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Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Hiss Golden Messenger, All We Are, Cat House   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY blasts through "A New Wave" for Letterman, and "Surface Envy" for Conan in a TV twofer Tuesday.  I think Conan got the better end of the deal.

RYAN ADAMS & JENNY LEWIS play Austin City Limits.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams the Southern Grammar EP.

ALL WE ARE advance streams their self-titled debut.

PERCUSSIONS, a Four Tet side project, released 2011 Until 2014.

MIKAL CRONIN drops “Made My Mind Up” ahead of MCIII.

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS bring Sharon van Etten to bear on “To Be And To Be Kept,” ahead of Playmates.

FAITH NO MORE dropsthe  very NSFW single "Superhero," ahead of their reunion LP.

THE BAND: "The Weight," from their dancing movie

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson talk to The Guardian about about their first encounter, terrible open-mic evenings and how Status Quo will rescue any gig. 

THE DEATH OF MUSIC SALES: If CDs are truly dead, digital music sales are lying in the adjacent grave

TOM PETTY & JEFF LYNNE have received songwriting credits for Sam Smith's hit, "Stay With Me."

THE WILD HONEY ORCHESTRA will serve up the Beatles' “White Album” on Feb. 28 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, with an all-star lineup of pop-minded musicians from L.A. and beyond raising money for Autism Think Tank.

BILL COSBY's latest accuser pops up at the HuffPost.

EMILE HIRSCH was involved in a fracas with a female executive from Paramount Pictures while partying into the early hours at the Sundance Film Festival.

EMMA WATSON has closed a deal to star in Disney's live-action musical Beauty and the Beast. Bonjour!

LINDSAY LOHAN is scrambling to finish her community service by Wednesday ... because jail is on the line.

JAMES CAAN has filed for divorce from his wife for the third time.

CHRIS WEITZ is re-writing the first Star Wars stand-alone spin-off. It's an...interesting choice.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON graces the cover(s) of Empire magazine, should you want a closeup look at the titular villain.

THE EPIC UNCOOL of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oddly, only a graf on Almost Famous, which inspired the title of the article.

THE UNITED STATES: Federal authorities announced charges against three Russian nationals, accused of spying on behalf of their government and attempting to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources in the USA.

JAPAN: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding.

SYRIA: Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed to have lifted the Islamic State’s four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run.

IRAQ: Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada’s government denies they’re involved in combat.

A CRAZY CAT HOUSE, courtesy of a crazy cat dude.

HISSING COCKROACHES & GIANT SCORPIONS may be adopted in honor of your exes for Valentine's Day, courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.

A RESCUE DOG gives birth to 14 puppies.

WATER DOG & LAND DOG, snuggling together... mass hysteria!

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Ex Hex, Title Fight, Diana Krall, Aggrocrag, Boston Terriers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EX HEX's video for “Don’t Wanna Lose” pays homage to the cult Punk musical Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

TITLE FIGHT advance streams Hyperview.

DIANA KRALL advance streams Wallflower.

AGGROCRAGG streams the Figi Afterglow EP.

APHEX TWIN is streaming Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 via Spotify. Not my bag, but may be yours...

THE ROLLING STONES' take on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction)" in Charlie Is My Darling would put many Punk bands to shame. Dang!

RYAN ADAMS and MANDY MOORE are divorcing after six years of marriage.

KURY COBAIN: Montage of Heck premiered at Sundance, including a Beatles cover. But it's unclear whether Dave Grohl mill make the final cut.

TANGERINE DREAM co-founder Edgar Froese has died at 70, af ter a pulmonary embolysm; Aquarium Drunkard and Stereogum offer perspective.

