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Cinco de Mayo, hold the mayo. Plus GotG2 and more.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 05, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with LOS LOBOS: "I Got Loaded" (with an added snippet of "Turn On Your Lovelight") from their fabulous first full-lengther, How Will the Wolf Survive? "Don't Worry Baby," "Evangeline," "Our Last Night," and "A Matter of Time" were on that album, too.

PEE WEE HERMAN: "Tequila." Obvs.

HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS: Rare video of "A Taste of Honey" from 1967.

CHEAP TRICK brings you the Mariachi mash-up of "Surrender."

JIMMY BUFFETT: Margaritaville. Obvs.

LIZ PHAIR: "Cinco de Mayo." Obvs.

BILLY JOEL talks to the L.A. Times about Donald Trump's wedding, quasi-touring, future projects and more.

THE POGUES are the subject of a musical written by David Simon, Laura Lippman, and George Pelecanos.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to the Bend Bulletin about his (relatively) raucous new LP. (Thx, LHB.)

THURSTON MOORE talks to Rolling Stone about putting Sonic Youth to rest.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2 is this weekend's sole wide release, currently scoring 86 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.  I read a number of reviews claiming that GotG2 isa lot of fun, but seems to have to work harder to get there.  I tend to disagree.  It is a lot of fun, but it is in some ways an unfair comparison.  A sequel like this one can never have the same novelty factor.  This is particularly true here, as I have to think most people were skeptical that a movie with a talking raccoon and a walking tree could be as good as the original was. Arriving a day after the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, it's a reminder that you can only be original once.  I don't know that GotG2 will ever be considered as good as The Empire Strikes Back, but I do remember that some were vaguely disappointed back in the day (mostly by its Act 2, unresolved ending), and GotG2 could similarly rise in the estimation of someof those with a wary view now.  GotG2 delivers most of the fun of the original, but is really only derivatively sequelly in its opening sequence, and takes you deeper with most of the characters in what is also a meditation on families -- how they are alike and also uniquely dysfunctional in their own ways.  The cast, both the originals -- esp. Karen gillan, Bradley Cooper and Michael Rooker -- and newcomers like Kurt Russell really deliver on these themes.  You may already know the signature retro soundtrack here is well-curated, but it's also clear that director James Gunn got exactly the songs he wanted and constructed entire scenses around some of them. Stay to the end for all five post-credits bonus scenes, most of which set up all kinds of interesting possibilities (if you're not a hardcore comics nerd, ask one who "Adam" is).

GOTG2 director James Gunn talks mom rock and why Led Zeppelin missed the cut for his awesome sequel mix.

AARON RODGERS is 'just friends' with Sports Illustrated model and Baywatch star Kelly Rohrbach.

MILEY CYRUS talks about returning to her roots, fiance Liam Hemsworth, and 'Merica.

JOE SCARBOROUGH & MIKA BRZEZINSKI are engaged folowing to worst-kept secret relationship in TV.

SYRIA: Dozens of black veils dotted a freshly laid sand berm in northern Syria, ditched by women fleeing the Islamic State group's bastion of Raqa as US-backed fighters close in.

AN EAGLE is rescued from the mud by a photographer.

A RUSSIAN was arrested at Amsterdam’s international airport after dozens of poisonous snakes and frogs were found hidden in his luggage.

RAM vs DRONE: Who You Got?

OLIVER THE DONKEY joined several therapy dogs offering stress relief during Finals Week at Montana State University in Bozeman.

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May the fourth be with you, always.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



CLOUD NOTHINGS shares a video for "Enter Entirely."

PRINCESS LEIA'S STOLEN DEATH STAR PLANS: The story of Star Wars, told with the music of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

SEBADOH, Live at Bell House, April 22, 2017.

THE PENGUIN CAFE streams The Imperfect Sea.

JAMES ELKINGTON teams with cellist Tomeka Reid on "Wading The Vapors."

SPECTRE FOLK shares “Bremsstrahlung” off Vol. 4.

THE SHINS cover The Smiths' "Panic."

WAVVES shares “No Shade.”


KIM WILDE: "Kids In America."

LED ZEPPELIN reuniting for the second Desert Trip concert?


DINOSAUR JR, ranked by Diffuser.

GRANDADDY: Kevin Garcia, the original and longtime bassist for the band, has died. He was 41 years old. Garcia suffered a massive stroke.


BUCKINGHAM PALACE: Prince Philip, the 95-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth II, will step back from his royal duties and stop carrying out public engagements this autumn, Buckingham Palace said in a statement on Thursday, although the role of the queen will be unchanged.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt talks to GQ about his divorce, quitting drinking, Frank Ocean and more.

CHRIS ROCK gets an in-depth profile at Rolling Stone.

THE DARK TOWER has an official trailer online.

MARVEL's THE DEFENDERS has a trailer online.

DRAKE faces a paternity claim from a former adult film actress.

STEPHEN COLBERT responded to the #FireColbert backlash that hit Twitter this week, which called out the CBS late-night host for his jokes about President Donald Trump in Monday's monologue.

AFGHANISTAN: A US army photographer captured the blast that killed her.


TURKEYS hold a man hostage in Georgia.

HUMPBACK WHALES are trying to stop killer whales' unprecedented string of attacks on gray whales in Monterey Bay.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: It's like we learn nothing from history.

VIRGINIA MYSTERY: Why would someone go around shaving other people's cats?

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Things for Wednesday. Jon Pratt, The Zombies and other Wednesday things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



JON PRATT: Somehow, I think I missed his video for "My long view comes up a little short," based on a poem by his daughter Aurora. Vintage guitar included.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

CAYETANA advance streams New Kind of Normal.

