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Guster, Fat Mike, Hello Blue Roses, Don Covay RIP, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY's alternate video for "No Cities to Love" includes cameos from (among others) Norman Reedus, Brie Larson, Gerard Way, J Mascis, Sarah Silverman, Andy Samberg, Ellen Page, Connie Britton, Miranda July, Natasha Lyonne and Vanessa Bayer.

GUSTER fropped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

HELLO BLUE ROSES, including Dan Bejar, streams WZO.

FAT MIKE of NOFX advance streams the soundtrack to his musical, Home Street Home.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Courtney Barnett, Pops Staples, Other Lives and more feature in the latest mix.

TWIN PEAKS drops “In The Morning (In The Evening)” as a single.

SWERVEDRIVER drops "Autodidact" ahead of I Wasn’t Born To Lose You.


VIET CONG is profiled by Paste.

GAME THEORY: Real Nighttime will be reissued with 13 bonus tracks.

BLOODSHOT RECORDS' owners, Rob Miller and Nan Washaw, talk to Aquarium Drunkard about their influences.

DON COVAY, whose songs were performed by the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin and others, has died aged 76.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD got legally married at their home in Los Angeles on Tuesday, a source tellsPeople, with a ceremony on a private island to come this weekend.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was desperately missing her late mother Whitney Houston and feeling distraught prior to being hospitalized on Jan. 31.

BEYONCE & JAY Z are moving to L.A. and they've already enrolled Blue Ivy in school.

LORNE MICHAELS talks about 40 years of SNL at The Hollywood Reporter.

BRIAN WILLIAMS: The NBC Nightly News anchor admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced down by RPG fire during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, a false claim that has been repeated by the network for years.

MAGIC MIKE XXL has a teaser trailer online

ZACARIAS MOUSSAOUI: The former Al Qaeda operative has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s. The Saudi Embassy said he has no credibility.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has killed 50 people this year in Syria who it accused of insulting God, spying or being enemy fighters, including a Jordanian pilot it burned alive, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

IRAQ: On the front lines of Iraq’s war against Islamic State, it’s increasingly difficult to tell where the Iraqi army ends and the Iranian-supported Shiite militias begin

IRAN: With time for negotiations running short, the U.S and Iran are discussing a compromise that would let Iran keep much of its uranium-enriching technology but reduce its potential to make nuclear weapons, two diplomats tell The Associated Press.

AN OCTOPUS has amazing camoflage.

A MAN missed a humpback whale surface two feet away from him because he was glued to his phone.

A DIAPER-WEARING KANGAROO was asked to leave a Wisconsin McDonald's.

COCKROACHES have personalities.

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John C Reilly, Trust Fund, Leapling, Victor Villareal, Jurassic World   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE WATERBOYS cover Prince's "Purple Rain."

TRUST FUND advance streams No One’s Coming For Us.

LEAPLING advance streams Vacant Page.

VICTOR VILLAREAL streams Sleep Talk. 

JOHN C REILLY is joined by Tom Brosseau and Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), among others, for a Tiny Desk Concert.

THIS IS THE KIT drops the title track from the upcoming Bashed Out

THE HIVES: "Hate to Say I Told You So."

KIM GORDON's book dishes on ex-husband Thurston Moore, Courtney Love, Billy Corgan and more...

ELEPHANT MICAH talks to Aquarium Drunkard about vultures.

ROBERT POLLARD talks to Sports Illustrated about Ohio State football.

NEIL YOUNG scoffs at the much ballyhooed vinyl revival.

RANDY QUAID and his wife engagein a crazy, NSFW video rant against Rupert Murdoch and Warner Bros.

VANITY FAIR drops the cover of their annual Hollywood issue.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was moved to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital on Monday. After a second search, police found drugs in her home.

SUGE KNIGHT was hospitalized with a panic attack after pleading not guilty to murder.

GWEN STEFANI talks to Cosmopolitan about her marriage, her husband's baby-making skills, and the joy she gets from her job.

FELICITY JONES: The Oscar nominee looks set to star in the first Star Wars stand-alone film.

MILA KUNIS talked motherhood with Ellen.

JEREMY RENNER's estranged wife is gunning for primary custody of their kid.

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD will have a sequel in July.

ARGENTINA: Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying to shield Iranian officials from responsibility in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center here, the lead investigator into his death said on Tuesday.

JORDAN will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.  ISIS burned him alive, locked in a cage.

