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Robyn Hitchcock, Besnard Lakes, Basia Bulat, Polar Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 09, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE DEAD WEATHER drops a video for "Impossible Winner".

ROBYN HITCHCOCK performs in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

THE BESNARD LAKES perform in the WNYC Soundcheck studio

BASIA BULAT stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

ROGUE WAVE drops “What Is Left To Solve?” as the lead single ahead of Delusions Of Grand Fur.

TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS: Aquarium Drunkard has a rare live version of “Fooled Again (I Don’t Like It)” from 1976.

M WARD played "Confession" and "Girl From Conejo Valley" for Colbert and Twofer Tuesday. And yes, that looks a lot like Scott McCaughey next to him.

THE JIMI HENDRIX MUSEUM: The guitar legend's old flat has been restored and opens Wednesday.

SHEARWATER's Jonathan Meiburg talks to Magnet about the 80's-influenced Jet Plane And Oxbow.

WOLF PARADE: Spencer Krug talks to Pitchfork about the band's reunion and new material.

CHICAGO: Pete Cetera will not be joining the band for its Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

ROSE BYRNE & BOBBY CANNAVALE welcomed a baby boy last week.

ANGELINA JOLIE has some new ink.

MADONNA & GUY RITCHIE's child custody battle now includes charges son Rocco is smoking.

BEYONCE's “Black Power” salute during the Super Bowl halftime show divided people. Shocka.

SYRIA: Evidence has emerged strongly suggesting that U.S.-armed rebels have used an American-supplied weapons system to kill a handful of senior Russian military officials.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S. strikes against the self-proclaimed Islamic State have had an unintended beneficiary: al Qaeda.

IRAN: Newly released satellite images of Iran’s top-secret Parchin military complex reveal that even as Iran was working to negotiate a nuclear deal, it was apparently working to hide its past atomic work and it is still developing facilities to which the IAEA may not have access.

NORA THE POLAR CUB debuted at the Columbus Zoo.

ATLAS THE GIANT BUNNY needs a new home, the bigger the batter.

A CAT PARASITE may also affect human behavior when it infects people.

A LION CUB learns to finish off its prey. The Circle of Life.

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James Hunter, DR Dog, Paul Simon, Andrew Bird, Sea Lion Pup   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 08, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

WILCO covered David Bowie's "Space Oddity" as an acoustic singalong in Brooklyn.

THE JAMES HUNTER SIX streams Hold On!

DR DOG performs five songs for World Cafe Live.

PAUL SIMON & ANDREW BIRD were among the guests on the latest Prairie Home Companion.

ANDY SCHAUF drops "Jenny Come Home" which is popy tending toward early-mid-period Beatle-esque. 

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD covers "People Get Ready."

RICHARD HAWLEY talks to Under The Radar about his favorite movie ending, his least favorite TV series finale, how he'd like to die, his ideal of heaven, and his famous last words. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

THE MONKEES announce a 50th anniversary tour and an LP with 60s outtakes and ne songs written by Noel Gallagher, Rivers Cuomo, Ben Gibbard, Zach Rogue and many more. Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne serves as producer on the new LP.

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS: Alejandra Deheza talks to Weekend Edition about completing the band's final album after the untimely death of Benjamin Curtis.

DAN HICKS: Bay Area folk-pop-jazz singer and bandleader, known for his acoustic eclectism, sense of humor and popular songs such as "“I Scare Myself," died Saturday in Mill Valley, according to his wife. Hicks was 74. And here's a 1973 Rolling Stone piece on the (first?) beakup of the Hot Licks.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Kung Fu Panda 3 repeats atop the chart with 21MM on a predictably slow SuperBowl weekend. Hail, Caesar! placed with 11MM, which is maybe okay against a 33MM budget, but maybe not with a C- Cinemascore. The Revenant showed with 7.1 MM and is about 3/4ths of the wayt o profitability worldwide. Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes the fourth slot with 6.9MM,passing 900MM domestic and 2 Billion worldwide.  The Choice rounds out the Top 5 with 6M, but that is (iirc) the lowest debut for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation --particularly ochy given that Sparks co-produced (put up money); maybe Valentine's Day will save it, maybe not.  Below the fold, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies opened badly in sixth, as period peieces and genre mashups continue to underperform.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR's Super Bowl trailer is online.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM linked up with his son Flynn over the weekend.

MELANIE GRIFFITH has soured on marriage.

MacGYVER may be headed to the big screen.

JOHNNY FOOTBALL has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week.

KATIE MAY, a hugely successful model and social media star, died after suffering a stroke on Monday.  She was 34.

