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Chris Squire RIP, Los Lobos, Freedy Johnson, Speedy Ortiz, Corgis   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, June 29, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

CHRIS SQUIRE, a/k/a "The Fish," the co-founder and longtime bassist of prog rock icons Yes and the only member of the group to feature on every studio album, has passed away just over a month after revealing that he was suffering from a rare form of leukemia. Squire was 67.  Most will likely immediately remember his propulsive lines on "Roundabout," but Squire is also credited as a co-writer on many of Yes' other greatest cuts, including "I've Seen All Good People," "Starship Trooper," "Owner of a Lonely Heart," "Yours Is No Disgrace" and "Heart of the Sunrise."

NOTE: As the music biz shifts to Friday release dates, NRR's advance streams are moving to Thursdays.

LOS LOBOS played the Clearwater Festival, minus Cesar Rojas.

FREEDY JOHNSON stopped WFUV's Sunday Breakfast for a chat and mini-set.

SPEEDY ORTIZ perfomed in the WNYC Soundcheck studio.

LUNA is selling their 1991 demos to benefit their Elektra A&R man Terry Tolkin, who isuffering from an aggressive virus.

KING KHAN & THE SHRINES work it like Wilson Pickett in "Land of the Freak."

JASON ISBELL talks to Grantland about 10 of his most gutwrenching tracks.

DAVID CROSBY confirmed that Joni Mitchell had an aneurysm and, to his knowledge, is not speaking yet.

10 SONGS By Rock Stars About How Bad It Sucks to Be a Rock Star....and somehow, The Byrds didn't make the cut.

ROYAL TRUX, ranked by Stereogum.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Jurassic World threepeats atop the chart with 54.2MM, becoming the fastsest movie to make 500MM domestic and surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron as the biggest-grossing movie of 2015. Inside Out placed close with 52.1MM on a 42 percent drop that's smaller than the drop for Monsters University or Toy Story 3 had in their sophomore weekends.  Pixar should rake it in for at least another weekend, before Minions arrives on July 10.  Ted 2 shows with a 33 million debut--that's considerbaly less than the original and raises the possibility that it will recoup its 85MM production budge, but not the likely twice-again-as-large marketing costs before hitting the home markets.  Max takes the fourth slot with 12.2MM, but looks better than the stuffed bear against a 20MM production budget. Spy rounds out the Top 5 with a leggy 7.8MM and looks likely to eke ot a profit in theaters.

BRADGELINA had tea with Kate Middleton and Prince William.

JIMMY FALLON was hospitalized with a hand injury.

AMY SCHUMER discusses why she passed on Comedy Central's offer for her to take over for Jon Stewart on The Daily Show.

MARIAH CAREY and her billionaire boyfriend jetted to Israel for spiritual advice.

DUSTIN DIAMOND,  who played Screech on the 1990s TV show “Saved by the Bell,” was sentenced Thursday to 4 months in jail for a stabbing in a Wisconsin bar.

GREECE's banks may need an injection of fresh emergency funds to operate Monday as people rushed to pull out money after Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a referendum that could decide his country’s fate in the euro.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: Pres Obama's fmr undersecretary of defense for policy opined that to succeed in the president’s ambition of ultimately destroying the Islamic State — or even to contain its gains or roll them back — a broader and more intensive effort is needed.

IRAN: A senior U.S. official acknowledged Sunday that Iran nuclear talks will go past their June 30 target date, as Iran's foreign minister prepared to head home for consultations before returning to push for a breakthrough.

AFGHANISTAN: Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not been confirmed.

CORGIS Are Coming.

CHIPANZEES may have a similar concept of right and wrong to humans a study has found.

A BEAVER fended off two humans trying to break into his home. 

THE SWARM: Deputies in eastern Idaho are investigating what caused a semitrailer to swerve and tip, releasing a swarm of 20 million bees.

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Ramones, Calexico, Fraser Gorman, Ecstatic Vision, Sheep + Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, June 26, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with THE RAMONES! Live at CBGB's circa October 1977.  Your setlist includes: “Blitzkrieg Bop”; “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”; “Beat on the Brat”; “Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue”; “Rockaway Beach”; “Cretin Hop”; “Oh,Oh, I Love Her So”; and“Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World.

CALEXICO stoppeb by WFUV's Studio A for a chat and mini-set. 

FRASER GORMAN advance streams Slow Gum

ECSTATIC VISION advance streams their debut album, Sonic Praise

KING DUDE advance streams Songs of Flesh & Blood - In The Key of Light. 

