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Yo La Tengo, Blitzen Trapper, Albert Hammond Jr, Oh Pep!, Hamster   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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BEST COAST drops a video for "In My Eyes" from atop Capitol Records.

YO LA TENGO, Live at King's Theater in Flatbush, October 10, 2015. Featuring originals and covers ranging from the Lovin' Spoonful to Devo to Antietam to Nick Lowe to the Left Banke (with Nick Lowe!) to Cat Stevens to the Minutemen to Gene Clark.

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

ALBERT HAMMOND JR stopped by World Cafe for a chat and mini-set.

OH PEP! palyed a Tiny Desk Concert.

RANK AND FILE: The seminal country-punk band formed by brothers Chip and Tony Kinman -- and including Alejandro Escovedo -- checks in with "Amanda Ruth" and their title song for Twofer Tuesday.

JOHN LYDON, a/k/a Johnny Rotten talks to The Guardian about childhood food memories, squatting with Sid vicious, and boating in California.

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to The Guardian about his autobiography: "The only reason to write about a life in showbusiness is to point out the absurdity of it all, because very little is consequential."

BLUR: damon Albarn talks to Fader about how the band's first US tour affected them.

JOANNA NEWSOM: Not a fan of Spotify, to put it mildly.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has its trailer online, after premiering on Monday Night Football.

EDDIE MURPHY, accepting the  Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, did his first onstage comedy in 28 years. And Bill Cosby was the subject.

LAMAR ODOM has had a large improvement in his prognosis, but likely faces months of physical and speech therapy.

JENNI "JWOWW" FARLEY's marriage seems to have coincided with her second pregnancy.

BEN AFFLECK's mom is helping him get thru his divorce from Jennifer Garner.

BLAKE SHELTON is suing In Touch magazine over a cover insinuating he checked into rehab after his split from Miranda Lambert.

TAYLOR SWIFT is on pace to make more than Jay Z, Diddy, and Drake combined this year.

SYRIA: Rebels battling the Syrian army and its allies near Aleppo said on Monday they had received new supplies of U.S.-made anti-tank missiles from states opposed to President Bashar al-Assad since the start of a major government offensive last week.

AFGHANISTAN: U.S. military personnel rammed into the gate of a medical aid group's hospital last week to enter the grounds of the building hit in a U.S. air strike earlier this month, a Pentagon spokesman said on Monday.

A HAMSTER enjoys a donut.

A VULTURE's head got lodged in a pig's behind.

A TROUBLED COCKATOO is on the lam in Brookline, Mass. Don't do the crime if you can't do the time.

A MAASIVE SNAKE in a....gas pump?

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Deerhunter, Beach House, Long Beard, Ryley Walker, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE NATIONAL unveiled a new song, "Roman Candle," at the Troubadour.

DEERHUNTER is streaming Fading Frontier via Spotify.

BEACH HOUSE is streaming Thank Your Lucky Stars, their second album of 2015.

LONG BEARD is advance streaming Sleepwalker

RYLEY WALKER, Live at Rough Trade NYC, Oct. 9, 2014, for Tompkins Square Records' tenth-anniversary celebration.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN drops "Meet Me in the City" ahead of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection, a massive four-CD/three-DVD box set. I like it, though the Boss was smart to go with "Out in the Street" instead.

ADELE drops a snippet from her upcoming LP.

LENARD COHEN: "Suzanne" is perhaps his best, and it was posted online by...Jan Hammer?

THE MERCURY PRIZE nominees are announced. Congrats.

JOANNA NEWSOM talks to The Guardian about her inscrutable lyrics, ‘straight-up' sexism, the joy of French furniture ... and her weakness for Downton Abbey.

LAURIE ANDERSON talks to the New York Times about her late husband Lou Reed, Heart of a Dog, and Habeas Corpus.

