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Kurt Vile, Menace Beach, No Devotion, The World is a Beautiful Place, Pizza Rat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FOO FIGHTERS and JON DAVISON (Yes) cover Rush's "Tom Sawyer." (NSFW language after the song)

KURT VILE advnace streams b'lieve I'm goin down...

MENACE BEACH advance streams the Super Transporterreum EP.

NO DEVOTION advance streams Permanence.

THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE... streams Harmlessness.

PROMISED LAND SOUND drops the Byrdsy "Push and Pull (All the Time)" ahead of For Use And Delight.

FATHER JOHN MISTY puckishly covers Taylor Swift's "Welcome to New York" and "Blank Space" in the style of Lou Reed.

JULIANA HATFIELD: The autumnal "My Sister" and the Blake Babies' cover of "Temptation Eyes" for Twofer Tuesday. The former talks about the singer's first concerrt, speaking of which...

STING, DAVID BYRNE, MIKE D, QUEEN LATIFAH and dozens of celebs discuuss their first concert experiences.

CRAIG FINN talks to Stereoboard about having Faith in the Future. (Thx, LHB.)

FLAMING LIPS: Wayne Coyne answers 20 Questions for SPIN about the 20th anniversary of Clouds Taste Metallic.

DURAN DURAN's Nick Rhodes talks to The Guardian about Warhol, working in a toy shop and Sicilian food.

BEN McKENZIE & MORENA BACCARIN, Gotham co-star, are dating.

JON MAYER & KATY PERRY are not dating again.

ORLANDO BLOOM & KYLIE JENNER are secretly dating?

SUSAN SARANDON fears Pope Francis will be assassinated in NYC.

JACK LARSON, the playwright and librettist who, as he often predicted with good-natured resignation, will be remembered best as the actor who played the cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the television series Adventures of Superman, died on Sunday at his home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 87.

SAUDI ARABIA is preparing to behead and crucify a 17-year-old anti-government protester.

ISRAEL & RUSSIA agreed on Monday to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a visit to Moscow.

IRAN: The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday that Iran had turned over samples from a suspected site of nuclear experimentation, but confirmed that they had been collected by Iranians under the watchful eye of surveillance devices, rather than by outside nuclear inspectors.

NYC's PIZZA RAT ruled social media yesterday, with much speculation on whether he was taking it to the turtles.

AN EMU that had been loose and wandering around New Hampshire for more than a week has been caught by a father-son team.

A HOMELESS HERMIT CRAB resorted to using a toothpaste cap to protect its body.

A CENTIPEDE is dragged from a woman's ear canal.

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Beirut, Silver Lake Chorus, Chvrches, Positive No, Ryan Adams, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


FATHER JOHN MISTY hts on himself in "The Night Josh Tillman Came To Our Apartment." (NSFW language)

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

THE SILVER LAKE CHORUS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

CHVRCHES advance stream Every Open Eye.

POSITIVE NO streams its debut full-length, Glossa.

RYAN ADAMS has posted his cover of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood."And the whole cover album is on Spotify.

U2: "One Tree Hill," in memory of the late Jake Brewer.

VIET CONG is changing its name.

CLIFF RICHARD: One of the three police investigations into allegations of sex abuse by the millionaire singer has been dropped, according to reports.

COCOROSIE: Bianca Casady talks to PopMatters about the new album and the band’s conflicted reputation.

VINYL: Don't call it a comeback...but a new pressing plant has opened in Oregon.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Scorch Trials tops the chart with 30MM, a bit less than itsMaze Runner predecessor, which is probably fine against even a 61MM budget because this is likely to do substantially better overseas.  Black Mass placed with 23.4MMm which is not great, butbetter than Johnny Depp's recent non-Pirate outings; overseas receipts should make this profitable as well.  The Visit shows with 11.4MM and a 42.4MM total against a 5MM budget.  The Perfect Guy takes the fourth slot with 9.6MM on a 63 percent drop, but 41.4MM total against a 12MM budget is looking good.  Everest rounds out the Top Five with7.6MM from 545 IMAX screens.

BLACK MASS: Johnny Depp returns to form here is a solid, though not great, ripped-from-the-headlines tale of gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.  Spanning decades, this tale of Southie crime manages a grit you won't find in The Departed or The Town...which cuts both ways.  The movie plays well as a procedural, and while it is probably a good thing to have films that don't glamorize ruthless murder and selling drugs to kids, it does mean the film also lacks a certain flair common to the genre.  Indeed, there aren't any cops to root for in lieu of the robbers, as the focus on Depp diverts from the moral point about good intentions paving the road to Hell. It's all well-executed, but one wonders how studio execs failed to ask "Who do we like in this picture?"

