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MLK Jr Day, Father John Misty, Erase Errata, The Lone Bellow, Maru & Hana   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

FATHER JOHN MISTY debuts three new songs from his forthcoming new album I Love You, Honeybear.

ERASE ERRATA advance streams Lost Weekend.

JESSICA PRATT advance streams On Your Own Love Again.

THE LONE BELLOW advance streams Then Came The Morning.

AMASON advance streams Sky City.

SWINGS advance streams their debut, Detergent Hymns.

FIDLAR covers Sheryl Crow's “If It Makes You Happy."

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

PANDA BEAR: Noah Lennox lists his 13 favorite formative albums at The Quietus.

BETTYE LaVETTE : Having worked with James Brown, almost married Otis Redding and dropped acid with George Clinton, the veteran singer considers herself the nearly-woman of soul.

DOLLY PARTON cut a deal with the Peacock for a series of TV movies based on her “songs, stories and inspiring life.”

THE 10 BEST GREATFUL DEAD SONGS, according to Stereogum.

KIM FOWLEY, The Runaways' producer (who also worked with The Modern Lovers, Kiss, and others), and notorious L.A. music legend has died. In recent months, he had been undergoing cancer treatments, though no cause of death has been announced. He was 75.  The Guardian has a great profile of the man and his long, strange career.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: American Sniper easily dominates the chart with 90.2 million. And likely 100 million after MLK Jr day.  That's twice what most predicted.  That's a record January opening. In fact, it's more than twice the previous record (Ride Along). That's a record for any Clint Eastwood movie. It's the second largest R-rated opening ever, behind The Matrix ReloadedThe Wedding Ringer places with 21 million, the best opening ever for an R-rated comedy in January (Kevin Hart's PG-rated Ride Along did twice as well). Impressive giventhat rating, the reviews, and the competition from the Sniper. Paddington shows with 19.3  million, not bad given that the bear is much bigger in Europe, where he's already grossed 122 million.  Last week's champ, Taken 3, plummets 64 percent to the fourth slot with 14 million.  Liam Neeson & Co.are the cinema's biggest victim of the Sniper, though this threequel is already profitable.  Selma rounds out the Top 5 with 8.3 million on a 26 percent drop, staying leggy for the MLK Jr Day weekend depite a relative lack of Oscar nominations. Below the fold, Blackhat--boasting Chris Hemsworth and a 70 million budget--debuts at No. 10 with 4 million. Ouch.

AMERICAN SNIPER may not be Clint Eastwood's best movie, but it is a solid war movie that balances the suspense and tragedy of battle with the toll war takes on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the tituar protagonist. Indeed, I wonder if there isn't a faint echo of Dirty Harry Callahan to be found in Kyle's obsessiveness by his fourth tour. The film takes artistic license in this biopic, mostly in omitting some of Kyle's less heroic moments (the people complainting about this seem far less concerned with the same regarding Selma).  Hollywood does this. Eastwood, having been in at least his share of war films, knows how to shoot battle sequences, though he doesn't shoot them often (Letters From Iwo Jima and Flags of Our Fathers in 2006). He's a bit less deft on the home front here; ironically this is where the film is at its most steretypical.  Even so, Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller both turn in solid performances; Cooper's may be a bit overrated, insofar as he was a lot of experience playing characters who are wound a bit too tight, though here it sits just  beneath a stoic facade. Were I in the Academy, I might have voted to nominate Gone Girl over this one, but I might have voted for both.

JENNIFER ANISTON is really, really tired of the media constantly pitting her against Angelina Jolie.

DYLAN McDERMOTT & MAGGIE Q are engaged after a whirlwind romance.

GREASE LIVE casts Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens.

EMILY BLUNT is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth in Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman sequel The Huntsman.

BELGIUM: A terror cell on the brink of carrying out an attack was the target of a raid Thursday that left two suspects dead. A Western Intelligence source told CNN that the ongoing terror threat appears to involve up to 20 sleeper cells of between 120 to 180 people ready to strike in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. The source said that European Union and Middle East intelligence agencies identified an "imminent threat" to Belgium, possibly also to the Netherlands.

YEMEN's Houthi movement pulled out of a meeting with the country’s other main political and regional factions on a new constitution after its fighters abducted a top government official.

AF-PAK: The Islamic State terror group is recruiting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Thursday.

MARU & HANA battle over control of the red bed.

