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Superchunk, Protomartyr, Wood Bros, All Songs, Man vs Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON, BRANDON FLOWERS & CHRIS STAPLETON were among those playing a John Lennon tribute concert.

SUPERCHUNK, Live in NYC, Dec. 3, 2015.

PROTOMARTYR played a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE WOOD BROTHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2015, according to All Songs Considered.

BILL MURRAY & PHOENIX are "Alone on Christmas Day," a cover of a Beach Boys holiday song from 1979 that was never formally released.

SPARKS drops the multi-faceted "Christmas Without a Prayer."

THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."


JOINI MITCHELL: The Hissing of Summer Lawns turns 40.

THE TOP 100 LPs of 2015, according to The Quietus.

THE 10 BEST STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 remains atop the chart with with 18.6MM, likely its last week in the top spot. That 64 percent drop is steep, though the post-Thanksgiving frame is usually not good in general.  Krampus placed with 16MM, not bad for a relatively low-budget horror film in this weekend (though that number was heavily loaded into Friday).  Creed showed with 15.5MM on a 48 percent drop, which seems leggy for this weekend.  The Good Dinosaur is in an estimated photo finish with 15.5MM on a 60 percent drop.  This may be the first Pixar in a while that may not see a profit on the big screen (tho it will ceratinly rake in bucks in home video).  Spectre rounds out the Top Five with 5.4MM on a 58 percent drop, but is probably in the black now with 792MM worldwide.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST welcomed the arrival of their son; no name yet.

BILL MURRAY'S unscripted life creates a mystique unlike any of his Hollywood peers.

MORGAN FREEMAN had a big scare Saturday night when the private jet he commissioned careened off a runway during an emergency landing.

JUSTIN THEROUX almost died on his honeymoon with Jennifer Aniston.

GEORGE LUCAS reportedly "really liked" Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm hoping Kathleen Kennedy made that up.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! this weekend. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.

VENEZUELA's opposition party has claimed the majority of seats in the National Assembly in elections held Sunday, the first major shift in power in the legislative branch since the late President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

FRANCE's far-right National Front won more support than any other party in the first round of regional elections Sunday, according to polling agency projections, in a boost for Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration strategy and a blow to President François Hollande’s Socialists.

BRITISH counter-terror police have charged a 29-year-old man with attempted murder after a stabbing attack in a London Underground train station that is being treated as a "terrorist incident".

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A new U.S. intelligence report on ISIS, commissioned by the White House, predicts that the self-proclaimed Islamic State will spread worldwide and grow in numbers, unless it suffers a significant loss of territory on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials told The Daily Beast.

YEMEN: The governor of Aden was killed by a car bomb on Sunday in Yemen's southern port city, in an attack that Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

MAN vs MONKEY: Who You Got?

CHERNOBYL: The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history might be turning into an accidental wildlife sanctuary.

GIANT GOANNA in Thugoona. Now you too can understand more than two words in that headline.

A GIANT RAT was captured at Wenzhou Medical University.

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Elton John, Southside Johnny, Glenn Tilbrook, John Grant, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES play a set at The Cutting Room that includes my fave of theirs, "Love on the Wrong Side of Town."

GLENN TILBROOK of Squeeze stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

MARTIN COURTNEY of Real Estate stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

RUBBER SOUL TURNED 50: Ultimate Classic Rock surveys one of the Beatles' best albums, while the Wall Street Journal argues the US version was better than the UK lineup.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, has never listened to Mick Jagger's solo albums.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2015, according to Rolling Stone.

IN MEMORIAM: Bands We Lost In 2015.

SCOTT WEILAND, singer for  Stone Temple Pilots has passed away at the age of 48.

KRAMPUS is this weekend's sole new wide release in theaters...and it wasn't widely screened in advance for critics.

COLDPLAY will be headlining the  2016 Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL apparently still needs more women to watch.

PAMELA ANDERSON will be featured on the cover of Playboy's final nude issue.

CHARLIE SHEEN's ex-fiancee Brett Rossi has sued the actor, claiming he bullied her into getting an abortion after allegedly ranting she'd give birth to a “retarded child” given his HIV status.

MARIAH CAREY is doing well after a reported hospitalization for the flu.

CARRIE FISHER talks to the Wall Street Journal about Princess Leia, her fans and why she's glad Harrison Ford is getting most of the marketing attention for The Force Awakens.

IRAN: The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog found no credible evidence that Tehran has recently engaged in atomic-weapons activity. But the agency reported that the country had pursued a program in secret until 2009, longer than previously believed. Also, Iran provided little information on some points and offered some misleading responses.

SYRIA: Is a political solution to the civil war in sight?

A HAMSTER EATING A CARROT is your moment of Zen.

A DONKEY ON THE LAM was rounded up and transported in a Norman, OK, police car.

A RASH OF SQUIRREL ATTACKS prompts a warning in Marin County, CA.

MAN vs DOLPHIN: Who you got?

