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St Pat's Day, Guster, Jenny Lewis, Dave & Phil Alvin, Buffalo   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JOE STRUMMER and THE POGUES!  People will be getting their drink and dance on, so enjoy Joe, Shane and the band putting a Celtic spin on "London Calling" and "I Fought The Law" for St. Patrick's Day, 1988. Follow that up with the Dropkick Murphys' videos for "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" (which you may have heard in Martin Scorsese's The Departed) and "The Wild Rover."  Round it out with an Old Grey Whistle Test of my fave Pogues song, "Sally MacLennane," and a Shamrock Shake.

GUSTER, Live in the Greene Space.

JENNY LEWIS stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

PHIL & DAVE ALVIN (The Blasters) stopped by the World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW takes another dive into The Bottomless Pit of his record collection.

THE AUSTIN 100: NPR's SXSW preview is now available as a download.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS drop "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero" ahead of Beat The Champ.

LAURA MARLING drops "Strange" ahead of Short Movie. Not a Wire cover, but very nice.

BEWARE THE IDES OF MARCH: The friendly stranger in the black sedan.Sunday.

KIM GORDON & CARRIE BROWNSTEIN chat for an hour.

COURTNEY BARNETT is interviewed by The Guardian: "In interviews I feel like a bit of a doofus.”

SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson was stabbed in the head during a drunken knife fight with his brother in Clive, Iowa early Wednesday morning. I have always advised people to avoid Clive.

VAN DYKE PARKS renders his verdict on the "Blurred Lines" case.

NOW SHOWING: This week's wide releases are Disney's live-action Cinderella, which is currently scoring 85 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Run All Night, scoring 49 percent.

MADONNA claims she secretly dated Tupac Shakur.

LINDSAY LOHAN badly photoshopped her rear end.

LIAM NEESON plans to quit action movies in two years, so that means only aa couple of dozen.

ELIZABETH HURLEY dishes on Hugh Grant.

FROZEN 2 is a go, as you would have bet.

TOY STORY 4:Josh Cooley, described by Disney Pixar as a "rising star" of its creative team, will co-direct alongside John Lasseter, who helmed the first two Toy Story films.

STAR WARS: Rogue One will be the title of the first standalone project, while Rian Johnson (Looper) will helm Episode VIII.

RICHARD GLATZER, who wrote and directed Still Alice with his husband Wash Westmoreland, has died at the age of 63 after a courageous battle against ALS.

RUSSIA's main opposition leader: “It’s obvious that the only plan the Kremlin has for us is destruction."

IRAN:  Major world powers have begun talks about a United Nations Security Council resolution to lift U.N. sanctions on Iran if a nuclear agreement is struck with Tehran, a step that could make it harder for the U.S. Congress to undo a deal, Western officials said.

IRAQ: U.S.-trained and armed Iraqi military units are under investigation for human rights violations: "These Shi’a militias are just as barbaric as ISIS."

THE ISLAMIC STATE now controls a naval base on the Mediterranean, though local opposition is growing, as tends to happen.

IF YOU'RE GOING TO FEED THE BUFFALO, bring some hand wipes. The More You Know.

A 12-13-FT GATOR was generally ignored by Florida golfers.

A WHALE collided with a tourist boat near Cabo San Lucas, killing one and injring two.

AND THERE WERE CHICKENS all over the highway.

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Matthew E. White, Two Gallants, Wolf Alice, Leonard Cohen, Dog Rescues   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION drops a video for “Betty vs.the NYPD.”

MATTHEW E. WHITE premiered the songs from Fresh Blood at BRIC Arts Media in downtown Brooklyn.

TWO GALLANTS stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

WOLF ALICE stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

LEONARD COHEN live in Tel Aviv, circa 1972.

LYDIA LOVELESS covers Prince's "I Would Die 4 U”.

FLAMING GROOVIES "Shake Some Action," circa 1987.

RADIOHEAD: Dozens of notable musicians talk to Stereogum about their favorite Radiohead songs 

GIRLPOOL: Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker talk to SPIN about moving cross-country and finding creative refuge in the City of Brotherly Love.

THE LOST TITLE TRACKERS have recorded an album of imaginary title tracks, in the style of the original artists.

WE ARE THE WORLD: A Minute-by-Minute Breakdown on Its 30th Anniversary. 

JOHNNY DEPP flew back to the United States from filiming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean in Australia to receive surgery after injuring his hand

MARVIN GAYE's family seeks to halt sales of "Blurred Lines" after winning their copyright lawsuit against Robin Thicke & Pharrell.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY's stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan will be seeking a big payday for a second outing in the red room of pain. 

LIL WAYNE's Miami Beach home was visited by the police after a phone call reporting a shooting. An apparent SWATting.

BRUCE JENNER has stopped production of his docuseries chronicling his transformation from a man into a woman …for now. 

