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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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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jayhawks, Jennylee, Tarantula   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SLEATER-KINNEY covers the Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight).”

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS are streaming It's a Holiday Soul Party.

THE JAYHAWKS reveal new material and play live at World Cafe.

JENNYLEE of Warpaint features solo material in WFUV's Studio A.

THE BOTH: Aimee Mann & Ted Leo drop "You're a Gift" for the holidays.

SHE & HIM get animated for their take on "Baby, It's Cold Outside," which Zooey originally sang in Elf.

SLY STONE won't be able to collect 5MM in royalties because he previously had assigned those royalties to a production company.

JOANNA NEWSOM is profiled by the Mpls Star-Tribune.

SONG EXPLODER is one of Vulture's 10 Best Podcasts of 2015.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2015, according to Stereogum

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 tops the chart again with 11.3 MM, while the weekend's sole big new release, In the Heart of the Sea, placed with 11MM (so there's an outside chance these will reverse once the estimates become real numbers). The moral of the story is: Don't open your movie the weekend before a new Star Wars episode (see also Jurassic World, Iron Man 3, The Avengers and The Dark Knight). Then again, tthe reviews for In the Heart of the Sea weren't all that hot for what was hoped to be awards bait as well s a commercial success. Normally, a B+ Cinemascore would be good word of mought, but Star Wars is going to be joined by many other choices for counter-programming.Moreover, the overseas erceipts were equally tepid, which mean Ron Howard & Chris hemsworth may end up with movie losing tens of millions at the box office.  The Good Dinosaur shows with 10.5MM,which means it continues to lag Pixar's other recent releases andhas yet to recop its reported 167MM production budget worldwide.  Creed remains in the fourth slot with 10.1MM on a leggy 33 percent drop. Awards nominations may keep it leggy into 2016.  Krampus rounds out the Top Five with 8MM and will likely profit on the big screen, albeit not on the Gremlins scale for which the studio hoped.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE & AMY SCHUMER wearing the same dress to the Golden Globes?

EVA LONGORIA is engaged to Jose Antonio Baston, the President of Televisa— Latin America's largest media company.

BEYONCE & BRADLEY COOPER may topline his directorial debut, a remake of A Star Is Born.

CATE BLANCHETT may soon be joining the Marvel universe.

CAMILLE PAGLIA called Taylor Swift a "Nazi Barbie."

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE drops its first trailer.

IDEPENDENCE DAY: RESURGENCE also dropped a trailer online.

AUSTRALIAN police charged five people including a teenage boy over plans to carry out a terror attack in Sydney, linking counterterrorism raids on Thursday to an earlier operation last December.

FRANCE's National Front failed to win a single region in local elections Sunday, after mainstream parties managed to block its candidates - including the far-right party's chief, Marine Le Pen - from taking advantage of leads in several regions. BTW, while the Socialists (and some in the press) are declaring the National Front to be extreme-right, the reality is that they are more like Donald Trump -- anti-immigration, but further Left on many issues than the center-right figures that won yesterday.

RUSSIA on Sunday warned Turkey to stop staging what it called provocations against its forces in or near Syria after one of its warships fired warning shots at a Turkish vessel in the Aegean to avoid a collision.

A TARANTULA makes a good pet...for some people, I guess.

A LARGE HERD OF BUFFALO is running loose near Tisdale, Sask.

A BABY DOLPHIN at the Shedd Aquarium is looking for a name.

A HORSE BREEDER who found a newborn piglet in her stables thinks it may have been carried there by a fox.

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Shindig, Telekinesis, Cheetahs, Here We Go Magic, Dog Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with A CHRISTMAS SHINDIG! The full episode has gone dark, but still-available clips from 1964 include The Beach Boys' "Dance, Dance, Dance," Bobby Sherman and Donna Loren singing "Keep on Searching," the Righteous Brothers doing "The Jerk" and an awesome milk commercial, Adam Faith with "Watch Your Step," and "Santa Claus Is Back In Town", Bobby Sherman with "Sleigh Ride," Donna Loren returning with a Spector-esque, but rougher "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and The Beach Boys deliver a set including "Little Saint Nick," "Monster Mash" (yes, really) "Papa Oom Mow Mow," "Johnny B. Goode," and "We Three Kings."

TELEKINESIS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. (Somehow I missed this in October.)

CHEETAHS stopped by KEXP for a mini-set.

HERE WE GO MAGIC stopped by KUTX for a chat and mini-set.

ARCHY (King Krule) & JACK MARSHALL stream A New Place 2 Drown.

PARALLELOGRAMS is a project pairing artists including Yo La Tengo, Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Hiss Golden Messenger, and more.

BRITT DANIEL of Spoon covered CCR's "Run Through the Jungle" for FX's Fargo.

JAILL drops “Port Of Call" ahead of Whatever It Be.

GLAM CHOPS: Art Brut's Eddie Argos has a "Countdown to Christmas."

THE REPLACEMENTS' authorized biography is due in March.

DESTOYER: Dan Bejar talks to The Guardian about rocking in his 40s, the Destroyer drinking game, and more.

JOANNA NEWSOM: The Harp Wants What It Wants.

THE 15 BEST ALBUMS of 2015, according to The A.V. Club.

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA is this weekend's sole wide release; it's currently scoring 51 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations went to these folks. Congrats, esp. to Brian Wilson.

JOHN MADDEN was released from the hospital after undergoing open-heart surgery.

KRISTIN CAVALLARI's brother Michael has been found dead nearly two weeks after he went missing.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS reveals more new stuff in a Chinese trailer.

THE LEGEND OF TARZAN drops a teaser trailer.

SAN BERNARDINO: An investigation that once focused primarily on the husband and wife responsible for killing 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif., last week continues to expand as the FBI questions an ever-growing network of people with ties to the couple.

SWITZERLAND was on high alert Thursday as police searched for suspects related to the terror attacks in Paris, a source close to the investigation told CNN.

SYRIA: U.S. and Israeli officials say Putin's intervention in Syria is showing slower results than the Russian president had hoped, possibly making Putin more willing to cooperate with U.S. efforts to settle Syria's civil war. Syrian opposition and rebel groups agreed Thursday for the first time to unite behind a single body and a statement of principles that will form the basis for possible peace negotiations with the Syrian government next year.

A DOG rescued from a piece of ice.

DINGOES play an important role in protecting a long list of threatened and non-threatened Australian species, though maybe not your baby.

AN ALASKAN GRIZZLY may have been murdered by a fmr Miss Kansas.

REINDEER Photobomb.

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