KIM FOWLEY's funeral was packed, with mourners including Joan Jett and Rodney Bingenheimer. It's all happening.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: American Sniper dominates the chart for a second weekend, grossing 64.4 million on a very leggy 30 percent drop. A genuine phenom, Clint Eastwood's pic already closes in on a quarter-billion dollars in worldwide sales. The Boy Next Door is a distand secound at 15 million...but that's fine against a 4 million budget.And it's actually Jennifer Lopez's best opening in years.  Paddington shows with 12.4 million on a 35 percent drop that's not bad, given that last weeekend was a holiday weekend.  Big European receipts make this a decent hit.  The Wedding Ringer drops 44 percent from its debut to gross 11.6 million, and will likely profit in theaters, though not by much.  Taken 3 rounds out the Top Five with 7.6 million on another big 48 percent drop; again, this is likely to profit in theaters, but the real margin will come overseas.  Below the fold, The Imitation Game holds strong in 6th, actually increasing its take over last weekend, while the debuts for Strange Magic and Mortdecai flop into 7th and 9th, respectively. Ouch and Ouch.

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD gave awards to these folks.

LINDSAY LOHAN jokes about her incurable tropical virus.

PATRICK DEMPSEY is getting divorced by Jillian Fink after 15 years of marriage, and there's no prenup.

STEPHEN COLLINS has settled his dvorce, and his  it provides every copy of the Collins' audio in which he confesses to child molestation must be destroyed.

SEAN PENN has filed to adopt his fiancée Charlize Theron's 3-year-old son Jackson.

ALEC BALDWIN will reportedly confront his demons in a memoir.

CHEWITEL EJIOFOR  is being courted by Marvel to take on an unspecified role in the company's Doctor Strange.

CHINA: Satellite imagery analysis by IHS Jane’s released on January 22 confirms Japanese media reports last month that China is building a military base on islands near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

FRANCE: Officials announced new measures aimed at reinforcing secular values at French schools, after the terrorist attacks in and around Paris exposed serious cultural rifts between children in heavily immigrant communities and others in classrooms throughout the country.

YEMEN: The Obama administration has been forced to suspend certain counterterrorism operations with Yemen in the aftermath of the collapse of its government, according to U.S. officials, a move that eases pressure on al-Qaeda’s most dangerous franchise. The WaPo also tries to explain the chaos.

IRAQ: The U.S. and Iraq have begun preparations for an assault by summer to retake Mosul, selecting and training military units and cutting supply lines to Islamic State militants who control Iraq’s second-largest city, the top American commander in the Middle East said. Interviews with 11 Mosul residents, several of whom fled this month, reveal how the Islamic State has created a police state strong enough to weather severe popular discontent and military setbacks, including the deaths of senior leaders.

A FRENCH BULLDOG plays with his pups.

A DEAD SQUIRREL photobombs a live Britich TV broadcast.

GOATS are deployed as lawnmowers along Hwy 68, between Monterey and Salinas, CA.

A BABY ORANGUTAN is being nursed back to health after spending the first 10 months of his life squeezed into a chicken coop and horrifically malnourished.

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Minutemen, Wildhoney, Panda Bear, Alvvays, Dog Video   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE MINUTEMEN! San Pedro, California's greatest musical export took apart rock, jazz and funk and put the pieces back together in a jagged collage. They are caught here in an acoustic session for a cable-access show from Hollywood, circa 1985. Your setlist includes "The Meter Man," "Corona," "Themselves," "The Red And The Black" (Blue Öyster Cult), "Badges, "I Felt Like Gringo," "Time" (Richard Hell), "Green River" (Creedence Clearwater Revival), "Lost" (Meat Puppets), "Ack Ack Ack," "Ain't Talkin' Bout Love" "History Lesson Part II," "Tour Spiel" and "Little Man With A Gun In His Hand.

WILDHONEY advance streams their debut, Sleep Through It.

PANDA BEAR, Live at Brooklyn’s Warsaw circa Spring 2014.

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

PARQUET COURTS preview two tracks from Live At Third Man Records.

VETIVER drops “Current Carry,” their first new song since 2011, ahead of Complete Strangers.

