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Big Thief, Wild Reeds, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Primus, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON plays "Can I Sit  Next to You" for Colbert.

BIG THIEF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE WILD REEDS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

PRIMUS returns with "The Seven."


JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth.

MERLE HAGGARD's torch is carried by roots rockers and old-school acts, but his place in mainstream country is less secure.

AFGHAN WHIGS frontman Greg Dulli talks to Salon about keeping it "fun" after death of a beloved bandmate and 30 years of touring.

DAVID BOWIE's unseen photoshoot for his debut LP.

THE 15 BEST DELTA BLUES SONGS, according to Paste.


SAM SHEPARD, reluctant movie star and playwright whose workss redefined the landscape of the American West and its inhabitants, died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky. He was 73. A spokesman for his family announced the death on Monday, saying the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

JEANNE MOREAU, the sensual, gravel-voiced actress who became the face of the New Wave, France’s iconoclastic mid-20th-century film movement, most notably in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, died on Monday at her home in Paris. She was 89.

JESSICA LANGE is profiled by the AARP.  Get Off My Lawn.

CASEY AFFLECK's wife of 9 years, Summer Phoenix, is filing for divorce, and according to her the split's been a long time coming.

TILDA SWINTON was considered to play Pennywise in the remake of IT.

TOTAL REQUEST LIVE is returning to MTV.  I am reminded of this recent podcast from Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson about what the TRL cultural space meant to them.

HBO was hacked, "which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of [their] programming."

SUICIDE SQUAD 2: The WB continues to have trouble finding a director.


A TIGER CUB debuts in China

HAMLET will soon be the most famous cat in NYC.

A BIRD hammered through a power pole in Snohomish County, WA.Also, the owls are not what they seem.

FUNGUS GNATS have inundated southeastern Vermont.

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Ben Gibbard, Radiohead, Newport, Tori Amos, Sparks, Croc vs Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WOLF ALICE shares the NSFW "Yuk Foo,"

BEN GIBBARD is streaming his vesrion of Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque LP.

RADIOHEAD, Live at Poland's Open'er Festival.

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL: Brooklyn Vegan has video highlights.

TORI AMOS shares "Cloud Riders."

SPARKS shares "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN shares "We Were Beautiful."

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat  Oh yeah? Oh yeah.

FEIST shares cultural highlights with The Guardian.

GILLIAM WELCH talks to Stereogum about rediscovering The Harrow & The Harvest six years after its release and when we can expect a new Gillian Welch album.

HARVEY DANGER's "Flagpole Sitta" turned 20.

THE POINTER SISTERS: 10 of Their Best.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dunkirk beat out The Emoji Movie at the top of the charts, suggesting civilization only seems dead.  Dunkirk grossed 28.1MM on a leggy 44 percent drop.  The Emoji Movie placed with 25.7MM and if it does well enough I expect them to spin off Poop into a standalone feature.  Girls Trip shows with 20MM on a surprisingly leggy 36 percent drop.  That left the debut of Atomic Blonde in the fourth slot with 18MM against a 30MM budget; that may be a slight disappointment, though a few million ahead of John Wick, and likely to play well when it rolls out in full overseas. Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds out the Top Five with another 13.5MM and gets a timely hold with only a 39 percent drop in this frame.  Below the fold, Apes and Valerian show signs of losing money in the big-screen phase.

ATOMIC BLONDE was marketed as a female John Wick; it is both more and less than that.  It is more than that insofar as the brutal action scenes are paired with a more twist-laden, LeCarre-style Cold War spy tale, not to mention a tour of outrageous 80s fashion and music.  It is less than that because John Wick had a more sympathetic lead and more wicked fun.  Charlize Theron's Lorraine Broughton is (almost) all business --even when seducing someone -- which is right for the role, but drains the audience of some sympaththy for her (someone could write a thinkpiece about the trickiness of writing a female action lead).  The fun factor (besides Theron's endeless wardrobe)is provided more by James McAvoy's David Percival, an operative who has "gone native" in decdent Berlin, where Theron is tasked with retrieving a NOC list (increasingly the spy movie MacGuffin of choice).  The supporting performances here are also quite good, esp. Eddie Marsan, the Stasi agent once in possession of the list. It's an enjoyable flick -- the action scenes are brutal and the period soundtrackhelps lighten the the occasional grimness an greyness of a film that spends as much time in East Berlin as it does.  Just don't hexpect it to be a female John Wick.

GEORGE CLOONEY lashed out at a French magazine that published pictures of his newborn twins.

NORM McDONALD talks to the Daily Beast about President Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, and the state of comedy.

JENNIFER ANISTON & REESE WITHERSPOON are shopping a show about morning news shows.

KATE BECKINSALE has an "overzealous fan" who allegedly threatened to stab her.

EMILIA CLARKE has Chewbacca on her Instagram.

MARTY SKLAR: Meet a man who shaped Disney's theme parks.

CROC vs SHARK: Who You Got?

A MOUNTIE Pursues A Bear.

A MONITOR LIZARD, living in a Cape Coral attic.

IS THAT A BOA CONSTRICTOR stuck to your face?

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Rascals, Tyler Childers, Randy Newman, Beth Ditto, Cars, Ringo, Marmots   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 28, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE RASCALS!  I was delighted to rediscover one of my fave clips, their cover of "Mickey's Monkey" in a medley with "Turn On Your Love Light."  A second live medley includes a pair of Rascals originals, "I've Been Lonely Too Long" and "Come On Up." Plus, a copy of "It's a Beautiful Morning" has returned to the Tube, as well as "Groovin'" and  "How Can I Be Sure?"  Round it out with the live-instudio version of the obligatory "Good Lovin'," and the early "Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" from Hullaballoo.

