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Allen Toussaint RIP, JEFF The Brotherhood, Sunny Day, Snuff Redux, Lab Rescue   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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ALLEN TOUSSAINT, the versatile producer, songwriter, pianist and singer who was a fixture of New Orleans R&B, died after appearing in concert in Madrid on Monday. He was 77.  The Rolling Stones, Levon Helm, Billy Bragg, J.D. McPherson, and Robbie Robertson were among the musicians offering tribute. The Guardian rounds up seven of his best songs, performed by himself and others. NPR reposted a 2009 concert at the Village Vanguard.

JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD advance streams a double-LP titled Global Chakra Rhythms.

A SUNNY DAY IN GLASGOW advance streams a double-EP titled Planning Weed Like It’s Acid / Life Is Loss.

SNUFF REDUX advance streams their nifty Besides You EP.

SWINGS advance streams their debut, Sugarwater

MARK McGUIRE (Emeralds) advance streams Beyond Belief.

THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART unleash "Hell" from an upcoming EP of the same name.

HINDS drop "San Diego" ahead of Leave Me Alone.

THE MEKONS & ROBBIE FULKS team up on the British folk standard, "Go From My Window."

QUEEN: The video for "Bohemian Rhapsody" was shot 40 years ago yesterday. Guitarist Brian May recently talked to Newsweek about the song...and Wayne's World.

MAC McCAUGHAN talks to Drowned In Sound about the 80s UK vive of Non-Believers.

LANA DEL REY talks to The Current about paranoia, Father John Misty, Nina Simone and her fourth LP, Honeymoon.

AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler has launched Janie’s Fund to support abused and neglected girls.

ROY HARPER had sex abuse charges dropped against him, following an earlier jury acquittal on some charges and a hung jury on others.

MORENA BACCARIN's estranged husband changed his mind about co-parenting after learning her Gotham cos-tar Ben McKenzie was in the picture. Shocka.

CHRISTIE BRINKLEY isn't answering questions about marrying John Mellencamp.

GISELLE BUNDCHEN almost ditched TOM BRADY after he impregnanted his ex-gf Bridget Moynihan.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN says she's not married to lamar Odom for "intimacy."  Dude has issues to work out, you know.

PATRICK DEMPSEY and his estranged wife Jillian are “working on their relationship” nearly 11 months after filing for divorce.

VETERANS' DAY: Today is the observation of the anniversary of the end of WWI; thank a vet today, and read the excellent 2009 piece by the WaPo's David Ignatius that may be more true today.

IRAN stopped dismantling centrifuges in two uranium enrichment plants, state media reported on Tuesday, days after conservative lawmakers complained to President Hassan Rouhani that the process was too rushed.

SYRIAN soldiers fought their way into an airbase in northern Syria on Tuesday, state television said, breaking a nearly two-year siege by Islamic State insurgents at the facility and freeing military personnel holed up inside.

A LABRADOR, rescued by a sailing club in the Gulf of Naples. And apparently returned to its owner.

A KANGAROO at Hervey Bay Golf Course chases some lads in a golf cart. Meaning the lads, not the roo.

AN ALLIGATOR fought A PYTHON on a Florida golf course.

FOSSILS OF ANCIENT FANGED EELS were discovered in Brazil.

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Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings in the rooms of her ice-water mansion.   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

IT WAS 40 YEARS AGO TODAY:

THE WRECK of the EDMUND FITZGERALD: The legend lives o­n from the Chippewa o­n down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee.This is the 40th anniversary of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald -- 729 feet-long, 75 feet in breadth, 39 feet in depth, weighing 13,632 gross tons -- an ore bulk carrier with a capacity of 25,000 tons. When it was launched o­n June 7 1958, at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan, Fitzgerald was the largest ship o­n the Great Lakes. Here's misty, water-colored video of the launch.

The "Queen of the Great Lakes" sank in the eastern end of Lake Superior during a fierce storm -- including snow squalls -- that pounded the ship with 30-foot waves. The crew of 29 men perished; without witnesses, a definitive reason has never been determined. A Coast Guard report suggested that faulty hatches failed to keep water out of the ship's cargo holds, though others believe the ship struck an uncharted shoal and took o­n water. A documentary created and aired by the Discovery Channel concluded the loss was due to freak waves that overwhelmed the faulty hatches.

