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Lemonheads, American Football, John K Samson, Radio Dept, Stray Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE LEMONHEADS!  Evan Dando's songbook has always struck me as autmnal, though not all of it really is.  For example, a very young Dando released his take on Suzanne Vega's hit "Luka" in May '89.  He dissolved the band after releasing the Lovey LP, but returned with a new lineup on "It's A Shame About Ray" in July '92. Despite Johnny Depp's appearance in that video, the Ray album lingered in the lower reaches of the charts, despite being filled with grunge-pop goodness like "Rockin' Stroll" and "Confetti."  But that November, Atlantic released the band's take on Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson," which shot to No. 19 on the UK charts and landed Dando unlikely US gigs like "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee."  The flip side of that single was the goofy "Being Around," which becomes a singalong live.  The followup LP, C'mon, Feel the Lemonheads, hit the Top 5 in the UK, but only No. 56 in the US, with the single "Into Your Arms," which would later turn up on the soundtrack to Before Sunrise and in an FTD commercial.  The other two videos from the LP, like "Ray," sport celeb cameos -- Angelina Jolie turns up in "It's About Time" and a young Chloë Sevigny can be seen in "Big Gay Heart" (though I went with Conan because the original is offline).  Unfortunately, Dando would soon slide into heavy drugs and the next album, Car Button Cloth was not nearly as successful -- commercially or artistically.  An unremarkable solo album and sporadic gigs would follow, until Dando got his personal life together and revived The Lemonheads brand with a self-titled LP in 2005, from which "Black Gown" was the lead track.  BONUS:  Dando and Mudhoney's Mark Arm fromted the DKT-MC5 on a ripping version (is there any other kind) of the classic "Kick Out the Jams" of The Late Late Show.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL returns with a self-titled LP.

JOHN K. SAMSON (fmr Weakerthans) advance streams Winter Wheat.

THE RADIO DEPT. advance streams Running Out Of Love.

WEYES BLOOD advance streams Front Row Seat To Earth.

MARK FORD (fmr Black Crowes) shares “The Same Coming Up" from The Vulture.

MONOMYTH shares "Re:Lease Life (Place 2 Go)", ahead of Happy Pop Family.

EASYBEATS: The fish, the barrel, the smoking gun!

BOB DYLAN won the Nobel prize in literature. The L.A. Times, quoting T Bone Burnett, calls Dylan "the Homer of our time." NPR points you to Dylan highlights from its years of coverage. Pitchfork wishes the Nobel folks had picked someone else. Jeff Blehar argues that Dylan's ubiguity should not be held against him.

SCOTT McCAUGHEY (Young Fresh Fellows, Minus 5, R.E,M. sideman) salutes 20 great songs at Magnet.

KINGS OF LEON discuss their comeback at NME.

DEVENDRA BANHART talks about his favorite albums at The Quietus.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include The Accountant, which is currently scoring 48 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Kevin Hart: What Now?, which is scoring xx percent; and Max Steel, which was not screened for critics.

ROGUE ONE drops a second trailer on line, with another glimpse of Darth Vader.

FANTASTIC BEASTS & WHERE TO FIND THEM will be five movies, according to J.K. Rowling.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt has finally gotten to spend some time with his kids.

LINDSAY LOHAN has a piece of a Greek nightclub bearing her name.

WERNER HERZOG wants to play a Bond villain.

YEMEN: The U.S. military retaliated against rebels in Yemen accused of twice firing missiles at a Navy warship in the Persian Gulf.

RUSSIA has completed the delivery of S-300 air defense missile systems to Iran, RIA news agency quoted Russia's state arms export agency as saying on Thursday.

STRAY DOGS destroy a car in Turkey.

THE LONDON ZOO was put on lockdown after a male gorilla escaped from its enclosure on Thursday.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Scammers are trying to cheat residents by claiming they will kill a potentially pesky squirrel in exchange for money, Farmers Branch police say. Not all scammers are human. Just saying.

HUNDREDS OF SNAKES crossed a road in Sarasota, FL.

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Letters to Cleo, Earwigs. Axis: Sova, Duchess Says, Raccoon   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 08:00 AM
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OKKERVIL RIVER shares a video for “Judey On A Street.” (some NSFW nakedness)

LETTERS TO CLEO returns with an EP titled Back To Nebraska.

EARWIGS advance stream Pause for the Jets.

