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Power Pop (Redux), Beach House, James Elkingon, Jim Lauderdale, Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 23, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with POWER POP (REDUX)! For whatever reason, I have considered Summer the ideal season for gems like Badfinger's "No Matter What" (which Pate covered on occasion) and "Baby Blue", and even Todd Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" and Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me."  Ditto for more obscure tracks like The Rubinoos "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" (see also their vintage cover of "Please Please Me"), Off Broadway's "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," and Pezband's "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes."

BEACH HOUSE advance streams B-Sides And Rarities.

JAMES ELKINGTON advance streams Wintres Woma.

JIM LAUDERDALE advance streams London Southern.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares "Just To Show You."

FREE: "All Right Now." Wouldn't be Summer without it.

PRINCE: An oral history of the Purple Rain tour.

THE TROGGS: The first Punk band?

THE DRUMS: PopMatters profiles surviving member Jonny Pierce.

APPLES IN STEREO's Robert Schneider is working on unfinished Olivia Tremor Control recordings.

TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT is this weekend's sole wide release; it opened Wednesday scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

YOUNG HAN SOLO: Ron Howard takes over as director. And Entertainment Weekly is on how it came to this point.

BILL COSBY wants to spread the word to young people about sexual assault  ... how to avoid being accused of it. Also, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts

TOM CRUISE: Curtis Armstrong writes about the making of Risky Business, and a star.

MADONNA may have a new boy toy.

JURASSIC WORLD: The sequel has a title.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER's second streaming season gets a trailer.

A FAMILY OF BEARS climb a fence.

A WASP flew into the mouth of Costa Rica's president.

CATS of the Tall Ships. Yaahhr.


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Thingsday, incl. Summer Songs, Phoenix, and a Bald Eagle.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



ARIEL PINK drops a video for  "Another Weekend."

SUMMERTIME: World Cafe kicks off the season with a Summer playlist on Spotify.The World Cafe Tumblr listed a variation on the theme,with a helping of Yacht Rock.

PHOENIX stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GIRLPOOL stopped by World Cafe for a chat and a song.

TWIN PEAKS (the band) shares “Who It’s Gonna Be.”

JOLIE HOLLAND & SAMANTHA PARTON team up on Townes Van Zandt's "You Are Not Needed Now."

LO TOM shares "Covered Wagon."


BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE: "The Bottom Line."

THE 50 BEST LPs of 2017 (So Far), according to Rolling Stone.

FUTURE ISLANDS and ANDY SAMBERG sort of interview each other at Magnet. There's talk about the thing in the box.

BETH DITTO talks about her Southern roots on Weekend Edition.

BILL MONROE: The bluegrass legend's name and likeness is for sale along with his house and unreleased albums.


GEORGE CLOONEY and his partners sold their tequila business for up to one billion dollars.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have made a deal with a surrogate to have another child.

KATE BECKINSALE was caught canoodling actor and comedian Matt Rife.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON was spooted holding hands with attorney Kevin Yorn.

GAME OF THRONES dropped a second trailer online.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING - How Sony let Marvel take the wheel of a major vehicle.

CONFIRMED: Gal Gadot made the same amount upfront if not slightly more on Wonder Woman than Henry Cavill made on 2013's Man of Steel.

DC FILM's Jon Berg and Geoff Johns spoke with Variety about what’s next for Wonder Woman, their reaction to the poor reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, and why there will be more female superheroes and villains in upcoming DC films.

WATCHMEN may be headed for HBO with Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), not movie director Zack Snyder.

SAUDI ARABIA tries to block journalists from reporting on Yemen's civil war as the U.S. signs an arms deal with the Gulf kingdom.

PROTIP: If you're a reporter, don't leave email suggesting you're interested in arms dealing. The More You Know. Swoosh.


A BALD EAGLE boosts a salmon from a fishing boat.

PODS OF ORCAS are stalking halibut and black cod fishermen in Alaska.

CHIMP "DEATH PATROLS" keep rivals off turf.

AUSSIE SCIENTISTS went looking for deep sea creatures and pulled up your nightmares instead.

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Wednesday Things, like The Dream Syndicate. And cats.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



GRANDADDY shares a video for "Brush With The Wild."

VALERIE JUNE played a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.


ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features tracks from Zola Jesus, Bernice, and Chelsea Wolfe and more.

THE DREAM SYNDICATE returns with "How Did I Find Myself Here?"

FILTHY FRIENDS (ft members of Sleater-Kinney, Young Fresh Fellows, and R.E.M.) share "The Arrival."


KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JASON ISBELL is profiled by the Village Voice.

HUSKER DU: Everything Falls Apart comes to streaming services.

DON'T STOP BELIEVIN': Critic and poet Michael Robbins explains his enduring, totally not-shameful love of Jourrney.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS: James Dean Bradfield talks about the longevity of the band, politics in music, and working on their new album.


GAL GODOT, contra some reports, is not making 46 times less as Wonder Woman than Henry Cavill is as Superman.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, widely considered one of the preeminent actors of his generation, is retiring from acting.

