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Valentine's Day Eve, Sonny & the Sunsets, Carl Barat, Horse Feathers, Piglet   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with VALENTINE'S DAY: I've never been a big Valentine's Day guy, but I have always liked The Replacements' "Valentine" and Elvis Costello's cover of "My Funny Valentine."  Beyond that, my thoughts this year drift to the Velvet Underground's "I'll Be Your Mirror," The Beatles' "In My Life," and the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows." I think it's probably very difficult to write a straight-ahead, universal love song, and these three are great.

SONNY & THE SUNSETS advance stream Talent Night at the Ashram.

CARL BARAT & THE JACKALS advance stream Let It Reign.

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

THE TOP 10 ROMANTIC SONGS picked by NPR listeners, who seem to be influenced by movies.

WIRE drops “Joust & Jostle” ahead of a self-titled LP, and it's terrific.

THE OPPOSING VIEW:  Ever Fallen In Love? Love Stinks. Love Hurts. Love Will Tear Us Apart. Only Love Can Break Your Heart. And don't forget to give me back my black t-shirt (nsfw)!

DAVID JOHANSEN talks to Brooklyn Vegan about his current run as Buster Poindecter, his own history growing up surrounded by music and when listeners can expect to see The New York Dolls again.

GRIZZLY BEAR is annotating their catalog at Genius. 

STEELY DAN & ELVIS COSTELLO are touring together. Yes, really.

THE FALL: Ranked by Stereogum.

DANNY McCULLOCH, bassis for Eric Burdon & The Animals (1966-68) has passed at 69 from heart failure. NME has a great tribute from his family.

NOW SHOWING:This weekend's wide releases include Fifty Shades of Grey, which is currently scoring 37 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Kingsman: The Secret Service, which is scoring 75 percent.  Look for the former to dominate (no pun intended), somewhere around 90-100 million.

BRUCE JENNER: Photos of the fatal car crash could create legal problems for him.

PIECE BROSNAN watched as part of his Malibu home burned in a fire.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN remains on life support, her breathing aided by a ventilator, and she has not regained consciousness since she was admitted to the hospital.

AMY PASCAL broke her silence on the Sony hack, The Interview, her firing, etc.

DAVID CARR, a writer who wriggled away from the demon of drug addiction to become an unlikely name-brand media columnist at The New York Times, and the star of a documentary about the newspaper, died on Thursday in Manhattan. He was 58.

BOB SIMON. the longtime “60 Minutes” correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly Thursday night in a car accident in New York City.

SPECTRE released some behind the scenes promo footage.

ALOHA: The latest from Cameron Crowe has a trailer online.

UKRAINE: The 13-point agreement to end the war in Ukraine reached after 16 hours of negotiations in Minsk, Belarus, is no less precarious than previous cease-fire deals.

YEMENI rebels seized U.S. Embassy vehicles in the capital of Sanaa on Wednesday as diplomats fled the country and several foreign embassies closed amid deteriorating security conditions.

NIGERIA: Thousands of civilians fled their homes in the southeastern Niger town of Diffa this week, officials said on Thursday, following waves of cross-border raids and suicide bombings by Nigerian militant group Boko Haram.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration is considering slowing its planned withdrawal from Afghanistan for the second time, according to U.S. officials, a sign of the significant security challenges that remain despite an end to the U.S. and NATO combat mission there.

A BABY PIG and a Little Girl.

A RATTLESNAKE knocked out a National Weather Service radar site in North Central Texas.  I think we all know it was a squirrel plan.

A 100-YEAR-OLD CROCODILE has died of overeating after worshippers repeatedly threw it sacrificial goats and chickens.

SHEEP and BADGERS may become WiFi hotspots in rural Britain.

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North Highlands, Divers, Grooms, The Amazing, 173-lb Pitbull   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ROOMRUNNER's video for "Karn" is Bill, Ted...and maybe the Power Rangers? With a dash of old skool Japanese monster movies.

NORTH HIGHLANDS posthumously streams their self-titled sophomore LP.

DIVERS advance stream Hello Hello.

GROOMS advance stream Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair.

THE AMAZING advance streams Picture You.

