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Mountain Goats, Horse Feathers, Marshall Crenshaw, Colin Hay, Rabbit   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with the MOUNTAIN GOATS at the M-SHOP, which Pate fans know is a fabulous, initmate venue in the Memorial Union at ISU.  Selections include "Dance Music" and "Houseguest," though I'm partial as always to "This Year" and especially the anthemic finale of "No Children." BONUS: John Darnielle interprets Ace of Base's "I Saw the Sign" (language), while Pony Up backs the duo on a cover of Thin Lizzy's "The Boys Are Back in Town."  

HORSE FEATHERS played a session for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW returns to The Bottomless Pit; the theme of the new one is outtakes from compilations and box sets, including a classic theological exchange with The Killer, Jerry Lee Lewis.

BOBBY BARE JR. plays a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR.

COLIN HAY stopped by World Cafe to talk about Men At Work and play some new tunes.

BIG AWESOME, aptly named, drops "What Grows Up Must Come Down."

HAYDEN drops "Nowhere We Cannot Go."

HUSKER DU covers The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," circa 1985

THE DODOS: Meric Long talks to PopMatters about Individ.

POP's NEW OLD SOUND: What goes around comes around.

TOM PETTY comments on the Sam Smith royalty kerfuffle.

A BUDDY HOLLY hologram is going on tour.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Project Almanac, which is currently scoring 35 percent on the ol Tomatometer; The Loft, which was not screened for critics; and Black or White, scoring 31 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Prosecutors reject her reported community service and will ask for jail time.

STANLEY TUCCI & FELICITY BLUNT welcomed a son on Sunday.

GWYNETH PALTROW recommends ladies herbal steam their privates; gynecologists do not.

SEAN PENN, married and divorced twice before, he'd consider his future marriage to fiancee Charlize Theron to be his first.

ROBIN WRIGHT, once married to Sean Penn, is engaged to Ben Foster for the second time.

SUGE KNIGHT was involved in a fatal hit-and-run incident in Compton.

JORDAN said on Thursday it was still holding an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber as a deadline passed for her release set by Islamic State militants who threatened to kill a Jordanian pilot unless she was handed over by sunset.

EGYPT boycotted on Wednesday the second session of the International Contact Group on Libya in Addis Ababa, objecting to the presence of Qatar and Turkey.

SYRIA: A UN official said the organization's aid effort is having trouble delivering supplies to 40 percent of the population in need. Talks between various opposition factions and the regime began in Moscow on Jan. 25. The US State Department denied assertions it has abandoned moderate rebels. Journalists entering Kobane have said the city is "a mass of rubble and gutted buildings" after the more than four months-long battle.

IRAQ: A woman held captive by the Islamic State described the terrifying conditions for her fellow Yazidi women who were held in a make-shift prison at a banquet hall in Mosul.  Meanwhile, other survivors speak of Shi'ite militias and security force elements executing 72 Sunnis in the eastern village of Barwanah.

A RABBIT delivers the beer, just in time for the Big Game.

A WOMAN known for feeding bears may have been dead more than two weeks when her body was found Monday in the North Carolina woods.

COCKROACHES are hard to kill --exploding toilet hard to kill.

ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST ELUSIVE CATS was captured on camera, attacking a group of red colobus monkeys.

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Nude Beach, Mount Eerie, John Carpenter, Cat & Husky   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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JOSE GONZALEZ drops a video for "Leaf Off/The Cave."

NUDE BEACH stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MOUNT EERIE advance streams Sauna.

JOHN CARPENTER advance streams Lost Themes.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Laura Marling, and more feature in the latest edition.

THE GALS drop “Here’s To The Gals,” ahead of Velvet Rut.

POND drops the neo-Glammy "Elvis' Flaming Star" from Man It Feels Like Space Again.

THE HONEY CONE are gonna put it in "The Want Ads" for ya.

SLY STONE has been awarded 5 million dollars in unpaid royalties. He may move out of his camper.

JESSICA PRATT talks to Stereogum about her Mother's death, recording on a 4-Track, and fusing fantasy with reality.

DAN WILSON talks to PopMatters about his musical careeer from Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic thru today.

RIOT GRRRL: Ten of the Best.

LINDSAY LOHAN: Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White on Wednesday raised concerns about whether Lohan completed 240 hours of community service at a London volunteer organization as stated in court documents.

KIM KARDASHIAN wants another child soon.

BRAD PITT is in negotiations to play Richard Leakey in Angelina Jolie's drama Africa.

MARIAH CAREY & NICK CANNON are getting sued by the nanny.

JOEL GREY The Oscar- and Tony-winning actor has publicly announced at age 82 that he is gay.  Shocka!

WINONA RYDER confirms the rumored Beetlejuice sequel.

WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER expands its cast for the Netflix miniseries.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Turki al-Binali has crisscrossed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria's' self-declared caliphate with a pistol holstered at his side, delivering fiery sermons in which the 30-year-old provides religious justification for its bloody rampage across the region.

