ISSAK advance streams First Comes The Night.

BILL RYDER-JONES (The Coral) advance streams West Kirby County Primary.

COOL UNCLE: Veteran smooth pop and soul singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell and the contemporary hit-making producer Jack Splash advance stream a self-titled LP.

THE WINTER PASSING is streaming A Different Space of Mind.

BILLY PAUL: "Me and Mrs. Jones." Got a thing going on.

BLITZEN TRAPPER is profiled at length by the HuffPost.

ALICE COOPER discusses classical composers crazier than he is. He's narrating a new version of Peter and the Wolf.


THE 12 BEST DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS SONGS, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Spectre, which is currently scoring 61 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Peanuts Movie, scoring 86 percent.

BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI are not just dating, they've written a country song together.

EDDIE MURPHY  is going to be a father for the ninth time.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT gets a super-deluxe profile from the WSJ magazine.

KATY PERRY tops the 2015 Forbes list of the Highest Paid Women in Music.

ALL 102 BOND VILLAINS, ranked by Esquire.

RIDLEY SCOTT, SAM ROCKWELL, TREY PARKER and more discuss seeing the original Star Wars for the first time.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Tim Burton & Co. have a trailer online for the sequel to the director's billion-dollar hit.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The growing fears that an explosive device may have brought down Russian Metrojet Flight 9268, killing all 224 on board, stems in part from the rise of the ISIS affiliate in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula.

IRAN is banning the entry of US consumer goods, the commerce and industry minister said Thursday, as the country prepares for a lifting of economic sanctions.

SYRIA:  Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another rebel group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.

A DACHSHUND and his teddy bear.

A LIVE TAPEWORM was removed from a California man's brain during emergency surgery. The man had 30 minutes to live.

A FOX slaughtered14 penguins at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo.


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Diane Coffee, Mac McCaughan, Noun, Greys, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE BEATLES' "Penny Lane" video, restored for an upcoming box set.

DIANE COFFEE: Shaun Fleming (Foxygen) & Co. played a Tiny Desk Concert.


NOUN: Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) streams Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine With Your Blood.

GREYS stream their Repulsion EP.

THE HIGH LLAMAS drop the title track to the upcoming "musical narrative," Here Come the Rattling Trees.  If you're not familiar, the Brian Wilson and Steely Dan references are in the ballpark.

COOL UNCLE: Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash team with Mayer Hawthorne for the 80s-style R & B of "Game Over."

BILLY BRAGG: The Guardian excerpts his new book, A Lover Sings --  and performs the song for which the book is named.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to PopMatters about Trace‘s shoestring budget, his own distinctive voice, and his relief at leaving a collapsing Uncle Tupelo.

THE ZOMBIES: Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent talk to All Songs Considered about making and revisiting Odessey and Oracle.

NEW ORDER: PopMatters excepts Bernard Sumner's memoir, Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me.

BRITISH SEA POWER: Jan Scott Wilkinson talks to ClashMusic about the Sea Of Brass. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ANGELINA JOLIE talks to the NYT about directing herselfa nd husband Brad Pitt in a movie about an imploding marriage.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON appear to be in Nashville, where the latter was scheduled to perform for the CMAs. Shelton's ex, Miranda Lambert, does not seem surprised.

LAMAR ODOM & KHLOE KARDASHIAN may remain on rocky ground.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: Entertainment Weelkly has your first look at the Harry Potter spinoff.

LUPITA N'YONGO: Broadway Diva?

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai over the weekend was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

SYRIA: Russia's military force in Syria has grown to about 4000 personnel, but this and more than a month of Russian air strikes have not led to pro-government forces making significant territorial gains, U.S. security officials and independent experts said.

IRAN: The New York Times reports: " Anyone who hoped that Iran’s nuclear agreement with the United States and other powers portended a new era of openness with the West has been jolted with a series of increasingly rude awakenings over the past few weeks."

A LABRADOR surfs to retrieve a tennis ball in a swimming pool.

DOG vs PORCUPINE: Who you got?

A TODDLER bit and killed a venomous snake in his backyard.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're training to jump from skyscrapers.

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Zombies, Soldiers of Fortune, Kindling, All Songs, Neighbor Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EL VY, ft the National’s Matt Berninger and Menomana’s Brent Knopf, closed their live debut with a cover of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy."

THE ZOMBIES, Live in Washington DC. Set 1 is old hits and new songs; Set 2 is Odessey & Oracle in its entirety.

SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE, ft members of Interpol, Oneida, Zwan and Endless Boogie, advance streams Early Risers.

KINDLING advance streams Galaxies.

THE MILK CARTON KIDS guest DJ All Songs Considered.

FREAKWATER drops “The Asp And The Albatross” ahead of Scheherazade, their first since 2005.

FLOWERS drops "Ego Loss" ahead of their next LP.

MOUNT MORIAH drops “Cardinal Cross" ahead of How To Dance.

DANNY ELFMAN revisited Oingo Boingo’s classic “Dead Man’s Party” for the first time in 20 years, for Halloween.

BOB DYLAN's Highway 61 Revisited is visited for the first time by drummer Jason Narducy (Verbow, Superchunk, Bob Mould, Robert Pollard).

SPOON shares an oral history of Gimme Fiction for the deluxe reissue.

JEFF LYNNE talks ELO with the L.A. Times.

BAD BRAINS' Dr. Know is on life support. Awful news.

ADELE, who scored a record 1.1 million downloads in a week, gets an in-depth cover story from Rolling Stone.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON had a PDA-filled weekend.

ROBIN WILLIAMS suffered from a debilitating brain disease in the year leading up to his suicide in 2014.

MIKE MYERS  and his wife Kelly welcomed a daughter.

KENDALL JENNER is catwalking the 2015 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: A woman who worked as one of Bobbi Kristina Brown's nurses in her final days in hospice has been arrested for impersonating a nurse.

CHRIS BROWN's friends and family think he's addicted to sizzurp

NICOLE KIDMAN is reportedly in ongoing negotiations to play a high-ranking Amazonian warrior alongside Gal Gadot in WB’s Wonder Woman.

CHINA & TAIWAN: Their leaders will meet on Saturday for the first time since the governments split in 1949 after the Communist takeover on the mainland, Taiwan’s official government news agency said.

IRAN's supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khameni, claims the slogan "Death to America" is not aimed at the American people, but rather American policies. Except the dual citizens and journalists they've been arresting, apparently.

SYRIA: The commander of an elite commando unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps has been killed in Syria, the latest casualty suffered by Iran in the war-torn country.

A NEIGHBOR CAT borrows a plush tiger. And like many neighbors, nit in a hurry to return it.

CHIMPS developed a Scottish accent after moving to the Edinburgh Zoo.

A LION may not be a good garden pet.

PETTING A ZOO TIGER also not a great idea. The More You Know.

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Courtney Barnett, Gary Clark Jr, Bethlehem Steel, Panda Bear, Golden Retriever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AMERICAN WRESTLERS drop a video for "The Rest of You."

COURTNEY BARNETT & GARY CLARK JR both played Austin City Limits.

BETHLEHEM STEELadvance streams their new EP, Docking.

PANDA BEAR streams a mix of previously unreleased material under the title "Swallow at the Hollow."

LACED streams a self-titled EP.

COLD SWEATS advance stream Social Coma.

SPOON shared the demo for "Was It You?" ahead of the Gimme Fiction reissue.

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

ELVIS COSTELLO talked to Nick Curley about favorites, parents, memories and more. He also answers the "Do you have to be sad to write a sad song?" question.

FATHER JOHN MISTY launched an impromptu "Ask Me Anything" in the comments of a Stereogum post about him.

ROD STEWART talks to Weekend Edition about "enjoying the process of songwriting, probably for the first time in my life."

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, wants the Rolling Stones to record a new LP in April -- after a tour, instead of beforehand.

JIMMY FALLON: Partying getting out of hand?

LEAH REMINI is reportedly making a series of shocking claims about Tom Cruise's children in her new tell-all book.

HARRY HAMLIN & LISA RINNA apologized for his wearing a Nazi t-shirt as part of a Sid Vicious Halloween costume. For the record, Sid did famously wear such a shirt.

STAR TREK is returning to television...for one episode, then moving online.

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO may also be returning to television, this time as a comedy.

IRAN arrested two prominent journalists on Monday as the head of the judiciary dismissed international condemnation of what appears to be a crackdown on writers and artists.

RUSSIA says that no country could use military force in Syria without first securing the agreement of the Syrian government.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER retrieves her teddy bear.

THE COYWOLF: A new combination of wolf, coyote and dog emerges in North America. "Cats are typically eaten skull and all, with clues left only in the droppings."

A CAT shot its owner with a 9mm pistol. Don't leave your firearm on the kitchen counter.

21 PSYCHIC GUINEA PIGS in danger of eviction.

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