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John Hughes, The Districts, Downtown Boys, Alex Williams, Motorhead, Elephant.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 04, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009.  Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming o­n this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors o­ne-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot o­n Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."

THE DISTRICTS advance stream Popular Manipulations.

DOWNTOWN BOYS advance stream Cost Of Living.

ALEX WILLIAMS  advance streams Better Than Myself.

MOTORHEAD posthumously covers David Bowie's "Heroes."

LIARS share "Coins In My Caged Fist" and "The Grand Delusional."

CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.

PETER BUCK: The fme R.E.M. guitarist talks to Stereogum about Filthy Friends, Automatic For the People, and more...

STEVE ALBINI talks to The Quietus about avoiding publicity, bearing witness to the rise of Britpop and harbouring an irrational hatred of Billy Joel.

PINK FLOYD's 165 songs, ranked by Bill Wyman.

THE KIDD CREOLE, a member of the pioneering ’80s rap group Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five, has been arrested and charged with murder.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are The Dark Tower, which is currently scoring 21 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Kidnap, scoring 43 percent.  Detroit expands wide scoring 93 percent.

ROBERT HARDY, known for his role in the Harry Potter movie franchise and as the star of the TV series All Creatures Great and Small, has died. He was 91.

DEATH WISH: A version of the 70s classic directed by Eli Roth and starring Bruce Willis, has a trailer online.

TOM WOPAT, who played Luke Duke on the Dukes of Hazzard, has been arrested for indecent assault and battery in Massachusetts.

SUGE KNIGHT was indicted for an alleged death threat against famed Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray.

GENE SIMMONS thinks JUSTIN BIEBER is a spoiled brat who needs to get a life — and yet he also wishes him well.

JEREMY RENNER apparently is a devoted dad and an incredible house-flipper.

THOR:RAGNAROK's big joke was written by a Make-A-Wish kid.

AZIZ ANSARI talks to GQ about quitting the internet, Master of None, and more.

AN ELEPHANT stops a potato truck for a snack.

THE CAMEL SPIDER: It's not a spider and it's also not a scorpion. It's a cousin to both.

GRIZZLY BEARS: They will rip your face off. The More You Know.

SOME BROOKLYN DOGS aren't getting vaccinated.

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Diet Cig, Amy O, Bowie, Twin Peaks, Hamilton Leithauser, Dolphins   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



FILTHY FRIENDS shared a video for "Despierta."  New vintage indie!

DIET CIG played a Tiny Desk Concert.

AMY O advance streams Elastic.

DAVID BOWIE: Unwashed And Somewhat Slightly Dazed: David Bowie 1966-2016.

TWIN PEAKS shares "Shake Your Lonely" and "Sun And The Trees."

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER covers the Talking Heads' "Road to Nowhere."

FOUR TET shares "Planet."

WEAVES share "#53."


NICK GILDER: "Hot Child In the City."

DONALD FAGEN: The economics of music streaming have the Steely Dan co-founder hitting the road at 69.(Thx, Jay!)

SPIRITUALIZED's Jason Pierce talks to the Quietus about the band's past and future.

LINDA PERHACS: The psych-folk legend  is set to release her third album, I’m A Harmony, with guest stars.

THE CARPENTERS: 10 of Their Best.


MINDHUNTER: David Fincher’s new Netflix show has a trailer online.

STAR WARS: EPISODE IX gets a new writer.


SHARKNADO: How the kitch franchise lands its C-List cast, and how it almost included Pres. Donald Trump.

SOFIA VERGARA has a unique workout problem.

BOOBY MOYNIHAN and Brynn O'Malley welcomed their first child together.

WILL & GRACE: The reboot will retcon the series finale.




A BALD EAGLE, rescued by Maine lobstermen.

A HEDGEHOG touched off a family feud. Dinsdale!

