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Steve Mackay & Carey Lander RIP, Patrick Stckles, Kurt Vile, Pizza Rat 2   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEVE MACKAY, the saxophonist who appeared on the Stooges' 1970 LP Fun House and a longtime touring member of the group following the Stooges' reunion in 2003 (Here he is playing behid Iggy on "Fun House"), died recently following a month-long fight with sepsis. Mackay was 66.

PATRICK STICKLES of Titus Andronicus stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

KURT VILE stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

SILVERSUN PICKUPS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CAMERA OBSCURA keyboardist Carey Lander passed away after battling osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of bone cancer, since 2011. She was 33. In her honor, let's revisit 2009's "The Sweetest Thing."

LUNA: Dean Wareham talks to the Village Voice about putting the band back together. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE ZOMBIES: Rod Argent talks to the Village Voice about his influences, NYC in the Sixties, and touring Odessey and Oracle in its entirety.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark waitressed this past weekend at a Dallas taqueria owned by her brother and sister-in-law.

THE TEN VIDEOS with more than a billion Tube views. "Do you already despair for the future of humanity? Then stop reading now."

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Martian repeats at the top of the chart with 37MM, on the strength of people like me, who took my brother and sister-in-law to se it. The Ridley Scott flick dropped only 32 percent, which is leggy, tho not as leggy as Gravity's 23 percent sophomore frame. Hotel Transylvania 2 places  again with 20.3MM on a 39 percent drop, clearly benefitting from the Halloween season and a lack of family film competition until next month's Peanuts film. The debut of Pan shows with 15.5MM which means it would need Neverland-level grosses abroad to make money on a 150MM budget. The Intern takes the fourth slot with 8.7MM on a leggy 26 percent drop.  Sicario rounds out the Top Five with 7.4MM on a 40 percent drop, which is OK, tho in hindsight this release maight have been a bit early to retain buzz during awards season.

KANYE WEST got political advice from President Obama.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE gave AZIZ ANSARI a piggyback ride leaving the SNL afterparty.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN died due to “injection of a toxic mixture” by Nick Gordon, according to a new legal document filed by Brown's court-appointed conservator Bedelia Hargrove.

JOHN GOODMAN has dropped a lot of weight.

RANDY QUAID was taken into custody Friday night while trying to cross into the United States from Canada, Vermont State Police said.

PIPPA MIDDLETON, the sporty sister of Princess Kate, has split from Nico Jackson, her boyfriend of three years.

MARVEL STUDIOS may drop The Inhumans movie in its schedule reshuffle. OTOH, the next two Avengers movies have a combined budget of one billion dollars.

COLUMBUS DAY:  I get it as a holiday, so I thought a few words might be in order. Over the course of my life, I have seen the image of Columbus swing from unvarnished hero to genocidal criminal, and the subject of many misconceptions.  Columbus was certainly no sweetheart, but at the end of the 15th Century, it is fair to say that Europeans often did not treat each other all that well. Moreover, before the furriners showed up, Native North and South Americans engaged in tribal massacre, infanticide, scalping, human sacrifice, and the ritual skinning of slaves for their priests to wear. It was a far less civilized time all 'round. But the West is civilized today in part because of Columbus. Some four centuries-plus later, we all are still struggling to become more civilized, but focusing criticism o­n the more-civilized while giving the less-civilized a pass is not particularly useful to that struggle.

TURKEY: At least 95 people were killed in twin explosions Saturday outside the main train station in the Turkish capital Ankara where protesters were gathering for a peace march, the government said.

SYRIA's key opposition National Coalition said Sunday it would boycott talks proposed by UN peace envoy Staffan de Mistura over concerns about his plan and Russia's air strikes in the country. Russia said on Saturday it had stepped up its bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Syria, while local observers said several of the air strikes had hit areas in western Syria where the hardline group has little presence. Meanwhile, for the first time since 2007, the U.S. Navy has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.  A week into Russia's military intervention in Syria, some top White House advisers and National Security Council staffers are trying to persuade President Barack Obama to scale back U.S. engagement there, to focus on lessening the violence and, for now, to give up on toppling the Syrian regime.

IRAN tested a new guided long-range ballistic missile on Sunday, hours before Parliament, in a rowdy session, approved the generalities of the nuclear agreement reached in July between Iran and world powers, the state news agency IRNA reported. The missile launch may have violated the terms of the agreement, reached in Vienna with six world powers. Shocka.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban insurgency has spread through more of the country than at any point since 2001, according to data compiled by the United Nations as well as interviews with numerous local officials in areas under threat.

IRAQ: Eight senior figures from the Islamic State were killed in an air strike while meeting in a town in western Iraq, but the group's reclusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi did not appear to be among them, residents of the town and hospital sources said.

PIZZA RAT 2: Electric Boogaloo.

BLACK BEARS can now be hunted in Florida for the first time in 21 years.

HOW THE GIRAFFE got its neck.

A DOG saves KITTENS in a Doritos box.

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Go-Gos, Josh Ritter, Donovan, Mantles, Son Little, March Violets, Whales   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours.