EUROPE: Islamic State militants have slipped into Europe disguised as refugees, the head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency (BfV) said on Friday, a day after security forces thwarted a potential IS attack in Berlin. A female reporter was sexually assaulted live on camera during a Cologne festival. Protesters rallied against Islam and immigration in several European cities Saturday, sometimes clashing with police or counter-demonstrators amid growing tensions over the massive influx of asylum-seekers to the continent.

LIBYA: Five years after Western air power helped remove Muammar Qaddafi, the chances of another intervention in Libya are steadily increasing.

A SEA LION PUP is rescued from a restaurant’s booth.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A militant strikes in Tulsa.

MONKEY ON THE LAM in Minerva Park, OH.

A NEW SPECIES OF BLACK TARANTULA, named for Johnny Cash.

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James Brown, Maurice White RIP, The Suffers, Say Anything, Vince Gill, Watchdog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 05, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with JAMES BROWN! The Godfather of Soul, y'all. Let's start with his star time on the T.A.M.I. Show in 1964; your setlist includes "Out of Sight", "Prisoner of Love", "Please, Please, Please" and "Night Train." And follow it up with his gig at the Olympia Theater in Paris circa 1971; that setlist includes "Brother Rapp", "Ain't It Funky Now","Georgia on My Mind", "It's a New Day", "Bewildered", "Sex Machine", "Try Me", "Medley: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You (I Feel Good)/I Got The Feelin'", "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose", "It's A Man's Man's Man's World", "Please Please Please", "Sex Machine (reprise)", "Super Bad", "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved", "Soul Power" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (finale)."

THE SUFFERS advance stream their self-titled debut.

SAY ANYTHING is streaming I Don't Think It Is.

VINCE GILL is streaming Down To My Last Bad Habit, while WYNONNA returns with Wynonna & The Big Noise.  NPR takes a country turn.

ANIMAL COLLECTIVE drops “Lying In The Grass,” ahead of Painting With.

MAURICE WHITE, the founder and leader of Earth, Wind & Fire, has died following a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 74. The band’s many hits included “September,” ”Shining Star,” a cover of the Beatles’ “Got to Get You into My Life” and “Boogie Wonderland.”Here are the obits from the Washington Post and the New York Times.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT: Inside The Making Of Their Fifth Album.

THE BEATLES: Why Revolver Still Rocks The World. Nifty musical analysis of "For No One."

DAVID BOWIE: Not legendary, but mythical?

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Ten of Their Best.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which is currently scoring 36 percent; The Choice, which was not screened for critics; and Hail Caesar!, scoring 79 percent.

THE SUPER BOWL; 20 advance ads.

MATT LeBLANC has been announced as a co-presenter for the upcoming rebooted BBC series Top Gear.

KATY PERRY & ORLANDO BLOOM were spotted together twice this week.

GEORGE CLOONEY's marriage proposal was horrible.

ROSE McGOWAN has filed for divorce.

DREW BARRYMORE is profiled by Harper's Bazaar.

DAVE MIRRA, the BMX bike legend who once had the record for the most X Games medals, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 41.

JOE ALASKEY, a voice actor who succeeded the legendary Mel Blanc as characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in various TV and film reprisals of the Looney Tunes through the 1990s, has died. He was 63.

CHINA: Some analysts estimate that China’s troubled credit could exceed 5 trillion dollars, a staggering number that is equivalent to half the size of the country’s annual economic output.

A DOG saves its owner from a deadly venomous snake.

OVER A THOUSAND ANTS have been removed from this girl's ears.

A SEA LION visits a gift shop in La Jolla. Baby, dontcha go there.

A MISSING CAT is found in a pet food factory, considerably heavier.

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Elton John, Arcs, Palehound, Loretta Lynn, Wild Jaguar   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 04, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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LOW dropped a video for "Into You."

ELTON JOHN stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE ARCS played a Tiny Desk Concert.

PALEHOUND, Live In Concert at New York City's (Le) Poisson Rouge.

THE SKIFFLE PLAYERS, incl Cass McCombs, drops “Til Stone Day Comes.”

LORETTA LYNN drops "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" ahead of Full Circle.

KATE BOY gives the dance treatment to the Edwin Collins classic “A Girl Like You.”

DAVE DAVIES turned 69 yesterday, and may yet have the greatest rock riff ever. But let's have "Death of a Clown" for good measure.

MICK JAGGER talks NYC in the 70s to promote his new HBO production, Vinyl.

ALT-COUNTRY, COWPUNK, AMERICANA...What's in a Name?

ST LUCIA is profiled at Paste.

