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Elton John, Arcs, Palehound, Loretta Lynn, Wild Jaguar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LOW dropped a video for "Into You."

ELTON JOHN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE ARCS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

PALEHOUND, Live In Concert at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge.

THE SKIFFLE PLAYERS, incl Cass McCombs, drops “Til Stone Day Comes.”

LORETTA LYNN drops "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" ahead of Full Circle.

KATE BOY gives the dance treatment to the Edwin Collins classic “A Girl Like You.”

DAVE DAVIES turned 69 yesterday, and may yet have the greatest rock riff ever. But let's have "Death of a Clown" for good measure.

MICK JAGGER talks NYC in the 70s to promote his new HBO production, Vinyl.

ALT-COUNTRY, COWPUNK, AMERICANA...What's in a Name?

ST LUCIA is profiled at Paste.

BUDDY HOLLY: The Guardian reprinted a 1975 profile to mark the 57th anniversary of his death.

BILL COSBY: The sexual assault case against the comic will not be dismissed.

BOB ELLIOTT, who as half of the comedy team Bob and Ray purveyed a distinctively low-key brand of humor on radio and television for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Me. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Chris Elliott, the actor and comedian, who said his father had had throat cancer.

MADONNA thinks Guy Ritchie is trying to brainwash their son.

CRUEL INTENTIONS may be headed to the small screen.

LISA EDELSTEIN says she almost starred in Sex in the City.

SOMALIA: Investigators suspect the Al Shabaab militant group was behind a likely bomb blast that forced an Airbus A321 into an emergency landing this week in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, U.S. government sources said Wednesday.

RUSSIA: Four months after launching airstrikes in Syria, the Kremlin is confident that Moscow’s largest overseas campaign since the end of the Soviet Union is paying off.

SYRIA: U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday there would be a "temporary pause" in the indirect peace talks between the government and opposition, saying the process will resume Feb. 25.

THE ONLY KNOWN WILD JAGUAR in the US was spotted outside Tuscon.

THE WAR ON RACCOONS: Strike them down and they shall become more powerul than you can possibly imagine.

MURDEROUS CATTLE: The Hidden Menace.

ONE COW is missing and another has died after a tractor-trailer hauling cattle caught fire Wednesday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Gone to look for America.

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Winter Dance Party, Tame Impala, Junior Boys, KING, All Songs, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's 57 winters later, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party, plus this comp of rare footage.  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, and Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

TAME IMPALA plays a mini-set on the French talk show Le Grand Journal.

JUNIOR BOYS advance stream Big Black Coat.

KING advance streams We Are KING.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED; New tracks from Iggy Pop, Santigold, PJ Harvey and more feature in the latest episode.

CHARLES BRADLEY drops "Change For The World" ahead of Changes. Oh, yeah.

YUCK drops "Cannonball," which is theirs, not a Breeders cover.

PRIMAL SCREAM & SKY FERREIRA collaborate on "Where the Light Gets in." 

FORTY YEARS OF THE RAMONES: "They were the smartest dumb band you ever heard."

TWIN PEAKS are profiled by SPIN.

JENNY LEWIS revisits Rabbit Fur Coat ten years later.

BEST COAST's Bethany Cosentino has penned an essay on sexism and the music industry.

DAVID BOWIE's will was revealed.

KATE WINSLET admitted what we all knew all along - Rose let Jack die in Titanic.

BILL COSBY's first hearing in the PA criminal sexual-assault case against him is proving to be a mixed bag so far in helping or hurting his efforts to persuade a judge to dismiss charges.

KIM KARDASHIAN & AMBER ROSE had a secret meeting to bury the hatchet in the Wiz/Amber/Kanye feud.

TWIN PEAKS: Naomi Watts and Tom Sizemore have reportedly signed up to appear in the new series.

ELIZABETH BANKS has signed on to star as the villain in Power Rangers.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has an international trailer with new footage.

IRAN's supreme leader has awarded medals to navy commanders for capturing US sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters this month.

IRAQ, in the midst of an expensive war against the Islamic State. is now facing economic calamity brought on by the collapse in the price of oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the Iraqi government's revenue.

A BEAR trees a man.

A CANADIAN DOG has been called the "luckiest in the world" after narrowly surviving being shot in the back with an arrow.

ELEPHANTS ON A PLANE: More than a dozen elephants from southern Africa are being moved to American zoos, a plan that critics say will imperil the animals.