JOSH RITTER advance streams Sermon on the Rocks.

DONOVAN: NPR advance streams Gazing With Tranquility, a tribute LP featuring  Sharon Van Etten, the Flaming Lips, Chris Mars, Hamilton Leithauser and more.

THE MANTLES davnace stream All Odds End.

SON LITTLE advance streams a self-titled LP

CHRIS WALLA advance streams Tape Loops.

THE MARCH VIOLETS stream Made Glorious. Released in 2014, but they're finally touring.

OF MONTREAL backed actor Paul Rudd and actor-director David Wain on Boston's classic "More Than A Feeling." As summer truly sinks to the horizon.

TOM PETTY reveals a 90s heroin addiction in a forthcoming biography written by Warren Zanes (of the Del Fuegos and the Rock Hall of Fame, iirc). Obligatory: I saw the Del Fuegos open for TP.

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME nominees are announced. Rooting for Cheap Trick, the Cars,Los Lobos, the Smiths, and Steve Miller of course.

FATHER JOHN MISTY discusses the whole Taylor Swift-Ryan-Adams-Lou Reed controversy.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of the 1990s, according to NME.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Pan, the prequel currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer, and The Walk, which expands wide scoring 87 percent.

TOM CRUISE is relocating to Florida: “He thinks all the people in Hollywood are fake.”

BILL COSBY lost his bid to stop another civil lawsuit against him from going forward, but his deposition in the case will be sealed at least until December.

MARVEL STUDIOS adds Ant-Man and the Wasp, and three mystery movies, to Phase 3 of its schedule.

KATE HUDSON & NICK JONAS were just a fling, allegedly.

ST VINCENT & CARA DELEVIGNE flaunted their matching diamond bands from the front row of Chanel's Parisian show.

RUSSIA's air campaign in Syria is not only supporting Assad, it's giving cover to fighters from the so-called Islamic State. Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow’s intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia’s dramatic military offensive there. A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN.

TWO WHALES, One Paddleboarder.

AN 8-FT KING COBRA missing for more than a month was found under a dryer in a garage not far from its reality TV star owner's home near Orlando.

A TARANTULA was spotted crossing the road in Ottawa, Canada.

OLIVER the PARROT enjoys his owner's hair dryer.

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The Arcs, Shawn Colvin, Glen Hansard, All Songs, Guinea Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 08, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JOHN LENNON would have turned 75 this week. Maybe he's watching the wheels somewhere.

THE ARCS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SHAWN COLVIN played the Rockwood Music Hall.

GLEN HANSARD stopped by World Cafe for a chat and a downloadable mini-set.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Bob Dylan, Frank Turner, Daughter and more highlight the latest edition.

SON LITTLE drops “Go Blue, Blood Red."

TRANSLATOR is "Everywhere That I'm Not," including the "Where Are They Now?" file.

PRINCE: Pitchfork profiles the Artist circa Dirty Mind.

PAVEMENT: Magnet is exerpting its cover story on the making of Slanted And Enchanted.

DEAFHEAVEN: George Clarke Talks to Paper magazine about dealing with sudden attention, staying focused and the importance of the Cranberries on their sound.

HARRY NILSSON: Syd Straw, Steve Barton of the band Translator, and other musicians are lobbying for his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

CAREY MULLIGAN & MARCUS MUMFORD welcomed their first child.

BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI: Shamelessly flirting on The Voice.

LANCE BASS claims he was "inappropriately touched" while N'Sync.

RICK MORANIS turned down the Ghostbusters reboot.

DANIEL CRAIG talks to TimeOut about taying in shape, Sam Mendes and Spectre.

MERYL STREEP singled out two global institutions as bastions of lingering 21st century sexism—the Catholic Church, and the Rotten Tomatoes movie review site.

SYRIA said Wednesday that government troops had launched a ground assault backed by intense Russian airstrikes and, for the first time, possibly Russian warships firing from offshore, targeting opposition forces. Russia also has pushed Aussie jets out of Syria.

IRAN's  Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday banned any further negotiations between Iran and the United States, putting the brakes on moderates hoping to end Iran's isolation after reaching a nuclear deal with world powers in July.

TWO GUINEA PIGS share a blade of grass, Lady and the Tramp-style.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An angry, drunken squirrel trashes a bar.

A RODENT unlike any other has been spotted in a small town in the north of the indonesian isle of Sulawesi.

A  20-FT PYTHON was pried off the owner of a northern Kentucky reptile store by local police.

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Weyes Blood, Father John Misty, Tallest Man on Earth, Rutting Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE ARCS performed "Outta My Mind" on Colbert.

WEYES BLOOD advance streams the Cardamom Times EP. 

FATHER JOHN MISTY played the Columbia City Theater in Seattle. 


TURNTABLE KITCHEN shares an Autumn mixtape. (Thx, LHB.) 

DRESSY BESSY returns with "Lady Liberty," featuring Peter Buck on guitar. Catchy. 

TIGUE team with members of Yo La Tengo on "Mouth." 

COURTNEY BARNETT drops a Jack White-produced cover of Boys Next Door's "Shivers." 

