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Eric Bachmann, Margo Price, Thermals, Belave, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLITTERBUST: Kim Gordon's latest drops "The Highline."

ERIC BACHMANN (Archers of Loaf, Crooked Fingers) advance streams a self-titled LP.

MARGO PRICE advance streams Midwest Farmer's Daughter.

THE THERMALS advance streams We Disappear.

BELAVE, ft fmr Magical Cloudz frontman Matthew E. Duffy, streams Indigo, Streams, Lash.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT dropped "Lump Street" before its Painting Of A Panic Attack.

THE EXCITERS: What's a bear doing in the video for "Tell Him"? I have no idea.

PAUL McCARTNEY has begun proceedings to reclaim his share of Beatles' publishing royalties in the US.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK talks to Eugene Mirman about America, comedy, Bowie, and just what it is about cover songs that make him such a master of the form.

KRISTIN WELCHEZ talks to Stereogum about her evolution from a Dum Dum Girl to the dence-oriented Kristin Kontrol.

THE GRATEFUL DEAD gets a 59-track tribute set, organized by The National and featuring a cst of dozens.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Zootopia threepeats atop the chart with 38MM, a leggy performance and one that lacks any animated competition for another month. It's the best 3rd weekend for an animated flick evah and is already closing in on 600MM worldwide.  The Divergent Series: Allegiant places with 29MM; the first two installments both opened over 50MM, so this is going to hurt.  Miracles From Heaven showed with 15MM (18MM since its Wed opening), which should be fine against a 13MM budget headed into Easter weekend.  10 Cloverfield Lane takes the fourth slot with 12.5MM; its 45MM domestic total probably puts this 15MM budgeted flick into profit before overseas grosses.  Deadpool rounds out the Top 5 with 8MM; only Batman v Superman will stop this one from beating The Passion of the Christ's 317MM R-rated record.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE drops another trailer online, probably the best so far.

CARICE VAN HOUTEN & GUY PIERCE are expecting their first child together.

AMBER HEARD has been cast as Mera, the undersea queen and wife of Aquaman in The Justice League Part One.

MAZE RUNNER star Dylan O’Brien was hit by a car and suffered multiple injuries on the set of the franchise’s upcoming sequel The Death Cure.

JOE SANTOS, who played Lieutenant Dennis Becker on The Rockford Files, has died at 84.

LARRY DRAKE, best known for his Emmy-winning role as a developmentally disabled character on the television drama L.A. Law, was found dead on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 67.

CHINA: The United States has seen Chinese activity around a reef China seized from the Philippines nearly four years ago that could be a precursor to more land reclamation in the disputed South China Sea, the U.S. Navy chief said on Thursday.

CUBA cracked down on political dissenters as Pres Obama arrived on the island.

PARIS terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured alive Friday, a Belgian counter-terrorism source said. Belgium's state broadcaster reported that the 26-year-old Abdeslam was injured in a shootout that ended with his capture.

SYRIAN PEACE TALKS hit their first logjams, as disputes erupted over the composition of delegations to the talks and a Kurdish call to form a federal Syria with a semi-autonomous Kurdish region in the north of the country.

IRAQ: The US announced on Sunday it will put more troops on the ground in Iraq after a Marine was killed in an ISIS rocket barrage and plans move forward to retake the major city of Mosul from the armed group.

A MONKEY watches a magic trick.

THIS MALE SPIDER mutilates its partner after sex so it can never mate again.

A LION  that escaped from Nairobi National Park wandered around the Kenyan capital on Friday and attacked a man, resulting in his hospitalization.

A DOG who fell off a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean and had been "presumed dead" more than a month ago has now been found alive by Navy officials on an island 80 miles off the coast of San Diego, California.

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St. Pat's Day, M Ward, Wild Feathers, SXSW, Lion Attack   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my fave Pogues song, "Sally MacLennane," and a Shamrock Shake.

M WARD stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE WILD FEATHERS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SXSW: A Brooklyn Vegan playlist.

THE SUN DAYS drop “Get Him Off Your Mind” ahead of Album.

JOE COCKER is "Feelin' Alright," with a little help from his friend.

MARVIN GAYE's I Want You turns 40: Producer and co-writer Leon Ware talks about how one of the sexiest albums in music history came to be.

THE WRENS' Charlie Bissell has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, “a white blood cell cancer sorta thing.” According to Bissell, it’s treatable if not curable. Our best wishes to him.

MALCOLM McLAREN's son plans to burn his collection of punk memorabilia, estimated to be worth around £5m.

FRANK SINATRA JR., who followed in his famous father’s footsteps with his own music career, died Wednesday in Florida. He was 72.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Divergent Series: Allegiant, which is currently scoring 18 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Miracles from Heaven, currently scoring 65 percent.

