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Feist, Paul Luc, Moon Taxi, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 08, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHOCKING BLUE: She's your "Venus."  And she was topping the chart this week in 1970.

FEIST plays La Blogotheque.

PAUL LUC streams Bad Seed.

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

VUNDABAR riffs on Mission Of Burma's "That's When I Reach For My Revolver" on their new single "Tonight I'm Wearing Silk."


THE BREEDERS' Kim Deal covers Michael Nesmith's "Joanne."

LANA DEL REY answers questions from Stevie Nicks, Kim Kardashian West, Courtney Love, and more.

MY BLOODY VALENTINE did a deep, career-spanning interview with Uncut, which someone copied and pasted to Reddit.

THE CLASH: NPR re-upped Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon talking about Sandinista! for International Clash Day (yesterday).

JOHN PERRY BARLOW, Grateful Dead lyricist and internet pioneer, has died at age 70.


QUINCY JONES torches the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Marlon Brando and a cast of thousands. And Richard Pryor's widow confirms a bit of it.

DEADPOOL 2 has a trailer online. NSFW language.

SHAZAM! has a cast list and plot summary.

NICOLE EGGERT took Scott Baio up on his challenge and filed a police report, claiming he sexually abused her when she was a minor.

QUENTIN TARANTINO was dead wrong to suggest she welcomed her rape by Roman Polanski in 1977, says Polanski's victim — but she's willing to cut the director some slack.

KYLIE JENNER & TRAVIS SCOTT are co-parenting, but not living together or expecting marriage.

JULIE BOWEN is officially calling it quits with her husband of 13 years.


A SNEAKY CORGI rides a one-eyed pony.

A TIGER that triggered a 45 minute police standoff turned out to be a plush toy.

A GREAT WHITE SHARK has been spotted lingering off the Florida coast.

SUPER ANTS could save the world.

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Calexico, All Songs, Wah-Wah Cowboys, Year of the Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



TITUS ANDRONICUS shares a video for "Above The Bodega (Local Business)."

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED has new tracks from Girlpool, The Messtheticsm, Superorganism, and more.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER's MC Taylor shares mixtapes, Wah-Wah Cowboys, Volume I & 2.

BLOOD ORANGE shares "Christopher & 6th" and "June 12th."

CAR SEAT HEADREST updates "My Boy."


MASON WILLIAMS pumps some "Classical Gas."

CARRIE BROWNSTEIN talks to Stereogum about Sleater-Kinney, Portlandia, and more.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks about attending the Oscars.

SHOEGAZE: A Bluffer's Guide.

ZANE CAMPBELL: The Man Who Would Save Country Music.


QUENTIN TARANTINO talks to Deadline about Uma Thurman's dangerous car stunt.And on Instagram,Thurman adds some more context. Probably a bad day for QT have Jezebel remind everyone he defended Roman Polanski pretty strongly in 2003.

STAR WARS announced a new series of movies to be written by Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. What happens to Confederate?

ISLE OF DOGS: Wes Anderson's upcoming film has a new clip online.

SARAH SILVERMAN & MICHAEL SHEEN have consciously uncoupled.

KYLIE JENNER named her baby...Stormi.

CONAN is coming to Amazon.

LADY BIRD: An argument for why it should win the Oscar.


DOGS IN SINGAPORE dress up to mark the Year of the Dog.

A MUTANT CRAYFISH reproduces asexually and is taking over Europe.

THE ROAMING CHICKENS of Ybor City aren’t charming local color to everyone who lives and works in the historic Latin district.

TWO LIONS, One Vulture.

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Lee Renaldo, Tift Merritt, Hovvdy, Steely Dan, Seagull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



PARAMORE play morning show hosts in their new "Rose-Colored Boy" video.

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

TIFT MERRITT plays the Mountain Stage.

HOVVDY streams Cranberry.

SLOAN shares "The Day Will Be Mine."


R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

STEELY DAN gets almost 2 hours of discussion on Political Beats with guest Eli Lake.

THE 20 BEST LEAD-OFFS ON DEBUT ALBUMS, according to Salon.

PATTERSON HOOD of  the Drive-By Truckers talks to The Los Angeles Review of Books.

HOT CHIP's TOP 10 SONGS, according to Stereogum.


SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY has a full trailer online.

JOHN MAHONEY, best known for playing Martin Crane on 11 seasons of Frasier, died in Chicago on Sunday while in hospice care, his manager, Paul Martino, confirmed. He was 77. Mahoney worked in film for more than 35 years, appearing in classics like The American President, Moonstruck, In the Line of Fire, and Say Anything.

KELSEY GRAMMER, meanwhile, is now doing opera.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN is thinking of suing Uma Thurman. Good luck with that.

BLACK PANTHER: Chadwick Bozeman and Ryan Coogler talk to Variety about their upcoming blockbuster. Sonny Bunch reminds us of past African-American comic book movie heroes.