PHIL LESH of the Grateful Dead has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Goosebumps tops the chart with 23.5MM, leveraging the Halloween season to give Jack Black his best live-action debut since Tropic Thunder. The Martian cedes the top spot and places with 21.5MM; this should finish between 400MM and half a billion worldwide.  Bridge of Spies shows with a slightly surprising 15.4MM against a thrifty 40MM budget.  The debut of Crimson Peak takes the fourth slot with 12.9MM against a 55MM budget and may have difficulty profiting on the big screen absent healthier overseas receipts.  Hotel Transylvania 2 rounds out the Top 5 with 12.3MM, which isn't bad considering the arrival of Goosebumps.

CRIMSON PEAK: "It is not a ghost story; it is a story with a ghost in it."  This is what the asiping author played by Mia Wasikowska tells one character in a description almost equally applicable to the latest film from Guillerrmo del Toro.  As such, it walks the line between horror and gothic thriller --which may be the root of its financial problems, tbh--but suited me alright.  There is the ssort of tortured romance one finds in a gothic tale when Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain, playing siblings, arrive from England to disturb Wasikowskain upstate New York.  Hiddleston is best known for plaing Loki in the Marvel franchises, but he got that gig in part because he has the acting chops to match Chastain and Wasikowska (who is no stranger to gothis, having starred in the recent Jane Eyre, though you may know her as Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland). Though the big scares are few, del Toro remains a powerful visual stylist (see everything from Pan's Labyrinth to Pacific Rim), and he constantly gives the audience interesting and occasionally stunning images in this film. The acting and the visuals carried Crimson Peak for me; just don't expect to be on the edge of your seat.

LAMAR ODOM's condition has been improving, but he still remains in ICU after waking up from his four-day coma on Friday.

BRIDGET MOYNIHAN quietly married businessman Andrew Frankel on Saturday.

JENNI "JWOWW" FARLEY and Roger Mathews married on Sunday.

ANGELINA JOLIE is looking forward to 50, mostly because she has this portrait in her attic.

RANDY QUAID and his wife feel “vindicated” after a Vermont judge dismissed fugitive-from-justice charges against the couple Thursday and released them from police custody.

ROSIE O'DONNELL & TATUM O'NEAL are no longer dating.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has poster art and teaser clips online.

EGYPT: Many Egyptian voters shunned the first phase of a parliamentary election on Sunday that President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has hailed as a milestone on the road to democracy but his critics have branded as a sham.

POLAND's defense minister says he expects that heavy U.S. army equipment will be placed in the Central European nation before July, when Poland is to host a NATO summit.

A RUSSIAN BEAR was shot dead near a kindergarten after a shopping mall standoff.

KOKO THE GORILLA is now a mother after "adopting" two adorable kittens.

AN INCREDIBLY VENOMOUS SNAKE was spotted in California for the first time in decades.

A KANGAROO went on the lam in Staten Island.

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Zombies, Fuzz, Dave Gahan, Neil Young, Rattlesnakes   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 16, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE ZOMBIES! Their Odessey and Oracle 40th Anniversary concert, as they're finally performing the LP here in the US, years later.  Thus, your set list is: Care Of Cell 44, A Rose for Emily, Maybe After Hes Gone, Beachwood Park, Brief Candles, Hung Up On a Dream, Changes, I Want Her She Wants Me, This Will Be Our Year, Butcher's Tale (Western front 1914), Friends Of Mine, and Time Of The Season, with Tell Her No and Shes Not There as encores.

FUZZ: Ty Segall's power-trio advance streams the double-LP II.

CAR SEAT HEADREST advance streams Teens of Style.

DAVE GAHAN & SOULSAVERS: The Depeche Mode frontman advance streams Angels and Ghosts.

CHIC GAMINE advance streams Light a Match.

NEIL YOUNG: Sad Movies - The Secret History 1973-78

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA drops "When the Night Comes."

THE CURE: The Fish, the Barrel, the Smoking Gun

HUSKER DU:  The merch store that appeared this week may be only the beginning?

