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Go-Gos, Conor Oberst, Phish, Shovels & Rope, Ultimate Painting Bowie, Dolphin   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, September 30, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE GO-GOs!  They made history as the first all-female band that both wrote their own songs and played their own instruments to top the Billboard album charts. Kind of a hard band to place seasonally. Their debut, Beauty and the Beat, which yielded hits like "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat," as well as great album cuts like "This Town," "Lust to Love," "Tonite" and "How Much More," came out in late Summer 1981, iirc, and "Lips" was climbing the charts that Fall, so I mentally place the band in this time of year. And it's still warm enough that the title track to the too-quick sophomore album, "Vacation," -- or their cover of the Capitols' "Cool Jerk" -- doesn't sound too out of place. "Get Up and Go" was also a single from that LP, but it didn't make the Top 40.  The band would chart twice more -- in 1984, with "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You" -- before splitting and the near-inevitable reunion tours, which have perhaps just ended.

CONOR OBERST advance streams Ruminations.

PHISH advance streams Big Boat.

SHOVELS & ROPE advance streams Little Seeds.


DAVID BOWIE's unreleast LP, The Gouster, is streaming via Spotify.

THE PSYCHEDLIC FURS broke through with this video for "Love My Way" on the MTV.

NIRVANA: Generations of alt-rockers reflect on Nevermind for SPIN.

FEMINIST PUNK in 33 Songs.

TOM PETTY will receive the 2017 MusiCares Person of the Year award.

WARPAINT is profiled at Drowned In Sound.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is currently scoring 61 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Deepwater Horizon, which is currently scoring 77 percent; and Masterminds, which is scoring 40 percent.  Plus, Queen of Katwe expands wide scoring 92 percent.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's lawyers are trying to hash out a custody agreement for the estranged couple and their six children. Meanwhile, Jolie retained the help of legendary crisis manager Judy Smith.  NBC has abruptly pulled the plug on a one-hour special on the breakup.

TAYLOR SWIFT & CALVIN HARRIS are no longer at war after one of Hollywood's nastiest breakups, and are firmly in the friend zone.

LIEV SCHRIEBER wished NAOMI WATTS a happy birthday via Instagram, just one day after they announced they’d called it quits.

JAY Z inked an exclusive film and TV first-look overall deal with The Weinstein Company.

DOCTOR STRANGE: IGN takes 15 lessons from the set of Marvel's mystic movie; numbers 10, 13 and 15 will be the most interesting to comics nerds, particularly in light of this.

FAN CONVENTIONS: A goldmine for movie and TV stars.

A DOLPHIN jumped a surfer off the coast of Australia.

YOUR DOG Is Too Smart to Follow Your Dumb Human Advice.


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: They have two heads now. Or do they?

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Drive-By Truckers, Microwave, Bellows, Lou Barlow, Dungen, Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


REGINA SPEKTOR played "Bleeding Heart" on Colbert.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

MICROWAVE advance streams Much Love.

BELLOWS advance streams Fist & Palm.

ALLSONGS CONSIDERED features tracks from Dirty Projectors, Leonard cohen, Johnny Swim, and more in the lstaest edition.

LOU BARLOW shoots "The Breeze" ahead of the Apocalypse Fetish EP.

JAMES CHANCE & THE CONTORTIONS return with "Melt Yourself Down."

DUNGEN shares “Jakten genom skogen” ahead of Häxan.

DUMPTRUCK: "Back Where I Belong."

TEENAGE FANCLUB is profiled at Magnet.

BOB DYLAN is releasing all of his 1966 live recordings.

GENE CLARK: Ten of His Best.

JOHN D. LOUDERMILK, best known for writing the Nashville Teens' 1964 smash, "Tobacco Road," has died aged 82.  His songs were recorded by artists as diverse as Jefferson Airplane, Eddie Cochran, Johnny Cash and Marilyn Manson.

BRANGELEXIT: People goes "Inside Angelina Jolie's Plot to 'Destroy' Brad Pitt in Divorce, Custody Battle<" which is interesting given the couple's past relationship with the mag.

COURTENEY COX is expressing her concern over the fact that her close pal and former Friends co-star, Jennifer Aniston, is being dragged into all the drama surrounding Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's shocking divorce.

TOM HIDDLESTON, Interviewed by Benedict Cumberbatch.

AMY SCHUMER is a favorite of malware creators.

MILEY CYRUS is profiled by Elle.

ALEC BALDWIN will be playing Donald Trump on SNL.

JOHN WICK looks to have a sidekick in the sequel.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM has an expansive new trailer online.

IRAQ: The Department of Defense is preparing to dispatch 615 more U.S. troops to Iraq to help government forces oust ISIS from the city of Mosul, the White House announced Wednesday.

UKRAINE: A Dutch-led investigation largely confirmed the Russian government’s already widely documented role not only in downing a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine two years ago, but also in the subsequent cover-up, which continues to this day.

WATSON THE DOG practices his trust falls.

A VENOMOUS SPIDER bit an Auusie on his penis. Again.

RATTLESNAKES are losing their rattles.

EEK! Police in Minnesota came to the aide of a local woman who pulled over to the side of a highway after finding a mouse in her car.