After the wreck, the Rev. Richard Ingalls went to Mariners' Church in Detroit and rang its bell 29 times, o­nce for each life lost. The church continues to hold an annual memorial, which includes reading the names of the crewmen and ringing the church bell. Here's video of Rev. Ingalls recounting that night.  More than 250 people gathered at the church for the 40th anniversary, which was expanded to remember victims from all tragedies on the Great Lakes. And here's a remembrance from a brother one of the lost crew member

At the request of family members surviving her crew, Fitzgerald's 200 lb. bronze bell was recovered by the Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society in 1995, as a joint project with the National Geographic Society, Canadian Navy, Sony Corporation, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. The bell is now o­n display in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Here's a brief video from o­ne of the underwater explorations of the wreck. Fmr newsman Larry Elliot recalls the remote expedition.  And here is a story from one of the two scuba divers to ever reach the sunken hull.  Throw in the 3-D animation, and you'll feel just like Bill Paxton.

The song by Gordon Lightfoot spent 21 straight weeks o­n the pop charts, peaking at No. 2. Here, Lightfoot discusses writing the song, and the lyrics he's changed.  And there's a homemade video for it, which I highly recommend. Beats the tar of Celine Dion! (PS:  Ken King -- who has lived o­n the U.P. of  Michigan, says the gales of November are quite something.)

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COURTNEY BARNETT stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

EL VY also stopped by Morning Becomes Eclectic for a session.

THE SUFFERS, a 10-piece combo, play a Tiny Desk Concert.

SHAKEY GRAVES stopped by The Current for a chat and mini-set that includes a Backstreet Boys cover.

JASON and the SCORCHERS cover "Absolutely Sweet Marie" and play "Harvest Moon" for Twofer Tuesday

ELVIS COSTELLO: The Teenage Years. (Thx, LHB.)

PERE UBU's David Thomas talks to PopMatters about Punk, irony, and more...

BOTTLE ROCKETS: How the band got a new jolt of life from a 12-string Rickenbacker.

GARBAGE: Shirley Manson talks to Drowned In Sound aboutthe state of Pop.

ZOOEY DESCHANEL converted to Judaism for new husband Jacob Pechenik.

KALEY CUOCO, newly-separated from Ryan Sweetinf, spent a girls' night out with some pit bulls.

COLDPLAY's CHRIS MARTIN has spoken out about life after his split from ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, saying he's never felt happier.

KHLOE KARDASHIAN and James Harden made their first public appearance together since Lamar Odom's medical emergency. 

JON HAMM & JENNIFER WESTFELDT are splitting up, but paid tribute to Mike Nichols together.

SWEDEN: Jews were not invited to commemorate the 77th anniversary of Kristallnacht by organizers of the event because it could “be perceived as unwelcoming or unsafe situation for them.”

THE ISLAMIC STATE: New evidence in the investigation of the Russian airliner that crashed in Egypt indicates an inside man may have helped to plant an explosive device on board. U.S. intelligence officials say they are '99.9 percent' certain that a bomb took down Metrojet Flight 9268.

GOLDEN RETRIEVER PUPS swim for the first time.

A THREE-EYED FISH was caught in NYC's Gowanus Canal; we shall name it "Blinky."

550 SHEEP camouflage themselves in snowy Canada.

A TRAINED MOUSE was busted for transporting drugs in a Brazilian prison.

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Destroyer, Frankie Cosmos, Yo La Tengo, Ales Bleeker, Trapdoor Spider   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Monday, November 09, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE BEATLES: A video for "We Can Work it Out" drops to promote the upcoming box set.

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

FRANKIE COSMOS streams her Fit Me In EP.

ALEX BLEEKER covers The Beatles, Little Wings, and the Jeremy Spencer Band for Aquarium Drunkard.

YO LA TENGO playlists your next dinner party.

BRIAN WILSON plays "Sail On Sailor" at the Ed Sullivan Theater, with Matthew Sweet and Darius Rucker.

BOB DYLAN: The day "Like a Rolling Stone" came together.

MUSIC-MAKING and the Myth of the Tortured Genius.

DAN CORRIGAN, who photographed The Replacements' Let It Be cover, as well as many bands of the era, is interviewed for Pitchfork Unsung.

