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Courtney Barnett, Gary Clark Jr, Bethlehem Steel, Panda Bear, Golden Retriever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


AMERICAN WRESTLERS drop a video for "The Rest of You."

COURTNEY BARNETT & GARY CLARK JR both played Austin City Limits.

BETHLEHEM STEELadvance streams their new EP, Docking.

PANDA BEAR streams a mix of previously unreleased material under the title "Swallow at the Hollow."

LACED streams a self-titled EP.

COLD SWEATS advance stream Social Coma.

SPOON shared the demo for "Was It You?" ahead of the Gimme Fiction reissue.

WORLD PARTY: Karl Wallinger "Put the Message in the Box" and gets "Way Down Now" for Twofer Tuesday.

ELVIS COSTELLO talked to Nick Curley about favorites, parents, memories and more. He also answers the "Do you have to be sad to write a sad song?" question.

FATHER JOHN MISTY launched an impromptu "Ask Me Anything" in the comments of a Stereogum post about him.

ROD STEWART talks to Weekend Edition about "enjoying the process of songwriting, probably for the first time in my life."

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, wants the Rolling Stones to record a new LP in April -- after a tour, instead of beforehand.

JIMMY FALLON: Partying getting out of hand?

LEAH REMINI is reportedly making a series of shocking claims about Tom Cruise's children in her new tell-all book.

HARRY HAMLIN & LISA RINNA apologized for his wearing a Nazi t-shirt as part of a Sid Vicious Halloween costume. For the record, Sid did famously wear such a shirt.

STAR TREK is returning to television...for one episode, then moving online.

THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO may also be returning to television, this time as a comedy.

IRAN arrested two prominent journalists on Monday as the head of the judiciary dismissed international condemnation of what appears to be a crackdown on writers and artists.

RUSSIA says that no country could use military force in Syria without first securing the agreement of the Syrian government.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER retrieves her teddy bear.

THE COYWOLF: A new combination of wolf, coyote and dog emerges in North America. "Cats are typically eaten skull and all, with clues left only in the droppings."

A CAT shot its owner with a 9mm pistol. Don't leave your firearm on the kitchen counter.

21 PSYCHIC GUINEA PIGS in danger of eviction.

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Bob Dylan, Neko Case, Youth Lagoon, Painted Zeros, Westerberg & Hatfield, Orca   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 02, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CALEXICO dropped a trippy CGI video for "Bullets and Rocks."

BOB DYLAN advance streams selected tracks from The Cutting Edge 1965-66: The Bootleg Series Vol. 12.

NEKO CASE did a Halloween Tiny Desk Concert with Kelly Hogan and Eric Bachmann.

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

PAINTED ZEROS stream their new album Floriography.

PAUL WESTERBERG & JULIANA HATFIELD team up as The I Don't Cares and drop “1/2 2 P”on Spotify.

JEFF LYNNE's ELO drops "One Step At a Time."

PALM drops "Doggy Doctor" ahead of Trading Basics. A little 5-D/Younger Than Yesterday era Byrds-y, w/ more dissonance.

MARTI JONES & TIM LEE (The Windbreakers) cover The dB's classic, "Neverland." With Beatle Bob cameo.

GUY HARVEY of Elbow talked to The Guardian about recording his first solo album, old demons and new love.

TOM PETTY: Author/musician/Rock Historian Warren Zanes talks to World Cafe about his new book, Petty: The Biography.b

BOY GEORGE claims he slept with Prince.

SEX & DRUGS & Rock and Roll Insurance.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Martian again tops the chart with 11.4MM, in a weekend hurt by a Saturday Halloween and weak new releases.  Goosebumps places again with 10.2MM from those who visted movies over the holdiay frame.  Bridge of Spies shows again with 8MM.  Both Goosebumps and Bridge of Spies are slow-rolling overseas releases, so tough to say where they will finish.  Hotel Transylvania 2 clawed back to fourth for the holiday weekend with 5.8MM.  Burnt is the sole new release in the Top 5, with 5MM...but that's one of the five worst openings ever for a movie opening on over 3000 screens. It still might profit on a 20MM budget.  Our Brand Is Crisis opened in eighth place with 3.4MM a career-low debut for Sandra Bullock.