MASHA THE CAT has been hailed a hero after finding an abandoned baby in a street and climbing in the box he had been left in to protect him from the cold.

DEER INVADE NYC, and we don't know how to stop them.

JAXSON THE ALLIGATOR was not munching on neighborhood cats, the female crocodilian’s human family said Thursday.

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The Pretenders, Panda Bear, Marshall Crenshaw, Revivalists, Bouncing Lamb   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



....wtih THE PRETENDERS! Circa 1981, via one of Pate's two fab drummers, Jon Hahn.  Your setlist includes "The Wait," "The Adultress," "Message of Love/Louie Louie," "Talk of the Town," "English Roses," "Birds of Paradise," "Kid," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Private Life," "Day After Day," "Jealous Dogs, " Up the Neck," "Tattooed Love Boys," "Bad Boys Get Spanked," "Precious," and "Brass In Pocket/MysteryAchievement."

PANDA BEAR Meets the Grim Reaper got a listening party on KCRW.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW, an early Pate influence, has a new radio show, The Bottomless Pit, where he spins tunes at least 40 years old. The latest, all-45 rpm show has plenty of old skool country music, pays tribute to Joe Cocker and kicks off with The Who's "Dogs."

THE REVIVALISTS dropped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BANDIT advance streams Of Life.

JENS LEKMAN drops his weekly "Postcard No.3."

NUDE BEACH drops "Been Waitin'" as a single. And I think The Replacements might dig it.

BAY CITY ROLLERS: The immortal genius of "S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y... NIGHT!

BELLE & SEBASTIAN's Stuart Murdoch discusses the soundtrack of his life at Pitchfork. A good list, but it coulda used a little more cowbell.

SASHA FRERE-JONES picks his favorite columns forom his just-ending stint at The New Yorker.

PINK FLOYD, ranked by Stereogum.

THE 61 GREATEST FILM SOUNDTRACKS, according to NME, in time for the Oscars noms.

THE BLACK CROWES are dunzo, according to guitarist Rich Robinson.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include American Sniper, which is currently scoring 74 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Paddington, which is scoring 97 percent; The Wedding Ringer, scoring 17 percent; and Blackhat, scoring 32 percent.  Foxcatcher expands to 759 screens scoring 87 percent.

THE ACADEMY AWARDS NOMINATIONS went to these folks. Notable snubs include Gone Girl (Best Picture, Director), Selma (Director), and The LEGO movie (Best Animated Feature). At least "Everything Is Awesome" for Tegan & Sara.

DICK POPE: The cinematographer gets his 15 minutes of fame, which he likely hopes stretch to Oscars night.

JAKE GYLLENHAAL may replace TOM HARDY in DC's Suicide Squad.

NIKKI REED and IAN SOMERHOLDER are engaged after six months of dating.

MARIAH CAREY signed a residency deal with Caesars Palace.

JOHN TRAVOLTA, working out at 3 a.m., without a toupee.

BELGIUM: Two suspects died in a gunfight as authorities searched locations they believe are tied to a terror plot, an official said.

FRANCE: 19000 French civilian websites are under attack by hackers, according to France's head of cyberdefense. Spanish authorities said Thursday that the French gunman killed last week while holding hostages in Paris drove his common-law wife from France to Madrid on Dec. 31 and was with her until she took a Jan. 2 flight to Istanbul. The Malian who helped hostages at a Jewish supermarket to hide during last week's terror attacks in Paris is to be made a citizen of France.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is losing its grip on the Syrian border town of Kobani under intense U.S.-led airstrikes and astonishingly stiff resistance by Kurdish fighters.  But more generally, ISIS continues to gain substantial ground in Syria, despite nearly 800 airstrikes in the American-led campaign to break its grip there.  Security forces in Morocco recently mounted a campaign of arrests in several cities, targeting suspects who declared their loyalty to the Islamic State.

THE BOUNCING LAMB has grown, but is still bouncing.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT strikes again, this time in Forest Park, OH.

TOYSTORY the BULL—a titan of artificial insemination who sired an estimated 500K offspring in more than 50 countries--was recently laid to rest.


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Spoon, White Denim, Phantom Posse, Scott Walker, Pit Bulls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEVIE NICKS plays a solo piano version of "Gypsy" for Rolling Stone, marking her firs solo cover in decades.

SPOON & WHITE DENIM play Austin City Limits

PHANTOM POSSE advance streams Home.

