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Aretha Franklin, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ARETHA FRANKLIN, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers (and best sellers) in any style, who died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. I usually post this 1968 "Lady Soul" concert -- which includes  "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "Come Back Baby," "Dr Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)," "Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)" "I  Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)," "Chain Of Fools," and "Respect" -- dhring Black History month, not just because she was black, but because she was a piece of black history.  Before Aretha, there were few solo female rock or pop stars; African-American women tended to get packaged in groups. And gospel music tended to be an indirect influence in pop music (excepting perhaps Sam Cooke). She opened many doors and played a role in the civil rights movement (though she was generally humble about that role).  Franklin also became a voice of female empowerment, while never coming across as a doctrinaiire feminist. Indeed, while she was involved and a role model, she was herself most of all -- which her made her story a very American one and her appeal transcend political, racial and gender lines.  She had a personality that matched the force and range of her vocal instrument-- and her seemingly effortless ability to dial her wattage from diva to star to neighbor to mother suggests to the casual observer that she had equal command of both.  These elements may explain her ubiquity over the decades, as noted in so many of the obituaries and tributes pouring forth yesterday.  We still hear Franklin regularly yet it is remarkably difficult to tire of hearing her, not only because of her immense natural talent, but also because of her confidence and depth.  On that note, you vcn go with a playlist of 20 essential songs at the NYT, or a broader playlist from NPR.  Or you could go to Stereogum for 20 great moments and 10 deep cuts, while NPR has a different set of deep cuts.  And if you really want to go deep, Oliver Wang's tweet thread has has you covered. PLUS: A 1999 Fresh Air interview in which Franklin talks about her father's gospel influence, growing up with Sam Cooke, crossing over to pop music and more. She talks about her transormation of Otis Redding's  "Respect" in that interview, and it's also the subject of this piece by Carl Wilson.  PLUS: This 1974 profile from Rolling Stone, and this 2016 longread from The New Yorker. And this story about Etta James and Sarah Vaughn.

CANDI STATON, another great lady of soul, advance streams Unstoppable.

NOTHING advance streams Dance on the Blacktop.

LUCIE SILVAS advance streams E.G.O.

DEE WHITE advance streams Southern Gentleman.

PILOT works their "Magic" on TOTP.

MADONNA's 78 singles, all ranked by The Guardian. It's a bit perverse, which I guess is fitting.

COUNTRY JOE McDONALD talks to Aquarium Drunkard about his recordings, Woodstock, and the politically harried times that surrounded him, along with his artistic connections to Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, and everyone’s favorite anti-hippie John Fahey.

SOCIAL DISTORTION's Mike Ness has been accused of punching a concert attendee at a July show.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' soft, tender "Yesterday."

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Mile 22, which is currently scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Crazy Rich Asians, currently scoring 93 percent; and Alpha, scoring 80 percent.

JAMES GUNN is definitely out at Disney, despite a push from the Guardians of the Galaxy.

JOHNNY DEPP accused Amber Heard and her pals of deliberately soiling the sheets after a violent fight; she denies it.

T.J. MILLER denied allegations that he was a bully on the set of Silicon Valley after his former costar Alice Wetterlund accused him of such behavior.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON tops the Forbes list of the world's highest-paid actresses.

JENNIFER GARNER wants to give BEN AFFLECK the time and opportunity to work on his health and sobriety before finally divorcing.

STAR WARS: Another spin-off has been put on hold.

A TINY ANT heists a diamond. Paul Rudd unavailable for comment.

FLORIDA's GATOR SEASON is underway.

CROWS clean up cigarette butts at a theme park.

A WALLABY is on the lam in Essex.

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Oh Sees, Erykah Badu, Mountain Man, Kinks, McCartney, Steve Perry, Gator   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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THE BUGGLES: "Video Killed the Radio Star," live in 2004. Because they helped launch MTV in August 1981.

OH SEES advance stream Smote Reverser.

ERYKAH BADU plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MOUNTAIN MAN shares three new songs ahead of their first album in eight years.