MOUNTAIN MOVERS stream a self-titled LP.

GLEN CAMPBELL shares "Adios," the title track from his final LP.

THE DRUMS share "Heart Basel."

QUINDAR shares "Twin Pole Sunshade For Rusty Schweikart.”


THE ZOMBIES played "Time Of The Season and "A Rose For Emily" for Conan.

SLOWDIVE: Noisey asked vocalist and guitarist Rachel Goswell where the self-titled project came from after 22 years.

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield talks to The Creative Independent about writing the new record and more.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2017 (So Far), according to Paste.

COLONEL BRUCE HAMPTON, guitarist and respected elder statesman of the jam-band community, died Monday night after collapsing on stage during the encore of his own birthday celebration. He was 70 years old.


JOHNNY DEPP allegedly paid someone to remember his film lines for him.

JUSTIN BIEBER is dating singer and actress Hailee Steinfeld.

JIMMY KIMMEL emotionally revealed that his son with wife Molly McNearney had to have open heart surgery at only three days old. 

THE DARK TOWER teasers turned up in a Twitter exchange between Idris ELba and Michael McConnaughey.

THE FYRE FESTIVAL's marketing pitch, which relied on "the Fyre Tribe" of influencers, bordered on self-parody.

KIRK DOUGLAS has been candid about his extramarital affairs in the past, and his wife of more than 60 years says she accepted his infidelity — and willfully turned a blind eye to his lovers.

AMERICAN IDOL could be headed to ABC.

DEADWOOD has a finished film script.


A VETERINARIAN sings to a nervous pup before her surgery.

A MONKEY ON THE LAM resurfaces in Florida.

A FLYING FISH cheapshots a waterskier.

FEMALE DRAGONFLIES fake death to avoid males.  Who among us?

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Tuesday powers up with Moar Things.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FATHER JOHN MISTY's video for "Total Entertainment Forever" includes Macaulay Culkin starring as a crucified Kurt Cobain.

EDDIE VEDDER covered Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and Neil Young (among others) at the Hot Stove Cool Music benefit concert in Boston.

SUFJAN STEVENS plays the entire Carrie & Lowell album and a seven-song encore in Charleston.

THE AFGHAN WHIGS advance stream In Spades.

RYAN ADAMS drops Prisoner B-Sides on Spotify.

HARMONY WOODS advance streams Nothing Special.

WALTER MARTIN (Walkmen) advance streams My Kinda Music.

ALEX NAPPING streams Mise En Place.

PRINCE's "Electric Intercourse" is on streaming services.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT covers Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."

MATTHEW SWEET reurns with a "Trick."

RG LOWE shares “State Of Play.”


PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS sync through "Steppin' Out" and "Louie, Louie" on Canada's Swingin' Time for Twofer Tuesday.

THE REVOLUTION: Wendy Melvoin, Bobby Z. and Matt "Doctor Fink" Fink joined All Things Considered to talk about the band's history, working through their grief with tour audiences and the unreleased music that remains in Prince's vault at Paisley Park.

MICHAEL McDONALD announced his first album of original material in 17 years.

MIDNIGHT OIL: Inside their return.



THE FYRE FESTIVAL is hit with a 100MM lawsuit.  So of course organizers of the doomed fest are threatening at least one disgruntled festivalgoer.

RIDLEY SCOTT says Alien 5 isn’t happening (though spin-offs are).

RYAN SEACREST  will join “Live” as Kelly Ripa's co-host.

THE LAST SHIP has been temporarily shut down at the request of star Eric Dane, who suffers from depression.

TWIN PEAKS: Tour the sites in the latest trailer.

THE GONG SHOW reboot has found its host...and it's a little weird.

THE GODFATHER (I & II): Francis Ford Coppola, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Talia Shire, James Caan, and Robert Duvall talked Corleone at the Tribeca Film Festival.

RESERVOIR DOGS: Cast members Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi and writer-director-actor Quentin Tarantino got together to reminisce after the 1992 movie screened to a packed house at the Beacon Theater. Here are seven fun facts they revealed.

VENEZUELAN President Nicolas Maduro has signed a decree for convening a citizens assembly to rewrite the constitution.


A DOG and a DUCK, living together... mass hysteria!

A TERRIER MIX was, missing for over a year, but an amazing coincidence miles, and miles away brought them back together.

A FREIGHTER FULL OF LIVESTOCK Sank A Russian Spy Ship In The Black Sea.

MATING KANGAROOS halt traffic in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. No one will be watching them...

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Events conspired against me. But I have a couple of Things. Three, really.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, May 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Fate of the Furious threepeated atop the chart with another 19.4MM on a 50 percent drop and breaking the billion-dollah mark worldwide.But it's already getting competition from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 in some foreign markets and this weekend should put the spaceships ahead of the cars.  How To Be A Latin Lover placed well above expectations with 12MM; it will be interesting to see whather this plays as counter-programming to GotG2, or gets squeezed simply by the sheer number of screens Star-Lord & Co. will occupy.  Even more surprising is the Indian Baahubali 2: The Conclusion showing with 10.1 million on just 445 screens; the original, however, wasn't leggy and I would expect the same here.  The debut of The Circle took the fourth slot with 9.3MM -- despite Emma Watson and Tom hanks, this one got terrible reviews and Cinemascores (a D-), so the only silver lining here is the 18MM budget.

THE FYRE FESTIVAL promised luxury on an uninhabited island in the Bahamas, but delivered what looks like a refugee camp.  According to sources, organizers, including Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, warned A-listers who had promoted the event not to come and took off when things went south.

ROSEANNE is making a comeback.

I should have more Things for Tuesday.  See you then!

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