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Light Day (Blame the Tax Code), but I have Things. Including J. Geils RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD play a full set at Webster Hall for Pitchfork Live.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Sam Fermin, ALA. NI, Andrew Combs and more highlight the latest edition.

FOXYGEN's Jonathan Rado has covered Springsteen's entire Born To Run LP; here's "Thunder Road."

THE DECEMBERISTS roll out a new song, "Traveling On,” on the road.

DEATH shares a new single, "Cease Fire."

 

J. GEILS, the guitarist who founded the eponymously named The J. Geils Band, was found dead at his home in Groton.  Here's the NYT obit.  Beyond the big hits -- "Centerfold," "Love Stinks," and "Freeze-Frame" -- I tended to go for older material like "Musta Got Lost," "Give It to Me," "Looking For a Love," and their cover of "I Do."

RAY DAVIES talks to Morning Edition about his experiences in the U.S. and the evolution of his songwriting.

STEVE EARLE and David Simon (The Wire) are talking about making a Baltimore musical.

JENS LEKMAN: Postcards From The Edge.

MICK ROCK is a great name for a young Englishman with a camera, especially one who photographed Syd Barrett and David Bowie in the late 1960s and early ’70s.

 

ATOMIC BLONDE drops a second trailer online.

ZOE SALDANA says her film credits, rooted in the world of science fiction, allows her to artistically transcend race and gender politics.

CAITLYN JENNER reportedly has undergone sex-reassignment surgery.

50 CENT retaliated hard against a fan who pulled him off stage during a rap concert Saturday ... punching the woman square in the chest.

NETFLIX, AMAZON, and the End of Independent Film As We Know It.

JOE HARRIS, a commercial illustrator who envisioned and drew enduring cartoon characters like Underdog and the Trix cereal rabbit in the 1950s and ’60s, died on March 26 at his home in Stamford, Conn. He was 89.

 

A TALENTED PUFFERFISH creates an underwater crop circle.

OCTOPUSES edit their own RNA.

A ROGUE DEER attacked a man in a parking lot in BC.

A TOURIST posing for a photo with a cobra gets bitten and dies an hour later. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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Jens Lekman, Cold War Kids, Futuro, Dramarama, Dog Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SPOON shares a retro video for "Hot Thoughts."

JENS LEKMAN plays a mini-set for a World Cafe free concert.

COLD WAR KIDS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FUTURO is streaming A Torre Da Derrota.

DRAMARAMA give you "Anything, Anything" and a "Last Cigarette" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE FEELIES: Stan Demeski and Dave Weckerman talk to The Rumpus about their crazy rhythms.

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS: A.C. Newman (or do you call him Carl) talks to PopMatters about songwriting.

BOB MOULD talks to Chris Shiflett for a Rolling Stone Walking the Floor podcast.

DIET CIG is profiled by the New York Times.

THOR: RAGNAROK has a new trailer online.  Some will note that parts of this seem out-of-character for a Thor movie. It does seem like an attempt to make a Thor movie more marketable to people who like Guardians of the Galaxy.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN explains his casting of Harry Styles in Dunkirk without saying it's like casting DiCaprio in Titanic, a canny way to get teen girls to a historical drama.

RON HOWARD plans a big screen adaptation of Hillbilly Elegy.

DUNE has picked up a veteran screenwriter

BRAD PITT and... Sienna Miller?

MARIAH CAREY is done with Bryan Tanaka and vice versa, and TMZ says it was his insane jealousy and her shutting the cash register drawer on his fingers.

LIBYA: West African migrants are being bought and sold openly in modern-day slave markets in Libya, survivors have told a UN agency helping them return home.

A DOG is rescued from a frozen pond in Alberta, Canada.

A NEW PRIMATE has been discovered in Angola -- and it's already in danger.

SCIENTISTS "accidentally" grew a chicken with the face of a dinosaur.

BUFFALOES & HUMANS alike make it tough to clean up the holy city of Varanasi, one of India’s most sacred sites.

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Robyn Hitchcock, Lambchop, Mark Eitzel, Wild Turkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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BLEACHED shares a video for "Flipside." Because who cares what's on the flipside? I do.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LAMBCHOP, Live at the Bowery Ballroom, March 30, 2017.

MARK EITZEL plays a mini-set for KEXP.

BECK covers "Can't Help Falling In Love With You" for The Man in the High Castle soundtrack.

MARVIN GAYE: "Got To Give It Up."

THURSTON MOORE talks to The Guardian about letting ideas gestate in his head, doing weird things to guitars and being galvanized by a new producer.

PRINCE's death thrust the opioid epidemic further into the spotlight. A year later, questions about his death linger.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME induction ceremonies had many stories, including Steve Perry meeting his successor in Journey.

PAUL O'NEILL, the founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a progressive metal band known for spectacular holiday concerts filled with theatrics, lasers and pyrotechnics, was found dead in his hotel room in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday. He was 61. The band said in a statement that Mr. O’Neill died from an unspecified “chronic illness.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Boss Baby repeats atop the chart with another 26.3MM on a steep-for-animation 48 percent drop (though it's not unprecedented for Dreamworks animation).  Then again, it faced still-stiff competition from Beauty and the Beast, which placed with 25MM on a 45 percent drop.  Indeed, it also faced weaker competition from Smurfs: The Lost Village, which took in 14MM domestic against a 60MM production budget.  But the blue things took in another 42MM in foreign markets, and the first two were so profitable, it's hard to see even a flop bothering the stuido, though this could easily still make a profit in theaters before reaching the home market.  The remake of Going In Style debuted in fourth with 12.6MMagainst a 25MM budget, which may be just fine, insofar as senior-oriented comedies from Grumpy Old Men to Last Vegas have been pretty leggy counter-programming to the tentpoles and blockbusters.  Ghost In The Shell rounds out the Top 5 with 7.4MM on a steep 63 percent drop, despite a lack of competition before the arrival of The Fate of the Furious next weekend.  It doesn't look like foreign markets will save ScarJo either, unless China and Japan come in yuge for it.

