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Paisley Underground, Kississippi, Squeeze, FFS, Shawn Colvin, Ducklings   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE PAISLEY UNDERGROUND!  A two-part (Part 1, Part 2) feature from the Old Grey Whistle Test on L.A.'s psychedelic-flavored, West Coast scene in the mid-80s. Bands featured include the Long Ryders, Prime Movers, Thin White Rope, Pontiac Brothers and the Rain Parade with a 6 minute live version of No Easy Way Down. The Long Ryders get short shrift so I'll add in their later OGWT appearance to play "Looking For Lewis & Clark." The term "Paisley Underground" is believed to have been jokingly coined by Michael Quercio of the band The Three O'Clock, so I'll toss in the clip for "Her Head's Revolving" as a bonus. Other bands associated with the scene not featured include Green On Red -- sometimes likened to The Doors for songs like "Two Lovers" and "Change" -- and The Bangs, a/k/a The Bangles, with an early track, "The Real World." DOUBLE BONUS:  The Guardian Music Blog has a link-rich piece on the Rain Parade and other Paisley Underground bands.

KISSISSIPPI advance streams their We Have No Future, We're All Doomed EP.

SQUEEZE stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

FFS played the Edinburgh Festival Theatre.

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

DAVID BOWIE dropped a video for the ten-minute title track for "Blackstar."

BLITZEN TRAPPER's talks to PopMatters about his love for The Replacements, among other things.

JOSH RITTER is interviewed by American Songwriter.

SHIRLEY BASSEY has said that modern women are not empowered and claimed that she does not believe female staff should be hired to carry out traditionally male jobs.

FIFTY ALBUMS from 1985 That Still Sound Great.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Night Before, currently scoring 65 percent; and Secret In Their Eyes, scoring 28 percent.

CHARLIE SHEEN will be writing his memoirs. If his letter evealing his HIV diagnosis is any indicator, he will need a team of editors. Or a ghost writer.

ADELE will not be streaming her new album, because she has many fans and she can get them to buy it.

JARED FOGLE: The former Subway spokesman was sentenced to 188 months (more than 15 years) in prison Thursday. 

AMY SCHUMER tried the "Don't you know who I am?" thing at a NYC gym.

KATE BECKINSALE & LEN WISEMAN may be in marital trouble.

THE HOBBIT: Peter Jackson admitted he started shooting the saga without adequate preparation.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has a new TV spot featuring John Boyega's character, a First Order stormtrooper called Finn.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is aggressively pursuing development of chemical weapons, setting up a branch dedicated to research and experiments with the help of scientists from Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the region, according to Iraqi and U.S. intelligence officials.

TURKEY: Fans at a soccer match with Greece  booed, hissed and chanted phrases such as "Allahu akbar" during a moment of silence for the Paris terror attacks. Where is Aaron Rodgers when you need him?

SYRIA: The Obama administration and European and Arab allies are seeking to peel Russia away from its alliance with Iran, a partnership that has bolstered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said senior diplomats involved in efforts to end Syria’s lengthy conflict. In October, Putin told leaders of Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E.that Russia would seek to diminish Iran’s role inside Syria as part of the campaign.

5000 DUCKLINGS storm their first pond.

PIGEONS are good at reading biopsies and mammograms.

A DEAD DEER was hung from a Florida high school flagpole.

A LARGE, ANGRY GOLDFISH scares the cats.

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Jens Lekman, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Miya Folick, All Songs, Cats vs Cukes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


IRON & WINE covers GWAR's "Sick of You."

JENS LEKMAN streams Ghostwriting.


MIYA FOLICK advance streams her Strange Darling EP.

KINGSLEY FLOOD advance streams The Good Fight EP.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features music for healing.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Psychocandy was released 30 years ago this week, so how about "Just Like Honey"?

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL issued a statement regarding the Paris terror attacks, which included an assault on their concert at the Bataclan.

CARLY SIMON confirmed that at least part of "You're So Vain" is about him.

SAVAGES talk to Billboard about the death of Rock and Roll.

BILLY GIBBONS (ZZ Top) talks to The Guardian about his first solo LP, which he's comfy calling “Hispanic-bionic boogie.”

