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Chris Farren, Telepathic Powers, Avid Dancer, Lowland Hum, Grizzly   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, April 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAWES drops a video for "Things Happen" ahead of All Your Favorite Bands.

CHRIS FARREN advance streams the Where U Are EP.

TELEPATHIC POWERS advance streams heir debut EP, Powers Of Ten.

AVID DANCER advance streams 1st Bath.

LOWLAND HUM advance streams their self-titled second album.

MAC McCAUGHAN dropped the catchy, lo-fi "Box Batteries" ahead of Non Believers.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark's "Teenage Talk," from the Girls soundtrack, is on Spotify.

DESAPARECIDOS drop "City on the Hill" ahead of Payola.

FRANK BLACK turned 50 yesterday, so let's have a "Headache" and his cover of "Duke of Earl" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talked to PopMatters about Beat the Champ.

COURTNEY BARNETT talks songwriting and shyness on Weekend Edition.

BRYCE DESSNER & RICHARD REED PARRY, from The National and Arcade Fire, respectively, talk composition and collaboration at The Current.

ALVVAYS talks to the Big Takeover, over a vegan platter.

TWIN PEAKS: Showtime continues to hope it can work things out with David Lynch.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & CHRIS MARTIN were spotted on another date in NYC.

KRISTEN STEWART won the French equivalent of an Oscar.

B.B. KING was rushed to a Las Vegas hospital this past weekend and remains hospitalized at a medical center close to his Vegas home.

DANIEL CRAIG had surgery to repair a knee injury sustained while filming scenes for the new James Bond film.

THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT did not drive Dr. Fredric Brandt to suicide.

KENYA's military has carried out airstrikes on Al-Shabaab targets in Somalia.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is almost entirely led by members of Sadaam Hussein’s former Baathist army. Islamic State extremists at Iraq's ancient city of Hatra destroyed the archaeological site by smashing sledgehammers into its walls and shooting Kalashnikov assault rifles at priceless statues.

A GRIZZLY BEAR stops by for biscuits.

THE BASKING SHARK was spotted in Scotland for the first time this season. They could put the jaws in Jaws.

WHEN SEA LIONS ATTACK: A man was injured on Sunday after he was pulled into the water by a sea lion that jumped from the water at a San Diego marina and grabbed a fish he was holding, authorities said.

THE BIG CAT CROSSING: I'll look, but I'm not visiting.

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Calexico, Wire, Villagers, Dwight Yoakam, Elephants   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, April 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BECK played "Country Down" -- and hide-and-seek --  at a fan's house on The Late Late Show.

CALEXICO advance streams Edge Of The Sun.

WIRE advance streams Wire.

VILLAGERS advance streams Darling Arithmetic.

DWIGHT YOAKAM advance streams Second Hand Heart.

TAME IMPALA drops "'Cause I'm a Man" ahead of Currents.

JOY WILLIAMS drops her first post-Civil Wars track, "Woman (Oh Mama)."

KURT COBAIN died 21 years ago yesterday. Here's Variety's original report, and something "About a Girl."

TRUE MYTH: A Conversation With Sufjan Stevens.

KURT VILE rediscovers the sound of his couch.

THE YARDBIRDS: Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty talk to Forbes about their historic guitarists, The Beatles, and more.

ROBERT BURNS JR, founding drummer of Lynyrd Skynrd, has died in a car crash in Georgia.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Furious 7 shattered April box office records with 143MM.  The prior champ, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, debuted at 95MM; the prior Easter champ was the Clash of the Titans reboot at 61MM.  Estimates had been in the range of; Fast 6, which debuted at 97MM.Overseas, Furious 7 pulled in another 240MM, and little competition until The Avengers 2 arrives at the end of the month.  Home placed with 27.4MM, on a decent 47 percent drop.  Get Hard showed with 13MM, but plummeted 62 percent; it could still profit on its 40MM budget, even after presumably large marketing costs.  Cinderella takes the fourth slot with 10.3MM on a 40 percent decline; the Disney live-actioner has also picked up 230MM overseas.  Insurgent rounds out the Top Five with 10MM; it looks to fall short of Divergent domestically, but exceed it overseas.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN  assured an Italian model that his uninvited groping of her body was a one-time mistake, the Daily News learned Friday.