IRAQ:  The U.S.-led air war against Islamic State militants has frozen the immediate threat from that group, and now is the time for Iraq's Shi'ite-dominated government to mend its rift with disenfranchised Sunnis, U.S. military officials said on Tuesday.


A TORTOISE has been stolen not once, but twice in two days.

SHAGGY, the large dog that has been on the loose in Cascade Township, MI for more than six months, continues to receive widespread attention.

A WEINER DOG catches a tasty wave.

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Black Keys, J Roddy Walston, Feature Films, Paperhaus, Bernese Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


COURTNEY BARNETT: Don't let the clowning around put you off the crunchy "Pedestrian At Best."


FEATURE FILMS advance streams their self-titled debut.

PAPERHAUS advance streams their self-titled debut.

2:54  drops a brooding cover of The Doors' "Take It As It Comes."

R.E.M., playing "Radio Free Europe" and "So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry)" for their network TV debut ... and Twofer Tuesday.

ST VINCENT: Our David Bowie?

THE LONE BELLOW gets a meaty profile from PopMatters.

CHIC is releasing an LP this summer, their first in 23 years.

NEIL YOUNG's Pono audio player gets a baaaad review.

KATY PERRY & JOHN MAYER, rumored to be a couple again, were snapped partying after her Super Bowl halftime show.

WARREN SAPP was arrested for soliciting a prostitute and fired from his gig at the NFL Network.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL has entered rehab.


VAL KILMER's family believes the actor is killing himself by not dealing with a serious tumor ... because of his religious beliefs.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: Whitney Houston's daughter is "fighting for her life" a she remains hospitalized after being found unconscious in her bathtub. Doctors say that a recovery is technically possible, but if it happens, it'll be a miracle.

SUGE KNIGHT has been charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of his friend.

TOM CRUISE will pack on the pounds to play a porky pilot who trafficked drugs and guns for the Medellin Cartel and CIA in the 1980s.  Mena is set to be directed by Doug Liman, who directed Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, a/k/a Live. Die. Repeat.

LINDSAY & DINA LOHAN are suing Fox News over a comment that they did coke together.

UKRAINE: Since the unrest in eastern Ukraine surged anew in early January, the separatists have made notable strides in clawing territory away from the government in Kiev.

EGYPT: President al-Sisi has asked France for modern military equipment.

IRAN: Yemen’s Houthi rebels, aligned with Iran and supplied and trained by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, have seized the Red Sea port of Hodeida, and is ow is as close as it has ever been to controlling the strategic link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean.

IRAQ: In one of the nation's deadliest months in years, 1375 people were killed and 2240 were wounded in acts of "terrorism or violence" in January, the United Nations reported.

QUINN THE BERNESE PUPPY is learning about ice, in slo-mo.

DOGS save a factory worker who slipped into a diabetic coma.

GIANT JACKRABBITS swarm near Fargo.

TRUCKS OF BEES & CHICKENS crashed into each other near Coachella.

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It's cold out there every day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


I got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...


Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the week:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter. Because it's only February.

JD McPHERSON advance streams Let The Good Times Roll.

QUARTERBACKS advance stream their self-titled debut.

RHIANNON GIDDENS (Carolina Chocolate Drops) advance streams Tomorrow Is My Turn.

THE DISTRICTS advance stream A Flourish And A Spoil.

THE KEGGS have a tragic story that leaves only 10 copies of "To Find Out" known to exist.

NENA: "99 Luftbalons." Because I found myself watching Watchmen the other night.

FATHER JOHN MISTY: Josh Tillman talks to The Guardian about the creation of his current persona and the making of his new LP, I Love You, Honeybear.

EMMY THE GREAT dscusses her musical upbringing with DIY, from Elton John to Metallica.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Guardian about living in Los Angeles and leaving it to return to Britain.

STEELY DAN, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: American Sniper dominates for a third weekend with 31.9 million. That's a 50 percent drop, partially due to the Super Bowl. Then again, this is the most money any movie has ever made on a Super Bowl weekend.  The Clint Eastwood pic closes in on a quarter-billion in domestic receipts, with another 67 million so far from overseas markets.  Paddington and the debut of Project Amanac will battle for second and third place awith an extimated 8.5 million apiece. Paddington is doing fine on worlwide grosses; Project Almanac, which sat on the shelf for a yearin th hope it would open like Chronicle did on a Super Bowl weekend, will likely break even on a meager 12 million production budget.  The fourth-place debut of Black or White is a mere6.5 million, fortunately against a 9 million budget.  The Boy Next Door slides 59 percent to round out the Top Five with 6.1 million, but a 24.7 million total against a 4 million budget.  I've heard it's sufficiently fun-bad that it could become a cult classic.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: Whitney Houston's daughter was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a bathtub full of water in Roswell, Georgia. She “is stable at the hospital.”