SCOTT WALKER: Aquarium Drunkard posts three tracks from We Had It All, including his cover of "Sundown."

THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE drops "Ordinary Guy" ahead of Whatever, My Love.

FAITH HEALER drops "Again" ahead of Cosmic Troubles.

SAM COOKE & JACKIE WILSON unexpectedly meet up on "Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Cha.

POPS STAPLES: The New Yorker covers his bleated finale, with an assist from Jeff Tweedy and Mavis.


POP ZEUS: Michael "Mikey" Hodges was killed in a motorcycle crash; his final, ironically-titled piece of lo-fi power pop can be streamed at NPR.

RICK SPRINGFIELD is currently in Syracuse being retried for allegedly knocking a woman unconscious with his butt during a 2004 concert at the New York State Fair.

BILL COSBY: The woman claiming Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion just over six years ago is filing criminal charges.

GWYNETH PALTROW dishes on ex-beaus Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.

BRADLEY COOPER apparently does not think himself that handsome.

KRISTEN STEWART wants you to know that she really does care.

JAMES CAMERON iss delaying the first Avatar sequel for a year to work on the scripts.

BEN-HUR: Rodrigo Santoro is in negotiations to portray Jesus in the retelling of the classic period sword-and-sandals epic.

SPIDER-MAN may appear in The Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1, despitethe rights to the character being held by Sony.

THE RAZZIES nominations are out.  Congrats, Transformers: Age of Extinction?

FRANCE: Parisians lined up Wednesday to empty the newsstands of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo, a week after Islamic extremists attacked the satirical newspaper's office, and French justice officials began cracking down by arresting dozens of people who glorified terrorism or made racist or anti-Semitic remarks. Um, that last bit isn't very free speechy.

THE UNITED STATES: The FBI arrested an Ohio man for allegedly plotting an ISIS-inspired attack on the U.S. Capitol, where he hoped to set off a series of bombs aimed at lawmakers, whom he allegedly considered enemies. American airports are increasing security measures across the country in the wake of dual terrorist attacks in Paris and the publication by al Qaeda of what counterterrorism experts say appears to be the most detailed, and potentially lethal, bomb recipe ever to be sent to their followers. American, French, and British officials jointly canceled six US-bound flights from France, England, and Scotland on Jan. 11 and Jan. 12 due to security concerns.

SYRIA: More than three months of U.S. airstrikes in Syria have failed to prevent Islamic State militants from expanding their control in that country.

SAUDI ARABIA is  building a 600-mile-long “Great Wall” - a combined fence and ditch - to separates the country from Iraq to the north.

SIX HUNGRY PIT BULLS obey a four-year-old.

CAN PIGS EMPATHIZE? Scientists investigate.

A GIANT HIPPO stalks a safari speedboat.

A 28-LB RAINBOW TROUT is not the one that got away.

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Decemberists, Ryan Adams, Curtis Harding, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOSE GONZALEZ cover's John Lennon's "Woman" and TLC's "Waterfalls"... on a Swedish quiz show. That's your Twofer Wednesday.

THE DECEMBERISTS advance stream What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World.

RYAN ADAMS drops the No Shadow EP, ft Johnny Depp on guitar.

CURTIS HARDING advance streams Soul Power.

JACK NAME advance streams the trippy Weird Moons.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD drops “Coat Check Girl,” ahead of Wasted On The Dream.

JOHN HIATT: It's been a "Slow Turning."

BOB DYLAN: The Guardian celebrates the 50th anniversary of "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talks to the Daily Beast about Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, how Spotify changed music, and crafting perfect pop songs.

DAVID BOWIE: 50 years of hairstyles in one animated GIF.

PRETZEL LOGIC: Understanding Why Steely Dan Is Playing Coachella.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is pregnant and expecting her first child with her boyfriend Jacob Pechenik.

KELLY CLARKSON has spoken of the “difficult pregnancy” she endured with her seven-month-old baby daughter.

JAMIE LYNN SPEARS pulling a knife is now on video.

GONE GIRL's David Fincher, Ben Affleck and Gillian Flynn will create a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On A Train.

WOODY ALLEN is writing and directing a series for Amazon.

GEORGE LUCAS has moved on to the animated musical Strange Magic.

SPY has a red band trailer online.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY's audition for Dazed and Confused. Alrightalrightalright.

EUROPOL claims up to 5000 European Union citizens have joined the jihadi ranks.

