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The National, Mynabrirds, Quicksand, Eluvium, Prehistoric Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2 played "Get Out of Your Own Way" live for the first time at a free Trafalgar Square gig.

THE NATIONAL played Boxer in its entirety in Brussels.  Here are five tracks.

THE MYNABIRDS playd a Tiny Desk Concert with special guests.

QUICKSAND streams Interiors, the band's first in 22 years.

ELUVIUM's new LP, Shuffle Drones, is meant to be played on endless shuffle and repeat.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

BRAND NEW frontman Jesse Lacey confessed to serial sexual misconduct.

JANN WENNER of Rolling Stone is accused of offering a writer career advancement in exchange for sex.

BIG THIEF gets a lengthy profile fron NPR's Slingshot.

BJORK: "People miss the jokes."

FRED COLE, longtime frontman for beloved underground rock cult heroes Dead Moon, has died of cancer at 69.

CHUCK MOSLEY, former Fath No More and Bad Brains frontman, has died of addiction-related reasons at 57.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Thor: Ragnarok easily repeated atop the chart with 56.6MM on a 54 percent drop; the competition from Justice League this upcoming weekend will be interesting, but the god of thunder has already cleared 650MM worldwide. Daddy's Home 2 placed with 30MM against a 69MM budget, which may make the early release a little risky.  Murder on the Orient Express showed with 28.2MM, well ahead of most projections (despite the star-studded cast, expectations here were modest).  The global gross is over 85MM against a 55MM budget, so this looks like a winner.  A Bad Moms Christmas takes the forth slot in its second frame with 11.5MM on a 31 percent drop, which is not bad given the competition from Daddy's Home 2, tho it still lags the orginal Moms by a wide margin.  Jigsaw clung to the bottom of the Top Five with 3.4MM on a 48 percent drop; its 34MM to date against a 10MM production budget probably means more of this franchise.

GEORGE TAKEI is accused of sexual assault in 1981.  Takei denied the allegations.

LOUIS C.K. admitted to multiple incidents of sexual misconduct. His new movie has been scrappedNetflix is not making his next special. FX and HBO have severed all ties.

ELLEN PAGE lowered the boom on Brett Ratner on Facebook, with corroboration from Anna Paquin.

GAL GADOT will only sign on for a Wonder Woman sequel if accused sexual harasser Brett Ratner is completely removed from the franchise.

RICHARD DREYFUS is accused of sexually harassing and exposing himself to a writer.  He denied the allegations.

PORTA de ROSSI claims she was sexually harassed by Steven Seagal.

DAVID GUILLOD, Hollywood manager and Atomic Blonde producer, is accused of rape by five women.

ANDREW KREISBERG, producer of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl, is accused of a pattern of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate physical contact over a period of years, according to 15 women and four men who have worked with him.

ALISON MACK (Smallville) is accuused of recruiting as many as 25 sex slaves for a cult "self-help" group.

TOM WOPAT pleaded not guilty to groping a woman in July.

THE FIRST OSCARS event of the season featured no sex scandal jokes.

OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN's ex  has been found in Mexico after faking his own death 12 years ago.

A PREHISTORIC SHARK was found swimming off the coast of Portugal.

DO ELEPHANTS have souls?

A STRAY CAT is a murder suspect in Japan.

A LYNX ON THE LAM was shot and killed in Wales.

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The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 10, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee.This is the 41st anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother of one of the lost crew members.

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)


SHARON VAN ETTEN advance streams the reissue of (it was) because i was in love.

BECK stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

DANIEL JOHNSON stops by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WILCO shares a  previously unreleased Being There-era rarity, "Dynamite My Soul."

BEE BEE SEA shares "Sonic Boomerang."

MARSHALL CRENSHAW played "Someday, Someway" for his network TV debut in 1982.

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to Columbus Alive about Goths, jazz, and keeping it fresh. (Thx, LHB.)

PATTERSON HOOD (Drive-By Truckers) talks to Stereogum about moving cross-country, the state of America and his next steps as a songwriter.

LEE RENALDO listed his favorite albums at The Quietus.

STEELY DAN Soldiers On.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Daddy's Home 2, which was not advance screened for critics; and Murder on the Orient Express, which is currently scoring 66 percent on the ol' Tomatometer.

ROMAN POLANSKI: Five more women have come forward and claimed that Polanski sexually assaulted them.

JEREMY PIVEN is accused of sexual assault by a third woman.

LOUIS C.K.: The New York premiere of Louis C.K.'s upcoming film, I Love You, Daddy, has been canceled in advance of a New York Times story on the comedian.

HARASSMENT, SCANDAL, AND THE MEDIA: Is a Hollywood Witch Hunt Brewing?

STAR WARS:  Rian Johnson will create a brand-new trilogy, separate from the episodic Skywalker saga, the first of which he is also set to write and direct.

JENNIFER GARNER & CASEY AFFLECK helped Ben Affleck into rehab.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, Interviewed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

MATTHEW McCONNAUGHEY delivers frozen turkeys. alrightalrightalright

JOHN HILLERMAN, the actor who made a career out of playing snooty types, including Tom Selleck's fastidious estate caretaker Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on Magnum, P.I., died Thursday. He was 84. I first saw him on Ellery Queen, iirc.

A KITTEN rescued from Hurricane Maria finds a doggo brother.

AUSSIE JOCKEY suspended for punching a horse. Caboche pawn in game of life.

PURR-FECT Furniture for Cats.

MORTAL TOMCATS, captured in action.

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Dan Wilson, Lydia Loveless, Granddaddy, Lorde, Shatner, Monkey   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 09, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



MAVIS STAPLES & JEFF TWEEDY played "Build a Bridge" on Colbert.

DAN WILSON (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) played the Mountain Stage.