HURRY drops a single titled "Shake It Off," which is not a taylor Swift cover.

ARCTIC MONKEYS: "I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor." Their ferocious (Domino) debut.

BOB DYLAN gives his first interview in years...to AARP.

J MASCIS talks to Drowned In Sound about touring solo, making Tied To A Star, and the past and future Dinosaur Jr.

ROBERT FORSTER: The Go-Between talks to The Guardian about turning critic and which of his songs Ed Sheeran should cover.

THE SONICS are releasing their first album of new material since 1967.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Strange Magic, which is currently scoring 14 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mortdecai, which is scoring 10 percent; and The Boy Next Door, scoring 16 percent.  Cake expands to 482 screens at 39 percent.

AMANDA BYNES won't be prosecuted for DUI ... but the arrest could still get her thrown in jail.

RACHAEL LEIGH COOK and Daniel Gillies tell E! News that they are pregnant with their second child.

HOPE SOLO, the American goalkeeper with a history of off-field problems, has been suspended by the U.S. Soccer Federation for 30 days and will miss the women’s national team matches against France and England next month. Solo's husband Jerramy Stevens was driving a U.S. Soccer team van at the time of his DUI arrest Monday morning.

PAULA PATTON is being called to testify in the court battle over whether Robin Thicke ripped off "Blurred Lines" from Marvin Gaye.

SIMON PEGG has been set to co-write Star Trek 3.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY is headed for a North American debut of at least 45 million over Valentine's Day and Presidents Day weekend, according to early tracking.

MARTIN SCORSESE’s partly finished documentary about Bill Clinton — which once seemed likely to be released as Hillary Rodham Clinton was navigating a presidential run — has stalled over disagreements about control, people briefed on the project said.

TOM BRADY gave a presser about his deflated balls at the AFC Championship.

UKRAINE: Fighting in eastern Ukraine is fiercer than ever in some locations, NATO's top commander in Europe said Thursday — adding that the weapons systems seen now in the region have in the past heralded a fresh incursion by Russian troops.

SAUDI ARABIA: Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the sixth king of Saudi Arabia, who came to the throne in old age and earned a reputation as a cautious reformer even as the Arab Spring revolts toppled heads of state and Islamic State militants threatened the Muslim establishment that he represented, died on Friday, according to a statement on state television. He was 90.

YEMEN's President resigned Thursday night shortly after his prime minister and the Cabinet stepped down: seismic changes in the country's political scene that come just one day after the government and Houthi rebels struck a tentative peace deal meant to end days of turmoil.

JOSIE THE GOLDEN watches a viral dog video.

ROO, a two-legged dog, makes like a kangaroo.

MITTENS THE CAT is undergoing gender assignment surgery.


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The Charlatans (UK), Twerps, Dirty Dishes, Mountain Goats, Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KING TUFF drops a video for the power-poppin' “Headbanger,” ft the Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones as the host of Bottom Of The Pops. NSFW dialog at the end.

THE CHARLATANS (UK) advance stream Modern Nature, their first record since the death of drummer Jon Brookes in 2013.

TWERPS advance stream Range Anxiety.

DIRTY DISHES advance stearm their debut, Guilty.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" ahead of Beat the Champ.

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD cover Elliott Smith's "Somebody That I Used To Know."

THE HOLLIES: "I Can't Let Go."

SLEATER-KINNEY is interviewed by the cast of Broad City for NPR.

KAREN O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs is interviewed by Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig about D'Angelo, risk-taking, and her selfies policy.

THE TING TINGS did a Reddit AMA.

THE SMITHS: Ten of Their Best.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is engaged to boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

LINDAY LOHAN  is in a London hospital with a rare, incurable virus she apparently picked up in Bora Bora.

JENNIFER ANISTON talks to THR about her Oscar snub, dyslexia, real-life soap opera, etc.

