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Memorial Day 2017; Gregg Allman, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 29, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about.You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."


GREG ALLMAN, a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, the incendiary group that inspired and gave shape to both the Southern rock and jam-band movements, died on Saturday at his home in Savannah, Ga. He was 69.  The NYT will also hook you up with 10 definitive Gregg Allman songs.  Allman's manager, Michael Lehman, told NPR News Allman had finished a new album, which would be released in September.

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The Sweet, Dan Auerbach, Amber Coffman, Chastity Belt, Pupper Bros   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl




...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

DAN AUERBACH advance streams Waiting On A Song.

AMBER COFFMAN (Dirty Projectors) advance streams City of No Reply.

CHASTITY BELT advance streams I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone.

BENJAMIN BOOKER advance streams Witness.

LUKE COMBS advance streams This One's For You.

NICK LOWE shares a country cover, "Walk On By,"  (Leroy Van Dyke,not Burt Bacharach.)

NIGHT THINGS shares "Reasons."

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!

SGT. PEPPER'S: I don't often link to reviews, but this from Alexis Petridis is insightful about what people miss.

GIRLPOOL is profiled by the Georgia Straight.

TALK TALK: Ten of Their Best.

MAGNETIC FIELDS: Stephin Merritt talks to Pitchfork about his career, his latest album, and more.

NOW SHOWING: This weekends' wide releases are Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is currently scoring 31 percent; and Baywatch, scoring 20 percent.

CHRIS CORNELL had apparently taken more than Ativan before hanging himself, because we've learned he had fresh track marks on his arm when his body was discovered in a Detroit hotel room.

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING has a new trailer online.

VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS shares a final trailer online.

EVERY TOM CRUISE MOVIE, ranked by David Harsanyi.


TWIN PEAKS: THE RETURN received a standing ovation at Cannes, but the ratings are waaaay soft against a rumored 150-200MM budget.

IGGY AZALEA is straight-up calling BS on the rumors she's dating Odell Beckham Jr.

IRAN has built a third underground ballistic missile factory, according to state media.

PUPPER BROS, brought together by one's separation anxiety.

A PIGEON was caught smuggling ecstacy in a tiny backpack.

BIOELECTRIC HACKING creates two-headed flatworms.

A BEAR sought out a donut delivery, causing a prompt police response, Susanna Hoffs.

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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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