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Luna, Deap Sea Diver, Wild Child, All Songs, Dog & Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN performs "Out In The Street" circa 1980, ahead of thedeluxe box set of The River coming this week.

LUNA plays a mini-set at KEXP.

DEEP SEA DIVER streams their holiday EP, It's Christmas Time.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year In Music 2015.

M WARD drops "Girl From Conejo Valley" ahead of More Rain.

LA SERA drops “High Notes” ahead of Music For Listening To Music To.

NADA SURF drops “Believe You’re Mine” ahead of You Know Who You Are.

THE SNAILS (a Future Islands side job) drops "Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)."

U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

NEKO CASE talks to Aquarium Drunkard about women with guitars, the punkness of gospel, and the violent nature of her lyrics.

WOLF ALICE: A Different Kind of Beast.

THE INTERNET Didn't Kill the Album Star?

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2015, according to NME.

SANDRA BULLOCK has adopted a daughter, Laila, from Louisiana.

JOSH HARTNETT and longtime girlfriend Tamsin Egerton are new parents.

COURTNEY COX and her fiance rocker Johnny McDaid have broken up, and called off their wedding.

A SECRET MEETING of 44 top Hollywood movers and shakers has come up with a four-point plan “for solving the gender parity issue that plagues Hollywood.”

PETER JACKSON (Lord of the Rings) will be directing an episode of Doctor Who.

STAR WARS: According to reports, over 2500 actors have auditioned to play Han Solo in a prequel anthology film.Also the NYT visits a probable location in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has a whole new trailer out.

NORTH KOREA: Satellite photographs from October and early November indicate North Korea is digging a new tunnel for nuclear testing, but there are no signs that a such a test is imminent, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.

LIBYA: A report released on Tuesday by a United Nations monitoring group examining terrorist groups in Libya warns ISIS has built up a significant presence in Libya and could further expand the territory it controls through local alliances, but will likely face a number of challenges and constraints in the months ahead.

IRAQ: A new force of special operations troops being deployed by the United States to Iraq will likely number around 100, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep.

A TINY DOG and a GIANT PARROT, playing together... mass hysteria!

TWO HUGE GATORS engaged in a terrifying mano-a-mano showdown at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Florida.

A BADLY BEHAVED SQUIRREL got into a kindergarten classroom in Novato and caused quite a ruckus.

NORWAY's PRIME MINISTER caught in cow flatulence flap.

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Another personal day? In December, no less?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlSAD, BUT TRUE. I should return tomorrow with the usual. But really, there was only one story yesterday...

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Tom Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Health, Holiday Indie, Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BILLY IDOL turned 60 yesterday. Nice day for a "White Wedding"?

TOM JONES advance streams Long Lost Suitcase, which surveys decades of Americana.

RICKIE LEE JONES stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

HEALTH stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

INDIE FOR THE HOLIDAYS is streaming if you have Amazon Prime. Brooklyn Vegan shares four tracks for everyone.

JAMES drops "To My Surprise" ahead of Girl At The End Of The World.

GLAM XMAS:  Wizzard's awesome "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" and Slade's "Merry Christmas Everybody" (1973's UK Xmas No. 1) are your Twofer Tuesday.

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL has called upon artists of all genres to cover its Zipper Down track "I Love You All the Time" with the intention of donating all proceeds to the families of the Paris attack's victims, including the band's merchandise manager Nick Alexander.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN and the Pace of Nostalgia.

NEW ORDER's original bassist, Peter Hook, is suing the band for "many millions of pounds" in a row over royalties.

A HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE from Pitchfork.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER had a family Thanksgiving.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON also apparently spent time with their families over Thanksgiving.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE is enjoying being home with her boxer fiancé, Wladimir Klitschko, and the couple's 11-month-old daughter, Kaya, after seeking treatment for postpartum depression.

AMY SCHUMER, YOKO ONO, PATTI SMITH and others will be appearing in the new Pirelli calendar. Apparently, it's "empowering."

JAMES DEEN, adult film actor, was accused of assault by three adult film actresses.

CARRIE FISHER condemned Britain's biggest cinema chains for banning the Church of England advert film of the Lord's Prayer.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS drops two more TV spots.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN  posted a sneak peek online.

UKRAINE: The United States has delivered more than 260MM in non-lethal military equipment to help the government of Ukraine in its fight against a Russian-backed insurgency, but some of the U.S.-supplied gear meant to protect and transport Ukrainian military forces is little more than junk.

LIBYA: The New York Times reports on life under ISIS rule. The first public beheadings have started.

DUDLEY THE COW loves his new prosthetic leg.

A DOG injured in a hit-and-run accident is believed to have walked almost 200 miles to find the Russian woman who nursed her back to health. And it would walk 200 more.

TARDIGRADES steal loads of DNA from other living things, including bacteria and plants, allowing it to adapt to its environment.

AN ABANDONED BABY ORANGUTAN makes a miracle recovery.

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