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Paul McCartney, Conor Oberst, Shana Falana, Bowie, Ostriches   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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PAUL McCARTNEY played "A Hard Day's Night," "Junior's Farm," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "I Saw Her Standing There," and "Hey Jude," among others, for 300 folks in a bar between Destert Trip gigs.

CONOR OBERST plays songs from Ruminations at the Housing Works Bookstore in New York.

SHANA FALANA advance streams Here Comes the Wave.

DAVID BOWIE: "Killing A Little Time" is the third unreleased Bowie song recorded during his Blackstar sessions to surface.

THE EXTERMINATORS, whose members went on to join The Germs, The Gun Club, The Feederz, Mighty Sphincter, 45 Grave, and more, have recorded an album of the proto-hardcore they jammed in the 70s.  They share "Just Like Your Mom."

SAMMY HAGAR, FOO FIGHTERS and JASON BONHAM cover Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."

THE JAGS: "Back of My Hand," from TOTP and the "Where Are They Now?" file

MICHAEL NESMITH: The Closest The Monkees Ever Got to Cool. Which is a shame, really.

PEARL JAM's third drummer, David Abbruzzese, twants into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

WHO KILLED SHOEGAZE?  The music press or the bands themselves?

PHIL CHESS, who co-founded the legendary label Chess Records with his brother Leonard and helped make Chicago the epicenter of the blues, died Wednesday at his home in Tucson, Arizona. He was 95.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, VOL. 2 has a teaser online.

BRANGELEXIT: Angelina Jolie and her kids were interviewed Tuesday by 2 FBI agents ... primarily to determine where exactly the incident between Brad Pitt and 15-year-old son Maddox went down.  Pitt has not seen his oldest son, Maddox, since Jolie filed for divorce last month.

RUSSELL CROWE has launched a furious defense after rapper Azealia Banks revealed full details of her claims that he was racist and violent towards her.  Banks is angry at RZA for not defending her when Russell Crowe threw her out of his party, and says she's cutting him off for good ... personally and professionally.

ADAM LEVINE was falsely accused of abusing his wife and newborn daughter, according to a report.

LINDSAY LOHAN plans to offer an energy drink to refugees in Syria and Turkey?

JAMES FRANCO has been sued for an alleged head-butting incident that took place at Lana Del Rey’s 2014 concert at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

WILLY WONKA may be headed to the big screen yet again, though without Charlie.

OSTRICHES, fed by Weird Al Yankovic.

THE SMOKING CHIMP:  Not the flaming chimp. And yes, that's a very obscure reference.

AND THERE WERE PIGS all over the interstate.

A LIVE CRAB was spotted getting off the train at Cheltenham Spa.

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Peter Wolf, Charles Bradley, Jamie Lidell, David Bowie, Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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SUZANNE VEGA shares a video for "We of Me" from Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers.

PETER WOLF stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CHARLES BRADLEY played a mini-set including soulful covers of  Black Sabbath's "Changes" and Neil Young's "Heart of Gold," on Strombo Sessions.

JAMIE LIDELL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DAVID BOWIE: Two of his last recordings,  “When I Met You” and “No Plan," debuted on BBC2. (56:10 and 46:10, respectively)

DEERHOOF shares "Risk Free."

JULES SHEAR: "If She Knew What She Wants," unplugged on Unplugged, circa 1990. Check how he's holding his guitar.

CHUCK BERRY, turning 90, announces his first new LP in 38 years. I love that song he does.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are announced.

LUSH is down to one final show as bassist Phil King exits.

DEREK SMALLS...HE WROTE THIS: This is Spinal Tap star Harry Shearer is suing Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music and StudioCanal, alleging it has withheld millions of dollars in profits owed to the creators of the cult 80s rock mockumentary.

TWIN PEAKS released a behind-the-scenes teaser.

RUSSELL CROWE & AZEALIA BANKS's scuffle spilled into a hotel hallway, where it was likely caught on video -- and both sides think the footage will support their version of events.

