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Three Dog Night, Jeff Beck, Aaron Neville, Moon Bros., Pigs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THREE DOG NIGHT! Once again, I'm enjoying the guilty pleasure of enjoying "Eli's Coming" with fellow fans of the late, lamented SportsNight. That, along with memories of The Service's cover of "Shambala" led me to compile a few more, including "Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy To The World," "One," "Liar," and "Celebrate."

JEFF BECK advance streams Loud Hailer.

AARON NEVILLE advance streams Apache.

MOON BROS. advance streams These Stars.

RYLEY WALKER shares “The Roundabout,” which is psychh-folk, not a Yes cover.

LOCAL NATIVES shares "Fountains of Youth," ahead of Sunlight Youth.

DEE-LITE finds that "Groove Is In the Heart," with a little help from Bootsy Collins and Q-Tip.

THE BANGLES: Vicki Petersen talks to PopMatters about the band's early days among the Paisley Underground.

BELLY talks to Even The Stars about their upcoming reunion dates and new recordings. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

NEIL YOUNG talks about his new album, Daryl Hannah, Buffalo Springfield and more at Rolling Stone.

BLOOD ORANGE: Dev Hynes talks to Morning Edition about growing up different and about making music for people who feel underappreciated.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are: The Secret Life of Pets, which is cureently scoring 80 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, scoring 57 percent.

CALVIN HARRIS tries on the Taylor Swift breakup song marketing gimmick.

STAR TREK BEYOND will out Mr. Sulu, as art imitates George Takei.And yet Takei isn't fully on board with it.

SARAH SILVERMAN was in the ICU all of last week and feels "insanely lucky to be alive."

NORAH JONES has welcomed her second child.

BEN AFFLECK & JENNIFER GARNER still haven't filed divorce papers.

DOCTOR STRANGE: A prequel comic reveals the movie villain.  (Or does it?)

RUSSIA will exhaust one of its two sovereign funds next year, according to a finance ministry proposal seen by Reuters.

PIGS take a CAT on a walk. On a leash, even.

6000 PIGS were rescued from a flood in China.

A CAIMAN was captured in Lowell, Mass.

50 CORGIS frolic on the beach.

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M Ward, Savages, Dikembe, Pixies, Smart Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE MYSTERY LIGHTS share a video for the garage-psychedelic "Follow Me Home."

M WARD plays Rock The Garden.

SAVAGES, Live at DC's 9:30 Club.

DIKEMBE advance streams Hail Something.

PIXIES share “Um Chagga Lagga” ahead of Head Carrier

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: "Boogie Shoes," live in Miami, circa 1974.

THE REVOLUTION: Prince's best-known backing band announced that they’ll be performing together again in September.

TEGAN & SARA talk to The Guardian about their once-dysfunctional relationship, and how gross men and the media are.

JASON ISBELL gave nine tips for singer-songwriters at MusicRadar.

OVERLOOKED ALBUMS of 2016, according to Pitchfork.

CIARA & RUSSELL WILSON tied the knot at Peckforton Castle in Liverpool, England in front of friends and family.

MILA KUNIS talks family life at Glamour.

MARGOT ROBBIE: Even if it wasn't about Margot Robbie, I'd recommend the first few grafs of this Vanity Fair profile as a classic of the genre.

ROSE MacGOWAN attacks a critic for commenting on Renee Zellweger's plastic surgery.

IRON MAN will - in future comics - be a 15-year-old African American girl...who identifies as an iron man.

ROGER AILES is sued for sexual harrassment by 11-year FNC veteran Gretchen Carlson; Ailes calls the claims retaliatory and defmatory.

VENEZUELANS stormed the Colombian border, defying a year-long border closure in search of basic foodstuffs and goods which are hard to find back home.

SYRIA: Assad's air force is taking damage from rebel missiles.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama put the brakes Wednesday on the planned U.S. troop drawdown, announcing that some 8400 will remain there when he leaves office next year.

A SMART DOG retrieves treats from a bottle.

A BOBCAT attacked a Virginia man protecting his girlfriend.

RUNNING BULLS, Roaming Hands.

BEAR COUNTRY: Outdoor Survival Tips.

