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The Clash, Belle & Sebastian, Billy Idol, Rick James, Death, Boxer Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE CLASH! Although Saturday Night Live polices clips turning up o­n the Internet, we have its long defunct imitator, Fridays, to thank for these April 1980 high-octane performances of "London Calling" and "Train In Vain," followed by equally powerful takes o­n "The Guns of Brixton" and "The Clampdown."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN brought an evening of infectious pop to an intimate crowd at Apogee Studios for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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

WOLF ALICE made their US debut on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

I'M RICK JAMES: 15 Hours Of The Funk Supernova's Best Songs.

DEATH drops “Look At Your Life,” ahead of N.E.W., their first LP since the 70s.

MADNESS: "One... Step... Beyond."

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA: Rubian Nielson does a Q & A with Stereogum. Includes the title track to Multi-Love.

CARL BARAT: As his new band the Jackals prepare to release their raucous first album, the Libertine talks to The Guardian about writing songs with Pete Doherty in Thailand, playing a rock star on screen and keeping off the whisky.

GARY GLITTER was found guilty of historical sex abuse against three young girls between 1975 and 1980.

LEONARD COHEN's "HALLELUJAH": 60 versions, ranked by Newsweek.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Jupiter Ascending, which is scoring 27 percent; and Seventh Son, scoring 6 percent. Dude.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: On Wednesday, four days after the 21-year-old was found unresponsive in her home, a doctor told her family that nothing more could be done. "Everyone is coming to the hospital to say goodbye," says a family member.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: Soldiers had tried to alert the media about the anchorman's false Iraq war story for years.  Williams had been counseled in the past by senior NBC News executives to stop telling the story in public. Tom Brokaw wants him fired.

THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT COVER, just in time for Gratuious Friday.

BRUCE JENNER kept Kris Jenner in the dark over his sex change until their family meeting several weeks back.

ASHLEE SIMPSON and Evan Ross are having a girl.

JIMMY FALLON's Saved By The Bell reunion, icymi.

FIFTY SADES OF GREY, banned in Malaysia. Shocka.

AMY PASCAL, co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, is stepping down, pushed out as a result of the hack....not that there weren't other reasons.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is officially the richest terrorist group in existence.

SAUDI ARABIA: New claims of pre-9/11 Al Qaeda ties prompt renewed calls to declassify 28 pages of the 9/11 Commission Report. The Saudi government has also said it favored making the 28 pages public because that would make it easier to refute what it said were unfounded allegations.

SYRIA: The Syrian government has launched dozens of air strikes on several rebel-held areas around Damascus, killing at least 76 people after the fighters shelled the capital in a rare move, activists say.

A BOXER PUPPY learns to howl. And snort.

AIR CHIEF MARHALL FOO FOO, the Thai crown prince's poodle, has been cremated.

AFTER THE PIG ate all of his marijuana, a furious Ohio man went on a drinking binge that resulted in his bust Saturday for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A PYGMY GOAT on the lam in NJ is in good health, but still without a home.

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Guster, Fat Mike, Hello Blue Roses, Don Covay RIP, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY's alternate video for "No Cities to Love" includes cameos from (among others) Norman Reedus, Brie Larson, Gerard Way, J Mascis, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Ellen Page, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Natasha Lyonne and Vanessa Bayer.

GUSTER fropped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

HELLO BLUE ROSES, including Dan Bejar, streams WZO.

FAT MIKE of NOFX advance streams the soundtrack to his musical, Home Street Home.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, Other Lives and more feature in the latest mix.

TWIN PEAKS drops “In The Morning (In The Evening)” as a single.

SWERVEDRIVER drops "Autodidact" ahead of I Wasn’t Born To Lose You.


VIET CONG is profiled by Paste.

GAME THEORY: Real Nighttime will be reissued with 13 bonus tracks.

BLOODSHOT RECORDS' owners, Rob Miller and Nan Washaw, talk to Aquarium Drunkard about their influences.

DON COVAY, whose songs were performed by the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and others, has died aged 76.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD got legally married at their home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a source tellsPeople, with a ceremony on a private island to come this weekend.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was desperately missing her late mother Whitney Houston and feeling distraught prior to being hospitalized on Jan. 31.