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark talked to Bon Appetit about waitressing at a family taqueria, and ended up apologizing to burrito lovers.

PATTI SMITH was moved to tears after a fan helped to reunite the singer with items stolen from her nearly 40 years ago. 

PETER HOLSAPPLE talks about the Continental Drifters and the dB's with PopMatters. Sneakers even make an appearance in the piece.

JONI MITCHELL's health “is making good progress," according to a friend of Judy Collins. 

NOW SHOWING:  This weekend's wide releases include Goosebumps, which is currently scoring 72 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Bridge of Spies, currently scoring 92 percent; Crimson Peak, scoring 67 percent; and Woodlawn, currently unscreened for critics.

BRIDGE OF SPIES gets a solid B+ from me. I think I should expect more from Steven Spielberg directing from a screenplay co-written byt the Coen Bros.  But for whatever reason, I didn't, and thus don't feel disappointed.  The story of how John Donovan was pushed into representing a Soviet spy and ended up negotiating an exchange involving u-2 spy pilot Gary Powers is an interesting one, and a solid outing for Tom Hanks.  But it's less a Cold War thriller than a tale about those with honor and resolve... and those who don't. The film works on that level, even if done a bit obviously here.  Also, the contrast between the prosperous West and the desolated East could've been more subtle, but again, subtlety apparently was not the priority on this project.

LAMAR ODOM: The Kardashians are preparing to say goodbye to Lamar Odom as he lies in a coma after being found unresponsive in a Las Vegas-area brothel Tuesday night. 

TAYLOR SWIFT learned a big lesson from VH-1's Behind the Music. (More cowbell?) 

CHRISTOPHER LLOYD would like to go back to the future again

JOHN STAMOS is now officially charged with DUI

ROSIE O'DONNELL is “extremely depressed" after her daughter's harsh, tell-all interview with the Daily Mail

SCOTLAND: Two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, nearly 27 years ago, Scottish and U.S. officials say. 

IRAN's test this weekend of a new surface-to-surface ballistic missile "likely" violated a U.N. resolution, an administration official told CNN.  Iran also broadcast pictures from The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force of a missile facility tunnel reportedly dug some 1,640 feet (500 meters) under a mountain.

AFGHANISTAN: President Obama said Thursday he will keep 5500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan into 2017, ending his ambitions to bring home most American forces from that war-torn country before he leaves office. 

A RATTLESNAKE PIT, captured with a GoPro. Snakes...why did it have to be snakes?

RENT-THE-CHICKEN: Complete packages include everything you need to get dozen eggs a week on the table. 

LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE on the beach

KITTEN and FERRETS...living together... mass hysteria!

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Luna, Frank Turner, Wildhoney, Shana Falana, Besnard Lakes, Shark   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CRAIG FINN played “Maggie, I’ve Been Searching For Our Sons” and “Newmeyer’s Roof" for Seth Myers. 

LUNA, Live at the Bowery Ballroom, October 7, 2015. 

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

WILDHONEY advance streams their Your Face Sideways EP. 

SHANA FALANA streams Set Your Lightning Fire Free.

THE BESNARD LAKES drop "Golden Lion" ahead of A Coliseum Complex Museum. 

HOT AS SUN works an 80s synth vibe on "I Can Feel Your Love". 

KIM WILDE: "Kids In America."

ELVIS COSTELLO talks to All Things Considered about his career-spanning 674-page memoir, the gap in his teeth and why Lorne Michaels will probably take the truth of Costello's infamous SNL performance to his grave. 

LOU REED is getting an unflattering biography

MILEY CYRUS & THE FLAMING LIPS intend to perfom naked for an equally naked crowd. Sigh.

JOHN BERG, the art director for Columbia Records who designed classic LP covers for Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Sly Stone and more, died of pneumonia at his home in New York. He was 83. 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE's critique of Hollwood sexism gets plenty of celebrity responses

LAMAR ODOM  is still in a coma and his heart is failing after being found unconscious at a Nevada brothel. Khloé Kardashian and Kobe Bryant are among those rushing to the hospital.

