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David Bowie RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BOWIE, the legendary singer-songwriter and producer who dabbled in glam rock, art rock, soul, hard rock, dance pop, punk and electronica during his eclectic 40-plus-year career, has died after a battle with cancer, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 69. Here's an addittional career overview from the L.A. Times and Rolling Stone, with the promise of more to come. In the meantime, you can get started with the BBC's "David Bowie and the story of Ziggy Stardust," covering the creation of the fiirst of Bowie's many musical personas, and The 1980 Floor Show, which was really recorded live at the Marquee, circa October 1973.  "Life on Mars?" and "Queen B^tch" are also from his glam period.  "Young Americans" was the signature tune from his soulful period as the Thin White Duke (though "Fame" is a close second). His 1978 gig at the Beat Club includes  "Sense Of Doubt," "Beauty And The Beast," "Heroes," "Stay," "The Jean Genie," "TVC 15," "Alabama Song," and "Rebel Rebel," which Pate used to cover from time to time.  A cleaned-up Bowie became even bigger in the 80s with "Let's Dance" -- the LP of the same name also hit big with "China Girl" and "Modern Love."  He was not as active in the 90s, though I still love his duet on  "Waterloo Sunset," with the Kinks' Ray Davies in 2003.  Here's longtime collaborator Tony Visconi talking to the L.A. Times about the making of Bowie's Blackstar. The lyrics of that LP will gain new meaning knowing what we know now. And the stars look very different today.

SONNY KNIGHT & THE LAKERS are joined by John "Jabo" Starks and Fred Wesley, two James brown vets, for some of the legend's tunes on The Current.

LEGGY streams their Dang EP.

CAYETANA is streaming a two-song 7" called Tired Eyes, which includes a cover of New Order's "Age of Consent."

THE DANDY WARHOLS return with "You Are Killing Me."

BLOOD ORANGE and NELLY FURTADO collaborate on "Hadron Collider" and "Say It Right."

THE BONGOS: "Numbers With Wings" was nominated for Best Direction at the first MTV Video Awards.

JEFF LYNNE talks ELO, George Harrison, the Traveling Wilburys and more on World Cafe.

BONES & GROOVES: How Western music was smuggled into the USSR on X-Rays.

OTIS CLAY, soul singer and Blues Hall of Fame inductee, passed away Friday in Chicago following a heart attack. Clay was 73.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Star Wars: The Force Awakens fourpeats with 41.6MM; at this rate it seems likely to fall short of Avatar as alltime worldwide champ, but still has a shot to beat Titanic to take the alltime second slot. The Revenant placed with 38MM, well ahead of projections of 20MM (and even beat the Jedi on Friday). Even so, it likely needs about 400MM to break even worldwide. Daddy's Home shows with 15MM on a 49 percent drop that's a little steep for a comedy; even so, It's likely already in profit.  The Forest debuted at No. 4 with 13MM which is at least more than its 10MM production budget. Sisters rounds out the Top Five with 7.1MM and is also likely profitable.  Below the fold, Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight plummets 60 percent to 6.4MM, but has come close tor ecouping its production budget.despite adding 464 screens

THE GOLDEN GLOBES were awarded to these folks, including...Lady Gaga.

SEAN PENN interviewed Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzman for Rolling Stone, which gave the Mexican drug lord editorial approval. Several news outlets reported that Penn is now under investigation for the interview, according to a Mexican official.  OTOH, a Mexican law enforcement official said Saturday that the interview in the remote community of Tamazula in the northern state of Durango helped authorities track El Chapo's whereabouts prior to his recent capture.

SHERILYN FENN is returning and LAURA DERN is joining the Twin Peaks revival.

ROSIE O' DONNELL is already annoying her new neighbors. Shocka.

ROBERT BALSER, one of the animators behind The Beatles animated movie Yellow Submarine, has died. The animation director, who also worked on the Saturday morning Jackson 5 cartoons in the early 1970s, was 88.

