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John Wetton RIP, Ty Segall, Hideout, All Songs, Rogue Wave, Baby Hippo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN WETTON, prog-rock bassist and singer for Asia, King Crimson, Family and more, died Tuesday after a battle with colon cancer. He was 67. So obviously, I'm going to serve up Asia's "Heat of the Moment" and "Only Time Will Tell," along with King Crimson's "Starless."  I saw one of Asia's very early US concerts because it was pacakaged as part of a series before anyone knew wjho they were. And when I found out who they were, my immediate thought was that it would be fairly hardcore prog;in those pre-internet days, people were unprepared for just how pop they would be.

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

HIDEOUT is streaming their sophomore LP, So Many Hoops/So Little Time.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Mount Eerie, Young Fathers, Missy Elliot and more feature in the latest edition.

ROGUE WAVE covers Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door."

THE GODFATHERS return with "You and Me Against the World."

MASON WILLIAMS pumps some "Classical Gas."

WIRE's Colin Newman shares the soundtrack of his life.

JENS LEKMAN's guide to rebooting yourself creatively. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS' Patterson Hood discussed protest music with the Lincoln Journal Star. (Thx LHB.)

CAR SEAT HEADREST really wants to work with...Smashmouth?

JOHN WICK: CHAPTER 2 - I don't usually do movie premieres, but I'll make an exception for this trio.

PHARRELL WILLIAMS and wife Helen Lasichanh welcomed triplets, making them thrice Happy.

OPRAH WINFREY joins “60 Minutes” as a special contributor.

JOHNNY DEPP's former managers have fired back at the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after he sued them for fraud, filing their own cross-complaint accusing Depp of living “an ultra-extravagant lifestyle” that he “simply could not afford.”

SUPERGIRL: Former Lois Lane Teri Hatcher has signed on to play the Big Bad for Season2 of the CW show.

AQUAMAN: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred in Netflix’s Baz Luhrmann show The Get Down, is in early talks to take on the part of the villainous Black Manta.

FIFTY SHADES DARKER is tracking consderably behind its predecessor.

A PREEMIE BABY HIPPO at the Cinci Zoo is making progress toward standing and walking on her own.

THE WESTMINSTER DOG SHOW, the most prestigious canine competition in the United States, has added three new breeds to its annual event, which for the first time will also include a program featuring cats...

80 BIRDS OF PREY, flying coach.

OLLIE THE BOBCAT is still on the loose in DC.

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Regina Spektor, Hiss Golden Messenger, Dead Man Winter. Mt Goats, Pit Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TV ON THE RADIO covered “Nothing Compares 2 U" for a Yale  conference called "Blackstar Rising & The Purple Reign: Celebrating The Legacies Of David Bowie And Prince."

REGINA SPEKTOR stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER covers The Faces and Ralph Stanley in a Lagniappe Session at Aquarium Drunkard.

DEAD MAN WINTER stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle wrote “The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones" on  adare from Rian Johnson (director of The Last Jedi).

BNQT, ft members of Midlake, Grandaddy, Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, and Travis, shared "Restart."

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

TOMMY STINSON talked to Rolling Stone about his solo career.

SHARON JONES, remembered by The Current to kick off Black History Month.

DIRTY PROJECTORS: How Dave Longstreth ended up at Kanye's house with The Weeknd. [Record scratch. Freeze-frame. "You may be wondering how I got here..."]

30 ICONIC ALBUMS TURNING 30, compiled by Paste. Get off my lawn.

BEN AFFLECK has decided to step down as director of The Batman and remain on as a producer and star of the project.

EVAN RACHEL WOOD is engaged to her bandmate Zach Villa.

MARY TYLER MOORE died of several causes.

WINONA RYDER couldn't hear David Harbor's SAG Awards speech? C'mon! This was a career highlight.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST dropped a final trailer.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET: Jordan Belfort claims he knew the film's financing must have been fishy.

WHY HOLLYWOOD As We Know It is Already Over.

MASAYA NAKAMURA, the father of Pac-Man, has died at 91.

CANADA: The suspect charged with murder in Sunday's shooting that left six people dead at a Quebec City mosque was a "lone wolf," Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Monday.

UKRAINE: More than 10 people have been killed in some of the worst fighting for weeks in eastern Ukraine.

YEMEN: Houthi militants attacked a Saudi warship with three boats off the western coast of Yemen on Monday, causing an explosion that killed two crew members and injured three others, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

IRAN conducted its first missile test since US President Donald Trump took office, giving the nascent administration an early opportunity to show the world how they plan to deal with a key US adversary.

GRAYCE THE PIT BULL Gently Places Her 11 Puppies Into Her Foster Mom's Lap.

