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Beach House, Neko Case, and Tom Wolfe (RIP)   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SIMON & GARFUNKEL tackle "Late In the Evening" in Central Park, circa 1981, iirc.

BEACH HOUSE visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

MAISON DUFRESNE: Another hour of soul serenades, rarefied country and folk b-sides at Aquarium Drunkard.

ALL SONGS: The Songs That Got You Through School.

NEKO CASE brings MARK LANEGAN onboard for “Curse Of The I-5 Corridor.”

MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER shares "Desert Horse."


MITSKI shares a video for "Geyser."

BRIAN ENO is now 70 years old, garnering tributes from Rolling Stone and Pitchfork.

TRACYANNE CAMPBELL opens up on her new music project with Danny Coughlan two years after losing best pal (and Camera Obscura bandmate) Carey Lander to cancer.

SPOTIFY is urged to stop promoting more artists accused of sexual misconduct, in the most predictable news evah.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Four Seasons' screechy, swaggering "Walk Like A Man."


TOM WOLFE, an innovative journalist and novelist whose technicolor, wildly punctuated prose brought to life the worlds of California surfers, car customizers, astronauts and Manhattan’s moneyed status-seekers in works like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities, died on Monday in a Manhattan hospital. He was 88.  We may never see his like again. Here's more from  Michael Lewis and Jack Shafer.

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY: The Queen biopic has a trailer online.

JANE FONDA wants to work with Quentin Tarantino.

LARS VON TRIER's new film soarked walkouts at Cannes.

GUILLERMO DEL TORO is making a horror anthology on Netflix.

SOLO is getting... decent early reviews?



WHAT CAN CHIMP CALLS tell us about human language?

UKRAINE claims its military dolphins in Crimea refused to take orders from Russians, went on hunger strike, and died.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Check before you start your car.

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Really, it's all downhill after the Best Coast link.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DOORS:  Why not "Light My Fire" and "Touch Me" for Twofer Tuesday?

REMEMBER SPORTS streams Slow Buzz.

CAROLINE ROSE stopped by World Cafe.

NOW NOW streams Saved.

WIRE shares the previously unreleased demo for “The 15th.”


BEST COAST, with Nick Lutsko and Seinfeld2000, shares "Jerry (Maybe We Should Get Married)," with Bethany as Elaine Benes. If you click only one more link today, make it this one.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND gets almost two hours of discussion on Political Beats with Slate's Mark Joseph Stern.

TIDAL is facing heavy criticism and possible legal action from several Scandinavian artist organizations and other entities after a Norwegian business newspaper alleged last week that the company had faked hundreds of millions of plays on Beyoncé's Lemonade and Kanye West's The Life of Pablo.

GLENN BRANCA, who played a key role in the nascent no wave scene in New York City in the '70s and '80s, died of throat cancer at 69.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Paul & Paula's goo-goo-eyed schlock-fest "Hey Paula."


MARGOT KIDDER, who with a raspy voice and snappy delivery brought Lois Lane to life in the hit 1978 film Superman and three sequels, died on Sunday at her home in Livingston, Mont. She was 69. Kidder also became known for a breakdown she had in 1996, when she was given a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She talked openly about her condition thereafter, bristling at the words “mental illness.”

SALMA HAYEK said Sunday that male stars will have to take pay cuts if they are serious about equality for women.

MEGHAN MARKLE's father isn't going to the royal wedding because of the fallout over his deal with a paparazzi agency.

RYAN REYNOLDS, dressed as a unicorn on Korean TV.

NCIS actress Pauley Perrette claims she endured "multiple physical assaults" on the set of one of her shows, and said that is the reason why she left. 

JOHN CENA still sees a future with Nikki Bella. And she didn't immediately dismiss it...publicly.

THE DC UNIVERSE has a dedicated streaming service, on which there will be Doom Patrol.


A CHINESE FAMILY's pet dog turns out to be a black bear.

AMERICAN AIRLINES' New 'Support Animal' Policy: Mini Horses Allowed, Goats Aren't.

OCTOPUSES are "aliens" which evolved on another planet before arriving on Earth hundreds of millions of years ago as "cryopreserved" eggs via a process known as panspermia, radical new research has suggested.

A POD OF ORCAS was recently spotted exhibiting behavior that reads like a Greek tragedy.  

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Against the odds, I have Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EVERY MOTHER'S SON: "Come On Down to My Boat," baby.

BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

DR DEMENTO and John Cafiero share things from Dr Demento Covered in Punk at the World Cafe.

NAKED GIANTS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ANDRE 3000 shared a Mother's Day twofer.


KACEY MUSGRAVES released a new music video for "Mother."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT issued a statement on the death of Scott Hutchison.

ARCTIC MONKEYS'Alex Turner talks to Pitchfork about the inspirations behind their sixth LP: surreal art films, professional wrestling, monster trucks, and more.

LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM talks about his exit from Fleetwood Mac.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Rooftop Singers' chirpy folk song "Walk Right In."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE:  Avengers: Infinity War threepeats atop the chart with 61.8MM on a 46 percent drop.  That's enough make it eighth on the all-time domestic chart, but the weekend's real story may be its 200MM opening in China, which pushed the foreign grosses over the 1 Billion mark, for a total of 1.6 Billion worldwide so far.  Life of the Party places with 18.5MM, the lowest debut for Melissa McCarthy in five or six years.  Breaking In shows with 16.5MM, a surprise hit against a 6MM budget.  Overboard takes the fourth slot with 10.1MM on a leggy 31 percent drop, with a 29.6MM domestic total against a reported 12MM budget.  A Quiet Place rounds out the Top Five with another 6.4MM on a very leggy 17 percent drop.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH has committed to only taking on projects in which his female co-stars receive equal pay.