THE SCORCH TRIALS: The sequel to The Maze Runner is not as good or original as the original, as taking the tale outside the Maze leaves you with action sequences you've mostly seen before.  Nevertheless,the cast remains appealing and Act 2 of the trilogy has at least one twist near the end that lifts the film a notch abve pure YA dystopian formula.

THE EMMYS went to these people. Congrats, Jon Hamm.

ALLISON WILLIAMS married College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen.

JUSTIN THEROUX said planning his wedding to Jennifer Aniston was not fun.

LINDSAY LOHAN's defamation suit against Fox News was tossed out of court.

DENNIS FRANZ talks to the New York Post about television and life off the grid.

JACKIE COLLINS, the beloved best-selling novelist, has died of breast cancer.

NEW YORK: A man was arrested on charges he tried to help the Islamic State group, using Twitter to espouse support for the terrorist organization while attempting multiple failed trips to join fighters in Syria and Yemen.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: This Is the ISIS Intel the U.S. Military Dumbed Down.

RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin has backed the establishment of an airbase in neighboring Belarus, the latest move by Moscow to project its military power abroad.

IRAN: The U.N. nuclear watchdog, which is investigating whether Iran carried out work related to developing a nuclear bomb, said on Sunday its chief had visited a sensitive military site during a trip to the country.

AN OTTER learns to use an asthma inhaler.

A DOG  on Vashon Island stood guard for nearly a week—until her trapped friend was rescued from an old cistern.

HUNDREDS OF BUNNIES are running wild around Whidbey Island.

A CAPTIVE SNAKE gives a virgin birth.

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T Rex, Los Lobos, Dungen, Wand, Don Henley, Dog & Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with T.REX! Marc Bolan died on September 17, 1977, so here's a few items off the beaten path, like this working version of "Get It On (Bang A Gong)," which is a little nsfw toward the end.  French TV is the source for live clips of "Hot Love," "Cadillac," "Telegram Sam" and "Jeepster" circa 1972, as well as "Ride A White Swan" from 1970. The band's "Baby Strange" later found its way into Big Star's setlists.  Still, "20th Century Boy" may be my favorite track from the band. Wanna go deeper? Check out the documentary, The Story Of Marc Bolan & T.Rex.

LOS LOBOS advance streams Gates of Gold.

DUNGEN advance streams the oh-so-trippy Allas Sak.

JULIA HOLTER advance streams Have You In My Wilderness.

WAND advance streams to oh-so-trippy 1000 Days.

YOUTH LAGOON advance streams Savage Hills Ballroom.

DON HENLEY advance streams the countrified Cass County.

ALEX BLEEKER & THE FREAKS: The Real Estate freak-folk project drops a couple of tracks from Country Agenda

ALMOST FAMOUS turns 15, prompting a terrific Pitchfork essay about the gifting of music, as well as a Mental Floss listicle of factoids about the film. Plus the obligatory "Tiny Dancer."

THE REPLACEMENTS, in 60 Rebellious,Romantic Minutes

BATTLES: John Stanier shares an eclectic list of his favorite LPs for The Quietus

DARLENE LOVE talks to the L.A. Times about "introducing" herself at age 74. 

BLONDIE: Ten of Their Best

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, which is currently scoring 44 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Black Mass, which is currently scoring 75 percent.  Captive opens near-wide at 40 percent.  Everest opens on 546 IMAX screens, scoring 71 percent.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON and his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are expecting their first child together. 

KRIS JENNER was not a fan of daughter Kylie Jenner's lip injections. 

CHRIS BROWN is at the center of an assault investigation after a woman claimed she was forcibly thrown off his tour bus in Colorado. 

MICHAEL FASSBENDER & ALICIA VIKANDER have split after less than a year of dating. 

RUSSIA: Amid increasing unease and uncertainty over Russia’s intentions, the Obama administration plans to accept an offer from Russia for direct talks on its military buildup in Syria that U.S. officials believe is aimed at propping up Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

IRAN urged its Gulf Arab neighbors to reconcile themselves to the international rapprochement that led to its July nuclear agreement with world powers.  Good luck with that. 

A DOG and a PIGLET, playing together... mass hysteria!

