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Spoon, El VY, The Oh Hellos, Cave Singers, Golden Retriever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PRINCE's version of Radiohead's "Creep" is finally available online.

SPOON: Britt Daniel takes NPR of a track-by track tour of the Gimme Fiction demos.

EL VY stopped by the KEXP studio.

THE OH HELLOS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

LIT UP LIKE A CHRISTMAS TREE: A vintage holiday mixtape from Aquarium Drunkard.

CIAN NUGENT drops "Lost Your Way" ahead of Night Fiction.

THE CAVE SINGERS are getting in the holiday spirit with “Christmas Night."

MOUNT MORIAH drops "Calvander" and "Cardinal Cross" ahead of How to Dance.


JOHN LENNON died 35 years ago yesterday. NME shared 20 of his most underrated tracks.

JIM MORRISON would have turned 72 yesterday. Billboard compiled 10 classic Doors tracks.

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: Jesse Hughes and Julian Dorio returned to the site of the Bataclan, the concert venue where they were performing when the Paris attacks occurred.

SCOTT WEILAND's ex-wife and children wrote a powerful obituary and essay about fame.

RONNIE WOOD and his theater producer wife Sally are expecting twins.

BURT REYNOLDS caused outrage after he appeared to claim Charlie Sheen ‘deserves’ to have HIV because he ‘misbehaved very badly’.

AMBER HEARD plans to plead not guilty to charges of allegedly sneaking her and husband Johnny Depp's dogs into Australia illegally in May.

MELANIE GRIFFITH & ANTONIO BANDERAS are officially single, after dividing a huge chunk of movie change.

THE HUNGER GAMES may get prequels.

MARTIN E. BROOKS, best known for his portrayal of the scientist Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s ABC series The Six Million Dollar Man and its spinoff, The Bionic Woman, has died. He was 90.

TURKEY has said it will not withdraw hundreds of soldiers who arrived last week at a base in northern Iraq, despite being ordered by Baghdad to do so.

IRAN: The United States is reviewing and seeking to confirm reports that Iran launched a ballistic missile last month in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power said on Tuesday.

SYRIA: The U.S. military alleged Monday that Russian warplanes were responsible for an attack on a Syrian army position in eastern Syria, an airstrike that Syria blamed on the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State militant group in the country.

SAN BERNARDINO: Syed Rizwan Farook recently took out a 28,500 loan from an online lender, a source said on Tuesday, before he and his wife killed 14 of his co-workers at a holiday party. Investigators believe San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook may have been plotting an earlier attack in California with someone else, two U.S. officials said.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER on a merry-go-round.

AN ALLIGATOR killed a burglary suspect in Brevard County, FL.

SPIDER HOLES: Don't stick your hand in.

A BETTER MOUSETRAP: Ruthlessly efficient.

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Ben Folds, Zanders, Bright Light Social Hour, Wonderground, Puppies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS tighten up for "8 Days of Hanukkah."

ZANDERS streams Buried Men.

BEN FOLDS played the Turf Club in St. Paul.

THE BRIGHT LIGHT SOCIAL HOUR stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

WONDERGROUND RADIO is offering its traditional eclectic holiday stream.

BOB GELDOF, by his own admission, is responsible for two of the worst songs in history: "'Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "We Are The World."

EAGLES OF DEATH METAL joined U2 in Paris for Patti Smith’s “People Have The Power” and remained to play their own “I Love You All The Time”.

THOM YORKE of Radiohead wrote a letter to Santa.

NEIL PEART of rush seems to have confirmed his retirement.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2015, according to Said The Gramaphone.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST named their newborn son Saint West.

GRAMMY nominations went to these folks. Alabama Shakes, Björk, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala, and Wilco are nominated for Best Alternative Album.

NORMAN REEDUS of the Walking Dead was bitten by a female fan.

GWYNETH PALTROW's pop-up Goop store in NYC was robbed of 173K in merch.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI's older brother Michael has been missing since the day after Thanksgiving.

KRISTY GARRETT: Playboy's last nude Playmate.

ALEC GUINNESS was not a big Star Wars fan.

UKRAINE & THE EUROPEAN UNION say they will introduce a free trade pact next month as planned despite Russia's threat to take retaliatory trade action if its concerns aren't addressed.

THE NATIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM CENTER has identified “individuals with ties to terrorist groups in Syria attempting to gain entry to the U.S. through the U.S. refugee program."

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A leaked internal manual shows how the terrorist group has set about building a state in Iraq and Syria complete with government departments, a treasury and an economic program for self-sufficiency.