STAR WARS: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are no longer directing the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off.

JOHNNY DEPP's ex-business managers are fighting to subpoena his longtime reps as part of the ongoing dispute over whether the actor knew the dire state of his finances — and have made public emails they say prove their case.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE will resume filming after an internal investigation by Warner Bros. Television found no misconduct occurred on the set of the reality series.

PRODIGY, one half of Mobb Deep, has died in Las Vegas.

SHERLOCK's creative team will tackle Dracula.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS has a new featurette online.


HOW DID CATS become house pets?

A COMMON BUTTERFLY has an uncommon sex life.

TURKEY MASSACRE: Deaths most fowl in South Carolina.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A pet squirrel that gained fame by thwarting a home burglary in Idaho has returned to the wild.

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The Drums, Jesse Jenkins, Greg Ashley, Trash Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



BEACH HOUSE shares a video for "Chariot."

THE DRUMS stream Abysmal Thoughts.

JESSE JENKINS advance streams Hard Sky.

GREG ASHLEY covers Marianne Faithful, Pagans and the Lost Gonzo Band for Aquarium Drunkard.

OFFA REX: The British folk revival collaboration between the Decemberists and British singer Olivia Chaney shares "The Old Churchyard."

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS cover The Smiths' “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side.”


THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: The Pop Culture That Formed Goths. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

STEVE EARLE is profiled by Paste.

DAVID BOWIE & QUEEN have unreleased tracks.

THE 50 BEST PSYCHEDELIC LPs OF 1967, according to BrooklynVegan.


CARRIE FISHER had heroin and cocaine in her system at the time of her death, according to her toxicology report.

BEYONCE & JAY Z revealed the twins are a boy and girl.

MILES TELLER was arrested early Sunday morning after he was literally falling down drunk and refusing to cooperate with cops.

GARY COLE is heading for divorce with his wife of 25 years.

BOB BARKER had a nasty fall at home that scared him, so paramedics came and he took a trip to the ER.

OTTO WARMBIER, the American college student who spent 17 months in North Korean detention, died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, his family said.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: One person died and 11 were injured in the early hours of Monday morning after a van was driven into a crowd of Muslim worshippers in Finsbury Park, in north London.


TRASH RAT: Like Pizza Rat, but with a bag of trash.

A DRUNK FARMER started a fight with his own pig but dies after having three fingers and his penis bitten off.

GORILLA TOURISM could be big, if the gorillas were into it.

SCIENTISTS have discovered a new deep sea worm -- and everyone is thinking the same thing.

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Fleet Foxes, Pokey LaFarge, The High 48s, Stars, Prince, Cat+Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 19, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CHARLY BLISS visits summer camp in "Westermarck."

FLEET FOXES stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

POKEY LaFARGE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

THE HIGH 48s stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

STARS shares two new tracks.

PRINCE: Hear “Father’s Song,” originally intended to be included in the Purple Rain movie.

EVERY MOTHER'S SON: "Come On Down to My Boat," baby.

RADIOHEAD: An Oral History of OK Computer.

YOKO ONO will receive a songwriting credit on John Lennon’s 1971 classic “Imagine." Not a yuge fan of Yoko or the song ("Oh Yoko" is much better, imho), but Lennon did publicly say she should have credit.

PAUL McCARTNEY's TOP 10 SOLO TRACKS, according to NME (presumably thinking about his 75th birthday yesterday).

BOB SEGER: 13 of his previously unavailable albums are now available on most major streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music, but notably excluding both Pandora Premium and Tidal.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Cars 3 tops the chart with 53.5MM, which is 7-13MM below the first two and one of Pixar's worst opening weekends in a decade.  Wonder Woman places with 40.8MM on a very leggy 30 percent drop.  All Eyez on Me showed with 27MM, well above projections in the mid-teens, against a reported 40MM budget.  The Mummy tumbled 56 percent to collect 13.9MM in the fourth slot, but may yet profit based on big overseas sales.  47 Meters Down rounds out the Top Five with 11.5MM, which was about double the tracking estimates.  Below the fold, Rough Night opened in seventh with a disappointing 8MM against a 20MM budget.

BEYONCE & JAY Z have welcomed twins.

STEPHEN FURST, the actor who portrayed "Flounder" in the classic comedy National Lampoon's Animal House, died Friday following complications from diabetes. He was 63.

JOHN G. AVILDSEN, the Oscar winning director behind Rocky and The Karate Kid passed away at 81.

CARRIE FISHER's death was caused by sleep apnea and other undetermined factors, the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office revealed on Friday.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE has produced a wedding, as well as a scandal.

BILL COSBY received a mistrial; prosecutors aim to retry the sexual assault charges.

CAT & DOG: It's a thin line between hate and love.

ELEPHANTS seem to have a capacity for solving problems by thinking about them in abstract terms.

HUNDREDS OF CATS were saved from ending up on restaurant menus in China.

GOPHERS are breaking into the Montana State Prison.

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