BRUCE JENNER is becoming a woman.

VAL KILMER was in intensive care for some reason... but it's not a toomah.

STEVE KROFT  “really paranoid about right-wing zealots” finding out about his affair with a young lawyer.

THE SUPER BOWL ADS, in case you missed them.

YEMEN's dominant Houthi movement on Sunday gave political factions three days to agree a way out of a crisis that led to the resignation of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi before the group imposes its own solution.

EGYPT: Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste has been freed, deported, and flown to Cyprus, bringing an end to 400 days behind bars.

JORDAN has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Abu Malik, a chemical weapons engineer who worked at Saddam Hussein's Muthana chemical weapon production facility before affiliating with al Qaeda Iraq in 2005, was killed Jan. 24 in a coalition airstrike in the vicinity of Mosul, Iraq.

ALBATROSS CAM, Live from Kauai, Hawaii.

BATS GO BATS during a trial in an Arkansas courtroom.

SALTY THE CROCODILE predicted the Seahawks would win the Super Bowl. Salty would have handed the ball to Lynch.

SNAKE IN A CAR ENGINE? Just pull it out and tuck it in a sack.

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Mountain Goats, Horse Feathers, Marshall Crenshaw, Colin Hay, Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


...with the MOUNTAIN GOATS at the M-SHOP, which Pate fans know is a fabulous, initmate venue in the Memorial Union at ISU.  Selections include "Dance Music" and "Houseguest," though I'm partial as always to "This Year" and especially the anthemic finale of "No Children." BONUS: John Darnielle interprets Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign" (language), while Pony Up backs the duo on a cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town."  

HORSE FEATHERS played a session for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW returns to The Bottomless Pit; the theme of the new one is outtakes from compilations and box sets, including a classic theological exchange with The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis.

BOBBY BARE JR. plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

COLIN HAY stopped by World Cafe to talk about Men At Work and play some new tunes.

BIG AWESOME, aptly named, drops "What Grows Up Must Come Down."

HAYDEN drops "Nowhere We Cannot Go."

HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985

THE DODOS: Meric Long talks to PopMatters about Individ.

POP's NEW OLD SOUND: What goes around comes around.

TOM PETTY comments on the Sam Smith royalty kerfuffle.

A BUDDY HOLLY hologram is going on tour.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Project Almanac, which is currently scoring 35 percent on the ol Tomatometer; The Loft, which was not screened for critics; and Black or White, scoring 31 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors reject her reported community service and will ask for jail time.

STANLEY TUCCI & FELICITY BLUNT welcomed a son on Sunday.

GWYNETH PALTROW recommends ladies herbal steam their privates; gynecologists do not.

SEAN PENN, married and divorced twice before, he'd consider his future marriage to fiancee Charlize Theron to be his first.

ROBIN WRIGHT, once married to Sean Penn, is engaged to Ben Foster for the second time.

SUGE KNIGHT was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident in Compton.

JORDAN said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.

EGYPT boycotted on Wednesday the second session of the International Contact Group on Libya in Addis Ababa, objecting to the presence of Qatar and Turkey.

SYRIA: A UN official said the organization's aid effort is having trouble delivering supplies to 40 percent of the population in need. Talks between various opposition factions and the regime began in Moscow on Jan. 25. The US State Department denied assertions it has abandoned moderate rebels. Journalists entering Kobane have said the city is "a mass of rubble and gutted buildings" after the more than four months-long battle.

IRAQ: A woman held captive by the Islamic State described the terrifying conditions for her fellow Yazidi women who were held in a make-shift prison at a banquet hall in Mosul.  Meanwhile, other survivors speak of Shi'ite militias and security force elements executing 72 Sunnis in the eastern village of Barwanah.

A RABBIT delivers the beer, just in time for the Big Game.

A WOMAN known for feeding bears may have been dead more than two weeks when her body was found Monday in the North Carolina woods.

COCKROACHES are hard to kill --exploding toilet hard to kill.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST ELUSIVE CATS was captured on camera, attacking a group of red colobus monkeys.

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