KIM CATRALL's brother went missing and has been announced as dead.


MAN ATTACKED by rescued seagull.

A MASSIVE TIGER SNAKE invades a home office.

A HORSE startled by an umbrella goes nuts near Central Park.

IT'S RAINING ELK, sort of.

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Dennis Edwards RIP, Pate, LCD Soundsystem, Bat Fangs, Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DENNIS EDWARDS, who succeeded David Ruffin in The Temptations, has died aged 74 of complications from meningitis.  He was the lead singer on a series of hits including Cloud Nine, Ball of Confusion, and the epic Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.

CLAUDE PATE: The Situation EP is steaming on Spotify.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM plays a set on Austin City Limits.

BAT FANGS are streaming their debut on Spotify.

TALKING HEADS: "Once In a Lifetime." How did I get here?

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks about returning to songwriting on guitar for ken.

BEYOND RETRO: Remixers are taking new hits back to the 80s.

THE TOP 10 SIMPLE MINDS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Wilbert Harrison's R & B standard "Kansas City."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle climbs back to the top of the chart on the traditionally slow SuperBowl weekend with another 11MM on a leggy 32 percent drop. It's Sony's third-biggest hit ever, behind the first two Spider-Man movies. The Maze Runner: The Death Cure places with 10.2MM on a not-so-leggy 58 percent drop. The debut of Winchester shows with 9.3MM and likely dies next weekend when a normal slate of movies are released.  The Greatest Showman remains in fourth on arguably one of the leggiest performances of all time (leggier than Titanic, albeit with lower overall numbers). Hostiles round out the Top Five with 5.5MM on a 45 percent drop; it's now in danger of not recouping its budget domestically.

UMA THURMAN accuses Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, and Quentin Tarantino of endangering her life.

VINCENT CIRRINIONE helped Halle Berry and Taraji P. Henson become stars, and now stands accused of unwanted sexual advances.

KATE UPTON accused the Guess fashion brand's co-founder Paul Marciano of sexual harassment.

KYLIE JENNER and Travis Scott are parents after she gave birth Thursday to a “beautiful and healthy” baby girl.

NATALIE PORTMAN defended the Star Wars prequels in a NSFW SNL rap video.

ALEC BALDWIN skewers Trump, but defends Allen and Toback.

JOHN STAMOS and his fiance Caitlin McHugh got married.  And robbed.

A KANGAROO takes out a Queensland cyclist.

NIGEL, the world's loneliest bird, died next to the decoy he loved.

A FALLING GOOSE knocked out a hunter after being shot.

SNAKE secretly flushing a toilet.

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That's right, woodchuck chuckers...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today."

Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?"

First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..."

Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..."

First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers, it's...


Today, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 103 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 18 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we conclude:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Phil saw his shadow, efectively forecasting another six weeks of winter.   In NJ, Milltowm Mel predicted an early spring.

SON LUX advance streams Brighter Wounds.

PALM advance streams Rock Island.

TWINK, a veteran of the '60s and '70s British psych scene (Tomorrow, The Pretty Things), is back with Think Pink III.

CASSANDRA JENKINS streams her new live EP.

NICKLAS PASCHBERG advance streams Oceanic.

THURSTON MOORE shares "Mx Liberty."

GIRLPOOL & DEV HYNES team up on "Picturesong."

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers Freddy Fender's "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights."

BRYAN FERRY on on how Roxy Music invented a new kind of pop.

JANE BIRKIN talks to Magnet about France, Charlotte Serge, etc.

NEIL YOUNG is starring in Daryl Hannah's Western, Paradox.

THE NUMBER ONES hops on Dave "Baby" Cortez's "The Happy Organ."

WINCHESTER, which was not screened for critics, is the only wide released dumped on SuperBowl weekend.

ROBERT WAGNER is officially named as a "person of interest" in Natalie Woods’ death, 37 years later.

JIM CARREY is cleared over the wrongful death of former girlfriend.

RYAN SEACREST:  An E! investigation into allegations of misconduct has found “insufficient evidence to support the claims” against the popular on-air personality.

STAN LEE has been hospitalized but is doing fine.

BLACK PANTHER co-writer Joe Robert Colegives Uproxx a behind-the-scenes look at how he helped bring a cinematic version of Wakanda to reality.

CHRIS PRATT's Cowboy Ninja Viking has a director: Michelle MacLaren, who is best known for her award-winning work on the acclaimed television shows Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

KATHY GRIFFIN: Can a Comic in Exile Come Back? Can she come back as Annie Lennox?

A DONKEY leads an escaped herd of goats and sheep through a California neighborhood.

A DOG tracks down a cat at Sea-Tac.

A CAT steals the neighborhood underwear.

STU THE TURKEY terrorizes Mount Lebanon.

FIONA THE HIPPO makes a SuperBowl pick.

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