GERMAN Minister of Justice Heiko Maas has said he believes the sexual assaults in Cologne were 'coordinated and prepared' ahead of time. He also accused xenophobic groups of using the crimes to stir up hatred. Angela Merkel for the first time signalled a change in her "open-door" refugee policy on Saturday, as police admitted that a "majority" of those suspected of sex attacks in Cologne were asylum-seekers or illegal immigrants.

FINNISH reported Thursday an unusually high level of sexual harassment in Helsinki on New Year's Eve and said they had been tipped off about plans by groups of asylum seekers to sexually harass women.

A EUROPEAN 9/11? November's attacks in Paris, in which 130 people were killed by Islamic State group jihadists, showed the trauma that could be caused by a group of men with Kalashnikov rifles, but experts fear it could be just the start.

THE ISLAMIC STATE Cannot Be Negotiated With.

IRAN's nuclear deal may have empowered its hard-liners. Shocka.

HOLY COW! A rare birth of quadruplet calves.

SELFIE RAT was a hoax? Nooo!

A SNAKE got stuck frozen on a reporter's car window.

IS THAT A DUCK in that ultrasound?

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REM, Dylan LeBlanc, Baaba Maal, Ryley Walker, Snowy Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

DYLAN LeBLANC advance streams Cautionary Tale.

BAABA MAAL advance streams The Traveller.

RYLEY WALKER plays a Lagniappe Session.

MAVIS STAPLES drops "High Note" ahead of the cameo-laden Livin' on a High Note.

WHITE DENIM drops “Holda You (I’m Psycho)” ahead of Stiff...and it reminds me of prime Meat Puppets.

YEASAYER drops "I Am Chemistry," their first track in years.

ART BRUT get you off to a "Good Weekend."

DAVID BOWIE: Theories of Evolution. (Thx, Frank Yang.) ALSO: The full video for "Lazarus."

VINYL SALES continued their upward march, in a nearly 30 percent increase over 2014.

THE TOP 10 ELO SONGS, as ranked by Stereogum.

THE DECEMBERISTS' Colin Meloy Started an Erotic Oregon Militia Fanfiction Craze.

NICOLAS CALDWELL, a founding member of The Whispers whose hits included "Rock Steady" has died ... he was 71 years old.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are the expansion of The Revenant, which is currently scoring 81 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Forest, which is scoring 22 percent.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS overtook Avatar Wednesday as the top grossing film in North America.

BEYONCE will join Coldplay at the Superbowl.

BILL COSBY will not face criminal charges in 2 alleged sexual assault cases ... one from 2008 at the Playboy Mansion, and the other against a then 17-year-old in 1965.

KERI RUSSELL & MATTHEW RHYS (The Americans) are expecting a baby.

KATE HUDSON & NICK JONAS were caught canoodling in a California ski town.

JILL WHELAN, who hit it big played Capt. Stubing's daughter on “Love Boat,” has fallen on hard times ... she's getting divorced and has no source of income to support herself.

PAT HARRINGTON, the popular comedian and voice-over talent who made a lasting impact as superintendent Dwayne Schneider on the hit sitcom One Day at a Time, has died, according to his agent. Harrington was 86.

GERMANY: Some of the 100 women caught in dozens of sexual assaults and robberies on NYE have begun speaking of their ordeal.

A SNOWY OWL, captured on a traffic cam.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent cut power to thousands in Milwaukee's southwest suburbs.

A RARE SNAKE was used as a weapon in ancient Sicily.

HUNTSMAN-KILLING SPIDER WASPS have been observed beginning their gruesome reproduction cycle in Adelaide.

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Yesterday, I settled some family business.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BUT NOT ALL FAMILY BUSINESS. And more to the point, there really wasn't much on the internets worth sharing with y'all today. Such is the start of a new year. I should be back tomorrow with the usual stuff.

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Lucero, Phil Cook, 2016 Preview, David Bowie, Pelican   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART drop a video for "Hell."

LUCERO played a mini set in KUTX's Studio 1A.

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

WORLD CAFE also did a 2016 Preview.

DAVID BOWIE dropped a teaser video for "Lazarus."

NANCY SINATRA: "These Boots Are Made For Walking." Are you ready?

DAYTROTTER TURNS 10: Sean Moeller's shoestring studio and website has sort of grown up.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM returns to tour and record; James Murphy exlains himself.

