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Otis Redding, Grandaddy, Chicano Batman, Ibibio Sound Machine, Iguana vs Snakes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with OTIS REDDING!  Otis and the Bar-Kays crank up the energy to 11 for a Ready Steady Go special, crashing through "Satisfaction,"  "My Girl" and "Respect," then "Shake" morphing into "Land of a Thousand Dances" performed by Otis, Eric Burdon and Chris Farlowe.  BONUS: from the same special, Eric Burdon covers "Hold On, I'm Coming," while Chris Farlowe covers "It's a Man's World."

GRANDADDY advance streams Last Place,the band's first LP in a decade or so.

CHICANO BATMAN advance streams Freedom Is Free.

IBIBIO SOUND MACHINE advance streams Uyai.

WHITNEY covers Bob Dylan's "Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You."

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

DIRTY PROJECTORS: Dave Longstreth talks to SPIN about a band that's now really a band of one.

LOS CAMPESINOS! is profiled over at PopMatters.

CRAIG FINN talks to amNY about the solo tour, the Hold Steady (and the prospect that Franz may rejoin).

PRIMAL SCREAM: Ten of Their Best.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: Get Out, which is currently scoring 100 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Rock Dog, which is currently scoring 43 percent; and Collide, which was not advance screened for critics.

HONEST TRAILERS for the 2017 Oscars Best Picture nominees.

DONALD & MELANIA TRUMP won't be watching the Oscars.

PAULA PATTON made an explosive claim in her raging custody war with Robin Thicke.

RHIANNA has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year.

STAR WARS: Are the original versions of the original trilogy finally coming back to the home market?

THE BATMAN, contra earlier reports, will be directed by Matt Reeves.

NIGHTWING: Chris McKay will helm a film based on the DC character Dick Grayson, best known as a member of the Batman family.

DEADPOOL 2 has brought in Drew Goddard to assist the screenplay.

PIXAR IN A BOX: The Art of Storytelling.

IMDb won a ruling that a new California law limiting online publication of actors' ages likely violates the First Amendment.

NORTH KOREA: Malaysian police said on Friday (Feb 24) that the chemical substance used in the murder of Kim Jong Nam -- the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un -- was identified as "VX nerve agent".

RUSSIA secretly deployed a new cruise missile that American officials say violates a landmark arms control treaty, posing a major test for President Trump as his administration is facing a crisis over its ties to Moscow.

IGUANA vs SNAKES: Behind the scenes filming of the BBC's Planet Earth II.

RESEARCHERS at University College London say they found no link between cat ownership and the development of psychotic symptoms.

A BABY GIRAFFE got censored on the Tube for explicit content.

RADIOAcTIVE WILD BOARS roam the mountains of Europe.

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Laura Marling, Skyway Man, Strand of Oaks, Ride, Knife-Wieldng, Drunk Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LAURA MARLING shared a video for "Next Time."

SKYWAY MAN advance streams Seen Comin’ From A Mighty Eye.

STRAND OF OAKS covers The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and Phish for a Lagniappe Session at Aquarium Drunkard.

RIDE returns with "Charm Assault" and "Home is a Feeling."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS share "Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back To Leeds" ahead of Goths.

HA HA TONKA returns with "All With You" ahead of Heart-Shaped Mountain.

HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985.

THE SONGWRITERS' HALL OF FAME 2017 inductees are announced, including Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & terry Lewis, and Jay-Z (the HoF's first rapper).

RYAN ADAMS, ranked by Paste.

SLY STONE: Ten Late, Great Songs.

A TINY PIPE ORGAN, powered by a balloon.

ANGELINA JOLIE: Despite reports that she is done with Hollywood, Jolie is lining up new acting and directing projects.

HARRISON FORD: There's video of his airport near-miss incident.

THE MOVIES ARE DEAD, according to Martin Scorsese and Ridley Scott.

THE DISCOVERY:  Robert redford discovers the afterlife in this trailer.

LEAH ADLER, the mother of Steven Spielberg who fostered his interest in filmmaking, died Tuesday.  She was 97.

EGYPT: Thousands mourned the 'blind sheikh' convicted in 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

IRAQ: US troops were wounded on the front lines in Mosul.

