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Surprisingly busy work day, but Hal Blaine RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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HAL BLAINE. the drummer who propelled dozens of major hit records during the ‘60s and ‘70s as a member of the “Wrecking Crew,” Hollywood’s elite, ubiquitous cadre of first-call studio musicians, died Monday, according to a statement from family members on his official Facebook page. He was 90. That Variety obit  hits some of the highlights of his catalogue -- Elvis, Sinatra, The Crystals, the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, Streisand, the Mamas & Papas -- but this Wikipedia list goes deeper while still not being complete. This 2011 WSJ profile of the master is pretty nifty. Some of the stories there are repeated in this Fresh Air interview, but with more on the invention of rock drumming. MusicRadar has what Blaine considered to be his 11 greatest recordings. And he's all over The Wrecking Crew documentary, as is evident from the trailer.

 

More tomorrow, though I'll still be mourning. (Don't worry; it was a slow "news" day as well.)

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Nick Waterhouse, Amanda Plamer, Ellis, Stray Cats, Cats and Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WRECKLESS ERIC: The "Whole Wide World," of course. With Ian Dury on the throne.

NICK WATERHOUSE visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

AMANDA PALMER plays the World Cafe.

ELLIS plays the Paste studio.

BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTER:  Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst covered the Replacements' "Can't Hardly Wait" at SXSW.

THE STRAY CATS return with "Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)"

 

LOCAL NATIVES return with videos for “When Am I Gonna Lose You” and “Café Amarillo.”

JONI MITCHELL made the best music of her generation by falling in love, over and over, while defending her sense of self.

MERGE RECORDS: 30 Years, 30 Tracks.

TORTOISE's Jeff Parker talks beer and music at October. (Thx, LHB.)

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Mac Davis' ballad "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me."

 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Captain Marvel tops the chart with 153MM, at the top end of estimates and the top debut of 2019 so far, though Avengers: Endgame and Star Wars: Episode IX will challenge it. 300MM+ seems quite likely as a final figure, unless it collapses next weekend (spoiler: not likely). How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World places with 14.7MM on a 51 percent drop; it's a victim of the Marvel juggernaut, but crossed the 100MM mark domestically and is over 400MM worldwide. Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Reunion shows with 12MM on a 55 percent drop that's no surprise for a Perry film; given his budgeting skills, it shouldn't matter. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part languishes in the fourth slot with 3.8MM on a 42 percent drop. Alita: Battle Angel rounds out the Top Five with 3.2MM on a steep 56 percent drop, raising the quesyion of whether this film ever had a chance in the shadow on Captain Marvel. Below the fold, Green Book raked in another 2.5MM in Oscar victory money from sixth place.

JENNIFER LOPEZ and ALEX RODRIGUEZ got engaged.

LEA MICHELE married clothing company president Zandy Reich.

CHANCE THE RAPPER married his childhood crush and mother of his child, Kirsten Corley.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT is now facing deeper legal troubles after a grand jury returned 16 felony counts against the actor for falsely reporting a hate crime attack against him in January.

THE SIMPSONS episode featuring Michael Jackson's voice has been pulled from circulation.

TERRY GILLIAM is not a fan of superhero movies.

THE DISNEY VAULT is blowing up.

GREEN BOOK is Big in China.

JAN-MICHAEL VINCENT, star of Airwolf and The Winds of War, has died of cardiac arrest at 73.

 

GAME OF THRONES, but for housepets.

A JAGUAR attacked a woman who reportedly crossed over a barrier while trying to take a photo at a Phoenix-area wildlife park.

MAN SWEPT INTO WHALE'S MOUTH lives to tell the tale.

THE MANDARIN DUCK has been joined by a Wood Duck in Central Park.

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Minutemen, Ryley Walker, Cracker & CVB, Chai, Son Volt, Doggos   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 08, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

... 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."

RYLEY WALKER & STEVE GUNN, Live at Union Pool.

WILLIAM TYLER, Live at Le Poisson Rouge.

CRACKER & CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN, Live at Sony Hall.

CHAI advance streams PUNK.

THE COMET IS COMING advance streams Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery.

SON VOLT shares "The Reason." (There's also a 1995 concert at the link)

THE BLACK KEYS return with "Lo/Hi."

LAMBCHOP shares “Crosswords, or What This Says About You.”

CANDIE PAYNE brings her updated Northern Soul sound on "I Wish I Could Have Loved You More."

DAP-TONE: Eight great tracks from the retro-soul label, just because.

ANTLERS: Peter Silberman looks back at Hospice for its 10th anniversary at The A. V. Club.

VINYL: Should we call it a comeback?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Three Dog Night's "Black & White," an upbeat and optimistic version of an old lefty folk song.