TYLER CHILDERS advance streams Purgatory.

RANDY NEWMAN advance streams Dark Matter.

BETH DITTO plays a short set at the Turf Club.

THE CARS share a previously unreleased studio version of "They Won't See You."

RINGO STARR & PAUL McCARTNEY reunite on “We’re On the Road Again." It also features The Eagles’ Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Toto’s Steve Lukather (who co-wrote the song).

STARS share "Fluorescent Light."

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

THE MERCURY PRIZE nominees are announced. The Guardian is unimpressed.

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate owes QUINCY JONES 9,4MM in royalties.

RIDE: Mark Gardener and Loz Colbert talk to Drowned In Sound about the band's triumphant return.

BEN GIBBARD writes about the great Teenage Fanclub.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Emoji Movie, which was not widely screened for critics; and Atomic Blonde, currently scoring 79 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

SUBURBICON, ft Matt Damon and Oscar Issac, has a trailer online.

JAMES BOND: French director Yann Demange is reportedly “frontrunner” to direct the recently-announced 2019 Bond film.

MADONNA and ther twin girls have accepted undisclosed damages from Associated Newspapers over a “serious invasion of privacy”.

TAXI DRIVER: Behind The Scenes.

ARRESTED REBELLION: Ron Howard narrates Star Wars.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Giant militant marmots rage on the highway.

THE YEAR OF THE GOAT: Strolling through the barn like Peter Lorre.

A GIANT SPIDER terrorizes a family at home.

PET TRANSLATION could happen within a decade.

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Sweet Apple, Feist, The Shins, Gregg Allman, Monster Croc   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SWEET APPLE brings MARK LANEGAN & ROBERT POLLARD alongside for "“World I’m Gonna Leave You.”

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

THE SHINS' James Mercer played a Tiny Desk Concert.

JONI MITCHELL: Aquarium Drunkard shares a post-Mingus mixtape.

GREGG ALLMAN: Hear the psothumous track "My Only True Friend."

CINDY WILSON of the B-52s shares "Mystic."



DANIEL JOHNSON announces a final tour, with some big names backing him.

ELISABETH FRASER & JOHN GRANT talk about the Cocteau Twins' 1988 classic Blue Bell Knoll.

U2's Adam Clayton and his wife welcomed a baby girl.

FINN'S MOTEL picks his five favorite Cheap Trick concerts (5, 4, 3, 2, 1).


ANGELINA JOLIE talks to Vanity Fair about her divorce from Brad Pitt and her Bell's Palsy diagnosis.

KIM KARDASHIAN's surrogate is three months pregnant.

KATE HUDSON shaved her head for her latest film.

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 3 will star Moonlight's Mahershala Ali.

HENRY CAVILL brushed together a somewhat tongue-in-cheek message after a controversy over his ‘stache left some fans bristling.

ROBERT PATTINSON revealed that he was nearly fired from the Twilight movies.

DEADWOOD: HBO Original Programming chief Casey Bloys told reporters Wednesday that he was impressed by the script delivered a few months ago by series creator David Milch.

CONFEDERATE: HBO programming president Casey Bloys also used his time in front of the press Wednesday to defend the premium cable network's decision to move forward with its controversial slave drama.

BATMAN movies, ranked by Vulture.

JUNE FORAY, the voice of The Bullwinkle Show’s Rocky the Flying Squirrel and his nemesis Natasha Fatale of Boris and Natasha fame (and a zillion other voices), died Thursday. She was 99.


A MONSTER CROC swims downriver with a cow in its jaws.

THE TOP 25 CUTEST DOGS on Capitol Hill.

DEADLY KING COBRAS in potato chip cans.

WILD RABBITS surf on sheep to escape flooding in NZ.

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Waxahatchee, James Elkington, All Songs, Pere Ubu, 100 Rescue Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SYLVAN ESSO shares a video version of "Die Young" featuring members of Wye Oak, The Mountain Goats, Hiss Golden Messenger, Mountain Man and Megafaun.

WAXAHATCHEE, Live at Warsaw BK, July 15, 2017.

JAMES ELKINGTON covers three mid-to-late-60s Kinks songs for Aquarium Drunkard.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED previews the Newport Folk Festival.

PRISM TATS shares "Used To Be Cool."

ALVVAYS shares "Dreams Tonite."

PERE UBU shares "Monkey Bizness."



ARIEL PINK talks to Stereogum about Trump, Madonna and his new lo-fi LP.

ODE TO BILLIE JOE: Bobbie Gentry’s classic turns fifty years old.

THE 10 MOST UNDERRATED COMEBACK LPs of the Century (So far), according to Prefix.



DANIEL CRAIG will play James Bond in at least one more film, which will be released in November 2019, according to the NYT.

JUSTIN BIEBER pulled the plug on his Purpose tour because he “rededicated his life to Christ.”

ROBERT PATTINSON & FKA TWIGS have been kind of engaged for two tears.

ANNE HATHAWAY may replace Amy Schumer in the Barbie movie.

T.J. MILLER knows you think he's crazy for leaving HBO's Silicon Valley, and he cares not in the least.

DAVID LEITCH talks about Atomic Blonde and Deadpool 2.

WONDER WOMAN 2 is set for release on Dec. 13, 2019.


MORE THAN 100 DOGGOS, rescued from a fake sanctuary.

DEMON GOAT terriifes San Luis province in central Argentina. (It's more sad, really.)

A 920-LB MAKO SHARK: The largest ever caught in NJ.

THIS CANNIBALISTIC INVASIVE SPECIES could be headed to your dinner plate.

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