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Pat DiNizio RIP, Big Thief, Margo Price, Cigarettes After Sex, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PAT DiNIZIO, who as lead singer and songwriter for the New Jersey band the Smithereens blended pop, rock and New Wave music for such hits as “Blood and Roses, "Behind the Wall of Sleep," “Only a Memory,” ” “In a Lonely Place,” and “A Girl Like You,” died Dec. 12. He was 62. The band announced the death on Facebook but did not disclose any other details. Here's the local angle from NJ.com.  A 2011 concert was re-upped by World Cafe.  My personal fave still may be "Strangers When We Meet," particularly the Beatle-esque counterpoint during the middle-eight.

BIG THIEF played a full set at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke, Mass.

MARGO PRICE plays from the 9:30 Club balcony for NPR Music's 10th anniversary.

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX play a Tiny Desk Concert.

U2 covers Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."

CAR SEAT HEADREST returns with the 13-minute "Beach Life-In-Death."

KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD share two new singles, “Beginners Luck” and “All is Known.”

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

THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME inductees include Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits, The Moody Blues, and Nina Simone.  The snubbed include The Zombies, Radiohead, the MC5, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, LL Cool J, Judas Priest, the Meters, Link Wray, Rufus with Chaka Khan, and J. Geils Band.

THE 20 BEST ALBUMS of 2017, according to Pitchfork.

THE 100 BEST SONGS of 2017, according to NPR Music.

THE FLAMING LIPS' Wayne Coyne reviews 2017.

YO LA TENGO returned to their Hanukkah tradition at the Bowery Ballroom, starting with a reworking of KISS.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN:  Salma Hayek writes of his sexual misconduct and threats to kill her.

RUSSELL SIMMONS is accused of rape by three women.

TAVIS SMILEY has been suspended by PBS after allegations of misconduct.

MORGAN SPURLOCK on Wednesday admitted to a history of sexual misconduct that reaches back to his college days.

THE SAG AWARDS nominations went to these folks. Congrats.

KIRSTEN DUNST & JESSE PLEMMONS are expecting their first child together.

DWAYNE "THE ROCK" JOHNSON an Lauren Hashian are expecting their child (his third).

JOHN STAMOS is going to be a dad at 54.

J-ROD: Marriage rumors.

A MONKEY ON THE LAM in Tokyo dodges capture for over a week.

RUDE TIT steals squirrel's nut.

GIANT PENGUIN BONES have been dug up in New Zealand.

FRANCESCA THE HIPPO was welcomed to the Oklahoma City Zoo by Gayla Peevey, who sang the novelty hit, "I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas" in 1953.

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JD McPherson, Phoebe Bridgers, Joe Henry, Christmas Squirrel Threat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS: “Ain’t No Chimneys In The Projects.”

JD McPHERSON stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PHOEBE BRIDGERS stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

JOE HENRY stops by WFUV's Studio A.

LUCY DACUS shares "Night Shift." (Thx, Katherine.)

LOMA: Members of Cross Record and Shearwater share "Relay Runner."


MGMT shares a video for "When You Die."

MARGO PRICE writes about Cohen, Dylan, writing songs and singing poems.

THE CURE will play a 40th anniversary concert in Hyde Park, with a slew of quality opening acts.

THE NATIONAL: Aaron and Bryce Dessner talk to The Guitar magazine about their gear and learning to play together.

THE 50 BEST ALBUMS of 2017, according to NPR Music.


JESSICA CHASTAIN had worried that she would face industry repercussions for speaking out about sexual misconduct.

KEN FRIEDMAN, owner of the famed Spotted Pig restaurant, is accused of sexual harassment.


CONFESSIONS of a Star Wars Nerd.

LUPITA NYONG'O talks to Vogue about prepping for Black Panther, colonialism, pole-dancing, and more.

BATGIRL, GREEN LANTERN CORPS, and JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK remain on the DC/WB movie slate (for now, anyway).


THE SQUIRREL THREAT: An obese squirrel was caught on video stealing gourmet chocolate and lip balm that a family leaves outside as a holiday treat for delivery people.

A DOGGO who nearly died af a flea infestation found his forever home.

A YOUNG DEER, lost in the supermarket.

RUDOLPH roasting on an open fire...no, wait!

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Bon Iver, All Songs, Lithuania, Pearl Jam, Old Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


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."

BON IVER played a couple -- including some Leon Russell -- for NPR Music's 10th Anniversary Concert.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: The Year In Music 2017.

LITHUANIA streams White Reindeer.


SQUEEZE share a video for “Patchouli.

PEARL JAM gets a 2-hour, 23-minute long survey on Political Beats with guest Josh Jordan.

DESTROYER: Dan Bejar talks to Under the Radar about ken.

MORRISSEY claims he was misquoted by Der Spiegel about... well, everything.

APPLE denies reports that it is retiring the iTunes Music Store from 2019.


THE GOLDEN GLOBES nominations went to these folks. Congrats.

AMAZON STUDIOS struggles to find a new head in the Post-Weinstein world.

MARIO BATALI steps away from his restaurant empire amid sexual misconduct allegations.

A PROMINENT AGENT at CAA is facing accusations that he offered an actor sex in exchange for access to directors and a movie star.

READY PLAYER ONE has a trailer online.

ADRIANNA LIMA is not ditching Victorias Secret, despite recently saying she won't be taking off her clothes anymore for an "empty cause."

THE LAST JEDI is getting good early buzz, including from some not high on The Force Awakens.

IT'S STAR WARS TIME, AGAIN: Has the franchise become that unpleasant uncle you have to see each December?

HOW THE POST Became the Hottest Screenplay in Hollywood.


