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The Heavy, The Hotelier, Claire Cronin, Cat Santcuary   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TEGAN & SARA played "Boyfriend" unplugged for Fallon.

THE HEAVY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set. How do you like them now?

THE HOTELIER is advance streaming Goodness.

CLAIRE CRONIN is advance streaming her album with Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich, Came Down A Storm.

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

FLEET FOXES' Robin Peckhold did a Reddit AMA.

MAC DeMARCO talks to SPIN about staying friends with fans and wearing bondage masks.

VINYL SALES are bigger than YouTube royalties for British artists.

BEASTIE BOYS co-founder John Berry, who left the group before it found major label success, has died following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia. He was 52.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Angry Birds Movie tops the chart with 39MM; more important is the overall global take of 143MM, as Sony has spend somewhere between 300-400MM on this flick, once marketing is included.Sony undoubtedly hopes for a franchise/universe here in the mode of Despicable Me, with all of the further merch opportunities.  Captain America: Civil War places with 33.1MM and cracks a Billion worldwide; how good that is depends on whether you see this as being an Avengers movie in disguise, or a threequel like Iron Man 3. It's budgeted more like the former and may perform somewhere in-between. But either way, its a yuge amount of money, and far ahead of Batman v SupermanNeighbors 2: Sorority Rising shows with 21.8MM, far less than the 49MM opoening of the original...but alright, given its 35MM budget.  The Nice Guys takes the fourth slot with 11.3MM, right about where tracking numbers predicted, and probably short of profitability before tthe home market (which is sad, given the terrific reviews it has received).  The Jungle Book rounds out the Top Five with 11MM and has made more money worldwide than both of director Jon Favreau's Iron Man flicks.

STAR TREK BEYOND dropped a second trailer online.

THOR: RAGNAROK adds Jeff Goldblum, Karl Urban and Tessa Thompson to its cast.

WHITNEY HOUSTON's estate canceled a planned duet between Christina Aguilera and a hologram of the late singer. 

MICHAEL KEATON is back in final talks to take on the villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holy Former Batman!

EWAN McGREGOR will play a dual lead on Fargo next season.

ALAN YOUNG  — who answered to the name “Willburrrrrrrrrrrrr” on Mister Ed, the wacky 1960s sitcom that revolved around a talking horse — has died. He was 96.

BILL HERZ, the last surviving crew member of Orson Welles’s mock “War of the Worlds” newscast, which terrified American radio listeners in 1938 with vivid bulletins warning Newark residents to evacuate as invading Martians incinerated central New Jersey, died on May 10 in Manhattan. He was 99.

AFGHAN TALIBAN leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a US air strike, US officials say.

A CAT SANCTUARY for your wedding? O....K...

WILD ANIMALS are not your pets; don't act like they are. The More You Know.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Snake venom evolved to kill specific squirrels with shocking precision.


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Power Pop, PUP, Beth Orton, Monkees, Highwaymen, Paul Simon, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with POWER POP! A few of these may be known generally, like Cheap Trick's "Way of the World" and Nick Lowe's "Cruel to Be Kind"... and some well-known to fans of the genre, like Dwight Twilley's "I'm On Fire," Shoes "Too Late," The Records' "Starry Eyes," the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" and the Plimsouls'  "A Million Miles Away" (seen here in a rare live slot).  Others are well-known to longtime Pate fans, like the Three O'Clock's "Her Head's Revolving" or Let's Active's "Waters Part."

PUP advance streams The Dream Is Over.

BETH ORTON advance streams Kidsticks.

BIG THIEF advance streams Masterpiece.

THE MONKEES drop "Me & Magdalena," which was written for the band by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard.  

FATHER JOHN MISTY channels the spirit of yacht rock on “Real Love Baby."

THE HIGHWAYMEN never released this cover of Bob Dylan's "One Too Many Mornings."

DECORATIONS share “At Your Leisure" ahead of Have Fun.

PAUL SIMON releases "The Werewolf" ahead of Stranger To Stranger.

BRAM TCHAIKOVSKY: "Girl Of My Dreams" and "Lady From the USA", live. Because it's Power Pop Friday, of course.

TWIN PEAKS picks their favorite 70s records.

DARYL HALL on people crying cultural appropriation: He can't go for that.

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Musicradar about Hollow Meadows, broken bones and rare guitar finds. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

DON'T LOOK BACK: Bob Dylan and the invention of the rockumentary.