SYRIA: It didn’t take long for rebel commanders in Syria who lined up to join a Central Intelligence Agency weapons and training program to start scratching their heads.

IRAQ: Jihadists resumed bombings against historic sites in Nineveh and destroyed remains of the ancient wall of Mosul. Also, Baghdad moviegoers review Americcan Sniper.

A CAT gets comfy on a Husky.

A MASSACHUSETTS COYOTE took advantage of the empty roads caused by the statewide travel ban on Tuesday.

A BLUE FOX turned up in a hotel lobby? Call in a fox whisperer.

A GIANT POLAR BEAR (Puppet) boards the London Underground.

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Father John Misty, H Hawkline, Nite Fields, Walleater, Calexico, Tiny Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ARIEL PINK drops a video for "Dayzed Inn Daydreams." 

FATHER JOHN MISTY is advance streaming a MIDI version of I Love You, Honeybear from SAP -- a joke website he created.

H HAWKLINE advance streams In The Pink Of Condition.

NITE FIELDS advance streams Depersonlisation.

WALLEATER is advance streaming I/II.

CALEXICO drops “Cumbia De Donde” ahead of Edge Of The Sun.

POP ETC covers Chris Issak's "Wicked Game."

THE MUPPETS cover Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." Sort of. 

THE CHARLATANS: Tim Burgess talks to The Guardian about the soundtrack of his life.

TWIN SHADOW: George Lewis Jr. talks to Stereogum about Eclipse,  pop vs. indie and where Lewis sees himself in the whole mess of the music world in 2014, and then 2015.

EDDIE BO: The Gentleman of Soul who never got his due.

PITCHFORK has started an internet radio station

CHRIS PRATT: The next Indiana Jones

TAYLOR SWIFT's social media was taken over by hardcore hackers who are now threatening to release nude pics of Taylor. She says they've got nothing.

GHOSTBUSTERS: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones now in advanced talks to star in the reboot. 

TOM CRUISE & NICOLE KIDMAN's marriage never had a chance, acccording to the documentary, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

KRISTEN STEWART confessed she has been taking a break from Hollywood.

CHRIS HEMSWORTH has the offer to star in an Independence Day sequel.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR reboot has a trailer online and it looks to be charting a different tone from the original.

RUSSIA's state news agency TASS was also implicated as working with the alleged Russian spy ring which has been disrupted in New York.  

SYRIA: In the past several months, many of the Syrian rebel groups previously favored by the CIA have had their money and supplies cut off or substantially reduced, according to the Daily Beast

LIBYA: The rival Islamist parliament based in Tripoli has suspended participation in UN peace talks, claiming new offensives by forces aligned with the internationally recognized government.

A TINY MONKEY getting combed with a toothbrush

A ZOMBIE CAT clawed his way back to life five days after he was buried alive.  

AT LEAST 40 DOGS have mysteriously gone missing since November in a small North Texas town, but authorities say they have no idea who is taking them or why.

RARE SUMATRAN TIGER TRIPLETS were born at the Chester Zoo.

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Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Hiss Golden Messenger, All We Are, Cat House   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SLEATER-KINNEY blasts through "A New Wave" for Letterman, and "Surface Envy" for Conan in a TV twofer Tuesday.  I think Conan got the better end of the deal.

RYAN ADAMS & JENNY LEWIS play Austin City Limits.

HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER advance streams the Southern Grammar EP.

ALL WE ARE advance streams their self-titled debut.

PERCUSSIONS, a Four Tet side project, released 2011 Until 2014.

MIKAL CRONIN drops “Made My Mind Up” ahead of MCIII.

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS bring Sharon van Etten to bear on “To Be And To Be Kept,” ahead of Playmates.

FAITH NO MORE dropsthe  very NSFW single "Superhero," ahead of their reunion LP.

THE BAND: "The Weight," from their dancing movie

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch and Stevie Jackson talk to The Guardian about about their first encounter, terrible open-mic evenings and how Status Quo will rescue any gig. 

THE DEATH OF MUSIC SALES: If CDs are truly dead, digital music sales are lying in the adjacent grave

TOM PETTY & JEFF LYNNE have received songwriting credits for Sam Smith's hit, "Stay With Me."

THE WILD HONEY ORCHESTRA will serve up the Beatles' “White Album” on Feb. 28 at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, with an all-star lineup of pop-minded musicians from L.A. and beyond raising money for Autism Think Tank.

BILL COSBY's latest accuser pops up at the HuffPost.

EMILE HIRSCH was involved in a fracas with a female executive from Paramount Pictures while partying into the early hours at the Sundance Film Festival.

EMMA WATSON has closed a deal to star in Disney's live-action musical Beauty and the Beast. Bonjour!

LINDSAY LOHAN is scrambling to finish her community service by Wednesday ... because jail is on the line.

JAMES CAAN has filed for divorce from his wife for the third time.

CHRIS WEITZ is re-writing the first Star Wars stand-alone spin-off. It's an...interesting choice.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON graces the cover(s) of Empire magazine, should you want a closeup look at the titular villain.

