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Father John Misty, Craig Finn, Slowdive, Runaway Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ALABAMA SHAKES cover  "Killer Diller" (popularized by Memphis Minnie in the 1940s).

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CRAIG FINN plays a mini-set at St. Paul's James J. Hill House.

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

GRIZZLY BEAR shares "Mourning Sound," from the band's upcoming LP, Painted Ruins.

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

CHRIS CORNELL: The Detroit News obtained a police report detailing the hours before and after Soundgarden singer’s death early Thursday morning.

LOU REED's friends hit back at claims that "Walk on the Wild Side" has transphobic lyrics. These college kids, man.

LAND OF TALK: Liz Powell talks about finding her path back to music.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH SILLY LOVE SONGS? Pop songs are now less likely to be about love than at any point since the 1960s.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Alien: Covenant tops the chart with 36MM; that's considerably less than the 51MM debut of Prometheus and the 117MM global total is perhaps concerning against a 97MM budget. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 placed with 35MM and is almost certain to outgross the original in North America by the end of Memorial Day weekend.  Everything, Everything showed with 12MM against a 10MM budget and will show a decent profit.  Snatched takes the fourth slot with 7.6MM on a 61 percent drop; more ominously, it will face competition from Baywatch next weekend.  The debut of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounds out the Top Five with 7.2MM against a 21MM budget, which means it won't make much of a profit in theaters. Below the fold, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continued to flame out with 6.9MM on a 55 percent drop; it has a domestic total of 27.2MM against a 175MM budget.

ALIEN: COVENANT, a sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien (and some were initiallyc onfused about this), generally struck me as better than the former but still significantly inferior to the latter.  It is a shame that the film mostly wastes the talents of its talented cast (one dinner scene seen in the marketing but cut from the movie could have gone a long way to better establishing the characters). That said, Danny McBride turns in a better berformance than on the page, while Michael Fassbender pulls off a double role with his usual skill. And yet there are scenes where the temptation is to chuckle instead of gasp at either the horror or the drama.  I am also now questioning whether the prequels were a good idea at all.  Ridley Scott clearly wanted to use them to explore some deeper themes about humanity, but I don't know whether what he's saying is deep enough to justify demystifying the xenomorph.

TOM HARDY is in final negotiations to star in Venom, while Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is final negotiations to helm the movie project centering on one of Spider-Man’s signature villains.

ORLANDO BLOOM defends Johnny Depp amid his recent personal and financial turmoil.

GAVIN ROSSDALE is dating German model Sophia Thomalla following his divorce from Gwen Stefani.

ALAN THICKE's widow s alleging that her late husband's sons are attempting to turn the family ranch into a marijuana plantation.

AISHA TYLER will pay out 2MM in her divorce.

MAMMA MIA! has a sequel coming next summer.

TWIN PEAKS: Seven things you need to keep in mind as you watch the show.

LOGAN: NOIR, a special black-and-white version of the film, is coming to select screens and home video.ALSO: Hugh Jackman originally didn't know a wolverine wasn't a wolf.

A LIFETIME OF DEVOTION: In Filmworker, Leon Vitali reflects on his decades of work with Stanley Kubrick.

TURKEY: Erdogan says he will extend his sweeping rule.

A BULL escapes a Spanish fiesta and runs through a local home.

A STARTLED DEER was tackled in a Minnesota Wal-Mart.

A BIG GAME HUNTER was crushed by an elephant his group fatally shot.

THIS BEAVER, caught on underwater camera; it only took four years.

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XTC, Justin Townes Earle, Heliocentrics, Rev. Sekou, Cende, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with XTC! Live on Rockpalast, February 10, 1982. Your setlist includes: "Respectable Street" (still one of my faves), "Towers of London," "Runaways," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Burning With Optimism's Flames," "Snowman," "Ball And Chain," "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," "No Thugs In Our House" (another fave), "Senses Working Overtime" (ditto), "Making Plans For Nigel," "Living Through Another Cuba," "Generals and Majors," "Real By Reel," and "Life Begins At The Hop."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE advance streams Kids In The Street.