CHARLIE SHEEN apparently did not inform his girlfriend, former adult film actress Bree Olson, of his HIV diagnosis.

DAVID BECKHAM was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE felt guilty about her first sex scene.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT looks forward to growing old with Brad.

ADELE denies turning down Beyoncé.

PIERCE BROSNAN critiques Spectre.

BAYWATCH: The movie reboot adds to its cast.

THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER'S WAR has a trailer online. Big names for what seems on the surface to be a bad idea.

THE ISLAMIC STATE released a propaganda video Wednesday that makes threats against New York.

FRANCE: Police unleashed 5000 rounds during a raid on a terror cell, capturing eight and with two fatalities, but authorities would not say Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a Belgian suspected of organizing last week’s deadly Paris attacks, was killed. The Washington Post reported he was killed, along with a female suicide bomber, who killed herself. Police sources said the raid was well-timed because the suspects were "about to move on some kind of operation."

HONDURAS detained five Syrian nationals who were trying to reach the United States using stolen Greek passports, but there are no signs of any links to last week's attacks in Paris, police said.

GERMANY: The jihadist attacks in Paris may be part of a wider series of strikes the Islamic State group plans in Europe, Germany's interior minister warned Wednesday.

CATS vs CUCUMBERS: These videos are critiqued by animal rights activists.

DIESEL, a decorated police dog, was among those killed in the French police raid on a suspected terror cell in Saint-Denis.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that the giant Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) has recovered and will no longer need the protection of the Endangered Species Act.

SNAKE WINE: In Southeast Asia, reptile-infused liquor reaches a whole new scream-inducing level.

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Taking a sick day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlI should be back tomorrow with the usual.

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P.F. Sloan RIP, Shovels & Rope, Lucero, Walt Mink, School of Fish   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


P.F. SLOAN, the songwriting great behind classic singles like Barry McGuire's "Eve of Destruction" (written at age 19) and Johnny Rivers' "Secret Agent Man," as well as the member of the Wrecking Crew who played the guitar into to "California Dreamin'", and a founding member of The Grass Roots, passed away Monday night after a short bout with pancreatic cancer, the musician's representative confirmed to Rolling Stone. Sloan, who was born Philip Schlein, was 70.  Weekend Edition caught up with Sloan in 2006.

SHOVELS & ROPE streams their cameo-laden covers LP, Busted Jukebox Vol. I.

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

WALT MINK's John Kimbrough stopped by The Current before the band's Mpls. reunion show.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE DUKES OF STRATOSPHEARE: The psychedelic front group for XTC play "The Mole From the Ministry" and "You're A Good Man, Albert Brown" for Twofer Tuesday.

THE NATIONAL and their future plans get the cover story treatment from Stereogum.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS' John Darnielle talks pro wrestling (a subject of the band's latest LP) with The Argus. (Thx, LHB.)

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS is profiled by Noisey.

THE 12 BEST NEKO CASE SONGS, according to Paste.

CHARLIE SHEEN reportedly is going on the Today show to discuss being HIV-positive, though he reportedly also claims the virus has been "undetectable" in his system.

KATE HUDSON is profiled at Harper's Bazaar.

KIM KARDASHIAN talks about her pregnancy complications.

MEMENTO: Christopher Nolan's pre-Batman classic is getting remade. I keep trying to forget it.

AN ISLAMIC STATE operative suspected of helping plan the Paris attacks had been monitored in Syria by Western allies seeking to kill him in an airstrike, but they couldn’t locate him in the weeks before the plot was carried out, two Western security officials said.

FRANCE has listed more than 10000 people suspected of being radicalised or potential security threats, including homegrown assailant Omar Ismail Mostefai who killed scores of people at Paris's Bataclan music on Friday.

A MASSIVE SCHOOL OF FISH fights off predators. (NSFW language; it's New Jersey)

A BLACK BEAR was rescued from a Winnie-the-Pooh scenario.

SHEEP GOO will be stinking up an Oregon town.

HOW LOST PETS navigate their way home.