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MTV, The Killers, GbV, Shovels & Rope, Dream Syndicate, Dog+Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 02, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


MUSIC TELEVISION turned 36 yesterday. The first few minutes included The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star," while the rest of the first day included Pat Benatar's cover of "You Better Run," Rod Stewart's "She Won't Dance With Me," The Who's "You Better You Bet," PH.D's ""Little Susie's On The Up," Cliff Richard's "We Don't Talk Anymore," The Pretenders' "Brass In Pocket", Todd Rundgren's "Time Heals", REO Speedwagon's "Take It On The Run," Styx's "Rockin' The Paradise", and many more.

THE KILLERS play a 10-song set in Vegas for Kimmel.

GUIDED BY VOICES streams How Do You Spell Heaven.

SHOVELS & ROPE, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

BRENT COBB, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.


DAVID CROSBY shares "Sell Me A Diamond."


THE OLD 97s cover T. Rex's "20th Century Boy" for The A.V. Club.

SLOWDIVE's Neil Halstead talks to The Creative Independent about putting the band back together.

PATTI SMITH remembers Sam Shepard.

THE SMITHS: Rob Shieffield ranks all 73 songs.

THE 15 BEST ARCADE FIRE SONGS, according to Paste.


THE DARK TOWER has been roiled by clashing visions and brutal test screenings.

JAMES FRANCO talks about battling depression.

RYAN REYNOLDS, on creative cursing, pushing the envelope, and feuding with Hugh Jackman.

BLAKE LIVELY doesn’t have a perfect celebrity relationship, according to Blake Lively.

IAN McSHANE is joining the Hellboy reboot.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has a trailer at Vulture. That's a new Sufjan Stevens song, too.

BLACK AMERICA, in the works at Amazon, envisions an alternate history where newly freed African Americans have secured the Southern states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama post-Reconstruction as reparations for slavery, and with that land, the freedom to shape their own destiny.

CONFEDERATE: A leading historian argues the new project from the Game of Thrones creators could shock us by exposing how little of the Confederate future we avoided.


THIS DOG hadn't seen a kitten before.

A TEXAS CALF looks like Gene Simmons of KISS.

CATERPILLARS are being killed by a zombie virus that makes them explode.

A CHEAP SEX TOY helps scientists study turtles.

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Big Thief, Wild Reeds, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Primus, Tiger Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



SPOON plays "Can I Sit  Next to You" for Colbert.

BIG THIEF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

THE WILD REEDS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

PRIMUS returns with "The Seven."


JAN & DEAN:  I figured I'd slip in "Surf City" for the dog days of Summer.  Toss in an off-the-TV clip of "Dead Man's Curve" from their comeback and you have Twofer Tuesday, not to mention an argument between Barry & Dick.  FYI, technically, neither Barry nor Dick is right, though Dick is closer to the truth.

MERLE HAGGARD's torch is carried by roots rockers and old-school acts, but his place in mainstream country is less secure.

AFGHAN WHIGS frontman Greg Dulli talks to Salon about keeping it "fun" after death of a beloved bandmate and 30 years of touring.

DAVID BOWIE's unseen photoshoot for his debut LP.

THE 15 BEST DELTA BLUES SONGS, according to Paste.


SAM SHEPARD, reluctant movie star and playwright whose workss redefined the landscape of the American West and its inhabitants, died on Thursday at his home in Kentucky. He was 73. A spokesman for his family announced the death on Monday, saying the cause was complications of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease.

JEANNE MOREAU, the sensual, gravel-voiced actress who became the face of the New Wave, France’s iconoclastic mid-20th-century film movement, most notably in François Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, died on Monday at her home in Paris. She was 89.

JESSICA LANGE is profiled by the AARP.  Get Off My Lawn.

CASEY AFFLECK's wife of 9 years, Summer Phoenix, is filing for divorce, and according to her the split's been a long time coming.

TILDA SWINTON was considered to play Pennywise in the remake of IT.

