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Weyes Blood, Cactus Blossoms, Horse Jumper of Love, Lion Escape Drill   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE YOUNG FRESH FELLOWS, cranking out "I Don't Let The Little Things Get Me Down" and "Rock & Roll Pest Control" raw for Twofer Tuesday.

WEYES BLOOD visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.


HORSE JUMPER OF LOVE advance streams So Divine.

LAURA STEVENSON covers Wilco's "Jesus, Etc."


METRONOMY shares “Salted Caramel Ice Cream.”

THE BEACH BOYS early catalog gets almost three hours of analysis and discussion on the latest Political Beats with Reason magazine's Matt Welch. The podcast refers to Jeff Blehar's epic tweetstorm on the band.

PETER BUCK is the sort of guy who will fly into town for a surprise visit to a R.E.M. podcast.

ELTON JOHN was awarded France’s highest civilian award, the Legion d’Honneur.

A BITTERSWEET SAGA: How Richard Ashcroft Lost And Won Back The Songwriting Rights To His Signature Tune.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Carpenters' toothless and pointless cover of the Marvelettes' Motown classic "Please Mr. Postman."


TOY STORY 4: How are the toys alive?

SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME director Jon Watts drops a probable Mysterio spoiler.

ALICE COOPER clarified his recent comments that he has a “death pact” with his wife Sheryl Goddard.

ROSEANNE BARR & ANDREW DICE CLAY are touring together. What could possibly go wrong?

MARK HAMILL: Child's Play hasthrown light on his career as a voice actor.


TOBE ZOO in southwest Japan holds a lion escape drill.

IT'S SPIDER SEASON in Australia.

A NEWBORN GIRAFFE is skipping taking its first steps while walking, choosing to run around its enclosure with its mom instead—just one day after being born.

97 BELUGAS & ORCAS trapped in a notorious Russia ‘whale jail’ are on the path to freedom.

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New Releases, Broken Social Scene, Imogen Heap, Shark Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 24, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NASHVILLE TEENS, with a stompin' cover of "Tobacco Road."

NEW RELEASES: The Raconteurs, black midi, Mark Ronson,and more have their new LPson streaming services.


IMOGEN HEAP plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

NEW MODEL ARMY returns with the "End of Days."


THE RACONTEURS play "Bored and Razed" and "help Me Stranger" for Colbert.

THE DAY THE MUSIC BURNED: A group of bands, artists and estates –– including those of Tupac Shakur and Tom Petty –– are suing Universal Music over the 2008 fire that allegedly destroyed hundreds of thousands of master recordings and other materials.

PATRICK STICKLES ranks his band Titus Andronicus's albums at VICE.

ELLIOT ROBERTS, who managed the career development of Neil Young, Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, Tracy Chapman, Eagles, Yes, Devo, and so many more has died at 76. Neil Young and Stephen Stills pay tribute.

DAVE BARTHOLOMEW, a giant of New Orleans music and a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer who with Fats Domino co-wrote and produced such classics as “Ain’t That A Shame,” ″I’m Walkin’,” and “Let The Four Winds Blow,” has died. He was 100 years old.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Barry Manilow's grandly weepy ballad "Mandy."


WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Toy Story 4 tops the chart with 118MM -- but that's barely above its predecessor and far short of The Incredibles 2's 182.6MM (in fairness, there was a bigger gap and pent-up demand for the latter). It's going to make money, even against a reported 200MM budget (it opened just about as big overseas, breaking a worldwide record total for animation), but it's an debut that underscores what a tough summer it has been at the local cineplex. The House of Mouse is likely regretting not opening on the Father's Day weekend (as Pixar summer flicks usually do). The Child's Play reboot distantly places with 14MM against a 10MM budget. The live-action Aladdin shows with 12.2MM on a 30 percent drop that seems especially leggy, given the arrival of Toy Story 4. Men in Black: International skids 64 percent from first to fourth with 10.8MM. The Secret Life of Pets 2 predictably turns out to be the biggest victim of the toys, dropping 58 percent to round out the Top Five with 10.3MM.