TOBEY MAGUIRE and wife Jennifer Meyer are separating after nine years of marriage.

RICHARD GERE and CAREY LOWELL are finally divorced after four years.

ASHLEY OLSEN had a romantic hike with entrepreneur Hayden Slater after being seen holding hands?

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is backing a Captain Planet movie.

SCOTT EASTWOOD's Halloween costume looks familiar.

A NORTHERN SAW WHET OWL, just being cute.

A 14-LB LOBSTER was caught off the coast of Bermuda after Hurricane Nicole.

ONE SHRIMP-LIKE family of crustaceansis enjoying climate change.

THOUSANDS OF "SCROTUM FROGS" are dying mysteriously in Peru.

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Billy Bragg & Joe Henry, Ages & Ages, Jimmy Eat World, Gorilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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ROBERT PLANT revisits "Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You" on Austin City Limits.

BILLY BRAGG & JOE HENRY play a Tiny Desk Concert.

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

JIMMY EAT WORLD played in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

QUEEN shared an alternate version of "We Will Rock You"  from their upcoming BBC Sessions album.

THE FOUNDATIONS: "Build Me Up, Buttercup" and "Baby, Now That I Found You" are your Twofer Tuesday.

STOP STOP KNOCKIN' ON DYLAN's DOOR: The Swedish Academy says it has given up trying to reach Bob Dylan, days after it awarded him the Nobel prize in literature.

LEONARD COHEN talks about Dylan and much more with The New Yorker.

AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli reflects on Black Love at 20.

OASIS: The women behind the band.

RUSSELL CROWE bounced rapper Azealia Banks out of his hotel suite when she turned into the “plus one” from hell and threatened to cut his guests and watch them bleed ... according to multiple witnesses.  She's claiming assault.

JENNIFER LOPEZ and her on-again, off-again boyfriend Beau “Casper” Smart broke up after she caught him cheating, says a source.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE and...Darren Aronofsky?

SIPDER-MAN: HOMECOMING gets a slight promo from Tom Holland.

INTO THE INFERNO: Werner Herzog is touring a volcano.

SYRIA: On Sunday, ISIS surprisingly withdrew from the highly symbolic town of Dabiq, as its adversaries prepared an offensive against its stronghold Mosul far to the east in Iraq.

KUMBUKA THE GORILLA, charging a window shortly before escaping an enclosure at the London Zoo.

POLICE HORSE Slapped In Ottawa.

COW STAMPEDE sparked by senior citizens.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER has racked up 700K Km in New Zealand.

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Leonard Cohen, Nancy Pants, Male Bonding, Pelican   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 17, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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BOB DYLAN sang "Like a Rolling Stone" for the first time in three years, and played guitar onstage (on "Simple Twist of Fate") for the first time in four years at Desert Trip on the night he was awarded the Nobel prize.

LEONARD COHEN advance streams You Want It Darker.

NANCY PANTS streams their Vol. 27 EP.

MALE BONDING streams Headache.

R.E.M. dropped the demo for "Losing My Religion" on Spotify.

HONUS HONUS shares “The Stripper Has No Navel” head of Use Your Delusion.

PAUL McCARTNEY fielded an all-Macca ensemble for "Comin' Up."

PAUL SIMON: The Pre-Garfunkel Years (Sort Of).

BRATMOBILE's Allison Wolfe talks to Rolling Stone about feminist Punk, old and new.

ROCKIN' THE SUBURBS: Why Punk moved out of the city and into the cul-de-sac.

