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Monday, May 30, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MEMORIAL DAY has become -- in the minds of some -- a day devoted to uncovering their swimming pools and barbeques. So take a moment (preferably at 3 p.m. local time) to remember what it's really about. At least I think, that's still the deal -- the Remember.gov still seems to be down (good job, feds).  You can read about "The Meaning of Memorial Day" with selections from American authors and statesmen, including Herman Melville, Ernie Pyle, Louisa May Alcott, Frederick Douglass, and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Joyce Johnson and the "Arlington Ladies" who attend every funeral in Arlington National Cemetery, to ensure no soldier is buried alone, take more than a moment.  Re-read "A Death in the Family," as powerful as it was when Christopher Hitchens wrote it in 2007.  Revisit William Wyler's footage of the last mission of the Memphis Belle, or check the Tube for Alfred Hitchcock's footage of the liberation of the Belsen concentration camp.  The Wikipedia entry for Memorial Day notes a race track connection unrelated to the Indy 500.  It's a good day -- as good as we are likely to get -- for Sgt. Barry Sadler's No. 1 smash, "Ballad of the Green Berets."  or the movie adaptation of Gen. George S. Patton's "Speech to the Third Army."  As "Greyhawk" once wrote at the Mudville Gazette, "This is Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy it. Celebrate it - the people who died to give you that right would appreciate it. But they didn't die peaceably in their beds, these dogs who fell protecting sheep from wolves."

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The Sweet, Luna, Paul Simon, Fear of Men, Spoon, Dinosaur Jr, Wolf   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, May 27, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

 

...with THE SWEET!  The bubble-glam rockers are probably best known for the trifecta of "Little Willy," "Ballroom Blitz" and "Fox on the Run," though they also charted with the harder-edged "Action" and the more ballad-y "Love is Like Oxygen."  All of those clips also feature the band's rather unique fashion sense, but you have to see the clip for "Wig Wam Bam" -- complete with headdress -- to see the band at its most ridiculous.  BONUS: "All That Glitters" is a BBC documentary originally broadcast in February 1974 charting a day in the life of The Sweet.

LUNA: Live at the Granada Theater in Dallas on May 4.

PAUL SIMON advance streams Stranger To Stranger.

FEAR OF MEN advance streams Fall Forever.

ROBERT ELLIS advance streams a self-titled fourth album.

WILLIAM TYLER advance streams the instrumental LP Modern Country.

KAREN MEAT advance streams their On The Couch EP.

SPOON debuted “I Ain’t The One" in Mexico City.

DINOSAUR JR  shared the first single “Tiny,” from Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not.

T. REX: "20th Century Boy." Aow!

CAR SEAT HEADREST: Will Toledo talks to Flavorwire about adulthood after a dozen albums.

ELTON JOHN: Ten of His Best.

BAT FOR LASHES: Natasha Khan talks to The Guardian weddings, flower crowns and why festival-goers should forget social media and get into the spirit.

WHICH ROCK STAR Will Historians of the Future Remember?

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are X-Men Apocalypse, currently scoring 49 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Alice Through the Looking Glass, scoring 26 percent.

X-MEN APOCALYPSE works well-enough on the level of summer popcorn movie, I suppose.  This installment of the mutant franchise probably works the best when it taps into the history of the franchise -- and it is thus a bit odd in retrospect that much of the emotional core here revolves around Magneto (a villain) primarily, and Mystique (an antihero) secondarily. The retcon begun in Days of Future Past (or arguably First Class) continues here in the 80s and we get mileage out of character re-introductions as well as the occasional period joke (including one at the expense of Last Stand). Indeed, if you liked the Quicksilver set piece in the last installment, you'll like the one here also.  But its perhaps telling that perhaps the most gripping action schene revolves around an extended cameo than the tableaus of of global destruction that we've become perhaps to accustomed to seeing at the cineplex these days. And it probably suffers from coming out so close to Captain America: Civil War, where Marvel has fuller creative control and we get more out of the deft ways characters get mined even in a scene where characters cook, or hang out in a bedroom, than in a CGI money shot.I'm not down on this film which is perhaps only a notch below First Class or Days of Future Past. But as Marvel Studios keeps raising the bar, the folks at Fox may have to work harder to keep their Marvel films up to snuff.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD's relationship was extremely bitter due to a full-blown feud between his family and Amber ... and this, TMZ claims, is the backdrop for what is already an acrimonious divorce. Heard's camp denies this. Depp is asking the judge to reject Amber's claim for spousal support.

