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John Hughes, La Luz, Worriers, Health, Sea Slugs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 31, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

LA LUZ advance streams Weirdo Shrine.

WORRIERS advance streams Imaginary Life.

CHELSEA WOLFE advance streams Abyss.

HEALTH advance streams Death Magic.

WAVVES drops “Flamezesz” ahead of V.

!!! dropped two new tracks ahead of As If

JOY DIVISION drops two very rare tracks in connection with the reissue of Substance.

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION: "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Yeah. Yeah. Oh, Yeah.

BEACH HOUSE gets an in-depth profile from Pitchfork

TITUS ANDRONICUS: Patrick Stickles was profiled by the New York Times

THE DOORS, ranked by Stereogum

GRAM PARSONS: Ten of the Best

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, which is currently scoring 93 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and the revisiting of Vacation, currently scoring 27 percent. 

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION - You have probably seen the trailer where Tom Cruise is hanging of the side of an airplane as it takes off (or see above). One way to describe this movie is to tell you that is part of a Bondian opening sequence, a mere setup to a film that addresses the aftermath of the last installment of the franchise (tho you don't really need to have seen that to enjoy this one). This edition, concerning Ethan Hunt's quest to expose a shadowy global terror group, also seemed to have more than its share of twists and turns than some of the prior installments (courtesy of screenwriter/director Christopher McQuarrie), throwing a little old school spy movie spice into the usual mix of heisty set pieces. Franchise faves Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames and Jeremy Renner return (tho, with the excption of one scene with Pegg, they haveless to do than usual), joined by Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson, who turns in a notable performance light years from her Golden Globe-nominated role in The White Queen.  Sean Harris also makes for one of the more interesting villains in the series (save Philip Symour Hoffman), though there may not be enough scenes featuring him to make the final confrontation with Cruise as compelling as it might have been.  Of course, Cruise is the main point of the film, and he continues to do do insanely entertaining stunts in the belief that he is superhuman. The Cruise-centric action sequences are, per usual, well-staged and well-executed.  All in all, an above-average entry in a series that has no real clunkers.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER's former nanny claims her relationship with Affleck quickly became something much more intimate. 

JIMMY KIMMEL's emotional plea after the killing of Cecil the Lion raised 150K for Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Unit . 

CAITLYN & KRIS JENNER finally met. Kylie Jenner went to Canada to drink

CHRIS PINE closed a deal to play Steve Trevor opposite Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman

VALERIE HARPER suffered a health emergency Wednesday night, when she was taken away by ambulance during a performance of her musical Nice Work If You Can Get It.

LAW & ORDER DIRECTOR Jason "Jace" Alexander was busted on child-pron charges. Ripped from today's headlines.

FRANCE's National Security Advisor told lawmakers from both parties that if Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, "we could get a better deal.” (The French embassy now denies this.)

EGYPT & SAUDI ARABIA say they aim to boost military, economic, and social ties and pursue their common interests. 

IRAN will not allow American or Canadian inspectors working for the U.N. nuclear watchdog to visit its nuclear facilities, an official said in remarks broadcast by state TV on Thursday. 

WATCH THESE SEA SLUGS Stab Each Other in the Head as They Have Sex.

A FEMALE BADGER was recovering at a Polish animal shelter Wednesday, two days after the party animal was found passed out on a beach from having too much to drink. Honey Badger unavailable for comment. 

THREE GOATS used by the city of Coeur d’Alene for weed control were stabbed at a city well, leaving one nearly decapitated and a second mortally wounded.

COWS kill more people annually than sharks, on average.

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Lord Huron, Ashley Monroe, Dwight Yoakum, Wreckless Eric, Baby Elephant   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


CRAIG FINN joined TITUS ANDRONICUS at Shea Stadium (not that Shea Stadium) for enocres including the Replacements' "Bast^rds of Young" and Billy Joel's "You may Be Right."

LORD HURON played the Newport Folk Festival.

ASHLEY MONROE played live at WNYC.

DWIGHT YOAKUM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a sesssion, including his cover of Elvis Presley's "Little Sister."

WRECKLESS ERIC palyed the trifecta for KUTX.

THE CHILLS drop "America Says Hello" ahead of Silver Bullets,  their first in 19 years.

COWTOWN drops "Castle Greyscale" as a demo.

TOTO: "Hold the Line." Guilty pleasure.

JEFF TWEEDY spoke with Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Mark Richardson at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN: Jim Reid tells The Quietus why the time was right to revisit Psychocandy.(Thx, Frank Yang.)

CHRISTOPER PAUL STERLING lists five albums close to his heart for Tidal.

US MUSIC SPENDING plummeted 71 percent since 1999. And there's much more at the link.

BEN AFFLECK is denying a report that he's begun a romance with Christine Ouzounian, a woman who once nannied for his and Jennifer Garner's three children.

