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Mark E. Smith RIP, George Clinton, Tori Amos, Peter Case, Alpaca   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MARK E. SMITH, lead singer and main force behind prolific post-punk band The Fall, has died, according to a statement from the band. He was 60, and kept swinging to the end. Here's his final interview.  The NYT obit is really 12 essential tracks.  In 2015, Stereogum ranked The Fall's already voluminous catalog. That same year, the BBC charted all of Smith's multitudinous bandmates (The Guardian tried to track them all down in 2005, but there have been many since).  Here are some of the many tributes from other musicians.  And here he is sportscasting.


TORI AMOS visited World Cafe.

PETER CASE played Daytrotter (from 10/17, but it popped up on my radar and is new to me).

DEERHOOF covers Madonna's "Live To Tell."


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

ELTON JOHN announced a three-year long farewell tour.

CHARLOTTE GAINSBOROURG talks to Aquarium Drunkard about her new LP and her directorial debut.

WHY SHOEGAZE defied the odds to leave a musical legacy that continues today.

38 ESSENTIAL 80s SONGS about nuclear anxiety.


JAMES FRANCO continues to struggle after several women accused him of sexually inappropriate behavior. 

MICHAEL SHANNON talks to GQ about the impossible task of negotiating with a doomsday prophet, Harvey Weinstein, and the time he yelled at Ethan Coen.

MERYL STREEP is joining Big Little Lies.

PACIFIC RIM UPRISING has a new trailer online.

JON HAMM talks to Uproxx about the movie biz.

THE DARK UNIVERSE franchise has been struck another blow, with the planned Invisible Man movie losing its writer.

GRANDMA THE CLOWN has resigned from the world-renowned Big Apple Circus after it was revealed that he pressured a 16-year-old aerialist into posing for pornographic photos in 2004.


CINNAMON, the fire-breathing alpaca.

ARE THOSE STOLEN EXOTIC FISH in your pants, or...oh.

A PITBULL is sprung from police custody after 18 months.


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The Dream Syndicate, Destroyer, All Songs, Hero Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WAR ON DRUGS brought "Pain" to Jimmy Fallon.

THE DREAM SYNDICATE talks plays live via World Cafe.

DESTROYER stops by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED brings new tracks from David Byrne, Gaz Coombes, Trace Mountains and more.

THE DAMNED return with "Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow."

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA shares "American Guilt."


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

PERFUME GENIUS & MARY MARGARET O'HARA, discussing the merits of gibberish, the urge to create and translate those creations to a wider audience and how close-minded perceptions have affected their work and self-image.

THE NUMBER ONES takes on the Kingston Trio's "Tom Dooley" and the beginning of the folk boom.

SOUND OPINIONS interviews Lori Majewski about her 2014 book Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists and the Songs That Defined the 1980s.

HUGH MASEKELA, who recorded more than 40 solo albums and collaborated with artists ranging from Harry Belafonte to Paul Simon, has died at 78. I can't dig it.


THE OSCARS nominations went to these folks. Congrats! Also, people loved Tiffany Haddish mispronouncing their names.  And here are your snubs.

RYAN REYNOLDS has a new first-look deal with Fox, including a Clue reboot from the writers of Deadpool.

DARREN ARONOFSKY,  following the end of his year long relationship with actress Jennifer Lawrence, steps out with Suki Waterhouse.

AMBER HEARD & ELON MUSK: Together again?

MAISIE WILLIAMS will be Sophie Turner's bridesmaid.  It's a nice day for a... red wedding.

MARK WAHLBERG denied steroid use.

PETER JACKSON has restored, colorized and 3-D converted footage from the First World War.

URSULA K. LeGUIN, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminist sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books like The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Ore. She was 88.


TWO DOGS awakened their owners to save an elderly woman sitting outside their home in only a nightgown from freezing to death.

MAN BITES DOG: A police dog, no less.

ANOTHER HORSE punched by a Philly Eagles fan, who is only pawn in game of life.

A HUGE SNAPPING TURTLE swimming under a frozen Arkansas lake has been captured on camera.

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St Vincent, Mind Spiders, Long Neck, Animals with Tail Weapons   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JULIANA HATFIELD covers Olivia Newton-John's 1978 hit, "A Little More Love."

ST VINCENT plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MIND SPIDERS stream Furies.

LONG NECK streams Will This Do?

LUCIUS shares "Neighbors."


THE MINDBENDERS bring Twofer Tuesday: "Game of Love" and "Groovy Kind of Love."

BILLY JOEL gets over two hours of discussion on Political Beats, with guest Guy Benson.

JACK LOGAN: An oral history of Bulk.

NEIL DIAMOND announced his retirement from touring due to his recent diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease.

BYRDS tweet each other on occasion.


THE RAZZIES nominations went to these folks. Congrats?

MATT LAUER  has been kicked out of his home by his furious wife.

ALISON BRIE kinda sorta defended her brother-in-law James Franco.

NETFLIX lost 39MM in the wake of Weinsteingate.

TBS and CNN  are sued for racial discrimination.

INCREDIBLES 2 announces new and returning cast members.

FRIENDS gets a hoax movie trailer that's quite well done.


A COUPLE works to control Fairfax City's deer population - without killing the animals.

WHERE DID ANIMALS WITH TAIL WEAPONS GO? “That’s a really rare combination no matter what time period you’re looking at.

MAN PULLS 5 1/2 FOOT LONG TAPEWORM out of his body, blames sushi.