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include The Angry Birds Movie, which is currently scoring 46 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, currently scoring 65 percent; and The Nice Guys, scoring 91 percent.

DANIEL CRAIG reportedly turned down £68 million for two more James Bond movies; Bond sources have independently confirmed to BBC News that Craig hasn’t made any decision about his future as 007, and that “no decision is likely to be made for a while”.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON is launching a series of movies based on the works of Robert Ludlum, the best-selling author behind the Jason Bourne spy franchise. 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE wants to scare the studio regarding more X-Men movies.

OZZY OSBOURNE has ended his relationship with stylist Michelle Pugh in hopes of saving his marriage to Sharon, according to Page Six.

MORLEY SAFER, a CBS television correspondent who brought the horrors of the Vietnam War into the living rooms of America in the 1960s and was a mainstay of the network’s newsmagazine 60 Minutes for almost five decades, died from pneumonia on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 84.

GHOSTBUSTERS: The reboot has a second trailer online.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE has a new TV spot online.

PEAK TELEVISION: There are more great shows in production now than ever before - but it's never been harder to make one.

ISLAMIC STATE militants are gearing up for a "campaign of terrorist attacks" in France that are likely to see explosive devices placed around areas with large crowds, the head of France's DGSI internal intelligence agency has warned.

A MOOSE plays wind chimes.

A BABY OPOSSUM was rescued from a toilet in San Diego.

A GERMAN SHEPHERD was finally rescued by police in Galt, California after living on the median of a highway for five weeks.

LADY SPIDERS demand gifts from their gentleman callers - or else they eat them.

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Richard Ashcroft, Kyle Forester, Dannika, Xiu Xiu, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


HAR MAR SUPERTAR drops a video for "It Was Only Dancing (Sex)."

RICHARD ASHCROFT played the Camden Roundhouse.

KYLE FORESTER advance streams his self-titled LP.

DANNIKA streams For Peaches.

XIU XIU Plays The Music Of Twin Peaks.

OKKERVIL RIVER shares “Okkervil River R.I.P.” ahead of Away.

FLEET FOXES' Robin Peckhold covers Harry Nilsson's "Don't Forget Me" in a short film.

JOY DIVISION: Ian Curtis died 36 years ago yesterday, which put me in the mind for "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

WHEN RUN-DMC MET AEROSMITH And Changed Music Forever.

WIRE: Colin Newman and Graham Lewis spoke to PopMatters about their working process, the new record, and the impact of history.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson tells SPIN to let go of the word "should," embrace outsider status, and stay grounded in the face of success.

MERCURY REV: Ten of Their Best.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has caused a shakeup at Warner Bros.

OZZY OSBOURNE went missing in late April, just weeks before reports circulated that he had allegedly cheated on wife Sharon with hairstylist Michelle Pugh.

ROBIN WRIGHT fought for the same pay as her co-star House of Cards Kevin Spacey.

EVA LONGORIA is set to marry her fiancé, José “Pepe” Baston, in Mexico this weekend.

BARTOLO COLON has been living a double life that gives new meaning to his nickname “Big Sexy” — siring two secret love children with a woman while married to his devoted wife of 21 years.

CHLOE SEVIGNY talks about sexual harassment in Hollywood.

BILL BACKER,  a lapsed lyricist whose classic 1971 commercial taught a fractious world of potential Coca-Cola consumers to sing in perfect harmony and was featured in the finale of Mad Men, died on Friday in Warrenton, Va. He was 89.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is successfully radicalizing Americans. How do we stop them?

IRAN: Parliament is demanding unspecified compensation from the United States for its involvement in "spiritual and material damage" for the past 63 years, Iranian state news reported Tuesday.

A RACCOON was removed from a 10th floor balcony.

A BAND OF DRUNK ROOSTERS was captured in Westport Domain.

A BOBCAT CUB was saved by a homeless trio and didn't rip their faces off.

A 72-YEAR-OLD fought off crocodiles by throwing wrenches and spark plugs at them as he battled to save his drowning friend after their boat capsized near Darwin.

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SFA, Wolf Parade, Braids, Sport, All Songs, Baby Alpaca   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SUPER FURRY ANIMALS dropped a video for "Bing Bong," their first single in seven years.

WOLF PARADE is streaming its EP 4 via Spotify.

BRAIDS stream the Companion EP.