LAURIE ANDERSON played a concert for dogs in NYC's Times Square.

STEELY DAN's Donald Fagen was arrested at his New York City home Monday night after a physical altercation with his wife, musician Libby Titus. A New York Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Rolling Stone that Fagen was charged with misdemeanor assault.

ROBERT STIGWOOD, who acted as manager of Cream and the Bee Gees before producing some of the all time great rock musicals including Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Saturday Night Fever and Grease, has died. He was 81.

TAYLOR SWIFT denied living with boyfriend Calvin Harris.

MILEY CYRUS wants to get back with ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth.

BILL COSBY's wife will not be deposed pending an emergency appeal.

AMY SCHUMER has a new boyfriend, 29-year-old furniture designer Ben Hanisch.

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE will not only voice one of the characters in DreamWorks Animation's Trolls, but also write and perform original music for the film.

MICHAEL BAY estimates his net worth at 500MM.

NORTH KOREA claimed they have successfully tested a hydrogen bomb amid reports of a tremor near the main nuclear test site. Emphasis on "claimed."

GERMANY: In Cologne, at least 80 women reported sexual assaults and muggings on New Year's Eve by up to 1000 men of Arab or North African appearance. The Mayor of Cologne said that women should adopt a “code of conduct” to prevent future assault.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's Ministry of Rape and Enslavement.

IRAN unveiled a new underground missile depot Tuesday, with state television showing weapons in store that the United States says are capable of carrying nuclear warheads. On Tuesday, a commander of Iran’s hard-line military group condemned the storming of the Saudi Embassy in Tehran as an “ugly, unjustifiable act.” It was a sign, according to some analysts, that hard-liners in the Iranian regime might regret not having done more to keep the protests under control, and that they might have been taken aback by the vehemence of the international response.

AFGHANISTAN: One U.S. service member died and two others were wounded during operations in southern Afghanistan on Tuesday, the Pentagon said.

A LONE PELICAN learns to fish.

THIS CUTE CRITTER mystified the internet.

A BABY SEAL was the year's first birth at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo.

THE PYTHON CHALLENGE returns to Florida.

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2016 Preview, Tiny Desk Highlights, Car Seat Headrest, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARETHA FRANKLIN played and sang Carole King's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" recently, icymi. And Carole dug it.

TINY DESK CONCERTS: NPR Music highlights a Top 15 of 2015.

2016, previewed by All Songs Considered.  And Consequence of Sound.

CAR SEAT HEADREST played KEXP's Midday Show. I can't believe I missed this at the time.

VILLAGERS cover Jimmy Webb's "Wichita Lineman" ahead of Where Have You Been All My Life?

BY SURPRISE drops "Teton Range" ahead of a split EP.

LOVE TRACTOR plows through "Paint" and "Fun To Be Happy" in Athens, GA, circa 1983, for an instrumental Twofer Tuesday.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE's Primitive Future.

BROOKLYN VEGAN's Favorite Albums of 2015.

RUSH: Geddy Lee talks to Paste about the past, present and future.

THIN LIZZY's Phil Lynott died 30 years ago yesterday; NME remembers.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO  and his girlfriend, model Kelly Rohrbach, have split.

JULIA STILES is engaged to camera assistant Preston J. Cook.

MADONNA faces a custody war from Guy Ritchie and 15-year-old Rocco.

CRAIG STRICKLAND, frontman for country band Backroad Anthem, was confirmed dead at 29 after disappearing into Winter Storm Goliath.

JOSS WHEDON confirmed that he won't be making any films as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future.

SWEDEN & DENMARK further tightened border controls in response to political, economic and logistical pressures.

THE SAUDI-IRAN DISPUTE spreads to other countries in the region.

SYRIA: A fact-finding mission by the UN chemical weapons watchdog has found that some people in Syria may have been exposed to sarin or a sarin-like gas, according to a report released Monday.

TRAGEDY: A raccoon drops its candy floss in a puddle.

HORSE-DRAWN BUGGIES collide in Indiana.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Mutant white squirrels cause a stir in Florida.


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