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Ray & Dave Davies, Son Little, Dave Rawlings, T. Rex. Amur Tigers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ANOTHER RECORD TRAFFIC DAY on Saturday. Thanks for stopping by!

RAY & DAVE DAVIES shared a stage for the first time in almost 20 years. The song? "You Really Got Me," of course.

SON LITTLE played a Tiny Desk Concert.

DAVE RAWLINGS MACHINE (incl Gillian Welch) stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

T. REX: T. Rexmas!

EL PERRO DEL MAR drops her cover of RHCP's "Breaking The Girl," an outtake from her last LP.

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are dreaming of a "White Christmas."

THE BEATLES may be streaming on Christmas Eve. (They will be here, per usual.)

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, turned 72; NME rounded up some of the most insane stories from his life and aferlife.

AQUARIUM DUNKARD's 2015 Year In Review.

THE TOP 40 ALBUMS of 2015, according to The Guardian.

SCOTT WEILAND died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine, according to a medical examiner's office in Minnesota. Shocka.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The little film that could, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, shatters the domestic record of Jurassic World (209MM) to open with 238MM, and possibly more like 241-46MM. If it's that higher number. The Force Awakens may move above 517MM worldwide to edge out the dinosaurs' 525MM global record as well. This positions Disney to make as much as 2 Billion in ticket sales against a 200MM production budget (and undoubtedly yuge marketing budget), but with estimates for merch sales ranging from 3-5 Billion through the holiday season, Disney's 4 Billion purchase of Lucasfilm will likely be recouped on this film alone (and does not account for additional valuable assets like Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound).  Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip placed light-years distant with 14MM, far less than the previous intallmet's 23MM, but let's face it--it's amazing families went to see anything but TFA this weekend, and it's still going to do well enough while kids are on vacation to spawn a fourth film. Sisters showed with 13.4MM and with 30MM budget, this is likely to do alright as counter-programming against the Star Wars juggernaut...if Joy and Daddy's Home don't nudge it out next weekend.  The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 skids from the top slot to fourth with 5.7MM, but a 595MM worldwide total leaves no one hungry. Creed rounds out the Top Five with 5M; it may have reached profit on the big screen and could even stage a slight rally through year's end.

NME announced its first list of People of the Year.

LAMAR ODOM made a huge stride in his recovery this week ... taking steps for the first time without assistance.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON met each other's parents.

CAITLYN JENNER is Barbara Walters' most fascinating person of 2015.

MADONNA legally declared that Sean Penn never struck her during their relationship in the 1980s.

DANIEL CRAIG's secret role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. {Spoiler Warning, obvsly.]

THE ISLAMIC STATE may have stolen "tens of thousands" of blank passports that it could use to smuggle its fighters into Europe as refugees, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

RUSSIA is trying its hand at creating its own private military company -- in Syria and Ukraine.

IRAN: Changes to a U.S. visa waiver program that impose travel restrictions on those who visit Iran contradict the landmark nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said Sunday.

IRAQ: An airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition this past week killed 10 Iraqi troops, the Iraqi government said Saturday, in an apparent friendly fire incident in which the U.S. defense secretary says both sides shared responsibility.

A REHABILITATED AMUR TIGER gave birth for the first time in the wild.

BJORN THE REINDEER cantered down a high street in Carlton, Nottingham, pursued by a crowd of people after a car horn startled him at a Christmas event.

AN INTERNATIONAL TEAM of scientists and conservationists has undertaken a first-of-its-kind effort to revive two extinct tortoise species -- not using high-tech genetic engineering, but by breeding living creatures related to the ones now gone.

DOGS HUNTING COYOTES: Coyote coursing has spawned a subculture in Nebraska, but it has come under fire by animal activists.

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Aimee Mann, Tom Jones, Juila Holter, David Bowie, Star Wars, Otter   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with AIMEE MANN's CHRISTMAS CAROL (profanity warnings): Part One has your Scrooge-y set-up with Michael Penn. Part Two features The Office's John Krasinski. Part Three has Michael Cera. Part Four has John C. Reilly.