COREY FELDMAN talks to THR about missing Corey Haim, addresses the "dark side" of pal Michael Jackson that led to their estrangement, and warns of the "growing, not shrinking" dangers of internet-era child predators in Hollywood.

JAILED BY THE BELL: Former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond is back in jail in Wisconsin after an official says he violated the terms of his parole.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST have threatened their former blabbermouth bodyguard with a 30MM lawsuit.

A SAUDI CLERIC does not approve of selfies with cats.

CHINA is poised to send submarines armed with nuclear missiles into the Pacific Ocean for the first time, arguing that new US weapons systems have so undermined Beijing's existing deterrent force that it has been left with no alternative.

THE ISLAMIC STATE is preventing civilians from leaving the besieged western Iraqi city of Fallujah as the country’s security forces advance on the radical Islamist stronghold, the U.N. said on Thursday.

RUSSIA has accused Turkey of supplying the Islamic State extremist group with components for improvised explosive devices.

LAKOMI THE WOLF: This my not end well, but very cute at the moment.

THAT MICRO-PIG turned out not to be.

BABY TURTLES communicate through their egg shells.

AN ALLIGATOR took a swim at the YMCA of Beaufort County, NC. (Thx, Nathan, who added: "You can get yourself clean and get a good meal at the same time.")

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Kristin Kontrol, Clique, Earthless, Harsh Toke, UMO, Thee Oh Sees, Horse   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

EMMYLOU HARRIS, KURT VILE, KINGS OF LEON, JASON ISBELL & ANN TAYLOR are among those joining in on "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for a Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at the Ryman Auditorium.

KRISTIN KONTROL, best known as Dum Dum Girls frontwoman Dee Dee, is streaming her solo debut, X-Communicate.

CLIQUE advance streams Burden Piece.

EARTHLESS and HARSH TOKE advance stream a split LP, Acid Crusher / Mount Swan.

UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA shares a new single, “First World Problem.”

THEE OH SEES drop “Plastic Plant” ahead of A Weird Exits.

JAY & THE AMERICANS "Come a Little Bit Closer" onThursday.

BOB DYLAN: Daniel Kramer talks to The Guardian about photographing Dylan between 27 August 1964 and 28 August 1965. The A.V. Club rounded up Dylan parodies.

THE JAYHAWKS' Gary Louris talks to The Current about depression, addiction & recovery.

LED ZEPPELIN will be attending the "Stairway to Heaven" trial.

KRISTIN HERSH is the latest of The Guardian's Cult Heroes.

AMBER HEARD filed for a divorce from JOHNNY DEPP, three days after his Mom died.

ROB LOWE is in talks to join Kelly Ripa as the new co-host of Live!

HULK HOGAN's 140MM lawsuit against Gawker was secretly funded by Peter Thiel, a PayPal cofounder and one of the earliest backers of Facebook.

DANCING WITH THE STARS pro Peta Murgatroyd and her fiancé, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, are expecting their first child together.

GWEN STEFANI & GAVIN ROSSDALE met in private to discuss her romance with her current beau, Blake Shelton.

CHRIS BROWN won a child custody battle with his baby mama.

BETH HOWLAND , who made high anxiety an art form as the ditsy, accident-prone waitress Vera Louise Gorman on the 1970s and ’80s sitcom Alice, died on Dec. 31, 2015, in Santa Monica, Calif., her husband said on Tuesday. He had refrained from announcing her death earlier in keeping with her wishes. She was 74.

FREDRIK THE GREAT is the internet's hawt horse of the moment.

STONED SHEEP have gone on a "psychotic rampage" after eating cannabis plants dumped in a Welsh village.

THE MEN WHO LIVE AS DOGS: Oh dear.

A PYTHON attacked a man on a toilet. Yes, that way.

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James Hunter Six, Andy Schauf, SAVAK, Bob Dylan, Opossum   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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WILD BEASTS drop a video for "Get My Bang" from their new album Boy King.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

ANDY SCHAUF plays a Tiny Desk Concert.

SAVAK advance streams Best of Luck In Future Endeavors.

THE JULIE RUIN shares a new single, "I'm Done" ahead of Hit Reset.