WINNIPEG WILLOW, Punxsutawney Phil's Canadian rival, didn't make it to Groundhog Day.

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What is this, Miami Beach?   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 02, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlI got flowers...in the Spring...

First D.J.: "Rise and shine, campers and don't forget your booties 'cause it's cooooold out there today." Second D.J.: "It's cold out there every day. What is this, Miami Beach?" First D.J.: "Not hardly. So the big question o­n everybody's lips..." Second D.J.: "O­n their chapped lips..." First D.J.: "...their chapped lips is, 'Does Phil feel lucky?' Punxsatawney Phil! That's right, woodchuck chuckers it's...

(IN UNISON): GROUNDHOG DAY!!!"

Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil ---  the Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators, and Weather Prophet Extraordinary will predict whether we will have six more weeks of winter.  According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and hasn't seen it (predicting an early spring) only 14 times.  Phil's track record is hotly disputed, though he's has had a pretty good run recently.  Nevertheless, thousands will await the sunrise and the groundhog at Gobbler's Knob in the tiny Pennsylvania hamlet that has become known as the "Weather Capital of the World," due in no small part to the movie that makes every day Groundhog Day.

This is o­ne time where the Internet really fails to capture the true excitement of a movie about a large squirrel predicting the weather. However, you can see the trailer as a refresher (while BuzzFeed compiles trivia).

In 2005, Roger Ebert revisited Groundhog Day, declaring that the film "finds its note and purpose so precisely that its genius may not be immediately noticeable. It unfolds so inevitably, is so entertaining, so apparently effortless, that you have to stand back and slap yourself before you see how good it really is."

At the other end of the political spectrum, Jonah Goldberg's equally effusive movie meditation grabbed the cover of National Review: "When I set out to write this article, I thought it'd be fun to do a quirky homage to an offbeat flick, o­ne I think is brilliant as both comedy and moral philosophy. But while doing what I intended to be cursory research -- how much reporting do you need for a review of a twelve-year-old movie that plays constantly o­n cable? -- I discovered that I wasn't alone in my interest. In the years since its release the film has been taken up by Jews, Catholics, Evangelicals, Hindus, Buddhists, Wiccans, and followers of the oppressed Chinese Falun Gong movement."

Indeed, a 2004 article mentioned by Ebert (but not linked) from London's Independent observes that the Harold Ramis comedy has been hailed by some religious leaders as the most spiritual film of all time. More examples can be found at the NYT and the Christian Science Monitor.

As Phil Connors ultimately observed: "When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

ACCORDINGLY, we start off the week:

...with Sonny & Cher o­n Hullabaloo and famously o­n Letterman years later, plus UB40 with Chrissie Hynde, not to mention The Cynics (from the Bonograph tribute CD), and David Bowie & Marianne Faithfull.

UPDATE: Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, forecasting an early Spring.

SLEATER-KINNEY and HEARTLESS BAST^RDS play Austin City Limits.

FIELD MUSIC advance streams Commontime.

WORKING FOR A NUCLEAR-FREE CITY streams What Do People Do All Day.

TWIN PEAKS shares “Walk To The One You Love” ahead of Down In Heaven. And it reminds me a little of mid-period Beatles.

WHITE DENIM shares “Ha Ha Ha (Yeah)" ahead of Stiff.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK: Brooklyn Vegan has live video of Robyn covering David Bowie's "Quicksand" and Soul Love", plus his own "Madonna of the Wasps" and "Queen of Eyes," for Twofer Twofer Tuesday.

BOB DYLAN: Desire, reconsidered at 40, at the Daily Beast.

1966: Pop Music's Greatest Year?

GIVE THE DRUMMER SOME, as he falls through the bar window.

JOHN CLEESE has become the latest comedy legend to wade into the debate over political correctness in comedy.

VANESSA HUDGENS performed in Grease: Live just hours after her father passed away.

JAY-Z's music label is suing his former protégé Rita Ora for breaking her recording contract and failing to deliver promised albums.

THE SCREEN ACTOR GUILD AWARDS went to these folks.

STAR WARS: Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma) is returning to the big screen for next installment.

GERMANY: Nearly 40 percent of German voters think Chancellor Angela Merkel should quit over her liberal asylum policy after almost 1.1 million newcomers arrived last year, a poll showed Friday.

