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Midweek Things, such as for a Wednesday.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CHRIS STAPLETON, KEVIN BACON & JIMMY FALLON play the "first draft" of ZZ Top's "Legs."

LAURA MARLING plays Morning Becomes Eclectic.

GREAT DECEIVERS advance stream their Some EP.

GOSPEL JUBILEE: An Aquarium Drunkard mixtape.


GLORIA GAYNOR performed "I Will Survive" at the Library of Congress.

FEIST talks about Pleasure with Weekend Edition.

BLONDIE is profiled by Uncut.

BRITISH SEA POWER is profiled by Drowned In Sound.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS: Greg Dulli rates the catalog for Noisey.


ZOOEY DESCHANEL and husband Jacob Pechenik recently welcomed their second child, a son.

TWIN PEAKS: Inside the Roller-Coaster Journey Back to Television.

AMERICAN IDOL is confirmed to be headed to ABC.

NORM MACDONALD talks stand-up with Uproxx.

JOHN WATERS talks to The A.V. Club about true crime and classic exploitation cinema, with a few detours into gentrification, daytime talk-show advertising, and the modern sin of wearing leggings on planes.

EDWIN SHERIN, director of The Great White Hope and Law & Order, has died at 87.

BILL CLINTON & JAMES PATTERSON are teaming up to have a ghostwriter bang out a novel under both names.


A SHEEPDOG and an ORPHANED LAMB go missing together after forming an unlikely bond.

A HUNGRY BEAR, seen with both paws pressed up against a glass door, was determined to get to freshly-baked brownies in the kitchen.

FLORIDA GATORS COACH JIM McELWAIN denies humping the shark.

SAM, A 17-FT PYTHON, returns home.

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New Pronographers, Aimee Mann, Moon Duo, Ram   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LCD SOUNDSYSTEM played new tracks “Call The Police” and “American Dream” in time for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NEW PRONOGRAPHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

AIMEE MANN plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

MOON DUO, Live at Rough Trade, April 27, 2017.

BIG THIEF shares "Shark Smile."

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

A BEATLES FAN is hunting down all the original photos from the Sgt. Pepper’s cover.

SIR MIX-A-LOT: Baby Got 25 Years of Back.

PERFUME GENIUS: Mike Hadreasis profiled by Flavorwire.

THURSTON MOORE talks about his first visit to CBGBs.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a clip online.

BLADE RUNNER: 2049 shares a trailer online that gets a NYT write-up.

IT: The remake gets a second trailer.

HELLBOY is getting a reboot without Guillermo del Toro or Ron Perlman.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt attended a special VIP facility for professional help in getting sober following his split from Angelina Jolie.

PRINCE HARRY invited MEGHAN MARKLE to Pippa Middleton's wedding. There was a hitch (or not).

ESTELLA WARREN was arrested for dousing her boyfriend in cleaning fluid.

RAM vs DRONE: Who You Got?

CANADIAN CRITTERS, sleeping together... mass hysteria!

DEAD GIANT RABBIT's breeder reaches a settlement with United Airlines.

A PIGEON builds a nest out of addicts' syringes.

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PWR BTTM, La Santa Cecilia, All Songs, Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DAVID BYRNE joined ANGELIQUE KIDJO on "Once In a Lifetime" at Carnegie Hall.

PWR BTTM advance streams Pageant.

LA SANTA CECILIA advance streams Amar Y Vivir.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Feist, Beth Ditto, Frankie Cosmos and more.

DEEP STATE shares "Mountains."

THE STEVENS share "Chancer."

PAUL McCARTNEY: "Birthday."

AT THE DRIVE-IN is profiled at The Record.

CAN'T HELP FALLING IN PRICE: Why Elvis memorabilia is plummeting in value.

C'EL REVUELTA,  who joined Black Flag in 1986, replacing bassist Kira Roessler for the band’s final tour, has died after being diagnosed with a stage four glioblastoma brain tumor last July.

A "WORST SONGS EVER " LIST from Pittsburgh radio listeners.  Which is not to say that some moments do not demand them.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 easily dominated the chart with 145MM, right within the ballpark of projections. It also has almost twice as much in foreign receipts to date.It should double it's domestic take, but the original had huge legs in part because it was an August release; there will be much stiffer competition up against this sequel.  The Fate of the Furious places with 8.2MM on a 57 percent drop, but breaks 200MM domestic as it piles up well past a billion worldwide.  The Boss Baby shows with another 6.2M; with 435MM worldwide, DreamWorks animation has to be happy with its first hit in a while. How To Be a Latin Lover takes the fourth slot with 5.3MM on a 57 percent drop; its 20MM domestic gross is probably fine against a reported 10MM budget.  Beauty and the Beast rounds out the Top Five with another 5MM added to its ginormous total.  Below the fold, note that Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was in the Top Ten for a second week, perhaps the first Indian movie to do so, while Gifted looks like a profitable arthouse release.

DUNKIRK drops a likely final trailer online.

CHRIS PINE pays musical tribute to Movie Heroes Named Chris.

CHRIS ROCK revealed in a comedy routine he cheated on his ex-wife with three different women; was  Scandal star Kerry Washington one of them?

