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Twin Peaks, Frankie Lee, Heron Oblivion, Area Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEACH SLANG brought CRAIG FINN onstage for The Replacements' “Can’t Hardly Wait," as part of a charity performance of Pleased To Meet Me.  And a new generation of kids knows all the words. The band has also dropped “Punks In A Disco Bar” ahead of their sophomore LP, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings.

TWIN PEAKS played a WFUV Live session.

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

HERON OBLIVION bring San Francisco psychedelia to World Cafe.

PREOCCUPATIONS (formerly Viet Cong) share the post-punk of "Degraded" ahead of their self-titled LP.

THE MOLES share “Dreamland” ahead of Tonight’s Music, the band's first LP in 22 years.

FRANKIE FORD takes folks on a "Sea Cruise", circa 1959.

GILES MARTIN, the son of Beatles producer George Martin, talks to The Guardian about his dad's legacy and his ongoing work with the Fabs' catalog.

KRISTIN KONTROL: Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls) talks to The Current about paving a solo path for her new musical endeavor.

ARAB STRAP: Malcolm Middleton listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

KATHLEEN HANNA talked to the New York Times about coming to terms with her own story and the current state of punk and feminism.

TAYLOR SWIFT secretly wrote ex-bf Calvin Harris' monster hit “This is What You Came For,” and their relationship fell apart because he disrespected her, according to her peeps. Meanwhile, Hiddleswift rumors accelerate.

LAMAR ODOM made it to NYC after his puking session on the plane because he beelined it for a strip club.


MARK RUFFALO shared a video from the set of Thor: Ragnarok.

KRISTEN STEWART would like to be the female James Bond, maybe.

GWYNETH PALTROW, a backstabber? Can't imagine it.

X-MEN are doing a pilot for 20th Century Fox Television.

LA LA LAND, a musical romance with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, has a trailer online.

VENEZUELA: President Maduro put the armed forces in charge of a new food supply system aimed at alleviating crippling shortages, ceding yet more power to a military apparatus that is already involved in everything from banking to imports.

AREA PUP,  Lazy Cheerio Eater.

LARRY THE CAT will continue as No. 10 Downing Street's mouser under the new British government.

DINOSAURS more likely cooed than roared, but it's just not very cinematic.

A BEAR got stuck in a Subaru in Jefferson County, CO.

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Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Sarah Jarosz, Ice Cream Songs, Whale Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHEARWATER covers Bauhaus’ goth-rocker “Kick In The Eye."

SHAWN COLVIN & STEVE EARLE stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SARAH JAROSZ makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED considers A Lot of Songs About Ice Cream.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER shares "Biloxi" ahead of Heart Like a Levee.

ULTIMATE PAINTING shares "Bills" before Dusk.

THE BOUNCING SOULS share “Writing On The Wall" ahead of Simplicity.

DISCO DEMOLITION NIGHT: Yesterday was the anniversary of Disco Demolition Night, a promo event occurring during a scheduled twi-nite doubleheader between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers that would prove to be the most ill-conceived promotional idea since the infamous "Ten Cent Beer Night" in Cleveland in 1974. It's now the subject of a book and this oral history at Chicago magazine.  Though some incorrectly think it had to do with racism, homophobia, etc., the event had much more to do with the fact that Chicago radio station WDAI forced out morning host Steve Dahl o­n Chirstmas Eve 1978, to switch to a disco format. A man who is cashiered wearing a Santa suit tends to carry a grudge. (Indeed, Disco, as it had originated in predominantly black and gay clubs, wad already died commercially -- it had exploded onto the Top 40 in the wake of Saturday Night Fever as a trendy white phenomenon; Dahl's critics might consider whether that phase was a cultural apporpriation.) A few months later Dahl re-surfaced at WLUP with "Do You Think I'm Disco?" -- a parody of Rod Stewart's "Do You Think I'm Sexy?" with lyrics that targeted yuppie narcissism and materialism. He also did a bit where he pretended to blow-up disco records, which Mike Veeck, the son of Sox owner (and legendary showman) Bill Veeck, thought could be turned into a promotion in which admission was 98 cents (because WLUP was FM 98) for anyone who brought a disco record to be blown up between the two games. It was far more successful and less controllable than either Dahl or Veeck imagined, with young people storming the park to enter, creating a fog of marijuana smoke in the stands, sailing records like frisbees, throwing firecrackers and ultimately storming the diamond after the scheduled demolition had concluded and Dahl was en route to the announcer's booth for the second game. Footage of the event from from stellamasters, along with the aftermath at FuzzyMemories and this compilation of local news coverage from the night is pretty darned good, with cameos from Bill Kurtis and Greg Gumbel. 

