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Best Coast, Gang of Four, Twin Shadow, Pit Bull and Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KING TUFF drops a video for "Madness."

BEST COAST perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

GANG OF FOUR perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

TWIN SHADOW performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

RYAN BINGHAM performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

THE DAVID BYRNE/T-HEADS TRIBUTE CONCERT produced Byrne dancing to "Uptown Funk," Sharon Jones killing "Psycho Killer," and Santigoldcovering "Burning Down the House," among others.

MINISTRY drops a demo for the unreleased "The Game Is Over" ahead of a Record Store Day box.

LONG KNIVES drop the inaptly-named "Unwelcome Guest" ahead of their debut EP.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love."

COURTNEY BARNETT talks to NME about happiness, gentrification, her new LP, and more.

CHAKA KHAN is bored with "I Feel For You," but has thoughts on the current scene at The Guardian.

LIVE SONGS Better Than The Studio Versions.  I largely concur.

THE JIMMY SAVILLE SCANDAL continues as the BBC goes after whistleblowers.

JESSE EISENBERG shows his pate as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

IDRIS ELBA is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3.

ONE DIRECTION loses Zayn Malik.

BRADLEY COOPER may make his feature directorial debut on the remake of A Star Is Born.  The hope is for Cooper also to star in the film.

EMILIA CLARKE talks to THR about Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys, and turning down Fifty Shades of Grey.

JEREMY RENNER's estranged wife threatened to release intimate videos of him if he ever went back on his promise to help her get a green card.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY had to put off Woody Allen? This is my shocked face.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has a trailer for Maggie, which seems like Taken meets The Walking Dead.

TURKEY: Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TUNISIA: The Islamic State has seized the city that gave its name to Luke Skywalker's home planet in the Star Wars films.

YEMEN sank deeper into chaos on Tuesday as Houthi fighters inched toward the city of Aden, where deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has sought refuge, raising concerns of a full-blown war for control of a globally strategic oil transit point. In fac, Washington Post Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly hears reports that Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-allied militias in Yemen.  And now there's more.  Meanwhile, secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.

IRAQ: The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian and Iraqi troops in the key city of Tikrit, a U.S. official tells The Daily Beast.

IRAN has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the nuclear negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June. Shocka.

A STRAY PITBULL adopts an ORPHANED KITTEN... mass hysteria!

A MINESWEEPING PIG was banned from a pub after head-butting other customers.

A KANGAROO with a watering can stuck on its head.

DON'T LEASH YOUR CAT to the hood of your car. The More You Know.

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Lost Boy?, The Staves, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fritz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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TWEEDY plays "World Away" for Conan.

LOST BOY? advance streams Canned

THE STAVES advance stream If I Was. 

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR advance streams Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE advance streams Radium Death.

BRIAN WILSON is joined by former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on "Sail Away." 

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MAGAZINE: "Shot By Both Sides" on TOTP.

LOWER DENS: Jana Hunter takes All Songs Considered on a track-by-track tour of Escape From Evil. 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to ABC Online about his debut novel Wolf in White Van. (Thx, LHB.)

THIN WHITE ROPE, a band I used to spin as a DJ, are named Cult Heroes at The Guardian

MARVIN GAYE's TOP TEN, according to Stereogum

ANGELINA JOLIE wrote about having her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed

MILEY CYRUS & PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER are still an item, apparently. 

VIN DIESEL predicts that Furious 7 will win Best Picture.  Take that bet.

JON HAMM just got out of rehab, which is more than you can say for Don Draper.

PRETTY WOMAN has a 25th anniversary cast reunion

THE X-FILES returns for a six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. 

MATEUS WARD (Weeds) is rumored to have auditioned to be Marvel's new Spider-Man.

NATO and Swedish QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) interceptors were scrambled to identify and shadow a formation of two Russian Air Force Tu-22M Backfire bombers escorted by two Su-27 Flanker aircraft.

IRAN: An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. 

SYRIA: he Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States will halt the withdrawal of 9800 troops from Afghanistan, half of whom were scheduled to leave in the months ahead, and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015.

FRITZ tries to catch food. Emphasis on tries. In slo-mo.

A SEA LION PUP wriggled onto a surfboard to ride the California waves. 