BEN-HUR has a trailer online. Oh dear.

DAISY RIDLEY very nicely truned down a dude's invite to his college formal.

HEATHERS looks to be headed to TV Land.

JARED FOGLE  got a surprise beatdown in federal prison from an inmate who has major issues with child molesters.

JAMIE DORNAN & AMELIA WARNER recently welcomed their second child.

SYLVIA ANDERSON,  the co-creator of Thunderbirds who was best known for voicing Lady Penelope in the classic TV show, has died aged 88.

TOP MOVIE STUNTS, compiled by the NYDN.

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM: The US Army plans to stockpile equipment in Vietnam, Cambodia, and other Pacific countries yet unnamed that will allow US forces to deploy there more rapidly, because key supplies and gear will already be in place. The new caches will be well inside what China considers its sphere of influence.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has lost about 22 percent of its territory in Iraq and Syria in the past 15 months, according to a new study.

SYRIA: Russia's announced pull-out is more short-term political maneuvering by Putin, experts said, and it wouldn't take much to place Putin and the Russian military right back in the middle of the Syrian conflict.

LION ATTACK At The Circus.

DC BALD EAGLE CAM: Has the egg hatched yet? Take a look.

NYC RATS can be big, and because of some yucky research, we now know just how big.

RAMBO, a 125-lb gator, fights to stay in his Lakeland, Florida home.

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Nada Surf, Birds of Chicago, Michael Nau, Arcs, PB & J, 2-Nosed Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BLACK MOUNTAIN drops a video for "Florian Saucer Attack" from the album IV.

NADA SURF plays a full set for WFUV at the City Winery.

BIRDS OF CHICAGO stopped by Folk Alley for a chat and mini-set.

MICHAEL NAU plays a Laginappe Session for Aquarium Drunkard, including a Bob Marley tune.

THE ARCS cover Bobby Parker's R & B standard "Watch Your Step" for HBO's Vinyl.

PETER BJORN & JOHN drop “What You Talking About?” ahead of Breakin’ Point.

BLUE SWEDE: "Hooked on a Feeling,"live. Ooga-Chucka

THE FEELIES are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and part of the celebration are reissues of the two albums they made for A&M: 1988's Only Life and 1991's Time for a Witness. Aquarium Drunkard surveys these fine LPs.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE are profiled in The Guardian's Cult Heroes series.

FIRST AVENUE: Ptichfork has an oral history of the fabled club that helped launch Prince, the Replacements and Hüsker Dü. Pretty sure Pate bassist Mike Kelly and I were at the Hüsker Dü / Volcano Suns show depicted in a poster accompanying the story.

AC/DC: Brian Johnson suggested his hearing loss is exaggerated and that the band is dumping him.

INDIANA JONES will return to the big screen on July 19, 2019, for a fifth epic adventure in the blockbuster series. Steven Spielberg, who directed all four previous films, will helm the as-yet-untitled project with star Harrison Ford reprising his iconic role. Presumably, the then-75-year-old Ford will be searching for the Fointain of Youth.

THE NEW HAN SOLO, however, may be one of these three actors.

THE PRINCESS DIARIES also may get another entry, including Anne Hathaway.

OJ SIMPSON: LAPD detectives hit a dead end with the knife that was buried on O.J. Simpson's Rockingham estate.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT is  pleading with world leaders to step up to help Syrian refugees.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ learned Kim Kardasian's Twitter followers may not be the deepest thinkers.

BILLIE LOURD (Carrie Fisher’s daughter) will appear in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

BELGIAN security forces and French police are hunting for at least two men after shots were fired at police during a counter-terrorism raid in Brussels.

TOBY THE TWO-NOSED DOG, finds a home with a freakshow collector.

A GIANT RABBIT has been seized by Queensland police - despite its owners' efforts to convince officers that the pet was not a bunny but an oversized, long-eared guinea pig.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent knocked out power to 2500 in Bend, Oregon.

A ROGUE HEN escaped its home in Sidney in the back of a pickup truck and enjoyed a ride around central Maine.

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Graham Nash, Mean Jeans, SXSW Preview, Peter Buck, Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

GRAHAM NASH plays a Tiny Desk Concert, including The Hollies' "Bus Stop."

MEAN JEANS stream their Nite Vision EP.


WHITE DENIM dops  “Had 2 Know (Personal)" ahead of Stiff.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.

R.E.M.: Peter Buck talks to Rolling Stone about coming to hate the music business and his busy, lower-profile schedule today.

GEORGE MARTIN's final project is an epic-sounding 8-part documentary titled Soundbreaking.

KEITH EMERSON, remembered by James Sclavunos of the Bad Seeds.

PHIL COLLINS talks, Genesis, American Psycho, and Indian food with Action Bronson.

RICHARD SIMMONS addressed recent reports about why he had not been seen in public in more than two years. 