TORTOISE drops "Gesceap" ahead of The Catastrophist

ALELA DIANE & RYAN FRANCESCONI drop "Shapeless" and "The Sun Today" ahead of Cold Moon. 

FOXING drops "Weave" ahead of Dealer

MICHAEL STIPE & BILLY BRAGG sing The Only Ones' "Another Girl, Another Planet" in the Czech Republic, as Natalie Merchant dances.

CHRISSIE HYNDE visited Morning Edition and it got a bit contentious, as Hynde often is. 

JOANNA NEWSOM and her new LP Divers are profiled by the New York Times

KURT VILE talks to Rolling Stone about B'lieve I'm Goin Down..., the challenge of playing live, and more. 

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd lost an appeal against his recent conviction for drug possession and making threats to kill a former employee. 

TOM CRUISE, contra prior reports, reportedly attended his daughter's Scientology-based wedding. Nicole Kidman was reportedly blindsided.

ASHLEY JUDD claims she was sexually harrassed by a studio mogul

RHIANNA comments on Rachel Dolezal in a Vanity Fair profile. 

ROONEY MARA is speaking out about the controversy surrounding her casting as Tiger Lily in Joe Wright's Pan

GEORGE MILLER talks to NME about the theories surrounding Mad Max: Fury Road

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's boyfriend may face murder charges, a source tells to Us Weekly. 

TWILIGHT author Stephenie Meyer is swapping the characters' genders for a 10th anniversary release. 

MOLDOVA: There have been at least four attempts in five years in which criminal networks with suspected Russian ties sought to sell radioactive material tothe Islamic State  extremists through Moldova, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

RUSSIA has targeted Syrian rebel groups backed by the Central Intelligence Agency in a string of airstrikes running for days, leading the U.S. to conclude that it is an intentional effort by Moscow, American officials said. Tensions between Russia and Turkey widened on Tuesday over the Russian bombings of Syrian rebels and multiple violations of Turkish airspace, which have deeply undercut Turkey's goals in the Syrian civil war.

IRAN has long been sending troops and material to help Syrian autocrat Bashar Assad wage war against his own people. But now Tehran is busy establishing a state within a state -- which is why Assad now wants help from Russia

RUTTING MOOSE duke it out in Anchorage subdivision. 

A RESCUED RACCOON thinks it's a dog... 

A POST-APOCALYPTIC BEAVER survived the dinosaurs

BLANKET OCTOPI: The male is less than an inch long; the female is 70x larger

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Israel Nash, Alex G, Glen Hansard, Bjork, French Bulldog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 06, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GUY GARVEY (Elbow) dropped a video for the sorta-swampy "Angela's Eyes." (NSFW language)

ISRAEL NASH streams Israel Nash's Silver Season

ALEX G advance streams Beach Music.

GLEN HANSARD stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session. 

BJORK is streaming a third set of Vulnicura remixes

DEAR JANET: Tin Angel Records is streaming a Janet Jackson tribute LP

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

PATTI SMITH gets an in-depth NYT profile in connection with her new memoir and the 40th anniversary of Horses

JR JR: Josh Epstein spoke to PopMatters about the band's formation, its newest album, just what’s in a name or label, and the duo’s approach to both songwriting and prosody.

RUSH reveals their first offering from the forthcoming tour documentary.  

A GUIDE TO PSYCHEDELIC FOLK, courtesy of Pitchfork. It's almost certainly a promo for Apple Music, but still good.

TOM CRUISE & NICOLE KIDMAN were not invited to the daughter's wedding. In fairness, the groom's parents weren't invited either.

JULIANA MARGULIES denies reports that she and Archie Panjabi have had a years-long, hush-hush feud behind the scenes of their hit CBS drama.

HUGH GRANT to become a fourth-time father

JULIANNE MOORE revealed which one of her super-famous former costars she would rather give her kidney to: Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart. 

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY transforms into a fat slob to film the upcoming flick Gold in Manhattan. 

EMILY BLUNT revealed that becoming an American citizen felt "bittersweet" and was a decision made "mainly for tax reasons".

TORI SPELLING spills 90210 secrets

THE FLASH's big-screen movie may be directed by the best-selling author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

NORTH KOREA released a New York University student who holds a U.S. green card Monday, six months after capturing him crossing into the country from China, South Korea's Unification Ministry said.  

SYRIA: The American-led coalition fighting the Islamic State has begun preparing to open a major front in northeastern Syria, aiming to put pressure on Raqqa, the terrorist group's de facto capital, according to military and administration officials. After years of debating a U.S.-led no-fly zone inside Syria to protect rebels and civilians, Vladimir Putin has established his own no-fly zone in a matter of days -- to protect his new base there.

A FRENCH BULLDOG fends off a pair of 100-lb bears.

TURTLES wear colorful bathing suits so Aussie scientists can learn more about the animals' feeding habits. 

115 LIVE SCORPIONS were seized by customs agents in Paris

AN ORPHANED BLACK WIDOW has a small list of suitable foster parents thanks to Canadian licensing restrictions

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