WOOLY MAMMOTH GENES have been spliced into an unsuspecting elephant. They spared no expense. 

A SUPER-SALAMANDER lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth’s top predators more than 200 million years ago. 

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Ryley Walker, Simon Joyner, Courtney Barnett, Ponies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JACK WHITE backs ROBERT PLANT on "The Lemon Song."

RYLEY WALKER'S Primrose Green is streaming at NPR.

SIMON JOYNER is advance streaming Grass, Branch & Bone.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays Stubb's BBQ in Austin.

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD cover Elliott Smith at The Current.

BUILT TO SPILL shared "Never Be the Same", a new song from their forthcoming Untethered Moon LP.

BLUR drops “Lonesome Street” ahead of The Magic Whip.

MODEST MOUSE played "The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box" and "Coyotes," on CBS This Morning.

DAVID CROSBY hit a jogger with his car at approximately 50 mph Sunday evening. 

ELVIS COSTELLO is publishing his memoirs this Fall.

LAURA MARLING discusses Short Movie at Exclaim.

JIMI HENDRIX's “Foxy Lady” Revealed?

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION has a trailer online.  And Disney will refrain from referring to Star Wars: Rogue One this summer in most promotional materials aimed at the general consumer.

MILA KUNIS admiited she married Ashton Kutcher.

VIN DIESEL surprised audiences at a public screening of Furious 7 and broke down while paying tribute to the late Paul Walker.  He also named his daughter after Walker.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE says X-Men: Apocalypse will be her last turn as Mystique.

SCOTT DISICK's stint in rehab includes clubbing.

CANDICE BERGEN is happily acknowledging and embracing her weight gain.

DARREN SHARPER: The five-time Pro Bowler will spend the next two decades behind bars for drugging and raping multiple women in Louisiana.

YEMEN could be the next Syria. Houthi rebel fighters have taken control of crucial installations in Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city.

IRAN:  Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has cancer. After him are men even less likely to comply with a nuclear deal.

PONIES fend off a Wild Boar.

DOLPHINS have dark secrets. Just ask George C. Scott.

38 ROYAL PYTHONS, which included eight pregnant females, were taken from a house in St Helens.

THE SWARM: A bee attack during a baseball game in St. George forced players and spectators to flee and sent one man to the hospital.

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Jon Pratt, Michael Browne RIP, Van Morrison, Sufjan Stevens, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays one "Halfway to Memphis" on a 1929 Regal Parlor to guitar to open his new website.

VAN MORRISON is advance streaming Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue.

SUFJAN STEVENS is advance streaming Carrie & Lowell.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE is advance streaming Kintsugi.

LOWER DENS is advance streaming Escape From Evil.

MICHAEL BROWN,  a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65. He later performed with the group Stories, which had a hit with “Brother Louie,” before becoming a solo act. The L.A. Times has rememberances from Linda Ronstadt and Andrew Sandoval. I used to torture Friend of Pate Craig O'Neill with this song on the radio, but I think he eventually came around, perhaps due to Billy Bragg.

THE 100 GREATEST BEATLES SONGS picked by musical A-Listers for NME: Part One and Part Two.

REAL ESTATE: Martin Courtney is interviewed by Jason Schwartzman. (Thx, LHB.)

TORI AMOS talks to The A.V. Club about religion, Lauren Bacall, and latrines.

"TUTTI FRUITI": The original lyrics were far more risque.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Divergent Series: Insurgent tops the chart with 5MM, almost exactly what the original grossed in its debut. That's a bit dodgy for a sequel, esp. one thta cost 25MM more than the first. Lionsgate will be hoping for better overseas grosses (as happened with The Hunger Games) to keep the gravy flowing.  Cinderella places with 34.5MM; that's a 49 percent drop, but not bad against Insurgent, having crossed the 100MM mark in eight days.  Run All Night shows with 5.1MM on a 54 percent drop and now looks like it will not reach profit on the big screen.  The Gunman debuts in fourth with 5MM and will need extraordinary receipts overseas to reach profit against a 40MM budget. Kingsman: The Secret Service rounds out the Top 5 with 4.6MM on a leggy 26 percent drop.

ZOE SALDANA is not joining Elton John's boycott of Dolce & Gabbana.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN is sticking by Scott Disick in rehab.

