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Peter Wolf, Charles Bradley, Jamie Lidell, David Bowie, Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUZANNE VEGA shares a video for "We of Me" from Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers.

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

CHARLES BRADLEY played a mini-set including soulful covers of  Black Sabbath's "Changes" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," on Strombo Sessions.

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DAVID BOWIE: Two of his last recordings,  “When I Met You” and “No Plan," debuted on BBC2. (56:10 and 46:10, respectively)

DEERHOOF shares "Risk Free."

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

CHUCK BERRY, turning 90, announces his first new LP in 38 years. I love that song he does.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are announced.

LUSH is down to one final show as bassist Phil King exits.

DEREK SMALLS...HE WROTE THIS: This is Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer is suing Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music and StudioCanal, alleging it has withheld millions of dollars in profits owed to the creators of the cult 80s rock mockumentary.

TWIN PEAKS released a behind-the-scenes teaser.

RUSSELL CROWE & AZEALIA BANKS's scuffle spilled into a hotel hallway, where it was likely caught on video -- and both sides think the footage will support their version of events.

TOBEY MAGUIRE and wife Jennifer Meyer are separating after nine years of marriage.

RICHARD GERE and CAREY LOWELL are finally divorced after four years.

ASHLEY OLSEN had a romantic hike with entrepreneur Hayden Slater after being seen holding hands?

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is backing a Captain Planet movie.

SCOTT EASTWOOD's Halloween costume looks familiar.

A NORTHERN SAW WHET OWL, just being cute.

A 14-LB LOBSTER was caught off the coast of Bermuda after Hurricane Nicole.

ONE SHRIMP-LIKE family of crustaceansis enjoying climate change.

THOUSANDS OF "SCROTUM FROGS" are dying mysteriously in Peru.

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Ages & Ages, Jimmy Eat World, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROBERT PLANT revisits "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" on Austin City Limits.

BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY play a Tiny Desk Concert.

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

JIMMY EAT WORLD played in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

QUEEN shared an alternate version of "We Will Rock You"  from their upcoming BBC Sessions album.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

STOP STOP KNOCKIN' ON DYLAN's DOOR: The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel prize in literature.

LEONARD COHEN talks about Dylan and much more with The New Yorker.

AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli reflects on Black Love at 20.

OASIS: The women behind the band.

RUSSELL CROWE bounced rapper Azealia Banks out of his hotel suite when she turned into the “plus one” from hell and threatened to cut his guests and watch them bleed ... according to multiple witnesses.  She's claiming assault.

JENNIFER LOPEZ and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Beau “Casper” Smart broke up after she caught him cheating, says a source.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE and...Darren Aronofsky?

SIPDER-MAN: HOMECOMING gets a slight promo from Tom Holland.

INTO THE INFERNO: Werner Herzog is touring a volcano.

SYRIA: On Sunday, ISIS surprisingly withdrew from the highly symbolic town of Dabiq, as its adversaries prepared an offensive against its stronghold Mosul far to the east in Iraq.

KUMBUKA THE GORILLA, charging a window shortly before escaping an enclosure at the London Zoo.

POLICE HORSE Slapped In Ottawa.

COW STAMPEDE sparked by senior citizens.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER has racked up 700K Km in New Zealand.

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Leonard Cohen, Nancy Pants, Male Bonding, Pelican   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOB DYLAN sang "Like a Rolling Stone" for the first time in three years, and played guitar onstage (on "Simple Twist of Fate") for the first time in four years at Desert Trip on the night he was awarded the Nobel prize.

LEONARD COHEN advance streams You Want It Darker.

NANCY PANTS streams their Vol. 27 EP.

MALE BONDING streams Headache.

R.E.M. dropped the demo for "Losing My Religion" on Spotify.

HONUS HONUS shares “The Stripper Has No Navel” head of Use Your Delusion.

PAUL McCARTNEY fielded an all-Macca ensemble for "Comin' Up."

PAUL SIMON: The Pre-Garfunkel Years (Sort Of).

BRATMOBILE's Allison Wolfe talks to Rolling Stone about feminist Punk, old and new.

ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS: Why Punk moved out of the city and into the cul-de-sac.

TAMAM SHUD: The psychedelic surfers who made a classic album in an hour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Accountant topped the chart with 24.7MM, on par with The Town as the studio hoped (tho this appears to be no The Town). Kevin Hart: What Now? placed with 12MM, which is probably fine for the relatively low-budget concert movie.  The Girl on the Train showed with 12MM on a 51 percent drop, but the good news here is that it has recouped  its production budget in North America and early overseas receipts look promising.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children took the fourth slot with 8.MM on a 41 percent drop; it too is also finding a bigger audience abroad, though it needs a much bigger one with a 110MM budget.  Deepwater Horizon rounded out the Top Five with 6.3MM on a 45 percent drop and is in worse shape than Miss Peregrine overseas.

ROSE McGOWAN claims she was raped by an unnamed Hollywood ”studio head” and consequently shamed.