OLLIE THE BOBCAT escaped the Smithsonian's National Zoo in DC.

FRENCH HAMSTERS turn cannibal.

ZOO CRASHERS: Choose your entrance carefully. The More You Know. [swoosh]

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R.E.M.. Foxygen, Richard Barone, Blind Pilot, News Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


R.E.M. alumni Mike Mills, Peter Buck and Bill Berry joined The Minus 5 at the 40 Watt Club on "(Don't Go Back To) Rockville."

FOXYGEN stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

RICHARD BARONE (The Bongos) also stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

BLIND PILOT plays the Triple Door on KEXP.

THE NEW PR0NOGRAPHERS share “High Ticket Attractions” ahead of Whiteout Conditions.

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

DWIGHT YOAKUM talks to Magnet about Goliath, bluegrass, and Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc.

THE 50 BEST POST-PUNK ALBUMS, according to Paste.

BUTCH TRUCKS, the co-founding drummer of The Allman Brothers Band, was a suicide, according to police records.

GEOFF NICHOLS, Black Sabbath's keyboardist for 25 years between 1979 and 2004, died from lung cancer at the age of 68.

JOHN HURT, an unprepossessing British character actor who vanished inside dozens of roles, including in Alien, Crime and Punishment, I Claudius, V For Vendetta, The Elephant Man, 1984, Spaceballs , three Harry Potter flicks and many more, died on Wednesday in Norfolk, England. He was 77.  Here's 143 roles in 4 minutes.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Split repeats atop the chart with 26.3MM on a fantastically-leggy-for-horror 34 percent drop; it's the first M Night Shyamalan film to do so since Signs.  And Split crossed the 100MM mark worldwide against a 9MM production budget. A Dog's Purpose placed with 18.4MM against a 22MM budget, within the range of projections.  Hidden Figures showed with 14MM on a leggy 11 percent drop, likely buoyed by those 3 Oscar nominations.  It too crossed the 100MM mark, against a 25MM budget.  Resident Evil: The Final Chapter took the fourth slot with 13.9MM, a low mark for debuts in this franchise, though it has already grossed another 65MM overseas.  La La Land rounded out the Top Five with 12MM, growing 43 percent over last weekend, as the musical expanded by 1271 screens and rode the big Oscar buzz. It's closing in on a quarter-billion worldwide.  Below the fold, Gold flopped its way into tenth place.

SPLIT, btw, is a very solid horror pic and thus I hesitate in saying it's a "return to form" for M Night Shyamalan, other than financially; I always saw him as not a straight-up horror director.  It doesn't have a twist ending so much a surprise ending, albeit one that fans of the old Night will much appreciate.  And James McAvoy does have a great deal of fun chewing things up as the heavy here.

THE SAG AWARDS went to these folks. Congrats.

EMMA STONE's Battle With Shyness, Panic Attacks and Phobias on the Way to the Oscars.

MISCHA BARTON is revealing that she was drugged while celebrating her 31st birthday with friends.

UMA THURMAN signed off on a deal with her French financier-ex Arpad “Arki” Busson, an agreement that gives her primary custody of their 4-year-old daughter. 

IRON FIST: Ove episode of the Marvel series has been directed by hip-hop icon RZA.


HAMILTON's Schuyler Sisters are singing at the Super Bowl.

THE COEN BROTHERS directed a Super Bowl ad that seems like a sequel to Easy Rider.

QUINCY delivers the news in Boulder, CO.

ANIMAL PICS, before and after being called a "good boy."

A CAT with "psychic" powers has been sold to a "well-groomed witch" for £67000, according to its former owner. 

25 ANIMALS that scientists want to bring back from extinction.They'll spare no expense.

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XTC, Stef Chura, Beachheads, Cuddle Magic, JD McPherson, Wild Hogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with XTC! Look Look is a long-out-of-print collection of music videos from the art-pop combo, Your tracklist includes: "This Is Pop," "Statue of Liberty," "Are You Receiving Me?," "Life Begins at the Hop," "Making Plans for Nigel," "Towers of London," "Respectable Street," "Generals and Majors," "All of a Sudden (It's Too Late)," "Ball and Chain," and "Senses Working Overtime."

STEF CHURA streams Messes.

BEACHHEADS are streaming five tracks from their self-titled debut.

CUDDLE MAGIC streams Ashes/Axis.

TY SEGALL advance streams a self-titled LP, icymi. 

PORCELAIN RAFT advance streams Microclimate.

JD McPHERSON covers Erasure's "A Little Respect" like its' a vintage soul track, and it totally works.

LAMBCHOP covers Prince’s “When You Were Mine”.