TOM JONES stopped by WFUV for a chat and mini-set.

JULIA HOLTER stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE LINE OF BEST FIT has compiled a free Christmas album featuring all new songs.

DAVID BOWIE drops "Lazarus," ahead of ★. There's also some chat with Bowie's long time friend and producer Tony Visconti and his new found friend/saxophonist and band leader Donny McCaslin.

TOM WAITS gives a reading of a "Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis."

CHEAP TRICK (a Pate influence), Deep Purple, Chicago and Steve Miller among the acts that will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  RICK NIELSEN held court with Rolling Stone and Billboard regarding the honor.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED released their Listeners' Poll for 2015.

THE CRANBERRIES' singer Dolores O'Riordan is facing jail time after pleading guilty to assaulting an air hostess and police officers whilst on a flight during November 2014.

ADAM ROTH, a guitarist who played with the Del Fuegos, Jim Carroll, Evan Dando and many more, has passed away after a battle with bile duct cancer.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is currently scoring 94 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Alvin and the Chipmunks The Road Chip, which is scoring 18 percent; and and Sisters, scoring 71 percent.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, the seventh episode in the franchise, is the seventh one I've seen on opening day, so I may be a little biased here...but I shant spoil anything.  Suffice it to say it could never be like the original, which was literally unlike anything anyone had ever seen and which (for better or worse) largely reshaped the modern movie business.  It is also a marked improvement on the sequels, which I probably liked more than most of you (and most of you are right -- if you have never seen the epic-length critique of The Phantom Menace from Red Letter Media, it's well worth the time). Being post-Return of the Jedi allows J.J. Abrams & Co. to maintain the funkier 70s-80s look and vibe of the original trilogy, whereas the prequels had a much glossier, overly CGI-ed feel. Many beloved characters from the original trilogy also return, and bringing in screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back) ensures their dialog has just the right tone. The new characters are not the archetypes of the original, but are sufficiently revealed for this episode through the machinations of the plot.  The opening crawl inspires confidence of a return to form. Over the ensuing hours, you will see old things, new things, new twists on and upgrades of old things, many things you want to see and at least one thing you really don't want to see. I got a lump in my throat several times, but I think even casual fans will find The Force Awakens to be a worthy successor to the original trilogy and  a promising start to Disney's expansion of the universe Lucas created.

AZALEA BANKS was arrested outside Meatpacking club Up&Down on Wednesday after she allegedly went berserk and attacked a female security guard by punching her and “biting her in the boob."

JUSTIN BIEBER & KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN are a thing, even if it's just a fling.

MACAULAY CULKIN plays a disturbed, adult version of his Home Alone character in a new web series.

MICHAEL JACKSON's Thriller has become the first album ever to be certified 30 times multi-platinum for U.S. sales.

SAN BERNADINO: Enrique Marquez, the friend of terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, has been arrested on criminal charges in connection with the Dec. 2 massacre in San Bernardino, federal authorities said Thursday.

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel's refugee policy has attracted praise from all over the world, but her latest speech called muti-culturalism a "sham" and addedg that Germany may be reaching its limits in terms of accepting more refugees.

AN OTTER snacks and chills out.

HOW TO RAISE 30-year-old cats.

A BABY GOAT suffered a horrible fate in Gothenburg, Sweden.

A RACCOON was found lounging near the bathroom sink in a Houston family's home.

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Father John Misty, Holly Miranda, Emmett Otter, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SQUEEZE's Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook played their latest single, "Happy Days," for Colbert.

FATHER JOHN MISTY played a set at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.

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


THE ARCS drop "Fool's Gold" on Danger Mouse.

DARLENE LOVE's final "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)" for Letterman.

NEW ORDER's newest members — Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman — spoke about fmr bassist-co-founder Peter Hook's lawsuit.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2015, according to Pitchfork.

THE 50 BEST MUSIC VIDEOs of 2015, accorsing to Stereogum.


CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has an international trailer.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: The Harry Potterverse flick has a teaser trailer online.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON and girlfriend Lauren Hashian welcome a daughter.

KALEY CUOCO is dating Arrow's Paul Blackthorne.

