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Van Morrison, Bon Iver, Belle & Sebastian, Waxahatchee, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

BTW, OVER 57 MILLION SERVED. Thanks to all for stopping by.

 

VAN MORRISON drops a video for "Transmission."

BON IVER played Rock The Garden.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN stopped by The Current for a chat and unplugged mini-set (after all, they left the drummer in North Dakota) including one of my faves, "Sukie in the Graveyard."

WAXAHATCHEE plays World Cafe Live.

DREAM WIFE shares "Fire."

 

R.E.M.: "Supernatural Superserious."

RAINER MARIA talked to Stereogum about putting the band back together.

NICK LOWE: Fresh Air surveys the reissues of his 1982-90 catalog.

DOLLY PARTON is releasing a children's LP.

THE 25 BEST ALBUMS of 2017 (So Far), according to Paste.

 

ROMAN POLANSKI faces a third allegation of sexual abuse.

EMMA STONE leads the latest Forbes List of Highest-Paid Actresses.

ANNA FARIS had relationship advice right before her split from Chris Pratt.

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 6 hits a production delay after Tom Cruise injured himself doing a stunt.

JUSTICE LEAGUE's Batman will be less ragey than BvS Batman.

THE KARDASHIAN DECADE: How a Sex Tape Led to a Billion-Dollar Brand.

CHRIS BROWN details the night he was arrested for physically assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 for his new documentary. 

ST VINCENT will direct a female-led movie based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray.

INDANA JONES LAND could be coming to Disney World.

 

GOATS harrass everyone. Dang kids.

A TORTOISE saved by mouth-to-mouth.

A FRUIT BAT that looks like Yoda is recognized as a new species.

A GROUNDHOG is framed for indecent exposure.

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Car Seat Headrest, The Revolution, Benjamin Booker, Caterpillar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE SAFES share a video for "Hometown."

CAR SEAT HEADREST played Rock The Garden.

THE REVOLUTION played Rock The Garden.

BENJAMIN BOOKER played Rock The Garden.

WILCO shares "All Lives, You Say?"

THE WAR ON DRUGS shares  “Up All Night."

ARIEL PINK shares a new single, "Feels Like Heaven."

HOPE SANDOVAL AND THE WARM INVENTIONS share "Sleep."

 

THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS: "I'm an Adult Now."

THE KINKS' Ray Davies talks Mick Jagger, Chrissie Hynde, and more. (Thx, Jay!)

BELLE & SEBASTIAN left their drummer at Wal-Mart.

THE DEAD KENNEDYS: The history and evolution of "Nazi Punks F*** Off."

THE SMITHS:  Strangeways Here We Come, released 30 years ago, is reconsidered by The Quietus.

 

JOHNNY DEPP helped raise spirits at a Canadian children’s hospital during a surprise visit dressed as Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean.

DANIEL CRAIG confirms his return as James Bond.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are deep in divorce talks, and there is no talk of reconciliation, contrary to some media reports. 

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO: Another day, another 23-year-old model.

THE WALKING DEAD'S creator and producers are now suing AMC for potentially billions, claiming they’ve kept “the lion’s share” of profits made by the hit show.

TIGER WOODS had Ambien, Dilaudid, Vicodin, Xanax, and THC in his system at the time of his DUI arrest.

MOLLY'S GAME, teaming Jessica Chastain with Aaron Sokin, has a trailer online.

HBO HACK: Indian police arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired Game of Thrones episode.

 

GO ASK ALICE, I think she'll know.

A POSSIBLE PANTHER recorded lounging by a FL pool.

TINY TOADS closed a road in British Columbia.

3000 TRUKEYS, scared to death by a lizard.

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Jon Pratt, Pinegrove, Margaret Glaspy, Joseph, White Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman shares a history of the band and a rootsy selection from his All The Fixins catalog, "Best Dress."