ROMAN POLANSKI: A Polish court rejected the extradition of the film director in a decades-old underage sex case.

BILLY BOB THORNTON was taken to an L.A. hospital by ambulance after a car accident on Friday.

BRADGELINA did a rare joint interview on The Today Show.

JJ ABRAMS answered questions about Star Wars: The Force Awakens from a range of famous faces.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE released whay I presume is its final trailer. I've heard good things so far.

AL MOLINARO, who played Murray the Cop on The Odd Couple, and Big Al Delvecchio on Happy Days, died on Thursday. He was 96.

FRED THOMPSON: The former Watergate counsel, Senator, and crusty character actor in roles from Law and Order, Die Hard 2, In The Line of Fire and The Hunt From Red October, died Sunday of lymphoma. He was 73.

A RUSSIAN PASSENGER JET that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula with 224 people on board broke apart in flight and debris from the tail section was found separate from the rest of the fuselage, suggesting that section may have split off in the air, according people familiar with the investigation.

TURKEY: In a stunning electoral comeback, the Islamist party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan regained its majority in Parliament on Sunday, ensuring Mr. Erdogan’s continued dominance of Turkish politics after months of political turmoil and violence.

IRAN has arrested another American holding dual citizenship, bringing to four the number of Iranian Americans imprisoned in Tehran after they came under suspicion by hard-line security forces.

AN ORCA punts a seal 80 ft into the air.

A GROUP OF RACCOONS attacked a couple and their two small dogs in the Richmond District of SF, the second such incident in the neighborhood over the past two months.

SPIDERS AS LARGE AS RATS are colonizing the United Kingdom.

CATS are neurotic and likely plotting your death.

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I Got A Rock.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...STREAMING FROM THE CASTLE EAST! This fan-made 1973 video for "The Monster Mash" is today's must-see clip (natch), though you can also see Bobby "Boris" Pickett perform it live at Little Steven's Halloween a Go-Go 2005. The covers by The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Misfits are pretty good also -- the latter uses clips from the Rankin-Bass animated classic, Mad Monster Party.

THE SHAGGS: It's Halloween!

JIM CARROLL (deceased) sings about "People Who Died."

KISS got their first television exposure in 1976 on The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.

"DO THEY KNOW IT'S HALLOWEEN?" is the all-star charity send-up of Band-Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" featuring Roky Erikson, Elvira, plus members from Arcade Fire, Sonic Youth, Smoosh, Rilo Kiley, Sparks and many more.

ROBERT POLLARD joins SWEET APPLE on the Halloween-themed video for "Reunion."

WONDERGROUND RADIO is streaming a spooky, yet rockin' mix for you. Also, ICYMI, mixtapes courtesy of Aquarium Drunkard and AltLatino.

52 HORROR RELEASES from the Free Music Archive.

HALLOWEEN A/V: The Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer," Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising," Echo & the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon,"  Santana's "Black Magic Woman", The Ramones' "Pet Sematary," Alice Cooper's "Welcome to My Nightmare," Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Halloween," The Eagles' "Witchy Woman," Tegan & Sara's "Walking With a Ghost," Stevie Wonder's "Superstition," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand," AC/DC's "Hell's Bells," The Cramps' "Goo Goo Muck," Blue Oyster Cult's "Don't Fear The Reaper (More Cowbell)," Tom Waits' "Cemetery Polka," The Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein," and Oingo Boingo's "Dead Man's Party."  And, of course... Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

THE ROLLING STONES' "Sympathy For The Devil" from the David Frost Show just plain amuses me.

WARREN ZEVON: A live trifecta of "Werewolves of London," "Excitable Boy" and "Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner."