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The Parrots, Adia Victoria, All Songs, Kitten vs Dog Tail   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl

OVER FIFTY MILLION SERVED. And July 4th brought record visitors. Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

MARTHA drops a video for “Ice Cream And Sunscreen.”

THE PARROTS are advance streaming Los Niños Sin Miedo.

ADIA VICTORIA played a Tiny Desk Concert.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Daniel Lanois, Pinegrove, and Morgan Delt highlight the latest edition.

CROCODILES share “Telepathic Lover” ahead of Dreamless.

BO DONALDSON & THE HEYWOODS: "Billy, Don't Be a Hero," from the Summer of '74. Workin' the Elvis jumpuit look.

THE REPLACEMENTS: A True Story of Stink.

NEKO CASE: An Essential Guide.

GINGER BAKER (Cream) is recovering after open heart surgery.

THE TEN BEST ALBUMS Recorded at Abbey Road, according to NME.

KALEY CUOCO ran afoul of an Instagram Independence Day crowd.

TAYLOR SWIFT's Fourth of July Weekend.

CIARA iled legal docs in her defamation lawsuit against baby daddy Future, in which she claims to fear he will murder Russell Wilson.

THE WARRIORS seems headed to Hulu as a series.

IMPERIUM, featuring Daniel Radcliffe as an FBI agent who goes undercover as a skinhead, has a trailer online.

NOEL NEILL, the actress who played Lois Lane in Superman, the movie and television series in the 1950s, died at the age of 95 on Sunday.She also had a role in Superman returns, as the woman Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) bilked out of her estate.

IRAQ sees its worst terror bombing since the 2003 invasion, with 250 deaths.

KITTEN vs DOG TAIL: Who You Got?

TURTLE EGG THIEVES: Is there anything lower? Yes...but still pretty low.

A BABY OWL rides a Tiny Toy Horse.

A MISSING CAT was found after more than two years, living with a new family a few doors down in Bloomington, IL.

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Angel Olsen, The Julie Ruin, Hinds, Omni, Psychedelic Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ANGEL OLSEN drops a video for "Shut Up Kiss Me." There are roller-skates.

THE JULIE RUIN advance streams Hit Reset.

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

OMNI advance streams their postpunk debut album, Deluxe.

ADAN & XAVI cover John Lennon, Sui Generis, and the Alessi Brothers for an Aquarium Drunkard Lagniappe Session.

MANFRED MANN: "Do Wah Diddy" and "The Mighty Quinn" are your Twofer Tuesday.

PRINCE, sometime foe of the internet, now has an online museum.

AEROSMITH may or may not be on its final tour.

LUSH: From Reluctance to Reunion.

NPR'S TOP TEN SONGS of 2016 (So Far)

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Finding Dory threepeats atop the chart with 50.2MM, reminding us that while the July 4 weekend used to be a massive movie weekend, it has not been such for at least six years now. The Pixar sequels' domestic total stands at 380.5MM already; it's rolling out gradually in foreign markets, but a billion total seems likely. The debut of The Legend of Tarzan places 45.6MM, which would be alright if it didn't have a 180MM production budget; it won't be a big flop, but a struggler.  The debut of The Purge: Election Year shows with 34.8MM, which looks pretty good against a 10MM production budget. Steven Spielberg's The BFG opens in the fourth slot with 22.3MM, which is ouchy against a 140MM production budget, even if good-word-of mouth brings more people here and the Spielberg name helps overseas. Independence Day: Resurgence rounds out the Top Five with 20.2MM, dropping 51 percent even on its eponymous weekend; even strong overseas receipts to datemay not drag this sequel into the black on big screens.

RHIANNA & DRAKE are reportedly back together.

JOHNNY DEPP considers AMBER HEARD "Scum." Just the tattoo to get before a court battle.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY used her garden hose to douse a woman who went to relieve herself near the supermodel's property.

THANDIE NEWTON says she was sexually abused by a director during an audition.

LOST IN SPACE is getting a Netflix reboot.

MICHAEL CIMINO, who won Oscars as director and a producer of The Deer Hunter before Heaven’s Gate destroyed his career and sped up the demise of 60-year-old United Artists, has died. He was 77.

A RUSSIAN SHIP again made a close approach to a U.S. Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea in an encounter that American officials are labeling "unprofessional."

THE ISLAMIC STATE repelled an advance by U.S.-backed forces on one of its main bastions in northern Syria.