THE EPIC UNCOOL of Philip Seymour Hoffman. Oddly, only a graf on Almost Famous, which inspired the title of the article.

THE UNITED STATES: Federal authorities announced charges against three Russian nationals, accused of spying on behalf of their government and attempting to recruit New York City residents as intelligence sources in the USA.

JAPAN: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday called the killing of a Japanese captive by Islamic State militants "outrageous" and again demanded the group release a second Japanese national they are holding.

SYRIA: Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed to have lifted the Islamic State’s four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run.

IRAQ: Canadian special forces in northern Iraq have engaged in two more firefights against Islamic State group militants, but Canada’s government denies they’re involved in combat.

A CRAZY CAT HOUSE, courtesy of a crazy cat dude.

HISSING COCKROACHES & GIANT SCORPIONS may be adopted in honor of your exes for Valentine's Day, courtesy of the San Francisco Zoo.

A RESCUE DOG gives birth to 14 puppies.

WATER DOG & LAND DOG, snuggling together... mass hysteria!

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Ex Hex, Title Fight, Diana Krall, Aggrocrag, Boston Terriers   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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EX HEX's video for “Don’t Wanna Lose” pays homage to the cult Punk musical Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains.

TITLE FIGHT advance streams Hyperview.

DIANA KRALL advance streams Wallflower.

AGGROCRAGG streams the Figi Afterglow EP.

APHEX TWIN is streaming Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2 via Spotify. Not my bag, but may be yours...

THE ROLLING STONES' take on "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction)" in Charlie Is My Darling would put many Punk bands to shame. Dang!

RYAN ADAMS and MANDY MOORE are divorcing after six years of marriage.

KURY COBAIN: Montage of Heck premiered at Sundance, including a Beatles cover. But it's unclear whether Dave Grohl mill make the final cut.

TANGERINE DREAM co-founder Edgar Froese has died at 70, af ter a pulmonary embolysm; Aquarium Drunkard and Stereogum offer perspective.

KIM FOWLEY's funeral was packed, with mourners including Joan Jett and Rodney Bingenheimer. It's all happening.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: American Sniper dominates the chart for a second weekend, grossing 64.4 million on a very leggy 30 percent drop. A genuine phenom, Clint Eastwood's pic already closes in on a quarter-billion dollars in worldwide sales. The Boy Next Door is a distand secound at 15 million...but that's fine against a 4 million budget.And it's actually Jennifer Lopez's best opening in years.  Paddington shows with 12.4 million on a 35 percent drop that's not bad, given that last weeekend was a holiday weekend.  Big European receipts make this a decent hit.  The Wedding Ringer drops 44 percent from its debut to gross 11.6 million, and will likely profit in theaters, though not by much.  Taken 3 rounds out the Top Five with 7.6 million on another big 48 percent drop; again, this is likely to profit in theaters, but the real margin will come overseas.  Below the fold, The Imitation Game holds strong in 6th, actually increasing its take over last weekend, while the debuts for Strange Magic and Mortdecai flop into 7th and 9th, respectively. Ouch and Ouch.

THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD gave awards to these folks.

LINDSAY LOHAN jokes about her incurable tropical virus.

PATRICK DEMPSEY is getting divorced by Jillian Fink after 15 years of marriage, and there's no prenup.

STEPHEN COLLINS has settled his dvorce, and his  it provides every copy of the Collins' audio in which he confesses to child molestation must be destroyed.

SEAN PENN has filed to adopt his fiancée Charlize Theron's 3-year-old son Jackson.

ALEC BALDWIN will reportedly confront his demons in a memoir.

CHEWITEL EJIOFOR  is being courted by Marvel to take on an unspecified role in the company's Doctor Strange.

CHINA: Satellite imagery analysis by IHS Jane’s released on January 22 confirms Japanese media reports last month that China is building a military base on islands near the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands.

FRANCE: Officials announced new measures aimed at reinforcing secular values at French schools, after the terrorist attacks in and around Paris exposed serious cultural rifts between children in heavily immigrant communities and others in classrooms throughout the country.

YEMEN: The Obama administration has been forced to suspend certain counterterrorism operations with Yemen in the aftermath of the collapse of its government, according to U.S. officials, a move that eases pressure on al-Qaeda’s most dangerous franchise. The WaPo also tries to explain the chaos.

IRAQ: The U.S. and Iraq have begun preparations for an assault by summer to retake Mosul, selecting and training military units and cutting supply lines to Islamic State militants who control Iraq’s second-largest city, the top American commander in the Middle East said. Interviews with 11 Mosul residents, several of whom fled this month, reveal how the Islamic State has created a police state strong enough to weather severe popular discontent and military setbacks, including the deaths of senior leaders.

A FRENCH BULLDOG plays with his pups.

A DEAD SQUIRREL photobombs a live Britich TV broadcast.

GOATS are deployed as lawnmowers along Hwy 68, between Monterey and Salinas, CA.

A BABY ORANGUTAN is being nursed back to health after spending the first 10 months of his life squeezed into a chicken coop and horrifically malnourished.

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