CARRIE FISHER will make an appearance from beyond the grave in the final Star Wars movie of the new trilogy, her brother Todd Fisher tells Confidential.

JANET JACKSON has split from her billionaire husband just months after giving birth to her first child at the age of 50.

BRADLEY COOPER & IRINA SHAYK welcomed their first child two weeks ago.

OLIVIA MUNN & AARON RODGERS have broken up after 3 years of dating. Or, as the Chicago Tribune put it, "Olivia Munn and Boyfriend."

MEGHAN MARKLE, who has been dating Prince Harry for several months, announced Friday that she has shut down her lifestyle website.

BIJOU PHILLIPS recuperates from a kidney transplant.

HARRY SHEARER wrote an op-ed for Rolling Stone explaining the import of his Spinal Tap lawsuit for all creators.

JOHN WICK: Understanding The John Wick Economy.

A WILD TURKEY imitates Frogger in Massachusetts.

A 12-FT PYTHON turned up in the yogurt refrigerators.

A HORSE unzips a woman's hoodie. Don't ask how he learned.

A BAT is not a suitable salad condiment. Unless you're Ozzy Osbourne.

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Talking Heads, Alejandro Escovedo, Aye Nako, All Songs, Sharknado   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE...

...with THE TALKING HEADS!  Here's the expanded band -- including axeman Adrian Belew (who certainly influenced Jon Pratt's early work in Pate) -- Live in Rome, circa 1980. Your setlist: "Psycho Killer," "Stay Hungry," "Cities," "I Zimbra," "Drugs," "Take Me To The River," "Crosseyed And Painless," "Life During Wartime," "Houses In Motion," "Born Under Punches," and "The Great Curve."

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

AYE NAKO advance streams Silver Haze.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Elf Power, Big Thief, Walter Martin and more highlight the latest episode.

PEARL JAM covers Brandi Carlile's ""Again Today," with Carlile on backup vox.

DRUMS share "Blood Under My Belt" ahead of Abysmal Thoughts.

CHEMTRAILS share "Headless Pin Up Girl."

THE LA's: "There She Goes." Again.

SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND is getting a stereo remix and comprehensive reissues. Here's the trailer from one of the coming 50th anniversary documentaries.

FEIST is profiled by the New York Times.

PAUL WELLER: The Modfather will soon welcome his eighth child.

CAN is getting an anthology and an authorized biography.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Smurfs: The Lost Village, which is currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Topmatometer; The remake of Going In Style, which is scoring 35 percent; and The Case For Christ, which was not screened for critics.

DON RICKLES, the rapid-fire insult machine who for six decades earned quite a living making fun of people of all creeds and colors and everyone from poor slobs to Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 90.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 has a new teaser trailer online.

DANIEL CRAIG has been "just about persuaded" by the prospect of a gazillion dollars to make one more James Bond movie.

CHRISTIAN BALE may star in a... Dick Cheney biopic?

MICHAEL CAINE explains why he voted for Brexit.

MICHAEL BAY threatens to make 14 more Transformers movies unless his demands are met.

VERNE TROYER: Mini-Me is headed to rehab.

HOLLYWOOD faces another possible writers' strike.

SYRIA: The United States launched a military strike on a Syrian government target in retaliation for their chemical weapons attack on civilians earlier in the week.

SHARKNADO: A cyclone in Australia dumped a bull shark shark in a muddy puddle on land.

A DOG at a Nigerian wedding party grappled with a suicide bomber until her explosives detonated, killing the animal as well.

A HORSE returning from a run to Taco Bell escaped serious injury after falling into a 5-foot-deep hole in Southern California. Who among us?

GIANT SLOTHS dug mysterious tunnels in South America.

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Business went late yesterday...but I have Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DAWES played the Icehouse in Mpls for The Current.

THE SHINS played in Apogee Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

RODNEY CROWELL performs on WNYC Soundcheck.

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER shares “Cross My Heart” ahead of Bon Voyage.

BETH DITTO shares "Fire" ahead of Fake Sugar. (Not a cover.)

 

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS' Carl Newman talks to Salon about the dissonance between his lyrics and music, plus more.

CRAIG FINN is profiled by the Village Voice.

PAUL WELLER: The Modfather slams the ‘insipid' state of modern guitar music (while recommending some), but has revealed that he is a fan of rap, R & B, grime and some singer-songwriters.

THE BEST MODERN MOUSE SONGS, according to Paste.

 

DAVID SCHWIMMER and his wife, Zoe Buckman, are taking a break.  Look out, copy center girl.

J-LO & A-ROD are talking marriage?

ALEC BALDWIN, with seven highlights from his memoir, one of which is disputed.

ANNE HATHAWAY is profiled by The Muse.

BARRY MANILOW explains why he did a terrible job of hiding his sexuality for 40 years.

KENDALL JENNER was in a controversial Pepsi ad.

SHIA LaBEOUF: Not box office gold in the UK.

SYRIA:  One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria turned a northern rebel-held area into a toxic kill zone on Tuesday, inciting international outrage over the ever-increasing government impunity shown in the country’s six-year war. Western leaders including President Trump blamed the Syrian government of President Assad and called on its patrons, Russia and Iran, to prevent a recurrence of what many described as a war crime.

 

A CHIMP flung poo in a grandmother's face, as chimps do.

A CATFISH falls from the sky into a Florida family's pool.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT's version of Blofeld was caught on camera.

HOW DO YOU GET a 1.5-ton Rhino on an airplane?

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