CAPTAIN MARVEL is this weekend's sole wide releas, currently standing at 82 percent on the ol' Tomatometer. It is a perfectly competent mid-range MCU movie, which is to say it's fine. The Captain's character arc is such that Brie Larsen doesn't have a great deal to work with in the first half. A nifty 90s-centric soundtrack tries hard to make up for this, and it's good, but not as effective as hearing it the first time with the 70'-centric Guardians of the Galaxy. The psothumous Stan Lee cameo here may be his best, at least for Stan Lee aficionados. There are mid-credits and post-credits bonus scenes.

IDRIS ELBA will become Deadshot (instead of Will Smith) in the Suicide Squad sequel.

ALEX TREBEK, diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer this week, says there's one important date in his life that he'd change.

ANDREW GARFIELD and RITA ORA have split; he may be seeing comedian Aisling Bea.

R. KELLY: A new underage victim claims he gave her herpes when she was 17 years old.

THE LITTLE DOG has my spot. For now.

A HUGE SPIDER breaks into an Aussie automobile.

URBAN TURKEYS will not be relocated to South Dakota.

IT COMES AND GOES, but not a karma chameleon.

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Boygenius, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Meg Myers, Richard Hawley   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 07, 2019 - 08:00 AM
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FLAMING GROOVIES "Shake Some Action," circa 1987.

BOYGENIUS visits KEXP.

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND plays WFUV Live.

MEG MYERS plays a Tiny Desk Concert, including a cover of Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill."

SHOVELS & ROPE shares two new songs.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND shares two new songs.

STEPHEN MALKMUS shares "Come Get Me."

 

RICHARD HAWLEY returns with a rocking number, "Off My Mind."

JENNY LEWIS talks about boxing.

OWEN PALLETT has settled a defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of sexual assault, according to the parties involved.

MOTLEY CRUE bassist Nikki Sixx tells Rolling Stone that he does not recall a story in the band’s 2001 memoir The Dirt where he realizes he may have participated in a sexual assault during a party.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Looking Glass' nautical yacht-rock number "Brandy (You're A Fine Girl)."

 

ALEX TREBEK says he has stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

WB chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara reportedly pushed for auditions for British actress Charlotte Kirk amid a sexual relationship; accusations of "extortion" and a proposed settlement agreement followed.

TAYLOR SWIFT talks about what she's learned at 30.

SALMA HAYEK is profiled at Town and Country.

MARK HAMILL talks about how Carrie Fisher will appear in Star Wars: Episode IX.

CRUEL INTENTIONS Turns 20 as Mean Teen movies have again become rather rare.

BRIGHTBURN: James Gunn's tale of an alien child whose ship crashes in rural America, has a trailer online.

 

THAT FEELING WHEN you have to move all the kittens.

DC EAGLE DRAMA: A raccoon crawled into the DC Eagles' nest and ate Liberty's eggs.

HORSESHOE CRABS' sex lives are under surveillance in Florida.

A MISSING TORTOISE returns to its owner in Roswell NM.

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SXSW, Superorganism, Richard Thompson Mix, Catfight   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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AL GREEN sings "Let's Stay Together" with Toni Childs, Carlos Santana, Tito Puente, David Sanborn, Melissa Etheridge and more.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The 2019 SXSW Preview.

SUPERORGANISM visits the Paste studio.

RICHARD THOMPSON: Aquarium Drunkard shares a playlist of RT songs covered by other bands.

THE NATIONAL shares "You Had Your Soul with You."

STRAND OF OAKS shares "Keys."

ANDREW BIRD shares "Manifest."

 

EDDIE VEDDER covers Jason Isbell's "Maybe It's Time," from A Star Is Born. (NSFW intro)

SARA ROMWEBER, the original drummer for North Carolina jangle-pop band Let’s Active, has died at the age of 55 of a brain tumor.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle explains to Vanity Fair how he wound up writing a cycle of songs about dragons and mysteries.

NEW ORDER's Bernard Sumner and Stephen Morris arre “relieved” at Peter Hook’s decision not to sell Ian Curtis letters at auction.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Gilbert O'Sullivan's insanely depressing smash "Alone Again (Naturally)."

 

GAME OF THRONES shares a ttrailer for Season 8.

DARK PHOENIX releases an international trailer.

SHANNEN DOHERTY eulogizes Luke Perry.

RIVERDALE suspends production following Luke Perry’s death.

KYLIE JENNER bcomes the youngest self-made billionaire ever, tho the self-made part is complicated.

R. KELLY sat down for an interview with Gayle King for CBS This Morning, during which he directly addressed the camera and denied any wrongdoing.

SOUTH PARK's Trey Parker files for divorce.

TOM HANKS' grandkids don't know he's a star.

 ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER talks Terminator: Dark Fate.

 

POW! Right in the meower.

A GIANT GATOR strolls across a road in a Florida retirement community. In time to "Celebration."

A DEAF DOG is reunited with her soldier.

MEET THE DOG who climbed a Himalayan peak.

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