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Sorry, had to take a personal day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlI'll be back tomorrow, barring the unforeseen.

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Caveman, Glen Hansard, All Songs Newport, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KATY GOODMAN & GRETA MORGAN, recording a cover of The Gun Club’s “Sex Beat.”

CAVEMAN stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

GLEN HANSARD also stopped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED previews the Newport Folk Festival.

SLEIGH BELLS share “Hyper Dark”.

BLONDIE: "Heart of Glass," filmed at Studio 54 in New York City.

THE LEMON TWIGS are a new band profiled by The Guardian, with a couple of embedded tracks worth checking out.

THE MELVINS talk to Paste about Basses Loaded, Three Men and a Baby and more.

THE EQUALS, an interracial British band in the 60s - perhaps best (un)known as the originators of "Police on My Back," later made famous by The Clash - is essayed by Pitchfork.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST will not face criminal prosecution for the secret recording in which Taylor Swift hears all about the song “Famous” because she knew others were listening.

LADY GAGA and her fiance, Taylor Kinney, have ended their 5 year relationship.

GARRY MARSHALL, creator of the 1970s sitcoms Happy Days, The Odd Couple, Laverne and Shirley and Mork and Mindy and director of Pretty Woman, and The Princess Diaries, died Tuesday.  He was 81. I'll fondly remember him as the casino boss in Lost in America.

PIPPA MIDDLETON and hedge fund manager James Matthews have confirmed they are engaged to be married.

TOM SIZEMORE has been arrested for allegedly beating up his girlfriend.

ROGER AILES, Fox News Chairman, is negotiating his exit from the top-rated cable network amid a lawsuit and internal investigation of alleged sexual harrassment.

TURKEY: A column in a major Turkish daily claims the United States planned last week's failed coup and tried to kill Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Okay, this one's not that threatening.

A DOG held up a Japanese commuter rail line.

CEREBUS, a white terrier, rode a garbage truck 180 miles from the Livingston Transfer Station to the Great Falls Landfill in Montana.

DUCKLINGS learn abstract reasoning within hours of hatching.

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Car Seat Headrest, John Doe, Gregory Porter, Wilco, Horses   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEACH HOUSE covered The Korgis’ 1980 hit “Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometimes” at the Pitchfork Music Fest.

CAR SEAT HEADREST stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set, includinga cover of Bowie's "Blackstar."

JOHN DOE stopped by World Cafe to chat about his memoir and play a mini-set from The Westerner.

GREGORY PORTER plays a soulful Tiny Desk Concert.

WILCO is sneakily sharing part of “If Ever I Was A Child" ahead of the sneakily teased Schmilco.

THE HEAD & THE HEART share “Library Magic” ahead of Signs of Light.

THE TUBES: "She's A Beauty" and "Talk To Ya Later" are your Twofer Tuesday.

WHY THE GRATEFUL DEAD LIVES ON: Insight on the band's legacy from artists including Courtney Barnett, Real Estate, and more.

THE DESCENDENTS' Milo Aukerman shares a playlist with The Guardian.

AMANDA PALMER and her father Jack talk to All Songs Considered about You Got Me Singing.

THE POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE short list nominees are out.

TAYLOR SWIFT and KANYE WEST's feud over the lyrics to "Famous" went nuclear after Kim Kardashian snapchatted audio of a phone call between Swift and West in which Swift seemingly approves. Swift reportedly threatened West with criminal prosecution months ago for secretly recording her phone conversation with him.

DIANE KRUGER & JOSHUA JACKSON  have split after 10 years together.

PIPPA MIDDLETON is reportedly engaged to a hedge fund billionaire.

MATT DAMON is profiled at GQ, with help from George Clooney, Martin Scorsese, Ben Affleck and more.

GHOSTBUSTERS: A sequel to the reboot is unofficially announced.

GERMANY: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say.

IRAN: Key restrictions on Iran's nuclear program imposed under an internationally negotiated deal will start to ease years before the 15-year accord expires, advancing Tehran's ability to build a bomb even before the end of the pact, according to a document obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

HORSES love headbangining to heavy metal.

