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Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Punch Bros, Tomberlin, Hippo Spanking   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS topped the UK chart (twice) in August '68 with "Mony Mony," which peaked at No. 3 in the US.

NICK LOWE & LOS STRAITJACKETS visit World Cafe, including a ballad version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding."

THE PUNCH BROTHERS stop by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TOMBERLIN plays a Stereogum Session, including Neil Young's "Powderfinger."

IRON & WINE shares "Waves Of Galveston."

THE LEMON TWIGS share "The Fire."


LOCAL H shares a video for "Innocents," featuring Michael Shannon.

ARETHA FRANKLIN already greenlit an all-star tribute concert at MSG in November.

JEFF TWEEDY is publishing memoirs in November.

SUMMER SONGS started sounding the same in the 1990s.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barry McGuire's sign-of-the-times folk-rock anthem "Eve Of Destruction."


BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE  were hammering out their differences in private ... until she decided to switch tactics and go public with their child support battle, which Pitt believes is doing harm to their children.

DEMI LOVATO will undergo "extensive" rehab.

WES ANDERSON is shooting his new movie in France and it’ll be set immediately after World War II.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA shares new pics from the Netflix reboot.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY casts its Spock.

JORDAN PEELE tals to Variety about why Hollywood’s lack of imagination could be a good thing (and more).


A HIPPO SPANKING is under police investigation.

YOU CAN ADOPT DOGS that failed government training for being too 'nice'.

COWS are allowed to visit nude beaches during a Swedish heat wave.

JOB OPENING: "Cat Whisperer" on a Greek isle.

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Death Cab, Adam Remnant, Tower of Power, Rogue Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TOM JONES sung "It's Not Ununsal" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE advance streams Thank You for Today.

ADAM REMNANT advance streams Sourwood.

TOWER OF POWER plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SWEARIN' shares "Untitled (LA)."

SAINTSENECA shares "Beast In The Garden."


ICEAGE shares a video for "Under The Sun."

ARETHA FRANKLIN, the Queen of soul, is gravely ill, according to multiple reports. No way am I doing any advance work on this. I refuse.

BOB DYLAN's 70s, pre-Gospel albums get over two hours of discussion and analysis in Part 2 of a Political Beats trilogy with the Daily Beast's Andrew Kirell.

CLOVER is returning after 50 years.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' extremely catchy freakout "Help!"


SPIKE LEE talks to Rolling Stone about his 30-year career, what keeps him awake at night and the obligation he feels to expose the ugliness of racism.

AZEALIA BANKS claims Tesla CEO Elon Musk was “scrounging for investors” over the weekend.  He claims he has “never even met” Banks.

ROBIN WRIGHT got hitched over the weekend.

CHRIS HARDWICK returned to Talking Dead, while staffers walked.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ talks to the New York Times.

JUSTIN BIEBER & HAILEY BALDWIN won't marry this year.

TEENS' TRAD TV CONSUMPTION Drops by Half in 5 Years.

MARILYN MONROE's deleted nude scene from The Misfits has been discovered.


A ROGUE GOAT may have helped dozens of farm animals escape.

DIEGO the sex-mad tortoise has single-handedly saved his species from extinction.

A HEAT WAVE put flamingos in the mood for first time in 15 years.

TODAY'S MAMMALS evolved from much larger creatures.

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Lord Huron, Mumford & Sons, Haley Heynderickx, Python   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

LORD HURON plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

MUMFORD & SONS debuted three new songs at the Sziget Fest.

HALEY HEYNDERICKX plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

PEARL JAM paid tribute to Chris Cornell, the Dead Boys, and the MC5 in Seattle.

SHARON VAN ETTEN covers LCD Soundsystem's "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" with an orchestra at the Royal Abert Hall, and it is a thing. 

PETE YORN (and LIZ PHAIR) cover The Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man."


JENNY LEWIS joins FATHER JOHN MISTY halfway through "God's Favorite Customer" in Toronto.

LIZ PHAIR: Whitechocolatespaceegg turns 20.

FOXING singer Conor Murphy talks to Brooklyn Vegan about their acclaimed new LP.

MADONNA thinks all modern music "sounds the same." She needs to get beyong the pop.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Sonny & Cher's immortal folk-pop love-jam "I Got You Babe."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Meg tops the chart with 44MM, taking advantage of the dog days to become the first non-franchise "hit" of the summer.It's not a great opening against a budget somewhere between 130-170MM, but the 100MM overseas grosees suggest it might become a franchise.  Mission: Impossible - Fallout places with 20MM on a leggy 43 percent drop and looks even more likely to become the biggest film of this franchise. Disney's Christopher Robin shows with 12.4MM on a 49 percent drop that's pretty steep for a family flick without major competition; maybe no franchise here, though that may depend on the home video market.  Slender Man takes the fourth slot with 11MM, a little above projections and probably good against a 10MM budget.  BlacKkKlansman rounds out the Top Five with 10.8MM against a 15MM budget, all good news for Spike Lee's first big release since Inside Man.

