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Dukes of Stratospheare, Vundabar, Idle Bloom, Turnstile, Cow   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEARE: The psychedelic front group for XTC play "The Mole From the Ministry" and "You're A Good Man, Albert Brown" for Twofer Tuesday.

VUNDABAR streams Smell Smoke.

IDLE BLOOM plays for World Cafe in Nashville.

TURNSTILE advance streams Time & Space.

WRECKLESS ERIC shares “Gateway to Europe.”


QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and MARK RONSON cover Elton "John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," and "Broken Box" for Twofer Tuesday.

EMMY THE GREAT speaks out about music industry men.

SUPERCHUNK: Laura Ballance talks to Aquarium Drunkard about the new album’s creation and discussed the importance of community.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Johnny Preston's problematic hit "Running Bear."

GIBSON GUITARS faces potential bankruptcy.


FERGIE apologized for her less than fergalicious version of the national anthem at the NBA all-star game.

JUSTIN THEROUX is still hanging out with Jennifer Aniston's friends, including Courteney Cox.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE, contra some reports, will not be taking a year off from acting to focus on activism.

THE BLACK PANTHER REVOLUTION: How Chadwick Boseman and Ryan Coogler created the most radical superhero movie of all time.

CHINA had a bigger box office weekend than any weekend in U.S. box office history.


A COW has been living alone on an island, attacking anyone who comes near, after staging a miraculous escape on its way to a slaughterhouse. 

REIGNING CATS AND DOGS: Andy Ferguson writes of cats as a dog person.

DOWNING STREET CATS Larry and Palmerston had another fight.

THE WORLD'S LARGEST SPECIEIES OF ORANGUTAN is rapidly disappearing due to hunting and deforestation in Borneo.

A SLOW-SPEED CAR CHASE... with a parakeet.

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Lana Del Rey, Blind Boys of Alabama, Marlon Williams, Hogzilla   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 19, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FIELD MUSIC shares a video for "Count It Up."

LANA DEL REY stps by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

MARLON WILLIAMS plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

LOW covers Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."

FATHER JOHN MISTY unveils "Mr. Tillman" in Tokyo.

COURTNEY BARNETT shares "Nameless, Faceless."


BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talks to Vulture about How to Solve Our Human Problems.

LUCY DACUS: How an Indie-Rock Star Is Made in 2018.

THE NUMBER ONES looks at Marty Robbins' gunslinging country classic "El Paso."

GET OFF MY LAWN: An Olympic gold medalist born in 2000 listens to 90s songs for the first time.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Black Panther crushes the chart with an estimated 192MM, and perhaps as high as 225MM thru President's Day. Having edged out the debut of the second Avengers, it's the fifth-biggest premiere in North America and it could become Marvel's second-biggest grosser by the time it's done.  Peter Rabbit places with a distant second of 17.3MM on a leggy 31 percent drop. Fifty Shades Freed shows with 17MM on a 56 percent drop, right in line with the prior installment of the franchise; it could still clear 100MM domestic.  Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle takes the fourth slot with 8MM on another leggy 20 percent drop.  The 15:17 to Paris rounds out the Top Five with 7.7MM on a 39 percent drop.

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY has fired its president, whose continued presence at the movie company was a source of controversy.


READY PLAYER ONE has a new trailer online.

ADAM LEVINE & BEHATI PRINSLOO welcomed their second child.

ERIC DANE & REBECCA GAYHEART are divorcing after 14 years.

THE BAFTAS went to these folks. Cheerio.

EDGAR WRIGHT shares his film soundtrack favorites.

GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY is observed today. Here's an inaccurate and profane tribute to the first US President.

HOGZILLA invades Hong Kong.

A PUMA rescued from a Russian contact zoo now lives as a house cat.



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R.E.M., Caroline Rose, Darlingside, Mt Joy, Black Panther, Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 16, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with R.E.M.!  Live in Germany circa 1985, more complete than what has previously turned up on the Tube. Songs include "Feeling Gravity's Pull," "Harbourcoat," "Sitting Still," "Maps & Legends," "Fall On Me," "Green Grow The Rushes," "Driver 8," "Hyena," "So. Central Rain," CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain," "Can't Get There From Here," Roger Miller's "King Of The Road," "Seven Chinese Bros.," "Auctioneer," "Old Man Kinsey," "Little America," "Pretty Persuasion, " "Theme From Two Steps Onward," Aerosmith's "Toys In The Attic," and Television's "See No Evil." Plus, previously unlinked here: "Second Guessing," "Ghost Riders In The Sky," "(Don't Go Back to) Rockville," "We Walk/ Behind Closed Doors" and "Paint It Black."

CAROLINE ROSE advance streams LONER.

DARLINGSIDE advance streams Extralife.

MT JOY advance streams a self-titled debut.

BEACH HOUSE shares "Lemon Glow."

FRANK OCEAN covers "Moon River."