GWYNETH PALTROW has bought Hustler Hollywood...and plans to bulldoze it.

WILL FARRELL & KRISTEN WIIG say they are scrapping plans for their secret Lifetime movie after news of the project leaked online Wednesday night.

DAVID LYNCH has left the Twin Peaks reboot, which could be fatal.

MICHAEL JACKSON's estate could face child molestation claims, if plaintiffs can overcome the statute of limitations.

JAY CUTLER:  The Chicago Bears quarterback offered up an autographed football for the good cause, but it unfortunately didn't receive a single bid.

LUCILLE BALL fans are not happy with a public statue that was erected to honor the actress' legacy, complaining that it's “frightening” and looks nothing like her, and are now looking into fundraising options to fix it.

YEMEN's Shia Houthi rebels have made more gains in the city of Aden, despite air strikes by a Saudi-led coalition.

IRAN and the US don't agree on the outline of a future agreement, especially on the question of how quickly sanctions are to be removed.

ELEPHANTS: A mother and child reunion.


PIG ON THE LAM in Ferrellton, PA.


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The B-52s, Laura Marling, Houndmouth, The National, Dog Wedding   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, April 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE B-52s!  Live at the Capitol Theater, circa 1980.  Your setlist includes: Lava, Give Me Back My Man, 6060-842, Devil In My Car, 52 Girls, Quiche Lorraine, Dirty Back Road, Private Idaho, Strobe Light, Runnin' Around, Rock Lobster, Dance This Mess Around, Planet Claire, Party Out Of Bounds, Downtown, and 53 Miles West Of Venus.

LAURA MARLING does an Aquarium Drunkard Session.

HOUNDMOUTH played Hill Country Live.

WALK THE MOON stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SHANA FALANA advance streams Set Your Lightning Fire Free.

THE NATIONAL drops a surprise single, “Sunshine On My Back”, ft. Sharon Van Etten.

THE ROLLING STONES share an acoustic version of "Wild Horses" from the Sticky Fingers reissue.

MURRAY HEAD: "One Night In Bangkok." Mostly for the sheer 80s cheesiness, but also because today this is a blog with everything, including Yul Brynner.

JARVIS COCKER & IGGY POP talk music, Miami and Marxism. There are footnotes.

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield gets a lengthy profile from Pitchfork.

JOLIE HOLLAND talks to Nylon about the past ten years of musical growth, feminism, and that time St. Vincent gave her a shout out at the Grammys.

DAVID BOWIE is working on a stage show based on The Man Who Fell to Earth. With new songs.

STEVEN TYLER announced he's making a country album.

FURIOUS 7 is this weekend's sole wide release, scoring 81 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.


WILL FARRELL & KRISTEN WIIG have teamed for a top secret Lifetime movie called A Deadly Adoption.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN  are spending a family vacation together with their kids, almost a year to the day of their “conscious uncoupling."

JEREMY RENNER was finally able to put an end to the weirdest custody/support battle in recent memory.

FULL HOUSE: A reunion/reboot may be headed to Netflix.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON now lists Linda Cardellini and Julie Delpy in mystery roles.

WHY IS THIS SATURDAY DIFFERENT FROM ALL OTHER DAYS?  Because ABC has its annual showing of The Ten Commandments, a grand spectacle featuring acting from Edward G. Robinson and Anne Baxter that is so over-the-top that Yul Brynner starts to look good by comparison.  And while Robinson's Dathan never actually spoke the line "Where's your Messiah now?" in the movie, it  -- like "Play It Again, Sam" (not spoken in Casablanca) -- has become part of a part of our culture. The line actually comes from Billy Crystal, originally a bit from the Oscars, iirc. It later turned up o­n The Simpsons, with Chief Wiggum playing Dathan to Ned Flanders' Moses.