GISELE BUNDCHEN: Wearing a burqua to hide cosmetic surgery? Or does she just not want to talk about Tom Brady?

MICHELLE WILLIAMS and author Jonathan Safran Foer are dating.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's  boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is in the crosshairs of prosecutors who want to charge him with involuntary manslaughter.

CHANNING TATUM may be leaving Marvel's Gambit movie.

MARRIED WITH CHILDREN may get a spin-off.

13 HOURS: Michael Bay's thriller about...Benghazi has a red band trailer online.

THE 100 BEST MOVIES, according to actors selected by TimeOut (the individual Top Tens are also online). The top film is...not usually mentioned as such.

FRANCE deployed more than 100 riot police officers to Calais to bolster security as hundreds of migrants have been trying night after night to rush the railway tunnel leading to England — at times with fatal consequences.

RUSSIA vetoed an United Nations Security Council resolution that aimed to establish an international tribunal with powers to prosecute those responsible for the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine last year.

IRAN intends to construct at least four new nuclear plants in the country within a decade, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said on Tuesday. The director general of Israel’s Foreign Ministry, during a talk on the Iranian nuclear deal, called the Middle East’s Sunni Arab nations “Israel’s allies.” US Defense Secretary Ash Carter made clear on Wednesday that the nuclear deal with Iran puts no limits on the U.S. military posture in the Middle East and that “no target” in Iran would be “out of reach” of the United States if Iran was aggressive toward its neighbors or cheated on the agreement.

AFGHANISTAN said on Wednesday that Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Taliban movement fighting to topple the government, died more than two years ago.

A BABY ELEPHANT cavorts with birds.

A BURMESE PYTHON measuring 18 feet and 3 inches and weighing 133 pounds was captured by researchers in the Everglades.

CECIL THE LION's death caused hundreds of protesters to descend on a Minnesota dentist.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT makes inroads at the White House.

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Paul Weller, Leon Bridges, Adult Mom, BEAK>, Speaking Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


COMMUNIONS drops a video for “Forget It’s A Dream," and it seems oddly 80s to me.

PAUL WELLER played a Tiny Desk Concert.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED is Guest DJed by the soulful Leon Bridges.

ADULT MOM advance streams their debut LP, Momentary Lapse Of Happily.

BEAK> is streaming their debut EP.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "Used to Haunt" from the Paper Towns soundtrack.

DEER TICK drops “Grandfather Song” as an outtake from their last LP.

NEW ORDER gets "Restless" ahead of Music Complete.

MATTHEW E WHITE covers Caole King for Aquarium Drunkard.

ELO: Because I "Can't Get It Out Of My Head."

DESTROYER's Dan Bejar reveals his inspirations to the New York Times Magazine.

THE POGUES launched their own Irish Whiskey.

BEACH HOUSE talks to NME about messages from the ether.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, tokes up for breakfast, but is unsure whether to leagalize it.

TOM CRUISE performed The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" (and some oldies) in a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon.

IVANA TRUMP once accused the real estate tycoon of ‘rape,’ although she later clarified: not in the ‘criminal sense.’

BLAKE SHELTON to MIRANDA LAMVERT: Your stuff's on the porch.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN got extremely drunk the night before her mom died, fell asleep in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and flooded the room.

GWYENTH PALTROW is hawking expensive hip-hop themed pearly clutches.

AUSTRALIA is encouraged by UN Security Council support for an international criminal tribunal into last year's MH17 crash.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: An apparent Islamic State recruitment document found in Pakistan's lawless tribal lands reveals that the extremist group has grand ambitions of building a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and triggering a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like "end of the world."

IRAN wants its own officials to take soil samples at a site where it is alleged to have experimented with ways to detonate a nuclear weapon, and the U.N. agency probing the suspicions may agree provided it is allowed to monitor the process, two officials told The Associated Press Tuesday.

HOW TO SPEAK CAT: Kitty Communication.

AN AMERICAN MAN is being sought in connection with a case that has drawn international attention -- the killing of Cecil the lion -- Zimbabwean officials said Tuesday.

KILLER SEAGULLS terrorize the UK, Bodega Bay.

A RACOON was chillin' in the Mets clubhouse.

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Jason Isbell, Courtney Barnett, Titus Andronicus, Calexico, Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


Fear the Walking Dead

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, dropped a video for "Trouble."

JASON ISBELL played the Newport Folk Festival.  Isbell, btw, is topping the charts.

COURTNEY BARNETT played the Newport Folk Festival

TITUS ANDRONICUS performed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio. 

CALEXICO performed ina vineyard for Oregon Public Broadcasting

THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS: "Fall" and "Sleep Comes Down" for Twofer Tuesday.

LED ZEPPELIN: Jimmy Page discusses the band's fina years and more with The Guardian


FOALS: Yannis Philippakis tells The 405 all the details of how some their latest workcame into being through subconscious imagery, intuition and not over-thinking the process. (Thx, Frank Yang.) 