LIVE NUDE DOGS!  Free lap dances

THE HORSE is the designataed driver

ODD JOB? Bear Trainer

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Tommy Stinson, Luna, Spooner Oldham, Grubs, Terrier   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


RYAN ADAMS languidly covered "Cinnamon Girl" at NeilFest.

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

LUNA, Live at The Garage, July 31, 2015

SPOONER OLDHAN covers Percy Sledge, The Shirelles, and Ben Atkins at Aquarium Drunkard

GRUBS streams It Must Be Grubs. More twee than you'd think.

NEW ORDER drops "Plastic" ahead of Music Complete.

LANDLADY covers Talking Heads' "Mind."

THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me."

CHRISSIE HYNDE clarified her comments on rape.

DO WE NEED OLD SOUL? Emily Lordi, an assistant professor in the English department of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, talks retro soul and neo-soul at NPR

BATTLES: John Stanier talks to PopMatters about the latest mutation of the band's sound.

ALVVAYS: Molly Rankin and Alec O'Hanley talk to Drowned In Sound about touring, recording, influences and more.

REESE WITHERSPOON climbed a skyscraper, but didn't have the Best Time Ever. 

MATT DAMON sort of apologized for his comments regarding diversity in Hollywood.

ELIZABETH BANKS has been courted to direct a Charlie's Angels reboot

CAITYN JENNER is not interested in dating right now.

HART TO HART may get a gay reboot for the small screen. 

GAMBIT now loses its director, Rupert Wyatt.

PACIFIC RIM 2 has been halted indefinitely and will be pushed back (if it gets made at all). That's just one tidbit in a larger story about King Kong and Godzilla.

IRAN has released five senior al Qaeda operatives from detention and will soon allow them to leave the country, prompting fears they will join other terrorists in Syria planning attacks on the West.

SAUDI ARABIA makes a nuclear energy push, undoubtedly like Iran's push for peaceful nuclear energy.

THE UNITED STATES ic confounded by Chinese and Iranian cyber-threats. 

JUDY THE TERRIER rats out her friend

LARGE SNAKES invade toilets in the search for water in North Queensland. 

A NOSY DOG checks on the neighbors

KAYAKERS survive a humpback whale landing on them. 

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Dave & Phil Alvin, Baio, Bikini Kill, All Songs, Crocodile   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DEERHUNTER drops a video for “Breaker” ahead of Fading Frontier.

DAVE & PHIL ALVIN (The Blasters) are streaming their latest covers LP, Lost Time.

BAIO (Chris from Vampire Weekend) advance streams The Names.

BIKINI KILL streams the Revolution Girl Style Now reissue.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED previews the 16th annual AmericanaFest.

SHARON VAN ETTEN covers Donovan's "Teen Angel."

BLACK LIPS drop the jangly "Freedom Fries" as part of a split single.

TRACKS drops their debut single, "Moonlight."

THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN: Because there's "Something In The Air." It's all happening.

SHARON JONES announced her cancer has returned. Our best wishes and prayers for her.

DEVO: Jerry Casale has apologized after pictures of him celebrating his recent wedding with a September 11-themed party emerged online.

A-HA: How they made "Take On Me."

SONGS OF THE SUMMER: A short history from Pitchfork.

THE JUNGLE BOOK: Disney's live action remake has a trailer online.

JESSICA ALBA was shoved by Kylie Jenner's bodyguards at NY's Fashion Week.

BEN AFFLECK is still spending time with his estranged family.

JOHNNY DEPP paid tribute to Wes Craven at the Toronto International Film Festival.

WOODY HARRELSON  has nabbed one of the leading human roles in the latest Planet of the Apes installment.

PHILADELPHIA: The FBI quietly arrested a 15-year-old boy outside of Philadelphia last month for allegedly threatening to launch an ISIS-inspired assault on Pope Francis while the world leader tours the United States next week, ABC News has learned.

NORTH KOREA said on Tuesday its main nuclear complex was operating and it was working to improve the "quality and quantity" of weapons which it could use against the United States at "any time."

IRAN: How one enterprising Iranian expat family and its allies successfully pushed for U.S.-Iran rapprochement-and now stands to make a fortune from sanctions relief.

CROCODILES have incredibly strong tails.

D.C.'s FIRST CAT CAFE adds cat yoga.

SEA TURTLES endangered by selfie-seeking tourists.

FUNNY RIVER: An ironic spot for a bear attack.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A vampire squirrel slays a deer.

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