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

JOHN LYDON: "I didn’t want to be a comfortable, Mick Jagger-type naughty pop star."

SOFT, WET and EXPENSIVE: Chris Moon co-wrote Prince's "Soft and Wet" and is selling his rights on eBay for 490K.

BRANDI CARLILE talks to NPR about radical forgiveness.

FRANZ FERDINAND talks to Billboard about starting afresh after the departure of founding guitarist Nick McCarthy.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Black Panther, which is currently scoring 97 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Early Man, which is scoring 83 percent; and Samson, which was not advance screened.

BLACK PANTHER: The hype over the degree to which Marvel's latest might be deemed historic is (imho) a distractiion from the main issue of whether it's good; I prefer good to bad, historic or not. And fortunately, this is a good film, probably in the top third of the MCU franchise.  As I tend to note about the MCU, one of its charms is that it does different genres of films in superhero trappings (Winter Soldier is a paranoid politcal thriller, Ant-Man is a heist caper, etc.) Black Panther is a political film -- a bit of Afrocentric Game of Thrones machinations in T'Challa's homeland of Wakanda, with a bit of MLK Jr vs Malcolm X sprinkled on if you squint a little. Of course, there's still plenty of action, too. Director Ryan Coogler shoots the key one-on-one fights a bit more sharply than some of the other aspects of the set pieces, but it all works well. One thing the MCU has tended to do less well is its villains; Loki and maybe Nebula being the exceptions.  Here, Killmonger is well-written, and well played by Michael B. Jordan.  Andy Serkis gets to chew the scenery as secodnary baddie Ulysses Klaue (last seen in Age of Ultron); Danai Gurira also gets to chew as Okoye, the head of Wakanda's military.  The quality supporting performances (particularly Jordan) are key because Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa worked out his vengeful feelings over his father's death in Civil War, which means he's a good guy tring to be a good guy -- and anyone who's watched a Superman movie knows the limits of that sort of role. This is also a movie that, post-Civil War, avoids the "let's destroy a city in the third act" problem... though I suspect we'll be back to that sort of thing when T'Challa returns in Infinity War. Two end credits bonus scenes.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Was Zack Snyder fired as director before his family tragedy?

AMY SCHUMER married chef Chris Fischer in Los Angeles on Tuesday.


JEFFREY TAMBOR officially leaves Transparent.

LENA DUNHAM talks about getting a hysterectomy at 31.

CHARLES IN CHARGE's Alexander Polinsky accused Scott Baio of mental torture and homophobic bullying.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's next film is rumored to be in trouble at Sony.

A VETERAN rescues a pitbull, who reurns the favor.

MUTANT RAT INVASION: Super rodents immune to poison flood the UK.

A 4-FOOT IGUANA is busted in a Florida laundry room.


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Wow, was yesterday a dead "news" day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AND I PULLED AN ALL-NIGHTER EARLIER THIS WEEK, so I'll be back tomorrow with Black Panther and the rest of the usual stuff.

FOR NOW, enjoy this belated Valentine from Ryan Adams, "Baby I Love You" (not a Ronettes cover). Also:

THE INCREDIBLES 2 has a sneak peek online.

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Valentine's Day Things   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts typically drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

WORLD CAFE has playlisted 69 love songs (not the Magnetic Fields' double-LP).

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Guest DJs Jay Som and Japanese Breakfast spin those love songs.

JOANNA WARREN streams Gemini II.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)

THE 100 BEST LOVE SONGS, according to The Telegraph.

THE TOP 50 LOVE SONGS, as measured by Billboard.

VH-1's 40 Awesomely Bad Love Songs.

THE WORST LOVE SONGS, according to faculty members of the University of St. Thomas’ Music Department.

NINE SONGS ABOUT SEEING YOUR EX MAKING OUT, courtesy of The A.V. Club. A hardy perennial.

THE SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT ISSUE features Danielle Herrington and many other ladies.

DAVID GUILLOD, who's been accused of sexual assault by at least 4 women, including actress Jessica Barth, is now under the microscope of investigators.

RAMPAGE has a second trailer online.

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR -- spoilers about Thor's next hammer?

CHRIS ROCK drops a new Netflix special today.

KITTY PRYDE: Deadpool director Tim Miller and Brian Michael Bendis, one of the biggest authors in the comic book world, are teaming for an X-Men spinoff.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM, together again?

LOUIS LINTON is super-duper sorry.

MARTY ALLEN, the baby-faced, bug-eyed comedian with wild black hair who was a staple of TV variety shows, game shows and talk shows for decades, died Monday night.  He was 95.

PANGOLINS are probably the world's most trafficked animal, but awareness of the nocturnal and shy mammals is patchy.

BEST IN SHOW?  Flynn the bichon frisé was crowned Best in Show at the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on Tuesday night.

AN ELK takes down a helicopter.

THE HEALING POWER OF OWLS: Not only are they endowed with legendary wisdom; owls prove extremely therapeutic for certain medical conditions.

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