THE KINKS share the previously unreleased "Time Song" from their Village Green Preservation Society 50th anniversary reissue.

PAUL McCARTNEY shares "Fuh You."

FATHER JOHN MISTY shares a synthpop version of "Mr. Tillman" and a Gillian Welch cover.

STEVE PERRY shares "No Erasin'," his first new song in 24 years.

MUDHONEY shares "Kill Yourself Live."

 

CAT POWER brings LANA DEL REY on for "Woman."

ARETHA FRANKLIN's nephew says the soul legend is "alert, laughing and talking."

MITSKI talks to GQ about artists, solitude, and more.

SUB POP Turns 30; NME went to Seattle to find out how the indie label achieved their dream of world domination.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the McCoys' timelessly fun "Hang On Sloopy."

 

EMMA STONE, interviewed by Jennifer Lawrence.

TOM CRUISE & JAMES CORDEN, skydiving.

BRAD PITT's crew claims Angelina Jolie is is increasing her attacks because joint custody is a done deal.

CHRIS PRATT says it’s “not an easy time” for the Guardians of the Galaxy cast after James Gunn’s sacking.

PENN JILLETTE talks to Vulture about magic, truth, and Trump's alleged Apprentice Tapes.

TESSA THOMPSON & JUSTIN THEROUX will be voicing the live-action /  CGI  remake of Lady and the Tramp.

ELIZABETH BANKS will star in and produce a film about MTV's 1986 “Win A Date With Prince” contest.

NICKI MINAJ is accused of stabbing ex-boyfriend Safaree Samuels.

DESIGNING WOMEN may be in the reboot pipeline.

 

AN ALLIGATOR that survived WWII bombings is still alive and snapping.

A 515-LB HALIBUT may be a world record.

A PARROT curses out her rescuer.

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Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Punch Bros, Tomberlin, Hippo Spanking   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS topped the UK chart (twice) in August '68 with "Mony Mony," which peaked at No. 3 in the US.

NICK LOWE & LOS STRAITJACKETS visit World Cafe, including a ballad version of "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding."

THE PUNCH BROTHERS stop by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

TOMBERLIN plays a Stereogum Session, including Neil Young's "Powderfinger."

IRON & WINE shares "Waves Of Galveston."

THE LEMON TWIGS share "The Fire."

 

LOCAL H shares a video for "Innocents," featuring Michael Shannon.

ARETHA FRANKLIN already greenlit an all-star tribute concert at MSG in November.

JEFF TWEEDY is publishing memoirs in November.

SUMMER SONGS started sounding the same in the 1990s.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barry McGuire's sign-of-the-times folk-rock anthem "Eve Of Destruction."

 

BRAD PITT & ANGELINA JOLIE  were hammering out their differences in private ... until she decided to switch tactics and go public with their child support battle, which Pitt believes is doing harm to their children.

DEMI LOVATO will undergo "extensive" rehab.

WES ANDERSON is shooting his new movie in France and it’ll be set immediately after World War II.

THE CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA shares new pics from the Netflix reboot.

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY casts its Spock.

JORDAN PEELE tals to Variety about why Hollywood’s lack of imagination could be a good thing (and more).

 

A HIPPO SPANKING is under police investigation.

YOU CAN ADOPT DOGS that failed government training for being too 'nice'.

COWS are allowed to visit nude beaches during a Swedish heat wave.

JOB OPENING: "Cat Whisperer" on a Greek isle.

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Death Cab, Adam Remnant, Tower of Power, Rogue Goat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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TOM JONES sung "It's Not Ununsal" and "If He Should Ever Leave You" on Canadian Idol, which opened with some great archival footage.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE advance streams Thank You for Today.

ADAM REMNANT advance streams Sourwood.

TOWER OF POWER plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SWEARIN' shares "Untitled (LA)."

SAINTSENECA shares "Beast In The Garden."

 

ICEAGE shares a video for "Under The Sun."

ARETHA FRANKLIN, the Queen of soul, is gravely ill, according to multiple reports. No way am I doing any advance work on this. I refuse.