NIGERIA: Boko Haram burned 50 villagers, including children, to death.

A CHICKEN wearing sweatpants.

A 15-YEAR OLD DOG dumped at a high-kill shelter was at least temporarily rescued in San Bernardino.

FEMALE SHARK vs MAKE SHARK: Which eats the other?

TWO MONKEYS were found in a Florida hotel room with a dead woman.

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Signe Anderson RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

I WAS A BIT UNDER THE WEATHER this weekend...I should be back tomorrow witht the usual serving of stuff.  In the meantime:

SIGNE ANDERSON, Jefferson Airplane's original female vocalist who sang on the band's 1966 debut LP Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, passed away January 28th, the same date as bandmate Paul Kanter. Like Kantner, Anderson was 74.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Kung Fu Panda 3 topped the chart with 41MM, which is a few million short of the last one, but the last one debuted over a Memorial Day weekend, not in the doldrums of January.  So likely a good result, especially given that this franchise does the vast majority of its biz overseas. The Revenant places with 12.4MM on a leggy 23 percent drop; it will need legs thru awards season to reach the roughly 400MM it needs to get into the black worldwide.  Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows with 10.8 million, and will likely become the first film to gross 900MM domestically by next week, with the 2 Billion mark falling soon after that worldwide.  The Finest Hours debuts in fourth with 10.3MM, which looks underwhelming against a 70-80MM budget.  Ride Along 2 rounds out the Top Five with 8.3MM and will also probably fall short of profitability in theaters, though not by much.

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Echo & the Bunnymen, Lucinda Williams, Dr Dog, Paul Kantner RIP, Dog & Duck   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 29, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN! Live in Germany, circa 1983. Your setlist includes: Going Up; Broke My Neck; With A Hip; Gods Will Be Gods; Show Of Strength; All My Colours (Zimbo); The Cutter; Rescue; My White Devil; Porcupine; Crocodiles; All That Jazz; Back Of Love; Heads Will Roll; Heaven Up Here; Over The Wall; Do It Clean; Villiers Terrace; No Dark Things; and A Promise.

LUCINDA WILLIAMS advance streams The Ghosts Of Highway 20.

DR. DOG advance streams The Psychedelic Swamp.

ELLIOTT SMITH: Heaven Adoes You is a companion soundtrack to the new Smith documentary of the same name.

POP ETC (fmrly the Morning Benders) streams Souvenir.

ISLANDS drop “Back Into It" and “Charm Offensive" ahead of Taste and Should I Remain Here At Sea?

THE MAMAS & PAPAS lip-synced "California Dreaming" really well o­n Hullaballoo, but not showing you the go-go dancers, who are worth the wait.

PAUL KANTNER, one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene, died Thursday of multiple organ failure. Mr. Kantner, a founding member of the Jefferson Airplane, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack this week.

THE NATIONAL: Matt Berninger talks to The Independent about anxiety, artistic motivation, misheard lyrics, the new album and unicorn mobiles.

RICHARD THOMPSON is briefly profiled by The Oakland Press. (Thx, LHB.)

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten, turns 60 this weekend; The Guardian revisits a 1989 Q interview.

NOW SHOWING: This weekends' wide releases include: Kung Fu Panda 3, which is currently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Finest Hours, which is currently scoring 57 percent; plus Fifty Shades of Black, and Jane Got a Gun, which were not advance screened for critics.

TYRA BANKS is replacing Ivanka Trump as an adviser on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice.

LEO DiCAPRIO greeted Pope Francis at the Vatican.

ANGELINA JOLIE would prefer her kids stay out of the industry. Jon Voight might've thought the same.

AMBER ROSE issued an op-ed and continued her Twitter feud with Kanye, which he'd really like to drop now.

GEORGE CLOONEY laughs off pregnancy rumors.

FRENCH police arrested a man carrying two guns at an entrance to a hotel at Disneyland Paris. The man, reportedly aged 28 and not known to security services, was also discovered with a copy of the Koran and a box of ammunition, police said.

WHY AIRSTRIKES Won't Destroy the Islamic State.

A DOG & A DUCK, adopted together... mass hysteria!

A VULTURE that flew into Lebanon from an Israeli nature reserve has been captured on suspicion of spying, according to local media reports.

PET TREATS: What To Avoid.

ZIGGY is a male colobus monkey born at the St. Louis Zoo on the day David Bowie died.

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