WILD BOARS may be doing a little too well in Scotland.

A LYNX has been on the lam from Dartmoor Zoo in Devon for 12 days.

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Alan Vega RIP, Belly, Caveman, Chris Forsyth, Fish v Turtle   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ALAN VEGA, vocalist for the protopunk group Suicide, died peacefully in his sleep Saturday. He was 78. Best known for songs including "Cheree," "Dream Baby Dream," and "Ghost Rider," Suicide adopted the "punk" label as early as 1970, but the duo also employed electronic instruments in minimal compositions that world presage much of New Wave music. Joy Division, Nick Cave, Devo, Soft Cell, Thurston Moore, Bono, R.E.M. The Chemical Bros, MGMT and The Kills are among those claiming Suicide as an influence. In solo work, Vega collaborated with not only "artier" types like Ministry's Al Jourgensen and Lydia Lunch, but also with Big Star's Alex Chilton and singer-songwriter Ben Vaughn.  The distinctive Suicide combo of electronica and rockabilly might be most clearly heard in the work of two notable acts.  First, The Cars, in which Ric Ocasek mixed rockability, electronics and minimalism, especially on the band's first three LPs. It was no surprise when Ocasek produced Suicide's second album in 1980. Second, and perhaps less expected, in the work of Bruce Springsteen, whose "State Trooper" sounds very much like an acoustic version of Suicide, and whose later cover of "Dream Baby Dream," first emerged on tour and later on 2014's High Hopes album. R.I.P.

BELLY perfomed for the first time in 20 years, at the Parlor in Newport, RI.

CAVEMAN brought new material to WNYC's Soundcheck.


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS share “I’m Still Here,” from the soundtrack to and upcoming documentaryon Jones’ battle with cancer and her return to the stage in 2014.

WILCO shares a new single, "Locator," at their website, if you give 'em your email address.

EDDIE COCHRAN: "Summertime Blues." Ain't no cure for 'em.

BILLY BRAGG talks - you guessed it - pop and politics (esp Brexit) at NME.

SANTANA talks to The Guardian about Woodstock, being discriminated against at school and making people cry with one note.

MITSKI talks to Drowned in Sound about the making of Puberty 2,touring, and so on.

1971: The Most Influential Year in Rock? I'd argue it represents a transition to albums as the dominant form of presenting rock music. In the internet age, we seem to have shifted back more toward singles, as it was before 1971.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Secret Life of Pets repeats atop the chart with 50.6MM on a 52 percent drop that's just a smidge above the average for recent animation smashes from both Illumination and Pixar, which bodes pretty well, given that some of these wereseq uels to already successful franchises.  Pets has already crossed the 200MM mark, again remarkable for a new property.  The Ghostbusters reboot placed a close second with 46MM, with analysists arguing over whether that's enough to launch a franchise, let alone the "cinematic universe" for which the studio hopes. After all, the reboot had a 140MM production budget and a reported 100MM already has been spent on P & A (mostly marketing). Most comedies are lucky to match their domestic take overseas and (as mentioned here on Friday) China has yet to approve the supernatural film there. The Legend of Tarzan showed with 11.1MM on a 47 percent drop that would be terrific had the studio not spent 180MM on it. Finding Dory takes the fourth slot with 11MM -- but with 445.5MM domestc, it's the biggest release of the year so far and the biggest Pixar film to date. This belated sequel will likely finish seventh in all-time box office. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates rounds out the Top Five with 7.5MM and a 31.3MM total against a 33MM production budget.

STAR WARS: The Celebration convention featured the public release of a Rogue One BTS reel, and the nonpublic showing of a new trailer (that got badly bootlegged) with a bit of Vader. Alden Ehrenreich was confirmed to be young Han Solo in a future spinoff. And fans got tidbits about Episode VIII and more about Rogue One.

DREW BARRYMORE officially filed for divorce from her husband of four years Will Kopelman.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN finalized their divorce.

DEMI LOVATO is hooking up with MMA pro fighter Guilherme “Bomba” Vasconcelos

TATYANA ALI married Dr. Vaughn Rasberry on Sunday, but not in Bel Air.