FRANCE: In many notorious banlieues just outside Paris that are home largely to second- and third-generation immigrants from former French colonies in North and West Africa, some Muslims blame the Jews for the attack on Charlie Hebdo. Magical, shape-shifting Jews. Yes, really.  Meanwhile, Haiyat Boumeddiene, the suspected accomplice of the Charlie Hebdo attackers, is believed to have fled to Syria last week.

THE NETHERLANDS: The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can 'f*** off'.

UKRAINE: At least 10 people have died and 13 have been injured today after a passenger bus was shelled in the town of Volnovakha, about 22 miles southwest of the rebel stronghold Donetsk, according to Ukrainian authorities. There was also heavy fighting at Donetsk airport, where fire from separatist tanks reportedly destroyed the airport's control tower.

AFGHANISTAN: Afghan officials confirmed for the first time Monday that the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is active in the south, recruiting fighters, flying black flags and, according to some sources, even battling Taliban militants.

A BLACK LABRADOR takes the bus to the dog park.

EVERY GOAT in the United States.

A ONCE-BLIND ORANGUTAN is released back into the Indonesian jungle but looking after both her young twins just proves too difficult.

A CAT survives a Steve Martin imitation.

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Juliana Hatfield 3, Talking Heads, Menace Beach, Sidekicks, Andy Kim, Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE perform live for the first time in over 20 years, including my fave, "My Sister."  Get Off My Lawn. That's yourThree-fer Tuesday.

TALKING HEADS, Live at the Stardust Ballroom, 1979.

MENACE BEACH advance streams Menace Beach

THE SIDEKICKS advance stream Runners In The Nerved World.

MARILYN MANSON is advance streaming The Pale Emperor, which is largely not my bag, but why judge.

ANDY KIM (ft. KEVIN DREW) drop a reworked version of Kim's 1968 single “Shoot ’Em Up, Baby," ahead of their collaborative LP, It’s Decided.

NICK HESSLER beats Guillain–Barré Syndrome and returns with the oh-so-jangly "Hearts, Repeating," ahead of Soft Connections.

DJANGO DJANGO drop “First Light" as a single.

WAXAHATCHEE drops "Air" ahead of Ivy Tripp.

THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait.

SLEATER-KINNEY gets a meaty cover feature from Pitchfork.

MARK RONSON gives The Guardian a track-by-track tour of the new LP, but good luck getting the albums stream to work in the States.

SAHSHA FRERE-JONES, the longtime pop music critic for The New Yorker, has left the magazine to join Genius, a website mounting an ambitious expansion after starting as a forum for annotated rap lyrics online.

VAN HALEN settles their lawsuit against Alex’s ex-wife, Kelly Van Halen.

GARY OLDMAN and fourth wife Alexandra Edenborough are getting divorced.

USHER is engaged to his longtime girlfriend and business partner Grace Miguel.

TOPHER GRACE popped the question last week to actress Ashley Hinshaw.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES had to make do without air conditioning, poor things.

BRIAN WILLIAMS watched his daughter's outre sex scene on HBO's Girls.

GONE GIRL author Gillian Flynn says she plans to make a sequel to her award nominated movie.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON has a new trailer online.

CENTCOM's Twitter and YouTube accountswe re hacked...while Pres. Obama gave a seech on cybersecurity.

FRANCE: Wednesday's edition of Charlie Hebdo will ‘naturally’ contain cartoons of Prophet Mohammed, the magazine's lawyer has announced.  Up to six terror cell members may still be at large after the Paris attacks in which 17 people were murdered, French police have warned.

NIGERIA: Why did the world ignore Boko Haram's Baga attacks?

SYRIA: New intelligence suggests that Bashar al-Assad is still trying to build the bomb. And he may be getting help from North Korea and Iran.

IRAQ: In the eyes of most Iraqis, their country's best ally in the war against the Islamic State group is not the United States and the coalition air campaign against the militants. It's Iran, which is credited with stopping the extremists' march on Baghdad. Iraq may need three years to rebuild and restructure its military, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Sunday.

A HORNY ELEPHANT vents his frustration on an automobile.

A MALE CAMEL in rut trampled two people to death at the Camel Kisses farm in north Texas, KFDX television station reported on Sunday.

A FLAMING CAT sparked a two-alarm fire in the Bronx.

A MICRO-PIG is now the size of a polar bear.

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