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Kurt Cobain, Blitzen Trapper, Albert Hammond Jr, Mac DeMarco, Zebras   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


EAGLES OF DEATH METAL were caught in the middle of the Paris terror attacks on Friday. Indeed, I had the sad task of informing a member of the Continental Drifters of this fact on social media.  Among the victims was Nick Alexander, from London, who had been hired to work on the tour. If you didn't know, they aren't death metal; the name is a goof, as are a number of their songs. Their latest single is "Complexity." (some NSFW language)

KURT COBAIN: Montage of Heck is streaming on Spotify.

BLITZEN TRAPPER stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

DANGER MOUSE has two new tracks included in the latest All Songs Considered.

FLEETWOOD MAC: "Go Your Own Way," live circa 1979. Sounded great, fellas, but I coulda used a little More Cowbell.

IAM MacKAYE & STEVE ALBINI interviewed each other about the history of American punk rock.

PRINCE summoned The Guardian for an interview that was as Princely as ever.

YACHT gets a profile from SPIN.

THE FEMALE ROCK MEMOIR is everywhere this Autumn, and changing some people's perceptions of Rock/Punk.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spectre repeats atop the chart with 35.4MM, in large part because most films didn't want to launch between James Bond and The Hunger Games finale this weekend.  The latest Bond dropped 449 percent in its second weekend, less than Skyfall, which probably relieves the studios a bit (though Skyfall's second weekend was up against the last Twilight and Spielberg's Lincoln).  Worldwide, Spectre sits at 543MM; it may need 700MM to profit on the big screen.  The Peanuts Movie placed again with 24.2MM;its 45 percent drop may reflect front-loading from nolstalgic adults without kids seeing it last weekend.  The debut of Love the Coopers showed with 8.4MM, which may not be enough to give the holiday-themed flick momentum to stick around through the holiday season.  The Martian dropped to the fourth slot with 6.7MM, but still looks leggy.  Scott & Damon are well in the black already, though this hasn't been the smash Gravity was.  The 5.8MM debut of The 33 rounded out the Top Five, and will need foreign receipts to profit.

PAULEY PERRETTE (NCIS) took to Twitter to tell the story of how she got attacked near her Hollywood home by a homeless man on Thursday night.

LAMAR ODOM is having a tough time with communication and mobility.

DAVID HASSELHOFF has dropped the "Hassel" from his last name and will now go by David Hoff. 

LINDSAY LOHAN dressed up as murdered actress Sharon Tate — on Charles Manson's birthday

RHONDA ROUSEY is “depressed” and “bummed out” after losing her UFC title to Holly Holm, but UFC Prez Dana White tells TMZ Sports there will absolutely be a rematch.

THE HUNGER GAMES: Citing the attacks in Paris, Lionsgate has announced the suspension of interviews by press on the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 set to take place Monday afternoon.

FRANCE bombed the Syrian city of Raqqa on Sunday night, its most aggressive strike against the Islamic State group it blames for killing 129 people in a string of terrorist attacks across Paris only two days before. The Paris terror attacks are likely to galvanize a stronger global military response to Islamic State, after a U.S.-led air war that has lasted more than a year has failed to contain a group now proving itself to be a growing worldwide threat.  The number of “watchable” suspects, meaning potential terrorists who need monitoring by the security services, in France alone exceeds 5,000, according to Paris.

THE ISLAMIC STATE's military losses may have contributed to a shift toward promoting terror attacks in other countries. OTOH, it seems like ISIS is also following the path blazed by Al Qaeda: Seize control of land in a failed state (or two), use it as a base to train jihadis for foreign operations. 

BELGIUM's  home affairs minister said that the government does not “have control of the situation in Molenbeek,” a working-class neighborhood of Brussels that has been linked to several terrorism plots in recent years.

SYRIA: US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Sunday on the need for UN-sponsored peace talks and a ceasefire to resolve years of war in Syria, a White House official said.

TWO ZEBRAS escaped from a circus in West Philadelphia on Sunday, leading police on a wild chase for miles through the city.

A ROGUE EMU whose escape more than 60 days ago prompted lockdowns at two Delaware elementary schools has been captured.

A GATOR bit a Florida Man doing yard work.

THE CAT MUSEUM in Singapore isn't much of a museum, tbh.

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