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Wilco, Sam Beam & Ben Bridwell, Revivalists, Son Lux, Bears   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


DUNGEN drops a video for "Franks Katkus" that looks like low-budget cable, but sounds like their own psych-prog selves.

WILCO played a full set live at the Columbia City Theater for KEXP.

SAM BEAM & BEN BRIDWELL stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

THE REVIVALISTS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

SON LUX played a Tiny Desk Concert.

LOS COLOGNES harness the Bo Diddley beat for “Baby, You Can’t Have Both,” which sounds like a mix of the Dead, The Band, and Dire Straits.

BACHMAN-TURNER OVERDRIVE: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet."  Because it's summer. Plus, cowbell.

DESTROYER's dan Bejar talks songwriting, exploration, singing and more at PopMatters.

BIKINI KILL's Kathleen Hanna and Kathi Wilcox talk to Rolling Stone about what it was like to revisit the band's early days and the future of Bikini Kill Records.

WILLIS EARL BEAL does a Q & A with Aquarium Drunkard.

AXL ROSE & SLASH are back on good terms, but no Guns 'N Roses reunion news.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Straight Outta Compton repeats atop the chart with 26.7MM on a 56 percent drop; for comparison, that's leggier than Eminem's 8 Mile, whose total Straight Outta Compton is likely to surpass over the next week.  Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation places again with 11.7MM; it won't match the December-released Ghost Protocol domestically,but is close to breakeven worldwide (even after marketing costs).  The debut of Sinister 2 shows with 10.6MM, far less than the original's 18MM, but with less star power and an August release, one suspects the budget was low enough that this will make money, even if it takes home video to do so.  Hitman - Agent 47 takes the fourth slot with 8.2MM, which looks like a loss against a 35MM bdget, even if the marketing costs were low. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. rounds out the Top Five with 7.4MM on a 45 percent drop; it's taken in about 52MM worlldwide, but seems like it will end its big-screen run in the red against a 75MM production budget.  Below the fold, American Ultra debuted atnumber six with 5.5MM, another disappointment.

BEN AFFLECK's ex-nanny could have a new career in adult video.

ROSIE O'DONNELL:  The man found with her 17-year-old daughter could end up doing some serious jail time.

MEGAN FOX's divorce from Brian Austin Greene appears to boil down to work-family issues.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE apparently spent bart of her birthday with Kris Jenner.

JOHN LEGEND & CHRISSY TEIGEN have inspired a sitcom.

IRAN unveiled a new surface-to-surface missile it said could strike targets with pin-point accuracy within a range of 500 km, announcing it will not follow parts of the nuclear deal that restricts its military capabilities.  Meanwhile, questions regarding “possible military dimensions” of Iran’s past nuclear work remain unresolved.

FRANCE: Three Americans, including two servicemen, who tackled a gunman aboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris on Friday are being hailed as heroes for thwarting what could have been a massacre. The alleged attacker, authorities believe, is a 26-year-old Moroccan man flagged by Spanish authorities in February 2014 because of his connections to radical Islam.

THE ISLAMIC STATE bulldozed parts of the ancient monastery of Mar Elian in Qaryatain, a strategic town located in the central Syrian province of Homs.

FMR SAUDI GENERAL Anwar Majed Eshki suggests there is a lot of Arab-Israeli diplomacy going on that is not US driven at this point, and that US policy may empower not only Iran, but Russia.

A FAMILY OF BEARS, hanging out at the swimming pool at the end of August.

MEI XIANG Mei Xiang, the panda housed in Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo, gave birth—as expected—to two cubs on Saturday, about four hours apart. Here's why giant pandas eat and poop all day.

A 250-LB PIG escaped relatively unscathed when it flew out of a trailer that was being pulled at about 65 mph on I-25.

A SPIDER INVASION leaves Argentinian villages covered in the Devil's slime.

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Led Zeppelin, Yo La Tengo, Destroyer, Beach House, Mini-Pig   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 21, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LED ZEPPELIN! It was Robert Plant's birthday yesterday, so how 'bout Live at Knebworth, 1979?  Your setlist includes: 'The Song Remains the Same," "Celebration Day," "Black Dog," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "Over the Hills & Far Away," "Misty Mountain Hop," "Since I've Been Loving You," "No Quarter (Part 2)," "Hot Dog," "Rain Song," "White Summer/Black Mountainside," "Kashmir," "Trampled Underfoot," "Sick Again," "Achilles Last Stand," "Page Solo," "In the Evening," "Stairway to Heaven," "Rock n Roll," "Whole Lotta Love (Part 2)," and "Communication Breakdown."

YO LA TENGO advance streams Stuff Like That There.

DESTROYER advance streams Poison Season.

BEACH HOUSE advance streams Depression Cherry.

