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Elvis, Rainer Maria, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, Blind Boys of AL, Rally Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, August 11, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



with ELVIS PRESLEY! The King died on August 16, 1977, but remains a global pop phenomenon, so it's worth a recap of highlights from his legendary career.  For the 30th anniversary, Canada's Star-Phoenix, discussing ten important parts of Elvis history worth reliving, noted: "His was a sequined coat of many colours: '50s Greaser Elvis. Military Elvis. Hollywood Elvis. Aloha from Hawaii Elvis. Vegas Elvis. And, ultimately, Dead Fat Elvis."  The BBC had friend and aide Sonny West recall life with The King. 

ACTION NEWS 5 still has its local coverage from Aug. 16-17, 1977 (here, here, here and here) on the Tube, where you can also see funeral footage from the UK.  Here's read the obit that ran the next day in the Washington Post. Elvis Presley News recaps the international headlines from the event and links to the eulogy at his funeral. On a happier note, check out what is likely the first footage taken of Elvis, with backstage shots of Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly in 1955; shades of Walk The Line!  Let's start with his performance of "Hound Dog" o­n The Milton Berle Show six months later, not o­nly because it's historic, but also because Paul Miller and I often reached for it when we would stumble into our KUSR shift at the last minute -- on the broadcast, Uncle Miltie vamped for awhile, which gave us time to pull records for the show.  He was also iconic in "Jailhouse Rock" that year.  Elvis sang a mashup of "Love Me Tender" and "Witchcraft" with Frank Sinatra when he got back from the Army.  All of his movies -- such as "Viva Las Vegas" --made money, but his musical career stalled in the 1960s until he electrified and charmed the public with his televised '68 Comeback Special.  1970 finds him singing "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds" in the jumpsuit, though pre-bloated.  I'm going to throw in "Little Sister" just 'cause I like it.  Sadly, in a few short years, bloated jumpuit Elvis would be delivering a wacked-out take on "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" -- though to be fair, this audio-only version from 1969 is even more demented and he knows it.  I would rather remember Jumpsuit Elvis for the signature horns that open "See See Rider."  a tribute to his enduring legacy as the fact that he could hit the charts decades after his death with a remix of "A Little Less Conversation," a video subtly recalling "Jailhouse Rock," and Paul Oakenfold's remix of "Rubberneckin'"The King may be gone, but the brand lives on, making millions and recruiting new fans under the watchful eyes of Elvis Presley Enterprises and CKX, Inc.

GREETINGS FROM GRACELAND:  It must be said, however, that Elvis Presley Enterprises did not have a good handle on the King's affairs in the years immediately following his death.  Chicago radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier won a local emmy for their 1981 comedic look at what was then a very seedy exploitation of Elvis in Memphis. (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.)

MOJO NIXON & SKID ROPER: "Elvis Is Everywhere."

RAINER MARIA advance streams S/T.

SHELBY LYNNE & ALLISON MOORER advance stream Not Dark Yet.

THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA advance stream Almost Home.

THE ACCIDENTALS advance stream Odyssey.

CHRIS HILLMAN covers Tom Petty's "Wildflowers."

KING KHAN shares “It’s a Lie.”

CUT COPY shares "Standing In The Middle Of The Field."

WOODSTOCK: On Aug. 15-17, 1969, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in a lovely natural amphitheater in Bethel (not Woodstock), NY for "three days of peace and music," including sets from Crosby, Stills and NashThe Who, Santana, Joe Cocker, Jefferson AirplaneArlo Guthrie, Canned HeatJimi Hendrix, and the proverbial many more.

GRIZZLY BEAR: Ed Droste and Daniel Rossen talk to SPIN about Steely Dan, life after blog hype, and more...

LIAM GALLAGHER: Rescuing us from pop boredom.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Annabelle: Creation, which is currently scoring 69 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, which is scoring 13 percent; and The Glass Castle, scoring 50 percent.  Wind River expands wide at 86 percent.

KING OF THE HILL may return.

