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Richard Thompson, Heartless Bast^rds, Jon DeRosa, Sarah Cracknell, Baby Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 08, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SPOON covered The Cramps' "TV Set" on Conan.

RICHARD THOMPSON advance streams Still.

HEARTLESS BAST^RDS advance stream Restless Ones.

JON DeROSA is streaming Black Halo.

SARAH CRACKNELL advance streams Red Kite.

TITUS ANDRONICUS drops "Fatal Flaw" ahead of The Most Lamentable Tragedy.

THE WEIRDOS: "Helium Bar" is vintage L.A. Punk.

NICK CAVE talks to The Guardian about  finding fresh inspiration, oversharing and hanging out by Bryan Ferry's pool.

SAM FERMIN is profiled, member-by-member, at Paste.

SAINT ETIENNE's Sarah Cracknell talks to Brooklyn Vegan about her solo LP and the band's future.

THE BEST SONGS of 2015 (So far), according to SPIN.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spy tops the chart with 30MM -- but that's less than The Heat or Identity Thief, where Melissa McCarthy had Sandra Bullock and Jason Bateman as co-stars, respectively. Spy won't have direct comedy competition until Ted 2 arrives on the 26th, but all pics will likely take a hit when Jurassic World arrives on 4000 screens this Friday.  With excellent reviews and good word of mouth, Spy should have no problem recouping a 65 million budget, but one has to wonder about the marketing. San Andreas placed with 26.4MM on an okay 52 percent drop. The dinosaurs are the only potential obstacle to this one reaching profit in theaters.  Insidious: Chapter 3 shows with 23MM, which is 15MM less than the last installment, but more than enough against a reported 10MM production budget. Entourage debuts in the fourth slot with 10.4M; against a reported 30MM production budget and a seemingly greater marketing campaign, this one may have return to the small screen before seeing profit.  Mad Max: Fury Road rounds out the Top 5 on a 44 percent drop; its drops have been pretty leggy for a violent, R-rated flick.  Even so, it may have a tough time breaking even in theaters.

LOVE & MERCY: If you didn't already know, I'm a big fan of Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys.  I've read extensively about their lives and careers.  So Love and Mercy --which depicts two pivotal periods in the songwriter's troubled life--is a film that is both attractive to me, and yet one I could nitpick to death.  What I will say is that this is a very good movie for one that runs only two hours and must have the approval of Brian's second wife Melinda, the biggest influence in his current life.  As such, the role drugs may have played in aggravating Brian's mental problems are down played, and the antagonists in each period, Mike Love and Dr. Eugene Landy, respectively, are rendered rather one-dimensionally, although this is much less fair to Love than it is to Landy (who is well-portrayed in all his ultimate manipulation and greed by Paul Giamatti).  OTOH, Brian is excellently portrayed in both periods -- by Paul Dano as the psychologically deteriorating musical wundekind creating Pet Sounds and "Good Vibrations," as well as by John Cusack who, despite lacking the physical resemblace Dano has, fully captures the lost, missing-pieces quality of Brian after his Smile-era breakdown.  Dano in particular seems to have absorbed film of Brian from the mid-60s to capture his physicalities, and likely hours of studio tape to embody Brian's creative obsessions.  Elizabeth Banks does the most with the role of Melinda Ledbetter, though we learn more about her from Landy's snooping that the real Melinda may have been willing to put onscreen.  The production design is also terrific, nicely replicating the wardrobe and locations of each era. I don't know whether the Pet Sounds sequence was actually filmed in tiny Western Studios, but if not, it's recreated perfectly, while paying at least small homage to the Wrecking Crew of studio musicians like Hal Blaine and Carol Kaye, who executed Brian's vision while the band was on tour.  Ultimately, Brian's story probably cannot be fully explored in 2 hours, and this version may be as true as any of the others.  I highly recommend it for people looking to find out about this American songwriting legend, and to hardcore fans who can take it for what it is. (I also recommend the Beautiful Dreamer documentary, though it seems similarly influenced by Melinda's p.o.v.)