YOKO ONO talks to the Daily Beast about why Mark David Chapman should stay in jail forever, the truth about John Lennon's bisexuality, and the ‘pain' she shares with Paul McCartney. 

HEIDI KLUM talks about single parenthood and more at Redbook

Y: THE LAST MAN may be headed to your TV screen

THE MUMMY may be female in the latest reboot. 

KING KONG & GODZILLA will be sharing the same cinematic universe.

NORTH KOREA has the capability to launch a nuclear weapon against the US and stands ready to defend against any such attacks, a high-level US military official has said.

IRAN has begun to ink lucrative arms contracts with the Russian and Chinese governments. OTOH, from Revolutionary Guards generals to Hezbollah commanders, Tehran's agents are being offed at a rapid rate in Syria.

TWO BRAVE(?) DIVERS remove a hook from a shark's jaws

A DUCK in a bowtie got into a bar fight with a dog

A FORMER MEERKAT EXPERT at London Zoo has been ordered to pay compensation to a monkey handler she attacked with a wine glass in a love spat over a llama-keeper. (I'm guessing she's still a meerkat expert, but formerly of the London Zoo.)

GIANT PANDA CUBS were born at the Toronto Zoo

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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DEERHUNTER drops a video for "Living My Life."

ALEX BLEEKER & THE FREAKS advance stream Country Agenda, which Stereogum compares to the Grateful Dead, but really takes in a lot of Laurel canyon-style country-rock.

BEACH HOUSE drops three tracks from its surprise album, Thank Your Lucky Stars, dure Friday. 

ANDRA DAY played a Tiny Desk Concert

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Florist, Motel Beds, and the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon, highlight the newest edition.

DJANGO DJANGO drops “Hold The Line,” which is not a Toto cover or a Major Lazer cover. 

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD drops “Radiating Fiber Plane” as the first single from the band’s forthcoming record Global Chakra Rhythms.  

PLIMSOULS: "A Million Miles Away." Classic power-pop. Can you tell Valley Girl was on cable?

PITCHFORK MEDIA has been purchased by Condé Nast, publisher of Vogue, GQ, and Vanity Fair.

THE VILLAGE VOICE has been sold to a company controlled by investor Peter Barbey of the Reading Eagle Company, a family-owned business that says it has been publishing newspapers since 1796. 

HUSKER DU is officially open for business

ETERNAL SUMMERS talks to Brooklyn Vegan about CMJ, touring Europe, songwriting and more. 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE delivers an essay on Hollywood's sexism

EMILIA CLARKE (Game of Thrones) is Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive

LAMAR ODOM was found unconscious at the Love Ranch, a legal brothel in Crystal, NV.  Sen. Pat Geary unavailable for comment.

HAYDEN PANETTIERE checked into a facility to battle postpartum depression following the birth of her first child, Kaya.

HUGH GRANT (confirming prior rumors) is expecting a fourth child, his second with TV producer Anna Eberstein.

QUENTIN TARANTINO, interviewed by Bret Easton Ellis

EDDIE MURPHY emerges for a lengthy profile by the Washington Post

SYRIA: Insurgent commanders say that since Russia began air attacks in support of the Syrian government, they are receiving for the first time bountiful supplies of powerful American-made antitank missiles

IRAN's parliament passed a bill on Tuesday approving its nuclear deal with world powers, signaling victory for the government over hardline opponents who worry the accord opens a door to wider rapprochement with the West. 

OVER 100 SHARKS were spotted off Miami Beach

THE GUADALCANAL MOUSTACHED KINGFISHER, an extremely rare bird, was found and promptly killed by a scientific expedition. 

HEDGEHOGS risk being wiped out in the UK if more is not done to prevent the garden mammal being needlessly killed, wildlife experts have warned. 

SEAWORLD in California has been banned from breeding and trading any animals held in captivity

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