ROYAL HEADACHE advance streams High.

MERCURY REV drops "The Queen of Swans."

JIM JAMES drops “Take Care Of You,”from the No Escape soundtrack.

THE LIBERTINES drops "Glasgow Coma Scale Blues" ahead of Anthems for a Doomed Youth.

CREAM syncs into "I Feel Free" on the Beat Club in 1967.

MOTORHEAD: Lemmy is profiled by the New York Observer

JANE'S ADDICTION: Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro break down Ritual de lo Habitual track by track

PIXIES guitarist Joey Santiago talked to Paste about food. 

THE 100 GREATEST SONGWRITERS, according to Rolling Stone

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Hitman: Agent 47, which is currently scoring 6 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Sinister 2, which is currently scoring 5 percent; and American Ultra, currently scoring 38 percent.  So yeah, it's the second half of August.

CAITLYN JENNER may face a manslaughter charge after that deadly multi-vehicle highway crash.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE tops the latest Forbes List of Highest Paid Actresses

JOSH DUGGAR, of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame, had a paid account at Ashley Madison

LINDSAY LOHAN is being sued for allegedly stiffing her former driver, for things of which she likely has a hazy memory at best. 

GREECE: Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has announced he is resigning and has called an early election. 

TURKEY needs to "do more" to assist the U.S.-led international coalition fighting the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Thursday, urging America's sometimes reluctant NATO partner to take steps to participate in airstrikes and better control its border. 

IRAN: After some questioned an Associated Press strory on a nuclear inspection agreement between IRan and the IAEA, the wire service has printed the text of the agreement. Meanwhile, Britain is to reopen its embassy in Tehran, four years after it was ransacked and closed.

GUS THE MINI-PIG, having some ice cream

A PAIR OF KANGAROOS are on the lam in Tuscon, AZ. 

SEALS, PORPOISES & WHALES have returned to the Thames River, which had been declared biologically dead in 1957. 

A SWEDISH BEAVER knocked out power to 15K. You know the squirrels put him up to it. 

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Calexico, Joss Stone, Metz, Looming, Tater Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUMFORD & SONS, THE VACCINES, and BLINK 182's Mark Hoppus tackle the Eurhythmics' "Sweet Deams (Are Made of This)."

CALEXICO played the NON-COMMvention in Philadelphia

JOSS STONE stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

METZ played a mini-set on KEXP's Afternoon Show.

LOOMING streams their debut LP, Nailbiter.

TOMMY STINSON "Can't Be Bothered" for charity. Dare I call it Westerbergian?

RED RIDER: Younger folks may remember Tom Cochrane for telling us life is a highway, but "Lunatic Fringe" found his prior band featured on the Vision Quest soundtrack, delivering the pseudo-Floyd-goods.

WILCO: Jeff Tweedy talks to Rolling Stone about Star Wars, the other Star Wars, Dylan, Trump and more.

BETHANY COSENTINO (Best Coast) and MOLLY RINGWALD continue their correspondence about their shared obsession with ’80s film soundtracks, Molly’s work as a writer and advice columnist, and why Bethany herself could have made a great John Hughes character.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Exclaim about the diverse sounds on Poison Season. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

BECK: Ten of the Best.

MEGAN FOX & BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN have separated after 11 years.

JARED FOGLE's wife has filed for divorce. Shocka.

JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT and wife Tasha McCauley welcomed their first baby, a son, the weekend of Aug. 15.

SHANNON DOHERTY has breast cancer, and his suing her manager for it.

YVONNE CRAIG, TV's Batgirl, died this week after a long two-year battle with breast cancer. She was 78.

ALEC BALDWIN goes off on another woman. How is he not running for President?

THE MARTIAN dropped a second trailer online.

GREECE: After two hours of debate, the German parliament overwhelmingly approved a €86 billion (96MM dollar) bailout. German chancellor Angela Merkel ultimately triumphed despite a rebellion by conservative lawmakers from her own party, who were against extending more loans to Greece.

IRAN will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

RALPH THE DOG hordes the tater tots.

CATSTATINOPLE, NOT ISTANBUL: In this ancient city once ruled by sultans and emperors, the real king is the humble alley cat.

A DOLPHIN was arrested as an Israeli spy by Hamas.

THE IOWA STATE FAIR: As a point of Pate privilege, I bring you the BBC trying to explain the timeless appeal of food-on-a-stick.

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Jon Pratt, Mac DeMarco, The Bird & the Bee, Kasey Musgraves, Goose   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays his "Rope Around the Moon" on a 1938 Vega archtop. BONUS: Jon also supplied the soundtrack and a cameo to this video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which features LEGOs.

MAC DeMARCO stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

THE BIRD & THE BEE played World Cafe via Capitol Studios in their hometown of Los Angeles. 