BOB DYLAN's 70s, pre-Gospel albums get over two hours of discussion and analysis in Part 2 of a Political Beats trilogy with the Daily Beast's Andrew Kirell.

CLOVER is returning after 50 years.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beatles' extremely catchy freakout "Help!"

 

SPIKE LEE talks to Rolling Stone about his 30-year career, what keeps him awake at night and the obligation he feels to expose the ugliness of racism.

AZEALIA BANKS claims Tesla CEO Elon Musk was “scrounging for investors” over the weekend.  He claims he has “never even met” Banks.

ROBIN WRIGHT got hitched over the weekend.

CHRIS HARDWICK returned to Talking Dead, while staffers walked.

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ talks to the New York Times.

JUSTIN BIEBER & HAILEY BALDWIN won't marry this year.

TEENS' TRAD TV CONSUMPTION Drops by Half in 5 Years.

MARILYN MONROE's deleted nude scene from The Misfits has been discovered.

 

A ROGUE GOAT may have helped dozens of farm animals escape.

DIEGO the sex-mad tortoise has single-handedly saved his species from extinction.

A HEAT WAVE put flamingos in the mood for first time in 15 years.

TODAY'S MAMMALS evolved from much larger creatures.

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Lord Huron, Mumford & Sons, Haley Heynderickx, Python   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 13, 2018 - 08:00 AM
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SEALS & CROFT: "Summer Breeze."

LORD HURON plays a mini-set on CBS This Morning.

MUMFORD & SONS debuted three new songs at the Sziget Fest.

HALEY HEYNDERICKX plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

PEARL JAM paid tribute to Chris Cornell, the Dead Boys, and the MC5 in Seattle.

SHARON VAN ETTEN covers LCD Soundsystem's "New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down" with an orchestra at the Royal Abert Hall, and it is a thing. 

PETE YORN (and LIZ PHAIR) cover The Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man."

 

JENNY LEWIS joins FATHER JOHN MISTY halfway through "God's Favorite Customer" in Toronto.

LIZ PHAIR: Whitechocolatespaceegg turns 20.

FOXING singer Conor Murphy talks to Brooklyn Vegan about their acclaimed new LP.

MADONNA thinks all modern music "sounds the same." She needs to get beyong the pop.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Sonny & Cher's immortal folk-pop love-jam "I Got You Babe."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Meg tops the chart with 44MM, taking advantage of the dog days to become the first non-franchise "hit" of the summer.It's not a great opening against a budget somewhere between 130-170MM, but the 100MM overseas grosees suggest it might become a franchise.  Mission: Impossible - Fallout places with 20MM on a leggy 43 percent drop and looks even more likely to become the biggest film of this franchise. Disney's Christopher Robin shows with 12.4MM on a 49 percent drop that's pretty steep for a family flick without major competition; maybe no franchise here, though that may depend on the home video market.  Slender Man takes the fourth slot with 11MM, a little above projections and probably good against a 10MM budget.  BlacKkKlansman rounds out the Top Five with 10.8MM against a 15MM budget, all good news for Spike Lee's first big release since Inside Man.

IDRIS ELBA, contrary to prior reports, was not under consideration as the next James Bond.

LINDSAY LOHAN apologizes for criticizing the MeToo movement.

MARILYN MANSON will not be prosecuted for "unspecified sex crimes."

BILL MURRAY got into a scuffle with CARLY SIMON's brother.

SEAN YOUNG is wanted for questioning by the NYPD for allegedly swiping Apple laptops and video production gear from her former job in Queens.

STAR TREK 4 might not happen as Chris Pine and Chris Hemsworth both drop out over money issues.

MICHAEL J. FOX drives another nail in the coffin of Back to the Future 4.

RUBY ROSE quits Twitter over the backlash to her casting as Batwoman.

THE McDONALD'S MONOPOLY SCAM is becoming a movie and that story is also quite something.

 

A MASSIVE PYTHON climbs an Aussie home.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT brought down state government websites and interrupted Internet service in Vermont.

THE PROPER ETIQUETTE around service dogs.

GOAT DISPUTE brewing in Dorchester.

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