CHRIS PRATT was impotent, fatigued, and emotionally depressed at 300 lbs.

CHRIS BROWN is having more women problems. Shocka.

JENNIFER ANISTON talsk to Yahoo about Botox and tequila.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is suing the French magazine Oops for alleging he's having a baby with Rihanna.

FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF was 30 years ago Friday, meaning the day off, not the movie.

RUSSIA: Putin claims he's no threat to attack NATO, then denies Russia is backing Unkrainian separatists.

TURKEY:  Voters delivered a rebuke on Sunday to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as his party lost its majority in Parliament in a historic election that thwarted his ambition to rewrite Turkey’s Constitution and further bolster his clout.

SAUDI ARABIA shot down a Scud ballistic missile fired from Yemen early Saturday by forces loyal to Yemen’s Houthi rebels, according to a statement by the official Saudi news agency.

LIBYA  has become one of the primary locations to train with ISIS outside of Syria and Iraq.

BABY GOATS in Tiny Sweaters.

A REJECTED, WHITE-FACED FAWN has found new life at an animal farm.

BEES: Suffering from dementia?

AN 8-FT ALLIGATOR found its way to the front door of a Miami apartment.

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Marshall Crenshaw, Violent Femmes, Brian Wilson, Acrobat Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



....with MARSHALL CRENSHAW!  Live at The Ritz, July 6, 1985.  Your setlist includes: "Blues Is King," "Whenever You're On My Mind," "Shake Rattle And Roll," "Our Town," "Maryann," "Right Now," "The Distance Between Me And You," "Someday Someway," "Little Wild One," " I'm Sorry (But So Is Brenda Lee)," "Yvonne," "There She Goes Again," "Cynical Girl," "Shake Up Their Minds," and "Soldier Of Love."

VIOLENT FEMMES stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

BRIAN WILSON played some Beach Boys classics on World Cafe Live.

BELLOWS played a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR offices. 

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Beirut, Adult Mom, Jessie Jones and more highlight the latest edition. 

COUNTRY SOUL SISTERS II: An Aquarium Drunkard mixtape.

THE ISLEY BROTHERS: "Shout." Shindig. Friday. A little bit louder now.

SHARON VAN ETTEN shares festival plans, tips and memories at The Guardian

CALEXICO: Joey Burns talks to the Village Voice about finding inspiration in Mexico and Greece. 

JIMMY PAGE, age 19, talks about working as a session musician. 

CARNIVAL MUSIC: NPR examines why amusement parks favor the 80s, apart from wanting to imitate my Summer mixes. 

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Spy, which is currently scoring 94 percent on the ol Tomatometer;  Entourage, which opened Wednesday scoring 31 percent; and Insidious: Chapter 3, scoring 57 percent.  The Brian Wilson biopic Love and Mercy opens at 88 percent, but not in wide release.

CAITLIN JENNER is roughly five times more lucrative than Bruce, which helps when you spend 70 grand on your new face.

KATE HUDSON & DEREK HOUGH are hooking up again. 

NICHELLE NICHOLS, a/k/a Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, was hospitalized after a mild stroke.

MACBETH, starring Michael fassbender and Marion Cotillard, has a trailer online

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION has a new trailer online. 

TURKEY: Kurds may rally behind a pro-Kurdish opposition party in a parliamentary election on Sunday and potentially cost President Tayyip Erdogan the AKP majority he wants to help guarantee him executive powers.

IRAN: Since the beginning of 2014, representatives from Israel and Saudi Arabia have had five secret meetings to discuss a common foe, Iran. On Thursday, the two countries came out of the closet by revealing this covert diplomacy at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington.

SYRIA: Islamic State jihadists, emboldened by a string of battlefield victories, have advanced to the gates of the city of Hasakeh after intense fighting with regime troops.

IRAQ: The government’s moves to stem the flow of Anbar men into Baghdad  is worsening the plight of the displaced—the bulk of them Sunnis—and creating new hostilities that will far outlast the current battle.

A DOG does a handstand on a tightrope

KANGAROOS look like they're taking steroids Down Under. 

