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Happy Birthday, 'Murica (more or less)!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 30, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE FOURTH of JULY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."

JAMES LILEKS: Truth.

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Despicable Me 3, which is currently scoring 62 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, which opened Wednesday scoring 98 percent; and The House,which was not advance screened for critics. 

GARY DeCARLO, the lead singer of Steam, has died after battling cancer. And you're all thinking it.

JUMANJI: The reimagined flick drops a trailer online.

MARVEL'S INHUMANS drops a trailer online.

ROB LOWE describes his encounter with Bigfoot.

JOHN MAYER talks to Rolling Stone about Katy Perry, what he's learned from Dead & Company and why he's given up drinking booze and opts for marijuana.

GAME OF THRONES: Emilia Clarke tells Rolling Stone how her breakthrough role turned her into a feminist, a fantasy icon and a royal fan favorite.

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich. Now on GoPro!

THE SQUIRREL THREAT, however, continues unabated.

SWALLOWS are nesting inside a condo parking garage after mastering the technique of opening the door.

THE BELL-RINGING CATS return, in a variety of hats.

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Thingsday. Phoenix, Sun Kil Moon, Pill, Deerhoof, Black Mamba   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

 

WAND shares a video for "Plum."

PHOENIX stopped by World Cafe for a chat and a five-song mini-set.

SUN KIL MOON is streaming Yellow Kitchen, a collaboration with Parquet Courts bassist Sean Yeaton.

PILL is streaming their new EP, Aggressive Advertising.

DEERHOOF shares "I Will Spite Survive."

 

JOHNNY MAESTRO: "The Worst That Could Happen." A great self-indulgent song written by Jimmy Webb, sung by the man who made it a hit with the Brooklyn Bridge

THE BYRDS' Chris Hillman will release his first studio album in over a decade, Bidin’ My Time. It was produced by Tom Petty. 

BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE: Kevin Drew talks to Pitchfork about the last seven years, both what's changed (technology's unrelenting narcissism) and what hasn't (the dependability of true companionship).

AFGHAN WHIGS guitarist Dave Rosser has died after a battle with cancer.

JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford discusses Rolling Stone's Greatest Metal Albums list.

 

GEORGE LUCAS' billion-dollar museum got approved in L.A.

RHIANNA's new fling is believed to be Hassan Jameel, the heir to Saudi Arabia's largest Toyota distributor.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER take a post-divorce vacay together.

BILL COSBY's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday.

LINDSAY LOHAN has launched an exclusive lifestyle page on the internet.

JOHNNY GALECKI's large ranch in southern California burned down in a sizeable wildfire on Monday night.

MICHAEL BOND, the genial British author who created Paddington Bear, the polite, good-natured but disaster-prone little hero of children’s novels, picture and activity books, television series, and films, died at his home in London on Tuesday. He was 91.

VENEZUELA:  The rogue police officer behind a helicopter attack on Venezuelan government buildings is an action film star who paints himself as a James Bond-*****-Rambo figure on social media.

 

A HOMEOWNER removes a Black Mamba under his TV.

PUMAS may be the top carnivores in much of California’s mountains, but there’s still one predator they fear above all else: humans.

ENDANGERED RED PANDAS have given birth to a pair of rare cubs.

BRUCE vs ORCA: Who You Got?

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Hump Day Things, incl U2, An DiFranco, Psychic Temple, Cats.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

 

XIU XIU covers ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man."

U2: Watch three songs from their set at MusiCares, the charity arm of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

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

PSYCHIC TEMPLE covers Bobby Charles, Randy Newman, and the Louvin Brothers for Aquarium Drunkard.

 

RADIOHEAD: "Pop Is Dead."

HUSKER DU finally rolls out the merch.

SUICIDE's Alan Vega now looms over an art scene he ignored almost as assiduously as it ignored him.

PRINCE: Estate disputes cloud the future of his vault.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Jon Wurster talks to Allston Pudding about his relationship with goth subculture during both his formative years and now.

 

MICHAEL NYQVIST, who starred in the original The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo films alongside Noomi Rapace, as well as films like Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol and John Wick, died on Tuesday following a battle with lung cancer, his representative confirmed. He was 56.

SERENA WILLIAMS is profiled by Vanity Fair.

EDGAR WRIGHT talks Baby Driver with Uproxx.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE: DeMario Jackson continues recalling his side of the scandalous story. Also, contestants who want to have sex must wait a beat and get permission from producers.

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS: Becoming a dressmaker?

SALVADOR DALI wil be exhumed to settle a psychic's paternity claim.

 

TEN CATS take a 620-mile road trip around Japan.

FOXES on the attack in Beverly, Mass.

A MOOSE caused a stir in a Denver area mall.

A RABID BOBCAT crossed an 80-year-old woman with a sickle.

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Taking a personal day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

REMARKABLY LITTLE in the way of what passes for "news" here. There's this:

BRAD PITT is not dating Sienna Miller or Elle Macpherson, contrary to recent reports.

OTHERWISE, I'll see you tomorrow.

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Jason Isbell, Four Blind Boys of Alabama, Jade Jackson, Bunny+Dog+Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BEACH FOSSILS skateboard (presumably on their own branded decks) in the video for "Sugar."

JASON ISBELL plays three songs on CBS This Morning.  BONUS: Isbell also covered "Whipping Post" with Gregg Allman Band's Scott Sharrard in NYC.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA share four tracks from their upcoming LP.

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

GRIZZLY BEAR shares "Four Cypresses."

THE RAMONES: "California Sun."

THE SHAGGS play their first show in 18 years.

THE NATIONAL talks about their new LP, lyrics, politics and more.

THE BEATLES' "All You Need Is Love" turned 50 over the weekend.

ALISON MOYET talks to The Guardian about crying when John Noakes died, her childhood dreams of being a policewoman and why she loves television soaps.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Transformers: The Last Knight tops the chart with 45.3MM (and 69MM since Wed.) against a 217MM budget; it's the lowest debut of the franchise. But it made almost 200MM overseas, 123MM in China alone, and thus will likely profit based mostly on foreign receipts, much like the prior installment of this series.  Cars 3 placed with 25.2MM on a 53 percent drop itprobably couldn't afford, esp. as this franchise is not one of Pixar's strongest overseas.  Wonder Woman shows with 25.2MM (it's a tie for second given it's estimates) on a leggy 39 percent drop, crossing the300MM mark domestically and the same again in foreign markets. 47 Meters Down takes the fourth slot with 7.4MM and a 24.3MM total so far against a reported 5MM budget.  All Eyez on Me rounds out the Top Five with 5.9 million on a staggering 78 percent drop that suggests all of Tupac's fans went the first weekend.  Below the fold, The Mummy skidded another 60 percent. Ouch.

JOHNNY DEPP apologized for joking about assassinating Donald Trump.

CHARLIES SHEEN is reportedly being sued (again) for exposing a woman to HIV.

PITCH PERFECT 3 shares a trailer online.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER stars in Rakka, an experimental short sci-fi film.

SOPHIA COPPOLA talks to the Wall Street Journal about making The Beguiled.

A BUNNY, A DOGGO, and a RAT, living together...mass hysteria

THE WORLD'S UGLIEST DOG isn't very ugly this year.

A GOOSE was rescued from a skimpy red thong.

AN AGGRESSIVE BEAVER attacked two swimmers on the Rhine.

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