IDRIS ELBA, contrary to prior reports, was not under consideration as the next James Bond.

LINDSAY LOHAN apologizes for criticizing the MeToo movement.

MARILYN MANSON will not be prosecuted for "unspecified sex crimes."

BILL MURRAY got into a scuffle with CARLY SIMON's brother.

SEAN YOUNG is wanted for questioning by the NYPD for allegedly swiping Apple laptops and video production gear from her former job in Queens.

STAR TREK 4 might not happen as Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth both drop out over money issues.

MICHAEL J. FOX drives another nail in the coffin of Back to the Future 4.

RUBY ROSE quits Twitter over the backlash to her casting as Batwoman.

THE McDONALD'S MONOPOLY SCAM is becoming a movie and that story is also quite something.


A MASSIVE PYTHON climbs an Aussie home.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT brought down state government websites and interrupted Internet service in Vermont.

THE PROPER ETIQUETTE around service dogs.

GOAT DISPUTE brewing in Dorchester.

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Elvis Presley, Trevor Powers, Roy Montgomery, Golden Drag, Bison   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 10, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

TREVOR POWERS advance streams Mulberry Violence.

ROY MONTGOMERY advance streams Suffuse.

GOLDEN DRAG streams Pink Sky.

BIG RED MACHINE shares "Deep Green" and "I Won't Run From It."

MITSKI shares “Two Slow Dancers.”

DAVE GROHL becomes a one-man band and debuts a new 21-minute instrumental in his Play documentary.

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

AC/DC reunion confirmed... for reasons as yet unknown.

MICHAEL NAU (Cotton Jones, Page France) talks to Aquarium Drunkard about  building his new  record live, how that immediacy shaped the songs, and how doubts fuel his seemingly carefree jams.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER: Melody Prochet emails Noisey about her psychedelic new LP.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Herman's Hermits' adorably obnoxious earworm "I'm Henry VIII, I Am."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Meg, which is currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Dog Days, currently scoring 58 percent; Slender Man, which is scoring 20 percent; and BlacKkKlansman, scoring 98 percent.

BRADGELINA: Angelina Jolie is hitting back at ex Brad Pitt, claiming his purported child support payments were actually a loan.

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (spoiler) suggests more survivors from Infinity War.

CASEY AFFLECK is speaking publicly about bowing out of presenting the best actress Oscar and past harassment allegations against him amid the MeToo and Time's Up movements.

CHER is releasing an album of ABBA covers. Behold, a pale horse!

LANCE BASS may get into HGTV's plans for the Brady Bunch house.

MAN ARRESTED for taunting bison at Yellowstone.

THOUSANDS OF ANTS form a bridge to attack a wasp's nest. No Stan Lee cameo.

DRUNKEN WASPS have Britain under seige.

SEAL PUPS: Don't take them to your hotel room. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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Brandi Carlile, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Mac Miller, Giraffe   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 09, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE: "Stone Free," live in Frankfurt. Dig this, baby.

BRANDI CARLILE plays the Newport Folk Fest.


MAC MILLER brought THUNDERCAT and friends for a Tiny Desk Concert.

ART BRUT returns with “Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock Out!

THE DODOS return with "Forum."

CURSIVE returns with "Life Savings."

MATTHEW DEAR returns with "Bunny's Dream" and "Echo".


THE BREEDERS share a video for “Nervous Mary.”

THE BAND: Robbie Robertson details how the group's singular sound evolved in the basement of the house they called Big Pink.

AEROSMITH's old tour van was discovered in a Massachusetts forest.

AC/DC are rumored to be working on new music with former frontman Brian Johnson and ex-drummer Phil Rudd, after the pair were spotted together in Vancouver.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Rolling Stones' earthshaking classic "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."


BRADGELINA: Brad Pitt claims he's paid Angelina Jolie nine million in child support.

THE OSCARS will cut back on televised awards, but add "the Popcorn Oscar."

LINDSAY LOHAN critiques the MeToo movement.

RICHARD GERE is reportedly set to become a dad again just a year short of his 70th birthday. 

MATTHEW PERRY recovers after an operation to repair a ruptured bowel.

THE BRADY BUNCH house was sold to HGTV, right out from under Lance Bass.

MARGOT KIDDER's death has been ruled a suicide.



SNAKE EATS PIGEON on the sidewalk as a horrified crowd watches.

COWS help corral a suspected car thief.

52 BABOONS escaped their enclosure at the Paris zoo.

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