THOMAS DOLBY: How about the mad vibe of "She Blinded Me With Science"?

HENRI MANCINI: "Experiment in Terror." A sentimental favorite to those who grew up watching "Creature Features" on WGN before it went superstation.

THE TIME WARP: Let's do it again. After all, it is the 40th anniversary, complete with a cast reuinion and creator Richard O'Brien doing press.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Burnt, which is currenttly scoring 23 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Our Brand Is Crisis, currently scoring 32 percent; and Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, scoring 22 percent. Per usual, Hollywood expects you'll be trick of treating instead.

AND NOW: A Sophisticated Man About Town. Super-duper.

GRIM GRINNING GHOSTS, from the Haunted Mansion.

"THRILLER": The original 13-minute Jacko classic, plus the filipino prisoners.

IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN aired last night, but may still be viewable at ABC. Also, Rifftrax is available. The WaPo has 7 Things You Don't Know about the perennial Peanuts classic. Vox thinks it's a Christmas special. And master troll Andrew Stiles finds the whole thing very problematic.

15 FACTS ABOUT HALLOWEEN: I counted more than that.

FIVE THINGS you may not know about Halloween.

THE TOP 10 SCI-FI HORROR FLICKS, according to Forbes.

WE THE PEOPLE, against the zombies.

DOCUMENTING MADNESS: The Making of The Shining. Directed by Vivian Kubrick.

IS FROZEN Disney's version of The Shining?

THE HORRIBLY SLOW MURDERER With the Extremely Inefficient Weapon. Ten minutes of unimaginable terror.

WAR of the WORLDS: Seventy-Six years later, you can stream the infamous Orson Welles broadcast from the Internet Archive.

THE WILHELM SCREAM: The repeatedly used film and television stock sound effect first used in 1951 for the film Distant Drums, now appearing as an in-joke in many films, is the subject of a Masters of Horror segment.



HALLOWEEN: A Foodie History.

DIED IN HOUSE: They're Heeeeeerrrrrrreeeeee...

THE 100 BEST HORROR FILMS, compiled by TimeOut with assistance from filmmakers like Guillermo del Toro, Clive Barker and Roger Corman to actors, academics and fans of scary movies including Simon Pegg, Kim Newman and Alice Cooper.

THE 25 BEST HORROR FILMS SINCE 2000, according to The A.V. Club.

THE TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES YOU HAVEN'T SEEN, according to the UAB Kaleidescope.

THE 15 SCARIEST FILMS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN, according to Variety, though I've seen Alice Sweet Alice.


THE 20 ESSENTIAL VAMPIRE MOVIES, according to Flavorwire.

23 UNUSUAL VAMPIRE VARIATIONS, courtesy of The A.V. Club.

THE 25 MOST RIDICULOUS Movies "Of The Dead."


END CAT: Jake receives transmissions from the future.

PIGS. And pumpkins.

A TORTOISE enjoys a pumpkin at the San Diego Zoo.

THIS SEA CUCUMBER is pretty creepy.

THIS YEAR's GREAT PUMPKIN weighs 1975 pounds.

PET COSTUMES: Obligatory. And a reminder they will rise against us someday. Superheroes are treny this year.

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Bill Ryder-Jones, Old Dominion, JR JR, All Songs, Fawn   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JEFF LYNNE's ELO dropped a video for the autobiographical "When I Was a Boy."

BILL RYDER-JONES advance streams West Kirby County Primary.

OLD DOMINION advance streams Meat And Candy.

JR JR plays a session for Morning Becomes Eclectic.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Savages, Weezer, King Gizzard the Lizard Wizard, and more highlight the latest edition.

ATLANTIC THRILLS drops the garage-punky "Vices," the title track to their current LP.

STOVE drops  “Lowt-ide Fins,” ahead of his debut LP, Stupider.

BASEMENT drops "Promise Everything" the title track to their upcoming LP.

