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Byrds, JD McPherson, Dodos, New Madrid, Chip & Adele   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, March 27, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



... with THE BYRDS!  Pretty much because I dig them as we turn into Spring (or Fall).  Let's start with a rare 1965 clip of their breakthrough smash cover of "Mr. Tambourine Man."  There are screaming girls, plus go-go dancers when they hit Shivaree for "All I Really Want to Do" and "Feel A Whole Lot Better."  Next up is a rare sync of "I Knew I'd Want You." There are even more dancers when they cover Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away" for Shindig! on June 23, 1965, while I'm pretty sure that's Ed Wynn introducing "Chimes of Freedom."  You might recognize the voice introducing "Bells Of Rhymney" from poolside in August 1965 and "It Won't Be Wrong" from a corral in January 1966 on Where The Action Is.  BONUS:  Want a couple in color?  Here's "Turn, Turn, Turn!" and "Mr. Spaceman." DOUBLE BONUS: A rare 1967 sync of "Eight Miles High."

JD McPHERSON chats and plays on WFUV Live.

TWEEDY perform a magnificent set of tunes from their recent album Sukierae live on KEXP.

THE DODOS  perform live on KEXP.

NEW MADRID stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

BLEACHERS: Jack Antonoff throws some Autotune on his cover of The Beatles' "Dear Prudence".

SOUL ASYLUM's near-breakthru, "Someone to Shove."

BELLE & SEBASTIAN: Less quiet balladry, more dance floor.  (Thx, Frank Yang.)

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN & BON JOVI may face tax hikes as a new law takes aim at "fake farmers."


WHAT 30 MUSICIANS are reading on tour.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Home, which is currently scoring 39 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Get Hard, which is scoring 29 percent. Also, It Follows expands wide scoring 95 percent, as its limited run did so well that it postponed its move to VOD.

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: Sam Taylor-Johnson has made official what many suspected.  She will not return to direct the second installment of the film franchise.


BILLY RAY CYRUS defended his daughter Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Patrick Schwarzenegger on Wednesday, Mar. 25, after the Kennedy descendant's antics during spring break in Cabo San Lucas made headlines last week.

CRAIG T. NELSON will Coach again.

SYRIA: The global chemical weapons watchdog will investigate allegations of a chlorine gas attack on a Syrian village that killed six and wounded dozens earlier this month, a source told Reuters on Thursday.

TURKEY said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

IRAN: The United States is considering letting Tehran run hundreds of centrifuges at a once-secret, fortified underground bunker in exchange for limits on centrifuge work and research and development at other sites, officials have told The Associated Press. A senior State Department official said Wednesday that it was possible to conclude a new accord on that nation’s nuclear program by early next week. The U.S. Senate would vote on a bill to toughen sanctions on Iran if international negotiators miss a deadline at the end of this month for reaching a framework nuclear agreement.

IRAQ: By Day 2 of the American airstrike campaign against militants holed up in Tikrit, the mission appeared beleaguered on several fronts on Thursday: Thousands of Shiite militiamen boycotted the fight in protest, others threatened to attack any Americans they found, and Iraqi officials said nine of their fighters had been accidentally killed in an airstrike.

CHIP & ADELE, living together...

A MONKEY IS ON THE LAM in Charlotte-Mecklenburg after attacking a maintenance worker in a hospital parking lot. Hope I'm not updating this 28 Days Later.

A BULLDOG left in a car summons help.

A SAUDI MAN would leave his wife over a camel.

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Best Coast, Gang of Four, Twin Shadow, Pit Bull and Kitten   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KING TUFF drops a video for "Madness."

BEST COAST perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

GANG OF FOUR perform on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

TWIN SHADOW performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

RYAN BINGHAM performs on the Public Radio Day Stage at SXSW.

THE DAVID BYRNE/T-HEADS TRIBUTE CONCERT produced Byrne dancing to "Uptown Funk," Sharon Jones killing "Psycho Killer," and Santigoldcovering "Burning Down the House," among others.

MINISTRY drops a demo for the unreleased "The Game Is Over" ahead of a Record Store Day box.

LONG KNIVES drop the inaptly-named "Unwelcome Guest" ahead of their debut EP.

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: "The Look of Love."

COURTNEY BARNETT talks to NME about happiness, gentrification, her new LP, and more.

CHAKA KHAN is bored with "I Feel For You," but has thoughts on the current scene at The Guardian.

LIVE SONGS Better Than The Studio Versions.  I largely concur.

THE JIMMY SAVILLE SCANDAL continues as the BBC goes after whistleblowers.

JESSE EISENBERG shows his pate as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

IDRIS ELBA is in early talks to play the villain in Star Trek 3.

ONE DIRECTION loses Zayn Malik.

BRADLEY COOPER may make his feature directorial debut on the remake of A Star Is Born.  The hope is for Cooper also to star in the film.

EMILIA CLARKE talks to THR about Game of Thrones, Terminator: Genisys, and turning down Fifty Shades of Grey.

JEREMY RENNER's estranged wife threatened to release intimate videos of him if he ever went back on his promise to help her get a green card.

