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Another really slow news day.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

KarlTHEN AGAIN, given all the bad news that has already flooded into 2016, maybe that's not such a bad thing. I should be back tomorrow.  In the meantime, regardless of whether you're mourning the loss of The Eagles' Glenn Frey, read this 2011 piece from Bill Simmons on The History of the Eagles, Part OneIt could not help but brighten your day, regardless of whether you like The Eagles or have seen the documentary.

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Glenn Frey RIP, Langhorne Slim, Foals, Son Little, Dogs   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


GLENN FREY, 67, a founding member and guitarist of the Eagles, died in New York City of complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia. Here's the Rolling Stone obit, and bandmate Don Henley's tribute.  And here's journalist-turned-filmmaker Cameron Crowe recalling the making of his Rolling Stone cover story on the band (which begins with a cameo from WCFL Superjock Larry Lujack). Most of the Eagles' hits were collaborations, but Frey was the lead vocalist on "Take It Easy", "Peaceful Easy Feeling", "Tequila Sunrise", "Already Gone", "Lyin' Eyes", "New Kid in Town", and "Heartache Tonight," a selection basically consistent twith the notion from interviews that Henley was the darker of the band's two main songwriters.  After the Eagles split, Frey continued to chart with hits including "The Heat Is On", "Smuggler's Blues",and "You Belong to the City."  It may sound at first like I'm speaking ill of the dead if I say I was never a huge Eagles fan. But my parents were fans, along with millions upon millions of people. And if you grew up in the 70s and early 80s, they were an inescapable part of the musical landscape and the culture in general. I have a relationship with Eagles songs that comes from marinating in them to the degree that I cannot say whether it is because I like them (though I do like some of them, I think).  So it is impossible not to feel a sense of loss at Frey's passing, even if it is not the sort of loss I feel over the passing of, say, David Bowie.

LANGHORNE SLIM stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

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

SON LITTLE, Live In Concert.

JEFF TWEEDY, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Scott McCaughey, Gary Louris, Kurt Bloch, Corin Tucker and more cover "All the Young Dudes", while BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN covers "Rebel Rebel" for a Bowiesque Twofer Tuesday.

THE KINKS: How We Made "Waterloo Sunset."

DON McLEAN was arrested early Monday on a charge of domestic violence assault.

DALE GRIFFIN, drummer and co-founder of Mott The Hoople, has died at age 67.

MIC GILLETTE, renowned trumpet and trombone player and founding member of the legendary Oakland funky soul band Tower of Power, died suddenly of a heart attack over the weekend. He was 64.


MILEY CYRUS and some friends drove a U-Haul truck over to  Liam Hemsworth's pad in Malibu and unloaded over the weekend.

SPIKE LEE & JADA PINKETT SMITH are boycotting the Oscars.

SEAN PENN, who gave Mexican drg lord El Chapo editorial control over their interview, is sad about the state of journalism.

STEPHANIE SEYMOUR was arrested for DUI.

FRIENDS are sorta reuniting, but there's no reboot.

IRAN: The U.S pardoned or dropped the charges against seven Iranians in a prisoner swap for the release of four Americans held by Iran.Afterward, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on Iran as a result of its repeated test-firing of ballistic missiles.

IRAQ: Three Americans reported missing from a Baghdad neighborhood were kidnapped by Shiite militiamen from an apartment in the capital, a senior police official and resident of the building said Monday.

DOG's BEST FRIEND is...another dog.

MATING NEWTS close a California road.

A SHARK found in the swimming pool of a Hypoluxo condominium community was barely alive when it was rescued, said the woman who reported the incident and tried to save it.

GIANT WORMS the size of a baby snake, weighing as much as a small mouse, have been discovered on the Isle of Rum.

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MLK Jr Day, Lissie, Tortoise, Tindersticks, Sun Kil Moon, Mama Cat   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, January 18, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl


U2: "Pride" and "MLK." Crushingly obvious. Have a dream.

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

TORTOISE is streaming The Catastrophist, which includes their cover of David Essex's "Rock On."

TINDERSTICKS give All Songs Considered a track-by-track tour of The Waiting Room.

SUN KIL MOON & JESU stream their collaborative album.

WEEZER drops "King of the World" from what will become known as either the "White Album" or the "Beach Album." Stereogum also has a brief Q & A with Rivers Cuomo.

DION: A vintage performance of "Abraham, Martin & John."

DAVID BOWIE: Invisible New Yorker.

SAVAGES talk to the L.A. Times about love, and the power of consciousness. Next question.

JOHN CALE talks to The Guardian about rearranging his past, working with Lou Reed and running riot with Bowie.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED ALBUMS of 2016, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Ride Along 2 tops the holiday weekend chart with 39.5MM, lagging the original (despite opening on 500 more screens), but hust about recouping its production budget. The Revenant placed with 35MM on a waveof awards buzz that should project the 135MMfilm  into profitability by the time it leavesthe big screen. Star Wars: The Force Awakens slides from the top slot, showing with 31MM on a still leggy 27 percent drop.13 Hours came in fourth wih 19MM, which ain't bad given the competition for male filmgoers, esp. against a low-for-Michael-Bay budget of 50MM. Daddy's Home rounded out the Top Five with 11.4MM and is well into the black for Paramount.

