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Thursday Things: U2, God Tiny, HFTRR, Chuck Berry, Black Lab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



U2 did a surprise performance of "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For," Love Actually style, on Kimmel.

GOD TINY advance streams The Space Inside Your Head. And I'm digging it.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF played a full set at the Pregones Theater for WFUV.

MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL play the Mountain Stage.

CHUCK BERRY: Hear "Lady B. Goode."  Yes, really.

SLOW DANCER shares "I Would." Very Nick Drake.

PINACT shares "Seams."


JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to the Dallas Times about Goths.

SAINT ETIENNE: Bob Stanley talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the new LP and all future projects.

THE BLACK CROWES: Drummer and founding member Steve Gorman visits the Celebration Rock podcast to chat about how the band was formed, their wild heyday and why it currently appears the band won’t reunite any time soon.(Thx, Jay!)

MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER IN A FAST CAR: A neuroscientist theorizes the explanation.


ARIANNA GRANDE suspended her world tour and canceled several European shows Wednesday due to the deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England.

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, a Vanity Fair preview.

ROGER MOORE: An anecdote from Bono, featuring Jay-Z and Beyonce.

GAME OF THRONES has a Season 7 trailer online.

KIT HARRINGTON Already Died Once.

RHIANNA & LUPITA NYONG'O will star in a buddy movie with the most 21st century orgin possible.

HAILEY BALDWIN, looking v much like Demi Moore, tops the Maxim Hot 100 this year.

TWIN PEAKS: Literary Hub shared a guide to literary references in the show.

LISA SPOONAUER, ho starred in Kevin Smith’s 1994 cult classic Clerks, died Saturday at her home in Rahway, New Jersey. She was 44.

MANCHESTER police say officers arrested six more people Wednesday as part of the investigation into the bombing, bringing the number of arrests to seven.

THE REPORTED MANCHESTER BOMBER's father and a brother have been detained by security personnel in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to witnesses and officials.


A BLACK LABRADOR has become an internet sensation after crashing a live news broadcast in Russia.

CUBAN BOAS hunt in packs, striking from cave ceilings.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT:  No one was seriously injured in a squirrel-induced wreck Tuesday afternoon that caused a car to overturn in Greenwood, SC.

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Real Estate, Van Dale, Stax, Roger Moore, Mr Rogers, Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



LANA DEL REY & THE WEEKND shared their video for “Lust For Life.”

REAL ESTATE plays a special WFUV Live concert from The McKittrick Hotel.

KITE BASE, a Savages offshoot, streams Latent Whispers.

ROLLING BLACKOUTS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

VAN DALE shares "Wstd On Me."

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS invited CINDY WILSON (B-52s) to join on "This Year."



THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: Jon Wurster talks to The Nashville Scene about Goths.

THE BEATLES: Giles Martin talks about the Sgt. Pepper's anniversary remix.

WARPAINT, on the road.

THE 20 BEST STAX RECORDS SONGS, according to Paste.


ROGER MOORE, the dapper British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, eclipsing his television career, which had included starring roles in at least five series, died on Tuesday in Switzerland. He was 89. When you got a job to do you got to do it well. And he did.Oh, and here's a Roger Moore story.

ARIANNA GRANDE's mother reportedly brought a number of fans with her to the safety of the backstage area after the Manchester attack.

TOM CRUISE confirmed Top Gun 2.

RESIDENT EVIL is getting a (planned) six-film reboot.

ORLANDO BLOOM phoned to apologize to a waitress who was sacked after being found naked in his bed after a night of ‘incredible sex.’


DINA MERRILL,  the rebellious heiress who defied her super-rich parents to become a movie star, often portraying stylish wives or "the other woman," has died at age 93.

THE MANCHESTER BOMBER was Salman Abedi, who was known to British authorities prior to the attack.

THE U.S.-LED COALITION has increased the number of bombs dropped on the Islamic State by about 50 percent this year.

INDONESIA: Two men endure a public flogging for gay sex.

PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law Tuesday in the southern region of Mindanao, after deadly clashes between security forces and Islamic State group-linked militants in a major city there.


A HUSKY was caught on camera stealing bread from a dollar store.

FOUR BABY SQUIRRELS with tails tangled together were rescued by Bangor men.They will regret it someday.

A SWAN chases a Florida police officer around his patrol SUV.

A WINGED SNAKE that lived roughly 5 million years ago has been discovered at a fossil site in Tennessee.

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Tuesday Things, including Son Volt, The xx, Julia Jacklin, Sea Lion   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



POKEY LaFARGE shares a video for "Must Be a Reason."

SON VOLT played a full set for WFUV Live.

THE XX stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

JULIA JACKLIN played a Tiny Desk Concert.