PUPPIES Eat Peanut Butter.

SQUIRREL ATTACKS continue in Novato, California.

HEROIC CATS saved an elderly Italian woman from a fire.

AN ALERT DOG saved a young couple from a fire that gutted the top floor of their home in northern Sweden.

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Superchunk, Protomartyr, Wood Bros, All Songs, Man vs Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 07, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON, BRANDON FLOWERS & CHRIS STAPLETON were among those playing a John Lennon tribute concert.

SUPERCHUNK, Live in NYC, Dec. 3, 2015.

PROTOMARTYR played a Tiny Desk Concert.

THE WOOD BROTHERS stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE YEAR IN MUSIC 2015, according to All Songs Considered.

BILL MURRAY & PHOENIX are "Alone on Christmas Day," a cover of a Beach Boys holiday song from 1979 that was never formally released.

SPARKS drops the multi-faceted "Christmas Without a Prayer."

THE RAVEONETTES' 2011 video for 2001's "The Christmas Song."


JOINI MITCHELL: The Hissing of Summer Lawns turns 40.

THE TOP 100 LPs of 2015, according to The Quietus.

THE 10 BEST STONE TEMPLE PILOTS SONGS, according to Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 remains atop the chart with with 18.6MM, likely its last week in the top spot. That 64 percent drop is steep, though the post-Thanksgiving frame is usually not good in general.  Krampus placed with 16MM, not bad for a relatively low-budget horror film in this weekend (though that number was heavily loaded into Friday).  Creed showed with 15.5MM on a 48 percent drop, which seems leggy for this weekend.  The Good Dinosaur is in an estimated photo finish with 15.5MM on a 60 percent drop.  This may be the first Pixar in a while that may not see a profit on the big screen (tho it will ceratinly rake in bucks in home video).  Spectre rounds out the Top Five with 5.4MM on a 58 percent drop, but is probably in the black now with 792MM worldwide.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST welcomed the arrival of their son; no name yet.

BILL MURRAY'S unscripted life creates a mystique unlike any of his Hollywood peers.

MORGAN FREEMAN had a big scare Saturday night when the private jet he commissioned careened off a runway during an emergency landing.

JUSTIN THEROUX almost died on his honeymoon with Jennifer Aniston.

GEORGE LUCAS reportedly "really liked" Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I'm hoping Kathleen Kennedy made that up.

DECEMBER 7, 1941: A "date which will live in infamy." I'll be watching Tora! Tora! Tora! this weekend. BTW, the first nation invaded by the US after entering WWII was Morocco, then Algeria, iirc. War is strange.

VENEZUELA's opposition party has claimed the majority of seats in the National Assembly in elections held Sunday, the first major shift in power in the legislative branch since the late President Hugo Chavez took office in 1999.

FRANCE's far-right National Front won more support than any other party in the first round of regional elections Sunday, according to polling agency projections, in a boost for Marine Le Pen’s anti-immigration strategy and a blow to President François Hollande’s Socialists.

BRITISH counter-terror police have charged a 29-year-old man with attempted murder after a stabbing attack in a London Underground train station that is being treated as a "terrorist incident".

THE ISLAMIC STATE: A new U.S. intelligence report on ISIS, commissioned by the White House, predicts that the self-proclaimed Islamic State will spread worldwide and grow in numbers, unless it suffers a significant loss of territory on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, U.S. officials told The Daily Beast.

YEMEN: The governor of Aden was killed by a car bomb on Sunday in Yemen's southern port city, in an attack that Islamic State claimed responsibility for.

MAN vs MONKEY: Who You Got?

CHERNOBYL: The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history might be turning into an accidental wildlife sanctuary.

GIANT GOANNA in Thugoona. Now you too can understand more than two words in that headline.

A GIANT RAT was captured at Wenzhou Medical University.

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Elton John, Southside Johnny, Glenn Tilbrook, John Grant, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 04, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with ELTON JOHN! Half of a live show captured by the OGWT on Christmas Eve, 1974.  Your setlist includes: "Grimsby" (incompete), "Rocket Man," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," "Daniel," Grey Seal,"  "Bennie And The Jets," "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds," "I Saw Her Standing There," "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me," "Honky Cat," "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting," "Crocodile Rock," "The B^tch Is Back," "Your Song," and "White Christmas."

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES play a set at The Cutting Room that includes my fave of theirs, "Love on the Wrong Side of Town."

