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It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows... and illuminations   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."


THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: From 2008, Hidden Track serves up 12 video versions. And the only ones not working now are Jimi Hendrix and Whitney Houston.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: The weekend's wide releases include Terminator: Genisys, which is currently scoring 25 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Magic Mike XXL, currently scoring 58 percent; and Faith of Our Fathers, which critics have not bothered to review.

DEBBIE HARRY turned 70 yesterday. Stereogum recently ranked Blondie's albums, while NME delivered 25 fun facts about the singer.

CHANNING TATUM is profiled by Vanity Fair.

KIM KARDASHIAN is on the cover of the Rolling Stone, because she's a giant in the music biz. Oh wait.

JENNIFER GARNER reached her breaking point with Ben Affleck's drinking and gambling and that's why she pulled the plug on their marriage ... sources connected with the couple tell TMZ.  Or was it Affleck's career comeback that did them in? The options aren't mutually exclusive.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE ditches Chris Martin for Nic Hoult again.

TRUE DETECTIVE stars Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch are dating

MILEY CYRUS was caught canoodling on camera with model Stella Maxwell. 

STEPHEN COLBERT interviewed EMINEM on a Monroe, Michigan public access show, presumably for use on The Late Show.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR & PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON are collaborating on a live-action Pinocchio.

STEVE JOBS, starring Michael Fassbender, has a trailer online

CREED: The next generation Rocky movie has a trailer online

SIR NICHOLAS WINSTON, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.

YEMEN: Around 1200 prisoners, including al Qaeda suspects, escaped during clashes at a jail in central Yemen. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE threatens to topple Hamas in the Gaza strip.

IRAN's Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers. 

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich.

RANDY BULLS had to be hosed down to enable the rescue a cow. 

A THERAPY TORTOISE comforts the residents of a Florida nursing home. 

THESE FLATWORMS plunge their penises into their own heads to inject themselves with sperm (when they must).

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Heartless Bast^rds, Richard Thompson, Surfer Blood, Ryley Walker, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATHER JOHN MISTY covers Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs," solo and unpluggedy.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

RICHARD THOMPSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. 

SURFER BLOOD  plays a mini-set on KEXP's Midday Show.

RYLEY WALKER also plays a mini-set on KEXP's Midday Show

RICHARD HAWLEY drops "Which Way" ahead of Hollow Meadows. 

THE MINUS 5 plays The Runaways' "Cherry Bomb" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

COURTNEY BARNETT discusses her favorite songs at Pitchfork

MARK KOZELEK paid tribute to late Yes Bassist Chris Squire

WILCO: The Guardian profiled the band's Solid Sound festival. 

AC/DC, who made their music available on iTunes only in 2012, are making their music available on Spotify, Apple Music and Rdio

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER are getting divorced after ten years of marriage. 

KATY PERRY is battling nuns over the sale of a convent. 

SEAN PENN threw a big birthday party/first date with Minka Kelly

GWYNETH PALTROW is reportedly playing the field

EVANGELINE LILLY is expecting her second child. 

PARIS HILTON has threatened to sue the plane crash hoaxters. 

DWAYNE JOHNSON: The Rock is profiled by Esquire

STAN LEE may have phoned 911 over the weekend, but was looking fit at the Ant-Man premiere

SYRIA: U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last-ditch effort to protect key Syrian government strongholds if Islamist fighters and other rebels try to overrun them.

IRAN: The deadline for the nuclear talks is extended by a week. Shocka. 

DOGS STUCK: A BuzzFeed supercut. 

THE BIRDS: Angry birds near Houston much less fun than the videogame. 

AN ESCAPED GIANT RHEA BIRD could disembowel you in a single strike. 

SERVICE ANIMAL FRAUD targeted in Florida

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Suede, Palma Violets, Richard Swift, Panda Bear, Talking Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILLY CORGAN medleys Smashing Pumpkins' Gish into three minutes.

SUEDE played Glastonbury

PALMA VIOLETS played  live on KEXP’s Midday Show

RICHARD SWIFT dropped a mixtape at Aquarium Drunkard

PANDA BEAR shares his PBVSGR Remixes EP.

THE ARCS: Dan Auerbach’s Black Keys side project  drops “Outta My Mind."

GARY WRIGHT will always be known as the "Dreamweaver," but add "Love is Alive" (with More Cowbell) and you have Twofer Tuesday.

THE CLASH's seminal London Calling was influenced by soccer?

PETE TOWNSHEND & ROGER DALTREY had a Kanye West moment at Glastonbury. 

JOHNNY MARR talks pop and politics at TLOBF

THE BEST of 2015 (So Far), according to NPR Music

JEREMY RENNER  talks to Playboy about his sexuality without saying anything.

GOLDIE HAWN's ex claims she poisoned their son and film star daughter Kate Hudson against him and vows to ‘break all ties with them’.

CAITLYN JENNER got a big reception at NYC's gay pride parade.

PARIS HILTON was subjected to a terrifying plane crash hoax

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE played with the band at the wedding of Jessica Biel's college roomie.

THE CELEBRITY 100: Forbes lists the Highest Paid Superstars of 2015.

SPIDER-MAN: The next reboot will be partly inspired by John Hughes

JACK CARTER, a brash, caustic comic who became a star in early television and sustained a career of more than a half-century in TV, nightclubs, movies and on stage, has died at 93.

A NEW JERSEY MAN  was arrested at his home Monday morning for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

SYRIA's foreign minister said in Moscow on Monday Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country, where the army is coming under some of the heaviest pressure since the start of the civil war. 

IRAN: A senior U.S official in Vienna said negotiators will not make tomorrow's deadline on an agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Shocka.

A DOG beats the baby to saying "Mama."