AMBER HEARD: Mrs Johnny Depp will stand trial for smuggling their dogs into Australia.

KELLY RUTHERFORD lost custody of her 2 children because the judge feared she'd abduct the kids from Monaco, never to return again.

MICHELLE DOCKERY (Downton Abbey) bid goodbye to her fiancé in his native Ireland, alongside his parents and hundreds of mourners who turned out to pay their respects. He was only 34.

A MARYLAND MAN charged with terror-related crimes told FBI agents before his arrest that not only should he not be in trouble, but he should be applauded and given a job for running what he claimed was a “scam” on ISIS.

SUDAN: Twenty-five Muslim men, including three teenagers, are facing the death penalty after being charged with apostasy for following the wrong version of Islam.

A NEW SAUDI-LED Islamic alliance to fight terrorism will share information and train, equip and provide forces if necessary for the fight against Islamic State militants.

IRAN: A United Nations agency agreed Tuesday to close its investigation into Iran’s past nuclear activities, moving Tehran another step closer to large-scale sanctions relief following its deal with world powers this summer. Meanwhile, Iran violated a U.N. Security Council resolution in October by test-firing a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, a team of sanctions monitors said.

RUSSIA: An Obama administration debate about whether to engage Vladimir Putin or treat him like a pariah has tilted in the engagement camp’s favor—even as critics and some officials worry that it’s become too easy for the Russian president to get a stature-enhancing meeting with U.S. leaders.

A POLAR BEAR CUB sleeps, perchance to dream

MAN's BEST FRIEND...for 33K years.

THE OLDEST CREATURE ON EARTH may be this 200-year-old salamander.

STOOL PIGEONS led police to a cannabis farm.

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Spent most of yesterday organizing the elves...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl...so I should be back tomorrow.

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80s Re-Covered, Steve Earle, Shakey Graves, Turkeys   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LEON BRIDGES played “Smooth Sailin'” and "River" on SNL, icymi for Twofer Tuesday.

80s RE-COVERED: Acts like ABC, Wang Chung, Belinda Carlisle, and Heaven 17 cover songs by acts like Radiohead, Blur, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Carole King.

STEVE EARLE chats and performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studios.

SHAKEY GRAVES played a Tiny Desk Concert.

THEE OH SEES drop "Fortress" as a forthcoming single.

KIM WILDE drunkenly warbles "Kids In America" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" on the subway.

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: Pitchfork defends the oft-maligned Doug Yule.

CASS McCOMBS talks to Aquarium Drunkard about A Folk Set Apart.

THE MOST-COVERED CHRISTMAS SONGS, as well as the most soundtracked and streamed.

DAVID DYE's TOP 10 ALBUMS of 2015.

STAR TREK BEYOND dropped a  first trailer online.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST may have had their final baby.

BILL COSBY is counter-suing seven of his many accusers.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO talks to Wired about fame, the climate, The Revenant, and more...

BRADLEY COOPER denied that Beyoncé is onboard his A Star is Born remake.

SERENA WILLIAMS is Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year.

PETE ROSE's application for reinstatement to major league baseball was rejected Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred.

MELANIE GRIFFTH invited people to insult her on Instagram.

UKRAINE: Russian military involvement in Syria has not significantly decreased its capabilities in eastern Ukraine.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is slaughtering babies with Down's syndrome in a barbaric echo of the Nazis, according to reports.

SAN BERNADINO: Fearing a civil liberties backlash and "bad public relations" for the Obama administration, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson refused in early 2014 to end a secret U.S. policy that prohibited immigration officials from reviewing the social media messages of all foreign citizens applying for U.S. visas, a former senior department official said. Law enforcement sources confirmed to CBS News that Malik made radical postings on Facebook as far back as 2012 -- the year before she married Syed Farook and moved to the U.S.  DHS is now is working on a plan to scrutinize social media posts as part of its visa application process.

TURKEYS attack a Falmouth mail carrier daily.

A HYENA learns a valuable lesson about eating an elephant.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: The snake goes in the nose and out the mouth.

A SEAL photobombs a diver in Antarctica.

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