REFUSED advance streams Freedom.  

SHAFT's OLD MAN: A soul jazz soundtrack to an imaginary black 60s spy film

RICKED WICKY, a/k/a ROBERT POLLARD drops "Tomfoole Terrific" ahead of King Heavy Metal. 

DUNGEN returns with "Åkt Dit", ahead of Allas Sak. 

BLOOD MOON drops "All U Got". 

VERUCA SALT shares their 'Empty Bottle". 

THE CLASH AT DEMONHEAD covers Metric's "Black Sheep." I remember when Envy was Nat.

ST VINCENT: Annie Clark discusses collaborating with david Byrne and falling off stage in an hour-plus Times Talk

WAXAHATCHEE: Katie Crutchfield gets an in-depth profile at Pitchfork

BRIAN WILSON is adding US tour dates on the popularity of the Love and Mercy biopic. 

QUEEN is releasing a Bohemian Lager

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Ted 2, which is currnetly scoring 45 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and Max, currently scoring 37 percent. 

JENNIFER LOVE HEWITT and husband Brian Hallisay have welcomed a son, their second child together.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN may soon become a murder case.

CAMERON DIAZ is reportedly taking a year off from making movies to “be a wife and try to have a baby” with husband of five months, Good Charlotte rocker Benji Madden. 

BEN AFFLECK destroys a PBS show

ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER opened up to talk show host Howard Stern about his split from Maria Shriver, his love child, and his son Patrick's relationship with Miley Cyrus. 

PATRICK McNEE, who played the iconic role of John Steed in the 1960s British television series, The Avengers, has died at 93

CHINA is indeed the "leading suspect" in the theft of potentially damaging information about federal and military personnel form OPM. 

TURKEY, a member of NATO, is siding with iSIS over the Kurds

THE ISLAMIC STATE in Syria is holding a grotesque “Koran memorization contest” in which the winners will be awarded female child sex slaves.  They've also destroyed two historic tombs at Palmyra.

IRAN: The United States and other nations negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran are ready to offer high-tech reactors and other state-of-the-art equipment to Tehran if it agrees to crimp programs that can make atomic arms.

THE RUNNING OF THE SHEEP, featuring Trouble the Cat

A RARE AMAZONIAN FISH discovered in a US lake does not really want to castrate you

COWS vs SHARKS: Which kill more in the US?

SEVEN SEA TURTLES have been released back into the ocean by the Virginia Aquarium. 

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Ryan Adams, Win Win, Class Actress, Summer Songs, Baseball Pug   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS performs Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" for the A.V. Club Undercover.

RYAN ADAMS drops a three-track single on Spotify.

WIN WIN advance streams Primaries.

CLASS ACTRESS: Dance music isn't really my genre, but the Movies EP is exec produced by Giorgio Moroder and sounds it.

SONGS OF THE SUMMER, 1962-2015, streaming via NPR on Spotify.

IRON & WINE and BEN BRIDWELL cover Talking Heads' "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)".

BELLE & SEBASTIAN played "Allie" and "Suki in the Graveyard" for Seth Meyers.  The latter is one of my fave tracks from the band, tho this take is a little subdued to start.

DAVID BOWIE announced the first in a series of career-spanning box sets.

WOLF ALICE talks to The Guardian about taking years to make a debut LP.

LOW: Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker talk to Stereogum about their long, slow trip and their upcoming LP.

JENNY HVAL talks to Pitchfork about a particular form of soft rock.

KIM KARDASHIAN & KANYE WEST underwent an IVF gender-selection process this spring to predetermine baby No. 2's sex.

DIDDY is now also charged with making terrorist threats during the alleged fight with a UCLA football coach.

BOBBI KRISTINA BROWN is in hospice care and family members are now just waiting for the inevitable.

BRIAN WILLIAMS is getting a frosty welcome at MSNBC.

WILL ARNETT  has split from girlfriend Arielle Vandenberg.

SHIA LeBEOUF received 20 stitches and 13 staples to his head and finger following a bloody onset injury while filming a movie in North Dakota.

SPIDER-MAN:  Marvel and Sony have found their Peter Parker  —  The Impossible actor Tom Holland.

EGYPT reportedly intends to establish a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union, comprising Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus and Armenia, by the end of 2016.  Losing economic influence with Egypt would represent a major reversal of bipartisan US policy dating back to the Nixon and carter administrations.  Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood clerics call for the overthrow of the current government.