LOCAL NATIVES return with a new single, “The Only Heirs.” But the flip side, "I Saw You Close Your Eyes" has more cowbell.


ELTON JOHN revealed the first official videos for  “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie And The Jets” -- the winners pf a contest -- in time for Threefer Tuesday.

HENRY ROLLINS & IAN MacKAYE share an audio history of Punk.

GRIZZLY BEAR talks to Pitchfork about streaming music's stimulus overload, the radio's disappointing lack of cool, weird guitar music, and their new record.

EMMY THE GREAT: I spent four weeks in Xiamen, southern China, interviewing people and incorporating their stories into my new album. Here's what I learned ...

MP3: The rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated.


THE DARK UNIVERSE: Universal dropped a massive press release with images, videos, website likes and a deluge of details, many of them admittedly aspirational and theoretical, concerning their shared Monsters universe.

JUSTICE LEAGUE: Director Zack Snyder's daughter died by suicide in March, prompting him to take a break from work and Joss Whedon to finish the film.

ATOMIC BLONDE has a new (restricted) trailer online.

UNCHARTED: Sony Pictures is bullish enough on its upcoming Spider-Man Homecoming star Tom Holland that the studio is doubling down on the young actor by building a second major franchise around him.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON 's appearance on “Saturday Night Live” was such a hit, she ended up making out with “Weekend Update” co-host Colin Jost at the afterparty.

KATY PERRY is getting a staggering 25MM to judge American Idol, according to sources familiar with the negotiation.

A WAITRESS AND ASPIRING ACTRESS was sacked after bosses found her naked in Pirates of the Caribbean star Orlando Bloom's room.

JESSICA SIMPSON has stopped having kids.

THE UNITED KINGDOM: Police confirmed a 'number of fatalities' after an explosion at a Ariana Grande concert in Manchester. NBC News reprted that forensic evidence at the scene including a body found at the blast site indicates that this was a suicide attack.

CHINA systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward.


A SEA LION pulled a girl off a dock, and people freaked out worldwide. Follow the sign that say, "Don't feed the sea lions."  The More You Know.  Whoosh.

THE BOBCATS are cute; They're also multiplying and possibly coming to your town.

DANG DIRTY APES: Two fossils of an ape-like creature which had human-like teeth have been found in Bulgaria and Greece, dating to 7.2 million years ago.

OPERATION GIT-MEOW:  The mission to save Gitmo's feral cats.

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Father John Misty, Craig Finn, Slowdive, Runaway Bull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 22, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ALABAMA SHAKES cover  "Killer Diller" (popularized by Memphis Minnie in the 1940s).

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CRAIG FINN plays a mini-set at St. Paul's James J. Hill House.

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

GRIZZLY BEAR shares "Mourning Sound," from the band's upcoming LP, Painted Ruins.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

CHRIS CORNELL: The Detroit News obtained a police report detailing the hours before and after Soundgarden singer’s death early Thursday morning.

LOU REED's friends hit back at claims that "Walk on the Wild Side" has transphobic lyrics. These college kids, man.

LAND OF TALK: Liz Powell talks about finding her path back to music.

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH SILLY LOVE SONGS? Pop songs are now less likely to be about love than at any point since the 1960s.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Alien: Covenant tops the chart with 36MM; that's considerably less than the 51MM debut of Prometheus and the 117MM global total is perhaps concerning against a 97MM budget. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 placed with 35MM and is almost certain to outgross the original in North America by the end of Memorial Day weekend.  Everything, Everything showed with 12MM against a 10MM budget and will show a decent profit.  Snatched takes the fourth slot with 7.6MM on a 61 percent drop; more ominously, it will face competition from Baywatch next weekend.  The debut of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul rounds out the Top Five with 7.2MM against a 21MM budget, which means it won't make much of a profit in theaters. Below the fold, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword continued to flame out with 6.9MM on a 55 percent drop; it has a domestic total of 27.2MM against a 175MM budget.

ALIEN: COVENANT, a sequel to Prometheus and prequel to Alien (and some were initiallyc onfused about this), generally struck me as better than the former but still significantly inferior to the latter.  It is a shame that the film mostly wastes the talents of its talented cast (one dinner scene seen in the marketing but cut from the movie could have gone a long way to better establishing the characters). That said, Danny McBride turns in a better berformance than on the page, while Michael Fassbender pulls off a double role with his usual skill. And yet there are scenes where the temptation is to chuckle instead of gasp at either the horror or the drama.  I am also now questioning whether the prequels were a good idea at all.  Ridley Scott clearly wanted to use them to explore some deeper themes about humanity, but I don't know whether what he's saying is deep enough to justify demystifying the xenomorph.