TWIN PEAKS Still the Most Visually Striking TV Show Ever?

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE canoodle after polo.

BLOOD DRIVE: Syfy goes Grindhouse!

BOB WILSON, Luke and Owen's Dad, has passed away.

NORTH KOREA directly challeges China for the first time.

DON'T LASSO A SHARK: It ends badly. The More You Know. Swoosh.

ZEBRA vs TRUCK: Who You Got?

A DEER was caught gnawing on human remains and the end is nigh.

AN ATTEMPTED GOATNAPPING was foiled in Minnesota.

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Cinco de Mayo, hold the mayo. Plus GotG2 and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 05, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

BILLY JOEL talks to the L.A. Times about Donald Trump's wedding, quasi-touring, future projects and more.

THE POGUES are the subject of a musical written by David Simon, Laura Lippman, and George Pelecanos.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to the Bend Bulletin about his (relatively) raucous new LP. (Thx, LHB.)

THURSTON MOORE talks to Rolling Stone about putting Sonic Youth to rest.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 86 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  I read a number of reviews claiming that GotG2 isa lot of fun, but seems to have to work harder to get there.  I tend to disagree.  It is a lot of fun, but it is in some ways an unfair comparison.  A sequel like this one can never have the same novelty factor.  This is particularly true here, as I have to think most people were skeptical that a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree could be as good as the original was. Arriving a day after the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, it's a reminder that you can only be original once.  I don't know that GotG2 will ever be considered as good as The Empire Strikes Back, but I do remember that some were vaguely disappointed back in the day (mostly by its Act 2, unresolved ending), and GotG2 could similarly rise in the estimation of someof those with a wary view now.  GotG2 delivers most of the fun of the original, but is really only derivatively sequelly in its opening sequence, and takes you deeper with most of the characters in what is also a meditation on families -- how they are alike and also uniquely dysfunctional in their own ways.  The cast, both the originals -- esp. Karen gillan, Bradley Cooper and Michael Rooker -- and newcomers like Kurt Russell really deliver on these themes.  You may already know the signature retro soundtrack here is well-curated, but it's also clear that director James Gunn got exactly the songs he wanted and constructed entire scenses around some of them. Stay to the end for all five post-credits bonus scenes, most of which set up all kinds of interesting possibilities (if you're not a hardcore comics nerd, ask one who "Adam" is).

GOTG2 director James Gunn talks mom rock and why Led Zeppelin missed the cut for his awesome sequel mix.

AARON RODGERS is 'just friends' with Sports Illustrated model and Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach.

MILEY CYRUS talks about returning to her roots, fiance Liam Hemsworth, and 'Merica.

JOE SCARBOROUGH & MIKA BRZEZINSKI are engaged folowing to worst-kept secret relationship in TV.

SYRIA: Dozens of black veils dotted a freshly laid sand berm in northern Syria, ditched by women fleeing the Islamic State group's bastion of Raqa as US-backed fighters close in.

AN EAGLE is rescued from the mud by a photographer.

A RUSSIAN was arrested at Amsterdam’s international airport after dozens of poisonous snakes and frogs were found hidden in his luggage.

RAM vs DRONE: Who You Got?

OLIVER THE DONKEY joined several therapy dogs offering stress relief during Finals Week at Montana State University in Bozeman.

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May the fourth be with you, always.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CLOUD NOTHINGS shares a video for "Enter Entirely."

PRINCESS LEIA'S STOLEN DEATH STAR PLANS: The story of Star Wars, told with the music of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

SEBADOH, Live at Bell House, April 22, 2017.

THE PENGUIN CAFE streams The Imperfect Sea.

JAMES ELKINGTON teams with cellist Tomeka Reid on "Wading The Vapors."

SPECTRE FOLK shares “Bremsstrahlung” off Vol. 4.

THE SHINS cover The Smiths' "Panic."

WAVVES shares “No Shade.”


KIM WILDE: "Kids In America."

LED ZEPPELIN reuniting for the second Desert Trip concert?


DINOSAUR JR, ranked by Diffuser.

GRANDADDY: Kevin Garcia, the original and longtime bassist for the band, has died. He was 41 years old. Garcia suffered a massive stroke.


BUCKINGHAM PALACE: Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will step back from his royal duties and stop carrying out public engagements this autumn, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday, although the role of the queen will be unchanged.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt talks to GQ about his divorce, quitting drinking, Frank Ocean and more.

CHRIS ROCK gets an in-depth profile at Rolling Stone.

THE DARK TOWER has an official trailer online.

MARVEL's THE DEFENDERS has a trailer online.

DRAKE faces a paternity claim from a former adult film actress.

STEPHEN COLBERT responded to the #FireColbert backlash that hit Twitter this week, which called out the CBS late-night host for his jokes about President Donald Trump in Monday's monologue.

AFGHANISTAN: A US army photographer captured the blast that killed her.


TURKEYS hold a man hostage in Georgia.

HUMPBACK WHALES are trying to stop killer whales' unprecedented string of attacks on gray whales in Monterey Bay.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: It's like we learn nothing from history.

VIRGINIA MYSTERY: Why would someone go around shaving other people's cats?

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