AFGHANISTAN: Do you think it couldn't get much worse?

SAUDI diplomats in Khartoum believed Iran shipped advanced nuclear equipment including centrifuges to Sudan in 2012, according to a document leaked last week that WikiLeaks says is a cable from the embassy.

IRAN's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ruled out freezing sensitive nuclear work in the country for a long time and said sanctions imposed on it should be lifted as soon it reaches a final deal with major powers, state TV reported. Also, the deal would be unlikely to improve the world’s ability to react to a sudden effort by Iran to build a bomb.  So maybe not surprising that five former members of President Obama's inner circle of Iran advisers have written an open letter expressing concern that a pending accord to stem Iran's nuclear program "may fall short of meeting the administration's own standard of a ‘good' agreement" and laying out a series of minimum requirements that Iran must agree to in coming days for them to support a final deal.

A PUG's EYE VIEW of Dodger Stadium.

MOOSE RIDE sparks an investigation in Canada.

A NOTORIOUS INVASIVE WORM has invaded the US. No word on whether it raps.

A FLUORESCENT LAMB ended up mistakenly being eaten in France.

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Dick Van Patten & Don Featherstone, RIP   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


TUESDAY was a verrry slow news day...for ths ort of items typically posted here anyway.  But there are these notable passages:

DICK VAN PATTEN, who played the paterfamilias on the 1980s TV dramedy Eight Is Enough, died on Tuesday morning. He was 86.  I can't say I was a fan of the show, but he worked a lot in the late 70s and early 80s--and in that pre-cable, pre-internet era, if you worked regularly in movies and TV, you were a much bigger celeb than you would be nowadays.  

DON FEATHERSTONE, a classically trained painter, a talented sculptor and artist who became famous for creating the pink plastic lawn flamingo — the ultimate piece of American suburban kitsch, has passed away at 79.

See y'all tomorrow!

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Best Coast, Titus Andronicus, Tigers Jaw, Self Defense Family, Glider Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


BEIRUT parodies American Bandstand in the video for the title track to No No No.

BEST COAST performed at the recent Non-COMMvention of public-radio people in Philadelphia.

TITUS ANDRONICUS dropped a "mixtape" full of demos, live versions, and rehearsals.

TIGERS JAW streams their Studio 4 Acoustic Set.

SELF DEFENSE FAMILY advance streams Heaven Is Earth.

THE ATOM AGE drops "It's a Mess" ahead of Hot Shame.

CAT STEVENS performs energetic versions of both "The Wind" and "Moonshadow" in a single clip from 1976, just so for Twofer Tuesday.

CROCODILES talk to Drowned in Sound about their new LP.

PALMA VIOLETS' frontman Chilli Jessonshares the soundtrack of his life with NME.

CHVRCHES: Pitchfork interviews the band about the making of their next LP.

THE HORRORS are pofiled by Clashmusic. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

CHARLIE SHEEN went on a Father's Day rant against Denise Richards.

TAYLOR SWIFT whacked Apple Music over not paying labels during cutomers' trial periods; Apple Music reversed the decision.

P DIDDY was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon-- a kettlebell weight used to allegedly attack a UCLA football coach.

BRITNEY SPEARS and her boyfriend of eight months, Charlie Ebersol, have called it quits.

HUGH HEFNER is unhappy with Holly Madison's book about her time at the mansion.

JAMES HORNER,  the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.

CHINA'S hacked the personal data of an estimated 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by a cyber breach at the Office of Personnel Management - more than four times the 4.2 million the agency has publicly acknowledged.

IRANIAN officials gave their strongest hints yet that talks over the Islamic theocracy’s nuclear program may stretch beyond a self-imposed June 30 deadline. Meanwhile, with some lawmakers chanting "Death to the America," Iran's parliament voted to ban access to military sites, documents and scientists as part of a future deal with world powers over its contested nuclear program.

IRAQ: The U.S. military and Iranian-backed Shiite militias are getting closer and closer in Iraq, even sharing a base, while Iran uses those militias to expand its influence in Iraq and fight alongside the Bashar al-Assad regime in neighboring Syria.

A CAT stowed away on a glider.

FERAL CATS are taking over - and stinking up - the suburban Cincinnati village of St. Bernard.

WHALE SHARKS are not surfboards, Dude.

A GOAT BEAUTY PAGEANT is a tradition in the Lithuanian village of Ramygala.

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