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Of Montreal, Swervedriver, Moon Du, Elvis Perkins, Octopus   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS cover Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" for the kids. Literally.

OF MONTREAL advance streams Aureate Gloom.

SWERVEDRIVER advance streams I Wasn't Born To Lose You.

MOON DUO advance streams Shadow Of The Sun.

ELVIS PERKINS advance streams I Aubade.

GANG OF FOUR drops "Stranded" ahead of What Happens Next.

THE SINGLES: Scarlett Johansson joins Este Haim, Holly Miranda, Kendra Morris and Julia Haltigan on the pop "Candy."

TEGAN & SARA bring ?uestlove, Andy Samberg, Will Arnett, and Mark Mothersbaugh on for "Everything Is Awesome" at the Oscars. BONUS: Lady Gaga's medley from The Sound of Music may be her most surprising performance yet.

ARCADE FIRE's Will Butler will be writing a song a day based upon a news story in the Guardian for a week starting today.

KIM GORDON talsk tot the NYT about her book; Billboard has an audio excerpt.

THE ARISTO & THE SPIV: The true story of the men behind the Who.

TUSK: Fleetwood Mac's follow-up to the 1977 megahit Rumours, revisited by The New York Times Magazine.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Fifty Shades of Grey dominates the chart again with 23.2 million; that's a 72 percent drop, but with over 400 million worldwide on a 40 million budget, the trilogy is already assured. Kingsman: The Secret Service places again with 17.5 million on a 52 percent drop (which isn't too bad considering last weekend was Valentine's/Presidents' Day weekend).  It likely needs about 200MM to profit and has 153MM so far worldwide.  The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water shows again with 15.5 million on a 50 percent drop; again, not bad given last weekend and it's on track to profit.  McFarland USA debutes in the fourth slot with 11.3MM against a ballpark 25MM estimated budget; okay, but likely a disappointment for Disney.  The DUFF rounds out the Top 5 with 11MM which is actually a bit above estimates against an 8.5 MM budget.  Below the fold, Hot Tub Time Machine 2 debuted with 5.8MM against a 14MM budget which amy only turn a profit after overseas grosses come in.

THE OSCARS went to these folks. Congrats, JK Simmons.


THE RAZZIES went to these folks. Bad night for camerons.

KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, is directed by Matthew Vaughn (KickAss, X-Men First Class), based on a limited comics series by Mark Millar (KickAss),so it's not surprising that it sends up the over-the-top super-spy genre as well as celebrate it.  It's not an Austin Powers-esque pastiche, but has its tongue firmly in cheek.  At the same time, the film tries to provide enough bacstory for the audience to care about the protagonists, particularly spy-in-training Eggsy.  All the actors handle the limits of the material well enough, with Samuel L. Jackson as equal parts Goldfinger, Ted Turner and Spike Lee.

LEONARDO DiDAPRIO helped throw Rihanna a star-studded affair for her 27th birthday.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was under the influence of drugs the morning she was found unresponsive in her bathtub. Shocka.

HILARY DUFF filed for divorce from her estranged husband Mike Comrie.

A RUSSIAN newspaper claims to have an official government strategy document outlining the invasion of Ukraine that was prepared weeks before the Ukrainian government collapsed last year.

TURKEY invaded SYRIA, but just a little. Just the tip. 

EGYPT  Egypt has banned Islamic State videos from the internet. Qatar recalled its ambassador to Egypt after the latter's airstrikes in Libya.

OCTOPUS Gets Crabby.

SHARKNADO actually happened: Shark stranded on beach after twin cyclones hit Australia.

A COW has a bicycle mishap.

PET MONKEY stands to inherit.

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Raspberries, JD McPherson, Lone Bellow, Steve Earle, Kevin Morby, Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, February 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE RASPBERRIES!  Live on the Sunset Strip, your setlist includes: "I Wanna Be with You," The Who's "I Can't Explain," "Play On," "Tonight," "Should I Wait," "Nobody Knows," "Makin' It Easy," "Come Around and See Me," "If You Change Your Mind," "Let's Pretend," "Last Dance," The Searchers' "Needles and Pins," "I Can Remember," "Party's Over," "Don't Want to Say Goodbye," "Overnight Sensation (Hit Record)," "Hard to Get Over a Heartbreak," "I Don't Know What I Want," "Ecstasy," "I'm a Rocker," and "Go All the Way."

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

THE LONE BELLOW, Live at Rockwood Music Hall.

STEVE EARLE plays the blues for KUTX.

KEVIN MORBY covered Bob Dylan, The Germs, and Silver Jews for Aquarium Drunkard.

THE KNACK: "Frustrated."

BLUR gave DIY the first interview about The Magic Whip, their first record in 13 years.


JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD talks to Stereogum about getting dropped by Warner Bros and their new LP.

