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R.E.M., Caroline Rose, Darlingside, Mt Joy, Black Panther, Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

CAROLINE ROSE advance streams LONER.

DARLINGSIDE advance streams Extralife.

MT JOY advance streams a self-titled debut.

BEACH HOUSE shares "Lemon Glow."

FRANK OCEAN covers "Moon River."

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

JOHN LYDON: "I didn’t want to be a comfortable, Mick Jagger-type naughty pop star."

SOFT, WET and EXPENSIVE: Chris Moon co-wrote Prince's "Soft and Wet" and is selling his rights on eBay for 490K.

BRANDI CARLILE talks to NPR about radical forgiveness.

FRANZ FERDINAND talks to Billboard about starting afresh after the departure of founding guitarist Nick McCarthy.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Black Panther, which is currently scoring 97 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Early Man, which is scoring 83 percent; and Samson, which was not advance screened.

BLACK PANTHER: The hype over the degree to which Marvel's latest might be deemed historic is (imho) a distractiion from the main issue of whether it's good; I prefer good to bad, historic or not. And fortunately, this is a good film, probably in the top third of the MCU franchise.  As I tend to note about the MCU, one of its charms is that it does different genres of films in superhero trappings (Winter Soldier is a paranoid politcal thriller, Ant-Man is a heist caper, etc.) Black Panther is a political film -- a bit of Afrocentric Game of Thrones machinations in T'Challa's homeland of Wakanda, with a bit of MLK Jr vs Malcolm X sprinkled on if you squint a little. Of course, there's still plenty of action, too. Director Ryan Coogler shoots the key one-on-one fights a bit more sharply than some of the other aspects of the set pieces, but it all works well. One thing the MCU has tended to do less well is its villains; Loki and maybe Nebula being the exceptions.  Here, Killmonger is well-written, and well played by Michael B. Jordan.  Andy Serkis gets to chew the scenery as secodnary baddie Ulysses Klaue (last seen in Age of Ultron); Danai Gurira also gets to chew as Okoye, the head of Wakanda's military.  The quality supporting performances (particularly Jordan) are key because Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa worked out his vengeful feelings over his father's death in Civil War, which means he's a good guy tring to be a good guy -- and anyone who's watched a Superman movie knows the limits of that sort of role. This is also a movie that, post-Civil War, avoids the "let's destroy a city in the third act" problem... though I suspect we'll be back to that sort of thing when T'Challa returns in Infinity War. Two end credits bonus scenes.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Was Zack Snyder fired as director before his family tragedy?

AMY SCHUMER married chef Chris Fischer in Los Angeles on Tuesday.


JEFFREY TAMBOR officially leaves Transparent.

LENA DUNHAM talks about getting a hysterectomy at 31.

CHARLES IN CHARGE's Alexander Polinsky accused Scott Baio of mental torture and homophobic bullying.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's next film is rumored to be in trouble at Sony.

A VETERAN rescues a pitbull, who reurns the favor.

MUTANT RAT INVASION: Super rodents immune to poison flood the UK.

A 4-FOOT IGUANA is busted in a Florida laundry room.


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Wow, was yesterday a dead "news" day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AND I PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER EARLIER THIS WEEK, so I'll be back tomorrow with Black Panther and the rest of the usual stuff.

FOR NOW, enjoy this belated Valentine from Ryan Adams, "Baby I Love You" (not a Ronettes cover). Also:

THE INCREDIBLES 2 has a sneak peek online.

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Valentine's Day Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

WORLD CAFE has playlisted 69 love songs (not the Magnetic Fields' double-LP).

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJs Jay Som and Japanese Breakfast spin those love songs.

JOANNA WARREN streams Gemini II.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.

THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE features Danielle Herrington and many other ladies.

DAVID GUILLOD, who's been accused of sexual assault by at least 4 women, including actress Jessica Barth, is now under the microscope of investigators.

RAMPAGE has a second trailer online.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR -- spoilers about Thor's next hammer?

CHRIS ROCK drops a new Netflix special today.

KITTY PRYDE: Deadpool director Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis, one of the biggest authors in the comic book world, are teaming for an X-Men spinoff.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM, together again?

LOUIS LINTON is super-duper sorry.

MARTY ALLEN, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night.  He was 95.

PANGOLINS are probably the world's most trafficked animal, but awareness of the nocturnal and shy mammals is patchy.

BEST IN SHOW?  Flynn the bichon frisé was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night.

AN ELK takes down a helicopter.

THE HEALING POWER OF OWLS: Not only are they endowed with legendary wisdom; owls prove extremely therapeutic for certain medical conditions.