TOM HARDY is in final negotiations to star in Venom, while Ruben Fleischer, best known for directing Zombieland, is final negotiations to helm the movie project centering on one of Spider-Man’s signature villains.

ORLANDO BLOOM defends Johnny Depp amid his recent personal and financial turmoil.

GAVIN ROSSDALE is dating German model Sophia Thomalla following his divorce from Gwen Stefani.

ALAN THICKE's widow s alleging that her late husband's sons are attempting to turn the family ranch into a marijuana plantation.

AISHA TYLER will pay out 2MM in her divorce.

MAMMA MIA! has a sequel coming next summer.

TWIN PEAKS: Seven things you need to keep in mind as you watch the show.

LOGAN: NOIR, a special black-and-white version of the film, is coming to select screens and home video.ALSO: Hugh Jackman originally didn't know a wolverine wasn't a wolf.

A LIFETIME OF DEVOTION: In Filmworker, Leon Vitali reflects on his decades of work with Stanley Kubrick.

TURKEY: Erdogan says he will extend his sweeping rule.

A BULL escapes a Spanish fiesta and runs through a local home.

A STARTLED DEER was tackled in a Minnesota Wal-Mart.

A BIG GAME HUNTER was crushed by an elephant his group fatally shot.

THIS BEAVER, caught on underwater camera; it only took four years.

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XTC, Justin Townes Earle, Heliocentrics, Rev. Sekou, Cende, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 19, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with XTC! Live on Rockpalast, February 10, 1982. Your setlist includes: "Respectable Street" (still one of my faves), "Towers of London," "Runaways," "Jason and the Argonauts," "Burning With Optimism's Flames," "Snowman," "Ball And Chain," "Sgt. Rock (Is Going to Help Me)," "No Thugs In Our House" (another fave), "Senses Working Overtime" (ditto), "Making Plans For Nigel," "Living Through Another Cuba," "Generals and Majors," "Real By Reel," and "Life Begins At The Hop."

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE advance streams Kids In The Street.

HELIOCENTRICS advance stream A World of Masks.


CENDE advance streams #1 Hit Single.

JASON ISBELL & THE 400 UNIT shares "If We Were Vampires."

THE BEATLES: Just as 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' turns 50, hear the first take of "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds."

MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle choreographs Ace of Base's "The Sign." (Language warning) A perennial fave. And here he is talking to Aquarium Drunkard about his ethos, vocal jazz, and growing as a writer.

CHRIS CORNELL: The office of the Wayne County Medical Examiner on Thursday determined the cause of his death to be suicide by hanging, noting that a full autopsy has yet to be completed.  Cornell had one of modern rock's great voices, and one of its adventurous minds. Here's Pitchfork rounding up the Twitter tributes from Jimmy Page, Chuck D, Brian Wilson, St Vincent, Elton John and more.  Here's Stereogum with 20 great Cornell moments, and with his final song at Wednesday night's Soundgarden show.

CAMERON CROWE talks to Rolling Stone about the Singles soundtrack, including Chris Cornell.

PWR BTTM has responded to allegations of sexual misconduct against band member Ben Hopkins in a new statement.

TALKING HEADS are digging Selena Gomez's "interpolation" of "Psycho Killer."

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Alien: Covenant, which is currently scoring 76 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which is scoring 23 percent; and Everything, Everything, scoring 47 percent.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and his girlfriend, model Nina Agdal, have called it quits.

ROGER AILES, who mastered the art of selling political candidates like Hollywood celebrities and was the architect of conservative-oriented TV news, died Thursday at 77. He was the longtime chairman and chief executive of the Fox News Channel, building it over two decades into a politically influential juggernaut until his abrupt ouster last year amid sexual harassment allegations.

OZZY & SHARON OSBOURNE renewed their wedding vows a year after Ozzy's alleged affair.

DARK CRYSTAL: A sequel to the strange Muppet movie is headed to Netflix

MARVEL SCIENCE: Meet The Physicist Called In To Consult On Superhero Movies.

CATCH HIM IF YOU CAN: For 21 years, the king of the Netherlands has flown twice a month as co-pilot while his passengers were in the dark, he has told a Dutch newspaper.

TURKISH Pres. Erdogan watched his bodyguareds beat protesters in Washington DC.

A RACCOON caused chaos this week after it bowled into a couple's home, rifled through their drawers and terrorized their cat. 

A CRAZED OTTER bit and chased a man into his car in Scotland.

THE WORLD'S SADDEST SNAIL? Sex-starved Jeremy the lonely 'lefty' is in a tragic love triangle after his two mates leave him to procreate with each other.

KISSING A RATTLESNAKE is a bad idea. The More You Know. Swoosh.

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