AXIS: SOVA advance streams Motor Earth.

DUCHESS SAYS advance streams Sciences Nouvelles.

CLOUD NOTHINGS share “Modern Act,” ahead of Life Without Sound.

THE OHIO PLAYERS are on "Fire." Over nine minutes, and just gets wackier.

BRIAN WILSON: Read excerpts of his memoirs at Pitchfork and NME.

DAVID CROSBY talks to Stereogum about talks Twitter, streaming, Kanye, and his new album, Lighthouse.

ULTIMATE PAINTING: With their lo-fi guitars and catchy but unfussy melodies, singer-guitarists Jack Cooper and James Hoare are on a mission to strip away clutter.

RICK ASTLEY talks about life after becoming a meme.

MEL GIBSON Is No Longer Persona Non Grata in Hollywood.

MICHAEL JACKSON topped the Forbes list of top-earning dead celebrities on Wednesday for the fourth straight year.

KRISTEN STEWART and ST VINCENT are dating?

JUSTICE LEAGUE: IGN has your first look at Amber Heard as Mera of Atlantis.

MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY gets afeature profile at Esquire.

TOMMY FORD, who played Tommy on the '90s hit show Martin, has died at 52.

SELENA GOMEZ has been recovering at a Tennessee treatment facility since announcing August 30 that she was taking a break to manage “anxiety, panic attacks and depression.”

YEMEN: For the second time this week the USS Mason was targeted by at least one incoming missile fired from a Houthi-controlled area of Yemen. The missiles did not impact the ship and no one was hurt. (BTW, the Houthis are funded and armed by Iran.)

THE RACCOON steals your phone.

TWO PYTHONS, fighting in a kitchen.

COWS ON THE LAM shut down a Louisiana highway.

BEAR COITUS INTERRUPTUS: Not a good idea. The More You Know.

HUNDREDS OF JELLYFISH invade the New Zealand coastline.

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Conor Oberst, Sean Lennon and Les Claypool, All Songs, Angry Birds   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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CASS McCOMBS kicks off the video for “Laughter Is The Best Medicine" with New Orleans cult legend Reverend Goat Carson.

CONOR OBERST stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set.

SEAN LENNON & LES CLAYPOOL stop by World Cafe as The Claypool Lennon Delirium.

ALL SONGS CONSIDERED: Tracks from Hippo Campus, Amber Coffman, TOY and more feature in the latest episode.

MARSHALL CRENSHAW plays his classic "Someday, Someway"... for Merv

ARE WE THERE YET? On Tour WIth Brian Wilson.

LEONARD COHEN talks to The New Yorker about his new album, his life’s story, and most pervasively, his declining health.

BEACH SLANG's guitarist was dismissed following allegations of sexual assault.

PRINCE: Purple Rain got nominated for an American Music Award, though it already won in 1984.

DANIEL CRAIG has decided that making huge piles of money as James Bond is a pretty good idea.

KIM KARDASHIAN is suing for published stories that accuse her of lying about the whole Paris robbery.

JIM CARREY has been slapped with a lawsuit by the mother of his ex-girlfriend, claiming she OD'd after she realized he had given her 3 STDs and when she confronted him he dumped her.

BEN AFFLECK talks about co-parenting with estranged wife Jennifer Garner.

JESSE EISENBERG is expecting his first child with longtime girlfriend Anna Strout.

DRAKE & RHIANNA have an "open relationship."

RONALD McDONALD is maintaining a low profile during the creepy clown epidemic in America.

HEATHERS: The TV Land reboot is taking shape.

AFGHANISTAN: When Taliban fighters penetrated the capital of Helmand province for the first time Monday, killing at least 14 people in a suicide bombing and related attacks, it was their most successful assault to date on the strategic southern city and opium trade center, which the insurgents have been trying to capture for months.

IRAQ: Islamic State militants have placed booby traps across the city of Mosul, dug tunnels and recruited children as spies in anticipation of an offensive to dislodge the jihadists from their Iraqi stronghold, Iraqis and U.S. officials said.

ANGRY BIRDS interrupt a round of golf.

NUTMEG:The World's Oldest Cat?

TURTLE vs HUMAN GROIN: Who You Got?

A SNAKE does an Aussie version of Winnie-the-Pooh.