13 HOURS largely manages to do the things director Michael Bay does well and avoids the things outside his skill set.  The film, which recounts the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks on US facilities in Benghazi, Libya, largely avoids the political issues that arose in their wake, although it dramatizes many of the tragic findings of the bipartisan report of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The generally-agreed-upon facts of the case are aggravating enough. 13 Hours thus plays as essentially a war film, which is something Michael Bay knows how to make. Some of the action is over-the-top; for example, Bay repeats the "follow this bomb as it drops to its target" shot from Pearl Harbor.  But for the most part, he reigns in his worst instincts and provides enough exposition in the first act for the audience to understand the chaos that erupts in the third act.  The characterizations are a bit thin, save for the pseudononymous Jack Silva, played by the pumped-up John Kacinsk iwell enough that you're not always imagining him in The Office. But the screenplay never becomes as mawkish as Pearl Harbor, either.  It's no American Sniper or Zero Dark Thirty, but it's good enough to rank as one of Bay's best films at Rotten Tomatoes and to earn an "A" Cinemascore from generally forgiving audiences.

CELINE DION lost her husband and her brother in the same week.

THE CRITICS' CHOISE AWARDS went to these folks.

BILL COSBY: A former district attorney in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, claims he agreed more than a decade ago that his office wouldn't use a civil deposition given by Bill Cosby in any criminal matters, an email obtained by CNN shows -- a revelation that could call into question the viability of the criminal case against the comedian.

JAMIE-LYNN SIEGLER married her fiancé of almost three years, pro baseball player Cutter Dykstra.

PRETTY IN PINK returns to theaters for its 30th anniversary, and is expected to include alternate endings and behind-the-scenes footage.

ALAN RICKMAN's Ten Key Performances.

RICHARD LIBERTINI, the crazy General in The In-laws, died on January 7.

DAN HAGGERY, a/k/a Grizzly Adams, died from cancer early Friday morning. He was 74.

SWITZERLAND: Refugees arriving in Switzerland have to turn over to the state any assets worth more than 1,000 Swiss francs (£690) to help pay for their upkeep, the broadcaster SRF has reported.

AL QAEDA GUNMEN stormed a luxury hotel frequented by foreigners in Burkina Faso's capital on Friday night, seizing hostages and killing others while fighting with dozens of security forces who began a counterattack hours later. It was Al Qaeda's first major attack in the landlocked sub-Saharan country, a former French colony.

IRAN: The 10 U.S. Navy sailors held by Iran were told by their captors to "act happy" while they were being videotaped during their detention, according to a U.S. defense official with access to the latest information about the debriefing of the sailors.

A CAT nurses baby ducks with her kittens...

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: A suicide rodent cut off power to the Vermont statehouse.

IS THIS KANGAROO grieving...or a murderer?

AN IMPOSING CAT who had previously achieved Twitter fame for his rebellious streak has returned to the spot where he first went viral.

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Neil Diamond, Shearwater, Ty Segall, Eleanor Friedberger, Besnard Lakes, Bear   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl



...with NEIL DIAMOND! There are two types of people, you know.  But here's Neil on the Beeb in 1971.  Your set list: "Sweet Caroline," "Solitary Man," "Cracklin' Rosie," some chatter, "Done Too Soon," "A Modern Day Version Of Love," "He Aint' Heavy (He's My Brother)," "Holly Holy," "I Am I Said," and "Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show."

SHEARWATER is advance streaming Jet Plane And Oxbow.

TY SEGALL is advance streaming Emotional Mugger.

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER is advance streaming New View.

THE BESNARD LAKES are advance streaming A Coliseum Complex Museum.

VIOLENT FEMMES drop "Memory" ahead of We Can Do Anything.

ROBERT POLLARD drops "My Daughter Yes She Knows" ahead of Of Course You Are.

DOBIE GRAY is in with "The In Crowd."

DAVID BOWIE, in what turned out to have been the final weeks of his life, wrote and demo-ed five fresh songs, and was anxious to return to the studio one last time. ALSO: Iggy Pop's remembrance.

THE BEST SOUTHERN ALBUMS of 2015, according to Bitter Southerner.

THE MOST ANTICIPATED LPs of 2016, according to the New York Observer.

GEORGIO GOMELSKY, a music impressario and former manager of both the Yardbirds and Rolling Stones, has died of cancer. He was 82.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Ride Along 2, currently scoring 15 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; Norm of the North, currently scoring zero; and 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, scoring 56 percent.

ALAN RICKMAN, the much-loved star of stage, TV and films including Harry Potter, Love Actually, Sense and sensibility and Die Hard - and owner of one of the most singular voices in acting ­- has died of cancer at 69. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Thompson remember.


GEORGE MILLER corrects the record to say he will do more Mad Max films.

JIMMY FALLON doesn't have a drinking problem, says NBC Entertainment chief Bob Greenblatt.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN talked about her 'humiliating' marriage to Lamar Odom.

CHARLIE SHEEN's doctor injected Sheen's blood into himself to prove the actor was cured.

THE ISLAMIC STATE launched a gun and bomb assault on the Indonesian capital on Thursday, police and media said, but five of the seven people killed were the attackers themselves.

IRAN claimed that it received an apology from the U.S. before the release of the 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters. And unlike most Iranian claims, this one has some video, even if airing that video violated articles 13 and 17 of the Geneva Convention.

MAN CUDDLES 1500-LB BEAR (and Lives to Share the Video).

IS THAT A PYTHON IN YOUR PANTS, or are you just glad to...oh, wait.

KISSING A PYTHON is a bad idea, as it turns out.

A BABY PENGUIN has been named after David Bowie at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.

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Another fantastically slow "news" day...   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

Karl...so this excellent piece on DAVID BOWIE (the second written by Jeffrey Blehar this week) is what I have on offer today. I should be back tomorrow with the usual stuff, unless I win the Powerball.

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