LED ZEPPELIN drops "Brandy & Coke," which you may know as "Trampled Under Foot."

KATHRYN CALDER drops “Take A Little Time” ahead of her self-titled third LP.

JOANNA GRUESOME drops "Last Year," ahead of Peanut Butter.

PAUL COLLINS & PETER CASE, formerly of The Nerves, play "Hanging On The Telephone" in-store

RICK NIELSEN shows of a few axes at his guitar shop on Reverb. (Thx, Juanito.)

PHOSPHORESCENT: Matthew Houck talks to Paste about playing with his band, the concept of a live album and the way ceremony played into these live performances.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark celebrates her Grammy win at SPIN.

POWER POP: Ten of the Best.

KANYE WEST continues his backpedal from his Grammy interruption of Beck. Sort of.  Next thing you know, he'll announce he wants to work with Taylor Swift. Oh, wait...he just did.

BRUCE JENNER had a blood alcohol level of 0.00 at the time of the accident that left another dead.

ANNA FARIS talks to Redbook about being married to Chris Pratt, motherhood, etc.

SUGE KNIGHT now has a video of the entire parking lot altercation that resulted in a man's death — and sources connected to Suge tell us it shows someone holding a gun and pointing it ominously at Suge, and that person is Cle “Bone” Sloan.

UMA THURMAN's makeup artist says it's all paint, not surgery or Botox.  Either way, she could play Joni Mitchell.

THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. has a trailer online. Is it possible that Guy Ritchie hasn't screwed this up?

ABRAHAM LINCOLN: Happy 204th birthday to the 16th President of the United States. Even if you saw the Spielberg biopic, here are two things you may not have known about Honest Abe: (1) he was an early adopter of the telegraph; and (2) he once sported a punky haircut

AUSTRALIA:  Two men were charged on Wednesday with planning to launch an imminent terrorist attack in Australia, after police seized a homemade flag associated with the Islamic State, a machete and a hunting knife in a counterterrorism raid.

YEMEN: United States Special Forces personnel will continue to operate in Yemen conducting training missions with Yemeni forces, as well as retaining the ability to conduct counter-terrorism operations should they be needed, despite the suspension of U.S. embassy operations within the country.

SYRIA & IRAQ: Foreign fighters are streaming into Syria and Iraq in unprecedented numbers to join the Islamic State or other extremist groups, including at least 3400 from Western nations among 20000 from around the world, U.S. intelligence officials say in an updated estimate of a top terrorism concern.  The  new "immigrants" fighting the infidels end up as cannon fodder, while the more prestigious organizational jobs and less-risky defensive assignments go to Syrian and Iraqi Arabs.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A 173-lb Pitbull.

A CROATIAN DOG is legally forbidden to bark.

"JUDAS CAMELS" wearing tracking technology could help curb the number of feral camels in central Australia.

THE BULL whose semen is worth thousands.

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Father John Misty, Slutever, In Tall Buildings, Krill, Copy Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CHARLI XCX reels off a new wave cover of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." 

FATHER JOHN MISTY streams I Love You, Honeybear.

SLUTEVER advance streams their Almost Famous EP.

IN TALL BUILDINGS advance streams Driver.

KRILL advance streams A Distant Fist Unclenching.

THE MINUS 5 drops “The History You Hate" --with Jeff Tweedy sitting in alongside Scott McCaughey and Peter Buck--ahead of Dungeon Golds.

THE GO! TEAM drops "Blowtorch" ahead of The Scene Between.

LORD HURON drops "Fool For Love" ahead of Strange Trails.

MORRIS DAY and the HAIM played "Jungle Love" for Kimmel.

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Stuart Murdoch talks to Cool Hunting about the band's new record, the duplicity of naming influences and being a working musician in 2015. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN will likely record a new album.

KATHLEEN HANNA talks to the A.V. Club about buffalo chicken, Destiny's Child, and the sketchy things she did to McDonald's apple pies.

THE REPLACEMENTS hit the road for the first time since 1991.

JON STEWART is leaving The Daily Show. Was Jimmy Fallon getting too close?

BRIAN WILLIAMS is leaving the NBC Nightly News for six months (at least).