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Wilco, Weaves, Mono, Corgi   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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KING NUN drops a pretty vintage-style video for "Tulip," which owes a bit to the White Stripes.

WILCO stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

WEAVES stopped by World Cafe for a mini-set.

MONO is streaming Requiem For Hell.

DAVID HOLMES & SONG SUNG cover 10cc's "I'm Not In Love."

THE MAMAS & PAPAS: All the leaves are brown so it's "California Dreamin'" and "Nowhere Man" for Twofer Tuesday

TALKING HEADS Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth watch a Fred Arimsen / Bill Hader mockumentary sending up their old band.

THE LAST WALTZ is getting the super-deluxe 40th anniversary reissue.

LAURIE ANDERSON assembled a playlist of the Lou Reed originals she feels best represent him.

THOMAS DOLBY: Brooklyn Vegan excerpts the part of his memoirs about making the video for "She Blinded Me With Science".

BEN AFFLECK's team is accused of editing and deleting segments of just-filmed TV interviews with the actor at a press junket for the new movie The Accountant before releasing the footage to the reporter who carried out the interview.

CASEY AFFLECK faces a second sexual harassment lawsuit.

BILLY BUSH was suspended from the Today show after the airing of his 2005 hot mic conversation with Donald Trump.

JUSTICE RUTH BADER GINSBERG talks to Katie Kouric about Donald Trump, Cloin Kaepernick and the law.

ARMY OF ONE, in which Nicolas Cage is on a mission from God to capture Osama bin Laden, has a trailer online.

HELLBOY 3: Ron Perlman is working on it; no one else is.

A CORGI on a carousel, trying to catch up to you.

AS GOD AS MY WITNESS: One turkey died after being thrown from an airplane during a "Turkey Trot" festival in Arkansas.

A STORK waited out Hurricane Matthew in the restroom.

A RANDY CAPYBARA is on the lam and looking for love.

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McCartney, Rolling Stones, Green Day, KT Tunstall, Dug the Dog   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, October 10, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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PAUL McCARTNEY busts out a rare "I Wanna Be Your Man" and joins NEIL YOUNG on "Why Don't We Do it in the Road?" and "A Day in the Life" on the Desert Trip.

THE ROLLING STONES covered The Beatles' "Come Together" and Dylan's "Desolation Row," along with the blues standard “Ride ‘Em On Down."

GREEN DAY dropped Revolution Radio on Spotify and Apple Music.

KT TUNSTALL played a mini-set at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

BOOKER T & THE MG's: "Green Onions," live in '68.

STEELY DAN got an indie music tribute. Instagram videos included.

SUZANNE VEGA talks to The Guardian about her confused identity growing up, and her new album drawn from her one-woman play about US writer Carson McCullers.

TOM WAITS is locked in an angry dispute with one of France’s favorite performers, the avant-garde circus star Bartabas the Furious.

ROBERT GOLDSTEIN, guitarist for the Urban Verbs and later NPR's music librarian, died from cancer at age 66.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: The Girl on the Train topped the chart with 24.7MM, a debut good enough that it likely won't depend on overseas markets to profit, though a notch or two behind a similar movie, Gone Girl, in this frame.  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children showed with 15MM, a 48 percent drop from its debut and a showing underscoring its need for foreign receipts.  Deepwater Horizon showed with 11.7MM on a 42 perecent drop, and is even less likely to benefit from foreign markets, given the subject-matter. The Magnificent Seven remake took the fourth slot with 9.1MM on a 41 percent drop, but this one likely profits based on overseas sales.  Storks rounded out the Top Five with 8.4 million and still looks unprofitable, despite crossing 100MM worldwide.

ACCESS HOLLYWOOD October surprised presidential candidate Donald Trump, which you would not believe if I wrote it in a novel.

THE APPRENTICE's producer, Mark Burnett, has threatened staffers who could release potentially damaging outtakes of Donald Trump from the show.

BRANGELEXIT: Brad Pitt will not be prosecuted for the incident on his private jet; there was never an investigation in the first place because FBI sources say there's no case.

SIGOURNEY WEAVER has been officially announced as the yet-unnamed villainess in Marvel's The Defenders on Netflix.

POWER RANGERS has a trailer online.

PIXAR's DUG THE DOG, in Real Life.

SHARKS like AC/DC and that album they make.

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE ROAD? Dundee Police have launched an inquiry.

PETS are now getting medical marijuana.

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