BEN AFFLECK: Did he decide to play Batman in part due to personal turmoil?

JUSTICE LEAGUE writers are already prebutting concerns, say it won't be as dark as Batman V Superman.

NEIL PATRICK HARRIS has closed a deal to topline Netflix's series adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events.

IAN McSHANE gets almost Deadwood-salty in discussing Game of Thrones.

YEMEN: One year later, the U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen is an aimless, humanitarian disaster you've never heard of.

SYRIA: In a surprise move, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his military to start withdrawing the "main part" of its forces in Syria from Tuesday. Believe it when you see it.  Rebels near Hama purportedly downed a regime fighter jet with a surface-to-air missile, according to one of the videos that emerged from the mysterious incident, contradicting previous rebel claims that anti-aircraft fire brought down the plane.

A PIG awakens for a cookie, barely.

THE DOGGIE SURVIVORS Of Michael Vick's Fighting Ring Grow Old And Happy.

LION vs CHRISTIAN: A classic "Who You Got?"

GOAT nabbed in attempted Northern California home invasion.

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Keith Emerson RIP, Cullen Omori, Lake Street Dive, Brooke Waggoner, Hulk   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KEITH EMERSON, who helped pioneer prog rock as the keyboardist for the Nice and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, has died aged 71 after apparently taking his own life. Here's the Rolling Stone obit, a Slate profile from 2012,1971 footage of Keith theatrically stabbing his Hammond organ with knives, a statement from Greg Lake, "Rondo," an adapatation of Dave Brubeck from The Nice's debut LP,and "Hoedown," with ELP in 1973.

CULLEN OMORI (Smith Westerns) is streaming his solo LP, New Misery.

LAKE STREET DIVE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

ANDREW BIRD is whistling again on "Roma Fade."

JULIAN CASABLANCAS covers Lou Reed's "White Light / White Heat" for HBO's Vinyl.

BLAKE BABIES  shared “Take Me Take Me” as part of an effort to crowdfund an LP of Earwig demos.

ANDY SCHAUF drops the 70s-tastic "The Magician" ahead of The Party.

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

R.E.M.: Out of Time turns 25; Pitchfork has an oral history of the LP.

THE EAGLES' tribute to guitarist Glenn Frey was likely  the band's "final farewell," according to Don Henley.

PHIL COLLINS peformed his first proper live show in six years.

ACE FREHLEY talks with Superchunk/Mountain Goats drummer (and onetime Kiss Army member) Jon Wurster.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Zootopia repeats atop the chart with 50MM, again exceeding expectations and clearing 400MM worldwide. Its 33 percent drop compares favorably with The Incredibles, The Lego Movie and Up.10 Cloverfield Lane placed with 25.2MM, right about in line with studio projections.  If this sequel-of-sorts performs as well worldwide, they'll make a good return on a 15MM production budget.  Deadpool shows again with another 10.8MM; its global total now beats Iron Man and is closing on Guardians of the Galaxy.  Forth slot goes to London Has Fallen with 10.7MM, dropping 50 percent, much like Olympus Has Fallen did in its second frame.  Whiskey Tango Foxtrot rounds out the Top Five with 4.6MM, which will have to rely on overseas markets to break even. The Perfect Match, The Young Messiah, and The Brothers Grimsby all debuted below the fold. Ouch.

RICHARD SIMMONS: His Haunted Twilight.


MADONNA is trying to end the child custody proceedings she started with Guy Ritchie.

BEETLEJUICE 2 is not happening (yet), according to Tim Burton's rep.

AHMED BEST, the actor who played Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars prequels, embraces the theory that Binks was a Sith Lord.

ISIS uses birth control to maintain the systemic rape of its captives.

RUSSIA: A former Putin ally, supposedly dead of a heart attack in DC, actually died from blunt force injuries to his head.

IRAN was responsible for a 2013 cyberattack on a dam in the suburbs outside of New York City, and an indictment is expected soon, a U.S. official told The Associated Press Thursday.

GERMANY's anti-immigration party surged to record support in Sunday’s regional elections, taking seats in all three states that voted and boosting its representation to half of Germany’s 16 state assemblies.

SERBIA's authorities are investigating reports that a cargo package bound for Portland contained two missiles with explosive warheads on a passenger flight from Lebanon.

TURKEY: A car bomb tore through a crowded transport hub in the Turkish capital, Ankara, on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding 125 in the second such attack in the administrative heart of the city in under a month.

HULK, A 175-LB PIT BULL, guards this small kid.

A 4-FT RAT found in a London playground could be an African species.

A NEW SPIDER discovered in Australia rides the waves to hunt prey.

JURASSIC CHICKEN: Brazilian researcher Joâo Botelho decided to find a way to give chickens back their dinosaur bones.

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