RONAN FARROW's next book will tell his side of the story regarding why NBC tabled his Weinstein investigation.

ALLY SHEEDY writes about her experiences with Hollywood sexism.

BROOKLYN NINE NINE is headed from Fox to NBC.

CANNES: 5 Signs of a Festival in Decline.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN talks about his Batman trilogy.

ROM-COMS:  The A.V. Club has been doing a series on the genre, including Bridget Jones's Diary, Brinng Up Baby, When Harry Met Sally, The Big Sick, Something Borrowed, Overboard, and My Best Friend's Wedding.

JOHN TRAVOLTA had the hots for Olivia Newton-John on the Grease set, because obvsly.


WHEN A WHALE swam up to this woman and wouldn't leave her alone, she was freaked out — until she realized he was saving her life.

CHARLIE RUSSELL, a Canadian naturalist who researched grizzly bears by living among them and argued for a view of the animals based on coexistence rather than fear, died on May 7 in Calgary, Alberta. He was 76. And not killed by a bear.

A BEAR smashed a car window to get to the two dozen cupcakes inside.  Just saying.

POLICE DEPARTMENTS are trying to protect their drug-sniffing dogs from Fentanyl.

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Squeeze, Low Cut Connie, Bombino, Kelly Willis, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 11, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with SQUEEZE!  Some of you whippersnappers may never heard of Difford, Tilbrook & Co., who previously reeled of stellar string of pop gems, including "Take Me I'm Yours", "Cool for Cats", "Up the Junction", "Goodbye Girl,"  "Another Nail in My Heart", "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)", "If I Didn't Love You", and the one most people know -- even if they don't know it's Squeeze -- "Tempted", which features transient member Paul Carrack on vox and keys.  Fun fact: Carrack was also responsible for the classic, "How Long" as a member of Ace.

LOW CUT CONNIE advance streams Dirty Pictures (Part 2).

BOMBINO advance streams Deran.

MARY LATTIMORE advance streams Hundreds of Days.

KELLY WILLIS advance streams Back Being Blue.

BRENT COBB advance streams Providence Canyon.


TWILIGHT OF THE GODS: Steven Hyden's book contains this excerpt about good “bad” records, like the Rolling Stones' Black and Blue.

RYLEY WALKER gets an in-depth profile at Stereogum.

FORTY YEARS LATER: Was 1978 The Greatest Year In Music?

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Steve Lawrence's creepy and terrible "Go Away Little Girl."

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Scott Hutchison may have been found, and it looks bad.

NOW SHOWING: Ths weekend's wide releases are Life of the Party, which is currently scoring 25 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Breaking In, which is scoring 37 percent.

R KELLY is getting scrubbed from Spotify's company-made playlists.

GEORGINA CHAPMAN has broken her silence about sexual assault, harassment and misconduct allegations against her estranged husband, Harvey Weinstein.

GRETA GERWIG allegedly caught Amy Schumer’s romantic comedy I Feel Pretty and someone live-tweeted it.

RICK MORANIS will appear in Netflix's upcoming SCTV reunion, An Afternoon With SCTV, after all.

ROMAN POLANSKI thinks the ongoing MeToo reckoning is “total hypocrisy.” Hey, come over here and say that.

RICK AND MORTY gets a ginormous 70-episode renewal order.

THE PREDATOR has a teaser trailer online.

AN ALBERTA ZOO was charged after a bear from the facility was taken through a Dairy Queen drive-thru in a pickup truck and fed ice cream through the vehicle's window.

A FLAMING RABBIT ignited a wildfire in Saskatchewan.

A GOAT will be your caddy in Oregon.

THE WOMBAT MATING BITE may help the species survive, scientists say.

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So, work blew up last night and I still have a bad arm. But some Things!   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE TEMPTATIONS gallop through "I Can't Get Next to You" live on TOTP.

OKKERVIL RIVER (or Will Scheff anyway) played a Stereogum Session.

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS get a mini-documentary.

GORDI plays a Tiny Desk Concert.


FRIGHTENED RABBIT's Scott Hutchison has been reported missing.

STEVE EARLE on Songwriting Secrets and Why He's Been Married Seven Times.

FOO FIGHTERS face an eight-year-old drummer.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Tornados' strange sci-fi instrumental "Telstar."


ANNETTE BENING has joined the cast of Captain Marvel.

IRON MAN's suit was stolen. For realsies.

TAYLOR SWIFT & KATY PERRY have buried the hatchet.Or maybe not.

MIRANDA KERR gave birth on Monday to a little boy.

CHRIS BROWN was just sued by a woman who claims she was raped at his house by one of his friends.

JUSTIN THEROUX and EMMA STONE left Rihanna's 2018 Met Gala after-party together.

ROSE McGOWAN takes her MeToo show on the road.

JORDAN PEELE announced plans for his next film.

ROBIN WILLIAMS: Inside His Final Days.

ANNE V. COATES, the five-time Academy Award-nominated film editor who won an Oscar for her work on the 1962 classic Lawrence of Arabia and most recently cut Fifty Shades of Grey, has died. She was 92.


NOAA conducted a deep-sea expedition in the Gulf of Mexico and came back with this jaw-dropping footage.

HARBOR SEAL that made mostly wrong Super Bowl picks dies. The NYP does not even let up in an obit for a seal.

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