BILLY BUSH is likely to get a 10MM lump settlement from NBC after his abrupt ouster following the vulgar revelations on the Donald Trump tape.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS welcomed a new daughter.

MADONNA is Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR will be the voice of Mark Zuckerberg's AI, if certain conditions are met.

MIRANDA KERR's Malibu mansion was the site of a brutal confrontation that left two people hospitalized.

SOMALIA: The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation.

IRAQ: A military operation to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State has begun, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says.

YEMEN: The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason was fired on again in international waters off the coast of Yemen, but the ship deployed countermeasures and the vessel was not struck, two U.S. officials said.

RUSSIA: The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

A PELICAN eats a live pigeon.

HOW CATS Won The Internet.

THIS OSTRICH snuggles orphan elephants.

A "FROG-LIKE CREATURE" was born to a woman in Zimbabwe, or maybe their attitude towards birth defects could use some work.

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Lemonheads, American Football, John K Samson, Radio Dept, Stray Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart" (though I went with Conan because the original is offline).  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" of The Late Late Show.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL returns with a self-titled LP.

JOHN K. SAMSON (fmr Weakerthans) advance streams Winter Wheat.

THE RADIO DEPT. advance streams Running Out Of Love.

WEYES BLOOD advance streams Front Row Seat To Earth.

MARK FORD (fmr Black Crowes) shares “The Same Coming Up" from The Vulture.

MONOMYTH shares "Re:Lease Life (Place 2 Go)", ahead of Happy Pop Family.

EASYBEATS: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun!

BOB DYLAN won the Nobel prize in literature. The L.A. Times, quoting T Bone Burnett, calls Dylan "the Homer of our time." NPR points you to Dylan highlights from its years of coverage. Pitchfork wishes the Nobel folks had picked someone else. Jeff Blehar argues that Dylan's ubiguity should not be held against him.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E,M. sideman) salutes 20 great songs at Magnet.

KINGS OF LEON discuss their comeback at NME.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks about his favorite albums at The Quietus.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Accountant, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Kevin Hart: What Now?, which is scoring xx percent; and Max Steel, which was not screened for critics.

ROGUE ONE drops a second trailer on line, with another glimpse of Darth Vader.

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM will be five movies, according to J.K. Rowling.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt has finally gotten to spend some time with his kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a piece of a Greek nightclub bearing her name.

WERNER HERZOG wants to play a Bond villain.

YEMEN: The U.S. military retaliated against rebels in Yemen accused of twice firing missiles at a Navy warship in the Persian Gulf.

RUSSIA has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia's state arms export agency as saying on Thursday.

STRAY DOGS destroy a car in Turkey.

THE LONDON ZOO was put on lockdown after a male gorilla escaped from its enclosure on Thursday.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Scammers are trying to cheat residents by claiming they will kill a potentially pesky squirrel in exchange for money, Farmers Branch police say. Not all scammers are human. Just saying.

HUNDREDS OF SNAKES crossed a road in Sarasota, FL.

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Letters to Cleo, Earwigs. Axis: Sova, Duchess Says, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OKKERVIL RIVER shares a video for “Judey On A Street.” (some NSFW nakedness)

LETTERS TO CLEO returns with an EP titled Back To Nebraska.

EARWIGS advance stream Pause for the Jets.

AXIS: SOVA advance streams Motor Earth.

DUCHESS SAYS advance streams Sciences Nouvelles.

CLOUD NOTHINGS share “Modern Act,” ahead of Life Without Sound.

THE OHIO PLAYERS are on "Fire." Over nine minutes, and just gets wackier.

BRIAN WILSON: Read excerpts of his memoirs at Pitchfork and NME.

DAVID CROSBY talks to Stereogum about talks Twitter, streaming, Kanye, and his new album, Lighthouse.

ULTIMATE PAINTING: With their lo-fi guitars and catchy but unfussy melodies, singer-guitarists Jack Cooper and James Hoare are on a mission to strip away clutter.

RICK ASTLEY talks about life after becoming a meme.

MEL GIBSON Is No Longer Persona Non Grata in Hollywood.

MICHAEL JACKSON topped the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities on Wednesday for the fourth straight year.


JUSTICE LEAGUE: IGN has your first look at Amber Heard as Mera of Atlantis.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY gets afeature profile at Esquire.

TOMMY FORD, who played Tommy on the '90s hit show Martin, has died at 52.

SELENA GOMEZ has been recovering at a Tennessee treatment facility since announcing August 30 that she was taking a break to manage “anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”

YEMEN: For the second time this week the USS Mason was targeted by at least one incoming missile fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen. The missiles did not impact the ship and no one was hurt. (BTW, the Houthis are funded and armed by Iran.)

THE RACCOON steals your phone.

TWO PYTHONS, fighting in a kitchen.

COWS ON THE LAM shut down a Louisiana highway.

BEAR COITUS INTERRUPTUS: Not a good idea. The More You Know.

HUNDREDS OF JELLYFISH invade the New Zealand coastline.

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