LYDIA LOVELESS plays an acoustic Stereogum Session.

GRANDDADDY stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set recorded before the death of bassist Kevin Garcia.

LORDE covered Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire."

WILLIAM SHATNER covered The Cramps' "Garbageman."

SUPERCHUNK shared “What A Time To Be Alive.” NSFW.


BIG COUNTRY are "In a Big Country". But how big?

GRANT HART, in one of his final interviews.

COCTEAU TWINS: Simon Raymonde on 20 years of running a record label, his new band Lost Horizons, and why his immortal old band will never reunite.

MICHAEL NESMITH will revisit the critically acclaimed solo albums he made after his exit from the Monkees in 1969 with a pair of Southern California shows in January.

THE BEE GEES are getting the stage musical treatment.  Singin' them love songs. Singin' them straight to the heart songs.


KEVIN SPACEY is being edited out of Ridley Scott's finished movie All The Money In The World.  Christopher Plummer has been set to replace Spacey in the role of J Paul Getty.  Fmr TV news anchor Heather Unruh revealed that Unruh’s then-18-year-old son claims that Spacey reached into his pants and grabbed his genitals in a bar in Massachusetts — and that the assault took place last year.

CHARLIE SHEEN denied raping a then 13-year-old Corey Haim.

JEFFREY TAMBOR is under investigation by Amazon Studios for alleged sex harassment. He denied the claims.

MARIAH CAREY is accused in a draft lawsuit of calling her former head of security a white supremacist and sexually harassing him.

THE BBC have confirmed that they are currently investigating 25 allegations of sexual harassment.

THE DARK UNIVERSE:  Universal's moster-movie cinematic universe is in danger following the the failure of The Mummy.

STAR WARS needs to replace the Millennium Falcon?

AT & T may need to sell off DirecTV or Turner Broadcasting if it buys Time-Warner.


A GASOLINE-ADDICTED MONKEY was draining the tanks of Thai motorcyclists.

SHEEP can recognize celebrities, just like us.


IS THAT A PYTHON IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just happy... oh, wait.

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Bully, Exploded View, Bethlehem Steel, All Songs, Big Lizard   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 08, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



THE SHE'S share a video for "Sorry."

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

EXPLODED VIEW streams Summer Came Early.

BETHLEHEM STEEL streams Party Naked Forever.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED features Pinegrove, Mary Gauthier, Partner and more.

TY SEAGALL shares "My Lady's On Fire." Its' pretty 70s for Seagall.


THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS are "Standing Next to Me" in a Beatlesque way.

THE WAR ON DRUGS' frontman Adam Granduciel talks to The Guardian about his search for normality, forgetting his own songs, and wishing he could ‘Bono up' his act.

CAT POWER: Moon Pix, reconsidered.


THE TOP 10 ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN SONGS, according to Stereogum.


HARVEY WEINSTEIN may be indicted in Manhattan next week.

KEVIN SPACEY's (mis)behavior on the House of Cards set was not a secret.

GOSSIP GIRL star Ed Westwick denied a claim he raped an actress three years ago — and says he doesn’t even know the woman.

JOHNNY DEPP faces foreclosure on some propoerties as his ex-managers call in a loan.

MERYL STREEP clarified some old remarks about Dustin Hoffman touching her breast during their first meeting.

MARIAH CAREY has undergone weight-loss surgery after the superstar became self-conscious about her curves because of cruel online commenters, sources claim.

SIA shared a naked picture of herself before a photographer could sell it.

DISNEY has reversed its decision to bar the Los Angeles Times from movie press screenings amid backlash.


AN ENORMOUS LIZARD turned up in an Aussie family's oven.

THE GOOD DOG PHOTO CONTEST over at Garden and Gun.  (No firearms involved.)

TINY HUMAN BRAIN ORGANOIDS, implanted into rats. What could go wrong?

SEVEN NEW GIANT BUG SPECIES: The good news is they're extremely aggressive.

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Alvvays, Josh Ritter, Anderson East, Belly, Afghan Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



TED LEO shared a video for "Can't Go Back."  It has a surprising whiff of "Mr Blue Sky."

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

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

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

BELLY shared their first new song in 22 years, a cover of "Hushabye Mountain" from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Aw yeah.


ROBERT KNIGHT, who recorded the first version of "Everlasting Love," one of the biggest songs to come out of Nashville, died Sunday after a short illness. He was 72 years old. 

THE BEATLES' opening chord from "A hard Day's Night" has been scientifically decoded, revealing a mystery note from a mystery instrument.

THE SEX PISTOLS' Never Mind The Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols turns 40.

BIKINI KILL reunited at a launch party for a book on The Raincoats. 

BOB DYLAN nearly did a sitcom for HBO?


21ST CENTURY FOX has been holding talks to sell most of the company to Disney, sources say.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN hired private investigators, including ex-Mossad agents, to track actresses and journalists.

BEN AFFLECK said he decided to donate any further profits from a Miramax or Weinstein Co. film to charity.

KEVIN SPACEY: How he used the closet to silence accusations. Spacey has entered the same sex addiction rehab program where Harvey Weinstein has been getting treatment.

LAMAR ODOM is "doing well" after collapsing in a nightclub, reportedly from dehydration.

FIFTY SHADES FREED has a trailer online.

JUSTICE LEAGUE clips unite the seven.

CONAN O'BRIEN has the trappings of a traditional late-night show, but he may be taking more artistic risks than anyone else in that time slot.


A MARINE rescued the sweetest stray dog from Afghanistan.

CRAB vs BIRD: Who You Got?

A THIRD SPECIES OF ORANGUTAN has been identified and it's already endangered.

GAY LIONS have caused quite a stir in Kenya—and the head of the country’s film censorship board thinks that the animals must have learned their behavior from humans.

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