MIKAL CRONIN covers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones' "The Impression That I Get." He has never played the trombone previously.

PHIL COLLINS has said he is coming out of retirement and is even planning to tour.

PATTERSON HOOD talks to Aquarum Drunkard about  the various versions of the Drive-By Truckers, the fine details of planning a live album, recording in the historic Filmore in San Francisco, his article for the New York Times and how a flag with Hank Williams Sr. on it may not be such a bad idea after all.

SLEATER-KINNEY's Carrie Brownstein tells Rolling Stone "the band feels like it's up and running again."

BOB DYLAN's iconic Blonde on Blonde cover was a mistake.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are disagreeing over spousal support.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN says calling off her divorce with Lamar Odom does not mean they're back together.

DEREK JETER and model Hannah Davis are tying the knot, according to sources close to the former slugger.

SERENA WILLIAMS is dating Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX haven't seen their wedding pics. Now that's a secret wedding.

MARY-KATE OLSEN and her fiance, Olivier Sarkozy, will finally tie the knot next summer.

ROONEY MARA, intervewed by Annie Clark (a/k/a St Vincent).

RUSSIAN bombing and Iranian-backed forces have helped give Syrian President Bashar Assad's embattled forces an advantage in the country's bitter civil war, the top U.S. military officer said Tuesday.

IRAQ: If Russian aircraft start bombing ISIS targets in Iraq, the U.S. military will rethink its presence there, the Pentagon's top military officer told lawmakers Tuesday.

AN ABANDONED FAWN, CATS and DOGS, becoming friends...mass hysteria! And a super-happy ending.

A MAMA CAT kept trying to enter a vet's office to reunite with her "abandoned" kittens.

A LION turned the tables on illegal hunters by killing a man looking to shoot him. 

IS YOUR PET PSYCHIC? A new survey says theres a good chance thta you think so.

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Jon Pratt, Craig Finn, John Grant, Florist, Pinkish Black, Red Pandas   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT plays a solo version of the Pate classic "Chalk It Up to Fate" on his new telecaster.

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

JOHN GRANT visited The Current for a chat and mini-set.

FLORIST advance streams their Holdly EP.

PINKISH BLACK advance streams Bottom of the Morning. A trippier take on the Joy Division sound?

SPRING KING uncorks "Who Are You?", which is not a cover.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD covers Mazzy Star's "Mary of Silence" ahead of Global Chakra Rhythms.

WE FIVE were on my mind when I woke up this morning, introduced by no less than Fred Astaire.

SLEATER-KINNEY's Carrie Brownstein talks to Fresh Air about her new memoir, Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.

JAY FARRAR talks to Stereogum about two decades of Son Volt.

KURT VILE talks to PopMatters about returning to Boston (where he lived for about two years in the early aughts), recording his latest album, and striking up a friendship with Kim Gordon.

STEVE MARTIN talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of his life.

HALLE BERRY & OLIVIER MARTINEZ are calling it quits after more than two years of marriage. There's a prenup.

ADELE gave her first interview in three years to i-D magazine.

DANIEL CRAIG corrected a journalist who referred to Monica Bellucci's character in new Bond film Spectre as "an older woman".

SANDRA BULLCOK has a new man and she's not afraid to show him off.

COMMON will star opposite Keanu Reeves as the villain in John Wick 2.

SYRIA: The body of the first Russian serviceman confirmed dead in four weeks of air strikes in Syria was delivered on Tuesday to his parents, who said they were not convinced by the military's account that their 19-year-old son had hanged himself.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Tuesday that the U.S. will begin "direct action on the ground" against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria, aiming to intensify pressure on the militants as progress against them remains elusive. 

RED PANDA CUBS made their public debut at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

AN INJURED DEER made its way to a hospital emergency room, but the ending is not happy.

A LONELY BEAR was spotted on the surface of Mars.

SOME PENGUINS are projectile poopers. [Warning: Autoplay video of same.]

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