A DOG on magic mushrooms.

THE DISNEY WORLD GATOR STORY gets creepier.

SCORPIONS build lairs with porches and mating rooms.

THE "ZOMBIE BEE" SCOURGE reaches Virginia.

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The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, July 01, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE FOURTH of JULY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE BEACH BOYS!  It's Pate Reunion Weekend and time to "Do It Again."  Because folks my age will always remember their mammoth July 4th concerts at the Washington Monument -- as with this 1980 take o­n "Good Vibrations."  Their "Lost Concert" from 1964 includes "Fun, Fun, Fun," "Long, Tall Texan," "Little Deuce Coupe," "Surfer Girl," "Surfin' USA," "Shut Down," "In My Room," "Papa Ooh Mow Mow," and "Hawaii." Their take on "Dance, Dance, Dance" from Shindig! later that year is like a slice of Christmas in July.  There's also a nifty twofer of "I Get Around" and "'When I Grow Up (To Be A Man)" from their first UK TV appearance o­n Ready Steady Go!  The Andy Williams Show serves up "Help Me, Rhonda," while The Jack Benny Hour produced these quick takes o­n "Barbara Ann" and "California Girls."  There's a primitive video for "Wouldn't It Be Nice" that starts with a cameo from Brian Wilson's dogs (Banana and Louie), who appear at the end of the Pet Sounds LP.  And I'll finish with a live version of "God Only Knows" from the 1967 European tour -- one of the last Brian would do for a decade or so.

RAY CHARLES performs "America The Beautiful" like no one else.

INDEPENDENCE DAY: Bruce Springsteen, circa 1978, before it came out on The River.

AMERICAN MUSIC: The Violent Femmes, circa 1992.

DAVE ALVIN: Hey, baby, it's the "4th of July."

JAMES LILEKS: Truth.

THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER: As performed by Jimi Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Smokey Robinson, members of the Grateful Dead, and Umphrey’s McGee.

THE UNITED STATES prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain on July 4, 1776. As the Wikipedia notes, this is a little arbitrary: New Englanders had been fighting Britain since April 1775; the first motion in the Continental Congress for independence was made o­n June 8th; and the Congress voted 12-0 for independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain o­n July 2, 1776. Even so, the publication of the Declaration was momentous .  If you're not in DC, the best way to see and learn about the Declaration may be through the Charters of Freedom website. Or you can watch Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Renee Zelleweger, Kevin Spacey, Wynona Ryder and other Hollywood folk read the Declaration.

Of course, the holiday more broadly celebrates the American Revolutionary War, and the Founders' unlikely victory. People with the highest standard of living and the lowest taxes in the Western World fought a sometimes unpopular war for our freedom. Early o­n, the Revolutionaries (also known as "Americans" or "Patriots") had the active support of about 40 to 45 percent of the colonial population. By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington, which is why Washington needed help from the French, the Spanish and freed Blacks. You can separate fact from fiction regarding the sacrifices and fates of the Founders at Snopes. You can hear two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough read from the first chapter of his 1776 via NPR. Or watch a nifty clip on the passage and public reading of the Declaration from the John Adams miniseries.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Legend Of Tarzan, which is currently scoring 29 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The BFG, which is scoring 72 percent; and The Purge: Election Year, scoring 61 percent.

LINDSAY LOHAN, who turnes 30 tomorrow, looks back with Vanity Fair.

IGGY AZALEA dumped NICK YOUNG because she found out he had brought other women into their home while she was away and caught them on the security footage.

LISA MARIE PRESLEY filed for divorce from musician Michael Lockwood, citing irreconcilable differences...and makes claims of financial abuses.

THE ACADEMY of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has invited a record 683 new members in what is being called its largest and most diverse class ever.

LIEV SCREIBER is profiled by Esquire.

NANCY GRACE is parting ways with HLN.

JOHNNY MANZIEL will be suspended the first 4 games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

TWIGGY: Another Fourth of July tradition, the water-skiing squirrel. Great story. Compelling and rich.

SNAILS caused a crash on the Autobahn. Irony.

A LARGE SNAKE ate a Beaver in Maine. I'll be nice.

CHICKENS saved their owner from a fire in Pennsylvania.

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