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Lucius, KT Tunstall, The Record Company, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


OK GO released a zero-gravity video for "Upside Down and Inside Out."

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

KT TUNSTALL pays tribute to Fleetwood Mac on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

THE RECORD COMPANY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ST VINCENT covers The Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue."

BENNY HESTER, best known as a Christian artist, drops "Give Your Love Forever" from his previously unreleased 1972 LP recorded with Elvis Presley's TCB Band.

DAVE GROHL, RHIANNA, STEVIE WONDER & MANY MORE cover Lionel Richie for this year's Musicares concert.

ELTON JOHN accused THE ROLLING STONES of being "irrelevant" for chasing pop success. Um.

BELLY: The making of King.

JULIA HOLTER is profiled by The Guardian.

PRETTY IN PINK; Stereogum revisits the classic John Hughes soundtrack on its 30th anniversary, from the perspective of a Millenial.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Deadpool shattered mutliple records to top the chart with an estimated 135MM, more than double the tracking estimates.The holiday weekend helped, though that's one of the records broken here.  It's also the sixth-biggest Marvel debut, despite (or perhaps due to) its R-rating. That rating likely prompted its small-for-superheroes 58MM budget, which means thisone's already well itno the black on 260MM in worldwide receipts.  Kung Fu Panda 3 places 19.7MM on a mere 7.5 percent drop after dropping 49 percent the prior weekend. The debut of How to Be Single shows with 18.8MM, which seems weak against a 38MM budget, though it won't have much direct competition in the quasi-rom-comedy space until next month.  Zoolander 2 opened in the fourth slotwith 15.7MM, which is about what the original made in its opening weekend with a budget about half of the sequel's reported 50MM; this may falter domestically but is likely to do far better overseas than the original, pushing Ben Stiller and Co. into profit.  The Revenant rounds out the Top Five with 7MM, pretty much what it grossed last weekend; it may still be a few weekends short of profit (but some Oscars will likely do the trick).

DEADPOOL breaks all the rules with glee and lands on target nearly perfectly.  That said, it is not going to be for everyone.  Marvel's first R-rated movie earns that rating at least every few minutes; If Captain America: Winter Soldier was a superhero political thriller, and Guardians of the Galaxy a superhero space opera, Deadpool is a comic book version of a Quentin Tarantino revenge film, filled with gore, profanity, nihilsm, sex ranging from the vanilla to the kinky, and dialog as sharp as the swords strapped to the title character's back. Co-producer Ryan Reynolds gives a star turn as mercenary-turned-mutant Wade Wilson, skewering himself, other superheroes, other movies, and a large number of bad guys, though he's the first to remind you he's not a good guy. The rest of the cast generally perfoms admirably, particularly Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Homeland, Gotham) as the hooker with a heart of gold in Wilson's life (I daresay she will boost home video sales also).  It's an impressive directorial debut for Tim Miller, whose prior experience was in animated shorts and title sequences -- the opening credits here are one of my favorite sequences in years and perfectly set the table for the meal to come. Conversely, this is one of those Marvel movies where you'll want to stay past the end of the credits, for a dessert perfectly in keeping with the meal you you just consumed.

THE BAFTAS went to these folks.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER spent the Valentine's Day weekend together with their kids.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED  went with three swimsuit covers this year.

TWIN PEAKS: Ashley Judd joins the revival of David Lynch's cult classic.

ROADIES, the upcoming Showtime series from Cameron Crowe, has a trailer online.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: I missed the 205th birthday of the 16th President of the United States on Friday. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut

GEORGE WASHINGTON: Though now lumped in with everyone for Presidents' Day, Feb 22nd is the birthday of the "Father of his Country."  In 1776, David McCullough notes that when Washington took command in July 1775, he thought he would be home at Mount Vernon by Christmas. McCullough catalogs Washington's blunders -- many of them nearly fatal to the Cause -- but concludes: "He was not a brilliant strategist or tactician, nor a gifted orator, not an intellectual... He had made serious mistakes in judgment. But experience had been his great teacher from boyhood... and above all, Washington never forgot what was at stake, and he never gave up." That, as much as anything, is why Washington is usually ranked among the greatest of US presidents. not to mention the subject of a profane, animated rap cartoon.