SPORT is streaming Slow.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from The 1975, SOAK, and My Morning Jacket highlight the latest edition.

KATHLEEN HANNA covers Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark."

THE SAINTS: "(I'm Stranded)."

LOU REED remastered his solo albums for a new box set, his final project before his death. Thanks, Lou!

MIRACLE LEGION joins the pantheon of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

YEASAYER's Anand Wilder talks to Drowned In Sound about the band's new record, his songwriting process, Phife Dawg, and more.

GUY CLARK: The “godfather” of Nashville songwriters, known for hits such as "L.A. Freeway," has died at the age of 74. Here's a lovely 2013 profile from the Austin Chronicle.

TONY BARROW: The Beatles’ first press officer, the man who came up with the phrase “the Fab Four”, has died at the age of 80.

CAMERON DIAZ talks to Harper's Bazzar about the joys of marriage, banishing tube tops, and The Longevity Book​.

KIM KARDASHIAN was accused of being a secret agent trying to promote “un-Islamic” social media use by officials in Iran.

ADRIEN BRODY is not concerned about the lingering allegations against Woody Allen.

J.K. ROWLING defended Donald Trump's right to be offensive.

CIARA lost big to FUTURE in her child custody case.

COURTNEY STODDEN  is pregnant and expecting her first child with husband Doug Hutchison.

SHANE BLACK claims Marvel vetoed a female villain in Iron Man 3 because it thought the toys wouldn't sell. Did they sell many Guy Pearces?

24: LEGACY has a trailer online.

DEFEATING ISIS: What's next for US troops in Iraq.

A BABY ALPACA is rescued from a hole.

A GERMAN SHEPHERD rescued a 7-year-old girl from a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake.

GREAT WHITE WHALES are disappearing.

CICADAS are noisy, but good for the envirronment.

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Pet Sounds, Blonde On Blonde, 90s Tribute LPs, Prom Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


A SHORT DAY for me, but I have a few things for y'all...

PET SOUNDS: the Brian Wilson-helmed Beach Boys classic --  the second-greatest LP of all time, according to Rolling Stone -- turned 50 yesterday. The Toronto Star has a handy explainer of its greatness.  The HuffPost interviewed Brian Wilson and Al jardine.  At the time of its release, Capitol was not a fan of the album; it got more love in the UK, which makes this BBC documentary all the more appropos viewing (as well as the late, great George Martin dissecting "God Only Knows" with Brian). TIME has outtakes from the iconic cover photoshoot. NPR covered "Good Vibrations," the song started, but not completed, for Pet Sounds.

BLONDE ON BLONDE, one of Bob Dylan's best albums -- the ninth-greatest LP of all time, according to Rolling Stone -- also turned 50 yesterday. Rob Sheffield, Evan Robert Marshall and Billboard essay its greatness, including the evolution in Dylan's songwriting since Highway 61 Revisited.

SINEAD O'CONNOR was lost and found in Wilmette, IL.

TEGAN & SARA dropped "Stop Desire" ahead of Love Me To Death.

VARIOUS ARTISTS: A Tribute To ’90s Tribute Albums.

PRINCE: Inside His Final Days.

MARGOT ROBBIE is attached to star in and produce a Harley Quinn spinoff,  said to feature Harley and a number of other female characters from the DC Comics library.

WENDELL PIERCE, best known as Det. William ‘Bunk’ Moreland from HBO’s The Wire, was arrested around 4 a.m. on Sunday, after a dispute with a Bernie Sanders supporter.

HENRY CAVILL has split with his teenage girlfriend. Shocka.

STEVEN SPIELBERG talks about The BFG with the NYT.

SUSAN SARANDON is on Woody Allen's case.

AL QAEDA and ISIS may have a showdown in Syria.

YOU MAY KNOW IT AS BURMA: The United States plans to renew the bulk of its sanctions against Myanmar when they expire this week, but will make some changes aimed at boosting investment and trade, according to several senior U.S. officials and congressional aides.

LIBYA: In a move fraught with risk, the United States and other world powers said Monday they would supply Libya's internationally recognized government with weapons to counter the Islamic State and other militant groups gaining footholds in the chaos-wracked country's lawless regions.

A FANCY CAT attended prom.

THE SWARM: Beekeepers were busy trying to make the streets of a Northern California town safe again after a deadly swarm of bees wreaked havoc this past weekend, trapping people inside their homes and cars and dive bombing pedestrians.

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