JUSTIN BIEBER asked to be skewered by Comedy Central because he wants to make a public declaration he's screwed up a lot in the past, but he's figured it out and has changed for the better.

PAULINA GRETZKY and her golfer pro fiance Dustin Johnson have welcomed their first baby into the world.

GEORGE LUCAS tells Cinema Blend that Disney isn't using his ideas for the next Star Wars trilogy. I sense the opposite of a great disturbance in The Force.

FRANCE is to recruit thousands of extra police, spies and investigators to boost national security and intelligence, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced on Wednesday, two weeks after 17 people were killed by Islamist militants.

THE EUROPEAN UNION: In the wake of this month’s terrorist attacks in Paris, European leaders are calling for significant changes to what has long been a paradox of their borderless continent: Their citizens can move freely, but information about them does not.

LIBYA: The internationally-recognized government reaffirmed its support of former Khaddafi General Khalifa Haftar, who was officially reinstated to the army recently.

A KANGAROO toppled a cyclist in Canberra.

THE WORMS That Invade Your Brain.

SNAKE in a LOWE's: A customer at a Lowe's in Corinth, Miss. was bitten on the head by a snake Saturday.

THE IDAHO GIANT SALAMANDER failed in its bid to become the official state amphibian.

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Ty Segall, The Dodos, Natalie Prass, X-Ray Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE GO! TEAM drops a video for "The Scene Between".

TY SEGALL advance streams Live In San Francisco.

THE DODOS advance stream Individ.

NATALIE PRASS advance streams her self-titled debut.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark drops "Bad Believer," one of five new songs to feature on a deluxe edition of her self-titled 2014 album.

THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops "Do the Get Down" ahead of Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015.

SLEATER-KINNEY drops vinyl-only track, "The Fog And Filthy Air"

LAURA MARLING drops “False Hope” ahead of Short Movie.

LED ZEPPELIN drops a rough mix of the funky hard-rock radio staple "Houses of the Holy."

THE SMITHEREENS: "Behind The Wall Of Sleep", Live on TheTube, 1987.

BJORK is releasing Vulnicura on iTunes months early, after it leaked to the internet over the weekend.

GARY GLITTER is on trial for for 10 sexual offenses, all committed between 1975 and 1980, all with girls between the ages of 12 and 14.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS: Aquarium Drunkard caught up with Sonny to speak about being a dad, transformation, and health food stores.

THE 10 BEST BLACK CROWES SONGS, according to Stereogum.

CLINT EASTWOOD reminds everyone he's an anti-war libertarian.

BILLY CRYSTAL clarified remarks he made Sunday at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour that have been taken out of context.  Shocka.

LINDSEY VONN claims Tiger Woods' missing-tooth tale has no holes.

JOHNNY DEPP is sickened by actors capitalizing on their fame to become recording artists.

RYAN GOSLING can't find his stalker.

CHAD MICHAEL MURRAY tied the knot with his Chosen co-star Sarah Roemer.

THE INTERVIEW, almost scrapped by Sony in December, has already grossed 40 million in on-demand rentals and another 6 million in theaters. Still a long way to profit, but it's headed fro Netflix.

YEMEN's Shiite Houthi rebels stormed the presidential complex in the capital Sanaa on Tuesday following clashes that left at least two dead, Al Arabiya correspondent reported.

SYRIA: The Obama administration maintains that a lasting political solution requires Mr. Assad’s exit. But facing military stalemate, well-armed jihadists and the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the United States is going along with international diplomatic efforts that could lead to more gradual change in Syria.

THE ISLAMIC STATE Goes Medieval on Gays.

X-RAY VIDEO shows how hamsters stuff their cheeks.

ARE HIPPOS cuddly, supersize herbivores or giant, cannibalistic killing-machines?

A NORFOLK FAMILY was reunited with their lost (and stolen) dog thanks to the honesty of another local family.

CATS & CHICKEN, living together... mass hysteria!

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