TAMAM SHUD: The psychedelic surfers who made a classic album in an hour.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Accountant topped the chart with 24.7MM, on par with The Town as the studio hoped (tho this appears to be no The Town). Kevin Hart: What Now? placed with 12MM, which is probably fine for the relatively low-budget concert movie.  The Girl on the Train showed with 12MM on a 51 percent drop, but the good news here is that it has recouped  its production budget in North America and early overseas receipts look promising.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children took the fourth slot with 8.MM on a 41 percent drop; it too is also finding a bigger audience abroad, though it needs a much bigger one with a 110MM budget.  Deepwater Horizon rounded out the Top Five with 6.3MM on a 45 percent drop and is in worse shape than Miss Peregrine overseas.

ROSE McGOWAN claims she was raped by an unnamed Hollywood ”studio head” and consequently shamed.

BILLY BUSH is likely to get a 10MM lump settlement from NBC after his abrupt ouster following the vulgar revelations on the Donald Trump tape.

OLIVIA WILDE & JASON SUDEKIS welcomed a new daughter.

MADONNA is Billboard's 2016 Woman of the Year.

ROBERT DOWNEY JR will be the voice of Mark Zuckerberg's AI, if certain conditions are met.

MIRANDA KERR's Malibu mansion was the site of a brutal confrontation that left two people hospitalized.

SOMALIA: The Obama administration has intensified a clandestine war in Somalia over the past year, using Special Operations troops, airstrikes, private contractors and African allies in an escalating campaign against Islamist militants in the anarchic Horn of Africa nation.

IRAQ: A military operation to recapture the Iraqi city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State has begun, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says.

YEMEN: The U.S. Navy destroyer USS Mason was fired on again in international waters off the coast of Yemen, but the ship deployed countermeasures and the vessel was not struck, two U.S. officials said.

RUSSIA: The Obama administration is contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert action against Russia in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

A PELICAN eats a live pigeon.

HOW CATS Won The Internet.

THIS OSTRICH snuggles orphan elephants.

A "FROG-LIKE CREATURE" was born to a woman in Zimbabwe, or maybe their attitude towards birth defects could use some work.

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Lemonheads, American Football, John K Samson, Radio Dept, Stray Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart" (though I went with Conan because the original is offline).  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" of The Late Late Show.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL returns with a self-titled LP.

JOHN K. SAMSON (fmr Weakerthans) advance streams Winter Wheat.

THE RADIO DEPT. advance streams Running Out Of Love.

WEYES BLOOD advance streams Front Row Seat To Earth.

MARK FORD (fmr Black Crowes) shares “The Same Coming Up" from The Vulture.

MONOMYTH shares "Re:Lease Life (Place 2 Go)", ahead of Happy Pop Family.

EASYBEATS: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun!

BOB DYLAN won the Nobel prize in literature. The L.A. Times, quoting T Bone Burnett, calls Dylan "the Homer of our time." NPR points you to Dylan highlights from its years of coverage. Pitchfork wishes the Nobel folks had picked someone else. Jeff Blehar argues that Dylan's ubiguity should not be held against him.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E,M. sideman) salutes 20 great songs at Magnet.

KINGS OF LEON discuss their comeback at NME.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks about his favorite albums at The Quietus.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Accountant, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Kevin Hart: What Now?, which is scoring xx percent; and Max Steel, which was not screened for critics.

ROGUE ONE drops a second trailer on line, with another glimpse of Darth Vader.

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM will be five movies, according to J.K. Rowling.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt has finally gotten to spend some time with his kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a piece of a Greek nightclub bearing her name.

WERNER HERZOG wants to play a Bond villain.

YEMEN: The U.S. military retaliated against rebels in Yemen accused of twice firing missiles at a Navy warship in the Persian Gulf.

RUSSIA has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia's state arms export agency as saying on Thursday.

STRAY DOGS destroy a car in Turkey.

THE LONDON ZOO was put on lockdown after a male gorilla escaped from its enclosure on Thursday.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Scammers are trying to cheat residents by claiming they will kill a potentially pesky squirrel in exchange for money, Farmers Branch police say. Not all scammers are human. Just saying.

HUNDREDS OF SNAKES crossed a road in Sarasota, FL.

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