THE DESCENDENTS: Milo offers SPIN advice on rerouting your career, going easy on the coffee, and flatulence etiquette.

MARVIN GAYE: The creation of his seminal 1971 album, What’s Going On, will be the subject of an upcoming documentary.

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to PopMatters about rethinking his older material as he revives it for new listeners.


LAMAR ODOM  taken off a Delta flight Monday night after getting wasted in the airport lounge and vomiting on the plane ... TMZ has learned.

BRADLEY COOPER & IRINA SHAYK deny having a heated argument  at Wimbledon.

LINDSAY LOHAN insisted to Page Six that reports of the fun-filled night ending with her throwing boyfriend Egor Tarabasov's phone into the sea were exaggerated.

JENNIFER ANISTON is not pregnant—and she’s so over everyone speculating that she might be.


THE COEN BROTHERS: Is their best film The Big Lebowski or Fargo?

QUENTIN TARANTINO will make only two more films...sort of.

THE 50 BEST COMEDIES of the millennium, according to The A.V. Club.

A WHALE SHARK did not want to be photographed.

AN EAGLE tried to fly away with a terrified boy at a popular wildlife show in central Australia.

A SWARM OF MOTHS invaded the Euro 2016 futbol finals.

CHALK BASS bend their gender as often as 20 times daily.

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Frightened Rabbit, Violent Femmes, Valley Queen, MMJ, Crazy Rodeo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JULIE RUIN shared a video for "I'm Done" from Hit Reset.

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

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

VALLEY QUEEN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

MY MORNING JACKET shared the topical track, "Magic Bullet."

TWOFER TUESDAY:  "The Dawn Of Correction" by The Spokesmen is an "answer song" to Barry McGuire's immortal "Eve Of Destruction."

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to Weekend Edition about the band and growing up.

BRIAN WILSON: Nick Walusko and Darian Sahanaja talk to Weekend Edition about going from being haedcore fans to leaders in his band.

AEROSMITH's Joe Perry is in stable condition after a health incident while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.

INXS: Previously unreleased songs recorded by Michael Hutchence and a documentary about the last years of his life are set to be released over the next year.

TAYLOR SWIFT takes the No. 1 spot on the 2016 Forbes Celebrity 100 list...but Kim Karsashian got the cover story.

TOM HIDDLESTON: Not keen to discuss his relationship with Taylor Swift...which appears to be moving quickly.

AMY SCHUMER gets covered by Marie Claire.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Trouble in paradise with her Russian boyfriend?

LIV TYLER recently welcomed her second child with fiancé Dave Garner. (Third overall)

JAVIER BARDEM may join Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Russell Crowe as Frankenstein in Universal's monsters universe.

IRAN used to cover up its military activities in Syria and Iraq, so the government could deny any official involvement...but now every Iranian killed in action is named, his picture published, his valor lauded in elaborate tributes in the hard-line news media and on Instagram accounts dedicated to the fighters.

A RODEO has invented what could be the world's most insane game with an enraged bull, a giant football and crazy competitors locked in an enclosed pen.

SOME CRUSTACEANS attract mates with glowing vomit, not unlike many 20-somethings.

A BEAVER suspected of carrying rabies attacked a paddle boarder on Beaver Lake, inflicting multiple lacerations.

270 KGs of LOBSTERS were set free by compassionate monks on Prince Edward Island.

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Arcade Fire, Laming Lips, Polica, Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEXY'S (MIDNIGHT RUNNERS) cover  the Friends of Distinction’s 1969 hit "Grazing in the Grass."

ARCADE FIRE played their first concert in two years at Barcelona’s Razzmatazz fest.

THE FLAMING LIPS played Rock The Garden.

POLICA played Rock The Garden.

LEONARD COHEN plays "So Long, Marianne," circa 1979.

THE REPLACEMENTS: Author Bob Mehr stopped by World Cafe to discuss Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements.