BECK, ranked by Stereogum, uninterrupted by Kanye West.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Hot Tub Time Machine 2, which is currently scoring 16 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Mc Farland USA, which is scoring 74 percent; and The DUFF, scoring 64 percent.

BILL COSBY thanked EDDIE MURPHY for not mocking him on the SNL40 special.

EDDIE MURPHY: talked to The Guardian about his music and why Beverly Hills Cop 4 is taking so long.

ALLISON WILLIAMS defends BRIAN WILLIAMS, admits his troubles have delayed her wedding.

JAY Z was slapped with a paternity suit.

ALIEN: Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, Chappie) will direct a new installment of the franchise.

UKRAINE:  Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.

TURKEY and the US signed an agreement to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition fighters, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said on Thursday.

THE ISLAMIC STATE may be in danger of losing a main supply route.

AFGHANISTAN: The Obama administration distanced itself from claims by two senior militants that members of the Afghan Taliban were due to hold direct talks with U.S. officials in Qatar on Thursday.

A CAT calms a puppy.

SAUERKRAUT: Grumpy Cat has a rival.

BEES need codfee and cigarettes.

DOGS are like catnip to the ladies.

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King Khan, Jack Ladder, Owen Pallett, Crocodiles, Bear Cub   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


PALMA VIOLETS drop a video for the title track to their next LP, "Danger In The Club."

KING KHAN & THE BBQ SHOW advance stream Bad News Boys.

JACK LADDER & THE DREAMLANDERS advance stream Playmates.

OWEN PALLETT dropped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BEACH BABY drops their debut single, "Ladybird". 

CROCODILES return with “Crybaby Demon” ahead of Boys.

JACCO GARDNER drops “Find Yourself” ahead of Hypnophobia.

THE FOUR TOPS: Levi Stubbs works up a sweat on live French TV, belting out a supercharged "I'll Be There."

LAURA MARLING talks to Noisey about life in L.A., Alejandro Jodorowsky, and more.

THE SONGWRITERS' HALL OF FAME will induct Grateful Dead scribes Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Dixon, and more.

GANG OF FOUR: Andy Gill slags his former bandmates at Noisey.

BECK & ANNIE LENNOX got a Grammys bump

VANILLA ICE has been arrested and charged with burglary and grand theft for allegedly stealing furniture, a pool heater, bicycles and other stuff from a vacant home in Florida.

AFROMAN was arrested onstage after punching a fan in the face. And there's video. 

BEYONCE: Two hundred and twenty-four apparently unretouched photos of self-styled Queen Bey were leaked online.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN: While she remains in a medically induced coma, some of her relatives have attempted to cash in on the tragic turn of events.

GEORGE CLOONEY & AMAL ALAMUDDIN are installing a panic room in their Berkshire, England, mansion.

KRISTEN STEWART, interviewed by...Patti Smith.

THE X-FILES: David Duchovny thinks a revival "looks good."

UKRAINE accused rebels and Russia of scuppering a fragile 3-day-old cease-fire after insurgents armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades stormed a flashpoint town and engaged thousands of troops there in intense combat.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Yeah, I doubt it.

LIBYA: The US believes Egypt and the United Arab Emirates carried out air strikes there...and is not very happy about it.

SYRIA: Robert Ford, the former U.S. ambassador to Syria who made news when he left government service a year ago with an angry critique of Obama administration policy, has dropped his call to provide weapons to the rebels. Instead, he’s become increasingly critical of them as disjointed and untrustworthy because they collaborate with jihadists.

A BEAR with a spinal problem learns to walk again.

A SEA LION PUP hitches a ride on a kayak.

A PITBULL-BOXER MIX saved its owner during a gas station robbery - by biting the suspect twice on the face.

THE OREGON CHUB becomes the first fish to be removed from U.S. Endangered Species Act protection.

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Jon Pratt, Iron & Wine, Gal Pals, Kristin Diable, Robert Pollard, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman covers The Cure's "In Between Days" on a Craviola, along with a brief history of the instrument.

IRON & WINE advance streams Archive Series Volume No. 1.

GAL PALS advance stream the garage punk-y Velvet Rut.

KRISTIN DIABLE advance streams Create Your Own Mythology.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Alabama Shakes, JEFF the Brotherhood, Waxahatchee and more make the latest edition.

ROBERT POLLARD drops “Up And Up And Up” as the single from yet another solo LP this year.

PASSION PIT's “Where The Sky Hangs" has a bit of an 80s feel to it, methinks.

RAY CHARLES plays "What'd I Say" live; he recorded it on this date in 1959.

NOEL GALLAGHER talks to The Quietus about politics in music, Sleaford Mods, Morrissey, and Paul Weller.


JASON ISBELL talks about John Prine.

ROBERT CHRISTGAU excerpts Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man.