VERNE TROYER was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure during a fan meet and greet in Texas.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's condition is finally sinking in with her family.

JESSICA PARE (Mad Men) welcomed her first child with boyfriend John Kastner.

CHINESE state media turned to Yiddish on Saturday in the war of words over territorial disputes, criticising the United States as a "kibitzer" for what it called meddling in the South China Sea issue.

TUNISIA: A third attacker in the deadly assault on the Bardo museum is on the run, Tunisia's president said Sunday, declaring his country at war with the extremists who killed 21 people at one of North Africa's most revered cultural institutions.

NIGERIA: Around 100 bodies were found Friday in a mass grave on the edge of a town in northeast Nigeria after it was freed from Boko Haram Islamists, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP.

YEMEN: Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over large parts of the rapidly fragmenting nation. At least 13 children were among the dead. About 100 U.S. Special Operations Forces have been ordered to evacuate Yemen because of a dramatic increase in sectarian violence.

IRAQ: A billboard depicting the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini now stands near the plinth where a giant statue of Saddam Hussein once stood.

TORTOISE INTERRUPTUS turns into a slow-speed chase.

THE ILI PIKA: Snapped for the first time in 30 years.

OPOSSUMS may end up saving thousands of humans from deadly snakebites each year.

AND THERE WERE CATFISH All Over The Highway.

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Friday, March 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with TRAFFIC!  Live in Santa Monica, circa 1972, flagged by my online pal Jay. Your setlist includes: Low Spark of High Heeled Boys; Light Up or Leave Me Alone; John Barley corn; Rainmaker; Glad; Freedom Rider; Forty Thousand Headmen; and Dear Mr. Fantasy.

COURTNEY BARNETT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE stopped by KEXP for a mini-set including ‘My Sister’, ‘Spin The Bottle’ and more.

THE TWILIGHT SAD played the Triple Door of Seattle live for KEXP VIP donors.

VIET CONG plays live in the KEXP Studio.

DEATH GRIPS is streaming The Powers That B, Disc 2: Jenny Death. Not my bag, but Pate bassist Mike Kelly may dig it.

JAMES MURPHY covers Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack to Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young.

THE SMOKING POPES: "Need You Around," for a little Chicago flavor.

LAURA MARLING talks to The Quietus about Whitman, Jodorowsky, adventures in the desert and her new album, Short Movie. (Thx. Frank Yang.)

MADONNA talks to Pitchfork: “If you ask me a question I think is stupid then you have to take a shot of this tequila."

RAY CHARLES talked to NME as he arrived for his first UK tour back in '63.

THE SPECIALS: Ten of the Best.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include The Divergent Series: Insurgent, which is currently scoring 36 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Gunman, which is coring 17 percent; and Do You Believe?, which was not screened for critics.

BRADLEY COOPER & SUKI WATERHOUSE have called it quits after roughly two years.

EVA MENDEZ talks to Extra about her new daughter Esmeralda, her appreciation for motherhood, and the secret to keeping Ryan Gosling happy.

TRUE DETECIVE has cast adult film actresses for a colossal orgy scene.

OSCAR ISSAC is profiled by Details.

LIZA MINELLI checks into rehab.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON TV Spots just keep getting better.

TUNISIA said it would deploy the army to major cities and arrested nine people on Thursday after 20 foreign tourists were shot dead in an attack on a museum which Islamic State militants called "the first drop of the rain".

SYRIAN President Bashar al-Assad is brazenly challenging the latest U.S.-led effort to stop him from using chemical weapons, and the Obama administration has yet to say if it will do anything about it.

IRAN: French leaders think the U.S. president is dangerously naïve on Iran's ambitions, and that his notion of making Iran an "objective ally" in the war against ISIS, or even a partner, together with Putin's Russia, to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, is both far-fetched and "amateurish."

AFGHANISTAN: A woman was beaten to death by a mob before her body was set on fire and dumped in a muddy river in the heart of Afghanistan's capital.

CATS: Don't cross 'em.

VAMPIRE CRABS: Two new species discovered.

IGUANAS were duct taped to a bike and offered for sale in Florida.

SHARK ATTACK: The hunt is on in Hawaii for a 10- to 12-foot tiger shark that attacked a vacationing Kansas man while snorkeling with family this week.

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