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN, despite rumors, will not be taken off life support on the third anniversary of her mother Whitney Houston's death.

SHIRLEY MANSON: Garbage's frontwoman turned Kanye West's post-Grammys rant against him.

JOHN LEGEND defended Kanye West's Grammy antics, then backpedalled.

LEONARDO DiCAPRIO was spotted making out with a model in front of ex-fling Rhianna.

JENNIFER CARPENTER & SETH AVETT are expecting.

JUSTIN BIEBER has been taking lots of anger management classes recently but he hasn't done a single hour of community service because of a soccer injury.

UKRAINE: Rockets killed more than 10 civilians and soldiers deep in Ukrainian government-held territory on Tuesday and rebels pushed on with an assault on an army-held rail junction, setbacks that showed Kiev's position worsening on the eve of peace talks.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Kayla Jean Mueller, an American aid worker captured in northern Syria in 2013. is dead, according to the Islamic State.

YEMEN: The United States is closing its embassy in Yemen amid political deadlock and deteriorating security conditions after the takeover of the country by Shiite rebels, two U.S. officials said.

JORDAN has deployed "thousands" of troops at its border with Iraq as it ramps up a campaign against ISIS militants who set a pilot ablaze, two Jordanian government officials told NBC News on Tuesday.

SYRIA receives “information” about air strikes by the US-led coalition against the Islamic State, President Bashar al-Assad said in an interview published on Tuesday.

COPY CAT learns dog tricks.

BATS take their revenge on Ozzy Osbourne.

A CURIOUS LIZARD goes Peeping Tom on some frogs.

WASPS use facial recognition to identify intruders.

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The Mavericks, Phosphorescent, A Place to Bury Strangers, Owls   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BOB MOULD reportedly shook the rafters of the Ed Sullivan Theater with “Tomorrow Morning” and “Kid With A Crooked Face.” Twofer Tuesday.

THE MAVERICKS advance stream Mono.

PHOSPHORESCENT advance streams Live At The Music Hall.

A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS advance streams Transfixiation.

GRUFF RHYS: The Aquarium Drunkard session.

PEZ BAND play "Baby It's Cold Outside" and "Close Your Eyes" at last year's Brooklyn Power Pop Fest.

ST. VINCENT's Grammy acceptance letter.

MARK EITZEL talked to Aquarium Drunkard about Everclear, the first in an ongoing series that will highlight a number of albums from his career.

WEEZER: Rivers Cuomo talks to Pitchfork about the soundtrack of his life.

JOHN PAUL YOUNG: The Guardian essays his hit, "Love Is in the Air."  I once put it on a Summer Mix, because the local roller rink used to play it when I was a kid. The original version is not widely available (by internet standards), as it turns out.

BECK took the high road on KANYE WEST's Grammys diss, as 'Ye found his backpedal in motion.

SCARLETT JOHANSSON is Nobody's Baby.

BRUCE JENNER has lawyered up in the wake of Saturday's fatal car crash, in an investigation that will make its way to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office.

JOHNNY DEPP & AMBER HEARD Wedding Photos.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN and Nick Gordon's violent relationship was well known among their friends ... and sources tell us it was fueled by jealousy — but not the kind you'd expect.

CHARLES MANSON's engagement to a woman 53 years his junior was part of a wild scheme of hers to profit by putting his body on public display after his death, says the author of an upcoming book.

SPIDER-MAN swings into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Marvel Sudios shuffles its schedule to make way for the web-slinger.

ED SABOL, the founder of NFL Films and  instrumental in creating the mythology of the league, died at 98.

UKRAINE's economy is collapsing?

JORDAN announced it has carried out dozens of air strikes on the Islamic State group, as a top US envoy said Iraqi troops would begin a major ground offensive against the jihadists in the weeks ahead.

SYRIA: The US-led coalition conducted three airstrikes near near Kobani, Deir al-Zor and Raqqa in the past day. Kurdish forces have recaptured more than a third of villages ("128 of some 350") surrounding Kobane.

LIBYA: Pro-government forces launched a new offensive to take Benghazi from Islamist militias; more than 40 people have been killed and dozens injured. The country's warring parties will resume UN-sponsored peace talks today.