TARA REID & JENNY McCARTHY had a bit of an on-air catfight.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH will reappear in some form in Star Trek 4.

TURKEY: A coup by a faction of the military against Pres Erdogan failed, in part because rebel F-16s decided against shooting down his jet en route to Istanbul. Though everyone, including the US government, was caught unawares by the abortive coup attempt, perhaps it should have been foreseen. While Erdogan retains support from a majority of the Turkish people -- and was supported against the coup by rival parties -- he has been attempting to Islamicize the secular nation, imprisoning opponents, seizing newspapers, and threatening to dissolve the constitutional court.  Sadly and ironically, Erdogan will now engage in a huge purge of not only suspected coup plotters but political opposition.  Missions by American warplanes flown from the Incirlik air base in Turkey against Islamic State targets will resume following a temporary shutdown in the hours after the failed coup.

PAKISTANI social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch has died, an apparent victim of an "honor killing."

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Even as it launches waves of terrorist attacks around the globe, in public messages and in recent actions in Syria, the group’s leaders are acknowledging the terrorist organization’s declining fortunes on the battlefield while bracing for the possibility that its remaining strongholds could fall.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A three-year-old boy was left dripping with blood after apparently being savagely attacked by an angry pack of squirrels.

COW TAMPERING at the Great Yorkshire Show.

A BOA CONSTRICTOR was pried from an SUV undercarriange in Pennsylvania.

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Nilsson, Jayhawks, The Amazing, Elysia Crampton, Hello   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with HARRY NILSSON! The BBC aired "The Music of Nilsson" in 1971, including a mashup of "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" and "One," "Gotta Get Up," a medley of "Walk Right Back," "Cathy's Clown" and "Let The Good Times Roll," and really moving take on "Life Line." Then there are two videos from The Point!  -- "Think About Your Troubles" and "Are You Sleeping" -- sandwiching "Joy." The set concludes with "Without Her," "Coconut" and "1941."

THE JAYHAWKS play live in WFUV's Studio A.

THE AMAZING advance streams Ambulance.

ELYSIA CRAMPTON advance streams Demon City.

THEE OH SEES share "Axis" ahead of A Weird Exits.

AEROSMITH: "Train Kept A-Rollin'" At least until Midnight.

MEAT LOAF says he has lost 20 lbs since collapsing on stage in Canada last month and is due to start physical therapy and gym training sessions four times a week.

MINOR VICTORIES: Slowdive's Rachel Goswell and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite talk to Under The Radar about their new side project.

THE RASPBERRIES are the latest of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

THE 50 BEST POST-PUNK LPs, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include the reboot of Ghostbusters, which is currently scoring 75 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, though the "top critics" give it 59 percent; and The Infiltrator, currently scoring 64 percent.

GHOSTBUSTERS might not be released in China, which would have large implications for its box office totals.

TOM HIDDLESTON breaks his silence to say his relationship with Taylor Swift is not a publicity stunt.

MICK JAGGER, 72, is having baby number eight with American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, 29.

CHARLIE SHEEN wants to do another reality show, this one about his HIV status.

HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD: Warner Bros applied for a trademark on this title in the UK. Hmmmmmm...

ARCHER vs STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES is a terrific mashup.

TERROR STRIKES FRANCE (AGAIN): At least 80 people were killed and about 100 more were injured (18 critically) when an armed man drove a truck at full speed into a crowd who had gathered to watch the Bastille Day fireworks display over the seafront in Nice on Thursday night.  Both the French TV station BFM and the local newspaper Nice-Matin are reporting that the driver was a 31-year-old with dual French-Tunisian nationality.  A number of media outlets, including The Guardian, have live updates.

HELLO: It's me.

ENDANGERED FERRETS will be targeted by drones with vaccine-laced M & Ms.

A MINNESOTA ALLIGATOR was not aggressive, presumably confused as to how it ended up in Minnesota.

A ROBOT SQUIRREL developed by the US Navy will in no way end up with Skynet becoming self-aware.

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