THE MUNSTERS is getting a TV reboot.

TAYLOR SWIFT took the stand to start Day 4 of her trial involving a former Denver DJ who is accused of groping her and losing his job because of it.

DONALD GLOVER took a break from Lando duties on the Han Solo movie to dissect his extraordinary rise, 'Atlanta' Emmy hopes, his secret sit-down with Billy Dee Williams (in disguise) and how he plans to conquer Hollywood.

NIKKI REED & IAN SOMERHALDER welcomed their first child.

DISNEY & NETFLIX are getting a divorce.

RALLY CAT:  The feline who interrupted a Cardinals-Royals game just before a Cards grand slam is missing.

PIGMEN are coming. What is the law, Dr. Moreau?

MOTHMEN: Record sightings in Chicago.

A 6-FT BOA CONSTRICTOR lived in a Florida attic for years.

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Wilco, Fleet Foxes, Drive-By Truckers, The War On Drugs, Corgi Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE NEW PR0NOGRPAHERS share a video for "Whiteout Conditions."

WILCO, Live at the Newport Folk Fest.

FLEET FOXES, Live at the Newport Folk Fest.

DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, Live at the Newport Folk Fest.

THE WAR ON DRUGS covers Warren Zevon's "Accidentally Like A Martyr."


GLEN CAMPBELL: The guitar prodigy represented the best of pop and country music.

THE NATIONAL gets a cover story excerpted at Magnet.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is heading to Broadway.



JENNIFER LAWRENCE talks to Vogue about her new movie and her new relationship.

CHRIS PRATT & ANNA FARIS are splitting, perhaps unsurrprisingly, due in part to his skyrocketing career.

BRANGELEXIT: The Jolie-Pitt divorce is in limbo.

LEAH REMINI doubles down on her anti-Scientology crusade.

ROBERT PATTINSON is profiled by GQ, where he talks about therapy and more.

JEFF BRIDGES talks to Uproxx about The Dude, the Talking Heads, The Only Living Boy in New York and more.

THE COEN BOTHERS are bringing a Western anthology to Netflix.


A CORGI PUP meets a tennis ball for the first time.

A PREHISTORIC CROCODILE is named for Motorhead's late frontman Lenny Kilmister.

DOGS are more and more like family to us. Why do some public places still bar them?

MARAUDING MONKEYS are fought by the Thai navy with a new weapon: vasectomies

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Glen Campbell RIP.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLEN CAMPBELL, the sweet-voiced, guitar-picking son of a sharecropper who became a recording, television and movie star in the 1960s and ’70s, waged a publicized battle with alcohol and drugs and gave his last performances while in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, died on Tuesday in Nashville. He was 81. He should be best-known for the string of 60s hits he recorded of Jimmy Webb's songs -- “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Galveston” (which may play better at its intended tempo) -- but for all I know, he's better known for his 70s hits, “Southern Nights” and "Rhinestone Cowboy," the latter being his biggest hit on the pop and country charts.  As much as I love those Webb tunes, I still am fond of his early try at solo success, "Guess I'm Dumb," which was co-written and produced by Brian Wilson as a thank you for filling in for him on the Beach Boys tour that precipitated Wilson's first mental breakdown.  And I say "early try at solo success" because Campbell was by that time a top session musician, playing for the Champs, Super Stocks, Hondells, and Rip Chords, not to mention that he was part of the legendary Wrecking Crew that backed Sinatra, Wlvis, and all those Phil Spector-produced hits.  Here's a 2011 interview with Campbell talking about his penultimate LP.

OTHERWISE, it's a slow enough "news" day, outside the US war of words with North Korea. So I'll let Campbell have the spotlight and come back tomorrow with the usual stuff.

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David Rawlings, Margaret Glaspy, Billy Bragg, Badfinger, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



DAVID HASSELHOFF shares a video for "Guardians Inferno." There are cameos.

DAVID RAWLINGS advance streams Poor David's Almanack.

MARGARET GLASPY plays Rock The Garden.

