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Luna, Echo & the Bunnymen, McCrary Sisters, Service Pupper   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 08, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

LUNA, Live at Industry City Brooklyn, Aug. 24, 2018.

ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN :Stream The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon, which includes reimagined versions of classic tracks and two new songs.

THE McCRARY SISTERS deliver a 11-song, 90 minute set of gospel and gospel-influenced soul and R&B.

ST VINCENT shares a piano ballad version of "Savior" from a reimagined MassEducation.


KURT VILE shares a singalong video for "One Trick Ponies."

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck moved to Nashville, built his own studio and did a lot of thinking about the mysteries of existence for his seventh LP.

RICHARD SWIFT is remembered through his swan song as a solo artist, The Hex.

INSANE CLOWN POSSE's Shaggy rushed the stage and attempted to dropkick Fred Durst during Limp Bizkit's concert in New Jersey this weekend.

THE NUMBER ONES has a fairly bad take on the Beatles' "Penny Lane."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Venom tops the chart with 80MM, a figure likely slightly inflated, but a record October debut, easily besting Gravity's 55.7MM in 2013. Such is Marvel's power that a Sonyverse movie with a low Tomatometer score can rule so decisively, though it was undoubtedly aided by the general lack of serious competition. A Star Is Born places with an impressive 41.3MM (more than its 36MM production budget), effectively kicking off awards season in the sense that it will rack up tons of nominations, though the number of wins outside musical categories will depend greatly on the competition. Smallfoot shows with 14.9MM on a leggy 35 percent drop, putting it on track to recoup its reported 80MM production budget in theaters. Night School drops 55 percent from the tops to the fourth slot with 12.3MM; it will still be profitable. The House with a Clock in its Walls rounds out the Top five with 7.3MM; the worldwide receipts here project out to 100MM, which is probably fine against a 42MM budget with non-blockbuster marketing costs.

SCOTT WILSON, a veteran actor with more than 50 movie credits, but best known recently for his role as Hershel Greene on The Walking Deadhas died at 76.

BEN AFFLECK speaks out after completing his third rehab stint.

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY graphically describes her childbirth.

BRYAN SINGER is negotiating for a payday of up to 10MM to direct Red Sonja; read the whole thing if you want to read how someone places a story designed to force him to take a much lower fee.

MARGOT ROBBIE is in talks about the Barbie movie.

STAR WARS: Jon Favreau has the first look at The Mandalorian.


A PUPPER adopted and returned three times finds a home as a service dog.

BABY ORANGUTANS stolen as pets couldn't stop hugging each other.

ANIMALS interrupting wildlife photographers is my new jam.

MINI-HORSES Are Welcome on Alaska Airlines (But No Snakes, Please).

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Lemonheads, Adam Hood, CHVRCHES, The War and Treaty, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 05, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart".  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" on The Late Late Show.

ADAM HOOD advance streams Somewhere In Between.

CHVRCHES plays the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minn.

THE WAR AND TREATY stops by World Cafe.

COURTNEY BARNETT shares "Small Talk," a song from the Tell Me sessions that didn't make it onto her sophomore album.

DAVID CROSBY shares "Vagrants Of Venice."

THE KINKS: The truly classic "You Really Got Me."

THE TOP 100 ALBUMS of the past 10 years, according to The Quietus for its 10th anniversary.

WAYNE KRAMER survived volatile years with the MC5, and now he's ready to celebrate.

GOAT GIRL is interviewed by Drowned In Sound.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Supremes' transitional hit "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Venom, which is currently scoring 30 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and A Star Is Born, which is scoring 94 percent.

CHRIS EVANS sounds like he's done playing Captain America. (Not a surprise; Marvel is trying to move on from expensive contracts.)

CHRIS HEMSWORTH feels ‘gross’ about being rich. I could help.

JENNIFER GARNER filed court documents to have her divorce from Ben Affleck finalized. Coincidentally, he's out of rehab.

THE MULE, starring Clint Eastwood, Bradley Cooper and Lawrence Fishburne, has a trailer online.

SUGE KNIGHT has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for the death of man he ran over outside a Compton burger stand nearly four years ago.

LAURIE METCALF & JOHN LITHGOW are bringing the Clintons to Broadway.

ALAN ALDA has been named the 55th recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.

THE GOOD PLACE: Why It's So Good.

A BABY OTTER performs a strategic roll to avoid a dangerous ball attack.

PLASTIC PENGUINS stand in at the Telford Exotic Zoo.

BENNY THE BELUGA seems to be lost in the Thames river.

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Pavement, Ron Gallo, Now, Now, John Prine, Thom Yorke, Baby Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 04, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


NENA: The English version of "99 Luftballons" reached No. 2 on the charts (kept from the top by Van Halen's "Jump"). Now it is legally required to soundtrack all movies set in the 80s.

PAVEMENT: Unedited footage from MTV's 120 Minutes.

RON GALLO advance streams Stardust Birthday Party.

NOW, NOW visted KEXP then.

JOHN PRINE covers Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called To Say I Love You."

THOM YORKE shares "Has Ended," from the Suspiria soundtrack.

JOHN GRANT shares "Is He Strange."


PEGGY SUE GERRON, the woman who inspired Buddy Holly's classic song "Peggy Sue," has died at age 78 in Lubbock, Texas. 

GEOFF EMERICK, the Beatles chief recording engineer who worked on some of the band's most seminal albums, has died at 72; he is believed to have suffered a heart attack. Here's more from the Rolling Stone.