BEYONCE & JAY Z are moving to L.A. and they've already enrolled Blue Ivy in school.

LORNE MICHAELS talks about 40 years of SNL at The Hollywood Reporter.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: The NBC Nightly News anchor admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

MAGIC MIKE XXL has a teaser trailer online

ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI: The former Al Qaeda operative has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s. The Saudi Embassy said he has no credibility.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has killed 50 people this year in Syria who it accused of insulting God, spying or being enemy fighters, including a Jordanian pilot it burned alive, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

IRAQ: On the front lines of Iraq’s war against Islamic State, it’s increasingly difficult to tell where the Iraqi army ends and the Iranian-supported Shiite militias begin

IRAN: With time for negotiations running short, the U.S and Iran are discussing a compromise that would let Iran keep much of its uranium-enriching technology but reduce its potential to make nuclear weapons, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.

AN OCTOPUS has amazing camoflage.

A MAN missed a humpback whale surface two feet away from him because he was glued to his phone.

A DIAPER-WEARING KANGAROO was asked to leave a Wisconsin McDonald's.

COCKROACHES have personalities.

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John C Reilly, Trust Fund, Leapling, Victor Villareal, Jurassic World   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WATERBOYS cover Prince's "Purple Rain."

TRUST FUND advance streams No One’s Coming For Us.

LEAPLING advance streams Vacant Page.

VICTOR VILLAREAL streams Sleep Talk. 

JOHN C REILLY is joined by Tom Brosseau and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), among others, for a Tiny Desk Concert.

THIS IS THE KIT drops the title track from the upcoming Bashed Out

THE HIVES: "Hate to Say I Told You So."

KIM GORDON's book dishes on ex-husband Thurston Moore, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan and more...

ELEPHANT MICAH talks to Aquarium Drunkard about vultures.

ROBERT POLLARD talks to Sports Illustrated about Ohio State football.

NEIL YOUNG scoffs at the much ballyhooed vinyl revival.

RANDY QUAID and his wife engagein a crazy, NSFW video rant against Rupert Murdoch and Warner Bros.

VANITY FAIR drops the cover of their annual Hollywood issue.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was moved to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Monday. After a second search, police found drugs in her home.

SUGE KNIGHT was hospitalized with a panic attack after pleading not guilty to murder.

GWEN STEFANI talks to Cosmopolitan about her marriage, her husband's baby-making skills, and the joy she gets from her job.

FELICITY JONES: The Oscar nominee looks set to star in the first Star Wars stand-alone film.

MILA KUNIS talked motherhood with Ellen.

JEREMY RENNER's estranged wife is gunning for primary custody of their kid.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will have a sequel in July.

ARGENTINA: Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.

JORDAN will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.  ISIS burned him alive, locked in a cage.

IRAQ:  The U.S.-led air war against Islamic State militants has frozen the immediate threat from that group, and now is the time for Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated government to mend its rift with disenfranchised Sunnis, U.S. military officials said on Tuesday.


A TORTOISE has been stolen not once, but twice in two days.

SHAGGY, the large dog that has been on the loose in Cascade Township, MI for more than six months, continues to receive widespread attention.

A WEINER DOG catches a tasty wave.

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Black Keys, J Roddy Walston, Feature Films, Paperhaus, Bernese Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


COURTNEY BARNETT: Don't let the clowning around put you off the crunchy "Pedestrian At Best."


FEATURE FILMS advance streams their self-titled debut.

PAPERHAUS advance streams their self-titled debut.

2:54  drops a brooding cover of The Doors' "Take It As It Comes."

R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

ST VINCENT: Our David Bowie?

THE LONE BELLOW gets a meaty profile from PopMatters.

CHIC is releasing an LP this summer, their first in 23 years.

NEIL YOUNG's Pono audio player gets a baaaad review.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER, rumored to be a couple again, were snapped partying after her Super Bowl halftime show.

WARREN SAPP was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and fired from his gig at the NFL Network.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL has entered rehab.