A KNIFE-WIELDING, DRUNK MONKEY hopped onto the roof of a makeshift bar in Patos, Brazil.

THE MAMMOPHANT: The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering. They've spared no expense.


TINY FROGS — some smaller than the average fingernail — can barely be heard making their distinct insectlike calls in marshes and under damp leaf litter in a remote rain forest in India.

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Dirty Projectors, The Arkells, All Songs, Japandroids, Dolly Parton, Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON shares a video for "Can I Sit Next To You," which has secretly been playing on late-night TV and American Airlines flights for some time already.

DIRTY PROJECTORS is advance streaming their new self-titled LP.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Lana Del Rey, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Shugo Tokumaru and more.

JAPANDROIDS & CRAIG FINN covered the Saints "(I’m) Stranded."

DOLLY PARTON covers Brandi Carlile's "The Story."

THE 1975 cover Sade's "By Your Side."

THE HONEY CONE are gonna put it in "The Want Ads" for ya.

THE FEELIES: Glenn Mercer talks to PopMatters about In Between, the band's first album in six years.

THE SEX PISTOLS' Steve Jones talked about his memoir at World Cafe.

TY SEGALL, interviewed by Fred Armisen.

LARRY CORYELL, a guitarist known as the "Godfather of Fusion," has died at the age of 73.

YOUNG HAN SOLO began principal photography.

CHRIS BROWN has been judicially ordered to stay clear of ex-GF Karrueche Tran.

GEORGE CLOONEY talks about his impending fatherhood.

TOM HANKS is writing his first book.

DAVID CROSS & AMBER TAMBLYN announced the birth of their first child together on Tuesday.

LINDSAY LOHAN claims she was racially profiled at Heathrow Airport for wearing a head scarf.

LOVE, ACTUALLY: Richard Curtiss talks more about the short "sequel" he's making for Red Nose Day.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT is met by a grandma with a slinky.

A BULL was involved in a wild Queens police chase Tuesday morning, then died.

A MOOSE mounts a car in Maine.

A HALF-EATEN SHARK washed ashore Saturday on New Smyrna Beach in Florida, and everyone appears to have the same question: What ate it?

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Springsteen, Xiu Xiu, Wild Pink, No Thank Tou, Kurt Cobain, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN brings a Brisbane teenager onstage for some "Growin' Up."

XIU XIU is advance streaming FORGET.

WILD PINK advance streams their self-titled debut album.

NO THANK YOU is streaming Jump Ship.

SUPERCHUNK shares an acoustic version of “Everything At Once.”

KURT COBAIN would have turned 50 yesterday, and the reaction online suggests we've still never stopped thinking about him.  Certainly, Frances Bean Cobain hasn't.  A few years back, The Guardian posted a trove of its original Nirvana coverage at Buzzfeed, and republished its reporting on his death on their own site (SPIN reupped its 1994 coverage also).  Butch Vig talked about Nevermind back on that LP's 20th anniversary.  I'll link to the Unplugged versions of my two faves, "About A Girl," and "All Apologies" for Twofer Tuesday.

PAUL & RINGO, together again.

JANE BIRKIN: The Mother of All Babes.

BABES IN TOYLAND, remembered at MinnPost.

WHEN ROCK SINGERS tackle the Great American Songbooks.

BRANGELEXIT: Angelina Jolie talks about Cambodia, politics and family. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt has custody of Hollywood.

KING ARTHUR: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, directed by...Guy Ritchie, has a trailer online.

DAVID CASSIDY is battling dementia.

PRISCILLA PRESLEY confirmed she is caring for Lisa Marie's young children as the kids' father faces explosive allegations of child abuse.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST gives you a minute of live-action "Belle."

THE LION KING: Disney's live-action version casts Donald Glover and James Earl Jones, the latter obvsly.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants to play Ariel in Disney's live -action version of The Little Mermaid.

DAISY RIDLEY is begged by still more celebs for Star Wars spoilers.

STAR WARS: AFTERMATH reveals the sad end of Jar-Jar Binks.

RICHARD SCHICKEL, film critic and author, a longtime reviewer for Time magazine,died Saturday at 84.

VITALY CHURKIN, the tough-talking Russian ambassador to the United Nations, died suddenly Monday after falling ill at his country's consulate in New York City.People may leap to conclusions; I won't, but I will say I met him in 80s, which should tell you her survived and thrived regimes before and after the Soviet Union.