RICHARD THOMPSON's Favorite Albums.

LOCAL H, on music-biz BS, toxic nostalgia, and 20 years of Pack Up The Cats.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Rolling Stones' classic fond-farewell ballad "Ruby Tuesday."


STAR WARS: Jon Favreau revealed his original, live-actionTV series will be called The Mandalorian.

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA will be spun into a universe at Netflix.

NEIL GAIMAN has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon Studios, giving the platform first refusal on any TV adaptations of his work.

JOHHNY DEPP discusses allegations that he physically abused Amber Heard, and more. Team Heard is not pleased.

NICHOLAS CAGE talks about fatherhood, family, trying to deliver genuinely groundbreaking performances... and Superman.

KATE HUDSON nd her boyfriend of over a year, Danny Fujikawa, welcomed their first child.

TOM CRUISE can see his daughter Suri up to 10 days a month, but chooses not to, a source tells Us Weekly.

MATTHEW WEINER talks about life after Mad Men and addresses a sexual harassment accusation.

VICE: See Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in the trailer.



A BABY OTTER, dreaming.

A SAUCY PARROT will soon be caught in the MeToo net.

PONCE'S LAW, which enhances punishments for those convicted of animal cruelty, went into effect this week in Florida.

YOUR DOG ISN'T THAT SPECIAL, according to meanie scientists.

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Parquet Courts, DeVotchKa, Neil Young, Sharon Van Etten, Kit + Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 03, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARTHUR BROWN is the god of hellfire... and he brings you "Fire!" It's a crazy world.

PARQUET COURTS visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

DEVOTCHKA stops by World Cafe.

NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE, Live at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, Oct. 1, 1994.

SHARON VAN ETTEN shares "Comeback Kid."

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART cover "Runnin' Down A Dream" from their upcoming full-album cover of Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever.


THE NATIONAL recreated their "Dark Side Of The Gym" video for Fallon.

THE OLD 97s get two and a half hours of discussion and analysis on Political Beats with guest Jessie Opoien, political reporter with the Capital Times in Wisconsin (and Cyclone alum).

TOM PETTY, remembered by biographer Warren Zanes (also of the Del Fuegos).

DEVO: 40 years after Are We Not Men? we’re just now starting to get them.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Buckinghams' "Kind Of A Drag."


JUSTIN BIEBER & HAILEY BALDWIN may already be married after all.

LINDSAY LOHAN 's friends are alarmed about her mental state.

LOUIS C.K. performed another surprise set at New York’s Comedy Cellar late Sunday — and some patrons were not happy about it.

MICHELLE WILLIAMS did Venom to work with Tom Hardy, also for money.

LADY GAGA fans are telling people not to see Venom, which opens against A Star Is Born.

THE TOP 10 CELEBS most likely to give you a computer virus.

EMMA STONE will star in Paul McCartney's next video.

MICHAEL JACKSON wanted to play James Bond.

JOHN WICK 3 will involve "horses, dogs, cats, a raven, a bunch of pigeons, a motorcycle chase, car chase, Halle Berry, Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane, Lance Reddick, shotguns and ninjas”.

SOUTH PARK was voted the most offensive TV show ever. Congrats!


THE GREAT ESCAPE, but with a kitten and a pup.

A HORSE walks into a bar...

THE SQUIRREL THREAT is now recruiting iguanas.

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Swearin', Titus Andronicus, Sandro Perri, GABI, Soft Cell, Albino Squirrel   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 02, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE MOODY BLUES "Ride My Seesaw" on French TV for Twofer "Tuesday Afternoon."

SWEARIN' advance streams Fall into the Sun.

TITUS ANDRONICUS streams a surprise EP, Home Alone On Halloween.

SANDRO PERRI streams In Another Life.

GABI advance streams Empty Me.


PHOSPHORESCENT shares "C’est La Vie No. 2."

CASS McCOMBS & THE CHAPIN SISTERS cover Fred Neil's folk-rock classic "Dolphins."


SOFT CELL plays its final concert, allegedly.

CAT POWER talks about motherhood, Lana Del Rey, Wanderer, and more.

SIGUR ROS drummer Orri Páll Dýrason has resigned amid rape allegations made against him.

CHARLES AZNAVOUR: The legendary French singer -- who said last week that he dreamed of breathing his last on stage -- has died aged 94.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at The Monkees' immortal "I'm A Believer."


ROCKETMAN: See Taron Egerton star as Elton John in the teaser trailer.

ASIA ARGENTO, a leading MeToo figure, admits she had sex with young actor Jimmy Bennett.

KANYE WEST says he used the wrong word when he said he wanted to “abolish” the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery, and added ... there's a better way to change our Constitution.

CARDI B has been charged with endangerment and assault, though her attorney says he's "aware of no evidence" that she "caused anybody any harm."

TOM HARDY says his favorite scenes have been cut from Venom.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Turns 50. Here's why George A. Romero's zombie-cinema ground zero still feels unnerving as hell.

ROBOCOP: The rare, uncut, X-rated version is streaming on Amazon Prime.

IMDB plans to launch a free video service similar to Roku Channel to compete for TV ad dollars and customers unwilling to pay for Amazon Prime.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT goes albino, likely for covert snow ops.

A CAT enjoys a good vacuuming.

SHELTER SHI TZUS come out of their shells.

PET HOARDING, but with pigs, some of which are turning feral.

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