A POLAR CUB in Toronto is introduced to snow.

A HORNY, REJECTED ELEPHANT rampaged on a highway in southern China.

TORTOISES upstaged a New York Fashion Week show.

IS THAT A TROUT IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just...oh.

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Valentine's Weekend, Pinegrove, Wolfmother, Birds of Chicago, Leopard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

PINEGROVE is streaming Cardinal.

WOLFMOTHER advance streams Victorious.

BIRDS OF CHICAGO advance stream Real Midnight.

SAM BEAM & JESCA HOOP drop “Every Songbird Says” ahead of Love Letter For Fire.

BRITTA PHILLIPS (Luna, Dean & Britta) drops an Evie Sands cover, “One Fine Summer Morning", ahead of her solo LP, Luck Or Magic.

STURGILL SIMPSON drops "Sugar Daddy," the theme for the HBO/Scorsese/Jagger series Vinyl.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN will publish his memoir, Born To Run,in September.

LAKE STREET DIVE talks to Rolling Stone about inspiration from The Zombies and David Bowie, and getting signed to Nonesuch Records.

GIANT SAND is breaking up after 30 eclectic years. The story includes a few tracks from their upcoming retrospective box set.

IN DEFENSE OF THE CD: Are we being too quick to toss out an old friend?

ANTON BARBEAU, a former collaborator of the late Scott Miller (Game Theory, The Loud Family), is doing a West Coast tour, if you're out that way.

NOW SHOWING: This weeeknd's wide releases include Deadpool, which is currently scoring 83 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; How to Be Single, which is scoring 43 percent; and Zoolander 2, scoring 34 percent.

RYAN REYNOLDS talks to People about country life with wife Blake Lively and raising their little girl, James. It's an homage to When Harry Met Sally, really.

MILEY CYRUS bought a house to share with Liam Hemsworth; he's yet to move in.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has an official final trailer online.

JASON BOURNE has a teaser trailer online.

HARRY POTTER & THE CURSED CHILD PARTS I & II: The script of the theatrical production will be published in book form, of course.

THE GILMORE GIRLS: Jared Padalecki and David Sutcliffe will return for the Netflix mini-revival.

THE BEST ROMANTIC COMEDIES, from A to Z, according to The A.V. Club.

IRAN will unveil an upgrade of its Emad ballistic missiles this year, the defense minister was quoted as saying, advancing a program that has drawn criticism from the United Nations and sanctions from the United States.

A LEOPARD entered a school in Bangalore, India – mauling six and leading to a ten-hour long standoff between the large cat and wildlife officers.

SPIDER vs SNAKE: Who you got? And which has whay it takes to love you?

CAT BURGLAR Burgles Cat.

THUMB-SIZED MONKETS: Adorable and illegally purchased by China's wealthiest.

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Record Visitors on Tuesday...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlTHANKS TO EVERYONE for stopping by!  To celebrate, I'm taking today off.  Nah, seriously, it was a very slow news day.  I should be back tommorrow with the usual weekend installment.

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Jon Pratt, All Songs, Kindie Music, John Cale, Giant Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman brings back "Geologic Time," this time on a Craviola.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Shearwater, Lily & Madeleine, Sunflower Bean, and more highlight the latest edition.

KINDIE MUSIC: The Current is running a family-friendly stream in advance of the Rock The Cradle event. Nice playlist for anyone, updated in real time.

JOHN CALE: The 1975 John Peel Session.

WILD NOTHING drops "A Woman's Wisdom" ahead of Life of Pause.

TEEN has some "Free Time" ahead of Love Yes.

CAROLE KING turned 74 yesterday. "It's Too Late" to recognize the power of Tapestry? I think not.