IRAN and and six world powers have agreed on the outlines of an understanding that would open the path to a final phase of nuclear negotiations but are in a dispute over how much to make public, officials told The Associated Press Thursday.  The one-year breakout time under discussion may not be sufficient to detect and reverse Iranian violations.  And any enforcement depends on Vladmir Putin.

IRAQ: The US military continues to launch airstrikes in Tikrit against the Islamic State despite the presence of Iranian-backed Shiite militias.

JOHN LEGEND officiated and sang at a dog wedding.

MICHAEL JACKSON's ALLIGATORS and CROCODILE boiled to death in Oaklahoma.

THE WASHINGTON POST's annual Peeps dioramas.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: 20 percent cannot be killed.

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Joni Mitchell update   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, April 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlTAKING A PERSONAL DAY, but did want to note that Joni Mitchell is apparently in intensive care undergoing tests and is awake and in good spirits. I can't help but wonder if it's related to her claim of Morgellons disease, which is not recognized by the broader medical community.

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The Go! Team, Upset, Weed, Drone Shepherd   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, April 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MUPPETS cover Digital Underground's  "Humpty Dance" via the magic of video editing.

THE GO! TEAM advance streams Between The Scene Between - an alternate vesrion of the latest LP.

UPSET advance streams their ’76 EP.

WEED advance streams Running Back.

GODMODE advance streams the label's American Music compilation.

PALMA VIOLETS share “English Tongue,” the second single from their upcoming LP.

LA FONT drops "Whisperer" ahead of the Hangtime Vol. 1 EP.

GUADALCANAL DIARY: From the "Where Are They Now?" file (and MTV's 120 Minutes), we have a semi-live take on "Watusi Rodeo."

JONI MITCHELL was rushed to a hospital after a 911 call from her home Tuesday.

ERIC CLAPTON turned 70 on Monday, prompting a 70-song playlist from Mashable via Spotify.

GARAGE ROCK: The A.V. Club's primer features only three songs from the ^0s -- and somehow misses The Lyres' "Help You Ann."

TOM T. HALL: The cult hero admired by both Johnny Cash and Kurt Vonnegut.

TIDAL: The Hubris of Jay Z?

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD's new trailer gives some hints about the story, if that matters.

JUSTIN BIEBER  is looking to rehab his image.


PAULA PATTON says she's grown since dumping Robin Thicke.

HELEN MIRREN wants to be one of the Fast and Furious.

BRUCE JENNER  had his breast implant surgery?

TARA REID looked worryingly thin as she posed in a bikini on the beach on Friday. 

EGYPT: President Obama on Tuesday lifted his nearly two-year ban on shipping American weapons to Egypt, a restriction imposed after its military kicked out its elected government in 2013.

IRAQ: The Islamic State group still controls parts of the Iraqi city of Tikrit, which Baghdad announced had been retaken, the US-led coalition battling the jihadists said Tuesday.

IRAN: Talks to reach a deal on a framework agreement on Iran's nuclear program will be extended an extra day, U.S. officials said. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius informed the Iranians that he will return to Paris at dawn Wednesday in an apparent effort to force the Iranians' hand. Germany is also threatening to leave. Meanwhile, an Iranian military observation aircraft flew within 50 yards of an armed U.S. Navy helicopter over the Persian Gulf this month, sparking concern that top Iranian commanders might not be in full control of local forces.

SHEEP: Herded by Shep the Drone.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A Manhattan man says he was attacked by a pack of baby squirrels.

SEA LION PUPS are stranded and starving on California beaches.

A ROGUE COYOTE was spotted Monday roaming around the roof of a bar in Queens.

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