BUDDY HOLLY: The Guardian reprinted a 1975 profile to mark the 57th anniversary of his death.

BILL COSBY: The sexual assault case against the comic will not be dismissed.

BOB ELLIOTT, who as half of the comedy team Bob and Ray purveyed a distinctively low-key brand of humor on radio and television for more than 40 years, died on Tuesday at his home in Cundy’s Harbor, Me. He was 92. His death was confirmed by his son Chris Elliott, the actor and comedian, who said his father had had throat cancer.

MADONNA thinks Guy Ritchie is trying to brainwash their son.

CRUEL INTENTIONS may be headed to the small screen.

LISA EDELSTEIN says she almost starred in Sex in the City.

SOMALIA: Investigators suspect the Al Shabaab militant group was behind a likely bomb blast that forced an Airbus A321 into an emergency landing this week in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, U.S. government sources said Wednesday.

RUSSIA: Four months after launching airstrikes in Syria, the Kremlin is confident that Moscow’s largest overseas campaign since the end of the Soviet Union is paying off.

SYRIA: U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura announced Wednesday there would be a "temporary pause" in the indirect peace talks between the government and opposition, saying the process will resume Feb. 25.

THE ONLY KNOWN WILD JAGUAR in the US was spotted outside Tuscon.

THE WAR ON RACCOONS: Strike them down and they shall become more powerul than you can possibly imagine.

MURDEROUS CATTLE: The Hidden Menace.

ONE COW is missing and another has died after a tractor-trailer hauling cattle caught fire Wednesday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Gone to look for America.

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Winter Dance Party, Tame Impala, Junior Boys, KING, All Songs, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.  It's 57 winters later, but the passing of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson in a plane crash outside Clear Lake, IA is still bringing people to the historic Surf Ballroom, as well as the Riverside Ballroom, where the Winter Dance Party made its penultimate stop. So it's worth linking to an MPR audio feature on the Winter Dance Party, plus this comp of rare footage.  There's even less video of Valens, outside this lipsync of "Ooh, My Head!", but there's rare live audio of "La Bamba" and "Donna" on the Tube. And no survey would be complete without the Bopper's signature song, "Chantilly Lace."  The tragedy has echoed through the years in movies like The Buddy Holly Story and La Bamba.  The latter featured Los Lobos, who would make "La Bamba" a hit again almost 30 years later, and Marshall Crenshaw as Holly, who can be seen here covering "Crying, Waiting Hoping", introduced by Wolfman Jack.

TAME IMPALA plays a mini-set on the French talk show Le Grand Journal.

JUNIOR BOYS advance stream Big Black Coat.

KING advance streams We Are KING.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED; New tracks from Iggy Pop, Santigold, PJ Harvey and more feature in the latest episode.

CHARLES BRADLEY drops "Change For The World" ahead of Changes. Oh, yeah.

YUCK drops "Cannonball," which is theirs, not a Breeders cover.

PRIMAL SCREAM & SKY FERREIRA collaborate on "Where the Light Gets in." 

FORTY YEARS OF THE RAMONES: "They were the smartest dumb band you ever heard."

TWIN PEAKS are profiled by SPIN.

JENNY LEWIS revisits Rabbit Fur Coat ten years later.

BEST COAST's Bethany Cosentino has penned an essay on sexism and the music industry.

DAVID BOWIE's will was revealed.

KATE WINSLET admitted what we all knew all along - Rose let Jack die in Titanic.

BILL COSBY's first hearing in the PA criminal sexual-assault case against him is proving to be a mixed bag so far in helping or hurting his efforts to persuade a judge to dismiss charges.

KIM KARDASHIAN & AMBER ROSE had a secret meeting to bury the hatchet in the Wiz/Amber/Kanye feud.

TWIN PEAKS: Naomi Watts and Tom Sizemore have reportedly signed up to appear in the new series.

ELIZABETH BANKS has signed on to star as the villain in Power Rangers.

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has an international trailer with new footage.

IRAN's supreme leader has awarded medals to navy commanders for capturing US sailors who entered Iranian territorial waters this month.

IRAQ, in the midst of an expensive war against the Islamic State. is now facing economic calamity brought on by the collapse in the price of oil, which accounts for more than 90 percent of the Iraqi government's revenue.

A BEAR trees a man.

A CANADIAN DOG has been called the "luckiest in the world" after narrowly surviving being shot in the back with an arrow.

ELEPHANTS ON A PLANE: More than a dozen elephants from southern Africa are being moved to American zoos, a plan that critics say will imperil the animals.

WINNIPEG WILLOW, Punxsutawney Phil's Canadian rival, didn't make it to Groundhog Day.

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