A DOZEN BEASTS ave been disqualified from this year’s Saudi “camel beauty contest” because their handlers used Botox to make them more handsome.

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Strand of Oaks, First Aid Kit, Phoenix, Robert Pollard, Mudslide Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 22, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PRAWN shares a video for "Rooftops."

STRAND OF OAKS is streaming Harder Love, the material that wound up becoming the transition point from Tim Showalter's 2015 demos to Hard Love in 2017.

FIRST AID KIT stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

PHOENIX is sharing Ti Amo demos.

ROBERT POLLARD is releasing a parody country album named Blue Balls Lincoln.

DAP-TONE RECORDS is tackling Cuban big band music.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store.

TOM PETTY died in October from an accidental drug overdose as a result of mixing medications that included opioids, the medical examiner-coroner for the county of Los Angeles announced on Friday, ending the mystery surrounding his sudden death last year.

RANDY NEWMAN talks about politics, Toy Story and the Smiths - and why he's never enjoyed the writing process.

THE EAGLES have reached a settlement after suing a hotel in Mexico named, of course, Hotel California.

JIM RODFORD, who played bass with The Zombies, Argent, and The Kinks, has died aged 76 just days after his final performance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle threepeats atop the chart with another 20MM on a very leggy 29 percent drop.  12 Strong places with 16.5MM adainst a reported 35MM budget, suggesting it will probably break even or modestly profit. Den of Thieves shows with 15.3MM against a reported 30MM budget, which isn't bad given the lackadaisical marketing effort.  The Post takes the fourth slot with 12.2MM on a 37 percent drop and a 45MM total so far against a 50MM budget; it says something about Hollywood and the Oscars that among the likely Best Picture nominees, this one will be the third-highest grosser after Get Out and Dunkirk (and that Dunkirk could easily lose because of the large Oscar voting bloc of actors).  The Greatest Showman rounds out the Top Fivewith another 11MM on a mere 12 percent drop; it may say something about film critics that the Tomatometer has this at 55 percent while 90 percent of audiences liked it.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is under fire for attacking James Franco at Women's March after defending Woody Allen.

CHLOE SEVIGNY says she woupd "probably not" work with Allen again.

ED SHEERHAN has announced that he and girlfriend Cherry Seaborn are engaged.

CHRIS PRATT and... Olivia Munn?

EWAN McGREGOR has filed for divorce from his wife of 22 years.  His daughter is unhappy.

THE LAST JEDI director Rian Johnson responded to critics on Twitter without a word.

HOLLYWOOD WOMEN are chipping away at studio leverage and a longtime taboo by talking openly about their pay.

A CALI COUPLE who survived the Montecito mudslide reunited with the cat they thought they'd lost forever.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS flying the friendly skies are increasingly wandering the aisles, defecating, or even biting passengers.

THE LIVES OF SQUID are mysterious in many ways, but one gruesome truth is that after mating comes death.

ONE LAST TOSS: While saying goodbye to a friend's buoyant Boykin, a veterinarian reflects on the toughest part of his job.

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David Bowie, Calexico, Ty Segall, Dream Wife, Yo La Tengo, Kangaroo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with DAVID BOWIE! It's his 50th birthday concert, from Sept.1, 1997.  Career-spanning and loaded with guests, including Frank Black, Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth, Gail Ann Dorsey, Billy Corgan, and Lou Reed.

CALEXICO advance streams The Thread That Keeps Us.

TY SEGALL advance streams Freedom's Goblin.

DREAM WIFE advance streams a self-titled debut.

STEEP CANYON RANGERS advance stream Out In The Open.

YO LA TENGO shares four songs from the cheekily-titled There’s A Riot Going On. (Stereogum also has an interview with bassist James McNew and singer-guitarist Ira Kaplan).

PARLIAMENT shares their new single in nearly four decades, "I'm Gon Make U Sick O'Me." (NSFW)

THE SEA & CAKE share "Any Day."

TROGGS: "With a Girl Like You," live.

R.E.M.frontman Michael Stipe reveals how glam rock, grunge and INXS inspired the band - and how internal divisions tore them apart.

CANDLEBOX: The original lineup is reuniting for a 25-anniverary show in Seattle.

LIAM GALLAGHER admitted in an interview that he still takes drugs. Which may make it a bit tricky to warn his kids off them, he says.

TOO MUCH MUSIC? A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include 12 Strong, which is currently scoring 53 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Den of Thieves, currently scoring 35 percent; and Forever My Girl, scoring 14 percent. Oscars bait expanding near-wide includes Call Me By Your Name, scoring 96 percent; I, Tonya, scoring 89 percent; and Phantom Thread, scoring 92 percent.

TOMB RAIDER has a new trailer online.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH seems interested in more Thor, though his contract is up.

COLIN FIRTH won't work with Woody Allen again.

THE BATMAN: Rumors about the fate of Batfleck continue to swirl.

BRIGITTE BARDOT says the MeToo movement is "hypocritical" and "uninteresting."

CAREY MULLIGAN has said there are no well written roles for women in films.

USA GYMNASTICS has terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas where a number of top gymnasts have said they were victims of sexual abuse by former team physician Larry Nassar, who complains about having to hear from his victims.

PARTY OF FIVE is getting a Latin-flavored revboot at Freeform.

TOM HARDY was once an aspiring rapper.


MOST DOG OWNERS prefer their best friend to other humans.

TOILET PYTHON, but in France for a change, as opposed to Australia.


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