HALLE BERRY almost returned to her home to find the locks changed and a strange man living inside.

CARDI B has been indicted by a grand jury on multiple charges — including 2 felonies — in connection with a brawl at a New York strip club.

TOM HARDY is officially returning for Venom 2.

RED SONJA will be written and directed by Transparent creator Jill Soloway.

MATTHEW PERRY is looking disheveled following a long recovery from surgery to fix a gastrointestinal perforation.

THE WALKING DEAD: Getting ready to exploit the Chinese market?


JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE to go back in the water...

A KITTEH plays a drum solo while sleeping.

PEDRO THE TURTLE lost both his back legs, so veterinarians used a Lego toy car kit to build him a very fancy wheelchair.

A BULLDOG pilfers babies' pacifiers for months -- and when he suddenly and inexplicably stopped eating, his family found out where those pacifiers (19 of them, anyway) went.

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Bangles, Fontaines DC, Chills, Cherry Glazerr, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BANGLES!  There's no better way to start than with these live takes on "Hero Takes A Fall"  and Kimberley Rew's "Goin' Down To Liverpool" for Dave in 1984. It was that sort of rawk (and the hotness of Susanna Hoffs) that got Prince to give them "Manic Monday," their first mainstream hit, from the A Different Light album, which included Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants," Alex Chilton's "September Gurls," and -- inevitably -- Liam Sternberg's "Walk Like An Egyptian."  Nevertheless, their fondness for the genres of the mid-60s was still evident in their take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Hazy Shade of Winter" for the Less Than Zero soundtrack, and the psych-garage-bubblegum of "In Your Room" on the Everything album, which yielded their final No.1 hit, "Eternal Flame."  The draw from the 60s is a constant I saw them in a club, on a big stage and in a club again -- the last time was at a House of Blues, where they covered the We Five's "You Were On My Mind."  However, I'll confess that I put off featuring the band for about a bit, until the Susanna Hoffs solo cover of Bad Company's "Feel Like Makin' Love" popped back up on the Tube after an absence. That woman knows how to shake her tambourine.




LUNA shares a cover of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” and  "The Oort Cloud/Kuiper Belt."

SUN KIL MOON covers Minnie Ripperton's "Loving You."

FATHER JOHN MISTY rolls out a new song called “Tell It Like It Is.”

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat -- and most people hadn't heard of Brie Larsen.

MARK RONSON talks about his sad bangers.

YOUTUBE & UNIVERSAL will team up to remaster nearly 1000 classic music videos.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Elton John's hammy, hard-vamping cover of the Beatles' "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," recorded with John Lennon.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Toy Story 4, which is currently scoring 98 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; the reboot of Child's Play, currently scoring 70 percent; and Anna, scoring 40 percent.

TOY STORY 4 will rip your heart out, because that's what these movies do. Key & Peele, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks and Keanu Reeves bring their considerable talents to this bittersweet apparent finale of the franchise, which is by turns hilarious, dark, and charming -- with a few lurking questions about the meaning of life.

KEANU REEVES went all Keanu on his Toy Story 4 charatcer.

ASHTON KUTCHER & MILA KUNIS set the record straight on their split rumors.

JUSTIN BIEBER may want to fight TOM CRUISE in the Octogon after all?

JENNIFER LAWRENCE wants her wedding to be a blowout.

STAR WARS: Keri Russell says she cried over the script for The Rise of Skywalker.

J.J. ABRAMS and his son are writing a new Spider-Man comic book series, featuring a mystery that is never fully answered.

GOATS have the same range of view while standing with their head up as they do while grazing.

DO NOT SWIM in the swan's fountain.

AN ALLIGATOR tears a truck apart.

A BEAR relaxes in a hot tub.