TWO OWLS have a dance-off? Nah, there's a clear winner.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant rodent intercepts a pine cone at the one-yard line.

TWO LOST DOGS rescued from a sheet of ice floating down a river have learned nothing from the experience.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A mutant pig with a penis on its forehead.

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Jose Gonzalez, Pops Staples, Six Organs, Oscar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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J MASCIS --and Fred Armisen--played "Every Mornng" and Mazzy Star's "Fade Into You" for Seth Meyers.

JOSE GONZALEZ advance streams Vestiges & Claws.

POPS STAPLES advance streams the posthumous Don't Lose This.

SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE advance streams Hexadic.

THE DWARVES stream The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll. (NSFW).

KC & THE SUNSHINE BAND: "Boogie Shoes," on AB.

BOB DYLAN used his MusicCares tribute address to both hail supporters like Jimi Hendirx and Johnny Cash, and to take aim at his early detractors like Merle Haggard and the songwriting duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller.

JAY REATARD: Pitchfork surveys his lost legacy, five years after an untimely death.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: PopMatters surveys his first seven albums. I love this observation about The River: "And like all great and debated double LPs, it’s the messier and (debatably) less successful bits that bestow an extra staying power, not unlike the way that fat makes for a well-marbled slab of steak."

DON LETTS:  The 59-year-old film director, DJ and musician on Punk, his pet ferret, and how Bob Marley tried to pull his girlfriends.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water tops the chart with 56 million against a 74 million budget.  That's much better than the 2004 SpongeBob movie's 32 million opening.  American Sniper, the prior champ, places with 24.2 million with a leggy 21 percent drop, suggesting Clint will continue to add to his 350 million in worldwide receipts through the Oscars.  The movie has now outearned all the other Best Picture nominees combined  The debut of Jupiter Ascending shows with a mere 19 million against a 176 million budget (some reports have it topping 200 million); at some point, Hollywood will realize the Wachowskis have many more bombs than hits on their resume. The debut of Seventh Son comes in fourth with a mere 7.1 million against a reported 95 million budget (with some reports higher). That might seem like as big a bomb as Jupiter Ascending, until you notice Seventh Son has 82 million in foreign receipts, due in part to the productions biz relationship with the Chinese government.  It remains to be see whether Jupiter Ascending can do biz overseas.  Paddington rounds out the Top Five with another 5.4 million, and over 200 million in worldwide receipts.

THE GRAMMY AWARDS went to these folks.  The highlight? Maybe a tie between Annie Lennox and people asking "Who is Beck?" on Twitter after he beat Beyonce. Good to see ELO also.

THE BAFTAS went to these folks.

BRUCE JENNER was involved in a horrific car accident on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu at around noon Saturday, one person is dead, and it looks like Bruce caused the accident. He volunteered to go to the hospital to have his blood drawn for blood alcohol testing. The L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. will get a search warrant to determine if he was texting at the time he slammed into a car, causing the driver to die. A photo sggests he was smoking, not texting.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: There is an active criminal investigation underway, centering on possible foul play and the target is her boyfriend.

BRIAN WILLIAMS decided on his own to step aside from his NBC newscast for several days; reports conflict over whether he's under an internal investigation.

ROSIE O' DONNELL is leaving The View and her wife

CHARLIE SHEEN: Back for the Two and a Half Men finale?

RICHARD BONEHILL, an expert swordsman and horseman who played Nien, Nunb, a stormtrooper, Rebel soldier and many other characters in the Star Wars universe, has died. He was 67.

YEMEN: The Houthi rebels in Yemen, who effectively forced the country's president and cabinet to resign last month, announced on Friday that they intended to dissolve Parliament and take control of the country, which does not now have a functioning government.

THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES says it will send a squadron of F-16 aircraft to Jordan to support an intense program of air strikes against Islamic State militants.

ISLAMIC STATE terrorists are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive.

OSCAR Loves Bubbles.

A BOA CONSTRICTOR is on the lam at Castleton State college in Vermont.

A STOLEN KITTEN was returned with an apology note.

A BABY ORANGUTAN was born in Berlin.

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