PINEGROVE, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

MARGARET GLASPY, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

JOSEPH, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

CAR SEAT HEADREST shares “War Is Coming (If You Want It).”

THE DODOS share "Mirror Fake."

 

TOM JONES sung "It's Not Ununsal" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

WHAT HAPPENED to the negative music review?

AVERAGE WHITE BAND: How We Made "Pick Up the Pieces."

PRINCE is getting a special shade of purple from Pantone.

THE BEST BOWIE BOOKS, according to The Guardian.

 

TAYLOR SWIFT won her countersuit against former radio host David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM: Together again?

BRYAN CRANSTON was observed having sex with his wife on a train.

DEADPOOL 2: A stunt person was killed on the set when a motorcycle stunt went terribly wrong.

THE DEATH OF STALIN has a trailer online.

WESTWORLD will be expanding its cast for Season 2.

COWBOY NINJA VIKING, starring Chris Pratt, has a release date if not a director.

JOSEPH BOLOGNA, an actor, writer, and director known for his role in 1982's My Favorite Year, has died after a three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 82.

 

A RARE WHITE MOOSE was caught on camera in Sweden after a three-year search.

GOLDFISH turn to alcohol to survive the winter.

RANDY, WELL-ENDOWED SUPER-FLEAS are invading the UK.

AN ELEPHANT trampled a big game hunter in Namibia.

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A Busy and Exhausting Weekend, For Bad and Good Reasons.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SO WHAT I HAVE FOR YOU IS THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Annabelle: Creation topped the chart with 35MM, easily beating tracking projections in the 30MM range.  And that bodes well for this low (15mm) budget Conjuring spinoff sequel; its predecessor also did huge biz overseas. Dunkirk placed with 11.4MM on a leggy 33 percent drop; the worldwide total is now 363MM against a 100MM production budget. The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature showed with 9MM against a 40MM budget; overseas sales many not be enough to save this sequel. Last weekend's champ, The Dark Tower, skidded into the fourth slot on a 59 percent drop, which must trouble Sony, esp with weak foreign sales.The Emoji Movie rounded out the Top Five with6.6MM on a 45 percent drop; again, weak overseas numbers may not drag this one into the black in cinemas.  Overall, consider that this weekend's top 12 films made a little over 100MM and one year ago, the Top 12 made over 150MM. It's a cruel Summer.

Should be back to full strength for Tuesday.

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Elvis, Rainer Maria, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Blind Boys of AL, Rally Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

RAINER MARIA advance streams S/T.

SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER advance stream Not Dark Yet.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA advance stream Almost Home.

THE ACCIDENTALS advance stream Odyssey.

CHRIS HILLMAN covers Tom Petty's "Wildflowers."

KING KHAN shares “It’s a Lie.”

CUT COPY shares "Standing In The Middle Of The Field."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen talk to SPIN about Steely Dan, life after blog hype, and more...

LIAM GALLAGHER: Rescuing us from pop boredom.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Annabelle: Creation, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, which is scoring 13 percent; and The Glass Castle, scoring 50 percent.  Wind River expands wide at 86 percent.

KING OF THE HILL may return.

THE MUNSTERS is getting a TV reboot.

TAYLOR SWIFT took the stand to start Day 4 of her trial involving a former Denver DJ who is accused of groping her and losing his job because of it.

DONALD GLOVER took a break from Lando duties on the Han Solo movie to dissect his extraordinary rise, 'Atlanta' Emmy hopes, his secret sit-down with Billy Dee Williams (in disguise) and how he plans to conquer Hollywood.

NIKKI REED & IAN SOMERHALDER welcomed their first child.

DISNEY & NETFLIX are getting a divorce.

RALLY CAT:  The feline who interrupted a Cardinals-Royals game just before a Cards grand slam is missing.

PIGMEN are coming. What is the law, Dr. Moreau?

MOTHMEN: Record sightings in Chicago.

A 6-FT BOA CONSTRICTOR lived in a Florida attic for years.

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