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Spoon, The Hold Steady, Sheer Mag, Violent Femmes, Weiner Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DAMIEN JURADO covers the theme songs to Gimme a Break, Family Ties, WKRP in Cincinnati, Diff'rent Strokes, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show for a Lagniappe Session.

MARISSA NADLER visits World Cafe.

DAPHNI (Dan Snaith of Caribou) streams the Sizzling EP.

SPOON shares "No Bullets Spent."

THE HOLD STEADY shares "Denver Haircut."

SHEER MAG shares "Blood From a Stone."

VIOLENT FEMMES share "Another Chorus."


SHARON VAN ETTEN shares a video for "No One's Easy To Love."

THE DAY THE MUSIC BURNED: Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge has sent out a memo to artists claiming the reports about their 2008 fire were inaccurate, but seemeingly conceding extensive losses.

THE LEMONHEADS: PopMatters surveys the band in its prime, chiefly through its covers of others.

BEST OF THE 2010's? Stephen Hyden takes educated guesses at where critics will land.

THE NUMBER ONES takes on Helen Reddy's unbelievably strange story-song "Angie Baby."


LITTLE WOMEN: Vanity Fair has the first look at Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet, Laura Dern, and more in Greta Gerwig's take on the classic.

AVENGERS: ENDGAME is adding an end credits scene in the effort to beat Avatar as the all-time box office champ.

BLACK WIDOW: Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige compares the prequel to Better Call Saul.

PIXAR is following Toy Story 4 with two original films.

LINDSAY LOHAN is losing her TV show and her nightclub.

WHEEL OF TIME: Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Die Another Day) has landed the leading role in the live-action fantasy series based on Robert Jordan's best-selling novels.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN's next film is budgeted at 224MM?


A WEINER DOG has a high stick to dog ratio.

A POSSUM walks into an Applebee's...

A 15-FT PYTHON is on the loose in the Arcadia area of Tuscaloosa.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A man who is accused of keeping an "attack squirrel" locked in cage and feeding it methamphetamine so it stays aggressive has appeared on video denying the allegations.

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The B-52's, Foxwarren, Idles, Daptone, Rat Bar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

THE B-52's, Live at The Downtown Cafe – Sept 2, 1978.

FOXWARREN, ft Andy Schauf, visits Morning Becomes Eclectic.

IDLES play a Tiny Desk Concert.

JULIEN BAKER shares her version of "The Modern Leper" for a Frightened Rabbit tribute album.

STEVE GUNN shares "Be Still Moon" and "Shrunken Heads."

THE DAPTONE FAMILY's 100th single is "Hey Brother (Do Unto Others)” b/w “Soul Fugue.”


DEVENDRA BANHART returns with a video for "Kantori Ongaku."

JOY DIVISION: Forty years after their debut album, the Manchester band continue to influence not just music, but graphic design, literature, film and more.

GENIUS: The lyrics site accuses Google of stealing their work, and stung them with apostophes.

JIMMY BUFFETT FANS fell violently ill while visiting Dominican Republic hotels and resorts. 

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Harry Chapin's father-son tearjerker "Cat's In The Cradle."


JOHN CUSACK shared and defended an anti-Semitic meme Monday night on Twitter, before deleting the post and tweeting an explanation that blamed a “bot” for the mistake.

MAX LANDIS, screenwriter and Hollywood scion, faces faces eight female accusers alleging a pattern of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse that spans a decade.

THE BEST FILMS of 2019 (So Far), according to NME.

GAME OF THRONES: The prequel has quietly begun filming in Northern Ireland.

SEQUELS aren't the summer box office's problem - bad sequels are.

DANNY BOYLE says he will never work on another franchise film after his experience on Bond 25.

KEN BURNS tells Pitchfork about the time he did mescaline.

BATMEN, polled.


A POP-UP "RAT BAR" in San Francisco lets patrons eat and drink with rodents.

YOUR MISSION, should you choose to accept it...

A SPIDER, eating an entire possum.

DO NOT FEED THE BEARS: It often ends with the bears being shot.

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