BRUCE JENNER struck both cars in the crash that left a person dead, according to video from an MTA bus.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN & AMBER ROSE are having an epic Twitter fight. To paraphrase henry Kissinger, can they both lose?

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN was ‘high on the Xanax she had abused for years and suicidal’ when she was found face-down in bath,according to an ex-boyfriend.

GWYNETH PALTROW & CHRIS MARTIN spent Valentine's Day together with the kids.

PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER got into one of those famous L.A. car chases, starting with a simple splash of water and ending with a 2-car collision.

UKRAINE: Under a near-constant barrage of artillery fire, Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels fought fierce street battles Tuesday for control of the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, a battle impeding implementation of a peace plan.

THE ISLAMIC STATE has expanded its reach across the Middle East despite a U.S.-led bombing campaign that has killed thousands of militants and destroyed tons of their equipment. ISIS jihadis have burned to death 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi.And they are planning a takeover of Libya as a "gateway" to wage war across the whole of southern Europe, letters written by the group's supporters have revealed.Also, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on The Atlantic piece I linked here yesterday.

IRAN and the US are inching toward a nuclear deal that compromises on initial demands that constraints on Iran's nuclear program last 20 years or more.

AFGHANISTAN: The Taliban continue to exact a heavy toll on poorly armed and trained policemen, who have been thrust into the front line of Afghanistan's insurgency.

TERRY THE TINY TORTOISE eats his first bean sprout.

AN ABANDONED DOG appeared to be crying when found tied up outside of a train station in southeast England last week, leading to photos of the heartbreaking sight to spread worldwide.

A SCORPION stung a woman on the hand just before her flight from Los Angeles to Portland took off.

INSECTS are affected by obesity and diabetes, just like humans and their pets, according to a Penn State researcher.

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Lesley Gore RIP, Dutch Uncles, Father John Misty, Tennis, Golden Lab   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


LESLEY GORE, the singer and songwriter who scored a string of enormous hits in the early ’60s and who helped define the way that melodramatic teenage pop could sound, has died. Her longtime partner confirmed that she passed away from cancer at Manhattan’s New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was 66. “It’s My Party” and  “You Don’t Own Me" are your Twofer Tuesday, but there's more at the first link. Also, the NYT obit, which somehow fails to mention Klaus Nomi.

DUTCH UNCLES advance stream O Shudder.

FATHER JOHN MISTY stopped by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set.

TENNIS played a mini-set for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW dropped back into The Bottomless Pit on WFUV.

THE JULIANA HATFIELD THREE drops "I'm Shy" from the upcoming Whatever, My Love.

SURFER BLOOD dropped "Grand Inquisitor" as a mystery single for the Joyful Noise label.

I WANT CANDY from The Strangeloves and a super-charged Bow Wow Wow for Twofer Tuesday.

SUFJAN STEVENS gets an in-depth profile at Pitchfork, including a stream of "No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross."

RAISING POPS: Mavis Staples And Jeff Tweedy Complete A Family Circle.

THE SEA URCHINS: James Roberts talks to Drowned In Sound about life after The Sea Urchins, his thoughts on nostalgia, the ‘vinyl revival’ and dispelling the myth of those Sarah Records feuds, or lack thereof...

1985 was in fact a terrific year to be a college DJ.

JENNIFER ANISTON & JUSTIN THEROUX have reportedly agreed on a prenup.

LADY GAGA is engaged to Taylor Kinney.

BRUCE JENNER claims he has known since the age of 5 that he was a female.  He also doesn't trust his family to not leak info about his sex change.

KANYE WEST made KIM KARDASHIAN update her entire wardrobe.

THE SNL40 AFTERPARTY looks like it was fun, including Sir Paul and Prince. There are also highlight clips including the Miley Cyrus cover of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover," which was better than anyone had a right to expect.


MADONNA has been deemed too old and irrelevant by the BBC.

CINDY CRAWFORD has had a new, leaked, unphotoshopped picture go viral.

LOUIS JORDAN, who crafted a Hollywood acting career in the footsteps of fellow dapper Frenchmen Maurice Chevalier and Charles Boyer and is best remembered for the musical “Gigi” and as the villain in James Bond pic “Octopussy,” has died at 93.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: What ISIS Really Wants.And why they're different from Al Qaeda.

EGYPT carried out airstrikes against Islamic State group targets in neighboring Libya on Monday and began a push for international military intervention in the chaotic North African state after extremists beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians.

IRAN: A U.S. offer would allow Iran to enrich uranium with 6500 or more centrifuges as part of a final nuke deal.

A GOLDEN LABRADOR was interviewed by the BBC.

ROCKET, a shih tzu co-owned by Patty Hearst, won its group at the Westminster Kennel Club show.

OLAF the CAT was found frozen to the side of a building. It was a triple-dog dare.

BRIAN the POLICE HORSE gets to keep his name.

A DISABLED RABBIT gets along on his front feet.

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