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Beach House, Violent Femmes, Lauryn Hill, Cat Sanctuary   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEACH SLANG shares a video for "Punks In a Disco Bar."

BEACH HOUSE talks with and performed for Charlie Rose.

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

MS. LAURYN HILL plays Austin City Limits.

SAM BEAM & JESCA HOOP share an acoustic cover of Eurythmics’ “Love Is A Stranger."

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD shares "Roachin" ahead of Zone.

RICHARD HELL & THE VOIDOIDS: Vintage video of "Blank Generation," with a little "Love Comes in Spurts."


SO LONG, MARIANNE: Leonard Cohen penned a poignant final letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen.

THE BEATLES: Revolver, which many consider their best LP, turned 50 over the weekend. NME brings the trivia, while Stereogum examines the album's place in the pivotal year of 1966.

IT'S ALL DOWNHILL FROM HERE: Eight "best" debut LPs.

DR TEETH & THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM drummer Animal talks to Pitchfork about playing the Outside Lands festival.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Suicide Squad tops the chart with 135.1MM. Given the excellent marketing campaign and advance sales, the real question is whether it mostly sustains this biz next weekend or slides like Batman v Superman. Given the terrible reviews and B+ Cinemascore (BvS got a 'B'), that question remains wide open. The difference between the 3:1 multiplier from the opening of of a true blockbuster and the 2:1 multiplier of BvS is the difference between success and failure, and that may be true even if you consider ancillary merch sales.  Word is Suicide Squad needs to make 700-800MM worldwide to profit as a movie; so far it has 267MM worldwide. Jason Bourne places with 22.7MM on a 62 percent drop, raising the question of why this was released right before Suicide Squad. Bad Moms shows with 14.2MM; with 56MM worldwide, this modestly-budgeted comedy has probably reached the breakeven point. The Secret Life of Pets takes the fourth slot with another 11.6MM added to its very successful run, which crossed 500MM this weekend.  Star Trek Beyond rounds out the Top Five with10.2MM on a 59 percent drop in only its third weekend, another victim of the Suicide Squad, yet to cross the 200MM mark worldwide when it needs 500MM (give or take merch sales). Below the fold, Nine Lives, the weekend’s second wide entry, is road kill in sixth with 6.5M against a 30MM budget.

LINDSAY LOHAN had a violent scuffle with her playboy ex on a Mykonos beach.

AMBER HEARD showed up 1.5 hours late for a deposition in her divorce/domestic violence case against Johnny Depp.

BRITNEY SPEARS rejected the music video commissioned for her new song, and there's a dispute over why it was 86'd.

HUGH HEFNER voided the deal to sell the Playboy Mansion.

STAR WARS: Rey is a Palpatine?

THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB WAS DROPPED ON HIROSHIMA on Aug. 6, 1945. The act that ushered in the nuclear age, but also helped end World War II, still stokes controversy. Three men involved in the attack o­n Hiroshima share their memories with the BBC. Film showing the effects of the attack was classified for decades, as were the complete (unredacted) "Magic" military intercepts, which tend to show Japan was not about to surrender. Those interested in a relatively neutral view of the events leading to the bombing could do worse than 1995's Hiroshima, a joint Canadian-Japanese production for Showtime.  Out-of-print, possibly costly.

LANAI, where you can hang out with almost 500 cats.

A CROCODILE attacked a kayaker off the Queensland coast.

A TINY STRAY DOG ran 77 miles of a marathon in the Gobi desert, and may be reunited with the runner she paced.

THE SWARM: Exterminators trying to remove bees probably should wear protective gear. The More You Know.

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John Hughes, Of Montreal, Blind Pilot, Hockey Dad, Kelsey Waldon, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

OF MONTREAL advance streams Innocence Reaches.

BLIND PILOT advance streams And Then Like Lions.

HOCKEY DAD advance streams Boronia.

KELSEY WALDON  advance streams I've Got A Way.

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

RADIOHEAD's Johnny Greenwood talks to Bob Boilen about A Moon Shaped Pool, his lifelong affair with the recorder, and Deep Purple.

THE ENGLISH BEAT: Ranking Roger picks the punk, ska and reggae tracks that influenced him and the sound of his band.

THE 2016 MERCURY PRIZE shortlist nominations are out.

THE SHAGGS' Philosophy of the World is getting a deluxe reissue.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Suicide Squad, which is currently scoring 27 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; amd Nine Lives, which was not screened for critics.

STAR WARS: Several insiders say Tony Gilroy, an uncredited writer on Disney's upcoming spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has been empowered to take the lead on postproduction for the Dec. 16 release, even as director Gareth Edwards remains involved in the project.

ORLANDO BLOOM, naked on a paddleboard with a non-naked Katy Perry.

DREW BARRYMORE and Will Kopelman are officially divorced

THE BIG LEBOWSKI's David Huddleston (the "real" Lebowski) died Tuesday at 85.

SEINFELD: The 9/11 Spec Script.

DUNKIRK, the next movie from Christopher Nolan, has a teaser trailer.

TURKEY: A court in Istanbul has issued an arrest warrant for US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen over Turkey's recent failed coup, media reports say.

THIS CAT needs a naptime talk.

A GOOSE attacked an Ottawa cyclist.

SEA OTTERS were wrongly accused of causing a 41000-acre wildfire to flare out of control.

AN OWL defied police with an act of civil disobedience in the Thames Valley.

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Ryan Adams, Colvin & Earle, The Staves, Craig Bell, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


KATY GOODMAN & GRETA MORGAN continue their great choice of covers with Buzzcocks'  “Ever Fallen In Love.”