LINDSAY LOHAN dropped an n-bomb on social media and didn't deete it quickly enough to avoid detection. 

NATHAN FILLIAN & ALAN TUDYK (Firefly) crowdfunded a web series that will put them back on a spaceship.

TONY BENNETT will sing at Lady Gaga's wedding

YEMEN: Al-Qaida militants overran and held a city in southern Yemen for hours Monday before an army counterattack pushed them out, officials said, as Saudi Arabia offers to host peace talks to end the country's political chaos. 

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Top U.S. officials warn that military operations against Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria may last more than three more years and the mission on the Syrian side of the border could eventually involve a no-fly zone or even American boots on the ground. 

IRAN: Secretary of State John Kerry said in congressional testimony Wednesday that the Obama administration is “not negotiating a legally binding plan” over the Iranian nuclear program, but rather aims for an enforceable presidential agreement.

BIKERS save a dog on the highway.

AN ANGRY BADGER put a Stockholm hotel on lockdown

A BATCH OF TINY CHAMELEONS hatched at the Taronga Zoo

A DOG was rescued from a roof in Elk Grove, CA.  

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Tweedy, Jayhawks, Vaselines, Tobias Jesso Jr, Cat Curling   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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MICHAEL RAULT's video for "Nothing Means Nothing" captures the songs late 60s-early 70s vibe.

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

THE JAYHAWKS play a mini-set at KEXP.

THE VASELINES play a mini-set at KEXP.

TOBIAS JESSO JR advance streams Goon via iTunes radio.

BEST COAST drops "Heaven Sent" ahead of California Nights.

MIIKAL CRONIN drops "ii) Gold" ahead of MCIII.

VAN MORRISON & MARK KNOPFLER duet on "Irish Heartbeat."

TAME IMPALA drops "Let It Happen" ahead of a rumored third LP.

MARVIN GAYE: "Got To Give It Up." Got To Rub It In.

WILL BUTLER talks to Flavorwire about teenage music, political albums, the golden age of TV, and more...

SLEATER-KINNEY is profiled by The Guardian.

KAKI KING did a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

100 LOST ALBUMS You Need To Know, according to NME.

ROBIN THICKE & PHARRELL copied a Marvin Gaye song to create "Blurred Lines," according to a jury that awarded $7.4 million to Gaye's family, beating the record judgment against Michael Bolton.You can do your owm A/B Boss Comparison.

BEN STILLER & OWEN WILSON crashed Valentino's show in Paris to announce Zoolander 2.

NAOMI CAMPBELL & CARA DELEVIGNE got into a Fashion Week catfight.

ROBIN WRIGHT talks to Vanity Fair about her new life with actor Ben Foster, but not Sean Penn.

TIM BURTON will direct Disney's live-action Dumbo.

FRENCH police have arrested four people linked to Amedy Coulibaly, the gunman and hostage-taker at a Parisian kosher supermarket on January 9, a Paris prosecutor's spokesman said.

RUSSIA says it will no longer attend consultations related to a key European arms control treaty, accusing the West of stonewalling its demands.

NIGERIA: At least 34 persons were killed by a teenage girl suicide bomber on Tuesday at a crowded market in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, said witnesses.

IRAQI forces have started what they believe will be the conclusive push to retake the Iraqi city of Tikrit from ISIS, a paramilitary force participating in the offensive said Tuesday. Of course, Shiite paramilitary force Hashd Al-Shaab is likely backed by Iran, but who's counting?

CAT CURLING.

SMILEY, a blind Golden Retriever, is living up to his name as a therapy dog who brightens the days of patients and nursing home residents in the small town of Stouffville, Canada.

CORNFLAKES, now fortified with python.

TINY TORTOISES Are Overtaking Rats in Battle for Galápagos Islands.

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Spoon, Leggy, Inventions, Evans The Death, Lightning Bolt, Koala   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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SPOON plays "Inside Out" and "I Just Don't Understand" for La Bogotheque and Twofer Tuesday.

LEGGY streams their Nice Try EP.

INVENTIONS advance streams Maze Of Woods.

EVANS THE DEATH streams Expect Delays.

LIGHTNING BOLT advance streams Fantasy Empire.

MUMFORD & SONS drop the banjo and, while the band claims Radiohead and Led Zeppelin as inspiration, the consensus about "Believe" is that it sounds like Coldplay.  Impressively divisive.

THE CRIBS have a "Different Angle" ahead of For All My Sisters.

LORD HURON drops "The World Ender" ahead of Strange Trails.

THE WALKER BROTHERS play "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)" and "Make It Easy On Yourself" for Twofer Tuesday.

TWEEDY: 19-year-old Spencer Tweedy talks to RedEyeChicago about his hometown, working with his father and why 'dad rock' is a terrible term.

KIM DEAL talks to NME about a new Breeders album, keeping It cottage industry, and patricide.

KURT VILE talks to SPIN about his upcoming LP, All Over The Place.