TALL FRIEND advance streams Safely Nobody's.

BILLY BRAGG shares “King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood.”

LIVING COLOUR returns with "Come On."


BADFINGER: "Baby Blue" and "No Matter What," for Twofer Tuesday.

ARCADE FIRE: Will and Win Butler talked to All Things Considered about the new album.

SHEER MAG: Will their songs about gentrification propel them into arenas?

TODD HAYNES is directing a Velvet Underground documentary

THURSTON MOORE talks to PopMatters about age, experience, musical partnerships and more.



DEADPOOL 2 has your first look at Josh Brolin as Cable.

DANIEL CRAIG reportedly is up for two more Bond movies.

TAYLOR SWIFT's court case against the radio DJ who allegedly groped heris under way.

USHER is being sued for exposing a woman to herpes.

HARUO NAKAJIMA, best known for being the man inside the suit of Godzilla, passed away at the age of 88 years old.


A CORGI PUP enjoys Summer.

A BAT terrorized the Emporia Gazette newsroom.

A ROBOT can now milk scorpions.

BEES understand zero.

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Arcade Fire, John Prine, Marlon Williams, Sheer Mag, Rhino   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, August 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


ARCADE FIRE covers Lennon's "Mind Games" at their Lollapalooza warmup party at Metro.

JOHN PRINE & FRIENDS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

MARLON WILLIAMS, Live at the Newport Folk Festival.

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

THE WAR ON DRUGS shares "Pain."

THE PIPETTES: "Your Kisses are Wasted On Me." Before it all went wrong. Sigh.

RONNIE WOOD was diagnosed with lung cancer in May and says he feared for his life before undergoing a five-hour operation to remove part of his lung.

WAVVES: Nathan Williams discussed his past heroin use, shoplifting, and his cat on ESPN.

aLICE COOPER shares the soundtrack of his life at NME.

NEIL YOUNG's lost 1976 album Hitchhiker is out September 8.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Dark Tower topped the chart with 19.5MM against a 60MM budget, at the low end of expectations andulikely to have legs, based on savage reviews and a "B" Cinemascore.  Bad news for both McConnaughey (whose had three misfires now) and Idris Elba (still looking for that yuge breakout role).  Dunkirk placed with 17.6MM on a leggy 34 percent drop.  The Emoji Movie showed with 12.4MM on a 50 percent drop (not as big as last weekend's 62 percent) and close to recouping its production cost.  Girls Trip, however, continues leggy in fourth with 11.4MM on a 42 percent drop and 85.4MM total domestic against a 19MM budget.  The debut of Kidnap rounded out the Top Five with10.2MM, which isn't bad for a filthat sat on the shelf of bankrupt Relativity and was sold to Aviron for 3MM.  Below the fold, the wide expansion of Detroit landed in eighth place with 7.3MM against a 34MM budget -- an early realelase of Oscar bait that did not work as well as Dunkirk.

CHRISTOPHER NOLAN wanted to shoot Dunkirk without a script, but was told that was crazy.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3. will be the last with the original lineup.

CHRIS PRATT & ANNA FARRIS are legally separating after eight years of marriage.

DANIEL CRAIG changed his mind about another Bond movie after Sam Mendes quit? Possible, I suppose, but I'd think the ginormous truckloads of maoney had something to do with it.

KATY PERRY & ROBERT PATTINSON got super cozy Saturday night.

ALADDIN: The live-action remake gets its Jafar.

THE KARATE KID: Ralph Macchio and William Zabka are heading back to the dojo for the Tube Red.

A WILD RHINO, charging down an Indian highway, set to country music.

A GIANT PIG went on the lam near I-5 in Washington State.

BOREALOPELTA, discovered accidentally by Canadian miners, is one of the most spectacular fossil finds of all time.

A TEXAS MAN was wounded after he fired a gun at an armadillo in his yard and the bullet ricocheted back to hit him in his face, the county sheriff said Friday.

FLAME THE CAT, adopted by firefighters, has his own mini helmet and fire pole scratching post.

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