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Personal Day, Slow Day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlSERIOUSLY, there wasn't even any good tabloid gossip. Does anyone care what Jennifer Aniston's huisband thinks about Brangelexit? Nah. I blame the news drought on the Presidential debate. I should be back tomorrow.

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Andrew Bird & Fiona Apple, We Are Wolves, Sam Evian, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MORRISSEY covers The Ramones "Judy Is A Punk" as a NYC tribute.

ANDREW BIRD & FIONA APPLE, Live From The Great Room.

WE ARE WOLVES advance stream Wrong.

SAM EVIAN advance streams Premium.

TEMPLES share "Certainty."

THE FLIRTATIONS deliver slices of Northern Soul with "Nothing But A Heartache" and "What's Good About Goodbye My Love" for Twofer Tuesday.

GARY CLARK JR talks about opening for the Rolling Stones and more...

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS: Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood talk to Salon about making American Band, the political backdrop that inspired its lyrical content, and how the band has managed to reinvent itself after two decades in the business of recording and performing.

OKKERVIL RIVER: Will Sheff talks to Noisey about Away and how it's not as sad as you may think.

THE JAM are auctioning off all the items from their memorabilia exhibition to raise money for charity.

LIEV SCHREIBER & NAOMI WATTS decided to split after 11 years together.

BRANGELEXIT: The Jolie-Pitt prenup means it's all about the kids.

MICHAEL PALIN writes about Terry Jones's dementia.

LINDSAY LOHAN's ex-fiancee strikes back.

STAN LEE shot four Marvel cameos in a single day.

TOM HANKS, Wedding Crasher.

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH: Betty Draper finally got to kill Don.

JAMES PATTERSON has decided not to publish his upcoming novel, The Murder Of Stephen King.

A CAT, armed with a GoPro camera, clearly likes to monitor the neighborhood.

PYTHON bites selfie taker, as it should.

A BLOODTHIRSTY TORTOISE attacks a snorkeller.

WHY SOME MONKEYS have blue testicles. Literally.

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John Prine, Warpaint, St Paul & the Broken Bones, Buckwheat Zydeco, Moose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MILEY CYRUS joined BILLY IDOL on "Rebel Yell" at the iHeartMusic festival. (NSFW language)

JOHN PRINE advance streams For Better, Or Worse.

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

ST PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

THE GENTLE HITS share “Walk Out.” 

THE TEMPTATIONS: "Psychedelic Shack." That's where it's at.

BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO's Stanley "Buckwheat" Dural Jr. died early Saturday morning. He was 68.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN picks his five favorite Springsteen songs.

FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE's Adam Schlesinger discusses how he wrote The Wonders' (or do you call them The Oneders) ‘chart-topping hit for That Thing You Do!

NIRVANA: The making of Nevermind, now 25, is the subject of Pitchfork's Liner Notes. Spencer Elden recreated the album cover photo in SFW fashion.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Magnificent Seven remake easily topped the chart with 35MM, with Chris Pratt boosting the usually solid Denzel opening range, though with a 90MM budget, this one may still need 150MM overseas to profit on big screens.Hard out there for a Western, especially a familiar one.  Storks placed with 21.8MM, perhaps even more disappointing against a 70MM budget, another film that will need foreign receipts to have a chance at profit in theaters.  Former champ Sully landed at No. 3 with 13.8MM on a leggy 36 percent drop, so faroutperforming recent Tom Hanks outings like Bridge of Spies and Captain PhillipsBridget Jones's Baby took the fourth slot with 4.5MM on a 47 percent drop from an already bad debut weekend -- but again, strong overseas grosses (particularly in the UK) could still put this threequel in the black.  Snowden rounded out the Top Five with 4.1MM and it seems unlikely this subject will generate enough sales overseas to profit.

TERRY JONES of Monty Python has been diagnosed with dementia. He is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, which affects his ability to speak. Terrible.

BRANGELEXIT: Was Angelina Jolie's obsession with becoming the head of the United Nations a major marital issue with Brad Pitt? Meanwhile, it's almost certain Pitt will not be prosecuted for any alleged assault against his son.

JOSH BROLIN wed model Kathryn Boyd on Saturday.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER spent an evening together without the kids.

SAM NEILL has confirmed that he has been cast in Thor: Ragnarok.

THE FOUR TYPES OF DENZEL WASHINGTON MOVIES: Particularly remarkable in light of how consistently he opens movies. One of America's last great movie stars?


ARNOLD PALMER, a seven-time golf major winner who brought golf to the masses and became the most beloved figure in the game, died Sunday, a source close to the family confirmed to Golfweek. He was 87.

SOUTH KOREA has elite troops on standby ready to assassinate Kim Jong Un if the country feels threatened by North Korean nuclear weapons, the country's defense minister revealed this week.

IRAQ: A fire at one of Iraq's oil fields could hinder military and humanitarian efforts as operations to recapture the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul get underway.


FIVE TORTOISE TRAFFICKERS were arrested in Antaninarenina, in the capital of Madagascar, with three suitcases of tortoises.

A 10-METER ANACONDA was found on a Brazilian construction site.

TOILET FROGS have Florida families leaving their seats.

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