A DEER crashed through a window in a building housing a Harrisonburg, VA, day care, leaving only blood, glass and debris.

A DRUNK HEDGEHOG was removed from the street by ambulance. 

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Damnwells, Elvis Perkins, Jenny Hval, Baby Dee, Jungle Beasts   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ETERNAL SUMMERS dropped a video for "Gold and Stone."

THE DAMNWELLS dropped by WFUV Live for a chat and mini-set.

ELVIS PERKINS plays live on KEXP's Midday Show.

JENNY HVAL advance streams Apocalypse, Girl.

BABY DEE streams I Am A Stick.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR drops "Losing Touch" ahead of Momentary Masters. Catchy!

THE MAIN INGREDIENT: "Everybody Plays the Fool." Sometimes.

BEIRUT: Zach Condon speaks to TLOBF about the dark times which led to new album No No No. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

MICHAEL STIPE talks to Grantland about the highs and lows of R.E.M. and his unknowable future in music.

JOAN JETT is profiled by Paste.

HEAVY METAL beats Pop on Spotify.

CAITLYN JENNER is cashing in with an eight-part, one-hour E! documentary series.

CAMERON CROWE issued a non-apology for casting Emma Stone in Aloha in the part of Allison Ng. (He politely suggests people missed the entire point.)

WILL FERRELL & KRISTIN WIIG will be doing a Lifetime movie after all.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE dropped the first photo from Mockingjay Part 2.

JANET JACKSON announced her first LP in seven years.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR, upcoming from Pixar, has a trailer online.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: More than 10000 Islamic State fighters have been killed since the international coalition started its campaign against the militant group nine months ago in Iraq and Syria, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday. I remember when folks used to be skeptical of body counts as a mertic of success.

IRAQ: Even the ‘moderate’ segment of Iraq’s political class are supporting Shiite militias that are directed by Qods Force.

JUNGLE BEASTS check out their reflections in a mirror.

CHIMPS have the cognitive ability to cook, according to new research, if only someone would give them ovens.

A STURGEON knocked a teen unconscious on the Suwannee River.

GODZILLA received Japanese citizenship. Then he destroyed Tokyo.

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Dawes, Lord Huron, Garland Jeffreys, Prinzhorn Dance Studio, Goats   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SCREAMING FEMALES take on Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" for The A.V. Club Undercover.

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

LORD HURON stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

GARLAND JEFFREYS revisits classic material for WNYC Soundcheck.

PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL advance streams Home Economics.

YO LA TENGO shares "Automatic Doom" and "Deeper Into Movies" ahead of Stuff Like That There, a new album made up of covers, reworkings of old songs, and a few new tracks.

THE ROLLING STONES drop an alternate version of "Brown Sugar" featuring one Eric Clapton.

BLACK MOUNTAIN shared the demo for "Black Mountain," from the deluxe reissue of their debut LP.

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS: "Do Anything You Wanna Do," circa '77.

RICHARD THOMPSON talks to Guitar World about recording Still with Jeff tweedy producing.

RIDE talks to the NY Observer about the reunion, the "shoegaze" label, and more.

CHARLI XCX shares some festival memories with The Guardian you won't want to miss.

BONO left a 150-dollar tip at Canters Deli, after he he was waited on by a 50-year veteran of the restaurant.

CAITLYN JENNER revealed how she picked her name.

KIM KARDASHIAN is reportedly suffering from “really bad” all-day pregnancy sickness.

EDDIE REDMAYNE  will play the lead in the first Harry Potter spinoff, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

IGGY AZALEA got engaged to her NBA boyfriend Nick Young.

LEO DiCAPRIO enjoyed a weekend in the Hamptons with Sports Illustrated “Rookie of the Year” model Kelly Rohrbach.

THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY will dissolve itself if a peace agreement with Israel resulting in two states is not reached by the end of this year, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said on Tuesday.

UKRAINE: The U.N. has received “horrific accounts of torture and ill-treatment in detention” by both warring sides.