HELIOCENTRICS advance stream A World of Masks.


CENDE advance streams #1 Hit Single.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT shares "If We Were Vampires."

THE BEATLES: Just as 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' turns 50, hear the first take of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave. And here he is talking to Aquarium Drunkard about his ethos, vocal jazz, and growing as a writer.

CHRIS CORNELL: The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on Thursday determined the cause of his death to be suicide by hanging, noting that a full autopsy has yet to be completed.  Cornell had one of modern rock's great voices, and one of its adventurous minds. Here's Pitchfork rounding up the Twitter tributes from Jimmy Page, Chuck D, Brian Wilson, St Vincent, Elton John and more.  Here's Stereogum with 20 great Cornell moments, and with his final song at Wednesday night's Soundgarden show.

CAMERON CROWE talks to Rolling Stone about the Singles soundtrack, including Chris Cornell.

PWR BTTM has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against band member Ben Hopkins in a new statement.

TALKING HEADS are digging Selena Gomez's "interpolation" of "Psycho Killer."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Alien: Covenant, which is currently scoring 76 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which is scoring 23 percent; and Everything, Everything, scoring 47 percent.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and his girlfriend, model Nina Agdal, have called it quits.

ROGER AILES, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died Thursday at 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it over two decades into a politically influential juggernaut until his abrupt ouster last year amid sexual harassment allegations.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE renewed their wedding vows a year after Ozzy's alleged affair.

DARK CRYSTAL: A sequel to the strange Muppet movie is headed to Netflix

MARVEL SCIENCE: Meet The Physicist Called In To Consult On Superhero Movies.

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN: For 21 years, the king of the Netherlands has flown twice a month as co-pilot while his passengers were in the dark, he has told a Dutch newspaper.

TURKISH Pres. Erdogan watched his bodyguareds beat protesters in Washington DC.

A RACCOON caused chaos this week after it bowled into a couple's home, rifled through their drawers and terrorized their cat. 

A CRAZED OTTER bit and chased a man into his car in Scotland.

THE WORLD'S SADDEST SNAIL? Sex-starved Jeremy the lonely 'lefty' is in a tragic love triangle after his two mates leave him to procreate with each other.

KISSING A RATTLESNAKE is a bad idea. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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Thingsday, including Chris Cornell RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CHRIS CORNELL, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative.  This is a breaking news story; I''ll very likely have more tomorrow.


ANDY SCHAUF drops a freaky video for "Early To The Party."

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS perform largely unpluggedy on WNYC Soundcheck.

CHUCK PROPHET and the Mission Express stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

DUNGEN performs instrumentals from their recent score to the silent film The Adventures of Prince Achmed, and other tunes, for NYC Soundcheck.

BEACH FOSSILS share "Tangerine," ft Slowdive's Rachel Goswell as a guest vocalist.


CHUCK BERRY: His first-ever video for “Big Boys” sadly does not feature the man himself, but it's an undeniably Berry danceoff.

R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe and Mike Mills talk about beard care, David Bowie, disbanding, and more.

LAND OF TALK: Liz Powell is done with pretending.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to American Songwriter about you-know-what.

PAUL WELLER: The Modfather is profiled by Paste.


THE ALIENIST has a trailer online.

WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES drops its final trailer.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, cutting loose like a low-rent gogo dancer. She comments on Facebook.

STAR WARS: A Japanese leaflet promoting Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi was released a few days ago, and the promotion featured description suggesting that the movie is going to have a major surprise.

JIMMY FALLON talks about drinking, interviewing Donald Trump, and more.  Interesting quotes from Jay Leno also.

YOUNG SHELDON: The Big Bang Theory meets The Wonder Years?

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is returning to Netflix.

VENEZUELA: Legions of national guardsmen and military helicopters began descending on a western Venezuela state Wednesday where an outbreak of looting and political violence left at least three people dead in as many days, raising the nationwide death toll in a wave of unrest to at least 43.


IT'S DOG EAT DOG, sort of.