TEN ESSENTIAL SPARKS SONGS, according to Pitchfork.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE: Spectre topped the chart with 73MM, which is strong, but short of Skyfall's 88MM debut.  Given 223MM in overseas receipts already, the North American take is probably enough to suggest it will break evenagainst its reported 650MM breakeven cost.The Peanuts Movie placed with 45MM against a 100MM budget, but good reviews, an "A" Cinemascore from viewers, no serious competition until Thanksgiving, and the merch sales (Oh, the merch sales!) will likely leave Charlie Brown unusually content.  The Martian shows with 9.3MM, which is pretty darned leggy, considering Bond was at the box office; Ridley, Matt & Co. are well into the black with 458MM worldwide against a 108MM production budget. Goosebumps takes the fourth slot with 7MM, which probably should be considered good post-Halloween against PeanutsBridge of Spies rounds out the Top Five with 6.1MM, and istill rolling out slowly in foreign markets.  Beow the fold, there are mostly flops and disappointments...but The Intern, coming in ninth this weekend, has earned 180MM worldwide against a 35MM budget.

SPECTRE: I'd rank this lower than Skyfall or Casino Royale, but above Quantum of Solace.  That said, it's closer tot he first two than to the last of these.  It contines the Craig-era's focus un Bond's backstory (which hardcore Bond fans tend to dislike).  OTOH, it continues to to evolve the franchise more toward the more typical Bond film (which I presume others may dislike), albeit with less humor.  Given the title, I don't think it's a spoiler to note that Bond's nemesis is revealed and in that sense, there are elements of the third act that reminded me of Dr. No.  The cast, pretty much returning from Skyfall, all does well, with Lea Seydoux (Midnight In Paris, Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol, Inglorious Basterds) and  Monica Bellucci (The Matrix Reloaded and so much more) making for two notable Bond women (though I wish Bellucci had more to do).  Christopher Waltz also brings his quirks to the role of the antagonist. Sam Mendes manages the drama and the action with aplomb (the latter being my problem w/ QoS).  My main issue with the film is Bond's caharacter arc, which technically falls within the scope of the novels and previous films, but which I think will ultimately ring untrue with most viewers.

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS has a TV spot with new material as well as an international trailer with even more new footage. TIME looks for clues in the translated subtitles for the latter.

THE HATEFUL EIGHT: Quentin Tarantino's 8thfilm has a new trailer online.

GAVIN ROSSDALE is “suspicious” over estranged wife Gwen Stefani's story that she just became an item with Blake Shelton.

CHLOE MORETZ is set to play the title character in Working Title and Universal's The Little Mermaid retelling with Richard Curtis in talks to pen the script.

GERMAN INTELLIGENCE systematically spied on friends and allies around the world. I'm not sure why this is scandalous; I expect most all countries spy on friends and foes alike.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: U.S. spy agencies now believe the preponderance of intelligence about last week’s crash of a Russian passenger plane over Egypt points to a terrorist bombing as the cause, U.S. officials said Sunday. The U.S. and U.K. are shared intell with Russia and Egypt regarding the crash.

A HUGE TRAPDOOR SPIDER plays tug-of-war with a human.

KANGAROOS fail to solve climate change issue.

EMUS ON THE LAM, recaptured in Pima County, AZ.

PART HUMAN, PART MOUSE: Chimeras Face Ethical Scrutiny. What is the law?

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The Faces, ELO, Chris Issak, Bill Ryder-Jones, Cool Uncle, Dachshund   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Friday, November 06, 2015 - 08:34 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:

...with THE FACES! Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane, Kenny Jones, and Ian McLagan, live on the Beeb circa 1972.  Your setlist includes: "Three Button Hand Me Down"; "Maybe I'm Amazed"; "Too Much Woman/Street Fighting Man"; "Miss Judy's Farm"; "Love In Vain"; "Stay With Me"; and "I'm Losing You."

JEFF LYNNE's ELO advance streams Alone In The Universe.

CHRIS ISSAK advance streams First Comes The Night.

BILL RYDER-JONES (The Coral) advance streams West Kirby County Primary.

COOL UNCLE: Veteran smooth pop and soul singer-songwriter Bobby Caldwell and the contemporary hit-making producer Jack Splash advance stream a self-titled LP.

THE WINTER PASSING is streaming A Different Space of Mind.

BILLY PAUL: "Me and Mrs. Jones." Got a thing going on.

BLITZEN TRAPPER is profiled at length by the HuffPost.

ALICE COOPER discusses classical composers crazier than he is. He's narrating a new version of Peter and the Wolf.

EVERY SMASHING PUMPKINS SONG, ranked by SPIN.

THE 12 BEST DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS SONGS, according to Paste.

NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases are Spectre, which is currently scoring 61 percent on the ol' Tomatometer; and The Peanuts Movie, scoring 86 percent.