ELEPHANTS did not want to leave their friend who was put down after breaking a leg.

A GIANT FLYING REPTILE may have been the largest and most feared predator in ancient Transylvania.

POLICE WARNING: Don't open doors to 'any unfamiliar cattle.'

AN 11-FOOT PYTHON slithered into a South Florida student’s car.

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Craig Finn, Hamilton Leithauser, Margaret Glaspy, Horned-Face Dinosaur   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STURGILL SIMPSON is sharing a video for “All Around You.”

CRAIG FINN stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set, incl new material.

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER plays a solo acoustic mini-set at The Current.

MARGARET GLASPY plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

SONDRE LERCHE shares a "Violent Game" ahead of Pleasure.

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

FLO & EDDIE, a/k/a Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan of The Turtles, lost a digital royalties suit in New York.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Reupping this piece about Bob Stinson and the songs Paul Westerberg wrote about him to mark the anniversary of Bob's death over the weekend.

WALTER "JUNIE" MORRISON, who played keyboards in Funkadelic and the Ohio Players, has died. The details surrounding his death have not yet been made public. He was 62.

CLYDE STUBBLEFIELD, James Brown's one-time drummer and the creator of one of hip-hop's most popular samples, has died at the age of 73.  That 20 seconds of "Funky Drummer" of course, is just the tip of an amazing acreer that includes gems like "Mother Popcorn."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The LEGO Batman repeats atop the chart with a strong 34.2MM on a Presidents' Day Weekend that seems to have not brought out the masses.  Fifty Shades Darker places again with 21MM on a 55 percent drop from last weekend (and after an 11MM Valentine's Day).  This sequel has grossed ~277MM worldwide against a 55MM budget and the end of the trilogy has already been shot, awaiting next February.  The debut of The Great Wall shows with 18MM against a 150MM, which sounds like a bomb until you realize this was all about establishing Matt Damon as Big In China, where the film has grossed 170MM; the global total stands at 262MM so far.  John Wick: Chapter Two takes the fourth slot with 16.5MM and has already outgrossed the original on domestic screens.  The debut of Fist Fight rounds out the Top Five with 12MM against a 25MM budget.  Below the fold, A Cure For Wellness debuted in tenth with 4MM against a 40MM budget; Ouch.

THE WRITERS GUILD of AMERICA AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats!

JENNIFER GARNER is gearing up to file for divorce from Ben Affleck, after two years sort of apart.

ZOE SALDANA nd her husband, Marco Perego, have welcomed a third child together.

ROBIN THICKE & PAULA PATTON got into it again in their custody war, and cops rushed to the scene again.

NICOLE KIDMAN reveals that she was once engaged to Lenny Kravitz. She likes those musicians.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY's eight-year-old twin daughters have been taken into care after “disturbing” photos and videos were found on the computer of their father.  She also claims to have burned through most of a $100MM inheritance.

THE BATMAN is in bigger trouble as Matt Reeves has exited the negotiations to direct.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: Emma Watson disputes that it's a story about Stockholm Syndrome.

JULIE ANDREWS is fine with the Mary Poppins sequel, which has added Angela Lansbury to the cast.

WARREN FROST, an actor best known for his roles on Twin Peaks and Seinfeld, has died after a lengthy illness. He was 91.

NORTH KOREA: An Indonesian woman arrested for suspected involvement in the killing of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's half-brother in Malaysia was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank, Indonesia's national police chief has said, citing information received from Malaysian authorities.

OMAR ABDEL-RAHMAN, the "Blind Sheikh" convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, has died in prison.

IRAN's  Foreign Minister Javad Zarif dismissed the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal.  Obvsly. Why would Iran want to rengotiare a deal they aren't following?

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, Feb 22nd is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

A HORNED-FACE DINOSAUR species, 73MM years old, was discovered in Mexico.

A RANDY ELK mounted a wooden one in northern Sweden.

THE LIONS OF LOS ANGELES: Are the city's pumas dangerous predators or celebrity guests?

A RACCOON took a ride on the back of a trash truck Friday through Arlington VA’s Rosslyn neighborhood.

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