JOHNNY NASH: "I Can See Clearly Now." Because I'm hoping for a bright, sunshiney day

BOB DYLAN turned 75 yesterday. The Strib offered 25 Dylan songs you should hear, 25 Dylan landmarks to visit in Minnesota, and 25 things to know about rock’s greatest songwriter. The Independent picked some favorite lyrics. NME re-upped the backstories fro many Dylan tunes. The Daily Beast ranked his albums. Esquire made the case for his singing. But for my money, I like this 2015 piece by Christoper Caldwell on The Basement Tapes.

TRAGICALLY HIP frontman Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer.

PAUL McCARTNEY came close to quitting music altogether after the Beatles disbanded in 1970, and called Wings "terrible."

BETH ORTON spoke with Aquarium Drunkard about building her new album’s framework from rhythm loops, the influence of shuffle mode, and why this feels like the album she’s been waiting to make for a long time.

BILL COSBY was ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges Tuesday. In a previously-settled civil lawsuit, Cosby admitted to plying teens with booze and drugs before having sex with them, and to having girls regularly dispatched to him by a modeling agency.

ELIJAH WOOD, the former child actor and star of the Lord of the Rings films, claims that Hollywood has been gripped by cases of sexual abuse similar to the Jimmy Savile scandal in Britain — and it may still be continuing.

BEYONCE & JAY Z will soon drop a joint album addressing their marriage.

KRIS JENNER is changing her name back to Kardashian.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL's  drinking and drug use is worse than ever — and now people close to him are convinced he's going to die unless something changes soon.

CHINA's scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works.

IRAN: Hopes that Iran would quickly reintegrate with world markets after its nuclear deal, bringing investment and opportunities to a young population, are turning to frustration. An opaque business environment in Iran and political uncertainty in the United States are to blame.

A MAMA OPOSSUM giving eight kids a piggyback ride.

THE SWARM: 20000 bees followed a car around for two days after their queen got stuck in the trunk.

A GOSLING was saved from its mother by a bridesmaid.

A CALIFORNIA PUPPY that was high on heroin and meth when police busted his owner has recovered from addiction and is on the mend, authorities said.

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Nada Surf, Sonny & the Sunsets, Swanning, Speedy Ortiz, Kids vs Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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NEON INDIAN & FRIENDS cover Prince's "Pop Life."

NADA SURF stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS advance stream Moods Baby Moods.

SWANNING streams Drawing Down The Moon.

SPEEDY ORTIZ drops "Emma O" ahead of the Foiled Again EP.

DEERHOOF shared the surprisingly garage-punky “That Ain’t No Life To Me” ahead of The Magic.

STEVE GUNN drops "Park Bench Smile" ahead of Eyes on the Lines.

COURTNEY BARNETT rocked through “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” and “Pedestrian At Best” on Saturday night.

MATTHEW SWEET: An oral history of the making of Girlfriend.

ROCK AND ROLL IS DEAD, according to Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist Flea. And Lenny Kravitz.

BLEACHED is profiled at Aquarium Drunkard.

TEN SURREAL MOMENTS when '90s rock met mainstream television.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST: Disney's live action remake has an early teaser trailer online.

X-MEN APOCALYPSE: Oscar Isaac and director Bryan Singer address the Internet's initial not-great reaction to Apocalypse.

MADONNA responded to critics of her Prince tribute at the Billboard Music Awards.

ANGELINA JOLIE is set to join the London School of Economics as a visiting professor for the new masters course on women, peace and security for the 2016-2017 school year.

ARIANNA GRANDE stares into the harsh face of stardom at Billboard.

PAWN STARS: Chumlee told a judge on Monday he's taking a plea deal that would spare him jail time in a case stemming from the discovery of guns, marijuana and other drugs at his Las Vegas home.

STAR TREK BEYOND director Justin Lin pushed Paramount to drop a lawsuit against a fan-made Star Trek film.

AUSTRIA: A leftwing, independent candidate has narrowly prevented Austria from becoming the first EU country to elect a far-right head of state after a knife-edge contest ended with his opponent conceding defeat.

IRAQ: Clashes have been reported near Falluja hours after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of a military operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State.

IRAN: Ahmad Karimpour, a senior adviser to the Revolutionary Guards’ elite unit al-Quds Force, said if Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gave the order to destroy Israel, the Iranian military could do so in less than eight minutes

KIDS vs DOGS: Who you got?

GRIZZLIES & POLAR BEARS, now mating.

WHEN SHARKS ATTACK: An 11-year-old girl and a  57-year-old woman were attacked of the Florida coast in recent days.

LIONS were shot dead after a man stripped naked and jumped into a lion enclosure at a zoo in Chile.

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