A WILD BOAR chased Britain's ambassador to Austria.

RANDY SPANISH SUPERSLUGS measuring six inches in length are hitting Britain's gardens - and pellets won't kill them.

HEY, IS THAT A BEARDED DRAGON in your bra, Ms. Drunk Driver?

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Hump Day Things, including Girlpool, Maggie Rogers, All Songs, and a Vulture   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE REGRETTES cover The Sweet's "Fox on the Run."

GIRLPOOL stopped by Paste for a mini-set.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features new tracks from Fleet Foxes, The National, Harry Styles and more.

COURTNEY BARNETT shares “How To Boil An Egg.”


SAINTSENECA shares "Book Of The Dead On Sale."


STYX: "Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)"

U2: The Joshua Tree, then and now, examined by the New York Times and The Guardian.

BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY talks to The Guardian about why he turned to country's Merle Haggard for his new album.

OTIS REDDING: Author Jonathan Gould, who's written a new biography called Otis Redding: An Unfinished Life, joined NPR's Scott Simon to discuss the singer's relatively short, yet profoundly affecting career.

70s SOFT ROCK: From punchline to cultural touchstone.


WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES has a new teaser with a familiar voice.

TAYLOR SWIFT has been been secretly dating actor Joe Alwyn for months.

AMY SCHUMER and Ben Hanisch have called it quits after two years or so.

JORDAN PEELE's next project is a terrifying Lovecraftian story about race in 1950s America.

CONAN O'BRIEN must head to court to face allegations of joke theft.

ROSARIO DAWSON's cousin died after the actress found her unconscious last week.

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER: Fox would like to revive it.

THE EMOJI MOVE has a trailer online, as if you needed a reminder that civilization is dead.


A VULTURE has been filmed putting on make-up for the first time.


SCORPIONS ON A PLANE rock United like a hurricane. You thought I was gonna go Samuel L. Jackson again, didn't you?

A FAT CAT will diet at a shelter.

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Tuesday Things, including the Mountain Goats. BSS, and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE MOUNTAIN GOATS advance stream Goths.

MAC McCAUGHAN streams the Paint It Black soundtrack.

POKEY LaFARGE advance streams Manic Revelations.

YUNG streams a self-titled LP.

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE shares "Hug of Thunder," with lead vocals by Feist.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART shares "Anymore" ahead of The Echo Of Pleasure.

HOT FLASH HEAT WAVE shares the power-popping “Lonely Times.”


MANFRED MANN covers Bob Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn" and "Just Like a Woman" for Twofer Tuesday.

BLONDIE: Debbie Harry talks to Vice about stalkers, drugs, and more....

THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Drowned In Sound talks to Greg Dulli about the new album, his love of the occult, and what Prince means to him.

WHITNEY talks to Aquarium Drunkard about their continuing inspiration and partnership, what to expect next from the band, and how they’ve maintained their love of the music in spite of playing it non-stop for over two years.

MAZZY STAR drummer Keith Mitchell has died.


PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES has been pilfered by ransom hackers seeking payment the the studio.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW JERSEY star Dina Manzo and her boyfriend were the victims of a weekend home invasion that left the pair bound and beaten, according to a report.

ANTONIO SABATO, JR's calling it quits with his wife and the divorce is getting nasty ... with her making allegations of drug abuse as he launches a run for Congress.

BLAKE LIVELY is getting in the cage for the mixed martial arts film Bruised.

DAVID HASSELHOFF's daughter, Hayley, was arrested for DUI in L.A. over the weekend after cops say she passed out behind the wheel of her Mercedes while driving on the freeway.

THE GIFTED, another X-Men-related TV series (following the excellent Legion) has a teaser trailer.

THE BEST MOVIES of 2017 (So Far), according to Paste.


HUCKLEBERRY likes the command post he's established on his roof.

TV FOR DOGS is like an iPhone for your canary.

HOW TO SURVIVE A COYOTE ENCOUNTER around your urban home.

STOLEN BEES were recovered in a sting operation. Ouch.

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