TOTAL REQUEST LIVE is returning to MTV.  I am reminded of this recent podcast from Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson about what the TRL cultural space meant to them.

HBO was hacked, "which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of [their] programming."

SUICIDE SQUAD 2: The WB continues to have trouble finding a director.


A TIGER CUB debuts in China

HAMLET will soon be the most famous cat in NYC.

A BIRD hammered through a power pole in Snohomish County, WA.Also, the owls are not what they seem.

FUNGUS GNATS have inundated southeastern Vermont.

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Ben Gibbard, Radiohead, Newport, Tori Amos, Sparks, Croc vs Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, July 31, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


WOLF ALICE shares the NSFW "Yuk Foo,"

BEN GIBBARD is streaming his vesrion of Teenage Fanclub's Bandwagonesque LP.

RADIOHEAD, Live at Poland's Open'er Festival.

NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL: Brooklyn Vegan has video highlights.

TORI AMOS shares "Cloud Riders."

SPARKS shares "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN shares "We Were Beautiful."

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat  Oh yeah? Oh yeah.

FEIST shares cultural highlights with The Guardian.

GILLIAM WELCH talks to Stereogum about rediscovering The Harrow & The Harvest six years after its release and when we can expect a new Gillian Welch album.

HARVEY DANGER's "Flagpole Sitta" turned 20.

THE POINTER SISTERS: 10 of Their Best.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Dunkirk beat out The Emoji Movie at the top of the charts, suggesting civilization only seems dead.  Dunkirk grossed 28.1MM on a leggy 44 percent drop.  The Emoji Movie placed with 25.7MM and if it does well enough I expect them to spin off Poop into a standalone feature.  Girls Trip shows with 20MM on a surprisingly leggy 36 percent drop.  That left the debut of Atomic Blonde in the fourth slot with 18MM against a 30MM budget; that may be a slight disappointment, though a few million ahead of John Wick, and likely to play well when it rolls out in full overseas. Spider-Man: Homecoming rounds out the Top Five with another 13.5MM and gets a timely hold with only a 39 percent drop in this frame.  Below the fold, Apes and Valerian show signs of losing money in the big-screen phase.

ATOMIC BLONDE was marketed as a female John Wick; it is both more and less than that.  It is more than that insofar as the brutal action scenes are paired with a more twist-laden, LeCarre-style Cold War spy tale, not to mention a tour of outrageous 80s fashion and music.  It is less than that because John Wick had a more sympathetic lead and more wicked fun.  Charlize Theron's Lorraine Broughton is (almost) all business --even when seducing someone -- which is right for the role, but drains the audience of some sympaththy for her (someone could write a thinkpiece about the trickiness of writing a female action lead).  The fun factor (besides Theron's endeless wardrobe)is provided more by James McAvoy's David Percival, an operative who has "gone native" in decdent Berlin, where Theron is tasked with retrieving a NOC list (increasingly the spy movie MacGuffin of choice).  The supporting performances here are also quite good, esp. Eddie Marsan, the Stasi agent once in possession of the list. It's an enjoyable flick -- the action scenes are brutal and the period soundtrackhelps lighten the the occasional grimness an greyness of a film that spends as much time in East Berlin as it does.  Just don't hexpect it to be a female John Wick.

GEORGE CLOONEY lashed out at a French magazine that published pictures of his newborn twins.

NORM McDONALD talks to the Daily Beast about President Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, and the state of comedy.

JENNIFER ANISTON & REESE WITHERSPOON are shopping a show about morning news shows.

KATE BECKINSALE has an "overzealous fan" who allegedly threatened to stab her.

EMILIA CLARKE has Chewbacca on her Instagram.

MARTY SKLAR: Meet a man who shaped Disney's theme parks.

CROC vs SHARK: Who You Got?

A MOUNTIE Pursues A Bear.

A MONITOR LIZARD, living in a Cape Coral attic.

IS THAT A BOA CONSTRICTOR stuck to your face?

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