GLENN TILBROOK of Squeeze stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

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

MARTIN COURTNEY of Real Estate stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

RUBBER SOUL TURNED 50: Ultimate Classic Rock surveys one of the Beatles' best albums, while the Wall Street Journal argues the US version was better than the UK lineup.

KEITH RICHARDS, Lord of the Undead, has never listened to Mick Jagger's solo albums.

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2015, according to Rolling Stone.

IN MEMORIAM: Bands We Lost In 2015.

SCOTT WEILAND, singer for  Stone Temple Pilots has passed away at the age of 48.

KRAMPUS is this weekend's sole new wide release in theaters...and it wasn't widely screened in advance for critics.

COLDPLAY will be headlining the  2016 Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL apparently still needs more women to watch.

PAMELA ANDERSON will be featured on the cover of Playboy's final nude issue.

CHARLIE SHEEN's ex-fiancee Brett Rossi has sued the actor, claiming he bullied her into getting an abortion after allegedly ranting she'd give birth to a “retarded child” given his HIV status.

MARIAH CAREY is doing well after a reported hospitalization for the flu.

CARRIE FISHER talks to the Wall Street Journal about Princess Leia, her fans and why she's glad Harrison Ford is getting most of the marketing attention for The Force Awakens.

IRAN: The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog found no credible evidence that Tehran has recently engaged in atomic-weapons activity. But the agency reported that the country had pursued a program in secret until 2009, longer than previously believed. Also, Iran provided little information on some points and offered some misleading responses.

SYRIA: Is a political solution to the civil war in sight?

A HAMSTER EATING A CARROT is your moment of Zen.

A DONKEY ON THE LAM was rounded up and transported in a Norman, OK, police car.

A RASH OF SQUIRREL ATTACKS prompts a warning in Marin County, CA.

MAN vs DOLPHIN: Who you got?

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Luna, Deap Sea Diver, Wild Child, All Songs, Dog & Parrot   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 03, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN performs "Out In The Street" circa 1980, ahead of thedeluxe box set of The River coming this week.

LUNA plays a mini-set at KEXP.

DEEP SEA DIVER streams their holiday EP, It's Christmas Time.

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

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year In Music 2015.

M WARD drops "Girl From Conejo Valley" ahead of More Rain.

LA SERA drops “High Notes” ahead of Music For Listening To Music To.

NADA SURF drops “Believe You’re Mine” ahead of You Know Who You Are.

THE SNAILS (a Future Islands side job) drops "Snails Christmas (I Want A New Shell)."

U2 cover "Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Come Home)," ripped from the premiere, for extra retro goodness.

NEKO CASE talks to Aquarium Drunkard about women with guitars, the punkness of gospel, and the violent nature of her lyrics.

WOLF ALICE: A Different Kind of Beast.

THE INTERNET Didn't Kill the Album Star?

THE TOP 50 LPs of 2015, according to NME.

SANDRA BULLOCK has adopted a daughter, Laila, from Louisiana.

JOSH HARTNETT and longtime girlfriend Tamsin Egerton are new parents.

COURTNEY COX and her fiance rocker Johnny McDaid have broken up, and called off their wedding.

A SECRET MEETING of 44 top Hollywood movers and shakers has come up with a four-point plan “for solving the gender parity issue that plagues Hollywood.”

PETER JACKSON (Lord of the Rings) will be directing an episode of Doctor Who.

STAR WARS: According to reports, over 2500 actors have auditioned to play Han Solo in a prequel anthology film.Also the NYT visits a probable location in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has a whole new trailer out.

NORTH KOREA: Satellite photographs from October and early November indicate North Korea is digging a new tunnel for nuclear testing, but there are no signs that a such a test is imminent, a U.S. research institute said on Wednesday.

LIBYA: A report released on Tuesday by a United Nations monitoring group examining terrorist groups in Libya warns ISIS has built up a significant presence in Libya and could further expand the territory it controls through local alliances, but will likely face a number of challenges and constraints in the months ahead.

IRAQ: A new force of special operations troops being deployed by the United States to Iraq will likely number around 100, U.S. Army Colonel Steve Warren said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, on the front lines of the battle against the Islamic State, suspicion of the United States runs deep.

A TINY DOG and a GIANT PARROT, playing together... mass hysteria!

TWO HUGE GATORS engaged in a terrifying mano-a-mano showdown at Myakka Pines Golf Club in Florida.

A BADLY BEHAVED SQUIRREL got into a kindergarten classroom in Novato and caused quite a ruckus.

NORWAY's PRIME MINISTER caught in cow flatulence flap.

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