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Superchunk, Barr Bros., Itasca, Okkervil River, Robot Animals   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PEZ BAND play "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday.

SUPERCHUNK advance streams What a Time to Be Alive.

THE BARR BROTHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ITASCA streams Morning Flower.

OKKERVIL RIVER shares “Don’t Move Back to LA.”


LA LUZ shares a video for "Cicada."

THE NATIONAL is scoring a musical version of Cyrano de Bergerac.

ULTIMATE PAINTING have cancelled the imminent release of their new album Up! after deciding to split up as a band “due to an irreconcilable breakdown”.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 1998, acvcording to Pitchfork.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Bobby Darin's bloodthirsty murder party "Mack The Knife."

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Glenn Tipton has announced that he will not join the band on their upcoming Firepower tour, due to his battle with Parkinson's disease.


RACHEL WEISZ, who is married to James Bond (Daniel Craig), doesn’t think the next 007 should be played by a woman.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, channeling a little Silver Linings Playbook, took over the loudspeaker on a Delta flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles and led the plane in a "fly, eagles, fly" cheer.

SEAL will not face any criminal charges in the sexual battery complaint filed by a former neighbor.

MARLON BRANDO's son says his dad did not hook up with Richard Pryor.


SOLO character studies.

PETER RABBIT has a food allegy problem.

VIC DAMONE, the postwar crooner whose intimate, rhapsodic voice captivated bobby soxers, middle-age dreamers and silver-haired romantics in a five-decade medley of America’s love songs and popular standards, died on Sunday in Miami Beach. He was 89.


ROBOT ANIMALS seem really cool until you imagine them as the raptors in Jurassic Park.

PETE protected his fellow dogs against a black bear and succumbed to the injuries.

EYEWORMS have finally infected a human.

SUSPECTED POACHER eaten by lions.

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Tune-Yards, Crossrhodes, Bowie tribute, Baby Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 12, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FRANKIE COSMOS shares a video for "Being Alive."

TUNE-YARDS played a Micro Show at the Turf Club.

THE CROSSRHODES played a Tiny Desk Concert.

DAVID BOWIE: Britt Daniel, Sun Kil Moon, Car Seat Headrest, and more took part in Howard Stern's tribute special. 

BUFFALO TOM shares “Lonely Fast and Deep.”

IRON & WINE cover  Edie Brickell & New Bohemians' "What I Am."

THE DEL LORDS extend "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?" Circa 1990.

RICHARD LLOYD talked to Aquarium Drunkard about his psychic outlook, Television’s ill-fated sessions with Brian Eno, and that time Jimi Hendrix beat him up.

JIMMY BUFFETT does not live the Jimmy Buffett lifestyle.

NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL's In The Aeroplane Over The Sea turns 20.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Santo & Johnny's dreamlike instrumental "Sleep Walk."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Shades Freed dominated the chart with 38.8MM, about 16 percent lower than last time and way off the original's 85MM debut.  Look for it to do yuge biz on Valentine's Day and then plummet.  Peter Rabbit placed with 25MM against a 50MM budget; it could be rabbit-leggy over the Presidents' day weekend.  Clint Eastwood's The 15:17 to Paris showed with 12.6MM;that's likely a major disappointment after his last couple of films, but maybe not a disaster against a 30MM budget.  Jumanji finally drops to the fourth slot with 9.8MM on a mere 10 percent drop.  The Greatest Showman rounded out the Top Five with 6.4MM on a still leggy 17 percent drop.

JOHAN JOHANNSSON, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Icelandic composer, musician and producer, died in Berlin at 48.

ROSE McGOWAN's former manager killed herself Wednesday; her family issued a statement about a women in the MeToo crossfire.

STEVEN SEAGAL: The L.A. County District Attorney’s office is reviewing a potential sex abuse case.

RON HOWARD talks about boarding Solo's crew at the last minute.

VICTORIA BECKHAM nixes a Spice Girls tour.

JOHN GAVIN, who starred in Psycho, Spartacus and many more -- and was the US Ambassador to Mexico under Ronald Reagan -- died at 86.

REG CATHEY, who played Freddy on House of Cards and appeared in The Wire, has died. He was 59 and had reportedly been battling cancer.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut.


A BLIND, BISEXUAL and POLYAMOROUS GOOSE involved in a love triangle dies, aged 40.

ABBY remembers the tricks she was taught before she went missing a decade ago.

BOLIVIA'S LONELY FROG: Scientists race to find mate for Romeo.

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