SHARK BITES MAN, Man punches shark in head.  

PYTHON EATS PORCUPINE, Regrets It Later. Dinsdale! 

A BLACK BEAR crashed a college party at Lehigh

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Chris Squire RIP, Los Lobos, Freedy Johnson, Speedy Ortiz, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

CHRIS SQUIRE, a/k/a "The Fish," the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67.  Most will likely immediately remember his propulsive lines on "Roundabout," but Squire is also credited as a co-writer on many of Yes' other greatest cuts, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Starship Trooper," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Heart of the Sunrise."

NOTE: As the music biz shifts to Friday release dates, NRR's advance streams are moving to Thursdays.

LOS LOBOS played the Clearwater Festival, minus Cesar Rojas.

FREEDY JOHNSON stopped WFUV's Sunday Breakfast for a chat and mini-set.

SPEEDY ORTIZ perfomed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

LUNA is selling their 1991 demos to benefit their Elektra A&R man Terry Tolkin, who isuffering from an aggressive virus.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JASON ISBELL talks to Grantland about 10 of his most gutwrenching tracks.

DAVID CROSBY confirmed that Joni Mitchell had an aneurysm and, to his knowledge, is not speaking yet.

10 SONGS By Rock Stars About How Bad It Sucks to Be a Rock Star....and somehow, The Byrds didn't make the cut.

ROYAL TRUX, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World threepeats atop the chart with 54.2MM, becoming the fastsest movie to make 500MM domestic and surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron as the biggest-grossing movie of 2015. Inside Out placed close with 52.1MM on a 42 percent drop that's smaller than the drop for Monsters University or Toy Story 3 had in their sophomore weekends.  Pixar should rake it in for at least another weekend, before Minions arrives on July 10.  Ted 2 shows with a 33 million debut--that's considerbaly less than the original and raises the possibility that it will recoup its 85MM production budge, but not the likely twice-again-as-large marketing costs before hitting the home markets.  Max takes the fourth slot with 12.2MM, but looks better than the stuffed bear against a 20MM production budget. Spy rounds out the Top 5 with a leggy 7.8MM and looks likely to eke ot a profit in theaters.

BRADGELINA had tea with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

JIMMY FALLON was hospitalized with a hand injury.

AMY SCHUMER discusses why she passed on Comedy Central's offer for her to take over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

MARIAH CAREY and her billionaire boyfriend jetted to Israel for spiritual advice.

DUSTIN DIAMOND,  who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was sentenced Thursday to 4 months in jail for a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

GREECE's banks may need an injection of fresh emergency funds to operate Monday as people rushed to pull out money after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum that could decide his country’s fate in the euro.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Pres Obama's fmr undersecretary of defense for policy opined that to succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately destroying the Islamic State — or even to contain its gains or roll them back — a broader and more intensive effort is needed.

IRAN: A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.

AFGHANISTAN: Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not been confirmed.

CORGIS Are Coming.

CHIPANZEES may have a similar concept of right and wrong to humans a study has found.

A BEAVER fended off two humans trying to break into his home. 

THE SWARM: Deputies in eastern Idaho are investigating what caused a semitrailer to swerve and tip, releasing a swarm of 20 million bees.

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Ramones, Calexico, Fraser Gorman, Ecstatic Vision, Sheep + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE RAMONES! Live at CBGB's circa October 1977.  Your setlist includes: “Blitzkrieg Bop”; “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”; “Beat on the Brat”; “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”; “Rockaway Beach”; “Cretin Hop”; “Oh,Oh, I Love Her So”; and“Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World.

CALEXICO stoppeb by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

FRASER GORMAN advance streams Slow Gum

ECSTATIC VISION advance streams their debut album, Sonic Praise

KING DUDE advance streams Songs of Flesh & Blood - In The Key of Light. 

REFUSED advance streams Freedom.  

SHAFT's OLD MAN: A soul jazz soundtrack to an imaginary black 60s spy film

RICKED WICKY, a/k/a ROBERT POLLARD drops "Tomfoole Terrific" ahead of King Heavy Metal. 

DUNGEN returns with "Åkt Dit", ahead of Allas Sak. 

BLOOD MOON drops "All U Got". 

VERUCA SALT shares their 'Empty Bottle". 

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark discusses collaborating with david Byrne and falling off stage in an hour-plus Times Talk

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield gets an in-depth profile at Pitchfork

BRIAN WILSON is adding US tour dates on the popularity of the Love and Mercy biopic. 

QUEEN is releasing a Bohemian Lager

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Ted 2, which is currnetly scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Max, currently scoring 37 percent. 

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and husband Brian Hallisay have welcomed a son, their second child together.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN may soon become a murder case.

CAMERON DIAZ is reportedly taking a year off from making movies to “be a wife and try to have a baby” with husband of five months, Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden. 

BEN AFFLECK destroys a PBS show

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER opened up to talk show host Howard Stern about his split from Maria Shriver, his love child, and his son Patrick's relationship with Miley Cyrus. 

PATRICK McNEE, who played the iconic role of John Steed in the 1960s British television series, The Avengers, has died at 93

CHINA is indeed the "leading suspect" in the theft of potentially damaging information about federal and military personnel form OPM. 

TURKEY, a member of NATO, is siding with iSIS over the Kurds

THE ISLAMIC STATE in Syria is holding a grotesque “Koran memorization contest” in which the winners will be awarded female child sex slaves.  They've also destroyed two historic tombs at Palmyra.

IRAN: The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms.

THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP, featuring Trouble the Cat

A RARE AMAZONIAN FISH discovered in a US lake does not really want to castrate you

COWS vs SHARKS: Which kill more in the US?

SEVEN SEA TURTLES have been released back into the ocean by the Virginia Aquarium. 

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