SIR CLIFF RICHARD is launching legal actions against the BBC and South Yorkshire police following the live broadcast of a raid by officers on his home over historical sexual abuse allegations. The singer was told by police last month that there would be no charges and the investigation had been dropped.

LOCAL NATIVES pulled off a Beatle-esque rooftop concert in Silver Lake.

MARVIN GAYE: Ten of His Best.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Secret Life of Pets blew away all competition, topping the chart with 103.2MM, which is mightily impressive for a new property (compare with Pixar's Inside Out, which opened ~90MM).  People like funny animals.  The Legend of Tarzan placed with 20.6MM; that 47 percent drop would look good if it didn't have an 81.4MM domestic total against a 180MM production budget.  Finding Dory shows with 20.4MM, off a decent 51 percent, given the stampeding PetsMike and Dave Need Wedding Dates debuted in the fourth slot with 16.6MM, which isn't exactly bad against a 33MM production budget, but a continuation of a lagging year for comedies. Can folks really be waiting for the Ghostbusters reboot?   The Purge: Election Year rounded out the Top Five with 11.7MM on a 63 percent drop typical of this frannchise. Below the fold, Central Intelligence is performing well for a comedy this year, and The Shallows is quietly holding its own, while Independence Day: Resurgence and The BFG are flopping rather brutally.

DEREK JETER & HANNAH DAVIS tied the knot Saturday in an intimate ceremony at Meadowood Napa Valley Resort in St. Helena, California.

CHAKA KHAN and her sister have entered a drug rehabilitation program to battle their addictions to prescription drugs.

LAMAR ODOM requested that the judge deny spousal support to Khloe Kardashian in their divorce proceedings.

TAYLOR SWIFT & TOM HIDDLESTON were spotted Down Under.

ALANIS MORISSETTE and rapper husband Mario “Souleye” Treadway welcomed their second child, a daughter.

THE U.S. & RUSSIA expelled a few of each others diplomats.

VENEZUELA: Pres Maduro has managed to almost completely sideline the legislature with the help of the Supreme Court, and now the ruling socialist party is talking about shutting congress down altogether.

NORTH KOREA fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile on Saturday but the launch appears to have failed in the early stages of flight, South Korea’s military said.

IRAN's proliferation activities span eight German states and involve a range of activities to advance its chemical and biological warfare capabilities, as well as its nuclear and missile programs. Also, Iran said Saturday it will continue its ballistic missile program, after the U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the missile tests aren’t in the spirit of the country’s landmark nuclear deal with world powers.

A SQUIRREL escapes a hawk. They're crafty.

LLAMAS threatened the Tour de France.

SPIDERS "as big as dinner plates" in Queensland? Not quite, but plenty big.

CYBORG LOCUSTS could play an important role in national security.

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Three Dog Night, Jeff Beck, Aaron Neville, Moon Bros., Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

JEFF BECK advance streams Loud Hailer.

AARON NEVILLE advance streams Apache.

MOON BROS. advance streams These Stars.

RYLEY WALKER shares “The Roundabout,” which is psychh-folk, not a Yes cover.

LOCAL NATIVES shares "Fountains of Youth," ahead of Sunlight Youth.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

THE BANGLES: Vicki Petersen talks to PopMatters about the band's early days among the Paisley Underground.

BELLY talks to Even The Stars about their upcoming reunion dates and new recordings. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

NEIL YOUNG talks about his new album, Daryl Hannah, Buffalo Springfield and more at Rolling Stone.

BLOOD ORANGE: Dev Hynes talks to Morning Edition about growing up different and about making music for people who feel underappreciated.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: The Secret Life of Pets, which is cureently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, scoring 57 percent.

CALVIN HARRIS tries on the Taylor Swift breakup song marketing gimmick.

STAR TREK BEYOND will out Mr. Sulu, as art imitates George Takei.And yet Takei isn't fully on board with it.

SARAH SILVERMAN was in the ICU all of last week and feels "insanely lucky to be alive."

NORAH JONES has welcomed her second child.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER still haven't filed divorce papers.

DOCTOR STRANGE: A prequel comic reveals the movie villain.  (Or does it?)

RUSSIA will exhaust one of its two sovereign funds next year, according to a finance ministry proposal seen by Reuters.

PIGS take a CAT on a walk. On a leash, even.

6000 PIGS were rescued from a flood in China.

A CAIMAN was captured in Lowell, Mass.

50 CORGIS frolic on the beach.

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