MODEST MOUSE is profiled on All Things Considered.

AMERICAN SNIPER is officially the highest-grossing film released in 2014.

GHOSTCORPS will be broadening the Ghostbusters franchise, including a male counterpart to the all-female rebooy directed by Paul Feig.

SUGE KNIGHT: The full video of his fatal hit-and-run incident is online and not for the squeamish.

BRUCE JENNER's sex change is back on track.

THE WALKING DEAD companion series gets a two-season order.

SAM SIMON, who wrote episodes of Taxi, Cheers and It's Garry Shandling's Show before co-creating landmark animated series The Simpsons and eventually becoming a philanthropist, died Sunday of colorectal cancer at 59.

ALBERT MAYSLES, the documentary film-maker best known for Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter, has passed away at the age of 88. "

EGYPT: President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in an exclusive interview with Fox News, appealed to the U.S. to play a greater role in helping his country fight terrorism -- as he urged the creation of an "Arab ready force" to confront the Islamic State and similar groups.

LIBYA: Jihadists affiliated with the Islamic State attacked an oil field in al-Ghani, beheading eight guards and kidnapping nine foreign workers. Pro-government forces conducted airstrikes on the airport in Tripoli, which remains controlled by rival Islamist forces.

THE ISLAMIC STATE ­appears to be starting to fray from within, as dissent, defections and setbacks on the battlefield sap the group’s strength and erode its aura of invincibility among those living under its despotic rule. 

A KOALA, just walking down the street Down Under.

AMY THE PIG is the smartest pupil in her dog-obedience class.

THIS COW MOOSE consistently misses the crosswalk in Hadley, ID.

DEER eat birds when you aren't looking.

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Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield, Twin Shadow, Houndmouth, Chastity Belt   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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RYAN ADAMS & NATALIE PRASS cover Patrick Swayze and Wendy Fraser's "She's Like The Wind."

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD Sing Elliott Smith.

TWIN SHADOW advance streams Eclipse.

HOUNDMOUTH advance streams Little Neon Limelight.

CHASTITY BELT advance streams Time To Go Home.

FRANK BLACK drops the demo for  “How You Went So Far."

CARLY RAE JEPSON isn't my bag, baby. But I didn't want you to miss Tom Hanks in the video for  "I Really Like You."

SLEAFORD MODS' Jason Williamson rails against the state of the music biz.

EX HEX talks to The Guardian about fake friends, creating a scene and discovering the power of powerpop.

CHRISSE HYNDE of The Pretenders is working on an "an incredibly frank" memoir that will come out Sept. 8.

LED ZEPPELIN, Live at the Fillmore West in 1969, ftom The Observer archives.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Chappie tops the chart with 13.3MM, but that's well below estimates against a 49 million budget.  Will anyone second guess putting Neil Blomkamp in charge of the next Alien sequel?  Focus places with 10MM on a 46 percent drop. This is likely to be Will Smith's worst performing star vehicle. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel shows with 8.6 MM and more than twice as much overseas; it will make a tidy profit against a 20MM budget if it does anywhere near as well as the original. Kingsman: The Secret Service takes the fourth slot with 8.3MM; with almost 250MM worldwide, a sequel is likely.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water rounds out the Top Five with another 7MM and is already well into profit.  Below the fold, Fifty Shades of Grey crosses the 500MM mark, while Unfinished Business debuts in tenth with 4.8 million, as Vince Vaughn sinks like Will Smith, only worse.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's aunt publicly claimed that her niece's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, is under investigation for “attempted murder” in connection with the 22-year-old's near drowning.

AMAL CLOONEY is to teach at New York’s Columbia Law School.

JOHN STAMOS revisited the San Francisco home where his beloved '80s show Full House was set, and went unrecognized.

MADONNA has found a new soul mate: Kanye West.

WARREN BEATTY's film about Howard Hughes may finally make it to theaters: “I would appreciate if you would say Mr. Beatty good-naturedly declined to comment,” he said.

HIGH FIDELITY author Nick Hornby speculates about a sequel.

SAUDI ARABIA expressed "surprise and dismay" at international media reports criticising the flogging of a Saudi blogger for insulting Islam.

WHAT IRAN Won't Say About the Bomb.

LIBYA: Islamic State group jihadists killed eight guards on Friday in an attack on the southern Libyan oilfield of Al-Ghani, a spokesman for the unit tasked with guarding oil installations said.

IRAQI security forces backed by coalition airstrikes have pushed the Islamic State out of a town near a large base where U.S. military advisers are located.

AN OCTOPUS escapes from a boat.

A BABY WOOLY RHINO was discovered after 10K years in the ice.

SNAKES Aren't Scary if You Put Them on Colored Backgrounds.

FIVE TINY KITTENS are lucky to be alive after they were found shivering and sitting in their own filth at the bottom of a garbage can in Langley.

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