RYAN ADAMS played a short acoustic set at Morning Becomes Eclectic.

SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE hit the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE STAVES performed at The Forum for The Current.

STEVEN TYLER & STONE TEMPLE PILOTS did a country version of "Janie's Got A Gun."

OF MONTREAL drops “Let’s Relate" ahead of Innocence Reaches.

THE ALBUM LEAF shares “Lost In The Fog" ahead of Between Waves.

CRAIG BELL (Rocket From the Tombs) shares "Let It Go" ahead of his solo LP, aka Darwin Layne.

JONATHAN RICHMAN gives a live take on "Roadrunner" at Joey Ramone's 1998 birthday party.

LAURA VEIRS talks to Greg Kot about case/lang/veirs.

AC/DC: has admitted the band’s future is uncertain.

PYLON's surviving members talk to SPIN about their last hurrah.

THE RED KRAYOLA will celebrate their 50th anniversary with a two-night stand in NYC this fall.

OZZY OSBOURNE is currently undergoing "intense therapy" for sex addiction. His ex-mistress talks to People.

SUICIDE SQUAD's Secret Drama: Rushed Production, Competing Cuts, High Anxiety.

BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI: Could wedding bells be ringing soon for the cute couple?

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM already has a sequel in the works, with J.K. Rowling writing the script and David Yates directing.

CLINT & SCOTT EASTWOOD do their first joint interview with Esquire.

SHANNEN DOHERTY says her dog was the first to detect her breast cancer. It happens.

TURKEY: All segments of society — Islamists, secular people, liberals, nationalists — seem to have come together on the conspiracy theory that the United States was somehow wrapped up in the failed coup, either directly or simply because the man widely suspected to be the leader of the conspiracy, the Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, lives in self-exile in the United States.

HAULING GOATS with your Lamboughini.

GOATS and SHEEP: Magnificent Portraits.


HEDGEHOGS busted in Bavaria for noisy sex. Dinsdale!

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Iggy Pop & Bowie, Dogbreth, All Songs, Cass McCombs, Fin Whale   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PSYCHIC ILLS drops a video for "Baby."

IGGY POP pays a 2-hour radio tribute to David Bowie.

DOGBRETH advance streams Second Home.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Regina Spektor, Blind Pilot, Gordi, and more highlight the latest episode.

CASS McCOMBS shares “Medusa’s Outhouse” ahead of Mangy Love.

THE GO-GOS play "Vacation" and "We Got the Beat" for Kimmel and Twofer Wednesday.  Also, Jane Wiedlin talks to Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino about the Go-Gos' farewell tour, and how they ended up owning the same house.

THE POSIES are profiled by Magnet.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger tells NME the new LP has "weird, math-y, electronic-y stuff."

TWIN SHADOW will perform Prince's Purple Rain next month at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

ALICIA VIKANDER is cover profiled by Vanity Fair

ELLIE KEMPER and her husband Michael Koman have welcomed their first child.

SUICIDE SQUAD: The early reviews are not encouraging.

KESHA dismissed a California lawsuit alleging producer Dr Luke sexually and emotionally abused her. A similar case will remain in play in New York, however.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will predate the Kirk/Spock timeline(s).

THE ISLAMIC STATE: NBC News has exclusively obtained a map showing the global expansion of the terror group, part of a classified briefing document received by the White House dated "August 2016" and prepared by the National Counterterrorism Center. It shows a stunning three-fold increase in the number of places around the globe where ISIS is operating.

SYRIA: Activists have released a video purporting to show civilians suffering from chlorine gas exposure.

A FIN WHALE surprises a tourist.

MONKEYS have reportedly stolen confidential military documents at the Terendak Camp in Malacca.

BRITAIN's OLDEST DOG dies after an attack by a terrier.

NEARLY 100 DOMESTICATED DUCKS that officials say were illegally released in New Jersey are expected to be available for adoption early next week.

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PB & J, Health & Beauty, Lucy Dacus, Led Zep, MTV, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 02, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ROCKIN' 1000 covers David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel," which was also an early Pate staple.

PETER BJORN & JOHN visited World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

HEALTH & BEAUTY advance streams No Scare.

LUCY DACUS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

LED ZEPPELIN shares a previously unreleased 1971 take on "Communication Breakdown" from the upcoming The Complete BBC Sessions.

WARPAINT shares a "New Song" ahead of Heads Up.

EX-CULT shares "Summer of Fear."

MUSIC TELEVISION turned 35 yesterday. The first 10 minutes included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more. A couple of years back, Gawker did 30 years in 3 minutes.

THE 100 GREATEST ALTERNATIVE SINGLES OF THE 90s, according to PopMatters.

SHARON JONES guested on NPR's "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"

FEATHER CUTS & PLATFORMS: The return of Glam Rock?

THE STROKES: Pitchfork revisits Is This It?, 15 years later.

SPLASH is getting a remake with Channing Tatum and Jillian Bell, for some reason.

SHANNEN DOHERTY has some devastating news about her battle with breast cancer.

JOSH GROBAN & KAT DENNINGS decided to call it quits this summer, after almost two years of dating.

MICHAEL DOUGLAS' son Cameron has been released from prison after nearly seven years behind bars.

GISELE BUNDCHEN will be faux-assaulted at the Olympics.

SENIOR ACTRESSES Are the New Box-Office Powerhouses.

DOGS left in a car crashed it into a Walmart.

PET BUNNY BANDITS: Is there anything lower? (Yes, but c'mon.)

A MYSTERIOUS BLOB on the ocean floor could be a newly-discovered species.

DONKEYS produce the most expensive cheese.

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