MANFRED MANN'S EARTH BAND, "Blinded by the Light," Live in '75.

THE VILLAGE VOICE PAZZ & JOP POLL results are online.

JAPANDROIDS talk about their favorite garage punk records.

FROM JONI MITCHELL TO LAURA MARLING: How female troubadours changed music .

BRIAN ENO: Ten of His Best.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include: A Dog's Purpose, currently scoring 31 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, currently scoring 40 percent; and Gold, scoring 32 percent.

VANITY FAIR's Hollywood Issue cover is here.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL is pregnant and expecting her second child with her husband, Jacob Pechenik.

PAULA PATTON alleges ROBIN THICKE physically abused her during their marriage. The allegations have resurfaced during a custody battle between Patton and Thicke for their son, Julian.

BRANGELEXIT: Intimate details of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's explosive marriage breakdown to be revealed in a big budget movie by bestselling author Ian Halperin?

ELTON JOHN is writing the musical version of The Devil Wears Prada.

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA wants to turn Apocalypse Now into a video game. The horror...the horror...

SHIA LeBEOUF  Shia LaBeouf was hauled off in handcuffs from his marathon protest site in NYC ... after he got into it with a neo-Nazi.

MIKE CONNORS, who took a punch as well as anyone while playing the good-guy private detective on the long-running Saturday night action series Mannix for CBS, has died. He was 91.

WILD HOGS are invading homes in Florida.

DOGS enjoy listening to reggae and soft rock more than other genres of music, according to new research.

SCIENTISTS have created a part-human, part-pig embryo.

FAMED INDIAN SNAKE TRACKERS have been brought in to find Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades.

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Mary Tyler Moore RIP, King Gizzard, Ty Segall, GbV, Old 97s, Turtles   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOXYGEN dropped a video for “On Lankershim."


TY SEGALL stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic.

RICHARD THOMPSON, LENNY KAYE, LEE RENALDO & WILL SCHEFF were among those who played a Leonard Cohen tribute at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg.

GUIDED BY VOICES shares “Hiking Skin,”ahead of the band's first double album, August by Cake.

THE OLD 97s share “All Who Wander” from upcoming album Graveyard Whistling.

THUNDERCAT brings KENNY LOGGINS and MICHAEL McDONALD on for "Show You The Way" from Drunk.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN breaks out a 12-string to cover Jackie DeShannon's "When You Walk in the Room," which was also a hit for The Searchers.

CLOUD NOTHINGS get profiled at Paste.

AEROSMITH: Is it the end?

BUTCH TRUCKS, one of the Allman Brothers Band's founding drummers, died Tuesday evening in West Palm Beach, Florida. He was 69. Page Stallings, Trucks' booking agent, confirmed the veteran musician's death to Rolling Stone, but said a cause of death is currently unknown.

HOWARD KAUFMAN, who guided the careers of the Eagles, Aerosmith and Stevie Nicks and helped pull off some of the mightiest rock ’n’ roll world tours of his day, has died at 79.

MARY TYLER MOORE, whose witty and graceful performances on two top-rated television shows in the 1960s and ’70s helped define a new vision of American womanhood, died on Wednesday in Greenwich, Conn. She was 80.  She could sing and dance, give you one of the best sticom episdoes of all time, play against type in movies like Ordinary People and Flirting With Disaster.  And that's even before you get to career as a producer of shows like Hill Street Blues and St Elsewhere.  But most of all, she could turn the world on with her smile, putting Minneapolis on the pop culture map, boosted by a Sonny Curtis classic, "Love Is All Around," notably covered by the Twin Cities' own Husker Du, as well as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts.

DICK VAN DYKE paid tribute to Mary Tyler Moore.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON and her husband, Romain Dauriac, have split after two years of marriage.

ROGUE ONE editor Colin Goudie shares how he made a full-length story reel for director Gareth Edwards from similar scenes from hundreds of other movies so that Edwards could work out the pacing for the action and dialog.

DAISY RIDLEY is ambushed and grilled abour Star Wars: Episode VIII by her Murder on the Orient Express co-star Josh Gad.

THE FLASH movie is getting a total rewrite.

BRENT MUSBURGER one of the most famous sports announcers of all time, announced Wednesday that he will retire from play-by-play work after he calls the Georgia-Kentucky college basketball game on ESPN on Jan. 31. He was my local sports guy when I was a kid; the anchor was Bill Kurtis.  Musberger's rival at the time was Greg Gumbel.

TURTLES hitch a ride on a lizard.

103 PUPPIES were rescued after a delivery van crashed in NY.  No comment from Cruella DeVil.

ANDREW JACKSON had a wicked parrot.

SLED DOG RACERS return to the Scottish Highlands.

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