KACEY MUSGRAVE plays a Tiny Desk Concert

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: New tracks from Deerhunter, YACHT, Youth Lagoon and more highlight the latest edition. 

EVERCLEAR: "A.M. Radio." Because my brother's Pinto said so.

CHVRCHES gives SPIN advice on avoiding the sophomore slump. 

BEACH HOUSE talks to Exclaim about the making of Depression Cherry. 

LUCERO frontman Ben Nichols talks to Brooklyn Vegan about the new album, getting sampled, True Detective, and more. 

CH-CH-CH-CHANGES: Professor Will Brooker will spend months at a time experiencing David Bowie's life at different points through his 40-year career - from Ziggy Stardust to Let's Dance.  Does he live past the Thin White Duke?

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER took the kids to Disney World, but there was no public interaction between the estanged couple

JARED FOGLE, the former Subway spokesman, is expected to plead guilty to possession of child pr0n.

ROSIE O'DONNELL's 17 year old daughter, Chelsea O'Donnell, was reported missing.  But she was found by police and taken into custody.

TERRENCE HOWARD secretly divorced his third wife, Mira Pak, on July 27. 

JULIANNE HOUGH is engaged to Washington Capitals star Brooks Laich. 

EMILE HIRSCH has been sentenced to 15 days in jail for attacking a female movie executive at Sundance. 

STEPHEN COLBERT is profiled by GQ as he prepares to take the reins of The Late Show

VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN dropped a trailer online and it's roaming the countryside. 

GREECE agreed to sell to a German company the rights to operate 14 regional airports. The deal is the first in a wave of privatizations the government had until recently opposed but needs to make to qualify for bailout loans. 

UKRAINE: Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated sharply in recent days, with each side blaming the other for the violence. 

THAILAND: Suspicions focused on one man as investigators picked through the wreckage of the powerful bomb blast that brought death and destruction to a popular shrine in Bangkok. 

IRAQ's former prime minister, Nuri al-Maliki, on Tuesday denounced as worthless a parliamentary report which blamed him and others for the fall of Mosul to Islamic State last year and called for them to be referred to the judiciary

A LOST GOOSE is led to water by a Good Samaritan

A 5-YEAR-OLD GIRL can hypnotize animals with a wave of her hand. 

BLOODTHIRSTY SPIDERS could help fight malaria

ALLIGATORS ON HELIUM reveal the secret of gator communication

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Langhorne Slim, Giant Sand, Pleasure Leftists, Owl   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TAME IMPALA  drops a video for "Let It Happen." 

LANGHORNE SLIM & THE LAW played new material on KEXP's Morning Show

GIANT SAND, 30 years and thriving, played new material on KEXP's Afternoon Show

PLEASURE LEFTISTS: The post-punkers advance stream their debut, The Woods Of Heaven.

RESTORATIONS played a Tiny Desk Concert

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD drops the trippy title track to Paper Mache Dream Balloon. 

GREASE is the word back on big screens Wednesday, with "Summer Nights" and "You're the One That I Want" marking Twofer Tuesday.

RICHARD THOMPSON gives a sorta career-spanning review to Mother Jones

YO LA TENGO talks to Kurt Andersen about why they still love playing covers. Also, stream “Awhileaway,” a new original song from Stuff Like That There.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU, the Dean of American rock criticism, now has a weekly column at Noisey

BOB JOHNSON, who produced legendary LPs including--but by no means limited to--Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde, Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison and Simon & Garfunkel's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, passed away Friday at a Nashville hospice. He was 83. 

MORGAN FREEMAN's step-granddaughter may have been stabbed to death by her boyfriend during an exorcism.

TRACY MORGAN will host Saturday Night Live in October. 

BEN AFFLECK's limelight-loving nanny Christine Ouzounian is searching for an agent and is hoping for a reality-TV career

BRITNEY SPEARS' reign in Las Vegas could be coming to an end.  

KYLIE JENNER is getting flooded with offers to do adult video

UKRAINE: At least nine people have died in heavy exchanges of artillery fire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. 

TURKEY's nationalist opposition rejected a coalition with the ruling AK Party and refused to support a minority government on Monday, further complicating Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's efforts to break a debilitating political deadlock.

EGYPT adpoted a contoversial anti-terrorism law

IRAN will remain closed to U.S. influence and continue to oppose U.S. policies in the Middle East after its nuclear deal with big powers, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Monday, noting either country can still block the accord. 

AN OWL dicovers the pillow has an owl on it. 

FLORIDA PYTHONS are more active in the current heat wave

CARNIVOROUS CONCHS are blamed for the decline of oysters in Florida. 

YES, Rats Can Swim Up Your Toilet. And It Gets Worse Than That. 

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