VAL KILMER's family believes the actor is killing himself by not dealing with a serious tumor ... because of his religious beliefs.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: Whitney Houston's daughter is "fighting for her life" a she remains hospitalized after being found unconscious in her bathtub. Doctors say that a recovery is technically possible, but if it happens, it'll be a miracle.

SUGE KNIGHT has been charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of his friend.

TOM CRUISE will pack on the pounds to play a porky pilot who trafficked drugs and guns for the Medellin Cartel and CIA in the 1980s.  Mena is set to be directed by Doug Liman, who directed Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, a/k/a Live. Die. Repeat.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN are suing Fox News over a comment that they did coke together.

UKRAINE: Since the unrest in eastern Ukraine surged anew in early January, the separatists have made notable strides in clawing territory away from the government in Kiev.

EGYPT: President al-Sisi has asked France for modern military equipment.

IRAN: Yemen’s Houthi rebels, aligned with Iran and supplied and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, have seized the Red Sea port of Hodeida, and is ow is as close as it has ever been to controlling the strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

IRAQ: In one of the nation's deadliest months in years, 1375 people were killed and 2240 were wounded in acts of "terrorism or violence" in January, the United Nations reported.

QUINN THE BERNESE PUPPY is learning about ice, in slo-mo.

DOGS save a factory worker who slipped into a diabetic coma.

GIANT JACKRABBITS swarm near Fargo.

TRUCKS OF BEES & CHICKENS crashed into each other near Coachella.

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It's cold out there every day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the week:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. Because it's only February.

JD McPHERSON advance streams Let The Good Times Roll.

QUARTERBACKS advance stream their self-titled debut.

RHIANNON GIDDENS (Carolina Chocolate Drops) advance streams Tomorrow Is My Turn.

THE DISTRICTS advance stream A Flourish And A Spoil.

THE KEGGS have a tragic story that leaves only 10 copies of "To Find Out" known to exist.

NENA: "99 Luftbalons." Because I found myself watching Watchmen the other night.

FATHER JOHN MISTY: Josh Tillman talks to The Guardian about the creation of his current persona and the making of his new LP, I Love You, Honeybear.

EMMY THE GREAT dscusses her musical upbringing with DIY, from Elton John to Metallica.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Guardian about living in Los Angeles and leaving it to return to Britain.

STEELY DAN, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: American Sniper dominates for a third weekend with 31.9 million. That's a 50 percent drop, partially due to the Super Bowl. Then again, this is the most money any movie has ever made on a Super Bowl weekend.  The Clint Eastwood pic closes in on a quarter-billion in domestic receipts, with another 67 million so far from overseas markets.  Paddington and the debut of Project Amanac will battle for second and third place awith an extimated 8.5 million apiece. Paddington is doing fine on worlwide grosses; Project Almanac, which sat on the shelf for a yearin th hope it would open like Chronicle did on a Super Bowl weekend, will likely break even on a meager 12 million production budget.  The fourth-place debut of Black or White is a mere6.5 million, fortunately against a 9 million budget.  The Boy Next Door slides 59 percent to round out the Top Five with 6.1 million, but a 24.7 million total against a 4 million budget.  I've heard it's sufficiently fun-bad that it could become a cult classic.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: Whitney Houston's daughter was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a bathtub full of water in Roswell, Georgia. She “is stable at the hospital.”

BRUCE JENNER is becoming a woman.

VAL KILMER was in intensive care for some reason... but it's not a toomah.

STEVE KROFT  “really paranoid about right-wing zealots” finding out about his affair with a young lawyer.

THE SUPER BOWL ADS, in case you missed them.

YEMEN's dominant Houthi movement on Sunday gave political factions three days to agree a way out of a crisis that led to the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi before the group imposes its own solution.

EGYPT: Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed, deported, and flown to Cyprus, bringing an end to 400 days behind bars.

JORDAN has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Abu Malik, a chemical weapons engineer who worked at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda Iraq in 2005, was killed Jan. 24 in a coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Mosul, Iraq.

ALBATROSS CAM, Live from Kauai, Hawaii.

BATS GO BATS during a trial in an Arkansas courtroom.

SALTY THE CROCODILE predicted the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl. Salty would have handed the ball to Lynch.

SNAKE IN A CAR ENGINE? Just pull it out and tuck it in a sack.

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