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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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American Wrestlers, Toro Y Moi, Drenge, Paul Weller, Q-Tip Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA drops a video for "Multi-Love."

AMERICAN WRESTLERS advance stream their self-titled debut.

TORO Y MOI advance streams What For?

DRENGE advance streams Undertow.

JOHNNY JEWEL advance streams the soundtrack to Lost River.

WARM SODA drops “I Wanna Go Fast,” the first single from the upcoming third LP, Symbolic Dream.

PAUL WELLER drops "Saturn's Pattern," the title track to his next LP.

RANK AND FILE: The seminal country-punk band formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman -- and including Alejandro Escovedo -- checks in with "Amanda Ruth" and their title song for Twofer Tuesday.

FAITH NO MORE: Mike Patton and Billy Gould talk to Pitchfork about their reunion.

JASON ISBELL talks to Rolling Stone about his ceebratory new LP.

LEE HAZLEWOOD: How the reclusive singer-songwriter was coaxed back onstage.

SIX SECONDS that shaped 1500 other songs.

HARRISON FORD left UCLA hospital after spending weeks recovering after his March 5 plane crash.

TREVOR NOAH will succeed Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

RUSSELL CROWE gives a remarkably free-wheeling (for him) interview to The Guardian. Are you not entertained?

HARVEY WEINSTEIN was accused of groping a 22-year-old woman at the Tribeca Film Center in New York. The matter is still under investigation, and no charges have been filed.

MULAN joins Disney's list of live-action projects?


UKRAINE: 22 Russian tanks crossed into Ukraine’s separatist-held eastern territories over the weekend.

LIBYA: The internationally-recognized Libyan government will request intervention from the Arab League to help stabilize the country.

FRANCE doesn't trust Iran and the US isn't ranking much higher with them these days.

SAUDI forces struck a Houthi arms depot in Yemen. It blew up real good. But that may have consequences. The Arab coalition naval forces are now in full control of Yemeni sea ports, a spokesman for the Saudi military said on Monday.

A CAT balances a q-tip on its nose.

CELEBRITY LLAMAS are now being forced to retire by the United States Department of Agriculture.

MINI-COWS reunite with a Missouri family.

ELEPHANT ATTACKS deterred by vuvuzelas? Or aggravated by them?

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Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Jessie Baylin, Pandas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEN GIBBARD covers Guided By Voices' "Tractor Rape Chain."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS advance stream Beat The Champ.

WAXAHATCHEE advance streams Ivy Tripp.

JESSIE BAYLIN advance streams Dark Place.

SAY LOU LOU advance streams Lucid Dreaming.

HARRY NILSSON: "Everybody's Talking" on Swedish TV, circa 1969.

SUFJAN STEVENS talks to Dave Eggers about how difficult his new LP was to make, his dysfunctional childhood and how playing the songs live will be a joyful relief.

THE ALABAMA SHAKES: From small-town bar band to titans of rock.

NORMAN GREENBAUMbest known for his 1969 hit “Spirit in the Sky,” was critically injured Saturday in a crash west of Santa Rosa.

JOHN RENBOURN, a founding member of the English folk group Pentangle, has died. He was 70 years old. 

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Home tops the chart with 54MM (and a strong 47MM in overseas markets), but whether it has legs sufficient to stop DreamWorks Animation's very hit-and-miss track record remains to be seen.  Get Hard placed with 24.6MM --near the top end of Will Farrell's and Kevin Hart's openings  --but poor reviews and a "B" Cinemscore may raise an issue on the seemingly large marketing budget.  Insurgent showed with 22MM  --that 58 percent drop from its opening was probably not shocking, given that LionsGate has put itsmarketing focus on overseas markets, where it hastaken in 93MM, a bit more than the 86MM domestic.  Cinderella tales the fourth slot with 17.5MM on a 50 percent drop; Home likely ate into this audience, but the film is probably closing in on profit, if it hasn't profited already.  It Follows rounds out the Top Five with 4MM -- not bad against a 2MM budget and limited marketing after the decision was made to take this well-reviewed horror pic to wide release instead of VOD.

BILL COSBY: Two more women came forward on Friday accusing the veteran comedian of drugging and sexually assaulting them decades ago, when they were in their teens.

MARIAH CAREY & BRETT RATNER are an item, apparently.

DESTINY'S CHILD reunited at the Gospel Music Awards.

TOM BRADY cliff-dives.

DREA DeMATEO (The Sopranos) was among scores of New Yorkers left homeless after a gas explosion sparked an inferno that destroyed four apartment buildings along Second Ave. in the East Village.

SAM WORTHINGTON  and his wife Lara Bingle have welcomed their first child.

NOAH BAUMBACH: The writer-director tells Vulture about the prized possessions in his personal music collection, and what movie soundtrack makes him cry: "I would no longer come to me to find out what the best new music is, as much as it pains me to say that."

SPECTRE: The next Bond film has a teaser trailer online.

TERMINATOR: GENISYS also has a British teaser trailer online...revealing J.K. Simmons as the psychologist.

THE ISLAMIC STATE did not actually invade Luke Skywalker's home, clarifying prior reports.

IRAN has failed to cooperate with a United Nations probe into whether it tried to build atomic weapons in the past, say people close to the current nuke negotiations.

IRAQ Inches Toward a Three-Way Split?

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL said Palestinian rocket fire during the 2014 summer war in Gaza had killed more civilians in the Gaza Strip than in Israel. Such deadly attacks on civilians on both sides constituted "a war crime," it said.

A PANDA tumples from his tree into his fellow pandas.

MONSTER FISH clamps onto a man's arm.

A GOOSE is to blame for an power outage that left more than 300 customers in Boise without power Friday morning. Undoubtedly planned by squirrels.

A TORTOISE gets a sporty red shell from a 3-D printer.

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