MARIEL HEMINGWAY had to put off Woody Allen? This is my shocked face.

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER has a trailer for Maggie, which seems like Taken meets The Walking Dead.

TURKEY: Two cartoonists for the popular satirical weekly Penguen have been jailed to 11 months in prison, over a satirical piece on free speech in which they were convicted of including a hidden gesture “insulting” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

TUNISIA: The Islamic State has seized the city that gave its name to Luke Skywalker's home planet in the Star Wars films.

YEMEN sank deeper into chaos on Tuesday as Houthi fighters inched toward the city of Aden, where deposed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi has sought refuge, raising concerns of a full-blown war for control of a globally strategic oil transit point. In fac, Washington Post Beirut bureau chief Liz Sly hears reports that Saudi Arabia is bombing Iran-allied militias in Yemen.  And now there's more.  Meanwhile, secret intelligence files held by Yemeni security forces and containing details of American intelligence operations in the country have been looted by Iran-backed militia leaders, exposing names of informants and plans for U.S.-backed counter-terrorism operations, U.S. officials say.

IRAQ: The American-led coalition is now launching air strikes to back up Iranian and Iraqi troops in the key city of Tikrit, a U.S. official tells The Daily Beast.

IRAN has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the nuclear negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June. Shocka.

A STRAY PITBULL adopts an ORPHANED KITTEN... mass hysteria!

A MINESWEEPING PIG was banned from a pub after head-butting other customers.

A KANGAROO with a watering can stuck on its head.

DON'T LEASH YOUR CAT to the hood of your car. The More You Know.

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Lost Boy?, The Staves, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Fritz   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TWEEDY plays "World Away" for Conan.

LOST BOY? advance streams Canned

THE STAVES advance stream If I Was. 

GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR advance streams Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

WILLIAM ELLIOTT WHITMORE advance streams Radium Death.

BRIAN WILSON is joined by former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on "Sail Away." 


MAGAZINE: "Shot By Both Sides" on TOTP.

LOWER DENS: Jana Hunter takes All Songs Considered on a track-by-track tour of Escape From Evil. 

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS: John Darnielle talks to ABC Online about his debut novel Wolf in White Van. (Thx, LHB.)

THIN WHITE ROPE, a band I used to spin as a DJ, are named Cult Heroes at The Guardian

MARVIN GAYE's TOP TEN, according to Stereogum

ANGELINA JOLIE wrote about having her fallopian tubes and ovaries removed

MILEY CYRUS & PATRICK SCHWARZENEGGER are still an item, apparently. 

VIN DIESEL predicts that Furious 7 will win Best Picture.  Take that bet.

JON HAMM just got out of rehab, which is more than you can say for Don Draper.

PRETTY WOMAN has a 25th anniversary cast reunion

THE X-FILES returns for a six-episode event series which will be helmed by creator/executive producer Chris Carter with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. 

MATEUS WARD (Weeds) is rumored to have auditioned to be Marvel's new Spider-Man.

NATO and Swedish QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) interceptors were scrambled to identify and shadow a formation of two Russian Air Force Tu-22M Backfire bombers escorted by two Su-27 Flanker aircraft.

IRAN: An Iranian official on Tuesday rebuked the chief of the U.N. atomic agency for demanding snap inspections of Iran's nuclear sites, saying the request hindered efforts to reach an agreement with world powers, state TV reported. 

SYRIA: he Islamic State group has trained more than 400 children in Syria as fighters in 2015 alone, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said Tuesday.

AFGHANISTAN: The United States will halt the withdrawal of 9800 troops from Afghanistan, half of whom were scheduled to leave in the months ahead, and instead keep them in the country through the end of 2015.

FRITZ tries to catch food. Emphasis on tries. In slo-mo.

A SEA LION PUP wriggled onto a surfboard to ride the California waves. 

WOOLY MAMMOTH GENES have been spliced into an unsuspecting elephant. They spared no expense. 

A SUPER-SALAMANDER lived during the rise of dinosaurs was among Earth’s top predators more than 200 million years ago. 

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Ryley Walker, Simon Joyner, Courtney Barnett, Ponies   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


JACK WHITE backs ROBERT PLANT on "The Lemon Song."

RYLEY WALKER'S Primrose Green is streaming at NPR.

SIMON JOYNER is advance streaming Grass, Branch & Bone.

COURTNEY BARNETT plays Stubb's BBQ in Austin.

SETH AVETT & JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD cover Elliott Smith at The Current.

BUILT TO SPILL shared "Never Be the Same", a new song from their forthcoming Untethered Moon LP.

BLUR drops “Lonesome Street” ahead of The Magic Whip.

MODEST MOUSE played "The Ground Walks, With Time In A Box" and "Coyotes," on CBS This Morning.

DAVID CROSBY hit a jogger with his car at approximately 50 mph Sunday evening. 

ELVIS COSTELLO is publishing his memoirs this Fall.

LAURA MARLING discusses Short Movie at Exclaim.

JIMI HENDRIX's “Foxy Lady” Revealed?

MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: ROGUE NATION has a trailer online.  And Disney will refrain from referring to Star Wars: Rogue One this summer in most promotional materials aimed at the general consumer.

MILA KUNIS admiited she married Ashton Kutcher.

VIN DIESEL surprised audiences at a public screening of Furious 7 and broke down while paying tribute to the late Paul Walker.  He also named his daughter after Walker.

JENNIFER LAWRENCE says X-Men: Apocalypse will be her last turn as Mystique.

SCOTT DISICK's stint in rehab includes clubbing.

CANDICE BERGEN is happily acknowledging and embracing her weight gain.

DARREN SHARPER: The five-time Pro Bowler will spend the next two decades behind bars for drugging and raping multiple women in Louisiana.

YEMEN could be the next Syria. Houthi rebel fighters have taken control of crucial installations in Taiz, Yemen’s third-largest city.

IRAN:  Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has cancer. After him are men even less likely to comply with a nuclear deal.

PONIES fend off a Wild Boar.

DOLPHINS have dark secrets. Just ask George C. Scott.

38 ROYAL PYTHONS, which included eight pregnant females, were taken from a house in St Helens.

THE SWARM: A bee attack during a baseball game in St. George forced players and spectators to flee and sent one man to the hospital.

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Jon Pratt, Michael Browne RIP, Van Morrison, Sufjan Stevens, Tortoise   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, March 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

JON PRATT: Pate's frontman plays one "Halfway to Memphis" on a 1929 Regal Parlor to guitar to open his new website.

VAN MORRISON is advance streaming Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue.

SUFJAN STEVENS is advance streaming Carrie & Lowell.

DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE is advance streaming Kintsugi.

LOWER DENS is advance streaming Escape From Evil.

MICHAEL BROWN,  a keyboardist and songwriter who at 16 was a writer of the 1966 hit “Walk Away Renee” for his band the Left Banke and composed “Pretty Ballerina” for it as well, died on Thursday at his home in Englewood, N.J. He was 65. He later performed with the group Stories, which had a hit with “Brother Louie,” before becoming a solo act. The L.A. Times has rememberances from Linda Ronstadt and Andrew Sandoval. I used to torture Friend of Pate Craig O'Neill with this song on the radio, but I think he eventually came around, perhaps due to Billy Bragg.

THE 100 GREATEST BEATLES SONGS picked by musical A-Listers for NME: Part One and Part Two.

REAL ESTATE: Martin Courtney is interviewed by Jason Schwartzman. (Thx, LHB.)

TORI AMOS talks to The A.V. Club about religion, Lauren Bacall, and latrines.

"TUTTI FRUITI": The original lyrics were far more risque.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Divergent Series: Insurgent tops the chart with 5MM, almost exactly what the original grossed in its debut. That's a bit dodgy for a sequel, esp. one thta cost 25MM more than the first. Lionsgate will be hoping for better overseas grosses (as happened with The Hunger Games) to keep the gravy flowing.  Cinderella places with 34.5MM; that's a 49 percent drop, but not bad against Insurgent, having crossed the 100MM mark in eight days.  Run All Night shows with 5.1MM on a 54 percent drop and now looks like it will not reach profit on the big screen.  The Gunman debuts in fourth with 5MM and will need extraordinary receipts overseas to reach profit against a 40MM budget. Kingsman: The Secret Service rounds out the Top 5 with 4.6MM on a leggy 26 percent drop.

ZOE SALDANA is not joining Elton John's boycott of Dolce & Gabbana.

KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN is sticking by Scott Disick in rehab.

VERNE TROYER was taken to the hospital after suffering a seizure during a fan meet and greet in Texas.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN's condition is finally sinking in with her family.

JESSICA PARE (Mad Men) welcomed her first child with boyfriend John Kastner.

CHINESE state media turned to Yiddish on Saturday in the war of words over territorial disputes, criticising the United States as a "kibitzer" for what it called meddling in the South China Sea issue.

TUNISIA: A third attacker in the deadly assault on the Bardo museum is on the run, Tunisia's president said Sunday, declaring his country at war with the extremists who killed 21 people at one of North Africa's most revered cultural institutions.

NIGERIA: Around 100 bodies were found Friday in a mass grave on the edge of a town in northeast Nigeria after it was freed from Boko Haram Islamists, a Chadian army spokesman told AFP.

YEMEN: Suicide bombers attacked a pair of mosques Friday in the Yemeni capital, unleashing monstrous blasts that ripped through worshippers and killed 137 people in the deadliest assault yet targeting Shiite rebels who have taken over large parts of the rapidly fragmenting nation. At least 13 children were among the dead. About 100 U.S. Special Operations Forces have been ordered to evacuate Yemen because of a dramatic increase in sectarian violence.

IRAQ: A billboard depicting the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini now stands near the plinth where a giant statue of Saddam Hussein once stood.

TORTOISE INTERRUPTUS turns into a slow-speed chase.

THE ILI PIKA: Snapped for the first time in 30 years.

OPOSSUMS may end up saving thousands of humans from deadly snakebites each year.


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