BLAKE SHELTON & GWEN STEFANI are not just dating, they've written a country song together.

EDDIE MURPHY  is going to be a father for the ninth time.

ANGELINA JOLIE PITT gets a super-deluxe profile from the WSJ magazine.

KATY PERRY tops the 2015 Forbes list of the Highest Paid Women in Music.

ALL 102 BOND VILLAINS, ranked by Esquire.

RIDLEY SCOTT, SAM ROCKWELL, TREY PARKER and more discuss seeing the original Star Wars for the first time.

ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: Tim Burton & Co. have a trailer online for the sequel to the director's billion-dollar hit.

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The growing fears that an explosive device may have brought down Russian Metrojet Flight 9268, killing all 224 on board, stems in part from the rise of the ISIS affiliate in the northern part of the Sinai peninsula.

IRAN is banning the entry of US consumer goods, the commerce and industry minister said Thursday, as the country prepares for a lifting of economic sanctions.

SYRIA:  Chemical weapons experts have determined that mustard gas was used in a Syrian town where Islamic State insurgents were battling another rebel group, according to a report by an international watchdog seen by Reuters.

A DACHSHUND and his teddy bear.

A LIVE TAPEWORM was removed from a California man's brain during emergency surgery. The man had 30 minutes to live.

A FOX slaughtered14 penguins at Australia’s Melbourne Zoo.

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: A lizard with six tails.

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Diane Coffee, Mac McCaughan, Noun, Greys, Labrador   Printer-friendly page   Send this story to someone
Thursday, November 05, 2015 - 08:00 AM
Posted by: Karl

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THE BEATLES' "Penny Lane" video, restored for an upcoming box set.

DIANE COFFEE: Shaun Fleming (Foxygen) & Co. played a Tiny Desk Concert.

MAC McCAUGHAN + THE NON-BELIEVERS played KEXP's Midday Show.

NOUN: Marissa Paternoster (Screaming Females) streams Throw Your Body on the Gears and Stop the Machine With Your Blood.

GREYS stream their Repulsion EP.

THE HIGH LLAMAS drop the title track to the upcoming "musical narrative," Here Come the Rattling Trees.  If you're not familiar, the Brian Wilson and Steely Dan references are in the ballpark.

COOL UNCLE: Bobby Caldwell and Jack Splash team with Mayer Hawthorne for the 80s-style R & B of "Game Over."

BILLY BRAGG: The Guardian excerpts his new book, A Lover Sings --  and performs the song for which the book is named.

SON VOLT: Jay Farrar talks to PopMatters about Trace‘s shoestring budget, his own distinctive voice, and his relief at leaving a collapsing Uncle Tupelo.

THE ZOMBIES: Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent talk to All Songs Considered about making and revisiting Odessey and Oracle.

NEW ORDER: PopMatters excepts Bernard Sumner's memoir, Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me.

BRITISH SEA POWER: Jan Scott Wilkinson talks to ClashMusic about the Sea Of Brass. (Thx, Frank Yang.)

ANGELINA JOLIE talks to the NYT about directing herselfa nd husband Brad Pitt in a movie about an imploding marriage.

GWEN STEFANI & BLAKE SHELTON appear to be in Nashville, where the latter was scheduled to perform for the CMAs. Shelton's ex, Miranda Lambert, does not seem surprised.

LAMAR ODOM & KHLOE KARDASHIAN may remain on rocky ground.

FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM: Entertainment Weelkly has your first look at the Harry Potter spinoff.

LUPITA N'YONGO: Broadway Diva?

THE ISLAMIC STATE: The latest U.S. intelligence suggests that the crash of a Russian passenger jet in the Sinai over the weekend was most likely caused by a bomb on the plane planted by ISIS or an ISIS affiliate, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

SYRIA: Russia's military force in Syria has grown to about 4000 personnel, but this and more than a month of Russian air strikes have not led to pro-government forces making significant territorial gains, U.S. security officials and independent experts said.

IRAN: The New York Times reports: " Anyone who hoped that Iran’s nuclear agreement with the United States and other powers portended a new era of openness with the West has been jolted with a series of increasingly rude awakenings over the past few weeks."

A LABRADOR surfs to retrieve a tennis ball in a swimming pool.

DOG vs PORCUPINE: Who you got?

A TODDLER bit and killed a venomous snake in his backyard.

THE SQUIRREL THREAT: Now they're training to jump from skyscrapers.

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