PLAYLISTS are curating the future of music

BILL COSBY: New York magazine talked to his 35 accusers. The article was knocked offline by a hacker for much of Monday.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's death is now a homicide investigation. 

JOE JACKSON: Miccael Jackson's dad (not the British new wave pianist)  suffered 3 heart attacks.

SHIA LaBEOUF and girlfriend Mia Goth were involved in a big fight in Europe on Friday evening, and ET has obtained exclusive video of the incident. 

BUGS BUNNY turned 75 years yesterday. Must be the vegan diet. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE is winning or losing, depending on whoch Obama Administration official you ask. 

SAUDI ARABIA has resumed air strikes in Yemen, hours after a humanitarian truce came into effect.  Also,  Saudi Arabia's foreign minister on Monday denounced "aggressive statements" by Iran, intensifying the verbal sparring between the regional rivals after a global deal on Tehran's nuclear program.

THE SYRIAN ARMY has been forced to give up some areas in order to retain others in the war against rebels, now in its fifth year, President Bashar al-Assad has acknowledged. 

A PUG snores in his pool

DOGS get their own staircases in a home in Vietnam. 

OHIO ZOO OFFICIALS say they are pressing charges against a man who jumped a fence to pet cougars, then posted his video on YouTube. Petting cougars never works out.

A BISON attacked a selfie-seeker at Yellowstone.

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Lone Bellow, Tallest Man on Earth, Albert Hammond Jr, Seapony, Chimp   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

BELLE & SEBASTIAN share an extended version of "Perfect Couples."

THE LONE BELLOW played the Newport Folk Festival.

THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH played the Newport Folk Festival.

ALBERT HAMMOND JR advance streams Momentary Masters.

SEAPONY advance streams A Vision.

THE POLICE: "It's Alright For You." Almost forgot this little gem.

THE MEKONS: Sally Timms talks to Noisey about a newly-released documentary, and the band's upcoming albums.

THE KILLS: Alison Mosshart talks to Paste about previewing new material live ahead of their next LP.

THE TOP 10 PUNK DOCUMENTARIES, according to Paste.

UPCOMING: Releases from Tommy Keene, Glenn Mercer (The Feelies), ad newly remastered versions of all four Faces albums as well as a bonus disc of rarities.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: In the wake of a mass shooting in a Louisiana theater, Ant-Man tops the chart with 24.8MM on a 57 percent drop, roughly in line with the first Captain America and second Hulk film.The impact of the tragedy on the weekend receipts is unknowable and ultimately far from the most important thing on a human level.  The debut of Pixels placed with 24MM against an 88MM budget; this will be unlikely to profit in theaters, even with strong overseas receipts.Minions showed with 22.1MM on a 55 percent drop; that's steep, but the flick already has ~760MM worldwide against a 74MM budget. Trainwreck took the fourth slot with 17.3MM on a 42 percent drop and will likely make a tidy profit in theaters.  Southpaw rounds out the Top 5 with a surprisingly good 16.5MM against a 30MM budget.  Just below the fold, the debut of Paper Towns took in 12.5MM against a 12MM budget, which is good news for the teen-lit flick and its studio.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN has died at the age of 22.

MANDY MOORE, the fmr Mrs Ryan Aadms, is now spending time with Dawes lead singer Taylor Goldsmith.

HULK HOGAN was fired by the WWE and scrubbed from its website after a controversial audio clip him angrily using the n-word to describe someone who was dating his daughter surfaced.

KRISTEN BELL left an adorable message in the voice of her Frozen character, Anna, for Avery Huffman, a young fan suffering from a brain tumor.

AMANDA BYNES looked happy and healthy in a rare public sighting.

LEAH & BRANDON JENNER are the proud parents of a baby girl.

CHRIS BROWN left the Philippines after being stranded for three days due to a fraud complaint against him for a cancelled concert last New Year’s Eve.

SNOOP DOGG was briefly arrested by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, police have said.

THE 50 GREATEST SCI-FI TV PROGRAMS, according to Popular Mechanics. Their troll game is strong.

BELGIUM: Two former detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba were arrested by Belgian police in a counterterrorism operation targeting a recruiting network for al Qaeda in Syria.

SYRIA: One year after the West celebrated the removal of Syria’s arsenal as a foreign-policy success, U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that the regime didn’t give up all of the chemical weapons it was supposed to.

IRAN: As the White House campaign to persuade Congress about the wisdom of its Iran nuclear deal moves into its second week, important components of the complex agreement are emerging that will be shrouded from the public and in some cases from the U.S. government itself. 

CHIMP vs DRONE: Who you got?

ANT-MAN: “It’s a turning point for ants in cinema,” says James Traniello, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of biology.

THE BEEPOCALYPSE is over, thanks to beekeepers.

AN ALLIGATOR found roaming the streets in Upper Manhattan died unexpectedly.

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