SYRIA: The US has accused the Assad regime of enabling the Islamic State's advance in the area with airstrikes. The Turkish president has said an opposition journalist who leaked video purporting to show Turkey supplying arms to Syrian rebels will "pay a high price." Iranian President Rouhani stated that his country will back the Assad regime "until the end of the road." Iranian Revolutionary Guards Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani has vowed a forthcoming strategic surprise in the conflict.

BABY GOATS on a trampoline.


A SNAKE drops into a kitchen, helps itself to an egg, goes viral.

THE DUSTY ANTECHINUS, a marsupial, has annual suicidal sexcapades that make them more vulnerable to population extinctions.

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Sharon Van Etten, Sun Kil Moon, Citizen Fish, Eternal Summers, Opossums   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TAME IMPALA drops a video for "'Cause I'm a Man."

SHARON VAN ETTEN advance streams her new EP, I Don't Want To Let You Down, andgives NPR a track-by-track tour.

SUN KIL MOON streams Universal Themes.

CITIZEN FISH streams their new ska-punk Manmade EP.

ETERNAL SUMMERS streams Gold and Stone.

BEIRUT drops "No No No," the title track to their first LP in four years.

LEON BRIDGES drops "Smooth Sailin'" ahead of Coming Home. For classic R&B fans.

THE VELVET TEEN drops "Eclipses" ahead of All Is Illusory, their first album in nearly ten years.

OFF BROADWAY: "Stay In Time" and "Full Moon Turn My Head Around," for Twofer Tuesday. More power pop for the summer.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to DIY about taking a more live approach to recording Poison Season.

CALEXICO talks to the Chicago Sun-Times about traveling to Mexico City for inspiration.

ROISIN MURPHY is profiled at Drowned In Sound.

STEREOLAB's TOP 10, according to Stereogum.

BRUCE JENNER is now Caitlin Jenner. But not Kaitlin, because Kardashians.  And Jessica Lange responded to folks thinking they look alike.

TINA FEY & AMY SCHUMER shared an awkward kiss at the Peabody Awards.

TRACY MORGAN broke his silence Monday on TODAY over the car crash that nearly claimed his life, and paid emotional tribute to his late friend and mentor, comic James McNair.

MILA KUNIS's stalker Stuart Lynn Dunn escaped Saturday night from a mental health facility in Pomona, California.

VINCE VAUGHN did a plain-speaking interview with British GQ ahead of True Detective Season 2.

WILLIAM SHATNER will boldly travel across the U.S. on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

DWAYNE JOHNSON is starring in a remake of John Carpenter‘s cult classic Big Trouble in Little China.

MICHAEL ENRIGHT (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) has reportedly left the glitter of Hollywood to join the Kurdish People's Protection Units in the fight against the Islamic State in Syria.

UKRAINE: Donetsk,a once-booming industrial city of 1 million is now largely a lawless and lifeless center of eastern Ukraine's separatist movement, where residents live under constant threat from marauding militias.

THE ISLAMIC STATE was not merely exaggerating when it boasted of potentially acquiring nuclear weapons from Pakistan, India's defense minister has warned. Of course, India and Pakistan aren't buddies, either.

LIBYA: Government forces are facing an ammunition shortage as they continue to battle Islamist militias in Benghazi, according to a spokesman. As oil output plummets and its currency devalues, ""Libya is on the verge of economic and financial collapse," according to a UN envoy. The Islamic State has "effectively taken over" Sirte.

IRAN: With only one month left before a deadline to complete a nuclear deal with Iran, international inspectors have reported that Tehran’s stockpile of nuclear fuel increased about 20 percent over the last 18 months of negotiations, partially undercutting the Obama administration’s contention that the Iranian program had been “frozen” during that period.

A FAMILY OF OPOSSUMS was evicted from a woman's closet.

72000 LADYBUGS were released as part of a MD high school senior prank.

THE SWARM: A motorist was pulled over on Interstate 90 near Missoula, Montana, recently with thousands of bees in his car.

A PIG ON THE LAM caused havoc in the sleepy West Australian town of Denmark, disrupting traffic during a two-kilometre romp through the main streets.

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