SWIMMING with One of the World's Oldest Sharks.

A PLAGUE OF BATS overruns a Queensland town.

...AND THERE WERE EEELS all over the highway. In fact, my hovercraft is full of eels.

THOROUGHBREADS may be trained to run, but not to outrun Califonia's wildfires.

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Courtney Barnett + Kurt Vile, King Krule, GbV, Otis Redding, Dog-Sized Lizard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, December 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THE NATIONAL covers Leonard Cohen's "Memories" in Montreal.

COURTNEY BARNETT & KURT VILE play a Tiny Desk Concert.

KING KRULE stopepd by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

CHRISTMAS JAMBREE: A Vintage Jamaican Yuletide Mixtape.

GUIDED BY VOICES returns with "Space Gun."


OTIS REDDING: In memory of the man and his musical revolution, 50 years later. This 2011 piece from The Atlantic is also on point.

THE GUMMY AWARDS voting is open.

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Josh Homme apologizes for kicking a photographer in the face at a KROQ concert.

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler has opened a women’s shelter for abused girls.

MEAT LOAF, as quoted -- several times -- by the Senate Banking Committee.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Coco threepeats atop the chart with 18.3MM on a leggy 33 percent drop, roughly on a Moana trajectory, but from a lower opening base; it will beat out the Cars franchise, but remain at the bottom end of Pixar pics.  It will likely get crushed -- like everything else -- by The Last Jedi next weekend, but then is a decent bet to pick up steam in the heart of the holiday season.  Justice League places again 9.6MM on a 42 percent drop; it breaks the 200MM mark domestic, but let's recall Wonder Woman broke 400MM domestic.  Wonder shows again with 8.5MM and breaks the 100MM mark (on a reported 20MM budget, as opposed to Justice League's reported 300MM production tab).  The Disaster Artist expanded its screens and took the fourth slot with 6.4MM.  Thor: Ragnarok rounds out the Top Five with another 6.3MM tossed on its enormous pile of receipts.

DUSTIN HOFFMAN was accused of 'abusive' sexual harassment on Broadway.

JESSICA CHASTAIN says a famous actor told her to ‘calm down’ about Harvey Weinstein.

SAMANTHA FOX claims DAVID CASSIDY assaulted her in a bathroom.

ARMIE HAMMER apologized for making comments about the allegations against Casey Affleck.

JESSICA JONES shares a trailer for Season Two.

THE TERROR, Ridley Scott’s new AMC drama, shares a trailer online.

ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, from James cameron and robert Rodriguez, shares a trailer online.

THE HEAD OF THE DISNEY MUSIC GROUP was arrested and charged with abusing two underaged girls.

DISNEY nears a deal for Fox assets, as the curtain draws close on the era of the ‘Big Six’ studios.

A WOMAN, and her dog-sized lizard.

FRANK, a wild turkey popular in Cuyohoga Falls, was struck by an automobile.

PESTS OR PALS: How to live in harmony with urban wildlife.

HELLO, IT'S THE POST OFFICE: Your Chickens Have Escaped.

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Shindig, Jeff Tweedy, Bette Smith, Stars, Golden Retriever   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, December 08, 2017 - 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."

JEFF TWEEDY played a career-spanning, six-song set for NPR Music's 10th anniversary concert.

BETTE SMITH stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

STARS stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

COMA CINEMA streams Loss Memory.

BUFFALO TOM shares "All Be Gone."

THE KINKS, with the evergreen "Father Christmas."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN guitarist Stevie Jackson ranks the band's catalog.

LISA LOEB talks to Stereogum about her Grammy-nominated children’s album, meeting David Bowie, and the origin of "Stay (I Missed You)."

SIMON RAYMONDE, of the Cocteau Twins and Bella Union, tals to The Creative Independent about preserverance.

THE BEST ALBUMS of 2017, according to Drowned in Sound.

NOW SHOWING: Just Getting Started is this weekend's wide release, and as of Thusday afternoon it either hasn't been screened or reviews are embargoed.  Meanwhile, The Disaster Artist expands near-wideat 94 percent, though it seems like it should have a cult audience.

BRYAN SINGER is being sued for allegedly forcing a 17-year-old boy to perform oral sex on him and then raping him, but Singer categorically denies the allegations. This is my shocked face.

DYLAN FARROW asks why the Weinstein scandal has yet to hi Woody Allen.

KEVIN SPACEY reportedly groped a former member of Norway's royal family at a banquet 10 years ago.

J.K. ROWLING defends casting Johnny Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts movies.

JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM posts a trailer online. There will be Goldblum.

THE DC UNIVERSE is getting a studio shakeup following the box office disappointment of Justice League, .

JOHN TRAVOLTA claims Lionsgate sold his Gotti biopic back to the producer because he found someone willing to bankroll a wider release.

PRINCE HARRY & MEGHAN MARKLE plot a pre-nuptual getaway.

QUENTIN TARANTINO's STAR TREK is apparently not a joke, and probably R-rated.

X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX gets the first look treatment from Entertainment Weekly.

THE PREDATOR will explore the greater details of why these extraterrestrial creatures came to Earth and what exactly they plan to do there.

LINDSAY LOHAN wants a Mean Girls sequel becacuse of course she would.

DAVID CASSIDY cut his estranged daughter out of his will.

A GOLDEN RETRIEVER knows the struggles of being the older sibling.

THE JELLYFISH APOCALYPSE: The stinging, gelatinous blobs could take over the world's oceans.

A NEWLY-DISCOVERED DINOSAUR is like a raptor with a swan's neck. So weird that experts thought it might be fake.

A 17-FT PYTHON that could 'pretty much kill any full-grown man' was caught in Everglades.

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