GUIDED BY VOICES sort of kind of returns in some fashion. Plus a new song from Robert Pollard's upcoming solo LP.

GIMME CELLULOID: A history of Mick Jagger on film.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS talks to Morning Edition about he father, the South, love, and more.

THE BEACH BOYS' albums, ranked at Brooklyn Vegan.

HUGH JACKMAN urges his fans to use suncreen after having a cancerous growth removed from his nose.You would think he would've gotten this advice from his Australia director, Baz Luhrmann.


LeSEAN McCOY's bar fight video surfaces.

CIARA sues FUTURE for allegedly blasting her mothering skills and attacking her relationship with Russell Wilson.

STAR TREK's small screen reboot will be helmed by Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods, Pushing Daisies).

RIVERDALE: Archie and the gang may get weird on the small screen.

DANIEL GERSON, who co-wrote several Walt Disney animated films including Monsters, Inc. and Big Hero 6, has died of brain cancer. He was 49.

NORTH KOREA has expanded a uranium enrichment facility and restarted a plutonium reactor that could start recovering spent fuel in weeks or months, the U.S. intelligence chief said Tuesday in delivering the annual assessment by intelligence agencies of the top dangers facing the country.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Top U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that ISIS was likely to attempt direct attacks on the U.S. in the coming year and that the group was infiltrating refugees escaping from Iraq and Syria to move across borders.

IRAQI government forces regained full control of Ramadi after pushing Islamic State group fighters out of the city's outskirts, according to Iraqi security forces and the U.S.-led coalition. The announcement, more than a month after Ramadi was first declared liberated in December, underscores the slow nature of Iraqi ground operations despite heavy backing from U.S.-led coalition airstrikes.

A 600-LB PIG was spotted outside a New Hampshire primary polling place and later taken into police custody.

A FLORIDA MAN threw an alligator throught the drive-thru window at a Wendy's in Jupiter.

TWO TENNESSEE HUNTERS have been banned from hunting there and 43 other states after they illegally killed as many as 40 deer, and then took photos and videos mocking the animals.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Gangs of militant rodents attack mothers with babies in Dorset.

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Robyn Hitchcock, Besnard Lakes, Basia Bulat, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DEAD WEATHER drops a video for "Impossible Winner".

ROBYN HITCHCOCK performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

THE BESNARD LAKES perform in the WNYC Soundcheck studio

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

ROGUE WAVE drops “What Is Left To Solve?” as the lead single ahead of Delusions Of Grand Fur.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Aquarium Drunkard has a rare live version of “Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)” from 1976.

M WARD played "Confession" and "Girl From Conejo Valley" for Colbert and Twofer Tuesday. And yes, that looks a lot like Scott McCaughey next to him.

THE JIMI HENDRIX MUSEUM: The guitar legend's old flat has been restored and opens Wednesday.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiburg talks to Magnet about the 80's-influenced Jet Plane And Oxbow.

WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug talks to Pitchfork about the band's reunion and new material.

CHICAGO: Pete Cetera will not be joining the band for its Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

ROSE BYRNE & BOBBY CANNAVALE welcomed a baby boy last week.

ANGELINA JOLIE has some new ink.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE's child custody battle now includes charges son Rocco is smoking.

BEYONCE's “Black Power” salute during the Super Bowl halftime show divided people. Shocka.

SYRIA: Evidence has emerged strongly suggesting that U.S.-armed rebels have used an American-supplied weapons system to kill a handful of senior Russian military officials.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S. strikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State have had an unintended beneficiary: al Qaeda.

IRAN: Newly released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working to negotiate a nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its past atomic work and it is still developing facilities to which the IAEA may not have access.

NORA THE POLAR CUB debuted at the Columbus Zoo.

ATLAS THE GIANT BUNNY needs a new home, the bigger the batter.

A CAT PARASITE may also affect human behavior when it infects people.

A LION CUB learns to finish off its prey. The Circle of Life.

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